domenica 15 febbraio 2009

Glenn Hauser logs February 15, 2009

** BRAZIL [and non]. RNA, 11780, Feb 15 at 0633, again putting extremely distorted spurs plus and minus 50 kHz, causing severe interference to RFI on 11830, and on 11730 ratcheting the top side of RNZI 11725 requiring one to side-tune lower for it. Previously the spurs have been more like 58-59 kHz away from fundamental. This was so heavy on RFI that I had a hard time identifying the language they were speaking. It`s supposed to be Portuguese, via South Africa, but sounded mostly like French; perhaps there were extended excerpts of something originally in French. But hey, no more audio dropouts on RNA itself, listening to 6185 and 11780, tho the 11780 modulation was a bit low, which may correlate with putting out lots of distorted modulation on the spurs. The sign-on time of RNA varies by day of week, but now that DST is over, should be one hour later than during the past quadrimonth (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA. RHC, 11760 and // somewhat undermodulated 12000, Sunday Feb 15 at 1435-1454 ``La Cultura en Cuba`` this time featuring classical pianist Fran Fernández who is about to perform a 50th-anniversary concert. I had never heard of him so Googled, and got around a megahit starting with --- but that`s a different Fran Fernández, Spanish guitarist born in Granada in 1981! It seems there are lots of other Fran Fernándezes such as a makeup artist/hair stylist in Tampa. Refining the search by adding Cuba, one gets only 666 hits but still too much chaff. Adding pianist gets it down to 166, such as where he is referred to both as Fran and Frank; and this long interview with him:

Tho Esperanto was missing last Sunday, it was back on RHC this Sunday Feb 15, at 1501 on 11760, and also on 13760 at 1510 check, so unclear if another overrun error, but supposedly scheduled on 11760 only. OM announcer made a mistake right away, stressing Amériko rather than Ameríko as required by inflexible Esperanto rules (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) See also VENEZUELA [non]

** INDONESIA. VOI, 9525.9 at sufficient level for a change, Feb 15 at 1348, YL talking about laws and regulations on investing in Indonesia, citing them by 5-digit number, MEGO. 1349 outro that this was the weekly Miscellany program, ID in passing, 1351 Music Corner. Must be running late as these usually start earlier in the semi-hour. Yes: English hour wrapup not until 1407 and into Malay (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SPAIN. DRM noise audible on 9775-9780-9785, Feb 15 at 0640. What`s this? REE as scheduled from Noblejas, 05-09, 100 kW at 50 degrees (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U K [and non]. Feb 15 at 1325 found strong co-channel interference over PMS via WWCR, 13845, and zero-beat to her, central Asian language, then classical music until cut off at 1330* with no further announcement. I had the misfortune to tune in during the only semi-hour per day when WWCR does not have 13845 to itself worldwide. Per Aoki, this is the Kyrgyz service of BBC via Rampisham, 500 kW, 62 degrees, which started Dec 6; IIRC, BBC was banned from local FM relays in Kyrgyzstan so had to go back to outmoded SW (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** VENEZUELA [non]. Unlike last Sunday, this Sunday Feb 15 there was no RNV CI broadcast at 1500 via Cuba on 11680, and once again there was no sign either of Aló, Presidente on 11875, 13680 or 13750, nor at recheck 1603 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. 6074, stood by for 8GAL V/CQ marker at 1400 Feb 15 after R. Rossii closing timesignal. 8GAL did not start until about 1400:38 until 1401:25; just barely audible, not helped by my leaving the attenuator engaged, having had to use it on 31m to hear VOI 9526 without cross mod from PPP via WWCR 9980 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. As I was monitoring 13845 and the BBC/WWCR collision, noticed SSB on the hi side, Feb 15 at 1326; tactical net, probably US military, one ID as ``Catskill``; did not have time to measure frequency but was 13848 plus or minus 1 kHz. Gave time as 0829, which would be UT -5 = EST, off by a couple sesquiminutes. Hey, it could really be in the Catskills, but somehow, I doubt it. Searching the 19,775 posts so far in the UDXF yg, separately on 13847, 13848, 13849 and Catskill did not produce a single relevant hit (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ###