domenica 21 novembre 2010

Glenn Hauser logs November 20-21, 2010

** AUSTRALIA [non]. 11550, fair at 2242 UT Saturday Nov 20, English lesson, M & W with English words and phrases, pauses for listeners to repeat, and explanations in Indonesian. It`s RA via Tainan, TAIWAN, per Aoki, 2200-2330.

BTW, no hint of this in HFCC B-10. Altho the listings seem more complete now, there is not a single entry for TWN, as the ChiCom continue to forbid HFCC from including its breakaway province, even when it concerns relays of other stations having nothing to do with the mainland. Do HFCC participants (except China) have a secret schedule from Taiwan to consult anyway? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CHAD [and non]. 6165, Saturday Nov 20 at 2255, fair signal with hilifish music, 2300 French announcements but could not make out an ID or sign-off, yet 2301 right into military band with anthem to 2302*. RNT presumably still signs off a semihour earlier on days other than Saturday. And Jean-Michel Aubier reports it`s about to get whammed by KBS World Radio via France on 6165 at 2100-2200 starting Dec 1, in French to Africa!

What are they thinking? Poor Chad is not in HFCC, so ignore it! And why should Chad bother, with only one active SW transmitter? Will it be driven back to 4905, or even 7120? And what about Croatia, also on 6165? Another failure of frequency management, by KBS and/or M&B/TDF, relying on documents rather than turning on a radio, or godforbid, consulting DX bulletins to find out what is really on a frequency before picking it (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CHINA. Firedrake Nov 21:
8400, good at 1351; not on 10500 but did not do a complete bandscan (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CROATIA [non]. I`ve been intending to confirm the supposed time for English from V of Croatia, 2315 UT on 7375 via GERMANY. Guess what I hear when I tune in Nov 20 at 2314? DRM noise, from 7370! No trace of Zagreb. What does HFCC say? Nothing! No DRM on 7370 except Romania at 2100-2130. But didn`t Vatican used to DRM on 7365-7370-7375? Aoki says it still does: ``7370 VATICAN RADIO(DRM) 2300-2345 1234567 English (Digital) 125 300 Santa Maria di Galeria CVA 01219E 4203N VAT b10``

At 0001 UT Nov 21, with Vatican DRM off, HRV becomes audible in Croatian on 7375, as another Wertachtal transmitter is added at 300 degrees, while before 2400 it`s only to South America at 240 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA. RHC into Sunday-morning mode Nov 21: at 1406, 13680 is off the air but 13750 is on with open carrier, also 17750. Modulation cuts on at 1410 with Cartas a la Redacción, or is it Amigos de Cuba?

1435 once again Encuentro DX at its new hour-later time, including a plug for a Colombian non-broadcast station with bilingual podcasts, including some English, Radio Ciudad Global, where we see they have a new program of their own each week, plus some from R. Bulgaria, R. México Internacional.

Missing last week, but RHC`s Esperanto service is back this Sunday, Nov 21 at 1510. Need to check again at 2100 on 11760, 2230 on 15370, no-shows last week.

Meanwhile, RHC Spanish had Mundo de la Filatelia at its new 1510 hour-later time on 17750, 15370, 15230, 13750, 11730, 11690.

By 1702, Aló, Presidente should be underway, but instead all frequencies on the air have RHC music in //: 17750, 15370, 15230, 13750, 13680-weak, 11760, 11730-weak, 11690-vs RTTY (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** INDONESIA. 9526-, VOI not off the air this Sunday, Nov 21 at 1349, music with the usual IADs, one of them lasting a couple seconds (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** MALAYSIA. 9750, Nov 21 at 1349, Qur`an is atop NHK Japanese, and some flutter. Yesterday I assumed Kuwait more likely, but having consulted Aoki, I now assume Malaysia is as likely since it says the RTM program in A10 at 08-10 and 14-16 was Voice of Islam, alternating with Voice of Malaysia at 06-08, 10-14, 16-18 --- altho this was 11 minutes too early by that schedule. Perhaps further monitoring here, or from further west can resolve which be which. Maybe I can even compare it to Kuwait shortpath on 21540 vs Spain (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** PHILIPPINES. 9435, Nov 20 at 2228 ``Jesus Saves`` IS, and opening Indonesian from FEBC Manila, VG signal. Rechecked a few minutes later at 2236, heard YL preacher with muezzin in background, as if Christianity is overriding Islam, a bit insensitive (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SAIPAN. The Robert E. Kamosa Transmitting Station, 9715, carrier seems OK now, but Russian modulation of R. Svoboda still defective, Nov 21 at 1345, some breakup and IADs; sounds like lo-quality internet feed. This and Tinian come up for bids every few years, and the same private contractor keeps getting renewed (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** TUNISIA [and non]. 7275, Nov 20 at 0625 RTT with secular music, Arabic announcements and still cutting off abruptly at 0627* after a few sex of open carrier; continuing on 7335 which until 0620 had co-channel from Vatican`s Scandinavian service. Don`t you believe HFCC that Tunisia does not start 7335 until 0700. Those registrations are about an hour late, as recently heard starting a few minutes before 0600 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U K [non]. 7385, UT Saturday Nov 20, surprised to find BBCWS on yet another unfamiliar frequency, news reports, IDed at 2312 as World Today. Whence? HFCC shows WHRI at 23-02 on 7385! Another BBC relay has snuk in? No, WHRI is M-F only, while BBC is daily at 23-24 only, 250 kW, 25 degrees from THAILAND so also USward: another one-hour broadcast in the incredible fragmentation of the BBCWS instead of keeping several good and long-established frequencies and running them for hours and hours. So it`s blocked on weekdays if WHRI is really on rather than wooden. And have the floodwaters receded at Nakhon Sawan? If drowned out, BBC might well substitute another site (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 7415, WBCQ on very late again UT Sunday, Nov 21 at 0611 with Doobie Bros; 0628 Ted Randall with his QSO Radio Show, then Handyman by James Taylor. Maybe is open-ended, I wonder how much later? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. Trans-Pacific MW carrier search, Nov 21: on the DX-398 in USB mode upward from 1320 UT: weakies on 747, 774, 828, 1422. The first three no doubt the usual NHKs, while 1422 in decreasing order of power listed could be China, Taiwan, Japan. Enid sunrise today was 1315; might have been more productive in previous semihour (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ###