martedì 31 maggio 2011

Glenn Hauser logs May 30-31, 2011

** ANTARCTICA. 15476, as feared from yesterday`s early dump off the air by LRA36, no sign of it today May 31: 1236 tune-in but no trace of a carrier aside China 15480, nor at 1236, 1257, 1308, nor further in that hour. Extracontinental signals on 19m band were quite weakened, however, K-index at 1200 being 4, altho May 30 solar flux reached 112 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** AUSTRALIA. 15400, May 31 at 1300, HCJB Global Voice Australia signing off in English; 15340 at 1314, brief ID in English amid other tongues, atop the Moroccan 15341 het (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** BRAZIL. 11780, May 30 at 2128, I can hear Brazilian accent aside much stronger Anguilla 11775, so RNA is still on the air despite absence overnight into last UT Sunday. I wonder if they are really running on greatly reduced power now, or just poor propagation (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** BRAZIL. 11815, May 31 at 0540 with romantic music, 0542 announcement in Brazilian intonation, so R. Brasil Central, Goiânia. Poor signal but the OBOB (only Brazilian on band) that was audible (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CHINA. Firedrake May 31:
16980, poor at 1327
16100, fair at 1327
15545, JBA at 1326
14900, poor at 1228; very good at 1325
14700, very poor at 1325, contrary to 14900
13920, fair at 1228; none in the 12`s; fair at 1325
10965, very poor at 1233; not on 10970 for a change
 7970, very poor at 1235

** INDONESIA [and non]. 9526-, May 31 at 1317 only a JBA carrier on this perpetual off-frequency of VOI, while RRI 9680 domestic relay was considerably better tho with ACI from CRI Russian USward on 9675.

Since it`s Tuesday I want to hear the `Exotic Indonesia` hookup with RRI Banjarmasin if it happen again, so am forced to exercise my rights as a netizen to turn on the computer and listen online instead.

On one computer I tried first on Firefox but it just sat there, so on to IE, where the audible greeting in poor English, ``dignifying the ultimate noble of human being``, autolaunched right away and then connected to live broadcast. A few minutes later the stream also started on Firefox with an echo; hardly needed both.

By now it was 1342, and the Banjarmasin guy was indeed on telling a folk tale, then over to a YL with a hard-to-understand accent even tho `reception` is now loud & clear --- well, the audio quality is really rather degraded, including a ringing sound, especially from Banjarmasin. 1349 she says ``that`s all from Banjarmasin``, but it wasn`t --- then OM is back conversing with anchor in Jak, on how to get somewhere away from Banjarmasin on motorbike.

He calls the Jak YL something like `Nuka` or `Noka`, and in 1356 credit list includes ``me, Faturan``, or something like that. The closing song from Banj was noticeably lower-fi than the closing song from Jak which followed. It started to loop at the end, but they quickly faded it out. And ID with the three imaginary frequencies, 9525, 15150 and 11785.

While inaudible SW presumably switched to Indonesian at 1400 vs the ChiCom het (same parameters as 9675, 37 degrees until then), the webcast continued in English with `Newsline` at 1403-1405 by a different YL, with a very heavy accent, including: banx will be open as usual on Friday June 3, despite that being a ``compulsory day of corrective leave`` for Christ`s Ascension Day.

What? That sounds suspiciously unIslamic. But when is it really? Various Christian faxions, even within the RCC in the USA, can`t agree, but how about Thursday June 2 for starters:

Is it a big holiday too, whenever at Babcock`s South Atlantic Relay?

1405, `live` rock music concert clip starts. Turns out to be ``All Night Long``, but not the original by Lionel Ritchie, one of my favorites. May be the theme song of the web-only VOI service in English. 1410 VOI ``Sound of Dignity`` ID, new live DJ on the ``RRI World Service`` says he`s on the fourth floor of the RRI building in Jakarta, ``for a few hours onward``, to include sometime later a weekly network program with RRI channel 2, Denpasar (Bali; which had shown up on SW briefly a few weeks ago instead of Banjarmasin at 13-14). After weather for Indonesia from Sumatera to Papua, he obviously expects to be heard worldwide, mentioning cities in Asia, Australia, Europe, North America, most of them rainy.

Then I was distracted by TV DX from Kansas City area [see USA], meanwhile had trouble getting the VOI stream going on another computer, as CODECs had to be installed on both browsers, but finally got it, mostly music; at 1455 foreign exchange rates for the rupiah; another Newsline until 1504. While the audio kept playing it caused everything else to crash, so enough of that as I have to restart. There was also a warning over the VOI website about ``not safe to rely on system timezone settings``. Ah, DXing the Internet is so different from DXing SW (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** KUWAIT. 15540, May 30 at 2114, R. Kuwait is still on air with Arabic, following English supposed to close at 2100. Much better signal now than // 17550 which stays on at least until 2400. But at 2125 recheck, 15540 was finally off. Slipshod operation (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** PORTUGAL. 17575, RDPI, May 31 at 1329, fair at best, with wonderful Portuguese music we shall sorely miss after this last day on SW; weaker during the following hour (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SPAIN [and non]. 9675, May 31 at 0537, REE COSTA RICA relay is again on wrong frequency instead of 9630, in `Paisajes y Sabores` program; suffered from even stronger WYFR 9680 ACI, but left 9625 unQRMed for CBC NQ open carrier; unfortunately, that was also missing today. Do they forget at Cariari what season is in progress? 9675 was the B-10 channel.

As for Marty Delfín`s appearance on REE English at 0000 UT Tuesday, Mark Coady in Ontario found 6055 absent on UT May 31. I suppose we should check the alternate frequency for that, 5970, used last winter, altho not currently registered. Fortunately, these are archived via

30 Mayo 2011 English language broadcast - 30/05/11
Escuchar English language broadcast - 30/05/11 direct link:
with `Press Talk` starting 13 minutes into the hour:

``After the news and sports comes the first edition of Press Talk, in which Justin Coe and Frank Smith talk to the program's guests, journalists Martin Delfin of the English edition of El País newspaper and freelance journalist Gil Carbajal, about events being covered in the Spanish press, the foremost of which is the change of leadership in Spain's governing Socialist Workers Party``.

Marty is the one with an American accent other than Coe. This lasted until :37, then `North by Southwest`, ``a taste of Britain in Spain`` (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 9479, May 31 at 1307, just as I tuned by WTWW, it dropped off the air for less than a minute during a cowboy hymn by PPP, then stayed on for his end-times predications (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. I knew tropo from the north was up, when my feeder for Indonesia set on 90.7 MHz had QRM to cope with, so turned on the DTV and rotated the antenna, May 31 around 1430 UT, to find signals decoding from Kansas City area, with true RF channels first:
34,  4-1, WDAF DT, Regis (sure looked like WDRF on the PSIP font),
     4-2, WDAF SD with AntennaTV, Ernie Kovacs movie ``Operation Mad
          ``Ball, confused with 27, KFOR, OKC, 4-3 with same
41, 38-1, KMCI-TV; didn`t take time to explore all the subchannels
42, 41-1, KSHB-TV NBC; 41-2, Action Weather Plus same look as KFOR 4-2
47, 62-1, KSMO-TV religious
(Glenn Hauser, Enid OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. 15400, May 30 at 1810, only BBC heard today, no `Balkan` music test, tho I did not check later as it was audible past 2000 on May 29. Whence? Let`s check once again May 31; see also AUSTRALIA (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ###