giovedì 7 aprile 2011

Glenn Hauser logs April 5-6, 2011

** ANTARCTICA. After checking 15476 just about every weekday morning for more than two months, LRA36 is finally back on the air! Tipoff as I tuned across was tell-tale 4-kHz het against Poland [non] 15480. April 6 at 1332, 15476 with songs, lots of fading, S9+10 peaks. Previously until it disappeared in November, there would often be nothing but a carrier on its signature off-frequency. By 1346 it`s weakening, no announcements heard yet. On wide bandwidth, a 6 kHz het starts at 1358.8 from 15470, i.e. BBC Hindi via Cyprus (and registered TOM via Nauen until 1400 still missing from 15470).

Still detectable carrier at 1415, 1433. Between 1358 and 1430 there are stronger Europeans on both sides, 15470 and 15480. Wonder what the transmission span really is now? Used to be 1200-1500v M-F but recent reactivation plans mentioned 1100-1800, and later, 1230-1500 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CHINA. Firedrake April 6; VP/P/F/G/VG refer subjectively to strength:
10300, very poor with flutter at 1430; could not hear this or Sound of Hope during the previous hour
12240, poor with heavy flutter at 1328; very poor at 1427
13130, poor with heavy flutter at 1328
14700, good at 1330; also at 1425
14970, good at 1330; off at 1425 check unlike 14700
No others found up to 17 MHz by 1332
Really, there is flutter most of the time on these frequencies tho I don`t always mention it (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA [and non]. Checking some more new frequencies as listed for RHC, since the only way to be sure they exist is to monitor them: 9710 and 13670 both fair at 2245 April 5, // 12040.

Some frequencies continue to overrun past nominal 0500* of Spanish service: April 6 at 0519, 12040 is still on with usual lo-fi audio, // but a syllable ahead of 5040. At 0527, lo-fi 6120 is also still on, but only a reverb apart from 5040. At 0535 check, 6120 is off but 5040 and much weaker 12040 are still on.

11830, April 6 at 1428 continues the *1300 collision between WYFR and RHC, as I said, both spewing nonsense, so not a loss that they cancel each other out (axually RHC atop at the moment) --- anti-science `Creation Moment` on WYFR, hoary old Fidel speech on `Voces de la Revolución,` your weekdaily dose of Commie propaganda from the master, ending at 1429 with, natch, ``Patria o Muerte, ¡Venceremos!`` which I parody as potential gusanos might exclaim under their breath, ``Patria o Suerte, ¡Pensaremos!`` (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** LIBYA. 17725, VOAf from the GJ, April 6 at 1422 still with imaginary 17850 frequency announcement; fair with less flutter than BSKSA e.g. 17705 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** MEXICO. Most of Mexico went on DST April 4, usual date being first Sunday in April, like it used to be in US (tho border cities switched on same date as US, March 13, for commercial convenience). Resultantly (which does not get redlined by unmodified MSW spellchecker, altho the single word ``spellchecker`` does --- [however, on yahoomail with Firefox, ``resultantly`` and ``redlined`` are redlined, but ``spellchecker`` is not!]), 6185, R. Educación programming and schedule are now one UT hour earlier.

April 6 at 0525 in Spanish news, presumably RFI delayed relay as previously scheduled at 0600. Now it has ACI from 6190 CRI English via Sackville until 0557. At 0533, R. Educación live announcer with ID for 1060 and 6185, timecheck for 12:34 and mentions that the RFI relay just concluded. It`s presumably UT Tue-Sat, and 0500 is now the switchover time from separate XEPPM SW-only programming, to duplicating MW the rest of the night.

Since during standard time, 6185 was being turned on up to an hour earlier than nominal *0000, is it now being turned on as early as 2200? It was also running up to a semihour later than nominal 1200*, so is it now left on until 1130? Might as well, as NHK Russian USward is still starting at 1130, blocking XEPPM for a semihour. Vatican`s usage of 6185 is now 0205-0500 for eastern Europe, causing considerable interference even here, but at least Brasília is still silent on 6185 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** VATICAN [non]. 13765, April 6 at 0515, station in English about Africa, a Vatican frequency, but not // 7250 also in English which is a separate service for Europe. 13765 is 250 kW, 295 degrees via MADAGASCAR.

Altho 19m was totally dead at this time, not even Nigeria 15120, 22m was full of signals from Eurafrica as well as Pacificasia (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) See also MEXICO

UNIDENTIFIED. 13625, April 6 at 0518 open carrier between Dabanga 13620 and Australia 13630, and I think there was some modulation on it before 0515; nothing listed by HFCC or Aoki (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ###