lunedì 17 marzo 2014

Glenn Hauser logs March 16-17, 2014

** ALASKA [non]. 9580, Monday March 17 at 1406, I was amid usual bandscanning, but encountering this item on R Australia, I was hooked for the rest of the hour, the author who exposed what a lying, vengeful, ignoramus Sarah Palin was and is:

``CONVERSATIONS WITH RICHARD FIDLER --- A repeat of Richard's interview with veteran US journalist Joe McGinniss, who died this week. Broadcast date: Friday 14 March

Joe McGinniss wrote a classic work of campaign journalism called The Selling of The President. He also wrote an acclaimed book on Alaska, a place he adored and feared for.

On election day 2008 he began on the ground reporting on the background of Alaska's most famous daughter. Joe's research famously began with his decision to rent a house right next door to the Palin family in Wasilla.

Richard recorded this interview with Joe when he was visiting Australia in 2012. Joe died on Monday from complications of prostate cancer, aged 71.

The Rogue: Searching for The Real Sarah Palin is published by Random House. [link to audio, 51 minutes:]

** BANGLADESH. 15505, March 17 at 1358, Bangladesh Betar IS very poor, but enough to tell the timesignal ends 8 seconds before 1400:00. Thus Bangladesh proves to be a leading country (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** INDONESIA. 4750-, March 17 at 1247, music and some talks sound Indonesian, but not positive; however it is on the low side compared to Nebraska 750 carrier, as befits RRI Makassar. Also try to match it to 9680, but far too much China radio war QRM, and not sure if it would be // RRI Jakarta anyway (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** KOREA NORTH [non]. 9775, March 17 at 1405, R. Free Chosun via RVA Palauig [not Palaugi as typoed before!], PHILIPPINES. Now the humbuzz seems significantly reduced to a more tolerable level, altho still audible underneath on this VG signal (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** NORTH AMERICA. 6930-USB, March 17 at 0136, tune in to some pirate music, but soon stops, and dead air until resumes at 0139. Stops again at 0143 with no announcement. Sorry, don`t have the patience to keep listening hoping it will get around to IDing. It was Renegade Radio per this thread, as also first heard by Chris Smolinski mentioning the audio breaks; span was *0133-0240*,15985.0.html

** PERU [and non]. 5980, March 17 at 0103, usual double-carriers from R. Chaski and BBC UAE on slightly different frequencies, the Chaski of which cuts off at 0105:35.0, which is appropriately 11.5 seconds later than 48 hours ago. As we are closing in on 0106, it`s ``about time`` for another autotimer reset back closer to 0100 if not before.

BTW, at 0115 I notice that there is again a mixture of two signals on 5980, but now the other one is WWCR PMS from 5935, since WWCR is also running open carrier on 5890, both extremely strong, producing a leapfrog on 5980, which may or may not be due to receiver overload. See U S A for more (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. WORLD OF RADIO 1712 monitoring: confirmed after 0300 UT Monday March 17 on Area 51 via WBCQ 5110v-CUSB, barely audible in noise level, but loud & clear on webcast. Next on WRMI 9955: Tuesday 1100, Wednesday 1300, maybe Thursday 0330 unless 1713 be ready (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 3195, March 17 at 0109, WWRB is absent from own programming frequency, whence WORLD OF RADIO has also been missing for a biweek, Fridays at 0330. Since DST began a week ago, changeover time from WWRB to WWCR on 3215 is now 0100 UT, i.e. when WWRB must switch from 3215 to 3195. 3215 now occupied by WWCR. But 3185, the WWRB TOM channel, remains active, plus 9370 in daytime (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 5980, after Chaski, Perú was confirmed cutting off at 0105:35* March 17, leaving only BBC UAE carrier on frequency, at 0115 I notice that there is again a mixture of two signals, but now the other one is WWCR PMS from 5935, since WWCR is also running open carrier on 5890, both extremely strong, producing a leapfrog on 5980, which may or may not be due to receiver overload.

WWCR`s 5890 isn`t on transmitter schedule until 0200. However, per program schedule, #4 is ``signed off`` from 2200 Sun to 0300 UT Mon (and also from 2200 Sat to 0400 UT Sun), which means the 9980 transmission ends earlier than on weekdays, and there is no 7520 intervening either. Nothing else to do with this transmitter than let it burn the 100 kW for nothing on 5890. If I were a shareholder I might object to such wastage (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 5085 & 9930, March 16-17 before and after 0000 UT, WTWW-2 is still absent, but WTWW-1 is on 9475. 5085 still off at 0509; 9930 is still off after 1404 UT March 17 but 9475 WTWW-1 and 12105 WTWW-3 are on. George McClintock explains that #2, the transmitter acquired from Seychelles ex-FEBA, has some issues following a power failure; it seems the original unit had some modifications by FEBA which are now problematic. WTWW team are working on it today Monday. George also says the proper QSY time for 9475/5830 and 9930/5085 is still 0000 UT --- but programming such as WORLD OF RADIO should be one UT hour earlier, i.e. Saturday 2330 on 9930 once the transmitter be fixed (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 7506.6, approx., March 17 at 0120, WRNO is back with VG signal, gospel huxter. DST nominal schedule is now 01-04 UT. Ron Howard was listening about the same time and put it on 7506.57. He first heard it again on March 14; last time before that was Feb 24 when on 7506.60, so it was off for 2.5 weeks (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 9975, March 17 at 0157 I am standing by for KVOH to come on, meanwhile weak signal from TWR Hindi, southward from Tashkent, which is normally audible. *0157:45, KVOH does cut on with tone test, totally blocking Uzbekistan, but off again at 0158:10*; back on at *0158:40 with tone, some humbuzz; 0159:25 music modulation cuts on, 0200 brief ID in English (not a sign-on message), and right into AWR Wavescan --- about the BBC Indian Ocean Relay Station about to close March 30; Calcutta; and what does kHz mean? Seems Jeff never announces the program number or date, but Adrian Peterson`s script confirms it`s #264 for Sunday March 16. Altho Sunday is the nominal release day for each new edition, this is one I`ve heard before on WRMI, which must have started prepeating it earlier. 9975 KVOH is currently on air only four hours a week, UT Sun & Mon 0200-0400 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 1550, March 17 at 1411 UT, presumed still KUAZ Tucson AZ, with NPR-inflected news, but fading out by 1412, more than a sesquihour after sunrise here (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. Trans-Atlantic carrier search, March 17 at 0131-0135 UT: I`m mainly trying the new PL-880 on SW, but altho it can tune in 9 kHz steps on MW, detecting TA carriers is easier on the DX-398 with offset BFO, so back to it: 541, 891, 909, 1044, 1053, 1152, 1206, 1215, 1503, 1512, 1521. Especially strong is 1521, but still can`t peel off any Saudio next to 1520 KOKC it hets (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. 2598-USB, March 17 at 0113, very poor signal in English on this Canadian Coast Guard marine weather frequency. According to
this would be VCM in St Anthony, Newfoundland & Labrador, starting at 0107 UT, but alternating with six other stations. As Don Moore found out, a neat frequency to monitor at night if your noise level permit, which mine hardly does. Other 2 MHz band Canadian CG channels in other regions are: 2749, 2582, 2514, 2054. Let`s hope they last a while longer unlike the USCG which abandoned the band last year, no more 2670s (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

This report dispatched at 1759 UT March 17