mercoledì 22 settembre 2010

Glenn Hauser logs September 22, 2010

** ANTARCTICA. 15476, LRA36 was missing Sept 21, but back Sept 22 at 1342, music barely audible, about same level as Rampisham 15480 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CANADA. Earlier September I was noticing a gradual seasonal improvement in CFRX 6070 reception at night, and also usually audible into daytime, but Sept 22 at 1307 I am not hearing it, tho there is a weak carrier, which could be Asian? No, North Korea finishes 6070 Japanese service around 1250, per Aoki. Then a report from Bruce Winkelman, Tulsa that he also found CFRX audio absent Sept 22 at 0349, just an open carrier. So the Toronto station has suffered another breakdown (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CHINA. 6030, Chinese // to one of the mixers jamming 9845, so CNR1, Sept 22 at 1310, atop co-channel QRM, unlike single station 24 hours earlier. So this is jamming Ming Hui Radio, clandestine via Tanshui, Taiwan during this hour only, per Aoki.

13830, Sept 22 at 1330, CNR1 on unlisted frequency, clear tnx to absence of WEWN 13835; 13830 jams Radio Free Asia, Tibetan via Tajikistan at 11-14.

15521, Sept 22 at 1344, weak Chinese hetting something on 15520; the only thing scheduled around this time per Aoki is V. of Tibet via Tajikistan at 1330-1342, plus jamming.

Firedrake Sept 22: none found 8-18 MHz after 1305 except:
15670, fair with flutter at 1346, i.e. jamming R. Free Asia, Tibetan via UAE at 11-14 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CHINA [non]. 9515, Sept 22 at 0535, strange music caught my ear, then talk in Arabic, so it`s CRI via ALBANIA at 05-07.

BTW, 10+ MHz was dead at this time, but lower frequencies doing well, such as Egypt 9305, Greece 9420, Zambia 9430; YFR channels quite weak on 9 MHz band. The numbers from NOAA do not account for this:

``Geophysical Alert Message
#Solar-terrestrial indices for 21 September follow.
Solar flux 85 and mid-latitude A-index 4.
The mid-latitude K-index at 0600 UTC on 22 September was 1 (5 nT).
No space weather storms were observed for the past 24 hours.
No space weather storms are expected for the next 24 hours.``

** CUBA. 5970, RHC DXers Unlimited, UT Wed Sept 22 at 0544, in progress, Arnie asking for reports on antenna tests 05-07 on 6010 and 6060. I missed the point of this, but apparently 6060 is getting into Europe, as it is certainly poor here. I see that is not including audio of DXUL, which would have been handy, and I suppose Arnie is delinquent as usual in blogposting his scripts.

13922, approx. very weak spur from RHC, Sept 22 at 1329, and again at 1433 check; has that hum associated with more-or-less 50-kHz multiples away from fundamentals previously infecting 11 and 15 MHz channels, but this was the only one I could detect on 13. Has to come from very strong 13680, 13780, or maybe both, besides the regular leapfrog on 13880 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** GUATEMALA. 4055, R. Verdad, Sept 22 at 0553 with music, poor but audible; dozed off, then found national anthem starting at 0601.

BTW, Wayne Berger of TGN, R. Cultural died Sept 21 in Jerusalem as he was leading a Christian tour group. Longtime DXers will remember him from when TGNA was on SW. He had also been working on repairing the main R. Verdad transmitter. See
Another photo of him is on the administrativo sexion of

** INDIA. 9470, AIR National Channel via Aligarh, Sept 22 at 1321, poor but audible in splash from WTWW 9479, with AIR IS, brief announcement and Vande Mataram, // better 9425 via Bengaluru. Had not heard 9470 in months, but seems to be behaving itself on proper frequency (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** ROMANIA. DRM noise, Sept 22 at 0540, I thought was centered on 7310, but must have been 7305, where RRI English is scheduled during this semihour only, 300 degrees toward Europe, also USward. Too bad DRM is not interactive, so RRI could know exactly how few are listening (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SAUDI ARABIA [and non]. 21505, Sept 22 at 1355, YL in Arabic, strongest station on band, except maybe Hausa on 21630 from BBC Ascension, and Libya 21695 also contending; by 1408 that was SSOB. 21505 // 17705, so BSKSA program 1. At 1400 a 5 + 1 timesignal (same pitch, last one prolonged), which ended about one second early compared to WWV. 21505 still audible at 1431 but now very poor. No other Saudi signals on 13m (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U K [non]. 21470, Sept 22 at 1401, BBCWS news, good signal not there a couple minutes before, since at 1400 site switches from Seychelles 240 degrees, to Cyprus 175 degrees. Quite readable, but fading down by 1406, gone by 1431. The 1400 news repeated exactly the same item I had heard one hour earlier via 6195 Singapore, about Russia expanding to the North Pole, plus other duplicates, maybe slightly rewritten. There ought to be more variety from hour to hour on a world news service, which cannot possibly cover everything of importance in only 5 minutes (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. WEWN English missing from 13835, not even a carrier detectable, Sept 22 at 1330. WWCR at same distance in another direxion was quite audible on 13845. At 1435 also looked for WEWN Spanish on 11550 and 12050, but also missing. Ditto the three WEWN frequencies scheduled at 1640, 11550, 12050 and 15610 --- tho neighbor WJHR was audible on 15550-USB. Weather maps showed no storms over Alabama at this time, so some other problem (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 18530, Sept 22 at 1352 very weak audio but // the BS on 9265, i.e. second harmonic of WINB, JBA and fading out and in. First time heard since March 25 at 1408, tho have often looked for it thru the summer. Seems an equinoxial thing, or just a fluke. Depending on WINB`s wacky schedule I have described before, this harmonic could be on 18710 instead, not heard yet (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. 18840-SSB, Sept 22 at 1350-1351*, 2-way excited conversation, one side with engine noise and a radio broadcast in background; language neither Spanish nor Portuguese, only understood ``cambio`` = over. Maybe Galician? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ###