lunedì 4 giugno 2012

Glenn Hauser logs June 3, 2012

** CANADA. Analog Es TV DX opening continued from last report, June 3 UT:

1629 on 2, promo Global News at 10 and another program at 11; still CKND-TV-2, Minnedosa, Manitoba; 1630 `Focus Manitoba` starts.

1708 on 2, `Simpsons` in and out for rest of half hour. Es continued the rest of the afternoon per maps, over much of US, but not here on analog TV, anyway.

Also monitored DTV ch 2 or 3 with nothing showing. Trouble is, many of the few active lowband US DTV stations are too close for max signals here, such as NE, IA, SD, TN, which others a bit farther from them are getting. KNOP-2 in North Platte NE was a rarity here when it was analog (Glenn Hauser, Enid OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CHINA. Firedrake June 3, after 2200, when I hardly ever hear it:
16100, very poor at 2214; no others 12-18 MHz, except:
13970, poor at 2218

** CUBA. 11840, June 3 at 2150, RHC music sounds like a love ballad, unless you understand the lyrix --- ode to revolutionary guns. It`s the `Formalmente Informal` show; outro says dedicated to Augusto César Sandino, who inspired the gun-toting Sandinistas (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CYPRUS. 15085-15115, June 3 at 2201, strong OTH radar pulsing maybe from here, tho spanning 30 instead of usual 25 kHz. Had been audible first at 2140 and seemed continuous rather than intermittent, altho not monitored constantly; in absence of normal VG signal on 15110 from SPAIN [q.v.]. And still audible underneath once REE cut on 3+ hours late at 2202.5 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** EGYPT. 15210.0, June 3 at 2206 poor carrier with nothing but hum audible, typical behavior of R. Cairo. Yes! Aoki shows 2030-2230 in French, 250 kW wasted, 241 degrees from Abis toward W Africa (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** FIJI [non]. 21740, June 3 at 2200, top story on R. Australia news with VG signal is Aussie aid to Fiji in hopes of encouraging transition to democracy with elexion in 2014y. In case you missed my mentions on World of Radio and in a separate post, this coincides with a new clandestine scheduled to start in a few hours:

Domo I Viti, Mondays only from June 4 at 0830-0900 on 11565 via WRN via PALAU, sponsored by the Fiji Freedom and Democracy Movement, based in Adelaide, South Australia.

If anyone can hear it, please note how much, if any is in English, contact info, and if possible record an ID. I haven`t found any website or Adelaide office (Glenn Hauser, June 3, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** ISRAEL. 15850, June 3 at 2143, Galei Zahal presumed with music and shortly announcement, poor signal but better than usual, and the only thing audible above 15630 Greece in a rather vacant 19m band. Improved to fair signal at 2216 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SPAIN. It`s Sunday June 3, so REE messes up the transmission schedule we are accustomed to on weekdays.

21610 is still on the air at the late hour of 2136 with silly ballgame coverage (and much weaker than Romania in Spanish on 21510). What about 15110, which is normally inbooming at this time? Nothing there vs OTH radar pulsing. Recheck at 2159, 21610 is stronger but cut off abruptly in mid-word at 2159.5, how rude!

They must be retuning the transmitter. Yes, finally at 2202.5, 15110 pops on with usual very good signal, overriding the continuous OTH radar (see CYPRUS), but the OTHR is still audible underneath.

However, in this case, HFCC, EiBi, Aoki and the official-looking schedule posted at an unofficial site,
all show no variations from 7 days a week:
21610 in Spanish at 11-17 to Mideast, Arabic at 17-19 and nothing later. And 15110 at 1900-2300 daily.

It`s a talk about compiling or publishing a dixionary for the Garífuna language in Honduras. Interesting, but that`s hardly big news; yes, 2205 outro as having been `En thinco minutos`, one of the pentaminute evergreen fillers REE runs when news on the hour is unavailable from the domestic service (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 17510, Sunday June 3 at 2130, on WHRI, `DXing with Cumbre` is starting promptly, #724 produced May 24, so it`s more than a week old, as Marie apologizes for missing the previous week due to ``technical problems``. Apparently missed another one this week. Furthermore, searching ``Marie Lamb`` on the WHR program schedule still comes up with numerous imaginary airtimes, not including this one which really exists, but fading down a lot in a few minutes! Instead, claims Sunday 2100 on Angel 1 17510, and Sunday 2300 on Angel 2 17510, when nothing was heard either (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 13570, June 3 at 2145, I look for WINB and hear nothing but CODAR; yes, WINB is already on 9265 where audible long before sunset. Since there`s sporadic E up to VHF over central and eastern US, maybe the second harmonic on 18530 will be audible? I have heard it before, but not now. In this summer Es season, it pays to check this and other 2 x 9 MHz frequencies of US stations if you are circa a kilomile away.

BTW, 13 MHz band was practically vacant, nothing but 13820 jamming and 13845 WWCR; lots more activity on 11 and even 15 MHz band, which was also subpar. WWV reported at 2100:

``Solar-terrestrial indices for 03 June follow.
Solar flux 129 and estimated planetary A-index 21.
The estimated planetary K-index at 2100 UTC on 03 June was 4.

Space weather for the past 24 hours has been minor.
Geomagnetic storms reaching the G1 level occurred.
Radio blackouts reaching the R1 level occurred.

Space weather for the next 24 hours is predicted to be minor.
Geomagnetic storms reaching the G1 level are likely.
Radio blackouts reaching the R1 level are likely.``

** U S A. 9370, June 3 at 2156, WTJC is back in whack, undermodulated during hymn rather than overmodulated producing multiple spurs. Now it`s WWCR`s turn to mess up the area, splattering 9330-9370 from the superstrong 9350 signal, and thus bothering WBCQ and WTJC (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 7490, June 3 at 2157, WBCQ with Marion Webster JBA in all the noise and fading, as we can forget about hearing `Marion`s Attic` until winter on this band at this timing, 21-22 UT Sundays. The 9330 transmitter was much stronger (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 7505, June 3 at 0114, zero signal from WRNO, which has been off the air for more than a sesquiyear, despite claims on their Facebook to have reactivated on May 31, spotted by Rich Lewis (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A [and non]. 15280, June 3 at 2209, VG signal with Spanish sermon, sounds like WYFR, and indeed same speaker is on 15440 from Okeechobee, but not //, citing different Bible chapters. O yes, 15280 is 500 kW, 215 degrees via GUIANA FRENCH at 2200-2357 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)