giovedì 30 settembre 2010

Glenn Hauser logs September 30, 2010

** ANTARCTICA. 15476, LRA36, Sept 30: no carrier detectable at 1349 tho 15480 Rampisham was there; but at 1418 I do find a 15476 carrier; was it off earlier? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CHINA. Firedrake Sept 30: after 1330, none found until:
15520, at 1348, weak FD music mixed with noise jamming and talk, very poor with flutter, against V. of Tibet; no het, anyway

10500, VG at 1431; certainly was not on before 1400. Then I do another quick bandscan 8-19 MHz but find no others (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CYPRUS. 14580-14605, OTH radar pulses, presumed from here, Sept 30 at 1346 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** GUATEMALA. 4055, R. Verdad, 0605 UT Sept 30, tuned in barely in time to hear end of NA, so could not evaluate it much. Later I found this from R. Verdad (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

Dear Glenn: I want to inform you that we made some adjustments on our small transmitter this afternoon, and now, we are transmitting with almost 100 watts power on AM. I was able to monitor our signal at the house of a DX friend, and the signal sounded strong and clear. I provided the technician with your last letter. We appreciate your suggestions very much. May God bless you (Dr. Édgar Madrid, Radio Verdad, 0508 UT Sept 30, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** KUWAIT. 21540, nothing heard at first check around 1330 Sept 30, but at 1423, 13m had blossomed with this SSOB achieving S9+20, conversation in Arabic; at first not even any CCI from Spain audible, but detectable at 1426 as R. Kuwait had gone into Qur`an. Don`t Moslems ever tire of this stuff, over and over? Is their faith so fragile that it must be reinforced five times a day, causing tremendous losses in earthly productivity? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** LIBYA. 13m was just about dead at 1330, but checked again at 1422 Sept 30, 21695 has S9+18 signal from V. of Africa from the Great Jamahiriyah, YL in English with heavy imposed reverb, making her heavy accent even less readable, plus hum and lo-fi audio, something about revolution, brotherhood, socialism. 1422 outro as a special program for the 39-th anniversary of the revolution. 1425 into geographical feature about Sénégal, I finally figured out from content, altho pronunciation was so poor at intro that I thought they said Trinidad. Second SSOB, outdone only by KUWAIT, q.v. Quite stronger than // 17725 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** OKLAHOMA [and non]. Tnx to a quick tip from Bruce Winkelman, Tulsa that his local KFAQ 1170 was off at 0355 UT Sept 30, I hurried to check the frequency. Around 0405 UT quite a jumble there, and nice to have the IBOC off too. But now there is some IBOC QRM from KSL when aiming E/W. Two Spanish speakers, one with music, one with talk, when that is nulled. One ran a slogan ID but could not catch it.

NRC AM Log shows no US nighttimers in Spanish on 1170; WRTH shows eight nighttimers in Mexico, no more than 2.5 kW from Puebla and Aguascalientes.

0420 check, KFAQ is back on but weak, and easily nulled. Must be backup transmitter, and still no IBOC.

At 1650 UT, KFAQ still seems weaker than usual, but this is subjective as I don`t pay much attention to its normal level. But, no IBOC audible now either, so probably still on backup. If this continue into UT Oct 1, should enhance DX possibilities on 1157-1183 kHz.

Is there anything about this situation on the KFAQ website, titled ``Tulsa`s Conservative Talk Radio Station``
(even tho they don`t have Rush, just othercreeps like Beck, Ingraham, bits from O`Reilly, Huckabee)? No.

How about the OK board?
No, again, tho participants there often post inside info on what`s going on in the market (Glenn Hauser, Enid, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** OKLAHOMA. I often leave my only funxioning B&W TV on channel 36 aimed toward OKC, for my best remaining analog TV station, Univisión`s KCHM-CA, 12.53 kW ERP. In dead daytime conditions there is little if any signal detectable, but it serves to tip me if tropo is up, and my equipment is funxional. Customarily the signal steadily rises in the evenings past midnight, sometimes joined by weaker LPTVs/translators in OKC on 17, 19, 21, 48.

It also can amuse me by bursting into visibility occasionally for a second or two, e.g. the morning of Sept 30, 15-17+ UT, i.e. airplane scatter, not necessarily correlating with any audible Vance training jet flyovers (Glenn Hauser, Enid, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SAIPAN. 11650, Sept 30 at 1321, fair signal holding its own against stronger NHK/Sackville 11655; interesting language with Slavic elements, recognizable Russian-like words here and there, but what is it really?

Aoki shows KFBS daily at 1300-1330 in Kazakh, while preceding and following segments are in a variety of other Central Asian languages. What I was hearing did not sound Turkic to me, but more Slavic; WRTH May Update agrees it`s Kazakh, so I must concede (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 11436-USB, Sept 30 at 1327, as I was tuning for Firedrakes, stopped at intermittent SSB; CAMSLANT Chesapeake was calling several Coast Guard Air Stations, including Clearwater, Miami and Savannah, apparent roll call. I never heard any of them answer, so is this duplex rather than simplex = on the same frequency? HQ did not achieve contact with all of them either.

This resembles a previous log of mine from July 16, 2009, archived at:

** U S A. 13845, not even a carrier detectable from WWCR, Sept 30 at 1429, tho 15825 was JBA, plus numerous other signals on 21m, e.g. 13880 Cuba, 13870 Russia, 13860 Farda, 13835 WEWN. The remaining WWCR transmitters were inbooming as usual, 9980 and 7490 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A [non]. 15450, Sept 30 at 1350 open carrier with flutter; will this develop into something interesting? No, 1400 we hear ``Gott sei die Ehre`` opening theme music for Family Radio, announcement in unknown language. Aoki says it`s Assamese, 200 kW, 110 degrees via Krasnodar, RUSSIA at 1400-1500 daily. This was originally registered in A-10 for BBC via Armavir, 200 kW, 104 degrees (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ###