martedì 14 aprile 2009

Glenn Hauser logs April 13-14, 2009

** CUBA. Further checking of RHC frequency changes on April 13: at 2002, 11800 in Portuguese // much stronger new 11820 and an echo apart from it; 11760 in French. No signals on 11750 or 13680, nor could I detect anything for sure on 17660, previously announced as new for English at 2030. The 17705 Venezuelan relay was audible poorly.

Did not check the 2030-2130 English broadcast until 2120, and 17660 still inaudible but maybe on and not propagating; by then nothing but Spanish music fill on 11760, and not a word announced in any language until 2129 IS and 2130 into French without any frequencies given; but presumably 11760 is the 2030-2130 English frequency, as not // 11800, 11820 and new 13790 in Spanish talk. Still no signals on 13680 or 11750, the latter now avoiding the collision from Guam I have been reporting after 2100.

RHC also has dropped 9550 for English at 2300. The DentroCuban Jamming Command probably complained that RHC was interfering with their jamming of Radio República on 9545, hi hi. The 2300 English now heard on new 13790 with VG signal; Spanish audible at this hour on 13680, but not found on any 25m frequency.

Next check at 0102 April 14: 13790 still on and VG in Kriyol; English on 6000 with a theremin/musical saw warble/wobbler underneath, and without that on 6140. All other frequencies // in Spanish: 5965, 6060, new 6120 with poor audio, 9600, 11690, 11760, 13760 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) See also RUSSIA [and non]

** ETHIOPIA [non]. 15665, WHRI-1 at 1957 Monday April 13, just as I tuned in heard ``Amen`` in language, presumably Amharic, and after a bit more talk cut off without sign-off at 1958. Per WHR online sked this is 1900-2000 Mon Demitse-Tewahedo 15665; only fair here (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** RUSSIA [and non]. 9810 finally confirmed with VOR, first as something in Spanish at 0047 April 14 mixing with leftover DentroCuban jamming against R. República which moved to 9545 a biweek ago. Commies vs ex-Commies! And at 0059 VOR IS barely audible on 9810, sheduled to SAm at 0000-0200:

The ONLY VOR English frequencies we have to work with at 0100 are 9665 and 9890. 9665 Moldova wasn`t making it, and 9890 Samara(?) was barely audible before 0100, improving somewhat to poor after 0100 April 14. Meanwhile, VOR 7395 in Spanish was inbooming with generator hum, presumably via Guiana French, which is the site they need to use to make it to NAm reliably when higher-latitude propagation is so poor, just as they did in B-08 on 7335. One good frequency beats 40 bad ones (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SERBIA [non]. IRS had reportedly finally made the change to 9675 after a biweek of colliding with Romania and China/Cuba on 9580, and I was barely able to confirm this April 14 when TA propagation was very poor --- SF 68 and K 0 at 0000: At 0058 IRS ID in English, and still no better at 0105 recheck when should have switched azimuth from 310 to 325 degrees. Earlier in April they had a good signal on 9580 causing havoc to its collidees so I assume reception will eventually pick up on clear 9675. Meanwhile, Cuba was late bringing up the CRI audio on 9580, just huge open carrier at 0101 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** THAILAND. Is R. Thailand using 15275 for NAm now straight thru from 0000 to 0330? I certainly can`t tell as it was inaudible at 0100 April 14, and former(?) 12120 was as usual occupied by a big hi-speed RTTY signal (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 17895, at 2000 April 13, VG signal from VOA opening The African Beat. Say, could they spare 5 minutes for news on the hour? I hear stuff is going on in Africa and elsewhere worldwide. IBB keeps swapping transmitter sites around, but momentwise, at 19-21 this is Greenville 250 kW at 94 degrees, and obviously plenty kW backwards at 274 degrees close to usward (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ###