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Glenn Hauser logs March 31, 2021

** ANTARCTICA. 15475.98-RCUSB, March 31 at 1534 tune-in via Brasília SDR, another Wednesday, another LRA36, only S1-S3 with music, 1537 announcement, stops at 1538, off? No, just a pause, more rap music which we hardly need from Base Esperanza, stops at 1551* and still off by 1555 without despedida or any talk. It seems they always chop themselves off at widely variable times: an hour later last week. Or do they just run until transmitter craps out by itself? (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

** BOLIVIA. 3310, March 31 at 0155, Andean music, only broadcast signal on 90m besides WWCR and CHU. It`s Radio Mosoj Chaski. First I make sure the audio match neither KGWA nor KCRC, my two locals which for many years ganged up to block 3310 (2 x 960 + 1390), both of which are talkers, but with occasional musical bridges. That mixing product fortuitously cleared up several years ago AFAIK, but I`m always apprehensive about it.

This rates S7-S9, my best chance at Mosoj in a long time. No doubt I could hear it better via a remote, but I`ve long wanted to log this direct. Maybe I`ll check that another night to compare behaviour. The music at tune-in is vocal; at 0158 there is an announcement I cannot recognize as Spanish, so likely Quechua; 0159 another song; 0200 announcement with music mix.

At 0201 all that stops, replaced by a big hum/whine. Compared on my keyboard, pitch is about G# or Ab below Cmiddle, i.e. 208 Hz or so. I figure it`s signed off and quit feeding the STL, while the SW transmitter remains on relaying the noise filling the STL transmission. This continues without a break until transmitter off finally at 0210.5*

Among others, Manuel Méndez in Spain often reports RMCh, as does Robert Wilkner in Florida, predominantly in the hour or two before 0200. One recent log by Bob ended at 0211 but not as a sign-off, nor any mention of the tone. MM just heard it last night: “BOLIVIA, 3310, Radio Mosoj Chaski, Cotapachi, 0118-0131, 30-03, Bolivian songs, Quechua, comments. 25322.“

Our obs contradict WRTH 2021 with sked as 09-13 & 21-01; 10 kW from Cochabamba, not Cotapachi/Cotapaxi, with website which is wrong, the j is required: According to that, live broadcasts are at 5:00-8:30 am and 5:30-9:30 pm, which at UT -4 yearound means 0900-1230 & 2130-0130. Must vary.

“Mosoj Chaski was founded in 1999 as a short-wave Christian radio station to reach the Quechua people who are scattered across Bolivia. Mosoj Chaski, which in Quechua means ¨The New Messenger¨, was started by missionaries from SIM, New Tribes Mission and Pioneers International, along with like-minded Bolivian nationals.“

SIM originally meant Sudan Interior Mission, the founders of ELWA Liberia. “Sudan“ once had a connotation well into west Africa beyond present-day Sudan. Mali was previously colonized as French Sudan, then part of French West Africa, AOF (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

** CHINA. 11745, March 31 at 1830, Firedragon jammer S7-S9 with deep fading, against nothing, but RFA in Chinese via Kuwait is scheduled this hour only. No sign of Sa`udi AFRS `Al-Azm` either, but even without the jammer this would be a mess in target. Still past 1846. Meanwhile I check the 11.0 and 13.0 MHz areas but still no sign of any ChiCom jammers, CNR1 or FD (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

** CUBA [and non]. 6000, March 31 at 0058, RHC English has just popped on, now // 6165 which has already been running an hour. A minute or two earlier checking 6000, only had some very weak Qur`aning, as Iran in Tajik is scheduled 0050-0220. Via TWR Bonaire SDR, which is not responsible for Islamic or Commic content it forward (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

** IRAN. 9835, March 31 at *1920:45, VIRI English chops on with program in progress, discussion of Jeffery Epstein and sex trafficking. Then I check // 9855 and find it much stronger S8 into UTwente SDR. 1923 ID as “Voice of Islamic Republic of Iran broadcasting“, schedule as “1920-2020 UT on 6040, 11880“ — which are the defunct B-20 channels: what do they know? Music fill depriving us of standard opening in other languages, anthem and Qur`an! 1929 a different ID, “IRIB English Radio, coming up, the news“.

1930 three upward chimes, theme, and news headlines starting with Hezbollah in Lebanon calling on Sa`udi Arabia to stop the war against Yemen. 1934 changes to commentary about the Iran Nuclear Deal and how Biden is not getting anywhere — complete with music stinger SFX.

May I point out that the very name of the country and thus the station is a Big Lie? Islamic and Republic are mutually exclusive, i.e. of god, and of the people — can`t be both, and we know who`s really in charge, minority people who say they represent a god (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

** KURDISTAN [non]. 11530 & 11540, March 31 at 1456, poor signals on both, which implies as nothing else listed, one is Dengê Welat via France, and the other is the Turkish jammer, named in Aoki as “TRT Radio Recep Erdoğan“, but certainly not what it call itself; i.e. missing its target, which shifts back and forth between 11530 & 11540, also when via Pridnestrovye.

BTW the curve over the g means it`s pronounced as h: “The correct pronunciation of Recep Tayyip Erdoğan in Turkish can be phonetically transcribed as Reh-jep Tah-yeep Err-doh-han, as heard in the audio file. The most important element in pronouncing Erdoğan correctly is to remember that letter “ğ” must be pronounced as “h”“: No, it`s like w, per this; o my, which are we to believe?: Reason enough for his term to be -inated (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

** SPAIN [and non]. 17855, March 31 at 1825 & 1913 chex, still zero signal from REE to N America, direct or via Virginia, UTwente SDRs. Here, 15520 and 11940 are JBA; further east 11940 is in silly ballgame anyway. Only signal here on 16m is 17530 VOA Grimesland, JBA in very poor propagation. Also checked ex-9690, not there either (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

** U S A [non]. 9410, March 31 at 1500, last few notes of Yankee Doodle Dandy, i.e. VOA signing off but S8-S9 carrier stays on a while. It`s Korean via Tinang, PHILIPPINES scheduled 1400-1500 only, further aimed USward.

Remember when 9410 was an exclusive BBCWS/GOS English OOB frequency, only from domestic site? Still also used by BBC but only relays, in various languages, and not continuously, e.g. before this VOA hour in Bengali via Sri Lanka; after it, English via Oman. Other sites per Aoki employed sometime during the 24 are UAE, Vatican, São Tomé, Singapore, Ascension; in: Pashto, Dari, Arabic, Hausa. Taiwan and China also squeeze in, seemingly well-coördinated time segments (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

** U S A. WORLD OF RADIO 2079 monitoring, next:
2100 UT Wednesday WRMI 7780 to NE
2100 UT Wednesday WBCQ 7490v to WSW
2200 UT Wednesday WRMI 9955 [jammed?] to SSE
0130 UT Thursday WRMI 5010 to S

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UNIDENTIFIED. Trans-Atlantic JBA MW carrier survey, March 31 from 0141: not every single 9-kHz carrier this time, but of note: no 531 Algeria or 621 Canary which used to be staples, yet 612 Morocco? and 891-Algeria. We expect them all to be 24 hours, but maybe not. Also noted are 1215, two on 1305. And one on 1431 which is surely the 600 kW VOA Djibouti on the east coast of Africa, as otherwise there are only a few very low power in Europe, max 5 kW in Italy. Around 0530, 531 and 621 can now be detected (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

This report despatched at 2004 UT March 31

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