venerdì 11 marzo 2011

Glenn Hauser logs March 10-11, 2011

** ANGUILLA. 6090, The University Network continues to be off the air, March 10 at 0636 leaving only the usual hets. At 1758 check March 11, however, 11775 back on the air (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** ANTARCTICA [and non]. 15476, no LRA36 carrier, March 10 at 1355; while Turkey 15480 was fair; Romania in German 15460 better giving DRM schedule. Still no LRA36 at 1425 check (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** AUSTRALIA. As one would expect, R. Australia provides extensive coverage of the earthquake and tsunamis. Tune-in 9580 and 9590 at 0810 UT March 11, as ``PM`` program starts. Next check at 1357, 9590 is announced with ``rolling coverage`` continuing all night. 1430 news says tsunami hit Indonesia and Hawaii but no damage (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CHINA [and non]. Firedrake March 10:
 6030, atop the jamming and victim at 1324
 8400, fair at 1342
10300, good with flutter at 1350

15265, March 10 at 1357 wavering het of about 0.3 kHz with some Chinese audio; 1400 diminishes abruptly but not until 1401 is it gone. Per Aoki, it`s ChiCom jamming vs RTI in Mandarin until 1400

** CUBA. 6050, RHC, March 10 at 0659 ``starting`` today`s program in English with headlines, news in detail about to begin when modulation cut at 0700, to open carrier a while longer. The program feed keeps repeating hourly, it seems, perhaps for benefit of web listeners, while English SW frequencies close at 0700 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** GUAM. 5765-USB, AFN with NPR Marketplace segment on Morning Edition, March 11 at 1356, ahead of // KOSU 91.7, so survived first wave of tsunami which should have passed Guam by then (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** GUINEA. 7125, RTG has usually been heard around this time, but not March 10 at 0633 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** JAPAN [and non]. 9595, March 11 at 0754 instrumental music only from R. Nikkei, 2+ hours after the earthquake. One might have expected something more pertinent.

9750, March 11 at 0757, NHK in Japanese, fair, talking about tsunamis. This frequency normally runs all the way from 07 to 17, 290 degrees from Yamata.

Next English broadcast we could hear from R. Japan was the 1400, scheduled only on 5955 and 9875 direct, 21560 via France. 9875 is audible at 1407 with news on quake, casualties, but at 1410, 5955 has CCI and SAH, colliding as usual with CRI English eastward from Beijing site. Back to 9875: 1416 ending news, over to ``Focus`` on giant pandas from China.

The only remaining NHK World R. Japan relays via Canada in English are: 0500-0530 on 6110, 1200-1230 on 6120. And there is NO English scheduled on any frequency between 1430 and 0500! (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** JAPAN [non]. NHK World TV coverage of the quakes & tsunamis was widely relayed on US networks such as MSNBC, CNN and Fox starting between 0600 and 0700 UT March 11.

We checked the usual 1700-1730 UT M-F NHK relay via OETA OKLA, and of course was still extensively and exclusively about that; but at 1715 wrapped up and switched to Brazilian summary of tsunami warnings! 1718 same in English, 1721 Chinese, 1723 Korean, 1725 Brazilian again. These warnings concerned ONLY Japanese coastal areas, altho Koreas and China if not Brazil would also be threatened, so intended for domestic consumption (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** KOREA NORTH [non]. 5910, Shiokaze = Sea Breeze, reactivated here, ex-5985, March 11 at 1409, very poor in English on Friday. Ron Howard says 5910 started March 10, when I did not check for it (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** LIBYA. V. of Africa from the Great Jamahiriyah, March 10: 21695 still missing, 17725 open carrier at S9+8 with maybe a trace of modulation; same at 1424.

However, revived March 11 at 1401 on 17725, now modulating again in Swahili, 1403 switching to English ID with drumming, usual hokum on United States of Africa, ``era of the masses``, 1405 canned frequency announcement for 21695 and 17850, both of which are wrong since 21695 remains off the air. 1437 a bit weaker with music. Checked 8500, reported as active with Q`Daffy HS 972 relay, but nothing audible here besides 8504 ute noises. At 1511, 17725 again announcing the two wrong frequencies, African geographical statistics (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** MEXICO. 730, March 11 at 0116 on caradio, R. Viva Villa was dominating with several IDs during promo, i.e. XEHB in Hidalgo del Parral, Chihuahua. Wonder if still on day power of 50 kW instead of 1 kW at night (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** MEXICO. 6185, R. Educación again with serious modulation problem, distorted March 10 at 0635 check, ID for 1060 only, 100,000 watts (which I assume is modulated OK); only hear some distorted modulation at peaks of talk and music. It was OK the night before, but the same problem first appeared the night before that (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** MICRONESIA. 4755.4+, very weak carrier detectable, March 11 at 0759, compared to WTWW 5755.0 --- so PMA The Cross presumably not washed away yet by tsunami (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** NEW ZEALAND. 9765, RNZI, March 11 at 0800, tsunami warning for NZ and various other Pacific islands named, including Nauru, Samoas, Australia. That was apparently RNZ National news relay, interrupted at 0805 for RNZ International naming even more islands and continents warned, as far as Hawaii, Pitcairn, Australia, New Zealand, Kermadec. One of them even included Antarctica. 0808 rejoin National news in progress, now with NZ weather forecasts.

I think this is extremely misleading! If a tsunami was possible as far as Pitcairn, it could also happen all over the Pacific, so either name every single island threatened, or just say, everywhere! (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** OKLAHOMA. 1400, March 10 at 1700 UT, KREF Norman, joint ID with KADA 1230 Ada, news from News9OK, Oklahoma Network, ``Sports Talk 1400``. I see nothing on the website
about Ada. 1400 is a.k.a. ``The Ref`` --- now I get it.

Neither station is audible in Enid, 1400 adjacent to local 1390, so I was hearing this from just north of Kingfisher. In its previous incarnation as KNOR, 1400 carried WORLD OF RADIO for a while (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** OKLAHOMA. 105.3, the low-power station licensed to Okarche, KINB, I tuned in since I was in the area, March 11 at 0452 UT, and heard ID as ``105.3 The Martini`` and something about ``Dean`s couch``, as in Dean Martin? Yes, strange new pro-alcohol slogan just adopted per

``FERRIS O'BRIEN's deal to acquire KINB (105.3 THE SPY)/OKLAHOMA CITY, the Alternative station he has operated/programmed for the past year under an LMA with LAST BASTION TRUST, has fallen through following the station's one-year anniversary [sic --- ``anni`` already means YEAR!].

Now, the station has jettisoned the format and has flipped to Adult Standards as 105.3 THE MARTINI, say ALL ACCESS ears in the market.`` (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U K. 15575, BBCWS in English, March 10 at 1354 with flutter and long/short path echo. At 13-14 only, it`s 300 kW, 90 degrees from Skelton (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 17740, March 10 at 1407 strong open carrier, usual IBB Greenville tuneup two sesquihours before real VOA transmission at 1700 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A [and non]. 9405, WINB, March 10 at 0637 with signal about equal to BBC Ascension 9410, so separable, but WINB`s modulation is embarrassingly lousy compared to BBC`s. O, WINB has no shame insofar as its technical or programming standards (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. WORLD OF RADIO 1555 monitoring: UT Friday March 11 started on WWRB 2390 at 0433, but this week, not on 5050, which continued running WWRB sales promo loop. Before WOR, a different and live Dave Frantz asked for reception reports. See also LYQ.

9955, WRMI, Friday March 11 at 1530, WOR confirmed, poor signal but just a bit of jamming bleeding from 9965. Next WRMI airings: Saturday 0900, 1500, 1830; after DST shift, Sunday: 0800, 1530, 1730.

WWCR airings: Friday 2130 on 7465; Saturday 1700 on 12160; Sunday 0730 or 0630 on 3215.

NEXUS/IBA/IRRS/IPAR, Saturday 1900 on 6090, 1566, 1368 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A [and non]. 529, beacon LYQ at WWRB, Manchester TN, appears off air, as we could enjoy nice hetless EZL instrumental music from Radio Enciclopedia, Cuba on 530, March 11 around 0520-0600 UT (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 1280, March 11 at 0122 UT on caradio, Crimestoppers PSA with phone 822-1111, then ``Gospel 1280`` slogan. Google on phone number goes right to New Orleans LA, and slogan chex in NRC AM Log for WODT New Orleans (originally WDSU) (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 1640+, March 11 at 0119 UT, I notice that KFXY Faith 1640, Enid OK, has a fast SAH of some 20 Hz, within its nighttime direxional coverage area in OKC. Is it off-frequency, or is WTNI? At 1653 UT in Enid, I find that 1640 is not offset compared to numerous other groundwave carriers 1390-1600 kHz.

Yes, WTNI in Mississippi is reported as 17-19 Hz high, as recently as Jan 13, 2011, at
where as usual KFXY does not even make a showing (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. 5050, March 10 at 0954 check, weak unstable carrier detectable, and about the same at 1320. The unnamed Sydney NSW station has been reported by numerous DU listeners as testing on this frequency instead of 3210, apparently with the same transmitter ARDS used on 5050 from the NT. Have they noticed carrier instability? China and India are also on this frequency, of course, as well as WWRB, but the latter not at these hours. Isn`t it about time the NSW station got a name, or at least a callsign, if it is licenced? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. 9615, March 10 at 1345 very distorted/overmodulated talk, poor signal, until it stopped at 1348:50*. Nothing listed at this time; could be a spur but no // audio found 9300-9800 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ###