mercoledì 3 maggio 2017

Glenn Hauser logs May 2-3, 2017


** ALBANIA [non]. 5850, Tuesday May 2 at 2300, WRMI carrier is already on in time for R. Tirana relay but I don`t get away from the computer noise until 2301 when the program preview is spoken on F-G signal: Cultural Activities, and Sports Roundup. Oh oh, that`s the Monday lineup, so this is a playback of 24 hours ago instead of a new file! News about the Macedonian elexion, and the mayor of Tirana getting an honorary degree from Grand Valley State University in the USA. Never heard of it, until yesterday on RTSH3, so this time I look up where it is: Allendale MI 49401, west of Grand Rapids. I find their site and search on Tirana to find what the Albanian connexion is:

``Join current GVSU President Tom Haas, his wife Marcia, and other GVSU alumni in Tirana, Albania on 13 May, 2017. Fellow GVSU alumni are eager to welcome you to the lovely capital city of Albania, Tirana, including:
Erion Veliaj (B.A., 2002), the current Mayor of Tirana
Eglantina Gjermeni (MSW, 1997), current Minister of Urban Development

Last summer, Erion Veliaj (PLS ’02) was elected mayor of Tirana, Albania’s capital city. The Tirana municipality is Albania’s largest, with a population of over 800,000. Before becoming mayor, Eri was a member of the Albanian parliament and the Minister of Social Welfare and Youth in the Cabinet of Prime Minister Edi Rama`` (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** ARGENTINA [non]. 11580, May 2 at 2007, on the BST-1 caradio and later on the R75, WRMI with ``Jazz [from the Left]`` as scheduled. Checking because on Monday May 1, Mark Coady in Ontario was hearing an unexpected prepeat of the new RAE relay (instead of Russian DX program Radio Panorama), but before 2100 he says 11580 was back to Wavescan.

9395, May 3 at 0112 I tune in late to the next RAE ATTW relay, but just in time to hear an interview with the director of the station, Adrián Corol (sp?) in Spanish, by Fernando in English, and then translating his answers. It`s as if today is the first day of the new SW relays rather than the second day. 

Summarizing: Several thank-yous to Jeff White, manager of WRMI for the new relays at 100 kW. Waiting on repairing own transmitter, as they want to get the other 6 languages back on the air. Once it`s back, they will evaluate whether also to continue via WRMI, but they do have all these other platforms now, podcasts, phone. Any program content changes? Actualidad DX in all languages on Fridays. New feature will be ``Argentines that Touch the World``, not only famous ones like some soccer player, Pope Francis, Che Guevara, but lesser-known ones. 

Now seems they have modified QSL policy. Special numbered QSLs will be sent not only for postal reports, but for e-reports if an mp3 sample of reception is attached, or link to a YT clip, etc. (So I still don`t qualify, and no reply at all to my yesterday`s report I copied onto their form; altho a lot fewer multilingual ID crutches heard tonight.)

0126 the interview ends, MLID#1 that I hear but there may have been several more in the first dodekaminute I missed; song; 0132 MLID#2; 

0133 YL with long feature on Jaime Torres, ``the magician of the charango``, about him and the instrument originating in the Andes, provinces of Salta and Jujuy, lots of such music but mostly talked over including old interviews with Torres, and translated. He was born 1938 in Bolivia but grew up in Bs As; 0136-0141 longest uninterrupted music; 0141 El Condor Pasa played and discussed; 0149 closing credits for feature, more music. 

0152 news headlines: labor day, US does something, tourism industry earns 1,440 megapesos (with inflation I have no idea what that amounts to, but probably less than it seems.) 0153 MLID#3, wrapup transmission, plug USA phone number once, 641-####-8099 at local call cost. Announcer name now sounds like Fernando Farrías, and credits sound engineer Jorge Falcón. I hunt for correct spelling of station staff names, but do not find any of them at
which BTW I easily reached via Alan Roe`s updated Hitlist.

This time at 0155 a BB WRMI ID, clearly marking end of RAE and transition back to Oldies. Tonight I`ve been listening on the sufficient PL-880 with reelout clipon, while the NRD-545 is bandscanning for pirates and whatever else (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** EAST TURKISTAN. 13855, May 2 at 1357, bit of music before carrier cut. HFCC shows CRI via Kashgar, 500 kW, 308 degrees in ``Chn`` language -- ?? You might think that`s simply Chinese, but Mandarin is abbreviated in HFCC as cmn according to Eibi`s readme.txt, and nothing keyed as chn. Apparently a typo as Aoki does list this as merely Chinese (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** NIGERIA. 7254.939, May 2 at 0600, VON with VG signal opening Hausa hour. Wolfgang Büschel also measured it exactly there with the VE6JY SDR about 24 hours earlier (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** NORTH AMERICA. 6939.95-AM, May 3 at 0118, JBA pirate music registering S9 including noise level. These logs on 6940 say it was Radio Illuminati:

6924.95-AM, May 3 at 0120, JBA pirate music. No logs of this on HFU.

6880.0-AM, May 3 at 0123, pirate song at S9+15, better than the other two. As expected on this frequency, it`s Unknown Name Radio Network:
I have mainly been paying attention to Argentina via WRMI on 9395 during this hour (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** OKLAHOMA. RF 42, May 2 after 1430 UT, a bit of enhanced tropo over OK on Hepburn`s map, so I expect to see some yellow bars on the DTV converter bandscan: and one of them decodes briefly and erratically, with seven subchannels, all PSIP as KBZC-LD. It`s the OKC station I have seen a few times before, and seems about the same lineup:

1 - a dance competition, no bug
2 - ad with no bug
3 - ad, later BUZZR, game show channel
4 - Country - music videos
5 - QVC
6 - Q another QVC
7 - jewelry shopping
Nothing about this on the final (?) DTV repack info for OK, so I guess it will be going off once 42 is denied to TV stations (Glenn Hauser, Enid, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** THAILAND. 15110, May 2 at 1345, M&W in Chinese at S9+20 with rumble, but can`t make a // to the China radio war with Taiwan on 9680, so this is probably really VOA Mandarin hour, 250 kW, 14 degrees via Udorn, and also aimed right across North America beyond (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. WORLD OF RADIO 1875 monitoring: confirmed Tuesday May 2 at 1106 the 1100 airing on WRMI 9955 and S6-S9, and // 9455 at S6-S8. (Amazing, at 1113, WWV on 10000 blasting in at S9+30.) WOR also confirmed Tue May 2 at 2130 on WRMI 9455, poor, and // 15770 JBA. Also confirmed Tue May 2 at 2330 on WBCQ 9330.10v-CUSB, good, and frequency moving during the few seconds I listen. Next:
Wed 1030   WRMI 5850 to NW, 9455? 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, May 2 at 2028 check, WTWW-1 is AWOL, but 12105 WTWW-3 is on with Portuguese, and 9930 WTWW-2 with Ramsey. No, nothing on night frequency 5830 either. 

By 0124 UT May 3, 12105 is still on but with S9+35 of dead air; 5085 is on with ham talk; and 9475 is S9+45 of SFAW modulation. 

This is also the time I hear a wideband RF burst from my streetlight igniting just after sunset. And wideband, but e.g. on an open frequency circa 12 MHz, I count the unID electric fence pops at the rate of 46 per minute, barely enough to overcome the line and storm noise levels (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENINIG DIGEST)

** VATICAN [non]. 7305, May 3 at 0140, only a JBA carrier here, certainly not Greenville-B warming up for 0145 VR relay in Spanish, which often starts as early as 0130. Still no VR by 0147. It remains on the A17 schedule per Aoki. So has VR cut this transmission according to SS Pope`s desires to phase out SW; or just missing now?

Radio Martí is on 7365 this hour, and used to produce a leapfrog mixing product with 7305 landing on 7425, where I find another very weak signal, with some talk, so what are these?
7305 has VOA Burmese via Thailand at 0130-0230.
7425 has Iran in Arabic via Zahedan, both per Aoki (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. 7200-LSB, May 3 at 0150, unID ham accuses another of being a hater, a white-separatist, presumably the weaker one he is overriding; and others chime in on one side or another (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

This report dispatched at 0404 UT May 3