sabato 21 novembre 2009

Glenn Hauser logs November 20-21, 2009

** ALBANIA [and non]. R. Tirana on new frequencies: 7430, Nov 20 the 2100-2130 English broadcast fairly good on portable and in the clear with music at 2122 check. Stronger than whatever is on 7425. Should be fine with an external antenna, escaping R. Farda usurpation clash on 7520. Weaker on // 9895.

UT Nov 21 at *0000 the Albanian sesquihour to NAm now on new 6130, escaping the Habanic usurpation of 6110. R. Tirana theme music in the clear.

Adjacents 6125 and 6135 no problem (the latter with het between presumed VOR via Tajikistan in Portuguese to Brasil, and off-frequency R. Santa Cruz, MUCH closer to the destination, in Bolivia. And no TADIL-A bonking between 6130 and 6135, thankfully, now.

Propagation from Europe poor overall tonight, and R. Tirana // 7425 alternative needed; at 0040 check a bit better than 6130.

English at 0130-0145 is also on 6130 ex-7425, poor but still in the clear with not yet updated frequency schedule announcement. Repeat at 0245-0300 also on new 6130, fair reception at 0248 check in news (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** ANGUILLA. 6090, DGS on the air Nov 21 at 0009, so no clear channel for Ethiopia/Nigeria/Brasil likely tonight nor occupancy of 11775 instead like the night before past 0700 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** CHINA. Firedrake Nov 21 at 0024: poor on 13970, fair but fluttery on 10210; unfound in the 14 MHz band (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** COLOMBIA. 5910, Marfil Estéreo missing, during my 06-07 UT monitoring session Nov 20, but on the air with typical peppy music Nov 21 at 0005 check. Are they voluntarily non-24 hours now? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** COSTA RICA. 2859.8, R. San Carlos harmonic, 2 x 1430v, Nov 21 at 0003 fair at peaks in Spanish; same for music 0026, and at 0031 rapid DJ with ID in passing. Nothing there at 0248 check; reported to close awfully early around 0200, 8 pm local (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CROATIA [and non]. 23 hours after all those TA carriers I found, including definite audio from Zagreb on 1134, just some carriers, no audio, Nov 21 at 0048-0052 in 9-kHz bandscan: 945, 1134, 1179, 1521 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA. RHC language usage check UT Nov 21 at 0009: 6000 in Spanish as expected. At 0058, 6140 was already on // 6120, 6110, 6060, 6000.
O, 6140 in new official schedule is supposed to start at 0000 now, but so is 11760, which was not on during this hour (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** ECUADOR [non]. HCJB via Chile, 11920, Nov 21 at 0023 in Brazilian with typical predication, ``crucify him, crucify him!`` Get over it. Seems produced with reverb/echo on the audio, surely not long / shortpath.

Retune 0044 to see if they sign off as per some schedules: yes, and mentioned they were radiating via CVC in Chile, ``despedimos; boa noite,`` 0045 to open carrier a few sex and off. Did not say when they would resume, and I`ve yet to find if or when the Kulina first-nation-language quarterhour now outgoes.

Closing timecheck was 21:45 as HCJB is still not up to speed with Brazilian DST making it 22:45 in most of the country including Brasília. Months ago, last summer, we also heard HCJB giving one-hour-off `local` timechex for Brasil. So out of touch with their audience. Or, they deliberately refuse to acknowledge stupid DST? In that case, Right on! (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) 

** U S A. 4910, WWCR difference mix at 0012 Nov 21, 9980 minus 5070 with music and talk respectively. Poor signal QRMing CODAR. By now, 9980 itself fading down, no longer the daytime supersignal, making 4910 more likely to be a genuinely transmitted mixing product rather than receiver overload, and many others have reported WWCR 4910. No sign of 4755 lately. Seems to be regular on 3240 now, tho maybe still experimental as some have heard them asking for reports on that.

BTW, WWRB now wants to use 3240 after WWCR shifts to 3215 at 0200, since some receivers don`t tune down to 3185 or 3145. Wouldn`t it be less confusing if each one used the same frequency thruout rather than swapping back and forth? But WWRB as usual is trying to take advantage of a channel pioneered by WWCR if it proves to be suitable for NIB usage, on its coattails opening that up to all other US SW stations (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A [and non]. 7407-7408 or so, distorted FMy blob in Cuban Spanish discussion, Nov 21 at 0018. No sharp carrier to downpin. Not // VOA Spanish 5890, 9885; República 9810, nor RHC Spanish all over 49m, so presumed Radio Martí, 7405 transmitter very out of order. Is no one paying attention at Greenville? Heavy jamming on 6030, so without a second receiver handy, hard to be certain of // and nothing much on 9825.

However, uplooked later, 7405 is taking a Martí-break at 0000-0300, with 7365 scheduled during these two sesquihours instead; not remembering that, I did not check it, but surely jammed too as it was when finally tuned at 0140.

What I was hearing on 7407-7408 must have been a spur from 7365 instead, or 7365 way mistuned. Even so, it was the `best` signal audible from Radio Martí, unjammed! Next check 0131: 7405 normal with VOA Special English as scheduled and no more 7407-7408 to QRM that.

Propagation was outdropping during the 00-01 hour, but checking VOA Spanish on 5890, 9885 a few times therein, both were poor but 9885 somewhat better and DentroCuban jamming if any not definitely audible (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. 9820 with at least two stations at 0035 Nov 21 including hum/buzz. The three possibilities per Aoki are Voice of Beibu Bay Radio, Nanning; CNR2 Xianyang 594; and of course Brasil`s R. Nove de Julho. Odd one out is probably 594 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ###