martedì 30 aprile 2019

Glenn Hauser logs April 29-30, 2019

** CUBA. 15230, April 30 at 1415, RHC is just barely modulated here at S9 during `Sonido Cubano`, while 15140 is sufficient at S9+10. Something`s always wrong at RHC (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA [and non]. 5980, checked at 0053 UT April 30: this is not VOA in Spanish [as Wolfgang Bueschel assumed?], but TV Marti, per numerous IDs after an interview about the elexions in Spain. Possibly they mentioned Voz de America at some point. Heavy jamming, but TVM on top. Not hearing any RRI in the mix at first, but detectable at 0111, Romanian // 7420 in the clear, both scheduled 0000-0200. RRI QSY to 5980 was blindsided by OCB`s abrupt decision to put TVM audio on SW. 

TVM also plugged again the secure website to access it; could not copy but seems to end in .info. So far I have not found a reference to that on the insecure site or (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** OKLAHOMA. DTV RF 13, April 30 at 1424 UT, all four OETA channels are displaying the neat `Technical Difficulties` TP illustrating a wrench, screwdriver and hammer amid the old-style circles, and tiny ID lettering at the bottom --- both OTA and the two available via cable. 
Here is a shot of it made last year:

Erratically audio-only comes on and sometimes video, before back to TP, ruining reception of programming until 1500 UT, then apparently back in business. A small but perhaps severe storm was moving thru OKC, maybe turning OETA`s satellite dish for PBS into a rain gauge! 

(In Enid circa 0900 UT we had the same severe storm dumping two inches of rain into ours; and flood watches continue. And a tornado warning issued at 1616 UT for the Carney-Cushing OK area, just NE of OKC. At 1636 another warning for Osage County; fortunately away from Enid and not moving thisaway. But NWS interrupting OETA programming.)

The other OKC stations remained OK, except RF 16, KOCM ``46`` Norman, black screen and silence until recovery of Daystar gospel-huxtering at 1437 UT (Glenn Hauser, Enid, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SAUDI ARABIA. 15435, April 29 at 1822, weak Arabic talk and pop music. Presumably SBA program 1 extended, as all references show its span is only 1500-1800, General program (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

15205.057, April 29 at 1823, VP talk, ME song, also presumed SBA always off-frequency here, and also on past nominal 1545-1757 span per Aoki/NDXC, 1600-1800 per EiBi and HFCC; 500 kW, 320 degrees USward beyond Eurotarget; WRTH lists as Qur`an program.

The next day, I am having second thots --- were these really heard at 1722 and 1723 UT, wrong times entered due to DST confusion? Must recheck today (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

17615.067, April 30 at 1416, JBA carrier from always off-frequency SBA is nevertheless the SSOB, nothing else audible but an ever weaker one on 17780 from BBC Ascension. Nothing audible from the other Riyadhs on 17705 & 17895 which supposedly run until 1500 and are aimed USward unlike 17615 at 190 degrees! (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** TURKEY. 9830, April 29 at 2247, VOT English to North America has been on, but successfully all the way from *2200? Now it`s sign-off time with ``news pre-recorded`` disclaimer; S8/S9+10, and right into IS loop. And no German extra after 2300 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A [and non]. WORLD OF RADIO 1979 monitoring: confirmed UT Tue Apr 30 at 0114 the 0100 on WRMI 7780, fair. Next:
2100 UT Wednesday WRMI 9955
2100 UT Wednesday WBCQ 7490v
0100 UT Thursday  WRMI 7780

[it appears we will now be running on a Friday-to-Thursday cycle, so freshest new airings are on weekends]

Full schedule including AM, FM, webcasts, satellite, podcasts:

** U S A. 9470, April 29 at 1941, surprised to find something here, Christian call-in in English, S8-S9, but tuning LSB totally separable from much stronger 9475 WTWW-1 at S9+20. 1947 EWTN ID in passing, guest a know-it-all about Catholic theology. 9470 is of course WEWN English frequency registered for 09-13 UT only, 335 degrees toward ``Bejing``. 

After a 6-hour break, English supposed to resume at 1900, 85 degrees for Africa on 15610 --- but nothing on 15610 now. Recheck 2251, 9470 is still on with call-in past 2300. So is this nevertheless deliberate, 9470 propagating much better around here anyway than 15610? Or a mistake, failure to retune transmitter after previous emission? Normally, two US SW stations would never be authorized simultaneously only 5 kHz apart! We shall soon find out if this recur from 1900 UT April 30 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 5890, April 30 at 0604, WWCR open carrier at S9+10/20, and also 3215 at S9+20/30 with some hum; while the other two are modulating on 4840 and 5935. Another Tuesday when this happens reliably, altho I can`t be sure it does not also happen certain other days of week. WHY? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)


I am amassing a growing collexion of DTV breakup images from my Sanyo screen, often producing startling/beautiful art. Each one is unique and can never be replicated. This happens when stations are on the verge, only partially decoding and/or when the frame freezes during a channel change, capturing parts of two different stations. I have not kept track of the stations, times or circumstances involved, altho IIRC this latest one involved KDCD 31 Derby KS, which fortunately froze long enough for grabbing a camera: Eventually I plan to organize a gallery of these ARTifacts (Glenn Hauser, Enid OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

This report dispatched at 1641 UT April 30