** BRAZIL. 11815, 11745, 11710, July 20 at 0123, heavy crackling spurs from RNA/RNB 11780 are very much back. Even more so at next check 0137 when many more of them are audible about 33 kHz apart circa: 11912, (not 11879?), 11846, 11813, 11747, 11714, 11681, (not 11648?), 11615. At 0530 I can still hear most of them circa 11846, 11813, 11747, 11714, 11681. Come on, EBC, get this mess cleaned up once and for all! Or close down this terrible transmitter; at least power it down so it will do less damage (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** CHINA. 12560, July 20 at 1342, CNR1 jammer, poor; no other OOB ones found 12-19 MHz. Propagation on higher bands has been pitiful lately (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LITENING DIGEST)
** CUBA [and non]. 15370, July 20 at 1428, RHC covering the imminent opening of the Cuban embassy in Wáshington; I also view it on TV: unfamiliar MSNBC correspondent declares Cuba is a ``tiny Caribbean nation``. Ceremony begins at 1434 with flag-raising, band and Cuban national anthem sung by a few diplomats? at the site. Also on CSPAN-1, but CNN only played catch-up at the last minute. A few minutes earlier, R. Martí was also talking about this, but one can only digest so much at a time, and was still jammed on weaker 13605. On MSNBC, Ileana was not pleased (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** EGYPT. 12070, 11935, 9965, July 20 at 0122 and 9315, July 20 at 0127 check, all four R. Cairo transmitters are off the air for at least the second night (off July 19, not checked July 18, but heard July 17). 13850 also absent July 20 at 0537. Are any/all R. Cairo transmission at other dayparts also missing? Could merely be overnight staff recovery days off after a lunar month of Ramadaning (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** GERMANY. 9450, July 20 at 0126, assertive talk probably sermon in uncertain language. Latest HFCC shows 0030-0130, MBR via Nauen multi-lingual, 250 kW at 100 degrees. Latest MBR schedule in DXLD 15-27 shows it`s Gospel for Asia, but still no language. Then to EiBi: yes, truly multilingual, changing every quarter hour and depending on day of week. Mondays at 0115-0130 it`s BH --- would that be Bhojpuri? No, in Aoki it`s Athmeeya Yatra Radio in Bhili, but back to EiBi`s readme to find out more about it: ``Bhili: India-Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat (3.3m) [bhb]``. So there are 3.3 megabhilis just ripe for conversion (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** GREECE. 9420 & 9935, July 20 at 0127, another Voice of Greece-less night (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** NIGERIA. 9690- // weaker 7255-, July 20 at 0623, VON in Hausa still active and modulating (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** NIGERIA [non]. 13775 & 11825, July 20 at 0620, no signals from Nigerian Armed Forces Radio via RMI via FRANCE. I had not checked last few nights after learning that the test was extended ``indefinitely`` but in fact it definitely was gone by July 16-17 according to Ivo Ivanov. Jeff White tells me July 20: ``Yes, the program is on hiatus. May come back in August. Jeff`` (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** NORTH AMERICA. 6876-AM, July 20 at 0132, JBA carrier, music bits when John Poet tipped us another The Crystal Ship relay would occur. These pirates really need to multiply their power if they are going to operate noisy summer evenings on such a low band (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** OMAN. 9500, July 20 at 0125, ME music and Arabic announcements, poor-fair, as RSO is back on scheduled frequency instead of extended 9740 last night (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** PAPUA NEW GUINEA [non]. 12025, July 20 at 0618, again no signal from NBC relay via Shepparton, Australia; much needed sleep deficit catchup meant my next check not until 1330 on 6075, by when only a very poor signal is audible, but still running. Sei-ichi Hasegawa has the explanation July 20 to the DXLD yahoogroup:
``According to e-Mail from NBC to A. Kageyama in Osaka.
"For your information, the service will be available for the next 3 days and will cease. Our arrangement with Broadcast Australia to use their short wave transmitters was so that the NBC could broadcast the Pacific games to the whole of the country. This is an expensive exercise and unfortunately the NBC is unable to sustain the services due to budget constraints.
The NBC does have plans to purchase its own transmitters and go back to broadcasting on 4890 and 9675 mhz [sic] but this might happen in 2016.
TNX A. Kageyama.`` (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** PERU. 5980, July 20 at 0104 UT, JBA carrier from R. Chaski, until autocutoff at 0107:05.5*. This puts it back on track, after last night`s anomalous early cutoff at 0104:59.5*. Compared to the previous time, July 10 until 0106:03.5*, this one is 62 seconds later after 10 days, averaging 6.2 seconds later per, the standard slippage rate (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** SOLOMON ISLANDS. 9545, July 20 at 0532, very poor carrier, trace of music, presumably SIBC again running late. Bill in Adelaide confirms it ran 9545 until cutoff at 0707. Aoki shows it`s the only station at any time on 9545; HFCC shows registered available until 0800, plus imaginary UAE at 22-24 and imaginary RRI - PGA (Palangkaraya?) at 08-09 only (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** SOUTH CAROLINA [non]. 9370, July 20 at 0530, WWRB is still on day frequency with Brother Scare, // stronger 3185, so must be intentional; presumably all-night (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. WORLD OF RADIO 1782 monitoring: WRMI off the air: no signal Sunday July 19 at 2100 on 15770, nor at 2300 on 11580 (nor on any other frequency). I asked Jeff White and he replied at 2242 UT: ``Power failure. Florida Power & Light estimates restoration of service at 10:30 pm ET. Let's hope. Jeff``. It had axually come back by 0103 UT July 20 when I found 11580 and the others back to normal.
WOR confirmed at 0330 UT July 20 on 9955. Also confirmed from 0302 UT Monday July 20 on Area 51 via WBCQ 5110v-CUSB. Next:
1100 UT Tuesday WRMI 9955
0630 UT Wednesday HLR 7265-CUSB
1315 UT Wednesday WRMI 9955
1430 UT Wednesday HLR 7265-CUSB
2100 UT Wednesday WBCQ 7490v
(Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. 12105, July 20 at 0121, WTWW-3 is off when it is normally on until circa 0200, but at 0136 it`s back on with the separate PPPP screed in English not // 9475 WTWW-1. 5085 WTWW-2 was also on at 0121. At 0618, open carrier on 12105 again, surely WTWW-3, and still/again so at 1343. Ted must have forgotten to turn it off overnight. See also separate logs of the Art Bell experiment (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. Art Bell`s revival show, `Midnight [sic] in the Desert` starts UT Tuesday July 21 at 0400-0700, to be 5-nightly, but word leaked out that there would be a test run 24 hours earlier, so I start monitoring at 0400 UT July 20:
7490 via WBCQ, July 20 at 0400, Art is already going with ``Rule #1: there will be no bad language``. This is VG, stronger than // 9330, and at first I think that is still on something else as not synchronized. Later I time the delay on 7490 behind 9330 at seven seconds. Unsynchronized WBCQ //s are the rule, not the exception for reasons unknown. Also about a minute behind on 5085 via WTWW-2. He`s rambling on and eventually taking callers, many of whom are using Skype and sound like they are right next to him in studio (and no satellite-delays either). Australians are listening at convenient afternoon time, unlike Europeans in their early morning. He keeps asking how it sounds, and most report it sounds great, presumably listening via online/apps. In fact at 0445 Art thinx he`s not yet on radio stations, but will be tomorrow including shortwave. What does he know? At 0545 and 0615 there are some buffering breakups, oh oh. He thinx this is the only talk
show feeding stations exclusively by internet; really?
Everyone is excited to have him back, and honored to talk to him. Subjects for future discussion suggested, the oddball stuff you would expect, such as feral humans, unpleasant near-death experiences, etc. Also had an oddball newscast by someone else at 0430-0440 or so. I never was a big Art Bell fan --- too much else to monitor in the evenings, but it`s nice to add a little variety to the American SW bands beyond gospel-huxtering. He`ll also be on CFRB Toronto, which means 6070 CFRX too, but as far as I can tell on very poor signal at 0543 July 20, not yet for the trial run --- which includes mandatory C Crane commercials already and another very annoying yeller for some food product played far too often (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
UNIDENTIFIED. 6947.5, July 20 at 0116, RTTY now here, following previous logs of an unmodulated carrier which we hoped might lead to a broadcaster, pirate or otherwise. So can someone ID the RTTY source? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
This report despatched at 1732 UT July 20