martedì 20 ottobre 2009

Glenn Hauser logs October 20, 2009

** ANGUILLA [and non]. 11775 missing at 1411 check Oct 20. The only thing of possible interest that might have been heard instead was inaudible, AIR via GOA with Tibetan and Nepali services at 1200-1430, 250 kW, 25 degrees, and continuing in B-09. I assume at least the Tibetan until 1330 is jammed by the ChiCom, probably with CNR-1 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CHINA. Firedrake Oct 20: at 1322, nothing on 8400; good on 9000 and 10210, the latter with more flutter (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA. RHC, 11760 on the air Oct 20 at 1323, but WITHOUT the two dozen spurs covering more than one MHz every 51.2 kHz or so, which had been spewing from that transmitter ever since first noted Oct 10. Either fixed or they finally heard about the problem and switched to a less defective transmitter, so be vigilant for the same surrounding some other frequencies, as I previously also found them with the 11670 Venezuelan relay at 22 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** INDIA [and non]. AIR Aligarh blob covering 9465-9485, extremely distorted and FMy, Oct 20 at 1318 with AIR IS, 1319 Vande Mataram, etc., // clear Bengaluru 9425. AIR still insists on running this monstrosity which only serves to interfere with other stations, and demonstrate its own incompetence. 1504 check, still centred around 9475, but VOA unscathed on 9485, 1506 into New Dynamic English, but Russian on 9465 from KFBS was scathed. Not to be confused with DRM from Irkutsk 9440-9450 bothering the Chinese radio war on 9450 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** INDONESIA [and non]. I see reports from ENAm of Poland via Germany being heard in English at 12-13 on 9525, no mention of QRM de Indonesia. Here in CNAm, VOI is certainly dominant; however, at 1257 Oct 20 just before Poland finished, I could hear a het. But the het is no longer 900 Hz, more like 100 Hz, as VOI has switched back from the transmitter on 9525.9 to the one on 9524.9. During the hour clear of QRM for English from 1300, VOI had good tho fluttery signal, but modulation once again just barely audible. I could recognize the voice of the guy from Banjarmasin who appears every Tuesday for the Exotic Indonesia co-produxion, but a total loss as far as readability. At 1418 check, big het from CRI in Russian on 9525.0 and the pitch varied slightly, likely due to VOI instability. At 1502, the VOI carrier was still on, and in the clear again, registering S9+18, modulation still JBA so useless as English restarted, only to be cut off anyway at
 unpredictable time.

In B-09 from Oct 25, both Poland/Germany and CRI should be gone, so if VOI can manage to modulate, they should have a clear shot on 9525v --- until 1457 when CRI then starts a bihour of English via Kashgar, East Turkistan (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** IRAN. 15555, Oct 20 at 1333 with Qur`an, then Japanese announcement by YL, as VIRI imagines there are enough Japanese-speaking Moslems worth bothering with. Know thy audience! Try Shinto stuff instead (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** ISRAEL [and non]. 15786.6 approximate measured frequency for Galei Tsahal, Oct 20 at 1428 with music, 1430 Hebrew announcement; hetting Arabic on 15790 which is BBC due south from Cyprus (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** OMAN. 15140, R. Sultanate of Oman, Oct 20 at 1432, British-accented YL with news in English, such as Taliban/Pakistan, Afghan elexions; most if not all items concerned the region, rather than the whole world; how provincial. Is nothing going on e.g. in the USA worth mentioning? 1439 said ``next news will be at 10 pm; good evening`` [that would be 18 UT, but not on SW] and into western pop music. Signal S9+8 at peaks, but with undermodulation, still a strain to copy (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SAUDI ARABIA [and non]. BSKSA dominated 13m, Oct 20 at 1327 with Arabic and buzz on 21505, clear on 21640 and Qur`an on 21460; Libya also audible on 21695 // 17725, but no Spain to speak of. Until next check at 1454: see SPAIN (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SPAIN. Earlier at 1327 Sa`udi Arabia provided the main signals on 13m, but at 1425 Oct 20 found Spain instead on 21540, 21570 and 21610. However, at 1453, 21540 was not // the others, with music vs talk, the latter // Costa Rica 15170. At 1454, 21540 was giving e-mail address in Castilian, announced a 17 MHz frequency, weak and fading, and apparently off at 1455. This 13m triad always used to be //, so what`s going on? 21540 is for Equatorial Africa, 21570 for SAm, 21610 for ME. Apparently EqAf gets separate programming. Or maybe it cut away early to start signing off (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SWEDEN. Just as 15735 builds up to a good reliable signal in NAm, toward the end of the A-09 season, for English at 1330 even tho it`s aimed eastward, this transmission is about to be cancelled. Circa 1340 Oct 20, George Wood accompanied by old theme music to MediaScan, announced B-09 R. Sweden English schedule, later confirmed by checking

`Morning` English direct from Hörby will then be:
1330-1400 7465 (40°)
1430-1500 9400 (85°)
1530-1600 9360 (125°)
1700-1730 7465 (125°)
Lotsa luck getting decent reception from any of these in NAm (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A [and non]. 7415, WBCQ at 2220 UT Oct 19, during the Monday 2200 WORLD OF RADIO transmission, with heavy QRM from 7420, YFR Arabic via Wertachtal at 210 degrees to NW Africa, but grossly exceeding its mandate. I recently said this was not a problem in CNAm, but it certainly is now, as WBCQ is already starting to fade down.

Fortunately, this transmission will be gone in B-09 from Oct 25; however, VOR from a Moscow site at 275 degrees to Europe is then scheduled on 7420 during that hour. Fortunately, after one Week of Confusion, on Nov 1 DST ends in NAm, and all WBCQ programming shifts one UT hour later, so WOR will be at 2300, when there is nothing scheduled on 7420, but WBCQ will be one hour further into the night (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 17775, KVOH already on at 1445 Oct 20, distorted praise music with a beat, applause from crowd at revival. S9+22 and splattering 17760-17790. As always, looked for the plus/minus 145 kHz spurs, but nothing audible on 17920v, while CRI English via Mali on 17630 maybe had a slight het. 1501 still distorted with bienvenidos to the day`s programming, so 1445 was just a runup prélude, and then many IDs as ``KVOH, La Voz de Restauración Bróadcasting, Los Ángeles, California``.

Unsure why they insert that English-derived word, and whether to accent it Broádcasting, or even Bróádcasting. However, there is precedent for this, as a few early Latin American radio stations liked to include `Broadcasting` in their names, and might be stressed on the middle A, which would also require an accent in Spanish orthography (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED [and non]. Intruder on 9621, Oct 20 at 1416, strong carrier on and off at the regular rate of 24 times per minute, bothering CBCNQ 9625. Have not heard anything like this before. Something similar then found on 7360.3, also at the average rate of 24 times a minute, but these were irregular, often in groups of two with a longer pause, perhaps `hand-keyed` (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED [and non]. 17480-17505, OTH radar pulsing, presumed from CYPRUS, Oct 20 at 1330; not a problem until 1404 when found the newish IBB Tibetan service via Lampertheim, GERMANY on 17500 suffering from this noise; 1444 check, OTHR off and 17500 in the clear. Still off at 1457, when Brother Scare had already started via doomed Jülich on 17485 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ###