** ALBANIA. I haven`t monitored intensively, but am wondering if the CRI Cërrik relay station be off the air completely? Still missing Dec 28 from 6020 & 9570 in our evenings. If still heard on any earlier scheduled frequencies, can we be sure they be not from some other site substituting? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** CANADA. 340 kHz, Dec 28 at 0515 UT, dash and YY, ND beacon of only two letters; 500 watts from Mont Joli, Quebec.
258 kHz, Dec 28 at 0753 UT, ND beacon ZSJ; difficult copy vs lightning crashes from approaching winter storm, at first not sure whether ZIJ. But this is 1000 watts from Sandy Lake, Ontario. Must have been a dash too, but unnoted as I was offdozing. DXinfocentre.com shows this the only NAm beacon on 258 ---- and none at all on 259, a wide-open frequency (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** CUBA. 6000, Dec 28 at 0456, RHC English suptorted; wiggle that patchcord. Something`s always wrong at RHC (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** CUBA. 6060, Dec 28 at 0528, RHC Spanish with a frequency announcement: something on 25m, 9535, 5040 and FM --- missing the very frequency I am hearing! What do they know? Something`s always wrong at RHC. Except for Esperanto, I think the other languages, certainly English, do not even attempt to announce times or frequencies, so they cannot be *wrong*! Spanish should consider the same, or better yet, get everything coördinated and accurately announced. That`ll be the day (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** CUBA. 13839, 13769, 13630, 13561 approx., Dec 28 at 1522, FM/AM spurblobs from RHC 13700 at roughly 69.5 kHz intervals. Currently these are erupting just about every morning. Something`s always wrong at RHC (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** ECUADOR. 6050, Sat Dec 28 at 0450, very poor signal S4-S7, HCJB must still be on? M&W maybe German, 0453 music. 0500 no timesignal, but Musikwechsel, now a little better and pretty sure talk is German intonation, still at 0518 but off by 0530 (when ELWA is supposed to be starting). From more than a month ago:
``Ecuador - Radio HCJB Quito once again broadcasts a Saturday only programme for the German speaking DX community. After some changes, it was heard on 23 November 2019 at 0400-0430 h UTC on 6050 kHz (ex 0300-0330 and 0330-0400 h). The time was confirmed by Horst Rosiak in Quito. He also decided to drop the second broadcast because after 0430 h reception of the tiny 6050 kHz signal would be overpowered by AWR French on nearby 6045 kHz. The DX programme is not listed in their official schedule https://andenstimme.org/wp-content/uploads/Horario6050.pdf (dated 20 November 2019). (Dr. Hansjoerg Biener 24 November 2019)``
Aoki/NDXC now shows no German but Spanish and indigenous languages until 0500; on 6050, nothing else but Tibet from 0400 = midday there; Malaysia from 0500, also midday and surely inactive. EiBi shows no German from HCJB either, and not after 0400.
HjB replies: ``Ecuador - I did not check the Saturday only German DX programme from Radio HCJB Quito, but your observation is probably correct. From 7 December 2019 the following schedule should have gone into effect: 0400-0430 and 0500-0530 h UT: 6050 kHz (Pichincha 1 kW) Saturdays only. Unfortunately, on 7 December 2019, the internet feed to Mt. Pichincha was down. So, the regular FM service of Radio HCJB was automatically relayed instead (Dr Hansjoerg Biener 28 December 2019)`` (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** HAWAII [and non]. 90.1, Sat Dec 28 from 1800 UT I miss via KUCO the first hour+ of this week`w live MetOpera broadcast of Mozart`s ``Magic Flute``, abridged version under 2 hours, in English suitable for all ages. All Conterminous US affiliates must(?) broadcast Met live, so will there be no chance for a playback? Publicradiofan.com shows later airings in AK & HI tnx to their timezone differences, including KHPR, Hawaii PR Sat from 2300 UT. Always check each station`s own info for confirmation; in fact it`s the HPR-2 stream now scheduled at 3 pm local = 0100 UT Sunday, which is when I plan to pick it up again.
Next week, Sat Jan 4, `Der Rosenkavalier` by R Strauss, a long one which will have to start an hour early at 1700 UT at least on the live network (I object to these shifts: let them run late if necessary rather than start early) (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** MALI. 17880, Dec 28 at 1608, VP S5-S7 in Arabic, which is CRI via Bamako this hour only, at 20 degree azimuth which couldn`t be worse for us, aimed at N African coast; yet it`s the OSOB as propagation favors it; 17775 KVOH provides not even a JBA carrier, unsure if be on at all for `Wavescan` (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** NORTH AMERICA. 6925-USB, Dec 28 at 0359, S9-S7 hard rock dance beat pirate music; 0405 segué to slow tune with piano, and more uptempo; 0418 SSTV beepery; 0419 announcement mixing but can`t copy; 0428 more SSTV; 0430 ``Welcome to the mental health hotline ---``; 0445 SSTV and more music; 0504 still music; next check 0519 apparently replaced by something else on different frequency.
These say 6925-USB was Pee Wee; with noisy SSTV images as IDs https://www.hfunderground.com/board/index.php/topic,61739.0.html (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** NORTH AMERICA. UNID pirate(s): 6923-AM, Dec 28 at 0519, music, VP S4-S5, after having heard Pee Wee on 6925-USB for more than an hour, so apparently replacing it. Not for long; then:
6924.1-USB, Dec 28 at 0522 preaching and music, a third pirate? all gone by 0530. These two were not reported by anyone on HFU after Pee Wee sent ``Bye Bye`` around 0508 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** NORTH AMERICA. Got a surprise msg from Texas Radio Shortwave:
``Ahoy Matey Glenn - Quartermaster read your comment about QSLs in Free Radio Weekly #1241 and said if you’d include a bit more detail in your published reports he’d tell Third Mate to send you a TRSW verification. Cap’n handpicks images for all our eQSLs and said he’d select a really nice one for yours. We’re taking the holidays off from plundering shipping along the lower Texas coast, but we’ll be back with more broadcasts after January 1. We hope you’ll tune in. Always be yourself. Unless you can be a pirate. Then always be a pirate. 73 and Arrgghh. Texas Radio Shortwave https://www.facebook.com/texasradiosw Sailing to your ears from the Lone Star State`` (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** OKLAHOMA. Since I had to be awake before 1330 UT Sat Dec 28, I continue after 1400 UT with the repeat from UT Thu 0200 of this week`s `Performance Oklahoma` on KUCO 90.1. It`s a repeat from earlier this year of an all-female quartet, well worth hearing again here in the NW OK wasteland without chamber music.
``Chamber Music in Oklahoma --- Skride Piano Quartet
A new classical supergroup comprised of four leading European soloists, the Skride Piano Quartet features four like-minded musicians who have individually achieved success at the highest levels. Sisters, soloists and regular duo partners, Baiba and Lauma Skride sought out two of their favourite chamber music colleagues in Lise Berthaud and Harriet Krijgh to create the ensemble which made its first North American tour this season and represented by MKI Artists. Appearing as guests of Chamber Music in Oklahoma in the society’s fourth concert of the season presented on Sunday, March 17th, the quartet offered highlights of the standard piano quartet repertory with works by Gustav Mahler, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Johannes Brahms.
Performance Oklahoma is heard each Wednesday evening at 8 pm and Saturday morning at 8 am on Classical KUCO and Saturday evening at 8 pm on Classical KWTU`` [CST = 0200 & 1400 UT]
O, how I wish I were within easy access of OKC on those Sunday afternoons at 4, even tho the venue is Christ the King Catholic Church, whose school in my junior-high era was considered a loathsome sports rival. Unfortunately, 90.1 drops to dead air at 1448 UT in the middle of a piece, and stays silent for a long time when I give up; unknown if also applied to webcast since computer was off again. But I shall have another chance to pick it up at 0248 UT Sunday via Public Radio Tulsa`s KWTU stream, right after I hear the start of the Met via HAWAII, q.v. (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. 7290-LSB, Sat Dec 28 at 1610, no signals from the 7290 Traffic Net around Texas, which is scheduled from 10 am CT Mon-Sat, as heard Dec 26 during their other span until 2000. Maybe it opened and closed already instead of until 1800? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A [non]. 9800, Dec 28 at 1857 on caradio, 1 kHz tone test; 1858 Yankee Doodle Dandy/VOA sign-on; but RFE/RL ID! just before 1900 opening ``Welcome to the VOA --- in Korean``. This is one of those 21-degree antennas from Tinang, PHILIPPINES, which carries right on back into the deep USA (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A [and non]. ``Distracted by WBCQ and other programming, I miss checking my own trimulcast, 0130 UT Sat on WRMIs 5050, 5810 and 7780. Did anyone hear them?``
Correxion: how did I get two of the frequencies wrong? More distraxion [proofread!]. Should have been 5010, 5850. Coincidentally, Ron Howard remarx concerning Madagascar: ``Was also listening tonight (Dec 28 - Saturday UT), but at 0150. Noted WRMI (5010.0) with Glenn's World of Radio program, with very faint African music coming through underneath. Unable to measure off frequency. Ron, California`` --- so it seems they are on before 0200 despite WRMI/WOR!
``Also need to confirm whether Sat 1300 on 15770 be canceled, as Ivo has reported, even if it take waking up early and bringing up UTwente.``
So I do set the alarum for 1320; as usual, 15770 direct to here is a JBA carrier at best this early; but at UTwente SDR, a VG signal and WOR *is still* running at this time. Tnx also to Richard Langley and Ivo Ivanov:
``No, not cancelled. Listening to it now (28 December, 1325 UT) but full program being recorded via the U. Twente SDR receiver with a good signal. -- Richard Langley``
``12-14 UT on 15770 this week from December 23 all programs are as scheduled, instead of Supreme Master TV previous week till December 22. Confirmed RAE, Alameda BF, Your Weekend Show and today World of Radio & Shortwave Radiogram`` -- Ivo Ivanov.
Probably confirmed Sat Dec 28 at 2054, JBA on WA0RCR, 1860-AM, Missouri, vs hi local noise level on 160, sounds like me for the 2030v airing. Next:
0400vUT Sunday WA0RCR 1860-AM [nominal 0415]
2130 UT Sunday WRMI 7780 to NE
0130 UT Monday WRMI 7780 to NE
0230 UT Monday WRMI 7780 to NE, 9395 to NNW
0400vUT Monday WBCQ 5130v Area 51 6160v? to WSW
0430 UT Monday WRMI 9955 to SSE
0900 UT Monday Unique Radio NSW 5045-USB
0930 UT Monday Unique Radio NSW 5045-USB [another episode]
1900vUT Monday IRRS 7290 Romania? to WNW
0100 UT Tuesday WRMI 7780 to NE
0900 UT Wednesday Unique Radio NSW 5045-USB
2200 UT Wednesday WBCQ 7490v to WSW
0100 UT Thursday WRMI 7780 to NE
Full schedule including AM, FM, webcasts, satellite, podcasts:
(Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. 5970, Dec 28 at 0738, NO signal from WEWN Spanish. Often weak but totally missing now, while e.g. 5950 WRMI/SMTV at a more favorable longer skip distance is in well (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. 5830 & 5085, Dec 28 at 0740, both WTWWs are still running, PPPP/SFAW and rock music resp., as usually the case when I check this late, but I have no idea when they go off; never on by when I`m up again, 1400 or 1500. Except on weekends, usually not on before 0200. Daytime frequency 9475 very seldom on, and even less so, 9930 for #2. #3 not caught testing(?) 15810 for many months now (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
UNIDENTIFIED. 6923-AM & 6924.1-USB: see NORTH AMERICA [pirates]
UNIDENTIFIED. 7475, Dec 28 at 1611, S7-S8 mystery carrier again. Rick Barton replies to my previous item about it:
``I have been hearing this very often, especially when sweeping the dial for the YHWH pirate. I am finding it to be an interesting mystery. I hadn't mentioned it before myself, as I was still wondering if it was a mixing product from some local source (that has been a problem here in the past). I had checked the channel just before seeing your post. At 0615 here on 12/28 UT, I had an over S-9 reading here with outdoor longwire. I will be eagerly awaiting input from other listeners. 73 from AZ - rb`` (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
UNIDENTIFIED. 7665, Dec 28 at 1612, S5-S7 of music, presumably CNR1 jammer again on new frequency. Still has not made it into latest Aoki/NDXC dated 2300 UT Dec 27 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
this report dispatched at 2118 UT December 28