venerdì 18 aprile 2014

Glenn Hauser logs April 16-17, 2014

** AFGHANISTAN [non]. 17690, April 17 at 0730, fair signal with talk in Farsi? Then big echo with double audio for about a minute. Uplooked later in HFCC, I see it`s IBB overlapping during site switch from Lampertheim, GERMANY to KUWAIT during multi-hour service alternating in Prs and Pst, which really means Dari and Pashto. So what is it, really? Aoki shows R. Azadi (Radio Free Afghanistan) which is on 17690 all the way from 0230 to 1430, starting out with Thailand, and then Sri Lanka (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** AUSTRALIA. 15490, April 17 at 0732, HCJB preacher claiming that the American military is anti-Christian (for not prolonging that as the one and only recognized religion!). Good signal for the 0730-0830 hour totally in English on 80 degree beam from Kununurra, a newish antenna? aimed into the Pacific, across the Solomons, Kiribati, Palmyra, Lake Chapala (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** BRAZIL. 6150-6170, April 16 at 0115, suspicious pulsing atop CBC on 6160, rather like what the RNA 6180 transmitter was doing last week, but not overwhelming, and 6180 is normal, so elsewhence? No match on the other side of 6180 either. Maybe it`s the other RNA transmitter which has been missing from 5999.6. Expedited by the absence of RHC from 6165 tonight.

6180 & 11780 unusually both RNAs are off the air April 16 at 0630 (and so is Cuba still from 6165). All are back at next check 2325 April 16 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** BRAZIL. 9664.36 approx., April 16 at 0125, ``seu amigo pastor`` with timecheck, R. Voz Missionária ID, Santa Catarina with frequencies 9665 [sic] and 5940; fair signal (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** BRAZIL. 11855.24 approx., April 16 at 0124, R. Aparecida ID in passing, host and callers trading Rosary and Lord`s Prayer citations in a show of piety. So is trying (or randomly varying?) to get back closer to proper frequency after several days more than 1 kHz even higher than this. As I understand it, the very name of the station refers to some alleged ``apparition`` of B. V. Mary. Usual good signal (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CHINA. CNR1 jamming search April 16 turns up:
17300, April 16 at 1256, CNR1 jammer, fair; none in 18s, 16s, 12s
17080, April 16 at 1256, CNR1 jammer, very good
14750, April 16 at 1256, CNR1 jammer, fair
13830, April 16 at 1256, CNR1 jammer, fair-good

15175, April 16 at 1302, extremely distorted Chinese-intoned talk covering roughly 15160-15190. No time to compare it to CNR1 for within a minute, it`s off and OK CNR1 modulation appears on 15195, so was tuneup thence?

CNR1 jamming search April 17 before 1300:
12910, April 17 at 1252, poor; none in the 14s
13130, April 17 at 1252, CNR1 jammer, fair
13430, April 17 at 1250, CNR1 jammer, poor vs CODAR
15550, April 17 at 1253, CNR1 jammer, good with flutter & open carrier
15585, April 17 at 1253, CNR1 jammer, poor with VOT het on lo side
16360, April 17 at 1253, CNR1 jammer, poor-fair with flutter; no 17s

CNR1 jamming, April 17 after 1300:
15545, April 17 at 1305, CNR1 jammer, very poor, VOT het on hi side
15585, April 17 at 1305, CNR1 jammer, very poor, VOT het on hi side

** CUBA. 9550, April 16 at 0106 check, still no RHC here despite own schedule claming it`s now on from 21 to 05 UT.

5040, April 16 at 0109, RHC Spanish marred by big hum, which is also audible on the much weaker leapfrog mixing product over 5025 Rebelde, landing on 5010. 5040 hum same as 24 hours earlier, so they still haven`t wiggled that patchcord! RHC is its own worst enemy. Or blame it on transmitter agency RadioCuba.

11670, April 16 at 0111, VG signal from RHC on now // 11760 and 11840.

Circa 21 UT April 15, 11670 was off after having started operating much earlier and blocking India, leading to hopes that Arnie had heard the pleas of AIR listeners. But April 16 at 2137 check, RHC is back, totally blocking India on 11670. Arnie never makes a frequency move to help any other station out, only his own.

6000, April 16 at 0114, RHC English is very undermodulated on one frequency, and 6165, the other frequency, is absent. What are we going to do?? At least Brazil, q.v., is still off 5999.6, so RHC is hetless.

6165, April 16 at 0630, RHC English is still absent from here, leaving nothing but The Cuban Three, on 6000, 6060 and 6100 with music at the moment. Too bad 6165 CHAD has been inactive for months now.

It seems that at least one major RHC transmitter is down, which vacates various frequencies at different dayparts. 9850 is the absentee April 16 at 1242; I can barely make out the weak 9830 signal under RTTY // 9550.

After 1301 April 16, today`s missing channel is 15370, still gone at 1334 and 1406, but // 15340 is more than sufficient.

By 2137 April 16, RHC is back on 11670, after missing yesterday; and still on at 2325 along with 11760, but still NOT 9550. Also during this `Mesa Redonda` hour of alternate TV programming, April 16 at 2325, extra frequency 6165 is still running along with 6000.

15370 & 15340 are both on, April 17 at 1307 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** EGYPT. 9965, April 16 at 0112, R. Cairo is back on with big carrier, little modulation under humwhine, after being off the air 24 hours earlier. Were they fixing the transmitter? Of course not! (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** FRANCE. 17850, April 16 at 0728, poor signal in French when I was not expecting to hear anything on 16m, but up unreasonably late to get WOR 1717 finished. Per HFCC, it`s RFI, 500 kW from Issoudun at 07-09, with a slight beam change at 08 from 160 to 153 degrees, why? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** KOREA NORTH. 11735, 13650, 13760, April 16 at 1254, all with Juche jamming noise bleeding in to entertain us during open carrier between Voice of Korea transmissions (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** NORTH AMERICA. 6930-USB, April 16 at 0116, jazz/swing pirate music, 0121 long pause and clear ID as ``X-L-R-8``, another long pause and 0122 more music.

Amid, visual non-DX was the firing up of my streetlight at 0117-0118 UT April 16, latening every spring evening, other things being equal such as clear sky at sunset (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** PERU. 5980, April 16 at 0106, R. Chaski carrier with some modulation presumably from Red Radio Integridad relay, until cutoff at 0108:34*. 24 hours earlier I had timed it until 0108:21, so that makes 13 seconds difference instead of the average 5.5; I`ve double-checked my notes and this seems to be correct. We`re still awaiting a major traditional timer reset to close down nearer 0100 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SAUDI ARABIA. 17740, April 17 at 0729, poor signal with undermodulated ME? music. Of the two possibilities in HFCC, I pick BSKSA in Arabic, 250 kW, 310 degrees toward Europe and USward at 06-09, rather than CRI in Chinese southward from Xi`an. Spring is providing higher-band propagation in the nightmiddle (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SOUTH CAROLINA [non]. 9955, April 16 at 0626, I notice VG signal from WRMI with fill-music loop atop pulse jamming, instead of Brother Scare, who does continue on 7570 WRMI. By 0632 he`s back on both, explaining how this and further 2014 eclipses obviously are signs that the end of the world is nigh. But not this year --- more likely Jesus will Come Back September 28, 2015 or 2017. Of course!

15190, April 17 at 0732, BS with good signal holding up via R. Africa Network, via WRMI (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** TIBET [non]. 15525, April 17 at 1406, V. of Tibet via MADAGASCAR, usual jump to 15530 at 1407 while no jamming audible (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** TURKEY. 9770 // 9870, April 16 at 0106, Voz de Turquía in Spanish is back on both frequencies presumably from before 0100, instead of missing the first half of the hour yesterday (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. WORLD OF RADIO 1716 monitoring: confirmed on WRMI-11, the only one on the NW antenna, and atop jamming, Wednesday April 16 at 1300; following gh`s WRMI ID at 1259.5 which cut short the 1259 WRMI Scoreboard.

WORLD OF RADIO 1717 monitoring: confirmed first SW airing, Thursday April 17 at 1230 on WRMI-10, 9955, following gh WRMI ID. Fair-good signal but no jamming; squeezed by Fax on the hi side, and toward the end of semihour, open carrier on lo side = Taiwan about to start Nippon no Kaze.

Altho there may have been an earlier override tuneup I missed, WRMI-10 remained unimpeded by WRMI-11 until WOR finished at 1259, and only then a quick switch to 11 for Scoreboard on stronger signal.

Next WOR 1717 airings:
Thu 2101 on WTWW-1, 9475
UT Fri 0327v on WWRB-1, 5050
Sat 0630 & 1430 on Hamburger Lokalradio, 7265-CUSB
Sat 2330 on WTWW-2, 9930
UT Sun 0030 on WRMI-14, 9495 (probably previous edition)
UT Sun 0401 on WTWW-1, 5830
UT Mon 0300 on Area 51 via WBCQ-3, 5110v-CUSB
Tue 1100 on WRMI-10, 9955
Wed 0630 & 1430 on Hamburger Lokalradio, 7265-CUSB
Wed 1300 on WRMI-11, 9955

** U S A. 9955, Wednesday April 16 at 1330, immediately following WORLD OF RADIO, WRMI plays `Ask WWCR` ---- huh? Substituting in a `Viva Miami` slot featuring the two guys who banned WOR from WWCR, starting to gab about liposuxion and baseball --- double huh?

But then about NASB, so Jeff, also involved in that, has deliberately put this on WRMI as leading up to the NASB meeting in May at the apparently doomed Greenville VOA site. If you`ve never visited GB, this may be your last chance to see it in operation, as part of the meeting is open to the public. (They don`t say this; I do)

17790, April 17 at 1410, no signal from WRMI which should be on now with R. Africa Network; Cuba audible on 17580, 17730; 17775 KVOH VG; WRMI BS on 15770 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) See also SOUTH CAROLINA [non]

** U S A. 5110v-CUSB, April 16 at 0110, another secret `Allan Weiner Worldwide` repeat from WBCQ --- must be from 2013y, as refers to RCI having gone off SW ``last September, 2012`` (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 5830, April 16 at 1249, something amiss at WTWW: only poor carrier and low distorted modulation at peaks only, unreadable. Will the same apply to day frequency 9475? Still not on at 1407, but at 1620 recheck, SFAW is back on old offset frequency 9479! 9930 missing, so I surmise the #1 transmitter is down for maintenance, and the lower-priority Brother Scare service has ceded #2 transmitter to #1 SFAW service, but #2 still has the old 9479 frequency programmed into it. By 2325 next check, corrected to 9475, but 9930 is still off, while 12105 #3 is also on (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 7506+, April 16 at 0107 check, zilch continues to emanate from WRNO (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

This report dispatched at 1742 UT April 17