** ALBANIA [and non]. 7470, Dec 29 at 0225, open carrier to R. Tirana IS starting, S7. I meant to tune in earlier to see if I could hear another carrier on 7470, but now there`s only the self-imposed LAH, and is slightly off to the lo side of 7470. Usual canned sign-on announcement still says ``2100 to 2030`` for the previous English airing, not corrected. Still no CCI, and at 0250, sports report with Albanian football scores; 0251 ending broadcast to music fill for the rest, 0258 playing IS again, 0300 off, and again not hearing anything else. I`m checking this carefully since Noel Green points out a frequency change by IBB effective Dec 28 according to Ivo Ivanov:
Deewa Radio from Dec 28:
0100-0400 NF 7470 KWT 250 kW / 070 deg to WeAs Pashto, ex 9765 KWT
0100-0400 NF 7530 IRA 250 kW / 334 deg to WeAs Pashto, ex 12025 KWT
0100-0400 NF 9765 IRA 250 kW / 340 deg to WeAs Pashto, ex 12005 IRAo
Good that I can`t hear Kuwait on 7470 tonight, but when reception improves from the area, it could be a problem for us in North America. From a remote receiver in NJ at 0304 after Tirana was off, Wolfgang Büschel did hear Kuwait with a very poor signal. Would other monitors in North America keep an ear on this during Tirana`s 0230 broadcast and report whether there is a problem (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** BRAZIL. 11855.1, Dec 29 at 0242, new frequency for R. Aparecida, only S3, but obviously ex-11856.2 where it had been for several weeks; on the NRD-545; recheck at 0645 on the R75 refines it to 11855.13, at S4-7 in Brazuguese.
11934.92, Dec 29 at 0648, Rádio RB2, another perpetually off-frequency ZY, is poorly audible with singing like 11855.1 as it`s almost always relaying Aparecida. Too weak to tell if synchronized. Also heard earlier at 0245 on 11934.9, JBA at S3 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** CANADA. 2749-USB, Dec 29 at 0246, robo-YL in English with marine weather, S9 but about equal to noise level; includes wind forecasts in knots, gale warning. CCG website shows starting at 0240 is VCS Halifax via site in suburb Sambro: ``Technical marine synopsis, forecasts and wave height forecasts for marine areas 201 to 214. Notices to Shipping in South Coast Nova Scotia area. Notices to Shipping revising the position of every reported offshore exploration and exploitation vessel`` (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** CHINA [non]. 9580, Dec 29 at 0239, CRI relay via CUBA is S9+20 but dead air; while // 9570 via ALBANIA is modulating Chinese at S7 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** CUBA. 6165, Dec 29 at 0700, RHC in Spanish with report from Villa Clara about some imminent anniversary, also on 6000, as program feed has morphed from English before the ops get the transmitters turned off; 6060 and 6100 carriers are still on too, but dead. Probably all off with a few minutes. RHC is never one for smooth, accurate switching (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** KOREA SOUTH. 4885, Dec 29 at 1302, very poor signal in Korean, so seems Echo of Hope is here to stay; is it jammed yet? Reads S3 in SSB, S6 in AM on the R-75, i.e. S-readings don`t mean much in any absolute sense, but useful comparing to others (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** MEXICO. 610 // 650, Dec 29 at 1314, the Sinaloa twins with their morning agriculture show, mentioning Guasave meeting: XEGS 610 Guasave, XETNT 650 Los Mochis (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** MEXICO [and non]. 660, Dec 29 at 1318, adstring by live announcer, mentioning Mazatlán and Delicias, for a farmacia i.a., from WSW, presumably XEACB in Ciudad Delicias, Chihuahua (no 660 in Sinaloa); along with another SS further counterclockwise, could be Durango or Aguascalientes. By 1330 UT, ``The Answer`` KSKY The Metroplex captures 660, exactly its official Dec & Jan sunrise time for jump from 700 to 20,000 watts (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** MEXICO. 700, Dec 29 at 1322, rustic music by fiddle and guitar past 1330, and at 1331 full ID in Spanish for XEETCH, Etchojoa, Sonora, and then same in indigenous language, both mentioning sponsoring federal agency CNDPI - Comisión Nacional para el Desarrollo de Pueblos Indígenas; no QRM at first, but 1334 something in English, probably WLW resurging almost at our sunrise; heard more than once, including 1335, interjexion between tunes, ``¡Qué me toque un baile!`` -- play me a dance. I love listening to this native music; hard to pull away to keep bandscanning (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** MEXICO. 870, Dec 29 at 1328, YL Spanish talk about fiestas, then she switches to Tarahumara, as it`s obviously XETAR, Guachochi, Chihuahua (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** MEXICO. 970, Dec 29 at 1339, ballads in Spanish pulled past local 960 KGWA, 1342 DJ maybe mentions Jota, 1347 fades for next announcement including phone numbers. Probably XEJ in Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua, now known as Pancho as listed in 2015 IRCA Log, while WRTH 2016 still has it as La J Mexicana (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** MEXICO. 1030, Dec 29 at 1346, R. Fórmula, Grupo Fórmula ID in news/talk, so XEYC, Ciudad Juárez, mostly on network feed out of XERFR DF 970 but occupied here and there by XEJ, q.v. (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** OKLAHOMA [and non]. 530, Dec 29 at 0253 UT, R. Enciclopedia, CUBA has some distorted QRM, so is K530AM, Vance AFB out of order? By 1900 UT it`s normal and alone (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** OKLAHOMA. 800, Dec 29 at 1325, KQCV OKC is back on, and probably considerably earlier, having been off at midday yesterday. Didn`t get anything useful in its absence (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** OKLAHOMA. 1120, Dec 29 circa 1900 UT, KETU Catoosa/Sperry/Tulsa is OFF; weather-related? Maybe (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** OKLAHOMA. 1230, Dec 29 at 1354 UT, nothing but fill music on this now-talk station until 1400 UT sharp, no ID and into CBS News; steady groundwave already over the graveyard, certainly our nearest, WBBZ Ponca City. Talk after the news probably Beck (Glenn Hauser, Enid, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** OKLAHOMA [and non]. 1460, Dec 29 at 1531 UT, I`m still not hearing KZUE El Reno, and may have overlooked its absence since the latest ice storm. As of 1815 UT Dec 29, OG&E Systemwatch shows 3168 customers in El Reno powerless (and 875 in Enid, but never us, whew! Circa noon ice is crashing off tree branches, temp barely reaching unfreezing).
Instead on 1460, still skywave at 1539 UT Dec 29 from KCLE, mentioning Burleson during buy-and-sell call-in, 817 area codes, Old Texas Brewing Co., et al. Same show still going at 1620 UT, mixed with another English station with sports talk, perhaps nearest KKOY Chanute KS, but could even be skywave still from KXNO Des Moines IA.
Closer to local mean noon I seek KZUE again at 1900 UT: just a mixture of weak low-noon skywave, so KZUE is definitely off (Glenn Hauser, Enid, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** OKLAHOMA. 1640, Dec 29 at 0255 UT, KZLS is again/still in dead air with hum. See USA for KBJA, WJSP logs. Still open carrier/DA at 0720 UT, 1407 UT, and 1900 UT chex. It`s really amazing how many hours are wasted this way. How does KZLS make any money, retain any listeners? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** SOLOMON ISLANDS [and non]. 5020, Dec 29 at 1305, JBA carrier from presumed SIBC on late again. Ron Howard agrees, including, ``5020, SIBC? or Wantok FM 96.3 relay? 1348-1602, Dec 29; unable to determine if it was SIBC programming or Wantok FM relay programming``.
I hear many other JBA carriers like this on 60m around 1300, on frequencies matching India, China, Tibet, East Turkistan, Tajikistan (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** SUDAN [non]. 13800, Dec 29 at 1527, R. Tamazuj with flutter, but seems to be underneath another carrier at S9+20, so is a site swap about to occur? No, R. Dabanga jingle starts at 1530 sounding the same. The 13800 switch from MADAGASCAR to Vatican is not until 1600 (or rather, 1557?). Meanwhile 15550 is // 13800, except 15550 is about 5 seconds behind. 15550 is already VATICAN at 1500-1630. Before 1500 or after 1630 would be the time to search for R. Puntland on 13800 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. 7570, Monday Dec 28 at 2101, WRMI is once again re-re-running the RMRC/EDXC Special, stuck here instead of original program during this hour, `La Rosa de Tokio`. I suppose it also appeared Dec 21 at this time, as it did on Dec 14 after intentional pre-emption Dec 7 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. 7504.8, Dec 29 at 0229, at tune-in, hear a bit of a Dutch ID for WRNO --- or was it Low German, back into Englisch; whatever, quite a surprise. Have not run across any DW news relays in English lately on WRNO (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. 5830 & 9475, Dec 29 at 0236, both WTWW-1 frequencies are off; but 5085 WTWW-2 is on, still playing Xmas music; and 12105 WTWW-3 is S9 with PPPP in English, probably sporadic-E boost (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. 1280, Dec 29 circa 1900 UT, KSOK, Arkansas City KS is back on, having been missing 25 hours earlier. I don`t think the Arkansas River is flooding this far up, but it certainly is by the time it gets to Arkansas State (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. 1550, Dec 29 at 1403 UT, flood warning for SE Missouri and adjacent states, ``Talk Radio 100.3`` IDs, temp for Cape Girardeau, so KAPE, 5 kW day power, the AM simulcaster not worth mentioning. Per NRC AM Log, 100.3 is a mere translator, K262AX, so no longer branded as ``Cape 15-50``. Not many cities are lucky enough to match call letters with (part of) their name.
Silent KLFJ Springfield remains out of the way for us to get KAPE beyond. Never mind the Okies on 1550. When skywave is gone on 1550, we get KYAL Sapulpa vs KKLE Winfield KS. Flooding along the Mississippi around St Louis could lead some AM stations legitimately to run day facilities at night (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. 1640, Dec 29 at 0255 UT, local KZLS Enid is still/again in dead air except for hum, facilitating pulling other audio around it on the NRD-545, with antenna angle minimizing, narrowed bandwidth and passband tuning just right:
Spanish show with marriage advice; 0259 UT closing with 801-AC phone number for Patricia, i.e. UTAH, until semana entrante, so a brokered weekly program. 0300 UT sharp, ID in Spanish as ``KBJA, 16-40-AM`` and then in English, ``KBJA, 16-40 AM, Salt Lake City``. Not sure if they mentioned SLC or Sandy in Spanish, but as CoL, Sandy is supposed to be in legal IDs. Meanwhile I was also getting WSJP in WI (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. 1640, Dec 29 at 0255 UT, while mainly hearing Spanish from KBJA UT, better on the N/S antenna I am also hearing English, prayer to Jesus, and Xmas music, no doubt WSJP Sussex WI, now Alabaman Catholic with EWTN; tnx to dead air from local KZLS, pulling audio around it with narrow bandwidth, PBT (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** YEMEN [non]. 11860, Dec 29 at 1417, another day of remarkable reception from R. Sana`a, from somewhere, Arabic dialog at S9+20, no IADs, 1425 mostly music, but I doze, missing start of Maghrib Call to Prayer! That ends about 1445 so started approx. 1442, and can still hear R. Ashna, IBB Kuwait, in pauses underneath. By 1450 there are now some IADs, or skipping in the music (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
UNIDENTIFIED. 6990.40-USB, Dec 29 at 0231, Spanish 2-way mentions 16-570 (or 16-560), possibly a related daytime frequency (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
UNIDENTIFIED. 15244.90-LSB, Dec 29 at 1505, INTRUDERS, 2-way in Spanish, discussing some commodity in 12 ó 13 kilos, both with engine noise in background – speedboats or planes drug-smuggling? Still going at 1525 recheck.
I often encounter these in- or out-of-band during routine bandscanning, and wonder why no one else ever seems to report them. Even editors don`t want to include them since they are not SWBC. Of course they cannot be identified, but still --- DEA at least ought to be interested in knowing such frequencies to monitor in case they slip some useful info, and of course sophisticated equipment could get a fix on them (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
This report dispatched at 1949 UT December 29