lunedì 30 luglio 2012

Glenn Hauser logs July 28-29, 2012

** AUSTRALIA. 11945, July 29 at 1309, RA covering cycling in London. Seems they have blown away their regular programming for Olympic stuff! So no ``inquisition`` in the Sunday night religion program for a couple weeks. Who wants to listen to the Olympix instead of seeing these overwhelmingly visual events? (Don`t tell me RA has suddenly decided to specialize in blind listeners, who could also hear video soundtrax.) RA online program schedule still claims religious `Sunday Nights` is at 12-16 on both Asian and Pacific streams. Don`t you believe it! (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** BRAZIL. 21284-USB, July 28 at 2012, PT7ZT, quick contest contacts in English with 3-digit serial numbers appended to RS readings, now surpassing 300. Chooses different common fonetix for ZT from one utterance to another, instead of being imaginative. SSOB, virtually the OSOB. Mostly working US stations, virtually inaudible, while PT7ZT has bigsig. No activity on 12 or 10 meters; but see UNID for 11m. And hardly anything on 13m SWBC either. RNB or any other ZY station could have been successfully broadcasting an external service to North America on 21 MHz.

Or maybe not, as we seem to have a pipeline just from Ceará, as PT7ZT appears at
Carlos MOReira [sic]
Rua Pamela Loren, 59 - Mangabeira
61760-000 Eusebio CE

Heard again at 2026, but sounds like a different op, who closes contacts with QRZ? unlike the first one, and has a stronger accent. Suspect it`s really a club station, now up to contact #325. There is some ACI from other too-close hams like 21282. I have no idea what contest this is and no one ever mentions it, as that would occupy some seconds, wastefully driving down their ultimate scores, and nothing else matters (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** COSTA RICA [and non]. 17850, July 28 at 1859 check, REE relay is splattering only about 12 kHz plus/minus! So today BBC 17795 is sufficiently audible QRM-free. BTW, on Saturdays, 17850 stays on well past 2000, so we have both that and TDP DRM GUF on 17870-17875-17880 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA. 17580, July 29 at 1410, no RHC, tho inbooming on 17730. Like 17730, 17580 is supposed to be on at 11-15, but usually missing on Sundays inexplicably; perhaps a remnant of the long-gone `Aló, Presidente` relays of Venezuela which required transmitter and frequency shuffling (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** EQUATORIAL GUINEA. 15190, July 28 at 1950, R. Africa is active again for the second evening with gospel huxter in English (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** IRAN. 15480, July 29 at 0527, VIRI IS, good signal but heavy flutter as overnight propagation has recovered. I settle in to listen to a sign-on, but instead this cuts off at 0530:10*. It`s the end of the 0500 Russian broadcast, 500 kW, 320 degrees from Sirjan, also USward (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** MEXICO. 580, July 29 at 0504 UT, probably just after NA, ``La Rancherita del Aire, radio sin fronteras`` singing ID, then temps as 32C/90F; makes slow pumping SAH of 160/minute = 2 and two-thirds Hz with WIBW as IDed shortly. It is of course XEMU, Piedras Negras, Coahuila on the border. Did not catch calls, but gave 580 plus an uncopied FM frequency. Cantú shows that is another recent addition, XHEMU 103.7, and AM night power is 2.5 kW (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** OKLAHOMA. 27185, July 28 at 2016, as I am checking the CB for skip, steady local signal relaying Air One, i.e. synchronous 91.1 KKRD Enid. Effectively blox the calling channel, but increases the Air One gospel-huxter audience locally among the coveted CB demographic (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** PAKISTAN [non]. 15560, July 29 at 0525, as I tune by, plug for which is scheduled 04-06, 250 kW, 90 degrees from Wertachtal, GERMANY. HFCC shows language as ``Pakistani`` but it`s really Pashto for the lawless border area with Afghanistan. Website also worx as .org, but the title spelling lax a double-a. Speaking of which, maybe IBB should start a similar service for the Mexican border area? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SPAIN [non]. 11880, July 29 at 1310, REE via COSTA RICA [q.v.] with `Mundofonías` world-music show, from Italy, Morocco, Burkina Faso/New York, Portugal, Argentina, etc. Always a most enjoyable hour on Sunday mornings, with very good reception (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A [non]. 17530, July 29 at 1409 good signal in English, mentioning being ``doomed by the demonic``, and gun control, so a US gospel huxter? No, it must be VOA, as soon found // 15580 which is slightly behind. Yet both are listed this hour as São Tomé. Suspect Greenville-B is substituting on 17530 today, also accounting for this unusually good signal, along with sporadic E into VHF (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. WORLD OF RADIO 1627 monitoring: confirmed at 0400 UT Sunday July 29 on 5755, WTWW. Remaining repeats on WRMI 9955: Sun 1730, Mon 0500, 1130 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 12105, July 29 at 0449 check, no signal from WTWW-3 which normally cuts off at 0500 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A [non]. 15225, July 29 at 0523, M&W Arabic talk, plug website with letters spelt in English; 0531 choral music, flutter. This is the ``Hope Channel`` of AWR per the link to English version of website. HFCC shows 04-06, 250 kW, 120 degrees via Wertachtal, GERMANY, resuming at 07-08, 100 kW, 210 degrees in Arabic, plus other languages until 0900 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. 9873-SSB, July 29 at 1332, weak 2-way intruders in tonal Asian language. Intruders, assuming the 31m SWBC band officially extends to 9900 if not 9990. The chart on page 45 of the 2012 WRTH is not helpful with no precision but looks like it goes right up to 9990. Yet there remain regular utility spots like the RTTY on 9830 ignored by Turkey (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. 17810-SSB, July 28 at 1953, Spanish 2-way intruders, including whistling. May have been a fraxion off this frequency, weak signals difficult to tune in (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. 27065-AM, July 28 at 2017, after getting Brazil on 21284, I am checking higher bands. No activity on 24 or 28 MHz hambands, and most CB channels are empty, except here there is overmodulated colloquial Spanish, Cubanish accent, slight fading so apparently not local, and some very weak hets from other skip stations. One of his contacts concludes each transmission with three quick beeps (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)