giovedì 12 luglio 2012

Glenn Hauser logs July 12, 2012

** BRAZIL. 11815.0, July 12 at 0126, obviously R. Brasil Central, but presumed as no ID heard, typical frenetic phony hyper-enthusiasm in Brazilian accent, unsure if covering a game or not, as only poor signal but right on frequency. Slightly better past 0200 with numbers, probably telephones rather than scores as they were multi-digit (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CANADA. 6160.88, July 12 before and after 0530, big het between one of the Canadians on 6160.0 and what must be the other one shifted way off-frequency, making an A-pitch slightly wavering tone. Higher one is stronger, just a woman speaking and seems to be in English. Next check at 1221, no carrier audible on 6160.88, but a very weak one on 6160.0, so that points to CKZU Vancouver still in darkness, making 6160.88 CKZN Newfoundland way into the dayside. Check tonight to confirm if this still be the case (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CANADA [non?]. 9625, July 12 at 1226, JBA carrier while Sackville 9650 with KBS World Radio has fair to good signal. Is anyone still hearing the CBC NQ service? It was supposedly going to last a while longer, but I`m not confirming it since the June 24 cuts. Signal was never very strong here way off-beam, but hi-latitude propagation has been quite degraded lately.

Wolfgang Büschel was hearing a ``sermon`` in English at 0350 July 11 on exactly 9625.000, while the CBCNQ transmitter used to be considerably off-frequency. Perhaps if still running, Sackville switched to a different transmitter among the many idle ones now. Nothing else is scheduled on 9625 at that hour, tho RCI hardly protected 9625 from CCI elsewhen. At 12-13 M-F it could be a remnant of Channel Africa in Nyanja that I detect, lacking CBCNQ (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CHILE. Re my penultimate report: ``BTW, the real site is Calera de Tango, CHILE, which is 92 km NNW of Santiago, as per this handy website to find distances between cities by name without messing with exact coordinates:
which also displays miles, and path between them on a Google map.``

My point was that it`s not really from Santiago, but seems this thing is not so accurate after all; GIGO. Wolfgang Büschel says:

``Google Earth/Maps shows total different distances. Former Pinochet Radio Nacional HARRIS transmitter site, now CVC relay, also CBC [?] is 27 kilometers away "southwestwards" of Santiago downtown instead,
on total rural farmland. 92 km distance issue is total faulty. Also formerly CHL-CB114 Radio Nacional, Camino Loreto, Calera de Tango,
Región Metropolitana, 1140 kHz 75/50 kW
on same area  33°38'35.70"S  70°51'01.25"W
73 wolfy``

Wolfy, Some database has Calera de Tango at less than 33 south, i.e. north of Stgo, and further west too. This may explain it. I don`t doubt your location as I too find CdT to the SW of Stgo in Maipo province, which would be 33+ south. For example,

Wikipedia shows for Calera de Tango:
Coordinates (commune): 32°47?12?S 71°11?50?W
Country Chile
Region Santiago Metro
Province Maipo

** CHINA. Firedrake July 12 before 1300 in continuing degraded propagation conditions, especially on higher bands, just:
11500, very poor at 1230
16100, good at 1237
16980, JBA at 1239; none in the 12s, 13s, 14s, 15s, 17s

** COLOMBIA. 14950+, July 12 at 0523 check, Salem Stereo music is peaking at S9+5. At 1540 check, a JBA carrier, better than 12140 where I sought the Tamil Tigers clandestine, hearing nothing but CODAR.

BTW, maybe S.S. should rethink their slogan if they are going to keep broadcasting on mono shortwave only! (Is the stream in stereo? I have not noticed.) Since they were once a licensed FM on 106.5, what was the callsign? One would have to find an expired official government list, as I already checked the current one and found it absent. One would also like to know why they lost their license.

Googling is not productive, except I found this page of an announcer at Salem Stereo, YL with stylish wrap-around shades and hanging cornrows; the one who gives time chex?:
What a name! JHAMILETH ORTIZ YATE --- Probably unique in the universe; another example of the strange JH digraph (like ``Jhon``) which would seem to be forbidden in Spanish, but rampant in Rioblanco (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** EGYPT. 9305, July 12 at 0258, huge propeller-roar buzz and just traces of Arabic modulation from R. Cairo, usual situation for this totally useless transmission registered for a full semiday, 19-07 UT from Abis site, 250 kW, 315 degrees toward Europe and North America.

9315, next to it July 12 at 0258 is an open carrier, maybe just barely modulated for the so-called English service of R. Cairo, 0200-0330 (following 0045-0200 Spanish), 250 kW, 330 degrees from Abu Zabaal to C&W NAm --- so both sites are totally dysfunxional.

At the top of the ERTU A-12 schedule in HFCC,
9720 is shown as an alternate/duplicate frequency, same parameters as 9315, and same full-A-12 date span, but DX Mix News, Bulgaria, says 9720 has replaced 9315 or will do so along with changes in other English broadcasts starting July 18.

As yet, there is nothing to be heard on 9720. There is certainly nothing wrong with 9315 as a frequency except for R. Cairo`s own total incompetence in modulating it, a minimal requirement for there to be any reason whatsoever for emitting a signal (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** OKLAHOMA. A bit of area tropo enhancement visiblizes a weak analog signal on ch A19 with antenna toward OKC, while 48 Estrella TV is quite viewable. 19 not strong enough to lock in video, and audio remains JBA. But this means KUOT-CA ch 19 still has not cut to DTV for which they have a CP, and judging from its feebility, is still 23.7 kW rather than CP for 150. shows affiliation is COR = Cornerstone, tho last I saw it was GCN; maybe both, or one gospel-huxtering minor network is a subsidiary of the other (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SPAIN [and non]. 15160, July 12 at 0122, almost equal mix of REE in Spanish, slightly stronger than RA in English // 19000. A totally unnecessary collision with lots of open frequencies in the 19m band at this hour. RA is still boycotting HFCC, which shows only Noblejas at 23-05, 242 degrees to S America, but that`s a typical over-registration, not really on air for six hours.

Aoki includes RA at 01-05, 65 degrees from Shepparton USward past the Pacific, and REE at 23-02 only, so only this one hour overlap. Both also have CRI via Jinhua-Youbu site, 59 degrees USward in Chinese at 0100-0457, but unheard.

11880 via COSTA RICA, Thursday July 12 at 1232:45, REE goes into Basque right after ID as ``la emisora global en castellano``; so Basque is back, unlike some weekdays missing without explanation (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. WORLD OF RADIO 1625. First airing should have been 0330 UT Thursday July 12 on WRMI 9955, unchecked, as always jammed. Tnx a lot, Arnie! WRMI repeats are: Sat 0800, 1500, 1730, Sun 0800, 1530, 1730, Mon 0500, 1130. Also:

Thu 2100 on WTWW 9479
UT Fri 0330v on WWRB 5050
UT Sat 0130v on Area 51 via WBCQ 5110v-CUSB
UT Sat 0630 on HLR 7265 [unconfirmed but has been past two weeks]
UT Sun 0400 on WTWW 5755
Tue 0930 on HLR 5980
Also on WRN via SiriusXM channel 120: Sat & Sun 1730, Sun 0830
Note: in the item about the west coast pirate on 6925-USB, I neglected to mention its name: Blue Ocean Radio (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 7506+, July 12 at 0253 check, WRNO Worldwide is managing to modulate again instead of dead air the last few nights, preaching in progress. I compare the het pitches produced on the YB-400 by tuning BFO to 7506.0 and 7507.0. Below 7507, it`s close to E-flat above hi C, and above 7506 it`s right on F above middle C from my keyboard (whose calibration has not been confirmed). Per the equal-tempered scale based on A = 440 at
the carrier is 349 Hz above 7506, and 622 Hz below 7507, so with margin of error it`s somewhere between 7506.35 and 7506.38. Such an exercise is a lot more fun than axually listening to the gospel huxter; tnx, WRNO for possiblizing this by your illegal beyond-tolerance off-frequency operation subject to FCC notice of violation (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)