mercoledì 28 luglio 2010

Glenn Hauser logs July 28, 2010

** AUSTRALIA. Probably long path, HCJB about equal F-G level July 28 at 1354 on 15400 in Chinese, and 15340 with South Asian music, talk mentioning Pakistan, but Hindi scheduled (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** ANTARCTICA. 15476, LRA36, July 28 from tune-in 1256, better than yesterday with modulation making it but still too weak to copy much detail. YL in Spanish initially; 1303 music, 1312 segué to a faster beat; 1318 still music, instrumental; 1331 brief announcement, music, 1332 tentatively ID by YL, and talk segment, 1345 music, and still barely audible at 1402. Fortunately, the RHC spur [see CUBA] landed no closer than 15463. Nothing from Europe or Mideast making it on 19m this morning (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** AUSTRALIA. Up earlier than usual July 28, so I head for 120m first. The VL8 carriers are there at 1122 on 2485, 2325 and 2310, but no Symban on 2368.5 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** AUSTRALIA. Probably long path, HCJB about equal F-G level July 28 at 1354 in Chinese, and 15340 with South Asian music, talk mentioning Pakistan, but Hindi scheduled (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** BRAZIL. 12175, July 28 at 0546, SRDA programming quite readable; only with BFO on is the carrier obviously wishy-washy, mishy-mushy. 0546 timecheck in Portuguese for 2:45. They are in a break between preaching, at 0548 a TC for 2:47, as I am checking // 11765 whence this spur apparently originates; then back to Miranda. 12175 is just about as strong as the fundamental, but only a trace on matching 11355, 410 kHz on the other side, as heard by Brian Alexander (rather than a mistuned Globo 11805 transmitter as previously thought). 0601 heard them mention ``Deus é Amor`` (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CHINA. Firedrake July 28: none at all heard 8-18 MHz between 1200 and 1235, nor some later searches by 1356. High-latitude signals were degraded.

SWPC says: ``Solar-terrestrial indices for 27 July follow. Solar flux 83 and mid-latitude A-index 18. The mid-latitude K-index at 1200 and 1500 UTC on 28 July was 2 (16 nT). Space weather for the past 24 hours has been minor. Geomagnetic storms reaching the G1 level occurred. No space weather storms are expected for the next 24 hours.`` (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA. Re previous report: ``6150, RHC Spanish, just barely modulated, July 27 at 1234, while // 6110 and 6150 were sufficiently modulated (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)`` I meant to say the other parallel was 6180 (gh)

6015, apparent punch-up error by lysdexic operator, jumbling digits of 6150, July 28 at 0605, RHC Spanish // 5040 and undermodulated 6120, while 6150 was missing (tho it had changed last week to nominal English at this hour). Fortunately, nothing on 6015 with which to collide, except it makes a big het with RHC English, presumably from the other transmitter site, on 6010; English // 5970 and 6060.

Next check at 1211, 6015 was STILL on the air with RHC Spanish; 6150 normally runs until 1300. Now there is a bit of N. Korean jamming underneath, Commies vs Commies! To boot, RHC is undermodulated, and 6150 is still absent, but // 6180, and under FE radiowar, 6110. 6015 still going at 1236.

This is not the first time we have caught RHC on 6015 by mistake, but probably will be back on 6150 next night. Does Arnie keep the RadioCuba operators apprised of all the mistakes I catch them making? Your complimentary yankee-imperialist monitoring service.

11970, DCJC pulse jamming at 1227 July 28, marring Fámily Radio with Foro Abierto translation of rapturous conversations with Camping. Of course, the jamming is only ``needed`` when VOA is on 11970 in the evenings. Same pulsing on 11775 vs absent Martí, but Anguilla was also absent until later in the morning.

12030, RHC still a mess, July 28 at 1228 with IS also audible on 12060 spur and weaker 12000, plus buzz in between, worst around 12020 and 12040.

The greater multiple-spur-producing transmitter was in axion on 15360, July 28 at 1313, as first noticed with // Spanish modulation and whine on 15411.4, also 15462.6, all approximately with imprecise center carriers amid mush, but roughly 51.4 kHz spacings. JBA on 15514.2, and with modulation on 15308.7. By 1353, 15360 had gone off and with it the panoply of parasites. // 15380, not involved in this mess, remained. The same thing happens some afternoons when 15370 is the originator, so the spurs are 10 kHz higher on average.

Not to be outdone, the extremely strong 13680 and 13780 transmitters were doing their leapfrogging, 13880 as usual stronger than 13580, at 1321 July 28 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** HONDURAS. 3287 approx., extremely distorted FMy signal with YL talking, so bad I cannot determine language, July 28 at 1127, vs weak carrier on 3290, presumably PNG. This is very likely HRPC, Radio Luz y Vida, which did the same a few months ago and was finally IDed as the 3250 transmitter out of whack. It`s been reported absent recently; apparently struggling to come back into whack. At this time there was a very weak carrier on 3250, probably P`yongyang (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** INDONESIA. 4605-, the reactivated RRI Serui, on the north coast of Papua, surprisingly strong July 28 at 1132, S9+12 above noise level and nothing else making it from Asia, not even 4750. Seems a bit overmodulated, but how much power are they really running? Was originally only 1 kW. 1132 with island music, 1135 announcement, more music, talk, 1152 music; 1158 still audible with running-water ute QRM; 1200 SCI, timesignal about 38 sex late, and presumed warta berita from Jakarta. Slightly low compared to 9605. Ron Howard has measured Serui on 4604.90. Had been off the air since May 2009.

9526-, seems closer to 9526.0 than to 9525.9, July 28 at 1216 VOI back on the air after missing yesterday, VG signal, some hum in Japanese talk by YL, very well enunciated syllable by syllable, as if ``special Japanese`` by a non-native speaker, or else tightly scripted (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** KOREA NORTH. 2850, KCBS, July 28 at 1124, S9+12 slightly exceeding noise level with triumphal choral music. Haven`t heard this in months but might have if monitoring more before sunrise which was 1135 UT today. Also 3480 audible in Korean with het/jamming (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** PAPUA NEW GUINEA. 3335 and 3325 presumed NBC with weak signals July 28 at 1126; by 1140, talk on 3335 which was best. 3325 adjacent to TADIL-A bonker around 3320 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 17750, July 28 at 0535 in SW Asian language, OSOB --- except for some co-channel under. Per Aoki, it`s VOA Kurdish via Madagascar at 05-06, 359 degrees. But it`s colliding with R. Australia, until 0700 at 329 degrees from Shepparton, which is likely to be an even bigger problem in Kurdistan! Tho the official CIRAF target zones do not overlap, RA intended to go no further than SE Asia. Come on, there is no need to clash (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. 7000, surprised to hear some music, July 28 at 1207, bits of singing. May just be a ham or pirate playing around, MHz birdie on FRG-7 demodulating SSB. Then some talk sounding more Indonesian than Spanish in intonation, not necessarily from same transmitter. Perhaps worth pursuing (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** OKLAHOMA. 1580, KOKB Blackwell once again lost modulation, just open carrier July 28 at 2006 UT. No understations audible this time, only a sesquihour after local mean noon (Glenn Hauser, Enid, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 15385.2, KJES is indeed this far off-frequency as previously reported by Mark Taylor as unID on July 24 at 1914. Heard July 28 at 1937 registering S9+20 but quite undermodulated so I need to turn the volume almost up full for normal listening level. Hymn sung by OM in Spanish with gringo accent (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 9335, new frequency for Brother Scare: what`s he doing here? Wednesday July 28 at 1946 with usual depressing pessimism, to say the least. Runs about 10 seconds ahead of himself on WWRB 9385. 9335 is fairly steady at S9+15, poor in daytime noise level, but stronger than adjacent WBCQ 9330-CUSB with non-BS, presumed still GFRN.

A few minutes earlier I had noticed WINB missing from 13570, thought maybe due to poor propagation. It`s also missing from 9265, which normally carries BS thru midday only on Sabbathdays instead of 13570 otherdays. Then I check the 9335 carrier with BFO --- yes, it is slightly unstable, just like WINB on its known frequencies.

Keep listening and at 1958:30, 9335 cuts away from BS for WINB ID, address but no frequency mentioned, off at 1959*. I then tune one radio to 9265 and another to 13570 to cover where it may show up next. Yes: *2000:10 carrier on 13570, 2000:50 sign-on, this time giving 13570, address, and phone 717-244-5360. 2101:40 into Voice of the Spirit.

I am tempted to call them and ask what`s with 9335, but instead I check the website later. --- anything about this? Of course not! Still shows 9265/13570/9265. The program schedule still dated March 14 as of the start of EDT, still shows 5 instead of 4-hour difference from UT. Still shows Tony Alamo at 11 am-noon and 2-4 pm weekdays, which I assume means 15-16 and 18-20 UT instead of 16-17 and 19-21 as shown.

So WINB is not only on a brand-new unannounced, unlisted frequency, but also with a change in programming, finally rid of that monster sex predator a full year after his convixion. Further check needed at 1500 to be sure. I guess 9335 is for Brother Scare, who wants to be on 9 MHz instead of 13, since 9 MHz works on Saturdays.

FCC/HFCC registrations still include long-inactive WMLK on 9265 in the daytime except on Saturdays when WINB has it for BS. So in order to use 9 MHz in the day other than on a Saturday, apparently had to find another frequency, but only 5 kHz from another US station, WBCQ?!

Of course, there is no sign that WMLK is being resurrected. It was silent for years preceding the death of Elder Jacob O. Meyer, and it`s even less likely now to come back. Might as well give up the wooden frequencies for it in the registrations.

The WMLK website is still up, with all the antenna update info but apparently nothing this year, since EJOM died April 9, 2010, per the obit. They claim to be streaming 24 hours, but make lots of excuses if you don`t hear it, and I don`t, altho the embedded player launches and the clock is running.

How about the Overcomer Ministry? Website is no longer as fancy and we finally find the SW schedule page under Downloads.

It`s no more accurate than before, but it does reveal a few things:

BS is indeed on WINB instead of Alamo, M-F at 2-4 pm on ``13570``, but look at the last entry. The same hours, plus M-F 11 am-noon, on ``9355``, not attributed to any station. Besides that, the frequency is wrong, obviously meant to be 9335 where I heard it, definitely IDed as WINB. After WBCQ and WWRB times, the rest of the list, sic:

WINB 9265 8Am-11Am Mon-Fri
WINB 9265 9:30Am-4:30Pm Sat
WINB 9265 5Pm-7Pm Mon-Fri
WINB 13570 2Pm-4Pm Mon-Fri
6110 UK 10Am-12Pm
13810 Europe 10-11Am
6155 UK 1900 - 2000 UTC
7425 Israel 1900 - 2000 UTC
9895 Europe 1900 - UTC
9355 11Am-12&2Pm-4Pm

The `9355` entry neatly covers all the times previously scheduled for Alamo, so it looks like WINB has cleaned up its act by one step. It`s helpful to know that you can keep broadcasting for a full year on WINB after being convicted, leading to a sentence of 175 years.

Or, another possibility is that WINB is really supposed to be on 9355 but they got it wrong: 9355 has IBB Philippines and Saipan on it, but possibly sharable in NAm daytime, and not adjacent to other domestic US stations (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 690, KGGF Coffeyville KS, July 28 at 2008 UT with KC Royals baseball, not only the local commercials, but the game too! It`s // 860 KKOW not far away also in SE Kansas, plus WIBW 580, KLEY 1130, and as usual delayed several seconds on KCSP 610, presumably the flagship station; also local KFXY 1640 Enid OK, ``Faith 1640`` (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ###