mercoledì 1 giugno 2011

Glenn Hauser logs May 31-June 1, 2011

** ANTARCTICA [and non] 15476, LRA36 missing again June 1 at 1306 and later chex including 1335 when UK was very poor but audible on 15480. Turkey was also in well on 15450 before 1320. Hope Radio Nacional Arcángel San Gabriel is not gone again for months or forever (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CHINA. Firedrake June 1:
16980, fair with flutter at 1311. I think it was just starting up again after hourtop break, as there was pause/OC at tune-in. Recheck at 1400 just in time to hear music stop, a beep, and then a few syllables of Chinese talk! before cutting carrier. Maybe they were swearing at Sound of Hope, take that!
16100, poor at 1311
14900, poor at 1316
14700, good at 1316
14400, JBA at 1358, much weaker than 14900, weaker still than 14700
13920, fair at 1317; poor at 1358
12270, good at 1319; poor at 1358; none lower

** EQUATORIAL GUINEA. 15190, no R. Africa heard since last logged here May 11 at unusual time of 1330 with obvious problems. And before then on May 7 until 2107, also malfunxioning; see previous reports, DXLDs. Has anyone heard it since at any time? Best time had been around 2100-2200 before WYFR comes on, now in English instead of Portuguese (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** IRAN [non]. 13810 with rock music, language uncertain, June 1 at 0542, and then found // stronger 13860; 0544 IDs as Radio Farda. HFCC shows both are 100 kW via Lampertheim, GERMANY: 13810 0530-0630, 108 degrees; 13860 0400-0930, 104 degrees (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** KUWAIT. 15540, May 31 at 2044, R. Kuwait inserts the get-out-by-June 30-or-be-deported warning to illegal immigrants. How many of them speaking English are listening to this frequency inside Kuwait? It`s axually a simulcast of AM and FM (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** MAURITANIA [and non]. 7245, R. Mauritanie, not on yet June 1 at 0550, but had come on by 0559, fair with usual chanting. Brian Alexander caught them signing on at 0555 today. And now no longer any adjacency from PORTUGAL 7240 which has just abandoned SW (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 12100, WTWW back on the air June 1 at 0546 with Bible in English, poor signal S7-9 vs CODAR. Inbooming at steady S9+18 with Es enhancement, when next checked at 1318, in Arabic. Listened from 1358 for an ID, but the Spoken Word of God was not to be interrupted until finally at 1413, saying five [sic] different languages are in use.

Shortly later on June 1, George McClintock updated us:

12100 is WTWW-3, the Harris SW-100 moved from KTWR Guam, which was replacing it with another transmitter. Two walls had to be torn out to remove it from their building. It was already modified, vapor-cooled, condensing water recycled. It is now running 24 hours on 12100, barring further problems. A couple days ago it lost a fan, and the voltage regulator had to be bypassed. In winter will probably go to a lower night frequency.

Only programming is Bible readings provided by the Spoken Word of God, in German, French, Spanish, Portuguese, English, rotating in 3-hour blocks, but schedule not firm yet, to be modified depending on need. Chinese will not be added until a more suitable third antenna and transmitter are running. Currently Russian (#6?) is supposed to be at 11-14 UT, tho we were hearing Arabic before 14.

SWOG is the program provider, but individual churches and people are footing the bill adequately for now, not the non-profit SWOG. Some of the languages on the files provided have problems: Portuguese is of marginal fidelity, somewhat bassy needing equalization. The better Spanish version is not available for broadcast due to copyright problems.

The WTWW website needs to be updated, but he just hasn`t had time to do it, trying to get two new transmitters up and running. Regrets that he didn`t plan this for one at a time. Some major pending expenses include $9K each to rebuild some tubes for the SW-100.

The third transmitter, WTWW-2, is a Continental, which is 90% complete, needing some modifications, so waiting on parts from them, and then wiring (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 9330-CUSB, WBCQ absent June 1 at 0601; did the Good Friends Radio Network/Radio 2:11 contract expire with May? If so, quickly renewed, as back on air at next check 1305 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 15825, WWCR tnx HF sporadic-E enhancement, extremely strong S9+25+ June 1 at 1307 with fiery soul music and hyper DJ during `Inspirations Across America`, which means the modulation spike spurs are showing up again, covering roughly 15635-15730, peaking around 15680, and also 15780-15870, but assymetrically, no further on the hi side. With BFO at 1337, I can also detect in this mess, the usual WWCR-1 weaker carrier + modulation spurs around 15809.5 and 15840.5, and furthermore the constant squealing on the fundamental (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 11715-, KJES, near Vado NM at the remote Lord`s Ranch, June 1 at 1320, very undermodulated hymn in English, then spoken preaching, readable only due to very strong Es-enhanced S9+18 signal. Interrupted at 1329 for kID, ``let me know if you can hear me`` --- barely, tnx to your crummy modulation level. Still in English at 1418 with even less modulation (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. 15400, May 31 at 1920, nothing but BBC again today. We may never know the source of the Balkan(?) music tests on May 29 only, as early as 1610 and past 2000 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ###