mercoledì 28 gennaio 2009

Glenn Hauser logs January 28, 2009

** AFGHANISTAN [non!]. Radio Solh has vanished! Jan 28 at 1423 check no trace of it on 13830 where it used to inboom via Rampisham. Not even a carrier; and 13840 YFR via Wertachtal was well heard, so propagation OK. Nor was 13830 audible the day before, but I was hoping it was just due to poor propagation then. Before 1500 looked around for Solh on previously used frequencies, but not heard on 17700; something was on 15265 at 1450 but talk unsounded like them, and R. Liberty, Georgian via Biblis is now using that. Nothing on 9875 either after 1506, but Solh was not usually heard there anyway.

We can only wonder if this PsyOp be a casualty of the new administration in Washington, altho it seems unlikely that would be much of an Obama priority; but saving our taxpayer money is called for. This was the most redundant service on earth, playing exactly the same content day after day. Might cost less to give every Afghan a CD of it. Please check out the rest of its previous schedule:
02-03 5925 UAE
03-12 11675 UAE
12-15 13830 Rampisham
15-18 9875 Rampisham
Never mind: VTC has deleted all these transmissions as of Jan 27 with no
replacements! (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** ANGUILLA. Caribbean Beacon daytime frequency 11775 still absent around 1415 Jan 28, but still humming away on 6090 around 0700 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CHINA. Firedrake, Jan 28 at 1351 good on 8400, much stronger than 9000 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA [and non]. Several RHC frequencies were running with low modulation Jan 28 at 1413, which implies the studio feed wasn`t turned up to proper volume, too bad for those itching to hear what Fidel had to proclaim in 2003. First noticed on 12000, much softer than neighboring Chinese on 12005 aimed 67 degrees from well-modulated Romania. Then found undermodulation also on RHC 11760, at 1425 13760, 13680, 15370, but somewhat louder on weaker 15360, still inadequate (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** JAPAN [and non]. Interesting to hear two Japanese next to each other on 9750 and 9760, Jan 28 at 0659; 9760 of course JOZ, R. Nikkei, so 9750 must be NHK. What does PWBR `2009` show? Nothing at this hour, but instead V. of Malaysia in English, of which there was no trace. 0700 on 9750, 3+1 timesignal, and more Japanese talk, seemingly from an arena, sumo? In fact, NHK Yamata is currently registered on 9750 at 0700-1700, 300 kW, 290 degrees.

NHKWNRJ English at 1415 had severe pre-echo on 11705, first from Yamata, and then from Sackville. I would say the proportion was about 35-65. Since E Asian signals were above average this date, we could also hear NHK direct on 9875 without any echo; and on 11780 via UK but that had Brasília QRM. BTW, in A-09, NHK plans to keep right on colliding with itself on 11705 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** KOREA NORTH [non]. 5985, Jan 28 at 1402 with YL speaking Mandarin slowly and distinctly but did not really help my comprehension, over continuous piano music bed, i.e. Shiokaze from Japan. At 1405 spelled something out in English letters including c-i-r-c-u-s, an address? I seldom hear it in Chinese. Has anyone caught them in a French segment lately? No QRM audible from jamming or Myanmar (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. WWCR still transmitting by mistake on 6430 instead of 3215! 24 hours after first heard, Jan 28 at 0704, VG except for ute QRM, and zero signal, not even a trace of a carrier on 3215. I have not checked at other hours, but I suppose this is happening during the entire span of the scheduled 3215 transmission, 0200-1000 UT (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. WRMI, 9955 still going well on NW antenna, Jan 28 after 1500 with Prague in English; by 1559 I was monitoring the webcast instead to hear Frecuencia al Día ending, so fill in another blank in the schedule, Wed at 1530; 1601 DX Partyline (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. Earlier this month I could not hear KGNO 1370 Dodge City KS in the daytime, as I used to, and figured it must have been silent. But it`s back now, altho heard via skywave, Jan 28 at 0720 UT with ID as ``AM Gold Radio 1370, KGNO``. And enjoyable music such as a 1960s version of Carole King`s ``Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow``; ``America`` by Simon & Garfunkel; ``Expressway to your Heart``, ``Gimme Some Lovin``` and something by The Temptations. Lots of QRM, but generally dominating the channel.

Also presumably same heard at 1514 UT still with heavy skywave CCI --- sounds like a regional channel, which it is. Now playing Ray Stevens` ``Ahab, the A-rab``, 1520 ``We May Never Pass This Way Again`` by Seals & Croft.

New format, no longer sports/talk as in 2008-2009 NRC AM Log. Night power supposed to be only 230 watts vs day power 5000, non-direxional day and night, which is a bit of a rarity. Maybe grandfathered; it is an old station. Here`s Ernie Cooper`s 1933 QSL: Can`t find a KGNO website (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 1540 kHz, Jan 28 at 1513 UT station in Spanish with 214 area code, therefore the 32-kW KZMP, licensed to University Park, the suburb named for SMU in The Metroplex. But more significantly, it was bothered by IBOC (boo, hiss), and so was KOMA-1520 OKC, at this late hour. AFAIK, this could only be coming from WCKY 1530 Cincinnati (or whatever the calls are this week), and there was a strong AM talker on 1530 I did not try to ID (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 1690, WVON Berwyn IL, Jan 28 at 1511 UT running opinion disclaimer, then the Santita (sp?) Jackson Show, and she IDed it as ``The Talk of Chicago, 1690, WVON``. I would think that one of the bigger stations would have locked up that slogan in that market. This in the bright sunlite on our ice and snow, but solar angle still plenty low for strong skywave from over a megameter away on the X-band. This station must also be the source of IBOC hiss I often hear on 1680, altho not at this moment (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** VATICAN [non]. Surprised to hear Vatican Radio on 15595, VG Jan 28 at 1429 IS, 1430 Italian talking about Gesù, then Amazing Grace sung in English; 1503 had switched to German, translating some guy in Italian, probably the current pope; 1525 recheck in Polish, 1530 back to Italian after IS, still loud & clear; 1555 operatic singing cut off with no goodbye at 1556:45. 15595 is a VR frequency at other times, so figured they had merely extended, maybe one of their special broadcasts, altho nothing seemed special about the content.

Wait a minute! 15595 is supposed to be English to South Asia from Radio Netherlands via Madagascar --- yes, that is still scheduled at 1359-1557 per

Therefore, this was a colossal feed mixup, no one noticing in Hilversum or Talata that they were broadcasting VR instead of RNW. Current VR sked for the European service supposed to be only on 5885, 7250, 9645 matches for 1500 German, 1515 Polish, 1530 music/Italian, but shows Portuguese until 1500 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. 12500-12520, presumed OTH radar pulses, Jan 28 at 1423 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ###