martedì 21 marzo 2017

Glenn Hauser logs March 19-20-21, 2017

** CANADA. 15034-USB, March 20 at 2156, CHR, Trenton Military`s own clock is *still* 61 minutes slow, despite the shift to DST March 12. Announces current time as ``2055`` and then goes on to aviation weather conditions from Cold Lake timestamped ``2100 zulu`` (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA. 15370, March 20 at 2155, RHC in Spanish music // 13740, 11840, etc., and 17730 is not heard. I am trying to locate the third airing of the weekly Sunday Esperanto semihour. Which until the DST change had been at 2130 on 15370, a few weeks before having moved from 2230 on 17730, bumping what would otherwise be a daily French service. But unfound before 2200; how about after 2230? I start monitoring again at 2226 when the ``18-minute`` (before it`s time for En Contacto to start by 2244) Filatelia show is starting on 15370, 13740, 11760, 9710, 9535-vs MWV Chinese. No Esperanto then either. So when & where is it??

11880, however, is S9 of open carrier/dead air at 2206, and still so past 2230; finally in English after 2300. That would have been a convenient place to stick in Esperanto at 2230. Different next day; read on.

While I`m at it, circa 2230 UT March 19, with two receivers, I compare which frequencies are making an echo against 15370: 15230 (but which goes into Portuguese by 2233), 9710 and 9535, indicating they are from a different site. The others mentioned above are synchronized with 15370, i.e. from same site it is (Bejucal or Bauta or Quivicán, but which is which? Listings are not necessarily etched in stone, nor non-contradictory. Only Arnie knows for sure and he isn`t saying.) 

6000, UT Monday March 20 at 0640, RHC with Arnie on `DXers Unlimited` talking about how we have zero sunspots lately, plugging his favorite T2FD antenna for SW, much like he was doing in Spanish on `En Contacto`. 

You never know how the 4 or 5 English frequencies will compare from one night to the next. Tonight, both 6000 & 6100 are very undermodulated, compensated by 6060 being over-modulated! And 6165 is VG, loud and clear, much like 6100 has usually been; did they swap transmitters? 5040 is off.

11880, Monday March 21 at 2200 tune-in, RHC is *ending* the English broadcast. Have they really moved it to start at 2100 so this has been running for an hour; or a miscue? Instead of or in addition to English at 23-24? 2201 opening French at a temperature of 24 degrees, but no kHz, instead of dead air this hour yesterday; and at 2250 check in Portuguese, presumably from 2230.

It seems that RHC does not dare to announce frequencies within each language broadcast, since they risk being outdated or totally wrong due to mixups! Except Esperanto, where indeed they are all wrong. Not even in Spanish have I heard one, but maybe just missed, as they used to do so, not completely correctly, at major frequency changeover times. We never hear them in English (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) 

** SPAIN. 9690 // 15500 // 15390, March 20 at 2155, REE is frequently announcing its new schedule effective March 26, including now: 
M-F 18-22 to 
West Africa/South Atlantic on 15390
South America on 17715
North America on 17855
Indian Ocean/Middle East/?? somewhere else on 15520

Sat & Sun 14-18 to
West Africa/South Atlantic on 21620 
Sat & Sun 18-22 to
West Africa/South Atlantic on 15390

Sat & Sun 18-22 to
South America on 17715
North America on 17855
Indian Ocean/Middle East/?? somewhere else on 15520

Note 15520 replaces 15500, altho both have been registered for A-17.

That`s a cumbersome way to organize it, but they always do so. Announcement not found on a fourth frequency, 11685, reminding us that at any given time, one or even two of the four frequencies may be AWOL. 17855 was generally very good for us all day last summer, so let`s hope despite minimal solar activity that will yet continue (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. WORLD OF RADIO 1869 monitoring: confirmed Sunday March 19 at 2330 on WBCQ, 9330v-CUSB. Also confirmed UT Monday March 20 from 0301 on Area 51 webcast, and on WBCQ 5129.8-AM, poor at 0329 before finished. Also confirmed on WRMI 9955 webcast, UT Monday March 20 at 0345, after only a JBA carrier was audible at 0330 on 9955. Also confirmed Monday March 20 at 2330 on WBCQ 9330v-CUSB, fair. Also confirmed UT Tuesday March 21 at 0030 on WRMI 7730, very good. Next:
Tue 1100 WRMI 9955 to SSE, 6855 to WNW
Tue 2130 WRMI 15770 to NE, 6855 to WNW
Tue 2330 WBCQ 9330v-CUSB to WSW
Wed 1030 WRMI 5850 to NW, 6855 to WNW
Wed 1315.5 WRMI 9955 to SSE, 6855 to WNW
Wed 2100 WBCQ 7490v to WSW
Wed 2330 WBCQ 9330v-CUSB to WSW

** U S A. 9395, Sunday March 20 at 2325, this WRMI is playing end of `Wavescan`, same episode from 2300 as on 9395 earlier today after 1300. Two more to be added to the DX/SWL/MEDIA PROGRAMS schedule (but will they stick, week after week, without any published schedule?)

6855, Sunday March 19 at 2328, `In Christ We Live` seems to be program title, at closing? No full schedule for this frequency, nor is it shown on any other frequency at this or any time, but it is one of the shows listed on WRMI`s Programming page, as from Niagara Falls NY/St David`s Ont., without any time details. 

5850 & 7730, Monday March 20 around 0630, jazz music with drumming, audience. Not `Jazz from the Left`, but now on sked for UT Monday 06-07 is something called `Teachers Corner`. (6855 is not // but Qur`an instead). It is found on the 9955 schedule for Monday 21-22, already replacing `Noches con Mirka`, but she remains on Wed & Fri during that hour. `Teachers Corner` is now also listed for Mon 21-22 on 15770, Mon 22-23 on 5950 (which is usually also on 11580, 6855?)

But what is it really about? Not jazz music, it seems, so maybe what I heard was not really it? There is this long writeup about it at the bottom of the Programming page, probably meaning it`s the latest addition:

``"Teachers Corner" actually started for me in 1975. No kidding! I was a thirteen year old interested in radio and communication. I listened to a lot of shortwave broadcasts from an old radio my father bought for me. Voice of America, Radio Moscow, Radio France International, etc, etc, etc, filled my log book. I guess it filled a fascination with traveling and far away places, at the time. Not to mention a mail box full of QSL cards! Well, the fascination turned into a hobby (Amateur Radio – WB9WNW) and by the time I was sixteen years old turned into an enlistment into the military (United States Navy – Cryptography).

My dreams of far away places turned into reality and by the old age of twenty five I had visited and or lived in 16 countries. A big constant in all the travel and meeting different people from different cultures was International Broadcasting. I enjoyed listening to the differing opinions and presentations of the radio personalities and the landscape they painted over the radio.

Sometime later in my life, I met a very interesting man from the city where I am home based (Raleigh, North Carolina). He explained that he was an International TEFL Teacher. He told me that he was teaching English in Austria and had a very rewarding career.

I was immediately interested and wondered if such a career would work for me. Teaching, travel and new experiences were the key to my interest in this TEFL stuff. It is a great fit. After being TEFL Certified in 2010 I have taught extensively in the Czech Republic (Pardubice) and China (Zhujian Province). Teaching young learners through adult age students brought me great satisfaction and enjoyment.
I really wanted to tie this occupation of TEFL Teaching and Shortwave Broadcasting together. While I was in China, I thought of a SW Program dedicated to International Teachers and Educators for entertainment and informational reasons. I really did not recognize any stations doing this type of format or programming. International Teachers and Educators can be somewhat isolated in their locations and an open medium that reaches out to them, wherever they may be, seems helpful and appropriate.

"Teachers Corner" can be a place for active listeners to be a part of a larger community than they currently know exists. Worldwide listeners active in Education and Teaching can share and exchange information from their personal experiences and knowledge as well as appreciate the entertainment value. Hopefully the concept and production of "Teachers Corner" will garnish [sic] enough interest to keep the program "On The Air" and be of benefit to all listeners, wherever they may be. Timothy Cordray / Teachers Corner
You can hear Teachers Corner on WRMI at the following times and frequencies:

* 0600-0700 UT Monday on 7730 kHz to Mexico, the Pacific and the Southwestern US
* 5:00-6:00 pm ET Monday on 9955 kHz to South America (this is 2100-2200 UT Monday until Nov. 2017)
* 2100-2200 UT Monday on 11580 kHz to Europe, Middle East, North Africa and the Eastern US [cf shown on grid as 15770 instead --- gh]
* 2200-2300 UT Monday on 5950 kHz to the Caribbean and South America``

I still ask, teaching what? English? Cryptography? Jazz? He doesn`t spell it out, but I guess TEFL means Teaching English as Foreign Language (only). Can you do that without learning the local language?

11580, March 20 at 2250 check, WRMI music sounds ``new age``, so strongly suspect Fred Moe`s `Christian New Age Radio` is still getting bonus repeats of its second broadcast from November, every Monday during this unscheduled semihour which also may be // 5950, even 6855, but too weaks to tell. Oops, `Teachers Corner` is supposed to be on 5950 now, as just above (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. 7200-LSB, March 20 at 2211, chicken cackling and rooster crowing, mixed with strumming music, a jhammer no doubt against some net, and then they all go silent for a bit. Perhaps such nonsense was also being referred to in this commentary Mike Terry forwarded, WTFK?

Bryan Beam (W4HLD) on February 16, 2017

HF? Is he implying everything`s much nicer on VHF? Why? Also, I wonder 
if CW ops bother to swear as much?

7210-LSB also checked at 2213 March 20, but some QSO in English rather than N1NR in Spanish with Cuban jhamming (Glenn Hauser, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. 11435-USB & 11415-USB, March 20 at 1337 pileups on both by presumed Indonesian QSO pirates. On 11435, one of them is shouting ``radio`` ---- something over and over, maybe an ``ID``, but can`t understand the following word (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

This report dispatched at 0113 UT March 21