lunedì 16 novembre 2009

Glenn Hauser logs November 15-16, 2009

** CHINA. Firedrake Nov 15: at 1425 nothing on 8400, very poor on 9000; did not check 10210 until 1458 when it was best, i.e. merely poor with heavy flutter.

Nov 16 at 1415, good but heavy flutter on 8400 and 9000, fair on 10210 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA. RHC 11760 at 0643 UT Monday Nov 16, Pedro Sedano`s monthly report on En Contacto, the DX program again heard at an unscheduled time, apparently unknown even to its hosts. He was giving the schedule for Radio Monaco (coastal station relays of commercial FM station), pronouncing French addresses as if they were Castilian and then spelling them out, including info @

Then about threats to R. Praga, RVi already off SW, LV de Turquía Spanish schedule, apparently incorrect; see TURKEY. His segment ran until 0650, then various mailbag items and comments from Manolo & Malena until over at 0656, so started circa 0641. The 25m RHC signal continues to inboom in the nightmiddle.

Now it`s hammering rather than phoneringing in the background of RHC programming: Nov 16 at 0707, one frequency, 6060, continued in prolonged English, while 6120, 6140 and 6150 were in Spanish. Edward ``Ed Newman`` Hasse ignored the hammering as any good announcer must do when there is no alternative. There was also CCI on 6060, most likely SRDA Curitiba, Brasil, slightly off-frequency, which should have been clearly audible absent RHC.

11760 is now in its thirteenth day of not producing two dozen spurs, Nov 16, but other anomalies are upshowing. At 1456 I was barely hearing RHC Spanish on 11790, not a spur from distorted 11800. The most obvious explanation would be a leapfrog of 11730 over 11760, but 11790 stayed on during a transmission break at 1459 on 11760; and besides, 11730 and 11760 had been an echo apart from the different transmitter sites. A few minutes earlier could also hear RHC circa 11495, did not measure, but not accompanied by spurs every 50-55 kHz from there to 11760, so 11495 may have been receiver overload.

At 1504, on 13770 RHC Spanish could hear CRI English underneath, mixing in from the 13740 transmitter. This is not usually the case. On 13710, the leapfrog of 13770 over 13740, could hear both English and Spanish in addition to the victim Saudi Arabia in Arabic, with a variable SAH circa 5 Hz (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** FRANCE. 15605, Nov 16 at 1613 news in English, report from David Page on a group of models being misled (kidnapped?) in Rome to hear an anti-Christian lexure about Islam by visiting leader-of-the-revolution Muammar Q`daffy, and they were denied refreshments until he was finished! A perfect story for Mr Page to convey. This is the only frequency left for RFI`s once-ubiquitous English hour at 1600, ex-sesquihour. Fairly good, but bothered by WEWN 15610 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** INDIA [and non]. AIR Aligarh blob Nov 15 at 1428: right on top of R. Australia 9475 and also reaching into adjacent channels. Is Nigel Holmes of RA aware of this? Still atop RA next day Nov 16 at 1448 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** ISRAEL [non]. 15785, ponderous preacher in Arabic, Nov 16 at 1612, i.e. WYFR which uses this frequency only at 1600-1645, but no sign of Galei Tsahal anywhere from 15780 to 15790. However, propagation not so good on 19m, as nothing from Greece or Saudi either (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** KOREA NORTH. 7140 with declamatory Korean talk, Nov 16 at 0705, poor signal but clear, no QRhaM at the moment, to one of the last holdout intruders in the 40m band, VOK, still using it 00-04 and 07-13 per Aoki (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** MEXICO [and non]. 6185, XEPPM in the clear at 0631 Nov 15 with music, but by next check 0637, Brasília was on and overriding it. They should at least wait until 0700 as sometimes happens (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** NORTH AMERICA. 6925-SSB, Nov 15 at 1414 first-person narrative of Al Weiner about his `free speech radio`` experiences. Except it wasn`t his voice, and this pirate messed around with the recording, inserting `consecutive translations` in double-speed spacey gibberish, bits of backward speech, slowed down, speeded up, etc. Mentioned more than once ``25th of May 2007, up here in northern Maine``. Anyone get an ID on this one? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SAUDI ARABIA. 11785, BuzzSKSA, Nov 16 at 1452, still audible weakly at 1457. A few sesquiminutes after 1500 buzz audible on 15435 but much weaker than usual (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** TURKEY. There is a lot of confusion about VOT`s schedule, at least in Spanish. On RHC`s En Contacto Nov 16, Pedro Sedano gave it as 0200-0255 on 9410, 9650, 1500-1555 on 7335.

But the DX Mix News Bulgaria version archived at says of the second (really the first) transmission, to Europe: ``1730-1825 on 9495, not 1500-1555 on 7335``. I believe that DX Mix News issued a first version with lots of errors in it, which were quickly corrected in a second version, thus the `not` annotation, and probably there never was a Spanish broadcast at 1500 on 7335.

After a lot of hunting thru the SW-user-unfriendly TRT website, I found their Spanish schedule page,

Trouble is, it is labeled A-09 with the corresponding dates for that, expiring 25 Oct 2009:
9495 17:30-18:30 500 DSB
9410 02:00-03:00 500 DSB
9650 02:00-03:00 500 DSB

Trouble is, the 0200 time is appropriate for winter, not summer when it is one UT hour earlier on different frequencies, so is this really the B-09 schedule? Probably. But I have not confirmed any of it by monitoring, the ultimate answer. Checked 9495 at 1813 Nov 16, but no reception, inconclusive.

Then brought up webstream also used for English at other hours,
After Turkish music, multi-lingual ID filler began at 1820 which takes almost two minutes to complete, one after another; 1822 Spanish announcement and news headlines, so the 1730 time is confirmed and finally 9495 was announced for this transmission, also at 02 on 9650, 9410; into piano-variations IS (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. WINB proves that there is at least one SW station where it does not matter if you have been convicted of child sexual abuse and sentenced to 175 years. You may still pretend to evangelize on the air! Nov 16 at 1603, gospel music into the mumblings of Bernie Lazar Hoffmann a.k.a. ``Tony Alámo`, on 13570. At least the signal was quite distorted, WINB hinting at their displeasure? No way (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. ONE time for DXing with Cumbre on SW from WHRI has now been reconfirmed: Sunday 1200 on 9410. Nov 15 at quick 1222 check there was Chris, Lobdell with his pirate report (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. Considering the dozen transmitters running simultaneously at Okeechobee, it`s remarkable how little interaxion we hear among them. But Nov 16 at 0640, the Italian on 9355 had Camping audible clearly underneath. It might have been a voice-over translation, but don`t think so as M&W were alternating in unrelated talk. It might have been receiver overload, but no signal on 9680, 9715 was in Spanish, and the only YFR English channel on the band, 9985, was not strong enough to do that. The crosstalk on 9355 remained audible despite attenuation and detuning of preselector (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A [and non]. 9955, WRMI much weaker than usual during R. Prague English relay at 1509 Nov 16, not enough to overcome jamming. Was wanting to check whether the new modulator tube had been installed, upfixing the previous distortion, but hard to tell now. On SSE rather than NW antenna? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** URUGUAY [non]. Horacio Nigro reports that Radio Sarandí was active 24 hours on 6045 as of Nov 12-13, so I had hi hopes of hearing it after KBS Spanish via Sackville was finished at 0700 Nov 16. Instead, at 0710 heard instead weak Korean talk. KBS is using 6045 another hour, this time via Skelton! Looks as if 6045 should be clear after 0800; just cross your fingers that superpower XEXQ does not make a comeback too, confusing things (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. 6132.4 seems to be the center of the intruding TADIL-A `bonker` at 0633 Nov 16, and also heard at many other hours, making both 6130 and 6135 untenable for broadcasters (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. 13706, intruding 2-way Spanish SSB intermittent, Nov 16 at 1610. Brief transmissions with noisy background, aircraft engine? Only heard one side. Was a bit off 13706 judging from the SSB sound, but did not determine which way, in between 13700 and 13710 broadcasters. Not the first time heard at this spot (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ###