martedì 5 novembre 2019

Glenn Hauser logs November 4-5, 2019

** ALASKA. 11670, Nov 5 at 1440, JBA carrier, so maybe KNLS English be really here instead of 11760 per its own website; in any event no good for winter night polar propagation west or east (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA. 7380, Nov 4 at 2215, RHC English on now, so the ``African`` service stays on same frequency but an hour *earlier* from 2200 than in A-19, 2300-2400. Since 7380 is off after 2300, probably French and Portuguese have also been earlied to 2100-2200. No, it`s Arabic and Portuguese per J-M Aubier (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA. 6000, Nov 5 at 0057, RHC in Spanish as the weekday TV simulcast of `Mesa Redonda` is now a real hour later, so no more early English in the 00-01 hour; nor is 6165 on yet. The evening English span has also shifted an hour later to 0100-0800, as still on in English at 0724 check only on 6100, VG S9+30; and 6165 undermodulated S9/+10. I am not saying anything is wrong about this, since it seems to be an intentional if unpublicized seasonchange (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA. 15370, Nov 5 at 1513, surprised to hear this frequency now so temprano as it had been a tarde channel only. Replacing 15140 which is not on, or maybe that closed earlier. 15230 is also on. Now during `Sonido Cubano` music I also survey what other RHC Spanish frequencies are still running: 13700 (no spurs), 11760, 9640, 9535; and a JBA carrier on 6100 which could be Cuba or Asian remnant. At 1601, 13700 is off but 11760, 9640 and 9535 are still on. At 1602 Nov 5, 15370 still on with 11:04 timecheck, 15230 off.

15370, Nov 5 at 1900 recheck, now opening Arabic, ex-1800 on 15140 which is still off. // 11760 but modulation soon cut, and 1901* off. 

Tho it was still an all-day frequency yesterday, 15140 is still not on by 1930 Nov 5, so we`ll see where 2000 English can now be found. Things are changing day to day as the shakeup develops. See last report with Jean-Michel Aubier, France, monitoring for November 3.

Strangely, 15370 was carrying the second half of English from 2030 on both Nov 3 and 4. Jean-Michel Aubier in France observed on Nov 4:

``1900-1930  Arabic     15140
1930-2000    Creole     15140
2000-2100    English    15140
2030-2100    English    15370
2100-2130    Arabic      7380 15140 15370 (3 fréquencies!)
2130-2200    Portuguese  7380 15370
2130-2200    Spanish     9880 (needs to be verified)
2200-2400    Spanish    15370
2200-2300    English     7380
2300-2400    Portuguese 11700

French not heard since Oct 27. Have the broadcasts disappeared? other frequencies?`` I, gh, wonder if no French could be connected to the ascension of French department person Tania Hernández to direct the entire emisora, as reported yesterday; no time to do French programs?

Wolfgang Bueschel says he`s not heard from ailing Arnie with new sked info, but did his own RHC survey today, q.v., with similar results to mine (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA [and non]. 6125, Nov 4 at 2331, TV Martí still unjammed here, ex-5980, where its audio soundtrack appeared months ago, separately from RADIO Martí frequencies --- but now, it`s always // RM, so no more TVM to be heard on SW? Now it is // 7355 and 7435 (while jamming continues on ex-7335 heavy, 7375 lite). At 0057 Nov 5 I notice that 6125 is off, and confirming there is NO jamming; break for antenna and/or transmitter change? I think 6125 was back a few minutes later but failed to log it (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** FRANCE. 17800, Nov 5 at 1519, JBA YL talking, while 17825 is a JBA AM carrier, i.e. Issoudun with Mini Transat yacht weather info, still not in DRM on either. Maybe vital info for the racing contestants but how many of them have portable DRMs aboard?? So much for a DRM Consortium publicity stunt (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** JAPAN [non]. 7410, Nov 5 at 0507, NHK English is poor, S8-S9 via AUSTRIA; higher // are out of question here, 9860 Vatican JBA carrier, and 11970 France zilch. Radio Japan has only three English SW broadcasts left, and this may be our best chance, considering the two bad frequencies no longer Palau at 1400; and 1100 on 11825 via Singapore (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) 

** PERU. 5980, Nov 4 at 2331, JBA carrier under wall-of-noise jamming against no Martí which has moved to 6125. That could be Radio Chaski, as nothing is in HFCC B-19 on 5980 between 2200 and 0200. No carrier detected at 0006, so maybe closed in the meantime. 

I wish Claudio Galaz or someone in South America could confirm the Chaski cutoff time. You may recall a few years ago when it was later around 0100 with no CCI, I would track it slipping 5 seconds or so later from one night to the next, quite fun! Until they would reset their timer earlier, starting a slipcycle all over again. Now we can only hope that the incompetent Cuban jammers will turn off 5980 before RM really comes on at 0600.

Even Cubans in favor of jamming should be livid about the electrical expense wasted on jamming against nothing; which could be spent on e.g. improving the diet of the poor population (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A [non]. 11610, Nov 5 at 1600, Somali on VOA as mentioned, S7-S9. It`s 1600-1800, 250 kW, 126 degrees from Woofferton UK, thus close to off-the-back here (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A [and non]. WORLD OF RADIO 2006 monitoring: Richard Langley now confirms heard on all three 7780 WRMI airings, Sunday Nov 3 at 2130, UT Monday Nov 4 at 0130 & 0230; with some cutoffs.

Following up last report that WOR was underway at 1902 UT Monday November 4 on IRRS 7290, heard via OH5AE SDR:

I note the time of the mid-break as 1913:30, but that was 14:40 into the program, so playback must have started more than a minute early at 1858:50 --- hope the transmitter was already on with this input. 

And Alan Gale, England reports: ``Hi Glenn, Much to my surprise World of Radio was broadcast again this evening (Monday) on IRRS 7290 kHz at 1900 UT. I missed the start of the programme but it was on when I tuned in at 1913 and continued right to the end at 1928, so it looks like it was the full programme this time. Alan``. 

Also confirmed UT Tuesday November 5 at 0100 on WRMI 7780, JBA. Next:
2200 UT Wednesday WBCQ 7490v [ex-2100] to WSW
0100 UT Thursday  WRMI 7780 to NE

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

** U S A. 6060, Nov 4 at 2328, WRMI activated new frequency, but poor S7-S9 in Chinese, music, SMTV ex-5800, ex-4980; and undermodulated like 5800 was. At 0000 UT Tue Nov 5, seems dead air or maybe JBM; 0002 some talk in English, music, Vietnamese, the off-putting language mixture of SMTV with no captions. NO RHC reactivated on 6060. WRMI chose 6060 to further the legacy of RAE which was on 6060 sesquidecades ago, and said would move their Spanish relay hour to 0100 Tue-Sat. At 0056 dead air? 0058 algo JBM; 0100 what? At 0104-0107 I am barely hearing on 6060 Christian hymns, definitely not RAE! 0201 still JBA but probably about to turn off 6060, unless it`s now Iran in Arabic as scheduled 1730-0230, 500 kW, 289 degrees from Zahedan for Arabia and North Africa, but likely QRMing WRMI/RAE in Latin America beyond. BTW, RAE continues hinting they will be getting a new SW transmitter of their own. Other WRMI monitoring:

5010, Nov 4 at 2329, is on with algo, Fámily Radio?

9395, Nov 4 at 0100, not RAE in English when it has been, but VP M&W talk. Oldies and BB ID late past 0200, then RAE multi-lingual opening and theme into English now an hour later. 0256 check Qur`an --- recognized as part of the WRMI `World Music` fill loop --- I wonder what genuine Moslems make of this insert -- what is this passage in mandatory Arabic about? Radio Tirana now scheduled too an hour later at 0230, but ends early; 0258 WRMI Spanish ID and bit of music, 0259 another ID JBA, 0300, Prague theme opening English. 

The WRMI skedgrid, reminds us that XMTR 6, 355 degrees on 9395 runs System G until 0230 including RAE ATTW English, and from 0230 System H with Tirana, 0300 Prague. 

Also, the programs grids mostly in UT, but System G is in EDT/EST, which accounts for the one-hour-later shift, like always happens with System B on 9955. Yet System H is in UT, but times are now wrong, still with Tirana at 0130 and Prague at 0200 (except for music show pre-emptions on certain days. At least we now have Tirana unscathed at new 2030 time M-F on 15770, which I have yet to run across.)

This shift may have edged out WORLD OF RADIO, which had been running at 0130 UT Monday, a day off for Tirana on 9395. Now WOR is not shown on 9395 at 0130 or 0230, which need to be monitored next week. Should still be on 7780 at both times.

Also displayed in ET rather than UT are System C, nothing but TOMBS on all his frequencies. And System L, very incomplete on 9455.

It would be very helpful if someone outside WRMI with plenty of spare time, could reorganize the WRMI program skedgrids by FREQUENCY, instead of by System --- so one could pick a frequency and see all the programming on it in UT ONLY, no matter from what system! But this could be problematic as the System skeds are not complete nor 100% accurate. Yet the playback computers must know what they are supposed to do (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 7490+, UT Tue Nov 5 at 0000, WBCQ is VP S6-S7, but I can recognize the intonations of Uncle Bill, so indeed his `Melting Pot` is getting another play as filler, 25 hours after normal airing, most of which I missed, but by 0015 I`m hearing it well on webcast. He`s back at 0100 UT Tue now with his othershow, `From the Isle of Music` which includes a lot of talk (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. It`s way too late for a detailed JBA TA MW carrier bandscan, Nov 5 at 0717, but a few spotchex before dozing: 774 with beat, presumed Spains; 693, 621; and 846 which I assume is really Kiritimati TP; rather than low-powers in Denmark, Ireland, Italy; medium powers but too far into dayside now, Iran, Saudi, UAE, South Africa (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

This report dispatched at 1951 UT November 5