lunedì 31 gennaio 2011

Glenn Hauser logs January 30-31, 2011

** CHINA. Firedrake Jan 30, all //:
13960, poor-fair at 2342
14950, good at 2342
15900, fair at 2343
10300, good with flutter at 2347
 8400, poor at 2348
During these few minutes I searched continuously between 8 and 19 MHz; quite a good haul, five of them, for this time of day (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CHINA. 15550, while searching for Firedrake, one Chinese talk broadcast of significance, at 2352 Jan 30 with usual over-assertive style in dialog, announcements, fair with flutter; timesignal to 2400* and off. Aoki shows this is jamming RFA via Tinian, also until 2400, while CNR1 supposedly continues until 0800, 100 kW, 175 degrees from Beijing 572 site, but none of that audible (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA. 6010, RHC, Jan 31 at 0631, `Ed Newman` in mailbag says the USA is refusing mail from RHC; in fact there is no postal service between Cuba and USA now. Listeners have been wondering why they haven`t received their 2011 RHC calendar cards. E-mail inquiries are being replied with a Cuban government notice about this. Meanwhile, RHC is (finally) designing an E-QSL. Naturally, RHC blames the US, while this BBC story says it was Cuba`s decision to block all mail:

21 January 2011 Last updated at 16:30 ET

Large numbers of letters and parcels have been refused entry to the US

Cuba has suspended all postal deliveries to the United States until further notice. The suspension follows the introduction of stricter security measures by the US last year after the attempted mailing of explosives from Yemen.

The Cuban postal service says large amounts of mail were refused entry and returned in the following months. Correspondents say the cost of so many returns may have led to the decision to stop the service.

Postal service between the US and Cuba had been suspended for 42 years after Cuba's communist revolution, and only resumed in 2009 via third countries.

[is this true? Weren`t RHC QSLs etc., getting thru somehow by P-mail before 2009??? --- gh]

President Barack Obama's decision to renew the service was widely seen as a move towards repairing relations between the two countries.

Its suspension is likely to be interpreted as a setback to the president's efforts at easing tension and improving people-to-people ties between Cuba and the US.

The US tightened its security on air cargo after bombs hidden in cartridges were intercepted on route from Yemen to the US in cargo planes.``

Finally have discovered additional times for RHC`s Spanish DX program `En Contacto`. UT Monday Jan 31 at 0733 I come across it on 6050, 6060, 6120, 6150, 5040 until 0746, so it must have started circa 0731.

Manolo was playing an old clip of R. Progreso, the station whose building RHC shares at Infanta 105. Another anniversary/birthday, I suppose.

Then he announced FOUR times for his show, with all the frequencies for each: I hope I got them all copied as given.

1, to America, Caribbean, Sunday 1435 on 11760, 13750, 13780, 13680, 11730, 12040, 15360, 15120, 15230, 6140 [wrong: not all of these are on, but instead on El Hugazo frequencies 15370, 17750, which start circa 1400 on Sundays]

2, ``sobre las 2005``, meaning approximately, on 11730, 12040, 15230, 6140 [this is the interim `new` day-time I had been searching for but never managed to find]

3, ``sobre las 2240``, on 11730, 12040, 9820, 15230 [not exactly: see our previous monitoring of all frequencies in use at this time]

4, `0235 [UT Monday], on 6140, 11760, 6060, 6120, 15360, 15120; and to Europe on 11770 [sic --- 15120 is certainly not on in the tarde, and 11770 Europe applies to 2240, not 0235!]

HOWEVER, I was axually hearing EC at a fifth time he still doesn`t know about: UT Monday 0730v!

Next item referred to audio archive of his and many other Spanish DX programs at
He listed the others, even including Mundo Radial de Glenn Hauser!

Unfortunately, this website ceased to be maintained a year or two ago, and now is Unfound by geocities, nor even in the Wayback Machine as GC suggests, which means it`s probably in the 6-month limbo period.

Instead, the current site for Programas DX is:

Including this very latest EC audio at

** EGYPT. 9305, R. Cairo general service in Arabic continues active, Jan 30 at 2336, VG but moderately distorted. Say, how are things going in Tunisia now with everybody focused on Egypt?? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** EQUATORIAL GUINEA. 6250.0, RNGE, poor Jan 31 at 0628 continuous Spanish talk, ute beeps (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** GUAM. 12025, Jan 31 at 1520, English with S Asian accent about Noah, Exodus, poor signal. HFCC shows it`s KSDA, 100 kW, due west from Agat at 1500-1530 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** NEW ZEALAND. RNZI 11725-AM and 11670-11675-11680 DRM were the OSOB, Jan 31 at 0643, poor. BTW, on UT Saturdays around this time they have a variety show from National including comedy (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** OKLAHOMA. 960, KGWA Enid, altho the original station of the AM-FM combo, is now the poor stepchild no one really cares about: Jan 31 at 0650 UT, open carrier; came to life for newcast at 0703 check, but back to dead air at 0707. So the automation can handle the news, but not whatever else was supposed to be on.

I was checking because the usual mixing product with KCRC on 3310 was not being heard, and I suspected one of them was off the air --- but KCRC 1390 was nominal, and lack of modulation on 960 carrier should not have affected the spur (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** OMAN. 15140, R. Sultanate of Oman, making a rare audible appearance, but only poor, Jan 31 at 1459 with YL narrating something in English, 1500 interrupted for switch to Arabic service, with louder modulation, ID, fanfare, and presumed news. S9+10 peaks with deep fades (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SAIPAN [and non]. 12090, Jan 30 at 2255 Asian song, good signal better than fluttery adjacent 12095 BBC. 2300 YL ``This is KFBS, Saipan, from the Mariana Islands in the Pacific`` and immediately off, as was BBC. Aoki shows 12090 at 2230-2300 in Vietnamese, 100 kW, 278 degrees from Marpi. BBC is 250 kW, 27 degrees from Ascension, taking a one-hour break until 0000 resuming via Singapore (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SOUTH AFRICA. 5910, fair Jan 30 at 2332, BBC News headlines, 2333 opening `Something Understood`, and then cutting off the air. Another overrun by SENTECH, as BBC is supposedly only at 2200-2300, 100 kW, 330 degrees (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SPAIN. 15385, REE Emisión Sefarad, fair Monday Jan 31 around 1445, interview in Ladino with an Auschwitz survivor (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 9405, is WINB still on the air overnight? If not, there will probably be no press release to that effect. Jan 31 at 0641, I strain for a signal, and with BFO on occasionally there is a trace. However, the same situation applies to 9370v for WTJC, which often is audible when WINB is not, so maybe they are both ``propped-out`` tonight. WYFR was also VP-JBA on 31m, whilst BBC was S9+12 on 9410 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. 3819-LSB, Jan 31 at 0655-0723+ very informal ham net, with tongue-in-cheek often funny comments mentioning --- Paul being an *sshol*, hoping to come back as a tube of Vagisil, hee hee. Talkovers (double transmissions) happened several times, as they don`t like to say ``over``, and nary an ID. I was around here checking for HD2IOA on 3810 which was not heard (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. 15209.3v, still hearing het upon much stronger WYFR 15210.0, Jan 31 at 1458 while FR was in Portuguese, and a dekaminute later when in English. Still nothing in latest HFCC, Aoki or EiBi to account for anything else on 15210 before or after 1500. So could be a spur. Need monitoring of this in Eurafroasia where WYFR is not such a blockage (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ###

Ending an era: Radio Prague signs off on shortwave

Radio Prague will continue to fulfil its mission through internet and satellite broadcasting – we hope for another 75 years - on whatever media the future allows us. But today we mark the end of a traditional means of modern communication that we have been a part of almost since its inception. Czechoslovak Radio began its international service on shortwave through Radio Prague in 1936, in the words of the government, "to provide state propaganda and information in the world's major languages, and also provide special programmes for those Czechs and Slovaks who have settled abroad and who cannot receive our own domestic radio programmes. The mission of this new shortwave service will also be important because our culture - and especially our music - will find new audiences around the world, allowing us to show other European states to what extent we have contributed to the development of mankind in an atmosphere of friendly competition." A wonderful example of the ethos with which Radio Prague joined the airwaves was an experiment done on Christmas day in 1937, when a live radio bridge was attempted between India, Prague and the United States to allow writer Karel Čapek and inventor František Křižík to exchange messages of goodwill for the coming year with Albert Einstein in Princeton and the Indian poet Rabindranath Tagore in Bengal. Karel Čapek (left), František Křižík (front) That experiment showed the potential for a medium that has sent our message all over the world regardless of the political climate or regime here or elsewhere. In the climate of tension leading up to the Second World War, Radio Prague was used to counter Nazi propaganda intended to build international support for its annexation of the Sudetenland. In the final months of the war, Radio Prague's reporters called out to allies to come to the country's aid as it rose up against the enemy. Forty-three years later, when Czechoslovakia was overrun by Soviet-led tanks, it was Radio Prague's shortwave service that kept the world informed of what was going on, until it too became a Soviet propaganda service for the rest of the Cold War. Just as Radio Prague's shortwave broadcast withstood the hostile invasion of its own country, it has continued to penetrate information blockades all over the world. Radio Prague's transmission is heard in Cuba in Spanish, in Belarus in Russian, throughout the Middle East and Africa in English and French. Over the years we have broadcast in Swahili and Portuguese, in Arabic and Italian, Esperanto and many more languages. Even today, it is easier to block the internet than to block shortwave signals. The man in charge of the technical side of Czech Radio's shortwave broadcasting for the last 40 years has been Oldřich Číp, also chairman of the international High Frequency Co-ordination Committee. Oldřich Číp "I think that all shortwave stations have some importance still, although the era of shortwave broadcasting has of course changed. It still has value for specific segments of the audience. The delivery methods of international radio have diversified, with the internet and satellites, but shortwave has some specific properties, and it is my very strong belief that there will always be a specific segment of the audience that prefers shortwave broadcasting from terrestrial transmitters to other delivery methods. I am afraid that some of the decision makers in some of the big organisations may cause a domino effect, whereby when they start reducing then the smaller ones follow suit. So I am afraid that the reduction of shortwave broadcasting around the world was made quite hastily and is not a good development." But when the money for expensive shortwave broadcasting is lacking, then what would you recommend? "Well to reduce it! But to stay on the air. Because shortwave broadcasting bands exist and I believe they will always be used. I think this particular group of listeners will stay tuned to shortwave, and it's a pity that Radio Prague will not be there." As the decision to abandon the airwaves loomed over us, we received a great deal of support from our listeners all over the world. It was a decision that they were greatly divided over. "My name is Mark Coady. I'm 55 years old, and I live in Peterborough, Ontario, and I've been listening to Radio Prague since about 1980. In understand the reasons behind closing shortwave down I'm just going to miss it very badly. I think the problem is that governments don't understand the economics of it, that you can reach a lot of people with it. It's an easy thing for governments to cut, because a lot of people don't understand shortwave anymore."  "My name is Rajdeep Dah, I'm calling from Calcutta, India. And I'm a long time listener of the English service of Radio Prague on shortwave; I've listened for the last ten years. I have never been to the Czech Republic, but I came to know so much about Prague and about Europe through your news, current affairs, sports, which really fascinated me. I never expected to receive such a good signal from such a faraway station and that really made me a fan. During all these years I have had fond memories of your station. When I came to know that Radio Prague was closing down its English service on shortwave, I'm really heartbroken, really sad. Being a DX and shortwave listener, it kind of came as a blow to us." "My name is Brendon Monaghan, I am a graduate student from Portland Oregon in the United States, and I have been listen to Radio Prague since around the mid-90s or so, and it's all pretty much been via either the internet or the World Radio Network. There's more than one way you can take the end of shortwave, judging by the comments on the mailbag programme or your Facebook page. You can treat it like a funeral and talk about how terrible it is and lament the loss of the station, or you can look at it as trying to stay relevant and on top of new technologies and new information as it transitions into the 21st century." "To introduce myself, I am François Pellicaan, I am from the Netherlands, I live in the Czech Republic. I use Radio Prague as my primary source of information about Czech people and the Czech Republic. Actually, I have never listened to Radio Prague via shortwave, but I do use the web, I use the podcasts, I use broadcasting via the internet and I also read RP articles on my reader. My opinion about quitting shortwave broadcasting is simple: I know there is a cut in the budget and I think that because Radio Prague provides an excellent source of information via the internet, cutting the shortwave broadcasting is an understandable sacrifice for me."  "My name is Rodney Bowers. I first listened to Radio Prague in a small town called Hartwell, Georgia, in the United States. I got my first shortwave radio when I was about 14 years old, back in the late 60s, and Radio Prague was one of those that was very available, easy to pick up, had good signal quality, so it was one of those things that when you were listening and wanted to hear some different kinds of programming you would tune in on a fairly regular basis. To some extent I am on both sides of the shortwave issue. Being in the computer business myself, I certainly understand the power of the internet and its ability to deliver a wide range of content, not just audio but video, written content, they type of thing that you didn't get on the shortwave side. On the shortwave side, though, is untethered, you can listen to it anywhere, you can listen in obscure places where you don't have internet connectivity. So in looking at that, some of the allure of being able to connect to the masses is diminished by the fact that you don't have the shortwave broadcast. I will continue to do both. The broadcasts from Radio Prague will stop, and that will be disappointing, but of course I still have my shortwave radio and I still have my internet connection, so I will use both." Our final broadcast ends deservedly on Oldřich Číp, who has managed Radio Prague's frequency and programmes schedules for so many, many years. Many thanks to him and to those of you who took the time to write in participate in the programme. Radio Prague will still be here, providing you with news and feature programming about and from the Czech Republic. Stay tuned, and ask your local broadcasters to rebroadcast our daily programme. To those of you who will be unable to listen online, it has been our great pleasure and privilege to offer you this service. From all of our staff, thank you very much for listening, and goodbye.

Dx Mix News # 661

DX MIX NEWS # 661                                           31 January 2011
U.K.(non)    Winter B-10 schedule of BABCOCK Relays (ex VTC). Part 1 of 3:
Voice of Vietnam
0100-0130 on  6175 SAC 250 kW / 212 deg to NoAm English
0130-0230 on  6175 SAC 250 kW / 212 deg to NoAm Vietnamese
0230-0300 on  6175 SAC 250 kW / 212 deg to NoAm English
0300-0330 on  6175 SAC 250 kW / 212 deg to NoAm Spanish
0330-0400 on  6175 SAC 250 kW / 212 deg to NoAm English
0400-0430 on  6175 SAC 250 kW / 212 deg to NoAm Spanish
0430-0530 on  6175 SAC 250 kW / 240 deg to NoAm Vietnamese
1800-1830 on  5955 MOS 100 kW / 300 deg to WeEu English
1830-1930 on  5955 MOS 100 kW / 300 deg to WeEu Vietnamese
1930-2000 on  5955 MOS 100 kW / 300 deg to WeEu French
2000-2030 on  5970 WOF 250 kW / 075 deg to EaEu Russian
2030-2130 on  3985 SKN 250 kW / 121 deg to WeEu German
2130-2230 on  7370 WOF 250 kW / 105 deg to SEEu Vietnamese

Adventist World Radio
0100-0200 on 15445 TAI 100 kW / 250 deg to SEAs Vietnamese Sat

Sudan Radio Service
0400-0500 on 13720 DHA 250 kW / 245 deg to EaAf Arabic
0500-0530 on 13720 DHA 250 kW / 240 deg to EaAf Arabic
0530-0600 on 13720 DHA 250 kW / 240 deg to EaAf English
1500-1530 on 17745 SIN 250 kw / 114 deg to EaAf English
1530-1700 on 17745 SIN 250 kw / 114 deg to EaAf Arabic
1600-1700 on 17700 ASC 250 kW / 065 deg to EaAf Arabic
1700-1730 on  9840 DHA 300 kW / 240 deg to EaAf Dinka   Mon
1700-1730 on  9840 DHA 300 kW / 240 deg to EaAf Zande   Tue
1700-1730 on  9840 DHA 300 kW / 240 deg to EaAf Muro    Wed
1700-1730 on  9840 DHA 300 kW / 240 deg to EaAf Bari    Thu
1700-1730 on  9840 DHA 300 kW / 240 deg to EaAf Shiluk  Fri
1700-1730 on  9840 DHA 300 kW / 240 deg to EaAf Arabic  Sat/Sun
1730-1800 on  9840 DHA 300 kW / 240 deg to EaAf English

Radio Canada International
0400-0500 on  7265 SKN 300 kW / 110 deg to N/ME Arabic
1700-1730 on  9555 RMP 250 kW / 048 deg to EaEu Russian
1700-1730 on 11935 WOF 250 kW / 078 deg to EaEu Russian
1900-2000 on  9510 SKN 250 kW / 177 deg to NCAf French
1900-2000 on 11845 SKN 300 kW / 195 deg to NWAf French

Radio Okapi
0400-0500 on 11690 MEY 250 kW / 340 deg toCongo French/Lingala

Radio Japan NHK World
0500-0530 on  5975 RMP 500 kW / 140 deg to WeEu English
1700-1900 on  9575 DHA 250 kW / 285 deg to NoAf Japanese
0400-0430 on  6035 ERV 100 kW / 222 deg to N/ME Arabic
1500-1700 on 12045 SNG 250 kW / 315 deg to WeAs Japanese
0500-0530 on 15205 TAC 100 kW / 131 deg to SoAs English
1000-1030 on 11780 TAC 100 kW / 163 deg to SoAs English
1300-1345 on  9720 TAC 100 kW / 131 deg to SoAs Bengali
1345-1430 on  9720 TAC 100 kW / 163 deg to SoAs Hindi
1430-1515 on  6200 TAC 100 kW / 170 deg to SoAs Urdu
0200-0300 on 11860 SNG 250 kW / 340 deg to SEAs Japanese
0800-1000 on 11740 SNG 250 kW / 001 deg to SEAs Japanese
0945-1030 on  6140 SNG 250 kW / 140 deg to SEAs Indonesian
1030-1100 on 11740 SNG 250 kW / 330 deg to SEAs Burmese
1130-1200 on 11740 SNG 250 kW / 001 deg to SEAs Thai
1230-1300 on 11740 SNG 250 kW / 001 deg to SEAs Vietnamese
1300-1330 on 11740 SNG 250 kW / 001 deg to SEAs Chinese
1430-1500 on 11740 SNG 250 kW / 330 deg to SEAs Burmese
0230-0300 on  6145 SGO 100 kW / 060 deg to BRA  Portuguese
0930-1000 on  6145 SGO 100 kW / 060 deg to BRA  Portuguese

Bar-Kulan Radio/Meeting Place
0500-0600 on 15750 DHA 250 kW / 225 deg to EaAf Somali
1600-1700 on  9960 MEY 500 kW / 020 deg to EaAf Somali

Radio Damal (Voice of Somali People, Odka Bulshada Somaliyeed)
0400-0500 on 15700 DHA 250 kW / 225 deg to EaAf Somali
0500-0700 on 15700 DHA 250 kW / 205 deg to EaAf Somali
1830-1930 on 11740 WOF 300 kW / 122 deg to EaAf Somali
1930-2130 on 11970 DHA 250 kW / 205 deg to EaAf Somali

0500-0800 on  3955 SKN 100 kW / 121 deg to WeEu English DRM
0700-0800 on  5875 MOS 040 kW / 300 deg to WeEu English DRM
0800-0900 on  5875 WOF 100 kW / 114 deg to WeEu English DRM
1400-1600 on  5845 NAK 100 kW / 290 deg to SoAs English DRM
1400-1600 on 13590 TRM 090 kW / 005 deg to SoAs English DRM

KBS World Radio
0700-0800 on  6045 SKN 300 kW / 110 deg to WeEu Korean
1100-1130 on  9760 WOF 100 kW / 105 deg to WeEu English Sat DRM
1800-1900 on  7235 RMP 250 kW / 062 deg to EaEu Russian
2000-2100 on  3955 SKN 250 kW / 106 deg to WeEu German
2100-2200 on  3955 SKN 250 kW / 175 deg to WeEu French
2200-2230 on  3955 SKN 250 kW / 106 deg to WeEu English

Voice of Croatia
0700-1100 on 17860 SNG 100 kW / 135 deg to AUS  Croatian/English

Cotton Tree News
0730-0800 on 11875 RMP 500 kW / 190 deg to CeAf English/Local

IRIN Radio(Integrated Regional Information Network)
0830-0930 on 17680 DHA 250 kW / 225 deg to EaAf Somali

IBRA Radio
1100-1200 on  9945 HBN 100 kW / 318 deg to EaAs Chinese via T8WH Angel 3
1730-1800 on 11740 MEY 100 kW / 015 deg to EaAf Somali
1730-1800 on 11785 SKN 300 kW / 140 deg to CeAf Swahili
1800 1900 on  9420 RMP 250 kW / 095 deg to N/ME Arabic
1800-1900 on 12045 WOF 250 kW / 114 deg to N/ME Arabic
1800-2015 on  9635 SKN 300 kW / 140 deg to CeAf Arabic
1900-2030 on  7445 RMP 500 kW / 160 deg to WeAf Fulfulfe/Hausa

Eternal Good News
1130-1145 on 15525 DHA 250 kW / 100 deg to SoAs English Fri

Deutsche Welle
1100-1400 on 15725 NAK 100 kW / 290 deg to SoAs German DRM from March 1
1600-1800 on  5845 NAK 100 kW / 290 deg to SoAs German DRM
1600-1700 on 13590 TRM 090 kW / 005 deg to SoAs German DRM
0200-0300 on 15205 TRM 090 kW / 045 deg to SEAs German DRM

Trans World Radio Africa
1300-1315 on 13660 KIG 250 kW / 030 deg to EaAf Afar Fri-Sun
1730-1800 on  9775 DHA 250 kW / 230 deg to EaAf Amharic Fri
1800-1815 on  5965 DHA 250 kW / 225 deg to EaAf Tigrinya Mon-Wed
1800-1815 on  5965 DHA 250 kW / 225 deg to EaAf Amharic Thu/Fri
1800-1830 on  5965 DHA 250 kW / 225 deg to EaAf Tigre Sat
1800-1830 on  5965 DHA 250 kW / 225 deg to EaAf Kunama Sun
1815-1845 on  5965 DHA 250 kW / 225 deg to EaAf Tigrinya Mon-Fri
1830-1845 on  5965 DHA 250 kW / 225 deg to EaAf Amharic Sun

Voice of Tibet
1330-1400 on 13755 DHA 250 kW / 075 deg to CeAs Tibetan

domenica 30 gennaio 2011

Glenn Hauser logs January 29-30, 2011

** CHINA. Firedrake Jan 30:
8400, at 1352, JBA with flutter
9380, at 1354, fair vs presumed DW in Chinese, not audible, not 1400+

** CUBA. RHC Sunday Jan 30 check: at 1412 the special ``Aló, Presidente`` frequencies are on, 13750, 15370 and 17750, the latter strong but undermodulated with buzzes, but no separate programming, all // mainstream RHC 11690, 11730, 11760, 13780, 15120, 15230; while 12040 and 15360 are absent. Recheck at 1655: 17750, 15370 and 13750 still on and still no-show Hugazo, // others.

Gone again! Esperanto from RHC scheduled Sundays 1500-1530 on 11760, but Jan 30 at 1510, just Spanish // numerous other frequencies in filatelia show (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** PALAU. 9950, Jan 30 at 1451, playing music including riff from ``Touch Me`` by The Doors, 1453 Japanese talk, 1457 giving URL with // pronounced ``surashu, surashu``, and schedule mentioning kirohertsu several times, to 1459*. Is Furusato no Kaze, 100 kW, 345 degrees from Koror via T8WH; better signal than neighbor 9955 WRMI (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** RUSSIA [and non]. 6075, R. Rossii, no motorboating and not much program audio either Jan 30 at 1359, but could hear 1400+ timesignal, mixing with Taipei ID and then more Chinese from jamming. Hard to tell when Pet/Kam carrier goes off, without the motorboating roar! No sign of 2MTL or 8GAL 6074 until 1402 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** TURKEY. VOT was reported to have changed frequency for English to NAm at 23-24: ``Frequency changes for Voice of Turkey effective from Jan. 14: 2300-2357 NF 7335+EMR 500 kW / 310 deg to NoAm, ex 5960 English; + co-channel WHRI Angel 1/5 in English on Sat (DX Mix News, Bulgaria, Jan 18 via DXLD 11-03)``

And I finally get around to checking it on Saturday January 29 at 2330: nothing but WHRI audible on 7335, but there is something weak on 5960, seems English, bothered by much stronger and bleeding DentroCuban Jamming Command on 5955 against R. República on 5954.2v. That could certainly motivate VOT to move, but onto a frequency occupied by WHRI?!

To be sure, I listen again at 2352, and do hear the VOT IS on 5960. So the change has NOT been made, or if it was, they have gone back to 5960, or even less likely, gone back on Saturdays only, possibly the only day of week WHRI is really on 7335, altho HFCC shows 17 = Sunday and Saturday.

Yet the latest HFCC also shows TRT on 7335 as if it had been there all the time since 31 Oct! And no listing for 5960 where it really was and is. Far too many changes in HFCC are masked by showing incorrect dates in effect (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. WORLD OF RADIO 1549 monitoring: Saturday Jan 29 at 1846, very poor but audible on 9955, WRN via WRMI, no jamming. Jeff White reconfirms that WRMI is on the air Sat & Sun only in the 17-22 UT period, taking a break on weekdays, all with WRN relays. And WOR is also scheduled at the same time on Sundays.

3215, WWCR at 0735 UT Sun Jan 30, WOR confirmed. 9955, WRMI at 1647 Sunday, also confirmed, with usual SAH from YFR Taiwan, but generally atop it, and no jamming unlike 9965.

Next chances on 9955: Sun 1830, Mon 1230, 2230, Tue 1630, Wed 0200, 1630; 7415 WBCQ: Tue 2000 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 9955, lovely Andean music from WRMI, ``Aires Andinos`` show, UT Sun Jan 30 at 0533, so I settle back to listen for the rest of the half hour: unfortunately, I just caught it at a peak, as soon obscured by Cuban jamming pulses, and then alternating peaking and troughing. Our Friend in Habana finds such innocent programming a threat to the oppressed DentroCubans --- even this must be jammed. Tnx a lot, Arnie!

Some other times for ``Aires Andinos`` on the WRMI schedule: Wed 1230, Thu 0100, Sat 1200. The 1200 and 1230 are probably jammed too; maybe has a chance at 01. Or give up and listen to webcast (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A [non]. 15420, Jan 29 at 1847, I am hearing nothing but BBCWS in English via SOUTH AFRICA, when normally there is a collision with WBCQ on CUSB. Global Spirit Proclamation, the androgynous anapest from Fence Lake NM, is supposedly scheduled 7 days a week at 18-22 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. 1190, Jan 30 at 1433 UT, Spanish caught my ear, mostly atop jumble of multiple stations, talking about a trip to Mérida, Yucatán. Since it seems from WNW/ESE, and the hour is rather late, I don`t think it is an XE, and there are no Yucatecans on 1190. Maybe an infomercial. Lasted about 5 minutes before losing out. Several US stations on 1190 are Spanish, per NRC AM Log, in AZ, FL, GA, MS (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. 7534-SSB, Jan 30 at 0618, 2-way in English, one side good, the other JBA or not at all during long pauses. The one I can hear with some engine noise in background, calls his contact Mike, mentions ``lockers``, ``only got one drum``; 0623 ``awful big ocean here``; ``not one --ck--- boat in 12 miles``, ``I just don`t see anything``. 0628+ nothing more heard, no IDs. Sounded like he was somewhat distressed.

What else has been reported on 7534? Searching the 31,130 posts so far on the UDXF yg, I get two hits on 7534 from 2006 and 2007y, neither relevant (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ###

Log Roberto Pavanello

 1220   30/1 00.30 R. Globo - Rio de Janeiro PP NX suff.
 3320   29/1 23.40 R. Sonder Grense - Meyerton Afrikans MX suff.
 3330   29/1 04.50 CHU - Ottawa EE/FF ID e pip pip buono
 4780   29/1 04.55 R. Gibuti - Somalo MX buono
 4955   30/1 00.05 R. Cultural Amauta - Huanta SS NX buono
 5060   29/1 16.20 VOBME - Asmara Amarico talk OM suff.
 5910   29/1 05.00 Marfil Estereo/Alcaravan R. - Bogotà SS MX buono
 6019.6 29/1 05.10 R. Victoria - Lima SS Alleluja al Senor !!! buono
 6200   30/1 10.05 R. Orang Utang - EE ID e MX buono
 6210   30/1 09.50 Laser Hoy Hits -
EE ID e MX buono
 9505   29/1 23.45 R. Record - Sao Paulo PP MX buono
 9565   29/1 23.50 R. Deus è Amor - Curitiba PP ID buono
 9645   29/1 23.55 R. Bandeirantes - SAo Paulo PP NX suff.
 9675   30/1 00.00 R. Camcao Nova - Cachoeira Paulista PP MX buono
11690   29/1 16.00 KSDA - Guam EE ID e MX buono

Roberto Pavanello
Vercelli / Italia

Shortwave Radio Logs from WDX6AA

BOTSWANA VOA Relay 9885 0427 GMT English 433 Jan 28 OM telling listeners to write to the VOA about reception in their areas. Suddenly off the air 0430 GMT.

CHINA China Radio Intl-CRI 9460 0416 GMT English 333 Jan 28 Two OMs with comments on relations between India and China.

CUBA China Radio Intl Relay-CRI 9790 0425 GMT Cantonese 333 Jan 28 Two YLs singing followed by an OM with comments.

JAPAN Radio Nikkei 9760 0423 GMT Japanese 333 Jan 28 Two OMs with comments.

UNITED STATES, No Carolina WTJC 9370 2158 GMT English 333 Jan 28 Choir music. This is a noisy frequency.

UNITED STATES, Tennessee WWRB 9385 2205 English 433 Jan 28 OM preaching in the Over Ministries program plus a male choir music.

UNITED STATES, Tennessee WTWW 9480 2210 GMT English 444 Jan 28 OM with in a Sermon on Divine Authority. Two OMs with comments 2220 GMT.

UNKNOWN 7465 2205 Spanish 333 Jan 27 OM with comments and mentioning Cristo often. Any clues???..
Stewart MacKenzie, WDX6AA
Huntington Beach, California, United States of America
Rcvrs: Kenwood R5000 and Grundig Satellit 650
"World Friendship Through Shortwave Radio Where Culture and Language Come Alive"

sabato 29 gennaio 2011

Glenn Hauser logs January 28-29, 2011

** CUBA. 6150, Jan 29 at 0625, RHC is here, not 6100 as last night, but I was not up to monitor what happened after 0700. 6150 with music // English service on 6060, 6050, 6010, what overkill!

At 0638, 6180 bore a mixture of Spanish and English, leapfrog of 6120 Spanish over 6150 English, and/or 6060 over 6120, both in Spanish (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** EGYPT. 6270, at 2159 Jan 28, R. Cairo English service is still missing.

9305, Arabic homeservice relay is on, with Arabic music; 2208 every minute or two interrupted for announcement about Mubarak, presumably that he is about to speak. 2214 Arabic ID, mentions Mubarak; 2217, Mubarak is speaking.

Meanwhile I was also watching CNN and MSNBC. CNN joined Mubarak speech immediately with translation by woman. MSNBC showed him, but did not have any English translation available for a few minutes, finally has a man translating. He concluded at 2228. Said something about forming a new government, but himself not resigning.

11590, the scheduled English from R. Cairo to WNAm, Jan 28 at 2326, poor signal and very undermodulated, could not be sure it`s in English. Official versions of schedule keep showing this sesquihour as Arabic.

Wolfgang Büschel suggests transmissions from the site near Cairo, Abu Zabaal have been off the air, while the other site, Abis, much further away near Alexandria, continues in operation. Would they be flexible enough to transfer some of the frequencies from one to the other? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** INDIA. 6280, Jan 28 at 2206, weak signal in talk, presumably the only broadcaster scheduled on this marine band channel, AIR GOS, 500 kW, 320 degrees from Bengaluru (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** LIBYA. 17725, V. of Africa, better than usual, Jan 29 at 1409, reggae song in English, ``Is it true, is it a dream, Qaddaffy . . . no racist regime``, lyrix repeated over and over but could never copy every word. 1414 on to ``special program`` about peace & stability, mentioning ``Al-Fatah revolution``. // 21695 not propagating (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** MEXICO. 6185, XEPPM, Jan 29 0630+ with Willie Nelson album cuts, later Oak Ridge Boys, all in English (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** OKLAHOMA. 24, KOKH, OKC on 25.2 subchannel Saturday Jan 29 at 1556 UT with e/i kidvid combining animation and live axion, instead of Country Music Network, tho PSIP ID still claims it`s CMN.  Titan TV schedule shows nothing but ``TCN`` music videos 24/7 for this. 1559 outro logo for the kidvid shows The Country Network; 1600 local ID combining KOKH, 25.2, The Country Network, and back to videos with guitar bug lower-right. So is TCN = CMN? Why both?

Seems even obscure nets like this have to pay their e/i dues, even if it mean breaking format, and they all cynically do it on Saturday morning ghetto, leaving the poor kids nothing wholesome(?) to watch the rest of the time (Glenn Hauser, Enid, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** PHILIPPINES. 12055, Jan 29 at 0014, ``Jesus Saves`` IS, so it`s FEBC. 0015 birds chirping and other dawn-chorus sounds. ID? and song in unID language, fair and fading. HFCC shows multilingual service 100 kW, 305 degrees from Bocaue site at 2330-0115. Aoki refines this to 0015 transition from Tai-Lu language to Lahu. Of course!

Eibi shows: Tai-Lu is spoken by the Lu in S China, 0.25 Megapersons, and in Burma by 0.2 Mp; Lahu is spoken in China by 0.4 Mp, and in Myanmar by 0.15 Mp --- minority cultures at risk to the Christian conversionists (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** PRIDNESTROVYE. 6240, Radio PMR, Friday Jan 28 at 2159 playing national anthem, 2200 OC briefly and off. This ``M-F`` service signs off at local midnight Friday into Saturday, while on Sun-Thu it runs until 2400; UT Sunday resuming at 2200, which is the beginning of Monday there. No longer relaying Voice of Russia daily after 0000, apparently moved to 7290, where signal is much worse here (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** ROMANIA. 15170, Jan 29 at 1423, RRI ID in Romanian service, yodeling morphing into ``O Sole Mio``, nice folk music concert until rude, abrupt cutoff the air at 1456* without so much as a ``la revedere``. This is in the clear only on Saturdays when REE/Costa Rica takes a break (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENINBG DIGEST)

** UGANDA [non]. 17725, Saturday Jan 29 at 1708, urgent talk in Swahili or something, presumed Radio Y`abaganda, clandestine via FRANCE, still active during this one quarter-hour per week (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. WORLD OF RADIO 1549 monitoring. Confirmed Friday Jan 28 at 2130 on WWCR 7465. And Saturday Jan 29 after 1500 on WRMI 9955 --- no jamming, but SAH from co-channel YFR via Taiwan, and overload from WWCR 9980. Also reconfirmed on WWCR 12160 after 1700 Saturday.

Next chances are: Sat 1830 on WRMI 9955; Sat 1900 on IPAR 6090; Sun 0730 on WWCR 3215; Sun 0900, 1630, 1830; Mon 1230, 2230 on WRMI 9955 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 850, KOA Denver CO, Jan 29 at 1336 UT supposedly ``Colorado`s Morning News`` abruptly into 4-minute talk by Wisconsin`s new anti-government US Senator Ron Johnson. Apparently this week`s Republican radio address speaker; at end mentions Pres. Obama will be on sometime later, but never heard him before hourtop. 1343 promo for Rush: obviously KOA has a poor sense of what`s journalism and what`s far-right-wing-nutting. Own meteorologist made a couple of appearances predicting that on Tuesday, Denver`s hi might not exceed zero F, which is unusual even for the mi-hi city.

At 1349 co-channel QRM peaked from a station with Catholish mass tonality, audible best in KOA null, along with Spanish CCI, but not sure what language the mass was in. There are too many 850 stations with a religious and/or Spanish format to make a guess, other than possibly WAIT Chicago. The EWTN affiliate list at
does not show anything on 850 in English (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** WESTERN SAHARA [non]. 6297.1, Jan 28 at 2201, SASASAM with music and announcement, ute QRM now too as well as when I usually hear it better, after 0700 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ###

Escuchas Onda Corta

9.570 kHz, Radio Liberty, Lampertheim, 28-01-11, 1834-1838. Locutor entrevista a invitado e identificación de la emisora, en bielorruso. SINPO 55444

6.280 kHz, All India Radio, Bangaluru, 28-01-11, 1825-1831. Música, identificación emisora y locutor con comentarios, en inglés. SINPO 45444. En paralelo por 9.445 kHz con SINPO 35433

5.810 kHz, Radio Farda, Kuwait, 28-01-11, 2234-2239. Música e identificación de la emisora, en persa. SINPO 45333

3.955 kHz, KBS World Radio, Skelton, 28-01-11, 2202-2207. Locutores con comentarios y referencias a Corea, en inglés. SINPO 45333
5.240 kHz, PBS Xizang, Lhasa, 28-01-11, 2209-2233. Música instrumental, locutora con comentarios y música tradicional, en tibetano. SINPO 24232

Javier Robledillo
Elche (Alicante)

venerdì 28 gennaio 2011

Glenn Hauser logs January 27-28, 2011

** ANGUILLA [and non]. 6090, ``University Network`` still missing from night frequency, Jan 28 at 0711. At 1500, day frequency 11775 was back on, but mixing with AWR theme underneath, then the latter playing an excerpt from Concierto de Aranjuez. 11775 at 1500-1530 is AWR Turkish via AUSTRIA, which was in the clear 24 hours earlier (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** AUSTRALIA. RA programming is returning to normal following several weeks of ``Summer`` substitutes --- don`t they realise that much of their overseas audience is not observing summer? See
which we hope is again more or less correct.

9590, Friday Jan 28 at 1434 going from ``Movie Time`` to ``Artworks``, talk by the ``Around the World in 80 Gardens`` guy about how gardening is spiritual, makes global warming obvious to the gardener. This episode not yet at
so on RA ahead of the RN Jan 30 airing? When it is, will be podcast and transcript available (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** AUSTRIA. 6155, Ö1, Friday Jan 28 at 0709 going from German OM to English YL with token world news capsule from domestic service, still airing M-F only, starting with Egypt, 0712 French; fair signal (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** COLOMBIA. 5910-, Jan 28 at 0639, romantic music in Spanish; slightly on low side of frequency; 0641 ``llanera`` folk music with harp akin to Venezuelan style. Fair with deep fades. 0653 ID as ``15-30 AM Alcaraván Radio``, more music. That`s the source for HJDH on this frequency now rather than Marfil Estéreo (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA. 6100, new frequency from RHC, Jan 28 at 0710, apparently instead of missing 6150, VG and no spur, // 6120, 6060, 6050 in Spanish. This pileup of hi-power transmitters on 49m leads to mixing products, and receiver overload, hard to tell which is which, but I was also hearing RHC with weaker signals on: 6170, 6200, 6070, 6140, 6000.

Altho 6140 is a fundamental at other times, now it`s probably a leapfrog of 6100 over 6120, and/or 6060 over 6100! Likewise, 6000 = 6100 over 6050. 6070 = leapfrog of 6050 over 6060, too bad for the comedians on CFRX. Also with squeal/hets, perhaps mixes from adjacent spy-number transmitters (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CZECHIA [non]. 9955, WRMI, Jan 28 at 0646 unusually good signal (often there is none at all in the nightmiddle), no jamming, with R. Praga in Spanish, program about musical instruments, their names in Czech, some of them derived from English or German. R. Praga again in Spanish at 1457 retune, giving full SW schedule in that language, but only as filler following French at 1430.

Altho R. Prague will have a ``farewell to SW`` retrospective program Jan 31, according to Swopan Chakroborty, Jeff White again comes to the rescue, reaching an agreement with RP to continue relays on WRMI 9955, but on a different schedule past Feb 1, already in effect.

Unfortunately, the hours for English are rather inconvenient for North Americans sleeping normal hours; too bad the M-F 1500 UT slot was ceded to RFI a few months ago. We asked Jeff White for the latest (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) Viz.:

OK, I've made the changes. The schedule on the website and Facebook page are updated. The Radio Prague airings as of Feb. 1 (actually as of today) are:
0630-0700 UTC Daily (Spanish)
0700-0730 UTC Daily (English)
0930-1000 UTC Daily (Spanish)
1000-1030 UTC Monday-Friday (English)
1930-2000 UTC Saturday-Sunday (English)
0300-0330 UTC Daily (Spanish)
The Radio Slovakia and World Radio Network times on the schedule are also correct (no changes, I think). Note that we are off the air from 1700 to 2200 UT Monday-Friday until further notice, although we run WRN during that time period, which is only on our webcast (Jeff White, WRMI Radio Miami International, Jan 28, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** EGYPT. There have been reports of some R. Cairo broadcasts missing such as the European service on 6270, per Chris Lewis in England, but some of them are still going:

13580, Jan 28 at 1509, R. Cairo Albanian service, good signal aimed USward but just barely modulated, traces of talk at peaks. Normal for this broadcast, regardless of riots and revolutions (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** EQUATORIAL GUINEA. 6250-, Jan 28 at 0655, poor-fair signal in continuous Spanish talk, mentions Bata, keeps going past 0700. I am rather surprised reception is holding up this late as usually it`s gone by 0630. And still JBA at 0715, 0722 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** KOREA NORTH [non]. 5910, Shiokaze via JSR JAPAN still here and in English 1400 on Friday, checked Jan 28 at 1425 with Sea Breeze ID (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** OKLAHOMA. Regional tropo enhancement in play morning of Jan 28, as we are headed for an unusually warm day for January: at 1540 UT I find analog 48 KWDW-LP Nichols Hills (OKC) Univisión relay is in well (tho never snow-free) with 18.1 kW ERP, so I check for its sibling now in DTV on channel 36, KHCM-CA, 7.33 kW.

That is decoding as 36-1, and I discover that they have added 36-2! It`s carrying ``La Zeta`` KTUZ 106.7 audio and the video is just continuous advertising, in several frames, similar to but not synchronized with their website

By 1600, both are beginning to fade/lose decoding. Strangely enough, Market 50 info for OKC does not show 36-2, nor 48 analog! The above info is from

Note: KTUZ-TV RF 29 (``30``) ``Shawnee`` full power is Telemundo with no virtual channels. Tyler Media has wrapped up both rivals Univisión and TM in this market. Sort of like being affiliated with both CBS and NBC. Why don`t they put UNI as 30-2 instead of messing with these low-power relays? (Glenn Hauser, Enid, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A [non]. 9360, no signal Friday Jan 28 at 1429, the VOA hour which used to propagate American pop music announced in Englonesian, Thu-Fri-Sat only via Tinang, Philippines. That`s because on Jan 15, VOA abruptly eliminated all SW broadcasts in Indonesian! Plus or rather minus, Vietnamese, as Kim Andrew Elliott revealed Jan 25:

** U S A. WORLD OF RADIO 1549 monitoring: confirmed Thu 2000 on WBCQ 7415, webcast. Also Fri 0200 on ACB Radio Mainstream webcast, to be repeated 2-hourly thru 2430. Also well heard Fri 0430 on WWRB 3185. And on WRMI, Friday Jan 28 at 1530 on 9955: jamming is only bleed from 9965, also facing overload from WWCR 9980; SAH, CCI from YFR via Taiwan in Russian.

Next chances are: Fri 2130 on WWCR 7465; Sat 0900, 1500, 1830 on WRMI 9955; Sat 1700 on WWCR 12160; Sat 1900 on IPAR 6090-Slovakia(?) (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) WRMI: see also CZECHIA [non]

** U S A. 9335, Jan 28 at 1430, noise/hash which seems to be coming from the WBCQ 9330-CUSB transmitter; audible in AM mode only on hi, not lo side, but not much with BFO on; anyhow, blox North Korea, tsk2 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 11535, Jan 28 at 1503, weak Spanish spur of WEWN 11550. If there is a match on 11565, it`s blocked by WYFR (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** WESTERN SAHARA [non]. 6297.1, SASASAM, Jan 28 at 0701 NA by military band, 0702:40 right into chanting without any sign-on announcement unless that was before the NA. Usual constant utility beep QRM on low side (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. 11540, Jan 28 at 1504-1505.5* open carrier with flutter; sounds like something exotic. Perhaps tune-up for the following, only thing in Aoki on 11540: ``11540 Radio Xoriyo Ogadenia 1530-1600 .2...6. Somali 300 160 Kishinev-Grigoriopol MDA 04511E 4025N RHU/WRN b10`` And yes, 6 = Friday. Not knowing this until uplooked later, I was not rechecking at 1530 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ###

giovedì 27 gennaio 2011

Glenn Hauser logs January 26-27, 2011

** ANGUILLA. 11775, Caribbean Beacon (an ID never heard on the air), absent Jan 27 at 1432 and later chex during following hour (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA [and non]. Tuning across RHC Jan 27 at 1458 with IS, so I try to copy the ensuing frequency announcement. 15120 and 15360 cut modulation before it starts, so I retune to 11760. Tony Gómez starts to recite them, 15120, 15360, 15390 (! Still saying that 2.5 months after it was deleted in favor of 15230; is no one paying attention?); from *13 on 13680, 13780 until 15*. Just before he could say ``11760`` that very frequency cut off the air, so I retune to 11730, where I hear 11730, 11760; *14-20* on 11690; 6140 until 05*. BTW, just before 1500 it would be more helpful to list all the frequencies in use from that hour onwards.

Meanwhile, 11730 has CCI under from RRI with IS, ``Romanian Rhapsody`` opening theme, Arabic. BBC Russian via Rampisham is also scheduled this hour on 11730 but not heard.

At *1502, 11760 RHC cuts back on after transmitter or/and antenna change, making it weaker than before. Some intermittent Spanish modulation before staying on. 1524 check, now 11760 is as strong as before, eclipsing 11730 and 11690 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CYPRUS. 15140-15165, Over-the-horizon radar pulsing, presumed from here, Jan 27 at 1437. As if Oman 15140 did not have enough problem already with weak signal rarely audible in English (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** GUAM. 5765-USB, AFN, hit during a talk segment, PSAs and promos, Jan 27 at 1339 for  1341 AFN promo for some stupid football game on Feb 6. Then historical capsule about American Revolution; the first nuclear-powered submarine, USS Nautilus traversed the polar icecap totally submerged, approaching Siberia without detexion, in 1958. 1343 ID as ``Mainstream Country from AFN``, back to music at last; fair signal (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** INDONESIA. 9525, VOI, Jan 27 at 1353 with some hum, and IADs during music segment, English discussion of some pop performer. Usually on Tuesdays there is a wrap-up at the end with RRI Banjarmasin guy but none heard today, so was there an ``Exotic Indonesia`` excursion this week?

9680, RRI domestic relay is rather more interesting than 9525, but with weaker signal, at least atop the CCI, Jan 27 at 1357 with ``Anvil Chorus`` from Verdi`s ``Il Trovatore``, no break at 1400, still going at 1402 with other operatic warhorse excerpts; 1407 Indonesian announcement mentions Johann Strauss, but next played ``Funiculì, Funiculà``; 1411 Theme from ``Godfather``, neither exactly operatic; 1414 finally Strauss Sr`s ``Radetzky March``. 1417 talking about RRI and Radio Nasional; 1422 over to pop song. Still on at 1506, now with drama including SFX such as motorcycle, creaky door (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** IRAN. 5920, Jan 27 at 1331, fair with Qur`an. 1334 announcement, Pashto? 1336 VIRI news choral theme with militaristic tone, news by YL starting with Ahmedinajad as very first word. No, it`s Kurdish scheduled 1330-1630, 500 kW nondirexional from Kamalabad; probably long path (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** KAZAKHSTAN. 5835, Jan 27 at 1337 poor signal with non-Camping preacher in English obsessed with wicked people, sin, but God to rescue 200 million non-wickeds on day of judgment. HFCC shows YFR via Almaty, 500 kW, 121 degrees at 1300-1500. If only the Kazakhs knew what krap in foreign languages they are allowing out on their rentable transmitters (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** MAURITANIA. 7245, Jan 27 at 0700, ORTM strummin` & gabbin`, not much else on band 7200-7400 making it the SSOB within those limits, S9+15. 0701 ID sounds like French but with heavy Arabic accent; or was it Arabic with French accent? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** RUSSIA. 6075, altho R. Rossii, Pet/Kam sounds OK now, Jan 27 at 1347, motorboatingless music and Russian announcements, with BFO we can tell the carrier is a bit unstable, so bet it will steadily degrade again. See also UNIDENTIFIED 6074 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SPAIN [non]. 9765 via COSTA RICA, Jan 27 at 1344 checked REE again since 24 hours earlier there was no Basque as scheduled M-F at 1330. No Basque today either; what has become of it? Did someone slip and say something pro-ETA? Instead, Castilian discussion about Reyes Magos with novelist who has a blogspot. Then promo for ``Sexto Continente`` literary contest. Easy to tune, up exactly 4 MHz from AFN (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. WORLD OF RADIO 1549 monitoring: aired first Wednesday Jan 26 at 1630 on WRMI 9955, confirmed on webcast. Also UT Thursday 0430. Next best chance 24 hours later at 0430 UT Friday will be on WWRB 3185; Friday 2130 on WWCR 7465, among other times. Full schedule at

** U S A. 5745, Jan 26 at 0710, WYFR distorted in English, not jamming this time. Non-Harold speaking. Carrier stable with BFO, so it`s only a modulation problem [date correct; omitted from last report] (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A [non]. 5860, Jan 27 at 1527, poor with flutter in Asian language. It`s R. Free Asia in Korean, 15-19, 250 kW, 333 degrees from TINIAN, holding up almost 2 hours after sunrise here (Glenn Hauser, Enid OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. 6074, Jan 27, the V/CQ CW marker starts about 1400.5 after Russia is off, so mixing with Taiwan/China. ID is still given as DE 2MTL rather than 8GAL (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. 15209.3v, Jan 27 at 1438, a het again upon much stronger WYFR 15210 in Portuguese; as I listen, the pitch lowers a step, so it therefore goes slightly up in frequency. At 1515 WYFR is in English and the het is stronger, with some audio, but I can`t split them; again with pitch steps up and down. Surely someone further from WYFR, e.g. in Europe, can ID the source (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ###

mercoledì 26 gennaio 2011

Glenn Hauser logs January 25-26, 2011

** CANADA [non?]. 11665, Jan 25 at 2144, checking whether WYFR is really in Arabic today --- yes, but RCI IS clearly audible underneath! Both went off at 2145* after which nothing heard. Since there was a slight SAH, I think these were two separate transmitters rather than an audio mixture in one. But RCI is not scheduled on 11665 at any hour from any site; the only other thing registered at this time is Lisbon, obviously not really using it. Could be any VTC site testing or mistaken with RCI input for some reason (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CHINA [and non]. 6855-6905, OTH radar pulsing, presumed from here, Jan 26 at 1424; at each edge, QRMing 2-way Spanish SSB on 6905, 6855.5. More OTH radar on 6455-6505 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** EQUATORIAL GUINEA [and non]. 15190, Jan 26 at 2039, wildly screaming preacher in Afro-English must be ruining her voice, and a sure candidate for the insanity defense; R. Africa, anyway without any powerdrops at the moment to strong, steady signal. Made her neighbor Harold Camping in Ascension on 15195 seem positively attractive, a great shining oasis of placidity --- but with a terrible message (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** GUAM. 5765-USB, Jan 26 at 1436 and 1458 poor with country music from AFN; another day on the air rather than off, but who needs this format, literally, in SSB on low-power SW? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** INDONESIA [and non]. 4750, RRI Makassar presumed, stronger of two carriers on slightly different frequencies, obvious from double-pitch with BFO, Jan 26 at 1350; 1401 ``island music`` continuing past hourtop, improving slightly by 1405 vs local noise level, a semihour after local sunrise. Also something on 3325, presumably Palangkaraya.

9525, VOI, Jan 26 at 1420, VG signal in Indonesian, with IADs; not the first time reception has improved greatly compared to the preceding hour in English, making me wonder if they are now making an antenna change. Doubt anyone can know for sure, but Aoki shows all 9525 broadcasts are 250 kW, 30 degrees from Jakarta-Cimanggis, certainly favorable for NAm (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** JAPAN. 5910, this Wednesday, Sea Breeze is in English, Jan 26 at 1412 with bios of abductees born in the 30`s. Fair signal. 100 kW, 290 degrees from Yamata.

5955, NHK with English news, Jan 26 at 1413, equivalent fair signal to NZ 5950, JSR 5910. 5955 not usually listenable, but it is today, 300 kW, 235 degrees from Yamata (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** OKLAHOMA. 1610, have noticed that the Enid NWS relay via WQCL720, Great Salt Plains State Park, has been overridden by loud roaring noise lately, surely not an intentional new way of representing the nearby town of Jet, but presumably another transmission or input problem unnoticed at park HQ. Got worse as I drove north of Enid on US 81 to release another trapped squirrel banned from our pecans, Jan 24 at 2100 UT just across the Grant County line; and still that way in western Enid on Jan 26 (Glenn Hauser, Enid, Jan 25, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** OKLAHOMA. 1430, KALV, Alva has a null toward KBEZ Tulsa, and consequently Enid, but signal is JBA in western Enid Jan 26 at 1940, and just as I tune in hear ``stereo 1430, KALV, Alva`` ID. No AM stereo on my caradio but KALV is among the AM$ stations listed as of Sept 2008 at
Then ad for HCG, which should have included a warning like this:
(Glenn Hauser, Enid, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** OKLAHOMA. 1230, WBBZ, Ponca City, a semi-local here during daytime with oldies; unfortunately when I tuned across Jan 26 at 1944 UT, DJ was mixing extended weather forecast with religious exhortations, e.g., a nice day Sunday so you must go to church, etc., so it took him a couple minutes to get thru the week (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** PERU. 18058-, Jan 26 at 2043, JBA carrier with traces of audio, from 3 x 6019.3+, R. Victoria; checked here since Chile was inbooming on 17680 which is not unusual (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** PORTUGAL [and non]. 12040, altho RDPI was made aware of the clash with Cuba several weeks ago, nothing has been done about it. Still Jan 26 at 2034, sports commentary in hyper-Portuguese is about equal level with RHC music. Meanwhile numerous nearby frequencies are open, e.g. 12030 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** PRIDNESTROVYE. Since Harold Sellers had reported VOR on new 7290, from Moldova? I checked the usual relay frequency after 0000, 6240, at 0053 Jan 26, and nothing there; something on 7290 but could not tell what (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** RUSSIA. 6075, Jan 26 at 1400, R. Rossii indeed motorboatless during closing timesignal, overlapping with start of CW marker on 6074: see UNIDENTIFIED (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SPAIN [and non]. 9765, Wed Jan 26 at 1347, routine check for the Basque semihour from REE via COSTA RICA: instead, Antonio Buitrago in Castilian with mailbag segment, reading reception reports on ``Amigos de la Onda Corta``! That`s the DX program normally aired only at two rather inconvenient times on weekends, one of which is 1330 Sundays. Also on // 17595 direct running a few words ahead before satellite delay. I suspect REE just grabbed a show to substitute for missing Euskera segment today, not a permanent change (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. Re my inquiry last time about how WPRR Ada MI could slip off-frequency one kHz to 1681, received this answer from Robert LaFore, Radio Chief Engineer in Atlanta GA:

``Most if not all AM BCB transmitters are crystal controlled. They normally have a main and backup xtal. They can be tweaked with a trimmer. My guesses are:
1. Equipment failure
2. Unusually hot or cold in the tx shack
3. A frequency check led them to believe it was off-frequency, and they then mis-adjusted to make up for the faulty frequency reading
4. They switched from one crystal to the other, and whatever they switched to is off frequency. (Somewhat related to 1 above)``

Rechecked for a recurrence Jan 26 at 0718, no het on 1680 but an open carrier atop the channel from KRJO or something (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
UNIDENTIFIED. Re my report of ``TMP 44`` on 4079.5, I found a good reference on this and other HIFER beacons:
which shows:
``4079 TMPnnn SW Arizona The TEMPERATURE BEACON - Temperature in deg. F. - sends 'TMP' then 2 - 3 digit temp. in CW every 10 seconds. 1 watt`` (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. 6074, Jan 26 at 1400, closing timesignal from R. Rossii, 6075 overlapped slightly with start of CW marker, but as Ron Howard monitored Jan 24, no longer with usual tactical ID as 8GAL; instead, 2MTL again today (he says it was not heard Jan 25). Reception here barely audible in noise, incomparably worse than Ron`s recording of it from a California beach:
(Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ###

SIDC Weekly Bulletin

:Issued: 2011 Jan 25 0818 UTC
:Product: documentation at
# SIDC Weekly bulletin on Solar and Geomagnetic activity            #
WEEK 525 from 2011 Jan 17 

The most noticeable sunspot group/active region of this week was Cat 98/NOAA AR 1147. On Jan 17,
the group was located on the east of the solar disk. From Jan 21, when the group was located near
the central meridian, an extra bi polar sunspot group Cat 01/NOAA AR 1149 grew. The rising phase
of this area introducing an additional magnetic complexity, involved several C-flares on Jan 21, 22 and 24.
On Jan 24, NOAA AR 1149 has a beta-gamma configuration, while NOAA AR 1147 has an alpha configuration.
The fact that both regions lie in each others vicinity, increases the chances for magnetic interaction leading to
instability and energy releases.

The geomagnetic conditions were quiet this week. Kp did not exceed the value t-2.
DATE          RC  EISN  10CM  Ak  BKG    M  X
2011 Jan 17  033    018  82  008  A9.0  0  0
2011 Jan 18  036    020  81  006  A5.7  0  0
2011 Jan 19  031    017  81  009  A5.7  0  0
2011 Jan 20  ///    019  82  008  A6.8  0  0
2011 Jan 21  043    022  88  005  B1.1  0  0
2011 Jan 22  041    021  88  004  B1.0  0  0
2011 Jan 23  ///    021  84  002  A7.7  0  0
# RC  : Sunspot index (Wolf Number) from Catania Observatory (Italy)
# EISN : Estimated International Sunspot Number
# 10cm : 10.7 cm  radioflux (DRAO, Canada)
# Ak  : Ak Index Wingst (Germany)
# BKG  : Background GOES X-ray level (NOAA, USA)
# M,X  : Number of X-ray flares in M and X class, see below (NOAA, USA)

# Solar Influences Data analysis Center - RWC Belgium                #
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martedì 25 gennaio 2011

Glenn Hauser logs January 24-25, 2011

** ANTARCTICA. 15476, still no trace of a signal from LRA36, Monday Jan 24 at 1358, almost 2.5 months since the last log. Summer vacation or staff rotation time is almost over? We may hope for a revival in February as sometimes happens (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** ARGENTINA. 13363-LSB, Jan 24 at 2228 once again today there is a very weak broadcast relay with music, IDed yesterday as R. Rivadavia, but it could now be a different station input (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CHINA [and non]. 6065, Jan 25 at 1436, motorboating noise, mixing with talk, seems Chinese, also music, very distorted, cuts off but only for a few sex, at 1440:27 during which I could not hear anything else; presumably a monitoring check by Jammer Central in Beijing.

Aoki shows nothing but CNR2 on 6065 at 1200-1605, 150 kW, 220 degrees from Beijing 491 site, China Business Radio; and EiBi shows an English semi-hour from same at 1430. Only HFCC displays what might be target of jamming, BBC via S Korea at 1300-1530, 250 kW, 290 degrees, no language but Mandarin likely

7295, Jan 25 at 1443, CNR1 echoing, to jam VOA Chinese via Novosibirsk, Russia, 200 kW, 111 degrees. // 7445 which is jamming R. Taiwan International in Chinese (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** COSTA RICA [and non]. 5936, considerable het on PMS from WWCR 5935 which was not up to full strength, Jan 25 at 0633; is spur from R. República via ELCOR, Guápiles, on 5954.2v, matched by another carrier but no audio detectable circa 5972, both approx., while wall-of-noise jamming on 5955 itself prevented any RR from being heard on fundamental (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA [non]. Jan 21 press release from BBG, via Clara Listensprechen, about a ``groundbreaking new program`` on R. Martí, ``El Revoltillo``, i.e. classified ads, tradio for DentroCubans, daily at 1530-1600 UT. WTFK? Of course not mentioned, but we know them well, as do the DentroCuban Jamming Command: 15330, 13820, 11930.

Does this show on the RM program grid displaying current dates at
As of Jan 21, of course not, instead! But by Jan 25 Revoltillo does show during this semihour, M-F only, NOT daily. Still marked as EDT and consequently wrong GMT conversion as pm, ``14:30``, with remaining on weekends. And still displays Major League Baseball on Friday evenings! Sure. So they update part of the schedule, but not all of it.
I check this out Jan 25 at 1541 when 15330 is well atop the jamming. W&M anchors seem to be having a good time, joking around, but plenty of participation, with phone numbers, and/or e-mail addresses, mostly or gmail from anonymous people risking everything to engage in private capitalism!

One was selling Rosetta Stone language courses; at 1548 someone advertises that he will make home repairs of microwaves, with 6-month guarantee. I assume this is about ovens rather than satellite receivers. 1556, Ruben wants to rent a car in good condition for at least a month. Congrats to RM which has come up with an excellent new way to undermine The System. This also proves RM does have listeners in Cuba, unless of course everything is made up, which would quickly backfire. PR translates the name as ``Scramble`` but it could also connote ``A little revolt`` (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** ECUADOR. 3810-LSB, Jan 25 at 0648, HD2IOA with Spanish timesignals every ten sex, and for once the QRhaM is ACI, not CCI (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** EQUATORIAL GUINEA. 15190, Jan 24 at 2225, S9+15 with ``Tony Alamo`` talking about being damned; the child-``marrying`` and convicted evangelist should know about that from his federal prison cell. With continuing crackles, and transmitter strength drop-downs every few sex, but not totally dropping off the air. No ZYE522 audible to mix this time. R. Africa transmitter is really ailing (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** GUAM. 5765-USB, Jan 25 at 1431, AFN very poor with music, 1432 W&M DJs discussing bears and packers, about exotic meat processing? ``This is country`` and back to music. Continues to be absent some days, and we hope on occasion reverting to news/talk format (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** INDONESIA. 4750, Jan 25 at 1424, some signal with talk barely audible in high local noise level, presumably RRI Makassar which was just reported Jan 24 to have reactivated after several months, discovered by Phil Finkle, K6EID in GA and by Ron Howard in CA; unfortunately I was not up any earlier to hear it for sure yet. Also seemed to be a second carrier on slightly different frequency, China, China, or Bangladesh. Ron measured RRI at 4749.94 until 1559* Jan 24 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** IRAN. 13790, VIRI, Jan 24 at 1355 Arabic with long/shortpath echo, // stronger signal on 13800 with no echo. Furthermore, 13800 and 13790 are an echo apart from each other, obviously different sites. HFCC shows 13790 is 500 kW, 178 degrees from Kamalabad, while 13800 is 500 kW, 289 degrees from Zahedan, both until 1430. K is near Teheran, while Z is on the eastern border next to Afghanistan and Pakistan, the tri-country area (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** JAPAN. 5910, Tue Jan 25 at 1428, Japanese, piano music, 1429 Shiokaze ID, and finally ``JSR desu``; fair signal until 1430* (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** MEXICO. 6185, Jan 24 at 0629, only open carrier from XEPPM when it is supposed to be relaying RFI. This is happening too frequently; wake up in the cabina! Where no doubt much greater attention is devoted to same programming on XEEP 1060 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** PHILIPPINES. 9570, Jan 24 at 1500, bells, R. Blagovest sign-on in Russian, flutter, via RVA. Also audible around 1515 Jan 25 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** RUSSIA [and non]. 6075, Jan 25 at 0629, DW German in the clear with no motorboating-rumble from Pet/Kam! And Ron Howard found it had been fixed the previous morning --- but for how long? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** TUNISIA [and non]. 7275, RTT, Jan 25 interrupted music at 0626:12, and cut off the air 10 sex later at 0626:22*, leaving carrier with little if any modulation, presumably R. Nigeria, Abuja (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U K. 7410, Jan 24 at 0632 good signal in German, DW, 250 kW, 170 degrees from Woofferton.

7425, Jan 24 at 0632, good signal in Russian, BBC, 500 kW, 62 degrees from Rampisham (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 1681, tnx to many monitors closer to the Great Lakes who IDed the source of my het on 1680 as off-frequency WPRR, Ada MI, Public Reality Radio. One report had them back on 1680, before I heard 1681 again, Jan 24 at 0643 UT, so it was recurring.

I have no idea what kind of transmitter they are using, but could someone familiar with AM outsenders explain how this could happen? AM units are normally fixed on one frequency and of course there is no need to be able to switch them, unlike frequency-agile international SW transmitters with a keypad making it quite possible to manually punch in the wrong frequency. Or does the WPRR unit have a 1-kHz-step tuning knob someone could bump? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 1700, Jan 25 at 1422, ID in passing as ``570 KLIF``, adstring, SAH. It`s KKLF, Richardson TX in The Metroplex, which is supposedly simulcasting another Dallas station, ``The Ticket``, KTCK-1310, but previously ran KLIF as implied by the call letters. Speculation is that no one is paying attention to which station goes out on 1700, and it still might be either one. I have no interest in listening to either, stupid ballgames or farrightwingnuts. Supposedly they both have local coverage gaps needing 1700 to fill in (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 9385, Jan 24 at 1458, still no WWRB with Brother Scare, but still audible on 3185. QSY time varies widely between 13 and 15 UT, it seems, depending on when someone wakes up or gets to work (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 15115, Jan 24 at 2226 WYFR in proper language, Arabic. My inquiry to Okeechobee led to an investigation in Oakland, finally revealing that the other language I had heard on occasion during part of this Arabic half-sesquihour (also at 2100 on 11665) was: Burmese! Due to some kind of mixup in the playout. That`s what I thought the language sounded like, but could not imagine why they would have it on in the middle of the Myanmarianese night, and on frequencies to Europe, Africa, so had wondered if it was Yoruba, another tonal language (Glenn Hauser, OK, Jan 25, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. 4079.5, Jan 25 at 0640, very weak beacon on CW slowly sending repeatedly nothing but TMP 44, presumably meaning the temperature is 44 F at its secret transmitter site in the middle of somewhere. Should be listed at
but not getting anything beyond the almost-blank homepage.

This was dealt with in DXLD 11-01, when it was TMP 45 on 4079.6, with references to the Mojave Desert and
(Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ###

USA e Cuba a Sedico (BL)

Mattinata rumorosa però con qualche segnale; parlato in E anche su 1030, 1050, 1380, 1400 e 1430 ma senza un sicuro ID:

1510 0550- WWZN Boston MA, commenti sportivi, Id "WWZN Boston" 23322
1200 0550- WXKS Newton MA, interviste in E e Id "Rush Radio …. WXKS" 23332
1190 0550- WLIB New York NY, Px mx, gospel, slogan in E 22322
1180 0605- CMBA R.Rebelde Vila María, Px musicale con Paulo Fernández Gallo //1620 (debole), 5025 22322

SDC: Saverio De Cian
QTH: Belluno
RX: JRC 535 e SDR-14

lunedì 24 gennaio 2011

Glenn Hauser logs January 23, 2011 [more]

** ARGENTINA. 15345+, Jan 23 at 2300 Andean music, 2301 ``Nacional informa``, flutter. Frequency is very slightly on hi side compared to WWVH 15000.000 on YB-400. This and all the Brazilians led me to check:

13363-LSB, Jan 23 at 2320, very poor at first, Spanish conversation as on a broadcast station; 2325 mentions estadio, apparently about sports, but not live game, then some commercials, mentions Mendoza, Buenos Aires. 2328 suddenly changes to slowed-down and lower-pitch speech as if a playback problem, but maybe just an effect, briefly.

This is one of the occasionally heard feeder frequencies to Antarctica(?), presumably run by the military, and according to some Argentine DX speculation, not officially authorized. Several of the major Bs. As. stations have been heard on these, possibly without their knowledge or permission, so I am hoping to hear a specific ID.

Fortunately, reception improves little by little. At 2330 I hear one pip; then at 2331, ``Rivadavia --- rotativo del aire``, news headlines, 2333-2334 more Rivadavia IDs in passing, 2335 back to sports talk. R. Rivadavia is LS5 on 630, apparently named for a commodore, like the city elsewhere in Argentina (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) See also CHINA

** BRAZIL. 11815, Jan 23 at 2309, Radio Brasil Central ID and timecheck after 9 o`clock, then ``Puppy Love``; good signal but fluttery. Also at 2316, another ID, time as ``9, 15``, then ``Born to be Alive`` hard rock. Meanwhile I went after more Brazilians on 25m. Of course, RNA was inbooming on 11780, but beyond that:

HCJB`s Brazilian service via CHILE on 11920 manages to bother two Brasilians: great planning: at 2311 there is a weaker signal on 11915 in Brazilian Portuguese, i.e. R. Gaúcha; and on 11925, rapid Portuguese, perhaps game coverage, from R. Bandeirantes, both with ACI from 11920. I sometimes hear 11925 in the nightmiddle, not 11915. These two are likely slightly off-frequency as usual, but no hets audible now.

12174v, no sign of the spur from SRDA 11765, but the fundamental not heard either.

11855, Jan 23 at 2312, lo het mixing about equally between Spanish from WYFR, and Portuguese, i.e. R. Aparecida. Fortunately, this is not one of WYFR`s stronger signals, 222 degrees to Mexico. 31 m too:

9665v, lo het at 2343 Jan 23, super-hyped produxion seems like a commercial station, but it`s Rádio Voz Missionária in singing ID, with frequencies 9665, 11750 and 5940 (as listed tho I did not copy all the numbers). Accompanied by the ZYs on 9645, 9675, 9696 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CHINA [and non]. 11710, Jan 23 at 2318, Chinese talk with het on the low side. Argentina was still on 15345, so not thence, and it`s on the hi side, anyway. Instead, per Aoki, RTI is jammed during Chinese broadcast at 22-24 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA. RHC Sunday-afternoon SNAFUs Jan 23: 15370, at 2230 is starting Esperanto with usual theme song, ``Saluton,`` and schedule on Sundays: 1500 on 11760, 0700 on 6010 [sic], and new to SAm, 2230 on 15370 --- VG signal but lo-fi distorted. 2257 outro giving announcer names including he who was speaking, Mario Ruiz. Audio quality no better at 2301 when 15370 had changed to Kriyòl.

15230, at 2238 good open carrier, over Radio Australia music which was // 15560. At 2255, RHC is now modulating distortedly, atop RA, as ``Cuba Campesina`` starts; love that music! But only on a decently modulated frequency, such as 11770 to Europe until 24. At 2304, 15230 has switched to Portuguese, still distorted.

12040, yet another distorted frequency, bad modulation especially for music, now playing ``Guantanamera`` during ``Cuba Campesina``, which must have been cut off after only 5 minutes on 15230.

11730, at 2309, also OC on frequency which had been used by RHC all day. And still at 2317.

11770, ``En Contacto``, the DX program this week ran from 2241 to 2255, starting with a number of birthday greetings; rest of show devoted to an interview with Orlando Castellanos on the thirteenth anniversary of his death; was a founder of RHC, and started the ``Formalmente Informal`` show which still survives (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** EQUATORIAL GUINEA [and non]. 15190, convicted child molesting evangelist Tony Alamo is still there on R. Africa with his familiar low-key rambling, Jan 23 at 2235, poor fluttery signal and mixed with music underneath from presumed ZYE522 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) See BRAZIL

** GERMANY [non]. 11875, Jan 23 at 2314 poor signal in German with music, clip of ``Una Furtiva Lagrima``, seems a bit distorted. It`s DW via RWANDA, 250 kW, 85 degrees to Sri Lanka, Malaysia, Indonesia and PNG at 22-24 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 15115, WYFR again with an unID African language, Sunday Jan 23 at 2227, VG signal. I think it is the same one heard previously at 21 on 11665, and definitely not Arabic. I listened for a while. It`s tonal, reminds me of Myanmarianese with rising ---eh? at end of many words. Also frequently heard a word sounding like ``general``. Presumably ended at 2245, as off at 2255 check. Suspect Yoruba, and am enquiring of Okeechobee. This half-sesquihour had been  listed as English (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ###

Shortwave Radio Logs from WDX6AA

BOTSWANA VOA Relay 9885 0422 GMT English 333 Jan 22 Two OMs with comments. Tis a very noisy freq.

CHINA China Radio Intl-CRI 9860 0020 GMT Chinese 333 Jan 24 YL and OM with comments plus an OM singing. //11610[333], 11900[333], 11975[444], 13580[333], 13655[333].

CHINA CPBS 9745 0027 GMT Chinese 333 Jan 24 YL and OM with ongoing comments.

COSTA RICA Radio Exterior Espana Relay-REE 9675 0435 GMT Spanish 433 Jan 22 OM with comments.

CUBA Radio Havana Cuba-RHC 11760 9417 GMT Spanish 333 Jan 22 OM with comments.

CUBA Radio Havana Cuba-RHC 11690 0420 GMT Spanish 333 Jan 22 Two OMs with comments.

CUBA China Radio Intl Relay-CRI 9790 0428 GMT Cantonese 333 Jan 22 YL with comments plus vocal music choir singing 0430 GMT.

CUBA Radio Havana Cuba-RHC 9770 0030 GMT Spanish 444 Jan 24 OM singing then followed by an OM with comments.

Stewart MacKenzie, WDX6AA
Huntington Beach, California, United States of America
Rcvrs: Kenwood R5000 and Grundig Satellit 650
"World Friendship Through Shortwave Radio Where Culture and Language Come Alive"

domenica 23 gennaio 2011

Escuchas Javier Robledillo

17.805 kHz, BSKSA, Riyadh, 23-01-11, 1057-1100. Locutor entrevista a invitado, en árabe. SINPO 55555

CHINA, Rep. Popular
17.570 kHz, Radio China Int., Kashi-Saibagh 2022, 23-01-11, 1042-1047. Locutores con comentarios y música tradicional china, en húngaro. SINPO 55444

9.645 kHz, Radio Vaticano, Sta. Maria di Galera, 22-01-11, 1314-1316. Noticias con referencias a Berlusconi, en italiano. SINPO 45444

3.985 kHz, Hravstke Radio, Deanovec, 17-01-11, 0543-0547. Música instrumental y comentarios de locutores, en croata. SINPO 45333

9.935 kHz, ERT3 Radio Makedonias, Avlis, 22-01-11, 1316-1319. Música pop sin identificaciones, en griego. SINPO 55544

5.975 kHz, BBC, Rampisham, 17-01-11, 0549-0552. Locutor con entrevista a invitado, en hausa. SINPO 55555

6.145 kHz, Radio Rumania Int., Tiganesti, 17-01-11, 0552-0555. Música pop y comentarios de locutor, en rumano. SINPO 55444
9.610 kHz, Radio Rumania Int., Tiganesti, 22-01-11, 1308-1314. Tertulia, en rumano. SINPO 55444
17.780 kHz, Radio Rumania Int., Tiganesti, 23-01-11, 1048-1057. Locutora entrevista a invitado y fin de emisión, en rumano. SINPO 55555
17.870 kHz, Radio Rumania Int., Galbeni, 23-01-11, 1105-1108. Locutora con comentarios sobre Timisoara, en francés. SINPO 55555

17.840 kHz, Radio Farda, Irana Wila, 23-01-11, 0036-0039. Música pop e identificación de la emisora, en persa. SINPO 45444

Javier Robledillo
Elche (Alicante)
Rx: Sangean ATS909
Ant: Telescópica