lunedì 11 marzo 2013

Glenn Hauser logs March 10-11, 2013

** CHINA. Firedrake, March 11:
12670, very good at 1432 with flutter, when there is a pause, and shortly later, a jump-cut in the music, which sounds like it has been sped-up, to make it even more annoying?
13530, very good at 1433
15870, very good at 1435, and I find it is not synchronized with 12670, but hard to tell the difference with such repetitive music.
None found in the 16s
17535, fair at 1441, vs V. of Tibet, Madagascar; none in the 18s

** CUBA. Further chex of RHC time-shifting due to imposition of DST March 10 by Yankee Imperialism: not yet checked in the 1900-2130 UT period when 20-21 English is expected to shift to 19-20 on 11760, etc.

The Spanish to Europe on 15340 has been at 22-24 UT, and should shift one hour earlier: yes, at 2130 there it is. Also // 11840 undermodulated and 17705. `En Contacto` DX program had been circa 2340, and now it starts Sunday at 2246, just in time to finish before 15340 close-down, we hope.

BTW, preceded at 2245 by RHC`s impressive multi-lingual ID, but still including two incomprehensible tongues, which must be both Quechua and Guaraní, despite the latter having been dropped years ago when the announcer died and was not replaced. Just another lie out of Habana. This followed the philatelic show. Yes, 15340 was off the air by 2305, good news for Argentina 15345v.

11880, the newest transmission had been at 21-23 to Africa, 2100 French, 2130 Portuguese, 22-23 English (and with a VG signal to NAm somehow, for those who would like to get the RHC hour out of the way early). But nothing there on 11880 at 2129 check; has it been moved an hour earlier? Possibly, altho that will cause consternation in non-DST Africa.

NO, French and Portuguese have been moved one hour *later* on 11880, at 2200 & 2230 confirmed respectively. But what about the English hour? It is not at 2300 or 2100, kaput? New frequency? If so, as yet unfound. It doesn`t make sense to move French & Portuguese an hour later, so perhaps a first-day anomaly, meriting rechex of 11880 as days go on. 

15370, Sunday March 10 at 2230 opening Esperanto, same as before. I try to copy the schedule announcement; 0700 on 6000 instead of 6010 where it failed to appear this week; the first time on 11760 I couldn`t copy but already confirmed at 1500 instead of 1600; second time on 11760 announced as 1930, which I think has not really been on the air consistently; and 2230 when it sounded like they gave frequency as 6010 instead of 15370. RHC Esperanto website is no help with up-to-date schedule, and the announcers are clueless about what is reality.

5040, as expected, the tropical-time English broadcast has as usual shifted one UT hour earlier to be at 23-24, in progress at 2340. But 5040 is off the air at 0618 UT Monday March 11 during DXUL, so no longer added at 06-07? Or just another anomaly today needing to be reconfirmed. Alan Pennington, BDXC-UK says 5040 carried English at 05-06 on March 10 and 11 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** GUAM. 11675, March 11 at 1420, sermon in English about JC, with a strange accent, so my curiosity about source overcomes my aversion to program content; ends at 1422, then closing announcements for TWR India, saying they have been on 15225 and will return tomorrow at 1500! KTWR ID and off at 1423:30*. Wow, are they upmixed. Aoki shows 11675 scheduled only at 1330-1400 in Hui weekends, Cantonese weekdays. HFCC agrees on time but thinx it`s only in Yue, every day. Hui = Yue? How about Dewey and Louie?

And what of 15225, the frequency they imagine they are on? Aoki shows:
15225 KTWR GUAM 1400-1523 .23.56. English 100 285 Agana GUM b12
15225 KTWR GUAM 1400-1535 1..4..7 English 100 285 Agana GUM b12                 

Well, the 1423 sign-off heard certainly matches the odd nominal 1523 closing on Mondays. Is someone confused about DST? Not me! And there is no DST in Guam or India. Could this thing be remote-controlled from inside North America, the only continent where DST starts so stupidly early? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** KUWAIT. 21540, March 11 at 1445, R. Kuwait Qur`an VG signal but marred by ``bubble pulsing`` at the rate of 80 per minute. Right on this frequency and suspected a Kabd transmitter defect rather than a local device; it`s clear at 1513 recheck during Arabic talk mixed with Western classical music (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** PERU. 5980, March 11 at 0057, now is my first chance to check whether R. Chaski, Urubamba has reset their turn-off timer, once it almost reached 8 minutes past the hour: at first I am hearing hymn with fading, which can`t be the CNR1 jammer, no longer propagating this late into the Asian dayside, and no timesignal at 0100; music continues until cut off the air at 0100:29*! I bet this resumes precessing 5 sex later each night, soon to be confirmed. Fortunately, I got a couple of recordings of the longer window as previously linked, but now it may be listenable for a while before 0100, the DentroCuban Jamming Command permitting, which was not on tonight, but still with splash from 5990 CRI/Habana until 0100v (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U K [non]. 15150, March 11 at 1438, African language mentioning ``Premier League``, Liverpool, clips of play-by-play in English, crowd roaring, good signal. It`s BBCWS Somali service via SEYCHELLES this hour only. Well, part of it used to be British Somaliland, so apparently this silly ballgame is still a big draw over there, an unfortunately colonial legacy; or better than being into piracy (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 9930, March 10 at 2133, WTWW-2 new frequency is on again this Sunday, playing `Lara`s Theme`, and some crosstalk audible in a pause; 2135 canned ID. Whenever there`s a new frequency, it seems spurs pop up which have to be suppressed. Now I am hearing buzz circa 9905, presumably matched 25 kHz above by 9955, but there it buried under the wall-of-noise jamming against WRMI, which certainly doesn`t need any additional QRM! WTWW spur peak at approx. 9917.7, = 12.3 kHz down from fundamental, as this transmitter has previously provided from other spots; could not detect one on the hi side, however, 9942.3. BTW, WTWW-2 is no longer heard carrying Brother Scare at all; either music tests or other preachers (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 9490, Sunday March 10 at 2137, no more DXing with Cumbre from WHRI, but some gospel huxter (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 7490, Sunday March 10 at 2138, WBCQ with the unmistakable voice of Marion Webster, but her `Attic` show is now too poor to be listenable, having been pushed an hour into the daytime, even as the sunsets are also getting earlier and earlier with equinox almost upon us. There must be something wrong with this frequency-usage model. 9330 WBCQ reception is better but subnormal (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 2000-USB, March 11 at 0103 quick check, New York Radio VOLMET, WSY70 is still here, weakly audible as in the first third of each hour. Has anybody found out if this is deliberately authorized? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. 11790-11890, March 10 at 2305 big buzz across this range, but not out of the Costa Rica 11815 DRM which doesn`t start until 0000; now the center peak is around 11840 where RHC in AM is audible mixing with it. Even if not the cause of this particular problem, DRM still needs to be moved out of the AM SWBC bands, so it cannot be accused (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)