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Glenn Hauser logs October 28-29, 2019

** ALGERIA [non]. 6060, Oct 29 at 0405 I`ve kept checking in case WRMI show up here as planned instead of 5800 where really heard earlier. No Cuba at all, but now there is something VP talk and music. TDA via FRANCE is now scheduled at 04-06 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** ARGENTINA [non]. See USA: WRMI!

** CANADA. 6754-USB, Oct 29 at 0043, Trenton Military with “no report received“ from Shearwater but the others are received. This is normal as they *never* get all reports from everywhere.

15034-USB, Oct 29 at 1416, Trenton Military gives time as 1315z = 1 hour and 1 minute slow! Yet conditions from various aerodromes are as of 1400. At the moment, “no report received“ from Gander or Halifax, but yes from some of the others. Something`s always wrong at CHR (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CHINA. 11070 & 11150, Oct 28 at 2328, S1-S2 Chinese with heavy flutter, the only CNR1 jammers against SOH audible now (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CHINA [non]. 13650, Oct 28 at 2324, VG Chinese music on relay via CUBA. S9+30 and no CCI from Japan audible here as Rick Barton, AZ often reports; tho NHK is still scheduled B-19 at 23-24 in Thai/Vietnamese/Myanmarianese.

This CRI hour for some weeks has been nothing but music fill instead of Portuguese to Brasil — quite an anomalous mystery for the world`s major SW broadcaster. Ironically, Habana manages to modulate it well, unlike the Spanish and English and Chinese CRI relays on other frequencies! But nice to hear the music well.

This has been going on for at least a month, as JRX in Brasil reported the preceding Portuguese hour September 29 on all four frequencies: “9410. Sep 29, 2019. 2246-2256, China Radio International, Kashgar-CHN, in Portuguese. A program with Chinese instrumental songs; 2254 Woman voice says the CRI sked in Portuguese, all with IS backgrounds. Good reception, 45544. Parallel logs on 9685 via Kashgar, 45544; 7260 via Urumqi, 35533; 6175 via Cerrik, 35433“ (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) See also CUBA more CRI relays

** CUBA. 5990, Oct 28 at 2321, CRI English relay, suptorted as usual; something`s always wrong at RadioCuba. See also CHINA [non] for more; note that China relays are the only CUBA entries in HFCC, inserted by the ChiCom, not the CubaCom (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA. 11700, Oct 28 at 2326, RHC Spanish is suptorted, but much stronger than JBM // 11670 and much weaker than VG 11760. Something`s always wrong at RHC (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA. 5040.05, Oct 29 at 0051, RHC still off-frequency and undermodulated, again in wrong? language, Brazuguese instead of French. This “Antilles“ frequency ND with vertical? takeoff is hardly appropriate for Brasil, except possibly the very northern reaches if it were fully modulated. Something`s always wrong at RHC (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA. 5910, Oct 29 at 0307, S9+10 of distorted big-band music, yet I know immediately that this has to be the CRI relay ex-9790 as usual for the B-seasons; soon another song in English, “Beyond the Sea“, and 0310 English story about Japanese robo-hotels. Still at 0403, S9+40 of overmodulated Cantonese. Something`s always wrong at RadioCuba (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA. 4765, Oct 29 at 0304, S9+20 of suptorted music from Radio Progreso, also vs CODAR swishes. Something`s always wrong at RadioCuba (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA. 15700, Oct 29 at 1413, CRI English relay is S9+30 but suptorted: wiggle that patchcord! Prospects remain grim for reliably decent modulation on this, any more than ex-11880 where the signal would have remained just as huge. Something`s always wrong at RadioCuba (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA. 11760, Oct 29 at 1500, RHC S9+10 but overmodulated, distorted, and splattering. Something`s always wrong at RHC (Glenn Hauser, OKO, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA [non]. 6125, Monday October 28 at 2302, TV Martí soundtrack on new frequency from Grimesland NC, S9+20 and no jamming. Ex-5980 and jamming still there altho maybe not full-bore. But at 2314 I compare to *Radio* Martí frequencies 7355 & 7435, and they are //! So is it a feed mixup, or special hookup for special occasion? Seem to be chatting about some silly ballgame. Registrations make no distinxion between Radio and TV Martí, but the 23-04 UT M-F-only schedule for 6125, and by dropping 5980, makes everything match TV Marti scheduling.

Up there on 40m band, jamming is still on 7335, ex-RM channel. At 0045 Oct 29, 6125 still // 6030 which is now on with usual jamming noise. At 0306, still 6030 // 6125 and jamming against nothing on 5980. After 0400, 6125 barely bears TURKEY, q.v. (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** KURDISTAN [non]. 11540, Oct 29 at 1409, this is the only active frequency in the Kurdo-Turco radio-war band, VP only S3-S4 talk and music. Still at 1459, chanting, but off at 1502, now shifted to 11530. 11530 at 1507, Kurdish is poor but now with SAH, indicating the “Radio Recep Erdogan“ Turkish jammer is also on it. At 1514 check, 11540 is off, 11530 is on (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** NEW ZEALAND. 15720, Oct 28 at 2323, RNZP reactivated on this band for springtime, but VP S8 so far; by 0040 Oct 29 it`s improved to S6-S9 but still insufficient. Now scheduled 2259-0558; for our late-night listening, will be much better from 0559 on 11725, 0759 on 9765, 1059 on 9700 but to the NNW; 1259 on 6115.

6115: I have not checked it yet but a risky choice, as in HFCC, WWCR has registered same available all day and all night! But axual 6115 usage per own sked remains only 21-01 during the Week of Confusion, then 22-02 from Nov 3. 6115, also presumably wooden entries for VOR Khabarovsk at 11-15 and JIC MIC Japan at 13-16 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** NORTHERN MARIANA ISLANDS. 11550, Oct 29 at 1502, while checking out the Kurdistan sub-band, JBA algo here, but which would be USAGM Korean via SAIPAN. Similar programming on 11520 at 1508. Both VP but I manage to get enough signals into two receivers to tell they are not //. But after 1500, 11520 is also scheduled as USAGM Korean, via TINIAN — so may well be // but deliberately non-synchronized (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** ROMANIA [and non]. 6090, Oct 29 at 0105, hearing PMS ANGUILLA on her occasional schedule leads me to recheck RRI B-19 English sked as in previous report, and correct it:

“I`ve yet to check the further one-hour Englishes toward us:
2300 on 6040 & 7220 designated for Eu only; 6090 & 7325 to E Asia
0100 on 6130 [not 6090 as in previous report], 7325 to ENAm
0400 on 6020, 7410 to WNAm; 9820-DRM, 11790 to S Asia“

So at 0100 how about 6130 and 7325? Oct 29 at 0105, 6130 is a JBA carrier with splash from 6125 Radio Martí new frequency; 7325 very poor with splash even from 7315 WHRI with VOV relay in Vietnamese, not English! So both are unusable.

Our last chance: 0400 on 6020 & 7410 to western North America: nothing audible on either at 0401! (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SPAIN. 9690, Monday Oct 28 at 2300, REE English confirmed at winter-shifted time ex-2200 on M/W/F. Must be Alison Hughes, the reactivated hostess, but just like Justin Coe, right into music rather than any new news about Spain — something about protest songs recorded by visiting Swedes in the Franco era, who then hightailed it outta there! (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** THAILAND. 13745, Oct 29 at 0038, JBA carrier despite HSK9 B-19 registration on blank 13750 for North America, instead of 13745 in B-18. We have been pining for the lower band, since all A-season, 15590 was useless for the 0000-0330 transmission including English at 0000-0100 & 0200-0230. Why the 5-kHz shift? To distance itself from very strong 13740 CUBA which boycotts HFCC? That should help, but even 13750 would be too close when RHC inbooms; altho sometimes it does not or is even AWOL.

Standard remark: in agreeing to the Udorn IBB relay, Thailand should have insisted upon access to Grimesland for its broadcasts to North America, and even other VOA relay sites when needed such as to reach Europe; altho apparently HSK9 does much better direct to there. I understand that the NAm broadcasts do make it pretty well to Alaska on the way to the restofus (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** TURKEY. 5960, Oct 28 at 2259, 2314 and 2332 chex, NO signal from VOT English to N America as now sked; despite having successfully transmitted here yesterday. Nor on ex-A-19 frequency 9830. Something`s always wrong at the Emirler transmitter site. I`m sure it won`t be long before it happens to be back and/or with extraneous German hour following after 0000.

Other VOT English to NAm is now at 0400 on new 6125. I had been warning about Cuban jamming overrun since TV Martí is also on new 6125 until 0400. So it is, but jammers have not caught up with it yet (and is // Radio Martí, so are they all simulcasting now, or feed mixup?).

So at 0400 Oct 29, I`m on 6125 as OCB has just finished — but the Grimesland S9+20 carrier is still on past 0401! The confused VOT announcer is JBA underneath presumably with his still warped sign-on info. Recheck at 0405: by now GB is off and indeed no jamming — yet — with VOT audible but very poor S7-S8, unusable in noise level. K-index is 3, so propagation could be better. See also ROMANIA (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** TURKEY. 12035, Oct 29 at 1410, VOT S5-S7 with music on the 1330 English to W Europe and USward; still insufficient on the third day of B-19 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** TURKEY. 11815.074, Oct 29 at 1501, song at S7-S9; surely not NHK near hourtop nor off-frequency? Maybe RBC Brasil? But not reported lately; yet stronger than 11780 which thus could not be RNA at this hour, non-Brazuguese talk (rather: listed TWR Swaziland in Somali). 11815+ is instead TRT in Turkish as now scheduled 14-17 aimed USward; and 1505 starts umlautish talking in Türkish (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. WORLD OF RADIO 2005 monitoring: confirmed UT Tue Oct 29 at 0100 on WRMI 7780, poor S9-S6. Next:

2100 UT Wednesday WBCQ 7490v to WSW
0100 UT Thursday WRMI 7780 to NE

Full schedule including AM, FM, webcasts, satellite, podcasts:
http://www.worldofradio.com/radioskd.html

Alfredo Cotroneo explains why IRRS was missing from 7290 Monday at 1816.5 when WOR was expected:

“Hi Glenn, Here are the [UT] days & times for WOR during B19
scheduled on IRRS-Shortwave @ 150 kW, also simulcast at
https://nexus.org/mp3 (IRN stream):

Mon 1902 approx (after the news) on 7290 to EU, N Africa, Mid East
Sun 0003 approx (after the news) (Streaming only)
Sun 2203 approx (after the news) (Streaming only)
and also at random several times during the week on IRN (streaming).

There may have been a glitch in the programming last night, so your program *may* have not been aired. I have just corrected it, sorry.

During B19, we are starting 15 min earlier [sic] at 1900 UT and until 2000 on 7290 kHz, so your program starts 15 min earlier. 73s & take care. Alfredo“

I reply: “I checked today Tuesday via UTwente: 7290 carrier already on at 1854 with severe splash from China 7285. 1900:30 cut on news already in progress, then 1903 FSN program about Ukraine/Biden etc.

There is still heavy splash from China, but now from the other side 7295. LSB tuning on 7285 helps. Too bad we are still so close to so much interference.

Could you provide a schedule of all programs on the 19-20 UT 7290 broadcast seven days a week?“ (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 7490.1v, Monday Oct 28 at 2305, WBCQ with Kurdish songs, very familiar, just like what I was hearing 25 hours earlier on `Uncle Bill`s Melting Pot`. He`s getting a repeat to fill an “Available Time Slot“ (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 5800, Oct 29 at 2309, WRMI extra frequency is slightly better than usual, S9-S8 music undermodulated. Can`t find a parallel, especially 9395 which is currently Oldies. At 2320 I confirm it`s not // 9455 either with TOMBS.

6060, Oct 28 at 2311, 2332, Oct 29 at 0045, 0102 and later, *NO* signal from WRMI, which was supposed to be a new frequency from today to include RAE ATTW relay in Spanish at 0100 weekdays. The disgraced FB announcement about this remained in place, no update or removal.

5800, however, Oct 29 at 0102 remains JBA sounding like Italian — no, listening closely it`s Spanish but porteño accent, as RAE Spanish
relay is here! About new president of Argentina, Alberto Fernández. Instead of on 6060 which remains vacant of Cuba and thus available. Rechecked, the WRMI skedgrid http://www.tinyurl.com/WRMIfqs shows 5800 finally gets recognized, as XMTR 3, 160 degrees, 21-01 SMTV, and 01-02 RAE español — and no entry for 6060: perhaps fearful that RHC may reclaim it? 6060 for RAE relay would have been neat as in FB notice, since that was an old RAE frequency direct from General Pacheco.

Anyhow, 5800 is replacing 4980, now gone from the air and the sked (tho there is a mystery carrier on 4960: see unID); and 5010 which had RAE Spanish at 22-23, now does not come on until 2300, heard at 2311 in Spanish with Fámily Radio. 5800 is off at 0307 check, presumably at 0200*, tho before it appeared on the sked at all, its JBA carrier could show up later at night.

9395, Oct 29 at 0100, this WRMI still with RAE multi-lingual opening prior to English, and not // anywhere; 5010 robohuxter in English, 4980 still off, 7780 WOR, etc., Brother HyStairical elsewhere (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 9385, Oct 28 at 2317, RCC discussion in English, obviously WEWN on new B-19 frequency, poor S6-S9, overnight to Africa ex-11610 — but not supposed to start until 0000! Perhaps they are confused by DST, and from Nov 3 will really start at 0000 UT (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 4840, Oct 29 at 0313, English voice-over translation of Chinese, but the Chinese is too loud like QRM! Scheduled on WWCR-3 at 0200-0600 UT weeknights is `Info Wars` with the self-described “psychotic“ Alex Jones; but why? I`m not hanging around to find out (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 17775, Oct 29 at 1456, KVOH is back! Power back on so maybe fires diminishing in the area? Preaching in Spanish, S7-S9; was not audible at first check almost an hour earlier. Now is the SSOB, otherwise only JBA carriers on 17660 (Sa`udi in French), and 17720 (Turkey in Arabic listed) (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** ZANZIBAR [non]. 6015, Oct 29 at 0404, looking for ZBC, a better than usual signal but sounds like Arabish instead of Swahili. Oh2, R. Tamazuj is B-19 scheduled here at 0329-0427 via MADAGASCAR, // 7315 via FRANCE, but risking collision with WHRI if & when it be on 7315 that late.

Ron Howard was also hearing 6015 as if it were a format change for ZBC and on this date no second signal. In any event, very bad news for ZBC and its would-be listeners in Africa, let alone America (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. 4960, Oct 28 at 2312, S7-S9 open carrier with flutter, just as WRMI has quit 4980, but probably a coincidence. Best guess is that USAGM São Tomé has neglected to turn off the transmitter overnight between 2100 and 0400. Still there at 0040 Oct 29 at S9-S7, but off at 0312. By then there is a JBA carrier on 4930 where VOA starts English at 0300 via Botswana (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

This report despatched at 2047 UT October 29

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