lunedì 4 luglio 2016

Glenn Hauser logs July 4, 2016

** AUSTRALIA. 12085, July 4 at 1321, RA is missing, but still on weak 12065 and strong 9580, during `The Daily Planet` with intriguing music announced later as from Arnhem Land, Groote Eylandt. That name has always intrigued me too, ``big island``? Looks like it might be of Dutch origin, but Google Translate insists it`s English and needs no further translation (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CHAD. 6165, July 4 at 0553, I`ve almost dozed off during bandscan, stopped here for some S7 vocal music. Sounds African, and quick check of 6000, 6060 and 6100 finds it not the same music RHC English is playing, so it must be Ndjamena with RHC missing from 6165. But as I start to measure the frequency, RHC 6165.00 carrier is back on with ID but barely modulated, yet enough to block Chad, which is just a few Hz away (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CONGO. 6115, July 4 at 0603, music very poor S7, so is it R. Nikkei-2 from JAPAN, or R. Congo from Brazzaville? RN2 is // on 9760, but that signal is too poor to compare. In winter it would be a toss-up, but now at midsummer, sunset in Chiba is not until 1000 UT, and then would have to cross a path with the Midnight Sun impinging, so make it Congo, where Brazzaville`s sunrise was less than an hour ago at 0507 UT. Six months from now, sunset upon Chiba will be 0739 UT, with propagation possible a sesquihour earlier into the low-solar-angle winter night (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA. 17730, July 4 at 1404, RHC is S9 but dead air? No, it`s just barely modulated. This one nominally runs until 1500 while 17580 is off at 1400. Very poor 16m propagation makes 17730 nonetheless the SSOB (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) See also CHAD

** NIGERIA [non]. 9515, Monday July 4 at 0520, hilife music at S9+10 fading to S6, so Radio Niger Delta, via FRANCE, is back after taking Sunday off. (Others checked the 19-20 July 3 broadcast on 11985 and it was also AWOL.) 9515 signal is again equivalent to Algeria via France on 9535 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 17530, July 4 at 1406, open carrier/dead air at S8, presumably Greenville transmitter test for later broadcast, often carried out after 10 am local (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** VATICAN. 11750, July 4 at 0528, VG S9+20 in tonal African language, with sounders until cut off abruptly at about 0528:35*. Carrier on & off again, stays off past 0531. HFCC shows it`s VOA Hausa via SMG at 0500-0530 daily, tho I hadn`t noticed such a bigsig from it before; violating Separation of Church & State. Tho allegedly aimed south, another example of SMG`s enhanced offbeam coverage (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** ZAMBIA. 9680, July 4 at 0522, Voice of Hope Africa is poor at only S4-S6 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. 11892.0-USB, July 4 at 0537, 2-way INTRUDERS in unknown language, S9 peaks, spirited conversation including laughing (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

This report dispatched at 1705 UT July 4