sabato 14 dicembre 2013

Glenn Hauser logs December 13-14, 2013

** ASCENSION. 15105, Dec 13 at 2005, Hausa with characteristic ``generator hum`` from this site. Why don`t they filter it out? Trouble is, Aoki shows Hausa is only at 1930-2000 daily. Latest HFCC, however, also of Dec 13, shows that on Fridays only there is another semi-hour until 2030, 250 kW, 65 degrees from ASC, supposedly effective from beginning of B-13 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) See also SEYCHELLES

** BARBADOS. 24951-USB, Dec 13 at 2015, JBA signal fading in and out from ham calling CQ, then contacts, with ICAO fonetix, but I can`t make out what the first letter in his call is: #P9JB; mostly in English but once gave call in Spanish with ``nueve``. Said to QSL via a J6 call. Spelt name several times as ERNEST; fading in and out; 2021 mentions ``somebody else used that call``, finally says ``in Barbados``, so now I know the first ``letter`` must be a number: 8P9JB. But that`s no Ernest per lookup:

8P9JB Barbados
William Roberts
St. Peter Parish

Maybe part of what I heard on same frequency was another weak station in contact. He says also to look up for more info but both that and www + that convert to which is merely a parker/squatter, no real website (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CHINA. 9455, Dec 13 at 2032, Firedrake, fair with flutter, much better than on 9355; in drumming solo at 2035. Both are to block R. Free Asia in overnight Chinese via Saipan, 17-22 on the lower, 16-22 on the upper (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** EQUATORIAL GUINEA [and non]. 15190, Dec 13 at 2004, WRMI is already on with preacher from North Carolina on the Radio Africa Network, and still with lite CCI, SAH from the other Radio Africa for the thirteenth day in a row (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** GREECE. 7475 is the frequency of choice tonight, Dec 14 at 0343 with undermodulated Greek music on S9+18 carrier (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** INDIA. 9445, Dec 13 at 2032, fair open carrier with flutter: must be AIR Bengaluru, during the 1945-2045 break between the 280- and 325-degree English GOSes. The // and better Bengaluru frequency, 11670, is filled with Hindi, so why waste 9445? Also poor on // 7550 Delhi (Khampur) per Aoki as still absent from HFCC. IIRC, in a previous season, AIR belatedly put their broadcasts into HFCC months after the season was underway. At 2100, now 11670 is fair with news in English // very poor 9445 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DGIEST)

** JAPAN [non]. 7395, Dec 14 at 0343, neat African(?) music with ululations, 0345 talk, good signal S9+20. It`s NHK`s Swahili service at 0315-0400, 320 degrees from MADAGASCAR and also USward (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** PERU [and non]. 5980, Dec 14 at 0055, presumed Tibetan dominant but very poor from VOA SRI LANKA. Circa 0058:45 the signal strength diminishes slightly as it presumably goes off; no CNR1 jammer timesignal audible at 0100, but a carrier remains which now must be R. Chaski, and it cuts off at 0101:48, so their autotimer has been reset again, but not all the way back to 0100 or 0059 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** RUSSIA. 7320, Dec 14 at 0340, sufficient S9+18 signal, but very undermodulated in Russian, as R. Rossii, Magadan is already propagating in the dead of winter. Sunset is 0454 UT after a 6-hour day at 60 degrees north. Some reports indicate that not only VOR but also R. Rossii will be going off SW January 1. See the confusing story via DXLD 13-49 which mixes up the different broadcasting bands (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SEYCHELLES. 15420, Dec 13 at 2006, BBCWS in English is still on here with report about Egypt, colliding with WBCQ anapaestic androgynous preachperson, which previously was in the clear after 2000. Most of WBCQ is on USB, so BBC is better by listening on LSB, tho not completely WBCQ-less. There`s also a het since the reduced carrier remaining from Monticello is as always off-frequency. HFCC shows that since 6 December, the 15-20 UT BBC broadcast has added another hour until 21, same 250 kW due west, and supposedly for the rest of the B-13 season until oblivion 30 March. This is one of several SW schedule expansions by BBC to Africa; why? Temporary? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SOMALILAND. 7120, Dec 14 at 0333, R. Hargeisa, fairly good at S9+18 with Qur`an for a few minutes, then Somali talk. Much better than I can ever hear it circa 1400* by long path, but I am seldom DXing at 0330 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A [non]. 11840, Dec 13 at 2029, VOA French from music to closing announcement, fair with fading, and cuts off 3-4 seconds before 2030*; had been // much stronger 15225 Greenville, which is also off. HFCC shows 11840 is BOTSWANA, but on Sat & Sun, 11840 gets an additional semihour of French, switching to Sri Lanka instead, why?

9390, Dec 13 at 2033, VOA Korean service mixing in English phrases, language lesson, with lyrix of Xmas songs; also says ``K-pop is gaining popularity worldwide``. Makes me wonder how much VOA Korean is skewed toward an audience in the South vs the North. I never hear any noise or other jamming on VOA Korean services. Does that mean Un doesn`t consider them a threat? Of course, SW receivers have been banned by the ROK to prevent listening to the DPRK (which can be heard on MW and FM anyway), but I think, not any more. Good signal, 38 degrees from Udorn, THAILAND, exactly the same azimuth as at 01-02 on 13745 in Thai to North America. This path usually escapes any polar flutter (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. WORLD OF RADIO 1699 monitoring: confirmed on Area 51 via WBCQ 5110v-CUSB starting at 0302:34, until 0331:31 UT Saturday December 14. Next: 0730 & 1530 on HLR 7265-CUSB; UT Sun 0029v on WTWW-2 5085, UT Sun 0501v on WTWW-1 5830; Tue 1200 on WRMI 9955 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 7520, Dec 14 at 0342, very good signal with extremely emotional YL in Russian drama. It`s the Saturday-only WHRI broadcast on 7520 at 03-04 per HFCC. WHR online schedule shows this is `Your Story Hour`, but doesn`t reveal it`s in Russian! YSH is an Adventist show (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 1520, Dec 14 at 0050 UT, heavy CCI to KOKC, presumed KOLM Rochester MN, as IDed by Tom Jasinski last night, and also heard ``running hot`` by Kevin Redding in TN tonight for his first time. KOLM cheating on 10 kW N-D day pattern should be much clearer east of OKC with KOKC`s westward coverage (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** ZANZIBAR. 11735, Dec 13 at 2030, ZBC fair with flutter, nice Ungujan music and should have stuck with it, but by 2057 recheck considerably weaker, mixing music and talk, cut off at 2100:00* sharp. This frequency is erratic, never know whether it will be on or not (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

This report dispatched at 0556 UT December 14