venerdì 4 febbraio 2011

Glenn Hauser logs February 3-4, 2011

** AUSTRALIA. 6080, Feb 4 at 1352, RA still with special relay of ABC Local Radio Queensland service, no longer an anchorette but an anchor, taking a call from Matt in Mackay while main RA on 6020 was back to `Football Weekly`. Mark Fahey in NSW says SW radios are extremely scarce in Australia and wonders how many Queenslanders are axually listening to this service? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA. For the past few nights, RHC has been partially or totally missing after 0700 UT, leading us to suspect that they have done away with all-night broadcasts. See previous reports. Feb 4 at 0704 UT, all RHC Spanish frequencies are gone from 6 MHz, as well as 5040. I had noted that 6150 only was on a bit past 0700.

Some schedule changes have definitely been made with frequencies formerly closing at 1500 still on at 1535 Feb 4: 13780, 13680, // 15360, 11760, 11730.

New schedule posted on RHC website is in the usual confusing format,
so I have redone it in time order for the mainstream Spanish broadcasts, showing no longer on the air at all between 06 and 12 UT or 16 and 22, ending the 24-hour service which began a sesquiyear ago with the Honduran coup, the programming content of which was never published, but repeating earlier blox. Being completely off the air mid-day (well, until 1900 when Venezuela and foreign languages begin), also may be necessary for installing alleged new transmitters, antennas?

Here is the Spanish schedule, unscrambled by time block:
12-13 6000 6095 6150
12-16 15230 15360 12040 11760 6140 11690
13-16 13780 13680 11730
22-24 5040 11770 9820
22-05 6140
22-06 12040 12010
00-05 11760 9770
00-06 15230 6120
02-06 5040

And here by time block with frequencies in order, combined between changeover times:

12-13 6000 6095 6140 6150 11690 11760 12040 15230 15360
13-16 6140 11690 11730 11760 12040 13680 13780 15230 15360
22-24 5040 6140 9820 11770 12010 12040
00-02 6120 6140 9770 11760 12010 12040 15230
02-05 5040 6120 6140 9770 11760 12010 12040 15230
05-06 5040 6120 12010 12040 15230

The separate `Mesa Redonda` program remains: 23-01 on 6000, 9640. Axually times vary somewhat and not necessarily on the air every day. Morning broadcasts include plugs for it with topic and start time.

Aló, Presidente schedule has not been changed:
Sundays 1400- on 11690, 13680, 13750, 15370, 17750

This inevitably means that on Sundays only some of the frequencies shown for mainstream at 1400 are off the air: 12040, 13780 at least, but RHC never gets down to such insignificant details in published schedules. Most of the time, it`s no-show Hugazo, so RHC programming continues on these frequencies.

I had notified Manolo de la Rosa that I heard his DX program `En Contacto` at 0730 UT Monday, but that`s gone, as well as the other just-discovered repeat which he says was around 2005 Sundays. So it`s back to only three airings, Sun 1435, 2240v, Mon 0135. He forwarded this notice from management:

``Estimados oyentes: A partir del primero de febrero de 2011 se harán ajustes a la programación de Radio Habana Cuba.

Por tal motivo desde esa fecha no saldrá al aire la revista Nuestra América, que se transmite de 1 a 3 de la tarde de lunes a sábado.
También la revista Iberoamericana ajustará su horario, y comenzará a las cinco de la tarde con una duración de 120 minutos.

El resto de la programación se mantiene sin cambios. Los domingos se mantendrá la programación habitual de 7 a 11 de la mañana y de 5 de la tarde a la una de la madrugada del lunes. La dirección general de Radio Habana Cuba agradece su comprensión.``

That`s in local time of UT -5, but will there be one-hour adjustments when DST of UT -4 starts March 13 in order to stay in step with enemy #1, the USA, in its absurd scheduling of clock-shifting?

I don`t see any significant changes on the new schedule concerning broadcasts in English or other languages. 6050 is still listed for English at 01-05, but at least HCJB has it back in the mornings. You may want to consult the link above if you care about nominal target areas.

Unfortunately, this new RHC schedule came a bit too late to be included in the just published WRTH update:
(Glenn Hauser, OK, Feb 3, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** INDONESIA. 4750-, Feb 4 at 1344, some music audible, presumed RRI Makassar, as this was slightly low in frequency as reported elsewhere; with BFO on it seems the carrier is slightly unstable too. Have others noticed that? Also carriers and some audio on 3325 and 3345, the only two active 90m Indonesians per i.e. Palangkaraya and Ternate respectively (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** INDONESIA. 9525-, VOI, Feb 4 at 1405 in Indonesian news, some hum, and undermodulated. At Atsunori Ishida reports that this frequency has become unstable, sometimes also on 9526-, with spurs:

Feb 2: 9526 kHz *1607-1700- 1607 (AA), 1700 SS. The modulation was bad, and oscillating some spurious signals. Screen Shot of Perseus:

** KOREA NORTH. 3480, Feb 4 at 1337, triumphal choral music, fair signal, and no het audible. Presumably [North] Korean National Democratic Front relaying PBS, rather than its nemesis Voice of the People, from the South. Could have been on 3481 as listed by Aoki; did not nail down the frequency. Much better signal here than on 2850 from KCBS (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SOUTH CAROLINA [non]. 9385, Brother Scare via WWRB, Feb 3 at 2155 as I tuned past was listing countries in alfabetical order, apparently 120 of them from which he claims to have received DX reports (and therefore considers himself greatly influential worldwide). He stumbled over a lot of the names, which I found extremely amusing. He tried to pronounce Macedonia about a semidozen times and never got it right. BS may be the Last Day Prophet of God, but the deity did not see fit to bless him with a basic education --- or a nice radio voice (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A [non]. 7235 via TINIAN, VOA Korean, Feb 4 at 1359: now I cannot say that VOA never plays a note of classical music. Several notes were played for about half a minute before news on the hour, from a flute concerto, just as Matilda was starting to waltz on 7240. Preceding, there was a mélange of show tunes with Korean commentary, and before that an Obama clip (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. WORLD OF RADIO 1550 monitoring: 2200 Thursday Feb 3 on 9955, nothing but jamming audible; tnx a lot, Arnie! Confirmed UT Friday Feb 4 after 0430, VG on WWRB 3185 and webcast; Friday 1530+ on WRMI 9955 poor with SAH from Taiwan, no jamming except bleedover from 9965. Also confirmed after 1600 Feb 4 on 2-hourly Friday repeats from ACB Radio Mainstream webcast.

Next SW chances on WWCR: Friday 2130 on 7465, Saturday 1700 on 12160, Sunday 0730 on 3215. The Feb WWCR program schedule still shows only these three airings (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. 3210, Feb 4 at 1338, I am able to detect a JBA carrier, so will like to think it`s the new low-power no-name NSW station, and will be interested to see if others report it on the air at this time. 90m conditions were better than usual with carriers and some audio from Indonesia/PNG on 3325, 3345, 3365 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ###