** AUSTRALIA. 17840, UT Dec 12 at 2105, RA fair signal with an item about the Opposition to closing down ABC SW services. At least they are allowed to report on this; there does seem to be a fair amount of internal backlash to this plan, so possibly it could be overturned by Janend? Uplooked later, it`s part of `Pacific Beat`, which is a 2-hour show at 20-22 UT, equivalented to ``6-8 am AEST`` altho 2105 UT is really after 8 am AE summer time which is UT +11. Anyhow, found the item here for 4:33:
``AUS OPP'N CONCERNED ABOUT CUTS TO ABC SHORTWAVE SERVICES
Updated yesterday at 6:37am
Australia's opposition is asking the ABC questions about its decision to shut down its shortwave service to the Pacific.
Labor's spokesperson on International Development and the Pacific, Senator Claire Moore, says they are concerned that Australia's engagement in the Pacific will suffer because of the decision.
She was recently in the Pacific as part of a bipartisan delegation of Australian politicians visiting Vanuatu, Solomon islands and Samoa.
Ms Moore tells Bruce Hill Labor has concerns about what happens with radio broadcasting during cyclones, and whether other countries might want to fill the gap left by Australia withdrawing``.
Here`s more press about this since DXLD 16-49, via Mike Terry:
ABC'S DECISION TO END SHORTWAVE RADIO SERVICE 'COULD BE LIFE THREATENING' RANGER SAYS
NT Country Hour By Daniel Fitzgerald 8 December 2016
(Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** CHINA. 11819.98, Dec 13 at 0045, S5 signal with music, then Chinesish announcement. HFCC shows CRI in Yue [= Cantonese] during this hour, 500 kW, 200 degrees from Xi`an site (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** CUBA. 17580, Dec 12 at 1506, RHC music is still on here, // 17730 and JBM 17750. 17580 normally closes earlier than the others, circa 1400, altho one schedule version shows all three until 1500, then only the upper two (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** OMAN. 15140.50, Dec 12 at 1520, S5 carrier, and nothing on 15140.00, so suspect this is RSO off-frequency. Agreed by Ivo Ivanov: ``Poor signal of Radio Sultanate of Oman on odd 15140.6 kHz, Dec 12:
1400-1500 on 15140.6 THU 100 kW / 315 deg to WeEu English, low
modulation`` (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** PERU [non]. 5980, Dec 13 at 0040, NO signal from R. Chaski when there is normally a JBA carrier prior to 0100+v*. Also was not any Dec 11 at 0103 check, but could have reset autotimer earlier again. We`ll have to see if Claudio Galaz or anyone is still hearing it before 2400. I do, however, detect a JJBA carrier on 5979.0 from that off-frequency Chinese (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** SOUTH CAROLINA [and non]. 5765, 5950, 5985, 5015, 6855, 7570, 7730, 9955, 11530, Dec 12 at 0603, all these WRMIBS frequencies are in dead air, and probably 11580, too weak to tell. Brother HyStairical continues unscathed on 5890 & 3215 WWCR, 7315 WHRI. 7780 WRMI remains off but would be BSing if on.
15440, Dec 12 at 1508, WRMIBS is AWOL here, still audible on much weaker 15770, 17790 and much stronger 13695. Not rechecked until 2213 when 15440 is back on (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** TIBET [non]. 11660, Dec 12 at 1521, S9-S5 signal in tonal non-Mandarin language: yes, ``Bod`` = Tibetan from RFA via TINIAN this hour only. Hey, where`s the ChiCom *jamming? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. WORLD OF RADIO 1855 monitoring: confirmed UT Monday Dec 12 at 0401 on Area 51 via WBCQ 5130.095-AM. Also confirmed UT Mon Dec 12 after 0430 on WRMI 9955, S9+10 but some deep fades, no jamming. Also confirmed UT Tue Dec 13 after 0030 on WRMI 7730, S9+40, and seven seconds later on WBCQ 9330.08v-CUSB, S5-S8 but weakening. Next:
Tue 1200 WRMI 9955 to SSE
Tue 2130 WRMI 15770 to NE
Tue 2300 WRMI 9955 to SSE [NEW]
Wed 0030 WBCQ 9330v-CUSB to WSW
Wed 2200 WBCQ 7490v to WSW
Thu 0030 WBCQ 9330v-CUSB to WSW
(Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. 17775, Dec 12 at 1505, checking KVOH whether resumed `Antena DX` or still repeating `Frecuencia al Dia` but, no signal at all. Normally would have faded in by now if on (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. 3215, UT Tue Dec 13 at 0055, Radio RSA IS via WWRB --- i.e. WWRB prior to sign-on this time instead of an hour or so earlier. Next check at 0240, after switch to 3195, gospel huxter asserting that ``Jesus was not a Jew`` ---, so is that a good thing, or a bad thing? Both VG signals on the BST-1 caradio which doesn`t need more than 2 feet of antenna even on 90m (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
This report dispatched at 0430 UT December 13