giovedì 9 maggio 2013

Glenn Hauser logs May 6-7, 2013

** ARGENTINA. 11711-, May 7 at 0059, after usual chex of 15820-LSB and 13363.55-LSB turned up no LTA, fair signal from RAE is here with news in Argentine Spanish, ``RAE noticias`` saying Japanese is coming up; 3+1 timesignal ending about a semisecond late at 0100, and into multi-lingual ID loop, ending with Arabic, and finally Japanese.

Arabic??? That`s no longer a RAE language for years, but they couldn`t bring themselves to edit it out? Nor was I expecting to hear Spanish at 0059, but must have reverted/defaulted during the break after the Portuguese hour on weeknights (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CHINA. After getting CRI Urumqi & Kashgar [see EAST TURKISTAN] on at least 5 frequencies on the 17 MHz band in the nightmiddle, time to look for some CNR1 if not Firedrake jammers which may or may not be from the same region, May 7 before 0530:

17170, poor at 0525 with flutter
16980, very poor at 0525
15785, poor at 0528 with flutter

Wolfgang Büschel points out that the ITU monitoring files pinpoint locations of such jammers, via DF bearings from Japan and Russia, if one wades thru these huge PDFs, the latest being 299 pages for the first quarter of 2013:
However, the first one I check, 17170 on page 280, has logs only for SOH itself from Taiwan; and no logs on 16980.

CNR1 jammers, May 7 before 1400:
11500, fair at 1340
12370, good at 1341; none in the 13s
14980, very good at 1344
15800, very good at 1344; none in the 16s
17170, poor at 1348; none in the 18s

** CUBA. 6100, May 6 at 0102 check, RHC Spanish is back on proper frequency after jumping to 6110 last night. And also on 6100 UT May 7 at 0056.

It`s always something wrong at RHC: 6125, May 7 at 0535, English marred by irregular noise bursts atop the modulation, which itself is OK. The other English frequencies are clear (except 6010 with its habitual squeal; and 11760 is off), but 6125 is still doing it at 0619, when I also can hear same on much weaker 6205, along with slightly echoing audio, i.e. mixture of 6125 and 6165 leapfrogging another 40 kHz higher.

11760, May 7 at 1303, this is now the squealing transmitter, along with heavy CCCCI, commies vs commies.

13800-13840, May 7 at 1341, the wall-of-noise jamming is bleeding at least out to here, while completely obliterating R. Martí on 13820 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** EAST TURKISTAN. 17820, May 7 at 0522, CRI German is the SSOB, better even that last night, // weaker 17720 which is about 2 seconds behind. 17820 is 308 degrees from Urumqi, 17720 is 308 from Kashgar. Then looked for other CRIs on 16m:

17540, May 7 at 0523, weaker CRI English with horse meat story // 17505: 17540 is 173 from Kashgar, 17505 is 289 from Kashgar.

One more on 17485, heavy flutter, talk, language uncertain, and music: HFCC shows CRI Arabic, 289 from Kashgar. There is now sufficient insolation over the north polar region, a sesquimonth from Solstice to support enough ionization for an 18 MHz MUF in our nightmiddle (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** MEXICO. 990, May 7 at 0604 UT, choral NA from SW or so, and anyway this midnite is an hour too late to be XET in the UT-5 zone. Likely XEER, Ciudad Cuauhtémoc, Chihuahua, in UT-6, tho there is another beyond it, XEHZ in La Paz BCS, way down there where they also set their clox the same in the summer as we do in the winter; XET soon resurged with music from south vs CBW (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** NEW ZEALAND. 9700, May 7 at 1256, RNZI is back here on Pacific antenna USward with good signal, after one day May 6 back on 9655 during this bihour on Timor antenna with inferior signal here. Item about it no longer being illegal in Samoa to impersonate a woman! As usual, rudely cut self off amid at 1258 for QSY to 6170. Does this dispensation apply only to human males, or other creatures? And how about females who are really females but give the impression that they are female impersonators? It`s been done (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** NIGERIA. 15120, May 7 at 0518, VON with sufficient signal, but some hum and scratchy modulation, news item from UN Radio about DR Congo; 0528 quick ``this day in history`` segment about events in 18XX, 1922, 1999, 2012 and 2012y, took only about a minute to conclude the news magazine (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** OKLAHOMA. 1120, May 6 at 1919 UT and rechecked about an hour later, KEOR Catoosa/Sperry/Tulsa is on the air again with nothing but praise music in Spanish. It`s beyond me how anyone could or would want to listen to this stuff hour after hour; requires a certain kind of insanity, and I bet no one at the station is listening to it either, as long as the automation is in charge.

This daytimer again definitely on at night, and not too embarrassed to proudly ID: May 7 at 0557 UT, PMS and 0559, ``La mejor música cristiana en KEOR, Radio Victoria, 1120 AM, Tulsa``. In KMOX almost- null, making SAH of 3.5 Hz (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** PERU. 5980, May 7 at 0055, R. Chaski carrier as usual, buried in the noise level but definitely there; and by 0104 enough signal to make out some talk modulation until a bit of music before chopped off the air at 0105:24*, six seconds later than last night (and no 5890 WWCR leapfrog over 5935 to confuse things this time; just lite pulse jamming against defunct VOA) (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SERBIA [non]. 9685, May 7 at 0054 check, IRS is still AWOL. I hear that their other frequencies have also been missing or sporadic (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** TIBET [non]. 15608, May 7 at 1310 very poor signal with some modulation, no doubt V. of Tibet via TAJIKISTAN, while the CNR1 jammer on 15610 is under WEWN (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** TUNISIA. 7275 & 7335, May 7 at 0622, IWT is still absent from SW, we hope not forever (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U K [non]. 7355, May 7 at 0621, BBCWS is sufficient from Ascension northeastward, in just expanded extra hour until 0700. Seems they are always doing news of some sort (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A [and non]. 15420-ISB, May 6 at 1910 check, WBCQ`s androgynous anapaestic preachperson from Fence Lake NM is colliding as usual with BBCWS on DSB. On the porch with the DX-398, which has separate USB and LSB tuning, I compare the two. Theoretically, WBCQ on USB + carrier should leave BBC in the clear on LSB, but altho there is less QRM on the LSB, there is still some WBCQ audible. It seems to me that the LSB of the WBCQ transmitter is not totally suppressed as would be expected.

How about the other transmitter on 9330? Altho there is no Syria audible to collide with, and WBCQ is much weaker in daytime absorption (and QRP?) here, I can also make out a weaker LSB component along with the dominant USB. Could it be the receiver`s fault? I don`t think so: tuning utility or ham or WJHR pure SSB (carriers totally suppressed), I don`t hear anything on the opposite sidebands. Back on 15420, there is also a rippling SAH as the carriers are considerably apart (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 13830, May 6 at 1916 check, WEWN`s third transmitter is back on the air after finding only two for several days whenever I checked. 13830 // 12050 in Spanish. and 15610 in English. 13830 is the one with squeal; 15610 the one with squishy spurs plus/minus 9, 18 and when extremely strong, 27 kHz away. Whenever one is off, I am hoping they are repairing it, but never.

Other missing frequencies are also back later: 11870 Spanish, May 7 at 0534; 12050, May 7 at 1306 so weak at first I thought it off, but then // much stronger 11550. By 1353, 12050 has resurged to good strength, plenty to audiblize its squeal (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 9930, May 6 at 1919, WTWW-2 is on this early, with C&W music, excellent signal. 5085, May 7 at 0058, a `QSO` show is playing (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)