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Glenn Hauser logs December 1-2, 2019

** ALBANIA [non]. 15770, Dec 2 at 2045 tune-in, Radio Tirana via WRMI again comes in better on BST-1 caradio than my home rigs. Klara is amid a history of Radio Tirana itself, various language services coming and going, alliances with Russia, Yugoslavia, China coming and going, notably lots of aid from China in the form of new studio and transmission equipment. Interrupted by unID song at 2049.5-2052, and another at 2055.5.

She also says there are 66 competitive stations in Albania but not suitable for external service. Radio Tirana has the largest archive of Albanian music; and she claims RTI now has more listeners than it did on SW; but not going into how SW transmitter slowly failed and was abandoned, nor how RT regained SW coverage tnx to relays in Germany and Florida arranged by others. Nor how there`s any way of accurately measuring SW audiences, then or now.

One might hear the start of this story by tuning in earlier to the expected repeat UT Tuesday Dec 3 on 9395 after the 0230 news (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** ARGENTINA [non]. 9395, Monday Dec 2 at 2226, RAE in Italian via WRMI in DX program, so this must be the show originally from Friday — are all these a day or three late as aired here? Playing some Arabic music and talk clips, not sure about what; next topix: Russian Duma banning Deutsche Welle; Sri Lanka gets $300 million of aid from China; TRT Turkey gets (or gives?) some journalism award; Holland private stations authorized to start DAB in January; 2234 ID as “Attualità DX di Arnaldo Slaen“ apparently ending program. I did not hearing anything about DX on it. Into music; 2237 RAE multi-lingual ID reel and introducing some North African Berber music.

There was an annoying music bed thruout the DX show, but kudos to the YL announcer who enunciates quite clearly and slower than other Italian shows we hear, allowing me to comprehend her better. Perhaps the English version of the same DX Actuality show will appear UT Tuesday Dec 3 at 0200-0230 on 9395 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** KOREA SOUTH. 9100, Mon Dec 2 at 1539, JBA carrier, not plus or minus 5, so Echo of Hope must be back on original frequency this week. And the several others will have made their own 5-kHz jumps (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** NICARAGUA. 8989-USB, Dec 2 at 2210, I finally have a chance to monitor the “fisher-preacher“, variously known as El Predicador/Pescador, believed to be somewhere within or next to Nicaragua. He`s in EiBi as irregular, 2130-2400. Reception is generally weak and marginal, but at tune-in I hear music, which certainly does not belong in the aero band (nor do ships); I don`t recall others reporting music from this. The hymn is mixed with exhortations; 2220 mentions “sangre de dios“; and several long pauses, and several “buenas tardes“ as apparently switched to 2-way contacts with listeners; “dios bendiga“; 2223 finally audible a different voice answering (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** PERU. 5980, Dec 2 at 2354, Radio Chaski carrier VP but quite audible amid Cuban wall-of-noise jamming against nothing else; until autocutoff at 2355:15.0*. I missed checking on Dec 1, but this is 2.5 seconds earlier than two nights ago, Nov 30 until 2355:17.5. So there is slight variation in slippage but always a few seconds earlier. Since my initial precise timing in the latest cycle, Nov 26 until 2355:27.5*, six nights ago, that makes an average of 2.08 seconds earlier per noctem.

BTW, altho the NASWA Flashsheet publishes most of my reports, as long as I am not quoting someone else, you`ll have to follow this thread somewhere else (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SAUDI ARABIA. 11820+v, Dec 2 at 2205, no signal from Riyadh, nor in past several days` random afternoon chex. This HQ service used to be a reliable source for naptime lullabyes upon signature off-frequency+plus. Still scheduled in HFCC B-19 at 1800-2300, 500 kW, 320 degrees to WEu and USward (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SPAIN. 9690, 12030, 11940, Dec 2 at 2204 and still 2240 on 9690 at least, open carrier/dead air on all REE frequencies except 11685 no signal. The first pair are burning the kW to the tune of S9+10; the third at S9. Is no one awake at Noblejas? Was English at 2300 also dead? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A [and non]. WORLD OF RADIO 2010 monitoring: confirmed Sunday December 1 at 2130 on WRMI 7780, fair S8-S9.

Also confirmed UT Mon Dec 2 at 0153, the 0130 on WRMI 7780, fair S8-S9.

Also confirmed UT Mon Dec 2 at 0230 on WRMI 7780, S9+10, and synchronized // 9395 at S6-S8. In this case, lower MUF tr*mps closer azimuth.

Also confirmed UT Mon Dec 2 starting at 0405 on Area 51 webcast after JL and after an extra song inserted about “Mari-ju-wanna“. At 0417 check, WBCQ 5130v is poor and noisy S9. My last few words at 0434 are overridden by HRI a little too eager to get started late too.

Also confirmed UT Mon Dec 2 at 0430 on WRMI 9955, good S9+10 but with some occasional lite pulse jamming audible.

Also confirmed Monday Dec 2 starting da capo at 1900:35.5 as monitored on IRRS 7290-Romania? via UTwente SDR. This week the big carrier cuts on at *1857.5, a semiminute after CRI 7285 cut off, but soon back on at 7295. IRRS audio does not cut on until 1900:25.5, for just a few words of news headlines, and again missing the IRRS Aida IS and sign-on, but WOR play starts at the beginning; progress. Next:

0100 UT Tuesday WRMI 7780 to NE
2200 UT Wednesday WBCQ 7490v to WSW
0100 UT Thursday WRMI 7780 to NE

Full schedule including AM, FM, webcasts, satellite, podcasts:

** U S A [and non]. 9330.00, Mon Dec 2 at 0717, WBCQ-6 World`s Last Chance gospel huxter in English colliding with Cuban HM01 spy numbers station, digital bursts alternating with YL numbers. They add up to S9+30 but most of that is WLC Radio which is atop. We knew this was going to happen sooner or later with WBCQ`s 23-hour schedule. As in EiBi, Cuban spies are active on 9330 this hour only on M/W/F/Sundays. My, oh, my, how are their agents in the US going to know what to do on those days? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. In this item, and I think only this item, not under SAUDI ARABIA itself, I misnamed the city for 1521 as Doha, instead of Duba; fixed:

1520+, Nov 27 at 2226 UT, I`m straining to hear a tell-tale het from 1521 upon 1520 KOKC, since Duba, Sa`udi Arabia 2000 kW is about to sign off at 2231* as noted by Bruce Conti, NH. It used to be obvious when it ran all-night. I do detect a JBA carrier, but sounds less than 1 kHz, so maybe KRHW Sikeston MO which has varied before; and still there at 2233 UT (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

This report dispatched at 0058 UT December 3

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