lunedì 4 aprile 2011

Glenn Hauser logs April 3-4, 2011

** ANTARCTICA [and non]. 15476, still no carrier from LRA36, Monday April 4 at 1251, 1317, and at 1401 when Polskie Radio via UK was OK on 15480 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** BRAZIL. 15190, UT Monday April 4 at 0054 sounds like a national anthem, deep fades but good at peaks. Ends at 0059 with Portuguese mention of and corresponding e-mail address; also 21 horas (tho it`s now 22 local in Beautiful Horizon). 0100 full ID with MW, SW and FM callsigns and frequencies of R. Inconfidência. Sufficient reception after WYFR Portuguese is thru blocking it all the way from 2200 to 0045.

I admit to not being familiar with the Braz NA, as it is seldom heard (seldom played?) by all the SW stations Brazil is still so fortunate to have. But as I recall, it does seem to be the one linked here in midi, with interesting background about it:
So does ZYE522 make a habit of playing NA at this time? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CHINA [and non]. Firedrake April 4:
 8400, VG at 1230; VG also at 1323, and no SOH audible during pause
10300, Chinese talk, poor at 1228, with SAH, so evidently Sound of Hope is for the moment atop FD!! At 1255, FD atop but now very poor. At 1323, fair FD and no SOH audible
10970, good at 1228, first one encountered this morning; poor at 1320
11500, VG at 1245, better than 10970; poor at 1320
13130, fair at 1250
13970, good at 1247. No others heard up to 18 MHz by 1253
15900, fair at 1315, not before 1300; now no others up to 18 MHz
At 1409, no FD audible anywhere above 8 MHz (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA [and non]. 11830, RHC on new frequency as expected, April 4 at 1243 with `Gaceta Cultural`, VG and hard to tell if WYFR carrier is on yet, probably not. // 11760 and an echo apart, 11690, not 11730 which does not oncome until 1300. 12040 is still on, mixing with ChiCom jamming and VOA. WYFR 11830 OC does come on at *1254, IS and sign-on at 1259 also mentioning 11865 and 11910 but only the latter is // programming.

Commies vs Christian Camping cultists! WYFR has been using 11830 forever, but blissfully ignorant RHC frequency manager Arnie Coro picks it anyway. Axually, this is a good idea: all RHC frequencies should be arranged to collide with WYFR, since no one wants to hear the nonsense both of them spew! A tremendous conservation of frequencies. WYFR is 315 degrees, due NW from Okeechobee, i.e. blasting across central USA on its way to Vancouver. In next hour past 1400, the two took turns dominating 11830 as the other would slightly fade, but always with an unacceptable mixture.

The RHC online transmission schedule at
has now been updated to show 11830 as to ``New York`` at 11-15, and the new European frequency as *17560* from 1930 in French, not 17650 nor 17550, both reported previously and corrected(?).

We can hardly wait until 1930 to confirm which is really in use. If it is 17560, that will be colliding with VOA, also in French, due east from BONAIRE until 2030 daily.

Other new RHC frequencies of note:
9710 at 21-23, 13670 at 21-04, both for Caribbean.
12020 at 21-05 to Chile will collide, Commies vs Commies, with Vietnam 12020v at 22-24 including English at 2330. Contrary to
9620 is not on RHC`s own schedule at 23-04 to SAm, but still on 9770. 9620 would have been a huge collision with Spain (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** GERMANY [non]. 17650, April 4 at 1338 good signal talking about Afghanistan, 1359 DW jingle and ID, mentions Dari. Schedule is:

1330-1400 Dari, 1400-1430 Pushto, both 500 kW via Rampisham UK, but making a 3-degree antenna shift between them from 92 to 95, i.e. from northern to southern Afghanistan; does that really make a difference? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** INDONESIA [and non]. 9526-, VOI after missing two days, is back April 4, at 1233 good in Japanese, repeating words, probably Indonesian lesson. 1349 check still on in English hour with ID, ``sound of dignity`` slogan, music; from 1357 usual ChiCom 9525.0 het (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** JORDAN. 11960, April 4 at 0458, Arabic music and announcement but cuts off the air at 0459:10*. Presumably R. Jordan. A-11 registered as 0500-0715, 500 kW, 250 degrees from AKA site (Al Karanah), and had recently been heard after 0500, but I bet Jordan just went on DST. Yes, WRTH 2011 says it started March 28, UT+3 instead of UT+2, so broadcasts are one UT hour earlier, and this one is only one hour long, anyway, starting at 0400? And anyhow, neighbor Turkey, q.v. continued on 11980 past 0500, so we were not bereft of ME music and culture (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** LIBYA. 17725, VOAf from the GJ, April 4 at 1400 starting English on time for a change, with still-imaginary frequencies announced, 21695 and 17850; but too poor here vs my cable DTV box bubble-jammer (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** NIGERIA. 15120, April 4 at 0449 big hum, must be VON warming up. Yes, at 0450 talking drumming starts, melody and rhythm remind us of a Perry Como tune, ``Don`t Let the Stars Get In Your Eyes``, probably coincidental. 0452 ID as ``Voice of Nigeria, Laygoss``.

Bad/under modulation but S9+15 and now the OSOB --- no sign of Australia on 15160 or 15240 nor any other African sites. Then I look up in HFCC (which lacks Nigeria), and see 15160 does not start until 0500, but 15240 should have been on since 0000. By 0503 check during news, VON signal has dropped markedly but still with its signature hum/whine (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** NORTH AMERICA. 6815-AM, following a tip from TCS mailing list, presumed The Crystal Ship, UT April 4 at 0040, hard rock music but too little signal, too much noise. BTW, to keep up with where lightning is striking around the USA, even for non-golfers, see

** SUDAN [non]. 13620, April 4 at 0455, good with flutter, the SSOB, only other significant signal being Russia 13775. Talk is Arabic-like but also seems tonal, which Arabic is not. 0500 lo-fi speech continues thru hourtop, but 0502 R. Dabanga singing and spoken IDs. This is 250 kW, 330 degrees from MADAGASCAR so also USward, at 0430-0527 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** TAIWAN. Sound of Hope: makes it past Firedrake on 10300: see CHINA

** TURKEY. 11980, 0458 April 4 Turkish music, 0500 accurate timesignal and presumed news theme, news talk. Scheduled now 04-06, 500 kW, 310 degrees from Emirler to Europe, also USward when propagation cooperate. See also JORDAN (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A [and non]. 9330-CUSB, April 3 at 0603, gospel rock with good signal. Must be WBCQ with prolonged Radio 2:11 broadcast. Current (?) schedule at
shows nothing but Good Friends Radio Network, 1300-0400 daily. Also at 0507 April 4 with praise music.

Compared to CHU 3330, WBCQ is slightly on the low side of 9330 --- but is CHU`s frequency really ``standard``, i.e. extremely accurate like its time? WBCQ is normally a bit off (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 9825, UT Sunday April 3 at 0413, Chris, Lobdell`s ``Pirating with Cumbre`` segment amid `DXing with Cumbre`, VG signal. Tnx to Wolfgang Büschel tip the week before when B-10 might still have been in effect, so was not sure it would still be there this week. Is on current online WHR schedule for 0400 Sundays on 9825, so in this case the SW frequency listed is really on the air!

This has been duly entered on the A-11 update of our DX/SWL/MEDIA PROGRAM schedule, along with one other DWC SW airing which needs to be reconfirmed, Sun 0730 on 11565:

** U S A. WINB has been missing a lot of airtime lately, and it`s not just because 13570 doesn`t usually propagate overnight. No sign of that April 3 at 0607 while Zambia and Australia were good on 13590, 13630, 13690. 

But also at 1403 April 4, not on 9265, nor 13570, clear of QRM to CODAR, while at 1405, ``running water`` appeared briefly centered on 13571.5, also free of WINB QRM. Still nothing from it at 1426 check. I wonder if such utilities have objected to WINB being on 13570? Website sked as of March 13 still claims it is 24 hours, either on 13570 or 9265, except for one-minute QSY breaks:

Both still absent at 1724 check April 4. Breakdown, or did program contracts run out and it no longer pays to run the wobbly old transmitter 24/7? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ###