sabato 9 luglio 2011

Glenn Hauser logs July 8-9, 2011

** BRAZIL. 11765, July 9 at 0521, Brazilian talk, i.e. SRDA Curitiba; unlike 24 hours earlier, no sign of 11815 RBC which was the only Brazilian on band (OBOB) at that time.

Looking for others now, weak het on 11925, no doubt caused by always off-frequency R. Bandeirantes vs BBC South Africa. WRTH 2011 shows *11925 but it`s not inactive, just irregular. 25m conditions were quite different than usual, with Spain and NZ both very weak.

9565, July 9 at 0525, Brazilian talk, i.e. SRDA Curitiba too. Not at the moment with wacky wailing preacher David Miranda, unlike 9586.8 approx. squeezed between on-frequency stations, i.e. the variable R. Globo, São Paulo, a.k.a. CBN which was as high as 9592-9593 in January as in DXLD 11-02 and 11-07 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CANADA. DX Sherlock 6m Es map shows heavy activity over NE USA, with linx to Europe, so I aim NE as I turn on the analog TV, July 9:

1415 on 2, CCI from NE; 1443 maybe CBC logo goes by

1453 on 2, local ad mentions Sault Ste. Marie (do French Canadians pronounce it Soo too or really soh?), so CHBX. Nice to be sure I`m not seeing the other CTV station in Ont., CKCO2 Wiarton.

I don`t notice it toward Mexico, but with antenna NE, I have a local QRM problem: some neighborhood device makes pulses on channel 2, but fortunately not any higher ones. There are 4 pulses repeated 7 times starting every 48 seconds or so (sometimes more frequently), breaking up whatever weak DX video and audio I am getting. Any idea what device would do that? Quite regular; at least that rules out a short in my antenna system.

Apart from the above, the whine caused by video co-channel QRM, wavers slightly, as if at least one of the participants has an unstable transmitter, if not some Doppler effect; from further afield?

1512 on 2, ad for something ``in Hamilton`` which implies originating near Toronto, i.e. CIII2, Global, this transmitter in Bancroft, Ont.

1524 on 2, Global promo, how-to show, 1529 outro as `Power-Boat Television`; 1532 `Going Green for Green`

1600 on 2, fades in stronger than any of the above, starting documentary about CFL football, ``The Extra ---` something. Listings show it`s from CTV, ``The Extra Yard: Inside the 2011 Argos``, whatever that means. That net goes back to CHBX or CKCO2. Mostly outfaded by 1630.

BTW, entering M5W 1E6 as my `local` postcode to get the Canadian listings, zap2it still frames them as ```` from last night`s research into Mexican listings (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CHINA. Firedrake July 9:
 7990, JBA at 1239 under 4+1 TADIL-A bonker
10300, good at 1246; good at 1317 when there are no others
11500, poor at 1247
12980, very good at 1254
13920, very poor at 1256
14700, very good at 1256, good at 1327
15900, JBA at 1251

** CUBA [non]. While R. República was missing from both frequencies July 8, on UT July 9 at 0532, RNW via Portugal 5955 now has a het from 5954+. That has to be the ELCOR transmitter tho I can`t make out any audio but the Dutch. And still no Cuban jamming. More QRM from WYFR which had resumed modulating RTI in English on very strong 5950.

Then July 9 at 1332 I check 9965, T8WH PALAU in Asian language, unjammed in the clear but with very weak het slightly on the hi side, which is exactly where ELCOR has been. Whether they are still trying to broadcast R. República is not yet clear.

Jeff White has ``no idea whatsoever`` what is going on with 5954/9965, but confirms that the RMI broadcast of R. República is still on Sackville, CANADA 9490, weekends only, contrary to the Aoki schedule in last report, Sat & Sun 2300-0200 UT Sun & Mon (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** INDONESIA. 9526-, July 9 at 1313, VOI has improved to a quite poor signal, sufficient to detect that the YL is starting the `Today in History` segment, but not the details or whether there are IADs (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** MALAYSIA. 9835, July 9 at 1246, fair signal with pop music, surely the peninsular relay of RTM back to Sarawak; 1300, 2-pip timesignal but 4 or 5 seconds late, into YL Berita in Malay; 1310 outro says RTM, Salaam Aleikum, then several mentions of Sabah and Malaysia.

Meanwhile at 1249 I tried 11665, as always dominated by ChiCom echo jamming blocking RTI in Chinese, and almost thought I could hear // music from Malaysia way underneath (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** MEXICO. Sporadic-E analog TV DX starting July 8, into UT July 9:
2355 on 2, soccer in Spanish from south

0022 on 2, novela with seagull logo and XHI-TV ID bug in UR, i.e. Ciudad Obregón, Sonora; weak and soon gone

0211 on 2, weak Spanish soccer fades in, seems from SW

0211 on 3, XHBC/XHTJB, BCN, signature almost-zero CCI from WSW, one with soccer and one with news. At first I figured XHBC would be the newser, but something doesn`t add up: the soccer has bug from Net 5 in UR, never to be seen on IPN`s Once TV, but possibly on Televisa`s XHBC, altho not normally taking that network feed.

Consulting zap2it listings via San Diego Union (grrr, overwriting my local listings cookies), confirmed that at 7-7:30 pm PDT, XHTJB has news, and until 8 pm XHBC has ``Fútbol Copa América Perú vs. México, Estadio Malvinas Argentinas en Mendoza``. So the Mendozans are still pissed about the Falkland Islands affair. The field was so bright I would have bet it was in daytime, and the players did appear to be non-female.

0213 on 6, something starting to show, probably XETV Tijuana
0229 on 5, trace of something; tried FM but nothing
0240 or so, the opening is gone, until –
0250 on 3, football from net-5, XHBC is back
0255 on 2, peaking SSW, ads, novela; 0304 drama with net-2 bug UR
0308 on 2, ad for something costing $34.95 (presumably pesos) at Soriana
0309 on 4, f logo lower-left, = Foro TV net-4, maybe XHTV itself
0326 on 3, ads for PRI, banco
0333 on 2, variety show closing credit roll
0351 on 3, novela with TV3 bug in UR = XHP Puebla; end of opening

** SUDAN [non]. 13620, July 9 at 0517, R. Dabanga but no tone jamming! Irregular fading may however have come from the tone jammer carrier SAH. The other jamming on 13730 seemed JBA. Wonder if the emergence of South Sudan will affect this or other clandestine services (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SUDAN SOUTH [non]. 9740, July 9 at 1335, BBCWS English via Singapore is interviewing Sudanese on both sides about the South`s independence, eliciting rather mixed feelings.

VOA press release said it would broadcast a special about that, July 9 at 15-16 on 15480 and 17895, but both were inaudible here. Meanwhile, CNN and MSNBC had more pressing domestic news to cover (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 10000, WWV has now put the propagation minute back to its original slot, :18 past the hours, no longer displaced by announcements about its possible demise and then continuation, ex :19 past, confirmed at 1618 July 9 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 15825, Friday July 8 at 2035 checking WWCR but inaudible! So don`t know if I am still Unshackled. Any time you hear that show you know it`s unpaid filler when they might as well put something useful in, like a DX program (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. A reminder to check for WORLD OF RADIO at our new weekend times: UT Sunday 0400 on WTWW 5755; UT Monday 0300 on WBCQ 5110v-CUSB (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ###