lunedì 10 maggio 2010

Glenn Hauser logs May 10, 2010

** ANTARCTICA. 15476, May 10 at 1300 I can only detect the carrier vs noise level, confirming that RNASG, LRA36 is on the air, but that`s it (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CANADA [non]. 9955, UT Monday May 10 at 0542, ``White Cliffs of Dover`` and big band music; what`s this? Then into reminiscences of VE Day celebrations (which was really May 8, 1945) in the ``Lower Mainland``, code for metro Vancouver; o yes, it`s RCI via WRN via WRMI, as if Sackville did not have enough SW coverage by itself (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) See also USA WRMI

** CHAD [and non]. Has RNT switched frequencies again? One window on 6165 is after Bonaire is finished at 0527, but May 10 at 0541 I can only detect a very weak carrier which could be something else, i.e. Croatia now opening at 0500 in A-season. Need to look for Chad in earlier window between Bonaire broadcasts 0427-0459.

At 0541, nothing on 7120, that previously used and now out-of-band frequency, which Nils Schiffhauer, DK8OK presumably in Germany, reported to HCDX as active May 8 at 1720 mentioning N`djamena.

A weak unID on 4900 is being heard around 2230-2300 by Carlos Gonçalves in Portugal, which I suspect could be Chad instead of its other alternative 4905, but he hears clues pointing to a reactivated Ivory Coast (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CHINA. Firedrake search May 10 at 1320-1328 found none at all between 8 and 18 MHz. E Asian reception not very good, but CNR1 jammers were still making it on 15285, 15265, 11805, etc. (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CHINA [non]. Checking 15120 for Nigeria, May 10 at 0553 I hear something in Chinese instead, i.e. R. Free Asia via TINIAN as scheduled 03-07. Then find unsynchronized parallels: stronger 17615 which is a sesquisecond ahead of 15120; 0559 they are playing the Palladio ``diamond`` music as I have also heard repeatedly months ago from RFA. Must be a regular program theme, 0600 ID. Another // is 17880, which has even much better signal here, with audio ahead of 17615. And a weaker one on 15615. 17880 is SAIPAN, the other three Tinian; and as Aoki reminds us, all are *jammed by the ChiCom, but none of that was making it here (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** COSTA RICA. 5954+, May 10 at 0026 the ELCOR test transmitter again with continuous music, hets from WYFR 5950 and CRI/Sackville 5960. The latter finished by 0100, so 5954 reception much improved at 0102, still better at 0129. The exact purpose of these broadcasts has not been confirmed by ELCOR.

Terry Krueger points out that their undated client list for SW transmitters still exists:
Many of those are now history, or never really became history, such as a 50 kW transmitter for a station called ``Ideas`` in Kenya

** CUBA. Re last report: RHC DX program is named ``En Contacto``, not ``Encuentro DX``. I have a hard time keeping the titles of all the Spanish and Portuguese DX programs unconfused (Glenn Hauser, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** EQUATORIAL GUINEA. 6250, RNGE rarely on the air, May 10 at 0538 in Castilian probably news, vs ute beeps, but just as I was starting to BFO the frequency, it cut off the air at 0538:30*, and had not come back by 0552. If EqG ever starts before 0527, will make an interesting collision with another Spanish station on 6250, R. Japón via Bonaire, the leapfrog of 6080 over 6165 RN in Dutch (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** NIGERIA [non]. Still seeking VON unsuccessfully on frequencies and times previously audible: 15120, May 10 at 0553 only something in Chinese instead, i.e. R. Free Asia, TINIAN. See CHINA [non] (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SAUDI ARABIA [and non]. 17705, May 10 at 1312, two weak stations mixing, one talk, one music. The talker has a very unstable carrier, but could be polar Doppler effect rather than transmitted that way; or is it imposed jamming? By 1317 the unstable one is gone, and the other remains now in talk.

Aoki shows we have a collision here between AIR`s jammed Chinese service from Bangalore, and BSKSA General program 1:
17705*ALL INDIA RADIO 1145-1315 Chinese 500  58 Bangaluru             
17705 R. RIYADH       1155-1455 Arabic  500 310 Riyadh BSKSA a10

At 1359, 17705 was poor with ME music; 1400 5+1 timesignal within one second of accuracy; the last pip of same pitch but prolonged; theme music and presumed news in Arabic (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SPAIN. Another Monday, May 10, so another chance to check what REE is doing with its weekly Sephardic show scheduled 1425-1455. At 1428 no carrier detectable on 15385, tho there was a weak one from REE Castilian on 15585, and a much better signal on 17595. European reception on 19m was quite poor, so maybe 15385 was still on; could not find it either on the imaginary oft-announced frequency 15325 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** TAIWAN. 9735, good signal from RTI`s Japanese service, 45 degrees USward, so listened to the music for a while, May 10 at 1350, something by Tim McGraw, sounds C&W-influenced tho non-English lyrix. Sign-off at 1357 spelled out website with English pronunciation except for the punxuation, but cut off the air before a repeat of that could complete. I am pleased to note that the irregular spurs this used to put on 9730 and 9740 have not been heard in many months (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. Altho the WWCR-4 transmitter was on the air again for a while last week after the flood outage, it continues to be missing as of May 10 while the other three are OK. Nothing on 9980 late May 9, and nothing on 5890 early UT May 10, so no WOR repeats at 2330 or 0330. 9980 still off at 1434 check. No update yet since May 8 on the WWCR homepage (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 11715, KJES has VG S9+20 signal on 70 degree beam OKward, May 10 at 1323 with catechisms repeated by psychophants, such as ``I am standing at the door``. Undermodulated but enough to copy without strain this time. Next check at 1431 after presumed rotation to 350 degrees at 1400, still good signal, child implores ``please let me know if you can hear me`` and back to catechisms, this time spoken by an adult woman and repeated by a chorus of adults, starting with ``For you are a chosen race``. How PI can they get? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A [and non]. 9955, WRMI, Monday May 10 at 1433 had Roberto Scaglione in his Italian program ``Studio DX`` but some chirping hets at first, a different kind of jamming? See also CANADA [non] (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ###