venerdì 3 maggio 2013

Glenn Hauser logs May 1, 2013

** AUSTRALIA. 12365-USB, May 1 at 1348, poor signal with marine weather in Aussie robo-accent; altho well-enunciated, never can copy names of locations, but frequent references to knots. Even weaker signal with same voice but not // on 12362-USB causes QRM to 12365 on the FRG-7`s wide bandwidth. At 1355, 12362 apparently IDs and gives schedule with times and kHz, and both stop. Then 12365 resumes with a different voice. EiBi shows 12365 is VMC Charleville, Queensland, while 12362 is VLW, its sibling station from Wiluna, Western Australia (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** AUSTRALIA [and non]. 11665, May 1 at 1310, CCI between Chinese and presumed Malay, as for A-13, RA moved its 1300-1430 Chinese service (and English 1430-1530) from 11660 to 11665 (presumably because CRI is now registered on 11660), but what about poor MALAYSIA, which has been on 11665 up to 24 hours a day with the Wai and Sarawak FM relays from the peninsular mainland back to Borneo? RA`s move-in would surely cause a collision not only here but in the SE Asian target area. Compared to RA Chinese via PALAU on 9965, which is clear and a few seconds behind 11665 from Shepparton. Not sure if the Malaysian 11665 transmitter is // 9835, but a similar-sounding song was playing. I think they are normally different networks, Sarawak FM on 9835 and Wai FM on 11665 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** BANGLADESH. 15505, May 1 at 1358, open carrier with flutter, 1359 BB IS is JBA, timesignal at imagination level maybe ending at 1359:38 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CHINA. 13795, May 1 at 1306, Firedrake very poor but only audible here. Still at 1344, with CCI from RFA Tibetan via KUWAIT.

CNR1 jamming instead of Firedrake, before 1400:
13830, very poor at 1344
13920, fair at 1344 with flutter
Cursory search 12-18 MHz did not find any others, with subnormal propagation today (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CHINA. 11760, May 1 at 1308, the only signal mixing with RHC Spanish is CRI English, which has always been scheduled at 12-14 via Kunming, but had been covered by CNR1 jamming vs Sound of Hope, Taiwan, at 13-15, that CNR1 jammitter also the source of the 8-kHz constellation of spurs we heard until a week+ ago. The ChiCom even jam their own transmissions if something else ``happens`` to be on same frequency. Therefore this SOH broadcast, which was a 300 kW Tanshui site transmitter, is off.

Falung Gong`s Epoch Times recently revealed that due to ChiCom pressure, Taiwan is closing down some SW transmitter sites, and canceling relays of SOH among others. The article even said that RTI would be going off SW, but this has been explicitly denied by Paula at RTI to monitor Don Rhodes, Australia.

Keith Perron explains in the next DXLD that there is a lot more to this than meets the eye; but in any event, there may be less SOH on high-power Taiwan transmitters and consequently less need for ChiCom jamming of one kind or another (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA. 6165, May 1 at 0058, RHC is already on prior to scheduled 0100 English, but now with Spanish undermodulation // 6100. Same at 0103, no English yet unlike 6010. One can only envisage a mess of patchcords on the distribution panel always getting misplaced.

13740, May 1 at 1401, CRI English relay is supposed to be underway, but dead air until JIP at 1401:50 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** INDONESIA. 9680, May 1 at 1315, open carrier/dead air is atop the China radio war, i.e. RRI; 1316 Indonesian audio cuts on. 1342 check, dead air again. What a messed up station. They are oblivious to heavy co-channel QRM, and can`t keep their own modulation going either (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** MALAYSIA. 11665, collision with AUSTRALIA: q.v.

** MEXICO. 6185, May 1 at 0510, XEPPM carrier is still on but no modulation when they might as well let RFI news relay be heard in the western hemisphere (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** PERU. 5980, May 1 at 0053 carrier is audible from R. Chaski; some modulation audible after 0100 until cut off in mid-word at 0104:53* (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** PHILIPPINES. 12095, May 1 at 1233, gospel harmonies from FEBC, no sign of the distorted blob 12097-12098 heard 48 hours earlier, and not checked 24 hours earlier; 12105 KSDA is a lot stronger on the other side (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SARAWAK [non]. 17840, May 1 at 1205, trying to sort out what`s happening with R. Free Sarawak during what may be its final days leading up to the elexion May 5: 17840 is weak but stronger than 15430 and 15460 which also have signals, upon all of which RFS has been reported recently, but nothing on the fourth alleged channel, 17430 (a typo for 15430??). Almost all talk in presumed Iban; checked periodically the rest of the hour, as signals improved marginally, but all too weak to evaluate synchrony adequately, except they sound similar but don`t match exactly. Also bothered by local line noise level coming and going. Altho DX Re Mix News` latest schedule missed 17840 completely, it is best here, then 15430, then 15460. At 1253, 15460 seems to be closer to 17840; 17840 cuts off at 1258:48* after a bit of music which revealed 17840 was a few seconds behind 15430, which then cut off at about 1259:25*.

HFCC May 1 now accounts for 15430: ``15430 1100 1300 51W,54 DHA 500 105 15 218 14567 010513 271013 D 20600 Iban UAE BAB BAB 18683``

Note the effective date is only today while 15430 has been heard previously. And note the limited days of week: Wednesday thru Sunday, perhaps alluding to termination after May 5, elexion day, despite the default end-date of 27 October. But what if the RFS side loses --- are they just going to give up broadcasts and everything?
Nothing about this in HFCC on 15460, supposedly with NHK Japanese from Yamata at 12-14; and nothing on 17840. 15430 is the only entry in the entire HFCC roster specifying Iban language, tho many lack any language info (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SOUTH AFRICA. 7230, May 1 at 0513, Channel Africa with English news about Angola, poor signal. Don`t hear this much, while domestic R. Sonder Grense also via Meyerton on 7285 is regular. 7230 is 100 kW at 5 degrees and M-F only; 7285 is 100 kW at 275 degrees, which happens to be much more favorable USward (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 5085, UT Wednesday May 1 at 0055, WTWW-2 is on with another `QSO` show playback, ham ISS interview about EVA; probably only until 0100 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 690, May 1 at 0459 UT, Health Care 411 PSA, pause lacking any ID before 0500 Fox `news`. Usual SAH from open carrier, so KGGF KS evidently closed early again, no taps, ceding the channel to KTSM El Paso TX (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 960, May 1 at 0501-0505 UT, KGWA Fox-hole audiblizes weak ABC news echoing, and then blues music, i.e. KMA, KGKL and WABG (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. 1420+, May 1 at 1219 UT, somestation is off-frequency to hi side, causing a LAH; to be checked further (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)