[HCDX]: Hauser's SW/DX Report April 30
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[HCDX]: Hauser's SW/DX Report April 30


DX LISTENING DIGEST No. 49 is being published May 1; loads of
DX news, my Run for the Border Mexican monitoring report; John
Norfolk's Nets to You and What's the Frequency, Kenneth -
amateur radio columns. Sample $2.50 in NAm, US$3 or 6 IRCs
elsewhere, to DXLD, Box 1684, Enid, OK 73702, USA  (Hauser)

THIS WEEK ON WORLD OF RADIO 939: The new DX Listening Digest; VOA 
changing format to all-news and cutting Communications World; new WRTH 
editor named; new frequencies for May from Norway, New Zealand, Cuba, 
Ecuador; Oromo offices ransacked; East Africans are running low-power; 
Sarawak still on SW; X-band news; Electra's island; much more, and some 
of the stories below 

WORLD OF RADIO on WWCR: UT Mon April 27 on 5070 WOR aired at 0430 
instead of 0400, but this is expected to be cancelled
soon, if not already. Remaining times: Thu 2030 15685, Sat
0600 3210 and 5070, Sun 0630 5070, Tue 1230 15685 (Hauser)

COSTA RICA. TIAWR has been off the air lately when checked at 
2300 Sundays for Wavescan; but UT Mon April 27 came on just 
before 0000 and then Wavescan on 9725 et al., so this may be
deliberate new timing; why don't they publicize such changes?
(Glenn Hauser, OK)

CUBA. Not only is RHC a spur-producer, but Cuban utility 
transmitter CLA puts spurs even in the broadcast bands: April 25 
at 2210, found QRA marker de CLA on 21610.6; not an image from 22 MHz, 
and could not find any fundamental (Glenn Hauser, OK)

ECUADOR. HCJB excellent signal on 15295 at 0516 April 27, but
crackle on audio; next night, the transmitted noise was much
worse than that. HCJB is moving this to 12020, but what they
really need to do is fix the audio (Glenn Hauser, OK)

IRELAND [non]. Forgot to check Emerald Radio special Monday April
27, but started listening Tuesday at 1201 on WWCR 5070. I could
only stand 7 minutes of it, as it was almost unintelligible due
to deliberate noise background, so loud as to be in foreground,  
which I think was originally supposed to be some kind of annoying 
"music", mostly percussion. This was compounded by low-quality  
phone line program feed. What's so urgent about this that it has
to be aired live, rather than a day or two delayed by tape? To 
boot, the topic was the history of stupid ballgames in Ireland. 
So much for that. They need to learn the first rule of shortwave 
broadcasting--don't do anything to impair intelligibility. 
Rechecked Emerald Apr 30 at 1230--rap music! Godawful (Glenn 
Hauser, OK)

NORWAY. Some of NRK's frequency changes for May affecting English on 
Sundays/UT Mondays to NAm: 1600 15340 ex-17640; 0400 9945 ex-11990 (Olav 
Mo Grimdalen, NRK via Joe Hanlon, April 27, WORLD OF RADIO 939)

RUSSIA (?). Looking for VOR's listed 15520, nothing there April
27 at 0512, but Russian music on 15525; at 0514 lost audio, but
carrier stayed on and background noise level raised by limiter
to loudness. Isn't anybody listening at the transmitter? (Glenn
Hauser, OK)

U S A. Upon occasion, WGTG's audio is much improved. This is
when they are testing transmitter number 2 on the frequencies of
number 1, with a digital modulation system (George Thurman, TX,
RIB via Hauser)                                             ###

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