** 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) ###