giovedì 5 settembre 2013

Glenn Hauser logs September 5, 2013

** ANGUILLA [non]. 11775, Sept 5 at 1235 and 1322 chex, no Caribbean Beacon, just Chinese jamming (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CANADA. 6160, Sept 5 at 1213, very poor signal with occasional English audible, weaker than music on 6165 from presumed CNR6 if not Vietnam or Myanmar. So 6160 must be CKZU Vancouver, maybe still in CBC Overnight service after 5 am local. Their signal is really ailing and we look forward to the new transmitter (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CHINA [and non]. Firedrake [non] CNR1 jamming Sept 5 before 1300: Found first on 15940 at 1226, I decide to use that to // all other possible CNR1 channels heard, whether jammers or not:
17170, poor at 1229, none in the 18s, 16s
15610, very poor at 1226 mixing with WEWN, also het on lo side
15250, poor at 1227 with usual tone too
14750, very poor at 1230
14700, poor at 1230
13830, poor at 1231
13605, very poor at 1231 mixing with algo; none in the 12s
11825, very good over CCI at 1235
11785, good over CCI at 1235
11775, very poor at 1235, no Anguilla
11640, good at 1234 with CCI
11605, fair at 1234 under CCI
11555, poor at 1234 aside 11550 WEWN splash
9680, fair at 1239 in mixture with RRI, RTI
9500, fair at 1239 in clear
7470, fair at 1242 mixed with music, maybe real Firedrake?
7445, poor at 1242 mixed with Chinese CCI
7385, very good at 1243 over CCI
7365, poor at 1244 with weak CCI; echo apart from 15940
7345, fair at 1245, synch with 15940
7305, poor at 1245 by itself
7280, good at 1245 with CCI
6180, poor at 1247
6175, very poor at 1247
6135, fair at 1247 with CCI
6125, very poor at 1247 alone
6110, fair at 1248 with CCI

Things change from hour to hour. At 1331 I notice:
15195, with CNR1 jammer poor signal, and noise jamming added
15115, CNR1 is very good with no noise, about equal level to jammee
Those who really care make look up in Aoki the targets of all these

** CHINA. 9410, Sept 5 at 1240, CNR5 is the noise-maker today (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CHINA. 15600, Sept 5 at 1318, slow Chinese, poor signal, but not // 15940 and all the CNR1 jammers. Aoki shows it`s really the CRI Malaysian service at 1230-1327 via Kunming, so must be a language lesson (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA. 6000, Sept 5 at 0451, RHC English is undermodulated and interrupted by noise blasts, unlike on // 6165 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** GUAM [and non]. 5765, Sept 5 at 1211 and later in the hour, only RTTY here, no AFN, but still Guam transmitter? Someone suggests I just ask AFN about what`s happening and maybe I will later, but now the priority is to monitoring what is heard or not. I do check this:

Which says:
``Shortwave service is provided by the Navy as an option for their ships without the Navy's Direct-to-Sailor (DTS) capability. Shortwave also serves as a backup to those customers with DTS. Shortwave service is also an option for land-based listeners in remote locations that do not have access to local or satellite-delivered AFRTS full Satellite Network (SATNET) services. Shortwave services are intended to operate 24/7 but do experience disruptions due to maintenance and atmospheric conditions.

Location Band Daytime Nighttime
Diego Garcia Upper Sideband 12,759 KHz 4,319 KHz
Guam Upper Sideband 13,362 KHz 5,765 KHz
Key West, Florida Upper Sideband Decommissioned
Pearl Harbor, Hawaii Upper Sideband Out of service for an indefinite period``

So they still have Guam as active, but note that Hawaii, really off the air for years now, has not been formally decommissioned so there is some possibility it may resume. It was last reported on 10320-USB, Nov 7, 2009, and I think the night frequency was 6350, off before then (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** INDONESIA [and non]. 4750, Sept 5 at 1153, RRI Makassar has heavy CCI and fast SAH from Bangladesh or China; not much signal on 4870 Wamena (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** IRAN [and non]. 21650, Sept 5 at 1252 something very weak with talk, scheduled as VIRI in Chinese, 1200-1257, 500 kW, 65 degrees from Kamalabad. (I assume China does not try to jam this, from a fellow dictatorship?) All the other 13m stations were in too altho not very strong, i.e. Rwanda, France, Spain, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** JAPAN [and non]. 3945, Sept 5 at 1145, singing on AM underneath LSB hams provokes visions of Vanuatu; much weaker and not // 3925 R. Nikkei 1 which is strong enough to discourage American hams. On 3945 ham discussion of cancerous pancreas not being suitable for transplant. 1158 the music goes to Japanese announcement so it`s only R. Nikkei 2, now much better as hams are away, accordion music past 1200 hourtop with no timesignal. But at 1207 another ham net is underway [see U S A].

I had thought Nikkei-2 on 3945 signed off much earlier. Yes, it did, as in WRTH 2013 until 0605* Sun-Thu, 0900* Fri & Sat (meaning UT Sat & Sun?), but current Aoki shows as of July 1 until 1400* M-F, 0900* Sat & Sun. 3945 is 10 kW ND from the Chiba-Nagara site, but the confusing situation on 3925, assuming Aoki is correct about Japan info: 50 kW from Chiga-Nagara at 64 degrees, *2155-1500* daily, but *also* simulcast from the 10 kW ND Nemuro site starting at *0800 until: 1200* Sat/Sun, 1330* Mon-Thu, and 1415* Fri (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** MEXICO. 2910, Sept 5 at 1134 UT, M&W alternating with local news in Spanish, peaks around 1137, fading 1140 with timecheck as they go into ads with music bits. Awake early enough today a semihour before local sunrise, I again seek this regular third harmonic as heard last season from XEVT, 970, Villahermosa, Tabasco, surely same again with recognizable format. Still fighting atmospheric noise level and local line noise or something cutting on and off. This was first heard Dec 28, 2012 as in DXLD 13-01, then frequently logged in Jan, Feb and Mar, last heard April 27. DST schedule is approx 10-05 UT (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** MICRONESIA. 4755+, Sept 5 at 1154, music is audible from PMA The Cross, and timed its cutoff today at 1158:14*; no tones heard but very weak. Ron Howard measured this Aug 24 on 4755.52 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** MOROCCO. 9579.15, Sept 5 at 0447, no signal from Médi 1, altho neighboring Spain is in well on 9620, 9535. Luca Botto Fiora, Italy first reported this absent as of August 31. Another one gone for good? Other Nador transmitters had previously dropped off, like 15345v (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** PAPUA NEW GUINEA. Pre-sunrise check of 90 meters Sept 5 from 1144: 3385 is best, also carriers on 3365, 3325, 3260; none on 3345 or 3205. Recheck at 1201, 3385 is off, but 3365, 3345 and now best 3325 are still on (of course 3325 or 3345 could possibly be Indonesia), while 3260 Madang is again in NBC English news, this time cutting off abruptly at 1205:07* (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** RUSSIA. 5940, Sept 5 at 1210, R. Rossii ID, 1211 solo and choral music, narration. This frequency is about one word behind stronger // 5930 Pet/Kam, due to one more satellite hop? At 1224, 5940 in synch with // 7320 since both are Magadan. 7320 also has ACI splash from 7325 CRI Japanese (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SOLOMON ISLANDS. 5020-, Sept 5 at 1152 some talk audible here, very poor aside still stronger 5025 Cuba; no doubt SIBC a bit before closedown, always on the lo side (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SUDAN [and non]. 15725, Sept 5 at 1530, R. Dabanga has just started, good signal with typical music liners, 1532 ID, via VATICAN. With continuous 1 kHz tone jammer, also typical from Sudan. Listed // 15150 via Madagascar is only a JBA carrier (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U K [non]. 5980, Sept 5 at 1249, BBCWS in English, very poor on its Thursday-only frequency via THAILAND. Aoki has a * meaning it is jammed by China. Can`t detect that here, so I wish monitors in Asia would evaluate whether China is still jamming English from BBC, VOA, RA et al., and how bad it is (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. WORLD OF RADIO 1685 monitoring: confirmed first airing on WRMI webcast, UT Thursday Sept 5 at 0330; 9955 not checked as that has usually proven to be futile. Next:

Thu 2101 on WTWW-1 9479
UT Fri 0326v on WWRB 5050
UT Sat 0200v on Area 51 via WBCQ 5110v-CUSB
Sat 0630 & 1430 on Hamburger Lokalradio 7265-CUSB
Sat 1500 on WRMI 9955
Sat 2327v on WTWW-2 9930 (if like last week)
UT Sun 0401 on WTWW-1 5830
Sun 2327v on WTWW-2 9930 (maybe, or Mon 0000v on 5085)
Tue 1100 on WRMI 9955
Wed 0630 & 1430 on HLR 7265-CUSB

** U S A. 15825, Sept 5 at 1317, WWCR is inbooming instead of JBA, so must be getting an off-season sporadic E boost, which however does not rise anywhere near VHF, nor even affect similar-distanced 15610 WEWN (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTSTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 3945-LSB, Sept 5 at 1207, after monitoring extended schedule of R. Nikkei-2, JAPAN [q.v.], another ham net is underway with reports of local weather readings past 24 hours, including Alamosa and Leadville CO (which both generate low lows, one due to its high elevation and other due to being in a valley where cold air settles), then someone chex in from South Dakota too. This is apparently the Colorado Weather net now at 1200v UT instead of 1230 daily as in the final April 2007 edition of John Norfolk`s Nets2You (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)