domenica 1 aprile 2012

Glenn Hauser logs March 31-April 1, 2012

** BRAZIL. 6180 // 11780, April 1 at 0139, RNA back in whack, unlike a week ago with huge spurs around 5985 and 6085; and also OK circa 0500 in all-night UT Sunday broadcast (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** BRAZIL. 11915+, April 1 at 0200 timesignal and Portuguese timecheck for ``onze horas``, in the ``capital Gaúcha``, by YL, poor signal slightly on the hi side, i.e. R. Gaúcha, Porto Alegre RS. It`s less off-frequency than 11925++ R. Bandeirantes, as I step up 10 kHz with the BFO, and which is *not* inactive despite the a*terisk in WRTH 2012. I never hear 11915 when I am tuning later at night; maybe signs off at local midnight 0300 UT? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CHINA [and non]. Firedrake April 1, before 1300:
15450, good at 1257-1300* atop V. of Turkey in English!

After 1300:
15485, good at 1305, ex-15450 clearing that for Turkey

Before 1400:
12980, good at 1346
13920, very good at 1346
15490, very good at 1348, ex 15485 earlier in hour
15560, fair at 1349 with het
15870, good at 1349
16100, very poor at 1350
16700, very poor at 1350

** CHINA [and non]. 15785, April 1 at 0454, CRI English is still here, 0455 going into disposable Chinese lesson at hourends; presumably obliterating Galei Zahal further east, no trace here. CRI registered as 01-07 via Xi`an, and into Chinese after 05. Before then also audible on weaker // 15120 [no sign of Nigeria], and 6020 via Canada (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) see also EAST TURKISTAN

** CUBA. 6010, April 1 at 0550-0552, RHC English with Arnie Coro`s science & technology talk, about A-12 frequency changes now going into effect, how it`s all cleared with ITU [not HFCC!], CIRAF zones, etc., but no details, referring us to their English website. Before checking that, I am going to find out what I can by monitoring.

Starting at 1253: new, or rather reactivated 9550 has been added to weak 9540 and strong 9850, but 9850 goes off at 1257*. At 1312 check, 9550 had also gone off, uncovering CRI in Vietnamese.

At 1254, new 11860 has replaced 11840; still on 11760, 11750, 11690.

At 1257 none in the 13s, and still 15230, but not 15380 in the 15s.

At 1304, new 15 MHz frequency is 15340! They`ve used it periodically many years before, and now it blasts away HCJB Australia to S Asia, weakly audible underneath. Maybe not a problem for HCJB in its target area? But RHC has a history of indifference or hostility to HCJB, refusing to open up its only remaining frequency from Ecuador in the evenings, 6050. So far, Morocco is sticking to 15349.2, far enough away, after starting A-12 on 15341.2.

At 1308, 13780 is the only frequency on this band; no more 13670

At 1310, 11860 still on atop CCI: only thing scheduled is VOR in Russian, 117 degrees from Moscow site, which ought not to matter here

Spanish programming has moved one UT hour earlier as DST has just started in Cuba. I suppose sign on is now at *1100; `En Contacto` confirmed Sunday at 1335 instead of 1435; during it someone mentioned their new frequency lineup for Spanish, in generalities, standard Soviet-style disorder:

Mornings [missed first few, but see below]: 15340, 11750, 11760, 11690, 11860, 9540, 9550, 9850, 6150

Afternoons: 17705, 17750, 11840, 9710, 9810, 5040

Nights: 17705, 17750, 15230, 11680, 11760, 11840, 9810, 6060, 6120, 5040.

At 1347, 15340 is very strong and splattering +/- 10 kHz at least

At 1351, I hear two more new 17 MHz channels for the morning: 17580 atop CCI, which would be YFR via Wertachtal at 13-15; and at 1353, 17730 in the clear.

Now let`s check the RHC website: guess what, as of 1630 UT April 1, the Spanish schedule
is still the out of date B-11 one, none of the new frequencies in it!

Altho undated, the English version is also still obviously B-11:
Maybe they`ll get around to updating them by Monday

** CUBA [non]. 9490, April 1 at 0146, R. República via RMI via CANADA with polemic talk in Spanish, more or less over the DentroCuban jamming. Then checked 5954+ via COSTA RICA: much weaker signal, and lowly modulated but music so not //. The 9490 broadcast is weekends only, not sure about 5954 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA [non]. 11775, April 1 at 0157, R. Martí loud and clear, no jamming detectable despite strong signal from Habana on 11760. This is 100 kW via CANADA at 01-03, following only one hour from 500 kW Greenville at 00-01 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CYPRUS [and non]. 11793-11818, April 1 at 0158, OTH radar pulsing, perhaps from here in typical 25-kHz bandwidth, bothering mainly 11795 with RRI IS prior to Spanish (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** EAST TURKISTAN [and non]. 9470, April 1 at 0145, CRI English with heavy echo, same program as 6020 via ALBANIA, but not synchronized. 9470 is 308 degrees via Wulumuchi toward Europe, but apparently also via long path (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** EGYPT. 6270, April 1 at 0141, R. Cairo with whine and just barely modulated, but no huge spur field for a change.

9305, April 1 at 0143, R. Cairo Arabic service with VG signal, but just barely modulated at distorted peaks.

9315, April 1 at 0143, R. Cairo, finally a frequency with sufficient modulation, song in Spanish (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** GREECE. 7475 // 9420 and much weaker // 15650 detectable April 1 at 0135, VOG with Greek music. So all three transmitters funxioning at the moment and probably about to close at 0200 as others have reported, tho unchecked further here (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** INDIA. 11620, April 1 at 0156, S Asian vocal music with flutter. This is AIR`s Urdu service, 0015-0430, 500 kW, 240 degrees from Bangaluru per Aoki (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** JAPAN [non]. 6110, April 1 at 0500, R. Japan via CANADA, has resumed opening English broadcasts with `Sakura` and frequencies instead of going directly into news without even an ID; a welcome development. 0501 the deep-voiced newscaster introduces himself as Hirokazu Kazamaki, if I copied all the syllables correctly (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** MAURITANIA. 7245, April 1 at 0142, Arabish phone calls to YL host, typical IGIM overnight programming, but not on the air around 0500, 0555 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** NEW ZEALAND. 7280-7285-7290, April 1 at 1252, DRM noise, so American hams can kiss goodbye this segment of 40m, where they like to run AM instead of SSB.

In DXLD 12-12, we had two conflicting schedules for RNZI A-12:

for DRM on 7 MHz, the tentative schedule as of March 13 had:
0759-1158  7440 RAN 025 kW 035 deg DRM All Pac, NW Pac, Timor
0759-1158  7440 RAN 025 kW 325 deg DRM All Pac, NW Pac, Timor
and then no DRM until resuming at 1545 on 6170:
1545-1750  6170 RAN 035 kW 035 deg DRM Cook Isl, Samoa, Fiji

A later presumably more definite one shows:
0759-1058  6170 AM  7285 DRM Pacific Daily
and then no DRM until resuming at 1551 on 6170:
1551-1650  7285 AM  6170 DRM Cook Islands, Samoa, Fiji Daily

Yet another one is now on the website as of April 1, where changes are made without notice, so behold the whole thing in case anything else be different; here it`s back to 7285 DRM at 1551 instead of 6170.

25 Mar 2012 - 27 Oct 2012
   UTC           kHz         Target Days
0459-0650 11725 AM 11675 DRM Pacific Daily
0651-0758 11725 AM 11675 DRM Tonga Daily
0759-1058  6170 AM  7285 DRM Pacific Daily
1059-1258  9655 AM           Timor, NW Pacific Daily
1300-1550  6170 AM           Pacific Daily
1551-1650  6170 AM  7285 DRM Cook Islands, Samoa, Fiji Daily
1651-1836  9615 AM  9890 DRM Cook Islands, Samoa, Fiji Daily
1837-1850  9615 AM 11675 DRM Samoa Daily
1851-2150 11725 AM 15720 DRM Niue, Fiji, Tonga, Samoa  Daily
2151-0458 15720 AM 17675 DRM Pacific Daily

I wonder why they decided to go from out-of-band 7440 where DRM could do less damage, to inband 7285? But in none of these is DRM supposed to be on at 1252! Since this is the first day of standard time UT +12 resuming in NZ after 6+ months of UT+13, I assume they were unable to change the local time scheduling of the DRM transmitter. Yet it`s on two, not one hours later than listed (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SOUTH CAROLINA [non]. 15190, April 1 at 1402, Brother Scare is still audible here via IRRS via ROMANIA (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SPAIN [and non]. REE certainly has problems with its transmitters.

9630, April 1 at 0150, the DRM broadcast via COSTA RICA at 00-02 is expanding far beyond the full-10-kHz bandwidth supposedly employed by DRM. Stepping 1 kHz at a time on the DX-398, I can hear the DRM noise steadily diminishing out to +/- 30 kHz, i.e. reaching 9600-9660. Fortunately not too many other AM stations are active in the area, encouraged to evacuate? 9625 CBCNQ of course is totally blown away, slightly less so REE analog on 9620.

11880 via COSTA RICA, Sunday April 1 at 1320, world music turns out to be the excellent `Mundofonías` show at a new hour for our Sunday morning listening pleasure, music from Karelia, Finland at the moment. Altho this is the strongest frequency (still no 17595 direct on weekends), 11880 now suffers from some modulation distortion.

21540 at 1355, REE IS making SAH with weaker Kuwait, as 21540 is about to sign off an hour earlier than on weekdays; while weak 21610 continues with `Mundofonías` a minute longer, some 5 sex ahead of // 11880 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** TAIWAN [non]. 5950, April 1 at 0556 check, RTI via WYFR is in correct language English for the 05-06 hour, instead of Chinese, as heard 48 hours earlier (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** TURKEY. 15450, VOT gets creamed by Firedrake: see CHINA. Tnx a lot, V of Tibet! (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A [and non]. 15730, March 31 at 2033, English lesson, very strong splattering +/- 30 kHz, 94 degrees from Greenville B, VOA French service in the 2030-2100 extension on Sat & Sun after daily 2000-2030. Also on much weaker // 15185 slightly behind 15730, i.e. 10 degrees from BOTSWANA, which is on air only for the weekend 2030-2100 segment. Did not hear a word of French in a couple of minutes.

9510, Sunday April 1 at 1312, VOA `Jazz America` clear on fair signal here, while the ChiCom are still co-channel mixing on 9760. 9510 is registered as the old 50 kW transmitter from the PHX site, daily at 12-13, weekends only at 13-14. PHX is what HFCC labels it; Aoki calls it Tinang II; and WRTH makes no distinxion between the 50 kW and 250 kW Tinang sites, both just PHT; why? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 7555+, April 1 at 0138, KJES NM, VG signal with Spanish catechisms, but just barely modulated. Slightly off frequency to hi side but within tolerance (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 6115, April 1 at 0140, a younger Harold Camping on WYFR English still here in only remaining broadcast northward; someone had reported this on 6120, probably dial miscalibration (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 11520, April 1 at 0154, WEWN English distorted and continuous crackle, spur field bothering 11530 WYFR, Portuguese Bible study with Spanish accent; which still hasn`t learned to give wider berth to any WEWN frequency.

11845-11900, April 1 at 0159, WEWN 11870 Spanish is inbooming, unlike later in the night, audiblizing the noise field accompanying it, gradually diminishing out to 25 kHz above and below. The noise also audible on the fundamental. Two out of three WEWN transmitters have these problems, and no one seems to care. Mother Angelica should be ashamed (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 4840, April 1 at 0459, WWCR-3 announcing an apparent change in the WWCR-2 schedule from sometime in March, 21-24 UT on 9350. This is hardly news, having gone into effect March 25, ex 21-23 UT (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** VATICAN [and non]. 9810, April 1 at 0506, VR Scandinavian language (Swedish on Sundays per Aoki), no longer with collision from RHC, but instead DRM-sounding noise co-channel, tho none such is scheduled on 9805, 9810 or 9815. Hmm, maybe the noise is from RHC with an open STL feed (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)