giovedì 25 marzo 2010

Glenn Hauser logs March 25, 2010

** ANGUILLA [and non]. Checking 25m March 25 at 0524, there`s DGS on 11775, so Caribbean Beacon has not made the change to night frequency 6090 after 2200! Fair signal now and // 5935 WWCR, leaving 6090 to the DRM noise from 6085 Ismaning, if not also 6095 Junglinster. Meanwhile, RHC not audible on 11760 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** AUSTRALIA. The NT stations making a good showing March 25 from 1228 tune-in, best heard in quite a while, 2310 // 2325 // 2485 with Oz talk, promo news coming up, ``on 783, ABC Alice Springs`` YL ID, 1230 ABC news sounder, and 10 minutes of news about the Territory, such as at 1235 that its population has just exceeded 227,000. (Hmmm, there ought to be room to move Israel there and solve a lot of problems.)

At first, 2310 and 2325 were about same level and close to 100% readable except during brief fades; audio also on 2485 but a lot weaker. At 1240 on to Nightline program, and by 1245, 2325 had faded to much weaker than 2310. Enid sunrise today was 1228 UT.

I also looked for R. Symban, 2368.5 at 1234 and thought I could detect a carrier, but weaker even than the very weak seventh harmonic of the NDB in Lamesa, Texas, LSA on 2366. This was a VG Outback morning, as HCJB was also in on 15 MHz (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** AUSTRALIA. After having had good reception of the 120m stations half a sesquihour earlier, I also had good reception of HCJB on 19m, where often it is completely inaudible.

March 25 at 1315, on 15400 sermon in English with consecutive translation to Chinese; at 1326 caught English ID ``Listening to HCJB Global Voice, Melbourne, Australia`` and back into Mandarin.

HCJB also good on 15340 at 1315 with song in Asian language, no het from Morocco, presumably off 15341 today. Around 1323, 15340 went to talk in unID language, and reception so good I could tell there was slight hum on the transmission. Scheduled 1315-1330 on Thursdays is Bhojpuri. Both WRTH 2010 and Aoki show two clashing listings for 1330 daily, Hindi and Rawang! But station website already displays A-10 schedule showing Hindi at 1330 and Rawang for Myanmar at 1230.

Things had changed drastically by next check 1358 when both frequencies were much weaker with flutter, 15340 worse (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CHINA. 15430, ChiCom jamming against V. of Tibet, March 25 at 1359: all I could hear was talk in Chinese mixed with noise, and both stopped at precisely the same instant near 1400 as VOT was also scheduled to finish; therefore, I think this was all coming from a single jamming transmitter.

17550, strong signal with M&W in Chinese at 1406 March 25, but heavy flutter. V. of Tibet is also scheduled here via Madagascar at 1330-1430. VOT is supposedly in Tibetan only, so suspect I was also hearing just the jamming. No similar signals from China anywhere else on 17 MHz (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) see also INDONESIA

** INDONESIA. 9526-, VOI still on this channel, March 25 at 1308, YL in accented English, but too much splash from ChiCom echo-jammer on 9530 vs VOA in Chinese via Tinang (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** MEXICO. 6185, tuned in XEPPM just in time March 25 at 1207 to hear ID for MW 1060 XEEP and carrier cut, ceding frequency to the splash from RHC 6180.

From April 4 México DF nonsensically goes on DST of UT -5, so Radio Educación nominal SW schedule shifts to 23-11 UT, but expect still to hear them somewhat before and after those hours on 6185 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** PERU. 18057.9, March 25 at 1409, very poor but talk in Spanish audible, not Miranda at the moment, 3 x 6019.3 R. Victoria (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** TURKEY. TRT with two different transmissions of Turkish music, March 25 at 1319: 15350 in the Turkish service, and better modulated 17700 in German service.

From March 28, never mind these: 15350 will be gone, and German will be an hour earlier from 1130 on 13760; Turkish before 1300 on 11955 and 13635, after 1300 on 9840 only, per the A-10 schedule Mustafa Cankurt sent us (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 5050, WWRB, still on extended schedule, March 25 at 1220 with Bible readings --- or not exactly, tho in stilted KJV English, adding dramatizations with angry crowd noises, different voices M & W, even music. I had a feeling something awful was about to happen to J. C. Modulation distorted as usual and splattering to the low side where there was an intermittent blob circa 5042 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. WTWW absent from 9480 and 5755, March 25 at 1306 check (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. On WORLD OF RADIO 1505 this week, I mention that WJHR has not been heard for some time. As if in reply, there it is on 15550-USB, March 25 at 1401, ``beginning our broadcast day`` with address wjhr @ Then instrumental hymn on plucked instrument, ``Rock of Ages``; 1403 into the perpetual preacher, referencing Proverbs XIV: 34. Possibly WJHR had been active some in the afternoons, when I am not monitoring so regularly, but --- note this from DXLD 10-11: (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)


Glenn, In DXLD and elsewhere, WJHR Milton FL has been reported with what would appear to be programming.

FCC rule 73.712(a) limits an international broadcast station conducting equipment tests to voice ID and tones only.

I inquired to the FCC about the status of this station. The Commission responded that this station has a construction permit and has not filed an application for license. The station can only do equipment tests, not actual programming, until a license application is filed and program test authority (PTA) is granted. PTA and licensed operation must be at 50 kW PEP (Benn Kobb, March 17, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 18530, Brother Scare on WINB second harmonic, March 25 at 1408 was just barely audible but // 9265 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 9370v, WTJC, March 25 at 1418 ending choral version of ``America the Beautiful``, into a more overt Christian hymn; usual distorted lo-fi signal, tsk for a station playing so much music (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A [non]. 7390, March 25 at 1259, VOA Yankee Doodle Dandy sign-on, pause and 1300 into Cantonese. This is via Tinang, PHILIPPINES, at 13-15. News began with item about GoDaddy following example of Google vs Chinese censorship – and no jamming audible! The ChiCom normally don`t bother with jamming Cantonese broadcasts for some reason. However, there was a trace of very weak music under; nothing else scheduled at this time except Belarus, unlikely. 7385 WHRI was just signing off, but carrier stayed on a minute past 1300 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** ZAMBIA. 9430, 1Africa, March 25 at 0533 was running promo that if you tried to hear them between 9 and 18 hours CAT [UT +2] on March 24 and 25, you would just hear noise [example], since they would be off the air for ``upgrade and maintenance``. How exactly are their SW transmissions being upgraded? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. 6135, surprised to hear a fairly good signal at the late hour of 1422 March 25 with hymnic harmonies, blocked from 1429:45 by ``BBC London`` in Vietnamese via Singapore, but still producing a SAH. Figured it would be easy to look up what gospel huxter preceded on 6135, but nothing listed! Except Yemen, rule that out. And except Madagascar, which others have heard by long-path but I never expected to in deep North America a bihour after sunrise. Could it be? In A-10, both Japan and Russia could be on 6135 during the 14-15 hour, so need to identify this pronto (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ###