domenica 16 settembre 2012

Glenn Hauser logs September 15-16, 2012

** AUSTRIA. 15155, Sept 15 at 2058, violin and organ music, cut off without announcement at 2059*. HFCC shows: 2030-2100 [sic], AWR French, 300 kW, 210 degrees from Moosbrunn (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** BANGLADESH. 15105, Sept 16 at 1250, BB, very poor in English, but enough to tell it`s on the air today, and propagating. I hesitate to be sure it is off the air when not heard due to the unreliable trans-polar path.

15505, Sept 16 at *1358 open carrier, 1258:50 JIP one BB IS, and time for only one more in full before too-fast 6-pip timesignal ending at 1359:19, opening Urdu with ditty and talk (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** BRAZIL. 9645.4, Sept 16 circa 0505, trying to detect R. Bandeirantes before Vatican comes on around 0528, but can`t be sure; heavy overload from Costa Rica 9630. Altho I was not hearing a het the night before, Manuel Méndez in Spain reported R. Bandeirantes (as just ``9645``) after 0600 when Vatican was off again (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CANADA. 6110, Sept 16 at 0504 check, Sackville is managing to modulate NHK World Radio Japan in English, unlike last night; huge signal we are really going to miss in a sesquimonth, altho replacement 11740 from French Guiana should be good if the MUF holds up thru our winter nights (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CANADA. 9625, Sept 16 at 1315, CBCNQ fair but deep fades with Michael Enright`s opening essay on `Sunday Edition`, about the lack of benches in Toronto parx, compared to other cities; and some have armrests on them to prevent homeless from stretching out and sleeping.

This <3-hour show used to be a must-hear for me, but there just aren`t enough hours in the week to fit it in, even by retrieval. CBC does now make it convenient to listen to individual segments already; don`t forget the the:

** CHINA. Firedrake Sept 16 before 1300, eleven of them:
12230, very good at 1255
12320, very good at 1255
12500, JBA at 1255
13130, very good at 1254
14960, JBA at 1253
15525, fair at 1252 with propeller noise; unusual landing spot
15555, very good at 1252
15780, very good at 1252; another unusual spot, 5 kHz from VOA Korean
16100, very poor at 1247 with flutter
16600, good at 1247 with flutter
17100, JBA at 1247

After 1300:
 9680, fair at 1313, awful mix with RRI, RTI, maybe CNR1 which is the usual jamming source here; but could make it // 15560
15560, good at 1313, ex-15555 before the hour

** CUBA. 11760, Sept 16 at 1341, RHC `En Contacto` with monthly segment by Pedro Sedano, on CyBC Fri-Sat-Sun 2215-2245 schedule as on 6135, 7220(?) and 9760 from Cyprus, (while EiBi shows the lower outlet is on 5925); and also R. Bayrak, TRNC, which he says is on 6150, 24 hours in four languages to Europe, unaware that it was recently deconfirmed as not on the air by Japanese visitor Takahito Akabayashi, as in DXLD 12-37.

Then a segment by Rubén Guillermo Margenet on a couple of Argentine radio station anniversaries this week, with clips. RGM has acknowledged that he recorded a year`s worth of these many years ago, and is glad RHC is still playing them, since they don`t outdate. (Except possibly some stations cease to exist or change frequencies or names.) However, I don`t get why such anniversaries matter. Everything has an anniversary every year; so what? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** EGYPT. 17625, Sept 15 at 1934, open carrier with deep fades, just barely modulation audible at peaks; try to match with strongest signals on 16m in case it`s a spur or cross-modulation, but no match to 17715 Spain, 17750 Cuba or 17850 Costa Rica.

Then I look it up: of course! It`s Radio Cairo, this time depriving Fulfulde programmers of the transmission they are presumably innocently producing, not to mention the listeners. HFCC shows 1845-2000, 200 kW, 245 degrees from Abu Zabaal. There is obviously no feedback at ERTU, i.e. awareness of whether their own transmissions are axually audible. I suspect that the studios and the transmitters are under totally different management, and do not talk to each other (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** EQUATORIAL GUINEA. 15190, Sept 15 at 1938, strident gospel-huxter, American accent, axually mentioning that he is on R. Africa and R. East Africa; 2036 still on the air but different g.h. with heavy African accent mostly incomprehensible; next check at 2058 it had gone off. In the meantime it was squeezed between weekend-only VOA Botswana 15185, and YFR Ascension 15195 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** GUIANA FRENCH. 11995, Sept 16 at 0201, RTI Spanish opening; when music stops I do hear the same hum I have been hearing as the mystery open carrier in the 04-06 UT period night after most nights. At least relying on memory, it seems like the same hum pitch and level. My early theory that the automation at Montsinéry is somehow turning the transmitter back on later in the night is revived (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** NORTH AMERICA. 6945-AM, pirate Sept 16 at 0457, with rock music, lyrix in English; poor signal and tough copy tho reads S9+12 on the FRG-7 meter, including the noise level. 0502 ID seems to include the word ``two``, along with gmail address, inviting requests, back to music. 0507 ``Everybody Dance Now`` by hi-pitched singer; I have no idea whether the original or not, fades as being outroed; 0509 another announcement with sweep tones, unfamiliar music.

0518 finally catch ID as ``Radio True North``, live timecheck for ``17 minutes past 5 UTC``. Now it sounds stronger tho only reaching S9+10; 0520 ``Jimmy`s Got a Gun``. IIRC this one is allegedly in western Canada. Something usually shows up on the pirate band around this time UT Sundays (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 12105, Sept 15 at 2038, no signal from WTWW-3; nor a check later in evening UT Sept 16; nor earlier in the morning (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 1660, Sept 16 at 0048 UT, as I tune in, mentions ``KCEN-HD News``, apparently ending a half-time report in some silly ballgame involving Baylor, so it`s obviously KRZI Waco relying on ``channel 6`` television for newsbits. I remember seeing their tall tower and studios right on I-35 near Temple, and of course I DXed KCEN-TV a number of times by tropo from OK when on analog 6. Station history:
which never gets around to mentioning what RF channel it is *really* on now, which is 9; no, not 61. On caradio, nondirexional vertical antenna, dominating but something under almost sounds Asian; maybe an accented speaker from Kansas City (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)