giovedì 19 gennaio 2017

Glenn Hauser logs January 18-19, 2017

** ALGERIA [non]. 5865, Jan 19 at 0457, sounds like Qur`an but more melodic than usual, and more than one voice, cut off at 0458*. 0501 recheck, back on in reverent Arabic talk. Partially matches the schedule on Aoki for R. Algerienne via Issoudun, FRANCE, a break at 0458-0500 for a beam change from 160 to 194 degrees, and supposedly from HQ in Arabic, to French, with Arabic not to resume until 0511. 5865 sked continues until 0658 alternating Arabic and French (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA. 6100, Jan 19 at 0526, RHC English is dead air on what is normally their best signal when managing to modulate. 6165 is OK but undermodulated as usual; 6060 is overmodulated/distorted as usual; 6000 is OK; 5040 is OFF, as Wolfgang Büschel also noticed (however I get a JBA carrier on 5040, from what, exciter?) (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA [and non]. 11860, Jan 19 at 1355, Republic of Yemen Radio still with good S9+10 signal, but some CCI. I think it must be spur from RHC 11840, which is S9+30 and emitting its usual first-order S9 spurs on 11830 & 11850, but also weaker ones further 20 and 30 kHz out where they are not blocked, on 11870, maybe the JBA carriers on 11820, 11810. They`re all gone at 1400*.

We are now halfway thru the B-16 season, and Arnie *still* has not replaced the A-16 schedule at
when 11840 was on air only in the tarde (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** KOREA NORTH [non]. 6145, Jan 19 at 1349, S8 weak signal from Sea Breeze, Japan, recognizable YL with English intonation, still on Thursdays and not yet QSYed again (Glenn Hauser, OK, DXL ISTENING DIGEST)

** KOREA SOUTH. 1566, Jan 19 at 1331, detecting the HLAZ/FEBC Jeju carrier from the NW, I`m standing by from 1343 for the cutoff antenna change from Japan beam, which I do perceive at 1344:30*. It comes back on in a few seconds with weaker signal toward China, but I don`t need  to hear that (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** LAOS. 6130-, Jan 19 circa 1245, JBA carrier definitely on the low side, surely RNL Vientiane, as JRX in Brasil has logged it on 6129.97 and Wolfgang Büschel via remote to Germany on 6129.975, i.e. 25-30 Hz low, as explained on WORLD OF RADIO 1861 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** PALAU. 9960.028v, Wed Jan 18 at 1435, Furusato no Kaze, via T8WH, is off-frequency, in fact more like 9960.07 when I start tracking it, first noted as ACI to WORLD OF RADIO on 9955 WRMI. T8WH is stronger at S9+20, even tho it`s 100 kW at 345 degrees. Is steadily drifting downward and fortunately stops at 9960.00 a few minutes later. Looks like they need to warm it up for a while before 1430; but please don`t. Aoki shows this semihour is the only broadcast anywhen, anywhence on 9960 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SOUTH AFRICA. 7285, Jan 19 at 0512, interview with American- accented Ford spoxeman in English about recalls for some vehicle safety issue. The YL interviewer speaks Afrikaans and I don`t think she is translating him. Another bilingual interview Radio Sonder Grense doesn`t hesitate to air, as presumably every Afrikaaner also understands English. S9 signal could have been mistaken for a major broadcaster when in English (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** TURKEY. 12035.026, Jan 18 at 1420, VOT with music, quick headlines in English, sign-off announcement is cut off before it finishes, at 1424.7* in typical lack of coördination between studio and site. Also typically off to the high side like other TRT frequencies (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U K [non]. 7445, Jan 19 at 0507, BBCWS coverage of Gambia crisis, ECOWAS forces ready to intervene, interview expert from Michigan State U., unlike VOA on 7460 which has already moved on to other African news. And BBC is much stronger, 250 kW at 114 degrees from ASCENSION (at 06-08 switches to weaker South Africa site). (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A [non]. 7460, Jan 19 at 0505, report on Gambian political crisis, then about the SPLM in Sudan South. It`s VOA via BOTSWANA; much weaker than 7445 BBC, q.v. (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. WORLD OF RADIO 1860 monitoring: confirmed Wednesday January 18 at 1415.5 on WRMI 9955, S9 with no jamming, and also on much weaker // 6855. Also confirmed Wed Jan 18 at 2200 on WBCQ 7490, good; recheck at 2228 for the closing, last bit of propagation is cut off before 2229 for music, even tho WOR is under 29:00 minutes. Not confirmed UT Thu Jan 19 at 0030 on WBCQ 9330v-CUSB, but the JBA carrier there is probably it; meanwhile neighbor 9265 WINB is S9. 

WORLD OF RADIO 1861 monitoring: confirmed first SW broadcast Thursday 1230 January 19 at 1241 on WRMI 9955, S9+20 and no jamming, // much weaker S8 6855. By 1255 a bit of jamming is audible on 9955 which has weakened to only S9+10; tnx a lot, Arnie! There`s nothing to jam at 1300, just Prague in English. Next:

Thu 2130   WRMI 11580 to NE
Fri 0030   WBCQ 9330v-CUSB to WSW
Fri 2230   WRMI 11580 to NE, 6855 to WNW, 5950 to S [NEW]
Sat 0030   WBCQ 9330v-CUSB to WSW
Sat 0730   HLR 6190-CUSB to SW
Sat 1530   HLR 7265-CUSB to SW
Sat 2030v  WA0RCR 1860-AM ND
Sat 2330   WBCQ 9330v-CUSB to WSW
Sun 0410v  WA0RCR 1860-AM ND
Sun 1130   HLR 9485-CUSB to SW
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, 6855 to WNW
Wed 1030   WRMI 5850 to NW
Tue 2130   WRMI 15770 to NE
Tue 2300   WRMI 9955 to SSE
Wed 0030   WBCQ 9330v-CUSB to WSW
Wed 1415.5 WRMI 9955 to SSE, 6855 to WNW
Wed 2200   WBCQ 7490v to WSW
Thu 0030   WBCQ 9330v-CUSB to WSW

** U S A. 9330.18v-CUSB, UT Thu Jan 19 at 0448, WBCQ is still on, with Brother Scare! Nothing on 5130v, so this is a change for the Wednesday-night-only displacement from 7490, due to Hal Turner on that frequency once a week at 0200-0400 UT Thursday, but BS would not normally be on at 04-05 anyway due to `Financial Survival` [sic] on 7490. Shift from 5130 to 9330 for this is not yet shown on WBCQ schedule.

Not synchro with BS on 5890 WWCR or 7570 WRMI, but at 0457 I note the same anti-Moslem topic, maybe half a minute behind the otherstations. 0500 chime and quick legal WBCQ ID interrupts 9330, back to more BS. 9330 is still BSing at 0540 around 9330.06; 0634 check by when it`s drifted to about 9330.08. 

Better watch out for Cuban spy numbers on 9330 which appear around 0700, but no clash yet at my final check 0653, until when? EiBi shows Spy starts at 0654! on days 1/3/5/7 = Mon/Wed/Fri/Sun, so no problem on Thursday (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 5810, Jan 18 at 0633, WEWN Spanish is off; but 11520 English is on with a JBA carrier. 

12050, Jan 18 at 1438, corresponding day frequency of WEWN Spanish is on as usual, with humbuzz, splatter out to 12035/12115. 

At least we`re fortunate that 5810 does not act like that, so is it really a different transmitter? This season only two frequencies ever at a time instead of three. WRTH reminds us that they (originally) had 3 x 500 kW, plus 1 x 500 kW backup (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 7505, Jan 19 t 0504 tune-in to suptorted music at S9+20, so WRNO must be back on after a few nights` AWOL --- but this cuts off in less than a minute before I have a change to measure it; slightly off-frequency (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. Trans-Pacific JBA MW carrier search January 19, UT:
At 1327: 774-NW, 792-WSW
At 1329: 1098-W
At 1331: 1566-NW [See KOREA SOUTH] 
LSR in Enid today: 1341 UT (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

This report despatched at 1830 UT January 19