domenica 28 febbraio 2016

Glenn Hauser logs February 27-28, 2016

** ALBANIA. 9570, Feb 28 at 0048, CRI English via Cërrik is VG at S9+50, which even Habana 9580 after 0100 can`t beat. Would that Radio Tirana could achieve such a signal for its own Shijak broadcasts on 7465 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** AUSTRALIA. 12085 & 12065 & 9580, Feb 27 at 1340, RA is managing to modulate today (did heads roll over dead air all night last night?), during discussion of ``paramedic suicide``, a specialty I would rather overlook (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** BRAZIL. 4915.00, Feb 27 at 2350, S9 open carrier/dead air, in fact the SSOB below 5000; Feb 28 at 0037, now much weaker S6 but modulating music, soon covered up by the S9+5 carrier resuming; 0101 recheck it`s S7 so the weaker station again, with music and 0103 full ID but I can`t copy name. They do mention 4915 onda tropical, and frequencies on the 49 and 25 m bands. Therefore it`s R. Daqui, Goiânia, which is inactive on 6080 and 11830, and the coverstation was R. Dif. Macapá which has no such companions (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** BRAZIL. 6040.39 approx., Feb 27 at 2357, RB2 in Brazuguese mentioning phone number, and Rádio Aparecida which it relays most or all of the time. It`s about to get blasted off by The Mighty KBC, but not until that cuts 6040.0 on late, circa *0004 Feb 28; see NETHERLANDS [non]. While RB2 was still clear, 4+1 timesignal with pips spaced two seconds apart ending late at 0050:38 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** BRAZIL [and non]. 9645.4, Feb 28 at 0049, Brazuguese sounds like sports, S4; no doubt the reactivated Rádio Bandeirantes, but an ID from which I have yet to rehear. Has het from 9645.0 at S6 which would be CNR1 ChiCom jamming and/or IBB Tibetan via Thailand during this hour (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** COLOMBIA. 5910.30, Feb 27 at 2353, Spanish talk, must be Alcaraván Radio, further off frequency than usual 5910.05 or so. I don`t try to unravel the hets around the other HJDH, 6010 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) 

** EGYPT. 9965.20, Feb 28 at 0056, R. Cairo is on with S9 whine, otherwise open carrier/dead air; in the minute I am listening, it drifts down to 9965.15 by 0057 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** GREECE. 9420 & 9935, Feb 28 at 0053, ERA is off tonight, UT Sunday (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** GUATEMALA. 4055, Feb 27 at 2200, TGAV Radio Verdad was going to start celebrating its sixteenth anniversary. First I try the webcast at 2315-2325: nothing but hymns in Spanish from scratchy records. The flash player keeps breaking it up. 

Then I`m checking direct on 4055, no sign of anything more like magical signal injexions: 2348 Feb 27, hymns at S7, ``Blessèd Lord Jesus``; 0019 Feb 28, another hymn; 0042 now talk in Spanish about how to convey the evangelio; 0106 closing program `Descubriendo las Escrituras`` with plug for websites and Seems to be normal regular programming, nothing heard about the anniversary (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** IRAN. 9445.6, Feb 28 at 0045, S7 signal is JBM, no doubt VIRI in Spanish, as previously logged Feb 19 at 0125, nominal 9445.0 from Kamalabad. Is it off-frequency every night? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** ITALY [non]. 6970-USB, Feb 27 at 2338, no trace of a signal here from IBC, Italian Broadcasting Corp., pirate which said it would test to North America at 2200 until 0200 Feb 28; nor at periodic chex the next sesquihour. Various other stuff around the frequency, however:
6968.5-LSB, Feb 27 at 2338, 2-way, maybe in Spanish 
6970.5-USB, Feb 27 at 0007, 2-way, language unknown
6970, Feb 27 at 0105, still nothing. Was it on and reaching those further east? Yes, poorly, 3 logs from CT, PA and VA:

** NETHERLANDS [non]. 6040, UT Sunday Feb 28 at 0000, no signal from The Mighty KBC via Nauen, GERMANY --- As I continue listening to BRAZIL [q.v.], RB2 on 6040.39 approx., I am beginning to wonder if MBR has abruptly changed the KBC frequency again? No, it cuts on late circa *0004 with music at S9+25. Het from ZY remains audible (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** NORTH AMERICA. 6945-AM, Feb 27 at 2342, S7 vs noise level, continuous talk, sounds like it could be a commercial station so check my three MW locals to be sure not //: 960, 1390, 1640. (1390 can put a x5 harmonic on 6950, but not close enough). Nor does it fit for a WWCR/WNQM parasite. Still there after 0000 Feb 28. It was also UNIDENTIFIED for three loggers in this thread:
Nigel Pimblett in Alberta said, ``An interview about radio at 0058, apparently Allan Weiner talking to a pirate operator. Poor to fair signal`` (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** NORTH AMERICA. 6954.98-USB, Feb 28 at 0007, tune in to All India Radio interval signal! So it is Partial India Radio? Is it WLIS = We Love Interval Signals? No, read on. At S9+5 level, IS after IS plays, apparently recorded off the air and many of them overmodulated/distorted here. Quite a trip down memory lane, as many of them no longer exist. I can ID most of them by tune or by announcement:
All India Radio
Minsk IS & ID
Radio Canção Nova ID
Burasi Sofia Radyosu, i.e. Bulgaria with Turkish ID
CRI East is Red theme; now it`s 0009.5:
unfamiliar IS, but ID in Chinese for CJKT, Zhi Sheng, chimes
unknown 8-note IS, alternating two different but related noteseries, announcement sounds like Greek language
IS `Forward, Left!` and Radio Prague, Czechoslovakia ID
Radio Denmark Shortwave Department, IS and opening first of three broadcasts to North America, on 15165
Sakura on marimba, NHK. By now it`s 0014:
unfamiliar horn fanfare, ID?
IS, Suomen Yleisradio, Radio Finland IDs
Horns and drumming, ID in French; I thought at first it was ORTF Tahiti, or was it something from Africa, Abidjan?
[next: can`t read my scribble – Cairo, maybe?]
Yankee Doodle, VOA Rhodes signing off
Voice of Islamic Republic of Iran, IS, ID, NA we still hear
0017 change to a song about fever; some dead air

0021 still tuned to 6955, hear a slow CW ID twice: PIWI --- But is it still the Interval Signal station? 

Amazingly, no one on HFU reported the above, but there were several reports of Peewee Radio on 6955 after 0128 with non-IS programming:
O, depending on the exact spacing, maybe they were sending PEEWEE instead of PIWI as I copied it (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** NORTH AMERICA. 6950-USB, Feb 28 at 0109, jazz/blues song at S9+25. 0111 slightly risqué song, ``King Size Papa``; at 0124 I`m hearing it well on the PL-880 just with whiprod, for ID as expected: ``Wolverine Radio`` (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** NORTH AMERICA. 6925.11-AM, Feb 27 at 2345, S8 weak pirate with some talk and music. It was IDed an hour later as Liquid Radio:

** OKLAHOMA. 1020, Feb 27 at 1324 UT, KOKP Perry sports talk is undermodulated and hummy, so how is sibling station 1580, KOKB Blackwell? Also undermod but not hummy. Did not check 105.1 (Glenn Hauser, Enid, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** PAPUA NEW GUINEA. 7325-, Feb 27 at 1358, JBA S5 carrier with trace of music, slightly on lo side, just after CRI has gone off, so presumed Wantok Radio Light (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** PERU [and non]. 5980, Feb 28 at *0058:26, BBC carrier via UAE cuts on to accompany R. Chaski carrier already on at slightly different frequency producing warbling double-het against BFO offtuned to lo side. Unlike last night, this time I make sure to be attentive leading up to the expected Chaski cutoff time, which turns out to be: 0107:57.5*, or slipping 6.6 seconds later per 24 hours since last timing of 0106:58*, nine nights ago; leaving the single BBC carrier on 5980 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** PERU. 6173.9, Feb 28 at 0031, JBA carrier, presumed R. Tawantinsuyo back on its original off-frequency, after a few weeks on the top side of 6174 as reported by Pedro F. Arrunátegui in Lima: ``13/01 nueva frecuencia 6174.038 (antes 6173.85) ya no hay el zumbido anterior, más limpio`` and he still had it on 6174.04 on January 21 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** ROMANIA. 9730, UT Sunday Feb 28 at 0052, RRI with Romanian language lesson for Spanish-speakers; I learned a little, but only a few minutes before closing by Irina (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SOLOMON ISLANDS. 5020.0, Feb 27 at 1344, S8 signal with bit of music, managing to squeeze thru not too long after sunrise, but late enough for its plus/minus 5 Cuban/American neighbors to have weakened to aproblematic level. So assume SIBC is on at the moment. Ron Howard has been tracking this closely. He says they have been testing with Wantok FM relay or open carrier alternating this with the other frequency 9545. 5020 was on between 1343 and 1351* Feb 27. He also had the open carrier on 9545 yesterday Feb 26 at 1204, six minutes after my report at 1158 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SOMALILAND. 7120, Feb 27 at 1353, S7 carrier, presumed R. Hargeysa longpath, just before its hour off at 14-15 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** TIBET [non]. 11997, Feb 27 at 1338, S5 carrier with flutter. Smax of Voice of Tibet via TAJIKISTAN. Yup, Feb 22 edition of DX Re Mix News latest update of these constantly changing schedules shows 11997 at 1315-1330, ex 12008, and 1330-1345, ex-12013, both 95 degrees from Dushanbe in Chinese (when in Tibetan language these are at 131 degrees). Also something on 11995 but not sure it was a jammer (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** TURKEY. 5960.02, Feb 27 at 2355, VOT IS is still playing after English to North America, S9+20 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 2097.3-CW, Feb 28 at 0117 UT, 15-watt beacon A at Quartzsite AZ is JBA, and this time I make the frequency more precisely by matching the pitch with USB tuned to 2097.0 and LSB tuned to 2097.6, during its very brief bursts a dekasecond apart, which you can easily miss in bandscanning unless tuning very slowly (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. WORLD OF RADIO 1814 monitoring: confirmed Sat Feb 27 at 2330 on WBCQ 9329.90-CUSB, good at S9+10. I check WA0RCR 1860-AM Feb 28 at 0114, and find 160m is clogged by another contest, including W8PR, Ohio, on 1863-LSB, working VE3YXO with some difficulty, unheard here. So I figure there will also be QRM to WORLD OF RADIO later. It starts about 0417 UT Sunday Feb 28, and at 0424 I do find SSB QRM on both sides, which even 2.3 kHz bandwidth has trouble avoiding. At least there is no one right on top of us. Next:
Mon 0030   WBCQ 9330v-CUSB to WSW
Mon 0400v  WBCQ 5110v-CUSB Area 51 to WSW
Mon 0430.5 WRMI 9955 to SSE  
Tue 0030   WBCQ 9330v-CUSB to WSW
Tue 1200   WRMI 9955 to SSE
Wed 0030   WBCQ 9330v-CUSB to WSW
Wed 1415.5 WRMI 9955 to SSE
Wed 2200   WBCQ 7490v to WSW
Thu 0030   WBCQ 9330v-CUSB to WSW

UNIDENTIFIED. 1499.5 & 1500.5, Feb 28 at 0026, still hearing the wobbling tones on both sides equidistant from 1500 KSTP. Just measured them on the NRD-545, but not another attempt to DF them (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. 9674.5-USB, Feb 28 at 0050, INTRUDERS, 2-way in colloquial Spanish interjecting putas (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

This report dispatched at 0509 UT February 28