lunedì 14 giugno 2010

Glenn Hauser logs June 13-14, 2010

** ALBANIA [and non]. 13755, checking R. Tirana again Monday June 14 at 1430, whether they are still announcing the B-09 English schedule at the outsets: unheard, altho an extremely weak carrier was detectable on frequency. Other European reception on 13 MHz band missing, so maybe just bad propagation rather than off the air. 13760 French and 13650 Korean from North Korea were fair by comparison. Even Zambia 13590 was poor. 15 MHz: Spain Sephardic 15385 at 1438 was JBA carrier (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** ANTARCTICA. 15476, LRA36 carrier JBA Monday June 14 at 1400, not 15475 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CANADA. TVDX June 13: 1958 UT on analog channel 2, CTV logo, and ad for Sturgeon Falls mentioning a golf course, antenna NE. Two possibilities: CHBX Sault Ste Marie, and CKCO-2 Wiarton Onts. Both are over 400 km by road from S.F., which is just west of North Bay, but Wiarton on the Bruce Peninsula near Owen Sound, is closer by boat or air directly across Georgian Bay. It looks like neither would be serving North Bay area which has a separate CTV affiliate, but the golf course may be a big draw inspiring long trips from elsewhere in the province (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CHINA. Firedrake June 14: Nothing found between 19 and 8 MHz in the few minutes before 1359, nor after 1400, except:

14700, JBA at 1444.

15140, VG at 1354-1355 --- as I`ve noticed before, during these minutes of the hour there are some bad edits, as we hear bits of music cut off before resuming. But who cares? It`s just a jammer.

15755, F-G at 1437, and 15140 is now off. 15755 must be today`s landing spot for SOH, as in my June 12 report it was on 15760 and per Aoki varies 15700-15795. Except SOH supposedly takes a break between 1430 and 1500, and the June 14 Aoki shows no more Uzbekistan site, but all 131 degrees via Dushanbe-Yangiyul, Tajikistan site at 1230-1300, 1400-1430, 1500-1530 on 15750v.

11990, CNR1 jammer against VOA Chinese via Novosibirsk (do the Russians care? Ha), which was totally inaudible here, June 14 at 1406 with Chinese conversation presumably about World Cup since those damned vuvuzelas were sounding continuously. Evidently a game was not axually in progress, due to lack of cheering or any sounds of axion, and still the case at 1429.

If the ChiCom (and other broadcasters) have soundproof studios at the stadia, the 140 dB horns penetrate them; more likely they think it`s neat to mix in this ambient noise deliberately. // 11805 weaker, and // 11785 off by now, more jammers. At 1447 I noticed that 11990 audio had a slight reverb, rather than a more displaced echo, but could be two transmitters, or deliberate double audio to enhance jamming (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA [and non]. 9885, DentroCuban Jamming Command grinding against nothing, UT Monday June 14 at 0002 since VOA Spanish is only one hour on weekends from 2300 --- except it seems like the Greenville carrier is still on, slightly attenuating the jamming (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** LIBERIA. 4025, presumed Star Radio carrier just barely audible, June 14 at 0612, and again slightly on the low side by comparison to Cuba 5025 (which is not necessarily on 5025.000 itself) (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** MEXICO. Correxion to my previous report about the two channel 3 stations: Mexicali is XHBC, not XHBQ. Sporadic-E TVDX, all times UT:

June 13 at 1800, channel 2 fade in, Spanish from SSW, but did not develop; instead had CANADA [q.v.] a couple hours later.

UT June 14: 0201 on 2, Julio Morán with Noticiero Fin de Semana, seems from SSW. Googling doesn`t help.

0226, MUF up to channel 6 video, guy in white coat wearing tie

0232 on 6, 9:32 clock in LR = CDT zone, talkshow with at least 3 people around a desk.

0235 on 5, FUERA large letters on screen; looks like star bug in UR = XEW-2 net, Canal de las Estrellas

0244 on 6, bug for Azteca-7 net in UR, film drama. There are about 4 full-power possibilities. Per TVG, movie is ``Gol!`` on this net altho in brief glimpses I did not see any fútbol.

0245 on 5, drama breaking into color; same-offset CCI i.a.

0300 on 3, promo for soccer on Televisa-2 net, but I think this was Televisa-5 net (XHGC) as per promo for it two minutes later. This can all get quite confusing and misleading with cross-promotion among different Televisa nets, different Azteca nets, etc.

0303 on 3, political ad for PT = Partido del Trabajo (Workers` Party – must be a minor one).

0305 opening weakening now down to mostly channel 2 with mélange of signals (Glenn Hauser, Enid OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** OKLAHOMA. 32, local KXOK-LP Enid, UT June 14 at 0325 is back with programming, OK Wildlife show, just in time for another storm to hit us. Yes! At 0341, back to ``No signal!`` screen, and the circlish logo in the middle I see is bluish, not whitish. 1530 it`s back again with ancient Vincent Price B&W movie.

The analog channel 36 in OKC, KHCM-CA, bringing Univisión into the city from primary station KUOK-35 in of all places Woodward, had been a marginal signal I could usually pick up by aiming right at OKC, but has been absent for a few days. Not sure what is going on here, as in FCC TV Query I do not see a DTV replacement for it on same or any other channel. Licensee is ``Oklahoma Land Company``. Univisión has another relay in OKC on channel 48, less often seen and not lately either, per KWDW-LP, same licensee, also analog only.

OKC DTV reception starts breaking up whenever there are storms around here, and that is often currently. I have been somewhat surprised to find equal or better reception of OETA & OKLA at times on channel 38 translator from Ponca City, K38AK-D, 13.560 kW ERP.

I wish OETA would reactivate its closer one west of Medford, due north of Enid on channel 46, but it`s currently shown as DK46AH, i.e. deleted; analog coverage area included Enid tho few knew about it:
N.B. the advisory that Census has deleted Tiger Map service, but FCC retains what it has on its servers.

Monday morning into the afternoon, the OKC stations are in fullbore coverage of the floods in OKC: no, not affecting us in Enid (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** PRIDNESTROVYE. 9665, Radio PMR in English, UT Monday June 14 at 0002, somewhat better signal than VOR on 9890. PMR is off the air on UT Sat and Sun, and the transmitter might as well be used for VOR those days only at 00-02 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SPAIN [non]. The new DRM transmitter of REE at the Cariari de Pococí, COSTA RICA relay is still bleeding far beyond the legal 10-kHz bandwidth so touted by DRM as making it a good neighbor to analog signals. June 14 at 0004, shortly after opening of 2-hour transmission centered on 9630, I can hear the DRM at least as far as plus and minus 20 kHz, not 5 kHz, i.e. down to 9610 and up to 9650, or slightly beyond both.

Yes, the major brunt of this DRM is in the 9625-9635 band, but instead of cutting off sharply at the edges, it progressively becomes weaker, and I can imagine what it would look like on a spectrum analyzer.

So 9625 CBC Northern Quebec is totally blocked for two prime evening hours --- so much for Randy Bachman`s Vinyl Tap and Saturday Night Blues and their fan in Costa Rica. It probably bleeds even further than 20 kHz in proximity to the transmitter.

Plus, REE itself direct from Spain, presumably // programming on 9620 is degraded by the DRM jamming; not much I can detect on other 9610-9650 channels.

This and all other DRM transmissions should be moved OUT of the analog SW broadcast bands, where they cannot possibly be good neighbors, into the fixed bands, e.g. for this to the middle of the 10 MHz band, where there is plenty of open space; just ask Sound of Hope and Firedrake.

DRM proponents originally decided that in order to get noticed, they should be mixed right in there with the analogs. They certainly succeeded in that, especially here, right smack dab in the middle of the 31m band, despite the overwhelming negative PR it causes for the entire idea.

BTW, the 00-02 DRM transmission to NAm could easily contain English for the first hour, but I suppose it does not, as the CR relay has never condescended to do that even in analog (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** TIBET [non]. 11510, presumed VOA Tibetan via Thailand, June 14 at 1450, sounded like Chinese to me, plus hi and lo pitched tones, so really hearing additional ChiCom jamming (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U K [non]. 17640, BBCWS via Ascension, June 14 at 1442 poor but at fadeups talking about balls, and with vuvuzelas JBA, so surely World Cup special. This is probably the best of the lot for BBC reception during afternoon WC broadcasts = morning in America, boo hoo (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. WWCR-4 chex for WORLD OF RADIO: 9980, yes, Sunday June 13 at 2355, VG signal; starts at 2330. 5890, no, UT Monday June 14 at 0332, still some preacher contrary to online program schedule (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 9370, tune by WTJC, UT Monday June 14 at 0006 and it is not in Arabic like 24 hours earlier, so it`s not every day; instead, program of hymns in English (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 9479, WTWW relaying SFAW, June 14 at 1402 as I was trying to detect an Australian carrier on 9475 to compare to 15476, while SFAW had double audio, both PPP and his announcer talking at the same time. Besides being full of Aryan racist nonsense, SFAW is clearly not up to the task of professional international broadcasting, also with unexplained long periods of dead air, etc. This reflects poorly on WTWW, altho they are not to blame for such lapses from their client (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** VENEZUELA [and non]. Yimber Gaviría found on the alopresidente website that El Hugazo has moved his show 7 hours later this month in order not to conflict with silly ballgames. Usual start time is 11 am Venez = 1530 UT, so now will be at 2230 UT. Since the Cuban relays have become quite sporadic anyway, that would be even more inconvenient for RHC to integrate into its Sunday evening schedule, but one may look around for him. BTW he won some kind of award from Latin American announcers (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ###