venerdì 20 gennaio 2012

Glenn Hauser logs January 19-20, 2012

** CHINA. 7220, Jan 20 at 1358 after giving up on PNG 7325, I amuse myself by catching another nonsensical airing of the Radio Exterior de España IS past 1359, prior to CRI`s 1400 Nepali service via Kunming, as they have been programmed to do every day for years. Checking EiBi, I see there is a // 7435 also Kunming: next time, hear if the same happen there (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** IRAN. 15735, Friday Jan 20 at 1403, throaty Qur`aning, with heavy venue echo (or SFX?), also distorted modulation, old recording? 1406 soft announcement and more traditional recitation; has Spanish SSB 2-way QRM on hi side from 15739. 1412 segué to yet another Qur`aner. Ever notice how they are always tenors? No basses need apply? 1429 recheck, now in more secular music, still distorted modulation until cut off at 1429:25*. Aoki shows it`s VIRI`s lengthy Arabic service at 0530-1427[sic], 500 kW, 289 degrees from Zahedan (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** KOREA NORTH [non]. 5985, Jan 20 at 1345, still no Friday English from Sea Breeze, or rather Shiokaze, interview in Korean but thought I heard some Japanese too; het from Myanmar audible as usual, but no noise jamming heard (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** MAURITANIA. 7245, Jan 20 at 0629, IGIM not yet on as I am hearing Vatican bells on 7250; but at next tuneby 0637, IGIM is on with chanting (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** PAPUA NEW GUINEA [and non]. 7325, Jan 20 CRI Japanese service cuts off as always at 1357* in mid-word, uncovering JBA carrier, presumably Wantok Radio Light: another day of frustratingly inadequate signal, no point in monitoring further (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SPAIN [non]. 5965, Jan 20 at 0632, REE COSTA RICA relay is absent; normally runs until 0800 on this frequency unlike the other two, 3350 and 9675 which close at 0600. In previous seasons this would have uncovered Vatican, but it`s no longer on 5965 at all; nothing from Brasil either as in Aoki (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. WORLD OF RADIO 1600 monitoring: first SW broadcast confirmed Thursday Jan 19 at 2200:30 on WTWW 9479; also 2230 on WBCQ 7415. And at 0430 UT Friday Jan 20 on webcast of WWRB 3195, after a very respectful 95-second pause following the SC preacher, standard disclaimer. Next on WRMI 9955: Sat 0900, 1600, 1830, Sun 0900, 1630, 1830, Mon 1230. On WTWW 5755: UT Sunday 0500 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A [non]. 15315, Jan 20 at 1417, nice organ rendition of Stanley`s ``Trumpet Voluntary`` which is not really religious, but close enough for Family Radio; then FR `IKMRL` theme (``I Know My Redeemer Liveth``), announcement in S Asian language, on to violin/piano variations on `Good King Wenceslaus`/`God Rest Ye, Merry Gentlemen` --- it`s almost like Xmas! Aoki shows Malayalam, at 1400-1500, 500 kW, 105 degrees from Wertachtal, GERMANY. I gather that even in tropical India they dream of White Xmases (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 1110, Jan 20 at 0649 UT, `Coast to Coast` from KFAB Omaha NE which has resumed putting IBOC noise on adjacent frequencies; however, WHO 1040 still IBOC-free (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** VENEZUELA [and non]. A couple of reports of R. Nacional de Venezuela had me looking for a possible reactivation of the Cuban relays of daily broadcasts, but they were apparently mistaken. I checked sometime during the following hours on former frequencies and never heard any sign of it Jan 19-20: 20 on 17705, 22 on 11670 (instead AIR GOS), 23 on 13680, 15250, 11 on 6060, 15 on 11680. (Not to be confused with the `Aló, Presidente` show on Sunday mornings, which did resume SW via Cuba on Jan 8 but was missing again Jan 15.)

El Jefe del Canal Internacional, Daniel Peralta, made an appearance at the Colomobo-Venezuelan DX Encuentro early in January; did anyone ask him if any new programming is being produced, lacking the Cuban SW transmissions, and why those stopped? Website
*still* displays the totally outdated SW transmission schedule unchanged since they started in 2004y, with colorful but imaginary map of coverage areas; and the drop-down linx for `Audio en Vivo` do not include this network; but does link under `Espacios RNV`, to this page, implying there is C.I. audio on demand of 58-minute broadcasts:
Click again on Escuche:
and you get linx to five audio files for 17 thru 21 December 2011 and yes, the latest one does play, starting with the IS we have not heard on SW since last May or June. Evidently they store one 5-day week at a time, one month late --- or did they really quit after Dec 21?

It`s best for users and userettes who do not understand Spanish, thus escaping the wacky monomaniacal Bolivarian propaganda; or advance the file to enjoy the music mostly in the second half. (No English noted on this one, but could have been some I missed.) I skipped the hefty dose of El Hugazo lasting until the midpoint, then remonitored the schedule announcement, which is equally outdated and confusing with local times for each city targeted, rather than UT, as only *one* of the broadcasts remained in effect before the SW service crashed, ``17-18`` [20-21 UT] to Rio de Janeiro on 17705 (but if it were active now, the local time would be off one hour due to DST). The music from :35 was really mostly talk interviewing the leader of some group, with the music only in background. Further spot chex found more and more yak rather than shutting up and playing some unimpeded music (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)