domenica 15 gennaio 2012

Glenn Hauser logs January 14-15, 2012

** BRAZIL. 9675, Jan 14 at 0655 music, 0658, definite Brazilian-accented announcements, commercials, but hard to copy with fading and distortion, no doubt ZYE971, R. Canção Nova, Cachoeira Paulista SP. Were they on all-night, or just signing on before 5 am DST? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** BULGARIA. Petition:
It seems no one signing the petition so far has claimed to listen to R. Bulgaria longer than I have (1957) -- when it was R. Sofia, but that should count as the previous name of same station.

Already in my QSL gallery is the evidence:
(Glenn Hauser, 0455 UT January 15, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** EUROPE. 15515, Jan 15 at 1503, no signal on the frequency Borderhunter Radio said it would be using this Sunday at 1501, like it turned out to be using Jan 14 instead of the promised 15500.

15500, checked at 1531, here it is now on the opposite frequency instead of 15515, rock music, slightly unstable carrier but good modulation. 1537 in English mentions free radio, Borderhunter Radio, more music with heavy beat. 1541 polka, mixed with announcement of 15.500, more talk-overs. Signal has some slow deep fades from steady S9+5. No QRM. 1543, mentions Borderhunter, free radio, 15.500, e-mail address. 1544 ``the secret sounds from Europe``.

1545 I compare the frequency to WWV 2500, and BHR is very slightly on the low side of 15500. 1549 the only song we recognize, ``Radar Love``. 1550, ``more music all the time --- Borderhunter Radio``, ``music over three decades``,, more mentions of free radio.

1551 DJ acknowledges a report from Florida, ``OK, this is Borderhunter Radio, calling CQ DX on 15-500``, more unknown music; 1557 multiple IDs. *1559.5 blown away by Sudan Radio Service opening 15500 at S9+15. Brian Alexander reported BHR then QSYed to 15515, but checked around 1610 could not hear it vs noise around the frequency. He will not QSL via e-mail per info at but only reports by p-mail (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** GREECE. 7450, Jan 14 at 2217 nice guitar music and more variety unannounced but // 9420; finally 2243 YL mentions ``deftera programma`` (second program), 2245 more music still //. At 2249, 7450 splits away for ``Edho Thessaloniki`` ID, which is the trito programma (third program), ``kalimera`` and NA, 2250.5 open carrier with lite hum to 2252*.

*2255, 7475 open carrier comes on, 2256 joins // 9420. So the normally separate ERT program 3 until 2250 on 7450 was relaying ERA program 2 from Athens except for the local ID at sign-off. And ERA5, the external service V. of Greece was relaying the mostly-music (but not classical) ERA2 domestic net (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** INDONESIA. 9526-, Jan 15 at 1439 no signal here or on 9525 during VOI Indonesian hour, nor for the past few days. Swopan Chakroborty, India, explains Jan 13:

``Voice of Indonesia regular terrestrial transmission is still off the air on 9525 kHz. They are in talk for re-transmission using Babcock system. For details please see here:
Thanks, Swopan Chakroborty, Kolkata, India`` Viz. from his blog:

``Jan. 9: Voice of Indonesia (VOI) external service is off the air last few days. This is because of technical fault in the transmitter. VOI is in search of correct spares from the original equipment manufacturer. But it is not so easy for such old transmitter and expensive too. We hope VOI will be back on the air very shortly.
(VOI transmitter which is presently down: photo by the author)

Update 12.1.2012 - VOI is still off the air. Facing difficulty getting the spares. Talks are on for re-transmission of VOI programme using Babcock systems.`` That`s certainly a hopeful sign!!

Atsunori Ishida, confirms as of Jan 15, VOI has been off since last log Jan 9:
Jan 09 9526 kHz *0954-1710- (No signal at 1755) Unstable. 0954 (EE), 1059 CC, 1158 JJ. Carrier at -1255-1710-``

BTW, if you hear Indonesian on 9525 between 2200 and 2330, it`s R. Australia via UAE, as Jim Evans, TN logged Jan 10 around 2300 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** NORTH AMERICA. 6925-, Jan 14 at 2159, ``Alice`s Restaurant`` playing at S9+12, slightly on low side of AM frequency; 2202 ID as Radio Ronin Shortwave and off at 2203* (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SUDAN [non]. 15500, Jan 15 at *1559.5, S9+15 music suddenly overrides europirate Borderhunter Radio and sign-on by Sudan Radio Service in Arabish except for its name pronounced in English, and address srs @ Mentioned kHz, MHz a couple times, sounded like ``Talata`` too but surely not referring to the Madagascar relay site; percussive music along with this, 1602 apparent live talk as program begins.

HFCC shows this as one of BaBcoCk`s ``non-specific`` broadcasts, 300 kW, 140 degrees via Woofferton UK, 16-17 daily since Jan 1, i.e. the SRS Darfur service daily except Fridays, separate from the simultaneous SRS South Sudan service at 15-17 on 17745 via Skelton (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 9990, Jan 14 at 2355, WTWW-2 is testing with PPP audio // WTWW-1 on 9479; No specific spurs at 12-13 kHz multiples, but instead a noise field detectable out to 32 kHz above and below, along with whine. Part of the problem could be the crummy modulation on the program feed from SFAW.

0000 Jan 15 switched to 5085, and similar there, but noise field not detectable so far out, just 10-15 kHz vs WBCQ on 5110v and WWCR on 5070. The 6-hour test of WTWW-2 with Ted Randall taking phone calls was postponed a week until Jan 21-22 at 22-04 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. WORLD OF RADIO 1599 monitoring: confirmed after 0500 UT Sunday Jan 15 on WTWW 5755; remaining repeats are Sun 1830, Monday 1230 on WRMI 9955; UT Monday 0330v on WBCQ Area 51 5110v-CUSB (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 15016-USB, Jan 15 at 1448, phonetic words in coded broadcast, but distorted and splattering, until ``Andrews, out`` at 1448.5 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** VENEZUELA [non]. Tho making a comeback after seven months, last Sunday Jan 8, no `Aló, Presidente` frequencies from RHC to be found, not even carriers, Jan 15 at 1442: no 11690, 13680, 13750, 15370 or 17750. RHC had been putting 13750 on every Sunday with its own programming anyway. RHC still going at 1442 on 11750 an echo apart from 11760, 11840, 13670, 13780, 15230 and 15380. But other RHC frequencies normally on, were missing: 9850 and 9540. Still no A,P frequencies on air at 1603.

Around 1630 I check the AP website  which says: ``"Aló, Presidente" cede su espacio al programa especial Misión Cumplida 2011. El programa "Aló, Presidente", en su emisión Nº 377, que modera el jefe de Estado, Hugo Chávez Frías, cederá su espacio, este domingo 15 de enero, a la transmisión del programa especial Misión Cumplida 2011, en el que participarán todos los Ministros. Este programa comenzará a ... [blank]`` --- so presumably RHC will not broadcast this substitute? HCF has ``ceded his space`` to this ``Mission Accomplished`` show.

No, at 1654, some of the AP frequencies are finally on the air: 15370 with someone else in Spanish quite undermodulated, and // 17750 just barely modulated. While normally modulated bigsig on 13750 is now on, but with music instead --- just like last Sunday when it did not manage to join the other frequencies until 1830? Still no signals on 11690 or 13680. No, at next check 1733, 13750 has joined the talk programming mixed with some music, even bits of ``New York, New York`` by Sinatra at 1735! O, at 1740 outro credits say this was a produxion of Radio Habana Cuba, so I guess they are just filling stuff instead of RNV relay (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. 5980, Jan 14 at 2211, open carrier on and off briefly, as I was checking weaker 5985 signal with choral music, English, which turned out to be only WYFR aimed south. 5980 could be Turkey running over past 2200, or BBC Oman tuning up for 2300 broadcast (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)