domenica 26 maggio 2013

Glenn Hauser logs May 24-25, 2013

** AUSTRALIA. 21740, May 24 at 2214, ABC Classic FM via R. Australia, enjoyed while we could, in substitute for usual programming, something from Orfeu ed Euridice concluding, later Respighi. Seems this wake-up show plays only short pieces. Still classical at recheck 0055 a few minutes before closing when 19000 is also on.

Keith Perron explains, ``As we relay Radio Australia mornings and afternoons on our local FM relay in Taipei, I just discovered an email that came in from Radio Australia distribution saying there was a major electrical fault at the South Bank Studios and that all scheduled Radio Australia programming will be changed all day Saturday.

Nigel Holmes is retiring from Radio Australia. John Westland is also retiring from Radio Australia. In July a new program schedule will be coming out. The RA Transmissions department is being merged with ABC International [Television]``

Brace yourself for further shakeups in Radio Australia transmissions and programming! As in previous auto-reply, June 7 appears to be the effective date for the end of RA as its own station.

Before 2100, John Figliozzi complained, ``Hello? Isn't anybody minding the store at RA? I'm getting two feeds overlaid on one another --- Classic FM and Melbourne Local Radio -- on the RA Pacific stream and nothing on the RA Asia stream. Can't believe no one is charge of monitoring the output. Waiting for 21740 to sign on at 2100 to hear what's going out over HF.

``Here's the situation at 2120 UTC from my monitoring: On HF: 21740 and 15515 in parallel with a relay of ABC Classic FM. On Internet: Both RA Pacific stream and RA Asia stream with a clashing mix of ABC Classic FM and ABC Victoria (Local Radio)``

Anyhow it was only Classic on 21740 by the time I tuned in (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CHINA. Firedrake [non], CNR1 jamming May 25 circa 1330 with poor propagation:

None in the 17s, 16s, 15s
14750, poor at 1329, timesignal at 1330, another clew it`s NOT SOH
14700, very poor at 1329
13970, poor at 1330; none in the 12s

** KOREA SOUTH. 15575, Saturday May 25 at 1353 tune-in, KBS WR `Listeners Lounge` has already started the Indian DX Report, with news that 4760 & 7390 Port Blair transmitter has failed, but its schedule anyway --- just as outdated as the first item on WOR 1670, as Jose Jacob followed up that it returned the next day. Also some new 10 kW FM transmitters in several cities by Bangladesh Betar, until 1356.

Sorry, but I had a hard time understanding the guy, most of all the contact address he gave. Presumably Bharatians will not have any problem. After regional survey of listening conditions for KBS, asks for recordings (tapes, CDs or preferably E-mail) of KBS from many years ago for a documentary being prepared for their 60th anniversary. What? Don`t they have an archive of everything they ever broadcast?

Having broadcast all winter to NAm on 15575 at this hour with virtually no reception, now it`s pretty reliable, altho the modulation lacks punch. I wonder if they are still on the last known azimuth for this, 81 degrees really toward Hawaii and southern S America, or have they at least got an antenna now aimed USward? HFCC A-13 now has some KBS entries, but lacking this transmission on 15575! Just 00-04, 100 kW at 81 degrees, 16-22, 250 kW at 290 degrees (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** MEXICO. 660, UT Saturday May 25 at 0509, silly pelota game in Spanish loops WSW, and the audio from the stadium is somewhat overmodulated/distorted; 0516 break for PSA from Chihuahua`s Instituto Estatal Electoral, where it seems there will be an elexion on 7 July;  ad for Mariscos San Martín, jingle for 98.9 and back to béisbol, a rather late nite game, so it`s obviously XEACB, La Lupe, Ciudad Delicias, 1 kW at nite per IRCA. Also heard ``Camargo`` mentioned a couple times, presumably one of the teams from a nearby town (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** MEXICO. May 24 at 1705 UT, the 6m Es map shows opening over SW quadrant of USA, so time to aim at BCN and look for lowband analog TVDX, before Mexico turns everything into DTV:

According to:
Mexico Analog TV Shutdown Dates by City
Shutdown date for Tijuana is by April 16, 2013
Shutdown date for other 2013 is by November 26, 2013

The other 2013 cities for the latter date are: Mexicali, Juárez, Monterrey, Nuevo Laredo, Reynosa-Matamoros, i.e. the other major border cities, but the list is incomplete, not showing e.g. Nogales, Piedras Negras or Ensenada, where there has been a channel 2:

XHENT Azteca-7 50 kW ch 2 Ensenada, still in
but not on Danny`s map of logos
Altho this is not a complete map, just the ones for which he has local logos. Is Ensenada considered part of the Tijuana market, so already off? XHENT is still shown with net-7 on Bill Hepburn`s channel 2 map, which I hope he is keeping up to date:

At 1705 there are traces of NTSC video on channel 2, maybe XHENT.

Around 1730 a novela is making it on 2, but direxion is more like SW, not WSW. At 1752 CCI on 2, including a variety show with Gala TV bug in LR, Televisa also, i.e., former Galavisión. The Gala TV bug is now a large swirl, as on the logos page above. Also at 1758 with horoscope nonsense, Gala TV bug again in LR.

The channel 2 list at
shows the *only* Televisa 9 = Gala TV station is: ``Hermosillo, SO XHHMA-TV 30,000 Z H 29-04-29N 110-57-35W XLIC S:Televisa 9``

At 1800 on 2, another station audio mentions Sinaloa, so maybe XHI-TV in Los Mochis (not to be confused with the *other* XHI-TV in Ciudad Obregón, Sonora, which is related but not //, per Oglethorpe).

Channel 4 also shows occasional activity: at 1746 evil-penguin toon from net 5. 1758 again spotted net 5 bug in UR. There are lots of these all over the country, but the most likely in NW Mexico is:
``Mazatlan, SN XHMAF-TV 100,000 Z H 23-15-34N 106-23-11W XLIC S:Televisa 5`` But there are also net-5s on ch 4 in La Paz and Torreón.

At 1840, sudden burst of video on ch 2 says 417-4040 / TAXI EXPRESS, and some other phone numbers, full screen, large font --- English?? No, Googling leads right to Ciudad Obregón, Sonora, as in
``Cd. Obregon, SO XHI-TV 100,000 Z H 27-34-30N 109-56-27W XLIC S:Televisa local``

At 1850 I am finally getting a `bright` signal from WSW on channel 3, which is what I was expecting at the outset: still analog for another semiyear, XHBC Mexicali, since it`s running a PSA for TJE del Estado de Baja California, which once you get past Google and MS Word insistence that you must be typoing THE, means TRIBUNAL DE JUSTICIA ELECTORAL. A novela at 1855, maybe from same. After that the opening dies down, and I hope it stays down since I have to quit for now.

At least the short-spaced co-channel XHTJB in Tijuana, on same offset now must be gone --- or DT on 3? At
XHTJB is still listed on ch 3 with no UHF or other DTV replacement, but so is XETV on 6 past deadline (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** OKLAHOMA. 780, May 25 at 0506 UT, daytimer KSPI Stillwater open carrier is on again, making fast SAH with Pueblo and attenuated WBBM. KSPI had been behaving itself recently until now (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** PERU. 5980, May 25 at 0055, JBA carrier from R. Chaski vs hash, to cutoff at 0100:49*, 5 seconds later than last night (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** PERU [non]. 4835, May 25 at 0057-0058, can`t capture any signal from Quillabamba, despite open-carrier, dead air for a minute from 4840 WWCR (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SERBIA [non]. 9685, May 25 at 0056, IRS with English frequency announcement, website; good signal but heavy flutter. Not surprising, since WWV reported:
``Geophysical Alert Message
Solar-terrestrial indices for 24 May follow.
Solar flux 127 and estimated planetary A-index 20.
The estimated planetary K-index at 0000 UTC on 25 May was 4.
Space weather for the past 24 hours has been moderate.
Geomagnetic storms reaching the G1 level occurred.
Solar radiation storms reaching the S2 level occurred.
Space weather for the next 24 hours is predicted to be minor.
Geomagnetic storms reaching the G1 level are expected.
Solar radiation storms reaching the S1 level are expected.``

9665 VOR via PRIDNESTROVYE had similar flutter and usual weaker signal (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** TURKEY. 13635, May 25 at 1257 TRT IS is repeating without pauses, as typical of the Turkish language service; brief announcement and more until timesignal and cutoff at 1300*. This means the following frequency on same 310 degree antenna, 9840, must be a bit late coming up. Tip: IS should play *before* a frequency opens, not after one is closing.

Quite good reception: wish English on 15450 were as good. In fact, it`s not bad either, but not checked until 1314 with multi-lingual ID filler, Question of the Month, deadline May 31. I must have just missed the fortnightly DX Corner! (16m is just about dead, even Cuba JBA) (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. WORLD OF RADIO 1670 monitoring: special airing on WTWW-2 9930 started approx. 1852 UT Friday May 24, following hokey organ music, presumably `Unshackled`.

Confirmed on Area 51 via WBCQ webcast and presumably 5110v-CUSB, UT Saturday May 25 starting at 0133.

Confirmed on WRMI 9955, Saturday May 25 at 1520, just barely audible here altho no jamming.

Next: Sat & Sun 2328v on WTWW-2 9930; UT Sunday 0400.5 on WTWW-1 5830 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)