lunedì 9 settembre 2013

Glenn Hauser logs September 8-9, 2013

** BANGLADESH. 15505, Sept 9 at 1355 tune-in, BB carrier is already on; 1355.4 add tone; IS not start until 1359.3; timesignal ending at 1400:03, theme and opening Urdu; very poor (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** BOLIVIA. 4717-, Sept 9 at 0058, Yura signal is missing for the second night, tho 60m South American carriers elsewhere are seldom enough to push any modulation northward (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CHINA. Firedrake [non] CNR1 jamming Sept 9 before 1300:
13480, very poor at 1259-1300* with timesignal
16100, poor at 1257
16450, fair with flutter at 1257, first one noted, unusual channel
17080, poor at 1258
17170, very good with flutter at 1258; none in the 18s, hi 15s, 14s; ran out of time before 1300 to check the 12s.

Firedrake [non] CNR1 jamming Sept 9 before 1400:
13830, very poor with flutter at 1348; none in the 12s, 14s
15115, good at 1352 with usual almost equal CCI; none 16s, 17s, 18s
15195, very poor at 1352 also with noise jamming
15540, fair at 1351, het on hi side (a bit earlier at 1343 I was getting a distorted spur/mix from local KCRC-1390 on 15540, unknown formula)
15570, fair with het on lo side at 1351
(Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) See also TIBET [non]

** CUBA. 17720, Sept 8 at 2132, RHC `European` service with modulation very suppressed; then cuts off the air briefly while someone kicks the transmitter, and it comes back on with sufficient modulation.

11840, Sept 9 at 0057, dead air from RHC here, while 11680 & 11760 are OK with music (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** JAPAN [non]. 17540, Sept 8 at 2130, NHK World Rádio Japão opening Brazuguese service, VG via WHRI. I think it`s now safe to say this is the best signal from R. Japan in North America (at least beyond the skip zone from Furman), since NHK abandoned English to us; so all you have to do is learn a little Portuguese (I already have). Probably a lot of the features are exact translations of what you would hear in English, anyway. I used to hear Spanish and English topix running // within a few seconds of each other on the evening relays (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** MEXICO [and non]. 620, Sept 9 at 1205 UT, Mexican NA goes to Chihuahua SA, so as expected, XEBU, dominant XE on 620 here; Cantú:
620 XEBU La Norteñita + FM 91.7 Chihuahua, Chih. 5,000 1,000
Tho this time it`s under sports talk in English, surely KTAR Phœnix; my nearest 620, KMIK Plano TX Disney (hijacked from KWFT Wichita Falls), is easily overcome, tho on daytime groundwave it conspires with 640 Moore to inundate 630 with IBOC noise; otherwise Denver or St Louis might barely make it (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** MEXICO. 670, Sept 9 at 1201 UT, just as I start SRS MW session, ID as ``Radio Ranchito, del Grupo Radio México``, revealed by Cantú as:
670 XETOR Radio Ranchito Torreón, Coah. 1,000 250
This signal quite weak compared to many more XEs still skywaving in the low band from further west (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** PERU. 5980, Sept 9 at 0055, carrier from R. Chaski; *0056 my streetlite RF starter fires up, a minute or two earlier each evening, everything else being equal such as a clear sky at sunset; 0102 usual fanfare introducing creationism crap, cut off the air at 0103:40*, five and a half seconds later than yesterday (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** RUSSIA [non]. 7435, Sept 9 at 0457, poor-fair signal with jazz; 0459 Russian announcement with no discernible ID before cutoff at 0500* sharp. I was about to conclude it was R. Rossii, but HFCC shows IBB, 100 kW, 55 degrees from Lampertheim, GERMANY at 03-05, i.e. R. Liberty/Svoboda (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SOLOMON ISLANDS. 5020-, Sept 9 at 1159 I am sitting here waiting for SIBC to cut the carrier, which happens at 1200:15*. Settled on this after missing Micronesia 4755+ already off at 1158+ tune-in; and 90m signals from PNG were too weak to mess with; many of which also let a timer cut them off around this hour, regardless of programming in progress (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** TIBET [non]. 15525, Sept 9 at 1401, V. of Tibet with loud & clear signal, belying its aim northeast from MADAGASCAR, while we are northwest, but boosting Talata`s reputation as a great site for reaching North America from the other worldside, always unintentionally. Intermittent ``running water`` and other ute noises, but no jamming! Until *1403:15 near zero-beat carrier on and 1403:30 adding CNR1 modulation. More H2O briefly at 1406. At 1410 I realize that the CNR1 jamming is alone on 15525.

15520, Sept 9 at 1410, VOT has shifted here to avoid the jamming, altho still has some ACI 5 kHz het & splash if not carefully tuned. I keep expecting CNR1 to follow it, but never does, SARFT monitors asleep at the switch. VOT still in clear on 15520 at 1418; 1420 a bit of English with a website:
(which is HQ in New Delhi) and at 1423 another bit of English comments being translated. Could those be from Dalai Lama himself? (BTW, in the news lately is that Indian government is promoting dying-out Buddhism, at least for tourism.)

The start-on-one-frequency, draw-the-jammer, then-switch-to-another tactic is well-known enough to be shown as such in Aoki, happening at 1408 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 9930 before 2400 Sunday Sept 8 and 5085 after 0000 Monday Sept 9, several spot chex show WTWW-2 has stayed with Brother Scare unlike 24 hours earlier UT Sat/Sun when breaking away for Ted Randall and gh shows (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 11861 & 11879 approx., Sept 9 at 0057, squishy squealing spurs from WEWN Spanish 11870, are still there while the fundamental signal is strong enough. Taking the Spanish transmitters down for a couple days was certainly not in order to fix them; it never is (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 690, UT Monday Sept 9 at 0501, KGGF Coffeyville KS is playing ``Battle Hymn of the Republic`` again before Taps and sign-off but not carrier-off (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 880, Sept 9 at 1208 UT with KRVN N/S nulled, all I hear is ``La Ranchera`` slogan. Unfortunately no Mexicans in any of the three listings are named that; a recent change? Or could be a US station; there are already a few SS on 880. I was about to file this as unidentified will I googled La Ranchera 880 and found this dated July 18, 2013:
DAVIDSON MEDIA GROUP Spanish Variety WMDB-A/NASHVILLE has tweaked its brand from "El Sol 880" to "La Ranchera." You can check out the new look and sound here:

FCC AM Query shows call is still WMDB (NOT WMDB-A!!), with 2.5 kW day, TWO WATTS night, pace WCBS, always non-direxional. September SR/SS: 1130/2400 UT. Also has PSRA protecting WCBS (and/or CMAB!) of 47 watts in Apr/Sep/Oct; 2 to 10 watts other months except Feb with a hefty 500; and N/A May-Aug (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. 17530+, Sept 9 at 1336, VOA Somali via VATICAN has QRM! Low audible heterodyne (LAH) I think on the hi side, but difficult to tell which; also with some modulation I can`t make out. Het goes off at 1339.7*, *back on shortly; 1341.7* off again and still off at 1353 check.

Doubt anything in Somalia is sophisticated enough to jam outside broadcasters; at least I don`t recall any such previously. Nothing else listed anywhere on 17530 at this time. Here`s a suspect:

Either a spur or total off-frequency jump from R. Pakistan, nominal 17520 from 1330 in Urdu, API-5 unit from Islamabad, 250 kW, 282 degrees per Aoki (which I did not notice on 17520 at all). Of the East Turkistanis, 17560 was in a lot better than 17630 or 17650, so there was propagation from that area (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)