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BC-DX 1345                                                   19 May 2018
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ANGOLA   4949.727 kHz Surprisingly S=6 signal from Africa into Florida
SDR unit, R Nac de Angola Mulenvos, at 05.25 UT on May 11.

[selected SDR options, span 12.5 kHz RBW 15.3 Hertz]
(wb  df5sx, wwdxc BC-DX TopNews May 11)

AUSTRALIA   9800 kHz  Reach Beyond Australia (HCJB), Kununurra.
eQSL arrived: eQSL + A18 schedule, after 2 days.
V/S: Margaret Penford, Listener Correspondent.

Station listened in Sao Bernardo SP BRAZIL (15.614 km from Kununurra).
Rx: Icom IC-R75 + AOR LA-400 Magnetic Loop Antenna (indoor).
Reception report sent to <www.reachbeyond.org.au>
eQSL posted on
<dxways-br.blogspot.com>

Remarks: On the end of the A-18 Schedule (Reach Beyond), the information:
"Reach Beyond Australia is always interested in your reception reports.
Please send them to  <a18 -at- reachbeyond.org.au>
(Rudolf Grimm-SP-BRA, A-DX ng May 9)

AUSTRALIA   Upcoming frequency changes of Reach Beyond Australia
Weak/fair signal of Reach Beyond Australia in English on May 12
1145-1200  11905 KNX 100 kW 315 deg to SoEaAS English Sat/Sun.

1115-1245 NF9670 KNX 100 kW 335 deg to SoEaAS Various, ex9685
1245-1300 NF9690 KNX 100 kW 335 deg to SoAS   English, ex9685
1200-1330  11925 KNX 100 kW 315 deg to SoEaAS Vary, additional
(Ivo Ivanov-BUL, hcdx via wwdxc BC-DX TopNews May 12)

AUSTRIA   6155  OE1 Vienna nxcast at 05.04 UT on May 11, via ORS
Moosbrunn, escalation Pres Trump-USA, IRAN nuclear contract, ISR and ARS
atomic nuclear bomb, LBY Ghaddafi, Golan Hights clases, political comment
on Trump's decision to escalate Iran relations. S=9+5dB fluttery signal in
eastern US coast on central Florida state.
(wb  df5sx, wwdxc BC-DX TopNews May 11)

7385 kHz on May 15 at 02.34 UT, SoAsian song and YL talk, poor S9 vs storm
noise level. It's AWR {via ORS Moosbrunn} in Punjabi, while WHRI, also
scheduled on 7385 kHz, must be off, along with some other USSW stations
tonight.
(Glenn Hauser-OK-USA, hcdx and dxld May 16)

BANGLADESH   Bangladesh Betar Dhaka in English & Bangla on May 12
1745-1900 13580 DKA 250 kW 320 deg to WeEUR English, strong
1915-2000 13580 DKA 250 kW 320 deg to WeEUR Bangla, very good
(Ivo Ivanov-BUL, hcdx via wwdxc BC-DX TopNews May 12)

BONAIRE   TWR'S BONAIRE FACILITY GETS 440,000 WATT MAKEOVER.

Power boost makes station most powerful in Western Hemisphere

<https://www.radioworld.com/news-and-business/twrs-bonaire-facility-gets-
440000-watt-makeover>

The four-tower antenna system by day.
[caption; and further illustrations] Courtesy TWR

In an era when most operators are reluctant to spend even very modest
sums maintaining AM broadcast facilities, a southern Caribbean Island
medium-wave broadcaster has "gone for the gold," rebuilding its
transmission facility and boosting power nearly five-fold
from 100 kW to 440 kW.

The rebuild was more of a "second coming" for the 800 kHz facility,
located in Bonaire, an island that is part of The Netherlands,
situated about 100 miles off the Venezuelan coast. The station is
owned and operated by Trans World Radio, one of the world's largest
evangelical media organizations.

Lauren Libby, TWR

According to Lauren Libby, TWR's president and CEO, the station went
on the air in 1963 at the 500,000-Watt level, but costs associated
with operating and maintaining a high-power tube-type rig eventually
forced a cutback to 100 kW in 1998.

He explained that the decision to boost the station's power to near
its original level was made a few years ago when the need was
recognized for a large regional station in Latin America to supplement
the small FM operations on the air in that region.

"We also had a lot of people in Cuba asking us if we could increase
the power to cover the island with Christian programming," said Libby.

The superpower move didn't happen overnight, though.

"This was almost a $4 million project and it began about four years
ago," said Libby. "We had supporters from the U.S., Europe and Latin
America. Actually, about 10 percent of the donations came from Latin
America, which is remarkable when you look at the economy in many of
these countries.

Libby noted that the power boost would not likely have been possible
without the advances that have been made in broadcast technology,
though, citing the greater than 90 percent efficiency of the Nautel
solid-state transmitter selected for the project, and also the ability
to operate with a much smaller staff.

"With the efficiencies now, you're able to do it at a cost that is
doable at that kind of power level," he said. "Technology has moved
forward. Back in the day TWR had close to 100 people doing live radio
out of Bonaire. With today's technology you're able to do it in a more
cost-effective and labor-effective environment."

In addition to Nautel, Libby lauded the efforts of Tom King and
Kintronic Labs in achieving the upgrade. "Kintronics did a superb job
of creating the antenna solution," he said.

PREPARING FOR THE POWER BOOST

King said the project was done in phases as funding became available.

"It started with the construction of new tuning houses at the tower
bases, and they also had to prepare a room in the transmitter building
where the old transmitter had been," he said. "We started work on the
RF system in early 2017, and this was shipped and installed and they
went on the air with it in July, using their existing 100 kW
transmitter."

The next step was the ordering of the Nautel transmitter, which
occurred in spring of 2017. Delivery took place in December, with
installation following in the transmitter building space vacated by
the removal of the tube-type big rig.

"I went down to the island with my youngest son in January to do final
pattern adjustments," said King. "They went to full-power operations
and had a dedication ceremony on the 30th of January."

The new transmitter and associated equipment.

The new transmitter feeds a previously-installed multi-pattern
directional antenna system, allowing the station to target specific
audiences during different times of day.

"In 1999, we implemented a totally new antenna array for them," King
said. "It consisted of four 450-foot towers in a 'box' configuration,
with the long side of the array going east-west to produce a broadside
pattern going north and south. They also have a separate 'Caribbean'
pattern with one tower driven and the others acting as parasitic
elements."

Hands-down, at its current power level approaching half a million
Watts the facility is now the most powerful medium-wave outlet in the
Western Hemisphere.

Asked why the originally licensed 500,000 Watt operating power wasn't
replicated, Wendell Lonergan, head of broadcast sales at Nautel, said
that with off-the-shelf hardware, the medium-wave transmitter coming
closest to delivering the original 500 kW wallop is the NX400 model.

Under a starry nighttime sky. Courtesy TWR [caption of towers]

"The NX400 is rated at 400 kW," said Lonergan. "However, all of our
transmitters have a 10 percent overhead, and TWR decided to go with
this model. Otherwise, they would have had to purchase two units and
combine them, which would be considerably more expensive. This is a
group that runs on donations and they have to have a critical eye as
to operating costs. With a transmitter that's more than 90 percent
efficient and running MDCL (modulation-dependent carrier level), this
filled the bill and they're very happy with it."

Even so, the TWR Bonaire station is the island electric utility's
single biggest customer.

"We used to have our own diesel generators when we were running both
the 500,000 Watt medium-wave transmitter, as well as operating
shortwave transmitters," said Libby, explaining that the station's
power plant had been taken out of service several years ago after the
tube-type rig was retired and shortwave broadcasting from the island
ceased.

"We are now looking at putting in a standby generator," he remarked.

"WE DID IT OURSELVES"

One of the more unusual aspects of the transmitter installation is
that the station's operators, assisted by volunteers, did the work
themselves.

"This is a bit unusual for a transmitter of this size," said Nautel's
Lonergan. "However, they had witnessed the NX100 100 kW transmitter
installation and had come [to Nautel's facility] for training on the
NX400. I was at the site later and it was a 'world class'
installation."

Lonergan said the only real glitch encountered in the project was in
getting the transmitter to the site in time for the planned
dedication. "Bonaire is not exactly the shipping center of the
universe. We had to put our logistics people into overdrive to make
the promised delivery date on time, but they did it."

The NX400 transmitter comprises a power supply cabinet weighing
upwards of 5,000 pounds, along with four other units with combined
weights of 5,200 pounds. The transmitter was shipped in eight crates
from Nautel's Nova Scotia, Canada facility to Bonaire in a single
freight container.

NOT JUST FOR SPREADING THE GOSPEL

TWR's Libby said enhanced power and coverage not only help spread
Christian programming to a wide area but are useful in other ways.

Longtime TWR missionary Brand Swanson, assistant director and program
manager of the ministry's "Shine 800" AM Bonaire station.
Courtesy TWR [caption]

"When you get into an emergency situation, there's nothing that beats
medium-wave," he said. "For instance, when the hurricanes came across
the Upper Antilles we were on the air every night with weather,
encouraging [those affected] and talking to people throughout the
region live on the air. The Netherland Antilles government says
whenever there's a disaster, just tune to 800 AM because that's where
you can get information. That was one of the reasons that we did what
we did [with respect to the power increase] - to allow the Dutch
government to be able to talk to the Caribbean all the way from Saba
to Aruba. You need this kind of power in the daytime if you're going
to do that."

Trans World Radio's Bonaire facility. [building caption]

Trans World Radio is one of the largest media organizations in the
world, based on the number of countries its signals reach and the
number of languages broadcast on a daily basis. Libby noted that they
broadcast to 190 countries in more than 230 languages every day, and
overall coverage and language support exceed that of the BBC World
Service and the Voice of America.

James O'Neal is a frequent Radio World contributor; he wrote recently
about Alfred Carlton Gilbert, the "Erector Set" man and radio pioneer.

Find past articles at radioworld.com, keyword O'Neal
(James E. O'Neal via Artie Bigley, dxld 18-20 May 15)

BRAZIL   6134.896  ZYE954  R. Aparecida, Aparecida SP, BrasP talk,
at 05.02 UT on May 11, poor S=5 or -86dBm, fluttery.

4885.023  ZYG362  R. Clube do Para, Belem PA, at 05.30 UT on May 11
<www.radioclubedopara.com.br>
Poor S=5 in FL-US state.

5939.742 kHz  R. Voz Missionaria, Camboriu SC, poor S=6 strength,
<www.gideoes.com.br>  BrasPort at 04.45 UT on May 11.

6010.037  weak and tiny, probably Brazilian ZYE521 R. Inconfidencia,
Belo Horizonte MG  <www.inconfidencia.com.br>

<http://inconfidencia.mg.gov.br/modules/programacao/players/pop_am.php>
S=3-4, at 04.49 UT on May 11.

6040.678 kHz much odd fq channel, ZYJ200 Radio Evangelizar, Curitiba PR,
S=8 signal at 04.55 UT on May 11.

[selected SDR options, span 12.5 kHz RBW 15.3 Hertz]
(wb  df5sx, wwdxc BC-DX TopNews May 11)

BULGARIA   9400 kHz  ETC R., via SPC-NURTS Sofia Kostinbrod Bulgaria
relay site, May 5 at *1800-1810 UT, 35333 English, 1800 UT sign on
with ID, Opening announce, talk.

9400 kHz  R. Dardasha 7,  via SPC-NURTS Sofia Kostinbrod Bulgaria relay
site, May 8 at *1845-1855 UT, 35433 Arabic, 18.45 UT sign on with
opening music, ID, talk.
(Kouji Hashimoto-JPN, dxld May 9)

CANADA   6069.985 kHz  CFRX Toronto, CFRB 1010, mx program,
04.58 UT on May 11, S=8 signal in central remote Florida SDR unit.

[selected SDR options, span 12.5 kHz RBW 15.3 Hertz]
(wb  df5sx, wwdxc BC-DX TopNews May 11)

CANADA   6070, May 13 at 0609 UT, JBA carrier, unlike CFRX, and unseems on
low side, so off, instead Vatican or Germany?

However, Manuel Mendez, Spain reported:
"CANADA, 6070, CFRX, Toronto, 03.56, 04.10 UT, 13 May, English, comments,
male, female, songs, at 04.30 UT news. Advertisements, mentioned
"Montreal", "Coast "to Coast AM. 15431". (dxld May 15)

CHINA   Powerhouse 11660 kHz CRI English from Kashgar western China site,
S=9+45dB at 12.06 UT on May 11:
Two strong spurious signals of CRI English, of 32.640 KiloHertz apart
distance visible and heard both sides on 11627 - 11627.750 kHz, and
11692.647 - 11693 kHz range.

13669.966 much odd fq channel of PBS Xinjiang Urumqi site, in Uighur
language, S=9+10dB signal on SDR unit at Doha Qatar site.
At 06.24 UT on May 15.

[selected SDR options, span 12.5 kHz RBW 15.3 Hertz]
(wb  df5sx, wwdxc BC-DX TopNews May 11 / 15)

CHINA/BANGLADESH    4749.990  Yes, CNR 1 from Hailar site in Mandarin
language S=9+25dB strength at 12.20 UT May 17, heard on remote SDR in Seoul
Korea Rep.

Nothing heard of BGD at this time, now from May 14 / 15
Ramadan festivities started already...

re Alaska nothing heard on 6045 nor 7355 kHz at 12.21 UT.
Not in Korea, nor Japan, nor Edmonton Alberta Canada site either.

Solomons nothing heard on 5020 kHz at 12.36 UT May 17 in remote Canada.

[selected SDR options, span 12.5 kHz RBW 15.3 Hertz]
(wb  df5sx, wwdxc BC-DX TopNews May 17)

CHINA/KUWAIT   13800 kHz heavy CNR1 China mainland jamming against
RFA Tibetan program via IBB-BBG Kuwait US relay site, S=8-9 signal noted
in Tokyo Japan at 10.47 UT on May 10.
(wb  df5sx, wwdxc BC-DX TopNews May 10)

CUBA   6165even fq RHC Bauta nice audio, far best signal from Cuba in the
49mb. Film and theatre culture report, US wall on the Mexican border,
S=9+10dB in FL remote SDR. On May 11 at 05.08 UT.

CODAR QRM on 4735-4764 kHz S=9+10dB in FL-US, 4798-4838 kHz also covered
at 05.10 UT.

5999.996 kHz  RHC Quivican TITAN site San Felipe, English program,
S=9+35dB excellent strength in remote Florida location, BUT LOW
MODULATION, talk on army, uniform, soldiers and officers, up to 22 kHz
wideband broad signal.

6030 kHz  only 7 kHz wideband scratching seen and heard, against R Marti
channel, S=9+15dB at 0452 UT on May 11.

6060.003 kHz  RHC Bauta in Spanish, Rumba and other dance music played,
1972 year music festival, alcantora Cuba, S=9+25dB strength on remote
central FL-US site. 12 kHz wideband audio signal.

6100even kHz, TX at Bauta came late into air // 6000 kHz, at 0459:40 UT on
May 11, low S=7 signal, feature of army 1873 year battle. At 05.02 UT on
May 11 newscast on Pres Trump's withdraw of Iranian / WorldWide nuclear
deal, Golan heights fight rockets, Israeli nuclear bomb etc.

Both Cuban 60mb outlets in Florida had only S=6 signals at 05.38 UT.
Surprisingly low level, puzzles me, heard in comparison WWCR Nashville
at S=9+40dB level same time.

In comparision heard R Rebelde 5025 and RHC 5040 kHz both in remote
Edmonton Alberta Canada on VE6JY site at S=9+25dB on ATT antenna
selction option '20dB' switch at 05.47 UT on May 11.

[selected SDR options, span 12.5 kHz RBW 15.3 Hertz]
(wb  df5sx, wwdxc BC-DX TopNews May 11)

ERITREA   7180.021 kHz  VoBME Asmara heard at 04.36 UT on May 11, S=7
signal, also on 7140.021 kHz played song at 04.48 UT on May 11.

VoBME Asmara started both at 17.45 UT (after break ?? ),
7140.021 HoA mx at S=9+15dB in Doha Qatar remote SDR.

7180.020 Asmara ERI transmission, tried few time to switch-on the
transmitter on air, S=9+15dB at 17.49 UT on May 13. Then followed phone-in
program, on Kabul Afghanistan blown-up matter.

[selected SDR options, span 12.5 kHz RBW 15.3 Hertz]
(wb  df5sx, wwdxc BC-DX TopNews May 11 / 13)

ETHIOPIA   7235.361 kHz  Surprisingly excellent signal from Gedja
Ethiopia into FL-US state, V of Democratic Tigre scheduled, S=8 at
0430 UT on May 11. But wandered 10 - 20 Hertz fq distance up-wards
continously, each 5 minutes.

[selected SDR options, span 12.5 kHz RBW 15.3 Hertz]
(wb  df5sx, wwdxc BC-DX TopNews May 11)

FRANCE   9620 kHz  RTA, Algeria via TDF Issoudun at 0600-0658 UT,
tremendously powerhouse of S=9+45dB, 40.4 kHz broadband,
covers 9600 to 9640 kHz range.

Similar propagation on 9790 kHz RFI Issoudun in French channel,
S=9+45dB  38 kHz wideband service program on screen.

[selected SDR options, span 12.5 kHz RBW 15.3 Hertz]
(wb  df5sx, wwdxc BC-DX TopNews May 11)

GERMANY EAST [GDR history].  New correspondent ALBERT FORD makes some
interesting observations. Radio Berlin International:
I wish to thank all concerned for making the complete Sabine Schereck
feature article on Radio Berlin International (RBI) available to read on
your website.

<http://bdxc.org.uk/rbi.pdf>

This is most interesting to me as among the many International SW
broadcast stations, RBI was one that I too was a listener of but only
from 1988 onwards, unfortunately. I was a member of the RBI DX Club
but only achieved an H50 RBI diploma as time ran-out, with the
station's closure.

I too have a small collection of RBI memorabilia - programme guides;
DX Bulletins; GDR Review magazines; other fact booklets and magazines;
stamp sets; stickers; badges and pennant (as in Sabine's article);
1989 and 1990 large pictorial wall calendars and other calendars; a
large wall poster; New Year cards; letters from and copies of my
correspondence to; as I had received off-air cassette recordings and,
of course, QSL cards. Interestingly, the QSL card that I have, which
is over-stamped "Last QSL" and showing Broadcasting House, Berlin, is
different to that featured in Sabine's article. Anyway, just like you
to know how much I appreciate the article and Sabine's research work
for it.
(Open To Discussion With David Morris-UK,
May BrDXC-UK "Communication" magazine direct and via dxld)

GREECE   9420even fq  VoGreece from Avlis site, S=9+30dB this morning
at 05.56 UT on May 11, not on // 9935 kHz. American FREE JAZZ sce program,
11.4 kHz wide excellent audio block outlet.

[selected SDR options, span 12.5 kHz RBW 15.3 Hertz]
(wb  df5sx, wwdxc BC-DX TopNews May 11)

GUAM   15500.038  KSDA AWR Guam in Mongolian language, S=9 signal noted
in remote Tokyo Japan SDR unit. At 10.38 UT on May 10.
Female voice sermon prayer program heard.

[selected SDR options, span 12.5 kHz RBW 15.3 Hertz]
(wb  df5sx, wwdxc BC-DX TopNews May 10)

INDIA   4810.087  AIR Bhopal S=9+30db in Delhi, 17.05 UT, May 8.
4910.003  AIR Jaipur,         S=7 16.51 UT
4949.997  AIR Srinagar,       S=7 16.53 UT
4969.988  AIR Shillong,       S=8 16.54 UT
5009.996  AIR Thiruv. S=9+10dB in Delhi 17.07 UT on May 8.
5040.002  AIR Jeypore, powerful S=9+20dB in Delhi 16.57 UT on May 8.

AIR 0430-0530 Arabic (Middle East)

S=9+20dB heard today May 10 at 05.05 UT instead of 11670 kHz
on 11560 kHz  500  Bengaluru / Bangalore, Karnataka
0400-0430 Persian, 0430-0530 Arabic (Middle East) 0530-0630 Urdu
(In Haj Season to Saudi Arabia target)

UNID also 15185 kHz switched on and off many times.
Presumably 0430-0530 AIR Hindi (to EaAfrica, Mauritius).

15769.959  AIR Goa Panaji in English, S=7 signal in Tokyo Japan at 10.30
UT, May 10, nothing heard on 15410 kHz, usual Goa whistle audio wobbling
sound.

13605even AIR Bangalore, S=9+10dB noted in Tokyo at 10.42 UT.
Subcontinental mx heard. Same px but S=7-8 signal in 22 mb on 13695 kHz.

4810.087 kHz Mumbai, Bhopal, S=6-7 in Doha Qatar, at 16.11 UT on May 10.
99 Hertz difference BUZZ tone on two stations co-channel
4809.988 ARMENIA, CJSC Yerevan Gavar in Kurdish noted S=8-9 in
Germany, Moscow Russia, Qatar remotes, and co-channel

4810.087 kHz, INDIA, Mumbai / Bhopal, S=6-7 in Qatar.

4949.995 IND  AIR Srinagar, S=7 signal at 16.13 UT on May 10.
5040.001 IND  AIR Jeypore, S=8-9 at 16.25 UT on May 10.

[GOA]   15769.959 kHz, AIR Goa Panaji in English, S=7 signal in remote SDR
Tokyo Japan site at 10.30 UT on May 10, nothing heard on 15410 kHz, usual
Goa
whistle audio wobbling sound.

5009.997  AIR Thiruvananthapuram, heard at Doha Qatar remote SDR
at 15.48 UT on May 11, S=8-9.

4810kHz 50kw Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh, Hindi, 0025-0215 and 1130-1742 UT.
Probably {Gavar Armenia} 4809.989 kHz S=9+10dB in Doha Qatar remote unit
or {AIR Bhopal} 4810.087 kHz S=9+20dB, May 13.

[selected SDR options, span 12.5 kHz RBW 15.3 Hertz]
(wb  df5sx, wwdxc BC-DX TopNews May 8 / 10 / 11 / 13)

IRAN   13740.007  VoIRIB Sirjan in Dari language, noted at S=8-9 level
in Tokyo Japan remote SDR unit at 10.44 UT on May 10.

re auto siren jamming by Saudi Arabia against IRIB Tehran Arabic:

two IRIB / Saudi Arabia jamming service in 22 mb, BSKSA HQ sermon and
police car siren jamming both combined, difficult to say 'which is which',
so tried and compared various 'increase and de-crease' signals in strength
on various remote SDR installations:

13609.917, 50 Hertz apart distance 'spurious string' of
13609.967, strongest signal IRIB Zahedan outlet
13610.006, car sirene jamming outlet.
13610.017, 50 Hertz apart distance 'spurious string' of 13609.967 kHz.
13610.051, BSKSA HQ sce // 9715v kHz, 06.42 UT on May 11.

13779.988, IRIB Arabic magazine program
13780.002, BSKSA HQ sce // 9715v kHz.
13780.044, car sirene jamming outlet, 06.50 UT on May 11.

13740.007   IRIB Tehran in Dari language, S=7-8 at 06.42 UT on May 11.

9650.002  VoIRIB Tehran in Arabic from Zahedan site, Arabic scheduled
1430-1726 UT. Noted Holy Quran prayer at 16.16 UT on May 11, + emergency
car sirene jamming from Saudi Arabia co-channel on 9650.029 kHz, S=9+10dB
in Qatar.

[selected SDR options, span 12.5 kHz RBW 15.3 Hertz]
(wb  df5sx, wwdxc BC-DX TopNews May 10 / 11)

IRAN   A big change of frequencies has been made. 585 kHz used by
Radio Teheran has moved to 558 kHz and carries Radio Iran's National
Channel. 585 kHz is now used by the Gheslagh transmitter and the
Farhang program. Several local transmitters broadcasting Radio Iran's
program have been retuned to 558 kHz making this to one big network
(Ydun's Medium Wave Info 1 May via ARC mv-eko 14 May via dxld)

original: IRAN   I.R. of IRAN has made some major changes in their AM
frequency network. 585 Tehran (formerly used by Radio Farhang) has now
moved to 558 kHz and carries national channel Radio Iran. 585 is now
used at Gheslagh site for Farhang.

Also several transmitters which used to broadcast on various QRG have
now been re-tuned into 558 kHz with Radio Iran making this one big
network, including 1 x 600 kW, 1 x 500 kW, 1 x 400 kW, 5 x 200 kW, 2 x
100 kW, 3 x 50 kW. Source:
<http://www.mwlist.org/mwlist_quick_and_easy.php?area=1kHz=558>

(very right column via Michael Kraus, April 28,
via dxld May 15)

ITALY   Bandscan Independent MW Stations from Italy.

NB: All logs, unless otherwise mentioned, as follows: RX: Websdr in
Switzerland (near Cari, Canton Ticino) ANT: 160m horizontal wire loop,
20m ladder 450ohm, balun 4: DATE: 25.04.2018 (Times UT).

 594, 1616 Challenger R (Villa Estense, PD), via websdr in Ravenna;
 711, 1622 Media Radio Castellana, via websdr in Ravenna;
 846, 1651 Challenger R (Villa Estense, PD);
1098, 1618 Media Radio Castellana, via websdr in Ravenna;
1206, 1605 Amica Radio Veneta (Vigonza, PD);
1350, 1623 I Am R (Milano);
1377, 1627 R One (Pistoia/Lucca area); NB: New frequency Ex 1368;
1395, 1611 R Aemme, Lake Como area?, dominant over R Atlanta Milano;
1395, 1636 R Atlanta Milano (Milano), dominant over R Aemme;
1404, 1608 R 106 (Casalgrande, RE);
1476, 1613 R Briscola (Lenta, VC);
1512, 1607 Mini R (Castano Primo, MI);
1566, 1610 R Kolbe (Schio, VI);
1584, 1614 Free R AM (Trieste);
1602, 1612 RTV R Treviso (Treviso);

Also on 25 April 2018, Alessandro Groppazzi reported as active:
Baby Radio on 702 kHz and AM Classic on 819 kHz, both operating from
Trieste. More information, including contacts, websites, social networks,
E-mail addresses, future plans, transmitter powers, locations,
verification of reception reports, etc. about MW stations from Italy on
<http://www.dxfanzine.net>
(Antonello Napolitano-ITA, April DX Fanzine direct and via dxld)

KOREA REP OF   4885.004 kHz EoH VoH in Korean noted S=6-7 in Doha at
17.35 UT, but always S=9+15dB in northern Tokyo, excellent audio signal.
International worldwide NX at 20.00 UT.

NO JAMMING AT ALL, 17, 18, 19, nor 20 UT on May 13.

9465.014  already carrier-on that channel, likely Kimje-KOR heard
at S=9 in Doha Qatar site, 17.55 UT on May 13.

[selected SDR options, span 12.5 kHz RBW 15.3 Hertz]
(wb  df5sx, wwdxc BC-DX TopNews May 13)

KUWAIT   13800  Heavy CNR1 China mainland jamming against RFA Tibetan
program via IBB-BBG Kuwait US relay site, S=8-9 in Tokyo Japan
at 10.47 UT.
(wb  df5sx, wwdxc BC-DX TopNews May 10)

KYRGYZ REPUBLIC  5129.954  Afghan Christian Radio (TWR ties)
in Pashto via
5130 kHz KGZ SW Relay Sce, Krasnaya Rechka, Bishkek,
noted in remote Perseus Tokyo Japan S=6-7 around 16.50 UT,
and then also (listen attached recordings) around 17.08-17.09 UT
and 17.52 to 17.59 UT on May 8, S=9+5dB.

In range Tuesday I tuned-in at 16.45-17.59 UT.
Religious song ended around 17.54 UT.
Empty carrier on air,
til Bishkek TX switch off at 17.58:40 UT on May 8;
at 18.01 UT on May 10th.

[selected SDR options, span 12.5 kHz RBW 15.3 Hertz]
(wb  df5sx, wwdxc BC-DX TopNews May 8)

KYRGYZ REPUBLIC   5129.955... .960  Afghan Christian Radio (TWR ties)
in Pashto via
5130 kHz KGZ SW Relay Sce, Krasnaya Rechka, Bishkek,
noted in remote Perseus at Doha Qatar S=7 around 16.00 UT Thursday May 10,

and also on
4010.186 KGZ  Kyrgyz National Radio also S=7 at 15.55 UT on May 10.

Terrible 99 Hertz difference BUZZ tone on two stn co-channel
4809.988 ARM  CJSC Yerevan Gavar in Kurdish noted S=8-9 in Germany,
Moscow Russia, Qatar remotes,

and co-channel
4810.087 kHz IND  Mumbai / Bhopal, S=6-7 in Qatar.

4949.995 IND  AIR Srinagar, S=7 signal at 16.13 UT on May 10.

4979.983 CHN  PBS Urumqi, Uighur, S=7 at 16.20 UT.

5029 - 5032 kHz STANAG digital signal, S=9 at 16.23 UT.

5040.001 IND  AIR Jeypore, S=8-9 at 16.25 UT.

5060even CHN  PBS Xinjiang Urumqi, Chinese S=8 16.28 UT.

5129.961  Afghan Christian Radio (TWR ties) in Pashto via
5130 kHz  SW Relay Sce, Krasnaya Rechka, Bishkek,
noted in remote Perseus at Doha Qatar S=7-8 or -78dBm signal,
around 15.50 UT on Friday May 11.

and also on

4010.191  Kyrgyz National Radio also S=8 at 15.53 UT on May 11.

4010.183  Kyrgyz National Radio also S=9+5dB in Doha Qatar,
at 17.28 UT on May 13.

[selected SDR options, span 12.5 kHz RBW 15.3 Hertz]
(wb  df5sx, wwdxc BC-DX TopNews May 10 / 11 / 13)

MARIANAS   17809.986  Radio Free Asia Mandarin at 0602 UT
via IBB-BBGTinian isl relay, and CHN mainland jamming 17810 kHz,
poor S=6 in southern Europe.

[selected SDR options, span 12.5 kHz RBW 15.3 Hertz]
(wb  df5sx, wwdxc BC-DX TopNews May 10)

MADAGASCAR   11790 kHz on May 14 at 05.29 UT, open carrier at S=9+10dB,
05.30 UT some percussion, news sounder? Mentions Burundi, habari. HFCC
shows RFI in Swahili via Talata at 0530-0600 UT. Accounts for big sig,
SSOB greater than 11725 kHz NZ, but too bad that this unit is ailing,
modulation constantly cutting out, and carrier also unstable. (Before
05.30 UT and after 06.30 UT, Romania is on 11790 kHz, and at 0530-0600 UT
also NHK Japan in Russian, unheard here).

13840 kHz  on May 14 at 05.36 UT, JBA signal, not NZ now, but listed this
semihour only as NHK French via Madagascar.
(Glenn Hauser-OK-USA, hcdx and dxld May 14)

9410.009 odd fq, BBC London English via Talata Volonondry relay site, S=6
in remote Alberta-CAN site at 05.48 UT on May 11.  VE6JY installation.

[SOUTH AFRICA/MADAGASCAR]  Two BBC English programs at 06.20 and 06.35 UT:
12094.978 kHz BBC London En WS via SenTec Meyerton relay site, 06.30 UT
world news, 'new Malaysian premier minister elected', S=7-8 here in
Germany.

13580.014 kHz  BBC London English magazine feature program via Babcock FMO
organized via MGLOB Talata Volonondry outlet, S=8 at 06.35 UT,
not // 12095 kHz.

CODAR QRM noted in wide range 13450 - 13544 kHz S=9 at 06.33 UT May 11.

[selected SDR options, span 12.5 kHz RBW 15.3 Hertz]
(wb  df5sx, wwdxc BC-DX TopNews May 11)

MARIANAS   17809.986 kHz Radio Free Asia in Mandarin language at 06.02 UT
via IBB-BBG Tinian relay, and CHN mainland jamming 17810 kHz, poor S=6 in
southern Europe.
[selected SDR options, span 12.5 kHz RBW 15.3 Hertz]
(wb  df5sx, wwdxc BC-DX TopNews May 10)

PAKISTAN   39th Anniversary of Pakistan Broadcasting Corporation (PBC)
held recently.

<http://www.abu.org.my/Media_Centre-@-Latest_News.aspx>

<http://www.abu.org.my/Latest_News-@-
39_Anniversary_of_Pakistan_Broadcasting_Corporation_PBC_held_recently.aspx
>

(ABU via pres. Michael Bethge of WWDXC Germany, May 16)

PHILIPPINES   Upcoming frequency change of FEBC Radio Manila,
effective from May 27

1000-1600 UT 9275 kHz Bocaue 100 kW 345 deg EaAS Chinese service,
ex9380 to avoid AIR Aligarh co-ch.
:
till 1200 9380 ALG 250 kW 188 deg SoAS Hindi AIR Vividh Bharati &
from 1320 9380 ALG 250 kW 188 deg SoAS Hi/En AIR National Channel
(Ivo Ivanov-BUL, hcdx via wwdxc BC-DX TopNews May 12)

PHILIPPINES   "RADIO VERITAS ASIA PHILIPPINES CLOSING".

That's one of the topix on the AWR Wavescan rundown for #480
from May 6, during another HFCC Kuala Lumpur discussion.

There is nothing to be found on the RVA website about its closing:
<http://www.rveritas-asia.org/about-us>

So I listen to this week's WS. Segment recorded at KL in January:
Jeff White says "breaking news", about RVA. He visited studios & offices
in Quezon City several years ago. They had lots of studios and languages.
But as of June 30, 2018, RVA is going off the air from SW.

All languages, per Ludo Maes, BRB, and the RVA frequency manager.
Going internet only. Depite not so much internet access in rural
Philippines, Asia. Maybe a financial thing? Internet is cheap compared
to SW, and internet "stations" are easy to set up.

Nevertheless, all PUG registrations in HFCC A-18 claim they are valid
till the end of the season, 28 October! Here's the schedule for what
we now know to be its final sesquimonth:

<http://hfcc.org/data/schedbyfmo.php?seas=A18&fmor=RVA>
(Glenn Hauser-OK-USA, dxld May 11 / 15)

Although headed "RVA B17! Schedule", their schedule at
<http://www.rveritas-asia.org/sw-schedule>
is labelled as "March 25, 2018 - June 30, 2018"
(Alan Roe-Uk, via dxld May 15)

ROMANIA   7335 kHz  Radio Marti too from Greenville-NC, but less strong.
Cuban jamming more powerful. S=8 fluttery in FL-US. Neighbour RRI
Bucharest from Galbeni site, heard play pop mx at S=9+10dB level.

[selected SDR options, span 12.5 kHz RBW 15.3 Hertz]
(wb  df5sx, wwdxc BC-DX TopNews May 11)

From today (14 May 2018), Radio Romania International broadcasts its
Romanian language transmission to North America between 0000 and 0200
hours UT on 7395 kHz (ex7335 kHz). The program can also be heard on
9790 kHz. On the old frequency of 7335 kHz, there was strong
interference from IBB_US Radio Marti Greenville-NC transmitting to Cuba.
(Alexander Busneag-D, direct and via dxld May 15)

PORTUGAL [ISRAEL/MACEDONIA/UKRAINE/GREECE]  etc.:
The Eurovision Song Contest from Lisbon Portugal
has been observed on 12th of May on MW & SW as follows:

all concert on Ukraine on MW 549 kHz Luch Mykolaiev bcast center;
Macedonia on MW Skopje Madzari on 810 kHz
and (!) Kol Israel Yavne on MW 1080 kHz,
also from 20.05 UT via Greece on
SW Avlis  9420 kHz,
MW 729.007 kHz ERA Athens Bogianti,
1007.9955  kHz ERA Corfu Kerkyra,
1305 (x1314)   ERA Tripoli.
(Rumen Pankov-BUL, wwdxc BC-DX TopNews May 15)

RUSSIA   7295 & 7345 kHz, Radio Sakha, via Yakutsk, through May 6, remains
silent during my local evening & morning monitoring.
(Ron Howard-CA-USA, dxld May 8)

Nothing from Iakutsk could be traced on Seoul Korea remote unit,
on May 15, wb.

SAUDI ARABIA   15284.990 kHz  BSKSA Riyadh in Swahili, S=8 at 05.35 UT.

[selected SDR options, span 12.5 kHz RBW 15.3 Hertz]
(wb  df5sx, wwdxc BC-DX TopNews May 10)

SOLOMON ISLANDS   5020 kHz, SIBC (presumed), on May 15, with greatly
extended broadcast; 1326-1350* UT suddenly off in mid-song; with the
expanded anomaly, was able to actually hear some audio above threshold
level; non-stop EZL pop songs with no announcers, so no ID heard.
(Ron Howard-CA-USA, via wwdxc BC-DX TopNews May 15)

SOMALIA   During brief scan on 11 May (Friday) at 19.15 UT noted lively
Somali music and talks on 7750 kHz. Mode was more like pure USB than CUSB.
Tentatively Warsan Radio, Somalia.

At the same time on 7725.8 kHz with AM mode a station with non stop
oldies, possibly pirate Zeppelin Radio, Greece.
(Jari Savolainen-FIN, dxld May 15)

Log: 7750 kHz, Somalia, 1855 UT on May 16.

<https://www.radioeins.de/programm/sendungen/medienmagazin/radio_news/beit
raege/2016/somalia.html>

Warsan Radio aus der somalischen Stadt Baidoa (Baydhabo) sendet, zumindest
unregelmaessig, nach wie vor auf der Kurzwelle 7750 kHz. Die erstmals 2016
aufgetauchten Ausstrahlungen in Einseitenbandmodulation konnten im Mai
2018 in Europa nach 21.00 Uhr MESZ gehoert werden.
(via Herbert Meixner-AUT, A-DX ng May 16)

Auf dem Web-Empfaenger zu hoeren (O=2), aber auf den vertikalen Loops nach
Suedost ausgerichtet doch deutlich besser. (O=3, S8-9) Eigentlich bin ich
ziemlich erstaunt, wie gross die Richtwirkung der Vertikal-loops doch auch
fuer Raumwellensignale sind.

Allerdings wirkt sich das erst groesseren Wellenlaengen aus - also in der
Frequenz tiefer als 10 MHz - also bei tieferen Frequenzen als 10 MHz wird
die Richtwirkung auch fuer Raumwellensignale bei der Doppelmagnetloop in
vertikaler Position signifikant. Hierdurch wuerde sich fuer die tiefen
Frequenzen sogar ein Rotor lohnen... Im 80m Band (3.5 MHz) sehe ich ein
Seitenminimum von immerhin gut 10db auch fuer die Raumwelle...
(Ulli Grunow-BEL  ON5KQ, A-DX ng May 16)

Re: Somalia 7750 kHz. Hoechstwahrscheinlich. Ganz, ganz schwach ein USB
Signal mit HoA music um 20.09 UT on May 17, dank dem Tip von Jari in
Finnland.

7750 kHz minus 15 Hertz, also approx. 7749.985 kHz in USB mode.
Einen S-Wert mag ich nicht definieren - gerade so an der Grasnarbe.
AGC ausschalten, und barfuss hoch-regeln.

Auf 7725v kHz pirate Zeppelin Radio, Greece, not heard today.

[selected SDR options, span 12.5 kHz RBW 15.3 Hertz]
(wb  df5sx, wwdxc BC-DX TopNews May 17)

SOUTH AFRICA   11880 kHz Channel Africa via SenTec Meyerton, on May 9
at *1459-1509 UT, 35333 Swahili language, 1459 UT sign on with music,
15.00 UT opening music, ID and opening announce.
Theme music at 15.01 UT, news.

11925  Channel Africa via SenTec Meyerton, on May 9 at 0601-0613 UT 25222
English, news, theme music at 06.06 UT.
(Kouji Hashimoto-JPN, dxld May 9)

SOUTH AFRICA/MADAGASCAR    Two BBC English programs at 06.20 and 06.35 UT:
12094.978 kHz BBC London En WS via SenTec Meyerton relay site, 06.30 UT
world news, 'new Malaysian premier minister elected', S=7-8 here in
Germany.

13580.014 kHz  BBC London English magazine feature program via Babcock FMO
organized via MGLOB Talata Volonondry outlet, S=8 at 06.35 UT,
not // 12095 kHz.

[selected SDR options, span 12.5 kHz RBW 15.3 Hertz]
(wb  df5sx, wwdxc BC-DX TopNews May 11)

SRI LANKA   17790  AWR Arabic sce via SLBC Trincomalee relay site,
S=8-9 in Europe, scheduled 05-06z, 05.25 UT on May 10.
Sermon in Arabic, male prayer.
(wb  df5sx, wwdxc BC-DX TopNews May 10)

SWAZILAND  [new name: Umbuso weSwatini - siSwati]
15104.967  odd fq of TWR Africa from Manzini Swaziland,
Mon-Fri only, Kirundi language scheduled at 16.24 UT,
TX switch off at 16.27:20 UT on May 11,
S=7 -89dBm signal strength in Doha Qatar SDR installation.

6129.991  TWR Africa ex-Saturdays in Umbundu, 1850-1905 UT, S=8 signal
heard in Doha Qatar at 18.58 UT on May 12.

9474.986  TWR Africa from Manzini Swaziland, Swahili on Sunday schedule
1745-1800 UT, S=9+5dB signal heard in Doha Qatar at 17.58 UT May 13.

[selected SDR options, span 12.5 kHz RBW 15.3 Hertz]
(wb  df5sx, wwdxc BC-DX TopNews May 11 / 12 / 13)

TAIWAN   11915even  Taiwan Internation in Indonesian via Paochung site,
S=9 signal in Tokyo Japan, at 10.57 UT on May 10 station ID in BI,
scheduled 10-11z.
(wb  df5sx, wwdxc BC-DX TopNews May 10)

11755.133  New additional SOH Sound of Hope Taiwan prgram noted here
in 25 meterband. Not on 11765 kHz ! S=7-8 signal strength in Tokyo Japan
at 10.51 UT.

[selected SDR options, span 12.5 kHz RBW 15.3 Hertz]
(wb  df5sx, wwdxc BC-DX TopNews May 10 / 12)

TAJIKISTAN   11513 kHz carrier from Yangi Yul-TJK site already
on air at 11.52 UT on May 11.

Start of Voice of Tibet sce Tibetan, at 12.00:04 UT.
CNR1 spoken jamming on 11520 kHz even frequency, broadband 8 kHz wide
white noise audio.

11507 kHz at 12.10 UT
11602 kHz at 12.33 UT
11604 kHz at 12.37 UT
CNR1 spoken jamming on 11600 kHz even frequency, broadband.

[selected SDR options, span 12.5 kHz RBW 15.3 Hertz]
(wb  df5sx, wwdxc BC-DX TopNews May 11)

TANZANIA   [Zanzibar isl.]  6015.005 kHz Probably Zanzibar BC in Swahili,
poor S=6, at 04.51 UT on May 11. Female voice talk.

[selected SDR options, span 12.5 kHz RBW 15.3 Hertz]
(wb  df5sx, wwdxc BC-DX TopNews May 11)

THAILAND   17639.961 odd fq  Radio Thailand Bangkok in English to EaEUR /
Moscow, St.P. western Ural, Western Asia target morning sce, via
IBB-BBG US Udorn Thani site, poor weak tiny S=5 in southern Germany
at 05.38 UT on May 10.

17659.961  VoA Tibetan via IBB-BBG US Udorn Thani site at 07.50 UT,
S=6 signal in southern Europe. Jamming from China mainland string seen
on 17660 kHz even frequency.

17879.961  RL Radio Free Afghanistan in Pashto at 06.08 UT on May 10,
poor S=5-6 in southern Europe. Typical Afghan mx / singer program.

15359.966  US Mashaal Radio in Pashto via Udorn Thani IBB-BBG relay site
in Thailand, S=7 at 10.36 UT in Tokyo Japan remote SDR.

13754.969  VoA Chinese service via IBB-BBG US relay in Udorn Thani, co-
channel heavy jamming of CNR spoken program on even 13755.000 even fq,
latter S=9+25dB strong signal noted in Tokyo Japan. At 10.40 UT on May 10

11784.973  VoA Mandarin Chinese sce, from IBB-BBG US relay in Udorn Thani,
heavy CNR1 jamming and 3 x echos, on 11785even fq, S=9+25dB noted in
remote SDR at Tokyo Japan. At 10.56 UT checked against CNR1 11760 kHz
same signal strength.

[selected SDR options, span 12.5 kHz RBW 15.3 Hertz]
(wb  df5sx, wwdxc BC-DX TopNews May 10)

TURKEY    TRT Ankara Emirler, vary in fq, on May 11.

Very ODD outlet of TRT Emirler in Hausa language at 06.43 UT:
13765.696 kHz much odd fq or TRT Hausa sce 0500-0656 UT, S=9+20dB noted in
remote SDR ar Qatar site, 06.50 UT on May 11.

Next odd frequency of TRT Voice of Turkey today is 9855.8 in Tatar
1000-1025 UT, confirmed, very good (Ivo Ivanov, Bulgaria, ibid.)

13710.042 kHz, 1200-1256 UT Urdu service of TRT Emirler heard at 12.15 UT
on May 11, S=9+20dB in Doha Qatar remote SDR unit.

13760.012, S=9 signal of TRT German at 12.20 UT on May 11.

13635.006, speech to the crowd at 12.37 UT, backlobe signal of EUR/NoAM
310deg antenna, S=9+10dB, applause.

15410.006, S=9+5dB signal already on-air at 12.26 UT TRT Emirler in Uighur
language service at 1230-1256 UT, May 11.

15450.009, S=8 backlobe signal, TRT Emirler ID in English "Ladies and
Gentleman" at 12.30 UT, 1230-1326 UT on May 11. News headlines heard.

11765.035 kHz 1500-1630 UT Dari-Persian, Pashto, Uzbek-Arabic sce
of TRT Emirler, S=9+30dB, noted at 15.01 UT in New Delhi remote unit.

9840.006 kHz at 1300-1556 UT Turkish sce of TRT Emirler, S=8 backlobe
in remote SDR at Doha Qatar, noted at 15.08 UT on May 11. 215 Hertz BUZZ
tone distortion, signal against co-channel odd VoVTN Son Tay English
service on much odd fq 9839.790 kHz channel.

9765.006 kHz 1500-1556 UT on May 11 Persian sce of TRT Emirler, S=9+20dB,
noted at 15.05 and 15.45 UT in New Delhi and Doha Qatar remote unit.

9530.006 kHz 1530-1626 UT Azeri sce of TRT Emirler, S=9+15dB strength,
noted at 15.38 UT in Doha Qatar remote unit.

5960.002 kHz 1600-2056 UT Turkish sce of TRT Emirler, S=9+25dB strength,
noted at 15.58 UT in Doha Qatar remote unit. Already from 15.57 UT on air
// 9460.007 kHz at 16.06 UT speech of President Erdogan to crowd ?
S=9+20dB. Co-channel QRM of CHN domestic national radio PBS Xinjiang
in Mandarin on odd 5959.956 kHz at 16.00 UT on May 11.

11930.007 kHz 1628-1726 UT Spanish sce of TRT Emirler, S=8-9 backlobe,
noted at 16.33 UT in Doha Qatar remote unit.

15520.010  TRT Emirler in English at S=9+10dB level in Doha Qatar remote
SDR site. Already on air at 16.27 UT on May 11, scheduled 1630-1726 UT,
towards Central Asian states, South Asia subcontinent and Singapore,
Indonesia, Malaysia.
Underneath REE Noblejas Spain carrier visible on even 15520 kHz. May 10.

11675.034 kHz at 0600-1156 UT Turkish sce of TRT Emirler at 08.50 UT
on May 12. S=9+5dB in Doha Qatar remote SDR installation, also
// 11750.007 kHz magazine talk at 08.52 UT S=8-9 fluttery signal.
// 13635.008 kHz also Turkish sce scheduled 0600-1256 UT,
noted at 08.56 UT on May 12, S=9+15dB strength.

11795.658 kHz much odd frequency, TRT Emirler Persian language sce,
0830-0956 UT, at 08.54 UT on May 12, S=9 strength in Qatar remote
SDR installation.

13760.008 kHz at 11.50 UT on May 12, TRT German via Emirler bcast
center, S=9+15dB signal at Qatar site.

15240.006 kHz  TRT Cinese service  1100-1156 UT, noted at 11.51 UT on
May 12, S=8 sidelobe noted in Qatar remote SDR.

7210.004  Voice of Turkey Emirler in Bulgarian language sce, S=9+25dB here
in central Europe, at 11.17 UT on May 14.

13765.687  VoTurkey Emirler in Hausa sce, S=9+25dB logged at Doha Qatar
SDR remote unit. At 06.28 UT on May 15.

[selected SDR options, span 12.5 kHz RBW 15.3 Hertz]
(wb  df5sx, wwdxc BC-DX TopNews May 10 / 11 / 14 / 15)

UKRAINE/MOLDOVA/PRIDNESTROVIE   Many questions & asks from Russian DXers
about the eventual jamming on Pridnestrovye/Tiraspol's bcs in Ukrainian /
Moldovan / Russian on MW 621 kHz at 0400-0800 UT - there are
intermodulations of tx on MW Mykolaiev Luch 549 kHz - symetrics +/- 61 kHz
& heard on 488 kHz, 549 kHz (fundamental) & 610 kHz. By the way that 61
kHz is vary +/-0.6 kHz.
(Rumen Pankov-BUL, wwdxc BC-DX TopNews May 15)

In physics is like a puzzle. Would jamming on nearby 610 kHz neighbour
channel - 11 kHz away of fundamental 621 kHz target, work as powerful
JAMMING ?
Maybe on older tube MW radios only.  (wb)

UNIDENTIFIED   Carrier on 15520 kHz S=8 in Europe, at 05.30 UT on May 10.
Maybe antenna test on CRI Urumqi China bcast center site ?
Maintenance and refurbishing work by technicians on this site
til first week in June.

15520.010  TRT Emirler in English at S=9+10dB level in Doha Qatar remote
SDR site. Already on air at 16.27 UT on May 11, scheduled 1630-1726 UT.
(wb  df5sx, wwdxc BC-DX TopNews May 10 / 11)

15520 kHz, Friday May 11 at 1415 UT, open carrier; suspect REE test,
normally not on this early except on weekends. No other REEs now audible
on 17855 or distorted 15390 kHz. Wolfgang Bueschel also reported, May 10 -
as above.

15520 kHz, May 12 at 02.07 UT, dead air of S9-S7, as previously heard at
other times, but now it's the OSOB, and certainly not from Spain at this
hour, rather North America or westward. (NZ is QRT from 15720 kHz so can't
compare there.) Does fade, so propagating, not local. After 14.00 UT
on May 12, only weak signal from Spain.

15520 kHz, May 13 at 22.44 UT, the mystery open carrier continues,
now S=9+10dB to S9, making it the SSOB, more so than any ones modulating!
Spain would have finished at 22.00 UT, and had been known to fail to turn
off a transmitter, but some other logs of this are not propagationally
appropriate for Europe.

15520 kHz, May 14 at 12.58 UT, here it is again, dead carrier at S5, but
with little propagation this early, is the SSOB! By 13.57 UT a little
stronger up to S7. Could turn out to be a utility, like one of those RTTY
stations which stays on but rarely activates.
(Glenn Hauser-OK-USA, hcdx and dxld May 14)

UAE   6180.097 odd Al Dhabbaya UAE fq, S=9+25dB noted at Doha Qatar site,
IBRA Radio Ibrahim in Somali language, at 17.44 UT on May 13.
At same time nothing noted on Somali fq 7120v kHz.

[selected SDR options, span 12.5 kHz RBW 15.3 Hertz]
(wb  df5sx, wwdxc BC-DX TopNews May 13)

USA   5129.820 kHz, on May 13 at 06.00 UT, surprised to find WBCQ with
soul, other music, S=9+10dB, NOT TOMBS, and not // that on 9330.116 kHz
with Scourby. Maybe 5130 kHz with extended Area 51 or test with who knows
what audio. Normally both would be Brother-Scaring at this hour.

5085 kHz on May 13 at 05.59 UT tune-in to hear WTWW with a woman talking,
yet chopped off the air at 0559.5* UT as if on a timer. BUT, recheck at
06.07 UT it's back on, interview about lobbying. Don't listen long enough
to figure out whether this is a ham, gospel-huxter, or political program.
(Glenn Hauser-OK-USA, hcdx and dxld May 15)

USA   extremely different signal; best propagation this morning in Europe
and Qatar/Russia too, on May 11, but bad low level 60 mb reception
in Florida US state.

7504.974 kHz  WRNO in Mandarin Chinese program, boring endless
Chinese sermon at 04.18 UT on May 11, S=9+15dB heard in central Florida
SDR location remotedly. 11 kHz wideband signal.

7435 kHz  Radio Marti Greenville-NC, violine waltz dance mx sce,
at 04.26 UT on May 11, S=9+5dB in central Florida US state, minor tiny
scratching jamming underneath.

5829.986 kHz  WTWW English, talk scripter of struggle (?), S=9+5dB
strength in FL-US state, at 04.38 UT on May 11.

5850even kHz  WRMI Okeechobee FL-US state, carried TOM BS sermon,
S=7 at 0439 UT on May 11.

9330.114 kHz, WBCQ with BS TOM program in progress, poor S=5 strength
fluttery signal at 05.52 UT on May 11.

9395 kHz WRMI continously played Oldies mx px, S=8-9 here in southern
Germany. Also // 9455 kHz much tiny.

[selected SDR options, span 12.5 kHz RBW 15.3 Hertz]
(wb  df5sx, wwdxc BC-DX TopNews May 11)

USA   WBCQ's new partner???

The mystery of who is financing WBCQ's multi-million $$$ expansion due on
the air this fall may be solved. I am at the NASB conference in Elkhart IN
and learned that an obscure religious group is behind the fancy new high-
powered xmtr and super expensive rotatable antenna. On the web, go to:

<www.worldslastchance.com>  <http://www.worldslastchance.com>

After you bring up their home page, click the "WLC Radio" in the upper
right corner. You'll hear audio of an English accented lass ID as WBCQ and
introduce the new WLC broadcasts. Their schedule on the website matches
the one listed a week ago on WOR. I don't know much about this
organization, but from their website they appear to be end-time believers
and also believe in the so-called flat earth theory.

This could be a hoax, but if it is, it's very elaborate.

Don Hosmer W8SWL, West Branch MI USA. (dxld May 18)

From Sept 8  WBCQ The Planet will have new 500 kW transmitter,
0000-2400 UT 9330 kHz in 11 languages, including 9 new as follows:

0000-0100 9330 BCQ 500 kW  75 deg to SoEUR  Spanish
0100-0200 9330 BCQ 500 kW 165 deg to SoAM   Portuguese
0200-0300 9330 BCQ 500 kW  87 deg to NoEaAF Arabic
0300-0400 9330 BCQ 500 kW  35 deg to SoAS   Hindi
0400-0500 9330 BCQ 500 kW  60 deg to NE/ME  Arabic
0500-0600 9330 BCQ 500 kW  35 deg to SoAS   Hindi
0600-0700 9330 BCQ 500 kW  77 deg to SoEUR  Portuguese
0700-0800 9330 BCQ 500 kW 355 deg to EaAS   Chinese
0800-0900 9330 BCQ 500 kW 347 deg to NoEaAS Korean
0900-1000 9330 BCQ 500 kW   5 deg to SoEaAS Indonesian
1000-1100 9330 BCQ 500 kW 355 deg to EaAS   Chinese
1100-1200 9330 BCQ 500 kW 347 deg to NoEaAS Korean
1200-1300 9330 BCQ 500 kW 270 deg to WeNoAM English
1300-1400 9330 BCQ 500 kW 240 deg to MEXI   Spanish
1400-1500 9330 BCQ 500 kW 300 deg to WeNoAM English
1500-1600 9330 BCQ 500 kW  61 deg to WeEUR  French
1600-1700 9330 BCQ 500 kW  05 deg to SoEaAS Indonesian
1700-1800 9330 BCQ 500 kW 285 deg to AUS    English
1800-1900 9330 BCQ 500 kW  60 deg to WeEUR  German
1900-2000 9330 BCQ 500 kW 180 deg to Cuba   English
2000-2100 9330 BCQ 500 kW 175 deg to SoAM   Spanish
2100-2200 9330 BCQ 500 kW  55 deg to WeEUR  German
2200-2300 9330 BCQ 500 kW  57 deg to WeEUR  English
2300-2400 9330 BCQ 500 kW  87 deg to NoAF   French
(Ivo Ivanov-BUL, hcdx via wwdxc BC-DX TopNews May 16)

7504.989v kHz on May 13 at 22.36 UT, big S=9+20dB signal has to be WRNO,
gospel huxter in English, 22.39 UT soul choir. Perhaps on Sundays only,
WRNO signs on much earlier than 01.00 UT?
(Glenn Hauser-OK-USA, hcdx and dxld May 13)

USA   Message from Adrian Peterson. Adventist World Radio Meeting Elkhart.

Dear Elkhart NASB Attendees,
Please accept my goodwill greetings for a successful and profitable NASB
2018 meeting at Elkhart right here in Indiana. I was indeed looking
forward to attending and participating in this year's convention, and
meeting again so many radio colleagues and friends, but this is not
possible, due to recent medical issues for both myself and my wife.

My loving wife is just two weeks ahead of me in her own recovery from
her own most recent hospitalization, and yet she is also supporting me
on my return home.

Additional support has come from our daughter and her husband and their
two still-at-home daughters in Martinsville here in Indiana.

I am grateful for the successful removal of a nasty apple sized cancer in
the colon that had long gone unnoticed. Preliminary recovery has been
remarkably rapid and positive, though in the long term this continuation
of progress might slow down a little. I am grateful that several hundred
people have been praying for me (and for my wife also) in these medical
circumstances, and due to Divine intervention (for which I am very
grateful). I have experienced a buoyancy in all of these matters that
I have never experienced before.

In advance of NASB Elkhart, I had already begun preparation for the hour
long Powerpoint presentation which would have included EARLY RADIO
MEMORIES:

* A request from the Australian government for me to monitor Japanese
Prisoner of War broadcasts on shortwave from Singapore, Saigon, Hong Kong
and Manila during the latter part of World War 2.

* Monitoring of Voice of America broadcasts during the Pacific War from
the American shortwave stations in California and Honolulu (together with
a multitude of QSL cards in response!).

A second part of the Powerpoint presentation would have been my
involvement in the early formative years of Adventist World Radio.

Allow me to express genuine gratitude to many, in these recent times:

* Jeff White and shortwave Radio Miami International WRMI for carrying the
burden of producing the AWR DX program Wavescan and also providing lots of
interesting information for the program at a time when I have been unable
to do so. I express appreciation also to Ray Robinson of shortwave KVOH in
Los Angeles and Voice of Hope in Zambia Africa for similar valuable input.

Likewise, appreciation is due to Dr. Jerry Plummer of shortwave WWCR in
Nashville in a similar role. The international shortwave cooperation that
is evident in the preparation, production and broadcast of Wavescan is a
splendid example of international relations on the part of four prominent
shortwave broadcasting organizations: Adventist World Radio, WRMI,
KVOH/VOH Africa and WWCR.

* I am grateful also to Dr. Dowell Chow, previous President for Adventist
World Radio, in taking over and expanding his 20 minute presentation now
into a full hour at NASB Elkhart. I am reminded of the full support of
NASB on the part of AWR administrations over the past long many years,
and the first "off-site" NASB meeting was held in the Adventist world
headquarters building in Silver Spring Maryland several years ago.

And again, best wishes to you all for another memorable NASB meeting,

Christian greetings,
Dr. Adrian M. Peterson
International Relations
Adventist World Radio
(Adrian M. Peterson-IN-USA, dxld May 16/17)

USA   [to UGANDA]   15239.9 kHz, Sat May 12 at 14.23 UT, no signal from R.
Munansi via WWRB here, nor via UTwente at 14.45 UT, 15.10 chex. Must be off,
especially since neighbor 15825 kHz WWCR is S=9+10/20dB with sporadic E
boost. Nothing from WWRB at further chex here 17.01, 17.42 UT.

Dave Frantz had informed us that four of his five SW transmitters have
been demolished, and was about to demolish or take down all but one
antenna, in downsizing of WWRB to make room for more aeronautical
activities on the site.
(Glenn Hauser-OK-USA, dxld May 15)

USA   WRMI, new frequency of 5010 kHz for the evening transmission at
2200-0100 UT and the morning transmission at 1100-1200
(and until 12.30 UT on Fridays).

5010 kHz 60 mb. WRMI Frequency Change - Cambio de Frecuencia.

Estimados Amigos: Hemos estado estudiando las condiciones de propagacion
y los numeros de manchas solares en la actualidad, y las predicciones
para los siguientes meses, y hemos llegado a la conclusion de que
necesitamos utilizar frecuencias mas bajas para proveer la mejor
recepcion en nuestros blancos hasta que lleguemos al punto mas bajo del
ciclo solar de 11 anos, que puede ser al final del ano 2019.

Debido a esto, vamos a cambiar nuestra frecuencia de 5950 kHz en la banda
de 49 metros a 5010 kHz en la banda de 60 metros. Aunque 5950 kHz
ha funcionado bien, esperamos aun mejores condiciones de recepcion con
5010 kHz en Cuba, el Caribe, y otras partes de America Latina donde llega
la senal. El cambio sera el proximo lunes, 14 de mayo, a las 2200 UT.
A partir de esa hora, estaremos usando la nueva frecuencia de 5010 kHz
para la transmision de la noche de 2200-0100 UT y la transmision
de la manana de 1100-1200 UT (y hasta las 12.30 UT los viernes).

Estamos haciendo anuncios sobre el cambio de frecuencia en el aire toda
esta semana hasta el cambio el proximo lunes, para informar los oyentes
en adelantado. Vamos a observar la nueva frecuencia durante las proximas
semanas para estar seguro de que este proveyendo buena recepcion.
Si tiene alguna pregunta, favor avisarnos. Gracias por su comprension.

Dear Friends: Recently we have been studying propagation conditions and
sunspot numbers, and the predictions for the following months, and we have
come to the conclusion that we need to use lower frequencies to provide
the best reception in our target areas until we reach the lowest point
of the 11-year solar cycle, which may be at the end of the year 2019.

Because of this, we are going to change our frequency of 5950 kHz in the
49 mband to 5010 kHz in the 60 meter band. Although 5950 kHz has been
working well for us, we expect even better reception conditions with
5010 kHz in Cuba, the Caribbean, and other parts of Latin America where
our signal reaches. The change will take place next Monday, May 14,
at 2200 UT. As of that time, we will be using the new frequency of
5010 kHz for the evening transmission at 2200-0100 UT and the morning
transmission at 1100-1200 UT (and until 12.30 UT on Fridays).

We are making announcements about the frequency change on the air all this
week until the change next Monday, to inform our listeners in advance. We
will observe the new frequency during the coming weeks to be sure that it
is providing good reception. If you have any questions, please let us
know. Thanks for your understanding.

(Jeff White, General Manager
WRMI Radio Miami International
10400  NW 240th Street
Okeechobee, Florida 34972 USA
Tel +1-305-559-9764  Fax +1-863-467-0185
<http://www.wrmi.net>
(dxld May 15)

The updated WRMI schedule now has 5010 kHz (replacing 5950 for part of the
day) 2200-0100 UT, targeting Cuba, the Caribbean and Central America.

Programming scheduled on 5010 kHz:
2200-2300 RAE Argentina al Mundo
2300-0000 Family Radio Espanol
0000-0030 AWR Cuba
0030-0100 Radio Slovakia (in Spanish)

Voice of the Report of the Week - VORW previously scheduled
on Fridays at 0100-0200 UT on 5950 kHz is not scheduled on 5010 kHz,
but is still on 5850 and 7780 kHz during this hour on Fridays).
(via Alan Pennington-UK, BrDXC-UK ng May 15)

re WRMI on new 5010 kHz; replacing 9455 with 5950 kHz.

5950 kHz, May 15 at 05.58 UT, WRMI back here with Oldies, S=9+10/20dB //
JBA 9395 kHz, 05.59 UT Biermann ID, 06.00 UT VOA News axually on the hour!

Good job by Victor Beatty (sp?) with hardly a stumble; also objectively
good about the Israeli/embassy/Gaza uprising.
06.06 UT Dish TV commercial!, 06.07 UT back to Oldies.
Much better signal than 5950 kHz used to have here.

TX #14 at 181 degrees on 5010 kHz was to be activated late May 14,
replacing 5950 kHz. Now scheduled: 2200-2300 UT Mon-Fri RAE Spanish,
2300-2400 Family Radio, 0000-0030 AWR Cuba in Spanish,
0030-0100 Eslovaquia; 1100-1130 AWR Cuba, 1130-1200 Radio Praga,
1200-1230 UT Friday only, Yeshua.

But a bigger unpreviewed change is:

5950 kHz replacing 9455 kHz ! And now on the air 24 hours, even all day
when a much higher band should have been used, 11, 13 or even 15 MHz. All
the 9455 kHz programming, much of which duplicated various other
frequencies such as 9955 kHz and 7780 kHz at certain hours, is now shown
on 5950 kHz, TX #5 which is now on the 285 degree antenna, like 9455 kHz
used to be.

Notably 5950 kHz includes: 0100-0200 Tue-Sat RAE English // 9395 kHz;
0800-1000 RAE Japanese & Chinese (program schedule now claims Chinese
Tue-Sat at 0800-0900 is on 5850, 5950 and 7730 kHz, Japanese
at 0900-1000 UT on 5950 only; but the transmission schedule shows
Japanese at 0800-0900, Chinese at 0900-1000; which is it???);
1000-1100 variety including World of Radio at 10.30 UT Wednesdays;
1100-1400 variety // 9955 kHz; 2000-2200 variety including World of
Radio Tue 20.30 & 21.30 UT // 7780 kHz; 2200-2300 variety // 9955 kHz.
Much of the rest of the time is filled by Oldies.

Also shows RUI daily at 0200-0230 UT on 7780 kHz, no more WOR on UT
Sundays.
(Glenn Hauser-OK-USA, dxld May 15)

USA   9265drm / 15670drm   WINB Testing in DRM mode.

America's Oldest Commercial Shortwave Station Testing in DRM mode.

WINB, America's oldest commercial shortwave station, is testing in
DRM mode via two transmitters. The test transmissions are directed
to both parts of Europe and North America.

A new ASI transmitter, a CE-50000WS, is on the following test
schedule:
Monday-Friday 1100-1700 UT on 15670 kHz. The transmitter is rated
at 15 kW and is using a rhombic antenna at 62 degrees.
{mainlobe Spain, Sicily, Egypt, Ethiopia, Somalia ...}

At times when the ASI transmitter is not being tested, WINB will be
testing in DRM via its existing Continental 417B transmitter
on 9265 kHz via a rhombic antenna beamed 242 degrees.
{mainlobe Lousiana, Mexico, New Zealand, Hobart island,
South Australia ... }

Programming is from WINB's Internet audio stream and is in English
and Spanish. WINB is America's oldest commercial shortwave station,
having come on the air in 1962. The station is located in Red Lion,
Pennsylvania, USA.
(via Hans Johnson-FL-USA, WINB Sales Manager,
<winb.com>  <winb40th@yahoo.com>
via Alokesh Gupta-IND, May 18, cumbredx yg via dxld)

Alokesh Gupta-IND at 19.40 UT May 17 acc dream data:
<https://nsa39.casimages.com/img/2018/05/17/180517055809399367.jpg>

Only Mon-Fri, nothing observed Saturday May 19 at 11.25 UT.  (wb)

UZBEKISTAN   {ARMENIA not}  5845 kHz  Radio 8 bit
via {CJSC Yerevan Gavar Armenia, sic wb.*}
rather RRTM RED Telecom Tashkent Uzbekistan bcast center
on May 9 at *1900-1910 UT, 35443 English, 19.00 UT sign on with music,
ID at 19.00 and 19.05 and 19.10 UT. Very good condition.
(Kouji Hashimoto-JPN, dxld May 15)

* acc Christian Milling.international:
From: "Christian Milling" <christian@milling.international>
Sent: Wednesday, May 09, 2018
Subject: Re: [A-DX] LOG: 5845 kHz "Radio 8 bit" 19.00z O=5
Transmitter: Yerevan-Gavar, but today: via Tashkent-UZB.
Target: Europe, Distance: 4425 km.

UZBEKISTAN/ARMENIA   Radio 8 bit, instead of IBC Radio
via CJSC Yerevan Gavar on May 9
1900-2030 UT 5845 ERV 100 kW 305 deg WeEUR English Wed, very strong.

Same time 6070 Rohrbach Germany 25 kW non-dir CeEUR Ita/Eng Wed, IBC
Radio, good
(Ivo Ivanov-BUL, SWLDXBulgaria News, direct and dxld May 15)

Rather RRTM  RED  Telecom Tashkent Uzbekistan broadcast center,
according to Christian Milling.

This increases the distance here.
Country: UZB (Uzbekistan)
Transmitter: Tashkent
Latitude: 41.2167
Longitude: 69.1500
Modulation: AM
Power (kW): 100 kW
Target: Europe
Distance: 4425 km
Bearing: [from] 82deg
Details: 49 mb from Uzbekistan to Europe
(Roger Thauer-D, dxld May 15)

ZAMBIA   11680 kHz seldom guest here in Germany fluttery S=8 of (tentat.)
VoHope Zambia Africa, at 06.15 UT on May 11, relig? pop mx.

5914.992 kHz  Always poor signals of Zambian BC, vernacular
tentatively, poor S=5 at 04.41 UT on May 11, noted in central FL-US.
Compared VoA BOTSWANA S=8 signal on 5925 kHz.

[selected SDR options, span 12.5 kHz RBW 15.3 Hertz]
(wb  df5sx, wwdxc BC-DX TopNews May 11)

#*#*#*#*#*#*#*#*#*#*#*#*#*#*#*#*#*#*#*#*#*#*#*#*#*#*#*#*#*#*#*#*#*#*#*#*#

Log quick monitoring check on May 8.

4810.087 IND  AIR Bhopal S=9+30db in Delhi, 17.05 UT
4749.990 CHN  CNR1 Hailar (co-ch BGD even 4750 kHz) 16.45 UT
4765even TJK  Yangi Yul tx unit back to EVEN frequency,
         recently moved back from reserve unit +61 Hertz fq,
         unstable or so in March / April.
4885.004 KOR  EoH/VOH S=9+15dB in Tokyo, no jamming, 16.50 UT
4910.003 IND  AIR Jaipur,         S=7 16.51 UT
4949.997 IND  AIR Srinagar,       S=7 16.53 UT
4969.988 IND  AIR Shillong,       S=8 16.54 UT
4979.985 CHN  PBS Urumqi, Uighur, S=5-6 16.55 UT
5009.996 IND  AIR Thiruv. S=9+10dB in Delhi 17.07 UT
5040.002 IND  AIR Jeypore, powerful S=9+20dB in Delhi 16.57 UT
5060.002 CHN  PBS Xinjiang Urumqi, Chinese, S=7 16.59 UT.

[selected SDR options, span 12.5 kHz RBW 15.3 Hertz]
(wb  df5sx, wwdxc BC-DX TopNews May 8)

vy73 de Wolfgang, DF5SX -


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