martedì 15 febbraio 2011

Glenn Hauser logs February 15, 2011

** AUSTRALIA [and non]. 6020, RA in Tok Pisin, Feb 15 at 1033, mentioning Manus, helicopter, ``people have been looking``. Here`s the story in plain English, about the crash, piloted by a missing Aussie, who may have swum ashore:

Good signal, no het, so Perú must have been off; as Bolivia [q.v.] further east was still arriving well on 6134.8.

9710 also in Tok-Pisin // 6020 at 1048 Feb 15 interviewing someone speaking English about protecting Aussie tuna.

6140, nostalgic to hear Oz accent here on ancient VLW/VLX Perth frequency, Feb 15, 2011 at 1121, but now it`s only RA relayed via SINGAPORE, 11-13, 100 kW, 13 degrees USward, talking about Myanmar where the temp is around 31 degrees; running slightly behind // 6020 Shepparton (back to English after Tok Pisin hour). Would have been blocked until Feb by all-night RHC; now only problem is local cable DTV box bubble-jamming with RHC not starting until 1200 tho carrier probably on somewhat earlier (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** BOLIVIA. 6134.8, Feb 15 at 1034 Andean music, to 6:34 timecheck in Spanish, DJ talking about the conjunto, S9+13, nice signal and modulation with some fading; 1038 TC as 6:37, ``en su compañía, Radio Santa Cruz``, YL vocal music in Spanish. No het or other QRM to this lucky station despite being off-frequency. Can also be heard in evenings when nothing is on 6135. Nice to have this, as it`s tough to pull any 60m Bolivians here thru the noise (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CANADA. 6070, CFRX, Feb 15 at 1026 UT with Letterman`s Top Ten of last night, this time presented by a dizaine of the SISSI gals; however, they were not wearing swimsuits for this appearance! On radio did not matter much. LTT is often heard as a radio clip, I suppose availablized by CBS in coöperation with Worldwide Pants; is this its regular spot on Newstalk 10-10? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CHINA. 8400, Firedrake very poor Feb 15 at 1042 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA [and non]. 9955, Dentro-Cuban Jamming Command, Feb 15 at 1050, wall of noise obliterating any possible signal from WRMI, which before and after 1100 weekdays is nothing but WRN relays in English. Tnx a lot, Arnie! (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) See also AUSTRALIA; VENEZUELA

** DOMINICAN REPUBLIC. 2280+, 2 x 1140, Feb 15 at 1054, S9+15 signal well above the noise level in romantic music; 1055 ``Radio Anacaona, [via?] la reina del sur`` canned ID, loud and clear but was not taping. Then I rolled tape and caught identical ID at next break 1100, right back to music. Here`s a 24-second clip with sample of the music:

Trouble is, its town, San Juan de la Maguana is not on the south coast but in west-central RD, not far from Haiti. Googling on it gets a number of hits in French too (or could there be a Haitian station by the same name? None in WRTH, but FM is incomplete). Maybe they help Haiti out, post-earthquake.

Here`s a photo of their building:

See my previous report for research on the name Anacaona (accent on the o). My original log of it around 0000-0030 had higher noise/signal ratio, but modulation seemed somewhat distorted. Now I am more sure of that, in music and as lively DJ starts talking around 1102; carrier is also slightly unstable. I then compared it to 1280 and 3280 [see ECUADOR], and found 2280 to be slightly on the hi side.

1106 talk, too bassy, overmodulated/distorted, ad with siren SFX. Talk still audible at 1123. Sunrise there today was 1113 UT. It will become an hour earlier by summer solstice (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

Previous report of 2280 with another ID clip, presumably discoverer Tim Tromp: 01-31-2011, 07:47 PM, kilokat7, Location: West Michigan:

``Medium wave harmonics - one right now --- For the last couple of nights I've been picking up a strong second harmonic on 2280 kHz from mediumwaver Radio Anacaona (2 x 1140) coming out of the Dominican Republic. Get 'em while you can! Strong signal tonight with Latin music at 0035 UT. Audio from last night with ID:
2280 khz Radio Anacaona 31JA11 0210 UTC.mp3``

(via DXLD)

** ECUADOR. 3280-, Feb 15 at 1112, weak music slightly on the lo side compared to 1280 and 2280 [see DR], no doubt LV del Napo, measured on 3279.93 Jan 20 when David Sharp, NSW heard presumably this. Asians on 105 and 90m were not making it, with aurora threatening (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** GUATEMALA. 4052.5-, kept hoping to catch R. Verdad signing on, Feb 15 checked several times between 1100 and 1143, but it never appeared, while I was hearing KWMO 4050, see U S A. Dr Madrid had said that the transmitter has to warm up for a sesquihour before it will work, so unless someone comes in and turns it on at 0930-1000, its opening will be late (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** GUINEA. 7125, further checking for RTG, Feb 15 at 0626: nothing there. However, at next check 0637, there it is in French, 0640 talking about Le Président, with music. ACI on the USB of 7125 from the LSB of a ham. So this transmitter continues on air sporadically, now amid a hamband (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** JAPAN [non]. 6120, NHK World Radio in Spanish, Feb 15 at 1028, VG via Sackville, CANADA, 250 kW, 227 degrees to targets where it`s mostly 4 am, cut off at 1029*, while // 6195, much weaker via BONAIRE stayed on a minute longer until 1030* allowing a program outro to be heard, ``hasta nuestro próximo`` but no ID or formal sign-off; and a snippet in English ``of Japan`` before carrier cut. Bonaire is aimed 210 degrees, i.e. to NW S America where it is now 5:30 am. Must be a lot of early-risers down there, even earlier in Mexico and Central America; or the scheduling is for the convenience of Tokyo and the relayers, not the listeners (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** MAURITANIA [and non]. 7245 has been missing lately; definitely absent Feb 15 at 0626 check, and not on 4845 either at 0628. Is anybody hearing it anymore, anywhen? GUINEA q.v. was propagating; Tunisia best on 7335. Meanwhile, Vatican incoming better on 7250, English until 0630, then Latin (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** MEXICO. 6010, R. Mil, Feb 15 at 1117, ad for hotel, S9+20, nice signal much better than after sunrise, and no QRM at first, then lite het with pitch increasing slowly: HJDH came on?

6185, R. Educación certainly on the air at 1030 UT Feb 15, as I was checking adjacent RNV 6180; contrary to a report from IL that thought it was signing on just before 1100 with NA; axually goes off around 1230v after all-night broadcast (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** MICRONESIA. 4755.4, barely detectable carrier, presumably PMA The Cross on its characteristic off-frequency, Feb 15 at 1012 and also another carrier equally weak closer to 4755.0, presumably Brasil`s Immaculate Conception, with which one must be careful not to confuse this, even earlier. PMA has said it is now closing down much earlier than 1200, but the exact time appears to vary a lot (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** PHILIPPINES. 9570, Feb 15 at 1519 check, still missing is R. Veritas Asia, no R. Blagovest in Russian (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 9405, Feb 15 at 1043, gospel rock, no doubt Radio 2:11 via WINB with usual wobbly carrier, very good signal now while four hours earlier 31m was virtually dead following solar flare at 0156; but it is often dead anyway with plummeting MUF in nightmiddle as far as WINB is concerned (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. 4050-, Feb 15 at 1018, JBA ads in English with 800 numbers; 1052 country music, still audible at 1115, and carrier at 1132; 1137 fade-up for ad about tax return preparation vs IRS, 1138 electronic cigarette for addicts to pretend to smoke. Certainly the oft-heard third harmonic of KWMO, 1350, Washington MO. I was also looking for GUATEMALA, q.v. on 4052.5- (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. 4045-USB, Marine Weather Center, Lakeland FL, Feb 15 at 1138 listening for emergency traffic, none heard, so onward with Caribbean weather summary from radar and satellite images; 1139 about Turks & Caicos; some bonker QRM on lo side. Is Mon-Sat net at *1130 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 11715-, KJES, Feb 15 at 1520, adult with Jesus story about Golgotha, etc., choral music background. Fairly good modulation level this time. Had not heard any sign of this 14-17 UT broadcast for more than a week (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 17895, Feb 15 at 1525, VOA, `Border Crossings` with Larry London, quite good signal I had not heard on this frequency before, which is 100 kW, 100 degrees from São Tomé; meanwhile, not audible on other listed African channel, Botswana 17715. Perhaps abnormal propagation today following solar flare.
Larry was taking calls from two Pakistani YLs, Shahana and then Tina (at first he thought she said ``peanut``, ha ha, make that her nickname), both of whom speak excellent English and have US connexions. Shahana was prompted to greet a friend in New York in Urdu. They were both listening to –something FM 99 locally; it was Shahana`s first time, and she really had to call in. Finally back to music at 1535, a song enhanced by Autotune effects, how tiresome. Weakening at 1556 and apparently off a bit before 1600 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 17775, KVOH with predicador in Spanish, Feb 15 at 1557, usual unstable carrier, VG level at S9+22 but no 17921v spur audible yet. No sign of 17775 the last few days. This correlates with the WRTH Update schedule showing Tue-Fri only, but also irregular. Anyhow, they still haven`t unloaded their ailing multi-ton transmitter to some gullible evangelist (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** VENEZUELA [non]. In case anybody cares, RNV relays via CUBA remain unchanged, including the years-out-of-date transmission schedule it is still announcing at 1031 Feb 15 on 6180, not including this one, nor the next one reconfirmed on 6060 with El Hugazo at 1122, both long before RHC itself fires up now at 1200 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ###