domenica 19 dicembre 2010

Glenn Hauser logs December 18-19, 2010

** CUBA. Haven`t heard RHC`s Esperanto service for some weeks, so try again Dec 19: Prime airing is supposedly Sundays 1500-1530 on 11760 --- no, stays in Spanish past 1514 with Filatelia show // all the other RHC frequencies, 11690, 11730, 13680 with CCI, 13750, 15370, 17750.

As usual on Sunday mornings, 12040 is not on the air, never specified as such on the schedules. That transmitter must be one needed for one of the Sunday-only frequencies for ``Aló, Presidente`` (or not), such as 15370 or 17750. No sign of A,P, yet, however, nor at 1548 when I noticed that 17750 audio was rather suppressed, still RHC // others.

Since RHC Spanish programs have all moved one UT hour later this winter, unlike previously, maybe Esperanto has also been moved one hour later, to 1600? I check all the frequencies again at 1614: Esperanto on none of them.

But now El Hugazo has taken over some of the channels, 17750, 15370 and 13750, but not the other two scheduled, which remain with RHC mainstream, 13680 and 11690, // 11760 and 11730.

Let`s have another look at the schedules on the RHC website Dec 19, as always presented in the confusing format you have to unravel. I have at least removed the meter bands:

The main one presented in Spanish:
ESPERANTO (domingo)
San Francisco              6010 07-07:30 UTC
Norte Centro y Suramérica 11760/15370 15–15:30/22:30-23 UTC

The one on the Esperanto-language page itself is totally outdated:
América del Norte 6000 07-07:30 UTC
Norte Centro y Suramérica 11760/5965 15–15:30/ 19:30–20/ 23:30-00 UTC
América Central 6120 23:30 -00 UTC
Buenos Aires 9600 23:30 -00

Esperanto also failed to appear on 15370 at 2230 on some initial B-10 chex but have not tried it past few Sundays (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) See also NETHERLANDS [non]

** MEXICO. 1570, XERF, Dec 19 at 0605 anthem by male soloist with orchestra, but not the Mexican NA, 0606 into Spanish conversation. Maybe the Coahuila state anthem plays after the NA at 0600? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** NETHERLANDS [non]. 9810 via BONAIRE, RNW Spanish, Sunday Dec 19 at 1210 in ``Cartas @ RN`` program, devoting quite a bit of time to replying to a Cuban listener who keeps writing them, using registered mail, and via the Netherlands embassy in Habana, to complain that RN is deliberately not covering the story of Cuban doctors aiding Haitian earthquake victims.

RN says they have covered this story, plus Cuban doctors in Venezuela and Bolivia, and treats Cuba even-handedly, positives and negatives. They have tried to interview some of the doctors but the médicos have to get permission from the Cuban government to speak to foreign media, which has always been denied.

Another subject was about the future of RN: sidestepped the issue of whether SW broadcasts would continue, in Spanish, under new funding scheme, but teased with several major topix they plan to cover in 2011y (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SAUDI ARABIA. 1521, quite a het to KOKC 1520, Dec 18 around 2345, and still but weaker at next check Dec 19 around 0145 on caradio. Presumed BSKSA 2-megawatter at Duba in the NW corner, the prime alert for trans-Atlantic MW openings. Pulling any audio separate from 1520 is another matter (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A [and non]. 9955, WRMI with WORLD OF RADIO 1543, Sunday Dec 19 at 1654 check, fair signal and free of jamming --- oh, oh, at 1655 pulsing hits just as we are wishing Bob Zanotti a happy birthday #65. But it`s minor compared to the wall of noise gushing on 9965 against presumed and totally untraced R. República. No excuse for jamming 9955 at all, as there is nothing in Spanish or of an exile nature on WRMI any day of the week between 1630 and 2130. Today YFR in Russian via Taiwan on 9955v was not a problem.

Further repeats of WOR 1543 on WRMI: Sunday 1830, Tuesday 1630, 2330, Wednesday 0130. Also on WBCQ 7415, Tuesday, Wednesday 2000, maybe Thursday too (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 3160, WPJK, Orangeburg SC, 2 x 1580, Dec 19 *1233:45 UT S9+18 carrier on, 1234 sign-on and into Xmas music, no Q-toots this Sunday. BTW, I have included my recording of a previous sign-on toward the end of this week`s WORLD OF RADIO 1543 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. 15434, that tantalizing carrier hetting 15435 RVA Urdu via VATICAN, is back Dec 19 at 1454. Aoki still does not show suspected V. of Tibet resumed in this area (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ###