martedì 22 gennaio 2013

Glenn Hauser logs January 20-21, 2013

** AUSTRIA. 11955, Jan 21 at 1505-1520+ good signal with pursed lips, i.e. Türkish, mixing talk with Christianish music including 1515 ``Aleluya``. AWR scheduled 1500-1530, 300 kW, 120 degrees from Moosbrunn (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CHINA. Firedrake Jan 21: none found at 1450-1456 between 12 and 18 MHz (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA. 570, UT Monday Jan 21 at 0624, R. Reloj tix, but hard to copy the talk, 0625 minute marker exactly matches WWV, so one thing the Cubans manage to do right; and then instead of ``RR`` in code, chimes which replace it on Sundays even tho it`s now almost a sesquihour into local Monday. For 570, WRTH 2013 shows two Radios Reloj: 25 kW in Santa Clara, 1 kW in Pilón (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA. RHC is all mixed up Sunday afternoon; so what else is new?
11880, Jan 20 at 2148, RHC is in Esperanto! instead of Portuguese.
11880, Jan 20 at 2226, RHC in Spanish! instead of English, and so // 11840. Also synchronized on 5040, but echoing on 9710 & 9810, so from the other site.

15370, Jan 20 at 2226, open carrier prior to scheduled Esperanto on Sundays only; 2230 IS and opening Esperanto with schedule of usual three broadcasts, no mention of 2130 when someone must have jumped the gun playing the wrong file or tape. 2230 on 15370 is the normal scheduled time for Esperanto on Sundays, tho you`d never know it by looking at RHC`s French schedule which leads you to believe that is on every day:

6060, Jan 21 at 0609, RHC is still in Spanish again instead of English, supposed to start at 0500 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CYPRUS. 12032-12062, Jan 21 at 1447, strong OTH radar ``propeller`` noise, so strong that I can still hear it under bigsig WEWN 12050, so for once not just self-QRM with the squeal, but external QRM too! At 1451, heard just the same sound at 13885-13915. Usual assumption that it`s from Cyprus, but maybe not as these two spread about 30 kHz instead of 25. Lower one clear after 1500 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** GUAM. 5765-USB, Jan 21 at 1442, AFN is back here, definitely in English but too weak to be sure it was NBC Today show or something else; had stuck on 13363 all night previously (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** KOREA NORTH. 6480, Jan 21 at 1437, pulsating Juche jamming, alternating two pitches, against no audible target. Aoki says it`s on long hours, despite MND Radio using 6480 less than two hours a day, not including this one. Same type of jamming audible on 6360 = another MND frequency but not now; 6060 and 6003, different from that on 6518 and 6600 which are without the pitches, just noise (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** OKLAHOMA [and non]. 530, Jan 21 at 0622 UT, Vance AFB TIS is again back to the original two Ad Council PSAs alternating at this hour: Smoky/Wildfires and Sarah Watkins on behalf of dontalmostgive. This time, it`s the 10 kW Radio Enciclopedia in Habana which must be nulled, stronger than usual, and producing a fast SAH (Glenn Hauser, Enid, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** PALAU. 9905, Jan 21 at *1459 open carrier, then fade up Chinese talk, unMandarin so Cantonese as that`s the language scheduled at 14-15 on other frequencies; 1500 RFA theme and English ID, into Mandarin. Now WTWW is vying for this same frequency, see U S A, as FCC OK`d it while IBB was already registered in HFCC from beginning of B-12 at 15-20 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SPAIN [and non]. 9765, Jan 20 at 2253, closing of `Desde el Infierno` with menacing tones and spooky music, 2255 REE ID and promos fill. This is via the COSTA RICA relay, only poor signal here aimed away from us. So this odd show is still on REE, scheduled Sundays after the 2200 news or non-news. 148 shows are available here including the latest:
``Desde el infierno - Demonios y males psíquicos - 20/01/13``

15385, Jan 21 at 1453, bit of operatic music is faded out for closing announcement of weekly REE Emisión Sefarad with schedule claiming Mon 1425 on 15385; UT Tue 0115 on 11780; 0415 on 9690. Only fair signal on this 15385 for ME (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A [non]. 12060, Jan 21 at 0617 something in French, at a favorite morning hour for many broadcasters who haven`t given up yet on SW to Africa, so which is it? Soon, ID in passing as ``La Voix de l`Amérique``, and confirmed by // 9480. 12060 is Botswana and 9480 São Tomé per HFCC, both M-F only at 0530-0630.

VOA publicized that it would be carrying the Inauguration live in 43 languages, but WTFK? Nothing about shortwave in particular; would there be any special frequencies around 1700 UT? Who knows? I asked VOA for specifics. Still at 1630 UT Jan 21, no word from VOA about any special transmissions.

WRTH 2013 frequencies for English before and after 1700 UT: Let us hope there are no transmission breaks interrupting the proceedings, with some of them extended before or after:

until 1700: 4930bot, 6080mey, 9395ira, 13755sao, 15470lam, 15580sao, 17895wer
from 1700: 13755bot, 17895smg, 15580smg, 6080sao

If anyone notes what happens, and any additional secret frequencies, please report (Glenn Hauser, OK, dxldyg via DX LISTENING DIGEST)

At 1640 the only one audible here is 15580, while 13755 stix with Special English. At 1704 during President Obama`s Second Inaugural Address, 15580 has become poor after site change from São Tomé to SMG/Vatican; 13755 now carrying it too but very poor; and 17895 is now good having switched from Wertachtal to Vatican site, which has better offbeam coverage (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. WORLD OF RADIO 1652 monitoring: 0530 UT Sunday on WRMI 9955: at 0532 and still at 0558 chex, nothing but Cuban jamming audible. Tnx a lot, Arnie! Likely the same fate will meet the Tuesday 1200 repeat. ¿Have you complained to Arnie about this lately? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 7490, Sunday Jan 20 at 2235, tune in to WBCQ for `Marion`s Attic`, but she and Christine are gabbing for a good dekaminute about something being auxioned in which they have no financial interest. Where`s the nice scratchy music? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 9905, Jan 21 at 1424, WTWW-2 is on, testing this new frequency in the morning, with Joyce Riley on `The Power Hauer``, but NOT // same program on WWCR 7490 & 13845. Not only not synchronized, but totally different topic and guest. 9905 has a ``doctor`` at 1433 saying flu shots don`t work, are full of toxins and should be avoided. How many people will die as a result of his advice?? does not show the ``doctor`` and his subject for any of the three hours for Jan 21, so must be testing by playing back an old show.

9905 modulation is a bit rough, and super-strong signal is splashing at least out to 9931 and 9879 (plus/minus 26 kHz) where there are weak spurs of matching pitches at 1424, woe betide the poor 2-way Spanish SSB intruder on 9878. Recheck at 1457, 9905 WTWW is off, just in time for *1459 R. Free Asia in Mandarin via PALAU until 1800, and then another bihour until 2000 via Tinian.

BTW, WTWW-3 12105 is also on in Russian at 1447, along with WTWW-1 9479 with SFAW, all three going at once, unusual. B-12 FCC originally authorized WTWW on 9990 for 13-02 UT, and has not updated the schedule into a version 2 to show 9905 which had to replace it.

Recheck at 1533, 9905 WTWW is back on as Joyce is wrapping up until tomorrow at this odd hourpart! And off immediately at 1535*, uncovering RFA again. Did not check for it further (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 9370, Jan 21 at 1439, still no WWRB with BS, and not audible on night frequency 3185 either. By 1458 check, 9370 is on, very strong (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** VATICAN. The Pope`s Voice is vying with the Castros` voice for messing up its own transmissions: UT Monday Jan 21 at 0619, 6075 is on early and in French, also with some Gregorian chant, i.e. to Africa, not Europe, supposed to be only on 9660, 11625, 13765, all SMG and usually inaudible here in the winter. This time the other ``*0630`` frequencies are not on, i.e. 3975 and especially 7250, which often comes on early with Swedish/Finnish and 0620 Albanian. At 0627.5, 6075 dumps the French for a semiminute of IS, 0628 dumps that for closing of English broadcast! Which is no longer supposed to be on any frequency, SW or MW, per WRTH 2013 following the latest curtailments. 0629 shift to bells on 6075 prior to 0630 Latin mass (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)