mercoledì 12 ottobre 2011

Glenn Hauser logs October 11-12, 2011

** ALBANIA. R. Tirana monitoring: 13735, Oct 11 at 1856 confirmed on air, poor with music concluding English quarter-hour.

9860, Oct 11 at 2157 NA, IS and off circa 2200 concluding Albanian sesquihour, which R. Tirana plans to eliminate in B-11.

9860, Oct 12 at 0031, English quarter-hour is back on correct frequency instead of 7425 where it was 24 hours earlier.

13625, Oct 12 at 1430, Only S7-8, JBA and undermodulated but I could recognize Klara`s voice with transmission schedule. On contrary, Wolfgang Büschel says it was ``powerful, S9+30`` in Germany (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** BULGARIA. 11600, Oct 12 at 0510, there R. Bulgaria goes again, kilowasting kilowatts with open carrier already 20 minutes before 0530 German service. But // 9600 not on yet (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CHINA. Firedrake Oct 12, before 1300, all with flutter:
16980, very good at 1256; none higher
15900, very good at 1257
14970, very good at 1258
13970, good at 1258
13130, good at 1259
12230, good at 1259, heard a syllable of Chinese before 1300*
Started too late so none lower checked before 1300

After 1300:
15285, fair plus noise jamming at 1312 vs 15288 presumed V. of Tibet

Before 1400:
14970, very good at 1351; none higher
14700, very good at 1351
13130, very good at 1352
12230, good at 1353; none in the 11s, 10s

12105, good at 1352, new spot! ACI from WTWW 12100 Arabic. Target apparently KSDA Guam, all Chinese 11-16 (also KTWR 0930-1100)

 7970, fair at 1357

After 1400:
17570, very good plus noise jamming at 1407, vs. V. of Tibet via Madagascar, neither on 17560 today; gone at 1420 recheck
14970, very good at 1422; none higher
13970, good at 1420
12500, very good at 1422

12150, good at 1424, unusual FD spot, first time here? 250 kW VOA is scheduled with degrees, but only in English:
12-13 daily,   270 from Tinang
13-14 Sat/Sun, 349 from Tinang
14-15 M-F,     270 from Tinang [but unheard]
15-16 daily,   315 from Iranawila
No FD in the 11s or 10s now

7970, good at 1427; none in the 9s, 8s; // 13970, 14970

** CUBA [and non]. Wiggle that patchcord! RHC with strong carrier on 13680, Oct 12 at 1428, but no modulation except for an undertrace of presumed R. Japan in Persian via France about to open at 1430. RHC 13780 also out of order but with barely audible traces of distorted modulation cutting in and out. Meanwhile, quick check of other RHCs found them modulating normally with frequency announcement at 1430: 15360, 15230, 11830, 11760, 11730, 11690. The 13s were still dead-air at 1447 and just before closing at 1459. Just another day at the incompetent RHC. It`s always something.

If you want to see the antennas providing this disservice, Lev Lytovchenko has posted a number of photos of the Bauta-Corralillo site via the shortwavesites yg:

** CYPRUS. 24788-24813, Oct 12 at 1414, OTH radar pulses, presumed from here; no others heard between 23 and 26 MHz, but there was CODAR above 25; see UNIDENTIFIED (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** INDONESIA. 3325, Oct 12 at 1251, usual programming from RRI Palangkaraya, Kalimantan, i.e. M&W conversation in Indonesian. Peaks S+18, nice signal today; no PNG frequencies audible on 90m, and nothing else but a bit of WWRB 3185 BS at this hour (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** INDONESIA. 9525-, Oct 12 at 1303, VOI back in English after having been off-schedule in Chinese yesterday; long item about trade with Slovakia, then oil from Nigeria; ASEAN university exchanges. I guess this was the newscast made up of government press releases. Altho rather undermodulated, S9+22 signal made it sufficiently readable, with some hum, IADs (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** MAURITANIA. Checking out a report that IGIM had been heard on 4845 again, which had been inactive for many months: Oct 12 at 0502, not on 4845 or 7245 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** MEXICO. Pre/sunrise MW DX Oct 12 UT:

710, Oct 12 at 1234 UT, announcements about Ciudad Guerrero, 1235 ``Noticias 7-10``, 6:33 = 27:7 TC, news of Hurricane Jova threatening Jalisco. The latter is national news, but Cd. Guerrero is just west of Cuauhtémoc, Chihuahua, so once again this must be, per IRCA:
XEDP, 7000/-5000 [sic: the - means presumed, suspected or estimated], La Ranchera de Cuauhtémoc, RAN/NOR, RAMA, possibly 24h on weekends

760, Oct 12 at 1236 UT, promo for R. Centro (I thought) mixing with another SS; but IRCA has no R. Centro on 760, nor any station a member of the GRC group. Nothing found in Cantú either nor WRTH

790, Oct 12 at 1230 UT, ``Radio Fórmula, XENT-AM, 5 mil watts``. IRCA:
XENT, La Paz, BCS, 5000/750, 13-07, Formats: ROM/NWS, Nets: ORF1/RSA

1100, Oct 12 at 1223 UT ``Radio Cañón [illegible]. . . Número Uno`` by superhype voiceactor (SHVA). IRCA has this slogan for:
XETGO, Zacatecas, Zac., 5000/400, 1200-0600, Formats: NOR/RAN, Net: PM [the abbrs. explained in the IRCA Mexican Log introduxion]

** NETHERLANDS [non]. 6125, Oct 12 at 0530, RNW via VATICAN, item about the weather in Croatia, back in Dutch instead of English by mistake almost 24 hours earlier (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SOUTH AFRICA. 11875, Oct 12 at 0513, dead air or maybe just barely modulated, when SENTECH is supposed to be broadcasting DW in English at 0500-0530. Stronger than adjacent 11870 WEWN (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 17211 approx., Oct 12 at 1358 I am QRX for the unID marine weather YL robot I heard yesterday until 1407*, out of whack USB with frequency and consequently pitch varying with speech making copy very difficult, no way to tune it in properly; if it had been on AM, the same frequency instability would have been tolerable.

Comes on at *1359 with same defect, so this time I look for nearby // in case it is spurious. Yes! There `she` is on 17260-USB which is loud and stable; furthermore with matching spur circa 17309, i.e. 49 kHz on the other side. Giving G.C.s, knots of storms, cites NHC Miami; 1405 ID as WLO, holding traffic for a list of vessels by number, not callsign or name. Sign off as ``whisky lima oscar, and kilo lima bravo, standing by for calls; end of broadcast`` and off between 1406 and 1407*. No replies heard here, as no doubt paired with an unknown duplex frequency. But is it really WLO, or KLB on 17260 putting out the spurs? UDXF yg hits lead to WLO (Mobile AL), not KLB (Kent WA) (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 12100, Oct 12 at 1352 I notice WTWW is on as usual in Arabic, when Firedrake is unusually on 12105, but at 1424, 12100 is off to check out another interference problem. 9479 is still on (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. 17701, Oct 12 at 1409, intruder, poor signal in CW, not hand-keyed, with ACI from Saudi 17705 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. 25330-25475, and weaker 25545-25650, Oct 12 at 1416, CODAR pulse ranges audible; none in the 24-25 area this time. Are these all the way from Europe, as 10 and 12 m hambands are open? Too bad no broadcasters are even trying their 11 m band (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)