domenica 22 maggio 2011

Glenn Hauser logs May 21-22, 2011

** BULGARIA. 9700 & 11700, R. Bulgaria to NAm, currently both from Plovdiv site, checked during every hour 23-02 UT May 21-22 and recorded clips for Ivo Ivanov. 11700 was generally somewhat better than 9700 until by 0228 they were about equal. During the previous test with Kostinbrod on 11700 instead, that was definitely better (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CHINA. Firedrake May 22:
Another few weakly audible during the local noon hour:
16980, poor at 0435, none others found between 12 and 18 MHz
15970, and 15900, JBA at 0442

17170, JBA at 1148; JBA at 1257
16100, fair-good at 1256; good at 1355
15970, very poor at 1147; very poor at 1225; very good at 1257, 1354
15545, poor at 1256
15430, fair at 1355
14970, VG at 1354; very poor at 1437
14900, good at 1254; VG at 1354
14700, very good at 1255: could hear some Chinese talk during brief music pause and then under it; very unusual, presumably Sound of Hope; FD VG alone at 1354
13920, poor at 1149; very good at 1253; VG over ute at 1353
13850, fair at 1149
13500, poor at 1150
11500, good at 1252, and no CCI; all gone at 1358
10970, fair at 1152, JBA at 1252; nothing on 10300 ever
 7970, JBA at 1153

** CUBA. 11760, Sunday May 22, `En Contacto` squeezed into 13 minutes, 1337-1350, program 21 for 2011, interviewing program founder Norberto, and then a Salvadorian who is running Cuban programs on FM stations there.

13680, May 22 at 1405, big open carrier with hum, as RHC has cut this frequency off early on a Sunday, while 13780 continues, and 13750 is missing. At 1437, still no 13750, and 13680 is off but 13780 is still on, and 13740 with China. Turning 13680 off early is pointless, unless there is an `Aló Presidente` about to start on its five special frequencies; but still nothing on 13750 or 17750 at 1621 check, yet another week without a dose of Hugazo.

11760, meanwhile, still on the air at 1515 Sunday May 22 with song, lyrix sound like plain old Spanish to me, but followed by announcement in Esperanto at 1517 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CYPRUS. 15438-15453, OTH radar buzz, presumed from here, May 21 at 2028, not bothering any audible broadcasters at the moment.

13942-13967, more OTH radar, May 21 at 2130 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** INDONESIA. 9680, May 22 at 1221, RRI domestic service in Indonesian talk, music, well above the CCI and adequately modulated; while 9526-, VOI in Special Japanese, May 22 at 1223 was very undermodulated, tho registering S9+18 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** NEW ZEALAND. 15720, UT Sunday May 22 at 0434, totally American accents on a documentary, VG on RNZI: we know how fond RNZI are of American accents, e.g. on the opening to `Mailbox`, and we Americans at least have RNZI for access to American public radio programs on SW! As not a single public radio station in the USA understands, values SW, just gospel huxters.

Per listings, this was from American Public Media, ``4:07 The Sunday Feature: Back of the Bus: Mass Transit, Race and Inequality. An American Radioworks documentary examining the re-emergence of equal access to transport as a civil rights issue in the USA (APM)`` in turn part of ``4:06, 4 'til 8 with Katrina Batten, A selection of special interest programmes``. Except this was a program (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** OKLAHOMA. 39, KWTV-DT, OKC was in continuous tornado-warning coverage for the Ada area on 9.1, UT May 22 at 0101 when I saw a crawler saying Tune to 9.2 for CBS Programming. Normally 9.2 carries their `News 9 N`, continuous news, i.e. playbacks over and over of preceding semihour newscast. And sure enough, there was CBS on 9.2, with nothing but a weather warning map in the corner.

It would make more sense to keep CBS on 9.1 and do the extraneous stuff of no interest outside the threatened area on 9.2, except 9.1 has full access via cable systems while 9.2 does not. Anyhow it`s the first time I have caught them putting network temporarily on the subchannel. This kept up for at least the rest of the hour, altho all-tornados-all-the time had abated earlier. KOCO-7 and KFOR-27 could do that too with ABC and NBC, but did not (Glenn Hauser, Enid, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** OKLAHOMA. 5660, May 22 at 1155, very poor with talk at steady level, likely local external mixing product, audio soon found // 960 KGWA. But it`s not a plain harmonic; instead, KCRC 1390 x 2 = 2780 plus KGWA 960 x 3 = 2880 >> 5660. 2780 and 2880 are always there but not this combination. No KCRC audible on 5660, strangely enough (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SOUTH CAROLINA [non]. 15795, Brother Scare via WWRB still on the air May 21 at 2131, 2211; unclear yet when this signs off, well beyond the 20 or 21 hour BS was expecting. Presumably starts at 1300, already on at 1308 May 22 with BS, no CCI audible today (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SPAIN [non]. 11880, REE via Costa Rica, Sunday May 22 at 1233 has pre-empted the DX program `Amigos de la Onda Corta` for live relay of RNE talking about a ``jornada electoral`` at least in Sevilla, with demonstrations; 2:35 TC, deportes about Fórmula 1, baloncesto, etc. (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SUDAN [and non]. 13620, 1 kHz-tone jammer already on vs open carrier May 22 at 0429, then R. Dabanga starts at 0430, VG via MADAGASCAR. Meanwhile, the totally different oscillating whoop-whoop jamming against their other frequency via UAE, 13730, was JBA unlike R. Dabanga which was not audible at all there (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** TURKEY. 15450, May 22 at 1230, VOT opening English; this OM is also way out of touch, giving schedule as 1330-1430 on 15520, 15450, while it`s really an hour earlier on only one of those. I wonder what time they give at 1630 UT, the new broadcast, or is it merely a playback they don`t even know about at the studio?

So I bring up the bookmarked webcast where we normally hear English, VOT World, but that`s in Spanish, which is scheduled at 1630 on 11930, oblivious of the Cuban radio war. How about the other two webcasts, VOT-East and VOT-West? East keeps stalling after a few seconds, buffering at 17% but the language is not English, something Turkic? VOT-West is playing music, which would not be the case for an English broadcast just starting. SNAFU! No other languages are on the SW schedule at this hour (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U K [non]. 11750, 25 degrees via THAILAND, also USward, May 22 at 1210, BBC interviewing Pres. Obama about Israel, Pakistan, etc. Kim Elliott comments on Obama not yet granting any interview to VOA, and why:

** U S A. 17795, WYFR, May 21 at 2030 with Judgment Day promo, about using RV caravans to publicize it plus more than 61 languages on radio. Only one Okeechobee sesquihour left at this point! Some monitors noted various YFR relays still running normally past local 6 pm eastward. In the following hours I noticed nothing changed from WYFR, altho not wasting my time thoroly checking every scheduled frequency.

9625, e.g., May 22 at 1222 still has WYFR Portuguese way over CBC Northern with lo het, the latter off-channel; no relief there!

13695, as I tune in May 22 at 1436, Harold Camping is saying ``I don`t trust my own wisdom; I need help`` ! But I am afraid this was pre-recorded, rhetorical or a quote rather than post-non-Rapture contriteness of his own.

What gets me is that idiot in NYC who spent his life savings on May 21 subway signs, still surprised when nothing happened at 6 pm EDT. Apparently has no concept of timezones, which might have tipped him off starting 17 hours earlier that the whole thing was a bust. Or was God confused by Man`s DST? No, still nothing an hour later when it was really 6 pm EST! Now we may marvel at how the suckers are rationalizing this non-event. How about some legal axion; anyone want their money back? FR has plenty of it, but stupidity of followers could be an out for them (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 9370-, May 22 at 0454, WTJC is on with hymn. We are in another interlude between out-of-whack spurriness, so enjoy it while it last (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A [non]. 17680, Sunday May 22 at 1303, CVC La Voz, Miami via CHILE, with `Tertulia con los Artistas`, token program conversing with artists, but probably with a stealth-evangelism angle. Website is down for updating, only 65% complete, it says at (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** VATICAN [non]. 13730, VR via Sackville, CANADA, Sunday May 22 at 1200 still in Spanish instead of switching to English; 1204 talking about evangelism in China, claiming even some people in the government are getting Catholicized; 1206 `Pensamiento del Papa y la Santa Sede` segment.

Here we go again; was this a mistake, or a change to all-Spanish 1130-1215? WRTH A-11 Update does show English at 1200-1215 as Mon-Sat only, but it does not show Spanish beyond 1200 on any day. We also rechecked 9830, in WRTH A-11 as // but could not confirm the weak signal under heavy RTTY was // 13730. At 1205 a DW jingle via PORTUGAL could be heard underneath 13730 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** ZIMBABWE [non]. 9870, May 22 at 0456 tuned in just in time to hear web references concerning Zimbabwe, 0457 cut to tone and open carrier. Audio was rather muffled, signal S9+20. This was R. V. of the People, clandestine via MADAGASCAR, per WRTH Update, in English/Ndebele, 04-05 on 9870, 16-1630 on 9445, 18-19 on 7330 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ###