domenica 28 febbraio 2010

Qualche ascolto...

Ascolti milanesi in mezzo al QRN divenuto oramai infernale.

Anguilla, 11775, Carribean Beacon, Angilla, 2125, Feb 27, religious talk by a female speaker. English. Fair.

Australia, 15160, r. Australia, Shepparton, 0735, Feb 27, talk, QRM from 15155 so better in USB. English. Fair to good.

Australia, 17880, r. Australia, Via UAE, 1213, Feb 27, Country music, "Saturday night country". English. Fair to good.

Malaysia, 15295, V.o.Malaysia, Kajang, 0755, Feb 27, pop mx, ID by female voice, frequencies and schedule, strong fading, at 0800 Voice of Islam. English. Fair.

Saudi Arabia, 15250, R. Riyadh, Riyadh, 1210, Feb 27, talk about Islam and Muslim people. English. Good.

73, Michele

- Receivers:
    Modern:  Perseus, Drake R8E, Icom IC-R72, DE1103
    Vintage: BC348R, Satellit 210, R326
- Antenna: just a random peice of wire, 7 metres long

Challenger in onde medie a Roma

Challenger Radio sta testando i 1566 khz in analogico nella zona di Roma, le segnalazioni sulla qualità dell'ascolto sono ben accette...

Glenn Hauser logs February 28, 2010

** CHINA. 11910, Feb 28 at 1356-1357* REE IS, at the conclusion of Spain`s relay via Xi`an in Spanish to Asia at 12-14. This is the intentional transmission. Then I switch to 7220 to hear the same IS come on at 1359:47 and mixing with timesignal until 1400 cut to CRI opening in Chinese.

But all listings show the lower site is Kunming, so it`s a matter of inability to coördinate switching accurately thru the Beijing master control feed. REE really ought to QSL their 13-second transmission on 7220, but I bet they would deny it (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CYPRUS [and non]. 15587-15612, strong OTH radar pulses, presumed from here, Feb 28 at 1504, interfering most with WEWN 15610 and something on 15605, while REE 15585 just barely escaped (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** JAPAN [non]. 11705 via CANADA, NHKWNRJ, Feb 28 at 1400 news all about the quake and tsunami; at closing 1410 caught caster`s name, Michelle Yamamoto (is she semi-French?), the one whose dixion is so precise it almost sounds computer-generated; and since this is the final Sunday of the month, no World Interactive but instead Listening Library, classic story.

I am rather sure I copied Yamamoto`s name correctly (unless there is a Japanese name sounding like Michelle??), but searching their website on her name gets zero hits --- it`s hard to find names of any newscasters or presenters, they are so modest, downplaying individuality.

Or so it seemed, until I did another search on ``Michelle`` only and got a gallery of TV anchors, including her. I suppose some of the others also double on that inferior medium, radio:

I also noticed that Listening Library is ending after the March broadcast, and its hostess is named and portrayed: Yuko Aotani ---
Program changes always come in April with a new fiscal year

** MADAGASCAR [non]. 15660 via PRIDNESTROVYE, R. Mada missing again Sunday Feb 28 at 1530 check, like it was Saturday. WRN tells me the service has not been canceled, so there must be some other problem. Nor can I hear it mixing with Miraya 15670 as it was doing until last week. However, I have not searched the entire 15 MHz band for another possible new frequency (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** RUSSIA. My search for further harmonix in the 18+ MHz range is proving fruitful. Feb 28 at 1413, I found some weak talk in a south Asian language on 18450. Since there is nothing on 9225, and the digits in 18450 add up to a multiple of three, this must be a third harmonic, of 6150. Very weak at margin of noise level, kept going past 1430, and at 1458 heard giveaway YFR ``Gott sei die Ehre`` themehymn, and still going past 1500.

Cannot // this to 6150 as nothing from Europe would propagate at this hour on 49m. Thank God YFR uses the same music in all its languages. Looked up later, this is Punjabi at 14-16, per Aoki, 250 kW, 110 degrees via Krasnodar site; per HFCC, language not specified, 300 kW, 100 degrees via Armavir, which are really the same place. EiBi agrees it`s Armavir, but language as Urdu. WRTH Feb update seems to have anticipated our question, but like all the others, omits the harmonic:

Punjabi Days Area kHz
1400-1600 daily SAs
6090sam (delete),
6150arm (not Urdu)

** U S A. Looking for more 18+ MHz harmonix, after hearing Russia q.v. on 18450, I came to a weak hymn by YL on 18530, Feb 28 at 1417. Since the digits in 18530 do not add up to a multiple of 3, this can`t be a third harmonic, but a second, i.e. 9265. Has to be WINB in Pennsylvania, immediately confirmed by // 9265. Don`t think I`ve ever heard a harmonic from them before. Carrier unstable just like it is on the fundamental, warbling against the BFO (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 13715, Feb 28 at 1350, VOA Spanish with fill program on Sunday mornings, pop music countdown, a later(?) Johnny Paycheck version of his classic ``Take This Job And Shove It``, which was, of course in a foreign language, English; modulation distorted and spreading beyond nominal bandwidth, carrier somewhat unstable, a shame for a Greenville transmitter to be in such a condition (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 13845, WEWN, huge mushy spur from 13835, overriding WWCR PMS, Feb 28 at 1354. The WEWN noise continues unabated even when there is hardly any modulation except random room noises on 13835 during long pauses, mass made for EW television, maybe containing some video axion only.

I suppose WEWN took 9390 off the air at 09-13 because that was their most expendable English transmission, but they should take the rest of them off the air too until this be fixed permanently (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) See also CYPRUS [and non]

** VENEZUELA [non]. Another Sunday check for possible ``Aló, Presidente``, 1638 UT Feb 28: Zilch on 17750, 13750, 13680, 12010, 11690, its nominal frequencies via CUBA. RHC itself audible on 11730, 11760, but not on 11690, 11800 or 13770. Beginning to wonder if El Hugazo has given up on the Sunday marathons, but you never know.

BTW, the opposition has started a countershow, ``Aló, Ciudadano``, not on SW either (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ###

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Qualche piccolo tips

4800 - 00:10utc - CNR 1 - Qinghai, China - Parlato in mandarino - suff
4845 - 00:13utc - R. Mauretanie - Nouakcott, Mauritania - Parlato in locale - suff
5025 - 00:18utc - R. Rebelde - La Habana, Cuba - Parlato in spagnolo - ins/suff
5060 - 00:21utc - PBS Xinjiang - Urumqi, China - Musica e parlato in mandarino - suff
5110 - 00:23utc - WBCQ - Monticello, ME, USA - Parlato in inglese - ins/suff

Roberto Rizzardi - SWL 3782
Porto S. Stefano (GR) Italy
Lat 42N43 - Long 11E12 - Locator grid JN52NK
Sangean ATS909 with 2x80kHz Murata filters in FM
Telescopic and 7 meters indoor long wire antenna

Log Roberto Pavanello

1659 28/2 00.30 R. Barcelona - Dutch ID e MX buono 
 3905 26/2 20.10 Skyline R. Int. - EE ID e MX buono
 4890 27/2 23.15 Pirata Greca - Greco MX buono ( 3za armonica 1630 KHz )
 4925 27/2 23.10 R. Educ. Rural - Tefè PP MX suff.
 4955 27/2 23.20 R. Cultural Amauta - Huanta SS NX suff.
 5815 28/2 09.25 Orion R. -
EE ID e MX buono
 6185 28/2 00.10 R. Nac. Amazonia - Brasilia PP partita del Botafogo buono
 6205 28/2 10.20 R. Borderhunter -
Dutch ID e MX buono
 6265 28/2 09.30 R. Geronimo -
Tedesco ID e MX buono
 6280 28/2 09.55 R. Merlin Int -
EE ID e MX buono
 6290 28/2 09.40 R. Trans Europe -
EE ID e MX buono
 6300 28/2 10.10 R. Spaceman - EE ID e MX buono
 6310 28/2 09.30 Delta R. - Dutch ID e MX buono
 9505 27/2 23.30 R. record - Sao Paulo PP MX buono
 9550 27/2 23.30 R. Boa Vontade - Porto Alegre PP predica suff
 9625 27/2 23.35 CBC North Quebec - Montreal EE ID e NX buono
11730 27/2 17.50 R. Pilipinas - Manila Filippino MX buono
11765 25/2 20.30 R. Deus es Amor - Curitiba PP predica suff.
15345 27/2 20.30 R. Nacional - Buenos Aires SS NX buono

Roberto Pavanello
Vercelli / Italia

Glenn Hauser logs February 27-28, 2010

** BRAZIL. 4845, one of the Brazilians with play-by-play of some SBG, producing bad het, presumably with Mauritania, 0020 Feb 28 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA [and non]. 9955, WRMI Saturday-evening exile block, fair signal with no or maybe minimal jamming, UT Sunday Feb 28 at 0031 discussing the death of hunger-striking political prisoner Orlando Zapata, and Castro`s ``apology`` for it. Same topic when next checked at 0119. According to latest schedule of a week ago, at 0030-0045 it`s Voz de Coordinadora, 0100-0130 Conversando entre Cubanos.

Meanwhile at 0030, plenty of heavy noise jamming on 9810 against nothing, ex-República, also 9825 against R. Martí and 9885 against VOA Spanish (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** EGYPT. Incredibly awful signals from R. Cairo, Feb 28 at 0036: 9390 big carrier but whine and undermodulated; 9915 had similar mix of talk and music, but not //, and in contrast was very distorted and overmodulated; they should split the difference? 6270 was open carrier, no modulation unlike somewhat distorted Arabic on 6290. All three of them supposedly carry Spanish starting at 0045 but 9915 and 6270 are not scheduled to open until then (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** NETHERLANDS [non]. RN Spanish, good on both 9865 via Sines, PORTUGAL, and 9895 via Greenville, USA, UT Sunday Feb 28 at 0034 with ``La Fonoteca``, DJ Alfonso Montealegre, who we thought had retired last September. Replaying old shows, or an independent contractor now? Strangely, both pop songs I heard were in English; why? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** NEW ZEALAND [and non]. RNZI with continuous tsunami coverage before and after 21 UT Feb 27 on 17675, reports from Hawaii, warnings to other islands.

Unfortunately with the usual adjacent QRM from stronger CVC Chile 17680, which had continuous quake coverage all afternoon. Thus the only two stations directly covering the quake/tsunami on 16m are interfering with each other despite plenty of other clear frequencies on the band as this colossal mismanagement of SW frequencies goes on.

Was not hearing R. Australia until after 2200 on 15560 with of course news on same subject, but 2205 into regular Correspondents Report program (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 9369v, WTJC upacting again, Feb 28 at 0038 with gospel music splattering 9362-9385 and maybe further but obscured by WYFR 9355 and Cairo 9390. Fundamental itself was distorted and with clicking noises (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. Tnx to tip from Will Martin, WWCR has decided to replace 4775 with 4840 from 0300 starting March 1. Tnx to tip from Gilles Letourneau, they were already testing it at 0300-0400 UT Feb 28. This of course affects the UT Sunday 0330 airing of WORLD OF RADIO, originally on 5070.

4840 is pretty weak here at 0315, but I suppose 4775 would have been too under current propagation conditions. 4840 seems to be on the edge of CODAR heard just below it, while 4775 was in the middle of some CODAR, usually not a problem when WWCR was inbooming, but last night around 0600 it was also weakish there interfering with CODAR, which in this utility band presumably has priority.

Unclear if WWCR`s latest shift is reactive or proactive. 4840 should have fewer issues with other broadcast stations since nothing but Mumbai is scheduled there at times which will not conflict. As always, there are some adjacent Latin Americans which will be affected.

And the biggest signal from Africa, Mauritania on 4845. It also has ute QRM to one side most of the time. See also BRAZIL.

The WWCR spur which formerly showed up on 7095 when 4775 leapt over 5935 would now land on 7030.

Earlier I happened to tune to 12160 at 2255 UT Feb 27, and stuck because it was playing Bach on synthesizer/authentic instrument. That must have been fill after Golden Age of Radio. 2258 QSY announcement to 5070 with steel drums and shortly off (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 4050-, Feb 28 at 0024, country music barely audible at peaks, no doubt once again, 3 x KWMO 1350 Washington MO. Slightly low in frequency as also previously detected (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A [non]. 11575, good signal but flutter, Feb 28 at 0131 with Pres. Obama comment, voice-over in Pashto; 0158 with Deewa Radio ID, address, 0200 VOA YDD jingle. Scheduled 01-04 via Sri Lanka, 250 kW, 340 degrees (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ###

Time for oldies again

           Just to let you know that WR International is at it again on air as usual this morning @ 12257Khz until 12:00 UK time. Until 08:00 GMT a computer playout system is in use, live output is from 08:00 GMT until 12:00 GMT.
 Also on the internet with the Destiny radio system in stereo visit our web site for details you can also listen via shoutcast search for WR International at or the url is  
 You can contact us during our transmission at , with (Dave Jones) or sms text message to +447539441912.
 Sundays just arrive so quickly these days.
Happy listening if you choose to, have a good day.
WR International

Shortwave Radio Logs from WDX6AA

ARGENTINA Radio Nacional 11710 0017 Spanish 333 Feb 27 Two YLs with comments. Some qrm from various sources.

CHINA China Radio Intl-CRI 11650 0006 English 433 Feb 27 Two OMs with comments on China's New Year history.

CHINA CPBS 11750 0027 Chinese 333 Feb 27 YL and OM with comments.

CHINA China Radio Intl-CRI 11770 0032 Vietnamese 333 Feb 27 YL and OM with comments. //13680[444].

JAPAN Radio Japan-NHK 11665 2350 Japanese 433 Feb 26 Two YLs with comments. Also some good vocal music plus some piano music. Sign-off 2359 by a YL and Time Pips. //17605[333]via Bonaire.

KOREA, North Voice of Korea-VOK 11735 0018 Spanish 333 Feb 27 OM with comments and mentioning Korea often. ID by an OM 0020. YL with comments 0022. //13760[444] and 15180[444].

KOREA, North Voice of Korea-VOK 13650 0024 Chinese 333 Feb 27 YL with comments. //15100[333].

TAIWAN Radio Free Asia-RFA 11605 0004 Vietnamese 333 Feb 27 OM with comments. MacKenzie-CA.

During the dates of Feb 26-27 we had two large storms from the Pacific in the afternoons to nighttime. The biggest Pacific storm was on the 27th and is now movinging inland. Large Earthquake in Chile today!! During the two storms propagation was very good coming across the Pacific Rim. Good Listening and DX!

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

Very slow QSL: WEGP Presque Isle

WEGP 1390 KHz - P.O. Box 4088 - Presque Isle - Maine 04769-4088 - U.S.A. con QSL in 519 giorni (non è un errore di battitura). v/s Patrick I. Patterson Operations Manager. Si 1 IRC.

Roberto Pavanello

sabato 27 febbraio 2010

FRS on air next Sunday/ 30th anniversary in 2010

Dear FRS Friends,

Sunday Febryuary 28th/ March 7th
Following our October, November & December 2009 broadcasts, FRS-Holland will again take to the airwaves next Sunday February 28th.
Unlike previous years no winter sleep.... Next Sun FRSH will be on 7600//5800 kHz for just over 4 hours 08.52-13.05 UTC/ 09.52- 14.05 CET.
Pxs will be presented by Jan van Dijk doing the German show. Dave Scott will be playing classic rock and has a few interesting radio related items. Paul Graham & Mike Anderson's will be both absent unfortunately. Peter Verbruggen will look back to what happened in the past on February 28th (Day Calendar) and plays a mix of 80s/90s and mainly 00s records in FRS Magazine. He will also host a 45 min. FRS Goes DX edition with the latest news from the wonderful world of wireless .
And: Peter will replace Paul in the FRS Golden Show playing almost non-stop excellent 60s and 70s records (and rarities!).
There also is 'the Phrase that Pays' and 'the listener of the month' (December 2009).
Between 16.00- 20.05 UTC/ 17.00- 21.05 CET the complete broadcast will be streamed via internet:
Sunday March 7th the complete broadcast will be repeated on 7600//9300 kHz between 10.52- 15.05 UTC/ 11.52- 16.05 CET.

FRS 30 years
2010 is a very special year for all at FRSH: 30 years on the air! We will be celebrating this later in 2010, presumably in October. It is our wish to receive as many personal memories as possible (especially) from dedicated FRS listeners! Most personal is when you record a 1- 2 minute recording (English or German) with your very own memories: When did you hear us for the first time, what was (is) your favourite show, when did you get your first QSL, how much did you listen to FRS, any special on air moments you remember? All this info will be part of your personal FRS contribution. Any serious contribution will be rewarded later this year. That is a promise! All listener's contributions will be collected and together it will be our anthology of 30 years of SW broadcasts along with our very own memories. Btw: if you cannot record a message, please put your contribution on paper (POBox 2702) or send us a mail . It sounds a bit weird but w'd like to receive your contribution as soon as possible. There's a lot to prepare and having contributions at an early stage really helps… we count on you…an mp3 would be easy, isn't it?

73s, Peter V. (on behalf of the FRS staff)
a Balance between Music & Information joint to one Format....

POBox 2702
6049 ZG Herten
The Netherlands

e-mail: < frs.holland @>
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Nuova QSL di Radio Taiwan 3965 Khz

Ecco i dati relativi a una nuova conferma QSL:
R. TAIWAN INTERNATIONAL 3965 kHz - P.O. Box 24-38 Taipei - Taiwan con una  QSL in 36 giorni. Rapporto inviato via web Report
La QSL è visionabile al seguente URL:

73 da Marabello
Treviso, Italy

Glenn Hauser logs February 26-27, 2010

** CHILE. CVC Calera de Tango site survived the quake, still on air with usual good signal here.

17680 at 1812 check with reports in Spanish about the quake, e.g. the airport is closed; no doubt from the Miami studios, as it would be unthinkable to originate anything from Chile itself.

Telemundo and Univisión are also covering it on US television (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CHINA. Firedrake Feb 27: not audible on 8400 for a change, at 1347 check and later.

Amused myself by another check of the 7220 anomaly, Feb 27 at 1359: open carrier until REE IS at 1359:48, then at 1400:00 cutting to CRI opening in Chinese. The Kunmingers still don`t trust themselves to get into CRI at the right instant preventing REE IS from being shortwaved worldwide by mistake (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENNG DIGEST)

** CUBA. 11600, DCJC pulse jamming running later than usual -2200, Feb 26 still going at 2228; presumably provoked by a never-heard R. República transmitter in Central America (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** FRANCE. Some ham contest is underway making 15m more active than otherwise, Feb 27 at 1427. I keep hearing stations from France, such as 21217-USB, a station preferring to speak French, which surely is a way to lessen one`s totals, ``appelle contest``, ``à l`ecoute``, and kept saying sixty-thirteen with every transmission. I was still trying to copy his F- call when he quit the frequency, perhaps frustrated with the lack of response, or too close to the next one.

21213-USB, at 1430 F6KNB was making contacts in English and French, with readings such as 59-33. shows it is a club station near Bordeaux with a number of photos.

F6KNB, RADIO CLUB RADIOAMPT (post & telecom)
7 allée le sous bois
VILLENAVE D'ORNON, 33140, France

And on 21230 approx, at 1433, TK5EP, fonetik, CQ Contest. QRZ.Com shows:
Rés. Terra Rossa imm. le pinson D1
AJACCIO 20090, Corsica

At 1434 on 21235, F6IPQ:

** GOA. 15175, Feb 27 at 1548 strong S9+8 signal but lousy distorted modulation cutting off at softer points; 1550 mentioned Akashvani and then S Asian music.

Don`t you believe PWBR `2009` which says this is AIR via Bangalore to E Africa. Current Aoki and HFCC agree it`s now via Panaji, in Gujarati at 1515-1600, 250 kW, 205 degrees. But neither has a way of denoting that the modulation sux, typical for Goa site but not alone in the AIR network (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** INDONESIA. VOI, after a few days on 9525- instead of 9526-, Feb 27 at 1355 found back on the higher frequency, almost --- guess 9525.85 approx. as it`s not so close to 9526.0 as before. Does this mean transmitter #3? Was off the air during most of the 14 UT hour, but next check at 1459, back on with lite music, and het from CRI East Turkistan on 9525.0; 1504 VOI English ID, then warta berita in Indonesian (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** MADAGASCAR [non]. After finally getting on a clear frequency last weekend via PRIDNESTROVYE, R. Mada is missing this Sat Feb 27 from 1530, nothing on 15660, while Miraya FM via SLOVAKIA continues on 15670. Check again Sunday at same time. Has R. Mada decided to quit again? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** MALAYSIA/SARAWAK. 5030 was doing quite nicely Feb 27, gaining on Cuba 5025 before 1400, and still audible with singing and drumming music at 1422, now way above the Rebelde level (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** PHILIPPINES [non]. 11715, this time, Sat Feb 27 at 1509, Catholix vs pseudo-Catholix, RVA via VATICAN had the upper hand over KJES, which amounted to an annoying lo het.

1510 a snippet of Olympic theme music but Tagalog talk to follow seemed unrelated to Vancouver. In homage to American colonialism, the talk included numerous words and expressions in English, such as: ``presidential candidates``, ``interviews``, ``they`re all basically the same``, ``corruption``, ``employment``. 1518 another Olympic theme fragment and on to next topic.

Tsk2, The Church is meddling in pilipino politix!! (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** RUSSIA [and non]. 9470, carrier with intermittent Russian tune-up tones, Feb 27 at 1352 atop AIR Aligarh // but not synch National Channel via Bengaluru 9425. No Russian in Aoki, but in EiBi and HFCC as VOR, Moscow site in Russian to ME starting at 1400 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SOLOMON ISLANDS. 5020, still hearing an open carrier, as late as 1422 Feb 27, balancing stronger Malaysia 5030 on the other side of fading-out Cuba. At least I can`t make out any modulation on 5020. If SIBC is so impoverished, that they can`t print QSL cards, and had to drop the BBCWS relay overnight because of the electric bill, why are they still running the transmitter anyway? Remember the previous revelation that they could not even afford chairs for their studio (Well, people project better when they are standing up) (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** TIBET [non]. 7470, S9+22 at 1340 Feb 27, carrier with some hum and whine but no program modulation. R. Free Asia schedule in DXLD 10-06 shows Tibetan via secret site, while Aoki reveals it`s Ulan Bator, MONGOLIA, from which a refund is due the US Government. After 1400 Tibetan continues on 7470 but it`s VOA`s via Tinang (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 17775, KVOH music strong enough at 2229 Feb 26 to audiblize whining spur noise blob around 17920 and the weaker one around 17630 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. WTWW has not been on the air this week, as George McClintock has still been working on the equipment and waiting for a part from Continental. But he says he is quite impressed and pleased with the transmitter.

Further program tests are scheduled Feb 28-March 2 with live broadcasts hosted by Ted Randall from the annual National Religious Broadcasters convention in Nashville, starting Sunday at 1800 or 1900 UT on 9480, and also all-day Monday and Tuesday ending at 2200 March 2. Ted will be asking probing questions as he interviews many religious broadcasters attending the convention.

FCC has now authorized WTWW to use 9480 straight through from 1200 to 2400 UT, no longer switching to 9475 at 1900-2200; and 5755 after 0000. Has YFR quit 9480 via Germany at 19-22, or no longer computed to be an official collision?

Here`s the NRB schedule of events
but that doesn`t mean what`s heard on WTWW will follow that exactly.

George also says that program tests at other times will probably come from Pastor Pete Peters, as already on the stream, but a final decision on WTWW programming has still not been made. Expect an announcement about that next weekend (Glenn Hauser, OK, Feb 27, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. Dave Frantz of WWRB has invited WORLD OF RADIO to be heard on 3185, UT Fridays at 0430 probably starting this week, and we assume shifting to 0330 UT Fridays from mid-March once DST is in effect. This should be a good time for reception across North America, 11:30 pm Eastern, 10:30 Central, 9:30 Mountain, 8:30 Pacific. It will also be one of the earliest airings when the information contained is freshest.

Dave says he has been working on upgrading WWRB programming, getting rid of anti-Semitic and political shows by attrition, requiring infomercials to post surety bonds, which none have been willing to do! (Glenn Hauser, OK, Feb 27, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A [and non]. WRMI, 9955: Saturday Feb 27 at 1415, AWR Wavescan in progress with Cuban jamming pulses at the rate of approx. 127 per minute, i.e. from a single transmitter, rather than a wall of noise from multiple sites. S/N ratio had worsened however by a semihour later when WORLD OF RADIO was in progress, and WRMI`s own signal was much weaker than 9950 Palau 345 degrees with Furusato no Kaze in Japanese; and much, much, much weaker than WWCR from 9980 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A [and non]. 15420v, WBCQ reduced open carrier already on at 1546 atop BBC and producing audible het; not checked again until 1615 when the BS was in progress, Feb 27 Sabbath-morning-only broadcast from Walterboro (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. 13645, one more check for last week`s mystery, heard in Brasil between 16 and 17: zilch, Feb 27 at 1610 and later past 1630 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ###

venerdì 26 febbraio 2010

Radio Gloria International is on this Sunday

Radio Gloria International is on this Sunday the 28th of February 2010 on 6140 KHz. At 10.00 to 11.00 UTC on our winter schedule.

M.V.Baltic. Information:
MV Baltic Radio relay service Schedule for Wintertime  2010

1st    Sunday – MV Baltic Radio
3rd    Sunday – European Music Radio (April)
4th    Sunday – Radio Gloria International

We wish you good listening and good reception!


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Glenn Hauser logs February 25-26, 2010

** ARGENTINA [and non]. 15345.2, RAE IS recognizable under much stronger but undermodulated Morocco closer to 15345.0, Feb 25 at 2059 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CHINA. The Kunmingers are improving their switching skills. Instead of a minute or more of REE IS at 1359 on 7220, Feb 26 at 1359:00 it was just open carrier, and REE IS lasted only a few sex from about 1359:50 before cutting to CRI opening. Of course, Beijing master control should not be sending REE feed at all at this time on this circuit (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CHINA [and non]. 7585 fair with Firedrake atop something else, Feb 26 at 1437; not audible on 8400 for a change. Also very weak FD on 9380 as heard previous mornings, in splash from WWRB 9385.

ChiCom jamming on 7585 remains mysterious, as the only thing scheduled at this hour is Vatican Radio in Hindi via Tajikistan (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA [and non]. 11680, RNV relay missing Feb 26 at 1526 uncovering something in Arabic, i.e. BBCWS, Rampisham. I know RNV was on a few minutes earlier with broken-English voiceover something in Spanish, but was not going to bother to log it, until its absence became notable. What would Simón say?

13740, CRI English relay at 1528 Feb 26, squeal getting worse, and its pitch is affected by intentional talk modulation. The squeal is more obvious by tuning slightly above or below to the sidebands. We wonder if those new ChiCom transmitters being installed on Cuba will get rid of this problem, or will they just be used for a much higher priority task, jamming (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** EQUATORIAL GUINEA. 15190, R. Africa, Feb 25 at 2101 tune-in to hear a loop of one somewhat musical syllable with the pitch changing as long as it lasts, repeated 270 times per minute. This kept going until 2110 when someone woke up, briefly cut to a different sound, then to R. Africa canned ID, radioafrica @ spelled out but as announcer was about to give postal address, ``you may also write us. . .`` that was cut off to a hymn introducing next gospel huxter, ``Unchanging Truth``, from the Ojai Valley Baptist Church, California, also spelt.

Next to WYFR 15195 via Ascension, about equal strength but separable. Maybe not so easily where both of them aim, at Africa. The strange 10-minute loop hints that R. Africa may have moved from the reel tape into the digital age for which it is not ready (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** HONDURAS. Re the unID extremely distorted Spanish on 3290/3287 I have heard between 02 and 0355* on two occasions: not on every night, but David Crawford, FL, tells me he was able to identify its ``tortured FM`` as Radio Luz y Vida, nominal 3250; that was my second possibility after HREZ 3340, both of which have been missing from their assigned frequencies (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** INDONESIA. VOI, 9525-, Feb 26 at 1444 still on the air during this hour when it is often absent, YL talk in presumed Indonesian but could be Malay, or has that language been totally dropped? Good modulation. At 1504 non-English song, 1508 ID in English but back to IndoMalay talk (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** NETHERLANDS ANTILLES. In a previous report about NHK via Bonaire on 17605 with classical music during the UT Sat 2300 hour, I mentioned that there was another Japanese semi-hour at 2100. Correxion: the parameters are indeed the same, 170 degrees, but that broadcast is RNW Dutch, as heard Feb 25 at 2106, quite good signal despite aimed across S America, and // 17810 which was running one second behind, no accident to even out power consumption; the latter aimed due east from Bonaire but also good here to the northwest (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** PERU. 18057.9, R. Victoria, Lima, third harmonic of 6019.3, could not pull in the fourth morning I tried, but did manage that afternoon, Feb 25 at 2109 with just barely audible singing. We are fortunate its frequency is unique, making re-IDs unnecessary (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SYRIA. 12085, am lucky to get a carrier from R. Damascus, let alone any readable audio; Feb 25 at 2113 there was weak talk seemingly in English, with whine and flutter, ute QRM of intermittent ``running water`` on the lo side, recurrent beeps on hi side. No signal on 9330 despite the absence of WBCQ. English is scheduled on both at 21-22.

Enough of that. Kris Janssen in Belgium, voluntary PR agent for Syrian broadcasting, reports in DXLD 10-08:

RADIO DAMASCUS BACK ONLINE! Dear radio Damascus friends, After being for a while off-line, it is with great pleasure that I can announce the reappearance of Radio Damascus on the internet. You can download the audio recording of the daily program of Radio Damascus on the internet at the following direct links : or at

Now also available as a podcast:

** U S A. 9369.8, WTJC back on the air after two days` absence following haywire spurs all over the place, Feb 26 at 1440 with hymn, 1441 over to hoary old Alex Scourby Bible reading. Strong signal and no spurs for a while, still off-frequency, and rather distorted modulation on fundamental.

Recheck at 1502, WTJC now has het from a 9370.0 station, as IBB has transitioned from Udorn to Tinang, upping signal USward; distorted hymn, still no spurs, preacher citing Hebrews XI (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. It`s only Friday, Feb 26, but WINB has prolonged 9265 past usual 1400*, at 1441 with Brother Scare praying to Almighty Yahweh, then taking a call from a brother in Virginia, who is listening on 3215 (not now!), echoed a sesquisecond later on WWRB 9385. At 1501, 9265 with Hallelujah Chorus, WINB ID and address, muffled, but back to BS in progress. Seems Stair does not build in any station-break pauses, so he gets interrupted and de-interrupted by stations which axually care to legal ID. What a pro operation! Still going at 1530 on 9265 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 9955, WRMI still rather weak when audible at all, and presumably has still not got the NW antenna fixed which used to give them a much better signal USward. UT Fri Feb 26 around 0150, altho not jammed, I could not hear WORLD OF RADIO at all, but confirmed it was on the stream as scheduled. At 1448 French talk for Haiti with lite jamming pulses. 1509 R. Prague English relay without jam, about Olympix. Now it has SAH and CCI from Taiwan (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED [and non]. 5055, looking for Vanuatu, Feb 26 at 1345; may have been trace of carrier, but instead found hand-keyed CW, including multiple-dot correxion notices. Call sign after DE was JTT55? Not sure of the last two numbers, but definitely JTT something, so presumably Japan unless tactical call.

Nikkei 3925 and 6055 were in well at the time, as I had just tuned down one MHz to be sure I was on exactly the right frequency for Vanuatu. 5030 Sarawak was also audible, and carrier from 5020 Solomon flanking Cuba.

1350 into long message with no IDs heard. 1400 some SSB QRM started, but fortunately on low side. 1401, JTT-- finally said K. Pause and then on and off to 1408, back again at 1412, intermittently. Possibly part of this was from another station in contact, but frequency/pitch, strength and style all sounded the same.

Searching on that callsign I got a relevant hit from Igor in an old Spooks newsletter at ---

``A unid Japanese station on 5052 kHz, callsign JJV56. Copied at 0951 UTC on 15-12-2000. Info wanted.

    de jjv56 qrk 4 k
    de jjz37 qrk 4 k
    de jjt44 qrk 4 k
    de jju22 qrk 4 k
    de jjt88 ar qrk 4 ii qsy k
    de jjt55 r va  ****************
    de jjv56 r va
    de jjz37 r va
    de iit44 r va
    de jju22 r va va``

``va`` sent as a single character ...-.- with no break is usually rendered as ``sk`` -- is making it ``va`` a Russian convention? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. 13645, last Friday`s sensation, a big signal heard in Brazil between 16 and 17, speculated to be V. of Southern Azerbaijan, a no-show here this Friday Feb 26. Even before Albania closed 13640 at 1558, could hear weak 13645 signal, no doubt India, which went off at 1559:30* and then monitored straight thru until 1639, hearing nothing at all except occasional ute noise pulses.

Maybe Saturday? Or another once-yearly transmission like Öömrang, a mistake, or sporadic, who knows. I hope they were also looking for it today in Brasil, but no further posts about it yet on the radioescutas group (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ###

giovedì 25 febbraio 2010

WRTH National Radio Update

WRTH National Radio update february 19, 2010

Glenn Hauser logs February 25, 2010

** CHINA. Firedrake, Feb 25: very poor at 1640 on 8400; also heard it a couple hours earlier (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** DJIBOUTI [non]. Newly discovered clandestine La Voix de Djibouti, 15165, confirmed Feb 25 at *1530-1629:30*. Had looked for it starting before 1500 as there was conflicting info about correct schedule, but nothing there, until cut on abruptly at *1530, with music, anthem? Then brief announcement, also brief Qur`an, more talk in non-French, mentioning kHz, and a .com.

Presumably all in Somali and still so when local noise, power-tooling neighbor overrode at 1610-1619. By 1619 when that cleared up, station had switched to French; sounds like a lot of platitudes. Dave Kenny, who had no such noise interruption, says French started at 1612.

Cut off the air at 1629:30* sharp before speaker was finished. So it`s coming from a transmitter site with precision timing, but no clues beyond that. Signal at start was S9+10 with flutter and diminished somewhat during the hour.

Tnx to Chris Greenway for uncovering this, which has allegedly been on the air every Thursday since 7 January. More in French only at

About time Djibouti, the former French Somaliland, Afars & Issas, had its own clandestine! Website indicates it is that, ``free and independent voice,``, etc. Emissions Radio page axually linxs to mp3 files of the seven/eight broadcasts so far, and there are also apparently full French transcripts on the next page.

I did not realize Djibouti was so mountainous, even above the timber line, judging from the only illustration on the website. Hints it may be based in Colorado? (Glenn Hauser, OK, WORLD OF RADIO 1501, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** LIBYA. 15215, Feb 25 at 1637 disco music into French talk about démocracie, so must be from a democratic nation, right? Wrong, it`s La Voix de l`Afrique, from Q`daffy`s Great Jamahiriyah, // better 17725. BTW, the final PWBR claimed this is via France starting at 1700. Not (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SUDAN [non]. 13800, R. Dabanga, Feb 25 at 1607 marred by continuous 1 kHz tone, still there at 1644 when Dabanga was speaking some kind of Arabic and ran a singing ID jingle. This tone seems to be on 13800 whenever Dabanga is, so suspect it is intentional jamming, altho there are more effective ways to do that; or possibly a transmission problem and no one has noticed? Unlikely, since it`s via the well-run Madagascar site of RNW, 1530-1727 daily, 250 kW, 325 degrees. Once again I confirmed this is a DSB tone peaking at 13799 and 13801, not a het on only one side (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 9369v, WTJC still off the air Feb 25 at 1411 and later chex thru 1645, for the second day, following going totally haywire beforeyesterday. We can only hope and pray, that while waiting for Jesus to come, they will really work on fixing it this time before putting it back on the air (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 11725, WYFR Spanish back to normal at 1418 Feb 25, 24+ hours after being badly broken up (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A [non]. 7470, Feb 25 at 1405, Asian language talk, but with a noticeable buzz/hum, 1408 that diminished briefly and then resumed. Aoki says VOA Tibetan via Tinang, PHILIPPINES, due northwest. Surely this service is jammed by the ChiCom, but it doesn`t usually sound like that, so perhaps a transmitter problem.

13725, poor signal with something in Mandarin, Feb 25 at 1609. Latest R. Free Asia schedule in DXLD 10-06 shows Mandarin via TINIAN, at 15-17, which of course must be jammed by the ChiCom, but I only heard one audio, so can`t be sure which (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. 13645, nothing there yet on Thursday Feb 25 in several chex between 1607 and 1645; however, propagation was relatively poor today altho Saudi was still audible on 13710. An unID 13645 station was reported last Friday and Saturday from Brasil with a very good signal, so need to check again next two days.

That frequency came up as once used by the clandestine V. of Southern Azerbaijan, which was for northern Iran, in 1998 and did not make another appearance until 2003 on another frequency, so it`s about time again, tho probably will turn out to be something else (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ###

Shortwave Radio Logs from WDX6AA

FRANCE Radio France Intl-RFI 15160 0543 French 333 Feb 24 YL and OM with comments..

JAPAN Radio Nikkei 9760 0520 Japanese Feb 24 OM with comments.

NEW ZEALAND Radio New Zealand Intl-RNZI 11725 0537 English 444 Feb 24 YL interviewing an OM on iquiry about contracts to ships going to Australia.

PHILIPPINES Voice of America-VOA 15205 2256 Indonesian 333 Feb 24 Two YLs with comments. OM with comments 2258. YL with VOA ID 2300.

RUSSIA, Petropavlovsk Voice of Russia-VOR 9840 0523 English 433 Feb 24 Two YLs with comments. //9855[333].

RWANDA Voice of Germany Relay-DW 9755 0515 English 433 Feb 24 Two OMs with comments and Olympic 2010 updates. //6130[333]via Portugal.

UNITED STATES, Greenville 11710 0528 English 444 Feb 24 OM with VOA ID plus the IS and off the air 0530.

ZAMBIA CVC Intl 9430 0510 English 433 Feb 24 Two OMs with a happy conversation. Pop music incluiding the song Hey Jude.

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

mercoledì 24 febbraio 2010

Glenn Hauser logs February 24, 2010

** CHINA. 9365, Firedrake good against nothing perceptible, Feb 24 at 1343, audible tnx to the absence of WTJC [q.v.] from 9340-9370-9420. Aoki has nothing on 9365 at this hour, but WRN is registered for Tajikistan at 13-15, so maybe something new? Or just another SOH landing spot.

9380 also with Firedrake vs something at 1347, i.e. Sound of Hope, besides DW in Dari via Tajikistan or Armenia. At 1453 recheck, no Firedrake heard on 9365 or 9380 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) See also UNIDENTIFIED 18760

** CHINA. 7220, presumed Kunming site, still nonsensically playing Spain`s IS until 1400 timesignal, then switching to CRI opening in Chinese, Feb 24 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CYPRUS. 19138-19166, OTH radar pulses presumed from here, Feb 24 at 1503. Hardly anything else audible between 19 and 21 MHz, so at least serves as propagation beacon, and 13m was open from the usual spots, Spain, Libya and Saudi Arabia (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** GERMANY [non]. Long gone are the days when something on 12095 had to be BBCWS and had to be in English. Feb 24 at 1411, G but fluttery signal in Pashto; recheck at 1447 in another language but with DW sounders and ID. Per Aoki, BBC takes a sesquihour break at 1330-1500, neatly filled by DW via SRI LANKA in Dari, Pashto and Urdu, 250 kW, 345 degrees, also USward (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** GUAHAN. 9345, TWR IS at 1343 Feb 24, good signal, 1345 opening with ``Namaskar``, ID as ``Yi KTWR, Agaña, Guam``, I think she still said, rather than Guahan, and into kid choir. No listings in FCC or Aoki for KTWR on this frequency, just a wooden registration for WWCR at 12-24! But EiBi and WRTH 2010 print do show KTWR on 9345 with Santhali daily from 1345 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** HONDURAS. ? The extremely distorted Spanish signal heard a few nights ago around 3290 is back, at 0300+ UT Feb 24. Now centered about 3287, spreading 3282-3292. Bob Wilkner, FL, also had an unID on 3290 at 1100 this morning. Can someone try tuning it on NBFM or any other tricks to make it intelligible enough for an ID? I think it is probably Radio MI, HREZ, Honduras, missing from 3340. Kept listening but could not make anything out of it. Modulation stopped at 0354, and carrier off at 0355* (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** INDIA [and non]. 13645, gearing up to look for V. of Southern Azerbaijan, possible ID of something heard from Brasil between 16 and 17, I check the frequency at 1506 Wednesday Feb 24 and there is open carrier, but it`s AIR, and at 1512 going from tone to IS prior to Gujurati service via Bengaluru at 1515-1600. Recheck at 1600 just as it goes off and nothing further heard on frequency.

VOSA, if really back after last report in 2003, was then supposedly Thu and Fri only, tho Fabricio Andrade Silva in Santa Catarina was hearing something strong on 13645 last Friday and Saturday between +1615 and 1659*, so we need to look for this the next three days. VOSA was a clandestine for a breakaway part of Iran, not Azerbaijan proper. Nothing is currently listed on 13645 at 16-17 between India and China (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** MALI. 17630, CRI English, Feb 24 at 1420, just barely modulated compared to fair signal level, which is aimed 85 degrees from Bamako. I was wondering if instead, this was being suppressed by a co-channel open carrier, e.g. from Gabon, but no SAH, unless a very slow one, and the audio level did not go up as the signal faded, which happens when there are really two of them (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** PERU. 18057.9, R. Victoria, 3 x 6019.3 audible for the third morning in a row, Feb 24 at 1450 with Spanish announcement, hymn by soprano, S6 to peaks S9; 1505 recheck wacky wailer David Miranda was underway (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. Missing 24 hours earlier, both 5960 LVA and 7340 A Fondo are back at 0113 check UT Feb 24. Must be some transmitter problems at Greenville (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 9340-9420, WTJC spurs missing, and so is its fundamental 9369v, Feb 24 at 1343. No doubt because it was way out of whack the day before, as in our last report. This audiblized Firedrake on 9365; see CHINA (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 9265, WINB at 1348 Feb 24 with convicted, sentenced, and imprisoned for 175 years child-sex evangelist Tony Alámo, mumbling about why try to hide your sins? And interfering with CODAR 9245-9275. I am beginning to wonder if the judicial process overlooked his continuing radio ``ministry`` where menstruation is the key (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 11725, Spanish sermon in calm tones badly breaking up at 1409 Feb 24, but at least this one has a definite carrier; quickly IDed as WYFR by // clear 11740 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. Glen Tapley of WEWN tells me they are working on eliminating the spurs from one of their transmitters, the one carrying English, and have even taken one of its frequencies off the air, 9390 at 09-13 which was 335 degrees for China. But when on 13835 at 1414 Feb 24 it`s still wiping out PMS on WWCR 13845 with hash (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A [non]. 6150 a mix of at least three stations at 1357 Feb 24: Russian tune-up tones, kid song, hymn? And Chinese. 1400 into YFR Open Forum translated into some language. KBS is on until 1400, then YFR via ``Armavir``, Russia site, 300 kW, 110 degrees. Aoki says it`s Punjabi via ``Krasnodar``. And before 1400, ChiCom jamming and Taiwan (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. 18760, very weak and fluttery station at 1452 Feb 24 with talk, sounds like a broadcaster and therefore a second harmonic from 9380. After hearing Perú again on 18057.9, I was carefully searching up the band for more harmonix. Still at 1457 slightly past 1500 but not audible by 1501.

Coincidentally I had been monitoring 9380 earlier with Firedrake, presumably vs Sound of Hope, but that was off when checked at 1453. The only other station scheduled on 9380 at 14-15 per Aoki is: DW via Pridnestrovye, 300 kW, 105 degrees in Pashto and Urdu, so likely its leftover on 18760. WWRB, 18770, was inaudible today as we were getting long F2 skip, not short sporadic E (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ###

New RNZI Documentary - Contemporary Island Radio Pacific Style

RNZI Airs New Radio Heritage Documentary
Contemporary Island Radio Pacific Style
Honiara and Vila

Join us from Monday February 22 2010 when we air our new radio heritage documentary about contemporary island style radio on the current Radio New Zealand International [RNZI] Mailbox program.

Co-inciding with tests from the new shortwave transmitters of Radio Vanuatu this week, the program explores todays radio dials in both Vila and Honiara and introduces listeners to a number of Pacific FM stations they may never have before heard.

You can listen directly via shortwave or audio on demand [for the following month] with full details of broadcast frequencies and times in your area and audio download at

The program traces radio heritage in Vila back to a 1930's station operated by a French plantation owner and which relayed French Colonial radio from Paris as well as local commodity prices and announcements.

In the 1960's Radio Port Vila was testing on shortwave with 1kw, very similar to this weeks tests using 1.5kW so there's progress for you.

Audio in the program comes from VTBC or Radio Vanuatu, as well as the most popular station in the nation, Capital FM 107 from Vila.

US Armed Forces broadcasters WVUQ Radio City, Guadalcanal and WVTJ Munda on New Georgia followed a late 1920's church mission broadcaster also from Munda.

In the 1950's, SIBC was operating on shortwave as VQO3 with 5kW andthe new transmitters planned for Honiara this year will have 10kW, soagain, some progress is being made.

The audio in our new documentary comes from SIBC recorded in Honiara,and also from local commercial station Paoa FM, again the mostpopular station in the nation.

These are fragile broadcasting markets, with only a handful of local stations competing on FM with Radio Australia and China Radio International relays and several religious stations.

Join David Ricquish of the Radio Heritage Foundation for this audio and heritage tour deep into the South Pacific, and taking in contemporary Island Radio Pacific Style from the Solomon Islands and Vanuatu.

You'll also enjoy related articles and images about AFRS Radio in the Solomon Islands and other Island Radio Pacific Style content at the global website of the Radio Heritage Foundation

Use our free Pacific Asian Log Radio Guides for AM, FM and SW broadcasters from around the entire region, easy to search and easy to use.

RNZI's Mailbox program from Monday February 22 2010 via shortwave and audio on demand with full times and schedules at now.

Shortwave Radio from WDX6AA

BOTSWANA VOA Relay 4930 0415 English 333 Feb 23 YL and OM with comments. //9885[444]Botswana, 4960[232]Sao Tome.

CANADA Radio Japan Relay-NHK 5960 0442 Japanese 444 Feb 23 Two OMs with comments. //15325[333]Japan and 17560[322]Japan.

COSTA RICA Radio Exterior Espana Relay-REE 3350 0355 Spanish 333 Feb 23 YL with comments plus some vocal music.

FRANCE Radio France Intl-RFI 333 Feb 23 YL and OM with comments..

PORTUGAL Voice of Germany Relay-DW 5905 0430 English 333 Feb 23 OM with comments plus some music. OM with DW ID 0430. Then some vocal music. //6180[333]Rwanda.

UNITED STATES, Tennessee WWRB 3185 0345 English 333 Feb 23 OM with a sermon on the Council of Two.

UNITED STATES, Tennessee WWCR #1 3215 0352 English 333 Feb 23 OM with comments on the upcoming Messiah.

UNITED STATES? Station?? 4775 0407 English 444 Feb 23 OM urging folks to use solar energy. Also buy a book by Michael Morris promoting Solar Power.

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

martedì 23 febbraio 2010

Qualche ascolto utility "solo fonia" di stasera

8743  21:35 Bangkok Meteorological Radio - Meteo info in thai. + musichetta e ID (alle 21:55 utc)
8764  21:39 USCG New Orleans (NMG) - Meteo in Eng.
8957  21:41 Shannon Volmet - Meteo in Eng.
8825  21:42 Gander Aereo - Radio check and selcall
6604  21:44 New York Radio - Volmet in Eng.
8879  21:51 Bombai Aereo  - Radio Check
8819  21:53 Tashkent Volmet - Meteo info in Russo
8939  21:55 Kijev Volmet - Meteo info in Russo
8930  21:58 Stockholm Radio - Check and selcall

73 Andrea IW0HK Roma

Rx: Perseus Ant: Verticale 7 metri

Andrea Borgnino IW0HK - HB9EMK

Glenn Hauser logs February 23, 2010

** BRAZIL. As I was looking for REE`s Sephardic service, see SPAIN, supposedly on the same frequency 11780 as the huge Rádio Nacional da Amazônia service, UT Tue Feb 23 at 0113, I instead heard an ID in passing by the Brazilian as ``uma emissora EBC --- Empresa Brasil de Comunicação`` --- what? Is that a new name for the agency running it?

Enter the WRTH-listed website, and sure enough, it forwards to where one can read all about it. Axually seems EBC has existed since a law passed in 2008, as Lula in 2007 wanted to reorganize stuff. Maybe we and WRTH just haven`t noticed until now that it supersedes Radiobrás.

Searching the entire site on the word radiobras, I got only one hit, here pulled out of context:

``Sobre a consolidação da EBC na comunicação pública voltada para o cidadão, o chefe de Rádio jornalismo da EBC, Lúcio Haeser, disse que  as emissoras ainda seguem a linha da Radiobras e adiantou que "ainda somos tímidos em promover a participação do cidadão".``

A strange attitude; Haeser, BTW is also active in Brazilian DX groups.

New site also linx to program schedule for RNA, now in UT -3:

It shows the M-F 08-10 UT program is Bom Dia Amazônia [sic], while on Sundays it`s Alvorada Brasileira. Claims a break 7 days a week between 00 and 05 local = 03-08 UT, yet we know that 11780 and 6185 run all-night on UT Sundays. I haven`t paid attention to the program name then, but perhaps it`s Alô Brasil as shown on the 980 kHz schedule grid for Sundays 03-09 UT (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CHINA. Firedrake Feb 23: unlike yesterday, not all over the place, missing from 9680 [see INDONESIA], also not heard on 9380 but some S Asian language amid all the WTJC/WWRB QRM at 1343. But FD poorly audible on 8400. At 1438 could not find any FD between 7500 and 7600, tho there was the usual CNR1 echo jamming on 7525 and 7535 against VOA and BBC respectively (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA [non]. 9490, R. República at 0010 Feb 23, still very strong and clear signal, no jamming audible tho possibly some is far under, on this 227 degree beam from Sackville, which crosses central Flórida and Yucatán, just missing Cuba, but close enough for this UT Tue-Sat 00-03 broadcast.

Meanwhile, noise jamming still on ex-9810. RR still very good on 9490 at 0112. This is so much better than ex-9810 that now there is little doubt that was really from Rampisham UK (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) See also USA: WRMI

** CYPRUS. 15780-15805, OTH radar pulsing, presumed from here, in one of its favorite ranges, Feb 23 at 1510 QRMing 15790 BBC Arabic via Cyprus, and weaker 15785 Galei Tsahal, Israel. Hmmm, does QRMing BBC make it less likely this OTHR be really from Cyprus too? Or are they rivals for spectrum? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** ECUADOR. 3810, Feb 23 at 0659, HD2IOA timesignals every 10 seconds without QRhaM, so fingers crossed, I was hoping to catch a clear ID at 0659:40, but ham blasted on exactly the same LSB frequency a few sex before then (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** ETHIOPIA/ERITREA [and non]. 40 mb intruders made another of their frequent long-path appearances: Feb 23 at 1440, 7165 fair with Horn of Africa music including drumming; 7100 also fair but a bit weaker with HOA talk; and 7175 weakest with music including drumming, singing. At 1443 a ham blasted on 7165 which served as BFO, as he replied to someone I had not been hearing at all, about Toyota Avalons.

By 1500, 7165 had weakened so it was no longer adequate BFO for the hams who would rather ragchew, as they have every right to do, than shut up and listen to an exotic broadcast station and its music. 7110 had also weakened to a trace and 7175 was gone or blocked by more hams (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** GERMANY. Correxion to my Feb 21 one-off log of R. Öömrang, 15245 at 1600-1657: Info from Wolfgang Bueschel is that a postal address given was: Tanenwai 24 in 25946 Nebel (Insel Amrum).

So not Niebuell as I had thought. That is in the same region not far away on the mainland, but the postal code matches Nebel on Amrum island. My maps (in English) spell this area in Germany as well as Netherlands, Frisian Islands, not Friesian.

Also, Kai Ludwig suggests about the unfound Facebook page:
Perhaps they really referred to
which promotes tourism to Amrum (Glenn Hauser, dxldyg via DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** GUAM. 15255, Feb 23 at 1408, nice songs in S Asian language, 1410 during talk, ``Adventist World Radio`` pronounced as in English. Good signal but with deep slow fades. Was listed as KSDA, but with such good reception, figured it`s more likely switched to Austria now --- no, still KSDA, due west in Sinhala. The 7DAs do manage to integrate their message into local musical styles. Gone at 1434 recheck, appropriate as it`s a 1400-1430 transmission (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** INDIA. 4920, Feb 23 at 1313, SSOB below 5000, as not much on 4750 today, talk in S Asian language, mentioned a www. --- .in plus postal address more than once with lots of zeroes in it; 1315 to music. 1335 still in with music and talk, but weaker. It`s AIR Chennai, 50 kW non-direxional. No other AIRs making a modulated showing on 60m, nor any Chinese, so no Tibet QRM.

9870, AIR VBS via Bengaluru, usual good signal Feb 23 at 1450-1500 with some really hot Bollywood music. This is what SWLing is all about --- immersing oneself somewhat in the entertainment of a culture from the other worldside, literally, transpolar. 9870 is audible here long hours (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** INDONESIA. 9680, RRI, which suffered from Firedrake the day before, lacked it Feb 23 at 1304, with ID, well atop some much weaker signal, maybe Taiwan, causing SAH.

New frequency for VOI, 9525-, Feb 23 at 1305. No more 4+ kHz het against 9530 station. Yes, after months on 9526-, they have switched back to 9525-, presumably from another transmitter. It`s just a smidgin below frequency, not as far down as 9524.9.

Two YLs in English referring to Banjarmasin, constant hum and somewhat undermodulated but strong signal makes it mostly readable. 1308 to a report by the guy in that city. 1317 W&W introduce next program, soft-spoken M talking about agriculture. 1320 mention ``Exotic Indonesia`` which is the every-Tuesday live(?) hookup with RRI Banjarmasin, still going after many months; YLs announced the usual three frequencies, and finally ``9525`` is more or less correct; website and also Banj`s FM frequency where this can be heard.

1322, Today in History, starting with US topping Iwo Jima in 1945. Too much more to monitor so I miss the rest of it, but at 1348 it`s mostly music fill, W&W giggling, 1354 closing transmission with love. No signal at next check 1435 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** KAZAKHSTAN. There is no external service from one of the world`s largest countries, let alone anything in English, but Kazakhstan is kind enough to relay our gospel huxters to predominantly non-Christian countries in the vicinity: Feb 23 at 1324, there is anti-church cult leader Harold Camping (end of world minus 15 months and counting) on 9310 with echo. This is scheduled as via Almaty at 12-14, 200 kW, 132 degrees.

WRTH 2010 says there are 9 x 100 kW transmitters at Almaty (Dmitriyevka, while Aoki calls it Nikolayevka --?), so they have plenty of capability and can be doubled up. WRTH also says there are 4 x 1000 kW SW transmitters at another site, Qaraturyq! But I can`t find any listings for those axually being on air. Does anyone know the status of it?

In reality, all the current A-A transmissions are listed as 200 kW, or 500 kW = 5 x 100 kW transmitters at once, or half a thousand? Another anomaly: Aoki shows 9310 as the highest frequency in use from Kaz, while HFCC shows several 11 and 15 MHz channels registered (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** MEXICO. 6185, XEPPM back on and in the clear! Feb 23 at 0648 piano with blues, YL [or rather OL] singer in English, and live DJ attempts to pronounce titles in English; 0703 promo something at 1530 here on 1060 AM, 1:03 timecheck, more blues, still going at 0708. Spoiler Brasil is now assumed to cut on sometime between 0730 and 0800 UT, wedded as they are to the shifting local clock, and this should continue until the next DST in November, except UT Sundays; see BRAZIL (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** MONACO [non]. 7220, Feb 23 at 0641 TWR IS; 0645 open Polish. This is from the ``Monaco site``, i.e. Fontbonne, FRANCE across the border, followed by Czech until 0715, 100 kW, 65 degrees (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** MOROCCO. 15345, RTM, Feb 23 at 1507 cutting off and on, then stayed on but only with constant whine; 1510 added modulation of Arabic talk. They seem unable or unwilling to turn off the whine, which I am sure Arabic speaking listeners would appreciate even more than I would (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** PERU. 18057.9, R. Victoria, Lima, third harmonic of 6019.3, first heard Feb 22, again audible Feb 23: at 1420 weak YL talk in and out, 1425 a screaming OM preacher, but not David Miranda yet. 1430 preacher mixing with music, mentioning a ``gran bendición`` at some event en la plaza at ``las 4 de la madrugada.`` 1513 recheck, there`s wacky wailing two-languages-at-once David Miranda, so 1500 is apparently one of his many regular timeslots on this station.

Reception peaks today were at least as good as yesterday. This is a station I do not condescend to log on its fundamental, other than as a nuisance to other stations, as it`s there any night, but on the harmonic it`s suddenly hot DX (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SPAIN. What frequency is REE`s Sephardic service to South America really on? On the easily-heard first broadcast to the ME at 1425-1455 on 15380, it`s announced as repeating on 11780, UT Tuesdays 0115-0145, so this week I set an alarm for 0110 Feb 23 and remembered to check for it there and on 11795 as some schedules have it.

This week, REE was quite strong on 11680 even tho it`s 230 degrees from Noblejas for South America, so we know propagation is favorable. 11780 as usual with even bigger signal from 250 kW RNA Brasília, and could hear nothing under it, not a trace of REE IS which should have been running until 0115.

Using 11780 would be a total loss for REE, so are they really on 11795? There is only a very weak carrier detectable there, probably R Liberty Tajik via Tinang or Thailand, surely not REE as the Sephardic azimuth is supposed to be 248, which would put an even better signal into CNAm than 11680.

Just in case, also looked for it on 9690, which is used on the NAm broadcast two sesquihours later, but not there either at 0115. Also looked all over the 25 mb for it. So the question remains unanswered, but seems it must really be a totally different frequency and/or time if on the air at all. I wish listeners in S America would check this out (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** TAIWAN [and non]. 9735, just as I tuned in a good signal at 1357 Feb 23, ``Taiwan Hoso desu`` ID and music, off at 1357:30. Aoki shows this Japanese service at 11-12 & 13-14, 250 kW, 45 degrees from Tainan, so also USward. Off just in time, as CRI Chinese service started prélude at 1358 on 9730, via Kashgar, EAST TURKISTAN (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** TURKEY. VOT 1330 English service Feb 23: At 1327 still nothing on 12035, but IS audible at 1329, poor rather than just barely audible modulation, so I had hopes, but at 1402 recheck, very undermodulated music. // 15300 at 1414 more Turkish music, under RFI with SAH. So both frequencies remain useless (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. Quick check of the enhanced VOA services in the 01-02 hour, UT Tue Feb 23 between 0116 and 0120: A Fondo, co-produxion with R. Martí, was VG on 9415, poor on 11625, but missing from its third frequency 7340. Lavwadlamerik fair-good on 7465 and 5835, but missing from its third frequency, 5960. The absentees still appear on the VOA A-Z language transmission schedule, so a couple GB transmitters down? As usual, the three old RM channels 6030, 7365 and 9825 bore jamming only, so it was impossible to confirm if anything was really being transmitted underneath (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. WRMI, 9955: Feb 23 at 0640 The Link from RCI via WRN, good with no jamming. Would that RCI`s old non-incestuous programming had such wide distribution, e.g. also via CBC domestic.

Next check at 1250: R. República with discussion about Cuba, no jamming! The DCJC still hasn`t caught up with the latest WRMI schedule changes including RR at 11-13. At 1259 during closing RR theme and ID, jamming starts, just as it did when the 12-13 hour was not Spanish. See also CUBA [non] for more República.

1300 R. Libertad opens with time schedule on WRMI, ``transmitiendo desde el territorio libre de América`` and they really mean it. ``De cubano a cubano`` program, interviewing someone in (from?) Matanzas about a political prisoner`s hunger strike. Wish I had caught his name, to do him justice, unlike the DentroCubans.

Instead of the wall of noise we used to have at 13-15, the jamming remains relatively lite and programming remains near 100% readable, still at 1325. 1401 as WRMI switches to French for Haiti, signal to jamming ratio is about the same, still pulsing rather than wall. When that happens, it`s as if Cuba is saying, we are still here ready to hit you with full force but not at the moment (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. Further evidence that the home-made WTJC 9370 transmitter is a POS: Feb 23 at 1252, it`s way out of whack, extreme distortion spreading 9325-9400 with gospel music; clearest spot at the moment is around 9350. Its noise interferes with many other stations, in fact extending into BBC/WHRI 9410 and even unto 9420 at times.

In case there is any doubt, could make out a WTJC ID at 1300. 1324, ranges 9320-9410, at least peaking around proper 9370, and now QRMs even WWRB/BS on 9385. At 1345 covers 9335-9400, i.e. from North Korea to Sweden, with very distorted peak around 9370. At 1436, 9340-9400 but mostly on 9370 with music, very distorted and unlistenable. The same thing has happened periodically; an AM station doing this might get cited by the FCC (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 9385, WWRB at 1437 Feb 23, BS audio cutting on and off, mostly off. Wiggle that patchcord! On second thought, don`t (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) See also QRM from WTJC

** VANUATU. R. Vanuatu is reported to have started testing its new 5055 kHz transmitter, 24 hours? This must be it, nothing else on 5055, Feb 23 at 1330, some very weak music, singing, and very slightly on the lo side compared to JOZ 6055 with the FRG-7 MHz tuning. This chex with Bryan Clark`s first log of it at an earlier hour Feb 19 on 5054.97.

1331 bothered by some co-channel 2-way SSB in Spanish, but intermittent. Also occasional beeps, unsure from them or this; more of that at 1333. I was not hearing anything on 5055 earlier around 1240 or 1300.

Our local sunrise today was 1310 UT; in less than a month at equinox it will of course be at 1232 = 0600 LMT, so we are rapidly losing our morning DX window (Glenn Hauser, Enid OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ###

CVC Special DRM Txn 22-24 Feb

23 Feb 10, 1215 UTC, 17590kHz, CVC DRM 
ID: CVC Test India; SNR: very poor at 8.5dB; DRM Mode C at 9.18kbps, mono.
No audio recovered, signal just not strong enough for demodulation but solid ID obtained using PC 'Dream' software and unmodified Racal RA1792 (16kHz B/W filter with -6kHz BFO offset in CW mode) with the ALA1530. I will try earlier tomorrow in the hope that propagation is more favourable. I am certain that if this was an analogue signal, I would have had no problems listening to it as it was a decent strength, but obviously not clear enough for digital - such is the price of 'progression'.
Sean Gilbert, International Editor - WRTH (World Radio TV Handbook)
RX : Icom IC756PRO; Racal RA1792 
ANT : 15.5m Inverted Vee @ 10m; ALA1530 @ 3m
-------Original Message-------
Date: 02/18/10 17:28:55
Subject: [Cumbre DX] CVC Special DRM Txn 22-24 Feb
CVC Special DRM Transmission to India for RadioAsia conference in New Delhi
from Juelich, Germany.
Date : 22-24 Feb 2010
Language : Hindi
Frequency : 17590 kHz
Time : 0830 -1230 UTC
Reception Reports appreciated.

lunedì 22 febbraio 2010

Glenn Hauser logs February 22, 2010

** CHINA [and non]. Firedrake Feb 22: at 1407, very poor on 8400.

At 1408, FD on new 9380 vs something not in Chinese, sounds like S Asian language. FD dominance increased during the hour: by 1419 it was VG atop victim; by 1447 the undersignal was JBA. Off at 1500 uncovering ``pre-recorded`` Camping English YFR in this hour. I think the FD carrier was completely off, but at 1506 noticed it was back on over YFR English. It`s getting increasingly difficult to separate from the burgeoning WWRB BS signal on 9385.

Aoki Feb 22 edition has the answers: on 9380 before 1500 it`s DW in Urdu via Pridnestrovye (following 1330 Dari via Tajikistan, or rather Armenia; 1400 Pashto via Prid.). And from 1500 to 1600 it`s a new Family Radio frequency since Feb 19, site unknown.

But Firedrake is on 9380 because of another 1 kW Sound of Hope transmitter on Taiwan which could be running 24 hours. Tough luck, DWL, YFR, et al.

At 1454 found FD on another new frequency, 9680, i.e. RRIndonesia! Mixing badly with it; FD continued past 1500, not taking any hourtop monitoring break here. Aoki now shows Taiwan in Chinese on 9680 at 1100-1700 with 300 kW, 352 degrees, so that explains it. But before today, RRI was in the clear on 9680, and I really don`t think Taiwan was active, at least not during entire six hours. Goodbye, gamelans.

I kept bandscanning looking for more new Firedrake frequencies, and soon found another at 1508: 7545, vs. what? The 22 Feb edition of Aoki shows only one real station on 7545, R. Farda via Lampertheim at 15-16, but surely not the ChiComs` intentional victim. Another frequency spoilt by SOH?

Perhaps `tis the season for piling on Firedrake all over the place, in a paranoid ploy to block frequencies which just might carry something objexionable, sometime. The ChiCom have so many transmitters, originally American models, that they have got to put them somewhere, and what better possible use could there be for them?? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CHINA [non]. After hearing CRI relay via KGBC Galveston TX dominating 1540 one night before 0700, I have checked for it various times since. Feb 22 at 0648 there were ``Everyday Chinese`` lessons again, but deep in the mix of SAHs and QRM. That programming does stand out from the pack (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA. 18520-18560, lite DCJC pulsing peaking at 18540, Feb 22 at 1538. Rate corresponds to that heard from R. Martí jamming at sidebands such as 15325. Seems to be totally stray, as no jamming on nearest band 17 MHz, to be spurious from, and if harmonic, nothing needing jamming on 6180 which is an intentional RHC frequency at other hours. Of course, there could be another Radio República tiny transmitter needing blocking around here.

11600, another check of the jamming against never-heard alleged R. República transmitter from Central America: Yes, Feb 22 at 1558:30 jamming noise started, ramping up rapidly with additional units onpiling (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) See also USA: WRMI

** HONDURAS. After hearing the extremely distorted Spanish signal on 3290 UT Feb 19, I checked briefly following nites around same time 0200+, but nothing there, nor any normal transmission on 3340, suspected source being HREZ. May have been a one-off, but we can always hope for a more identifiable two-off (Glenn Hauser, OK, UT Feb 22, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** IRAN. 15545, I picked to listen to for a while due to interesting music from VIRI`s Arabic service, Feb 22 at 1548. But within two minutes switched to incomprehensible talk discussion. Cut off the air abruptly at 1553:25 and returned at 1554:40, but now noticeably weaker. Was this a deliberate transmitter/antenna switch during continuously scheduled Arabic service at 0530-1630 via Sirjan? Or some failure lacking complete recovery (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** LIBYA [and non]. 21695, V. of Africa English ID at 1512 Feb 22, big S9+18 signal better than // 17725, into African music, what a pity: crummy lo bitrate, when it could have been as hi-fi as a strong steady analog SW signal possiblizes.

Meanwhile Saudi HQS had much better audio on somewhat lesser S9+9 21460 signal at 1513; Spain 21610 and 21570 S9+7 at 1514 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** MEXICO [non]. Eager to hear Radio Educación`s eclectic music mix on 6185 unimpeded by QRaMazon, now that DST is over in Brasília, even tho it was irrelevant in target zone, I check the frequency at 0643 UT Monday Feb 22 --- no ZYE365, an encouraging sign as now it should not be starting before 0730 --- but no XEPPM either, signal missing, we hope solely flukely (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** MYANMAR. None of the frequencies ever make it here with audible modulation, but Feb 22 at 1406 I was able to detect the carrier on 7186 (definitely not 7185), vs QRhaM. Seemed the signal level should have been enough to bring some sound; is it undermodulated? Ron Howard in California found Myanmar had reactivated this out-of-band channel, heard just about every morning since Feb 13, until 1530*, ex-5915, and varying slightly 7185.70-7185.77 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** OMAN. 15140, fair fluttery signal with Qur`an, peaking to S9+8 at 1523 Feb 22, no doubt RSOO; would English have been as good during previous hour? Usually not (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** PERU. With the higher frequencies improving, it`s time to search for harmonics 18+ MHz. Feb 22 at 1516 I found one! On 18057.9, at peaks instantly recognizable as the wacky wailing preacher David Miranda, dipping to just barely audible. Such programming plus the off-frequency means it has to be the third harmonic of R. Victoria, Lima, at the moment on 6019.3, but of course not audible on the fundamental at this hour. When it is at night, always puts annoying hets on the major broadcasters foolish enough to use 6020.

At 1528 he settles down a bit to more normal speech, making it easier to detect he is speaking portunhol, or españuguês, the peculiar mix of Portuguese and Spanish he thinx will entrance all South Americans equally. 1531:43 cut to music, and announcer outros only program title, ``A Voz da Libertação``, so is it supposed to be more than 50% Brazilian? Following announcement at 1533 had cadence of Spanish rather than Portuguese, presumably locally from Lima, Radio Victoria (not Rádio Vitória). Last check at 1606, JBA carrier on 18057.9.

Meanwhile at 1524 I had strained to hear any carrier from this on other possible harmonix, 12038.6 and 24077.2, but nothing, one too low and one too high if anything is really radiating. WRTH says fundamental power is 3 kW, so only a fraxion of that on 18.

Also carefully rescanned up to 18600 for other harmonix from 6 MHz band stations, but none found. If only a few more Latin Americans would loosen up their harmonic suppression! Even so, there are probably some more weak signals waiting for a good bit of propagation to raise them above the noise level, which fortunately was quite low here today (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** RUSSIA. 6075, R. Rossii, Pet/Kam transmitter never gets fully fixed. Now Feb 22 at 1400 it is rumbling loudly, motorboating against itself even in the minute+ after timesignal and modulation stops. With BFO on I could barely detect some CW ending before RR 1401:13* no doubt the usual 8GAL marker (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SAUDI ARABIA. 17560, Feb 22 at 1602, assertive speaker in Arabic, with a bit of reverb as in a public place, e.g. a mosque, but no audience reaxion heard; S9+10 but fluttery. Checked BSKSA 15435 and 15225 but not //. That`s because those are the first program and 17560 is the HQS, so I should have found a match on 15205, 13710 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) See also LIBYA [and non]

** SOLOMON ISLANDS. SIBC 5020v transmitter must be reactivated; at least there is a detectable carrier now at 1355 Feb 22, weaker than Malaysia 5030 on the other side of Cuba.

Yes, S. Hasegawa, NDXC reported to DXLD: ``SIBC on 5019.96 received from 0800 UT on Feb. 19 by many Japanese DXer. Condition is good.``

But before it failed they dropped the overnight BBCWS relay due to expense, so is that back on after 1200, or do they just leave the carrier on, eating up the same amount of electricity? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SPAIN. Quick check of 15385, Monday Feb 22 at 1425 reconfirmed REE Emisión Sefarad is still here and still announcing imaginary 15325. Good signal aside Cuban jamming spurclix around 15382 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SUDAN [non]. 17700, new via ASCENSION, Feb 22 at 1600, Sudan Radio Service opening in Arabic, with e-mail srs @ pronounced in English as well as the station name; and still not // the other SRS via PORTUGAL 17745 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SWAZILAND [and non]. 9635, Feb 22 at 1452 ``This is Trans World Radio – Swaziland`` IDs alternating with chime IS which really cuts thru the QRM, fairly good signal. But at 1504, Radio Canada Internal`s news in English was ending, making a fast SAH quite similar rate to the CBCNQ one on 9625 with Channel Africa.

Per Aoki, RCI 9635 from 1500 is via Xianyang, China, usually known simply as Xian, 500 kW at 252 degrees, while TWR is in Malagasy at 1440-1525 except French on Sundays, 100 kW, 64 degrees from Manzini, which means the two are aiming approximately at each other. This does not explain why TWR was running IS and ID in the middle of it at 1452 --- unless they just do that between programmes in a single language.

I wanted to see if there were more variations listed in the WRTH 2010. There is NO entry for SWAZILAND in the international sexion! Go to the domestic sexion and it refers you to the international sexion. But under what country? How about USA --- yes, there is a brief entry but no schedules, mentioning that TWR owns transmitters in Benin, Guam, Netherlands Antilles, Swaziland. Yes, but where are the schedules?!

Finally I find the TWR Swaziland schedules under SOUTH AFRICA, of course! Mixed in with Meyerton transmissions, and they are on the facing page to the missing Swaziland position. But these do nothing other than agree on the French/Malagasy 1440-1525 on 9635 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** TURKEY. 11620, VOT piano variations IS, Feb 22 at 1457, S9+10 good except for flutter. O o, as uplooked later, the Çakirlar operator must be dozing again, as this is the end of the Uyghur hour, not the prélude to any other broadcast on this frequency. Wake up, hurry up and get it retuned to 11680 for Dari or 9530 for Persian both starting at 1600; sources differ as to which transmitter site; TRT may swap them around as needed for repairs, maintenance (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. Lavwadlamerik confirmed still running an extra Creole hour among many others kept secret from the public schedule, i.e. 0200-0300; at 0210 check Feb 22 on 7465 and much better 5835 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A [and non]. WRMI, 9955, has moved its French-to-Haïti hour from 12-13, to 14-15. Unfortunately, the old time was not completely jammed, but the new time has been constantly jammed even when not carrying anything counter-revolutionary, or even in Spanish. And it still is, nothing but noise at 1458 check Monday Feb 22. By 1501, jamming had diminished to pulses & beeps, and we could tell Radio Prague in English was there. By 1610, no jamming at all during AWR Wavescan, but fast SAH from co-channel Taiwan 9955 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 17775, KVOH at 1605 Feb 22, must have just come on at 1600 as not there a few minutes earlier; now S9+18 on fundamental, enough signal to bring with it the spurs: 17920v typical noise with periodic bronx cheers from the ute databurster entitled to this frequency; and as usual, much weaker trace of KVOH spur around 17630, tho clear with CRI Bamako finished at 1600, and still no sign of a reactivated Africa Number One, Gabon (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ###


DX MIX NEWS # 613                                          22 February 2010
BELGIUM(non)    Some TDP changes:
TDP Radio Dance Music in DRM from Feb.8:
0700-0800 on 17755 DRW 125 kW / 317 deg to SEAs Daily,  cancelled
0700-0800 on  6015 ISS 035 kW / 060 deg to WeEu Mon, ex 0800-0900
0800-0900 on  6015 ISS 035 kW / 060 deg to WeEu Tue, ex 0900-1000
0900-1000 on  6015 ISS 035 kW / 060 deg to WeEu Wed, ex 1000-1100
1000-1100 on  6015 ISS 035 kW / 060 deg to WeEu Thu, ex 1100-1200
1100-1200 on  6015 ISS 035 kW / 060 deg to WeEu Fri, ex 1200-1300
1200-1300 on  6015 ISS 035 kW / 060 deg to WeEu Sat, ex 1300-1400
1300-1400 on  6015 ISS 035 kW / 060 deg to WeEu Sun, ex 1400-1500
1500-1600 on  6015 ISS 035 kW / 060 deg to WeEu Daily,  cancelled
1900-2000 on 17755 GUF 100 kW / 311 deg to NoAm Daily,  new txion

The Disco Palace in DRM, new station from Feb.8
1400-1500 on  6015 ISS 035 kW / 060 deg to WeEu Daily
2000-2100 on 17755 GUF 100 kW / 311 deg to NoAm Daily

Radio Xoriyo Ogadenia in Somali
1700-1730 on  9610 SAM 250 kW / 188 deg to EaAf Mon/Fri // 7530 is deleted

Radio Bilal in Amharic, new time and frequency
1730-1830 on  9605 SAM 250 kW / 188 deg to EaAf Sunday till Feb.14
1800-1900 on  9345 SAM 250 kW / 188 deg to EaAf Daily  from Feb.15

Suaab Xaa Moo Zoo in Hmong from Feb.1
2230-2300 NF  5930 TAI 100 kW / 250 deg to SEAs Daily, ex 7510, re-ex 11760

CANADA    Radio Republica in Spanish to Cuba effective Feb.16:
0000-0300 NF  9490 SAC 100 kW / 227 deg Tue-Sat, ex 2300-0400 on 9810 RMP

GERMANY(non)  Winter B-09 of Media Broadcast(ex DTK T-Systems).Part 1 of 3:
IBC Tamil Radio:
0000-0100 on  6045 WER 125 kW / 105 deg to SoAs  Tamil

Voice of Russia
0000-0100 on 11605 GUF 250 kW / 181 deg toBrasil Portuguese
0100-0300 on  9880 GUF 250 kW / 195 deg to SoAm  Spanish
0200-0600 on  7335 GUF 250 kW / 318 deg to NoAm  Spanish

Voice of Croatia:
0000-0400 on  7375 WER 100 kW / 300 deg to NEAm  Croatian/English/Spanish
0200-0600 on  7375 WER 125 kW / 325 deg to NWAm  Croatian/English/Spanish
2300-0400 on  7375 WER 100 kW / 240 deg to SoAm  Croatian/English/Spanish

Radio Free Asia (RFA):
0100-0300 on  9670 WER 250 kW / 075 deg to SEAs  Tibetan

Voice of America (VOA):
0230-0330 on  7205 WER 250 kW / 105 deg to WeAs  Persian
0230-0330 on  9495 WER 250 kW / 105 deg to WeAs  Persian
1630-1930 on  5850 WER 250 kW / 105 deg to WeAs  Persian
1730-1830 on  9540 NAU 125 kW / 105 deg to WeAs  Persian
1830-1930 on  9680 WER 100 kW / 105 deg to WeAs  Persian
0500-0600 on 15225 NAU 250 kW / 105 deg to WeAs  Kurdish
1400-1500 on 13740 WER 250 kW / 105 deg to WeAs  Kurdish
1500-1530 on  5930 WER 250 kW / 075 deg to CeAs  Uzbek
1600-1630 on  9465 WER 250 kW / 090 deg to CeAs  Georgian
1830-1930 on  9495 WER 250 kW / 090 deg to CeAs  Azeri
1630-1700 on 15620 WER 250 kW / 135 deg to EaAf  Somali
1730-1800 on  9485 WER 250 kW / 135 deg to EaAf  Afan Oromo Mon-Fri
1730-1800 on 11905 WER 250 kW / 150 deg to EaAf  Afan Oromo Mon-Fri
1800-1830 on  9805 WER 250 kW / 150 deg to EaAf  Arabic Hello Darfur
1800-1900 on  9485 NAU 250 kW / 140 deg to EaAf  Amharic
1800-1900 on 11675 WER 250 kW / 135 deg to EaAf  Amharic
1900-1930 on  9485 NAU 250 kW / 140 deg to EaAf  Tigrigna
1900-1930 on  9815 WER 250 kW / 150 deg to EaAf  Arabic Hello Darfur
2030-2100 on 11705 NAU 250 kW / 190 deg to CeAf  Hausa Mon-Fri
2030-2100 on  6040 NAU 250 kW / 190 deg to CeAf  French Sat/Sun

Deewa Radio
1400-1500 on  9565 WER 250 kW / 075 deg to WeAs  Pashto

Radio Ashna
1530-1730 on  9770 WER 250 kW / 105 deg to WeAs  Dari/Pashto

Radio Liberty (RL):
0400-0500 on  6105 WER 250 kW / 060 deg to EaEu  Belorussian
0400-0600 on  6120 WER 250 kW / 055 deg to EaEu  Belorussian
1600-1700 on  7220 WER 250 kW / 055 deg to EaEu  Belorussian
2000-2200 on  7220 WER 250 kW / 060 deg to EaEu  Belorussian
1600-1700 on  9790 WER 250 kW / 045 deg to EaEu  Russian
1400-1500 on  9595 WER 250 kW / 060 deg to CeAs  Uzbek
1400-1500 on 12015 WER 250 kW / 075 deg to CeAs  Uzbek
1500-1530 on 11790 WER 250 kW / 075 deg to CeAs  Kyrgyz
1600-1700 on  9485 WER 250 kW / 105 deg to CeAs  Azeri

Radio Farda
0400-0500 on  9430 WER 250 kW / 105 deg to WeAs  Persian
0600-0700 on 17675 WER 250 kW / 105 deg to WeAs  Persian
1230-1600 on 13680 WER 250 kW / 105 deg to WeAs  Persian
1800-1900 on  9595 WER 250 kW / 105 deg to WeAs  Persian

Radio Japan NHK World
0330-0400 on  6130 WER 250 kW / 045 deg to EaEu  Russian
0430-0500 on  5980 WER 500 kW / 060 deg to EaEu  Russian
0530-0600 on  9850 WER 500 kW / 195 deg to WCAf  French
0530-0600 on 11750 WER 500 kW / 180 deg to WCAf  French
0830-0900 on 15190 WER 500 kW / 105 deg to WeAs  Persian
1200-1230 on  9790 WER 250 kW / 300 deg to WeEu  English

Brother Stair/The Overcomer Ministries (TOM):
1400-1600 on  6110 MOS 100 kW / 300 deg to WeEu  English
1400-1600 on 13810 NAU 100 kW / 129 deg to N/ME  English
1500-1600 on 17485 WER 100 kW / 180 deg to CeAf  English

Radio Dabanga
1530-1625 on 13740 WER 500 kW / 150 deg to Sudan Sudanese Arabic
1630-1725 on 11655 WER 500 kW / 150 deg to Sudan Sudanese Arabic

Lutheran World Federation Voice of Gospel
1830-1900 on  9800 WER 500 kW / 180 deg to WCAf  Fulani

FEBA Radio
1900-1930 on  7235 WER 250 kW / 105 deg to WeAs  Arabic

Democratic Voice of Burma (DVOB):
2330-0030 on  7440 WER 125 kW / 075 deg to SEAs  Burmese

Gospel For Asia (GFA):
2330-0030 on  7240 WER 250 kW / 075 deg to SEAs  South East Asian langs
0030-0130 on  7215 WER 250 kW / 090 deg to SEAs  South East Asian langs
1230-1500 on 15285 WER 250 kW / 090 deg to SEAs  South East Asian langs
1330-1530 on 12005 WER 250 kW / 090 deg to SEAs  South East Asian langs
1530-1630 on 11645 WER 250 kW / 090 deg to SEAs  South East Asian langs

U.K.(non)    Additional txions of WYFR in English via VT Comm. from Feb.15:
1500-1600 on 11985 RMP 500 kW / 085 deg to WeAs
1700-1800 on 12045 ASC 250 kW / 102 deg to SoAf
1800-1900 on  9770 MEY 100 kW / 007 deg to SoAf

USA    Frequency change of  WYFR Family Radio in English & Spanish:
0400-1145 NF  6875 YFR 100 kW / 355 deg to NoAm, ex 6915