martedì 10 novembre 2009

Glenn Hauser logs November 10, 2009

** AFGHANISTAN [non]. 7595, Nov 10 at 0049 fair but fluttery signal with clip in English, then something else. It`s R. Ashna, one of the IBB services via Sri Lanka, 250 kW, 334 degrees also USward, the 0030 hour in Pashto, then the 0130 hour in Dari (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** ALBANIA. R. Tirana check at 0007 Nov 10 on 6110, way under co-channel R. Habana Cuba. At 0048, the other Tirana channel, 7425, was very poor, mainly conveying a weak SAH between them and something else, which per skeds must be CRI English via Kashgar, E Turkistan, 100 kW, 174 degrees but enough to mess up Tirana way over here (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CHILE. Someone is now paying attention in Calera de Tango. On Friday and Saturday evenings into the next UT days, the CVC 9745 transmitter in Spanish was extremely distorted and spurring almost 100 kHz down. Did not check the next night, but UT Nov 10 at 0045 it`s back to normal (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** COSTA RICA. I don`t DX much in `prime time` because of everything else going on, not least the amount of household and neighborhood noise sources, resulting in missing some neat stations others are catching. So Nov 10 I braved the noise for the preceding hour at 00-01, and managed to hear the harmonic on 2859.8, which must be pretty strong to occasionally peak above my noise level, definitely in Spanish, but nothing much heard except ads mentioning phone numbers around 0015. No ID caught but has been thoroughly IDed by several others as R. San Carlos, 2 x 1429.9. If I could escape the damn noise level, I would love to uncover some more LAm or US MW harmonics below 3.2 MHz. But it`s almost Xmas and likely to get worse before it gets better, at least in urban areas like the Enidplex (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA [and non]. DentroCuban Jamming Command transmissions and some of its victims or [non]: Nov 10 at 0003, still jamming 5940, abandoned by VOA Spanish when it was during the previous hour anyway; but heavier jamming on 5890 against current VOA Spanish such that the latter could barely be heard --- until 0100 Yankee Doodle Dandy sign-off. Back at 0043 check of 9885, just lite jamming, no VOA audible.

At 0045, R. República was doing slightly better on 9810, at least detectable Spanish with the jamming noise. [See also USA: WRMI]

Is RHC still using 13790 evenings for French and Creole from 0030 as in previous schedule? Not a trace of it Nov 10 at 0037. Are these on some lower frequency now as yet undiscovered, or just vanished? WWCR/PMS was still audible on 13845. See also ALBANIA, KOREA NORTH, MEXICO for QubaRM (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** DOMINICAN REPUBLIC. 6025, another station I had not logged since its reactivation a few weeks ago, simply because of inconvenient scheduling: R. Amanecer, Nov 10 at 0005, Spanish with reverberation as if from an improperly tiled sanxuary, talking about dios. Has lo het and also splash worse from 6020 than from 6030, so it helps to step up to 6026.

Amanecer had improved somewhat by 0054, but still with lo het, when the WYFR hymn theme was being performed by YL and chorus with Spanish lyrix, i.e. known in English as ``To God Be the Glory``. Should we trust a deity who expects to be glorified? What an ego!

Per EiBI, Aoki and HFCC, the only other station on 6025 at this hour would be R. Illimani = Patria Nueva, Bolivia. 6020 = CRI via Albania.

What about R. Discovery, coming to Santo Domingo on 4780, by when? Jeff White tells me Nov 10: ``I would say maybe by year's end for the DR, looking at my crystal ball`` (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** ECUADOR [non non]. We have been wondering if HCJB is really about to close down the last SW transmissions from Pifo. Stephan Schaa of HCJB Germany tells DX LISTENING DIGEST:

``Pifo's final (international) transmission should be end of this week on the 15th of November. The only transmission that could still be transmitted from Pifo some more days is the 6050 kHz. But the transmitter on Pichincha is ready to go and transmissions are shifted to the new place as soon as authorities approve the transmitter up there. 73, Stephan``

The international one referred to is 11920 in Kulina and Portuguese, destined to switch to Chile site but at a later hour? On UT Nov 10 at 0031 I am hearing 11920 from Pifo in Portuguese greeting listeners in Acre, with music dedications. I guess it still spans 2245-0230 but hours not confirmed.

Ian Baxter of shortwavesites yg also wonders if I am still hearing 6050. Nov 10 at 0032 I could hear something weak there in non-Spanish, but heavy splash from Spain on 6055. That was the Cofan semihour in A09, and probably still is, but I could not hazard a guess whether the site is really Pifo or Pichincha already. BTW, I see the new EiBi B09 schedule does not show HCJB on 6050 at all (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** KOREA NORTH [and non]. La Voz de Corea ID in Spanish heard as soon as I tuned across 15180, Nov 10 at 0035. This frequency has a self-imposed rumble on it. Bandscanning downward, soon found at 0037 clear // with stronger signal on 13760, concluding ``impressions of a foreigner visiting`` and music; and at 0042 also // 11735 which had a lite hum.

BTW, I assume Radio Habana Cuba abandoned its long hours on 13760 earlier in the day, so I could no longer remark about that, ``Commies vs Commies!`` (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** MEXICO. Another fragment of XEQM Mérida made it thru on 6104.8 or so, Nov 10 at 0059 when I heard a few words of Spanish until overridden by the RHC news sounder from 6110. No doubt nearby Cuba`s long hours on 6110 also obstruct RASA 6105v wherever else it is trying to be heard. And then at 0100 RCI started squeezing it in Spanish from the other side, 6100 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** THAILAND. HSK9, 12095, Nov 10 at 0039, good signal but fluttery during live relay of morning English newscast, at the moment with long commercial (or two in a row) for Thai Airways, e.g. ``fly Thai to Belgium``, 7:40 timecheck, business news. Always fun to hear commercials from a government station on SW, Radio Thailand.

This semihour is registered as 6 degrees from Udorn, which means transpolar to eastern USA; yet the CIRAF targets, instead of 8, are 6 and 7 which mean W&C NAm. Anyhow, we could hear it. Hmmm, is it permitted for IBB USG transmitters to broadcast commercials, at least without a disclaimer?? (Glenn Hauser, CNAm, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. During my evening bandscan hour of 00-01 UT Nov 10, I could not hear any trace of WRMI on 9955, and assumed they were silent as usual until 0100, but after 0200 I find this note from Jeff White:

``Glenn: Sorry for the short notice, but we are broadcasting a special live program tonight at 0000-0200 UT Tuesday on 9955 kHz from Radio República to mark the 20th anniversary of the fall of communism in Europe. The program will be repeated tomorrow at the same time. Jeff``

So they were on, but presumably on the SSE antenna instead of NW. How about 24 hours later, antennawise?

Jeff replies: ``Glenn: Both tonight and repeat tomorrow are on south antenna; it's for Cuba. We have lowered the northern antenna to about 1/4 of usual height due to heavy winds from the hurricane that were really making it sway a lot. It will stay in this position till the hurricane/winds pass, but we'll try transmitting north during usual hours. Jeff`` (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. WWCR-1 on new 3240, Nov 10 at 0013 talking about the Fed, VG signal ex-3230 at 23-02 which itself was new only a couple weeks ago. Presumably, some prior user of 3230 filed an objexion, probably US government or military. Now we`ll see if anyone plays the NIB card on 3240. The still shows 3.230. I assume that after 0200, WWCR can safely stay on its original 90m outlet, 3215, recently usurped by WWRB until that hour; unless they would rather be on 4755 anyway, see UNIDENTIFIED. Yes, there`s a lot of usurpation going on and I seem to be using that term more lately (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. WWCR-1 has been reporting testing more on 4755, and even asking for reports, but I have yet to catch it again; checked UT Nov 10 at 0010 I heard instead on 4755 something fluttery with a fair signal, but nothing like WWCR on 5070 or 3240 [see USA]; seemed to be in Portuguese, but I`m not positive it was the only other known station on frequency, R. Imaculada Conceição, Campo Grande MS, BRAZIL, which stands to lose a lot if WWCR adopts 4755 permanently any time but 03-07 when RIC is off, per Aoki.

Of course, there is supposed to be another 4755, The Cross, Pohnpei, Micronesia, but no progress there after 25 months of silence, still the same apologia at
(Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ###