giovedì 30 settembre 2010

Glenn Hauser logs September 30-October 1, 2010

** CANADA [non]. 15180, Sept 30 at 1959 just as I tune across, hear weak ```` and off. It`s the conclusion of Arabic via Rampisham UK, 500 kW at 115 degrees, and sounds like 1 kW here off the back which would peak at 295 degrees (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA [and non]. Sept 30 I monitor 9965, where DentroCuban jamming starts against nothing at 1358: at 2058 there is still heavy jamming, and 9955 WRMI frequency open. At 2059, jamming pulses cut on 9955, and a few sex later the jamming diminishes greatly on 9965.

On weekdays, WRMI signs 9955 on at 2100, after a break since 1600 when there is nothing but WRN fill on the schedule. But 2100 Thursdays is exactly when WORLD OF RADIO is carried on WRMI, and it`s totally inaudible under the jamming quickly built up to wall-of-noise level. A few minutes later I confirm on webcast that new WOR 1532 is indeed on WRMI at this time.

Tnx a lot, Arnie! The next time you hear him on RHC, ask yourself, or better yet ask him, why he has a right to be heard without any interference from across the shore, and I do not (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** OKLAHOMA. KFAQ 1170: by 1755 UT Sept 30, IBOC sidebands could be heard again and seems back up to full power (Glenn Hauser, Enid, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 13845, WWCR-3, which was missing earlier Sept 30 at 1429, when rechecked at 2001 was poorly audible with DGS. WWCR-1 on 15825 very poor too as usual, but WWCR-2 on 12160 was inbooming, second only to WWCR-4 on 9980 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 18710, success at last in detecting the second harmonic of WINB`s newest frequency, 9355, in use only for Brother Scare, M-F 15-16 and 18-20 UT. Sept 30 at 1955 I hear traces of modulation, and when it peaks a little I can // it to 9355; also, the carrier is unstable like the fundamental, I expect twice as unstable. The fundamental is not especially strong and I am quite sure it`s the harmonic which is propagating, barely (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. WORLD OF RADIO 1532 confirmed on WWRB 3185, UT Friday Oct 1 at 0330, after having missed last week due to upload problem. Next SW airings are Friday 1430 WRMI 9955, Friday 2030 WWCR 15825, Saturday 0800, 1400 and 1730 WRMI 9955, Saturday 1600 WWCR 12160 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)


Government Springs DX-pedition: As September turned into UT October, I spent 52 productive minutes SW DXing at one of Enid`s municipal parks. It was an important watering hole on the Chisholm Trail. Tho only a block from a major hospital now, the noise level is quite low compared to the home QTH, and just as important, getting away from all the distraxions. RS DX-398 but with Grundig reel-out antenna, roughly NW-SE, at picnic table #2, cell power only:

** BRAZIL. 12174, VG signal at 0016 Oct 1 from extremely distorted FMy spur, // 11765 with wacky wailing gospel huxter David Miranda. The fundamental is distorted and undermodulated, since most of the audio is being squeezed out on this spur, plus a matching much weaker one on 11356. ZYE726, SRDA, Curitiba, Paraná (Glenn Hauser, GSDX, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CANADA [and non]. 6070, CFRX after more than a week of open carrier, was reported modulating again the afternoon of Sept 29, per ---

``CFRX Update: Audio back on! Around noon today, September 29, I heard audio from CFRX. I hope to get an update on what the problem was, and when I do, I'll let you know. Good listening! 73 Steve Canney``

And deleted was his previous item in the same place about it being off. The resumption was also quickly reported by Steve Lare, MI; Stephen Wood, MA; Noble West, TN, all early UT Sept 30, but I didn`t get it checked until:

2339 UT Sept 30, mixture presumably with CVC Chile, scheduled 23-02, but only until 9 October. Better at 2353 with Toronto ads now atop clicking, jamming spur? (Glenn Hauser, GSDX, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CHINA [non]. 6175, Sept 30 at 2349, Cuban Spanish discussion of a new installation in Holguín, had me going as maybe another stray Cuban transmitter, but not // any of the three Cuban SW services at this time. 2353 ID as R. Internacional de China; and this is the ALBANIA relay (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** COSTA RICA [and non]. 5954+, Sept 30 at 2338, weak carrier detected under jamming centered 5955, i.e. R. República via ELCOR, Guápiles. R. República was doing a LOT better on 9490 vs DentroCuban jamming, since that frequency is 100 kW via Sackville (Glenn Hauser, GSDX, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA. 5970, contrary to its posted schedule that it starts at 0100 for English, RHC Spanish at 0003 Oct 1 with news // 6060 and 6000, after 5970 having been open carrier at 0001.

17705, Oct 1 at 0019, RHC with VG strength, but overmodulated, distorted in music then talk in indigenous language, presumably Quechua as scheduled, with plenty of Spanish words, about Baracoa. Despite quiet location in the park, when I tuned up the 17 MHz band, found high noise level around this frequency, then realized it`s buzz centered on 17705, gradually weakening toward the edges extending all the way to 17665 and 17755, so being produced by this transmitter of RadioCuba which has the nerve to be celebrating an anniversary of all its incompetent and jamming radiation.

Plus some lite pulse jamming against nothing on 17670 at 0021 Oct 1 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** GUATEMALA. 4055, carrier only detectable at the outset from TGAV at 2333 Sept 30. But still too early to pull any audio in later chex next 52 minutes (Glenn Hauser, GSDX, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** MAURITANIA. 4845, ORTM, in Arabic, Sept 30 at 2334, also het, from ute? (Glenn Hauser, GSDX, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** NORTH AMERICA. 6925-USB, Sept 30 at 2343, Winston cigarette ads, as sponsor for The Flintstones, theme (Fred was a cigar puffer, wasn`t he?). Distracted by other logs including pirates, by the time I got back to 6925 at 2353, it was off.

6932, at 2344 Sept 30, find another pirate above 6925; this one is not USB, but mushy on AM, so more like FM, a mode I cannot receive directly on the DX-398, but better copy than some FMy spurs. Narration about goodwill, etc., is going on with Morse Code SFX, space music, then gives website or so it sounded, but that doesn`t work.

Googling on the name gets some interesting results, a 103.3 mobile FM pirate in Tucson AZ, also subject of a movie filmed in 2004y, ``Making Waves``. So is it now on SW, or was someone playing a recording of it?

At 2354 still going with opening of Pinball Wizard. At 2357 had some ACI from Spanish 2-way LSB on 6929.0. And 6932 still on with music at 0024 as I am about to wrap up my session. Is this something new? I don`t get any hits on limbo in my Free Radio Weekly archive.

6940-USB, third pirate in a row, Oct 1 at 0024 after rechecking 6932: reggae, 0025 ID by YL as ``W-E-A-K, Weak Radio``; I disagree, signal was pretty good. This one has been very active lately. 6940 should be avoided after 0200 when the WWCR 4840/5890 leapfrog starts (Glenn Hauser, GSDX, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SPAIN. 6055, REE at 0002 Oct 1 with news in English by Justin Coe, about yesterday`s work stoppage due to austerity measures. Mark Coady heard them filling with music and strike announcements 24 hours earlier (Glenn Hauser, GSDX, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SPAIN [non]. 9630, center of DRM from REE COSTA RICA, Oct 1 at 0010, can hear it not merely in the legal 9625-9635 10-kHz-wide band, but noise as low as 9610 and as high as 9650, i.e. 40 kHz wide, just like it was from the very first day, self-QRMing 9620 REE analog from Spain. What nerve! How to win friends (Glenn Hauser, GSDX, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** THAILAND. 15275, R. Thailand, HSK9, Oct 1 at 0018 with news in English, heavy flutter (Glenn Hauser, GSDX, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 11520, WEWN English, Oct 1 at 0013, the transmitter with audio garbage mixed in, plus swishy spurs 10 kHz above and below, 11530 QRMing WYFR. However, with BFO on, the carrier appears to be stable now (Glenn Hauser, GSDX, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** VENEZUELA [non?]. 6165, Sept 30 at 2340 song and YL announcement in Spanish, 2341 mentions virgen, venezolana; poor signal with fades. 2349 ID in passing as ``Canal Internacional de Radio Nacional de Venezuela``. And again at 2349. Outro another program segment with ID at 2356 and into IS.

What?? Not scheduled here, but during this hour is on 13680 and 15250 via Cuba, and extremely strong. Sounds like same program, but without second receiver can`t // for sure. By 2359 RNW Bonaire overpowers everything on 6165 with IS.

Three possibilities:
1, an extra Cuban transmitter has been turned on for this
2, receiver overload from 15250, 13680, but why land on 6165?? Further chex should rule this one in or out
3, RNV has finally started its own transmissions from Calabozo, on secret schedule (Glenn Hauser, GSDX, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. 5800, Sept 30 at 2335 talk in Spanish, seems mixing with other audio and a likely mixing product from 49m transmitters, but which? I`ve yet to come up with a likely pairing. Sounds a bit like WYFR on 5985, but I don`t have a second receiver with me to make matches. Retune at 2359 hoping for ID; bit of a Spanish news item mentioning Ecuador, cut off at 2400* (Glenn Hauser, GSDX, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. 5935, Sept 30 at 2337 English talk about Nigeria; sounds like a BBC programme. Nothing scheduled now, but BBCWS English via SOUTH AFRICA is listed at 2200-2300; seems we have caught Meyerton before staying on late. By 2401, WWCR with DGS has overtaken 5935 (Glenn Hauser, GSDX, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. 7745, Sept 30 at 0007 Brother Scare mixing with something, probably caused by receiver overload from WWCR 9980, which also breaks thru on 2 x IF image 9080, but can`t figure a formula to explain it (Glenn Hauser, GSDX, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ###