martedì 12 luglio 2011

Glenn Hauser logs July 10-12, 2011

** ALASKA. 11870, July 11 at 1201, KNLS IS and sign-on with calls, ``The New Life Station`` by YL, introducing OM co-host; poor and fading, but with bad propagation today I wasn`t even expecting this (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** ANGUILLA [and non]. 6090, July 12 at 0933, PMS is absent, altho should be on here until 1000 switch to day frequency 11775, which was not on the air either at this time; clearing 6090 for weak Brazilian, no doubt R. Bandeirantes, which was not audible either on // 11925v. At 1347 recheck, 11775 is on (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** AUSTRALIA [and non]. 6020, July 12 at 0932, heavy clash at equal levels from R. Australia in Tok Pisin (I think) and RNW in Dutch, which is still on 6020 this semihour only via BONAIRE to Caribbean (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** BRAZIL. 5990, July 12 at 0929, VG signal with novelty songs in Brazilian, 0931 interjexion of `Manhã Sertaneja` program title, more music. It`s R. Senado, Brasília. I seldom hear this due to its strange schedule requiring monitoring just before sunrise. Is not on late at nite, nor evenings either. (Michael L Ford, UK, did report it to WDXC Contact as late as 2103 on 21 June.) Why the Senate station isn`t solely devoted to C-SPAN-like legislative coverage I have never been able to figure out (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CANADA. Just a bit of weak unID sporadic E analog TVDX, presumed Canada as it was from the NE, UT July 12 at 0105 on 2; 0117 some weak video briefly lox in on 6 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CHINA. Firedrake July 11 with very poor propagation:
0450-0458, none found 10-18 MHz
1150-1159, none found  7-19 MHz
1238-1242, none found 10-18 MHz
Generally poor signals from everything, but CNR1 jamming still:
15670, poor at 1159, 1200 5+1 timesignal; none such on targets

Firedrake July 12:
15760, good with flutter at 1338
13920, fair with flutter at 1338
13700, good with flutter at 1338
11500, fair at 1343; no others found in 10s, 12s, 14s, 16s, 17s

** CUBA. 5040, July 11 at 0500, RHC is still going with deportes report; RadioCuba pulled the plug at 0500:50* with no sign-off and no chance to hear the wrong sign-on frequencies again (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA [and non]. 9965, July 11 at 1151, wall-of-noise jamming is back, which may mean that victim R. República, via ELCOR, Guápiles, Costa Rica is also back. Same level of jamming on 9955 blox WRMI with WORLD OF RADIO Monday 1130 broadcast. Tnx a lot, Arnie!

5955, July 12 at 0533, heavy jamming is also back here, and a het underneath, no doubt 5954.2 RR/ELCOR vs RNW/Portugal. At same time 9955 WRMI is jamming-free with R. Praga in Spanish. During the jamming hiatus, lots of listeners logged Bolivia earlier on 5952v.

5955, July 12 at 0939, heavy jamming of noise and bubbling over algo, presumed RR. At 0958 retune, 5954.2v R. República is amazingly atop with good carrier, but weak modulation for sign-off announcement giving schedule for 31 and 49m, also 9490 [Sackville] weekends, theme music, and off at 0959* sharp.

9965, then checking RR daytime frequency, July 12 at 1000, but inaudible vs noise jamming now running here (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA [non]. 9805, July 12 at 0944, R. Martí well atop the DentroCuban Jamming Command, discussing the MLB All-Star Game at 8 pm Tuesday, focusing on the Cuban and other Latino players involved. May have been soundtrack of TV Martí. That`s 0000 UT Wednesday, but
has a countdown clock indicating it starts on Fox at 2300 UT; an hour of pre-game? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** MEXICO. Sporadic-E analog TV DX opening, continued from last report, but short on definite IDs, July 10 in UT:

1557 on 2, net-7 promo. About 4 possibilities
1559 on 2, unfamiliar bug UR, CCI building up
1601 on 2, net-5 dominant, SpongeBob; then movie opening credits with dubbed Spanish recitation of star names which movies never do in English, including Johnny (Jhonny?) Depp and Wynona Ryder. From another net? See below
1604 on 2, soccer
1611 on 2, movie is from Azteca Trece, UR bug
1620 on 2, movie fades in, Hárrison Ford seen now
1630 on 3, drama in Spanish, net-5
1657 on 4, SKY logo (satellite service), CCI, net-2 deportes report
1703 on 4, f bug UR, i.e. XHTV Foro TV net-4, maybe XHTV itself

1722 on 4, infomercial for CELUNUVEL, remedy for diabetes. Googled it to check spelling. Seems Mexico has a lot of Big Pharma products we have never heard of in US --- because they wouldn`t be legal here?

2024 on 2, soccer from net-2

Nothing seen on July 11, but Es is back on July 12, UT tune-in:

1424 on 2, Wendy Williams Show dubbed in Spanish, I think, southward with 10 kHz CCI. No, after a bit, audio switches to English in discussion of Charlie Sheen returning to `2.5 Men`. The Spanish was from another station, and WW must be XHRIO Matamoros, Tamps. Checking show site it says 10 am weekdays but confirms she is at 9 am (CDT).
WW can appear quite voluptuous, but IIRC, she has admitted to sporting fake hair and fake breasts.

1429 on 2, Kaplan College ad in English, must still be XHRIO, but:

1430 on 2, mix from Azteca-7 promo, likely Tampico down the coast.

1443 on 2, net-4 talk show with f (ForoTV) bug in lower left, probably XHY-TV Mérida, Yucatán

1446 on 5, some video is poking thru

1446 on 3, net-5 toons, XHBQ Zacatecas always being prime suspect

1510 on 4, `La Cocina de Yolo` show with A-13 bug UR; Recetario de Yolo bug in LR, as recipe is displayed

1510 on 5, net-2 HOY bug in LL, 21C 10:11 bug in LR, video only

1519 on 3, Televisa with health PSA (ad?) by a sports figure speaking Italo-Spanish; then ad for Denny`s from Calexico, El Centro to Yuma, so XHBC Mexicali is back, and usual almost-zero CCI from XHTJB Tijuana. The two take turns fighting it out.

1521 on 5 aimed WSW, so XHAQ Mexicali, bug in LR square shows AM, the show name, and below it PDT of 8:21; then feature about Tijuana

1524 on 3, interview with a band, Elan in LL, strange bug in LR reads todo on one line, un below it, plus some leaves design(?) to the left; mixes with recipe show. XHBC as below.

1527 on 3, f bug lower left, and this time it really is a plug for Facebook also on screen, not net-4`s ForoTV --- their two lower-case f`s are very similar!

1558 on 3, TV Once promo for their oddly-timed 7:45 pm show (Wed? Tue?) with a repeat Sun at 6:30. It`s definitely XHTJB Tijuana; then mix with XHBC ad for Mexicali

Meanwhile signals from the S/SW remain in but mostly CCI.

1617 on 3, ad for something called COCK, large letters diagonally in a circle. No, not a Cuban call sign, and presumably has a different connotation in Spanish than English.

1623 on 3, net-5 with Smurfs toon; still/again at 1635

1625 on 6, weak video in Spanish, and not WSW, more like SSW, so not XETV.

1640 on 4 from SSW, self-help lecture or sermon by OM; predominant CCI of somewhat less than 20 kHz beat bars.

1643 on 3 from WSW, talk show with three women flanked by two men on a couch, apparently about celebrities, local or otherwise, with clearer view of bug in LR: the first and last words are in script, harder to read, maybe: De Todo Un Fan? And PDT = 9:43 clock; at times music in background. On coffee table is a placard reading Plaza La Cachanilla, which Googles right to a mall in Mexicali: so XHBC

1652 on 6, video and tthen audio in English with SAN DIEGO LIVING in LL, so XETV Tijuana is making it. 1655 promo for a show on CW net.

Opening continues as I need to wrap up this report and starting trying FM (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** MICRONESIA. 4755.4, July 12 at 0941 and still at 0952 I can barely detect an extremely weak carrier on the signature off-frequency of PMA The Cross, using BFO comparing to WTWW 5755.0. With the hi local line and ambient storm noise levels here, that`s all I can expect (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** OKLAHOMA [and non]. 1640, KFXY, Enid, July 12 at 0952 UT during local weather break, 100+ temps continue with no respite in sight, has a slight het, I think on the hi side. Either it or some other 1640 is a bit off-frequency. WTNI Mississippi is the usual backgrounder, and I read that they are back to full-power now, which is only 1 kW at night. Then with KFXY back to gospel music, could not hear the het (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** PHILIPPINES. 9615, July 12 at 1013 Chinese with good signal; at first thought maybe KNLS, which has used this frequency before, but now registered as RVA at 10-12, 250 kW, 355 degrees from Palauig site (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SUDAN [non]. 13620, July 11 at 0454 check, R. Dabanga via MADAGASCAR is once again without the continuous 1000 Hz tone jamming, but still with the carrier from same producing SAH.

13620, July 12 at 0520, same; at least I think there is a second carrier (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U K [and non]. 12095, July 12 at 0521, BBCWS in English in well, in absence of WTWW-3 12100. Registered as due east from CYPRUS at 0500-0700; however, there might have been a site substitution due to the arms explosion nearby July 11, disrupting power to the Zyyi site.

11680, July 12 at 0523, Arabic from BBCWS, 168 degrees from Rampisham, very bothered by RNZI DRM 11670-11675-11680. Tight selectivity and/or side tuning to the hi side might minimize it (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 12100, WTWW-3 has occasional absences, I think really off the air tho very poor propagation might fool me: July 12 at 0521, no signal, tho BBC 12095 was in well. Normally WTWW masks any BBC beside it. On in Arabic at 1343 check (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 10000.6, WWCR spur from 9985 puts a constant het on WWV/WWVH before they start their own tones, July 12 at 1000. This is really not surprising, since it`s the WWCR-1 transmitter at 09-11, which is always accompanied by plus and minus 15.6 kHz spurs on all its other frequencies, 15825 at 11-21, 7465 at 21-02, new 7520 at 01-02, and 3215 at 02-09. Then I find the matching carrier on 9969.4 aside the 9965 jamming. I don`t recall either of these being reported before. Phil Patton is periodically lauded on `Ask WWCR` as a great engineer, but why hasn`t he fixed this? Along with these, there is constant squealing in the background of 9985 like the other WWCR-1 frequencies when strong enough. The 10000.6 het clearly heard again during the tick-only minute at 1015 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A [non]. 11560, July 12 at 1345, poor signal with English preaching, mentions `Open Forum` but not Harold Camping`s voice. Not in HFCC, so must be YFR via TAIWAN, banned from HFCC by the ChiCom. Yes, in Aoki: 13-15, English via Hu Wei site (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. I haven`t been trying much MW DX, but one should really not stop in the summer; altho noise levels are higher, there are so many signals on each frequency that they tend to suppress it.

1460, July 12 at 0958 I make a quick scan of the upper MW band, and find a loud & clear signal surged to the top here, with ID ``Oozing with makismo, testosterone, and (something I scribbled illegibly in the dark), this is Des Moines` sports station, KXNO``. I spell it makismo because they stupidly mispronounce machismo with a `hard` ch. I suspect ignorant gringos think such a word has to sound hard rather than softly effeminate as in real Spanish. A few minutes later, 1460 was just a jumble (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ###