** ANTARCTICA. 15476, Thursday May 9 at 1333, still no signal from LRA36, BUT: Horacio Nigro in Uruguay inquired April 17 of the Marambio Foundation in Argentina (which established Radio Nacional Arcángel San Gabriel and still has some contact with it) about its current status, and as he reported to the condig list, finally received a reply May 8: ``Me dijeron que ahora está la estación en servicio sin ningún inconveniente, saliendo en 15.476 MHz aproximadamente a partir de las 19 horas local.`` It is operating normally on 15476 from approximately 19 local time --- that would be 22 UT, instead of the mornings, assuming local time = Buenos Aires. We can hear General Pacheco poorly around that time on 15345, so now we need to go after Esperanza on 15476 in the evenings. Unfortunately this news arrived too late to include on this week`s WORLD OF RADIO 1668 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** ARGENTINA. 15345, May 9 at 1220, poor signal with song probably in Spanish from RAE. But things are changing there after years of stagnation: during an English broadcast, Ron Howard heard them announce that they will be adding Chinese. And Jorge Freitas got the details from the ADXB in Brasil, improved translation:
RAE begins broadcasts in Chinese! RAE is happy to announce that as of Monday, May 13, will begin broadcasting in Chinese from Mondays to Fridays, 10-11 UT (live) and 04-05 (recorded).
The incorporation of transmissions in the Asian language will change, albeit slightly, the timetable of morning programs in Japanese, Portuguese and Spanish: Japanese will begin to come out at 11-12 UT; Portuguese will have the hours 12-13 UT, and Spanish will be at 13-15.
[this replaces: Japanese 10-11, Portuguese 11-12, Spanish 12-14; and previously closed at 04 after French. The morning Spanish broadcast will then be totally overshadowed by 15340 RHC from 1300 if not also HCJB Australia --- gh]
The [Chinese] broadcasts will be on 6060 and 15345 kHz. However, the retransmission of Chinese, at 04 UT, is on 11710 kHz. We rely on your listening!`` (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** AUSTRALIA [and non]. 11665, May 9 at *1259 RA comes on in English, 1300 into Chinese, mixing with MALAYSIA which had been playing a song, and quite similar on 9835, but not //. How much longer will the 11665 collision be allowed to last? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** BANGLADESH. 15505, May 9 *1354.5, Bangladesh Betar carrier on, quickly adding continuous tone test and some hum; 1357.4 starts IS; 1359:43 (or decimally 1359.72) ends timesignal early, opening Urdu; very poor signal. I wonder if on their English broadcasts we can`t hear, BB are providing first-hand, objective coverage of the clothing factory disaster and scandal? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** CHINA. Firedrake [non], May 9 circa 1230, CNR1 jamming instead:
13830, fair at 1223 with CCI; none in the 14s
15970, fair at 1222
16920, fair at 1222
16980, fair at 1222
17080, good at 1223
17170, good at 1223; none in the 18s, 19s
13795, previously last known real Firedrake frequency is no longer heard at several chex 12-14 UT May 9.
CNR1 jamming before 1400 UT May 9:
13830, fair at 1340, fair but Cuban noise jamming bleed from 13820
14750, poor at 1340
15115 & 15195, good with CCI as usual at 1335, inband and not ex-FD
15565, poor at 1332, het on hi side, i.e. V. of Tibet, Tajikistan
15610, poor under WEWN, also propeller noise, het on lo side, ditto
16920, fair at 1335
17080, fair at 1335
18180, very poor at 1338
11300, no jamming and no Sound of Hope audible here at 1232, where Ron Howard was hearing it in clear yesterday at 1212, spelling out website in English, amounting to an ID.
12000, CNR1 also here on earthquake service, May 9 at 1228 as usual out of synch with the jammers. Ron says a good time when this is not relaying CNR1 is 1730-1830 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** CUBA. Slipshod RadioCuba at 0500 UT May 9 radiates RHC English at the moment on 5040, 6000, 6010, 6060, 6165; since 6000 has not yet been moved to 6125; mañana (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** NEW ZEALAND. 11725, May 9 at 0516, RNZI is AWOL, not here, nor on 15720 scheduled until 0500 tho previously aired by mistake after 0500; nor any DRM noise circa 13730 or 11675; yet RA is VG in AM on 13630, 15240, 15515, so conclude the RNZI is totally off the air. Still nothing at 0530.
9700, May 9 at 1233 during Pacific news magazine, at last RNZI has weaker off-beam signal appropriate for the NW 325 degree Timor antenna as supposedly scheduled, but I am convinced they were really on the NE 35 degree Pacific antenna the past week (except May 6 back on 9655). Until today, the 9700 signal had been rivaling 9580 Australia. What next? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** OKLAHOMA. 1120, May 9 trying to determine the schedule, if any, of KEOR Catoosa/Sperry/Tulsa: still not on the air at 1352 past 1400, but next check at 1427 UT, now on with PMS = praise music in Spanish (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** SOMALILAND. 7120, May 9 at 0332, no signal detectable from R. Hargeisa around its usual sign-on. I had not sought it lately, but Ron Howard was also surprised to find it absent May 6 at 0350. Others, please check (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. WORLD OF RADIO 1668 monitoring: first cast confirmed on WRMI web, UT Thursday May 9 at 0331, but no signal detected on 9955, despite no jamming; nor at 1256, 1344, so suspect off the air. Scheduled 9955 repeats: Sat 1500, next Tue 1100.
So go for: Thu 2100 on WTWW-1 9479; UT Fri 0330v on WWRB 3195 (and we hope maybe 5050); UT Sat 0130v on Area 51 via WBCQ 5110v-CUSB; Sat 0630 & 1430 on HLR 7265-CUSB (please confirm in Europe); Sat & Sun 2330v on WTWW-2 9930; UT Sun 0400 on WTWW-1 5830.
Recent WORs have also been hearing at unpredictable times between 17 and 24 UT on WTWW-2 9930 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** VATICAN. 11625, Thursday May 9 at 0520, good signal with talking drums, then VR opening `Communications Update`, heavy Afro accent from own announcer, but then segment from UNESCO about 121 journalists killed last year; prompted by World Press Freedom Day May 3. This English semihour is 184 degrees from SMG CVA, while French before and Portuguese after employ different azimuths (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
UNIDENTIFIED. 17450, May 9 at 1338, ear-splitting whine centered here; with BFO, it`s made up of multiple carriers closely spaced and apparently beating against each other; gradually diminishes out to 17420-17480. This has being showing up sporadically for years around 17450, and yet to be explained (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
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