domenica 15 settembre 2013

Glenn Hauser logs September 12 & 14, 2013

First, two logs overlooked from my previous report, on Sept 12:

** CUBA. 17730, Sept 12 at 1939, VG signal from RHC in French! This European service had been scheduled on 17720. Mistake? 17730 was the morning frequency in Spanish to S America at 1100-1500, but missing for many weeks. Appearances of RHC on known frequencies at wrong times seems to imply they have a limited set of crystals and/or slippery fingers on the keypad. Missed checking on Sept 13 whether again on 17730; presumably also applied to Portuguese at 20, Arabic at 2030, Spanish at 21 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 12105, Sept 12 at 1935, WTWW-3 is still off, but tune back across at 1937, there it is, has just cut on with AraBible (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)


** BOLIVIA. 4717-, Sept 14 at 0052, music with whistling, poor signal but the best from S America on 60m, R. Yatun Ayllu Yura on unique frequency (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** BOLIVIA [and non]. 6134.8, Sept 14 at 0055, R. Santa Cruz, good signal with music but overmodulated/distorted, a shame. Also has het on hi side from 6135, which is not usually the case. HFCC A-13 finally updated Sept 13 after a biweek shows nothing on 6135 but an imaginary South Korean 24 hours; Aoki has RSC plus R. Aparecida, Brasil until 0300; EiBi has RSC 6134.8 plus R. Aparecida, Brasil on 6135.1 until 0200. So apparently their old transmitter is still funxional. Het still there at 0103 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CAMBODIA [non]. 13845, Sept 14 at 1306, RFA in Khmer via SRI LANKA is again atop WWCR with SAH (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CANADA [and non]. 800, Sept 14 at 0545 UT, astounded to hear something else in English with KQCV OKC nulled, as XEROK normally dominates that position. Soon recognized as `Coast to Coast AM`, guest a wacky believer in angels, // but not synch with e.g. WHAS 840. Either XEROK has decided to resume being a border station, or it`s that other border station, CKLW Windsor Ont., which tho widely covering the East, is really rare here. C2CAM affiliate list shows some little ones on 800 also in MO, AL, WV and GA.

And in Canada, not only CKLW (a.k.a. ``Detroit``), but also CJAD Montreal. This one is making a 4 Hz SAH with KQCV unlike XEROK virtually zero-beat. As I tuned in, Mexican music JBA underneath from the opposite direxion; by 0615 English is weaker but with a definite ID for CKLW, and weather in Celsius (only!). 2005 NRC Pattern Book shows CKLW major night lobe goes NE, but there is a minor one more or less in this direxion. Initially inbooming, a fluke of propagation, or out of spex? CJAD`s night lobe is all northward (if really observed) (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CHAD. 6165-, Sept 14 at 0054, African music undermodulated, but fair strength, i.e. RNT as IDed 24 hours earlier on extended all-night schedule; this time RHC is on by 0103 check totally blocking it. Wolfgang Büschel measured Chad on 6164.959, Sept 13 at 1825 = 41 Hz low (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CHINA. Firedrake Sept 14 before 1300:
7470, poor and also with lo het at 1248
No thoro bandscan for FD or CNR1 jamming today

** COLOMBIA [and non]. 6010+, Sept 14 at 0105, conversation in Spanish with laughs, with big het on 6010++. Probably LV de tu Conciencia with het from R. Inconfidência, Brasil. Has anyone heard XEOI R. Mil at any time recently? I never heard it for sure during latest reactivation on limited evening-only schedule when QRM is worst. At least RHC is out of the way now after 0500 (Glenn Hauser, OK DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA. 6165, Sept 14 at 0103, RHC English is already on and blocking Chad, q.v., along with 6010.

However, at 0521 Sept 14, 40 percent of the five RHC English frequencies are in wrong service Spanish instead: 6000 and 5040, with music, sounds like a `Cuba Campesina` show which certainly deserves additional airings to the single one on their schedule Sundays at 1230v. 0530 ID mentioning ``año 50`` for RHC, which was celebrated 2.5 years ago! Time travel also involved. 6060, 6125 and 6165 are in 2013 RHC English, more than sufficient.

11860, Sept 14 at 1313, RHC Spanish with buzz; must be from program source as same on 11760, 11750 and worse on 11690 with additional distortion. Then they clear up (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** GUAM. 5765, Sept 14 at 1240, still only RTTY here, no AFN. On Sept 13 I finally asked AFN HQ via their online contact form about this:

``User Comment/Question:
Shortwave frequencies from Guam have not been heard for about two weeks. Have they been permanently closed down / decommissioned? Perhaps the same transmitter is putting out radio-teletype signals at least on 5765 kHz.``

``AFN Response: Friday, 13 September 2013 06:19PM PT
Glenn, I'm getting a report from Guam stating that the circuit is still up and operational. Not sure why you're not hearing it. V/R
Senior Chief Harrington
AFN Broadcast Center

If you have any more questions in regards to this matter, expand and fill out the form below:``

``Sir, Thanks for the reply. However, several other monitors have also tried to hear it and cannot. Perhaps that transmitter is mistakenly carrying some other traffic than AFN. Please have them check further. Maybe your circuit is going to Guam but not coming out? Regards, Glenn Hauser``

No further reply yet (Glenn Hauser, Sept 14, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** INDIA. 11985, Sept 14 at 0054, open carrier with flutter, or maybe JBM? No tone, anyway as previously heard, but AIR Sinhala service was supposed to start at 0045 here. 0059 now the AIR IS is playing, still heavy flutter, 0100 announcement. Seems like there has been a schedule change. Need to compare with //s in EiBi for Sinhala at 0045-0115: 7270, 11740.

BTW, he calls this the AIR GOS, and I`ve seen that elsewhere applied to various external services, but I thought AIR only calls English the ``General Overseas Service``, a legacy of empire. Targeting e.g. Sri Lanka is hardly ``general``, nor ``overseas`` (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGSET)

** IRAN. 11730, Sept 14 at 1253 talk in unknown language, muddy modulation and flutter, 1255 some music. Presumed VIRI as scheduled in Pashto at 1230-1327, 500 kW, 90 degrees from Sirjan; only other thing scheduled is Belarus (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** MEXICO [and non]. 780, Sept 14 at 0502 UT, Coahuila state anthem is playing, confirmed by later comparing to
courtesy of the city of Nava, which also displays the complete lyrix. Roughly opposite direxion from WBBM which could not be nulled, but enough signal by comparison, unlike at 0505 when WBBM is starting `When Radio Was` with music theme. Therefore, it`s the only Coahuilense on 780, Exa FM, XEWGR in Monclova, 5/0.25 kW, 24 hours per IRCA Mexican Log. KSPI OK has been behaving itself lately without open carrier all night, tho it would be nullable (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** MEXICO. 850, Sept 14 at 0503 UT, classic rock in English, so it must be a Mexican: yes, 0505 ID as Milenio Radio and another C.R. tune in English. XEM, Chihuahua2, 5/1 kW, KOA nulled but hardly necessary (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** OKLAHOMA. 48, as of Sept 14 I have not seen even an analog frame bar for at least a month from KOCY-LP OKC, the Estrella TV affiliate. Nor even a `bad` DTV signal, even when I am getting one on 46 from KOCM Norman Daystar, altho with slightly more power at a slightly greater distance. Therefore I suspect KOCY is off the air, perhaps pending its conversion to digital as per CP on same RF channel (Glenn Hauser, Enid, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** PERU. 5980, Sept 14 at 0057, R. Chaski enough signal to make out some Spanish talk vs noise and splash from 5990 Cuba; and cutoff at 0104:07* which would be 6.5 seconds later than yesterday. It looks like the previous timing was one second off (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** RWANDA [non]. 17870, Sept 14 at 1750, fair signal with talk in presumed Kinyarwanda, intonation sounds French-influenced, and some of the words, Belgian colonial legacy? So this new pro-monarchist clandestine Radio Inyabutatu is still going with its third Saturday-only broadcast at 17-18, shown by Aoki as via Kostinbrod, BULGARIA; while Ivo Ivanov *in* Bulgaria near Kostinbrud thinx the site is Issoudun, FRANCE. HFCC finally updated the A-13 schedule Sept 13 after a biweek hiatus, but this BRB (i.e. arranged and brokered in Belgium) transmission is still missing, and presumed veiled (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** TURKEY. 15450, Sat Sept 14 at 1302, VOT YL with `DX Corner` reading NY Times article about ``Quest to Save AM Radio`` and FCCommissioner Ajit Pai, already widely quoted. Anyhow confirms we are still in sync on the 2-weekly scheduling of DX Corner as in our DX/SWL/Media Programs listing. Reception of the 1230 broadcast to Europe (and N America beyond) is gradually improving on 15450, but still insufficient here (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 8788-USB and stronger // 8806-USB, Sept 14 at 1309, marine weather by roboYL, then brief request for traffic, 1310 ``end of broadcast`` from WLO & KLB (or KLB & WLO??). Strangely enough, this seemingly exhaustive schedule of maritime weather
has nothing on either frequency! So recent change, out of date?
No, this list has nothing at all for WLO and KLB! Another site I had bookmarked with marine SSB frequencies, has now disappeared.

Let`s go to ShipCom itself:
This shows 8788 as a WLO High-Seas channel 824 paired with 8264 for ship-transmit; and 8806 channel 830 ditto paired with 8282.

Not to forget EiBi who now includes lots of utility `broadcasts`, including both 8788 and 8806 as WLO for half an hour each, but at 05, 11, 17 and 23 UT, both for the Caribbean (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. WORLD OF RADIO 1686 monitoring: confirmed on Area 51 via webcast and WBCQ 5110v-CUSB, UT Saturday Sept 14 starting at 0207 after music fill. Also confirmed on WRMI webcast, Sat Sept 14 starting at 1502, and presumably also 9955. Next: Saturday 2327v on WTWW-2 9930; UT Sunday 0400 on WTWW-1 5830 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 9370, Sept 14 at 0058 as I tune across, Dave interrupts Brother Scare for a quick WWRB ID, then more BS, altho it`s time to QSY to 3185. That has happened by next check 0110 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. Wrapping up the comedy mystery on 650, IDed as CKOM Saskatoon during certain hours, where it was also discussed that KIKK Houston was comedy too, Steve Ponder, N5WBI in Houston says: ``I'm listening to KIKK-650 as I type this email. They definitely ID as "CBS Sports Radio 650." The TOH ID is "KIKK AM 650 Pasadena-Houston, CBS Sports Radio 650."`` So the allcomedyradio website affiliate list is way out of date on this too as it is for 1640 OK (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 670, Sept 14 at 0540 UT with WSCR nulled, much more than any Cuban signal is ``Hog-Call Sports Radio 670 AM & 98.9 FM & .com`` as IDed several times along with ``southwest Arkansas weather``, promo as Dallas Cowboys station, also promo their swap-shop show in the mornings. Makes SAH of 5 Hz with WSCR, while Rebelde is almost zero-beat. This is of course KHGZ in Glenwood AR (ex-KWXI) as previously caught cheating August 15, explained in DXLD 13-34, as it`s licensed only for 5 kW ND daytime. ``Hog`` refers to a team in AR called the Razorbacks, which is a porcine subspecies. No ``sooo-eeee`s`` heard yet, however. Both WSCR and KHGZ are with CBS Sportsradio, but I`ve yet to hear them // echoing, which could surely happen elsewhen (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)