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DX Listening Digest 16-52; World of Radio 1858  View Printable Version 
Tuesday, January 03 2017

DX Listening Digest 16-52 has now been posted at
and also soon, sometimes delayed at
Alternatively, latest DXLD 16-52 is also here until next issue:


For restrixions and searchable 2016 contents archive see
[also linx to previous years]

NOTE: If you are a regular reader of DXLD, and a source of DX news but
have not been sending it directly to us, please consider yourself
obligated to do so. Thanks, Glenn

WORLD OF RADIO 1858 CONTENTS: *DX and station news about:
Armenia, Australia, Biafra non, Brazil, Chile, Cuba, Egypt, Ethiopia,
Europe, France, Germany, Korea North non, Libya, MÃxico, North
America, Pakistan, PerÃ, Russia, Rwanda non, Solomon Islands,
Swaziland, Sweden non, Taiwan non, Tibet non, Tinian, USA, Vatican,

SHORTWAVE AIRINGS of WORLD OF RADIO 1858, Dec 29, 2016-Jan 5, 2017
Thu 1230 WRMI 9955 [confirmed]
Thu 2130 WRMI 13695 [confirmed]
Fri 0030 WBCQ 9330v-CUSB [confirmed]
Sat 0030 WBCQ 9330v-CUSB [not confirmed]
Sat 0630 HLR 6190-CUSB Hamburger Lokalradio
Sat 1531 HLR 7265-CUSB Hamburger Lokalradio [not confirmed]
Sat 2030v WA0RCR 1860-AM
Sat 2330 WBCQ 9330v-CUSB [not confirmed]
Sun 0410v WA0RCR 1860-AM [confirmed from 0424]
Sun 1130 HLR 9485-CUSB
Mon 0030 WBCQ 9330v-CUSB [not confirmed]
Mon 0400v WBCQ 5130v-AM Area 51 [confirmed]
Mon 0430 WRMI 9955 [confirmed]
Tue 0030 WBCQ 9330v-CUSB [not confirmed]
Tue 0030 WRMI 7730 [confirmed]
Tue 1200 WRMI 9955
Tue 2130 WRMI 15770
Tue 2300 WRMI 9955
Wed 0030 WBCQ 9330v-CUSB
Wed 1415 WRMI 9955
Wed 2200 WBCQ 7490v
Thu 0030 WBCQ 9330v-CUSB

Latest edition of this schedule version, including AM, FM, satellite
and webcasts with hotlinks to station sites and audio, is at:
http://www.worldofradio.com/radioskd.html or
http://schedule.worldofradio.org or http://sked.worldofradio.org

For updates see our Anomaly Alert page:

Tnx to Dr Harald Gabler and the Rhein-Main Radio Club.

Tnx to Stephen Cooper:

Tnx to Keith Weston:
Tnx to Keith Weston, via Google Play Music:

Unedited, uncondensed, unchanged from original version, many of
them too complex, minutely researched, multi-frequency, opinionated,
inconsequential, off-topic, or lengthy for some log editors to
manage; and also ahead of their availability in these weekly issues:

Best DX wishes, Glenn Hauser


Glenn Hauser logs January 1-2, 2017  View Printable Version 
Monday, January 02 2017

** ASCENSION. 6005, Jan 2 at 0542, BBCWS in English, mentions that they are on 93.9 in Nairobi, S9+15 here better than usual, such that the ``generator hum/whine`` is quite audible as it was many months ago and they were supposedly looking into fixing it. Then I check some other ASC frequencies:

7415, Jan 2 at 0547 with Dandal Kura, has the same hum!

7445, Jan 2 at 0547, BBCWS in English is VG at S9+25, even better than 6005, but NO hum here, so it only affects certain transmitters. (12095 also checked and poorly audible, but it`s Meyerton) (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA. 6000, Jan 2 at 0541, RHC English with modulation breakup, suptorted. 6060 at 0543 is better in English, but modulation still rough; 6100 is VG strength and mod; 6165 is fair (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** GUATEMALA. 4055, UT Monday January 2 at 0534, surprised to find Radio Truth still on with nice Xmassy piano+ music, S9+25. Sunday night sign-off had been just after 0400, two hours earlier than on weekdays. Maybe extension for NY day only, if not NY eve? At 0559, hymn harmony in Spanish past 0600, then ``La Biblia dice``, unclear whether a program title or merely quoting the Bible; 0601 ``How Great Thou Art`` hymn in Spanish. I had been wondering how that lyric would convert to Spanish, sounds like ``Cuan grande sois``, and checking Google translate back to English, it comes out as ``how big are you``, not exactly grandiose as intended. Searching on letra for hymn in Spanish, there are other versions, as ``Quà grande eres!`` and ``Cuan grande es Ãl!``, switching to third person, not nearly so intimate.

STILL on at final 0708 UT check, with Spanish ID for 4.05 MHz, QSL info, etc., maybe about to close? I measure it on 4054.991 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** PALAU. 9960, Jan 2 at 1428, surprised to hear English from the ACI to 9955 WRMI Wavescan --- but it`s just a Voice of the Martyrs plug, and then WHR`s phone number for prayers, 1430 into Japanese, Furusato no Kaze. If you buy a T8WH or WHRI relay, WHR`s own promotions will be inserted adjacently, no matter what, even if you`re Commie Vietnamese (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SPAIN. 9690, Sunday Jan 1 at 2122, REE North American frequency is missing again like yesterday. 100% service (4 frequencies at once) is often unachievable, so not sure yet whether this be another temporary outage, or cancellation, but timing of it at yearend is suspicious. Daily schedule had been 19-23 UT // 11685, 15390, 15500 (additional from 1500 weekends, not all on same frequencies) (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 15220 & 11720, Sunday January 1 at 2122 check, VOA Creole in English is AWOL again like it was yesteryear/yesterday Saturday. Must check Monday whether it`s also still gone weekdays (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. WORLD OF RADIO 1858 monitoring: not confirmed UT Monday Jan 2 at 0030 on WBCQ 9330, no signal (nor at 0134 check), and 9265 WINB was JBA carrier only, so maybe WBCQ on and not propagating. Confirmed UT Monday January 2 from 0401 on Area 51 via WBCQ, 5129.829-AM, fair. Also confirmed UT Mon Jan 2 at 0430 on WRMI webcast, but 9955 JBA carrier (while at 0400 earlier check during Prague it was good! And at 0700, 9955 with BS is S9+20). Next:
Tue 0030 WBCQ 9330v-CUSB to WSW
Tue 0030 WRMI 7730 to WNW
Tue 1200 WRMI 9955 to SSE
Tue 2130 WRMI 15770 to NE
Tue 2300 WRMI 9955 to SSE
Wed 0030 WBCQ 9330v-CUSB to WSW
Wed 1415.5 WRMI 9955 to SSE
Wed 2200 WBCQ 7490v to WSW
Thu 0030 WBCQ 9330v-CUSB to WSW

Note: Allan Weiner says that WOR will also be airing at variable unpredictable times during his Radio Jennifer service on expanded hours of WBCQ 5130v (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 1010, Jan 2 at 0557 UT, EOE plug for My Hometown Media, then ESPN, fade for ID but presumably KTNZ Amarillo TX, the usual occupant. Searching on My Hometown Media, it`s hard to pin on Amarillo, however. There is such a radio group in Cherokee Village AR, three FMs, but no connexion to AM and there is no 1010 anywhere in Arkansas (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. 7490, Sunday Jan 1 at 2242, `Marion`s Attic` on off-frequency WBCQ already has a low audible het and some CCI, not English? Nothing scheduled before 2300 = BBCWS English via Thailand, but suspect that has been expanded, or something new. If it`s on by 2200 to stay, will QRM WOR Wednesdays (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

This report dispatched at 1800 UT January 2


Glenn Hauser logs December 31, 2016-January 1, 2017  View Printable Version 
Sunday, January 01 2017

** AUSTRALIA. 9580, Dec 31 at 1817, music at S8-S5, must be R. Australia still propagating later than usual, midday here.

12085, Jan 1 at 1353, R. Australia discussing religious aspects of Bob Dylan`s music and the man. Also // much weaker 12065 and much stronger 9580. Looks like they are still doing religion on `Sunday Nights`. Yes, recheck at 1405 after news, this ``final hour of our summer series`` intros ``John Cleary on ABC Local Radio and Radio Australia``, an interview by guest Rachel Kahn(?) with a gay Catholic theologian/poet originally from Belfast about the `Spirit of Things`.

That`s ``final hour`` in terms of today`s 3-hour broadcast, rather than forever. I hope there was not a misunderstanding last week when it was reported that `Sunday Night` had been canceled. Anyhow it appears to be rerunning until Janend when RA itself is canceled. That led to an enlightening thread in the DXLD yg discussing the merits of public service broadcasting, vs commercial, and how it is NOT the same as government-controlled broadcasting (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** BOTSWANA. 11850, Sat Dec 31 at 2100, YDD and VOA ID cut off before ``signing off``, for dead air until 2101:30* It`s Hausa at 2030-2100 daily except Sundays (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** BRAZIL. 11780, Jan 1 at 0143, standing by for another New Year transition, which in the BDT area will be at 0200 UT. Normal programming from RNB/RNA, music, MPB, 0155 mentions Gilberto Gil, outro program `Acervo Origens`, about which scheduled at 01 UT Sundays:
``Acervo Origens --- As raÃzes da mÃsica brasileira com base nas pesquisas e na coleÃÃo musical do pesquisador, mÃsico e colecionador Cacai Nunes.``

0159 ID for 300 kW on 980 kHz (SW not worth mentioning), PSAs, 0200 more PSAs with `Jingle Bells` in background, no timesignal, no announcement but then starts `Alà Brasil` show which is apparently live as YL DJ does say it`s primeiro de janeiro, 2017. I might have heard something more exciting, had I tried one of the few non-gospel-huxter private SW stations (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CHINA [and non]. 9900, Dec 31 at 2250, rechecking after Egypt would have quit at 2245*, now I hear one station in Chinese. HFCC shows nothing until *2300, IBB via Saipan. But Aoki has the answer: since Dec 1, RTI via Kouhu in Chinese has also been on 9900 at 2230-0030. Both it and RFA are subject to ChiCom jamming, but they are also colliding with each other (unless RFA has evacuated?). And listings from Taiwan, of course, are banned by the ChiCom from HFCC. (And please don`t tell me it`s offensive to refer to the Chinese as Communists, since that is exactly what they proudly are) (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA. 6060, Jan 1 at 0030, RHC Spanish is S9+40 of dead air, still at 0055 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA. 5040, Jan 1 at 0704, again this Sunday, RHC Esperanto is on this unscheduled frequency, but this week 6100 is off. 6165, at 0705 Jan 1 is still on with music, maybe from Spanish webcast, but shortly both of them are off. So much for Esperanto scheduled until 0730 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** EGYPT. 9900, Sat Dec 31 at 2156 after Romania has failed to come thru at its New Year, I`m trying Cairo`s English broadcast. Poor as usual talk I can`t be sure is even English, with crackle, but certainly no timesignal or notice at 2200 when the UT+2 zone welcomes 2017y (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** ERITREA [non]. 11670, Sat Dec 31 at 1525, HOA music, good S9+10, from the twice-weekly R. Adal broadcast via FRANCE (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** IRAN [non]. 12005, Jan 1 at 1426, nice pop music, S9 to S7, Radio Farda ID and 1430, 4-pip timesignal about 5 seconds late, into presumed news. HFCC claims this is 100 kW, 105 degrees from the Biblis, GERMANY site all the way from 0630 until 1800. A quick look thru HFCC shows Biblis used only for services in SW and central Asian languages (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** JAPAN. 6055, Dec 31 at 1500, nothing but dead air from R. Nikkei I --- in the past several NYE`s I have learnt that R. Japan is a bust if you can even get it at local midnight, but so is RN1. NHK used to welcome the western NY with pop song performances and bell-ringing (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** KOREA SOUTH. 1566, Jan 1 at 1332, FEBC/HLAZ, Jeju Island is the only TP MW carrier audible, enough to tell that it cuts off again at 1344:31.5* for beam switch from Japan to China; and back on weaker before 1345 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** MADAGASCAR. 17640, Dec 31 at 1812, MWV English is S9-S6, as usual the 16m SSOB. Also Jan 1 at 1834 with `This Day in History` capsule ending with introduxion of the Euro in *1999y, slickly morphing into something about Romans trying to trick Jesus with coins?? Tune-out (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** PERU. 5980, Jan 1 at 0054, JBA carrier from R. Chaski, off at 0103:33.5*. That`s 12 seconds later than last check two nights ago, Dec 30 until 0103:21.5*. It was expected to be more like 13 seconds later = 2 x 6.5 on average. But in the meantime a leap second has been inserted to WWV. Timings of Chaski cutoffs are done on my watch, but always having to subtract a correxion factor by then checking WWV, as watch keeps gaining slowly and is difficult to reset. Since last time, the WWV vs watch correxion is a full second more, accounting for the leap! So should the Chaski slippage now be adjusted to 13 seconds or 11? Now I`m confused. Adelante (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** ROMANIA. 7345, Dec 31 at 0723, S5-S9 signal with pop music, as I am checking for the extended NYE schedule of R. Sakha, Russia, as monitored by Ron Howard --- but it`s RRI as evidenced by the 0724 ID in German, long list of transmissions, 0725 IS, and clear at 0728, no sign of Sakha here (nor on 7295) (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** ROMANIA. 7310, Dec 31 at 2152, now I am trying RRI for some NYE celebration, 8 minutes before midnight there. This English transmission appears to be yelling in Romanian, drumming, maybe HS relay, so here we go --- NOT. Cut to canned English sign-off at 2155. I am hardly surprised, as most stations are automated to change programming before hourtops. Manually overriding that would be too much trouble (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** RWANDA [non]. 15420, Sat Dec 31 at 1808, R. Itahuka via MADAGASCAR is just barely modulated (JBM) but S9+10; by 1818 is it modulating Kinyarwanda with long pauses, fair (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SOLOMON ISLANDS. 5020, Dec 31 at 1459, music audible as SIBC is on late, and the latest I think I have heard them, almost a sesquihour after sunrise here and a bihour after midnight there. Ron Howard reported quite a NY celebration on that station; see his report and hear his audio (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SPAIN. 9690, Dec 31 at 2205, NO signal from REE, nor later. Past NYEs, this has been a reliable & loud & clear celebration to monitor in the final hour of the year, inexplicably playing lots of songs in English; but this year it`s off the air to North America! The others, 15500 and 15390, are JBA by this hour. Pfui (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** TURKEY. 5960, Dec 31 at 2300, no signal in English to North America from VOT, where it`s already next year; but on fairly at 2305 check (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** TURKEY. 12035.008, Jan 1 at 1417, VOT fair in English playing unusual music, sounds like Bach with a Turkish twist; Allah forbid it should imply something Christian! Soon wishes us Happy New Year, peace and love; brief headlines I can`t make out, but should have been about the latest massacre in Istanbul. Sign-off and several IS iterations until 1425* (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** UGANDA [non]. 15240, Sat Dec 31 at 1730, P signal with talk and music, presumed R. Munansi via WWRB on weekends only. Recheck at 1808, now it`s inbooming at S9+20! in Luganda talk. 1819 recheck music, weaker at S8-S5. By 1825 it`s poor at S7-S5, no signal at 2033, off already?

It had been hit by a short-skip sporadic E enhancement which also strengthened some other eastern US SWBCs at 1809: 15610 WEWN S9+20-30; 15710 WHRI S9+30; but not WRMI, and not WWCR, close neighbor of WWRB, which on 15825 was only S7-S4, but on 13845 boosted to S9+20. Both are normally quite weak here in daytime, skipping over.

15240, also Sun Jan 1 at 1837 check, very poor with African music (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U K [non]. 7490.0, Dec 31 at 2330, BBC Thailand is nothing but a lo het under WBCQ, `SW Saturday Night`, which is slightly on the hi side. This is among the contradictory rosters of BBCWS frequencies from different listings before and after 0000 where I would like to hear the leap-second-expanded Greenwich timesignal and full strike of Big Ben. At 2358 not blocked but JBA since they are all intended for morning in Asia, are 5875 and 9740 via Singapore and/or Thailand, but too weak to detect anything at *2017y; and meanwhile I have missed counting the 61 seconds on WWV (but later confirmed the leap indirectly; see PERU) (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 5000, Jan 1 at 0104, WWV is still announcing that a leap second *will be* inserted, which already happened more than an hour ago. Oops. A station whose raison d`Ãtre is hyper-accurate timekeeping has difficulty distinguishing future from past. See also PERU (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 15220 & 11720, Sat Dec 31 at 2104, NO signals from VOA Creole service, which has been defaulting to English on weekends. So, canceled Sat & Sun, or canceled all? I know I still heard real Creole opening at 2100 one day this past week, but not logged (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. WORLD OF RADIO 1858 monitoring: not confirmed, Saturday Dec 31 at 1555 on HLR 7265-CUSB Germany via UTwente remote: only S Asian music from CRI Hindi via East Turkistan. HLR is sticking to 7265 as a German legacy frequency, no matter what. WBCQ 9330v-CUSB not confirmed UT Sunday Jan 1 at 0003, so likely not on either last year at 2330 Sat (9265 WINB is now S8-S9; however, 9330 is on and audible at 0057, and after 0100; see separate log). WOR 1858 confirmed, UT Sunday Jan 1 at 0429 on WA0RCR, 1860-AM, MO, about RCW in Chile, 5 minutes in, so started about 0424 this week. Next:
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
Tue 2130 WRMI 15770 to NE
Tue 2300 WRMI 9955 to SSE
Wed 0030 WBCQ 9330v-CUSB to WSW
Wed 1415.5 WRMI 9955 to SSE
Wed 2200 WBCQ 7490v to WSW
Thu 0030 WBCQ 9330v-CUSB to WSW

Note: Allan Weiner says that WOR will also be airing at variable unpredictable times during his Radio Jennifer service on expanded hours of WBCQ 5130v (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 5129.823, Jan 1 at 0003, this WBCQ with `Radio TimTron Worldwide`, and still at 0101 recheck. As sked now 00-02 UT Sundays.
Rather, Timtron, without another capital T, per sked: ``One of the most entertaining programs on WBCQ, Radio Timtron Worldwide combines rock music, comedy, and the occcasional skit into a show always worth tuning in to``. A.k.a. Tim Smith, WA1HLR, active in AM on 80m (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 9330.016v-CUSB, Jan 1 at 0042, WBCQ is now on at S7-S5, with DJ about dancing to groovin` music, singing along with ``At the Copa---``; 0049 mentions this is on WBCQ 7415! Friday nights, by operations manager Mike, to be followed at 9 o`clock M-F by Financial Survival 2000, also mentions Ed Bolton show, fadeouts. 0057, it`s apparent Mike was substituting for Allan Weiner that week Worldwide since AW was away on a road trip; 0059 cut to current ID, and 0100 Blalock the Blaster. Mike is the guy who died last week, and no doubt this AWWW was pulled out of the AWWW Y2K archives in memoriam (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 15770, Dec 31 at 2253, WRMIBS is still on at VG S9+10, past nominal 2200*. Still haven`t caught when this close if ever, as it may just stay on all night, faded into nothingness, lest successfully QSYing to 7780, which it does not. Recheck at 0015 Jan 1: no signal on 15770, 7780 or 2 x 7780 = 15560 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 12050, Jan 1 at 1352, WEWN Spanish is dead air again except for humwhine, and barely audible CCI talk under, which is RFA Tibetan via Kuwait this hour only and/or CNR1 jamming (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 1560, Jan 1 at 1345 UT, ID in passing sounds like KLAV, religion. Closest fuzzy match, very likely is KLNG, Council Bluffs IA. 10 kW daytimer. 1345 UT is its official sunrise in January, but it also has a Critical-Hours power of 2.1 kW, which should keep it down to there until 1545 UT, both non-direxional (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** ZANZIBAR. 11735, Dec 31 at 2040, nice Ungujan music from ZBC, so this should be a good one for Jahrwechsel on UT+3. At 2051 begins some excited talk in presumed KiSwahili, and music, but cut off the air at 2058.7! No countdown or timesignal here. And so go the rest of my unsuccessful attempts to hear special NYE celebrations on SW (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

This report despatched at 1946 UT January 1, 2017


Glenn Hauser logs December 30-31, 2016  View Printable Version 
Saturday, December 31 2016

** AUSTRALIA. 17840, UT Fri Dec 30 at 2105, RA opening ``RN Summer`` on New Year`s Eve, by playing a year-old discussion at the beginning of 2016 and what it might bring; S5-S3. Dec and Jan are always full of summer replacement shows on RN and Radio Australia. So what does the online program schedule say? Nothing is shown for the 21-22 UT hour this day. Suspect they are not keeping that up-to-date, as for Sat at 13-15 London Time it shows ``ABC Xmas Special``! And more of that for Sunday at 01-11 --- and still shows `Sunday Night` for 11-15 UT, which has just been canceled, but maybe will be in reruns for a month? Hey, it does not give the dates, just the days of week, so we are presented with the past rather than the future (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** BRAZIL. 9674.90, Dec 30 at 0711, now R. CanÃÃo Nova is on and in the clear, but weak S1-S4; do hear a timecheck for after ``5 horas`` = BDT; a bit better S5 at 0738 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA [and non]. 530, Dec 31 at 0300, Radio Rebelde IS of some notes from Cuban NA and then some electronic tones; presumably from the Isla de Juventud (ex-Pinos) transmitter, above Enciclopedia but not as dominant as last time, and also mixing with `K530AM` Vance AFB.

Strangely, Fox ``news`` // 960 KGWA is cutting in and out, almost sounds like the Vance transmitter is doing it as the PSA loop stops when this happens. However, we have had high winds and some bimetal shorting may be causing anomalies like this and 15280 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA. 6165, Dec 31 at 0226, no signal from RHC, and 6000 is S9+30 of open carrier/dead air, so English listeners are totally out of luck, tsk2. 6060 however, S9+25 of Spanish is modulating OK, even without the usual distortion, and with lite Brazilian het (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** GUATEMALA. 4055, Dec 31 at 0235 tune-in, dead air at S9+25, then Radio Truth starts playing ``Harbour Lights``, nice (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGST)

** KURDISTAN [non]. 11600, Dec 30 at 1455, Kurdish music good at S9, stops at 1500 for a sesquiminute of dead air but I do not hear any carrier break, then some more music, finally at 1503.5 Denge Kurdistanye ID and talk. Latest info from Ivo Ivanov Dec 30, DX ReMix News #985 schedule of clandestines in time order, has 11600 D.K. at 13-16 via PRIDNESTROVYE but also at 15-16 via FRANCE, so there must be some uncertainty about the 15-16 hour: there was definitely no echo but there could have been a smooth site switch at 1500 during the dead air.

7455, Dec 30 at 2129, ME music at S6, unseems Qur`an. NO RTTY now which infests this frequency all-night here. HFCC shows BRB has registered 7455 at 1600-2130 via KCH in Kurdish, and Aoki shows 1930-2130 is Denge Kurdistanye via Moldova = PRIDNESTROVYE, as well as at 1600-1930 via France. And DX ReMix agrees. I didn`t realize it must have been about to sign off, until *0330 on 7350 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** MADAGASCAR. 5008v, Dec 31 at 0215 and later chex, no sign of RNM, nor the last night or two (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** MADAGASCAR. 17640, Dec 30 at 1830, MWV is the SSOB by far yet from the other worldside, much stronger than 17775 KVOH and 17790 WRMI, at the moment playing secular song in a break between proselytizing. I think it was the same a bihour later, tuning in a bit later in the English hour (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** MEXICO. 650, Dec 31 at 0304, Spanish atop WSM which is easily nulled. Whenever this happen, I hope it`s something other than XETNT, but soon promoting the Noticiero Altavoz from Radio 65 en Sinaloa (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** OKLAHOMA. UNIDENTIFIED. 1450, Dec 31 at 0251 UT as I tune past, slightly and momentarily atop the pileup mentions KOCO weather, high 48(?). Which means it`s an Oklahoma station not too far from OKC, whence ``channel 5`` (7) supplies the forecasts, so most likely KGFF Shawnee, but also possibly KSIW Woodward, unlikely KWHW Altus (ex-harmonicizer circa 2900v). I look around http://www.kgff.com for a connexion to KOCO without finding any, nor on their active FB. But that`s not unusual for such deals to be uncredited.

We are informed in fine print at the bottom that ``KGFF Radio is a broadcast service of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation``, one of the lesser tribes, so does KGFF do any native programming? You`d never know it from their website with hardly any program info except `Mike in the Morning`. There is an unlabeled gallery of fairly old/deceased pop stars. NRC AM Log shows format as OLD from Westwood One. I try to Listen Live around 0500 UT, but from Surfer Network get an Access Denied, streaming unavailable due to content. KGFF is barely audible on 1450 daytime groundwave mixing with KSIW (Glenn Hauser, Enid, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** ROMANIA. 7375 // 7310 // 6170, Dec 30 at 2130, RRI opening English to Europe and E North America, fair-good signals about equal on all, then `Radio Newsreel` (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 3272-USB, Dec 31 at 0233, that MARS net again as heard 8 nights ago, one signal good, another very poor, exchanging Happy New Year greetings (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. WORLD OF RADIO 1858 monitoring: not confirmed UT Sat Dec 31 at 0047 on WBCQ, 9330v-CUSB where there is no signal; maybe on but not propagating, as 9265 WINB achieves but a JBA carrier. Next:
Sat 0730 HLR 6190-CUSB to SW
Sat 1530 HLR 7265-CUSB to SW
Sat 2030v WA0RCR 1860-AM ND
Sat 2330 WBCQ 9330v-CUSB to WSW
Sun 0410v WA0RCR 1860-AM ND
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
Tue 2130 WRMI 15770 to NE
Tue 2300 WRMI 9955 to SSE
Wed 0030 WBCQ 9330v-CUSB to WSW
Wed 1415.5 WRMI 9955 to SSE
Wed 2200 WBCQ 7490v to WSW
Thu 0030 WBCQ 9330v-CUSB to WSW

** U S A. 7490-AM, UT Sat Dec 31 at 0130, `Allan Weiner Worldwide` on WBCQ, fluxuating signal from fair to complete fadeouts. Also on // 5129.8 fading too but not necessarily at same time. One could switch back and forth, but with ~30 second delay, you either hear the same thing over or miss half a minute of what came next. Anyhow, what I was able to note on one or the other:

Explains the extra-hours programming we have been hearing on 5130-, as his new ``Radio Jennifer Service`` memorial to his late wife. Says it`s a cornucopia of repeats, mixed with rock music, free programs. Agrees with my review of it heard after 0700. Hal Turner will also simulcast starting next Wed at 9-11 pm ET. RJS can pop up anytime as frequency is available 24 hours. Running it remotely from his office at Deland of Fla. This is deliberately NOT being webcast, to get people listening to SW! There is nothing at all yet on the WBCQ website about RJS. Apparently it will all be ad-hoc, so no program schedule will be possible.

At 0208 he says the latest WORLD OF RADIO will be included in all RJS transmissions, and addresses me assuming I am listening now: your service is priceless; no one on earth cares more about shortwave radio, permanently(?) absorbed, than Glenn Hauser, doing WOR forever.

He reads some logs from the new issue of Free Radio Weekly just in, including mine of YHWH on 5790, 5792, and the 5150 pirate relay. If he ever mentions the other WBCQ I heard on 5120, I miss it.

This is a Free Radio Weekend, when there may also be special programming on 7490 and 9330, so keep checking all three, all weekend long. At 0232 he says that there are no language restrixions on WBCQ.

At 0239, says Charlie Prince, for Germans will be on again Saturday January 7 at 9 pm ET; missed which frequency. Copy is more difficult now, not only weak and fading signals, but also local noise bursts have started; Xmas lites still up in neighborhood? (Of course, I could have been monitoring webcast but once I`m committed to a SW monitoring session, the computer is off and inaccessible.) Missed some more items about new programming.

At 0242, Mike, a good man, passed away a week ago today. Mike who? I never could catch his surname. Apparently someone who did a program on WBCQ, and mentioned in ``Access to the Airwaves``. 0246 benedixion, 0249 tribute clip of Mike --- signing off, 0251 cut to Brother Scare on 7490 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 15280, Dec 30 at 2110, Brother Scare audio on unexpected frequency, mixing with something else, and synchronized not with WRMI 15440 but with WHRI 15710, which is 430 kHz above 15280. I can`t figure how it would land on 15280; at least the mix is not with my strong local MW 1390 KCRC. Also it cuts on and off; perhaps some external mixing in the neighborhood if not a genuine spur out of Furman (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** VATICAN. 6070, Dec 30 at 2140, VR IS and into daily Arabic until 2200, completely covering CFRX altho VR is aimed 234 degrees to West Africa. CFRX don`t get no respect, and don`t get no protexion as the Canadians fail to register it with HFCC; unlike the Germans who do register their 6070 for 24 hours, but Vatican ignores them too (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. 1590, Dec 31 at 0247 UT, S Asian music is slightly above the pileup and hard to DF, but seems to peak NNW/SSE rather than NE/SW, i.e. KMIC Houston TX (no more Aleluya), rather that WCGO Evanston IL (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. 11910, Dec 30 at 1512, open carrier at S9-S7; 1523 recheck now talking in unID language; 1550 still at S5-S3. Aoki shows the only thing this hour is BBC in Urdu via THAILAND, so maybe modulation/input failed at first. Preceding hour, however, 14-15 was VOA Tibetan via Kuwait, jammed and the carrier might have been jammer running over (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

This report despatched at 0622 UT December 31


Glenn Hauser logs December 29-30, 2016  View Printable Version 
Friday, December 30 2016

** ALBANIA. 6020, Dec 30 at 0121, CRI English fair in AM Mode. Sorry I missed a switch to NBFM, rarely a chance to monitor a SW broadcast that way. Steve Luce in TX had been noting a carrier interfering with the CÃrrik relay, but Mike Barraclough found a post and recording of Dec 23 showing it was in narrowband FM. Maybe it will recur:


``Posted by Mr Spock on December 23, 2016, 12:54 am --- I don't know if this is deliberate or a transmitter fault, but China Radio International is using FM on 6020 kHz at Midnight local time.

It's a very strong signal and it sounds quite good in FM. It's definitely FM because in the centre of the carrier there is a hum and tuning either side of the carrier you can slope detect the audio.

Here is a recording - the first 30 seconds is AM then I switch to FM
LLAP//.`` But you have to sign up for a free account to hear it (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** ANGOLA. 4949.7, Dec 30 at 0057, RNA is on with talk at S7; I gather it has been sporadic lately instead of steadily all-night (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** BRAZIL. 9674.95, Dec 30 at 0123, two very weak signals making a low audible heterodyne, about 50 Hz, where there had been only one, CRI English via Kashgar this hour on 9675.0. As ZY stations are by nature off-frequency, now the new one must be RÃdio CanÃÃo Nova, reported by Ed Santos in Bahia, radioescutas yg, to have reactivated as of Dec 15. I had sought this some times before without hearing it; hours may be irregular or limited (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) See also CUBA

** CHINA. 5978.98, Dec 30 at 0044, JBA carrier as I am ChiCom-checking along with Chaski-checking on 5980. Even weaker than PerÃ, and still there at 0106 after Chaski has gone off. Aoki shows the PBS Gannan from Hezuo hours in Chinese and Tibetan, now under 5979 too, as 1020-1410 and 2250-0100 via a 15 kW ND transmitter, instead of original 5970, where WRTH 2017 still shows it at exactly same hours. Better heard in our mornings (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CHINA. 11860, Dec 30 at 0130, bandscanning and hoping for a bit of Yemen [non], instead hear CRI theme, opening hour in Nepali, westward from Kunming, JBA at S2 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA. 5990, Dec 30 at 0054, S9+15 CRI relay with Chinese song is distorted, joining the club on 6060 and 6090 Anguilla (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA. 9820, Dec 30 at 0128, no signal from RHC where I had heard it 48 hours ago, on a channel which in B-16 had been used only in local mornings and probably appeared evening by operator failure to change frequency on same transmitter. However, RHC 9710 is JBA, while 11840 is S3 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** EAST TURKISTAN [and non]. 7480, Dec 30 at 0117, I am again hearing nothing but a humwhine, during the hour when Radio Free Asia in Uyghur via TAJIKISTAN is scheduled. Jamming, or malfunxion? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** NEWFOUNDLAND. 2749-USB, S7 Dec 30 at 0114, YL in French mentioning TUC (UTC), marine weather. Starting at 0107 is VOK, Goose Bay, Labrador, via St. Anthony site at the northern tip of the island. However, the Canadian CG website says VOK operates only in English (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** OKLAHOMA. 1650, Dec 30 at 0150 UT, country gospel songs in English are mixing with Spanish religious talk from Denver, and sports talk in English from Cedar Falls. At 0156 UT I would qualify it as praise gospel rock, certainly implying I am really hearing KFSW Sallisaw, which is much more of a challenge than the other 1650s (except XEARZ). But no ToH ID (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** PERU. 4774.90, Dec 30 at 0109, weak music vs CODAR. This must be R. Tarma, as Carlos GonÃalves, Portugal had measured it on 4774.910, Dec 3 at 2218, while R. Congonhas, Brasil was way up on 4774.964 (and which I have heard at 0725 Dec 23 on 4774.967; no het from it now). Of course each could also be subject to some variation (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** PERU. 5980.0, Dec 30 at 0044, R. Chaski is back! with its JBA carrier. Claudio Galaz, Chile, the only other DXer who bothers to track it, got a reply from station Dec 27 that the transmitter had been damaged, but would be back on air shortly; and so, it is. As the autotimer might also have gone thru a reset, I monitor continually from 0059, and do make out some music playing past 0100, until cutoff at 0103:21.5*, starting a new recession cycle no doubt of approx. 6.5 seconds later per diem. China is still on 5979, q.v. (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** TURKEY. 5960, Dec 30 at 0053, VOT IS at S9 but noisy. The spurious German broadcast must have aired complete from 0000 instead of turning off after English (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. WORLD OF RADIO 1857 monitoring: to my surprise, last week`s show is playing from 0039 tune-in until 0100 UT Fri Dec 30 on WBCQ 5129.84-AM, as this transmitter adds another unscheduled program. At first I assumed it was // but not synchronized with 9330 where WOR is scheduled at this same time, presumably first WBCQ airing of new 1858.

WORLD OF RADIO 1858 monitoring: confirmed Thursday December 29 at 2130 on WRMI, 13695, excellent. Also confirmed UT Fri Dec 30 after 0030 on WBCQ 9330.0v-CUSB, but JBA (and at same time, previous WOR 1857 is playing on 5129.84, as above!) (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 7490.0-AM, UT Fri Dec 30 at 0042, WBCQ with `Broad Spectrum Radio` --- no advance publicity about this week`s content, because it turns out to be a repeat of last week`s, James Branum rebutting Allan Weiner`s support of Thump (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 5129.84-AM, Dec 30 at 0100 following the unexpected replay of last week`s WOR 1857, ID as ``Radio TimTron``, and 0101 WBCQ ID, continuing with him? Also unscheduled until `Just Right` at 0200-0300 UT Fridays. But it`s getting quite weak (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 15770, Dec 30 at 0046, a JBA carrier is here! So now I am concluding that WRMI is simply leaving XMTR 3 on the air into the night, maybe all night, when it is mostly not propagating, instead of switching to 7780 which has been absent except for one log a few nights ago. Maybe #3 is just uncooperative in operating on the 7 MHz band for some reason (but we know would radiate on second harmonic 15560, not that far from 15770). I hadn`t bothered to precise 15770 during normal listening but now I do and get 15769.98. Still a JBA carrier at 0132, but now it measures to 15770.01. There is one other station in Aoki on 15770, AIR Delhi-Khampur, but only at 0400-0530 in Persian, Arabic (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 7730, Dec 30 at 0046, WRMI with gamelan-sounding music, altho scheduled during this semihour UT Fridays is `Sounding the Alarm`, presumably religious (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 1020, Dec 30 at 0138 UT, Spanish religious talk and hymn, steadily audible with semi-local KOKP Perry OK nulled, even tho far from sideways. 0159 UT timecheck for ``9 de la noche in Nueva York`` and at 0201 UT, ``temperatura de 40 grados Fahrenheit``. No greater service can RadiovisiÃn Cristiana, WWRV, 1330, NYC, render to the denizens of Roswell than via KCKN keep them informed about time and temp in La Gran Manzana. But then Roswell is allegedly infested by aliens. Nothing further needed to make this a definite ID. Sure sounds like more than the 1 kW STA recently revealed by the FCC to NRC; maybe they`ve got the 50 kW back in service, so they can resume ignoring the requirement to protect Pittsburgh (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 1060.02, Dec 30 at 0141 UT, Spanish interview with a singer, mentions a .ca address, but this is not Calgary, ha ha. Sings ``gracias, Cristo``, etc. At 0153 UT, jingle ``alabanza y adoraciÃn, KIJN`` as this Farwell TX 10 kW daytimer unabashedly IDs at night on its signature off-frequency causing fast hets with anything else (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 1460, Dec 30 at 0147 UT, two guys conversing in Spanish about pollos. Maybe the chickens are a team as these are surely the bozos on KBZO Lubbock TX with ESPN Deportes (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. 4824.50-AM, Dec 30 at 0108, S8 open carrier vs CODAR (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. 5930, Dec 30 at 0052, weak S5 signal, in, Spanish? I then hear a couple familiar words and conclude it is Spanish, but uplooked later, the only schedulee is BBC in Dari via Austria. And there is no known unlisted LA station on 5930. A mixing product? Cuba might put one on 5920 or 5940, but not 5930 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. 6100.0, Dec 30 at 0056, algo talk at S7. Could be CRI Portuguese, 500 kW aimed NW from Beijing site, a long way to Brasil. Or KCBS Pyongyang with a low winter sun. But not the HFCC registration for MBR Nauen, wooden (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

This report dispatched at 0554 UT December 30


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