venerdì 31 maggio 2013

Glenn Hauser logs May 28-30, 2013

** AUSTRALIA. Date and time were omitted from previous report! 6132 & 6168 approx., May 28 at 1148, very distorted matching spurblobs, can`t tell language, but likely out of RHC 6150 midway between them --- NO, not // 9850, but instead // 9580, so it`s Shepparton which is out of order. RA fundamental 6150 sounds OK, atop QubaRM. In organizational shakeup, longtime RA personnel including Nigel Holmes are leaving as of June 7.

6150, May 30 at 1157, after absence May 29, R. Australia is back here mixing with RHC, and no spurs audible.

11665, May 30 at 1330, R. Australia Chinese is still here colliding with MALAYSIA. I advised Nigel Holmes of this and he says his RA successor, Gary Baxter will be handling it, moving to another 11 MHz channel (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** BANGLADESH. 15505, May 30 I am standing by early for the Bangladesh Betar carrier to cut on, which occurs at *1357:22, with tone test added at 1351:41. Then hum and interval signal start at 1357:56; but no timesignal heard, just opening announcement at 1359:32 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CHINA. Firedrake hunt, May 30 after 1230:
13795, the last known frequency, no more FD at 1234 but JBA signal talking, not CNR1 jamming either, so apparently R. Free Asia, Tibetan unscathed via Kuwait. Steve Handler has also noticed this missing, and we are wondering if there is any Firedrake left, anywhere?

CNR1 jamming mostly on ex-Firedrake channels:
11500, very poor at 1250, // 16100
11555, fair at 1251, with ACI from WEWN 11550 mass; 11555 is a new one on me, but Aoki shows CNR1 jamming at 11-13, despite no known target
11605 & 11640 also have the usual CNR1 jamming at 1251; also 11785, 11805, 11825
12370, fair at 1254, a reverb apart from 16100
13830, very poor at 1235
14700, JBA at 1235
16100, good at 1241
16360, poor at 1241; none in the 17s

After 1330:
11500, JBA at 1342; 11555 now off; still on 11605, 11640
13830, poor at 1341; none in the 12s
14700, fair at 1339
15550, poor at 1347 plus propeller noise; het on lo side
15560, poor at 1338, het on hi side
15565, poor at 1348, het on lo side while still on 15550: in this area, always vs V of Tibet offset channels via Tajikistan
16360, fair at 1334, now off 16100; none in the 17s, 18s, altho Kashgar good and flutterless in CRI English and French on 17560, 17630, 17650 (some people are still list-logging 17630 as Mali) (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) See also UNID 15870

** CUBA. 11845, May 30 at 1343, DentroCuban Jamming Command with pulses against nothing, a frequency not even used this season by R. Martí; yet, 11930 is clear with no jamming, a frequency R. Martí does use, but not this early (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** INDIA. 13695, May 30 at 1221, S Asian music, singing with drone; 1224 announcement, 1228 song, but cut off the air abruptly at 1232*. Aoki shows AIR, 500 kW, 108 degrees from Bengaluru, 1115-1215 Tamil, 1215-1245 Telugu, so it must have been a crash rather than sign-off (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** MEXICO. Channel A2, May 29 at 2124 UT, NTSC video fades in after monitoring snow for hours; sporadic E MUF has ascended. Ad for Danone (?), ``Salud es Belleza`` slogan; seems to peak SSE, so suspect XHY-TV Mérida, Yucatán. 2132 large graphic says TRI>>> / NOTICIAS, with kid voices audible. At 2141, report about HURACAN BARBARA, with weatherYL blocking part of the map/grafix with her body; all I can make out is OAXACA.

By the time the XHY-TV webcast boots up, I cannot get a match: it`s playing music videos. This was about when Babs made landfall over Oaxaca heading north, not a threat to Yucatán, but no doubt of interest thruout México. Nothing much further besides some video CCI up to channel 3 at 2140 UT. Our own OK storms to the south are causing lightning crashes, and I have to shoot thru them (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** PERU. 5980, May 30 at 0059 I am monitoring R. Chaski JBA carrier inside on the FRG-7 due to our storms, but briefly connecting the outside longwire. Cuts off at 0101:14*, four seconds later than yesterday, probably within margin of error closer to 5 seconds on average (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SOUTH AFRICA. 7285, May 30 at 0502 tune-in, Sonder Grense in English! But it`s only a clip during the Afrikaans newscast. May we safely assume that by now just about every Afrikaner also understands English? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** TUNISIA. 17735, May 30 at 0438, Arabic music with YL singer, poor-fair is propagating: must be IWT reactivated.

7275 at 0450 May 30, open carrier is already on, so I monitor both frequencies to see if they ever match. 7275 brings up modulation at 0456:43, just as 17735 quits and goes off the air. Anyhow this shows they do have two transmitters operational, but intend to modulate only one at a time; funding cut? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A [and non]. WORLD OF RADIO 1671: finished May 29 just before storms hit here, well in time for first airing on WRMI 9955, UT Thursday May 30 at 0330, unconfirmed. Next:

Thursday 2100.5 on WTWW-1 9479; UT Friday 0328v on WWRB 3195 (and/or 5050, we hope); UT Saturday 0130v on Area 51 via WBCQ 5110v-CUSB; Saturday 0630 & 1430 on HLR Germany 7265-CUSB; Saturday 1500 on WRMI 9955; Saturday & Sunday 2330v on WTWW-2 9930; UT Sunday 0400.5 on WTWW-1 5830. Also any day at variable times 1800-2400 on WTWW-2 9930, 0000-0100 on 5085 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 5890, May 30 at 0229, I notice that WWCR-4 is transmitting double audio! Main program is apparently `Truth House` with Fulcher, as interrupted for program ID talkover, back to double audio, including buzz. Fulcher is as scheduled at 02-03 UT weeknights, no BS until 0300. At 0443 next check, Brother Scare is on, bothered by crosstalk at somewhat lower level. Is no one paying attention at the station? I check the other three WWCR frequencies, 3215, 4840 and 5935, and the crosstalk on 5890 from another talkshow in English does not match any of them. Maybe it`s from the fifth transmitter at 1300 WWCR Ave., WNQM 1300, or something totally extraneous chosen by the wacky computer and/or satellite receiver.

Next check at 1204 UT after the switch to 9980: *still* double audio from BS, and SRN `news` at equal level except BS shouts louder. Must have been that way all night! 1205 ad for vitamin/herbal supplement; 1207 Jack and Roberta start a medical advice show. Definitely not coming out this way from Walterboro as BS is solo on 9370 WWRB. Before next hourtop I hope to catch an ID for WNQM or something on the crosstalk. At 1259 talkshow with 1-855-79XX number keeps going a few seconds past 1300, and there may have been an ID including the letters ``BZ``, but too much QRM from BS. SRN News starts late. Next check 1329, the crosstalk is finally removed from 9980 leaving BS only; this no doubt correlates with someone arriving to work at WWCR and finally noticing the problem (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 12105, May 30 at 0232, surprised to hear assertive Chinese from WTWW-3 Bible service, with music. Off at next check 0434. Don`t think I`ve heard it in Chinese before, but I seldom check at this hour. Aoki shows going from Spanish to Portuguese at 0300. WTWW site at shows Spanish to Portuguese at 0200, and ChineseEnglish at 0800-1100, when I doubt it`s ever on the air. Anyhow, add another language to the goal of ten (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. 9580, May 30 at 0448, something is here causing a <1 kHz het to Médi Un, Morocco on usual 9579.1. Could it be GABON reactivated? Its schedule was to start at 0500; also in Aoki at this hour could be Riyadh via Jeddah, and Lhasa (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. 15870, May 30 at 1239, open carrier, good with slight hum; no ute noises except QRM from running-water briefly at 1241; still going at 1255 past 1300, when there is a brief burst of musical modulation and cut off the air. That reminded me of a VOA jingle, but probably not. Aoki shows 15870 as a 0.1 kW Sound of Hope nuisance transmitter at 2000-1500, so this was very likely a ChiCom jammer standing by for its victim to appear, but not needing to apply Firedrake or CNR1 audio today (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)