** ARGENTINA [non]. Adrian Korol of RAE ATTW sent a new WRMI relay schedule effective Jan 8, in jpg format which I make into text:
English 02-03 Tue-Sat 9395 NAm
Japanese 08-09 Mon-Fri 9455 WNAm, As
Chinese 09-10 Mon-Fri 9455 WNAm, As
Portuguese 12-13 Mon-Fri 9955 LAm [should also be on 9455!]
German 19-20 Mon-Fri 9395 NAm, Eu
Italian 20-21 Mon-Fri 9395 NAm, Eu
Spanish 22-23 Mon-Fri 5950 LAm
French 2330-24 Mon-Fri 7780 NAm, Eu
As of last week, the WRMI skedgrid showed German & Italian both on this new schedule, and on old schedule two hours later on 11580, the latter now removed. So not *everything* on 11580 has been moved to 7780, as originally publicized. This leaves 7780 free to continue with `The Power Hour` (I think) at 21-23. The azimuths of 9395 and 9455 are not exactly ideal for targets beyond NAm: 9395 at 355 degrees, not toward Europe; and 9455 at 285 degrees, not toward Asia. See also USA: WRMI. At least on the first Monday of the new schedule, Japanese did *not* appear at 08-09 on 9455, rather Oldies // 9395. Suspect that and Chinese are really Tue-Sat.
9395, Mon Jan 8 at 1900, guess what --- no RAE in German either, but music and songs in unknown language, presumably World Music filler.
Adrian Korol, RAE Director, also sent this about celebrating RAE`s 60th anniversary this year:
``RAE Argentina al Mundo 60 Aniversario
Queridos Amigos y Colegas, RAE Argentina al Mundo celebra este 2018 su cumpleaÃos nÃmero 60. Durante todo el aÃo llevaremos a cabo distintas actividades para festejar este aniversario.
En unos dÃas mÃs se inaugura una nueva y funcional redaccion con acceso desde el hall principal a la entrada del edificio de Radio Nacional en la histÃrica direcciÃn de MaipÃ 555, Buenos Aires.
Seguidamente comenzarÃn los trabajos para la construcciÃn de nuestro estudio y control de aire, con capacidad de grabaciÃn y ediciÃn digital de sonido.
Asimismo a partir del Lunes 8 de Enero entra en vigencia un nuevo esquema de onda corta via relay de WRMI. El mismo va adjunto en archivo jpg y se agradece especialmente la difusiÃn que puedan hacer entre sus medios y contactos.
Somos optimistas en poder festejar estos 60 aÃos con nuevo transmisor de onda corta desde la planta de General Pacheco, Buenos Aires.
En marzo estrenamos nuevos y mejores contenidos en los 8 idiomas de RAE especialmente producidos para nuestra audiencia global.
Estos contenidos coinciden con una propuesta convergente, orientada hacia RAE Digital, mediante streaming, aplicaciones, on demand, podcasting y herramientas transmedia integradas y en diÃlogo constante con la onda corta y un esquema de emisoras asociadas.
Y claro que en el 2018 habrÃ concursos, una nueva web, QSL ESPECIAL y mucho mas. Los mantendremos informados. Cordiales Saludos, 73 & DX, Adrian`` (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** CUBA. 15509, 15439, 15301, 15232, and weaker 15163, 15094, Jan 8 at 1510, filthy extremely distorted spurblobs from 15370 RHC, today between 69 and 70 kHz intervals approx. Something`s always wrong at RHC (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** GERMANY. 11790, Jan 8 at 1514, VG signal S9+10 to S9 with flutter, sounds like Farsi. HFCC shows 15-16, MBR Nauen, 125 kW, 96 degrees, multilingual on M/W/F only. Aoki shows Bible Voice Broadcasting, Arabic on Monday, Urdu Wed & Fri. But this sked does match up at all with its B-17 under CANADA in WRTH 2018 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** NIGERIA [non]. 11600, Jan 8 at 1656, VP signal in African music, then talk presumed Hausa until chopped off at 1700, and carrier off circa 1700:40*. This the new ``Radio Nigeria`` service from the same people at IPOB who brought us Radio Biafra, trying to broaden their influence to another major ethnic group. It was originally publicized to start on Sat Jan 6 at 18-19 on 11600, but nothing heard by anyone, nor Jan 7 at same hour. Ivo Ivanov found there was another new registration via BULGARIA for 16-17 UT on 11600, which turned out to be the correct timing. Tsk2 if their main audience was still looking for it two hours later. IPOB website still displays the wrong times:
HFCC shows 11600 registered available for Bulgaria, 24 hours, 50 kW, 306 degrees to W Europe, but surely must be on a different antenna now. Ivo says 100 kW at 195 degrees. (Also registered on 11600 are long hours for Denge Kurdistane via Pridnestrovye but we know those are inactive.)
Richard Langley in NB also monitored today`s hour: ``So, today is the first day of broadcasting? I recorded the signal while I was having my research group meeting. On replaying the recording, didn't detect any audio until about the 1630 UT mark. Was the transmitter really on before and with audio? Or perhaps it's just a propagation effect. But why start at 1600 and have adjacent-channel QRM from AWR on 15105 kHz (at least, Monday through Friday), which must also be heard quite well in the target area? Or, if the Biafra signal is strong enough in Nigeria perhaps it can handle the adjacent channel QRM. Signal, actually, turned out to be rather poor overall for the U. Twente SDR receiver (of course, nowhere near the target direction) although there were periods when it was above the noise level and could be comprehended (if one understood the language). Clip attached. Some mentions of Biafra and Nigeria in the audible parts of the recording. Signal fell back into the noise towards 1700 so couldn't tell when the audio ended or when the transmitter actually signed off. Will record the program for the next few days to see if the U. Twente SDR receiver can get a better signal`` (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** NORTH AMERICA. 6770.046, Jan 8 at 0631, trace of modulation, presumed the old-time-radio pirate from a radio museum. No matching logs in HFU, but here`s the most recent one at a totally different daypart:
(Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. 13565, Jan 8 at 1512, K6FRC HIFER beacon, Patterson CA, easily copiable despite 1.8 milliwatts claimed power. No others audible on the 13550-13570 Part 15 band (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. WORLD OF RADIO 1911 monitoring: not confirmed UT Monday January 8 at 0056, the 0030 on WBCQ 9330v-CUSB: no signal. Confirmed UT Mon Jan 8 starting at 0359 on Area 51 webcast, and 5129.84-AM also audible, already in HRI at 0429 check, S8. NOT confirmed UT Mon Jan 8 at 0430 on WRMI, as both 9455 & 9955 were replaying last week`s New Year Eve show from Angloparade. I`ll have to remind Jeff to restore WOR to this slot by next week. Next:
Tue 0030 WBCQ 9330v-CUSB to WSW
Tue 0030 WRMI 7730 to WNW
Tue 2030 WRMI 7780 to NE, 9455 to WNW
Tue 2130 WRMI 9455 to WNW
I`m further behind than usual in processing material so WOR 1912 may not be ready until Wednesday Jan 10.
Full WOR sked on all media, radio, satellite, internet:
(Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. 5850, UT Monday Jan 8 at 0827 I happen to awaken, so check for `Shortwave Radiogram` via WRMI: there it is with beeps, ``Baby it`s Cold Outside`` song mixing in and eventually alone, right up to 0830 immediate switch to `Wavescan` theme. 7730 was supposed to be // for this but no: Brother Scare! still on WRMI, // 5890 WWCR not synchronized. I guess the automation still pulls him on sometimes by default if it has not been overwritten. This is the second time I have caught BS overcoming WRMI cancellation.
At 0830, 9395 & 9455 are in Oldies. This contradicts the new sked from RAE which claims that 08-09 M-F on 9455 is RAE in Japanese --- see ARGENTINA [non].
7780, Monday Jan 8 at 1507, WRMI still on here with weak music but not // Oldies on 9395 & 9455 which are playing ``Telstar``. Frequency sked grid shows 7780 at 15-16 with System F (red), but program sked grid below shows this only on Sunday with Yeshua Messiah Ministry; so what programming is this? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. 9370, Jan 8 at 1515, 1910 chex, WWRB continues to be off, as it was at night on 3185, presumably having belatedly banished Brother Scare with nothing yet to replace him. Wonder if he`s still in jail or out on bail by now? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
This report dispatched at 1947 UT January 8