lunedì 21 novembre 2011

Glenn Hauser logs November 21, 2011

** CHINA [and non]. Firedrake Nov 21 before 1400:
11500, good at 1353; none lower
12230, good at 1353
12600, fair at 1354
13130, good at 1356; none in the 14s, 15s
13970, fair at 1354
16100, poor at 1359; none in the 17s, 18s before 1400

Before 1500:
 9200, poor at 1434, but mixing with Chinese talk, presumably Sound of Hope itself (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA. Dentro-Cuban jamming survey Nov 21:
 6030, at 0620 similar mix to 9955, but pulsing at slower rate; vs nothing as this is UT Monday when R. Martí takes a 6-hour break 04-10
 9955, at 0617, whine-and-grind-and pulsing, no WRMI audible
15050, noise jamming at 1400 --- oops, that`s DRM: see INDIA
18090, at 1400, lite pulse jamming, 3rd harmonic of 6030

** CUBA. 11840, Nov 21 at 1351, RHC with usual good carrier level (second only to 11760 on this band), but just barely modulated, lowering it to on a par with the weak signals on // 11690, 11750. Wiggle that patchcord! (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISITENING DIGEST)

** EGYPT. 15710, Nov 21 at 1358, talk with bad distortion, gone after 1400: the traditional fate for years of R. Cairo`s Indonesian service, 1230-1400, 250 kW, 106 degrees from Abis. Nothing has changed for the better post-Mubarak as far as Egyptian broadcast engineering standards (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** FRANCE. 7220, Nov 21 at 0626-0630*, RFI in English, VG signal discussing a `Sarko` cartoon, citing his low poll numbers. Strange, I have not noticed this transmission before. Maybe here`s why: registered in HFCC B-11 as in Hausa instead of English! 0600-0630, 500 kW, 170 degrees from Issoudun to fragments of 5 different CIRAFS which I suppose should define rather closely the extent of Hausaland. Aoki agrees it`s supposed to be Hausa.

I have kept checking for the unlisted French broadcast of music during same hour on 15220 November 19, but no sign of it. RFI/TDF are obviously making all kinds of mistakes, so altho far-fetched, I wonder if 15220 was a mis-punch for 7220 on that date, and also mis-programmed past 0630? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** INDIA. 15045-15050-15055, Nov 21 at 1400, DRM is back amid AIR Sinhala service bihour, whilst no AM or DRM was audible 24 hours earlier (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** INDONESIA. 9525, Nov 21 at 1345, no carrier detectable from VOI between ACI on 9530 (very strong) and 9520. Those off at 1437, so try again: now a JBA carrier on 9525, but too weak to tell if it is a smidgin below 9525 as typical for VOI (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** MOROCCO. 15349.1, Nov 21 at 1403, IMM is still here for a third day, ex-15341v/15345v, clear with Arabic, but hit at 1458:40 by big het from Vatican as legitimately scheduled on 15350; see PHILIPPINES [non] (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** PHILIPPINES [non]. 15350, Nov 21 at *1458:40, VATICAN carrier cuts on producing big het with MOROCCO [q.v.] which for the third day is on 15349.1; no IS but 1500 theme and ID from R. Veritas Asia. Something needs to give during this hour, but how long will it take for any of the stations to notice or take action? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SPAIN. 15385, Monday Nov 21 at 1454-1455*, REE Emisión Sefarad sign-off gives schedule of three broadcasts including 0115 UT Tuesday to S America on 11795 --- but we already confirmed it this B-season recolliding with Brasil on 11780; have they really moved back to the clear frequency? Only monitoring will tell (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** TAIWAN [non]. 6875, Nov 21 at 0623, RTI via WYFR still in wrong language German, with plenty of Chinese mixed in to be translated (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 9330-CUSB, Nov 21 at 0613, dead air again from WBCQ on S9+20 carrier with hum. I suspect this is the fault of the overconfident Rod Hembree`s Good Friends Radio Network which keeps crashing in Ontario; hey, if you are purchasing 23 hours a day at a flat rate, and want to fill some of it with dead air, that`s your privilege! Remodulating circa 1400 next check. I just wonder if the DA lasted all night (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 12050, Nov 21 at 1349, WEWN Spanish is back to normal after hours and hours yesterday of extremely distorted outofwhackiness: only defect is the usual squeal detracting from leaden-paced mass with soft organ music, rustlings (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. Answering my query whether 15315 at 2200 Nov 20 in Dutch from RNW was via Greenville or reactivated Bonaire:

[Media Network] New Comment On: Rats damage one Bonaire transmitter

Only the three transmissions we mentioned are affected. The transmitter has been cleaned, but the spare parts have not yet arrived from Switzerland. Greenville will continue to provide backup service until further notice (Andy Sennitt, 1136 UT Nov 21, Media Network blog comment via DXLD)

UNIDENTIFIED. 17000, Nov 21 at 1417, 2-way SSB in colloquial Spanish, no need for BFO as the FRG-7 even-MHz birdie takes care of that. Amid marine band, maybe legit transmitters rather than poachers, but sounds just like them when intruding into broadcast bands, and never any sort of IDs heard (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)