venerdì 26 febbraio 2010

Glenn Hauser logs February 25-26, 2010

** ARGENTINA [and non]. 15345.2, RAE IS recognizable under much stronger but undermodulated Morocco closer to 15345.0, Feb 25 at 2059 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CHINA. The Kunmingers are improving their switching skills. Instead of a minute or more of REE IS at 1359 on 7220, Feb 26 at 1359:00 it was just open carrier, and REE IS lasted only a few sex from about 1359:50 before cutting to CRI opening. Of course, Beijing master control should not be sending REE feed at all at this time on this circuit (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CHINA [and non]. 7585 fair with Firedrake atop something else, Feb 26 at 1437; not audible on 8400 for a change. Also very weak FD on 9380 as heard previous mornings, in splash from WWRB 9385.

ChiCom jamming on 7585 remains mysterious, as the only thing scheduled at this hour is Vatican Radio in Hindi via Tajikistan (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA [and non]. 11680, RNV relay missing Feb 26 at 1526 uncovering something in Arabic, i.e. BBCWS, Rampisham. I know RNV was on a few minutes earlier with broken-English voiceover something in Spanish, but was not going to bother to log it, until its absence became notable. What would Simón say?

13740, CRI English relay at 1528 Feb 26, squeal getting worse, and its pitch is affected by intentional talk modulation. The squeal is more obvious by tuning slightly above or below to the sidebands. We wonder if those new ChiCom transmitters being installed on Cuba will get rid of this problem, or will they just be used for a much higher priority task, jamming (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** EQUATORIAL GUINEA. 15190, R. Africa, Feb 25 at 2101 tune-in to hear a loop of one somewhat musical syllable with the pitch changing as long as it lasts, repeated 270 times per minute. This kept going until 2110 when someone woke up, briefly cut to a different sound, then to R. Africa canned ID, radioafrica @ spelled out but as announcer was about to give postal address, ``you may also write us. . .`` that was cut off to a hymn introducing next gospel huxter, ``Unchanging Truth``, from the Ojai Valley Baptist Church, California, also spelt.

Next to WYFR 15195 via Ascension, about equal strength but separable. Maybe not so easily where both of them aim, at Africa. The strange 10-minute loop hints that R. Africa may have moved from the reel tape into the digital age for which it is not ready (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** HONDURAS. Re the unID extremely distorted Spanish on 3290/3287 I have heard between 02 and 0355* on two occasions: not on every night, but David Crawford, FL, tells me he was able to identify its ``tortured FM`` as Radio Luz y Vida, nominal 3250; that was my second possibility after HREZ 3340, both of which have been missing from their assigned frequencies (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** INDONESIA. VOI, 9525-, Feb 26 at 1444 still on the air during this hour when it is often absent, YL talk in presumed Indonesian but could be Malay, or has that language been totally dropped? Good modulation. At 1504 non-English song, 1508 ID in English but back to IndoMalay talk (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** NETHERLANDS ANTILLES. In a previous report about NHK via Bonaire on 17605 with classical music during the UT Sat 2300 hour, I mentioned that there was another Japanese semi-hour at 2100. Correxion: the parameters are indeed the same, 170 degrees, but that broadcast is RNW Dutch, as heard Feb 25 at 2106, quite good signal despite aimed across S America, and // 17810 which was running one second behind, no accident to even out power consumption; the latter aimed due east from Bonaire but also good here to the northwest (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** PERU. 18057.9, R. Victoria, Lima, third harmonic of 6019.3, could not pull in the fourth morning I tried, but did manage that afternoon, Feb 25 at 2109 with just barely audible singing. We are fortunate its frequency is unique, making re-IDs unnecessary (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SYRIA. 12085, am lucky to get a carrier from R. Damascus, let alone any readable audio; Feb 25 at 2113 there was weak talk seemingly in English, with whine and flutter, ute QRM of intermittent ``running water`` on the lo side, recurrent beeps on hi side. No signal on 9330 despite the absence of WBCQ. English is scheduled on both at 21-22.

Enough of that. Kris Janssen in Belgium, voluntary PR agent for Syrian broadcasting, reports in DXLD 10-08:

RADIO DAMASCUS BACK ONLINE! Dear radio Damascus friends, After being for a while off-line, it is with great pleasure that I can announce the reappearance of Radio Damascus on the internet. You can download the audio recording of the daily program of Radio Damascus on the internet at the following direct links : or at

Now also available as a podcast:

** U S A. 9369.8, WTJC back on the air after two days` absence following haywire spurs all over the place, Feb 26 at 1440 with hymn, 1441 over to hoary old Alex Scourby Bible reading. Strong signal and no spurs for a while, still off-frequency, and rather distorted modulation on fundamental.

Recheck at 1502, WTJC now has het from a 9370.0 station, as IBB has transitioned from Udorn to Tinang, upping signal USward; distorted hymn, still no spurs, preacher citing Hebrews XI (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. It`s only Friday, Feb 26, but WINB has prolonged 9265 past usual 1400*, at 1441 with Brother Scare praying to Almighty Yahweh, then taking a call from a brother in Virginia, who is listening on 3215 (not now!), echoed a sesquisecond later on WWRB 9385. At 1501, 9265 with Hallelujah Chorus, WINB ID and address, muffled, but back to BS in progress. Seems Stair does not build in any station-break pauses, so he gets interrupted and de-interrupted by stations which axually care to legal ID. What a pro operation! Still going at 1530 on 9265 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 9955, WRMI still rather weak when audible at all, and presumably has still not got the NW antenna fixed which used to give them a much better signal USward. UT Fri Feb 26 around 0150, altho not jammed, I could not hear WORLD OF RADIO at all, but confirmed it was on the stream as scheduled. At 1448 French talk for Haiti with lite jamming pulses. 1509 R. Prague English relay without jam, about Olympix. Now it has SAH and CCI from Taiwan (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED [and non]. 5055, looking for Vanuatu, Feb 26 at 1345; may have been trace of carrier, but instead found hand-keyed CW, including multiple-dot correxion notices. Call sign after DE was JTT55? Not sure of the last two numbers, but definitely JTT something, so presumably Japan unless tactical call.

Nikkei 3925 and 6055 were in well at the time, as I had just tuned down one MHz to be sure I was on exactly the right frequency for Vanuatu. 5030 Sarawak was also audible, and carrier from 5020 Solomon flanking Cuba.

1350 into long message with no IDs heard. 1400 some SSB QRM started, but fortunately on low side. 1401, JTT-- finally said K. Pause and then on and off to 1408, back again at 1412, intermittently. Possibly part of this was from another station in contact, but frequency/pitch, strength and style all sounded the same.

Searching on that callsign I got a relevant hit from Igor in an old Spooks newsletter at ---

``A unid Japanese station on 5052 kHz, callsign JJV56. Copied at 0951 UTC on 15-12-2000. Info wanted.

    de jjv56 qrk 4 k
    de jjz37 qrk 4 k
    de jjt44 qrk 4 k
    de jju22 qrk 4 k
    de jjt88 ar qrk 4 ii qsy k
    de jjt55 r va  ****************
    de jjv56 r va
    de jjz37 r va
    de iit44 r va
    de jju22 r va va``

``va`` sent as a single character ...-.- with no break is usually rendered as ``sk`` -- is making it ``va`` a Russian convention? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. 13645, last Friday`s sensation, a big signal heard in Brazil between 16 and 17, speculated to be V. of Southern Azerbaijan, a no-show here this Friday Feb 26. Even before Albania closed 13640 at 1558, could hear weak 13645 signal, no doubt India, which went off at 1559:30* and then monitored straight thru until 1639, hearing nothing at all except occasional ute noise pulses.

Maybe Saturday? Or another once-yearly transmission like Öömrang, a mistake, or sporadic, who knows. I hope they were also looking for it today in Brasil, but no further posts about it yet on the radioescutas group (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ###