venerdì 24 settembre 2010

Glenn Hauser logs September 24, 2010 [MORE]

** ALASKA. 7355, heard preacher in English around 1230, presumed KNLS; next check 1251 fair signal going from music to anti-science, anti-thought, Creation Moment; just before it, there was ``running water`` ute QRM. No doubt the faithful concluded that it was God`s will for the QRM to stop flowing in time for His C.M. to be in the clear. First time in weeks I have heard KNLS well enough to ID during its only known English hour; conditions have to be just right. Their new website
contains this info headed September:

``Transmitter Challenges --- In June, we told of the problems with one of KNLS's two transmitters. Problems continue, as the malfunctioning transmitter is 25 years old, and the challenge of obtaining replacement parts has been daunting. But we're continuing the effort. The newer transmitter is operating fine, so the KNLS English Hour is currently available one hour a day on 7355 khz on the 41 meter band at 1200 hours UTC. The English broadcast will soon add two more hours on the newer transmitter. By this time next month, the KNLS English Hour should be available three times daily.

KNLS is on the air daily from 800 hours UTC (Universal Coordinated Time [sic], also known as Greenwich Mean Time) to 1800 hours UTC.

KNLS broadcasts in Chinese, Russian, and English. When the old transmitter is repaired, the English Hour will be carried at 800, 1000, 1200, and 1400 UTC. You get times and frequencies of all KNLS broadcasts through this link
These frequencies are in effect until October 31st. Assuming the old transmitter stays down for a while, which appears likely, we'll let you know the new times and frequencies on the newer transmitter.``

However, the ``Current Broadcast Schedule`` as linked above contradicts! It does show only one frequency at a time, but English at some different additional times; can anyone confirm them?

Time  (khz) Meters Language
0800-0900 11870 25 Russian
0900-1000 11870 25 Chinese
1000-1100 11870 25 English ***
1100-1200 11870 25 Chinese
1200-1300  7355 41 English
1300-1400  9920 31 Chinese
1400-1500  7355 41 Chinese
1500-1600  9920 31 English ***
1600-1700 11765 25 Russian
1700-1800 11765 25 Russian

Since it`s 1530+ as I write this, I pause to check for the new English broadcast at 1500 on 9920. Using the DX-398 on the porch with reel-out antenna plugged into the jack, to get away from computer noise inside, there is a signal, but too weak to be sure it`s in English and KNLS.

Then I accidentally touch the radio`s whip terminal to a metal railing into the ground and voilà, the signal goes up enough to recognize it as English in typical KNLS format. So much for antenna vs ground theory. I`ll have to try this on other frequencies and times.

As usual, KNLS is one of the earliest stations to post its next-season schedule,

which for B-10 has English at 08, 10, 12 and 14 all on 7355, plus 9655 at 1200; and a new frequency for some others, 7300. 9655 looks problematic, probably colliding with DW/Sri Lanka and Kashgar, so English at 12 might wind up on alternate 9615 instead, but that also collides with CRI. However, colliding with Asian stations is nothing new for KNLS, target only Asia (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** ANTARCTICA. 15476, LRA36, Sept 24 at 1301 very poor with music, just enough to confirm it is on the air this Friday (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CANADA. 6070, still open carrier only from CFRX, Sept 24 at 0607; and around 1245 mixing with North Korea audio (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CHINA. Firedrake Sept 24: conditions from E Asia poor.
 8400, just barely audible at 1250
10500, JBA at 1256
No others up to 15 MHz heard before 1300

** CUBA. Contrary to 24 hours earlier, RHC Sept 24 at 0608 check had English back on four frequencies instead of two: 5970, 6010, 6060, 6150, the last one muffled, with Spanish on 6120, 5040 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** EQUATORIAL GUINEA [and non]. 6250, on the air Sept 24, still weakly audible in presumed Spanish at 0607; while SASASAM, WESTERN SAHARA [non] was much stronger with usual chantfest on 6297.1. Don`t often hear both of them at once (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** GUATEMALA. 4055, caught R. Verdad at sign-off playing Guatemalan NA, Sept 24 at 0601, but QRM from ute bursts. It`s a beautiful piece of music I recommend hearing clearly online from one of the NA sites (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** INDONESIA. 9526-, VOI English hour at 13-14 has been on the air every day this week, tho not always logged. Still VG signal but annoying with occasional audio dropouts. In the 1335-1336 minute Sept 24, I counted five OADs very irregularly spaced, all but one during the first semiminute. At 1336 was transitioning from Miscellany to Music Corner featuring a pop singer, name sounded like Inez Cynthia, so back to Mesopotamia, see KURDISTAN, for some much more exotic music (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** KURDISTAN [non]. 11530, V. of Mesopotamia, Sept 24 at 1333, fair with Kurdish music, flutter to S9+12 peaks, 1343 featuring rapid ululations, heard past 1356, during the Friday-morning-feast of folk music from several stations, but I favored this one over NZ`s Maori music on better 6170, Bulgaria on 15700, and Indonesia`s pop on 9526-.

This season, WYFR has wisely quit using 11530 after 0845, leaving Denge Mezopotamya in the clear, currently scheduled 0400-1600 per Aoki via Mykolaiv (Nikolayev), UKRAINE. It seems the PKK ``terrorists`` with legal problems in Denmark HQ vs their Roj TV, have had no problem keeping the radio broadcasts going tnx to the collaboration of TDP in Belgium (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SUDAN [non]. Re my previous report of VOA`s Sudan in Focus, M-F 1630-1700 scheduled on 9675, 12015, 13825, but missing from the show`s audio file, Kim Elliott replied later Sept 23:

``Hi Glenn, The audio link is working now, at least here. Listening to the RMS in Cairo, it sounds like there were some switching problems earlier this week -- "Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty Praha" ID loop and Special English heard -- but proper audio is on the frequencies as of 23 Sept.

Listen for yourself....

Under Broadcasters, click VOA
Under Languages, click SUEN
Under Locations, click CAIR
Under Dates, click ALL (don't forget this step)
On the next page, under Frequencies, click ALL
Farther down the page, click Listen
You will get several links to mp4 files
73 Kim``

Hiroshi in Japan via Sei-ichi Hasegawa, DXLD yg, also reported that SIF started Sept 23 instead of Sept 20, the frequencies Sept 20-22 carrying the RFE/RL ID loop. It seems that IBB often has such problems getting its act together for anything new (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U K [non]. BBCWS news in English at 1304 Sept 24 giving optional cutaway ``BBC News`` cue for affiliates who find three minutes of world news plenty, and BBC is so happy to accommodate them --- both on 17830 and 17640, but not synchronized, 17640 a few words ahead of 17830, despite both via Ascension; and at 1306, 17640 goes into Friday Documentary while some other not // feature is on 17830, another example of the absurd fragmentation of BBCWS programming. 17640 is at 114 degrees to C & S Africa, while 17830 is 65 degrees for the Nigeria-Gabon region, who must have separate programming. By 1325 both had faded down to unusability here. BTW, 21 MHz was dead this morning (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. Just as I tuned by 1470, Sept 24 at 1233, heard ``NewsTalk 1470, KYYW`` ID but no location, back to Bill Bennett. Thank you very much, no need to listen more than a few sex for his nonsense. KYYW is in Abilene TX, maybe first time logged here.

O, I am sure I heard it sesquidecades ago under original calls KRBC, which ended on 10/30/1984, and since then has had six other calls, the current ones starting 6/24/2004, as conveniently compiled by FCC at (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. Re previous report of WWCR switching to 3255 for an hour at 0358-0458: the person tipping me was Travers DeVine, not Sean Travers, he reminds me, since he normally signs only as Travers (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. 1521, checked almost 24 hours later, Sept 24 at 0600, no carrier, or het audible on KOKC 1520; nor 1539. I am still hoping MW DXers in northern UK will comment on whether 2 MW Saudi Arabia is still audible there as late as 0635 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ###