giovedì 14 luglio 2011

Glenn Hauser logs July 14, 2011

** ANGUILLA. 11875-11935, again this morning, July 14 at 1220, still going at 1248, The University Network on 11775 is putting out dirty scratchy spurs, peaking 11905, matching distorted PMS modulation on fundamental 11775. This time I also find a weaker match around 11635, i.e. approx 130-140 kHz on each side. Still on at 1341 with spurspikes around 11905 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CHINA. Firedrake July 14, all with flutter, in two time groups:
11500, good at 1226
12980, good at 1231
14700, very good at 1233; none in the 10s, or 15-18s

16980, very poor at 1336
15275, poor at 1338
14700, good at 1338
12980, poor at 1340
11500, fair at 1343

** CUBA [and non]. 5955 and 9955, July 14 at 0958, wall-of-noise jamming against R. República and WRMI respectively; after 1000 the jamming on 5955 was ramping down to distinguishable pulses, and had ramped up on 9965 to WON, matching that on 9955. Nothing from either victim was audible, unlike 48 hours earlier when I could hear R. República on 5954.2v until 0959* (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** EAST TURKISTAN. 17720, July 14 at 0522, song in uncertain language, but 0527 announcement in German followed by Chinese clip, ergo CRI as scheduled 05-07, 500 kW, 308 degrees via Kashgar to Europe. This was second SSOB after 17750 Madagascar. Then found weaker // 15245, same parameters except site is Wulumuchi (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** GUAM. 12105, fair July 14 at 1227, YL spelling out e-mail address in English, sounds like, wanting contacts, apparently end of English-teaching show; 1228 in Chinese but now it sounds like Probably not vofc but phonetically similar. Maybe vohc as in voice of hope china, but can`t find that on their websites. Scheduled as KSDA at 11-13, 100 kW, 315 degrees from Agat; in absence of WTWW 12100, no longer 24 hours? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** JAPAN [and non]. 6160, July 14 at 0944 NHK`s `Sakura` mixing with CKZN until 0945*. Scheduled as R. Japan in Korean at 0915-0945, 300 kW, 290 degrees from Yamata. Aside from the Brazilians and R. Rossii, Monchegorsk, this semihour is now the only major broadcaster clashing with the lowpower CBCanadians on 6160.

The English broadcast of R. Japan at 1000 incomes well here on three 31m channels for those awake, July 14 on 9605, 9625 and 9840, the first two for Asia, and somewhat better on the last, 85 degrees from Yamata to Hawaii, CIRAF 61. Many R. Australia broadcasts include 61 among a lot of other Pacific region target zones, but HFCC shows 9840 from NHK is the ONLY broadcast from anywhere specifically for Hawaii, where they have to stay up until 12:30 am to hear it, ex 0900 UT; why? 61 has Hawaii in its NE quadrant and not much else islandic in the other three (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** MEXICO. After the tropo session from TX panhandle, see USA, I look for analog Es from Mexico, and July 14 at 1608 a signal fades in on ch 2 from the SW, a kidshow, Azteca-13 bug UR, I think.

1637 on 2 from SSW, talkshow, poor with no audio

1654 on 2, English, `Are You Smarter than a Fifth-Grader`, from S, not N, so likely XHRIO. Yes, chex with their program schedule for 11:30 am

1713 on 5, cooking show from WSW, briefly snow-free; A-13 bug UR, and recipe details crawl across bottom of screen; XHAQ Mexicali

1714 on 3, weaker than 5, but adstring including ``Mexicali`` yelled, so XHBC; soon back into novela from net-2 bug UR. Some CCI on 2 but mostly gone before 1800.

BTW, the midpoint of my frequent Es reception of Mexicali and Tijuana is about 50 miles WSW of Albuquerque --- hmmm, wonder if the Very Large Array is sporadically heating the ionosphere above it? But supposedly it`s only for Very DX reception, not transmitting (Glenn Hauser, OK, WORLD OF RADIO 1573, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SUDAN [and non]. 13620, July 14 at 0526, R. Dabanga, for Darfur, good signal via MADAGASCAR, but continuous tone jammer is also stronger than usual with heavy SAH too. At 0527 when RD ends, a semi-minute of something in English, maybe RNW satellite program feed erroneously until 0527:30* after which the tone jammer was in the clear. *0528 OC on 13840 maybe same Talata transmitter prior to NHK French from 0530.

RNW Programme Distribution via Media Network blog has a new full schedule for R. Dabanga effective July 18, with confusing site switches, I reorganize by frequency:

13620 MDC 0430-0527, NAU 0527-0557
13730 MDC 0430-0459, WER 0459-0557, MDC 1529-1627
15550 UAE 0430-0527
15720 WER 1529-1627

** TURKEY. 15450, July 14 at 1321 after some enjoyable Turkish pop music filling out the 1230 English broadcast, VOT only fair signal with multi-lingual ID spiel, but not all of them as formerly: only counted eleven including English thrice. News headline, something about the TRNC. YL *still* announces wrong time and frequencies for this, ``1330-1430 on 15520 for Asia, 15450 for Europe``. 1322 almost nine repetitions of the identical IS, variations having been banished, until 1324.7* (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U K. 15790, July 14 at 0533, good signal in Arabic. It`s BBCWS at 05-07, 250 kW, 140 degrees from Woofferton, i.e. 320 degrees USward would be directly off the back (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. WORLD OF RADIO 1573 monitoring: first airing UT Thursday July 14 at 0330 on WRMI 9955, totally blocked by jamming; tnx a lot, Arnie! At 0520 with a program in Spanish about Mexico, no jamming heard on 9955. Further WOR on WRMI times: Thu 1500, 2100, Fri 0500, 1430, Sat 0800, 1500, 1730, Sun 0800, 1530, 1730.

On WTWW: Thu 2100 9479, UT Sun 0400 5755.
On WBCQ: Thu 2130 7415, UT Mon 0400 5110v-CUSB
On WWRB: UT Fri 0330v on 5051
On WRN via SiriusXM 120: Sat & Sun 1730, Sun 0830
Full schedule at:

** U S A [non]. 15130, July 14 at 0529, ME vocal music, fair, 0530 SW Asian language talking about Mubarak. It`s VOA Kurdish, per latest HFCC via Iranawila, SRI LANKA at 05-06, 250 kW, 316 degrees; contrary to Aoki which shows Nauen, presumably earlier site replaced. CRI in Chinese scheduled to collide, but not heard.

15715, July 14 at 0534, good signal in S Asian language mentioning Pakistan. HFCC shows a `Pakistani` service of IBB at 04-09, 250 kW, 90 degrees via Wertachtal, GERMANY. Aoki refines this to R. Mashaal in Pashto (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 9985, July 14 at 0955, WWCR inaudible, and consequently no 600-Hz spurhet audible on WWV/H 10000, unlike 48 hours earlier. WWCR 5935 and 5890 were also weakened to only fair rather than solid, with MUF much lower (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 12100, WTWW inaudible again, July 14 at 1227 when KSDA was unQRMed on 12105; but WTWW back on in Arabic at 1340 check. I`ve yet to catch exactly when they come on now, ex-24 hours? If on, should have been propagating earlier as neighbor WWCR was, on 13845, 15825 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 88.1, KWOU Woodward OK, July 14 around 1400 UT was in solid on breakfast table portable, with NPR `Morning Edition`, rather than usual marginal signal under dead conditions, so I know tropo is up from the west. After my waffle, turn TV antenna that way and start tuning TV:

1420 on RF34, KOMI 24.1 Woodward in solid too; and much weaker but intermittently decoding on RF35, KUOK Woodward with Univisión. They *still* must not be up to full licensed power, which would be way stronger than KOMI.

Then I check all the channels in analog for signs of life:

1422 on 23, PBS kidvid! Never saw that before. Is // KETA-13 but a few sex ahead of it via analog cable. Letterboxed, but lacking the e|i bug in UR, and the OETA-HD bug in LR, so it`s not an OETA translator. Only fit is:

K23EC, Canadian TX, translator of KACV-9 (``2``) Amarillo. (We frequently go thru Canadian on US 60 to or from New Mexico). So this xltr is still in analog; W9WI lists as 603 watts; FCC shows site is N of Canadian, halfway to Lipscomb in the NE TX panhandle, and its normal coverage area does not even reach the OK border. When it convert to DTV, will be 585 watts of which only 73% will go out at 80 degrees toward Enid, i.e. 427 watts. Distance: 225 km, 140 miles. At 603W, that makes 4.3 watts per mile, or reciprocally, .23 mile per watt. Fades out before 1454, so not going to get a TOH ID.

KACV website shows:

KACV Translator Systems
City       Licensee                                   PBS Ch V'Me Ch
Canadian    C. L. & O. Translator System               23         N/A
Childress   Red River Valley Translator TV Association 52         N/A
Clarendon   KACV                                       2.1        2.2
Follett     C. L. & O. Translator System               47         N/A
Memphis     Cruze Electronics                          2.1        2.2
Quitaque    KACV                                       2.1        2.2
Perryton    C. L. & O. Translator System               62         N/A
Tulia       City Of Tulia                              55         N/A
Wheeler     Wheeler County Translator System           47         N/A

Who knows if the above is up-to-date, but we may assume that all the channels not involving a decimal are still analog. Perryton 62 is another I should seek in the same NE Panhandle area, and Wheeler 47.

Then I look up channels for other translators in Canadian TX: 29, 31, 33, 35, all probably digital and all blocked by nearby OK stations.

1433 on 49, weak video from west. Could be K49AQ in Clarendon, xltr of KVII-7, but that`s ESE of Amarillo halfway to OK; more likely K49BB in Follett, a KAMR-19 (``4``) Amarillo translator. 1436 fades out without determining network.

I went thru five atlases in my collexion before finding Follett in the index. Latest Rand McNally road atlas lacks it, but it`s on their map as the northeasternmost town in the extreme corner of the TX panhandle.

1437 on 53, (above the current UHF DTV band), I am getting weak analog video here, which matches for Follett, K53EE, translating KCIT-15 (``14``) Amarillo, so it`s not yet DTV either. Map via FCC shows site is SW of Follett, coverage area not even reaching Follett! Distance for both is 214 km = 133 miles.

Listed are two other analog translators in Follett, on 45 and 51, all four running 1040 watts, but no sign of them. That makes 7.8 watts per mile, or .13 mile per watt.

At 1440 UT I do a complete DTV channel scan with the antenna still west: undecoding signals detected on (skipping OKC and Enid locals): 6, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 17, 19, 20, 22, 26, 36, 42, 45, 47, 48! However, DX is also in from the east as even pointed west, I briefly decode Tulsa`s 45-KOTV ID.

For future reference I note the DTV RF channels of the five major full-power stations in Amarillo itself: 7-KVII, 9-KACV, 10-KFDA, 15-KCIT, 19-KAMR (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED [and non]. 17750, July 14 at 1303, mystery continuous 1000 Hz tone test, poor, still at 1320, 1325, better by 1330 at S9+8. Off around 1350, leaving a weaker carrier from something. Next check 1414, something talking in SW Asian language, i.e. VOA Kurdish via Wertachtal. HFCC shows 17750 as an open frequency 1000-1400. Had not heard any of these tone tests since last week.

FWIW, I compared the 17750 tonesignal which had little fading, to some others from probable vicinity around 1334: Saudis Qur`an on 17615 and weaker // 17625 had flutter; 17705 BSKSA no flutter and at S9+18 considerably stronger; 17530, Sawa via Kuwait peaked S9+10 with somewhat more fading than 17750 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ###