venerdì 22 luglio 2011

Glenn Hauser logs July 22, 2011

** ANGUILLA. 11775, July 22 at 1352, noticed no signal from here; am pretty sure Dead Gene Scott was audible earlier this morning as I tuned across (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** ANTARCTICA. 15476, I have been surreptitiously checking most mornings sometime between 1230 and 1400 for even a trace of a carrier from LRA36; still nothing July 22 at 1247 altho Turkey 15450 and China 15480 were audible. Last date heard by me, and I think by anyone, was June 16, as in DXLD 11-24 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CHINA. Firedrake July 22;  before 1200:
 7990, JBA at 1142 in absence of bonker
11500, poor at 1153
12600, very poor at 1154
Only weak signals from anywhere propagating this early above 12 MHz

Before 1300:
11500, fair at 1242
12600, fair at 1242
13130, poor at 1239; none higher yet
15900, JBA at 1245
15785, good at 1246, 1253-1300*. Current Aoki has nothing on 15785 to be targeted, but Sound of Hope has been on numerous frequencies above and below 15.8 MHz

Before 1400:
 9920, poor at 1355 barely detecting // 15900 while mixing with another signal, Chinese, with vocal music. Uplooked later, to my surprise, the victim is KNLS Alaska during this hour. I must not be 100% positive Firedrake was really here. See also GUAM [and non] 9910
11500, fair at 1352; none heard in the 10`s for a couple weeks
12600, very good with flutter after pause
15795, poor at 1311; this one is vs All India Radio in Chinese until 1315, usually with CNR1 jamming at least; 15785 FD before 1300 was much stronger
15900, very good with flutter at 1350

** ECUADOR [and non]. 6050, July 22 at 1126, weak Spanish with fast SAH, but no AH, i.e. MALAYSIA has just corrected its 6049.6v off-frequency, says Ron Howard. 1129 I can make out an HCJB ID, and 6--- frequency; 1130 3+1 auto-timesignal, then a bit of Morse code presumably HCJB introducing its morning newscast.

Note that the recalcitrant Arnie Coro still has RHC blocking HCJB in the evenings on 6050 at 0100v-0700, until HCJB closes just after 0500 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** GUAM. 5765-USB, July 22 at 1134, AFN interview about community service, not // NPR displaced via KOSU. 5765 has splash from 5755 WTWW but being on USB helps a little (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** GUAM [and non]. 9910, July 22 at 1150, station in Chinese has continuous het of less than 1 kHz from carrier on hi side. It`s KTWR at 1100-1230. Are the ChiCom starting to jam Christian religious broadcasters too? See also CHINA, 9920 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** GUATEMALA. 4055, July 22 at 1126 I tried to hear R. Verdad`s Chinese segment again, but no signal by 1132. Lots of noise on band, but should have been able to detect it if on (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** NETHERLANDS [non]. 9840, 9865, 9895, RNW in Dutch on three frequencies within 55 kHz, July 21 at 0510, overkill?. 9865 was best, followed by weaker 9840 delayed about 1 second, and equally weaker 9895 delayed about 4 seconds. At 0534, 9865 had gone away, and 9840, 9895 remained. But they are for quite diverse targets, not US.

9865 is 300 kW, 230 degrees from BONAIRE to New Zealand
9840 is 500 kW,  40 degrees from FRANCE to the Baltic
9895 is 500 kW, 120 degrees from Wertachtal, GERMANY to SE Europe

5955, 250 kW, 40 degrees from PORTUGAL to W/C/E Europe also detectable as het to R. República 5954.3v under the DentroCuban Jamming Command. That`s not all; RNW schedule also shows:

6165, 250 kW, 315 degrees from BONAIRE to W N America, until 0527
6125, 250 kW, 114 degrees from VATICAN to Greece and Turkey
6015, 300 kW, 245 degrees from AUSTRIA to France/Spain/Portugal
For a total of seven frequencies from six sites. Yet RNW can`t justify one frequency from one site for English (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SUDAN [and non]. 13620, July 22 at 0530*, the tone jammer goes off clearing R. Dabanga via GERMANY, as al-Bashir`s blockers still haven`t realized that since July 18, RD is staying on this frequency after Madagascar relay finishes at 0527, which as usual was stronger here (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 5845, July 22 at 1139, very poor signal with mix of WWCR DGS 5935 and BS 5890, another 45 kHz lower. The fundamentals were very strong, but 5845 would not go away even with maximum receiver attenuation, so I think it`s a transmitted spur. Leapfrog the other way on 5980 is blocked by the DentroCuban Jamming Command and R. Martí, but at hours before those are on, have also heard the WWCR mix on 5980 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. WORLD OF RADIO 1574 monitoring: confirmed on ACB Radio Mainstream webcast, UT Friday July 22 after 0300. Since there are normally 12 playbacks at 2-hour intervals UT Fridays, and since last week`s 1573 was pre-empted due to ACB convention coverage, I asked them to alternate playbacks of 1573 and 1574 this week, but that is not yet confirmed. Checking after 1500 UT, all the broadband webstreams were malfunxioning, either not connecting or playing only occasional snippets of noise. But modem-quality was OK with 1574; via

WWRB: sole broadcast of WOR 1574, UT Friday July 22 at 0330, confirmed on 5051, but corresponding webcast not funxioning.

WRMI 9955: UT Friday 0506 check, WOR 1574 audible mixed with pulsing Cuban jamming and still the same at 0529 conclusion. Tnx a lot, Arnie! Or am I supposed to be grateful it was not full-bore jamming? WOR was mostly readable if one put up with the QRM. Numerous further playbacks pending on WRMI + webcasts as previously enumerated.

Other SW times upcoming: UT Sunday 0400 on WTWW 5755; UT Monday 0300 on WBCQ Area 51 5110v-CUSB (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. Having caught up with Firedrake for the time being, July 22 at 1250 I turned attention to 12100 and when WTWW would come on the air: nothing yet, between weak Asia-Pacific signals on 12095-FEBC, 12105-KSDA. At this time, WWCR was VG on 9980 but not 13845 so MUF from TN somewhere in between.

Then WTWW-3 made multiple attempts to start up, with a couple syllables of Arabic, but dumping right back off the air in a few seconds, at these times noted to within a couple of seconds:

1254:12, 1254:42, 1301:29, 1301:44, 1301:58, 1302:45, 1303:34, 1306:03. After eight tries, gave up and nothing further heard; still not on at 1347 or 1430 or 1650 chex.

The pause between 1255 and 1301 was when the operator was occupied with changing frequency of WTWW-1: 5755 still on at 1255; 1259 QSY announcement to ``9480``; off at 1259:34* and it took only nine seconds to come back up on 9479 at *1259:43, right into IRN-USA Radio ``news`` without ID or sign-on announcement (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 9370, after a spate of out-of-whackiness for several days, WTJC is in whack again, July 22 at 0513, S9+22 on fundamental, good modulation except for occasional crackles --- and NO spurs. But we KNOW it won`t last (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A [and non]. 17820, July 20 at 1313, S9+12 open carrier, then at 1314 fading in tone, after a few sex cut tone, and cut carrier, uncovering DW Hausa via PORTUGAL. This is typical tune-up behavior for IBB Greenville. Meanwhile I compared 17820 to 17800, DW Hausa via RWANDA, which was much stronger than Portugal, but much weaker than the IBB signal. 17820 will not really be used by VOA until Portuguese to Africa at 1700-1830 (Sat/Sun -1800), 250 kW, 94 degrees from Greenville. Carrier on for good already at 1650 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ###