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Glenn Hauser logs May 18-19, 2016

** CANADA [non]. 9550, Thu May 19 at 0449, poor signal in English with Newmarket, Ontario address, postal code, and e-mail address, off at 0450*. This matches schedule for Bible Voice via Nauen, GERMANY, on Tue-Wed-Thu-Fri per Aoki at 0430-0450, other days only until 0445, both called ``Radio Da``; is that an abbr.? Other refs, WRTH, EiBi and of course HFCC, do not go that far into individual program names via BVB (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** EGYPT. 9965.17, May 19 at 0423, R. Cairo, S9+ with Qur`an, lite whine. No Breaking News about the missing plane here! But this is usually the best frequency of the lot, managing to modulate without too much distraxion. 0454 recheck, it`s off, nominally scheduled 2300-0430, 250 kW, 325 degrees from Abis in Arabic except the first sesquihour in English.

12085.06, May 19 at 0457, R. Cairo, S5 open carrier/dead air or maybe just barely modulated. This one scheduled 0200-0700, 250 kW, 315 degrees from Abis, all in Arabic (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** MADAGASCAR. 9400, May 19 at 0427, MWV at S9+25 with `this day in history` excuse for a Bible lesson, ID as ``African Pathways Radio on 94-80 at 4 am UTC, and 176-40 [sic] at 6 pm UTC``. Oh, yeah? The 18 UT repeat has been AWOL for weeks, as this brand-new station still can`t get both its Continental transmitters operational (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SUDAN [and non]. 11651.25 & 11652.65, May 19 at 0444, weak carriers peaking here causing double heterodynes to R. Dabanga via VATICAN on about 11649.96 which itself is barely audible with some Arabish modulation. It`s hard to decide whether these are merely unmodulated carriers to jam by hetting, or also transmitting tones of their own, as Sudan has used both methods (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SUDAN SOUTH [non]. 9600, May 19 at 0426, ``HOA`` music at S9: it`s R. Tamazuj, 0330-0430, 250 kW, 134 degrees from Issoudun, FRANCE. Yes, neither Sudan is really in the Horn of Africa, but Sudanese music is much like it to our ears (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A [non?]. 17530, Thu May 19 at 1404, weak open carrier and off. It`s a VOA frequency so what`s scheduled, exactly? The 14-15 span is for Sat & Sun only in Kinyarwanda and/or Kirundi via São Tomé. But just before it at 13-14 daily is VOA Somali via VATICAN, so perhaps the tail end of that. Another possibility is Greenville making its usual transmitter check before it comes up on 17530 at 1700. But Botswana and São Tomé are also back on 17530 before 1700 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. WORLD OF RADIO 1825 monitoring: confirmed Wednesday May 18 at 2100 on WBCQ webcast, after usual partial ID ``WBC`` tnx to automation mismatch; also on 7490- but JBA in local and non-local noise levels. Also confirmed Wed May 18 at 2330 on WBCQ 9329.990-CUSB.

WORLD OF RADIO 1826 monitoring: ready for first airings Thu May 19:
Thu 1130   WRMI 9955 to SSE
Thu 2100   WRMI 13695 to NW
Thu 2330   WBCQ 9330v-CUSB to WSW
Fri 2130   WRMI 15770 to NE
Fri 2130.5 WRMI 13695 to NW
Fri 2330   WBCQ 9330v-CUSB to WSW
Sat 0630   HLR 6190-CUSB to SW 
Sat 0700   Unique Radio 3210 NSW low-power
Sat 1400   Unique Radio 3210 NSW low-power
Sat 1430   HLR 7265-CUSB to SW 
Sat 1930v  WA0RCR 1860-AM ND 
Sat 2230   WBCQ 9330v-CUSB to WSW
Sun 0310v  WA0RCR 1860-AM ND 
Sun 0830   Unique Radio 3210 NSW low-power
Sun 2330   WBCQ 9330v-CUSB to WSW
Mon 0030   WRMI 7730 to WNW
Mon 0300v  WBCQ 5130v Area 51 to WSW
Mon 0330   WRMI 9955 to SSE  
Mon 2330   WBCQ 9330v-CUSB to WSW
Tue 1100   WRMI 9955 to SSE
Tue 2130   WRMI 15770 to NE
Tue 2330   WBCQ 9330v-CUSB to WSW
Wed 1315.5 WRMI 9955 to SSE
Wed 2100   WBCQ 7490v to WSW
Wed 2330   WBCQ 9330v-CUSB to WSW

** U S A. 9955, May 19 at 0458, WRMI already in World Music, ``Up2 & Away``; I daresay the Beautiful Balloons are getting a bit overplayed. 0459.5 interrupted for ID, 0500 some other music instead of BS (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 12105, May 18 at 1911, WTWW-3 in Spanish Bibling is only S6 peaking some to S9, but remarkably weak compared to neighbor (geographically and frequencily) 12160 WWCR-2 which is S9+30. Therefore we conclude that WTWW is grossly underpowered and/or with extremely inefficient antenna in comparison. And it`s now much weaker than 12105 is normally heard here in daytime (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 9980, May 19 at 1252, S9+10 open carrier/dead air from WWCR, perhaps appreciated by the utility it clashes with on the hi side? On a Thursday there is no excuse for this, as 9980 is supposed to run from 12 to 24 UT, including The Overcomer straight thru from 12 to 20 on weekdays (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 7385, May 19 at 0430, WHRI open carrier/dead air at S9+45. Registered until 0500 on the 315 degree antenna, but no programming accounted for on Thursdays per Aoki, not even music or LeSEA fillers (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** VIETNAM. 9635.807, May 19 at 1254, VOV-1 at S4 with Viet talk, back down to usual way-off-frequency; so much for exceeding 9636.0 yesterday. 

Also, Wolfgang Büschel replies: ``Both VoV Son Tay units are ODD frequency already a lot of months ago too, 12018 ... 12019 kHz, - or 9635.800 .... 9636.0 kHz. On May 19 at 0830 UT Vietnamese service from VoV Son Tay on exact measurement of 9635.798 kHz, scheduled 2145-1600 UT daily`` (Glenn Hauser, OK DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** ZAMBIA. 9680, May 19 at 0453-0502+, no signal from Voice of Hope, nor at 0554 recheck, so power must still be out longer than expected. (Hey, maybe Zambia is not such a good place to start a SW operation requiring lots of reliable kWh?) Ron Howard and Bill Bingham agree there was no signal from this now or later this morning.

Meanwhile, Ray Robinson of VOH told us a bit more as of May 17: 

``Hi, Glenn and others. A few quick comments about Voice of Hope - Africa. We are currently using the omni antenna with 9680, intended to provide coverage to Central and Southern Africa. We are needing a part from Continental (they shipped the wrong one) before we can activate the second transmitter on the 315 degree beam to West Africa.

Because the transmitters have been idle for some time, we want to wake them up gently. For the 05-08 broadcast on the 17th, we were only running at about 60 kW. That will gradually be stepped up. Power shortages and rotating outages are still a major problem in Zambia, and our genset is not yet serviceable. Thus we are dependent on grid power for the time being, and our broadcasts may be subject to interruptions beyond our control.

Up until now we have not been represented at HFCC other than by the FCC for KVOH. We plan to change that for the next meeting. Ray.`` (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. 1500, May 19 at 0441 UT, that whistling noise in the sidebands of KSTP is again audible, subject of much investigation a few months ago leading to a few minor stations in the MO/IL/KY area, never determined just which (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) 

UNIDENTIFIED. 6170.0, Thu May 19 at 0501, unusual to find a weak S5-S6 open carrier here, suffering from 6165 RHC splash, but off in less than a minute. Nothing to account for it in lists, altho Scandinavian Weekend Radio, Finland, supposedly stops at 0500 on first Saturdays and special occasions only (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. Regarding my unID off-frequency carrier yesterday, 11979.793v at 1215, Wolfgang Büschel replies:

11979.571 kHz S=5 peak tiny carrier at 1440 UT May 19, in MI-USA and Alberta-CAN remote SDRs, also on west coast of Europe like Belgium, Germany and Spain, but nothing noted in Asia, Near East and Mediterranean, Moscow-Russia. So still a mystery signal. On half harmonic in 5986.3 to 5989.4 kHz range, observed strong digital STANAG signal of S=9+15dB strength, noted here in western Europe. I guess, Radio Dniprovska Hvylya, Zaporizhia not heard lately anymore. wb df5sx`` (Glenn Hauser, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

This report despatched at 1625 UT May 19