giovedì 11 agosto 2016

Glenn Hauser logs August 10-11, 2016

** AUSTRALIA. Radio Australia continues to be totally missing whenever the known frequencies are checked: Aug 10 at 2140, no 17840 or 15240 while NZ is JBA on 15720. Aug 11 at 0552, no signals on 17840, 15240. Aug 11 at 1325, no  signals on 9580, 12085, 12065.

On 11 August 2016 at 01:34, I asked the mostly dormant ARDXC members discussion list: ``Does anyone have any info about what has happened???``

One reply came: ``On RA website, ways to listen, twitter feed shows off air for maintenance 08.15 till 1500 AEST/PNG Time. John Smith Brisbane``

Copied exactly from his screenshot:

#raonair @radioaustralia #RAOnAir
Reminder: There will be a shortwave outage today between 08.15-15.00 AEST/PNG time due to maintenance #RAOnAir

KennyBee #No2EU Retweeted [same]

``Today`` date not shown, but those times = 2215-0500 UT, and RA remains MISSING far beyond those times (gh)

Harald Kuhl, Germany, posted this to the BDXC-UK yg:

``-----Original Message-----
From: Harald Kuhl 
Sent: Thursday, 11 August 2016 4:05 AM
To: Reception Advice
Subject: Radio Australia shortwave?

Hi there, I cannot find your program on 9580 kHz, when are you back?
Regards Harald Kuhl


Gesendet: Donnerstag, 11. August 2016 um 01:38 Uhr
Von: "Reception Advice" <>
An: "'Harald Kuhl'"
Betreff: RE: Radio Australia shortwave?

Dear Harald, Thank you for your email regarding the ABC Radio Australia shortwave transmission service. We are currently investigating this issue. Can you please let me know where you are located? 

Kind Regards
ABC Reception Advice
Communications Networks 

They are "investigating this issue". Could this mean they want to find out if listeners still care about shortwave? We should all write to them and ask what happens to their shortwave transmissions. Especially if one lives in their target area. 73 Harald``.

Lacking any RA to listen to, I hear this relevant item on NPR Morning Edition, about Australia`s shocking treatment of refugees on Nauru:

7:18  August 11, 2016 5:04 AM ET Heard on Morning Edition

Steve Inskeep talks to Anna Neistat of Amnesty International about recently released reports detailing the condition of refugee detention centers on the Pacific island nation of Nauru. [with 7:18 audio link]
** NIGERIA. 7255-, Aug 11 at 0601, no signal from VON Hausa. When on, this is the biggest signal by far on the 41 mb (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SOLOMON ISLANDS. 9545, Aug 11 at 0556, JBA signal with music, no doubt SIBC again extending transmission on day frequency beyond 0500; as also heard Aug 9 at 0614 by Walt Salmaniw (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A [and non]. WORLD OF RADIO 1837 monitoring: confirmed Wednesday August 10 at 2105 check on WBCQ webcast, but JBA at 2127 check on 7490. Also confirmed Wed Aug 10 at 2330 on WBCQ, 9330.85-CUSB, fair. 

WORLD OF RADIO 1838 ready for first airings August 11:
Thu 1130   WRMI 9955 to SSE
Thu 2100   WRMI 13695 to NW
Thu 2330   WBCQ 9330v-CUSB to WSW
Fri 2130.5 WRMI 13695 to NW
Fri 2330   WBCQ 9330v-CUSB to WSW
Sat 0630   HLR  6190-CUSB to SW 
Sat 0700   Unique Radio NSW 3210 ND 
Sat 1400   Unique Radio NSW 3210 ND
Sat 1430   HLR  7265-CUSB to SW 
Sat 1930v  WA0RCR 1860-AM ND 
Sat 2230   WBCQ 9330v-CUSB to WSW
Sun 0310v  WA0RCR 1860-AM ND 
Sun 0830   Unique Radio NSW 3210 ND
Sun 2330   WBCQ 9330v-CUSB to WSW
Mon 0030   WRMI 7730 to WNW
Mon 0300v  WBCQ 5130v Area 51 to WSW
Mon 0330   WRMI 9955 to SSE  
Mon 2330   WBCQ 9330v-CUSB to WSW
Tue 1100   WRMI 9955 to SSE
Tue 2130   WRMI 15770 to NE [to be pre-empted]
Tue 2330   WBCQ 9330v-CUSB to WSW
Wed 1315.5 WRMI 9955 to SSE
Wed 2100   WBCQ 7490v to WSW
Wed 2330   WBCQ 9330v-CUSB to WSW

** U S A. 1480, Aug 11 at 0640 UT, S Asian vocal music, It`s KBXD Dallas, which newsmark reported to radioinsight (via Artie Bigley) had reactivated Aug 8 with this new stunting format, ex-C&W music; had been off the air for about a sesquimonth. Now dominating frequency, no way I could listen to KQAM Wichita if I wanted to, so KBXD on 50 kW day power? 0700 UT ToH ID as ``This is KBXD, 1480, Dallas``, same slightly Spanish(?) accent as was heard before the latest music flip (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** VIETNAM [and non]. Voice of Vietnam has sent schedules indicating changes in English to North America, which are NOT confirmed: (gh)

The editor of weekly electronic bulletin RUS DX, Moscow, Russia, Mr. Anatoly Klepov, writes in Forum DENEB, Russia for some changes in the schedule of Voice of Vietnam in English:

0000-0027 & 0100-0127 on 6175 WHRI (ex 0100-0127 & 0230-0257 on 12005 Woofferton);
new 1100-1127 & 1500-1527 on 7285 Vietnam;
new 2130-2157 on 7280 & 9730 Vietnam. The other broadcasts are unchanged (Translated by Rumen Pankov, Sofia, Bulgaria, Aug 10, WORLD OF RADIO 1838, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

How early the frequency in the 49 m is starting. Usually this has been down in early November after daylight saving time and more evening of 
darkness can help the 49 m band (Richard Lemke, Alberta, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

Relay sites not specified below, but 6175 in B-seasons has been Woofferton at 0100 & 0230; WHRI still at 0330. Current WHR schedule shows Angel 2 at 0330 on 6175 with VOV, but still with other services before 0300 on 9605, 7315.

Correxions: 105.5 is of course MHz, not kHz; 12020 is really 12019 (Glenn Hauser, WORLD OF RADIO 1838, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

Voice of Vietnam FREQUENCY LIST
30 minute [ENGLISH] program – From August, 2016
Areas of coverage UTC Airtime Frequencies

Western Europe 
17:00 9625 khz 

Europe, Central Asia
19:00 7280 khz, 9730 khz 
21:30 7280 khz, 9730 khz 
20:30 7280 khz, 9730 khz 

Africa, Middle East
20:30 7220 khz, 9550 khz 

23:30 9840 khz, 12020 khz 

Eastern America
0:00 6175 khz 
1:00 6175 khz 
Central America-Caribbean
3:30 6175 khz 

10:00 105.5 khz 

10:00 9840 khz, 12020 khz 

Laos, Thailand, Cambodia
11:00 7285 khz 

Japan, Guangzhou 
11:30 9840 khz, 12020 khz 

12:30 9840 khz, 12020 khz 

Japan, Guangzhou
13:30 9840 khz, 12020 khz 

Laos, Thailand, Cambodia, Indonesia
15:00 9840 khz, 12020 khz, 7285 khz 

Europe, Central Asia
16:00 7280 khz, 9730 khz 

Africa, Middle East
16:00 7220 khz, 9550 khz 

16:00 105.5 khz 

(via Richard Lemke, Alberta, Aug 10, reformatted by gh for DX LISTENING DIGEST) 

Dropping 12005 for 6175 did not happen at the very beginning of August; was still being reported on 12005.

The printed sked, without a specific date other than August 2016 does show 0000 & 0130 UT with correct Hanoi time conversion 0700 & 0830 for 6175, but nothing heard on 6175 at 0013 UT August 11. 12005 is as usual occupied at this hour by a weak Cairo noise blob. So will VOV still be on 12005 Woofferton at 0100? or 6175 at 0100 WHRI or Woofferton? (Glenn Hauser, WORLD OF RADIO 1838, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

It appears that VOV is totally confused about this, failed to coordinate it with relay sites, or at best has jumped the gun with this announcement. Further monitoring here early UT August 11:

At 0201, nothing on 6175, weak signal on 12005; away from device noise on the porch with the PL-880, I get a carrier about 6173.9 which is surely Radio Tawantinsuyo, Perú! 12005 has something with music. This would be amid the 0130-0230 Vietnamese language broadcast via WOF. At 0232, on the R75, no 6175, and JBA algo on 12005. 

The early change to 49m may well have been spurred by deteriorating reception on 12005, over the night trans-Atlantic path. What VOV really needs is an interim channel, say 9 MHz band from Woofferton in Aug-Sept-Oct. Not checked, but 6175 should have come up as usual from WHRI at 0300, including 0330 English. This WHRI transmitter VOV has been using is not available before 0300 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

And, according to a wrong announcement from the French service: "from Sept 1, 9625 will no longer be used for the 2100 broadcast"
9625 (from Moosbrunn) is used at 1830 (in French at this time), not at 2100 (Jean-Michel Aubier, France, dxldyg via DX LISTENING DIGEST)

This report dispatched at 1549 UT August 11