sabato 11 agosto 2012

Glenn Hauser logs August 10-11, 2012

** BANGLADESH. 15520, continued monitoring of Bangladesh Betar from previous report: Aug 10 at 1602: signal has declined to very poor, could be Qur`an in Arabic service; 1615 music audible. Nothing much left by 1630 when Turkey starts. (Evidently the Ethiopian DRM jamming is only around 1630-1645 per Wolfgang Büschel and Mauno Ritola). Not rechecked here until 1805 when frequency unencumbered, VP signal could be English from BB. Much weaker than Kuwait 15540.

15520, Aug 11 at 1406, poor signal with flutter, could be Urdu from BB, and now with CCI, i.e. YFR in Marathi via UAE scheduled; 1407 music unseems Christian (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CHINA. Firedrake August 11, after 1230:
17450, very poor at 1233
17250, poor at 1233
15550, good at 1248, het on hi side; none in the 16s
14870, good at 1236
13920, good at 1236; none in the 12s

After 1330:
15760, very good at 1338; unusual: per Aoki apparently a Sound of Hope jumparound from Tajikistan has landed here today
15605, poor at 1338, with added noise; still here at 1403
15485, fair at *1339 after open carrier

** CHINA [and non]. 13m open in the nightmiddle, Aug 11 at 0620: two non // Chinese services on 21720 and weaker 21690. 21690 must be CNR1 jamming against scheduled RFA Tibetan via UAE during this hour only; 21720 would be RFA Chinese during this hour only via TINIAN overcoming the jamming (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENIG DIGEST)

** CUBA. Checking out Grayson Watson`s mystery music program on RHC in the 23-24 hour, Friday Aug 10 at 2305, music on 11840 IDed as `Por los Campos de Cuba` (In Cuban Fields). // stronger 11680 in dead air so far. Later on in the hour, however, at 2313 and 2318 they mention `Sonido Cubano` which is a real program title, also appearing elsewhen in their schedule
He should also enjoy `Cuba Campesina` Sundays at 1233. There are additional repeats of many programs in the 21-23 UT period for which specific details are not given.

11840, Aug 11 at 0525, this RHC frequency is on way late, past nominal 0500*, with campesino music; 9790 CRI relay transmitter is also still on at 0532 with big carrier, open except for some hum, and 11840 also remains.

6125, checked Aug 11 at 0538, RHC English missing here, but on 6060, 6050; also missing from 6010, but 6000 is still on late. Wake up at RadioCuba! Finally they do: At 0537:28* 6000 cuts off the air and then 11840 is gone too. At *0542:40 carrier comes on 6125, and finally at 0545:20 English fades up, to usual undermodulation level. That was probably the 6000 transmitter; not sure where 11840 went next if anywhere.

17730, Aug 11 at 1235, RHC inbooming here but absent from scheduled // 17580 uncovering an UNIDENTIFIED q.v. there (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** KUWAIT [and non]. 21540, Aug 11 at 1410, R. Kuwait fair in Arabic talking about kitab, with music, no CCI now as Spain presumably closed at 1400, still in well on 21610 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** MAURITANIA. 7245, August 11 at 0534, IGIM chanting in consistent early morning/allnight Ramadan service which has another week to go (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** NEWFOUNDLAND [and non]. The heterodyne between the two 6160 CBC stations has continued, so Aug 11 at 0541 I recheck the pitch: close to Bb5 = 932 Hz, so make it CKZN on approx. 6160.9 since CKZU is only slightly below 6160.0 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** NIGERIA. 15120, Aug 11 at 0604, VON has horrible buzz on and off correlating with modulation peaks as YL is talking; carrier also unstable. Signal is stronger now than it was before 0600. Now it has a neighbor on weekends from 0600, SW Radio Africa on 15115; see ZIMBABWE [non] (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** RUSSIA. 12070, Aug 11 at 0547, fair signal with flutter during ``People`` song in English, 0549 Russian outro mentions Streisand. It`s R. Rossii, per HFCC 04-08, 250 kW, 265 degrees from a Moscow site to Europe. Aoki says specific site is Taldom (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** RUSSIA [non]. 17800, Aug 11 at 1254, poor signal in Russian with flutter until 1259.5* and nothing further, presumed R. Liberty via THAILAND as scheduled 12-13, unlike Aug 9 when I was still hearing Russian at 1320 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SAUDI ARABIA. 15380, Aug 11 at 0552, open carrier; by 0602 fair in somewhat undermodulated Arabic, i.e. BSKSA at 06-09, 500 kW, 310 degrees from Riyadh to Syria and Turkey but also USward (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** SOUTH CAROLINA [non]. 15215, Aug 11 at 1405, crude Hammond organ hymn as typical for the live Sabbath services from The Overcomer Ministry compound, matching but not synchro with much better signal on 15420-CUSB WBCQ; and 15215 also has CCI now, since not only IRRS (via ARMENIA, Wolfgang Büschel claims, not ROMANIA as Ivo Ivanov claims), but as Ivo also notes, also VOA Kurdish to same target area has just moved to 15215 at 14-15, via Wertachtal, ex-11640! (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SPAIN. 15160, Aug 10 at 2015, poor signal with something in Parisian French. Frequent bandscans make it obvious to me that this is something new. No ID, but mentions Espagne several times, and finally at 2028 announces the P O Box address in Madrid of REE; clinched further by automatic timesignal on half-hour (like HCJB does too).

The trouble is, nothing at all is scheduled on 15160 between 18 and 23, least of all REE. However, they do have a M-F French service at 20-21 which is supposed to be only on 11620 and 9690. REE does use 15160 later, from 2300, so presumably a mistake if not a late change. (RFI also uses 15160 at 1300-1330; HFCC, EiBi and Aoki still have not removed the defunct RFI English broadcast at 05-06!) (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. WORLD OF RADIO 1629 monitoring. Confirmed UT Saturday Aug 11 at 0130 right on time via Area 51 via WBCQ 5110v-CUSB. Next: UT Sun 0400 on WTWW 5755; also WRMI 9955: Sat 1730, Sun 0800, 1530, 1730, Mon 0500, 1130; on HLR: Tue 0930 on 5980. On WRN via SiriusXM 120: Sat & Sun 1730, Sun 0830 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** ZIMBABWE [non]. 15115, Saturday Aug 11 at 0603, SW Radio Africa in new morning service which happens to audiblize it in N America unlike the evening broadcasts on 4880 via South Africa. Now in HFCC as 0600-0800 Sat & Sun, 250 kW, 265 degrees from MADAGASCAR for the rest of A-12.

Unfortunately nothing in English heard until I QRT at 0625. There were a variety of voices in Shona and/or Ndebele, including one guy who yelled; at 0608 included various English words: committee, 1998, 1997, organisation.

Modulation somewhat choppy, slight hum, good signal, enough to keep awful adjacent Nigeria 15120 at bay (but anyone tuning around this area would be drawn instead to English on 15105 Woofferton with BBC `Weekend`, at 0610 a report from a ``Lass Vegas`` drone exhibition.)

(I am also reminded that we haven`t heard from a contributor in Z for a long time, over two years in fact, David Pringle-Wood; hope he`s OK) (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. Another check for the mystery very weak off-channel carriers usually heard in the 13-14 UT period, August 11: at 1359 I can detect them on 11734, 11751.5, 11776 but not 11784 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. 17580, Aug 11 at 1235 RHC absent from this frequency uncovering a poor signal with music, altho nothing else is supposed to be here until 1300 YFR in Bengali via Wertachtal (Glenn Hauser, DX LISTENING DIGEST)