martedì 21 dicembre 2010

Glenn Hauser logs December 21, 2010

** BRAZIL. 11780, RNA, Dec 21 at 0626, already on the air earlier than usual, guitar music, habitual morning DJ with reverb. SSOB by far, rivaled only by WYFR 11530, 11580.

5990, Dec 21 at 0828, very strong with romantic Latin music, similar to RNA 11780 but not //. Presumably R. Senado, another 250 kW transmitter at Brasília. WRTH still does not attempt to publish hours for any Brazilian SW stations, but Aoki shows 0850-2100 for this ZYE773. Eibi shows 0750-2100, so go with that: probably starts an hour earlier currently due to DST. These bigsigs are missing from HFCC. Fortunately the other 49m frequency, 6185 for RNA, remains inactive and clear for XEPPM (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA. Since I was up for the total lunar eclipse (yes, it was, and quite dark), made a quick check of a few things Dec 21: at 0830 attempted to hear any trace of HCJB which should have just signed on, under RHC 6050, but could not. RHC Spanish // 6060, 6120, 6150, overkill in the nightmiddle. Arnie is sticking to his guns on 6050 where HCJB is stuck with all those fixed-tuned Galcom radios, Commies vs Christians!

Anomalies: RHC 13780 absent Dec 21 at 1450, supposed to be on until 1500 like // 13680; CRI relay 13740 remained as usual. 11760 dead air Dec 21 at 1507 tho 11690, 11730 and 12040 were nominal. Modulation cut on 11760 at 1509 as El Hugazo was manifesting himself guestfully on Voces de la Revolución (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CYPRUS. 9388-9413 approx., Dec 21 at 1444, over-the-horizon radar pulsing presumed from here in more or less free space, with WWRB 9385 not yet on, and far enough from V. of Greece 9420 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** EQUATORIAL GUINEA. 6250, Dec 21 at 0620, S9+12 with YL in Spanish. We only hear this sporadically and suspect it is only on the air sporadically. Frequency matched Vatican on 7250, but if I had gone by comparing to MW 1250, would have concluded RNGE on the lo side (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** GREECE. 9420, VOG, Dec 21 at 1443, Greek talk and music, good signal, back to normal (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** MAURITANIA. 7245, ORTM, Dec 21 at 0825, fair signal. Two hours earlier only a weak carrier, suspected something else (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** NIGERIA. 9690, Dec 21 at 0823, strong but hummy signal in presumed Hausa from VON as scheduled in WRTH 2011 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** PHILIPPINES. 9430, Dec 21 at 1525, a cappella rendition in Chinese of Hark! The Herald Angels Sing. We wonder how far the lyrix stray from the English in order to make it work in Mandarin. Applause, announcement and then chorus with ``We Wish You a Merry Xmas!`` in English. This is FEBC`s extensive Chinese service which also puts quite a good signal here into China [non]. Earlier there was a lot of English talk being Chinesed (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** TINIAN. 9385, thanks to late switch by WWRB from 3185 to 9385 at 1508, I was able to hear another weak signal on 9385 at 1506 Dec 21. First guess was Burmese, but listed as Korean from R. Free Asia, starting at 1500, 250 kW, 329 degrees. HFCC also has R. Pakistan in Urdu until 1530 on 9385, but WRTH 2011 shows that on 7530 and 11575 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 3185, WWRB with Brother Scare on later than usual, Dec 21 still going at 1439, 1457, and not on 9385. Finally switched at 1508. Meanwhile I got something else on 9385; see TINIAN (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** WESTERN SAHARA [non]. 6297.1, SASASAM [? As we explained before, Arabic ID is ``Huna el-estudiohaay al-markaziya al-wataniya, Sowt al-sha`ab a-Sahraui al-mukafa``, as reconfirmed in WRTH 2011], Dec 21 at 0832, S9+18 Arabish talk with utebeeps aside, still in plenty late on Solstice, no help from the lunar eclipse which had me up at this time (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** ZAMBIA. Recently there has been some dispute whether 4965 CVC is on the air all-night. I was hearing a weak signal there at 0035 and a stronger one with gospel-sounding music at 0247 December 21. This is a separate service from 1Africa, 9430/13590/9505, also transmitted from Zambia, but not //. In WRTH 2011 you find the latter under South Africa, where the studio is (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ###