giovedì 29 ottobre 2009

Glenn Hauser logs October 28-29, 2009

** ALASKA. KNLS on new 6150 for B-09, Oct 29 at 1235 with prayer in English to God we are allowed to eavesdrop upon (or is it vice versa? It would be presumptuous to assume God is an SWL), but co-channel QRM from music underneath. They add up to S9+15. Then KNLS plays some Duran2. // 6915 tho reading S9+10 is much weaker-sounding, undermodulated but no QRM, no comparison to its loud and clear neighbor WYFR on 6890 until 1245. 6915 also barely escaped ChiCom OTH radar spanning 6860-6910.

Next talk feature on KNLS at 1240: Larry Sowter (sp? I don`t find him on the website as a staff or contributor), Sowter and Friends, about fried pies in the South and how they are not microwave-compatible. The 6150 QRM seems to be in Chinese but soft-spoken, unseems CNR1; maybe it is really R. Taiwan International in Chinese, as in Aoki, but supposed to be jammed. KNLS has a penchant for picking frequencies also occupied by China and/or Taiwan (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** ALBANIA. Another check of R. Tirana`s English at 2100-2130, Oct 28: this time 9895 is making it better, fair signal in the clear at 2115 on the portable DX-398 in the yard. 7520 still has subaudible heterodyne between Tirana and Farda from Sri Lanka (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CHINA. OTH radar pulses, presumed from here, Oct 29 at 1238 on 6860-6910 and a stronger set 6775-6825 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CHINA. Firedrake Oct 29 at 1243: 8400 good with flutter, a bit weaker on 9000 and a bit weaker still on 10210 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CHINA [non]. CRI Cantonese via Sackville, 9560 running a couple of characters ahead of // via Habana 9570, Oct 29 at 1248, neither with very good modulation (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA [and non]. R. Martí 5980 at 1232 Oct 29, VG signal over DentroCuban jamming, much stronger signal than on 5745. Jamming still running on 6030 and not sure if RM is on there at this hour tho scheduled, and also mixed with jamming on 7405. How to explain the disparity between 5745 and 5980? Both are 250 kW from Greenville, but 5745 is on a type 101 antenna at 174 degrees, while 5980 is a type 701 antenna at 190 degrees. We are closer to being off the side of 5745.

9545 with residual DCJC pulses, Oct 29 at 1247, because R. República had been using it in the A-09 evenings, but are they still?

RHC 11760 spurs checked Oct 29 at 1253-1257: primary one measured on 11812.4, and the giveaway whine could also be detected up to 12336.4 and down to 11183.6, i.e. plus and minus 11 steps of 52.4 kHz each (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** GERMANY [non]. Add another 13m channel now propagating, altho poorly, 21780, Oct 29 at 1313, DW jingle during Hausa hour via Portugal. DWL also uses 21780 09-13 via Sri Lanka, Woofferton, UAE in English, Swahili, French (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** INDIA. AIR 9470 Aligarh is still blobbing away, its fixes only sporadic and temporary. Oct 29 at 1318 extremely distorted spreading 9465-9485 but peaking around 9470 with AIR IS, then Vande Mataram // clear Bengaluru 9425 and not quite synchronized. Some days they whack the beast and the blob clears up, but today still unfixed at 1330. At least they seem to be keeping it closer to 9470 instead of jumping around over a 300-kHz range (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SOUTH CAROLINA [non]. Oct 29 checking for Brother Scare on WWCR, or not? At 1259, 13845 had Pastor Melissa Scott // synchronized Anguilla 11775, but QRM underneath 13845 from fanfare and BBCWS opening in language, listed as Kyrgyz via Thailand for a semihour.

Checked 13845 again at 1359 and caught announcement by WWCR saying they were now switching to The Overcomer Ministry, which is scheduled 7 am - noon weekdays = 12-17 UT, and 7 am - 1 pm on Sundays = 12-18 UT (? Or did they say Saturdays?). Trouble is, this is really starting two hours later than the announced time! And no doubt there will be another confusing one-hour shift once DST is over Nov 1. Then did join B.S., talking about how President Obama is the anti-Christ, the man in whom Satan will dwell. What crap.

So WWCR does acknowledge they are carrying B.S., just not on their published program schedules such as the one dated Oct 1 at
which still claims nothing but Dr Gene Scott 24/7 on 13845/5935.

Meanwhile B.S. via WWRB was already blasting its bignal on 9385 at 1331, while the day before did not get switched up from 3185 until an hour later as Dave had hit the snooze alarm (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** THAILAND [and non]. R. Thailand`s SE Asian English broadcasts in our mornings may be our best chance to hear them, rather than the `US` service in the evenings when propagation is problematical: Oct 29 at 1248, very poor with flutter on 9720; better at 1413 on 9725.

At least 9725 is clear unlike previous seasons, since Costa Rica is kaput, altho primetimeshortwave has yet to catch up with that reality. Even Aoki has deleted it tho retaining many other long-inactive Latin Americans (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. WEWN on new 9390 in B-09, Oct 29 at 1236 with organ music, and this is the transmitter with the parasites plus and minus 10 kHz, making slushy mush on FEBC Chinese 9400, and also detectable with BFO on 9380 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. WRMI, 9955 with DX Partyline Thu Oct 29 at 1250 in JSWC report about Radio Saint Helena Day, mixed with DentroCuban jamming pulses, but readable instead of totally buried (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. 17750, Oct 29 at 1316 unID music, with wavering het cutting on and off, but from what happened later may have all been out of one transmitter. Nothing at all is scheduled here after 1100 per Aoki and HFCC. At 1321 the music was gone and was only hearing tone tests on and off, and then continuous. At 1329 tone stops, and 1330 music starts: it`s weird sampling of something Mideast-sounding with pseudo-random repetitions every few seconds. Signal is now very good; pause for a semiminute at 1339, resumed; at 1345 changed to full pieces of music rather than sampling, but voice-processing in order to sound inhuman, an approach I have yet to appreciate. Off abruptly at 1353:30*, never any announcements. Someone testing with this stuff for reasons unknown from location unknown. Band was certainly open from Europe and probably Greenville (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ###