mercoledì 29 aprile 2015

Glenn Hauser logs April 29, 2015

** COLOMBIA. 5910+, fair signal April 29 at 0553, HJDH with peppy tropical music, hum audible during pauses, slightly on hi side for a change compared to whatever is on 910 MW. 0559 mistimecheck as ``es la una en punto, Sistema Radial Alcaraván`` ID. No mention now of Conciencia.

6010+, the other HJDH is also on and playing similar but not same music, April 29 at 0556 past 0600, and would ID as La Voz de tu Conciencia; also off-frequency to the hi side (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** FRANCE [non]. 1060, April 29 at 0517, news in Spanish from RFI, as reliably relayed at local midnight by R. Educación; LAH from off-channels XERDO and KIJN, always messing up this frequency, but at least the DF station manages to overcome the closer ones. 0601 ID for XEEP 1060 and also claiming to be on 49 metros, which typically signs off just before the RFI relay at 0500 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** INTERNATIONAL. If quoting my recent item about INTERNATIONAL RADIO FOR DISASTER RELIEF, please correct the typo in the last word (gh)

** KOREA SOUTH. 15575, April 29 around 1325, KBS World Radio `Seoul Calling`, W&M with informal discussion of various features, including a butterfly festival at a city on the coast; later Korean language lesson; then `Sounds of Korea`, Wednesday favorite of traditional music, 1353 for a dance by two women in bright red flowing costumes, wielding giant swords. Reception remains good but with flutter. 1359 rapid sign-off tries to channel us toward website, not about SW; 1400 theme and into another hour, in Korean (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** NEPAL [non]. 15280, April 29 at 1345, no signal from KTWR Guam, until cuts on late at 1345:40 with IS, very poor signal and much weaker than adjacent 15275 CNR1 jammer (vs RFA Tibetan via Tajikistan daily 13-14 only, not a trace of that here). 1348:50 starts talking in presumed Nepali, as this is a new special service since April 27. ACI is off after 1400, still evidently Nepali mixed with music. 

By 1415 it`s in English with devotional, but still too weak to tell if any practical info is being transmitted to Nepali quake victims. A 15275 carrier came back on for less than a minute around 1413-1414 (maybe that`s DW Sri Lanka preparing for the 1500 Swahili service). 

Remember that Nepal has a self-imposed wacky timezone of UT +5:45, which is why this service is at 1345-1445 UT, to make it seem like even 1930-2030 local time. Per WRTH 2015, KTWR did not have any Nepali service before (as listed under SINGAPORE); but TWR-INDIA (listed under INDIA) did, a token once-weekly 0045-0115 UT Saturdays on 7280 Tashkent in B-14. 

Own website has detailed program schedule, but not updated since October, and shows no frequencies, just meter bands!
It had Nepali at 6:30-6:45 am IST Saturdays on 41m. That would be 0100-0115 UT.

This post explains how much trouble it was to implement the new broadcast, and that it replaces the special service to Vanuatu. 

News of the new broadcast came from Alokesh Gupta`s Radioactivity blog, his source unspecified:

``KTWR Guam has started one hour emergency shortwave broadcast wef 27th April 2015: 1345-1445 UTC on 15280 kHz in English/Nepali

The Trans World Radio (TWR) Nepal team visited the affected areas to better understand the situation, and will continue to visit other affected areas over the next several days. To address the long-term spiritual and emotional needs, TWR will produce a 15-minute program in Nepali to be broadcast once a day, seven days a week over 15 FM stations in the affected districts.
TWR will also produce a one-hour program with four 15-minute segments in Nepali, Hindi, Bhojpuri, and English. The programs will be broadcast once a day, seven days a week, over shortwave from Guam to reach those closer to Mount Everest, where they may not be able to receive FM broadcasts.
TWR would like to distribute at least 5,000 radios in the region to replace those that may have been damaged or lost in the quake.``

Aoki says the new KTWR 15280 service is M-F only, since April 28 and only in English (Glenn Hauser, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** OKLAHOMA. 1120, April 29 at 1648 UT, KETU Catoosa/Sperry/Tulsa, Radio Picuda is off the air again, as if yesterday`s appearance was indeed a one-shot to keep the license active. But I shall try to keep checking for it at least once a day (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** PUNTLAND. 13800, April 29 at 1424, no signal at all, not even a trace of a reduced carrier, from Radio Puntland One, as heard yesterday at 1345-1426. Is it off again, or just propagation? As of 1800 UT, I`ve yet to see any logs of it today. Aoki`s 13800 entry remains as before, but not 6160 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. WORLD OF RADIO 1770 monitoring: confirmed Wednesday April 29 at 1315 on WRMI 9955, sufficient and no QRM. Next:
Wed 2100  WBCQ    7490v 
Thu 0330  WRMI    9955 [or 1771 if ready in time]
Thu 1130  WRMI    9955 [or 1771; new time ex-1230!]

** U S A. 5890, April 29 at 0552, open carrier/dead air from WWCR instead of Brother HySTAIRical, what a relief. Turning up the volume, JBA bleed modulation from 5935 is detectable, even with max ATT, so not due to FRG-7 receiver overload (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

This report dispatched at 1820 UT April 29