sabato 2 luglio 2011

Glenn Hauser logs June 30-July 1, 2011

** ALASKA. 11870, after good reception of KNLS June 29 and audible reception June 30 of the 1200 English hour: July 1 at 1241 it`s nothing but a JBA carrier. Yet much further Asian signals from close to the same azimuth as Anchor Point continue to be heard, e.g. Pet/Kam, Japan, Taiwan with YFR 11535. Something else strange is going on at KNLS affecting wide reception variations here (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CANADA. Lots of analog TVDX all evening, UT July 1:

0156 on 2, from NNW, black-ish screen with credit roll; audio modulation is quite low when almost-fully-quieted. Maybe it`s just the program. 20 kHz CCI (many narrow bars) meaning this one is offset plus or minus

0205 on 2, drama, Global bug LR, plus/minus offset, maybe same as above. Must be CICT Calgary AB, 2+, not CHBC Kelowna BC, 2-zero, which is also above 1400 miles, rarely DXed from here in years past

0208 on 3, soccer. Later found CBC is the net with this. CBCP3 or CBKT7 in southern Sask.

0257 on 4, from NW, Nissan and Walmart ads, soccer in English. Probably CBKT1, Regina.

0302 on 6, 10 kHz CCI, one with drama and CHAT-TV text bug LR, clearly readable. Medicine Hat AB, one of the great callsigns. Took a few shots. shows it as I, for independent? Or City TV? Wish each page had a key to the abbrs.

0307 on 3, CITY TV promo; I thought but don`t find any listed. So easy to confuse with CTV in poor reception.

0316 on 4, still soccer in English // 3, CBCs as above

0356 on 3, soccer, FIFA Women`s World Cup, seems England and/or Canada involved, English-accented commentary. Cannot see any network bug even when good video fades in; but at 0359 closing as CBC. Hoped for local ID but none caught, 0400 into `The National` newscast with Peter Mansbridge, top story being Royal Visit

0415 on 5, car ad, 0417 CBC news // 3. Too many CBCs on 5 in MB, SK, AB to unravel

0422 on 3, French audio finally heard, CBWFT Winnipeg being first choice but seemed further west, maybe one in Saskatchewan or Alberta

0428 on 3, promo or ad in English mentions Saskatchewan. There are two CBC stations there and one CTV.

0428 on 4, Lloyd Robertson anchor is wrapping up `The National` after a semihour, and it is NOT // `The National` on 3 with Peter Mansbridge, which continues! Originating from different centres? No, Googling later, we find that Robertson used to be on CBC but is now on CTV, National news, but not THE National, and is about to retire. Must be CKYB-TV as below.

0429 on 2, local sports mentions and Global bug; 0430 into `Whatever Happened To?` show about `Family Matters`; 0437 break for Global Winnipeg local news promo. Therefore CKND-TV-2 Minnedosa MB

0430 on 4, CTV news starts, single YL anchor, imagine that! No co-anchor to play off, happy-talk with. She just reads the news with a distinctive accent. About flooding in ND, Brandon MB. 0438 ``CTV news`` definitely, but not national, about Manitoba. 0447 ad for FM station `FAB 94.3``, i.e. CHIQ in Winnipeg, apparently no longer ``The Curve`` as in FM Atlas XXI. This 4 is CKYB-TV in Brandon, satellite of CKY-7 Wpg, or is this newscast really originating from Brandon?

This encourages me to start tuning FM too:

0447 on 92.7, easy-listening music, likely CBWS, CBCR2, Brandon MB

0447 on 90.3, classical; FM Atlas XXI has zero stations on 90.3 in MB or ND, let alone anything matching format in the area

I also get some FM from North Dakota: see U S A

0449 on 4, UR large ``SKYWATCH``, weather from CTV Winnipeg; CKYB

0531 on 4, `Daily Show` with Bill Kristol guest as seen two hours earlier on Comedy Central cable. Darn Canadians, get to see it free on CTV! Running a bit overtime; offset plus/minus. Still CKYB, I suppose, which is offset +

0533 on 89.5, classical. I have to side tune to 89.45 due to 89.7 local. Maybe KPPR in Williston ND; no MBs on 89.5. Then MUF goes below FM

0543 on 2, glimpse of graphic including CHAT 810 --- not sure what that`s about as there is no CHAT radio on 810 or any AM frequency

0544 on 6, algo from NW

0550 on 3, from NW, YL stand-up comedian, CBC bug

0558, Es still showing, best on channels 4 and 6, gone by 0630 quit

** CHINA. Firedrake July 1:
11500, very poor at 1150; no others above or below during degraded propagation; nothing but 3 x Cuba on 15 MHz, 17 MHz dead. At 1225, 11500 is still the only FD audible, poor. At 1244 poor with flutter. Yet the usual CNR1 jammers still manage to be heard (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA [non]. 7210-LSB, July 1 at 1136, N1NR in Pennsylvania with his usual counter-revolutionary rants, expecting to be overheard dentro-Cuba, in contact with another gusano in Miami, N4RU(?) (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA [and non]. 9955, July 1 at 1149 wall-of-noise jamming blox WRMI, but no such jamming on 9965 where R. República ought to be (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** FRANCE [non]. 17690, RFI Spanish via GUIANA FRENCH at 1400-1430, June 30 was music-fill instead, due to strike? But July 1 at quick 1425 check, it`s back in Spanish (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** GUINEA [and non]. 7125, July 1 at 0658 French talk poor in noise level, 0705 music. NO other broadcast signals audible up to Cuban jamming on 7405; just LSB hams below 7300. The early midsummer sun must have sucked up all the other signals from Eurafroasia. Mauritania at least should have been audible on 7245 but apparently not on today (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** JAPAN [non]. 6120, July 1 at 1202, RJNHKW via CANADA, sufficient but noisy over all-day path at midsummer, news about 15% power savings required in much of the country to avoid blackouts, and ``some local governments are instituting DST``! That should be a big mess if not all-or-none, some parts of Japan on UT+10? What about train, broadcast schedules? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** LAOS [non]. 9355, VG July 1 until 1158* enjoyed a bit of nice music I could not place. Listed as RFA Lao via SAIPAN 11-12 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** MEXICO. Follow-ups to my TVDX in yesterday`s report:

I added a new tip to my site today. In case you haven't seen it, Televisa independents and Galavisión/Local stations are running some programs from the various Televisa networks. As for XELN-4, I've seen XEW and XHGC programs there lately (with network logos upper right), in addition to Galavisión and local programs.

Glenn, I'm enjoying your DX reports on tvfmdx. That is an "H" on the Azteca newscast. I've attached a photo from XHHSS-4 last week with "Hechos." [As seen on XHAQ-5 Mexicali with Azteca Trece, a dot in the middle of the H instead of a bar] (Danny Oglethorpe, Shreveport, LA, Mexico TV DX Tips June 30, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** NETHERLANDS [non]. 9720, July 1 at 1145, ``This is Radio Free Europe, Radio Liberty, Praha`` and beep, loop repeating. I was about to time how many times per minute when at 1136:20 cut back to M&W from RNW with discussion in Indonesian. Another foulup to the relay via IBB SAIPAN, but at least the modulation was OK today.

9795, July 1 at 1147 found to be // 9720 but about two sesquiseconds behind it, ID in passing as Radio Holanda. This one is via Tinang, PHILIPPINES. I`ll always wonder whether this too had defaulted to Praha (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** NEWFOUNDLAND [and non]. 6160, July 1 at 0703, both CBC stations with news // except for awful echo, CKZN in the east and CKZU in the west. At 0705 sounded like a R. Australia relay had started on the stronger one (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** NEW ZEALAND. 6170, July 1 at 0659 RNZI Bellbird IS, 0703 news in progress. Fair signal I am rarely awake to hear sign-on, but it`s some two hours after sunset in wintry NZ, so easily propagable, better now then when reopening at 1300, two hours after daylight at this end (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** OKLAHOMA. 91.7, KOSU, July 1 at 1235 UT, weekly Friday commentary by Frosty Troy of the Oklahoma Observer, lamenting that OETA has to cancel the weekday unbiased `Oklahoma News Report`, as the Republicans now controlling state government have hit OETA with a 9% cut vs only 5% for other state agencies; they can`t stand the objective truth being reported about what they are doing to destroy government. The final ONR airs tonight July 1, but to come back as a weekly on July 15 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** PORTUGAL. 11850, July 1 at 0650 Luso Portuguese with a talk about that language, 0653 song; 0659 RDPI satellite and internet parameters, 0700 3+1 timesignal with the final one shorter rather than longer, news theme. Fair signal. RDPI LIVES! on analog SW via this single transmission from Sines, 0645-0800 M-F, 250 kW, 55 degrees (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** RUSSIA. 7340, July 1 at 1241 open carrier; 1156 intermittent tones, 1200 much weaker with M&W opening in Japanese. It`s VOR, 250 kW, 240 degrees from Pet/Kam, opposite being 60 sorta USward (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 15590, July 1 at 1222, VOA Spanish is poorly audible // 9885, a Greenville transmitter back on air after yesterday`s absence (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 15825, July 1 at 1248, WWCR has built up from JBA a semihour earlier to S9+15, not yet super-strong, but nevertheless the matching scratchy modulation-spike spur field is audible 15630-15675 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. During Canadian analog sporadic-E TV DX opening from prairie provinces, UT July 1, I also get:

0448 on 88.5, rock, Es fades so not OK; NarcAnon PSA; fades out by 0459 ID time, but 0503 back in with NPR news // KOSU. 0506 end of news, no announcement, back to rock music. Very likely KEYA, Belcourt ND, res station, V. of the Turtle Mountains near the MB border in N central ND, which is an NPR affiliate. I was all set to compare to webstream via except there isn`t any. Program in progress on grid is `Night Owl`s Nest`.

0451 on 94.9, ``94-9 The Classic Rock Zoo`` spoken ID, which Googles directly to KTZU-FM Velva ND per Velva is just down the swollen Mouse River from Minot. I guess the site is on high ground (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. WORLD OF RADIO 1571 monitoring: confirmed on new station WTWW, Thursday June 30 at 2100 on 9479, excellent signal here as always. I hope elsewhere too, tho Harry Brooks in England says he was not hearing it, checked after 2130. Is Russia also on 9480, or not?

5051, UT Friday July 1 after 0331, fair signal for WOR from WWRB, and a het from something on 5050 which WWRB would otherwise override. 5050 possibly Brazilian if on, no other broadcaster likely to propagate at this hour, or maybe ute.

Further airings: on WRMI 9955: Saturday 0800, 1500, 1730; Sunday 0800, 1530, 1730. NEW on WTWW: UT Sunday 0400 on 5755. On WBCQ: UT Monday 0300 on 5110v-CUSB (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. 13359, July 1 at 1300, something new and very strange! A station with professional production, at least two announcers talking, is being VFO-jammed – het of less than 1 kHz varies back and forth as another transmitter (or two, I think) sweep across 13359. I strain to identify language of the target. The intonation first sounds Burmese, but at one point I think I hear an `imnida` which is nothing but Korean. Unfortunately the poor signal gets weaker and weaker vs the jamming, but at 1319 I can detect some music has started; by 1329 both it and the jamming are gone or faded out. I urge others to check this out. If it keep up, should get it again here on better propagation days.

I compute harmonic/fundamental possibilities: 6679.5? 3339.75? Unlikely, but: 4453 x 3 = 13359 and there is a longstanding Korean radio war on nominal 4450! However, that`s not involving VFO jamming, AFAIK. The S Korean 4450v transmitter is apparently putting out this harmonic (maybe deliberately) and is thus being jammed deliberately.

At the outset 1300 there seemed to be some SSB on the hi side, i.e. 13362 AFN Guam which sometimes runs late on this frequency, per Ron Howard, instead of switching to 5765 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. 13920, July 1 at 0645 open carrier S8, brief tone, thought it might turn into Firedrake, but then fax noises, probably the Australian (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ###