martedì 7 agosto 2012

Glenn Hauser logs August 6-7, 2012

** AUSTRALIA. 9580, August 7 at 1330, RA pulls away from Olympicism, for programming of significance, but not matching their own schedule! Online, both Pacific and Asian streams claim that this Tuesday at 1330 they were airing `Jazz Notes`, but instead I heard a program start about the Hazara, persecuted minority in Afghanistan, some of whom try to escape to Australia via Xmas Island. Could not catch name of show, and no hits searching RA website. Instead found `Rear Vision` on Radio National, whence it originated, with transcript, comments, audio OD:
Fortunately, since KOSU was starting `The Living Room` at same time I wanted to hear; see OKLAHOMA (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CHINA. Firedrake August 6, after 1700:
13780, fair at 1707 mixing with Chinese, RFA and/or CNR1 jamming
13780, fair with flutter at 1915 recheck, now FD music only

August 7, after 1300, without full bandscan:
15570, good at 1306 with het on lo side
15485, fair at 1306 with het on hi side

Before 1400:
16920, very good at 1342
16100, poor at 1342
15970, fair at 1342
15490, good at 1344

After 1400:
15610, fair-good at 1411 with added noise jamming, aside WEWN 15615
17565, fair at 1412 vs V. of Tibet via MADAGASCAR on this frequency today splitting the difference between 17560 and 17570. Obviously it makes no difference to jump among these three, as the ChiCom monitors will find which one is in use (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** COSTA RICA. 9765, August 7 at 0526, REE relay is here // stronger 9630, 5965, and missing from 3350 where the third transmitter is supposed to be. This happens periodically; just not paying attention at Cariari? 9765 is a frequency for them at other dayparts. Fortunately, no one else is trying to use it now (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA. 6125, August 7 at 0519, at first it seems RHC English is once again dead air, but turning the volume way up, I can tell it`s JBM // synchronized 6050.

7370-7430, August 7 at 0523, DentroCuban Jamming Command buzz field extends out to here from wall-of-noise jamming centred upon 7405 R. Martí (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** INDIA. 9690, August 7 at 1417, still no signal from AIR GOS English sesquihour to SE Asia, but a frequency which used to make it here on good days from 1330. Jose Jacob reports that AIR has deliberately closed down this and some other frequencies from Bengaluru in order to install a new DRM transmitter. Try // 11620 and 13695 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** INDONESIA. 9680, August 7 at 1327, RRI with Indonesian talk and music, the Chinese radio war only causing a weak SAH; at 1417 in Qur`an even less CCI; cantor has quite a hi-pitched voice: could it be a child, eunuch, or Allah-forbid, a woman? Those straying IndoMoslems!

Meanwhile, still no signal on 9526 from VOI English which during this Tuesday hour might have been on an `Exotic Indonesia` co-produxion with RRI Banjarmasin. Atsunori Ishida has no logs of this at any hour in August, last heard July 26 until 1500, and I cannot disagree. Also after 1400, CRI Russian 9525.0 had no het at all. Of course, since VOI could not modulate it to any audible level, they might as well turn 9526 off (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** KUWAIT [and non]. 15092 approx., August 7 at 1407, intermittent ute blasts atop 15090, IBB`s weak R. Free Afghanistan. Second one heard with BFO on was the ``running-water`` type. So there are utility users of this area despite the broadcast intrusion (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** MAURITANIA. 7245, August 7 at 0521, IGIM is once again on and chanting, which they do anyway around this hour if on the air, Ramadan or not (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** NEW ZEALAND. Just heard that Mt. Tongariro has erupted in the middle of North Island; it`s about 130 km from Rangitaiki, the RNZI transmitter site, so volcanic ash could disrupt transmissions (Glenn Hauser, OK, 1605 UT August 7, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** NIGERIA. 15120, August 7 at 0514, VON fair with news in English of Nigeria, and a whine on the signal, but not too bad. This transmission last logged here on July 30, upon almost nightly chex (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** OKLAHOMA. 91.7, Tuesday August 7 at 1330, KOSU breaks away from NPR `Morning Edition` for monthly `The Living Room` interview show by Gerry Bonds, ex-OETA. Her first guests, head of Devon Energy, and an industry lobbyist, extol the oil and gas industry and how wonderful horizontal drilling and fracking are, so I sent her this comment:

``Hi Gerry, I always try to catch your show, altho the strange scheduling on KOSU makes it a task. Good that they are now available online. BTW, I was sorry to see how OETA treated you, and glad for you that you have found a new outlet. However: when are we going to hear the other side from environmentalist guests about fracking, and even wind-power??? I`m afraid the OPUBCO connexion [credit for produxion facilities] makes it pretty clear that you`re in with the corporations. Regards, Glenn Hauser, Enid``

She announced she now has a website with audio archive of this and all previous programs:
where we are reminded of the schedule on KOSU and its relays: ``first Wednesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. Central Time. The program repeats the following Saturday at 2:30pm and the following Tuesday at 8:30am.`` i.e. Wed 2330, Sat 1930, Tue 1330 UT (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** OKLAHOMA. 45, August 7 at 0400, I aim the UHF antenna toward OKC and try to detect any signal from KOHC-CD, which is a 15 kW station allegedly on the air with the Azteca América network, per listings; I have never seen it here in Enid, just 100+ km away. Instead, I am getting full decode from full-power KSNW 45, NBC in Wichita from the opposite direxion, less than 200 km, which is not unusual with a bit of tropo from the north. 

The freebie Spanish newspaper, El Nacional de Oklahoma, had a big front-page story in the August 2 issue that the new network Mundo Fox is about to start from August 13, on KOHC 45, which happens to be owned by the newspaper. It seems that it has no different virtual channel. The important thing for them is of course, as a result of being on the (low-power) air, getting on cable and satellite systems. More details in upcoming DX Listening Digest 12-32, or linx to the puff pieces:
(Glenn Hauser, Enid, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SUDAN [non]. 15400, August 7 at 0536, no signal from R. Dabanga via MADAGASCAR. Normally it`s one of the SSOBs (strongest signals on band), and very reliable. Only poor // 11650 via VATICAN is detectable, M&W in dramatic dialog, but one doesn`t have to wait long for a jingle ID at 0539 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** TAIWAN [non]. 5950, August 7 at 0518, RTI via WYFR playing a song in Chinese, which makes me suspect the new program feed is still down. Yes, at 0520, disclaimer about missing programming, but in Spanish, wrong language for this hour instead of English! And then inviting us to listen to another ``hermosa canción``. By now they could have delivered the program by some backup means such as ftp, satellite, overnight express, whichever isn`t normally used and has failed (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 12105, August 6 at 1705 check, WTWW-3 still missing.
This does not explain why #3 was off, captions to photos just in from George McClintock: ``WTWW: dead bird on antenna ---
Dead bird on # 1 antenna. Smoke and rectified audio coming from the carcass.
George removing bird with telescoping stick. Transmitter off; using # 2 on # 1 frequency, while removing bird.
Bird gone, August 6, 2012`` (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 9367.7v, various chex August 6 and 7, still no sign of WTJC. Henceforth I shall not bother to note this until and unless it reappear. Oh oh, looks like their website has been redesigned,
removing any mention of WTJC or shortwave; instead, listen to them via affiliates, or online. Even the ``tune in radio instructions`` are about an app! Inquiry is out to FBN whether SW is gone for good. Perhaps they gave up trying to get it on-frequency before FCC citation (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 7555, August 7 at 0522, WEWN Spanish is gone again from its good overnight frequency; still weak but detectable on the other two, 11520 in English, better 11870 in Spanish, at 0533 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 9955, August 7 at 0526, Channel Africa via WRN via WRMI with metallic mineral and oil prices, then ID as the `Africa Rise & Shine` show with 7:27 timecheck, so it`s a live relay; only lite bubble jamming to bother. At least WRMI is confirmed on air, unlike 24 hours earlier when WORLD OF RADIO would have aired. Only direct frequency during this hour from SOUTH AFRICA is 7230, which I sometimes also hear, but it`s on from 05 to 07, M-F only per EiBi. One night I must check how far out of synch they are with WRMI. Only the first semihour is on WRN/WRMI, and Tue-Fri only, per latest program grid dated July 5, as at 0531, WRMI has gone on to R. Praga in Spanish (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** VATICAN. 9645, August 7 at 0531, VR opening multi-lingual mass show, and once again with the motorboating-rumble on the frequency. Are they aware of this symptomatic defect at SMG? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. 11776, that weak 1000-Hz het is here again 24 hours later, beating against Anguilla, August 7 at 1315. And now another one of exactly the same pitch on 11784, i.e. 1 kHz below the China/Taiwan radio war. Since 11775 is also a jammable frequency, AIR attempting to broadcast from Goa to Tibet, the hets could be another method of ChiCom jamming. They are also audible at 1415 recheck, tho the major signals on 11785 are gone. Altho these match as 4 kHz apart from mid-11780, nothing is audible there to produce them, not even Brasil; hmmm.

11751.5, the sesquikHz het against weak RHC 11750, like yesterday is also heard again today, August 7 at 1315 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)