venerdì 22 novembre 2013

Glenn Hauser logs November 21-22, 2013

** CHINA. 6145, Nov 22 at 1425, fair signal with Firedrake, the only place heard. Search for FD or CNR1 jamming at 1453-1455 Nov 22 finds none at all audible between 12 and 18 MHz, nor 10-11 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA [and non]. 17540, Nov 21 at 2151, NHK World Rádio Japão in Portuguese via WHRI with usual VG signal even here --- except there is a heavy SAH of about 6 Hz from another strong carrier, revealed at 2156 when the latter starts YL spy numbers interspersed with digital bursts. 2200 NHK timesignal, ID in Japanese and Sakura before WHRI cuts it off late at 2200:40* as the numbers keep going.

WHRI`s or NHK`s frequency management should consult the ENIGMA schedule of Cuban spy numbers, which occupy a lot of frequencies you`ll never find in HFCC. The latest ENIGMA newsletter is here:
Searching it on 17540 leads to an HM01 schedule grid on page 88 of 89, dated 27/06-2013 showing 17540 however in use at 2300 on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, but this was an hour earlier on a Thursday. 17480 was the listed frequency at 2200 on those days, alternating with 10715 all other days of the week, while the alt to 17540 was 11530. Anyhow, the schedule has changed (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA. 5930, Nov 22 at 0609, Cuban spy numbers and digital bursts are here, very strong right next to 5935 WWCR but with ACI from it; new frequency? According to ENIGMA schedule, the Thursday 0600 frequency was 14375, and 5930 appears nowhere in the entire file (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA. 11880, Nov 21 at 2153, RHC is yet again in French instead of Portuguese (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA. 9795-9805 & 9818-9835, approx. extent of buzzspurs from 9810 RHC transmitter, but constantly varying, Nov 22 at 0133; main victim is 9820 station, probably Brasil 9819+ (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) See also EGYPT [and non]

** EGYPT [and non]. 11760, Nov 22 at 0137, big mess here with Cairo atop, very distorted singing, ringing sound and hum, making fast rippling SAH with CUBA underneath which sounds like the same programming as on 6060.

In B-13, ERTU has chosen to collide with the #1 frequency of RHC, used for the past 52+ years. Aoki shows 250 kW, 286 degrees from Abis toward Cuba at 2330-0045 Arabic, 0045-0200 Spanish. Cuba currently restarts 11760 at 0000 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** EGYPT. 13580, Nov 22 at 1449 open carrier, fair-good strength, with CODAR QRM; 1450 fast SAH starts with hi-pitched but lo-level tone; 1457 past 1500, the carrier is really pulsing now, not a SAH? Still no other modulation. It`s another total loss from R. Cairo, scheduled 15-16 in Albanian, 250 kW, 300 degrees from Abu Zaabal per Aoki; 250 kW, 315 degrees from Abis per HFCC. Maybe *both* sites are trying and failing to emit Albanian, accounting for the SAH. IBB is now wisely giving this mess a wide berth, taking a 2-hour break at 14-16 between VOA Somali broadcasts via Sri Lanka (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** GREECE. 11645, Nov 22 at 0136, Greek talk, then Greek rap, // stronger 9420 and 7450. 11645 isn`t usually on the air at this hour from Avlis, which means nothing on 15 MHz (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** KOREA NORTH [non]. 9775, Nov 22 at 1435 song, 1437 Korean, poor with flutter, i.e. Radio Free Chosun. Today it is much weaker than 9800 VOA Korean via Philippines, unlike originally a couple weeks ago with almost comparable strong and steady signal. Aoki still says this 14-16 broadcast is via Tajikistan, but Ivo Ivanov lists it from Uzbekistan; either one transpolar could be believable now, but were IBB previously trying Tinang, Tinian, or Taiwan?

Ivo`s Nov 16 edition of the now-daily DX Re Mix news shows related:
``Radio Free Chosun:
1300-1400 on  9300 DB  100 kW / 071 deg to KRE Korean
1400-1600 on  9775 TAC 200 kW / 070 deg to KRE Korean
North Korea Reform Radio:
1300-1500 on  9380 DB  200 kW / 071 deg to KRE Korean
1400-1600 on  7590 TAC 200 kW / 070 deg to KRE Korean``

** NEW ZEALAND. 6170, since it`s Friday, Nov 22 at 1425 music here, poor with CCI, presumed RNZI again on weekly wrong frequency, since it`s missing from 5950 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** OMAN. 9500, Nov 22 at 0130, fair signal with open carrier/dead air, presumed R. Sultanate of, as scheduled and previously heard here 00-02; kept with it for a minute+ in case it were just a pregnant pause during Qur`an, but still no modulation. Isn`t it amazing how many SW stations can`t keep their modulation going? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** PERU [non]. 5980, Nov 22 at 0054 and still at 0118, unID tone on frequency like last night; did not have a chance to try to pull out the Chaski cutoff circa 0105 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SPAIN [and non]. 21630, Nov 22 at 1427, day 5 of REE`s resumed collision with BBC Hausa via ASCENSION during this semihour; and also colliding with Kuwait on 21540 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U K [non]. 21470 used to be the prime 13m frequency for BBCWS in English, but no more. Occasionally hear a very weak signal here, but much better Nov 22 at 1427, fair in Somali, now the only language on it, per Aoki daily 14-15, 250 kW, 205 degrees from UAE; plus Saturdays 15-16, 250 kW, 85 degrees from Ascension (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 4820-USB, Nov 22 at 0125 as I am scanning 60m for LA`s --- not much except weak carriers --- here`s an American net, but nor MARS, including Bellevue Radio (spelling could be any of several variations), and Ames Radio. They are discussing the level of CODAR interference; one of them says it`s not too bad. Then Ames Radio gives another ID as NM85LK with the letters in fonetix, else I might have thought the 8 was an H. 0126 asks for ``forwarding all reports to`` something, securing net for today, which purpose has apparently been a propagation test. What`s this?

NM85LK could be a grid square beloved of hams, but in Tibet, unlikely!

Since it starts with N, this call could even be a legitimate US government or military one, rather than tactical. Searching on NM85LK leads to three blogs which appear to be totally unrelated, and searching within the pages linked does not find any mention of that alfanumeric! What`s with Google? Search Results:
    Mar 15, 2012 - Ingredientes lechuga pimiento rojo cebolla tomate aceite de oliva vinagre de módena miel sal pimienta blanca jamon huevo pan rallado curry
    Balm Upon Technical Challenges
    Jun 16, 2012 - We hope this and all knowledge is used for the benefit of humankind : to encourage us towards love and kindness and goodness. [and]
    Origins of and Evolution of Rocket Propelled Space Flight
Jun 16, 2012 - We hope this and all knowledge is used for the benefit of humankind: to encourage us towards love and kindness and goodness.
    Radical Hue: Dinamikians' BBQ party

Searching UDXF yg on the frequency, callsign and names is no more productive, except we are reminded that Ames Radio could refer to NASA`s Ames Research Center in Mountain View, California. Now is there another NASA facility named Bellevue? Well, there are at least NASA subcontractors in Bellevue, Washington (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. WORLD OF RADIO 1696 monitoring: confirmed on WTWW-1, 9475, Thursday Nov 21 starting at 2201:22, upcutting the opening already in progress.

Also confirmed on WWRB webcast, UT Friday Nov 22 from 0430.4, once again upcut joining in progress, after cutting off the previous preacher, and confirmed later in the semihour on both 3195-AM and 5050-USB. Next:

UT Saturday 0300v on Area 51 via WBCQ 5110v-CUSB.
Saturday 0730 & 1530 on Hamburger Lokalradio, Germany, 7265-CUSB.
Saturday 1600 on WRMI 9955.
UT Sunday 0030 on WTWW-2 5085.
UT Sunday 0501 on WTWW-1 5830 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A [and non]. More observations of WTWW`s variably-timed frequency usage:

Both 5830 and 9475 are off at 0118 Nov 22, while 5085 and 12105 (poor in Spanish) are on.

5830 and 5085 night frequencies are still on at 1423 Nov 22, but not 12105 which allows RFA in Burmese via SAIPAN to be heard well in the clear.

9475 and 9930 day frequencies are on by next check 1529, and 12105 also on in Arabic past 1600 which means no R. Dialogue to be heard today (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 12050, Nov 22 at 1448, WEWN Spanish is absent, still VG on 11550 Spanish, 15610 English; 1455 recheck, 12050 is back on with usual squeal, es decir, chillido (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** UZBEKISTAN. 6260, Nov 22 at 0121, music on very poor signal with flutter, weaker than 6270 RHC leapfrog. Aoki shows: CVC International in Hindi, 100 kW, 153 degrees from Tashkent at 00-04 & 14-20 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) See also KOREA NORTH [non]

UNIDENTIFIED. Trans-Atlantic MW carrier search UT November 22: JBA hets or carriers: 1521 at 0141; 783, 549 and 693 at 0142; 882, 945 and 1053 at 0144 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

This report dispatched at 1754 UT November 22