domenica 15 luglio 2012

Glenn Hauser logs July 14-15, 2012

** CHINA. Firedrake July 15:
17450, JBA music at 0549, probably this
 9970, poor-fair with at 1229 with flutter. None higher. In fact,  with K=6 and a blackout, nothing at all heard above a very weak 12050 WEWN (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA. 9490, July 15 at 0240, lite pulse jamming, of the usual residual type when there is nothing really to be jammed. Missed checking whether a biweek after it started via GUF, there is yet any heavy jamming during the R. República broadcast at 0000-0157 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** KUWAIT. 15540, July 15 at 1940, R. Kuwait fair signal in English, during `This Day in History` daily feature until 1945 back to western pop music.

This all depends on the Western calendar, e.g. matching up July 14 with the same date in previous years. Do the Arabs have any such parallel concept? The lunar Islamic calendar makes ``this day`` a totally different one from year to year insofar as where the earth is in its orbit, which also accounts for the precession of Ramadan earlier and earlier each of our years, i.e. in ``2012``, July 19-August 18, more or less, as flagged in our Calendar,
Ramadan influences expansions or changes in SW and other broadcast schedules to keep up with temporary fasting-and-feasting lifestyles, inevitably leading to different waking-and-sleeping hours and consequently potential listenership (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** MEXICO. In last report this item typoed initial entry of frequency as 770. Yes, it was really 700! Please correct if quoting.

700, July 14 from 1120, a weak Spanish station with no QRM unlike all the other frequencies; 1128, promo for 1,110 Radio Red, i.e. relay of México DF, and by now there is a weak SAH from something else. As this signal is weakening, a mention of Grupo Radio Centro, i.e. per Cantú:
700 XEDKR Radio Red AM Guadalajara, Jal. 10,000 150
Site axually Tonala, Jalisco. Standard remark about day vs night power

** MEXICO. 6185, July 15 at 0454, XEPPM, songs with guitar accompaniment; sufficient modulation, and not too much ACI from Brasil 6180 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** NEWFOUNDLAND [and non]. 6160.88, July 15 at 0452, CKZN is still off-frequency producing an A-note het with CKZU. If CKZU is slightly on the low side of 6160.00, CKZN would be slightly below 6160.88 too as this measurement is only by comparison (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** NORTH AMERICA. 6930-USB, July 15 at 0456, dense music with no residual carrier, making if hard to tune in, as the music would sound no less weird if the BFO is slightly off. 0500 cut off music, ID as something-Radio, can`t make out the word yet, acknowledging real-time reports posted on forum. DJ speaks with funny forced voice making it harder to understand him.

0519, addresses audience (and many more times later) as ``Boys and girls, and bald-headed squirrels``. Acks reports on hfu from Mr. Shortwave, Aurora. Long pauses between talk and music segments. Now I think the ID is ``Cool Head Radio``? 0525 ID adds slogan ``Voice of the Midweek Contact``? Not at all sure of the last two words; refers to ``goddamn war hero``. Mentions ``with your host, Colonel Coolhead(?)`` and website, No, that has a squatter. 0532 address as ? Again not at all sure of that name. Then reception and/or enunciation improves a bit, and I think he is really saying:

Turtlehead Radio. Keeps acknowledging same reporters to hfunderground, K5WRT(?), Mr. Shortwave, Aurora. 0543 more shoutouts to same; someone else copied the slogan wrong; says his mother would call it ``voice of the mentally handicapped``, but that is not what he was saying. 0545 calls himself ``Good ol` Turtlehead``. Music was interspersed but I can`t identify any of it, none of it vocal, I think.

Afterwards I find that there is a whose opening page says this is an herb, but it`s really a young woman(?) long-haired musician, vocalist at keyboard with lyrix displayed; doubtful if any link to this pirate.

And only the next morning do I check
where the main thread on this is at,7701.0.html

And all agree it`s Turtlehead Radio, with some SSTV ID captures; I never heard any SSTV while I was listening. The one with the ham-like handle is KE5WRT (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** NORTH AMERICA. 6925, July 15 at 0515 as I am listening to 6930-USB, Turtlehead Radio q.v., AM carrier pops on the side, Red Mercury Labs ID, ``just screwing around``, but goes back off in less than a minute and nothing heard further. Perhaps he discovered neighboring Turtlehead was in progress and went off in deference (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SRI LANKA [non]. 12140, re last report of non-reception of Tamil Tigers clandestine here, David Kernick says he was not hearing it either at 1530 last Sunday thru Friday, even using remote receivers. Alokesh Gupta says, ``Scheduled on Saturdays only as mentioned on their website [in Tamil], confirmed by Jaisakthivel, July 9`` (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SUDAN SOUTH [non]. 15725, July 15 at 0547, JBA carrier from presumed V. of South Sudan Revolutionary Radio. Maybe it was better earlier in the half-sesquihour when I was distracted by pirates and MW DX test.

Re my previous report, Dave Kernick points out that he does have a clip of their sign-on at
filed under
SOUTH SUDAN instead of SUDAN, of course. It matches what I have been hearing around 0504. One can copy the `Morse code` a bit better at the end of the clip, tho the first and last letters are uncertain due to fading in and out: AOLKKXK --- Doesn`t mean much to me (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 7506+, July 15 at 0240, WRNO is on with very good signal and modulation from gospel huxter; as usual still way off-frequency far beyond FCC`s legal tolerance (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 1590, July 15 at 0504, trying for the WGBW bihour DX test from Wisconsin, I think I hear some Morse code, but very heavy QRM on 1590, and from KATZ 1600 IBOC, always a problem on 1590 and moreso 1610. Several other chex in next half-sesquihour, such as 0520-0524 and finally 0552 were unproductive, with 1590 dominated by a sports-talk station. However, Tom Jasinski, much closer in Joliet IL, reported WGBW to the IRCA list: ``At 0004 CDT WGBW noted with tone, code and EBS alert noise`` (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 7295.0, July 15 at 0536, loud & clear AM signal with very good modulation from W0VMC, ``voice modulated carrier``, over to a much weaker AM-er, W6? ARRL FCC lookup shows W0VMC is Robert M Smith in New Richmond WI (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)