giovedì 19 dicembre 2013

Glenn Hauser logs December 18-19, 2013

** CHINA. 11955, Dec 19 at 1325, good signal but very heavy flutter in Indonesian, or is it Malay? Giving website in .cn, so it`s CRI, sounds the same at 1342 recheck. Per Aoki, it switches at 1330 from Malaysian to Indonesian, both 500 kW southward from Kunming.

9670, Dec 19 at 1454, Firedrake, fair with CCI and ACI, again today vs VOA Tibetan via Lampertheim, Germany, this hour only (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA. 5025, Dec 19 at 0704, R. Rebelde has just come on after RHC is finished with 5040, but the 5025 carrier is wobbly altho with VG strength.

17730, Dec 19 at 1405, RHC is back here after missing yesterday, poor signal weaker than 17580, but by 1407, 17730 is stronger and steadier. 17580 has its own problems besides CCI from IBB Germany: at 1405, signal strength cuts up and down every few seconds, as easily audible, and visible on the S-meter, while modulation continues; a short somewhere? Still so at 1408 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** EQUATORIAL GUINEA [non]. 15190, Dec 18 at 1958, no signal from R. Africa, Bata; *2002:35 WRMI cuts on with music, and then `Apostolic Witness Radio Broadcast` from Memphis; 2027 recheck, still only one signal audible, undermodulated from WRMI, slow fades, but apparently not SAH from a Bata carrier (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** JAPAN. 3925, Dec 19 at 1320, Nikkei-1 in slow French, language lesson on Thursday; some SSB QRhaM, unusually (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** KOREA NORTH [non]. 7590, Dec 19 at 1422, fair signal with flutter in Korean. Aoki shows North Korea Reform Radio at 1400-1600 daily, 200 kW, 70 degrees from Tashkent, UZBEKISTAN (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** KOREA NORTH [non]. 9775, Dec 19 at *1352:15, R. Free Chosun carrier cuts on and off and on and off; *1353:45 back on to stay, and musical prélude finally starts at 1356:10, YL song, segué, maybe trax from same album. Instead of starting RFC Korean programming at 1400, dead air until 1401:15, then music and Korean, but not usual bombastic sign-on; back-up filler? Usual VG signal comparable to 9800 VOA Philippines in Korean, standard remark (Previously headed this KOREA SOUTH [non] by mistake) (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SOUTH CAROLINA [non]. 9840, Dec 19 at 0659, surprised to hear Brother Scare, break for Pan American Broadcasting, Radio Africa Network ID on WRMI; VG signal on unlisted frequency which one might have guessed was WHRI instead. Back to BS, also on WRMI 9955, but not synchronized. So PAB/RAN is now also getting a cut from TOM cash cow. There have also been sporadic reports before of BS appearing on Equatorial Guinea or non. WRMI graphic schedule today does *not* show this transmission, so unknown whether experimental, when it start and stop. Nothing about this, of course at
with its usual stupid mistakes, wrong frequencies, times confusingly in am/pm Eastern. Maybe 9840 replaces WRMI 9355 scheduled until 0800 but not heard after 0700 today. 9355 had been aimed at Africa, but as a WRMI/BS frequency, not a RAN frequency.

BTW, 9955 after 1500 Dec 19, WRMI with Brother Scare confronts CCI from R Free Asia, Tibetan via TINIAN, as per Aoki Tue & Thu only at 15-16, plus of course CNR1 jamming which is probably the main QRM I am hearing (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A [non]. 9760, Dec 19 at 1500, VOA news, fair signal. Per Ivo Ivanov, from Dec 20 this `Learning English` hour will be replaced by 9900, which is clear today; why? At least a little less ACI than 9760 has. Both 270 degrees from Tinang, PHILIPPINES. Will VOA advise listeners today of the change? Doubt it; never hear them make *any* frequency announcements (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 12105, Dec 19 at 1410, WTWW-3 is making clix at the rate of 200/minute, instead of Russian Bible; maybe playback repeatedly trying and failing to initialize?? Followed it past 1500 in the background, and recheck at 1649, 1716, *still* doing it. Occasional brief ``running water`` ute QRM such as at 1505 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. WORLD OF RADIO 1700 monitoring: not ready for 0430 UT Thursday Dec 18 on WRMI; inaudible anyway on 9955, but confirmed repeat of 1699 on webcast. Strangely enough, by the time Brother Scare is on 9955, at 0658 check, it is inbooming. What changed?? Graphic WRMI schedule shows the same transmitter #3 at 160 degrees, before and after 0600.

Ready for first broadcast at new time 1330 Thursday Dec 18 on WRMI 9955: monitored it entirely, starting at 1330:26; Cuban pulse jamming thruout, tnx a lot Arnie! WRMI is on the 160 degree antenna but could fight the jamming much better if it were on the 315 antenna from 1330 instead of 1400. WOR cut off at 1358:37, approx 45 seconds before it`s finished, in order to carry the `Scoreboard` show and get to the next program at 1400. I`ve suggested that if `Scoreboard` has to be circa 1359, please start WOR and other 1330 programs at 1329, and preferably at least for the English ones, switch to NW antenna before 1330 too. Prague has a 3-minute music fill after 1327 which could be dispensed with. Next:

Thursday 2201 on WTWW-1, 9475
UT Friday 0429v on WWRB, 3195, and probably not // 5050-USB
UT Saturday 0300v on Area 51 via WBCQ 5110v-CUSB
Saturday 0730 & 1530 on Hamburger Lokalradio, 7265-CUSB
UT Sunday 0030v on WTWW-2, 5085
UT Sunday 0501 on WTWW-1, 5830

This report dispatched at 1716 UT December 19