giovedì 10 ottobre 2013

Glenn Hauser logs October 9-10, 2013

** ASCENSION. 21630, Oct 10 at 1229 I check 13m altho not expecting anything since 16 and even 19 are almost dead, hearing a bit of singing but cut off abruptly at 1230* before I can even be certain of the frequency in this area, but must have been BBC French, the only thing scheduled around here (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** AUSTRALIA. 6150, Oct 10 at 1150, R. Australia with `Late Night Live` interview with author of a book about Fidel Castro, currently discussing Luis Posada Carriles, and how Cuban hardliners Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio bear much responsibility for the US government shutdown. Must listening, so I go get the 53-minute program via:

``Cuba without Fidel Castro
Listen now Download audio
Thursday 10 October 2013 10:05PM

A penetrating biography of Fidel Castro, the politics of family succession and the Cuban connection to the US Government shutdown.
Image: Former Cuban leader, Fidel Castro with Ann Louise Bardach (supplied)`` (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CHAD. 6165-, Oct 10 at 0057, RHC carrier is already on, but turning up the volume, can hear a LAH indicating CHAD is also on tonight. // 6000 RHC English carrier also on early (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CHINA. Firedrake [non], CNR1 jamming before 1400 UT Oct 10: nothing heard on the WOOB spots, with degraded propagation, just:
15570 & 15550 with hets on lo sides from V. of Tibet, JBA at 1355

7445, Oct 10 at 1232, CNR1 echo jamming with SAH against RTI Chinese, soon followed by CNR1 theme and CJKT/ZRGD ID. Similar pileup on 7385 also against RTI (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CHINA [non]. 13645 // 13650, Oct 10 at 1227, CRI English, an echo apart and about equal poor levels, i.e. southward from Kashgar, EAST TURKISTAN and northwestward from Cërrik, ALBANIA, respectively, both scheduled 11-13 UT; rather unusual to hear CRI 5 kHz apart from itself, but bound to happen on this overkill multi-frequency service. I count 21 SW in use during the 12-13 hour per WRTH 2013 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA. See AUSTRALIA for a show about Cuba without Castro

** EQUATORIAL GUINEA. 15190, Oct 9 at 1939, R. Africa is on; unfortunately beneath a local wandering DTV cable converter box blob when monitored on the FRG-7 inside. Yet I can still hear a slight het on the hi side, no doubt from R. Inconfidência, Brasil.

Via DX-398 on the porch, clearer at 2038 recheck, and sure sounds like Tony Alamo prayerfully mumbling, 2042 with female (child wife?) sidekick reading fanmail, one from San Salvador; and next letter does mention ``Tony Alámo``. So the convicted sex offender serving a 175-year sentence in federal prison is back on SW tnx to Radio Africa, which was the last station he was heard on before its latest 8-month hiatus. Before that he was a welcome client on WWCR, banned only after his final conviction.

This site is still being updated in the aftermath, but has little if anything to say about his continuing to broadcast (no doubt now from ancient recordings).

May I suggest that people restrain themselves from sending reception reports to R. Africa. Not that we owe Tony Alamo anything, but judging from previous months of silence, interspersed with days of activity, QSL requests could be exhibited as ``proof`` to gullible clients that they are really on the air and with an audience (Glenn Hauser, OK, WORLD OF RADIO 1690, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** GERMANY. 21600, Oct 10 at 1300, no signal from Gospel for Asia in Nepali via Nauen, as heard Oct 8 1300-1315+ instead of(?) scheduled 15350. Inconclusive whether that was a one-off, as no hi-latitude propagation today (or yesterday), from Europe or Mideast, just 21780 DW Rwanda (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** GREECE. 9420, Oct 10 at 0513, blues guitar and YL in English from ER, one of few usable signals on attenuated band (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** GUAM. 5765-USB, still no signal detected from AFN, Oct 10 at 1240. Last date heard was Sept 19, by Bob Wilkner and myself (Glenn hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** INDIA. 11985 // weaker 11740, Oct 10 at 0058, AIR sounds simulcast, so they accomplished the Sinhala service on both frequencies this time (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** MEXICO. 760, Oct 10 at 1201 UT, YL with headlines in Spanish interspersed with rapid beats of single-tone sounders; 1203 over to OM with more detailed news including murders in BCS. Loops N/S and probably from 70/10 kW XEABC in the DF, altho there are three others in that general direxion (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** NORTH AMERICA. 9775, Oct 10 at 0055 a JBA carrier, and after 0100 nothing at all, third night without any Radio YHWH; altho propagation has really degraded since then (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** OKLAHOMA. 1150, Oct 10 at 1214 UT, something else audible with N/S KSAL Salina KS nulled, mentioning local event in Krebs, which is a dead giveaway for KNED, confirmed by the next mention of McAlester. This Okie is too far to be audible on groundwave, as KSAL owns 1150 in the daytime (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** PAPUA NEW GUINEA. 3905, Oct 10 at 1242, no signal, not even carrier from Kavieng, so temporary anniversary reactivation over? But poor propagation today, 3925 Japan JBA, and I should have checked an hour earlier (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** PERU. 5980, Oct 10 at 0057, JBA carrier from R. Chaski, and CRI/Cuba 5990 is already off which helps a bit. This time I am monitoring 5980 continually to catch the new cutoff time, which is: 0100:40*. Missed it yesterday, so that means Oct 9 was the reset date to 0100:35*, after having attained 0106:17* on October 8.

As I said in DXLD 13-39, ``The last reset was on July 21 as in DXLD 13-30 after it had reached 0105:44* on July 20``. This span was 81 days. So at the same rate, another 81 days later will be December 28. The previous reset was extrapolated to 0059:12* on July 21, so that makes a total span of 7 minutes and 5 seconds = 425 seconds. Divided by 81 = 5.247 seconds per day on average. Using my watch in one-second steps, it`s difficult to estimate to closer than 0.5 second (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** RUSSIA. 5930, Oct 10 at 1241, R. Rossii, Pet/Kam, poor-fair with rock music, and No signal, not even a carrier, on usual // 5940 Magadan --- so that`s off the air, or totally propped-out due to higher-latitude path? From Magadan to Enid, grazes the Arctic Circle between northern edge of Seward Peninsula and Kotzebue, while from Pet-Kam not quite reaches the 60th parallel over SW Alaska.

Eclectic American music moves on to ``Danke Shane`` at 1245 (note: must not be pronounced as ``Schön``, just like John Böhner), 1249 Beetles` ``Twist & Shout``, similar to ``La Bamba`` tune, but these are clips with long narrations in Russian about the music (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** RUSSIA. 6075, Oct 10 at 1236, poor signal in Chinese, mentions Mei-Guo (America), totally different programing from multiple CNR1 frequencies on 6 MHz and higher bands --- because as Aoki shows, this is VOR, 100 kW due west from Vladivostok-Tavrich site at 10-13 (plus another hour in Mongolian except Sundays). Weaker than weak Australia 6080 next door (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SUDAN [non]. 15400 // 15550, Oct 10 at 0510, no sign of R. Dabanga or tone jamming; in fact, no signals at all on totally dead 19m band, unlike last night. At 0518, needed to go down to 2500 to hear WWV well, reporting K index was 4 at 0300 and there had been minor geomag storms, G1 level. I couldn`t catch the solar flux number due to robofem`s poor enunciation, but uplooked later it was 113 for 9 Oct (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A [non]. 9490, Oct 10 at 1257, VOA Korean with English lesson explaining idiom ``dressed to kill`` (not to be taken literally as it was originally by gangsters), but cut off rudely at 1258* as this TINIAN transmitter at 333 degrees has to QSY to 11935 for another two hours, and the programmers back in Washington make NO allowance for such an interruption. Furthermore, moving from a lower to a higher band later in the local evening makes no sense! More unnecessary IBB frequency jumping, just because they can and to keep the frequency manager busy (but now furloughed??). At least this one does not also make an unneeded site switch (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. WORLD OF RADIO 1690: not finished in time for first airing on WRMI at 0330 UT Thursday Oct 10; instead replayed 1689 as confirmed on webcast. First airing will be
Thursday 2101 on WTWW-1 9479; then:
UT Fri 0329v on WWRB 5050
UT Sat 0200v on Area 51 via WBCQ 5110v-CUSB
[Anker Petersen, Denmark, measured 5109.67 on Oct 6]
Sat 0630 & 1430 on Hamburger Lokalradio, Germany, 7265-CUSB
Sat 1500 on WRMI 9955
Sat 2329v on WTWW-2 9930 [check early! Last week started at 2313]
UT Sun 0401 on WTWW-1 5830 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 5830, Oct 10 at 1147, open carrier/dead air again from WTWW SFAW service; still so at 1240; at 1259 interrupted only for canned ID, back to OCDA, and no frequency change to 9479 until 1320, still OCDA, and at 1347. Meanwhile, 9930 and 12105 have not come on at all. Another canned ID on 9479 at 1400:25, and kept monitoring until modulation finally kicked in at 1442.

During the 9479 OC/DA, at 1352 I was also hearing audio from local 1390 KCRC cutting on and off 12259 --- that off-channel frequency immediately suggesting a relationship with 9479 --- yes, it`s 2780 kHz away, 2 x 1390. The 9479 signal itself was steady (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)