sabato 18 gennaio 2014

Glenn Hauser logs January 16-17, 2014

** CUBA. 6165, Jan 17 at 0632, RHC is AWOL from prime English frequency, but still plenty overkill on the other four. Uncovers no Chad on 6165, but less QRM to Canada 6160, Austria 6155 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** EGYPT. 9410, Jan 16 at 2106, very distorted modulation, can`t even tell the language, but it must be R. Cairo as scheduled in French to Europe at 2000-2115 via Abu Zaabal. Once a prime BBC frequency in English, they`re finished with 9410 at 1900 after Kinyarwanda/Kirundi weekdays, turning it over to useless Cairo, first in German at 1900-2000 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** HUNGARY. 21282-USB, Jan 17 at 1515, HA7TM making quick contest contacts mostly with US stations in 1, 8 and 9 call areas, and frequently spelling his name Tibi, as well as fonetik calls, unlike so many contesters. Only a few other signals audible on 15m, and his the best, and even much better than 13m broadcasters, such as Spain`s 250 kW on 21610.
HA7TM Hungary flag Hungary
Tibor (Tibi) Nemeth
Szerelo ut. 22.
ERD, H 2030
Hungary (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** INDIA. 11670, Jan 16 at 2115, AIR GOS is very good with some flutter, interview with an American-accented video producer until 2130, who is 100% understandable unlike the interviewer, then Indian classical music, very enjoyable; 2159 programme summary for tomorrow, 2200 news and commentary, 2215 Indian pop vocal music.

Closest thing to a North American service, which never in history has AIR ever favoured us with; per Aoki, this 2045-2230 transmission is at 280 degrees from Bengaluru, not even favorable for us, unlike the preceding English, 1745-1945 at 325 degrees (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** KOREA NORTH [non]. 5985, Jan 17 at 1424, JBA het, no doubt from Shiokaze, Japan, which QSYed here from 5910 Jan 16, per Ron Howard, so once again clashing with MYANMAR, one transmitter of which is off-frequency circa 5985.8. Ron says besides the 1330-1430 Sea Breeze broadcast, North Korean jamming lasts longer for even more QRM to Burma (I never hear the NK jamming on this here, but Shiokaze itself is weak; would be better if I woke up by 1330. Presumably still no English on Fridays) (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** KURDISTAN [non]. 11510, Jan 17 at 1430, mostly-music hour of V. of Kurdistan is incoming well today, enjoyable, so I feed it to my SRF-59 via 88.1 MHz while I am at the breakfast table. Even better: no IADs! Hope they`ve permanently fixed that distraxion.

Now at 04-16, 11510 is presumably via PRIDNESTROVYE, per Aoki, which spells it ``Radyoya Denge Kurdistane``. WRTH 2014: ``Dengê Kurdistanê`` also via KCH, where it`s on page 512 as targeting Turkey primarily, but also Syria, Iraq, Iran in a variety of dialects. At 16-20, winter night frequency is 7390, supposedly via France (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** PHILIPPINES. 9800, Jan 17 at 1418, VOA Korean via Tinang with some ICDs (intermittent carrier dropoffs), but nowhere near as bad as yesterday (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SOUTH CAROLINA [non non]. 9505, Jan 16 at 2200, WHRI going from `Onward Christian Soldiers` theme to Brother Scare, an additional transmission to the initial schedule (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. WORLD OF RADIO 1704 monitoring: 9475, Thursday Jan 16 at 2105 check is off the air, while the other two WTWWs are still on, 9930 BS and 12105 French Bible; this bodes ill. Yes: 9475 still off during the 2201-2230 period when WOR is confirmed playing on the webcast. Later in evening, WTWW-1 is back, on 5830, and the next morning circa 1415 also back on 9475.

WOR 1704 confirmed on next chance: UT Friday from 0428:53 on WWRB 3195 (no 5050 still); Dave interrupted the screaming preacher at 0428:30 saying stand by for World of Radio, which followed after a brief pause.

Next: Saturday 0730 & 1530 on HLR 7265-CUSB
Saturday 2130 on WRMI 7730 (perhaps; has been past two weeks)
UT Sunday 0030 on WRMI 9495 (perhaps; has been past two weeks; I`ve asked Jeff to move this one to UT Saturday 0030 if possible)
UT Sunday 0030 on WTWW 5085
UT Sunday 0501 on WTWW 5830
UT Monday 0400v on Area 51 via WBCQ 5110v-CUSB
Tuesday 1200 on WRMI 9955
Wednesday 0730 & 1530 on HLR 7265-CUSB

** U S A. 9495, UT Friday Jan 17 at 0037, WRMI`s extra transmission while R Libertad is running heavily jammed on main 9955 frequency: now it`s an historical DX program in Spanish, perhaps `La Rosa de Tokio` hour since it`s about Japanese broadcasting in WWII.

My queries about what`s going on:

``Hi Jeff, Sorry to hear of your laryngitis. Hope you`re better now. Who is the sub guy on WS, Michael Méndez? Heard Media Network Plus last night after 0030 UT Wed on 9495. Wonder if you have developed a full schedule for that hour, and/or 21-22 on 7730.`` And later:

``Jeff, Things are getting confusing, and it`s not clear whether you are making permanent changes, not yet reflected in the schedule, or temporary substitution/mixup?? At 0714 UT this morning, 9955 was not Brother Scare, but something else I could not make out. What is going on overnight now? Was this because WHR is also running BS on 9955 from Palau?? Glenn``

Were answered by Jeff White: ``Glenn: Michael Mendez, who hosted the latest Wavescan, is the host of our program Trova Libre on WRMI. Ray Robinson of KVOH will be the guest host for this coming Sunday's Wavescan, and I will be back the following week. Ray will also be joining us on future editions of the program with special features.

``WRMI's Internet stream is now running repeats of various programs (including WOR) during the hours from 0600 to 1100 and 1500 to 2200 UT daily, while 9955 kHz shortwave is running Brother Stair during those hours. I don't have a complete schedule for the Internet segments yet, and they will probably be changing frequently. Same goes for the schedules for the 2100-2200 and 0000-0100 segments on 7730 and 9495 respectively. Jeff``

But that doesn`t explain why I was hearing non-BS on 9955 at 0714; months ago when BS started to occupy huge gobs of time on the original SW 9955 WRMI, blowing away WRN and numerous DX programs, I had suggested that RMI maintain the old variety schedule on a webcast, instead of BS on that (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 9350, Jan 16 at 2108, I notice that the huge signal from WWCR-2 is dumping off the air for a split second a few times per minute; with BFO, I can also tell the frequency shifts very slightly as it does this. This happens unrelated to what is modulating.

Then I check 6115, WWCR-1 and the same thing is happening, also producing spur pulses in the 6175-6190 range. I can envision shorts occurring along the rhombic antennas to cause this? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)