sabato 26 febbraio 2011

Glenn Hauser logs February 26, 2011

** ECUADOR [non]. 12160, WWCR2, Sat Feb 26 at 1731 with `DX Partyline`, confirmed on lofi webcast. Having lost the `DX Block` timing a few weeks ago, apparently it was off WWCR for a few weeks; Rumen Pankov heard it last week at this time, right after 1700 WORLD OF RADIO. DXPL still does not appear anywhere on the WWCR program schedule, instead `Calvary Hour` [sic] at 1730-1800 Sats, but presumably DXPL will be added to the March update in a few days.

Like everything else, will shift one UT hour earlier from March 13, due to silly DST, i.e. starting March 19 at 1630. So in effect, we have a new ``DX Block`` (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** ETHIOPIA [and non]. 7235, Feb 26 at 1431, after hearing the MADAGASCAR long-path het on 6135, I check here for Ethiopia`s always-off-frequency transmitter, and there it is, a het of a different pitch, against VOA Korean via Tinang, PHILIPPINES (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** GUINEA. 7125, RTG shows up again, Feb 26 at 0646 check in French with drumming, about Libya; no QRhaM at the moment, as the AROs avoid this AM intruder in astonishment (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** ITALY [non]. 9435, again Sat Feb 26 at 1850, just barely audible carrier presumed from IRRS test via secret site. Should include WORLD OF RADIO 1553 at 1900. Would monitors circa Europe please check and compare reception with 6090 via Slovakia, if still on, and speculate on the site; also on MW from Italy itself 1368, 1566 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** LIBYA. While VOA from the GJ jumped to 21660 yesterday, on Feb 26 it`s back on 21695, which is just as well since on weekends Portugal is running on 21655. Tune-in at 1435 to poor signal in English. At 1436, I find 17725 is a bit better but tough copy due to undermodulation and fading. Talking about legislation, then Beethoven`s Ninth riff, so it`s the `Problem of Democracy/Green Book` segment, ID. Then African geographical statistics; their almanac must really be getting worn. Such as longest river of 20,000 km --??? Maybe adding up all the Niles? Still seems too much. Then about bananas, mangos for us ``Dear listeners``. 1500 reception improves on 21695 with music; 1529 it`s better than 17725 with reggae. 1544 stuff about Mali, Ivory Coast. 1557 still geographic, weakening. 1559 has already switched to French, and now 17725 is better. At 1638 no more 21695, and 17725 still undermodulated. At 1659 clashing with UGANDA [non], q.v. (Glenn Hauser, OK,

** MADAGASCAR [and non]. 6135, Feb 26 at 1428 a het between two weak stations on slightly different frequencies. This is prime-time for longpath from E Africa, and correlates with report from Ron Howard in California 24 hours earlier that RTVM was on 6135.28 ex-6134.9, the other station being BBC Singapore, just starting at 1427 on 6135.0 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** MOROCCO. 15345v, RTVM missing Feb 26 at 1548, nor on 15341v. I must have caught them during QSY, much later than nominal 1500, since at 1555, 15345 was on in Arabic, with echo, long-path or at least multi-path (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** PHILIPPINES [non]. 15350, Feb 26 at 1549, RVA in Tagalog talking about this and that ``bishop`` (English word), interspersed with video game ``firing`` SFX, sending the wrong message? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) See also SAUDI ARABIA [and non], for the other RVA VATICAN relay

** PORTUGAL. 15520, RDPI, Feb 26 at 1554 Portuguese song // much stronger 15560. 15520 is registered Sat/Sun only at 08-17, 300 kW, 144 degrees, while 15560 is to NAm (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SAUDI ARABIA [and non]. 15435, Feb 26 at 1456, CCI and SAH between BSKSA on early in Arabic, and tail of R. Veritas Asia in Urdu via VATICAN. From 1457 BSKSA alone; had some nice seemingly secular music later in the 1500 hour and still buzzless (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SPAIN [non]. 17850, as expected, RFI is buried by REE via COSTA RICA, Saturday Feb 26 at 1640. REE is playing contemporary classical music // direct 15385, 17595, 21570, 21610, with RFI just barely audible underneath. RFI is daily 16-17 in French from Issoudun, while REE starts 17850 at 1600 on Saturdays, 1500 on Sundays, 1800 M-F. With plenty of free frequencies on 16m, e.g. 17860, why does RFI subject itself to this? Yes, targets are very different, REE to NAm, RFI to Af, but that`s no excuse (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SRI LANKA [and non]. 11905, SLBC, have been wanting to catch this service others have been reporting: Feb 26 at 1605, S Asian music over CCI, good with lite flutter, then romantic crooner, in Hindi? And other pop music. 1615 YL announcement sounds like Hindi. 1625 she abruptly switches to English but I don`t realize at first since the accent still sounds like Hindi intonation. Is interviewing guest, ``thanks for being here today``, 1626 OM replies in English about a sillyballgame involving ``runs`` so probably cricket. Got the impression SL is doing well vs Pakistan.

Still conversing when cut off the air rudely at 1628:05* uncovering weak co-channel station which itself went off at 1629:33*. That would be Poland in Ukrainian via Woofferton, which most of the time is blocking SL which starts at 1530. If this were not a weekend, we would then be hearing on 11905, VOA to Sudan, or is it Ethiopia, via Wertachtal, Germany, which is M-F only from 1630 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SRI LANKA. After catching 11905 from here, I tuned up to 19m and the 15209.3v off-frequency relay of YFR via Ekala, Feb 26 at 1632, just in time to hear ``Family Radio``, mentioned, then open carrier to 1636:13*. Meanwhile with BFO on, I heard the frequency shift slightly. WYFR Okeechobee blox this until 1600, Camping on the same frequency (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** UGANDA [non]. 17725, checking for weekly 15-minute clandestine R. Y`Abaganda, via Issoudun, FRANCE, Saturday Feb 26 at 1659 tone mixing with Libya, 1700 mixture of music and French, hard to sort out, but RYA surely needs to avoid Libya which has extended past previous 1600* and the source of French QRM others have reported previous weeks (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U K [and non]. 11770, Feb 26 at 0642, poor signal in African English, about Nigeria, Ivory Coast, Zimbabwe. I briefly entertained the idea of V. of Nigeria reactivating this frequency, but 0645 BBCWS ID. Scheduled as via Meyerton, SOUTH AFRICA, 05-07, 100 kW, 335 degrees USward.

17780, Feb 26 at 1532, sports(?) commentary in African language, over crowd yelling, whistling and singing, but thank animist gods, no vuvuzelas. Good signal, same stuff an hour+ later at 1639. Wonder what it`s really about. This is a Saturday-only Hausa broadcast from BBCWS at 1430-1700, 500 kW, 169 degrees from Rampisham (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) See also USA [and non] WBCQ

** U S A [and non]. 17952-USB, Feb 26 at 1538, ``New York Center``, air-traffic-control YL contacting various planes, most of which were inaudible, assigning flight levels, taking position reports. One contact heard was with Alitalia 630. 1540 selcalls, automated CW ID went past (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A [and non]. 15420-CUSB, Saturday Feb 26 at 1455, WBCQ IS and ID loop, which I have never encountered on any of the other three frequencies; do they ever run it on them? There is a het on the low side, circa 15418: suspect V. of Tibet and/or jamming, which used to operate around here altho currently not shown by EiBi or Aoki on any 15 MHz channels.

I assumed WBCQ would join Brother Scare`s Sabbath Service as usual, but tuned on before 1500. Maybe they did, but at next check at 1551, WBCQ was off 15420, audiblizing weak BBC in Saturday sports, still with het. BBC is via Cyprus at 14-17. Meanwhile BS was nominal with S.S. on WWRB 9385 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A [non]. 15460, Feb 26 at 1635, fair signal in VOA Spe-cial Eng-lish news. Is via Lampertheim, GERMANY, daily 16-17 only, 100 kW, 132 degrees (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 9955, WRMI, with WORLD OF RADIO 1553 at 1850 check Saturday Feb 26, poor signal but not jammed. Next WRMI chances are Sun 0900, 1630, 1830; WWCR, Sun 0730 on 3215. See also ECUADOR [non]; ITALY [non] (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ###