sabato 2 aprile 2011

Glenn Hauser logs April 1, 2011

** ALBANIA. 13625, R. Tirana check April 1 at 1436 in English, has fair modulation and understandable with some concentration, but better modulation on neighbor 13620 aimed in opposite direxion, 80 degrees from IBB KUWAIT in Urdu (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** ANTARCTICA. 15476, another month starts and still no LRA36, despite repeated reactivation expectations and excuses: not even a carrier, April 1 at 1249, 1323, 1431 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CHINA. Firedrake April 1:
 8400, just barely audible at 1256
10300, fair at 1255, not // any of the following except 12180
12180, fair at 1243, mixing with something, proved not to be // any of the others heard in next few minutes, except 10300. Nothing at all in HFCC on 12180 to account for this, so guess Sound of Hope
12240, good at 1243
12980, good at 1243
13130, fair at 1246
13500, good at 1245
13920, good at 1244
13970, fair at 1327 // 13920 but 13500, 13130, 12240, 12180, 10300 are off; 13970 down to JBA at 1433
15900, good at 1321; was not there before 1300
16100, JBA at 1251; hi-freq and hi-lat paths are depressed today

I was listening to 12180 and 10300 at 1300 when they vanished, and 13500 was also gone a few sex later. Did not recheck all the others immediately (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA. A revised schedule from R. Habana Cuba is coming out, via José Bueno, effective April 4, showing new 17560 in use to Europe at 1930-2300 in French, Portuguese, Arabic and Spanish. Then Manolo de la Rosa sent a correxion via Bueno and Juan Franco Crespo, that at least for his show `En Contacto`, Sundays at 2245, frequency would be 17550 instead of 17560. If RHC winds up on 17550 for the entire service, we look forward to the collision with Kuwait after 2000, q.v.!

This revived European service does not include English: the 19-20 broadcast on 11760 remains targeted at Central America (where there is only one small English-speaking country, Belize).

Other new frequencies in the April 4+ RHC schedule, all for Spanish:
 9550 11-13 to Chicago
 9620 23-04 to Rio de Janeiro
 9710 21-23 to Antilles
11830 11-15 to New York
12020 21-05 to Chile
13670 21-04 to Caribbean

Way to go, Arnie!
 9550 will collide with WYFR until 1145
 9620 collides with Spain to SAm at 23-05
Spain DRM also remains on 9630 at 00-02 via CR spreading beyond 5 kHz
11830 collides with WYFR after 1300, 315 degrees to NAm. It`s been there for many years; hasn`t Arnie noticed?? HFCC A-11 has now been published for all to see, even he who refuses to participate.

Meanwhile, he keeps RHC on 12040 at 11-15, which as I have been pointing out, collides with ChiCom jamming and VOA. Also no changes in English from the March 20 schedule, i.e. still blasting HCJB 6050 at 01-07 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA [and non]. 11775, lite jamming pulses under ANGUILLA, April 1 at 1253; 11775 *needs* to be jammed only in the evening, when R. Martí has resumed using it for A-11 at 00-03, which BTW is Greenville 00-01, Sackville 01-03 per HFCC.

7405, April 1 at 1359, R. Martí promo with no jamming audible, nor when it cuts to open carrier at 1400 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) See also USA: WRMI

** EQUATORIAL GUINEA [and non]. 15190, April 1 at 0555, R. Africa the SSOB at S9+12 with gospel huxter in English; less fading but more modulation that Australia 15160; NIGERIA also audible on 15120, q.v. (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** INDIA. 9690, April 1 at 1329, AIR talk in unID language, rather than musical runup to GOS, let alone the AIR IS, but 1330 switch to English sign-on with constant hum, right into news. The only language service ending at 1330 (on other frequencies) is Tibetan, so maybe that`s it, on the same program feed line (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** INDONESIA. 9526-, April 1 at 1336, VOI English with `Miscellany` talk about stem cells, as I endure intermittent audio dropouts (IADs) clocked at 10 times per minute, but quite irregularly spaced and seeming to have nothing to do with momentary modulation peaks. They are even more annoying during music, following at 1341, comedy song combining Hawaiian and C&W; 1344 Englonesian version of Billy Joel`s ``I Love You Just the Way You Are``, plus more Indopop (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** IRAN. 9420, April 1 at 2041, Iranian music instead of Greek; despite ERA`s decades of usage of 9420, VIRI has overtaken their frequency by surprise, as John Babbis has been reporting since A-11 began. Wolfgang Büschel says Iran has put its all-night Arabic service on 9420 at 1630-0530, which HFCC has as 500 kW, 289 degrees via Zahedan, instead of originally registered 9460 --- because Turkey in Turkish is already on 9460 at 16-21.

But why QSY to 9420? Scenario: without bothering to turn on a radio, or consult any knowledgeable DX reference, IRIB figured that like so many other ERA HFCC registrations, 9420 was also wooden, not really in use! But it is, in fact, up to 24 hours a day!! How will this be resolved? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** KUWAIT [and non]. 17550, since R. Kuwait in Arabic to C&W NAm was coming in March 31 before 2400, I listen for it again April 1 at 2035, but not a trace, nor later at 2121. 15540 English also absent before 2100. Is 17750 irregular, or was a propagational anomaly to be credited the day before? Still nothing audible at 2352, but 16m is almost dead except for Taiwan/WYFR 17725. See also CUBA, planning to use 17550 to Europe! Or 17560? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** LIBYA. 17725, April 1 at 1431, VOAf from the GJ still here at quick check, fair with African music (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** NIGERIA [and non]. 15120, April 1 at 0556, VON with hilife music, 0557 ending `Moving On` show about musical instruments; S9+12, equivalent meter reading to 15190 Equatorial Guinea, but doesn`t sound as loud, and 15120 also has SAH, CCI, listed as CRI Chinese from Beijing site. Both this and VON last another hour until 0700 on 15120 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** PORTUGAL. 12060, April 1 at 0558 music, 0600 4-pip timesignal and Portuguese Portuguese; RDPI now scheduled 05-07, 200 kW, 144 degrees. It`s also back on 7240 which is more reliable (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** RUSSIA [non]. 15460, fair April 1 at 1323 with R. Svoboda ID in passing. HFCC says IBB Russian via Rampisham UK during this hour, full site schedule being: 08-10 Tinang, Philippines; 12-13 Lampertheim, Germany; 14-16 Lampertheim again [why switch to Ramp for one hour??]. NHK due west from Yamata in Japanese is also listed at 12-14, likely to produce a collision in Russia, but not here (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SOUTH CAROLINA [non]. 13810, April 1 at 1433, Brother Scare mixing with weaker signal; scheduled as Iran in Hindi from 1430, 500 kW, 102 degrees via Sirjan; Scare is 100 kW, 130 degrees from Nauen, GERMANY so likely to collide even worse around the Mideast (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SPAIN. 17595, REE, April 1 at 2120 the same hypernasal YL we hear on the 1430 Portuguese news snippets, is saying ``ciao`` to her Brazilian listeners, and then playing Arab music (or should I say Moorish?). This service is M-F 21-22 on 17595 only (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) See also CUBA

** TURKEY. 15450, monitored V. of Turkey again April 1 on reactivated A-season frequency for 1230 English: fair at 1249 and at 1321 when in sign-off, announceress still imagines this broadcast is an hour later on 25m; only 2.5 iterations of the IS before cut carrier, but still identical rather than variations, and listening more closely, I don`t think it`s on a real piano any more but some `authentic instrument` keyboard. Boring (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) See also IRAN

** U K [non]. 17685, April 1 at 0000, BBCWS `World Briefing`, poor with flutter as relay via THAILAND is starting; also scheduled now a further hour via SINGAPORE until 0200.

15470, April 1 at 1430, S. Asian language with BBC ID in passing; scheduled as 14-15 Hindi, 250 kW, 97 degrees from CYPRUS (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A [and non]. 15470, where R. Sawa had a good signal on March 30 and 31 until 1330* sign-off as VOA, gone again April 1, not even a carrier detectable at 1249, 1302 or 1323. I now know that this was via Greenville; no wonder, a good signal, but in use only two days.

Another R. Sawa schedule, probably outdated quickly if not already, as IBB apparently struggles to get this emergency SW service going:
0800-1000 11725 Lampertheim
0800-1100 17880 Kuwait
0800-1330 15775 Lampertheim
1000-1200 11680 Lampertheim
1100-1330 17840 Kuwait
1200-1330 11890 Lampertheim and 13625 São Tomé.
BTW, Lampertheim does not really have a suitable antenna for Libya or the Arab world (Glenn Hauser, OK, April 1, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. WORLD OF RADIO 1557 monitoring: confirmed on WWRB, excellent signal on 2390, UT Friday April 1 at 0330, checked at 0358 before ending and this week also // weaker 5050, unlike last week. So it may or may not be on both. Presumably, further than a megameter from Manchester, 5050 achieves a better signal.

On WRMI 9955 the first airing of #1557 this week could not be until Friday 1430, confirmed at 1438 with fair signal, no jamming. Next chances are Sat 0800, 1400, 1730; Sun 0800, 1530, 1730.

On WWCR, confirmed Friday April 1 at 2030 back on summer frequency 15825, which without any sporadic E enhancement is very poor here, but we hope now gets better into Eurafrica and even western North America beyond the skipzone. Next airings are Saturday 1600 on 12160, Sunday 0630 on 3215.

On IPAR/NEXUS/IBA/IRRS, new WORLD OF RADIO time and frequency should be Saturday 1800 on 7290, presumably still via SLOVAKIA. HFCC A-11 shows nothing on 7295 during this hour, but 7285 with VOR, 250 kW, 280 degrees from Samara, so how is reception now in Europe on 7290? Official targets of IRRS are CIRAF zones 18-20, 27-30, 37-39, i.e. all of Europe including western Russia, the north African tier, and ME from Turkey thru Arabia (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 9479, WTWW, April 1 at 1355 tuneby, Pastor Pete Peters music and talk modulation cutting off and on a few times per second, totally unlistenable, and the bits of mod heard were also distorted. Had recovered by next check 1442, not cutting out but still rough-sounding (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. WINB missing from both known frequencies, 13570 and 9265, April 1 at 1435; no fooling. So now 13570 no longer QRMs CODAR. 9265 is on at next check 2240 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. 9947.5, strong AM carrier with continuous DSB tone of less than 1 kHz, April 1 at 1438 centered here, also making het against weak 9950 carrier; plus noticed about an hour earlier. Fortunately this is far enough away not to bother 9955 WRMI; nor is it related to the previous WWV spur, but what is it? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ###