martedì 1 gennaio 2013

Glenn Hauser logs December 31-January 1

** ANGUILLA. 6090, Jan 1 at 0650, Caribbean Beacon is off the air, but nothing much in its absence. Later after sunrise, 11775 is back as usual (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** BRAZIL. 11780 // 6180, Jan 1 at 0637, R. Nacional Rio de Janeiro ID after promos for EBC services, webcasts. Rio station is an anomaly, maybe for the holiday, these normally carrying Brasília 980 service, rather than separate Amazonian programming (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CROATIA [non]. 7375, Jan 1 at 0157 via Nauen, GERMANY, Voice of Croatia is still on with music, 0200 the spread-out timesignal and Croatian. Presumably abolition of SW will ensue by the next night. This night, there were reports of English and Spanish appearing at odd times during the span, perhaps in farewell altho not saying much if anything about it (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA. 5025, Jan 1 at 0649, R. Rebelde audio is breaking up during a song, a great start to another year by the engineering geniuses at RadioCuba (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** GREECE. 7475, Jan 1 at 0632, VOG is // 9420 with Orthodoxish chanting, rather than separate R. Filia service on 7475, which comes and goes from one day to the next. Will things now get back to ``normal``, or not until January 7? Doubt so, even then (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** NORTH AMERICA. 6970-AM, Jan 1 at 0639, YL with soft song, one of three pirates in a NYE fest, this one by far the best signal. 0646 track outro as ``Headlock``, live 14:7 UT check, ``Power of X-FM``, reception reports to FRN, FRC, HF Underground; more unfamiliar but interesting music. 0659, ``30 seconds before the New Year in the (Mountain) timezone``, 0706 ``XFM Shortwave in C-Quam stereo, to the world to the power of X``.

6950-AM, another pirate, unID at 0639 Jan 1, some music, much weaker than 6970.

6925-AM, traces of a third pirate here at 0639 Jan 1, but unfortunately a variable bubble jamming blob from one of my cable DTV boxes has also landed here (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** OKLAHOMA. 930, Jan 1 at 1356 UT, WKY with two ads in English, so does the New Year bring abandonment of Spanish? No! English ads are welcome, if anyone wants to buy them and not bother to reproduce them in Spanish. Followed by ad for the new MundoFox TV network (in Spanish), now available in OKC, if you ask your cable or satellite provider. Big deal, that could be said of anywhere, but does this mean MundoFox is not on-the-air in OKC? It is in Enid! As second subchannel of KXOK 31 & 32. Axually, MundoFox started in August on KOHC-CD 45.1 in OKC and presumably still is, not worth mentioning in its promotion. Angle is that this Spanish network is ``American, like you!``

At 1358, WKY brings up vamping music, and funny voice again saying ``Atención, cadena, el show [¿nombre?] de la música regresa en 2 minutos`` = the show will return in 2 minutos; 1 minuto; 45 segundos; 30; 10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1, ``La Indomable`` slogan and full ID in Spanish for WKY, but the letters pronounced in accented English. WKY keeps putting on the air this internal network countdown, not intended for broadcast. Must have run out of commercials to cover it (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** OKLAHOMA. 1170, Jan 1 at 1404 UT, KFAQ Tulsa is quite weaker than normal. Must be on aux transmitter, as they have had problems with 50 kW main (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** RUSSIA [non]. 7290, Jan 1 at 0159, V of Russia with frequency announcement in English, including MW, and also web info. Poor signal here and nothing heard on 7250 any more. According to the updated English schedule
broadcasts to North America have been terminated! The end of an era. And remaining English reduced. This is a result of the closure of some transmitter sites in a large budget cut.

However, 7290 was already designated for Latin America rather than North America, and we can continue to hear that, altho it would seem English is more of a North American language, but hey, Guyana, Trinidad and the other islands are more of a priority than we are!

7290 has been on a 296 degree beam with 500 kW from PRIDNESTROVYE, while 9395, not previously in English, is registered as 500 kW, 305 degrees from ARMENIA, neither for any CIRAF less than 10 = Mexico.

Time (UTC) Meter bands Frequencies (kHz)
22.00-00.00 31 9395
00.00-04.00 41 7290

Another remaining VOR English broadcast we can overhear is 9560 at 11-15 to Asia, which previously in HFCC was Novosibirsk, 250 kW, 145 degrees at 11-14.

7290 was off the air at 2306 Dec 31, but it had been on at 2115 with usual predecessor Radio PMR in Russian (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U K [non]. 9740 & 6195, Jan 1 at 1346, BBCWS is still here, altho poor on 9740, less than Taiwan 9735, and very poor on 6195. 1350 into a ``special edition`` of `From Our Own Correspondent`. Despite DX Re Mix News, Bulgaria info that these would be canceled as of Jan 1. Alan Davies explains to the DXLD yg,

``I'd assume the reported closure of the Singapore frequencies was based on HFCC registrations updated on the HFCC website on 27 Dec. There were temporary registrations with HFCC for 6195 and 9740 extended until 1630 for the period 24-31 Dec rather than the usual 1600 closedown, most likely to accommodate special Christmas/New Year programming. So perhaps not a closure from 1 Jan, but rather a return to the normal schedule closing at 1600 daily. Probably something similar would apply to at least some of the other frequencies mentioned in the report. Anyway the next update on the HFCC website should help to clarify`` (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 12105, Jan 1 at 1522, WTWW is on this Tuesday with Arabic. Modulation good here and improved on other WTWW frequencies too, less boomy than before (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 1670, Jan 1 at 1409 UT, non-Xmas music from the direxion of Madison WI. WTDY is history; now it`s WOZN, which everyone expects to join a CBS sports network, but not quite yet (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. 9450-9460, Jan 1 at 1342, the banshee blob is not moving much for a change, also with some hum (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)