WORLD OF RADIO HITLIST UPDATE
Hi Glenn, my latest Hitlist update.
1) Australia – Reach Beyond: Updated links to frequency and programme schedules
2) Germany – R Marabu: Updated link to programme pages
3) Spain – REE: Updated link to current frequency schedule
3) USA – VOA: Updated links to frequency and programme pages
4) Updated UTC offset notations (due to summer time changes) for Cuba and USA
Unless there’s a major change anywhere, the next update will be early December. Best wishes and 73 (Alan Roe, UK, Nov 4)
** ALASKA. 11670, Nov 4 at 1413, I finally get around to checking KNLS English hour scheduled here for B-19 per HFCC — ZERO signal; so maybe it`s really on 11760 buried under Habana as on own sked: https://www.worldchristian.org/welcome/who-we-are/how-to-listen/
Either way it`s unlikely propagating backward across night path. NOR as intended westward for E Asia across the dark winter night path. They should be on 6 or maybe 7 MHz band, propagation 101. The 1200 English is also allegedly on 25m, and the other transmitter on 9665, without contradixion: can we detect it then? zzz (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** AUSTRALIA. 11874.977, Nov 4 at 1352, South Asian talk, off-frequency; what`s it? HFCC shows Reach Beyond on 11875 at 1200-1400, 100 kW, 310 degrees in English. So what is it really? Convoluted B-19 sked via Alan Roe shows this quarter hour only on Mondays is in Urdu, 1359 closing with a .org address and off after 1400 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** CANADA. 362 kHz, Nov 4 at 0649 UT, NDB sending dash and SB. It`s 500 watts from Greater Sudbury, Ont., per dxinfocentre.com
366 kHz, Nov 4 at 0650 UT, dash and YMW, i.e. 500 watts from Maniwaki, Quebec (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** CHINA [non]. 13650, Nov 3 at 2320, Chinese music fill instead of CRI Portuguese via CUBA, but now it`s overmodulated/distorted like so many other such incompetent Cuban relays. Something`s always wrong at RadioCuba (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** CUBA. 15140, Sun Nov 3 at 2009, RHC English confirmed an hour later than summer, 20-21 UT and still on 15140. “Ed Newman“ is introducing a panel discussion at some institute, with big names such as Ricardo Alarcón, former? foreign minister, etc., two of The Cuban Five (spy heroes, not frequencies), and Tania Hernández, who is now director of RHC, rising from the French department. Taking questions from audience, subject seems to be The Blockade, with usual anti-American sentiments; in English as long as I listen for a few minutes. Seems special rather than regular programming, could even be live.
Jean-Michel Aubier, France, elucidates on the WOR iog: “English is now at 2000, still on 15140, but also on 15370 from 2030 (?), frequency which was expected to be in French. At 2030, the programme is a speech (with translation into English). After, another speech in Spanish (without translation). Seems to be a special programme (Mentions of Maduro and Lula Da Silva). Arabic was aired at 1900 on 15140 followed by Creole on 15140 too (both // = live stream)“ (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** CUBA. 7380, Nov 3 at 2315, RHC is off the frequency which had had English to “Africa“ at this late hour in A-19. Then it coincided with English hour on tropical 5040, but that is now in Spanish; still slightly off-frequency+plus, 5040.052 and undermodulated at 2322. As usual however, 5040 English has latened an hour as heard at 0001 Nov 4 repeating the Blockade discussion aired earlier at 2000 on 15140.
So what has become of the second English broadcast of the day? Nothing now on previous frequencies 9720 or 11880. Could have shifted one hour *earlier*, opposite of what one would expect post-DST, as in previous winters to be at 2200-2300 somewhere. Need to search for it then. Something`s always wrong at RHC (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** FRANCE. 17800 & 17825, Nov 4 at 1507, JBA AM carriers, as yacht weather for Mini Transat racers from Gran Canaria to Martinique has resumed since Nov 2, now on higher band for greater distances from Issoudun. One of them supposed to be in DRM, but I have AM carriers on both and too weak to detect DRM noise, surely none as it does not mix with AM. 1522 quite better at S8 and S7 respectively, YL in French. Better than 17775 KVOH. There is also supposed to be some English, and altho registered a full hour, winds up long before then; and maybe long before Nov 30 if all go well (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** IRAN. 9835, Nov 4 at 1404, S2-S7 carrier with flutter, open or JBM? At first hoped Malaysia could be back but scheduled at 1320-1420 is VIRI Sirjan in Russian also USwards (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** KURDISTAN [non]. 11540, Nov 4 at 1345, SW Asian music, S3-S5, SAH from two stations, no doubt the Kurdo-Turco radio war, only active frequency around here at the moment (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** NORTHERN MARIANA ISLANDS. 9985.035, Nov 4 at 1356 song in English, Carly? 1400 VOA jingle, and Korean, fair-good. Only 9985 is USAGM scheduled 13-22 UT via SAIPAN: another off-frequency (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** NORTHERN MARIANA ISLANDS. 11855.036, Nov 4 at 1347, sounds like S Asian discussion about Pakistan and Kashmir, S9-S7, 1350 brief bit in English about same. Aoki/NDXC and HFCC say 11855 this hour only is RFA Tibetan via SAIPAN; which is typically inexact in frequency (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** SPAIN. 774 kHz, Nov 4 at 0554 during JBA TA MW carrier search, this is strongest and bearing some audio; at 0601 sounds like Castilian intonation, YL talking and some music; 0628 still talk, 0630 timesignal typical on half-hours from RNE1. Except for some very low power UKs, the RNE1 synchros on 774 are the only signals in W Europe, eight of them ranging from 100 kW Valencia down to 10 kW at four locations, adding up to 270 kW. Since I was hearing a beat, at least one of them must be slightly off-frequency. 774 is also just about the best split, near evenly with nothing big on 770, but plenty splash from 780 WBBM, even tuning LSB (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** THAILAND. 9940, Nov 4 at 1403, HSK9 with news in English, S4-S7 with flutter, not very good but better than nothing on the so-called N American service on 13750 at 0000-0330; 1400-1430 & 1230-1300 on 9940 are for SE Asia/Australia, 250 kW, 132 degrees. No CCI or ACI here, unlike ex-9390. We should try for the temporary? English at 1300-1315 which is at 55 degrees (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** TIBET [non]. 15745, Nov 4 at 1341, unknown language marred by modulation drop-outs, S5-S8. Only HFCC/Aoki listee is RFA Bod/Tibetan via TAJIKISTAN; but no jamming heard here. Off after 1400 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** TURKEY. 5960, Nov 3 at 2310, NO signal from VOT English to N America; but 2331 recheck now it`s on with song, S8-S9; 2352 music, I guess it`s their nondescript “interval signal“, from 2356 interrupted about twice a minute for IDs in GERMAN, and sure enough stays on air with 5+1 timesignal 2.5 seconds late past 0000 UT Nov 4, and opening German hour, “Hier ist die Stimme der Türkei“. Don`t know how much longer stayed on, but often a foulup as German may be available on their program feed from Ankara to Emirler but NOT supposed to go on SW at this time. If this ever happen on Saturday into UT Sunday, will collide with weekly Mighty Farty KBC via Germany, which is obviously willing to risk it by repeatedly choosing 5960 in winters (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. 379 kHz, Nov 4 at 0652 UT, ND beacon RUE. It`s 25 watts from Russellville, Arkansas. I was tuned to 380. See also CANADA for two more (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. WORLD OF RADIO 2006 monitoring: WoR on IRRS 7290 kHz Saturday now — Alan Gale, England, reports at 1903 UT Sat Nov 2:
“Hi Glenn, [7290 Romania] IRRS has just come on air at 1900 UT, and the first programme on is World of Radio, so it looks like Saturday evening is the new slot for your show now“
I reply: “Alan, Good, but sked does not show it, rather vague:
May be one of the “random“ times, so need to see if it continue.“
“Hi Glenn, It seems to be a bit truncated too, it switched to another programme around 1918 UT. I seem to recall they used to do something similar once before, and it was mainly in A-19 when it became a regular in the 1815 – 1845 slot on Mondays. The programme that followed it tonight was called Global Voice or something like that, sounded like some sort of podcast. I listen most evenings if I’m in so I’ll keep monitoring it. Alan“
And again on Sunday, from Alan Roe, Teddington UK: “ITALY [non]. An unscheduled partial airing of World of Radio being heard today (Sunday 3 November) in progress on tune-in at 1949 UT on 7290 kHz, with items on China and Cuba and cutting of just before 2000 when IRRS signed-off. I guess WOR must have started at around 1945“
Configured as it is with unrelated items in alfabetical order, I know it must be tempting to air fragments of WOR as filler, but I would rather the show be aired complete or not at all. A little schedule juggling should find continuous 29-minute slots for it (gh)
Still maladjusting to Standard Time (but which should be always), I miss checking the Sun 2130 and UT Mon 0130 airings of WOR on WRMI, which are presumed to continue at the same UTs. Expect soon to have results of Richard Langley`s regular recording/monitoring of 7780 Sunday evenings.
Confirmed UT Monday November 4 at 0230 WRMI 7780, JBA.
Also confirmed UT Mon Nov 4 starting at 0400 (ex-0300) on Area 51 webcast, and at 0422 check of WBCQ 5130-, S9-S8 but noisy.
Also confirmed UT Mon Nov 4 after 0430 (ex-0330) on WRMI webcast, and poor S5-S7 at 0446 check of 9955.
Also confirmed Monday Nov 4 at 1902 on IRRS 7290, well underway so maybe started close to 1900; no connexion to UTwente, so I get to it via OH5AE SDR in Finland. Need AM Narrow or LSB due to heavy splash from 7295. Audio is skipping, hope an output rather than input problem at OH5AE. Hope; assume the whole WOR play at this time. Next:
0100 UT Tuesday WRMI 7780 to NE
2200 UT Wednesday WBCQ 7490v [ex-2100] to WSW
0100 UT Thursday WRMI 7780 to NE
Full schedule including AM, FM, webcasts, satellite, podcasts:
[now updated for standard season] (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A [and non]. 6060, Sun Nov 3 at 2312, NO signal yet from WRMI as planned from Oct 28, then delayed until Nov 4; and still on 5800 VP with talk, SMTV? Ex-4980. 0002 Nov 4 recheck, still on 5800 and no 6060. However I do have a JBA carrier on 6060, which per latest HFCC could be Iran in Arabic, or CNR from CDU site in China (not keyed in WRTH 2019 tables; Chengdu?).
The open question is whether Arnie will reactivate 6060 for RHC`s delayed B-19 sked, after unceremoniously dropping it early in the A-19 season. The WRMI skedgrid shows 5800 at 21-24, and 6060 only at 00-02. The reason for WRMI choosing it is to “reactivate“ an old General Pacheco frequency when RAE was direct from Argentina, with the Spanish relay already retimed to 0100-0200 Tue-Sat, instead of 2200-2300 M-F on 5010, but in the first week should have been on 5800, when we heard only dead air. Maybe all this will be sorted out by Nov 4 into UT Nov 5? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. 7490.07, Sunday Nov 3 at 2326, tail end of `Uncle Bill`s Melting Pot` via WBCQ, S9/+10. Hope like last week he will get a secret repeat 25 hours later, which now would be 0000 UT Tuesday (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. 3215, Sunday November 3 at 2325, very poor open carrier, S7-S9, presumably WWRB but much weaker than normal. Has always been unclear what time their weekend-only emissions start; but 2332 recheck now with hymn, like Hammond organ, and 2336 undermodulated gospel huxtress. WWRB may now use 3215 until 0200 when WWCR takes over, and WWRB then shift to 3195 instead of using that only in the first place (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. 17775, Nov 4 at 1507, JBA carrier, presumed KVOH now opening an hour later M-F. Have the Simi Valley fires and power cuts abated? Program sked still as of Sept 1 http://voiceofhope.com/schedule/kvoh_program_grid.pdf so not updated for standard time, but DX shows should now be at 1600 UT: M & F Frecuencia al Dia; Sat Wavescan (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. 1560 & 1520, replies to my log of KGOW and not KYND:
“Glenn, KYND is still off. Haven’t heard anything out of them since September 24. Also KGOW still using its night site during the daytime, at least all the times I have checked recently (Stephen Luce, Houston, Texas, 2206 UT Nov 3, WOR iog via DXLD)“
“I don’t see anything at the FCC website where KYND has applied for any type of STA (Special Temporary Authority) to be silent (Bob Biermann, WRMI, ibid.)“ (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** VATICAN [non]. 5930, Nov 4 at 1437, undermodulated talk past 1507. Aoki/NDXC and HFCC show it`s Vatican News/Radio at 1430-1530 in Hindi/Tamil/Malalayam, 250 kW due west via Tinang, PHILIPPINES; violating Separation of Church and State (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
UNIDENTIFIED. TA conditions must be VG, as earlier Mark Connelly in MA reported Syria “inbooming“ (where did he get that?) on 783 kHz. Too late for that now, but at 0550-0600 I decide to perform a JBA MW carrier search on the R-75 with E/W longwire, and find plenty of them: 531, 549, 558(2), 567, 585(2), 595.9, 621, 639, 684, 693(2), 711, 729, 738, 747, 756, 774(2: See SPAIN), 801, 837, 882, 909, 936(2), 954, 963 (both sides of my 960 local), 999, 1053, 1062, 1089, 1125(2), 1134, 1215, 1305, 1566 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
This report despatched at 1916 UT November 4