lunedì 12 dicembre 2011

Glenn Hauser logs December 12, 2011

** CANADA. 6030, Dec 12 at 0610, Xmas song by Loretta Lynn, must be CFVP Calgary, as DentroCuban jamming is again absent this UT Monday while R. Martí is resting at 04-10. Still QubaRM tnx to overload from RHC 6010 and 6050, with Morse code introduxion of DXers Unlimited at 0612 vs this hectowatt signal (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CHILE. 17680, Dec 12 at 1530, CVC La Voz with fully-detailed announcement about their $500 contest. One listener per month wins that; seems they are more interested in knowing *why* you listen to them on SW, than getting formal reception reports. Gave text number and postal address. Winners also get to meet (? in some way) their favorite announcer. I assume saying ``Escucho para ganar quinientos dólares`` would be a bit crass, but eligible? Are the winners chosen by truly random drawing or does what they say matter? You never really know, dealing with stations on a politico-religious mission, and not subject to FCC rules (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CHINA. Firedrake Dec 12, before 1500: None at all found between 1450 and 1455, tuning down the entire range from 19 to 7 MHz (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** FRANCE [and non]. 9765, // 7220, Dec 12 at 0619, hilife musique fill on RFI English frequencies, as the strike rolls on. Au contraire, 7390 French service is in French, not musique at 0628.

17690, Dec 12 at 1419 via GUIANA FRENCH, RFI Spanish service is not music-filled, instead promoting its near-worldwide availability on various iphone apps. 17620 French service direct en musique. But at 1504, 17620 has news in French. Of course the non-struck French service already plays musique part of the time (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** INDIA. 6165, Dec 12 1355, what a pleasure to hear something besides Chinese all over the 49m band! Instead, S Asian songs, 1400 timesignal (maybe from QRM), brief announcement in unknown language, and change to other music. Aoki shows this is the AIR Sindhi service from Delhi/Khampur site. BTW, 6165 is really crammed full of overlapping usages, such as Vietnam VOV4, and China CNR6, both supposedly also on before and after 1400, not to mention Chad and Zambia (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** INDONESIA [and non]. 9526-, Dec 12 before 1400, nothing but the VOI carrier detectable aside huge China radiowar on 9530; at 1453 in the clear with piano music, 1456 Indonesian ID mentioning English word ``dignity``, IADs in more piano music. But *1457.5 CRI 9525 carrier came on making het, while VOI remained atop! Until VOI cut off at 1458*. Yet, I could still hear a weak het, so maybe VOI had just switched to another antenna. By 1545 I could make out some weak Chinese on 9526 so VOI was still/again on the air, bettering CRI 9525 Kashgar, EAST TURKISTAN in English (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** JAPAN. 6055, Dec 12 at 1403, Jappop (or should I say J-pop), with EltonJohnish heavy beat, sounds like Japanese syllables pronounced with gaijan accent, impure vowels. Bring back Isao Tomita on R. Nikkei! (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** NETHERLANDS [non]. 5955, Dec 12 at 0614, Dutch in the clear, no jamming from Cuba any more vs absent R. República. If it`s in Dutch, the odds are very high its RNW, and even higher that it`s not transmitted from Netherlands. This hour is via Vatican, even tho I assume RNW is not obliged to follow papal dicta.

Later compared to the trio of 31m channels, and found no pair of the quartet were synchronized. At 0623 in time order: 9865 first, 9895 second, and 9830 third. In strength order, 9895 first, 9865 second, 9830 third. Sites: 9895 Pridnestrovye, 9865 Bonaire, 9830 Wertachtal. Note Bonaire is not on top in this case; see also RUSSIA. At 0626, 9865 cut away from the others to play NA due to its semi-hour instead of full-hour broadcast (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** OMAN. 15140, Dec 12 at 1430, YL with news in English, S9+15 peaks, but undermodulated and hard to follow. Something about Syria. This is R. Sultanate of Oman, of course, not BBC as claimed by some downunderite (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** RUSSIA. 9840, Dec 12 at 0627, R. Rossii Moscow site is absent. No signal, despite RWM binary audible on 9996, and Turkey q.v. in better than usual on 9820. Can the ptb finally have moved this off 9840 colliding with VOR English to NAm from DVR which runs until 0600? Need to check further nights, before 0600 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SOUTH CAROLINA [non]. 5890, Dec 12 at 0615 via WWCR, Brother Scare really in a lather, and with self-imposed echo, just for emphasis?

Just for giggles, on Dec 12 at 1630 I check the website to see how his schedule info stax up vs reality:
For starters, this notice in red still appears:
``New Shortwave 300,000 watt at 18:00 UTC on 15.190`` --- the time being way off, of course, 13-15 UT via IRRS via ROMANIA.

For SW schedule, you have to go to Downloads > Radio Schedules > Shortwave Radio at

STATION   FREQ PLACE        TIME        DAY      TIME ZONE [all blank]

WWRB      3185              6 Pm-9 Am   Sun-Sat
WWCR      5890              10 Pm-8 Am  Daily 
AFRICA    7190 West Africa  10 Am-11 Am Tuesday     
WBCQ      7490              8 Pm-11 Pm  Daily
WWRB      9385              All Day     Sun-Sat
UK        9460 Europe       10 Am-11 am Daily
WWCR      9980              10 Pm-4 Pm  Daily
EUROPE   13810 Europe       10 Am-11 Am Daily
AFRICA   15190 South Africa 9 Am-10 Am  Thursday
AFRICA   15190 East Africa  3 Pm-4 Pm   Monday
FAR EAST 15190 Far East     9 Am-10 Am  Daily
EUROPE   17580 Europe       11 Am-Noon  Daily
WBCQ     15420              10 Am-Noon  Saturday

As always, this schedule is undated, with times all mixed up, not in UT, and many of them wrong!

WWCR times are really 5890 at 06-12 UT, 9980 at 15-21 UT; extra hours on UT Sundays: 05-06, 21-22. We hear 17580 from Germany at 15-16 UT, so 11 am-noon would refer to non-existent EDT! The 15190 `Far East` station at 9-10 am is really IRRS via Romania, which is really running two hours at 13-15 UT. Note that 7290 is no longer mentioned, which had been 19-20 UT, so is that really off the air, given up to Pridnestrovye? EGR with Overcomer is still on IRRS` own schedule:

The other 15190 listings for parts of Africa, and 7190, are Very Interesting --- these are the imaginary frequencies of R. Africa, Equatorial Guinea, so B.S. thinx he is on that station. 7190 has not been confirmed for many years, and 15190 if active might be turned on only for these broadcasts, in what timezone???

7190 at 10-11 am Tuesday: If EDT = 14-15 UT Tue; if EST = 15-16 UT Tue; If UT +1 as in parts of W Africa, = 09-10 UT Tue
15190 at 9-10 am Thursday to S Africa: if EDT = 13-14 UT Thu; if EST = 14-15 UT Thu; if UT +2 = 07-08 UT Thu
15190 at 3-4pm Monday to E Africa: if EDT = 19-20 UT Monday; if EST = 20-21 UT Monday; if UT +3 = 12-15 UT Monday

So the possible times to check 15190 for this are: Monday 12-15 or 19-21 UT; Thursday 07-08 or 13-15 UT. 7190: Tuesday 09-10 or 14-16 UT. It`s also not inconceivable that the evening African broadcasts on 15190 are coming from IRRS/Romania, lacking 7290, even tho the scheduling originally applied to Equatorial Guinea (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SPAIN. 15385, Dec 12 at 1435, open carrier, dead air, yet another foulup from REE when the weekly Monday Sephardic service is supposed to be running at 1425-1455. 1442 finally started modulating in progress with mix of music and announcements; jingle and off at proper time of 1455*. All the time, heavy splash from 15380 RHC (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** TURKEY. 9820, Dec 12 at 0625, this eastward TRT Turkish frequency with music is unusually sufficient, still better on the westward // 9700 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A [non]. 9760, Dec 12 at 1547, VOA Spe-cial Eng-lish talk about violinist Itzhak Perlman; big signal, but also with humbuzz and undermodulation. Now I am leaning toward this being a defect in the IBB Tinang, PHILIPPINES transmitter itself rather than another carrier atop (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 9330-CUSB, Dec 12 at 0616, open carrier/dead air from WBCQ when GFRN is supposed to be on overnight; same at 0628, but back in business around 1400 check. This happens so much that I am beginning to wonder if it`s deliberate, like no longer 24h GFRN but WBCQ leaves the carrier on all night to keep it from icing up? Rechecking the 9330 sked at
on Dec 12, it still shows GFRN 24 hours, except M-F 23-24 `Money Talk`, which is also on 7490 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. 9670, Dec 12 0618, tone test on and off and on. HFCC, Aoki and EiBi all have nothing at all on 9670 between 03 and 11 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)