venerdì 23 ottobre 2009

Glenn Hauser logs October 23, 2009

** CHINA. OTH radar pulses, presumed from here: Oct 23 at 1228 on 5775-5825, weak; at 1230 on 6960-7010 impinging on the 40m hamband. Rather strong at 1255 on 7710-7750, enough to bother WYFR 7730 right smack dab in the middle of it. That range still pulsing at 1352 after WYFR had closed at 1345 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CHINA. Firedrake Oct 23: At 1259, nothing on 8400, fair on 9000, and for a change some co-channel audible under, really Sound of Hope? But 1300 FD into open carrier and not much else. At 1310, FD fair on 10210 too. At 1350, 8400 was back on at good level, better than // 9000 or // 10210 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA. RHC 11760 spur galaxy Oct 23: at 1311 found the lowest one around 11188, up to the highest one on 12332 at 1320. These two are eleven times 52 kHz below and above fundamental 11760, or 572 kHz out, i.e. 23 frequencies for the price of one! In between, every 52 kHz, the same-pitch tipoff whine, with the closer ones also bearing RHC modulation, but distorted blobs without a sharp carrier. Minus-one was on 11708.0 or just a shade lower than that, so the further ones out are correspondingly higher or lower than on previous occasions at 51.2 kHz intervals. The one on 11552 was bothering WEWN 11550 which restricts its own spurs to only plus/minus 10 kHz (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** INDIA. AIR Aligarh blob, Oct 23 at 1318 with IS: distortion covering roughly 9465-9475, poor signal and weaker than clear // 9425 Bengaluru. Bothers RA on 9475, not quite Thailand on 9455 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** INDONESIA. 9525.9, VOI still on the upper channel Oct 23 at 1301 opening English hour, as ``sound of dignity``, program summary, mentioning today`s date Oct 23, 2009; 1302 news including efforts to reduce traffic accidents. VOI news is laden mostly with stuff about the doings of government agencies and officials. Is anything else going on in this vast country? After the CRI Russian hour, VOI still on and in the clear again at 1511, registering S9+18 but useless as modulation just barely audible, a very poor showing compared to its neighbors loud and clear on 9515 RCI, 9535 NHK (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** NEW ZEALAND. Checking 6170 whether the het could still be heard from PHILIPPINES [q.v.], Friday Oct 23 at 1308, found RNZI playing C&W music, ``I can`t help it if I`m still in love with you``, classic Hank Williams song performed by the Holmes Bros. & Roseanne Cash as outroed at 1310. Trouble is, news magazine Dateline Pacific is supposed to be airing at this hour UT Mon-Fri per 
So is their sked confused as to UT day of week or one-hour DST shift? Or some other anomaly, such as defaulting to domestic RNZ National instead of RNZI origination? This could well be the ``From the World`` sesquihour in the All Night Programme on National which admittedly mixes music and talk features (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** PHILIPPINES [and non]. Oct 23 sought DZRM on 6170.4 before RNZI *1259. At 1243 detected a soprano on 6170.4; music sounded rather Vietnamese, but perhaps just SE Asian, as who else would be on 6170.4? I confirmed this was off 6170 to the hi side compared to KFAQ Tulsa 1170.0, by retuning the MHz dial only on the FRG-7 with BFO on, a handy trick frequently employed. Could also have been done with any reliable SW frequency ending in 170, but Spain/Costa Rica has been missing from 15170. Very weak signal with splash from Beijing 6175 and occasionally even Cuba 6180. At 1308 RNZI 6170.0 was in C&W music [see NEW ZEALAND] and no het audible, but when they went to outro talk at 1310, the 6170.4 het could be heard (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SAUDI ARABIA [and non]. Generally poor reception conditions the morning of Oct 23 --- nothing extracontinental on 120, 90 or 60 metres when I started at 1230, and was not expecting anything on 13m either, but by 1343 it had barely opened with BSKSA Arabic audible on 21640 and buzz on 21505; also fading in and out, weak bits of Spain on 21610, 21570, 21540; Libya 21695 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX ISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A [non]. VOA, 7575, very good Oct 23 at 1255 with International Public Service Announcement, some Rwandan ``pentecostal pastor`` wanted for genocide, believe to be hiding in Congo DR, big $5mega reward and witness protexion available. An hour later at 1355 there was a VOA Editorial instead, about Darfur. At 1358 announced frequencies to be used in following hour for News Now: only 7.575 and 9.76 MHz, but at 1359, 7575 vanished. Axually this is when 7575 switches from Tinang 21 degrees USward to Udorn 268 degrees westward, and a faint signal could then be detected on 7575, plus VOA English news could then be heard on 7545, which is Tinang tho 270 degrees, but suffering severe splash from another Tinang transmitter only 5 kHz up on 7550, the weekend Indonesian service at 200 degrees. The two frequencies claimed apply only to Asia as we know there are more to Africa at 1400 such as 17585, Greenville/Botswana (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. In order to avoid all those frequency ranges under this heading when compiling contents, I am now filing over-the-horizon radar logs, altho they cannot be 100% identified as to source, under CHINA for the 50-kHz-spread version from the west and under CYPRUS for the 25-kHz spread version from the east --- none of the latter today (Glenn Hauser, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ###