sabato 10 agosto 2013

Glenn Hauser logs August 9, 2013

** BANGLADESH. 15505, August 9 I am standing by for Bangladesh Betar to come on and it does at *1355; by 1358 I can make out the IS, but JBA. It last a few seconds past 1400, and I cannot make out any timesignal before Urdu opening (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CHINA. Firedrake [and non] bandscan August 9 at 1342-1346 finds nothing at all 12-18 MHz out-of-band, just usual 15115 CNR1 jam mix (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA. 17730, August 9 at 1342, no signal from RHC, nor has there been for several days now, despite 17580 being audible. Suspect at least one of the transmitters has been down. Both supposedly on the air from 11 to 15 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** ETHIOPIA [and non]. 9564.38, August 9 at 1420 I heard a het here, so pull out the keyboard to find a matching note: right on E-flat, 622 Hz. Then stepped to 9564.0 with BFO I get an approximate G-note above middle-C, 392 Hz, which should really have been 378 Hz, close enough. Anyhow, a het around here is surely from Ethiopia, perpetually off-frequency; and per Aoki, the 9565 station it beats against would be Iran in Dari from Kamalabad (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** INDONESIA. 9525.9+, August 9 at 1422, since I have the keyboard out measuring the het around 9564/9565, I also check the one always-off-frequency VOI produces with CRI Russian during this hour: the note is somewhere between B and Bb, i.e. 932-988 Hz, implying it`s a little higher than where others usually measure it directly (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. Sorry, I keep messing up some dates! This report had them one day ahead of what they should have read, corrected now:

Following the post-sunrise 5085 broadcast of Brother Scare, August 8, nothing more heard from WTWW-2 into early UT August 9 on 9930 or 5085. George McClintock tells me that WTWW is far enough up a hill from the Upper Cumberland River for flooding not to be a threat; a different H2O problem has reduced the schedule, a leaky pump for the water-cooled transmitter.

9930, August 9 at 1322, WTWW-2 is back on with Brother Scare and on correct day frequency, but off again at 1418 check (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** VENEZUELA [non]. Typo in the frequency: it was of course 9955, not 9995, where I did not even try to hear it:

9955 [non], August 9 from 0201:30, I listen to WRMI webcast for the Ecos del Torbes special. All about the history of the station which was formerly on SW 4980 and 9640, still on MW 780. (IIRC it was about one of the last Venezuelans left on 60m; must have been gone at least ten years, not even in the archive of LA SW Logs.) Almost continuous talk in Spanish, but announcements in English and French at the beginning. Also almost continuous music background, occasionally foreground, but no full songs until the last 8 minutes or so. Never heard a word about politix, let alone Chávez & Maduro. Seemed like it was still going when cut to WRMI ID and into Radio Eslovaquia Internacional relay at 0230. This repeats 24 hours later, and Saturday at 2230 on WRMI (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. 11159.0-USB, August 9 at 1328, surprised to find strong VOLMET broadcast in Britishish YL robo-English. It`s so strong that max attenuation is needed on the FRG-7 to avoid pumping. Catching my attention first is a location: Kandahar, but further places are hard to understand, finally including Wellington, East Midlands, Cardiff, Birmingham, Manchester, Prestwick. (Is there a Wellington in the UK? Surely.) Every few minutes, ID I can`t copy accurately either, but including ``Military --- information broadcast``. Toward the end of each item she/it says ``21H018`` and other numbers up and down from 18. Most of the weather conditions are from 1250z. Still on and in at 1415 but weaker.

This is not even inside the ``VOLMET band`` according to

of 11247 to 11393. I suppose the frequency could be a mistake; check for it further. From the content, one would expect it to be the RAF station MKL at Saint Eval UK, listed on 11253 and heard several times there, but not now. Is this transmitter really in UK? Nothing making it from European broadcasters on 25m at this time. There were previous questions about the true site of 11253 as it was once listed as Ascension.

Here`s a 2.5 minute clip at 1335 with ID at 2:17 into it:
Please help with what the ID says, true source and location of this!

Bill Hepburn also has a useful page listing the content (locations covered) of different VOLMET broadcasts:
RAF on 11253 does include Kandahar at H+24 and H+54, but not mixed in with UK locations including the ones I heard scheduled at different hourparts (and no Wellington anywhen). Kandahar appears nowhere else on this page from anyone.

Searching the UDXF yg on the frequency finds nothing about this, but there was one log this year in January of an air-to-ground contact with Elmendorf (Alaska); and in 2010-2011y of ``11159 NSY: NATO Sigonella/Niscimi`` Sicily (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)