martedì 22 febbraio 2011

Glenn Hauser logs February 22, 2011

** INDONESIA. 9526-, VOI off the air at 1408 check Feb 22. I wonder if they were also off before 1400 during what would have been this Tuesday`s ``Exotic Indonesia`` excursion to Banjarmasin for a co-produxion? 9680 RRI was OK with music from the other Cimanggis transmitter (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISENING DIGEST)

** LIBYA. V. of Africa is still from the `Great Jamahiriyah`, so not yet in hands of the revolutionaries unlike some of the MW transmitters: Feb 22 tuned in at 1424 and listened for rest of the sesquihour. Both 17725 and 21695 poor to very poor, sometimes 21695 better, sometimes 17725 better. Never heard anything about the current situation, but I would have earlier at 1413 as Mike Barraclough reported. News reports said MAQ was about to speak, but not heard here.

At 1424 music is alternating with talk I could not be sure was English. 1445 mostly singing in African style. 1455 talk but too weak to tell. 1501 bumped up signal and/or modulation with Beethoven`s Ninth riff, now semi-readable, usual crap about the Green Book being the ``ultimate solution`` to the ``problem of democracy`` --- I`ll say, it`s a problem. MAQ`s angle is that 51% shouldn`t rule the 49% --- so with his regime it`s been the 1% ruling the 99%; is that better?

1505 ID as VOA from the GJ, African drumming, then talk on history of the African Union; 1520 back to music; 1526 switch to YL announcer ``presents`` something. 1532 OM ID and announcing time of broadcast in GJ time and GMT, mentions 4 pm. 1533 YL with geographical talk about the area of Africa, longest rivers, etc. 1547 again about the African Union. 1554 ``we come to the end of our broadcast for today`` and modulation immediately cut on 21695, open carrier to 1556*; at 1559 I check 17725 and it`s still going with talk, English? Beethoven`s Ninth, 1600 becomes just barely modulated. As always, it`s mostly the same old canned programming played over and over (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** ROMANIA. 17540, Feb 22 at 1542, ``I could have danced all night`` by big-voiced mezzo-soprano. What else would one expect to hear during RRI`s Arabic service? As Arabic announcements followed, then to disco-beat rock music. Perhaps the performer was Romanian, but couldn`t they at least translate the lyrix into Arabic if not Romanian? That would be a bit of a culture-clash (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A [and non]. VOA website found hacked at 0005 UT Feb 22, by the Iranian Cyber Army: Message at top says

``Mrs. Clinton Do you want to hear the voice of oppressed nations will from heart of USA? [sic]
Islamic World doesn`t believe USA trickery.
We call on you to stop interfering in Islamic countries.``

Below that this, a long list which I copied and paste: [not a valid VOA address, I assume]

List Of Hacked WebSites:

Three screen captures of this were attached to the dxldyg and the top one is also available at

Kim Elliott reports the hacking started as early as 1800 UT Feb 21, and was still/again happening at 0100 Feb 22. Between 00 and 01 I was sporadically getting the real VOA website again.

It was STILL hacked at 1500. Much more about this here:

** U S A. 15580, VOA news in English mainly about Libya, Feb 22 at 1603, and I braced myself for a dump to English Teaching at 1605, but no! Continued with ``Africa News Tonight``, mainly about Libya; unlike 13600, 24 hours earlier.

Current IBB site usage of 15580, all VOA English of one sort or another is: 03-07 Botswana, 14-16 South Africa, 15-17 São Tomé, 17-1730 Greenville, 1730-1930 Botswana, 1930-21 Bonaire, 21-22 Botswana (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. Greetings: WWRB lost the use of 3145 so we had to shift our programming: Brother Stair has 3185 all night long now. The other
programming on WWRB such as WORLD OF RADIO had to shift to 5050 for the time being.

3215 is off the air for a week or two: Reason: We are making antenna insulator modifications to allow the use of 2390: During a 10 kW carrier test, we noted arcing at the insulators suspending the 190 foot high, 340 degree azimuth rhombic antenna we plan on using for this 'new' frequency.

We also noted that the 2390 insulator arcing caused the integrity monitors of our aircraft LOCALIZER & GLIDESLOPE facilities to alarm.
We are making the changes and will do more Carrier & Flight testing on 2390 kHz (Dave Frantz, International Radio Station WWRB, Feb 19, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

You may recall that WWCR used 2390 several years ago until about 2001, pioneering its availability to US SWBC stations. Fortunately, Guatemala and Mexico have long since abandoned it too (Glenn Hauser, DXLD)

Hi Glenn: 2390 is up and running. Can you hear it? We have some additional work to do on the antenna, add to the grounding screen at the rhombic tuning network. Check it out, let us know (Dave Frantz, WWRB, 0220 UT Feb 22, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

Loud and clear here at 0253. Some hum, but you often have that (Glenn to Dave, via DXLD)

Why did CR give this frequency up? Do you know? We have received VERY good reports so far. We still have some minor antenna issues, we hope to resolve in the next day or so. Had some light rain tonight. The arcing became steady so we turned off 2390 until tomorrow (Dave to Glenn, 0603 UT, ibid.)

WWCR was still using 2390 in 2001, but I don`t find reports of it after that, in quick search of DXLD archive. So is your plan to move 5050 programming down to 2390, including World of Radio? (Glenn to Dave, ibid.)

Not sure yet. We might use 3215 till 0200, then switch to 2390. 5050 may go back to Bible on tape. again not sure (Dave to Glenn, ibid.)  

** U S A. 5755, WTWW once again in open carrier, at 0641 Feb 22. Nice & clean too, no hum or anything from Pastor Pete Peters. I had to side-tune from the extremely strong carrier to be sure I had the volume turned up (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 9405, WINB, Feb 22 at 0649 very poor signal, just as it should be, less than BBCWS 9410 and no problem to it, unlike 24 hours earlier, as nightmiddle propagation on 31m makes wild swings (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. Some WYFR frequencies continue to have a lite crackling sound. Hard to be sure whether it`s an Okeechobee problem, such as antenna shorting, or an audio feed problem from Oakland. Feb 22 at 1452 this is affecting Harold Camping on 17760, and also on // 11855, as he reminds us that rapture-day May 21 is only 15 weeks away. We can hardly wait for the self-destruxion of Family Radio`s infestation of our SW, MW and FM spectra (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 17775, KVOH, VG with gospel rock in Spanish, Feb 22 at 1541. It was not heard on Sat, Sun or Mon, so its curious Tue-Fri only schedule is reconfirmed (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ###