venerdì 19 marzo 2010

Glenn Hauser logs March 18-19, 2010

** CUBA [and non]. DentroCuban Jamming Command let Radio República go for a couple of weeks on new 9490 via Sackville, but finally jamming is audible way underneath it March 19 at 0032. It may have been there a while as have not checked it every night. Meanwhile, ex-9810 is still being noise-jammed like another vacant frequency nearby, 9825`s Radio Martí (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) See also USA: VOA and WRMI

** IRAN [and non]. 7250, March 19 at 0157 singing and chanting mixing with something in English at about equal level. Must be V. of the Islamic Republic of Iran, a.k.a. V. of Justice, vs V. of Russia. Too much CubaRM on 6120 to confirm // for Iran. I figured the chanting was Iran and the English was Russia, but it turned out to be the other way round as I soon found the music // 6240 VOR, soon into IS and English too.

Iran was interviewing some scholar in Scotland about US foreign policy, a typical programming ploy of theirs; and I must say their audio was clearer than Moscow`s rather muddy sound, but who is going to strain to try to pick out one signal or the other?

These two have been colliding the entire B-09 season; meanwhile, nothing on 7240, 7260 and several other channels in the vicinity, so this could easily have been avoided. But I am sure the American hams are pleased that both these intruders are piling up on only one frequency.

In fact, Iran plans to move to 7245 in A-10! But Russia will no longer be on 7250 anyway. Iran`s other summer frequency for the 0130-0230 broadcast, 9495 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** MEXICO. 6185, XEPPM still Brasilless, and again on earlier than scheduled, March 18 at 2341 with chanting that seemed vaguely Catholic, then music mixed with nature sounds including chirping which might have been more appropriate for a morning prélude; 0000 UT March 19 same transmitter playing Mexican national anthem, so no doubt it`s Radio Educación. During the 01-02 hour overshadowed by Serbia [non] from 6190, but clear of that at 0202 introducing ``78 Recuerdos por Minuto`` show, now confronting but somewhat atop VOR in Spanish also 6185 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SERBIA [non]. 6190, March 19 at 0131 VG signal and no QRM, IRS in English with tired-sounding YL announcer; maybe it`s just station-stylistic, as the OM at 0148 talking about Serbian poets had a similar manner, not exactly listener-inducing. Where will this be in A-10? They aren`t telling HFCC (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SUDAN. After hearing so many target broadcasts from [non], such a treat to hear Umar Hassan Ahmad al-Bashir`s own station, on 7200, already on air before 0200, then Arabic news with too much bass, unexpected clear ID at 0204, ``Huna Omdurman`` with reverb, next reverent talk program introduced by plucked instrument. Good signal but SSB QRhaM on the lo side requiring offtuning to the hi side. Aoki shows 7200 on the air at 1500-2230 only, aimed due east while WRTH 2010 says 0230-0430v and 1500-2100 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. Checking frequency usage now for ``A Fondo``, the VOA/Radio Martí joint produxion, now 00-01 UT Tue-Sat: at 0007 March 19 on 5890 and 9885 over DentroCuban jamming, and on 7340 with no jamming. Also on RM frequency 6030 atop jamming, but about 2 seconds behind the other frequencies even tho they are all coming from Greenville B; perhaps the feed to 6030 had to go thru some more satellite hops to Miami and back. Meanwhile there was nothing but jamming audible on the other RM frequencies 7365 and 9825, so I suspect during this hour RM transmitters take a break from them. Next check at 0206, 7365 was back on, good with RM atop jamming.

At 0025 on 7340, AF made a frequency announcement, quite out of date, not corrected since the service started: ``de lunes a viernes, 8 a 9 de la noche en 11625, 9415, 7340 y por Radio Martí en 1180, y onda corta 6030, 7365, 9825 kilociclos [sic].``

Would someone please get the AF announcers to read the VOA A-Z language schedule, any other accurate internal document, or previous DX LISTENING DIGEST to know what frequencies they are really on, as 11625 and 9415 have been dropped, and as I just monitored, 7365 and 9825 apparently silent too (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. WORLD OF RADIO monitoring chex: Thu March 18 at 2100, I could only hear jamming on 9955, so unsure if WRMI was on the air.

UT Fri March 19, WRMI fair signal without jamming at 0011 with ballgame interview by YL, then CDHD Brigade 2506, fill music and WRMI QSL offer, 0030 WORLD OF RADIO 1504, reading S9+10 even with attenuation necessarily switched on vs WWCR 9980 overload. Both weakened somewhat during the semihour, but we remained 99% readable at occasional chex.

Area 51 webcast of WOR scheduled for 0000 UT Fri instead had music running at 0015. I must say this time is highly irregular.

ACB Radio webcast at 0100 UT Fri did have new WOR 1504 playing, contrary to last week 1502 instead of 1503 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. WWCR is still using 7490 instead of 7465 during the 00-01 UT hour, as noted 0023 March 19, even tho the reason for moving there to avoid VOA on 7465 no longer applies. Since DST began, Lavwdlamerik is on 5835 and 7590 only during that hour. But things could change further with imminent A10 season (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. We recently noted that WTJC, 9370v, had Arabic in the 00 UT semihour altho nowhere on their schedule, and now we heard Chinese at 0033 UT Friday March 19; next check 0112 back in English. They have had a link to their Chinese website for some time, but I have not found any specific schedule readable there, rather a number of audio downloads. This frequency is not likely to be audible in China at 8:30 am local, especially if Firedrake against Sound of Hope is running on 9365 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. Blessed relief from the ranting of Pastor Pete Peters: UT March 19 at 0121, just open carrier on WWCR 5070, 5890 and WTWW 5080! Meanwhile at 0123 there were a couple of familiar computer audio cues, briefly filling the void. And so it went until PPP finally cut on in progress at 0133 on all three frequencies. So for at least 12 minutes, 3 x 100 kW transmitters were broadcasting nothing thanks to the incompetence of Mr. Aryan Man (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** WESTERN SAHARA [non]. 6297.1, March 18 at 2345 in Arabic instead of usual Spanish during the final hour of the day. Was wanting to check out Harold Frodge`s comment, ``Last time I heard an ID, it was Radio Nacional Sahuari rather than RASD.``

However at 0000 March 19 retune, just caught full ID in Spanish indeed saying ``Transmite la Radio Nacional de la República Árabe Saharaui Democrática`` plus frequencies OM 1550 y OC ``6300 kHz``. Went on for a while longer vs splatter from dirty Cairo 6290 transmitter, 0004 to open carrier. I don`t doubt that a less formal ID of R. Nacional Saharaui might also be used (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ###