lunedì 10 aprile 2017

Glenn Hauser logs April 9-10, 2017

** CUBA. 11880, April 9 at 2248, RHC is in Kriyol! The A-16 schedule had this semihour in Portuguese to Africa. On Sunday I`m searching frequencies for the missing Esperanto broadcast, but still unfound.

Today is the big day for postponed A-17 RHC changes Arnie said would go into effect. I haven`t done a thorough search yet, but here`s an obvious new one:

6145, April 10 at 0639, RHC English is here ex-6165! Why? HFCC A-17 shows two broadcasts aiming east on 6165, 0300-0400 from Turkey and 0430-0500 from Germany, but have not been a problem over here, and unlikely vice-versa either. 6145 undermodulating at S8, not as bad as JBM 6000 S9. 6060 is still // S9+20 with good modulation for a change, and // 6100, while 5040 is off. If 6145 starts at 0100 like 6165 did, it will clash with The Mighty KBC on UT Sundays until 0200 via Germany, which does not plan its usual seasonal switch to 9925 until May. Various transmissions from India and China are also registered on 6145.

RHC never got around to putting up a B-16 schedule, and is still showing A-16 from a year ago, instead of A-17 at

** KUWAIT. 15540, April 9 at 1820, no signal from R. Kuwait, and even Spain is a JBA carrier on 15520, but R. Kuwait has just been reported reactivated, by Alan Roe, UK, with English broadcast. It`s audible via UTwente SDR, and I listen a bit after 2000. Sounds just like it used to before vanishing over two years ago. Lots of western pop music interspersed with some drama, cultural material. More music until 2050 final news headlines, and weather to 2055, some more music, 2059 sign-off mentioning SW, brief anthem by military band, accurate 5+1 timesignal to 2100, a couple words of Arabic and off*. In the meantime, at 2055 I checked my own PL-880 on the porch and could now detect a JBA carrier direct. 

There was news a few months ago that a contract was out for SW transmitters to be refurbished, and MOI continued registering schedules for R. Kuwait. Here`s the A-17, so some or all of the other broadcasts may also be back; please check:

0200-0900  5960 Arabic    ND 250 kW
0500-0900 15515 Arabic    59 250
0800-1000  7250 Farsi     ND 250
0930-1600 11630 Arabic   230 250
0945-1730 21540 Arabic   310 250
1000-1200 21580 Filipino  84 250
1100-1600  9750 Arabic   286 250
1600-2100  6050 Arabic    ND 250
1600-1800 15540 Urdu     100 250
1700-2000 13650 Arabic   350 250
1800-2100 15540 English  310 250
2000-2400 17750 Arabic   350 250

This looks a lot like the old schedules, with no changes considering the lower solar activity or any new collisions. English on 15540 was already gone by March 2015, altho some others such as 17750 lasted until May 2015.

Ivo Ivanov, Bulgaria, was not hearing any of these before 1600 April 10, 2017. Noel Green, NW England, says: ``I've just completed a scan of their other registered frequencies at 1445 UT and none are audible at my location. However, I did catch a transmission in Arabic on 15540 on air at 1410, but it dropped off in mid sentence at 1412. A test, or just setting up the frequency for later transmission??? Their HQ transmission on 11630 will have co-channel interference from this one - clearly IDed as Radio Veritas`` [1430-1457 via Vatican in Urdu] (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** NIGERIA. 7254.92, April 10 at 0625, VON is missing again tonight. Propagation has been degraded, but can`t believe this high-power, low-latitude path would be completely wiped out (Glenn Hauser, oK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. WORLD OF RADIO 1872 monitoring: confirmed Sunday April 9 after 2330 on WBCQ 9329v-CUSB, poor. Also confirmed UT Monday April 10 at 0305 on Area 51 webcast; also on WBCQ 5129.82 poor past 0329, so started slightly late; also UT Monday April 10 at 0330 on WRMI 9955, JBA but OK on webcast. Next:
Mon 2330   WBCQ 9330v-CUSB to WSW
Tue 0030   WRMI 7730 to WNW
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
Wed 2100   WBCQ 7490v to WSW
Wed 2330   WBCQ 9330v-CUSB to WSW

** U S A. 9475, April 9 at 2251, WTWW-1 is a JBA carrier instead of blasting in. Propagation or QRP? There had been G1 storms, but K-index at 21 & 24 was only 1 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 1480, April 9 at 0650 UT past 0703 UT, South Asian songs are dominating, presumed KBXD Dallas with Radio Namaste, and suspected on 50 kW day power/pattern. No announcements heard unless while I dozed off (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. 7180-LSB, April 9 at 1622, not much propagating on 40m or other bands in daytime, but a Good Ole Ham Boy here is denouncing faggots (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) 

This report dispatched at 1552 UT April 10