giovedì 7 giugno 2012

Glenn Hauser logs June 5-6, 2012

** CANADA [and non]. Since the NHK relay at 0500 on 6110 has been missing since May 31, still absent June 6, I check whether any of the RCI frequencies are missing too from Sackville, June 5:

At 1957, 17735 is on in French making SAH with Tunisia in Arabic; but nothing on the only listed // 15235; however it might have just closed early.
*1959, 15235 does come on with RCI in English, joined a few sex later by 15330 with `The Link` intro already in progress, into news; both these are stronger than // 17735 which continues (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CHINA. Firedrake June 6 after 1220:
12230, poor at 1223
13920, very poor at 1226
13980, good at 1226
14700, poor at 1226
15970, very poor at 1229; none in the 16s, 17s

Before 1300:
15550, very poor at 1248; het on hi side
11500, poor at 1252

After 1400:
17570, poor at 1415

** FIJI [non]. Domo I Viti, the new clandestine, has put up info on their website about DX reports received plus much, much more on their movement:

At the top also says the it`s a full hour, 8:30-9:30 pm Fiji time Mondays, which it certainly was not on June 4, off at 0900*. Nor was it ``direct from Australia`` but very INDIRECTLY via South Carolina. They are not claiming here that it was Palau, altho Steve Handler says that is what they are telling him. Even the originators are confused, but WRN Broadcast has confirmed to me it`s really via WHRI in South Carolina. FD&FM no doubt sends their audio file to South Bend and have no idea what really happens to it once in the hands of LeSEA.

Combined clip of my reception on 11565 at 0831 UT June 4, which happens to last 8:31 minutes, the first half the opening, second half (mostly music) the closing. No English except for mentions of Fiji Democracy and Freedom Movement:
The first minute or so is also amid WORLD OF RADIO 1620

** FRANCE [non]. 21690, June 6 at 1231, RFI with world news in French, now reduced to only one hour, and currently via GUIANA FRENCH at 75 degrees to W Africa, good signal tho we are way off-beam. Yet it`s virtually the OSOB, with but a trace of 21780 DW/Rwanda also in French even tho beamed USward at 295 degrees. From Sept 2, this broadcast is scheduled to switch to Issoudun site within France. Mike Cooper reports the controversial merger of RFI with TV services is being reconsidered by the new government (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** GUAM. 15240, June 6 at 1312, fair signal with S Asian ballad much preferable to the blather from Cuba 15230; 1315 ``Namaskar``, mentions Agana (not Agaña), Guam and KTWR IS twice; opens another program with ``Salaam Aleikum``. Thus the first is Hindi-influenced, and the second is Arabic-influenced, which fits for the listed transition from Santhali to Bengali (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** JAPAN [non]. 6110, NHK English via CANADA is still absent June 6 at 0514 check, but still going for the only remaining broadcast to North America, 1210 on 6120 with fair and fading signal during news (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** MEXICO. Sporadic E analog TV DX UT June 6:

0226 on 2, turn on TV to find heavy CCI in progress, peaking SSW in Spanish

0227 on 3, NEXTEL presenta ---

0230 on 3, drama on video with net-5 bug; audio from something else

0237, MUF reaches 4, and then 5 with some ads from south

0238 on 2 and 3, net 5 drama, audio slightly out of synch

0243 on 5, promo or political ad? By kid, ``Nuestro México del Futuro`` on screen; looked like another word below that was COLIMA. I wish I could be certain of that as this small state should be a TVDX rarity with only a handful of less than full-power stations including this ch 5 per in the city of Colima with appropriate calls:
Colima, CY[5] XHCC-TV 14.000 0.00 +H 19-5-14.00N 104-18-0.00W XV-XLIC XHGC (5)

0258 on 6, signs of video here, the MUF peak

0300, opening is mostly gone

1419, turn on the TV again, and ch 2 is bearing two zero-beat videos from the SSE, audio in Spanish, no doubt the Yucatán peninsula again. The dominant one has the f = FOROtv program, so that`s XHY-TV in Mérida. Fading by 1430, brief resurgence at 1440, nothing more.

The other: probably the next ch 2 east, 100 kW XHQRO-TV in Cancún, Quintana Roo, about 175 miles away. I would hate to be midway between the cities trying to get either channel 2 without interference. XHY-TV is listed as less, only 76.5 kW, yet is seen far more regularly (Glenn Hauser, Enid OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** NIGERIA [non]. 15120, June 6 at 0506, no sign of V of Nigeria, just Chinese. The two-night streak is broken. VOA Botswana is in well on 15580, so propagation is not to blame (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SOUTH CAROLINA [non]. 13570, June 6 at 1203, there`s Alex Scourby bibling, on dead giveaway frequency of WINB with its wobbly carrier, and at 1224 Brother Scare is pontificating about the total destruxion of Florida and the east coast this year. BS has been on WINB periodically before, so once again they have won the prize of this cash cow, but for how long? At this hour, a US outlet is sorely needed as not on WWCR, and WWRB is inaudible on 3185 if really on the air.

Has the WINB program schedule at been updated to show this? Of course not! Dated May 20, still shows it not on the air M-F until 1530 UT. But the Overcomer Ministry website does have this entry: WINB 13570 8-10:30 AM EST --- meaning EDT, meaning 1200-1430 UT; or is it really until 1530 UT? Yes, BS still going on 13570 at 1511 check.

Meanwhile, I was waiting for WWRB to bring up 9385, which happened abruptly at *1239 today, the QSY time from 3185 varying widely. And then found that 13570 was running 25 seconds behind 9385. Now it`s redundant (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SPAIN [non]. 11815, June 6 at 1259, NHK ID in Japanese accompanied by, what else? steel drums. Accurate time signal to 1300 ends just as co-channel REE via COSTA RICA is starting its always-delayed and thus totally erroneous timesignal. Don`t rely on that for navigation or you may crash into a reef or a mountain! (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** THAILAND. 9890, June 6 at 1213, R. Thailand in English outroing some other language, listed as Malay, 1214 bells IS until 1215*. Scheduled for a 15-minute break before resuming in English at 1230, not checked. VOA GB Spanish 9885 was sufficient but not strong enough to be a problem (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 9370-, June 6, the POS transmitter at WTJC is out of whack again: very distorted and breaking up, but no spurs audible yet.

At 1220, now spreading 9350-9395, with distortion, squeals, cutting on and off depending on fundamental modulation (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 7555, June 6 at 0512 check, the sporadic WEWN transmitter in Spanish is back on tonight, also heard around 1230 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 7570, June 6 at 0512, RTI in Spanish via WYFR is not overtime tonight, unlike 24 hours earlier (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A [and non]. 11535, June 6 at 1253, Bible story only in slow English, then some harp music, and Chinese announcement 1256-1257*. It`s YFR, 100 kW, 342 degrees from Paochung, TAIWAN site per Aoki at 1200-1257 only; and bothered by slush circa 11538 from the 2 x 9 kHz spur above 11520 WEWN English but which also closed at 1257*. As the latter was retuning its spurs from 11502, 11511, 11529, 11538, to 15597, 15606, 15624, 15633 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. WORLD OF RADIO 1620: ready early UT Wednesday June 6, so first SW airing should be UT Thursday 0330 on WRMI 9955; then Sat 0800, 1500, 1730, Sun 0800, 1530, 1730, Mon 0500, 1130.

On WTWW: Thu 2100 on 9479, UT Sun 0400 on 5755
On WWRB: UT Fri 0330v on 5050
On WBCQ Area 51: UT Sat 0130v on 5110v-CUSB/LSB

** VATICAN [non]. 13730, June 6 at 1204, Vatican Radio relay via CANADA in English hasn`t been canceled yet in seemingly objective newscast about killing Al-Libi, from stringer Priscilla somebody ``in Washington for Vatican Radio`` (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)