mercoledì 6 novembre 2019

Glenn Hauser logs November 5-6, 2019

** ALASKA. 11670, Nov 6 at 1358, S1-S2 JBA announcement in Chinese; 1359 dead air, 1400 barely recognizable KNLS IS, confirming it`s really here for the English hour aimed westward, via backward leakage (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** ALBANIA [non]. 15770, Nov 5 at 2030, WRMI with fill music, NOT Radio Tirana which appeared on the WRMI skedgrid a few weeks ago, but the first time I have checked for it. Still music at 2043; 2100 switch to non-BS gospel huxter but must be TOM as now scheduled, finally BS` own voice at 2106. During this hour both 9395 and 9455 emit separate programmings.

I wonder if RT has ever shown up here, M-F 2030 on 15770, since with every seasonal change, now a dekaday ago, there`s a misconnect in the indirect acquisition of RT files via Germany, as the original timing non-DST and/or URL must have changed unbeknownst to the automation. I now suspect the other RT relay slot, nominally shifted to 0230 UT on 9395, has also failed. This deal was not initiated by Radio Tirana, and they take no trouble to maintain it altho tolerate it (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** ARGENTINA [non]. 6060, Nov 6 at 0004, new WRMI-3 frequency VP S7-S8 with flutter during SMTV, but RAE Spanish relay scheduled for 0100 is AWOL again, altho not checked until 0153 when Christian hymns are playing, ``Holy3``, and ``Rejoice`` cut off for 0200*. I suspect that unlike Albania, RAE is still sending files, but not being configured correctly to show up on this system at this time on this frequency. BTW the skedgrid still shows WRMI-3 on 5800 in the 2100-2400 period before changing to 6060, but I think 6060 is already on earlier (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CANADA. 7850-CUSB, Nov 5 at 2105, NO signal from CHU, but VG on 14670-CUSB. The middle frequency is normally audible day and into the night vs MUF plunges. 3330-CUSB is audible at 0708 Nov 6, but again not on 7850. Also Nov 6 at 1427, 14670 but no 7850. Happy anniversary! Mike Cooper forwards this:

/R E P E A T -- Time flies! 80th anniversary of the National Research
Council of Canada time signal/ --- News provided by National Research
Council Canada Nov 05, 2019, 13:00 ET

** CANADA. 15034-USB, Nov 6 at 1351, Trenton Military, CHR still clocking 61 minutes slow as ``1250 zulu``, after no-reports-received from Ontario APs, but succeeds with a ``special report from Calgary`` as of 1300, which is not really from the future (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA. 15370, Nov 5 at 1959, RHC ID in Spanish and introducing English from 2000; 15140 is not on! But at 2028 recheck, 15370 is S9+10 of dead air, and 15140 *is* on now in English amid `DXers Unlimited, this being ``mit-week`` Tuesday. Talking about ham radio activities during Hurricane Harvey, Houston --- old show or reminiscing? Then advocating pre-sunrise grayline DXing; 2030 outro DXUL already.

NOW at 2030, 15370 has started just barely modulating in Brazuguese, whilst previous days, JM Aubier in France had been hearing it in English. 2150 recheck, 15370 is again in Brazuguese, while by now 15140 is off. Something`s always wrong at RHC (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA. 6165, Nov 6 at 0153, no signal from RHC, which was expected in English from 0100; but 6000 is running tho VP S9+10 undermodulated as the only chance to hear it in primetime. By 0200, 6165 is now on along with 6000. This night at 0705 check, 6165 is VG in English, while 6100 and 6000 are off. You never know what combo will be active especially after 0500. Something`s always wrong at RHC (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA. 15370, Nov 6 at 1352, RHC is *not* on here this morning, unlike yesterday, rather usual 15140, S9 but undermodulated JBA, better on 15230. At 1545, still no 15370, but 15230, 15140, 13700. Something`s always wrong at RHC (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** INDIA. 9690, Nov 6 at 1416, choral music, S5-S7 with flutter, 1417 ID as General Overseas Service of All India Radio, plugging its brand new website also offering streaming, URL repeated multiply, No signal on onetime // 11620 for the 1330 sesquihour, altho 11560 Afghan service is audible as usual. 9690 is reactivated for B-19, good for us as long as Spain is not starting here until 1500. 9865 music from Vividh Bharati service is slightly better S6-S8 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** JAPAN [non]. 6155, Nov 6 at 0459, NHK IS, timepips a few seconds late, opening English from NHK World Radio Japan, a weak S9 about the same as 7410. Previous log had wrong info about the three frequencies for this, lacking 6155 which is 300 kW ND from AUSTRIA as now shown on HFCC and also from NHK`s own pdf schedule. 7410 is 500 kW, 155 degrees from FRANCE; and inaudible on 9860, 250 kW, 184 degrees from Vatican. So the lower two remain our best chance to hear RJ in English. If Japanese will do, there`s still 6105 at 0200-0400, 500 kW, 290 degrees from FRANCE targeting CIRAF 10 & 11 = Mexico, Central America, Caribbean, shunning USA but close enough.

6155, Nov 6 at 0702, weak German as AUSTRIA also runs the only SWBC of its own on same frequency as NHK a bihour before, still 300 kW ND at 0600-0720 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** KURDISTAN [non]. How`s the Kurdo-Turco radio war going today? Nov 6 at 1357, only active is 11540 with both Dengê Welat and Jammiler clashing about equally approx. 6 Hz apart making heavy SAH; 1401 drumming and chanting. Seems like in no hurry to play mouse-and-cat. At 1459, still colliding on 11540, but at 1501 one station cuts off revealing no other station either. Immediately tune around and now there is a signal on 11530, presumably DW jumped and/or changed site, as Bulgaria, France and Pridnestrovye have all been involved. Another is soon back on 11540, jammer missing target? At 1513 and 1543 chex there remain weakening signals on both frequencies (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** OKLAHOMA [and non]. Hepburn tropo maps for 1500 UT Nov 6 show marginal level-1 enhancement in eastern OK not reaching here and nothing to the west; yet KWOU 88.1 Woodward has tropo-enhanced signal for `StarDate` at 1442.5 UT Nov 6. By 1606 UT I do a DTV bandscan finding a Bad signal on RF 10 which could be Tulsa or Wichita; nothing else unusual except RF 16 still lacks KOCM; and RF 23 is so Bad that KSBI cannot be decoded, both ``local`` OKCs (Glenn Hauser, Enid, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SOUTH CAROLINA [non]. 9455 & 9395, Nov 6 at 1424, Brother Scare on WRMI says he is 86 years old today and has been preaching for 70 years. Is this really his birthday or another old playback? One never knows. What a wasted life! And how are the sexual predator charges against him coming along? SC authorities are not saying (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** TURKEY [and non]. Besides the radio war on 11540/11530, see KURDISTAN [non], what is TRT doing?

15350v, Nov 6 at 1353, tune-in just in time to hear TRT cut off its Turkish music before I could measure it, but BFO revealed it was off enough to make a LAH.

12035, Nov 6 at 1403, VOT in English with historical talk, 1405 switch to another show with a different theme but cannot copy their titles; close to on-frequency, poor and with occasional ACI from a USB 2-way circa 12032.5.

Can`t find a simple SW program schedule since SW has been demoted to barely existing on the TRT World Television website  nor can Alan Roe`s latest Hitlist link directly to any SW program schedule. We used to be on the P-mailing list for them twice a year; is anyone still getting those?

11815, Nov 6 at 1402, fast SAH in about equal mix with Radio Japan in Japanese.

Not SW, but Clara Listensprechen sends along this:

For Turkey, Al Jazeera English has become an irritant to its Qatar partnership --- Rare public ill-feeling has flared between the two allies as Turkish media laments the Doha outlet's coverage of the Syria offensive (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 13565-CW, Nov 6 at 1356, HIFER beacon K6FRC in Patterson CA is JBA. Not until 1545 do I check DXmap, to find one sign of sporadic E, a 14 MHz MUF over the NW corner of Nevada; not the right spot for this catch, but it`s something, resulting from some ham contact. By then KVOH is unusually inbooming, q.v. (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A [non]. 11900, Tue Nov 5 at 2025, S9/+10 song in Spanish, ``Bandolera`` --- what`s this, another OCB frequency? NO, back-announce 2027 in French, from that VOA African service DJ who also performs in English. 11900 B-19 scheduled as SAO TOME, 100 kW at 335 degrees so favorable USward, French 1930-2030 daily, plus 2030-2100 Sunday and Hausa 2030-2100 Saturday (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. WORLD OF RADIO 2006 monitoring: Vern of WA0RCR, 1860-AM, MO, now explains what happened with WOR last Saturday night. Due to a program schedule error earlier in the day, it ran at 0301-0330 UT Sunday, just before I tuned in, and preceding TWIAR. Says he will see about updating the websked. And:

``In equipment, I replaced the DAP-310 audio processor with an Inovonics INO223 Audio processor. three independently adjustable bands, digital look ahead processing; a 5 kHz brick wall bandpass limiter. Also, pre-emphasis to enhance intelligibility. 5 kHz is the minimum available, I would have preferred 4. It allows me to set + 103%, -95% peak modulation level with no occasional over-modulation spikes. With 360 watts radiated power from the antenna, it does a reasonable job. I will try to keep better tabs on log timing. Thank you for your input, and keep up the good work. Vern``  Next:

2200 UT Wednesday WBCQ 7490v [ex-2100] to WSW
0100 UT Thursday  WRMI 7780 to NE
Full schedule including AM, FM, webcasts, satellite, podcasts:

** U S A. 5010, Nov 6 at 0150, BB WRMI ID and music, // much stronger 5850, but something else talking on 7780, and 9395 inaudible. This could mean that the UT Sat 0130 time for WORLD OF RADIO will no longer be trimulcast on 5010, 5850 and 7780. See also ALBANIA [non] and ARGENTINA [non] (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 9955, Nov 6 at 1423, WRMI-10 is OFF, leaving some lite jamming; while 9455 & 9395 are still running TOMBS. 9955 after DST over is supposed to stay until 1500 UT + another hour weekends for Blalock the Blaster.

** U S A. 17775, Nov 6 at 1544, KVOH is S9+20/30 with gospel songs in Spanish; instead of JBA carrier or none at all, must be getting sporadic E boost; a bit of which is on the DX Map, a 14 MHz MUF blob over NW Nevada as a clue. Now the SSOB, and almost the OSOB besides the JBA carriers from TransAt, FRANCE on 17800 & 17825 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

This report despatched at 1843 UT November 6