lunedì 16 agosto 2010

Glenn Hauser logs August 15-16, 2010

** ALASKA. 9920, KNLS IS very weak at 1501 Aug 16, about to open three(?) hours of Chinese. Have not been able to hear the only remaining English broadcast at 12-13 on 7355 for several weeks. KNLS was supposedly going to get the second transmitter working after July 31 and resume new programming in English; have they? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** ALBANIA [and non]. 13755, R. Tirana, Aug 16 at 1449, M announcer mentions a new guidebook in English to archaeological sites has been released. Undermodulated but S9+20, almost enough to keep CRI/Cuba 13740 S9+30 at bay, until the latter goes from talk to music splatter (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** ANTARCTICA. 15476, no sign of even a carrier from LRA36, Monday Aug 16, after its usual weekend-off, including chex at 1332, 1422, 1454, tho weaker signals on either side were sometimes detectable, and many more mostly weak signals from other continents on 19m, not including Argentina 15345v, unfavored quadrant (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CHINA. Firedrake August 16:
 8400, fair-good at 1250
10500, poor at 1258. No others found up to 18 MHz in next hour

** CUBA. 11760, Aug 15 at 1347 RHC`s Spanish DX program En Contacto underway promoting contest about 50th anniversary of diplorelations with the ChiCom. So it`s back to its usual spot of 1335 UT Sundays, having been replaced (swapped?) with stamp show last week (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) See also VENEZUELA [non]

** CZECHIA [non]. 9955, R. Prague in French, Monday Aug 16 at 1335, H&F conversing about ``le weekend``, so it`s a late repeat of the Sunday show via WRMI, fair signal and no jamming but squeezed by Taiwan transmitters on both sides plus RTTY on 9960. Prague in French is scheduled M-F 1330-1400, except JIP on Tuesdays at 1345 after English gospel huxter quarter-hour.

However, Prague in English, via WRMI daily at 1400-1430 was inaudible after 1400. Prague in French is supposed to attract listeners in Haiti, tho VOA concluded SW penetration there is negligible, canceling all its Creole broadcasts three months after the quake. Otherwise, they would likely have maintained the original 3 x 30 minutes a day (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** INDIA. 15050, Aug 16 at 1454, chanting, poor with heavy flutter. The AIR Sinhala service southwards from Delhi until 1500. Off-route aircraft, beware (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** INDONESIA. VOI, 9525.9 continues to enjoy very good reception in CNAm for English hour at 13-14, when everything clix. Aug 16 at 1338, slogan as ``Voice of Indonesia, being first, being different, being the best``, then Music Corner, mentioning Portuguese, so maybe from Timor? Was off the air after 1400 instead of keeping het with CRI Russian.

9526- signal quality and quantity exceed RRI domestic on 9680, Aug 16 at 1410 with Qur`an, vs rippling SAH. Aoki lists Taiwan in Chinese at 11-17, which would be jammed, plus VOR in English via Pet/Kam since July 7 at 14-16 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** KUWAIT. 15540, when R. Kuwait says ``News in Brief`` at 2050 UT Aug 15, they really mean it. Took only three minutes for a handful of headlines, 2053 back to their beloved primary format, rock music before 2059 signing off (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** MEXICO. Results of leaving my analog TV running hour after hour on channel 2 next to the computer: Aug 15 at 2306 UT, a ch 2 fades in with Azteca 7 promo from the south, presumably XHTAU, Tampico. Fades out within a minute, and nothing on higher channels. But correlates nicely with a few contact paths on the 6m Es DX map from someone circa Ciudad Victoria, to central Missouri, etc. Estimated MUF of 53 MHz was obviously exceeded briefly (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** MOROCCO. 15341, RTM, stix to this off-frequency, Aug 16 at 1443 in Arabic causing het with 15340, presumably HCJB Australia S Asian service. The Arabic has a slight echo, long/short path, or deliberate on the modulation for effect and decreased SW readability?

By 1513, RTM has switched to 15345 (why not 15346?), with slight whine, I think rather than an Argie het which is often the case. They should do just the opposite, 15345 before 15, 15340 after. But then they and LRA are both out of it, not bothering with HFCC (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** OKLAHOMA. UNIDENTIFIED. DTV DX is frustrating, with manual tuning on the converter, because you can often see numerous signal bars, all too weak to decode. And it`s hard to tell what direxion they are really coming from; they could be from opposite or side direxions from where aimed, if strong enough. Trying to peak them by jockeying the rotor is iffy. Aug 15 at 1508 UT aimed ENE, such are seen on 20-22-28-34-36-47-49. All but 34 and 36 are likely full-powers from the Tulsa/Muskogee/Okmulgee market which is slightly S of due E.

Checking, 34 could also be Tulsa, 15 kW translator formerly known as K15DA. 36 could be KRSC, nearby Claremore. There ought to be some way to pull out a PSIP ID from such weak signals, even lacking video and audio decode (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** RUSSIA. 15340, Aug 16 at 1549, poor carrier with flutter, intermittent Russian tune-up tones. Per Aoki, it will be VOR in Russian via Serpukhov at 16-18 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** RUSSIA [non]. 15565, R. Svoboda, Aug 16 at 1330 with ID, Moscow timecheck, fair. During this hour it`s 500 kW, 85 degrees via Rampisham UK, but preceding and following hours, 15565 is via Lampertheim, GERMANY; why switch back and forth? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SAIPAN. 11650, Monday Aug 16 at 1259, R. Teos ID in Russian and vamping music, good at S9+20 but a semiminute later ruined by tinkling NHK IS from Sackville 11655, and then too much splatter; another Russian announcement before I fled. Checking Aoki and WRTH May Update for KFBS NMI, while 11650 is on the air earlier in Russian, and various central-Asian languages, nothing is accounted for Mondays just before 1300, but daily 1300-1330 is Kazakh, so apparently was just signing on today. Radio Teos by name is not found either, as it`s just a program within KFBS, not considered a station itself (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SAUDI ARABIA. 17705, Aug 16 at 1450 in Arabic, poor. I was thinking this was one of the Sudanese surrogate services, but not now, merely Riyadh, BSKSA first program, to Europe and USward beyond, off by 1456 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SOUTH CAROLINA [non]. 9980, WWCR-4 now with Brother Scare, new on this frequency, Aug 16 at 1257, 1319; 1419 someone else preaching for the moment, but still Overcomer Ministry, about two words behind 9385 WWRB. 1508 check, BS is also on WINB during this hour, 9335, with heavy CCI and SAH from V. of Korea and/or R. Ashna, Kuwait --- three frequencies, none synchronized. 9335 a bit less QRMed by 1556, and at 1601 WINB had switched to 13570 for two hours from Fence Lake NM.

The WWCR pdf schedule has been updated as of August 16, showing Brother Scare is now 24/7 on transmitter 4, 9980/5890! Also: Saturdays only 17-20 on 13845 and 18-21 on 12160.

¿Is this reflected in BS` own SW schedule now at
Sort of, totally botched as usual, mixing up stations and frequencies, showing 3215, 5890 and 12160 as WWRB instead of WWCR; WINB on wrong 9330.

So goodbye to everything else on WWCR-4, including the Sunday 2330 airing of WORLD OF RADIO on 9980. The four original times remain scheduled on other transmitters.

FWIW, no PPP on WWCR at all now. PMS/DGS/University Network is now:
5935: daily 00-12. 13845: Sunday 12-24; M-F 15-24; Sat 12-15, 20-24

** SPAIN. 15385, REE Sephardic service, Monday August 16, poor at 1430, closing fanfare cut off at 1454:45* before it could conclude, geez! There`s always the loud and clear repeat at 0115-0145 UT Tuesdays on 11795, if they keep remembering to turn on the transmitter then (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SWEDEN. 13870, Aug 16 at 1605, Farsi talk under heavy RTTY. I was expecting Israel, but Aoki lists instead R. Sweden, direct. 13870 is scheduled: M-F 1600-1630 with Persian on Mon/Tue/Wed, Assyrian on Thu/Fri; also Kurdish M-F 1630-1700; daily in English at 1530-1600, 1700-1730, Swedish 1500-1530. Get it while you can (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. KVOH 17775 was missing Aug 14, and I don`t think I noticed it either on Aug 15; but Aug 16 at 1550, good signal with Spanish preacher; M-F only? That would probably be too straightforward (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A [non]. 13645, weak Aug 16 at 1602, hymn singing in uncertain language with organ. It`s only YFR in Arabic via Wertachtal, GERMANY, nothing exotic (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** VENEZUELA [non]. 11680, Aug 16 at 1459 with RHC news sounder, IS,
ID, 1459.5 cut to OC and soon the RNV IS and sign-on. Usually sloppy switching by RadioCuba (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED [and non]. 13580, two stations colliding Aug 16 at 1600, CRI IS, scheduled Russian via Urumqi, EAST TURKISTAN; and by 1603 the other one is Qur`aning, but not // Saudi 13710. Most likely Cairo, EGYPT is overrunning its Albanian hour on 13580 at 15-16 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ###