lunedì 14 marzo 2011

Glenn Hauser logs March 13, 2011 [more]

** NORTH AMERICA. At 2155 UT March 13, Crystal Ship mailing list notified: ``Good evening pirate radio DXers! The Crystal Ship goes on the air this evening, on about 6815 kHz AM, commencing about 2200 UT and running through 0000+. Programming tonight will be "Sounds of the Seventies". Cheers! (John Poet, The Crystal Ship, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

Just barely audible carrier here at 2215 check, maybe to improve later (Glenn Hauser, Enid OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. It looks like I assumed incorrectly that after the DST timechange, WWCR-1 would be on 15825 starting at 2000 UT instead of 7465. March 13 at 2034 check, 7465 is already on, so presumably started at hourtop 2000. This is counterintuitive, since it`s getting further into daylight, when a higher frequency should be called for, not a lower one.

On the morning of March 13, WWCR had still not posted its new schedules after the old ones expiring March 12, but at 2140 UT, the new ones are up, valid for two weeks but already mislabeled as A-11. I have changed all the MHz to kHz to keep the numbers searchable.

WWCR A11 Schedule March 13, 2011 to March 26, 2011

CDT               UT  
Transmitter #1 - 100 KW - 46 Degrees
12:00 AM-04:00 AM 0500-0900  3215
04:00 AM-06:00 AM 0900-1100  9985
06:00 AM-03:00 PM 1100-2000 15825
03:00 PM-05:00 PM 2000-2200  7465
05:00 PM-08:00 PM 2200-0100  3195
08:00 PM-12:00 AM 0100-0500  3215

Transmitter #2 - 100 KW - 85 Degrees
12:00 AM-07:00 AM 0500-1200  5935
07:00 AM-10:00 AM 1200-1500  7490
10:00 AM-03:00 PM 1500-2000 12160
03:00 PM-05:00 PM 2000-2200  9350
05:00 PM-07:00 PM 2200-0000  5070
07:00 PM-12:00 AM 0000-0500  5935

Transmitter #3 - 100 KW - 40 Degrees
12:00 AM-07:00 AM 0500-1200  4840
07:00 AM-07:00 PM 1200-0000 13845
07:00 PM-12:00 AM 0000-0500  4840

Transmitter #4 - 100 KW - 90 Degrees
12:00 AM-07:00 AM 0500-1200  5890
07:00 AM-09:00 PM 1200-0200  9980
09:00 PM-12:00 AM 0200-0500  5890

Presumably, 15825 will get its usual extension to 2100 UT when A-11 really starts on March 27. Until then, WORLD OF RADIO, Fridays now at 2030 will remain on 7465. Program schedule has also been updated March 13 for DST, and reconfirms the three WORLD OF RADIO airings, one UT hour earlier.

I don`t see any other surprises in the above schedules, but new 3195, which started Feb 28, has finally been integrated, and moves one UT hour earlier to start at 2200, which is awfully early for 90 meters, currently two hours before local sunset, and counting. Checking for it at 2205 UT March 13, nothing is audible on 3195, nor is WWCR on 7465/7490 which is supposedly replaces/succeeds.

Unfortunately, starting 7465 a real hour earlier makes it collide with Radio Tirana`s French broadcast to Europe, also aimed at North America, Monday-Saturday on 7465; its time change to 1900 will not go into effect for another two weeks. In A-11, R. Tirana English to Europe will then be at 2000-2030 Mon-Sat on 7465, and WWCR will not be on it until 2100, as planned (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** VENEZUELA [non]. As in my earlier report on CUBA, it looked as if there would be no `Aló, Presidente` this Sunday March 13, nothing on the usual RHC relay frequencies as late as 1605 UT. But when I turned on the radio again at 1916, I was surprised to hear Cuban traditional music, probably replay of `Cuba Campesina` show, on 11690 vs the RTTY on low side, and also on fair 13680, not the big signal we get from another transmitter/antenna in the mornings. These two frequencies used to be on in the daytime before RHC stopped broadcasting in Spanish between 1600 and 2200 as of February 1. But they are also officially scheduled for `Aló, Presidente` on Sundays only, nominally from 1400 UT.

So I checked the other three A,P channels, and there was El Hugazo, who has shown up after all; the start must have been much later than usual. 13750 was best by far with VG signal, 17750 next, would have been equivalent if the modulation were not way down, and only fair on 15370. I also checked all the other RHC daytime frequencies on 11, 13 and 15 MHz, but none of them were on. It looks as if 13680 and 11690 were on the air only because of El Hugazo, yet carrying the wrong programming, RHC. At next check 2030, 17750, 15370 and 13750 were all off the air again.

That doesn`t mean the show was over, as far as Radio Nacional de Venezuela is concerned, as El Hugazo will go on and on for hours as long as he likes, and indeed `Alo, Presidente` is still running En Vivo via at 2120 UT with clock showing 4:50 pm, but can`t find any info on this homepage after the fact about what time it really started. By 2155 El Hugazo is no longer seen tho the live video is still running (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

Updated March 13:
DX/SWL/Media Programs:
World of Radio complete schedule: