mercoledì 27 novembre 2013

Glenn Hauser logs November 26-27, 2013

** BURMA [non]. 7510, Nov 27 at 0025, no signal from Democratic Voice of Burma as scheduled 2330-0030 via ARMENIA. But Kai Ludwig in Germany could hear the start of this presumed broadcast Nov 26. We were checking following press reports that DVB had left Norway, where it has been headquartered for many years and gone ``back`` to Myanmar. But Kai found other press that they have really moved to Thailand --- which would be a bit more secure than Myanmar and certainly more convenient than Norway. The reports don`t go into such minor details as whether the broadcasts will continue (only?) on SW, and whence, but the two scheduled broadcasts are as above, and: 1430-1530 on 6225 via TAJIKISTAN. Please confirm if that still exist (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA. 9490, Nov 27 at 0107, wall-of-noise jamming is back obliterating R. República via France, completely different from 24 hours earlier when there was no jamming audible and RR was good, in the clear. Since Cuba`s relay of China on 9580 is still very poor, propagation in that case does not seem to have normalized, so maybe the jamming was really taking a break last night? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** IRAN. 5950, Nov 27 at 0052, IRIB IS of 7 treble notes upward bound, while accompanying bass notes go downward; not the multi-note piano melody usually heard; what`s the difference? 0053 opening announcement mentions Iran, NA. Scheduled as Tajik at 0053-0220, 500 kW, 50 degrees from Sirjan. No Bolivia on 5952 tonight (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** IRAN. 15450, Nov 26 at 1321, VIRI multi-note piano IS, 1323 signing on in Japanese; what?? 15450 is supposed to stop at 1320 in Malay, with Kamalabad switching to 11600 for Japanese from 1323, per latest schedule via Ivo Ivanov. Yet another instance of the slopperators at IRIB not making their QSYs on time. It didn`t help to move everything 7 minutes earlier this season (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** NORTH AMERICA. 6925-AM, Nov 27 at 0056, monolog all-talk, mentions family, children, capitalism; poor signal, accent rather British, echoey venue, and CCI (another pirate?) conspire to make copy difficult; still going at 0111. Pirates on the 42m band usually avoid frequency clashes and move around as necessary. HFU threaders did not ID it either; some were hearing music earlier, and more than one station:,14042.0.html

** PERU [and non]. 5980, Nov 27 at 0053, VOA Tibetan via Sri Lanka is fair, over some CCI; VOA cuts off mid-word at 0058:50*, leaving JBA signal sounding Chinese so that would be the ChiCom, probably CNR1 jammer. I try to tell if it go off in the next sesquiminute: I think so, carrier via off-tuned BFO gets a little weaker around 0100:10, the time I was previously hearing a go-off in the absence of Chaski. That leaves nothing but the Chaski carrier now, and it cuts off at 0103:21, which is right on time, 5.5 seconds later than yesterday. All of these are very close to being right-on frequency, not audibly hetting each other. No recurrence of the big tone or Cuban pulse jamming (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A [and non]. 5085, 5830, WTWW frequencies are off, Nov 27 at 0050. 5085 could still be on day frequency 9930, but nothing there either; 5830 could still be on day frequency 9475, and there is a very poor signal there when nothing else is scheduled. Something much stronger in Chinese on 9470: Aoki shows CRI in Mongolian from Xian. Maybe 9475, and/or 9930 and/or 12105 are really on but not propagating? Same situation at 0113 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 790, Nov 27 at 1310 UT, ad for a local event with 479 area code, so it`s KURM Rogers AR, my nearest 790 to the east (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 900, Nov 27 at 1312 UT, in null of KSGL Wichita, some ag news, reminiscent of the format and a voice we used to hear via 1640 KOAG Enid, i.e. the station which still originates it, KFLP Floydada TX in the panhandle, 250/7 watts, so is it daytime there yet? No! Official November FCC sunrise is 1315 UT (December: 1345). But it does have PSRA: 3 watts in winter, peaking to 6 watts in June! Limiting station being XEW, despite XEOK Monterrey being the dominant XE here. So if they can run the hefty night power of 7 watts until sunrise, which should they even bother with the PSRAs of less than that?? Why not fudge with full-blast 250 watts on earlier? Who`s going to notice? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. Trans-Pacific carrier search Nov 26 at 1300-1308 UT: 594, 693, 774, 873, 972, 1053, 1134, 1242, 1314, 1323, 1332, 1422, 1566. Local sunrise today in Enid would be: 1320. I wonder what my neighbor Richard Allen was getting.

Let me explain my method for this once: by stepping 9 kHz on the DX-398 hand-held with internal antenna only, aimed roughly NW, on the USB mode for frequencies on the hi side of 10-kHz channels, switching back and forth to LSB mode for those on the lo side of 10-kHz channels. The receiver`s BFO is deliberately left slightly offset [there is a zeroing pot under the display panel] so if there is the least carrier, its pitch can be heard (and roughly the same pitch from one USB channel to the next, and one LSB channel to the next). Frequencies in -9 or -1 are generally too close to North American channels to detect anything, and a number of others are a loss due to my 960 and 1390 locals, or because of IBOC noise. TPs seem never strong enough to hear a 1-kHz het without BFO, as can be done with some evening TAs such as 909 and 1521 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. 4845, Nov 27 at 0047, poor carrier, maybe JBM if not unmodulated, with some flutter. A few weeks ago, Anker Petersen in Denmark was reporting an unID in Spanish here, but I would assume R. Cultura, Manaus if not the other ZY; are they both active now? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)