sabato 6 novembre 2010

Glenn Hauser logs November 5-6, 2010


** CHILE. 9780, Nov 6 at 1158, CVC La Voz with QSY announcement to 17680 which will remain on air all day (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA [and non]. 9565, Nov 5 at 2148 I start monitoring R. Martí to see what happens at scheduled site change from Sackville to Greenville at 2200. Initially signal is VG over jamming, with 5:48 time check (i.e. Miami, not Habana!); also find it is quite out of synch with // 13820 and 11930, but hard to determine how much due to heavy jamming on both the latter. Finally find that 9565 is about 22 seconds behind the others, certainly a good clue that it is not Greenville.

So Sackville cuts off at 2159:03* leaving the frequency to nothing but the DentroCuban Jamming Command from more than a minute until at *2200:10 Greenville cuts on and is much weaker here. At least they finally got rid of the overlap. At same time 2200, an open carrier also comes on 9570 but nothing is scheduled then, per HFCC, EiBi or Aoki; just VOA via Sri Lanka from 2230, but really too strong and steady to be that.

DCJC check vs. R. Martí, et al., Nov 6: at 1316, RM 5745 with no jamming during talk about a Cuban artist; 7405 has RM plus jamming, and at 1324 also 11930 RM + jam. At 1322, both WRMI 9955 and Radio República 9965 have WON (wall of noise) jamming; yesterday 9965 was clear (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** FRANCE [non]. 13640, Nov 6 at 1155 music fill, fair and fading signal, OSOB as the band is just awakening an hour+ before sunrise here. Must be RFI Météo Marine service via GUIANA FRENCH which never takes the full semihour from 1130, as scheduled, to be followed by Spanish at 1200 on 15515 instead, as heard Nov 4; but now 15 MHz is even deader (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** GERMANY [non]. 6155, Nov 6 at 0525, report in English on pope`s visit to Santiago de Compostela, so is this a new VR frequency? No, finally ID at 0529 outro by a Deutsche Welle reporter, closing Newslink and off. If it`s DW, it can`t be direct from Germany, so whence? Sines, Portugal, 0500-0530, 250 kW at 1255 degrees.

6155 used to be the prime frequency for AUSTRIA, but current B-10 schedule from Moosbrunn is ONLY: 0600-0715 daily, 300 kW non-direxional [still including token English news capsule from domestic service M-F at 0708-0712?]. And 1000-1030 Sundays only Nov 7 and 14 for the special, 100 kW non-direxional. As in DXLD 10-44:

Special SW broadcast via the 100 kW Moosbrunn transmitter
will be on 7 and 14 November [Sundays]:
1000-1030  6155 to Europe
1600-1630 17620 to N America

Amateur radio station OE50ARMS will operate in SSB after the above
transmissions on 7120 for Eu, 14210 for USA [sic]. QSLs via oe4grc @  The broadcast commemorates the 50th anniversary of the
Austrian Military Radio Society; further details at
(Mike Barraclough/Wolfgang Büschel, Nov BDXC-UK Communication via

Not clear if all in Austro-German or not, but this page is not in English:

** INDONESIA. 3325, Nov 6 at 1312, poor signal with talk, presumed RRI Palangkaraya. A month ago this was frequently audible peaking around 1245, but haven`t heard it lately or anything else from Asia on 90 meters. Sunrise today in Enid is 1300 UT, and continues to laten one minute per day (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** JAPAN [and non]. TP carrier search Nov 6 from 1235 in USB mode upward on the DX-398 was quite fruitful if barely audible: 558, 567, 576, 585, 594, 693, 702, 747, 756, 774, 828, 918, 945, 972, 1044, 1053, 1062, 1116, 1134, 1422. I paused at 1237 on 774 since it was strongest, and on AM some talk audio was making it. Altho I could not be positive it was Japanese, doubtless JOUB, Akita 2 (Glenn Hauser, Enid OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** MEXICO. 700, Nov 6 at 1233 UT promo mentions 1,110 AM, bicentenario, and R. Red, 6:33 timecheck, Tiempo del Centro de México. Therefore this must be XEDKR, 1 kW in Guadalajara, the only Radio Red affiliate listed in WRTH, relaying the network from XERED 1110 in the DF.

1050, Nov 6 at 1302, choral Mexican NA is in progress. It has several false stops, then another stanza starts. Finally finishes almost at 1306 and partial ID heard as ``Radio Siglo Veintiuno . . . 10-50 AM``, right into ranchera music. From the timing, I figured it was XED Mexicali as heard a few days ago, and WRTH 2010 confirms one of its slogans is Radio Siglo XXI. Being a border city, it goes along with Alta California in DST dates, so from Nov 7 it`ll be playing the anthem at 1400 UT, 6 a.m. local PST, whether or not it`s really on the air all-night.

1300, Nov 6 at 1249 UT, correspondent outros as with ``Radio México Noticias``, later anchor mentions ``aquí en Ciudad Juárez`` in item about electricity rates. So it`s XEP, the 50 kW probably on daytime facilities already (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** MOROCCO. 15345, Nov 6 at 1353, open carrier, or just barely modulated? Nothing on 15341 or 15340, so presumably RTM has made its upward QSY earlier than before (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** NETHERLANDS [non]. 9810, RNW Spanish via BONAIRE, excellent Sat Nov 6 at 1206 announcing // 6165, then feature by Alfonso Montealegre visiting Seúl, Corea, and interviewing the Spanish section of KBS World Radio, first Sonia Cho, then a couple of women who learned their Spanish while living in South America, and a blue-eyed guy from Spain named Atahualpa. Fun conversations about what nightlife is like in that vibrant city, especially for young people, and their favorites places around the country. Finally, separate talk with Cecilia Son(?). Next week, on to Tokio for more from Alfonso`s Asian tour. 1227* cut off closing announcement before it was finished (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) See also TINIAN

** POLAND [non]. 9460, trying to pull PRES English via AUSTRIA, Nov 6 at 1325, but just a JBA signal vs overload from WTWW 9479 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SAIPAN. 9715, another R. Svoboda check Nov 6 at 1321, carrier unstable, modulation distorts occasionally, but more or less readable in Russian (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SPAIN. Altho on a weekday the Castilian intro to the Basque semihour at 1330 said it is ``todos los días``, as I suspected this was wrong, as Saturday Nov 6 at 1330 on 15585, 17595, REE continues in Spanish, no Euskera (and no 15170 CR this early on a Saturday). (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** TINIAN [and non]. 9795, Nov 6 at 1159 loop ID of ``Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, Praha``, but at 1200 it`s R. Nederland in Dutch. This is relay via IBB TINIAN, so presumably the feed from Hilversum is routed thru Praha. Axually, I was trying to nail down the frequency on the FRG-7 in an area where parallax can be misleading, and had not finished by 1200, so it could have been 9790, but from 1200 there I was hearing R. Japan in English, which is via Wertachtal, GERMANY, not involving IBB (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 3160, WPJK, Nov 6 at 1145 already on with gospel song, 1149 ID in passing, music announcement, ad for something with phone and address in Orangeburg SC; fair signal. So WPJK 1580 plus 3160 harmonic is on the air at least 15 minutes before legal sunrise in November at 1200 UT, presumably as early as 1130 or whenever the morning DJ gets there.

If the concept of DST vs. ST is foreign to them, as well as the concept of changing sign-on times on the first day of each month as a licensed daytimer, what will happen on Nov 7 when protracted DST is over and local time becomes UT -5 instead of UT -4? Could be they will continue signing on at 7:30 am local instead of 7 am, but then it will be 1230 UT. Today I recheck at 1230 and it is still audible, poorly, so we should be able to tell if it is signing on then, making it legal tho a semihour later than necessary (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 670, Nov 6 at 1255 UT, quick ID as KWXI, AM 670, and on FM 98.9, promo for a new show starting Monday morning. Is 5 kW daytimer in Glenwood AR. November sunrise is 1245; December 1315 UT. Website also shows FM 98.9, but FM Atlas XXI frequency reference has only one 98.9 in the state, at Rison, without full data yet; that`s south of Little Rock beyond Pine Bluff, while Greenwood is just east of Fort Smith on the west side. So where is this 98.9, really? The only 98.9 across the border in OK is KYIS in OKC, so can`t be that. FCC FM Query finds K225BH in Glenwood, 250 watt translator. It`s not on the FM Atlas map, but appears in its Arkansas translator listing, except the primary is shown as KQUS 97.5. FCC could not care less what the primary of a translator may be, i.e. what station people really hear on it (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 830, on caradio, more than two sesquihours after local sunrise at 1300 UT, Nov 6 at 1610 I am getting play-by-play of a stupid football game, very weak but steady signal. Can`t catch a team name or local ad, ID; checked again at 1648, and still there. Likely WCCO Minneapolis, which at 600+ miles is at that awkward distance, barely possible by Great Plains groundwave under optimum conditions, but also with lowering sun, residual daytime skywave. I think it is the latter.

Later checking whether they have a game on, it`s hard to tell --- all kinds of stuff on the website, but no program schedule! Nor schedule of sports specials. However, they have linx to Twitters during past hour on progress of a game between the Gophers and Michigan State football. That`s awfully early for a ball game, well underway before noon local, but maybe avoiding the competition of more important clashes in the afternoon. I click on Listen to AM 830 and instead I get KROQ! Which is an FM rocker in Pasadena CA. What`s with that?? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** VATICAN [and non]. Looking for R. Vaticana`s 1130 Spanish, which all A-season was on 9830 mixing with the perpetual RTTY on that frequency: nothing there Nov 6 at 1203, but instead VG on clear and new 9865 with, what else, report on Pope`s visit to Stgo. de Compostela. HFCC shows 1130-1215 via Sackville, 100 kW, 227 degrees, in Spanish and English ---- but the English at 1200 got lost months ago and is still imaginary; instead the whole thing is in Spanish. 1213 VR IS as always played for a while at closing if not at opening.

15595, Nov 6 at 1328, report in Italian about, what else? Pope visiting Santiago de Compostela, closing ``Radio-Giornale``, with times for next Italian broadcasts, bit of classical music cut off at 1330*. This is a regular service at 1255-1330, 500 kW, 107 degrees from Santa Maria di Galeria.

My bookmark for RV Special Broadcasts is an orphan, still showing something for 24 March 2010!
Instead the current page for that is:
but that concerns English only as the special pages are now not integrated, but language by language, inconvenient. This one includes the Compostela visit, but nothing special on SW in English.
Italian version has nothing on SW either:
(Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) See also GERMANY ###