mercoledì 8 agosto 2012

Glenn Hauser logs August 7-8, 2012

** BANGLADESH [and non]. 15520, Aug 8 at 1558, very weak signal with bits of modulation, presumably Bangladesh Betar, Dhaka, testing its brand-new transmitter toward Europe at 12-20 UT today, as tipped by Swopan Chakroborty? Instead of 7250 tested yesterday. 15520 is an old frequency of theirs, inactive for many years.

In the meantime, other stations have been using 15520, currently registered in this time period, first the other ``DHA`` = Dhabbaya, UAE site with YFR at 14-16, the second hour in English; Turkey in English at 1630-1730, Egypt in Fulfulde at 1845-20, so before 1400, 1600-1630, and 1730-1845 should be the best windows.

Recheck at 1608, however, what little signal I had is gone, so suspect it was really YFR/UAE; is BB really still on? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CHINA. Firedrake Aug 8, after 1230:
16100, very poor at 1234; none in the 17s
12230, good at 1240 going from open carrier (maybe just a pause) to FD; none in the 13s, 14s, 15s

After 1300:
14700, very good at 1317
15560, fair at 1317, het on hi side
16100, fair at 1321; none in the 13s, 12s
17450, JBA at 1324

** CUBA. 11680, Aug 7 at 2358, RHC music-only, no announcement until 0000, stronger here than on // 11840, which Grayson Watson in Dallas has been monitoring, enjoying the music from 2330, but what program is it? RHC website Spanish program schedule skips the 23-24 hour entirely! Maybe it`s just filler/buffer because in the B-seasons, the 21-23 magazine, Revista Iberoamericana, shifts to 22-24.

Since an evening frequency announcement is airing at 0000 Aug 8, I copy it to see what errors this one contain. 17705, 15230, 11760 11840, 11680, 9810, and at 02-06 5040. Well, 5040 closes at 0500 like all the other Spanish frequencies (except when they forget and overrun). I check all those frequencies and find RHC normal, except:

9810, August 8 from 0001, open carrier. I leave a receiver on this frequency with volume turned up to see when they get around to modulating. Never! Still silence at 0006, 0048, 0103, 0130 and beyond. Not paying much attention after 0300, but at 0449 yes, still OC, and at 0500 it has been turned off as scheduled. 9810 supposedly starts at 2100 so there you have 8 hours worth of 250 kW burned for nothing (the minuscule amount of juice my receiver consumed monitoring it was insignificant by comparison, and well worth it).

What happens tonight Aug 8 at 0500 transition from Spanish to English? At 0501, both 6010 and 6125 are missing. By 0511 recheck, 6010 is on, and 6125 is open carrier; at 0515, English modulation finally joined in progress, but who needs it anyway, with 6010, 6050 and 6060?

Next morning, there are not only dead air in Spanish, but numerous distorted modulation problems --- wiggle those patchcords!!

11860 at 1218, modulation very suppressed and distorted
11760 at 1218, is even worse
11690 at 1218, is not so bad, but still affected this way
 9550 at 1223, also needs a better connexion
 9540 at 1223, from the other site, is OK, but weaker as usual
 9850 at 1228, inherits the open carrier/dead air of yesterday; maybe traces of distorted modulation, almost totally suppressed
 6150 at 1231, some modulation, but too much CCI from Asia to evaluate
15230 at 1232, modulation OK, on usual weaker signal
17580 at 1233, undermodulated but not distorted
17730 at 1233, undermodulated with some distortion
11860 at 1313, modulation is finally almost normal, as well as 11760, 11690, 13780
15340 at 1320, mod OK, but heavy HCJB Australia CCI as usual lately

** CUBA [and non]. 9490, Aug 8 at 0140, R. República via Guiana French is still strong but weakened a little close to the end of its 2-hour transmission, allowing Cuban noise jamming to be detectable underneath. I imagine it is just as ineffective Dentro-Cuba, except in near proximity to the jamming transmitters. Hey Arnie, how many are they and where are they located? Likely near population centers, as the Caribbean Island Nation is too small to employ skywave jamming against itself, especially on the higher bands; or do they use NVIS for shorter skip zones? But that`s not useful on the higher bands either (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** EGYPT. 15610, Aug 8 at 0509, ME music, undermodulated, 0510 mentions Qahira. So tonite unlike August 2 log, R. Cairo managed to stay on the air past 0405 for the 04-06 Swahili broadcast, 250 kW, 170 degrees from Abu Zabaal (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** KUWAIT. 15540, Aug 7 at 1930, R. Kuwait in English, YL with a recipe for Ramadan, said was a joint produxion with R. Bahrain. Lasted only two sesquiminutes, back to rock music at 1933 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** LITHUANIA. I belatedly in early August sent a QSL request to RMRC for the June 9 EDXC special broadcast on 11900, and an e-QSL in PDF was received in a few days on August 7 from Michael Haun, Treasurer RMRC, to be added shortly to my gallery via

** MEXICO. An unusual mix of propagation modes, UT August 8:

Around 0230 UT on ch 2 with antenna southward, I see occasional split-second flashes of NTSC video, usually not locking in. Could be Perseids, except really too quick for meteor scatter. Instead I think it is lightning scatter, since there are big storms south of here in central Oklahoma, far enough away not to be an antenna threat here --- but there are no ch 2 NTSC transmitters anywhere around to be propagated that way. Instead, since there is also a fitful minor sporadic E opening from Mexico, my theory is that what I am seeing is Es from Mexico coming down somewhat south of me, and then sparked on a bit further by LS!

Later on I am getting brief fade-ins of direct Spanish Es, only ch 2:

0250, that comedy show with childish adults in funny hats, slapstick like 3 Stooges; then slide says LA HORA - algo. One day I will research what this show is, unless someone knows and infills me.

0309, another fade-in of algo, soon gone [algo is short for something]

0352, burst of about a second with Spanish laughter. This is MS. At another time I did not note, I heard some English, suspected XHRIO

0407, fade-in with Olympic docu about Nadia, also with CCI; Es, or MS-influenced Es? Lasted less than a minute

0443 some Spanish audio fades in, but little video. This is unusual, as audio normally comes second, riding in above the video carriers. There may have been more, but it`s time for me to call it a night.

1538 on 2, have been monitoring ch 2 for a bihour, and now MS shows something for a couple of seconds; at 1542 a longer opening, almost a minute, in Spanish with ads, CCI; overlapping meteor bursts or fitful Es, perhaps caused by the MS.

1549 more weak CCI on 2. 6m Es maps are showing several contact paths across central USA.

1558, definitely Es opening building with algo on 4, and Spanish variety show, hoy? past 1600 on 2, CCI.

1612 on 4, Olympic volleyball in Spanish --- or is it men`s net handball, whatever that is called, as live on NBC now. Satellite and/or digital delays make it impossible to match video even if //. Opening continues weakly on 2 as I wrap this report at 1638 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** OKLAHOMA. Aug 8 at 1336 UT, since analog signal from KOCY-48 OKC is somewhat tropo-enhanced showing lucha-libre goons on Estrella TV, I look for other signals. Still no sign of KOHC-CD 45 before official Mundo Fox start Aug 13, just KSNW Wichita coming in off the back.

43 has a `bad` DTV signal of some sort. Seems to peak to SW, rather than N/NNE, so suspect an Oklahoman rather than Kansan. There are translators in Lawton, Seiling, Elk City and Altus. Lawton has 5+ times the power of any of the others, 2.6 kW, but Seiling is closest. From 1336, holds up past 1500 but never decodes (Glenn Hauser, Enid, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SLOVAKIA [non]. 9955, Aug 8 at 0050, music, then R. Slovakia International ID in English, no jamming as Cuba suffers it to be free!

Even RSI does not acknowledge the WRMI relay which is the only way they survive as a SW station. Under How to Listen at
you have a choice of: internet or satellite

However, if you search the site on WRMI, you get its website as a ``partner`` link along with WRN`s. Searching on 9955 gets one misleading hit titled ``cable``:
which adds outdated and Spanish-only info:

``Les recordamos a todos los que nos esuchan que a pesar del anunciado cierre de las ondas cortas, los oyentes de América Latina y el Caribe, durante la temporada de invierno 2011/2012 pueden sintonizarnos en las ondas de Radio Miami Internacional, en la frecuencia de 9955 kHz, en los 31 metros, entre:

las 05:30 y las 06:00 ET (El tiempo del este, UTC-5) Nota: todos los días
las 09:30 y las 10:00 ET (El tiempo del este, UTC-5) Nota: Solamente lunes, miércoles, jueves y viernes
las 10:30 y las 11:00 ET (El tiempo del este, UTC-5) Nota: todos los días`` [pm, they meant!]

Latest WRMI program grid dated July 5 shows RSI in Spanish is really:
0930-1000 Mon-Sat
1230-1300 daily
0230-0300 daily

And in English:
0030-0100 Tue-Sat

Rechecked 9955 an hour later at 0141, and now there is wall-of-noise jamming during scheduled ``Bible Commentary``, and no, there is nothing else even in Spanish on WRMI at 01-02, as the incompetent DentroCuban Jamming Command marches on (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SUDAN [non]. 15400, Aug 8 at 0450, R. Dabanga is back with usual good signal via MADAGASCAR after having been missing last night.

Tuned to 13765 at 0453 a bit too late, only hearing one syllable of something before cut to dead air (except for a little buzzing-flies noise out of the malfunxioning transmitter); suspect another mis-relay of Dabanga prior to Vatican, whose IS started at 0457 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** TAIWAN [non]. 7570, Aug 8 at 0450, after at least two nights of apologetic missing programming, RTI is back to normal via WYFR and in correct language too! YL Spanish talk about exports (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** TUNISIA. 17735, Aug 8 at 0506, IWT with nice Arabic song, in fact the SSOB and better than // 7275, much better than // 12005 --- but I know it will be cut off rudely and abruptly by timer, as modulation on 17735 stops at 0507:50, and carrier cut at 0508. Only RFA Saipan 17855 had rivalled it on 16m. Then 12005 is also gone (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A [and non]. 9820, August 8 at 0140, VOA ending Spe-cial Eng-lish news, into health re-port; with C5 het from always off-frequency R. Nove de Julho, Brasil, i.e. approx. 523 Hz, but let`s just call it 9819.5. Seems the IBB frequency manager is oblivious of such problems, since Brasil refuses to participate in HFCC; therefore its numerous SW stations sharing the ISWBC bands do not exist. Current lineup for UT Tue-Sat Special English at 0130-0200 via Greenville-B is only: 184 degrees on 7465, 164 degrees toward Brasil! on 9820 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. Received a reply from FBN just after dispatching my last report, responding to this inquiry:

Hello, WTJC, Your shortwave signal has been off the air for several days, and I no longer see any mention of WTJC or SW on your website.
Have you closed down WTJC permanently? Regards, Glenn Hauser, World of Radio (to FBN, Aug 7 via DXLD)

Thank you for writing. Yes, WTJC is officially off the air since August 2nd. In Christ's service, Mrs. Robinson (FBN reply, 1722 UT Aug 7, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

So another station quits shortwave for good. Their other SW station, WBOH, 5920v, was last heard on October 2, 2009; by Oct. 22 we were convinced it was off. Adrian Peterson reported it was ``removed from service`` on Oct 31, 2009 (Glenn Hauser, August 7, 2012, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. 11776 & 11784, the carrier/hets heard in the mornings, in case they are parasitic from an unknown 11780 transmitter halfway between, like RNA Brazil, I check in the evening when 11780 is inbooming, August 8 at 0143: no trace of them.

Aug 8 at 1219, first check this morning, nothing on 11776 or 11784. But at next check 1312, there they are again. Are they coming from something on 11780, if not Brasil? I can only detect an even weaker carrier there, so seems unlikely.

11734, furthermore, at 1242 here is another 1-kHz het! Against VOK in pompous Korean on 11735; still audible at 1311 when VOK has switched to Chinese // 11710 underneath English in double audio feed.

11751.5, the other mystery carrier/het vs Cuba 11750 is again here at 1312 Aug 8 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. 13832 approx., Aug 8 at 1238, huge ute noise blob; can detect a very weak AM carrier under it at 13830; blob still there at 1316. Broadcast victim at 11-14 would be IBB Tibetan via Tajikistan, but I doubt this is jamming, it`s so strong here. If it keep up, will also bother WEWN at 17-24; 13830 also registered for YFR via MBR Nauen at 15-16; and RMI something else via MBR Wertachtal, Issoudun on limited schedules, and optimistically by the as yet incomplete Madagascar World Voice at 14-15 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)