domenica 28 novembre 2010

Glenn Hauser logs November 28, 2010

** AUSTRALIA [and non]. Upper bands were dead Nov 28 at 0620, except for R. Australia, good on 13630, fair on 13690, and OSOB on 15160. NZ audible weakly on 11725, 13730, Zambia on 13590 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** BRAZIL. Propagation was peculiar Nov 28 at 0610. I found a carrier on 4845 and wondered if Mauritania was back, but it was still chanting on 7245, so 4845 likely Brasil, especially since other marginal signals from there were showing thru the noise level, on 4885 with Brazilian music, 4915; and on 31m at 0619, besides a weak BBC on 9410, just about the OSOB was the Brasilian on 9675. On 25m, just RNA 11780, all-night on Sundays, and much better than NZ 11725 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CHINA. Firedrake Nov 28:
8400 and 10500 unheard at 1351 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA. 15120 and numerous other RHC frequencies, including the Aló, Presidente ones, 17750, 15370 and 13750, Sunday Nov 28 at 1434 En Contacto is starting early, and ending even earlier than a quarter-hour would run, 1447:30. Four weeks after DST ended, Manolo finally acknowledged explicitly that RHC programming remains at the ``same`` local time, i.e. one UT hour later including this at 1435 UT ex-1335, likewise the repeats. I intend to check around 1740, 1840, and if necessary 1940 to find an interim airing between 1435 and 2240 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** ECUADOR. Checking 60m for Brazilian frequencies, found 4915 carrier, Nov 28 at 0611, but no 4919v where R. Quito had been active the past two nights. Dave Valko, PA, also heard HCQR1, Nov 26 at 1009-1100 on 4918.97 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** GUAM. 5765-USB, AFN missing again, Sunday Nov 28 at 1302 and rechex later in the hour when WESUN should have been on from NPR (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** GUATEMALA. 4052.5-, if you find R. Verdad inaudible or harder to hear, the reason may be that one of the modules in the new transmitter has failed, reducing power to only 220 watts as of Nov 27. I was not hearing it Nov 28 at 0602 when the NA should have been playing. QRP enthusiasts who never got them at 50 watts may want to try now (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** MAURITANIA. 4845, Nov 28 at 0610 detected carrier in WWCR splash, so is ORTM back on 60m? No, still chanting away on 7245, so 4845 was probably Brasil, q.v. (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** OMAN. 15140, Nov 28 at 1434, English news by YL JBA but not really readable, a rare appearance by R. Sultanate of Oman, as conditions from Arabia were above average (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SAUDI ARABIA. 15435, BSKSA, Nov 28 at 1505-1525, transmitter fails every few minutes for a few sex, interrupting Arabic talk, not Qur`an. Good signal during the on-periods (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 9385, WWRB open carrier Nov 28 at 1313 and still 1352 instead of Brother Scare. Recheck sometime after 1500, he had begun modulating. Is there no human operator at WWRB to notice such things, just a timer turning on the transmitter and/or automated frequency changes? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** VENEZUELA [non]. As of 1652 UT Sunday Nov 28, the ``Aló, Presidente`` frequencies, such as 13750, were still // RHC on 11760, with Cuban music, so no show from El Hugazo again this week (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ###