venerdì 4 marzo 2011

Glenn Hauser logs March 3-4, 2011

** ANTARCTICA. 15476, another week has gone by and LRA36 still hasn`t shown up, despite reactivation plans. Time for another phone inquiry by Roberto Scaglione`s contributor in Misiones. No signal at all March 4 at 1357, 1420, 1453, 1500 chex; but propagation was subnormal overall (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA [and non]. 5040, RHC Spanish has been signing off circa 0600 like all the other frequencies since beginning of Feb, but March 4 it`s still on at 0642 during an Arnie Coro science talk; not on 6120 which used to be //, but all four English frequencies are on as usual until 0700. I almost thought there was a fifth on 5970, a previous real RHC frequency, but that was a receiver-produced leapfrog due to overloading the FRG-7, 6050 over 6010, plus various other spots unless attenuated. So perhaps RHC has decided to run at least its NVIS channel 5040 later again if not all-night with Spanish, still at 0653 final check.

15360, March 4 at 1454, RHC missing, tho it was there earlier, so instead we hear Persian from RFI; but RHC cuts back on before 1455, drat (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** GERMANY [non]. 21780, since DW via UK was inbooming yesterday, I check a bit earlier for it March 4, but propagation is pitiful today on 13m, at 1346 JBA carrier. Solar flux hit 121 on March 3; K-index at 1200 March 4 was 4, 1500 down to 3, but still too much (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** GUAM. 5765-USB, active March 4 at 1331 check with talk features, one from ESPN Radio (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** GUINEA. 7125, intruder RTG on again March 4 at 0647 check, F-G signal but undermodulated in French (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** INDONESIA. 9526-, VOI, 1501 March 4, music, intermittent audio dropouts (IADs), but VG signal, English ID including ``9525, 15150, 11785``, all wrong, ``Sound of Dignity``; 1502 ``welcome back to our English program``, summary of contents for March 4, IADs getting really bad, opening news, and cut off the air abruptly at 1502:50* before the first item could be conveyed (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** KOREA NORTH [non]. 5985, Sea Breeze via JAPAN, March 4 at 1415 poor with YL in English and characteristic music bit, just enough to confirm they are still here with English on Friday. Also the het from MYANMAR 5986- (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** KURDISTAN [non]. 11530, V. of Mesopotamia, via UKRAINE, is in the clear after WYFR finishes Portuguese at 1345, March 4, until its own QSY at 1500 to 7540; initially with music, but disappointingly with Kurdish conversations at further chex 1420-1425, still talk, weakening at 1449 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** LIBYA. VOAf from the GJ, March 4: At 1404 and 1420, nothing audible on 21695 or 17725, but propagation is subnormal especially on 13m. By 1456, weak and undermodulated signal on 17725; 1457 still nothing on 21695, altho Spain 21610 and 21570 have built up sufficiently. Nothing on 21660 either. 1508, some talk audible on 17725, no 21. At 1532 still no 21695, but I detect a very weak carrier on 21660. It was last Friday only that they appeared on 21660 instead of 21695. Perhaps the holy-day relief operator picks the wrong frequency? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SPAIN [and non]. REE Euskera/Basque service missing again on this Friday March 4: 11815 via CR, at 1343 discussing cinema in Castilian, SAH from Japan and/or Turkey. 1347 on 17595 direct, rock song in English but can`t understand more than an occasional word; 1350 ``En Cinco Minutos`` talk feature in Castilian, about privatization of water resources --- what happened in Cochabamba now threatens Madrid. 1355 another rock song in English, Feist-like. These smack of plug-in fillers, lacking Basque (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** TURKEY. Re VOT in last report: if you can hear it, the current English program schedule is in DXLD 11-09,

** U S A. 13750, March 4 as I tune across at 1359 I hear a bit of the Radio Martí theme music until 1400*. This was VOA Spanish (altho in the final semihour mostly rock music in English), so must have been a switching error. Watch out! (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 11715-, KJES Friday March 4 at 1450, catechisms by YL in English, robo-responses by group, VG signal makes the undermodulation sufficient; with audible het. This time no correlation with WWCR 13845, still weak (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. WJHR after a brief excursion to 15500-USB, continues to be heard on 15550-USB, its original frequency: March 3 at 1419 with fair signal, March 4 at 1533, good but with that constant F&B gospel huxter. What a waste!

BTW, the WRTH listing of Wednesdays only, day=4, may derive from reading the wrong column in the FCC schedule:

15550   1400 2200  WJHR  50    5    4 1234567   311010 270311

50 is the imaginary kW power, 5 is the azimuth, and 4 is the CIRAF target zone, i.e. Ontario and Québec, more or less, and beyond to the north. This is from version 2 of the FCC B-10 schedule, dated 13 Jan,
and it looks like they will not be bothering with a version 3, despite a number of changes, e.g. WWCR and WWRB (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. WORLD OF RADIO 1554 monitoring: on WRMI 9955, Friday March 4 at 1509, pulse jamming still running atop RFI relay; 1532 jamming no longer heard but WRMI is very poor with SAH from Taiwan. Anyway, I can barely confirm I am indeed being broadcast. Next WOR airings on 9955 are: Saturday 0900, 1500, 1830, Sunday 0900, 1630, 1830. (I assume; WRMI schedule grid has still not been updated since Feb. 1.)

On WWCR: Friday 2130 in penultimate 7465 broadcast of the season; Saturday 1700 on 12160; Sunday 0730 on 3215, as all are still listed in the March online program schedule update.

The single WWRB broadcast UT Friday at 0430 was again on 5050 and much stronger here 2390. The latter went off promptly at 0500* March 4, I hope with WOR completed, as it usually starts a bit late.

The single IRRS/NEXUS/IBA/IPAR airing, Saturday March 4 at 1900 will presumably still be on 6090 via SLOVAKIA, 1368 and 1566 via ITALY. No word of any further tests on 9435 from a new site like last week, but it may become the A-11 frequency.

WOR 1554 also confirmed on ACB Radio Mainstream webcast at 1600 March 4, repeated 2-hourly thruout Fridays (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. WTWW double audio: George McClintock replies to my comment yesterday, is anyone paying attention? ``Answer: yes. We are under construction for transmitter # 2 & 3 at the same time and installed new racks for transmitter # 1 that houses equipment for the live coverage at the National Religious Broadcasters convention. A setting was accidentally changed which caused the double audio. It took some time to uncover the problem.`` (Glenn Hauser, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. Transmitter site, that is, not source of programming: Harold Camping again on 15185, March 4 at 1455, poor signal. At 1500 it`s gone but now on 15485 with equivalent signal, likely same parameters from somewhere, plus 300 kHz (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)