sabato 22 maggio 2010

Glenn Hauser logs May 21-22, 2010

** AUSTRALIA. R. Australia has replaced ``All in the Mind`` with ``All in the Foot``, Friday at 1330 UT, noted May 21 on 9590. Axually, the new show is called ``World Football Weekly``; could it have something to do with the upcoming World Cup elsewhere in the Southern Hemisphere? Checking online programme guide, WFW is Thu 1031, Fri 1330, 1930, Sat 0130, while All in the Mind still exists Wed 1405, Sat 1130 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CHILE. A closer check of CVC 11920 relaying HCJB Portuguese, May 21 at 2305 confirms there are no audible spurs circa plus/minus 20 kHz (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CHINA. Not much making it from Asia at 2221 UT May 21 on 13 MHz or other bands, but on 13775 good signal with W&M in hyper Chinese, sounds like typical CNR1 programming. Faded to JBA by 2230. Per Aoki it`s another jammer, against VOA Chinese via Thailand during this hour only (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** COSTA RICA. 5954.12, ELCOR music test still going with fairly good signal May 22 at 0145, but a lot weaker than WYFR 5950. Quite separable on DX-398 narrow, and side-tuned up a bit. It was three clix above 5954, i.e. 3 x 40 Hz, but margin of error prevents certainty on the last digit (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) See USA KJES

** COSTA RICA. Following suspicious UNID DRM on 15170, 17850, q.v., checked REE relay frequencies May 22 at 0104: 3350 poor and 9630 VG, stronger than 9620 direct from Spain, all in analog. Could not decide whether it was also on the scheduled 6020 under CRI/ALBANIA and Peru/het, but something was SAHing (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA. 15370, the RHC transmitter with the spurs in Spanish at 21-23 to Europe, is also on the previous hour, 2000 in Portuguese, 2030 in Arabic, so May 21 at 2042 I find its main whiny spur on 15409.5 and a weaker one JBA around 15330.

At 2045 in Arabic mentioned Máximo Gómez, one of the original revolutionary figures who would later have a clandestine channel of La Voz del CID named for him. BTW, it should have been La Voz *de* CID as there was nothing masculine about it (Cuba Independiente y Democrática). But they were probably trying to evoke El Cid. A recent report from Cuba says CID is active in the DentroCuban opposition, but we wonder if it`s now only a sham.

12060, DCJC pulsing at the rate of 4 times per second, fading in and out, the second harmonic of one of the jammers on 6030 against R. Martí -- but which?

5040, RHC missing at 0140 May 22, tho Rebelde 5025 was good as usual. On the DX-398 with reel-out antenna and AC power, I could hear RHC English weakly on 5070, so it took the huge signal on 5970 to produce such an image on this receiver; nothing else 900 kHz below other 49m frequencies was audible.

6000 also in English at 0149, but much weaker signal and much weaker modulation than 5970.

9580, supposed to be CRI Chinese via Habana, big open carrier with hash, no intelligible modulation, May 22 at 0205, and putting like hashy spurs on 9570 and 9590 --- just like the same transmitter does in the mornings, whether modulated or not, when on 9570, QRMing Australia on 9560 and 9580 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. WORLD OF RADIO 1513 monitoring: Area 51 no longer publishes any schedule for weekdays when it is webcast only, not on WBCQ; yet the streaming link still runs, and UT Friday May 21 at 0000 we found WOR already about to conclude. Assuming it played straight thru, it must have started around 2335 UT May 20. The week before, it only came on for little more than one minute, the introduction, a few minutes before 2400.

WWCR 15825, Friday at 2029: with low flux, and no sporadic E at the moment, I could barely detect a carrier May 21 at 2037; some other chex had a little audio which sounded like me, but still too weak to copy. I am thinking not only is the signal very poor but the modulation is low. That improves a little at 2057 when I can detect the QSY to 7465 announcement.

ACB Radio webcast confirmed with WOR 1513 during the final airing in the 2300 UT hour Friday May 21 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. WRNO with gospel song by YL mentioning El Shadai(?) over and over, May 22 0159 past hourtop. Seems almost on 7506; At 0330 more like 7505.8, VG strength (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 7555, strong open carrier at 0155 May 22; 0201 KJES had started with catechism repetitions in English, big hum and quite undermodulated. ELCOR cannot be proud (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** VATICAN. 9600, VR IS May 21 from tune-in 2242 till off at 2245* without announcement. Chinese from SMG at 2200-2245; most of their languages end at least a few minutes earlier, but instead of going right off, VR likes to play its lovely ``Christ Conquers`` IS postludio ad infinitum (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. 6874.9, May 22 at 0153, very weak talk and music in the noise level, presumably one of the pirates. Seems more upper than lower. WYFR is on 6875 from 03 to 12 give or take (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. More unscheduled strong DRM signals the afternoon of May 21. Both of them are on frequencies previously used at other times by Cariari, the Costa Rican relay of Radio Exterior de España, on AM, which I find quite suspicious, since one of their AM transmitters has been silent and they were reported last year to be installing a new DRM-capable one, so are these tests from it? I reported this yesterday and asked DRM receivers to check it, but no such reports have reached me to ID it.

May 21 at 2048 there is no DRM on 17850. However, at 2203, I find S9+17 DRM centered on 15170, but at next check 2217 it is gone. Then at 2218 I try the other frequency, 17850 and there it is, at S9+18, surely the same transmitter just moved up, centered on 17850, not 17855, and thus blowing away analog WYFR on 17845 which is scheduled from 1800 to 2245. 17845-17850-17855 DRM still going at 2244, 2300 chex, and cut off abruptly at 2309:17*. Checked 15170 again but did not come back there in next few minutes.

Just checked May 22 at 0400, still no listing of either in the DRM DX schedule, nor any reports of them in that forum nor in the drmna yg. Is anyone paying attention? Andy Sennitt points out that since it`s open-source, no one transmitting in DRM is obligated to put it in the schedules or publicize it; tho if they want an audience, it just might help (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ###