sabato 27 febbraio 2010

Glenn Hauser logs February 26-27, 2010

** CHILE. CVC Calera de Tango site survived the quake, still on air with usual good signal here.

17680 at 1812 check with reports in Spanish about the quake, e.g. the airport is closed; no doubt from the Miami studios, as it would be unthinkable to originate anything from Chile itself.

Telemundo and Univisión are also covering it on US television (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CHINA. Firedrake Feb 27: not audible on 8400 for a change, at 1347 check and later.

Amused myself by another check of the 7220 anomaly, Feb 27 at 1359: open carrier until REE IS at 1359:48, then at 1400:00 cutting to CRI opening in Chinese. The Kunmingers still don`t trust themselves to get into CRI at the right instant preventing REE IS from being shortwaved worldwide by mistake (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENNG DIGEST)

** CUBA. 11600, DCJC pulse jamming running later than usual -2200, Feb 26 still going at 2228; presumably provoked by a never-heard R. República transmitter in Central America (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** FRANCE. Some ham contest is underway making 15m more active than otherwise, Feb 27 at 1427. I keep hearing stations from France, such as 21217-USB, a station preferring to speak French, which surely is a way to lessen one`s totals, ``appelle contest``, ``à l`ecoute``, and kept saying sixty-thirteen with every transmission. I was still trying to copy his F- call when he quit the frequency, perhaps frustrated with the lack of response, or too close to the next one.

21213-USB, at 1430 F6KNB was making contacts in English and French, with readings such as 59-33. shows it is a club station near Bordeaux with a number of photos.

F6KNB, RADIO CLUB RADIOAMPT (post & telecom)
7 allée le sous bois
VILLENAVE D'ORNON, 33140, France

And on 21230 approx, at 1433, TK5EP, fonetik, CQ Contest. QRZ.Com shows:
Rés. Terra Rossa imm. le pinson D1
AJACCIO 20090, Corsica

At 1434 on 21235, F6IPQ:

** GOA. 15175, Feb 27 at 1548 strong S9+8 signal but lousy distorted modulation cutting off at softer points; 1550 mentioned Akashvani and then S Asian music.

Don`t you believe PWBR `2009` which says this is AIR via Bangalore to E Africa. Current Aoki and HFCC agree it`s now via Panaji, in Gujarati at 1515-1600, 250 kW, 205 degrees. But neither has a way of denoting that the modulation sux, typical for Goa site but not alone in the AIR network (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** INDONESIA. VOI, after a few days on 9525- instead of 9526-, Feb 27 at 1355 found back on the higher frequency, almost --- guess 9525.85 approx. as it`s not so close to 9526.0 as before. Does this mean transmitter #3? Was off the air during most of the 14 UT hour, but next check at 1459, back on with lite music, and het from CRI East Turkistan on 9525.0; 1504 VOI English ID, then warta berita in Indonesian (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** MADAGASCAR [non]. After finally getting on a clear frequency last weekend via PRIDNESTROVYE, R. Mada is missing this Sat Feb 27 from 1530, nothing on 15660, while Miraya FM via SLOVAKIA continues on 15670. Check again Sunday at same time. Has R. Mada decided to quit again? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** MALAYSIA/SARAWAK. 5030 was doing quite nicely Feb 27, gaining on Cuba 5025 before 1400, and still audible with singing and drumming music at 1422, now way above the Rebelde level (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** PHILIPPINES [non]. 11715, this time, Sat Feb 27 at 1509, Catholix vs pseudo-Catholix, RVA via VATICAN had the upper hand over KJES, which amounted to an annoying lo het.

1510 a snippet of Olympic theme music but Tagalog talk to follow seemed unrelated to Vancouver. In homage to American colonialism, the talk included numerous words and expressions in English, such as: ``presidential candidates``, ``interviews``, ``they`re all basically the same``, ``corruption``, ``employment``. 1518 another Olympic theme fragment and on to next topic.

Tsk2, The Church is meddling in pilipino politix!! (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** RUSSIA [and non]. 9470, carrier with intermittent Russian tune-up tones, Feb 27 at 1352 atop AIR Aligarh // but not synch National Channel via Bengaluru 9425. No Russian in Aoki, but in EiBi and HFCC as VOR, Moscow site in Russian to ME starting at 1400 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SOLOMON ISLANDS. 5020, still hearing an open carrier, as late as 1422 Feb 27, balancing stronger Malaysia 5030 on the other side of fading-out Cuba. At least I can`t make out any modulation on 5020. If SIBC is so impoverished, that they can`t print QSL cards, and had to drop the BBCWS relay overnight because of the electric bill, why are they still running the transmitter anyway? Remember the previous revelation that they could not even afford chairs for their studio (Well, people project better when they are standing up) (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** TIBET [non]. 7470, S9+22 at 1340 Feb 27, carrier with some hum and whine but no program modulation. R. Free Asia schedule in DXLD 10-06 shows Tibetan via secret site, while Aoki reveals it`s Ulan Bator, MONGOLIA, from which a refund is due the US Government. After 1400 Tibetan continues on 7470 but it`s VOA`s via Tinang (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 17775, KVOH music strong enough at 2229 Feb 26 to audiblize whining spur noise blob around 17920 and the weaker one around 17630 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. WTWW has not been on the air this week, as George McClintock has still been working on the equipment and waiting for a part from Continental. But he says he is quite impressed and pleased with the transmitter.

Further program tests are scheduled Feb 28-March 2 with live broadcasts hosted by Ted Randall from the annual National Religious Broadcasters convention in Nashville, starting Sunday at 1800 or 1900 UT on 9480, and also all-day Monday and Tuesday ending at 2200 March 2. Ted will be asking probing questions as he interviews many religious broadcasters attending the convention.

FCC has now authorized WTWW to use 9480 straight through from 1200 to 2400 UT, no longer switching to 9475 at 1900-2200; and 5755 after 0000. Has YFR quit 9480 via Germany at 19-22, or no longer computed to be an official collision?

Here`s the NRB schedule of events
but that doesn`t mean what`s heard on WTWW will follow that exactly.

George also says that program tests at other times will probably come from Pastor Pete Peters, as already on the stream, but a final decision on WTWW programming has still not been made. Expect an announcement about that next weekend (Glenn Hauser, OK, Feb 27, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. Dave Frantz of WWRB has invited WORLD OF RADIO to be heard on 3185, UT Fridays at 0430 probably starting this week, and we assume shifting to 0330 UT Fridays from mid-March once DST is in effect. This should be a good time for reception across North America, 11:30 pm Eastern, 10:30 Central, 9:30 Mountain, 8:30 Pacific. It will also be one of the earliest airings when the information contained is freshest.

Dave says he has been working on upgrading WWRB programming, getting rid of anti-Semitic and political shows by attrition, requiring infomercials to post surety bonds, which none have been willing to do! (Glenn Hauser, OK, Feb 27, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A [and non]. WRMI, 9955: Saturday Feb 27 at 1415, AWR Wavescan in progress with Cuban jamming pulses at the rate of approx. 127 per minute, i.e. from a single transmitter, rather than a wall of noise from multiple sites. S/N ratio had worsened however by a semihour later when WORLD OF RADIO was in progress, and WRMI`s own signal was much weaker than 9950 Palau 345 degrees with Furusato no Kaze in Japanese; and much, much, much weaker than WWCR from 9980 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A [and non]. 15420v, WBCQ reduced open carrier already on at 1546 atop BBC and producing audible het; not checked again until 1615 when the BS was in progress, Feb 27 Sabbath-morning-only broadcast from Walterboro (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. 13645, one more check for last week`s mystery, heard in Brasil between 16 and 17: zilch, Feb 27 at 1610 and later past 1630 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ###