giovedì 22 dicembre 2011

Glenn Hauser logs December 22, 2011

** ANTARCTICA. 15476, still zilch from LRA36 on the one day of the week it used to be active, Thursday Dec 22 at 1335. How about someone contacting Esperanza on what the prospects are for ever reactivating? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** BHUTAN [and non]. 6035, Dec 22 at 1312, with BFO I can tell there are two very weak carriers on slightly different frequencies, so must be BBS and Yunnan PBS; others are reporting Bhutan is 40-50 Hz on the high side. If I were to keep monitoring this carefully for the next two hours, I might detect when one of them goes off, and by matching that to reports from those who can really hear Bhutan, clinch a catch without hearing any modulation.

Nothing at all detectable on 5030, which is still testing sporadically. Ron Howard in California was hearing it during this period. Alokesh Gupta, Cumbre DX, hears from BBS that when the 5030 transmitter is ready for regular service in January with a second program, they may put it on a good clean frequency --- but this one seems good enough to me (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** BULGARIA. 15600, Dec 22 at 1335, strong open carrier, R. Bulgaria kilowasting kilowatts, long before its 1400 Bulgarian broadcast; with a ringing sound, perhaps beating against the WEWN 15610 spur on 15601 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CANADA. 1610, Dec 22 at 0050 UT on the caradio I am surprised to hear something in Spanish here vs the IBOC noise from KATZ-1600. Unfortunately, I am in no position to DF it. Woman speaking, seems to be giving local addresses, thought I heard Monterrey mentioned, then a few seconds of ``Jingle Bells Rock``, mentions 8 de la noche. I was hoping for XEUACH, R. Chapingo, but it`s not yet 7 pm there and here, if that was a partial before-the-hour timecheck. So was it from EST zone? That would be CHHA Toronto, Radio Voces Latinas, which is listed as Spanish + ethnic format. It`s more likely to be heard anyway, about same distance but much greater power, altho also a rarity here. Then it lost out to the IBOC.

Program grid at shows the weekday 7-8 pm program is `Panorama` which could be in any tongue! The have quite a lineup of languages, UT: 0100 English, 0200 Portuguese, 0300 Tagalog, 0400 Italian, 0500+ Spanish. Also in the afternoons at 19-21 UT M-F there are 20 half-hour shows each named for a different Ibero-American country, and they do webcast via (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CANADA. 6160, Dec 22 at 1408, CKZU Vancouver with CBC news about  sexual harassment against a woman firefighter in Richmond BC, new poet laureate from Nelson BC; 1410 into `Early Edition`, more local news, weather and 12>6 timecheck. Fair signal attaining R5 tnx to lack of QRM even from CKZN at this hour. I expect it`s pure luck, as major broadcasters don`t pay any attention to this unregistered 500-watt pipsqueak, even RCI, listed in HFCC via Korea during this hour, but unheard, and unlisted in Aoki, EiBi and RCI`s own website schedule. HFCC shows nothing else but Murmansk (a.k.a. Arkhangelsk, a.k.a. Monchegorsk) on 6160 between 0945 and 1800, and the Brazilians can be ignored in the daytime. Anomalies about the 6160 Canadians: Aoki claims CKZU is off the air on Sundays, surely not true. EiBi claims both CKZU and CKZN are off the air overnight, but surely they are both still 24 hours (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CHINA. Firedrake Dec 22, before 1400:
12980, poor at 1342. No others heard between 19 and 7 MHz. Not on 11980 either as heard 23.5 hours earlier

** CHINA. 5965, Dec 22 at 1355, Korean talk and then usual end-of-hour CRI music fill, 1400 reopening another hour of Korean after Chinese ID. Het from perpetually off-frequency Malaysia was JBA, weaker than usual. HFCC shows CRI Korean runs 11-15, 500 kW, 73 degrees from Xi`an. VOR Vladivostok also registered 10-14 westward on 5965, no sign of it, presumably yet another wooden one, lest there be a big collision in the area (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA. 6050, Dec 22 at 0659, Spanish music here from RHC not // English closing on 6010 and 6060, then to open carrier on 6050 at 0700. Quickly checked the fourth ``English`` frequency, 6125, and it was still playing the same music in Spanish until it cut off at 0703* by when 6050 was also off the air. Apparently, RHC had just cut half of its English frequencies to Spanish feed just before closing down, typical slipshod operation (= slopperation).

13730-13770, Dec 22 at 1339, DentroCuban Jamming Command centered on 13750 against our Voice of America in Spanish, not even a Cuban service, but Cuba doesn`t want anyone in Latin America to hear it, is bleeding out this far (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CZECHIA [non]. 9955, Dec 22 at 0706, R. Prague via WRMI, good signal now, tributes to Václav Havel altho the state funeral has not yet taken place. Good signal I was surprised to find as was not hearing much before 0700. Kept listening as long as I could stay awake until my 0715*.

BTW, several ignorant American journalists keep mispronouncing his name, e.g. Charlie Rose, unaware that the c in Czech represents a ts sound, not a k. The least they could do in his honor would be to pronounce his name correctly (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** IRAN. 17720, Dec 22 at 1330, poor signal with unrecognized anthem, brief announcement in unrecognized language and off by 1331*. HFCC shows it`s IRIB in ``Melau`` = Malay, 500 kW, 109 degrees from Kamalabad (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** JAPAN. 6055, Dec 22 at 1349, R. Nikkei in American English lesson alternating with Japanese translations, about supersonic jets, light years, bank X and its non-performing assets, company A moving operations overseas. Probably regular on Thursdays, for those who would like to report them in English (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** RUSSIA. 9996, Dec 22 at 1309, RWM sent over and over in CW, during the ID-minute of Moskva`s timesignal station; 1310 back to time pips (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** TURKEY. 17755, Dec 22 at 1327, VOT is back on proper frequency for German at 1230, still on air with IS alternating with English IDs, the first one of which heard skipped, ``Voi---ey``, but the next one was OK. I fervently hoped they would again neglect to change to 12035 for 1330 English, but 17755 cut off at 1329:23*. Was that with enough time to get 12035 on the air by its start? 1344 check, 12035 was very poor but recognizably the usual YL announcer in English (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 15825, Dec 22 at 1337, for the second day in a row, WWCR-1 is managing to broadcast on the correct frequency, 48 hours after staying on 7465 all morning, and perhaps all day (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. WORLD OF RADIO 1596 monitoring: first webcast confirmed Thursday Dec 22 at 1600 on WRMI. First SW broadcast will be Thu 2200 on WTWW 9479; check also WBCQ 7490 at 2200, when WOR appeared last week instead of 2230. Also on WWRB 3195 and 5050 at 0430+ UT Friday. First SW airing on WRMI 9955 UT Friday 0600, plus the usual weekend times. Also on WTWW UT Sunday 0500 on 5755. Maybe on Area 51, WBCQ 5110v-CUSB UT Monday at 0330 if time is available. Check this weekend`s schedule of once it is put up (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. 15280, Dec 22 at 1423, rapid clicking noise, but nothing known to be jammed here; maybe spur from Cuban jamming on 15330, tho sounds more like the OTH radar currently infesting 15100-15125, a spur from that? That`s bothering some broadcaster on 15120. Clicking still going on 15280 at 1518, when it`s QRMing Romania in Arabic (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)