venerdì 14 ottobre 2011

Glenn Hauser logs October 13-14, 2011

** BULGARIA. 28540-USB, Oct 14 at 1401, LZ1FG, named Jordan, 20 miles from Sofia, temp 15 degrees, S9+10 concluding contact with WA4TKM, on to others. Also had more Europeans on 28580, 28590, but still zero SSB above 28600, wasting more than a MHz in the 10m band (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CHINA. Firedrake Oct 14, before 1200:
 7970, poor at 1152
13970, very poor at 1156
14700, poor at 1156
15900, very poor at 1156

Before 1300: missed checking today as I was trying to ID the Spanish on 1020; finally did: see USA.

After 1300:
15245, fair plus noise jamming at 1315. New frequency, same as had been heard on 15275 or 15285, no doubt vs V. of Tibet jumparound to a frequency ending in -7 or -3; tsk2, V. of Korea English perpetually on 15245 is also ruined

Before 1330:
 7970, fair at 1330
12230, very poor at 1317; none in the 13s or 14s yet; 12230 poor at 1327 with none in the 11s or 10s
12600, very poor at 1327
14650, very good with flutter at 1324 = 14700; rather new one
14700, very good with flutter at 1324
15900, very good at 1324

After 1430:
12500, very poor at 1445
13970, very good at 1441
14650, very good at 1445; no 14700 now
15790, very good at 1444; frequency of the moment for Sound of Hope via Tajikistan, per Aoki jumping between 15750 and 15795

** CUBA. 9640, Oct 13 at 2059, steady open carrier atop weak modulated signal; OC went off at 2105:40*. Presumably RHC transmitter which is normally used for `Mesa Redonda` circa 2230. At 2102, 11760 also had OC between scheduled RHC broadcasts, but 9710 was on with RHC Spanish. HFCC shows for 9640 from 2100: CRI Spanish via Kashgar to NW Africa, and KBS at 205 degrees direct from Kimjae, neither audible.

11760 also dead air at 1154 Oct 13, but 1155 began modulating to join // 11830, 11690 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CYPRUS. 17158-17183, Oct 14 at 1312, OTH radar pulses, presumed from here, as I was checking for Firedrake on 17170 - not.

25900-25925, Oct 14 at 1358, OTH radar presumed from here, now right inside the supposedly SWBC 11 m band. Only other OTHR segment found between 22 and 27 MHz is weaker 22310-22335.

24487-24512, however has OTHR later at 1438.

25260-25480 encompassed CODAR pulsing from who knows where at 1439 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** INDIA. 11670, Oct 13 at 2104, AIR news in heavily-accented English ending with ``main points`` in true colonial style; 2105 onto another YL with Comment[a]ry. Good signal but with flutter. English is 2045-2230 (also 1745-1945 with Hindi in between), 500 kW from Bengaluru at 320 degrees (HFCC), or 325 (Aoki), somewhat favorable for US beyond Europe, and still free of Cuba-Venezuelan blockage after 2200.

15050, Oct 14 at 1321, good signal with flutter peaking S9+5, but only open carrier. AIR`s Sinhala service is neglecting to modulate! Left a receiver on this, and found it continued to be dead air at chex: 1330, 1353, 1412, 1433, 1437, 1449. Looks like the entire bihour was lost. I would have enjoyed the music. Wake up in Khampur!! (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** INDONESIA. 9525-, Oct 14 at 1329, the goof-offs at VOI did it again: instead of English during this hour I am hearing Special Chinese (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** JAPAN [and non]. 5985, Oct 14 at 1331, Sea Breeze is coming in well, and it`s Friday, so in English. Unfortunately, the English is so heavily accented that I can`t make much out of it. The 5985.8v het from Myanmar is barely audible. First there is intro with contact info, piano background. 1333, ``Today`s News Flash``, many brief items attributed to an abbreviated news agency both at start and stop, and same musical sounder in between, more than once a minute. Datelines covered Oct 12 and other dates during past week, but thought I heard future Oct 20 also mentioned. 1340 end that segment, and on to ``News of North Korea``. Apparently no listing of abductees today. 1353 a little weaker but still audible. Many other and stronger signals from China, E Asia were also still in on 49m, BBC Singapore 6195. So our much-improved season for hearing Shiokaze is underway (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** KOREA NORTH [and non]. 5830, Oct 14 at 1150, grinding jammer similar to those heard from NK on 6230, 6348, 6518, 6600, but the 5830 one has an element of whining not heard on the others. Same thing that used to be on 5890 against unknown target. Now the target on 5830 appears to be RFA Korean via Tinian as in Aoki, but which is on 5830 only at 1500-1658 altho the jamming runs from 0650 to 2400!

Meanwhile, Aoki now IDs the jammed service on 6230 as something called ``Korean MND Radio``, 10 kW ND from ChunCheon at 0500-0540 and 1200-1240. What does MND mean? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** MAURITANIA. 7245, Oct 14 at 0548, still no IGIM on 7245 nor on 4845 at 0549 check. Is anyone hearing them on either frequency at any time now? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** MEXICO. Pre/sunrise MW DX Oct 14 UT, with Cantú and then IRCA info:

580, Oct 14 at 1200 UT, ``Noticiero Rancherita del Aire --- lo decimos todo, todo``. Then M&W anchors, temp in F only as 59; border station:
580 XEMU La Rancherita del Aire Piedras Negras, Coah. 5,000 2,500
580 XEMU Coah Piedras Negras 5000 2500 La Rancherita del Aire 24h NSP RAN/ROM PRADSA, v/s Claudio M. Bres, Gerente, P O Box 196, Eagle Pass TX  78852, or xemu @

610, Oct 14 at 1201 UT, ``Sabinas al Día`` servicio de noticias, temp at 19C, then more temps both in F & C.
610 XEBX La Primera Sabinas, Coah. 5,000 500
610 XEBX Coah Sabinas 5000 500 La Primera Estación 1100-0600 VAR FIRM/GRD

670, Oct 14 at 1206 UT, finally hear what sounds like ``La Voz Consuelo`` slogan amid music. But at 1208 it`s clearer and they are really saying ``la voz del pueblo`` in 670 promo with canciones, then ``el 670 de Radio Rancherito, con mil watts,`` named colonia where they are located in Torreón, Coahuila, Laguna-land. 1210 live DJ says it`s 14 de octubre en Rancherito, plays ``mañanitas``, 1213 on to other music. So it`s XETOR. I don`t capitalize ``la voz del pueblo`` because I think it is just a slogan rather than the true name of the station.
670 XETOR Radio Ranchito Torreón, Coah. 1,000 250
670 XETOR Coah Torreón 5000 250 Radio Ranchito, X-E-Tor 1200-0600 NOR/RAN OIR

As for ``Mañanitas``, which one hears on many stations in the mornings, it seems to be an ancient custom to play this lovely song about King David for birthday children. This has the full lyrix and translation:
It sure beats ``Happy Birthday to You`` emotionally.

As for ``consuelo``, besides being a common woman`s name, even tho it ends in -o, this masculine word means: consolation, comfort, solace; joy, delight. It`s a noun, not an adjective, so if it were to be in a slogan, it should be ``la voz *de[l]* consuelo``

680, Oct 14 at 1214 UT, TC for 6:15, ``noticias en punto`` but first an adstring; sponsored by ``Asociación de Agricultores de Sinaloa Poniente``; ad for Dekal (sp?), ``un ángel en su tierra``, fertilizer or pesticide, maybe? Salud PSA; ad mentioning ``Guasave --- Somos Todos`` some event in 2012-2013y, 1217 still more ads.
680 XEORO La Mera Jefa + FM 93.7 Guasave, Sin. 1,000 500
680 XEORO Sin Guasave 1000 500 La Mera Jefa, X-E-oro 1200-0600 RAN RDIO

Poniente means west, as in where the sun sets, often preferred to ``occidente`` or ``oeste``, because the latter sounds too much like ``este`` = east. Guasave is in fact in (north)western Sinaloa, not far from Los Mochis and Topolobampo.

Googling leads to Dekalb, which apparently supplies everything from seeds to insecticides:

760, Oct 14 at 1205 UT choral NA, 1206 XEES Antena 7-60 full ID or sign-on with 10 mil watts. 1207 another XE starts its NA underneath.
760 XEES Antena 760 Chihuahua, Chih. 10,000 1,000
760 XEES Chih Chihuahua 1000 500 Antena 7-60 1300-0500 CLA[sic] MEGA

** RUSSIA. 14996, Oct 14 at 1319, time pips beating against 15000; 1420 switches to binary chatter still with second beats; no doubt RWM Moscow (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 790, Oct 14 at 1219 UT, I am hearing IBOC noise on 780, so figure it`s KNST Tucson again: yes, slanted WSJ/Fox news is running, and some IBOC also audible on 800 vs KQCV, Spanish, and the distorted unID (Glenn Hauser, Enid OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 910, Oct 14 at 1228, after hearing IBOC against the Spanish on 900, see MEXICO, I step to 910 and immediately hear a R. Disney ID, looping NW/SE. That rules on IBOC 50/25 kW WFDF in Michigan; instead it has to be KWDZ, Salt Lake City UT, 5/1 kW listed in NRC AM Log as IBOC too (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 1020, Oct 14 at 1232 UT I am getting Spanish in null of semi-local KOKP Perry OK, but I can`t get a sufficient null on it, no matter how I manipulate the DX-398, so it`s tough copy as KOKP is in continuous local inane chat show in English. Previously I thought it would be KCKN Roswell NM, which supposedly has some Spanish, but now I`m leaning to another 50 kW, KTNQ Los Ángeles. Both of them have nulls toward KDKA and me; here is the KTNQ night pattern showing null ranging from 50 to 100 degrees:

Foregoing another Firedrake scan before 1300, I kept listening to 1020 hoping for some local clue as to its origin. Never heard anything about Roswell. Makes a slow SAH a bit less than 1 Hz vs KOKP. Mostly lively W&M conversation; 1245 took a phone call from Juan; lots of laughing, talking about gargantas (throats); 1251 a 1-800 number, slogan by SHVA as ``la estación de la raza``. 1256 ad for La Banda Juvenil playing at Restaurán Huacamaca (sp??); 1259 starts to fade out, but music is playing across hourtop, then maybe an ID, and more music. At least I have something to Google on now, starting with the Raza slogan and 1020: Guess what, it`s not Roswell or LA, but [sic, no accents]:

``Spanish KMMQ-AM/Omaha Flips to ''La Nueva 1020''

KMMQ-AM/Omaha, the heritage Spanish station in the market, has undergone a complete facelift with a brand new format and a new talent lineup. The new "La Nueva – la estacion de la raza" will offer listeners Spanish-language hits and a live and local lineup to include Juan Munoz and Jose Munoz, in addition to top-rated Hispanic radio personality Eddie Piolin.

KMMQ-AM Program Director Neil Nelkin said the changes serve a growing market population base. "La Nueva will cater to the largest number of people in the Eastern Nebraska and Western Iowa Hispanic communities. By providing a live and local lineup with the Munoz brothers in the daytime and afternoon drive and leading off with powerhouse Hispanic talent Piolin – La Nueva will provide an involved, engaged and responsive station that is committed to the Hispanic community," said Nelkin.

La Nueva's lineup includes Eddie Piolin (7am-12pm), who is syndicated out of Los Angeles on Univision owned KSCA. (01-03-11)``

Plus a couple of other media stories about KMMQ`s flip in January. I never even thought of Omaha, and wasn`t aware there is a 50 kW station there now on 1020. NRC AM Log does show it as SS/Mexican but slogan ``Ke Padre``(??), 50/1.4 kW, U4 from COL Plattsmouth NE, which is just S of Omaha near Offutt AFB.

To make matters even more confusing, as above the morning show is syndicated out of Los Ángeles, but not from KTNQ. Now everything fits for KMMQ: day power and pattern start at 1230 UT in October. Major lobe is 275 degrees, but there`s a little off the side toward us rather than a total null accounting for the rather steady but weak signal here.

As for La Banda Juvenil, the top one Googled is based in LA, not Omaha. So nebraskanos (nebrasqueños?) are supposed to go to LA to hear them? (Glenn Hauser, Enid OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A [and non]. WORLD OF RADIO 1586 monitoring: confirmed on 9955 WRMI, Thursday Oct 13 at 2100 as the transmitter just came back on, but very poor signal. Starting a minute later at 2101 on 9479 WTWW, excellent signal. Other WTWW airing: UT Sunday 0400 on 5755.

Did not check 7415 for WBCQ this week at 2130, but Joe Hanlon in NJ complains of co-channel QRM from CRI English via Kashgar. B-11 plans show a one-hour break for them at 22-23, and WOR will shift to 2230 UT from Nov, but also vying for listeners on 7415 then will be FEBC, Philippines, 100 kW at 293 degrees from Bocaue in the Iu Mien language; we hope less of an obstacle in New Jersey and vicinity. WBCQ seems resigned to accept whatever QRM is imposed on 7415. Next WBCQ WOR broadcast is UT Monday 0300v (usually a few minutes later) on 5110v-CUSB courtesy Larry Will of Area 51.

WOR 1586 also confirmed here at 0331 UT Friday Oct 14, after 25 seconds of respectful silence following the Carolinian preacher, both on 5051 and stronger // 3195.

Also confirmed on 9955, WRMI at 0515 UT Friday (starts at 0500), somewhat audible until the jamming pulses faded up. Tnx a lot, Arnie!
Also confirmed on 9955 at 1447 Friday, but very poor signal altho no jamming; ACI from much stronger 9960 was more of a problem, i.e. Furusato no Kaze, during this semihour only, 100 kW, 345 degrees from Koror, Palau.

Further WRMI airings of WOR: Saturday 0800, 1500, 1730; Sunday 0800, 1530, 1730; Monday 1130, 1530, 2130; Tuesday & Wednesday 1530.

On Hamburger Lokal Radio, Germany, Tuesday 0930 on 5980. How is reception of this in the UK, elsewhere in Europe?

On WRN via SiriusXM 120: Sat & Sun 1730, Sun 0830 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A [non]. 7540, Oct 14 at 1448, VOA with correspondents` discussion show Fridays at 1430, poor with squeal, but not sure if it`s QRM or emanating from the 250 kW Tinang, PHILIPPINES transmitter itself due west. Don`t bother trying for this on weekends as this hour is airing only M-F (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** VATICAN. 7250, Oct 14 at 0548 VR is on with Latin mass; 0557 nice organ music fill but seemed like tape snagged a bit; off abruptly at 0559:05*. I also found VR absent the previous night at 0606, despite scheduling including their printed A-11 folder showing 7250 et al. with 0600 news in Italian/French/English on weekdays (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. Trans-Pacific carriers, Oct 14 1222-1225 UT, stepping thru the 9 kHz channels and hearing weak hets with USB offset BFO on the DX-398 with internal antenna only: 594, 693, 738, 747, 774, 828, 882, 972, 1044, 1053, 1125, 1134. Several of these were obviously NHK Japan. The last one was strongest; 1134 best bet is 500 kW from South Korea, tho there is a 1200 kW somewhere in China (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. 870, Oct 14 at 1306 UT, a semihour after sunrise I am getting a weak signal from the NW/SE with weather in English, music. Most likely source looks like KJMP Pierce CO, but it`s ESPN for Cheyenne WY per NRC AM Log (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)