Friday, October 01, 2010

Blog Logs

All times UTC // parallel frequency *sign-on / sign-off*

9745, Radio Bahrain, 0035-0135. Reduced carrier USB. Presumed with local Middle-Eastern style pop music. Weak but readable. Very poor after 0100 due to adjacent channel splatter. (Brian Alexander, PA)

4750, Bangladesh Betar. RRI Makassar continues to be off the air; first listened at 1320 to find Bangladesh with reciting from the Qur’an and somewhat better than CNR1, but they both took turns fading up and down against each other; by 1343 Bangladesh heard with subcontinent music; reception not that difficult now with RRI being absent. (Ron Howard, CA/Cumbre DX)

6134.83, Radio Santa Cruz, 2342-2359. Noted music initially with the usual het needing notcing out on 6135 KHz. Believe a male and female talk in Spanish over the music. Condition seem to be slightly better this evening as RSC is at a fair level here.(Chuck Bolland,FL)

6134.80, Radio Santa Cruz, 0935-0945. Traditional type music at tune in. When the tune is finished, a male comments and gives ID as, "... transmision Radio Santa Cruz". After a few minutes of Spanish comments, the music continues. Signal was good at this early hour.(Chuck Bolland, FL)

4700, Radio San Miguel, 0957-1005. At tune in, noted female in live Spanish comments. At 0959 canned promos and ID heard until the hour mark when a male comments.Signal was poor. (Chuck Bolland, FL)

3310.12, Radio Mosoj Chaski, 2354-2359. Noted steady popular music. At 2356 a female talks briefly in Spanish. Signal is very poor but readable at about 80 percent. Back to music after a few comments. (Chuck Bolland, FL)

6030, Calgary - CFVP relaying CKMX (AM 1060), 0331-0354. “Southern Alberta born and raised, Classic Country AM 10-60.” Played older C&W songs (King of the Road by Roger Miller, etc.)Doing very well for listed 100 watts, per the audio posted at . (Ron Howard, CA/Cumbre DX)

6165, RNT, *0427-0445. Sign on with Balafon interval signal. National anthem at 0430. French talk. Afro-pop music at 0435. Poor. Weak in noisy conditions. (Brian Alexander, PA)

4940, Voice of Strait, 1500. Double checked for the Sunday only program in English (Focus on China) from 1500 to 1530, was not heard, so assume they do have a new schedule. (Ron Howard, CA/Cumbre DX)

5050 Beibu Bay Radio, Nanning 1300-1340.+ Tuned in just as English ID was given about 1300:20 as, "this is Guangxi Beibu Bay Radio," then into program of talk and soft vocal mx. Not sure of language - didn't really sound like the right cadence for either Cantonese or Vietnamese. Fair signal and was // to 9820, which was good. 5050 deteriorated after 1330 and was nearly gone by 1400, freq 9820 also went downhill as well, although did note the 5+1 pips at 1400, followed by the multilingual ID's. (John Wilkins, CO)

6065, CNR2/CBR, 1212. They are back here again. I had speculated they had abandoned this frequency, but not so. Mauno Ritola (Finland) thought that maintenance was the reason for the absence. Seems he was right. Badly mixing with “K-B-S World Radio” also in Chinese, but ID in English, till they went off at 1230. I had recently incorrectly reported CNR2 here signing off much earlier than their normal 1605, whereas in fact it was Korea I was hearing. Now there is little chance of hearing Zambia. Was nice to catch them in the clear for even a short time. (Ron Howard, CA/Cumbre DX)

5910 Marfil Estéreo 0220-0335. Variety of Latin American music from ranchera to llanera. Occasional ID as "HKI 69 [or 79] FM Marfil Estéreo." ID at 0301 was followed by religious talk to 0335 tuneout. Good signal. (John Wilkins, CO)

6009.99v, LV de tu Conciencia, 0415-0500. English religious talk with Spanish translations. Fair signal. Slightly unstable frequency drifting. Noted on 6009.99 at 0417 6010.04 at 0439. 6010.02 at 0441. 6010.01 at 0500. (Brian Alexander, PA)

4054.98, Radio Verdad, 0500-0613.* Greatly reduced carrier USB. Mostly continuous Christian music. Occasional announcements in unidentified language. Not able to identify language due to muffled, somewhat distorted audio. Sign off with national anthem followed by another tune before pulling plug. Weak. Very poor in noisy conditions and utility interference. (Brian Alexander, PA)

4899.97, Familia FM, Conakry, 2330-2359.* French pops. Afro-pop music. French talk. Sign off with possible national anthem Weak. Very poor with CODAR interference (Brian Alexander, PA)
4990, AIR Itanagar, 1400. Sports news in English. Items about Commonwealth Games, cricket, etc., 1406 ID and ad in Hindi. “Welcome back,” continued with sports news about tennis, boxing and about the Asian Games to be held next month in China, 1415 news in Hindi. News at 1420 in English, along with “now the weather forecast. It will be . . . cloudy with possible thundershowers . . . for the next 24 hours. The maximum temperature in Itanagar today was 32 degrees Celsius.” Hindi at 1425. Poor reception, but a pleasure to be able to hear them again. (Ron Howard, CA/Cumbre DX)

3325 RRI Palangkaraya 1250-1315.+ Music on gamelan-like instruments, then man in long monologue, sometimes talking, sometimes chanting, with the music in the background. Language was not Bahasa Indonesia - probably indigenous programming for the interior. Good
signal but deteriorating after 1315. (John Wilkins, CO)

9525.93, Voice of Indonesia, 1005-1020. Female in English language news at 1010, then finished with "the last item ..." "... news from the Voice of Indonesia" followed with music and comments. Signal was good. (Chuck Bolland, FL).

4920.15, AIR, Chennai, 0013-0025. At 0013 noted Interval signal until 0015. At that time noted a female's comments (probably ID) and singing by a group. Incidently, the interval was a wind instrument continous tune with about five notes to it. At 0016 a female comments in Hindi which is followed with "charmer" type music. Signal was fair throughout.(Chuck Bolland, FL).

5010.41, AIR, 0126-0140. A few bars of music until the half hour when a female commences to talk. She's suppose to be in Hindi according to listing. Signal began to fade by 0135 or maybe it was gone? (Chuck Bolland, FL)

5050, 1623, AIR Aizawl. Light music and occasional Hindi announcements by woman. Good strength carrier, but fluttery and very low modulation. (Al Muick, Kabul, Afghanistan)

9695, Radio Japan, 1108-1115. Female announcer in Vietnamese language news or comments at tune in. Signal had interference as a hetrodyne which was easily tuned out with the notch. AOKI"s database says this is on until 1130 UTC. English is scheduled at 1200 according to AOKI. Signal here was fair. (Chuck Bolland, FL)

11960 Jordan Radio Amman from Al Karanah site in Arabic noted on air this morning Sept 28 when turning-on my Eton E1 set at 0400 UT, signal S=3 very weak condition, just above threshold, could identify Arabic language, at still local dark in Germany. At 0409 UT increased reception, signal up to S=6 strength, from 0425 UT on S=7-9 level. TRT Cakirlar in Turkish on nearby 11980 kHz was much, much stronger, like S=9+20dB. Arabic music til 04.59:58* UT, when TX at Al Karanah site switched off midst on music broadcast.(wb, wwdxc BC-DX TopNews Sept 28/HCDX)

5010.01, Radio Madagasikira, 0224-0235. Reduced carrier USB. Tune-in to local choral music. Short 30 second interval signal at 0226 and into national anthem. Local music. Afro-pop music. Fair signal. On the air earlier than usual. Interval signal and national anthem usually closer to 0300. (Brian Alexander, PA)

6049.62 Asyik FM (p) 1311-1334. Back on the air after being off for several days. Fair signal with regional vocal music and no announcements until 1329, when female announcer spoke for a few minutes, then back to music. Weak by 1400 but did note the usual 1+1 pips, followed by what sounded like Koran programming, presumably Suara Islam program. (John Wilkins, CO)

5985.8, 1520. Myanmar Radio and Television with English pops and occasional announcements in Bamar and English. Full station ID in English at 1530 into English news and commentary with some symphonic music into Bruce Springsteen (!) at 1542. Very strong signals with some initially bad interference from CRI on 5990 which gradually subsided. (Al Muick, Kabul, Afghanistan)

Papua New Guinea
3385, NBC East New Britain, 1214-1226.* Tok Pisin service with news and sports news. Ad in English as, “win your own home with Coca-Cola, four kit homes to be given away, send in four red tabs from Coca-Cola." DJ in Tok Pisin with dedications for pop songs. September 21 also 1226*, off in mid-song.

3905, Radio New Ireland, 1228. De ja vue! A repeat of the same interview I heard on the Sept 20, with the appraiser in English, but at a different time. They recycle some of their programming. Noted at 1300 “News Roundup” in English till 1305. Singing jingle for “Number one radio station.” Gave address: “N-B-C New Ireland, PO Box 477, Kavieng or studio 984 2489”. Very nice to have PNG doing so well recently.(Ron Howard, CA)

6019.41, Radio Victoria, 2330-2345. This evening noted Radio Victoria on 6019.41 kHz without any nearby interference at least for a few minutes. Male announcer in steady Spanish language comments for awhile. The first gent is joined by another male and female. Signal was fair to poor. (Chuck Bolland, FL)

6019.40, Radio Victoria, 0950-1000. Really a tough catch this morning with a hetrodyne and weak signal that was influencing the results. Noted the usual religious Spanish comments heard at this time usually. Signal was poor with interference. (Chuck Bolland, FL)

9430, FEBC, 1050-1100. Program of Chinese language comments from a number of individuals. At 1059 after a female stops talking, religious type music is presented. Possible canned ID on the hour. Signal was poor. (Chuck Bolland,FL)

South Africa
3320.16, Radio Sonder Grense, 0001-0015. Male in Africaans language with news, followed by female talks for a number of minutes. Signal was fair. (Chuck Bolland, FL).

9735, Radio Taiwan International, 1113-1130. Announcer's Japanese comments with bridge music between phrases. At 1115 a female commences talking, followed by pop music. Signal was good. (Chuck Bolland, FL)

8400, Sound of Hope, 1415-1432. In Chinese with some easy-listening religious sounding music and traditional Chinese music, on top of religious singing they spelled out their website “w-w-w-s-o-u-n-d-o-f-h-o-p-e-o-r-g”,then said “Sound of Hope.” This website is given fairly frequently and is distinctive, should help others to ID them. Does not sound like a low powered transmitter as there are occasional days now that Firedrake jamming is not heard here. Am please to finally be able to confirm their ID. (Ron Howard, CA/Cumbre DX)

The Sound of Hope from Taiwan is currently making it into Germany, 30 Sep 2010, without communist jammers, on 9000 kHz (from about 2140 UTC). Checked on the Perseus at 2205 and found the parallel on 7105 - with a strong signal but covered by CNR1 jammer // 4800. Possibly also on 9635 but a mess of many signals there, so I'm not sure yet. (Eike Bierwirth, Germany/HCDX)

6015, RTZ, *0301. Suddenly on with reciting from the Qur’an till 0305, unfortunately because of the late sign on time, there was no interval signal, as I have observed before, their sign on time seems to vary between 0256 to 0301. (Ron Howard, CA/Cumbre DX)