domenica 22 novembre 2009

Glenn Hauser logs November 21-22, 2009

** ALBANIA. Second night of new frequency from R. Tirana, UT Nov 22: about the same as first night, i.e. 6130 from 0000 in Albanian in the clear, with minimal adjacent interference instead of heavy head-on QRM from the DentroCubans who usurped ex-6110. 6130 also clear for English at 0245. Semihour 0430 English however was even better on unchanged 6100 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** BRAZIL. 11925.2, R. Bandeirantes, best heard in a long time, Nov 22 at 0612 with station promos, 0614 ID as ``AM 840, FM 90,9, Rádio Bandeirantes``, no mention of any SW frequency! Loud signal, but rather distorted audio.

After that I expected to hear the other 25m Brazilians, but nothing on 11815 from RBC, and at first 11780 RNA seemed absent. Then I was able to detect 11780 // 6185, but masked by RHC 11760 huge S9+25 signal desensitizing receiver as far as 20 kHz away! Same situation at 0638 check. Seems like we had a pipeline from São Paulo excluding Brasília and Goiânia, or maybe 11815 just off the air (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CHINA. Firedrake Nov 22 at 0620: BA on 8400, JBA on 9000, NA on 10210 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)


** ECUADOR [non]. HCJB`s service in declamatory Kulina-as-a-second-language remains at 2245 UT on 11920 post-switch to relay via CVC CHILE, as confirmed Nov 21 at 2256, then Brazilian 2300-2445. Did not notice any spurs around 11920 as some have (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** INDIA. Checking for AIR 9470 Aligarh distortion blob Nov 22 at 1450, could not find it, and could not be sure weak signal on 9470 was that or Russia. Earlier on Nov 22, I heard from Jose Jacob in Hyderabad:

``Dear Glenn, Information received from AIR officials state that the Aligarh transmitter on 9470 kHz carrying National Channel (1320-0041) is set right two days back. During the last two days I monitored them on exactly 9470 with proper audio (and properly on other channel used by this transmitter, viz. 9910 0215-0345). You may please check it up. I wanted to check it up properly before informing you, hence the  short delay.``
We need to check at *1317, which I have not managed to do the last few days, but so far it seems at later chex that the problem is over.

11620, at 1612 Nov 22 continuous tone, 1613:30 to AIR IS, and 1615 fluttery opening Russian hour (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SUDAN [non]. 17745, Sudan Radio Service via Sines, PORTUGAL, Sunday Nov 22 at 1537 with Q&A in English about the advantages of democratic elexions. At least on the local level; not much chance of that on the national level, but got to start somewhere. Sounds like something out of Washington, tho with true African accents. Woman posed questions, man explained. At conclusion I think they mentioned elexions coming up in July 2009, so a repeat? Still with introduced echoing on the talk, otherwise good signal. 1544-1545 multiple Sudan Radio Service IDs, then into vernacular (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U K [non]. 9740 via Singapore, BBCWS in a rare music show, Sunday Nov 22 at 1450, African this time. Same heard an hour later on 17640 and better 17830 both via Ascension, at 1535 drumming and chanting, 1541 Charlie Gillett announces a duet by unknown Burundi girls, matching playlist at for this edition of his World of Music show (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 4775, WWCR testing this frequency instead of 4755. Tnx to tip from John Figliozzi, Nov 21 at 2233 with announcement asking for reception reports, back to music; on here instead of 7465, which means it`s the #1 transmitter; still going past 2300, now instead of 3240. VG signal here, so goodbye to Radio Tarma, Perú on 4775.

Did not check more thru the evening, as assumed they would go back to 3240/3215 by 0000, but when I did retune at 0630, 4775 was still/again on the air at S9+22 with hard rock music (gospel?), and test announcement at 0632. So much for Nigeria on 4770, and Guatemala`s Radio Coatán on 4780, currently inactive but willing to reactivate if they could find a needed transmitter component, as Manuel Méndez found out.

Despite the huge signal from Nashville, could hear TADIL-A bonking underneath. Assuming that is a legitimate USG/military user of the 4775 bandwidth, WWCR`s stay there may be short. Did anyone notice whether WWCR went back to 3215 by 0730 when WORLD OF RADIO is scheduled on Sundays? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 18770, WWRB on 2 x 9385 with Brother Scare service, Nov 22 at 1545, peaking S7 or so. Had not been deliberately looking for this harmonic lately, but as a matter of fact, the usual tipoff, WWCR on 15825 was enhanced by HF sporadic E at the time with insane-sounding screaming preacher who views the extreme modulation distortion he causes as an asset, and still going at 1607 check, i.e. scheduled 1530-1630 ``A Temple Of Jesus Christ`` with Cleveland Waters.

By then, however, 18770 no longer audible. The intentional 18 MHz channels then: YFR Spanish only poor on 18930, and too weak to tell language on 18980. Both start at 1600 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 9615, where there is normally no significant signal, instead huge S9+22, Nov 22 at 0617 with YL(?) preaching about how Jesus was baptized. Also some hum/frying sound, from the recording rather than transmitter? Figured it had to be a new frequency from a US gospel huxter. 0628 switch to studio announcer outro of show as Hour of Dominion, plus address in South Bend, a hefty clue, and sure enough, 0629 WHR promo, ID, 0630 to Christian music.

Then I see 9615 in FCC B09:
9615   0600 0700  WHRI  250   57   38-39 1234567   251009 280310
which means 7 days a week, but surely not, or I would have found it before in nightly bandscans during this hour, apparently really Sunday only, another case of a frequency whose registration is 86% wooden. CIRAF 38-39 means Libya, Egypt, Turkey and all points south to Oman and Yemen. The client no doubt wanted to broadcast to The Holy Land once a week (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 9955, WRMI Sunday Nov 22 at 1614, closing the only(?) Cuban exile program in English, ``CDHD Brigade`` announcers named Carla Ferrera and Segundo Miranda; WRMI ID and into WORLD OF RADIO 1487 at 1615, VG signal over jamming if any (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** VENEZUELA [non]. The official RHC B-09 schedule we have received still claims Aló Presidente:
Chicago                     13750 / 22 m     1400 - 1800
Centro América              13680 / 22 m     1400 - 1800
Antillas                    11690 / 25 m     1400 - 1800
Chile                       12010 / 25 m     1400 - 1800
Río de Janeiro              17750 / 16 m     1400 - 1800

But neglects to specify Sunday only, and very irregular, at the whim of el caudillo. Nov 22 around 1510 no sign of it. Nor at 1759 recheck, none of those channels on, except 11690 which normally carries RHC itself, // 11730, 11760, 11800 mid-day.

The A,P schedule happens to be nominally the same as in A-09, but we know that when Hugo Chávez is on, it has really been starting between 1530 and 1600, and running past 1900 on most of the channels.

The B-09 RHC schedule as in DXLD 9-081 still has not been put up on RHC`s own website which automatically displays the current date,
(Glenn Hauser, OK, Nov 22, DX LISTENING DIGEST) See also ALBANIA

UNIDENTIFIED. 15148.5, at 1515 Nov 22, intruding 2-way Spanish, but only one side of conversation heard (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ###