martedì 23 marzo 2010

Glenn Hauser logs March 22-23, 2010

** ALGERIA [non]. 7295, RTA via FRANCE, in Arabic, mostly Qur`an but not at the moment, March 23 at 0553, // 5865, and noticed that 7295 had some hum, and squeal developing on the transmitter.

Per DX Mix News, the A-10 schedule calls for this morning usage until May 1: 0400-0557 5865, 0500-0657 7295; and resuming Sept 5.

From May 2 to Sept 4: 0400-0557 7295, 0500-0657 9535. All these are Issoudun 500 kW, 162 or 194 degrees back to Africa (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** ARGENTINA. Others have been reporting activity on the LTA feeder frequency 15820-LSB, so I check March 22 at 2322 – just a trace of something there at imagination-level.

What about 15345.2? At 2323 March 22, RAE fair signal with trans-equatorial flutter, in Spanish announcing all four frequencies just as I tune in: 6060, 9690, 11710, 15345, and timecheck for 2323 UT.

However, this is impossible, since RAE does not have four funxional transmitters. We know that both 11710 and 15345 were missing for months when a single transmitter failed, and has anyone ever heard them on both those frequencies at once?

6060 is certainly a separate transmitter, and not sure if there is really a third for 9690. But WRTH 2010 says there are two x 50 kW and one x 100 kW at General Pacheco. However, schedules show 9690 in use only for Europe at 18-22 M-F, which does not overlap with any 6060 usage, so those could also share one transmitter.

Right after this announcement, I checked 11710 anyway, and there was no trace of a het vs something Asian on 11710.0. Nothing from Argentina on 9690 or 6060 either. Therefore I assume that like Voice of Indonesia, RAE just announces all its possible frequencies at once without meaning that they are really all on the air at that very moment (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** BRAZIL [and non]. 9645.3, R. Bandeirantes, March 23 at 0556 with heavy QRM from Vatican IS on 9645.0, after Arabic, but that went off at 0557 to resume in Latin by 0630. Bandeirantes was again giving full ID for AM, FM and SW frequencies, each with its own alfanumeric callsign, plus 

The website only shows AM and FM frequencies, forcing one to dig for anything about SW. Even without Vatican, RB suffers from the 9645.0 leapfrog mixing product of WYFR 9715 over 9680, but not at the moment, as WYFR strength varies greatly (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CHINA. Firedrake March 23: 1331 fair on 8400, // 9380 mixing with something, DW? Also fair on 11500, and at 1337 good on 13970, but none found higher.

15430, however, had noise jamming of a certain pitch, mixing with something which sounded like Chinese, March 23 at 1340, both of which were probably jamming against Voice of Tibet (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA. A few days ago RHC said it would start operations on 5040 kHz March 22 at 2300. An announcement recorded by Jose Bueno gives the Spanish segment on 5040 as 02-11 UT.

I`ve yet to find 5040 mentioned on the RHC Spanish website, and of course the transmission schedule has not been updated. 60m is mentioned in French without giving the new frequency, only as replacement for 13790!

On March 22 at 2330, 5040 was indeed on with very good signal amid English. Arnie Coro says it`s a NVIS antenna with limited coverage, but like Rebelde on 5025, it really gets out horizontally as well as vertically.

This does replaces 13790 also for English, no longer heard during the 23-24 hour. Kept monitoring 5040 and heard: 0000 French, 0100 Creole, 0130 French, 0200 Spanish. Supposed to run Spanish all the way until 1100 but at 0540 noticed it was off; not sure when it quit, but maybe around 0500 when other transmitter/frequency changes are made.

5040 seems a good clear frequency for RHC, but if you hear a het from 5039.18, that`s poor Radio Libertad, Junín, Perú, as measured recently by Bob Wilkner, FL at 1050-1110, and presumably also trying to be heard in the evenings. RHC 5040 also squeezes out poor Pará 5045, especially with WWRB staying on 5050 all-night, and presumably RHC will too later as planned (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. WTWW off 5080, March 23 at 0541, and instead found back on 5755 at 0542 with --- what else? --- Pastor Pete Peters // WWCR 5890. So it looks like somebody complained, likely the utility on 5078 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 18530, March 23 at 1411, Brother Scare JBA // WINB 9265 of which this is second harmonic (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. 15195, March 23 at 1420 whoop-whoop frequency-oscillating jammer, more obvious with BFO, center seemed to be around 15197, versus nothing. Had not noticed this before. Suspect it`s Ethiopia prompted by the 16-17 Monday-only EOTC Holy Synod Radio clandestine on 15195 via Samara, Russia. Did anyone notice same during that broadcast? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. 21690, big open carrier March 23 at 1411, again assumed to be TDF GUIANA FRENCH tuning up for RFI broadcast not starting until 1700 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ###