martedì 30 giugno 2009

Glenn Hauser logs June 29-30, 2009

** ASCENSION. After trolling 7100-7200 for violators, first signal I encountered was 7205, June 30 at 0556, tonal language, probably Hausa. What does PWBR `2009` say? Nothing listed. Off at 0559:30* but back on a few sex later, slightly weaker in French. Uplooked later online, it`s BBCWS, 250 kW as scheduled Hausa into French, also switching 65 to 70 degree beams which shouldn`t make much difference here or there (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CHINA. Firedrake check June 30: at 1313 fair on 13970, unheard on any higher frequency; at 1331 very poor on 8400, not 9000 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA. Rechecked RHC at 2127 UT June 29 for the publicized Mesa Redonda show to have started at 2100. The special M.R.-only frequency 9640 was on the air but now // many of the regulars, 11770, 11800, 13760, 13790; while 11760 was in ID, 2030 opening French. Could not tell if 17660 was on or not.

RHC does it again: wrong language Portuguese in the middle of the night, June 30 at 0553 on 6140. This time the other three 49m channels, 6060, 6010 and 6000 were in correct English, or rather // music at the time.

A quick check of all RHC frequencies 9-18 MHz at 1510 UT found only one on the air, 13760, mentioning a pending press conference, unlike the last two days with extended transmissions on several frequencies because of the Honduran coup. But more may show up later as antennas and transmitters are rejiggered (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** HONDURAS. Just in case, checked for the two 90m SW stations which are sporadically active, June 30 at 0548 --- not even a carrier on 3340 between CHU and REE; when HRMI is active it does run this late or all-night; nothing on 3250v either (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** INDONESIA. Something is very wrong at Cimanggis: VOI, normally in the clear on 9525 during the 1300 English hour, but June 30 at 1321 accompanied by multiple carriers on each side producing identical hets amongst them, of somewhat more than 1000 Hz. Very difficult to sort out on my equipment but a spectrum display would have been intriguing.

I think this is all coming out of VOI, rather than interference or jamming. Possibly they are operating more than one transmitter by mistake, or a single one has big problems. No other audio heard, but some of the offset carriers may have had same audio as the central one.

Ron Howard in California was monitoring at same time, and found two audios, one above and one below 9525, plus the big hets.

I was making a point of checking this on Tuesday, and reconfirmed that as they have been doing since April, it was yet another weekly excursion to RRI Banjarmasin, as I could make out the regular announcer`s voice from there and Banj was mentioned after VOI ID at 1332.

The cacophony was constant until 1357 when CRI carrier came on as usual making matters even worse. Possibly with very tight selectivity and/or notching one could have made VOI listenable, but a better solution would have been for them to fix the problem (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** NETHERLANDS [non]. Surprised to hear unscheduled Spanish on 15580, June 30 at 1308, interview about Honduras and Zelaya`s plan to reclaim his office, soon IDed as ``La Matinal de Radio Nederland para las Américas``, into another interview with a Buenos Aires professor. But cut off abruptly at 1314:30*, back on at *1318-1325* when cut off abruptly again as the topic had shifted to US pullout from Iraq; still off when I quit monitoring at 1335.

What`s going on here? Like RHC, has RNW added more transmissions because of the Honduran crisis? RN does not normally have Spanish at this hour on any frequency, ending at 1227 on 9715, 9895 both Bonaire. The only appearance of 15580 on RNW`s current schedule is for the YFR English test at 0001-0158, but previously used during that bihour for RNW`s own Spanish. Perhaps this was just a test or a total mistake; controlled by a timer with am and pm upmixed? However, VOA uses 15580 later from São Tomé and Botswana, so this could also have emanated thence, or even Greenville as quite a strong, steady signal. The audio was somewhat lower-fi, I thought, than we are accustomed to from Bonaire (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. After a couple of dry days for sporadic E here (tho it was superb further east, with trans-Atlantic multi-hop FM!), it`s back June 30 at 1312 with Tony Alámo and the squeal inbooming via WWCR 15825, as well as PMS on 13845, so you know what I do next: check 18770 for 2 x 9385 WWRB. And there he is, Brother Scare, barely audible with fades at 1315. MUF built up to channel 2 by 1430, channel 4 with an NAB Nightlight at 1447 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ###

lunedì 29 giugno 2009

Glenn Hauser logs June 28-29, 2009

** ALASKA. 9780 at 1256 June 29, KNLS concluding English hour with full schedule in that language, here mixing with Chinese, which is no surprise if you believe Aoki rather than HFCC, since the former includes Taiwan at 10-14 in Chinese, and consequently DentroChinese jamming. This frequency must be a total loss for KNLS in its E Asian target area, but the 1200 English is also on 7355, not checked today, tho often sufficient here at least durng the first part (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CANADA. Another anomaly from Radio Canada Internal: 9515, June 29 at 1440 in Spanish and French with kids` voices, 1443 announcer identifies this as ``Francés hablado para niños, de Radio Canadá Internacional``, texts somewhere at O, here it is:

The trouble is, per RCI`s online schedules, the 1405-1505 hour is supposed to be in Russian, 7 days a week! Repeated inquiries to RCI asking for an explanation or correxion have gone unanswered.

1505 recheck found 9515 in correct language, English. Like so many American newscasters, she had no clue how to pronounce ``Manuel Zelaya`` (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CHINA. Firedrake check June 29: at 1310, fair on 13970, nothing on 13500 or 14420; at 1214 JBA on 8400, trace? on 9000 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA [and non]. Further RHC observations Sunday June 28:

The DentroCubans are convinced the CIA --- now Obama`s CIA --- is behind the coup, immediately drawing parallels with Guatemala and Chile. Geez, give the República Bananera de Honduras some credit for being able to stage its own coups without the US necessarily being involved! That`s what Manuel Zelaya gets for trying to reform the constitution so he could remain president-for-life, à la Hugo Chávez. So he lands in Costa Rica --- wonder if the ex-University for Peace, converted into a university for war, had anything to do with it?

At 1655 UT the Mesa Redonda adjourned for lunch, to resume at 2 pm (1800 UT), music fill until 13750 went off without further announcement at 1700. Since it`s a domestic radio/TV program, RHC may or may not resume the SW relay at a time when it is not normally on the air at all, but check the usual suspect frequencies.

At 1818 UT, we find all three A,P frequencies back on, now with Hugo Chávez talking about the Honduran situation: 17750 with 1.2 Hz SAH generally atop WYFR, 13750 somewhat better, also audible on 13680, 12010, 11690. These leftists would not be so outraged if the oustee were a right-winger. I wonder how long this broadcast will be prolonged under the circumstances as it`s usually upwrapping about now.

Maybe it was live or maybe it was a clip of Chávez, but by 1840 his voice was replaced by someone in Cuba, and at 1842 the RHC announcer listed frequencies 9600, 13750, 5965, 6180, 15360. Not in order, fading in and out on 13750, so I may have missed something. Then at 1847 I checked, and did hear it on 9600 and 15360, but still on the original 5 too; not expected to be audible here at midday on 49m, and it was not, at least not on the portable in the yard. Looks like RHC is pulling out all the stops for this special event, so we`ll see if regular external languages get disrupted this afternoon and evening too.

Announcer also plugged TV coverage streaming at which when I checked a bit later had mostly frozen or jerky video, but the audio was OK altho very low level. Bug for CV in the upper left, TeleSur in the upper right. Running about a sesquiminute behind SW.

At 2008 both on RHC and CV, a live press conference with Zelaya from the San José airport was on.

At 2020 checked all the SW frequencies again: per at 2000-2030, RHC French is supposed to be on 11760, 5965 and Portuguese on 11770, but both were missing.

In fact, 11770 was not even on the air, 11760 was in Spanish, and 5965 too weak to copy. However, 6180 could be detected now in Spanish. In the meantime since last check, 9600 was also off the air, as were 13680 and 13760.

The special coverage in Spanish was still audible on 17750, 15360, 13750, 12010, 11800, 11760, 6180. RNV 2000 relay was on as usual 17705.

At 2041, when the press conference was over, and TV coverage switched to yelling crowds, 13750 cut to RHC IS and ID, and local announcer, summarizing events, mentioning that Mesa Redonda was still running on domestic radio and TV, and went in and out of that from time to time.

SW check at 2044 to see if 2030 RHC English on 17660 has survived the coup in Honduras: no, it`s in Spanish too, weakly audible. Reconfirmed // 17750, 15360, 13750, 11800, 11760. 11770 still AWOL, and I assume the strong signal on 13750 is that transmitter. 12010 is also off now. Note that 15360 and 13750 are normally used only in the morning hours.

No SWBC from Honduras, of course {in the daytime above 90m, I mean, and those are only gospel huxters}, but has anyone been getting live audio or video streaming from there? There were reports earlier that communications had been disrupted.

It is quite amusing to hear calls for the rule of democracy in Honduras, from Cuba, a country where there never has been any such thing since the Revolution by force a semi-century ago. Democracy is just great if that can get you into power legitimately, but never give it up voluntarily.

Had enough of checking this for a while, but did so again at 2348, mainly to see if the 2300 English broadcast on 13790 had also been blown off. Yes! 13790 not on the air, and 13750 instead still on in Spanish with Honduras special, along with 15360, 11800 and 9600. Nothing on 11690 or 11760. Did not take time to track all possible frequencies.

When I said ``no SWBC from Honduras``, I was referring to anything audible in the daytime above 90 meters. The only two active SW stations on 3250v and 3340 are both gospel-huxters, so it`s doubtful they would dare say anything or take sides, much less be in a position to broadcast any real news of the world today rather than yesterday and tomorrow (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

RHC observations morning of June 29:

At 1307, 13760 again with echo audible during fades, but this was just after much stronger 13780 came on, and did not hear any echoes before it did, so I conclude this is indeed receiver overload cross-modulation, and not long-path; besides, conditions are quite poor for LP to be happening.

At 1316, 6000 which nominally runs until 1400, was open carrier with a trace of modulation while the DRM roar from RA Brandon, Australia, 5995 was much louder, despite supposedly being only 10 kW at 5 degrees, two hours after sunrise here.

At 1450 the news as usual on 13780, nothing on 13750 like the day before, so suspected RHC was back to normal scheduling in day two of the Honduran coup.

But once again the usual 5-hour siesta from 1500 is broken. At 1510 found VG signal on 13680, obviously on the antenna aimed usward, with hum and Honduran special coverage in Spanish, ``for the truth at first hand``. It seems the military, the oligarchy and the media are now getting the blame rather than the CIA, since Secretary of State Clinton did denounce the coup yesterday, but suspicions no doubt remain.

This led me to tune carefully for any and all other RHC frequencies that might be active; just as I intuned 11760 it dumped off the air at 1512*. Rechecked at 1518 it was back on with a stronger signal, so apparently switched transmitters/antennas in the break. But audio was cutting on and off, mostly off, and when on was barely audible. 1522 check seemed OK.

Also detected with // programming but much weaker signals were 11800, 13760 and 6000, all an echo apart from 13680. Tried 15360 and found a very weak signal, from something else. Also a trace on 17750, couldn`t be sure it was RHC. 13680 had a semi-minute transmitter failure until *1526.

So it looks like another long day of coup coverage, much of it originating from Bolivarian Venezuela, asserting solidarity. The only other Cuban frequency I found was 11680 with usual RNV relay in the 15-16 hour.

Is there anything on the RHC website about these special transmissions with times and frequencies? Not that I can find; must be quite ad-hoc and not identical to usage the day before, altho there is plenty about Honduras, such as:

``La Habana, 29 jun (RHC) Cubavisión, el Canal Educativo, Cubavisión Internacional, Radio Rebelde y Radio Habana Cuba transmitirán hoy, desde las cinco de la tarde, la mesa redonda informativa Condena internacional al golpe de Estado en Honduras, con informaciones y análisis sobre los acontecimientos en el hermano país centroamericano y la repulsa mundial al golpe contra el presidente Manuel Zelaya.``

So there will be a Round Table special Monday at 2100 UT on RHC and all the other radio and TV networks, an earlier sesquihour than usual 2230; WTFK?

Kept listening to 13680, and at 1603 IS, ID and frequency announcement:
13680, San Francisco
11760, Chicago
11800, América Central
11690, Caribe
6000, Nueva York
13760, Buenos Aires

The only additional one is 11690 so I check and hear that weakly too. What a bold move, broadcasting to New York midday on 6 MHz; is it making it that far by brute force against the absorption? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SAIPAN. Radio Free Asia, 17880, June 29 at 0530 with ``Palladio`` theme and Chinese discussion, theme heard again at 0541, a regular around this time, daily? As usual, 17880 stronger than // 17615, 15615 via Tinian. 22-second sample of another version of the music, used in diamond commercials: (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SAIPAN. KFBS, 11650, June 29 at 1300 in Russian with Radio Teós program,
giving mailing address backwards, starting with Rossiya and ending with
Radio Teos, fair, then M&W discussion. 323 degrees from Marpi.

KFBS, 9920, slow Vietnamese music, woman vocalist at 1321 June 29, S9+18
here tho beamed 278 degrees. BTW, KTWR takes over 9920 at 1400 also in
Vietnamese (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ###


Steven C. Wiseblood
Brownsville TX
(2 miles from Boca Chica Beach)
Radio Shack DX-399
150' center fed LW
times in UTC
June 29 2009

3260 PAPUA NEW GUINEA R. Madang;
M w/anmts, interview then W in lcl lang w/anmts (Wiseblood-TX 6/29)
3315 1139 PAPUA NEW GUINEA R. Manus
M in lcl lang w/anmts (Wiseblood-TX 6/29)
3325 1138 PAPUA NEW GUINEA R. North Solomons
lite pop/vocal music (Wiseblood-TX 6/29)
3335 1137 PAPUA NEW GUINEA R. East Sepik;
sports by M in EG, then anmts by M in lcl lang, lite vocal music
(Wiseblood-TX 6/29)
3385 1137 PAPUA NEW GUINEA R. East New Britain, Rabaul;
anmts by M in lcl lang. (Wiseblood-TX 6/29)
3925 1134 JAPAN R. Nikkei, strong w/classical music (Wiseblood-TX 6/29)
3975 1133 W in lang. w/interview, anmts, sounds like INDO? (Wiseblood-TX
3995 1133 unID M in lang, sounds like INDO? (Wiseblood-TX 6/29)

Honduran broadcasts interrupted, but Cuba steps in

** HONDURAS [and non]. Coup coverage: see also CUBA

Por Yuzaima Cardona, Directora de Información Nacional Radio Cubana

El Sistema de la Radio Cubana mantiene activa su red informativa, los 53 sitios Web y el audio real de las emisoras nacionales y la internacional Radio Habana Cuba, para repudiar el secuestro del Presidente hondureño, Manuel Zelaya, acaecido en horas de la madrugada de este domingo, y los sucesos que han desencadenado la inconstitucionalidad de la manera más brutal en la hermana nación centroamericana.

El carácter criminal de este Golpe de Estado se denuncia en la programación alternativa especial que transmite Radio Rebelde, cuya frecuencia se capta por banda tropical en los 5 mil 25 Kilohertz y tiene presencia en Internet a partir del audio real ubicado en la dirección electrónica que ahora mismo se encadena con esta mesa redonda especial.

Nuestra emisora internacional Radio Habana Cuba también revela al mundo los pormenores del acontecer en Honduras y la repulsa a estos hechos anti-democráticos, desde sus frecuencias de los 11760 Kilohertz, banda de 25 metros; los 5965 Kilohertz, banda de 40 y 9 [sic] metros; los 15360 banda de 19 metros y por los 13760 [sic], banda de 22 metros.

Estos despachos informativos pueden captarse además por el audio audio real de Radio Habana Cuba en la dirección electrónica

Radio Reloj se suma con su peculiar sonido a la red de redes también en audio real en la página, y mantiene un amplio servicio informativo en la dirección electrónica

Fuente: Portal de la Radio Cubana en Internet

(via Yimber Gaviría, editor NOTICIAS DE LA RADIO, 0041 UT June 29, DXLD)

Prensa Web RNV, 28 Junio 2009, 06:41 PM

Más temprano, a las 4:15 de la tarde los compañeros de esta emisora denunciaron que habían recibido amenazas por parte de algunos grupos de poder. Fueron advertidos que pueden ser detenidos si continúan informando.

Este domingo, aproximadamente a las 4:45 de la tarde (hora local), Radio Globo Honduras, única emisora que informaba objetivamente sobre la situación del país centroamericano luego del golpe de Estado perpetrado contra el presidente Manuel Zelaya, fue sacada del aire.

Más temprano, a las 4:15 de la tarde (5:45 hora de Venezuela) los compañeros de esta emisora denunciaron que habían recibido amenazas por parte de algunos grupos de poder. Fueron advertidos que pueden ser detenidos si continúan informando.

Hacen un llamado al pueblo hondureño, y al ilegalmente electo Michelleti para que garantice la libertad de expresión en Honduras.

Ramón Custodio López, director de esa estación radial "ha sido defensor de la libertad de expresión" expresaron representantes de la radio.
(Via Yimber Gaviría, Colombia, 0047 UT June 29, DXLD)


SAN PEDRO SULA .- Las estaciones de radio de Honduras volvieron al aire después de casi diez horas de interrupción. Algunas de emisoras noticiosas iniciaron programación con música y pedían una explicación o un comunicado de parte del Congreso nacional sobre la situación del país. A la vez que motivaban a la población a mantener la calma.

La energía fue interrumpida durante más de diez horas desde el golpe de estado.

Fuente: Diario Tiempo, San Pedro Sula,

(via Yimber Gaviría, Noticias de la Radio, 0149 UT June 29, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** HONDURAS. 3340, La Voz de Misiones Internacionales, Comayagüela,
0453-0510, 24-06, canciones religiosas en español. 15321 (Manuel Méndez, Lugo, España, Grundig Satellit 500 y Sony ICF SW7600G, Antena de cable, 10 metros. Escuchas realizadas en Reinante, Mar Cantábrico, provincia de Lugo, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

domenica 28 giugno 2009

Tutte le novita' dalla fiera di Friedrichshafen

Ho appena messo online sul mio sito un articolo con tutte le novità della fiera di Friedrichshafen e una galleria con le foto di questi prodotti, l'indirizzo è:

Andrea Borgnino IW0HK - HB9EMK

SRG will close down 765 kHz, too

SRG, Switzerland's public broadcaster, will close down also its last remaining mediumwave outlet on 765 kHz as of 2011.
Abandoning mediumwave is part of a program of cost-saving measures, approved by SRG's administrational council on 22 June. Under this program there will also be no increases of salaries for SRG staff members in 2010. Real estates not directly needed for programming purposes will be sold, others will not see any further investments, besides necessary repairs. The budgets for promoting HDTV and DAB will be decreased.
This program results from an expected increase of SRG's debts from 200 millions CHF to 790 millions CHF in 2014. It does not solve SRG's financial problems but still leaves a deficit of 40 millions CHF per year. This could be eased by increasing the incomes, here SRG suggests not only to raise the licence fees but also to remove certain limits for advertisements, especially the bans to put them on their online services and to disrupt TV shows for spots. Swissinfo (the remains of Swiss Radio International) will be "optimized", which could possibly mean that it will be eliminated as unit on its own and the website be produced by SRG's existing Bern (German) or Geneve (Rumanian) studios.
As other way to solve the financial problems SRG already suggests other possible cost saving measures. This scenario includes closing down DRS Virus and World Radio Switzerland, cutting costs at the Italian radio stations, limiting the HDTV output and abandoning the Euronews project. A next step, if this is not enough, would be closing down also one of the Italian radios, Option Musique and DRS Musikwelle, cancelling all HDTV activities and leaving the 3sat (together with Germany's ZDF and Austria's ORF) as well as TV5 (together with France, Belgium's RTBF and Canada's CBC) networks.
(Kai Ludwig via dxld ml)

Glenn Hauser logs June 28, 2009

** CUBA. Sunday June 28 at 1307, big open carrier on 12010, presumably RHC warming up for the 1400 Sunday-only Aló Presidente broadcast; regular RHC same time on 12000, this time atop Russia. Next check at 1318, 12010 was off.

But at 1418 recheck, none of the A,P frequencies were on the air; however, 13760 had separate programming from much stronger 13780 et al. This is abnormal. A,P normally shows up on 13750 Sunday mornings only. Nothing heard either on 11690, 13680 or 17750, the other three regular A,P channels. 13760 was discussing the coup in Honduras, arrest of Pres. Zelaya. Still going with that at 1446.

Did not check again until 1600, and now instead of 13760, 13750 is on with very strong signal, but not Aló, Presidente. Announcer was giving e-mail asking for Hondurans to confirm they are hearing the broadcast. I am not sure of the correct spelling of that address!

Then resumed special Mesa Redonda Informativa in progress about Honduras, so now I check the other frequencies normally used for Aló, Presidente: 13750 is // 17750; an echo apart // also on 12010 and 13680. Maybe also on 11690 but buried in noise level.

Radio Habana Cuba con emisión especial para Honduras, el domingo 28 de junio alrededor de las 1600 TU, mejor en 13750, también en 17750, 13680, 12010, frecuencias habituales de Aló, Presidente cuando funciona Chávez (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A [non]. YFR test via Bonaire, 15580, June 28 at 0152 check, Harold Camping droning, only fair compared to other frequency earlier 15315 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. 17585 with open carrier, June 28 at 1316, then tone tests fading in and out, off at 1317* No doubt VOA Greenville warming up for the 1400-1430 broadcast (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ###

Pavanello's tips

 1071   25/6 21.15 R. Greater Cairo - Arabo MX buono
 1386   25/6 21.10 Euskadi Irratia - Bilbao Basco talk su turismo buono
 3945   27/6 22.30 R. Bogusman -
EE ID e MX buono
 4845   26/6 19.30 R. Mauritania - Nouakchott Arabo talk OM riattivata suff.
 4910   27/6 21.55 VL8T - Tennant Creek EE NX suff.
 5815   28/6 08.30 Orion R. -
EE ID e MX buono
 6140   28/6 09.05 R. Gloria Int. - Dresda EE ID e MX buono
 6220   28/6 08.50 R. Marabu Int. - Tedesco/EE ID e MX buono
11815   27/6 22.10 R. Brasil Central - Goiania PP calcio suff.
13590   27/6 16.10 CVC Int. - Lusaka EE MX afro buono
15190   27/6 16.05 R. Africa - Bata EE predica suff.

Roberto Pavanello
Vercelli /

Shortwave Radio Logs from WDX6AA

AUSTRALIA   Radio Australia-Shepparton   15240  0310  English  433  June 27  OM interviewing an OM. //15515[333]Shepparton.

BONAIRE   Radio Nederlands Relay-RNI   6165  0312  Spanish 433  June 25  YL interviewing an OM.

BONAIRE   Radio Nederland Intl Relay-RNI   6190  0316  Dutch  433  June 25  OM interviewing an OM.

CANADA   Voice of Vietnam Relay-VOV   6175  0314  Spanish  333  June 25  YL and OM with comments.

CANADA   Voice of Turkey Relay-VOT   7325  0335  English  444  June 25  Vocal pop music. OM reading Mail from listeners on the Letter Box program. YL with ID and comments 0342. Then some pop music by a YL. IS 0349 and suddenly off the air 0359.

EGYPT  Egyptian Radio   6290  0320  Arabic  333  June 25  OM with vocal singing of the Koran.

GERMANY   Voice of Russia Relay-VOR   15425  0320  English  333  June 27  YL with VOR World Service ID. OM with economic downturn from last year. YL with comments on the aviation contracts down for this year. //9665[333]Moldova.   MacKenzie-CA.

VATICAN STATE   Vatican Radio-VR   7305  0327  Spanish  333  June 25 Two OMs with comments.

Stewart MacKenzie, WDX6AA
Huntington Beach, California, USA
"World Friendship Through Shortwave Radio Where Culture and Language Come Alive"

sabato 27 giugno 2009

Glenn Hauser logs June 26-27, 2009

** CHINA. Firedrake check June 27: at 1319 just barely audible on 8400, 9000; at 1320 JBA on 14420; at 1321 poor on 13970, but significantly better than the others (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA. Hardly a day goes by without some self-inflicted discrepancy at RHC, and there were several June 27: at 1250 during PreLa`s week in review, continuous rapid audio breakup amounting to a crackle on 9600, while no such problem on // 11760.

At 1304 I found exactly the same on 13680, no doubt the same transmitter moved up from 9600. 13760 and 13780 no problem, but the leapfrog on 13880 also had the breakup. By 1350 the crackle on 13680 had upcleared.

At 1322, the reverse leapfrog on 13580 was about as strong as R. Prague in English making it unlistenable.

At 1317 found audio on 11760 somewhat rough like a lo-quality internet feed, but not breaking up, in report about a Cuban aid brigade in Copán, Honduras.

At 1335 noticed that 13760, by far weaker than 13680 and 13780 from different site, had an echo when the signal faded briefly. That could either be long-path, or receiver overload cross mod from nearby 13780. 13760 also suffers from co-channel audio, SAH from VOK in English underneath, Commies vs Commies (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** OKLAHOMA. With antenna pointed toward Tulsa, June 27 at 1445 UT, now no sign of KJRH on analog 2, so Nightlight must have been turned off as scheduled sometime June 26, when I was still seeing it (I think) at 1351 UT. Originally KVOO-TV, then KTEW for a while. Era-ending whimper, not bang. KOCO-5 OKC continues with the NAB DTV loop (Glenn Hauser, Enid, DX LISTENING DIGEST) See also U S A

** OKLAHOMA [and non]. My local, KGWA, 960, Enid, with open carrier after Jim Bohannon, during news on the hour, 0502 UT June 27, allowing me to detect a 2.4 Hz subaudible het and something sounding like Spanish, so most likely XEK in Nuevo Laredo. This was on a fixed-position radio, so I got a portable to try to null KGWA carrier further, but before I could, modulation blasted on again at 0505 after the news hole, and I do mean hole, but no loss as it would have been Fox! This behavior is not unusual for KGWA, where no one is paying attention, it being a mere unattended appendage of KOFM, so I may have many more chances (Glenn Hauser, Enid OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** RUSSIA. What a shame that Voice of Russia, which gives North America only ONE frequency in English at 0400-0600, is running a transmitter with muffled and distorted modulation. Despite big signal, S9+20, 13775 via Vladivostok could be so much crisper and clearer. If it had been, I would have kept listening to some great Orthodox music at 0533 UT Sat June 27 instead of ontuning (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** TAIWAN. RTI Japanese service, 9735, June 27 at 1254 in open carrier between transmissions, but that didn`t stop the buzzy spurs from marring 9730 China and 9740 BBC Singapore, this time at exactly same pitch meaning that 9735 itself was not off-frequency for a change. 1256 modulation resumed on 9735 with a song (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. There was a long Es opening the afternoon of June 26, with Nightlight seen on and off for hours on channel 4 from the east, but never well enough to catch an ID if there were any, and numerous stations are running it there. Earlier, WPBT-2 Miami in again with NL and IDs in between repeats plugging Comcast, such as 1700 and 1725 UT. I also had a weak DTV signal on 3 at times such as 2240, but never enough to break thru. Most likely WBRA in Virginia. And weak DTV on 6 at 2332 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. WWRB, 18770, fading in and out at 1954 June 26, weak signal with Brother Scare, 2 x 9385 tnx to sporadic E.

I urge others to hunt for harmonix of US SW stations during this Es season. WWRB seems to be the prime radiator, and 18+ MHz a prime range. I`m not going to figure out all the possible second harmonix of 9 MHz stations in the daytime, but frequent thorough bandscans 18-25 MHz at least could be productive.

WYFR with its dozen Okeechobee transmitters would seem a good target in much of the USA beyond the short-skip zone from the Floridic appendage, but I can`t recall ever hearing a WYFR harmonic, where suppression must be well-managed.

Most stations` lower fundamentals are not on the air in the daytime, but Es also happens in the evening, even late at night when you would expect 18+ MHz to be dead.

Here are the most likely frequency ranges; keep your calculator handy:
17235-18585 = 3 x  5745-6195
18530-19960 = 2 x  9265-9980
21945-23190 = 3 x  7315-7730
22980-24780 = 4 x  5745-6195
23020-24320 = 2 x 11510-12160
27140-27690 = 2 x 13570-13845
27795-29940 = 3 x  9265-9980
28725-30975 = 5 x  5745-6195
29260-30920 = 4 x  7315-7730
30210-31650 = 2 x 15105-15825

Note the overlaps, so once you hear something, you may need to try more than one divisor, and then match up the audio on the fundamental.

WEWN, despite its other problems, is seldom audible on harmonix, but check for these, only a partial list emphasizing daytime:
22665 05-13 S
23040 15-17 S
23060 12-15 E
23100 13-22 S
24100 11-15 S
31220 15-24 E

Sackville is another possibility, as are nearby Latin American outlets, even the low-power ones, which may have poor harmonic suppression (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A [non]. 15315, Harold Droning with VG signal June 27 at 0048 UT check, first day of a 2-week test until July 11 via Bonaire, as if he needs any more transmitters radiating flawed theology, unfazed by the world continuing to exist, abolishing churches, wacky even to mainline Christians; could easily be mistaken for WYFR.

Well, it proves that Bonaire can still broadcast in English with a fine signal into North America, even when aimed oppositely, as long as it`s not RNW programming! Per MN blog, this is 2229-0100 to Brazil at 133 degrees, and another test on 15580 at 0001-0158 to W S America at 180 degrees, unchecked yet here.

So 15315, the frequency beloved of RNW Spanish listeners in South America, is not gone forever, just reborn with slightly different programming as this once proud site sells out to the dregs. Yes, the end is nearer for Bonaire as an RNW relay (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** VATICAN. 15595, June 27 at 0538 with Latin mass, better than // 11740, a mid-summer treat (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ###

Geophysical Alert Message (WWV)

:Product: Geophysical Alert Message wwv.txt
:Issued: 2009 Jun 27 1500 UTC
# Prepared by the US Dept. of Commerce, NOAA, Space Weather Prediction
Center #
#          Geophysical Alert Message
Solar-terrestrial indices for 26 June follow.
Solar flux 67 and mid-latitude A-index 2.
The mid-latitude K-index at 1500 UTC on 27 June was 2 (18 nT).

No space weather storms were observed for the past 24 hours.

No space weather storms are expected for the next 24 hours.

Radio Nacional España iniciará sus primeras emisiones en digital desde Costa Rica

San José, 26 jun (ACAN-EFE)- Radio Nacional de España (RNE) realizará a partir del próximo año sus primeras retransmisiones vía digital en su base en Costa Rica, desde donde emite su señal para América, confirmó hoy a Acan-Efe una fuente de la emisora.

El director de medios y emisiones de RNE, Miguel Ángel Coleto, indicó que se planea realizar, en los próximos seis meses, las primeras pruebas en unos de los cuatro transmisores que hay ubicados en la localidad de Cariari, en el Caribe costarricense, concretamente el que emite para América del Norte.

Coleto aseguró que la emisión digital "mejora la calidad del sonido" y evita que factores externos a la emisión, como "los climáticos u orográfico, la perjudiquen".

El centro de Cariari, una estación que retransmite la programación exterior de RNE elaborada en Madrid, tiene su hermana gemela en Noblejas (Toledo), donde hay una planta que ofrece el mismo servicio en inglés, francés y español para el resto del mundo.

Coleto explicó que desde Noblejas ya se han empezado a realizar "exitosamente" las primeras pruebas en digital y "ya se emite una programación de cuatro horas diarias en Europa Central".

RNE lleva 19 años en Costa Rica y retransmite para casi todo el continente americano, desde Chile hasta Estados Unidos.

El corresponsal de RNE en Costa Rica, Fran Sevilla, explicó a Acan-Efe que en el momento de construcción del centro (1991) se eligió a Costa Rica porque "era el único país de la área que no estaba en guerra y además tiene una ubicación privilegiada en el centro del continente" y la localidad de Cariari porqué es una zona llana, sin montañas, lo que favorece a la propagación de la emisión.

La estación, de 22 hectáreas, tiene un total de cinco antenas, una receptora, que recibe la información de España vía satélite, y cuatro de emisión, que rebotan el servicio de RNE a toda la región en onda corta, señaló Sevilla.

El periodista, quien el año pasado ganó el premio Rey de España precisamente por su trabajo en la radio, detalló que el coste mensual de la estación es de unos 30.000 euros, la mayoría de los cuales se destinan al consumo eléctrico.

El ingeniero Edgar Esquivel, director de la estación, detalló que el centro transmite programación durante 12 horas diarias en tres horarios diferentes, durante la mañana, el mediodía y la noche.

Esquivel señaló que cada antena pertenece a una área geográfica distinta y en cada zona se transmite en una hora diferente, así pues durante todo el día se emite en Estados Unidos, México, Centroamérica y el Caribe.

Durante el día también se transmite para Colombia, Venezuela y Brasil y en la noche para Perú, Bolivia, Ecuador, el norte de Argentina y Chile.

La estación costarricense fue inaugurada oficialmente el 18 de abril de 1991 en un acto presidido por los Reyes de España y el entonces presidente de Costa Rica, Rafael Ángel Calderón. ACAN-EFE ns/nda//hma

Shortwave Radio Logs from WDX6AA

CANADA China Radio Relay-CRI 6080 0425 English 333 June 24 Two OMs with comments on the industrial Bank of China. OM with CRI ID 0429. //6020[333].

CANADA Radio Japan Relay-NHK 5960 0432 Japanese 333 June 24 OM vocal music and off the air by 0455.

CANADA Radio Sweden Relay-RSI 6010 0254 English 333 June 25 Two YLs with comments. OM with comments 0256. Two OMs with comments on the usage of the Swedish language 0257.

GERMANY Voice of Germany-DW 6075 0305 German 333 June 25 OM with DW ID.

ROMANIA Radio Romania Intl-RMI 5975 0248 Spanish 333 June 25 YL with opera style vocal music. YL ancr 0250 with comments followed by an OM with opera vocal music 0251.

SPAIN Radio Exterior Espana-REE 6055 0303 Spanish 444 June 25 Two YLs with comments.

UNITED STATES, WYFR Radio Taiwan Relay-RTI 5950 0455 Chinese/English 333 June 24 OM with comments. ID by a YL in English as Taiwan Radio Intl at 0500.

UNITED STATES WWRB 3185 0512 English 232 June 24 YL preacher with a sermon.
Stewart MacKenzie, WDX6AA
Huntington Beach, California, USA
"World Friendship Through Shortwave Radio Where Culture and Language Come Alive"

venerdì 26 giugno 2009

Radio Gloria International this Sunday

Date 28TH of June 2009,

Time 0900 to 1000 UTC 

Channel  6140 KHz

The transmissions of  Radio Gloria will be broadcast over

the transmitting station Wertachtal in Germany.

The transmitter power will be 100 000 Watts, and we will

be using a non-directional antenna system (Quadrant antenna).


Good listening      73s Tom


Glenn Hauser logs June 26, 2009

** CHINA. Firedrake check June 26: before 1300 barely audible on 9000; at 1305, very poor on 14420, nothing on 13500, 13970 or any others of the usuals (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** GABON [and non]. I often hear a weak station in French on 9580, which has to be the last SW frequency left from this country, Africa Number One; such as June 26 at 0537, French talk, but no comparison to the signals from DW/Rwanda on 9480, 250 kW at 295 degrees; or to CVC Zambia on 9430, 100 kW at 315 degrees. ANO is supposedly 250 kW at 350 degrees, 0500-2300 --- but undermodulated. I really miss the big clear daytime signals they used to put thru on 15475, even 17630 from the ailing transmitter, which they are supposedly going to revive, unlike Pres. Bongo (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** OKLAHOMA. KJRH, channel 2, Tulsa, still going with Nightlight NAB video about DTV, alternating Spanish/English, at 1351 UT June 26, the date it`s supposed to conclude on this and many other stations, two weeks after the June 12 analog closedown (tho some keep going until July 12 or miscellaneous dates between). I expect most of them will turn this off without any fanfare (or much notice in their local markets), whenever they get around to it (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. WWCR, 13845, strong Es-assisted open carrier, June 26 at 1306; really open, no hum, crosstalk or squeal either. PMS audio finally came up circa 1320.

15825, WWCR was also inbooming with Tony Alámo, whose ministry has continued unabated during the M-F 13-14 hour despite his legal problems and presumed incarceration pending trial which keeps getting put off, latest date being July 13. This rounds up news about the case:

Es opening not strong enough to bring in WWRB 18770 harmonic or anything on channel 2, yet (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** VIETNAM [and non]. 9550 with two weak Asian stations mixing, a fast SAH, maybe 10 Hz between them, June 26 at 1327. One is in Chinese, the other in Vietnamese, but after 1330 only one of them remains. Was also hearing the same before 1300. A radio war between Vietnam and China, Commies vs Commies? We know they have had their differences.

Aoki listings confirm the two are broadcasting to each other on the same frequency at the same time. CRI in Vietnamese at 11-17, 500 kW, 193 degrees from Beijing site; and VOV in Chinese at 1100-1330, 1500-1700, 100 kW, 27 degrees from Hanoi-Sontay site. Depending on relative skip distances, one may slide in over the other at certain locations, but in much of SE Asia, the collision is bound to be huge. And this is nothing new (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. 11535, heard the day before in skirts of WEWN 11530, and WEWN spur on 11540, checked again June 26 at 1250: sounds like Chinese, but not positive it`s Mandarin, tho did hear ``wo-men`` mentioned by M talking, occasional interjexions by W. 1255 to piano music, seems a hymn, 1256 W and then M with brief announcement, off at 1257*.

No IDs discernible, but suspect it is one of the missionary stations aiming into China on a new frequency. Doing better than expected against WEWN since the latter had long pauses in live mass. The June 26 edition of Aoki still doesn`t have it. And there are no clues in WRTH A-09 update, PWBR `2009`, HFCC or EiBi either (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ###

giovedì 25 giugno 2009

Glenn Hauser logs June 25, 2009

** CANADA. 11850, YL in non-Mandarin Chinese dialect, June 25 at 1213, VG signal but with squeal – alternating 2 or 3 pitches, which almost seemed like exotic instrument musical accompaniment; it could be heard more clearly by tuning to the LSB, as the USB was bothered by BBC/GUF from 11860. It`s CRI in Cantonese as scheduled via Sackville during this hour. Don`t recall hearing Sackville with the squeal problem much before (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CHINA [and non]. Firedrake check June 25: at 1222, nothing audible on 8400 or 9000 but at 1331, both very poorly audible. At 1242, very poor on 13500 only but gone at 1338 recheck.

However, the CNR1 jammers were doing much better. At 1238 kid singing off-key (on key in Chinese terms?) on 11840, poor but in the clear, unlike on // 11825, 11805 and 11785 where it just happened to collide with Western broadcasts in Chinese! Also on 12040, 13830. 11825 mix had a ``Voice of America`` singing ID in English at 1232.

So could 11840 be a legitimate CNR1 frequency? Of course not! Per Aoki, It`s there to jam All India Radio`s Chinese service, altho inaudible here (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** FRANCE [non]. 13640, RFI via GUIANA FRENCH, VG June 25 at 1134 with YL reciting Météo Marine info; she is a real human, not a computer or robot! Wonder if marine weather is exempt from strike. Next check 1142, already back to Musique. Presumably continued to 1230 instead of Spanish, and off the air after 1230 unlike some other occasions (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** INDONESIA. Someone reported VOI on 9524 or so around 1800; thus I checked whether the frequency had also jumped when we can hear it between 1200 and 1400: no, still just a shade below 9525 at 1330 June 25 when gamelan could be discerned, but pretty weak now during the English hour, unlike at 1200 when it was incoming well (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** MALAYSIA. VOM, 11884.7, June 25 at 1148 fair signal with rolling fades in ballad, noticeably distorted audio, 1152 announcement in Chinese; 1208 in talk, presumably news, 1210 back to a song. 1228 a bit of Chinese operatic music, 1229 brief announcement and 1230 open carrier for a few minutes.

No IDs discernible, but who else is on 11884.7? PWBR `2009` shows 11884v, but Ron Howard frequently logs it close to 11884.7, which should round to 11885, not 11884.

This is the VOM Chinese service at 1130-1230, and not jammed! Is it for overseas Chinese around SE Asia? No, target is Beijing area, with 50 or 100 kW at 25 degrees from Kajang site, and thus also favoring us.

Perhaps the ChiCom consider VOM too insignificant to bother with, and/or from a country sufficiently autocratic to be rated as friendly. No het audible either from anything on 11885.0 tho Aoki shows PBS Xinjiang, Urumqi is also on in Uighur, running 50 kW at 230 degrees. Nice to hear VOM here, as I never have any luck with VOM on 15295, or any of the 7 MHz Malaysian channels (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** OKLAHOMA. For those DXing Nightlight loops in the twilight of the analog era, I note that KJRH, channel 2, Tulsa, visibly inserts its slogan ID periodically, ``2 Works for You``, e.g. at 1404 UT June 25. O, I see this station is scheduled to turn off as of June 26! For the first time in 55 years, Tulsans will be able to TVDX on prime channel 2. Before 1700 UT unID Es DX was starting to come in here on 2, and KJRH is easy to override at this distance.

During the transition, I got KJRH-DT on channel 56 a number of times, but that`s now off-limits, and their permanent DT is channel 8, which I guess is already going, with KTUL moved to DT channel 10. KJRH ERP on 56 was 800 kW, while on 8 it`s only 15.9! What are they thinking? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SPAIN [non]. Quite a while since my last check of REE`s token Co-official language newscasts, M-F 1240-1255. So June 25 at 1245 tuned in COSTA RICA relay on 15170, very strong signal such that even its undermodulation was sufficient, as Catalan was ending and Galician was starting with its catchy sea-chanty theme. 1250 into Basque, but as always just the quick open, and close at 1255 are really in Basque, while the body of the segment is in Castilian.

This is really wacky, as the whole point of doing news in co-official languages is to broadcast in those languages, however briefly, isn`t it? It makes one suspect that no one at REE Madrid understands Basque, so the Basques have been instructed to do their news in Castilian, to be sure nothing untoward is conveyed on behalf of terrorists, separatists. OTOH, one can also assume every Basque who might be listening also understands Castilian, certainly not vice-versa (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. WWCR 15825 inbooming already as early as 1131 tune-in June 25, and under Alex Scourby`s ponderous Bible readings, the self-inflicted squeal was quite audible. Best signal by far on 19m, tho VOA Greenville B also in well on 15390 Creole, 15590 & 13715 Spanish. Means sporadic E had already kicked in, but this morning did not reach VHF channel 2. 13845 WWCR not yet on the air, but it too inboomed after 1200 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. VOA Spanish, 13715, Enfoque Andino segment, June 25 at 1137 with report from someone at VOASAT affiliate R. La Plata, Sucre, Bolivia. I think they were just mentioning its frequency 9715 as I intuned, but I believe that is inactive, varying to 9717 per WRTH; 1139 another one, from Bogotá (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A [and non]. WEWN, 11530 in English sermon, VG June 25 at 1219 plus the usual distorted parasitix around 11520 and 11540. Something was getting creamed on 11520, per Aoki YFR in Indonesian via Taiwan, Catholix vs Protestants trying to convert Moslems! And on the other hand, something on 11535 was getting it from both sides. I should have focused on IDing that as nothing is listed, altho VOK is on there at other times (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ###

Glenn Hauser logs June 24, 2009

** AUSTRALIA. 15180, RA in Indonesian, June 24 at 0604 with Berita, ID; poor, weaker than RA English on 15160. 15180 is Darwin at 290 degrees, 0600-0630, in Indonesian M-F, English Sat/Sun per Aoki.

Last time we heard RA in the morning with sport special, the four 31m frequencies were split 50-50, but June 24 at 1204 RA news in English was on 9475 only, 1205 into LNL; while 9560, 9580 and 9590 were // with post-game discussion involving Queensland, also on 6020 and until 1200 also on 5995. By 1222 next check, sports had been replaced by the other talkshow from the so-called ABC Local Radio network, Nightlife ID in passing at 1231; guest was author of ``How America Rules the World``, Dr Keith Sutter. After 1300, 9475 into Chinese, and the others back to RA mainstream with news, 1305 Asia-Pacific (Glenn Hauser, OK, WORLD OF RADIO 1466, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CHINA. Firedrake June 24: at 1152, poor on both 8400 and 9000; 1214 on new 13500 // 9000, nothing on 13970 which has not been heard last few days; at 1217 a trace of it on 14420 (Glenn Hauser, OK, WORLD OF RADIO 1466, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** FRANCE. 11610, RFI musique at 0609 June 24, fair, weaker than Bulgaria in French on 11600. 11610 is supposed to be English 0600-0630 via Issoudun, 500 kW, 170 degrees, but with strike fill music (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** INDONESIA. 4750, RRI Makassar, presumed, June 24 at 1147 YL in Indonesian(?) talk, about to fade out more than a semihour after local sunrise, CODAR, summer noise (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** JAPAN. R. Nikkei, JOZ, 3925, SSB ham QRM, with piano music // 6055, June 24 at 1148. At this late hour could not hear any other broadcasters on 120, 105, 90 or 75 m (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** MEXICO. XERTA, 4800, June 24 at 1146 with music, YL ID ``desde México . . . Radio Transcontinental``; CODAR and summer noise overtaking.

XEQM, Mérida, presumed, on 6105 with het as befits a station always reported 100-300 Hz on the lo side, but I did not try to measure it, June 24 at 0618, upbeat music with live DJ, sometimes talking over, timechex. Did not get ID other than slogan ``la más grande``. Some fading, and mostly music until 0635. The het probably came from BBC Ascension in French, 27 degrees at 0600-0630 only (Glenn Hauser, OK, WORLD OF RADIO 1466, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** PHILIPPINES. Hmong hmusic on 11935, June 24 at 1207, way underneath CRI in Russian; just like we hear on WHRI 11785. Sure `nuff, Hmong is scheduled on R. Veritas Asia 11935 at 1200-1227, 250 kW, 280 degrees from Palauig-Zambales, per Aoki (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** TAIWAN. 11570, June 24 at 1213 in Burmese, spelling out Family Radio address; per Aoki it`s 1200-1300, 100 kW, 265 degrees from Hu Wei site (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. You hear Allen Graham and Jeff White on WRMI 9955, Wednesday June 24 at 1155, so it`s DX Partyline, right? Wrong; it`s Wavescan, as scheduled from 1130, Allen (with an E as in Ecuador) guesting in Miami studio; a bit of Aegean folk music Jeff no doubt picked up on a recent cruise, and wrapup. Grind jamming bothering and steadily building up, but WRMI still audible at 1200 ID and into Radio Cuba Libre, opening with martial fanfare and Cuban national anthem(?) we used to hear also on RHC. By a few minutes later, buried under DentroCuban Jamming Command (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

mercoledì 24 giugno 2009

Ascolti montani...

Alcuni ascolti effettuati in un lungo weekend passato in collina, in provincia di Foggia. Con me il fido Perseus, connesso ad una filare lunga 15 metri.

3185 0310 15/06 WWRB Morrison, sermon, EE. Fair.
3200 1940 14/06 T.W.R. Manzini, sermon, EE. Poor.
3215 0318 15/06 WWCR Nashville, ID, address, EE. Fair.
3230 1943 14/06 WYFR Meyerton, sermon, EE. Fair.
3240 0320 15/06 TWR Manzini, afro mx, VV. Fair.
3255 1947 14/06 BBC Meyerton, news, EE. Fair.
3345 1915 14/06 Channel Africa, Meyerton, news, PP. Fair.
3350 0321 15/06 REE, Cariari de Pococi, TK on current affairs, SS. Fair.
3396 1950 14/06 r.Zimbabwe, Gweru, afro mx, VV. Poor.
4790 0243 13/06 Azad Kashmir Radio, Rawalpindi, TK, mx, VV. Good.
4805 2125 14/06 r. Difusora do Amazonas, TK, PP. Fair.
4880 1855 14/06 SW Radio Africa, Meyerton, ID, address, EE. Good.
4915 0250 13/06 r.Difusora Macapa, Macapa, TK, ID, PP. Fair.
4985 2220 11/06 r.Brasil Central, Goiania, local mx, TK, PP. Good.
5025 2245 13/06 r.Rebelde, La Habana, deporte, SS. Very good.
5050 0242 13/06 WWRB Morrison, sermon, EE. Good.
5060 0354 13/06 UNID African? Carrier on at 0354, music, starts at 0400, ID in VV. Good. (any idea ? Candip?)
5070 0240 13/06 WWCR Nashville, sermon, EE. Very good.
6300 2300 11/06 r.Nac.Sahara ADR, Rabouni, ID, SS. Fair.
9435 2230 11/06 FEBC, Bocaue, sign-on, ID, VV. Fair.
11740 2200 11/06 CNR2, ID in EE "China Business Radio", Chinese. Very good.
11850 2155 11/06 KSDA Agat, sermon on how to be a good Christian, EE.
Very good.

Michele D'Amico

- Receivers:
   Modern:  Persues, Drake R8E, Icom IC-R72, DE1103
   Vintage: BC348R, Satellit 210, R326
- Antenna: just a random peice of wire, 7 metres long

Shortwave Radio Logs from WDX6AA

ALBANIA China Radio Intl Relay-CRI 9570 0343 Chinese 433 June 22 OM with comments plus a YL at times. MacKenzie-CA.

ANGUILLA Caribbean Beacon 6090 0349 English 333 June 23 OM with a sermon.

CANADA Voice of Vietnam Relay-VOV 6175 0340 English 333 June 23 YL and OM with comments on Obama and Iran's problems.

COSTA RICA Radio Exterior Espana Relay-REE 9630 0338 Spanish 333 June 22 YL and OM with comments.

GREECE Foni Tis Helladas 9420 0347 Greek 333 June 22 Vocal folk music.

RUSSIA Voice of Russia 7325 0355 Russian 333 June 22 Classical piano music. On June 23 at 0308 was an OM with comments.

SOUTH AFRICA Channel Africa 6120 0346 English 333 June 23 OM giving a speech to an audience

SPAIN Radio Exterior Espana-REE 9620 0341 Spanish 444 June 22 YL with comments plus an OM at times. //9535[444]..

Stewart MacKenzie, WDX6AA
Huntington Beach, California, USA
"World Friendship Through Shortwave Radio Where Culture and Language Come Alive"

martedì 23 giugno 2009

Nuove trasmissione americane per l'Iran


BBG increases broadcasts in Persian to Iran

June 23rd, 2009 - 9:11 UTC by Andy Sennitt

The US Broadcasting Board of Governors has increased television, radio and Internet transmissions of the Persian-language programmes of the Voice of America (VOA)'s Persian News Network and Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty's Radio Farda to fight jamming and signal interference in Iran.

Jamming of satellite television broadcasts has increased in recent weeks beginning in May and twice in June including interference with BBG and other broadcasters' satellite uplink and downlink signals. To combat this censorship, VOA's Persian News Network (PNN) television programs are now beamed through five satellites with six different distribution channels.

Shortwave transmissions of Radio Farda were increased beginning 21 June as part of an effort to counteract jamming by the Iranian government. With the recent shortwave additions, the most popular morning and early-to-mid evening hours have at least five simultaneous transmissions and ten at peak times. The shortwave jamming of international broadcasters began on 14 June.

Use of the Internet has been an information lifeline for many Iranians during the aftermath of the elections. Visits to VOA's PNN website and RFE/RL's Radio Farda website the weekend of June 20 were both over 400% more than at the start of the month.

Iranian government censorship of external news sites has increased. VOA's PNN and RFE/RL's Radio Farda have seen a 200% growth in use of proxy servers and web censorship circumvention software from the day before the Friday election to three days later. Over the weekend, the response to the VOA and RFE/RL Persian-language Web sites was so great that its proxy service reached full capacity, resulting in some visitors not reaching the site. The BBG is adding additional infrastructure to handle this increased traffic.

To better serve their audiences in Iran with breaking news of events as they unfold, VOA and RFE/RL implemented a number of program expansions in the last week including:

  • VOA added a one-hour morning satellite TV news program and replaced two hours of its normal evening program line up with a two-hour Special Report on the latest developments inside Iran following the disputed Presidential election.
  • RFE/RL extended its evening and midnight news magazine shows from 30 to 90 minutes, and is interrupting non-news programming as necessary with breaking updates.
  • VOA established a new Twitter account in Persian, which attracted over 3,500 followers in less than a week. PNN's main Web site, plus its YouTube, related blogs and Facebook pages all increased their postings of news, video and viewer comments. PNN has received, verified and broadcast hundreds of user-generated videos from inside Iran.
  • RFE/RL posted a special blog to follow the election and aftermath, which is updated with photos, videos and comments from inside Iran. Radio Farda is also providing instant updates and analysis on its website, and Twitter.

VOA Persian News Network: Reaching nearly 30% of adults each week, VOA broadcasts seven hours of original TV programming daily, including a new one-hour breakfast show added to cover the aftermath of the election, repeated for a full 24 hours on satellite and streamed online. VOA simulcasts four hours of TV programs on mediumwave and shortwave radio and produces a one-hour daily radio programme.

RFE/RL Radio Farda: Broadcasts 24 hours a day on shortwave, mediumwave and satellite, and streams online. Seventeen hours is live news, including evening and midnight magazine shows, and seven hours (off-peak) is music.

More than 30% of Iranians tune in to BBG broadcasts at least once a week.

(Source: Broadcasting Board of Governors)

Additional shortwave frequencies for Radio Farda are as follows (all times UTC):

  • 0130-0300 on 5885 kHz
  • 0130-0830 on 15475 kHz
  • 0230-0400 on 9480 kHz
  • 0300-0500 on 9805 kHz
  • 0300-1200 on 5885 kHz
  • 0500-0930 on 7220 kHz
  • 0800-1200 on 17880 kHz
  • 0830-1130 on 15610 kHz
  • 1330-1400 on 15330 kHz
  • 1400-1500 on 5870 kHz
  • 1400-1800 on 15330 kHz
  • 1500-1630 on 11560 kHz
  • 1530-1730 on 15475 kHz
  • 1600-1700 on 7580 kHz

Andrea Borgnino IW0HK - HB9EMK

Glenn Hauser logs June 22-23, 2009

** CHINA. Firedrake check June 22: 1224 at `ramshorn` plus drumming segment, fair on 8400 // 9000. As bandscanned upward, did not come to another one until 1243 on 14420, very poor and nothing on 13970. Then another surprise at 1246: very poor on new 17470, // 9000. Nothing much on 16m, no Spain on 17595, Chile VP on 17680, only WYFR G on 17795. Why 17470? Presumably latest plop of Sound of Hope. June 21 edition of Aoki does not have it, but on 17500 24 hours, jammed. Nor does the June 23 show 17470, not having seen my log yet?

Distorted YL Chinese talk at modulation spikes ranging roughly 12060-12110 and peaking 12085, June 22 at 1238. Matches modulation on CNR1 jammer 12040. Not sure if these are spurs of that, or a malfunxioning transmitter intentionally on 12085 vicinity, but not accounted for in Aoki --- except R. Free Chosun in Korean via Uzbekistan is on 12085 at 1230-1300, so this ChiCom signal handily jams that, by chance?

June 23, hi noise level from storms below 10 MHz, and from line above 10 MHz, not much of interest to log except Firedrake, and harmonix, bandscanned 8-19 MHz:

At 1317, 14420 FD very good only here; // 9000 JBA, nothing on 8400.
At 1321, 15150 FD different not // 14420, poor with CCI, SAH. Nothing on 15600 or 17470 as yesterday.
At 1323, 18320 just barely audible, // 14420 `ramshorn` passage.
At 1400, 14420 goes to open carrier, presumably only 5 minutes

** MEXICO. Now that KFOR OKC is gone from channel 4, and other lowband TV nearby too, except for nightlighting KOCO-5, most TV on channels 2-4 and 6 is DX! And lots of sporadic E lately. The antenna aimed toward OKC favors Mexico, and we hope, further away.

June 22 at 1644 UT on channel 2, saw numbers 8311 8038 and Basim. Not positive of the numbers, which Googled leads to a UK phone, and Basim could be an Arabic musical artist meaning Smiling. Lots of QRM in Spanish. Also pileup on channel 3.

At 1700 on channel 4, with 5 bug in upper right, Top Cat cartoon in color, dubbed in Spanish. Top Cat is the one who wears a hat, ears sticking thru it. Per TV Guide online listings, which apparently in Mexico cover cable only, so the DF channel numbers don`t correspond to air channels --- but they don`t either elsewhere in the country, this matches XHGC-5 net programming, Don Gato y su Pandilla, M-F(?) 1500-1700 UT, so running a bit late.

1708, still XHGC-5 net on channel 4. Could be XHCOV Coatzacoalcos, Veracruz, but there are a bunch of other full-power possibilities around the country.

1709 on 4, Canal de las Estrellas promo, then Looney Tune, Kit for Kat, featuring Sylvester and Elmer Fudd, dubbed. This matches XHGC-5 net programming for noon local, Bugs Bunny y Sus Amigos. Canal de las Estrellas refers to net-2, so probably cross-promotion on another Televisa network, but could have been a crossfade to an axual XEW-2 relay.

At 1707 MUF up to channel 6, mostly not hitting color burst or audio, variety show in Spanish, think I heard Veracruz mentioned. Bug in upper right looked like VE, which I would like to have thought led to Venezuela instead! Not sure of the V as the lines sometimes looked more vertical, HE? When reception was best I could tell there was a word underneath the logo, call letters or location? But too tiny to outmake. At 1708 this was faded out from the picture, and the whole signal shortly thereafter.

WPBT-2 Miami was also in on this opening; see USA.

June 23 morning: more Es, besides WWRB 18770 harmonic on SW, it was over to TV from 1402 UT: CCI in Spanish on 2, Looney Tunes in Spanish on 4; 1404 channel 4 transferred to something else briefly, a live YL in a garden, Spanish talking about exercise, naming animals, apparently for kids; 1407 fade back to the cartoons from net-5.

At 1422 on 4 with cartoons, large clear ID in upper right, white over black background for XHMEN-TV, i.e. Mérida, Yucatán, XHGC-5 network.

Top Cat also seen on channel 3 at 1552, 1638 and 1700. Unlike channel 4, there is only one full-power XHGC-5 relay on channel 3, XHBQ in Zacatecas, per

If you do see cartoons in the daytime, even if analog still existed, chances are it`s not USA, where commercial OTA stations now run talkshows or soaps, leaving animation to cable. Those lucky Mexikids with rabbit ears --- two hours a day of Top Cat! I hope he justly represents North American Values.

At 1724 a cooking show appeared briefly on channel 4. Per TV Guide listings that would be the XEIPN-11 non-commercial network, so where is it relayed on 4? Per W9WI list, change URL above to 4, there is only one, 5.780 being the rather low kW power:
San Luis Potosi XHSLP-TV 5.780, +H 22-9-10.00N 100-58-37.00W Once-TV

The opening was still going past 1800 UT, but most of the time it`s just a jumble of many stations at once on channels 2, 3 and 4, one of them occasionally surfacing to dominate briefly. Some might find this frustrating, but it demonstrates the dynamism of the analog medium combined with sporadic E, unlike digital. Sometimes there was lite CCI on KOCO-5, and occasional signs of something on 6. The higher channels are likely to be more focused on one station at once, if the MUF coöperate. The opening probably extends into the FM band, but I`m too busy to go after that too (Glenn Hauser, Enid OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** RUSSIA [and non]. 12000 with big collision of VOR Chinese and RHC Spanish, June 22 at 1234. When I tuned in, VOR was atop, but RHC soon took over for a bit, SAH of 160/minute between them. Commies vs ex-Commies! (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** TAIWAN. RTI, 9735, Japanese service, again producing spurs on adjacents, June 21 at 1329 check, buzzy hets varying slightly on CRI 9730 and BBC 9740. Other days, no such problem (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. Another big sporadic E opening the morning of June 23, evidenced by inbooming WWCR on 13845 and 15825 at 1354, so check 18770 for WWRB 2 x 9385, and there is Brother Scare peaking S9.

In next few minutes, looked for other WWRB and WWCR harmonix, 19960, 27690, 28135, but nothing audible. At 1358, 27 MHz CB + freebanders were rife, but nary a 10m phone ham to be heard above 28 MHz. WWV inbooming on 20000, but no KOA on 25950. Then I switched to TV; see MEXICO (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. Lots of sporadic E on lowband TV, and now it`s mostly in Spanish --- but that doesn`t necessarily mean non-USA. The NAB Nightlight DTV primer is bilingual all over the country, so if you hear a bit of Spanish, you have to be sure it`s not that. There are 13 US channel 2 analog stations still running this, per
some, but not all until July 12; notably KTUU in Anchorage AK, and those needing Alaska by double hop should frequently aim their antennas that way!

At the opposite corner of the country, WPBT channel 2, Miami FL, is still on the air with NL, and fortunately shows their ID and 2 logo in center screen frequently, such as June 22 at 1700, 1719 UT, mixing with Mexico. Over the years, WPBT has been seen here countless times at 1270 miles. Once it is off July 12, a major obstacle to real multi-hop TVDX from Latin America will be removed. It`s also an obstacle to Mexico DX, as despite the divergent direxions from here, Es openings often bring in both at same time (Glenn Hauser, Enid OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

Shortwave Radio Logs from WDX6AA

CZECH REPUBLIC Radio Prague 9870 0312 English 333 June 22 YL and OM with comments plus some music.

ECUADOR HCJB Global 9780 0317 German 333 June 22 Two OMs with comments.

ECUADOR HCJB Global 9745 0319 Spanish 333 June 22 Two OMs with comments.

GERMANY Voice of Croatia 9925 0307 Croatian 333 June 22 Two OMs with comments.

PORTUGAL Voice of Germany Relay-DW 9825 0314 German 333 June 22 Two OMs with comments.

SPAIN China Radio Intl Relay-CRI 9690 0334 English 444 June 22 YL with Health services systems in China.

UNITED STATES WMRI Intl 9955 0302 English 333 June 22 Pop music vocals. OM with ID 0303. Then more vocal music. QRM via a jammer??

Stewart MacKenzie, WDX6AA
Huntington Beach, California, USA
"World Friendship Through Shortwave Radio Where Culture and Language Come Alive"

lunedì 22 giugno 2009


DX MIX NEWS # 577                                              17 June 2009
IRAN(non)    Frequency changes of VOIROI/IRIB:
1430-1528 NF  5940 SIT 100 kW / 079 deg to RUSS, ex 6145 in Russian
1730-1828 NF  5940 SIT 100 kW / 259 deg to WeEu, ex 6180 in German
1830-1928 NF  5940 SIT 100 kW / 259 deg to WeEu, ex 5945 in French
1930-2028 NF  5940 SIT 100 kW / 259 deg to WeEu, ex 5945 in English

SAUDI ARABIA    Summer A-09 of BSKSA:
First General Programm in Arabic
0600-0855 on 17730 RIY 500 kW / 295 deg to NEAf
0600-0855 on 17740 RIY 500 kW / 310 deg to WeEu
0900-1155 on 17805 RIY 500 kW / 295 deg to NEAf
0900-1155 on 21705 RIY 500 kW / 310 deg to WeEu
1200-1455 on 21505 RIY 500 kW / 295 deg to NEAf
1200-1455 on 21640 RIY 500 kW / 310 deg to WeEu
1700-1755 on 15225 RIY 500 kW / 295 deg to NEAf
1700-1755 on 15435 RIY 500 kW / 310 deg to WeEu
1800-2255 on  9555 RIY 500 kW / 295 deg to NEAf
1800-2255 on  9870 RIY 500 kW / 310 deg to WeEu

Call of Islam in Arabic
1500-1700 on 15225 RIY 500 kW / 295 deg to NEAf
1500-1700 on 15435 RIY 500 kW / 310 deg to WeEu

Holy Qura'n in Arabic
0300-0555 on 15170 RIY 500 kW / 355 deg to WeAs
0300-0755 on 17895 RIY 500 kW / 040 deg to CeAs
0600-0855 on 15380 RIY 500 kW / 310 deg to N/ME
0900-1155 on 11935 RIY 500 kW / 310 deg to N/ME
0900-1155 on 17615 RIY 500 kW / 100 deg to SEAs
0900-1155 on 21495 RIY 500 kW / 070 deg to SEAs
1200-1355 on 15380 RIY 500 kW / 310 deg to N/ME
1200-1455 on 17895 RIY 500 kW / 295 deg to NEAf
1200-1355 on 21600 RIY 500 kW / 100 deg to SEAs
1300-1555 on 21460 RIY 500 kW / 190 deg to CSAf
1500-1755 on 13710 RIY 500 kW / 295 deg to NEAf
1600-1755 on 15205 RIY 500 kW / 320 deg to WeEu
1600-1755 on 17560 RIY 500 kW / 270 deg to WCAf
1800-2255 on 11820 RIY 500 kW / 320 deg to WeEu
1800-2255 on 11915 RIY 500 kW / 295 deg to NEAf
1800-2255 on 11930 RIY 500 kW / 270 deg to WCAf

Second Programm in Arabic
0300-0555 on  9580 JED 050 kW / non-dir to N/ME
0300-0855 on  9675 RIY 500 kW / non-dir to N/ME
0600-1655 on 11855 JED 050 kW / non-dir to N/ME
1700-2155 on  9580 JED 050 kW / non-dir to N/ME

External Service
0400-0655 on 15285 RIY 500 kW / 190 deg to CSAf in Swahili
0800-0955 on 17785 RIY 500 kW / 270 deg to WCAf in French
0900-1155 on 21670 RIY 500 kW / 100 deg to SEAs in Indonesian
1000-1225 on 15250 RIY 500 kW / 250 deg to WCAf in English
1200-1455 on 13775 RIY 500 kW / 070 deg to SoAs in Urdu
1200-1555 on 15120 RIY 500 kW / 070 deg to SoAs in Bengali
1400-1755 on 17660 RIY 500 kW / 270 deg to WCAf in French
1500-1755 on  7240 RIY 500 kW / 040 deg to WeAs in Farsi
1500-1755 on  9640 RIY 500 kW / 040 deg to CeAs in Turkmen/Uzbek/Tajik

SWEDEN    Tentative frequency change of Radio Sweden Inter. in Russian:
1630-1700 NF 11600 HBY 500 kW / 070 deg, ex 9690 to avoid RRI in Romanian

USA(non)    Additional txion of WYFR Family Radio via Media Broadcast:
1400-1500 on 13660 WER 500 kW / 090 deg to SoAs in Sinhala
1800-1900 on  5910 ISS 250 kW / 065 deg to WeEu in English, now cancelled!

USA(non)    Additional txion of WYFR Family Radio via VT Communications:
1800-1900 on  9505 RMP 500 kW / 095 deg to WeAs in Czech, ex English


DX MIX NEWS # 578                                              22 June 2009
AUSTRALIA    Additional frequency of Radio Australia in English from July 4
0000-0200 on 17665 DRW 250 kW / 317 deg to SEAs

GERMANY(non)    Frequency change of Cheetah Radio in English from June 20:
1600-1700 NF 11730 JUL 100 kW / 090 deg Sat to SoAs, ex 11885

CANADA    Updated summer A-09 schedule of Radio Canada International:
0200-0300 on  5840  5950
0300-0400 on  7230  9520
1105-1205 on  7325
1900-2000 on 15180 15235
1905-2005 on  9515
0000-0100 on  9690 11895
0105-0205 on  6100
1305-1405 on  7325
1500-1600 on  6110 11805
2105-2205 on  9515
2200-2300 on  9525  9870
0000-0100 on 11700
0005-0105 on  6100
0100-0200 on  9620
1500-1600 on 11675 17720
1505-1705 on  9800 DRM
1505-1905 on  9515
1700-1800 on  5850 Sat/Sun
1800-1900 on  9530 11765 17735 17810
2000-2100 on 15235 17735
2100-2200 on  9800 DRM
2305-0005 on  6100 Mon-Fri
1700-1800 on  5850 Fri
1705-1905 on  9800 DRM
1900-2000 on 11765 13730 15320 17735
2005-2105 on  9515
2100-2200 on  9490 13650 15330 15235 17735
2300-2330 on  9525
2100-2130 on 17860 Fri-Sun
2130-2200 on 15455 17860 Fri-Sun
2200-2300 on 17860 Fri-Sun
2300-2330 on 13710 Fri-Sun
2305-0005 on  6100 Sat/Sun
1405-1505 on  9515
1500-1530 on 11935 15325
1600-1630 on 11935 15325
0000-0100 on 11990 13725
0200-0300 on  9755 13710
0205-0305 on  6100
1205-1305 on  7325
2200-2400 on 11990 15455
2205-2305 on  6100

U.K(non)    Additional txions of BBC in Farsi:
0600-1000 on 11860 DHA 250 kW / 345 deg, 15725 CYP 250 kW / 097 deg
1200-1400 on 15650 RMP 500 kW / 095 deg, 17530 RMP 500 kW / 095 deg
1400-1500 on 15215 RMP 500 kW / 095 deg, 17530 RMP 500 kW / 095 deg
1500-1600 on 13840 RMP 500 kW / 095 deg, 15550 RMP 500 kW / 095 deg
1700-1800 on  9810 SNG 250 kW / 315 deg, 13845 RMP 500 kW / 095 deg
1800-1900 on  6125 DHA 250 kW / 345 deg, 13845 RMP 500 kW / 095 deg
1900-2100 on  5975 NAK 250 kW / 305 deg,  7270 CYP 250 kW / 097 deg
2100-2200 on  5875 CYP 250 kW / 097 deg
2200-2300 on  6185 CYP 250 kW / 097 deg
2300-2400 on  5875 CYP 250 kW / 097 deg

USA(non)    Additional frequencies of RFE/RL Radio Farda in Farsi:
0130-0200 on  5885 LAM 100 kW / 104 deg
0130-0830 on 15475 PHT 250 kW / 270 deg
0200-0230 on  5885 IRA 250 kW / 315 deg
0230-0300 on  5885 IRA 250 kW / 332 deg
0230-0400 on  9480 BIB 100 kW / 105 deg
0300-0500 on  9805 LAM 100 kW / 104 deg
0300-1200 on  5885 KWT 250 kW / 046 deg
0500-0930 on  7220 KWT 250 kW / 046 deg
0800-1200 on 17880 IRA 250 kW / 322 deg
0830-1130 on 15610 LAM 100 kW / 108 deg
1330-1400 on 15330 IRA 250 kW / 315 deg
1400-1500 on  5870 KWT 250 kW / 046 deg
1400-1800 on 15330 BIB 100 kW / 085 deg
1500-1630 on 11560 KWT 250 kW / 046 deg
1500-1630 on 15475 IRA 250 kW / 315 deg
1600-1700 on  7580 IRA 250 kW / 332 deg
1630-1730 on 15475 LAM 100 kW / 104 deg

USA(non)    Frequency change of VOA R.Sawa Hello Darfur in Sudanese Arabic:
0300-0330 NF  9650 SAO 100 kW / 076 deg, ex 11635 \\ 4960 SAO, 5995 NAU

USA(non)    Summer A-09 for IBB via KWT 250 kW:
1800-2130 on  5830 / 046 deg FAR Farsi
0200-0530 on  5860 / 058 deg FAR Farsi
1400-1500 on  5870 / 046 deg FAR Farsi, new additional freq.
0300-1200 on  5885 / 046 deg FAR Farsi, new additional freq.
0500-0930 on  7220 / 046 deg FAR Farsi, new additional freq.
0100-0200 on  7430 / 094 deg VOA English
1000-1400 on  7435 / 046 deg FAR Farsi
0000-0100 on  7460 / 086 deg AAP Urdu
2200-2300 on  7460 / 058 deg VOA English
2300-2400 on  7500 / 070 deg RFA Tibetan
0030-0100 on  7555 / 070 deg ASH Pashto
1600-1700 on  7555 / 054 deg RFE Uzbek
1830-2030 on  7555 / 070 deg ASH Pashto/Dari
2030-0030 on  7555 / 070 deg VOA English
1200-1230 on  9310 / 070 deg DEE Pashto
1700-1800 on  9310 / 078 deg DEE Pashto
1430-1830 on  9335 / 070 deg ASH Pashto/Dari/Pashto/Dari
0100-0300 on  9365 / 070 deg RFA Tibetan
0300-0400 on  9555 / 046 deg RFE Turkmen
0000-0100 on 11535 / 078 deg DEE Pashto
1230-1330 on 11550 / 070 deg AFG Pashto
1330-1430 on 11550 / 070 deg AFG Dari
1500-1600 on 11550 / 070 deg RFA Tibetan
1500-1630 on 11560 / 046 deg FAR Farsi, new additional freq.
1630-1830 on 11565 / 070 deg ASH Pashto/Dari
1630-1830 on 11580 / 070 deg ASH Pashto/Dari
1200-1400 on 11590 / 070 deg RFA Tibetan
1400-1500 on 11975 / 078 deg RFA Tibetan
0000-0230 on 12015 / 078 deg DEE Pashto
0230-0330 on 12140 / 070 deg AFG Pashto
1130-1430 on 15090 / 070 deg AFG Dari/Pashto/Dari
1430-1630 on 15090 / 070 deg ASH Pashto/Dari
0330-0530 on 15680 / 070 deg AFG Dari/Pashto
0730-0930 on 15680 / 070 deg AFG Dari/Pashto
0230-0430 on 15690 / 070 deg AFG Pashto/Dari
0430-0830 on 17670 / 070 deg AFG Pashto/Dari/Pashto/Dari
1000-1200 on 17750 / 078 deg RFA Tibetan
0600-0700 on 17780 / 070 deg RFA Tibetan
1000-1100 on 21530 / 070 deg RFA Tibetan
AAP=Aap Ki Dunyaa
AFG=Radio Free Afghanistan
ASH=Radio Ashna
DEE=Deewa Radio
RFA=Radio Free Asia
RFE=Radio Liberty
FAR=Radio Farda
VOA=Voice of America

Reminder of SAQ transmission 2009-06-28

We will remind you of the Grimeton Radio/SAQ transmissions on 17.2 kHz, CW,
with the Alexanderson alternator this coming Sunday June 28 ,"Alexanderson
Day", at 09:00 UTC and 12:00 UTC.

We will start tuning up some 30 minutes before message.

The radio station is open to visitors.

We are glad to receive reports and will exchange QSL-cards.

Reports to:

- E-mail to:

- or fax to: +46-340-674195

- or via SM bureau

- or direct by mail to:
Alexander - Grimeton Veteranradios Vaenner,
Grimeton 72,

Also read our web site:


Lars Kalland

Shortwave Radio Logs from WDX6AA

AUSTRALIA Radio Australia-Shepparton 15560 2257 English 433 June 21 YL and OM with comments on the riots in Iran. Comments on Iran wanting to shutdown contacts to outsiders Finance news by an OM 2258. Sports News by an OM 2259. ID 2300 followed by News Headlines by an OM. //11840[333]Shepparton.

CANADA Radio Canada Intl-RCI 17860 2242 Portuguese 333 June 21 YL and OM with comments.

CANADA China Radio Intl Relay-CRI 11840 2330 English 333 June 21 OM with weather Report, OM with events happening around the world.

CHILE La Voz CVC 17680 2247 Spanish 444 June 21 Pop music vocals.

COSTA RICA Radio Exterior Espana-REE Relay 17850 2245 Spanish 333 June 21 Two OMs with comments.

ECUADOR HCJB Global 12040 2323 German 333 June 21 Choir vocal music.

NEW ZEALAND Radio New Zealand-RNZI 15720 2253 English 333 June 21 OM with comments about murder mysteries in NZ.

UNITED STATES, Greenville Radio Marti 11930 2325 Spanish 333 June 21 OM ancr with vocal pop music.

Stewart MacKenzie, WDX6AA
Huntington Beach, California, USA
"World Friendship Through Shortwave Radio Where Culture and Language Come Alive"

domenica 21 giugno 2009

Successo per "Marconi e la Radio"

Un folto pubblico ha partecipato ieri alla tavola rotonda "Marconi e la radio" promossa dall'Amministrazione Provinciale con il patrocinio del Ministero per i Beni e le Attività Culturali-Direzione Generale per i beni librari e gli istituti culturali, e con il contributo del Comune di Sanremo, della Banca CARIGE e del Comitato Nazionale per il centenario del Premio Nobel per la Fisica a Guglielmo Marconi. Gli interventi dell'illustre novero di relatori - il Presidente della Provincia Gianni Giuliano, il Premio Nobel per la Fisica Prof. Taylor jr, il Presidente della Fondazione Marconi Prof. Falciasecca, Renzo Arbore e il Prof. Piergiorgio Odifreddi, con l'apprezzata conduzione di Roberto Giacobbo - sono stati quanto mai apprezzati per i contenuti trattati, che hanno saputo meritare attenzioni anche da media nazionali. Alla tavola rotonda ha presenziato, quale ospite d'onore, la Principessa Elettra Giovanelli, figlia dell'illustre scienziato. Nell'ambito delle iniziative volte a ricordare i cento anni dall'assegnazione del Premio Nobel per la Fisica a Guglielmo Marconi, Villa Nobel accoglie fino al 28 giugno la mostra dedicata a rari esemplari di radio d'epoca, provenienti dalla collezione dell'imperiese Angelo Sessa. (Riviera24)

Tips Roberto Pavanello

  828 17/6 21.57 R. Terrasa - Catalano ID e pubblicità locale buono
 1539 18/6 21.57 R. Manresa - Catalano ID e pubblicità locale suff.
 1566 20/6 23.10 R. Challenger - Villa Estense
 IT predica buono
 1575 20/6 23.00 Cadena SER - Pamplonaq/Cordoba SS programma in catena buono
 4835 20/6 21.45 VL8A - Alice Spring EE NX suff.
 4845 20/6 22.30 R. Cultura - Manaus PP NX suff.
 4965 20/6 22.50 CVC - Lusaka EE MX afro buono
 5815 21/6 09.55 Orion R. -
EE MX buono
 5910 20/6 19.30 V.O.I.R.I. - Tehran IT NX nessun cenno alle manifestazioni di Tehran buono
 6220 20/6 21.50 Mistery R. -
IT MX e auguri di Buon Natale ottimo
 6280 21/6 09.10 R. Merlin - EE ID e MX suff.
 7530 20/6 20.40 Free North Korea R. - Seoul Koreano MX buono
12050 20/6 19.00 R. Biafra - London EE ID e MX buono
15220 20/6 07.30 Cotton Tree News - Freetown EE NX buono

Roberto Pavanello
Vercelli / Italia

EMR relay this Sunday

Date        21st of June 2009

Time        09.00 to 09.30 utc

Channel   6140 khz

Programme   Mike Taylor ( Mail box programme)


EMR Internet service

The EMR Internet steaming service will be back on this Saturday

the 20th of June and will continue until 2100 utc on Monday.


EMR Internet programme repeat times:

0900 - 1200 - 1500 - 1800 and 2000 utc



Good Listening 

73s Tom

sabato 20 giugno 2009

Glenn Hauser logs June 20, 2009

** AUSTRALIA. VL8K, 2485, despite hi local line and storm noise level was audible June 20 at 1134 with enthusiastic Oz accent, sports? Around 9 pm local Saturday in NT. The others only detectable as carriers with BFO on, weaker 2325 and much weaker 2310. Of course it`s winter solstice there, which should boost the signals a little on the first hop from the tropix.

I see that Katherine, not too far from Darwin, is totally tropical at 14 degrees S, the same latitude as Tegucigalpa is N; Alice is just barely south of the Tropic of Capricorn, with Tennant Creek in between. LSR today in Enid was 1114, which if we were observing local mean time on our clox, would be 4:42 am instead of 6:14 am CDT (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CHINA. Firedrake check June 20: detectable at 1328 only on 14420 very poor, 9000 poor, and at 1332 on 8400 very poor (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** FRANCE [non]. 13640, RFI via GUIANA FRENCH, June 20 at 1207 with jazz singer in English, break for ID interjexion, and I think I heard them mention Kabul and some four-score+ FM frequency. Website confirms they are on 89.5 there. So the strike drags on, with RFI Musique fill instead of Spanish during this semihour.

RFI monitor Mike Cooper reports that the workers voted June 19 to continue the strike at least until June 22, but on that day he did hear the 1200 English broadcast for the first time in weeks; on satellite? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** INDONESIA. With Australia in on 120m, PNG on 90m, then checked 60m for anything extracontinental, June 20 at 1139: 4750 with Indonesian talk and music before fadeout, no match for CODAR. At least RRI Makassar is still on the air.

BTW, all across 4 MHz in addition to line and storm noise levels I have to cope with modulation splash matching local KCRC-1390, perhaps external mixing re-radiation (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** PAPUA NEW GUINEA. Since I was getting VL8K on 2485, made a quick check of 90m June 20 at 1136, 22 minutes after sunrise, and found music on 3385, 3365; talk on 3335 and 3325; neither pair seemed // (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SPAIN [and non]. UT Sat June 20 at 0538 caught part of REE`s Correo del Oyente mailbag show, not axually dominated by Cubans this week! Called listeners in Guatemala and Mexico with musical requests, later a Cuban too. The problem was getting a decent signal despite several frequencies available: 5965 and 9630 via Costa Rica were much less modulated than usual, requiring upturning the volume markedly. Besides low modulation, 3350 CR had too much nearby T-storm noise, also bothering the higher ones. 6055 direct suffered from RHC 6060 splash even when just talking there. 11890 direct to elsewhere was weak, tho on a good night around Solstice can be sufficient (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A [non]. 15760 fair at 1844 June 19, unID language mentioning Harold Camping, so must be WYFR or a relay. Can you imagine any other SW station ever mentioning Harold Camping? Can you imagine YFR ever not mentioning Him? What does PWBR `2009` say? Nothing at all listed on this frequency. Per HFCC, it`s Turkish via Woofferton, UK, 1700-1900, 250 kW, 102 degrees (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A [non]. Sat June 20 at 1355, open carrier on 9945; must be IBB warming up; yes, at 1404 recheck, Indonesian talking about the Billboard 200, Hot 100, song in English from VOA via Tinang, PHILIPPINES, 1400-1500 Fri/Sat/Sun only, 250 kW, 200 degrees (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ###

Shortwave Radio Logs from WDX6AA

AUSTRALIA Radio Australia-Shepparton 7240 1431 English 444 June 17 Two YLs comments on women having children over the age of 40.

CHINA CPBS 7130 1427 Chinese 333 June 17 YL and OM with comments. //7305[333].

CHINA China Radio Intl 9800 1516 English 333 June 17 OM on the English Language worldwide.

JAPAN Radio Japan-NHK 9535 1503 Japanese 444 June 17 OM with comments.

RUSSIA VOA Relay 7390 1440 Chinese 333 June 17 Two OMs in a conversation. Also a YL at times.

SINGAPORE BBCWS Relay 9740 1512 English 433 June 17 OM with BBCWS ID 1514. OM and YL with comments on the Iran elections.

TAIWAN Radio Taiwan Intl 7185 1429 Chinese 333 June 17 YL with comments. China Jammer heard in the background. //7365[333].

UNKNOWN Unknown station 7430 1448 Japanese 444 June 17 YL and OM with a Jaspanese language lesson. Suddenly off the air 1457.
Stewart MacKenzie, WDX6AA
Huntington Beach, California, USA
"World Friendship Through Shortwave Radio Where Culture and Language Come Alive"