martedì 21 settembre 2010

Glenn Hauser logs September 20-21, 2010

** ANTARCTICA [and non]. 15476, LRA36 missing again, this week on a Tuesday, Sept 21 at several chex, 1232, 1326, 1354, 1404, no carrier ever detected, while 15480 Rampisham was JBA from the outset (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CHILE. 17680, CVC La Voz, which was missing all morning Sept 20, back in force Sept 21 with gospel rock at 1234, in fact the SSOB by far (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CHINA. Firedrake Sept 21:
 8400, fair with flutter at 1218
10970, good with flutter at 1225, not at 1324. No others found up to 18 MHz. Also had 10970 on Sept 15, but there was a long gap before then since previous log on May 4.

6030, Sept 21 at 1336, Asian talk and music, flutter, only one signal audible, well after the DentroCuban Jamming Command and Radio Martí are finished with 6030. At first I thought it was S Asian, then Chinese. Aoki shows AIR New Delhi in Hindi, as well as CNR1 Beijing 572 in Chinese, AND, Ming Hui Radio, Chinese via Tanshui, Taiwan during this hour only and *jammed. CFVP Calgary is also no doubt buried somewhere underneath. As usual I will prioritize the jamming as most likely to be heard (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CHINA. OTH radar, presumed from here, Sept 21 at 1237 spanning 9370-9400 with strong pulsing; but the stations at the edges could escape it by side-tuning, WTJC and FEBC (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CHINA. 9855, at 1244 Sept 21, Chinese with echo, could be long/short path from CRI Chinese service, 215 degrees from Beijing. You know you have a PR problem (read that public relations, OR People`s Republic), when any reception of your station is just as likely to be a jammer as a legit broadcast. But Aoki shows nothing to jam here at this hour.

7205 // 7215 in Chinese music, Sept 21 at 1338. 7205 is weaker but clear; 7215 has co-channel QRM. During this hour, CRI Chinese service is listed on both, via Beijing and Xi`an, respectively, while CRI Japanese service is also listed on 7215, same time, same frequency, same site Xi`an. That could well explain the QRM, tho such a situation would surely be counter-productive. Some genius may have decided that since the two services aim in different direxions, 73 and 190 degrees, this is feasible. CRI should double up on a lot more frequencies (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** GUATEMALA. 4055, R. Verdad which had been inaudible at this hour UT Monday, was back and best heard yet, UT Tuesday Sept 21 at 0529, talking over music. Still tough copy, and I found it hard to pin down the carrier with BFO on, concluding that it`s quite reduced carrier plus USB (and a trace of audio on LSB, but is the DX-398 doing that or their temp transmitter?). 0535 just hum, and I first thought it had faded down or turned off, but this was just dead air; 0537.6 starts singing gospel hymn in English with piano accompaniment. 0546 brief announcement and more gospel music; 0550-0553 another pause; 0559 ``The Time Has Come to Say --- (Good Night?)`` song in English, brief announcement, could not tell if in English too, brief hymn; 0601 YL announcement, presumed sign-off and choral/orchestral Guatemalan national anthem, long version of about 4 verses to 0605*. Perhaps they have bumped up the power to 100 watts now, and/or propagation is improving.

As for the English, program schedule at
shows ``Spiritual Songs`` in the 05-06 UT hour Tue-Sun. Also that alternating with other English programs UT Mondays 03-04 and 05-06.

Whenever I seek the Truth on 4055, I also check 4050 for anything. Nothing at 0605, but at 1203 Sept 21 something was there, presumably 3 x 1350 KWMO Washington MO; nothing audible on 4055, too late after sunrise? Chiquimula ephemeris is here:
showing today`s SR/SS are 1147-2355 UT. At 14-48 North, they do not vary much during the year, but at winter solstice, sunshine will contract to 1218-2333 UT (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** INDONESIA. 9526-, VOI, Tuesday Sept 21 at 1301 Jak YL introducing usual OM RRI Banjarmasin colleague, this time sounded like his name was Fatma, another time like Fato, while the YL anchor in Jakarta is more certainly Rachma, tho probably else-spelt. VG signal with some hum; OADs are rarer and not too annoying, or am I just getting used to them? Except for a dropout of about 5 sex at 1319, and the quick ones became more frequent later in the hour.

1304 into newscast alternating from Jak and Banj studios with other announcers, hard to understand. 1316 introduced as a ``dignatorial`` but its speaker called it a ``commentary``. 1320, Banj guy says we can listen to their stream via (I`ve yet to  try it since at this hour I am into SW monitoring with computer off.)

1321, Today in History: World Peace Day, something about JRR Tolkien. 1324 about the Floating Market Festival in Banjarmasin, Sept 25-27, and still/again discussing it at 1335. Part of this was relayed from the FRG-7 with 110-foot E-W longwire, to my insensitive breakfast table DX-390 via feeder on 90.7 FM. Rest of hour I move on to other monitoring (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** KUWAIT. 21540, Sept 21 at 1330 spaghetti-western movie music with Arabic talkover, no Spanish audible, and SSOB, virtually OSOB with only a trace of Spain on 21570. By 1357 REE was able to cause a fast SAH on 21540, while Libya 21695 had become the strongest station on band. Per registrations, there is a 6-hour overlap on 21540 at 09-15 UT between Kuwait and Spain, incredible, as this sparsely-used 13m band has plenty of open frequencies. R. Kuwait is aimed toward Europe, while Spain is toward Africa, so everything else being equal, Kuwait has the advantage here (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** KYRGYZSTAN [non]. 15165, Sept 21 at 1229 heard a bit of Russian, them vamp/fill music, sufficient signal vs much stronger REE/Costa Rica on 15170, but 15165 off without announcement at 1230*. Aoki says it`s R. Liberty in Kyrgyz via Biblis, GERMANY; natch, Russian is still the most important second language, RSL (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** LIBYA. 21695, V. of Africa, Sept 21 at 1400 opening English with ponderous Afro-centric declamations, at the moment better than // 17725, but these fluxuate a lot (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** MALAYSIA. 6049.6, Sept 21 at 1202, the weak het caused by Asyik FM/Suara Islam against something (HCJB?) on 6050.0 is back, and still at 1238; I had noticed it missing Sept 19, and Ron Howard confirmed that as of Sept 18, the RTM frequency had been off the air for well over a week when checked in the 13-15 UT period.

Malaysia kept providing a stronger het from 6174.4, bothering CNR1 Beijing 572 on 6175.0 at 1238 Sept 21; it`s 37 degrees USward per Aoki (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** OKLAHOMA. Re DXLD 10-37: 1500, KPGM Pawhuska/Bartlesville, whose signal was absent on daytime chex Sept 13-14, had resumed by Sept 20 at 1910, 2120 UT; weak signal on caradio provided no ID, but surely this, the only groundwave signal on 1500 normally audible here.

Also Sept 21 at 1504 UT starting Back to the Bible, discussing Nehemiah, as if what some ancient scribe allegedly wrote had any relevance today. Religious format also chex vs nostalgic KJIM Sherman TX, whose 1500 signal skywave kix in (Glenn Hauser, Enid, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U K [and non]. 15170, Sept 21 at 1356, Russian in the clear at S9+18, certainly plenty of signal even tho BBC aims 70 degrees with 300 kW via Woofferton. Earlier, REE/Costa Rica was on 15170 and dominant, but must have dumped off for a while. It was back at 1405, S9+25 atop BBC which was still audible underneath (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** VIETNAM [non]. Happened to tune by 6175, Sept 21 at 0527 and VOV relay via CANADA was still talking Vietnamese, so I timed when it was cut off, at approx. 0527:40 for the VTC/Babcock theme loop until 0529* (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ###