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[HCDX] Glenn Hauser logs September 2-3, 2008
** AUSTRALIA, HAWAII, JAPAN. Sept 2 at 1313 I ran across some VOLMET = aviation weather broadcasts on SSB, first on 6679 including Narita, by a YL robot, until 1314* with ``Tokyo, out``. Recheck at 1328, some VOLMET had returned to frequency, but weaker and not sure if same station, as several rotate each semihour on same frequency.
6676 nearby had more VOLMET, 1332 about Adelaide, Darwin, by another YL voice, stronger than 6679. 1333 think I heard ``Sydney, VOLMET out.``
Then at 1334 back on 6679 there was a male voice who did not sound like a robot --- if so, much better done than the others; included Honolulu and at 1335 ``All stations, this is Honolulu Radio.``
The log at http://www.shortwavemonitor.com/05-10.htm is not too helpful,
since it does not include Tokyo or Honolulu on 6679, just Auckland and Hong Kong; but does have Sydney on 6676 as VJN385, along with Bangkok and Singapore. That site tho lengthy is not meant to be a comprehensive reference, but rather depends on what someone actually logged in Jan-Feb-March of this year. I have not tried to hunt up complete VOLMET schedules (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** CHINA [and non]. Firedrake Sept 3 at 1343 on 13710, a new frequency. I suspect it responds to another unpredictable jump by a tiny Sound of Hope transmitter in Taiwan, formerly on 13750, where there was no FD now. Unfortunately, 13710 is already occupied by AIR GOS via Bangalore in English to SE Asia, and even by CRI via Kashi in French to Europe, as listed by Aoki which as of this date has not yet inserted SOH/FD on 13710*, but who knows, it may be gone by tomorrow (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** CUBA. Twenty-three days after we first discovered RHC`s new 19 mb frequencies in the mornings, 15360 and 15120, Sept 3 at 1400, live announcer, the woman, this time, is still in the dark and keeps announcing the abandoned ones, 9550 and 11805 instead, in the regular frequency listing which varies a minute or two around this hour, and we know it`s live because an accurate UT -4 timecheck immediately follows. And this is despite the fact that Arnie confirmed the new frequencies just one day later, Aug 12 on DXers Unlimited.
Scenario: there are hidden layers of bureaucracy at RHC, so Arnie or some other tech in the know can`t just tell the announcers to change the script immediately. It has to be approved by this guy and that gal, including the censors, who must vet every word ultimately read on the air, and the announcers are not allowed to deviate, even if they know something is inaccurate. Or possibly they just don`t give a damn (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** IRAN [and non]. Iran Qur`an, in Arabic of course, Sept 3 at 1350 on 15150, fair signal but with intermittent SSB QRM on hi side, 15152 or 15153, probably poachers or narcotraffickers in Spanish who encroach onto the broadcast bands with impunity (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** JAPAN [non]. NHKWNRJ, 11705 via Sackville, Sept 3 at 1416 after a 2-minute music break, announced a new weekly feature on Wednesdays this month, answering questions from listeners if sent to What`s Up, Japan? No pre-echo from Yamata this date, a welcome respite (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** KOREA NORTH [non]. Assertive Korean talk, Sept 2 at 1319 on 6518. Is PWBR `2008` any help? Of course not; it sure isn`t Perú! Fortunately we know that this is V. of People, clandestine from S to N, and // 6600, the latter jammed. 6518 does appear for this in WRTH 2008 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** MEXICO. XEXQ, R. Universidad de San Luís Potosí, 6045, is appearing more reliably now: Sept 2 at 1322 classical music audible with no strain, but lo het from Asian 6045.0 station; also Sept 3 around 1310. It should be better to monitor XEXQ in the 1200 UT hour before Vladivostok comes on (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** SWEDEN [non]. Despite the impression given by advance notice on website, the R. Sweden 70th anniversary special show in English did air on the Sackville relay, 15240, Sept 3 at 1430. I had missed the original direct broadcast at 1230. An enjoyable show which one should hear ondemand if not onshortwave.
At 1449 George Wood briefly mentioned how Sweden Calling DXers was such a pioneer in using the internet, but failed to mention how he deliberately downgraded it from a SW DX news source to Mediascan with news of internet, and primarily satellites, and then let it peter out to almost nothing, the last item posted at
dated 2008-06-27. Of course, running an active media blog would largely duplicate RNW`s Media Network, among others.
At 1500, 15240 continued in Swedish, and sounded like it was also the anniversary show, or part of it. BTW, on this occasion before 1500 there was more adjacent QRM than usual, 15235 being SMG Vatican in Hindi/Tamil, and 15245 being BBC Woofferton in Russian (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. WRNO, 7505, New Orleans, was still missing around 0355 check UT September 3. Hmmm, I wonder if Hannah will ever hit Walterboro? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A [non]. Checking all the alleged frequencies for VOA special live coverage of the Republic Con, as in DXLD 8-095, UT Sept 3 around 0115, the only one I could hear, I think, was 9780, as it was poor but sounded like the same speaker at the moment on live TV coverage, but not synchronized. This was supposed to be Sri Lanka, not starting until 0200. Axually 9780 was already on the regular schedule at 01-02 only, so 02-03 is just a temporary extension (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ###
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