domenica 6 febbraio 2011

Glenn Hauser logs February 4-5, 2011

** AUSTRALIA. 9710, ABC Local Radio Queensland via RA, Shepparton, Victoria, Feb 5 at 0732 YL with phone interview about cyclone cleanup, not // RA mainstream 9660 transmitted from Queensland itself. This time has ACI from WYFR 9715 whose signal has not dropped out tonight. 0744 mentions hearing from listeners all over, including in the Pentagon by WiFi, Lincs. by internet, Saskatchewan but not on SW, apparently.

6080, next check at 1242, Kelly Higgins is back, with flutter, and  weaker than non-// mainstream RA 6020 without any flutter, but with Chinese CCI thanks to Vatican via RVA PHILIPPINES. Caller is looking for a generator, phone numbers; 18 minutes to go for this program (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA. Correxion to last report; I slipped on one of the times for `En Contacto`: UT Mon 0235, not 0135; make it read:

``I had notified Manolo de la Rosa that I heard his DX program `En Contacto` at 0730 UT Monday, but that`s gone, as well as the other just-discovered repeat which he says was around 2005 Sundays. So it`s back to only three airings, Sun 1435, 2240v, Mon 0235.``

However, if RHC makes another DST shift March 13, it will be back to Mon 0135, as well as Sun 1335, 2140v.

11880, Feb 4 at 2115, pulsing from DentroCuban Jamming Command, presumably spur from the wall of noise on 11930 against Martí. Matching 50 kHz up on 11980 was a different weaker `dittering` spur. Frequency managers would be well advised not to land ~50 kHz on either side of any Cuban-jammed frequency; tnx a lot, Arnie!

Feb 5 I make quick chex of RHC frequencies, and find the ones in use do match the latest schedule I compiled in previous report:
1219, about what else, Los 5, on 6000, 6095, 6140, 6150
1239, in sports also on 11690-lofi, 11760, 12040-lofi
1307, the 6 MHz frequencies have gone off except for 6140, now also on 11690, 11730, 11760, 12040, 13680, 13780, 15120, 15230, 15360
1520, same as before except 15120 is off
1604, all RHC frequencies are off!
(Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) See also USA: WRMI re jamming

** FRANCE. 15605, RFI English on its sôle frequency, Feb 5 at 1603 but blocked by running-water ute QRM centered on 15603 just as I tune in; finally relents, uncovering report on Cairo protests (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** INDONESIA. 9526-, VOI back on this off-frequency, and ever so slightly on the low side of it, Feb 5 at 1215 in Japanese but inserting English ID, the one about being first and best. So the other transmitter has been reactivated, as Atsunori Ishida first noted a few days ago, ex-9525. This was immediately obvious, as the het against something on 9530 was circa 4 kHz instead of 5. Ron Howard measured both of them 40 Hz low.

1230 still in slowly-spoken Japanese. I don`t hear any intermittent audio dropouts until 1234, so maybe the 9526 transmitter doesn`t have that problem? 1300 when English starts, signal has declined to very poor, but still on 9526.

Much better and still on the air overtime at next check 1507, with YL English news, atop a slight het from a 9525.0 station. 1510 begins commentary about elexions, and now I can hear a few IADs until abrupt 1511:42* as SW listeners to the 1500 English broadcast will always be frustrated (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** IRAN. 9790, Feb 5 at 1304, Qur`an, then W & M in S Asian language, right back to Qur`an. This smax of VIRI, and indeed it is, Urdu at 1300-1430, 500 kW, 118 degrees via Kamalabad. Fairly good signal. By 1313 is in Urdu talk (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** KOREA SOUTH [non]. 9650, KBSWR, English to NAm via Sackville, Sat Feb 5 at 1236 in `Worldwide Friendship` mailbag with M&M hosts; trouble is it`s just barely audible, but as I listen it starts to fade up to good level in a few sex. Back to it at 1250, but it`s poor again, and then fading up some with more mailbag. 1255 regional summary of listening conditions, asking for reports on how well this very transmission from New Brunswick is heard, ``so we can address the problem``. The `problem` has been there for years, in the winter --- the frequency is too high for reliable propagation this early in the morning. Meanwhile Sackville with RCI Arabic is very good without fadeouts on 7325, the band where this broadcast ought to be!

Then to WWF closing, and no Kevin O`Donovan! His 3-minute `listening tips` from New Mexico used to appear at this time; is he no longer on at all? Still time to promote Quiz #2 for 2011, two easy questions which I am not going to quote since those interested should at least take the trouble to discover them on their own. 1258 starts reciting KBSWR English schedule but only has time for a few transmissions, starting at 1300, general and to Europe, before cut to RCI IS and off at 1259:13 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** KOREA SOUTH [and non]. 3480, Feb 5 at 1226 in Korean; stronger signal with modulation is here, with weaker het from 3481. Per Aoki, 3480 is V. of the People, clandestine from S to N, while 3481 is jamming by KNDF from the North (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** MICRONESIA. 4755.4, V6MP, The Cross, Feb 7 at 0747 tune-in to S9+15 signal with music, 0753 announcement but too weak to copy; 0755 gospel rock; 0759 seems like ID in English, but still too weak, and fading.

This is a nice clear frequency with no QRM at all, not even CODAR, except for an occasional rapid swoosh by an ionosonde, to which all frequencies are subject. I found it initially by zero-beating on WTWW 5755, then down 1 MHz, and hearing the het of some 400 Hz --- some have refined it to 4755.44, which means the het should have been A = 440 Hz, but no musical instrument handy.

I have no doubt I was hearing this station, reactivated after 3.3 years, but hope for a better catch with more definite details. I am awake again at 1205, and the carrier is still there, also at 1228, but that`s all (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** NEW ZEALAND. 9765, RNZI with Saturday night request-and-dedication show, VG signal; anything goes, it seems, including ancient recordings. After some show tunes, then a romantic crooner, from the teens or twenties, outroed as Romanian-born tenor Joseph Schmidt; then Motown by Syreeta (Wright) from Tennessee, *1946-2004*. I never would have guessed how to spell her name beyond `Cyrita`(?) without:

The RNZI SW schedule is as usual totally unhelpful, merely showing RNZI National is relayed Sat 06-08, including newscasts. So the National schedule lists ``7:04 Saturday Night with Peter Fry -
Four hours of music, reminiscences, requests and entertainment``
Look at the playlist!
Apparently it is not available on demand, not among the long list of program titles podcast (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** NORTH AMERICA. 6899.6 AM, S9+18 as I tune in at 0705 Sat Feb 5, ``Contribute to the Bowling League, P O Box 32, Mount Jackson, Virginia; you should listen to me``, or something like that, and into music. 0710, Commander Bunny talking about monkeys, FRN, Al Fansome; 0714 ID as ``International Bowling League Relay Service``.

0724, the unmistakable down-east voice of Allan Weiner saying ``I want to marry my cat``, conversation with Jay; mentions SWL Fest will be March 12-13, or from March 11 for early arrivals. Hmmm, those were the dates in 2004y, while this year it`s March 4-5:

Mister Camping is so strong on 6875, that 6900 area gets desensitized; pirates need to give him even wider berth. Unfortunately another pirate was simultaneous on 6948, forcing me to split my attention (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** NORTH AMERICA. 6948-USB, Saturday Feb 5 at 0707 music, S9+18 at peaks like 6899.6-AM, but this one sounds louder; I have to attenuate it to the max `local` to eliminate pumping. Must tune back and forth since they are competing with each other. 0717 music segué to bass strumming, then drumming. 0721 ID I think as ``W-E-A-K Radio`` (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** OKLAHOMA. Yes, the two Tulsa market stations on 1270 and 1570 are now under new ownership and converted to Spanish. Feb 4 at 1938 UT I hear music on 1570, reminding me to check the stronger signal on 1270 too. Wait a minute! Sounds like the same music. I carry a portable radio in the car so I can try //, and yes indeed, the two are simulcasting, but ID at 1940 only as ``La Que Buena, 12-70 AM`` and hyperenthusiastic promo for LQB listeners to tune to 1270 now (instead of KXTD 1530 --- what`s on that now? Cannot pull it past KOKC 1520 in daytime.) I guess the new owner isn`t ready to program 1570 separately with Spangospel, no hurry! But this seems a bit redundant and wasteful. Will the callsigns change from KRVT on 1270 and KZLI on 1570?

BTW, the Jan 27 Tulsa World article about this consistently wrote ``KLZI`` --- so much for the impact its former ``Smart Talk`` format in English made on the writer. Still not corrected at:

As I recall, KRVT underwent some kind of upgrade in the last few years. So the seller may have made a neat profit on the deal.

Now we shall have to pay attention whether the Spanish on 1270 is KRVT or KFLC Fort Worth TX; and the 1570 is KZLI or XERF Ciudad Acuña.

Meanwhile, 1120 KEOR was off the air again at 1945 UT check Feb 4 (Glenn Hauser, Enid, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** PORTUGAL [and non]. 13m showing some signs of life for a change: Feb 5 until 1559* Libya on 21695 and YFR Ascension, both in English. Leaving 21655 RDPI to be the SSOB after 1600 timesignal; also JBA WHRI 21630, Spain 21610, 21570 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** ROMANIA. 17540, Feb 5 at 1525 very poor signal with flutter and Doppler wobble on the carrier, at first intonation sounding French, but improving at 1530, not French, seems language lesson with Arabic words, repeated, M&W alternating, bits of music, recognizable words in other language like aeroporto, Qahira, musica. 1540 to music; 1545 stronger peaks, fast beat pop music. Thought I might have something exotic, but 1555 contact info, 1556 RRI IS. Yes, it`s RRI`s Arabic service, 300 kW, 247 degrees from Tiganeshti at 15-16, wedged between English from WHRI before 1500 (if on), and YFR English via Ascension after 1600 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SARAWAK [non]. 6205, R. Free Sarawak via presumed TAJIKISTAN, Feb 5 at 1220 conversation in Iban if not Malay between studio announcer and guy on phone, the latter throwing in English phrases such as ``Yes, I know``, ``If you really``, ``Who are you?``. Fair with heavy flutter. By 1245 vocal music is playing, but it`s just barely modulated, still heavy flutter (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 560, KWTO Springfield MO, is usually just barely audible on daytime groundwave here, a bit too far, but Feb 4 around 2015 UT was quite readable on caradio with local talk show about computers. I suspect all the snow on the ground between there and here is helping to extend the range. Program schedule at
shows this is a Friday-only program, and they have four other specialty shows during this hour weekdays, suspiciously resembling infomercials: Fri ``2:00PM 3:00PM ComputerTalk with Premium Computers`` But what a lead-in, Rush! (Glenn Hauser, Enid OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 17775, KVOH is often absent, but on the air today Friday Feb 4 at 2119, S9+18 so VG signal with gospel rock in Spanish, but muffled, lo fi, and with BFO, carrier is unstable. Unfortunately, not quite strong enough to audiblize the spurs on 17630v and 17920v.

WRTH Update shows 17775 schedule as 16-24 on Tue/Wed/Thu/Fri only, but also daggered as irregular. Maybe, altho I had not figured that out; is that `official` info? More to the point, perhaps, never on Sat/Sun/Mon. WRTH has also finally deleted the imaginary 9975 for KVOH (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 5755, WTWW, which served such a useful purpose by zeroing in on MICRONESIA 4755.4, by 1205 Feb 5 was open carrier, still at 1223, 1228. Not checked again until 1310 when it`s off; and at 1312, 9479 is poor but audible, and now modulated, SFAW having wasted at least an hour of purchased airtime --- but when you buy it in bulk, not so important. BTW, WTWW now targets #2 transmitter to oncome circa second week of March, on 5080 at night, 9990 day (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A [and non]. It`s hard to believe VOA has really canceled its Indonesian service on SW, so I check the formerly listed frequencies. Yes, nothing to be heard:

Feb 4 around 2230 and 2303, no 15205; At 2314, only Spain on 9620, nothing on 11805.

Feb 5 at 1217, a barely audible carrier on 7255, doubt it`s VOA, maybe listed Lhasa; VOA Korean 7235 in well. At 1223, nothing on 9725.

9885, strong open carrier Feb 5 at 1249; since it`s Saturday, VOA Spanish does not start until 1300, as everybody knows, nothing ever happens on weekends, so `Enfoque Andino` is M-F only at 1230. Recheck 1314, now it`s American C&W music in English but announced in Spanish, as VOA insists on plying its Latin listeners with this stuff instead of anything significant (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 9955, Feb 5 at 1238, WRMI with preachers in English, no jamming unlike wall of noise on 9965 against Radio República. Two guys discussing sin, garments, blood sacrifice of animals. Maybe there is hope for DX shows at this time on other days, such as WOR Mondays at 1230. At 1306, now 9955 has equal WON to 9965. At 1504 today Sat, WORLD OF RADIO 1550 is fairly audible on 9955 without jamming, nor much Taiwan CCI, 9980 WWCR overload being the greater problem.

WORLD OF RADIO also reconfirmed Sat Feb 5 at 1700 on 12160 WWCR; next airing is Sunday 0730 on 3215. Sunday broadcasts on WRMI are: 0900, 1630, 1830 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** VANUATU [non]. Not much luck hearing either frequency here; 7260, Feb 5 at 1220 has Japanese on top, but CCI from something; CRI Japanese, 500 kW, 73 degrees via Xi`an, starts at 1100. Before then per HFCC the only competition on 7260 is CNR, 100 kW non-direxional from Urumqi, East Turkistan at 0257-1205 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** VATICAN [non]. Despite our repeated monitoring chex late last year that Vatican Radio`s scheduled English broadcast at 1200-1215 via Sackville 9865 was really in Spanish, extending the 1130-1200 portion, the new WRTH Update claims English is on, and so does VR`s own printed B-10 schedule, just received (by surface mail?) Feb 4.

So once again we have to turn on a radio to find out what is really happening. I was unexpectedly awake Feb 5 at 1206, so tried to hear it, but signal was very poor, so poor that I could not discern the language, only the IS starting at 1213. Did anyone else check? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. Bruce Winkelman in Tulsa tipped that he had a carrier on 1359 kHz at 0441 UT Feb 5; could it be Nigeria, listed sign-on *0430?
I hastened to check 1359 and do a 9-kHz bandscan between 0540 and 0550 UT Feb 5. I reported:

1359 certainly stands out, and seems right on by pitch, so not a variant. However, it also gives a good DF bearing of NE/SW, maybe a bit more, in the 45 to 50 degree range.

A number of other TA carriers but all seem to be from about the same direxion (Europe/ME) despite `auroral` condx -- 1584, 1575, 1557, 1539, 1503, 1485, 1422, 1413, nothing midband, but also 783, 612, 594.
All too weak to expect any audio.

Neil Kazaross suggests 1359 is likely Spain, which can put in a good signal around sunrise there. I see that WRTH 2011 shows that RNE Madrid`s key station runs 600 kW, but has been testing DRM with only 10 kW at 2000-0600. Well, if this was it, must have been back to 600 kW AM (Glenn Hauser, Enid OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ###