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[HCDX] Logs for Al Muick 20 November
QTH: Kabul, Afghanistan
RX: WinRadio G303e
ANT: 200m Longwire/Randomwire
ACC: Palstar MW-550P Mediumwave Preselector
7115 INDIA, AIR heard at 1730 on 20 Nov. in Maldivian with OM talk and no
IS or s/on formalities just carrier and then right into programming. The
audio was so distorted, I could barely make out what was being said. The
spectral display looked sick and there was a very bad buzz on the audio.
Sounds like a filter cap in the main supply or in the modulator section is
about to blow its oats. This is one sick transmitter and someone in master
control should be called on the carpet for allowing this to get on the air,
and their engineer should be hung up by his/her thumbs!
7200 SUDAN, SRTC, heard at 1702 on 20 Nov. with AR news and commercials,
including singing commercials. Quite slick production and S4 signal in
Kabul. I remember negotiating for our FM license with these guys (who claim
they are a corporation with no connection to the government, but then claim
to be a governmental entity which issues licenses) when I was working in
Sudan with the UN DPKO and it was not pleasant. They are very tough to do
business with. In the end, we only got on the air in South Sudan where the
Christian govt. loved us. But SRTC have come a long way in their production
quality. From an engineering standpoint, I am impressed.
7445 NORTHERN MARIANAS, R.Free Asia, heard at 1500 on 20 Nov. w/EG sign
on by man and YL news in mandarin. Immediate and terminal jamming by China
National Radio (not registered on frequency). Pounding sigs from both
stations, but equally unusable. So what happened to Firedrake? The jug
band got a month or so off?
9704 ETHIOPIA, R. Ethiopia heard at 1348 on 20 Nov with Amharic talk and
African mx. Decent S3 signal until 1358 when a Chinese ether pollution
specialist signed on at 9705 kHz. Only Chicom listed on this freq, is PBS
Xinjiang but they are sked'ed to be off at this time.
Three days until R&R! Yay!
73s de Al
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- Russell B. Long
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