lunedì 22 novembre 2010

Glenn Hauser logs November 22, 2010

** ANTARCTICA. Another week starts with no signal from Radio Nacional Arcángel San Gabriel, Base Esperanza, 15476 checked Nov 22 at 1352 (while Turkey was OK on 15480), and at 1419. Last time LRA36 was detected here: Nov 12. So off the air, or totally unpropagating? Conosuristas ought to be able to tell (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CHINA. Firedrake Nov 22:
8400 and 10500, nothing at 1344.
8400 at 1542, very poor, still no 10500 nor any others found in incomplete interim bandscan (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA [and non]. 9955, DentroCuban Jamming Command, UT Monday Nov 22 at 0624, heavy pulsing atop WRMI music, altho during this quarter hour on the schedule is Maravillosas Palabras, religious talk rather than music.

RHC DXers Unlimited ending at 0632 UT Monday Nov 22 on 6150, 6060, 6010, so if ~12 minutes long, started around 0620. NO signal on 6050! First time found absent since that started Nov 8. Was this an all-too-common fluke, or has Arnie finally been persuaded by HCJB to get off their frequency? Had not checked 6050 earlier in the evening; starts circa 0100 and normally stays on until 1100, switching to Spanish at 0700. No replacement found, e.g. 5970 also vacant. This was also good news for KBS World Radio Spanish listeners on 6045 via Sackville at 06-07.

11760 missing Nov 22 at 1347 allowing BBC OMAN to be heard; see UK, but RHC back on by 1357.

Spurs showing up again, distorted and mushy on 13950 and about 13921, Nov 22 at 1413, much weaker than normal leapfrog on 13880, and much, much weaker than fundamentals 13780 and 13680, the spurs probably originating from the lower one which squeals. No others found closer to 13680 nor below it (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** FRANCE [non?]. 17620, RFI with usual hum on this frequency, so GUF rather than ISS? Nov 22 at 1422 playing Elvis, ``Are You Lonesome Tonight``, except he keeps breaking up and laughing, so must have been from a live performance; then H&F commenting on that in French (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** JAPAN. 5955, NHK World Radio Japan, Nov 22 at 1404 in English news, interrupted by musical stingers between items, meaning fewer items can be conveyed in the time available; mid ID 1405 as above, no longer inserting --Network--, or is it optional; sufficient reception with some ACI from NZ 5950 especially during music. For Asia, as Japan blew off its North American English listeners at 1400. 1410 in discussion of Ireland`s economy and the EuroZone.

Since it`s available via OKLA at a convenient time, I find myself watching NHK World Newsline on TV more than SW, weekdays at 1700-1728 UT, and comparisons with NHK radio are unavoidable. Overall, the standard of English is much better on the radio! The TV anchor has a heavy accent, but he`s a lot better than many of the academic `experts` brought into the studio to read their carefully translated scripts, mostly with accents so severe they are hard to understand. At least they try, unlike 99.9% of Americans who couldn`t speak more than three words of Japanese.

OTOH, the curvy weatherwomen later in the broadcast (is one of them pregnant? Time will tell) speak good English and some of them appear to be Americans, or semi-Japanese. This is the only way we can get any Oklahoma weather on OETA! NHK provides just E Asian, European and North American weather maps, where Celsius lives!

This is a good source of news about Japan and elsewhere in Asia, with clips coming in from other broadcasters such as BTV Bangladesh, MCOT Thailand, CCTV China. Beware: it`s sum-o-h season again, and there are also weekdaily reports on those matches, sometimes by an American guy, but back to a Japanese Nov 22 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** KOREA NORTH [non]. 5910, Shiokaze, Monday Nov 22 at 1402, YL in Japanese this Monday, with piano music. No jamming audible against JSR, JAPAN, unlike 5890 vs VOA Korean (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** KUWAIT [and non]. 9750 with Qur`an is definitely Kuwait, not Malaysia. Nov 22 at 1340 signal is very poor mixed with Japan/ese but I start to monitor 21540 where Kuwait mixes with Spain, also very poor, but in a few minutes at 1343 I can hear a match. (What happened to the dramas in Arabic that used to appear around 1330?).

9750 could be long or short path, aimed 275 degrees from Kabd, while 21540 is certainly short. Since there is no sign of a third station on 9750, now we wonder if Malaysia is really active on that frequency then, or at any time? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** OMAN. 15140, I seek the English broadcast most mornings between 14 and 15, usually without result, only traces, and/or OTHR, SSB QRM, but Nov 22 at 1433 it`s barely making it, YL with English news, VP tho metering S9+10 peaks, only problem being bits of splat from WYFR 15130. Occasional words readable, such as at 1436 about SE China coal mine rescue of 29, but do they include any news about Oman itself?? 1438.5 starts mixing music with talk, and 1440 OM says ``Radio Sultanate of Oman presents ---`` (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SPAIN. REE Basque reconfirmed Monday Nov 22 at 1337 on 21610, 21570; 21540 mixed with Qur`an from Kuwait, q.v. Last week we found all REE frequencies back in Castilian well before 1400, and today at 1353 recheck, 15170 via Costa Rica had song in Spanish, 1355 promo in Spanish for REE as ``la emisora que une ---``. So Euskera lasts considerably less than a full semihour from 1330 M-F (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U K [non]. 11760, RHC missing Nov 22 at 1347 allowing BBCWS in English to be audible, with hum; discussion of ambiguous gender identity among infants and children. A little better on // 15575, outro as Health Check. Back on 11760 at 1357, RHC has resumed with IS over BBC, site OMAN 07-14 at 320 degrees intended for Iraq and Iran but also USward. At 14-15 changes to Cyprus, 90 degrees, same as at 06-07. Meanwhile, did not hear any CRI English on 11760, also scheduled 12-14, southeastward from Kunming.

11830, BBCWS in English, 95 degrees from Rampisham, audible here Nov 22 at 1514 underneath WYFR in Chinese blasting right at us, 315 degrees from Okeechobee (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 5110v-CUSB, UT Monday Nov 22 after 0300, WORLD OF RADIO 1539 in temporary timing via Area 51, WBCQ, to happen again Nov 29 before Pirates` Week resumes its usual slot in December. Good reception here; hope some other night times on WBCQ can be obtained (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** VENEZUELA [non]. 11680, RNV via CUBA, Monday Nov 22 at 1501 YL opening in stilted English, reading scripts far too literally translated, still or again in English at 1510, but at 1520 in Spanish, 1530 English, then Chávez in Spanish. It is impossible for a single hour to go by without hearing from and about El Hugazo for a considerable fraxion of that time on this propaganda outlet as if nothing happen in Venezuela without concerning him; the state, it`s he. This transmission gets lost on Sundays when transmitters are tied up with the more often than not no-shows of El Hugazo on five other frequencies (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. 6074, once again CW from 8GAL started before 1400, at 1359:45 Nov 22, mixing with motorboat from R. Rossii, Pet/Kam, 6075 which stayed on until a sesquiminute past the hour. Except it was not the usual V/CQ marker de 8GAL. I could not copy all the letters but I definitely heard a U ..- which is not part of the usual marker. And there was a long dash --- at the end, held down the key. On occasions before, non-8GAL messages have appeared here, perhaps conveying some axual intelligence (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ###