St. Lucia DX Report - December, 2000

Bruce Portzer bportzer@home.com

Click here for Mark Connelly's report, just before Bruce's trip


[Note: this is an updated version of a report that was circulated shortly after I returned from my trip. I've made some changes based on further tape listening, and comments from Henrik Klemetz, Mark Connelly, and Peter Polanco. Revisions made MAR 30, 2001. bp]

During the first week in December, I had the good fortune of taking a business trip to the Caribbean island of St. Lucia. Since the area is full of exotic DX stations, I brought along my Sony 7600D and circa-1980 Radio West loop, plus a cassette recorder and a digital Walkman. The 7600D was ideal for this type of trip, thanks to its small size, external antenna jack, fine tuning control, tape output jack, and decent sensitivity / selectivity. Living in the northwestern US, I rarely ever hear any medium wave DX from Latin America, so I was definitely looking forward to the trip.

My hotel was in an area called Rodney Bay, near the northern tip of the island. It was on a small peninsula and about 50-100 yards from the water, so I had a mostly unobstructed saltwater path from the northeast to the southwest. The hotel's major drawback was the steel frame construction, and the builders had done a great job bonding the structural steel to the ground system. The end result was that if you were more than a few feet from the window you could only hear the AM/FM locals. Fortunately, my room had a small patio, so I spent my evenings DXing outside while the temperature dropped to the mid-seventies. Time was rather limited, since I was only there for 2-1/2 days and had to take time out for meetings, meals, sleep, and sightseeing. However, the results were still pretty good.

Daytime DX included stations in Puerto Rico, Venezuela, and most of the islands in between, plus PJB-800. I logged 16 countries during the day; of course it helped that I was surrounded by a bunch of small island nations. Unfortunately, I didn't have a lot of time during the day so many daytime signals remained unidentified. The strongest daytime signals were (in order) 1.St Lucia-660, 2.Dominica-740, 3.YVQE-720, 4.Dominica-590, 5.Martinique-1310, 6.St.Kitts-830, 7.St.Kitts-555, 8.Barbados-900, 9.YVSY-1470, 10.YVRS-1020, using a quasi-scientific method of seeing how far I could get from the window before the station disappeared.

As expected, most channels were full of Spanish speaking stations at night. As a general rule, stations heard well during the day would dominate their channel at night (until they signed off anyway). Some frequencies, like 1540, had a very dominant station that pretty much covered all potential interference. Others, such as 1280, were like US graveyard channels, with several stations fighting it out. Still others, including 1270, 1350, 1440, and 1450, had a strong buzz from whoever was off frequency, making it hard to identify much of anything. Many stations signed off around midnight, reducing the interference level quite a bit and revealing other stations that couldn't be heard earlier in the evening. The effect reminded me of DXing after midnight on Monday mornings in the late 60's and early 70's, when many US & Canadian stations had silent periods. I didn't hear any Brazilians and only one station from the Guianas, but they were in the one direction that didn't have a coastal enhancement effect. No Central Americans or Mexicans were heard, either. Cuba and Hispaniola were surprisingly hard to hear - I only logged a half dozen Cubans, a couple Dominicans and a tentative Haitian. In retrospect, more Cubans were probably there and just went unnoticed. There were, in fact, a lot of channels with good signals on them that I never nailed down simply due to lack of time. Overall, I heard 28 countries.

The US stations weren't hard to pick out, since they were usually in English (though some were in Spanish). I think I heard around 15 states. The easiest regular band station during the evening was WSAI-1530 in Cincinnati, which had no co-channel interference to speak of. KYW in Philadelphia was putting up a good fight against the LA stations on 1060, and several expanded band stations had good signals. The US was easier to hear after midnight, when stations as far away as Fort Worth (WBAP) and Chicago (WGN WBBM WLS) were heard. The strongest US station after midnight seemed to be WRVA-1140 in Richmond.

The highlight for me was hearing a few Trans-Atlantic stations. Vatican Radio-1530 had the best TA signal. Most of the others were from somewhere near the Mediterranean, except for Ireland-567, which really blew me away. It would be interesting to know how TA reception was in Europe and the eastern US/Canada at the time - I have absolutely no way of knowing if the TA opening was good, bad, or average by local standards.

Overall, this was a pretty exciting DX adventure, though not nearly long enough. I'm surprised there aren't more DX reports from this part of the world, since it's close to the eastern US and it's a popular tourist destination. Maybe the islands' reputations as romantic getaway spots are too incompatible with late night DX sessions ("You're not bringing your radio… are you, dear?"). Any of the other islands in the area would probably offer similar DX opportunities. I was able to hear quite a bit of interesting DX on a relatively modest setup. Someone with a communications receiver and a K9AY or Kiwa loop antenna could probably hear all sorts of exotic stuff, especially on the eastern side of one of the islands, where you'd have a direct shot at Africa and Brazil.

Now for the loggings:

530 TURKS & CAICOS, 2304 DEC 5 loud signal w/some Grenada-535 splat. Not heard during day.

535 GRENADA, fair-good days & nights. Good w/funeral announcements 2303 DEC 5.

550 PUERTO RICO, Ponce, WPAB, 2307 DEC 5 RCR promo & Radio 5-50 ID in SS good.

555 ST KITTS, Basseterre, good days w/Zed Eye Zed IDs. Seems to be all-night (still on 0617 DEC 7)

560 VENEZUELA, Puerto Ordaz, YVRH, 2133 DEC 6, man & woman alternating w/what sounded like news, woman gave Radio Nacional de Venezuela ID, mixing w/Guyana. Noted //1240 at 2147 recheck.

560 GUYANA, Georgetown, 2159 DEC 6, good w/BBC Caribbean report, then woman w/news "compiled in the newsroom of the Guyana Broadcasting Corp". Promo about advertising on GBC 2202.

567 IRELAND, 0623 DEC 7 fair w/easy listening vocals, male announcer in EE w/Irish accent. A couple of clear "Radio One" IDs, then news 0630. This one was a major surprise and probably my best catch.

570 USA, Asheville, WWNC 0624 DEC 7, atop w/ID "the station that's first for news, weather & your all time country favorites, 570 WWNC", then country song.

570 DOMINICAN REP, Santo Domingo, R Cristal, 0307 DEC 6 apparently the one w/list of stations in Dominican cities, including Santiago, La Vega, La Romana, & others I couldn't decipher. Poor but briefly atop, then faded.

570 CUBA, 0409 DEC 7, Reloj ticker fair in jumble

585 SPAIN, Madrid, 0636 DEC 7 fair w/SS talk, sounded like news pgm, w/distinctive musical riffs. Inflection was much more sharp and staccato than Latin American Spanish. Fair until 0645 then faded.

590 DOMINICA, Roseau, has moved here from 595, good signal day & night. Has announcements & ads in EE & French patois. Off by 0305 DEC 6, leaves OC on all night.

600 VENEZUELA, Cumana, YVQB, R Sucre 1120 DEC 5 noted w/many "R Popular" ID's during talk pgm, Also a couple ments of Sucre. Not sure if that's the name of the show or a relay of someone else.

610 TRINIDAD, Port of Spain, 2200 DEC 5 good w/Hindi pgm, then "This is NBN, National BCing Network, 610 AM, 91.1FM, 98.9FM & 100FM", then time check & news. Weak days in 660 splatter, i.e. 1738 DEC 6 w/Hindi music & EE announcements

612 UNID, hets here & 621 around same time 567 & 585 were in DEC 7. Too much splatter to get audio. No other hets noted, so the opening was apparently confined to the low end of the dial

620 ANTIGUA, St Johns, Radio ABS fair-good days & evening but suffered from 660 splatter

620 VENEZUELA, Guasdualito, YVZC, Fe y Alegria 0411 DEC 7 dominant with improvised song contest, ID, mentions of Supermercado Condor & Guasdualito, fair but dominant. Thanks to Henrik Klemetz for ID'ing this one. Listed on 800 in 2001 WRTH, but station's web site says 620.

640 GUADELOUPE, no sign of them, could only hear YVQO when I nulled local 660 splatter. Probably either off the air or using drastically reduced power. DXLD reports they have been off due to the staff being on strike.

660 ST LUCIA, Radio St Lucia, 0359 DEC 6 s/off, to return at 5 a.m., then St Lucia NA. Mentioned FM freqs of 97.3 north and 97.7 south. Leaves carrier on AN w/noticeable amount of power line hum. Now the only AM station on the island. Sideband splash noted from 610 to 680 an estimated 8-10 miles from transmitter site. Format is typical of other stations in the area; a mix of different types of regional music w/some light rock/r&b/c&w songs.

670 VENEZUELA, Caracas, YVLL, 0416 DEC 6 good w/political talk, which sounded like a presidential address or something similar (can't say for sure due to my very limited knowledge of Spanish). Was //640/750/880/920/1020/1040/1050/1070/1090/1110/1120/1220/1240/1260/1340/1470/1580 and probably a bunch of others that stayed on past their usual s/off time. Speech apparently ended 0454, when everyone suddenly signed off. Unfortunately I missed the s/off announcements except maybe the one on 1340, but it was interesting to hear different versions of the Venezuelan national anthem as I tuned down the dial. Not sure why they were airing the speech this late, other than many stations were running sports play-by-play earlier that evening.

680 VENEZUELA, Cumana, YVQR, 1846 DEC 6 SS talk w/mentions of Cumana, no definite ID

680 UNID, 2312 DEC 5 someone atop w/Radio le Rey mention, not sure if ID, name of pgm or what.

690 ANGUILLA, Caribbean Beacon, good signal with tedious religious talks any time I tuned here day or night, never had the interest to wait for an ID. This station gets my vote for the world's most boring programming.

700 VENEZUELA, Puerto Ordaz, YVPQ 0500 DEC 7 Radio Sur 700 ID, then ad w/ment's of Venezuela

705 ST VINCENT, fair days w/typical island type programming. Never really checked their s/off time

710 USA, Miami, WAQI, 0402 DEC 7 long SS promo w/many Radio Mambi IDs, also "WAQI Miami-Ft Lauderdale" ID in EE, seemed to go on forever. Finally went into talk show 0405, which opened with a few bars of "Theme from a Summer Place".

720 USA, Chicago, WGN 0516 DEC 5 good w/call ID & Business news

720 VENEZUELA, Porlamar, YVQE 1137 DEC 5 full-blown ID w/Oriente slogan, call, city, state, etc, then string of local ads. Also 2206 DEC 5 monster signal w/R Oriente ID. Third strongest signal during the day after 660 local & Dominica-740, about 500km away..

730 TRINIDAD, Port of Spain, 2203 DEC 5 news, local ad, sports (US Basketball scores) & ID. Strong but some YVQE-720 splatter. Good at other checks during evening DEC 5&6. Not heard during day due to 720/740 splatter & local terrain blockage. Seems to run BBCWS all night. Nighttime QRM from a couple of SS stations I never identified.

740 DOMINICA, the second strongest daytime signal after the 660 local. Uses "Caribbean Voice of Life" slogan, mostly Christian music in various Caribbean styles, also news from unID US network & a few canned religious pgms. Announcers spent most of their time asking for money to keep the station going - appeared to be the equivalent of pledge week like on NPR/PBS, rather than something they do all the time. Didn't check s/off; WRTH lists it as 0100, which is probably correct.

740 PUERTO RICO, San Juan, WIAC, 0123 DEC 7 strong w/Radio Puerto Rico ID during sports broadcast

740 UNID, 0521 DEC 5 Xmas greeting w/mention of Venezuela, Guyana, & Armonias or similar sounding name, possibly listed YVNQ R Caroni.

750 COLOMBIA, Medellin, HJDK, 0403 DEC 6 assume this was the one w/many ment's of Colombia during ad

750 VENEZUELA, Caracas, YVKS, 0101 DEC 5 strong w/RCR ID & mentions of Caracas (pronounced cah rah CAHS)

760 PUERTO RICO, Mayaguez, WORA, 0409 DEC 7, atop w/promo for Super Kadena Noticias & ad for a place in Bayamon.

760 USA, Detroit, WJR, 0410 DEC 7 "….JR news" heard way u/WORA

770 COLOMBIA, Bogota, HJJX, 0525 DEC 5 dominant o/2-3 others w/"Radio Sucesos RCN" & "RCN Bucaramanga" IDs. RCN Bogota ID good during news 2319 DEC 6

774 UNID, 2320 DEC 6, TA carrier w/bits of audio. Spain?

780 USA, Chicago, WBBM 0408 DEC 7 atop w/traffic report

780 BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS, Roadtown, 0158 DEC 6 "Zed BVI, the AM Advantage" ID & ads, then Reggae Christmas song "Santa Claus, Do You Ever Come to the Ghetto?", s/off by woman 0201, then brief hymn and GSQ. Good daytime signal in St Lucia

790 BARBADOS, Bridgetown, good daytime signal, also good nights w/minor QRM, owned by a Catholic church group so has a fair amount of religious content. Still on 0510 DEC 7 so probably AN.

800 NETH ANT, Bonaire, 2004 DEC 5 w/CBN news in EE, various religious public service announcements, fair signal all day. Unimpressive night signal; the new antenna system mustn't put much power to the east. Trans World Radio ID by woman 2328 DEC 6, then EE religious pgm.

800 CANADA, Windsor, CKLW, 0406 DEC 6 good w/Canadian ads, then talk show

810 UNID, strong signal here both evenings DEC 5&6 starting a couple hours after LSS. Mostly SS songs w/no announcements, at least whenever I checked. Had women reciting the rosary just after 0200 both nights, also noted religious talks a couple of times. Very strong, almost local-like. Probably WKVM per Mark Connelly & Henrik Klemetz

810 PUERTO RICO, San Juan, WKVM, 1958 DEC 5 fair w/news in SS, WKVM ID in SS by man 2001, then short song w/call letters given a couple times

820 VENEZUELA, unid, 2230 DEC 5 woman announcer w/"La Musica Venezuela" mention, then harp music

820 USA, Fort Worth, WBAP 0407 DEC 6 ID in passing mixing w/SS stations.

830 ST KITTS, R Paradise seems to be AN as was still on 0534 DEC 5 & 0510 DEC 7. Good signal during day.

837 UNID TA het 0125 DEC 7

840 USA, Louisville, WHAS, 0536 DEC 5 o/1-2 SS stations w/call ID & teletalk, local news 0430 DEC 7.

840 ST LUCIA, R Caribbean International is silent, called station & was told "we're not on AM any more", now only on FM 96.5 & 101.1

840 PUERTO RICO, Yabucoa, WXEW, 1202 DEC 6, R Victoria jingle & Xmas greeting, then YL DJ w/ SS rock music

860 UNID 0540 DEC 5, bagpipe-like music then man talking in low monotone for a couple of minutes, not sure if EE or SS, then inst jazz o/unid SS. Probably the same station w/interesting chime & flute music 0515 DEC 7. Format suggests non-commercial/non-religious station, possibly at a University. Any ideas?

860 VENEZUELA, 2225 DEC 6 either YVOL or YVYE, RCR ID & news very strong //750

860 DOMINICA, listed in WRTH but no sign of them, just a weak SS station here during the day. Should've been easy given the blowtorch signals on 590 & 740. Probably no longer exists.

860 VENEZUELA, San Cristobal, YVOL 0703 DEC 7 promo with several R Mundial IDs in the jumble

860 USA, Dunedin, WGUL, 0706 DEC 7, barely above the noise floor w/wx & call ID, into Perry Como song

870 USA, New Orleans, WWL 0543 DEC 5 probably the one w/Monday night FB postgame show o/u unid SS

870 VENEZUELA, Puerto La Cruz, YVRU 1150 DEC 5 good w/Popular ID & nice Venezuelan harp music

870 UNID, 0433 DEC 7 someone w/ TCs & "(unreadable)…8-70" IDs after each song

880 USA, New York, WCBS 0551 DEC 5 call ID & "39 degrees in Central Park" heard u/YVYM

880 VENEZUELA, Puerto Ordaz, YVYM, 0549 DEC 5 good w/lively SS music & Mundial ID o/WCBS. 0658 DEC 7 strong w/list of network affiliates including R Venezuela - Caracas (790), Tricolor - Barquisimeto (990), Mara Ritmo - Maracaibo (900), Mil Ochenta - Maracay (1080), R Barinas – Barinas (1190), R Carupano - Carupano (1110), R Bolivar - Cd Bolivar (1010), R Oriente - Nueva Esparta (720), Ondas del Caribe - Estdo de Falcon (1150), R Vallencia - Vallencia (1220), Mundial 8-80 - Puerto Ordaz (slogans/cities are as copied over the air, I added the freqs based on published listings).

882 UNID, TA het 2333 DEC 6 & 0130 DEC 7

890 USA, Chicago, WLS, 0410 DEC 6 ID & time check atop freq w/some Barbados-900 splatter

890 UNID, 0517 DEC 7 someone playing SS covers of 60's soft rock songs like "1-2-3 Red Light" o/u WLS.

890 CUBA, 0656 DEC 7 good o/WLS, woman w/1:56 TC, mentioned "Recuerdos de los Cubanos" & "RC", then news

895 ST KITTS & NEVIS, 1202 DEC 5 string of local & other island ads, ID as "The Powerhouse of the Eastern Caribbean, VON Radio", fair w/Barbados-900 splatter. 0202 DEC 7 just missed s/off announcement but caught part of the St Kitts national anthem, parts of which vaguely resembles the US anthem

900 BARBADOS, seems to run BBCWS AN. Good-strong day & night.

910 PUERTO RICO, Ponce, WPRP, 0022 DEC 6 mixing w/YVRQ w/teletalk, "Superkadena" mentiion, local ad & US PSAs

910 VENEZUELA, Caracas, YVRQ 0022 DEC 6 good o/u WPRP w/R-Q ID.

920 VENEZUELA, Porlamar, YVQX, 1845 DEC 6 good w/ "Nueva Esparta, AM 920, la frecuencia de noticias" ID. Also 0025 DEC 6 w/ID & short song about themselves, good atop channel.

940 VENEZUELA, Cantaura, YVRU, 2335 DEC 5 strong w/Radio Fe y Alegria ID, same thing 0420 DEC 7

960 VENEZUELA, Maturin, YVRB, DEC 5 2355 good w/R Monagas ID, then faded

960 CUBA, R Reloj, 0414 DEC 6 dominant w/ news, distinctive clock ticks, "Reloj" ID tone & morse "RR" every minute

970 VENEZUELA, Barcelona, 2356 DEC 5 R Mundial ID mixing with others

1000 VENEZUELA, Moron, YVNM, 1208 DEC 5 fair w/"Mil AM" slogan

1000 VIRGIN ISLANDS (US), WVWI, undoubtedly the one w/network talk shows in American EE weak all day u/Venezuela. Too weak to tell much more.

1020 VENEZUELA, La Asuncion, YVRS, 2022 DEC 5 strong w/varied SS music, ments of Margarita & Porlamar during ads

1030 PUERTO RICO, San Juan, WOSO 0458 DEC 5 strong w/Jim Bohannon show & "Total Radio WOSO" ID in EE

1040 PUERTO RICO, Moca, WZNA, 2149 DEC 5, local ad, Notiuno jingle, announcer said "somos la noticias", then news

1044 UNID, 2341 DEC 6 TA carrier hetting 1040/1050, bits of audio but nothing definitive

1050 VENEZUELA, Caracas, YVKA, 0030 DEC 6, RNV (which sounds like RNB) ID atop the heap

1050 USA, New York, WEVD, 2244 DEC 6 talk show & "Newstalk 10-50 WEVD" amid jumble of LA stations

1053 MOROCCO, 2150 DEC 5 het against jumble of LAs on 1050, male talk surfaced 2358-2402, nothing ID'able at TOH, then gone. Again 2233 DEC 6 w/"mid-east" music (to use the term loosely), man & woman in unid lang, then faded, back at 2249 w/possible Koranic recitations, still there 2256 w/definite AA talk. Woman spoke just before TOH, then brief music or news sounder 2300 & different woman in AA w/what sounded like news.

1060 USA, Philly, KYW, 0600 DEC 5, legal ID, "all news all the time" slogan & time tone, good o/weak QRM

1060 PUERTO RICO, Juana Diaz, WCGB, 2015 DEC 5 probably the one w/TC & ads w/prices in dolares

1070 COLOMBIA, Bogota, HJCG, 0535 DEC 7 good o/unid US talk show w/Radio Santa Fe ID, into LA pops

1080 VENEZUELA, Barcelona YVQJ, 0539 DEC 7 TC from Observatorio National in Caracas, SS DJ with "1080" ID then music.

1090 VENEZUELA, Caracas, YVSZ, 0732 DEC 7 good w/list of stations in network, Union Radio ID into news by woman

1090 USA, Baltimore, WBAL, 0104 DEC 5 call ID & mention of website (www.wbal.com) fair but dominant, then U of MD basketball.

1100 ANTIGUA, 0400 DEC 7 "Zed D K" jingle after 6 time pips, then continued w/usual Caribbean music, possibly all night.

1110 VENEZUELA, Carupano, YVQT, 1952 DEC 5 loud w/elaborate R Carupano ID, then lively SS music. Great signal all day & night

1120 VENEZUELA, unid, 0351 DEC 6 vocal version of Venezuelan NA at tune-in, obviously too late to ID it. Dominant o/another SS & presumed KMOX. Tried the following night but whoever it was stayed on late for the political speech (see 670). Odd s/off time in any case. 3 stations listed.

1120 UNID, 0344 DEC 7 someone w/lively pop music mostly o/KMOX & another SS, seemed to give IDs in middle of songs, but haven't able to decipher them yet.

1130 USA, New York, WBBR, 0326 DEC 6, traffic report for New York o/unid SS

1134 SPAIN (tentative), 2249 DEC 6 woman talking, too weak to ID language. Still there 2255 recheck. Definite Spanish talk 2304.

1140 COLOMBIA, Medellin, HJDL, Radio Paisa 0543-0550 & 0715-0728 DEC 7 poor-good u/WRVA w/unid station w/Carrilera music (a close relative of Mexican Ranchera music), Thought it was a Mexican at first, but closer listening confirmed the ID. Thanks to Henrik for his help on this one.

1140 VENEZUELA, Porlamar, 0102 DEC 6 LV del Caribe, long elaborate ID w/many ments of 24 hrs, i.e. "Porlamar, LV del Caribe, con musica y noticias las 24 horas del dia". Heard this announcement at least one other time, but for some reason all I could hear after about 11 pm was a loud WRVA & a couple of unIDs. Had one of the strongest daytime signals in St. Lucia and excellent signal at night. Maybe they aren't AN yet but will be soon.

1140 USA, Richmond, WRVA, 0351 DEC 6 loud w/ads, Coast-to-Coast talk show, "Newsradio 1140 WRVA" ID, seemed to be mixing w/Porlamar OC. Possibly the strongest US station after midnight.

1150 UNID, 0558 DEC 7 possible Suceso ID, chopped up by OC &/or low hets

1160 ANTIGUA, CRL good day & night w/religious programs. Never checked further. Leaves OC on all night after s/off. Seemed already off (OC only) 0217 DEC 7

1160 UNID, someone's NA 0559 DEC 7, weak u/CRL OC, possible s/off

1170 USA, Wheeling, WWVA, 0559 DEC 7 atop w/legal ID, likely the one heard earlier w/canned religion

1180 USA, Marathon, 0600 DEC 7 good w/Radio Marti ID & SS talk

1190 PUERTO RICO, San Juan, WBMJ, 0100 DEC 6, ID in SS for WBMJ San Juan & WIVV Vieques, then SS religious pgm

1200 CUBA, 0601 DEC 7 Radio Revolucion ID in passing

1210 VENEZUELA/PUERTO RICO, 1858-1901 DEC 6 confusing mix of YVZT & WHOY at about equal strength. YVZT w/R Anzoategui ID & ments of Barcelona, WHOY w/R Hoy ID & ments of Puerto Rico

1230 VENEZUELA, Caucagua, YVNT, 2143 DEC 6 echo-chamber ID as R Barlevento after SS hip-hop song. Good at first but gradually faded.

1240 VENEZUELA, Punto Tumatey, YVNV, 0240 DEC 6 Radio America ID & mentions of Venezuela good-strong, apparently either a program name or alternate slogan for RNV. Radio Nacional ID & news //560 2148 DEC 6. 0555 DEC 7 loud w/RNV ID & list of stations in the network.

1270 CUBA, Camaguey, 0450 DEC 7 Reloj poor in jumble, only recognizable parts were the Morse "RR" every minute & occasional clock ticks

1270 UNID, someone off freq creating a loud growl 2334 DEC 6

1280 USA, New York, WADO, 0230 DEC 6, briefly surfaced w/"WADO 12-80 AM New York" ID in EE during SS talk, then faded into jumble of several other stations.

1280 PUERTO RICO, Arecibo, WCMN, 0237 DEC 6, atop w/SS ID "WCMN 12-80 la Grande de Arecibo" then song

1280 VENEZUELA, El Tamarindo, YVQS, Radio Zaraza 2359 DEC 6 someone w/song about Venezuela, not sure if long jingle or a real song., local ads including a bakery called Zaraza Flour. Thanks to Henrik Klemetz for IDing this one

1280 HAITI, Port-au-Prince, R Citadelle (tentative), 0005 DEC 7 definite French talk surfaced for a couple minutes, then faded into jumble

1280 COLOMBIA, 0007 DEC 7, someone surfaced w/ads & Xmas greetings, possible ID as "Super de Colombia". HJTK?

1300 NETH ANTILLES, St Martin, 1209 DEC 5 local news in Carib EE, PJD2 ID, then local ads, fair. Also tried for Eustasis-1120 & Saba-1410, but nothing heard (both use low power)

1310 MARTINIQUE, Ft de France, RFO was dropped from WRTH listing a few years ago, but is still on the air. Semi-local signal (about 25 miles away), very low modulation level & has a tone in the background all the time. Probably AN. Local pgm w/ads 1159 DEC 6, then R Martinique ID & news. Noted off 1220 DEC 6 but back on at recheck that afternoon.

1330 USA or DOMINICAN REP, R Vision Cristiana, 0154 DEC 7 bizarre sermon w/fiery EE preacher & SS translator alternating back & forth a few words at a time. Figured out who it was when he said something about Radio Vision, which prompted me to check 530 for a //, sure enough they were. Mixing w/jumble of other stations. I originally thought this was WWRV-NYC, but Peter Polanco of RVC pointed out that they also have an outlet on 1330 in Santo Domingo (HIT, per 2001 WRTH). Since HIT & T&C-530 are fed by satellite, the only way to ID it would have been to listen for a delay between 1330 and 530 (no delay means HIT, a delay means WWRV). Since I didn't hear an echo on the channel, I hear one or the other but not both.

1340 VIRGIN ISLANDS (US), Charlotte Amalie, WSTA, 2011 DEC 5 community bulletin board pgm w/many St Croix & St Thomas items. The only USVI station I definitely ID'ed, aside from tentative on WVWI-1000

1340 VENEZUELA, Caracas, YVNE, 0454 DEC 7 apparently the one w/ tail end of s/off announcement, then vocal national anthem

1350 UNID 2355 DEC 6 someone off freq, creating a loud growl. "Quality Car Wash" ad in SS surfaced 2356, possibly WEGA.

1370 COLOMBIA, Bogota, HJKX, 2358 DEC 6, atop w/ "Bogota, capital de Colombia…, la primera cadena (something) de Colombia, emisora Radio Mundial, HJCX…" or similar sounding ID

1370 PUERTO RICO, Vieques, WIVV 2140 DEC 5 & other times religious pgms in American English. Didn't wait for ID but nothing else fits.

1380 VENEZUELA, Puerto Cabello, YVNG, 0224 DEC 5 good w/SS rock music & Ondas del Mar ID

1400 GRENADA, Harbour Lights, 2121 DEC 5 and many other times, strong w/religious pgms, never waited for definite ID. Off before 0300 DEC 6 & just an OC 0141 DEC 7, so seems to s/off early

1410 UNID, 0211 DEC 7 "…la (something) mismo…" ID?? Fair but atop at end of song.

1420 PUERTO RICO, Ponce, WUKQ, 2135 DEC 5 SS atop w/Puerto Rico mentions. Probably WUKQ. Het from 1422.

1430 PUERTO RICO, Caguas, WNEL, 0609 DEC 7 strong w/ Notiuno ID

1430 VENEZUELA, Puerto La Cruz, 1152 DEC 6 local ads, TC, then man w/news. R Bahia ID 1850 DEC 6.

1440 UNID, Loud growl (a few hundred Hz het) here all evening DEC 5 &6. Cleared up some time after midnight. If I'd had more time I could have nailed down the offender's s/off time.

1450 UNID, loud growl (a few hundred Hz) here all evening DEC 5 & 6 making it hard to decipher anything else. Noticed it was gone when I checked around 0600, not sure when the culprit signed off.

1470 VENEZUELA, Carupano, YVSY, 1215 DEC 5 loud w/R Vibracion ID & Cumbia music. Strong signal day and night. Still on 0610 DEC 7 so probably AN

1480 PUERTO RICO, Fajardo, WMDD, 1945 DEC 5 long string of ads for Fajardo businesses, then promo w/mention of "doble D" & riffs from Queen's "We Will Rock You" followed by "(something) 14-80" jingle into music

1490 PUERTO RICO, Ponce, WLEO, 1939 DEC 5 tuned in during "…onca, 14-90 AM" ID, then several Puerto Rico ads

1500 VENEZUELA, Cumana, YVRZ, 1847 DEC 6 "Dos Mil" ID & mentions of Cumana. Good signal all day.

1500 USA, Washington, WTOP, 0139 DEC 7 call ID, traffic report & weather u/YVRZ

1512 UNID, Screamer het 2138 DEC 6, never produced audio despite many rechecks and very little 1510 QRM. Saudi?

1520 PUERTO RICO, San Juan, WVOZ, 1148 DEC 6 soft SS vocals & La Voz ID.

1521 SAUDI ARABIA, 2030 DEC 5 first noted as a het, male talk surfaced 2123 but not enough to ID the language. Remained a het most of the evening. Surfaced again 2056 DEC 6 w/Middle Eastern music (male vocal), easily separable from 1520, man in Arabic 2100 w/ID as per WRTH with "Huna Riyadh" added at the end, then music fanfare & talk. Good level 2105 recheck w/male talk.

1530 VATICAN CITY, 2110 DEC 5, Vatican Radio IS, then SS religious pgm to 2130, Radio Vaticana ID, then IS & PP pgm. Fair-good signal. Again 2109 DEC 6 fair w/IS & "Radio Vaticana, programa espanol" ID. This was by far the easiest TA. 1530 was essentially a QRM free channel until WSAI faded in.

1530 USA, Cincinnati, WSAI, 2252 DEC 5 ID & Christmas song, noted later w/U of Kentucky basketball, plus various other times w/adult standards. Had the frequency pretty much to themselves both nights.

1539 UNID TA het around sunset DEC 6. Way too much ZNS1 QRM to get any audio.

1540 BAHAMAS, Nassau, ZNS1, 0045 DEC 5 "National Voice of the Bahamas" ID during "Night Time Serenade" pgm. Strong most of the time at night w/only traces of weak QRM.

1548 UNID, TA het around sunset DEC 7. Kuwait??

1550 VENEZUELA, Los Teques, YVMW, 0206 DEC 6 fair but dominant w/R Metropolitana ID

1560 PUERTO RICO, Bayamon, WRSJ 0209 DEC 6 good w/"NCN" ID during Christmas greeting, then SS monologue

1570 DOMINICAN REP, Santo Domingo, HIAJ, 2301 DEC 5, R Amanecer Internacional ID after religious pgm. Dominant.

1580 VENEZUELA, Cumana, YVTK, 2026 DEC 5 good w/promo for "Radionovelas de Manzanares", sounded like they were giving previews of coming shows. Good signal all day.

1580 VENEZUELA, 0016 DEC 6 & various other times, someone //YVRQ-910. Also 2134 DEC 6 w/Venezuelan national anthem & start of a sporting event //910. Generally dominant all evening w/1-2 other stations sometimes mixing, better signal than 910 most of the time. Signal strength suggests YVTK, which was in well all day. The other 2 listed YV's are pretty far away.

1580 UNID, 0601 DEC 5, ID sounding like "R Patris…AM Central", didn't have tape running at the time

1580 UNID, 2106 DEC 5 unid SS talk w/3 descending chimes repeated in background

1590 PUERTO RICO, Guyama, WXRF, 2049 DEC 6 possible ID giving PO Box in San Juan

1600 PUERTO RICO, Bayamon, WLUZ, 2045 DEC 6 Puerto Rico ads & mention of Bayamon.

1602 UNID TA het from well before to well after sunset DEC 5&6, but never heard any audio.

1610 ANGUILLA, Caribbean Beacon, religion day & night. See 690 for additional comments.

1660 USA, 2326 DEC 5 good o/unid US station w/many R Unica IDs. I thought I had something really exotic until they said R Unica & Nueva York in the same breath! Note that the Argentine is listed as R Unidad, a potential source of confusion. Unid w/adult standards in background.

1680 USA, 2332 DEC 5 sports talk, not //1700, fair signal. Apparently WTTM Princeton, NJ

1690 USA, Lexington Park, WPTX, 2329 DEC 5 I assume this was the Talkradio net station here, good w/network ads & PSAs, but dead air where local announcements should've gone.

1700 USA, Miami Springs, WAFN 2328 DEC 5 probably the one w/sports talk at good level

FM Bandscan:

I also managed to check out the FM band a couple of times. Here's what I heard in the way of locals (it's quite different from the published lists).

94.5 "The Wave, St. Lucia's New Rhythm & Soul"

96.5 Radio Caribbean International (Southern part of the island), not heard but is here per phone call to station

97.3 Radio St. Lucia //660AM/97.7FM (Northern half of the island)

97.7 Radio St. Lucia //660AM/97.3FM (Southern half of the island), not heard but is here per signoff announcement

100.1 Helen FM, also ID's as "Radio 100" and "The One"

100.3 Helen FM, //100.1 not heard but listed on their web site

101.1 Radio Caribbean International (Northern part of the island) //96.5

103.5 Helen FM, //100.1 not heard but listed on their web site

105.3 Radio Koulibwi, ID's as "The Hot One" and "Rocking the Caribbean, Hot FM"

I also heard a couple of weak French stations (probably Martinique) on 99.5 and 102.0, as well as weak religious stations (probably on other islands) on 91.8 and 102.5, and probably could have found some more if I'd spent more time on FM.

 

 


Mark Connelly's report from Massachusetts, just before Bruce's trip

This includes loggings during auroral activity that enhanced Caribbean and South American reception.

Report from Mark Connelly - Times / dates = UTC / 2000
(logs 18 NOV - 4 DEC 2000)

[B] = Billerica, MA
(GC= 71.221 W / 42.533 N)
(home)

[H] = East Harwich, Cape Cod, MA
(GC= 70.021 W / 41.713 N)
(near junction of Routes 39 & 137: pitch pine forest 2 km from ocean)

Receiver: Drake R8A

Antenna systems:
(Billerica) two broadband loops (70-250 deg., 160-340 deg.), Superphaser-1 phasing unit
(E. Harwich) pennant antenna (nulling west) to 20 dB amplifier


*** TRANS-ATLANTIC DX ***

549 | ALGERIA | Les Trembles, DEC 3 0259 - woman in Arabic; fair. + DEC 3 0530 - male Koranic vocal; good. [H]

612 | MOROCCO | Sebaa-Aioun, DEC 3 0019 - Koranic vocal; fair. + DEC 3 0255 - now HUGE with female Arabic vocal. [H]

621 | CANARY ISLANDS // SPAIN | RNE1 synchros, DEC 3 0100 - pips, ID "Radio Nacional de Espana", then news; excellent, now burying Antigua-620. [H]

684 | SPAIN | RNE1, Sevilla, DEC 3 0041 - Spanish talk; in WRKO slop. [H]

774 | SPAIN | RNE1 synchros, DEC 3 0520 - man in Spanish; poor. [H]

783 | MAURITANIA | Nouakchott, DEC 2 0240 - // 4845 with man in Arabic: on late for Ramadan. [B] + DEC 3 0001 - Arabic news by man; excellent, like a local. + DEC 3 0310 - Koranic vocal with reverb; monster signal (extended Ramadan schedule). [H]

882 | CANARY ISLANDS // SPAIN | COPE synchros, DEC 2 2354 - man in Spanish; good, totally in the clear. The aurora got rid of WCBS skip and the pennant antenna eliminated the groundwave as well. [H]

891 | ALGERIA | Algiers, DEC 3 0115 - man in Arabic; poor to fair. [H]

1008 | CANARY ISLANDS | Las Palmas, R. Las Palmas / RadioVoz, DEC 3 0119 - Spanish talk / shouting, probably a sporting event; fair. [H]

1215 | UNITED KINGDOM | Virgin R. synchros, NOV 25 0716 - rock music; poor. [B]

1476 | UNITED ARAB EMIRATES | UAE Radio, Dubai, DEC 3 0137 - Poor to fair through WSAR slop. Ramadan-extended schedule // 13675 with male Koranic chant, then march (anthem ?), then faded or off at 0140 UTC. [H]

1512 | BELGIUM | Wolvertem, NOV 25 0637 - German-sounding talk; poor to fair. [B]

1521 | SAUDI ARABIA | BSKSA, Duba, DEC 3 0134 - man in Arabic; excellent / local-like.  On late for Ramadan. Shortwave //'s not noted at this time. [H]

1548 | KUWAIT | VOA, Kuwait City, DEC 3 0135 - US English interview; through slop. [H]


*** PAN-AMERICAN DX ***

526 | BAHAMAS | ZLS, Stella Maris, NOV 18 1049 - "ZLS" code beacon; huge, only 5 dB weaker than superpower RVC-530 ! [H]

530 | TURKS & CAICOS | R. Vision Cristiana, DEC 2 0301 - slow Spanish religious vocal; excellent. [B]

535 | GRENADA | GBC, St. George's, DEC 3 0023 - soul / hip-hop vocal; strong carrier, light audio, some RVC-530 splash. [H]

550 | CUBA | R. Rebelde synchros, NOV 18 1050 - // 600 with Cuban folk vocal; over RI and unID second Spanish-language station. [H]

550 | VENEZUELA | Mundial, YVKE, Caracas, DEC 3 0257 - Latin American dance music, slogan "Mundial, el mejor sonido de la radio"; good, receiver on upper sideband to dodge Algeria-549 het. [H]

555 | ST. KITTS & NEVIS | ZIZ, Basseterre, DEC 3 0021 - soca vocal with some rap and a bit of Cajun-style accordion thrown in; excellent. [H]

570 | CUBA | R. Reloj, NOV 18 1051 - Reloj program; excellent, way over WMCA. [H] + DEC 2 0629 - mixed with WMCA & WSYR. [B]

570 | DOMINICAN REPUBLIC | HIMS, Santo Domingo, DEC 3 0020 - tightly-segued merengue songs; dominant, way over Cuba and absolutely no trace of domestics. [H]

580 | PUERTO RICO | WKAQ, San Juan, DEC 3 0029 - romantic vocal, WKAQ jingle, then newstalk; good. [H]

600 | CUBA | R. Rebelde, CMKV, Urbano Noris, NOV 18 1052 - Cuban folk vocal; excellent / dominant. + DEC 3 0030 - pop vocal // 5025; good, over other Latin Americans. [H]

600.05 | unID | DEC 3 0031 - Spanish-language religious station with mentions of Venezuela and Navidad (Christmas); over Cuba.  Maybe YVQB ?  [H]

620 | ANTIGUA | ABS, St. John's, DEC 3 0017 - local talk, reggae; good. + DEC 3 0034 - Caribbean English adverts, "best ... in the Caribbean" and "Antigua" mentions; over Canaries-621 het. [H]

620 | CUBA | R. Rebelde, Colon / Moa, NOV 18 1108 - // 600 with woman in Spanish with excited talk about Americanos and Estados Unidos; good. [H]

630 | CUBA | R. Progreso, DEC 2 0628 - // 640 with vocal and flute; mixed with WPRO. [B]

630 | PUERTO RICO | WSKN, San Juan, DEC 3 0049 - Puerto Rico news with talk about the cities of Caguas and Bayamon; excellent, way over Cuba / others. [H]

640 | CUBA | R. Progreso, Guanabacoa / Las Tunas, NOV 18 1053 - mentions of political representation, industrial production, "provincia de Las Tunas"; local-like signal. [H]

640 | VENEZUELA | Union R., YVQO, Puerto La Cruz, DEC 3 0048 - Margarita and Cumana mentions; over Cuba. [H]

650 | COLOMBIA | RCN Antena Dos, HJKH, Bogota, DEC 3 0016 - ID "RCN Antena Dos", then sports crowd noises, talk about Copa Colombiana, then a phone call mentioning Sanchez and Bogota.  Excellent: local-like. [H]

660 | VENEZUELA (t) | Ondas de los Medanos, YVNA, Coro, DEC 3 0053 - possibly this with a "Coro" mention; signal was strong during music, but usually slipped under WFAN when ID material came along. [H]

670 | CUBA | R. Rebelde, CMQ, Arroyo Arenas, NOV 18 1055 - guitar, male & female vocal // 600; loud, over WWFE, others. [H]

670 | VENEZUELA | R. Rumbos, YVLL, Caracas, DEC 3 0058 - high-energy Latino music, Rumbos ID; good. [H]

690 | ANGUILLA | Caribbean Beacon, The Valley, DEC 3 0013 - Christian soul and black gospel vocals // 6090, then announcer said "Here are our important phone numbers: 1-800-338-3030 in the USA and collect 1-818-240-8151 from other countries".  Excellent signal. [H]

690 | CUBA | R. Progreso, Jovellanos, NOV 18 1114 - // 640 Spanish talk mentioning US presidential election, Cuba, etc.  Over apparent WOKV/CINF mix. [H]

700 | JAMAICA | RJR, Montego Bay, DEC 2 0237 - dancehall reggae having Afropop influences (rather like the Dixie Cups "Iko Iko" 1965 oldie), then rambling Caribbean English DJ talk. [B]

705 | ST. VINCENT & THE GRENADINES | Kingstown, DEC 3 0047 - Caribbean English talk; poor. [H]

710 | CUBA | R. Rebelde synchros, NOV 18 1056 - // 710 with old-style Cuban folk vocal; mixed with WAQI-FL also in Spanish.  WOR was a distant third ! [H] + DEC 2 0238 - Rebelde news; over WOR. [B] + DEC 3 0046 - "desde la Habana" mention, then jazz; excellent / alone.  WOR was totally eliminated by the combination of aurora and the pennant antenna. [H]

720 | VENEZUELA | R. Oriente, YVQE, Porlamar, DEC 3 0005 - loud with Venezuelan sports coverage. [H]

730 | BRAZIL (t) | Emissora Rural, ZYI780, Petrolina, DEC 2 0635 - probably this with Portuguese preaching; mixed on 160-340 degree loop with semi-nulled XEX and aurorally-weakened CKAC. Signal quickly got buried by others. [B]

730 | COLOMBIA | R. Melodia, HJCU, Bogota, DEC 3 0538 - initially loud with rhythmic music, then Melodia ID just before fading into jumble. [H]

730 | unID | DEC 3 0105 - black gospel music popped up briefly over Latin American stew.  Either Trinidad or Charleston, SC could be possible. [H]

750 | VENEZUELA | RCR, YVKS, Caracas, DEC 3 0007 - food advert, then talk about flight schedule for Aerolineas de Venezuela; huge ! [H]

760 | COLOMBIA | RCN, HJAJ, Barranquilla, DEC 2 0309 - // 770 with Spanish talk about memories and music. Les Paul type guitar music played in the background.  Dominant signal. [B]

769.79 | unID | DEC 3 0521 - bits of flute music; poor. [H]

770 | COLOMBIA | RCN, HJJX, Bogota, DEC 2 0309 - // 760 with talk that seemed to be about old-time music of the '40s and '50s; mixed with WABC and others. [B] + DEC 3 0003 - // 760 with Colombian news items mentioning Barranquilla, Bogota, Sante Fe; dominant and loud. [H]

770.24 | unID | DEC 3 0003 - weak het against the big Colombian on 770. [H]

780 | BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS | ZBVI, Roadtown, Tortola, DEC 2 0305 - woman in Caribbean English, "BVI" mention; mixed with apparent Radio Coro. [B]

780 | VENEZUELA | R. Coro, YVMN, Coro, DEC 3 0518 - Latin American nightclub-style music, Radio Coro jingle, then more music; good. [H]

800 | NETHERLANDS ANTILLES | Trans-World Radio, PJB, Bonaire, DEC 3 0112 - presumed this with Portuguese religious talk. [H]

808.5 | CUBA (t) | Guantanamo | DEC 3 0045 - woman in Spanish briefly making it through the slop.  This must be a nuisance for ZNS3.  Reported off nominal 810 by several others recently. [H]

810 | BAHAMAS | ZNS3, Freeport, NOV 18 1118 - local talkshow with Caribbean- accented woman talking about gun licenses, legal and religious matters; fair, fading. [H]

830 | ST. KITTS & NEVIS | TBN, Basseterre, DEC 2 0245 - // 7510 with reading from Leviticus, then talk interpreting the obligation to tithe; under WCRN. [B]

840 | CUBA | CMHW, Santa Clara, NOV 18 1102 - woman with Spanish newstalk about "socialistas" in Latin America; huge. [H]

850 | PUERTO RICO | WABA, Aguadilla, DEC 3 0312 - Spanish talk and "Waba" jingle; in an even mix with WEEI-MA and WDJA-FL. [H]

890 | CUBA | R. Progreso, CMDZ, Santiago de Cuba, DEC 3 0114 - excited Spanish talk by woman, // 900; good, atop WBPS. [H]

895 | ST. KITTS & NEVIS | VON, Bath Village, DEC 3 0151 - several announcers at an outdoor festival or party; good. [H]

900 | CUBA | R. Progreso, DEC 3 0114 - // 890 with woman in Spanish; over YVMD. [H]

900 | MEXICO | XEW, Mexico City, DEC 2 0248 - "doble U" mentions, talk about artists in Mexico, then vibraphone jazz excerpt followed by typical mariachi music; good. [B]

910 | VENEZUELA | RQ-910, YVRQ, Caracas, DEC 2 2352 - Caracas sports team coverage; good.  I looked for the 1580 //, but WPGC had that channel tied up. [H]

920.18 | COLOMBIA | Emisora Fuentes, HJAA, Cartagena, DEC 2 2351 - festive Colombian folk vocal and accordions; excellent, overpowering 920. [H]

930 | CUBA | R. Reloj, DEC 3 0150 - Reloj news and time show; mixed with WGIN-NH. [H]

940 | MEXICO | XEQ, Mexico City, DEC 2 0314 - romantic Spanish vocal, "Viva la musica ... cadena Q"; excellent. [B]

940 | PUERTO RICO | WIPR, San Juan, DEC 2 2348 - Spanish talk about events and people in Puerto Rico, then a long list of the names of people involved in the program. Christmas music followed. [H]

960 | CUBA | R. Reloj, DEC 2 2346 - Reloj program; over Colombia. + DEC 3 0314 - man & woman in Spanish with time ticks and on-the-minute "RR" code beeps; dominant. [H]

960 | COLOMBIA | CARACOL, HJOP, Magangue, DEC 3 0507 - CARACOL ID; over Cuba. [H]

980 | COLOMBIA | RCN, HJES, Cali, DEC 3 0505 - // 770 with RCN news by woman; good. [H]

1000 | MEXICO | R. Mil, XEOY, Mexico City, DEC 2 0324 - operatic male Spanish vocal, ID "Radio Mil desde Ciudad de Mexico", then 4-note whistle (common tune of antique car horn); fair / dominant. [B]

1000 | unID | DEC 3 0117 - maybe a Venezuelan here with religious talk in Spanish; hetted by Spain-999. [H]

1020 | VENEZUELA | Mundial Margarita, YVRS, La Asuncion, DEC 2 2343 - fast talk, Isla Margarita and Porlamar local mentions; loud, over second Spanish-talker. [H]

1050.3 | unID | DEC 3 0315 - slow Spanish talk and het against WEVD. [H]

1060 | MEXICO | R. Educacion, XEEP, Mexico City, DEC 2 0318 - classical violin music rolling over KYW on 70-250 degree loop during good auroral opening to Mexico. [B]

1060.3 | COLOMBIA | unID city, NOV 18 1043 - Spanish vocal with a rural style of music having South American Indian influences; poor. + DEC 2 2344 - emotional Spanish vocal; QRM from Cuba-1060. [H]

1080 | VENEZUELA | R. Barcelona, YVQJ, Barcelona, DEC 2 2335 - "en Radio Barcelona" ID; over second South American - NO WTIC ! [H]

1100 | ANTIGUA | R. ZDK, St. John's, DEC 3 0145 - reggae and other Afro-Caribbean music; fair. + DEC 3 0316 - report on West Indies versus Australia cricket matches. [H]

1100.72 | unID | DEC 3 0325 - het, possible Spanish talk; poor. [H]

1139.53 | unID | DEC 3 0318 - drumming, high-intensity Latin American music; fair. [H]

1160 | BERMUDA | VSB3, Hamilton, DEC 3 0126 - // 5975 with interview about a march and large public event in Australia to reconcile issues of aboriginal rights; good, atop WOBM. [H]

1170 | COLOMBIA | CARACOL, HJNW, Cartagena, DEC 3 0128 - man & woman talking, CARACOL ID; good. [H]

1180 | CUBA | R. Rebelde, DEC 3 0144 - // 5025 with sports; loud. [H]

1220 | BRAZIL | R. Globo, ZYJ458, Rio de Janeiro, DEC 3 0130 - Portuguese talk, news about Brazil; very good over domestics, LA's, and a weak 340 Hz het of undetermined origin. [H]

1280 | BERMUDA | VSB2, Hamilton, DEC 3 0142 - hymn; at times over jumble of WADO (Spanish), Brazil (Portuguese), and WEIM (hockey game). [H]

1280 | BRAZIL | Super R. Tupi, ZYJ455, Rio de Janeiro, DEC 3 0143 - bits of Portuguese, way under Bermuda and WADO. [H]

1419.83 | unID | DEC 3 0132 - het against groundwave WBSM. [H]

1529.53 | unID | DEC 2 0302 - probably Uruguay as heard in Newfoundland.  Het against WSAI/Sao Tome-1530, fragments of talk. [B]

1670 | unID | DEC 4 2228 - evangelistic preaching in Spanish; atop US C&W station. Not sure if a domestic, Argentina, or something else. [B]


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