sabato 20 dicembre 2008

Glenn Hauser logs December 19-20, 2008

** CANADA [non]. 11895 good and clear Dec 20 at 1505, disgusting sermon in slow English about bringing a female (animal?) without defect as a sin offering, slaughtering and pouring out the blood on the altar, removing the fat and burning it, avoiding unclean stuff; Leviticus V mentioned.

What does PWBR `2009` say this is? AWR Guam is the only bar, but summer-only and language-other, so that would be a bum rap. EiBi and Aoki have the answer as usual: Bible Voice Broadcasting, 90 degrees to South Asia at 1500-1530 when English is only on Saturdays; EiBi says Nauen, Aoki says Wertachtal. The Franco-Germans are always jumping the sites around, presumably for logistical reasons (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA [and non]. RHC, 9550, Dec 19 at 2306 news in English, with clear echo during brief fades. Suspect this was long-path, quite a haul from here at some 38 megameters. SE Asian signals were inbooming such as VOA on 9490, which is Tinang at 200 degrees (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SLOVAKIA. R. Slovakia International IS and ID in English at 1427 Dec 20 on 6055, weak with flutter, 1430 into German as scheduled. Europe on 49m at this time of day is quite a treat, but surely possible at solstice, and just a band away from regular Pridnestrovye at same hour on 7370. Beam of 305 degrees from RSO helps too, exactly the same azimuth used for English to NAm at 0100, still intruding in the 40m hamband on 7230. This being a Saturday instead of a Friday, the usual dominant on 6055, R. Nikkei was already off at 1415 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SOLOMON ISLANDS. Weak signal on 9541.5, Dec 20 at 0730 with talk, seems English intonation; a bit better at 0735, mostly YL talking and occasional bits of music. Just not enough against noise level, but BFO helped and proved it was not drifting. What else could it be on this frequency? Next check at 1407, no trace of a carrier, just something on 9540.0 masked by QRDRM from 9540-9550, BBC/DW Woofferton 100 kW, 114 degrees. I really wonder if SIBC is running 31m 24 hours (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SWEDEN. 9400, weak with umlauty language Dec 20 at 1511. As a -00 frequency, first suspect naturally Bulgaria, but not this time: Radio Sweden in Swedish scheduled from Hörby. An hour earlier I was getting it much better on 11540 as I was confirming Solomon Islands was not being heard on 9541.5, but instead a carrier from something matching 2.0 MHz below on 9540.0. Anyhow, seems Radio Sweden/Teracom facilities survived the earthquake a few days ago (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** TURKEY. 11810, weak signal in Arabic, Dec 20 at 1501, pronouncing a website with English letters including .net. I assumed it was Jordan but EiBi and Aoki agree Jordan is off by then, and V. of Turkey is opening Arabic at 1500, until 1700, 252 degrees from Emirler, so that is how I will list-log it, presumably, the .net also a positive clew (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) 

** U K. Nice to hear Bow Bells preceding BBCWS transmission on 12095, Dec 20 at 1459, but only until 1459:30 opening, and 1500 into stupid ballgames, this being a Saturday when BBC wastes its vast resources on such Sportsworld nonsense. Good signal from Rampisham, 250 kW at 95 degrees for this bihour. Originally, out-of-band 12095 could be used only from UK sites, but now you never know. At other dayparts, it`s Cyprus or Ascension. Also noticed timesignal on the hour was about 1 second late compared to WWV; so why bother, misleading countless listeners about the correct time? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. 10000, very weak singing and talk underneath WWVH, Dec 20 at 1418. Maybe another instance of mixing product between 31m transmitters, Jordan? No trace of WWV. WWCR 9980 had not yet built up to overpowering strength desensitizing and blocking WWV/H most of the day, and there did not seem to be other super-power signals on 31m which could cause receiver cross-modulation (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ###