giovedì 10 febbraio 2011

Glenn Hauser logs February 9-10, 2011

** ANTARCTICA. 15476, a perfunctory check for LRA36, missing now for three months, Feb 10 at 1335 --- nothing. I am still waiting for a reply to my e-mail inquiry in January. Lúcio Otávio Bobrowiec in São Paulo is also checking for it periodically (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** AUSTRALIA. 7240, RA, Thu Feb 10 at 1410, program about Alfred Russel Wallace, co-discover of evolution by natural selexion, overshadowed by Darwin. I wanted to keep bandscanning, or go back to sleep, but could not pull away from this engrossing story, embellished with exotic bird and animal calls; he was a naturalist exploring the Malay archipelago. 1443 onto second story, about a painter of nature in WA, Georgianna Malloy, `Botany in the Bush`. Since ``big idea`` was mentioned, I suspected this was the show `Big Ideas`, but it was really `Hindsight`, as scheduled; more here:
and for audio link you have to go back to
for the episode `Tracing Wallace` (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CHINA. Firedrake Feb 10: 8400, very poor with flutter at 1319, // 6030 which was good atop all the other QRM and whatever is left of Radio Ming Hui, Taiwan, a Falun Gong entity. Also checked 9380 where FD heard before; at 1321 could only hear VP talk in presumed Chinese. Previously this DW hour via Tajikistan has been Firedraked. WWRB 9385 not yet on (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA [non]. 7210-LSB, Nelson, N1NR, Pennsylvania, Feb 10 at 1406 in QSO with another Cuban exile discussing in Spanish getting a 19-year-old out of Cuba so she can *live* rather than ``vegetate``; atop broadcast CCI, CRI Japanese via Xian (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CYPRUS. 15782-15807, OTH radar pulses presumed from here, Feb 10 at 1510; so much for Galei Zahal inaudible under on 15785 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** EGYPT. Trouble hearing R. Cairo on SW for an important announcement? Douglas Kähler of Radio 700 in Germany tells DXLD they have set up a live stream relay from a satellite feed:

The satellite receiver had crashed as I was recording WOR 1551, but Douglas says it was later restored. The language schedule takes part of what is on SW, as monitored partially by Jean-Michel Aubier, Chris Greenway and Harry Brooks as of Sunday 6 February 2011; note only portions of longer English broadcasts appear:
1300-1330     English
1330-1530     Farsi
1530-1700     Swahili
1700-1800     English
1800-1900     Italian
1900-2000     German
2000-2115     French
2115-2245*    English * = presumed
I also heard it in Arabic after 0300 rather than English

** GUINEA. 7125, RTG, Conakry, Feb 10 at 0743, better signal and modulation than 24 hours earlier, just hilife music (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** INDONESIA. 9526-, Feb 10 at 1325, VOI with IADs, YL talk in halting English about family planning, population growth rate, visit by ``Sweddish`` delegation.

9680, RRI domestic service, with gamelan rudely cut off the air earlier than usual at 1458:30* (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** KAZAKHSTAN [and non]. 9310, Feb 10 at 1322, propeller airplane engine noise, with a trace of talk underneath. Only thing scheduled is YFR in English via Almaty, 200 kW, 132 degrees, so presumably this transmitter very much out of order. Not the first time.

Next check at 1549, nothing scheduled yet but only open carrier without the noise on 9310, presumably R. Liberty, Tinang, PHILIPPINES, warming up for the 1600 broadcast in Tatar/Bashkir, 250 kW, 332 degrees (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** KOREA NORTH [non]. 5985, Shiokaze/Sea Breeze has made another frequency jump starting Feb 10: at 1402 here with het from Myanmar, ex-5910, this Thursday in Japanese. I never heard any jamming while they were on 5910 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** OKLAHOMA. A foot of snow on the ground and temps around zero have not impeded tropo enhancement of OKC TV signals. Around 0600 UT Feb 10, KWDW-LP, analog 48 with Univisión is much stronger than usual, and another low-power analog, HSN on 21, KTOU-LP is also visible. Same shortly after sunrise, before the temp has warmed much above the low of -6 F.

They both improve, 48 almost snow-free by 1630, but lose out by 1700. ThisTV also stayed decoded from KOCO-7 = 5.2, on my #3 antenna which normally is marginal for that signal. Meanwhile no signal on 19 from GCN`s KUOT-CA so I suspect it is now off the air – or maybe flash-cut to DTV as per CP, as yet unchecked in that mode (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** PHILIPPINES. 9570, RVA with R. Blagovest in Russian missing for a second day, Feb 10 at 1505, 1549 checks, while VOA Tinang was VG on 9760 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** ROMANIA. 15460, Feb 10 at 1340, RRI German service with program about Miraya Cortez (?), opera singer, but my spelling must be way off as Google does not find her. Maybe she will eventually appear here:

Included several nice recordings of her past 1350; unlike so many SW stations, RRI has excellent modulation level and quality --- good dynamic range and fidelity, with selective fading beyond anyone`s control the only thing detracting from it.

However, RRI needs to work on their continuity, since she was rudely interrupted at 1352:30 for brief close-down announcement, yet followed by some pop song with piano until 1356 when that too was interrupted for one minute of IS, no further announcements and off at 1357*. This hour is 300 kW, 307 degrees from Tiganeshti, reliably reaching far beyond Austro-Germany to deep North America (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SOMALIA [non]. 9960, Feb 10 at 1558, VTC/Babcock music IS loop, much stronger than WRMI 9955; 1600 changes to ululations and jingle, then 6-pip timesignal ending at 1600:50! ID and singing ID as Radio Bar-Kulan. This 1600-1700 broadcast in Somali is 500 kW (HFCC) or 250 kW (Aoki), 20 degrees from Meyerton, SOUTH AFRICA, another US-backed EDC effort meaning ``Meeting Place`` (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SUDAN [non]. 17745, Sudan Radio Service via PORTUGAL, good Feb 10 at 1513 with cute singing ID in English, but then talk programming in colloquial Arabic (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** THAILAND. 7465, Feb 10 at 1315 English announcement introducing Mandarin, good signal and no jamming hits it! So we know it`s not a major threat to ChiCom power, just R. Thailand as scheduled 1315-1330, 250 kW, 30 degrees from IBB Udorn, changing azimuth from 54 degrees in Japanese (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. WORLD OF RADIO 1551 monitoring: first airing of new edition confirmed on 9955, WRMI, Thu Feb 10 at 1601; poor signal but seemingly no co-channel jamming, just bleed from 9965, and also ACI from R. Bar-Kulan on 9960 [see SOMALIA [non]]. Also heard earlier at 1550 with JSWC fill-in-the-blank SW catches, during AWR Wavescan.

Next chances for WORLD OF RADIO:
Thu 2000 on WBCQ 7415
Thu 2200 on WRMI 9955
Fri 0430 on WWRB 3185
Fri 1530 on WRMI 9955
Fri 2130 on WWCR 7465
Sat 0900 on WRMI 9955
Sat 1500 on WRMI 9955
Sat 1700 on WWCR 12160
Sat 1830 on WRMI 9955
Sat 1900 on IPAR 6090
Sun 0730 on WWCR 3215

** VATICAN. 13765, Feb 9 at 1510, VR in S Asian language, with long/short path echo. It`s 500 kW, 95 degrees from SMG, but what language, exactly? Even VR`s own printed schedule says Hindi/Tamil/Mal[alayam]/English at 1430-1530. Eibi has it broken down as Tamil 1450-1510, then Malayalam. [Correct date, omitted from previous report] (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** WESTERN SAHARA [non]. 6297.1, SASASAM, Feb 10 at 0745, vocal music with drumming, better than usual and with less ute QRM; a good WAf morning along with GUINEA [q.v.] (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. 6074, Feb 10 at 1400, the R. Rossii, Pet/Kam sign-off timesignal and the V/CQ marker starting at the same time, and it`s still DE 2MTL rather than 8GAL (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. 11520, Feb 10 at 1506, very strong open carrier cutting on and off, including whoopie-cushion and other rude noises; equivalent signal to WEWN Spanish on 11550, 12050, yet nothing on 15610 scheduled for English, so I suspect 11520 was the third WEWN transmitter acting up. 15825 WWCR was audible at similar megameter distance from a somewhat different azimuth, so 15610 should have been detectable if on (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. 12040-12140 approx., squeaks at the rate of about 5 per second, forget about AFN 12133.5, and bothering as low as Cuba 12040, Feb 10 around 1555. I suppose another type of CODAR, strength and rate varying across this range, and separate from conventional weaker and slower 1-per-second CODAR swishes also audible on 12040. This seemed to peak around 12070 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ###