lunedì 30 aprile 2012

Glenn Hauser logs April 30, 2012

** ASCENSION. 17640, April 30 at 1346, BBCWS in English with long/short path echo. This is helpfully aimed 114 degrees from English Bay, so the long path traverses S. Africa, exiting over East London (shouldn`t that be South London?), across Indian Ocean near Amsterdam Island, WA and NT Australia, PNG, north of Hawaii, entering N. America at San Francisco, as viewed on the NGS globe with geometer. Short path is about 6650 miles, so long path is 18350 miles, or 11700 miles further. At the 186,000 miles per second speed of radio, the delay is only 0.06 second (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** AUSTRALIA. 19000, April 30 at 0137, R. Australia with good signal in English, new frequency. Unfortunately, even-MHz frequencies are subject to birdies on the FRG-7 Wadley loop circuit, making a slight het whether tuned to top of the 18-19 range, or bottom of the 19-20. Tnx to tip from Andy Bonin, VE2OTW in Magog, Quebec, Canada, who first heard 19000 April 29 from 0000.

19000 is one of the frequencies planned for new DRM service which was supposed to start April 1, but delayed for some reason. So we should not be surprised if it and others like 9890 suddenly switch to DRM mode. That schedule was:

``Time UT  kHz   Target               DRM mode
0100-0300 19000  central Pacific      C 10 kHz 16QAM level 1 11 kb/s
0700-0900  7410  south-west Pacific   B 10 kHz 64QAM level 2 24 kb/s
0900-1100  9475  south-west Pacific   B 10 kHz 64QAM level 2 24 kb/s
1100-1300  6080  west Pacific & PNG   C 10 kHz 16QAM level 1 11 kb/s
1300-1500  9890  central Pacific      C 10 kHz 16QAM level 1 11 kb/s
1500-1700  5940  SE-Asia              C 10 kHz 16QAM level 1 11 kb/s
1700-1900  9475  SE-Asia              C 10 kHz 16QAM level 1 11 kb/s
(Nigel Holmes, Chief Engineer, Radio Australia via Craig Seager,
Australian Radio DX Club via Alokesh Gupta, March 20, dxldyg via WORLD
OF RADIO 1609, DXLD 12-12)``

The YL DJ on 19000 before 0200 seemed to have a French accent. I wonder if she`s another repurposed survivor of the cancelled RA French service, like the manager himself. Still in well at 0230, but not at 0330; presumably went off at 0300.

15160, which has been missing after 0500, is still on the air before 0500, heard at 0411 April 30 // 15515, equivalent signals USward.

12080, April 30 at 0535, RA audible with poor signal in talk // 13630 and 15515, but not // 15240, other RA English playing music at the moment, presumably Asian service following Indonesian, aimed mistakenly into the Pacific and North America. See also UNID 6020.

It`s May 1 in Melbourne and has this schedule been updated to show any of the new times and frequencies? No!

I then go to the Indonesian language website, and link to its SW frequency schedule to find whether 15240 is in it:
But it`s obviously just about English, not Indonesian! Where instead you are supposed to listen to the FM relay nearest you (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CHINA. Firedrake April 30, after 1300:
15485, fair at 1305 with het on hi side
15555, fair at 1303 with het on lo side; during ramshorn/cymbals part

After 1330, a dozen:
17250, fair at 1330
17170, very good at 1330
17100, fair at 1330
16980, poor at 1331
16700, very good at 1331
16100, very good at 1330
15970, very good at 1332
15670, fair at 1333, mixing with Chinese, probably additional CNR1 jam
15570, good at 1333, het on lo side
15495, good at 1333, het on hi side
14950, very good at 1335
14800, very good at 1335; none in the 13s, 12s, 11s, 10s, 9s

Before 1400:
15490, good at 1358, het on lo side
15970, very good at 1357
15610, fair at 1357, het on hi side

** CUBA [and non]. It seems the DentroCuban Jamming Command has decided it`s not worth the trouble to turn off the noise during the weekly silent period of R. Martí, 0300-0900 UT Mondays: April 30 at 0527, still wall-of-noise on 6030, 7405. Goodbye, DX opportunities on 6030. Tnx a lot, Arnie!

RHC is all excited about the Primero de Mayo parades tomorrow; 17580, April 30 at 1347 a report from Santiago about the desfile there: the correspondent knows exactly how many workers will be participating already! The glory of regimentation. No doubt other cities will parade, but the big `un `ll be in Habana, and may well cause disruptions in the RHC SW schedule in order to broadcast it live. ``¡Patria o Suerte, Pensaremos!`` May 1 is also RHC`s anniversary.

17580 has usual CCI and SAH by now, and RHC turns it off by 1400, not 1500 as on Arnie`s disinformation schedule. YFR Bengali via Wertachtal is at 13-15 on 17580, at 1401 the YFR theme heard poorly, so RHC really needs to turn 17580 off at 1300. Another frequency failure by this outlaw station which refuses to participate in HFCC and avoid such collisions (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** ISRAEL. 15760, April 30 at 1356, poor signal with IBA IS prior to Persian, the only language worth shortwaving from here. So the wintry 1500-1630 broadcast has been shifted an hour earlier for summer: per, Israel went on UT+3 March 30, until Sept 23, while Iran went on UT +4.5 March 21, until Sept 21. EiBi shows the other frequency is 13850 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** KOREA NORTH. 15180, April 30 at 0105, no signal on 15180 or 13760, where V. of Korea used to broadcast English to Latin America. Could be no propagation, but a new schedule is just going into effect, per NK-watcher Martyn Williams who has been monitoring their announcements. Probably for their own convenience, not that of listeners who have to sleep sometime, this transmission is being moved 3 hours later to 0400. So at 0414 I try these two again plus third 11735, and nothing but a JBA carrier on 13760, could be VOK.

11710 // 9335, April 30 at 1339, triumphal choral music, so VOK English to NAm is still here; decided to keep colliding as usual with heavy CCI from RFA Burmese via TINIAN at 1230-1430 on 9335.

11735, April 30 at 1401, hyper-assertive N. Korean talk. Yet, Arnulf Piontek`s complete new VOK schedule shows 11735 only at 0300-1000. Hope this does not stay on too much later, to QRM Zanzibar! (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** MEXICO. 6185, April 30 at 0412, XEPPM is still nothing but a dead carrier. A pity, since until 0500 there is no adjacent QRM. Vatican is also on 6185 at 0230-0500, to E Europe, but now pretty much faded out here by 0400 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** PAKISTAN. 17520, April 30 at 1350, exotic S Asian vocal music, flutter and hum; 1400 one(?) time pip, muffled and distorted talk, presumably R. Pakistan Urdu service as scheduled 1330-1530, 250 kW, 282 degrees from Islamabad per HFCC [and colliding with Vatican in Urdu via Madagascar from 1410; what a coincidence!]. Aoki says 17520 is instead API-6 at 312 degrees. Noel Green replied to an earlier log:

``Yes, R. Pakistan is scheduled and heard on 17520 between 1330 and 1530 and is usually on top of VAT via MDC at my location in NW England, but often with strong QRM too. Aoki is correct in that it is listed as API-6, and EiBi too in that it is listed via 282 degrees in the PAK schedule. My understanding is that it is meant to reach N Africa, as well as other places within this azimuth, despite being listed as 'External Service for Gulf & M.E.' The parallel channel is API-5 via 15290 and at 282 minus 12 = 270  degrees (as shown). (Noel R. Green, England, April 11, dxldyg via WORLD OF RADIO 1612, DX LISTENING DIGEST)`` (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SUDAN [non]. 15725, April 30 at 0414, poor signal in Arabish, ``salaam aleikum``, heavy ACI from 15720 NZ, presumed V. of South Sudan Revolutionary Radio. Beware of R. Pakistan also on 15725 at 05-07 in Urdu, but might include some English. Aoki now shows VOSSRR at 04-07. NZ is supposed to quit 15720 at 0458 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 17530, April 30 at 1309-1310:10* open carrier on and off and on, no doubt VOA Greenville testing transmitter well prior to 1700 Portuguese.

I have also heard 15470 doing the same, and found that English is now scheduled from Greenville at 16-17: checked at 1628 April 30, excellent signal off the back concluding `New Dynamic English`, reference to --- obviously a private company contractor.

1630, opening ``30 minutes of Spe-cial Eng-lish, news and info, Technology Report and This Is America``, after the news with Bob Doty in Washington, until 1640-1645 TR and 1645+ TIA (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. WORLD OF RADIO 1614 monitoring: 9955, WRMI broadcast at 0500 UT Monday confirmed closing at 0528 mixing with pulsing jamming, more or less readable depending on how each is fading independently (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 9330-CUSB, April 30 at 0538, dead air, open carrier from WBCQ. When modulating Good Friends Radio Network, it`s often quite loud into the night now (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A [non]. 15660, 15615 and 17855 in decreasing order of strength, April 30 at 0530, ``Palladio`` diamond theme music that R. Free Asia plays reliably, Chinese talk. Sites are Tinian, Tinian, Saipan, respectively (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A [non]. 15775, April 30 at 1250, VOA Korean on new frequency ex-15180 where it was colliding with SRI LANKA, Aoki now showing that as V. of Wilderness, also in Korean at 1300-1330 Mon-Sat, 1300-1400 Sundays, an MBR client, due northeast from Trincomalee. Ivo Ivanov had listed this on same schedule in Japanese.

15180 does have a poor signal in Korean talk, April 30 at 1306, gospel-sounding music. V. of Wilderness is run by Cornerstone Ministry, in Tustin, California; so not primarily a political clandestine.

15775, VOA Korean programming had bits of classical music interspersed with narration, and clips in English ``Hitler is dead``, probably BBC in 1945y, and ``fall of Saigon``. 1300 into news, breaking for news-ID in English at 1302.

Aoki now shows VOA Korean on 15775 at 12-15, 21 degrees from TINIAN, the USward antenna accounting for very good signal here, tho with lite flutter. Trouble is, until 1257 or so there is CCI from something in Chinese --- what else but ChiCom jamming, probably CNR1, due to V. of Hope via Tajikistan on 15775 at 1300-1330, per Aoki, but subject to jumparounds in time and frequency. IBB really needs to coordinate better with SOH (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)  

UNIDENTIFIED. 6020, April 30 at 1343, R. Australia is no longer here, no QRMelbourne, but something in Chinese, poor signal with a bit of organ? music. Aoki and HFCC show CNR8 Mongolian service at 13-14 from Beijing 491 site; but it really sounded like Chinese, as I heard ``Mei Guo`` mentioned. V. of Vietnam-4, 20 kW from Daclac also scheduled, very unlikely.

Could it be Shiokaze, from Japan? That had been on 6020 lately, but Ron Howard reported April 29 it had just shifted to 5985, colliding with off-frequency Myanmar. If they were smart, they went right back to 6020 once R. Australia had left. Nothing audible here on 5985, nor anything expected a bihour after sunrise (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

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Tips onde corte 28 Aprile

Ecco un' altra selezione di tip onde corte per il mese di aprile.

15345 28/04 1948 R. Nacional Argentina, General Pacheco -Info Px "Sintonia
fina" Es 33423
11725 28/04 2000 R. New Zealand International, Rangitaiki -Id Ts Nx E

73 da N. Marabello
Treviso, Italy

ANT: VHF esterna a 230°

SW log 28-29/04/2012

Qualche ascolto del weekend:
2012-04-28  kHz UTC ITU Program + Location Details Remarks km  SINPO  15605 1532 USA KSDA AWR Asia, Agat/Facpi Point (KSDA) (GU) Local song, talk in Hindi  12211 km  24333  12105 2308 USA WTWW, Lebanon (WTWW) (TN) Religious px about Maria Maddalena, ID, in Portuguese  7902 km  24322  11930 2320 USA Radio Martí, Greenville (NC) Sports px, in Spanish  7322 km  23222  11920 2333 EQA HCJB Voice of Andes, Calera de Tango (rm) Talk about gaiety, songs, in Portuguese  11868 km  34333
2012-04-29  kHz UTC ITU Program + Location Details Remarks km  SINPO  11775 0002 USA Radio Martí, Greenville (NC) Sports px, in Spanish  7322 km  23222

Roberto Rizzardi
SWL I/0216/GR
Porto S. Stefano (GR) Italy
Lat 42N43 - Long 11E12 - Locator grid JN52NK
Receivers: ICOM IC-R71E
Sangean ATS909 with 2x80kHz Murata filters in FM
Antennas: 15 meters outdoor random wire with RF System Magnetic Longwire Balun
Indoor self-made single-turn coax loop
Telescopic and 7 meters indoor long wire antenna

domenica 29 aprile 2012

Glenn Hauser logs April 28-29, 2012

** AUSTRALIA. 15240, April 29 at 0517, RA still in Indonesian on the wrong frequency and/or antenna, aimed toward Pacific and US (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CHINA. Firedrake April 29, after 1300, not a complete bandscan:
15485, fair at 1307 with het on hi side vs V. of Tibet, Tajikistan
15500, fair at 1317, het on lo side; ex-15485
15555, fair to 1305* cut off

Before 1400:
13970, very good at 1348; none in the 12s
14800, very good at 1348
15490, fair at 1344, ex-15500
15610, fair at 1342, ACI to WEWN 15615
15970, poor at 1344
16100, good at 1345
16700, fair at 1345
16980, fair at 1345
17100, poor-fair at 1346
17170, JBA at 1346
17450, good at 1346

After 1400:
13850, fair at 1424; none in the 12s
14800, good at 1424
15600, poor at 1425 vs beeps still on 15603
17170, good at 1425; none in the 16s
17450, fair at 1426
17570, fair at 1427, CCI from V. of Tibet, Madagascar; none in the 18s

** CUBA. 13780, April 29 at 1350* RHC cuts off as soon as `En Contacto` is finished and anticipatory ``Día del Trabajo`` song in break before `En Cía. del Doctor` starts on all the other frequencies, 17730, 17580, 15340, 15230, 11860, 11760, 11750, 9540, not audible on 11690.

13780 is supposed to run until 1500 if you believe RHC`s online schedule and/or the deceptive one Arnie Coro has been sending out, replete with other departures from reality for anyone axually turning on a radio. It`s Sunday, another day when there will be no `Aló, Presidente`, so probably why 13780 turned off early. None of those listed frequencies from 1400 on the air at 1514 check.

This Sunday, RHC did manage to get the Esperanto service on the air, 11760 at 1513 check with a rock song in Esperanto, from the limited canon of such and I think I`ve heard it before (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** MEXICO. 6185, April 29 I manage to check R. Educación as early as 0430, and yes, the carrier is on, but no, there is no audible modulation. Can`t have one without the other. Don`t they realize they are failing to modulate? Just flip the switch turning on the transmitter and forget it (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** MEXICO. As in last report, the sporadic-E TVDX opening faded out April 28 by 1740 UT --- usually  Es stays out after local noon, but today it came back around 1831 with Spanish CCI on channel 2.

1843, still mix on 2 and now MUF up to ch 3, 1846 a net-5 movie, featuring bats, snow free for a while.

1843, ch 2 with net-5 promo

1846, ch 4 is now opening up with CCI, but I have other stuff to do so miss the rest of the afternoon`s opening (Glenn Hauser, Enid OK, DX LISTENIING DIGEST)

** OKLAHOMA. 90.5, April 28 at 1855 UT, now there is a local signal, meaning I`m not going to hear XEDA or any other DX unless it is very strong. Yes, new KGVV Goltry (transmitter really closer at Carrier), with gospel music, 1903 ``My Praise FM`` joint ID with originator KLVV 88.7 Ponca City (which we can get anyway direct), not to mention the 98.5 translator inside Enid, which is no longer required, but still running // 90.5 and 88.7 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SRI LANKA. 17635, April 29 at 1312, YL with prayer in English, amens, into another language, Vietnamese? No, Cambodian, per Aoki, AWR via Trincomalee, 125 kW, 65 degrees, at 1300-1400 mixing Malay, Cambodian, Laotian, and Thai depending on which half-hour and which day of week. This is one of those temporary substitutes for KSDA while in partial maintenance, schedule effective until June 30 only; so don`t delay if you want to QSL this station/site (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SUDAN SOUTH [non]. 15725, April 29 at 0519, poor signal on AM in assertive Arabish speech. 0528 as I was switching receivers and antennas, bit of music and change to English so I missed ID if any, weakening and lost to the noise by 0535. Presumably new clandestine Voice of South Sudan Revolutionary Radio as others have reported around this hour.

Meanwhile I compared to other African signals on 19m: at 0520, 15400 Dabanga via Madagascar, fair and better than 15725; 15580, VOA Botswana poor and worse than 15725. These were on indoor `long` wire due to storms in our area (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. WORLD OF RADIO 1614 monitoring: confirmed with very good signal on WTWW 5755, UT Sunday April 29 at 0400. Remaining WRMI 9955 airings: Sunday 1530, 1730, Monday 0500, 1130 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

Logs of April 27 & 28

April 27 - 28

China - CRI on 11875 in Chaozhou with a female announcer at 1134. Assuming the news. Music at 1139 and after some dialog, again at 1151.
Spain - R. Exterior De Espania on 17595 at 1531 in Spanish with music. On 6055, 6125, 9535 and 9620 in Spanish with musical program at 0256. News with male and female announcers at 0300.

Australia - At 5995 at 1027 with a male announcer with music in Pidgen.

United States - EWTN via WEWN on 5810 at 0250 in Spanish to Central America with a musical program. Male host taking listener phone calls.

Coast Rica - R. Exterior De Espania on 5995 and 9630 in Spanish with news at 0300 by male and female announcers. Same broadcast as frequencies from Spain.

Ukraine - Denge Mezopotamya on 11530 at 0334 in Kurdish with a musical program. Target to Middle East. Lost the signal at 0340.

Germany - Adventist World Radio in Amharic. Male announcer on 11610 at 0351. Beamed to East Africa.
                   Radio Japan on 11680 at 0355 with station ID. Target to the Middle East. Male and female announcers.

Italy (Santa Maria di Galeria ) - VOA in Somali to East Africa on 11745 off the air at 0359 sign off.

Madagascar - VOA in Kinyarwanda on 11905 at 0426 with music. Male announcer. Target to East Africa. Broadcast ended at 0430.

Belarus - Belaruskaye Radio on 11930 at 0433 in Belarussian. The news read by male and female hosts. Targeted to Europe.

France - Radio Japan in English on 11970 at 0512 with a musical broadcast. Targeted to South Africa. ID was given at 0529 and the station signed off at 0530.
                Radio France on 11700 at 0614 in French with a female hostess. Assuming it is a news magazine.

Turkey - Voice of Turkey on 11980 at 0533 with music in Turkish. Female hostess playing indigenous music.

Russia - Radio Rossii on 12070 at 0546. Male and female announcers in Russian. Appeared to be a talk show.
                Voice of Russia in Russian. Female hostess on 9430 at 0250.

United Kingdom - BBC in Arabic. Male announcer on 11680 at 0611 with a telephone interview. In Persian at 0253 on 9500

New Zealand - Radio New Zealand Int. on 11725 at 0616 with a magazine show in English. Female announcer conducting an interview.

Romania - Radio Romania. On 9520 in Spanish. At 0257 signed off the air.

Sangaen ATS 909
200" random length longwire antenna with a "Slinky" toy in the middle,
MFJ 1045C preselector.
Corrections, assistance and suggestions are always welcomed.

Tips "Girolla"

4780,Rdiff TV de Djibouti DJI Arta, 1950 22Apr, px vernacular noise from UTE stanag better LSB,32233(Giroletti)
13362,AFRST feeder AFN GUM Barrigada,2005 22Apr, USB mode "Breaking NEWS" in E,33333(Giroletti)
4885,R Clube do Parà B Belèm, 0440 24Apr, px mx +ID,44444(Giroletti)
4915,R Difusora B Macapà, 0450 24Apr, px mx ,33333(Giroletti)
4825,R Cancao Nova  B Cachoeira,0505 24Apr, px mx +ID,33333(Giroletti)
4789.92, R Vision PRU Chiclayo,0516 24Apr, px mx no ID ,32233(Giroletti)
17720, R Pakistan PAK Islamabad,0950 25Apr, px mx local 1000utc time signal and px nx URDU 1006utc off TX???1008utc return TX,44444(Giroletti)
4319,AFRST feeder AFN DGA Diego Garcia, 1745 25Apr, USB mode px in E + ID,23323(Giroletti)

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sabato 28 aprile 2012

Glenn Hauser logs April 27-28, 2012

** AUSTRALIA. April 28, another day reconfirming fragments of new schedule of R. Australia, which they have still failed to display on their own website:

13630 on from *0500 in English, still no 13690 or 15160.

15240 at 0501 is again in Indonesian, good signal here obviously still on one of the Pacific azimuths, *not* toward Indonesia. While the other changes may be intentional, surely this is a mixup. Indonesian segments had previously been on 15415 at proper angle, but now that stays in English with much weaker signal here, and // much stronger 15515 to Pacific, equivalent strength to 15240 and ex-15160.

As for programming, since it`s Saturday afternoon, 13630, 15415 and 15515 are playing a silly ballgame at from before 0529, onwards.

What will happen on 15240, the Indonesian frequency which reverts to English at 0530? After a torch song in English, ``Georgia on My Mind`` as outroed in English, a brief Indonesian announcement, and 0530 cut to English service in mid-sentence, report about the Tasmanian Fungi Festival, I kid you not, and how visiting Europeans and Chinese should *not* eat Aussie ``death-cap`` mushrooms which *look* like safe ones they are familiar with. Good to know. 0533 on to report about a Japanese soccer ball being found on the Alaska coast, having been transported by the tsunami, and how the finder will be returning it to the owner whose ID info was visible upon it --- an old story; I know I heard the exact same report several days ago. According to the online program schedules, both Asia and Pacific at 05-07 Saturday are supposed to carry ``Live talk and music with Al Crombie``, and no ``Grandstand`` until 0700, but obviously not so.

After sunrise, too busy chasing other stuff to check much RA, but still on 9580, 9890 and 11945 before 1500. Both 9`s are off at 1504, altho something is still JBA on 11945, supposedly in a semi-hour break between Romania and Iran (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** AUSTRALIA. 15340, April 28 at 1229, HCJB Global Voice Australia ID in English, Melbourne address, and into another language starting with a song about Radio Shack(?), probably just similar-sounding words! Fair signal with regular fading, so likely SAH of about 8 Hz, from what? This is well before RHC blows them away from 1300.

What language? HFCC shows ``raw`` at 1230-1300 Sun-Fri, but does not account for anything on 15340 Saturdays --- surely there is something in this continuous transmission. Aoki shows Rawang at 1230-1300 Mon-Sat with nothing on Sundays! Both use numbers for days of week, but there should not be any disparity with 1=Sunday for both. EiBi, OTOH specifies 1=Monday but in this case uses letters Sun-Fri for 1230-1300 Rawang, and nothing on Saturday. WRTH 2012 shows Rawang except on Saturdays, and I`m no going to hunt thru the entire language-order schedule for anything on Saturdays.

Ultimate authority should be HCJB itself. A-12 schedule grid at
shows ``Myanmar - (Rawang) (raw)`` *every* day of the week at 1230-1300 on 15340. So is Rawang the name of a dialect or a program? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CHINA. Firedrake April 28, before 1300:
12230, poor at 1249
13920, poor at 1249, with fax(?) QRM; none in the 14s
13935, poor at 1249, and distorted like a spur; unusual for FD
15440, fair at 1234, het on hi side; far enough from weak Turkey 15450
15555, fair at 1249; no longer on 15440
15900, good at 1241
15970, good at 1234, weaker than 15900
16100, very good at 1243
16700, poor at 1243
16980, poor at 1243
17100, fair at 1243 with noise too
17170, very poor at 1244
17250, very poor at 1244; unusual more than one at a time 17+

After 1300:
15500, fair at 1317, het on lo side

After 1400:
15615, notable for NOT being heard here at 1418 vs WEWN, but could have just gone off (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CHINA [and non]. 15600, April 28 at 1238, weak signal in Asian language, music, bothered by continuous beeps at 4 per second from MCW (not just a CW carrier off and on) on approx. 15603; evitable by side-tuning downward. Is it jamming? Aoki and HFCC show the 15600 is CRI in Malaysian, 1230-1327, 100 kW, 175 degrees from Kunming-Anning. Continued past 1300 with music, sounds like Indonesian announcement.

But Aoki may have the explanation: listed on 15602 is V. of Tibet via Tajikistan, altho at 1402-1430, a notorious jumparounder both in frequency and times. The beeping was still going long after this, at 1418; and at 1456 when 15600 again had a JBA signal when nothing is scheduled (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** EQUATORIAL GUINEA [and non]. 15190, April 27 at 2014, preacher with fair signal on R. Africa; while VOA Botswana 15580 was very good. April 28 at 0546, 15190 is fair with preacher; I think it just came on as nothing there a few minutes earlier. Anyone ever hear a sign-on, or do they just jump-start a program? At this hour nothing from Nigeria on 15120, off? VOA Botswana 15580 had been JBA at 0528, improving to very poor at 0544 (Glenn Hauser, OK DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** KOREA SOUTH [non]. 9650, KBSWR via CANADA, Saturday April 28 I start listening early enough from 1245, I think, to hear Kevin O`Donovan, but he never showed up; just Jeff in Maryland at 1251 with `Tech Tips`, about how the KBSWR website Quarterly Quiz has multiple choices and linx to the answers, resulting in 100+ winners, too many to name on the air, but a clever way to get listeners/readers to learn more about Korea (of course the winners are chosen by the draw from the thousands who must get the answers right so easily). 1255 studio announcers with usual ``regional summary of reception conditions`` of KBSWR, 1256 wrapping up show (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** KUWAIT. 15540, Friday April 27 at 2031, R. Kuwait is playing ME music instead of western pop! And soon found // 17550, so it`s the Arabic service instead of English, soon confirmed by lo-key YL announcement. Reverent? Or maybe just her late-night style. At the moment, 17550 is stronger, but with more flutter. This means no English news summary at 2050 either. At 2100 fade music for accurate 5+1 timesignal, news fanfare and news in Arabic, 15540 staying on until cut off at 2105:45* and // 17550 which continued.

So what has become of the English service at 18-21 on 15540? Hope it`s just a fluke or mixup today, but R. Kuwait has always claimed in HFCC that those two sesquihours are in Arabic, and 15540 has *never* been announced, instead imaginary ``11990`` for English, where there was still nothing to be heard.

15540, at 1819 April 28, good signal, playing Beyonce or somebody, so sounds like it`s back to English instead of Arabic; whew (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** MEXICO. 6185, April 28 at 0458, open carrier, possibly just barely modulated, blown away at 0459 by CRI English 6190 via Sackville. 0500 is the nominal sign-off time now for XEPPM. Still need to check it earlier to hear if they are managing to modulate (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** MEXICO. Another sporadic-E opening erupted April 28, only up to channel 2 audio, 60 MHz, often only ch 2 video 55 MHz; never found any activity on ch 3 or higher. All times UT.

1555 on 2, noting weak analog video activity with antenna at default aim south. Checking 6m Es map, only a single contact displayed, between Minnesota and Virginia, so I rotate to north in case it`s Canada, which I haven`t seen since last summer(?), but no, the peak is SSW.

1620 on 2, TVKIDZ in lower left; 1621 an X- ID super flashes by in the upper left for only a few sex and I can`t copy it! A circular bug in UR.

1627 on 2, strong but video only, IFE PSA, zero-CCI, AMLO ad; then some audio fades in too, Spanish.

1628 on 2, tiny white letters super ID again flash in upper left, and this time I make out SAN LUIS POTOSI tho the call is partially overscanned offscreen on my 12-inch B&W Zenith which can`t be adjusted. Anyhow, it`s XHSLT, 100 kW on net-2. They are just opening a movie with credits including John Travolta, and SS announcer also speaks the credits, so it is going to be dubbed.

1630 on 2, AMLO large letters, apparent political ad, Presidente 2012. Is that a party or a candidate?

1631 on 2, good fade-in with strong video, TeleActiva news promo, then f-bug in LL for another program promo, ``El Mañanero`` at 6:30 am L-V; more political ads, PSA from Comisión Estatal Electoral de Nuevo León, encouraging voting per se.

1653 on 2, an infomercial for something is running with large MTY in lower left and phone number across the bottom. All this is XEFB, which in my previous heyday of TVDXing was a regular on channel 3, but it`s been on 2 for many years now. listing must be in default error, showing only a CP for 0.0 kW.

1700 on 2, now it`s `Lucha Libre Azteca`, fake costumed wrestling taking a break, 1704 has illegible bug in UR, time and temp at 26 degrees above 12:04 = CDT. Soon back to the match which has a large eye/flame Azteca logo behind the ring. Googling indicates this is on the Azteca 7 net, so probably skip has shifted over to XHTAU Tampico, tho there are a bunch of other affiliates elsewhere. Opening weakens and pretty much gone by 1740 altho by now there are some US 6m ham contacts with Mexico.

I left the TV on anyway, and at 1816 heard a couple Spanish-sounding syllables, meteor burst? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** NETHERLANDS [non]. 17605, April 27 just as I tune in music, it cuts off the air at 2027*. Presumably RNW via VATICAN, which is supposed to run from 1800 to 1957, but has previously been heard as late at 2057*. // 15495 continues, opening a new English program at 2030. Bonaire is not scheduled to start 17605 until 2100 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** NORTH AMERICA. 15070, April 28 at 1318, here`s Undercover Radio, on AM, at first very poor S2-S4 peaks, but by 1324 way up to S9+5 peaks; at 1331 Dr Benway wishes us happy new year 2007, e-mail and Merlin addresses for QSLs, ``pirate radio from the middle of nowhere``. I was listening on the breakfast table DX-390, fed on 88.1 FM by the WT601N Part 15 transmitter plugged into the FRG-7, only receiver which could get a decent signal from this, but went off at 1333*.

I figured that was the end of it, turned off the feeder, and finished my strawberries, and toast with home-grown apricot jam. 1353 rechecking the FRG-7, now he`s back on 15075 instead, and peaking S9+10, ID again with addresses, apologizes for being behind with QSLs for UR and Progressive Music Radio`s twentieth anniversary broadcast, but promises to get them out ASAP. But that was years ago already.

1355 starts a tale about visiting the Solomon Islands to dive, Gizo Island exactly, scraping a stinging coral, and he died --- or almost, as transported to a naval medical facility in Washington DC where he was saved by being downloaded to a biochip. All accompanied by mysterious music, Hearts-of-Space-like.

1406 ID, as the Memorial Weekend Broadcast for 2006, more relaxing narration with space music. 1410 warning about Commander Bunny taking over your mind and the world in his rodent revolution; Dr Benway issues hypnotic commands on how to cope. 1412 again offering QSL, undercoverradio @ (not gmail this time). 1413 starts another weird dreamlike narration about colonizing a new planet. 1420 message from the Cydonian Martians, the fourth planet to the third; still good signal but fading a bit. 1441 mentions Memorial weekend again, offering QSLs and off at 1442:30*. Thence did not find him on 15250 or any other 19 m band frequency. (Still haven`t received a formal QSL for my last unique report of that, altho he did reply by e-mail) (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SOUTH CAROLINA [non]. 15190, Saturday April 28 at 1455 very poor, Brother Scare via IRRS via ROMANIA, and maybe with CCI from R. Africa, but off at 1458. At 1459 I am hearing a JBA signal on 15700, presumably the Saturday-only prolongation of BS for another bihour (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SUDAN [non]. 15650 and 15725, following other reports of V. of South Sudan Revolutionary Radio being heard on these frequencies April 26-27, I look for them at various times April 27-28, but nothing heard: April 27 at 2010, 2108; April 28 after 0500, 0528. Catch as catch can, not only for DXers but Sudanese (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. WORLD OF RADIO 1614 monitoring: UT Saturday April 28 at 0130 on WBCQ 5110v-CUSB/LSB, unconfirmed, as I was recovering from mowing, but on this week`s Area 51 schedule as 0130. Don`t know how long AWWW ran either, or what preceded 0130, but International Radio Report not mentioned this week, as last week it was a `special` about RCI.

9955, April 28 at 1503, gh voice is JBA from WRMI, seems more `jamming` from a bubbling household cable DTV converter box than from Cuba. Remaining times on WRMI: Sat 1730, Sun 0800, 1530, 1730, Mon 0500, 1130.

On WTWW: UT Sunday 0400 on 5755. On HLR Germany: Tuesday 0930 on 5980 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 15470, April 28 at 1417-1419 open carrier with some hum, maybe JBM or atop scheduled BBC Hindi via Cyprus; no tones heard, but presumably a Greenvile transmitter testing to be sure it`s ready for later use, i.e. English at 16-17, 94 degrees, which per HFCC started April 4 (unfortunately I didn`t uplook this till later, but it`s supposed to be daily; which programming?) (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A [non]. 15715, April 28 at 1457, tonal SE Asian language with reverb, poor signal, mentions kHz several times, Burmese? AWR then mentioned and its theme; 1500 Voice of Hope ID but noticeably weaker. That may be because according to HFCC, at 1500, KSDA GUAM 100 kW 285 degrees in Burmese, turns the frequency over to the substitute thru June Trincomalee, SRI LANKA, site, 125 kW, 60 degrees in Karen. Meanwhile, may we assume that the conflicting A-12 HFCC entry for YFR, 500 kW, 90 degrees via Wertachtal at 14-16 in Sinhala and Kannada, is inoperative? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. 1140, April 28 at 0553 UT, gospel huxter in Spanish, good signal from N/S, surely XEMR 50/50 kW, Monterrey NL? Others have reported this as ``MR Deportes`` as listed in WRTH, IRCA and Cantú i.e. a sports format, but whenever I hear it, there`s religion. Maybe both, like KFXY 1640 Enid? The station website via mentions nothing but sports, and no program schedule.

Could I really be getting a US station? I always thought it was XEMR. Prime suspect in the NRC AM Log is KHFX, Cleburne TX near The Metroplex, but with a Houston address, 24 hour Spanish religion as ``Radio Ato``, 5000/710 watts. Pattern book shows its main lobe is to the NW, which would audiblize it here, while XEMR`s is a circle tangent to Monterrey, ``everything`` going to its SW (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

Glenn Hauser logs April 26-27, 2012

** AUSTRALIA. Contrary to my assumption in last report, RA has just made major frequency schedule changes, a month after A-12 began for everyone else, rather than being on `wrong` frequencies.

13630, April 27 at 0505, RA fair here about PNG, // good 15515, but missing from 13690 and 15160. Previously, RA English had been reliable on four frequencies at this hour, 13630, 13690, 15160 and 15240.

15240 is on with Indonesian now, altho language lessons in English. Learning how to say ``stand still while we search your suitcase`` at 0519, seems to be called `English for Study in Australia`, then music. Alternating English and Indonesian semihours at midday had previously been on 15415.

A very weak signal on 15415 at 0514 seems // the other RA English, 15515 and 13630, altho this one is toward Asia and sometimes separate.

At 1254, I find the same situation as yesterday morning, 9590 is gone, 9580 is still on, as is much weaker 9475. 9560 is also gone. 9890 is not on yet. 6020 is audible but no DRM or AM on 5995. 6140 seems to be on, very weak Singapore relay. Then I find another new one, 11945, all of these in English.

From *1259, 9890 is now on just in time for news on the hour, and 11945, 9580 continue. Can`t tell about 9475 with WTWW just starting on 9479. After 1300, no RA signals audible on 6 MHz band, nor 7.

1305 program is `Asia Pacific Business`, but it`s only 10 minutes, then at 1315 `RA Album of the Week`, mostly monolog from some musician, with bits of his music interspersed. It looks like the program schedule has also changed. From 1330 a show discussing religion and American politix, i.e. `Religion and Ethics Report`. These are now displayed correctly at

From 1329, I can hear weak CCI underneath 9890, presumably FEBC being blown away.

After 1400: 11945, 9890 and 9580 are still on, but no longer any 7240 which used to start at this hour. Can`t hear any signals on 6 MHz now 2+ hours after sunrise tho there could be some. Meanwhile I was also scanning the 13, 15 and 17 MHz bands, and found no RA, not that I expected to, in their nightmiddle. At final check 1423, 11945 still on but weakening // 9890, 9580.

Has RA`s own, never-dated, English frequency schedule been updated as of 1530 UT April 27?
Of course not! Still shows the old usage pre-April 26, none of the new times and frequencies above we have been hearing, and still nothing from Shepparton registered with HFCC. I suppose the complete new schedule will emerge eventually when they are good and ready.

9890 is not yet in Aoki; however EiBi shows this:
9890 1300-1500 AUS Radio Australia DIGITAL E Oc s
So this mess may be caused by trying to get the DRM service going, delayed since April 1, altho 9890 is sure not in DRM yet. 11945 was already on the schedules to E Asia, but closing at 1300.

Maybe all this will be revealed in the WRTH A-12 update, pending any day now, via

** BIAFRA [non]. 11870, April 26 at *1959:25 carrier on, very poor signal here in noise level, 2000 music; presumably R. Biafra London, new clandestine as scheduled Thu & Sat 20-21 due south from Wertachtal, GERMANY. Confirmed as such by several monitors further east. Sigh, we are just too far west into the dayside to get decent reception from this Eurafrican evening signals, plus poor propagation conditions. Checked at 2050, nothing audible aside Romania English on 11880 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CHINA. Firedrake April 27, not thoro scans, but only found:
15600, fair at 1414
15555, fair at 1306
15485, poor at 1306 with het on hi side

** CUBA. Today`s anomalies from RHC: 6050, April 27 at 0503 is still in Spanish, not English, while all other Spanish frequencies have closed, including 5040 and 9810 which sometimes run over (Vatican Scandinavian clear on 9810). RHC English only on 6010, 6060, 6125. 6050 programming also seemingly off-kilter, interrupted for IS and IDs at odd times 0511, 0516, between which at 0512 there was an `Estampas de Cuba` feature on siete maravillas. 0535 last check, 6050 still in Spanish (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** EQUATORIAL GUINEA. 15190, April 26 at 1957, non-Alamo gospel huxter on R. Africa citing Genesis 37, 36. Earlier check at 1832 found a JBA signal which could have been Philippines (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** KUWAIT. 15540, April 26 at 1832, very poor signal from R. Kuwait English; 2001 had improved to poor with rock music, and 17550 Arabic had also come on with roughly equal signal (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** MEXICO [and non]. 1650 kHz, hot tip from Julián Santiago Díez de Bonilla, and Héctor García Bojorge in the DF of a brand-new Mexico City station on the x-band, heard from 0230 UT April 27, XEAZR, Radio Zer, part of the group of that name, ID as ``"ZER Radio 16-50, XEAZR, una emisora de Grupo Radiofónico ZER". But Roberto Gómez citing apparently official info says the call is XEARZ, and the power is 5 kW day and night. They were playing instrumental music.

So I start looking for it at 0523 April 27: I am mainly getting two stations, one with gospel music and one with talk, presumably US, but at 0526 the gospel music station makes a Spanish announcement, 0531 with a partial URL including Surely that is KBJD Denver, whose real website is and the other one most likely KCNZ in IA. (BTW, don`t forget the listed but rarely reported SS in El Paso TX on 1650, KSVE [as in ``suave``], 24h romántica in stereo, per NRC AM Log).

Anyhow, no XE-whatever audible here yet. Not in WRTH 2012, but Cantú shows this:
``1650 XEARZ (en construcción) México, DF 5,000 ?``[=night power unknown]
and in the DF list adds this: ``1650 XEARZ En construcción. 5,000 watts. Permisionada (sin fines de lucro) pero parte de Grupo ZER.``
i.e. its permit is non-profit, so no ads? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** MEXICO. 6185, April 27 at 0501 tune-in, open carrier until 0503:45* in large sideband from CRI English 6190 via Sackville. No doubt XEPPM, at its new 0500*. The question is, whether there was any modulation to be heard before 0500 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** PHILIPPINES. 11720, April 26 at 1832, no signal from V. of Philippines, unlike 24 hours earlier (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SAUDI ARABIA. 17625, April 27 at 1310, Arabic here is humbuzzy, while stronger // 17615 is not; usual situation with BSKSA, both 500 kW Riyadh, 190 degrees on 17615, 100 degrees on 17625 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SUDAN [non]. 15725, April 26 at 1832, no signal from V. of South Sudan Revolutionary Radio, exactly one week after the first and only time it had been reported, nor in the next two hours. Later several others found it on 15650, as late as 2233, says Mauno Ritola, Finland, carrier plus USB. He found it back on 15725 from *0358, and S. Hasegawa, Japan reports 15725 AM at *0600-0820* April 27 with many English programs unlike 15650 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SWAZILAND. 15360-, April 27 at 1412, S Asian music in TWR Manzini`s only unAfrican service, Urdu at 1400-1415, definitely on the lo side. I had not noticed since there is nothing to het it, but Wolfgang Büschel measured it 346 Hz low, April 19 on 15359.654 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. WORLD OF RADIO 1614 monitoring: confirmed first audible airing Thursday April 26 at 2100 on VG WTWW 9479. Also at 0330 UT Friday April 27 on WWRB 5050. Next: UT Saturday 0130v on Area 51 via WBCQ 5110v-CUSB/LSB. On WRMI 9955: Sat 0800, 1500, 1730, Sun 0800, 1530, 1730, Mon 0500, 1130. On WRN via SiriusXM 120: Sat & Sun 1730, Sun 0830 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** ZANZIBAR. 11735, April 26 at 1832 still trying to get R. Tanzania Zanzibar: nothing audible; by 1858 there is a JBA carrier; at 1958 a very poor signal; 2050 JBA carrier (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. 9540v, April 27 before 1400 notice a 1-kHz het or tone QRMing RHC, and was just about to measure it when it went off at 1401*. No het on 9560 today, but would not expect Ethiopia long-path to be that far off (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

[Almost 6 hours after this was originally sent at 1632 UT April 27, it has not appeared on several lists]

Ascolti AM Luca Botto Fiora

Ascolti AM (orari UTC)

Domenica 22 aprile 2012
14.00 - 15205 kHz
PAN AMERICAN BC - Nauen (Germania)
Inglese, The People Gospel Hour.
Segnale sufficiente-insufficiente
Solo domenica.
14.30 - 15205 kHz
PAN AMERICAN BC - Issoudun (Francia)
Inglese, "Frank & Ernest" Bible Studies.
Segnale molto buono-buono
Solo domenica.
18.56 - 5066,34 kHz
RADIO CANDIP - Bunia (Rep. Dem. del Congo)
Francese, mx afropop, annuncio con "fréquence..." OM e s/off alle 19.02.
Segnale sufficiente-insufficiente


Venerdì 27 aprile 2012
14.59 - 15550 (USB?) kHz
VV/EE, canti, IDs OM *registrati* e s/off alle 15.09.
Segnale buono-sufficiente
Stesso tipo di emissione - ma non identificata - l'avevo sentita tra le 05.00 e le 06.00 mescolata a Radio Pakistan su 15725 kHz.

Luca Botto Fiora


G.C. 09E13 - 44N21
Rapallo (Genova) - Italia


Rack 1 (LW-MW-SW)
R7 Drake
VR5000DSP Yaesu
PL-660 Tecsun
Rack 2 (LW-MW)
E5 Etón


Loop in ferrite ACA di 75 cm interna (@70 kHz-2 MHz)
Loop magnetico 150x100 cm su finestra (@2-5,5 MHz)
Dipolo aperto esterno 20 m (@5.5-30 MHz)
Controllate regolarmente i vostri collegamenti d'antenna.


Amplificatore RF K0LR-WA1ION per loop in ferrite
Amplificatore RF LX1456 NE per loop magnetico e dipolo aperto
Balun 1:1 a choke di RG174 (6 spire - diametro 15 cm) per dipolo aperto
Eliminatore di QRM MFJ 1026 (modificato W8JI)
Splitter 0-1000 MHz a 2 vie
Check regularly your antenna connections.


Digitali Sony
ICD-B500 (R7)
ICD-BX112 (VR5000DSP - E5)
ICD-BX800 (PL-660)
TRC-1149 Sanyo (R7)


Audacity 2.0.0 (acquisizione-conversione audio)
DXToolbox 4.0 demo (propagazione)
EarthDesk 5.8.4 demo (scrivania-orologio mondiale)
HourWorld 3.4.1 demo (orologio mondiale)
Multimode 6.2.4 demo Black Cat Systems (UTEs)
TimePalette 6.0.6 demo (orologio mondiale)

Long Live Radio morse test

Da Shortwave DX blog:

Long Live Radio morse test

ADDITIONAL "LLR" special Morse test is planned for Saturday 28th April 2012 ! Frequency is 5780 kHz or about. Time is 1600-1845 UTC (start time may vary, may starts later). "LLR" letters in Morse code
will be transmitted in AMPLITUDE MODULATION.

Roberto Rizzardi
SWL I/0216/GR
Porto S. Stefano (GR) Italy
Lat 42N43 - Long 11E12 - Locator grid JN52NK
Receivers: ICOM IC-R71E
Sangean ATS909 with 2x80kHz Murata filters in FM
Antennas: 15 meters outdoor random wire with RF System Magnetic Longwire Balun
Indoor self-made single-turn coax loop
Telescopic and 7 meters indoor long wire antenna

venerdì 27 aprile 2012


5066.3,R Tele Candip COD Bunia, 1730 15Apr, low modulation mx  fair , 23322(Giroletti)
6055,R Rwanda RWW Kigali, 1745 12Apr , px mx vernacular ID 1750 "R Rwanda",44444(Giroletti)
6164.96,R TV Tchadienne TCD N'djamena, 1840 15Apr, px mx vernacular tribal,44444(Girolett)
5005,R Guinea Equatorial GNE Bata ,1855 15Apr , px mx local noise from UTE better LSB ,32333(Giroletti)
5765, AFRTS (AFN Feeder) GUM Barrigada  , 1907utc , 30 15Apr, px relay in E USB,33333(Giroletti)
4750,R Dunamis UGA Mukono,1705 19Apr,tentative low modulation spark noise!!!,12222(Giroletti)
7295,TRAXX FM  MLA Kuala Lampur, 1720 19Apr, relay FM px pop,44444(Giroletti)
15190, R Pilipinas PHL Tinang,1735 19Apr, id "P B L Radio Pilipinas..." px local,44444(Giroletti)
5010,AIR IND Thiruvananthapuam,1730 22Apr, id "this is ALL INDIA Radio" px nx in E//5040 AIR Jeypore,44444(Giroletti)
7175, Voice of Broad Masses ERI Asmara,1745 22Apr, px local //7120,44444(Giroletti)
4949.78,R Nacional de Angola ANG Mulenvos, 1840 22Apr,carrier present not audible voice low music,31111 (Giroletti)

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Glenn Hauser logs April 24-26, 2012

** AUSTRALIA. 9590, April 26 at 1250 surprised to find this RA frequency absent, while 9580 had interview about lack of public toilets for women in India. Searching for stories via
do not use quotation marks unless you want a lot of extraneous off-topic stories. Without them, by most recent this came right up:

9890, April 26 at 1304 even more surprised to find bigsig from RA on this unscheduled frequency, // 9580. YL DJ never mentions SW frequencies as if they don`t exist! Just FM frequencies in various Asian/Pacific cities, such as Phnom Penh, which is appropriate since from 1314 there is another report lifted from a real ABC program, about plans for 10 dams along the lower Mekong, 8 in Laos and 2 in Cambodia, and the dire consequences upon agriculture and the fishery (fish ladders inadequate; these aren`t salmon); possibility of conflict or at least legal action between Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam over this issue. Dams of course are for hydro power. Why haven`t we heard anything about this on US media? Here it is:

And related:

Getting back to the point, what is RA doing on 9890???? And still not on 9590? I suspect 9890 was a keypad punching error for 9590, perhaps in too big a hurry to get it back on the air after going down for some reason earlier. I don`t think 9890 was on before 1300, or I would have noticed it when tuning the RHC spurs above 9850 at 1252, see CUBA.

9890 still running at 1357 with ``Baby Elephant Walk``, YL DJ intros Chuck Berry`s ``30 Days``, 1400 fade to RA news starting with Cambodian environmental activist killed near a hydro dam.

But that`s not all. Nominal schedule, still displayed on the RA website, is 9580 until 1400, 9590 until 1600. In reality, 9580 normally cuts off mid-programming at 1358, but not today. It too keeps going past 1400, and both are still on at final check 1427. Something very wrong at Shepparton, apparently. Why aren`t there alarums, or fail-safes to prevent transmitting on wrong frequencies?

HFCC shows 9890 at 1330-1400 with FEBC Mandarin from Bocaue, which was inaudible here, must have been heavily QRMed in China; and from 1400 CNR from China itself. Aoki clarifies: FEBC in ``Yunnan`` language, and then CNR13 in Uighur from Lingshi 725 site.

BTW, there are STILL NO SHP listings in the latest HFCC of April 26 === R. Australia as if it did not exist! Where are you, Bernd Friedewald, RA frequency manager? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CANADA. 15235, April 24 at 1918, ME music mixed with M&W Arabic talk, cut off abruptly at 1929*. It`s RCI as scheduled from Sackville, but does Arabic continue on satellite or elsewhere for rest of hour? Only other SAC frequency at this time is 17735, continuing in French (Date correct: omitted from previous report [when quoting this item omit this note as irrelevant]). Same situation next day April 25 at 1904 with 15235 Arabic, 17735 French with lo het from Tunisia on-frequency (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CHINA. Firedrake April 26, before 1300:
12230, poor at 1257
13920, poor at 1258
17170, very poor at 1259
No others on 11, 14, 15, 16 MHz.

After 1400:
15800, good at *1415
15600, good at 1420, not 15615/WEWN today; het on lo side; no 14s, 16s
13920, poor at 1424
13680, fair at 1424
12600, fair at 1425
12300, fair at 1425

** CUBA. 9850, April 26 at 1252, RHC is somewhat distorted and splattering up to 20 kHz either side, and then I can hear it as much as 100 kHz higher up to 9950, as they are already getting excited about Primero de Mayo (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** EQUATORIAL GUINEA. 15190, April 25 at 1901 hearing Tagalog from Philippines, instead of English from R. Africa, but at 1959 now it`s Tony Alamo discussing wildfires around Los Angeles with a god; next check at 2055, already off the air today. For the latest on what the child-molesting gospel-huxter and his cultists are really up to, see I suppose being able to mumble even now via PanAmerican Broadcasting means some dupes are still sending in money (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** INDONESIA. 9526-, April 26 at 1247, VOI is S9+20+ but just barely modulated with vocal music during presumed Japanese hour. At 1325 it`s still JBM, but presumably English: the flutter fading is louder (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** KOREA NORTH [non]. 7225, April 26 at 1244, VOA Korean. Come to think of it, I never hear any jamming on this service, nor on // 11935, 15180. Are the Juche jammers even trying? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** KUWAIT. 15540, April 25 at 1758, R. Kuwait is already on with tail of Urdu service musical prelude, instead of cutting on secret English at *1800 as happened recently; but only very poor with flutter. Somewhat better at 2000, when secret Arabic has started on 17550 with weaker signal, poor with flutter. I say ``secret`` because neither of these appear accurately in RK announcements or HFCC schedules (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** MEXICO. 1050, April 26 at 1212, XEG with `El Mañanero` program from Monterrey NL, ``The morning man``, but YL DJ voice is not manly (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** MEXICO. Sporadic-E TVDX opening April 25, continued from last report, UT:

1543 on 2, after all the Spanish, suddenly analog audio in English, about women being submissive. Must be XHRIO Matamoros = Brownsville; video soon shows `Access Hollywood` show which matches their online schedule I have bookmarked for 10:30 am.

1552 on 2, XEFE full local ID at this odd time, giving station phone numbers, cable channels 7 and 99 (the latter apparently on the US side), ``televisión con emoción`` slogan. Nuevo Laredo. Not seen too often here, in the 600-700 mile range.

1556 on 4, Azteca-13 bug in UR, some audio, live interview on street

1558 on 2, M&M discussion show titled VOZON or something like that. No, stupid Google, I did NOT mean ``Verizon``!

1601 on 2, f bug in LL, i.e. net-4 relay

1604 on 3, movie? Circular bug in UR with 11:04 clock, not net-5 with its italic number. Also CCI from a novela. 1606 a better look at it, a 3 inside the circle. There are only a few originating local 3s in Mexico, not Mexicali, Culiacán or Puebla, and tnx to Danny Oglethorpe`s display at
this 3 is from XHPN, Piedras Negras, Coahuila, another rare one here.

1606 on 3, canal 5 promo, CCI from XHPN; 1610 Smurfs toon

1611 on 4, CCI beat bars of about 15 kHz
1640 on 4, CCI with Smurfs dominating from net-5
1703 on 4, still Smurfs, CCI, stuff on 3 and 2 too

1725 on 3, talk show with leaning 3 bug in UR, i.e. XHQ Culiacán, Sin.; CCI from net-5 Smurfs; talk show at 1727 has 3 YLs and an OM in a row

1750 on 5, weak video signal now up to this MUF. I start tuning FM but no Mexicans heard past 1800

1835 on 2, still some video CCI, as opening is gradually dying out
(Glenn Hauser, Enid OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** NIGERIA. 15115-15120-15125, April 25 at 1832, VON DRM is very poorly audible with BFO; signals from Africa still much depressed, e.g. 15580 AM, VOA Botswana very poor (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** OKLAHOMA. 90.5, April 25 at 1801 UT as I was looking for Mexican DX as sporadic E was up to ch 5 TV, full ID for the Oasis Network, from KNYD Tulsa, plus all the other full-power outlets, some out of state, then separate ID string for OK translators. This is the primary occupant of 90.5 here, yet weak enough to make it one of my `most open` DX frequencies --- with a little enhancement, KNYD will QRM KGVV Goltry which is allegedly on the air, but not really, and KGVV will occupy 90.5 in Enid ending its DX status (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** OKLAHOMA. 97.1, April 25 at 1804 UT, ``The Sports Animal``, joint ID with AM 1550, and not // 98.1 WWLS. Fmlist/Fmscan has no such slogan, but must be KYAL Sapulpa, which confirms it`s ``also heard on AM 1550 Sapulpa and AM 1490 Muskogee``. Seems 97.1 is new – at least new to me (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** OKLAHOMA. 5660, April 26 at 1246 UT, weak signal from KGWA 960 Enid local, unmistakable voice of morning newsman ``J. Curtis Huckleberry``. As previously reported last May in DXLD 11-21, ``May 22 at 1155, very poor with talk at steady level, likely local external mixing product, audio soon found // 960 KGWA. But it`s not a plain harmonic; instead, KCRC 1390 x 2 = 2780 plus KGWA 960 x 3 = 2880 >> 5660. 2780 and 2880 are always there but not this combination. No KCRC audible on 5660, strangely enough`` (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** PHILIPPINES. 11720, April 25 at 1807 as I am hunting for Zanzibar 11735 (nothing yet), a surprisingly good signal here in Tagalog, mixing in lots of English such as ``sustainable agricultural productivity``, a concept too complex for Tagalog? Or just too lazy to attempt to translate it. So must be the 1730-1930 broadcast from V. of Philippines. Then checked // 15190 and also audible there, but much weaker, and no R. Africa at the moment (some other times the two can be heard mixing before 1930). Third VOP frequency 9395 is inaudible in noise level. 11720 is certainly the SSOB if not the OSOB from Asia. Still in at 1832 but weaker, 1901 very poor, but now 15190 is still there with Tagalog, so not R. Africa in English; see EQUATORIAL GUINEA (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SPAIN. 15110, April 25 at 1901, REE with fútbol, recovered to very good signal after yesterday`s wipeout, but not enough to audiblize the spurs (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SUDAN [non]. 15725, April 25 at 1758, 1832, 1902, 2000, 2055 chex, no sign of V. of South Sudan clandestine. The first and only report of it was April 19 at 1833 from Rodolfo Tizzi in Uruguay, so be sure to recheck for it this Thursday, in case it`s weekly or not daily (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A [non]. 15725, April 26 at 1413, very poor signal with music, but presumably R. Aap ki Dunyaa, via KUWAIT, scheduled 14-15. // 11880 via Philippines is blocked by REE COSTA RICA, (except on Saturdays). The VOA Urdu service, WRTH reminds us, was rebranded 8 years ago --- so it seems ``less American, more Pakistani``? Tho still produced in the VOA studios. I was looking for it after seeing this shocking story at the AFGE Local 1812 website about how mistreated a Pakistani journalist has been, just trying to do her job, vs the bosses who require kowtowing to Pakistan:

``Agency Abuse of J-1 Visa``, is currently the top story at
leading to:

15730, April 26, fair at 1300, VOA jingle in English, into language presumed listed Somali, 13-14, 250 kW due north from MADAGASCAR. See also KOREA NORTH [non] (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. WORLD OF RADIO 1614 monitoring: presumed first airing, UT Thursday April 26 at 0330 on WRMI 9955 bears nothing but wall-of-noise jamming; tnx a lot, Arnie! Further WRMI repeats are: Sat 0800, 1500, 1730; Sun 0800, 1530, 1730; Mon 0500, 1130. Also on WRN via SiriusXM 120 Sat & Sun 1730, Sun 0830. And:

Thu 2100 on WTWW 9479; UT Fri 0330v on WWRB 5050; UT Sat 0130v on WBCQ Area 51 5110v-CUSB/LSB; UT Sun 0400 on WTWW 5755 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 9330-CUSB, April 26 at 1248, open carrier/dead air from WBCQ. Left a receiver on this until finally cut on modulation at 1317:50; I wonder if Radio 211 was silent all night? Bible quiz at 1326, or was that scribbled 1320 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 15825, April 26 at 1328, WWCR-1 is VG, obviously boosted by HF sporadic-E opening, rather than normal very poor. With BFO I hunt for the 15.6 kHz spurs either side, but cannot hear them, so maybe really suppressed. By 1413, 15825 has faded to only S9+10 and lessening (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 1070, April 26 before 1230 UT, KLIO Wichita KS is still duplicating talkshow from KQAM 1480, joint ID in passing, but at 1239 recheck, now back to music, local talkover at 1243 with time & temp, True Oldies 1070 slogan; see also 1660 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 1290, April 26 at 1220 UT, traffic report including street numbers in the 100s, so not a small city, from ``K-car``, get it? KKAR Omaha NE. 5/5 kW station has CP for 50/5, says NRC AM Log (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 1440, April 26 at 1226 UT, Radio Luz program promo in Spanish. Must be KTNO The Metroplex, TX, no longer Radio Vida. Website is under reconstruxion, There are only three Mexicans on this frequency, none nearby (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 1580, April 26 at 1230 UT in KOKB OK null, ``RCN News``, about Denver, announced as duplicated on 1060 Longmont, so it`s KREL Colorado Springs on the Radio Colorado Network. Just went to 10 kW day power, ex-140 W night, at 1230 in April, 1145 UT in May. KLMO 1060 is the originator (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 1660, April 26 at 1232 UT, True Oldies jingle, ``Baby-Love``. We no longer have to wonder which ESPN station we are hearing or echoing on 1660, just TX, as KQWB West Fargo ND has flipped to this. And came in handy since KLIO 1070 Wichita KS was still duplicating talkshow from KQAM 1480 during previous semihour, altho by 1239 KQWB has faded, and KLIO is back to music (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** ZANZIBAR. 11735, trying again for ZBC April 25 from 1758, nothing yet or at 1832, but I learn later from Bruce Portzer that it was off the air 1714-1844. 1901 JBA carrier with high noise level. 1959 something modulating; 2055 a little better, brief break at 2055:35, back on with music going to talk, very poor with flutter, 2059 music presumed anthem, off at 2100:15*. Bill Bingham, RSA and Ron Howard, CA, say the other frequency 6015 was also reactivated from April 25 around 0300, heard too by Portzer (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. 1320, April 26 at 1224 UT, Spanish from N/S, 7:24 TC, kids` birthdays. Accent maybe border-influenced rather than pure Mexican, so likely XECPN Piedras Negras, Coahuila; the only other possibility around here in NRC AM Log is KRDD Roswell NM. Soon with Chinese CCI, no doubt KXYZ Houston TX, which NRC AM Log says is SS/ETHnic (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. 15520, April 26 at 1421, 1000 Hz tone, then stepping down, resume 1 kHz, open carrier, repeat cycle at 1423, 1429 past 1430. In HFCC only thing scheduled at 14-15 is YFR in Marathi, 250 kW, 105 degrees via DHA, UAE. EiBi and Aoki agree, except in Hindi (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. 15704.5-SSB, April 26 at 1416, intermittent 2-way in Spanish, weak and weaker (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

Log Roberto Pavanello

4835 13/4 21.35 VL8A - Alice Spring EE NX suff.

4915 14/4 04.00 R. Difusora - Macapà PP MX buono
5952.5 14/4 22.35 R. Pio XII - Siglo XX Aymara live phone suff.
6165 13/4 21.20 R. Tchad - N'Djamena Vern. MX afro buono
6255 9/4 09.30 R. Saxonia - EE ID e MX buono
6295 14/4 21.50 R. Spaceman - EE ID e S/OFF buono
6300 9/4 08.30 Crazy Wave R. - EE ID e MX buono
6990 9/4 08.45 R. Waves Int. - EE ID e MX suff.
7245 13/4 21.25 R. Mauritanie - Nouakchott Arabo talk OM suff.
7295 14/4 22.20 Traxx FM - Kuala Lumpur EE MX suff.
9835 13/4 21.30 Sarawak FM - Kuching Malese MX suff.
9565 14/4 04.05 R. Deus è Amor - Curitiba Predicatrice urlante suff.
10000 8/4 21.55 Obser. Nac. - Rio de Janeiro PP ID e ora suff.
12133.5 8/4 22.10 AFRTS - Key West EE NX suff.
15190 14/4 13.10 The Overcomer Ministry . Walterboro EE gospel buono
15345 8/4 22.05 R.A.E - Buenos Aires Tedesco Actualidad DX by Arnaldo Slaen buono

Roberto Pavanello
Vercelli / Italia

giovedì 26 aprile 2012

75 Years of Kiwi Radio 2YD & 2ZB

Media Release
Radio Heritage Foundation
April 26 2012

Radio 2YD Wellington
Radio 2ZB Wellington
75 Years of Kiwi Radio

One of the greatest radio ambushes in New Zealand radio history took place in the last week of April 1937, and two new features from the Radio Heritage Foundation at celebrate the 75th anniversary of this cheeky event.

Commercial station 2ZB was launching with much fanfare on April 28 but was upstaged by commercial sounding [but non-commercial] station 2YD launching on April 25.

Feature Station 2YD Wellington Ambush includes original surprised press reports, a rare listener card issued for the first day of broadcast and personal memories from a former 2YD technician.

Radio 2YD introduced such popular radio serials as 'Dad and Dave' and 'Fred and Maggie Everybody' to Kiwi audiences, later becoming 2ZM before joining the now Auckland based ZMFM music network that still operates in Wellington today.

Meanwhile, 2ZB Wellington 75 Years Early Personalities is the second new feature found at which introduces many favorite Kiwi radio stars such as Aunt Daisy and Selwyn Toogood.

Packed with long lost images of early personalities and other 2ZB memorabilia, this 75th anniversary feature will bring back happy memories for older listeners and give today's listeners a taste of the legacy of what has now become the local outlet of the Auckland based NewstalkZB network.

Radio 2YD and Radio 2ZB, two stations from 1937 that illustrate how even state radio could spring surprises on themselves and their listeners. For the stories of these and other New Zealand, Australian and Pacific radio broadcasters see hundreds of features at today.

Radio Heritage Foundation is a registered non-profit organization connecting radio, popular culture, history and heritage.

mercoledì 25 aprile 2012

Log Roberto Pavanello

 4557   24/4 19.25 Voice of the People - Goyang Coreano MX buono
 4878   24/4 22.35 R. Dif. Roraima - Boa Vista PP NX suff.
 4915   24/4 22.05 R. Difusora - Macapà PP Voz do Brasil buono
 4925   24/4 23.15 R. Educ. Rural - Tefè PP MX suff.
 5005   24/4 19.20 R. Nacional - Bata SS MZ afro suff.
 5940   24/4 22.10 Voz Missionaria - Camboriù PP predica suff.
 5952.5 24/4 22.40 R. Pio XII - Siglo XX Aymara talk buono
 5970   24/4 23.10 R. Itatiaia - Belo Horizonte PP predica buono
 6080   24/4 23.05 R. Marumby - Curitiba PP gospel suff.
 6973   24/4 22.25 R. Galei Tzahal - Jerusalem Ebraico MX suff
 9525   24/4 19.10 Voice of Indonesia - Jakarta EE NX suff.
 9675   24/4 22.50 R. Cancao Nova - Cachoeira Paulista PP Voz  do Brasil buono
11725   24/4 19.15 R. New Zeland Int. - Wellington EE NX buono
11780   24/4 21.55 R. Nac. Amazonas - Brasilia PP NX buono
11855   24/4 22.00 R. Aparecida - PP predica insuf/suff.
11925   24/4 21.50 R. Bandeirantes - Sao Paulo PP NX suff.

Roberto Pavanello
Vercelli / Italia

Glenn Hauser logs April 24-25, 2012

** CHINA. Firedrake April 25, not a complete scan today, just noted:
15500, poor at 1342, but gone a few minutes later
16100, fair at 1340

** EQUATORIAL GUINEA. 15190, April 24 at 1914, fair signal from R. Africa, sounds like Tony Alamo; far enough south not to be attenuated like Spain 15110, Nigeria 15120 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** INDONESIA [and non]. 9680, April 25 at 1250, RRI with very heavy QRM from the China/Taiwan radio war. 1300 abated a bit as the Chi switched to tone tests, even step tones, on and off at 1302. The 9526 VOI signal was by comparison insignificant (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** KOREA SOUTH [non]. 9650, April 25 at 1245, KBS WR via CANADA, `Songs of Korea` Wednesday featuring a handicapped poetry singer. Annoying clicking sounds matching modulation peaks, a Seoul or Sackville problem?? Similar defects heard previously. Had some CCI from Korea North until 1250.

1259, as soon as this went off after one RCI IS, hyper music and talk in Indonesian cut on, R. Nederland ID, i.e. via Tinang, PHILIPPINES, allegedly 200 degrees, but always a bigsig off-the-back here toward 20 degrees. A few sex later, Sackville cuts back on with carrier far enough apart to produce low audible het, 1300 CRI relay opening, while RNW relay switches to Dutch, to QRM the first half of the CRI English hour (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** MAURITANIA. 7245, April 25 at 0535, IGIM goes from Arabish talk to soporific wake-up chants (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** MEXICO. Had been looking for some analog Es on TV since yesterday`s big opening between SE USA and Caribbean+ up thru FM band, when nothing made it quite this far NW. Turning on TV April 25 at 1405 UT, there`s Mexico on 2, `f` bug in lower left during news program, looks like facebook, but really net-4, foro tv. Peaks SSW, not SSE, so not Mérida. Then fades out, and in, mostly out, with other CCI. shows the only XHTV relay on ch 2 is XEFE, Nuevo Laredo, Tamps., but there could be others at times, and this one also relays XHGC 5.

6m Es map shows NO contacts from Mexico, but over SW quadrant of USA, including paths centered not far from here in NW OK, a patch which could not be responsible for what I am getting.

1450 UT, ch 2 fades back in, now with `hoy` programazo, its bug in lower left, from net-2, too many possibilities. 1455, Lucha Libre goons in full regalia are running thru the studio audience, ``scaring`` the ladies; how infantile. 1458 tease upcoming kitchen segment. 1501 ad for Six Flags --- is there one in Mexico? There sure is, Mexico City where the very name would seem to be off-topic.

Hoy still in on 2 at 1516 as traces of signals are starting to show on ch 3 and 4.

1517, CCI on 2, now audio with promo for Aguascalientes, but could be on a national network. Then hoy resumes dominance. Digital clock in LL is on CDT.

1530 on 4, brief video-only peak with Azteca-13 bug in UR, for which there are nine possible sources. To be continued (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** NEW ZEALAND. 9655, April 25 until 1258* musical standards playing, presumably RNZI with poor signal, cut off without any ID or QSY announcement to 6170, which they often make prior to frequency changes; why not now?? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** NIGERIA. 15115-15120-15125, April 24 at 1914, VON DRM is very poor, noise audible with BFO (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** OKLAHOMA. FCC info in the May VHF-UHF Digest has a couple of items of local interest:

93.3, Enid translator (of KIMY 93.9 Watonga) K227AT is changing frequency and calls to K226BR on 93.1, why? But as of April 24 it`s still on 93.3.

90.5, KGVV Goltry is listed to be ``on`` as ``My Praise FM`` so I monitor April 25 from 1350 UT: AFR anti-Liberal network programming, yet another gospel huxter satellator, but ID 1359 as KAYM Weatherford. That`s some distance away, not noted before and there is some tropo enhancement this morning, also replacing KCSC 90.1 with Radio Kansas.

KAYM is 2.7 kW, while KGVV is 3 kW, licensed to The Love Station, i.e. KLVV 88.7 Ponca City which already has overlapping relays. The site is near Carrier OK which is about halfway between Goltry and Enid, both of which it barely reaches with 60 dbu contour --- but obviously not really on the air, yet (Glenn Hauser, Enid, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SPAIN. 15110, April 24 at 1914, REE is JBA instead of usual huge signal, as propagation is still terribly attenuated after geomag storm (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SUDAN SOUTH [non]. 15725, April 24 at 1916, nothing audible from V. of South Sudan clandestine. AFAIK, no one has heard it since initial report April 19 by Rodolfo Tizzi, Uruguay with his clip. Chris Greenway thinx it`s from inside Sudan, too close for skip to S Sudan, and probably picked frequency to be same as R. Dabanga earlier. Likely to continue due to heightened hostilities between the Sudans, but maybe on different frequencies and times. We need to search all over for it around 1830. Or could be the broadcast is not daily and will be back on this Thursday.

There was however some DRM noise from RNZI 15715-15720-15725, which is now allegedly scheduled 1851-2150, after which RNZI switches to AM on 15720.

Wolfgang Büschel wonders if this was it: ``15817.770 ... wandered to x.775, UNID Arabic station noted around 1328-1400 UT April 25`` or was it Cairo off-15800 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 15745, April 24 at 2210, WYFR Portuguese confirmed on new frequency ex-15190, open for Brasil and earlier Equatorial Guinea, not audible now (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 9955, April 25 at 0528, M&W talking about different smells of human sweat, outro as `Moment of Science` from Indiana University. Must have been filler from WRN after Channel Africa, as a WRN promo following was faded out for WRMI ID, and into R. Praga in Spanish. Good signal for a change and no jamming audible (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** ZANZIBAR [and non]. 11735, April 24 at 1916 nothing audible, not surprising with pitiful propagation over hi-latitude paths, altho it is still being heard further east until 2100, including English news at 1800, which used to come from Spice FM; is that mentioned any more? S. Hasegawa reports that on April 23, Japanese DXers reported a break between 1601* and *1745. English from Romania 11740 can be a problem at 17-18, but at least it`s no longer on 11735 too (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

DPRK radio transmitters a national secret

When North Korea launched a modernization of its broadcasting network in 2011, the Chinese company chosen to supply new TV and radio transmitters to the country faced a problem.
The location of broadcast towers in North Korea is so much of a state secret that engineers from the company weren’t permitted to travel to the DPRK to help install the transmitters, the company, Beijing BBEF Science and Technology, said on its website.
Instead, eight North Korean engineers spent a month in China being trained on how to install and operate the devices, which included a medium-power TV transmitter, several shortwave radio transmitters and a powerful mediumwave (AM) radio transmitter.
Our company supplies North Korea with 10kW [kilowatt] TV transmitter, 20kW/50kW/100kW/150kW SW radio transmitters, 600kW MW radio transmitter, together with the accessories. — BBEF website in English
The training ran from June 1st to June 27th last year.
On June 24 a ceremony was held (pictured, above) marking the training. BBEF listed the attendees as: President Zhao Baoshan, Party Committee Secretary Zu Wei, Vice President Ye Jin, and North Korean trainees.
Firstly, President Zhao Baoshan congratulated to the trainees on what they had learned and appreciated their performances. Then Vice President Ye Jin gave a short speech, praising the progress made by these technicians. North Korean expressed gratitude for the training and mentioned their wishes for further cooperation with BBEF. Last but not least, Party Committee Secretary Zu Wei and Vice President Ye Jin awarded the interns with Certificates of Completion. — BBEF website in English
Perhaps it’s an indication of the importance of propaganda and the government’s official media system that it’s not willing to allow outsiders to travel to the transmitter locations.
Recent monitoring of North Korean radio transmissions does indicate the installation of a new radio transmitter on 11680kHz shortwave. Previously the broadcasts on 11680kHz, like some other North Korean domestic radio transmitters, wandered a little either side of their assigned frequency but they are now observed to be exactly on 11,680kHz.
While the location of the transmitters might be a secret inside North Korea, that’s not quite the same outside of the country. Thanks to the satellite images on Google Maps and other mapping services, the location of most transmitters has already been found.
Here’s a look at the Kujang shortwave relay station used for transmitting Voice of Korea programming worldwide. Other sites can be found in Curtis Melvin’s North Korea Uncovered Google Earth overlay.

martedì 24 aprile 2012

Logs of April 22 & 23

Cuba - Radio Habanna on 17705 at 2205 in Spanish to South America. On 17750 in Spanish to Europe. On 15230 in Portuguese at 2220 to South America. Male host. At 2230 on 15370 in Esperanto to South America. To the U.S. On 11760 in Spanish at 0007. Talking about Sinco de mayo. Sounds like the news read by male and female hosts.

Spain - Radio Exterior De Espania in Spanish to North America at 2145 on 15110. Male and female hosts taking phone calls from listeners. News at 2220.

Botswana - VOA to Africa in English on 15580 at 2150. Playing country music.

USA - Radio 211 via WBCQ on 9330 at 1634 in English.
            EWTN with church service on 15610 at 2200. Spanish to Central America at 0450 on 5810. Male announcer.
            WYFR Family Radio on 15255 in Spanish. Male announcer at 2225 to South America. At 0039 on 17725 and 11580 in Portuguese. Male announcer. To south America.
             Radio Taiwan on 7570 in Spanish at 0400. female reading the news.
             WTWW on 5755 in English at 0445 with Bible study. Male preaching in Portuguese at 0016 on 12105.
              Radio Marti. On 11930 in Spanish with two male announcers. Snippets of music between comments. Broadcast aimed to Cuba. At 0010 in Spanish on 11775.
             VOA in Spanish and English to Latin America on 9885 at 2347.

Chile - CVC International Voz Christina in Spanish on 17680 with a musical show to South America at 2200. On 11665 in Spanish at 0000 to South America. Male host.

Coast Rica - Radio Exterior De Espania at 2212 on 17850 to North America with telephone interviews.

Bonaire - Radio Japan in Japanese to South America. Female hostess with piano music on 15265 at 2230.
                 Vatican Radio on 15470 and 7305 in Portuguese with church service at 0045.

Croatia - Croatian Radio in Croatian at 0052 on 7375. With pop music at 0340.

Greece - Voice of Greece in Greek with opera performance. On 7475 at 0055. Modern classical music on at 0120.

Canada - Vatican Radio In Spanish at 0340 on 7305.

Madagascar - Radio Japan on 7395 at 0345 to East Africa is Swahili.
                       Vatican Radio on 7360 at 0309 in English. Broadcast to East Africa. Male announcer.

United Kingdom - BBC in Arabic to Central Africa on 5790 at 0445. Phone interviews with a female hostess.
                                BBC in Arabic on 13680 with a male announcer on 13660 to North Africa.

Saudi Arabia - Radio Riyadh with prayer service at 1717 on 15435. In Arabic.

Columbia - Alcaravan Radio on 5910 at 0455 with music in Spanish.

Coast Rica - Radio Exterior De Espania in Spanish at 0500.

Romania - Radio Romania to South East Europe on 15310 in Romanian at 1715. Female hostess.

Ecuador - HCJB in Portuguese. Male preacher. Station ID at 2330 on 11920. Broadcast to South America. Followed by choir music and prayer service.   

Albania - CRI At 0030 female hostess with a news magazine in English on 9570.

Corrections, comments and assistance always welcomed.
Sangaen ATS 909 receiver
MFJ 1045C Perselector
Antenna 200' random length longwire with a Slinky toy in the middle of it.
Location; Oneida, New York, 38 miles East of Syracuse, NY.
Latitude = 43.0922 Longitude = 75.6568.

Glenn Hauser logs April 23-24, 2012

** CHINA. Firedrake April 23:
13780, fair at 1727. Aoki shows target must be RFA in Chinese via Tajikistan at 17-20 (which also collides with RFI in French at 18-20, if really on). One would expect CNR1 jamming instead. No full bandscan at this time, but checked one other RFA frequency:
9455, poor at 1729, Firedrake here too.

Following geomag storm with K index hitting 6, reception is generally poor if it is: hi latitude, multi-hop, or above 10 MHz. NO Firedrake found 11-18 MHz around 1340 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA [and non]. 7210-LSB, April 24 at 1228, N4RAU in Miami and N1NR in Pennsylvania exchanging SS anti-communist and anti-socialist barbs (socialism ruined France, Spain, they say, not to mention Cuba for 53 years). Weak broadcast carrier from presumed 20 kW Kunming is not enough of a BFO.

7110-LSB at 1232 April 24 also had unID SS ham mentioning Sancti Spíritus, oblivious of blocking weak music from Myanmar (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA. 11750, April 24 at *1255 RHC carrier comes on, but not strong enough to completely cover BBC; see UK [non].

15340, April 24 at 1305 no signal yet from RHC, tho 15230 is on. 15340 carrier on late at *1306 and soon JIP modulation added to become the SSOB as hi-latitude paths are attenuated. At 1307, 17730 is VG but no signal on 17580 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** KUWAIT. 15540, April 23 at 1900, R. Kuwait, fair signal in English with ``Art of Giving`` talk, on humanitarian aid by Kuwaiti government to other countries, development projects, etc. (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** NIGERIA. 15115-15120-15125, April 23 at 1858, can`t hear any DRM from VON until I turn on the BFO, revealing its noise weakly (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SUDAN SOUTH [non]. 15725, looking for V. of South Sudan, new clandestine first reported after 1830 April 19 by Rodolfo Tizzi, Uruguay, as quoted in my previous report:

April 23 around 1730, 1800, 1830, 1900, monitored a few minutes each before and after these hours, and absolutely nothing audible, not even a carrier. Others further east heard it neither, including Chris Greenway, UK:

``Same result in Caversham yesterday (23 April) - nil on 15725 at 1830. Given that the tension continues (yesterday, President Bashir visited a contested border region and told his troops that the only language South Sudan's government understood was guns and bullets) we should assume that the station is still active, but has moved to a different time and/or frequency.``

Or maybe not scheduled every day. When and where will it be rediscovered? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** TURKEY. 15520, April 23 until 1724* tuned across just in time to hear the VOT IS once on poor signal, and off. This means the 1630 English broadcast might be listenable here tho aimed eastward (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U K. 11750, April 23 at 1240, BBCWS Newshour is originating today from WBUR in Boston, Robin Lustig with discussion of the wealth gap in America, how Massachusetts politicians don`t connect well with the rest of the country, being too well-educated, well-off and stand-offish by nature. Back to London tomorrow. This hour only is via THAILAND, 25 degrees also USward. RHC carrier came on at *1255 but BBC still audible (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 15730, April 23 at *1902 open carrier comes on, no doubt VOA Greenville setting up for the 2000 broadcast in French. The aging equipment is subject to unexpected breakdowns, so they need to be sure everything is set to go each day well before the time needed. BTW, supply of QSL cards has been restocked for reports direct to transmitter site, this time with VOA logo in red, white and blue (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A [non]. 17690, April 23 at 1722 good umlauty signal in Türkish, i.e. YFR via Woofferton UK, 17-19, which went into effect April 14 per HFCC. Come on, Protestants, millennialists in Turkey? Surely if they want to be Christian they would be Orthodox (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** ZANZIBAR. Thanks to this timely tip via Rodolfo Tizzi, on condiglist: BACK ON 11735 NOW --- La Voz de Tanzania, Zanzíbar, escuchada por un amigo japonés de Youtube.
Aquí no creo que tengamos suerte, con Rádio Transmundial de Santa Maria, Brasil, pero quizás pueda escuchársela a otra hora. 73 de CX2ABP (Rodolfo Tizzi, Uruguay, April 23, condiglist yg via DXLD)

Clip says:
``11735 kHz Voice of Tanzania Zanzibar ZBC Radio 2012 Apr 23 1808 UT``
It used to stay on until 2100 --- I distributed this to the DXLD yg right away at 2003 April 23 and then started to hunt for it myself.

At 2007, a very poor and heavily fluttered signal is probably this rather than Brasil, bolstered by the carrier going off at 2101:12*.

Rodolfo did get it and later put up his own clip, 2046-2051 April 23:

Hope it improves here on other days, and stays on unlike the brief reactivation last February. It was much better heard in the UK by Mark Davies and Alan Roe, and `` all over Europe`` by Wolfgang Buschel.

Old info in Aoki shows 15-21 in Swahili, except for English at 1800-1810 except on Thursdays and Saturdays, 50 kW, non-direxional from Dole. WRTH has the 11735 time starting at 1400v, and the English at 1800 as irregular.

HFCC A-12 shows nothing else on 11735 during these hours. Aoki also has R. Transmundial, Brasil at 08-02; Likewise EiBi except hours for that also ending at 21! From 08-. Brasil, of course, refuses to participate in HFCC, despite all its SW stations on 6, 9, 11 and 15 MHz bands.

Ron Howard in California reports the other frequency 6015 was still absent when it should have propagated around 0300 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)