sabato 27 maggio 2017

Glenn Hauser logs May 26-27, 2017

** ARGENTINA [non]. 9395, UT Sat May 27 at 0133-0141+, I`m checking WRMI RAE English relay for another DX program at the same time previously heard, but no show, rather a feature about wizards with a long piano interlude. So was it on some other time during the hour? Not really the new UT Saturday file? Or just skipped this week? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CANADA. Having heard the ``Requiem for Radio``, yesterday at 23-24 UT on WRMI 11580, Nauen 9690 and Moosbrunn 9620, I don`t even try today May 26, but instead bring up the live webcast of the next performance from Moncton NB. It`s already on, getting ready from 2245 UT (7:45 ADT on the webpage), when I tune in at 2248:

This is clearly *not* identical to what I heard yesterday. Video has tv1 bug in LR thruout. Starts promptly at *2300. Three women are seated with their backs to us with five(?) SW radios in front of them, which they are partially blocking. The one on the left has a frequency display in blue of 11582 --- close anyway to WRMI. Another one or two look like my DX-390. Second from left has a flip-top timezone display. I`m sure receiver specialists could recognise the others. 

The three are in matching dark drab jumpsuits, maintenance uniforms, and all have their hair in almost-matching retro swirl-styles, up in the back. They keep fiddling with the gear, but this may be just pretending, as I expect most of what we are hearing, except later when they are playing instruments, or singing, has been pre-recorded. 

We hear similar ambient music to last time, but not much Morse code, and no spy numbers in any language. At 2316 some buffering starts, as perhaps too many people are tuned in to this, following our publicity? 

The performance space is dimly lit in limbo, and the camera angle is usually wide, so hard to make out details, even at full-screen. There are several vertical poles with lights on them, representing the RCI towers. 

At 2324 the `cellist performs. She is sitting by a 1940s console radio, like my old Philco with shortwave bands. She starts playing some notes with a regular bow, then thumps on the `cello, then picks up a bow made out of a cow bone (but horse hair?), which was on top of the radio, and plays the `cello with it. Then on the floor she wails into the `cello next to the mike attached to it. 2331, several singers with some contrastingly harmonious early music. 

2332, now another plays the theremin --- it is an RF instrument! But WTFK? Projected behind are maps and spec charts of different RCI towers with their dimensions and target areas, again hard to make out details. 2340 now it`s the turn of the saxophone to make some wild sounds; then the three play together. 2353 soloist sings ``Shutting Down``, ``up to the ionosphere, my dear, and back down to the ground --- ricochet``, then joined by other two. 

2356 they go back to the radios, we hear a bit of Morse code. Not noticed before but now next to the one on the right is a flask, and a Morse key. 2359 we hear the standard WRMI ID, and goes to dark for the finale.

Applause now, so there has been an audience in the venue! Taking bows, the trio joined by six others from the produxion team. The SW broadcasts presumably have finished, but the webcast continues with a Q&A session. 

It`s now clear that one of the three, who is on stage left and does most of the talking, is Amanda Dawn Christie herself, as her first name is embroidered on her left breast, now that we have a closer frontal view. She is also the one wearing glasses. Never can identify the others (and there is never any credit roll), but one I think was referred to as Laura. Eventually can see that all three are barefoot. 

Amanda is of course the maker of the full-length documentary film about the destruxion of RCI, sound track of which was also broadcast on WRMI a few months ago.

She says the Q&A is continuing to be broadcast on WaveFarm live. The session is in a mixture of French and English as to be expected from Nouveau-Brunswick. Each has a headset mike, but we aren`t connected directly to them, rather picking up the echoey PA from the venue, making all of it harder to follow out here. Also hard to hear the questioners from the audience. 

They are joined by the film composer (name?) who drove up from Halifax, and necessarily went by the ex-RCI site. He explains the music, being based on traditional requiems. The Morse code was in Latin, including the Kyrie. He mentions the numbers stations which we did not hear in this version. Says the Dies Irae à la Mozart was slowed down, and ``glitched``. Also mixed in for the broadcasts were recordings from the stations, like ``WRMI calling RCI, where are you?``, ``WBCQ calling RCI, where are you?`` 

0024, Amanda talks about QSLs. She already has hundreds of e-mail reception reports from yesterday in her inbox along with mp3s as proof. 

She originally planned to employ 13 theremins, for a performance on the waterfront, and had built four of them, but there was only one tonight, from a kit. She used ash wood, and had some of her own blood drawn to be put on it and polished. The femur bone bow came from a cow near the towers. She invites the audience to touch the towers on the stage, carefully. Session ends at 0046, but some of the performance music plays again for the rest of the hour. This was quite an enjoyable experience I could not stray away from, even to confirm the Friday 2330 broadcast of World of Radio.

There will be one more live performance/webcast Saturday May 27 at 2300 on the above link, and the SW frequencies (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

I posted this immediately to the DXLD yg, eliciting these clarificatory responses; from Richard Langley, also in NB:

"They keep fiddling with the gear, but this may be just pretending, as I expect most of what we are hearing, except later when they are playing instruments, or singing, has been pre-recorded."

They did install an antenna on the roof of the theatre and so at least planned to use the live broadcasts from the stations. Listen to yesterday's interview on the local Moncton CBC Radio 1 station; link below.

"Never can identify the others (and there is never any credit roll), but one I think was referred to as Laura."

Laura Katherine Perry. The other performer was Geneviève D'Ortun. Also, see photo.

"They are joined by the film composer (name?) who drove up from Halifax, and necessarily went by the ex-RCI site."

The international shortwave radio composition is by Lukas Pearse

(-- Richard Langley, dxldyg via DXLD)

And from Kai Ludwig, Germany:

> They keep fiddling with the gear, but this may be just pretending,
> as I expect most of what we are hearing, except later when they
> are playing instruments, or singing, has been pre-recorded.

Pre-recorded in five different tracks, to be played out through five different shortwave transmitters, one of them a mere pirate that was a no-show.

> Applause now, so there has been an audience in the venue!

(Accessible without a login. And only announced on social media, the regular website of the venue contains no schedule.)

[so the venue is: Salle Bernard-Leblanc, 140 botsford st, 3e etage, Moncton. But the CBC interview says Aberdeen Cultural Centre --- gh]

> Also mixed in for the broadcasts were recordings from the stations,
> like ``WRMI calling RCI, where are you?``, ``WBCQ calling RCI, where are you?``

An der schönen blauen Donau, Es sucht der Bruder seine Brüder, Auferstanden aus Ruinen.....???!! Kai (via gh, DXLD)

With the YouTube examples:

``0:07 / 4:45
Requiem for Radio May 25 2017 broadcast 2300-2400 UTC
kb3ouk 309 views Published on May 25, 2017

Listening to the Requiem for Radio broadcast on WBCQ 5130 khz, WRMI 11580 khz and Shortwaveservice 9620 khz and 9690 khz. Includes shots of all 4 stations tuned in at the same time, and then individually on the Grundig Satellit 800 to give an idea of how each station was coming in. This was about halfway through the broadcast, received in south central Pennsylvania.``

``NikkiGurlSixtyNine 11 hours ago (edited)
Here are the CW code translations for the various parts in the video for those interested:



The first message at 2:41 is Latin and is probably this:
Requiem aeternam dona eis, Domine Et lux perpetua luceat eis.

This refers possibly to the Western Christian prayer called 'Eternal Rest' or 'Requiem aeternam' whose Latin text in the Roman Rite of the Catholic Church is:

?. Requiem æternam dona ei (eis), Domine
?. Et lux perpetua luceat ei (eis):
?. Requiescat (-ant) in pace.
?. Amen.

The translation used by English speaking Roman Catholics is:

?. Eternal rest, grant unto him/her (them), O LORD,
?. And let perpetual light shine upon him/her (them).
?. May he/she (they) rest in peace.
?. Amen.

Or as translated and used by English speaking Lutherans:

?. Rest eternal grant him/her, O LORD;
?. and let light perpetual shine upon him/her.
?. May he/she rest in peace.
?. Amen.

Finally, as translated and used by English speaking Anglicans:

?. Rest eternal grant unto them, O LORD:
?. and let light perpetual shine upon them.
?. May they rest in peace.
?. Amen.

Taking the clues at 2:41 and 3:04, it is probably some derivative of the above. Not sure how the last part at 3:22 fits into the prayer; I'm not into religion so its anyone's guess. Mixed with the harmonic sounds of the radio towers, I find it all a little creepy but interesting none-the-less. Excellent work! Nikki`` (via gh, DXLD)

** IRAN [non]. 11530, May 27 at 0559, something in Farsi, 0600 headlines separated by stingers, then rock music. Radio Farda, 100 kW, 92 degrees from Lampertheim, GERMANY, per Aoki, since May 15, at 0330-0630. Then switches to Kuwait at 0630-1200, and back to Lamp at 1200-1730 for a very long 14-hour span (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** JAPAN [non]. 11730, May 27 until 0559* something in French neighboring New Zealand. It`s NHK, southward from FRANCE from 0530 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** OKLAHOMA. On Saturday mornings after 1300 UT I am trying to listen to both: Performance Oklahoma on KUCO 90.1, and NPR Weekend Edition on KOSU 91.7. May 27 at 1345-1347 UT, both are extremely rudely interrupted by a robotic Amber Alert about a 1-year-old abducted by her PTSD-suffering father somewhere in OKC. The alert is mostly unintelligible, as the robotic voice jerx and skips, has no concept of where to pause reading text. 

ANOTHER A.A. interrupts at 1353-1355 UT on both stations (and no doubt countless others), this time with a human voice reading the same alert, more or less understandable. There has got to be a better way! This totally RUINED a classical music performance from the Bright Music Festival, and an always interesting NPR feature story. A couple hours later we see the same alert on KFOR-27, this time in the form of a crawler at screenbottom, not disrupting programming at all. On radio, perhaps AAs should be put on subchannels only, or allow stations to delay them a few minutes until a natural break; pause program playback if possible (Glenn Hauser, Enid, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** OKLAHOMA [and non]. Some regional tropo enhancement morning of May 27 at 1444+ UT. I check all NTSC channels but nothing visible. On DTV bandscan, BAD bars on all these RF channels: 14, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 26, 31, 32, 35, 36, 41, 42, 46, 48. OKC channels are breaking up caused by DX QRM: 7 and 29. Only DX decoding:

RF 11, KSWO-DT ``7`` Lawton
RF 28, KFDX-DT ``3-1``, Wichita Falls TX, (NBC) along with:
       3-2, KJBO-DT
       3-3, Laff does not have any 3-3 with Laff, but 3-2 as My // KJBO-LP. What`s that? Channel 35 in Wichita Falls -- Market 156 in – nothing listed on ch 35, but agrees with the KFDX RF 28 lineup. So does KJBO exist only as part of the KFDX transmitter? The Laff network is in a large number of markets but never seen around here; in OK only on KJRH-8 Tulsa as its 2-3 subchannel. It seems to specialise in comedy, sitcom reruns:

A few minutes later when I get back to KSWO to check subchannels, it`s faded out (Glenn Hauser, Enid, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** RWANDA [non]. 11580, May 27 at 1400, WRMI again playing the special R. Africa hour for Rwanda, opening with IDs in French, English, Swahili and presumed Kinyarwanda: ``La Voix de la Paix, The Voice of Peace``, ``Sauti ---`` however you say that in Swahili, and uncopiable language. Then in French mentions ``transformation sociale … Rwanda``, into similar song with guitar as heard yesterday, maybe identical playback. Today I tuned in 21525 too late to hear it before 1400, but there was a poor signal. I suspect 11580 is far too low to propagate across the hot equatorial noon from Florida; and 21525 may be too high for the MUF, tho ideally best for a long-shot like this. Perhaps 17 or 15 MHz would work better for this circuit. Has this existence been widely publicized in Rwanda, or at all? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A [and non]. WORLD OF RADIO 1879 monitoring: too engrossed in Requiem for Radio webcast from Moncton to check Friday May 26 at 2330 on WBCQ 9330v-CUSB, but likely. Confirmed Saturday May 27 at 1443 on HLR 7265-CUSB via UTwente, but too weak vs noise level, and by 1455 only noise audible. Next:
Sat 1930v  WA0RCR 1860-AM ND
Sat 2230   WBCQ 9330v-CUSB to WSW
Sun 0200   WRMI 11580 to NE
Sun 0310v  WA0RCR 1860-AM ND
Sun 1030   HLR 9485-CUSB to WSW
Sun 2330   WBCQ 9330v-CUSB to WSW
Mon 0300v  WBCQ 5130v Area 51 to WSW
Mon 0330   WRMI 9955 to SSE
Mon 2330   WBCQ 9330v-CUSB to WSW
Tue 0030   WRMI 7730 to WNW [to be canceled?]
Tue 2130   WRMI 15770 to NE, 9455 to WNW
Tue 2330   WBCQ 9330v-CUSB to WSW
Wed 1030   WRMI 5850 to NW, 9455 to WNW
Wed 1315.5 WRMI 9955 to SSE
Wed 2100   WBCQ 7490v to WSW
Wed 2330   WBCQ 9330v-CUSB to WSW

** U S A. WRMI: see ARGENTINA [non], CANADA, RWANDA [non]

** VATICAN [and non]. 11625, May 27 until 0558* music and cut off; recheck at 0604, back on in French, good at S8. Aoki shows Vatican Radio in Portuguese via MADAGASCAR until 0558, French direct from SMG at 0600 (and also English at 0630) (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

This report despatched at 1840 UT May 27