lunedì 19 settembre 2016

Glenn Hauser logs September 18-19, 2016

** AUSTRALIA. 2325, Sept 19 at 1230, ABC News on the hour, almost readable, // weaker 2485 and much stronger 4835; not // the ABC TV news hour on 9580 Radio Australia (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** BRAZIL. 11780, Sept 19 at 0306 and later, RNA is OFF, while S9+35 on 6180. Certainly not a propagation problem, as the several weakling ZYs on 25m are still audible: 11934.7, 11925.2, 11854.9, 11815.0, 11764.7 plus more on 31m (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** ERITREA. 7175, Sept 19 at 0322 and 0355 chex, nothing now from VOBME nor Ethiopian DRM jamming. A brief reactivation, to be gone again for months? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** GREECE. 11645, Sept 19 at 0532, very poor S2-S4 signal probably Arabic segment, during the foreign-language hour of Voice of Greece, but nothing on 9420 (or 9935) (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** INDONESIA. 9525.897, Sept 19 at 1302, VOI is barely audible with some modulation today, YL with VOI ID detected. Song at 1343. Some hum is on transmission I can`t get rid of by precise tuning. Was hoping it would be better today after good reception of Thailand 9390 during preceding semihour. May VOI continue to improve? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** IRAN. 11660, Sept 19 at 0308, song sounds south Asian? very poor.  Aoki shows VIRI`s Arabic Al-Quds TV service is here, i.e. for Palestine, at 0230-0530, 500 kW, 289 degrees from Zahedan (but here too is CNR2 from Xianyang 594 site in mid-China) (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** MEXICO. 1300, UT Monday Sept 19 at 0333, ``La Hora de Chihuahua`` is starting, ``complementaria de La Hora Nacional``, so of course it`s XEP in Juárez as usual the dominant night signal here despite listed 200 watts. It seems that LHN is really ``Media Hora Nacional``, the second half being turned over to state/local government programs. 

Will I hear the same thing on other Chihuahua stations? First to check is 800, XEROK, but can`t get enough signal past 2.5 kW KQCV OKC, despite a close to 90-degree null. Which reminds me, that XEROK for quite a while now has seemed to be underpowered again, far less than 50, let alone 150 kW, wasting its exalted clear-channel status across western North America (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** MEXICO. 1510, UT Monday Sept 19 at 0331, ``La Radio Alternativa`` mentioned several times in station promo roughly from south amid heavy QRM, the newish XEQI in Monterrey NL, in IRCA Log as ``La Nueva Radio``, but now Alternativa is its name per NL government roster:
IRCA and WRTH list as 10 kW daytimer, but IRCA adds it`s 24 hours. This might have been preceding a local PS to La Hora Nacional as on several other stations. Same page also linx to streaming and download of ``Nuevo León en la Hora Nacional --- Descarga y escucha aquí este programa conducido por Gregorio Bernal y Roció [sic] Zubiria``.
Here`s the 1510 program schedule:

** MEXICO. 1050, UT Monday Sept 19 at 0334, XEG talking about events in Monterrey and Nuevo León, as it`s doing its own local PS to La [Media] Hora Nacional. (Checking for this after Chihuahua stuff on XEP 1300, q.v.) 

990, XET MTY however, is just playing music at 0335+ Sept 19.

660, UT Monday Sept 19 at 0345, segment about cine estrenos in Monterrey, not // 1050, or at least not synchronized. So this must be XEFZ, 10/1 kW ABC Radio in MTY, another PS to La Media Hora Nacional.

570, UT Monday Sept 19 at 0347, seems same show as on 660, q.v., ``En Escena`` segment about new film releases, but not synchronized with sibling station to this, XEBJB, 5/0.5 kW also in Monterrey (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) 

** MEXICO. 540, Sept 19 at 1202, DJ calls himself Osman Ramírez, buenos días, says news will start at 7 am and into romantic music now at 6 am local. Presumably usual XETX, Nuevo Casas Grandes, Chihuahua (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** MEXICO. 820, Sept 19 at 1206, ID as ``820, ABC Radio``, so XEABCA, Mexicali BCN, music making usual slow SAH with WBAP nulled (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) 

** NETHERLANDS [non]. 7570, Sept 19 at 0100, WRMI starts the PCJ Radio International special, part 3 of From the Archives of Radio Netherlands. VG signal of course pre-empting Brother HyStairical. This one presents drama, which requires undivided attention to follow, and unfortunately I can`t do that now, but rechex before 0300 confirm the entire two hours did air (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** NORTH AMERICA. 6930-USB, Sept 19 at 0321, hard rock music at S6. Still going at 0351, no IDs heard at pauses, 0354 spooky music, stops about 0403. Several lengthy logs here did get XLR8 IDs:

** OKLAHOMA. Re my report that KTOK 1000 OKC carried Dodgers baseball on UT Sunday Sept 11, Neil Kazaross replies, ``Yep, I did some googling and OKC's minor league teams is the Dodgers affiliate so this may explain KTOK. 73 and thx KAZ PS hoping some TP audio can make it to you.``

It never occurred to me that there could be a Dodgers BB team other than the one in Los Ángeles. You may find it incredible that an Okie resident would not know the name of the MiLB team in OKC, but I consider it a badge of honor as I detest stupid ballgames and all the wasted attention and $$$$$$$$$$$ they attract. I only have to deal with them in connexion with radio logs. I also avoid the sports segments on local TV newscasts, but must say I have never noticed anything about the OKC Dodgers in football-crazy Oklahoma. BTW, I`m all for physical-fitness, just not watching/idolizing others with it (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** RUSSIA. 7295, Monday Sept 19 at 1238, no signal from R. Sakha, which should be on until 1400 weekdays. Wonder if their scheduling has changed now that the ``elexions`` are over, like apparently has 5900 Vladivostok (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SOLOMON ISLANDS [non]. 5020, Sept 19 at 1233, no signal from SIBC, so no prolonged transmission today; but I am getting plenty of carriers on Indian/Tibetan/Chinese 60m frequencies: 5050, 5040, 5010, 4970, 4920, 4910, 4895 with audio, 4870, 4820, 4810, 4800 music, 4760, 4750 talk. Not to mention the regular strong ones on 4940, 4885, 4835 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SUDAN. 7206, Sept 19 at 0322, no signal here from off-frequency Omdurman, but by 0355, carrier is on, and still a JBA carrier at 0517 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** THAILAND. 9390, Sept 19 at 1241, HSK9 is S9+10 today at unusually good listening level during commercial for Westin Bangkok hotel, all the alcoholic mixed drinx at their bar; finally back to ``evening news on Radio Thailand, FM 88``, such as the bad political situation in Cambodia (never mind Thailand!); killer haze out of Indonesia into Singapore, Malaysia; other Asian news except for NYC bombing; 1252 more ads prior to Business Update segment, ID as Radio Thailand from the Public Relations Department of the Royal Thai Government, AM 918, 88.1`` and two other FM frequencies, but no shortwave! Ad for Mayflower Restaurant, with Cantonese cuisine. Cuts off abruptly during biznews at 1259:35*, geez. 

Back on a few seconds later with weaker signal after beam change, full ID in English, as Radio Thailand via Udon Thani, for Asia, Pacific, Middle East, Africa, Europe and America. And then into Japanese. The azimuth switch should have been from 132 to 54 degrees, the latter theoretically more favorable for us; did they get them backwards, or strange sidelobes? This SE Asian service in English is surely our best chance to hear R. Thailand, not the virtually inaudible so-called N American service at 0000-0330 on 15590 alternating 6 and 38 degrees. HSK9 should have insisted on access to VOA Greenville, not just Udorn (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** TURKEY. 15450, Sept 19 at 1326, VOT IS at S6 keeps playing past 1328 as IDs start to be inserted for presumed next broadcast after English, i.e. Kazakh, but off before 1330, maybe made the QSY in time (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. WORLD OF RADIO 1843 monitoring: confirmed Sunday Sept 18 at 2330 on WBCQ 9329.775-CUSB, fair S9. Also confirmed after 0030 UT Monday Sept 19 on WRMI 7730, good. Also confirmed at midpoint 0315 UT Monday Sept 19 on Area 51 via WBCQ 5129.87-AM, S9+10. Also confirmed UT Monday Sept 19 at 0330 on WRMI 9955, S9. Next:
Mon 2330   WBCQ 9330v-CUSB to WSW
Tue 1100   WRMI 9955 to SSE
Tue 2130   WRMI 15770 to NE
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. I update WRMI World Music hours each time I find a new one:
0000-0100 Tue-Sat    7730 285 deg
0100-0300 Sunday    *7570 315 deg [and any other days? Or one-off?]
0700-0800 Tue-Fri    7730 285 deg
1300-1400 Mon-Fri   11580  44 deg
1400-1500 Mon-Fri? *11580  44 deg [heard Mon Sep 19 and regularly]
1700-1800 daily    *13695 315 deg
2000-2100 Mon-Sat   11580  44 deg
* = unlisted as such on the WRMI schedules

** U S A. 7505, Sept 19 at 0324, WRNO is OFF again. One of our most unreliable SW stations --- will they ever get serious? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 5890 & 3215, Sept 19 at 0521, the two WWCR frequencies supposed to be carrying Brother Scare are dead air, while the other two, 4840 and 5935, are nominal. And BS is OK on WRMI 5765, 5850, etc., etc., etc., etc., etc., etc., etc., etc., etc. (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. Based on a later log Sept 6 and Greg Hardison`s info, I think this one must also have been WMGC in Murfreesboro TN, rather than KSWV Santa Fe NM, off the hook:

``810, August 1 at 0215 UT, romantic music in Spanish loops east-west, which rules out México and makes it very likely New Mexico`s KSWV Santa Fe. Dominant signal making fast SAH with something, CO or MO? Segués 0216 UT, 0220 UT with no announcements at all, but the final tune cut short at 0221 UT to dead air, 0223 UT off the air. Or rather maybe cut from 5000 to 10 watts night power U1 per NRC AM Log. FCC official July sunset was 0215 UT; August: 0200 UT`` 

UNIDENTIFIED. 774, Sept 19 at 1158 UT, a few minutes before sunrise, JBA carrier here looping NW, so NHK; then find others on 684, 693, 828. Only 684 is not a superpower NHK; could be N Korea or China (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. 1060, Sept 19 at 1208 UT, ``buenos días`` song, loops WSW, makes fast SAH with others, perhaps KIJN Farwell TX, which John Johnson, AZ, reports hearing again; had been off for a year or two, but before that was also significantly off-frequency. QRM from another SS talking at 1213 UT. Probably getting both KIJN and KXPL El Paso TX, but no definite ID yet for either. Last time I logged any audio from KIJN was Oct 7, 2014 as in the DXLD 16-37 résumé (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

This report dispatched at 1804 UT September 19