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Glenn Hauser logs December 8-9, 2017  View Printable Version 
Saturday, December 09 2017

Logs
** ANGUILLA. 11775, Dec 9 at 1511, no signal from CB. Without continuous longer monitoring, we`ll not know whether it cut on and off briefly & unpredictably (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** BIAFRA [non]. 11530, Dec 8 during the 19-20 hour, no signal from WRMI with R. Biafra. From now on I`ll not bother to reconfirm absence, unless/until it reappear (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** BRAZIL. 4985, Dec 9 at 0056, music in clear, no RTTY, no doubt R. Brasil Central, so I quickly compare to 11815 which is weaker. By the time I get back to 4985, S9+25 of RTTY has blasted on, totally blocking RBC (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** BRAZIL. 11780, Dec 8 at 2157, RNA is good in Brazuguese, 2159 outro for `Voz do Brasil` show, starts another announcement, no ID, and cut off the air at 2200* as I expected (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** COLOMBIA [and non]. 5910+, Dec 9 at 0107, het between Romania and AlcaravÃn, about equal levels, which means RRI is relatively weak for 300 kW aimed at us from Tsiganeshti (just watch, some editors will respell it to Tiganesti without the essential diacriticals, for which I am compensating by fonetik rendering, as if I had made a mistake) (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENINING DIGEST)

** CUBA. 11760, Dec 8 at 2200, RHC frequency announcement in typical Soviet-style reverse disorder: 15370, 13740, 11760, 9535, 9640, 5040; and FM 102.5 Habana, 103.1 Artemisa etc., 91.7 Isla Juventud, 89.1 Cienfuegos, all 24 horas.

This contradicts info from RadioCuba reported by Jim Thomas, of WTFDA FM Database, and in DXLD 17-48: ``Relays for Radio Habana Cuba - 102.5 moved to 97.1 CMBN-1 Sierra Caballos IJ, 300 watts 33 meters``. Early on, there was confusion whether this was 97.1 or 91.7, but 102.5 is/was the frequency for Habana (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** JAPAN [non]. 5960, Dec 9 at 0333, wild wailing and drumming, what`s it? O, Japanese talk follows, from NHK, 0300-0500 to Mexico/Central America/Caribbean, 500 kW, 290 degrees from Issoudun, FRANCE. This bihour presents some interesting music, close enough to North America (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** NEW ZEALAND. 7430, Dec 9 at 1349, RNZI reactivated with music, good if tuned in LSB to avoid Cuban radio war on 7435. Was missing yesterday. Adrian Sainsbury replied to my inquiry: ``No we have not moved. Tx had a fault so no broadcast. Sent from my iPhone`` (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** NORTH AMERICA. 6935-USB, Dec 9 at 0048, very poor, but instantly recognizable the patrician tones of FDR, Pearl Harbor speech. Again at 0114 check when he is mentioning island after island the Japanese have attacked. HFU has a couple of reports during this span, but many more during the original WFDR rebroadcast the night before = Dec 7 local:
https://www.hfunderground.com/board/index.php/topic,39151.0.html
(Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SAUDI ARABIA. 11745, Dec 9 at 1510, chanting and drumming from military station Al Azm Radio; about one S-unit better, S9-S6, than Yemeni service on 11860, S8-S5 with talk. Original sked of 07-17 UT had expanded by Dec 4 as Ivo Ivanov reported:

``Al-Azm Radio on 11745 before 0700 & after 1700, Dec 4
http://swldxbulgaria.blogspot.bg/2017/12/al-azm-radio-on-11745-before-0700ut.html
0613&0653 11745 JED or RIY tx ??? kW N/ME Arabic, extended from ??
0700-1700 11745 JED or RIY tx ??? kW N/ME Arabic as scheduled B-17
from 1700 11745 JED or RIY tx ??? kW N/ME Arabic, extended till ??``
(Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A [and non]. WORLD OF RADIO 1907 monitoring: not confirmed UT Saturday December 9 at 0046 the 0030 broadcast on WBCQ 9330v-CUSB: NO signal audible; neighbors: 9265 WINB VP S4 vs S3 band noise level; 9370 WWRBS S9+20; 9395 WRMIBS S9-S7. Ivo Ivanov, Bulgaria confirms the next airing:
``GERMANY, Reception of World of Radio via HLR 6190-CUSB, Dec 9
http://swldxbulgaria.blogspot.bg/2017/12/reception-of-world-of-radio-via-hlr.html
0731-0800 on 6190 GOH 001 kW / 230 deg to CeEu English Sat, weak``

Not confirmed the next HLR broadcast, Sat Dec 9 1531 on 7265-CUSB. Via UTwente SDR, I can hear nothing but CRI with S Asian music and talk from EAST TURKISTAN site (also had it direct with JBA carrier at 1515). Nor anything audible during 1557-1600 UT CRI pause before blasts back on in Russian. Next:
Sat 2030v WA0RCR 1860-AM ND
Sat 2230 WBCQ 9330v-CUSB to WSW
Sat 2300 WRMI 11580 to NE
Sun 0200 WRMI 11580 to NE
Sun 0410v WA0RCR 1860-AM ND
Sun 1130 HLR 9485-CUSB to WSW
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 2030 WRMI 11580 to NE, 9455 to WNW, 7780 to NE [or #1908?]

Full WOR schedule via all media, and podcast access:
http://www.worldofradio.com/radioskd.html
(Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 7490-, Dec 9 at 0032, WBCQ rock music, presumably Fred Flintstone still on air, but poor S7-S5, boding ill for AWWW reception to follow. 5129.8 WBCQ is on with carrier of S8-S9 at 0054. 0100 `William Tell Overture` opening AWWW on both and this time they are synchronized. Reception slightly better on the lower one. Starts out with ``nothing`s working`` --- and next 10 minutes we overhear him and colleagues trying to get something to work, meanwhile swearing a lot (Allan seems confident WBCQ is not going to get into trouble for naughty language). By 0110 mentions it`s ``on-the-air-repair``, problem a Gates microphone preamp from the `50s. Enough for me, but over to John Carver, mid-north Indiana, despite his internet problems, yeoman reporting what he could hear:

``Show started on time this evening. 7490 is unlistenable so listening to 5130. Chaos ruled the early part of the show as a microphone mixer/amplifier had a bad tube. Only one microphone usable and a lot of talk for minutes and minutes off mic as they attempted to repair the other unit. Only one working mic. Lots and lots of four letter words off mic and Allan was heard to say that he had had it with tubes. Allan and Angela are back in Maine and were in studio number one with Dr. Becker and only one working mic. Allan stated that the backup transmitter for 5130 that he wanted to run this evening blew up today. The AM transmitter on their MW station was also down and Allan repaired that also. There was also a problem with the computer control for the transmitters leaving the filament charge on around the clock which he says will cost a bunch of money to pay for. Allan said again that he's had it with tubes, old transmitters and the FCC. After a phone call things settled down and he went into a little rant about abolishing the IRS and again advocating a tax revolt in this country. Several phone calls in a row after this and lost the signal on 5130 at 0202`` (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 9475, Dec 9 at 1645 check, still no signal from WTWW-1. Has not been heard on this or night frequency 5830 at random chex for a few days now, tho I have hardly patrolled all possible frequencies 24/7.

It shall be interesting to observe whether WTWW-2 appear on 5072/5085/5098 by 0200 UT Sunday Dec 10 for `Theater Organ in the Ozarx`. 5085 had begun playing Xmasmx every evening, but haven`t noticed that lately either (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. 6945-LSB, Dec 9 at 0117, 2-way in language I cannot recognize. Wonder if ``pesky`` mariners far from homeland (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

This report dispatched at 1737 UT December 9
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Glenn Hauser logs December 7-8, 2017  View Printable Version 
Friday, December 08 2017

Logs
** ANGUILLA. 11775, Dec 7 at 2054, no signal from CB. Ditto Dec 8 at 1513 check (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** BIAFRA [non]. 11530, Dec 7 at 1902, no signal from WRMI with R. Biafra (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) See also NIGERIA [non]

** BRAZIL. 11780, Dec 7 at 2054, RNA fair in Brazuguese, while 11775 Anguilla is absent. This daypart is best for hearing RNA, not on the air much after 2200, nor ever on 6180. Seems the power is now in respectable range, if not up to original 250 kW (Glenn Hauser, OK, DEX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CANADA [and non]. 860, Dec 7 at 0658 UT, French mixing with C&W and at 0700 mixing with KKOW ID, I do detect ``PremiÃre`` as CBC French calls itself, but that`s not enough, as there are two of them, CJBC Toronto, 50/50 kW U1, more likely; and slightly further (1883 vs 1766 km), CBKF-2 Saskatoon, 10/10 kW U4; presumably // during informations en sommet de l`heure, but otherwise deux timezones apart for programmation. DFing would nail it but I`m not on the DX-398. CBKF-2 has major lobes N and S, day and night, with nulls toward Toronto and Prince Rupert (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** COLOMBIA. 5910.38, Dec 8 at 0039 very poor music at S7-S8 vs noise level of S7; AlcaravÃn Radio still active and down a bit from last measurement as carrier varies audibly.

5910.282, Dec 8 at 0706, now the JBA carrier is down to here (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CYPRUS [non]. I finally wrote to Nathan Morley of FG Radio about his program on WRMI repeating the same episode for months:

``Dear Mr Morley, I am wondering why you keep broadcasting the same old Travel Gazette program over and over on WRMI? It seems to date back to April, with items such as Kenya planning to start direct flights to USA by next April; high crime rates in the Caribbean, etc. Or perhaps you are not aware this is happening? Now you are. Regards, Glenn Hauser, Oklahoma (also on WRMI)`` Reply received Dec 7:

``Hi Glenn, Thank you for this note; it is appreciated. The problem is from my end - and I am fixing issue. Cheers, Nathan``

So I check the current WRMI program schedules for when we may now expect to hear new episodes:
Tue 1445 9955
Wed 0515 9955
Wed 1400 9955
Wed 2100 15770 > meaning 9455
Thu 0245 9955
Thu 2245 9955
Fri 0515 9955
Fri 1015 5850 > meaning also 9455

I have found that it is essential to keep reconfirming by axual monitoring on SW (or webcast if possible) that your (new) broadcasts are going to air as expected. Nathan replies Dec 8:

Hi Glenn, The schedule you emailed looks accurate - and appears at a glance - to correspond with the WRMI play-out grid.

New episodes - including the most recent featuring Gary Powers Jr discussing his new book, should air over the coming week.

Please do let me know if the new transmissions are reaching you, as the signals are not (despite some effort) receivable here in Nicosia.
Thanks again Glenn - keep up the excellent work you do. Merry Christmas, Nathan`` (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** KIRITIMATI. 846.00, Dec 8 at 0625 UT, and again at 0659 check, JBA carrier on this precise frequency, from new R. Kiribati, London Town. Because of its great distance from the rest of Kiribati, some believe that Christmas Island should be considered a separate radio country. From Tarawa: 3294 km = 2046 statute miles = 1778 nautical miles. From London, Kiritimati to Enid: 7200 km = 4474 stmi = 3888 nmi. I see there is also a Paris on the island. I wonder what the power is?? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** MEXICO. 550, Dec 8 at 0116, ``Los locutores de la fuerte --- gran sorteo --- LoterÃa Nacional --- CuauhtÃmoc Navidad``, phrases heard dominating frequency, so certainly XEPL, 5000/150, Ciudad CuauhtÃmoc, Chihuahua. At first I thought ``La Fuerte`` might be a station`s slogan, but maybe misheard ``suerte`` to go along with gambling theme. Followed by a Diputados PSA (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** MEXICO. 1030, Dec 8 at 0106, ID immediately on tune-in: ``Grupo FÃrmula JuÃrez, 10-30 AM``, then overtaken by some Dave Ramsey station. I.e. XEYC, Ciudad JuÃrez, Chihuahua, 1/1 kW per IRCA Log; it`s the XE most often heard here on 1030, not XEQR, CDMX, 50/5 kW but twice the distance (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** NEW ZEALAND. 7430, Dec 8 at 1449, no signal from RNZI after two days on new frequency; nor on ex-7355, nor found anywhere on quick scans of the 6, 7 and even 9 MHz bands; nor at 1543 recheck. What happened? I have asked Adrian. Website sked still shows 7430 including tomorrow Dec 9 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** NIGERIA [non]. 11530, Dec 8 at 0700, no signal from WRMI with R. Herwa International --- not due to propagation, since 11580 with WRMIBS is well audible (as is 11520 WEWN English) (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) See also BIAFRA [non]

** SOUTH CAROLINA [non]. 5850, Dec 8 at 0624, as I tune across WRMI, Brother HyStairical is saying his ``mouth may be stopped December 31`` depending on $ $ $ ; GWBD.

7355, Dec 8 at 0712, WHRIBS is now here after R. Martà is finished, not 7315, contrary to staying on 7315 the other night (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 3272-USB, Dec 8 at 0122, AAR7ZH in MARS net, among others, poor in noise level (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A [and non]. WORLD OF RADIO 1907 monitoring: confirmed Thursday December 7 at 2230.5 on WRMI 5850, very good, S9+20/10. Also confirmed UT Friday December 8 after 0030 on WBCQ 9330.0v-CUSB, but only at great effort with ECSS on extremely weak S2 signal at about the same band noise level; finally at 0035 I recognize the 5580 Bolivia item which means it is the new 1907 episode. Comparing to neighbors: 9265 WINB at S3; 9370 WWRBS S9+25; 9395 WRMIBS S6. Next:
Fri 0030 WBCQ 9330v-CUSB to WSW
Sat 0030 WBCQ 9330v-CUSB to WSW
Sat 0729 HLR 6190-CUSB to WSW
Sat 1531 HLR 7265-CUSB to WSW
Sat 2030v WA0RCR 1860-AM ND
Sat 2230 WBCQ 9330v-CUSB to WSW
Sat 2300 WRMI 11580 to NE
Sun 0200 WRMI 11580 to NE
Sun 0410v WA0RCR 1860-AM ND
Sun 1130 HLR 9485-CUSB to WSW
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 2030 WRMI 11580 to NE, 9455 to WNW, 7780 to NE [or #1908?]

Full WOR schedule via all media, and podcast access:
http://www.worldofradio.com/radioskd.html
(Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 9475 & 5830, Dec 7 at 2057, WTWW-1 is off, neither on day nor night frequency. Likewise at 0052 Dec 8 (while neighbor 9370 WWRBS is still S9+25). And likewise zilch at 0703 and 1453 Dec 8. What`s the deal? Transmitter broken? Out of money to pay electric? Ted didn`t get around to turning it on? HQ decided it`s all pointless? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 17775, Dec 8 at 1513, no signal yet from KVOH, but JBA carrier showing at 1522, 1543. Maybe will build up to good level later, wildfires permitting (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 660, Dec 8 at 0115 UT, Navajo drumming and chanting, dominating, so again suspect it`s ND rather than protecting NYC. Official FCC December sunset for KTNN Window Rock AZ is 0000 UT. This programming *really* stands out, making any further ID unnecessary.

A bit earlier I was also hearing cheater KHAC, 880-USB, and echoey KKOB & KKOB, 770. NYC is just out of luck (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. 1440, Dec 8 at 0059 UT, in the mix a variety of tones past 0103 UT; they are not pure, not musical, and are random pitches and durations rather than sweeps or some kind of intentional testing. Can`t get a DF on it as equal on N/S and E/W antennas (which might mean it`s roughly NE/SW, or NW/SE) (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

This report dispatched at 1742 UT December 8
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Glenn Hauser logs December 6-7, 2017  View Printable Version 
Thursday, December 07 2017

Logs
** ANGUILLA. 11775, Dec 6 at 2035 check, no signal from PMS or DGS on TUN via CB. But at 2041 recheck, PMS is on at S9+10/20. I force myself to keep listening to this know-it-all, and sure `nuff, cuts off abruptly again at 2045:50*; 2102 recheck, back on again. And so it goes. Seems they have a lot more trouble keeping this frequency going than 6090 at night, which continues to be on whenever checked. So are these now really from the un-destroyed Anguilla station? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** BIAFRA [non]. 11530, Dec 6 at 1942 check, no signal from WRMI with R. Biafra. 11530, Dec 7 at 0553 check, Qur`anish music in World Music fill, but VP S2-S3. I need to check earlier in each hour in case RB is still on in the first half (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CANADA. 333 kHz, Dec 7 at 0708 UT, beacon QE and dash, but not listed. Must really be QT, in Thunder Bay, Ontario, dah instead of a dit.

341 kHz, Dec 7 at 0710 UT, beacon YYU, no dash, mixing at different pitch, so not exactly same frequency as my local on 341, EI Enid. YYU is in Kapuskasing, Ont., also per http://www.dxinfocentre.com/ndb.htm

That`s neat; I was not expecting anything so exotic on a rare foray into the LW NDB area. Kapuskasing was also the location of a hot analog TVDX target years ago (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CHINA [and non]. 6180, Dec 7 at 1525, Firedragon jamming mixing with Chinese, averaging S9 combined, i.e. RTI in Chinese as scheduled from TAIWAN at 10-16 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** COLOMBIA. 5910.416, Dec 7 at 0739, finally a signal again from AlcaravÃn Radio, unheard for some weeks at early or late evening chex. weak S7-S8 song and audibly varying slightly as I listen; and even further off-frequency (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA. 15370, Dec 6 at 2048, RHC French is JBM, while English on 15140 is VG S9+30/20 and somewhat overmodulated. Retuning to 15370 shortly, the modulation has been turned up. Something`s always wrong at RHC (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA [and non]. 11930 // 9565, Wed Dec 6 at 2106, `Contacto Cuba` is the Radio Martà program now vs jamming in the unceasing effort to prevent contact. Still have not found a third daytime frequency on anyband, besides new 7355 starting at 2300 and again until 1400 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** GERMANY [non]. 9719.991, Dec 7 at 1420 big hum with some modulation. Again it`s DW in Pashto via UAE until 1430, off at 1442 recheck leaving a JBA carrier from algo, listed IBB in Khmer via Tinian (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** JAPAN [non]. 9855, Dec 6 at 2048, good S9+20 in French; not VOA. Soon mentions ``samurai`` and voice-overs some Japanese, clues: yes, NHK at 2030-2100, 250 kW, 310 degrees via MADAGASCAR, making it an outstanding signal on this band. Would that NHK could be heard as well intentionally in English to North America (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** KIRIBATI. 846 kHz, Dec 7 at 0543, JBA carrier definitely here and very close to 846.00. Huge splash from both sides, WHAS and KOA. Also IBOC noise circa 843 from WCCO makes it better to listen on USB despite that being 1 kHz closer to KOA than WHAS.

Some fade-outs like 0603, and back up, again at 0701 check, but I don`t expect it to rise enough for any modulation here. I`m getting it both on the R75 with E-W longwire, and the NRD-545 with ALA-330S loop E-W, not on the DX-398 internal.

This has got to be the reactivated R. Kiribati. Several years ago it closed this frequency and moved to 1440 from Bairiki. New 846 was first reported as an unID by Nick Hall-Patch, Victoria BC, Nov 30 at 0500-0535, and then heard by others on the west coast, including Walt Salmaniw also in Victoria as early as 0330.

Ace DXer Bryan Clark in New Zealand did some research and found out that this frequency now is coming from a different part of Kiribati, in fact, Christmas Island = Kiritimati! This news Dec 6 in the DXLD yg quickly spread to North American MW DX groups:

``Appropriately as we approach the Christmas season, we learn that the reactivated transmissions of Radio Kiribati on 846 AM are in fact coming from a new location - London Village on Christmas Island, providing coverage of the Line and Phoenix Group, including Kanton Island. Long time DXers will recall the last radio station on Canton Island - WXLE on 1385 AM. See attached from the Radio Kiribati Facebook page. Thanks to Theo Donnelly for encouraging me to do some sleuthing on this one! --- Bryan Clark`` See
https://www.facebook.com/RadioKiribati/posts/1734641830176128

``Broadcasting and Publications Authority added 2 new photos.
November 23 at 8:42pm Â

BPA COMMISSIONS NEW AM TRANSMITTER FOR LINE AND PHOENIX GROUP

TARAWA, November 24, 2017 (RADIO KIRIBATI) --- I-Kiribati living in the remote Line and Phoenix Islands can now for the first time listen clearly to Radio Kiribati broadcast from the Broadcasting and Publications Authorityâs (BPA) main studio in London, Christmas Island following the installation of a new AM transmitter.

The newly installed transmitter was commissioned on Saturday, 25 November 2017 in London village.

BPA Board Vice Chairman Betarim Rimon said the launching was covered live on Radio Kiribati and was heard in the Kiribati islands (Gilbert Group) through AM1440 khz and in the Line and Phoenix Islands through the newly installed AM846 khz in London.

Mr Rimon said the people of Kanton (Canton), the only inhabited island in the Phoenix Islands Protected Area (PIPA) can now tune and listen clearly to the broadcast from Christmas Island, a barrier in radio communications which has plagued and isolated the island from the rest of the islands in the country for many years.

"The people of Kanton can now tune to this service as it will sufficiently cover the rest of PIPA. You are now no longer far but drawn closer to the rest of the nation and the world in terms of news updates and radio service," said Mr Rimonâ.RK News
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Kamaiuaki ana âAM transmitterâ te BPA ae e boou ibukin te Aono n Raina ma Rawaki

TARAWA, November 24, 2017 (RADIO KIRIBATI) ---- A kona ngkai te nati ni Kiribati ake a tionako ni maeka n aban te Aono n Raina ma Rawaki n ongora n te moan tai ni Bwanan Kiribati ae e itiaki man ana tabo ni kanakobwana te Botaki ni Kanakobwana ma Karekerongorongo (BPA) are i Ronton, Kiritimati imwin kanimwakin ana transmitter te BPA ae e boou ikekei.

E katekeraoaki kamaiuan te transmitter ae e boou aio n te Kaonobong 25 n November 2017 n ana tabo te BPA i Ronton Kiritimati.

E taku te Kauoman ni Tia Babaire n ana Baba n Tararua te BPA ae Betarim Rimon bwa e katanoataaki ao ni katabwenaki moan kamaiuan ke kabonganakin te transmitter ae e boou aio n te kanakobwana ae e maiu iaon Bwanan Kiribati are e ongoraeakinaki n aban te Aono ni Kiribati (Gilbert Group) rinanon te band ae te AM1440 kilohertz ao n te Aono n Raina ma Rawaki rinanon ana band te transmitter are e a tibwa kanimwaki ae te AM846 kilohertz.

E taku Betarim bwa ai akea ngkai aia kanganga kain Kanton, are bon ti ngaia aban te Aono n Rawaki ake a kainaki (PIPA) ae e kaainaki ni karekean Bwanan Kiribati ao n itiaki naba ongoraaia man te kanakobwana mai Kiritimati, te kanganga n te itoman n te rerio are e a tia ni kationakoa Kanton ma aban Kiribati ake nikabane inanon ririki aika a mwaiti.

"A kona ngkai kain Kanton ni karekea ao ni kabongana ana tieweti Bwanan Kiribati aio n akea aia kanganga ngkai e a kona n roko korakorana ao n ongoraeaki n aban te Aono n Raina (PIPA) ni kabane. Kam aikoa tionako ngkai ma kamwa kaaniaki riki ma aban Kiribati ni kabane ao te aonnaba ni kaineti ma rongorongon baika a riki ao te tieweti n te rerio," e taku Betarimâ.RK News``

Longitude is 157-29 WEST, i.e. in the western hemisphere, yet the dateline was moved east of there, and the timezone advanced to UT +14 which would be the same at UT -10 on the day before as in Hawaii, Tahiti.

Just as Kiribati is pronounced kiri-bas, the TI`s in Kiritimati are equivalent to S, so it comes out sounding a lot more like Ch-ristmas. Current sunset there is 0421 UT, and varies little at less than 2 degrees north of the Equator. It`s not clear when 846 sign off, but 1440 was listed as 0500-1000 for their evening broadcast.

So far on the IRCA and NRC lists I don`t see any reports of direct reception of 846 beyond the west coast, except for Alberta.

Before 0600 I also check 558 for Fiji, 1098 for Marshalls, but probably too early for them (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** KOREA NORTH [non]. 6085, Dec 7 at 1355, JSR JAPAN, the Sea Breeze earnest YL in English on Thursday only, S9-S6, about some Japanese government activity, music background; 1356 typical sounders; briefly overridden by huge uteblapps at S9+20 but no jamming; 1358 contact info, spelling out website, off at 1400* (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** NEW ZEALAND. 7430, Dec 7 at 1357, RNZI on its second day here, S9+20 music, doing very well adjacent to 7435 Martà and Cuban jamming; 1400 Martà is off, and RNZ News, including a train strike expected to cause large disruptions in Auckland. Issue is safety, as reduxions to one driver per train are going into effect (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** RUSSIA. 9996, Dec 7 at 1409, RWM CW IDs repeated, very poor, 1410 resuming pips, from Taldom (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SAUDI ARABIA. 9695, Dec 7 at 1422, horrible humbuzz, with multiple carrier peaks, no program modulation audible, BSKSA Riyadh scheduled in Pashto: makes 9720 DW/UAE sound almost great (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A [and non]. WORLD OF RADIO 1907 monitoring: more errors preventing this new episode from being heard ASAP on SW. Wed Dec 6 at 2200 on good WBCQ 7490, they are replaying last week`s 1906! This time it`s not my fault, as 1907 was first available 21.5 hours earlier. I reminded them to get it in time for all the subsequent airings such as UT Thu Dec 7 at 0030 on 9330-CUSB --- but there was *no* signal audible here. Next:
Thu 2230.5 WRMI 5850 to NW
Fri 0030 WBCQ 9330v-CUSB to WSW
Sat 0030 WBCQ 9330v-CUSB to WSW
Sat 0729 HLR 6190-CUSB to WSW
Sat 1531 HLR 7265-CUSB to WSW
Sat 2030v WA0RCR 1860-AM ND
Sat 2230 WBCQ 9330v-CUSB to WSW
Sat 2300 WRMI 11580 to NE
Sun 0200 WRMI 11580 to NE
Sun 0410v WA0RCR 1860-AM ND
Sun 1130 HLR 9485-CUSB to WSW
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 2030 WRMI 11580 to NE, 9455 to WNW, 7780 to NE [or #1908?]

Full WOR schedule via all media, and podcast access:
http://www.worldofradio.com/radioskd.html
(Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 7780 // 9455 // 11580, Wed Dec 6 at 2050, WRMI with sermon before an audience, sounds like Bob Biermann pushing it a bit more than usual, i.e. `Your Weekend [sic] Show`, which is still not shown on WRMI skedgrid for 7780. YWS is listed for 11580-only, Wed at 20-21, but for longtime has also been // 9455 during this hour only. 7780 joins them at 2030 on some days, opting away from Brother Scare, when there is a half-hour program, but apparently at 2000 when there is a one-hour program like Wed (and also Thu for VORW).

Here`s what`s really happening during the following hour, contrary to schedule: 9455 only is carrying the ``15770`` program, `FG Radio` with their ``Travel Gazette`` repeated over and over from last April. (I have finally written directly to the program about this.) Contact info is on page 464 of WRTH 2017, where FG Radio somehow qualified as the #1 international broadcaster from Cyprus. I can`t wait to see what 2018 has about it.

9395 // 7780 at 2108 check are in `The Power Hour``. 11580 at 2103 is as usual in German from RAE Argentina (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 17775, Wed Dec 6 at 2035, KVOH is *on*, VG S9+20/30 with musicalabanza in Spanish; no spurs audible, still past 2103. Checking because we got this notice Tue Dec 5 at 1919 UT from Ray Robinson at KVOH:

``KVOH (17775 kHz) Off Air --- We have a high wind event here in Southern California today, with several large brush fires. At the KVOH transmitter site on Chatsworth Peak, sustained winds are now at 60 miles per hour with gusts to over 90. The microwave link between our studios and the transmitter site is unstable because the winds are blowing the microwave dishes off beam, and the power is very unstable too (there are currently about half a million people in Ventura County without power at all). Looking at the weather forecast, we may be off tomorrow also, but hopefully back by Thursday --- Ray Robinson, Strategic Communications Group / Voice of Hope, Americas / Africa / Middle East, http://www.voiceofhope.com`` [via WORLD OF RADIO 1907]

So they were able to get back by Wednesday afternoon. Apparently KVOH facilities not threatened by the wildfires themselves. 17775 also audible as JBA carrier Thu Dec 7 at 1504, 1524 chex.

Meanwhile, I have also heard from a ham in TX who has been experiencing white noise from KVOH extending even above 18068 kHz into the hamband, and had been discussing it with KVOH. He got this reply from John Tayloe in October:

``Glenn Houser mentioned this a few days ago. We made some changes to our audio chain as we suspect this is where the problem was. We are really interested in solving this. Itâs not showing up on our test equipment and we are [asking] a few of our friends who listen outside of California to monitor and give feedback. John Tayloe, (805) 338-0075``

K5WLT wrote later: ``Things were great (no hash in 17 m amateur band) for about a month. Then around Nov 20 somewhere it came back, and I sent the following:

On 11-20-17 at 1500 UT I found that your problem with spurs had returned. White noise hash up into the 18 MHz amateur band, and your modulation on 17775 was badly distorted and splattering. Again upon sign-off on that frequency all spurious emissions ceased. This problem surely should be evident on a spectrum analyzer at your transmitter site. Hopefully you will find the cause and a final fix be in place soon. Ronnie V. Miller - K5WLT`` (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 9370, Dec 6 at 2046 check, WWRBS remains nominal, S9 to S9+10 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** ZANZIBAR. 11735, Dec 6 at 2055, ZBC music for a while, fair until cutoff at 2102* (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

This report dispatched at 1822 UT December 7
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JRX Logs: Sun, December 3, 2017.  View Printable Version 
Thursday, December 07 2017

Logs
JRX Logs: Sun, December 3, 2017.
Receiver: Degen DE1103.

BRAZIL.
** 4885. Dec 3, 2017 at 0343-0350, Radio Clube do ParÃ, BelÃm-PA, in Portuguese. Man talks, ID and Call signal and transmitter power and frequencies; A musical program with local and regional songs. RCP with a fair transmission, 35433.

FRANCE.
** 7390. Dec 3, 2017 at 0412-0420, Radio France International, Issoudun-F, in French. Men talk News; ID. Fair broadcasting, 35433.

SOMALILAND.
** 7120. Dec 3, 2017 at 0352-0400, Radio Hargeisa, Hargeisa-SOM, in Somali. Man announcer talks & talks. Barely audible Station, 25321.

USA.
** 4840. Dec 3, 2017 at 0435-0442, WWCR, Nashville-TN, in English. Man announcer makes a sermon; 0440 Man talks with backgrounds; A short song. Fair broadcasting, 45433.
** 7355. Dec 3, 2017 at 0403-0412, Radio MartÃ, Greenville-NC presumably, in Spanish. Man presents Martà Noticias; 0405 Martà jingle and next the program "Cuba en la Semana". Unusual frequency of Radio Martà with good signal and fair modulation, 45433.Important: No signal on 7360 and/or 7365kHz !
** 7435. Dec 3, 2017 at 0420-0430, Radio MartÃ, Greenville-NC, in Spanish. Man and woman announcers talk News in "Cuba el la Semana"; 0425 Woman talks and makes a interview. Station has a good signal and fair modulation, 45433.

DXer: Jose Ronaldo Xavier
Location: Cabedelo-PB, Brazil (UTC-3)
RX (s): Degen DE1103
Antenna: Longwire
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JRX Logs: Wed, December 6, 2017.  View Printable Version 
Thursday, December 07 2017

Logs
JRX Logs: Wed, December 6, 2017.Â
Receivers: Degen DE1103 & Tecsun S-2000.Â

BRAZIL.
** 4885. Dec 6, 2017 at 0420-0430, Radio Clube do ParÃ, BelÃm-PA, in Portuguese. Man announcer presents a musical program: local and regional songs. RCP with a fair transmission, 35433.

CHINA.
** 7295. Dec 6, 2017 at 1954-2005, China International Radio, Kashgar-CHN,in English. Woman presenter makes a long interview with a man CRI with a fair transmission, 35433.

CLANDESTINE.
** 11860. Dec 6, 2017 at 2034-2042, Republic of Yemen Radio, Jeddah-ARS, in Arabic. Woman announcer talks; Local songs: woman talks and songs. Very poor Station, 25332.

GUINEA.
** 9650. Dec 6, 2017 at 2045-2100, Radio Guinea, Conakri-GUI, in French. Local songs; RG has a very good signal and modulation, 45544.

NORTHERN MARIANA ISLANDS.
** 9985. Dec 6, 2017 at 2115-2135, Radio Free Asia, Tinian-MRA, in Korean. Man talks & talks; Woman announcer talks. RFA with good signal and fair modulation, 45433.

OMAN.
** 11905. Dec 6, 2017 at 0457-0505, BBC, Al Seela-OMA, in Farsi (Persian). Man and woman announcers talk; ID; 0505 Man talks News, presumably. BBC with a very good transmission relay Al Seela, 45544.

SAUDI ARABIA.
** 11820. Dec 6, 2017 at 2008-2015, Saudi International Radio, Riyadh-ARS, in Arabic. The Holy QurÂan chant. Good broadcasting, 45444.

SUDAN.
** 7205. Dec 6, 2017 at 0430-0437, Radio Republic of Sudan, Al-Aitahab-SDN, in Sudanese (Arabic Sudan). Man announcer talks & talks. Poor broadcasting, 35432.

THAILAND.
** 9390. Dec 6, 2017 at 1920-1940, Radio Thailand, Udon-Thani-THA, in English. Man and woman ta News; Talk about Thailand life and development; ID. Good signal and fair modulation, 45433.

USA.
** 9955. Dec 6, 2017 at 0437-0459, WRMI-La Rosa de Tokio, Okeechobee-FL, in Spanish. Program dedicated to Radio in Germany: La Voz de AlemaÃa hasta la Deutsche Welle. Un excelente programa para recordar! WRMI has a good signal and fair modulation, 45433.

VATICAN.
** 9660. Dec 6, 2017 at 2103-2115, Radio Vaticana, SM di Galeria-CVA, in Portuguese. Woman and man announcers present News of Church and Pope; Pope Francis talks; ID. RV with a very good transmission, 45544.

DXer: Jose Ronaldo Xavier
Location: Cabedelo-PB, Brazil (UTC-3)
RX (s): Degen DE1103 & Tecsun S-2000
Antenna: Longwire
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