domenica 6 marzo 2011

Glenn Hauser logs March 5, 2011

** ANGUILLA. 11775, PMS missing again, March 5 at 1435, facilitating log of KSDA on 11770; see GUAM (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** ARGENTINA. 28479-USB, nicely matching WTWW on 9479, March 5 at 1417, LU5FF in contest contacts. Running 500 watts. shows: LU5FF, Javier ( JAVI ) Pons Estel, P. Gaggero 2205 Int, San Justo, SF 3040, Argentina (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** ARUBA. With 21 and 24 MHz open during some ham contest, I tune even higher: 27 MHz CB is still dead, *not* full of skip signals, but some activity on 28 MHz. There`s nothing like a contest to bring hams out of the woodwork proving bands are open: March 5 at 1414, on 28424.5-USB, P49Y was working contest at the rate of about 10 contacts per minute, believe it or not. Until he was held up by N9OK which he had to call several times to be sure he got the call correctly --- wasting half a minute!! Signal report always ``59K`` meaning perfect reception and transmitting with a kilowatt. US stations, OTOH, give their state, rather than power, why? And when does one ever hear a report of less than 59? `48`?? Never, so why bother? says: P49Y, Contest Call, Via AE6Y, Sabana Basora, IOTA SA-036, Aruba. See also ARGENTINA (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CHINA. Firedrake March 5:
 8400, good at 1350
 9365, fair at 1351, not // 8400. This is the one that jumps around from day to day, as Sound of Hope leads it by jumping frequencies
10300, poor with flutter at 1356, // 8400; fair at 1442, SSB QRM on the hi side. No more FD found before 1359 up to 15 MHz (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CHINA. 9765, CRI English poor but clear, March 5 at 1446. As soon as heard the American accent, I figured it was CRI; // but way out of synch with Sackville 15230. Only on Saturday mornings is REE Costa Rica [the other CRI = Cariari] off this frequency. CRI is 500 kW, 292 degrees from Xi`an (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA. 5040, RHC Spanish gone again, March 5 at 0639 check. It had been on 24 hours earlier, past official 0600*.

11690, RHC, Saturday March 5 at 1453 in mailbag reeling off letter-count (for 2010y?) in descending order for all its languages, but only caught the last one: two in Quechua. There were a lot more in Esperanto. Wish I had got the full list. I suppose the illiteracy rate is much higher in Quechua than Esperanto, so not a true indication of relative listenership. And was this by P-mail only? Meanwhile, Cuba prosecutes people trying to spread internet access. Remember that next time you e-mail someone in Cuba (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA. Encouraged by 21 MHz band full of contesting hams, tried 24 MHz, March 5 at 1408: 24983 had CQs from CO8LY, the only CW heard, but some weak SSB around 24950. says: Eduardo Somoano Cremati, P.O. Box 104, Santiago de Cuba, 90100, Cuba. 18 MHz hamband also with pileups at 1515 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CYPRUS. With MUF up to 29 MHz at least, I tune across the mostly-vacant 22-27 MHz range, finding OTH radar pulses, presumed from here, 22520-22545, March 5 at 1421. Same pulses at 1441 on 10517-10542 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** GUAM. 11770, Burmese speech in echoey chamber, but no audience reaxion, sermon? March 5 at 1436, in fair and clear tnx to absence of 11775 Anguilla: it`s KSDA 1430-1500, 100 kW, 285 degrees. So how many Adventists are there in Burma by now? Are they persecuted, on the side of democracy, or keep out of politix? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** IRAN [non]. 15410, R. Farda via Skelton UK, March 5 at 1458 with its typical Persian pop music, but 1500 timesignal and into talk/news. What`s with that? Iran is on a half-hour-offset zone, so this proves it`s more of a US than Iranian station (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** KAZAKHSTAN. 9310, March 5 at 1352, carrier with motorboating/hum, flutter, no program audio. Thought it might be warmup period but YFR via Almaty is registered from 12 to 14, 132 degrees, 200 kW wasted. OTOH, the fewer people can hear that nonsense from Harold, the better. Aoki shows first hour in Filipino, second in English (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** KURDISTAN [non]. 11530, V. of Mesopotamia, via UKRAINE, March 5 at 1440, exotic ululating music is back after too much talk 24 hours earlier, tnx to the PKK terrorists (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** LIBYA. VOAf from the GJ, March 5: nothing ever heard on 21695 between 1400 and 1600, nor on 21660 during scheduled English. Other 13m signals were OK on 21505, 21540, 21550, 21570, 21610, 21655 and ``15m`` was chockablock with ham USB signals during contest, e.g. at 1422.

17725 was on, however, with poor and undermodulated signal, mostly unreadable. 1401 English ID, drumming, S9+10 with deep fades; 1502 JBM = just barely modulated. Perhaps the Sabrata site and/or the Tripoli studios are experiencing some problems (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SUDAN [non]. 17745, Sudan Radio Service via Sines, PORTUGAL, March 5 at 1503, YL in English with self-imposed annoying echo, about we should be prepared for changes, how to reduce our high expectations. 1504 into scripted dramatization about disappointment, a male voice named Moosa and a female with lots of advice, then others joining in; 1510 ID, fading some, still better than Libya 17725. Perhaps SRS has a regular English block on Saturdays at 1500? Overshadowed by Greenville 17740 carrier test at 1528 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 7506, nothing from WRNO, March 5 at 0446. I was checking since Richard Lemke, AB, reported it Feb 12 at 0214 in CIDX Messenger. Thought it had been off the air since November. Ron Howard, CA, says he also heard it on 7506.16, only Feb 14 at 0202. So bears checking for further brief reactivations. Normal schedule would be 02-05 UT only, shifting to 01-04 once DST begins March 13 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 21745, March 5 at 1602, Russian hymn with beautiful minor-key harmony, 1605 Russian talk and WYFR theme. This starts at 1600 on usual 44 degree azimuth to Europe, which means we are roughly off the side, yet a steady S9+20 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. WORLD OF RADIO monitoring: 9955, WRMI, Saturday March 5 at 1524, gh JBA with lite pulse jamming, and WWCR 9980 overload. It`s the Saturday 1500 airing of #1554, next repeat at 1830; Sun 0900, 1630, 1830. On IRRS, Sat 1900 on 6090, 1566, 1368. I just missed checking the Sat 1700 on WWCR 12160, but DX Partyline followed at 1730 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ###