lunedì 22 luglio 2013

Glenn Hauser logs July 21-22, 2013

** ALGERIA [non]. 9535, July 22 at 0527, RTA via FRANCE with pop song in Arabic, but thought I heard some English lyrix mixed in, then some definite French talkover.

Reminds us of one of the regular daily pieces by Arash on the lamented Radio Sohl, co-sung by Rebecca. BTW, our 29-minute clip of Sohl music from 5.5 years ago is still available at:
There was nothing visual, so why put it on YouTube? However, non-shortwave versions are there of ``Temptation`` including:
But I digress; this was not what was played from Algeria

** AUSTRALIA [and non]. 12065 & 9580, Monday July 22 checking what changes have been made to R. Australia programming now that it`s merely a subsidiary of Australia Network (meaning TV): 1205, `Correspondents Report`; 1347 about Cambodian elexions with dramatic music underlay which smax of TV hype; 1357 outro as `Newsline` from Australia Network; filler promo; 1400 ABC News; 1405 Radio National promo and into Late Night Live. The online program schedule seems up to date, for Monday at
also with `Rear Vision` at 1230, `Australia Network News Bulletin` at ``1300-1330``. So `Talking Point` is indeed gone from 1305 weekdays. There are no longer separate listings for Asia and Pacific since they have been merged, and were already the same much of the day. Meanwhile ex-Chinese frequencies are still on the air after 1400, but JBA on 12085, poor on 9965 Palau (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** BOLIVIA [and non]. 6135-, July 21 [correct] at 0103, news about Santiago de Chile, 0105 full ID for Radio Santa Cruz, 0106 fuller ID sounds like sign-off, at usual early time Saturday nights --- but then continues with music past 0108; weaker than usual.

6135-, July 22 at 0532, something is making a lo het on the lo side to BBC-ASCENSION in Hausa; fits just right to be the RSC carrier left on (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** BRAZIL. 4915, July 22 at 0107, best ZY signal in the area this time, tho only VP vs CODAR, is here, pop music sounds like R. Daqui. Had not heard it for several days and may not have been on the air, tho there is a lot of propagational variation from one day to the next at the same hour on 60m (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CHINA. Firedrake [non], CNR1 jamming, July 22 after 1430:
15800, fair-good at 1433
15970, good at 1433
16250, good at 1434
17505, poor at 1435 with flutter (and way out of synch with 15970). First time noted here, and what luck! Aoki shows VOA Tibetan via Lampertheim, Germany occupies this hour, this frequency, Mondays only.
None in the 18s, 14, 13s, 12s (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CHINA [non]. 9580, July 22 at 0103, the ChiCom continue to get a raw deal on their relays via CUBA. CRI English hour is still dead air, but makes a hefty het with 9579.1 Morocco; who needs it, with ALBANIA relay next door funxioning well and always better modulation on 9570 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) See also SPAIN

** COLOMBIA. 5910-, July 22 at 0109, tropical music, poor in noise and running-water ute interruptions, but presumed Alcaraván Radio is back after missing 19.5 hours earlier. Also music at 0539, but weaker than usual and almost blown away by the huge WWCRs on 5890, 5935 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** COSTA RICA. 9600-9630-9660, July 22 at 0102, DRM noise from REE relay is back on, after missing 24 hours earlier; I figured it was too good to last (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** FRANCE [non]. 9955, Monday July 22 at 0527, WRMI is still on in English, hard to copy vs Cuban jamming but presumably RFI relay via WRN as has been running for a sesquimonth at 05-06 UT; despite new schedule showing off the air now at 05-10 UT daily. Altho put up July 21, it`s dated July 22, so perhaps by July 23 it will really be off overnight, and RFI will no longer have any SW broadcasts in English (not that they made any effort to obtain this, just pure luck). 0542 recheck now it`s better with report about deforestation in a Congo, second only to the Amazon (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** GERMANY [non]. 15275, July 22 at 0512, DW English via RWANDA is back, report about Northern Ireland sure to be of interest in Africa, after missing 24 hours earlier (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** INDIA [and non]. 17710-17715-17720, July 22 at 0517 DRM noise, bothering an AM signal on 17720, which would be CRI German via Kashgar, but what`s this? HFCC shows no DRM anytime anywhere around 17715, but Aoki denotes 17715 All India Radio as in DRM, not AM at 0315 in Hindi, 0415 Gujarati, and 0430-0530 Hindi again; 250 kW, 245 degrees from Delhi (Khampur) (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** OKLAHOMA [and non]. 960, July 22 at 0500-0505, KGWA Enid provides another Fox-hole of dead air, mainly inhabited by ABC news echoing, presumably KMA/KGKL. With the DX-398 hand-held in precise null of KGWA, its weakened signal is axually low enough that I can`t tell when modulation cuts back on a few seconds after 0505, and astonishingly, Spanish heard is from KGWA, not an understation: a PSA about WIC from el Departamento de Salud del Estado de Oclajoma (WIC = Women, Infants & Children, Supplemental Nutrition Program = food stamps).

KGWA English programming resumes at 0506 from the business network, but when I turn it back on at 0545, dead air again! And at 0546 I can hear KMA Shenandoah IA promoting its news both from ABC and NBC (Glenn Hauser, Enid, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** PERU. 5980, July 22 at 0055, R. Chaski carrier is on vs heavy splash from 5990 CRI Spanish via CUBA, which sometimes goes off by 0059 but often stays on a few minutes longer after switch to English. I`m tuning in earlier and monitoring continually, since yesterday, 5980 was already off before 0100.

Yes, this time it cuts off at 0059:17.5*, so the autotimer has definitely been reset just before it reached 6 minutes late, and now will precess later again by about 5.25 seconds per day, which also means that on July 21, the first day of the new cycle, it must have gone off about 0059:12*.

The latest time attained was 0105:44* on July 20, so that makes a total of six minutes and 32 seconds in the cycle just concluded. Assuming the same rate continue, 392 seconds divided by 5.25 seconds per day = 74 and two thirds days before it reach the same lateness again, i.e. October 4; I can hardly wait (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SAUDI ARABIA. 15285, July 22 at 0450 and 0512, poor in Swahili, so BSKSA is still on scheduled frequency, and I probably misread the parallax on the FRG-7 analog dial 24 hours earlier as 15290. Absence of DW from 15275 also made it harder to spot (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SPAIN. 9690, July 22 at 0159 open carrier, 0200 CRI opening in Chinese, so relay is back to normal after switching to CNBC in English as Grayson Watson had heard a few nights ago (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SUDAN [and non]. 15400, July 22 at 0513, Sudanese 1 kHz tone jammer and R. Dabanga via MADAGASCAR at about equal good levels, producing regular fades of approx. 160 per minute = SAH of two and two thirds Hz, but irregular as propagational fading is also in play (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. WORLD OF RADIO 1678 monitoring: confirmed Sunday July 21 starting at 2329.6 on 9930, WTWW-2. Next: Tuesday 1100 on WRMI 9955; Wednesday 0630 & 1430 on Hamburger Lokalradio 7265-CUSB; maybe also 1630 if testing again on 15785-CUSB (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 6115, July 22 at 0111, big signal with country announcer and music, so WWCR has finally glommed onto ex-WYFR frequency, two sesquiweeks after it became available July 1. `Worldwide Country` is scheduled this hour on WWCR-1, and indeed missing from 3215. Sob, this means we can no longer hear SRDA Brasil in the clear on 6120; but they have a few other frequencies.

WWCR had registered 6115 with HFCC as 21-01 on the 46-degree rhombic, and 01-04 on the 90-degree, which converts to WWCR-1 and WWCR-4, respectively, but this is #1 programming, not #4. Own transmitter and program schedules still don`t show any 6115, so total span as yet unknown, whether it also replaces 6875 before 0100, or something else, and which program stream is really going to be on it (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. 5985, July 22 at 0109, intriguing open carrier, fair with fading and unseems anywhere close. Nothing at all scheduled here nor in next few hours. Is an old WYFR frequency tho not used in the months before closedown. Could always be an IBB tune-up-only frequency prior to a broadcast somewhere else on the 49m band, but mustn`t tune up on same frequency before then as occupied by something else (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. 11979, July 22 at 0522, the regular quarter-hour intruder broadcast of a single number in CW is underway and beating against AM-11980 Turkey. Like last night, the number is 4, in groups of three. Perhaps this is a *very* slow ``numbers station`` which will eventually convey a secret message once you put them all together, one by one (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)