mercoledì 30 settembre 2009

Glenn Hauser logs September 30, 2009

** CHINA. Firedrake Sept 30 at 1244: poor with flutter on 8400; very much better to good level on 9000 also with some flutter. At 1254, just barely audible on 10210, and nowhere higher (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA. 5025, R. Rebelde, at 1223-1225 Sept 30 report during Haciendo Radio show about Radio Cuba improving Rebelde coverage in the mountains of Guantánamo province, presumably more FM and also TV relay transmitters; sounded like Arnie Coro but apparently not.

This reminds us that Radio Cuba is in charge of all transmitter operation, no doubt including the unmentionable jammers, spy number stations, and those used by Radio Habana Cuba, a separate agency, probably explaining the incredibly poor communication between the two and RHC`s inability to express its own schedule accurately either in announcements or on website. But then, it`s all owned by Castro & Castro, so what`s the difference? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CZECHIA [and non]. 13580, R. Praga in Spanish mentioning something about Cuba to be on this semihour, Sept 30 at 1404, but with QRM from Cuba itself, the 13780/13680 leapfrog landing on 13580, which however is always much stronger on the upper leap, 13880 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** ECUADOR. Barely remembered to tune in 9745 at 0503 UT Sept 30, hearing last couple notes of national anthem, OC and off. This might have been HCJB`s final broadcast on this frequency, or could come 24 hours later, when I plan to be monitoring and taping.

The final morning broadcast on 11960 is surely today Sept 30, so I intune that too late at 1256 to hear the tail of a speech with a heavy gringo accent in an echoey room, probably the boss in Manantiales de Colorado, about how HCJB Global is moving into New Media; 1258 the congregation started singing HCJB`s favorite hymn, but nothing stands in the way of automation, cut off a few sex for beam change, and faded out in time for ID at 1259:30, this one giving ``desde el centro del mundo``, 3+1 timesignal for 1300 TUC = 8 am.

On this special occasion I monitored evey quarter hour and taped the variety of automated IDs, all giving correct frequencies 11690 and 11960.

1300 show as usual, Cruzada con Luis Palau, sermon on second of three bad things affecting LAm men: machismo, the first being alcoolismo. I am pleased to hear machismo pronounced correctly as ignorant English-adopters tend to make it a hard k.

Says men should emulate NSJC and not cheat on their wives --- but, but, JC was allegedly a batchelor, and whatever sex life he had was not well reported, except for the nasty rumors about Mary Magdalene.

1329:30 ID plugged Ecuador as ``el tercer exportador en el mundo de flores``, [maybe, but this table as of 1995
shows Ecuador in 5th place with a mere 2.7% of the world market in cut flowers, while Netherlands had more than 50%]

1359:30 ID, quotation from Moody about having the Bible in your heart rather than your head or your pocket.

1400 show Gracia a Vosotros from a Grace Community Church, somewhere.

1429:30 ID faded out the BGEA address before it could finish; about 124 species of hummingbirds in Ecuador, ``el país de los picaflores``. Interesting how the SS focus on the birds` beaksticking into flowers, rather than their sound.

1430 show, Ciudad Médica.

1444:30 ID, quotation from Albert Einstein.

1445 show, Siempre Amigas, for women, yet uses the masculine group plural in further comments.

1459:30 ID, outro theme cut off early, back on a few sex, and then plugs Ecuador as the greatest provider of cacao, which is also its oldest product [maybe, but this table as of 2001-2002
shows Ecuador`s produxion is in seventh place]

Timecheck 10 am = 15 TUC, timesignal and off. Forever. The sound of silence; or rather band noise.

BTW, if VozAndes had been set up in Colombia, it might have got the callsign HJCB, leading to less cumbersome slogans in Spanish and English (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** FRANCE [and non?]. 7265, RFI again with heavy echo at 0506 Sept 30 and whenever checked a few more times during the hour. Longpath not an option at this hour over dayside, and nearby European signals, 7250 Vatican and 7240 Portugal at 0537 had no such echo either.

Possibly a relay site erroneously or even deliberately is running same frequency as Issoudun, but echo level always seems same rather than independently fading so more likely both the signals are coming out of Issoudun, double audio input or double transmitter output, yet unsynchronized. Is anybody paying attention at the site or at Paris HQ? If it`s out of Issoudun, the echo should be audible everywhere (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** INDIA. 9425, AIR National Channel, Bengaluru, Sept 30 at 1350, big but fluttery signal with loud but distorted Hindi talk, even worse than WWRB 9385 or WTJC 9370 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** INDONESIA. After a sesquiweek or two of undermodulation, VOI finally jacked it up on Sept 30. Does this require major transmitter repairs or is it must a matter of paying attention to the audio input/output level? 9525.9 at 1336 starting Music Corner, fair signal too, but soft rock songs from the 90s(?), hardly Indonesian. We want gamelans, even in rock music! 1341 outro by YL still uncopyable and hummy. 1351 going from one song to another about friendship. 1356:30 managed to get out www address before CRI 9525.0 carrier/het oncut. If there was anything about the latest Sumatera earthquake, must have been in the first semihour, since it was entertainment business as usual in the second (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** ISRAEL. The wandering Jew, Galei Tsahal, on 15783.9 with music at 1410 Sept 30 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** JAPAN [non]. 16m was hopping pretty well, so checked usually dead 13m, Sept 30 at 1416 and pleasantly found NHKWRJ in English introducing Easy Japanese lesson 50; fair and steady readable signal, less than one second ahead of 13630 via Ramipisham UK, and only an echo apart from 11705 via Sackville, CANADA [and no echo there from Yamata direct lately]. 21560 is Issoudun, FRANCE at 152 degrees; only other signal on 13m was a weak trace of Spain on 21570 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** NETHERLANDS [non]. I was expecting to hear RNW on usual 9345, but now it`s on 9350, Sept 30 at 1253 in Dutch with ``economic nieuws``, good signal. This is via IBB TINIAN, NMI, 250 kW, at 1230-1257 only, aimed 267 degrees to CIRAF 49 = Burma, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam, where there are no doubt oodles of Dutchmen, since Amsterdam is tame compared to Bangkok (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SAUDI ARABIA. 17895, poor and fluttery but abuzzous Qur`an, Sept 30 at 1413, i.e. BSKSA Riyadh HQS, scheduled 12-15 at 295 degrees. Someone reported this on 17900, but I doubt it (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** TURKEY. 15450, VOT fairly good as reception improves autumnally, Sept 30 at 1315 wrapping up Letterbox, mostly music fill afterwards, but 1324 cut off closing IS before even one iteration could play.

It`s the end of September, and it dawns on me that I haven`t heard anything about a VOT essay contest this year. Normally it runs in the spring/summer and winners are already touring Turkey by September. Was there none this year? Nothing found on website, but here is an outdated program schedule where there used to be none at all!
I am also having trouble getting a live stream from VOT any more. Is it gone? (Glenn Hauser, OK, Sept 30, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. WRMI 9955 continues switching to NW antenna UT Wed & Fri at 0000-0800. Good signal at 0038 Sept 30 check with English religionist, but plenty of jamming also audible.

On schedule as of last week later UT Wed: 0052 Viva Miami, 0100 Studio DX in Italian, 0130 World [Mexican] Baseball Today, 0145 Acontecer Venezolano, 0200 Wire Light infomercial stuff, 0400 R. Prague, 0430 R. Praga, 0500 Wire Light, 0700 WORLD OF RADIO (from last week), 0730 Frecuencia al Día.

However, gone here by next check 0140, and no revival in further chex to 0530 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. 13950-13970, OTH radar pulses, presumed, Sept 30 at 1310 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ###

martedì 29 settembre 2009

Glenn Hauser logs September 29, 2009

** CHINA. Firedrake Sept 29 at 1307: fair on 8400, poor on 9000 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA. RHC check Sept 29 at 0558: English service on nominal 6010, 6060, 6140, a clip of someone speaking English, but with annoying voice-over/consecutive translation into Spanish. Outro as having been Caribbean Outlook show, announcer named Elena Valverde (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** FRANCE [and non]. 7265, RFI in French discussion at 0551 Sept 29, with heavy quick echo, à la long/short path. Trouble is, LP would be quite unlikely at this hour from Europe. Could be transmission problem either in audio input or running two unsynchronized transmitters at Issoudun? Scheduled until 0600 at 185 degrees, then 204 degrees. If these are normally two different transmitters, perhaps the second one was onturned too early.

15160 at 1328 Sept 29 with big collision causing fast subaudible heterodyne. One of them goes off at 1329* leaving the other in Russian with guitar music, it too offgoing at 1330* leaving frequency vacant.

At 1230-1329 it`s R. Free Asia in Khmer, 73 degrees from SRI LANKA, per Aoki, while at 1300-1330 it`s RFI in Russian, 55 degrees from Issoudun. Apparently no such collision is expected within Russia or Cambodia (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** INDONESIA. RRI Makassar (ex-Ujung Pandang, ex-Makassar), Sulawesi (ex-Celebes), 4750, signal continues to improve as Sept 29 at 1242 a string of hard-sell ads in Indonesian, 1246 song, fair over co-channel China or maybe Bangladesh. No other Indos showing on 60m tho there were signs of activity on 75m. See also UNIDENTIFIED 3325.

9525.9, VOI, Sept 29 at 1301 opening English hour, still undermodulated but marginally readable amid flutter fading. YL introduces perpetual Tuesday excursion as Exotic Indonesia, 1302 greetings from RRI Banjarmasin guy on phone where it`s very hot, 35 degrees Celsius, or did he say 45? Canned sign-on as always gave three frequencies, only one of which is in use for any single broadcast, but live announcer did the same at 1302. Do they really believe this in Jakarta? Axually, I believe 9526v is the only one currently in use for any VOI broadcast, not 11785v or 15150. 1304 over to another YL for news from Jakarta (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** NEWFOUNDLAND. 6160, CKZN at 0555 Sept 29, discussion of viral mutations. Would this be Quirx & Quarx, on its Monday night repeat? That`s at 11+ pm local, so no, too late for CKZN and too early for CKZU which would have it on an hour later. And besides, no sign of host Bob McDonald. Therefore is `N with CBC Radio Overnight which per sked would be Radio Australia after `2:30` am. There was a fast rippling SAH, just like old times, presumably CKZU, but way underneath CKZN (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SWEDEN. R. Sweden, which abandoned its morning audience in North America last year, still manages to be audible despite their best efforts, on 15735, English at 1330 Sept 29 including reports on health care, with Germany and Netherlands recommended as better models for USA than co-lingual Canada and UK; and on auxioning Ingmar Bergman`s stuff. Fair but sufficient and steady signal tho 55 degrees from Hörby (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A [non]. 15320, Sept 29 at 1326, weak YL spelling out Kowloon address in English. Scheduled as AWR via Nauen, GERMANY, 250 kW at 70 degrees, 1300-1330 in Chinese on this weekday, Uighur on weekends. No jamming heard but there were weak OTH radar pulses 15300-15330. Would the ChiCom at least jam the Adventist Uighur, or is that too esoteric to bother with? Would Beijing axually prefer the Uighurs to be Adventists instead of Islamists? But if you Google adventist hypodermics you get almost 80K hits (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. 3325, Sept 29 at 1248 solo singing with pauses, still same tho weakening at 1258. Could not decide whether it`s RRI Palangkaraya, Central Kalimantan, or PNG. WRTH 2009 shows Radio Buka, Buka, Bougainville in the PNG listing and Radio Bougainville, Kubu in the page 570 frequency list; while PWBR `2009` splits the difference as Radio Bouganville [sic], Buka. Aoki shows Radio Buka as in Kieta. Well, it`s all one station, whatever you call it. And would it be too much to ask for PNG and Indonesia to spread out their few remaining SW stations so none of them are on the same frequency? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. 9600.4, very weak het again audible Sept 29 at 1310 after RHC cleared frequency, but now I hear the same pitch on 9500 and 9700. Lacking any confirmation that XEYU transmitter is running, it looks like this is something of local origin, tho I am baffled as to what. Not sufficiently baffled to start unplugging each appliance one by one; besides, it could be neighborly (Glenn Hauser, Enid OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. 15300-15330, weak OTH radar pulses presumed, Sept 29 at 1325, bothering AWR on 15320. Could they at least keep these out of the broadcast bands? They being presumably the Brits in Cyprus or the French near Paris (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ###

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Shortwave Radio Logs from WDX6AA

CHINA   China Radio Intl-CRI   13655  1627  Russian  333  Sept 26  Music vocals. YL with comments 1630.

JAPAN   Radio Japan-NHK   9535  1626  Japanese  444  Sept 25  YL and OM with comments. OM with comments 1636. //12045[333]via Singapore and 11815 [333], 9750[444].

JAPAN   Radio Nikkei   9760  1650  Japanese  444  Sept 25  YL and OM with comments and piano music in the background.

JAPAN   Radio Japan  11815  1610  Japanese  333  Sept 26  Music vocals then OM with comments. YL with music vocals. //12045[444]via Singapore, 17735[333]via France and 9535[433]via Japan.    MacKenzie-CA.

KOREA, North   Voice of Korea-VOK   11710  1605  French  333  Sept 26  OM with comments.

MARIANAS, North   Radio Free Asia-RFA   11795  1609  Chinese  333  Sept 26
OM with comments plus the Music Jammer in the background.

PALUA   Radio Free Asia-RFA   9905  1657  Chinese  433  Sept 25  OM with comments with background  music. OM ancr 1658 and YL plus OM 1700. //9455 [333]No Marianas and 9540[333] No Marianas.

THAILAND   BBCWS Relay   11920  1619  English  444  Sept 26  OM on sports events about football games. Upcoming game between England and Ireland.

Well it is about time that the Sun Spots have shown up on the Sun. Reception this past week has been very good in my area. Seems we just might have a good Fall09 DXing season.

Stewart MacKenzie, WDX6AA
Huntington Beach, California, USA
"World Friendship Through Shortwave Radio Where Culture and Language Come Alive"

lunedì 28 settembre 2009

Glenn Hauser logs September 28, 2009

** CANADA. Radio Canada Immigration, 9515, Monday Sept 28 at 1444 once again in wrong language contrary to its own schedule for Russian until 1505: really Brazilian Portuguese, with French lesson for crianças, lecture about Québec folkloric traditions with occasional French words interjected by child`s voice, closing referring to for more info.

Recheck at 1452, more of same in Brazilian, except now it`s for English learning; 1457 woman telling story in English about a Mother Canada Goose and her goslings wanting to fly south with her; of course, she lets them, rather than freeze (Canada geese set a rather poor example, fleeing the country every fall; what`s with that?). Then some comments in English by Sophie The Child, same one as in French?

I ask you: how many Brazilian child immigrants to Canada are likely to be listening to this on SW on a Monday morning during schooltime, when the schedule says RCI is in Russian, anyway? And do young children really need something like this to pick up English and French? Or are there classes everywhere set up to listen to this somehow if not on SW?

1504 English RCI ID plugging satellite and internet, no mention of SW. 1505 RCI news in English, 1510 The Link with what else, stories skewed toward the vast immigrant audience, starting with latest court action from Vancouver in the case of the Pole who was taser-killed by RCMP shortly after deplaning a couple years ago. At least that has led to redesigning the terminal accomodations for immigrants (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) See also NEWFOUNDLAND

** CONGO DR [non]. 11690, R. Okapi via RSA, good Sept 28 at 0540 with hilife music, frequent interruptions by French DJ. 0542 Okapi jingle and FM frequency, 0551 phone out to Red Cross guy about potable water issues. 25m was an all-Southern Hemisphere band at this time, nothing audible but this and NZ on 11670-11680, 11725. Okapi is scheduled 04-06, so overlaps with RHCuba 11690 until 05 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA. RHC language check Sept 28 at 0607: Spanish on 6120, 6000; different musical programming on 6140, 6060, 6000, presumed English service. This matches the current website schedule, so must be the nominal setup, tho from night to night languages and frequencies swap around or one frequency vanishes (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** FRANCE. After listening to Moscow evangelism in English (see RUSSIA) left receiver running on 15605, and just a few minutes after 1600 Sept 28 there was secular music of some sort. Was not paying attention, but uplooked later, this must have switched to RFI English service via Issoudun; music instead of news near hourtop signifies rolling strike mode still in play. Mike Cooper reports that a court ruled today against RFI`s efforts to fire 206 employees, which had brought on the strike (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** INDONESIA. VOI, still on 9525.8v transmitter, Sept 28 at 1338 but English modulation JBA, useless. Meanwhile, no such modulation or frequency variation problems on the RRI HS 9680 relay. As usual when checked sometime during the 14 UT hour, CRI 9525.0 in Russian made a big almost 1 kHz het with VOI (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** IRAN [non]. 17670 at 1410 Sept 28, fair signal with Queen`s ``Another One Bites the Dust``, then mostly Persian rock, in typical Radio Farda rotation. Dust song could have unpleasantly threatening military connotations, hee hee, tho the Queen lyrix
are about machine guns and bullets rather than bombing nuclear installations. BTW, the ugly %20s in the URL simply replace spaces in the original URL. 1423 ID in passing. This is via Wertachtal, GERMANY, on 17670 for one standard hour only (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** NEWFOUNDLAND [and non]. After a few weeks off-frequency to 6160.88 or so, and causing a terrible het to the other CBC station and anything else on 6160.0, CKZN is back on frequency, almost: Sept 28 at 0601 good reception, no het from only one CBC station in news. At first I figured it must be CKZU and CKZN was off, but at 0604 already into CBC Radio Overnight and R. Prague, so it had to be CKZN per the schedule at which shows Prague weekdays at `3:05` am, and Overnight would not have started yet anyway in the PDT zone. However, with BFO on, stepping 5 kHz up and down from CKZN, compared to other stations, it was clearly a smidgin on the low side now by a few dekaHz. I wonder if CKZU was really off the air at this time, as in the nightmiddle they usually are both audible, previously with a fast SAH before the major offset hit. But around 1325 CBC audible on 6160 and at this hour must have been CKZU (Glenn

** RUSSIA. 15605, VOR at 1550 Sept 28 going from majestic orchestral waltz to ``Voice of Russia presents the Christian Message from Moscow``, sermon on the passage ``What God has joined together, let no man put asunder``, punxuated by a single bell now and then. 1554 sermon already over, into outro with sacred choral music, program credits. This show is of course, a total violation of Separation of Church and State, as post-Soviet Russia overpendulums totally in the wrong direxion. After 1600 noted some secular music running on 15605, but that must have been FRANCE, q.v. (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SAUDI ARABIA. 15435, Sawt ul-Buzz, BSKSA Arabic with modulation barely detectable under huge buzz from defective transmitter they blithely ignore, Sept 28 at 1536. BTW, I previously mentioned hearing a very similar but weaker sound on 21735, but now I am positive that is of local origin, since it`s steady all the time, including now.

17660 at 1543 in French punxuated by birds chirping, only fair signal with flutter but thankfully abuzzous, as BSKSA is scheduled also from Riyadh at 14-16 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SPAIN. Yom Kippur did not stop REE from broadcasting its weekly Sephardic/Ladino show on 15385, Monday Sept 28 opening at 1427 with judeo-español talk about Y.K. How are we to take this? Pious Israeli stations close down for the occasion. F-P signal, closing around 1453 still claiming to be on 15325 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** TAIWAN. Sept 28 at 1341 was another occasion when RTI Japanese service on 9735 added spurs putting same-pitched hets on CRI 9730 and BBC 9740, during song in Japanese. Most other recent dates checked, including during the 13-14 open carrier hour, hetless but they keep coming back unpredictably (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. WINB had been missing from 13570, but back on strong Sept 28 at 1525 with one of 3 or 4 daily hours by convicted sex-offending evangelist Tony Alámo, with his usual snide Biblically-based comments. WINB carrier is still slightly unstable if checked with BFO on. At 1526 he was blown away, all too briefly, by `running-water` ute burst, as he was mocking The Donald. Serves the creep right, but has WINB no shame? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. 9620, surprisingly strong open carrier at 0556 Sept 28, rivalling REE Costa Rica 9630, but off by a minute later. Must have been DW Rwanda, modulation ended early, supposedly scheduled in German due south until 0557 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. 11789.9, intruders making another showing with intermittent SSB contacts in tonal Asian language, a later hour than previously noted, Sept 28 at 1451, and again at 1520 when there was more broadcast QRM from 11790, something weak in Russian, listed CRI via Urümqi, East Turkistan (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. 15960-15985, weak OTH radar pulses presumed, Sept 28 at 1351. Nothing from E Asia making it above 12 MHz, so likely from Cyprus or France (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

     ** CHINA. Firedrake Sept 27: at 1307, nothing on 8400, good on 9000 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA. RHC confirmed with Esperanto on 11760 at 1516 Sunday Sept 27 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** INDONESIA. VOI, 9525.9v, very undermodulated in English at 1328 Sept 27 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** VENEZUELA [non]. No sign of the Aló, Presidente show on Sunday Sept 27 between 1545 and 1745 on usual frequencies, especially 13750 via Cuba. I guess Hugo is busy in Africa (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. 15867 approx., as I tuned by heard SSB at 1329 Sept 27, American accented YL saying ``contact Air Station Sacramento``. No time to pin down frequency but I would say within 1 kHz of this; left rx on another semihour and no further transmission heard (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

Richard Bianchino Logs Sep 26-27, 2009

Weekend DXing

Saturday 26.09.09

15720 R. NEW ZEALAND INT at 0240 English, YL with rock music fm the 70's. Hrd 1971's "Mr. Blue Skies" by the Electric Light Orchestra (ELO). VG signal w/ some fade.
9650 KBS WORLD RADIO (S KOREA) at 1213 English, OM with "Seoul Report." P-F signal w/ QRN.

Sunday 27.09.09

9695 R. JAPAN at 1235 Thai, OM ancr. F signal w/ QRN.
9580 R. AUSTRALIA at 1242 English, OM ancr. "Sunday Night" prgm. Topic was population control and world resources. G signal. On 9590, G signal w/ QRN.
6170 R. NEW ZEALAND INT at 1335 English, OM ancr with music programming. G signal.
7325 R. CANADA INT at 1343 Chinese, OM ancr. Hrd music. VG signal.
11705 R. JAPAN at 1404 English, YL reporting the Nx. G signal.
15560 R. AUSTRALIA at 2228 English, OM and YL spkn about Iran. P signal w/ QRN. Reception on 15240 was P-F w/ QRN.
12040 HCJB (Quito, Ecuador) at 2235 German, OM and YL ancrs. G signal.
15320 KSDA-AWR (G UAM) at 2245 English, OM ancr giving sta frequencies. P signal w/ QRN and weak audio.
9700 R. BULGARIA at 2314 English, YL ancr speaking about the EU and Turkey. P signal w/ QRN.
11700 R. BULGARIA at 2321 English, YL ancr reporting Nx. G signal.
9665 V. OF RUSSIA at 2325 English, OM playing classical music. F-G signal.
15720 R. NEW ZEALAND INT at 2331 English, OM with the Wx. P-F signal w/ QRN and fade.
9840 V. OF VIETNAM at 2338  English, YL reporting Nx. P-F signal w/ QRN.

Richard Bianchino, Las Vegas, NV USA. Kaito KA1103, 32' longwire antenna, indoor.

Before the world wide web there was World Band Radio.

domenica 27 settembre 2009

Escuchas / Escutas / Logs

15650 Miraya FM via Rimavska Sobota, 1501-1506, September 27, Arabic? news, 24332

OMAN, Sultanate of:
15140 Radio Sultanate of Oman (p), Muscat , 1423+, September 27, English, pops, short male, 24322

6125 Radio Uruguay (SODRE-Servicio Oficial de Dfusión, Radiotelevisión y Espectáculos), Montevideo //1050 Khz, 1446-1459, September 27, Spanish, Media & DX programme: "Radioactividades". Programme conduced by Daniel Ayala. Article about CX10 Radio Ariel (very interesting old audio clips). Complete ID as: "...Radio Uruguay.....con su repetidora en 103,9 Mhz, en Colonia del Sacramento......" & "La Radiodifusion Nacional del Uruguay es un Servicio Publico Estatal......",  SINPO:
Arnaldo Slaen, Argentina

Glenn Hauser logs September 26-27, 2009

** CANADA [non]. 13810, Sat Sept 26 at 1828 giving Toronto address in English to 1829*. Per HFCC this is DTK via the doomed Jülich site; per Aoki it is Bible Voice in Somali until 1830 on weekends only via Wertachtal. Surely GERMANY, anyway (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CHINA. Firedrake Sept 26 at 1305: poor on 8400, good on 9000 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA [and non]. Arnie Coro`s cohorts at the DentroCuban Jamming Command are at it again, disaudiblizing another broadcast of a fellow DX program in English, WORLD OF RADIO, now scheduled Saturdays at 1330 on WRMI 9955, nothing but jamming roar audible here Sept 26 at 1345 check. The same likely happens to another new WOR broadcast Thursdays at 1200. On the SSE antenna, do these make it audibly to South America?

RHC anomalies Sept 26: at 1354 absent from 13680 and 13880, but present on 13760, 13780.

At 1354 RHC Spanish added 13720, as CRI 13740 relay carrier just came on producing leapfrog of 13760 over it; trouble is, another SS was already being heard on 13720, REE Spain, per Aoki scheduled in the 13-14 hour on weekends only, and now the mix.

At 1402, RHC also missing from 15120, while OK on 15360. A very poor signal of something else could be detected on 15120. Saudi Arabia`s Bengali service is the only thing scheduled.

11760 normally has decent modulation but Sept 26 at 1834 check I found it extremely distorted, modulation audible only at spikes. 11800 JBA with its usual distortion but not as bad as 11760. / 11690 was best.

Next check at 2104: 11760 had improved greatly, unlike 11800 and OK on // 11770, all in Spanish, no English like the day before. However, 11800 vanished at 2105, back on at 2112. At 2105 also found // 13790 but not 13760.

At 2110 also could hear Spanish on 17660, which had been scheduled as an English frequency along with 11760 at 2030-2130. 17660 was an echo apart from 11770 and the others. However, 17660 does not appear at all for any language in the `updated` sked I analyzed in my last report,

BTW, don`t even look at equivalent pages presented in English andFrench on the RHC website, obviously sesquiyears out of date showing such long-abandoned frequencies as 15230, 13660, etc., etc.

The sked presented in Spanish also claims that Esperanto is down to only two broadcasts a weekend, one of which is Sunday 0000-0030 on 13790, and it comes before the one Sunday at 1500 on 11760. So that means UT Sunday 0000? More likely UT Monday, as UT Sunday Sept 27 at 0009 I hear 13790 in French! French 13790 is in fact shown on the same schedule for daily broadcasts 0000-0100 and 0130-0200, so Esperanto may not really be on then UT Monday either.

But nothing ever makes sense at RHC, which is totally incapable of matching what goes on the air with what appears on any schedule (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** GABON [and non]. Haven`t had a decent listenable signal from Africa Numéro Un in months since the demise of 17630 and 15475, tho signs of the 9580 signal are often there, but enhanced African conditions on 31m brought it in UT Sept 26 at 0525 on 9580, F-G with music, 0527 ID as ``émettant de Libreville et de Moyabi, Gabon``.

Except for the very strong but very undermodulated REE Costa Rica on 9630, the strongest and only usable signals on 31m at this time were 9580, DW Rwanda 9480 and CVC Zambia 9430 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** GERMANY [non]. 13860, Sept 26 at 1830, G signal with multiple vocalists in African music; it`s the middle of DW`s Hausa via Rampisham (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** GUAM. 9805, Sept 26 at 1311 piano music, 1312 OM speaking in Japanese-sounding language, but not regular Japanese? Strong but fluttery; 1320 to YL definitely in Japanese with hymn music on piano, off around 1330 but did not catch ID or sign-off. Perhaps the OM was speaking a dialect peculiar to Japanese Adventist male evangelists? Listed as KSDA due NW in daily 1300-1330 service (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** GUIANA FRENCH. 17870-17875-17880 DRM, Sat Sept 26 at 2111, presumed from TDF Montsinéry, the usual occupant of this frequency as also heard yesterday tho not on current schedules; why? It must be something important for DRM to be testing on a weekend (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** INDONESIA. VOI still on shifted frequency 9525.8 for the second day, Sept 26 at 1307 with W&M news in English, some hum, flutter (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SPAIN. REE opening English on 9665, Sat Sept 26 at 2101 with item about the San Sebastián film festival, fair signal.

Trouble is, this broadcast is supposed to be on 9650 Sat & Sun at 21-22, per WRTH A-09 update, Aoki and EiBi. 9665 is the frequency scheduled for English on M-F when it is two hours earlier at 19-20. Did they get mixed up at Noblejas about which one to use, or is this an intentional change? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** TURKEY [and non]. 15285, Sept 26 at 1359 with VOT IS over CCI causing SAH, no doubt with ChiCom jamming and/or BBC Mandarin via Singapore. 1400 accurate 5+1 timesignal from VOT before opening Arabic to NW Africa, and someone else`s timesignal a few sex behind (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. WINB missing from 13570, Sat Sept 26 at 1828 check, just CODAR sweeping the frequency (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. WRMI, tho silent on 9955 weekdays 16-24 UT when there is nothing but WRN fill on the webcast, has business on weekends, such as Sat Sept 26 at 2113, English preacher, no jamming audible. But latest WRMI schedule grid as of Sept 22 shows ``Maestro de Zion`` during this semihour, which I would expect to be in Spanish (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. Mostly-Kansas MW observations on a mini-DX pedition Saturday afternoon Sept 26 to a quiet rural location on State Hwy 11a about halfway between US 64/81/60 junxion due N of Enid, and State Hwy 11 on the way to Wakita, Nissan caradio tuning in 10-kHz steps only:

526 kHz, tuned to 530 kHz could hear weak beacon (weacon?), sending OJ over and over in code, which is in Olathe, Johnson County KS near Kansas City, per the exhaustive list Bill Hepburn provides at No HAR or TIS audible on 530 itself.

690, KGGF Coffeyville KS heard closing a classic cowboy-music show at 1659 UT Sat, but no title heard. I will look it up on the KGGF website: yeah, sure, can`t find any such site. Maybe starts at 1606. Altho the closing bit I heard had a religious subtext, I want to check the show further, as I would put up with some of that to hear the ilk of the Sons of the Pioneers. Axually, I heard this in Enid before going to the site, but 10 kW KGGF has broad semi-local coverage.

910 had IBOC noise at 1917 UT, which must have been coming from Wichita on 900 as there is nothing strong enough on 920; and 890 has strong OK signal tho I think I could hear some IBOC noise under it. 2009-2010 NRC AM Log confirms that KSGL 900 Wichita does run IBOC. 250 watts daytime power. I had never noticed the IBOC from it with weaker signal inside Enid.

1000, KTOK OKC, IBOC has not been heard for a few weeks at occasional daytime chex, so I am beginning to think it is off for good. But it used to be intermittent, so maybe I have just been lucky.

1280, semi-local KSOK Arkansas City KS missing! At 1919 check and still when back home at 2050. The website is very much alive, tho mostly about their FM on 95.9 with a link to 1280.

1600.2, off-frequency het I have been hearing for many months even in daytime against KUSH 1600 Cushing OK, was stronger at the DXpedition site than at home in Enid, leading me to believe it is from a KS station rather than TX. That would KMDO in Fort Scott, SE Kansas, 770 watts day, 35 night, both non-direxional. Some MetroPlex signals which reach Enid OK, e.g. 700 and 1040, did not make it to the DX site.

1610, Kansas Turnpike Authority (KTA) HAR at 1912 UT with weather along the `pike from Kansas City to the OK border, voiced by synthetic woman. They have multiple transmitters, mostly on 1610, and no doubt I was hearing the closest one at South Haven. Sometimes have traces in Enid, but 1610 here daytimes is predominantly Great Salt Plains OK TIS. Yet the DX site was closer to GSP than Enid is.

1660, KXTR classical music weakly audible at 1914, groundwave from Kansas City (Glenn Hauser, Grant County OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** VIETNAM. 9635 at 1310 Sept 26 with roughly equal mix of Vietnamese and Spanish, so VOV-1 new frequency for the East Sea service is now making it against CVC Miami via Chile; no sign of VOV on other NFs for that, 7435 and 11720 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. 9600.4, het still there Sept 26 at 2055 vs CRI Kashgar, East Turkistan on 9600.0. I think some audio was making it from both, but too much mix to make anything out. I would settle for definite Spanish as a start, advancing my theory that it could be XEYU (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

Note: I last had two separate DX reports both dated just September 25. I normally intend to make clear in subject lines with different dates or part II, not to be taken as resends or duplicates. This one has only one item concerning Sept 27, making it a two-dayer. ###

Shortwave Radio Logs from WDX6AA

BOTSWANA   VOA Relay   12080  1756  Ndebele  433  Sept 21  OM with comments and mentioning Somali often. OM with VOA ID 1800.

CHINA   China Radio Intl-CRI   9665  1734  Chinese  333  Sept 21  YL choir with vocal music. Also YL with vocal music.

CHINA   China Radio Intl-CRI   7245  1605  Chinese  333  Sept 25  Piano music followed by a YL with comments. Some  QRM via Amateur Radio Operators.

JAPAN   Radio Japan-NHK   9835  1737  Japanese  433  Sept 21  Piano music. YL with comments 1738. Then piano concerto music.

KOREA, North   KCBS  9335  1725  Korean  333  Sept 21  YL and OM with ongoing comments. //13760[333].

KOREA, North   Voice of Korea   9325  1615  French  333  Sept 25  OM with comments. //9335[444].

UNITED STATES, Alaska   KNLS  9920  1746  Chinese  333  Sept 21  OM with comments.

UNITED STATES, Alaska   KNLS  7355  1609  Russian  333  Sept 25  OM with comments.

Stewart MacKenzie, WDX6AA
Huntington Beach, California, USA
"World Friendship Through Shortwave Radio Where Culture and Language Come Alive"

sabato 26 settembre 2009

Richard Bianchino Logs Sep 21-25, 2009

Balcony Listening Post

Monday 21.09.09

13775 R. AUSTRIA (via Sackville) at 1559 German, Hrd jazz music. OM ancr. Sta off air at 1600. VG signal w/ little QRN.
11920 U.K. BBC (via Taiwan) at 1618 English, YL with financial and banking report. P-F signal w/ QRN.
9515 R. CANADA INT at 1627 English, OM with report about US Justice Dept investigating interrogators. P-F signal w/ QRN.
11910 V. OF KOREA at 1634 French, YL ancr. F signal w/ much QRN.
13845 U.S.A. WWCR at 1638 English, Hrd nice Gospel song, then OM reading fm Book of Numbers, Chapter 29. F-G signal w/ QRN.
15390 AFRTS (Pear Harbor, HI USA) USB at 1645 English, Unreadable. Very low audio when heard. P signal.
9885 V. OF AMERICA at 1712 English, YL reporting on cyber crimes and child porn. P signal w/ QRN.

Noise was quite bad this morning so I tuned in to jazz on KUNV 91.5 Las Vegas. This little Kaito has great FM sound, especially when listening with good headphones. What a relief from all that shortwave band QRN!

Kaito KA1103 (battery powered), telescopic antenna.

Tuesday 22.09.09

6145 R. JAPAN at 0003 English, YL and OM ancrs. Language lesson # 7 at 0008. P-F signal w/ much QRN and some fade.
7440 R. UKRAINE at 0016 English, YL talking about Ukrainian music. OM with Sta ID at 0018. Difficult to follow prgm. P signal w/ QRN and fading.
9580 R. AUSTRALIA at 0825 English, OM ancr with report on excessive credit card fees charged by airlines. G-VG signal.
6170 R. NEW ZEALAND INT at 0838 English, OM with "Dateline Pacific." F-G signal w/ QRN using indoor active loop antenna. For some reason the KA33 often pulls in a better RNZI signal.
9590 R. AUSTRALIA at 0844 English, OM with report on retail sector and economic recovery. F-G signal.
9955 U.S.A. WRMI at 1528 English, Glenn Hauser's "World of Radio." F-G signal w/ QRN.
17735 R. CANADA INT at 1847 English, YL discusses the "Idiot's Guide to Dating." F-G signal w/ QRN.

Kaito KA1103, 32' longwire antenna, indoor.

Wednesday 23.09.09

7415 U.S.A. WBCQ at 0145 English, "The Overcomer Ministry" prgm. OM, Brother Scare, spks of the Illuminati, earthquakes, and disasters. G signal w/ QRN.
7330 V. Of RUSSIA at 1344 English, OM and "Jazz Show" prgm. P signal w/ strong QRM fm RCI (in Chinese) on 7325.
9665 CHINA RADIO INT at 1540 Pashto, P-F signal w/ much QRN.
13855 V. Of RUSSIA at 1546 Arabic, OM and YL ancrs. Hrd indeginous music. P signal w/ QRN.
9915 U.K. BBC (via Ascension Island) at 2231 English, OM reporting Nx. F signal w/ QRN.

Kaito KA1103, 32' longwire antenna, indoor.

Thursday 24.09.09

9735 V. Of RUSSIA (via Guiana) at 0409 Spanish, OM ancr. VG signal.
9745 HCJB (Quito, Ecuador) at 0414 Spanish, hrd music. VG signal.
6165 R. Nederland (via Neth. Antilles) at 0516 Dutch, OM ancr. VG signal.
5950 R. TAIWAN INT (via Okeechobee) at 0537 English, OM and YL ancrs. P sig nal w/ QRN.
6190 CHINA RADIO INT at 0541 English, OM ancr, "Voices From Other Lands." P signal w/ QRN.
6170 R. NEW ZEALAND INT at 1036 English, YL discussing world economy and world market w/ OM. G signal w/ some QRN.
9510 at 1041 English, OM talking about football (soccer) and World Cup. G signal w/ some QRN.
6160 R. CANADA INT at 1044 English, YL and ON discussing Communist Romania. F signal w/ QRN.
9625 FAMILY RADIO (WYFR, USA) at 1052 French, hrd religious music. P signal w/ much QRN.
9265 U.S.A. WINB RED LION at 1055 English, OM ancr. Beneath all the QRN hrd the words "He humbled Himself." Practically unreadable.
6060 CHINA RADIO INT at 1100 English, YL reading Nx. F signal w/ QRN (using whip ant).
11640 U.S.A. EWTN at 1117 English, OM with religious programming. P-F signal w/ much QRN.
31850 U.S.A. WWRB at 1120 English, religious programming and music. P signal w/ much QRN.
5945 BIBLE VOICE BROADCASTING (via Russia) at 1124 English, weak signal. Ve ry low volume.
9335 V. OF KOREA (DPR) at 1327 English, OM with story [read propaganda] about museum honoring Korean Communist leaders. G signal.
6020 R. AUSTRALIA at 1334 English, OM hosting "Just Jazz." G signal.
9580 R. AUSTRALIA at 1340-1358 English, "Just Jazz" prgm. VG signal.
7240 R. AUSTRALIA at 1400 English, YL and OM reporting Nx. VG signal. Slightly better than 9580.
5995 R. AUSTRALIA at 1403 English, OM ancr. "Hindsight" prgm about "The Many Lives of Roger Casement," and the story of the Black Diaries. VG signal. Again, 7240 with slightly better reception.
11705 R. JAPAN at 1414 English, YL reporting Nx. Then "Focus" at 1415. G signal.
11830 FAMILY RADIO (WYFR, USA) at 1422 English, Religious prgm. Piano and vocal chorus music. VG signal.
9945 V. OF AMERICA (via Philippines) at 1442 Indonesian, hrd song "Ten Million Fireflies." G signal.

Kaito KA1103, 32' longwire antenna, indoor.

Friday 25.09.09

Balcony Listening Post

9840 V. OF VIETNAM at 1142 English, YL talking about Chu Lai village. Then indigenous music. F-G signal w/ QRN and some fade.
6020 R. AUSTRALIA at 1200 English, Hrd sta ID then YL reporting Nx. P-F signal w/ QRN.
9695 R. JAPAN at 1203 English, YL spkn about nuclear disarmament. F signal w/ much QRN.
9675 CHINA RADIO INT at 1302 Russian, YL ancr. VG signal.
9790 R. ROMANIA INT at 2240 English, Hrd indigenous music. P-F signal w/ QRN.
9775 DEUTSCHE WELLE GERMANY (via Rwanda) at 2249 German, YL ancr. F-G signal.
15560 R. AUSTRALIA at 2252 English, YL talking to OM about gardening and farming. G signal w/ QRN.
9700 R. BULGARIA at 2301 English, YL reporting Nx. G signal w/ QRN and some fade. On 11700 signal was P-F with QRN.
9730 DEUTSCHE WELLE GERMANY (via Rwanda) at 2312 German, OM ancr. G-VG signal.
15560 R. AUSTRALIA at 2324 English, OM with report about the upcoming 60th anniversary of the People's Republic of China. G signal w/ QRN.

Rich ard Bianchino, Las Vegas, NV USA. Kaito KA1103, 32' longwire antenna, indoor.

Before the world wide web there was World Band Radio.

Pavanello's last log

   990 22/9 21.59 R. Bilbao - SS ID e pubblicità locale buono
 1026 23/9 18.15 Kol Israel - Jerusalem Arabo talk OM buono
 1116 22/9 21.59 R. Albacete - SS ID e pubblicità locale suff.
 4775 26/9 03.45 TWR - Manzini Lomwe predica buono
 4790 26/9 03.55 R. Vision - Chiclayo SS buono
 7200 26/9 04.15 R. Sudan - Karthoum Arabo NX su Kabul buono

Roberto Pavanello
Vercelli / Italia

QSL Radio Maeva

R. Maeva 6015 KHz - Postbus 1 - 2310 Rijkevorsel - Belgio in 1981 ( non è un errore di battitura ) giorni. Si 0.60 Euro.

Roberto Pavanello
Vercelli / Italia

Cupid now testing on 19 mtr 15.070 mhz

right now i am testing on 15.070 mhz , the beam is aimed towards the usa so i was wondering if the signal jumps over the big atlantic the propagation is poor ,but altough i hear some hams on 20 mtr from the usa so lets give it a shot!!!!!!!

power for today is around 150 watts ,

any report is welkom



Ascolti AM

Il nuovo programma regionale di RNE 5 alle 05.15-05.30 dal lunedì al venerdì
è in onda, dato però che fino alle 06.00 sulla rete viene ripetuta RNE 1 R.
Nacional è da verificare se tale nuova emissione passa anche sulle frequenze
di RNE 1. Proverò di nuovo, qui in Liguria è abbastanza semplice.

Mercoledì 23 settembre 2009
07.03 - 1125 kHz
RTBF VIVACITE' - Houdeng (Belgio)
FF, tk OM/YL.
Segnale buono-sufficiente
07.07 - 1233 kHz
RTBF PURE FM - Roucourt (Belgio)
Musica dance.
Segnale buono-sufficiente
07.10 - 1278 kHz
Alsaziano, tk OM e mx locale.
Segnale molto buono-buono
07.14 - 1458 kHz
SUNRISE R. - Brookmans Park (G)
Musica hindi-pop.
Segnale buono-sufficiente
07.16 - 1476 kHz
EUZKADI IRRATIA - Biribilondo (E)
Basco, dibattito OMs.
Segnale buono-sufficiente
07.19 - 1548 kHz
GOLD - Saffron Green (G)
Musica anni 60.
Segnale buono-sufficiente
07.32 - 1305 kHz
RTBF PURE FM - Marche (Belgio)
Musica dance.
Segnale buono-insufficiente


Venerdì 25 settembre 2009
14.55 - 11770 kHz
Segnale sufficiente-buono
1. Dalle 15.00 in sottofondo un segnale
fuori frequenza che poi si è stabilizzato,
forse Vo Nigeria.
2. XRadio Tambov (CVC) Julich assente,
così come CVC Int. su 17770 kHz. Forse
hanno già chiuso?


Sabato 26 settembre 2009
09.33 - 9525.8 kHz
tent. VO INDONESIA - Cimanggis
Parlato OM e mx.
Segnale insufficiente
09.37 - 9680 kHz
Solo portante con alcune
tracce di modulazione.
RRI 4 Jakarta?
Segnale insufficiente-nullo
09.52 - 17535-17550 kHz
Buzz vs. R. Farda 17545
Segnale buono-sufficiente
Dalle 10.00 con il s/on di
CRI 17540 è notevolmente
diminuito. Coincidenza?
*10.00 - 15110 kHz
R. NEDERLAND - Tinang (Filippine)
EE, annunci YL/OM.
Segnale sufficiente-buono
10.05 - 15125.4 kHz
Portante molto bassa
decifrata solo in USB.
Segnale insufficiente-nullo
10.08 - 15295 kHz
SUARA MALAYSIA non la sento da 2-3
anni. I database la riportano sempre attiva.
10.16 - 15600-15615 kHz
Buzz vs. R. Farda 15610
Segnale sufficiente-buono
10.18 - 15783.4 kHz
GALEI ZAHAL - Lod (Israele)
Musica locale.
Segnale sufficiente-molto buono
Ogni tanto deriva come sui 42 metri.

Luca Botto Fiora

G.C. 09E13 - 44N21
Rapallo (Genova)

R7 Drake
Satellit 500 Grundig
ATS909 Sangean
DE1103 Degen
VR500 Yaesu

Loop ferrite ACA 75 cm modificata (@70 kHz-2 MHz)
Loop 1 spira da finestra 150x100 cm (@2-6 MHz)
Dipolo aperto 20 m (@6-30 MHz)

Ampli RF K0LR per loop ACA modificato (WA1ION)
Ampli RF LX1456 Nuova Elettronica per loop SW e dipolo
Balun a choke coassiale 1:1 di RG174 per dipolo (IZ7ATH)
Eliminatore di QRM MFJ 1026 modificato (W8JI)

Glenn Hauser logs September 25, 2009

** ANTARCTICA. While LRA36 was at S9 level Sept 24 after 1800, not even a carrier detectable the next day, Sept 25 at 1802, 1830 and 2030 chex. Not much from LRA 15345 either. Nevertheless, solar flux for Sept 24 was still 75, and K index at 1800 Sept 25 was still 0 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** BIAFRA [non]. 17520 signal just barely audible, Friday Sept 25 at 1900, presumed still V. of Biafra International via WHRI. In order to reach as few SW listeners as possible, the website still claims to be on 15280, Fridays at 2000, like it was briefly last year. Yet it has latest audio files (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA. RHC finally heard with half an English broadcast during the previously scheduled 2030-2130 UT hour! JBA carrier on 17660, else? But Sept 25 at 2053 found sufficient open carrier on 11760, 2059 opening English, 2132 opening French. Arabic was also back, on 11770 at 2053. Spanish on 11800 distorted, 13760 buried under Portugal 13755 with loud silly ballgame and after 2100 RHC Spanish also on 11770.

Let`s look at RHC`s website schedule:
By golly, it has been modified since our last perusal, but it has taken then about two sesquimonths since major changes were really made --- and it`s still wrong. It does not show any Arabic at all, nor any French at 2030!

However, the Spanish schedule does now account for the greatly extended hours we have been monitoring it since Junend, filling the gaps 15-21 and 07-11 UT.

As a service to DX listeners, certainly not to the incompetent RHC itself, I herewith extract the Spanish schedule and rearrange it into nonconfusing strict time order. This part looks fairly accurate compared to monitoring but we cannot vouch for it 100%:

11-13  6180 NY
11-13  9600 Chi
11-15 15120 BA
11-15 15360 SAm
11-22 11760 NCSAm
11-24 11800 CAm
11-05  5965 NY
11-05 13760 BA
13-15 13680 Chi
13-15 13780 SF
21-23 11770 Eu
21-23 13790 RJ
22-24  6000 9640 Mesa Redonda M-F, special days; times and days vary
23-05  9600 SAm
23-05 11690 SAm
2330-11 6120 CAm
00-05  6060 NCSAm
00-05  6140 Chi
00-11 11760 NCSAm
02-05 13790 RJ
05-22  6000 NCSAm
07-10  6060 NCSAm
07-11  6140 Chi

The ONLY English broadcasts shown are [but see log above]:
23-24 13790 RJ
01-05  6000 NAm
05-07  6140 NAm
05-07  6060 NAm
05-07  6010 SF
NOTE that nothing is mentioned about any African targets, yet, as recently speculated for the 07+ period when English has really been heard on some of the 6 MHz channels.

Esperanto which used to have a semi-dozen weekly airings is only, Sun:
00-0030 13790 RJ [does this really mean UT Sun now, or UT Mon?]
15-1530 11760 NCSAm

Beware of inaccuracies in the other languages which I won`t go into here (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** FRANCE [non]. RFI, 17620 via GUIANA FRENCH to Africa, Sept 25 at 2054 with nice jazzy/African bass music; owe we this to the strike as fill, or, how is the strike going, still? But 2100 into French news, while always stronger and VG 17630 came on then in RFI Spanish (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) See also GUIANA FRENCH

** GUIANA FRENCH. DRM noise 17870-17880, Sept 25 at 2037 and still at 2121, surely TDF site which has used this range many times before but not currently on the DRM DX schedule at
Montsinéry had registered +17875+ previously at 1300-2000 only, 320 degrees USward. It was last reported in the DRM DX fora last May for a week when it was on for some event in Brasil at 17-21. So what bits of programming are they running now, and why? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** ISRAEL. Songs at F-P level alternating with announcements in presumed Hebrew, measured on 15783.8, ergo the latest variant of Galei Zahal, Sept 25 at 1733-1753. Will this one stay on the air right thru Yom Kippur, unlike IBA? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** KOREA NORTH. 11710.0, classical piano music, 1727 UT Sept 25, later with orchestra, a concerto? Not recognized, but sounds Western. Only thing that fits is VOK, Korean service to NAm, and confirmed at 1730 by // JBA in noise 9335 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** NIGERIA. 15120, Sept 25 at 2041 with very distorted music, undermodulated and muffled but not distorted YL ID as Voice of Nigeria, Lagos. Signal was noticeably weaker than WYFR 15130 and much weaker than REE 15110, altho without such neighbors and with decent modulation it would have been adequate (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) 

** SPAIN. 17595, REE in Brazilian Portuguese hour, Sept 25 at 1803 with report about IMF mentioning Pitsburgo (Pittsburgho?). VG signal as if it`s still aimed at NAm, tho listed as 248 degrees from Noblejas; meanwhile, REE in Spanish on 17715 was much weaker, tho azimuth supposedly differs by only 18 degrees at 230, both 350 kW. Something seems amiss (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SUDAN [non]. 15650, Sept 25 at 1757 rather distorted audio on F-P signal, eventually recognized as heavily accented English; 1758 item about the national election commission in southern Sudan; 1800 music and announcement in non? English, off at 1801* Miraya FM as scheduled 1500-1800 via IRRS via SLOVAKIA, back to Sudan (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ###

Radio Gloria International is on this Sunday

Radio Gloria International is on this Sunday the 27th of September 2009 at 09.00 to 10.00 UTC on our normal channel of 6140 KHz.



M.V.Baltic. Information:

MV Baltic Radio relay service Schedule for summer 2009

1st    Sunday – MV Baltic Radio

3rd    Sunday – European Music Radio

4th    Sunday – Radio Gloria International


We wish you good listening and good reception!


73s Tom


venerdì 25 settembre 2009

Glenn Hauser logs September 25, 2009

** BRAZIL. 4885, romantic music and Brazilian announcements between songs, presumed R. Clube do Pará, the usual 24-hour dominant here, but a long time since it overcame noise level enough and CODAR, Sept 25 at 0523-0529+ (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CHINA. Firedrake Sept 25: at 1340, equally poor but audible on 8400, 9000; nothing on 10210 or other higher frequencies, except for the usual // mix on 12040 with CNR1 and VOA (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA. Which combination of frequencies and languages will RHC be using tonight, UT Sept 25 at 0519? 6140, 6060 and 6010 in English; 6120 and 6000 in Spanish (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** INDONESIA. 4750, RRI Makassar, best heard in quite a while, Sept 25 at 1241 lively W&M dialog in Indonesian, 1242 romantic music, sufficient signal over rumble of co-channel QRM. What a pity that China and Bangladesh have to use the same frequency when there are plenty of openings nearby.

Nothing much else audible from Indonesia on 60m, but could hear some AM talk on 3995 at 1251, marred by insensitive SSB hams who regard broadcast stations, even RRI Kendari as nothing but a nuisance, or at best a BFO source. See also PAPUA NEW GUINEA.

VOI with usual low modulation during English hour, Sept 25 at 1350; no het so did not bother to measure frequency as usual 9524.9, but at 1435 a big higher-pitched het from CRI on the lo side rather than a lo het on the hi side; ergo, VOI has switched back to the transmitter almost one kHz high. In the clear again at 1500 when I could barely outmake a www announcement, but off at 1501* before English could really start repeating. Ron Howard measured it on 9525.88, and during the 10 UT broadcast this same day, Chuck Bolland reported 9525.85 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** KOREA NORTH [and non]. Juche jamming noise audible on 3985, 3912 and 3480 against the S. Korean clandestines, Sept 25 at 1252. Could make out some talk too on 3912. Same type of roar less effectively against VOA Korean on 5890 at 1255 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** PAPUA NEW GUINEA [and non]. Signs of life on PNG channels, Sept 25 at 1253: 3220 and 3385 with music; something on 3260; 3335 with off-frequency SSB QRM; 3345 sounds like two stations, the other being RRI Ternate if active? At 1301, 3220 had a song, while at 1303, 3335 sounded like news, still with SSB QRM (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** RUSSIA. 7200 at 1310 Sept 25, Russian talk vs SSB ham on exactly same frequency. Russia is also audible on 7200 as early as 0500 now. Per Aoki this is NVK R. Sakha-R. Rossii, 100 kW non-direxional from Yakutsk at 19-15. WRTH says it`s 250 kW, which I could easily believe. HFCC says 250 kW and 45 degrees, which I could also believe, enhancing the signal usward. Yakutsk is at 62 north, 130 east. Sunset there today was 0909 UT per

7200 is supposed to be off-limits for broadcasters as the boundary frequency between ham and BC bands now in Regions 1 and 3, but Aoki also shows Malaysia/Sarawak and Myanmar on 7200 --- is either really active on 7200? As well as further west, Iran and Sudan.

15510 playing songs in Italian by an OM singer with an American accent, Sept 25 at 1348 and 1355; one lyric was ``non é un'altra donna``. What`s this? Certainly not Rai or SRI Switzerland, the Italian native-language countries which abandoned SW long ago.

What else but the VOR Pashto/Dari service, as in Aoki at 12-14, 250 kW, 110 degrees from Krasnodar, RUSSIA as also revealed by VOR IS at 1359, smooth transition at 1400 to DW, 500 kW, 76 degrees via Rampisham, UK in Russian with Novosti (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. Further chex of WRMI 9955 on the UT Friday Sept 25 NW antenna test (see previous report) did not turn up any audible signal between 0400 and 0530 when I upgave. Happy Station has another new time on the schedule, Friday 1300, but just as I expected, at 1339 nothing but DentroCuban jamming audible then when WRMI is on the SSE antenna (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. 5000+, Sept 25 at 1246 noticed different-pitched timesignals slightly on hi side of strong WWV, definitely not on the lo side; WWVH much weaker but also audible. The pips were slightly unsynchronized with WWV; minute markers were also distinctly pitched compared to WWV/H; listened carefully past 1300 including during WWV voice announcements just before minutetops, but never heard any voice (or code) IDs from this.

Propagationally, BPM in Xi`an, China most likely, but supposedly on standard frequency too of 5000.0; Taiwan, South Korea and India are not all active on 5000, if any of them are. One reference is but it`s not up-to-date enough to include PPE in Brasil on 10000 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. 5785-5835, weak OTH radar pulses covering this range, presumably from China, Sept 25 at 1256 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. 9600.4, very weak carrier detectable as het to 9600.0, Sept 25 at 0514, XEYU? But I also heard het of exactly same pitch on 9700 against presumed DW Rwanda, don`t know whether above or below.

Quite a coincidence, raising question whether it is something of local origin, such as a long-forgotten almost-100 kHz crystal oscillator? But my HQ-160 is long gone, sob. If so, should appear every 100 kHz, but no sign of anything like that around 9500 or 9800. And anyway, harmonix of 100 kHz if slightly off-frequency would not be precisely 100 kHz apart so the het pitches would differ slightly (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ###


DX MIX NEWS # 591                                         25 September 2009
BELGIUM(non)    Cancelled txion of Aso Radio in Hausa:
0530-0600 on  9680 ARM 250 kW / 188 deg to WCAf Mon-Fri
1600-1630 on 15215 ARM 250 kW / 188 deg to WCAf Mon-Fri

CHINA    Frequency change of China Radio International in English/Bulgarian
2000-2057 NF 11940 KUN 500 kW / 300 deg, co-ch RRI English from 2030,x 7315

CUBA    Updated A-09 of Radio Habana Cuba:
2030-2100 on 11770 11800
0100-0130 on 13790
2130-2200 on  5965 17660
2230-2300 on  5965 17660
2330-2400 on  5965 Mon-Sat
0100-0500 on  6000  6140
0500-0700 on  6060  6140 11760 13790
0700-1100 on  6060
2030-2130 on 11760 17660 17750
2300-2400 on 13790
0700-0730 on  6000 Sun
1500-1530 on  5965 11800 11760 Sun
1930-2000 on 11760 Sun
2330-2400 on  5965  6120  9600 Sun
0000-0100 on 13790
0130-0200 on 13790
2000-2030 on 11760
2130-2200 on 11760
2200-2230 on  5965 17660
2300-2330 on  5965
Guarani(but really in French)
2230-2300 on 17705
2330-2400 on 17705
Mesa Redonda Informativa in Spanish
2230-2400 on  6000  9640 Mon-Fri
2000-2030 on 11770 11800
2200-2230 on 17705
2300-2330 on 13760 17705
2330-2400 on 13760
0000-0100 on  5965  6000  6060  6120  6140  9600 11690 11760 13760
0100-0130 on  5965  6060  6120  6140  9600 11690 11760 13760 13790
0130-0200 on  5965  6060  6120  6140  9600 11690 11760 13760
0200-0500 on  5965  6060  6120  6140  9600 11690 11760 13760 13790
0500-0700 on  6000  6010  6120
0700-1100 on  6000  6120  6140
1100-1300 on  6000  6180  9600 11760 11800 13760 15120 15360
1300-1400 on  6000 11760 13680 13740 13760 13780 15120 15360
1400-1500 on 11760 13680 13760 13780 15120 15360
1500-2000 on  5965  6000 11690 11760 11800 13680 13760 13780 15360
2000-2100 on 12000 12010 13740 13750 17660 17750
2100-2200 on 11770 11800 13740 13750 13760 13790
2200-2300 on 11760 11770 11800 13740 13750 13760 13790 17660
2300-2400 on 11690 11760 11770 11800 13760 13790
Quechua(but really in Portuguese)
0000-0030 on 17705
Alo Presidente in Spanish, programa del presidente de Venezuela Hugo Chavez
1400-1930 on 11690 11760 11770 11800 11875 12010
             13680 13740 13750 13780 15290 17750 Sun
Radio Nacional de Venezuela in Spanish
1000-1100 on  6180
1100-1200 on  6060
1200-1300 on 11705
1500-1600 on 11680
1900-2000 on 15290
2000-2100 on 17705
2200-2300 on 11670
2300-2400 on 13680 15250

GERMANY(non)    Extended txion of Deutsche Welle in Farsi:
1730-1830 on  5915 ARM 250 kW / 132 deg, ex 1730-1800 on 5945
              7510 KCH 500 kW / 115 deg, ex 1730-1800 on same

GREECE     Summer A-09 Voice of Greece:
0400-0550 on  7450 AVL 250 kW / 323 deg
0500-0900 on 11645 AVL 250 kW / 002 deg in Albanian,English,French,Spanish
0600-1000 on 15630 AVL 250 kW / 285 deg
0900-1000 on 11645 AVL 250 kW / 002 deg in German,Russian
1100-1000 on  9420 AVL 250 kW / 323 deg
1100-2250 on 15630 AVL 250 kW / 285 deg
2300-0450 on  7475 AVL 250 kW / 285 deg
2300-0350 on 15650 AVL 250 kW / 105 deg

Radiophonikos Stathmos Makedonias in Greek
1100-1650 on  9935 AVL 250 kW / 285 deg
1700-2250 on  7450 AVL 250 kW / 323 deg

MADAGASCAR    Cancelled txion for Voice of People in English/Shona/Ndebele:
1700-1755 on  7395 MDC 050 kW / 265 deg to SoAf effective July 16

RUSSIA    Frequency changes for Voice of Russia:
1200-1400 NF  7340 VLD 250 kW / 230 deg in Japanese, ex 7380 K/A
1700-1800 NF  7285 ARM 100 kW / 285 deg in Polish, ex 7440

U.K.(non)    Some changes of BBC:
English WS
1700-1800 NF  6000 SLA 250 kW / 063 deg to SAs, x 7400 NAK 250 kW / 300 deg

1630-1700 on  9980 NAK 250 kW / 255 deg, additional frequency
          NF 13630 SKN 300 kW / 095 deg, ex 11985 NAK \\ 6180 NAK, 9815 SLA

Urdu, additional txions
0300-0330 on 11995 DHA 250 kW / 070 deg
             13850 NAK 250 kW / 300 deg
             15670 NAK 250 kW / 305 deg
1600-1630 on  6100 SNG 250 kW / 320 deg, ex Farsi
              7435 NAK 250 kW / 300 deg
              9915 CYP 250 kW / 097 deg, ex Farsi
             15480 RMP 500 kW / 076 deg
1730-1800 on  6060 SLA, 7435 NAK, 9605 CYP, 11865 SNG >>>>> cancelled

USA(non)   Additional txions of WYFR Family Radio via MB(ex DTK)
2200-0100 on  9480 WER 250 kW / 240 deg to SoAm in English
2200-0100 on  9935 GUF 250 kW / 215 deg to SoAm in English

Log sdc

Una settimana con segnali deboli e confusi in mezzo a scariche, da segnalare solo:
1700 23/09 0435- KVNS Brownsville TX (USA) 3/4
Px mx, annunci e ID in E alle 0435 e 0456
1510 23/09 0455- WLAC Nachville TN (USA) 3
Notizie e commenti, ID in E alle 0500
1510 26/09 0457- WWZN Boston MA (USA) 4/5
Commenti, notizie, slogan e ID alle 0457
Saverio De Cian
QTH: Sedico (Belluno)
RX: JRC-535, SDR-14

Glenn Hauser logs September 24-25, 2009

** ANTARCTICA. Maybe my best reception yet of LRA36, 15476, Sept 24 at 1835, with tango song, S9 peaks; 1839 clear timecheck for 3:39 as I rolled a semihour of tape and will report the results when I get around to listening to it. I did check the end of it at 1910 and the signal had weakened quite a bit (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CHINA. Firedrake Sept 24 at 1351: 9000 fair with flutter, 8400 nothing. I am beginning to miss the hourly concert inbooming on several higher frequencies each morning. Yeah, right (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA. Musical frequencies report from RHC --- it is beginning to seem like they have one less transmitter available than they have frequencies, after 0500. Sept 24 at 0549, English was on 6140 and 6060, but 6010 was missing. Spanish on 6120 and 6000. To boot, most of the time 6140 has been carrying Spanish, but not tonight (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** KOREA NORTH. This country must be opening up, for instead of the usual extremely stilted praisetalk for The Dear Leader, Sept 24 at 1349 on 9335 in English I heard a distinctly different accent, like South Asian, on using the internet for propaganda purposes. Who was that? Just outroed as ``that was voice of a foreigner`` and into reunification stuff (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** RUSSIA [and non]. As I tuned by VOR Hindi service on 15605, Sept 24 at 1326, nostalgia overcame me as they happened to be playing the old 10-note Radio Moscow IS, which I also used to play on the piano. Then it morphed into a fuller musicpiece; it was after all just the opening of a genuine no doubt patriotic communist tune, the rest of which I can still hum apolitically.

VOR in English to Americas, 9665 via Pridnestrovye/Moldova, UT Fri Sept 25 at 0151 with Tuvan-sounding music, program outroed before hourtop as Kaleidoscope. Flutter-fading very noticeable on this frequency unlike most others on 31m from lower latitude paths (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 9445-9450-9455, DRM buzz at 1836 check Sept 24, which Jeff White says is now from IBB Greenville at 16-20; not sure if this replaces the 20-22 on 15475, and/or the 00-04 on 9405, but at 0204 Sept 25 I could not detect any DRM on 9400-9410. Previous tests have been weekdays only, as in the DRM DX schedule which as of UT Sept 25 still shows the 9405 and 15475 broadcasts, not 9450 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. WRMI made another NW antenna test instead of SSE, UT Friday Sept 25: nothing on 9955 until carrier on at 2359:30 Sept 24, ID and right into religious program in English, VG signal. Remained so for 0015 Aventura Diexista, 0030 Maravillosas Palabras de Vida, MEGO, but unglazed at 0100 for WORLD OF RADIO 1479, I would have to say excellent signal, S9+20 and hardly a fade. No jamming ever detectable tonight; 0130 Frecuencia al Día began equally strong, but the signal dropped down quickly at 0149 and soon became JBA; by 0200 it was gone and still gone at semi-hourly chex thru 0400. Would WRMI start fading in again later like anteayer? Tune in again for my next report (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. 9600.4, I continue to detect a very weak carrier here at many dayparts, which indicates it is in single-hop range, possibly the XEYU Mexico City transmitter turned back on. Latest instance: Sept 24 at 2153 there was the het with 9600.0, which per Aoki is CRI English via Kashgar, East Turkistan. The het went off at 2157, à la typical CRI scheduling; with BFO I could tell the 9600.4 signal was still there, but as always, far too weak to detect any audio. This might be a good window to try futurely, however, until Vatican Radio`s stronger 9600.0 carrier oncomes at 2159:30 with IS, bells, 2201 opening Chinese. Tho Vatican was stronger than CRI, I could still hear the het. I am making enquiries in the DF as to whether XEYU could be making a comeback. If not, it could be something even more intriguing. Times not to bother when RHC is on 9600: 00-05 and 11-13 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ###

Geophysical Alert Message (WWV)

:Product: Geophysical Alert Message wwv.txt
:Issued: 2009 Sep 25 0000 UTC
# Prepared by the US Dept. of Commerce, NOAA, Space Weather Prediction
# Geophysical Alert Message
Solar-terrestrial indices for 24 September follow.
Solar flux 75 and mid-latitude A-index 1.
The mid-latitude K-index at 0000 UTC on 25 September was 1 (7 nT).

No space weather storms were observed for the past 24 hours.

No space weather storms are expected for the next 24 hours.

giovedì 24 settembre 2009

New audioclips

Glenn Hauser logs September 22-23, 2009

** ANTARCTICA. LRA36, 15476 + a smidgin, again putting in respectable signal from so far and so lowpowered, Sept 23 at 1925 woman talking in Spanish, 1930 to man singing about corazón with guitar, 1936 ID. Continued alternating talk and music segments, and at 2005 noticed the noise level increase, presumably start of QRDRM from Greenville. However, Jeff White says the DRM sked from Greenville changed Sept 22 to 1600-2000 on 9450 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CHINA. Firedrake Sept 23: at 1354, nothing on 8400, poor on 9000 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA [non]. RHC check Sept 23 at 0640: Spanish on 11760, 6140, 6120, 6000; English during hilife music on 6060 ex-6006 and 6010. Could be leaning toward Africa at this hour and with English extended past 0700. Bryan Clark in NZ heard RHC on 6060 as late as 0930 asking for reports from Africa, and it was previously reported that new antennas for Africa were being installed. How late would 6 MHz hold up from Cuba to W Africa? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** INDIA. 9425, AIR at 1352 Sept 23 with W&W conversation I first thought was in usual Hindi, but then realised was in heavily accented English; or a mixture? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** INDONESIA. 9680, RRI Sept 23 at 1357 three or four people discussing subjects such as Maradona, good atop CCI and continued past 1400 with no break or timesignal; 1401 referred more than once to SMR-Sat 2-B. Seems that extended Qur`aning is finished along with Ramadan (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** MONACO [non]. 9800, TWR fair signal Sept 23 at 0706 in English preacher, 324 degrees from Fontbonne, France site. M-F starts at 0700, Sunday at 0645, Saturday at 0715, per Aoki (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. After missing a few days, WBCQ again left 9330-CUSB on the air another half hour at 1900-1930* for WORLD OF RADIO 1478, on Tuesday Sept 22. Signed off after a SW promotion/ad? so no Amos & Andy this time. Next day at 1900, 9330 was off and 7415 virtually inaudible here (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A [and non]. WRMI tried the 317 degree antenna across NAm in the evening, UT Wed Sept 23 instead of the usual beam at this hour of 160 degrees across Cuba, Caribbean, South America. At 0003 signal was fair and somewhat atop heavy DentroCuban jamming even tho it was in English. At 0047 check in Spanish about the same; at 0104 in Italian with Studio DX, VG S9+20 signal and no jamming audible. It was expected to fade out at some point before switching to the other antenna at 0800, after the 0700 airing of WORLD OF RADIO.

At recheck around 0400 had faded out completely. However, another check at 0600 found WRMI reaudible, with ``Over the Rainbow``, 0605 Bryne Edwards show with some anti-government comments.

0633 still and noted that unlike some nights when the 31m band was virtually dead, a number of other signals were holding up, including WYFR 9355, 9385, especially 9680 and 9715; Gabon 9580; Brasil 9645v and 9565; WTJC 9370 briefly in Russian at 0634. Even 11 MHz was open with fair signal from Habana 11760, good from WEWN 11870. K index at 0600 was zero, and solar flux had soared to 75 the day before, predicted to reach 77 the next several days.

On WRMI at 0658, QSL offer and Baseball Mexico promo, ``on WRMI, bringing the World of Radio to the world``, 0658 minute of dead air, 0700 start WORLD OF RADIO 1478, I was pleased to hear at S9+15 level steady with slight fading, no jamming audible. Another NW antenna test, reports to WRMI wanted, occurs at 0000-0800 UT Friday, including new WORLD OF RADIO 1479 at 0100, Happy Station at 0700 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 15825, WWCR instead of JBA became very good at 1409 Sept 23 during YL preacher, as a minor HF sporadic E opening must have inkicked, but not enough to inbring WWRB x 2 on 18770 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** WESTERN SAHARA [non]. R. Nacional de la RASD, nice signal and nice music on 6297.1, Sept 23 at 0645 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. 13970-13995, looking for Firedrake, instead heard OTH radar clix, Sept 23 at 1425, but from China or Cyprus? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ###

Shortwave Radio Logs from WDX6AA

CANADA   China Radio Intl Relay-CRI   11930  0022  Chinese  444  Sept 21  YL and OM with comments. //11975[333], 13580[444]via China.

CHINA   China Radio Intl-CRI   11900  0015  Chinese  333  Sept 21  Two OMs with comments.

CHINA   CPBS   11960  0024  Chinese  433  Sept 21  YL and OM with comments.

CUBA   Radio Havan Cuba-RHC   11680  0003  Spanish  333  Sept 21  YL and OM with comments.

CUBA   Radio Habana Cuba-RHC   11690  0006  Spanish  444  Sept 21  YL with comments and mentioning Cuba often. //9600[444], 11760[444], 13760[444].

ECUADOR   HCJB Global   11920  0017  Portuguese  444  Sept 21  OM singing. YL ancr 0018. Then more male vocals 0021.

KORA, North   Voice of Korea-VOK   13650  0035  Chinese  333  Sept 21  YL with comments plus some vocal music.

VENEZUELA   Radio Nacional 11665  2340  Spanish  444  Sept 20  Pop vocal music. OM mentioning Venezuela 2358. YL with RV ID 0000. OM with more music vocals.   This is possible being Relayed via Cuba???   

Stewart MacKenzie, WDX6AA
Huntington Beach, California, USA
"World Friendship Through Shortwave Radio Where Culture and Language Come Alive"

martedì 22 settembre 2009

Special event DDH47

In Honor of Nobelprize Winner Marconi and Prof. Ferdinand Braun a special transmission will be
Date: 10. Dec 2009
Time: Start 2300 UTC
Frequ. 147,3 kc
Mode: QRSS 3
PWR: 20 kW
The weather forcast transmitter Pinneberg DDH47 will stop RTTY (50 Bd) transmission in between 10. Dec 2300h UTC and 11. Dec 001 UTC In this timegap, the TX will be used for a special event transmission. Short  words in QRRS 3 will be transmitted.
After the transmission You may confirm the receiving at a shortwave frequency or via Internet (QRG  and adress will be given later)
You may check propagation every day / night at 147,3 Kc  DDH47, because the TX is working 24 Hours
We know, that DDH47 is easy to receive in Europe. But whats about outside Europa?

Glenn Hauser logs September 21-22, 2009

** ALBANIA. Tuned in R. Tirana 13640 in English, just in time to hear them saying goodbye and brief theme music at 2026-2027* Sept 21, but not before I read the S-meter at 9+20, no QRM or QRN (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** BHUTAN [non]. Re 6035 at 1318-1330 Sept 22 which I tentatively logged as Bhutan, Ron Howard explains that Yunnan has fixed the spurs on 6028 and 6043, so the absence of them does not mean it was not Yunnan. However, since the signal dropped at 1330 it was even more likely to have been BBC in Indonesian which covers Yunnan at 1300-1330 even tho it is 140 degrees from Singapore. He has not been able to hear Bhutan at all lately under Yunnan.Furthermore, in dx_india, Jose Jacob reports that BBS 6035 was missing following an earthquake epicentered there Sept 21, and I have not yet received any reports from the area that it was back by Sept 22 (Glenn Hauser, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA. RHC is sometimes JBA on 17660, but Sept 21 before and after 2100 it was very good in Spanish instead of scheduled English.

RHC leads the way with another groundbreaking innovation: three transmitters within 10 kHz! Sept 22 at 0547 I found 6060 missing, but instead on new 6006 in English, big signal like // 6010 and of course making a big het unless you tuned to one side or the other.

Furthermore, much weaker RHC Spanish was still on 6000. 6006 must be punch-up transposition error instead of 6060 and apparently also from same site on 6006 and 6010 as they were exactly synchronized. English also on 6140, Spanish also on 6120.

If RHC stix to 6006 it will be bad news for BBCWS in English and its would-be listeners, 0300-0700 via Ascension, also 0200-0300 via Seychelles, per Aoki. Noel Green in England also heard Habana on 6006, hetting BBC (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** HONDURAS. Things are heating up again, with the return of Zelaya to the Brazilian embassy, so how about some hot news direct from the country? Ha! 3250, presumed Radio Luz y Vida, just playing music around 1140 Sept 22. The gospel huxters probably want to stay out of the fray, and never dealt with real-world news anyway (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** INDONESIA. 9524.9, VOI, Sept 22 at 1335 with distinctive voice of guy from RRI Banjarmasin via phoneline, also at 1352 saying bye2 at end of script but then continuing to converse with Jak YL host. G signal but with flutter, undermodulated and hum. Another regular Tuesday co-produxion (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** JAPAN. R. Nikkei has different language lessons around 1300 UT; Tuesday Sept 22 at 1306 on 6055 was hearing lecture in Japanese explaining various phrases in German such as ``Die Frauen sind selbst-ständingen geworden`` (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** MALAYSIA. 6049.6v, Sept 22 at 1314 pop music vocoder-altered, 1315 announcement, lite het from 6050, presumably remnant of HCJB. This off-frequency is Radio Asyik FM via RTM as often reported by Ron Howard, CA, but seldom audible here. Still detectable at 1348 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** NIGERIA. VON, 15120, Sept 21 at 2010 in English about the end of Ramadan; clear modulation but not enough of it and signal also significantly weaker than neighbors Spain 15110, WYFR 15130, which would occasionally splash spikes onto 15120 that Nigeria was unable to offward (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** PAPUA NEW GUINEA. Abatement of my neighborhood line noise was short-lived, again bothering the higher bands, but not so much 90m, and several PNG signals audible Sept 22:

3385 was best at first check 1143 with island music, clear of any TADIL-A ute QRM. 1223 choral music, then talk in Pidgin. No IDs heard from any of these, but surely R. East New Britain.

3335 was second best at 1143 but exceeded 3385 at 1228 with instrumental music; at 1253, 3335 better than 3260, vocal music running past 1300. R. East Sepik.

3260 at 1228 with ``All of Me`` by Skeeter Davis, 1230 talk; 1235-1252 chanting and drumming reminiscent of native American. R. Madang (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** PERU. 9720, Sept 22 at 0520 chanting, at first thought Tunisia, but not at this hour and not // 7275. Listening more closely, includes glorias and alleluias --- so it`s Radio Victoria with wacky evangelist David Miranda. Haven`t heard this frequency in longtime, as WYFR normally dominates from 9715, but no sign of it tonight, as `skip was long`. While the 31m channel which used to be off-frequency is now on-, 9720.0, the 49m channel still puts a big het on CRI 6020, as it did at this time, but enough signal from Perú to // it (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A [and non]. The IBB Greenville DRM test prompted by HCJB is still ongoing, as DRM buzz reading S6 to S9+5 audible 15470-15475-15480 at 2009 Sept 21. No trace of LRA36 now, nor at earlier check 1905 when it would have been unimpeded, even by my hi local noise level which for reasons unknown, like some neighbor unplugging a touch lamp? had abated, while large band of T-storms from mid-MO to central OK made heavy almost continuous electrical noise as crashes overlapped on lower bands, especially MW. Not much of a het on 15345v either (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. WRMI, 9955, Tue Sept 22 at 1153, AWR Wavescan with Bangladesh DX report, Mr Dolar spelling out contact info, then Jeff White with some music of the world, fair signal on SSE antenna, clear of jamming --- until 1158 when the DentroCuban Jamming Command cut on, completely blocking WRMI, as if they were expecting Radio Cuba Libre still to be airing at 12-14. The latest program grid dated Sept 12 instead shows R. Prague/Praga.

Checked the webcast at 1355 and instead heard Frecuencia al Día with concluding item this week, report originally from Univisión about a radio station in Washington state that broadcasts in Mexican Indian languages. So are other DX programs axually appearing weekdays in the 12-14 UT block before WRMI becomes audible again on NW antenna from 1400 with yesterday`s R. Prague program in English? The grid does show some variations on weekends, a new broadcast of WORLD OF RADIO Saturdays at 1330; Wavescan Saturdays 1300; Frecuencia al Día Sundays at 1300 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. 7887.0 at 2018 Monday Sept 21, 5-digit YL Spanish spy number groups with some hum and very weak Morse code audible in background. Tried to recognize a `DE CLA` ID but too much voice modulation, on huge S9+20 signal, the strongest by far of anything below 9385, and nothing like it on 7 MHz, with CHU 7850 and WBCQ 7415 pipsqueax by comparison. Cuban spies in the USA must use very insensitive SW radios requiring such RHC-level 250+ kW transmitters for this. Did not notice exactly when the final, final came, but open carrier stayed running long afterwards, off at 2047* (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

Shortwave Radio Logs from WDX6AA

CANADA   China Radio Intl Relay-CRI   13700  2216  Spanish  333  Sept 16  YL with comments.

CANADA   China Radio Intl Relay-CRI   11840  2316  English  444  Sept 16  News repoprt in People In The Know. Also a CRI ID.

CUBA   Radio Nacional Venezuela Relay-RNV   13680  2358  Spanish  444  Sept 16  IS music and OM with an ID. YL with comments by 2301. Qrm via Radio Japan on the same frequency.    Mackenzie-CA.

JAPAN   Radio Japan-NHK   13680  2218  Japanese  333  Sept 16  OM with comments. YL with comments 2119. OM with RJ ID 2221. //15265[444]via Bonaire and 13640[444].

JAPAN   Radio Japan-NHK   13650  2303  Thai  433  Sept 16  YL with comments. Qrm via CRI via Cuba with a YL with comments in Chinese.

PHILIPPINES   FEBC   9730  2325  Nmong  333  Sept 16  Two OMs with comments
plus some vocal music.

PORTUGAL   RDP Intl   9715  2336  Portuguese  444  Sept 16  YL with pop music vocals. OM with an ID 2339. Two YLs with comments 2340.

THAILAND   VOA Relay   13775  2210  Chinese  444  Sept 16  YL and OM with comments.

Stewart MacKenzie, WDX6AA
Huntington Beach, California, USA
"World Friendship Through Shortwave Radio Where Culture and Language Come Alive"

lunedì 21 settembre 2009

Richard Bianchino Logs Sep 19-20, 2009

SWL Note: Atmospheric conditions continue to interfere with broadcasts. Even a power house station such as Radio Australia is effected. ABC targets the Pacific and usually comes in quite strong for my Las Vegas QTH. The same applies to broadcasts relayed from Sackville, NB Canada.

Weekend DXing

Saturday 19.09.09

5030 CHINA NATIONAL RADIO (CNR-1) at 1245 Chinese, YL Ancr. Music which souded like a children's chorus. P signal.
5025 R. REBELDE (CUBA) at 1251 Spanish, OM Ancr. VP signal.
5875 U.K. BBC (via Taiwan) at 1300 English, OM and YL reporting Nx. F signal.
6190 R. JAPAN at 1310 Chinese, OM and YL Ancrs. P-F signal.
9750 KBS WORLD RADIO (S KOREA) at 1316 English, OM Ancr reading Nx. F-G signal w/ QRN.
7325 R. CANADA INT at 1325 Chinese, OM and YL with indigenous music in Bg. VG signal.
7300 VOICE OF RUSSIA at 1329 Chinese, YL playing vocal music in what sounded like Russian. VG signal.
7275 KBS WORLD RADIO (S KOREA) at 1334 C hinese, YL playing music. G signal.
7200 R. SAKHA-R. ROSSI (RUSSIA) at 1338 Russian, OM and YL Ancrs. Hrd Nat King Cole's "Don't Get Around Much Anymore." P-F signal w/ QRN.
7215 CHINA RADIO INT at 1346 Japanese, YL Ancr playing classical music. G signal.
9735 DEUTSCHE WELLE GERMANY (via Portugal) at 2114 English, YL Ancr. P signal w/ much QRN.
11865 DEUTSCHE WELLE GERMANY (via Rwanda) at 2118 English, OM Ancr with talk of anti-gay sentiment in Serbia. F-G signal w/ QRN.
13755 R. PORTUGAL INT at 2130 Portuguese, OM announcing soccer game. VG signal.
11930 U.S.A. R. MARTI at 1256 Spanish, OM talking over sound bytes of rock n' roll songs - Elvis Presley's "Jaihouse Rock," Eric Clapton's "Layla" and "Lay Down Sally," and Presley's "Don't Be Cruel." P-F signal (poss jamming).
13700 CHINA RADIO INT at 2206 Spanish, OM Ancr. P-F signal.
15110 R. EXTERIOR ESPANA (SPAIN) at 2211 Spanish, OM Ancr. P-F signal w/ QRN.
15540 R. Netherlands (via Neth. Antilles) at 2218 Dutch, OM Ancr. F signal w/ QRN.
9700 R. BULGARIA at 2340 English, OM announces "This is Radio Bulgaris," then YL with listener-response Prgm "Answering Your Letters." F-G signal.
11700 R. BULGARIA at 2345 English, "Answering Your Letters." F-G signal w/ QRN.
9885 U.K. BBC (via Taiwan) at 2355 English, OM speaking to guest about finances and the economy. F-G signal w/ much QRN.
9880 VOICE OF RUSSIA at 2358 Spanish. IS, then YL Ancr at 0000 s/on. F signal w/ QRN.

Kaito KA1103, 32' longwire antenna, indoor

Balcony Listening Post

Sunday 20.09.09

7240 R. AUSTRALIA at 1446 English, OM host "Sunday Nights." Nice mix of music from Australian orchestral to Peter, Paul and Mary's "Blowing in the Wind." G signal.
10320 AFRTS (Pear Harbor, HI USA) USB at 1605 English, ESPN Radio prgramming: "Countdown to Kickoff." F-G signal.

Kaito KA1103 (battery powered), telescopic antenna

Sunday 20.09.09

15205 DEUT SCHE WELLE GERMANY (via Rwanda) at 2113 English, YL with "Newslink." P signal w/ QRN.
11620 ALL INDIA RADIO at 2121 English, Faintly hrd Hindi music beneath the QRN. Signal was unreadable.
9735 DEUTSCHE WELLE GERMANY (via Portugal) at 2135 English, OM talking about soccer. P-F signal w/ QRN.
9580 R. AUSTRALIA at 2142 English, Hrd tune "Killing Me Softly With His Song." P-F signal w/ QRN.
9515 R. CANADA INT at 2147 Chinese, YL speaking to OM. F-G signal. Less QRN from this Bc via Sackville, New Brunswick.
9790 R. ROMANIA INT at 2203 English, YL Ancr. P signal. Unreadable.
12000 HCJB (Quito, Ecuador) at 2210 Spanish, OM Ancr. P signal w/ QRN.

11760 UNIDENTIFIED at 2216-2245, Spanish, Hrd live concert recording. All music was in Spanish. Later, OM Ancr. Couldn't get a Sta ID. Most likely R. Habana Cuba. This is their frequency but it's not listed in AoKi. RHC is nortorious for playing "horario musicales" (musical schedules). Possibly could be R. Rebelde who also uses 11760. G signal w/ little QRN. RECHECK at 2336 and Sta was off air.


This just in from Glenn Hauser's log:

Sept 20 at 1450 on 13780 announcer was mentioning a special event at 2 pm [1800 UT], on TV and satellite, no doubt the big concert for peace in Habana, but if also on SW, I was too late to catch details of that.

Thanks Glenn, this is definitely what I heard. Btw, it was a great concert. I've listed two resources about the event below.

BBC News

Richard Bianchino, Las Vegas, NV USA, Kaito KA1103, 32' longwire antenna, indoor