sabato 24 luglio 2010

Glenn Hauser logs July 23-24, 2010

** BRAZIL [non]. 15415, threshold signal, with excited commentary, like a football game, July 23 at 2210. Can it be in Brazilian? Initially I imagine that R. Clube de Ribeirão Preto, SP could have returned after many years. Propagation possible from RP, SP, as the Argentine het is audible on 15345v. So I strain to confirm the language at least. Fortunately, there are no RHC 15370 spurs in the area today. Unfortunately, 15415 signal gets worse instead of better. 2221 it`s music instead. 2233 back to talk, but more like information now. Just too weak, I give up at 2236.

Looked up later, it must be R. Australia, Indonesian service from Shep at 22-24. AAMOF, RA English toward Pacific was putting in much better signals on 15560, 15230.

WRTH 2010 still has this 15415 station listed, as *inactive, ZYE955, 1 kW. But it`s been gone so long that it doesn`t even appear in the `inactive` list at
which BTW never picked up our reports that LRA36 was M-F, not M/W/F.

Another colorful Brazilian place name, meaning Black Brook, or large stream. There are still a number of Brazilian stations including some on SW which are ``Clubs``, notably 4885, Pará. I assume these originated as true clubs in the early radio era, but are these now just holdovers in corporate nomenclature? Does being a `club` station imply they were, or are, noncommercial?

WRTH for SP23 station gives enviable URL where one might answer some of these questions. It looks like an extensive business, with three FM stations, two AM, and a lot about HDTV, not old-hat SW (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CANADA. 9625, continuous tone test again, July 24 at 0510, CBCNQ transmitter not really turned off when programming finished a few minutes earlier (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CHINA. Firedrake July 24:
 8400, tuned in earlier than usual at 1132, NOT FD but instead CNR1 programming, M&W alternating in Chinese, confirmed as such at 1138 by // CNR1 usual jammer on 9845 when there was a bit of music. Also // 11785 but an echo apart at 1143, and also // usual CNR1 jammers on 11990, 12040. Still no trace of victim Sound of Hope on 8400, but the less cautious list-logger might have assumed that was it.
 8400, by 1224 next check, had switched back to Firedrake, `ramshorn` passage; poor-fair at 1236
10500, FD fair at 1140, gone at 1233
13060, FD poor at 1145, gone at 1233
14700, FD poor at 1151, poor-fair at 1231

** CHINA. 13590, CRI English, July 24 at 1147, M&W discussing Summer Palace, scripted rather than idle chat, VG, much better but 2 sex behind // Sackville 6040. 13590 is supposedly Beijing site at 193 degrees, English at 10-12. At 1150, CRI English also on 13720, weaker than 13590 and about one word behind it. 13720 is Xi`an at 200 degrees, also 10-12 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA. 12020, RHC Spanish, fair with Cuban music on late at 0502 July 24, // 6120; but gone at next check 0507 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** FRANCE [non]. RFI`s Météo Marine at 1130 on 13640 via GUIANA FRENCH doesn`t need the full semihour, so at 1148 July 24 I am hearing salsa piano music fill, RFI jingle, into vocal music; good but not solid signal, despite 320 azimuth USward (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** NETHERLANDS [non]. 7360, July 24 at 1128, VG signal with RNW concluding ``Classic Dox`` show and just before 1130 opening ``Network Europe``, but goes to OC briefly during which I could barely hear CRI IS underneath, and off.

One might reasonably assume that RN has relented and reinstated an English broadcast on SW to North America from 1030 or 1100, the reception is so good. But it`s really the end of RNW`s Dutch at 1100 via IBB Tinang, PHILIPPINES, where they automatically switch to three minutes of English at 1127-1130*, just to tantalize us on the 21-degree azimuth USward. And the CRI would be Kunming southward about to start Thai at 1130 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** ROMANIA. 17510, OSOB at 1154 July 24, Carib rap music, so Farda? No, it`s RRI as revealed a minute later with sign-off in English until 1700; claims the 1100 frequencies are 15430, 17670, no mention of this one; 1156 IS. A-10 schedule at
says those two are for Central Africa, with 17510 and 15210 for W Europe. Beware; they also still link to English frequency schedules for the past three seasons (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SAUDI ARABIA. 17705, BSKSA Riyadh at 1315 July 24 with interview in Arabic between studio announcer and a phoner; modulation level not commensurate with the S9+10 signal, slow fades. Is 310 degrees for Europe, also USward (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 7490, WWCR is always extremely strong here, but July 24 at 1239 with gospel music, it was splattering 7460-7520, worst at 7470-7510 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** VATICAN [non]. 9830, VR via CANADA, July 24 at 1200 with a Jesus story running past hourtop without break in programming or transmission, but 1201 into next show, still in Spanish instead of scheduled English, ``América Latina en la voz de sus pastores`` about El Salvador. How many countries can claim to be named for a sectarian religious figure`s nickname? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ###