lunedì 13 aprile 2009

Glenn Hauser logs April 12-13, 2009

** BRAZIL. RNA, 11780, at 1346 April 13, Portuguese song squeezed between Anguilla 11775 and CRI Kashi 11785; and momentary audio dropout, a persistent problem at Brasília (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CHINA [and non]. 6030 with oscillating whoop-whoop jammer, similar sound but not identical to 6350 from Korea North, April 13 at 1313, vs something in Chinese on 6030, i.e. per Aoki A09: 6030*Ming Hui Radio 1300-1400 1234567 Chinese 100 325 Tanshui TWN 12125E 2511N MHR a09

At 1405 recheck, jammer still going but much weaker, and now the victim is CFVP Calgary with its country music (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA [and non]. R. Rebelde, 5025, was open carrier at 0535-0540+ April 12. Propagation was terrible at this time with WWCR 5070 only poor, no CFRX on 6070, nothing on 9 MHz except DW-Kigali in German on 9480 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA. RHC is making a number of frequency changes April 13. Can it be coincidental that they wait until the public A-09 HFCC is out, since they refuse to participate in HFCC for advance coordination?

On April 10, Alan Pennington in the BDXC-UK heard them announce some new English frequencies: 17660 2030-2130, 13790 2300-2400, 6010 0500-0700 but not what they would be replacing, or additional?

Anyhow, Radio Mil and LV de tu Conciencia no longer need to worry about who is using 6010 during those two hours (or longer? RHC could be on 6010 in Spanish before 0500). At 2030, the English frequencies have been 11760 and 13680, so is one of those replaced by 17660? At 2300, 9550 has been the only intentional English channel, so is that replaced by 13790?

Already at 0534 April 13 as Isabel García was starting the mailbag show, we found new 6010 on the air with a VG signal, but the other three 49m channels in English, 6000, 6060 and 6140 were also still on. Most likely the 6010 transmitter has moved down from 9550 or 11760, which were not audible, as they often have not been due to propagation. Modulation level on 6000 was very low compared to the other three.

In Spanish at 1351 April 13, found new 13780 was going // 13680, both very strong. 13780 replaces 15370 which was missing, and still heard on all the other old frequencies, 15360, 15120, 13760, 12000, 11760, and 6000 which at 1355 was still on making an echo with 13680 at a different site but synchronized with weak 13760. At 1359:30 the time was ``exactamente las 10, ante meridiano``. Does RHC have any idea what ``exactly`` means? I made a point of listening for frequency announcement before and after the 1400 news, but there was none, 1403 directly into Voces de la Revolución. Sign-off announcement at 1457, when they never say what their morning frequencies are, on 13780 had been updated to say they would return at 2100 on 13760, 13790, 11820 and 11800, the middle two being new.

11820 will collide with Saudi Arabia at 1800-2300 toward Eu and NAm, a regular here in our afternoons. 13780 is already registered by VOR at 12-14, and DW via Woofferton at 14-16, which I recall hearing there, but now totally blocked by RHC. 13790 should be clear in the 21-24 period.

Have any of these changes been put into the frequency schedule at ---?
Of course not. It sometimes takes weeks for them to update their website frequency schedule and they may or may not remember to change the effective dates at the top too. Nor did Arnie mention any frequency changes in his April 11 DXUL script. There are probably additional changes to be discovered.

On Sunday April 12 I rechecked the frequencies for Spanish DX program En Contacto at its new time, just started at 2245. Last week only 13760 was really carrying it, but this time the other three frequencies were too, 9550, 11750 and 11800. 9550 and 11750 were synchronized, 13760 an echo apart, and 11800 too weak to evaluate (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** JAPAN [non]. NHKWNRJ in English, April 13 at 1421, fair on 13630, via Rampisham UK at 62 degrees, about one second behind Sackville, CANADA relay on 11705. So 13630 is an alternative for the 1400-1429 broadcast if there is too much echo on 11705, or too close to Sackville in skipzone (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** UKRAINE. It appears RUI`s DX program has finally been canceled. The last edition by Olex Yehorov was produced in February, but was still being repeated on April 4; but UT Sunday April 12 on 7440 (actually I was listening to the webcast) the Mailbag started much earlier taking up the slack, from 0017 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. WWRB spurs from 9385 still there, April 13 at 1340 on 9317 with Brother Scare audio readable, but the match on 9453 only a het against Thailand 9455 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. WYFR mix of two English programs on 11795, April 13 at 1344, one Camping, one not; leapfrog of 11865 over 11830, but in this case could be FRG-7 receiver overload rather than transmitted (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. On morning bandscans I strain to hear anything on 6045, in case XEXQ returns; April 13 at 1315 there was some extremely weak talk and 1318 song but unseems classical. Most likely V of Russia, Mandarin via Vladivostok per HFCC and EiBi, via Novosibirsk per Aoki (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ###