domenica 14 agosto 2016

Glenn Hauser logs August 13, 2016

** ARGENTINA. 15345.14, Sat Aug 13 at 1929, very poor S1 signal, maybe sports coverage, presumed R. Nacional --- this LRA transmitter had been below 15345 for weeks, in fact closer to 15344. Aoki shows on Saturdays it not starting until 2000. Are they still running RAExterior earlier on Sats? 17-18 German, 18-19 English? How about 19-20 Italian? (Cairo also varies around 15345 but supposed to be only at 16-18) (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LILSTENING DIGEST)

** AUSTRALIA [and non]. 9580, 12085, 12065, Aug 13 at 1335 check, RADIO AUSTRALIA IS STILL MISSING. 6170, RNZI is still audible but weakening (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** BURUNDI [non]. 15480, Aug 13 at 1803, very poor talk, which would be R. Publique Africaine, via FRANCE, still scheduled daily 18-19 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENINIG DIGEST)

** CUBA. 11980.4, Aug 13 before 2000, a weak open carrier here, and by 2005 I am also hearing some weak pulse jamming. I suspected the carrier was a local device or birdie; stray jamming has been heard before around this frequency, no reason for it. Maybe Arnie figured they should jam my birdie, for good measure. The jamming itself does not normally come with a specific carrier of its own (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** MADAGASCAR. 17640, Aug 13 at 1757, I`m standing by for MWV to come on, which it does at *1759:25 carrier, 1800:08 ``Welcome to African Pathways Radio, 9480 at 4 am UTC, 17680 [sic] at 6 pm UTC`` by the African guy, also introducing unAfrican guy Henry, who refers us to 
VG signal averaging about 40 dBu on the PL-880 with 15 dBu S/N. However there are some very brief and irregular ICDs (intermittent carrier dropoffs, as opposed to IADs = intermittent audio dropouts), so presumably second Continental transmitter, tho reactivated about a week ago, still has some problems. Another check at 1858 is too late, already off. Is the other transmitter in Russian on 9570 still being heard during the same hour? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** OKLAHOMA. 1120, Aug 13 at 2000 UT, as I tune by KETU, Catoosa/Sperry/Tulsa, ID as ``Veinte, la Diferente``. Maybe I missed an ``Once`` to start with. After lots of irregularity, it always seems to be on now, but its SR/SS scheduling not regular. BTW, the 2015-2016 NRC AM Log put Tulsa in TX. 2016-2017 edition will be out shortly (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** OKLAHOMA [and non]. 1390-, KCRC Enid, my strongest local, continues to pollute the upper MW band with spurs at plus & minus 30 and 60 kHz, but not exactly. First noted as hets at midday Sat Aug 13, 1946 UT: on 1450, higher pitch than 1420; on 1330, lower pitch than 1450. At 1949-1953 UT, during Cards baseball on KCRC, I carefully track and measure them on the NRD-545 with ALA-330S antenna:

1330.25, making het upon KNSS Wichita KS, the outer ones weaker 
1360.14, hetting EWTN, i.e. KPHN El Dorado KS; EWTN ID also heard
1389.99, KCRC itself is a bit off; RF gain turned almost all way down
1419.85, blocking KTJS Hobart OK: KCRC audio clearly dominant here
1449.72, hetting KSIW Woodward/KGFF Shawnee OK mix; see separate log

These are approximations, amounting to plus 29.86, minus 29.85; plus 59.73, minus 59.74, each measured independently. No doubt another digit to the Hz would make for exact matches. I also attempted to hear any hets from spurious carriers ~90 kHz out, around 1300 & 1480 (Glenn Hauser, Enid, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** OKLAHOMA. 1450, Aug 13 at 1946 UT, usual daytime groundwave mixture of KSIW Woodward and KGFF Shawnee, roughly equidistant from here, but KSIW is stronger with sports talk. It has a het from a second-order spur out of local 1390 KCRC; see separate log. 1949 UT ID only as ``WWLS, *the* Sports Animal``, and is // but 14 seconds *ahead* of originating 98.1 WWLS OKC, and not // KWPN 640 nor of course 1390 KCRC (Glenn Hauser, Enid, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** OKLAHOMA. 1560, Aug 13 at 1945 UT as I tune across, in case anybody care, immediate weak ID still as ``KEBC, Del City, 1560 AM, The Franchise 2`` (Glenn Hauser, Enid, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** UGANDA [non]. 15239.970, Aug 13 at 1655, WWRB`s weekend-only African service is on again at S9, with music --- but modulation cutting off and on two times per second, a bad internet feed, I suppose. No ToH ID break. 1701 the R. Munansi program is opening with usual brief anthem(?) followed by that lighter vocal piece of theme music, and the IADs continue, making it totally useless. 1706 some talk gets this treatment, and the fragments sound like D. Duck, so it seems the silent segments are compensated for by the audible segments being at double-speed and double-pitch, which was less obvious with the unfamiliar music. Then mostly music; 1725 talk and still screwed up like this, having listened to it for a semihour! 

I quit for lunch until recheck at 1757, when it`s been fixed (for now) during talk in presumed Luganda. At 1803 I`ve switched to the PL-880 on the porch with wire under the eaves, and note the strength readout shows 52 dBu, and the S/N at 25 dBu, during shrill speech about (who else?) Muséveni. Another check on the R75 at 1859 gets a measurement of 15239.974 until cutoff at 1901* without any perceptible closing, let alone a WWRB ID (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A [and non]. WORLD OF RADIO 1838 monitoring: confirmed Saturday August 13 at 2230 on WBCQ, 9330.118-CUSB, poor. Next:
Sun 0310v  WA0RCR 1860-AM ND 
Sun 0830   Unique Radio NSW 3210 ND
Sun 2330   WBCQ 9330v-CUSB to WSW
Mon 0030   WRMI 7730 to WNW
Mon 0300v  WBCQ 5130v Area 51 to WSW
Mon 0330   WRMI 9955 to SSE  
Mon 2330   WBCQ 9330v-CUSB to WSW
Tue 1100   WRMI 9955 to SSE
Tue 2130   WRMI 15770 to NE [to be pre-empted]
Tue 2330   WBCQ 9330v-CUSB to WSW
Wed 1315.5 WRMI 9955 to SSE
Wed 2100   WBCQ 7490v to WSW
Wed 2330   WBCQ 9330v-CUSB to WSW

** U S A. 7780, Aug 13 at 0547, this WRMIBS is still off.

15770, Aug 13 at 1937, now this WRMI frequency is missing, while 15440, 17790, 21675, 11580, et al., are on. Missing ones lately all seem to be on the 44 degree antenna(s), so maybe there`s the problem.

11580, Aug 13 at 2007, the Holy Qur`an Service of Radio Miami International at S5, just to be fair vis-à-vis all the contrary antagonistic Abrahamists WRMI broadcasts, but hardly equivalent to their overwhelming transmitter time. Really, the Qur`an-singing here forms part of the `World Music` tunes repeatedly rotating during an hour. Could someone who understands Arabic translate exactly what this passage is about? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 12105, Aug 13 at 1804, WTWW-3 is on at 59 dBu strength / 25 dBu S/N, presumably 100 kW of it, but dead air (or JBM, maybe trace of talk, could be bleed from WTWW-1). Looks like #3 is in another protracted period of transmitting nothing for hours & hours. How much $$ wastage does that add up to hourly? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. 17505-17510-17515-DRM, Aug 13 at 1933, DRM noise at S5. Nothing in any of the schedules to explain this, and no hits ever on 17510 in the virtually dormant drmna yg or the DRM Software Forum. Nor is anything even on the DRM Consortium`s own sked:
when configured to show all entries, and sorted by frequency: but many of the entries (e.g. NZ) are obviously outdated. Nor is any other broadcast mode scheduled on these frequencies at this hour. 

Perhaps some secret test leading up to HFCC B-16 conference in Ziki-threatened Miami, Aug 22-26; details:
and partly restricted to members only:

This report despatched at 0013 UT August 14