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Glenn Hauser logs July 17-18, 2010

** CANADA. 15235 and 17735, RCI, Saturday July 17 at 2005, fair signals aimed at Europe and Africa, respectively with “Masala Canada“, interview about Vision TV. They pat themselves profusely on the back for being oecumenical, but not a word about Atheism. This focuses on their prime audience, south Asians. See
http://www.rcinet.ca/english/program/masala-canada/home/
(Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) Viz.:

MASALA CANADA: Episode 16 JULY 2010 at 01 H 00 (HE)
(Victor Nerenberg sits-in for Wojtek Gwiazda)

Vision TV is a Toronto-based channel focusing on faith and religion. With its eye on the rapidly expanding South Asian community, Vision TV is stepping-up its efforts to attract its attention. Chief Operating Officer Mark Prasuhn speaks with Victor Nerenberg. . .
:
http://www.rcinet.ca/radio/index.php?language=en&type=program&media=audio&id=511
(via DXLD)

** CHINA. Firedrake July 18, all // today when checked:
 8400, inaudible at 1215, but very poor at 1217
 9040, fair at 1215 and 1315
10500, good at 1218 // 9040 and 8400; poor at 1312
13100, fair at 1225 and 1311
13970, good at 1222; gone at 1310
14700, unheard at any of these times
15555, poor at 1307
15795, very poor at 1226 mixing with AIR Chinese and/or CNR1 jamming. Still very poor at 1308
15850, poor at 1226. By 1308, 15850 FD had risen to very good. Aoki does not have anything near this frequency, so we can only assume Sound of Hope had jumped here

15285, CNR1 and BBCWS Mandarin via Singapore fighting it out at 1310
15330, motorboating noise at 1309 and CNR1 Chinese vs BBC Uzbek via Thailand (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA [and non]. RHC anomalies July 18: 9525 still on the air at 0512 in Spanish with repeat of “Revista de la Noche“. Supposed to finish at 0500; fortunately, nothing else scheduled on 9525 into the madrugada.

That might explain why transmitter for 6010 was missing at 0526, when on 6150 I was astounded to hear an announcement in Esperanto, about the 95a Universala Kongreso de Esperanto, Havano, 17-24 julio. By the time I checked the English // channels 5970 and 6060 at 0527, they and 6150 were back in English.

So was the weekly Esperanto semihour just ending, retimed to 0500 instead of 0700 Sundays? Apparently so, since at 0528 `Ed Newman` made it clear he was *starting* the one-hour English broadcast. Perhaps this week only, there will be more specials or changes in Esperanto from RHC, as this is a Very Big Deal for Cuba.

9490, VOA Korean via THAILAND, July 18 at 1213 marred by pulse jamming, not DPRK-like, but DCJC-like, totally out of the time when “needed“ against Radio República via Sackville on 9490 at 23-02 weeknights (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) See also VENEZUELA [non]

** INDONESIA. No signal, not even a carrier from VOI on 9526-, Sunday July 18 at 1212 during Japanese hour, nor after 1300 in English, nor after 1400 when CRI Russian had no het to 9525 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** LIBYA [and non]. 11850, V. of Africa on new frequency, July 17 at 2102 in Arabic seemingly ponderous religious talk, not Qur`an recitation, music bits. ACI in Spanish from WYFR 11855. Good signal but modulation somewhat rough. Looked for VOA // 9880, but not heard; instead, at 2114, RNW`s weekend Arabic-music-fill on 9860 via RWANDA. That could be mistaken for a real Arab station (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** MEXICO. UNIDENTIFIED. Sporadic E briefly exceeded 55 MHz, July 17 at 2123 UT, bits of analog signals on channels 2 and 4 from SE rather than south, so likely Yucatán and/or Quintana Roo as I dare not hope for something beyond without firmer evidence. Not enough audio to be certain it`s Spanish. Channel 2 peak visiblized lower-right temp 33 degrees, and digital clock but could not read it. 6m map showed a contact across the Gulf with a center point just about right for me to get the peninsula from another angle.

A similar opening at 1635 UT July 18, ch 2 from SE, occasional audio fade-ins, Spanish speech with big-hall echo, maybe church service. 1647 singing with guitar, a staple of Catholic masses these days.

Fits XHY-TV Mérida schedule http://www.sipse.com/television/
with Misa Dominical, and even matches (with delay) live webcast at
http://www.ustream.tv/channel/xhytv-canal2
complete with sign-language interpreter. Over at 1654, to commercials.

Picking up yucatecans directly thru the ionosphere is so much more fun. Hope the opening develops better as I dispatch this report, but just about gone after 1700 UT. This time the DX Sherlock 6m Es map shows a nexus over SE Texas. FWIW, on the XHY webcast I see no temp and time bug, but it could come and go. After 1700 into a movie featuring little people, from the 4TV network, as bugged in UR (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** NETHERLANDS ANTILLES. 6250, weak Spanish at 0524 July 18 // 6080, NHK relay via Bonaire, leapfrog over RNW Dutch on 6165. No sign of Equatorial Guinea this early, and very irregular (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** OKLAHOMA [and non]. Re my report of the KEVT AZ 1210 DX test, apparently the other station was KGYN, not WPHT. I had assumed KGYN would be “US Country“ like it is in the daytime. Remember, KEVT does it again UT Monday July 19 at 0500-0700 before closing down forever (Glenn Hauser, DX LISTENING DIGEST) Viz.:

Glenn, I think that talk you heard was KGYN as they were decent here in IL and went into talk after 0500 UT news (had been country earlier as usual). WPHT had different talk and was almost completely dominant on truck radio (omni whip antenna) whereas it was nearly completely buried in the back null of the Split Delta Flag antenna. 73 KAZ Barrington IL (Neil Kazaross, mwdx yg via DXLD) For some time, WPHT was carrying the Michael Smerconish show, and refers to themselves as The Big Talker 1210 (Paul B Walker, Jr., ibid.)

** SPAIN [non]. 5970, REE relay via COSTA RICA poor at 1200 July 18, timesignal and “RNE Noticias“ top story being the German Grand Prix of Cycling. REE is now financially forced to plug into the domestic network for news on weekends instead of producing its own.

15170 via CR, 1230 UT July 18 with automatic half-hour timesignal and announcement clearly as “14 horas“ rather than 1430 — what`s with that?? Then “Amigos de la Onda Corta“, starting with REE wanting reception reports from Puerto Rico, in case there are problems, then plug NASB survey as the two so-called noticias DX; then lengthy feature on R. San Gabriel, Bolivia, in Aymara country.

WTFK? May have mentioned one but did not catch it. WRTH 2010 has a station by that name in La Paz on 6080, but it`s rarely reported, inactive? We see in LA DX “6079.9v BOL R San Gabriel, La Paz [0858-1040/-0123](9.80-0.47) Mar09 W SS/YY *0851“ which means last reported 16 months ago in DSWCI DX Window. 1245 into mailbag segment (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A [and non]. 15730, once again VOA vs VOA: Saturday July 17 at 2023, open carrier producing fast SAH over VOA French. Carrier is Greenville, which should be warming up on some other frequency to avoid covering VOA São Tomé. The French hour at 2000-2100 on weekends only, makes a totally unnecessary site switch in the middle of it. If in W African target area, GB has a decent signal after 2030 as it is supposed to, then it also QRMs ST before 2030 not only here but there (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 17510 with open carrier July 18 at 1302 and later chex during that hour, still OC at 1357, but at 1402 a preacher had begun in English. WHRI is registered to start at 1400 on weekends, 1500 on weekdays. Wasted 250 kWh + inefficiency factor (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** VENEZUELA [non]. With Copa Mundial distraxion over, will El Hugazo have resumed his nominal schedule for “Aló, Presidente“ starting Sundays circa 1530 UT instead of 2230 and thus possiblizing its resumption on SW via CUBA?

Yes! July 18 at 1630 check, VG signals on 13750, 12010, and even 17750, the latter somewhat undermodulated, as he discusses racism. Supposedly on two more frequencies, 13680 and 11690 but both these were open-carrier, like other RHC-only frequencies 11730, 11760 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ###

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