BADX 2009 "DX Clams"
July 30-31 (UTC), Granite Pier, Rockport MA (42°40'N 70°37'W)
The following reports are from participants of the Boston Area DXers (BADX) annual summer mediumwave expedition to 'the Pier.'
Chris Black N1CP; R-75, 16 x 25-ft portable Flag.
Well, I made the three hour trek to Granite Pier again this year. The traffic [through Boston] was horrendous as normal. (How does any sane human being live in that town?) First stop, as always, was Woodman's in Essex for dinner.
At the Pier, Gary Thorburn set up a mid-size SuperLoop, Bruce supported his Delta with a 23 foot collapsible pole, Mark used his usual micro car-top loop and I set up a portable Flag 16 by 25 and my new Mark Connelly nulling box did a great job of keeping the back end at bay.
DX was decent for this time of year and the weather was good, not even too many bugs. My main mission was to check-ride the new Honda set-up which included a new deep-cycle battery for the laptop (I tested it at home and it ran the laptop for over 30 hours). And the transformer didn't seem to introduce any noise that I could discerne. It's great to have all my Excel logs, EMWG, other references, and Total Recorder nice and handy. I also wanted to fully test a new software logging and control program for the R-75 that I have been working on with a guy in Canada for a year or so now. Just clicking on a frequency line tunes the R-75 (also works with the 756 at home) and even puts it on the appropriate sideband and a field on the screen shows what countries inhabit that frequency.
The issue of lighting after dark has always been a pain. I have used lanterns and flashlights before, but this time I went to an RV store and got a DC light that I also hook to the deep cycle, so no car battery drain issues. I have it mounted up at the sun roof and it slides back and forth to where I need it most and it worked great. Another pain has always been the tear down in the dark. I think I improved this by the use of a hikers head lamp on an old baseball hat.
All in all, I was pleased with everything, except the three hour drive home with 93 at a standstill, even at midnight for construction. Did I mention I hate that town? (Not present: The new 9 week old DX cats, the Radio Reloj twins, dit dah dit and dit dah dit. But to keep the vet from getting confused we also call them Miles and Blondie.)
That's it from here.
DXpedition vehicles with antennas deployed and awaiting the sunset.
Gary Thorburn KD1TE; Drake R8A, SuperLoop of 17-m of wire in vertical plane with ARR preamp at antenna feedpoint
While the DX was "standard stuff" by Mark Connelly's criteria, it was very exciting for me, as this was my first trip to the Pier with a SuperLoop, which could be nulled off the back side, offering a cardioid reception pattern. With Boston and NYC generally behind the antenna,the DX to the east was much better than with the bi-directional tuned loop I had used previously.
The SuperLoop design is well documented by Bruce Conti on his website. It belongs to the same family of terminated, untuned, single-loop vertical plane wire antennas as the Flag, Ewe, Pennant, and Delta. Basically, it's a rectangle of wire with a terminating resistor at the lower corner of the null end, and the feedpoint to the receiver (and optionally a preamp) being the lower corner of the "hot" end. By shorting the resistor, the loop reverts to being approximately bi-directional. Playing around with this while tuned to stations off the back of the antenna gave me a chance to seehow deep the null is. My Drake's S-meter indicates about a 3 S-unit null with the resistor, at least before sunset when most of the backside reception is ground wave.
An example of how well the null on my loop was working could be heard by tuning to 590 kHz. This, of course, brought in WEZE Boston, but being off the back of the antenna, it was attenuated to the point that co-channel VOCM in St John's, Newfoundland, was audible at about the same volume level as WEZE.
The following TAs were "armchair copy" at times (or would be if I had remembered to bring along my Babelfish headphones to translate):
1224 Spain COPE parallel 1296 kHz
1242 France (Marseille)
1521 Saudi Arabia
1575 UAE R.Farda
1593 Kuwait VOA
Group photo beneath the 23-ft Delta antenna: Tom Howell Jr. KB1RBS, Jake Howell KB1RBR, Tom Howell K1NKA, Mark Connelly WA1ION, Bill Poulin WZ1L, Gary Thorburn KD1TE, and Chris Black N1CP.
Bruce Conti; RFSpace SDR IQ, variable termination east Delta 10-m base x 7-m tall
Most noteworthy was the use of terminated broadband loop antennas by all DXers (three SuperLoops and one Delta). I used a "Mr. LongArm" model 2324 extension pole that extends to 23 feet to support a Delta, a huge improvement over the PVC tower disaster of a few years ago and the copper pipe used in more recent DX Clams. The pole is the type normally used by construction workers to paint ceilings, replace light bulbs, etc. in places with high ceilings. It's available from Home Depot. Several from the Cape Ann amateur radio group stopped by to witness how transatlantic DX is received on the AM broadcast band. Some mentioned reading about the past DX Clams in Pop' Comm and on the BADX website. The nulling capability of terminated loops was demonstrated by nulling the local 740 to receive Newfoundland, and with good listenable reception of stations like 1134 Croatia and 1206 France.
In addition to the DXpedition, I had been looking forward to the pre-DX dinner at Woodman's. There's nothing like Chubby's whole-belly fried clams to grease the DX experience.
The following DXpedition logs were primarily the result of SDR spectrum captures at the top and bottom of the hour. Much of the time between captures was spent talking it up with DXers and curious visitors. The most valuable catch was unequivocal ID of Iran on 1188 kHz, a new log for me.
783 MAURITANIA R.Mauritanie, Nouakchott JUL 31 0030 - Good; African vocals.
819 EGYPT ERTU Batra JUL 31 0031 - Fair; typical Middle Eastern string music.
837 FRANCE France Info, Limoges JUL 31 0030 - Good; fanfare with ID into news by a woman in French.
899.52 BRAZIL ZYJ454 R.Tamoio, Rio de Janeiro JUL 31 0030 - Het against 900 kHz. Poor tropical DX conditions overall.
909 UNITED KINGDOM BBC Radio 5 synchros JUL 31 0028 - Good with synchro echo; telephone news/talk, "...this is Five Live," and news in brief.
1116 SPAIN SER synchros JUL 31 0100 - Fair, over unID music; "Cadena Ser, servicios informativos."
1134 CROATIA Glas Hrvatske, Zadar JUL 31 0010 - Noted at almost local-like strength over Spain.
1170 UNITED ARAB EMIRATES R.Sawa, Al Dhabiya JUL 31 0059 - Over/under WWVA and an unID (perhaps Iran); emotive contemporary Middle Eastern vocal.
1179 CANARY ISLANDS // SPAIN SER synchros JUL 31 0100 - Good with synchro echo, over an unID; "Cadena Ser, servicios informativos" parallel 1116 kHz.
1188 IRAN R.Payam, Tehran JUL 31 0100 - Koranic vocal, then signature three ascending chimes into news. mp3 audio clip Thanks to Chuck Hutton, Sylvain Naud, and Mauno Ritola for help with ID.
1206 FRANCE France Info, Bordeaux JUL 31 0012 - Good; orchestra instrumental, then a woman in French.
1215 UNITED KINGDOM Absolute Radio synchros JUL 31 0014 - Good, over Spain; Blondie "Heart of Glass."
1220 BRAZIL ZYJ458 R.Globo, Rio de Janeiro JUL 31 0037 - Good to excellent during brief opening; sports commentary in Portuguese with usual reverb and whistles.
1305 SPAIN RNE5 synchros JUL 31 0200 - Good, synchro echo; "Radio Nacional de Espana, Informativos," parallel 1314 kHz.
1341 NORTHERN IRELAND BBC Radio Ulster, Lisnagarvey JUL 31 0200 - Good; "This is Five Live," into news.
1377 FRANCE France Info, Lille JUL 31 0200 - Good; fanfare into "Le Journal" news.
1404 FRANCE France Info synchros JUL 31 0158 - Good; orchestra instrumental, then fanfare into news, parallel 1377 kHz.
1422 GERMANY Deutschlandfunk, Heusweiler JUL 31 0145 - Good; classical instrumental.
1557 FRANCE France Info, Fontbonne JUL 31 0130 - Excellent; fanfare, woman with news in French.
Chris Black N1CP in his mobile DX station, Mark Connelly WA1ION shows off the Perseus SDR, and Bruce Conti with the 23-ft Delta.
Report from Mark Connelly, WA1ION
e-mail = "MarkWA1ION@aol.com"
Rockport, MA, USA
(GC= 42.667 N / 70.621 W) (= 42° 40' N / 70° 37' W)
Receiver: Microtelecom Perseus operated with MSI Wind U100 netbook
Antenna: cardioid-pattern Micro-SuperLoop on car roof, square, 2 m per side, with 9:1 transformer on east bottom corner to speaker wire to 2:1 transformer to W7IUV transfer amp, and 9:1 transformer on west corner to speaker wire to 500 ohm null-adjust potentiometer. See for a similar antenna.
*** TRANSATLANTIC DX ***
153 | GERMANY | Deutschlandfunk, Donebach, JUL 31 0119 - // 756 with opera; to fair peak.
162 | FRANCE | France-Inter, Allouis, JUL 31 0027 - man & woman in French; very good. + JUL 31 0119 - "Rehab" by Amy Winehouse; good.
171 | MOROCCO | R. Mediterranee Internationale, Nador, JUL 31 0027 - Afropop group vocal music with kalimba and drumming, then woman in Arabic; good. + JUL 31 0120 - pop Arabic male vocal with drumming; good.
180 | unID | JUL 31 0119 - DRM-like hash spread from 177 to 183.
189 | ICELAND | Rikisutvarpid, Gufuskalar, JUL 31 0119 - man & woman in Icelandic; good.
198 | UNITED KINGDOM | BBC R.4, Droitwich et al., JUL 31 0120 - BBC report "large US banks which failed have continued to pay large bonuses to executives"; excellent.
207 | GERMANY, Deutschlandfunk, Aholming, JUL 31 0119 - // 153 & 756 with opera; fair.
225 | POLAND | Polskie Radio, Konstantynow, JUL 31 0120 - Slavic teletalk with two woman; poor to fair.
234 | LUXEMBOURG | RTL, Junglinster, JUL 31 0027 - "Boddhisattva" by Steely Dan; fair. + JUL 31 0119 - "Cherish" by Kool & the Gang, then two men in French talking and laughing; LOUD.
252 | IRELAND | RTE R.1, Clarkestown, JUL 31 0119 - song from live blues-rock concert, "from California" mentioned at the beginning; atop foreign talker.
531 | SPAIN | RNE R.5 synchros, JUL 31 0101 - // 774 with news in Spanish; poor.
549 | GERMANY | Deutschlandfunk, Nordkirchen & Thurnau, JUL 31 0118 - // 756 with opera; poor. Algeria not noted.
585 | SPAIN | RNE R.1, Madrid, JUL 31 0119 - // 621 & 774 with teletalk show by woman in Spanish; poor in WEZE/VOCM slop.
603 | SPAIN | RNE R.5 synchros, JUL 31 0101 - // 774 with news; poor.
621 | CANARY ISLANDS // SPAIN | RNE R.1 synchros, Santa Cruz de Tenerife et al., JUL 31 0032 - // 639 with fast Spanish talk; through WZON slop.
639 | SPAIN | RNE R.1, La Coruna et al., JUL 31 0032 - // 621 with fast Spanish talk; poor to fair on LSB (to dodge CBN).
648 | SPAIN | RNE R.1, Badajoz et al., JUL 31 0101 - // 774 with news in Spanish; poor.
684 | SPAIN | RNE R.1, Sevilla, JUL 31 0119 - // 621 with woman in Spanish; fair through WRKO slop.
711 | FRANCE | France Info, Rennes, JUL 31 0118 - woman in French; to fair peak.
711 | SPAIN | COPE, Murcia, JUL 31 0102 - fast Spanish talk by woman, then Cadena COPE ID; surprisingly over France, W. Sahara, Libya.
747 | CANARY ISLANDS // SPAIN | RNE R.5 synchros, JUL 31 0101 - // 774 et al. with RNE news; in CBGY slop.
747 | NETHERLANDS | R. 5, Zeewolde-Flevoland, JUL 31 0130 - man in Dutch; mixed with RNE synchros.
756 | GERMANY | Deutschlandfunk, Braunschweig & Ravensburg, JUL 31 0119 - // 153 with opera; loud.
765 | SWITZERLAND | RSR Option Musique, Sottens, JUL 31 0052 - slow folk-style French male vocal; fair. + JUL 31 0119 - uptempo pop French vocal; good.
774 | SPAIN | RNE R.1 synchros, JUL 31 0032 - // 621 with echoey Spanish talk by woman; fair. + JUL 31 0052 - // 1098 with techno dance music, then man in Spanish; good.
783 | GERMANY | MDR Info, Leipzig-Wiederau, JUL 31 0052 - bits of German talk by woman; momentarily surfacing.
783 | MAURITANIA | R.Mauritanie, Nouakchott, JUL 31 0029 - Arabic music. + JUL 31 0119 - man in Arabic; fair. + JUL 31 0130 - Arabic preaching; good.
819 | EGYPT | Egyptian Radio, Batra, JUL 31 0119 - Koranic a cappella male vocal; to fair peak.
837 | CANARY ISLANDS // SPAIN | COPE synchros, JUL 31 0000 - Cadena COPE ID, piano notes, then news by woman; fair. + JUL 31 0052 - Spanish talk, telephone interview, COPE ID, into a bit of old song "As Time Goes By"; good, over France which had jazz.
837 | FRANCE | France Info, Nancy, JUL 31 0030 - // 1206 with spy-movie type instrumental, news sounder, then woman in French; fair.
855 | SPAIN | RNE R.1 synchros, JUL 31 0030 - // 621 with man & woman in Spanish; fair on USB (to dodge WEEI). + JUL 31 0100 - pips, intro music, man said "Radio Nacional de Espana, informativo", then news by woman; fair.
864 | EGYPT | ERTU, Santah, JUL 31 0102 - Koranic vocal; over France, LSB needed to dodge superslopper 870 WLVP.
864 | FRANCE | France Bleu, Villebon-sur-Yvette, JUL 31 0053 - // 1278 with slow male vocal & piano; fair. + JUL 31 0158 - "New York, New York" by Frank Sinatra; good.
873 | GERMANY | AFN, Frankfurt, JUL 31 0131 - "Tell Me Why" by Wynonna Judd; mixed with Spain talk; through tough WLVP slop. + JUL 31 0201 - AFN news by man mentioning "temporary evacuation of a site 100 miles from Houston"; over Spain. + JUL 31 0159 - // 1107 with honky-tonk country song; mixing with Spain.
873 | SPAIN | SER synchros, JUL 31 0100 - ID "Cadena SER, servicios informativos" into start of newscast; over WLVP slop.
882 | CANARY ISLANDS // SPAIN | COPE synchros, JUL 31 0100 - COPE news; slightly over UK.
891 | PORTUGAL | Radio Sim, Vila Moura, JUL 31 0055 - plaintive Portuguese vocal; poor. + JUL 31 0119 - "Hello Mary Lou" by Ricky Nelson from '61. + JUL 31 0202 - Portuguese talk by man; poor to fair.
909 | unID | JUL 31 0029 - Koranic chanting under UK. Yemen is one possibility. + JUL 31 0120 - Arabic-sounding vocal; way under UK.
909 | UNITED KINGDOM | BBC R.5 synchros, JUL 31 0031 - sports report mentioning wickets; good. + JUL 31 0100 - talk about a "garden guru" show, URL "bbc.co.uk", ID "on BBC Digital Radio, Digital TV, Downloads, and BBC I-Player" (no mention of MW interestingly); into Five Live news with first item about organ donation laws. + JUL 31 0120 - interview about championship golf course in North Carolina; excellent. + JUL 31 0129 - gardening discussion; excellent. + JUL 31 0200 - news with basically the same items as an hour earlier; loud.
945 | FRANCE | France Info, Toulouse, JUL 31 0052 - // 837 with smooth jazz; fair to good. + JUL 31 0100 - news intro music, French news by woman; best on USB to dodge WGIN IBOC.
954 | QATAR (t) | QBS, Al Arish, JUL 31 0055 - possibly this with Arabic talk by man; to fair peak. + JUL 31 0129 - Arabic news with emphasis music "stingers" between items. + JUL 31 0201 - man in Arabic; over Spain most of the time.
954 | SPAIN | Onda Cero, Madrid, JUL 31 0052 - Spanish talk by man; poor.
963 | SPAIN | R. Euskadi, Vitoria, JUL 31 0030 - Spanish talk by man & woman; poor.
963 | TUNISIA | RTT, Tunis, JUL 31 0202 - Arabic male vocal; mixed with one or two others.
963 | unID | JUL 31 0130 - Madonna song "Music", pips noted on the half hour but maybe from something else co-channel. Portugal suspected.
972 | GERMANY | NDR Info, Hamburg, JUL 31 0202 - German newstalk; in severe WZAN slop.
981 | ALGERIA | RTVA Chaine 2, Algiers, JUL 31 0000 - pop Arabic vocal, pips, string music fanfare, man in French; good. + JUL 31 0031 - male Arabic vocal with flutes and strings; good.
999 | SPAIN | COPE, Madrid, JUL 31 0000 - // 837 with Cadena COPE ID, a few piano notes, then news by woman; fair. + JUL 31 0100 - pips, Cadena COPE ID, a few piano notes, then news; fair over WINS IBOC.
1008 | CANARY ISLANDS | Punto Radio, Las Palmas, JUL 31 0053 - Spanish pop female vocal; over SER and through WINS slop.
1053.1 | LIBYA | Libyan Jamahiriya, Tripoli, JUL 31 0159 - Arabic teletalk; now splittable on USB from TalkSport.
1053 | UNITED KINGDOM | TalkSport synchros, JUL 31 0029 - talk about 21 year old man in NE England who had affairs with 16 and 13 year old girls; over 1053.099 (Libya) growl. + JUL 31 0053 - man on phone concludes call with "We went into Iraq for oil.", announcer gives 08717 double 2 double 3 double 4 number, then Grace from Surrey phones in; good, over growl. + JUL 31 0131 - more talk about Iraq; good.
1062 | TURKEY (t) | TRT-1, Diyarbakir, JUL 31 0052 - likely this with Koranic chanting; poor.
1088 | ANGOLA | R. Nacional, Mulenvos, JUL 31 0200 - fanfare music, Portuguese news; poor.
1089 | UNITED KINGDOM | TalkSport synchros, JUL 31 0032 - advert for "Race to Witch Mountain" DVD at Blockbuster, "Rent 4 movies for 4 nights for 10 pounds."; good, slight 1088 Angola het. + JUL 31 0131 - // 1053 with talk about Iraq; good.
1098 | SPAIN | RNE R.5 synchros, JUL 31 0031 - short segment of '50s-type rock, then man & woman in Spanish; good.
1098 | unID | JUL 31 0129 - Mideast music; under Spain. Iran (200 kW) the most likely suspect.
1107 | GERMANY | AFN synchros, JUL 31 0159 - // 873 with honky-tonk country song; mixed with Spain.
1107 | SPAIN | RNE R.5 synchros, JUL 31 0054 - // 1098 with rock Spanish vocal then talk; slightly over unID second station that seemed more like Italy than Egypt or Germany.
1107.12 | SPAIN | RNE R.5 "Todo Noticias", Caceres, JUL 31 0200 - "Radio Nacional de Espana ... informativos" ID; sliceable on USB from the rest of the // RNE synchros on 1107.0. At this time the 1107.0 and 1107.12 signals were equal strength on the Perseus spectrum analysis display.
1116 | SPAIN | SER synchros, JUL 31 0001 - // 1179 with fast Spanish news; poor to fair. + JUL 31 0031 - music // 1179; fair. + JUL 31 0131 - teletalk; good. + JUL 31 0202 - // 1485 with news about Barcelona; good.
1125 | SPAIN | RNE R.5 synchros, JUL 31 0000 - ID "Radio Nacional de Espana ... informativos"; to fair peak over others and WBBR slop. + JUL 31 0031 - talk // 1098; fair. + JUL 31 0200 - news; chaotic multiple echos with long delays.
1134 | CROATIA | Glas Hrvatske, Zadar, JUL 31 0053 - Slavic folk male vocal; good, now way over Spain. + JUL 31 0200 - English service "You're listening to Croatia today."; good.
1134 | SPAIN | COPE synchros, JUL 31 0000 - // 1143 with Cadena COPE ID; dominant.
1143 | SPAIN | COPE synchros, JUL 31 0000 - // 1134 with Cadena COPE ID, news; poor. + JUL 31 0031 - talk // 1224; fair.
1152 | ROMANIA | R. Romania Actualitati, Cluj, JUL 31 0201 - // 1593 with chanting monks type vocal; mixed with Spain.
1152 | SPAIN | RNE R.5 synchros, JUL 31 0000 - // 1125 with Radio Nacional de Espana ID; to fair peak. + JUL 31 0031 - // 1098 with 10 second rock music clip, then talk by woman; very echoey.
1170 | UNITED ARAB EMIRATES | R.Sawa, Al Dhabiya, JUL 31 0053 - pop Mideast male vocal and strings; to good peak, way over WWVA, best on USB to dodge WHAM IBOC around 1167. + JUL 31 0054 - pop mideast vocal, Radio Sawa ID; over WWVA. + JUL 31 0129 - Arabic talk with Sawa mention, then US boy-band type hit (Jonas Bros. ?); over WWVA.
1179 | CANARY ISLANDS // SPAIN | SER synchros, JUL 31 0001 - // 1116 with fast-talk news; fair. + JUL 31 0031 - // 1116 with romantic music; good.
1179 | ROMANIA | R. Romania Actualitati, Galbeni-Bacau et al., JUL 31 0131 - // 1593 with male folk-style vocal and guitar; mixed with SER.
1188 | IRAN | R.Payam, Tehran | JUL 31 0100 - Koranic vocal, then three ascending chimes into news - same as what Bruce Conti noted during the DX Clams outing. ID'ed on RealDX.
1196.75 | ANGOLA (t) | Emissora Provincial de Malanje, Malanje, JUL 31 0052 - Angolan presumed the source of 250 Hz low-side het against 1197 jumble, too much WKOX slop to pick off useful audio.
1206 | FRANCE | France Info, Bordeaux, JUL 31 0001 - news by woman in French; to good peak over WKOX slop.
1215 | UNITED KINGDOM | Absolute R. synchros, JUL 31 0053 - corny music intro, "Tom's Flick of the Day" film review feature; good.
1224 | SPAIN | COPE synchros, JUL 31 0031 - // 1143 with man in Spanish; poor.
1242 | FRANCE | France Info, Marseille, JUL 31 0001 - // 1206 with news in French; poor. + JUL 31 0030 - // 1206 with musical fanfare, news by woman in French; fair.
1278 | FRANCE | France Bleu, Selestat, JUL 31 0053 - // 864 with slow male vocal; poor.
1296 | SPAIN | COPE, Valencia, JUL 31 0201 - // 999 with news by woman in Spanish; to fair peak over others.
1305 | SPAIN | RNE R.5 synchros, JUL 31 0030 - talk // 1098; poor to fair. + JUL 31 0055 - oldies-rock style vocal // 1314; good. + JUL 31 0100 - R. Nacional de Espana ID, news; good over rumble.
1305.09 | IRAN | IRIB, Bushehr, JUL 31 0052 - Middle Eastern vocal occasionally splittable out of high-side growl with Spain. Frequency offset confirmed by Mauno Ritola.
1314 | SPAIN | RNE R.5 synchros, JUL 31 0055 - // 1305 & 1413 with woman in Spanish, then oldies-rock style male Spanish group vocal; fair.
1341 | NORTHERN IRELAND | BBC R. Ulster, Lisnagarvey, JUL 31 0131 - English news, sports; poor. + JUL 31 0200 - // 909 with "It's Five Live", into news about organ transplant laws; fair.
1359 | SPAIN | RNE, Arganda del Rey, JUL 31 0000 - // 1152 with news in Spanish; poor.
1377 | FRANCE | France Info, Lille, JUL 31 0053 - // 945 with smooth jazz; good, peaking within 5 dB of local 1380 WMYF (which VSoft rates at 71 dBu).
1413 | SPAIN | RNE R.5 synchros, JUL 31 0055 - // 1305 with oldies type Spanish rock; poor in WVAE IBOC.
1422 | ALGERIA | RTA, Algiers, JUL 31 0001 - man in French with news; to good peak. + JUL 31 0054 - French talk by man, saxophone jazz; over Germany's opera.
1422 | GERMANY | Deutschlandfunk, Heusweiler, JUL 31 0053 - // 756 with operatic shrieking; loud. + JUL 31 0100 - Deutschlandfunk ID, pips, German news by woman; good, over Algeria. + JUL 31 0200 - same sequence of ID, pips, and news as at 0100; good.
1431 | DJIBOUTI | R. Sawa, Arta, JUL 31 0052 - Bollywood-influenced male Arabic vocal; to good peak. + JUL 31 0202 - Mideast dance-club music; fair.
1440 | SAUDI ARABIA | BSKSA, Damman, JUL 31 0053 - // 1521 with fast Arabic talk by man; momentarily over WRED-ME.
1485 | SPAIN | SER synchros, JUL 31 0202 - // 1116 with news by man & woman in Spanish; poor.
1494 | FRANCE | France Info synchros, JUL 31 0159 - // 1206 with easy-listening instrumental; poor in WBAE slop.
1512 | SAUDI ARABIA | BSKSA, Jeddah, JUL 31 0053 - Arabic chant; mixed with second station. + JUL 31 0201 - Arabic music; poor to fair.
1521 | SAUDI ARABIA | BSKSA, Duba, JUL 31 0022 - huge with two men in Arabic talking and laughing. + JUL 31 0201 - Koranic vocal; loud.
1521 | SPAIN | SER, Castellon, JUL 31 0000 - ID "Cadena SER, servicios informativos"; actually over the Saudi !
1548 | KUWAIT | R. Sawa, Kabd-Kuwait City, JUL 31 0131 - pop Arabic male group vocal; over IBOC noise.
1548 | UNITED KINGDOM | BBC R. Bristol, Bristol-Mangotsfield, JUL 31 0200 - // 909 with news about organ donation and transplants; poor.
1550 | ALGERIA | RASD Clandestine, Rabouni, JUL 30 2359 - Spanish talk including ID "Radio Nacional Saharaui", sign-off with 'tubby' anthem; to good peak.
1557 | FRANCE | France Info, Fontbonne, JUL 31 0001 - // 1206 with news; fair when the WQEW slop let up.
1575 | UNITED ARAB EMIRATES | R.Farda, Al Dhabiya, JUL 31 0130 - Radio Far-DA ID, news headlines with music bursts between them; to good peak.
1584 | CEUTA | RadiOle, JUL 31 0000 - romantic Spanish vocal going across the top-of-hour; pips and a bit of talk from SER noted way off in the background.
1593 | ROMANIA | R.Romania Actualitati, Ion Korvinn, JUL 31 0131 - // 1179 with male folk-style vocal and guitar; to fair peak.
*** PAN-AMERICAN DX ***
555 | ST. KITTS & NEVIS | R. ZIZ, Basseterre, JUL 31 0120 - fragments of Caribbean English talk; in tough WGAN slop.
580 | PUERTO RICO | WKAQ, San Juan, JUL 31 0100 - WKAQ ID in Spanish talk; a bit behind WTAG. + JUL 31 0120 - Spanish newstalk about Puerto Rico subjects; mixed with WTAG & CFRA.
630 | PUERTO RICO | WUNO, San Juan, JUL 31 0119 - Uno and Radio Uno mentions in Spanish talk; under WPRO.
700 | BRAZIL | ZYK686, R.Eldorado AM, Sao Paulo, JUL 31 0120 - reverberated Portuguese screaming including "gooooooal !"; mixed with WLW.
720 | BRAZIL | R.Guaiba, ZYK276, Porto Alegre, JUL 31 0030 - Portuguese sports coverage, Sao Paulo mentions; dominant.
720 | VENEZUELA | YVQE, R.Oriente, Porlamar, JUL 31 0120 - "en Venezuela, Oriente" ID, then hot tropical music; slightly over jumble of others.
760 | BRAZIL | ZYH588, R.Uirapuru, Fortaleza, JUL 31 0120 - Portuguese sports shouting; under WJR.
760 | COLOMBIA | HJAJ, RCN, Barranquilla, JUL 31 0054 - Spanish talk mentioning casinos, then RCN ID.
770 | COLOMBIA | HJJX, RCN, Bogota, JUL 31 0119 - Bogota mentions in Spanish talk; under WABC.
780 | VENEZUELA | YVMN, R.Coro, Coro, JUL 31 0120 - Coro mention popped out of jumble.
820 | ST. KITTS & NEVIS | Trinity Broadcast Network / R.Paradise, Charlestown, JUL 31 0052 - testimony about being healed by prayer; good. + JUL 31 0131 - black gospel female chorus; good.
840 | BRAZIL | ZYK687, R.Bandeirantes, Sao Paulo, JUL 31 0000 - reverberated Portuguese talk; poor. + JUL 31 0031 - Sao Paulo mention. + JUL 31 0100 - Portuguese news by man.
860 | BRAZIL | JUL 31 0000 - two equal strength Brazilians, likely ZYJ459 and ZYH592, very soft-spoken man on one station and hyper-fast-delivery sportstalk on the other.
895 | ST. KITTS & NEVIS | V. of Nevis, Bath Village, JUL 31 0102 - soul vocal then ID as V-O-N Radio (letters said individually rather than 'Von' word used previously); poor to fair.
1000 | BRAZIL | ZYK522, R.Record, Sao Paulo, JUL 31 0000 - circus type music, Portuguese talk mentioning Sao Paulo; poor to fair.
1000 | unID | JUL 31 0100 - pips about 25 seconds late (at 0100:25) mixed with Brazil and pig-pile of other signals.
1100 | BRAZIL | ZYK694, R.Globo, Sao Paulo, JUL 31 0032 - fast Portuguese talk by man; coming up over WTAM. + JUL 31 0201 - reverberated Portuguese news; under WTAM.
1110 | VENEZUELA | YVQT, R.Carupano, Carupano, JUL 31 0200 - a Spanish-language cover version of the Beatles' "You're Gonna Lose That Girl", then ID "En Venezuela, Carupano", timecheck "nueve ... treinte minutos"; loud, demolishing WBT.
1139.4 | unID | JUL 31 0000 - weak het.
1140 | BRAZIL | ZYH449, R.Cultura, Salvador, JUL 31 0000 - Portuguese talk; weak but dominant. + JUL 31 0031 - "en Salvador" and "futebol" mentions in Portuguese talk; poor.
1160 | BERMUDA | VSB3, Hamilton, JUL 31 0001 - BBC news by man & woman; under WSKW.
1220 | BRAZIL | ZYJ258, R.Globo, Rio de Janeiro, JUL 31 0030 - fast and highly reverberated Portuguese talk by man; slightly over others.
1240.068 | unID | JUL 31 0030 - growl against WSYY/WBUR.
1399.923 | unID | JUL 31 0054 - low growl against WVAE/WJZN/CBG.
1620 | CUBA | JUL 31 0202 - Instead of WDHP, I noted ID of "Radio Progreso de Habana" topping the channel. Audio was somewhat compressed and tinny-sounding.
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