martedì 22 marzo 2011

Glenn Hauser logs March 21-22, 2011

** ANTARCTICA. 15476, still no LRA36 carrier, March 22 at 1315, 1330, 1408 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)


** BRAZIL. Probing the MUF, March 21 at 2123, nothing heard on 12m, so I don`t expect much on 10m. Tuning up from 28000 I do hear an extremely weak CW beacon at 2125 on 28245, sending VVV PT9AAA/B over and over, which I was able to copy after several repeats, the OSOB with no other beacons or SSB heard any further up. Per, this is:

``PT9AAA, ARMS Assoc. Radioam. de Mato Grosso do Sul, Rua Joaquim Dornelas, nº. 1132 - CEP 79006-420, Campo Grande - Mato Grosso do Sul, Brazil. Official station of the Radio Club A.R.M.S. Congratulations for the visit. 73. Beacon on the 10m: 28.245 (CW MODE) / power 12 watts / Vertical 5/8 monoband`` --- 12 watts, not bad! (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** BRAZIL. 15190, March 22 looking for other African signals, with NIGERIA [q.v.] inbooming on 15120 --- Nigeria is off at 0526, but a weak signal on 15190, so R. Africa, Equatorial Guinea? No! Brazilian music, so it`s R. Inconfidência, fair at peaks (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CANADA [and non]. 7325, March 22 at 1242 all I am hearing is Japanese, i.e. CRI direct, no CCI, so is RCI already gone? No, either break or losing out to daytime absorption at seasonend. 1335, now I can hear a SAH on 7325. 1357 recheck just as CRI finishes but carrier still on, I can hear Chinese, i.e. RCI; 1403 switches to Russian, 1404 cuts off, and by the time I retune to day frequency 9610, it`s already on, continuing in Russian.

A-11 schedules show RCI is DROPPING ALL BROADCASTS TO USA on SW, what would have been all day on 9515 like last summer. This correlates with earlier reports that `The Link` would no longer be on Sirius satellite, to which the oddly-timed H+05 broadcasts on SW were merely a supplement, in such critical USA languages as Arabic, Russian, Chinese. So RCI is about to become even less of a SW service.

Except for one DRM hour, English 21-22 on 9795-9805. So there will be nothing in the evening on 9755 or 6100, altho North Americans may still hear RCI Sackville in English to Africa at 20-21 on analog 13650, 15235, 17735. `Maple Leaf Mailbag` will continue on Sundays (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CHINA. Firedrake March 22: none found on 8400, 10300, 12240 at 1309 nor anywhere up to 18 MHz by 1318. Still no 8400 or 10300 at 1421 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** COSTA RICA. 15170, REE via Cariari, missing yesterday morning, is back today March 22 at 1313 and later atop Romania (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA. 11760, on its second day, the newly-retimed RHC English broadcast starts promptly at 1900 March 21 after open carrier; only fair signal this early with daytime absorption.

OTOH, 11760 VG at 0505 March 22 in RHC English, second night in a row on this unscheduled frequency instead of missing 6010, opening English 60-minutes with program summary for ``March 21``. Some of the syllables are clipped in defective digital playback. As of 1640 UT March 22 cannot connect to RHC website to see if the schedule has been updated yet (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CYPRUS. 11765-11790, Intruders, OTH radar pulses, presumed from here, March 22 at 0511, mainly bothering 11770 BBCWS English via SOUTH AFRICA (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** FRANCE [non]. 17630, RFI Spanish at 2100-2130 via GUF, instead March 21 opening with Portuguese announcement, then music fill, due to strike. 9955 WRN/WRMI relay of RFI English, March 22 at 1417 was also in music (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** GERMANY [non]. 6155, which used to be the prime frequency of ORF, March 22 at 0517 with some news in English about Austria --- but it`s only DW now, 155 degrees via PORTUGAL during this semihour only, and also about Mugabe backing fellow despot Q`Daffy; // 9755 a reverb apart via RWANDA. In A-11 from March 27 these both change, to 6180 and 9480 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** GUAM. 15660, Tuesday March 22 at 1342 praising God in English, V. of Hope from Pune, India ID, Adventist World Radio, Post Box 17, 411001 Pune, Maharashtra, hymn ``Under His Wing``, 1346 preacher about effect of bad news on kids. Good signal but with some deep fades, from KSDA, 100 kW, 285 degrees, B-10 scheduled in English on Monday, Tuesday, Saturday, Assamese on Sunday and Wednesday, Hmong on Thursday and Friday (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) See also TURKEY [non]

** INDONESIA [and non]. Circa-sunrise 90m check March 22 at 1245: 3345 soft Indo talk from RRI Ternate; 3325 usual harder talk in phone-in show from Palangkaraya; 1248, 4750 Indo talk, into produced commercial, as usual with second weaker carrier, China, China, or Bangladesh. Also numerous weak carriers, some with a bit of audio on 60m frequencies matching India, China, Malaysia (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** INDONESIA. 9526-, VOI, March 22 VG at 1302, chat between mystery man in Banjarmasin and Jakarta host, since this is a Tuesday. It`s public service week in South Kalimantan! Still with IADs, and at 1305 phoneline from Banj goes to busy signal. 1305.5 joint news by Ida in Banjarmasin, other YL Misra? in Jak. 1325-1329 a Commentary, 1329 `Exotic Indonesia` ID mentioning `9525` only, usw (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** IRAN. 15515: see KUWAIT

** JORDAN [and non]. 11960, March 22 at 0507 good signal with news in Arabic, presumed R. Jordan. I listened for a few minutes but never heard ``Urdaniyah`` or the like mentioned, so I guess not much is going on there compared to elsewhere in the ME. 11970, BBC Russian due north via Cyprus was almost as good (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** KAZAKHSTAN. 5835, considerable open carrier is promising, March 22 at 1253, only marred by continuous but slightly irregular CW beeps from 5832. At 1259, 5835 acquires some weak tones and computer noises, 1300 YFR trumpet IS but it`s very undermodulated, a broken promise, into organ/choral music. Aoki shows this bihour in English via Almaty (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** KUWAIT [non]. 15515, March 22 at 1316 weak M&W talk, unseems Arabic, unlike yesterday when R. Kuwait was here, evidently by mistake. Scheduled is IRAN at 1230-1330, 500 kW, 109 degrees from Kamalabad, HFCC registered as in ``Melau``, which WRTH translates as Indonesian – but does VIRI really mean the closely-related Malay?? Gone at 1330 check, while 21540 at 1334 had weak SAH indicating that Kuwait is back on the proper frequency mixing with Madrid; 1355 REE was atop (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** LIBYA. 17725, something here March 22 at 1319, presumed VOAf from the GJ in Swahili, not yet bombed to smithereens. 1405 improved signal but still poor with hilife music, 1410 English ID, African Union 9.9.99 yawner. 21695 still gone (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** NIGERIA. 15120, March 22 at 0454, S9+12 with drumming, percussion, big hum, must be VON IS, the OSOB. 0455 into lofi NA by military band. 0456 YL sign-on VON in English for NAf/Eu on 15120, gives date 22/3/11, until 0600; further English to be at 1500-1557 and 1800-1857 on same. Program previews: for 0530 mentioned both `General Interest Magazine` and `Moving On` = music. At 1845, `Talking Agriculture` on livestock farming. At 1815, `Educational Perspectives`. News in a moment, `Von-Scope` at 0500-0530, and later at 1500-1600, `60 Minutes`, one-hour news magazine.

0500, timesignal for ``6 am``, ``Voice of Nigeria, Lagos`` ID, drumming, `Von-Scope`` which can also be heard at  Into news voiced by another YL, Gloria ---. Top story, which was also mentioned in previews, World Water Day! #2: Libyan leader not targeted by bombing?

Altho big signal, the VON modulation remains pitiful, with hum, and the talk is constantly scratchy. Then I check for other signals on 19m, and find RA is JBA on 15160 and 15240, while often it is quite sufficient; something on 15190 – Equatorial Guinea? No, BRAZIL, q.v.! Meanwhile RA was quite good on 13630 and 13690, plus NZ DRM 13730, the only signals on that band. VON remains the SSOB by far on 19m. Moved on, and not rechecked until 0526, when VON is gone! Not a trace on 15120. Must have dumped off the air, and still gone at 0536, 0549. 

I ask again, as no one has ever answered my previous question: Is this really the brand new transmitter and antenna for VON at Abuja? Sounds like the same old terribly messed up equipment they have always had (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** PORTUGAL [and non]. 11665, March 21 at 2040, Portuguese with sports coverage, mixing with something Slavic making slow SAH of 22 per minute = 0.37 Hz. I.e. RDPI at 144 degrees vs WYFR in Polish at 44 degrees. Portuguese // stronger 11960 and much stronger 12040 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** ROMANIA. 15460, March 22 at 1348, RRI good signal with modern piano concerto, 1350 cut to ``Angie`` by the Stones (at first I thought it was going to be ``Hotel California``), 1353 rough cut to sign-off in cute German with schedule of three broadcasts (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** TURKEY [non]. 12035, March 22 at 1414 not a trace of VOT English toward Europe and US, instead Chinese which is KSDA, GUAM, 100 kW, 300 degrees in Mandarin. We can only hope for better luck from Turkey in A-11 from March 27 when this English will be at 1230-1325v on usual summer channels 15450 USward, 15520 awayward (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. Once again following in the footsteps of WWCR, WWRB has started testing on 3195. WWCR has said they will keep testing it only for one more week, 2200-0100 UT. Dave Frantz tipped me early UT March 21 that WWRB was now on 3195 too.

Dave wrote at 0108 UT March 21: ``We are now testing 3195 running  station promos for airtime. MANY people are interested in using 3215, then 3195. We will let you know. How about a signal report on the 3195.``

I checked 3195 at 0238, roughly equivalent signal to WWRB 3185 (Scare), and WWCR 3215 (which starts at 0100, taking over from WWRB, and moving from 3195). Running promo barker on 3195 but modulation lower than 3185. WWRB also on 2390 and 5050 (latter also with promo loop), so all four transmitters are active. I wonder if 3185 and 3195 can use the same rhombic antenna, or must be on separate antennas, at what azimuths? Dave did not answer about that, March 21 at 1320 UT:

``Hi Glenn: We have a group of broadcasters that want to lease the  3215 and 3195 combo. We are thinking about the lease. As you know, we no longer involve ourselves with ANY 'cause' --- it's just  business now: we 'wised up'. We are in no hurry. For now, we will use the 3215 & 3195 as an on air 'billboard' advertising the station: Plenty of new listeners & existing / potential broadcasters are being gained with this frequency combo. Many broadcasters / listeners never knew we existed but that is rapidly changing. Regards, Dave.``

3195 was off when I checked again after 0500. If only WWCR and WWRB would get together, it should not be necessary for both of them to use both 3215 and 3195. Each could stay on one or the other for longer hours without having to switch. The only problem is, 3215 is a proven frequency and 3195 still might provoke objexions from utility users, and neither station wants to commit to it 100% (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 5755, WTWW missing March 22 at 0515, 0536 and later; also missing from 9479 at 1306 and later, audiblizing R. Australia on 9475. Maybe this means WTWW #2 is about to fire up, on 5080 and/or 9990? 9479 still off at 1642 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 13570v, March 22 at 0524 a JBA carrier with characteristic wobble, so believed to be WINB as rescheduled from 9405, where there is no signal. Is Rod Hembree really paying for this? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. WYFR is still mixing up Burmese with Arabic! Some weeks ago in another daypart, we found part of another Arabic hour really in Burmese, notified station, and they supposedly unscrambled the two --- but:

7520, March 22 at 0538, OM in Burmese talk, no doubt about The Rapture, impossible timing to reach Burma from Okeechobee, scheduled in Arabic during this hour. 0541 switch to YL in Arabic with Oakland address, into organ music, ``Tidings of Comfort and Joy`` so leftover from Xmas? 0544 YFR IS, more Arabic talk (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) See also PORTUGAL

UNIDENTIFIED. Intruder: 9450-9550, March 22 at 1321, strong pulsing chirps clocked at 312 per minute, QRMing 100 kHz of broadcast band including Indonesia 9526. By 1341 the range had reduced to 9480-9520, still centered on 9500. At 1420 the same range exhibited instead a buzz with some brief breaks, must be same transmitter, but what and why? Note that WTWW was still off 9479 at this time. Gilles Letourneau in Montréal was also hearing this around 1400, and reported to the DXLD yg:

``Hi all, While tuning around this morning I noticed what looks like some kind of Over the horizon radar that is jamming from 9485 - 9515 kHz with quite strong signal here in Montreal at 1400 UT; been listening to it for the past 20 minutes. Where does this come from?   Anyone know?

Hello again! really interesting to listen to what I presume is some kind of radar or digital signal, still on at 1515 UT, but changed pattern 4 times. Now I can pick it up from 9450 up to 9550, now is doing a slow pulse. Does have propagation characteristics, so it's not a local signal here. Wondering where this is coming from. First time I hear this around this frequency. Could it be some troubles in a transmitter.``

Noel R. Green, NW England replied: ``Gilles, there is a lot of broadcast activity in this range here in Europe, but no trace of the non-broadcast signal that you write about. So my guess is that it's from your side of the pond. Maybe Sackville is up to something. Digital type signals are often to be heard here on this band - particularly in our local mornings when the band is less crowded - but they don't operate to a regular schedule or frequency.``

Larry Cunningham replied at 1554: ``I've scanned the 9450-9550 kHz range several times here in Central Ohio, listening in AM, USB, and LSB, and haven't heard any sort of QRM, at least not of the sort being reported`` (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ###