sabato 13 luglio 2013

Glenn Hauser logs July 12-13, 2013

** ARGENTINA. 11710.82, July 13 at 0108, RAE way off-frequency as always. BTW, the DX programs on UT Thu and Sat around the middle of the 02-03 English hour appear to have been dropped; if anyone hear one, please report. Continuing in the original Spanish, and German at least (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** AUSTRALIA [and non]. 9475, July 13 at 1259 I am hoping to hear R. Australia open its Chinese sesquihour, but blown away by WTWW-1 QSY from 5830 to 9479 coming up before 1300. So I try the PALAU relay instead on 9965. Yes, there`s RA in Chinese. This is significant because I have unconfirmed info that RA will be cancelling its Chinese service on July 22 (and Indonesian on July 30)! RA is clearly on the way out as a SW broadcaster. I suppose English will be the last to go (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** BOLIVIA. 4957.95, July 13 at 0053, tantalizing JBA carrier from suspected Rdif. Trópico. I wonder if anyone is hearing this better in the mornings.

4699.86, July 13 at 0057, very weak signal here, presumed R. San Miguel, Riberalta, which if on exactly 4700 would only be drifting there by chance; WRTH shows 4699. When I give a frequency to two decimal places the last figure must be considered approximate.

6134.72, July 13 at 0101, good signal from R. Santa Cruz seems a bit lower than usual but never on 6135.0 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CHINA. Firedrake jamming July 13 before 1300:
13795, poor at 1247

All the rest are CNR1 jammers instead:
11555, good at 1258
11605, very poor at 1258
11640, good at 1258 with CCI
12870, poor at 1247
13920, fair at 1247
14700, very poor at 1248 with hets
14980, good at 1250
15195, poor at 1252
15560, fair at 1252; none in the 16s, 17s

Before 1330 July 13:
14980, good at 1324
15115, good at 1321 but heavy CCI
15870, poor at 1321
15970, very poor at 1321

** CUBA [and non]. 12060, July 13 at 0110 weak broadcaster mixing with pulse jamming, i.e. VOR Spanish service via ARMENIA, with Cuban jamming second harmonic from 6030 against Martí. Way to go, Dentro-Cuban Jamming Command!

9810, July 13 at 0522, poor signal with music, whatzit? Soon pegged as RHC, Spanish announcement about música criolla. Trouble is, this frequency and all Spanish broadcasts are supposed to end at 0500. Wake up? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** FRANCE [non]. 17660, July 13 at 1256, French talking about football schedules, RFI ID in passing, F-G signal, in fact strongest on band, way above Cuba and Kashgar. HFCC shows RFI at 12-13 only is 250 kW, 342 degrees USward via SOUTH AFRICA. (French on 17660 after 14 is Saudi Arabia) (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** GOA. 9810, July 13 at 1235, S Asian songs, fair signal and separable from Cuban radio war on 9805. Listed as Panaji site of AIR in Telugu at 1215-1245; the same service I have been hearing via Bengaluru on 13695 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** GUAM. 5765-USB, July 13 at 1219, no AFN detectable; come to think of it, have not heard this in a few weeks, nor 13362-USB at 1241. Has anyone? We fear that one of these times the irregular signal will never come back, like other AFN sites have closed without notice, one after another (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** KOREA SOUTH. 15575, Saturday July 13 I am monitoring KBS World Radio`s `Listeners Lounge` to find out who is doing the DX report this week: Kevin O`Donovan in Farmington NM, at 1355:21 to 1358:27, a total of 3:06 minutes, and unusually it`s only about SW! English schedules for what`s left of RTI, and Cairo, but he skipped the 23 UT on 9965 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** MALAYSIA. 9835, July 13 at 1300 I am standing by to monitor the exact second of RTM`s 2-pip timesignal: ends 3.5 seconds late, less than yesterday. Can it depend on somebody punching a button rather than from an automatic accurate source? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** MEXICO. Sporadic E opening bringing in analog TVDX, July 12, all times UT:

2110 on 2, tune-in, Spanish in progress, something about NASA; antenna aimed south, but peaking more to SW; also algo on 4

2115 on 2, ad in Spanish but including English wording about cancer risk; 6m map shows all the Es is across the eastern USA only

2304 on 2, fade-in animation, letterboxed

2323 on 2, novela, Televisa net-2 star bug in UR; -2330 closing credit says `La Rosa de Guadalupe`, into another novela

2355 on 2, Gala-TV swirl bug in LR = Televisa net-9; mostly no audio with MUF below 59.75 MHz

UT July 13:

0000 on 2, Azteca net-7 animated logo; 0002, net-7 bug in UR during lucha libre --- or not? No masks, so maybe just plain pro wrestling. 0009 one of the goons brings a big stepladder into the ring

0036 on 5, algo making zero CCI with my persistent cable leakage

-- a break for usual SW monitoring session circa 0100 UT on the porch

0224, resuming TV DX monitoring, now with heavy CCI on 2 and 3, in Spanish, also something on 4

0226 on 4, audio says ``cada familia en Cuba``, but probably just something from Mexico; quick rotation to SE does not improve it. Cuba TVDX is very rare here, tho Habana is only 1300+ miles away

0227 on 3, wrestling, but this time from Televisa net-5 per bug in UR; play-by-play by two Spanish commentators, but arena announcements in English. Turns out to be:

0240 on 2, wrestling Spanish voice-over audio // 3 but a reverb apart; it`s WWE including interview with distraught woman, from Baltimore

0252 on 3, just missed supered ID flashing UR in small font; canal 5 promos

0300 on 6, signs of video as MUF peaks; 0302 maybe it`s the Azteca 13 bug in UR

0323 on 3, drama with tv3 bug in UR = XHP Puebla; fade out by 0340

** NEW ZEALAND. 6679.0-USB, July 13 at 1222, VOLMET with airports cited very difficult to copy due to mumbling robot, but I definitely heard a ``Rarotonga``, so must be as scheduled in
ZKAK, Auckland, at 20-25 and 50-55 past the hours, and he did go ``out`` at 1225. Honolulu is supposed to follow at :25 but unheard before I tuned on (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** PERU. 5980, July 13 at 0051, R. Chaski carrier, until cut off at approx. 0105:07, 5 seconds later than yesterday. Surely timer will be reset before it gets to 0106 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SUDAN [and non]. 15400, July 13 at 0512, 1 kHz tone jammer is atop R. Dabanga via Madagascar (night before: neither propagating); recheck 0531, tone is off tho Dabanga goes another semihour, strangely. I see that in BC-DX, my conclusion that the tone (and previously on 15150 against nothing) is obviously Sudanese jamming is not published; instead wb`s theory that it may be testing from Iran. At 0518, there is also tone jamming on Dabanga`s 11650, but less than 1 kHz pitch. Altho Sudan is a large country, on a band as high as 15 MHz, the jamming would be more effective if it skip in from further away; could Sudan be hiring time on some external SW site just to jam? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** TUNISIA. 7275, July 13 at 0523, IWT is back after totally absent 24 hours earlier: YL in Arabic, fair signal, undermodulated; 0524 music (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 5109.8-CUSB, UT Saturday July 13, WBCQ with `Allan Weiner Worldwide`; listened from 0113. He said he would be ``taking over`` 7490 this Saturday night at 7-9 pm ET [23-01 into UT Sunday], with recordings of his 1982 pirate ``KPRC``, 1616-AM, along with Pirate Joe, and would also be streaming video from studio. Its studio was in NYC, fed by lo-fi phone line to transmitter site in northern Maine [which would become WBCQ, evidently]. This will continue following weeks with recordings from the `Sarah`. After it, this UT Sunday at 01, part 2 of a show from VSI Radio about offshore pirate Radio Nord.

The online WBCQ 7490 program schedule no longer shows `I Sing` all day Saturday; instead, just `VSI Radio International` at 01-02 UT Sundays. So apparently 7490 is now wide open for other programs on Saturdays.

``VSI Radio International is a programme produced in Sweden exclusively for broadcast on WBCQ. Host Paul Lambert offers commentary on cultural, historical, aesthetic, scientific and political issues from an individualistic perspective. Feedback welcome by email:``

AWWW ran way over, as Allan was gabbing with people on the phone and responding to e-mail. At 0145 a fast-busy signal was mixing and he couldn`t hear it, but off in a minute. I was waiting to find when WORLD OF RADIO would start. Originally it was to be 0200 UT from today, due to new programming on 5110 which would be at 01-02 UT Tue-Sat, but we were notified at the last minute that it would not début until July 15/16, so the previous variable time for WOR would continue another week. AWWW ends at 0151, and feed to this frequency switches so that his last few words are repeated (it must be complicated, as 5110, 7490 and 9330 are not synchronized); usual off-the-wall bit from Area 51, this time a clip of Brother Scare, something about cracking the solar system(?), and WOR starts rationally at 0152:45.

Sked shows new show at 01-02 Tue-Sat is `Heart and Soul of America Broadcast`. Once it`s running, WOR will be at fixed time of 0200 UT Saturdays, while AWWW will run as long as necessary past 0130 on 7490 and 9330-CUSB (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. WORLD OF RADIO 1677 monitoring: confirmed UT Saturday July 13 from 0152:45 on Area 51 via WBCQ 5109.8v-CUSB; from next week should be at fixed time 0200. Next: Sat 1730 on WRN via WRMI 9955; Sat 2329v on WTWW-2 9930; UT Sun 0400.5 on WTWW-1 5830; Sun 2330v on WTWW-2 9930. Also could appear any time, any day between 17 and 24 on 9930, 00 and 01 on 5085. Also tests from Hamburger Lokalradio on 15785-CUSB, Sunday 0730, 1030, 1430, 1830; Tue 1100 on WRMI 9955; Wed 0630 & 1430 on HLR 7265-CUSB, perhaps 1630 on 15785-CUSB (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 12105, July 13 at 0111, WTWW Bible in Spanish with dramatic background music. EiBi shows Arabic at this hour, perhaps misled by the mixed-up files WTWW was previously playing. The full EiBi sked:
00-02 Arabic, 02-04 Yoruba, 13-14 Russian, 14-20 Arabic, 20-23 French, 23-24 Spanish, all to North America (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. July 13 at 0050 checked a few of the `Night of Night` frequencies, and heard VVV markers from WLO on 12992, 8658, and KLB on 8582.5, but these are nothing special. Didn`t hear any traffic on the listed ship-transmit frequencies. Is all this CW-only? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 13174.5, July 13 at 1245, KKL ID on CW once occasionally, in between ute bleeps of some sort. New coastal call on me. In UDXF, Patrick Robic, Austria reported a QSL from it a couple weeks ago:

``USA, KKL Radio, Vashon, 13174.5 kHz verified with a partly detailed letter and photo of the antenna in 24 days. Address: P.O.Box 13223, Burton, WA 98013, USA. v/s Sean C. Malone.``

And Hugh Stegman says: ``Now that Globe Wireless is practically gone, most of the markers I hear are for that Swisscom/KielRadio network that includes KKL, WHL and the others`` (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 7290 & 7289.5, July 13 at 0526, two US hams don`t let the ACI from broadcasters, RSA on 7285 and France on 7295, stop them from QSO on a favorite AM frequency; they are far from zero-beat but in AM it doesn`t matter! Could only copy partial call of one of them at closing ---YRZ, said he may QSY to 3870 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)