martedì 18 febbraio 2014

Glenn Hauser logs February 17-18, 2014

** BRAZIL [and non]. 6135+, Feb 18 at 0056, big het, no doubt BOLIVIA on the lo side, and R. Aparecida on the hi side. Can make out some music on the upper, so compare it to 9630-; yes, sounds the same altho not with two receivers for exact //. Then at 0106 I can make out some Portuguese on the lo side of 9630. At 0136 again hearing same music on both.

Not trying to measure either this time, but Bryan Clark, NZ, had Aparecida on 9629.79, Jan 19 at 0824; and Dave Valko, PA, on 9629.657, Feb 7 at 2335. Nothing audible here on 11855v, and too much slop from Cuba on 5035v. But what`s the other station on 9630? Aoki & HFCC show it must be CNR1 from Geermu site, CHINA, just starting at 0100 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC [non]. 17500, Feb 17 at 1700-1709, no trace of a signal from R. Ndeke Luka, reactivated target broadcast from a station inside the country. Not surprising as from UAE site, aiming SW across Africa, at about right angle to USward. Here`s what I posted about it February 16 to the DXLD yg:

UNIDENTIFIED. Also heard weak signal, 17500 kHz, 1700z as reported as new - unID, too weak, Feb 8 (Rich Ray, Burr Ridge IL, dxldyg via DX LISTENING DIGEST)

Well heard in MO but I missed the s/o [sign on or sign off???]. Heard some really nice reggae riddims during the last 10 minutes (Dave Hughes, Kansas City MO, Feb 8, ibid.)

17500 Radio Ndeke Luka 1700-1730 1234567 Sango/French 250 245 Dhabbaya UAE 2410N 05415E NDL b13 BAB Feb. 3-

17500 1700 1730 47S,52N DHA 250 245 -15 218 1234567 030214 300314 D 20600 Fra UAE BAB BAB

Sounds familiar: that was a target broadcast to Central African Republic last reported in 2005y, also as early as 2003. Certainly needed even more now. There was talk of comeback on SW 6.5 years ago.

See DXLD 7-109, of Sept 8, 2007:

``CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC. CAR: U N-BACKED RADIO STRIVES FOR NATIONAL COVERAGE | Text of report by state-owned Central African Republic radio on 5 September

Now it's over to Athanase Karayenga of Fondation Hirondelle [Geneva-
based NGO], representing his colleague at Radio Ndeke Luka [Bangui FM
station backed by UN and Fondation Hirondelle].

Athanase Karayenga talked with the communications minister about Ndeke
Luka's plan to broadcast to the whole country. At the end of the
meeting, Mr Karayenga answered questions from [reporter] Ruben Ngoya.

[Karayenga] I discussed Radio Ndeke Luka's plans with the
communications minister. We have received two directives from the EU,
one of Radio Ndeke Luka's donors, asking us to rework the statutes so
that Ndeke Luka becomes a Central African national judicial entity. We
hope to complete this by the end of the year. It is possible.

The second directive is to cover the whole country, via shortwave, in
the not-too-distant future. These are requests from the European

I met the communications minister yesterday, when I was in Boali. I
met friends at ICDI, a shortwave [religious] radio station
broadcasting from Boali, and which could broadcast our programmes for
one hour in the morning and one hour in the afternoon, every day.

Source: Radio Centrafrique, Bangui, in French 1800 gmt 5 Sep 07 2007 (via BBCM via DXLD)``

R. Ndeke Luka is listed in WRTH 2014 on page 114, and mentions being relayed by ICDI 6030 at 1700-1900.

Homepage does not mention any SW except 6030:

Searching the website on 17500 however gets this:

    Category: En Bref
``A partir de ce lundi, Radio Ndeke Luka émet 30 minutes en onde courte à partir de 17h sur 17500 KWZ [sic] en direction des auditeurs des provinces. 3 février 2014``

BTW, I recently saw a news report from Boali, site of atrocities, also home of Radio ICDI. A Christian church was giving refuge to Moslems; or was that somewhere else in CAR? (Glenn Hauser, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA. 9580, Feb 18 at 0106, open-carrier, dead air from transmitter supposed to be modulating CRI relay in English, which the neighboring non-communist Albanians have no trouble accomplishing on 9570 (er, really, I think the Cërrik site is still mostly operated by Chinese) (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** MEXICO. 1430, Feb 17 at 0601-0605 UT, I`m back trying to ID the Mexican I have been hearing dominating the graveyard-like pileup. Long choral multi-verse NA is playing so this one must be in the CST zone = local midnite. But then 0605 segué to other music rather than ID.

1430, Feb 17 at 0625, tentative ID as ``XEOX, la Exa``, which would be Ciudad Obregón, Sonora in wrong timezone, so not same station. At 0643, ``Radio X``, so this one or the other one?

1430, Feb 18 at 0115 UT I try again; once more, there is one Spanish station atop the pileup (fortunately, KZQZ is behaving itself, no more 50 kW day power at night from St Louis), and it`s roughly N/S or slightly west of south. Live hyper (but not super-hype) DJ with rapid speech, greets various colonias, mentions Monterrey, ranchera tune; 0120 next break mentions corridos, 14-30, Tamaulipas. 0123 a canned ID, but it`s relatively low-key and smooth, harder to understand. Maybe `La X, 14-30``; then live DJ mentions Reynosa; 0127 plug an event in Ciudad Madero, Tamaulipas (that`s way down by Tampico, far from the border). I never hear any produced ads or PSAs.

Finally says ``La Fórmula Perfecta desde Ciudad Miguel Alemán, Tamaulipas`` which makes it XEWD, 5/0.15 kW per WRTH and Cantú, 2/0.15 kW per IRCA log, all sloganing it ``La Grande`` which I don`t hear, and IRCA says with RCN network. Unclear yet whether this ``Fórmula`` refers to the national Fórmula grupo, or just a generic fórmula. CMA is just across the border from Roma, Tejas.

Always with a very fast SAH, which leads me to suspect this station is the one most off-frequency compared to the average. No way it`s only 150 watts, yet steadily dominating all the other signals. Suspect but not positive it`s the same one I was hearing around 0700, rather than something deeper into Mexico.

Three years ago as in DXLD 11-11, XEWD was reported from England by Barry Davies with ``"La Arrolladora" slogan; ID spotted by OM Henrik Klemetz who says the name means irresistible women!!!``. I don`t find any other logs of it in DXLD past decade, not even by myself (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** PERU. 5980, Feb 18 at 0057, R. Chaski poorly audible with some talk; turn on BFO to catch the cutoff which comes at 0103:01*, i.e. 11.5 seconds later than two nights ago (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** RWANDA [non]. 17540, Feb 17 at 1700, [after no signal on 17500 from sought R. Ndeke Luka – see CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC], fair signal here with music until 1705 announcement mentioning Rwanda, no doubt in Kinyarwanda, 1706 English ID for Radio Impala, at 7-8 pm, and info about station`s mission concerning human rights, etc. Fanfare, and 1707 same in French, then into another song. Recorded this:
English segment is 1:19 to 2:29 in the 4:27 clip.
Aoki shows 250 kW, 310 degrees from MADAGASCAR, favorable for us, daily at 1700-1758 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SPAIN [and non]. 11780, UT Tue Feb 18 at 0114, REE IS is atop RNB, which takes some doing, prior to 0115-0145 weekly Sephardic service, while alternate 11795 still goes empty, as the clueless Spaniards keep colliding with Brasil. At least the pair are very, very close to zero-beat now (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 6604-USB, WSY70, New York Radio, Feb 17 at 0631 check, all airports are still ``missing``: Minneapolis, Detroit, Boston, [illegible], Milwaukee``.

13270-USB, New York Radio, Feb 17 at 1436, missing are: Pittsburgh, Atlantic City, Indianapolis, St. Louis.

13270-USB, Feb 18 at 0110, New York Radio ID and timecheck, terminal aerodrome conditions: still missing, starting with New York-Kennedy.

Will they finally get this fixed after the federal holiday on Tuesday? Did countless flights complain about this, or is nobody listening but us? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 9495, UT Tue Feb 18 at 0057, WRMI extra frequency is playing ``My Way`` by Sinatra; not sure what program that could be, lacking a schedule for any but 9955 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** URUGUAY [non]. 6125, Feb 18 at 0055, sounds like REE has some lite CCI; its own signal is always there but never big at this angle. South American conditions are pretty good with the big het between Bolivia and Brasil around 6135, so could this be R. Uruguay? No! Checking better REE // 9535, the CCI turns out to be its own music underneath the talk (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. Trans-Atlantic MW carrier search, Feb 18 at 0130-0136 UT after hearing the tell-tale het from 1521 upon 1520 KOKC, surely Saudi. Tuning up the band on DX-398, internal antenna with offset BFO for easy spotting, found these: 774, 783, 873, 882, 1044, 1053, 1152, 1206, 1215, 1422, 1503, 1512, 1521 kHz. This receiver has a few birdies which I always have to ignore, including around 855 and 1476 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. 12450, Feb 17 at 1433, very poor fluttery signal with continuous talk, no sounders, not certain if Chinese, but I think it`s likely Sound of Hope, always hopping around. Not // CNR1 on 9825, 12045 et al. Figured I would find 12450 in Aoki, or in Wolfgang Büschel`s long list of monitored SOH frequencies at an earlier hour in latest DXLD, but no 12450 in either.

Could it be an harmonic of something on 6225? Yes! Aoki reminds us that one of the remaining Democratic Voice of Burma broadcasts is there at this very hour, 1430-1530, 100 kW, 125 degrees via TAJIKISTAN. Doubt I could hear 6225 to compare, but others might. Further chex needed! (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

This report despatched at 0453 UT February 18