venerdì 28 dicembre 2018

Glenn Hauser logs December 28, 2018

** CUBA. 6060, Dec 28 at 0510, RHC is in Spanish here // weaker 6100 and also 5040; while 6000 & 6165 are in English. After 0500 we would expect all to be in English (and 6100 never in Spanish). 12000 is JBA at 0512, presumed 2 x 6000. 11700 & 11840 fundamentals are still on in Spanish. 

So on this date, the Spanish/English handover at 0600? It`s still a tossup what will be where in the 05-06 hour. By next check 0652, 6100 & 6060 have changed to English along with 6000 & 6165. Something`s always wrong at RHC (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA. 9570, Dec 28 at 1436, S9+10 of dead air, obviously the CRI relay frequency not turned off at 1400. Meanwhile, another transmitter is running CRI English as usual on 15700. Something`s always wrong at RadioCuba (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA. 13780.005, Dec 28 at 1439, RHC is close enough to on-frequency, unlike 13779.967 where Wolfgang Bueschel found them on Dec 18. 13700, Dec 28 at 1439, no FM spurs today. Something`s not wrong at RHC (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA. 14997 & 15283, Dec 28 at 1829, JBA carriers; by 1853 I barely have enough audio on 14997 to make a match to 15140 RHC Spanish. So this must be the *same* transmitter putting out the same +/- ~143 kHz spurs before 1600 when Arnie`s B18 schedule had 15140 changing from Quivicán to Bauta. 

I had been suspecting this, since the modulation on 15140 itself is just as distorted and rough in the afternoons as in the mornings. Just one more bit of dis/misinformation from RHC, disproven by careful monitoring. Something`s always wrong at RHC (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** DENMARK [non?]. 15806, Dec 28 at 1827 and 1852 on different receivers, JBA carrier, but probably something local rather than World Music Radio, which Stig Hartvig Nielsen says has been on 15805 since December 24 with 200 watts at 07-20 daily until January 7, then weekends only; admittedly unlikely to be heard with low power on poorly propagating band. He will not QSL reports via remote receivers. If someone definitely get it on 15806, I shall reconsider (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** KUWAIT. 11629.760, Dec 28 at 1432, JBA carrier from R. Kuwait. Also like this yesterday. Very strange, as until then, was a good strong signal with Qur`an, and others from the region on 25m are still good today, Turkey and Romania. Why has the Kuwait signal dropped out so much? Still JBA carrier at 1519, when I also note Saudi 11745 is JBA, but it`s never been very strong (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SAUDI ARABIA. 1521, Dec 28 at 1910, JBA carrier hetting 1520 KOKC OKC, earlier than ever only 38 minutes after local mean noon here, but 2 megawatts into lowsun ionosphere presumably propagates it well into Western daytime. I am open to any other explanation of why such a carrier should show up here in the afternoon hours before sunset, and not in the evening when we know Duba is off overnight. Despite WRTH 2019 as 1500-0300, MWlist shows 1700-2230 only, with all MW & SW //s:
Bearing from here is about 38 degrees, but probably too weak to DF. Path crosses Hadrian`s Wall, as far north as 59 degrees N, just south of Iceland & Greenland, where it`s already post-sunset (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** TURKEY. 12035.73 approx., Dec 28 at 1426, VOT English is still on, tailing with IS and IDs in unID next language. I hasten to measure it but goes off at 1428 before I have pinned it to third decimal place. It`s been a few days since the last offness, unlogged when it is nominal. 

11815.007, Dec 28 at 1430, VOT Turkish talk is almost on-frequency today (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 5950, Dec 28 at 0625, another check of this WRMI to find out what they are running tonight: it`s a low-key conversation with a woman who wrote an apocalyptic SF book and is making a film, about Florida in the near future becoming independent as authoritarianism is taking over the USA. The project started in 2010 and she never thought in eight years it could be coming true. 

Her comments are clear, but her interviewer is off-mike with an accent and mumbling, hard to understand. I keep listening for some clue about the name of the book, the film or the author, but they are never mentioned as the long interview finally ends abruptly at 0648, when it is immediately followed by Radio Praga opening in Spanish! with a `fin de semana` feature about the Pilsen beer factory. 

The unID English discussion almost seemed like an original rough recording which needed to be edited and fixed up for broadcast, at least with an outro clearly giving the pertinent details. I did gather that the book is available on Amazon and the protagonist is named Rachel (sp?) with no last name, to hide her ethnicity. 

So was this from Radio Prague? Can`t find anything like it at concerning recent broadcasts. Or was it RFI which had been occupying this hour recently? Nothing at either. Any ideas? It seems like WRMI is just playing random files at random times, rather than plugging into WRN or RFI (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 15770, Dec 28 at 1858, pro-Jesus gospel huxter, unlike Supreme Master TV which is the only thing WRMI schedules on this frequency; indeed, 1859 outro as `Christ Gospel Broadcast` in Jeffersonville IN, and then ID as ``21525``, Radio Africa Network. 21525 is also on but JBA. This is hardly the first time that RAN programming has shown up on other WRMI frequencies; is it just too complex to arrange all those Systems, transmitters, frequencies and antennas? But at 1900, 15770 into stories about animals doing rescues, now we`re talkin` SMTV as indeed IDed at 1904; and in Spanish at 1912.

As a multilingual myself (not including Vietnamese, Chinese), I can handle some multi-lingual broadcasts, but it seems to me SMTV is driving away droves of listener-viewers by constantly mixing up languages on its single channel. What a business model! You never know when it`s going to be in English or for how long (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 12050, Dec 28 at 1825, WEWN is S9+10, back on with praise song in Spanish, so never mind hearing Ndarason uncovered. Other Spanish frequency 5970 was still absent last night. Now, no signal on 15610 for WEWN English but it is not opening until 1900 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 650, Dec 28 at 1906 UT, weather and ID for ``AM 650, KGAB``, Rush theme. This is at the limit of groundwave on a quiet summer day, but now could as well be early skywave from Cheyenne WY. KLTT 670 Denver is always in daytime, noise level permitting (Glenn Hauser, Enid OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

This report dispatched at 2027 UT December 28