sabato 5 giugno 2010

Glenn Hauser logs June 4-5, 2010

** CUBA. 9640, RHC`s Mesa Redonda frequency which breaks away from mainstream programming at varying times between 22 and 24 but not on the air every day, June 4 at 2310 had lo-fi play-by-play of a béisbol game, mentioning ``lanzador`` (pitcher), a dead giveaway to which SBG it is. Crowd noise was extreme vs the announcer despite his enthusiasm, several times yelling ``Cuba Campeón``, apparently in a contest against an ``equipo norteamericano``.

Either it was just ending or this was no live game at all but just reliving past glory, as 2313 went into music, discussion of some Peruvian earthquake killing 5 kilopeople. The only Mesa Redonda // is nominally 6000, and also audible there, plus R. Rebelde 5025, but it`s not likely correct to classify 9640 and 6000 as R. Rebelde too; just carrying the same network program at this hour. Meanwhile, mainstream RHC Spanish with much higher fi was on nearby 9660, // 6110, 12020 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) 12020? See also PORTUGAL [and non]

** FRANCE [non]. 17630, RFI via GUIANA FRENCH, June 4 at 2059 surprised to hear them in Brazilian, 2100 sharp into Spanish. Must have turned on transmitter a bit early and not cared they were frustrating countless Brazilians with a SW broadcast they are not supposed to get. May have been in Portuguese already on 21690 which has been running for hours, and previously heard in languages other than scheduled French-only, due to satellite mixup? There is no Brazilian at all on the RFI SW sked, just Portuguese to Africa at 1700-1800 daily to CAf, WAf via 15530 Issoudun per the WRTH A-10 update.

Hmm, 21690 is not on that RFI schedule at all now either, but I heard it poorly in a quick check after 2100 June 4. It is, however, on the HFCC A-10 schedule for 17-22, 500 kW, 75 degrees from GUF, only in French.

This of course raises questions about the uptodateness of the full RFI sked in WRTH update. RFI is notorious for failing to display its accurate current schedule on its own website, should anyone be tempted to believe that (e.g. also not specifying morning English is M-F only) (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** OKLAHOMA. 99.9, the GCN pirate we tracked down in Enid has been heard whenever checked except for one previous brief absence, but it`s gone again the afternoon of June 4, checked around 2010 UT and later during that hour. Still missing at 0125 UT June 5 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** PORTUGAL [and non]. 11630, new frequency for RDPI to S America M-F at 23-02 Tue-Sat, ex-12020, VG with no QRM at 2307 June 4 // 9715 to NAm. So RDPI finally took my advice to get off 12020 where they started the A-10 season at the end of March, then collided by RHC which went on same frequency in April, both to S America, with RHC certainly at fault!

But getting RHC to coöoperate, make any concession to a fellow SW broadcaster, is futile. After all, as an outlaw nation, Cuba even thinx it has the right to jam anything deliberately. A bit earlier at 2305 I had noticed no sign of RDPI under RHC on 12020 so went looking for it elsewhere. The collision lasted most of April and May (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SYRIA. 12085, at 2251 June 4, fair signal with undermodulated ME singing, along with hum/whine, must be R. Damascus; 2256 better modulation as YL made announcement in Spanish; 2259 choral NA with band, 2300 Arabic ID, pause, about to go off? No, resumed Arabic talk, undermodulated. 2302 music, 2303:20* suddenly cuts off during music.

Meanwhile I had just checked 9330 to see if I could detect a //, but too much WBCQ even on the LSB altho its modulation is primarily on the USB. WRTH A-10 update does show both for Spanish at 22-23, tho 12085 is daggered  as irregular; and no Arabic on SW at all, so 2300-2303:20 was just overrun from a program feed not supposed to be aired (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. WORLD OF RADIO 1515 monitoring chex: On ACBRadio webcast at 0300 UT Friday June 4, and on WWRB webcast at 0331.

WWCR 15825: Friday June 4 at 2050 confirmed, but cut off incomplete at 2058:10 as I was about to give the URL for the SW survey; then QSY announcement to 7465, and off quickly. If they have to be off 15825 by 2058, need to start WOR playback by 2029 since it typically lasts about 28:43. 15825 signal was F-G anyway, with some Es help but still not reaching VHF. WOR getting cut off due to impending frequency change is an age-old problem, but sometimes WWCR does start the playback early enough (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. 7495-7515 approx., huge noise blob at 2108 June 4. It might have come from some household appliance, but my major noise sources were off and this did not repeat at periodic intervals up and down the dial. And it was gone at next check 2254. Could not have been trans-oceanic, but relatively near, and would really ruin WRNO if on during its hours 00-03. Or could it have been WRNO itself `testing`? They are after all, registered on 7505 from 22-16 and were initially heard testing on it beyond those hours (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ###