sabato 7 settembre 2013

Glenn Hauser logs September 7, 2013

** AUSTRALIA. 9580, Sept 7 at 1250, RA with an ``after-party`` following elexions changing the government yet again; Kevin Rudd of Labour is out and Tony Abbott is in; RA refers to ``the coalition`` winning, of what? This CNN story
refers to Abbott as a conservative (small c) and also as leader of the Liberal party.

Steve Luce, Houston TX, says, ``I suspect the change of government in Australia is bad news for the future of Radio Australia on SW. Tony Abbott has promised significant overall government budget cuts, including foreign aid. Any insight from our Australian friends on DXLDYG would be appreciated`` (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** BANGLADESH. 15505, Sept 7 at 1359 no signal from Bangladesh Betar, so no propagation? Poor signal cuts on late at *1359:21 with carrier, 1359:36 IS starts but cut off before even one play for off-timesignal ending at 1359:53, opening Urdu (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CHINA. Firedrake [non], CNR1 jamming Sept 7 before 1330:
15565, very poor at 1324
15900, poor at 1323; none in the 12s, 13s, 14s
17080, poor at 1328; none in the 16s, 18s
(Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) But see TIBET [non]!

** COSTA RICA. 11810-11815-11820, Sept 7 at 0052, REE DRM is on both frequencies tonight, also 9625-9630-9635 past 0100. (Specifying these on only three channels each is generous, especially the stronger 9 MHz one, Cariari`s only remaining service to North America, to a handful of dream machines, most of which probably don`t understand Castilian) (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA [and non]. 5970, Sept 7 at 0056, pulse jamming is here again with only collateral victim R. Itatiaia, Brasil (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** PERU. 5980, Sept 7 at 0055, R. Chaski carrier amid 5990 CRI/Cuba splash; 0101 talk segment, 0102 fanfare introducing the creationism moment with usual somewhat muffled modulation. I cannot think of a better item more deserving to be cut off incomplete at 0103:29*, which is five seconds later than yesterday. Meanwhile on another clear-sky sunset, my streetlite was already on before 0100 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** RUSSIA [non]. 9435, Sept 7 at 0113, well, at least we can still listen to La Voz de Rusia if not the Voice of Russia: credit to several news agencies from the Cuban Commie Prensa Latina to the respected EFE in Spain; fair signal which is via ARMENIA (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** TIBET [non]. 15548, Sept 7 at 1324, very poor non-Chinese signal here, stronger than het on hi side which would be CNR1 jammer; rare instance of V. of Tibet via TAJIKISTAN better than the jammer here, but how about in the target? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. WORLD OF RADIO 1685 monitoring: confirmed on Area 51 webcast, UT Saturday Sept 7 promptly at 0200 after a minute loop of ``a hi-pitched buzz`` accompanied by music; no, not my voice tho sometimes I am quoted totally out of context. Presumably also on WBCQ 5110v-CUSB which was heard before 0100 with AWWW.

Hamburger Lokalradio and everything else from the Göhren transmitter in Germany are off the air pending antenna repairs after storm damage, expected back not before early October.

Next WOR: Saturday 2327v on WTWW-2 9930 (if like last week; or possibly after 0000 Sunday on 5085); UT Sunday 0401 on WTWW-1 5830; (last week there was not a recurrence on 9930/5085 Sunday/Monday) (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 9975, Sept 7 at 0049 tune-in, KVOH is already on with tone and still at 0058. This is their first test of transmitter-2 on frequency-2 instead of 17775, as per advance notice from Ray Robinson (but not enough notice for me to mention on this week`s World of Radio 1685). 0103 next check now with soul music, ``Are you Ready?``, VG signal level but selective fading distortion especially on the music. This could be avoided by suppressing one of the sidebands. 0106 applause and Voice of Hope test announcement from KVOH, Los Angeles, licensed by FCC, etc., asking for reports to or their P O Box; then solo song.

I was also hearing some humbuzz, but it was also on other strong 31m signals despite my operating DX-398 with battery on the porch, so maybe of local origin. I was also hearing modulation spike peaks as far down as 9890, but then also heard them on 9975 itself under KVOH modulation and not matching them, so source from something else.

0116 Spanish test announcement, 0130 Spanish and English IDs. Ray was wondering if signal would drop off after sundown there circa 0230, but no noticeable difference here, stayed very strong at spot chex later such as 0248; 0400 sign-off with standard blessing, brief tone and carrier off at 0401*. Never any sign here of CVC Uzbekistan to India scheduled at exact same hours 01-04, but Harald Kuhl says that was totally blocking KVOH in Europe, so Ray is going to extend the second test another half hour until 0430 UT Sunday (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 11550, Sept 7 at 1317, open-carrier dead-air instead of Spanish from WEWN, same on weaker // 12050. But the English channel, 15610 is modulating song at 1324 with usual poor signal when lacking Es enhancement. Left a receiver on 11550, with volume up to notice when it remodulate: never, at 1358 check, nor after a tank of lawnmowing, at 1509, nor 1531 nor 1631 --- still OC/DA on both Spanish frequencies!

What a poor excuse for a radio station, SW or otherwise. If she were there yet, Mr. Angelica would be turning over in her grave? Ha, really no evidence The Foundress ever showed any interest in making her station work in a professional manner. We can only conclude that *no one* at the studio, master control or transmitter site is paying any attention to what`s (not) going on the air. Leave it to the computer automation, let it crash, with no silence-sensor alarm bells ringing. Frequency change from 12050 to 13830 is scheduled at 1700, so will anyone notice then? 11550 goes off circa 1700, and at 1706 as far as I can tell, no signals on 13830 or 12050, but 15610 is still audible in English.

All that electrical energy expense wasted for at least four hours on two transmitters could have gone to: how about feeding the poor (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. 11907.5-LSB, Sept 7 at 0053, 2-way intruders in colloquial Spanish, laughing QSO. Quite good really sore-thumb signals inside this broadcast band. I can`t help but notice that no one else *ever* reports these, possibly because they cannot be identified, or no one else cares about intruders? It`s even more frustrating that no Latin American native-speakers ever report them either, as they might be able to glean something identifiable (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)