lunedì 15 febbraio 2010

Glenn Hauser logs February 15, 2010

** AUSTRALIA. 9590, R. Australia, Monday Feb 15 at 1420 for the rest of the hour, speaker with fascinating discourse on how the Polynesians really settled the Pacific, and deserve great credit for their navigational skills, denied to them by much later European intruders.

Turned out to be a Massey Lexure originally on CBC Ideas, by Wade Davis, during National Radio`s Big Ideas program, and more to come in following weeks. Here`s the info:

``2009 Massey Lectures: The Wayfinders - Why Ancient Wisdom Matters in the Modern World, Lecture 2, The Wayfinders Listen Now - 2010-02-04 |

The Wayfinders is a profound celebration of the wonder of human genius and spirit as brought into being by culture. (For copyright reasons this program is not available as downloadable audio)

The entire science of wayfinding is based on dead-reckoning. You only know where you are by knowing where you have been and how you got to where you are --- that your position at any one time is determined solely on the basis of distance and direction travelled since leaving the last known point. If you took all of the genius that allowed us to put a man on the moon and applied it to an understanding of the ocean, what you would get is Polynesia.``

We are so fortunate to have RA (and RNZI, q.v.) which aren`t afraid to give us such stimulating intellexual content (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA. 6150, RHC ending DX program En Contacto, Feb 15 at 0655, ergo a secret repeat starting at 0640 UT Monday; strong signal but undermodulated here; weaker signal but not undermodulated on // 6120.

Meanwhile, 6140, 6060 and 6010 were still in English service with music which they play more of on Sunday nights, respite from all the talk before another week of propaganda begins.

11600, tuned in early at 1556 Feb 15 in case I could hear any trace of Radio República before the jamming hit: no, just the jamming quickly ramping up from *1558:30 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** EQUATORIAL GUINEA. FRG-7 was still tuned to 15190 following 2220 Feb 14 log of R. Africa, the voice of Alamo, when I turned it on again at 0607 Feb 15 --- there`s R. Africa again! With another gospel huxter, this one screaming (that`s one thing you got to give Alamo credit for --- he does not scream!). Signal fluxuating S6-S9 in an unusual night opening from Africa on 19m.

Soon also found signals from NIGERIA [q.v.] 15120, SOUTH AFRICA [q.v.] 15255, DW Rwanda 15410 and VOA Botswana 15580 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** NEW ZEALAND. 11725, R. National via RNZI, Feb 15 at 0620, as I was bandscanning, interview with a person furious about any attention given to global-warming deniers, leading to do-nothingism. Could not stop listening, so had to quit tuning.

Turned out to be David Suzuki from Canada until 0647, mentioned his latest book ``The Big Picture``. That was during ``Nights with Bryan Crump`` on National Radio and here is the 30-minute audio which I highly recommend:

We are so fortunate to have RNZI (and R. AUSTRALIA, q.v.) which aren`t afraid to give us such stimulating intellexual content (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** NIGERIA. After finding EqG on 15190, looked for VON on 15120, and there it was, with a much stronger S9+10 signal, Feb 15 at 0608 with news read by YL about Central African Republic.

Modulation OK except for irregular noise bursts every few seconds, sounding like splatter from adjacent frequency --- except there wasn`t anything nearby doing that! Instead, the noise was on their own modulation, probably somewhere in the studio-to-transmitter feed.

0611 about the gang riot in Milano, also here:
0613 about Uganda trying to kill off gays; 0616 switch to another YL for more news items.

Is this the new Abuja transmitter site? If not, when is it going into full service? One should ask the German ham who has been working there and hooking up his rig to the huge antennas (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SOUTH AFRICA. 15255, Channel Africa in darkside TA opening on 19m, Feb 15 at 0610 with news in English, 0612 about Pres. Zuma (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SPAIN. Too engrossed in R. Australia this Monday with Massey Lecture, but checked 15385 at 1454 to reconfirm that REE`s Emisión Sefarad was still here Mondays at 1425 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. Altho WINB was on the 13570 air in Spanish before 1600 on Friday, still vacant on Monday Feb 15 at 1523 check. Maybe Spanish was on again today, but no recheck until 1603 when it bore a distorted Tony Alamo singing, 1605 mailbag with sidekick Sharon reading a letter allegedly from a Kolkata admirer. Very wobbly carrier, obvious with BFO on (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ###