martedì 17 novembre 2009

Glenn Hauser logs November 17, 2009

** AUSTRALIA. 9590, RA around 1515 Nov 17 during Asia-Pacific news roundup, heard attribution to an ``Australia Network`` correspondent; what`s that? The latest name for the TV external service equivalent of ABC`s RA: (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CHINA. Firedrake Nov 17 at 1415: 8400 poor, 9000 fair, 10210 poor, and on the edge of OTH radar pulses 10190-10215, unusual. Since these were of the 25-kHz-bandwidth variety, probably Cyprus rather than China (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CHINA [non]. 9565, surprised to hear Cuban music, Nov 17 at 1555, poor signal and not // RHC or R. Martí, tho the latter uses 9565 later. No DentroCuban jamming either at this early hour! Listening carefully for announcement at 1559: it`s in Chinese, 1600 open carrier and then off. So, what else, it must be CRI Turkish service as scheduled via ALBANIA. Tho also at 15-16 is scheduled RFI in Vietnamese via Taiwan (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENINGN DIGEST)

** CUBA. RHC check Nov 17 at 0643: this time 6140 in English but much weaker than // 6060 and 6010. 6150 and 6120 in Spanish. 11760 also audible in Spanish, now in its fourteenth day of not producing two dozen spurs (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CYPRUS. 10190-10215, OTH radar pulses Nov 17 at 1415, presumed from here, interfering slightly with Chinese Firedrake on 10210 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** ETHIOPIA [and non]. Noted weak signals talking in unID not // languages on 7110 and 7165, Nov 17 at 1418. These intruders no doubt R. Ethiopia, Addis Ababa on 7110; and on 7165 either Addis or Asmera, ERITREA, in the HOA radio war I cannot sort out; probably long-path (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** INDIA. AIR Aligarh distortion blob centered on 9460 Nov 17 at 1425, so RA 9475 gets a respite.

AIR VBS via Bengaluru, 9870, as usual with much better signal than National Channel on 9425, Nov 17 at 1427 at S9+20 with fluttery music (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** ISRAEL. 15783.2, fair signal but undermodulated music, Nov 17 at 1440, no doubt Galei Tsahal which varies around here, so still going tho unheard 22.5 hours earlier (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** MEXICO [non]. Checked too late Nov 17 for XEPPM on 6185; RNA BRAZIL already on covering it at 0634, // 11780 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** PAKISTAN [non]. 9390, Nov 17 at 1423, heard Radio Pakistan mentioned twice; unusual to hear anything in splash from Brother Scare on WWRB 9385. I remember 9390 is a PBC frequency --- but not now! Per Aoki, it`s only at 12-13 in Chinese (so jammed??), while the Urdu at 14-15 is VOA`s R. Aap ki Dunyaa, 250 kW, 283 degrees from Tinang, PHILIPPINES, or is it Biblis, GERMANY, as per EiBi? Quite a disparity, but that`s IBB for you (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** PAPUA NEW GUINEA [non]. Martien Groot in Netherlands reports presumed Wantok Radio Light Nov 13 at 0739-0802, in the clear on 7324.95 after BBC Arabic off at 0659. That`s a station I still need to log definitely. Forget about it later, as CRI is on 7325 straight thru from 10 to 24 UT (except maybe a few transmission breaks before hourtops??), and CRI English was all I heard at 1421 Nov 17, // 13740 via Cuba a few sex apart. And there are numerous other major stations on 7325 at other times and even while CRI is on. At least RCI is away for B-09. Whatever became of WRL`s frequency-change plans? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** PHILIPPINES [non]. 11715, uncertain language with English words here and there, Nov 17 at 1525, over rumbling het, KJES? EiBi reminds us of RVA`s new relay via VATICAN, in Tagalog back to ME:
11715 1500-1600 PHL Radio Veritas Asia TAG ME /CVA
Signal from KJES suddenly jumps up at 1530; see U S A (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** RUSSIA. A while ago I noted that what would have been VOR`s best frequency in English to NAm before 0700, 9840, had co-channel QRM from R. Rossii, which incredibly is also on 9840 at 0500-0800. Now it`s the other way round, with the Russian-language service way over what can be traced of VOR in English, Nov 17 at 0638. What were they thinking? VOR is 250 kW, 70 degrees from Pet/Kam, while RR is 250 kW, 260 degrees from a Moscow site. Perhaps the problem is not so acute in Alaska or Oregon targets? VOR`s other frequency, 9855, 250 kW, 50 degrees from Vladivostok, is always weaker than 9840 and no alternative here (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** RUSSIA [non]. 9570, Nov 17 at 1539 string quartet until finale of movement or work at 1543. Great to hear such classical music, so kudos to R. Blágovest, but no tnx for no back-announcement identifying it; right into bells and ID in Russian, 1544 mentioned New York, talk, sermon? 1553 bells and ID again, good S9+18 signal, more IS until 1555:45*. This is via RVA, PHILIPPINES, 250 kW, 331 degrees per Aoki, but supposed to last until 1557 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SAUDI ARABIA. 11785, buzz transmitter stronger than usual, Nov 17 at 1433, but only audio audible underneath it is Chinese, i.e. CRI via Kashgar, EAST TURKISTAN. I have yet to be able to hear any Arabic along with the buzz to be positive it`s BSKSA, but sounds just like the big buzzes previously heard on 21505 and 15435. 11785 is a known frequency of Riyadh in B-08 per WRTH, and EiBi B-09 now has it:
11785 1000-1700 ARS BSKSA 1 A ME

At 1459 buzz was bothering RNA BRASIL adjacent 11780 as it IDed, and still going at 1502. The biggest buzz usually starts a few minutes before 1500 on 15435, but barely audible today if at all. I would like to hear them both at same time to confirm if there are TWO such transmitters at Riyadh (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SUDAN [non]. 17745, Nov 17 at 1605, Arabic dialog mentioning Sudan, 1628 ID like ``Radio Al-Amara``, but 1632 and 1639 amid Arabic each time mentioned ``Sudan Radio Service`` twice, IDs in passing. Good signal but with echo; longpath unlikely at this frequency, so backscatter or at least multipath? Via Sines, PORTUGAL, 15-17, 250 kW, 114 degrees (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 9955, WRMI, Nov 17 at 0639 with Spanish program somewhat atop jamming pulses from the DCJC; at first figured it was Prague, but then talking about Catholic stuff, so Vatican? No, per current schedule it`s a program called El Camino at 0630 UT Tuesdays.

Jeff White informs that the modulator tube was replaced, so audio is back to normal, but temporarily stuck on the SSE antenna only, checking out possible water in the feedline to the NW antenna. That affects the 15-17 UT period, so at 1536 Nov 17 nothing but jamming audible instead of usual WRMI override (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. For the second night, WYFR 9355 with crosstalk from another Okeechobee transmission: Nov 17 at 0635 Italian had Harold Camping clearly audible at somewhat lower audio level, the latter // 9680 and 9985. One would first assume it was receiver overload from the very strong 9680 transmission, except 24 hours earlier 9680 was not on the air and the same was happening.

At 0702 Nov 17, 9355 had changed to Portuguese, and now the underlanguage was Spanish (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A [non]. 11780, Nov 17 at 1500 as I was checking out Saudi Buzz on 11785, and also hearing Amazônia on 11780, latter suddenly overridden by AWR theme, ID in English, ``following program is in ----`` but fade. Listed Turkish via AUSTRIA, per Aoki, at 1500-1530 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. As I was listening to 11715 with RVA via Vatican, Nov 17 at 1530, KJES came on suddenly with ID and usual stuff. Supposedly runs 14-17 with beam changes at each hourtop, not hourbottom. Carrier may have been on before 1530, off-frequency rumble het vs RVA (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 13845, nothing audible from WWCR around 1430 Nov 17 but 15825 not either, so no propagation yet? But at 1528, still nothing on 13845, tho 15825 had become audible (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. WWRB 9385 often accompanied by noise spurs (or should we call it envelope?), such as Nov 17 at 1601 up to 9400 or more; seems also on lo side but obscured by WTJC 9370. See also PAKISTAN (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. Listening carefully for 8GAL V/CQ marker on 6074, Nov 17 at 1359-1401, no sign of it as R. Rossii was offsigning, usual competing timesignal mix with the China radio war upstarting (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. 9125-SSB, Nov 17 at 1545, 2-way, unseems Spanish, but VP copy due to VP mike, continuous background noise even when not speaking keeps vox on. Seems like another potential poacher or narco frequency (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ###