giovedì 9 settembre 2010

Glenn Hauser logs September 9, 2010

** CUBA. RHC anomaly observations: UT Sept 9 at 0549, 6060 is again on the air but in Spanish instead of usual English at this hour, // Spanish 6120 and 5040, and 6060 suffers splash de REE direct from Spain even when it`s talk rather than music. English RHC on 5970, 6010, 6150.

9965, DentroCuban Jamming Command, same story as last few days, *1358:25 Sept 9 with initial pulsing over R. Australia Chinese via Palau, rapidly piling on for a wall of noise by 1359 with nothing else audible, such as the real target of this. Still going past 1618; yet to determine when it quits, tho not heard later in the afternoon (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** INDONESIA. 9526-, VOI, Thursday Sept 9 at 1249 during Japanese hour, just open carrier with hum, no modulation, ergo no audio dropouts either! Still OC during English hour at 1310, past 1330. Recheck at 1356, carrier was already off, so CRI Russian 9525 gets to start at 1357 without a het, for a change (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** KOREA NORTH [non]. 6135, Sept 9 at 1405, very poor in noise level, talk in Korean or Japanese? With some piano music. Must be Shiokaze/Sea Breeze, as heard daily by Ron Howard in California on its 1400-1430 alternate frequency to 5910.

I have not been able to hear it since spring, as 49m is too far into the dayside, and it`s still two hours after local sunrise. In fact, our latest sunrises in Dec-Jan will still be somewhat before 1400, I confidently predict. This transmission from JSR, Yamata, Japan is 100 kW at 290 degrees (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** PERU. 6019.3, R. Victoria seems missing again after reappearing Sept 8. On Sept 9 at 0558, I barely tune 6020 in time, but don`t think it was hetting CRI; and after Sackville QRT, could not detect it on cleared channel (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** RUSSIA [and non]. Voice of Russia and Radio PMR keep juggling their schedules, in a power struggle? Earlier this week, VOR replaced PMR on 9665 with English at 0000-0200, in addition to usual VOR English after 0200 via Pridnestrovye.

Then as found by Joe Hanlon, NJ, PMR turned up on 6240 at 0000-0200 Sept 8 with 15-minute language rotation blox including English at 0000, 0045, 0130; 6240 has been its winter frequency previously, and supposedly has been in use summerly for Europe at 17-19 M-F.

However, as tipped by Mark Coady in Ontario, 9665 was back to PMR on Sept 8, opening English at 0000, but VOR had it during the previous hour; and when he checked again at 0057 Sept 9, 9665 had resumed VOR less than an hour after PMR started.

My own observations: UT Sept 9 at 0024 I find French from PMR on 9665, and 6240 now in Russian, not sure which service. VOR English is on 5900 ex-9890 at 22-02, audible here at 0030 but rather poor; while PMR on 9665 had gone into English. Next check at 0106, 9665 was in English but sounded like PMR to me, rather than VOR. Perhaps master control in Moscow and/or the Grigoriopol operators are quite confused or uncertain about which service to put on which frequency at which hours. Such behaviour is not listener-friendly.

Meanwhile, another day goes by and VOR still makes no attempt to update its schedule at
which still shows 9890 at 22-02, 9665 at 02-04 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** RUSSIA. A sure sign of the imminent equinox: 5930, motorboating Petropavlovsk/Kamchatskiy transmitter with unstable carrier audible already at 0559 UT Sept 9; aided by unusually weak WWCR DGS 5935, as ``the skip was long``, likewise BS on 5890. We normally hear 5930 until 1300*.

Amused myself by clocking 5+1 timesignal to 0600 which ended 5 seconds late compared to WWV. It seems the Russians are not that concerned about accuracy, but timesignal pips imply precision! Otherwise they might as well give a verbal timecheck somewhere around the top of the hour. Then ID in Russian, as information program from R. Rossii (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. Confirmed on webcast first airing this week of new WORLD OF RADIO 1529, also 9955 from WRMI, at 1500 UT Thursday Sept 9. Next few SW airings should be: Thursday 1900 on WBCQ 7415, 2100 on WRMI 9955, Friday 0330 on WWRB 3185, 1430 on WRMI 9955, 2030 on WWCR 15825. Webcasts available from all of them too (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ###