** ALBANIA. 7474.97, Oct 30 at 0038, JBA carrier, presumed R. Tirana as now scheduled for B-16 in daily Albanian hour to North America. Propagation from Europe is much degraded tonight, on 9, 7 and even 6 MHz bands. English should be at 0230 on same except UT Mondays, so we can`t check that until UT Tuesday. Drita Çiço says new 7475 had a very good signal at 0003 Oct 30, via groundwave into the R. Tirana monitoring center. Also, there have been some reports from listeners about earlier broadcasts Oct 29 and 30 that the modulation had greatly improved; let`s hope for good (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** CUBA [and non]. 5025, Oct 30 at 0015, R. Rebelde is dead air again, S9+25, suffering splatter from 5050 WWRB (not 5040 RHC as I first suspected, which is nominal). By 0116 Rebelde seems off, and I have an S6 carrier about 5024.99, Quillabamba, Perú? By 0138 this is just barely modulated, so I compare it to 1180 Rebelde, and no match. However, there are really two slightly offset carriers around 5025, so RR may still be on at much reduced power. I might have blamed poor propagation, were 5040 RHC not still inbooming, unlike on higher bands (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** CUBA [and non]. 7365, Oct 30 at 0107, R. Martí with WS béisbol, like last night better here and with much less jamming than on // 6030. If there are further games in the sequence, note that for B-16, 7365 is HFCC-registered at 01-02 UT only, preceded and followed by new 7435 at 23-01 and 02-07! Also 12-14. And no more 7335. Not clear why, but there is no provision in these regs for one-hour DST shifts caused by the Week of Confusion.
Strangely, but not surprisingly, I find no promotion at http://www.martinoticias.com
that they are broadcasting the so-called Serie Mundial! Keeping below the radar? I wonder if they really have two announcers at the games, or only working off Fox TV? Continuous crowd noise behind them could be just SFX. No full program schedule, but Martí does provide a display of current and immediately upcoming shows, which I did not check in time (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** INDIA. 9865, Oct 30 at 0111, JBA carrier, presumed AIR VBS ex-9870 as registered for B-16 at 0010-0435, 0845-1200, 1230-1740, 500 kW, 35 degrees from Bengaluru --- and finally after years and years, edging away from the collision with CHINA still on 9870. We hope for better propagation now and without CCCCI (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** ITALY [non]. 7730, UT Sunday 0ct 30 at 0030 via WRMI, 17-note ID signal a few times on piano, IBC sign-on in Italian and English, IBC@Europe.com or see http://www.ibcradio.web.com. 0032 starting weekly ham DX news report, `DX-Italia``, in Italian. 0053 recheck, now some SWBC logs, such as KTWR. Liners in English, but program mostly in Italian. 0055 into ``IBC Digital``, SSTV-sounding beeps. Is also on WRMI scheduled UT Sat 0130 on 11580 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** NETHERLANDS [non]. 6145, UT Sunday Oct 30 at 0048, JBA carrier; can this be The Mighty KBC via GERMANY as scheduled? I first figured they were AWOL, perhaps leaving India uncovered, but European propagation is terrible tonight. (CRI Albania 6020 is only S4-S6 at 0106). Still little or nothing on 6145 at 0104. Sometimes this is one hour, sometimes two hours, and we are right at A/B-16 transition time so there could be time confusion or an unexpected new frequency? B-16 HFCC shows MBR Nauen still registered Sundays only on 6145 at 00-01 and 02-03 (but not 01-02!).
In his publicity for Radiograms, Kim Elliott thought KBC would still be on this week: ``The Mighty KBC will transmit to North America Sunday 0000-0200 UTC (Saturday 8-10 pm EDT) on 6145 kHz, via Germany. A minute of MFSK32 will be at about 0130 UTC. KBC will also transmit to Europe Sunday, 30 October, at 1200-1300 UTC, on 6095 kHz. A minute of MFSK32 will be at about 1230 UTC. Reports to Eric: themightykbc (at) gmail.com`` (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** NEW ZEALAND. 17675, Oct 30 at 0019, RNZI has reactivated here for B-16, ex-15720 (which is still used shoulderly), only S2, while Australia 17840 is S4, neither really sufficient under circumstances (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** NORTH AMERICA. 6955.0-USB, Oct 30 at 0045, pirate at S7 with blues/soul music. 0055 now up to S9 with cowboy song; 0059 seems there is also a wobbly reduced carrier, or is it just music bed? No ID past 0100, but at 0105, ``You are tuned to Back Country Radio`` with overlapping echoes, then another voice deliberately distorted so I can`t understand it giving a .com web address. 0132 check, now it`s off. No other pirates heard during this sesquihour; presumably there will be a lot more of them the next night or two for Hallowe`en.
Then I check
and find everyone logging it there took it as Bat Country Radio, also CW ID as KBAT, so I must defer to that. (BTW, the area around Freedom OK, Alabaster Cavern is bat country) (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** PERU. 5980, Oct 30 at 0102, JBA carrier from R. Chaski, until autocutoff at 0103:12*, which is 8 seconds later than last night, but my timing then may have been one second off; so compare to previous log, Oct 25 until 0102:39.5*, five nights ago, and 32.5 seconds earlier for an average of 6.5 seconds each, more like it (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** THAILAND. 15589.95, Oct 30 at 0020, very poor in English, so HSK9 has not yet made B-16 switch to 13745 for so-called North American service. RHC is still on 13740 tonight, but barely with degraded propagation (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** TURKEY. 6080, Oct 30 at 0402, JBA carrier from presumed VOT on new B-16 frequency for English to N America --- but propagation is horrible tonight, so even moving two bands down from 9515 is not enough. At 0300, K index was 4, amid G-1 geomagnetic storms.
Oh2, in A-16, VOA English via SAO TOME was on 6080 during this hour and audible here --- and it is STILL registered on 6080 for B-16, as well as the late change by Turkey! So 6080 was not such a great choice after all for TRT. A quick look at HFCC as of Oct 28 shows 6075 would be open that hour (tho CFRX 6070 might be bothered, and HFCC boycotter CUBA might be planning to go back on 6075; but Turkey could beat them to it; if still on 6080, Cuba 6075 would then be an ACI problem). (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. 15220 // 11720, Saturday Oct 29 at 1959, having heard VOA Kriyol yesterday, I`m checking again, and indeed Greenville is signing on, but 2000 news in English, 2005 VOA One ID and pop music in English, 2009 DJ Larry London who acts as if he likes this stuff ---- and not a mot of kriyòl to 2030 cut-off tune in progress for YDD sign-off. 15220 has been a solid S9+10 while 11720 faded between S9 and S7. BTW, these do NOT appear in HFCC A-16 or B-16 as of October 28. Perhaps there is no Creole programming produced on weekends, but they keep the transmitters running anyway? It would be more helpful to the Haitians to duplicate VOA in real French at the same hour on 15730 & 17530, but receptionwise, hardly necessary as those two from Greenville to Africa likely boom into Haiti as well. Then I find this note from a John:
``Glenn, I'm in Central Florida and I've noted the VOA in Creole between 2000 and 2030 Monday-Friday for the last week and a half, with English broadcasts on Saturday and Sunday. Frequencies remain 11720 and 15220 kHz. Signals are always very strong here, S9 +50 on 11720, S9 +10 on 15220 kHz. I don't know how long these transmissions will continue for. My regards, John`` (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. WORLD OF RADIO 1849 monitoring. Altho I could not hear it via UTwente, Alan Gale in UK confirms the Sat Oct 29 1431 UT broadcast was audible there on 7265-CUSB, apparently skipping over the SDR in Holland. Ivo Ivanov in Bulgaria also confirms the Sat Oct 29 at 0631 UT broadcast on 6190-CUSB. Confirmed here the Sat 2230 broadcast on WBCQ 9330.007v-CUSB. Also confirmed UT Sunday October 30 at 0327 on WA0RCR, 1860-AM, MO, 6 minutes in, so started circa 0321; S9+20 and no LSB QRM, as a big contest congesting 40m apparently is off-limits to 160. Next:
Sun 0830 Unique Radio NSW 3210 ND
Sun 2330 WBCQ 9330v-CUSB to WSW
Mon 0300v WBCQ 5130v Area 51 to WSW
Mon 0330 WRMI 9955 to SSE
Mon 2330 WBCQ 9330v-CUSB to WSW
Tue 0030 WRMI 7730 to WNW [ex-Mon 0030]
Tue 1100 WRMI 9955 to SSE
Tue 2130 WRMI 15770 to NE
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
(Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. 5130.07, UT Sunday Oct 30 at 0017, Area 51 via WBCQ is starting to play the original ``War of the Worlds`` classic. Sufficient now, but fading weaker later in the hour. From the site which http://worldmicroscope.com forwards to now:
``On-air, Halloween weekend 2016 --- Area 51 is on WBCQ 5.130 MHz and http://www.splatterbox.us:5110
All times UT. We’re on an extra hour each night this weekend and have a full schedule for your listening entertainment.
Saturday, October 29, 2016: 2300 Radio Timtron Worldwide; [UT Sunday Oct 30:] 0100 The Lumpy Gravy Radio Show; 0200 Capital Rips; 0400 Radio Free Euphoria.
Sunday, October 30, 2016: 2300 Grits Radio (live); [UT Monday Oct 31:] 0000 Plastic Magic; 0200 Capital Rips; 0300 Glenn Hauser’s World of Radio; 0330 Hobart Radio International; 0400 Yukon Jack’s Halloween.
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** U S A. 9930, Sat Oct 29 at 1823, theatre organ music on WTWW-2. Must be that new show we had been hearing UT Sundays after 0100 on 5085. Yes, announcement says it`s Theatre Organ of the Ozarx, address in Pleasant Hill MO, but music this week is from an instrument in Belleville IL, 300 miles away. First of all, Pleasant Hill is just south of Kansas City, not exactly in the Ozarx! Second of all, the distance between them is only 232 statute miles crowly, or 261 miles drively. Says a second time has been added, Sat 1 pm [CT] on 9930; but runs until 1835 WTWW ID, so must have started late circa 1806 UT. Super-strong but a shame that the great organ music be marred by WTWW modulation rather distorted, plus some selective fading distortion (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. 5025-5070 approx., Oct 30 at 0015, range of splatter out of 5050 WWRB, bothering 5040 RHC and heard on 5025 against the Rebelde carrier. At 0135, I notice 5050 bears crosstalk from a different speaker, somewhat softer underneath, re something she did in 1992 and 1993 --- I bet it`s about Hillary. 0144 still two audios mixing, the underone louder than before. The overone IDs as `Heart & Soul of America Broadcast`, Centreville VA, offers anti-Semitic DVD. Way to go, Dave! (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. 5810, Oct 30 at 0051, no signal from WEWN, which is registered to start at 0000 both in A-16 and B-16; 11520 has a JBA carrier, and 11870 also missing. But at 0109, now 5810 is on and inbooming at S9+20 with Rosary in Spanish (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** VIETNAM [non]. 7315, Oct 30 at 0041, V. of Vietnam is still here via WHRI, in stilted Spanish, with QRM --- or rather voice-under remaining during translation, a no-no on SW. Only S8. If still going Oct 31, we may start to assume VOV relay be prolonged into B-16, including English at 0000 and/or 0100 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
UNIDENTIFIED. 1650, Oct 30 at 0112 UT, still can`t pull any sign of ``SAC`` beacon which DXers further east and south are getting, thought to be on an oil platform in the NE Gulf of Mexico. Even by narrow bandwidth, BFO in both sidebands of the 1650 broadcasters (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
This report dispatched at 0511 UT October 30