lunedì 27 settembre 2010

Glenn Hauser logs September 26-27, 2010

** ALASKA. 7355, KNLS again inaudible at a few chex between 12 and 13 UT Sept 27 when scheduled and sometimes heard in English.

As previously reported, and in DXLD 10-38, KNLS website claims in B-10 they will be using 7300 for Chinese at 13-18. However, this frequency is out of bounds, borderline the 40m hamband in the USA! The sideband below 7300 would justifiably set off the intruder-busters. It should have been disallowed at HFCC. Putting up such a schedule was premature, and they should have known that 7300 would not work. More likely will use 9615 or 9655 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** ANTARCTICA. 15476, LRA36 not off the air this Monday, Sept 27 at 1229, carrier and peaking to audiblize some music, initially stronger than Rampisham 15480. At 1300, 15476 quite a bit inferior to 15480 Belarussian; and at 1444 even more so vs DV Burma via ARMENIA (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** BRAZIL [and non]. 6185, altho RNA is not heard all the time, it was on Sept 26 at 2226 since music was // 11780, but on 6185 making a fast SAH of about 10 Hz with something, seems only carrier. XEPPM on early? Or VOA Burmese from Thailand also starts at 2300 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CANADA [and non]. 6070, another day with no modulation from CFRX, Sept 27 at 1201 just carrier making fast SAH with VOK playing DPRK NA, 1203 re-opening final hour of Japanese. NK is not on 6071, as someone recently reported, but within SAH range of CFRX, one or both just a few Hz off 6070 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CHINA. Firedrake Sept 27: none found between 8 and 18 MHz during several scans between 1200 and 1500 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA. 5040, RHC, UT Monday Sept 27 at 0556-0558, Manolo de la Rosa ending secret replay of En Contacto, DX program, so the quarter hour would have started at 0543. Should also be on at least one //, 6120, not checked (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** EQUATORIAL GUINEA. 15190, Sept 27 at 1445, hoarse screaming southern American gospel huxter (no, not BS), fair with fading, not undermodulated but with PA reverb and amens interjected. Has to be R. Africa, rather unusual to hear this early, and who knows if they are on the air at this time every day (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** GERMANY [non]. 17840, DW in German, so it can`t be from Germany, Sept 27 at 1412, and pronounced echo about two words apart, too much separation to be long/short path from whatever site, also extremely unlikely at this time under current propagation conditions.

Instead, they must yet again be running two unsynchronized transmitter sites at once, or possibly putting a double audio feed into one. Still doing it at 1435 recheck, so not a momentary problem; one considerably weaker than the other.

On August 23 there was supposed to be a site change for the 14-15 transmission, from Sines, PORTUGAL at 80 degrees, to Rampisham, UK at 95 degrees. Seems likely some operator at Sines didn`t get the message to go away from 17840; but has it been doubled up this way for the past month? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** GUAM. 15320, Sept 26 at 2202 good with Indonesian talk, Christian stuff, hymn to tune of ``We shall not be moved`` from KSDA. Probably could have heard Wavescan in following semihour this UT Sunday, as English scheduled at 2230-2300 on same 255 degree azimuth; plus another hour until 2400 in Vietnamese due west (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** GUATEMALA. 4055, R. Verdad unheard UT Monday Sept 27 at 0551, so off early another Sunday evening? There did seem to be a very weak carrier on frequency, however, but TGAV has been carrierless during usual broadcasts. I had suggested to Dr Madrid that they try to switch the ham transmitter in use to AM mode if at all possible. Not checked again until 1153, almost fade-out time, but could make out some music, again USB minus carrier (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** KUWAIT. Altho broadcasts in our afternoon on 15540 and 17750 are no longer making it here from R. Kuwait, mornings on 21540 can be productive, but no English. Sept 27 at 1438, Arabic chanting unseems Qur`an, lo-fi like over a phone line. It`s virtually the OSOB, besides traces of Spain 21570 and Saudi 21505, but certainly the SSOB (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** MALAYSIA. 6175, Sept 27 at 1206, Chinese from CNR1 atop fast subaudible heterodyne, but no audible heterodyne from V. of Malaysia, 6174.4. I previously assumed VOM was off, but Dan Sheedy points out that VOM is back on-frequency, as confirmed by Ron Howard. Is it in English at 12-14 on 6175 as Aoki alleges? Don`t think so; WRTH says Indonesian (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SWAZILAND. 9635, Sept 27 at 1456, African language, and no sign of CVC Spanish from CHILE. Seems like sermon, continuing past hourtop 1500 without break. This is longpath from TWR, sounded sorta Swahilish, but it`s really a Malagasy Monday from Manzini, per Aoki at 1455-1525, as it is every day except Sundays in French. WRTH however, says on Sundays only for French, the transmission starts at 1440 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** TURKEY. 13760, Sept 27 at 1221 a bit of music which sounded Jewish to me, but maybe merely German, as 1222 German announcement, 1223 VOT piano IS; fair signal equivalent to 13635 Turkish, but 13760 in the clear with no CCI or ACI.

I kept tuning up and by 1226 came to 15450, VOT IS again prior to English, probably same transmitter and antenna, both listed as 310 degrees from Emirler; and they were previously caught not changing the frequency in time (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 15550-USB, Sept 26 at 2158, bit of ``Rock of Ages`` on piano(?), just stops at 2200, no WJHR sign-off, as splat from 15540 RNW Bonaire starts.

FCC has finally just posted version 3 of their A-10 schedule, at
which shows, guess what?
15550 1400 2200 WJHR  50 5 4 1234567 280310 311010
which means 50 kW, 5 degrees to CIRAF region 4, which is basically Ontario, Quebec, and northward, including Baffin and other islands.

We know it`s nowhere near 50 kW, probably 1 kW max. The FCC list does not bother with modes, as every broadcaster is surely on AM/DSB, but HFCC shows it as T, instead of the usual D for AM, and N for DRM (numérique). T must mean both pure USB and reduced carrier USB, since the only other T listings are:
4005, Vatican [or is it LSB? Is the carrier really reduced?]
6025, 9445, 11615 KTMI [imaginary, so no AM if they ever appear]
9330, 15420 WBCQ [both `compatible` RC/USB]

** U S A. After a few nites on 3255 during the 04-05 UT hour, WWCR was back on 3215, at quick check 0408 UT Monday Sept 27 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. WEWN chex Sept 27 following last week`s downtime (for maintenance?). Things are even worse than before. At 1449, 13835 has sermon in English, but audio is distorted, with a constant roar in the background. Switching on BFO, I find the carrier is unstable, rather like WINB always is, but worse; a new problem for WEWN, not noted before. And it`s still putting a spur on weaker WWCR 13845.

At 1454, 11550 in Spanish still has the squeal, in ode to Mary, seemed like voice-over at first, but it`s just two YLs reciting the same thing unsynchronized; can they hear each other? Better // 12050 was the only aproblematic transmitter (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** VATICAN [non]. 9830, VR via CANADA, Monday Sept 27 at 1209 check, RTTY and Spanish talk over music. NOT ENGLISH as supposedly scheduled at 1200 after 1130 Spanish. Despite my reporting this numerous times, this info has still not penetrated such references as the English-only Prime Time Shortwave,
which still shows:
Vatican City    Vatican R.        1200-1230 Am, M-Sa   9830

And it was never half an hour either, but only 12 minutes. Since VR fails to publish out-times of its transmissions, one must guess, and this guess was wrong. There is no substitute for real monitoring, but is anyone paying attention? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. 1098, only carrier on a trans-Pacific/Region 3 frequency I could detect in a complete MW bandscan, Sept 27 around 1235, close to local sunrise. Looped from the NW on the DX-398, presumably Marshall Islands. Need to do this a semihour earlier, or much earlier for them to be outputting any audio (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ###