domenica 27 marzo 2011

Glenn Hauser logs March 25-26, 2011

** ARUBA. 24950-USB, March 26 at 1920, leisurely contacts by P49MR, Martin, whose home call is VE3MR, with XE1R and an HB9. Had a hard time copying correct call of the XE. shows:

``P49MR, Martin ROSENTHAL, Aruba. VE3MR is currently active from Aruba as P49MR. He is active on HF Bands. QSL via home call`` (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CHINA. Firedrake March 26:
 8400, poor at 1332
10300, good at 1330
12240, poor at 1329
12980, good at 1330
13130, very good at 1329
13970, poor at 1327
14970, fair at 1322
15900, fair at 1322
16980, fair at 1325, mixed with noise; none others up to 20 MHz

At 1330-1332 I checked which ones were // with which:
one group in //: 8400 10300 12980 13130 13970 16980;
another group in // only to each other: 12240 14970 15900

At 1522, all those were gone, but FD could be heard on 9450, mixing with a 100 kW Sound of Hope transmitter in Taiwan at 14-16 per Aoki.

15375, CNR1 jamming at 1335 against something, i.e. RFA in Tibetan via UAE until 1400 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) See also INDIA

** CUBA. 5025, March 26 at 0540, R. Rebelde back to good modulation after breakdown last night; lots of drumming and percussion at the moment, from our much more music station (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** GREECE. 15630, March 25 at 1940, series of standards from the American songbook, YL with ``Embraceable You``, ``Nice Work If You Can Get It``, ``I Got Plenty o` Nuthin``` by Bing? ``Swanee`` by Jolson. Mixed in and even talking over some of the songs were DJ announcements I thought were Slavic, but must have been colloquial Greek since this has to be VOG on 15630, cutting off abruptly at 1955:30* (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** GUATEMALA. 4055, R. Verdad, March 26 at 0040 check, better signal than 24 hours earlier, and likely up to full power now.

Then got this message: ``WE HAVE REPAIRED OUR TRANSMITTER OF RADIO TRUTH, AND WE ARE ON THE AIR WITH 700 WATTS. WE ALSO CHANGED OUR FREQUENCY, AND NOW WE ARE AT 4055 KHZ. We expect your reports; we have a new and beautiful commemoration QSL Card. Please SPREAD THE NEWS. Dr. Édgar Amilcar Madrid, Director and Manager``

Thomas Nilsson was also getting it and Sweden; he and Mauno Ritola in Finland measure TGAV at 4-6 Hz low in frequency. Next check here at 0539, during Hammond organ music, could not hear the het from 4055.2 until the music stopped and into English announcement (Glenn Hauser, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** INDIA [and non]. 17705, March 26 at 1302, BSKSA has CCI and SAH from Indian music, but strangely enough, no ChiCom CNR1 jamming audible, as this is the usual overlap between AIR Chinese service via Bangalore until 1315, and BSKSA Riyadh from 1200, both on 17705. Before 1300 I was getting several CRI frequencies on 16m, probably from Kashgar, EAST TURKISTAN; and afterwards lots of Firedrake up to 17 MHz; see CHINA (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** KUWAIT. 15540, checked at 1800 March 25 but nothing heard, so expected another day of zero reception from R. Kuwait in English. But must have come on late, as at next check, 1859, there it was with song by YL, fair signal S9+20 and fadey; 1900 ID in English, historical talk about construxion, modernization, all the great things the Sabah leadership has done, full of musical interludes longer than the talk segments. 1909 traditional music.

2030 still good signal with rock music; 2058 sign-off mentioning 963 kHz, 96.3 MHz, to be back in English at 8 am on 15110 to S Asia; 9 pm to Europe and North America on 11990! 2059 brief NA by military band, 2100 accurate 3+1 timesignal, martial news theme, start news in Arabic, but off shortly afterward.

So the studio STILL thinx they are on 11990 instead of 15540 where they have been all winter for English at 18-21, mostly not propagating! But improving now with spring conditions; really should have stayed on 11990. Furthermore, the 0500 English on 15110 has been gone for years. Main newscast is at 1830, and headlines around 2055.

21540, R. Kuwait the SSOB, March 26 at 1442 with Qur`an, way over Spain which still caused a SAH, but Spain seemed to be gaining. Lots of 15m SSB ham signals now (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** LIBYA. 17725, VOAf from the GJ, already starting English at 1401 March 26, pompous announcer with extremely stale 9.9.99 propaganda, fair signal and sufficient modulation. 1511 recheck, YL mentioned Nicaragua, and ``we come to the end of the news`` -- drat, missed something which might really have been topical, at 1500? Into Green Book nonsense introduced by Beethoven`s Ninth riff. Still nothing on 21695 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. WORLD OF RADIO 1558 monitoring: confirmed Friday March 25 at 2030 on WWCR 7465 (to be 15825 from next week). Also on the ACB Radio Mainstream webcast-only at 2100, in 2-hourly odd-hour repeats UT Fridays.

9955, WRMI airing of WOR Saturday March 26 at 1400 confirmed, tuned in at 1424 but JBA, and now besides jamming, overload from WWCR 9980, stronger adjacent broadcasts on 9950 and 9960, we now have the nasty spur from WWV around 9950! See USA: WWV entry. Next WRMI repeats are Sat 1730, Sun 0800, 1530, 1730. WRMI would have grounds for a complaint to WWV if that`s what it takes.

WOR also confirmed on WWCR 12160 webcast Saturday at 1600; final repeat there is Sunday 0630 on 3215.

Final WOR airing on 6090 from IRRS should be Saturday at 1900, to be replaced next week by 7290, and presumably at 1800 instead (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 9950, extremely distorted WWV spur still going March 26 for at least the sixth day, at 1424 as I am trying to check WORLD OF RADIO on 9955 WRMI, to which it causes additional interference. However, spur gone at 1425, and it seems fundamental 10000 has also cut off air, leaving weaker WWVH.

So are they finally aware of the problem and working to fix it??? But at 1437, spurs and fundamental are back on. At 1518 check the big spur on 9950, and little one on 9900, but this time without the match on 10050 leaving 10051 VOLMET in the clear (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 13570, still no trace of WINB if really on the air overnight, March 26 at 0549; in fact, there were NO stations audible on 13 MHz band (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A [non]. 17880, March 26 at 1255 Arabic pop music, presumed R. Sawa via KUWAIT on new/temporary SW schedule; not audible on 15325 via Lampertheim. At 1259, 17880 cut to ``This is Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, Praha`` loop + beep; 1300 opening some non-Arabic news, probably SW Asian language. Not on schedules, so runover, or something else new intentionally? HFCC shows only CRI in French via Mali at 1300 but nothing heard from it (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. 6925-AM, pirate March 26 at 0545, fair with rock music, refrain ``when the sun goes down``; maybe same station as heard previously around this hour. Off or fadeout at 0556 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ###