mercoledì 17 novembre 2010

Glenn Hauser logs November 17, 2010

** ANTARCTICA. 15476, again today no trace of even a carrier from LRA36, Nov 17 at 1406. Last time I could find it was Nov 12. Is anyone hearing it? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** BULGARIA. 15700, R. Bulgaria, Nov 17 at 1458 with a familiar violin concerto, but accompanied by piano rather than orchestra. Unlike certain other stations, this one is allowed to reach its finale before a Bulgarian announcement. Tho I doubt the whole `concerto` had played uninterrupted during the previous semihour (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CHINA. Firedrake Nov 17:
 8400, JBA with flutter at 1347
10500, VP with flutter at 1354
11100, JBA at 1357

** CHINA [non]. 13675, CRI English via Sackville, Nov 17 at 1454 not only has to contend with Habana 13680, Commies vs Commies, but self-imposed intermittent audio dropouts on 13675: these last a few sex each, much worse than the quick ones on VOI 9526-, making attempts to convey contact info and ``China Studio`` Chinese lessons fruitless (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA. 6010, 6050 and 6060 from RHC English are unusually almost matched in strength and hummy modulation quality, Nov 17 at 0638 as Arnie is talking about SDRs and slopers, and furthermore are all synchronized; // 6150 tho continues to be much undermodulated. Meanwhile still lacking at this hour on 6000 contrary to schedule, just Harold camping on the frequency.

9955, DentroCuban Jamming Command still has it in for WRMI, Nov 17 at 0628 in English --- o, it`s CDHD Brigade 2506, the only exile program in English. But jamming pulses continue past 0630 when WRMI starts R. Praga in Spanish, surely no threat to The Revolution.

13680, I am monitoring RHC Nov 17 at 1359 when Tony Gómez gives a frequency announcement. Now he mentions start and stop times for some of the frequencies, a change: 15120, 15360, 15390; from 1300, 13680, 13780; from 1100, 12040, 11760; from 1300, 11730; from 1400 to 2000, 11690; and until 0500, 6140. But he`s still clueless that short-lived 15390 in the clear was replaced by 15230 under China a week ago. And reconfirmed today at 1408, way under 15230 Sackville, not on 15390 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** FRANCE. 21450, whilst scanning 13m band for signals, Nov 17 at 1414 I hear a conversation in French. It was not there a minute before, and it cuts off in less than a minute. I quickly tune to RFI 15300 and hear a similar conversation continuing. And leave one receiver on 21450 in case it come back: it does, at *1434 again for less than a minute, but long enough to confirm // 15300.

Something weird is going on at Issoudun: 21450 being a bandedge channel is off-limits both to hams and broadcasters, and would be considered by hams an intruder. Possibly an Issoudun transmitter`s tuning mechanism defaults to the low edge of the 13m band unless overridden, but it ought to be programmed to start at 21455 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** GUAM. 5765-USB --- whew, after missing a few days, AFN is back, Nov 17 at 1342 check, but it`s still country music instead of news/talk (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** INDIA. 9870, AIR Vividh Bharati Service, has been incoming well lately also in our evenings, but Nov 17 at 1421 instead of Indian pop music there is a W&W discussion in Hinglish: mainly Hindi but liberally sprinkled with English words and expressions, such as costume designer (repeatedly), so I think, professional actor, and mostly, ultimately, director, you know, to be prepared, on the job, etc. It is too bad that there is no way to say such things in pure Hindi, but a bonus for us nons. This lasted until 1330 when there was a bit of film music, 1331 into drama with sound effects.

Incomparably better tho fluttery signal on 9870 VBS than on unusable AIR GOS 9690, or AIR National Channel 9425, all of which are supposedly from same site Bengaluru, azimuths respectively being 335, 108, 18 degrees (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** INDONESIA. 9526-, VOI not off the air again today, Nov 17 at 1352 with music, IADs as ever, English ID with ``Sound of Dignity``. Does that mean they will never let their hair down and say or do anything funny, let alone satirical? Their loss, and ours (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** ISRAEL. 15760, Nov 17 at 1456, nice to hear the IBA trumpet and drum interval signal, S9+10 with heavy flutter, but the only language the powers that be consider worth shortwaving any more is Persian, so don`t keep listening to Kol Israel.

This gives me another opportunity to point out, tho expect I shall still be ignored, that Kol is merely a word meaning Voice, and it is incorrect always to put it in caps KOL as if it were an acronym or initialism, or the entire name of the station.

Also an opportunity to remind us that KI can still be heard in English on SW, thanks to WRN and WRMI, M-F 0600-0615 on 9955, but always subject to Cuban jamming. This now appears as a specific entry on the WRMI program grid, not just as generic WRN, probably because WRMI has inserted a strip of other programming at 0615 during the WRN fill time; see CUBA. Do they even know about this in Jerusalem? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** JAPAN [non]. 12045, Nov 17 at 1450 good signal in Farsi, doing surprisingly well vs ACI from Cuba 12040 and WEWN 12050. It`s NHK via Wertachtal, GERMANY, 500 kW, 105 degrees at 1430-1500. 12045 is continuously occupied by a variety of stations and sites between 1000 and 1800 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** MAURITANIA. 7245, ORTM still stuck here instead of 4845, Nov 17 at 0635 with OM soporific chanting wake-up show, then right into YL with reverb mixed with flutish music (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** NETHERLANDS [non]. 9865, VG reception of classical piano concerto, Nov 17 at 0626, but I am very apprehensive, as this must be RN and it must be about to go off. I am (not) disappointed, as it does cut off incredibly rudely with the music in progress at 0627*! This is via Bonaire, at 0600-0627, Dutch at 230 degrees for CIRAF 60 = New Zealand. While it lasted, incomparably better than classical music fill from band-neighbor V of Russia on 9855, 9840. We`ve had it with stations treating cl mx with such disrespect as fill to be dumped off (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** NIGERIA [and non]. 7345, RDPI music from PORTUGAL at 0655-0658* Nov 17; meanwhile, no sign of Nigeria 7350 now or earlier. I haven`t noticed it, but BBCWS French via Skelton to W Africa is now scheduled on 7350 at 0600-0630, take that, Abuja! Used to be the prime time to hear R. Nigeria, but should still have no cochannel before or after, if it is still on the 7350 air at all. ACI from 7345, 7355 Biblis until 0600 is another matter. Nigeria failed to register 7350 with HFCC so the big shots can pretend it`s not there. Axually there are no Nigerian registrations at all in HFCC, not even the external service on 7255, 15120, and any clueless station attempting to use them while VON is on will regret it (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** RUSSIA. 9840, just as last winter, VOR English to NAm is starting to get QRM from R. Rossii, also on 9840! Nov 17 at 0625, VOR has violin classical music fill after Outlook show, but there is an undercurrent. 9840 VOR is 70 degrees from Pet/Kam, while RR is 260 degrees from Moscow to Europe. Well, we always have // 9855 for VOR, don`t we? It`s 50 degrees from Vladivostok, and previous nights has been almost equal to 9840, but not tonight, much weaker and really no alternative. Kudos to the Russian frequency management organization, which also denies us any French Guianan relays of VOR English, unlike illegal SS immigrants in the USA who get 7335 even on their dental fillings (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SOUTH CAROLINA [non]. 15495, surprised to hear Brother Scare here, Nov 17 at 1402, good signal. I scan by here daily and first time heard, so must be brand-new. Not synchronized with US sites on 9980, 9265, 9385, tho it is close to WWCR 9980, about two words ahead of it. 15495 is, however, synchronized with 13810 which is Nauen, GERMANY so 15495 must be another MBR relay, Nauen or possibly Wertachtal. The 15495 signal is incomparably better than 13810. 15495 gone at 1358 check, probably off one minute earlier in typical M&B style.

18530, BS also clearly here, Nov 17 at 1412, and really nudging the S-meter today up to peaks of S9+10, this wobbly second harmonic of WINB 9265. Yet this frequency never appears on The Overcomer Ministry schedule; surely it`s justified for a bit more self-aggrandizement of the Last Day Prophet of God (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) See also USA: WWRB

** SPAIN [and non]. Tho we confirmed REE`s new semi-hour in Basque earlier in November, M-F at 1330-1400, it`s gone again Nov 17 at 1349 when 9765 is in Castilian // no satellite delay direct on 17595, and no doubt all the other frequencies at this hour. Discussing tuberculosis, then 1350 program ``En thinco minutos``. So maybe they have moved Euskera to the originally published time of 1300? Still SS in the 1400 and 1430 semihours. Or maybe it was just missing or came up short today, requiring further monitoring; or strike disruptions again? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 5755, dead air from the Radio Ranch via WTWW, Nov 17 at 0640, which I find most enjoyable; finally cuts on PPP in progress at 0644:24, time to ontune (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 9385, WWRB with Brother Scare, accompanied by buzz extending down to 9370 vs WTJC, and up to 9405, Nov 17 at 1436. This is the rule rather than the exception tho the extent of it varies somewhat (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) see also SOUTH CAROLINA [non]

** U S A. 11715, KJES, Nov 17 at 1440, big S9+22 signal presumably on 70 degree beam toward OK, but just barely modulated, yelling catechisms and responses. Now if they could only decrease the modulation to zero (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ###