mercoledì 17 agosto 2011

Glenn Hauser logs August 16, 2011

** ANGUILLA. 6090, Caribbean Beacon, gone again, August 16 at 0548 check; also gone again from 11775 at 1341. It had resumed on August 14 after about 3 weeks off for antenna work; I think I also heard it on Aug 15 but did not bother to log it, assuming it was back to stay. DGS really has nothing new to say, so why bother? This station does nothing whatsoever to promulgate Anguillan arts and culture, let alone those of the Caribbean in general. In fact, it never even IDs by that name (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CHINA. Firedrake August 16, just before 1300, quick scan; all with flutter, much heavier than usual:
10300, fair at 1257
12980, poor at 1257
13920, fair at 1257
14950, good at 1258; none higher

After 1300, not a complete scan, but noted:
15290, fair at 1312

After 1330:
15280, good at 1344, also with grind jamming; ex 15290 previous check
15525, very poor at 1345; no others 10-18 MHz

** LIBYA. 17725, August 16 at 1348, no signal from V. of Africa; it`s been so sporadic anyway that we have no idea whether rebel attacks approaching the Sabrata site and/or power outages are the cause (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SPAIN. Got a nice surprise in the p-mail, a p-book, softcover, from REE, ``Cuentos Irreverentes`` por Miguel Angel de Rus, thirteen `tragicomic` short stories, 170 pp., Madrid, 1995y. De Rus has worked for RNE, but the book has no official support or imprimatur. It has a prolog by another RNE journalist, Carlos Castillo. (I am wondering if he is the same but pseudonymous onetime Castilian broadcaster for Austrian SW, `Carlos Arturo del Castillo`.) Unfortunately, I hardly have time to read books in English, but it`ll keep. It came as my prize for participating in the REE survey of `how do you listen to us`, to which I replied to several programs, ¡onda corta! (Glenn Hauser, OK, August 15, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 12100, August 16 at 1342, WTWW is still in Arabic, signing on circa 1300. On Aug 14, Jean-Michel Aubier, France, found this at

New schedule to start shortly: [nothing but Bible readings]

Central                       UTC
 6- 9 am     Russian       1100-1400
 9-12 noon   Arabic        1400-1700
12- 3 pm     French        1700-2000
 3- 6 pm     German        2000-2300
 6- 9 pm     Spanish       2300-0200
 9-12 midn   Portuguese    0200-0500
12- 3 am     English       0500-0800
 3- 6 am     English       0800-1100

** VENEZUELA. I was amusing myself by Googling up the RNV Canal Internacional website to see if there was any explanation why they have been missing from Cuban relays for about a month. Of course not, but goes right to that colorful frequency map, all but one of which have been wrong since shortly after service was revived, dated 2003y, and the times are local in each target area, disregarding DST!

Then I did an internal website search on `Calabozo`, the new SW transmitter site under construxion and supposedly almost finished. Naturally, I get no hit on that, but on calabozo as a common word in some lengthy socialist declaration text, leading me to uplook it in my P-dixionary; it means: ``Dungeon, prison cell, pruning knife``. Not many SW stations have been able to name their transmitter site so negatively! Maybe that`s why what little publicity comes out about the SW plans downplays the name (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ###