domenica 9 ottobre 2016

Glenn Hauser logs October 8-9, 2016

** ARGENTINA. 15345v, Saturday Oct 8 at 1834, no signal detectable at all from RAE ATTW, nor at 1851. Is English really on the air weekends now as promised?

11710v, UT Sunday Oct 9 at 0307, NO signal circa 11710.6v either, so it looks like their promise to expand to 7 days a week was empty (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA. 5040, Oct 9 at 0002, RHC is back on tonight, in Kriyol, but still undermodulated, and suffering excessive splash from 5050 WWRB. Really, it`s Cuba which ought to do the splashing, like around 11670! (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** ETHIOPIA [and non]. 15625-15630-15635, Oct 8 at 1827, DRM style noise jamming but VOA Amharic on 15630 is still readable. Then I look for // frequencies.

15700 via Lampertheim, Germany is reported to be one such, and there is something weak here, and apparently no jamming, but not enough audio to make a // to 15630. Also reported were a bunch in the 12s, as of Sept 23 via Wolfgang Büschel in DXLD 16-39 under USA, which were already getting jammed, but tuning across them now, I don`t detect any AM or DRM, presumably too low to be propagating here at midday: 12040, 12080, 12110, 12140, the sites switching around among Lampertheim, Woofferton and Kuwait. I don`t remember a 13 MHz one, but scanning that band I do find:

13855-13860-13865, Oct 8 at 1845, here`s more DRM noise and enough AM signal within it to make a // to 15630, apparently Woofferton too at the moment. Wolfy also figured the formerly M-F Amharic broadcasts had also been expanded to daily, and indeed this is Saturday. Concerns 18-19 UT Amharic, flanked by Oromo at 1730-1800 and Tigrinya at 1900-1930 on more or less the same jumparound frequencies. 

I wish some DRM enthusiasts would tune these jammers and report if anything intelligible is audible or visible from them. They might as well play some nice music, à la Firedragon (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** GUINEA. 9649.98, Oct 8 at 2343, African music maybe in French, fair signal, presumed. R. Guinée, Conakry which closes around 2400 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** KOREA SOUTH [non]. 15360, Oct 8 at 1823, poor signal in Russian. Aoki shows it`s KBSWR this hour, relayed via Woofferton UK, 300 kW at 74 degrees (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** NIGERIA. 15115-15120-15125, Oct 8 at 1820, DRM noise, no doubt Voice of Nigeria, scheduled in English at 1800-2000, but seldom reported lately; has it really been on? I also detect a JBA AM carrier amid at about 15121; nothing else scheduled now: could it be the other VON site competing with the DRM site?? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** NORTH AMERICA. 6950.0-USB, Oct 8 at 2348, big band music at S9: bet it`s Wolverine Radio: yes, such an ID interjected at 0010.5 October 9 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SOUTH CAROLINA [and non]. 13695, Oct 8 at 1838, Brother Scare via WRMI is talking about staying on 12 WRMI transmitters if station has survived Matthew, as he hopes, having ``rebuked`` the storm and winds on behalf of WRMI, like Jesus allegedly did about some such threat. Complains of a false prophet from the west coast bothering him, trying to supplant R. G., overcome his ministry.

Apparently a playback now, referring to conditions ``tonight`` and later to Thursday night. Says the Compound is 50 miles west of Charleston, and he is ``not going anywhere``, despite evacuation order that far inland. Well, by Saturday, the hurricane has moved on, leaving flooding and other destruxion in SC. Note to self: must *rebuke* stuff, as it seems to be so effective. 

On another segment BS was begging already for another megabuck donor to cover broadcast costs in 2017, to be renegotiated with stations in December. This is obviously a lifeline especially for WRMI, so sure hope Jeff has a contingency plan when 85-year-old BS imminently goes to his heavenly reward (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** UGANDA [non]. 15239.96, Sat Oct 8 at 1818, recheck of R. Munansi via WWRB (which I had heard starting in English just after 1600): Now it`s open carrier/dead air; is no one paying attention? Still DA at 1822, 1834; finally at 1849 modulation has resumed, now lo-fi internet feed of presumed Luganda talk. Still a huge signal today, unlike sometimes JBA; at a critical propagation distance from TN (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A [and non]. WORLD OF RADIO 1846 monitoring: confirmed Saturday October 8 after 2230 on WBCQ 9330v-CUSB via the BST-1 caradio. Next:
Sun 0310v  WA0RCR 1860-AM ND [audible at 0307 with ARRL news before]
Sun 0830   Unique Radio NSW 3210 ND
Sun 2330   WBCQ 9330v-CUSB to WSW
Mon 0030   WRMI 7730 to WNW
Mon 0300v  WBCQ 5130v Area 51 to WSW
Mon 0330   WRMI 9955 to SSE  
Mon 2330   WBCQ 9330v-CUSB to WSW
Tue 1100   WRMI 9955 to SSE
Tue 2130   WRMI 15770 to NE
Tue 2330   WBCQ 9330v-CUSB to WSW
Wed 1315.5 WRMI 9955 to SSE
Wed 2100   WBCQ 7490v to WSW
Wed 2330   WBCQ 9330v-CUSB to WSW

** U S A. (7490), Sat Oct 8 around 2315 it`s more convenient for me to check WBCQ webcasts, and (5130) Area 51 --- to my surprise, both are carrying `Radio TimTron Worlwide`, altho far out of synch. 7490 is supposed to be `Shortwave Saturday Night`.

By 2336, I am on the NRD-545 instead (never with internet at same time), and now SWSN is indeed on 7490 not // 5130 TimTron; was there a change in the meantime, or a protracted mixup in web feeds? 9330 is in a few-week-old playback of `Allan Weiner Worldwide` about how equipment smells, TimTron guesting here too, and called upon for reception antenna advice. 3250: no signal audible.

At 2359, 7490 chops off J. P. Ferraro in progress for a canned WBCQ ID and immediately into a KCAA ID with the `Mitch & Kathy` show at 0000 UT Sunday Oct 9. Now I recheck 3250 and find a JBA carrier about 3250.065, so maybe that`s WBCQ continuing J. P.`s show (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) 

** U S A. 11580, Sat Oct 8 after 2000, checking what`s on WRMI now: `Frecuencia al Día`; and after 2030: Hobart Radio International, additional airing filling in a blank on the sked when last checked. Later in the semi-hour we hear Rob talking about hurricane hitting Bahamas Thursday. Excuse me, but with saturation coverage in the USA, we hardly need someone from Tasmania telling us about it two days later as if it were news (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** ZAMBIA. 11680, re my earlier report, Oct 8 at 1434 of a good signal with hymns, suspected of being Voice of Hope - Africa on wrong frequency instead of 13680: Yes, Richard Langley hears from Ray Robinson of KVOH confirming the fill music and the frequency, which tomorrow should be back on proper 13680. Well, 11680 works great for us. New program schedule is up, 
including some long-dormant shows such as the jazz and swing hours, bait for proselytizing which used to be on 9975 when KVOH had English broadcasts (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. 13680, Oct 8 at 1837, S5 open carrier, slightly wavering. Nothing scheduled now but elsewhen on 13680 are VOA, Sound of Hope, CRI, NHK (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

This report dispatched at 0323 UT October 9