martedì 1 febbraio 2011

Glenn Hauser logs February 1, 2011

** CUBA. What a relief! RHC missing from all 49 and 60m frequencies, Feb 1 at 0706 when usually in Spanish: no 6150, 6120, 6060, 6050 or 5040; however, the DentroCuban Jamming Command was still in business on 6030 and 5980, as was R. Rebelde on 5025, so not an overall power failure.

This allowed RN in Dutch thru clearly on 6120 –-- see NETHERLANDS [non], and no QRM to NHK`s operatic excerpts on 6145; see JAPAN.

Before 0700, Harold Sellers in BC reported RHC 6010, 6050, 6060 and 6150 were all on the air in English.

Back to abnormal after sunrise: 13680 and 13780 still on the air at 1522 past nominal 1500*, hoary old Fidel speech on `Voces de la Revolución`. 15360 was also still running, and unlike the others, 15230 had phone-ringing mixed into audio. It`s been quite a while since we were treated to that on RHC! I feared 15120 would also still be on, but no, Nigeria in the clear (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** INDONESIA. 9525, VOI, Feb 1 at 1503 with news in English, unusual, plus usual IADs interrupting. YL concludes already in less than a minute as ``this was Newslink from Voice of Indonesia in Jakarta``. Right back into music with frenetic song in Brazilian, mentioning ``alegria``, ``Madalena``. 1507 self-aggrandizing slogan ``Voice of Indonesia, being first, being different, being the best!`` And more pop music. 1511 ``Voice of Indonesia, keeping dignity alive``, and OM DJ with back-announcement in Indonesian, including ``Macarena``, it sounded like he said, but that was not the song heard earlier.

With every passing minute I grew more and more apprehensive that this would cut off the air as I knew this transmission was on borrowed time. And so it did, abruptly at 1511:20* (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** JAPAN. 6145, good Feb 1 at 0705, NHK with operatic excerpts, ``L'amour est un oiseau rebelle`` from Bizet`s Carmen, soprano and piano accompaniment, // much weaker 6165 as to be expected from 330 vs 35 degrees USward from Yamata; no CubaRM from 6150 as all RHC frequencies were missing from 49m (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** NETHERLANDS [non]. 6120, with Cuba unexpectedly absent from all its 49m frequencies including this, something in Dutch was in the clear Feb 1 at 0706, no doubt RNW and no doubt from anywhere but the Netherlands.

Current sked shows via VATICAN at 0658-0759 daily, 0759-0859 M-F, and 0759-0900 Sat & Sun. Wonder what that extra minute on weekends consists of? At 0759 beam from SMG changes from 266 to 4 degrees. 6120 is also via Nauen, Germany, daily at 0559-0658 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** NEW ZEALAND. 9765, RNZI the SSOB by far, Feb 1 at 0702, much stronger than Australia 9660, and not much else at all from western and northern hemispheres (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** PHILIPPINES. 9570, Feb 1 at 1459, RVA ID in English twice from Quezon City, introducing Russian hour about to start. 1500 bells and Russian opening, but I do not hear the word ``Blagovest``. Maybe I am just missing it and this is still the same program as before (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SPAIN. 17595, REE`s foreign-language news capsules reconfirmed Feb 1 at 1530 starting in heavily accented Portuguese, then French, and from 1537.6, English, story #1 being Cairo demonstrations, day 8.

I still need to reconfirm whether Basque is airing M-F at 1330 as that was missing at least twice last week (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 9405, still unable to detect WINB, Feb 1 at 0702, but a JBA carrier maybe from it, in any event hardly serving its purpose. 31m conditions were almost dead except for NZ [q.v.] and Australia (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 11715-, KJES is only rarely audible, tho supposedly on daily at 1400-1700. Finally it shows again Feb 1 at 1518 with S9+20 signal in catechisms by adults, no kids at the moment, but just barely modulated (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. 6730.0 SSB, as I tuned down 1 MHz from WYFR 7730 at 0655 Feb 1, heard a bit of music here, then talk, but very weak. Thought it might be a pirate broadcaster, but maybe just a momentary outburst by a musical 2-way communicator (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

Winter storm: blowing snow and temp 10.8 F at 1745 UT Feb 1, probably today`s high; not quite as bad as further south and east in OK. No ice around here, but power outages as close as the next town to the south, Waukomis. KFOR shows peak wind gusts to 53 mph in Enid. NWS predicted wind chills as low as -20 F (Glenn Hauser, Enid) ###