giovedì 4 luglio 2013

Glenn Hauser logs July 4, 2013

** AFGHANISTAN [non]. 11545, July 4 at 0352, presumed Salam Watandar, with calm talk in presumed Pashto, SINPO 25222, as now scheduled 0230-0400 via Kostinbrod, BULGARIA (according to Ivo Ivanov, instead of Tiganeshti, Romania as he first thought since he can also hear groundwave harmonics on 23090 and 31230).

Several tries here for the other broadcast at 1330-1500 on 15615 have been fruitless, including July 4 at 1400, not even a carrier between WEWN 15610 and WEWN spur 15619, neither of which were strong.

This is not a clandestine (except perhaps to the Taliban), but a target broadcast by an FM network from Afghanistan, adding SW relays back to fill in coverage gaps. ``Hello Countrymen`` was set up by USAID in 2003y, was also on SW for a while in 2004, and since 2012 is now `independent``. Read all about it at the top of these issues:

** AUSTRALIA. 9580, July 4 at 1220, RA with town hall/panel forum about Indonesia, apparently from Indonesia, discussing Papua separatism, where the foreign press has been banned; suspicions that Australia is promoting this, not to mention US marines installed in Darwin. Yet neighbors Australia and Indonesia need to work together for mutual benefit. Ended abruptly at 1240 as satellite time was about to expire: host identified the panelists but not the name of the program or the provenance. Right on to `Album of the Week` starting at odd time. What I heard does not match at all RA`s online program schedule for Pacific stream: Thursday ``1200`` Asia Pacific, 1230 World Football Weekly! (and same for Asia at this hour) (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CHINA. Firedrake [non], July 4 at 0450, CNR1 jamming poor on 14800. This will have to substitute for my usual bandscans in the 12-14 period today (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CHINA. 17575, July 4 at 1256-1300* nice erhu music, no announcements until cutoff; must have been fill after the CRI Russian hour as scheduled, 500 kW due northwest from SZG site but sufficient here to the northeast, as good as neighbor Cuba 17580.

BTW, occupancy of the 16m band is very strange, but somewhat understandable. Besides being almost vacant in our afternoons, in our mornings hardly anything is heard above 17730 Cuba. Most of the stations stick to the lower part of the band down to 17500, to have a very slight MUF advantage (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGSET)

** CUBA. 11920, July 4 at 0352, RHC Spanish with very weak signal on a new spot, // but an echo apart from 9810. Obviously this is a leapfrog mixing product between the two strong signals on 11760 and 11840, another 80 kHz higher. Similar audible in the other direxion on 11680 (which is a fundamental until 0400). 11840 modulation is somewhat suppressed and distorted compared to loud & clear 11760.

5010 approx., July 4 at 0451, stray pulse jammer comes and goes (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** MALAYSIA. 9835, July 4 at 1210 Qur`an, so suspected the recitation competition Ron Howard has been hearing from RTM, but 1212 into variety of music, so apparently not now; good signal but with flutter, our best bet by far for Malaysia (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** NEW ZEALAND. 15720, July 4 at 0448, no signal from RNZI which is normally quite good, and Australia was inbooming on 15515, 15240 and 15160. Must be off the air (or on totally wrong frequency as sometimes happens, like 7330, computer programming screwup?). Nor any signal on 11725 at 0515, nor DRM on 11675. Next check at 1218, correct 9700 is on the air with `Checkpoint`, usual deficient signal here aimed at Timor (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. WORLD OF RADIO 1676 monitoring: first broadcast confirmed on WRMI, UT Thursday July 4 at 0331 on webcast, 0351 check on 9955, vs. Cuban pulse jamming, but WOR mostly readable. Next:

Thursday 2100.5 on WTWW-1 9479
UT Friday 0326v on WWRB 5050
UT Saturday 0130v on Area 51 via WBCQ 5110v-CUSB
Saturday 0630 & 1430 on Hamburger Lokalradio 7265-CUSB
Saturday 1500 & 1730 on WRMI 9955
Saturday 2329v on WTWW-2 9930 [or Sunday 0000 on 5085, as last week?]
UT Sunday 0400.5 on WTWW-1 5830
Sunday 0630, 1030, 1430, 1830 on HLR 15785-CUSB, test planned
Sunday 2329v on WTWW-2 9930
Tuesday 1100 on WRMI 9955
Wednesday 0630 & 1430 on HLR 7265-CUSB; maybe 1630 on 15785-CUSB
WOR also can appear any day, any time on WTWW-2 between 1700-2400 on 9930, 0000-0100 on 5085.

As Dave Hughes points out reports in - some pirate on 6925 AM was relaying WOR UT Thursday around 0200; ``thanks for the rebroadcast`` (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 12105, July 4 at 1403, WTWW-3 Bible Worldwide is in Arabic, probably just switched from Russian at 1300; never on the air before then. Also with CCI, which is KSDA in Chinese at 11-15, as the FCC unwisely and unnecessarily assigns two US SW stations to the same frequency at the same time (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 11550, July 4 at 1243 tune-in, minute of dead air (totally, not merely a pause with rustling or dinging sounds), then 1244 mass cuts on in English, with Spanish voice-over translation. Clear here but // 12050 with squeal from the perpetually defective WEWN transmitter. The translations are obviously scripted rather than processed in real time thru a brain, just as the order of the mass is scripted, the same stuff over and over ad infinitum (but I assume the bored voice-overer is paying some attention to be sure he is matching what is being pontificated). When the mass goes into crude singing in Latin, there is no attempt to translate, as no one is supposed to understand that (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. 15150, July 4 at 0446-0516+ continuous 1 kHz tone, good signal, no breaks at hourtop or anywhen. Nothing scheduled until 0530 Iran in Arabic via Zahedan. Terry Krueger also suspected this source with music at 1306-1329* Dec 23, 2012 as in DXLD 13-01. But I would not be surprised if it be some BaBcoCk test and/or a new transmitter/site (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)