domenica 14 marzo 2010

Glenn Hauser logs March 12-13, 2010

** CHINA [and non]. 15550, March 13 at 2324, Chinese with flutter and also SAH? over another station with music, i.e. ChiCom jamming and R. Free Asia in Mandarin via TINIAN during this hour only. Evening here/morning there with plenty of Firedrakes, March 13-UT 14, all //:

13970 at 2327, VP and fluttery with drumming segment
17970 at 2328, much better
16700 at 0035, good signal with flutter, better than 17970
13970 at 0037, better than before, but now weaker than 17970
17645 at 0040, stronger than something mixed with, i.e. VOA Chinese via Tinang, 00-03
18180 at 0041, just barely audible
16700 at 0041, has declined to JBA too

** CUBA. RHC observations March 13-UT 14: 17705 at 2320 in Creole (definitely not French), mentioning Cuban cities, P- and E-mail addresses; audio distorted but S9+12. This semihour is supposed to be in Portuguese, both per WRTH 2010 and RHC online sked presented in Spanish. Creole is supposed to be at 0100-0130 on 13790. By 0038, 17705 was inaudible, presumably off, but French (definitely not Creole) was on 13790, as scheduled (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** HAWAII [and non]. Pipeline from here on 10 and 12 meters March 13 at 1949-2000 UT; at least nothing else from the Pacific or anywhere was heard besides these S9+10 hams, but huge uninhabited areas may have been propagable, even other islands with negligible hamactivity.

They were all mainly working mainland stations as far as W4. I am not bothering to copy the calls of most of the contactees, as I am not interested in QSLing any of them, but such details might be scavenged by bellabarbas. All these calls are definite tnx to fonetix.

At 1949 on 28454, KH7HI on the southeast side of the Big Island
At 1952 on 28420, KH6CB
At 1955 on 28325, KH7TI, 100 watts
At 1958 on 24932, KH7XS, calling DX outside N America only, but at first had to settle for WP4EJH. says it`s a club contest station up for sale. Did Hawaii run out of KH6 calls? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** JAPAN [non]. 5920, March 13 at 0019 just tuned in as NHKWNRJ English broadcast was ending with frequencies including 5970 via Rampisham. Thought they had made a mistake as this was heard and scheduled on 5920 via Skelton, until I remembered that the frequencies announced at the end of any broadcast are only for the *next* one, i.e. 0500 when there is 5975 via Rampisham (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** MEXICO [and non]. 6185, March 13 at 2335 romantic music in Spanish, so XEPPM already on earlier than scheduled *0000, and advantageous since there is no QRM at this hour. It might come back at any moment, but RNAmazônia is still missing from 6185. From April 4, the slightly more sensible start-date for DST in México, 6185 will normally begin at *2300, but now?

Here are the program grids ``for the month`` updated 15 Feb, first concerning MW 1060 and then the separate evening schedule for SW 6185:

After 0000 a long conversation about earthquaxe. The Saturday 18+ CST show was Planeta 1060 in November, and now it`s shown as Los Contertulios. Google translates that as The Coterie; while the word is unknown to my Random House dixionary. Planeta 1060 sounds more likely for an earthquake discussion.

The papacy is not the only other institution on 6185; Vatican Radio does not start until 0300+, but at 0056 March 14 was hearing Russian tune-up tones underneath, 0100 VOR opening Spanish. That`s via St Petersburg-Popovka site at 265 degrees, previously obscured by Brasília, and of course a terrible collision in most of Latin America with XEPPM a poor third if at all until 0600.

6185 also gets squeezed from a few sex before 0100 with very strong Vietnam via Canada cutting on 6175, and Serbia [non] on 6190 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** NEWFOUNDLAND. 2598-SSB, March 14 at 0111, YL with weather for the Labrador Coast. It was in Feb and March of last year when I logged VCP4, Placentia on 2598, as in DXLD 9-020, but during a different part of the hour rotating with others. Per page 34 of the document referenced starting at 0107 UT on 2598-J3E is MCTS St. Anthony/VCM (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** NORTH AMERICA. Pirates Saturday evening March 13-UT 14: 6925, at 2336, distorted music on SSB; 0006 ``Outhouse Radio, fixin` to get off here in a bit``. 0006 ``Flight of the Bumblebee`` on jazzed-up electronic instrument. Next check at 0018 it was gone. Please QSL?

6952.6 AM at 2336 weak music; 0004 stronger, M&M talk; 0018 now S+10 with music but undermodulated. Perhaps someone can ID this by its odd frequency. In fact, earlier on March 13, Brian Alexander in PA reported: 6952.55 AM, WHYP, 1503-1518+ (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** OKLAHOMA. Enid`s own part-15 FM station continues to broadcast brief loops by children, some of whom are incredibly unqualified to be announcers, on 97.7, which can be heard with a few blox of the kilochurch on West Garriott (US 412). Lately there has been lots of background noise on the recordings to make it even worse. On March 13 at 2205 UT, briefer than usual without the usual platitudes of a Bible verse, birthday greetings, historical note, but just ``Happy spring break``, ``the last sixth-grade trip``; no made-up ``WECS`` call letters as before but ID only as ``the young voices of Emmanuel Christian School`` (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** PERU. 18057.9, March 13 at 2315, believe I was hearing wacky wailer David Miranda, but at 2316 to ad for some other preacher appearing in person March 17. Most of the hams on 18 MHz at this time were SS, including an HK4. I should have checked R. Victoria`s fundamental 6019.3 as at this hour it could also have been audible; it certainly was an hour later hetting CRI via ALBANIA 6020.0. Chuck Bolland in FL has also measured it on 6019.30 before sunrise (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 1280, KSOK Arkansas City, Kansas [the town rhymes with the state], a semi-local, missing March 13 at 1945 UT. I believe this also happened a few weeks ago inexplicably. By the time I was in the car, at 2200, hoping to inpull something else, it was back on as if nothing had happened, lengthy self-congratulatory ID, including ``The absolute best in classic country, in south-central Kansas, and north-central Oklahoma``, KSOK, Ark City. It`s a daytimer and I still haven`t got around to hooking up my AM stereo tuner to see if it retains C-Quam (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. Checking whether WTWW would broadcast a second night on new 5080, despite ute QRM from and to 5078: March 14 at 0009 still not on the air, and not on 9480 or 5755 either. OK on the FRG-7 but I noticed on the YB-400 which is subject to 900 kHz 2 x IF images, 5080 had a weak `signal` in Spanish, from CRI via Cuba on 5990. Tho it`s not really there, stations should anyway avoid being 900 or 910 kHz below strong signals on many similar receivers.

I was monitoring other bands during most of the hour, but next check at 0103, 5080 was on with PPP singing, which overcame the 5078 QRM but when he started talking it resumed audibility (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. Nothing from WWRB heard at 0009 March 14: 3215 and 5050 not on the air. But 5050 was at 0103, as were 3215 and 3185 at 0110, all with separate programming (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 13845, WWCR-2, altho missing earlier March 13 at 1447, was back on at next check 2327 with DGS, and no problem from WEWN now on 13830 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** UNIDENTIFIED. 9300-SSB, Spanish 2-way (or more like multi-way), March 14 at 0047; one of them with engine noise. As in previous report, I had heard same at 1405, 1436 March 13, so this frequency may be a reliable one. I wish some native speakers would monitor these contacts for any clues as to their provenance (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ###