martedì 25 ottobre 2016

Glenn Hauser logs October 23-24, 2016

** CUBA. 5055, Oct 24 at 0552, JBA carrier, presumably the leapfrog mixing product of 5025 Rebelde over 5040 RHC another 15 kHz up. Yes, S9+30 5040 is on tonight in English, not always the case after 0500. But 5025 is S9+20 of dead air. No reverse leapfrog detectable, however, on 5010 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** EGYPT. 9315, Oct 24 at 0252, R. Cairo ``English`` motorboating is only S5, much weaker than undermodulated Arabic on 9964.6. 

9964.56, UT Mon Oct 24 at 0341, surprised to hear R. Cairo Arabic frequency in English! But it`s an Arabic language lesson, M&W alternating. Such a les ought to be within an English language service, not Arabic. Undermodulated as usual, but in this case narrowing bandwidth to about 230 Hz significantly improves readability. IIRC, there has been a previous report of English on 9965v after 0330 (when English nominally ends on 9315, which is now off.)

12085, the third Cairo frequency supposed to be on at this hour, is a mere JBA carrier at 0342 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** ERITREA [and non]. 7136-7157, Oct 24 at 0334, DRM-style noise jamming from ETHIOPIA surrounding VOBME-1, 7145v, but no carrier from it audible.

7178-7191, Oct 24 at 0335, DRM-style noise jamming around 7185 JBA carrier from VOBME-2, but this noise sounds considerably different from the other one, and is unusually narrow-band, weaker (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** FRANCE. 17615, Oct 24 at 1657, good signal HOA-ish music until 1659* with no ID, but it`s RFI Hausa, 500 kW at 170 degrees. The last thing everystation ought to broadcast before cutoff is an ID! Same transmitter could shift to 17620 for French from 1700 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** KURDISTAN [non]. 11600, Oct 23 at 1255, Denge Kurdistane music at S9+10; 1259 YL announcement, modulation drops, and at 1300 signal drops to much weaker S5-S7; VERY smooth site switch with no echo overlap, presumably from PRIDNESTROVYE to BULGARIA (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** MADAGASCAR. 6190, Oct 24 at 0252 check, still no signal from La Voz Alegre, MWV Spanish service, which ordinarily is quite well audible here; ditto the repeat on 6150 at 0314 check. 17640 also AWOL from APR English Oct 24 at 1804 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** MEXICO. 800, Oct 24 at 0605 after multi-verse XE NA, barely hear a ``Cañón`` ID, so XEROK, Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua is still here, but much QRP vs KQCV OK nulled as much as possible; also a ``punto siete`` reference to FM //? But none is listed for XEROK (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** MEXICO. 1560, UT Mon Oct 24 at 0319 UT, `La Hora Nacional`. topic cultural events in Guanajuato, which I had heard publicized last week in a promo on some other XE. Not // much stronger 1570 XERF. Loops SW, whence the only possibility is XEJPV, Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua, more  like WSW.

At 0331, 1560 has moved on to something else, while XERF is just wrapping up LHN from/about Guanajuao, so playout must have started at least a minute late there (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** TURKEY. 9515, Oct 24 at 0336, Turkish songs at S6-S4, so VOT is still active here with music fill in second part of hour. It had been missing from both Spanish frequencies after 0100 UT Oct 23, and I meant to check 9515 later that night. BTW, Alan Roe found that the DX Letterbox show got out of synch again from its bi-weekly scheduling, confirmed ON this Sat/UT Sun Oct 23-24, so next one should be Nov 5/6. But by then, the new B-16 schedule (same as A-16) will be in effect, for English: 1330 12035 Eu/NAm; 1730 11730; 1930 6050; 2130 9610; 2300 NAm 5960; 04 7240 & NAm 9655 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** UGANDA [non]. 15240, Oct 23 at 1801 check, R. Munansi via WWRB is on again this Sunday, good signal (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 5085.5, Oct 24 at 0305-0312+, routine check whether WTWW-2 be on, instead hearing CW marker repeated. Very slow rate, so easy to copy despite very weak signal. Pauses of about a minute between iterations: ``WI2XJP WAYLAND MA FN42HI`` --- So it`s licensed experimental, the last 6 being grid locator, a lowfer beacon. No longer heard at 0346 recheck. Tried the ARRL/FCC/ lookups first, but not ham and as such it`s not included.

Further searching on call leads to:

[Lowfer] WI2XJP 5058.5 (dial upper sideband) 5059.5 (actual) BPSK31
k2ors at Wed Oct 5 11:56:24 EDT 2016. Running PSK31 on 5058.5 kHz about 30W into inverted V Reports welcome! 73 Warren`` 

earlier: ``Sat Aug 20 21:45:04 EDT 2016 [Lowfer] WI2XJP PSK31 6.8 MH``

Well, now it`s a plain CW marker only. I`ll bet he picked this frequency knowing SW monitors, and even hams would be checking for WTWW on it --- and of course, operating at same time would be suicidal. does identify who K2ORS really is now:

157 Plain Rd
Wayland, MA 01778

``Active on HF AM and operate longwave experimental stations WH2XIL  (formerly WD2XGJ on 137 kHz) and WE2XGR/1 (on 460-515 kHz) Big fan of the late Jean Shepherd who was the original holder of K2ORS. Excelsior!`` (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. WORLD OF RADIO 1848 monitoring: confirmed Sunday Oct 23 at 2330 on WBCQ, 9330.075v-CUSB, fair. Also confirmed UT Monday Oct 24 from 0300:40 on Area 51 via WBCQ 5130.05-AM. Also confirmed at 0339, the 0330 UT Monday WRMI broadcast on 9955, poor S2, then up to S7 and no jamming audible. Next:
Mon 2330   WBCQ 9330v-CUSB to WSW
Tue 0030   WRMI 7730 to WNW [NOTE: this airing replaces Monday 0030!]
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. 11580, Oct 24 at 1430-1459.5, WRMI with World Music, mostly ME during first half. Altho never on sked grid, believe this is the most reliable and only 7-day-a-week hour of WM, 1400-1500. Still shown are 1300-1330 M-F on 11580, and 07-08 UT Tue-Fri on 7730 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENNG DIGEST)

** U S A. 5130.05, Oct 24 at 0348, reverby interview with someone inspired by Harry Partch, and his cloud-chamber, to explore non-traditional ``musical`` instruments, such as a $16 blender, vacuum cleaner, creme pies, bullhorns. I guess this was within Hobart Radio International as scheduled UT Mon 0330 on Area 51 via WBCQ (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 11870, Oct 24 at 0248, this WEWN is still AWOL, while Spanish on 5810 is VG at 0256; and English on 11520 at S6. 11870 still off at 0540. How about in the daytime? 

13830, Oct 24 at 1853, this is the WEWN missing now, while still on 12050 Spanish, 15610 English (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 9275, Oct 24 at 1657, no signal from WMLK, even tho it`s Monday during the nominal span starting at 1600; nor at 1804 recheck (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 1380, Oct 24 at 0321 UT, sports talk in English about Cubs is dominating and // echoing with 1020 KOKP Perry OK with is with Fox Sports Radio; 1380 from NE/SW, instead of usual KRCM Spanish religion from SSE on day power --- it may be there but very weak now. Altho KKRX 1380 Lawton OK has flipped to sports, it`s south of here, and with CBS Sports Radio (but exclusively??), and never heard at night. KHEY El Paso TX, 5000/500 U1, is Fox Sports Radio, and indeed at 0332 UT I hear Fox SR mentioned, so very likely this (and Juárez stations are in well). Only other could be KXFN St Louis, silent since last December, had sports format, and would have to be on reactivated 5 kW day pattern southwards (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 1620, Oct 24 t 0315 UT, YL with weather for Pensacola, Milton, etc., in some detail, lows to be in mid-to-low 40s in the FL Panhandle; purple flags on the beach warning of jellyfish. ``Look at satellite weather`` so maybe a TV simulcast from a 10 pm CT newscast? So it`s WNRP, Gulf Breeze FL, 10/1 kW. This one is amazingly rare here --- 1620 dominated by NE, TX, or from that direxion, R. Rebelde, Cuba, usually without any sign of WNRP. Maybe they failed to decimate their power tonight? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 92.9, re my conclusion that Spanish here as heard in NW OK must be KSNZ Shamrock TX, got a reply from them setting me straight:

``Hi Glenn: Thanks for your inquiry. You would have been hearing KMML in Cimarron KS as they are full-time Spanish format at 92.9. I find them online at 
and their stream is at 
Best to you!
Legends 92.9 - KSNZ
Shamrock - Wheeler County, TX
207 North Main Street - PO Box 83
Shamrock, TX 79097
Phone: 806-256-2277
Hi KSNZ, You must be right -- tnx for the answer beyond saying it wasn`t KSNZ. The area code 806 ads sure had me fooled. Maybe their coverage extends into the northern edge of TX. Glenn``

In fact the linked coverage map shows they do, e.g. stinky Perryton, but not the 92.9 transmitter, which from Cimarron is between Dodge and Garden Cities KS; but rather // KSMM, 100 kW on 101.5 from Liberal KS (which I had logged on my last NM trip thru the OK Panhandle last year). BTW, 101.5 is 3 minutes and 20 seconds north of the 37th parallel, so really in KS, not OK, and certainly not TX. This also relates to my non-Spanish 1470 log on Oct 13 of presumed KSMM (AM) Liberal KS (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** ZAMBIA. 13680, Sunday Oct 23 at 1310, JBA carrier; 11680 at same time, JBA music. Still unable to be sure Voice of Hope - Africa is really on the air with weekend-only sked of 12-17 UT on 13680 (but 11680 alternate possibility really happened at least once, by mistake?). We know it can achieve good signal even here, via longpath?

Time to reëxamine what other stations might be on both at this hour, per Aoki. 11680: KCBS Pyongyang thruout. 13680: Sound of Hope until 1500 and consequently ChiCom jamming. BTW, as of Oct 16, Aoki fails to list Zambia at any time on either! 

11680, Monday Oct 24 at 0538, no doubt that VOH-A is active now on its weekday morning service, S9-S5 YL preacher implying that God is the solution to Zambia`s problems -- but this frequency is not for Zambia, but far beyond, even US (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** ZAMBIA. 5915, Oct 24 at 0255, undermodulated African choral music, presumably ZNBC. 5920 WHRI not very strong, and 5910 HJDH no problem either (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. Trans-Pacific JBA MW carrier search October 23, from 1227 to 1232 UT: mostly NW from Japan/FE at first, then some WSW, DU, all as usual on the hand-held DX-398 with internal ferrite antenna only. The big guns from NHK, 774, 747 and 693 initially were strong enough for some audio, especially 774:

774-NW, 747-NW, 738-SW, 702-NW, 693-NW, 666-NW, 657-?, 612-WSW, 594-NW, 567-NW, 792-WSW, 828-WSW, 837-WSW.

At 1234, 1098-W.
Our sunrise at 1246 UT.
At 1250, 774-WSW, 702-WSW (Glenn Hauser, Enid OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. Trans-Atlantic JBA MW carrier search, Oct 24 at 0557-0601, all roughly NE to ENE, u.o.s.: 773-E (Mauritania), 747, 738, 603, 846, 882, 1044, 1098, 1368.

(No TP search circa sunrise Oct 24: much needed sleep catchup. Per Richard Allen, didn`t miss much) (Glenn Hauser, Enid OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

This report despatched at 2002 UT October 24