domenica 23 maggio 2010

Glenn Hauser logs May 22-23, 2010

** CHILE. Yet another problem with a CVC transmitter, this time the one in Spanish on 17680: May 23 at 1257 found matching modulation spur spikes at plus and minus 65 kHz = 17745 and 17615. At least these are concentrated and not spreading over the entire range like CR [q.v.] from 15170. (It goes without saying that WWRB was splattering too from 9385 on 9370 and 9400.) (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CHINA. Firedrake May 23:
 8400, nothing, nor on 9 MHz band
10420, fair at 1248, very good at 1315 but went off at 1316*
11500, fair at 1248 and 1314 // 10420
12800, VG at 1351 // 12970
12970, VG at 1351 // 12800
13000, VG at 1250 and 1309, not // 10420; off by 1351
13300, VG at 1352 // 12800 and 12970
13320, VG at 1250 // 13000 but not the lowers

** COSTA RICA [and non]. May 22 I again checked out 17850 for more unID DRM tests. Not today, probably because it`s Saturday, but plenty more of interest from REE. Tune-in 17850 at 2042 to find big AM carrier, with hum and some hash on hi side, but no programmatic modulation. Even without DRM, this signal overshadows WYFR on 17845; with lots of open space on 16m, they should never have attempted such neighborliness. Then 17850 cut off for a minute at 2043*-*2044; 2046 added modulation, a show called ``Hispanorama``.

This was axually a series of brief modules with closing, pause and re-opening every few minutes, evergreen topix such as art, the Second Republic, etc. At 2100 I compared to 17595 direct from Spain and found other programming running there (in plain Castilian, not portullano as on weekdays). At 2113 I also compared to much weaker 11815 and 9765 and found the odd programming was also running on those Cariari channels // 17850.

Suddenly, at 2120, Hispanorama stopped and the three rejoined feed from Madrid in progress, // 17595 and weak 17755 but with the usual satellite delay a second or so after them. So Hispanorama was backup programming from the site for whenever feed from Spain be lost. Another direct frequency with much bigger signal in // was 15110.

After 2200 they were all in a world music show, sounded African, then at 2231 discussing judíos argentinos and their music. Per this program grid
at 2200-2300 UT Saturdays it is ``Mundofonías``; and before 2200 is ``Tablero Deportivo``, which normally would have been filled by silly ballgames, but none this Saturday evening, or they ended earlier.

Next morning May 23: 15170 CR back on with extremely strong signal at 1254 just as ``Amigos de la Onda Corta`` was ending. Unfortunately it`s distorted on the fundamental and splattering modulation spikes as far as 15000 to 15330, worsening closest to 15170. 1353 still doing it altho more like plus/minus 100 kHz range (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA [non]. 11845, at 1310 Sunday May 23, atop jamming, R. Martí again talking about Mark Twain, no doubt playback of the same show I heard previously. They pointedly remarked that Twain was known for satirizing American foibles. (Something the humorless DentroCuban Revolutionaries would never do about themselves.) (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** JAPAN [non]. 6120, NHKWNRJ via Sackville, May 23 at 1219 during World Interactive, with new monthly feature`s second outing by a guy from South Dakota who is teaching English in Japan, ``Dotchi``, which involves surveying website visitors on different topix, this month: should holidays be shifted to they don`t bunch up causing congestion? (There were three or four in a row in early May`s Japan.). Said to go to

Dotchi means decide and it`s running in all their languages, including English:

No mention of the SD guy on that website, but he outroed as Jeff Otto(?), to be back next month (on the fourth Sunday, evidently). 1224 back to YL host who mentioned they are still doing a haiku feature (presumably on the first Sundays), and plugged contest prompted by 75th anniversary of R. Japan (make that R. Tokyo! From the Japanese Empire, pre-WWII), ``What is Radio Japan to me?``. Deadline July 15; entries may be in several forms, including plain essays; see website. Then to mailbag including a French harmonica player whose website is  There he`s selling his CDs, but I don`t see any samples (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** KOREA NORTH. 13760, May 22 at 2111, unmistakable style and accent in English of VOK zombie, fair signal blustering about South Korean traitors provoking war. It seems the 13 MHz area is currently in a narrow band between the LUHF and the MUF at this time of day from E Asia to C North America (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** MEXICO. 6045, XEXQ-OC still missing Sunday May 23 at 1215 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** OKLAHOMA. Two of our irregular AM stations are missing again, May 22 at 2015 UT: 1580, KOKB Blackwell, back to open carrier, and same an hour later; last few days whenever checked the revived audio had been unpleasantly overmodulated and distorted.

1120, KEOR Sperry-Catoosa-Tulsa, still absent, no modulation or carrier. Ditto for both at next check 1604 UT May 23 (Glenn Hauser, Enid, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SUDAN [non]. 13600, 0510 May 23, good signal with `Horn of Africa` music, into Arabic(?) interview on phone. But it`s R. Dabanga, via Madagascar, for Sudan, which is not exactly on the HOA, 0430-0527 at 330 degrees, thus also USward (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 9265, WINB with Martha Garvin`s ``Musical Memories``, May 23 at 1242 accompanying herself on piano as she sang ``I Shall Not Be Moved`` and ``That Train``, i.e. civil rights protest songs, imagine that. Next check at 1317 heard a less talented singer with portative organ accompaniment caterwauling ``The Battle Hymn of the Republic`` followed by sermon about Micah. Sounds like the Filipina who has decided she should evangelize American ex-colonialists. Naturally, WINB`s screwed-up program sked on its own website is no help, showing Martha only at some completely different time, and wrong ET/UT conversion so that Sunday at `1400` it`s ``Living the Bible`` or at `1300` ``Call to Worship`` (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** VENEZUELA [non]. Another no-show from El Hugazo, checking ``Alo, Presidente`` frequencies via Cuba, Sunday May 23 at 1604: nothing on 17750, 13750, 13680, 12010, 11690. RHC itself was audible on 11730, 11760, 12030, 15380 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ###