sabato 25 marzo 2017

Glenn Hauser logs March 24-25, 2017

** ANGOLA. 4949.73, March 25 at 0456, still no signal from RNA, nor has it been heard on March 23 or 24 per Ron Howard, Thorsten Hallmann, Bill Bingham, Wolfgang Büschel and myself (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** ANGUILLA. 6090, March 25 at 0239, PMS is back on air, at customary unusable suptorted modulation level (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** BRAZIL. 6180 & 11780, March 25 at 0238, RNB/RNA are still off the air for the fifth night in a row. Standard inquiry (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CANADA. 1610, March 25 at 0459 UT, CHHA Toronto as ``La voz de nuestra comunidad``, plus ``Gran Radiothón, 24, 25 y 26 de marzo`` with street address, AC 416 phone, then political ad for the Ecuadorian elexion (the front-runner`s first name is Lenin); 0501 ``Radio Voces Latinas`` ID, ``la mejor música latina(?) y canadiense``, then such music. On website I finally find what the Radiothon is about: ``Radiothon "Todos somos Perú" un milagro más de Monseñor Romero en su 37 aniversario de su asesinato! GRAN RADIOTHON "TODOS SOMOS PERU" ESTE VIERNES 24, SABADO 25 Y DOMINGO 26``. Does this mean programming preëmptions on CHHA 1610?

This refers to the El Salvadorian priest who was in fact assassinated on 24 March 1980, but what`s the connexion to Perú in particular? He`s been working miracles there since? Wikipedia says, ``In 2010, the United Nations General Assembly proclaimed 24 March as the "International Day for the Right to the Truth Concerning Gross Human Rights Violations and for the Dignity of Victims" in recognition of the role of Archbishop Romero in defence of human rights``. Or, for short, IDFTRTTTCGHRVAFTDOV; or for shorter, IDRTCGHRVDV. I am amused by the rather cumbersome name, not by its mission (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CHINA. 4900 & 4940, March 25 at 1250, no signals from Voices of Strait; Recheck 1331, now JBA carriers. O yes, Aoki shows them not opening until *1300 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** COLOMBIA. 5910.039, March 25 at 0433, I am hearing only HJDH during what was publicized as the final SW broadcast ever from LITHUANIA, q.v. The least the irregular HJDH could have done was go off the air briefly in a respectful tribute to its companion (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA. 5010, 5025 & 5055, March 25 at 0455, all three are off, leaving nothing but 5040 RHC on 59m (Glenn Hauser, oK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** GUANTANAMO BAY [non?]. 7248.6-USB, March 25 circa 0510, strong KG4USN, often with fonetix ``United States Navy``, contest contacts including with W6KEC, 59-138, so I think I`ve got Gitmo, tho he never says whence, as I used to DX hams there with KG4- prefix. Not any more! lookup shows 

Kenneth B Reid
5 Park Pl #705
Annapolis, MD 21401
Hi all, Please note I am now in Annapolis MD as of June 2016`` And he doesn`t say anything about ever being in Guantanamo Bay. What`s the prefix there now? Well, per
KG4 is in fact the one and only prefix for the Current Entity, not a Deleted Entity, of Guantánamo Bay! So what`s he doing using it in Maryland? This rather sours me on any more contest DXing. The 40m band is ham-crammed, as another contest is underway, so no point in trying to fish out Eritrean intruders. I also tuned the entire 160m band without hearing anything (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** KURDISTAN [non]. 11600, March 25 at 1257, mix of Chinese talk and Kurdish music, S6-S9. At 1258 the Chinese seems to stop, but circa 1300 I hear two sets of timesignals several seconds apart (and not looking at my clock for precise timing comparisons). The first one has one long tone, then several short ones and a final prolonged one. The second is more conventional, 5 or 6 pips, and then a Denge Kurdistane ID. Trying to sort this out consulting Aoki:

D.K. at 1300 is supposedly changing from one 300 kW antenna azimuth to another from PRIDNESTROVYE. RTI is finishing an unjammed hour in Amoy, but Sound of Hope may also be on here during long hours relaying RFA in Chinese, when it would be jammed, presumably with CNR1 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** LITHUANIA [and non]. 5910, March 25 at 0442, Alcaraván Radio on as usual from COLOMBIA, during the final semi-hour broadcast ever from the Sitkunai site, i.e. NHK relay in Russian, as Christian Milling had tipped us earlier: he`s in Vilnius putting together a tribute to Lith SW to be broadcast later elsewhere. A few minutes earlier on the R75 I could detect no second signal, but now on the NRD545 I can almost convince myself there is a second slightly offset carrier underneath (double-pitched het with BFO offtuned). At 0504 recheck again nothing but HJDH.

Sitkunai had been carrying only a few relays which obviously didn`t make it cost-effective. But as too often happens, also registered a bunch of imaginary transmissions in HFCC B-16, all dated 1234567 301016-250317; the LitEng ones surely being the long-deleted Radio Vilnius!:

5910 0430 0500 27,28 SIT  100  79 Rus        LTU NHK NHK  7185
7325 2300 2400 4,8,9 SIT  100 310 LitEng     LTU LRT LTU  3011
9455 2100 2200 43,44 SIT  100  79 Cmn        LTU IBB IBB   511
9555 0600 1600 29,30 SIT  100  79 LitRus     LTU LRT LTU  3007
9710 0800 1500 27,28 SIT  100 259 LitEng     LTU LRT LTU  3008
9735 0100 0300 4,8,9 SIT  100 310 LitEng     LTU LRT LTU  3009
9740 0100 0200 42,43 SIT  100  79 Uig        LTU IBB IBB   544
9825 2300 2400 43,44 SIT  100  79 Cmn        LTU IBB IBB   562

Only the IBB and NHK ones have really existed. HFCC A-17 still has, just in case, 4 SIT listings for LRT only, on 9555, 9710, 9875, 11690. Some defunct stations just won`t let go, resulting in far too much nonsense in HFCC (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** NORTH AMERICA. 7615, UT Sat March 25 at 0311, Station YHWH is on at S9 level but very undermodulated; still at 0433. Was not on before 0300, probably approx. start time. Switching from the R75 to the NRD545 at 0451, now I get S8 on its meter but much more readable, about Yahweh being a jealous god (but not envious?), and starts going thru the Ten Commandments of Yahweh, which seem to match the better-known ones, but according to Martin K. Elliott, they are much more severe and all-encompassing, e.g. #7, adultery, is not limited to the physical act. For #4 he points out that Shabat starts at Friday sundown, after which no work shall be done --- SO WHAT IS HE DOING RIGHT NOW???? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SOLOMON ISLANDS. 5020, March 25 at 1251, still VP carrier, so SIBC must be extended tonight (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** TURKEY [and non]. 6080, March 25 at 0447, two very poor signals, presumably TRT English to N America, and VOA São Tomé, as they have been colliding all winter. One is slightly on the hi side, TRT as usual, making a SAH with the other. Also stray(?) Cuban pulse jamming which is audible on LSB only. That`s the end for 6080 Turkey, as from March 26, English to N America shifts one UT hour earlier to 0300, and back up to 31m, 9515, which should be much better if MUF coöperate; and the // for Asia to 6165, which RHC will totally block here (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A [and non]. WORLD OF RADIO 1870 monitoring: confirmed Friday March 24 at 2230 on WRMI 11580; JBA carrier on 5950, but by 2256 I can confirm it // 11580. What about 6855, which originally was a third //, but not confirmed lately? NO: 

6855 is very poor with music at first; by 2259 I can make out an ID as ``community radio for Alaska``, and playing ``Rock Around the Clock`` --- so it`s the KIYU special which originally aired (mostly) on Friday, Feb 24, a month ago! But like many `specials` on WRMI, or even canceled programs, they keep repeating week after week without notice. 

WOR 1870 also confirmed Fri Mar 24 at 2330 on WBCQ 9329.8v-CUSB, very poor. 

This Saturday I monitor 7265-USB continuously via UTwente from 1523, and hear nothing but noise! WOR is supposed to appear at 1531. However at 1557 I suddenly hear CRI closing Hindi, and JBA, there I am in the background. Altho the SDR was displaying 7265 all along as I had entered, I fear due to computer overload, it was really stuck tuned to some other previously entered frequency. Confirming it`s really listening to 7265 now, from *1600 blasts on CRI opening Russian. 

From April, WOR time shifts to 1431 UT Sat, which should lessen any CCI from elsewhere, but CRI will still be there with its Sinhala hour, 100 kW, 174 degrees from Kashgar, East Turkistan (and after 1500 same in Hindi). Göhren counts upon only 1 kW at 230 degrees, and will also experience increased absorption closer to midday. Next WORs:

Sat 1930v  WA0RCR 1860-AM ND
Sat 2230   WBCQ 9330v-CUSB to WSW
Sun 0310v  WA0RCR 1860-AM ND
Sun 1030   HLR 9485-CUSB to SW [ex- 1130 expected due to MESZ]
Sun 2330   WBCQ 9330v-CUSB to WSW
Mon 0300v  WBCQ 5130v Area 51 to WSW
Mon 0330   WRMI 9955 to SSE
Mon 2330   WBCQ 9330v-CUSB to WSW
Tue 0030   WRMI 7730 to WNW
Tue 1100   WRMI 9955 to SSE
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. 7490, UT Sat Mar 25 circa 0045, WBCQ with `Allan Weiner Worldwide` in progress. He`s on the phone with J. P. discussing early television sets (which he collects) and history of TV in UK, USA. This goes on and on, then interrupted by a repeat caller from France, making some political points hard for Allan and us to follow, but hey, it`s free speech -- until 0122 or so he hangs up and starts to go thru the e-mail, but audio suddenly stops at 0124 --- dead air. 0126 music fill starts, and I tune out. But I should have kept listening; at 0133 I am again hearing snippets of AHW, and someone else off-mike; sounds like a conversation they don`t know is on the air (partly). 0137 finally canned ID and over to Brother Scare (who was already on 5129.8v-AM, presumably starting at 0100) (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 7780, March 25 at 0235 check, this WRMIBS is back on air, after missing yesterday, but it`s even weaker than usual, on the least useful azimuth for here, southwards from Okee (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

This report despatched at 1710 UT March 25