sabato 21 giugno 2014

Glenn Hauser logs June 20-21, 2014

** BRAZIL. 5990+, June 20 at 0559, RNA is still here, very poor but music matchable to much stronger // 6180; also June 21 at 0236 check, call-in from Salvador, frequent timechex, such as 23:37 at 0237 UT, much better now and readable, but still no comparison to bigsigs on 6180, 11780 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CHINA. 18980, June 20 at 1359-1359:55*, CNR1 jammer fair against RFA Tibetan via Kuwait, cuts off just before the timesignal starts (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA. 11860 et al., June 20 at 1413, RHC Spanish with weekly top-10 song countdown in Cuba, now at #8. Possibly some are non-political. Guess it`s a regular show on Fridays circa 1400 UT. I was expecting to tune across `Voces de la Revolución`, hoary old Fidel etc. speeches, a staple at this hour, and so does the RHC program schedule on website
which is plenty vague, showing only this and nothing for Sundays, the iberoamericans or tardes, and ¿why are the headers en inglés? And some accents are missing, sic:

``time  day             program     morning
1100 UT lunes-a-sabado  Revista Informativa Despertar con Cuba
1400 UT lunes-a-sabado  Boletín
1405 UT lunes-a-viernes Voces de la Revolución
1405 UT sabado          Cartas a la Redacción
1423 UT lunes-a-sabado  Boletín
1430 UT lunes-a-viernes Formalmente Informal
1430 UT sabado          Sonido Cubano
1448 UT lunes-a-sabado  Noticiero Resumen de la Mañana``

11840, June 21 at 0243, RHC is JBM here, suppressed modulation emphasizing the peaks.

12140, June 21 at 0244, poor signal vs CODAR from RHC Spanish, an echo apart from 11670, but matching 6070 of which this is the second harmonic (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** IRAN [non]. 15680, June 21 at 0250, poor signal in SW Asian language mentioning Afghanistan, then music. Suspected R. Farda, and confirmed as such in Aoki, 0230-0930, 100 kW, 85 degrees from Biblis, GERMANY. More on 15680: at 0930-1230 via Thailand, 1230-1430 via Lampertheim (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** KUWAIT. 15540, June 20 at 2040, R. Kuwait is open carrier/dead air during alleged English broadcast; I keep listening on phones hoping for a trace of something, nothing during the 2050 news, but finally at 2058 some JBA music, 2059 sign-off but unreadable, NA and timesignal more or less correct, and dead carrier is still on past 2116+. Wake up! Meanwhile Arabic to US on 17550 is not audible at all; if it`s on, not propagating today. Often is better than 15540 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** NIGERIA. 15120, June 20 at *1757 I have tuned in VON frequency to hear whether they are DRMing or AMing: there is a weak AM carrier only, presumably thence, but at *1758 DRM noise cuts on while the AM is still running too. That should produce interesting results. But DRM cuts off at 1759*, back on at *1759:40 and now the AM is off (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** ROMANIA. 15170, June 20 at 2043, RRI is VG as usual, unlike anything else from Europe on any band at this hour, // weaker but sufficient 17510 employing the same digits in a different order; as they are promoting their current quiz competition for a week`s expense paid stay at some tourist destination in Romania. When someone reported this earlier, I remarked that the usual catch is, you have to pay your own way to get there; however, this announcement clearly stated that *one* winner also gets this time ``the cost of an airplane ticket *to* Bucharest``. You still may be on your own to get back home! Also does not cover cost of getting a visa. Let alone any companion you may want to bring. Details are here:

Looks like a little research should make it easy to answer the questions, so I assume something extra will be needed to become the winner, like the luck of a draw among all the correct entries, but this is NOT STATED. Will they be tempted to favor European entries with cheaper airfare?

BTW, proper Romanian spelling of the station name is on above page:
RADIO ROMÂNIA INTERNAT,IONAL, except the comma/cedilla goes directly under the T, making it a ts sound, so we should just respell it INTERNATSIONAL (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** TURKEY. 17770, June 20 at 1401, Arabish-accented YL, then Qur`an, but back to talk at 1405. Couldn`t be Iran with obligatory opening Qur`an bit, since that`s been shoved to before the hours/half-hours. Aoki shows VOT listed at 1400-1455 in Arabic, 500 kW, 252 degrees from Emirler. Was not aware that secular Turkey felt obliged to qowtow to the Qur`an before getting on with broadcast business. It`s too early for vespers. Maybe just on the Fribbath. Would they dare start doing this in English and other languages? What about all the Arabs who are Christians or whatever? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 12105, June 21 at 0244, big open carrier over CODAR, so WTWW-3 is still on after Bible Worldwide ends nominally at 0200. I`m hoping WORLD OF RADIO will show up again on this frequency, e.g. at 0200 and/or 1630 UT Saturdays (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 15140, June 21 at 0247, Brother Scare is appearing and disappearing, i.e. typically breaking the DX-398 receiver harmonic rejexion threshold originating with the supersig from WRMI on 7570. I.e. this behavior fits for something generated inside the receiver, unlike transmitted harmonics such as the ones I get from Cuba, like 12140 in this report, weak and not fading or with normal propagational fading. However there could also be a genuine transmitted harmonic from WRMI, but the YFR-site harmonic- and mixing product suppression is very good. Such would not necessarily require the fundamental to be overloading or even audible (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)