venerdì 10 settembre 2010

Glenn Hauser logs September 9-10, 2010

** ALGERIA [non]. 5865, Sept 10 at 0456 good signal, RTA with Qur`an via FRANCE, but cut it off abruptly at 0457*. Allah`ll get `em for that. TDF waits for no man or god when the time comes to change frequencies. Meanwhile, back in Algiers, they ought to be aware of things like this and program accordingly (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** ANTARCTICA. 15476, LRA36 fair with music, Friday Sept 10 at 1305, stronger than hetted Rampisham 15480. Now for a weekend rest (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** AUSTRALIA. VL8 stations best on 2310, then 2325, JBA on 2485 with talk at 1227 Sept 10. No trace of R. Symban on 2368.5v --- just too much noise and/or too little gain and/or too late in the day past local sunrise, but will keep trying, as it has now been heard all over North America, sometimes reported as strong as the 50 kW VL8s! (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** BONAIRE. 6250, NHK Spanish leapfrog mixing product, perfectly readable even with max attenuation, Sept 10 at 0515; also some Dutch audio, as 6080 saults over 6165. 6250 has some Spanish SSB on the hi side, ute beeps on the lo side; and Equatorial Guinea not yet on, and still not when I quit around 0540 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CHINA. Firedrake Sept 10:
8400, poor to fair at 1221
No others found before 1300 or 1305-1314 up to 18 MHz

** COSTA RICA. 5965, REE relay missing Sept 10 at 0500 check, allowing weak signal from Vatican to come thru opening English, but with RHC 5970 ACI; REE scheduled 04-08 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA [and non]. RHC anomalies Sept 10: at 0500, 6000 is still on in English instead of 6010, open for Colombia/Mexico het mix. English also on 5970, 6150; and at 0508, 6060 under REE 6055 splash.

9965, like clockwork, DentroCuban jamming starts again Sept 10 at *1358:25, quickly building up to noise wall and ruining Radio Australia, Palau in Chinese, if nothing else. In fact it probably is on a clock timer. Set and forget whether there is really anything there needing jamming (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** GUAM [and non]. AFN on new frequency! 5755.5-USB, approximately, Sept 10 at 1253 during Marketplace Morning segment on NPR Morning Edition, running a few sex ahead of KOSU, which deliberately delays its analog audio to match IBOC.

Ex-5765, in the clear now but NOT a good idea for the 11 hours a day WTWW is on 5755 – currently 01-12 per FCC instead of 02-12 thru August, but haven`t confirmed that. AFN could be a punch-up error or variation? Further chex required (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** INDIA. 15795, AIR Chinese service, Sept 10 at 1302 with Indian vocal music, then Bollywood, flutter, but no ChiCom jamming audible; must be a propagational quirk.

9425, AIR National Channel, Bengaluru, Sept 10 at 1312 with tone test already, next check 1323 music but unseems Vande Mataram; 1325 Akashvani ID by YL, over music, flutter, peaks S9+20. 9425 is another frequency which has not been making it this summer but hope it will improve equinoxially; after this it steadily weakened and not much left past 1400.

Nothing audible from // Aligarh 9470 if it is still on, but also suffers from WTWW 9479 splash (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** INDONESIA. 3325, RRI Palangkaraya, surprisingly good Sept 10 at 1229-1232+ M&W in Indonesian over music bed, mentioning Radio RRI, Nippon Hoso Kyokai several times, and BBC London; a promo about their news sources? SSOB except for 3185 WWRB, and 4750 was much weaker (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** INDONESIA [and non]. 9526-, the VOI transmitter broke down Sept 9, open carrier and off before 1400, and still off Sept 10: no signal at all at 1219 and 1316 chex. Not a power outage at Cimanggis, since RRI 9680 was on with Qur`an at the latter time. Or VOI might have jumped unpredictably to alternate 11785v, but no sign of it or a het there, just the ChiCom/VOA radio war; let`s hope they learned their lesson about that frequency last year (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** MALAYSIA. 5030, RTM Sarawak presumed, beginning to show again, and looking forward to improved reception in fall and winter; Sept 10 at 1234 with music vs Cuba 5025, then M&W dialog in unknown language, not necessarily Malay (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** OKLAHOMA. The GCN pirate is back on the air in Enid, 99.9 MHz, not heard for a couple of sesquimonths (tho it could have been on sporadically, unnoticed). On caradio in central Enid, Sept 9 at 1920 UT, rightwing wacko Alex Jones; only national ads for gold, tasty MREs, etc. Reception somewhat spotty but about the same as before.

Site seems still to be the location we found on the south-central edge of Enid, as when we drove to the north side of Enid, it was losing out to KTCS 99.9 in Fort Smith AR, IDed, 192 miles away. On the west end of Enid, GCN was a little better with less problem from KTCS.

Around 2130 UT, a woman talkhost was on, presumably the glamorized Katherine Albrecht as on the schedule and also heard previously. Her guest now was Cindy Sheehan, the anti-war activist who lost a son to George W. Bush, and is not any happier with Barack H. Obama. She hasn`t been much in the news lately, and appearing here indicates a more moderate if not leftward orientation to the K.A. show, but I haven`t listened to her long enough to tell exactly where she`s coming from.

It seems that Cindy also has her own Soapbox radio show, mentioned at but nothing obvious about when and where to hear it ``online and on the air``, without plowing thru Facebook. O, wiki has another link to it:
It`s a weekly show, but suspect it`s mainly online; we await any broadcast affiliate info (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** OKLAHOMA. 10 days after its termination on RF9, KWTV transmitter is still on and running the NO PROGRAMMING slide described previously, Sept 10 at 0324 UT, silent audio. I have asked KWTV how much longer they will be wasting watts on this, and also suggested that once this is decided, they should give us a couple of more virtual channels on RF39, like sister station KOTV-45 Tulsa, e.g. no-cost CLASSIC ARTS (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** PERU [and non]. 6020, CRI Sackville, Sept 10 at 0502 hetless, so R. Victoria 6019.3 is gone again after a one-night appearance Sept 8 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** RUSSIA. 5930, R. Rossii, Pet/Kam, Sept 10 at 1242 Russian announcement, into familiar music by great Estonian composer Arvo Pärt, the piece evoking for me Arctic vastness, the dim sun struggling to broach the horizon and then fading out; but am not sure of the title. 1251 outro announcement mentioning Pärt, who is currently being celebrated in Estonia.

The 5930 transmitter still has hum/motorboating, and with BFO on can tell it is as usual unstable; // 5940 from Magadan weaker but unburdened by such problems. When talk resumed I could tell that 5940 was running a word ahead of 5930 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** RUSSIA [non]. Since the programming/stations carried on the 6240 and 9665 Pridnestrovye transmitters have been so variable the last few nights, I made a point of checking again UT Friday Sept 10 (starting 2358 UT Sept 9):

5900, too weak in the noise level to confirm, but supposedly VOR English 22-02, via ``Armavir``.

6240, at 2358 intermittent tune-up tones; 0000 Radio PMR in English. Could not check every quarter hour, but: 0032 in German, 0046 English, 0125 German, 0146 French and 0158 to ``au revoir`` at 0200*. One may with some confidence fill in the blanks as 0015 French, 0100 French, 0130 English, but don`t count on this every weeknight.

Since this was UT Friday, Radio PMR should be off for 70 hours, resuming at 0000 UT Monday. The question is whether 6240 will be on the air with VOR English, or Russian during this bihour on UT Saturday or Sunday.

9665: 2358 VOR English, saying would continue on 31 and 41m [what? AFAIK it`s on 49m, 5900]; Presumably has been on since 2300. 0000 re-opening VORWS in English. Signal steadily declines; 0125 still VOR English; 0158 now it`s so weak the Brazilian het is a problem, 0159 IS, 0200 still VOR English, I think.

Now, will VOR English stay on 9665 from 2300 to 0400 every night? 24 hours earlier, UT Friday Sept 9, Mark Coady and I heard PMR back on 9665 starting at 0000 but VOR had resumed before 0100. And 6240 I heard with some service in Russian during that hour.

9735: while we are straining to hear these weak signals in the noise, 9735 is on from 0200 Sept 10 opening La Voz de Rusia in Spanish, excellent via GUIANA FRENCH (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SOUTH CAROLINA [non]. 5890, Brother Scare via WWCR, Sept 10 at 0458 check with same horrible sideband noise as on day frequency 9980. I suspect the garbage is coming over the satellite feed from Walterboro, but could be filtered out; OTOH, other huge signals from WWCR such as 7490 have similar problems, so maybe they are just overdriving the modulation (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. WORLD OF RADIO 1529 confirmed on WRMI 9955, Friday Sept 10 at 1430. Next SW airing should be Friday 2030 on WWCR 15825 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 9370-, WTJC missing again/still, Sept 10 at 1220, 1326; no problem with some other US signals in the area: at the first time, WHRI/BBC on 9410, nearby NC station VOA on 9885; at the second time, WINB 9265, WWRB 9385 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A [non]. 9945, Yankee Doodle IS 1359 Friday Sept 10, 1400 VOA sign-on by DJ in English, then switching to Indonesian for this Thu-Fri-Sat-only pop music show; 250 kW, 200 degrees via Tinang, PHILIPPINES (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** VIETNAM. 7220, duet of romantic music, unknown language, Sept 10 at 1225 fair vs stronger VOA Korean 7225. Probably VOV Chinese service as scheduled, 100 kW, 27 degrees also USward, altho a Geermu, China transmitter is also listed here. Searching for reports of this frequency, most of them last few months concern Eritrea or Central African Republic, but not at this hour (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ###