sabato 9 maggio 2009

Glenn Hauser logs May 8-9, 2009

** BIAFRA [non]. V. of Biafra International, via WHRI 17520, May 8 at 1941, another Friday on the same frequency. The Orator was talking about the differences between Islamic and Christian regions of Nigeria --- emirs had divine rights, but during the period of military rule, a land use decree left eastern people landless, unlike the Yoruba and Hausa. Sufficient reception (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CHINA. 11935, CRI Russian with Chinese lesson, fair May 9 at 1253-1257*. This is intended for DVR, 37 degrees from SZG site, so also USward (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** INDONESIA [non]. Sat on 11785 before 1300 Saturday May 9 to see what would happen. At 1258 could not really make out anything from VOI, just spelled out, mixed with CNR1 ChiCom echoing jamming; at 1259 on pops WHRI with OCS in progress, sign-on, and 1300 into Hmong Lao Radio overriding everything, so strong that it overloads the FRG-7 and audio can be heard elsewhere on 25m unless attenuated. Meanwhile open 9525 goes begging for VOI to return (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** PHILIPPINES [and non]. During a routine check for possible reception of IRRS/IPAR via SLOVAKIA on 7290, Friday May 8 at 2010, not really expecting to hear it in CNAm, I was surprised to find Russian on 7285. The CRI relay via Albania to Europe is scheduled, but supposed to be in English. I figured that must have changed, or got the wrong program feed, but uplooking it later, there is indeed a Russian broadcast during this hour on 7285, from R. Liberty via Tinang, to Siberia except the most easterly part, 21 degrees so also usward --- something I would not be expecting to hear either, over a midday path. Meanwhile, IRRS has cut back to stop 7290 at 2000* and WORLD OF RADIO at 2030 has been canceled, even on their webcast (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SOLOMON ISLANDS. SIBC, 9541.5, May 9 at 1240, American-accented YL being interviewed about freedom of speech, Michael Savage being banned from the UK. This time I was able to match it with BBCWS via Singapore 9740, running about one second behind that. R4 readability on 9541.5, not bad; still het from weaker China 9540, and unlike other days, no DentroCuban jamming on 9545 against nothing (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. VOA Greenville, 17895, May 8 at 1938 in Spe-cial Eng-lish report on pope in Jordan; modulation noticeably distorted. Is anyone paying attention at the site? Or being so close to the transmitters, can they tell when something is amiss? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. WTJC, 9370, May 8 at 2007 hymn, extremely distorted modulation with continuous heavy crackle. A station their engineers(?) can be proud of (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** VENEZUELA [non]. 11705, May 9 at 1303, RNV in Spanish with program summary, i.e. opening the transmission hour, and then ``Cortes Informativos``. Has this been moved one hour later to start at 1300 instead of 1200? No, chopped off at 1304:50*, frustrating bytuners who must have been just getting into RNV`s program. Evidently the 1200 hour is played back on the program feed line at 1300, and the sloppy Cuban engineers left it on past closing a few minutes earlier. Hint: even if you can`t turn off the transmitter immediately the program is over, you should at least turn off the modulation, which BTW was somewhat low and distorted (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ###