** CUBA [and non]. 5025, Dec 17 at 1816, S6 carrier vs noise at same level, as R. Rebelde manages to be detectable near noon at mid-winter. Also 5015, WRMIBS at S7 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** EGYPT. 9325, Dec 17 at 1812, S9 signal with suptorted just barely modulation, S9, 1826 a little better Qur`anish. Obviously R. Cairo Hausa service as scheduled, 18-21 UT, 250 kW, 241 degrees from Abis.
9540.24, Dec 17 at 1831, open carrier at S6. This is obviously R. Cairo in Italian at 18-19, 250 kW, 315 degrees from Abis USward, which I also had Dec 9, measured on 9540.158 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGET) See also UNIDENTIFIED 9330
** ERITREA [and non]. 7175, Dec 16 at 1523, JBA carrier, presumed VOBME-1 by long path. Also JBA carriers on 7120-Somaliland, 7205-Sudan, but not 7146+ for the other VOBME. There is one on 7195 where suspect VOBME-2 has shifted, but not confirmed elsewhere.
(In fact, at a very different hour, 15-17 UT, 7195 has been identified by Ivo Ivanov as RFA in Korean via Tinian, ex-7210. Isn`t it unprecedented for IBB to invade the ham band like that??) (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** ERITREA [non]. 11670, Fri Dec 16 at 1512, again no signal in Arabic as heard Wed Dec 14 but not Thu Dec 15 either.
11670, Sat Dec 17 at 1515, unID S9+10 Arabic is back! mentions Stockholm so suspected IBRA, but many more mentions of Al-Shabab in continuous M&M conversation; 1529 HOA song and announcement, 1531 switch to non-Arabic language, with schedule mentioning kHz and meter-band, 1532 finally catch ID as ``Radio Adal``. That`s the one which had been on 17580, 100 kW via Issoudun, FRANCE at 15-16. Confirmed by Ivo Ivanov, on Wed/Sat only sked, thus explaining the hiatus, and switching to Tigrinya at 1531 (plus R. Al-Mukhtar on Tuesdays) (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** KURDISTAN [non]. 11600, Dec 16 at 1401, Denge Kurdistane first day on reactivated `summer` frequency, with an echo, long/short path? S9 but much weaker than 11860 Yemen [non]. Ex-9400 where there is nothing. YL mentions Ankara, etc., mostly talk, but by 1455 music at S6. By 1512, 11600 is S9+10 in Kurdish talk. Ivo Ivanov thought the 14-16 bihour would be via BULGARIA, altho BRB misleadlingly registers all D.K. transmissions with HFCC as KCH = Kishinov, Moldova = Grigoriopol`, Pridnestrovye. However, on Dec 16 he notes for the 15-16 UT hour, both 9400 Bulgaria and 11600 Pridnestrovye; perhaps during incomplete transition.
11600 & 9400, Dec 16 at 1816 check, nothing audible on either, when 7455 is now supposed to be the only D.K. channel, 1600-2000 via France, then 2000-2130 via Pridnestrovye (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** MADAGASCAR. 17640, Dec 16 at 1810, MWV APR in English, is VG with marital advice: wives, don`t let yourselves go, after a few children, but remain attractive, lest your husband lose interest in you. Repeat English hour audible but poorly at 2034.
17640, Dec 17 at 1759, VG open carrier S9, 1800 trumpets and APR sign-on, with guest host Jonah, and Terry, previewing magazine contents including African Children`s Choir from Uganda; righteousness; wife`s appearance (more); Thelonius Monk; this day in history. It`s almost the OSOB, only weak 17790 WRMIBS besides it, making MWV the SSOB by far, still at 1823 check (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** OMAN. 15140.505, Dec 16 at 1528, RSO is still split off from 15140.0, S5 carrier, just barely modulated. Also Dec 17 at 1510 check on 15140.5, not precisely measured further, but slightly closer to 15141.000 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** PERU. 5980, Dec 17 at 0041, no signal from R. Chaski --- either closing much earlier than 0105*v now, or more likely completely off the air. They had been having issues, per Claudio Galaz Toledo, Chile.
(5979 CHINA carrier not audible now either, poor propagation; to make matters worse, elevated noise level especially on 2 MHz band at S9+20, probably blamable on neighborhood Xmas displays/lighting for the duration) (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** UGANDA [non]. 15240, Sat Dec 17 at 1659, VP carrier, 1700 music? Presumably Radio Munansi opening via WWRB Tennessee. About equal to 15825 WWCR signal, both of which could really use some sporadic-E enhancement. Where is it as the winter peak season should be underway? A 16-MHz MUF isn`t much to ask, no need to reach VHF. By 1755, 15240 is slightly better, JBA at S6 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A [and non]. WORLD OF RADIO 1856 monitoring: not confirmed UT Saturday Dec 17 at 0030 on WBCQ 9330v-CUSB: No signal at all, nor from 9265 WINB, as 31m propagation almost gone, only very weak signals except for 9395 WRMI (7490 WBCQ with Fred Flintstone music is still S9, but 5130 is admittedly off even after 0100).
Sat Dec 17 at 1544 check, on 7265-CUSB via HLR via UTwente, nothing but South Asian music audible from CRI Kashgar. However, Nino Marabello in Treviso, Italy, sends me a clip of WOR opening at 1531, where it`s weak but atop CRI! Next:
Sat 2330 WBCQ 9330v-CUSB to WSW
Sun 0410v WA0RCR 1860-AM ND
Sun 1130 HLR 9485-CUSB to SW
Mon 0030 WBCQ 9330v-CUSB to WSW
Mon 0400v WBCQ 5130v Area 51 to WSW
Mon 0430 WRMI 9955 to SSE
Tue 0030 WBCQ 9330v-CUSB to WSW
Tue 0030 WRMI 7730 to WNW
Tue 1200 WRMI 9955 to SSE
Tue 2130 WRMI 15770 to NE
Tue 2300 WRMI 9955 to SSE
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. 5850 // 7730, Friday Dec 16 at 0700, WRMI again duplicating `Viva Miami` about the Everglades, instead of `Media Network Plus` which is on the schedule this hour Fridays, for 7730 at least. BTW, Keith Perron says PCJ Radio International is dropping SW to North America as of yearend, i.e. WRMI.
7730, Dec 17 at 0034, WRMI is VG with hymns, unseems `Wavescan` as scheduled UT Sat 0030 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. 5085, Fri Dec 16 at 0656, WTWW-2 is on, Ted with a radio ad. You never know whether it will be or not, and the wtww.us program schedule page is no help, full of mistakes and omissions.
5830, Dec 16 at 1522, WTWW-1 is still on night frequency instead of 9475, screaming gospel huxter.
9930, Fri Dec 16 at 1922 & 2033, Xmasmx from WTWW-2, distorted as usual, no `Dave Ramsey Show` which had been airing 19-22 UT weekdays, and still shown as 1-4 pm CT on homepage. Unchecked UT Dec 17 whether that appeared circa 0030 like yesterday with 9930 still on at night. Dec 16 afternoon, 9475 and 12105 are nominal.
9930, Sat Dec 17 at 1859, Xmasmx from WTWW-2, 1901 plug Santa Net nightly at 7 pm CT thru Xmaseve on 3916-(LSB?), allegedly allowing patches from kids to Santa at North Pole. At 1902:30 `Theater Organ of the Ozarx`` starts late with, what else? Xmas carols; outro at 1931 mentions being on Saturday nights (does Heil know that both times were no-shows last week, Dec 10-11?) and refer to program sked, but where? This does not end until 1935:30, so ran 33 minutes, inconvenient for a tightly-scheduled station, not WTWW! Then to non-organ Xmasmx. This contradicts WTWW`s own attempt at a program schedule which already shows a conflict of two other programs on ``9330`` [sic] Sat 1:30 pm:
``AMATEUR RADIO NEWSLINE SATURDAY 1:30 PM ON 9330
QSO RADIO SHOW SATURDAY 1:30 PM ON 9330``
(Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. 17775, Friday December 16 at 1516 and 1816 chex, still no signal from KVOH, AWOL (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. 9275, Fri Dec 16 at 1816, WMLK is on, good signal and even good modulation from DEJOM, still so at 2034 (when 9265 neighbor WINB is still not on yet); will WMLK be able to keep this up (after Sabbathday off), or will something else break down? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
UNIDENTIFIED. 9330, Dec 17 at 1811, S7 open carrier; 1826 up to S9. What could it be? WBCQ transmitter on testing? Cuban Spy Numbers/RHC transmitter? --- seems too weak for that and normally active only in nightmiddle. Only other station which has been on 9330 in recent years is Damascus, Syria, long inactive. Could that be attempting a comeback?? Probably more pressing matters over there. Note that 9325 and 9540+ Cairo in the other part of the ex-UAR, are indeed propagating, see EGYPT. No, it`s not WTWW, q.v., which imagines it broadcasts on 9330 instead of 9930 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
This report dispatched at 2128 UT December 17