martedì 8 marzo 2011

Glenn Hauser logs March 6-7, 2011

** ANGUILLA. 11775, PMS/DGS/University Network/Caribbean Beacon missing again, March 7 at 1450, 1556 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** ANTARCTICA. 15476, still no LRA36 carrier, Monday March 7 at 1424, 1455, 1550 chex. ¿Mañana? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** BRAZIL. 15190, March 6 at 2240, fluttery signal in Brazilian accent and within a few sex of intuning, ``Inconfidência`` ID in passing at 2241. No sign of Eq. Guinea, tho there was a het on the hi side, probably emanating from one of two computers I unfortunately had running at the time (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CANADA. 9625, March 7 at 0620, again continuous tone test less than 1 kHz, from CBCNQ transmitter, for reasons unknown after 0605 sign-off. From next week it will be 0505* (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CHINA [and non]. Firedrake March 7: 10300, very poor at 1455. Not found anywhere else tho did not start tuning until after 1400.

13725, however had heavy CNR1 jamming, March 7 at 1554, fast SAH mixing with Mandarin from R. Free Asia, 15-17, 250 kW, 295 degrees via TINIAN, per Aoki.

BTW, Keith Perron reports to DXLD that the ChiCom are gloating about Western broadcasters giving up on China, however, not including RFA. The National People`s Congress is underway in Beijing, and Li Changchun, head of the Propaganda Department of the Communist Party of China
``called the cuts at the BBC World Service and the proposed cuts to the Voice Of America as a victory for "the Communist Party of China and the fight against the West", in a speech to members of his department. In the un-publicized speech he said with the Western media outlets losing the media war, it will give China a chance to dominate the international airwaves. Li Changchun also announced that China will spend 52 000 000 Yuan (8 million USD) starting this year to expand its reach to international audiences. This includes satellite broadcasts, "taking over AM/FM stations in the west", and expanding China's use of shortwave to the Americas, Europe, Africa and South East Asia. China will also be looking at taking over relay stations once used to broadcast to the PRC by the West "who have mis-informed the people of China to create an un-stable society".``

Keith adds: ``A proposal by the Politburo Standing Committee will be submitted to the high level officials of the Communist Party of China on March 8th to combine CCTV 4 and 9 (international) and China Radio International into one, to "take over the airwaves of the imperialist aggressors of stations like the BBC and the Voice Of America".`` (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA. 15370, RHC, March 6 at 2239 is in Esperanto, as scheduled for 2230 Sundays, despite not having appeared at the earlier time of 1500 Sunday on 11760, instead continuing in Spanish // all the other frequencies.

`En Contacto`, DX program UT Monday March 7 at 0235-0249 on webcast, no mention that all the times and some of the frequencies would be shifting from next Sunday due to stupid DST influenced by Yanqui Imperialism (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** GOA. 15175, March 7 at 1553, S Asian music, poor with flutter. Must be AIR`s Gujarati service via Panaji, 1515-1600, 250 kW, 205 degrees toward E Africa. Rarely audible here (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** GUINEA. 7125, intruding RTG, March 7 at 0623, poor in French and with SSB co-channel QRhaM (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** LIBYA. 21695, VOAf from the GJ, still absent, March 7 at 1417 and later chex to 1600. 13m propagation generally poor, but usual signals audible on 21505, 21540, 21570, 21610, 21630. No point in trying to hear its apparent replacement, 7500 carrying domestic relay, with WWCR on 7490 and Libya 7.5 MHz not propagating anyway at this hour to NAm.

17725 is still on air, but weak and poorly modulated, music audible at 1417, 1500 YL talking, 1521 now S9+10 with Beethoven`s Ninth theme, so we know it`s still the same old Q`Daffy stuff (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** NEW ZEALAND. RNZI `Mailbox`, new edition, heard on webcast UT Monday March 7 at 1630 --- except it was already underway and suspect they again started a minute or two early. Almost all of the show this fortnight is consumed by David Ricquish`s feature with lots of clips of stations around Bacolod City, Philippines. Early start probably to get it over before frequency change at very strange time of 1651, which was announced on the webcast as ``retune to 9765``. Trouble is, the posted schedule at
says this does not happen until one hour later???

1551-1750 7440 AM 6170 DRM Cook Islands, Niue, Fiji, Samoa Daily
1751-1850 9765 AM 9890 DRM Cook Islands, Niue, Fiji, Samoa Daily

Is this schedule one hour off at other times? DST confusion? Another inquiry is out to Adrian Sainsbury (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** ROMANIA. 17540, March 7 at 1546, RRI playing one or two Shakira songs with brief Arabic announcement atwixt at 1549; strong but fluttery and Dopplery. If only Romanian taxpayers knew that their hard-earned lei are going to such off-topic broadcasts. It`s hardly in RRI`s mandate to broadcast Shakira to the Arabs, is it? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** RUSSIA. 9840, VOR English to NAm via Pet/Kam, March 7 at 0616, interviewing an American PR man who is doing business in Ukraine and Kazakhstan, over CCI from R. Rossii Moscow-area transmitter, but good signal and much better than very poor // 9855 via Vladivostok (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SAUDI ARABIA. 17660, BSKSA French service scheduled, but March 7 at 1542 playing ``Na-na-hey-hey-Goodbye`` (originally by Steam), VP with flutter. Perhaps subtle sabotage suggesting it`s time to bid adieu to the Absolute Monarchy? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SUDAN [non]. 17745, Sudan Radio Service via Sines, PORTUGAL, Monday March 7 at 1524, VG S9+18 with hilife music, 1526 switch to another ska song about ``Independence`` but not fully in English, I think. 1530 drumming, ID, talk in colloquial Arabic; 1540 still drumming and now the talk has self-imposed echo (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** TURKEY. 9700, Turkish music from TRT, 310 degrees to Europe and also USward, March 7 at 0618, fair with flutter, but a sign of increasing solar flux, which reached an astounding 143 on March 6, per WWV. This is on the air until 0655 or so (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 9680, WYFR English missing March 7 at 0618, tho its usual companion, 9715 in Spanish had a good signal (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 11715-, KJES, Monday March 7 at 1430 hymn in Latin, implying there is something Roman Catholic about this, but soon talking over it with catechisms in English, by one OM, repeated by one other. Good signal; had not heard it on weekend (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 9479, WTWW with PPP, March 7 at 1435: accompanied by noisy envelope peaking about plus and minus 4 kHz. If you side tune, you can hear a continuous noise, somewhere between a hum/buzz/whine/roar, rather like a totally out-of-whack All India Radio transmitter. I suppose this is coming over the dirty feed from Laporte. But WTWW`s own carrier is also unstable if you try it with BFO, even with max attenuation, rather like WINB always is (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ###