** CHINA [non]. 15700, March 11 at 1447, China Plus relay via CUBA is S9+40 but suptorted; wiggle that patchcord!
6180, March 12 at 0143, another such relay is also suptorted. Something`s always wrong at RadioCuba (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** CUBA [and non]. 15140, March 10 at 1901, RHC`s first English of the day has shifted one hour earlier as expected, and any frequency change will have to wait a month. More surprisingly, `DXers Unlimited` is already starting at hourtop instead of about :09 past as originally scheduled. No news today?
9720, March 10 at 2113, the second English hour has also shifted 60 minutes earlier to 21-22 instead of 22-23; nominally for Africa, but bigsig back thisaway and also has stayed on same frequency. This makes a lot more sense than 22- or 23- UT if Africa really be the target; now only by East Africa Time is it after local midnite. 2113 program is already mailbag, presumably following DXUL circa 2101. At 2132 Spanish music not // weaker 9640 & 9535 in Spanish service. Original B18 sked when both of the Bejucals started at 22, had 9640 as only 50 kW at 110 degrees, and 9535 as 100 kW at 230 degrees; yet 9640 is always much stronger than 9535 here.
Last November, Wolfgang Bueschel had this detailed info about 9720 quoting Ivo Ivanov`s style:
“2200-2300 9720 BAU 100 kW 130 degrees SoAf English, new time slot,antenna Bauta #3, HRS4/4/0.8, 160 degrees minus 30 degree slewed, wb“
21-22 on that schedule for 9720 had French and Portuguese; unknown yet what became of them, shoved up to 20-21? Or swapped with 22-23? 9720 is gone at 2246 check. Something`s always wrong at RHC.
Arnie`s other DX program, `En Contacto` just started at 2245 Sunday March 10, ending by 2259, earlied an hour, on 5040, 9535, 9640, 11760, 11840 at least, and something on 15370. Has RHC`s website Spanish program schedule been updated?
Of course not! Subtract one UT hour for correct times of all programs. Something`s always wrong at RHC. (And BTW it includes overnight when SW is supposed to be silent, with another repeat of En Contacto Monday at 0735, meaning 0635.)
15730, Sun Mar 10 at 2246 confirmed in Esperanto, S9+10 and suptorted, also an hour earlier, from 2230 ex-2330.
6165, March 11 at 0621, RHC is OFF, clearing frequency for NHK Arabic via FRANCE; RHC English also missing from 6100, 6060 and 5040 — only 6000 is still on but suptorted modulation spikes, unusable. Something`s always wrong at RHC. So during DST of EDT, is RHC attempting to keep English going until 0700 or not? It`s still starting by 0100 as checked March 12 at 0140 on 6000 & 6165. Or could they have moved that up to start at 0000?
15140, March 11 at 1822, RHC Arabic has also been advanced one hour, the announcer sounding like he is choking, suptorted to boot (Glenn Hauser, OK, WORLD OF RADIO 1973, DX LISTENING DIGEST) See also CHINA [non]
** OKLAHOMA. 1170, Sunday March 10 at 2114 UT, KFAQ Tulsa with pillow commercial during `Our American Stories`, the show I ran across on KXEL and hoped to be non-political and non-religious. KFAQ sked shows three relief airings each weekend, different or same episodes?
Sat at 15 UT, Sun at 10 & 21 UT for two hours each.
On website I see they carry/link to KOTV News on [virtual] 6, and radio-locator says Griffin is the licensee; I had not realized KFAQ is jointly owned with KOTV & KWTV (Glenn Hauser, Enid, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** ROMANIA [and non]. 6130, March 12 at 0144, RRI in English, but with ACI from Spanish 2-way on 6131-USB; also some lite stray Cuban pulse jamming on the plus side. RRI OK with LSB tuning, but I don`t know how the SS put up with the minus-one QRAM. Anyhow, the Cubans lose no love for the Romanians, who overthrew the yoke of Communist oppression 29+ years ago and summarily executed the dictator.
7375, March 12 at 0144, tuned here first and thought it was RRI in English, underneath heavy Cuban pulse jamming, which is “needed“ for only one hour at 22-23 when Radio Martí is on it. Such are the risks of time-sharing a frequency with RM. Trouble is, when uplooked later, RRI English to NAm at 01-02 is scheduled on 7325, not 7375, so either they or more likely I was on wrong frequency, which sounded like same programming but I did not match to 6130 on two different receivers. Need to check next night (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** SPAIN. 12030, Monday March 11 at 1824, REE is really in Russian, mentioning Madrid, then playing a song in Spanish; 1829 Spanish ID, PSA by MinEx that Spaniards abroad need to register about something by 30 March, and Spanish show `Europa Abierta` about Brexit.
At beginning of B18 season, after schedule shuffle, there was some controversy whether REE was really in Russian. WRTH now shows this M-F at 1800-1830 on 12030 to ME and IndOc, and 11685 for WAf/Atlantic, i.e. nowhere to be finding very many Russians — because Noblejas simply has no azimuth toward Moskva? 11685 however is vacant, as are the other two to Americas, 9690 & 11940 which do not come up until 1900 on weekdays. There are a bunch of scattered once-a-week Russian REE broadcasts via WRN Moscow on 738 kHz, each at a different time of day (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** TURKEY. 12035.7, March 11 at 1423, it`s a skewed-frequency day for VOT English, VP; 1424 can barely perceive the IS (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. WORLD OF RADIO 1972 monitoring: confirmed Sunday March 10 at 2130 on WRMI 7780, very poor.
Also confirmed UT Monday March 11 after 0130 on WRMI 5950 & 9395, both unusually S9+10 but 5950 always softer-sounding; ex-0230 at the time occupied by R. Tirana the other six days of week. (And R. Tirana resumed UT Tue March 12 during this semihour.)
WOR also confirmed UT Monday March 11 at NEW time 0230 on WRMI 7780, very poor. (And BTW, WRN makes clear and confirmed that their N American service by satellite and webcast stays at same 0230 UT despite out DST, not changing until Europe does at monthend.)
Confirmed UT Monday March 11 at 0300 on Area 51 webcast, and at 0318 on WBCQ 5130.409, poor
Confirmed UT Monday March 11 at 0330 on WRMI webcast, as always following “Hallelujah“ song filler cut off at 0330, while 9955 was a JBA carrier a few minutes earlier.
Not confirmed Monday March 11 at 2230 on WRMI 9955, when WOR would have appeared ex-2330 except it was gone already last week; instead we hear music fill 2229 past 2230 and still at 2255.
WORLD OF RADIO 1973 contents: Alaska, Australia, Brasil, Canada, Chad non, Congo, Cuba, Japan, Korea South, Madagascar, Mali, Northern Mariana Islands, Philippines, Romania, South Africa, Spain, USA; World of Horology; and the propagation outlook
WOR 1973 finished just in time (loaded into System D server with 20 seconds to spare!) for first airing UT Tuesday March 12 on WRMI 7730, very good; and NEW immediate repeat Tue at 0100 on WRMI 7780, S9+10/20, better than usual on theif NE antenna. Next:
0900 UT Tuesday Unique Radio 5045-LSB NSW [2 editions to 1000]
2030 UT Tuesday WRMI 7780
0930 UT Wednesday Unique Radio 5045-LSB NSW
1030 UT Wednesday WRMI 5950
2100 UT Wednesday WRMI 9955
2100 UT Wednesday WBCQ 7490v
0000 UT Thursday WRMI 7730
0100 UT Thursday WRMI 7780
0930 UT Friday Unique Radio 5045-LSB NSW
0729 UT Saturday HLR 6190-CUSB Germany
1130 UT Saturday WRMI 9955
1200 UT Saturday Unique Radio 5045-LSB NSW [March 16/30, alt weeks] 1531 UT Saturday HLR 9485-CUSB Germany
1930vUT Saturday WA0RCR 1860-AM
2100 UT Saturday WRMI 9955
0030 UT Sunday WRMI 7730
0300vUT Sunday WA0RCR 1860-AM [nominal 0315] 0830 UT Sunday WRMI 5850 5950 7730
1130 UT Sunday HLR 7265-CUSB Germany
2130 UT Sunday WRMI 7780
0130 UT Monday WRMI 5950, 9395
0230 UT Monday WRMI 7780 [NEW] 0300vUT Monday WBCQ 5130v Area 51
0330 UT Monday WRMI 9955
0930 UT Monday Unique Radio 5045-LSB NSW
1900 UT Monday IRRS 7290 Romania
0900 UT Tuesday Unique Radio 5045-LSB NSW [2 editions]
Full schedule including AM, FM, webcasts, satellite, podcast access:
(Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. 17775, Monday March 11 at 1450, JBA carrier, presumably KVOH now starting an hour earlier at 1400 UT to stay on from 7 am PDT, but still a JBA carrier at 1819 check. At 0319 UT March 12, KVOH websked still claims to start at 1500 UT and shows target Cuba as 5 hours behind instead of 4 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
UNIDENTIFIED. 5002-5003, March 11 at 0625, some uteblob is far too close for comfort to WWV; can even hear some of it with LSB tuning. Hope this is only an anomaly (Glenn Hauser, OK, WORLD OF RADIO 1973, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
This report dispatched at 0526 UT March 12