sabato 22 febbraio 2014

Glenn Hauser logs February 21-22, 2014

** BRAZIL [and non]. 10000, Feb 22 at 0633, time beeps every dekasecond, and unreadable talk in between, but surely PPE Rio de Janeiro as per its format, barely audible under WWVH`s good signal, while WWV on this frequency is even more JBA (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CANADA [and non]. 6070, Feb 22 at 0627, CFRX with fair signal, interviewing a stand-up comedian; 0628 ACI starts from 6075 Vatican bells but not too bad; also has splash from strong second-adjacent 6060 RHC, even tho its total blocker, 6070, is off by now.

There is also a LAH on 6070, as CFRX is now the blocker of something even weaker. Aoki shows two other 24-hour stations, 25 kW ND Radio Channel 292 in Germany, and 7.5 kW ND R. Capital, Rio de Janeiro (which is another one really overtaken by Super Rádio Deus é Amor).

CFRX also audible at 1305, fair but clear, ``News-Talk 10-10`` IDs, ads. Still seems strange to hear real commercials on N American SW, rather than just survivalist stuff on US stations.

Just once, I`d love to hear a `News-Talk 60-70`` ID! I bet 99% of 1010 CFRB listeners are not even aware there is a SW simulcast; is it *ever* mentioned on air? Searching the website on CFRX, it`s only mentioned here for QSLing, without explaining where or what it is:
Searching separately on 6070 gets *zero* hits.

At 0627 I was apparently hearing the `Humble & Fred` show at 12-2 am ET including Saturdays, not 24/7 Comedy. Here`s the program schedule, which defaults to the current day of week:

Lots of variety but too many of the shows are merely named for the host with no info about subject matter, politix, etc. They also carry some stuff from CTV; and from CBS-TV including `60 Minutes` at 0000 UT Mondays (but RHC will block that), and radio`s `CBS Weekly World News Roundup` at 5-6 am Saturdays (10-11 UT), when only co-channel is North Korea. No doubt all programming will shift one UT hour earlier already March 9 with the far-too-soon advent of DST, as ordered by the USA!

As for the weaker signals I have been getting, Karl Zuk commented at 2119 UT Feb 20: ``CFRX 6070 still in a full blaze of glory in signal strength about 45 miles north of NYC``. Proximity counts, but maybe also more direxional now? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CHINA. 9465-9490, Feb 22 at 1440, approx. range of filthy distorted FMy spurs presumably out of the 9450 CNR1 jammer, instead of on the low side; but totally blasted amid by 9475 WTWW SFAW. If WTWW is not a problem for 9475 R. Australia, the spurs will be, over there (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA. 5025, Feb 22 at 0622, R. Rebelde is off again, and along with it any possible leapfrogs with 5040 RHC upon 5010, 5055 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** NEW ZEALAND. 11725, Feb 22 at 0650, looking for lullabyes, I settle on the good signal from RNZI, during `Saturday Night With Peter Fry` from RNZ National. Great selexion of requested music; I doze off mostly asleep, but perceive ``Oxygène IV`` by Jean-Michel Jarre until more awakened by sign-off at 0758*. Complete playlist is here:
The total show is 7-11 pm [0600-1000 UT during DST] but RNZI SW schedule names it only after 0808, while from 0600 shows generic ``RNZ National`` which in fact also contains `Saturday Night`, and news on the hour (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** NORTH AMERICA. 6925-USB, Feb 22 at 0227, tnx to Terry Krueger tip, Undercover Radio pirate is heard, good signal requiring some attenuation vs pumping; promoting black or white T-shirts of the station from or --- Dr Benway has learnt from Radio Free Whatever, which used it for a new transmitter, that is a good way to raise money, apparently anonymously, but in this case the proceeds to go to ``wounded warriors`` --- is that generic, or a specific charity? Dr Benway is mostly talking and checking orders in real time for the T-shirts, trying to reach the 20 minimum required by the T-shirt printer to energize the order for white ones; black ones have already 37 signed up. If minimum is not reached, says money will be refunded, $15 each. Says he doesn`t touch the money. Takes two weeks to get orders out, so hurry if you want to wear one to the Winterfest, as he suggests. While
 black ones may be ``cooler`` now, they certainly won`t be come summer. BTW, if you are referring to symmetrical T-shirts, always capitalize the T!

IDs every so often as ``Undercover Radio, from the middle of nowhere``, and at 0230 says is getting ``all the way to California`` which implies UCR is in eastern North America! Then into a story about spring, with musical accompaniment: he was looking for a new transmitter site, leading to adventures; by 0235 it`s `cello strumming, SFX, and about looking at the stars with a night-vision scope, and how about converting the visible to the audible?

At 0245 starts to play an old announcement from 2004(?) with the Merlin maildrop address, but interrupts it since Merlin has closed; now use e-mail only. 0256, starts playing recording of twentieth anniversary broadcast, which must have been 1996y since refers to starting in 1976. And I need to move on, as it`s time for Sting on PBS. Was the 20-white-T-shirt goal reached? Yes, per website at 1734 UT Feb 22, now at 23, with goal now of 100; and linx to beneficiary:

** SPAIN [and non]. 21640, Sat Feb 22 at 1342, REE is back on clear frequency after lapsing to 21630 yesterday. Good thing too, as on Saturday, BBC Hausa via Ascension 21630 has started earlier instead of 1400 weekdays. (Not in Aoki, but in HFCC as 1230-1500 only on Saturdays). (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A [and non]. 7345-USB, Feb 22 at 1447, apparent Navy MARS net discussing schedules with net designators but not revealing frequencies; among calls mentioned fonetikally, NNN0TWA, and from Air Force, AFA4PM. Also with very weak AM carrier, presumably a non-jammer CNR1 Beijing per Aoki. I also heard NNN0TWA last August on 7345 at 1313 and searched him out to be Jim in Tennessee. AFA4PM is also in TN per an exhaustive roster via (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 9955, Sat Feb 22 at 0636, WRMI VG in Spanish about history of radio in Ecuador, so probably the `Historias de Radio` show if not another one from Argentina, `La Rosa de Tokio` --- despite Brother Scare supposedly scheduled seven days a week from 0600 on 9955. Just another anomaly from Okeechobee. Meanwhile BS is really on 9840 and presumably 7570.

9955, Sat Feb 22 at 1323, interesting feature about a piano-maker, from R. Prague, but cut off incomplete at 1329.5 by Bob Zanotti`s ID still skipping the dot after www (and the nine syllables of www are a waste, since it`s optional before, in order to start 1330 preacher on time, listed as `Tell the World Ministry` until 1345 `Viva Miami`. Seems R. Prague will not always fit into the 24.5 minutes allotted for it Mon-Sat following the pentaminute `End Times Coming` daily at 1300-1305 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 9330.0-CUSB, Feb 22 at 1316, WBCQ is back on-frequency, following my report a sesquiday earlier of 9331.34; usual GFRN preaching, only a poor signal. Switched back to main transmitter, or adjusted the backup? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 1440, Feb 22 at 0500-0506 UT, tried for the underpublicized DX test from WFNY, 1440, Gloversville in upstate New York, not expecting to hear it, especially if on 0.5 kW night power N/S rather than 5 kW ND day facility. And indeed not heard: 1440 dominated by an ESPN station, presumably usual WGEM Quincy IL in same direxion; and also by some Spanish, presumably KTNO The Metroplex TX, even tho it`s allegedly only 350 watts at night.

WFNY test was not a no-show, as Steve Francis in Alcoa TN reported ``code heard at midnight!`` DXers in NJ, and even IL and NE also heard the code (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. 28500-USB, Feb 21 at 2202-2206, pileup calling Elmo, but of course never mentioning anything but their own callsigns, including K2RD, K7RQ, W7RPT. Couldn`t hear Elmo on this or nearby frequencies; anybody know who and where? I notice that even 6m was open from LU Argentina to USA; difference of opinions whether F2 or TE propagation (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)