mercoledì 10 febbraio 2010

Glenn Hauser logs February 10, 2010

** CHINA. Firedrake Feb 10 at 1406: fair on 8400, nothing on 9000 or higher spots (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CHINA. A while ago I remarked that the WOOB 9170 frequency of CNR6 was not heard after 1400, but Feb 10 at 1407 there was a weak and fluttery signal in Chinese and a trace of it at 1501. Per Aoki this service alternates Mandarin and Amoy, 50 kW, 162 degrees from Beijing 491 site, at 1100-1805, 2055-0105 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA. DentroCuban Jamming Command has added tones to some of its broadcasts mixed in with the noise; first noted on 9810 and thought they might be from victim R. República, but same heard on 7405 against R. Martí. It`s a rapid (random?) set of up-and-down tones, sort of like telephone touch-tones, or from a SFX recording, Feb 10 at 0618. Could also be caused by frequency-shift keying against the victim carrier.15080, unlike the day before, no jamming here against weak and distorted Cairo in Arabic, Feb 10 at 1456 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) See also USA: WRMI

** CYPRUS. OTH radar pulsing, presumed from here but could be FRANCE or somewhere else in the area, Feb 10 at 1437 covering 17740-17760, peaking at 17750. By 1449 it had strengthened to become audible even under strong WYFR 17760, and extending up to 17765. Exactly same sound also on weaker range 15480-15505, Feb 10 at 1451, this time blasting a weak HOA station in the middle on 15490, i.e. BBC Somali via SEYCHELLES, also heard with BBC theme until 1459:30* (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** GREECE. Despite the civil servants` strike in Greece`s deepening crisis, VOG seems to be operating as normally as usual, Feb 10 around 1500 on 15650; by 1546 that was off and an open carrier on 15630, with modulation applied by 1548, then announcer interrupting programming for listing of kilocyclon to different targets (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** KOREA NORTH [and non]. 7480 with N Korean-style oscillating whoop-whoop jamming plus pulsing, Feb 10 at 1358 against weak unidentifiable signal. But nothing fits. Per Aoki until 1400 on 7480 is FEBC Iba, Philippines, due west in Nung on Sun-Wed, Bru on Thu-Sat. Both are tribal languages in Vietnam per EiBi but it is hard to imagine them mounting a jamming campaign even if they object strenuously to being evangelized by the alien Christian monotheists. After 1400 on 7480, it`s only IBB`s R. Aap ki Dunyaa in Urdu, via Sri Lanka. The jamming lingered but stopped by 1402. 7480 is also used at other dayparts by R. Free Asia, and could also be for some N Korean clandestine, but none known to be scheduled now. 7480 is however reserved by WRN for the Tashkent transmitter at 13-15, 65 degrees to China and North Korea, so something new may have just started. WRN is already on 7490 via Tajikistan with R. Free North Korea at 13-15, but that`s totally blocked here by WWCR, which at the moment was not strong enough to impede 7480. Could that have shifted to 7480 in a futile attempt to evade jamming? 7550 with more NK-style oscillating jamming at 1403. This one is easily explained because since Feb 1, Open Radio for North Korea has been there at 1400-1500, 300 kW, 65 degrees from Armenia, per Aoki (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** MOROCCO. 15341, RTM at 1452 Feb 10, wailing music, self-imposed whine but no het from anything on 15340 such as scheduled HCJB Australia. Next check 1545 had shifted to 15345 with same whine, and now also long/short path echo, going from music to phone caller (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** ROMANIA. Incredibly, RRI has NO English broadcasts at all between 13 and 18 UT, forcing us in prime morning hours to listen to other languages, with several transmissions well-heard in NAm anyway --- such as Arabic with Romanian accent, Feb 10 at 1543 also with Romanian folk music, a treat in any language service, and VG today on 15235 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 9955, WRMI at 1503 Feb 10, weak but clear with yesterday`s R. Prague service in English, no jamming for a change. Instead was audible a weaker co-channel with music producing SAH, i.e. Family Radio via Tainan, TAIWAN in Russian. At 1553 check, the defunct Aventura Diexista had been replaced by CDHD Brigade 2506, the only Cuban exile program kind enough to do an English version for the rest of us, a much-needed alternative to RHC; discussing Cuba`s economic woes. But this is only 15 minutes a week, with several repeats, Wed 1545 being the new airtime. Recheck at 1654 to reconfirm the Tue 1630 broadcast of WORLD OF RADIO: yes, but now there is jamming again, tnx a lot, Arnie! The jamming is about as weak as WRMI so one could still copy my remarx about Vanuatu at the moment.BTW, the WOR broadcast at 0200 UT Friday on 9955 has been changed to 0100, same hour as formerly on WBCQ 5110 Area 51 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A [non]. 15440 with AWR theme music at 1427-1428* Feb 10. Listed as Urdu at 1400-1430 via AUSTRIA. AWR transmissions are scattered all over the place, many of them half-hours on an unique frequency not used for any of their other broadcasts (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. 6074, 8GAL again running a minute `early`, Feb 10 at 1359 as I tuned in 6075 RR Pet/Kam, whose motorboating was again under control. The V/CQ marker finished before the RR timesignal at 1400 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ###