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Glenn Hauser logs November 8-9, 2018

** ALBANIA [non]. 9395 // 5950, Nov 9 at 0237, Great // good reception of great music in WRMI World Music Fill — instead of Radio Tirana as now scheduled on both at 0230. Once again there has been a breakdown in the convoluted automated routing of RT programming into WRMI; previously caused by RT itself changing audio feed URL without notice. In case there was any doubt, no RT announcements, but instead at 0245 WRMI own Spanish ID not by Rudy or Dino; and 0300 both into English from Radio Prague. I`ll bet the Friday-only at 2300 Tirana on 5850 is also a no-show. BTW, if and when restored, there would be no RT at 0230 UT Monday, just when WORLD OF RADIO has shown up on 5950, but that was part of the WRN relay now curtailed (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CHINA [non]. 5910, Nov 9 at 0345, bigsig about NHL teams and pending games with their Beijing times! Suspect it`s CRI; yes, CUBA relay for B-18 is down here ex-9790, which is prudent considering plunging winter night + solar cycle minima MUFs; however, 9 MHz might have worked tonight, judging from WRMI. Not a het from HJDH 5910.3v which remains gone formonths, forever? Nor do I ever hear anycarrier when frequency is clear before 0100 RRI, after 0500 CRI Cantonese (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA. 15140, Nov 8 at 2030, RHC English is VP S7 and undermodulated, much worse than usual. Something`s always wrong at RHC. Partly due to degraded propagation altho K-index at 21 is only 2 and G1 storm not started yet. Arnie`s B-18 sked effective Nov 11, via Wolfgang Bueschel shows 15140 to remain now and expand to continuously 1200-2130, but in three different segments of site, power, antenna; take that, Oman:

1200-1600 15140 QVC 250 130 SoAm Spanish
1600-1900 15140 BAU 100 010 ENAm Spanish
1900-1930 15140 BAU 100 340 WNAm Arabic
1930-2000 15140 BAU 100 340 WNAm Creole
2000-2100 15140 BAU 100 340 WNAm English
2100-2130 15140 BAU 100 340 WNAm French

** CUBA. 5040, Nov 9 at 0045, RHC English, but no // found, neither old 11880 nor new 9720 as from Nov 11 (local or UT?) (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** FRANCE [non]. 5950, Nov 9 at 0051, WRMI in British English, VP S9-S5, discussing French politicians, and Romania, somewhat more readable with ECSS, but het de 5952.4 Bolivia must be avoided by PBT and narrow bandwidth; anyhow presumably new RFI relay as just appeared on the WRMI skedgrid. This will be helpful if it continue beyond Nov 18 when RFI says it will cancel its morning English, retaining 1400, only? Ivo Ivanov reports that the scheduled 06-07 English from Issoudun on 7235 is already absent, leaving only the 0600 WRN via WRMI relay on 5950. Meanwhile, the new 00-01 RFI 5950 bumps off Japan and Israel via WRN which we got for a week or two. Whatever else is on the WRN sked at 15-24 UT
should still be showing on 5950 if you can hear it, and until more changes be made (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** MEXICO. 6185, Nov 9 at 0056, absolutely no signal from XEPPM, as it is getting quite sporadic. Yet Terry Krueger in Florida was hearing a weak 6185 Nov 5 at 1103 // MW 1060. ~1100 is a very strange time for it to be on; beware of North Korea on 6185, but which is in French at 11-12 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** NIGERIA [non]. 11580, Nov 8 at 2042, no signal from R. Nigeria, Kaduna, via WRMI, scheduled 2000-2300. Ivo Ivanov, back after more than a month of silence, points out that besides WRMI relays, RN,K is also scheduled via ISSoudun, France:
05-07 7335, 07-09 13840, 11-15 17690, 20-23 7235 (-21 CCI with Romania). These cover same timespans as RMI 11580, also 05-09 & 11-15.

7335, Nov 9 at 0552 check, guess what: JBA carrier under heavy pulse jamming by CUBA against an ex-Radio Martí frequency. Something`s always wrong.

Kai Ludwig replies to the WOR iog: “So who is the financier of these Issoudun transmissions? FRCN Kaduna itself is so short of money that they can hardly operate their own Jaji transmitters anymore (so it was probably not even an equipment failure that silenced 6090 kHz again earlier this year):

Kai“. Viz.:

“FRCN Kaduna, which was hitherto a leading source of information to many Hausa speakers in Nigeria and neighbouring countries, is now a shadow of itself. The Radio Kaduna, as popularly called, does not operate full hours because it cannot afford diesel to run its transmitter in Jaji. “Whenever our transmitter in Jaji is off because of power supply, the radio station goes off air. The transmitter guzzles diesel that the station’s meagre resources can’t afford,” a senior staff of the station said“ (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** ROMANIA [and non]. 5980, Nov 9 at 0055, pulse jamming already over weak station, i.e. RRI Spanish now here at 00-01. No, no, DentroCuban Jamming Command, this is not Radio Martí, not until its *0600! Commies vs ex-Commies. RRI Galbeni also 5980 in English at 23-24: so much for monitoring Radio Chaski, Perú sign-off circa 0000, which ought to be detectable now without all the QRM (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SUDAN SOUTH [non]. 6020, Nov 9 at 0351, CRI Chinese via ALBANIA has considerable undercurrent of talk in Arabish? It`s Radio Tamazuj, 0330-0400, 250 kW, 327 degrees from MADAGASCAR so also USward. Both stop about 0357 but still a carrier, taken over by RRI Galbeni IS for 0400 English to western North America (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** TIBET [non]. 7580, Nov 9 at 0058, VP in Chinese? Likely CNR1 jammer vs VOA Tibetan scheduled this hour only via Kuwait (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U K. 5875, Nov 9 at 0049, very poor in English, is BBCWS, 250 kW due east from Woofferton to S Asia at 00-01; more English: 05-06 due south; 19-22 (Sat/Sun -21) also southerly (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A [non]. 11850, Nov 8 at 2044, S9-S7 of tonal African language, music. It`s VOA Hausa via BOTSWANA, daily except Sunday 2030-2100 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A [and non]. 7355 & 7365, Nov 9 at 0100, no signals from R. Martí on the two frequencies scheduled this hour, just some jamming, but still audible mixed jamming on 6030. Suspect the upper GBs are off rather than a sharp MUF cutoff this early in evening. And later at 0341, 7355 & 7435 are VG over jamming, as usual much better than 6030 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 7490.1+, Nov 9 at 0101, WBCQ with an `Allan Weiner Worldwide` playback filling an Available Time Slot; over “William Tell Overture“ he queries, “what the hell happened to radio? We`re still trying, yes we are“ and then plugs site, into the early history of RCA. I wish he would announce at the outset, the original YOOL airdate so we can keep better track of episodes (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 7780 // 5950 // 5850 // 9395, UT Fri Nov 9 at 0107, `Voice of the Report of the Week` on all these WRMIs; maybe one reason he`s not on WBCQ any more; the self-absorbed John musing about not making many changes but maybe some reduxions in December. 5850 & 9395 are *much* stronger than the others, and 9395 has surged up to S9+30/40. Skedgrid shows he`s also on 7730 the previous hour UT Fri 00-01 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) WRMI: See also nons: ALBANIA, FRANCE, NIGERIA

** U S A. 5970, Nov 9 at 0054, S9+20 dead air from presumed WEWN Spanish. The QSY from 12050 was supposed to be at 0000 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

This report despatched at 0621 UT November 9

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