mercoledì 27 giugno 2012

Glenn Hauser logs June 26, 2012

** ARGENTINA. 11710.76, approx., June 26 at 0200, RAE is signing on English with fair and fluttery signal, off-frequency as always but fortunately nothing to het it (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** AUSTRALIA. 6020, June 26 at 1215, R. Ustralia is back to normal, in AM here, DRM on 5990-5995-6000, contrary to yesterday at this hour when 6020 was off and 5995 was in AM (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** BRAZIL [and non]. 6180, June 26 at 0156, RNA is reactivated here with loud music causing heavy splash upon unfortunate neighbour 6185 XEPPM, which without that would have been listenable with sufficient modulation. RNA also VG at 0524 with more lively music designed to keep Amazonians awake; why? We may confidently expect RNA to be gone again unpredictably (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CHINA. Firedrake June 26 around 1250: none found 11-18 MHz in very poor conditions. It`s the unreasonably low solar flux rather than disturbances. WWV reported:
``Solar-terrestrial indices for 25 June follow.
Solar flux 89 and estimated planetary A-index 9.
The estimated planetary K-index at 1200 UTC on 26 June was 2.
No space weather storms were observed for the past 24 hours.
No space weather storms are predicted for the next 24 hours.``

** COLOMBIA. 14950, one more check for Salem Stereo relay, June 26 at 0155, nothing heard. No, I will not keep reporting non-loggings, but will keep checking from time to time. You never know when out-of-band-scanning will produce another such treasure (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** EQUATORIAL GUINEA. 15190, June 26 at 0512, no signal from R. Africa, while R. Dabanga was propagating well from Madagascar on 15400. Is anyone still hearing R. Africa at any time? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** INDONESIA. 9526-, June 26 at 1250, VOI carrier detected, but very weak and no modulation. Since it`s Tuesday, and last week Ron Howard confirmed they were still doing `Exotic Indonesia` with RRI Banjarmasin, I condescended to go to the webcast in order to hear it at all. Live linx are right on homepage and came up promptly at 1302 in audio-only version (is there really video from studios on the other one?), and heard back-and-forth between Jak and Banj, the latter with hum on the feed, and everything kept hiccuping, and crashing the flash player – either stopping or disappearing completely. Restarted several times until it would not cooperate at all. Even tried the mobile link which wanted to open a Real Player, but that would not connect either.

Listening to VOI online is just as frustrating as on SW, but at least you can hear something intermittently. One more problem: very heavy accents from the announcers made them hard to understand even when the audio was working. Yet kudos to VOI for plowing on with dignified attempts at English broad/webcasts even under such daunting circumstances (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** JAPAN [non]. 6110, June 26 at 0524, NHK World R. Japan still on via Sackville, with folk tale about a child-rearing ghost. Also noticed the only other English relay still on the 6120 air around 1215 as it struggled against ever-increasing day-path absorption (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** KOREA SOUTH [non]. 9560, June 26 at *0159, RCI IS and IDs in French and English a few times, 0200 KBS World Radio opening in Spanish. Altho the station name must always be in English, this time it was pronounced with a Spanish accent.

Re missing English at 0230-0300 on 9560: I confess to not having tried to hear this for a long time until searching out Sackville relays. I think it was canceled long ago, not in WRTH update, nor HFCC A-12, nor own schedule:
There is still an hour of English at 0200-0300 on 9580 direct to S America, which is useless in N America with CRI Chinese via Cuba (and I`d think back radiation would also mess it up in S America) (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** NIGERIA. 15120, June 26 at 0512, no signal from VON, while Africa was propagating well from Madagascar, 15400, R. Dabanga (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** PERU. 6173.9, June 26 at 0204 I notice a significant het upon V. of Vietnam still via Canada, 6175.0, no doubt R. Tawantinsuyo, Cusco. This is exactly the off-frequency just reported for it independently by Pedro F. Arrunátegui, Lima, in Chasqui DX, and as he spells it: ``6173.90, R. Tawuantisuyo, Cusco, 30/05 2320-2340`` (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 7555, June 26 at 0203, no signal from KJES on the 0100-0230 schedule. The robokids are often missing for weeks at a time and no one cares, eventually to reshow, but eventually it may crash forever (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 7555, June 26 at 0523, WEWN, R. Católica Mundial is on again tonight, unlike last night (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 7506v, June 26 at 0203, no signal from WRNO Worldwide. Richard Lewis says their Facebook page claims they will be back on air circa July 1, but we`ll believe it if we ever hear it. Mañana, mañana, mañana (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 88.7, KRZA Alamosa CO/Taos NM, I often listen to webcast for the weekday 1430 UT features; June 26 before 1500 they announce that their ``antenna is down`` and may not be back on air until later in July, so webcasting only. Not sure if bilingual Glenda means it is literally on the ground, or just off the air, perhaps due to wildfires? Site is on San Antonio mountain, 10908 feet, just south of the CO/NM border, near US 285. This will not be helpful for their current fund drive. They still legally announce several translator frequencies but I suppose they cannot be fed either. No details on --- just

``Currently KRZA cannot be heard on a regular radio, but we can be heard online. Click the "Listen Live Now!" button on top of this page.
Our technicians are aware of the problem and are assessing the issue.
Thank you for your patience!`` Glenda hinted that people should not leave the Live365 stream running if they are not really listening, due to limited capacity.

Still heard Jim Hightower at 1506. Under normal conditions, they often have problems getting NPR news to work at 1501, etc., or miss Jim (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** VATICAN [non]. 13730, June 26 at 1213, VR concluding `World News` about Ukraine, mixing in activities of bishops, which no other station would bother with; poor signal via Sackville, CANADA as frequencies this high are much attenuated, and hardly anything on 15 MHz yet. Again mentioned about no longer being on SW or MW from July 1 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)