Wednesday, May 20, 2009

VOA Hindi, Craotian, and Greek would be eliminated in 2010 federal budget

VOA Hindi, Craotian, and Greek would be eliminated in 2010 federal budget. "The 2010 Budget proposal would eliminate VOA Hindi, Croatian, and Greek language broadcasts and close a finance office located in Paris. While the overall funding level for VOA is increasing from 2009, the administration says, funding related to these language services within VOA will be reduced from about $3 million to $1 million." Federal Eye, Washington Post, 7 May 2009Would RFE/RL Croatian continue? Update: I've been reminded that RFE/RL dropped Croatian "years ago." Its Serbian and Montenegrin services continue.
     "Cutting some VOA languages and closing a VOA finance ofice in Paris is a worthy start but not nearly as effective as ceasing the entire VOA operations and merging the many similar organiz[a]tions into a one more effective entity. VOA, Radio Marti, Radio Farda, Radio Free Europe, VOA-TV, and others have served a useful need but now are only competing organizations whose effecti[ve]ness has diminished. Much more effective would be an NPR like operation world-wide for Americans living overseas, much like BBC world service. And, let the rest of the world listen in if they want to know what America thinks. NPR and PRi could then and should be broadcast via the Internet, Satellite TV, local AM and FM facilities, and short-wave to all of the world. Portions of ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC, and others could and should also be included. But we do not need the bloated bureaucracy of the VOA or any of its bedfellows to continue." ghp60 comment to ibid. See previous post about same subject. Posted: 08 May 2009 Permalink





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DR Congo: Radio France banned - [bangladx] Congo bans RFI via Alokesh Gupta

DR Congo: Radio France banned
 
Jerry Nguwa, AfricaNews reporter in Nairobi, Kenya
The DR Congo has banned French international radio broadcaster - Radio France International (RFI) from operating. The ban follows alleged continuous broadcast of 'provocative statements' against the government, Congolese officials say. It affects mainly the Oriental Province's Ituri.
The Congolese Intelligence Service carried out the operation following public complaint by the Congolese Minister for Communication who is also the government spokesman, Lambert Mende Omalanga.
The minister threatened to shut down RFI in the entire DRC if the French broadcaster continued to air what he called “provocative statements”. The minister claimed that some programmed aired on RFI alleged that the DRC cannot be ruled from Kinshasa, which poses serious security threat in the country.
The personal assistant to the minister confirmed the story and reiterated that if necessary, the Congolese government will shut down all foreign media that threatens national integrity.
Recently, Rwanda banned the BBC local service within its boundaries.
 
 
 
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GRIMETON RADIO/SAQ PLANNED TRANSMISSIONS, SUMMER AND AUTUMN 2009 via Alokesh Gupta - BanglaDX

There will hopefully be transmissions with the Alexanderson alternator
on 17200 kHz, CW (A1A) at the following dates and times during 2009:

1)  Tuesday, May 19 2009 at 07:00 and 07:30 UTC.

There will be a transmission to celebrate the Japanese VLF-station Josami
Radio/JND when it will be nominated to Institute of Electrical and Electronics
Engineers (IEEE) Milestone and also celebrate its start 80 years ago. The
radio station is now a museum.
No reports required and no QSL-cards are given.

2) Sunday, May 24 2009 at 10:55 UTC.

A transmission will take place to celebrate the First Swedish Coast Radio
Station and 100 years of Karlskrona Radio/SAA. The station is still working
on military frequencies.
No reports required and no QSL-cards are given.

3) Sunday, June 28 at 09:00 and 12:00 UTC.

The annual transmission on "Alexander Day". The station is open to visitors.
We are glad to receive reports and will exchange QSL-cards.

4) Saturday, October 24 at 09:00 UTC.

As last year we will transmit on United Nations Day.
No reports required and no QSL-cards are given.

5) Thursday, December 24, Christmas Eve at 08:00 UTC.

The Christmas transmission as before.
The stations is open to visitors.
We are glad to receive reports and will exchange QSL-cards.
We will start tuning up some 30 minutes before message.

Also read our web site: www.alexander.n.se

QSL-reports are, when indicated, kindly received via:

- E-mail to: info@alexander.n.se
- or fax to: +46-340-674195
- or via: SM bureau
- or direct by mail to: Alexander - Grimeton Veteranradios Vaenner,
Radiostationen, Grimeton 72 S-430 16 ROLFSTORP
SWEDEN

Yours
Lars Kalland SM6NM

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Time for radio medium to demonstrate its muscle

6 May 2009, 0452 hrs IST, Ashish Khazanchi

While the viewership of TV, I assume would be giving way in part to internet

, radio on the other hand isn't really suffering the same fate. People
on the go are still tuning in to radio and across the world audiences still
have their favourite stations and RJs etc.

In fact, there is a fresh lease of life for radio on the digital medium as
well in the form of internet radio. There are newer challenges that need to
be addressed for the newer ways of delivery of radio. Amazingly, on the net,

it is possible now to actually double click on the 'radio spot' and go to
the brand's site for more information!

Radio does suffer from the 'tertiary medium' syndrome in most countries
including India. It is possible for a brave brand manager or an agency to
turn conventional wisdom on its head and use this medium to get a higher
share of voice and recall/ preference .

The problem is, radio is tough to do, there are no pretty pictures or
sashaying models to hide an ugly idea behind. 'Real men of genius' campaign
on the other hand has delivered as much for Bud Light as their television
campaigns. In a fraction of the cost as well, if I may add.

The crafting of the spoken word more than anything else is critical in a
medium like radio. It's a rare radio spot that sounds like the conversation
that we hear in normal life. Also does the radio spot only tell me a
cerebral idea or does it do something to me? Does it make me smile, laugh,
cry, or think? A good radio campaign like any other communication platform
must make me feel. Otherwise it's a banal print ad.

We certainly have moved some distance from the Sholay and Deewar radio spots

these days. The work coming out of some of the agencies in the country are
finger licking good. The majority of our work are still at a good joke
followed by the brand name stage. The crafting of radio spots coming from
London and even the US has changed completely over the years.

The Frankie and Louie radio campaign and the 'Real men of genius' campaigns
for Bud are specially note worthy. Starburst radios have been laugh out loud

funny. Some of the work done for the Samaritans still makes me reel after
all these years. From India, one of my favourite campaigns is the Happydent
series. The campaign done by Rediff YR for Colgate on pick-up lines was also

superb. Fevicol and WWF have all done some awe-inspiring work in the past.

I expect to see fresher approaches in radio this year. This part of the
globe had a massive breakthrough in Cannes last year with the 'fading
memories' radio last year. I expect it would have had an encouraging impact
for a lot of smaller brands who have traditionally not been among the big
winners there in the past. I have heard about some great work from
Australia, which I look forward to hearing at Cannes this year.

The slowdown could just be the opportunity that this medium has been waiting

for. In the years of excess, all the expensive media made merry and radio
remained the after-thought medium. This is the time for this medium to
demonstrate its muscle. It is inexpensive and unlike TV, there is no loo
break when the commercials come on.

Ashish Khazanchi is national creative director, Publicis Ambience and on the

jury panel of Radio Lions at Cannes 2009

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Czech Radio 7 – Radio Prague is announcing a contest for listeners via BanglaDX

Czech Radio 7 – Radio Prague is announcing a contest for listeners. Your task is to send us the answer to the following question:

What is the most interesting period or event from Czech history for you?
The author of the best submission will win a one-week holiday for two in Prague, other interesting responses will be rewarded with material prizes and commemorative items.
We will be announcing the best submissions in our broadcast and on our website www.radio.czon the weekend of June 27-28, 2009.
Please send your submissions in by June 12 to the following address:
Czech Radio 7 – Radio Prague
Vinohradská 12
120 99 Praha 2
Czech Republic
or to our email address cr@radio.cz.
The winner's prize, accommodation in the heart of Prague, will be provided by Hotel Ungelt.

by
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Monday, May 11, 2009

Glenn Hauser logs May 3-4-6, 2009

** CYPRUS. CyBC, 9760, surely the source of unannounced Greek folk music, Sunday May 3 from 2240 to abrupt cutoff without a word of goodbye at 2244:30. How rude! Reception was good. This is the Fri-Sat-Sun-only 2215-2244:30 transmission via BBC relay station; per EiBi, // are 7210 and 5930, not checked, but surely best here on 9760 anyway. If there were any announcements, they would be in Greek, as non-Turkish Cyprus misses a golden opportunity for outreach to the English-speaking world and its potential tourists (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** INDONESIA [and non]. As feared the day before, VOI has made another abrupt frequency change back to 11785, after many months on 9525 during the 1300 English hour. At least it`s close to 11785 rather than 11786v, but they have shot themselves in the foot since there is heavy QRM on 11785 during this hour, while 9525 was and is clear.

May 4 at 1302 I confirmed that 9525 was empty, so tuned to 11785 at 1309 and there it was, VOI detectable in English, ID at 1316 along with ``sound of dignity`` slogan. Heavy collision with at least two other stations, in Chinese, i.e. VOA via Thailand at 30 degrees also toward us, and heavy CNR-1 ChiCom jamming.

They must be totally out of touch in Jakarta about what is really happening on the available VOI channels, and this tends to confirm my assumption that the previous usage of 9525 when it was clear during the 1300 English hour, was nothing but pure luck; and of course it collided with CRI in Russian after 1400 in Malay.

Now the situation is reversed, as VOA and the ChiCom jamming quit at 1400, leaving VOI more or less clear on 11785 but there is still a weaker co-channel audible at 1422 check. Per Aoki this has to be BBCWS in Hindi at 14-15. The very strange thing about it is that on Sunday the site is Chita at 230 degrees, while the other six days of the week it`s Singapore at 315 degrees; why?

Of course Hmong Lao Radio via WHRI totally blox everything here on 11785 at 13-14 Saturdays and Sundays. Anyhow, goodbye to good reception in North America of VOI English, unless they wake up and go back to 9525. It is inconceivable that they would move to any other frequency on either band (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SOLOMON ISLANDS. 9541.5, BBCWS mid-news ID without even straining to make it out, 1304 May 4, the best SIBC heard yet, but would prefer to hear something local from SI as there are a few other ways to hear BBC. If nothing else, they should play back some of their earlier local programming overnight (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. VOA Greenville already on with open carriers at 2250 tune-in May 3 on 6110 and 9825, prior to Spanish at 2300. I was checking these in follow-up to previous reports on nonsensical DentroCuban jamming in the middle of the night on 6110, and on a possible frequency change for Turkey at 2200 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A [non]. 17880 at 0559 May 4 in Chinese with that ``diamond`` commercial theme music, which became a pop hit several months ago. Same music heard previously at exactly same time on same frequency. I think it`s R. Free Asia via NMI rather than ChiCom CNR1 jamming. Does anyone recognize which station uses that music? And how does the RFA Mandarin ID go? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. WWRB spurs on 9317 and // 9453 resumed, May 3 at 2250 check with Brother Scare originating from 9385 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A [and non]. WEWN, 11530 in English is the transmitter putting out plus/minus 10 kHz dirty spurs, as noted May 4 at 1420. Unless more than one of them does that. Luckily, no broadcasters audible on 11520 or 11540 at the moment, so not too obvious until BFO onturned.

Meanwhile, WEWN, 11550 in Spanish had a lo het and music mix underneath, probably RTI Taiwan in Vietnamese as in Aoki, altho at 1330-1430 R. Azadi in Dari via Kuwait is also scheduled. Serves them right for the unnecessary QRM WEWN causes (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ###



** INDONESIA. Looking for VOI on reactivated 11785, May 6 at 1300 in English, but could not unearth it below the barrage of at least two ChiCom echoing jammers starting with a 5+1 timesignal, and VOA Chinese. Tried for a few more minutes and again later in the hour but no trace of VOI, so either totally buried, not propagating or off the air today.

Meanwhile 9525 remained empty as VOI foolishly abandoned what had been a good clear frequency for them during the 1300 hour only. Tried 11785 again at 1400 when the radio war stopped, but now could hear nothing but weak Hindi from BBC Singapore, which is no doubt a big obstacle for Indonesia`s 1400 Malay broadcast when it is on 11785 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** RUSSIA. VOA and NHKWNRJ aren`t the only SW stations with regular jazz shows: Wednesday May 6 at 1356 was hearing jazz drumming on fluttery 12065, which must be VOR as scheduled via Chita. Indeed their grid at http://www.ruvr.ru/main.php?lng=eng&w=225&p=
confirms the Jazz Show is on at 1330 Wednesdays. Other times are: Wed 1930, 2230; Thu 0630, 1130; Fri 0230, 0830, 2030, 2230; Sun 1630; Mon 1030, 1630; Wed 0630. Has home-grown jazz improved since the Soviet era? Has anyone figured out a pattern to VOR program repeat times, or is it just random? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A [and non]. The DentroCuban Jamming Command continues to interfere with WRMI 9955 even when it is in English and even when it is broadcasting a new WORLD OF RADIO for the first time, Wednesday May 6 at 0500 as I checked the last couple minutes at 0526. WRMI is often inaudible in the nightmiddle, but this time it had a fair signal plus jamming pulses rather than noisewall. WYFR 9680 and 9715 were meanwhile extremely strong. Yet DXers Unlimited doesn`t get jammed; Arnie obviously has no sense of fair play. BTW, if you listen to him in Spanish, he sounds a lot less ``friendly`` than he does in English (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. WEWN`s dirty transmitters only 20 kHz apart, 11530 in English and 11550 in Spanish, May 6 at 1403 effectively block anything else from 11510 to 11570, as they produce mixing products on those two frequencies, and 11530 also has the spurs around 11520 and 11540 previously reported. The squealing sound could also be heard on 11510. Add to that the general receiver overload and desensitization. There are a number of IBB broadcasts in this range (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** VATICAN. 15235 in Vietnamese, May 6 at 1351. What does PWBR `2009` say? Vatican Radio in unknown language to SE Asia, but in Winter season only --- here it is Summer. HFCC confirms it is in fact SMG beamed eastward in Vietnamese at 1315-1400. VR`s Vietnamese services reach us well in NAm, making us wonder just how direxional their antennas really are (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ###

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Collecton of photo's of BBC Indian Election Express
 
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Radio Taiwan International has announced "Jade Mountain Competition".

Details at :
http://www.rti.org.tw/big5/2009Activity/2009jadevote/e_index.aspx

PRIZES:
Grand prize (2): digital camera
First prize (13): digital radio
Second prize (30): backpack with Jade Mountain logo
Third prize (50): T-shirt featuring the Formosan Black Bear
Consolation prize (100): heat-proof water bottle or cowboy hat with Jade
Mountain logo
Additional prize (3): a souvenir each for the three language services that
receive most entries


Mail to P.O. Box 123-199, Taipei, 11199, Taiwan
OR, RTI, PO Box 4914, New Delhi 110029, India.
Email to : rti@rti.org.tw

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VOA special b'cast on 100 days News coverage



VOA will extend its evening b'cast at 1600-1700 hrs ion English on 5th May
(Tuesday) on the 100 days of President Obama in office and can be heard on
6160 7575 9495 12150 kHz.

http://dxasia.info/news/archives

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Kolkata, India.



More changes from Vatican Radio

Effective 3rd May Vatican Radio uses 7335 kHz and 9650 kHz (ex-5915) at
0040-0200 hrs. Also 12070 kHz (ex-9310) is used at 0200-0320 hrs.

http://dxasia.info/news/20090504

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[bangladx] Radio Free Asia begins new QSL card series via Alokesh Gupta

Radio Free Asia (RFA) announces a new QSL series celebrating musical
instruments of Asia. The first card in the series shows a two stringed
dutar.
The dutar is a traditional musical instrument which is plucked by Uyghurs
and either strummed or plucked by peoples of other nations. The dutar is
considered one of the most common and popular instruments of the
Turkmen people. The dutar pictured on this QSL belongs to one of RFA's
Uyghur broadcasters and continually provides much joy and entertainment.
The dutar is a pear-shaped lute characterized by its long neck and two
strings; some versions have 4-strings. The dutar is primarily found in
Central and South Asia. The dutar's name comes from the Persian word
for "two strings." At the hands of 15th century shepherds, the strings were
made from gut but with the coming of the Silk Road, the strings were then
made from twisted silk. Today, dutars use silk or nylon strings. This card
will be used  to confirm all valid reception reports from May 1 - June 30,
2009.

Radio Free Asia is a private, nonprofit corporation that broadcasts news and
information to listeners in Asian countries where full, accurate, and timely
news reports are unavailable. Created by Congress in 1994 and incorporated
in 1996, RFA currently broadcasts in Burmese, Cantonese, Khmer, Korean to
North Korea, Lao, Mandarin, the Wu dialect, Vietnamese, Tibetan (Uke, Amdo,
and Kham), and Uyghur. RFA strives for accuracy, balance, and fairness in
its editorial content. As mentioned on the front of the QSL card, as a
'surrogate' broadcaster RFA provides news and commentary specific to each of
its target countries, acting as the free press these countries lack. RFA
broadcasts only in local languages and dialects, and most of its broadcasts
comprise news of specific local interest. More information about Radio Free
Asia, including our current broadcast frequency schedule, is available at
www.rfa.org. RFA encourages listeners to submit reception reports. Reception
reports are valuable to RFA as they help us evaluate the signal strength and
quality of our transmissions. RFA confirms all accurate reception reports by
mailing a QSL card to the listener. RFA welcomes all reception report
submissions at www.techweb.rfa.org (follow the QSL REPORTS link) not only
from DX'ers, but also from its general listening audience. Reception reports
are also accepted by emails to qsl@rfa.org, and for anyone without Internet
access, reception reports can be mailed to: Reception Reports Radio Free
Asia 2025 M. Street NW, Suite 300 Washington DC 20036 United States of
America Upon request, RFA will also send a copy of the current broadcast
schedule and a station sticker.

(Via AJ Janitschek, RFA)

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Radio on DTH splits broadcasters via Alokesh Gupta of DX India

Nivedita Mookerji
Monday, May 4, 2009 3:48 IST

New Delhi: Should radio be a part of the direct-to-home (DTH) broadcasting
bouquet? The question has the country's media industry sharply
divided.Though some DTH platforms offer radio (mainly state-owned All India
Radio and satellite radio WorldSpace), the government is yet to take a
decision on whether to allow such a service. One of the issues raised by
some media players is that FM radio licences are city or town specific, and
that offering FM stations on DTH could be a violation of government norms.
Replying to a consultation paper floated by the Telecom Regulatory Authority
of India (Trai) on the matter, WorldSpace has said that carriage of radio
channels as part of DTH TV service is well-accepted in most parts of the
world, including the US, Europe and the Middle East. According to
WorldSpace, radio channels that are approved by the competent authorities to
offer national level services may be permitted to provide content to DTH
operators in India.
FM radio player Entertainment Network India Ltd (ENIL) wants radio on the
DTH platforms for greater reach. Unlike TV signals, radio requires lower
bandwidth. "So, there won't be much additional burden on carrier capacity
and on transponder bandwidth," ENIL has said.On the other hand, Radio
Mid-Day, another private FM radio player, has said that DTH service
providers "cannot provide our Mumbai radio stations to their customers
outside Mumbai." Also, any service by DTH "to provide our channels should be
after taking our prior consent and after paying requisite fee," it said.Dish
TV, the first DTH operator, has said that DTH operators should not be
allowed to provide radio channels as it may be a violation of the licensing
conditions and uplinking/ downlinking guidelines. If DTH operators are
allowed to offer radio stations, many government norms need to be reviewed
and changed, Dish TV has said.The Zee Turner Alliance, too, has opposed the
idea. "DTH platform owners should not be permitted to carry radio channels
as the licensing for the radio services is separate and distinct," it has
said. It has argued permitting radio channels on DTH would result in
infringing of territorial limits specified by the existing radio
licences.Other DTH service providers, including TataSky, Reliance Big TV,
and Sun Direct, have however, stand in favour.TataSky has stated that it is
a common practice in many other countries to offer radio on DTH and even on
cable. There is no conflict of business interest with an existing radio
system as DTH is a paid service, it has said.
Reliance has compared this scenario with the telecom sector. "Like in the
case of telecom service providers, which can provide mobile TV in addition
to traditional voice and data, DTH operators can carry TV signals containing
audio and video, and also audio signals of a radio channel," Reliance has
argued.

http://www.dnaindia.com/report.asp?newsid=1252658

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"Wavescan" DX Program to Continue from New Location, and Bengali Schedules via BanglaDX

The final edition of AWR’s DX program "Wavescan" produced in Singapore is scheduled for broadcast on May 31, 2009, with the usual scheduled repeats during the first few days into June. Beginning in the first week of June, "Wavescan" will be written and produced in the United States for broadcast worldwide.
In the new arrangement, the scripts for "Wavescan" will be researched and written in Indianapolis, Indiana, and the program will be assembled and produced in the Miami, Florida, studios of shortwave station WRMI/Radio Miami International. QSL cards acknowledging the reception of "Wavescan" will be available from both WRMI and Adventist World Radio.
At the end of May, AWR’s Singapore office and studio will be transferred to nearby Batam Island, Indonesia. This move will achieve considerable cost savings for AWR.
Many long-time listeners will remember that the original AWR DX program, "Radio Monitors International," was produced in the Poona (Pune), India, studios of Adventist World Radio and broadcast on the domestic and international shortwave services of the Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation. Beginning in 1984, North American coverage was achieved through the services of Jeff White and his original Radio Earth/Radio Discovery service. "Radio Monitors International" became "Wavescan," and Radio Earth/Radio Discovery became Radio Miami International/WRMI.
The new presentations of "Wavescan" will be very similar to the earlier editions as produced in Singapore. Each edition will include a station profile on an important or a little-known shortwave station from a historical perspective. There will also be other features from the fascinating world of international radio broadcasting, as well as regular bulletins of DX news. It is intended that the regular DX bulletins from Japan, Bangladesh, Philippines and Australia will be included as usual in these new broadcasts of "Wavescan."
Other radio entities are welcome to re-broadcast "Wavescan," archive the programs on Internet websites, and reprint items and articles from the scripts and archive the scripts, with the usual attribution to AWR "Wavescan" and to Radio Miami International/WRMI.
As was announced in "Wavescan" earlier, the annual worldwide listener contest during the month of June will continue as planned. Listeners are invited to prepare a list and give details and photocopies of 5 QSLs from silent shortwave stations; to submit 3 reception reports on AWR transmissions; and, where possible, to submit 3 suitable radio cards to the “Wavescan” address in Indianapolis.
Adventist World Radio would like to express appreciation to AWR assistant program director Rhoen Catolico for his splendid work on the production of "Wavescan" during the past three years and to wish him every success with his endeavors as he returns to his homeland in the Philippines. We would also like to express our appreciation to Jeff White at WRMI for mutual co-operation in the areas of international radio broadcasting over the past quarter century, and we are grateful for this new relationship in the production and distribution of the program in his station in Miami.
Jeff White is currently the president of NASB, the National Association of Shortwave Broadcasters USA, in addition to his management responsibilities at WRMI.
Adrian Peterson is DX editor for Adventist World Radio and a Board Member for NASB, the National Association of Shortwave Broadcasters USA. The address is:
Adventist World Radio
Box 29235
Indianapolis, Indiana 46229 USA
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Glenn Hauser logs May 1-2, 2009

** BIAFRA [non]. V. of Biafra International, 17520 via WHRI, routine weekly check Friday May 1 sometime during the 19-20 UT hour reconfirmed it is still airing there, sufficient reception (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CHILE. CVC still running on 15410 in Portuguese, May 2 at 1344 check with SAH, two days after projected closedown of Brazilian service on SW (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CHINA. Besides 7185 each morning in the Taiwan/China radio war, another persistent broadcaster in the 40m hamband is 7105, much weaker signal, but May 2 at 1315 I was hearing what resembled scat singing in Chinese(?), W&M alternating, 1319 announcement unseemed Chinese, and into vocal music ballad. Presumably this is PBS Nei Menggu, Hohhot, Inner Mongolia, as in Aoki, 50 kW at 52 degrees favorable usward too.

Firedrake check May 2: at 1342 good on 13970 but no sign of it on 15600; at 1354 about equal on 9000 and 8400; at 1459 still going on 13970.

11615, the other kind of ChiCom jamming, heavily echoing programming presumably originating with the CNR1 network, at 1457 May 2. Victim is VOA Chinese via Saipan at 14-15 only, which was totally buried.

Perhaps it is about time for IBB to make a more aggressive response to ChiCom jamming, like jumping frequencies up or down 5-10 kHz without notice, where this can be done without affecting other stations. As it is, all IBB frequency usage and changes are immediately known to the enemy thru HFCC, making it a piece of cake to keep them blocked.

Or use spare IBB transmitter capacity to jam CRI broadcasts, making it clear that this is nothing but retaliation, not a US policy against China`s freedom, ha ha, of speech (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) See also NETHERLANDS

** CUBA. RHC on new 11770, May 1 at 2140 in Spanish; OK reception except het from Anguilla 11775. This replaces 11820 where it had been since April 13, colliding with Saudi Arabia which had already been using this frequency to Europe for sesquiyears (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** ECUADOR. HCJB enters yet another month announcing its own frequencies incorrectly; caught the morning Spanish broadcast May 2 just before 1500* on 11960 with automated ID at 1459:30 promoting Ecuador as a cacao-producer and still claiming to be on ``11690, 21455 y 11960`` despite 21455 having been canceled years ago (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** EGYPT. 15255 with Qur`an, May 2 at 1502; I thought that would be handy for those prevented by the buzzy Saudis from clearhearing the muezzin on 15435. 15255 turns out to be R. Cairo`s Albanian service, also aimed usward, so I expect it was only a brief introduxion; there are lots of Moslems in Albania of course, thanks to the Ottoman legacy, but do the Orthodox get their due from Cairo? Fat chance (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** NETHERLANDS [non]. 9650, CRI at 1300-1400 via Sackville in English, 250 kW aimed 240 degrees rather close to my azimuth, puts in a big reliable signal, but as I have been noticing ever since A-09 began, has considerable co-channel QRM from R. Netherlands in Dutch via Philippines, despite the latter supposedly aimed 200 degrees from Tinang. Serves the ChiCom right for all their deliberate blockage of Western broadcasts into China, to get creamed by this unintentional collision!

RN is registered only at 1300-1327 but I have previously noted this staying on until 1330, and May 2 it was strong enough to make out the content. After the Dutch NA until 1327, switched to English for 3 minutes of The State We`re In, as I heard mentioned World Press Freedom Day, the very topic shown in this week`s RN programme previewwes. And it cut off at 1330* sharp. This is not the first time IBB has failed to match the exact times it should be relaying RN, but hey, it`s two two additional sesquiminutes of well-deserved QRM to CRI (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** RUSSIA. 7330 in English, May 2 at 1309 introducing a classical music excerpt, with heavy QRM from RCI and CRI colliding on 7325. 7330 must be VOR in English to Asia via Vladivostok as scheduled 12-15 in
http://www.ruvr.ru/files/File/WORLD_SERVICE/09_FREQUENCY_SCHEDULE.doc
And the Saturday 1300+ show is Music and Musicians, per the handy 24-hour grid at http://www.ruvr.ru/main.php?lng=eng&w=225&p=

This raises doubts about my previous log of English before 1300 on 7330, which I assumed to be Poland via Germany as it is also scheduled there. In fact I should retract that.

9850 with VOR news in English at 1403 May 2, beneath splash from ChiCom jamming on 9845; VOR 9850 was running about 1 second ahead of // 15605. The sites are respectively Chita and Moskva, per Aoki. So like in the VOA 17585/9760 case, at VOR too it takes longer to get the program to a nearby site than a faraway one (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SAUDI ARABIA. Saut ul-Buzz, Riyadh, 15435, May 2 at 1501 with frying sound atop Arabic talk leading into Qur`aning. Should be // 15225, but too weak to unearth from CRI Sackville adjacent. However, those in need of a Qur`an fix could find one on 15255: see EGYPT (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A [and non]. 17585 with open carrier, fair signal, May 2 at 1350. Finally at 1359 VOA sign-on and English news // 9760 but 17585 running one or two words behind 9760. Does that mean it is further from studios than Tinang? No! 17585 is in fact Greenville, 1400-1430 only in that wacky split hour, continued after 1430 from Udorn, Thailand site (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. WRMI, 9955, Saturday May 2 at 1455 with a Jesus show, listed as Zion Teacher, and mixed with DentroCuban jamming. Do the Cuban Commies have it in for Jesus and Zion? No, they are just totally incompetent (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. WWCR, 15825, assisted by sporadic E to reach an adequate signal level, May 2 at 1500 with James Hickey, back from surgery, to cite Revelation III: 1, which is about the Seven Stars – Pleiades? Was strong enough to hear the squeal, one of the neglected legacies of WWCR`s former CE.

The Saturday 1630 airing of WORLD OF RADIO on 12160 started on time this week, or maybe even a bit early, as checked on webcast (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. Ted Randall has been wanting to interview me for a long time, so we finally got together on the phone April 29. We talked for almost a sesquihour, so with breaks added, that could occupy most of a 2-hour QSO with Ted Randall show. He says it will air first on Tuesday May 5 at 2100-2300 on WBCQ 7415, and probably repeat the following Thursday, as well as various other times, also on WRMI 9955 Sundays at 0500, and become available for download. Many thanks to Ted for his promotion of WORLD OF RADIO, which he says, more hams ought to know about (Glenn Hauser, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. Is anyone hearing DXing with Cumbre this A-09 season at any time on any WHRI/WHRA/T8WH frequency? You can probably find a bunch of times in the online schedules but that doesn`t mean they axually radiate on SW. I was reminded of this conundrum as I tuned by 11785 Saturday May 2 at 1457 and still heard a gospel huxter instead, in a time once occupied by DWC (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ###



** BULGARIA. Just tuned in 9800 at 2229 May 2 to hear the Minute Waltz played on a wind instrument, weak signal off at 2230* without announcement. Since it`s an -00 frequency, the prime suspect is R. Bulgaria, and indeed nothing but it is scheduled there, at 2130-2230 in Spanish (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** ISRAEL. 15785, weak mix of music and talk, fading out, modulation seems distorted, but carrier is stable, May 2 at 2146 and still there at 2201 presumably in Hebrew as nothing else known here but Galei Zahal, IDF station. HFCC ignores it; Aoki has it only at 07-16 with 5 kW non-direxional, so I`ll have to go with EiBi showing time as 06-24. Only other station at any time on 15785 is CRI via Xi`an not continuously between 0100 and 0700 in English, Chinese (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** MOROCCO [and non]. 15345, RTM, fair with Arabic music, May 2 at 2148, no sign of Argentina, altho Chile was VG on 15410; but RTM still on at 2201 with YL in Arabic news, and now a low het barely audible, BFO confirming two carriers on slightly different frequencies. Morocco still on at 2205, back to music, so suspended efforts to hear RAE at the moment (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SAUDI ARABIA. BSKSA, non-buzzy 11820, again in the clear, May 2 at 2158 check with Qur`an, tnx to RHC`s move away May 1 to 11770 after we exposed their big mistake in ever going on 11820 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** TURKEY. VOT, 9830, English to North America, Saturday May 2 at 2221 had Seref reading letters from listeners; did not sound like mere reception reports, but hard to make much of it due to severe co-channel RTTY QRM; yet it was indeed ``DX Corner`` as announced ending at 2226. I tried various bandwidths on two receivers, USB and LSB, stepping up to 3 kHz either side, and could not get rid of the RTTY which must be centered exactly on 9830.0.

Therefore VOT would be well advised to get off this frequency, which has been occupied by RTTY for ages, and should never have been chosen in the first place. At this time there was nothing on 9825 or 9835, so a 5 kHz shift should fix it. Per online listings, 9825 is clear during this hour, altho VOA starts Spanish at 2300 from Greenville and probably would be running open carrier long before then; I did not check. Portugal could run as late as 2300 on 9820, which would be a problem, altho not today, off earlier.

Nothing listed on 9835. If Radio Rep├║blica were to resume 9840 at 21-23 drawing Cuban jamming, that could be a problem, but no sign of that. Overall, the better choice would be for VOT to shift up to 9835, unless they want to look for an opening further afield (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 15600, WYFR preaching in Spanish bothered by squealing, extremely distorted modulation, May 2 at 2149. At first I thought its own transmitter was defective, but then it became clear the QRM was from an external source, since it did not match WYFR modulation and worsened during WYFR fades. Same situation after 2200 when WYFR switched to French.

Right next to it at S9+20 on 15610 is WEWN, 250 kW at 40 degrees in English, and guess what --- matching spur on 15620 except it was not noticeable because it had nothing to beat against, until I turned on the BFO. So this is the WEWN transmitter we have recently complained about putting out plus/minus 10 kHz spurs, e.g. on 9330 and 9350 from ex-fundamental 9340, but the same problem goes back many years on many frequencies. Any station daring to broadcast only 10 kHz away from WEWN is asking for it. Catholix vs Protestants! (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. WWCR, 13845, inbooming May 2 at 2154 evidently with HF sporadic E assistance, so strong that under DGS I could hear modulation from another WWCR transmitter bleeding thru, confirmed as // 7465 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ###