mercoledì 20 luglio 2011

Glenn Hauser logs July 18-19, 2011

** CHINA. Firedrake July 19, first at midday in China:

16100, fair at 0516: only one heard 12-18 MHz

Before 1200 UT:
7990, trying to detect here under TADIL-A bonker at 1158, but not
11500, fair at 1158
12270, fair at 1158
12980, JBA at 1258
14700, poor at 1159
14970, poor at 1158

Before 1300 UT:
11500, poor at 1257
12980, poor at 1257
13920, poor at 1255
14700, fair at 1255
14970, poor at 1255
15900, good-very good at 1254
16100, very good at 1253
16980, good at 1253

After 1300 UT:
11500, very poor at 1329
13920, very poor at 1327
14700, poor at 1326
15430, unlike previous two days, no FD here before 1330; see CYPRUS
15545, fair at 1324
15970, good at 1325; no 15900 now
16100, very good at 1326

** CYPRUS. 16380-16405, July 19 at 1326, weak OTH radar pulses, presumed
from here. Also 15420-15445 at 1330 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** ITALY [non]. On July 18, Ron Norton of NEXUS-IBA notified us:

``IRRS-Shortwave new daily broadcast to Asia and Australia --- Hello There
from IRRS-Shortwave in Milan, Italy, Effective today, June [sic] 18, 2011,
we are adding another daily broadcast to Middle East, Asia and Australia
from 1300 to 1400 UT on 15610 kHz.
All our broadcasts can also be heard online at: or
You can find our updated frequency schedule at:
We welcome your comments and reception reports for these new broadcasts at:
reports (at) nexus (dot) org Thanks, and stay tuned!``

Also via ROMANIA? Frequency schedule page shows it`s 300 kW in English,
unlike the other SW frequencies with 150 kW. I`ll bet it`s a preacher, but
they never say what their new programming is, and it`s not yet on the
day-by-day programming schedule pages as of July 19.

Does Tiganeshti have a spare 300 kW transmitter during this hour? Yes, per
EiBi, only two of the three are in use for RRI: 1300-1330 on 17600 and
15435; 1330-1400 on 11835 and 15140. In each case one of the frequencies
would be 2-3 kHz off to the low side; see ROMANIA.

So on July 19 I tune 15610 in at 1258, and guess what, Brother Scare is
already on, past 1301 with no sign-on or ID from IRRS/NEXUS-IBA/EGR, talking
about being on 5 satellites, etc. Not // WWCR 9980, until I found a music
bit starting on 15610 about 72 seconds after it started on 9980 (The BS from
BS is so generic and repetitive that it`s hard to make a match on that at
such a long delay.) By 1358, 15610 has declined to JBA with flutter. At 1359
another voice is heard, and a `news` cast starts before 1400, about
Republicans until off at 1401*

Or by then, was it WEWN instead? HFCC and FCC show they start 15610 at 1500,
but WEWN website, EiBi, Aoki all show from 1400. I was alert for any Queen
of Heaven mix before 1400 but heard none. BTW, July 19 Aoki already lists
the 13-14 IRRS on 15610 as Overcomer via Rimavská Sobota, Slovakia. I don`t
think so.

True to form, BS is all mixed up about his own schedule, with this flashing
red on the Overcomer homepage:
``New Shortwave 300,000 watt starting July 18 at 18:00 UTC 15.610``
It`s still not on the less-than useful SW frequency schedule with
non-specific local times at
1800 would be Pakistan time for 1300 UT. Just what the Pakis need! (Glenn

** KUWAIT. 21540, July 19 at 1246 fair signal in Arabic, breaking into S
Asian-sounding song; can`t hear Spain mixing. At 1332 Kuwait is stronger
with Arabic music, drama. 13m conditions improving slightly, with solar flux
up to 102 July 18, but K-index 3 at 1500 July 19 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX

** KUWAIT. 17840, July 19 at 1249, South-Asian sounding song, but 1250
Arabic announcement and current rock song in English by some American female
star; I can never remember which is which, and could not care less. Warbly
carrier with BFO, compared e.g. to France on 17850. This is R. Sawa until
1300 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** MAURITANIA. 7245, July 19 at 0540, IGIM is already on earlier than usual
with chants, stronger than Vatican 7250. I had not heard on this frequency
for some time, perhaps signing on later than I sign off, as reported by
others. 0625 still on, now with talk in normal tone of voice.

In the NASWA Flashsheet, Ed Wlodarski in NJ had reported Mauritania back on
4845, excellent signal July 17 at 0728-0735. That frequency had been off for
many months. If past performance be any guide, their usage of both and
switchover times will be highly irregular (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING

** MEXICO. Following the Es opening into FM July 18 past 1836 still on TV,
occasional chex showed some signals the rest of the UT day, mostly ch 2.

UT July 19:
0125 on 2, net-4 talk show with f bug LL; also has smaller f bug in UR
0215 on 2, Televisa promo, unknown which net
0353 on 3, net-5 with lucha libre (wrestling); also CCI on 2
0403 on 2, promo mentioning Monterrey, so maybe XEFB; 0407 local newscast,
unfamiliar round bug in UR: not XEFB per Oglethorpe

1403 on 2, turn on to find Es in progress mentioning Veracruz; also some
weaker signals up to ch 5. During following sesquihour, mostly just CCI on 2
peaking SSW.

1547 on 3, net-5 with Smurfs; algo on 4, CCI; MUF is building
1548 on 5, net-2 with HOY variety morning show, 10:48 clock
1549 on 4, net-13 with grafic of a large 6, game show?
1552 on 5, Televisa Música promo, then shots of pope

** ROMANIA. 17767.3, July 19 at 0515, RRI VG in French, // weaker 15340.0.
Since there was no het I at first assumed it was on proper 17770 until
measured. One of the Tiganeshti transmitters has been 2-3 kHz low in
frequency on all broadcasts since July 9, first discovered by Ron Howard,
and tracked extensively by Wolfgang Büschel, but this is the first one I
have run across. WB notified the Romanians about it, but nothing has been
done (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) See also ITALY [non]

** SOUTH CAROLINA [non]. New Overcomer relay on 15610: see ITALY [non]

** SPAIN. 21610, July 19 at 1203, REE Spanish very poor but some signal at
least and rather early for band open at all lately. Did not improve in
following hour and weaker // 21540 never bothered KUWAIT, q.v. (Glenn

** SUDAN [non]. As in previous report, R. Dabanga has expanded schedule
since July 18. On July 19 monitored:

13730, fair at 0523 via Wertachtal, GERMANY, a few sex behind 13620 via
Madagascar; S9+10 at peaks. Had not been hearing 13730 when it was UAE, just
some oscillating jamming at times. Now no jamming heard. Still not hearing
the UAE frequency which is now 15550.

13620 at 0523, still has tone jammer; 0527 brief overlap at site switch from
MADAGASCAR to Nauen, GERMANY, and continues audible but weaker. Tone jammer
stops at 0530: ha, they don`t know about the extended schedule. During the
0529 minute, singing IDs and kHz announcements. At 0530 I compare 13620 and
13730: now they are only an echo apart from the two German sites (Glenn

** U K [non]. 9740, July 19 at 1221, BBCWS via Singapore, fair in Newshour,
Robin Lustig says expanded to next 4 hours today to cover the events at
Westminster (testimony of Rupert Murdoch et al. in the phone-hacking
scandal), but then on to other news. At 1339 had declined to poor (and
nothing better from BBCWS audible anywhere on SW), with seemingly live
testimony by ex-police commissioner Yates, but could not match it to audio
on CSPAN2.

(By the time Murdochs came on, around 1355, CSPAN2 had to switch to Sen. Tom
Coburn, on budget matters as the US Senate always comes first. But then
MSNBC, CNN, and even Fox News were live from London.)

** U S A [non]. 12050, July 19 at 0533, fair signal in Arabic. Nothing in
HFCC, but Aoki shows AWR via Wertachtal, GERMANY at 05-06 (Glenn Hauser, OK,

UNIDENTIFIED. 6900.0, July 19 at 0540-0543:40* strong multiple carriers 1
kHz apart roughly up to plus and minus 5 kHz beating against each other,
seemingly centred here. Back on at 0544 until 0545:35* and not resuming in
next few minutes. One suspects HAARP acting like this (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX

UNIDENTIFIED. 15300, July 19 at 1206, 1000 Hz tone test on yet another
frequency, still at 1230 and 1254 but not at 1323 check. RFI is scheduled
here all the way from 04 to 20 UT, but not heard: poor propagation or was
the tone axually coming from Issoudun? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING