martedì 28 dicembre 2010

Glenn Hauser logs December 27-28, 2010

** CANADA. 9625, CBCNQ, Dec 28 at 1434 with heavy flutter and Doppler making the frequency wobble --- unlike other transmissions from same site Sackville on 9610, 9650, 11655, which were loud and steady. 9625 must have been bouncing back off the auroral zone, as K was hitting 5 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** INDONESIA. 9525-, after many months consistently on 9526-, somewhere between 9525.9 and 9526.0, VOI has shifted one kHz lower, as first noted by Mark Coady and Ron Howard on Dec 27, Ron measuring it on 9524.96. This presumably means they have switched to their other transmitter. Also on 9525- here Dec 28 at 1244 with music, Japanese announcements, but poor signal with hi-latitude paths from Asia very attenuated and disturbed.

You`d never know this from the 1200 UT report from SWPC:
``Geophysical Alert Message
Solar-terrestrial indices for 27 December follow.
Solar flux 80 and mid-latitude A-index 2.
The mid-latitude K-index at 1200 UTC on 28 December was 2 (10 nT).
No space weather storms were observed for the past 24 hours.
No space weather storms are expected for the next 24 hours.``

But at 1500, the K-index had soared to 5:
``The mid-latitude K-index at 1500 UTC on 28 December was 5 (82 nT).
Space weather for the past 24 hours has been minor.
Geomagnetic storms reaching the G1 level occurred.
Space weather for the next 24 hours is expected to be minor.
Geomagnetic storms reaching the G1 level are expected.``

At 1300 in English I could tell they were opening the Tuesday ``Exotic Indonesia`` joint produxion with RRI Banjarmasin, and the IADs were still happening, altho quick and not so frequent as usual. Reception was better at 1427 check during the Indonesian hour when they were also talking about Banjarmasin, Kalimantan, perhaps coincidentally, not the voice of the English-speaker from there (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** MALAYSIA. 9835, Dec 28 at 1534, weak talk and music with CCI. I also looked for it around 1100 Dec 27, but only a very weak signal, so nothing definite here yet.

``S. Aoki received Sarawak FM on 9835 kHz on Dec. 23 at around 1000 UT for the first time. // 5030 kHz. I can receive it by the later reception from around +0000-1430+. 9835 kHz are delay in time lag of the satellite relay than 5030 kHz. Therefore I estimated it to be new transmitter of Kajang TX site (S. Hasegawa, Japan, Dec 26, dxldyg via DX LISTENING DIGEST)``

= near Kuala Lumpur, Peninsular. Ron Howard in CA also had it from 1327 to 1624 Dec 27, on the air later than 5030 to 1600*.

Aoki shows AIR Delhi (Kingsway) also on 9835 most of the entire span, and at 15-16 also R. Liberty Turkmen via Lampertheim, GERMANY. As for Malaysia:

``9835 RTM Sarawak FM 0000-1600 1234567 Malaysian 100 93 Kajang MLA 10146E 0301N RTM b10 Dec.24-`` (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** MEXICO. The Dec 27 sporadic-E TVDX opening mentioned last time at 1646 UT continued, and at 1846 I found signals peaking from the WSW again, on channels 2 and 4 analog, i.e. NW Mexico. Only thing IDed was the Azteca-13 bug in the UR on channel 2 at 1850 UT. Most likely XHFA Nogales, Sonora, the only full-power A13 on 2 in the country per, plus 6 lower-powered mostly elsewhere (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** OKLAHOMA. 1580, KOKB Blackwell had resumed modulating around 1830 UT Dec 23 following open carrier earlier that morning. But once again dead air before and after 2200 UT Dec 27 (Glenn Hauser, Enid, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** PHILIPPINES. 9570, R. Blagovest, via Radio Veritas Asia, Dec 28 at 1511 in Russian with heavy flutter. (VOA Philippines 9760 with English Learning had much less flutter, but 9945 via SRI LANKA even less.) 9570 at 1530 still speech, about Christ rather than classical music. Time is running out for this!

``Under the message received from the head tekh-sluzhby Radio Veritas Asia, station stops translations [sic] in Russian with the beginning of new year (MIDXB No 716 via RusDX Dec 26 via DXLD)``

That means R. Blagovest (Bells), 9570 at 15-16. Axually, I was looking for it Dec 27 but heard nothing from it. WRTH 2011 shows other Russian is 02-03 on 17830, also Blagovest, per Aoki (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SPAIN [and non]. REE`s repeat of the 2345-2355 token newscasts in Catalan and Galician at 0505-0515 UT Tue-Sat as in WRTH 2011 is confirmed. Dec 28 at 0505 I hear Catalan, and 0510 the maritime melody on fife introducing ``Informativo Gallego``. Reception was poor on 6055 direct, as well as on 3350, 5965 and 9675 via COSTA RICA. The original broadcast happens to be when no CR relays are on (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 3160, WPJK Orangeburg SC, Dec 28 at 1233 tune-in, already underway with pumping black gospel music, good signal. Unfortunately, did not sign on late today.

The FCC-official sunrise/sunset times for Dec are 1215-2215 UT, but WPJK has kept signing on circa 1230 = 7:30 am local, but does sign off circa 2215, often a few minutes late. In January the proper times will be 1230-2245, so that may give us a semihour more of possible reception in the evenings (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** VATICAN [non]. 9865, VR via CANADA, which dumped off the air just as it was starting at 1130 UT Dec 27, was back on the air Dec 28, checked at 1203, in Spanish. This also reconfirms that despite VR`s own schedule copied in many other places, the 1200-1215 portion remains an extension of the Spanish, not English.

EiBi: correctly all-Spanish
Aoki: English at 1200-1215
ADDX by language, English 1200-1215 with obsolete A-10 frequency 9830, altho ``as of 18 Dez``
PTSW: English only, correctly does not include 1200
WRTH 2011: does not list English at 1200, but not Spanish 1130 either

UNIDENTIFIED. 13590, Dec 28 at 1439, very distorted vocal music piece of 20+ notes repeated over and over at irregular intervals. No good with BFO on, so mode mostly FM; modulation also makes S-meter move. Atop much weaker AM signal, presumably 1Africa, Zambia. At first I thought it was Cairo 13580 with typically distorted Albanian service but that does not start until 1500, when today it was much less distorted. Could not find anything // on 13 MHz band, in case this was a spur. At 1446 the melody started repeating continuously rather than with irregular pauses. At 1453 a couple more notes were added at the end. At 1454 about three syllables were spoken, and nothing more heard to 1507 when I quit monitoring this. Any ideas? Audio clip:
(Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ###