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Glenn Hauser logs April 21-23, 2012

** ASCENSION. 7305, April 23 at 0527, BBCWS with announcement loop, “no programmmes on this channel at present“, which just might encourage ordinary listeners to tune away, but not me — 0529 cuts to Hausa opening. Why don`t they use that biminute for something more entertaining, like B-B-C- chimes, Oranges & Lemons, or Lilliburlero?

21630, April 23 at 1212, French signal, poor with peaks to fair, the OSOB at this hour, BBC via Ascension; but see KUWAIT later (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** AUSTRALIA. 15160 // weaker 15240, April 23 at 0531, R. Australia with item about PNG`s mineral resources, mentioning the Ok Tedi mine of Radio Fly fame, which I have barely ever heard, so this Okie finally learns how to pronounce Ok — “ahk“ or “awk“, not “oak“ or “O-kay“ (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CHINA. Firedrake April 23, after 1200:
15435, fair at 1208, het from 15437

Before 1300:
12600, good at 1258; none in the 11s, 10s
12980, very good at 1258
14700, very good at 1257
14800, good at 1257
15555, good at 1253
15900, very good at 1254
15970, very good at 1254
16100, very good at 1255
16980, very poor at 1254
17170, poor at 1255
18200, JBA? At 1256 vs local cable DTV converter box bubble jammer

After 1300:
15485, poor at 1308 also with noise jamming
15555, poor at 1309

After 1330:
15490, poor at 1342; probably jumped from 15500
15500, poor at 1336-1340*
15565, poor at 1340
15750, poor at 1341 with flutter
15900, fair at 1341
15970, fair at 1341

After 1400:
15610, poor at 1407

** CUBA [and non]. DentroCuban Jamming Command once again ignores the weekly truce Radio Martí observes by turning everything off for six hours Monday mornings: April 23 at 0455, still wall-of-noise jamming on 6030, 7405; also spur pulsing around 7230 inside the hamband. And pulse jamming against nothing at 0453 on 9725, which is not used at all in the A-seasons by R. Martí! See also USA: WRMI/WOR.

15230, April 23 at 1205, RHC has heavy long/short path echo, with flutter on one of them. Recheck at 1250, no echo. Since Habana is just over 2 megameters from here, that means the long way round is just under 38 Mm. My NGS globe shows the path: across Venezuela, Brasil, way south of Africa near Prince Edward, Crozet and Marion Is., across the Indian ocean thru Java, Borneo, Mindanao, east of Japan, along the Aleutians, and reëntering North America at Vancouver BC. Assuming the long path is 36.3 Mm longer than the short path, and the speed of radio is 298.5 Mm/sec, the delay is 0.12 second.

Meanwhile, RHC on 16m at 1211 was loud and clear with no echoes on 17580, 17730. 17580 was already off at 1256 check. Claims to be on until 1500 tho seldom heard later than 1400.

HCJB Australia 15340 was also audible without echo before RHC came on at 1300, similar route, but was it long or short?

6150, April 23 at 1306 RHC is still on, and this late without much CCI from the China radio war, just in time to hear it cut off late at 1306:50* (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** INDIA. 15050, April 23 at 1206, nice to hear AIR in AM here for a change, with S Asian music, fair and fluttery, but that`s only because the Tamil service until 1215 is supposed to be in AM, while the Sinhala service from 1300 is supposed to be in DRM (but occasionally defaulting to AM). Today the DRM noise was detectable poorly already at 1249. Strangely, HFCC registrations show both in “D“ mode meaning non-digital. Eventually everything from AIR will be in DRM to minimize listenership (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** INDONESIA. 9526-, April 23 at 1219, after missing several days, VOI is back, in special Japanese – slowly spoken anyway by presumed non-native script reader; very undermodulated despite S9+22 signal, also het from a 9525 station. How about English after 1300? 1301 only carrier with some hum, 1304 just barely modulated, useless but no het during this hour. Nothing else is listed on 9525 before 13 to account for that het, in EiBi, Aoki or HFCC (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** KUWAIT [and non]. 21540, April 23 at 1352, pipeline from R. Kuwait, SSOB by far with ME pop music, 1400 YL ID and akhbar now a bit weaker, no sign of Spain under, which was JBA on clear 21610. Yet Saudi 21505 was very poor with flutter; 21780 Rwanda good (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** MOROCCO [and non]. 15349.1, April 23 at 1251, IMM has a weak het from 15350, presumably Gospel for Asia via Wertachtal, GERMANY, scheduled 1230-1530 daily in a huge variety of languages ripe for conversion. Mondays during this quarter-hour, it`s Punjabi (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** NEW ZEALAND. Re RNZI heard April 21 until 1202* on 7440 in AM, but not on 9655, Adrian Sainsbury explains: “The DRM service on 7440 was switched to AM mode in the process of rescheduling it to run on 6170 to cover for the AM transmitter on 9655 which had  developed a fault. Because of this the usual 9655 transmission was cancelled“ (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** NORTH AMERICA. 6935-USB, April 23 at 0503 tune-in to frequency mention, missed any ID, but acknowledging reports from Beantown and Kauai, Lihue? The operator says he has been there. Very good and clear S9+20 signal with what he says is over 100 watts from his Yoshi transmitter with “dipole hanging from the yardarm“, live timecheck for 0505 UTC, back to music. 0520 retune, Red Mercury Labs ID, time to sign-off or as he puts it, “release the frequency“, 73 and off at 0522* (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** PAKISTAN. Re previous report: “15725, April 22 at 0508, very poor signal, something talking. Per HFCC and Aoki, nothing but: R. Pakistan, 05-07 in Urdu, 100 kW, 282 degrees from Islamabad API-9 transmitter; also used for 0800-1104 Urdu at 313 degrees, the transmission including token 4-5 minute English newscasts now at 0905 and 1100 per EiBi. There is disagreement over the second broadcast: HFCC shows starting at 0800, 313 degrees, while Aoki shows from 0830, 233 degrees. EiBI also shows it starting at 0830 now (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST“) Noel Green, England replies:

“The current PBC transmitter schedule for A-12 shows that External Service for Gulf & M.E. on 15725 at 0500-0700 UT is via API-5 (one of the two 250 kW units) and is via 282 degrees. The parallel channel is via the other 250 kW unit API-6 on 17830 at 282-30 = 252 degrees.

External Service for West Europe starts at 0830 (confirmed) and continues until about 1104 after English news. API-5 remains on 15725 and API-6 moves to 17720, both via 313 degrees.

The external service at 0500-0700 was listed to utilise API-9 a year or two back, but the current schedule for this 100 kW transmitter is now listed as 0045-0430 and 1330-1815 on 3975, and 0900-1215 on 7265 using a Quadrant antenna, and carrying the Rawalpindi (Pindi) – III programme. If it is still on air, the clandestine Voice of Jammu and Kashmir Freedom Movement is thought to utilise this transmitter too, although the transmission never appears in the PBC schedules. 73 Noel R. Green“ (Glenn Hauser, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SUDAN SOUTH [non]. Not a log of mine (yet) but a hot tip about an apparent new clandestine: 15725, April 19 at 1833 UT, Rodolfo Tizzi, Uruguay on the condig list reported with a clip at
a station in Arabish with an English ID at 1837, sounding like “Voice of South Sudan Revolutionary (?) Radio . . . stands for Freedom, Justice, Equality, and (Liberal Arts? unlikely) mixing in some Morse code for effect? Doesn`t make sense to me.

Chris Greenway replies, “”… Justice, Equality, and Human Rights” The “Morse code” is whistles. The style is reminiscent of Radio SPLA in the 1980s. Good catch!“

Source and site unknown yet, nor the start time; better monitor from 1800 if not earlier; daily?

Googling on `Voice of South Sudan` leads to two logs under that name in the April 2010 issue of WWDXC DX Magazine, both from Michael Frese in Germany:
5975 0300 111 RRW English 15 March
9840 1740 111 UAE English 15 March
The 2012, 2011 and 2010 WRTHs do not have any station by that name in the Target Broadcasts sexions. No hits on that name in the last decade of DXLDs. Could this now be sponsored by (north) Sudan? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. WORLD OF RADIO 1613 monitoring: 9955, UT Monday April 23 at 0508, sufficient signal from WRMI and no jamming for a change (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** VATICAN. Re: “15570, April 21 at 1806, somewhat muffled Portuguese with bits of Brazilian music, 1810 talking about Evangelista Lucas, 1812 Matéu, so suspect it`s a religious station — yes, VR at 1800-1830, 250 kW, 229 degrees from SMG to CIRAF 46 = W Africa, where the only Portuguese-speaking/understanding area is little (but not tiny) Guinea-Bissau, altho this beam should carry right on to Brasil (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)“

Glenn, You forgot to mention Cape Verde, which is almost 100% Roman Catholic. In Portuguese, Matthew is spelled Mateus. Greetings (Fernando de Sousa Ribeiro, Portugal, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. 12061, April 23 at 0507, the “chattering“ pulsing I was hearing 24 hours earlier. Still need to try before 0500 to see if it`s the V. of Russia transmitter doing this (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. 15455, April 23 at 1252 open carrier only, about equal strength to Turkey 15450. Kept listening past 1300, 1307 with some flutter, and never heard any modulation. 1315 I thought it went off, but as soon as I flipped on BFO, it was back, and stayed until cut off at 1328:10, just as if it were an intentional modulated transmission, only neglecting to do that. What is scheduled? In HFCC, disregarding an imaginary Avlis, nothing. Zilch in Aoki and EiBi too. Another great mystery. Maybe a standby Firedrake? (Glenn Hasuer, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. 15660, April 23 at 1407, modulation cutting on and off, maybe Portuguese and bits of music, carrier off at 1408*. All three schedules show this is during a one-hour break after KSDA in Malay until 1400, and before Channel Africa in Swahili from 1500 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. 21640, April 23 at 1313 open carrier with fair signal, but went right off. HFCC has BSKSA here at 12-15, but never really heard. Maybe Kamalabad turned 21640 back on by mistake after the 1030-1130 VIRI English before retuning it somewhere else (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

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