domenica 16 maggio 2010

Glenn Hauser logs May 15-16, 2010

** CUBA [and non]. 9885, VOA Spanish, open carrier already at 2253, hit at 2257 sharp by first pulsing jammer, quickly joined by others piling on until it`s a wall of noise by 2259 when VOA starts YDD sign-on. 2300 could still make out that the Saturday program doesn`t even feature news, but immediately ``De Capital a Capital``, an innocuous pop music show, ``música, música, y más música``, but which Must Be Jammed to Protect the Cuban People from Bomb-Making Instruxions, as Arnie Coro would have us believe. The jamming also bleeds over against Voice of Russia [q.v.] trying to get thru to North America in English on 9890 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CYPRUS. 15488-15513, OTH radar pulses, May 15 at 2210, presumed from here with typical 25-kHz bandwidth; Voice of Greece still audible poorly on 15630 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** EQUATORIAL GUINEA [and non]. 15190, R. Africa is STILL broadcasting tried, convicted and sentenced to 175 years for child sexual abuse, evangelist Tony Alamo, as noted his mumbling May 15 at 2212, making a slow less than 1 Hz SAH and atop WYFR in Portuguese, co-channel. By 2235 recheck, YFR had gained ascendancy, still SAH. And still no sign of R. Inconfidência, Belo Horizonte, Brasil, which keeps promising to reactivate this frequency, despite the other occupants (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** FRANCE [non]. 9750, excellent signal in Spanish, May 16 at 0115. Hard to figure out what station this is, based on program content. It`s about contemporary classical music in New York; except there are annoying voice-overs of people speaking what sounds like French, but some interesting music clips. Cut off at 0129* without any good-bye or ID, and uncovering a much weaker station which must be R. Liberty in Kazakh via Biblis, GERMANY, at 01-02, per Aoki.

It is in fact RFI`s Spanish via GUIANA FRENCH at 0100-0130 on 9750 in A-10. So what is the program? Let`s look it up on the RFI Spanish website! Finally we find a link to programming, and on the link page this has a date of February this year, contrary to the axual URL and xls file:

``Cuestiones de Hoy`` was the program on the Saturday 0100 (= UT Sunday) broadcast, but not a likely title for this (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** JAPAN [non]. 15265, NHKWN, via BONAIRE, UT Saturday May 15 at 2237 with classic recording of YL performing ``Tennessee Waltz``, soon followed by announcements in Japanese. Second hour of this Sunday morning show always has western classical music, as reconfirmed at 2316 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** RUSSIA [and non]. Voice of Russia: May 16 at 0010 I notice that VOR 9810 in Spanish is not jammed! Until recently, a sesquimonth into the A-10 season, the DentroCuban Jamming Command had been blasting this frequency despite having been turned over from R. República to VOR in Spanish, which is 195 degrees from GUIANA FRENCH across America South, and only a poor signal here.

Meanwhile, 9890 has VOR in English to North America. This one is 315 degrees from Armavir at 22-02, not much better than 9810. Checked at 2300, it`s getting noise jam bleedover from 9885 against VOA Spanish. At 0100 the 9885 jamming has declined to pulsing and not bothering 9890 so much.

9735 GUF in VOR Spanish used to start at 0100, but some time ago that was delayed until *0200. Last night we heard 9735 after 0400 in English instead of Spanish, so will English now start at 0200? Yes! On the air from *0159 with VOR IS, not synch with VOR IS on 9890, which went to open carrier and off shortly after 0200. 9735 signed on in English at 0200, with VG signal we finally get to enjoy until 0500.

BTW, WRTH A-10 update shows BVBN via Wertachtal also on 9735 at 0430-0500 Tuesday and Thursday in Arabic (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SPAIN. 15110, REE with usual excellent signal direct, in fact the second strongest station on band, exceeded only by WYFR on 15440, and much stronger than WYFR 15130, May 15 at 2240 with Brazilian song, but 2242 announcement in Castilian (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ###