giovedì 11 marzo 2010

Glenn Hauser logs March 10-11, 2010

** AUSTRALIA. Seems RA is back to normal March 11, following hailstorm March 7 leading to many missing frequencies. I suppose they have been stitching their curtains back together. At 0624, propagation poor but could hear then on 13630 and a weak carrier on 13690, but nothing making it on 15 MHz. At 1321, 9560, 9580 and 9590 were all back, with 9580 best as usual (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** AUSTRALIA. HCJB KNX, Kununurra, often inaudible, but March 11 was a good day for propagation USward, at 1335 in Chinese on 15400, S Asian language on 15340, Hindi scheduled, with het de Morocco 15341. At 1510 when HCJB is supposed to be still on 15340 in English, nothing heard while Morocco remained late on 15341, no het now.

Per 15340 is supposed to contain a half-sesquihour in English to S Asia at 1445-1530, incidentally including an airing of DX Partyline, Saturday at 1515. So why do I never hear it after 1445? It`s the same 100 kW, 307 degree beam before and after. Is the English portion really on the air? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CANADA. 9610, R. Canada Internal, March 11 at 1516 and still at 1525 just running RCI IS and IDs in English and French; Sackville apparently lost feed from Montreal, supposed to be in Russian during this hour (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CHINA. Firedrake, March 11: at 1319, flutter more audible than the audio on 8400.

At 1336, Firedrake better on 15430, but still only poor, no doubt against V. of Tibet, during this semihour only, via UAE, as Wolfgang Büschel has also been monitoring.

9905 at 1515 March 11, CNR1 echo-jamming, against RFA Chinese via PALAU (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA [and non]. 11930, DentroCuban Jamming Command emitting beepy pulses against nothing, March 11 at 0620. 11930, of course, is a Radio Martí frequency, but in use only at 13-22. Such government waste in Cuba! No wonder people go hungry. More jamming: see USA: WRMI.

RHC transmitter operator asleep at the switch, March 11 at 1505 still running the 19m channels 15360 and much stronger 15120 during music, // 13770, 11800, 11760, 11730, and vs RTTY on 11690. However, 13780 and 13680 were off by then. Kept listening to 15360 and 15120. At 1509, 15120 went to open carrier and off a bit later. At 1508, 15360 went to open carrier, and off at 1509, a few sex after 15120. Meanwhile, RNV relay was missing from 11680. Perhaps it came up once one of the 19m transmitters could finally be retuned (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** GREECE. "24-HOUR STRIKE OF THE GSEE - From Thursday, March 11 at 06.00 to Friday, March 12 at 06.00 Greek time (0400-0400 UT), ERA-5 will connect to the Second Program of Greek Radio due to the GSEE strike (via John Babbis, MD, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

GSEE being a union which is striking periodically due to the financial crisis. Checked 7475, March 11 at 0633 and instead of the usual pervasive Greek music there was a pop song in English, ``I Will Survive`` cover by OM, certainly not the original version by Gloria Gaynor; rather odd to hear a male singing it. However, we may have been fooled as we also heard another version of this in Spanish during lunch at La Fiesta restaurant March 10, and it sure sounded like a guy, but the maitre d` assured us it was a Cuban woman with a deep voice.

At 1333 on 9420, however, Greek songs seguéd, 1512 on 15650, also Greek music from VOG; unknown whether this was really originating from ERA-2 rather than -5 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** GUAHAN. 15660, KSDA, March 11 at 1331, good S9+5 signal, ``The international voice(?) of Adventist World Radio in English, from Pune(?)``, and into song, ``I don`t know how to pray``. Per Aoki and HFCC, this semihour is in English except on Sundays and Wednesdays when it`s in Assamese.

15495, at 1511 March 11, weak signal in unknown language, preachy intonation. Aoki shows KSDA in Mizo AND R Free Asia via Tinian in Chinese, but the latter is not in the latest RFA schedule in DXLD 10-06, so collision avoided (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** GOA. 15175, March 11 at 1529, muffled modulation, sort of like SSB but really with full carrier so BFO does not improve it, fluttery. Another imperfect performance of AIR Gujurati via Panaji at 1515-1600. Its modulation problems vary from day to day. This is 250 kW at 205 degrees for the substantial Gujurati community in Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania, who deserve better (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** INDONESIA. 9680, RRI domestic relay, March 11 at 1433 with Indonesian talk and music, but QRM from something in Chinese also producing a rippling SAH (fast fading maybe 15 Hz caused by offset frequencies). I.e., ChiCom jamming or RTI.

Meanwhile, down the hall at Cimanggis, the VOI transmitter was resting from 9525.9 during this hour, but back on at 1512 check, S9+18 but weak modulation seemingly in Indonesian, not English. Het from weaker CRI via Kashgar, EAST TURKISTAN, 9525.0 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** ISRAEL [non]. 9955, WRN via WRMI, March 11 at 0619 tune-in, just as British-accented announcer was saying goodbye, and into fill music. Presumably Israel Radio as scheduled. Pity they only use 66% of their allotted time M-F (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** MOROCCO. RTM`s flexible QSYing from 15341 to 15345 as observed March 11: 15341 was still on at 1510 with hum and whine, just barely modulated, and no sign of HCJB, see AUSTRALIA. So I waited to see when 15341 would finally go off: 1513. Then I retuned to 15345 to see when it would come on: 1515:30 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** NEW ZEALAND. 6170, RNZI at 1300 March 11, just signed on, with news only about Pacific islands, and it was all bad, from Fiji to Vanuatu to Solomons to PNG. This time way above the co-channel from Russia.

As of 1720 UT Thursday March 11, the confusing note on their website that would be off the air ``Thursday March 15`` for repairs has been removed, so apparently still only one transmitter running, alternating DRM and AM segments, real repair date unknown (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** PERU. 18057.9, at 1329 March 11, recognizable as wacky wailer David Miranda in españuguês, fair at peaks on 3 x 6019.3, R. Victoria, Lima. Around 0625 I had noted its nasty het against VOA French 6020.0. I am still waiting to see reports of this harmonic from anyone else, tho I seem to hear it just about any day the fundamental be on the air (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** TAJIKISTAN. 4975, March 11 at 1310 weak talk, presumed the only thing scheduled here, V. of Russia in Pashto/Dari via Dushanbe. Nothing audible on 4765, however, home of Tajik Radio 1. Noise level is rising as this is now well after sunrise; and T-storms have returned to the region (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** TURKEY. 15350, TRT with Turkish music March 11 at 1337, but rather distorted. Weaker signal, but better modulation, I think, on // 15480 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. WBCQ, 9330-CUSB, still on the air Wednesday March 10 at 2005 with WORLD OF RADIO 1502, presumably // inaudible 7415. Next check around 2040, 9330 was still/again on with other program, so hope it remained for the entire WOR broadcast. New WOR 1503 should begin appearing Thursday at 2000. From next week, all shift to 1900 UT Tue/Wed/Thu (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A [and non]. 9955, March 11 at 1435, lite jamming pulses, during French program for Haiti on WRMI. BTW, from next week, the Haitian hour on WRMI shifts to 13-14 UT, as does everything to stay on same local time in Miami, from EST to EDT, even tho there is no such change in Haiti. Cuba also keeps in step with the USA, ha ha, but will the jammers make the proper adjustments? Evening broadcasts of WORLD OF RADIO on 9955 should then be UT Wed 0130, UT Fri 0030 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A [non]. 11635, rock music in English, good signal March 11 at 1427, what`s this? 1430 VOA Washington ID, jingles, in Indonesian, into talk about earthquake. Also caught it going off at 1500. This is the Thu-Fri-Sat-only transmission, 1400-1500 via SAIPAN, 100 kW, 225 degrees (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** WESTERN SAHARA [non]. 6297.1, Radio Nacional de la RASD, March 11 at 0711 with characteristic chanting (Qur`an-inspired?), 0712 into talk presumably in Hassania dialect of Arabic; reactivated, and this time with audio unlike 24 hours earlier (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. 7505.6, continue to hear the weak het against FEBC 7505.0, March 11 at 1521. Hypothesis it is the WRNO exciter only, left on 24 hours, since matches their off-frequency when adding full transmitter at 02-05 UT only. Perhaps someone in Metairie could approach WRNO when it is `off` and find what they could hear on 7505.6.

However, it occurs to me that 15.6 kHz also correlates with spurs from WWCR as heard by several accompanying 7465 and 3215. So could this really be from WWCR 7490 on the air at this time?

Trouble is, 7490 in the mornings is WWCR-3, while 7465 in the afternoon and 3215 at night are the WWCR-1 transmitter, so I guess not. Also, could not detect any carrier in the 7474-7475 area now (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. 9759-SSB, Spanish 2-way intruder, March 11 at 1434 and still at 1442, QRMing weak signal from VOA 9760 via Philippines (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ###