lunedì 23 dicembre 2013

Glenn Hauser logs December 22-23, 2013

** CUBA [and non]. 13680 // 13740, Dec 22 at 2220, RHC Spanish with cultural/musical item, now on both these frequencies, for Europe and S America respectively; and // 11840 = very distorted as usual; also on weaker // 9710, 9810.

6165, Dec 23 at 0625, RHC English missing from this frequency but still on the other four overkills: 5040, 6000, 6060, 6100. In order of decreasing modulation level: 5040 = 6000, 6060, 6100, but 5040 remains wobbly. Oh2, they`ve done it again, put RHC on a spy numbers frequency instead!

5855, Dec 23 at 0629, RHC English VG here instead of 6165; obviously mixup facilitated by running espionage and propaganda from the same transmitters; not the first time this has happened. At the moment clip of a Mandela speech, tho he rejected Communism long ago; shhh. 0630 into mailbag, wherein I doubt they ever acknowledge making an operational mistake. Does anyone ever tell them?

BTW, no sign of CHAD on 6165 despite vacancy of RHC; has it been inactive lately? At least the CBCs on 6160 get no ACI from above.

5980, Dec 23 at 0630, wall-of-noise jamming already, altho R. Martí never starts before 0700, but today not even until 1000 after Monday silent period. Meanwhile countless Cubans subsist on rationed scraps of food while all this electrical expense is totally wasted on mind-control over nothing (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA [non]. As I tuned across a R. Martí frequency, I think in the 22-23 UT hour Dec 22, tho I failed to note details, someone was pointing out that in Cuba there are not only Roman Catholix, but naming a bunch of other sects including Testigos de Jeová. Could this mean that RM is broadening its religious services beyond Catholic and Mormon? Don`t bet on it (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** EQUATORIAL GUINEA [and non]. 15190, Dec 22 at 2218, gospel music from R. Africa via WRMI, atop something talking, making heavy SAH of about 3 Hz today, i.e. undermodulated R. Africa via Bata, as this collision enters its fourth week! (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** GREECE. 7475, Dec 23 at 0624, Greek music, good signal but undermodulated; nothing audible on 9420, but 9 MHz is almost dead (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** KOREA NORTH [non]. 9775, Dec 23 at 1351, R. Free Chosun, fair with flutter, musical prélude, again level about like 9800 VOA Tinang Korean; both are subnormal with little from E Asia making it yet. (First check at 1342, even 9800 was JBA). 9775 at 1351 instrumental music in progress, 1352 OM vocal mentioning ``gloria``, presumably an unfamiliar Xmas tune; 1354 YL with another seasonal song in English about Xmas Day. 1400 switch to theme and RFC opening in assertive Korean. Reception steadily improves, quite good by 1423; 1510 with music, very good. (Once again I recently mistyped this as KOREA SOUTH [non]. Don`t you believe it) (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** NEW ZEALAND. 5950, Dec 23 at 1337, RNZI `Mailbox` with John Durham`s DX news in progress with lots of brief clips; sufficient reception, but never will get it better than this, so I go to the website to hear the whole thing.

Of possible note, John mentions an Xmas special from ``FRS in the Netherlands, Dec 29 [Sunday], most likely from 0800 and at least 5 hours long, on 7600, 5800, 6070`` (That`s usually known as FRSH = Free Radio Service Holland) (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** OKLAHOMA. 780, Dec 23 at 1433 UT, KSPI Stillwater with local talkshow, constant buzz and wobble on carrier. Sounds OK at 1701 recheck (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** RUSSIA [and non]. 6115, Dec 23 at 1407, that Moscow station with news in English, punxuated by annoying dramatic music stingers (but helpful in making a quick ID vis-à-vis *serious* international broadcasters); fair signal and atop CCI from some talk in unID language; by 1415 both are fading down as the CCI goes to music.

Sources agree that Voice of Russia (or whatever), is on 6115 this hour only in English, 250 kW, 230 degrees from Vladivostok. Could the other be R. Nikkei-2, Japan on later than usual for holidays? It supposedly stops at 1000, not even 1400. Nothing else in HFCC as CCI, but Aoki has it: V. of Strait, 10-16, 50 kW, 140 degrees from Fuzhou, CHINA in Amoy. BTW, according to via Mike Terry,

``We are glad to let you know that the Voice of Russia [sic] will stay on the air in 2014, however, considerable changes in our frequency schedule are expected. The information on the updated frequency chart will become available on the Voice of Russia's web site before the New Year at so please stay logged in`` (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SOUTH CAROLINA [non]. What do you do when a wacko gospel huxter throws money at you? Responsible broadcasting and public service be damned, put him on the air as much as possible! Now Brother Scare is expanding even more time on WBCQ transmitters. He`s been on 7490 for a few hours in the evening for a long time, bumping off prime-time rational programming, but now apparently also overnight:

7490, Dec 23 at 0623, very poor signal but there he is. Has also been reported on 5110v, which at 0628 is JBA, incomparably weaker than 5085 WTWW; both unnecessary WBCQ frequencies totally inferior to 3215 and 3185 as well. If this is what it takes to keep private US SW alive, better off dead. BTW, BS is just as bad as Harold Camping but barely smart enough not to specify any date for The End Of The World: it`s always right around the corner. Maranatha! (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A [non]. 9545, Dec 22 at 2222, good signal in Chinese with a gospel tinge? Maybe Xmas-influenced, since it`s really VOA via Tinang PHILIPPINES, this hour only (seemingly as it sounds even less like CNR1 which ought to be jamming this); altho FEBC takes over 9545 after 2300 in Hmong (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A [non]. 7580, Dec 23 at 1405, VOA news, into `Crossroads Asia`, fair signal; strikes me as new here, and so it is, not (yet?) in the latest HFCC dated Dec 18, nor in Aoki nor EiBi. They do show IBB on 7580, only at 16-23, in ``Fas`` (meaning Farsi from R. Farda) via Sri Lanka; what site now?? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 690, Dec 23 at 1430 UT, NO signal from KGGF Coffeyville KS, off the air as it would normally be on strong 10 kW groundwave signal. It`s back on at 1702 check (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 720, Dec 23 at 1430 UT I am checking for KDWN Las Vegas NV, in case it`s just come on 50 kW ND day pattern, but I am still hearing a remnant of WGN, altho with a SAH of 2 Hz. That`s probably from KSAH San Antonio, as checking FCC AM Query, official sunrise at KDWN is not until 1445 UT in Dec, and Jan too. 770 KKOB NM is still holding up at 1450, but no KDWN audible (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

This report dispatched at 1721 UT December 23