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[HCDX] Glenn Hauser logs April 24-25, 2008
** COSTA RICA. Surprised to find REE Cariari relay missing from 5964, April 25 at 0530; not on 5965 either, but on as usual 9630, 3350. Could the off-frequency transmitter be down for repairs? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) See also SPAIN
** MEXICO. 4800, presumed XERTA, April 25 at 0541 with what others have called ``romantic music``, but I detect a gospel-rock tinge to it, tho can`t really follow the lyrix. Plenty of CODAR but no het from Guatemala at this hour. Never heard any announcements past 0616 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** MEXICO. April 25 started monitoring for XEXQ at 1155, when CRI Sackville was still on 6040; that went off by 1159, so could concentrate on 6045. Nothing heard until 1204, Elgar`s ``Pomp & Circumstance March No. 5``, which may very well be their daily overture, to be confirmed. Very poor with low het, Hohhot? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** NIGERIA. VON, 15120, April 24 at 2045 in English, discussion by M&W mentioning Nigeria. Modulation not too bad but far below normal. 2058 wrapped up ``60 Minutes`` show, said we could listen live at http://www.voiceofnigeria.org --- a bit of music and cut off at 2059*
Website says Testing Live Transmission, via Flash popup, whose timer started running immediately, nothing heard but I first tried it at 2315 when they would be off the air anyway, http://www.voiceofnigeria.org/voiceOfNigeria.html
There are also mp3 links to Sixty Minutes, World News, and apparently a bad one to VONScope.
Still nothing heard from that after 0500 April 25, altho the embeded player says ``connected to live stream`` and timer runs. Rechecked April 25 at 1552, and it started immediately --- AWFUL, worse than their SW modulation ever has been. Big hum, buzzes, extreme distortion, extraneous phone-ringing noises, cannot recognize language (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** SPAIN [and non]. Thursday April 24 at 2004 I came upon an English broadcast, ``And now the news`` --- There were two M announcers taking turns with one W, who had a strange accent, Chinese? Since one of the M was Justin Coe, I knew immediately it was REE, and yes, they are scheduled here in English to Africa.
But wait, there is co-channel from another station, at 2007, almost zero-beat, and it too is in English! In the next 10 minutes, they took turns dominating the frequency. At 2008, other station had ``African News Panorama``, 2012 to African music. Checking PWBR ``2008``, the only station on 11625 at 2000 is Vatican Radio, with Spain not starting until 2100.
Instead of relying on Aoki, Eibi, or REE`s own A-08 schedule, VR apparently believed Passport and/or HFCC.
HFCC shows Vatican, 223 degrees to zone 46 at 2000-2100 and then:
REE Noblejas, Spain, 161 degrees to zones 46,47,52,57 at 2100-2300, but obviously Spain is really on 11625 one hour earlier.
EiBi shows these two colliding in the 2000-2100 period M-F only:
11625 1900-1930 Sa CVA Radio Vaticana S WAf
11625 2000-2030 CVA Radio Vaticana E WAf
11625 2030-2100 CVA Radio Vaticana F WAf
11625 1900-2000 Mo-Fr E Radio Exterior España F CAf
11625 2000-2100 Mo-Fr E Radio Exterior España E CAf
11625 2100-2200 Mo-Fr E Radio Exterior España S CAf
11625 2200-2300 Sa E Radio Exterior España S CAf
Aoki likewise for 350 161 Noblejas E 0327W 3957N REE a08:
11625 R.EXTERIOR DE ESPANA 1900-2000 .23456. French
11625 R.EXTERIOR DE ESPANA 2000-2100 .23456. English
11625 R.EXTERIOR DE ESPANA 2000-2100 1...... French
11625 R.EXTERIOR DE ESPANA 2100-2200 1.....7 English
11625 R.EXTERIOR DE ESPANA 2100-2200 .234567 Spanish
11625 R.EXTERIOR DE ESPANA 2200-2300 ......7 Spanish
and 250 223 Santa Maria di Galeria CVA 1219E 4203N VAT a08:
11625 VATICAN RADIO 1900-1930 ......7 Spanish
11625 VATICAN RADIO 2000-2028 1234567 English
11625 VATICAN RADIO 2030-2058 1234567 French
As did Spain`s A-08 schedule in yet another format, via José Bueno:
11.625 - 25m - 161º - 19:00-20:00 - Francés - Lunes a Viernes
11.625 - 25m - 161º - 20:00-21:00 - Inglés - Lunes a Viernes
11.625 - 25m - 161º - 21:00-22:00 - Español - Lunes a Viernes
11.625 - 25m - 161º - 22:00-23:00 - Español - Sábados
So they are both to the same target in the same language on the same frequency at the same time. How much longer till they notice and one of them moves? The two beams cross somewhere over Algeria, and are bound to interfere with each other in much of West Africa, altho Spain is aiming at Nigeria, and Vatican at Liberia/Sierra Leone, to pick English-speaking countries.
Later scanning 31m, I found Vatican again, on 9645 at 2018 with a discussion in English on Zimbabwe, ID with website http://www.vaticanradio.org/english and IS but I could not make a // to 11625. That`s because 9645 is a separate English service to Europe, which was just ending.
Re previous report: on Friday April 25 I remonitored the token Co-Official Languages quarter-hour at 1245 on REE via Costa Rica 15170. This time each was starting about half a minute early, rounded off to: 1245, gallego with usual jaunty sea-tune theme. Number 2 story was about the pirates off Somalia. Galician from REE sounds like Castilian, except for a Portuguese-like word here and there. 1250 Euskadi again went back to Castilian after a minute or two, but the real Basque portion was almost lost due to three breaks in transmission on this frequency, the last one longest. 1255 again no Catalan heard, but Castilian mentioned ``desde Barcelona`` and ``sólo para locos``, rest of segment filled with heavy-beat music, could not be sure of language. So maybe the Barcelona studio was to blame for not providing a Catalan news roundup (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) see also COSTA RICA
** TURKEY [and non]. TRT, Turkish service to NAm, with excellent music, on 9460, April 24 at 2017, F-G signal and equivalent to arch-rival Greece on 9420 with its own excellent music; however Greece outlasted Turkey, still going at 2109 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U K [non]. BBC Mundo Radio, via WHRI 9410, Friday April 25: After 1230 Efemérides, at 1230 introduced ``Los Clásicos, Paréntesis Musical``, which is a fancy way of saying ``fill music``. Into Bach unaccompanied violin piece, 1242 movement from Mendelssohn`s Octet, 1248 classical guitar piece, 1251 baroque vocal selexion, before 1257 a violin/piano sonata movement. Never any announcements and off abruptly at 1300*.
Hmm, this sounds familiar --- that`s exactly what they played on Monday April 21, as reported in DXLD 8-049! So not only are they demoting classical to unannounced fill music, they are playing exactly the same stuff repeatedly. This is as bad as Radio Solh! From the immense repertoire of great music of the ages, BBC can`t be bothered to give us a new selexion or even tell us what it is! (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** VATICAN [and non]. See SPAIN [and non] ###
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