domenica 18 ottobre 2009

Glenn Hauser logs October 17-18, 2009

** BRAZIL. 4915 the best and almost only signal audible below 5 MHz on 60m, Oct 17 at 2250 with singing vs CODAR, 2252 to preacher, building up by 2258 to a frenzy about Jesus, 2259 piano hymn, but cut off the air at 2300 sharp, as if on a timer. A second carrier had been present making a fast SAH and now that much weaker one was uncovered. 2300 is an odd time to sign-off, unless the two Brazilians here have reached some kind of agreement about avoiding mutual interference all the time? Radio Daqui and Rdif. de Macapá. Both have been reported at various times with religious [note spelling] programming, so I have no idea which I had. Then another Brazilian signal was trying to poke thru on 4985 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CANADA [and non]. 6100, RCI in English at 0030 UT Oct 18 in Masala Canada show with Wojtek Gwiazda interviewing a Moslem comedian who has had, what else, immigration problems at the border. 0045 to next interview, author of a book about the dangers of Googlization. But annoying thruout was co-channel talk underneath, rumbling tnx to RCI being slightly off frequency, but how could something else in uncertain language be QRMing Radio Canada Internal here in NAm?

Clue at 0045 was mention of Washington and a quick jingle. Uplooked later, it has to be VOA Urdu a.k.a. Radio Aap ki Dunya, 0000-0100 at 340 degrees from Sri Lanka, and thus also USward, more or less grayline. Would VOA please limit this signal from going beyond Pakistan, such as by using higher takeoff angle from Iranawila, and/or reducing power, if it must be co-channel to Canada (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA. After hearing all the 11670 spurs --- see VENEZULA [non] ---, Oct 17 at 2225 I found RHC audible on 17660 with speech in Spanish, and then found // synchronized 11800 and // an echo apart from other transmitter site on 5965, 6000, 11770, 13760, 13790. Nothing on 9640 which is on the air certain days at this time for Mesa Redonda or other special programming. The speech turned out to be just a clip, as soon back to studio announcer.

17660 does not appear at all on the supposedly current transmission schedule at which we have already picked apart for numerous other errors. 17660 began with the April schedule shakeup for the 2030-2130 English broadcast, which now continues to be sporadic even on its other nominal frequency 11760; EiBi and Aoki show 17660 also at 2130 Creole, 2200 French, 2230-2300 Creole, all to Caribbean. Anyhow, 17660 is obviously still in use, if only for Spanish. Will the RHC webmaster ever find out? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** PRIDNESTROVYE. 9665 with strong open carrier, Oct 17 at 2212, off at 2213:45. Surely Grigoriopol, but unneeded until 2300 for VOR relay, as Radio PMR 2215-2300 transmission is never on Saturday. Perhaps a warmup/checkout, or operator forgot he didn`t really need to turn it on just yet (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 17314, came upon strong SSB signal listing several frequencies including this one, Oct 17 at 2228, weather for Pacific Ocean to follow, by male robotic voice. Some of the forecasts seemed a bit dated, from Oct 16. Mr. Robot says the words, mostly numbers, but he has no concept of pauses, intonation, just patching them together, sounding inhuman. Missed ID, but uplooked later, this frequency belongs to USCG stations. If the list in DXLD 7-101 is still correct, at 2230 it`s NMC San Francisco:
17314.0 USB USCG wx from NMN Portsmouth (1730)
17314.0 USB USCG wx from NMC San Francisco (1630 2230)

** U S A [non]. 9935, Oct 17 at 2214 predicating in Spanish about fornication among the Canaanites; altho not // (or not synchronized) WYFR 15130, surely it`s YFR as relayed by GUIANA FRENCH, reported by DX Mix News Sept 25 --- DXLD 9-073 --- as 2200-0100, 250 kW, 215 degrees to SAm, then in English. But not listed currently in Aoki, EiBi or HFCC (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. Tuning around MW for traces of TA carriers (there were a few), Oct 18 at 2310 UT I found that WWLS OK had turned off its IBOC noise surrounding 640 and was also quite nullable on the DX-398, so I could hear instead a strong, steady signal from elsewhere: disgusting anti-choice discussion mentioning what was going on in Southern California. KFI? Surely not this early. Continued without breaks until wrap-up at 2327, someone on phone from Kansas with Operation Rescue, then about Nebraska and Wichita, turned out to be Troy Newman, but show host sounded like Dick Fox, on The Complete Chapter? Not at all sure of either name as mumbled quickly. But nice clear full ID at 2329 as ``Covering Memphis, WCRV, Collierville-Memphis.`` LSS is 2330 UT in October, so was still running 50 kW non-direxional daytime; no wonder it overcame WWLS. Unfortunately I did not keep listening to hear if and when they really dropped to 480 watts night, direxional away from LA
and OK.

Looking further thru FCC info via AM Query, for facility number 6486, I see that WCRV transmitter site is axually barely in Mississippi. Tiger map shows it right on the state line, but coordinate is:

34° 59' 35.00" N Latitude Power: 50.0 kilowatts (kW) Daytime
i.e. 25 seconds south of the 35th parallel which forms the southern boundary of Tennessee from end to end (tho there is a jog in the middle at Pickwick Lake, per Rand McNally atlas, presumably due to a surveying error long ago) (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** VENEZUELA [non]. I have reported numerous times the past week on how the Radio Habana Cuba transmitter on 11760 puts out a couple dozen spurs at multiples of plus and minus 51.2 kHz. Incredibly, I have seen no reports of this from anyone else. 11760 is currently scheduled 22 hours a day, 00-22 UT, but what of the rest?

Oct 17 at 2200 as I was tuning up the 11 MHz band, heard the RNVCI IS on about 11515 kHz, and then standard sign-on, quickly matched to the fundamental frequency 11670. So that is very obviously the same transmitter used the rest of the time on 11760. This time the spurs were detectable as high as 12233.2 and as low as 11209.2. No, I did not measure each and every one of them, but later computed them using multiples of 51.2 kHz displacement. All could be heard except as noted:

11618.8 with most audio

11772.4, big het on another RHC transmitter, 11770.0
12130.8 – this one not audible for some reason
12233.2 - tuning reached the top at 2208

Next to check all the RHC, RNV and CRI relay frequencies at 23-24 to find yet another spurset, unless they give it a one-hour daily rest (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ###