martedì 18 febbraio 2014

Glenn Hauser logs February 18, 2014

** CUBA. 13780, Feb 18 at 1435, RHC talk modulation is breaking up, but not the musical intervals. So problem is in the mike cord now? Wiggle it (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** KOREA NORTH [non]. 9775, Feb 18 at 1344, R. Free Chosun via transmitter of R. Veritas Asia, Palauig, PHILIPPINES, is already on well before nominal *1400, with love-song prélude in English: now it`s a duet between the YM and YL, still unrecognized as to title. Good signal (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENINIG DIGEST)

** MALAYSIA. 9835, Feb 18 at 1347, Malay talk in a noisy venue, fair signal, which is better than usual. That would be Sarawak FM relay back to Borneo, which is totally in Malay per WRTH 2014.

11665, Feb 18 at 1354, music on VP signal, presumed also RTM back to Sarawak; 1402 news in American English about Pakistan, Thailand, Central African Republic; 1405 YL speaking, ad? Not sure if still in English, but surprised to hear any English, so was this really Wai FM? WRTH shows no English on that station, but Bidayuh at 1000-1600 and other times, also in Kayan/Kenyah. English is normally limited to the Traxx FM network, which we never hear on 7295 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U K [non]. 21630, Tuesday Feb 18 at 1418, very poor signal from BBC ASCENSION in Hausa, but still QRM-free, as Spain has managed to stay off 21630 for a second week, even on weekdays, instead on 21640 where it claimed to broadcast for months before axually doing so, except on weekends when there was also WHRI to avoid later (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 13270-USB, Feb 18 at 1412, NY Radio is JBA, but enough to make out ``Washington-Dulles: missing``. It doesn`t take much signal to detect the repetitive ``missing`` cadences. So this outage is now at least in its fifth consecutive day. Blame the snowy weather? Hardly any excuse for international flight weather info which is surely collected at all major airports, just can`t make it onto WSY70 due to extreme overreliance on/inattention to, automation (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 12105, Feb 18 at 1353, WTWW-3 is already on in Russian. Considerable CCI from IBB Saipan in Burmese, scheduled 1230-1430. WTWW webcast in Russian nominally starts at 1200, but 12105 normally does not come on until 1400 if at all. The other two are still on night frequencies before 1400: 5085 and 5830.

Axually, 12105 was apparently on all-night this date, as sometimes happens, per monitoring by Ivo Ivanov in Bulgaria: 05-06 Portuguese, 06-09 Yoruba, 09-12 Chinese, 12-14 Russian. HFCC shows KTWR also in Chinese on 12105 at 1115-1200!

George McClintock explained to me early UT Feb 18 that the outages on #2 transmitter were mostly caused by the extremely cold weather, and the water-cooling system freezing up. Driver on #1 gave out after almost three years, and has been replaced. Both those are water-cooled Continentals. Should be fewer interruptions now (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. 12450, Feb 18 at 1425-1432, I am all set to have another try at the weak signal I heard yesterday, suspected Democratic Voice of Burma, 2 x 6225 as scheduled 1430-1530 via Tajikistan --- but, no signal at all today, nor on 6225. Eurasians ought to be able to hear both if this recur (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. 17705, Feb 18 just as I tune across at 1456* big open carrier goes off, uncovering weak Saudi Arabia. Suspect it`s a tune- up by WHRI which will turn 17705 back on later for Brother Scare disservice (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

This report dispatched at 1639 UT February 18