venerdì 10 febbraio 2012

Glenn Hauser logs February 9-10, 2012

** AUSTRALIA. 6230-USB, Feb 10 at 1345, poor signal in Oz English, wind velocities in knots plus gusts for locations including Adelaide, i.e. from VMW, Wiluna WA, then forecast for NT. This frequency is usually jammed by North Korea from 16 to 20 hours a day including at 1345, per Aoki, since MND Radio uses it for 76 minutes a day, not including 1345, but Ron Howard notes much of the NK jamming has been missing lately, reconfiguring? And he also heard VMW an hour earlier today. At 1347 it was marred by 2-way SSB in accented English, as 6230 is also a marine communications channel in North America (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** AUSTRALIA [non]. 9965, Feb 10 at 1404, RA playing versions of ``Waltzing Matilda`` other than their (former?) IS, as part of an English lesson for Chinese, ``How do you feel about this version?`` repeatedly queried and practised. This is the 1300 sesquihour relayed by T8WH PALAU, from Medorn, or is it Medorm? Sources conflict (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CANADA. 9800, Feb 10 at 0212, RCI Spanish VG signal with `Canadá en las Américas` program, giving toll-free numbers to reach them from various countries. Seems the raison d`être of RCI is still immigration, as obvious from this program`s website:
This 9800 transmission is missing from HFCC, but in EiBi, Aoki, WRTH and RCI`s technical schedule. While we`re at it, full RCI Spanish:

23:00-23:29 7 Days SAC 11990 250 176 HR 4/4/1.0 12-14,15W,16N
23:00-23:29 7 Days SAC  9785 250 176 HR 4/4/1.0 12-14,15W,16N
00:00-00:29 7 Days SAC  9785 250 176 HR 4/4/1.0 12-14,15W,16N
00:00-00:29 7 Days SAC 11990 250 176 HR 4/4/1.0 12-14,15W,16N
01:00-01:29 7 Days SAC  6100 250 253 HR 4/3/1.0 8S, 10N, 10SE, 11W
02:00-02:29 7 Days SAC  9800 250 268 HR 2/1/0.5 7SW,10N,10SE

** CHINA. 7220 and better 7435, Feb 10 at 1358, Kunming site is again audibly playing the totally off-topic Radio Exterior de España IS, prior to the CRI Nepali service; I had not been able to detect it for a couple of days (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CROATIA [non]. 7375, Feb 10 at 0338, Voz de Croacia in Spanish about horrible coldwave, temperature plunging to -26 C. Signal is not as strong as usual, weaker than 7385 BBC Ascension, and has very slight reverb sound, caused by the three 100 kW Wertachtal, GERMANY transmitters being slightly unsynchronized, at 240, 300 and 325 degrees in the 02-04 segment. Or possibly backscatter from the 240 one aimed at S America. Was checking this since the night before, the westerly 325 one remaining after 0400 was inaudible at 0412. Note: Spanish is currently at 0330, not 0230 as during DST (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA. 11532.0, Friday Feb 10 at 0634, huge S9+25 carrier with hum, incomparably stronger than the 25m broadcasters, RNZI 11725 the SSOB. Probably 250 kW transmitter like or same as used by RHC  which would also be super-strong if on 25m at this hour. I keep monitoring to hear the digital utility noise bursts which last for about 45 seconds every 5 minutes at 0635, 0640, 0645.

I have previously logged 11532 in DXLDs: 8-132, 9-008, 9-016, 9-080, 9-082, 9-083, 10-01, 10-02, 10-45, 11-47, 12-02. Would you believe I don`t get a single hit searching on 11532 in the 39,442 posts so far in the the UDXF yg? I do find it however, in the latest ENIGMA newsletter,
as part of the Cuban spy numbers schedule denoted V2a: M/W/F/Sat in the 06-07 hour accompanied by 11435, which I have also heard and I believe occupies the first half of the hour (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA [non]. A new program grid from WRMI dated Feb 9 has been put up via a couple of clix from It shows that the Radio Libertad clandestine is again back on 9955 as per previous schedule, which had been off the air (for fund-raising?) in January+: daily 13-14, Tue-Sat 00-01 and 05-06. R. Martí programs, unlabeled as to source, are shown M-F 11-12 and 23-24 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** DJIBOUTI [and non]. 4780, Feb 10 at 0341, R. Djibouti has poor signal, talk in Afar? mentioning Washington; at 0342, TWR Swaziland cuts on 4775 with choral programming in progress, just as scheduled daily in Lomwe for a quarter-hour. 4775 is slightly stronger and definitely louder. 0346, 4780 into HOA music, still audible at 0358 when the music is vocal (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** IRAN [and non]. 7200, Feb 10 at 0338, so-called V. of Justice in English tonight has more CCI from SUDAN than last night, Iran still atop, but with bits of music and presumed Arabic underneath, and causing a SAH; also QRhaM SSB.

Neither of them of course, can use the lower sideband of 7200 legally, which is an exclusive hamband everywhere now. Furthermore, no broadcasts TO North America should be within the 7200-7300 segment, but Iran is hardly the only offender there. Its // 7365 is as usual useless, buried by the DentroCuban Jamming Command and Radio Martí.

The incompetents in Tehran are not only violating international frequency agreements but severely hampering their only broadcast in English to North America by not putting it on one clear frequency in the 7300+ range, where there are plenty available during this hour, but I am not going to make any suggestions. In A-12 still at 0330-0430 they plan to use 11920 and 13650 --- will 11920 again collide with Romania like all last summer? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** KOREA NORTH [non]. 6135, Feb 10 at 1349, Sea Breeze again in English on Friday, via JSR Tokyo/Yamata. YL is more understandable this time, quoting brief news items concerning NK, e.g. from AP, mentioning the Korean War and then a slightly more current item about Pre. Obama`s State of the Union address. In between items there is a jazzy jingle/stinger replacing the electronic music one they must have grown weary of hearing/playing every couple of minutes before the English hiatus; however, I liked it better.

Meanwhile, a lo het could be heard, slightly on the hi side of 6135, and it had increased slightly by comparison at recheck 1418; Madagascar longpath? That fits, since it was measured as recently as Jan 23 by Ron Howard on 6135.18 until 1459*. Per, today`s sunset in Antananarivo was 1528*, and sunrise in Enid was *1325 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** KUWAIT [and non]. 21540, Feb 10 at 1421, R. Kuwait good signal in Qur`an, lovely rendition with lite reverb, and hardly any CCI from SPAIN which is also very weak today on its clear 21610.

A festival of Qur`aning this Friday (tho seems like any and every day), with 17670 IRAN more hard-sell, slower-paced with longer pauses, but soon interrupted by non-musical talk, crowd response, instrumental music; 17615, SAUDI ARABIA`s Qur`an at 1435 was faster with no pausing (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)


** MAURITANIA [and non]. 7245, Fri Feb 10 at 0628, IGIM is already on and chanting, as I stand by for VATICAN to pop on adjacent 7250, and so it does at 0628:25 carrier, soon adding modulation for outro of 0600 English broadcast which is not supposed to be on this frequency at all, 0629 bells. It`s interesting to compare these signals from night to night (when they both manage to be on). This time, IGIM is steady while Vatican is unusually fluttery but // 6075 is loud and steady; what a difference a MHz makes (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)


** TAIWAN [non]. Rick Barton in AZ had reported RTI via WYFR in English Jan 29 at 0225 on 15440, not a frequency where it is scheduled to be, so I looked for this Feb 10 at 0210, but nothing audible; however, the 19m band was just about dead. Then checked out further WYFR/RTI channels:

For the 02-03 UT RTI English broadcast, the WYFR frequencies are supposed to be 5950 and 9680: 5950 was off the air! and 9680 too at 0217-0220, allowing something Slavickish, but must have been the scheduled Uzbek service perhaps including some Russian terminology, a legacy of colonial empire, from R. Liberty via SRI LANKA, also aimed USward. By 0245 however, something weak in English was audible on 9680, presumably RTI via WYFR.

After 0300, 6875 had excellent signal with RTI in English as now scheduled, while much weaker 6890 had WYFR English instead of Spanish, // much stronger recent new frequency 6115.

At 0400, 6875 went into Chinese ``news`` from RTI (or rather CBSC programming per Aoki), and // weaker 6890 which per Aoki is supposed to be RTI in Spanish. Not checked in the 05-06 hour, when 6875 has been occupied by Chinese instead of scheduled English, but:

6875, Feb 10 at 0640, RTI is in SPANISH!!!! about Taiwan`s Secretario de Cultura. This is the language that has been supposed to occupy the 06-07 hour, but for the past 3+ months has really been RTI in German every night I have checked and frequently reported since Nov 2 starting with DXLD 11-44. They`ve finally fixed it, but for good? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A [and non]. 7385, re previous report: checking out how WHRI and BBCWS share this frequency, Feb 10: at 0220, huge signal from WHRI, with BBCWS barely audible underneath, this hour from SEYCHELLES. At 0259:40* WHRI went off, uncovering quite strong BBC which had just switched to ASCENSION site and had the frequency clearly to itself for an hour. At 0359 recheck, the WHRI carrier was back on with BBC still audible underneath until `OCS` WHRI sign-on started at 0359:30, as BBC was about to quit 7385 anyway (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 5050, Feb 10 at 0345, no sign of WWRB, but instead big continuous ute noise covering at least 5050-5055. Suspect whatever that is has nixed WWRB`s usage of 5050, forcing them off by complaint to FCC since these utility frequencies are available to broadcasters only on a NIB. 3195 was still on and presumably carried WORLD OF RADIO at 0430 Friday. Recheck at 0638, the ute noise was still occupying 5050-5055 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 9330-CUSB, Feb 10 at 1357, WBCQ is deadair again, so this time I leave a receiver on here to hear when it becomes undead: 1407:25, Radio 2:11 programming comes up in progress (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 11580, Feb 10 at 1500 I check whether the secret WWCR-4 transmission is on, but not; must have cut on shortly, as `Inspiration Across America` in progress, inbooming at 1503 recheck. This presumably happens M-F only (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. WYFR: see TAIWAN [non]

** U S A. WORLD OF RADIO 1603 monitoring: confirmed on WTWW 9479, Thursday Feb 9 at 2200; WBCQ 7490, Thursday Feb 9 at 2230. Remaining SW airings this week are: WRMI 9955: Sat 0900, 1600, 1830, Sun 0900, 1630, 1830, Mon 1230. WTWW 5755: UT Sun 0500. WBCQ Area 51 5110v-CUSB: UT Mon 0330v. Hamburger Lokalradio 5980: Tue 1030. Also on WRN via SiriusXM 120: Sat & Sun 1830, Sun 0930. Full schedule including many more webcasts:

** VATICAN [and non]. See MAURITANIA [and non], 7250 vs 7245

UNIDENTIFIED. 15000, Feb 9 at 2116, intruding 2-way SSB in Spanish using weakish WWV/H as BFO; wolf-whistling and prolonged ordinary whistling included, forcing me to retune quickly to 10000 for the propagation info at 2118 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)