sabato 8 maggio 2010

Glenn Hauser logs May 7-8, 2010

** CHINA. Firedrake May 8, tuning continuously between 8 to 18 MHz:
 9380, good at 1248 and today it is // 10300 et al.
10300, good at 1244
10420, good at 1244
11100, good at 1232, but not here at next check 1353
12960, poor at 1353
16100, poor at 1355

** CUBA. 10034, center of DCJC pulsing at the rate of about 136 per minute, May 8 at 1246. Apparently a stray, or a spur from the wall of noise obliterating WRMI [see USA] at this time on 9955. Occasional SSB QRM, presumably from aeronauts (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** KUWAIT. 15540, R. Kuwait still in English, May 7 at 2051, poor signal with that YL reading news headlines but mostly uncopiable due to her accent, dixion, speed of delivery, and fading (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** PERU. 18057.9, R. Victoria, Lima, I have not logged lately on third harmonic of 6019.3, tho there have been occasional signs of it, but it`s still there, May 8 at 1357 trace of audio, 1435 a bit better with music (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** ROMANIA. 15195, great show of continuous Romanian folkmusic with occasional RRI IDs, Saturday May 8 at 1325-1347+, fair-good. This broadcast is at 12-14, 285 degrees from Galbeni to Europe (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** TAIWAN. 11875, RTI Indonesian service on a nice clear frequency, May 8 at 1400 ``Inilah, Radio Taiwan International``, and into warta berita. S9+12, a bit undermodulated. Aoki says 250 kW, 205 degrees from Tainan, so directly off the back would be 25 degrees, close to USward. 1442 playing a slow romantic song (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A [non]. Despite VOA`s new format, ``Press Conference USA on VOA News Now`` still exists, as I heard that outro Saturday May 8 at 1257 on 9510 // stronger 9760, so starts at 1230. Played fill music/theme until hourtop. An opportunity to compare the main PHT Tinang site on 9760, during this hour 250 kW USward at 21 degrees, and PHX or as Aoki specifies it, Tinang II on 9510, 50 kW at 285 degrees (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. Pleased to note that WWCR was able to download and broadcast WORLD OF RADIO 1511 as scheduled, Friday May 7. Tuned in to fair signal at 2031 as I was already talking about Bolivia, so must have started early. By 2053 the signal had jumped to VG, as sporadic-E must have broken out on HF. Ended at 2057:30, so started slightly before 2029. Next chances: Saturday 1630 on 12160; Sunday 0230 on 4840, 0630 on 3215, 2330 on 9980, Monday 0330 on 5890, if on.

Further checks UT May 8: at 0520, 3215 and 5890 are missing, but 5935 and 4840 are on with different programming.

At 1243, 9980 is missing, 7490 is VG splattering +/- 20 kHz, 13845 is audible, and 15825 is just barely audible? Explained on the WWCR website as of May 8:

``8 May, 2010 - For most of the day on Friday, all 4 WWCR transmitters were on-air. WNQM was brought back into service on Friday, as well. However, WWCR's transmitter 1 and transmitter 4 did not continue service into Saturday morning. As of this posting, no details are yet available concerning the latest troubles. It is certain that difficulties caused by recent flooding in Nashville will outlast the water. Thankfully, our antenna field is now dry!`` (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. WORLD OF RADIO check on WRMI 9955, Saturday May 8 at 1350. Just barely audible, then upfades a bit and I can recognize me. NO jamming at all, unlike before 1300 wall of noise; tnx a lot, Arnie! See CUBA. More of a problem now were much stronger adjacents, 9950 Japanese, i.e. Furusato no Kaze via TAIWAN; and the usual RTTY on 9960 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 1370, I have been unable to hear KGNO Dodge City KS on daytime groundwave, tho I recall previously having been able to do so, with a weak signal by the time it got to Enid. So is it off the air? KGNO did make it at night, May 8 at 0445 UT, with an ad for a multi-cinema in Garden City, 620+AC phone number, promo Rush, and ID in passing, atop jumble on 1370.

This still leaves open the question of whether the daytime power/antenna has degraded, and I will surely look for it the next time I travel N or W from Enid. NRC AM Log 2009-2010 says format is oldies, 24 hour ``AM Gold Radio`` which would seem to be at variance with broadcasting that creep`s talkshow. An ancient station, KGNO is non-direxional day and night, nominally 5 kW, supposedly reducing to only 230 watts (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. 550, dominant daytime groundwave KFRM from Kansas with a major lobe usward, has a SAH of 4.6 Hz detectable in its deep null on DX-398 from a much weaker station, May 7 at 2022 UT. Most likely KCRS Midland TX which traverses good ground conductivity over the Llano Estacado, and is somewhat closer than KTSA San Antonio or, over bad Ozarkian conductivity, KTRS St Louis. All 5 kW, KTSA and KTRS are non-direxional daytime, while KCRS has a lobe favoring us. Hmm, all three are in the NRC AM Log with news/talk format and two of them have almost identical callsigns. O, for the good old days of KSD (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. 11690, American OM low-key preacher, May 7 at 2019; fair signal and RTTY on lo side evitable on DX-398 by using USB. Nothing scheduled here in HFCC or EiBi. No relevant hits in DXLD 10-11 thru 10-18. However, Aoki today has this incomplete entry:
11690 FAMILY RADIO 2000-2100 1234567 English WYFR a10 VT
So site unknown, but not Okeechobee itself. The speaker at the moment was not Harold Camping (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. 17895, strong S9+14 and steady open carrier, May 8 at 1434, brief tone test and off at 1435. Rivaled strongest signals on band such as 17680 Chile, 17595 Spain. Probably Greenville tuning up for the 1700 transmission to Zimbabwe; and no sign of Holy Qur`an from Saudi Arabia, the usual occupant of 17895 on a good day (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ###