venerdì 19 febbraio 2010

Glenn Hauser logs February 19, 2010

** CHINA [non]. 9690, CRI in Chinese at 0204 Feb 19, VG signal but noticeably distorted, the usual situation with the Noblejas, Spain relay which has no problem with modulating its own REE broadcasts; must be a feed input problem. Past log had it extremely distorted, so must have been improved (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** COSTA RICA. 3350, REE relay, another ailing transmitter, Feb 19 at 0211 with S9+20 signal but very undermodulated with hum (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA [non]. 9490, R. República, still loud and clear on third night of new frequency, UT Feb 19 at 0105. No jamming audible, but it was still grinding away against nothing on ex-9810. 9490 also still much stronger than RCI 9755, which doesn`t make sense if it`s also Sackville but on a southward antenna. Maybe 9490 is on the 240 degree beam for some reason, which is right toward us rather than Cuba. 0205 RR was talking about Arctic peoples and nims, seemingly off-topic, but they do have a variety of general informational programming (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** DJIBOUTI [and non]. Looking for signs of RTD, 4780, a bit before nominal *0300 but no luck Feb 19 before *0259 of WWCR 4775. Why? FCC told me Feb 16: ``We have received an interference complaint from a foreign government's fixed operation concerning WWCR's 5070 operation. We are currently communicating with that government agency concerning this; meanwhile, WWCR is operating on 4775 pending the outcome of this matter.`` --- so possibly the change is not permanent (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** EGYPT. 9915, at 0118 Feb 19, Spanish talk about the CIA, making me wonder at first if it were something out of Cuba. Awful audio with distortion and only modulating at spixe, of which Habana is certainly capable, but also a typical Cairo problem.

0121 into music, and yes, with some strain decided it was // 6270 Cairo with good modulation. I also tried 9390, something there but unseemed //. That must be because the third frequency changed to 9360 sometime since B-09 began as in DXLD 10-03 from DX Mix News:

0045-0200 on 9915 ABS 250 kW / 252 deg Spanish SoAm
0045-0200 on 6270 ABZ 250 kW / 315 deg Spanish NoAm
0045-0200 on 9360 ABZ 250 kW / 245 deg Spanish SoAm

Aoki still shows 9915, 9390 and 7540 for this Spanish. Boo, Abis! (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** HONDURAS. 3290, extremely distorted FMy broadcast signal, Feb 19 at 0210, mixing music with talk which I eventually decided was Spanish. Slope detexion did not help much. I forced myself to listen to this garbage for almost an hour in hopes of something identifiable. At 0213 music with a heavy beat, more Spanish talk.

What could this be? It`s obviously not a spur from a proper 90 mb frequency such as REE/Costa Rica 3350, not //. BUT, Radio Misiones Internacional, 3340 is missing. Not unusual, as they are quite sporadic, but it`s my prime suspect, with #2 possibility being the other 90 mb Honduran, HRPC, Radio Luz y Vida, which is also missing from its frequency 3250.

It was mostly a feminine voice doing the distorting. At 0220 heard dios mentioned, and tentatively at 0226 Misiones Internacional[es]. Long talk-only segment followed, presumably sermon until 0248 announcements and music. Could not make out any ID even at hourtop 0300 as it went on. At times I was trying to detect if English was inmixed, as we know this station sometimes does, but just too distorted.

ASAP I asked dxldyg monitors to check it, especially anyone who has NBFM-receive capability which might audiblize it better. Please keep an ear on 3290 in case it happen later in the night or subsequently.

3340 used to be known by calls HRMI, but WRTH 2010y shows HREZ, with merely the slogan Radio MI. Unfortunately, no chance this is GUYANA, which is supposed to be reactivating shortwave any time now with new transmitter and antennas (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** ROMANIA. 9800 at 0133 UT Fri Feb 19, discussion in English about the EU, some distortion; 0136 it`s the Network Europe program, as in --- Confusing matters was recheck at 0156 when I found 9800 in Spanish with English accent, but 0158 mentioned and 0159 RCI IS and IDs, and more Spanish from RCI.

Was RCI carrying Network Europe? Surely not, but then you would not expect RCI to be carrying domestic programming for immigrants either. Trouble with Network Europe is that being on multiple stations lacking individual IDs within, we have no idea which station it really is, until consulting references, so soon found that

RRI is on 9800 at 0100-0200 in English, 300 kW, 310 degrees from Galbeni, and
RCI is on 9800 at 0200-0300 in Spanish, 70 kW, 227 degrees from Sackville. But apparently that starts several minutes early, and we know RRI normally finishes at 3 minutes before the hour, so RCI wastes no time in taking over (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SOUTH AFRICA. 3320, Feb 19 at 0211, fair signal with music; better at 0250 and clear, a blessed relief from the distortion on 3290, but did not stay with it long, as I knew it must be Radio Sonder Grense.

3255 weaker than 3320, at 0258 in English, 0302 BBCWS news.

Both are 100 kW from Meyerton, BBC 3255 at 03-06 and 16-22, nondirexional? And 3320 at 18-05, 275 degrees (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SPAIN [and non]. See CHINA [non]; COSTA RICA

** SUDAN [non]. 5915, Feb 19 at 0313 a bit of English, quickly into Arabic voice-over, good signal, and perhaps our best chance to hear the Affia Darfur/Hello Darfur service of IBB, which at 0300-0330 is via VATICAN, of all places, 250 kW at 146 degrees.

5915 remains an interesting frequency, with CVC Zambia using it in English at 0400-0500 only, and Zambia NBC from 0515, if its transmitter gets repaired (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 9955, WRMI, UT Fri Feb 19 at 0110 with revived ``Eat Soccer`` show; 0124 English talk about Cuba, new 0115 time for CDHD Brigade 2506. So WORLD OF RADIO shifted to 0130. Signal was fading and by then I could just barely hear myself introducing #1500, but no jamming. WWCR still inbooming with PPP on 9980 causing some desensitization, no help. Meanwhile, on webcasts I confirmed that ACB Radio was running new WOR 1500 at 0100, but Area 51 was not, despite still being scheduled (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A [non]. 7595 at 0130 Feb 19 with VOA Yankee-Doodle jingle, fair in Farsi talk, but heavy RTTY QRM from about 7597 requiring side-tuning. This in absence of 7590 GB Lavwadlamerik which finishes at 0100 altho completely absent from Aoki listing. Which however says the 0130 language is really Dari, the Radio Ashna service to Afghanistan following an hour of Pashto, 334 degrees aus Iranawila, SRI LANKA.

7415, R. Farda presumed the station with music causing a SAH under stronger open carrier, no doubt WBCQ, Feb 19 at 0150. Earlier in the hour had noticed Brother Scare via WBCQ, a not especially strong signal, and the co-channel would certainly have been a bother if one really wanted to listen to him and WBCQ were still modulating.

So here we have a USG service which deliberately co-channels a domestic US shortwave station; via Lampertheim, GERMANY, 100 kW, 108 degrees at 0030-0230. O, right, totally different target areas so could not possibly be any QRM back in the USA! It`s bad enough that China runs many hours on 7415 without IBB doing it too to `BCQ.

The WBCQ online program guide shows BS on 7415 at 0100-0400 weekdays, 0200-0400 UT Sat & Sun (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 9975, no sign whatsoever of KVOH on this frequency at 0308 check Feb 19, despite having registered itself here season after season, currently in B-09 per FCC at 01-08 and 13-15, 50 kW, 100 degrees like 17775 in between. I challenge anyone to axually hear KVOH on 9975; otherwise delete all listings for it on that frequency (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. WTWW on the air again, first time heard in February, 0313 Feb 19 with S9+20 open carrier on 5755; next check at 0319, classic rock music test had started and at least one of the old IDs mentioning a river bank. Computer noise back on as I tried to keep monitoring, but either off or considerably weakening by 0335. I expect they are about ready to start regular talk programming of religion and/or politix (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 4050, KWMO Washington MO third harmonic can also be heard earlier than my usual 06-07 UT logs: Feb 19 at 0219 M&W talking, probably an ad; 0304 music, so not much news if any on the hour. Quite weak and presumed as per previous definite IDs, no other 1350s harmonicizing like this (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** VATICAN [non]. 9660, Feb 19 at 0310, news of South Africa, Nigeria in English, OM with accent I was trying to place, maybe Channel Africa? No, soon IDed as ``the daily African service of Vatican Radio``, 0312 into a cultural talk.

Good signal, and no wonder: it`s via MADAGASCAR, 335 degrees usward at 0300-0430, with more via there at 0430-0500 295 degrees, 0500-0530 more English at 265 degrees. At 0530 site switches back to Santa Maria di Galeria for another sesquihour, at 175, then from 0600, 200 degrees (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) See also SUDAN [non] ###