giovedì 25 febbraio 2010

Glenn Hauser logs February 25, 2010

** CHINA. Firedrake, Feb 25: very poor at 1640 on 8400; also heard it a couple hours earlier (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** DJIBOUTI [non]. Newly discovered clandestine La Voix de Djibouti, 15165, confirmed Feb 25 at *1530-1629:30*. Had looked for it starting before 1500 as there was conflicting info about correct schedule, but nothing there, until cut on abruptly at *1530, with music, anthem? Then brief announcement, also brief Qur`an, more talk in non-French, mentioning kHz, and a .com.

Presumably all in Somali and still so when local noise, power-tooling neighbor overrode at 1610-1619. By 1619 when that cleared up, station had switched to French; sounds like a lot of platitudes. Dave Kenny, who had no such noise interruption, says French started at 1612.

Cut off the air at 1629:30* sharp before speaker was finished. So it`s coming from a transmitter site with precision timing, but no clues beyond that. Signal at start was S9+10 with flutter and diminished somewhat during the hour.

Tnx to Chris Greenway for uncovering this, which has allegedly been on the air every Thursday since 7 January. More in French only at

About time Djibouti, the former French Somaliland, Afars & Issas, had its own clandestine! Website indicates it is that, ``free and independent voice,``, etc. Emissions Radio page axually linxs to mp3 files of the seven/eight broadcasts so far, and there are also apparently full French transcripts on the next page.

I did not realize Djibouti was so mountainous, even above the timber line, judging from the only illustration on the website. Hints it may be based in Colorado? (Glenn Hauser, OK, WORLD OF RADIO 1501, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** LIBYA. 15215, Feb 25 at 1637 disco music into French talk about démocracie, so must be from a democratic nation, right? Wrong, it`s La Voix de l`Afrique, from Q`daffy`s Great Jamahiriyah, // better 17725. BTW, the final PWBR claimed this is via France starting at 1700. Not (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SUDAN [non]. 13800, R. Dabanga, Feb 25 at 1607 marred by continuous 1 kHz tone, still there at 1644 when Dabanga was speaking some kind of Arabic and ran a singing ID jingle. This tone seems to be on 13800 whenever Dabanga is, so suspect it is intentional jamming, altho there are more effective ways to do that; or possibly a transmission problem and no one has noticed? Unlikely, since it`s via the well-run Madagascar site of RNW, 1530-1727 daily, 250 kW, 325 degrees. Once again I confirmed this is a DSB tone peaking at 13799 and 13801, not a het on only one side (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 9369v, WTJC still off the air Feb 25 at 1411 and later chex thru 1645, for the second day, following going totally haywire beforeyesterday. We can only hope and pray, that while waiting for Jesus to come, they will really work on fixing it this time before putting it back on the air (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 11725, WYFR Spanish back to normal at 1418 Feb 25, 24+ hours after being badly broken up (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A [non]. 7470, Feb 25 at 1405, Asian language talk, but with a noticeable buzz/hum, 1408 that diminished briefly and then resumed. Aoki says VOA Tibetan via Tinang, PHILIPPINES, due northwest. Surely this service is jammed by the ChiCom, but it doesn`t usually sound like that, so perhaps a transmitter problem.

13725, poor signal with something in Mandarin, Feb 25 at 1609. Latest R. Free Asia schedule in DXLD 10-06 shows Mandarin via TINIAN, at 15-17, which of course must be jammed by the ChiCom, but I only heard one audio, so can`t be sure which (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. 13645, nothing there yet on Thursday Feb 25 in several chex between 1607 and 1645; however, propagation was relatively poor today altho Saudi was still audible on 13710. An unID 13645 station was reported last Friday and Saturday from Brasil with a very good signal, so need to check again next two days.

That frequency came up as once used by the clandestine V. of Southern Azerbaijan, which was for northern Iran, in 1998 and did not make another appearance until 2003 on another frequency, so it`s about time again, tho probably will turn out to be something else (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ###