lunedì 13 dicembre 2010

Glenn Hauser logs December 13, 2010

** ALBANIA. 13640, R. Tirana English to NAm, Dec 13 at 1533 registers S9+18 but undermodulated as usual to the extent that I can`t follow what is being said vs the propagational fading noise. On rare occasions, this has been reported with good modulation, e.g. Dec 9 by Gilles Letourneau, Montréal, so we know it is possible (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** COSTA RICA. 5954.9, approx., Dec 13 at 0627 bad het between this and something weaker on 5955.0 (RNW Dutch via PORTUGAL), Spanish talk, and no jamming. Could it be an RHC spur? No, not // 5040, or Rebelde 5025. Yes, it must be extended schedule of R. República via ELCOR, Guápiles, because at 0635 I did catch them mentioning Cuba and synonymous tiranía. Maybe runs all night now, in compensation for suspending WRMI and Sackville transmissions (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** MEXICO [and non]. 6185, XEPPM Dec 13 at 0637 with operatic music, but CCI from weaker signal producing a lite SAH. I cannot match it to Amazônia 11780, so believe Brasília is still silent on 6185, whew! Before 0700 there was a tone-test too. What else is QRMing Radio Educación now? Vatican finishes its Scandinavian service at 0620, and we always notice the SAH vanishing by then. Maybe back on by mistake?

Per EiBi, the only other thing on 6185 before 0700 is
6185 0400-0800 Th-Tu CHN China Huayi BC M FE f
And Aoki agrees, 10 kW ND from Chengdu. That`s 1500 local time, possibly starting to propagate in winter a couple hours before local sunset?

The incomplete HFCC adds another possibility,
6185 2200 1630 54NE STA 10 0 1234567 311010 270311 D LOCAL MLA RTM RTM
But that is very likely one of Malaysia`s many wooden entries, STA presumably meaning Stapok, the Kuching, Sarawak site

** NIGERIA. 7275, Dec 13 at 0640, S9+12 open carrier, or just barely modulated, presumably R. Nigeria, Abuja, back on its original frequency as others have reported, instead of 7350; with 7275 cleared by Tunisia after 0627* (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** NIGERIA [non]. 17485, Hamada Radio International, new Hausa service via Radio Miami International, via Wertachtal, GERMANY: Monday Dec 13 at 1427 tune-in, S9+10, fair with fading, talk in Hausa, ID in passing, bit of music, silence until a fitful tone at 1430*. The 1400-1430 broadcast is M/W/F only. I`ve seen few other reports of this, unlike the feeding frenzy by DXers upon R. Free Sarawak; wonder why?

Jeff White has already promised me a QSL. The identity of this and its two other transmissions is still absent from the WRMI website
where there is no mention of Hamada at all (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** OMAN. 15140, R. Sultanate of Oman, Dec 13 at 1447, YL talk sounds like English intonation; fading S9 to S9+10 peaks but too undermodulated.

Is it any better in Europe? Wolfgang Büschel happened to be monitoring at the same time: ``15140, lousy prop cond today, R Oman English female reader around 1440-1450 UT Dec 13, only S=1-2 just above threshold. Aoki shows 315 degree azimuth, which is straight Stuttgart, London, into off Main, to Florida mainlobe! 73 wb df5sx wwdxc`` (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** PHILIPPINES [and non]. IBB Tinang is still having trouble getting its 9760 transmitter to go on the air and stay on: Dec 13 at 1504 nothing there, but *1504:45 with open carrier, back off, on again, 1505:20 joining in progress intro to VOA Spe-cial Eng-lish hour, // weaker 9945 SRI LANKA. Unknown if there were further breakdowns (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** RUSSIA [and non]. 6170, Dec 13 at 1455 synthesized Bach causes me pause, missed all but a syllable of an announcement, sounded Mandarin, but at 1458 into VOR IS. Don`t you believe HFCC that New Zealand is still on 6170 at 1300-1900; must be on books as alternative, as had just renoted them on 5950, but by now too weak to be useful. Russia is via Khabarovsk, 100 kW, 220 degrees. Aoki says it`s Chinese until 1500. No het from Philippines (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SPAIN. 17595, Monday Dec 13 just as I tune in at 1540, Allison Hughes is wrapping up REE`s token English news headlines from 1537, introduces Arab which another YL starts at 1540:30. This lasted the rest of the quarter-hour, so Russian is still getting overpassed. Also audible on much weaker // 21570 and 21610.

Is this tightly scheduled and reliable English segment in the major references yet? The otherwise exhaustive and excellent Broadcasts in English booklet from the British DX Club lacks it; must have gone to press in late November.

TAFIE --- Transmissions and Frequencies in English from World DX Club missed it, and consequently also absent from the version in the Dec NASWA Journal.

We first reported REE`s multilingual news block including English, on Nov 2, as in DXLD 10-44, and on WORLD OF RADIO 1537. Is anyone paying attention?

As of Dec 13, it`s still missing from Prime Time Shortwave:
tho Daniel Sampson has had other more important things on his mind.

As of Dec 13, it`s missing from ADDX English schedules:
But as someone recently demonstrated, this reference includes long-outdated and/or imaginary info, such as KVOH on 9975 in English at 0100-0800!

It`s missing from this REE schedule issued by REE itself, at:

Aoki now has it, e.g. under 17595:
Now they need to fix the 1330 entry claiming Basque/Catalan/Gallego [sic], instead of just Basque.

EiBi already had it the last time we checked, and the entry now rounds up the other frequencies, but fails to specify this as M-F only:
1537 1541 E Radio Exterior España E SAm 21570 21610 15585 17595

At 1545 Dec 13, REE went into a feature on ``música popular angoleña``, which maintained our interest. Except it was all-talk *about* the music, interrupted for only a couple of less-than-one-minute musical examples at 1552 and 1557! (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 17740, S9+22 open carrier Dec 13 at 1541, then fading in tone test, back to OC, 1544 TT on and off. No doubt Greenville B tuning up for the 1700 VOA Portuguese broadcast. Meanwhile blotted NHK 17735 Japanese via France (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) See also PHILIPPINES

** U S A. 9265, WINB with Brother Scare far out of synch with WWRB 9385, Dec 13 at 1459 his usual boilerplate ending with Maranatha! I was beginning to wonder if WINB would QSY, as he ran late until 1501, but then WINB ID and off 1502:07*. Did not give next frequency but I tuned to 13570 anyway and heard it come on at *1503:07 with open wobbly carrier, 1503:45 sign-on with 13570, into another gospel huxter. This confirms the non-Saturday QSY time is really circa 1500, contrary to the confusing and self-contradictory B-10 WINB schedule in Dec NZ DX Times (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ###