martedì 8 marzo 2011

Glenn Hauser logs March 8, 2011

** ANGUILLA [non]. Caribbean Beacon, which was off 11775 fifteen hours earlier, is still missing from 6090, March 8 at 0636 leaving a het, probably off-frequency Brazil vs Nigeria, and/or Habana leapfrog mixing product of 6010 over 6050, as I could also make out some // English on 6090 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** ANTARCTICA. 15476, rack up another day with no sign of LRA36, March 8 at 1334, 1431, 1457 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** AUSTRALIA. 15340, March 8 at 1333, South Asian music way over het from 15341 Morocco, then mentioning Australia, kHz. Aoki and WRTH 2011 show both Hindi and Rawang simultaneously during this semihour daily from HCJB; I guess they mix them together; why? Rawang is a place in Malaysia, but presumably coincidental: no connexion with the Rawang language spoken in northern Myanmar, where it`s unlikely to have much linguistic relation to Hindi.

Meanwhile 15400, HCJB in Chinese was in the clear. At 1458 recheck, the 15340 situation was quite reversed, with Arabic from Morocco 15341, still not QSYed to 15345, dominating the het from HCJB, and also with splatter from the DentroCuban Jamming Command on 15330 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CANADA. 9625, March 8 at 0627, S9+21 open carrier, no tonetest now, from CBCNQ, burning up 100 kW again after sign-off, why? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CHINA. Firedrake March 8:
8400, JBA until 1300*. None others encountered during following bihour altho did not perform a complete bandscan searching for it (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) See also U K [non] 9410

** GERMANY [non]. 17860, March 8 at 1447, DW in Urdu, VG signal at S9+12, even tho this 1430-1500 is 500 kW, 76 degrees via Rampisham UK (following an hour of Pashto and Dari, same). How much better would the signal be in S Asia if they were not sending so much of it back this way? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** GUAM. 5765-USB, March 8 at 1303, AFN with basketball scores. What are these doing during a top-of-hour serious news block? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** GUINEA. 7125, RTG intruding again on 40m hamband, March 8 at 0625 in hilife music, and there`s SSB QRhaM in Spanish exactly on frequency, but Guinea is atop (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** INDONESIA. 4750, woman in Indonesian, March 8 at 1305, RRI Makassar, with a second slightly offset carrier detectable on BFO.

3995, March 8 at 1307 mentioning ``Republik Indonesia``, so it`s RRI Kendari, better signal than 4750.

3325, March 8 at 1318, a weak signal still audible here, presumed usual RRI Palangkaraya, and 4750 Makassar too (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) See also UNIDENTIFIED 3974

** INDONESIA. 9526-, VOI on the air this Tuesday, allowing us to hear another `Exotic Indonesia` co-produxion with RRI Banjarmasin. Unfortunately the IADs are still happening several times per minute, sometimes ~5 seconds long, but I keep with it as much as I can tolerate; also continuous hum but VG signal level.

March 8 at 1322, W&M plugging Banj frequency 95.2 FM, then introducing feature about the new president of Philippines, Benigno Aquino III, about to visit Indonesia, and talx already going on at the international relations staff level: `Focus` show about this still going on at 1337; 1339 discussing International Women`s Day; I believe the W co-host in Banj said she had spent 14 years in the US. 1341 playing pre-produced Banj feature with the mystery man and a woman narrating, about the custom of cradling babies in conjunxion with Mohammed`s birthday in February; with some rustic music pauses. 1352 the live hosts discuss this further, but I never did get the point of it; 1355 playing a romantic song from Banj to mark IWD (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** KOREA NORTH [non]. 5985, Shiokaze via JAPAN, Tuesday March 8 at 1403, in Japanese, weak with Myanmar het (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** LIBYA. It seems like V. of Africa from the Great Jamahiriyah is going out with a whimper, not a bang. March 8 at 1408 still no signal on former 21695 (nor 21660 used once), but 17725 is on as a carrier, with only a trace of modulation detectable, if that, (once I located and unplugged the cable DTV converter box which puts out the bubble-jamming on this frequency --- and later I have to rescan it thrice to get all the channels back, grrr). At 1450 the 17725 carrier is registering S9+10 at peaks, nothing but maybe a trace to be heard on it; same at 1525 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** MEXICO. 6185, XEPPM, which normally has good modulation quality altho not to the 100% level, March 8 at 0641 is very distorted, only with peaks audible during S9+20 signal, a shame! Hope they get it repaired ASAP for their excellent eclectic music at this time, and QRM-free (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** NETHERLANDS [non]. 9830, RNW in Dutch, March 8 at 0630 a bit stronger than // 9895 altho 9895 is a few words behind, during lengthy weather info for Europe, including Spain, Ireland. Too bad English-speakers are not served by this.

If it`s RN, it can`t be from Holland. Aoki shows 9830 is 500 kW, 120 degrees from Wertachtal, and 9895 is 250 kW, 280 degrees from Kishinev-Grigoriopol, i.e. Moldova, i.e. Pridnestrovye --- during this bihour, 06-08, but elsewhen its`s via Vatican, Moldova, Nauen or Wertachtal (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SPAIN [and non]. Another check for Basque from REE, nominally at 1330 M-F: March 8 at 1331, 15170 via COSTA RICA is still in Castilian, info deportiva acerca de Barcelona v. los ingleses. By the time I reached // 17595 direct, at 1335, Basque was underway (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U K [non]. BBC`s Spanish service on SW was terminated Feb 25; was M-F 1200-1215 via WHRI 9410, Guiana French 11860. The Caribbean English service got a month`s reprieve but it was not on SW; instead the rest of the 12-13 UT hour was filled by regular BBCWS English, but now that`s gone too, confirming our cynical opinion that it was never considered by BBC as anything but filler. Checked March 8 at 1248, not on 9410, leaving something very weak in Chinese. During this hour, Aoki shows Fu Hsing, Taiwan vs CNR5, Beijing.

21630, March 8 at 1429-1430* just as I tune in I hear the DW riff, and cut off the air during one unID word to follow. 1400-1430 is listed as *BBC* in Hausa via Sines, PORTUGAL. Perhaps a switching error before closedown, rather than the entire broadcast? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 9405, WINB, March 8 at 0625, S9+22 while 24 hours earlier it was inaudible --- only attributable to wildly fluxuating propagation, or is station transmission a factor? Rod Hembree with another of his Star-Trek-ripoff promos for Radio 2:11, then intro or promo John Ankerberg. Modulation now is awful, carrier more unstable than usual, and splashing out to 9390, 9410+ bothering BBCWS (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 9680, WYFR in English, March 8 at 0628 is back in force, altho missing 24 hours earlier (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A [non]. March 8 I monitor the transition of the still unidentified relays of YFR on 15185, 15485: 15485 carrier is on from *1500 before 15185 goes off, and the latter carrier stays on much of a minute more. So they are not from the same transmitter, presumably not same antenna either, tho the signals are quite similar and Harold Camping programming continues, still likely to be same site (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** VIETNAM. 12019.4, V. of Vietnam, March 8 at 1326 carrier on until 1327:40* and back on at *1329 during scheduled beam switch from 177 to 57 degrees, as languages switch from Indonesian to English; 1330 a bit of music presumably opening English, but too weak today. No noticeable change in signal level despite turning to USward.

My previous log did not measure the off-frequency below 12020, but Harold Frodge puts it on 12019.4, and it is certainly closer than necessary to the RTTY around 12015; there is another weak broadcaster on 12025, so can`t vary much in the upward direxion (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. 3974 approx., March 8 at 1307, some music mixed with heavy motorboating noise, apparent malfunxioning transmitter rather than jamming; de 3976 RRI Pontianak?? Stronger than and separate from the usual North Korean jamming on 3985. But this could also emanate from NK, Wonsan listed 3970. 1310 announcement on 3974 but could not copy anything of it; 1317 again some music audible. Atsunori Ishida, says Pontianak has been inactive since last April. Maybe this is the start of a comeback? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ###