venerdì 25 luglio 2014

Glenn Hauser logs July 24-25, 2014

** BOLIVIA [and non]. 6134.8, July 25 at 0109, poor signal from R. Santa Cruz, music, but hetless for a change, so R. Aparecida must be off: still heard on 11855 with different programming. Propagation from Brasil is OK with 5990, 6060v, 6180, and one normally gets Bolivia at the same time. Hope this continues and/or if Aparecida resume, it`s on 6140 or some other clearer frequency. Their DX program guys ought to clue in the management to avoid Bolivia on 6134.8 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** BRAZIL. 4965+, July 25 at 0057, JBA carrier slightly on the hi side during my 60m bandscan. Normally don`t hear anything around 4965, but fits nicely with Thomas Nilsson`s report from Sweden of a definite R. Alvorada de Parintins, Amazonas, on 4965.01, July 6 at 2300, as mentioned on WORLD OF RADIO 1731. Since the only other station anywhere listed in Aoki on 4965 is R. Santa Mónica, Perú, which has really not been reported in DXLD for *eleven years*, it`s a good bet this is R. Alvorada (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** BRAZIL. 11750 & 11810, July 25 at 0055, RNA 11780 transmitter is still emitting these distorted spurs, and also splashing out at least plus/minus 15 kHz from fundamental --- a menace to the 25 meter band

5990 and 6180 are also both on, July 25 at 0109; 5990 is good and sufficient but averaging about 4 bars less on the DX-398 signal meter than 6180 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CHINA. 15800, July 25 at 0132, CNR1 sounder, on very poor signal, so I hunt for some more, tuning thru the entire 16 MHz band, and not until 17300 at 0133 do I find another, with better signal, merely poor. Aoki shows both frequencies with 100-watt Sound of Hope transmitters relaying Radio Free Asia for very long hours, and therefore must be jammed (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA. After finding two CNR1 jammers on 15800 and 17300, I keep tuning above 18 MHz for more, but instead encounter a bunch of Habanarmonix!

18210, July 25 at 0130, poor signal ``revista de la noche de Radio Habana Cuba`` ID as I tune in. Some fading but more constant than the others; it`s 3 x 6070. Often heard on 12140 = 2 x 6070, so could it be on 24280 = 4 x 6070 too? Not now. Propagation is just right for low-power Cuban signals on 18 MHz:

18180, July 25 at 0137, RHC Spanish is cutting on and off, 3 x 6060, unlike 18210. Maybe shorting in the antenna?

How about the 49m English frequencies? Nothing on 18000 = 3 x 6000 but

18495, July 25 at 0138, here`s RHC English on 3 x 6165, cutting on occasionally but mostly off. This antenna shorting too? On their fundamentals, 6060 and 6070 are somewhat weaker than 6165 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** GREECE. 15650, July 24 at 2022, music on very poor signal, so ERT Open is active again. Also: 9935, July 25 at 0051 is back on the air, VG Greek music, and // 9420 which is even stronger, while // 15630 is JBA. By 0114, however, 15630 has increased to good level. At 0131 check, 9935 is off, while 9420 and 15630 continue. Checking all the other possible frequencies, 7450, 7475, 11645 and 15650, but the third transmitter is on none of them (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** NEW ZEALAND. 17670-17675-17680, July 25 at 0115, RNZI DRM once again is on, when they say it is not; while AM is audible on 15720. Let`s have another look at the How to Listen schedule,
Nope, still shows DRM off until 0250. Also, 15720 AM is supposed to be on to the Pacific from 2151 to 0458, but July 24 around 0350 I was getting a very weak signal (with het, maybe the Russian numbers station on 15721).

Further east, John Figliozzi in Halfmoon NY was not getting 15720 at all until 0400, and assumed it had been off, but then reported the ``Mystery solved! Adrian Sainsbury informs that from 0300 to 0400 UT, RNZI's transmitter heading is changed to 325 degrees to target Vanuatu. It returns to the 35 degree heading for the Pacific at 0400 which accounts for the dramatic differences in reception here in the northeastern part of the U.S. The RNZI web site will be updated to reflect this.``  But not yet, it hasn`t been (Glenn Hauser, OK, 0300 UT July 25, DX LISTENING DIGEST) 

** OKLAHOMA. July 24 circa 2000 UT I pay another visit to the strip mall in Enid with the Jiang Yuan restaurant where I was hearing cable TV channel audio on the FM band. In fact, right next door to it is: Finer Physiques, a gym (the address numbers are all wrong in the directory), so I tune around on the G8 just outside the front door. This time I pick up: KWTV on both 88.1 and 89.1 with traffic accident report in OKC; Fox News on both 88.3 and 88.5, since someone addressed a `Shepard` (I am dimly aware they employ such an anchor as I never watch it intentionally, just as put-down clips on MSNBC or Comedy Central); and unID on 89.7 with QRM from the real FM station. So just as Steve Luce suggested, individual clients while exercising are listening to whatever channel they want on their mobile devices via part 15 FM transmitters, even happening to double up, and no CNN fans at the moment (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** PERU. 5980, July 25 at 0053, I`m paying close attention to the R. Chaski carrier, since last night it went off sometime between 0103 and 0107, after having precessed over the months as late at 0117. Here it is: cut off at 0106:03.5* --- so if the reset was July 24, it would have restarted the closing cycle about 5.5 seconds later every night, at 0105:58; if on July 23, circa 0105:52.5. Here we go again! Maybe I will relent and not chase it so often, tho this remains one of my favorite hours for general monitoring, when available (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SPAIN. 9528-9545, July 25 at 0119, the REE 9535 transmitter has a severe problem, with loud rapid pulsing breaking up or covering up the modulation extending out to this range; BFO seems to indicate it peaks at 9540; at 0121 it stops briefly a couple times and then resumes as if in some cycle, but not regular, as next pause doesn`t come until 0124, very briefly; now detectable up to 9557. Seems to be internal transmitter problem rather than external interference, let alone deliberate jamming. // 9620 always weaker remains unmarred. Bigsigs in the area, 9520 Romania and 9475 WTWW are not the cause. Recheck at 0321, the pulsing is still there, somewhat avoidable by tuning to the low side of 9535 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 9495, July 25 at 0052, WRMI with music fill interrupted for
```` address, so 0030 UT Friday may be a regular spot for it (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 5050, July 25 at 0057, WWRB is off, but 3185 is on with phone-off-the-hook tones, dead air, apparently setting up for the feed at 0100. 5050 is back with BS at 0155. Since 3185 was off last night (and likewise the webcast), this is a hopeful sign that it will also be on at 0330v UT Friday for WORLD OF RADIO. And so it is, from 0328 once Dave stops the preacher, does a quick ID, pauses, and plays WOR 1731. Starts out too loud on the webcast, and remains distorted, but much better on 3185 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. WORLD OF RADIO 1731 monitoring: also confirmed on WBCQ 7490 webcast, Thursday July 24 after 2100 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 12105, July 24 at 2025, WTWW-3 is again carrying Brother Scare. This keeps happening when WTWW-2 is down as it has been since at least last night, neither on 5085 nor on 9930 in the daytime. BS is obviously a higher priority than Bibling Worldwide, but it seems strange that for some sense of continuity they don`t simply put the #3 transmitter on the #2 frequencies and antenna. Maybe there is no way to do that? Meanwhile, WTWW-1 on 9475 again has weakly audible crosstalk underneath it, Brother Scare // 12105, altho there seems to be a slight echo between them, which is strange. 0126 July 25 recheck, same situation including the crosstalk from 12105 on 9475 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 1330, July 25 at 0148 UT, sunset skip is hopping, as I tune across, ``You`ll hear it all on the oil field station, KCKM``, i.e. Monahans TX of the recent DX test, but volatile propagation immediately replaces it with KNSS in Wichita (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. 18128-18145, peaking about 18140, July 25 at 0144, noise blob, not like DRM, amid the hamband; some intruder or digital ham mode? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. 18474-USB, July 25 at 0139, two-way in colloquial Spanish, seems nothing serious, idle chat but they do make frequent cambios, mention ``este barco`` (this boat), and some coördinates, ``20 norte, 35 oeste``. That would be in the Atlantic west of north Africa. Since this is a fixed band, can`t call them intruders, nor should I have done so regarding the 9992 log; but I still wouldn`t be surprised if they are unlicensed, pirates, poachers, or narco traffickers (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)