mercoledì 13 aprile 2011

Glenn Hauser logs April 11-12, 2011

** ANTARCTICA. 15476, April 12, guess what? Still no LRA36 carrier at 1255, 1407 chex (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CHINA. Firedrake April 12: nothing on 8400 at 1252, and with very poor EAs propagation today, only cursory check upband found no others (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA [and non]. 17560, RHC continues to collide with VOA at 1930-2030, both in French the first semihour, checked April 11 and 12. Who will blink first? VOA moves around frequently for less reason than this. Did Arnie pick the frequency knowingly, just to annoy the enemy, at the expense of RHC`s own clarity, that being the only frequency scheduled for French at 1930, Portuguese at 2000?

13780, April 12 at 1311, RHC missing from this frequency, but still on 13680; at 1409 both were on. At least one transmitter may be giving them problems, as at 2325 check for R. Nacional de Venezuela relay, 15250 was missing, but 13680 was on as usual, as well as weaker RHC itself on 15230, 15370 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** GERMANY [non]. 15510, April 12 at 1406, DW in Russian, good signal as usual even when not much else making it from Europe, despite being 500 kW, 62 degrees from Rampisham, UK at 1400-1659 (then 1700-1757, 250 kW, 15 degrees via Kigali, RWANDA). At the moment it sounded like there was a collision with a slightly weaker station in another language until I realised that DW itself was doing a voice-over probably from original German. SW stations need to realize that audio clarity is more important than fancy voice-overs. Depending on the ultimate audio processing, the undercurrent may be boosted louder than the studio producer expects. One language at a time, please! Or fade out completely the original real quick. O, I forgot === SW is just an ancient afterthought to web and satellite (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** INDONESIA. 9526-, VOI, April 12 at 1257, already inserting English ID into tail of Japanese hour, but quite poor signal on bad propagation day. At least it`s on the air, unlike yesterday. Late at 1301.5 started `Exotic Indonesia` co-produxion with Jakarta, but no point in trying to listen (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** IRAN. Finally got around to checking the new A-11 frequencies for the so-called ``Voice of Justice``, VIRI`s English service to North America, 0130-0230 UT --- In B-10 both channels were losers, 7250 colliding with V of Russia and 6120 with R Habana Cuba. April 12 at *0130, 11920 comes on a few sex before 9605; sign on correctly giving these frequencies, Qur`an 0133-0136, then Qur`an interpreted briefly in English. Some flutter, and 9605 slightly stronger but no ACI or CCI on either, working well for them.

Another check April 12 whether R. Tirana 13625 has QRM from Iran on 13630: depressed propagation meant nothing but a carrier could be detected on 13630 until 1427:38*, presumably VIRI Japanese service still here and not running over, while no carrier on 13645, alleged QSY (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** JAPAN [non]. Correcting date on this, not April 22, of course:

15735, April 11 at 1301 poor with news in English of Japan disasters, music stingers à la NHK, and in fact it is R. Japan, via Tashkent, UZBEKISTAN. HFCC shows two 100 kW transmitters, both to CIRAF 41, i.e. Pakistan, India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, one at 141 degrees, the other at 163, getting them all covered (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SPAIN. 11795, REE Emisión Sefarad, UT Tue April 12 at 0132 has good signal as usual even tho to S America, but discussion has continuous pulsing noise underneath, rather like atop a Cuban jammer. But I think it is self-imposed poor audio produxion, faulty feed link or transmitter. No reason for Cuba to be jamming here, like 11775 vs Martí. Meant to see if it was also inflicted upon the 0415 repeat on 9650, but missed it. Did anyone else notice, or on the Mon 1425 on 15385? I`ll bet not.

17595, the normally solid REE signal weekday mornings direct from Noblejas, April 12 at 1315 is fluttery, unusual for this lower-latitude path; recovered later in the hour, OK for token Arabic news at 1438 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ###