** AUSTRALIA. 17760, Sat Feb 25 at 2253, JBA talk, which HFCC shows must be Japanese service of RBA from KNX, 75 kW, 5 degrees at 2225-2300 on Sat & Sun (meaning UT Fri & Sat???). Hardly anything else on 16m except 17730 Cuba, but reminds us that R. Australia could be heard on 17840 if it could be transmitting (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** BRAZIL. 4894.92, Feb 25 at 0654, JBA carrier vs CODAR, so R. Novo Tempo is on now. Also a JBA carrier on its off-frequency circa 2335 UT Feb 25, but no signal at 0113 Feb 26 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** BRAZIL. 6180, Feb 25 at 2256, not audible here, but VG on 11780; at 2315, RNA/RNB with jazz, audible very poorly on 6180 and // much better 11780.
Now how about the parasitic spurblob heard yesterday? Yes! Here it is again, roughly 6144-6157, with the same beat as on 11780. Try the FM mode? No good that way either. 2317 announcement with matching peaks and pauses. 2348, the blob field has drifted to 6142-6152, peaking about 6147, S9+40. Oh oh, this is totally blocking 6145, The Mighty KBC from 0000. See NETHERLANDS [non].
Walt Salmaniw, Victoria BC, replies, ``Ouch! Completely blocking the signal, although occasionally I can hear the Mighty KBC, so it might have been a decent evening into WCNA. 73, Walt``
Chuck Albertson in Seattle says, ``Yech! It's still there (0230Z) - I thought it was my neighbor's flat-screen TV. Chuck``. Yes, very similar blobs do emanate from some of my local devices.
6121, Feb 25 at 2317, approx. center of a weaker blob making the same sound, just above 6115 WWCR. By 2348, blob has become audible in the lower but not upper sideband of WWCR. See also UNIDENTIFIED 9353- (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** BRAZIL. 11925.18, Feb 25 at 2333, R. Bandeirantes is up to here again, sounds like futebol coverage, with a weak het from something on 11925.0 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** CUBA. 15700, Feb 25 at 1508, CRI English relay is S9+20 but suptorted. (Modulation suppressed + distorted) (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** GUATEMALA. 4055, Feb 25 at 2358, R. Verdad with a rapid Spanish sermon, about S4 vs noise level. This is station`s seventeenth anniversary on air, and they were going to celebrate with a dinner tonight. Recheck at 0137 Feb 26, now could well be live, S9+20 in discussion of Radio Verdad and its troubled history, from its cuerpo de locutores and Hermano Édgar; offering a prayer for the occasion, during this ``acción de gracias por los 17 años`` (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** MADAGASCAR. 9600, Feb 26 at 0119, MWV with good S9+20 signal, better than heard for a long time for this English hour, with music, 0124 talk with KNLS address. So it`s time to hunt for parasites around this like 258 kHz above and below their 11610 Chinese transmission at 21-22. See UNIDENTIFIED 9353-9363 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** NETHERLANDS [non]. 6145, Feb 26 at 0001, JBA carrier from The Mighty KBC via GERMANY, weekly broadcast, since it is buried by huge parasitic spurblob from Brasília (see BRAZIL), covering roughly 6144-6157. Recheck at 0103, now KBC is clear with LSB tuning only, as spur range has shifted to 6145-6154, peaking about 6149. No longer find a lower one circa 6115. At 0150 recheck, Kraig Krist introducing a Lost Song, by Donovan from 1965y, but now the Brasoblob has shifted slightly lower and can still hear it tuned to 6145-LSB, rather like a chicken continually clucking. U. Eric outroduces song as ``Catch the Wind``, and we know what kind of wind here, don`t we? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** NORTH AMERICA. 6925.00-AM, Feb 25 at 2255, pirate music at S9; 2259 announcement something about ``dear transmitter`` and another voice with Liquid Radio ID. Seems I was hearing it earlier and better than most of these:
(Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** NORTH AMERICA. 6955-USB, Feb 26 at 0107, torch song with VG S9+25 signal, best of the pirates. 0110 Wolverine Radio ID as expected, next two songs: ``You`ll Never Know``, ``Now or Never``, so Never must be the theme tonight. As usual, too much else going on during a Saturday evening monitoring session to stay with it, even with two radios, but recheck 0148 another Never song, S9+25; 0153 in SSTV so must be about to go off. Many other logs, playlists:
(Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** PERU. 5980, Feb 26 at 0101, JBA carrier from R. Chaski, until autocutoff at 0102:41.5*, which is 61.5 seconds later than last catch 9 nights ago, Feb 17 until 0101:42*, i.e. averaging 6.83 seconds per, close to nominal slippage (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** SURINAME. 4990, Feb 25 0723, JBA carrier, presumed R. Apintie, which is still reported from time to time, and nothing else would be on 4990 overnight. I remain hopeful for hearing it identifiably sometime (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** TURKEY. 5960.02, Sat Feb 25 at 2320, VOT English reads S9+5 but sounds weak and fading, hard to copy, commentary about parliament, rule of Allah; 2327-2329 Question of the Month, something about a bridge, 2329 music. So no fortnightly Letterbox this week, corresponding to the Feb 18 date in our DX/SWL/MEDIA PROGRAMS schedule (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A [and non]. WORLD OF RADIO 1866 monitoring: confirmed by Ivo in Bulgaria, the Sat Feb 25 0630 airing on Hamburger Lokalradio, 6190-CUSB. I missed checking both the Sat 1530 7265-CUSB HLR, and the Sat 2330 WBCQ 9330v-CUSB. Confirmed UT Sunday February 26 at 0432 on WAORCR, 1860-AM, Wentzville MO, about 10 minutes into show, so started circa 0422. SSB ACI tnx to a ham contest hypering activity on 160m, two when I checked as close as 1859-LSB and 1865-LSB. Next:
Sun 1130 HLR 9485-CUSB to SW
Mon 0030 WBCQ 9330v-CUSB to WSW
Mon 0400v WBCQ 5130v Area 51 to WSW
Mon 0430 WRMI 9955 to SSE
Tue 0030 WBCQ 9330v-CUSB to WSW
Tue 0030 WRMI 7730 to WNW
Tue 1200 WRMI 9955 to SSE, 6855 to WNW
Tue 2130 WRMI 15770 to NE, 6855 to WNW
Tue 2300 WRMI 9955 to SSE
Wed 0030 WBCQ 9330v-CUSB to WSW
Wed 1030 WRMI 5850 to NW, 6855 to WNW
Wed 1415.5 WRMI 9955 to SSE, 6855 to WNW
Wed 2200 WBCQ 7490v to WSW
Thu 0030 WBCQ 9330v-CUSB to WSW
(Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. 6855, Sat Feb 25 at 2254, WRMI is S9+5 playing one of the African percussion/choral tunes as part of the `World Music` rotation heard many times on other frequencies.
11580, Sat Feb 25 at 2330, WRMI is replaying the special with Robert Kipp introducing `DSWCI, the Last AGM, from Sri Lanka, part 2 from WRMI``, explaining how to QSL this via RMRC; later at 2341, interviews with Jawahar Almeida of Goa, Aleksander Beryozhkin of St Pete, Toshi Ohtake of Japan, each invited to say a few words in their own language. They all seem to regret that DSWCI is disbanding. This semi-hour from WRMI is supposed to be Hobart Radio International per sked grid (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. 7490.12-AM, Sat Feb 25 at 2257 tune-in, WBCQ with rock music, soon closing for `Atlantic Oldies 2NG Radio`, ``God bless and goodbye``. This is the third Saturday in a row I have heard this show in the 22-23 hour on WBCQ, altho still missing from its schedule. Own website http://2ngradio.com/ confirms this date and time plus two other SW broadcasts in February, but what about March?
9329.9-CUSB, Feb 25 at 2257, this WBCQ is dead air at S9, but maybe just a pause, for at 2302 recheck now it`s Overcomer, and likewise on 5129.8-AM which has just come on the air (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. 15240, Feb 25 at 1736 and 1802 chex, NO signal from WWRB for Radio Munansi, third weekend in a row unheard, so more and more likely to be gone for good.
3215, UT Sun Feb 26 at 0136, WWRB is AWOL here too from its usual UT Sun-Mon-Tue evening schedule (nor on 3195, nor on 5050, where it`s too early for a seasonal shift upward (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. 9930, Sat Feb 25 at 1917, WTWW-2 with `Theater Organ from the Ozarx` playing ``Under Paris Skies``, as I think I have heard before on this series which has only been running a few weeks; replay? It`s S9+40 but with some deep fades; worse, constant hum, and distortion. Despite the huge signal, the audio response lacks treble, and too much bass, all of which detract from what could be a very enjoyable music show, unique on the short waves (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
UNIDENTIFIED. 4700-USB, Feb 25 at 2344, 2-way or more with some talkovers, sounds Slavic, but they use ``cambio`` for ``over`` which is of course Spanish. A strange combo, unless Russo-Cuban (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
UNIDENTIFIED. 9353-9363, peaking about 9358, Feb 26 at 0119, an S7 bubbly blob maybe coming out of the MADAGASCAR 9600 transmitter, which would be minus ~242 kHz. I try and try to match its pauses and peaks to 9600 but cannot be sure. It sounds very much like the Brazilian blob circa 6146; possibly the same kind of transmitter defect. This blob weakens in next several minutes and so does 9600 (Glenn Hauser, oK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
This report despatched at 0602 UT February 26