martedì 8 novembre 2016

Glenn Hauser logs November 7-8, 2016

** ALBANIA. 7475, Nov 8 at 0056, JBA carrier from presumed R. Tirana Albanian hour. Wolfgang Büschel says English at 0230 was missing (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** ALGERIA [non]. 7335, Nov 6 at 2244, Arabic speech at S6, i.e. RTA via FRANCE this hour only in B-16 [date correct, overlooked in previous report] (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** BIAFRA [non]. 15325, Nov 7 at 1931, no signal here from R. Biafra, reported by Ivo after 1800 to have moved from 11600 via BULGARIA at 20-23 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA. 5025, Nov 8 at 0049, R. Rebelde is off again, uncovering a JBA carrier slightly low, presumably Quillabamba. Reb had been on this morning around sunrise, and late last night (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA [and non]. 6075, Nov 7 at 2317, RHC is missing again, altho I heard it the previous evening, as presumed B-16 replacement for 9710. Now, 9710 is back on and // 11760, as well as 9535 with CCI from algo (IBB Tibetan via Kuwait and/or CNR1 jamming and/or CRI English via Kunming. The alleged Chinese hour from MWV on 9535 is now re-scheduled to 22-23 instead). 

At 0048 Nov 8 I cannot hear RHC on any 6, 9 or 11 MHz frequency, off, or propagation wipeout? 5040 however is good in English at 0049, i.e. shifted B-season time 00-01 instead of 23-24. By 0055, JBA carriers on 11760 and 11840, RHC? 

9710, Nov 8 at 0048, very poor signal, Spanish? In B-16, CRI is scheduled via Kashgar, EAST TURKISTAN, Portuguese 00-01 & Spanish 01-03 to Americas, a very good reason for RHC to quit 9710, but they have maintained a clash in the past, Commies vs Commies. More anomalies:

9535, Nov 8 at 0109, RHC with Spanish news about FARC at S7, as well as on 9710, both undermodulated. Still no 6075. 6060 is on, but in English instead of Spanish, instead of missing 6165, and also on 6000. 
6060 is not supposed to switch to English until 0500, but it has occasionally been caught Englishing well before then. By 0113, enough S2 signal from 11760 to match it to 9535. At 0136, 6060 is still in English but suptorted, and 6165 is still off. At 0418, 6075 is still off, so are they going to use it this B, or not?

Thanks to blessèd Standard Time, I am now normally awake until about 0700 UT, which is the yearound closedown time of RHC English. So Nov 8 at 0705: 6060 and undermodulated 6165 are still on but switched to Spanish news, which is not unusual for at least a few minutes (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA [and non]. 5980, Nov 8 at 0103, wall of noise jamming against nothing but R. Chaski. After R. Martí really starts 5980, Nov 8 at 0704, NO jamming is audible against S9+20 from Greenville, while // 6030 is MUCH weaker and buried by wall-of-noise (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** GUAM. 15435, Monday Nov 7 at 2220, S4 signal but OOFSOB [one of few signals on band], talk sounds Indonesish, but not exactly; mostly music after 2225, and JBA by 2240. HFCC shows it`s KSDA, 255-degree beam in Sundanese at 2200-2230 on Mon/Wed/Fri/Sat, other days in English, and 2230-2300 daily in real Indonesian (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** OKLAHOMA. 1600, Nov 7 circa 2000 UT on caradio, KUSH Cushing with network news and talk shows, nothing local about the quake (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** PERU [and non]. 5980, Nov 8 at 0103, wall-of-noise by Cuban jamming despite R. Martí never starting this frequency for six more hours! Nevertheless, I am able to detect the R. Chaski carrier under this until autocutoff at 0104:12*, which is 13.5 seconds later than two nights ago, averaging 6.75 per. [Previous report corrected times to:]

5980, Nov 6 at 0018, JBA carrier from R. Chaski barely detectable against heavy Cuban jamming against nothing else. 0057 still the same, but I do manage to hear the Chaski autocutoff at 0103:58.5*, which is 46.5 seconds later than last check one week ago, Oct 30 until 0103:12*, or averaging 6.6 seconds per, right on the mark (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SOMALILAND. 7120, Nov 8 at 1331, S6-S7 carrier but no modulation detectable from presumed R. Hargeisa during English segment. Others report nearly-to-no modulation from this, tsk2. Would be longpath now, and gone at 1412 recheck, the one-hour break scheduled (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SUDAN SOUTH [non]. 13800, Nov 8 at 1325 and further chex the next hour, near-imagination level trace of a JBA carrier, which could be Puntland Radio. At *1427:57, much stronger but only S3-S5 carrier on, and 1429 announcement, no doubt R. Tamazuj as scheduled via GERMANY. Nothing audible on // 15550 via France. No improvement in following hour, but at 1503 it`s S6-S4 with echo, maybe long/short path? Or two site overlap, as at 1500 it is scheduled to switch to Madagascar. At 1506 a bit in English YL talking, soon back to Arabic; 1514 a song by a woman also seems like it`s in English; 1517 discussion in Arabic. 1527 same signal now mentions Dabanga as transition to other PNW service is starting, and by 1530 the Dabanga jingle. Recheck 1626 until off at 1627*. Madagascar is the site for the final sesquihour.

I am checking all this since John Cooper, PA, reported hearing Puntland on 13800, Nov 5 after 1430, with three definite IDs as ``Radio Somali``, which no one else has reported before from Puntland Radio, and apparently unaware that Tamazuj via Germany is also scheduled then on 13800. He remains positive about Puntland despite my suggestion that it was really Tamazuj, and under poor reception conditions ``Tamázuk`` as it is pronounced, could be mistaken for ``Somáli``. 

Puntland is also listed by WRTH as 10 kW on AM + USB. If one can get a sufficient signal before 1428, Puntland should be lacking LSB, and if still hearing 13800 after 1428, a station with both USB and LSB would be Nauen, further confirmable by // 15550 if that is propagating. PNW is finished at 1627, but Puntland manager says his station stops at 1600. Surely it`s blasted away anyway in NE Africa by co-channel PNW stations for those two hours (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** TURKEY [and non]. 5960, Nov 7 at 2300, Voice of Turkey, English to North America is NULL, nothing there. I keep checking every few minutes to 2327, still nothing. Final recheck at 2350, NOW it`s on, very poor with flutter, and barely make out a closing ID at 2352. This transmission keeps starting late, tnx to the incompetent sloppyrators at Emiler, but never this late. 

Very well could have left running a previous scheduled frequency, so what are they? B-16 sked shows nothing right up until 2300, but only earlier transmissions are: Turkish until 2200 on 6120 and 5980 to Europe (also USward); English until 2230 on 9610. Those are the ones to check when 5960 be missing at 2300.

6080, Nov 8 at 0418, another try to hear the other VOT English to North America: once again, very weak signal making a typical fast SAH with co-channel VOA São Tomé. This is NOT working! Allegedly 500 kW at 310 degrees. 0400 is the only English hour with a second frequency, 7240, 138 degrees for Asia, unchecked yet, as if propagating so poorly toward us on 6 MHz, can hardly expect anything on 7 MHz off the back.

In the doldrums of the solar cycle, coupled with normally low winter night MUFs, the few stations still interested in evening SW broadcasts to North America need to seriously consider taking out relays on NAm transmitters if they really care about being heard. Romania is about the only one making it directly, altho its signals are weakened too (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 5058.5-CW, Tue Nov 8 at 0106, WI2XJP experimental beacon from Massachusetts is again audible with slow Morse repeating ID as previously quoted; this time marred by splatter up to 5065 from 5050 WWRB with anti-Semitic gospel huxter. But that should be gone again until resuming UT Sunday (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. WORLD OF RADIO 1850 monitoring: Not confirmed UT Tuesday November 8 at 0041 on WBCQ, 9330v-CUSB --- no signal. Could be on but not propagating, as 9265 WINB can`t do more than S3; yet 9475 WTWW at one third the distance still manages S9+25. On average, being one hour later into the darkside at 2430 instead of 2330 six nights a week, WOR/WBCQ 9330 will propagate less well than it had been. Also not confirmed UT Tuesday November 8 at 0057 check, the 0030 WOR on WRMI 7730, since that is definitely off the air! Next, maybe:
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. 5950, Nov 7 at 2252, pop music on strong S9+10 signal, much stronger than WRMI ever manages here on 181-degree beam, but nothing else known, presumably WRMI testing. Much stronger than 5985 with WRMIBS. B-16, 5950 is registered available any time between 20 and 13 UT. Just after another tune starts, cuts off at 2255*. Meanwhile I have other things to check, like Turkey on 5960 and WEWN on 12050. When I get back to 5950 at 2259, it`s on again with music, outro as ``Christian New Age Radio``, contact --- he didn`t spell Fred---: obvious website is about a print publication, not a broadcast; a new one on me from WRMI, but 2259.5 classic WNYW-style ID, S9+10 and into YFR interval signal as sked at 2300. WRMI grid still shows 5950 as XMTR 14 at 181 degrees, starting at 2000 with BS, paired with daytime frequency 9455 which is always weak here too. From strength, I suspect 5950 has been switched to a more northerly antenna, and bad news for us trying to hear 5952.4 Bolivia, which now is just managing to het WRMI. 

5985, Nov 7 at 2252 was on with WRMIBS as I compared it unfavorably to 5950, supposedly on same southerly azimuth; but at 2313, 5985 is now off. Indeed the skedgrid shows a break at 23-01 amid the 21-07 span.

7780, Nov 7 at 2314, this WRMI #3 is back on after missing yesterday along with day frequency 15770 six hours earlier. But Now, the MIA one is #13, 7730, and it`s still off by 0057 when WORLD OF RADIO would have aired. 7780 continues with BS at 0057, S9+20. Perhaps WRMI is taking one transmitter after another down for maintenance? 

9955, WRMI has an updated program grid effective Nov 6 --- I don`t notice any major changes and it remains presented in ET rather than UT. Yet it does not account for the preacher in English I am hearing Monday Nov 7 at 2316 when `Wavescan` is scheduled; vs some pulse jamming. By 0053 Nov 8, NO signal from WRMI on 9955, off? Leaving some pulse jamming when Radio Libertad should be playing.

5950, UT Tuesday November 8 at 0052, still amazing S9+30, with DX program in Spanish, playing a Panamá song, mailbag, for it`s Antena DX from that country; it also airs at 0030 UT Fri; other days of week on 5950, Frecuencia al Día or Wavescan. 0100 back to TOM at S9+40. 

5850, Nov 8 at 0134, this WRMI is off! Still VG on 5765, and 5950 at S9+25, which I am beginning to think has taken over the 315 antenna which 5850 was on. 5985 WRMI is only S7-S9, never very strong here. 5850 is still off at 0701, while 5950 at S9+20 has switched from BS to World Music. That normally runs on 7730 Tue-Fri at 07-08. Corresponding day frequency of 5850 is 11565, and that is on at 1625 check (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 7490, UT Tue Nov 8 at 0058, WBCQ with plug for Family Policy Alliance, S7-S9; 0102 `From the Isle of Music`, Cuban music and interview show, has started at S9 to S9+20, but fading by 0115 to S4-S7. No other WBCQ frequencies are on/audible (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 12050, Nov 7 at 2258, WEWN Spanish is back on at S9+20, minus the spurs. They had turned it off this morning after I notified them of the splatter. Hope it`s fixed for good (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED [and non]. 1220, Nov 8 at 0121 UT, unusual to hear Spanish here, looping E-W, or slightly clockwise from that. Spirited dialog in colloquial Spanish I can hardly comprehend, but one guy is very excited and yelling as if covering a game, mentions ``canasta``, so maybe it`s basketball. Bearing rules out Mexico, but does refer to ``República Mexicana`` so maybe originating there. By nulling this I can also hear a real Mexican on 1220, XEB from the south, since it`s a second ahead of // fellow IMER outlet 1570 XERF. UnID has been dominant for a while, but losing out to CCI by 0130 UT. 

Now searching for US SS stations on 1220 in NRC AM Log 2016-2017: Unless there has been a recent format flip from something else, WAYE Birmingham AL, 1000/73 U1 looks like best bet, ``La Jefa``. There are others in CA, FL, IL, NC (2), all of which are too far, off-azimuth, or wrong format such as religious. At least perpetual cheater WSLM in Indiana is not being heard now (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) 

This report dispatched at 1747 UT November 8