venerdì 8 marzo 2013

Glenn Hauser logs March 7-8, 2013

** AUSTRALIA [non]. 9965, March 8 at 1341, RA Chinese via PALAU is again subject to a big humbuzz. Now I am not quite so sure it`s a T8WH defect rather than ChiCom jamming. BTW, despite all the press about China starting to jam R. Australia in English, I have yet to hear any sign of it on the numerous RA English frequencies checked. But if they impose it on English surely they would even more so on Chinese (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** BANGLADESH. 15505, March 8 at 1359, tune in just in time to hear the Bangladesh Betar IS once, 1400 timesignal only two seconds late, ID and Urdu sign on mentioning Pakistan; music and no news until 1403. VG signal level but as always with that huge hum, which you would think the Senior Engineer would find extremely embarrassing! Some more music toward end, sign-off with a address, hum stops at 1430:40 and clean carrier continues another dekasecond until 1430:50* (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CHINA. Firedrake March 8, after 1300:
6075, very poor at 1317, and just as I tune in next to CFRX, it goes off. Maybe a tune-up or mistake, as Aoki shows no target until:
``6075*R.TAIWAN INT. 1400-1800 1234567 Chinese 100 310 Kouhu``

March 8 after 1330:
15870, very good with flutter at 1331; none in the 14s, 16s, 17s
13970, poor at 1334
13530, good at 1334
12370, very good at 1335
12230, very good at 1336
11970, very good at 1338; none in the 10s, 9s, 8s
 7390, very poor at 1344 mixing with Chinese = VOA Cantonese, Tinang
 6240, very poor at 1345 mixing SOH 100 kW, 310 from BauJong, Taiwan

March 8 after 1400:
15550, fair at 1414, with QRM from WJHR [see USA], off by 1431

March 8 after 1430:
11500, poor at 1436
11970, very good at 1436
12670, very good at 1436
13530, poor at 1437
13970, JBA at 1438
14700, very good at 1438; none in the 15s
16100, fair at 1439
17535, good at 1440 vs V. of Tibet, Madagascar, unheard; none in 18s

** CUBA. 9330, March 8 at 0726, big open carrier making a slightly varying LAH atop always-off-frequency WBCQ CUSB; 0729 recheck, YL with 5-digit Spanish number groups already in progress. First time I`ve heard this clash with WBCQ, but apparently part of the regular complex schedule from Habana, as others have complained about it; does not happen at earlier/other hours. Strangely enough, 9330 is also being reported as the center frequency for HAARP transmissions, says Dave Hughes. Enough already. Fortunately there is nothing on this WBCQ frequency worth listening to (except `AWWW` of course Sat at 0100, but better on 7490, also on 5110) (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA. 5025, March 8 at 0741, R. Rebelde is off: that could prove useful for DXing Quillabamba or Katherine, but neither audible now: too early for either, I expect. Next check 1322, CMBA is back (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** GUAM. 13362-USB, March 8 at 1325 after no signal on AFN nite frequency 5765-USB, checked day frequency, and here it is with much better signal than we usually get on 5765. PSAs about women veterans` health care; `Around the Air Force` report by a Senior Air[wo]man, first about effects of sequestration on schools. Still on 13362 and in at 1437 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** GUAM. 15550, March 8 at 1329, Vietnamese mentioning Singapore and a hotmail address, off at 1330*. Aoki shows it`s KTWR from 1245, which on Saturdays only gets another quarter hour until 1345, but this was Friday (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** JAPAN. 6135, March 8 at 1346, Shiokaze is reactivated here, as Ron Howard reported yesterday ex-5910, and in English on Friday, YL about North Korea (what else?), but poor signal, as we are getting into the semiyear of poor to no propagation on 49m this far east of the ever-westerning terminator (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** KOREA SOUTH. 15575, March 8 at 1342, unlike yesterday, KBSWR in English direct to South America is very poor, unusable. Potluck what it will be like 24 hours later during `Worldwide Friendship` mailbag and DX program. This is despite lots of Firedrake and Bangladesh [qq.vv.] propagating well (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** MADAGASCAR. 17670, March 8 at 1350, Vietnamese with nice bits of western classical music, mentions some P O boxes until 1356.5*. Poor signal here but another example of what a great relay site MGLOB Talata-Vololondry is, aiming 60 degrees with AWR at 13-14 per Aoki, which compacts it to ``Volondry``. No siren jamming audible here (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** MEXICO. 6010.0, March 8 at 0732, several Radio Mil IDs, so XEOI is back on the air! Music show with IDs between songs, ``vívalos en Mil, 24 horas, 365 días del año``; 0733 ranchera song with guitar; 0737 IDs and more music.

If HJDH is on now, it`s only a very weak het. XEOI seems to be spot-on frequency now, registering S9+15, while the other HJDH on 5910 manages only S9+10. RHC nominally blox 6010 from 05 to 07 [not 01-07 as I miswrote originally; obstacle earlier is Iran in Spanish at 0030-0330], but several times lately RHC has been off after 0600 and I have not noticed R. Mil then, so suspect it just came back. Or only turned on after 0700? Surely not.

After too little sleep, turn on again at 1307, and R. Mil is still audible, but very poor, Spanish, fast SAH with something, all talk now in presumed morning news magazine.

My last log of it was 14 months ago, and followed by several reports last year of it missing: ``MEXICO. 6010, Jan 9 [2012] at 1315, very poor signal in Spanish news, so R. Mil, XEOI. Difficult here and now, but maybe not if I were ever monitoring around 08-10 when it`s regularly reported even from Spain by Manuel Méndez. Lower bands have spring-like atmosferix from storms over north Texas`` (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SPAIN [non]. 5965, March 8 at 0739, REE COSTA RICA is still on with VG signal, contrary to it going off circa 0700 a few nights ago; scheduled until 0800 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. WORLD OF RADIO 1659 monitoring: Mark Sills via George Thurman confirms that the Thu March 7 2200 airing on WTWW was on 5830 instead of 9479. March 8 at 1405 check, 9479 has come up today.

I confirm the next airing, UT Friday 0433 on WWRB, 3195 and not 5050, as first monitored on webcast. This time preceded by `Words of Life Broadcast`` from Tullahoma TN, and a second episode started to play at 0430 before Dave cut it off at 0432 saying stand by for World of Radio. After a minute or so of dead air/hum, WOR starts circa 0433.

BTW, I noticed a skipping-glitch at 28:15 into the show on the WWRB playback, so eventually replaced it with a repaired file for other stations yet to air WOR 1659.

Next: UT Saturday 0230v on Area 51 via WBCQ 5110v-CUSB; Saturday 0630 & 1430 on Hamburger Lokalradio, 7265-CUSB low power in Europe; Saturday 1600 on WRMI 9955; Saturday 1830 on WRN via SiriusXM 120; UT Sunday 0500 on WTWW 5830; Sunday 1000 [with DST just starting] on KFKB 1490, Forks WA (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 5830, March 8 at 0740, WTWW Lebanon TN SFAW retains VG signal while the two WWCRs in nearby Nashville are only fair at best, 5890 BS and 5935 DGS, also with `hollow` sound. 5935 is weaker than the Russians on each side (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A [and non]. 15550-USB, March 8 at 1414, WJHR`s sole preacher is getting Firedraked! It`s amazing how seldom this happens, as V. of Tibet shifts around the area attracting the jamming; now there is a het on hi side which is its real target. The FD provides a much-needed carrier for WJHR, but not quite enough to sound like normal AM, so must still switch on BFO. FD and VOT gone by 1431 check (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** VIETNAM [and non]. 15310, March 8 at 1407, siren jamming vs Vietnamese, i.e. R. Free Asia via TINIAN at 14-15 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. 9795, March 8 at 0728-0730+ open carrier with hum typical of the Guiana French relay, and this log could be a duplicate of one last Nov 24, 2012: ``UNIDENTIFIED. 9795, Nov 24 at 0725, open carrier with hum, so what will develop at 0730? Nothing, just continues. Suspect it`s GUIANA FRENCH, known for humming carriers far beyond scheduled times, which on 9795 would be 0930-1000, NHK in Spanish``. I expect all these anomalies will vanish when GUF is closed down in two sesquiweeks (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)