** BRAZIL [and non]. 6180, March 16 at 0201, oh oh, horrible head-on
collision between RNA in Brazuguese ID, and CRI relay via CUBA in
Chinese, making a fast SAH; indeed no RNA on 11780 tonight; by 0226
it`s the one on top. No doubt messes up both CRI relay hours 0100-
0300. Something`s always wrong at RadioCuba — in the sense that they
should have known 6180 was the #1 Brazilian frequency subject to
renewal. But CRI is going back up to 9580 in A-19 (Glenn Hauser, OK,
DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** CUBA. 6100 & 6060 & 5040, March 15 at 0637, these three RHC English
frequencies are on, and two are off: 6165 & 6000. Good modulation
level but 5040 a bit rough. Something`s always wrong at RHC (Glenn
Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** CUBA. 13643.406 & 13672.702 & 13728.296, March 15 at 1428, JBA
spurblobs out of RHC 13700-AM at intervals of approx. 28.297 kHz,
while the fourth one on the plus side is again blocked by WINB 13755-
13760 QRDRM. Each is wobbling slightly by 1 or 2 Hz. Fortunately these
are too weak to threaten otherstations much, but nevertheless defects.
Something`s always wrong at RHC (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING
** CUBA. 15230, March 15 at 1436 RHC jazz is distorted and crackling,
while // 15140 is slightly cleaner. Something`s always wrong at RHC
(Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** CUBA. 15370, March 15 at 2005, RHC is S9+10 in French but JBM. //
15140 also French at S9 but merely undermodulated, i.e. better than
15370. WRTH shows 15140 French to NAm at 2100, so it has shifted an
hour earlier; but 15370 French to Europe at 2030, so how did it wind
up at 2000? At least, today. Something`s always wrong at RHC (Glenn
Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** CUBA. 9720, March 15 at 2249, RHC in Haitian Kriyol again instead of Portuguese, which I expect a lot more Africans would comprehend altho it`s rather late beyond Bissau. The 23-24 hour again in English, VG // much weaker 5040 at 2343 check. Something`s always wrong at RHC (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** CUBA. 11980, March 15 at 2253, S9 of dead air — what`s this? O yes, second harmonic of 5990 warming up for CRI English relay from 2300, which is also on at S9+10. Hard to believe there is any harmonic suppression on this one. 2336 recheck, 11980 is S9 and suptorted now much weaker than 5990 at S9+20/30.
But 25m is really propagating now with 11950 Mesa Redonda pre-IS at S9+30; 11840`s plus/minus 10 spurs perfectly readable at S9 and also with JBA carrier +/- 20 spurs on 11820 & amid still jamming on 11860. Something`s always wrong at RHC (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** CUBA. 6000, March 16 at 0200, RHC English is JBM, and with SAH presumably Turkey, while the only // 6165 is merely undermodulated. Something`s always wrong at RHC (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) see also BRAZIL
** CUBA. 5040, March 16 at 0229, RHC Spanish is JBM, suptorted with spikes, awful sounding but same as clearer music on 6060. Something`s always wrong at RHC (Glen Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** CUBA [non]. 9490, March 16 at 0232, Spanish about Venezuela, poor S6-S8 but no jamming audible, against Radio República via FRANCE, unusual. Wonder if sked has shifted for this along with DST in Cuba. Skip is long with Europe also audible on 31m, 9690 Spain, while JBA carriers or nothing from WRMI 9395 & 9955, RHC on 9535 & 9640. So jamming could still be rampant, just not propagating to here (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** GUAM. 12040, March 16 at 2259, as I am surveying RHC and Spain on 25m, just as I tune in, I hear what sounds like the last note of RHC IS and cut off the air. But I can`t figure a formula to explain as a mixing product. O, it`s really KSDA ending its 2230 Javanese service, regularly well audible here (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** MADAGASCAR. 17570, March 15 at 2001, poor signal at S7-S9, maybe sorta French? Found here as SSOB after JBA carrier from 17815 WHRI, no signal from 17775 KVOH, nor anything else. So what is this? HFCC shows AWR, daily 2000-2030 only, 250 kW, 295 degrees from Talata in mos language. What does that abbr.? Consulting WRTH 2019, finally find it filed under UK: AWR Africa on page 498, as Mossi to W Africa. That`s the SIL language abbr., as in EiBi`s readme.txt: “MOO Moore/Mòoré: Burkina Faso (5m) [mos]“ — note the lack of congruence, not even one letter S in that version.
Anyhow this implies that MWV English at same hour would not be making it if it had stayed on 17640 instead of always-audible 11965 in B-18. And it plans to stay on 11965 in A-19, as well as 13670 for the other English at 18 UT (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** MALI. 5995, March 15 at 2336, no signal already from ORTM, if it was on today, must have quit earlier (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** NEW ZEALAND. 11725, March 15 at 0626 RNZI tune-in, PM Jacinda Ardern is speaking, apparently live, condemning the mosque massacres, and then taking questions from press. An increasingly rare instance of getting breaking news direct from the source thanks to SW. As usual during its sole hour on this band, RNZP is the SSOB by far, S9 fading to S6; by 0631 weakening a bit, heard past 0635 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** NORTH AMERICA. 6925-USB, March 15 at 2339, VP with song, no carrier and sounds a little bit more on-key about 6924.96. 2349 fade up slightly with wacko screaming, music, fade down again by 2359. First pirate I have heard in a few weeks. Too late to get into this week`s FRW deadline at 0000, except for Harold Frodge who was editing it. Several reports here say it was Radio Gaga between 2339 and 2413* closing with SSTV, and what I heard was probably Beavis & Butthead:
(Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** SPAIN. 12030, Friday March 15 at 2252, REE in Arabic, S9+20 on ME frequency off-the-back here, 2258 still in Arabic. This language does not appear in WRTH or other schedules, but the second time I`ve heard it during this semihour. But // 11685 to Africa is still/again AWOL.
Also off is 11940 to S America, but VG 9690 to N America remains on in Spanish, not Arabic. By 2301 the two remaining frequencies, 12030 & 9690 have joined for unCastilian song, by way of introducing an English interview by Justin Coe with today`s guest, Xavier from Galicia. So the mostly-music English semihour is back this Friday, having been away on hembra-huelga last week (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. 3264.9v, March 15 at 0641 JBA trace of music, as this WBCQ is running all night, and probably all day, maybe by plugging into HooseSkow Radio, Timtron`s 98.1 LPFM in Skowhegan.
Almost time for `AWWW`, March 15 at 2344 when I survey WBCQ frequencies: 3264.9, JBA trace; 5130+v, NO signal; 7490.14v, good S9+10 about praying; 9330.13v, TOMBS at S4-S7. Previous music switches to WTO slightly after 0000 UT Sat March 16 on 7490+, as I move to the webcast, with rather lo-fi audio. Is it a new live edition? From Deland of FLA, temp is 84 — inside the studio so Angela is half-naked. Says they were away last weekend driving their 100-year-old cars around Clearwater. 0054 recheck, reading some pirate logs from the new Free Radio Weekly edition which just came out a few minutes earlier, including the ARRL story about increased FCC pirate enforcement which I had sent in. AW always takes the opportunity to encourage pirates to get on WBCQ instead and avoid prosecution, and offers special rates to them, especially when 3265 is no longer just testing. A fuller report from John H Carver, Jr.:
“Tonight’s show started on time with a good signal on 7490. Allan and a half naked Angela in the studio in FLA. He said that they were gone last weekend on another antique car rally. He also said that having fun was an important thing to do. In passing he mentioned that it was 74 in Florida at the moment, down from the mid-eighties today. He said that he had been in discussions with a man earlier this week who wanted airtime in July for a one-time ten-to-twelve hour program honoring pirate radio broadcasters. He said broadcasters from Colorado but the man he talked to was from California.
Then a serious talk about AI. First phone call at 0025 from Ramsey which continues the AI discussion. Another phone call at 0039 continuing the discussion and postulating about computers taking over the government. Signal starts to degrade some at 0041.
Reading of emails at 0046. One email with a signal report of 3265 prompts Allan to mention that this spring 3265 will be getting a different antenna. Nothing said about increasing power. Then a reading of the Free Radio Weekly. Closing prayer at 0059. Show was off the air at 0101 and 7490 was off the air about a minute after that. John, Mid-North Indiana“ (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. 15770, March 15 at 2004, S6-S8 of dead air from WRMI. Perhaps SMTV had kept modulating until 2000 when QSY to another transmitter on inaudible 5950 scheduled (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. 5830, March 15 at 1442, WTWW-1 night frequency still running, while IIRC yesterday 9475 day channel was already up before this hour. Recheck at 2039, *still* on 5830, I assume never having brought up 9475 today (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)