sabato 27 novembre 2010

Glenn Hauser logs November 27, 2010

** ASCENSION. 17505, good signal with tonal African language, Nov 27 at 1727 past 1730; kept talking about ``Cristo``. HFCC shows it`s YFR in Shona at 17-18 daily, 250 kW, 102 degrees. And it had quite a hum, now so characteristic of Ascension, due to wind power generation? Why can`t they filter that out? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA [and non]. They still haven`t caught on in the RHC studio that programming is airing one hour later than before. Saturday Nov 27 at 1508 UT on 11760, Cartas a la Redacción is opening, claiming its schedule in Cuban time is Saturday 9:05 am, 11:32 am, 7:00 pm, and Sunday 4:00 am. But guess what, at 1508 UT it is already 10:08 am EST!!

I paused to listen to this on 11760 since the carrier was dropping to a lower level for a split second every one or two seconds. Most annoying; the modulation seemed to continue, and on the S-meter too I could see that the carrier was not cutting out completely, just dropping to lower power (or maybe a short in the antenna was to blame). This situation was still ongoing at 1528. So it`s different from the IADs infecting the Voice of Indonesia 9526- transmitter where the carrier is unaffected (and still doing that today as I bytuned).

Another amateurish anomaly from the RadioCuba operation: 11730, Nov 27 at 1554 with open carrier atop pop music, announcement maybe in Arabic. I figure it`s RHC as usual which runs 11730 all day in Spanish, but when will modulation be applied? Not at 1616, and still not one hour and one minute later checked, 1717! Wake up. At 1554 and onward, RHC was going as usual on 11690 // 11760.

As for the 11730 Arabic before 1600, nothing listed in Aoki, but HFCC has it as RRI via Galbeni (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** ECUADOR. 4918.9, R. Quito carrier detectable vs noise level for a second night, Nov 27 at 0612, bit of music vs CODAR (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** FRANCE [and non]. 13695, Nov 27 at 1723, something in French, with cora music, underneath Harold Camping`s Open Forum. It`s RFI, Issoudun at 185 degrees, oblivious of the QRM from Okeechobee heading 355 degrees (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** GERMANY [and non]. 13670, something strange here, Nov 27 at 1535, fire & brimstone preacher in English, not Brother Scare or another TOM psychophant, mixing about equally with South Asian(?) song, 1540 announcement Farsi-like. Can`t hear a SAH between them, so zero-beat. At 1544 the latter announces a ``P O Box`` but that`s all I can catch. At 1545 both of them cut off simultaneously, uncovering a Chinese lesson presented in French.

The latter is certainly CRI via ALBANIA as scheduled, 1400-1600 at 240 degrees, and the former fits for a Saturday-only transmission of MBR via Wertachtal, 1515-1545, 100 kW, 90 degrees. Aoki reveals it`s Bible Voice, in English (also on 13670: in English Thursday 1630-1600; and in Urdu Wednesday & Friday 1530-1600). Nothing else. Since both cut off at the same instant, I conclude that it was a double audio feed into and out of the Wertachtal transmitter, not external interference, Christians vs Christians! (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** GUAM. 5765-USB, AFN, Nov 27 at 1256 is wrapping up a talk show, apparently concerning country music, a bit of which was heard, plus NPR outro credit. Hard to copy due to splash from incomparably more powerful WTWW 5755. But that goes off at 1300, and suddenly the AFN signal jumps as the FRG-7 is no longer being desensitized by WTWW, and we can hear the opening of NPR`s Weekend Edition Saturday, yay, still on SW (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** MAURITANIA. 7245, ORTM, Nov 27 at 0625 with characteristic soporific wake-up chanting, 0630 onto something more secular. Usually this signal is lesser than neighbors DW 7240 and Vatican 7250, but tonight it`s morer, as higher latitudes were barely propagating, such as Tunisia 7335 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** PORTUGAL. 13720, Nov 27 at 1722, Iberian Portuguese with silly ballgame, // stronger 17820 and equivalent 15465, all RDPI simulcasting a domestic network enthusiastically (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SPAIN [non]. 5965 via COSTA RICA, REE`s Amigos de la Onda Corta, Saturday Nov 27 at 0614 with propagation predictions for different bands and areas from a regular contributor. Meanwhile, propagation was quite degraded with little above 10 MHz and no REE direct parallels audible, while 5965 had the usual CCI from Vatican making a SAH, and the CR audio also a bit muffled (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 9615, Sat Nov 27 at 0621, VG S9+20 signal the SSOB, much stronger than WYFR, but horrible audio of YL singing, chirpy like water dripping in a sewer, apparently very poor webfeed. WHR website claims Angel 2 is on 9615 daily at 06-08 UT, but fortunately it`s really on the air weekends only (or fragments of that span which are sold), and this must have been Jesus' Love Ministers, with Mrs. Gwen Knox, Saturdays 0615-0630. Has Gwen listened to how she sounds from Furman? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. WORLD OF RADIO 1540 confirmed on WRMI, 9955, Saturday Nov 27 ending at 1529 with propagation outlook, fair signal and no jamming audible; thanks a lot, Arnie! Then plug for the NASB cruise in May, Jeff White wearing his travel-agent hat, 1531 AWR Wavescan with Jeff changing to his DX-program-host hat.

WORLD OF RADIO 1540 also confirmed on WWCR-2, 12160, Saturday Nov 27 after 1700. The audio processing on this transmitter is turned up to the max, which boosts every breath I take and every little glitch in the editing; please try to disregard them. Next airings are UT Sunday 0330 on 4840, 0730 on 3215 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. TA carrier search UT Nov 27 at 0132-0140, on DX-398 in USB mode 9-kHz steps with slightly offtuned BFO, twice up and once down the band: 693, 783, 837, 909, 945, 1089, 1206, 1215, 1377, 1502, 1512, 1521, 1557, 1575 (Glenn Hauser, Enid OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. TP carrier search UT Nov 27 at 1315-1320: 1566, 1422, 1053, 774, 666, 594 (Glenn Hauser, Enid OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ###