** BRAZIL. 11747 & 11813, Feb 28 at 0647, crackling spurs from RNA/RNB 11780.1v remain, as obviously nothing is being done about them, and my frequent reports appearing i.a. on the radioescutas group are no longer spurring anyone to action (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** CUBA. 17730, Feb 28 at 1421, RHC is doing an annoying voice-over translation from English to Spanish, evidently from a (live?) press conference in Wáshington about the negotiations to normalize diplomatic relations with USA. Mentions Vienna Convention. It`s annoying because the original English is about as loud as the Spanish, and I am unable to ignore one and concentrate on the other. Do they ever listen to their own broadcasts and notice such a problem? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** ETHIOPIA [non]. 15515, Sat Feb 28 at 1502, poor signal in unID language. Only thing at this hour in HFCC B-14 is ``Milano``, i.e. IRRS, 150 kW, 145 degrees in Somali on day-6 only == Friday. That was R. Xoriyo, as in WRTH 2015, of the Ogaden National Liberation Front.
Aoki has it better now: ``15515 Raadiyoo Warra Wangeelaa 1500-1530 Day-7 = Sat Oromo/English 150 165 Saftica ROU 4442N 02606E IRRS b14``
I.e. via ROMANIA. And no more Xoriyo on this frequency.
The first log we had of RWW was Oct 4, 2014 from Kouji Hashimoto, Japan. But did not make it into WRTH 2015, not in Target Broadcasts section under Somalia, Ethiopia, or Eritrea.
A version 2 of B-14 pdf update has now been posted dated 23 Feb:
It is in there, not under Targets, but under ITALY, IRRS as if it is not clandestine. Per Facebook it is instead religious [Christian]:
``Radio Warra Wangeelaa is a weekly Afan Oromo Gospel radio to the Horn of Africa. The radio broadcasts every Saturday 15:00-15:30 GMT on 15515 kHz on SW`` http://www.uoece.org/
Back in the WRTH 2015 itself, page 470, IRRS listings do not include either 15515 broadcast. The V2 update has a few additions in red, such as two targets to NIGERIA, but still misses ISRAEL being back on SW, tnx to WRN via Global 24 via WRMI 9395 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** ETHIOPIA [non]. 17850, Sat Feb 28 at 1602, fair signal in unID language, lo-fi talk, no jamming until noise (DRM?) starts at 1603.5. Latest HFCC has nothing on 17850 between 15 and 17, but RFI Issouodun before and after. Aoki, however, maintains an A14 schedule:
``17850 Oromo Voice Radio 1600-1630 .2.4..7 Oromo 100 130 Issoudun F 4657N 00159E OVR a14``
The Ethiopian DRM jamming is a constant problem for VOA Radiogram reception in Germany, say Roger`s weekly reports, bleeding over onto 17860 where we are hearing its toning clearly. This is also the one reported with an English broadcast on Mondays only at 1616-1630, Radiyo Sagalee Oromoo, Oromo Voice Radio. It`s in WRTH 2015 page 507 in the Target sexion (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** IRAN [non]. 9430, Feb 28 at 0217, fair signal with ME-ish song, at first wondering if Greece had jumped up to here from 9420, but it`s only Radio Farda per ID which soon follows; this at 02-05 via Lampertheim, GERMANY, and Greece is still AWOL (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** KUWAIT. 21540, Feb 28 at 1418, R. Kuwait is still missing, and 21505 Sa`udi is still there to prove propagation is not the cause. Ivo Ivanov reported Feb 25 that since Feb 24, one of the transmitters was temporarily off, which silences all of the following: 05-09 15515 Arabic, 10-12 21580 Filipino, 1205-1555 21540 Arabic, 16-18 15540 Urdu, 18-21 15540 English (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** NETHERLANDS [non]. 9395, Sat Feb 28 at 1326, Global 24 via WRMI during `Happy Station`, Keith Perron discussing the deletion of Radio Nederland Wereldomroep`s online archives as ``audio genocide``. His comments strongly resemble those in a DXLD yg post this week. More about this currently atop the homepage of http://pcjmedia.com ending with an address he also spelt on the air for those who would like to object: firstname.lastname@example.org --- don`t forget all the dots, or ``periods`` as Keith calls them (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** NEW ZEALAND. 11725-AM, Sat Feb 28 at 0649, just as I am tuning in to enjoy a bit of RNZN`s Saturday-night request show, usual good signal playing some music from the 1930s, dumps off the air at 0650* and never comes back by final check 0721. 11725 is supposed to stay on until 0759 switch to AM 9765, but this cutoff is suspicious, as 0651 is the scheduled time for DRM to start on 11690, but M-F only. Another mixup in computer automation programming? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** PERU [and non]. 5980, Feb 28 at 0103, JBA carriers beating slightly against each other, I monitor intently so that I can tell when one of them goes off: 0103:40.5*, leaving an even weaker single signal, i.e. BBCWS via UAE. So the offing one was R. Chaski. Last time checked was Feb 21 when the cutoff was 0102:59.5*, i.e. 41 seconds earlier and 7 days earlier, averaging 5.86 seconds earlier per, just right according to my repeated monitoring over the past biyear, the rate of slippage by their autocutoff timer before it`s eventually reset earlier (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** SPAIN. 12030 // 11940 // much stronger 9620, Feb 27 at 2127, REE in Spanish on three old frequencies, but if on 11685, the JBA signal is not matchable. Widespread publicity came out that REE would finally move to some better, higher frequencies starting this date, but it did not happen. How about tomorrow, since after all, nothing is more important than weekend stupid ballgames?
15490, Sat Feb 28 at 1503, REE now on this new frequency, very good signal, with SBG coverage, a bit of SP/LP echo. But still nothing on the other promised NF, 17755. Also poor on 12030; JBA carrier, else? on 11940? Nothing audible here on 9620, not surprising across midday path. At 1600, still no REE on 17 MHz.
Wolfgang Büschel hears 9620, 12030, 15490 only and says after 16, 15490 is a terrible choice, colliding with AWR via South Africa; while 9620 altho aimed westward, collides in Germany with East Turkistan and India.
Per Ivo Ivanov, the plan was/is for these changes: 17755 ex-11685; 17715 ex-11940; 15490 ex-12030; apparently maintaining 9620: 19-23 weekdays, 15-23 weekends.
An earlier version dated Feb 25 in a press release from AER which has been lobbying for such changes, made no mention of 15490, instead:
17755 ex-11685, 17715 ex-11940; still on 9620, 12030
(Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** SUDAN [non]. 15550 & 15400, Sat Feb 28 at 1500, R. Tamazuj is back on both VATICAN relay frequencies, i.e. the defacto bigsig North American service. No tone jamming yet; at 1530, 15400 is off as usual, and still no tone jamming on 15550 as R. Dabanga is beginning, just the collision with WJHR-USB. By 1558 recheck, now the tone jamming can also be heard on 15550.
Now at 1559 Feb 28 I check // 13800 with weaker signal and tone jamming too; no break in transmission for scheduled switch from Madagascar to SMG Vatican site, and seems to be synch with 15550, so the switch probably happened 2 or 3 minutes earlier.
Now why were both Tamazuj Vatican frequencies missing on Feb 27? Maybe it`s a regular Friday-off thing from Islamic influence? But not noticed before, and WRTH listings claim it`s on daily. BTW, Tamazuj is for both Sudan and Sudan South, while Dabanga is for the Darfur region of western Sudan (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. WORLD OF RADIO 1762 monitoring: confirmed Friday Feb 27 at 2130:36, sufficient on WRMI 7570 & 15770; currently the two are about equal here, the former aimed this way but somewhat absorbed, the latter aimed ~90 degrees away but not so absorbed. Next:
Sat 2030v on WA0RCR 1860-AM Gateway 160 Meter Radio Newsletter, MO NEW
Sun 0231 on KVOH 9975
Sun 0415v on WA0RCR 1860-AM Gateway 160 Meter Radio Newsletter, MO NEW
Sun 2300 on WRMI 11580
Mon 0400v on Area 51 via WBCQ 5110v
Mon 2201 on Global 24 via WRMI 9395
Tue 1200 on WRMI 9955
Wed 0401 on Global 24 via WRMI 9395
Wed 0730 & 1530 on Hamburger Lokalradio 7265-CUSB
Wed 1415 on WRMI 9955
Wed 2200 on WBCQ 7490v
Wed 2201 on Global 24 via WRMI 9395
(Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. 7490, Feb 28 at 0120, WBCQ with `Allan Weiner Worldwide`. I think it`s // 5110, but AW is saying he forgot that a live feed from the Winter SWL Fest was planned, so after phoning master control, now 5110 splits away for that while he continues on 7490.
5110, Feb 28 at 0125, Larry Will and guests with informal chat from the SWL Winterfest in PA, mixed with music such as ``Stair`s Way to Heaven``, har har. At 0208 & 0241 rechex segments (repeated?) about Edward Snowden, presumably now amid the scheduled 02-03 UT Sat program `WAZU` (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. 7570, Feb 28 at 0300, as per a little previous publicity, WRMI cuts away from Brother Scare for a special live broadcast hosted by David Goren from the SWL Winterfest in PA, `Shortwave Shindig`. Live except for several clip segments, starting with a mélange of archive SW IDs and ISes; finally 0306 opening claims to be on ``7575 kHz``; and elevators in hotel are not working so everyone is getting lots of exercise on the stairs. Jeff White has donated the airtime, so he`s interviewed (not there, as he was at Okeechobee to be sure all the connexions were properly made), saying 13 of the 14 transmitters are now in use, and hope the last one will be later this year. Airtime adds up to about 200 hours per day, fluxuating.
How is Global 24 doing? Jeff says maybe they underestimated what they were getting into with a 24/7 service, rather than their initial idea, 2 or 3 half-hour ham radio programs, but he`s helping them out as much as possible and hopes G24 succeeds, as it`s something he himself had always wanted to do. After a bit of music, at 0318 more from Jeff, this time describing the site on a cattle ranch, to the accompaniment of moos (nothing heard from gators who also live next to the building).
0321 a segment of a variety of people describing how they got into SWLing as children, in several cases tnx to parents who worked in electronix bringing home radios for them. Jim Strader was first; not all were identified, but we certainly recognized Marie Lamb. Everything stops at 0348 when the modulation goes dead, finally back up at 0352 with music, 0359 ``Grayline Fever`` song about DXing, past 0400, performance attributed to Saul Broudy [W3WHK]. Announcement that show will stay on past 0400 due to the previous outage. Then Spectral Wars by Tom Miller; a Bob & Ray routine; 0414 `Grayline Fever` performed again by Saul Broudy and Jack Widner. Goren wraps it up with referral to 188.8.131.52:8940/listen.pls for continued listening. I was getting it then only with some music, labeled SWL Fest.
0419 jarring rejoin to Brother Scare amid something about a ``black boy``. Signal thruout was VG as it is for BS, presumably staying on the NW 315 degree beam which ought to be used for all other secular RMI programming (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
This report dispatched at 2102 UT February 28
Enviado por: Glenn Hauser - email@example.com