martedì 8 novembre 2016

Glenn Hauser logs November 6-7, 2016

** ANGUILLA. 6090, Nov 7 at 0715, CB with open carrier/dead air, while 5935 WWCR is nominal with DGS utterances (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CHINA. 9620, Nov 6 at 2250, S5 Chinese echoing. Therefore it`s a couple of CNR1 jammers against inaudible IBB Chinese, 332 degrees from Tinang, Philippines, scheduled this hour only (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CHINA. 7410, Nov 7 at 1357, S9+10 Japanese with piano music, giving contact info, from a ``Hoso desu``, and did I hear Shiokaze mentioned? As it`s now scheduled 13-14 here, but at 1400 CRI theme and opening Japanese. I had tuned away briefly at 1359/1400 to check 7355 New Zealand, so there could have been a station/site switch on 7410. But CRI Japanese is also at 13-14 on 7410. Hard to imagine Shiokaze staying on this ill-chosen channel much longer (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA. 15140, Nov 6 at 1920, RHC is choking in Arabic, instead of English, first indication that they have gone to B-16 scheduling a week late, in order to coördinate with DST shift like USA, as a running dog of Yanqui imperialism. So English on 15140 should now be at 20-21 UT, unchecked yet.

As of Nov 7, has their embedded pdf frequency schedule at
been updated? Of course not! But my further monitoring shows:

11880, Nov 6 at 2242, English now during this hour instead of 23+ UT, as usual during B-seasons, yes, moving an hour *earlier* instead of later by UT. This also divorces it from the Tropical 5040 English which does move an hour later to start at 0000, altho not confirmed yet. 2256 recheck, now dead air on 11880, crashed, or finished early?

6075, Nov 6 at 2245, RHC reactivated here in Spanish, S9 // 11760. This replaces 9710 in the tarde, just like last B. 

6075, Nov 7 at 0536, RHC is still on here but in English! Weaker than 6060, and also // 6000, 6100, 6165, best on 5040 --- and at 0547 I find 9535 is also still on and in English! Unknown yet whether these normally Spanish-only frequencies did this due to confusion on the first day of standard time, or an intentional extension. Final recheck at 0658 finds 5040 still on, 6060, 6075 and 9535 off; 6000, 6100 and 6165 still on but all gone shortly after 0700. (On UT Sundays only, one of them stays on with Esperanto for another semihour, 6100?) (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA. 5025, Nov 7 at 0538, R. Rebelde back on with ID, S9+20 but somewhat undermodulated; a music countdown being enumerated. Also still detectable after 1315 UT, but earlier evening UT Nov 7 I think it was still off, unlogged (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA [non]. 9955, Sunday Nov 6 at 2251, anti-Communist Cuban exile program, mentions hours as 5:30-6:30 pm, i.e. `Foro Revolucionario`, Sundays only now shifted one real hour later to 2230-2330 UT. No jamming audible: may take a while (if ever) to get the incompetent DentroCuban Jamming Command synched up with targets (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA [and non]. 13820, Nov 7 at 1410, R. Martí is VG with no jamming audible, W&W chatting about the late Janet Reno on `Con Voz Propia`. Wall of noise jamming is still attacking 7435, which switches to 13820 at 1400. Also buried by jamming on // 11930. At 1413, 13820 goes into a fade with SAH from some CCI, and then some lite pulse jamming starts to be heard. Iran in Arabic is on 13820 until 1430 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** JAPAN [non]. 11925, Nov 7 at 1407, NHK World Radio Japan via PALAU, English commentary about Mrs Clinton. QRMed by jamming bleeding from 11930, while // 11685 Uzbekistan is a JBA carrier here (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** MADAGASCAR. 17640, Nov 6 at 1809, still nothing from MWV English (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** NEW ZEALAND. 7355, Nov 7 at 1353, pop music, good with no CCI, and not on 9700, as RNZI is testing this, why? 9700 not propagating to Pacific in the low-sunspot springtime nights? It was propagating to here. 1355 RNZ International announces postal address, P O Box 123, Wellington 6140, Voice of the Pacific; 1400 timesignal and news. KNLS is on 7355 until 1300, and then there`s Iran in Kurdish at 1320-1420 colliding elsewhere, but not here. Apparently no longer a test, but on the sked, ex-9700: ``12:59 - 16:50 7355 AM Pacific Daily`` (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** NIGERIA. 7254.923, Nov 6 at 0614 check, VON Hausa exactly here, usual strong signal (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** OKLAHOMA. UT Monday Nov 7 at 0145:15 UT, my computer and video screens in front of me start shaking for a few seconds; earthquake! Soon revealed as centred slightly west of Cushing, USGS rating 5.0 at 0144:24 UT; so it took almost a minute to reach here? Some reports near the epicenter said it lasted up to a sesquiminute, and there was a lot of damage especially to old buildings in Cushing. OKC TV stations rushed in to cover it; KWTV and KFOR were both running late, due to stupid ballgame overruns on their networks, their full newscasts not starting until 0450 UT and 0500 UT respectively. This allowed KOCO and KOKH to get the jump on them from 0400 UT, even 0300 UT, respectively. As usual, too little too late, the oil-controlled Republican Okie government may ban a few more fracking/injexion wells around areas already devastated by quakes.

1600, Nov 7 at 1317 UT I start listening to Cushing`s only radio station, KUSH (not even an FM translator there, per WTFDA DB), during the usual W&W morning chat show, where of course this is the topic of the day; but skywave QRM from Vietnamese KRVA The Metroplex is still heavy making a slow SAH of 28/minute = 0.47 Hz. Anyhow, KUSH survived the shakeup. Here`s KUSH website for its own latest news, streaming:
It`s OK here on groundwave after skywave fades out (Glenn Hauser, Enid, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** ROMANIA. (6020 & 7340), UT Monday Nov 7 0415-0455 UT, I listen to the RRI webcast, since I am on the computer instead of on the radio, for the final repeat of the Listener`s Day special, musings about Happiness; some familiar names such as Christer Brunström, Sweden:
I suppose the ``0600`` Nov 7 on-demand English broadcast would contain this for a while (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** ROMANIA. 6140-6145-6150, Nov 7 at 0543, DRM noise. I bet it`s RRI: well, HFCC shows 0500-0600, Roumanian, 300 kW, 285 degrees from Galbeni but D which means NOT DRM. No N notations anywhere around there --- which mean NOT NOT DRM, i.e. Numérique (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SOUTH AFRICA. 17800, Nov 6 at 1928, VG signal with 1 kHz tone test; 1930 AWR Theme, English ID by YL introducing Fulfulde. Figured it`s another Madagascar emission, but HFCC shows this one is Meyerton, 250 kW at 315 degrees, and overkilling way on to North America. Or is it?  
The very first immigrant language in a very long list is ``Adamawa Fulfulde (22,500)`` So that many potential listeners in USA, of whom how many have SW radios, how many know about this broadcast, and how many would be open to Adventist conversion? Zero? Per EiBi`s readme, Fulfulde a.k.a. Fulani is spoken by about 10 megapeople in Nigeria, Niger and Burkina Faso (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SPAIN. 9690, Nov 6 at 2255, REE achieves good signal by now on North American beam, as it`s about over. What they don`t fathom is during the previous 8 hours on weekends they need to be on one, preferably two higher bands earlier to propagate properly. Meanwhile,

11685, Nov 6 at 2255, REE in Castilian is VP S2, but enough to // 9690, this being the 1900+ frequency for Africa succeeding 17755 before then on weekends (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** TURKEY. 12035, Nov 6 at 1410, VOT English is fair with Turkish music, except now it has to cope with splatter from maladjusted 12050 WEWN (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** UGANDA [non]. 15240, Sunday Nov 6 at 1809, WWRB is JBA with R. Munansi music, 1816 talk; recheck 1920 off, so previous schedule until 1900 rather than 2000 seems maintained, starting at 1600 but often first hour is mostly music (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U K. 5450-USB, Nov 7 at 0554, robotic YL with VOLMET in halting English. I just can`t copy the locations announced, but many of the airports are something-International, until finally at 0601 ``Midlands`` mentioned. Would help if ``she`` uttered each location twice like CHR does. Many have ``no information available``. What`s with that? Anyhow EiBI shows this is the 24-hour RAF station, somewhere in UK. Among the conditions in each non-missing report is QNH which I gather means ``altimeter`` = barometer in millibars, e.g. 1013. Once she spelt it out as ``Quebec-November-Hotel``. But why QNH? Do any other VOLMETs say that? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. WORLD OF RADIO 1850 monitoring: NOT confirmed UT Monday Nov 7 at 0030 on WBCQ 9330v-CUSB, no signal, probably off, while 9265 WINB is very poorly audible. Also confirmed UT Monday Nov 7 from 0231 on World Radio Network webcast, after non-DST shift from 0131. Also confirmed UT Monday Nov 7 at 0401 on Area 51 webcast and presumably also via WBCQ 5130v-AM. Also confirmed after 0430 UT Monday Nov 7 on WRMI 9955, JBA. Next:
Tue 0030   WBCQ 9330v-CUSB to WSW
Tue 0030   WRMI 7730 to WNW
Tue 1200   WRMI 9955 to SSE
Tue 2130   WRMI 15770 to NE
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

** U S A. 7490, Sunday Nov 6 at 2241, WBCQ is S9+25 so `Marion`s Attic` of ancient recorded music is again in season! Before the shift off DST, and especially in summer, we may as well forget it way out here at 21-22 UT vs full daytime absorption. Song with xylophone, and reception good enough to hear the scratches. However, timewise for me it`s always a hard choice to listen to this, or during same 22-23 UT Sunday hour, to KUCO, 90.1, with `Relevant Tones`, 
this week music featuring drum kits. With careful antenna positioning I can even hear that in stereo (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 7780, Nov 7 at 0546, WRMI still missing here. It`s the #3 transmitter, paired with 15770 daytime, and indeed that is missing too, Nov 7 at 1726. While 15770 carries some worthwhile programming at 21-22, 7780 is nothing but BS (except for an occasional attempt at a special preëmption to Europe). (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 11580, Nov 7 at 1426, romantic Spanish song from WRMI, so still with World Music this hour on weekdays (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A [and non]. 12050, Nov 6 at 1405, like yesterday, WEWN Spanish is still extremely distorted and splattering out to 12020-12200! QRMing 12105 IBB Saipan in Burmese, 12035 Turkey in English, and impossiblizing anything weaker above 12050.

12050, Nov 6 at 1808 check, now the splat can be heard out to 12020/12225, but worse the closer to 12050 on the hi side. 12160 WWCR is getting hit now.

12050, Nov 6 at 2246, WEWN still S9 distorted and splattering 12020-12180.

5810, Nov 7 at 0545, WEWN all-night Spanish frequency is OK without the spur field, so I guess a different transmitter. The other overnight Spanish channel, 11870 is still AWOL.

11520, Nov 7 at 0550, very poor signal, presumed WEWN English overnight. 

12050, Nov 7 at 1405, WEWN still distorted and splattering up to 12115 at least, blocking 12085 Australia, bothering 12035 Turkey. 

Finally at 1523 UT Nov 7, I notify frequency manager Glen Tapley:

``Glen, Since this has been going on since Nov 5, I must assume you are unaware of it: the reactivated transmitter on 12050 is EXTREMELY distorted and overmodulated, and even worse, is splattering out to roughly 12020-12200 kHz! This has been causing severe interference to 12160 WWCR, 12105 WTWW (during the hours they are on) and even more so to weaker signals such as Radio Australia on 12085, 12065.

This needs to be taken off the air immediately until it can be remedied. I gather than WEWN has been having lots of transmitter problems recently, apparently one of them off the air completely.
Regards, Glenn Hauser, OK``

He replied 12 minutes later that he was passing this on to Vandiver. Not rechecked here until 1726 Nov 7, when 12050 is indeed OFF, thanks (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 9275, Nov 6 at 1809, no signal from WMLK, even tho it`s Sunday, post-Sabbathday; increasingly erratic appearances (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 860, Nov 7 at 1325 UT, KKOW Pittsburg KS concluding ``Full Moon Polka`` part of daily Polka Time segment combined with birthday wishes (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 1540, Nov 7 at 1315 UT, ESPN-Deportes promos, i.e. KZMP University Park (Metroplex) TX, 32 kW day power since 1300 UT (December: 1330 UT) but losing out to KXEL. Altho in Spanish, the abbr. ESPN is always pronounced in English to avoid sexual embarrassment. They`re stuck with the brand, altho its original meaning has long been surpassed in both languages (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

This report despatched at 1849 UT November 7