sabato 21 agosto 2010

Glenn Hauser logs August 20, 2010

** ANTARCTICA. 15476, LRA36 detectable Friday Aug 20, VP at 1325 with YL in Spanish, weaker than hettor 15480 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CHINA. Firedrake August 20:
 8400 and up, none found from 1310 except:
14700, JBA at 1317

** GREECE. 9420, no signal, not even a carrier detectable from VOG, Aug 20 at 0522, tho BBC 9410 and CVC 9430 were in well; so ERT was off? But at 1328, 15630 on as usual, fair signal with heated discussion in Greek rather than music, one side on the phone; 1401 brief music and back to talk (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** INDONESIA. 9526-, VOI had been chugging along just fine for the past week, English at 13-14, but Friday Aug 20 the VG signal with some hum bore no English, just Indonesian (or Malay?), at several chex, 1306, 1323, 1345, but no hindrance to the music at the latter time. Despite het from CRI Russian 9525.0 from *1357, VOI stayed on past 1400 this time, still music at 1411.

Atsunori Ishida`s almost daily monitoring of this from Japan at
does not yet include Aug 20, but he did find some other anomalies in language rotation recently: on Aug 15 there was additional English at 11 and 12 instead of Chinese and Japanese; Aug 13, extra Chinese at 1101 switched to English at 1120; Aug 9 at 1203 extra Chinese instead of Japanese.

`9525` nominally changes from 135 to a 10 degree azimuth at 11, and to 290 degrees at 16. 10 degrees carries on transiting the Arctic to cross Detroit, while Enid is about 30 degrees from Cimanggis but at 15 megameters, signal spreads out quite a bit by the time it gets here. I wonder if it`s even better in Michigan, plus NW and SE from there.

Or is Aoki correct, that all 9525 transmissions are at 30 degrees, right on Enid? That would also cross Japan, rather more likely bearing for Japanese and ESL audience (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** OKLAHOMA. 1580, KOKB, Blackwell didn`t wait until the weekend to drop modulation and resume open carrier: Friday Aug 20 at 1525, 2000 and 2350 UT chex. I hope others in neighboring states will monitor 1580 Saturday 1300-1400+ UT for the Spanish sportstalk unID I have been getting for weeks on 1580, only on Saturdays at this time (Glenn Hauser, Enid, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** PORTUGAL [and non]. 21810, Aug 20 at 1337, very poor signal but OSOB, with what sounded like ``praise music``, i.e. one-note pitch shifts back and forth, language uncertain, English or Spanish? Gone or faded out by 1355 check. I vaguely recalled that one of the US gospel-huxters formerly used this frequency, WHRI? So trying it again? No, only one station is currently scheduled, RDPI eastward M-F at 13-15, so I suppose that was it, with misleading music. By 1356, there were JBA signals on 21570, 21610, i.e. copeninsular SPAIN (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SAUDI ARABIA. 17615 // 17625, Aug 20 at 1331 in Qur`an, slightly better on the latter and also // weaker 17895, but not // 17705, separate Arabic program which was best of all but only fair. But at 1359 past 1400, 17615 continued with Qur`an while 17625 was gone.

This all fits for BSKSA 500 kW Riyadh scheduling. One transmitter on 17615 at 100 degrees switches from 17615 to 17625 at 1200-1400, but a second transmitter comes on 17615, 190 degrees at 1300-1600, while VP 17895 is 295 degrees at 1200-1500. And 17705 is Program I, 1200-1500 at 310 degrees, the only one of these aimed USward, but really for Europe.

Also JBA seems Arabic on 21505 at 1357, must be BSKSA as scheduled 12-15; could not detect them on 21460, 21530, 21600 or 21640, also scheduled at this hour (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SPAIN [non]. 15170, REE via COSTA RICA, usually has big signal aimed 340 degrees USward, but Aug 20 at 1319 almost equal CCI from something in Russian, i.e. BBC via Woofferton, scheduled here from 1300, 300 kW at 70 degrees. At least it`s a sign of possibly improving conditions from Europe. See also PORTUGAL.

But by 1405 REE definitely atop starting ``Paisajes y Sabores``, traipsing senderos incógnitos, including Córdoba, Andalucía; Cordillera Pirenaica (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** TURKEY. 15450, VOT, fair Aug 20 at 1323, sign-off English and IS played twice before carrier-off, an improvement over yesterday, only once. But there are multiple piano variations to the same tune, some of them quite subtle.

As of 2300 UT Aug 20, the latest English audio linked on TRT website is still for Aug 17, so I can`t check whether there was a ``Live from Turkey`` on Thursday Aug 19. Webmaster on holiday? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) 

** U S A. 15550-USB, WJHR, Aug 20 at 1402, poor with preacher about government, Jesus being king whether we vote for him or not. Please! We had enough of divine-right monarchies by 1776y (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A [non]. 13710, Aug 20 at 0532, SSOB in African-accented French, news of Africa including Niger; cholera in Nigeria. Don`t recall hearing this before, but soon refers to ``les nouvelles en direct de Washington`` and VOA is scheduled 305 degrees via MADAGASCAR, M-F 0530-0600.

7550, Aug 20 at 1414, weak talk, only third signal left on 40m band following WWCR 7490, RA 7240; o yes, it`s via Tinang, PHILIPPINES, VOA`s Indonesian service on Thu-Fri-Sat only, mostly US pop music, I thought; with ACI from 7546, see UNIDENTIFIED (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 9512v, Aug 20 at 1303 as I am approaching Indonesia, distracted by the unique raspy voice of Brother Scare, hetting something weak on 9515 and the het is varying. BS is on three intentional 31m channels at this time, 9265 WINB, 9385 WWRB and 9980 WWCR, but since none are synchronized, 9512 audio only matches 9385, yet another defect of this transmitter. Did not find such a spur on the other side, on 9258. Previous spurs from this have been wide distorted blobs rather than precise carriers with readable modulation. At the same time, PPPP on WTWW 9479 was overloading as far as 9512 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. 630, again clear of WWLS OK IBOC from 640, Aug 20 at 1530 and 1700 chex on caradio in western Enid, weak talk including news at 1700, but too much T-storm QRN from westward. WWLS turns off IBOC unpredictably and this has nothing to do with when there is live play-by-play as some stations do, to avoid AM/IBOC asynchrony.

Maybe someday everything will mesh: no IBOC, lo noise, good daytime propagation and I can definitely ID 630 as KHOW Denver on groundwave. There still may be weaker IBOC from the other side, the mickey-mouse station in the Metroplex, KMKI 620, hijacked from Wichita Falls, ex-KWFT, once a full-service station which even put me on the p-mailing list for their program schedules (Glenn Hauser, Enid OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. 7544-USB, Aug 20 at 1415, Spanish 2-way with pauses, QRMing VOA 7550 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ###