giovedì 19 febbraio 2009

Glenn Hauser logs February 17-19, 2009

** CUBA. RHC, 12000, even more undermodulated than usual, Feb 18 right at end of transmission when checked at 1458 with frequency lineup for 2100 broadcast, and only meter bands for the 2400 transmission, which axually starts about an hour earlier. At 1459 checked // 11760 to see if its modulation was OK, but that was already off, perhaps being retuned to 11680 for Venezuelan relay. 1459:30 I returned to 12000, which was introducing `audio real` repeat of morning broadcast, Despertar con Cuba, with Bárbara Betancourt starting it, but by 1501 modulation cut off; carrier still on at 1509 final check (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** IRAN. 13800, Feb 19 at 1412, nice Iranian music, but soon replaced by boring discussion in Arabic about Islam, Iran. Then found much weaker // on 13790. Yes, VIRI Arabic service until 1430 is scheduled on both, 13800 being Zahedan at 289 degrees, 13790 Kamalabad at 178 degrees, per HFCC. PWBR `2009` shows the latter as ``Tehran`` with a macron over the a. Kamalabad is the site right next to Teheran, per map in WRTH; my Times Atlas of the World does not even have Kamalabad in the index, having failed to realize that one day it would become a world-famous SW transmitter site, however insignificant it may otherwise be.

BTW, ``Rick Steves` Iran`` was an excellent hour-long travelog aired on OETA in Oklahoma the night of Feb 18; but I can`t find it on the PBS website, so maybe something not so new, or too new for them to have caught up with it. TV Guide online shows it as a 2008 produxion, but airing now as ``new``. Worth outseeking (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SAUDI ARABIA. 15435, BSKSA Qur`aning with no buzz, Feb 18 at 1510, so settled in for my morning fix, 1515 ID as from Mecca --- but don`t DF this in order to align your prayers, as it`s really a bit off from Riyadh site! 1516, the buzz became audible, and steadily grew past 1528 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SLOVENIA. Tuning around 20m, still not finding K5D Desecheo again, but landed on 14178 where S58SA was in contact with W6FDR, Feb 19 at 1430. Said he was running 800 watts. Who`s this? has the answer: S58SA, Anton Savernik, Ljubljanska Cesta 88, 1230 Domzale, Slovenia, with his portrait --- and they will be relieved to know that there was no inappropriate content on --- how do they definite ``inappropriate``, anyway? Anything off-topic from ham radio? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. WEWN back on 9455 where it is supposed to be, Feb 18 at 0750 check during the same show for women I heard before on 9390 by mistake, this one about the dilemma of a Catholic marrying a Seventh Day Adventist in the Philippines. Advice: anyone who would do that is not really a devoted Catholic (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. WRMI, 9955, fairly good signal with KBS World Radio wrapping up Tue Feb 17 at 2157; cut off start of news capsule from WRN, ID, and 2200 sharp into R. República; still no jamming audible nor for at least 5 minutes, tho e.g. 9565 vs Martí was grinding away. Did not hear any break in WRMI transmission or change in strength as expected for switch from NW to S antenna (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 5920v, WBOH, Feb 19 at 1350, giving FBN contact info in Spanish, with usual het caused by its being off-frequency compared to Irkutsk, which manages to transmit much closer to the correct frequency. Spanish is not shown on the FBN schedule at this hour, which fails to mention what timezone is used, an external broadcaster so inward-looking they think everyone goes by their own local zone! --- and what a weird URL format. We must assume it`s EST/EDT, i.e. currently 8:30-9 am, when it`s all in English, supposedly (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. 5900, Feb 19 at 1350 open carrier, fair strength. At this hour, per Aoki, the only thing scheduled is Vatican in Russian via Tashkent, 100 kW, 56 degrees. I wonder if it was one of their 20-minute programs, with the rest of the semihour wasted, or lost feed (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. 9810, Feb 19 at 0001, lite Cuban jamming audible against nothing. Perhaps a new Radio República transmission is starting up? Sackville poorly audible with RCI on 9755 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ###