mercoledì 20 aprile 2011

Glenn Hauser logs April 19-20, 2011

** ALBANIA. R. Tirana is expected to change from 13640, usurped by INDIA, to 13735 as of April 20 for the Mon-Sat English broadcasts at 1845-1858 and 2000-2028 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** ANTARCTICA. 15476, LRA36, April 20 at 1335 has very poor but detectable signal, on meter ranging S9 to S9+8 peaks, averaging S9+5. Music slightly better modulated than talk, as other listeners in the Southern Cone have also noted --- perhaps inexperienced announcers are not projecting enough, mike-shy, and/or board operators are not peaking the talk high enough. Natural pitch of voices also is critical for readability in such marginal reception conditions.

1345 made out a mention of LRA36, and a little better at 1356, Radio Nacional Arcángel San Gabriel. Still audible at last check 1424, carrier with occasional audiobits. The day before, altho I heard them around 1305, Ron Howard in California was not hearing them after 1400, perhaps closed early (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CHINA. Firedrake April 20: none at all found 7-18 MHz between 1320 and 1335; very poor propagation today, but might have found some if I had tried before 1300. Also nothing at all on 13m past 1400. However, at 1359-1400*, 15115 had fair signal from CNR1 jamming against VOA Chinese via Thailand (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA [and non]. 17560, April 19 around 2000, RHC still colliding with VOA French via BONAIRE. According to Ivo Ivanov, Bulgaria, VOA will be moving to 17530, but not until April 22, both for the 1930-2030 via Bonaire and the previous unblocked French hour via São Tomé.

6010, 6050, 6060, 6150, UT Wed April 20 at 0540, Arnie Coro on DXers Unlimited telling the story of R. Swan, counter-revolutionary station of the 60s on MW 1160. Sounds familiar, as I think he has done this before; fell asleep before he finished.

15360, April 20 at 1358, RHC has CCI and fast SAH from TWR Swaziland IS, 1359 its ID in English, but at 1400 RHC is off leaving TWR in the clear opening quarter-hour of Urdu; RHC remaining on 15230, and 15120 was already off. At 1402, RHC comes back on 15360 inmidst frequency listing, and seems a bit stronger against TWR; antenna change? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** EQUATORIAL GUINEA. 15190, April 20 at 0529, R. Africa the only station on band, gospel huxter Franklin Amos (?) giving his address several times, necessary since signal was fading out periodically. Finally put together as: P O Box 60, New York City NY 10116, offering free booklet. We are also to include the ``call letters of this station`` --- but they don`t have any in EqG! At least not that we know of. Now what? 0530 without ID into another g.h., a YL.

Most unusual propagation, being the OSOB, not a bit of R. Australia on 15160 or 15240, usually there if anything is; nor Nigeria 15120.

Googling that phone leads to the Dawn Bible Students Association,
with the same postal address for Frank & Ernest. If one wanted to pursue this, looks interesting:

** MADAGASCAR [and non]. While 19m bore only Equatorial Guinea [q.v.], at the same time 22m had only three signals, two of which were via Talata, April 20 at 0532: 13765, Vatican in Portuguese, 300 degrees, and 13840, NHK in French, 295 degrees --- plus 13775, V. of Russia, 61 degrees from Pet/Kam. And no Australia on 13630, 13690 which are usually there if anything is (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** NIGERIA [non]. 17860, April 20 at 1404, Hamada Radio International via Wertachtal, GERMANY, with Hausa talk and music, fair-good signal while nothing making it on 21480, nor anything else on 13m. This is supposedly the penultimate day for extra frequency 17860. Since they are Hausa, may we assume that HRI are anti-Jonathan? Our condolences.

WWV reported: ``Geophysical Alert Message
Solar-terrestrial indices for 19 April follow.
Solar flux 111 and mid-latitude A-index 6.
The mid-latitude K-index at 1200 UTC on 20 April was 3 (22 nT).
The mid-latitude K-index at 1500 UTC on 20 April was 3 (26 nT).
No space weather storms were observed for the past 24 hours.
No space weather storms are expected for the next 24 hours.``
(Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ###