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Glenn Hauser logs August 31-September 1, 2016

** ARGENTINA. 11710.60, Sept 1 at 0329, RAE with extremely distorted, overmodulated music, during scheduled English hour. Very out of order, like heard more often when on 15344vv (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** BRAZIL. 5035, Aug 31 at 0610, weak broadcast signal, presumably R. Aparecida, not enough here nor on 11854.9 to make a match. 5035 never audible here earlier in evenings, altho blocked by 5040 Cuba; Aoki gives odd schedule of 05-03 UT. 5035 has another Brazilian, R. Educação Rural, Coari, which may or may not relay R. Rio Mar, Manaus; a report of that by Carlos Gonçalves, Portugal was never confirmed by ZY DXers (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** BRAZIL. 6180, Sept 1 at 0101, RNA is back on after missing for two nights, // 11780, hyperentusiasm likely about futebol rather than getting rid of Pres. Dilma? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** COLOMBIA. 6010.160, Aug 31 at 0553, La Voz de tu Conciencia, first heard earlier in evening on 6010.17, remeasured now with music, but it varies audibly as a try to pin it. 

5909.978, Aug 31 at 0556, Alcaraván Radio likewise remeasured, compared to 5909.95 earlier. No trace of possible leapfrog mixing products around 5810 or 6110 now that both frequencies are clear.

Meanwhile I received a reply early UT September 1 from QSL manager Rafael Rodríguez R. in Bogotá: ``Hola Don Glenn, Cordial saludo, hasta hoy te respondo su mensaje del pasado 18 de agosto; realmente no he tenido contacto con Martin Stendal para conocer de primera mano la realidad de las emisoras; hoy se han reactivado aunque personalmente las noto muy bajas de señal. Pienso que ha sido una situación técnica y decisiones del propio Martin S en mantenerlas apagadas. El fin de semana, le hice llegar un mensaje vía un tercero; que sería bueno con la llegada de los acuerdos de Paz poner a funcionar las emisoras y creo tuvo eco. Ojalá pudiera chequear si te llega la señal. Buenos DX, Rafael R.`` 

6009.972, Sept 1 at 0358 presumed Voice of Thy Conscience; very weak until cut off at 0359*. Back on at *0401 with carrier, and then low modulation tropical music, remeasured as 6009.978. Last night it was on hi side of 6010. At 0408, I recognize ``When the Saints Go Marchin` In``, sung in English. Nothing audible around 5910, blocked by NHK France until 0500 (Glenn Hauser, OK, WORLD OF RADIO 1841, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA. 11840, Sept 1 at 0328, RHC Spanish is S9+25 but very suptorted music on this frequency. Wiggle that patchcord! (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CZECHIA [non]. 9955, Sept 1 at 0038, R. Prague via WRMI about the Prague Spring, Olympix --- I suppose this is during their 80-th anniversary special for Aug 31, for which a special QSL was offered, but publicity for it never mentioned the fact that RP is on SW via WRMI, just some special Aug-31-only frequencies via Armenia for Europe.

Nor does RP website, tho it does mention outdated WRMI relay times:
The broadcasts for North America are available at
``02:00 UTC (Monday - Friday, Sunday)
10:00 UTC (Monday - Friday)
12:00 UTC (Monday - Saturday) [this one is still correct]
on the frequency 9955 kHz`` (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** GERMANY. 9530, Sept 1 at 0321, weak music not // 4765, so not the R. Progreso harmonic this time. Instead, as scheduled 0300-0330 only, AWR in Tigrigna via Nauen (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** MADAGASCAR. 9560, Sept 1 at 0322, S9-35 bigsig in African language, I figure must be Greenville, but it`s really 0315-0400 NHK Swahili via Talata, 250 kW, 320 degrees onward to North America. Sounded sorta Swahili, but with an accent? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENINIG DIGEST)

** MADAGASCAR. 9480, Sept 1 at 0404, no signal from MWV, still off the air, as it would be a bigsig like 9560 NHK relay earlier. Other APR broadcast is also still AWOL from 17640 at 1825 Sept 1 check. I ask again, is anyone hearing the other 18 UT broadcast on 9570 in Russian? Last report I`ve found of it was by Ivo Ivanov, Bulgaria, on August 5. Are any MWV scheduled broadcasts being heard? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** NEW ZEALAND. 7425, Sept 1 at 1253, RNZI is fair at S5-S7 on PNG beam, new frequency, ex-7245 since Aug 27 per website, but first I`ve noted it. I suspect my report of 7245 QRMing US Navy ham net before 1300 may have prompted the change [see USA]; if so, tnx. RNZI now in the clear. 7425 scheduled 0659-1058 on Pacific beam, 1059-1258 toward PNG (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** PERU. Re: ``5980, Aug 31 at 0056, JBA carrier from R. Chaski, but already off at 0104 retune in preparation for cutoff which if had not been reset earlier, would have happened about 0105:53.5* per standard slippage rate. Or it could be an anomaly``

It may well have been an anomaly. On the condiglista, Alfredo Cañote in Lima points out that Aug 30 was a holiday causing some other radio stations to go off the air: ``hoy es feriado en El Perú, día de Santa Rosa de Lima. No transmiten en MW: 880 Unión, 930 Moderna, 1590 Vida``

Didn`t get to recheck whether Chaski resumed recession as before on UT Sept 1 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** ROMANIA. 15450, Aug 31 at 1919, receiver is still tuned here after TURKEY [q.v.] monitoring earlier, now fair signal in Spanish, soon obviously RRI; I leave it on for my nap as there are classical music breaks, including from Die Walküre toward end of hour, hardly dozeworthy. Announced // 17800 not really audible (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGST)

** TURKEY. 15450.014, Aug 31 at 1324, TRT IS is running following English broadcast, off-frequency+plus as usual, poor signal with heavy flutter. And it keeps on going, interrupted at 1328, by IDs in unknown language, as customary when another service is about to begin. *Still* here at 1330.0 with accurate 5+1 timesignal, opening and presumed news until finally cut off at 1337:18.5*. Should be Kazakh, which is supposed to be on 11880 from 1330. Yet another foulup by the sloppyrators at Emirler. I`ll bet no one in charge at Ankara or Istanbul monitors this happening again and again (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGST)

** U A E.  9410.08, Sept 1 at 0319, S6 signal from something. HFCC shows BBC Arabic via Dhabbaya at 03-04; of course: they can`t get their frequencies right on. Another hour at 04-05 is via Woofferton, where they can. I wouldn`t be surprised if BBC pull out of UAE relays. Remember when 9410 was a reliable 24/7 BBCWS in English frequency, mostly from UK only? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 7245.0-LSB, Thu Sept 1 at 1253, US Navy ham net with lots of friendly informal chat, including regular K9YX; finally seems finished at 1310, having started at 1200. I mentioned on WOR 1841 that this was on Wednesdays only and perhaps RNZI moved to 7425 to end the clash; but it`s the net following at 1300, Tin Can Sailors, that is Weds only (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. WORLD OF RADIO 1840 monitoring: confirmed Wednesday August 31 at 2100 on WBCQ webcast, presumably 7490. Also confirmed Wed Aug 31 at 2348 during 2330 airing on WBCQ 9330v-CUSB, fair.

WORLD OF RADIO 1841 ready for first airings Thursday September 1:
Thu 1130   WRMI 9955 to SSE
Thu 2100   WRMI 13695 to NW
Thu 2330   WBCQ 9330v-CUSB to WSW
Fri 0830   Unique Radio NSW 3210 ND
Fri 2130.5 WRMI 13695 to NW
Fri 2330   WBCQ 9330v-CUSB to WSW
Sat 0630   HLR  6190-CUSB to SW 
Sat 0700   Unique Radio NSW 3210 ND 
Sat 1400   Unique Radio NSW 3210 ND
Sat 1430   HLR  7265-CUSB to SW 
Sat 1930v  WA0RCR 1860-AM ND 
Sat 2230   WBCQ 9330v-CUSB to WSW
Sun 0310v  WA0RCR 1860-AM ND 
Sun 0830   Unique Radio NSW 3210 ND
Sun 2330   WBCQ 9330v-CUSB to WSW
Mon 0030   WRMI 7730 to WNW
Mon 0300v  WBCQ 5130v Area 51 to WSW
Mon 0330   WRMI 9955 to SSE  
Mon 2330   WBCQ 9330v-CUSB to WSW
Tue 1100   WRMI 9955 to SSE
Tue 2130   WRMI 15770 to NE [we hope resumed after 3 weeks]
Tue 2330   WBCQ 9330v-CUSB to WSW
Wed 1315.5 WRMI 9955 to SSE
Wed 2100   WBCQ 7490v to WSW
Wed 2330   WBCQ 9330v-CUSB to WSW

** U S A. 11580, Sept 1 at 0330, WRMIBS missing from this frequency while still on stronger 11530; 0418 recheck, 11580 is back (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. Correxion: second time reference should have read 0100 instead of 0000; repaired: 9475-, Aug 31 at 0058, WTWW-1 is S9+50 of dead air; 0100 alive with canned ID and back to SFAW. At 0207, 9475 is off and 5830 is not on, yet? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** VIETNAM [non]. 7315, as it`s almost UT September 1, I`m tuned at 2359 UT Aug 31 for Voice of Vietnam on new WHRI relay frequency: WHRI is on with own ID, and sure enough, 0000 UT Sept 1 opening VOV in English, S9+20 but fadey. Further chex: at 0036 it`s VOV in Spanish, something else new; at 0100 more VOV in English; at 0154 VOV in Spanish which would have started at 0130. It seems VOV does not announce its frequencies in either language at opening or closing. 

At 0158, 7315 switches to LeSEA music, AIDS promo by WorldVision, 0159 WHRI OCS theme and ID, 0200 into slanted network news (USA?) in English, and now it`s // 9605, which WHRI is still leaving on after the 01-02 KBS WR Spanish relay. Recheck at 0258, 7315 with WHR in Spanish, English ID; 0300 clueless canned announcer says on 7315 ``now broadcasting on 6175``, and more USA R Network ``news``. 

6175??? Well, I am checking this too all evening and it is not on now, nor was it ever on earlier. At 0317, 7315 is still on with praise music, like but not // WHRI 7385, and still no 6175. 

All this was prompted by a new ``effective September 1`` English schedule from VOV forwarded by Richard Lemke, Alberta, but not retracting the imaginary ``August`` schedule we soon debunked by real monitoring. Significant portion of it concerning North America, in sic disorder without sites specified, UT:

Eastern America             1:00 6175 khz
Eastern America             2:30 6175 khz
Central America - Caribbean 2:30 7315 khz
Central America - Caribbean 0:00 7315 khz

I reported: ``7315, never used by VOV before, will surely be WHRI, but will 6175 still be WOF? Probably. Evidently the 0330 broadcast is gone, with two frequencies (and two sites?) at 0230 instead. And a new earlier one at 0000``.

But this is also WRONG, at least not right, YET! As per my axual monitoring above, 7315 *is on* with VOV, English at 0000 & 0100, but at 0130 & 0230 it`s in Spanish. And 6175 is not on at all from anywhere!

12005, not detected earlier, but at 0205 UT September 1, JBA carrier, so seems as if Woofferton UK relay is still active, but high time for it to QSY to 6175. Maybe by the next night?

The current WHR program schedule is also wrong: for Angel 1:
Shows LeSEA programming on 7315 at 00-01, KBS on 9605 at 01-02, and VOV on 6175 at 0300-0430 --- NOT! And nothing relevant on the Angels 2 and 6 schedules.

I can`t find any SW schedule on VOV`s Spanish page
where you would never know it is even on SW. Those used to be at 0300-0330 & 0400-0430 on WHRI 6175. Also not clear if and when there will still be a Vietnamese language relay to North America; had been 0130-0230 on 12005 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 7505v, Sept 1 at 0318 check, WRNO is still/again OFF (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. 594, after receiving a carrier from the north Aug 29 at 1146 UT, which fit for the megawatt from Kolkata along the grayline, on Aug 31 I`m up early to start monitoring at 1130, a semi-hour before local sunrise: today there are no `regular` TP carriers like 774 Japan or Australia, but 594 is back! It`s right on 594.0 as I calibrate the DX-398 USB offset clix against 540.0 XETX. 

This is a very steady but weak signal, far too little to pull any audio. If only they would/could cut carrier for a ``CW`` ID test. Repeated DFing puts it slightly CCW from due north, about 355, which is exactly the direxion of Kolkata. I`m expecting it to be fading out by 1230 --- but it doesn`t. In fact still there at ``full`` strength by 1300, 1337, 1420 --- and in full daytime. 

Unless it`s groundwave (hi hi), can`t be Kolkata, but something much closer. Occurs to me that my local 960 KGWA is about the same angle from here, could be spur from it? I walk around the block and find the same signal and angle, so it`s not from within the household. I`ll be driving around Enid to see if it`s stronger near KGWA site and if the DF change significantly. -366 kHz would be an odd spur, and there is nothing at +366 kHz = 1326. 

I conveyed the disappointing news to IRCA group et al., where several stories came in of other cases involving inexplicable carriers on 9-kHz bandplan frequencies which did not/could not turn out to be real DX, and will put them in DXLD. 

There 594 is again, Sept 1 around 1250 UT. Another reason India was unlikely, from Sudipta Ghose, VU2UT: ``The 3 x 400 kW transmitter of AIR Maitri uses directional antenna pointed towards East. The configuration is generally 2 x 350 kW using a combiner. In very favourable situation it is likely to propagate to Pacific as my fertile brain imagines``.

Another idea: harmonic from a longwave beacon? Bill Hepburn`s list shows the only one on 297 kHz is NH from Nouakchott, Mauritania. How about 198 kHz x 3? Only North Carolina, and China. Ken Zichi of MARE logged a DGPS in Bobo, Mississippi on 297. And nothing audible here on either LW frequency at 1825 Sept 1 (Glenn Hauser, Enid OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. 1499.17, Aug 31 at 0603 UT, JBA carrier is still here from some 1500 off-frequency? No replies seen to my previous inquiry (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. 11893.0, Sept 1 at 0327, JBA carrier, I have also detected before on the NRD-545; probably a birdie unless someone elsewhere hear it (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. 11930, Sept 1 at 0327, only S6 on meter, but huge whining noise made up of multiple closely-spaced carriers beating against each other, rather like we used to hear on 17450. A Cuban radio war frequency, of course, and bits of pulse jamming can be detected around the edges, despite it being a daytime-only frequency for Radio Martí. Still the same at 0400. So is this something secret out of Cuba, or Greenville? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

This report dispatched at 1852 UT September 1