venerdì 29 agosto 2014

Glenn Hauser logs August 29, 2014

** AUSTRALIA. 6150, Friday Aug 29 at 1251, R. Australia TV news soundtrack with Suzy on phone from Rabaul describing the volcanic eruption there, lots of ash and sonic booms reminiscent of WW II bombing. 1258 wrapping up until a ``new World`` on Monday --- then why does RA wait until Tuesday to resume this program?? News doesn`t matter on Mondays, let alone weekends, when as everyone knows, nothing ever happens?

Anyhow, this calls for monitoring of the SW station in Rabaul, Papua New Guinea, Radio East New Britain on 3385! Now we know why its moniker is ``Maus Bilong Tavuvur`` per WRTH – but name of volcano should be Tavurvur per news stories such as this:
It seems the city of Rabaul is in the caldera, not a good site plan.

At 1305 I`m retuned to 9580 & 12065 for best signals from RA, expecting to hear the Friday-only hour `Keys to Music`, classical appreciation which I found on the online schedule checked Aug 25, and still on it today --- but instead hear `Sound Quality` from RN, which is interesting listening but not classical, rather ambient, ``soundscapes``, exploring boundary between noise and music. Starts with ``Sun Dust`` from Norway, 1314 something on ``treated flute``.

Nor is `Sound Quality` on the current A-Z roster of RA programs. So we go to the RN roster:
It so happens 11 pm Friday = 13 UT is its original RN airtime, so RA is just plugged into that.

The missing program, `Keys to Music`, originates with another network, ABC Classic FM, but we may listen to it via:

** ECUADOR [non]. 6050, Aug 29 at 0026, JBA carrier in the huge splash from 6055 Spain which lasts until about 0055. HCJB back? Did not get around to checking later. Only other thing in HFCC is Malaysia, very unlikely to propagate at this hour. EiBi says Malaysia isn`t really on until 0200, full daytime. EiBi and Aoki also have Tibet, 100 kW at 290 degrees; possibly over gray or dark path (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** EGYPT. 9965, Aug 29 at 0031, R. Cairo Arabic, poor with flutter, whine, music

9315, Aug 29 at 0031, no signal from R. Cairo, Spanish

11710, Aug 29 at 0032, JBA carrier presumably Cairo hetting LRA 11711-

12070, Aug 29 at 0032, R. Cairo Spanish, horrible distortion, fair sig

** INDONESIA [and non]. 4870-, Aug 29 at 1152, very poor carrier maybe with traces of modulation, slightly on the lo side compared to 9870 India; in the clear, no doubt RRI Wamena, the only Indonesian remaining on 60m; almost sunrise here, and surprised to find it still audible at 1247 (when 4835 NT Australia is in quite well). Atsunori Ishida shows Wamena reliably active every day in August from before 1000 to closedown varying around 1500; and also in mornings from opening varying widely after 2000.

What is the real power of this? Aoki says only 300 watts; WRTH 2014 is noncommittal in the Indonesia listings, but 10 kW in the frequency roster. I`d have to lean toward the latter. Exact frequency last reported by Ron Howard as 4869.90; by Kouji Hashimoto as 4869.92 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** OMAN. 15140, Aug 29 at 0036, JBA carrier, while none on proper 9500 or 15355, so presumed R. Sultanate of Oman again on wrong frequency (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** PERU. 5980, Aug 29 at 0025, no signal from R. Chaski. I am monitoring earlier than usual tonight just in case it`s still active but closing earlier. I haven`t seen any other reports of it lately, but few closer DXers are willing to check and explicitly say if it is *not* on anywhen (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SPAIN [and non]. 21640 & 21610, Aug 29 at 1354, REE is poorly audible, while not audible on 17 MHz band, with QRM from my still unknown neighbor`s FM receiver radiating second harmonic of its IF, tuned to The Twister, 101.9 from OKC, with which I can barely match the extremely distorted and weak wideband FModulation heard on the SW radio. Covers roughly 21.55 to 21.65 MHz. Why isn`t this on 21.4 = 2 x 10.7 MHz, the common IF of FM receivers? Guess it`s something to do with the frequency deviation of the FM mode (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. WORLD OF RADIO 1736 monitoring: confirmed on WWRB, 3185, UT Friday August 29 at 0340 check; also from 0329 on webcast, with usual blasting start before modulation level adjusted downward. Sounds OK on 3185, but with lots of storm noise from Kansas. Next:

Friday 2130 on WRMI 7570 & 15770, but may be previous #1735 instead
Saturday 0630 & 1430 on Hamburger Lokalradio 7265-CUSB
UT Sunday 0100 on WRMI 5950 (may be #1735)
UT Sunday 0131 on KVOH 9975
UT Monday 0259v on Area 51 via WBCQ 5109v-CUSB; etc.
On demand and podcasts also available:

This report despatched at 1704 UT August 29