lunedì 9 luglio 2012

Glenn Hauser logs July 7-8, 2012

** CHINA. Firedrake July 7, continued:
13970, fair at 1641, a time I am not usually monitoring; none in the 12s, 14s, 15s, 16s, 17s

July 8, before 1300, with a wide variation in quality:
17450, poor at 1245
16980, good at 1246
16920, fair at 1246
16100, very good at 1246
15555, very good at 1247
14870, very good at 1248
14700, very good at 1248
13970, poor at 1248
12980, fair at 1248; none in the 11s, 10s

** CHINA [and non]. 13860, July 7 at 1642, pop music, YL singer in uncertain language; 1646 weakening with Russian announcement, so it`s CRI, 315 degrees from SZG site as scheduled, way off-beam from here.

15430, July 7 at 1644, rap in English, good signal; 1649 Chinese talk over music; by 1657 it`s romantic music in English under. 1659:40* cuts off uncovering much weaker signal with 5+1 timesignal at 1700, Chinese talk, but that soon cuts off too.

Apparently the first station was RFA in Mandarin as scheduled 15-17 via SAIPAN, and the second was the CNR1 jammer (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** COLOMBIA. 14950.74, July 8 at 1241, JBA carrier on usual offset, then a bit of music faded in at 1243. So Salem Stereo is still going, tho not much heard lately, probably due to subnormal propagation (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** COLOMBIA [non]. Re my recent report of HJKO, 1140, Cartagena, presumed since ID heard as ``Radio Esperanza`` --- NOT: Visiting Fort Stockton TX on his vacation trip along I-10 from San Diego to New Orleans and back, one of Tim Hall`s numerous logs in ABDX:

``1140, XEMR, NL, Monterrey, 6/17 2040 CDT, "Radio Esperanza". The original "Radio Esperanza" on 1140 is in Colombia, but their Facebook page confirms they are relayed on XEMR-1140. Also mentioned Grupo Radio Alegria.``

Yes, here it is:
When I had sought XEMR Monterrey NL on its original website, there was nothing about this. Has it been converted into nothing but a relay of HJKO? How convenient, and confusing, that they are on same frequency (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CYPRUS [and non]. 17848-17873, July 8 at 0451, strong OTH radar pulsing presumed from here, QRMing 17855 RFA SAIPAN in Chinese (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** ECUADOR [non]. 11920, July 7 at 2300, HCJB opening 105 minutes of Portuguese. This time I am sure they say it`s via ``Alemanha`` rather than ``Guiana Francesa``; but tomorrow it`s supposed to go back to Chile for the rest of July only (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** MEXICO. 1570, July 8 at 0505, XERF is playing the Coahuila state anthem, after the midnight NA; it`s triumphal too and resembles the NA. Usual considerable CCI from all the US stations infesting what was once a Mexican clear channel, including one certainly in English at right angle to Del Rio. 0508 XERF gave an ID including an FM frequency now. Cantú does not yet show that, tho he does include FM //s for an ever-increasing number of Mexistations, as transition from AM to FM is being promoted by the SCT. Nor does their own website
Need to remonitor and clinch the new FM frequency (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) See also COLOMBIA [non]

** MEXICO. Sporadic-E analog TV DX July 8, UT: The two 6m Es maps aren`t showing much of anything across US and nothing from Mexico; nevertheless, at 1330 turn-on, am getting ch 3 video and some Spanish audio peaking SSW; 1350 it`s mostly a husky-voiced but hi-pitched person, perhaps a youngster speaking. Nothing much develops but:

1437 on 2, Spongebob, presumably net-5, weak and out. Now there is a lot more Es activity across the US on the 6m maps, still not Mexico (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SUDAN [non]. 15400, July 8 at 0447, R. Dabanga via MADAGASCAR, usual VG signal but audio is very rough, probably lo-bit internet feed somewhere in the process; much weaker // 11650 via VATICAN seems to have the same problem at 0455 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SUDAN [non]. 15725, July 8 at 0525, Arabish talk, fair signal from V. of South Sudan Revolutionary Radio. This was not on when I heard RNZI QSY off 15720 a couple minutes before 0500; should have awaited the VOSSR sign-on which was probably imminent (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** TUNISIA. 12005, July 8 at 0438, IWT playing bits of ``Star Wars`` music by John Williams mixed with Arabic narrative, soon on to ``007`` music; must be cinemusic program. This was less than an hour after I happened to hear Andy (Carvin?) of NPR on CSPAN mention that he was in Tunisia for the Arab Spring, while most Americans knew nothing about it except possibly that Star Wars earthly scenes were filmed there. What are the chances of that? Also audible a few minutes later, weaker on 17735 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A [non]. 15600, July 7 at 1707, Afro language, fair signal vs 15601 spur from WEWN 15610 whilst not much else audible on band: listed as YFR in Somali via Woofferton UK (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 7506.35 approx., July 8 at 0204, WRNO is on again, now with preacher talking instead of gospel rock; somewhat undermodulated on good signal strength, but not much distortion. Off at next check 0401, so apparently operating 01-04 UT only.

Meanwhile, Walt Salmaniw in BC tells me, ``Glenn, a nice strong S9 + 10 in Victoria, but with an OC only on about 7506.38 kHz at 0349 UT 8 July``

KJES got busted by FCC last December for being less off-frequency than WRNO is now, far beyond legal tolerance of .0015%, i.e., 112.575 Hz from 7505.000; see DXLD 11-51, (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. WORLD OF RADIO 1624 monitoring: confirmed on WTWW 5755, UT Sunday July 8 at 0400, VG signal, tho with some fading here. More repeats on WRMI 9955: Sunday 1530, 1730; Monday 0500, 1130 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 1480, re previous report of open carrier after 6 am CDT --- must have been KQAM Wichita, as inquiry to Jerry Kiefer, presumably mostly in Roswell NM, of the same company building KBXD in Dallas, drew this reply July 7:

``Good afternoon Glenn, To your questions, no and yes. Construction is underway, we are finished with adding the sixth tower to the array.  Putting in the transmitter and phasor the next couple of weeks and hope to be emitting RF by the first of the month.

I expect, barring QRM from 1460 in El Reno, you get a copy in OKC. Probably hear us chewing on Wichita a bit during critical hours, we'll have close to 300 kW towards you. Our plant is on the SE side of Dallas with the major lobe to the NNW.

On the calls, we tried to get K-BOX but the FM who has them wouldn't give us permission to use them on AM. The KBXD calls will follow the logo line of "Wonderful K-BOX in Dallas" sometime down the line.
Glenn, a question for you, how does 1440 do up your way? Thanks, Jerry``

Here in Enid, 500 watt KZUE El Reno on 1460 would be no problem at all for 1480, and doubt it would be in OKC either, tho there is a 1490 in Guthrie. 1440 from The Metroplex does very well here once any skywave kicks in, but not more than a trace on groundwave (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. 11790- USB, July 7 at 1629, INTRUDERS, multi-way net, several weak voices in contact, mostly JBA, not Spanish and intonation seems English, but not positive; very slightly on the lo side compared to weak AM carrier on MW 790 from presumed KXXX. Listened another dekaminute but nothing more heard. Fortunately there were no broadcasts around 11790 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)