mercoledì 20 luglio 2016

Glenn Hauser logs July 20, 2016

** BOTSWANA [and non?]. 13830, July 20 at 0600, VOA French is very poor at S4, and also on the high side only, a louder noise field up to 13837, not sounding like DRM. Hard to tell whether a defect from the VOA transmitter, some kind of ute, or surely not jamming (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA. 9710, July 20 at 1322, RHC music and then talk are overmodulated/distorted, splattering at least 10 kHz above and below (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA. Hours and hours of snow on my analog TV set to channel 2, during numerous sporadic E openings, per the 6 meter maps, with no results here; until finally some video shows up during a big opening over eastern USA: July 20 at 1547 UT, fade-in some béisbol, batter up, Spanish commentary. Very briefly, and the audio level, when in, is higher than normal, stays in a bit even after the video fades; 1550 another brief video f/in and f/out. 1551 some music is heard. 1555 briefly some Morse code! (mixture? Overload from a local repeater ID? I sometimes get that on FM around 88.1). 

Cuba is the most likely source for any analog TVDX in Spanish, Mexico having evaporated. I check the Tele-Rebelde schedule at

and sure enough, today at 10 am - 1 pm [14-17 UT] (and again in the afternoon), it`s ``Camponeato Nacional de Béisbol Juvenil``, so I`m pretty sure this is it. Keep monitoring and at 1703 some video f/in, 1704 two guys side by side, 1707 maybe a star logo between them like on the TR website. I pause for lunch until 1747, and resuming, nothing more to be seen or heard past 1905 UT.

This source
shows Tele-Rebelde from a 132 kW transmitter in Habana. There`s another, 4 kW in La Capitana, wherever that is: provinces not given; and only one other ch 2 in Cuba, 5 kW Cubavisión in far Santiago. Only Habana is in single-Es range from here, an even 2.100 megameters or circa 1305 miles. It`s far enough for any TVDX from there always to have been noteworthy (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 12072.0-USB, July 20 at 1327, tuning from one R. Australia frequency to another, I encounter a US military tactical net with many stations, a lot of them barely audible. Refers to ``Seaburner`` (spelling?) several times. One soon gives ``local`` timecheck as ``8:28``, i.e. CDT same as OK. Abbr`d numerical calls such as ``40`` in contact with ``04``; later ``45``, ``50``, ``53`` more fully preceded by ``Dark Night`` (or Knight?). 

Fragments: ``de-con[tamination] team requested``; ``chemical or gas?``; ``radio check``; ``three vehicles HMV-type``; ``we`re in Mango (?) as we travel thru Utica`` [Mingo and Utica are major streets in Tulsa but do not intersect]; By now it`s 1346 as something is ``denied``. 1350, ``any update on the de-con team?``; 1357 ``West Side`` twice, about a ``med-evac``; ``fair and fire broken down, unable to relay``; partial alfanumerix including 91874297 [918 is Tulsa area code, but these are probably red herrings]. 1359, ``41`` contacting ``04``, still going past 1400 with cryptic numbers. I break for breakfast; still going at 1451, between ``Dark Night 53`` and ``51``. There are long pauses between some transmissions. 

Is this a training exercise, or some real event?? I then search the UDXF yg on 12072 and hit a log of same just from yesterday and ante-yesterday: 

``Jul 19 6:36 PM --- 12072.0 Numerous DARK KNIGHT stations & WILD EAGLE stations with exercise comms (artillery & air defense) from around the Fort Polk, LA area: 1250 UTC+ in USB voice (18-19/JULY/2016) (JLM) (Jack L Metcalfe, Stanford KY, July 19, UDXF yg via DXLD)`` (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. WORLD OF RADIO 1834 monitoring: confirmed Wednesday July 20 at 1315.5, fair on WRMI 9955, but with Cuban pulse jamming at almost equal level: tnx a lot, Arnie! Jamming still going at 1345 when WRMI starts airing `Ask WWCR` instead of `Viva Miami`. Similar to but stronger than pulsing on 9805 against no Martí. Next WORs:
Wed 2100   WBCQ 7490v to WSW
Wed 2330   WBCQ 9330v-CUSB to WSW

This report dispatched at 1925 UT July 20