venerdì 19 novembre 2010

Glenn Hauser logs November 18-19, 2010

** ANTARCTICA. 15476, now a full week of no signals from LRA36, Nov 19 at 1420 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** AUSTRIA. 6155, Ö1 or ORS, still has token English news capsule relayed from domestic service, Nov 19 at 0708-0711:51 when switched to French. Mostly world, not Austrian news, e.g. clip of President Obama. Fair signal but with ACI from Cuba 6150, tho its perpetual undermodulation is a blessing in this case. English and French news is UT M-F only, supposedly closing at 0710* Sat/Sun rather than 0715* M-F (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CHINA. Firedrake Nov 19:
None found 8-18 MHz by 1430 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA. 9153, extremely strong cut numbers (10 letters instead of numbers sent on full carrier with Morse code tones), Nov 19 at 0708; caused overload on weaker 31mb signals where one could also hear the code. Meanwhile there were also non-cut spy numbers in Spanish voice below 5.9 MHz (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CYPRUS. 5905, Nov 19 at 1358 poor signal in Arabic, soon obviously BBC with vamp music, 1400 one Big Ben bong (or two?), continues in Arabic, site? Listed as Cyprus, 0500-1600, 300 kW, 173 degrees. Unusual to get at this hour, more likely long path. No QRM audible from co-channels scheduled: CRI Russian via Kashgar until 1400, then VOR via Moskva (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CYPRUS. 15195-15220 approx., OTH radar pulses presumed from here, Nov 19 at 1426, mostly bothering WYFR Portuguese 15210; another bit of it in an otherwise clear spot around 15140 rather than Oman (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** JAPAN. 5910, Nov 19 at 1358 nothing there, but 1359 open carrier, in fact two as there was a SAH, but 1400 opening Shiokaze without SAH, or jamming yet, ex-5985. First three minutes with contact info for Sea Breeze in English, including website, e-mail, p-mail, phone number, all over piano music; 1403 into news theme and items about North Korea, English on Friday (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** OKLAHOMA [and non]. 1390, Nov 18 at 1736 UT I am about 20 miles south of Enid, and astonishingly am hearing co-channel QRM under local KCRC, only one hour before low noon. This time of year on hiband it`s conceivable that residual skywave could be in play, e.g. from KGNU Denver CO, 5 kW ND, where it is a semihour earlier by the sun, but there are 1390s, one or two in every state adjacent to OK, the closest being 5 kW KFFK Rogers AR, and 500 W KNCK Concordia KS. Those two and most of the others are non-direxional but KCRC main lobe is 280 degrees day and night, evidently to protect Rogers, and diminishing its own signal to the south (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SOUTH CAROLINA [non]. 9980, Brother Scare via WWCR, Nov 19 at 1405, overpowering signal amid huge envelope of buzz extending 9965-9995 or so, abutting DentroCuban jamming command on the low side. Meanwhile, clear audio and no such buzz via new German relay frequency 15495 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 3185, WWRB, UT Friday Nov 19 at 0430 with last week`s WORLD OF RADIO 1538. We were never able to get a connexion to upload the latest program; they have it now in case there is any other time to play it, but have never been aware of any such substitutions.

WOR 1539 confirmed on WRMI, Friday Nov 19 at 1530. Next chance: Friday 2130 on WWCR 7465 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 720, WGN, Extension 720 continues to be an oasis of intelligent discussion on the commercial MW band tnx to Milt Rosenberg, especially if the topic does not lend itself to Milt making anti-Obama remarx, such as UT Nov 19, on the significance of The Lord`s Prayer. As always, here in OK one must put up with periodic fades down by WGN, and fades up by Spanish KSAH San Antonio, whose subaudible heterodyne is an almost constant annoyance.

Extension 720 is at 0405-0600 UT, had been UT Tue-Sat, but at the end Milt said from now on it will be local Sunday thru Thursday nites (except of course when pre-empted by stupid ballgames), instead of M-F, so in UT that makes it really Monday thru Friday. Website also provides lots of (too many) ways to listen online:

Who takes over on UT Saturdays? Nick Digilio at 04-08, as well as UT Sundays 00-04 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** WESTERN SAHARA [non]. 6297.1, Nov 19 at 0713 fair signal with morning chantfest. This time I check to reconfirm it`s slightly on the hi side of 6297 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** ZAMBIA. 13590, Nov 19 at 0715 gospel rock, no doubt 1Africa, CVC, back on its original frequency after some forays to 13600. Would be the OSOB if it were not for a much weaker R. Australia on 13630, so make it the SSOB (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ###