** BRAZIL [and non]. 6180, May 17 at 0536, RNA must be back to stay, but during this hour only, has CCI making a fast SAH, i.e. VOA French via São Tomé, 0530-0630 M-F only, which used to be unimpeded. Will they move? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** CHINA. 9420, May 17 at 1203, very poor S4 in Chinese, so something besides Greece which may or may not be active at the moment. EiBi shows TWO CNR services, but presumably I am getting CNR6 Beijing:
9420 1100-1605 CHN China National Radio 6 M CHN B
9420 1100-1805 CHN China National Radio 13 UI CHN L
Aoki agrees, but at slightly different timespan:
9420 1100-1605 CHN CNR 6 Chi Beijing 491 1-7
9420 1057-1805 CHN CNR 13 Uyg Lingshi 725 1-7
And HFCC`s version:
9420 0900 1605 44S BEI 100 163 0 206 D 12225 Zho CHN CNR RTC 2834
9420 1100 1805 42N,43NW LIN 100 298 0 206 D 12225 Uig CHN CNR RTC 2835
(Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** CHINA [and non]. 17520.045, May 17 at 0516, very poor S6 signal in Chinese talk, 0519 music. Only things scheduled at this hour are: CNR1 jamming, and RFA Mandarin via Saipan at 0300-0700. Which would be more likely off-frequency this much? It`s the only SOB except for 17840 Australia (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) See also CUBA [and non]
** CUBA [and non]. 15140, May 16 around 1920, RHC English has a report about a delegation from China Radio International visiting RHC, to further their friendly coöperation. We can only wonder if the CRI folx ever listened to their SW relays via Cuba, to become aware of the murky modulation and other mixups they entail?
Item mentions that RHC plans to have an FM transmitter in almost every (Cuban) province by end of this year (presently there are three, as frequently announced). (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** SOUTH CAROLINA [non]. 7570, May 17 at 0522 as I tune across WRMIBS, there he is again, aggrandizing himself by criticizing me by name. Part of what he says, paraphrased closely: glad gh mentions the name of the Prophet, Mr. Hystairical; gh is so unbelievable, an enemy of the cross, doesn`t even believe in God. He can`t figure out how Brother Scare can be on 15 different SW transmitters every hour.
Axually I can: suckers born every minute, a few of them rich with money to burn. Let me clarify that gospel huxters, epitomized by R. G., are totally lunatic --- extreme religionism is really a mental illness. BS spends a huge fraxion of his airtime talking about the ministry, send money, money, money, rather than axually preaching, and when he does, it`s all doom and gloom, a terrible misservice to humanity, appealing with his exaggerated self-assuredness to the irrational among us. It`s nothing but an ego trip from the abyss. No doubt he`ll be replaying this gh segment over and over again. BTW, I`m not going to waste my precious airtime fighting with him.
A bit later at 0524-0528 he rudely and abruptly interrupts himself for more promotion. A smooth operator he is not. BTW, at 0527 check, 3185 WWRB is still off, no BS any more there (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. Re Armed Forces Day, when is it? Never mind my previous comment. One calendar I have shows it as May 21, 2016, not May 17, and that is the day some ham stations are celebrating. Timeanddate.com says AFD is officially designated as the third Saturday in May, but Armed Forces Week begins on the second Saturday.
Now I remember the reason for the ham/crossband event for AFD appearing on May 14 this year: to avoid conflict with the Dayton Hamvention the following weekend May 20-22. Perhaps it is the latter which should be changing *its* dates to avoid the conflict. You`d think they could be combined, but that is one weekend when hams must be on the air less than usual, too busy circulating in the fleamarket (Glenn Hauser, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A [and non]. 9370, May 16 at 1605 UT, JBA carrier here in local noise level. Really too weak to be WWRB if on, and IBB Burmese via PHILIPPINES is scheduled here westward 1430-1630 (one other overlap with WWRB is: 2200-2300, IBB Tibetan via KUWAIT, surely jammed).
I`m checking earlier because on May 14-15, WWRB was caught at least between 1830 and 1900* with ``Radio Africa``, apparent Ugandan clandestine. Today Monday I check again at 1843 and WWRB is definitely *not* on, so is RA to Uganda on Sat/Sun only, or was it only a trial run to prove it won`t propagate? Only further monitoring will show, since Dave has not replied to our inquiry about what`s going on WWRB. 9265 WINB was audible at this time (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** ZAMBIA [and non]. 9680.00, May 17 at 0458, very poor S5 signal vs lightning crashes to S9+10 as a storm is about to hit us, and I still have the main exterior antenna connected. So it`s got to be Voice of Hope Africa, inaugural broadcast as Ray Robinson had predicted. I hear mostly music past 0500, 0505 unreadable announcement.
From 0529 I compare it to 9660, Vatican Radio in Portuguese, which is quite stronger, S7-S8 and readable, but this is direct from Italy; should compare at 0500-0529 when 9660 VR in English is via Madagascar, 250 kW at 258 degrees. (VR 9660 is also Vatican at 0300-0500; MAD only at 0500-0529.)
I had reminded the DXLDyg about this event, and it was heard better by Bill Bingham in South Africa, José Miguel Romero2 in Spain using UTwente, and especially Ron Howard in California who clipped it thus:
The schedule is to be: M-F 0500-0800, Sat/Sun 1200-1700, both on 9680. Announcement says to ``all Africa``, so is it non-direxional? Presumably, altho earlier plans were to use 6 and 4 MHz for closer-in ND coverage, later adding 9 MHz toward West Africa (and us). As quoted in my previous report: ``Additional times and frequencies will be added in a few months, as funding permits. Ray.``
From HFCC and Aoki, looks like 9680 will be clear at 05-08, and should be good for North America from sign-on; the other broadcast overlaps with ChiCom jamming and Taiwan at 11-14. Otherwise, it might make it to W North America by longpath.
As of latest HFCC file May 11, none of the VOH Zambia frequencies are registered: 4965, 6065, 9680 (tho on 9680 we do find an imaginary RRIndonesia), nor anything on 13 MHz (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
This report despatched at 1610 UT May 17