mercoledì 1 maggio 2013

Glenn Hauser logs April 30, 2013

** AUSTRALIA. 2325, April 30 at 1138, music audible at very poor level, but anything at all from VL8T is welcome one minute before sunrise here: no way Radio Symban with 1/50 the power is going to make it on 2368.5 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** AUSTRALIA. 15340, April 30 at 1217, HCJB is very good with gospel rock song, 1220 Indonesian talk, as confirmed in Aoki, daily 1145-1230 except Sundays 1200-1230 in Malayalam (which has nothing to do with Malay or Malaya or Malaysia, despite the scheduling).

15400 not yet on, until *1225:15 with ``programmes on this frequency will commence shortly`` loop, and a variety of music. It seems that like its progenitor in Ecuador, HCJB Australia isn`t interested in establishing a particular oft-played interval signal (how about ``Tie Me Kangaroo Down``? Perhaps too light for the serious business of convincing heathen Asians that their original religions are nonsense). 1230 official sign-on of S Asian service, starting with English. This is the semi-hour proving that two transmitters are operational in Kununurra, and habitually both heard very well now, longpath? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** BANGLADESH. 15505, April 30 waiting for BB to come on: *1359:01, leaving time for only one play of the IS before too-early timesignal ending at 1359:40.5, then opening Urdu; very poor signal, so it`s hard to hear it, but I think there is still some hum (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CHINA. Firedrake April 30, circa 1230:
13795, fair at 1224, again the only one with all other frequencies still overtaken by CNR1 audio jamming instead:

17170, fair at 1235
16100, very good at 1228; none in the 17s yet
14980, poor at 1227
14750, fair at 1227
14700, poor at 1228
13970, good at 1223
13920, good at 1223
13850, fair at 1223
13830, fair at 1223; none in the 12s

Before 1400 April 30:
17370, poor at 1347 mixed with utebeeps
17170, very good at 1347 with flutter
16920, fair at 1347
16360, poor at 1347
16100, poor at 1349
None in the upper 15s, just usuals in the lowers
14700, poor at 1351
13830, very poor at 1352, not synch with 17170
13920, poor at 1352, ditto
12670, poor at 1352, ditto
11990, fair at 1354, ditto
Also usual inbanders on 11785,
and with heavy CCI on 11805 at 1355, i.e. VOA Mandarin via SAIPAN this hour only (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** COSTA RICA. 5965, April 30 at 0539, REE relay is back on proper frequency after excursion to 5995, 24 hours earlier (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA. 6165 & 6000, April 30 at 0103, both RHC English frequencies are in dead air. I have better things to do than wait to find out how late they will be coming up.

5040, unlike 24 hours earlier, is on and modulating English at 0539 April 30 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** GREECE. 15630, April 30 at 0526, VOG has quite good signal with Greek music, a sign of summer MUFs, while there is not much else from Europe on 19m, until VATICAN shows up, q.v. 15630 should also be good for Byzantine chanting on Sunday mornings, a.k.a. `Divine Liturgy` at 05-08 as in John Babbis` program schedule in DXLD 13-17, which also shows the Tuesday 0503-0600 show translates to `Let Us Go As Before` (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** INDONESIA. 9526-, April 30 at 1306, VOI is on but so undermodulated that it`s another total waste of the presumed Tuesday linkup with RRI Banjarmasin (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** JAPAN. 9595, Tuesday April 30 at 1307, R. Nikkei poor in Japanese talk with occasional German words, presumably a lecture on vocabulary or grammar rather than an on-air lesson as there are no pauses for listener participation (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** MEXICO. 540, April 30 at 0600 UT at tune-in, immediate ID for ``La Ranchera de Paquimé`` and into NA; i.e. XETX, Nuevo Casas Grandes, Chihuahua at local midnite (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** MEXICO. 660, April 30 at 0501 UT, probably XEACB Delicias, Chih, main signal of Mexican music looping SW, but in its null toward the SE, can hear some hum, which fits for post-midnite XEFZ Monterrey NL, which is considerably further east (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** MEXICO. 1570, April 30 at 1151 UT, probably just finished `Mañanitas`, XERF now in ``Servicio Social`` with missing-person ``avisos personales`` requests, including those last known to be in Coahuila, Chihuahua, phone numbers to be contacted. Have also heard this at other times on XERF. Good for a broad-coverage public radio AM station like this, and something you don`t hear elsewhere on either side of la frontera. 1208, XERF still in with stox in pesos, other Mexican tipoffs instead of SS KZLI Tulsa (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** MEXICO. 6185, April 30 at 0538 check, XEPPM is not only not modulating but not transmitting at all; nor around 1145, so it`s back to usual silent period unlike 24 hours earlier (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** PERU. 5980, April 30 at 0104, tune in R. Chaski in time to find weak carrier in the noise, but some modulation detectable, and it cuts off at 0104:47* amounting to six seconds later than last night.

Hold on to your chair; patron HCJB provides this shot of R. Chaski:
accompanying a story alleging that R. Chaski persuaded someone not to commit suicide. I for one should have something to live for from day to day, just to time its ever-latening cutoff, as no one else seems to bother. Last time it approached 0105 weeks ago, timer was reset closer to 0100 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** ROMANIA. 17510, April 30 at 1135, serious music, then English opening ``RRI Encyclopedia`` segment, something about Jews. Good signal a bit before sunrise here, only exceeded on 16m by RHC. // 15430 much weaker, but can`t hear any CCI from R. Free Sarawak, q.v. which now appears to be on 15460 instead, as well as 17840 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SARAWAK [non]. 17840, April 30 at 1214, poor signal in presumed Iban talk from R. Free Sarawak on new frequency from secret site at 11-13 UT, axually cut off again a few secs past 1258*. Apparently an additional rather than replacement frequency, because of jamming, as the lengthy elexion campaign is coming to a head on May 5, after which these clandestines are likely to reduce if not cease.

Also something on 15460, probably this, and should be checked for // or offset audio; nothing on ex-15430 (which at 1137 was occupied by ROMANIA, q.v.). RFS website still claims it`s on 15430 if not 11600 in the title, nothing about 15460 or 17840: perhaps that`s deliberate disinformation, but no good info for friendly would-be listeners (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SAUDI ARABIA. 15500, again April 30 before and after 1349 chex, no signal from BSKSA, which so far has appeared only on April 28, including English after 1600.

During the same hours, 1400-2036* on that date, S. Hasegawa tells me that many Japanese DXers were hearing the ``Call of Islam`` Arabic service on another new test frequency, 7500; but not on April 29 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** TUNISIA. 7275, April 30 at 0539, 7275 is still off, and at 0600 so is 7335, since IWT vanished last week. BTW, I see others still like to call this RTT, abbreviation for its French name, even tho on SW it only broadcast in Arabic! IWT abbreviates the Arabic ID listed in WRTH: ``Idha`atu-l-Wataniya at-Tunisiya``. Soon to be moot if it never come back (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 790, April 30 at 0519 UT, double-take as station in the QRM mentions ``Newsradio 740, KTRH``. Yes, I am on 790 for sure. But it`s KBME Houston, which is jointly owned with KTRH by Texas Licenses LLC according to FCC AM Query. KBME is in fact with FSR sports talk. Remember when the 790 in Houston was KULF? That ended in 1982 when it became KKBQ for a sesquidecade (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 930, April 30 at 1155 UT with WKY nulled, occupant says ``like us on Facebook, 930 KWOC``, i.e. Poplar Bluff MO due east from here but still propagating after sunrise (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 1460, April 30 at 1203 UT, TSN Texas news, ad, then more news not about Texas, 1205 anti-fire PSA, ``Big Country``. Neither own website nor Wikipedia provide an affiliate list, but of the four Texans on 1460, NRC AM Log shows one which fits: KCLE Burleson, 11 kW day power, obviously named for its studio address in Cleburne, both south of Fort Worth on I35W; and station`s own website which is more about sports than music, confirms the slogan: (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 1480, April 30 at 1206 UT, `KBXD weather center``, ``North Texas` spiritual power station with 50,000 watts`` slogan, still skywaving in over KQAM Wichita groundwave, after Enid sunrise at 1139. BTW, nothing yet about rescheduling the KBXD DX test; maybe waiting now till fall? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) 

** VATICAN. 15595, April 30 at 0527 looking for other Eurosigs after hearing Greece on 15630, here is soft jazz music, from what? Soon answered at 0529 by Vatican bells, 0530 multilingual opening of mass // much stronger 9645, but which is a sesquisecond ahead of 15595, why?? 0532 during Gregorian chant, we listened to both, the echo adding to the mystique.

15570, meanwhile, has come on at 0529 with much stronger VG signal than 15595, not // but playing VR IS and opening Portuguese. Why is there such a disparity between the two? HFCC shows 15570 is 250 kW, 175 degrees from SMG, while 15595 is 100 kW at 121 degrees from SMG (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)