domenica 31 gennaio 2010

Audioclip: Radio Atlantica FM

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Valerio Di Stefano
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Glenn Hauser logs January 30-31, 2010

** AUSTRALIA [and non]. Is Darwin still on the air January 31? Yes! But it should be the last day ever.

UT January 30 at 2159 I look for the three frequencies scheduled to start at 2200, 9585 CVC Chinese, 9630 RA Indonesian, and 12010 RA English --- nothing. But Maltilda is Waltzing on 15560, loud and clear from Shepparton; path from Darwin is rather different, but there should be some traces if on the air.

Then at 2200 I find RA on 12040 in English, which is the new Palau relay, news running about 3.5 seconds behind 15560. Must be quite a circuitous feed route; since VTC is involved, to London and back?

Finally at 2201 I am also hearing RA English on 12010, and that is Darwin, with a much shorter delay, less than one second or about one word behind 15560. It`s weaker than 12040. Must have come on a bit late, or at least without any prélude.

By 2206 I check the 31m channels again, and now I am getting them fairly: 9585 with music which I assume is CVC Chinese service, and 9630 in Indonesian talk, soon music, which fits for Radio Australia.

The fourth transmitter starts at 2300 with CVC Indonesian on 15250 (some sources say 15255), so here I repeat the full schedule showing that also at 2300 the 9585 service switches to 15170, and the 12010 service switches to Burmese (Glenn Hauser, OK, dxldyg via DX LISTENING DIGEST)

CVC Darwin rechecked shortly after 2300 UT Jan 30: 15170 audible weakly, succeeding 9585, used only for the first hour of CVC Chinese; 15250 for CVC Indonesian (and 15255) totally blocked by Venezuela via Cuba, of course. 12010 R. Australia no longer // talk on 12040, 15560, but music presumably in Burmese service.

UT Jan 31, surely the final day now, started checking at 1415:

13635 good with gospel rock or whatever they call such a format with indecipherable lyrix, just as well. At 1415 mentioned ````. 1418 YL DJ with Oz accent mentions this will be the final time on shortwave, so switch to mobile streaming (yeah, right).

Then greeted countless Kumars by the full name of each, of the Cosmos Club in India. As usual fast-paced format suitable for those with deficient attention spans; you never know when they are going to drop in an ID as the music plays.

Andrew Flynn of CVC HQ in England told me a few days ago that the SW transmissions via UZBEKISTAN for India would continue. He may have been referring only to the Hindi service, not the English service.

Hindi: 0000-0400 6260, 0100-0400 9425, 0400-1100 13630, 1100-1400 9500.
English: 0030-0230 7395, 0230-0630 11970, 0630-0930 15700.

1428 on 13635 she gives full website without the http which I always insert to assist hotlinking: for song requests, or text 99-45-97-77-77. Will they play anything that is unChristian, or godforbid, off-format? I would have wanted to hear Stockhausen.

At 1430 it`s local midnight in Cox Peninsula and Feb 1 starts, but that`s only incidental as it is already midnight in Queensland, and four hours away in India, so the broadcast goes on. By 1440 the signal is weakening considerably; by 1504 recheck still audible; 1542 just a carrier detectable, tho on Sunday there is no Tirana ACI from 13640.

Meanwhile I was switching back and forth to CVC`s Chinese service on 13685, but paying less attention to it. At 1416 music presumably with a gospel element in Chinese; 1417 Chinese YL announcement. Fortunately, Habana has been missing from 13680 lately, but still some ACI from Farda Wertachtal, and just as much from very strong WYFR 13695, ever-increasing problems as 13685 weakened by 1504.

I assume that English on 13635 will play on until final final QRT at the usual time of 1830, and Chinese 13685 until 1800.

Also looked for the Kaze clands for North Korea, 9880 at 1430, 9690 at 1500, but nothing heard UT Jan 31, so already gone. I assume these will have switched to some other site(s). Monitoring Palau extensively, Hiroshi via Hasegawa reported as of Jan 29, only a different (?) one: 1530-1600 9965 JCIC Korean "Ilbone Baram". S. Hasegawa says he has not been able to confirm 9690 or 9880 for more than a week

As for what becomes of the Darwin facility, this is totally unclear, other than that CVC will now start ``dismantling`` it and get out by the time its lease expires in June (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** AUSTRALIA. Correlating with audibility of Cox Peninsula for the last time on 13 MHz, Morocco 15341 also had a strong het from HCJB Kununurra, Jan 31 at 1445 on 15340, but the Arabic audio was dominant as HCJB was scheduled just to have started English (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA. RHC has been missing lately from 13680 in the mornings. That`s one of the hi-power signals normally // 13780 until 1500 and producing leapfrogs on 13880 and weaker 13580, so those are also absent, e.g. Jan 31 at 1416 as I am monitoring CVC Darwin Chinese final broadcast on 13685. Lacking RHC helps that a lot, but soon moot. All is not lost: RHC 13770 is still leapfrogging over CRI relay 13740 to land on 13710 QRMing India. 13680 was back later on with the weak daytime transmitter for Aló, Presidente; see VENEZUELA [non].

Routine check for weekly Esperanto service at 1500 Sunday on 11760: Jan 31 at 1503 only open carrier, off and on for several minutes, but at next check 1513 the Esperanto program was underway (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** ITALY. After hearing Northern Ireland on 21290 [see UKOGBANI], I tuned a bit more on 15m. Mostly nothing, but just down on 21285, matching DW 15285, was another USB calling CQ from northern Italy, Dom, IW2CLM, Jan 31 at 1453 and soon in contact with someone in ``north central Oklahoma`` who was weaker here but audible, evidently by groundwave, so not far from Enid. Could not catch his call but his name was Dan. shows:

Domenico Bova
Via G.B. Rota 22
Bergamo, 24124

** KOREA NORTH [and non]. 3973, noise jamming of the NK style centered here, Jan 31 at 1335, almost BFO-ing the Breakfast Club net with a number of US hams in the Midwest checking in, some also mentioning the unusual noise but not knowing its provenance. Sort of like an airplane engine revving as the pitch continually varies up and down.

Breakfast Club is in the final Nets to You of April 2007, as daily 1000 UT (0900 summer) on 3973. Apparently it goes on for hours and hours.

Nothing is known on 3973 needing jamming, but Aoki shows a 5 kW Wonsan transmitter of KCBS/Pyongyang BS on 3970, so perhaps that is out of whack, or repurposed for jamming as needed.

Usual NK jamming on 3985 mixing with Echo of Hope, Korean talk audible; and similar noise on 3912 against Voice of the People. Louder jamming on 3480 against KNDF, but not much signal from the 90m N Korean non-jammers, as checked until 1340 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SAUDI ARABIA. 15435 The Buzz, checked Jan 31 at 1539. Did not sound as loud as usual around 15435, but nevertheless full brunt could be heard down to 15300 or so, and 4-per-minute pulses down to 15140, so yes, again also QRMing BSKSA`s other Qur`an channel 15225 plus countless other stations. On the hi side, however, full brunt lasted only until 15470, and could not hear 4-per-minute pulses up from there, other stations seeming in clear, altho by now some TVs are on adding their own swish QRM possibly disaudiblizing the weaker pulses. But who says this monstrosity has to be symmetrical? Every little bit helps (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U K O G B A N I. Nice to hear some USB on 15m hamband, Jan 31 at 1449 on 21290, English with an Irish accent soon IDed as MI0JAT, mentioning that ``people don`t realize the band is open``; how true. He was in contact with a K4 or a W4. Hmm, are there any MI5-prefixed hams? says:
Joey Mc Goldrick
23 Lettercarn Rd, Co Tyrone
Castlederg, N Ireland, BT8 17QY,
Northern Ireland
Hadn`t noticed any significant signals on 13m SWBC band, so searched again, and barely audible Spain on 21570, 21610; better Libya on 21695, all those with incomparably greater power than any ham, yet inferior results (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) See also ITALY

** VENEZUELA [non]. Quick check for ``Aló, Presidente``, Sunday via CUBA at 1656 UT Jan 31 found it running but the speaker at the moment unsounded like El Hugazo, perhaps a press-conference plant, on all five usual frequencies in order of increasing signal strength: 13680, 11690, 17750, 12010, 13750 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. 13630, open carrier, noticed when checking doomed Darwin on 13635, Jan 31 at 1439; nothing remotely near this time scheduled in HFCC, Aoki or EiBi; not strong enough to detract from Darwin. Someone else might want this or 13635 from Feb 1 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ###

Ascolti AM

Sabato 23 gennaio 2010
08.04 - 6005 kHz
R. BELARUS - Kall Krekel (Germania)
Tedesco, nxs YL.
Segnale sufficiente-buono
QRM R: Bulgaria 6000.


Domenica 24 gennaio 2010
07.46!!! - 4789.9 kHz
RADIO VISION - Chiclayo (Perù)
SS, riflessioni bibliche OM.
Segnale sufficiente-buono!
07.55!!! - 6019.3 kHz
SS, annunci e sermone OMs.
Segnale sufficiente-buono!


Martedì 26 gennaio 2010
18.17 - 1080 kHz
SER - Granada (Spagna)
SS, pubblicità locale.
Segnale insufficiente-sufficiente
Co-ch SER Mallorca (dominante).


Mercoledì 27 gennaio 2010
10.06 - 11710.6 kHz
RAE - General Pacheco (Argentina)
Giapponese, tk YL/OM.
Segnale insufficiente
1. Battimento con CNR1 11710.0.
2. Il 28/1 su 11710.7.
10.10 - 11775 kHz
PMS - The Valley (Anguilla)
EE, tk Melissa Scott.
Segnale sufficiente
Il 28/1 spenta.
10.16 - 11815 kHz
PP, tk OM e mx.
Segnale insufficiente-sufficiente
Tnx Leo!


Venerdì 29 gennaio 2010
16.47 - 1206 kHz
RESHET DALET - Akko (Israele)
Arabo, musica melodica locale.
Segnale insufficiente-buono
Co-ch France Info+effetto Lussemburgo.


Sabato 30 gennaio 2010
06.53 - 1035 kHz
PP, bellissima musica afro-latina e jingles.
Segnale molto buono
07.56 - 1512 kHz
Polka olandese e annunci OM.
Segnale sufficiente-insufficiente
A quest'ora la Grecia non è ricevibile.

Luca Botto Fiora
G.C. 09E13 - 44N21
Rapallo (Genova)
R7 Drake
Satellit 500 Grundig
ATS909 Sangean
DE1103 Degen
VR500 Yaesu
Loop ferrite ACA 75 cm modificata (@70 kHz-2 MHz)
Loop 1 spira da finestra 150x100 cm (@2-6 MHz)
Dipolo aperto 20 m (@6-30 MHz)
Ampli RF K0LR per loop ACA modificato (WA1ION)
Ampli RF LX1456 Nuova Elettronica per loop SW e dipolo
Balun a choke coassiale 1:1 di RG174 per dipolo (IZ7ATH)
Eliminatore di QRM MFJ 1026 modificato (W8JI)

Pavanello's last log

   846   30/1 17.10 R. Radonezh - Noginsk Russo talk OM suff.
 1026   30/1 18.30 Kanal Kultura - Minsk Bielorusso talk OM suff.
 1080   30/1 18.45 R. Huesca - SS partita del Huesca buono
 1224   29/1 21.57 COPE - Lleida Catalano ID e pubblicità locale buono
 1287   28/1 21.57 R. Lleida - Catalano ID e pubblicità locale buono
 1470   31/1 00.10 R. Vibracion - Carupano SS MX suff.
 4746.9 30/1 23.10 R. Huanta 2000 - SS MX suff.
 4805   30/1 23.15 R. Dif. Amazonas - Manaus PP MX buono
 4828   29/1 20.20 Zimbawe BC - Harare Shona talk OM buono
 4955   30/1 23.20 R. Cultural Amauta - Huanta SS NX buono
 5815   31/1 09.35 Orion R. -
Dutch ID e MX buono
 6135   30/1 23.25 R. Aparecida - PP MX buono
 6220   31/1 09.30 R. Marabù -
Tedesco ID e MX ottimo
 6300   31/1 10.05 R. Golfbreker -
Dutch ID e MX suff.
 9645   30/1 23.00 R. Bandeirantes - Sao Paulo PP campionato paulista buono
11725   29/1 20.15 R. Novas de Paz - Curitiba PP predica suff
11815   28/1 20.15 R. Brasil Central - Goiania PP NX buono
13660   30/1 11.10 R. New Zeland Int. - Wellington EE MX buono

Roberto Pavanello
Vercelli / Italia

Thomson rotatable shortwave antenna system

Video of Thomson rotatable shortwave antenna system at IBB Kuwait, Phase 2.
Alokesh Gupta, VU3BSE
New Delhi, India

WDX6AA Shortwave Radio Logs

AUSTRALIA Radio Australia-Shepparton 11880 1955 English 333 Jan 29 Two OMs in a conversation. YL with comments 1957. YL with ABC ID 2000

MADAGASCAR Radio Netherlands Intl Relay-RNI 17655 1945 English 322 Jan 29 YL and OM with comments.

RWANDA Voice of Germany Relay-DW 11725 1947 German 333 Jan 29 YL and OM with comments.

SAIPAN Radio Free Asia-RFA 9355 1915 Chinese 333 Jan 29 YL and OM with commenys. //9905 [333] via Palau.

SPAIN Radio Exterior Espana-REE 9640 1925 Spanish 333 Jan 29 Two OMs with comments. YL with comments1927. //17850[333]via Costa Rica.

SRI LANKA ??Radio Farda?? 9335 1910 Language unknown 322 Jan 29 YL and OM with vocal music. Then an OM with comments

UNITED STATES, Alabama WEWN 12050 2223 Spanish 444 Jan 29 OM with comments. Santa Maria mentioned often. Two YLs with comments 2233.

UNKNOWN Station Unknown 12040 2218 Spanish 333 Jan 29 Two OMs at a sports event. Possible soccer? No id's were heard. WHO???

Stewart MacKenzie, WDX6AA
Huntington Beach, California, USA
Rcvrs: Kenwood R5000 and Grundig Satellit 650
"World Friendship Through Shortwave Radio Where Culture and Language Come Alive"

sabato 30 gennaio 2010

AUDIOCLIP: Guglielmo Marconi imprenditore

Giornata di Studi per onorare la figura di Guglielmo Marconi nel centenario dell'assegnazione del Premio Nobel della Fisica.
Valerio Di Stefano
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Glenn Hauser logs January 30, 2010

** ALBANIA. 13640, R. Tirana, VG S9+12 signal for English to NAm at 1530 Jan 30: going from talk to music segment at 1543, and no problem from doomed Darwin transmission of CVC whose carrier was barely detectable on 13635; see AUSTRALIA. 1553 the music outro sounded like ``Dance with Me``, then another folk song with ululations, 1557 outro that as ``Folk edition musical program``, closing theme to 1558, IS until 1600 and open carrier until 1601*. Altho modulation level was good, modulation quality was as usual deficient, especially during the music (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** AUSTRALIA. I posted this early UT Jan 30 to the dxldyg whose members always get first shot at our perishable information:

The Cox Peninsula ``Darwin`` transmitter site is closing down as of January 31, and to be dismantled. CVC has not told us exactly when the last transmission will go on air, or whether any of the existing transmissions of its own or relays of R. Australia, and JCI (Japanese clandestines to North Korea) will have stopped earlier, but based mostly on Aoki, here is the full schedule we have been able to put together for all Darwin transmissions, in station, language, and then time order:

 9585, 2200-2300 340 CVC Chinese
15170, 2300-0200 340 CVC Chinese
17690, 0400-0600 340 CVC Chinese
17635, 0600-1200 340 CVC Chinese
13685, 1200-1800 340 CVC Chinese

15535, 0930-1230 303 CVC English
13635, 1230-1830 303 CVC English

15250, 2300-0200 290 CVC Indonesian
17820, 0400-1000 290 CVC Indonesian
 9890, 1000-1300 290 CVC Indonesian
11925, 1300-1700 290 CVC Indonesian
11825, 1300-1430 340 RA  Chinese

12010, 2200-2400 317 RA  English [except Burmese 2300-2330]
17665, 0000-0200 317 RA  English [except Burmese 0100-0130]
11980, 1600-1700 317 RA  English

 9630, 2200-2330 290 RA  Indonesian
15180, 0000-0030 290 RA  Indonesian
       0400-0430 290 RA  Indonesian
       0500-0530 290 RA  Indonesian
 9880, 1430-1530   3 JCI Japanese - Furusato no Kaze, alt 11995
 9690, 1500-1530   3 JCI Korean  -  Nippon no Kaze,   alt 11650
17755, 0700-0800 317 TDP English DRM 17750-17760

This should be useful in monitoring which transmissions are still going or end as of UT January 30, 31, or even February 1; and attempting to get a historically-dated QSL

Altho WRTH says Darwin has 2 x 100 kW, 3 x 250 kW, and 1 x 300 kW transmitters, all these are listed as 250, except for a semi-250 for DRM.

As in DXLD 10-04, RA has already added Palau frequencies for some of its Darwin transmissions, presumably using both sites temporarily in transition. This schedule accounts for maximum of four transmitters, so perhaps the `300` is the fourth unit being run at 250 instead (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

Then Kai Ludwig replied that the transmitter power info in WRTH and Aoki, HFCC? is all wrong:

``The situation is such that two of the three 250 kW Collins transmitters from 1968 (the only other site still using such equipment is Sackville) have been disconnected and replaced by two Continental 100 kW transmitters, brought in from somewhere else (does anybody know the details?). But it seems that these transmitters are mere stand-by units and never in regular use.

``The third old Collins is still operational but has to be tuned manually now, requiring 15 minutes for a frequency change. This transmitter covers the peak requirements when four frequencies are on air simultaneously.

``Otherwise the site has the Thomson transmitter originally installed in 1984 at Carnarvon, the provisional site that remained in use for two decades. After its final closure in 1996 the transmitter was moved to Darwin. Two further Thomson units were purchased and installed at the Darwin site in 1994. These three 300 kW Thomson transmitters are the core of the operations nowadays.

``So far only the lease of the station grounds to Christian Vision has been discussed, but which arrangements have been made in regard to the equipment? The antenna system must have cost millions, and the transmitters certainly also still represented a considerable value in 2000, when two of them were just six years old.

``Has all this equipment just been given away by the Australian authorities (the broadcasting distribution service, nowadays Broadcast Australia, was not privatized yet at this point), have they sold it to Christian Vision for a reasonable price, or is it not the property of Christian Vision at all and instead used under some other kind of arrangement?`` [end quotation of Kai Ludwig`s comments to the dxldyg]

Not surprisingly, none of the listed Darwin frequencies were audible around 0600 Jan 30, altho in other yearparts, 17820 has made it here in the nightmiddle.

I resumed trying to hear Cox Peninsula at 1541 UT Jan 30, when it is already Jan 31 in the NT, so quite possibly the last day on the air. Propagation was certainly not favorable, but I could detect carriers on 13635 and 13685 from CVC, vs. extremely stronger signals on adjacent frequencies such as Albania [q.v.] 13640, Farda 13680.

Initially 13685 could be made out with a bit of modulation which sounded like English, but later Chinese. Perhaps language lesson. Or maybe not CVC: while the only station in the world ever using 13635 has been CVC Australia, on 13685, CRI via Mali is also scheduled at 13-16 in French, English and English.

After Tirana closed at 1601* I could still detect only a carrier on 13635, likewise 13685, so CVC apparently still on.

Meanwhile, Radio Australia was scheduled to start 11980 via Darwin at 1600, and this has been audible recently. From a few minutes before, only that blasted rapid clicking centered on 11982 was audible, and likewise after 1600, so Radio Australia seems to be gone already.

See above schedule for resumption at 2200 or 2300 of several Darwin frequencies, if they still exist one more day (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CHINA. Firedrake music jamming, Jan 30 at 1532: good but fluttery on 8400; poor on 10210; just a het on 9000 and nothing on 7585 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** INDONESIA. RRI doing well on 75 and 60 meters Jan 29: 3995 at 1342 with music whenever the SSB-senders would pause, i.e. Kendari.

4750, Makassar, best in quite a while at 1345 with semi-classical piano music, talkovers, still at 1413 when singing and violin had been added. SSOB except for 5025 Cuba at the outset.

9526-, VOI Jakarta, unusually on the air at 1534, since CRI East Turkistan 9525 had a het on it; CRI English dominated, but VOI probably also in English (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SAIPAN. IBB transmitter on 9725 is upacting again, Jan 30 at 1537 with Vietnamese from VOA, putting hash up to 9735 but apparently not to the low side. It could have been far worse as in previous logs, but needs tweaking now to prevent further deterioration (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SAUDI ARABIA. Buzzing Service of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, bad as it was Jan 29, got even worse Jan 30 at 1522 check. Now the horrible buzz from 15435 transmitter even QRMs its own // Qur`an service on 15225, as the full brunt covers roughly 15205-15500, with 4-per-minute pulsing edges reaching down to 15115 and up to 15940! At first the upper boundary between brunt and pulses was around 15500, but by 1526 it shifted up to 15840.

The only signal in this entire range which was strong enough to overcome it was Portugal on 15560; all other stations suffering harmful interference which is totally unnecessary, but will a single one of them complain? How about at HFCC A-10 imminent in Kuala Lumpur? If any Saudi reps are there, they should get an earful, e.g. from Dr Jerry Plummer representing WWCR and all private US stations.

Will a single one of victims` would-be listeners complain? How many of them would figure it`s a local noise problem rather than callously transmitted from Riyadh? Those who believe in the Qur`an might consider boycotting Sa`udi Arabia in any way possible including suspending their Hajj.

Wolfgang Büschel in Germany was also monitoring this and reported at 1601 Jan 30, neatly/nearly matching our obs: ``Top record, BSKSA Riyadh on 15435 kHz heavy BUZZ signal super wide in 15108 to 15938 kHz range. Scheduled 15-18 UT.`` (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SOUTH AFRICA. 17860, pleased to hear a bit of Bokmakirie birdchirping surviving from the old Radio RSA days, Jan 30 at 1459 as Channel Africa was about to open Swahili service with IDs also in English. Don`t often hear this transmission which is not aimed USward, of course, but 19 degrees from Meyerton (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SRI LANKA. 9650, Jan 30 at 1536, immediately identifiable tnx to DW riff, and S Asian language, flutter. I bet this is via Trincomalee. Yes, Aoki shows Bengali at 345 degrees, while before 1530 it`s Hindi at 15 degrees. Now, why wouldn`t they aim Bengali toward Bengal, instead of further west than Hindi?? Probably they do not, as HFCC shows them both at 15 degrees (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. Lavwadalmerik, checking the 0200 UT transition between overt and covert broadcasts to Haiti: Jan 30 at 0159:30, 5960 started playing ``Yellow Bird`` and it was shortly overlain by NHK IS via Canada starting Japanese trihour as Greenville went off. After 0200, LVA continued on 7465, but not heard on 7590 which was previously back on // until 0300. Unfortunately, I did not get around to checking for it later in the hour in case it was just late upcoming (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 4050, looking again for the KWMO third harmonic from Washington, MO, Jan 30 at 0606, traces of country music, a bit better at 0614 with YL DJ talking about who would sing the NA at the Superbowl. Just barely audible tho S-meter displayed S9; trouble is, the noise level on a clear frequency was S8. 0621 more country music peaking.

This matches the format when I heard them some weeks ago with a definite ID, but none this time. As for ``The Mouth`` slogan I mentioned yesterday, that has not been heard but listed in the NRC AM Log 2009-2010, when they had a talk format, probably outdated now.

Day power is 500 watts, night power 84 watts on fundamental 1350. Compared to inbooming AM hams on 80 meters as far away as New England, who could not be running more than 1000 watts, I could now believe the extremely weak KWMO signal on 4050 is really just a fraxion of the night power, not necessarily the day power (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ###

Visita a Banda Oriental en Uruguay

6155 Banda Oriental, Sarandí del Yi, Departamento de Durazno está actualmente inactiva.

Días pasados tuvimos ocasión de visitar la emisora juntamente con mi querido amigo Rubén Guillermo Margenet y fuimos amablemente atendidos por la Directora de esa casa radial, la señora Nora San Martín.

La funcionaria nos informó que desafortunadamente parte del equipamiento para onda corta quedó inutilizado por una grave inundación que afectó la planta transmisora que la estación comparte con las otras radioemisoras hermanas: CX155 Radio Sarandí del Yi y 88,3 Scala FM.

Sin embargo, Nora San Martín nos aclaró que su intención es reactivar próximamente la frecuencia de Banda Oriental a fin de llevar a todo el mundo el acontecer de Sarandí del Yí, especialmente las realizaciones de sus poetas y músicos y también los raids hípicos, los cuales constituyen un verdero acontecimiento en la región.

Ella, su esposo, José y sus tres hijos, trabajan en las diferentes estaciones que conforman  este emprendimiento familiar y consideran a Banda Oriental como una parte o pieza necesaria ya que al ser tanto la Sra. San Martín como su marido radioaficionados, conocen perfectamente no sólo la importancia sino también el alcance que la onda corta permite a las transmisiones radiales.

Como curiosidad es importante señalar que Nora San Martín es argentina pero de muy pequeña sus padres la llevaron al Uruguay. Actualmente, la empresaria, se desempela también como edil en la Junta Departamental.

Los estudios de Banda Oriental (compartidos con Radio Sarandí del yí y Scala FM) están ubicados en calle Sarandí 428, Sarandí del Yí. La vía de contacto telefónica es el 9155 (la característica de Sarandí del Yí es 0367).-

El multimedios está también integrado por Boreal FM, que transmite desde la cercana localidad de Villa del Cármen. Esta emisora opera en los 106,5 Mhz con estudios en Ruta 14 y F. Fonterosa, Villa del Cármen, los cuales también visitamos. Cada uno de los hijos varones se ha hecho cargo de cada una de las dos emisoras de frecuencia modulada.

Sarandí del Yí es una localidad de Uruguay ubicada al sudeste del departamento de Durazno a 96 kilómetros de la capital departamental por la ruta nacional N°14 hacia el este y a 200 kilómetros de Montevideo por la ruta nacional N°6 al norte, en el limite con el departamento de Florida. Es la segunda ciudad del departamento. Tiene una población estimada de 6.659 habitantes (2004).Fundada a iniciativa de Doña Dolores Vidal de Pereyra en el año 1875 es hoy una de las tres ciudades en el mundo que fue delineada antes de comenzar con la edificación.

(Rubén Guillermo Margenet y Arnaldo Slaen, en visita a la emisora)

LA ROSA DE TOKYO PARA HOY: La radiodifusion en Italia y la RAI

La Rosa de Tokyo, el programa semanal de DX y medios de comunicación irradiado a través de LS11 Radio Provincia de Buenos Aires (AM1270 Khz; y una importante red de emisoras de frecuencia modulada, amplitud modulada y onda corta de la Argentina y el resto del  mundo)

La Rosa de Tokyo se irradia los sábados  desde las 0900 hasta las 1000 hora de la Argentina (1200 a 1300 horas UTC).-  En caso de querer escuchar el programa en cualquier momento pueden visitar la excelente página programas DX en

En el programa del 30 de Enero de 2010 se analizará la radiodifusión en Italia, poniéndose especial atención en la mítica RAI y en los que fueron sus servicios en la onda corta. No se pierdan los archivos sonoros historicos con los cuales se ilustrará el programa.


venerdì 29 gennaio 2010

Glenn Hauser logs January 28-29, 2010

** CHINA. Firedrake Jan 29 at 1426: poor on 10210, very poor on 8400, only a het on 9000. Nothing on 7585 at this time, but did not check closer to 1500 when Firedrake has been inexplicably there previous days (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** COLOMBIA [and non]. Tnx to Jim Evans tip from Tennessee on WORLD OF RADIO 1497, I made a point of looking for the harmonic on 2980, which he heard at 0647 Jan 26. Yes, Jan 29 at 0611 definitely something on 2980.0, very weak music vs QRN level now including lite T-storming close enough to propagate but not nearby. Still just barely audible at 0630, never heard anything but music.

He had an ID at 0650 for R. Vida Nueva. Will keep trying. WRTH 2010 says it`s HJAY, Barranquilla with 5 kW on 1490, slogan ``te acerca a Dios``, so the music should be nothing but religious. It had also been reported months ago, but not lately.

I`m sure that the other active MW harmonic, R. San Carlos, Costa Rica, 2859.8 would be much stronger if they would only stay on the air past 0200v.

The harmonic on 2980 making it all the way from Colombia speaks well for the technical standards of the hundreds of US stations on 1490. Decades ago, one could depend on there being a few harmonics audible at any given time on 2 x graveyard frequencies, 2460, 2480, 2680, 2800, 2900, 2980, and the probabilities are still highest on those channels (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) See also USA: 4050

** KOREA NORTH [non]. 5910, Shiokaze, Friday Jan 29 at 1410 with heavily accented English headlines from earlier in January about North Korea, interrupted by their newsy stinger every minute. F-G signal via JAPAN, no jamming audible. Ron Howard found them also in English on Thursday, which is unusual (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** LIBYA. 21695, Voice of Africa, OSOB, Jan 29 at 1508 in English, but better on // 17725, ``dawn of a new age thru the African Union``, 1511 outroing a talk on ``the devolution of Al-Fatah``, or so it sounded to me; 1512 ID ``Voice of Africa from the Great Jamahiriyah`` and then hilife music (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SAUDI ARABIA. From 15435 transmitter, Buzzing Service of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, checked again Jan 29 at 1502: full brunt of huge buzz interfering with numerous other stations ranged approximately 15380-15680, with the 4-per-minute pulsing at the edges 15680-15780, and 15350-15380. Strong signal from Portugal on 15690 was still not enough to overcome the pulsing. Then the upper pulse range became 15480-15780, instead of full brunt up to 15680. Exact ranges vary from minute to minute; at 1518 check, full brunt was 15300-15650, bad news for Greece on 15650, while 4x/minute pulsing reached 15650-15770 and 15240-15300, conveniently short of QRMing the // BSKSA Qur`an channel 15225.

Since SA won`t do anything about it, a precision air strike could take it out, but probably not without also destroying several other transmitters at the same Riyadh site. ITU ought to have its own air force for such situations (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. Having heard the harmonic on 2980 from Colombia, q.v., I was motivated to look again for the third harmonic of KWMO, 1350, ``The Mouth``, Washington MO on 4050, Jan 29 at 0616: yes, intermittent bits of US talk in English, but mostly ute QRM. Since there was any signal at all from presumed KWMO, probably another instance of running day facilities at night. Still no Truth from Guatemala on 4052.5 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. Driving around Enid Jan 28 near low noon, which is always 1832 UT, still some X-band daytime skywave DX tho the sun is zenithing higher every day as spring oncomes. (Snow did not start until 2100 Jan 28; plenty snow into midday Jan 29 but no significant icing or power outages here unlike further south in OK.) Tuning around the X-band in the daytime is always interesting as propagation conditions vary widely.

A music station weakly on 1690 around 1815 UT, audible when propagation peaks matched increasingly rare low-noise spots in the city. And again at 1912 when a Radio Disney ID made it. Therefore it can only be KDDZ in Arvada CO as the only dizzy outlet on frequency, and the only other station normally heard here on 1690 is talker WVON in the Chicago area. Denver`s other X-bander, Spanish KBJD 1650, might have accompanied KDDZ if it were not for splash from our local KFXY-1640. No other significant skywave skywave signals on X-band during this hour, not even KXTR-1660 Kansas City KS (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ###

New E-QSL card from RNZI

From Radio New Zealand International received E- QSL card for the following broadcast:
25 January 2010, 13660 Khz, 1100 - 1105 UTC in English, SINPO 34433. Received in 3 days via e mail for a web form report.
Station Address: Radio New Zealand International, P O Box 123, Wellington, New Zealand.
Enjoy whatever you are listening!

73 from Marabello
Treviso, Italy
Ant.: VHF outdoor directional 230°

Audioclip: EIAR - Segnale orario

L'audio clip è disponibile all'indirizzo:

Valerio Di Stefano
Mail : valeriodistefano (at) valeriodistefano (dot) com
Web :

"Non devi spiegare tutto ai tuoi amici e i tuoi nemici non ti crederanno comunque."

giovedì 28 gennaio 2010

Glenn Hauser logs January 28, 2010

** CHINA. 7585 again bearing Firedrake against unknown target, Jan 28 at 1455; good signal but heavy flutter, while 8400 was very weak and not positive it was //. Only thing listed on 7585 at this time is Vatican in Tamil via Tajikistan (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** FRANCE [non]. 11605, good in rapid-paced French morning program, Jan 28 at 0655; sounded like commercials, but surely not on RFI, which is scheduled here via SOUTH AFRICA, 0500-0700 but only 100 kW at 345 degrees, consequently USward as well. 0700 time signal about 7 seconds late, 8 am timecheck in Paris, news, but cut off abruptly at 0702* --- another example of sloppy operations at SENTECH, Meyerton (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** INDONESIA [and non]. VOI, 9526-, Jan 28 at 1459 was on causing heavy het to CRI 9525.0 via EAST TURKISTAN, and also still at 1508 when CRI was trying to talk to us in English.

RRI, 9680 much better in the clear at 1459 Jan 28, good with gamelan orchestra and singing. This continued right thru hourtop until 1504 when switched to a bit of Western orchestral music and then cut off the air at 1504:30* without any ID, announcement or sign-off (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** MEXICO [and non]. 6104.8v, Jan 28 at 0724 the irrepressively peppy upbeat music XEQM plays in the nitemiddle for insomniax, several sex of dead air, then YL DJ and produced IDs mentioning 95.3, ``la más grande``. Good at peaks revealing somewhat distorted modulation, but usual deep fades. 0728 she gave timecheck for 1:29 over music, then also put phone caller on air. 0729-0731 a carrier went on and off a couple times on 6105.0 causing het: probably TWR tuning up prior to its 0745 start via Nauen (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** ROMANIA. 15235, Jan 28 at 1525 SW Asian language talk and music, lively show but could not catch ID. Did not think it was Arabic, until uplooked later and found RRI is scheduled in Arabic 15-16 on 15235, 247 degrees from Tiganeshti. Maybe that`s what Arabic sounds like with a Romanian accent (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SAUDI ARABIA. Buzzing Service of the Kingdom of Sa`udi Arabia, 15435 transmitter still blotting large portion of 19m Jan 28 at 1530, but somewhat less than on Jan 27. Exact range varies from minute to minute, as well as from day to day, probably more due to intensity of propagation than of transmission. On a much less sensitive receiver, it was much less noticeable.

The 4-per-minute pulsing at the edges reached 15160-15220, the full brunt 15220-15500, but not much above 15500 as it`s assymetrical --- altho with such a wide blob, could be riding or bridging the MUF. Final check at 1555 found the boundary between pulsing and brunting around 15250 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A [and non]. A few hours before President Obama`s State of the Union address, I found out the special frequencies VOA was going to use to broadcast it live at 0200-0330 UT Jan 28:

Africa: 909, 1530, 4930, 6080, 9885, 15580
Asia: 11705, 11745, 13680, 15260, 15445, 15520, 17845
Middle East: 9550, 9780

Not expecting to hear much in the night from relays presumably Eastern-Hemispheric, I quickly tuned thru the list around 0209 UT. The only ones heard for sure were 4930, when the President had not quite started and the announcer mentioned; shortly afterwards found 9885 better as welcoming applause was ongoing. Nothing audible on the others except traces of carriers on a few of them. Both 4930 and 9885 normally open at 0300 via Botswana, but the earlier hour could also have been via São Tomé, or even Greenville on 9885.

BTW, I also noticed that the secret VOA Creole transmission at 02-03 was lacking 7590 but still on 7465, apparently not covering the speech. Perhaps the 7590 transmitter was needed for SOTU; we`ll have to see if it`s back following nights.

REE Spain has also been known to broadcast voice-over translations of such significant US live events on 6055, but not this time (Glenn Hauser, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ###

WDX6AA Shortwave Radio Logs

AUSTRALIA Radio Australia Shepparton-RA 11880 1800 English 333 Jan 26 YL and OM with comments. YL with news headlines. YL and OM with comments on the Pacific Islands 1812UTC. //9710[333]Shepparton and 9580[444]Shepparton.

GREECE Foni Tis Helladas 9420 2114 Greek 333 Jan 27 OM with vocal folk music. Then a YL with vocal folk music 2116.

JAPAN Radio Japan-NHK 9835 1807 Japanese 444 Jan 26 An OM with comments.

PALAU Radio Free Asia-RFA 9905 1805 Chinese 333 Jan 26 YL with comments. YL and OM with comments 1820. //9455[333]No Marianas, 7415[444]NoMarianas and 7445[444]No Marianas.

PHILIPPINES Radio Pilipinas 15190 1750 Pilipino 333 Jan 26 YL and OM with comments.

SPAIN Radio Exterior Espana-REE 17595 1740 Spanish 333 Jan 26 YL and OM with comments.

UNITED STATES WWRB 5745 0045 English 333 Jan 25 OM preacher with a sermon.

UNITED STATES VOA 9680 2120 French 333 Jan 27 Two OMs in a conversation. YL with comments 2125. OM with VOA ID in English and off the air 2129.

Stewart MacKenzie, WDX6AA
Huntington Beach, California, USA
Rcvrs: Kenwood R5000 and Grundig Satellit 650
"World Friendship Through Shortwave Radio Where Culture and Language Come Alive"

mercoledì 27 gennaio 2010

Glenn Hauser logs January 26-27, 2010

** ARGENTINA. 15345, the 8-note RAE IS fair at 2157 Jan 26, following German broadcast; had I realized that Aoki shows a one-hour gap until Spanish from *2300, I would have stayed tuned a bit longer to reconfirm that Spanish axually starts at 2200 weekdays, as per WRTH (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA [and non]. 11600, jamming still going at 2202 Jan 26, later than usual? Altho maybe not continuously since it started at 1600. Now it`s pulsing, which means maybe only one of multiple transmitters which add up to walls of noise. Tried comparing it to 11930, and much stronger pulsing there matched, exactly synchronized at the rate of four per second, except the pitch was slightly higher on 11930, where Radio Martí had just closed (BTW, Aoki somehow misses Martí on this frequency). We remained baffled why the DCJC runs jammers on 11600, where nothing at all is known to be broadcasting after 1600 --- but hey, no better place for them!

15360, Jan 27 at 1445, RHC`s Formalmente Informal, a lo-fi interview mixing with something in Persian, about equal level and precisely zero beat, so rather confusing as they took turns dominating. Latter is RFI Issoudun at 1430-1500 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CYPRUS. OTH radar, presumed from here, but maybe not, Jan 27 at 1450 spanning 15745-15815, with peaks at odd spots such as 15780 and 15810, so most damaging to Galei Zahal, ISRAEL on 15783.6 and BBC Arabic on 15790, which is definitely Cyprus; overshadowed by the Saudi buzz, q.v. (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** EGYPT. 15080, R. Cairo, poor with distorted modulation as always on this frequency, music at 1430 Jan 27, into 4+1 timesignal 35 seconds late, Cairo news theme and distorted talk in Arabic. This is 13-16 via Abis site to West Africa, where they`d better set their clox by something else (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** OMAN. 15140, R. Sultanate of Oman, fair signal but barely audible modulation, 1433 Jan 27 with YL in English news mentioning Baghdad, and highly likely it was bad news (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** RUSSIA [and non]. 9996, binary code at 1255 Jan 27, presumably RWM, and beating against WWV/H on 10000 where there was also a fast SAH indicating some other station`s frequency was not standard at all (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SAUDI ARABIA. I thought the Buzzing Service of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia was bad the day before, but much worse on Jan 27, a new record: first check at 1500, the horrible 15435 transmitter was audible just between 15390 and 15460, leaving e.g. fluttery Spain 15385 in the clear.

But at 1518 If found that blotted out, with the buzz now extending from 15270 to 15775! I can`t begin to enumerate all the stations this was interfering with, but who cares?

The edges reduced to just pulsing of four times per second, ranged 15270-15300, and 15630-15775, leaving the full brunt at 15300-15630. The upper end overlapped OTH radar from 15745, see CYPRUS. Standard but amplified remarks of incredulity over the Saudi monstrosity (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SOLOMON ISLANDS [non]. SIBC missing from 5020 for at least a week in chex around 1300-1430, including Jan 27 at 1307, when no carrier at all detectable. This is because they have ceased overnight relays of BBCWS which used to start at 12 UT, due to power expense of over US$11K per year, per Media Network blog:

** TUNISIA. 7275, RTT music had just switched to announcement when cut to brief OC and off the air at 0626:50* Jan 27 while // 7335 continued. This is a consistently odd closing time for 7275, contrary to published schedules; as for 7335 closing, on the schedules as 0910, Noel Green says it goes off around 0810, and Wolfgang Büschel heard it until 0807* (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U K [non]. Jan 27 was monitoring barely early enough to hear the conclusion of BBC`s new Creole service, VG on 9410 via WHRI; a bit of music at 1250, then closing announcement giving the only time for ``Connexion[s] Haïti`` (pardon my French) as 9:10 am, which is 1410 UT when it repeats on Haitian FM stations; as usual, shortwave gets no respect from the BBC, just an afterthought if we are lucky. Or in this case, a beforethought.

At 1252:30 introduced in Spanish classical music fill show 19 minutes later than previously, which would last only 7.5 minutes until 1300:00* sharp without announcement, matching a timesignal underneath which must have been BBC Oman just overtaking the channel.

Altho this is the least of their problems, now the Haitians are faced with a logjam of special programming at 1230, from VOA, BBC and WRMI. A bit of coördination rather than competition would be nice (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 9955, straining to hear WRMI`s new French service to Haiti, Jan 27 at 1257, very weak signal I was about to conclude to be in French when DentroCuban Jamming Command cut on at 1257:40 with one pulser, quickly joined by others, and a pileup noise wall before 1300 when WRMI presumably is running a new Cuban exile program daily, Radio Libertad until 1400. But Cuba was jamming this hour anyway for months when it contained no contrary programming, just victimized DX and other innocent shows.

WRMI`s website still has not been updated to tell us anything about Radio Libertad: but it allegedly is not strictly an anti-Castro show. Close enough.

WRMI is not only on the SSE antenna at this time but on the backup 5 kW transmitter, pending repairs, making it virtually inaudible here, and not a chance of overcoming jamming, which the Cubans keep on thru the 1400 hour for good measure against DX and other programs, and even past 1500 when R. Prague is relayed in English.

Jeff White says the 12-13 M-F hour is now occupied by programs in French for Haiti: Prague, Vatican and UN Radio, perhaps to be replaced by religious programs in Creole when available (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A [and non]. Lavwadlamerik, Jan 27 at 1305 on 6135 via Bonaire, 9505 presumably Greenville, with announcement over sad piano music reminiscent of Sea Breeze. This semihour does not conflict with Haitian services from BBC and WRMI at 1230 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A [non]. As I tuned in 15315, Jan 27 at 1438, heard gruff announcer mention ``shortwave radio station``, then ``Family Radio`` and later, ``Open Forum``, but otherwise in a S Asian language. Aoki shows it`s Malayalam, since Dec 30 at 14-15 via Wertachtal, GERMANY (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A [non]. 17610 with extremely repetitious rustic melody of only a few notes up and down being sung at 1456 Jan 27, 1458 briefly to other music before cut off at 1458:40 without any announcement. Another example of AWR`s Afar service via AUSTRIA, to what must be a tiny minority, Adventist Afars, but AWR voices hope of their peculiar sect catching on from afar (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ###

Un po' di ascolti

RX Icom IC-R71E
Ant. ALA1530S indoor
MFJ-1026 noise cancelling signal enhancer
QTH: Friburgo, 46°48'N / 7°09'E
Radio Taiwan International via Issoudun, Francia, 21/1, 2000 UTC, 3965 KHz, spagnolo

Radio Rossii, 22/1, 0800 UTC, 9840 KHz, russo

REE 22/1, 2000 UTC, 9640 KHz, spagnolo

REE 22/1, 2006 UTC, 9605 KHz, francese

Radio Corsa Frequenza Mora, 22/1, 2100 UTC, 1494 KHz, corso

Deutsche Welle via Sines, Portogallo, 23/1, 0430 UTC, 5905 KHz, inglese

BBC via Ascensione, 23/1, 0500 UTC, 6005 KHz, inglese

Belaruskaje Radio, 24/1, 0500 UTC, 7255 KHz, bielorusso

Radio Orient, 26/1, 0500 UTC, 1350 KHz, arabo/francese


Aggiornato HF Archive

Vi segnalo che ho aggiornato il sito HF Archive, con le foto dell'impianto onde medie Rai di Biella (che usa lo stesso tipo di antenna installato a Torino-Volpiano) e il beacon NDB RMGdi Romagnano. L'indirizzo e' sempre:

Andrea Borgnino IW0HK - HB9EMK

martedì 26 gennaio 2010

Glenn Hauser logs January 25-26, 2010

** ARGENTINA. 11710.6 approx., RAE with good clear signal in music during English hour, UT Wed Jan 26 at 0219 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CHINA. Firedrake music jammer Jan 26 at 1546: fair on 9000, 8400 but 9000 had an unstable het on it, not noticed previously (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CHINA [and non]. 5965, Jan 26 at 1556 could hear CRI theme music weakly and co-channel from something else. Per Aoki, CRI is until 1557 in Russian via Beijing site, while RCI is in Chinese until 1559 via Yamata, JAPAN site, which one would expect to be mutually exclusive, but they are officially to different target areas, aimed in different, almost opposite direxions (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA. 11600, Jan 26 at 1559 noise jamming, while a few minutes earlier there was none and Slovakia was audible in Spanish. Consistent schedule by the DCJC which must be convinced there is something here needing jamming (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** INDONESIA. 9526-, VOI carrier was off around 1415 Jan 26, but at 1553 it was back on causing a het with CRI East Turkistan on 9525.0, and continued past 1600, as CRI continues another hour in English, but I could not copy languages from either. Aoki shows VOI in Indonesian at 1600, but monitoring Jan 21 by Atsunori Ishida found Arabic during that hour (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** MOROCCO. 15345, RTVM missing Jan 26 at 1515, tho it had been on the air before 1500 on 15340. Recheck at 1545, 15345 was back on tho hummy and undermodulated. Transmitter appears to be ailing, and previously did not find it colliding with reactivated Argentina later in the day. Neither country registers its frequencies with HFCC (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SAUDI ARABIA. Buzzing Service of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the worst ever, Jan 26: from the 15435 transmitter, already on at 1456 blasting away R. Farda 15410 whose music I had just started to enjoy. Could hear the buzz between 15390 and 15455, along with some Arabic modulation underneath. By 1516 recheck the buzz could be heard all the way from 15355 to 15500, tapering off at both edges, but still audible under WYFR 15355, making Spain 15385 unlistenable. Instead of multiple overlays of buzzing, at the edges it was steady pulsing at the rate of four times per second, something I had not noted previously. Certain other days there was little if any buzz audible around 15435, I suppose depending on propagational variations.

I find it incredible that other users of this spectrum have not filed official complaints about it through ITU, or if they have, that nothing has been done about it; just as incredible that the Saudis are unable or unwilling to fix it or turn it off since it is doing them no good whatsoever, making them a laughingstock in the international engineering community, and wasting countless megawatts.

The // 15225 with Qur`an from the same Riyadh transmitter site has no such problems, but a relatively minor one at 1525 Jan 26: some intermittent hum and minor buzz on the modulation; wiggle that patchcord! (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SUDAN [non]. 17745, SRS via PORTUGAL, Jan 26 at 1520 with neat jingle IDs featuring ``Sudan Radio Service`` sung in English several times along with music by full hilife orchestra; continued in Arabic dialect with the echo turned off, thankfully (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U K. 12095, BBCWS in English, Jan 26 at 1500 with news teasers, huge echo; in fact it sounded like a double echo. Scheduled as Rampisham site only at 95 degrees. Short/long path plus another unscheduled site on the air too? 1507 story about France vs the veil and the burka.

9505, Jan 26 at 1558 with BBCWS promos in English, poor signal, but 1600 switch into another language. Scheduled as Urdu via Singapore (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. Lavwadlamerik, still on secret frequencies 7465 and 7590 Jan 26 at 0219 quick check. This pair have been running until 0300 despite missing from A-Z schedule at
Was also still hearing covert 13725 before 2200 Jan 25 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 5755, WTWW was back on testing with music Jan 26 at quick check 0219, good signal and modulation. George McClintock says he has been experimenting with 125% positive modulation, rather than negative, both on this and earlier in the afternoon Jan 25 on 9480, and wanted reports on modulation quality as heard. This is common on MW, but rarely employed on SW (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ###

lunedì 25 gennaio 2010

Glenn Hauser logs January 24-25, 2010

** CHINA. Tuning by 9605, Jan 25 at 1335 heard English ``This is CNR News``, back to Chinese, but more English bits later mixed in such as ``The sound of China evening news``. Apparently they think it`s cool to throw in English phrases. I have a hard time imagining any US domestic service throwing in Mandarin comments.

Guess what: if you check HFCC, you will not find any such China transmission, but you will find BBCWS in Mandarin via Singapore, 1300-1530. That`s because the cynical ChiCom are using CNR1 programming here as one of countless jammers against any Western objectivity getting into the country. And they have the gall to pretend to participate in HFCC, failing to register little things like this.

7585 with Firedrake jamming, Jan 25 at 1452 // weaker 8400. 7585 a new spot for it, but why? The only thing scheduled there is Vatican Radio in Tamil via Tajikistan, 1450-1510, says Aoki. At 1502 the 7585 FD was in usual hourtop open-carrier pause supposedly for monitoring, but I could hear nothing else. Resumed music modulation at 1504:40. At 1508 FD also // poorly on 9000 as well as 8400, none higher. Next check of 7585 at 1519, it`s gone, still on 8400, 9000. Meanwhile, several CNR1/jammers in the 7300-7535 range were still well audible. So was 7585 a mistake, or did Sound of Hope try to slip in there, or did Vatican switch from Tamil to a more sensitive language, bringing down the wrath of Chan, or rather SAFRT? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** INDIA. 1330 UT Jan 25, scheduled Republic Day eve speech by President Mrs. Pratibha Devisingh Patil: in progress in Hindi at tune-in 1335 on AIR NC 9425, and better four seconds later on AIR VBS 9870. Not on GOS English frequency 9690. At 1345 searched 60m for her, and audible on 4920 Chennai, weaker Mumbai 4840. I could tell it was the same speech tho not synchronized with 9870. Also checked 7.3-7.5 MHz area just in case, but daytime frequencies probably not in use.

Kept listening on 9870, and rewarded by abrupt switch to English at 1352 as she started the speech over, greeting military and security forces, quoting M. Gandhi, extolling harmony and secularism, respecting all religions. A wide-ranging pep talk, sort of a ``state of the union``, touching on climate change, carbon footprint; India fourth largest economy in the world, second in population, seventh in area. Ended on 9870 at 1411. I wish advance publicity had made clear she would also speak in English.

Meanwhile I had rechecked AIR GOS 9690 at 1402 and there she was in English but not matching any other frequency. Turns out this playback started about nine minutes later as it did not end until 1420, with announcer admitting that it was recorded, on the eve of the 61st Republic Day. Also audible on // 13710 vs Cuban leapfrog.

1422 with editorial criticising racially-motivated attacks on Indians in Victoria, Australia. 1426 economic review. But the speech knocked regular programming out of whack as there was no Faithfully Yours mailbag at 1430; 1437 check, music and talk about something else.

The next big broadcast for Republic Day starts at 0350 UT Jan 26, live coverage of the parade with separate frequencies for English and Hindi, usage differing from an ordinary day. But not likely to reach the other worldside from mid-day. Details:

** INDONESIA. 9526-, VOI, Jan 25 around 1330 poor signal and modulation during English, het 9530. Recheck at 1416 now in the clear at S9+20, but just open carrier to 1417* (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** MEXICO [and non]. 6185, just open carrier at 0618 Jan 25. XEPPM or ZYE365? Probably the former lacking modulation as it`s a bit early for RNA to be on. Yes, at 0634 RNA had come on modulated with SAH against XEPPM on the lo side (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** NEW ZEALAND. 6170, RNZI, Monday Jan 25 at 1329 concluding Dateline Pacific, and starting Mailbox a minute early as usual, but after a six-week summer holiday hiatus. Usual co-channel interference from Russia, and SAH, so I`ll demand the audio sometime in the next month. plays it, and once another show is up a fortnight hence, this Jan 25 show will be demoted to for another biweek before vanishing forever.

It did start, also as usual, with a Maori song, which seems odd for a mailbag show which should have plenty of letters and DX news piled up by now. Are there not lots of other opportunities to play music on RNZI? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SPAIN. Looking for weekly Sephardic service from REE, Monday Jan 25 at 1435, but nothing audible, not even a carrier. Propagation from Europe not very good, but REE Spanish on 15585 was poorly audible. So did Emisión Sefarad finally switch to the announced frequency 15325? If so, bad news, as it`s blocked by something else, YFR due east from Wertachtal, GERMANY, in Oriya, a S Asian language. And also with heavy splatter from R. Martí/DCJC on 15330. 15385 still missing at later chex before 1455 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** TURKEY. 11660, VOT IS of piano variations, Jan 25 at 1456, mixing with something else talking, producing a SAH, which could be RA and/or VOR. 1500 almost-correct timesignal but too undermodulated to make out language. Scheduled as Arabic via Çakirlar. 11815 in Turkish had its own SAH with REE/Costa Rica before 1500 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U K [non]. Since the BBCWS press release about their new Creole service was not explicit about the SW frequency for the 1410-1430 UT broadcast also on FM, and I could not find it by monitoring on the first day, Jan 23, I then enquired. Mark Deutsch, Head of Broadcast Networks, replied:

``The BBC Creole is on short wave, but not at 1410. It's at
1232:30-1252:30 on 11860 (MSY) and 9410 (HRI), borrowed from the
Spanish service to Cuba.``

Which I have not yet monitored directly (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. Follow-up to last report about WTWW`s long-hours test on Jan 23 [not July 23 as I wishfully must have thought! Please correct that if copying]: George McClintock tells me that WTWW was off the air until about 0130 UT Jan 24 as he was repairing a water leak in the cooling system, but then back on 5755 and well audible here; planned to stay on until 0400 and if all goes well may not need to test on air much afterwards this week.

Ted Randall, whose recorded IDs and requests for reports had been playing every few minutes, went live from his home studio at about 0300, responding to e-mails, shortly taking phone calls to a toll-free number 1-877-511-8890. He asked just about every caller if they were a ham operator, and just about everyone said no. I did not catch any of their names. George McClintock was also on the air by phone at 0337-0341, and again at 0430, as the transmission was extended until 0436*. Apparently no further on-air testing Jan 24 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A [and non]. Lavwadlamerik, VOA Creole service, Monday Jan 25 at 1319 interviewing Dominican Republic ambassador, poor-fair on 6135 via Bonaire, better on Greenville (?) 9505. The 1230-1329 broadcast is still M-F only, and will remain so, says Andy Sennitt; altho Terry Krueger heard an open carrier during the entire period Sunday on 6135 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. WRMI update: still QRP, but French to Haiti -- Glenn: We are still using the auxiliary [5 kW] transmitter, which has been working pretty well. But we aren't running 24 hours, as we have to give it breaks so it doesn't overheat. Reports are good from the south.

We did start on Thursday of this week a daily (Monday-Friday) hour in French for Haiti (and French-speaking Caribbean) 1200-1300 UT Mon-Fri. Currently we're running Radio Prague in French from 1200 to 1230, Vatican Radio newscast in French from 1230 to 1245, and UN Radio in French 1245-1300.

We're working on some religious programs in Creole for this block as well, and we're trying to get some fix-tuned radios sent to Haiti. This should be a long-term commitment for us; not just for the immediate crisis. Propagation analysis from Miami to Port au Prince at 1200 UT looks really good.

We have found some of the parts we've been needing for the transmitter and antenna. Our consulting engineer should be getting here from Panamá any day now, so in the coming days we will hopefully have the main transmitter back on air and the North American antenna back to normal (Jeff White, WRMI, Jan 23, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

The M-F 12-13 French/Creole? Block on 9955 bumps off two airings of WORLD OF RADIO and some other DX programs. Last we checked, the DentroCuban jamming did not ramp up until 1300. But considering the continuing jamming problem on 9955, are you sure you want to commit to fix-tuned radios??

Heavy jamming on 9955 as usual from 1330 past 1500 Jan 25, abating a bit to pulsing rather than noise wall at 1513 check when I could detect some music underneath, unknowable whether it was WRMI with Prague relay or YFR Taiwan in Russian, but suspect the latter (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A [and non]. 11675, Jan 25 at 1500 AWR sign-on in English, Nepalese to follow. Aoki says via Wertachtal, GERMANY, and followed by English at 1530. I hope the next Nepali census determines just how many Seventh-Day Adventists there are, as I find it hard to imagine how one could retain any traditional culture once becoming an SDA. World Almanac 2002 calculated Nepal is 90% Hindu, 5% Buddhist, 3% Moslem, leaving 2% for everything else, but of course other Christian sects are also doing their damnedest to make inroads.

AWR also working on the Turx, Jan 25 at 1511 on 11780 via AUSTRIA, and just as good a signal if not better than Anguilla 11775. At 1515 one hymn had some English lyrix, including ``blood, crimson red,`` oooh; 1516 YL announcement in Turkish. More music until 1529* (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ###


DX MIX NEWS # 609                                           25 January 2010
AUSTRALIA(non)    Additional frequencies of R.Australia via KHBN/T8WH Palau
2200-2400 on 12040 HBN 100 kW / 270 deg to SEAs in English
0000-0030 on 15225 HBN 100 kW / 270 deg to SEAs in Indonesian
0100-0130 on 15655 HBN 100 kW / 270 deg to SEAs in Burmese
0400-0430 on 15780 HBN 100 kW / 270 deg to SEAs in Indonesian, not 15785
0500-0530 on 15590 HBN 100 kW / 270 deg to SEAs in Indonesian
1600-1630 on  9965 HBN 100 kW / 270 deg to SEAs in Burmese, not Chinese
1300-1430 on  9890*HBN 100 kW / 318 deg to EaAs in Chinese
* co-ch China National Radio in Mongolian and Kazakh

AUSTRALIA(non)    Additional frequencies of R.Australia via Al-Dhabbaya:
2200-2330 on  5935#DHA 250 kW / 105 deg to SEAs in Indonesian
2300-2330 on  5955*DHA 250 kW / 090 deg to SEAs in Burmese
1100-1300 on 17880 DHA 250 kW / 090 deg to SEAs in English
# co-ch Voice of Russia/International Russian Radio in Russian from 2300
* co-ch China National Radio in Mongolian

U.K.(non)    Frequency changes of BBC:
1400-1600 NF  5875#CYP 300 kW / 121 deg to N/ME, ex  6030 in Arabic
1800-1900 NF  5865 NAK 250 kW / 305 deg to WeAs, ex  6180*in Dari
# co-ch BBC WS via NAK 250 kW / 025 deg to EaAs
* to avoid All India Radio GOS4 English to WeEu

USA(non)    Cancelled txion for Democratic Voice of Burma in Burmese:
1300-1400 on 11880 HBN 100 kW / 270 deg to SEAs effective from Jan.18

USA(non)    Additional txions of WYFR Family Radio in English to WeEu:
2000-2100 on  6260 KCH 300 kW / 309 deg via TRW=TV Radio Waves
2000-2100 on  7240 DHA 250 kW / 315 deg via VTC=VT Communications

USA(non)    New language service of WYFR Family Radio in Pashto to WeAs:
1400-1500 on  9440 ARM 200 kW / 147 deg via TRW=TV Radio Waves

USA    Winter B-09 of WEWN Global Catholoc Radio:
0100-0900 on 11520 EWN 250 kW / 040 deg to N/ME
0900-1300 on  9390 EWN 250 kW / 335 deg to SEAs
1300-1500 on 13835 EWN 250 kW / 040 deg to WeEu
1500-1900 on 15610 EWN 250 kW / 040 deg to N/ME
1900-0100 on 15610 EWN 250 kW / 085 deg to WeAf
0000-1000 on 11870 EWN 250 kW / 155 deg to SoAm
1000-1700 on 12050 EWN 250 kW / 155 deg to SoAm
1700-2400 on 13830 EWN 250 kW / 155 deg to SoAm
0000-0500 on  5810 EWN 250 kW / 220 deg to CeAm
0500-1300 on  7555 EWN 250 kW / 220 deg to CeAm
1300-2200 on 11550 EWN 250 kW / 220 deg to CeAm
2200-2400 on 12050 EWN 250 kW / 220 deg to CeAm

WDX6AA Shortwave Radio Logs

BULGARIA Radio Bulgaria 9400 0105 Bulgarian 333 Jan 24 YL with comments.//7400[232] and 5900[333].

CHINA China Radio Intl-CRI 9810 0034 Hakka 333 Jan 24 YL with comments then music vocals by OMs. YL with comments 0100. //9610[444], 9550[333] and 9460[444].

CHINA China Radio Intl-CRI 9765 0040 Cambodian 333 Jan 24 YL and OM with comments to past 0100 hrs.//11990[444].

CHINA CPBS 9675 0045 Chinese 433 Jan 24 Two OMs with comments. //9645[333] and 9530[333].

PORTUGAL Radio Netherlands Relay-RNI 9895 0025 Spanish 333 Jan 24 Two OMs with comments.

RWANDA Voice of Germany Relay-DW 9655 0048 German 444 Jan 24 YL and OM with comments. //9775[444]Ascension, 12025[Rwanda, 7285[333]Ceylon and 6075[333]Portugal.

UKRAINE Radio Ukraine Intl-RUI 7440 0117 English 333 Jan 24 YL and OM with comments.

UNITED STATES, Pennsylvania WINB 9265 0110 English 444 Jan 24 YL preacher with comments on the Ten Commandments of the Bible.

Stewart MacKenzie, WDX6AA
Huntington Beach, California, USA
Rcvrs: Kenwood R5000 and Grundig Satellit 650
"World Friendship Through Shortwave Radio Where Culture and Language Come Alive"

domenica 24 gennaio 2010

Special broadcasts by AIR for Republic Day 2010

All India Radio will broadcast the following special programs in connection with the Republic Day celebrations on 26th January.
25 January 2010: 1330 UT: President Mrs. Pratibha Devisingh Patil's address to the nation. This will be broadcast by all stations of AIR.  Delhi frequencies are 5015 6030 6085 9575 & 9835. Regional stations on SW are using 60 MB frequencies at that time. Look out especially Kohima 4850 (1000 to 1630 UT).
26 January 2010: Running Commentary of Republic Day parade from 0350 UT
Hindi: 6155(Bengaluru 500 kW); 11620(Aligarh 250 kW); 15135(Delhi 50 kW).
English: 5990(Delhi 250 kW); 9810 (Delhi 50 kW); 11830 (Delhi 50 kW); 15050 (Bengaluru 500 kW)
The following  Regional stations will change from their morning frequencies on 60 Meters (4 & 5 MHz frequencies) to their daytime frequencies between 0335-0350 UT as follows:
5965 Jammu?
5985 Ranchi?
6000 Leh
6040 Jeypore
6065 Kohima?
6085 Gangtok
6150 Itanagar?
6190 Delhi
7230 Kurseong
7240 Mumbai
7280 Guwahati
7295 Aizawl
7315 Shillong
7325 Jaipur
7440 Lucknow
(? = Normally off air)
So some unusual reception of AIR stations shall be observed.
The other following stations are already scheduled to be on air daily at this time and will also relay the running commentary.
6020 Shimla
6110 Srinagar
7210 Kolkata
7290 Thiruvanthapuram
7335 Imphal
7380 Chennai
7390 Port Blair
7420 Hyderabad
7430 Bhopal
Reception Reports may be sent to spectrum-manager @

73 (Jose Jacob, VU2JOS, National Institute of Amateur Radio, Raj Bhavan Road, Hyderabad 500082, India, Telefax: 91-40-2331 0287 Cell: 94416 96043, Jan 20, dx_india yg via DXLD)

Radio Batavia on air!!!!!!!!!!!!

Hi there! Having a nice winter over there ?
This afternoon we are testing a transmitter and new crystal on 3900 Khz . We wonder , which exact frequency do you receive us,  and what do you think of the modulation ? Please send your reaction this afternoon during the test to .  We will start the transmission about 12.30 hours utc .
Thanks!  Hope to hear from you!
Good luck !
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Atlantic 2000 on shortwave in a few minutes, this Sunday, January 24th

Atlantic 2000 will be on the air this Sunday, January 24th, from 14:00 to 16:00 UTC (15:00 to 17:00 CET) on 7610 kHz,and at the same time on our website.
The broadcast will be repeated from 16:00 to 18:00 UTC on the Internet only.

Log Roberto Pavanello

  711   22/1 22.57 COPE - Murcia SS ID e pubblicità locale suff.
  990   22/1 21.57 R. Bilbao - SS ID e pubblicità locale suff.
 1044   22/1 20.57 R. Valladolid - SS ID e pubblicità locale suff.
 3905   22/1 20.10 Skyline R. Int. - EE ID e MX buono
 4800   23/1 16.30 A.I.R. - Hyderabad Hindy MX buono
 4885   23/1 05.10 R. Clube do Parà - Belem PP MX buono
 4895   23/1 23.40 R. Mongolia - Ilan Baatar Mongolo MX buono
 5815   24/1 09.45 Orion R. - EE ID e MX buono
 5915   24/1 00.00 Myanma R. - Yangon Birmano talk OM suff.
 5940   23/1 23.45 R. Paz no Valle - Camboriù PP predica suff.
 6185   24/1 00.05 R. Nac. do Amazonas - Brasilia PP ID e NX buono
 6240   23/1 16.40 Voice of Freedom - Seoul Coreano MX buono
 6285   24/1 10.05 R. Transeurope - EE ID e MX suff.
 7530   23/1 17.00 Ginbot 7 R. - Oslo Amarico talk OM buono
 9480   23/1 23.30 WTWW - Nashville EE ID e rock MX ottimo
 9505   23/1 23.10 R. Record - Sao Paulo PP calcio buono
11915   22/1 20.15 R. Gaucha - Porto Alegre PP talk OM suff.
17550   23/1 13.30 Voice of Tibet - Oslo Tibetano talk OM suff.

Roberto Pavanello
Vercelli / Italia

Ascolti AM

Domenica 17 gennaio 2010
16.03 - 891 kHz
RADIO 538 - Hulsberg (Paesi Bassi)
Olandese, jingles e mx pop.
Segnale sufficiente-buono
QRM COM Radio 882 kHz.


Lunedì 18 gennaio 2010
08.00 - 1188 kHz
MR4 - Marcali e/o Szolnok (Ungheria)
Croato, nxs YL e mx leggera.
Segnale sufficiente-insufficiente


Martedì 19 gennaio 2010
05.56 - 1215 kHz
COPE - Santander (Spagna)
Spagnolo, pubblicità locale.
Segnale sufficiente-buono
1. Co-ch Absolute R.+altre COPE.
2. Albania s/on 06.30v06.45.
06.50 - 1305 kHz
RNE 5 TN - Ciudad Real (Spagna)
Spagnolo, nxs Castilla La Mancha.
Segnale buono
Co-ch Premier R. UK.


Venerdì 22 gennaio 2010
18.22 - 1071 kHz
IRIB R. MA'AREF - Qom (Iran)
Farsi, tk OMs e folla urlante.
Segnale insufficiente-buono
20.30 - 1071//549 kHz
RTA 1 - Illizi (Algeria)
Arabo, tk OMs/YL.
Segnale insufficiente-sufficiente
21.14 - 1071//1089 kHz
TALKSPORT - Clipstone e/o Wreckenton (UK)
Inglese, annunci OM.
Segnale insufficiente-insufficiente
Fade-ins di pochi secondi.

Luca Botto Fiora

G.C. 09E13 - 44N21
Rapallo (Genova)
R7 Drake
Satellit 500 Grundig
ATS909 Sangean
DE1103 Degen
VR500 Yaesu
Loop ferrite ACA 75 cm modificata (@70 kHz-2 MHz)
Loop 1 spira da finestra 150x100 cm (@2-6 MHz)
Dipolo aperto 20 m (@6-30 MHz)
Ampli RF K0LR per loop ACA modificato (WA1ION)
Ampli RF LX1456 Nuova Elettronica per loop SW e dipolo
Balun a choke coassiale 1:1 di RG174 per dipolo (IZ7ATH)
Eliminatore di QRM MFJ 1026 modificato (W8JI)

QTC CRRP 001/2010- 22/01/2010 - Casa do Radioamador de Ribeirão Preto

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Casa do Radioamador de Ribeirão Preto - CRRP

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Glenn Hauser logs January 23-24, 2010

** ALBANIA [and non]. R. Tirana, 0000-0130 Albanian service to North America, 7425, Jan 23 at 2358 IS but poor signal, and not much audible after 0000. Chinese had been on 7425 around 2355, which is CRI via Kunming. CRI is also scheduled on 7425 in English via Kashgar at 00-01. R. Tirana`s other frequency from Shijak, 6130, had much better signal at 0006 Jan 24, no QRM, but just barely modulated.

Meanwhile noted rapid clicking QRM covering 7432-7436 or so which at first I thought was spur from DentroCuban jamming on 7405, but clix still there when jamming had ceased after 0000. Fortunately, no broadcasts scheduled on 7435 until 0030 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** ARGENTINA. Since 11710v was reactivated on Jan 22-23, I look for the other frequency from same transmitter, 15345, at the earliest opportunity, scheduled from 2000 on Saturdays with R. Nacional relay. Jan 23 at 2057 there is a weak signal, sounds Spanish rather than Arabic --- where is Morocco? Is it off or not propagating? By 2157, 15345 considerably stronger and definitely in Spanish, 2100 precisely accurate 5-pip timesignal, and talking about Argentina. Still no sign of Morocco, no het. LRA close to 15345.0.

Next check at 2355 music and Argentine-accented talk, 2358 giving an e-mail address for R. Nacional, or maybe it was a government PSA. UT Jan 24: 0004 saying they were now transmitting from Mar del Plata. On UT Sundays they stay on 15345 until sign off nominally at 0230, while on Sundays they use 11710v instead from 1800 to 0300 UT Mondays.

As for the 25m channel, which I estimated at 11709.4 based on my one-kHz stepping up and down on the YB-400, Giampiero Bernardini in Italy was listening at about the same time from 0040 UT Jan 23, and put it on 11710.56 drifting upward very slowly by about 1 Hz per minute. He also has an FRG-7 but can measure frequencies much more accurately with SDR-IQ and/or AOR AR7030. Apparently I got it on the wrong side of the center channel.

Wolfgang Büschel reports that RAE is back on the air because a new tube has been installed, while Gabriel Iván Barrera previously told us that purchase of a whole new transmitter had been approved in November, so was there a misunderstanding or is the new transmitter still on the way? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** ECUADOR [non]. HCJB via CVC CHILE, 11920 in Portuguese, Jan 24 at 0008 *still* with dirty FMy mushy spurs including obviously // audio around 11900 and 11940. How can either organization allow these to go on and on? Is anyone paying attention? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. Lavwadlamerik, again Jan 23 with fill-in secret transmission on 15390 until 2100* sharp, and up on successor 13725 at *2102:30. After 2200, 15390 was off while 13725 remained on; and by 2201, 11905 had also come on late.

Another check at 2359: the secret 7590 channel, only fair signal, cut off with programming in progress at 2359:50*. Expected it back on within two minutes, but instead it did not resume until 0007 Jan 24. Wonder why it took so long.

Meanwhile I was also checking the VOA Spanish service which starts at 0000: 9885 was on with music fill shortly after, but // 5890 took a few more minutes to come up, confirmed at 0009.

Repeatedly not being able to start a transmission by the top of the hour certainly looks amateurish. Back at HQ they apparently don`t understand that frequency changes cannot be made in a few sex on these old transmitters, and need to build in flex programming time at the end of hours, or just plain pauses for switching time. Many other SW stations have the same disconnect (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A [and non]. WTWW rock music and ID testing continued July 23 on 9480 until 1900 when as scheduled shifted to 9475 to avoid YFR. No difference in signal strength here, unlike some other places. Only problems, occasional usually brief carrier drops off the air due to some failsafe circuit, and I ceased to keep track of those exact lapses. 2200 back to 9480 still with VG signal. But must have faded down with the sun, as by 2355 was not hearing it at all, or maybe off; instead, some other weak station, probably the Tibetan service CNR-11 which starts 9480 at 2155 via Baoji-Sifangshan 724 site per Aoki.

Kept checking 5755 for WTWW`s evening test, but nothing there yet by 0009, while WWRB was in well on 5745, so WTWW must not have been on. Still no sign of it at 0054 so the 5755 test may have been scrubbed tonight (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ###

WDX6AA Shortwave Radio Logs

AUSTRALIA Radio Australia-Shepparton 17795 2327 English 444 Jan 22 Two OMs on languages and culture and the demise of some languages. //15560[444]Shep.

CHINA Radio China Intl-CRI 13580 0004 Chinese 444 Jan 23 YL with comments. YL with an ID in English 0000 and continued with an English program. //11975[333], 11900[333], 11845[333], 9435[333].

CHINA CPBS 12045 0010 Chinese 433 Jan 23 Two YLs with comments.

JAPAN Radio Japan-NHK 13640 2215 English 333 Jan 21 YL with comments plus some vocal music. QRM via VOA Relay via North Marianas.

JAPAN Radio Japan-NHK 15195 2348 Chinese 333 Jan 22 YL and OM with comments plus some vocal music by a YL. YL and OM with comments 2358. YL with an ID in English 0000 and continued in English with comments. //17810[333], 13650[433.

MARIANAS, North Radio Free Asia-RFA 15550 2340 Chinese 333 Jan 22 YL and OM with comments. Jammer heard in the background 2352.

NEW ZEALAND Radio New Zealand Intl-RNZI 15720 2332 English 444 Jan 24 Two YLs plus an OM with comments. Music vocals by a YL 2334.
Stewart MacKenzie, WDX6AA
Huntington Beach, California, USA
Rcvrs: Kenwood R5000 and Grundig Satellit 650
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Glenn Hauser logs January 23, 2010

** CHINA. OTH radar pulses, presumed from here, Jan 23 at 1337, 5350-5390 QRMing ham radio on 5373 (see USA); also 5775-5825, but this time shifted far enough up not to QRM AFN GUAM 5765-USB (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CHINA. Firedrake Jan 23 at 1349: JBA on 8400, NAAA [not audible at all] on 9000, 10210, 11300 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA. 6140, RHC in English audible but much weaker than // 6060, 6010 at 0655 Jan 23. Some 24 hours earlier, 6140 was off. But at 0656, 6140 cut to dead air while English continued on the other two.

This week I chose RHC for musical entertainment on Saturday morning, ``Cancionero Iberoamericano``, on 15120, Jan 23 in progress at 1438 as Tony Gómez was presenting a frenetic song in English about family planning. Turned out to be a Barbados segment, followed by a much quieter tune, ``Beautiful Barbados``. 1446 on to Trinidad & Tobago for a funny calypso song with tambores metálicos (esteel drums); 1448 time for a bit of something from Aruba, where most people speak four languages, and the main one, Papiamentu, is a combo of six. Before news summary, filled with a promo for Habana`s Malecón (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA [non]. 6030, tuning by R. Martí at 0653 UT Sat Jan 23, sufficiently above DentroCuban Jamming Command to tell they were talking about Tico Valdés. Suspect another airing of ``Arte Latino`` apolitical show. They may be running these evergreen episodes over and over (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** INDONESIA. 9526-, VOI good signal and fair modulation with music during English hour, Jan 23 around 1335 check; but off the air at next check 1410 when the Malay hour has been appearing sporadically (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** LAOS [non]. Checking WHRI 11785, Sat Jan 23: on the air at 1357 with gospel huxter in English, 1359 to open carrier and off during the hour Hmong Lao Radio used to emanate. 1519 recheck, back on with choppy Hmong talk, badly edited? for the 1500-1530 semihour of Hmong World Christian Radio (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U K [non]. BBCWS publicity said they would start their own Creole-language service Sat Jan 23 and thence daily carried on six FM stations in Haiti at 1410-1430, and `` It will also be available on shortwave.``. WTFK??? Forced us to hunt, so we did so between 1405 and 1425 Jan 23, scanning all broadcast bands twice between 5 and 18 MHz (even -22 MHz just in case), and not a trace of it. No suspicious unID signals anywhere even with music which could be this.

We can confidently say that if BBC Krèyol is really on SW, it`s not at the same time as on FM. Same press referred to the existing 12-13 transmission via WHRI 9410 and GUF 11860, which has been converted from all-Spanish to Spanish and English, but did not say that the Creole service would be inserted into that, unmonitored today. Seems unlikely, as that would be some two hours earlier than the FM relay.

Alokesh Gupta found out additional info about BBC Creole: It`s produced in Miami and presented by Carline Faustin and Simone Degraff, who host a Creole language program on Miami's public radio, WLRN, but produced and edited by several BBC personnel. Plans to maintain it at least until Sunday 7 Feb. The FM affiliates are those of Radio France Internationale, thru which the pre-recorded program is routed (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. Re: Haven`t heard WTWW testing the last few days on 9480 or 5755, so I asked George McClintock how things are going. He says a long test period is scheduled for Saturday Jan 23, times here changed to UT:
1600-1900 9480
1900-2200 9475
2200-2400 9480
0000-0400 5755 [UT Sunday]
``All this assumes that we have no problems. This will be a test to see how the transmitter and other equipment hold up with extended transmission time.`` (Glenn Hauser, DX LISTENING DIGEST 10-03)

And it`s on and running! Huge steady S9+25 signal here with classic rock `n` roll music at 1608 Jan 23. Frequent IDs by Ted Randall, asking for reports to tedrandall @  Stayed on except for a brief transmitter break at 1656. And cut off again abruptly at 1726, stayed off until resuming at 1737. The shift to 9475 at 19-22 is because YFR is using 9480 during those two sesquihours via Nauen. Good music, but I suspect that will not be its main format once WTWW is in regular service (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 7490, WWCR-3, Sat Jan 23 at 1346 with gospel music, hyper DJ inviting participation by singing groups; not laid-back Rock the Universe with Rich Adcock. Jan 1 online program schedule no longer shows RTU at all on WWCR, but Sat 13-14 is Inspirations Across America, and 1400-1430 Country Crossroads. Nevertheless, at 1412 check it was the piano lady with her Musical Memories, consistently filling that semihour instead (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A [and non]. Despite previous info from Media Network that the Bonaire relay of Lavwadlamerik on 6135 at 1230-1330 would be expanded from M-F to daily, nothing there at 1325 check Sat Jan 23, nor on // 9505 Greenville ex-9660 as heard the day before. At least we think the latter be Greenville; if Krèyol service demands exceed capacity there, more ad-hoc relays via other sites might ensue. Absence of the morning broadcast matches press claims of 9.5 total hours on weekends, 10.5 on weekdays, as we had calculated in previous post constructing full overt and covert schedule.

9310, VOA English at 1521 Jan 23 via Tinang, PHILIPPINES westward, on the threat of invasive Asian carp to lake Michigan, how to keep them out with barriers? On the Environment Report, ending all too soon at 1523 for silly sports segment. Here`s one of many stories, more about the carp:

** U S A [and non]. 5373, Jan 23 at 1337, SSB traffic bothered by OTH radar spanning 5350-5390, presumably CHINA, q.v. Also bothered by ute beeping from 5368 area. 5373 is one of the five discrete frequencies constituting the ``60 meter hamband`` in the USA [would you believe 55 meters?], as ARRL reminds us at
``The FCC has granted amateurs 5332, 5348, 5368, 5373 and 5405 kHz``

UNIDENTIFIED. 5900, Jan 23 at 1343 with big hum and no intelligible modulation. B-09 registrations show Tashkent, UZBEKISTAN site during this semihour with Vatican relay, but 5900 keeps switching sites with relays of various stations: 0930 Irkutsk, 1200 Pet/Kam, 1300 Novosibirsk, 1330 Tashkent, 1400 Samara. This might have been the latter warming up before 1400 start of VOR Urdu (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ###