lunedì 29 agosto 2011

Glenn Hauser logs August 29, 2011

** ALBANIA. Since R. Tirana has been missing from both frequencies, I brought up the unofficial webcast
at 1428 August 29, to see if the weekday English broadcast at 1430, missing for a month from 13625, and still absent at 1442 check today, would at least be on the webcast? No, music at first, 1430 Albanian announcements from R. Tirana in `Kalendar` feature, then alternating pop music and brief talk segments in Albanian.

So are English broadcasts even being produced? If SW remains silent, we need to check the webcast Mon-Sat also at 1845, 2000, UT Tue-Sun 0030, 0145, 0230 and 0330. The later segments to North America have also been heard previously with additional English repeats in between the SW times. Ramadan is about to end, in case that has something to do with this (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** AUSTRALIA [and non]. 15340, Aug 29 at 1240, HCJB in S Asian language, in the clear, no 15341 Morocco het! Not on 15345v either, so off the air. HCJB`s other transmitter in English on 15400 also audible. But at 1333, IMM was back on 15341v to het HCJB whose audio remained atop (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CHINA. Firedrake Aug 29, before 1300:
 7970, good at *1226. I had just tuned by on the 7-8 MHz FRG-7 range without hearing it, and then starting at the bottom edge of the 8-9 MHz range, 7965, there it was on 7970
10300, very good at 1233; none in the 11`s, 12`s
13130, very good at 1237
13920, poor at 1236
14720, good at 1238

After 1300:
15430, very poor at 1307; on early or continuously thru hourtop

After 1330:
16100, fair at 1336
14720, fair at 1338
13920, very good at 1339
12270, good at 1339
12025, poor at 1340 mixed with CNR1 jamming
10300, fair at 1342
 7970, poor at 1342

** EURASIA. Following reports that MW TA carriers were penetrating deep into NAm, I made a check UT Aug 29 at 0250, and could detect some weak ones on 1521 (no doubt Saudi Arabia) against KOKC, and on 1089, plus a few other hints too weak to be sure of vs birdies, appliance radiation, etc. (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** MALAYSIA. 9835, Aug 29 at 1228, Qur`an squeezed by ACI, but RTM is apparently sporadically active. At 1251, speech in Malay, mentions ``subsidy``, over CCI, flutter; By 1254 the CCI is gaining. What could that be? HFCC, Aoki and EiBi show nothing else on 9835 until India at 1315 or 1330, tho there are plenty of collisions at other times.

11665 is an even worse frequency choice for RTM`s Sarawak service: I can never hear it, just a het with the Chinese radio war, such as Aug 29 at 1341, CNR1 echo-jamming vs Taiwan at 04-06 and 10-17 per Aoki (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** MEXICO. Sunrise MW DX Aug 29:

750, Aug 29 at 1159, an anthem, but not Mexican national, soon obvious from the lyrix that it`s the Sinaloa state hymn; 1201 ID or sign-on mentions 89.5 FM y 750 AM, ergo per Cantú:
750 XECSI Stereo Vida + FM 89.5 Culiacán, Sin. 5,000 250

DXLD correspondent Ing. Civ. Israel González Ahumada, M.I., in Mérida, Yucatán, has just rounded up videos of many state songs, official or not, including Sinaloa`s: ``(No tiene himno; lo consideran su himno)``

Then I played it, titled:
``Chayito Valdéz "El Sinaloense" ( REINA DE LA CANCION RANCHERA )``
and I`m afraid that is a completely different song from the one on 750, which was not in ranchera style, certainly a more majestic and fitting paean, M cantor mentioning Sinaloa several times. I had to side-tune to 752 to evade splatter from KRMG 740 Tulsa already on day power and pattern. The video includes several clips of cock-fighting as if that were something to be proud of, the state sport?

830, Aug 29 at 1202, mentions 830 AM and Sinaloa, 6:02 time; Cantú:
830 XEVQ La Grande de Sinaloa Culiacán, Sin. 5,000 1,000

880, Aug 29 at 1158, Full ID, as XERFR, Grupo Fórmula. Unfortunately, that is the network flagship in the DF on 970 with 50 kW during daytime. Fortunately, Cantú shows only one Fórmula on 880:
880 XEV Radio Fórmula Chihuahua, Chih. 5,000 250

** MOROCCO. See AUSTRALIA [and non]

** U S A [and non]. IBB Greenville is back on the air, Monday morning Aug 29, after two days off following hit by Hurricane Irene. It was rather waterlogged requiring some cleanup.

Checking for VOA Spanish, Aug 29 at 1228, I hear music on 9885, and then at 1231, news // 15590.

However, the third VOA frequency, 13750, has different music at 1228, soon obviously R. Martí on the wrong frequency! Things must have got mixed up during the outage. 1258, standard frequency list announced effective in ``pocos minutos``: 7405, 11845, 13820, cut modulation and open carrier for a few minutes before 13750 off. No jamming!!

Meanwhile I was checking the proper R. Martí frequencies; VOA Spanish might have been swapped onto one of them, but could not confirm that: at 1219, just jamming on 6030; at 1232, 9805 and 6030, only jamming audible; 7405 jamming but RM audible // 13750; at 1300 the jamming had started on 11845 and 13820 but no RM audible (it`s often a bit late coming up in the best of times as disconnected IBB programmers do not build in any transition/retuning time, necessary with old SW transmitters). 7405 maybe has some audio under the jamming.

By 1339: 13820 bears RM, readable mixed with jamming; at 1342, 11845 with jamming only. At 1443, 13820 is good over jamming, 11845 and 11930 poor under jamming (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 9370-, Aug 29 at 0517, WTJC is back on the air after a couple days off after direct hit by Irene, closing(?) program with website in Greenville SC. Undermodulated. Also on some 7 hours later, so seems back to stay (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. WORLD OF RADIO 1579 monitoring: UT Monday Aug 29 just after 0300, confirmed on WBCQ Area 51 webcast and did not get around to checking 5110v-CUSB. Followed by CKUT`s `International Radio Report` from Sheldon Harvey and friend at 0330, as TS Irene was about to hit Montreal 13 hours earlier; live local news is shockingly missing on radio stations in this major city. Let us all thank Larry Will for carrying these two programs on Area 51! WBCQ 9330-CUSB was still on the air the following morning (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 1510+, Aug 29 at 0535, ESPN programming making a big slightly warbling het with decent 1510.0 stations such as WLAC, at least the third night in a row that 10 kW daytimer KCTE, Independence MO is not only on the air at night, but off-frequency as it has been for many months. Will the FCC now wake up and do something about this?? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** VATICAN [and non]. 9645, Aug 19 at 0518, tune in to hear Finnish, a rare language these days on SW, part of the undefined `Scandinavian` service of VR, better called Nordic. Just in time to hear them switch to Latin for ``Laudetur Jesus Christus``, and cut the carrier at 0519:12*, uncovering R. Bandeirantes, Brasil which had been making a hefty het, always off-frequency a few hektoHz to the hi side. Another Vatican service continued in the clear on 9660, English to Africa.

Current printed VR sked merely says `Scandinavian` daily 0500 on 9645, 7335, 1260 and 1611, followed at 0520 by Albanian on the MWs only.

This site is handy for checking out which stations are still broadcasting in which languages:

Which now shows that indeed, Vatican Radio is the ONLY SW broadcaster left in Finnish!

Von   Bis   ITU  Sender            Frequenzen/Relais/Bemerkungen
0500  0520  CVA  R. Vatikan        Mo&Sa 1260 1611 6185 7335
1840  1900  CVA  R. Vatikan        Fr&So 1260 1611 6185 7355

Altho dated 15.08.2011, this is obviously outdated winter info with 6185 instead of 9645! We usually find misleadingly outdated info in this reference, unfortunately.

VR has its work cut out for it, as the World Almanac 2002 said that the chief religion in Finland was Evangelical Lutheran, 89%, not even bothering to count the Catholix.

Not even CRI uses Finnish (on SW anyway), per WRTH, tho they have a sweet deal to invade Europe thru a front company based in Finland, Radio 86; see the recent Media Network blog item (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. 6183.0, Aug 29 at 1220, steady CW beeps are QRMing China on 6185, at the rate of 48 per minute; they sound slightly irregular (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. 6768.0 is today`s spot for the `mutant open carrier` as Terry Krueger calls them, Aug 29 at 1220, along with some hum, and bits of audio, maybe just nearby SSB QRM (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)