domenica 6 ottobre 2013

Glenn Hauser logs October 5-6, 2013

** ALBANIA [and non]. 9850, Oct 6 at 0128, R. Tirana IS vs some crackle from the spurs out of blasting 9860 WHRI, also on other side 9870. More noticeable at 0131 during the news at lower modulation level from Shijak. Wish RT were on clearer 9845 or 9840, but with only a triweek to go until B-13, we`ll have to wait for the move to 7 MHz (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** ARGENTINA [and non]. 15345.25, Oct 6 at 0001, R. Nacional in Spanish with heavy flutter on good signal, low audible heterodyne, I think from their own transmitter as nothing else is on 15345; likewise at 0057 recheck. A visual display would probably show a double peak.

6060, Oct 6 at 0058 sounds like silly pelota game with het, but not // 15345+; had thought it too might be LRA with its refurbished transmitter. Must have been SRDA Curitiba as it wasn`t RHC either, see CUBA, and nothing else is scheduled. The het, however could have been from General Pacheco (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** BRAZIL [and non]. 4873, Oct 6 at 0123 is the approx. center of the wandering distorted blob of something, not quite far enough away from 4875 R. Roraima, which requires USB tuning on its poor signal (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** BRAZIL. 4915, Oct 6 at 0124, the best S American signal on 60m but with flutter and CODAR, song in Portuguese, 0127 shouted IDs for R. Daqui, and 10:27 timecheck (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CHAD. 6165-, Oct 6 at 0056, hilife music, fair signal but undermodulated as always from presumed RNT before Cuba, q.v. (Glen Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CHINA. 11640, Oct 6 at 0114, Firedrake poor-fair mixed with Chinese jamming. Seldom find Firedrake in our mornings any more, when on this frequency the target is RTI, but during the 01-02 hour instead per Aoki it`s R. Free Asia in Uyghur, 500 kW, 45 degrees from UAE (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA. 5855-AM, Oct 6 at 0117, huge signal from RHC Spanish. Got to be a 250 kW transmitter on a spy-frequency by mistake. I compare it to others: in synch with 5040, 11760, 11840-undermodulated; echoing with 9810 and 6100; and 6060 is missing. 0118 talking about, what else? Los 5. Surely no other prisoners anywhere get so much support and airtime from their home country; 5855 still going at 0210 check and 0236 when it`s Los 5 again already. If you`re trying to make the case that they`re not spies, it might not be a good idea to do it on a well-known spy frequency! They still haven`t noticed the error at 0327.

RHC English, meanwhile, at 0119 is equally undermodulated on 6000 and 6165, but 6165 has more hum (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CYPRUS. 9311-9347, Oct 6 at 0107 very strong OTH radar pulsing, peaking right on 9330 WBCQ, poor thing. Still heavy QRM at 0129 recheck. Presumed site; Greece in well on 9420 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** EQUATORIAL GUINEA. 5005, Oct 5 at 2258, very poor signal with some modulation, weakens at 2259 and thought off but then something still there; recheck at 2359 and not there. Thomas Nilsson, Sweden has been reporting RNGE, Bata reactivated and heard there well earlier at 2115 and as late as 0025 the past few days. That`s much later than previously scheduled *05-21 (irregular) per WRTH; nor could I hear it after 0500 Oct 5.

It seems an unlikely coincidence that the R. Africa transmitter on 15190 also reactivated on Oct 2; then it was gone again on Oct 3 and 4. I was not checking Oct 5 when Harold Sellers in BC heard it from 2039 until 2053 and dead air past 2140 (Glenn Hauaser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** GREECE [and non]. 9420, Oct 6 at 0108, VG signal but fluttery from VOG with usual Saturday night = Sunday morning classical music from ERA3 network; more classical as also usual from ROMANIA on 9525 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** INDIA. 11985, Oct 6 at 0102, no signal from AIR Khampur Sinhala service, presumed off, since it is in fairly well with subcontinental music on // 11740 via GOA. Propagation is good from other S Asians:

11620, Oct 6 at 0114, S Asian instrumental music, i.e. the AIR Urdu service at 0015-0430 per Aoki, 500 kW, 240 degrees from Bengaluru. Right next to it are two Tashkents on 11600, 11590; see UZBEKISTAN (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)


** NETHERLANDS [non]. 7375, UT Sunday Oct 6 at 0130, The Mighty KBC is very good via Nauen, GERMANY, Uncle Eric back-announcing the Rolling Stones` ``I Want to be your Man``. Eric says he has a hole in his tooth from eating chocolate, turns it over to Kim Andrew Elliott to introduce a 1:12 minute Radiogram. (I wonder if those really into this stuff can begin to build up a mental picture of the content just by listening to the tones?) 0132, back to ``The Giant Jukebox``, but first, mailbag quoting e-mail from Martin Gallas saying it`s so strong that maybe could save a few Euro by cutting back to 50 kW (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** PERU. 5980, Oct 6 at 0054, R. Chaski carrier at usual very poor level, but noise is mainly from 5990 splash rather than jamming for a change; expecting timer to be reset to cut off before 0100 again, but not yet: still on at 0100, and finally cuts off at 0106:05* which is 4 seconds later than last night (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. WORLD OF RADIO 1689 monitoring: tune in WTWW-2 on 9930 at 2329 UT Saturday Oct 5 to find I`m already at the mid-point break, so playback must have started at 2313; yes, ends at 2342:38; QSY to 5085 announcement, but really continues on 9930 at 2343 with Amateur Radio Newsline. Seems everything is running 17 minutes early; at 0000 it`s still on 9930, and recheck 0054 both frequencies are off. Next WOR: 0401 UT Sunday on WTWW-1 5830 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** UZBEKISTAN. 11590, Oct 6 at 0111, good signal with flutter in song lesson, explained in S Asian language, but the singing is in Japanese as well as some of the terms being explained. This strongly suggests it is R. Japan in one of their prime programming angles, also employed in other language services. Yes: Aoki shows, R. Japan in Hindi, 0100-0130, 100 kW, 163 degrees via Tashkent. It`s a ``good transpolar night``.

11600, Oct 6 at 0113, S Asian singing, fair with flutter. Aoki shows this one is also Tashkent, TWR India service which on Sundays only is in Hindi at 0030-0115, 100 kW, 131 degrees (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. 3360, Oct 6 at 0101 weak Spanish, but from its total fadeouts, as if falling below a threshold, I will assume it`s a DX-398 overload image rather than list-log it as Voz del Upano, Ecuador, in Aoki tho long gone. If it recur, may try to find a matching strong signal on a higher band.

12100, Oct 6 at 0116, here`s another one more easily formulated, PMS matched and synchronized with 5935 WWCR, which is 6165 kHz away from 12100, i.e. receiver combining it with another strong signal, RHC (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)