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[HCDX] Glenn Hauser logs November 9-10, 2008
** BRAZIL. Those distorted spurs from RNA 11780 Brasília showed up again Nov 9 at 2300 as I was checking R. República via Canadá on 11835. At 2233 I had noticed slight interference on the hi side and now it had increased to the point of being identifiable, in Brazilian Portuguese, roughly 11838-11839, then confirmed as // 11780, and with a matching spur around 11721-11722, this one also bothering another station in Portuguese on 11720.0 which is WYFR. ID in passing as R. Nacional do Brasil, not ``Amazônia``. The spurs were so messy that I could not pin down exact carrier frequencies for them. Could not hear them one hour later. I had previously logged them after 0700 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** CANADA. CBCNQ, 9625, Nov 10 at 1318 in French, distorting on fundamental and putting out modulation peak spike spurs up to 15 kHz away, more so on the hi side. This was while YL was talking; somewhat less when OM started. Must be on borderline, and this transmitter does this from time to time. Back off (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** CUBA [non]. R. República, 11835 via Sackville, CANADA, checked the second day, Nov 9: *2159:30 and as I had the BFO on, it seems when they cut the carrier on, at first it is weaker then steps up to full very strong power a second or two later. 2200 sign-on as yesterday, complete with the false start and repeat. Again no frequencies or schedule mentioned, right into different program ``Ni el Tirano ni su Hermano``. Could not hear any jamming before c/on nor in the first few minutes monitored. Recheck at 2233, 11835 had faded down quite a bit but still no jamming audible. At 2300 still no jamming, but bothered by RNA 11780`s distorted spur around 11838; see BRAZIL.
Monitored frequency change: 11835 had an ID but no mention of next frequency and off at 2359. At 0000, 9785 came up, and right into ``Panorama Cultural`` program without ID. Signal on 9785 was also poor; shifting down 2 MHz did not help. Again no jamming audible; RHC could be heard on 9820 but not a powerhouse. 9600 had only some jamming, but RHC carrier may have been coming on as I quit. Another check at 0130: 9785 not audible, maybe faded completely out if really running until 0200. But I expect it held up in the target area.
I hypothesize that the lack of jamming this date could be attributed to Hurricane Paloma (a beautiful dove descended upon Cuba --- do storm-namers realize the irony?) which may have blown off jamming sites in eastern Cuba, normally ``serving`` by single-hop skywave the more populated areas of western Cuba, and beyond, like OK.
However, jamming was back in full force against R. Martí, 11930, 13820, 15330 at 1434 check Nov 10. Another discrepancy: RHC 15360 was unmodulated, Nov 10 1325 in the skirts of much stronger 15360; yet its companion on 15120 was OK. 1402 recheck, 15360 was back in business (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** FRANCE [and non]. RFI, 17620, Nov 10 at 1330 with 14h30 timecheck, journal. I see that RFI has this frequency tied up all the way from 08 to 20 UT, first from Issoudun at 185 degrees, switching at 17 to Montsinéry 75 degrees, both serving exactly the same target, everywhere in Africa from Nigeria to the north and west (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** GABON [non]. No sign of AN1 on 17630, Nov 10 at 1330, just its colliders, DW in German with news of Goma, DR Congo; and at 1440 and 1505, CRI English also in the clear. CRI is via Bamako, MALI; DW via Rampisham, UK. Too soon to conclude that Moyabi has been driven off the frequency, even tho it was there first, and not HFCC registered (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** INDONESIA. VOI timing back in whack on 9526, Nov 10 at 1314 in English, ending newscast; 1423 recheck in Malay, presumed. All logs in this report, 1314-1550 UT Nov 10 were using internal rather than external longwire, due to thunder (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** JAPAN [non]. NHKWNRJ, 17735, Nov 10 at 1504 news in Japanese about AIG, running a few syllables behind 9535 direct. 17735 is 152 degrees via Issoudun, FRANCE (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** NIGERIA. ``Sautu Nigeria, Lagos`` ID on 11770, at 1525 Nov 10, hilife music; QRM from stronger Anguilla 11775. Another ID in Swahili before 1528* cutoff during music. Time to shift to 9690 for 1530 Yoruba, not checked (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** ROMANIA. RRI, 15105, Monday Nov 10 at 1326 in Listeners` Letterbox, responding to reports from Jonathan Murphy, Ireland; 1331 I switched to // 17745 which was better, during folk song break from Moldova ``in eastern Romania``, then answering Kraig Krist, Manassas VA for report on 7185; Li Ming in China; and Albert Muick of Bradenton FL, a broadcast engineer with a one-year contract in Kabul, Afghanistan; Dmitry Antonov, Krasnoyarsk; 1336 another Romanian folk tune, and 1340 next program, Romanian Hits with a bilingual version of Dylan`s ``Blowin` in the Wind``, first verse in English, then in Romanian.
Oh oh, I recognized all but one of the names on the mailbag, evidence as posited by Andy Sennitt to justify RN cancelling English on SW to developed countries, that the SWL community is really minuscule: you keep hearing from the same few people on different stations` mailbags.
Ran across another RRI broadcast at 1500 on 15235, usual theme music, opening Arabic, with list of kHz and MHz, website http://www.rri.ro --- strangely, the letters in the URL were pronounced in English, but the dots had some Arabic word. (I always add the http to make URLs hot even when not so spoken). This is 247 degrees from Tiganesti (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** SPAIN. I could hardly believe my ears: REE`s co-official language segment in Basque, Nov 10 at 1350 on 17595, was really in Basque beyond the introduxion. YL spoke Basque for two minutes but then back to Castilian OM for the rest of the 5-minute show. Maybe one of these months they will work up to a full program in Basque.
1443 Monday Nov 10 on 15385, came across some strange Spanish; soon realized it was the weekly Judeo-Español semi-hour, a.k.a. Sephardic, a.k.a. Ladino, a token of Spain`s regret for what was done to the Jews. ``España Hoy`` report titled but subjects also related to Israel, etc. 1450 to classical guitar music and 1454 sign-off with schedule, and I`m pretty sure she said 15385 was on 16 meters, a mistake since this transmission used to be on 16m a few hours later.
This is still too close for comfort to the super-signal from Habana on 15370, making splatter and desensitization. Modulation cut at 1455 before the fanfare theme music had finished, unlike the carrier which stayed on long enough to have accommodated its conclusion. The three Sephardic broadcasts on Monday/UT Tuesday are on one frequency each, so 15385 was not // much stronger REE in Castilian on 17595, but at 1502 I noticed 15385 was back on and now // 17595.
I also checked 17755, the REE frequency to Africa, to see if it had broken away for separate programming during the 15 UT hour, (see previous discussion of the DX program on Sundays) but inaudible in the skirts of WYFR 17760.
The Judeo-Español sked for B-08 is per
Monday 1425-1455 15385 to ME
Tuesday 0115-0145 11780 to SAm
Tuesday 0415-0445 9690 to NAm
Yet the old A-08 sked was still announced, on 11795 and 9650 instead, respectively. Strangely enough, the 1425 transmission is missing from HFCC, and what about Brasília on 11780?
I was going to check the audio file to confirm the frequencies announced, but the large archive accessible at `programas` via http://www.rtve.es/programas/sefardi which converts to a huge complicated URL, covers January 2007 to September 2008 only, so they delay a month or more in uploading (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** SUDAN [non]. Miraya FM, via IRRS via Slovakia, 15650, is still getting overridden by co-channel ERA Greece, at 1503 check Nov 10, but making a fast SAH (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** TAIWAN [non]. 15430, Mezhdunarodnaya Radio Taivana, good signal opening Russian at 1400 Nov 10. This is via Issoudun, France, and had not noticed it before. The W in Taiwan was pronounced as an English (or Chinese!) W, not as a V, even tho it is spelt in Russian with a B (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** THAILAND. Asian signal holding up longest on 49m was 6140, VOA at 21 degrees from Udorn, Spe-cial Eng-lish news at 1550 Nov 10, one second behind much better // 9760 Tinang, PHILIPPINES. 6140 is in use only at 15-16 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. WRMI, 9955, coming in quite well UT Mon Nov 10 at 0622 during World Baseball Today, a weekly program; must be on NW antenna? Some jamming audible underneath as well as continuous distracting music bed in program. The rest of this quarter hour was about scores from Latin American games; the host needs to brush up his Spanish if he is going to mention so many player, team and place names from there. Outro plugged several other programs on WRMI, including WORLD OF RADIO; tnx (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. WYFR Portuguese, 15210, Nov 10 at 1402 playing jazzed-up version of Onward, Christian Soldiers on Hammond organ, something we are never going to hear on WHR (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A [and non]. AFN, Saddlebunch Keys FL, 12133.5-USB battered by three-way QRM, Nov 10 at 1406: cut CW numbers, i.e., spy letters presumably CUBA on 12134.0; CODAR sweeping past every second; and an AM broadcaster on 12130 with continuous praise music, presumably T8WH PALAU, which however is supposed to turn 12130 over to IBB SRI LANKA at 1400! Perhaps AFN should consider a QSY to a quieter region of the outofband (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ###
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