sabato 19 febbraio 2011

Glenn Hauser logs February 17-18, 2011

** BRAZIL. 9675-, Feb 17 at 2226, ``Rede Canção Nova`` ID, ``para todo o Brasil``, ``rede católica``, flutter and lo het, as this reads slightly on the lo side compared to BFO zeroed on WWV 10000. Several more IDs followed in commercial-like enthusiastic unabashed self-promotion for the next four minutes, until 2230 programming resumed. This is ZYE971, 10 kW from Cachoeira Paulista. I wonder what its waterfall looks like (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CHINA [and non]. Following Ron Howard`s report of Firedrake after 19 UT on 9355, 9455, 9905 and 11945, all against R. Free Asia, I looked for these Feb 17 at 1907. I could hear some Chinese talk on 11945 and 9355, both poor, and traces of signals on 9455 and 9905, none of which sounded like Firedrake music. Either the jamming switched to CNR1 today, or I was really hearing RFA without either jamming, blotted out by the higher-latitude paths from China thru the auroral zone. RFA sites: 9355 and 9455 Saipan, 9905 Tinian, 11945 Tajikistan.

8400, Firedrake Feb 18 at 1337, poor with flutter, and no others heard except usual mix with other jamming on 6030 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA. 1620, Feb 18 at 0716, R. Rebelde atop the jumble, unusual but conditions are auroral, // 5025 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA [and non]. 6140, RHC frequency announcement at 1359 Feb 18 is incredibly correct as per published schedule, except one of the frequencies mentioned, 12040 is not on the air, unimpeding weak Turkish English on 12035 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** GUINEA [and non]. 7125, RTG missing again Feb 18 at 0702 check, altho not much else making it on 7 MHz either, poor propagation; not even CFRX 6070 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** INDONESIA. 9526-, VOI mostly music, VG signal but with IADs during Indonesian hour Feb 18 at 1450, cut off a few sex before 1500* so no postscript in English today. Around 1345 during earlier English hour, signal was much weaker, barely making it (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** NEW ZEALAND [and non]. 9765, Feb 18 at 0705, RNZI is VG, and RA 9710 is good, the only signals of any note on the 31m band otherwise blacked out (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SEYCHELLES [non]. 11985, Thu Feb 17 at 2146 unID station in French with heavy flutter, but then in something like Arabic, mostly talk with bits of music here and there. 2200 ID starting ``Huna --- akbar --- something`` so must be Arabic, gives a website also containing akbar (or is it akhbar?), jingles, and ``Vous êtes à l`écoute de ---`` but could not recognize the name in French either; 2202 back to music, then more talk; was on at least until 2210 tune-out, but gone at 2221 recheck. What in the world?

Uplooked later in HFCC, it`s FEBA listed in Pulaar, 250 kW, 27 degrees via Babcock from Ascension, 2145-2215 on Mon-Tue-Thu-Fri only. I was thinking it must be an official/government station, as I heard nothing to hint it was Christian, or Islamic for that matter. Nor any FEBA IS tho I missed both opening and closing. Other signals from Ascension, such as YFR 15195, and Brasil also had that heavy trans-equatorial flutter.

I had a much more thoroly researched log of this in DXLD 10-48, with date incorrectly as Dec 30 instead of Nov 30, also about the language. There we are also reminded by Aoki that the first half is in Hassania, which is an Arabic dialect, only the second half in Pulaar, not to be confused with mere Pular.

We are still lacking the correct full IDs of this service/program/ministry in Hassania, French, Pulaar. WRTH really ought to publish full IDs of every station in every language. If not, a project someone else, a language buff/DXer, should take up on the web (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SPAIN [non]. REE`s Basque broadcast, Fri Feb 18 at 1341 on 11815 without NHK QRM, and on 15170 atop RRI QRM (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 17775, KVOH was again on the air Thursday Feb 17, VG at 2138 check and it was also on before 1600 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 9955, nothing much before 2200 Feb 17, as WRMI is off the air weekdays 17-22, but at 2213 check, when WORLD OF RADIO is underway, there is wall-of-noise heavy jamming by the DentroCuban Jamming Command; with BFO I can detect the WRMI carrier underneath, but not a recognizable word of modulation. Tnx a lot, Arnie! The morning airings on WRMI usually fare better, such as Fri 1530, Sat 1500, Sun 1630, Tue 1630, Wed 1630, Thu 1600.

WORLD OF RADIO 1552 confirmed on new frequency 5050 from WWRB, UT Friday Feb 18 at 0430; some fading, not as strong and clear here as 3185 was, but I hope still has good coverage beyond the skip zone from TN.

WWCR airings: Fri 2130 on 7465, Sat 1700 on 12160, Sun 0730 on 3215 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ###