martedì 31 dicembre 2019

Glenn Hauser logs December 29-30-31, 2019

** ALGERIA [non]. 7375, Mon Dec 30 at 1925-1949, since I have UTwente SDR running for WOR 7290 check a few minutes earlier, I set up to record this frequency and listen later. That`s because a very recent TDF schedule obtained by Gaétan Teyssonneau for the WOR iogroup, prompted this reply from me:

``I do look for English language broadcasts; besides NHK at 05 on 7410 there is one other, surprisingly:
TDA 18:00 19:00 47, 46E Arabic  ISS 7375 41 7123456
TDA 19:00 20:00 47, 46E English ISS 7375 41 7123456

Algerian relay in English? I don`t think so!

This led me to look for any English from Algeria. The International network on FM has a few scattered English segments, but mostly in French and Arabic. Day-by-day schedules, presumably in local UT+1:

Some of the program titles are in English; some ambiguous; and some in French about English! 20:30-20:41 Sunday, `Magazine Anglais` --- that would put it in the 19-20 UT hour labeled by TDF as English; maybe worth checking just in case this get shortwaved. Also on Monday, so maybe daily tho I have not checked all seven. Glenn``

Further, as Ivo Ivanov points out, that sked is incomplete, lacking three broadcasters brokered by RMI for Issoudun transmission.

So what do I hear on 7375? Big signal from RRI in Romanian, way atop Algeria, at first Qur`aning, and then I simply can`t tell whether buried talk be in English, but I doubt it. Also with some lite RTTY QRM which if I were at controls might have eliminated.

Quite a collision, likely elsewhere in Eurafrica. RRI is 300 kW, 285 degrees from Galbeni for France at 1800-2100; TDA is 155 degrees out of France for the Sahel just beyond outback Algeria (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** ARGENTINA [non]. 5800, Dec 30 at 2132 and still 2200+, NO signal from WRMI-10 which supposedly start at 2100 with SMTV. This bodes ill for the RAE Spanish relay supposed to be on same at 0100. Still off at 0035 Dec 31, nor on briefly tested previously 9425 nor on 6060 which now is occupied by RHC NLT 0000. And yes, still nil at 0100. We should still be able to hear RAE in English at 0200-0230 on 9395, followed by another ex-SWBC station on its own, Radio Tirana, Albania.

The January issue of El Dial (e) from Spain features a long article by Martín Butera lamenting the ``decadence`` of RAE, at the mercy of political winds, unable even under the enlightened new leadership of Adrian Korol, who has SW credentials, to get a new SW transmitter of its own. And fears that Korol`s term is about over with the latest changes in Argentine leadership. 

Butera acknowledges the WRMI relays in Spanish and English, both with outdated info, but seems unaware of all the other languages getting on SW, and downplays the WRMI relays as dependent on the generosity of Jeff White. The article is profusely illustrated with photos, of equipment, not people. I have quoted a fraxion of the text (in Spanish) in the WOR iogroup (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** ARGENTINA [and non]. Last time I was wondering what kind of doctor that DXer Arnaldo Slaen be, as titled in `La Rosa de Tokio` publicity. Horacio Nigro G., Uruguay, promptly replied, he`s a lawyer. That`s interesting; maybe different in South America, but in the North, altho many lawyers may have J.D. degrees, they rarely call themselves Drs., except maybe in academic settings; thus avoiding the ambiguity of that honorific (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA. 5040, Sun Dec 29 at 2356, Arnie Coro lickety-split with propagation comments in Spanish, about to conclude `En Contacto`, must have started circa 2345; squealy frequency yet the only one audible, unlike on 9 or 11 MHz bands; 6060 is on by 2357 but open carrier only; 2359 current frequency announcement is woefully incomplete/incorrect in typical Soviet-style disorder: 11670, 11700, 11950, 9640, 6000 and FM. Misses the two I am really hearing! And 11950/6000 during this hour only, as I keep having to point out, are weekdays only and with separate programming, the `Mesa Redonda` TV audio simulcast. I check again the 9s and 11s to find JBA carriers at best so maybe they be on but propped out. Something`s always wrong at RHC (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA. 5040 & 6060 & 6145, UT Mon Dec 30 at 0726 are tonight`s three English frequencies still on the air for last playback of mailbag; something`s always wrong at RHC (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA [and non]. 13630 & 13770, Dec 30 at 1530, JBA spurs out of 13700, because the fundamental is only S7-S9, even weaker than 13710v Sa`udi Qur`aning. Something`s always wrong at RHC (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA. 15370 good, 15140 JBM, 11880 VG, Dec 30 at 2107, all three RHCs are in Brazuguese and synchronized; despite as in EiBi, 11880 supposed to be in Arabic, 15140 in Spanish! Something`s always wrong at RHC (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** EAST TURKISTAN [and non]. 5970, Dec 30 circa 1300, NO signal from WEWN which is supposed to be on here until 1400; nor was it heard much earlier in the UT night; instead, two stations in Chinese, i.e. RTI at 12-14 and CNR1 jamming which Aoki/NDXC says comes from Urumqi site (land of ChiCom brainwashing Uyghurs). This could also be a problem for PBS Gannan on 5970 in Chinese and Tibetan (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) 

** HAWAII. Re my plan to hear a delayed broadcast of The Magic Flute on the Metropolitan Opera via KHPR-2 webcast from 0100 UT Sunday Dec 29 as scheduled --- I bring it up early at 0048, and it`s already on! I was going by KHPR skedgrid, which has Met lined up with 3 pm HST. But there is a blank space above it and maybe the Met was `centered` an hour later than its real start at 2 pm? = 00 UT instead of 01. Anyhow, it`s lofi and mono so I would not want to listen to it here anyway. Well before 0200, KHPR has moved on to other classical music, so Met may have started even before 0000. I might have had another chance Sunday afternoon from two Alaskan stations. Maybe try them next time (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** PERU. 5980, Dec 29 at 2354, I tune in just in time to hear the R. Chaski carrier under Cuban jamming cut off, at 2354:22*, 18 seconds earlier that last check Dec 21 until 2354:40*, so averaging 2.25 seconds earlier per noctem, 18 divided by 8. Or long term since first check in latest cycle, Nov 26 until 2355:27.5*, 65.5 seconds earlier over 33 days = average 1.985 seconds slippage per (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** ROMANIA. 7345, Dec 30 at 0718, RRI mailbag in German reading letters at some length; 307 degree beam from Ziganeschti also serves North America beyond. Spelling it fonetikaly into German raises the question whether the name be related to Gypsies, or rather Roma. Say, could that name be linked to Romania? Altho hardly Latinate (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) See also ALGERIA [non]

** TAIWAN. 9530, Dec 30 at 1308 past 1323, open carrier of S9-S6, stronger than adjacent 9535 Cuba, weaker than 9570 China via Cuba. Aoki/NDXC shows only Nippon no Kaze, Korean via Paochung, Taiwan site during this semihour (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 395 kHz, Dec 30 at 1241 UT, ND beacon CA, which is 25 watts in Newton - Harvs, Kansas; mixing with ULS, also 25 watts, from Ulysses KS; they are 221 miles apart, maybe enough considering the power.

420 kHz, Dec 30 at 1244 UT, ND beacon FQ, which is 25 watts in Fairmont, Minnesota. I was tuned to 418-USB.

BTW, on the LW/MW band, USA NDBs range from 198 to 429 kHz; Canadians 195 to 414; so any heard higher in the 400s would have to be from further worldparts (Glenn Hauser, Enid OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A [and non]. WORLD OF RADIO 2014 monitoring: confirmed Sunday
Dec 29 at 2130 on WRMI 7780, S8-S9 with a slight het from 7780.5.

Also confirmed UT Monday Dec 30 at 0130 on WRMI 7780 after Bob Zanotti tries to get his name in edgewise, S6-S9 with some deep fades here, but good a few minutes later at UTwente SDR.

Also confirmed UT Monday Dec 30 at 0230 on WRMIs, 7780 good and 9395 fair, both checked via UTwente only. Richard Langley, NB says of all three 7780 airings, ``(no words cut off nor overridden this week)``.

Also confirmed UT Monday Dec 30 at 0230 on WRN webcast, correct edition 2014 after two weeks of replaying 2011.

Also confirmed UT Monday Dec 30 from 0400 on Area 51 webcast, still overmodulated; and at 0428 check via WBCQ 5130, S9 but noisy and not ending until 0430:21 as if it were a sesquimnute longer than originally; not sure why as internet delay should not be that much. Or maybe I had paused Winamp at some point? Did not expect pause to funxion on Winamp like Realplayer used to, but maybe it does.

Also confirmed UT Monday Dec 30 at 0430 on WRMI, JBA on very weak signal under Cuban pulse jamming; OK on webcast.

Also confirmed Monday Dec 30 at 1901 on IRRS, 7290 via Romania(?) good into UTwente SDR but considerably weaker than usual; came on just in time for Aïda, sign-on, a few news headlines, and WOR from the beginning. 

Also confirmed UT Tuesday Dec 31 at 0100 on WRMI 7780, fair; and via UTwente SDR, good. Next:

0900 UT Wednesday Unique Radio NSW 5045-USB
2200 UT Wednesday WBCQ 7490v to WSW
0100 UT Thursday  WRMI 7780 to NE

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

** U S A. (7490), Dec 29 at 2330, after `UBMP` on WBCQ webcast (which memorializes ancient 7415 frequency in its URL), dead air, presumably for the remaining semihour until `Le Show` like happened last week; surely there should be fill music at least; or say, I have a handy avialble program --- but I understand that some new show is planned in this slot. 7490 itself is too weak to be sure that its air also be dead (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 5970, Dec 30 circa 1300, no signal from WEWN Spanish; was also missing much earlier in the UT night. Instead hearing Chinese2 here, see EAST TURKISTAN. WEWN day frequencies 12050 and in English afternoons 15610 do seem to be on tho poorly audible (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 1540, Dec 30 at 2029 UT, Mexmx and ``La Ranchera`` slogan, at first dominant then fading; no doubt KZMP University Park TX = The Metroplex, format replacing ESPN Deportes 3+ months ago. 1480 Vietnamese already dominating Wichita too as DFW skywave well in 3 hours before sunset (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

This report dispatched at 0141 UT December 31