martedì 23 novembre 2010

Glenn Hauser logs November 23, 2010

** ANTARCTICA. 15476, LRA36 still missing, Nov 23 at 1356 and 1415 chex (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CHINA. Firedrake Nov 23:
 8400, very poor at 1341; fair at 1430
10500, poor at 1341; gone at 1430, instead some SSB.

** CUBA. Has RHC finally acceded to HCJB and removed itself from La Voz de los Andes` frequency forever, and now the only one left, 6050, since RHC was missing from it Nov 22 at 0632?

No! Next check Nov 23 at 0200, RHC English still/again on 6050 obliterating HCJB here and no doubt seriously QRMing it around Ecuador. And at 0609 this date RHC English on 6050, plus 6010, 6060, 6150, overkill. Meanwhile, Havana`s ex-5970 goes begging for an occupant after Spain is finished at 0100.

Perhaps Arnie needs a face-saving way to make a compromise and resolve this totally unnecessary collision. Of course, HCJB takes a break between 0503 and 0827. He could reduce RHC usage of 6050 to the English 0500-0700 only (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** FRANCE [non]. 6185, world news in Spanish, Nov 23 at 0611 including some clips in English, over SAH from Vatican. This has to be Radio Educación, XEPPM, but certainly not produced by them. Yes, at 0616 outro, it`s de Radio Francia Internacional, RFI; perhaps a midnight regular in Mexico; delayed from 0100? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** GUAM. 5765-USB, AFN, Ron Howard says was gone again Nov 22, but I can barely hear it Nov 23 at 1346, some music underneath heavy RTTY, which never used to bother this frequency. Perhaps some higher-priority military traffic is forcing AFN to get off?

How is their day frequency doing, which I have been remiss in checking since it`s so far out of band? Aoki shows ``13362 AFN LOS ANGELES 2200-0800 1234567 English 3 ND Barrigada GUM 14449E 1329N`` while 5765 runs 0800-2200 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** INDIA. 9870, Nov 23 at 1442, VG signal but fluttery from AIR VBS with traditional Indian music, sadly marred by IADs, which are less frequent but longer than those on VOI 9526-. Strangely, the other two AIR 31m frequencies, 9690 GOS, and 9425 National Channel, provided not even carriers, so altho their reception always diverges widely from 9870, I must conclude that two of the three, all supposed to be from Bengaluru, were really off the air. I think I had noticed signs of 9690 an hour earlier, however (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** INDONESIA. 9526-, Nov 23 at 1312 quick check to reconfirm VOI is doing another Exotic Indonesia hookup on Tuesday with RRI Banjarmasin, as Banj guy is taking turns with Jak announcer in news items. As always, interrupted by IADs, so I`m not going to put myself thru this, and have plenty else to monitor during this hour. Next check 1337, introducing this week`s feature from Banjarmasin, still with IADs; and signal is not so strong today, bothered by ACI from 9530 Chinese, i.e. ChiCom jamming and/or VOA Philippines (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** IRAN. 15550, VOIRI in Arabic, Nov 23 at 1416, poor but free of QRMilton, no sign of SSB; until later: see U S A (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** JAPAN. Let not breaking news get in the way of local holidays: NHK World Newsline Tuesday Nov 23 contracted from 28 to only 10 minutes at 1700 UT via OETA OKLA, as has happened occasionally before. Usual anchor missing, replaced by an anchorette named Fukushima who speaks much better English, perhaps a semi-American. Lead story was the war between N&S Korea, but soon on to truncated other items, including very brief weather, just grafix, Sumo summary by the gaijin who has more of an Aussie than an American accent, and 1710 to filler from Kyoto, all about how and why wagashi are made, which I must admit was quite interesting and lovely to look at (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** KOREA NORTH [non]. 5910, Shiokaze via JSR Tokyo, Nov 23 at 1404 this Tuesday it`s in Chinese with usual piano background (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** KUWAIT. 15540, glad to have reports from Mike Barraclough, England, and Jorge Freitas, Brasil, that R. Kuwait is still audible with English, checked between 1805 and 1921 UT Nov 22. So I try again Nov 23 at 1902: not even a carrier making it here (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** LIBYA [and non]. 17800 NF, two signals mixing, Nov 23 at 1410; one is in German, so it can`t be from Germany, but probably is from DW, and the other one conveniently IDs immediately in English as ``Voice of Africa``. Yes, Libya is missing from 17725, has moved to 17800 where it collides with Deutsche Welle, at this hour and the next, 250 kW, 80 degrees from Sines, PORTUGAL. By 1451 still a mix with VOA atop, but at 1532 German was atop. 17725 is otherwise unoccupied, no reason in the world to leave it; // is still on 21695, much weaker today, and 17800 has the usual rippling Libyan modulation.

No, 17800 is not one of the frequencies TDF has imaginatively registered for Libya via Issoudun: 1400-1600 English is claimed to be on 21675, 21695, the latter instead of Sabrata, which we do not believe.

If Libya is also using 17800 for Swahili at 12-14, as it did 17725, that too collides with DW, but via Rwanda in French and Hausa (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** MEXICO. See FRANCE [non], XEPPM relays RFI

** NEW ZEALAND. 5950, Nov 23 at 1347, RNZI ending Tradewinds show mentioning Tahiti, engineered by Myra Oh; good signal (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** OKLAHOMA [and non]. 1690, checking for Talking House on home rig, Nov 23 at 1336 UT, I am not hearing it, just WVON claiming there is only one place to go for seafood in Chicago, which I find unlikely in such a megacity. But there is NO place to go in Enid for seafood in particular, except as an add-on to Chinese restaurants. Yesterday`s reception could have been a test from Smith Realty`s office in central Enid at 528 N Van Buren, rather than the house cited/sited in far SE Enid? But at 1730 with no skywave, Samantha`s spiel is again audible (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SAUDI ARABIA [and non]. 15435, collision at 1456 Nov 23 as BSKSA OC is already on and 1456.5 adds Arabic modulation. Meanwhile it is making fast SAH with some station playing vocal music, but that stops at 1457* leaving frequency to Riyadh. It`s Vatican`s Urdu service from SMG direct, so if BSKSA would wait one minute longer, there could be a clean transition and make a fine show of œcumenism. BTW, in MS Word you make the combined o+e by control/shift/ampersand and then o, however it may appear now (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SOUTH CAROLINA [non]. 11680, another new frequency for the Walterbore, Nov 23 at 1350, relatively poor compared to // 15495, but at 1357:05* 11680 cuts him off while 15495 continues past 1400, still going at 1409 and later. DX Mix News, Bulgaria reports: ``Brother Stair TOM from Nov 18: 1300-1400 on 11680 WER 250 kW / 090 deg to SoAs`` (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SPAIN. 17595, REE, Nov 23 at 1452 with enlamar @ address for Españoles en la Mar show ending, and then sea song by a great bass-baritone in catalán, chopped off at 1455 as they insist on ``interrupting`` this frequency in order to change 21540 to 15385 for Africa, and say goodbye to NAm until 1800 on 17850, 1900 on 15110. IS once, and off 1456*. But we know 17595 will come right back on with equal reception in NAm after an antenna change.

At 1535 I am again listening to 17595, when there is news in French, mainly about Western Sahara and Mauritania; 1537:17 over to English by Justin Coe but different content, about Ireland, N & S Korea fighting, France agrees to extradite ETA guy, stampede on bridge in Phnom Penh kills hundreds. No news concerning Spain except the ETA item indirectly.

After exactly three minutes, Justin introduces news in Arabic from 1540:17 starting with Korea and Russia, but Arab gets almost 4 minutes until outro in Spanish of multilingual news segment, which we first reported about three weeks ago, and allegedly also in Russian and Portuguese. When first heard Nov 2, Portuguese was first at 1530, and no Russian then either. Has it ever been included?

1545 onto next show ``Español con Ñ`` about how the language evolved from Latin (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SUDAN [non]. 17745, Sudan Radio Service via PORTUGAL, Nov 23 at 1533 in some kind of Arabic, at first with usual heavy echo, but as the signal fades in stronger there is less echo. I have previously concluded the echo is self-imposed in the studio to seem hip, and long/short path is unlikely, but now I am wondering if it is caused by backscatter, making a considerably longer second path if not round the world. It`s 250 kW, 114 degrees from Sines. Or they are messing with the amount of echo at the studio (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U K [non]. 5875, two signals mixing Nov 23 at 1405. One is in Arabic, and I hear the BBC sounder, not sure of other language under, seems Asian. But it should be English per current registrations, as BBC is QRMing itself from two sites at once, Britons vs Britons:

1300-1600 English via THAILAND, 250 kW, 25 degrees, and
1400-1600 Arabic via CYPRUS, 300 kW, 121 degrees, so could be longpath (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A [and non]. 7525, Nov 23 at 1437 VG signal in Chinese mentioning Mei-guo and Chung-guo several times, atop weak echoing Chinese jammer. So this is VOA Chinese via Tinang, PHILIPPINES, at 1400-1500 only, 250 kW, 21 degrees also USward --- and the only transmission currently scheduled at any time on 7525, per HFCC and Aoki. Should be glommed onto by other broadcasters in need of a clear 40m frequency at other dayparts.

13750, surprised to find VOA Spanish here instead of 13715, Nov 23 at 1353 with deportes report in Buenos Días, América; // 9885, and JBA 15590. Perhaps a mistake at Greenville, caused by sub-vocalizing, as 13715 and 13750 sound much alike; where tomorrow? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 15550-USB, Nov 23 at 1416, no sign of WJHR USB vs poor signal from IRAN [q.v.] in Arabic; but other US signals at similar megameter distances from much greater stations, WWCR 15825 and WEWN 15610, were barely audible. By 1732, however, WJHR loud and clear with offensive preacher.

WJHR is about to celebrate its first anniversary on the air. How much longer is the FCC going to allow George Scott Mock to operate a low-power ham rig pretending to be a SW broadcast station, required to run 50 kW minimum? Since he can get away with it, this should open the floodgates for anyone including pirates who want to get a SWBC license to broadcast legally in SSB in the SWBC bands, saving the great expense of a real AM 50 kW SWBC transmitter (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 1050, Nov 23 at 1321 UT I find a signal dominating from N/S, the ``KMOH Swap Shop`` or so it sounded, two guys discussing items for sale or rent, including a mechanical bull; mentioned Laverne, wheat fest, basketball Osborne-Columbia. Closest call in the NRC AM Log is KLOH Pipestone MN, and it`s in the right direxion, but I don`t get any significant hits searching on those names in Minnesota.

But it`s right next to South Dakota, and the KLOH website indicates impact in SD, but no significant hits there either; it shows they do have a swap shop,
altho not a program by that name, but they do have two guys on the air at this time, Bill Van Hoecke / Collin Christensen per

Day power is an even 9380 watts. November sunrise is 1315 UT, but December 1400. So tentatively KLOH, an interesting station; history:
LOH stands for Land Of Hiawatha, and it`s ``Stereo Country 1050``, so C-QUAM is still in use? Beginning to be bothered by WHO IBOC as I move on (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. 6074, 8GAL check Nov 23: at 1359 I am hearing R. Rossii concluding 6075, timesignal 1400 + 6 seconds late. Still no sign of CW on the side. But I keep listening as motorboating carrier goes off and then hear Chinese. Finally a bit after 1400 there are three long dashes, and only at 1402 the standard message starts: VVV CQ CQ CQ DE 8GAL 8GAL K (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. 15270-15275-15280, DRM noise Nov 23 at 1528, but nothing DRM scheduled in HFCC on any of these frequencies at any time! Tho DW is supposed to be on 15275 via Rwanda in German, analog.

Are there any reports of this in the DRMNA yg? Not since March 2008, when HCJB was using it! Is it on the current schedule here?
No! Are there any reports in the adjacent fora? Not since Dec 2008. Altho HCJB did use 15280 exactly two years ago, but it is no longer in a position to do any DRMing from Ecuador. Thus the DRM movement again shows it is not really serious, carrying out tests from somewhere with no publicity, making its audience even more minuscule (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ###