martedì 26 giugno 2012

Glenn Hauser logs June 24-25, 2012

** ALASKA. 9655, June 25 at 1300, good signal from KNLS IS, 1302 sign-on in Chinese with website pronounced in, what else? English! But some other word than ``dot``. That site`s transmission schedule presented in English
and in Chinese
both still claim this 13-14 broadcast in Chinese is on 9920! 1303 on to pop song in English. Anyhow now in the clear with CRI/Sackville defunct [de-funked?] on 9650 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** AUSTRALIA. 5995, June 25 at 1227, RA with interesting item on language diversity concluding `Asia-Pacific` show; good signal here, surely Shepparton, but missing from 6020 which is supposed to be on, and 5995 is supposed to be in DRM from Brandon. Maybe a sign of further schedule disruptions if RA is finally about to get a series of DRM frequencies activated from Shep? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)


15330, at 2005 `Maple Leaf Mailbag` sounds awfully familiar; yes, introduced as the ``Pentultimate`` edition, references to June 17 and going to present the final edition a week later. RCI is playing back last week`s show, depriving Terry Haig of his farewell program!! Was it pulled by management as too ``emotional``?? I listened incredulously to the entire hour, again, in case something new was edited in, but it was all the same as last week, ending with song ``Get a Haircut, Get a Real Job``. Then Terry`s final words were ``You people are a total gas. Thank you, thank you, thank you``, into canned closing, and 15330 cut off the air while // 15235 switched to French.

Then checked the website, but found audio of the same last-week show of June 17 is now presented as the ``last show`` of June 24!

Harry Brooks points out: Also available at WRN to play and download:
But their ``June 24`` file of 1800 UT is also a repeat of June 17.

Tony Malloy points out: The RSS feed has the last broadcast
so I listen to that immediately before it gets deleted, and Terry does intro it as the June 24 podcast, but it`s not the same as the broadcast would have been, much shorter with music and what else removed? He said something about listening to the broadcast to hear more letters.

I asked Wojtek Gwiazda of the RCI Action Committee about this and he replied: ``Hi Glenn, I don't know what happened. I very seriously doubt the programme was censored. I'll check in with Terry tomorrow. If something screwed up, I want him to at least have a quiet night of sleep tonight. He will be devastated to know the last programme was not broadcast. I may be wrong, but there are a number of steps before a program is ready for broadcast, enough steps for something to go wrong.``

On June 25 at 1640, we find that the MLM archive page has a ``June 24`` show recorded June 22 with this link:
Note, it says June 25, as if it may have just been corrected, but there is no audio play link!

15455, June 24 at 2100, ``último programa em português de RCI,`` `Canadá Direto`, // stronger 17860. As far as staff were concerned, it was all over June 22, since the pattern had been to play this same half hour nine times each weekend, three each on Fri, Sat and Sun, and there would be two more June 24 at 2200 and 2300.

15455, June 24 at 2302, now it`s Spanish with finale of mailbag `El Castor Mensajero` = ``The Messenger Beaver`` which loses something in translation. This also on weaker 11990, along with Portuguese on 13760 were really the final, final, RCI SW transmissions. At 2328 inserted a bit of French and English, including ``the last of all RCI shortwave programs``. But it was not the last language! Inexplicably at 2329.5 to 2330.5* we heard Arabic! Plugged their website, opened program till cut off. I suppose this is what followed on a satellite feed which didn`t belong on SW, never any Arabic scheduled at this hour.

What about other relays via Sackville?

CBC Northern Quebec: 9625 is still on at 0202 June 25, CBC news in English, as usual blasted away by Spain/Costa Rica 9630 but at least in analog instead of DRM as before 0200.

NHK World Radio Japan: 5960 for Japanese from 0200 June 25 is missing; instead Qur`an with weak signal, still at 0203, presumably Kuwait. However, NHK must have come on late, as it`s there at 0256 and beyond. The 0500-0529 English still exists too, thankfully, very good at 0513. 11655, 1259 June 25, NHK IS starting the bihour in Japanese. Bill Patalon III also confirms English still at 1200 on 6120. So NHK relays are lasting longer, until ---?

Voice of Vietnam: 6175 is still going including English from 0100, altho when I tune in at 0114 it`s Vietnamese, soon voiced-over. Also for the rest of the evening, plus 9555 after 0430 at 0519 check with happy kidsongs. How much longer? But:

CRI is gone from all these previously scheduled and heard broadcasts: 0100 on 9790, 0300 on 9560, 0400 on 6020, 6080, 0500 on 6020, 6190, 1300 on 9650, 15260. Also missing: Cantonese after 1200 on 11850. I`m rather surprised at this, since SAC was the #1 way for CRI to cover N America. These transmissions have still not been deleted from
showing effective until Oct 28.

That leaves inferior signals from Cuba, Albania, Spain. If they wanted to, plenty of frequencies could also reach us intentionally direct from China. Maybe CRI thinx the increasing numbers of relays on MW stations in the US are sufficient? Hardly!

KBS World Radio: 9560, at 0200 June 25, ID pronounced in English, then opening Spanish with constant audio artifacts as always from them. I assumed the 0230 English would follow, but it`s not there at 0253 check, following inquiry from Mick Delmage who was not hearing that broadcast at 0235, nor the previous night; how come?

9650 at 1232 check, the KBSWR 1200 English broadcast is still going, and so is the 1400 Korean at 1407 check. Jean-Michel Aubier confirmed the 0600 Spanish is still going too on 6045.

Vatican Radio: The 0250 English broadcast is still there with VG signals on 9610, 7305. Did not awaken in time June 25 to check the 1130-1214 on 13730. VR is making their own cuts as of July 1, so these may only last one more week (via BONAIRE 15470 also still on in Spanish at 0200).

There is no more RCI to be heard on SW, except: still a few RCI IS and IDs accompanying relays of other stations: 0529 on 9555 after Vietnam; 1259 on 9650 after KBS. O, Canada (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CHINA. Firedrake June 25, after 1300:
15560, poor at 1312

Before 1400:
17450, JBA at 1359
16920, very poor with flutter at 1359
16100, very poor with flutter at 1359
15900, JBA at 1359
14700, very poor at 1359
Started too late, unknown if any below 14 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CHINA [non]. All the Sackville relays of CRI appear to have been canceled as of June 25: see CANADA. This leaves inferior signals via CUBA, ALBANIA, SPAIN intended for us, plus numerous off-beam broadcasts direct.

13740, June 25 at 1401 no signal tho RHC is big on 13780. CRI English finally cuts on late at *1402 JIP news with undermodulation, hum, lo-fi audio. Sometimes this transmitter is warming up already by 1350 with open carrier. This 14-16 relay and equally defective 13-14 on 9570 are all that`s left for CRI English in the morning to us. Whatever became of the new transmitters China was installing in Cuba? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** COLOMBIA. 14950, June 25 at 0113 I have set up my 87.85 MHz feeder with Salem Stereo programming in order to compare its delay with the SW relay tuned on the porch --- but no signal at all heard now, at 0119, or later. Is it gone for good? If so, we got it identified just in time. I did find a JBA carrier on 14885, not necessarily from any broadcaster. Timechex on the webcast only 3 minutes fast now. My nearest streetlight as it flickers on is still blasting RF at *0205 but only briefly (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA. Another UT Monday, and another week with the DentroCuban Jamming Command ignoring the truce offered by R. Martí`s silent period at 0300-0900: still wall-of-noise jamming at 0511 on 6030, 0516 on 7405. Not exactly ``against nothing`` on 6030, as this impossiblizes any DX from Calgary, Central African Republic, or Ethiopia. Tnx a lot, Arnie! While Cubans go hungry as all this electrical expense is wasted (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) See also CHINA [non]

** EQUATORIAL GUINEA. 15190, June 24 at 1951, still no signal from R. Africa (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** JAPAN. 9595, R. Nikkei, Monday June 25 good at 1318-1325 with English lesson explaining in Japanese various expletives, such as ``Holy Hell`` (more like ``Hoary Hair``), ``O My God``, ``Holy Moses``, etc. (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** MAURITANIA. 7245, Monday June 25 at 0517, IGIM is on early for a change on a non-Fribbath, Arabish with phone calls, poor (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** MEXICO. Signs of sporadic E analog TV DX June 24, UT:
1931 on 2, fade-in some video from south; 1933 it`s fútbol. Nothing more (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** MEXICO. 6185, June 25 at 0203, XEPPM with good modulation for a change and no ACI from either side; talking about Turquía, Malta (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** NIGERIA. 15115-15120-15125, Sunday June 24 at 1951, with BFO on, can detect DRM here from VON; have they expanded to 7 days a week now? Tho useless to all but a few enthusiasts, and more with take-it-or-leave it capability (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. WORLD OF RADIO 1622 monitoring: 9955, UT Monday June 25 at 0521 via WRMI, about equal level to pulse jamming (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 12105, June 24 at 1951, WTWW-3 is again in Arabic at unscheduled time. Unseems Arabible, instead Arabic talk with lively music. Maybe this is the dramatic programming George McClintock had been wanting to add (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 7555, June 25 at 0516, another night off for WEWN Spanish (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 13570, June 25 at 1257, 1310, no signal from WINB with Brother Scare, but audible poorly at next check 1404. Propagation degraded, so maybe it was really on from 1200, but I doubt it (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)


UNIDENTIFIED. 6045, June 25 at 0509-0512, a JBA carrier. Looking for reactivated R. Sarandí, Uruguay, which Horacio Nigro says is 24 hours with 300 watts on LSB. But is there any reduced carrier? They are hearing it well in Argentina, and even Bryan Clark in NZ is pulling it in. The only other possibility at this hour would be Zimbabwe, also supposedly 24 hours, but sunrise there is around 0430 now.

Don`t you believe Aoki and EiBi listings for XEXQ on 6045, long inactive. Huge problem for us here is the bigsig from Habana on 6050; but those awake should try after 0700 when that`s off and so is Korea/Canada 6045. While you`re at it, check 6075+ for LV de Artigas, also active from Uruguay (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)