martedì 11 gennaio 2011

Glenn Hauser logs January 10-11, 2011

** ECUADOR [non]. 12025, Jan 10 at 2104, strange language but good signal, spoken slowly and clearly by YL with pauses such that intermittent audio dropouts averaging every three seconds are not always obvious since some of them fall into natural pauses. 2107 a music break without IADs where they would have been obvious, so they were upstream only during the talk produxion or pre-feed.

2112 back to talk for outro, giving an Apartado in Torremolinos, Malága, España, but the intervening numbers in the language; then some phone numbers also uncopiable. 2115 switch to Arabic, again with address in Málaga, this time with correct accent, but pronounced in French! A bit of vocal music then sounds Hebraic to me.

This has been around for years, but hard to track down. HCJB has acknowledged to me that it is one of their own services, altho those call letters would be meaningless, so are not used.

Finding it in WRTH 2011 has been impossible --- nothing about it under Canada, Ecuador, UK or USA, and of course not Australia. Why look there? WRTH does have HCJB under Ecuador, with a limited schedule not including this. Its `corporate` info has an entry under USA, but no schedules at all.

How about WRTH 2010? Under Ecuador are listed only German (hi and lo), and Russian, via Chile, Germany, and Lithuania.

The WRTH A-10 update had it, but did not survive into the 2011 issue:

ECUADOR: Summer Schedule 2010
Tachelhit Days Area kHz
2100-2115 daily NAf 12025rmp
Arabic dialects Days Area kHz
2115-2145 daily NAf 12025rmp

Aoki currently shows the same, adding 250 kW, 168 degrees from RMP.

But as we discovered some years ago, altho the time and frequency remain the same, the site switches between A and B seasons. As HFCC B-10 shows, currently it is Sackville, 250 kW, 73 degrees, and the good reception here certainly confirms that, instead of UK.

Tachelhit (spelling varies) is one of the Berber languages spoken in southwestern Morocco by some three megapeople. See

We simply can`t find it anywhere in the WRTH 2011. If anyone locates it there, please let us know. A major problem is that neither in the 2010 nor 2011 WRTH is there a complete Babcock (ex-VTC) schedule, where it would likely appear among a great many other entries. Individual clients of Babcock beyond #1, BBCWS, may have some of their schedules scattered thruout the book, but the big, complete picture is missing!

Babcock is one of the world`s major SW transmission providers, managing many more sites now than those originally owned by BBC. Why isn`t it in WRTH? Perhaps Babcock forbids it.

However, the originally planned B-10 schedule as of Oct 8 has appeared in BC-DX and WWDXC. Because of formatting difficulties, it seems I never put it into DXLD. The same is conveniently archived here, and apparently updated since:

Indeed it does include this 12025 HCJ via SAC in Arabic (only) as the only SW transmission of HCJB thru Babcock, but there are hundreds of other entries (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SPAIN. 11780, trying to detect the Sephardic service from REE to S America, UT Tuesdays only at 0115-0145: Jan 11 at 0122, dominant RNA Brasil does have some weak co-channel interference making a SAH, both of them talking at the moment. If Brasil were in music, could not have detected REE. Nothing audible on 11795, REE`s alternate frequency, where it should obviously be to avoid such a collision (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 11665, Jan 10 at 2119, good steady signal, continuous talk only by M in a tonal language, reminds me of Burmese, with rising -eh? at the end of many sentences, but surely not at this hour in the middle of the Myanmarian night; 2130 heard one English word, ``visitation``. Stronger than adjacent R. Australia English on 11660. Off already when rechecked at 2157.

Current schedules including WRTH 2011, Eibi and Aoki, show this hour as WYFR Arabic via Okeechobee, really only until 2145 per the last two, but this was definitely no Arabic! HFCC shows English, likely in default. Looking at other YFR languages earlier on this frequency, I spot Yoruba at 19-20 via Ascension --- that sounds more like it, maybe a switch or mixup? Or some other African language has been added. At 2210, 11665 was preaching in Spanish, surely WYFR too, weaker than 11670 RNV via CUBA (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A [non]. 15580, VOA with `African Beat` music show, fair but with some IADs of several sex each until *2057 Jan 10, when a stronger carrier hits, making a 6 Hz SAH. Modulation from first signal stops during ``Down to Jamaica`` at 2059, dead air for a minute, no YDD or sign-on, then upcut modulation from second signal at 2100 with VOA News. Rather rough transition from BONAIRE to BOTSWANA relay sites, but could have been worse with programming overlap (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 9350, Jan 10 at 2133, WWCR missing, allowing 9355 WYFR in Spanish to be heard; 2134 WWCR super-signal cuts on for a few sex with hair-growing ad, off again (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 9395, dirty spur from 9370 WTJC again audible Jan 10 at 2227, and also on 9345, the lower too close to super-strong WWCR 9350, now back on to stay (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ###