martedì 19 giugno 2012

Glenn Hauser logs June 17-18, 2012


Since a lot is happening in the next few weeks, I have put together a day-by-day schedule so we don`t miss important events in the history of broadcasting. Besides re-posting it to various DX groups, the latest updates will be here:

** BRAZIL. 6180 and 11780, June 18 at 0433, RNA missing from both frequencies; 11780 usually manages to stay on, if 6180 does not. Brazilian DXers are exasperated with this behavior (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CANADA [and non]. 15330, 15235, 17735, Sunday June 17 at 2005-2059, the penultimate `Maple Leaf Mailbag` from RCI again presented by Terry Haig, substituting for Ian Jones. More mail from distressed listeners about the imminent demise of RCI, and some ironic musical selexions. At 2049, plugs the RCI Action Committee website, and a listener who is trying to set up a `Save RCI` website, --- except he did not spell Alan/Allen/Allan/Alun or Anderson/Andersen, so you may have to try all the combinations.

I *must* listen to this on SW, but if you missed it, you will be forgiven for listening to the archived audio on demand via This transmission is expected to be the very last English broadcast from RCI next Sunday June 24.

6080, June 18 at 0512 check, Sackville again tonight has put CRI English on wrong frequency instead of 6190, colliding horribly with NHK Spanish via Bonaire (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) See also CUBA [non]; VATICAN [non]

** CHINA. Firedrake June 18 before 1300:
13920, poor at 1247 mixing with fax
13970, very poor at 1247
No others audible 10-18 MHz during very disturbed propagation.
WWV reported at 1200 and 1500:
``Solar-terrestrial indices for 17 June follow.
Solar flux 124 and estimated planetary A-index 39.
The estimated planetary K-index at 1200 UTC on 18 June was 2.
Space weather for the past 24 hours has been minor.
Geomagnetic storms reaching the G1 level occurred.
No space weather storms are predicted for the next 24 hours.``

** CUBA. 9830, June 18 at 0429, weak RHC signal here // 9810, evidently spur from that, or mixing with 9790 China relay transmitter.

9965 & 9945, June 18 at 0430, matching pulsing spurs from wall of noise jamming centered on 9955 against WRMI. Neighbors of any jammed frequency, beware!

9820 & 9880, June 18 at 1219, RHC 9850 bigsig is putting modulation spike spurs out here.

9270, June 18 at 1222 as I tune across, hear a trace of RHC audio matching another receiver in the background on 9850, but this may have been receiver overload as could not get FRG-7 preselector to peak on it. The 9850/9550 mixing products should be on 9250, 10150 at 300 kHz intervals (the weaker transmitter on 9540 cannot mix with them as it`s from the other site an echo apart) (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA [non]. 13820, June 17 at 2003, big open carrier, with some noise --- is it jamming or a béisbol crowd? But never any talk, unlike 9565, 11930 R. Martí Greenville which is play-by-play. 13820 goes off at 2003.5* uncovering a much weaker signal with BB game. 2000 is when 13820 is supposed to be handed over from Greenville to Sackville for another bihour, but GB just helped the Cubans to block the signal via Canada. The RM Sackville relays are of course another casualty of the CBC`s decision to close Sackville. I suppose they were started for times when GB was at peak usage for other services, but a little juggling ought to allow IBB to run Martí three-frequencies-at-once all by itself from GB (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA [non]. 7210-LSB, June 18 at 1125, N1NR, Nelson Roig in Pennsylvania has his anti-Castro rants interrupted by rude noises he refers to as ``el burro``; apparently mechanically or electronically generated, but unclear whether a new form of DentroCuban jamming or one of his buddies playing around. Certainly an entertaining frequency every morning (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** JAPAN. 9595, June 18 at 1206, baroque electronic music, presumably Tomita rather than Carlos, which R. Nikkei often plays, much better than // 6055 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** KUWAIT. 15540, June 17 at 1959, oh, oh, R. Kuwait has again switched from English to Arabic; at least the poor signal with Qur`an has to be in Arabic; 2055 recheck, inaudible with poor propagation (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** MALAYSIA. 9835, June 18 at 1204, Qur`an with fair signal, no doubt the RTM relay from Sarawak via KL back to Swk. Must be vesper time? Sunset at Kuching was 1046, KL 1124 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** MEXICO. Sporadic E analog TV DX June 17, UT:
1430 onward, bits of video CCI mostly on 2 from south
1630 on 2, baloncesto = basketball from south, Spanish narration
1700 on 2, CCI, also signs on ch 4
1700 on 5, dubbed movie with gringos, from S, net 5 bug UR; XHGC?
1705 on 3, béisbol in Spanish
Nothing ever stayed in for long, and mostly gone by 1800
(Glenn Hauser, Enid OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 11550, Sunday June 17 at 1401, WEWN Spanish frequency at tune in sounds like Polish, briefly, then into YL in English with OM in Spanish voice-over.

7555, Monday June 18 at 1208, Jezebel story in English, crackly modulation, on this Spanish frequency. Something about stoning-to-death. Kept expecting a voice-over to start but never did. Good for gringo WEWN fans as the only real English frequency, 11520 was JBA, as was the other Spanish, 12050 in very degraded propagation conditions. 1214 recheck still in English on 7555. By 1250, 7555 had YL in Spanish replacing the English (not just voiced-over), then resumed // improved 11520 for organ music fill. This is when they broadcast their own mass live, normally // except for voice-overs. Perhaps the translator overslept, still recovering from a weekend of debauchery, soon to be nullified by confession. (Please, I am not being anti-Catholic, just pro-rational, as all wacky religionists are equally subject to contradixion.) (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. WORLD OF RADIO 1621 monitoring: missed checking the UT Monday 0500 on WRMI 9955, but unavoidably awake June 18 at 1131 so checked the next scheduled airing: some talk, but unsounds like me, under the jamming. Confirmed on webcast that WRMI was really airing WOR. Presumably YFR Korean via PALAU as allowed to be scheduled co-channel 9955. It`s off after 1200 and the jamming ramps up as WRMI is relaying R. Martí (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 1510+, June 18 at 0445 UT, slightly wavering het from off-frequency station with sports talk, phone 1-800-777-2951, looping NE/SW. This points to usual culprit, KCTE Independence MO, which is both a daytimer and a perpetual off-channel broadcaster. That phone number doesn`t google to anything significant, tho (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** VATICAN [non]. 13730, June 18 at 1200, Vatican Radio, warped ``World News`` via Sackville, now makes no pretense of being secular, starting with a story about what Pope Benedict said at Sunday`s Angelus. Anchor is the appropriately-named Christopher Wells and he always opens with ``good morning``, when it`s afternoon in the See. Is he deliberately addressing his American audience, or is it several hours delayed? This and BS/TOM on WINB 13570 were the OSOBs with degraded propagation, and 15 MHz was totally dead; by 1225 only could hear 15230 Cuba there (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. 1430, June 18 at 0444 UT, ululating Balkan or ME music slightly dominant over the jumble, seems NE/SW. Normal suspect would be KZQZ St Louis, but would not expect such programming from ``Hot Talk/Cool Oldies``, tho it could be a Sunday night break away from format; lots of stuff on their website
not including a simple program schedule. Insane! (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)