giovedì 27 gennaio 2011

Glenn Hauser logs January 26-27, 2011

** ANGUILLA. 11775, Caribbean Beacon (an ID never heard on the air), absent Jan 27 at 1432 and later chex during following hour (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA [and non]. Tuning across RHC Jan 27 at 1458 with IS, so I try to copy the ensuing frequency announcement. 15120 and 15360 cut modulation before it starts, so I retune to 11760. Tony Gómez starts to recite them, 15120, 15360, 15390 (! Still saying that 2.5 months after it was deleted in favor of 15230; is no one paying attention?); from *13 on 13680, 13780 until 15*. Just before he could say ``11760`` that very frequency cut off the air, so I retune to 11730, where I hear 11730, 11760; *14-20* on 11690; 6140 until 05*. BTW, just before 1500 it would be more helpful to list all the frequencies in use from that hour onwards.

Meanwhile, 11730 has CCI under from RRI with IS, ``Romanian Rhapsody`` opening theme, Arabic. BBC Russian via Rampisham is also scheduled this hour on 11730 but not heard.

At *1502, 11760 RHC cuts back on after transmitter or/and antenna change, making it weaker than before. Some intermittent Spanish modulation before staying on. 1524 check, now 11760 is as strong as before, eclipsing 11730 and 11690 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CYPRUS. 15140-15165, Over-the-horizon radar pulsing, presumed from here, Jan 27 at 1437. As if Oman 15140 did not have enough problem already with weak signal rarely audible in English (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** GUAM. 5765-USB, AFN, hit during a talk segment, PSAs and promos, Jan 27 at 1339 for  1341 AFN promo for some stupid football game on Feb 6. Then historical capsule about American Revolution; the first nuclear-powered submarine, USS Nautilus traversed the polar icecap totally submerged, approaching Siberia without detexion, in 1958. 1343 ID as ``Mainstream Country from AFN``, back to music at last; fair signal (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** INDONESIA. 9525, VOI, Jan 27 at 1353 with some hum, and IADs during music segment, English discussion of some pop performer. Usually on Tuesdays there is a wrap-up at the end with RRI Banjarmasin guy but none heard today, so was there an ``Exotic Indonesia`` excursion this week?

9680, RRI domestic relay is rather more interesting than 9525, but with weaker signal, at least atop the CCI, Jan 27 at 1357 with ``Anvil Chorus`` from Verdi`s ``Il Trovatore``, no break at 1400, still going at 1402 with other operatic warhorse excerpts; 1407 Indonesian announcement mentions Johann Strauss, but next played ``Funiculì, Funiculà``; 1411 Theme from ``Godfather``, neither exactly operatic; 1414 finally Strauss Sr`s ``Radetzky March``. 1417 talking about RRI and Radio Nasional; 1422 over to pop song. Still on at 1506, now with drama including SFX such as motorcycle, creaky door (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** IRAN. 5920, Jan 27 at 1331, fair with Qur`an. 1334 announcement, Pashto? 1336 VIRI news choral theme with militaristic tone, news by YL starting with Ahmedinajad as very first word. No, it`s Kurdish scheduled 1330-1630, 500 kW nondirexional from Kamalabad; probably long path (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** KAZAKHSTAN. 5835, Jan 27 at 1337 poor signal with non-Camping preacher in English obsessed with wicked people, sin, but God to rescue 200 million non-wickeds on day of judgment. HFCC shows YFR via Almaty, 500 kW, 121 degrees at 1300-1500. If only the Kazakhs knew what krap in foreign languages they are allowing out on their rentable transmitters (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** MAURITANIA. 7245, Jan 27 at 0700, ORTM strummin` & gabbin`, not much else on band 7200-7400 making it the SSOB within those limits, S9+15. 0701 ID sounds like French but with heavy Arabic accent; or was it Arabic with French accent? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** RUSSIA. 6075, altho R. Rossii, Pet/Kam sounds OK now, Jan 27 at 1347, motorboatingless music and Russian announcements, with BFO we can tell the carrier is a bit unstable, so bet it will steadily degrade again. See also UNIDENTIFIED 6074 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SPAIN [non]. 9765 via COSTA RICA, Jan 27 at 1344 checked REE again since 24 hours earlier there was no Basque as scheduled M-F at 1330. No Basque today either; what has become of it? Did someone slip and say something pro-ETA? Instead, Castilian discussion about Reyes Magos with novelist who has a blogspot. Then promo for ``Sexto Continente`` literary contest. Easy to tune, up exactly 4 MHz from AFN (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. WORLD OF RADIO 1549 monitoring: aired first Wednesday Jan 26 at 1630 on WRMI 9955, confirmed on webcast. Also UT Thursday 0430. Next best chance 24 hours later at 0430 UT Friday will be on WWRB 3185; Friday 2130 on WWCR 7465, among other times. Full schedule at

** U S A. 5745, Jan 26 at 0710, WYFR distorted in English, not jamming this time. Non-Harold speaking. Carrier stable with BFO, so it`s only a modulation problem [date correct; omitted from last report] (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A [non]. 5860, Jan 27 at 1527, poor with flutter in Asian language. It`s R. Free Asia in Korean, 15-19, 250 kW, 333 degrees from TINIAN, holding up almost 2 hours after sunrise here (Glenn Hauser, Enid OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. 6074, Jan 27, the V/CQ CW marker starts about 1400.5 after Russia is off, so mixing with Taiwan/China. ID is still given as DE 2MTL rather than 8GAL (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. 15209.3v, Jan 27 at 1438, a het again upon much stronger WYFR 15210 in Portuguese; as I listen, the pitch lowers a step, so it therefore goes slightly up in frequency. At 1515 WYFR is in English and the het is stronger, with some audio, but I can`t split them; again with pitch steps up and down. Surely someone further from WYFR, e.g. in Europe, can ID the source (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ###