sabato 13 marzo 2010

Glenn Hauser logs March 12-13, 2010

** AUSTRALIA. Monitored R. Australia from before 1400 UT March 13 to see which frequencies would go or not: at 1358*, 9580 cut off the air amid country music without so much as a goodbye, or retune-to advisory. 9590 remained on the air, 1359 announced as Saturday Night Country program from ABC Local Radio to resume after the news which at 1400 came instead from ABC National. 1440 recheck, 9590 still on unlike yesterday (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CRETE. Here`s a radio-country you will never hear on SWBC. March 13 at 1548, only a couple of signals on 14m, the better being an SV9 on 21272-USB. He was making contact after contact, mostly with 20 over 9 North Americans, merely by saying QRZ? After previous contact.

Apparently contest-inspired, but he was still saying a few unnecessary words prolonging the exchanges just a bit, including handle as Mike. Altho he gave call fonetically, his last three letters were difficult to copy since he did not enunciate them clearly, signal was very weak and fading at the wrong instants. Finally at 1555 made out SV9CVY on Crete, and this chex with listing:
P.O.BOX 257

** CUBA [and non]. RHC check March 12 at 2050: 11760 in English, 11730 in Spanish, open carrier on 11770, no signal on 11800; heavy jamming against nothing on 11600, 11930. More down time, possibly caused by installation of new Chinese copies of American transmitters.

15360, March 13 at 1455 had heavy mix from something in Persian, but RHC stopped at 1458, uncovering RFI closing announcement until 1500*. Since as an outlaw nation, Cuba refuses to participate in HFCC, TDF may be officially unaware that Cuba is colliding (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) See also USA: WRMI

** INDONESIA. 4750, RRI Makassar presumed the musical signal still holding up more than an hour after local sunrise, March 13 at 1353, but local noise level has gone up. Likewise on March 12.

VOI missing again from 9526v, March 13, before 14 during the English hour and after 14 during the Indonesian hour, while RRI 9680 was incoming well from same Cimanggis site. But at 1607, a signal with Qur`an, which must be VOI, on 9524.9, not 9525.9, but no het from Kashgar.

Ishida says the VOI 16 UT hour is sometimes in Indonesian, sometimes Arabic, tho his most recent entry of March 7 had it in Spanish (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** MADAGASCAR [non]. 15660, presumed R. Mada International, Saturday March 13 at 1540 with speech, poor signal via PRIDNESTROVYE, but unusually better than ex-collider Miraya FM via SLOVAKIA on 15670 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** NEW ZEALAND. 11725, RNZI, March 13 at 0606, SSOB, YL giving cyclone Thomas warning for Tuvalu and Fiji with distances in miles, Cyclone Ului for Vanuatu with distances in kilometres. 0608 joining RNZ National with birthday music request show in progress, classical at the moment with Radetzky March.

I wasn`t sure of the name of the U- cyclone, but figured it would be easy to look up. Not: There are multiple name-lists for Pacific storms depending on the region and on the country submitting them, some of them lacking any U-s. But the RNZI website had the info; alternate spelling of Thomas is Tomas (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** ROMANIA. 15170, RRI Romanian service, QRM-free since on Saturdays only, REE/Costa Rica is absent, March 13 at 1435 with Bach organ music, interrupted at 1438 to move on to Handel, and every few minutes to other composers, Liszt, Franck.

Great music and very good reception, but RRI suffers from ADD, or expects its audience to, thus airing only snippets of longer worx which deserve full treatment. Cut off abruptly at 1456*. Much weaker 11940 was //, and subject to DentroCuban jamming spreading from 11930 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. WINB, 13570, with disgraced child-marrying evangelist `Tony Alamo`, March 12 at 2048, and quite distorted modulation as is only apropos (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. In a previous report I said that the WTWW transmitter is a Harris 100; George McClintock corrects this March 12: no, it`s a Continental 418, solid state modulated, very reliable. (We had also been discussing the Harris, which he is glad he does not have because of various problems with that model.) Any interruptions in transmission now are because he turns it off to work out some ``tiny bugs`` before programming begins in earnest at the end of March.

At 2052 UT March 12, 9480 was just going from open carrier to off. Next check at 2157, it was on with PPP.

I was standing by to hear WTWW`s new 5080 ex-5755 from the very first instant. At 2358 March 12, 9480 was in open carrier and shortly off the air. It took a few minutes to come up on 5080 with open carrier, starting at *0003:30.

Meanwhile I was listening to the utility on 5078 by tuning to 5080-LSB on the DX-398. It was sending out data pulses 26 times per minute, each consisting of multiple quick tones. After WTWW came on, I could still hear it on the side when tuned to 5080-AM, but stepping up to 5081 with narrow bandwidth got rid of it. Wide bandwidth required stepping up to 5083, getting a bit too far off WTWW itself.

Next check of 5080 at 0212 March 13, just as PPP was mentioning the new frequency and asking for reports on it, along with the other two frequencies he was on, 5070 and 5890. 5070?? Yes, I was not aware that besides 24h on WWCR-4 5890/9980 he is also scheduled for one hour live UT Tue-Sat 02-03 on WWCR-3 5070 [from next week, 01-02]. Hmm, how convenient having him on two frequencies only 10 kHz apart for comparison. Strength seemed about the same here, maybe WTWW a little stronger.

On 9480 at 1402, double audio on the PPP feed, one of them giving outdated WTWW frequency info including ex-9475 and ex-5755! 307-AC phone number and e-mail for reception reports. At 1405 only one audio, but modulation problems, same as via WWCR 9980, ergo Scriptures for America fault (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. WWCR-3 streaming silently March 13 at 1745 check during WORLD OF RADIO, both on the mp3 and the real. Then at 1749 the real player starting cutting in and out of extremely sped-up audio, as if a tape in fast-forward were sporadically hitting the heads. WWCR-1 streaming did not have this problem.

Fortunately, VG broadcast of WORLD OF RADIO on 12160 was unaffected and this week did not go into looping either (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) See also WTWW above

** WESTERN SAHARA [non]. 6297, R. Nacional de la RASD, March 13 at 0715 with some really nice traditional music; 0720 YL DJ in Arabic dialect, good reception (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 9955, WRMI, Saturday March 13 at 1441 voice of gh in WORLD OF RADIO 1503 detectable under Cuban pulse jamming, and so weak that 9950 Palau was stronger and hetting.

We are still waiting for WRMI`s 317-degree antenna USward to be repaired and back in service at certain hours; meanwhile everything is on the 160-degree toward Caribbean and S America.

From March 14, all WRMI program times move one UT hour earlier, so this airing of WOR will be Sat 1330, when jamming could be even worse. Tnx a lot, Arnie! (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 13845, WWCR-2 missing, Saturday March 13 at 1447, tho WWCR-1 was quite audible on 15825. However, this allowed the hash from WEWN 13835 to be clearly detectable around 13844, as well as 13826 close to R. Martí.

At 1541 on 15825, Martha Garvin`s Musical Memories was running, as she reminisced about her disabled Uncle Henry who still praised God from the pew. 1530 Sat is one of her intentional times on current schedule (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. 9300-USB, Spanish 2-way, March 13 at 1405 spirited conversation, still going at 1436 check (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ###