domenica 18 dicembre 2016

Glenn Hauser logs December 17-18, 2016

** AUSTRALIA. 12085 & 9580, Dec 18 at 1440, oh-oh, Radio Australia is MISSING, a sesquimonth before its permanent turnoff, so maybe just another anomaly. 12065 still has a very weak S6 signal by 1511, presumably still RA (and there is a trace of a carrier just above 12085, something else?). Propagation is certainly OK, with S9+10 7355 RNZI, et al. 4835 ABC Alice Springs is also still on, S9 at 1440. 

Stephen Luce in TX says it was also thus on Dec 17 (when I was not checking). Ron Howard in CA and Wolfgang Büschel in Germany say 17840 (same Oklahoma beam as 9580) was also missing earlier UT Dec 18 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CANADA. 15034-USB, Dec 18 at 1432, CHR Trenton VOLMET audio is at peaks only, extremely distorted and unreadable, quite unusual for them. Probably on autopilot with no one at station monitoring from the air how they sound. Recheck at 1926: still distorted but more or less readable if you put up with it. Is there another frequency to compare? Yes, but not at same time. EiBi shows skeds as: 2310-1100 on 6754, 1010-2400 on 15034. With such a limited listed overlap, are there really two transmitters? Well, we still have NY and Gander sharing 13270, 10051, 6604, 3485 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA. 6060, Dec 18 at 0655, RHC open carrier/dead air, while other English frequencies with music are OK, 6165, 6100, 6000, 5040. At 0708, 6165 is still on but in Spanish, S9+20; 6060 still DA at S9+20, 6000 off.

9710 // 9535, Dec 18 at 0705, RHC Spanish frequencies are only S9 and S8, still on the air, and I bet they were in English before 0700. 

5040, Dec 18 at 0709, RHC`s weekly Sunday Esperanto broadcast is on here, S9+30 in addition to only scheduled frequency 6100! Another mixup and who knows if they woke up and turned it off before 0730? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA. 10345, Sunday Dec 18 at 0710, S9+40 Cuban Spy numbers and digibursts, first noted via the R75 on 11735! as mixture/overload with local KCRC, 1390 kHz above 10345 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** MADAGASCAR. 17640, Dec 18 at 1829, MWV English is on, rather reliably now so far, ending an item about dandelions on `Creation Moment` capsule, anti-science nonsense as bad as Thump, which all true missionary stations must buy into (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** NIGERIA [non]. 7415, Dec 18 at 0554, at tune-in mentions ``25 and 31 meter bands`` as if in English, S9+20. Maybe really said 41mb? It`s Dandal Kura Radio, the USAID-backed service for NE Nigeria`s Boko Haram territory, in Kanuri, 05-07, 250 kW, 55 degrees via ASCENSION. 0600 in the language, 0601 adding hum on audio, opening with `Salam Aleikum` but this is not Arabic. Still good at 0615 (Glenn Hauser, oK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** OMAN. 15140.012, Dec 18 at 1430, JBA carrier from RSO, back on frequency (almost) after several days on 15140.50. English news should be airing at this very moment (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SPAIN. 9690, Dec 18 at 1523, REE Spanish to North America, poor with long/short path echo, while much better, anechoic on // 15390 aimed oppositely! 9690 should not be used for us as early as 1500 on weekends, I keep pointing out. It will gradually improve as hours go on, however, under wintry conditions (low here was +2 F this morning).

9690, Dec 18 at 1845, now it`s up to S9, and 15390 is down to JBA carrier with silly ballgame. Contradictory skeds are on the big three sources: dismiss HFCC which includes lots of wooden entries; Aoki shows 15550 on the 230 degree beam to S America, which must be a plain mistake for 15500 which is not listed there. But neither one is audible now at 1845. 

EiBi is probably closest to correct: Daily 19-23 on 9690 NAm, 11685 WAf, 15390 SAm, 15500 ME. Same for Sat/Sun extension 15-19 except 17755 instead of 11685 for WAf, the only target area which gets a different early frequency, sorely needed also for North America. But then, sometimes one or two transmitters are down. 11685 is not audible at 1905 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SWAZILAND. 9585, Dec 18 at 1413, tnx absence of Australia from 9580, S9 signal in French with strange accent, keeps referring to ``with me in paradise``, red flag as gospel huxter. Yes, it`s TWR Africa at 1455-1525, 100 kW, 64 degrees from Manzini, in French only on Day 7 = Saturday per Aoki, but this is Sunday! Other days in Malagasy. EiBi`s version must be more accurate: 1455-1525 M-F in Malagasy, 1440-1525 Sat & Sun in French. HFCC doesn`t break down the languages, but alleges it start at 1455 daily. Thus we have a 3-way contradixion (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** UGANDA [non]. 15240, Sun Dec 18 at 1702, JBA carrier from presumed R. Munansi via WWRB; at 1829 a tiny bit better. Despite sporadic E opening into the FM band earlier this morning per DX Map (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A [and non]. WORLD OF RADIO 1856 monitoring: not confirmed Sat Dec 17 at 2330 on 9330, WBCQ, but there is a JBA carrier, so presumably on with WOR (likewise JBA is closest other SW station, 9265 WINB). Confirmed UT Sunday Dec 18 at 0426 on WA0RCR, 1860-AM, MO, 6 minutes into show so started at 0420. Confirmed Sunday Dec 18 after 1130 on HLR, 9485-CUSB, by Alan Gale in England. Next:
Mon 0030   WBCQ 9330v-CUSB to WSW
Mon 0400v  WBCQ 5130v Area 51 to WSW
Mon 0430   WRMI 9955 to SSE  
Tue 0030   WBCQ 9330v-CUSB to WSW
Tue 0030   WRMI 7730 to WNW
Tue 1200   WRMI 9955 to SSE
Tue 2130   WRMI 15770 to NE
Tue 2300   WRMI 9955 to SSE
Wed 0030   WBCQ 9330v-CUSB to WSW
Wed 2200   WBCQ 7490v to WSW
Thu 0030   WBCQ 9330v-CUSB to WSW

** U S A. 9475, Dec 18 at 1516, WTWW-1 fails to broadcast on wrong frequency 5830 unlike 48 hours ago (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 9275, Dec 18 at 1830, carrier from WMLK is back now that it`s Sunday, an ordinary secular weekday, but no sacred-name modulation audible (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. 6780, Dec 18 at 1436, JBA carrier. I believe this is an ISM frequency, half of 13560, subject to unlicensed low-power industrial, scientific and medical devices as well as pirates and Part 15 beacons (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

This report dispatched at 1932 UT December 18