sabato 10 maggio 2014

Glenn Hauser logs May 9-10, 2014

** ALBANIA. 9845, May 10 at 0120, R. Tirana IS again on early, good signal; 0132 news items concern a political hunger strike, trade or aid from Germany; valuable gifts sought for Tony Blair (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** ANGUILLA. 6090, May 10 at 0107, Caribbean Beacon is back on with usual VG signal propagating DGS/PMS, after missing last night. Its absences are never predictable nor prolonged (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** BRAZIL. 6180, May 10 at 0107, RNA is back on with VG signal after missing a few nights. Still on and OK at 0533, but at 0527 check of // 11780 found that at VG strength with music, but modulation a bit rough to go with unstable wobbling carrier as detected with BFO. Here we go again? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA. 6165, May 10 at 0107, RHC is on tonight in English // 6000, the latter very undermodulated. 6100, May 10 at 0534, now this one is very undermodulated (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CYPRUS. 9942-9966, May 10 at 0131, strong OTH radar pulsing, presumed from here, QRMs 9965 Cairo, and 9955 WRMI, adding to the Cuban jamming against PCJ Radio International (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** KOREA SOUTH. 15575, May 10 at 1355:13.5-1358:12.5, Kevin O`Donovan`s 2-sesquiminute DX news/listening tips are again on KBS World Radio`s `Listeners Lounge` this second Saturday: R. Tirana English sked, which he says is Mon-Fri local instead of Mon-Sat; CRI via Albania; RNB 11780; and as source for webcasts of several minor SW stations --- as he picks up another item originally on WOR, and in DXLD, see 14-17 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** MEXICO. A bit of sporadic E analog TV DX, morning of May 10:
1423 UT turn on ch 2 to find CCI from the south
1427 UT ch 2, it`s `Sabadazo` show bug lower left, and Televisa-2 Star bug in lower right
1430 UT, zero-beat CCI on 2 from animation with net-7 bug in upper right; horizontal rolling which I think means almost exactly zero-beat
1436 UT on 2, Sabadazo has a conjunto in the studio, fade out by 1445, but brief fade-in stronger at 1453. Not sure whether this show includes animation elements, or that was all from the CCI; nothing further in the following hour+ until:

1608 UT May 10 on 2, sudden fade-in with large website at bottom,, and soon a different one, while in upper right is the giveaway bug of TELEACTIVA = XEFB-TV, Monterrey NL. As in
Danny Oglethorpe`s valuable reference which however has not yet been updated since last summer. Plus CCI in and out.

1618 UT May 10 on 3, fade-in net-5 bug in LR with animation, little audio with MUF between 62 and 65 MHz, but briefly // audio to ch 2 amid the CCI. So more to come? As I close out this report (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** PERU. 5980, May 10 at 0105 R. Chaski carrier until cut at 0110.45.5* which is 6.5 seconds later than yesterday (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** PHILIPPINES [and non]. 15190.0, May 9 at 1859, pop song past 1900 with fair signal, 1901 M&W conversation in Tagalog. With the demise of R. Africa, and WRMI not coming up on 15190 until 2100, we many now be certain the 15190 station between 1730 and 1930 is Radyo Pilipinas (via Tinang). Except: watch out for R. Inconfidência`s very weak and irregular signal from Beautiful Horizon, making a het as it varies up to 15191, and sometimes a bit below 15190, but none of that now; supposedly on air 24 hours. EiBi and HFCC show RP language as English only; Aoki as English/Filipino (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SPAIN. 15385, Friday May 9 at 1858, surprised to hear the REE IS, very poorly, 1900 talk but so weak not sure of language, then music. HFCC is the worst source for REE skeds, A-14 claiming that 15385 is available only at 1400-1700 Mon-Sat.

But EiBi and Aoki both add 1900-2000 M-F in Portuguese to Africa, 161 degrees from Noblejas. They disagree on the days for 1500-1700 in Spanish: Aoki says Mon-Sat, EiBi says Mon-Fri. And the only 15385 usage before 1500 is the Monday-only Sephardi service to ME at 1425-1455 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SRI LANKA. 11905, May 10 at 0114, SLBC open carrier, poor with flutter; 0114:48 music starts, 0115:17.5, 2+1 mistimesignal ends; and since it`s Saturday, opening must be in Bangla, not Hindi, per Jose Jacob (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** TAIWAN [non]. 9955, UT Sat May 10 at 0110, PCJ Radio International (Media Network+?) via WRMI, discussion of international broadcasting including someone with a British accent, but too much jamming to follow it; tnx a lot, Arnie! See also CYPRUS (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 9475, May 9 at 1905 check, this is the only WTWW transmitter active. Next check at 0101 UT May 9, 9475 is *still* on instead of having QSYed to night frequency 5830 at nominal 0000; and *still* still on at rechex 0121, 0137; but by 0202, 5830 has finally come up.
Circa 1230, 5830 on; and at 1400 trying 9475 I hear Australia until *1401 WTWW-1 cuts on with SFAW in progress, so no QSY at 1300?

5085 off at 0535 check and 9930 at 1545 chex May 10: WTTW-2 not heard at all for a few days now, which bodes ill for WOR at 2330 Saturday, but try 5830 UT Sunday at 0401 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A [and non]. 5050, May 10 at 0108, WWRB is still gone, and so is 3185, but 9370 is still on; seems only one transmitter is working now and first priority is for Brother Scare, and even running the day frequency overnight, as still on at 0537 check. HFCC registrations call for WWRB on 9370 at 13-24 UT only.

However, the only 9370 competition would be Pakistan in Bengali and Nepali at 0900-1030, not a problem over here even if they were really on the air, as WRTH A-14 Update shows the true frequencies for those are 11860 and 15180 and even so are ``irregular and running on minimal power`` -- and * next to them is spurious. So – why not WWRB? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)PALAU (PLW)

** U S A. 7505.16 approx., May 10 at 0112, JBA carrier but no WRNO programming. This off-frequency very weak carrier, however, implies that WRNO`s exciter is on the air, unable to fire up the full transmitter (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** VIETNAM [non]. 12005, May 10 at 0129, surprised to find no signal from VOV relay via Woofferton UK to North America, but *0130:10 carrier and soon opening in Vietnamese. HFCC does show a 2-minute break at 0128-0130, and also at 0228-0230 before and after the Vietnamese hour, but why? Exactly same parameters are in use also for the two English broadcasts: 250 kW, 282 degrees, -12 slew, 618 antenna; and all effective starting 11 April instead of 30 March for A-14 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

This report despatched at 1624 UT May 10