** AUSTRALIA [and non]. 5995, Oct 10 at 1321, RA is playing IS Waltzing Matilda over and over, for the rest of the hour as the signal gradually fades, until 1400 finally joins 9580 et al. for worthless rap-music `Earthbeat` from Triple-J ABC network, as RA now throws away three or four M-F hours of SW airtime which could be filled with somethings significant ---- but hey, it`s after midnight in Melbourne, so who cares? I had already checked other RA frequencies 6150, 9475, 9580, 9965, 12065, 12085, and none of them were Waltzing.
5995 is registered as Brandon in DRM at 12-14, 25 kW at 10 degrees, flipping to Shepparton AM at 14-18, 100 kW at 30 degrees. Brandon apparently lost feed from Melbourne, and also stayed in AM. Or automation was misprogrammed for Brandon transmitter, wrong program feed into it during an hiatus, and nobody noticed. Or could well be DST mixup, as Queensland stays on UT +10 while Victoria & NSW have just shifted to UT +11, pretending it`s an hour later than reality.
BTW, 9965 via PALAU was running 9 seconds behind the Sheppartons.
Ron Howard also observed this independently: ``Hi Glenn, As you have recently been reporting, RA is acting up. Oct 10, on 5995 (Brandon), heard Waltzing Matilda at 1342, after 1400 with ABC produced audio feed for music show "Triple J"; many program IDs, but did not catch any ABC IDs even at 1500; audio troubled with background noise (transmitter problems?). At times was // 9580 // 12065 // 12085, but that was very erratic, while 5995 was steadily on``
I have now searched thru the entire RA online program schedule to confirm new times for the two shows which marginally qualify for inclusion in our DX/SWL/MEDIA programs listing. I feared they might have been lost in the shuffle, but they are still there, mostly shifted one UT hour earlier:
`Future Tense`: Sun 0030, Thu 0330
`Download This Show`: Sun 1005, Mon 1630, Tue 0330, Tue 1830
For frequencies see:
(Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** CHINA. 18980, Oct 10 at 1325, CNR1 jammer, poor with flutter, and maybe some CCI from target RFA Tibetan via KUWAIT. No OOB CNR1 jammers found lower in the 17s, 16s, 15s, 14s, 13s, 12s, just the 15 MHz inbanders (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** CUBA. 12010, Oct 10 at 1318, RHC modulation is somewhat suppressed, breaking up and echoing.
17730, Oct 10 at 1409, RHC missing here, but still on 17580 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** EQUATORIAL GUINEA [non]. 17790, Oct 10 at 1409, open carrier/dead air from R. Africa Network via WRMI; suddenly cuts on music at 1413.3 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** MEXICO. 870, Oct 10 at 1230, rustic band music, no doubt XETAR, Guachochi, Chihuahua; yes, ID at 1231 also mentioning FM, but frequency uncaught. This must be new as no FM for it in IRCA, WRTH or Cantú; but all Mexican AMs are being forced to add FM with the intention of closing down AM in the near future. But nothing about FM via CDI website, nor in general Google search, nor trying putative corresponding callsign of XHTAR. Maybe I misheard; further monitoring needed. 1232 announcements about Chihuahua, but WWL is fading back in (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGST)
** MEXICO. 1100, Oct 10 at 0619, I am getting Spanish with WTAM nulled, peaking southwestish, ID by SHVA as `Radio Cañón, 90.algo FM``. Per last year`s IRCA Log and Cantú, it`s XETGO in Tlaltenango, Zacatecas, 5000/400 watts, with FM on 90.1 (and no other 1100`s with FMs in the 90`s). WRTH agrees except for night power as 500 watts (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** OKLAHOMA. 1580, Friday Oct 10 at 1250 UT, KOKB Blackwell with talkshow interviewing State Rep. Cory Williams, Democrat! of Stillwater, about the insane push for allowing guns on campus, opposed by OSU President Burns Hargis, and OU President David Boren, along with all the other university leaders in OK. Has a few choice words for colleague Rep. John Enns, Republican of Enid, who is supporting guns on campus. (I wonder if he`s packing heat in his wheelchair, which may influence his views; he was disabled in a farm accident, not shooting.) Conversation continues past hourtop until a break at 1306 UT. Evidently Williams is a regular guest on this show Friday mornings, not all just stupid sports talk on the Triple-Play stations, with 1020 KOKB Perry and 105.1 originator in Stillwater. More about him:
(Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** OKLAHOMA. 13-2, Oct 10 at 1628 UT, OETA OKLA with new promo which we are now bound to be seeing over and over: fund-raiser because they have to move to a new tower:
Play Race to the Top: The OETA Tower Game!
where there are no details of when, why and where the new tower is necessary. Maybe something to do with the original KWTV tower being dismantled? I think OETA were on it. This game looks rather inane, with a limited list of PBS/OETA characters to support while playing (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** ROMANIA [and non]. 9830, Oct 10 at 1404, fair signal in Arabic, mentions Alemanya, Arabiya. Unfortunately vs RTTY which infests this frequency all day in North America. It`s RRI at 14-15, 142 degrees from Tiganeshti, backwards to here. Has anyone ever identified source of this RTTY, and why isn`t it bothered by all the broadcast QRM? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. Larry Will, WBCQ webmaster, explains Oct 10 what`s going on as per our latest logs:
``Hi Glenn, I was a little puzzled about this log until I realized that wb caught the very end of last week's Allan Weiner Worldwide. Allan does a little prayer at the end of his show, and the 10/4 show timed in at almost 126 minutes. The show was trimulcast on 5110//7490//9330.
The "expanded program Mon-Thurs" refers to Rabbi Spivak's Jewish World News, now scheduled for Tuesday to Friday 0000-0100 UT. However the past couple of days the Rabbi has not been on at this time, e.g., Friday at 0000 a rebroadcast of AWWW was on instead.
I am working on an update of the 7490 schedule and will send you a summary when it's complete.
Allan also mentioned that 7490 programming will now be // 9330 weekdays from 6-9 p.m. eastern time on weekdays (2200-0100 Tuesday-Saturday). Regards, Lw`` (Glenn Hauser, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. 1540, Oct 10 at 1248 UT, unmistakable Chinese accent in English of CRI YL announcer, talking about holidays, no problem now as long as KXEL be nulled, so 2.5 kW KGBC Galveston TX, which has sold out to the ChiCom; bits of same thing under KOKC 1520, so 25 kW KYND Cypress TX, both rimshooting Houston. KGBC`s official FCC October sunrise was 1215 UT (November: 1245 UT), but what about KZMP The Metroplex with ESPN Deportes, midway between us? Its Oct FCC sunrise is 1230 UT (Nov: 1300 UT), so should be on day power 32 kW, but it`s tightly direxional east-west, with very little usward. Our real Enid sunrise today was 1234 UT per gaisma.com (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** VIETNAM. 7906-USB, Oct 10 at 1309, I remember to check for Ho Chi Minh City Radio, coastal station which includes marine info in English --- there it is, but only Vietnamese now and 1310 long series of rapid beeps, its characteristic closing signal, very poor. Need to listen earlier at 1305 or 1306 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
UNIDENTIFIED. 702, Oct 10 at 1235 UT, JBA carrier; usual suspect is 2BL Sydney, Australia; nothing on the higher-latitude NHK frequencies. Sunrise today 1234 UT (Glenn Hauser, Enid OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
UNIDENTIFIED. 7800-SSB, Oct 10 at 0611, 2-way in English, one of them with slight accent, and both of them modifying every other word with ``*uc****`` this & that, commiserating about their debts. Amid this expletive overload, they referred to ``nets`` and ``separators`` making me suspect they are fishers or even poachers. 0617 standing by while one goes to make coffee. No IDs, of course. This frequency might be of further interest, at least not having to try to make out colloquial Spanish (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
This report despatched at 1747 UT October 10
Enviado por: Glenn Hauser - firstname.lastname@example.org