domenica 16 marzo 2014

Glenn Hauser logs March 15-16, 2014

** CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC [non]. 17500, March 15 at 1727, very poor signal with talk, 1729 dead air, presumed the new SW service of R. Ndeke Luka from Bangui back to the CAR via UAE site, which is not aimed fortuitously toward us, but the best I`ve heard it so far.
Website explains derivation of the name and history of the station, not including the new SW service:

``Le nom « Ndeke Luka » est né de la contraction de « Ndeke », mot Sango qui évoque un oiseau, et « Luka », dérivé de l'anglais « luck ». « Ndeke Luka » signifie ainsi « L'oiseau de bon augure ». Le symbole se retrouve dans son logo. [lucky bird]

Radio Ndeke Luka a diffusé sa première émission le 27 mars 2000. Elle prenait la succession de Radio Minurca, la Radio de la Mission des Nations Unies en République Centrafricaine (RCA), qui avait cessé d'émettre le 1er février 2000, au terme de la mission des Nations Unies pour la RCA. Un accord tripartite entre la Fondation Hirondelle, le PNUD (Programme des Nations Unies pour le développement) et le Gouvernement de la République centrafricaine, signé le 22 mai 2001 à Bangui, a constitué la base institutionnelle de Radio Ndeke Luka durant toute cette période. Depuis juillet 2009, Radio Ndeke Luka est officiellement agréée comme radio centrafricaine auprès du Haut Conseil de la Communication. La transition est lancée pour que la Fondation Ndeke Luka, ONG de droit centrafricain étroitement liée à la Fondation Hirondelle, prenne progressivement en charge la gestion de Radio Ndeke Luka.``

Also, in March Communication of the British DX Club, Alan Pennington refers us to a recent article,
"Crisis in CAR: Radio Ndeke Luka - A Place to Be Heard" at:
including an image of the gates to the station:

** RWANDA [non]. 17540, March 15 at 1727, dead air at tune-in, then guitar and vocal music, fair with flutter, past 1730, still music at 1747 check. No doubt R. Impala/Mara, via MADAGASCAR (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SAUDI ARABIA. 17560, March 15 at 1745, poor signal in Arabic, mentioned Sudan, so thought it might be something more interesting than merely BSKSA Holy Qur`an Service as listed by Aoki, 500 kW due west from Riyadh at 1555-1757 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 9265, March 15 at 1734, finds WINB JBA as to be expected with maximum midday absorption, and probably under-powered; comparing to neighbors: 9330 WBCQ inaudible - off? Or totally absorbed from a greater distance. 9370 WWRB BS fair; 9475 WTWW PPP good (rather than blasting, so maybe propagation disturbance too) (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. WORLD OF RADIO 1712 monitoring: 9330, March 15 at 2320 & 2335 chex, WTWW-2 is off the air (and not on nite frequency 5085 either), so no WORLD OF RADIO on it this week; still missing after 2400. WTWW-3 12105 also absent, but WTWW-1 is already on at 2335 instead of not until 0000, so maybe intention is to make the changes at 2300 UT which when active would keep WTWW-2 on 5085 during the 23-24 hour when WOR should appear, at least for a while longer.

9495, UT Sunday March 16 at 0030, WOR 1712 starts on WRMI-14; fair signal aimed away from us and now vs T-storm noise here. After the Fámily Radio hour at 23-24, the first half of the UT 00 hour was AWR Wavescan, and I also noticed adjacent Cuban pulse jamming on 9490 ramping up an hour before R. República starts there.

5830, UT Sunday March 16 at 0401, WTWW-1 is on with big sig to bring us successfully WOR 1712. Scheduled next:

UT Monday 0300v on Area 51 via WBCQ, 5110v-CUSB

UNIDENTIFIED. 9743, 9767, 9791, March 16 at 0028, three matching extremely distorted spurblobs centered here, tentatively in Arabic talk, music. The kind of thing Cairo might do, and similar to previous messes, but doesn`t match any nearby schedules, as they all disappear at 0033. Meanwhile, I compare to R. Cairo 9965 Arabic during Qur`an and no match to that with its usual whine. Note that they are 24 kHz apart, so typically, fundamental would be the middle one? Nothing scheduled on 9765 to explain this either. Possibly the 9720 transmitter which does not officially open until 0045 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

This report dispatched at 0415 UT March 16