lunedì 21 marzo 2011

Glenn Hauser logs March 20-21, 2011

** ANTARCTICA. 15476, March 21 is the latest reactivation-date anticipated from LRA36, but no, still no carrier even detectable at 1325 or 1439 March 21 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CHINA [and non]. Firedrake March 21:
 8400, very poor at 1324
10300, fair at 1320, checking for // to 13625, but not; poor at 1446
12240, poor at 1320 // 10300 but not // 13625; off at 1446 check
13625, weak at 1320 mixing with something: RFA Tibetan via Tinian, not // the others (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** COSTA RICA. 15170, REE relay missing, Monday March 21 at 1327, 1440, so clear for ROMANIA, q.v. HFCC listings are useless for Cariari, showing maximum spans rather than true daily usage. Aoki
shows 15170 Mon-Fri 1200-1400, Sun -1500; WRTH 2011 and Aoki as Sun-Fri 1200-1500. REE/CR was still audible with usual poor signals on 9765, 11815, the latter under NHK with heavy SAH (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA [and non]. RHC`s first English broadcast used to be at 2100 (when they got around to it), then moved up to 2000, and now moved forward another hour to 1900, as per new DST schedule effective March 20. So I am tuned to 11760 by 1900 March 20 to confirm if it really be so. Nothing. But cuts on circa 1906 with English already in progress. Presumably followed by French at 2000, but off the air again by next time I check 2037.

Further monitoring to confirm anticipated RHC Spanish program timeshifts one UT hour earlier due to DST March 20: at 2137+ on 12010 et al., something other than DX program. `En Contacto` does start at 2245 ex-2345; after birthday greetings, into another listener essay about what DXing has done for you; then historical talk about early radio in Cuba, starting with 2NC (?) in 1920y.

12010 was an echo apart from all the other // frequencies confirmed: 12040, 11770, 9820, 6140, 5040. Followed at 2300 by a program whose name I didn`t catch, but it was not `Cuba Campesina` as expected. The final `En Contacto` repeat also confirmed at its reactivated time, 0135 UT Monday March 21. I posted this to the noticiasdx yg:

Averiguado el nuevo esquema de En Contacto hoy domingo 20 de marzo:
1335 en 6140 11690 11730 11760 12040 13680 13780 15120 15230 15360
2245 en 5040 6140 9820 11770 12010 12040
0135 [lunes TU] en 5040 6060 6120 6140 9770 11760 12010 12040 15230
73, Guillermo Glenn Hauser

RHC`s own schedule at
has still not been updated as of 1635 March 21, showing old 12-16, 22-06 times for Spanish, English at 20, etc., etc.

9955, DentroCuban Jamming Command must run on local time, for now that Cuba too is on UT -4, the wall of noise is already grinding away at 2108 UT check March 20. WRMI is on 9955 all day weekends, but weekdays off between 1600 and 2100. WRMI`s program grid spreadsheet is still dated Feb 1, but since it`s in ET rather than UT, could remain more or less correct (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** JAPAN [non]. 6110, NHKWRJ, 0520 UT March 21, with another well-done report on the post-tsunami situation; via Sackville here but with CCI audible under, frequency managers having made the unwarranted assumption that BBC in Arabic also on 6110 from 0500, due south from Skelton would not be a problem in deep NAm! Altho somewhat weaker, the // NHK off the back of 5975, 140 degrees from Rampisham UK, was clear of QRM (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** KUWAIT. 15515, March 21 at 1327, fully-produced drama in Arabic, expressing deep emotions, with SFX such as bells, dogs barking; still going at 1357; at 1359 ``Kuwait`` shouted several times by kidvoices, ID, and 1400 into news of Bahrain, Libya. Good signal I had not noticed before, while 21540, which has been good lately, was not audible. HFCC has no R. Kuwait on 15515, but WRTH, Aoki and EiBi all show it on 15515 only at 0500-0900, so maybe they failed to bring up 21540 at 1000? Will 15515 continue to be on past 1400? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** LIBYA. 17725, VOAf from the GJ, still on the air March 21 and still no 21695. At 1358 in Swahili, undermodulated, peaks at S9+5. 1400 hilife song in English about ``no racist regime`` as heard several times before, but followed by talk still in Swahili. 1412 finally starting English broadcast with ID, stuff about 9.9.99, 1415 the canned imaginary frequency announcement which will not die, claiming 21695 and 17850.

Cut off the air at 1415.4; whenever this happens, we visualize an explosion at Sabrata, but so far it comes back, this time after 1.2 minutes. Then another song about the Leader, and no racist regime. 1422 ID and ``special program``, historical talk but hard to copy.

I try employing BFO to clarify, but find the carrier is slightly unstable, making than not an option. 1433 ending talk about the rôle of the revolution (Q`Daffy`s, that is); 1435 ID and wrong frequencies again. 1437 geographical talk about Africa with areas, lengths of rivers including Congo, Nile. Usw (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** ROMANIA. 15170, RRI lucked out with a clear frequency, Monday March 21 at 1337 in Romanian, as REE/CR was missing, and still in the clear at 1440 with doo-wop music. Normally, Cariari is silent only on Saturdays; see COSTA RICA (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. 9355, huge intermittent utility pulses centered here spreading 9345-9365, March 21 at 1447, blasting irregularly several times a minute, made up of multiple closely-spaced carriers.  Fortunately, no broadcaster audible on 9355 at the moment, tho 9355 is  registered at many other hours for WYFR, IBB=VOA/RFA. EiBi also shows SOH and ChiCom jamming, DVB. Only HFCC also shows Moldova at 1330-1500, presumably wooden (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ###