** ALBANIA [non]. 9395, March 21 at 0136, R. Tirana, English via WRMI, but no longer // on 5950 where some steel drum music is playing “Love Is Blue“, then song in French, so World Music fill? I was expecting this, since on UT Monday, 5950 was no longer // 9395 either for WOR (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** ANTARCTICA. 15475.972, March 21 at 1307, JBA carrier, 1312 fading, 1324 still, 1405-1414+ still. I have no doubt this is LRA36 on signature off-frequency, first reported as reactivated March 19 at 1320 by Rudolf Grimm, Brasil, i.e. earlier schedule than last known which was M-F 14-15. Soon confirmed on 15475.97 by Manuel Mendez using the São Paulo remote, and cutting off at 1406 or 1407 that day.
It seems Radio Nacional Arcángel San Gabriel usually comes back around this time of year, presumably as a new or returning crew is there to overwinter after a summer vacation. While the programming received here is rather unsatisfying (nil), it`s always fun to get at least a carrier, and as I also like to point out, the path from Base Esperanza to Enid is mostly overwater: across east Pacific and Gulf of Mexico, while further east in N America it`s mostly overland along the length of the Andes, bad for bounces, and further west, across the length of Mexico (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** COSTA RICA [and non]. 2859.812, March 21 at 1153, JBA carrier, suspected the known active second harmonic of 1430, Radio San Carlos, as IDed recently by Jay Novello, NC, but without a precise measurement. In *2017y* I reported:
“COSTA RICA. 2859.82, Jan 18 at 0049, JBA carrier on the signature off-frequency of R. San Carlos, Ciudad Quesada, 2 x 1430v as previously identified“.
Now at 1155 I have no signal on 2940+, indicating that harmonic is considerably east from here even tho our sunrise is not until 1234; and a carrier on 2960 as if Mobile 1480 x 2 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** CUBA. 5040, March 20 at 0548, RHC English is now running in the 05-06 hour on this frequency; other // English: 6165 has resumed instead of 6160 yesterday, good S9+10/20; 6100 is splattering; 6060 not so strong with Qur`an audible under from Algeria via FRANCE at 04-06; by 0553, 6000 is S9 of dead air. Something`s always wrong at RHC.
5040, March 21 at 0547, RHC English with mid-week Mailbag, good; but just barely modulated on: 6100 S9+40, 6000 S9+10/20, 6165 poor S8/S9+10; while 6060 is sufficiently modulated but a bit muffled at S9+20 with the Algerian CCI. Something`s always wrong at RHC (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** CUBA. 13728.288, March 21 at 1327, JBA spurcarrier from RHC 13700, matched on the low side by another on 13671.712, i.e. exactly plus and minus 28.288 kHz. Something`s always wrong at RHC; but less wrong than a bunch of loud FM spurs would have been, missing for some weeks now (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** EQUATORIAL GUINEA [non]. MINISTRY OF EVIL: TONY ALAMO — all four one-hour episodes have now run on Sundance TV, and available: https://www.sundancetv.com/shows/ministry-of-evil. All four are scheduled to replay on the cable channel itself, Saturday March 23 at 15-19 UT (and maybe 3 hours later on western feed) (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** JAPAN [and non]. 3945, March 21 at 1159, R. Nikkei 2 in Japanese and a second signal about 8 Hz apart making SAH with some modulation. Could it be Vanuatu? NO, per Aoki, if that were active, the hours would be 0700-1015. Instead now Echo of Unification, North Korea is also on 3945 at 12-14, overlapping RN2 at 10-14 M-F. 3945 is now much stronger than 3925, presumed RN1 on a 10 kW. But WRTH 2019 shows both as 10 kW, 3925 being Sapporo, while NK is 100 kW (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** NEW ZEALAND. 11725, March 20 at 0559, no signal from RNZI as still scheduled here for two hours, 0459-0658. Nothing on 7330 or 9765 either, nor anywhere else in quick bandscans of 7, 9, 11, 13 MHz. If anything propagate on 25m at this time, it`s RNZI, the OSOB, or at least the SSOB way beyond some Brazilian, so it`s hard to believe NZ be on the air at all tonight. This is far from one of their scheduled maintenance breaks. 11725, March 21 at 0552, is back on as OSOB S7-S9, interview with Sri Lankan about terrorism there vs Christchurch (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** OKLAHOMA. 930, March 21 at 1249 UT, as I am trying to null WKY for anything else, notice extended self-promos by YL in Spanglish for “WKY Deportes, la casa de deportes de Oklahoma City, 930-AM, una estacion de Cumulus Media“. The call letters are always pronounced in English, evading their cumbersome renderings, all as “foreign“ letters into Spanish. WKY will also not he$itate to run commercial$ entirely in Engli$h (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENIG DIGEST)
** SOUTH AFRICA. 7285, March 20 at 0557, doomed R. Sonder Grense partly in English, some Afrikaans. My impression is that clips in English are not translated, expecting all Afrikaaners to understand English as well. Not unusual to hear English on this, facilitating reception reporting before it self-destruct (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** SURINAME. 4989.983, March 21 at 0229-0240+ open carrier at S4-S6, and still at 0544, S6-S5 when measured. This has already been identified as reactivated R. Apintie, first reported by Arthur Delibert, Maryland at 2315 March 20. Something must have changed, as it had always been a struggle to get even a JBA carrier from it here. But Art also noted the modulation // webstream had been intermittent. Perhaps they would resume for the morning broadcast, audible by sunrise 0944 per Ron Howard. Manuel Méndez, Spain was already hearing songs again by 0601, very weak modulation but strong carrier. Yet he says, “from 0640 to 0728, only carrier, no audio, but now, at 0733 audio goes on and off various times, some minutes on and some off“. WRTH 2019 has it as irregular (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. 15740, March 20 at 1919, S9 of open carrier, no doubt Greenville-B warming up for *1930 broadcast on 15730, which is currently occupied by very weak VOA French via BOTSWANA. Sure enough, 15740 cuts off at 1929* and almost immediately same bigsig comes up on 15730, 1930 VOA French modulation applied (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A [and non]. WORLD OF RADIO 1974 monitoring: confirmed Wednesday March 20 at 1030 on WRMI 5950, fair S9.
Also confirmed Wed Mar 20 at 2100 on WRMI 9955, fair; and 2.5 seconds later on WBCQ 7490.2v, poor. Also deconfirmed NOT on WRMI 7780 now, rather German from RAE contrary to WRMI`s contradictory schedule, altho on Thursdays, VORW does replace RAE. Can`t tell what`s on 5950.
Also confirmed UT Thu Mar 21 at 0000 on WRMI 7730, VG interrupting some other audio right up to 2400. I am not upcut at the end as I have compensated for it by concluding, “— next week; I say, next week“.
Also confirmed UT Thu Mar 21 at 0100 on WRMI 7780, fair S7-S9. Next:
0930 UT Friday Unique Radio 5045-LSB NSW
0729 UT Saturday HLR 6190-CUSB Germany
1000 UT Saturday Unique Radio 5045-LSB NSW [March 30, alt weeks] 1130 UT Saturday WRMI 9955
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 9395
0230 UT Monday WRMI 7780
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
0030 UT Tuesday WRMI 7730 [or 1975?] 0100 UT Tuesday WRMI 7780 [or 1975?] 0800 UT Tuesday Unique Radio 5045-LSB NSW [2 editions; ex-0900]
Full schedule including AM, FM, webcasts, satellite, podcast access:
(Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. 5950, March 21 at 1207, WRMI with VOA news about Brexit, 1208 Bob Biermann plugs his `YWS`, 1209 Oldies. You never know exactly when VOA news will show up on WRMI (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. 9260-9270, March 20 at 1158, WINB hybrid DRM VG here, presumably just before closing on new schedule. Is this the 15 kW transmitter for DRM tests, or the main transmitter normally in AM on this frequency? Now can`t hear it wobbling as when in AM mode. Same again March 21 at 1150 check, DRM noise only 9265-9270, other tones 9260-9265.
13750-13760, March 21 at 1413, WINB hybrid DRM is JBA, altho I think it was loud earlier; reduced power? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. 1000, March 21 at 1301 UT, slow SAH vs KTOK OKC I associate with KKIM Albuquerque, but no, it`s “ESPN Radio“, therefore still WMVP Chicago, where official FCC sunrise was 1200 UT, ABQ not until 1315 UT (April: 1115 & 1230 respectively) and today 1234 here (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. 1030, March 21 at 1303 UT, “The station you can always count on for real country, always, all the time“ but no real ID heard; at least there`s no 6 minutes of news on the hour, whew! Obviously KCWJ Blue Springs MO, address in Independence (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. 1480, March 21 at 1255 UT, KBXD Dallas, Vietnamese still audible, but losing out to KQAM Wichita in English. Jerry Kiefer, who used to work for KBXD, confirms: “Greetings, Ole famous sage! A quick check with Mike Van Hooser, still the engineer of record at KBXD, and yes, they are the voice of Vietnam around the clock in the Metroplex, not so much at night with their pattern aimed just at you“ — meaning I assume, their local coverage is degraded (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
UNIDENTIFIED. Trans-Pacific JBA MW carrier search, March 21 at 1236-1245: 594, 774-NW & WSW, 828-NW, 882-WSW, 972-NW, 1098-W, 1422-NW, 1548-WSW, 1566-NW. Very likely sources of all these from Australia, Pacific and East Asia should be obvious. Should have started earlier before LSR 1234 UT, while I was trying to get back to sleep, but finally upgave and intuned (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
UNIDENTIFIED. 13840, March 21 at 1411 open carrier and off. Nothing scheduled now, but I notice HFCC B-18 has an imaginary English broadcast, 250 kW, 330 degrees from Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, toward western Europe, at 15-18! One can hope; same is still in HFCC A-19 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
UNIDENTIFIED. 15540, March 21 at 1316-1323+, S5-S6 carrier, maybe trace of modulation?; nothing listed here between 11 and 16. And not much is propagating besides Cuba on 19m, but Antarctica is (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
This report despatched at 1743 UT March 21