domenica 18 ottobre 2009

Glenn Hauser logs October 18, 2009

** CHINA. Firedrake Oct 18: at 1341, poor on 8400, much better to good level on 9000, but not // each other so 5-6 minutes offset; at 1349 found that 10210 was much better yet, VG inbooming at S9+20 and // JBA 8400, not 9000 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA. RHC check Oct 18 at 0527: 6140 in English this time, Alex Silva outroing a report, phone ringing just barely audible in background. 0534 starting DXers Unlimited; Arnie, answer the phone on 6140! But on 6010 no phone ringing; on 6060 maybe a trace of that but hard to tell with splash from Spain 6055 --- these two should really get farther apart, and age-old near-collision. One Coro topic this week is using copper foil tape from art suppliers to make antennas; it is of course conductive, second only to silver, and looks nice too.

Spur search Oct 18 at 1351 found 11760 still irradiating the spectrum, such as 11504, 11657.4; 11708.4 or so hetting VOK 11710 as it was closing English at 1354, Commies vs Commies! The usual 51.2 kHz displacement is varying slightly and anyhow hard to downpin with no sharp carrier, but distorted blobs at each landing so I won`t attempt to be any more precise either (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** INDIA [and non]. The AIR Aligarh blob varies its frequencies, however unintentionally, and so varies its victims. After centering on nominal 9470 for a while, on Oct 18 at 1318 with AIR IS it ranged 9490-9515, strongest around 9500. Now RA 9475 escapes the mess, but by 1344 not something on 9480 nor BBCWS Burmese with B-B-C- chimes at 1344 on 9500, 1345 timesignal one second later than WWV (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** INDONESIA. Unusual on Oct 18 to find more of a signal on 4925 than 4750, at 1326, slow ballad singing on 4925, presumably RRI Jambi, bothered by OTH radar pulses up to 4930 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** KOREA SOUTH. V. of the People, clandestine to the North, doing equally well on 6518 and // 6600, Oct 18 at 1337 music atop jamming noise; likewise 6348, Echo of Hope (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENINIG DIGST)

** MIDWAY ISLAND [non]. Have yet to get a definite log of the K4M DX-pedition, tho with nothing to prove, I have not been tearing my hair out trying to nab it. 7078 is the publicized SSB frequency on 40m, but nothing going on around there when I check. Oct 18 at 0619 I do find a pileup on 7092-LSB, lots and lots of ham stations giving their callsigns over and over, and little else, hoping they will luck out and override everyone else momentarily for some DX station to establish contact, however fleeting. What a circus.

I never could hear anyone say K4M in any phonetic form, but the DX targets typically don`t want to waste time giving their own callsign in each contact. You have to recognize their voice or style instead and assume it`s not a pirate. Among many Europeans calling was one callsign I copied: I1HJR, and enough of that for me after a few sesquiminutes. Could be that this was listen-only frequency for K4M, and they were really transmitting somewhere else, as certainly makes sense in such pileup circumstances (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** RUSSIA. 15605, VOR with Jew`s harp (excuse me) music, twang-twang, Oct 18 at 1436, then interviewing someone in Russian about it. The Russian clips go on too long before the English voiceover starts. Found the audio file of Folk Box show which is scheduled at 1430 Sundays: mms:// but it`s not the same one, kept referring to harvest festivals in August! tho equally enjoyable. What about all the shows since then? BTW, Kraig Krist warns that VOR website has a trojan if you allow pdf files to open (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** TAIWAN. RTI Japanese service on 9730 was spurry today, Oct 18 at 1322, narrow blobs against CRI 9730 and BBC 9740, almost but not exactly same pitch hets, indicating RTI is also very slightly off frequency from 9730.00 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** VATICAN. 9850, surprised to hear Bells of St. Peter`s at 0614 Oct 18; a relay from somewhere? Only in the sense of extraterritoriality; no wonder had not noticed before as this is scheduled Sundays only, Santa Maria di Galeria in Latin per HFCC; 0615 opening with catch-phrase slogan ``Laudetur Jesus Christus`` but they say that in all language services. Poor reception and hard to tell which; EiBi lists Ukrainian, and WRTH A09 update says this is Ukrainian liturgy at 0610-0745 // 11740 and 1611 on Sundays only (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** VENEZUELA [non]. No sign of any activity on alleged Aló, Presidente frequencies via CUBA, Sunday Oct 18 at 1600 check: 12010, 13680, 13750, 17750 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. OTH radar, presumably China in approx. 50-kHz wide pulsing segments, Oct 18: at 1326 on 4870-4930 bothering Jambi 4925; at 1332, 5190-5240, vs some 2-way Spanish SSB around 5215, and also overlapping with CODAR above 5225. At 1336 on 6850-6900 and 6960-7000 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ###