lunedì 15 novembre 2010

Glenn Hauser logs November 14-15, 2010

** ANTARCTICA. 15476, can`t detect even a carrier from LRA36, Monday Nov 15 at 1401, 1443 chex (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** BRAZIL. 12174, center of hugely distorted blob, spur from SRDA, Nov 14 at 2244, hard to // to poor signal on 11765, but surely so as previously confirmed source (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CHINA. Firedrake Nov 15:
 8400, good at 1339 in drumming segment
10500, very good at 1351 but with some IADs
No other found up to 18 MHz by 1358 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CHINA [and non]. 7220, Nov 15 at 1522, romantic piano music, then Japanese announcement, so it`s CRI at 15-16, 300 kW, 59 degrees from Jinhua site, and also USward, making it the SSOB below 7490; no QRhaM either, avoided by them. SSOB used to be R. Australia 7240, but not any more, weak something, tho still sked from 1400 to Pacific (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CHINA [non]. 15230, CRI English via Sackville missing Nov 15 at 1442, leaving the frequency to Cuba which started using it last week instead of planned and short-lived 15390. The two had been colliding, Commies vs Commies, but apparently CRI has conceded, unusual for them. It`s scheduled 13-15, so are both hours off, or moved elsewhere? Also still on 13675 via Sackville (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA. Looking for the alleged new times for Esperanto from RHC on Sundays: Nov 14 at 2105 nothing audible on 11760 tho I was inside a signal-repelling/absorbing building, a disappointing high-school performance of The Music Man with terrible acoustix in a gym; when I got outside at 2130 there was no signal on 11760 either tho RHC 11770 was fine. So I think the 2100-2130 Sunday Esperanto on Arnie`s schedule is imaginary.

The next one is supposedly at 2230-2300 on 15370. That frequency was on the air Sunday Nov 14 at 2231, but in French, not Esperanto, urgently translating the spoutings of El Hugazo. The website schedule shows 15370 not starting until 2300, in Creole, and no French on any frequency at 2230. So perhaps French stands in for no available program this week in Esp`o. (As in previous report, none at 1500 either on 11760.)

Meanwhile I also checked some of the Sunday afternoon Spanish programming against the website program schedule. On 15230 at 2236, Mundo de la Filatelia was in progress, giving postal addresses of two Cuban collectors who want to exchange stamps, one in Habana, another in Tunas, and there are usually several more each week.

There is lite SAH on 15230, presumably R. Australia, but no modulation from it audible under Cuba [see also CHINA]. At 2257 I was on 6140, the new all-day frequency ex-6110, as Cuba Campesina was opening, and at 2301 also on // 9820 but this frequency is the perpetually lo-fi and distorted transmitter, best avoided, especially during music. Is it the transmitter or the program feed line to blame??

What time are these two on the schedule at
? Unknown since the 21:00-23:00 UTC Domingo period is just a Revista Iberoamericana, containing features which at other dayparts get their own individual listings. When last we checked for Monitoring Reminders Calendar, Cuba Campesina was 2200/2225, preceded by En Contacto varying between 2142 and 2200. So CC has also shifted one UT hour later now, and likely so has EC around 2242 instead of 2142 UT. Next update of MRC will show them one hour later than:

2142/2200 RHC EN CONTACTO 5040 6140 9820 11730 11770 15230 [time varies] DX
2200/2225 RHC CUBA CAMPESINA 5040 6140 9820 11730 11770 15230 [time varies] music

What about the `0135` non-final repeat [since there are more later in the night never published in schedules] of En Contacto UT Mondays? No, when I check at 0148 Nov 15 there is a sports report but EC with the Uruguay report is underway at 0239, so that too has moved one hour later. Here`s the Sunday evening schedule on website, meaning UT Mondays! which it seems we must also add one hour to, even if RHC itself never gets around to it:

24:00 UTC Domingo Noticiero
24:10 UTC Domingo Cadena Deportiva Panamericana [really 1 hour later]
01:00 UTC Domingo Noticiero
01:10 UTC Domingo Somos Jóvenes
01:25 UTC Domingo Andar la Habana
01:30 UTC Domingo Boletín
01:35 UTC Domingo En Contacto [confirmed one hour later]
01:50 UTC Domingo En Compañía del Doctor
02:00 UTC Domingo Noticiero
02:10 UTC Domingo El Mundo de la Filatelia
02:30 UTC Domingo Boletín
02:35 UTC Domingo Amigos de Cuba [mailbag]
02:55 UTC Domingo Menciones y Promociones
03:00 UTC Domingo Noticiero
03:10 UTC Domingo Indagaciones [investigations, of what?]
03:30 UTC Domingo Al Encuentro de América
04:00 UTC Domingo Noticiero
04:10 UTC Domingo El Idioma de Cervantes [the Castilian language]
04:20 UTC Domingo Así es mi Tierra
04:30 UTC Domingo Boletín
04:35 UTC Domingo La Cultura en Cuba
04:53 UTC Domingo Andar la Habana

DentroCuban Jamming Command doing well on the harmonic scene, Nov 14 at 2240: pulses on 17865, which is 3 x 5955 vs ELCOR/República, so I also check 18090, and same pulsing audible there, 3 x 6030 vs Martí, intruding into the hamband.

Also wall of noise jamming on 9725 Nov 14 at 2302 vs nothing audible, but HFCC shows 9725 as IBB Greenville Spanish at 0000-0100 daily, also 0100-0200 Tue-Sat, i.e. the combo VOA/Martí broadcast, but no longer starting at 2300 since DST went off in Wáshington. Duh!

9928, DCJC pulses against nothing Nov 15 at 1350, probably spur from 9955/9965 walls of noise. 15278, Nov 15 at 1446, jamming pulses, presumed spur of 15330 vs Martí, and also circa 15385 vs REE Sephardic  (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CYPRUS. 10240-10265, OTH radar pulses, Nov 15 at 1352; since Firedrake was VG on 10500, might have assumed this too from China, but 25-kHz spread is typical of Cyprus (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** INDONESIA. 9526-, VOI absent for the third day in a row during the 13 UT English hour, at least: nothing there Nov 15 at 1340 check; and once again the other transmitter down the Cimanggis hall on 9680 with RRI domestic was still on as usual, in Indonesian over QRM (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** KUWAIT [and non]. 21540, Nov 15 at 1433, REE Spanish atop a SAH, so R. Kuwait is still here too probably until 1500. Has anyone found their 18-21 English yet, which had been on 15540, and before that on 11990? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** LIBYA. 21695, Nov 15 at 1548, VOA with unusually good signal and modulation for a change, YL with heavy accent about replacing the OAU with something Qaddafic on 9/9/99, due to an Al-Fatah resolution (revolution?); SSOB but with BFO we can tell the carrier is still slightly unstable. 1556 sign-off message cut off before OM could give schedule, but carrier on until 1559* (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** ROMANIA. 15290 pop music with heavy beat, Nov 15 at 1544, then at 1545 same // 17540; soon into Arabic about Romania, so no question of the RRI identity as we can`t imagine any other Arabic-speaking station having anything at all to say about Rumania (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SPAIN. 15385, Emisión Sefarad en judeo-español de REE, Monday Nov 15 at 1435 M speaking Castilian about the WW II years, interviewed by W speaking JE. The two are so close that they have no trouble understanding each other, tho it would be nice with only one semihour per week if this broadcast could be totally in JE. 1444 some nice Sephardic music, marred by lite clix, probably spurs from DentroCuban Jamming Command against Martí on 15330. 1448 discussing film festivals, fill with Triumphal March from Aïda (is there a Jewish connexion?); 1453 sign-off with schedule still including 11780 for South America UT Tuesdays 0115. Someone should write sefarad @ and tell them that they are colliding with Brasília, and should go back to 11795, but why should it be up to a bylistener in OK? Does anyone care in their intended audience? She should also be told that giving the Spain/UT days only for the schedule could be confusing to casual listeners in
 the Américas: `o sea lunes por la tarde` (Glenn Hauser, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** TURKEY. Looking for LRA36, we again notice TRT 15480 running overtime: Nov 15 at 1400 an accurate timesignal, Turkish continuing here and on // 15350. Finally 15480 cuts off at 1405:21* by when 15350 is also off (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 15825, Nov 15 at 1359, outro for Ask WWCR, so Monday 1345 time is confirmed. Online schedule
despite many monthly updates has failed to specify which day of week this airing is; in the M-F schedule we know that some of the 1330 programs are a semi-hour, Tue & Wed, but how about Thu & Fri? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** VIETNAM. 9840-, Nov 15 at 1342 YL in English with Viet accent concluding review of major news of the past week; then report on PM visiting Cambodia. Good signal but het since VOV is slightly low in frequency. Don`t often hear this direct, but 9840 is one of their longtime frequencies.

B-10 schedule in DXLD 10-45 shows it at 1000-1530, 2200-2400 including English at 1000, 1130, 1230, 1330, 1500, 2330. The QRM would be VOR Moscow site registered after 1300. WHRI also has 9840 available 13-22, but activates it much shorter hours; I think on weekends only it is on this early (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ###