domenica 28 novembre 2010

Glenn Hauser logs November 27-28, 2010

** COSTA RICA. Several evenings in the 00-02 UT period lately I have sought the R. San Carlos second harmonic on 2859.8, without success. Last presumed log of it here was Sept 23 at 1117 as in DXLD 10-39. Nor have I seen reports of it from anyone else. The nominal schedule in WRTH from TIRDVC 1430 is 1115-0200, but sign-off used to vary considerably. Still no sign of it Nov 28 at 0059. I wonder if they have suppressed it, resulting from an ill-advised DX reception report from someone. If QSLed, it may have been the last one ever from this outlet (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA. RHC has abandoned 16m for the season, but there is still propagation as late as 2319 Nov 27 when I am again getting the third harmonix of pulse jammers, on 17865 vs R. República 5954v, and on 18090 vs R. Martí 6030 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) See also PORTUGAL [and non]; VENEZUELA [non]

** EQUATORIAL GUINEA [and non]. 15190, tuned in R. Africa just as it was closing, Saturday November 27 at 2247, with address, P O Box ---, in Somulu [spelt] 100007, Lagos, Nigeria, for forwarding to ministries. Google prefers to spell it Shomolu, except on its own Google Map this area in Lagos is labeled Somolu. Previously have heard them announcing Ghana and Zimbabwe addresses. Et al.?

CCI barely audible underneath with SAH, presumably Inconfidência. The carrier was still on at 2309, altho it may have ceded to ZYE522 by then. This time I was not hearing any wobble on the carrier, so Doppler effect affecting propagation was likely the cause before (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** GUAM [and non]. Besides seeking AFN in the mornings on night frequency 5765-USB, I am now also looking for it evenings on the listed day frequency 13362.5-USB. But nothing audible Nov 28 at 0028, despite big signals on 13580 and 13680 from CRI: respectively, Beijing site in Chinese, Xi`an site in Vietnamese (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** MEXICO. 770, after KKOB NM had switched to night pattern at 0000 UT Nov 28, at 0008 dominating frequency is Spanish from the SSW or so, most likely XEACH, R. Fórmula, Monterrey, with a live talk show discussing the PRI, and attempting unsuccessfully to call in a correspondent in Coahuila. I had the impression it was a network produxion originating in the DF (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** MEXICO [and non]. 6185, XEPPM, already on with musical prélude, Nov 27 at 2312, segués of a variety of music, in Spanish when vocal, no QRM from Amazônia as no trace of a // to 11780.

However there was a SAH caused by XE being off-frequency to the low side, and the source of that is intriguing. Only things listed after 2300 are CRI 500 kW from Xi`an, 354 degrees in Mongolian; and China Huayi, 15 kW ND from Chengdu. Or maybe something via the UAE site at 500 kW, 300 degrees, but there are scads of wooden registrations for that. No longer getting the SAH after 2330 or so.

Anyhow, XEPPM`s nominal schedule is 00-12 UT (6 pm to 6 am local, ergo 23-11 UT during DST, over for four weeks now), but we`ve heard it previously well before 0000 and sometimes after 1200. Any doubt about the source was eliminated when full Spanish and English IDs were inserted at 2324, mentioning Radio Education, shortwave from Mexico City, XEPPM, 6185 kHz, 10 kW. Filled the rest of the hour with music.

Finally official opening at 2359 with short version of Mexican NA, 0001 UT Nov 28 live sign-on in Spanish and English, similar IDs as before, giving date 27 November; both languages voiced by same YL, Pabla(?) Martínez Luna; then ID only as its MW side, XEEP, 1060 AM, historical capsule, ``Historias y Memorias``, 0003 back to music. Unfortunately, that`s the extent of English programming from XEPPM. Too bad they don`t give us at least a 15-minute daily news roundup.

At least a webcasting station, Radio Imagen, provides English news, as in our Monitoring Reminders Calendar,

** OKLAHOMA [and non]. 780, KSPI, Stillwater, still has its carrier on Nov 27 at 2328 past 2331 and even at another check 2408, steady signal causing fast SAH to WBBM, but nullable. Confirming it`s KSPI, not only the direxion, but its constant weak spurs on 776 and 784. Official sunset in Nov and Dec is 2315 UT. NB: a daytime license means turn off the modulation AND carrier between sunset and sunrise! (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** PORTUGAL [and non]. 12040, Sat Nov 27 at 2250, RDPI with live sports play-by-play, therefore an `extraordinary` transmission extending the schedule. Trouble is, it`s colliding with R. Habana CUBA, where Arnie decided to use 12040 in B-10 instead of 12030, at 11-24 to Central America.

According to RDPI`s B-10 schedule, 12040 is 300 degrees to N America, 19-21 on Sat & Sun, but available daily 19-24 if needed. So on this Saturday the collision probably went on for the full five hours! Another screwup thanks to Cuba as an outlaw nation refusing to participate in advance coördination via HFCC.

At 2310 also found RDPI on 7285 // 12040. That one is 45 degrees to Europe, Sat & Sun 2300-2400, and available for extraordinary emissions also on weekdays (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SPAIN. 5970, listened to most of REE`s English hour to North America, UT Sunday Nov 28 from 0005, since I was enjoying the excellent reception and the music, initially flamenco in a feature about a singer called Terremoto (Earthquake); at 0018 switched to Tierra Santa, a hard rock band, interspersing music with interviews voiced-over into English.

About time I also listened to Radio Waves again to see how the `DX` program is doing, which for a long time was just featuring a piece of music somehow related to radio. But it never showed up. Has anyone heard it at any time recently? If so, when and with what? Or is it gone forever? I may have to remove it from DX/SWL/MEDIA PROGRAMS,

I see that the WWDXC B-10 DX program list has it as Radio Corner at :15 into the hours:

The BDXC-UK B-10 DX and Media Programme Guide at
also has it at :15v past, but still titled Radio Waves.

Next feature at 0040:40 was Historical Footnotes, talk about ferias, market days once or twice a year, and the economix of the era, with nice medieval music. 0050:40 to a modern song; 0055:40 closing English broadcast announcing correct frequency 5970, off abruptly at 0056:45*, and a few sex later when I had retuned to 6055, REE was already up there with IS. Note REE doesn`t bother with any news on weekends, so pray nothing happen until Monday (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 770, KKOB, good signal Nov 27 at 2332 UT, but it`s only Lobo football. Official Albuquerque sunset in Nov and Dec is 0000 UT, and indeed KKOB was no longer to be heard at 0008 check Nov 28, the frequency instead dominated by something in Spanish from the SSW [see MEXICO] and IBOC from WBBM.

With its null toward WABC at night, best chances to hear KKOB to the east are in the hour (or less) before 0000, and also the hour (or less) after non-direxional resumes in the morning, 1345 UT in November, 1400 in December. Aside from the 230-watt synchronized Santa Fe relay on 770 only during night hours (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** VENEZUELA [non]. 11670, RNV wrapping up relay via CUBA, Nov 27 with IS and ID until 2256*, the transmitter no doubt being retuned to 13680 or 15250 for the following hour (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. 13957.5-SSB, 2-way in Spanish, Nov 28 at 0031, still going at 0037 and 0054. One of them sounds drunk, starts to sing ``ay-ay-ay-ay`` as in Cielito Lindo; ``proa`` also mentioned, prow, as would a poacher in his boat (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ###