domenica 20 marzo 2016

Glenn Hauser logs March 20, 2016

** ANGUILLA. 6090, March 20 at 0549, PMS is still distorted, but not breaking up completely so more or less readable if you can stand it. 

11775, March 20 at 1540 check, *****still***** distorted, DGS, unusable. Now 62+ hours of it. I assume all this result from a bad downlink satellite receiver (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CHAD. 6165, March 20 at 0535, I`m checking again for Chad, and I do believe it is back on SW! Unusually, RHC English has CCI in the form of a fast SAH or a LAH, i.e. rapid flutter maybe 20 Hz apart. At 0542 I can make out some talk under RHC soft music at the moment, sounds like YL in French. Both signals seem slightly on the lo side, RHC maybe 6159.985 or so. At 0601.5, RHC carrier cuts off briefly, back on with dead air for a moment before resuming, but nothing identifiable from the otherstation; by 0627 it`s weakening and 0640 hear only RHC. Sunrise in Ndjamena was 0504 UT; at 12 degrees north it varies only about half an hour during the year. (See my previous log under CUBA when 6165 before *0047 had no Chad.)

This all results from earlier reports March 19: Thorsten Hallmann in Germany, proprietor of Africalist, had something suspected in Arabic at 1845, and definitely French after 1900. Bruce in New York listening via Twente, heard French going off abruptly at 2005. Thorsten, too: ``Sign-off at 2005. All the time French talk only, understood "vigilance" and "terroristes", talk about various candidates of elections. Various speakers in "clean French", but some of them "African-accented" nevertheless. First round of presidential elections in Chad is planned for April 10``. See also CONGO! (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CONGO. 6115, March 20 at 0547, very poor S7 signal; commonly audible a sesquihour later, but too early to be JOZ as it`s only 1447 JST now. And it`s in French, along with some music, 0548 song with mbira. At 0555 in French at S6. Could it be some major international broadcaster? No, none scheduled, but 6115 is the frequency of Radio Congo, Brazzaville, extremely rare in North America due to its habitual SW schedule of only a couple hours in the local evening. Aoki however shows the sked as 0600-1900. WRTH 2016 agrees, as irregular, altho the national network starts at 0420. Sunrise in Brazzaville was 0503, and at -4 degrees latitude it varies only a few minutes over the year. In reply to the CHAD reactivation on 6165, which I had also just heard under Cuba, Ron Howard had the explanation from this Newsweek story: 
--- March 20 is elexion day in a number of African countries: Zanzibar, Senegal, Niger, Benin, Cabo Verde – and Congo. So the morning SW broadcast may be very short-lived (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** OKLAHOMA. 1390, Sunday March 20 at 1253 UT, local KCRC Enid is open carrier/dead air except for some hum --- then interrupted a few times per minute by one syllable or another (from ESPN?) breaking thru the silence; still same past 1302 UT, and at 1307-1309 UT totally dead air. This should facilitate DX on adjacent frequencies, but no IDs for something peaking on 1400, and 1380 sounds like the usual KRCM Spanish gospel music from TX (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** ROMANIA. 7325, UT Sunday March 20 after 0200, weekly classical music concert hour from RRI, worthy of note since classical is so rare on SW. It`s also on // 5910, risking heterodyning from Colombia, both to North America. Alan Roe`s `Music on Shortwave` roster shows this is the only time for it among RRI`s domestic service relays. A companion 24 hours earlier on UT Saturdays is `Verba Manent` (archive recordings), Latin title presumably about vocal/sacred? music. The latter appears at one other time, Saturdays at 1300-1356 on 9880. 

With the imminent A-16 season we expect all this to shift one UT hour earlier in one week, and to new frequencies: 0100 on 7335, 9790; 1200 on 7375 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A [and non]. 6080, March 20 at 0550, VOA in English news about Africa, fair via SAO TOME; at 0628, Greenville is signing-on same frequency atop ST prior to rock music show at 0630 Sunday. GB for half an hour vs Pinheira is a very strange transmission which doesn`t appear on the schedules. Perhaps an initial backup substitute which was never deleted? But we treasure it as a bit of English remaining on Greenville (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 9955, March 20 at 1416, WRMI with percussion and chanting, not sure whether African or SE Asian, music instead of BS continues during this hour. 11580 is not BS either but on a Sunday with some other gospel huxter (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 1030, March 20 at 1312 UT, ``Real Country`` non-ID and into ``Louisiana Saturday Night`` from NE/SW. It`s KCWJ, Blue Springs MO (Kansas City suburb) confirming recent NRC report that they have flipped to C&W by this slogan, ex-religious/gospel (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** YEMEN [non]. 11860, March 20 at 1415, Republic of Yemen Radio is back up to incredible S9+20 signal during Arabic music (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. 7030 & 7120, March 20 at 1316, JBA carriers from INTRUDERS, presumed Kashmir clandestine still here, and Somaliland longpath. 7030 has QRM from a WD9 sending very slow CQs in CW (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

This report dispatched at 1617 UT March 20