mercoledì 18 maggio 2011

Glenn Hauser logs May 17-18, 2011

** ANTARCTICA. 15476, LRA36, May 18: 1230 tune-in, already on with vocal music, S9+15. After a quick Firedrake scan [see CHINA], I return at 1235 as ``Soy Feliz`` themesong is running along with XYL sign-on of `Amanecer Austral`, mentions ``hoy, buena música y algo más``, credits. 1239 contact info, 1240 another song. 1250 is weaker, S9+12; 1256 chatting and laughter, ``en esta mañana gris``, mentions a ganador so are they giving something away? By 1311 has become JBA, but resurges a bit at 1342, back up to S9+12; however the S/N is worse (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CHINA. Firedrake May 18:
16980, poor at 1237, none higher; but good at 1259-1300*
16100, very good at 1237
15550, fair at 1313, het on the lo side = V. of Tibet; also 1326, but at that time no others found 12-17 MHz
15540, JBA at 1340 vs het on 15542 or 15543, presumably FD as usual
14700, very good at 1233; none in the 15s at this time
13920, VG at 1235
13850, VG at 1235
13130, VG at 1233
13540, VG at 1234, unusual frequency
12600, fair at 1235 and obviously not // the others
12240, good at 1235
 7970, very poor at 1247; none 8-12 MHz

** CHINA. 15600, fair May 18 at 1314, CRI with website info pronounced in English, then a bit of Chinese, then to real scheduled language, Malay. HFCC and Aoki show it 1230-1327, 100 kW, 175 degrees via Kunming (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA. 17865, May 17 at 2122, lite pulse and noise jamming against nothing, i.e. the third harmonic of 5955 vs R. República 5954.3v which presumably started at 2100. Nothing audible yet on 18090, the third harmonic of jammer against R. Martí, which does not start until 2200 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA [non]. 7210-LSB, as I tune across at 1229 May 18, the unmistakable anti-Castro ranting tones of N1NR, Nelson Roig, in Pennsylvania, somewhat demodulated by a weak broadcast carrier without employing BFO --- the latter being, in decreasing order of probability: PBS Yunnan, or the 20 kW Vietnamese, or R. Fana longpath (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CYPRUS [non]. 15727-15752 approx., May 18 at 1327, OTH radar pulses presumed from here, and no broadcasters affected, as far as I could hear, so are they picking times and frequencies carefully? Not per HFCC which shows VOA Somali via Madagascar on 15730, NHK English via Uzbekistan on 15735, and SLBC Sri Lanka English on 15745 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** JAPAN [non]. 15335, NHKWNRJ in second of two-day test via ``Santiago``, CHILE, May 18 at 1401, but in Japanese! Yesterday it was in English during the first half hour, but we can`t have that in a broadcast for South America! HFCC shows the 14-20 span may also include some Portuguese. This was running about 2 sex behind // Sackville 11655 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** KOREA SOUTH [non]. 9650, KBSWR via CANADA, May 18 at 1248 talking about a musical instrument with a bamboo soundbox, two silk strings, the hegum(?), but didn`t axually hear it, just some other music from P`yongyang underneath, as KBS foolishly uses the same frequency. This is the new `Sounds of Korea` show Vincent Kusek in Chicago told us about, Wednesdays at 1240 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** KUWAIT [and non]. 15540, May 17 at 2050, R. Kuwait with English news headlines by a more comprehensible, less accented and rushed announcer than yesterday, 2052 back to western pop music, and this time no legal notice for illegal immigrants before 2059 sign-off, but cut off the air at 2059:30* before that announcement was completed. Arabic service on 17550 remains well audible thenceforth.

Conditions are shifting; 13m showing some signs of life again, but unlike a few weeks ago, 21540 dominated by Spain // 21610 May 18 at 1321, Kuwait nothing but a SAH on 21540 making REE appear to wobble with BFO on. Nearby BSKSA 21505 was also JBA, while the SSOBs were 21780 DW RWANDA in Hausa, and 21655 PORTUGAL stronger than Spain. The lower-latitude the path, the better (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** MOROCCO. 15345, R. Marocaine, May 17 at 2103 is still on the air in Arabic, news? 2104 IDs by YL matching WRTH info: ``Idha`atu-l-Mamlaka al Maghribiyya`` and also ``Idha`at al-Wataniya``, mixed with bits of classical music; still on air at 2107 after nominal 2100*. Since there are no(?) SW broadcasts in French, we should call this by its true Arabic names, IMM or IW for short? Wataniya refers to Nation, and Mamlaka to Kingdom, or should I say Royaume? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 12100, WTWW, Lebanon TN testing new transmitter and rhombic antenna again May 18 at 1336, S9+22 open carrier with some hum, off at 1341:50*. Back on at 1351 check. If there was a sign-on or ID at hourtop, I missed it, but at 1402 modulating music in program with announcements, ``Beethoven`s `Joyful2, We Adore Thee```, really a knockoff of `Ode to Joy`. What would Schiller say about his pagan poem being converted to Christianity? OK, he does mention a `spark of God` in praising Joy. Then more hymns on piano et al., next `Gott sei die Ehre`, but no doomed WYFR, this, R minus 3 and counting. Some brief dropoffs the air such as at 1419. 1430 program outro as `Afterglow`, with Don Johnson from Germantown TN, then another episode including 1452 ``Lord`s Prayer`` in conventional musical setting, 1459 another `Afterglow` outro, 1500 open carrier to 1505* (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. WORLD OF RADIO 1565 monitoring: first airing confirmed on WRMI webcast after 1530 Wed May 18, but on 9955 nothing audible except a SAH, presumably WRMI vs WYFR Taiwan. Next chances on WRMI: Thu 0330, 1500, 2100, Fri 1430, Sat 0800, 1730, Sun 0800, 1530, 1730.

On WBCQ 7415: Wed 2100 or 2115 or 2130. On WWRB 5050: UT Fri 0330. On WWCR: Fri 2030 15825, Sat 1600 12160, Sun 0630 3215. On WRN via SiriusXM 120: Sat & Sun 1730, Sun 0830. On IPAR: Sat 1800 7290. Full schedule including more webcasters at
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UNIDENTIFIED. 18960, nothing audible at several chex May 18 before 1300, at 1319 and at 1410. Sheryl Paszkiewicz, Wisconsin, NASWA had heard something in Arabic May 15 at 1320-1850* with a ``continuous live concert``, maybe R. Sawa? Only WYFR is known to be active on this band, 18930 and 18980. Several stations on 9480 could harmonicize, but unlikely over 5.5 hours and in her always brief notes, she gave no details of strength. Also watch out for 2 x WTWW on 18958 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ###