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Glenn Hauser logs September 19, 2013

** BANGLADESH. 15505, Sept 19 at 1357 JBA open carrier from BB, then adding IS, I think, but just too weak to make out a timesignal if any circa 1400 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** BOLIVIA. 5952+, Sept 19 circa 0100 and for several previous evenings, Radio Pio Doce has been missing from usual spot; off earlier or off completely? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CHAD [and non]. 6165-, Sept 19 I tune in too late at 0058 as RHC carrier is already on, with lo hum and weak CCI, so I suspect RNT is back on after missing yesterday. Another check at 0511 detects a LAH with talk under RHC (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CHINA. Firedrake [non] CNR1 jamming September 19 before 1400:
17080, very poor at 1348; none in the 16s
15570, poor at 1349 with flutter
15540, very poor at 1349
15115, fair at 1350 with usual CCI; none in the 14s, 13s
12370, JBA at 1350

** CUBA. 6165, Sept 19 at 0058, RHC carrier is already on earlier than usual, blocking presumed Chad, q.v.

6000 & 5040, Sept 19 at 0512, RHC has Spanish on these two instead of scheduled English, which remains on 6060, 6125, 6165. 0513 closing credits for `Sonido Cubano` very nice music show, the same one heard during the ``buffer`` hour at 23-24 on 13780, 6000.

6000, Sept 19 at 1136, RHC Spanish modulation is quite suppressed; wiggle that patchcord!

13780, Sept 19 at 1354, RHC with buzz on modulation, not so on 11760.

Re RHC`s ``new`` frequency 11960, as reported by Ivo Ivanov at 11-15 UT. I previously contradicted this, saying I could not hear it at all. Then Wolfgang Büschel had me doubting my own ears:

`` Glenn, checked La Habana on 11960 kHz today Sept 18 via various remote units in USA and Canada, around 1155 UT and this broadcast is a REAL BROADCAST - non mixing product today, same strength like 11690, 11760, and 11860 kHz!!!!!!! Heard all transmission frequencies except 17730, noted on Sept 18. 73 wb``

So I keep trying to hear 11960 again on Sept 19: altho 11690, 11760 and 11860 are strong as usual, nothing more than a JBA carrier audible here on 11960 at 1134, 1220, 1310, 1355. Nothing else is scheduled on 11960 anywhere near this hour in HFCC, EiBi or Aoki.

Now I am beginning to wonder if the remote SDRs they are using produce an imaginary signal on 11960 from RHC, perhaps internal mixing of 11760 & 11860? Is anyone else hearing RHC on 11960 with their *own* (preferably analog) receiver with their *own* ears? It would not be the first time remote receivers have ``heard`` something that`s not really there (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** GUAM. 5765-USB, Sept 19 at 1137, AFN is JBA in storm noise level but enough to tell it is on (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** GUATEMALA. 4055, good signal Sept 19 at 1129, R. Verdad ending neat banjo piece with SFX, probably the ``Workin` on the Railroad`` theme to `Tren del Evangelio` in its regular spot, now propagating half a sesquihour before sunrise here. TGAV`s 700 watts nominal continue to provide an impressive signal, the only local SW broadcaster left in all of Central America, despite some occasional doubtful logs of other Guatemalans, Hondurans (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** INDIA. 11985, Sept 19 at 0057, AIR today very poor with flutter, hum, and talk rather than IS past 0058 as sometimes heard on this transmission, so really amid Sinhala? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** MEXICO. 550, Sept 19 at 1203 UT choral NA finishes, full ID for XEPL on 91.3 and 550, 24 hours, ``La Súper Estación``; 1204 consumer program with YL called `Radio Express`. Cantú:
550 XEPL La Super Estación + FM 91.3 Cd. Cuauhtémoc, Chih. 5,000 150

** MEXICO. 670, Sept 19 at 1201 UT, XETOR, Torreón, Coahuila with full ID atop the channel but never very strong. Cantú:
670 XETOR Radio Ranchito Torreón, Coah. 1,000 250

** MEXICO. 720, Sept 19 at 1144 UT, mentions Grupo Fórmula, SEP PSA, ad for ranchera CD to celebrate independence, 1146 a R. Fórmula full ID but too much QRM; includes an FM frequency with an 8 in it and 720 AM. Therefore per Cantú it can only be this one, sunrise now late enough for the east coast still to be propagating:
720 XEAVR Radio Fórmula 1er Cadena + FM 89.1 Veracruz, Ver. 10,000 250

** MEXICO. 900, Sept 19 at 1206 UT, choral NA running late or a very long version, loops SW, 1207 full ID mentions Cuauhtémoc, 98.3, maybe ACIR Radio group, and maybe ``Radio Impacto``? Cantú has another but related slogan:
900 XEDT Hits FM + FM 98.3 Cd. Cuauhtémoc, Chih. 5,000 1,500
Googling XEDT leads to yet other names, possibly outdated: Radio Divertida, and La Reina. However, not on the ACIR station list at
nor any other in that city (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** MEXICO. 980, Sept 19 at 1209 UT, choral NA ends, either late or very very long version, long pause, and 1210 announcement does not seem like full ID but unreadable. Yet assuming it`s in the UT -6 zone, playing NA around 6 am local, Cantú shows only this:
980 XEDCH La Romántica + FM 102.1 Cd. Delicias, Chih. 1,000 1,000

** NEW ZEALAND. 6170, Sept 19 1318, no signal from RNZI which is still supposed to start at 1300; despite sufficient signal still from 6150 Australia; RNZI must be off. However, DRM noise on 9885-9895 was strong back at 1137. BTW, NZ goes on DST already Sept 28-29, inevitably shifting relays of all that RNZ National programming one UT hour earlier (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** OKLAHOMA. 780, Sept 19 at 1147 UT, open carrier as usual from daytimer KSPI Stillwater, after 1200 with local news instead of sports. Have not noticed their carrier in the nightmiddle lately, but always on way before LSR, which is officially 1215 in Sept (1230 in Oct). FCC AM Query shows KSPI does have a PSRA starting at 6:00 am of ONE WATT in Sept thru Feb, bumped up to 10 watts in March, and the full 250 rest of the year. This is NOT one watt or even ten (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** OKLAHOMA. 91.7, Sept 19 at 1321, KOSU`s Morning Edition host Ben Allen announces that he is leaving in two weeks for a similar job at WITF in Harrisburg (not Hershey?) PA. KOSU won`t be the same without his creative weather forecasts, and weather in PA is no doubt boring by comparison. He`s been quite a booster of KOSU`s brand new studio ``on Film Row`` in downtown OKC, which is inviting everyone to its grand opening tomorrow evening, including live music --- chamber music? Of course not! (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** OMAN. 9760, Sept 19 at 0102, RSO is back on after missing yesterday, with Qur`an, fair with flutter and stronger than 9770 Turkey (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** PERU. 5980, Sept 19 at 0054, VP carrier from R. Chaski with some modulation vs band noise and 5990 Cuba splash, until cutoff at 0104:34* which is 5.5 seconds later than yesterday (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** THAILAND. 9795, Sept 19 at 1215, ``R. Thailand World Service`` ID in English stating transmitter site Udon Thani, but not acknowledging VOA`s rôle, and introducing Mandarin, right into it. Preceded by those mellow bells I never tire of hearing, bringing back memories of my 1969-1970 year in Thailand. Good signal, presumably slightly improved by beam change from 54 to 30 degrees after Japanese quarter-hour (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. WORLD OF RADIO 1687 monitoring: confirmed on RMI webcast after 0330 UT Thursday Sept 19, and presumably also on WRMI 9955. Next:
Thu 2100v on WTWW-1 9479
UT Fri 0327v on WWRB 5050
UT Sat 0200v on Area 51 via WBCQ 5110v-CUSB
Sat 0630 & 1430 on HLR 7265-CUSB
Sat 1500 on WRMI 9955
Sat 2327v on WTWW-3 9930
UT Sun 0400v on WTWW-1 5830
Tue 1100 on WRMI 9955
Wed 0630 & 1430 on HLR 7265-CUSB

** U S A [and non]. 870, Sept 19 at 1148 UT, dominant signal in Vietnamese, voice-overing someone in English, certainly KFJZ Fort Worth; fades out a few minutes later before XETAR takes over from *1200 with NA (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 1010, Sept 19 at 1155, YL preacher in English loops NE/SW, fair signal and suspect KXEN as direxion and format fit; QRM increases but at 1159 I do make out a KXEN ID, not positively same station as earlier. In an article for IRCA DX Monitor Sept 14 about ``Your First Ten Missouri Stations``, Eric Bueneman in Hazelwood discounts 50 kW KXEN because it`s temporarily QRP:

``I did leave one 50 kW station off this list: KXEN 1010, licensed to Festus (in southern Jefferson County). This Christian teaching station is left off because it presently operates at very low power (375 watts day, 175 watts night) with a non-directional pattern. The station's transmitter site, at Pontoon Beach, IL, was in the process of being sold at the time this was written.``

So it`s not really a Missouri station, anyway (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 1500, Sept 19 at 1215 UT, long relay of NOAA Weather Radio with usual degraded audio and robotic intonation; suspect KJIM Sherman TX rather than a TIS: yes, NOAA finally mentions something locally identifiable, ``North Texas`` (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. 4875v, Sept 19 at 0056 as I am surveying the 60m band with BFO at 5-kHz steps from the DX-398 on the porch, here`s a ``banshee`` carrier which is slowly cycling up and down. Could be utility rather than broadcaster (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)