domenica 30 dicembre 2012

Glenn Hauser logs December 30, 2012

** CUBA. 11840, Dec 30 at 0143 check, RHC Spanish is back on here unlike last night, and not on 11750 which is supposed to be mornings only. Not on 9810 either.

Sunday Dec 30 at 1446, tail of `En Contacto` finishing enumerating the names of the ``129 most active E.C. listeners in 2012``. The only known SW program to do this! WTFK? Well, 17580 is off, 15340 is open carrier, so that leaves poor 17730 and 15230, VG 13780. 1518 recheck, 17580 is now on with open carrier, like 15340, and 13780 is off, but all four 25m channels are on: 11690, 11750, 11760, 11860 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** GREECE. 7475, Dec 30 at 0607, R. Philia phrequency of VOG is off the air; 9420 is on with usual Sunday Greek Orthodox chanting, which goes on and on and on, still past 0705, nice to doze off to. Next Sunday Jan 6 should be really special (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** MEXICO. 540, Dec 30 at 0704 UT, for the fourth time recently, immediately upon random tune-in, here comes an ID for ``La Ranchera de Paquimé``, XETX, Nuevo Casas Grandes, Chihuahua. Not so dominant at the moment, but still nothing recognizable from XEWA further east (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** MEXICO. 1090, Dec 30 at 0610 UT, música romántica en inglés, loops N/S, full ID in Spanish I wasn`t expecting, including Milenio Radio, 103.7, CST TC and temp. Therefore it is XEAU in Monterrey NL, 5/0.25 kW per IRCA (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** MEXICO. More winter sporadic E analog TV DX, UT Dec 30, all in UT:

0127, ch A2, weak in and out, net-7 with big 7 bug in UR

0147, ch A2 another fade-in with algo; 0148 Bengue and other ads; also ch A4 with algo

0151, ch A2 drama featuring an uppity Indian woman with braids as a servant who smax her mistress, à la India María; vivan racial stereotypes on Mexican TV. No 7 bug so another net

0159, ch A2 UR bug is not 7 but something else, mostly off the corner of my overscanned screen I cannot shrink

0200, ch A2, Nikzon ad, hemorrhoid remedy, and other medicals; very good peak video; algo on A5 too briefly

0202, ch A2, Canal de las Estrellas promo, so it`s net-2, possibly even XEW itself. Also algos on 4, 5, fitting the DF lineup in the waning months of analog

0218, ch A2, net-7 with animation; 0246 is dominating among the CCI; 0320 the anim features dinosaurs; 0340 just about gone

0343, ch A2, Chihuahua mentioned, in ad? skip may have moved west

0352, ch A2, different bug in UR, Azteca 13? 0400 still in, 0405 quiz show; has CCI of about 5 kHz, heavy wide bars; at fade-up the bug is net-13 with tiny words AZTECA TRECE below it; all gone around 0415. Per W9WI.com of the several A-13s on 2, the only one with full 100 kW power is XHFA in Nogales, Sonora, but unseemed that far west
(Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** OKLAHOMA. 1210, Dec 30 at 0625 UT, US Country has VG nite signal, i.e. KGYN Guymon is NOT protecting Philadelphia. It`s been like this for a long time, tho had not bothered to log (Glenn Hauser, Enid, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SPAIN [and non]. 9625-9630-9635, Dec 30 at 0140 check, REE DRM noise via COSTA RICA is definitely on tonite unlike last nite.

17595, Sunday Dec 30 at 1446, REE is again on air with good signal in NAm, presumed USward, with own Spanish programming instead of mistakenly relaying China in French as 24 hours earlier, and still at 1518. This frequency is absent weekdays.

BTW, David Williams, California, reported to the dxldyg finding times for the co-official language broadcast, Saturday Dec 29 going from Galician to Basque at 1621 on 17595, 21610 and (Costa Rica) 15125. Lacking an updated program schedule we had no info on their new timings, and are there others? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. WORLD OF RADIO 1649 monitoring: confirmed UT Sunday Dec 30 at 0500 VG on WTWW-1, 5830. Again opening is interrupted for ID. Remaining chances on WRMI 9955: UT Monday 0530, Tuesday 1200, probably Thursday 0430 unless new 1650 is ready. On HLR 7265: Wednesday 0630 & 1630 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 5085, Dec 30 at 0140, WTWW-3 Saturday night show with Ted Randall is now in a ``QSO`` interview asserting that traffic axually flows faster in CW than in speech (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 600, Dec 30 at 0630 UT, refers to ``New Country``, seemingly from WMT Cedar Rapids IA direxion, in null of currently dominant KTBB Tyler TX (see separate log). Has WMT a new format, ex-news/talk?? 0633 refers to wmtradio.com, then Fox ``News`` minute. Later trying the website, with rising-sun rays, first much choose whether I listen to 600 or 95.7. Very slow-loading 600 subsite
http://600.wmtradio.com/main.html
appears to be the same-old news/talk. Maybe the ``New Country`` bit came from KSJB in ND, ``Classic Country`` per NRC AM Log? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 600, Dec 30 at 0631 UT, ad for a Tyler TX law firm, 0632 back to `Texas Overnight` on the Texas State Network, so it`s KTBB, whose nite pattern has a lobe NW, close to us. Dominant over WMT. Show originates at KRLD 1080, which I eventually find is running 23 seconds behind its affiliate KTBB! So the big one has a better chance of hitting the censor button before a naughty word go out on 1080 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 640, Dec 30 at 1351 UT, that deep-voiced weekend host of Coast to Coast, John B. Wells, surprised to hear him in broad daylight after sunrise here, but in null of KWPN Moore OK (né WNAD Norman, then WWLS), must be KFI Los Ángeles. C2C website claims KFI affiliate has it until 5 am PT 7 days, but link to KFI website shows Sundays only until 6 am, starting 10 pm Saturday. Would that be a second or third play of a previous hour? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 760, Dec 30 at 0640 UT I axually listen for a few minutes to a stupid ballgame, since it`s really late for one to be on live from WJR Detroit, coming up on 2 am ET! We are at fourth down, 28 sex to go from the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl in Tempe AZ (ex-Sun Devils stadium? Not that I care). And the MSU Spartans beat the TCU Horned Frogs 17-16! Whoopee. And it`s almost midnite even in AZ; why so late? Is it still too hot to play earlier in the evening in The Valley? Then at 0651 I notice that 820 WBAP in Horned-Frogs-land had also been carrying the game from a different perspective, post-game show. How many brain injuries tonite? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 980, Dec 30 at 0603 UT, Spanish gospel music and phone 832-830-6563, looping N/S, which pins it on Houston TX, i.e. KRTZ, COL Rosenberg-Richmond, address in Pasadena. Do they pronounce that as in Spanish, or English? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 1130, Dec 30 at 0617 UT, Shreveport ad with distorted modulation, not selective fade, so KWKH has problems. Then QRM with a website as news1130.com --- guess what, that leads to CKWX, so logged under CANADA (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. 800, Dec 30 at 0647 UT, extremely distorted modulation, which we usually hear only around sunrise. Got a good DF on it, about 195 degrees, separable from Bott gospel huxter OKC. Not much from XEROK which normally occupies the KQCV null; problems there? So the distortion again points to one of the northeast Mexicans, XEDD in Montemorelos NL, supposedly a daytimer, or more likely XEZR in Zaragoza, Coahuila, somewhat further west. I renew my call for DXers in the groundwave area of these to confirm which it is. It`s a recurrent if not constant problem. Where are you, Steve Wiseblood, when we need you? In the Philippines (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. 960, Dec 30 at 0600 UT, ``In the Middle of the Night`` is appropriately playing, and seems to DF ESE/WNW or so, which points to WABG in Greenwood, Mississippi and its blues format, but never definitely IDed. During Fox-hole of dead air from local KGWA, which just before 0600 played a local intro to the non-existent Fox `News` (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. 2910, Dec 30 at 0141 UT, JBA carrier here from the presumed third harmonic of 970. Needed to oversleep past the 12 UT window today. Still waiting for anyone else to try IDing this (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. 4417, Dec 30 at 0140, fair carrier, maybe just barely modulated? Another one which has needed identification for years (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED [non]. 4900 --- Re my log Dec 29 at 1255 of Korean numbers, tnx to Ron Howard for this:

``Hi Glenn, Have heard this several times this year, but my last
reported log was: KOREA SOUTH. 4900, Spy? 1206, April 28, 2011. Woman
announcer reading assume numbers, in Korean; fair (Ron Howard, Asilomar State Beach, CA, Etón E1, dxldyg via DX LISTENING DIGEST) In past years the same was also heard on 5715 or 6215. Ron, San Francisco``

And also to Alokesh Gupta who found numerous references including from shortwave-listener-qsl-reports googlegroup:

'Tanshim' Korean Numbers Station "V24" on 4900 kHz @ 1136 UTC 28 July 2011. S-Meter: Solid S9 with SIO 555 and Good Audio. Heard Female Voice in Korean giving Sets of Words {Numbers?} gone by 1339 UTC``

And: Korean Language Numbers Station "V24" --- search on 4900 at
http://www.hfunderground.com/board/index.php
(Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

Dx Re Mix News # 761

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DX RE MIX NEWS # 761 from Georgi Bancov & Ivo Ivanov. Date: Sun Dec.30,2012
Also visit:, sections "DXPeditions"&"Schedules"
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CROATIA/GERMANY/SINGAPORE   Voice of Croatia leaving shortwave from Jan.1
Dear listeners Croatian Voice!  From January 1, 2013 this program will no
longer be broadcast on shortwave.  You'll still be able to find us on the
medium wave in Europe and on the satellite and the Internet for the whole
world. Funds which have hitherto been used to service the transmission on
shortwave will be used to offer diverse content of this program including
the launch of multimedia content. Here schedule of shortwave until Dec.31
0000-0200 on  7375 NAU 100 kW / 300 deg to CeAm
0200-0400 on  7375 NAU 100 kW / 315 deg to NEAm
0400-0600 on  7375 NAU 100 kW / 325 deg to NWAm
0600-1700 on  7370 DEA 100 kW / 000 deg to WeEu
0700-1100 on 17860 SNG 100 kW / 135 deg to AUS
1700-0600 on  3985 DEA 100 kW / 000 deg to WeEu
2300-0400 on  7375 NAU 100 kW / 255 deg to SoAm

JAPAN(non)    Frequency changes of Shiokaze Sea Breeze from Dec.26:
1330-1430 NF  5985 YAM 100 kW / 280 deg to KRE  *various, ex 6135
2000-2100 NF  5955 YAM 100 kW / 280 deg to KRE  *various, ex 5910
* Jap Mon/Wed/Thu; Chi/Kor Tue; Eng Fri; Kor/Jap Sat; Jap/Kor Sun

RUSSIA(non)    Updated winter B-12 SW schedule for Voice of Russia:
0000-0100 on  6135 S.P 400 kW / 268 deg to SoAm Spanish till Dec.31
0000-0100 on  7210 MSK 500 kW / 267 deg to SoAm Spanish
0000-0100 on  7260 KCH 500 kW / 296 deg to CeAm Russian till Dec.31
0000-0100 on  9395 ERV 500 kW / 305 deg to CeAm Spanish
0000-0100 on  9750 ERV 500 kW / 258 deg to SoAm Spanish
0000-0100 on  9865 SAM 500 kW / 284 deg to SoAm Spanish till Dec.31

0000-0200 on  7250 ARM 500 kW / 315 deg to NEAm English
0000-0200 on  7290 KCH 500 kW / 296 deg to NoAm English

0100-0200 on  6135 S.P 400 kW / 268 deg to SoAm Spanish till Dec.31
0100-0200 on  7210 MSK 500 kW / 267 deg to SoAm Spanish
0100-0200 on  9395 ERV 500 kW / 305 deg to CeAm Spanish
0100-0200 on  9475 DB  500 kW / 267 deg to SoAm Spanish till Dec.31
0100-0200 on  9750 ERV 500 kW / 258 deg to SoAm Spanish
0100-0200 on  9865 SAM 500 kW / 284 deg to SoAm Spanish till Dec.31

0100-0300 on  7225 SAM 250 kW / 188 deg to WeAs Russian till Dec.31
0100-0300 on  7260 KCH 500 kW / 296 deg to CeAm Russian till Dec.31

0200-0300 on  6135 S.P 400 kW / 268 deg to SoAm Spanish till Dec.31
0200-0300 on  7210 MSK 500 kW / 267 deg to SoAm Spanish
0200-0300 on  9395 ERV 500 kW / 305 deg to CeAm Spanish
0200-0300 NF  9480 DB  500 kW / 267 deg to SoAm Spanish, ex  9475
0200-0300 on  9750 ERV 500 kW / 258 deg to SoAm Spanish

0200-0400 on  7290 KCH 500 kW / 296 deg to NoAm English
0200-0400 on 12070 MSK 250 kW / 117 deg to CeAs Russian, ex 0200-0600
0200-0400 on 15630 P.K 250 kW / 067 deg to NWAm English
0200-0400 on 17665 P.K 250 kW / 061 deg to NWAm English
0200-0400 on 17690 VLD 500 kW / 050 deg to NWAm English

0300-0400 on  7210 MSK 500 kW / 267 deg to SoAm Spanish
0300-0400 on  9395 ERV 500 kW / 305 deg to CeAm Spanish
0300-0400 NF  9480 DB  500 kW / 267 deg to SoAm Spanish, ex  9475
0300-0400 on  9750 ERV 500 kW / 258 deg to SoAm Spanish

0400-0500 on  7210 MSK 500 kW / 267 deg to SoAm Spanish
0400-0500 on  9395 ERV 500 kW / 305 deg to CeAm Spanish
0400-0500 NF  9480 DB  500 kW / 267 deg to SoAm Spanish, ex  9475
0400-0500 on  9765 ERV 500 kW / 258 deg to SoAm Spanish

0400-0600 on  9830 P.K 250 kW / 064 deg to NWAm English
0400-0600 on 15630 P.K 250 kW / 067 deg to NWAm English

0500-0700 on  9680 SAM 250 kW / 280 deg to WeEu Russian till Dec.31

0600-1000 on 21800 IRK 250 kW / 152 deg to AUS  English
0600-1000 on 21820 NVS 500 kW / 145 deg to AUS  English

0700-0900 NF 12015 IRK 250 kW / 180 deg to EaAs English from Jan.1
0700-0900 NF 21840 NVS 250 kW / 180 deg to SoAs English from Jan.1

0700-1100 on 15745 DB  500 kW / 155 deg to SoAs English

0900-1000 on  9720 KLG 120 kW / 245 deg to WeEu German

0900-1200 on  7205 TCH 250 kW / 200 deg to SEAs English

1000-1100 on  7260 VLD 500 kW / 230 deg to SEAs English
1000-1100 on 11680 TCH 500 kW / 240 deg to SoAs English

1000-1200 on  5900 VLD 100 kW / 270 deg to EaAs Chinese
1000-1200 on  7305 IRK 250 kW / 180 deg to EaAs Chinese

1100-1200 NF  6115 IRK 250 kW / 152 deg to SEAs English from Jan.1
1100-1200 on  7260 VLD 500 kW / 230 deg to SEAs English
1100-1200 on  9560 NVS 250 kW / 145 deg to SEAs English
1100-1200 on 11680 TCH 500 kW / 240 deg to SoAs English
1100-1200 on 15740 SAM 250 kW / 140 deg to SoAs English till Dec.31

1200-1300 on  5885 DB  100 kW / 137 deg to SoAs English
1200-1300 on  7205 TCH 250 kW / 200 deg to SEAs Vietnamese
1200-1300 on  7260 VLD 500 kW / 230 deg to SEAs Vietnamese
1200-1300 on  9560 NVS 250 kW / 145 deg to SEAs English
1200-1300 on 12075 DB  500 kW / 155 deg to SoAs English

1200-1400 NF  4960 DB  100 kW / 180 deg to WeAs Dari/Pashto, ex 4780/4950
1200-1400 on  5945 NVS 250 kW / 240 deg to CeAs Russian till Dec.31
1200-1400 on  5980 IRK 100 kW / 110 deg to EaAs Japanese
1200-1400 on  6110 P.K 250 kW / 241 deg to EaAs Japanese
1200-1400 NF  6115 IRK 250 kW / 152 deg to SEAs English from Jan.1
1200-1400 on  9455 IRK 250 kW / 152 deg to SEAs Russian till Dec.31
1200-1400 on  9840 MSK 250 kW / 100 deg to SEAs Russian till Dec.31
1200-1400 on 11915 MSK 250 kW / 190 deg to N/ME Russian till Dec.31
1200-1400 on 15470 SAM 250 kW / 140 deg to WeAs Dari/Pashto till Dec.31

1300-1400 on  5885 DB  100 kW / 137 deg to SoAs Hindi
1300-1400 on  5900 VLD 100 kW / 270 deg to EaAs Mongolian
1300-1400 on  5995 TCH 500 kW / 240 deg to SoAs Hindi
1300-1400 on  7205 TCH 250 kW / 200 deg to SEAs English
1300-1400 on  7260 VLD 500 kW / 230 deg to SEAs English
1300-1400 on  7305 IRK 250 kW / 180 deg to EaAs Chinese
1300-1400 on  9560 NVS 250 kW / 145 deg to SEAs English
1300-1400 on 12055 MSK 250 kW / 117 deg to SoAs Russian
1300-1400 on 12075 DB  500 kW / 155 deg to SoAs English

1400-1500 NF  4960 DB  100 kW / 180 deg to WeAs English, ex 4780/4950
1400-1500 on  5885 DB  100 kW / 137 deg to SoAs Urdu
1400-1500 on  5900 SAM 250 kW / 140 deg to SoAs Urdu till Dec.31
1400-1500 on  5940 SAM 250 kW / 280 deg to WeEu Russian till Dec.31
1400-1500 on  5945 NVS 250 kW / 240 deg to CeAs Russian till Dec.31
1400-1500 on  5995 TCH 500 kW / 240 deg to SoAs Urdu
1400-1500 on  6235 DB  100 kW / 240 deg to WeAs English from Jan.1
1400-1500 on  7260 VLD 500 kW / 230 deg to SEAs English from Jan.1
1400-1500 NF  9560 NVS 250 kW / 145 deg to SEAs English from Jan.1
1400-1500 on 11830 S.P 200 kW / 147 deg to N/ME Russian till Dec.31
1400-1500 on 12055 MSK 250 kW / 117 deg to SoAs Russian
1400-1500 on 12075 DB  500 kW / 155 deg to SoAs English
1400-1500 on 17500 MSK 200 kW / 190 deg to N/ME Russian till Dec.31

1400-1600 on  6005 ARM 100 kW / 188 deg to N/ME Turkish
1400-1600 on 11895 S.P 200 kW / 147 deg to N/ME Turkish till Dec.31
1400-1600 on 11915 MSK 250 kW / 190 deg to N/ME Turkish

1500-1600 NF  4960 DB  100 kW / 180 deg to WeAs English, ex 4780/4950
1500-1600 on  5885 DB  100 kW / 137 deg to SoAs Hindi
1500-1600 on  5900 NVS 250 kW / 180 deg to SoAs English from Jan.1
1500-1600 on  5940 SAM 250 kW / 280 deg to WeEu Russian till Dec.31
1500-1600 on  5945 NVS 250 kW / 240 deg to WeAs Kurdish
1500-1600 on  5955 IRK 250 kW / 180 deg to SoAs Hindi
1500-1600 on  5995 TCH 500 kW / 240 deg to SoAs Hindi
1500-1600 on  9865 KCH 500 kW / 296 deg to WeEu Russian till Dec.31
1500-1600 on  9880 P.K 250 kW / 247 deg to SEAs English
1500-1600 on 11830 S.P 200 kW / 147 deg to WeAs Kurdish till Dec.31
1500-1600 on 11985 ERV 500 kW / 192 deg to EaAf English from Jan.1
1500-1600 on 17500 MSK 200 kW / 190 deg to N/ME Russian till Dec.31

1500-1700 on  6015 S.P 400 kW / 147 deg to WeAs Farsi till Dec.31
1500-1700 on  6235 DB  100 kW / 240 deg to WeAs Farsi
1500-1700 on  7205 S.P 400 kW / 147 deg to WeAs Farsi till Dec.31
1500-1700 on  7220 SAM 250 kW / 284 deg to WeEu German till Dec.31
1500-1700 on  7340 KLG 150 kW / 205 deg to SEEu Serbian
1500-1700 on  9480 MSK 250 kW / 240 deg to SEEu Serbian

1600-1700 NF  4960 DB  100 kW / 180 deg to WeAs English, ex 4780/4950
1600-1700 on  5885 DB  100 kW / 137 deg to SoAs English
1600-1700 on  5900 NVS 250 kW / 180 deg to SoAs English from Jan.1
1600-1700 on  5940 SAM 250 kW / 280 deg to WeEu Russian till Dec.31
1600-1700 on  5945 NVS 250 kW / 240 deg to N/ME Arabic
1600-1700 on  5955 NVS 250 kW / 180 deg to SoAs English
1600-1700 on  6005 ARM 100 kW / 188 deg to N/ME Arabic
1600-1700 NF  6110 NVS 250 kW / 240 deg to CeAs Russian from Jan.1
1600-1700 on  6130 MSK 200 kW / 270 deg to WeEu French
1600-1700 on  7230 MSK 250 kW / 240 deg to NoAf Russian till Dec.31
1600-1700 on  7240 P.K 250 kW / 263 deg to EaAs Russian till Dec.31
1600-1700 on  7295 TCH 500 kW / 240 deg to CeAf French
1600-1700 on  7330 MSK 250 kW / 275 deg to WeEu French
1600-1700 on  9340 DB  500 kW / 297 deg to N/ME Arabic
1600-1700 on  9405 KCH 500 kW / 235 deg to NoAf French
1600-1700 on  9825 S.P 250 kW / 215 deg to WeEu Arabic till Dec.31
1600-1700 on  9865 KCH 500 kW / 296 deg to WeEu Russian till Dec.31
1600-1700 on  9880 P.K 250 kW / 247 deg to SEAs English
1600-1700 on 11655 MSK 250 kW / 240 deg to NoAf French
1600-1700 on 11830 S.P 200 kW / 147 deg to WeAs Russian till Dec.31
1600-1700 on 11985 ERV 500 kW / 192 deg to EaAf French

1700-1800 NF  4960 DB  100 kW / 180 deg to WeAs English, ex 4780/4950
1700-1800 on  5900 NVS 250 kW / 180 deg to SoAs English from Jan.1
1700-1800 on  5940 SAM 250 kW / 280 deg to WeEu Russian till Dec.31
1700-1800 on  6015 S.P 400 kW / 147 deg to N/ME Arabic till Dec.31
1700-1800 NF  6110 NVS 250 kW / 240 deg to CeAs Russian from Jan.1
1700-1800 on  6130 MSK 200 kW / 270 deg to WeEu French
1700-1800 on  6235 DB  100 kW / 240 deg to WeAs Arabic from Jan.1
1700-1800 on  7220 KLG 120 kW / 245 deg to WeEu Polish
1700-1800 on  7230 MSK 250 kW / 240 deg to NoAf Russian till Dec.31
1700-1800 on  7240 P.K 250 kW / 263 deg to EaAs English
1700-1800 on  7295 TCH 500 kW / 240 deg to CeAf French
1700-1800 on  7330 MSK 250 kW / 275 deg to WeEu English
1700-1800 on  9340 DB  500 kW / 297 deg to N/ME Arabic
1700-1800 on  9400 KCH 500 kW / 235 deg to NoAf French
1700-1800 on  9480 MSK 250 kW / 240 deg to SEEu Italian
1700-1800 on  9715 S.P 250 kW / 215 deg to SEEu Italian till Dec.31
1700-1800 on  9735 MSK 250 kW / 193 deg to EaAf English
1700-1800 on  9825 S.P 250 kW / 215 deg to WeEu Arabic till Dec.31
1700-1800 on  9880 P.K 250 kW / 247 deg to SEAs English
1700-1800 on 11655 MSK 250 kW / 240 deg to NoAf French
1700-1800 on 11985 ERV 500 kW / 192 deg to EaAf French
1700-1800 on 12060 MSK 250 kW / 240 deg to NoAf French

1700-1900 on  7310 SAM 250 kW / 284 deg to WeEu German till Dec.31
1700-1900 NF  9790 MSK 250 kW / 117 deg to CeAs Russian from Jan.1

1800-1900 NF  4960 DB  100 kW / 180 deg to WeAs English, ex 4780/4950
1800-1900 NF  6110 NVS 250 kW / 240 deg to CeAs Russian from Jan.1
1800-1900 on  7330 MSK 250 kW / 275 deg to WeEu English
1800-1900 on  9735 MSK 250 kW / 193 deg to EaAf English
1800-1900 on 11985 ERV 500 kW / 192 deg to EaAf English

1800-2000 on  5900 SAM 250 kW / 140 deg to SoAs Russian till Dec.31
1800-2000 on  5940 SAM 250 kW / 280 deg to WeEu Russian till Dec.31
1800-2000 on  5995 IRK 250 kW / 290 deg to CeAs Russian till Dec.31
1800-2000 on  6235 DB  100 kW / 240 deg to WeAs Arabic from Jan.1
1800-2000 on  7230 MSK 250 kW / 240 deg to NoAf Russian till Dec.31
1800-2000 on  9340 DB  500 kW / 297 deg to N/ME Arabic from Jan.1
1800-2000 on  9825 S.P 250 kW / 215 deg to WeEu Arabic till Dec.31

1800-2100 on  6130 MSK 200 kW / 270 deg to WeEu French
1800-2100 on  9400 KCH 500 kW / 235 deg to NoAf French
1800-2100 on 11655 MSK 250 kW / 240 deg to NoAf French
1800-2100 on 11985 ERV 500 kW / 192 deg to EaAf French
1800-2100 on 12060 MSK 250 kW / 240 deg to NoAf French

1900-2100 on  6235 DB  100 kW / 240 deg to WeAs Arabic
1900-2100 on  7330 MSK 250 kW / 275 deg to WeEu English

2000-2100 on  5940 SAM 250 kW / 280 deg to WeEu Spanish till Dec.31
2000-2100 on  6090 ARM 200 kW / 294 deg to SoEu Spanish
2000-2100 on  6120 KLG 150 kW / 245 deg to WeEu Spanish
2000-2100 on  7250 MSK 250 kW / 275 deg to WeEu Russian till Dec.31
2000-2100 on  9340 DB  500 kW / 297 deg to N/ME Arabic from Jan.1
2000-2100 on  9825 S.P 250 kW / 215 deg to WeEu Arabic till Dec.31

2000-2130 on  6030 SAM 250 kW / 246 deg to SEEu Serbian till Dec.31

2100-2200 on  5940 SAM 250 kW / 280 deg to WeEu English till Dec.31
2100-2200 on  6090 ARM 200 kW / 294 deg to SoEu Portuguese
2100-2200 on  6120 KLG 150 kW / 245 deg to WeEu Portuguese

2200-2300 on  7250 ARM 500 kW / 315 deg to NEAm English
2200-2300 on  9395 ERV 500 kW / 305 deg to CeAm English from Jan.1
2200-2300 on  9750 ERV 500 kW / 258 deg to SoAm Portuguese
2200-2300 on 11830 P.K 250 kW / 064 deg to NWAm English

2300-2400 on  7250 ARM 500 kW / 315 deg to NEAm English
2300-2400 on  7260 KCH 500 kW / 296 deg to CeAm Russian till Dec.31
2300-2400 on  7290 KCH 500 kW / 296 deg to NoAm English
2300-2400 on  9395 ERV 500 kW / 305 deg to CeAm English from Jan.1
2300-2400 on  9750 ERV 500 kW / 258 deg to SoAm Portuguese
2300-2400 on  9865 SAM 500 kW / 284 deg to SoAm Portuguese till Dec.31

Also check winter B-12 schedule of Tatarstan Wave in Tatar/Russian:
0410-0500 on 11895 SAM 160 kW / 058 deg to FE
0610-0700 on  9410 SAM 250 kW / 058 deg to RUS
0810-0900 on 11610 SAM 250 kW / 294 deg to WeEu

SPAIN    Additional transmissions of Radio Exterior de Espana from Dec.4:
0900-1100 on 15585 NOB 050 kW / 060 deg to WeEu Spanish Daily DRM
1900-2000 on  9665 NOB 250 kW / 038 deg to WeEu English Mon-Fri
2300-2400 on  6055 NOB 250 kW / 290 deg to NoAm French Daily

TIBET(non)   New B-12 of Voice of Tibet, according to monitoring Dec.23-26:
Chinese
1200-1230 NF 11528 DB  100 kW / 095 deg to EaAs, ex 15 mHz
1300-1345 NF  7547 DB  100 kW / 095 deg to EaAs, ex 15 mHz
1345-1400 NF  7553 DB  100 kW / 095 deg to EaAs, ex 15 mHz
Tibetan
1230-1240 NF 15502 DB  100 kW / 131 deg to CeAs
1240-1308 NF 15508 DB  100 kW / 131 deg to CeAs
1308-1330 NF 15517 DB  100 kW / 131 deg to CeAs
1330-1430 NF 11518 DB  100 kW / 131 deg to CeAs, ex 15 mHz
1400-1430 NF 15400 MDC 250 kW / 045 deg to CeAs, new txion
1430-1500 on 17535 MDC 250 kW / 045 deg to CeAs
1530-1600 on 15485 MDC 250 kW / 045 deg to CeAs

USA(non)    Frequency change of Radio Liberty in Russian:
1500-1600 NF  9840*BIB 100 kW / 063 deg to EaEu, ex 15130
* not 9480 (cf. DX RE MIX NEWS # 760)

U.K.(non)   Cancelled frequencies of BBC from Jan.1:
0500-0800 on 17640 CYP 250 kW / 173 deg to ECAf English
0700-1400 on 17640 SEY 250 kW / 270 deg to ECAf English
0800-1400 on 21470 SEY 250 kW / 240 deg to SoAf English
0830-0930 on 15710 DHA 250 kW / 045 deg to WeAs Pashto
0900-1630 on  6195 SNG 125 kW / 000 deg to SEAs English
0900-1630 on  6195 SNG 125 kW / 090 deg to AUS  English
0900-1630 on  9740 SNG 125 kW / 013 deg to EaAs English
0900-1630 on  9740 SNG 125 kW / 135 deg to AUS  English
0930-1030 on 15710 DHA 250 kW / 045 deg to WeAs Dari
1030-1130 on 15710 DHA 250 kW / 045 deg to WeAs Pashto
1600-1630 on  9790 SNG 250 kW / 315 deg to SoAs Hindi
2100-2200 on  9410 SEY 250 kW / 265 deg to ESAf English
2200-2300 on  5885 MEY 100 kW / 330 deg to WeAf English

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sabato 29 dicembre 2012

Beacon IQ2MI 501,3khz

Pour tous les fans de cartes QSL et d'écoute, le balise de la IQ2MI 501,3 khz ferme émissions sur la fréquence assignée 31 Décembre 2012 à 23.00 GMT, pour passer la nouvelle année sur la bande WARC attribué 472khz-479khz. Par conséquent, ceux qui veulent envoyer des rapports et de recevoir la QSL envoyer le rapport à: info@arimi.it
tous les rapports sera confirmée avec une carte QSL

Hola,
for all fans of QSL cards and listening, the beacon of IQ2MI 501.3 khz stop emissions on the assigned frequency 31 December 2012 at 23.00 GMT, to spend the new year on the WARC band 472khz-479khz assigned. Therefore, those who want to send reports and receive the QSL send the report to: info@arimi.it
All reports will be confirmed with a QSL card

Hola ,
a tutti gli appassionati di QSL e ascolto, il beacon IQ2MI su 501,3khz chiude le trasmissioni sulla frequenza assegnata il 31 dicembre 2012 alle 23,00utc, per passare col nuovo anno sulla banda assegnata WARC 472khz-479khz. Pertanto chi volesse inviare i report e ricevere la QSL inviare rapporto a : info@arimi.it
tutti rapporti saranno confermati con carta QSL

Happy New Year   2013-Bonne Année 2013-Buon anno 2013-Feliz Año Nuevo 2013
Frohes Neues Jahr 2013-Gott Nytt År 2013
IQ2MI 600mt group ARI Milano

73 Ik2GFT
Mauro

Glenn Hauser logs December 29, 2012

** CHINA [and non]. 17495, Dec 29 at 0040, music and non-standard Chinese, lite fading and lite echo. Aoki shows it`s CRI in Cantonese, 0000-0057, 500 kW, 193 degrees from Beijing site, to be followed by Amoy from 0100.

17645, Dec 29 at 0041, different Chinese than 17495, and with more fading. Only listed is VOA Std Chinese via Tinang, PHILIPPINES during this hour only; and then found // 15385 from same. 17645 has additional QRM, weak music under, maybe Firedrake. The main 17645 and 15385 signals heard here are more likely to be CNR1 jamming than VOA (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) 

** CHINA. Firedrake Dec 29 before 0100, searched for after hearing CRI on 17495:
16920, poor at 0043
16600, very good at 0043
15970, very good at 0044
14400, poor at 0048 with flutter
13850, good at 0050
12870, fair at 0050
12370, poor at 0050
12320, fair at 0051; none in the 11s, 10s, 17s or 18s
(Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CROATIA [non]. 7375, Dec 29 at 0300 I make a point of listening to `Croatia Today`, which will be removed from SW as of January 1. Reception via Nauen, GERMANY is not very good, poor signal with fading. The news items are punxuated by stingers between them, ending at 0309.5 and into weather; 0310.5 repeat top stories; 0311 here it is: the announcement that Voice of Croatiai will no longer be on SW, with best regards, so keep listening on MW, satellite, internet. Then recitation of full schedule including satellite particulars; 0313 into music. So now we have only two or three more nights to hear Croatia on SW, with English also at 2315 when aimed only to S America.

Instead of 8 hours a day to the Americas, why not give us, say, one hour a day via a transmitter we can hear reliably, like WHRI, including the 5-15 minutes in English – or just the English which a lot more Americans understand than Croatian, saving a bunch in transmission costs. But no, it`s all-or-nothing, following the model of too many other defunct SW broadcasters.

Aoki would have us believe that at 0300 there are three x 100 kW transmitters running, at 240, 255 and 325 degrees, but HFCC shows only two, at 255 and 315 degrees. And since HRT moved from Wertachtal in A-12 to Nauen in B-12, it seems reception has generally degraded; both with 100 kW, but being further south and west, Wertachtal has a propagational advantage to N America, and probably better antennas (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA. 11750, Dec 29 at 0052, RHC music is here // 11760 like in the mornings, the only time 11750 is supposed to be on air per own schedule, 13-16 UT:
``América Central 11750/9810 25/31 13-16/22-06 UTC``
Maybe here by mistake instead of 9810, which I did not think to check?

I did check elsewhere on 25m at 0052; found RHC on 11680 but not 11840 to S America, so 11750 could just as well be a mistake for 11840.

9511-9512, Dec 29 at 1312, the distorted spurblob from RHC is peaking around here, out of the 9540 transmitter (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** IRAN [non]. 9990, Dec 29 at 1345, R. Farda ID in passing, poor signal. This is 250 kW, 315 degrees from Iranawila, SRI LANKA, at 1300-1430, assuming the curtain antenna wind damage two months ago has not changed that; following 9990 via Kuwait at 0930-1300, per HFCC (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** KOREA NORTH [and non]. 4557, Dec 29 at 1250, Juche jamming noise against V. of the People, which was hardly audible, but also on 4558 something sending K over and over in CW, a rather pointless message unless it`s a marker/beacon. Also CODAR QRM (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** KOREA NORTH [non]. 5985, Sat Dec 29 at 1401, Shiokaze, fair in Korean, from JSR Tokyo, lite het from Myanmar on hi side. Ron Howard says this week the Friday 1330-1430 broadcast was not in English, but in Korean, and jamming continues on ex-6135 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** MEXICO [and non]. 540, Dec 29 at 0614 UT, ho hum, another night, and as soon as I tune in, hear ID for ``La Ranchera de Paquimé``, i.e. 5 kW XETX in Nuevo Casas Grandes, Chihuahua, also 90.5 FM. No doubt IDs are frequent making this not so strange. And again, when I null it, no XEWA SLP to be heard, but instead ``CBK`` Watrous in English as quickly confirmed by // ``CBW`` 990 Winnipeg (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** MEXICO. Ch A2 NTSC, Dec 29 at 0106 UT tune-in, Es opening is in progress, heavy CCI from the south; one surges for a moment, with net-7 bug in UR, during boxing? This is one of those frustrating openings where no signal is clear in the mess. 6m ham maps show most of their contacts are across south-central USA, centered over AR/LA, little from Mexico. Brief glimpse of algo video on ch A4 too.

At 0126, MUF is up to A3 with algo, and shortly also A5 with algo.

0130, ch 2 mentions Tamaulipas, boosting my expectation that net-7 is most likely XHTAU Tampico. Audio from this is dominant, and it`s too loud, overmodulated verging on distortion; another peak at 0154 during novela from net-7. Weak opening continues past 0230 UT (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** MYANMAR. 7110, Dec 29 at 1304, no signal from Thazin Radio, nor for the last few days, when it had normally been audible weakly. Ron Howard, California reports they have been off since Dec 25, altho occasionally a carrier lately, testing? Victor Goonetilleke, Sri Lanka, found 7110 back in the local mornings around 0100 Dec 29 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** RUSSIA [and non]. 5930, Dec 29 at 1259, R. Rossii, Pet/Kam with choral music, Handel? Stops at 1300 for no announcement or timesignal, carrier off at 1300:50*. No CW marker from 8GAL or 2MTL either. // 5940 from Magadan also stopped, and the latter immediately taken over by R. Australia whose carrier overlapped earlier (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SOMALILAND. 7120, Dec 29 at 1304 JBA carrier, and as usual much better to fair level by 1350 with pop music not especially HOA; 1357 announcement, 1357.5-1359.5* usual NA which starts with 4-notes-up, 4-notes-down, 4-notes-up, 4-notes-down (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SPAIN [and non]. 9630, Dec 29 at 0056, REE DRM is not blasting in as usual via COSTA RICA, this being the only Spanish broadcast supposedly remaining to NAm at 00-02. In fact tho there is some noise around the frequency, am not sure the DRM is on the air at all. REE direct on 9620 & better 9535 AM provide good signals.

17595, Sat Dec 29 at 1428, REE is back with VG signal from Noblejas which is missing on weekdays, and apparently aimed at NAm rather than SAm. But it`s in French!! African music and talk about history of Zimbabwe. Maybe it`s a co-produxion with a station in France as heard previously, except REE supposedly blew off anything but own originated shows. I kept expecting some Castilian to be mixed in, but stays only in French, 1445 on to Chinese music; and at 1455 into Chinese lesson presented in French!

Oh, oh, this isn`t REE at all, but they must be relaying CRI by mistake, and it`s not // 21610. 1500 two pips, and ID as Radio Chine Internationale, into informations, but by 1503 it`s finally REE in Spanish, as someone woke up and switched to proper input. Now it`s // 21610, but strangely, 21610 is echoing slightly behind 17595 tho both are surely Noblejas; different feed routings? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A [and non]. WORLD OF RADIO 1649 monitoring: confirmed on Area 51 via WBCQ 5110v-CUSB, UT Saturday Dec 29 ending by 0258, so must have started about a minute earlier than 0230. 5110 is weaker than usual tonight, but also on webcast.

Next: UT Sunday 0500 on WTWW-1, 5830.
Sunday 0900, 1630, Monday 0530, Tuesday 1200 on WRMI 9955.

This week/next year, Hamburger Lokalradio has a special broadcast Wednesday January 2 including WOR at 0630 and 1630 on 7265. However, Noel Green reports that 7265 is blocked by CRI at 1630 just like 6190 was. How about picking frequencies without China, if they can find any? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 850, Dec 29 at 1332 UT, mass in English with voice-over translations to Spanish, in KOA null. No doubt KJON Carrollton TX (Dallas market), and sounds just like what`s on WEWN 11550 during this hour. The Guadalupe station is affiliated with EWTN, but can`t find any affiliate list for Spanish at EWTN website, just SW stuff, while there is an AM & FM affiliate list in English (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 900, Dec 29 at 1340 UT, nostalgia music, ``Crazy``, ``Happy Face``, N/S, no doubt from KSGL Wichita, which at least on weekdays presents gospel huxters in the mornings, and more on Sundays. Program schedule is obviously incomplete, with nothing shown before 8 am CT Saturdays,
http://www.ksgl.com/5.html
so perhaps defaults to more `Music You Remember` elsewhen. Daytime power boost to 250 watts from 28 at night should occur at 1330 UT in December, but 1345 in January; and it`s denied any PSRA because of XEW (which is no longer a dominant signal even at night) (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A [and non]. 1000, Dec 29 at 0622 UT, preacher in English in KTOK OKC null; or rather, I have to null this to hear KTOK. No doubt it`s KKIM in Albuquerque NM again, 10 kW non-direxional day pattern rather than 38 watts at night! Making heavy slow SAH of 77/minute = 1.3 Hz. Or rather it seems to be a Christian-counseling show than straight preaching, ``be obedient to the Word`` (which is risky considering The Word was written by mere humans with wild imaginations a bimillenium ago, then further flawed by faulty translations). Also when positioned to hear KKIM, some weaker Mexican music, likely XEFV Juárez, which when KKIM is behaving itself, occupies the KTOK null by itself (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 1010, Dec 29 at 0628 UT, since I had heard CFAC 960 thru local KGWA earlier in the hour, checked here for ``CBR``, but dominated by Bible story in English, consecutively translated into Spanish, looping E/W, a sure sign of KXXT in Tolleson AZ (Phx market), as previously IDed, and no doubt also on day power of 15 kW rather than 250 watts night (Glenn Hauser, Enid OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** ZAMBIA. 13590, Dec 29 at 1506, no signal detectable from CVC 1Africa. They have announced that SW broadcasts will be terminated after Dec 31, but wonder if they are already off? Scheduled all the way from 06 to 22 UT, this 100 kW, 315 degrees from Lusaka for Nigeria, carries right on across North America unless a low MUF blox it. Another check Dec 29 at 1839: still nothing but CODAR. If we have to lose SW stations, let them be gospel huxters dedicated to depriving third-world citizens of their original religions. The transmitter could be employed for something more useful, like an unbiased news service, or classical music (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. Trans-Pacific 9-kHz carrier search Dec 29 at 1323+: 702, 738, 747, 774, 828, 1566. 738 was briefly strongest, and more westerly than NW, as weaker 702 may also have been. Standard suppositions are that 702 is Australia, 738 Tahiti; 747, 774 and 828 the big NHK stations in Japan; and 1566 Korea South FEBC. These are all routine on the west coast, but it`s a major morning if we ever pull any audio from them here in deep North America (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. 2910, Dec 29 at 0559 UT, looking again for that presumed third harmonic of 970: JBA carrier. I leave the receiver tuned here to check again whenever I awaken --- which is 1226. Once again it`s the morning M&W chat show. Very poor signal, and all I can copy are ``la jota``, ``estado del tiempo``, ``colonia``. Today there is a lot more SSB QRM on the hi side, diminished a bit by listening in LSB mode. And 2910 is fading by 1234, too weak at 1240. Need to listen from before 1200, and theoretically should also be audible in evenings.

From yesterday I`m quite sure it`s a Mexican, prime suspect XEVT in Villahermosa, Tabasco. But are there any 970 stations which might be called ``La Jota``? Yes, XEJ in Juárez, but that`s on UT -7 while I was definitely hearing UT -6 timechex. There are two other Mexicans with a J in their 4-letter calls. Still not enough info. Of course there could be two harmonix on 2970, one being from XEJ, but the chances of that are remote.

Note, in yesterday`s report my first reference to a Colonia mentioned should have read ``Salinas``, not ``Sabinas``. Also I meant to mention that at one point Dec 28 I compared 2910 to 970, but the fundamental was just a mishmash of signals, also bothered by ACI from local 960 KGWA (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. 4417, Dec 29 at 0031, mystery carrier is here, but no modulation detectable. I am beginning to wonder if what I heard yesterday was cross-modulation, i.e. imposed on the carrier by overload in the receiver from some other strong signal, like WWCR 4840. If that happen again, must look for //. Still audible at 0559 Dec 29; and at 1245, S9+10 and lite fading, but no modulation.

EiBi lists one thing on 4417:
``4417 0000-2400 I Romaradio IAR I SEu r``, i.e. maritime station. Since no mode is mentioned, should we assume it`s voice on USB rather than AM? EiBi mixes in lots of utility stations with the broadcasters, but not necessarily exhaustively. Italy source would account for hearing it here around 00 and 06, but not 13 UT.

In the meantime I searched for other logs of 4417. There are several in NZ DX Times, including the latest issue, Dec 2012:

``4417 0430 NZ Bluff Fisherman's Co-op with wx; reas. signal 3/12 JW
Jonathan Wood, Mosgiel - FRG 7 and random longwire`` Mode not stated; could it be AM? No, per previous NZ logs:

``4417 0530 Bluff fisherman's radio USB weather for the area fair signal 10/6 ABD
4417 0745 FAR NORTH RADIO USB weather reports for next three days s/off 0748 with ID and frequency. Vessel called in and reported heading into the Kaipara by the morning Fair to good 12/6 ABD
Arthur De Maine Kakanui Drake R-8 and Icom R70 and a 25m EWE``
(June 2012 NZ DX Times)

An NZ source could account for the hours I hear it around 06 and 13, but not 00. I had previously logged it in 2012:

``UNIDENTIFIED. 4417, Nov 10 at 0021, fair and steady open carrier, wonder what? Probably North American ute, too strong for a South American broadcaster (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)``

And so had Chuck Bolland, Florida, a biyear ago:

``UNIDENTIFIED. 4417, have a weak signal at 0040. Don't know if this is a broadcast or a utility? Can hear a male in occasional comments.
Language unknown and comments are not steady (Chuck Bolland, Clewiston
FL, 26N 081W, WR-G31DDC, DX LISTENING DIGEST 11-02)``

Date lost, but would be early January 2011, or late December 2010. So someone else heard some modulation too. A long-standing mystery (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. 4900, Dec 29 at 1255, repetitive cadences in oriental language on AM, suspect numbers, Chinese or Korean. One frequent syllable was ``hà``, i.e. with descending tone. Nothing at all on 4900 in HFCC or EiBi, but surely Aoki will have it: No, just non-existent Ecuador and Guinea. So maybe something new (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED [and non]. 9420-9430v, Dec 29 at 1309, the wandering banshee blob is moving slowly upward, but cuts off the air at 1310, uncovering FEBC English/Chinese sermon on 9430. First time I have heard it cut off at a certain point. Then not found elsewhere in the 9.3-9.5 MHz range. Also had not heard it for a few days (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

venerdì 28 dicembre 2012

Glenn Hauser logs December 28, 2012

** CROATIA. 3985, Dec 28 at 0556, poor signal with song about one word ahead of // 7375 via Germany, i.e. Voice of Croatia, which is about to self-destruct (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA. 5855-AM, Dec 28 at 0545, spy numbers, very strong signal equivalent to the big RHC transmitters, and probably shared with them: YL with only 5 digits in Spanish, 05607, then switch to digital noises; a minute later one more different 5-digit group, back to digital. I bet Arnie never refers to these ``digital tests`` (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA. 5025, Dec 28 at 0557, R. Rebelde talk audio with continuous breakup, unlistenable; recheck 0614 for a moment OK, then music is breaking up too. It`s incredible the Cubans just can`t get their acts together from studio to transmitter (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SARAWAK [non]. 15325, Dec 28 at 1259, JBA carrier as I am checking out the one-day test by IRRS to SE Asia at 13-14 that Ron Norton had told us about yesterday. Not rechecked until 1331, and now it has come up to a fair signal with music, sad song; 1334 talk in presumed Iban, mentioning ``Radio Kenyalang`` twice, ``Radio Free Kenyalang`` once, and berita (news); 1334 back to music. Has some deep fades. Presumed ROMANIA site tho never to be acknowledged by IRRS. Compared it to known RRI 15170 signal which was no better at 1300, but at 1331, 15325 was really a bit stronger, which doesn`t make sense since 15170 is aimed USward, 300 kW at 290 degrees from Galbeni, while 15325 is presumably the usual 300 kW from Tiganeshti aimed toward Sarawak.

Tudor Vedeanu inside Romania at Gura Humorului reports a good signal.

Kai Ludwig says, ``Tuned in shortly after 1350: Boaaar, it was booming into Germany at a local-like level, making one suspect that Tiganeshti churned it out on a 307 degree curtain by mistake. Asian music, then in noticeably poorer audio quality the promised closure announcement in American-sounding English, with RRI interval signal from the other transmitters bleeding in (ooops). Then similarly degraded Aïda fragment until the carrier had been cut.``

Wolfgang Büschel was also monitoring 15325 in Germany and with remote receivers. He`s 99% sure it`s via Tiganeshti. It was 30 over 9 in England and Italy; 10 over 9 in Moscow with some echo; heavy echo closer to Romania, backscatter; S8 in Australia where it`s the middle of the night; inaudible in northern Japan (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** TURKEY. Voice of Turkey sent two very nice items by p-mail, without comment but apparently my prizes for correct answer to a Question of the Month: a small zippered pouch/purse, about 4 x 6 inches, with stunning fabric design including TSR Voice of Turkey
www.trt-world.com on one side, different design with no logo on the other side. Golden threads really glitter, not done justice in these scans, nor the richer color of the red. Enlarge for a close look at the fine weave:
http://www.w4uvh.net/TRTpouch1.jpg
http://www.w4uvh.net/TRTpouch2.jpg
This belongs in a museum case, not in my pocket!

Also, a 3.5 x 3.5 inch coaster (?) illustrating Cappadocia, where churches were carved into rock faces but some of them look like human faces, à la Rushmore. Overlaying it is a grid of smaller squares, which reflect incident light in such a way that the light appears to hover above the picture, but it`s hardly 3-D. Closer inspexion, looks like circular diffraxion gratings, but no rainbow effects. Not sure what the reason for that is. In the scan you can barely see some of the patterns in the sky, but not the 16 points of light they reflect:
http://www.w4uvh.net/TRTCap.jpg

Has a thick, black non-magnetic backing. Thank you, VOT! The items were mailed 19.11 and received 27.12. They certainly encourage me to listen even more to VOT SW broadcasts. I previously won a different cap with TRT logo, as in for my head (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A [non]. 5890, Dec 28 at 1257 I hear some `Star Spangled Banner` but it`s just part of it as background music to VOA Korean, via TINIAN. Standard rant about lack of respect for our national anthem, also exemplified by WINB which talks over it, and no other US SW stations, public or private, ever known to play it (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. WORLD OF RADIO 1649 monitoring: second airing confirmed UT Friday Dec 28 at 0431 on WWRB 3195, but 5050 was off the air again --- you never know from one week to the next. This followed a respectful 34-second pause after Pastor Larry Cain of Anderson SC exclaimed ``amen & amen!``. Once a hum starts up in the dead air, it`s a good sign that WOR playback is about to start.

Next: UT Saturday 0230v on Area 51 via WBCQ 5110v-CUSB.
Saturday 0630 AND 1630 on Hamburger Lokalradio 7265 (not 6190)
Saturday 0900, 1600, 1830, Sunday 0900, 1630, Monday 0530, Tuesday 1200, maybe Thursday 0430 on WRMI 9955
UT Sunday 0500 on WTWW 5830
Saturday 1830 on WRN via SiriusXM 120
(Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 750, Dec 28 at 1321 UT, M&W conversing in Ukrainian, which means 15 kW daytimer WNDZ in Portage IN (Chicago market), which I seem to log one morning per season, previously Oct 26, 2010, and Oct 18, 2011, so I just barely made it this year. Latest official sunrises are in Dec and Jan at 1315, so just came up, from PSRA of 500 watts, which starts at 1230 in Dec, 1245 in Jan (not as early as 1200 except in March before DST starts, for some odd reason, as there is no ``limiting station`` these months, not even WSB). Ukrainian is also a Manitoba language, but no 750s there (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 880, Dec 28 at 1316 UT, local talkshow finally getting out phone number after fumbles as 501-492-5576, which means Arkansas, and website
http://www.wethepeople.com Says he`s on Friday mornings only, without delays so no profanity, please. Is also E/W in null of KRVN so it`s 50 kW KLRG, Sheridan AR, now with own show instead of WTAN network. Re my observation yesterday of dead air/open carrier presumably from this, may have been due to widespread lingering power outages in AR following last week`s winter storm. But if you can`t get the programming to the transmitter, why keep burning kW at the site? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** VATICAN [and non]. 7250, Dec 28 at 0623, VR direct is still not on the air, unlike previous nights on air earlier than scheduled with Albanian.

7305, Dec 28 at 1119, big open carrier, with some hum, atop something in Chinese. Must be Greenville B already warming up for one of only two token broadcasts to the Americas left from Vatican Radio. No IS, but 1130 ``Laudetur Iesus Christus`` and into morning Spanish, naming a bunch of announcers and staff, then starting off with saint and martyr info for the date. Why don`t other stations honour martyrs??

The Chinese is CNR1, 37 degrees from Shijiazhuang 723 site per Aoki, which means it`s also aimed eventually at the Americas. Surely VR could have found a clearer 7 MHz frequency, but hey, it matches the same one used via Greenville at 0200-0245, so why not? Maybe no retuning necessary if idle in between (Glenn Hauser, OK DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. Trans-Pacific carrier search performed Dec 28 at 1322-1329 UT after first finding one on 747, stepping the DX-398 in USB with slightly offset BFO producing a low pitch to be recognized at 9 kHz intervals not too covered by NAm signals, found all these: 585, 594, 603, 693, 702, 738, 747, 774, 828, 873, 972, 1053, 1278, 1287, 1314, 1323, 1332, 1566. Today`s Enid sunrise will be 1342, only two minutes from the latest of the year next week (Glenn Hauser, Enid OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. 2910, Dec 28 at 1137, couldn`t sleep so gave up and turned on the radio, to find what must be a third harmonic of something on 970. Some music but never a complete song, mostly talk in Spanish; very weak but with BFO on to help, I devote my full attention to pulling something out of it. 1145 mentions ``de la salud``; 1153 improving slightly but still very tough copy against the QRN and QSB. 1200 mentions diciembre, but no Mexican NA which raises my hope it is beyond there in C America (or just USA). 1201 signal surges some more, during brief guitar and vocal music; occasional adjacent SSB QRM but otherwise clear frequency. 1203, clear timecheck as ``6 de la mañana con 2 minutos``, so it`s somewhere in the UT -6:01 zone, hi. At 1211 I compare it to North Korea which is much stronger on 2850.

At 1220 it`s fading up again with YL in Spanish, mentions ``Colonia Sabinas``(?), and a restaurante, phone numbers starting with 91-. 1226 callsign in passing sounds like XEDP, but last two letters could be any fonetically similar combination, i.e.: B, C, D, G, P, T, V. Mentions cumpleaños, birthday greetings being typical morning fare on local Mexistations. 1229 TC for 6:29.

I have two sets of headphones; so far I have been using one with boosted bass response, so I try the other one with less bass, more treble, but that means more noise overall, so back to the bass. Listening thru my stocking cap seems to help too in this extremely poor signal environment. 1241, SSB ACI again, and 2910 signal is weakening; by 1250 it`s a JBA carrier. This is still almost an hour before sunrise here, so indicates it`s in the eastern part of Mexico.

Later begins more research on above clues: First, the callsign. It so happens that the only phonetic match on 970 in IRCA and Cantú is:
970 XEVT VT + FM 104.1 Villahermosa, Tab. 10,000 5,000
IRCA shows 10/1 kW, but agrees station slogan is simply ``VT``. So does WRTH 2013 but power as 10/5.

Colonia? Finally found a list of them for Villahermosa, 180 of them with postal codes
http://www.guiapv.com/codigos_postales/index.php?t=bcid&sk=4&skt=Q2VudHJv&eid=27
and there is no Salinas, but maybe this is what I heard:
``Sabina Centro Tabasco 86153``

It seems there is a Colonia Salinas in Zacatecas where there is also a 970 station, but that rules out its callsign: XEZAZ which also has a ballad/romantic music format, no fit. Can`t get anywhere looking for typical phone prefixes in either city.

As a DX resource we need a master list of colonias for all of Mexico (and beyond), but it would be monstrous if there are as many as 180 in a relatively small city like Villahermosa.

If I am ever awake again during these hours, must pursue 2910 further, but I hope others will too and get a definite ID (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. 4110, Dec 28 at 1246 UT, I make a point of looking for WGOH in Grayson KY, 3 x 1370 which Harold Frodge has heard in MI in the evening. 1245 is when they should start 5 kW non-direxional day power in December and January; until 2215 in Dec, 2230 in Jan. But all I get now is a JBA carrier, and SSB ACI. Nothing at earlier check 1218 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. 4417, Dec 28 at 0549, very poor signal with talk in AM by one voice, occasionally another. Too weak to make out language, and does not sound like marine or aero weather, but conversation. Still going past 0600. A broadcaster? None listed here, but Radio Eco, Bolivia has been on 4409 or 4410 and could have varied (and also on all-night maybe for holidays?). Next check since I am unavoidably awake at 1110, reads S9+10 but just barely modulated, still at 1129; however, recheck at 1246, a carrier is still there, too late for Bolivia. Could be some other closer Latin American. This of course does not work out as a MW harmonic, unless the fundamental is way off frequency. Nor as a leapfrog or difference product between higher frequencies unless one of those too is not on a 5-kHz channel.

Klingenfuss 2002 book shows 4417 is/was channel 421 for SSB coast stations, QSX 4125, but doesn`t name any. Searching the UDXF yg, info not quite so old mentions IAR in Roma and Walvis Bay, Namibia on 4417; and US Navy Composite Warfare Net, but it`s unlikely these utes would be on AM instead of SSB (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

Log Roberto Pavanello

 1143  3/12 17.57 COPE - Reus Catalano ID e pubblicità locale suff.
 4780  5/12 19.20 R. Gibuti - Arabo talk OM buono
 4835 14/12 20.20 VL8A - Alice Springs EE NX buono
 5910 16/12 00.30 R. Alcaravan - Puerto Lleras SS MX buono
 6030 14/12 17.15 R. Oromiya - Adama Oromo talk OM buono
 6070 16/12 00.30 CFRX - Toronto EE NX suff.
 6240 16/12 10.00 R. Borderhunter -
 EE ID e MX buono
 6288 16/12 09.55 R. Scotland Int. -
EE ID e MX buono
 6305 16/12 09.45 R. Merlin -
ID e MX suff.
 7200  5/12 19.25 Sudan R. - Omdurmann Arabo talk OM buono
 9665  5/12 19.30 Voz Missionaria - Camboriù PP predica suff.
11765 14/12 20.25 R. Deus è Amor - Curitiba PP predica buono

Roberto Pavanello
Vercelli / Italia

Hamburger Lokalradio SW programs for the holiday season

Hamburger Lokalradio will broadcast another series of special SW programs for the holiday season. The station will use the
low-power transmitter in Goehren on 7265 and 6190 kHz.

Schedule for HLR New Year specials:

Saturday, December 29th 2012

0500 - 1000 UTC, 7265 kHz

0500 "HLR Radio Tropical" (music from Cuba plus reports in Spanish and Portuguese
0600 "New Letters on the Air" (English)
0630 "Glenn Hauser's World of Radio" (English)
0700 "HLR Swing Lady Carola Marwitz-Schramm" (music feature, German)
0800 "HLR Poetry" by Mascha Kalenko (German)
0900 Radio City - the station of the Cars (multilingual)

1000 - 1300 UTC, 6190 kHz

1000 "HLR Um Goethes Willen" (music and literature, German)
1100 "HLR Swing Lady Carola Marwitz-Schramm" (music feature, German)
1200 "HLR Poetry" by Mascha Kalenko (German)

1300 - 1700 UTC, 7265 kHz

1300 "HLR Swing Lady Carola Marwitz-Schramm" (music feature, German)
1400 Radio City - the station of the Cars (multilingual)
1500 "HLR Um Goethes Willen" (music and literature, German)
1600 "New Letters on the Air" (English)
1630 "Glenn Hauser's World of Radio" (English)

Monday, December 31st 2012

0500 - 1000 UTC, 7265 kHz

0500 "Focus" (containing reports from Deutsche Welle Radio, English)
0600 "Earth & Sky" (science and technology, English)
0700 "Deutschlandreise" (feature courtesy of DW Radio, German)
0800 "HLR Lalelu" (a capella music from Hamburg, German)
0900 "HLR Herzschlag" (love stories, German)

1000 - 1300 UTC, 6190 kHz

1000 "Literatur Club" (featuring A. Stoltenberg, German)
1100  "HLR Lalelu" (a capella music from Hamburg, German)
1200 "HLR Herzschlag" (love stories, German)

Tuesday, January 1st 2013

0500 - 1000 UTC, 7265 kHz

0500 "HLR Radio Tropical" (music from Brazil plus reports in Spanish and Portuguese)
0600 "Radio Books" (courtesy Huis de Buren, English)
0700 "HLR Radio Nostalgie" (featuring Leguana Cuban Boys, German)
0800 "HLR Special - Auxiliary tools for severely disabled people" (German)
0900 "HLR Greek Songs" (German/Greek)

1000 - 1300 UTC, 6190 kHz

1000 "HLR Wir pfeifen nicht nach Ihrer Tanze" (German)
1100 "HLR Greek Songs" (German/Greek)
1200 "HLR Radio Nostalgie" (featuring Leguana Cuban Boys, German)

1300 - 1700 UTC, 7265 kHz

1300 "HLR Radio Nostalgie" (featuring Leguana Cuban Boys, German)
1400 "HLR Greek Songs" (German/Greek)
1500 "HLR Wir pfeifen nicht nach Ihrer Tanze" (German)
1600 "HLR Special - Auxiliary tools for severely disabled people" (German)

Wednesday, January 2nd 2013

0500 - 1000 UTC, 7265 kHz

0500 "HLR Radio Tropical" (music from Latin America plus reports in Spanish and Portuguese)
0600 "New Letters on the Air" (English)
0630 "Glenn Hauser's World of Radio" (English)
0700 "HLR Kultur pur" (German)
0800 "HLR Schwarz auf weiss" (literature, German)
0900 "HLR Technikmagazin" (German)

1000 - 1300 UTC, 6190 kHz

1000 "HLR Schwarz auf weiss" (literature, German)
1100 "HLR Kultur pur" (German)
1200 "HLR Technikmagazin" (German)

1300 - 1700 UTC, 7265 kHz

1300 "HLR Kultur pur" (German)
1400 "HLR Schwarz auf weiss" (literature, German)
1500 "HLR Radio Tropical" (music from Latin America plus reports in Spanish and Portuguese)
1600 "New Letters on the Air" (English)
1630 "Glenn Hauser's World of Radio" (English)

Hamburger Lokalradio welcomes reception reports and will QSL all correct reports. Return postage is highly appreciated. Address: Hamburger Lokalradio, Kulturzentrum LOLA, Lohbruegger Landstrasse 8, 21031 Hamburg, Germany; E-mail:redaktion@hamburger-lokalradio.de

Log Roberto Pavanello

 1215 23/12 09.30 Absolute R. - London EE MX buono
 1278 23/12 14.10 France Bleu Alsace - Strasbourg FF ID locale  e MX buono
 1350 23/12 R. Orient - Nice Arabo talk OM suff.
 1395 22/12 05.00 R. Seagull - Harlinger EE ID e MX suff.
 1548 23/12 09.20 Gold - London EE MX oldies buono
 1602 23/12 09.25 R. Vitoria - SS NX suff.
 3330 22/12 04.50 CHU - Ottawa EE/FF ID e pip pip suff.
 6297 23/12 09.45 R. Nachpiraat - EE ID MX buono
 6325 23/12 10.00 R. Quintus -
EE ID MX buono            
10000 19/12 19.30 Mix di Italcable e Obs. Nac. - Viareggio/Rio de Janeiro IT/PP ID pip e MX orribile!!
11735 19/12 19.15 R. Tanzania - Zanzibar Swahili MX afro buono
11780 19/12 19.25 R. Nac. de Amazonia - Brasilia PP NX buono
11925 19/12 19.35 R. Bandeirantes - Sao Paulo PP NX buono
15190 19/12 19.20 R. Inconfidencia - Belo Horizonte PP MX  buono


Roberto Pavanello
Vercelli / Italia

Glenn Hauser logs December 26-28, 2012

** CHINA. Firedrake Dec 27:
7550, poor at 1354 with het on hi side, like happens on 15 MHz vs V. of Tibet via Tajikistan. Aoki does not show any on 7550+ but on 7550-:
7542 at 1342-1400, 7547 at 1300-1342, which may well have shifted.
7390, poor at 1354 mixing with something intermittently in English, presumably language lesson during VOA Cantonese via Tinang, PHILIPPINES (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CROATIA [and non]. 7375, Dec 27 at 0556, checking V. of Croatia via Nauen, GERMANY, as time is running out. Usual lot of pop vocal music; another song starts at 0559, only to be faded out a few sex before 0600 for a sign-off announcement, concluding with only three widely-spaced time pips, then transmitter off. At mid-winter, even this frequency is subject to fade-outs, above the MUF, but fair tonight.

Time running out? I don`t mean just tonight, I mean forever. Horacio Nigro had just forwarded news from Leonardo Nicolás Emmanuel Reiman, Salta, Argentina, on Facebook wall, "Historias de Radio", with a YouTube recording of their Spanish broadcast announcing that SW broadcasts would be terminated as of January 1.

Then I also found an announcement about that on their website with SW and satellite schedules, in Croatian, saying the same thing as translated. This applies not only to the Germany and Singapore relays, but also to their own transmitter inside Croatia on 7370 day and 3985 night:

``From the first January 2013, this program will no longer be broadcast on shortwave. You'll still be able to find us on the medium wave in Europe and on the satellite and the Internet for the whole world. Funds which have hitherto been used to service the transmission on short wave will be used to offer diverse content of this program, including the launch of multimedia content.``

MW refers to 600 kW on 1134 kHz, but which is off the air after 00 UT. Don`t you believe the VOACAP propagation coverage map for it which is really theoretical for something at 2.0 MHz! So yet another SW broadcaster cuts its own throat, expecting to retain an audience on satellite and internet. The MW does make it to North America occasionally for the DXer, but hardly the ordinary listener.

Meanwhile we can still hear the daily English broadcasts at 2315 and 0300 UT on 7375 and 3985, plus a few at other times: 07, 11, 17, 1905 (Glenn Hauser, OK, WORLD OF RADIO 1649, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** GREECE. 7475, Dec 27 at 0614, ERT with similar song playing to one on 9420, but not //, so R. Filia is back tonight on 7475. You never know from one night to the next whether these will be // or not during the 06-07 hour (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** GUAM. 5765-USB, Dec 27 at 1348, AFN ending fashion segment from ``Today on NBC``, which probably lost something without the video; just at the edge of OTH radar pulsing peaking 5805. I took it as an Xmas gift when first reheard Dec 25, but Bob Wilkner was hearing it again by Dec 21, and Ron Howard by Dec 22, after having been off most of December, the first two sesquiweeks (Glenn Hauser, OK, WORLD OF RADIO 1649, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** JAPAN. 11910, Dec 27 at 2221, Japanese I had not noticed before but since it is // 11665 and synchronized, both are NHK direct from Yamata, at 290 and 235 degrees respectively, far off from their Asian targets here, but respectable signals, especially 11665 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** KOREA NORTH [non]. 5985, Dec 27 at 1346, Shiokaze is back here, in Japanese with typical sad piano music, ex-6135, in periodic frequency shuffle, which Ron Howard says occurred Dec 26, and I still logged it on 6135, Dec 25. Now it`s making the usual het with off-frequency Myanmar. Expect English on Friday at 1330-1430 (Glenn Hauser, OK, WORLD OF RADIO 1649, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** MEXICO. Channel A2 NTSC, Dec 27 at 2358 UT, signal fades in from south, with net-5 bug in upper right; seems dubbed reality show including someone in a bear suit; also with zero-beat CCI, only weak signal but at 0003 UT Dec 28, MUF ascends briefly to ch A3 video, not // so at least we know this is not XHBQ Zacatecas. Nothing more until another ch 2 fade-in at 0107 UT. Only weak signals in fitful winter Es opening. 6m ham Es maps show most contacts are over mid-America, centered over Missouri (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 9625, 9660-9735, 10100-10125, and 10300-10340, approx. range of modulation spike spurs but peaking around 9705, from WTWW-3, 9905 transmitter, Dec 26 at 2136 check. Now they are worse than ever.

George McClintock continued to work on the problem and thanks us and some other monitors for help with this. By Dec 27 at 1920 he thought he had solved the problem and called us for another monitoring check. Yes, 9905 came on with music, but no spurs! Nor at some later chex.

He explained it something like this if I copied it correctly: It seems the neutralization capacitor needed adjustment once the fundamental frequency changed from previous 9990. Maybe it was corroded. The screen current was also wiggling. The neutralization circuit takes RF and feeds it back to the input to be canceled, to keep the amplifier from oscillating. But the amp went into self-oscillation with the RF at plus/minus 200 kHz or so.

Some other stations have exhibited a similar problem from time to time, so perhaps they should take this into account. It`s satisfying to have helped a station solve such a problem, unlike others which do nothing even when informed (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. WORLD OF RADIO 1649 monitoring: produxion finished just in time for first airing, confirmed, on WTWW 9479, Thursday Dec 27 at 2200. Now the ``new frequency 5830`` announcement has been removed, but the TOH legal ID has resumed firing *after* WOR starts, covering up part of our intro. Otherwise intact, unlike last week when 9479 was partly off the air. Further WOR opportunities:

UT Fri 0430v on WWRB 3195 and 5050
UT Sat 0230v on Area 51 via WBCQ 5110v-CUSB
Sat 0630 on HLR 7265, 1630 on 6190
Sat 0900, 1600, 1830; Sun 0900, 1630; Mon 0530; Tue 1200 on WRMI 9955
UT Sun 0500 on WTWW 5830
Sat 1830 on WRN via SiriusXM 120 (Glenn Hauser, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** VATICAN. 7250, once again Dec 27 at 0619, VR is on the air early with IS, 0620 Albanian, which is not supposed to be on SW any more. Poor signal tonight, and may have been on considerably before 0619 in ``Scandinavian`` but not yet noticed. Then checked 3975 and 6075, but they were not on yet before 0630 mass. 9645 probably not either, or not propagating (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

Ascolti AM Luca Botto Fiora

Ascolti AM (orari UTC)

Segnale / Signal
IN - Insufficiente / Poor
SF - Sufficiente / Fair
BN - Buono / Good
MB - Molto buono / Very good


Mercoledì 26 dicembre 2012
08.33 - 6245,4 CWR CRAZY WAVE R. - GG, IDs OM. BN
08.39 - 6305 Techno DJ live 90s in italiano! R. MALAYSI? MB!
Indicazione apparsa sul blog di Achim's FRD ma ad un orario più avanti.

***

Giovedì 27 dicembre 2012
07.03 - 4915 pres. RD MACAPA' (B), PP, tk OMs. SF-IN
07.04 - 4885 R. CLUBE DO PARA' (B) - come essere a Belem! MB!!!
10.04 - 9680 RRI JAKARTA (INS), NXS OM. SF-IN

***

Venerdì 28 dicembre 2012
Già di mattina si potevano osservare delle anomalie propagative:
11.24 - 9595 R. NIKKEI 1 (J), tk YL e mx classica. SF-IN
12.28 - 7490 Rock non stop. Test europirata? SF-IN
Anche da qui si capiva che continuavano le anomalie della propagazione:
12.46 - 6400 KCBS (Corea N.), musica locale. SF-IN
Cioè, si sentiva tipo la Corea del Nord prima delle 14 italiane su una frequenza così bassa, poi con l'imbrunire andava via???
-
14.12 - 6215 Dopo un po' di mx non stop faceva s/off. Europirata? SF
16.26 - 6535 Oldies pop e annunci OM in EE. Altra europirata. SF-IN
Cos'è successo su 6535? Dopo una manciata di minuti il segnale si è dileguato nel nulla e, con esso, buona parte di quelli in 49 metri si sono attenuati e/o arrivavano con evanescenze molto veloci. Per esempio, Galei Zahal 6885 a tratti quasi come spenta.
Con il DX Toolbox, alle 17.26 ho guardato i grafici del NOAA: sembrano linee tirate con un righello. Non sarà mica stata una quiete...*prima* della tempesta???
-
16.45 - 5025 kHz
Intervista YLs in inglese.
Poteva essere ABC VL8K (Australia)?
Su 2485 sembrava non esserci niente. Ma forse c'era il // con 4835. Per curiosità ho controllato anche 4910, ma capire era difficile per la presenza di AIR Jaipur.
Segnale sufficiente-insufficiente

***

Luca Botto Fiora
QTH G.C. 09E13 - 44N21
Rapallo (Genova) - Italia

***

Rack 1 (LW-MW-SW)
RICEVITORI
R7 Drake
VR5000DSP Yaesu
PL-660 Tecsun
-
ANTENNE
1) Da 70 kHz a 2 MHz:
Loop in ferrite di 75 cm ACA modificata per LW-VLF
Preamplificatore RF K0LR-WA1ION autocostruito (escludibile)
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2) Da 2 a 5-6 MHz:
Loop magnetico interno tipo KR1ST 150x100 cm su finestra
Preamplificatore RF kit LX1456 NE (escludibile)
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3) Da 5-6 a 30 MHz:
Dipolo aperto esterno 21 m
Balun 1:32 su toroide FT-140/43 ACA
Eliminatore di QRM MFJ 1026 modificato W8JI (escludibile)

-
ACCESSORI
Splitters 0-1000 MHz a 2 vie GBC

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Rack 2 (LW-MW)
RICEVITORE
E5 Etón
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ANTENNE
Loop in ferrite di 75 cm ACA

***

REGISTRATORI
Digitali Sony
ICD-B500 (R7)
ICD-BX112 (VR5000DSP - E5)
ICD-BX800 (PL-660)
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Musicassette
TRC-1149 Sanyo (R7)

***

SOFTWARE (Mac OSX)
Audacity 2.0.2 (acquisizione-conversione audio)
DXToolbox 4.1.1 demo (propagazione)
EarthDesk 6.0.2 demo (scrivania-orologio mondiale)
HourWorld 3.4.3 demo (orologio mondiale)
Multimode 6.3 demo Black Cat Systems (UTEs)
TimePalette 6.1 demo (orologio mondiale)

giovedì 27 dicembre 2012

IRRS-Shortwave test on Dec. 28 on 15325 kHz to SE Asia

We will be running a 1 hr test tomorrow, Friday, Dec. 28, 2012, to SE Asia according to the following schedule:

Frequency: 15325 kHz
Power: 300 kW
Date: Friday Dec 28, 2012
Time: 13:00-14:00 UTC
Target: South East Asia

The audio will be in local languages with sign-on and sign-off IDs in English.

If you are in the target area we welcome your reception reports for this broadcast, and we will confirm with our new QSL card. Please send your reports by email to:
reports@nexus.org

Thank you and Happy holidays!

73, Ron
--
Ron Norton                       NEXUS-Int'l Broadcasting Association
email:
ron@nexus.org          http://www.nexus.org

Ascolti AM Luca Botto Fiora

Ascolti AM (orari UTC)

Segnale / Signal
IN - Insufficiente / Poor
SF - Sufficiente / Fair
BN - Buono / Good
MB - Molto buono / Very good

Domenica 23 dicembre 2012
08.13 - 12257 kHz
WRI WRECKIN' R. INT.
EE, jingles e oldies 50s.
Segnale buono-sufficiente
Mai sentita così bene!
-
08.15 - 11980 kHz
R. DNIPROVSKA HVYLYA (UKR)
Ucraino, parlato OM/YL.
Segnale sufficiente-insufficiente
Solo sabato e domenica.
-
08.22 - 9635 kHz
RD MALIENNE - Kati
FF o Vernacolo, parlato OM.
Solita modulazione debole.
Segnale sufficiente
QRM DRM 9630
-
08.24 - 9595 kHz
tent. R. NIKKEI 1 (J)
Canzone pop YL.
Segnale insufficiente
-
09.10 - 6145 kHz
Intermodulazione XVRB 6045.
-
09.13 - 5995 kHz
Intermodulazione KBC 6095.
-
10.25 - 9480 kHz
R. GLORIA INT. - Göhren (D)
EE, Joe Cocker & IDs OM.
Segnale buono
-
10.43 - 9430 FEBC (PHL), Mandarino, tk YL. SF-IN
10.45 - 9470 PBS XINJIANG (CHN), Kazako, tk OM. SF-IN
10.47 - 9560 PBS XINJIANG (CHN), Uighur, teatro. SF-IN
10.49 - 9745 VO HAN (TWN), Canzone OM. SF-BN
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Incredibili i segnali pomeridiani dall'America!
15.33 - 15000 tent. WWV - Boulder-CO (USA), t/s+OM-PC. SF-IN
15.36 - 15034USB TRENTON VOLMET (CAN), EE, wx OM-PC. SF-IN
15.40 - 15320 R. VERITAS ASIA (PHL), Tagalog, tk OM/YL. BN-SF
15.42 - 15340 R. HABANA CUBA, SS, mx classica locale. BN-SF
15.47 - 14670USB CHU - Ottawa (CAN), t/s+OM-PC. SF-IN
15.51 - 11735 ZANZIBAR BC (TZN), Musica afropop. MB!
15.53 - 11860 R. HABANA CUBA in // a 15340. BN-SF!
Anche sui 31 metri!!!
15.59 - 10051USB GANDER VOLMET (CAN), ID OM-PC. SF!
16.03 - 9840 WHR - Cypress Creek (USA), EE, tk YL. BN-SF!
16.13 - 9705 JAMMING WHITE NOISE in // a 7175.
16.14 - 7120 R. HARGAYSA (SOM), Musica locale. SF-IN
16.18 - 6215 R. BLUE STAR, IDs+musica rock. SF-IN
-
Alle 16.30, su 6207 c'era CAROLINE RAINBOW, poi qualche invidiosa si è piazzata a poca distanza creando battimento. Così ad un certo punto si è spostata su 6299,8 e dopo un po' ha riacceso l'invidiosa - senza modulazione - su 6302v. Tutto, poi, è sparito.

***

Lunedì 24 dicembre 2012
Ho provato le euro MW diurne, ma poco o niente.
08.13 - 549 R. KOPER (SLO), Lucio Dalla. SF
08.28 - 1278 RF ALSACE (F), Musica classica francese. BN
08.31 - 1548 GOLD (G), Pubblicità OM/YL. SF
-
08.47 - 7265 HAMBURGER LOKALRADIO (D), tk OM. BN-SF
08.51 - 11765 SRDA - Curitiba (B), PP, sermone OM. SF-IN
08.52 - 11565 DOMO I VITI - Cypress Creek (USA), Fijian, tk OM. BN-SF
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19.29 - 5000 BPM (CHN), IDs CW e YL. BN-SF
19.30 - 4976 UGANDA BC, EE, tk YL e ID OM. BN-SF
19.33 - 4949,7 RN DE ANGOLA, PP, tk OM. SF
19.35 - 4835 ABC - Alice Springs (AUS), EE, Merry XMas OM! MB!
19.36 - 4780 R. DJIBOUTI, tk YL e musica HoA. MB!
19.43 - 2485 ABC - Katherine (AUS), tel. OMs. SF-IN
19.47 - 3480 VO THE PEOPLE, tk YL + QSO HAMs. BN!

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Martedì, 25 dicembre 2012
06.03 - 5000 WWV - Boulder-CO (USA), t/s+IDs OM-PC. BN
06.09 - 4026 LASER HOT HITS, EE, tk OM. SF-IN
06.15 - 6125 R. HABANA CUBA, EE, Modulazione molto bassa. SF
06.19 - 7230 tent. CHANNEL AFRICA (AFS), EE, nxs OM/YL. SF-IN
06.22 - 9505 SUDAN R. - Canzone pop locale. SF-IN
06.27 - 6180 RN DA AMAZONIA (B), PP, mx classica a tk OM. BN-SF
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09.03 - 7265 HLR - Göhren (D), Old jazz. SF-IN
Fino alle 09.00 da me europirata natalizie...zero!
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FIREDRAKE
(tutte con segnale BN-SF)
08.49 - 16600
08.50 - 16100
08.55 - 15900
08.56 - 14750
08.57 - 13970
08.59 - 12800+12670+12320
Dopo le 09.00 erano tutte spente.
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09.30-10.30 Europirata tutte UNIDs:
6395 - 6260 (s/off @ 10.00) - 6240
Certi Natali...anche 15-20 stazioni!!!

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Luca Botto Fiora
QTH G.C. 09E13 - 44N21
Rapallo (Genova) - Italia

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Rack 1 (LW-MW-SW)
RICEVITORI
R7 Drake
VR5000DSP Yaesu
PL-660 Tecsun
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ANTENNE
1) Da 70 kHz a 2 MHz:
Loop in ferrite di 75 cm ACA modificata per LW-VLF
Preamplificatore RF K0LR-WA1ION autocostruito (escludibile)
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2) Da 2 a 5-6 MHz:
Loop magnetico interno tipo KR1ST 150x100 cm su finestra
Preamplificatore RF kit LX1456 NE (escludibile)
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3) Da 5-6 a 30 MHz:
Dipolo aperto esterno 21 m
Balun 1:32 su toroide FT-140/43 ACA
Eliminatore di QRM MFJ 1026 modificato W8JI (escludibile)


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ACCESSORI
Splitters 0-1000 MHz a 2 vie GBC

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Rack 2 (LW-MW)
RICEVITORE
E5 Etón
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ANTENNE
Loop in ferrite di 75 cm ACA

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REGISTRATORI
Digitali Sony
ICD-B500 (R7)
ICD-BX112 (VR5000DSP - E5)
ICD-BX800 (PL-660)
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Musicassette
TRC-1149 Sanyo (R7)

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SOFTWARE (Mac OSX)
Audacity 2.0.2 (acquisizione-conversione audio)
DXToolbox 4.1.1 demo (propagazione)
EarthDesk 6.0.2 demo (scrivania-orologio mondiale)
HourWorld 3.4.3 demo (orologio mondiale)
Multimode 6.3 demo Black Cat Systems (UTEs)
TimePalette 6.1 demo (orologio mondiale)

mercoledì 26 dicembre 2012

Glenn Hauser logs December 25-26, 2012

** CHINA [and non]. 7390, Dec 26 at 1435, Firedrake vs something in Chinese, i.e. VOA Cantonese via Philippines.

9315, Dec 26 at 1436, humbuzz jamming and I think Firedrake is in there too, against VOA Mandarin via Tinian (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** GERMANY. 7265, Dec 26 at 0653 check, nothing from Hamburger Lokalradio, when WORLD OF RADIO was scheduled to air on another of their extra broadcasts on Wednesday at 0630. I hope it was audible around Europe (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** GREECE. 7475 // 9420, Dec 25 at 0611, ERT sounds like a rather unOrthodox Catholic mass, which fits since Orthodox Xmas is not until January 6. But this means that the Radio Filia separate service during this hour on 7475 has disappeared, due to Xmas? Same situation 24 hours later, Dec 26 at 0606, the two // but now sounding more Orthodox (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** JAPAN [non]. 17735, Dec 26 at 1527, fair signal with hymn on piano, 1529 Japanese announcement with echo, 1531 another hymn tune. Is this a gospel huxter? No, NHK scheduled 15-17, 250 kW, 152 degrees via FRANCE. Is Tunisia still on 17735 from 1600? If so there must be a one-hour collision (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** KURDISTAN [non]. 11510, Dec 26 at 1420-1433, Denge Kurdistan with vocal music more lo-key than usual. This is around the peak time for it, always dropping off after 1500, presumably via PRIDNESTROVYE. I am wondering if we are getting this long-path, as there isn`t much else from Europe on 25m at this time (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** MEXICO. 540, Dec 26 at 0627 UT tune-in, once again ID without even trying from La Ranchera de Paquimé, Chihuahua, also mentioning FM 90.7, and XETX is dominating the frequency; where`s XEWA? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** NETHERLANDS [non]. 21600, Dec 26 at 1459, strong carrier is on soon enough that The Mighty KBC sign-on at 1500 is not upcut today. Names 7 DJs to be heard during the hour, 8 minutes each; usual rock music of the 60s. At 1532, The Emperor Rosko is signing off. 1537 ad for CB radios for European truckers. Very good until 1559*. It`s the last of this series of special broadcasts to North America, but I expect there will be more. A lot better here via Wertachtal, GERMANY, than the weekly 00-02 UT Sunday via Bulgaria on 9450 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** OKLAHOMA. 1120, Dec 26 at 0623 UT, KMOX has a 3 Hz SAH from KEOR open carrier, daytimer in Sperry which has been transmitting nonstop for weeks, with Mexican music, sometimes also modulating at night, never with any announcements, let alone IDs. Still hearing it in the daytime too without KMOX (Glenn Hauser, Enid, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** OKLAHOMA. 1170, Dec 26 at 1410 UT as I tune by KFAQ, talkhost is apologizing for ``signal less than desired in the past hour, but OK now``. Was not listening then, but it was also ``less than desired`` 24 hours earlier as I reported (Glenn Hauser, Enid, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SAINT HELENA. The final broadcast of Radio Saint Helena, 1548 kHz, was to be 18-24 UT Dec 25, to be replaced in January by a different station called SHBC. There were hopes that RSH could be webcast on this sad occasion, or even SW broadcast, but neither occurred. The SHBC webcast produced only its own 7+ minute daily newscast on demand, as checked several times during those hours, instead of the hoped-for RSH relay, with a pre-produced special to have included greetings and farewells solicited from DXers who used to hear their SW specials. Maybe that will be availablized eventually archived online? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** TURKEY. 9700, Dec 26 at 0650, fair signal, Turkish service from TRT signing off with IS playing continuously without the pauses heard on foreign language services, and furthermore, announcer talking over it. On piano-like keyboard, and I`m not positive it is the same version heard elsewhen, but still no variations. It runs 26 notes with three at the end, until 0658*. I am thinking that the usual version has four at the end; need to reconfirm (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 9705, Dec 25 at 2219 and 2309, modulation spike spurs from WTWW-2, 9905 are still centered around here in a spread of 70 kHz or so, QRMing many other stations. Since the WTWW-3 transmitter is not in use on 12105, why not substitute it on 9905 for the time being and suspend the problem until it can be fixed? But it seems only listeners at a distance are hearing the spikes (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 880, Dec 26 at 1348 UT, in the E-W null of N-S KRVN NE, not KLRG AR or KHAC NM as usually heard, but something in Spanish. Ads for St. Charles, and then for Granite City, Illinois, all by super-hype voice actors, a tactic which repels rather than attracts me, unlike most consumer targets??

Anyhow this is obviously per NRC AM Log, WIJR in Highland IL, (St Louis market), on 1700 watt day power; night and day patterns are both aimed southwest, but I don`t recall hearing this before. I do remember when it was WCBW, but it`s been WIJR since 08/15/2006. Less confusion with WCBS (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 1000, Dec 26 at 1357 UT, ``KKIM family weather`` jingle, local forecasts including hi of 50 in Albuquerque, ``New Mexico`s Christian heritage station``. Different slogan than listed ``Christian talk radio``. No problem with KTOK OKC nulled, 1 Hz away. Dec ABQ LSR is not until 1400, but they are obviously already on 10 kW non-direxional day power, rather than 38 watts night or even worse PSRA of 12.2 watts. Hey, aren`t Christians supposed to be ethical and law-abiding? Not when it impedes God`s Work! (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 1010, Dec 26 at 1404 UT, ABC News ending, then ``1010 KSIR News`` by YL named Jamie Monticelli (sp?); clear in null of other stuff, led presumably by KXEN. KSIR is in Fort Morgan CO, COL Brush. Official sunrise in Dec & Jan is not until 1415 UT, but likely already on 25 kW day power; night power is only 280 watts, and nothing about a PSRA. Same pattern day and night with major lobes at 85 and 250 degrees, but not a null towards us to the southeast (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** VATICAN. 7250, Dec 26 at 0617, Vatican Radio has again turned on a transmitter much earlier than scheduled, as I hear Swedish, 0618 wrapping up with ID, ``Laudetur Iesus Christus``, 0619 IS, 0620 ``LIC`` and opening Albanian with ``Ju Flet Vatikan`` --- neither of which is supposed to be on SW any more at all. A few minutes earlier 7250 was not no the air so did not start at 0600 when Swedish began. And by 0620 the other ones, 3975, 6075 and 9645 are not yet on before scheduled 0630 Latin mass with multilingual introduxion. At 0652 check, 3975 is in well, but no 6075 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

martedì 25 dicembre 2012

Glenn Hauser logs December 24-25, 2012

** CUBA. 9780, Dec 24 at 2258, FMy humblob, strong enough to recognize distorted modulation as RHC matching 9710, so a spur from that, apparently. 9710 itself has heavy QRM from WTWW-2 spikespurs, see USA; unfortunately that interference is not deliberate, unlike the jamming the Cuban commies impose on other US stations.

6060, Dec 25 at 0606, RHC is in wrong language, Spanish instead of English which survives on the others: 5040, 6010, 6125, 6165. Did not check tonight before 0600 whether English was again on wrong frequencies 6120 and 9810 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** FINLAND [non]. 11690, Dec 25 at 0441, something in French, i.e. R. Okapi via SOUTH AFRICA at 04-05. Was checking for Scandinavian Weekend Radio as scheduled Xmas eve/day on 11690 at 2200-0800. I would hardly expect to hear this 100 watt station under the best of conditions, but it`s a bit counterproductive everywhere to use the same frequency as 250,000 watts from South Africa! // 6170 until 06 is no better, with RHC on 6165 and Vietnam/WHRI on 6175. Okapi is off at 0503, still nothing audible from SWR on 11690.

For several years, SWR has had two frequencies each on 49 and 25m, 5980, 6170, 11690, 11720, which face other collisions. They really need more frequency flexibility to be successful, and why not? There are plenty of open spots if chosen carefully, or do they consider themselves lucky to have been licensed for the ones they have, don`t rock the boat? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** GERMANY. 7265, Dec 25 at 0501, no signal from Hamburger Lokalradio, special Xmas broadcast. I`ve yet to hear it at all, but these occasional early hours should be our best chance. Registered as 1 kW, 230 degrees from Göhren. A weak signal on 7270 was no problem, listed as 500 kW from Iran.

Further HLR specials are scheduled Wednesday, December 26th 2012 at 05-10 on 7265, 10-13 on 6190, 13-17 on 7265, including WORLD OF RADIO 1648 from last week at 0630 and 1330 on 7265 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** GERMANY. Checking for the NDR Xmas eve SW special --- ironically, it takes this for an official German station to appear on SW sites within Germany, as DW abandoned them years ago.

9850, Dec 24 at 2004, audible only on 9850, with poor signal. This is Wertachtal at 285 degrees to the N Atlantic, but still not far enough north for us. The other four frequencies at 19-21, 11720, 11840, 11965 and 13780 to other parts of the Atlantic & Indian Oceans are inaudible. MUF is simply not supporting even traces of offbeam signals. At 2015 check, fair signal on 9850 with a German song.

7335, Dec 24 at 2134, again poor signal in German from the same transmitter closest to USward but now 270 degrees. The other four at 21-23 are inaudible: 9490, 9650, 9735, 11655. I trust the German sailors enjoyed good reception, however (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** GUAM. 5765-USB, Dec 25 at 1349, AFN is back! A nice Xmas present, as had been AWOL for weeks and feared lost at sea. Segment on how to make Xmas candles, maybe NBC Today TV show audio. BTW we have a lite dusting of snow and snow-static on the lower bands, but the brunt of the storm is tracking south of Enid across OKC (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** GUIANA FRENCH. 11740, Dec 25 at 0524, NHK English relay with usual very good signal, and no spurs tonight. So RNZI 11725 listeners breathe a sigh of relief. One can never conclude GUF spurs are permanently fixed, as they come back unpredictably (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** INDIA. 7550, Monday Dec 24 at 2135, AIR GOS is wrapping up mailbag `Faithfully Yours` with Xmas greetings so maybe is not a rerun; then checked // 9445 and found it better, and // 11670 even better still, as they are going into a film music segment. Should have intuned at 2120! (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** JAPAN. 6135, Dec 25 at 1353, Chinese with piano music, so Shiokaze is still here; no het audible yet from Madagascar. Probably will QSY again around yearend (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** MEXICO. 540, Dec 25 at 0611 UT, convenient ID at tune in for ``La Ranchera de Paquimé``, i.e. XETX, 5 kW at Nuevo Casas Grandes, Chihuahua, as heard a few times before.

Is dominating frequency, making one wonder what has become of 150 kW XEWA San Luís Potosí? This non-direxional behemoth really isn`t getting out, so I suspect it`s on much reduced power or some other problem. I remember visiting their huge single tower many years ago with the spark gap at the base (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** MEXICO [and non]. 6185, Dec 24 at 2136 `Concierto de Aranjuez` on guitar and horns, with fast SAH. Can`t see how it could be anything other than XEPPM on the air much earlier than usual, perhaps for Xmas eve only, mixing with the only thing in HFCC on 6185 at this hour, CRI Arabic via Albania. Radio Educación is typically off-frequency like this causing the SAH with whatever else (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** MEXICO. Channel A2 NTSC, Dec 25 at 0027 UT, sporadic E signal fades in with someone holding a hand-printed sign saying ``Texas Loves Y`all``, but I am not going to assume it`s XHRIO on the border; then ``Primer/Impacto`` bug on two lines in lower left, same news show as seen in USA on Univisión. Audio doesn`t match, coming from some other station.

Another fade in an hour later at 0127 still has Primer Impacto bug, which originates with Televisa net-2, and the bug in upper right looks like tele/ver in two lines, i.e. Veracruz, XHFM. Wasted a lot of time trying to get program schedule at TeleVer website; and TV Guide listings for Veracruz are only for the cable system. On-air channels are converted to the 200s, and no match there either (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** MEXICO. Channel A2 NTSC, Dec 25 at 1820 UT, something fades in by sporadic E with antenna south, guy in black cowboy hat; then I can make out a circular bug in the UR containing +v which is Mas TV = XEWO in Guadalajara. Soon out and nothing more for 2+ hours (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** NETHERLANDS [non]. 21600, Dec 26 a few sex before 1500, strong carrier comes on but not in time for the beginning of The Mighty KBC special, joined in progress about a semiminute later. Announces frequencies as 9835 non-direxional 125 kW; to Canada, S America, USA, 21600 direxional with 250 kW; and to Asia and Australia 15470, direxional 250. Also this hour to be repeated at 16-17 in DRM on 9755 via Bulgaria on a curtain antenna with 100 kW. ``The Mighty KBC goes global``, several jingles. Checked 15470 and found it weaker but sufficient, an improvement over a biday ago.

1510, Ron O`Quinn segment from
rewindron@gmail.com. Seems several different DJs get brief segments on this show: 1520, ``Greatest Memories of All Time``, a ``miniature 8-minute show``, including at 1524 an ``archive commercial`` for 7-Up. Other commercials were genuine for KBC import products. 1533 Emperor Rosko; 1545 promo for DJ Bob`s 9-11 am CET show. Off at 1559*. One more of these specials is scheduled for Boxing Day. These DJs seem to favour rock music of the 60s, a rather limited speciality (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** OKLAHOMA. 930, Dec 25 at 1400 UT, WKY OKC is in dead air, allowing easy ID of KLUP (see USA). By 1416 has resumed modulation, but strange: Loop in English says ``Around the World`` over and over, and every minute there is a countdown in Spanish by a funny voice: 1417, ``comienza el show en 3 minutos``, then 2, then 1, then at 1420 a countdown by seconds from 10 to 1, ``La Indomable`` slogan and into Mexican music. Same thing was on 1020 Nebraska: see U S A (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** OKLAHOMA. 1020, Dec 25 at 1420 UT, KOKP Perry is in open carrier/dead air. This often happens but no doubt the holiday made it more likely. Facilitated hearing KMMQ, Nebraska, see U S A.

1580, Dec 25 at 1432 UT, KOKB Blackwell is in open carrier/dead air like sibling station KOKP 1020, facilitating audibility of some other US stations, q.v. (Glenn Hauser, Enid, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** OKLAHOMA. 1120, Dec 25 at 1452 UT, carrier is cutting off and on, could it be yet another big station with big problems, KMOX? Finally decide it`s just KEOR, as Spanish music is OK for a bit from its direxion; 1458 carrier breaking up less than before, but 1459 total breakup (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** OKLAHOMA. 1170, Dec 25 at 1429 UT, KFAQ Tulsa transmitter is extremely out of order, cutting on and off the air rapidly many times per second, maybe 20, causing total breakup of modulation too during Xmas carol, ``We Three Kings`` --- yes, it`s Mannheim Steamroller again with `An American Xmas` show as already heard on WIBW, KKOB and KFAB. Breakup continues during a flooring ad. Recheck at 1438 now KFAQ is OK (Glenn Hauser, Enid, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SPAIN [and non]. 9690, UT Tue Dec 25 at 0440, REE in weekly Sephardic to N America, usual VG signal direct, scheduled 0415-0445.

3350, Dec 25 at 0450, REE COSTA RICA relay is very out of order with constant crackle of audio dropouts; wiggle that patchcord!

5965, Dec 25 at 0608, the only REE CR frequency kept on after 0600 is in open carrier/dead air. Holidays always seem to provoke many more transmission errors than usual (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U K [non]. 17640 via CYPRUS, better than 17830 via ASCENSION, Dec 25 at 1505, BBCWS news by that deep-voiced Jamaican guy, 1506 into a year in review show on these African service frequencies. I was hoping to hear HM The Queen in 3-D, at a time which used to be traditional on Xmas day, but no such luck (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 9610-9730, Dec 24 at 2007, extremely distorted modulation spike spurs over this range from WTWW-2 9905, peaking roughly 9705; also a bit around 9625, and 10100-10120; Ted Randall is interviewing someone about Bible Worldwide, the service carried at limited times on WTWW-3, 12105 (which is not on at the moment). This is on the main receiver, FRG-7 with E-W longwire.

Then at 2011 I go outside onto the porch with the DX-398 and plug in its much shorter wire around the eaves: essentially the same deal, on a receiver with completely different circuitry: 9660-9705-9725, 10095-10120 --- the exact extent is constantly varying depending on the intensity of the signals; and also the fundamental is splashing from 9880 to 9930 or so, but not the same spikes as further out.   

At 2132 when Brother Scare is now on 9905, still the spur field 9660-9730, 10095-10120. And at 2140 still heavy circa 9705; and still at 2255, when RHC 9710 is suffering heavy interference, tsk2. Numerous weaker signals in the 9660-9730 range have no chance against this.

On Dec 25, I hear that WTWW is still working on locating the source of this problem (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 580, Dec 25 at 1409 UT, WIBW Topeka KS with ``Hark the Herald`` version by Mannheim Steamroller, then Chip Davis of that group with stories about Xmas traditions, such as how Xmas trees came to be lighted. Later during same hour, found same syndicated show on KKOB, KFAB, KFAQ, and had also heard it at local midnight on some other clear station I did not log. Includes national commercial breaks such as GEICO; causes talk stations to break format for the holiday. Not sure all of the music played was Steamroller`s (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 770, Dec 25 at 1405 UT ABC News ending with item on HM The Queen being in 3-D this year for her Message, NM and ABQ ads, i.e. KKOB, sufficient and steady having gone onto non-direxional day pattern at 1400. At 1413 recheck I find it`s playing `An American Xmas` show from Mannheim Steamroller as also on WIBW, KFAB, KFAQ (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 930, Dec 25 at 1400 UT, KLUP ID and news, San Antonio TX easily heard without even nulling WKY since the latter is in open carrier/dead air! Another Xmas screwup, see OKLAHOMA (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 1020, Dec 25 at 1419 UT, after hearing the funny-voice with countdown on WKY 930 OKC (see OKLAHOMA), surprised to hear the same thing on 1020 a few sex ahead, under the dead air from semi-local KOKP Perry OK, which I have come to recognize as from the SS station in Nebraska, KMMQ Plattsmouth (Omaha market). And after 1420 playing same music as WKY, so both are taking some satellite service, but ``La Indomable`` slogan must have been inserted at WKY only. NRC AM Log 2012 says the slogan of KMMQ is ``Ke Padre`` which seems rather strange and I have yet to hear (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 1110, Dec 25 at 1422 UT, KFAB Omaha NE with `An American Xmas` from Mannheim Steamroller, like WIBW and KKOB, but not // 770, considerably out of synch. Not sure if this is a one-hour program or longer. Was also on KFAQ 1170, see OKLAHOMA (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 1130, Dec 25 at 1423 UT, yet another station with open carrier/dead air for Xmas holiday, obviously nearby KLEY Wellington KS --- it`s amazing how many stations can`t trust their automation but do so anyway rather than having a real human being overseeing them on a holiday, if not everyday. Still so at 1457, but had come back for the news at 1500 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 1580, Dec 25 at 1432 UT, tnx to open carrier/dead air from KOKB Blackwell OK, no problem hearing ``Sports Hog 103.1``, along with SAH, i.e. KHGG Van Buren AR; but soon overtaken by ``Real Radio 1580``, i.e. KREL in Colorado, q.v. (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 1580, Dec 25 at 1433 UT, ``Realradio1580.com`` and another mention of Real Radio 1580, taking over from KHGG Arkansas, while nearest 1580, KOKB in OK continues in open carrier/dead air. This slogan is not in NRC AM Log 2012, but it`s appropriately used by KREL in Colorado Springs. Here`s a story about the re-branding last August:
http://www.coloradosprings.com/articles/cochell-16055-time-media.html
The URL above doesn`t work, nor with www ahead of it, but instead as in the article, http://www.krel1580.com/ Their talker schedule is skewed, what else? toward the far-right; unreal (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** VATICAN. 11615, Dec 24 at 2253, ``Adeste, Fideles``, then play-by-play in French of a mass, and PBXVI`s creaky voice soon heard trying to sing, oooh! This is during the live ``Midnite mass`` which was supposed to start at 21 UT instead, maybe about over by now, and presumed a special transmission by Vatican Radio, probably SMG site. Unfortunately, they delete special schedules as soon as they are over, but here`s what`s pending at the French site when checked Dec 25:
http://fr.radiovaticana.va/trasm_spec.asp

If one went by HFCC, one would have to conclude that 11615 at this hour would be YFR in Portuguese via Germany or Guiana French. I think not, after severe cutbax, and FR being anti-church (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. 4976, Dec 25 at 0433, het with 4975, and bits of audio on 4976, slightly stronger than 4975. Can it be R. Uganda? Sunrise at Kampala is 0347 UT, per gaisma.com and almost on the Equator it varies little during the year, no later than 0400. Both carriers still there tho somewhat weaker at 0500. Het note is B5 = 988 Hz and virtually zero-beat on my keyboard. The night before I was only hearing the 4975 carrier, Peru or Brasil? Eurafricans are hearing Uganda fine in their evenings, but is it really on the air in the mornings, and from what hour? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)