lunedì 28 luglio 2014

Glenn Hauser logs July 27-28, 2014

** BRAZIL. 11750 & 11810, July 28 at 0125, huge spurblobs from defective or overdriven RNA 11780 transmitter, also second-order weaker ones another 30 kHz out, but much weaker, on 11720, and mixing under RHC on 11840. Next check at 0548 it`s even worse, with spurs audible on 11690, 11720, 11750, 11810, 11840, but 11870 blocked by WEWN (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA. Hunting Habana Harmonix with Hauser: 12140 = 2 x 6070, July 28 at 0127, RHC music quite audible vs CODAR. And also just a little weaker on 18210 = 3 x 6070. How about 4 x 6060? 24280 does have a JBA carrier! There is also a JBA carrier on 18180 which would be 3 x 6060, but nothing on 18495 which would be 3 x 6165 English.

15340, July 28 at 1311 and still 1423, this RHC transmitter continues to be absent, while remaining sufficiently on 15370 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** EGYPT. 11710+, July 28 at 0124, blessèd silence, open carrier/dead air from R. Cairo Spanish service, which if modulating would surely be a horrible broken-up distorted mess. 9315 has some barely modulation, while 12070 is also hum-only at 0126, 0140. OTOH, 9965 Arabic service is relatively good with whine. 13850, July 28 at 0547 is still OC/DA, no hum, no rumble, no whine! (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** INDONESIA. 9680, July 28 at 1223, RRI somewhat atop the China radio war, making out some mentions of RRI Surabaya and others, contact info (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** MEXICO. 0035 UT July 28 the analog snow on channel A2 I have been monitoring by peripheral vision for hours suddenly bears NTSC video, a promo for something with the Televisa net-2 star bug; soon fades, but not before I also see signs of video on 3. May be meteor scatter as the Perseids are ramping up, and/or MS-induced Es, but nothing further (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** NEW ZEALAND. 17670-17675-17680, July 28 at 0130, RNZI DRM is back at this unscheduled hour after missing on the weekend, since it`s now Monday. Also on 15720 in AM. Has their How to Listen schedule finally been updated to show what they are axually doing? No!

** SRI LANKA. 11905, July 28 at 0115, usual SLBC prélude, mistimesignal ending at 0115:21.5, so it`s varying quite a bit now; very poor (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U K [non]. 7355, July 28 at 0551, not even a JBA carrier from BBCWS via Ascension, which had revived to a good signal last night only. Surely it`s not even on air tonight, as English Bay is becoming quite unreliable; 7305 with the Hausa service is still there, poor-fair (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. WORLD OF RADIO 1731 monitoring: confirmed on Area 51 webcast, and presumably WBCQ 5110v-CUSB, UT Monday July 28 at 0300. Next:
Monday 2100v on WRMI 15770; will it join on time this week?
Tuesday 1100 on WRMI 9955; France via Taiwan CCI still there July 28
Wednesday 0630 on Hamburger Lokalradio 7265-CUSB
Wednesday 1315 on WRMI 9955
Wednesday 1430 on Hamburger Lokalradio 7265-CUSB
Wednesday 2100 on WBCQ 7490v

** U S A. 15420-, CUSB, July 27 circa 2115, no signal from WBCQ during `Marion`s Attic`. Larry Will tells us that last Sunday, Allan Weiner agreed to add 15420 during this hour, since 7490 was not propagating that well even to Maryland (and we had also heard it still on the air into the previous UT Sunday with Area 51). But not this week, tsk2, nor audible at 0132 UT July 28 check (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 9975, July 28 at 0120, KVOH is already on but saying good night from the Sunday ``Swing Shift`` show prepeat, ID, dead air; 0130 recheck, official opening with program summary including at 0200-0210 `Israel Now News`, and 0131 into `Wavescan` at its new semi-hour-earlier timing; Jeff never gives an edition number, altho Adrian Petersen does number his scripts, but this one starts with something about Peshawar, Pakistan. The program grid has now been updated:

** U S A. 5085, 5830 and 12105, July 28 at 0540, all three WTWW transmitters are AWOL, and have been for a few hours. #2, 5085/9930 has been missing for almost a week, but #1 had been holding up, and #3 was subbing for #2. Is there a power failure at the site? No, the webstreams are still running: #1 with SFAW, #2 playing but silent, #3 with BS. Must all have crashed, and Ted Randall hasn`t noticed! They really need an engineer on site 24/7 to keep these temperamental old things running, but since one quit in disgust, have been relying on automation, remote control. At 1221 recheck, only #1 is on 9475 now, wrong frequency instead of 5830, but that`s something, blotting out R. Australia (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGESTS)

** U S A. 12050, July 28 at 1226, WEWN Spanish is AWOL; it might have been propagating poorly this early, but not on since // 11550 is audible, fair with organ music during mass; By 1425, 12050 is on and audible (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. 13560 approx., July 28 at 0134 amid the hash on this frequency (of local origin?) with BFO I make out a very weak CW transmission consisting only of a long dash and A J O. This format is the hallmark of ``HIFER`` very low power beacons, and Ajo besides meaning garlic, of course is a town in the Arizona desert. Unlisted by HF Underground at
on this or any other frequency, and in fact showing none at all on the 13 MHz band. A new one? Many are located in the desert southwest. Also, no significant hits on AJO in the UDXF yg`s 50K+ posts, nor at hfunderground. AJO could also be a real ITU callsign in the USA series, probably military. Mixing with this on a slightly different frequency are some irregular beeps.

BTW, still not hearing the Old Time Radio pirate circa 13560, and on July 25, Chris Lobdell, CIDX Messenger pirate editor said to me, ``Seems the old time radio station on 6770 has gone for good, not heard in a couple of weeks`` (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

This report dispatched at 1629 UT July 28