venerdì 21 febbraio 2014

Glenn Hauser logs February 20-21, 2014

** BRAZIL. 6137.4, Feb 21 at 0015, R. Aparecida has varied further up; could it be deliberate to avoid 6134.8 Bolivia? They are certainly more separable now, especially since R. Santa Cruz is quite weak by comparison. This should also keep it a safe distance from Romania 6145 after 0100 in English. Otherwise might as well go to 6140 where there is nothing at all here in the evenings. Then I check the other Aparecida frequencies: // 9629.76 approx. at 0023 is best, mentioning flagship show ``Com a Mãe Aparecida``, but less flutter on // 11854.82 approx. 5035: too much QubaRM (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CANADA [and non]. 6070-, Feb 20 at 2357, checking for CFRX Toronto: yes, it`s there, but poor signal, and also storm noise from nearby. After ads, ``In-depth radio, News-Talk 10-10, CFRB, Toronto``. Also has splatter from 6060 Cuba, especially when IS plays at 0000. CFRX talkshow runs past hourtop, 0000:40 Feb 21 on to news and weather, but RHC 6070 carrier *0000:55 blots it, starting weakly and rapidly ramping up to full power, adding modulation at 0001:40 from the music-fill hour. See also CUBA (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC [non]. 17500, Feb 20 at 1726 check, very poor carrier and some modulation audible from presumed R. Ndeke Luka, reactivated target broadcast via UAE site back to the CAR. That`s progress. Meanwhile, 17540, R. Impala from Madagascar to Rwanda has a good signal onward & hereward (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA. 6070, Feb 21 at *0000:55, RHC carrier blots out CFRX, starting weakly but rapidly ramping up to full power, adding modulation at 0001:40 from the music-fill hour. RHC had been on 6060 before 0000 but at 0011 I notice that RHC is off 6060, leaving LRA(?) and a het; but by 0034 it`s back on // 6070 music. Now 6060 has QRMadrid from 6055 and also CCI (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** NIGERIA. 11769.9, Feb 20 at 2136, surprised to hear African language on a strong and loud a signal as adjacent 11775 Anguilla, mutually QRMing each other unless sidetuned; previously could barely pull this frequency. As the Fribbath has started, sounds like a sermon, often mentioning Allah, occasionally breaking into Qur`an-like song, but briefly. 2157 switch to another speaker, still not in English, but mentioning Voice of Nigeria, Abuja, a bit more music and cut off before 2158 is reached. Aoki shows the language this hour as Arabic, but sure didn`t sound like it to me. Probably Hausa, tho WRTH has an hour of Fulfulde at 21-22, but on 7255. EiBi doesn`t have this 11770v broadcast at all, tho it has been heard for several weeks now (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** OKLAHOMA. 1640, Feb 20 at 2056 UT, I check local KZLS Enid again on its second day of all(?)-talk format. Running a string of PSAs, which means unsold commercial time; looks bad --- and they keep going until 2101.5 UT, meanwhile dual audio duel after 2100 UT from the Blaze Network news! (That`s a thing of the wacko Glenn Beck.) Finally goes to a real commercial, probably from the network, for Allegra, but that`s cut off incomplete; 2103.5 UT, apparent local ads for beyourownbuilder and a concrete company. 2104.5 UT, ``Discover Oklahoma Minute with Dino Lalli`` PSA of upcoming events. 2105.5 UT music fill. 2106 UT hard rock intro to the Schnitt show. KZLS certainly does not have its new far-right act together.

We were wondering what would be on KZLS after 8 pm = 0200 UT, as missing from the talkshow list: UT Friday Feb 21 after that hour, I am still hearing music; at 0245 it`s ``On Broadway``, 0250 string of PSAs, 0254 still IDing in this daypart as ``KZLS, the True Oldies Channel``. So that will confuse DX listeners. I assume they will eventually change this too to talk, and there could be no better pickup than the rational, middle-of-the-road `Jim Bohannon Show`, which is much in need of an OK outlet, i.e. at 9 pm-midnite = 0307-0559 UT. But no doubt it`ll be another rightwing extremist. Tonight there is more TOC after 0307.

As we already discovered last night, `Red Eye Radio` is now on 1640 after 0607 UT, but still also on 1520 KOKC. The RER affiliate list
still doesn`t show KZLS, just KOKC and one other OK station, a Woodward FM.

Also it`s still unknown what will happen on the weekends, but we may safely assume some silly ballgames will continue to pre-empt whatever (Glenn Hauser, Enid, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. WORLD OF RADIO 1709 monitoring: confirmed from 2200:55 UT Thursday Feb 20 on WTWW-1, 9475, which seems to be its standard time in the automation setup; excellent signal to completion by 2230. Next:

UT Friday 0426v on WWRB 3195
Saturday 0730 & 1530 on Hamburger Lokalradio 7265-CUSB
UT Sunday 0030 on WTWW 5085
UT Sunday 0030 on WRMI 9495 [or previous week`s show]
UT Sunday 0501 on WTWW 5830
UT Monday 0400v on Area 51 via WBCQ 5110v-CUSB
Tuesday 1200 on WRMI 9955
Wednesday 0730 & 1530 on Hamburger Lokalradio 7265-CUSB
Wednesday 1400 on WRMI 9955

** U S A. 12050, Feb 20 at 2012, WEWN Spanish has VG signal, but very undermodulated and distorted; // 13830 is somewhat better but also undermodulated and distorted; ``Por su dolorosa pasión`` monomaniac taking phone call from someone needing consoling (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 9331.34 approx., Feb 21 at 0027, WBCQ is way off-frequency, with preaching presumed from usual GFRN. Very poor signal, reduced carrier wobbling a bit + USB. Also with storm QRN. For several days I`ve noticed a degraded signal here, unsure if only due to propagation. Now looks like they may be running a backup transmitter on 9330+ (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 9495, UT Friday Feb 21 at 0030, WRMI bonus frequency is starting `Historias de Radio` from Daniel Camporini`s DX studio in Argentina; good with no jamming (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 17750-17785, Feb 20 at 1956 as I am stepping up the 16m band, hear dirty splatter from 17775 KVOH, far beyond the bandwidth it should be occupying, but it`s just before sign/off 2000*. Probably had been bad for hours, altho it was slow to fade in after *1400 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. 17740-USB, Feb 20 at 1957, in routine bandscan I find this intruder: series of alfanumerix in typical US military format, but what`s it doing amid the international SWBC-only 16m band? Speaker observes standard fonetix, and strict pronunciation (like ``fife`` for five, to lessen confusion with ``niner``), but has a slight accent, Asian? ``I say again`` the message I tuned into middle of, so surely got it all copied right:

``2UMEY3 A2YDGA6NTWUX52W3E5QTVIBD. This concludes message of 30 characters. This is E3Q, out`` and off at 1958.5*. Rechecked a few times but nothing more heard except a brief burst of noise at 2001.

This reminded me a lot of the secret messages regularly sent on USAF frequencies like 15016-USB, so I retune there at 2002 and copy an almost, but not quite identical message:

``2ZMEY3 --- stand by, message follows:
2ZMEY3 A2YDGA6NTWUX52W3E5OEVIBD, I say again [repeated]. This is Washborn [? At first thought he said washboard], more to follow; stand by.`` Then:

``Stand by, 2ZUCCC, stand by, message follows:
2ZUCCC Z5Z3XMWXZFP362PA5CYMIVTGXO, I say again [repeated]. This is Washborn, out``. Lots of background noise, unlike the 17740 station.

Then at 2006 Feb 20, on to a different one on 15016: ``Skymaster, this is Merck [? Kirk?] 62 on 15016 [twice, with background noise], in the blind, one message of four groups follows: 63Z9``, etc. (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

This report dispatched at 0323 UT February 21