** ALBANIA [non]. 5850, Monday May 1 at 2300, again NO signal from WRMI for the R. Tirana relay, but cuts on, joining news in progress at *2301:46.5. Same thing happened April 29 (and not checked April 30; no Sunday May 1 broadcast). It`s not like a quick change has to be made by this transmitter from another frequency, as nothing is scheduled on it for hours before 2300. Must not be starting to warm it up soon enough. No Clara but the OM is doing the broadcast today, some news item about Macedonian elexion; then something about Grand Valley State University and the mayor of Tirana; 2306.5 press review. Good on the PL-880. Retune at 2320 about the Ministry of Culture; 2323 brief Sports Roundup of some scores; 2324 unannounced song; 2327:45 station theme; 2328:30 IS plays four times and a fraxion before the 2329:30 Okeechobee song WRMI ID.
Alan Roe, Teddington UK supplies this rough guide to their programmes:
``Daily: News, then Press Review (mo-fr) or Mosaic of the Week (sa)
Mo: Albania in a Week, Cultural Activities, Sport
Tu: Interview/Comment (Albania, elections and EU integration)
We: Albania and the EU Integration Process; Hits Through the Years
Th: Albanian Economy and Facts; Around Albania
Sa: Tourism/Cultural items; Folk Traditional Music
Additional music items appear between features, and to end the programme`` (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** ARGENTINA [non]. 9395, UT Tue May 2 at 0035, this WRMI in Oldies, ID as ``world-band radio``, fair signal S9+20 before I turn computer noise off. At 0100 without computer it`s good at S9+10. Just after 0100, the WRMI ID, and then smoothly into début of RAE relay in English to North America (but does another bit o` Biermann interrupt just as I am distracted by the doorbell?).
RAE Opens with multilingual IDs in: Spanish, Chinese, French, Japanese, Portuguese, Italian, German, Spanish again. Plugs North American 641+ phone number to hear RAE. OM announcer is very informal with accent. 0102 mentions new SW relays via Florida, 5950 in Spanish M-F at 22-23 (which I didn`t check, but it`s been extremely weak here), and 9395 in English Tue-Sat 01-02 (this is on 355 degree antenna so should be even better further east from here). Offers QSL to the P O Box 555 address.
Annoying music bed is playing thruout this talk. 0104 news headlines, and MLID#2; 0105 Congolese official visits US (really?); about Human Rights and Red Cross and the Malvinas (more below); economy fell 2.2% in February; MLID#3. 0106 Pres. Macri visited companies in Texas, including Dow Chemical. HR/Red Cross from Geneva to visit Malvinas to identify remains of 123 Argentine soldiers buried there anonymously. Arg. meat exports to Europe are growing. Economy fell 2.2% in Feb. Investments in tourism sector for 200 hotels amount to 2.2 billion (?) pesos. Presidential trip to Japan confirmed for May 18.
0109 MLID#4, then switch to YL who speaks English better for an interview with a ``great writer and journalist, Andrew Graham Ewell``, ``good morning``. He speaks with a British accent, but lived in Argentina as a teen, left in 1976 but always wanted to come ``home``, but the war in 1982 intervened. Discussing the Malvinas; what about those still living there? Would they ever become half-Argentine? It may take another 35-year [sic] generation. He thinks the islands should be Argentine, but are not. 0121 YL wraps up the interview, which thankfully dispensed with an annoying music bed.
MLID#5. Song in Spanish. 0126 MLID#6; plug the 641-552-#### phone number, only once, (and the full Audio-Now number has been published in DXLD before). Adds that soon will be available in Mexico and Canada, and also Brasil in Portuguese, Spanish. 0127 MLID#7; 0128 Spanish song introduced by speech. 0132, outro title as ``Upside Down –something`, and before that ``Poison Magic``; MLID#8.
0133 segment on Science & Technology, by same guy as with news and he has to bring up the annoying music bed again. About SF authors and a book fair which started April 27. Ray Bradbury attended in 1997 & 2001. About books that anticipated inventions and creations. Jonathan Swift about the moons of Mars not discovered until 1877; automatic doors predicted in 1899. Aldous Huxley on reproductive technology, genetic manipulation; Orwell`s 1984 on surveillance. 1969 TV on demand predicted, came true in 2010; cyborg mechanical legs in 1972, now transplants; Jules Verne Nautílus submarine, later by Spanish navy; Martian Chronicles; Borges on artificial intelligence, virtual reality, internet. Beer industry is growing, depends on imported yeast. This feature was co-written by Arnaldo Slaen (DXer who also does the DX program).
0141 MLID#9; 0142 ``Mano a Mano`` by Julio Sosa; 0145 another song, instrumental; 0148 MLID#10; YL song ``Lonely Willow Tree``, and before it ``Life of a Match``(?), and before that ``Eden`` by Julio Sosa. 0151 MLID#11. 0152 headlines with music bed: Pres visits TX companies; HR delegation to ID Malvinas bodies; Economy down 2.2% in Feb. 0153 MLID#12, reminding WRMI SW sked ``while we fix our own equipment`` [except before it broke it was hard to hear; should keep WRMI relays anyway].
0155 announcer IDs self as Fernando Varías(?), have come to the end of program``, no IS (their traditional one has been dispensed with?), into instrumental music and 0156 ``Nothing but a Heartache`` by Bonnie Tyler, no ID at 0200 TOH, and then ``Wipeout`` by The Ventures, and tune-out. I seriously suspect the last two were back to WRMI Oldies, not RAE ATTW, tho no announcements of a transition.
RAE`s music breaks were pleasant enough, and the topix interesting, altho the news items were rather repetitive, and did NOT include today`s big demonstrations by the Madres en Blanco at La Plaza de Mayo, which did make the BBC World News. The dozen plays of the multi-lingual ID loop were extremely excessive, crutch! Please desist. Turkey has an even longer loop with many more languages but they don`t play it a dozen times an hour, maybe only once or twice?
This has been my detailed log for this auspicious occasion, not to be repeated, as 01-02 UT has a lot of competition for my monitoring attention, but it`s great to have RAE available on SW again! (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** CUBA. 5990, May 1 at 0405, RHC English on wrong frequency! Instead of 6000, // 6145. 5990 is supposed to be only for the CRI relay until 0100 (however, seems in past I have noticed them overlapping so not same transmitter). Wolfgang Büschel also noticed 5990 at 0545, but had been corrected to 6000 by 0650 shortly before sign-off, anyway (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** GUATEMALA. 4055, May 1 0407, TGAV with music, unseems NA, but off at 0408*, the early closing on UT Mondays (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** KUWAIT. 15540, May 1 at 1838, R. Kuwait with news in English, fair signal and would be completely readable without my line noise level. Tnx to tip from Mick Delmage, who said it was ``huge`` in Alberta at 1810. Also enough signal to stop my BST-1 caradio memory scan at 1910 during unneeded rock music. Still no reports of any other language services reactivated (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** MEXICO. 620, May 1 at 0415, ``La Norteña``, 91.7 ID, i.e. XEBU Chihuahua2, 5000/250 watts, but not unusual here at night, often over US stations. I don`t think they said ``Norteñita`` as listed this time (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** MEXICO. 800, May 1 at 0416, surprised to find XEROK VG at S9+30, blowing away KQCV OKC; usually it`s the other way around. But now XEROK does sound like a borderblaster. Mentions Ciudad Juárez, promo for 800, songs
[later on May 1, CKLW programming was reported by CTV Windsor, via Artie Bigley, to have moved to sibling station CKWW 580, due to a fire in the CKLW transmitter, so that 800 is off, opening for DX?] (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** OKLAHOMA. 91.1 KKRD, 92.1 KAMG-LP, 105.5-K288FX, May 1 at 1915 UT check, all three Enid stations are still AWOL (Glenn Hauser, Enid, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** RUSSIA. 9996, May 1 at 0410, CW time pips including some doubled ones, S7.5 equal to noise level. Has to be RWM Taldom, surprised to be getting this 10 kW as not much is making it from stronger/closer/lower latitude Eurosites, except 9490 Nauen poorly. Better than 9955 WRMI now (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. WORLD OF RADIO 1875 monitoring: Saturday April 29 at 0630 on HLR 6190-CUSB, confirmed by Manuel Méndez in Spain; Sunday April 30 at 1030 on HLR 9485-CUSB, confirmed by Ivo Ivanov in Bulgaria.
Also confirmed UT Monday May 1 at 0304 on Area 51 webcast, starting late after a song and some IDs, and presumably also on WBCQ 5129.82v-AM. The Monday 0330 on WRMI 9955 is almost confirmed: JBA signal at 0342 but resembles my intonation. Webcast however at 0357 is running but silent, unusual. It was running at 0305 check with R. Prague Sunday music show in English, so back to normal schedule after two weeks of `Bye, Bye, Sitkunai`.
Also confirmed Monday May 1 at 2330 on WBCQ 9330.00-CUSB, good. Missed checking the 0030 May 2 on WRMI 7730. Next:
Tue 1100 WRMI 9955 to SSE, 9455? to WNW
Tue 2130 WRMI 15770 to NE, 9455 to WNW
Tue 2330 WBCQ 9330v-CUSB to WSW
Wed 1030 WRMI 5850 to NW, 9455? to WNW
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. WRMI: see ALBANIA [non], and ARGENTINA [non]
** U S A. 810, May 1 at 0417, ``810KLVZ.com`` so Brighton CO station is back on the air. As of 2016 NRC AM Log in August, said it was silent as of 4/2016. But in DXLD 16-45: ``AM Log Updates: 810, KLVZ, CO, Brighton – Format to NOS (ex - Silent); slogan to "Legends 810/94.3," adds // K232FK - 94.3 (John Wilkins, NRC DX News Nov 14 published Nov 6 via DXLD)`` (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. 1070, May 1 at 0422 UT, KNX with IBOC noise circa 1057 & 1083, 0425 UT traffic on the fives at 9:25 timecheck. Not unusual here with Wichita nulled, and thus its IBOC is more of a factor than that from 1080 KRLD.
1147 & 1173, May 1 at 0426, IBOC noise from KSL. I haven`t noticed any from 1170 KFAQ in quite a while, which would give KSL a take-that from 1157 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. 1240.20, May 1 at 0427 UT, quite a het against the 1240.0 pileup, presumably KCRT Trinidad CO, reported on 1240.19, as of March 20, 2015 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
This report despatched at 0424 UT May 2