lunedì 8 novembre 2010

Glenn Hauser logs November 7-8, 2010

** ALASKA. KNLS` English still using only one transmitter, per DXLD 10-44 is now at: 10-11 and 12-13 on 9615, 15-16 on 9655, contrary to their original doomed plan to use 7300 halfway into the 40m hamband. Surely another 7 MHz frequency would have been better in the cold, dark, winter, than in the summer on 7355 at 12, but no 7 MHz channels at all are now in use.

I previously sought 9615 in the 12 UT hour without success, and likewise 9655 at 1500 Nov 8, altho it seems like something in Chinese is there. HFCC and Aoki both claim KNLS is really in Chinese during this frequency-hour, contrary to KNLS itself at
but what do they know? The only other listed thing at 1500 is Romania in Arabic (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** ANTARCTICA. 15476, Monday Nov 8 at 1411, carrier and some music with heavy beat detectable from LRA36, S9 peaks. During this semihour, nothing on adjacent 15480 to interfere or compare with (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** ARGENTINA. 15345.1, Nov 7 at 2310, Spanish, poor with flutter; since it`s Sunday, this is LRA Radio Nacional relay rather than RAE. RAE has put out notices that the powers that be want to close RAE down at yearend rather than repair or replace the ailing transmitter, and requests listener support to prevent this. Try for English M-F at 18-19 on 15345v, probably still colliding with Morocco, and Tue-Sat 0200-0300 on 11711v (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CHINA. Firedrake Nov 8: at last hearing them again like old times:
 8400, S9+25 at 1350, heavy flutter
10500, S9+18 at 1350, heavy flutter
11100, S9+18 at 1358, heavy flutter
No others found up to 18 MHz before 1400, and at 1447 check the above three were gone. My last log of 8400 was Sept 28; 10500 Nov 1; 11100 Oct 5 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CHINA [non]. 13650, Nov 7 at 2304 had Brazilian Portuguese, i.e. CRI via Habana, atop a weaker oriental language, listed as R. Japan direct to Thailand, making a slow SAH (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA. Some previewed RHC frequency changes have gone into effect Nov 8: not monitoring before 1300 when 6095 and 6000 are now scheduled, but at 1342, 6140 is on // 11760 et al., with Chávez speech. 6140 is the new all-day frequency to N, C, SAm, so nondirexional, at 11-05 replacing 6110. Still on and audible at 1443.

RHC also on new 12040, Nov 8 at 1403 fair vs WEWN 12050; scheduled 11-24 for Central America. And new 15390, Nov 8 at 1412, Despertar con Cuba // stronger 15360 and even stronger 15120. 15390 and 15360 an echo apart. 15390 is ex-15380. Now it QRMs Spain`s Sephardic show Mondays 1425-1455 on 15385 from the other side. At 1440, seems there is some CCI on 15390 as RHC opens science program, but nothing listed; then I decide it is just talkover by RHC produxion, never a good idea on SW where there is enough QRM already. 15390 is the new all-day frequency to ``Buenos Aires``, 11-23, and 00-05.

Some other new or reactivated on the B-10 schedule version sent by Arnie Coro to Wolfgang Büschel, cleaned up and excerpted with our comments:

Antillas      9820 2030-0000 [ex-9660; goodbye 9 de Julho, Brasil!]
Buenos Aires  9770 0000-0500
Chile        12010 2300-0500 [ex-12020]
Europa       11770 2100-2400 [ex-15370]
Chicago       6050 0700-1100 [goodbye HCJB from its *0830]

ALÓ PRESIDENTE [they forgot to specify only Sundays, occasionally, and times vary widely, usually not before 1530, and well after 1800] [complete]

Chicago        13750 1400-1800
Centro América 13680 1400-1800
Antillas       11690 1400-1800
Buenos Aires   15370 1400-1800 [new, ex-12010]
Río de Janeiro 17750 1400-1800

Norte, Centro  6150 0500-0700
y Sudamérica  11760 2000-2100
New York       6060 0500-0700
San Francisco  6010 0500-0700
Chicago        6050 0100-0700 [goodbye, HCJB until its 0500*]
Wáshington     6000 0100-0700
Banda Tropical 5040 0000-0100

11770 to Europe:
Francés     1930-2000
Portugués   2000-2030
Árabe       2030-2100

TRANSMISIONES EN IDIOMA ESPERANTO [complete, except forgot to specify Sundays only!]
Norte, Centro y Sudamérica 11760 1500-1530
América Central            11760 2100-2130 [ex-1900]
Sudamérica                 15370 2230-2300 [new; ex 0000+]
San Francisco               6010 0700-0730

** CUBA. 11880, plus/minus 5, DCJC pulses against nothing, Nov 8 at 1403, probably spur/bleed from the wall of noise on 11930 against R. Martí. See also CZECHIA: WRMI (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CYPRUS. 13875-13905, OTH radar pulses, presumed from here, quite strong Nov 8 at 1457, obliterating the RHC leapfrog on 13880 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CZECHIA [non]. Altho WRMI dropped R. Prague in English at 10 am ET daily more than a month ago, now on the schedule is R. Prague en français, M-F at 1430-1500 (exc Tuesday 1430-1445 a gospel huxter in English). So that`s why I was hearing French on 9955, Nov 8 at 1451, and no jamming except bleedover from DCJC`s WON on 9965 vs R. República. 9955 much weaker than music on 9950, i.e. one of the JCI clandestines from Japan via PALAU to Korea North (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** EGYPT. 13580, Nov 8 at 1457, open carrier, tones with heavy flutter; timesignal ends at 1459:14 as if it were already 1500! And R. Cairo opening in Albanian; distorted, muffled modulation as usual. Are any Shqiptars willing to put up with that? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** MOROCCO. 15341.1, RTM back on this off-frequency again, Nov 8 at 1414 with Arabic music, no het today altho HCJB Australia is on 15340 until 1530 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** OKLAHOMA. 1580, KOKB Blackwell, which was off the air Nov 7, is back on Nov 8 at 1503 UT check with sports talk, about one semisecond behind // 1020, KOKP Perry, as if a satellite feed of more than one hop (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** PERU. 18058-, Nov 8 at 1419 JBA carrier with some audio from R. Victoria, 6019+, third harmonic (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** POLAND [non]. 11905, poor Nov 8 at 1453 hear `polska` mentioned, so presumed PRES in Polish, but HFCC scheduled 1430-1630 in Ukrainian via Woofferton UK; while VTC B-10 shows White Russian the first hour, Ukrainian the second hour (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** PRIDNESTROVYE. Since 6240 was off the air Saturday Nov 6 at 2320, I figured that Radio PMR was still operating Mon-Fri on their new schedule of 18-24 UT --- but it was back on the air Sunday Nov 7 before 2300 with music fill, then 3-pip timesignal about one semisecond late, into French, and after 2330, German, same as weekdays.

Then I remember that when it was operating after 0000 UT, it was clear that ``Monday-Friday`` to this station means local time, i.e. starting at 2200 UT = local midnight now. So at least the 22-24 UT segment for Am is still in terms of UT, Sunday-Thursday, presumably. Does that mean it is not on the air until 2200 on UT Sundays, and goes off the air from 2200 UT Fridays? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** PRIDNESTROVYE. 7565, Nov 8 at 1348 open carrier, cuts off and back on; 1356 tones on and off; 1400 YFR theme, opening in S Asian language. Registered as Kishinov at 14-16, 300 kW, 116 degrees, and comprehensive YFR schedule in DXLD 10-44 shows Urdu via Moldova (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 17740, huge S9+25 carrier with hum, Nov 8 at 1418 but off a few sex later. No doubt Greenville tuning up again for the 1700 VOA Portuguese transmission on same (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. Yes, WWCR has started using 3255, the frequency it tested in October later in the evening, as from Nov 7. At 2259, 7465 announced frequency change to 3255, and off promptly. But it took until *2301:37 for them to come up on 3255, joining some program in progress. Why not 3215 as previously for WWCR-1 on 90 meters? Because WWRB has dibs on that from 2300, but was even later turning on than WWCR. Finally noted at 2316 with caller to Brother Scare.

At 2319, WWCR 3255 was rather distorted and splattering up to 10 kHz above and below. At 2342, the usual spurs were audible on 3269.5 and 3241.5 not only with carriers, but some modulation to match.

Furthermore, WWCR has resumed 5070. There it is at 2330 Nov 7 with paranoid ad for Maine Military.

WWCR is now waiting until the last moment to put up their revised frequency schedule. Earlier on Nov 7 the expired one was still the only one on the website, but by 0548 UT Nov 8 we have the new B-10:

WWCR A10 [sic] Schedule November 7, 2010 to March 12, 2011

Transmitter #1 - 100 KW - 46 Degrees
12:00 AM-04:00 AM 0600-1000 3.215 MHz
04:00 AM-06:00 AM 1000-1200 9.985 MHz
06:00 AM-03:00 PM 1200-2100 15.825 MHz
03:00 PM-05:00 PM 2100-2300 7.465 MHz
05:00 PM-08:00 PM 2300-0200 3.255 MHz
08:00 PM-12:00 AM 0200-0600 3.215 MHz

Transmitter #2 - 100 KW - 85 Degrees
12:00 AM-07:00 AM 0600-1300 5.935 MHz
07:00 AM-10:00 AM 1300-1600 7.490 MHz
10:00 AM-03:00 PM 1600-2100 12.160 MHz
03:00 PM-05:00 PM 2100-2300 9.350 MHz
05:00 PM-07:00 PM 2300-0100 5.070 MHz
07:00 PM-12:00 AM 0100-0600 5.935 MHz

Transmitter #3 - 100 KW - 40 Degrees
12:00 AM-07:00 AM 0600-1300 4.840 MHz
07:00 AM-07:00 PM 1300-0100 13.845 MHz
07:00 PM-12:00 AM 0100-0600 4.840 MHz

Transmitter #4 - 100 KW - 90 Degrees
12:00 AM-06:00 AM 0600-1200 5.890 MHz
06:00 AM-08:00 PM 1200-0200 9.980 MHz
08:00 PM-12:00 AM 0200-0600 5.890 MHz

** U S A. WWRB frequency change, sign-on times are always flexible. 3215 was not on at 2300 UT Nov 7, but was at 2316 check, Brother Scare taking a caller. Then at 2317 I find 3185 in open carrier, 2317:30 ID by Dave,  with a ``special broadcasting announcement`` saying prime airtime has been reserved at 30 minutes for $30 or 60 minutes for $60, new customers only, phone 931-728-6087. 2318:30 into big band music so this is obviously one of the times available. At 2329 I find 5050 in // with same big band music (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. Area 51 scheduling must have changed: when I was getting WWRB and WWCR on 5+ MHz, nothing on 5110 from WBCQ, Nov 7 at 2334. Did not get around to rechecking later, but the Area 51 website says:

``Sunday, November 7, 2010: Daylight savings [sic] time ends, so all our programming shifts one hour earlier.
    * 0000 UTC (7pm) 5110: Radio Jamba International (live)
    * 0100 UTC (8pm) 5110: Radio Newyork International
    * 0300 UTC (10:00pm) 5110: Pirates Week with Ragnar Danesjkold
    * 0330 UTC (10:30pm) 5110: International Radio Report
    * 0400 UTC (11pm) 5110: Sign off``
I expect the Saturday hours will be different as usual (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 11715-, Nov 8 at 1455, S9+20 but just barely modulating, can make out boring catechisms in English, an exercise in piety. But at 1458 modulation level has been turned up for singing ``Ora pro nobis``. The sporadic transmissions of KJES should now all be one UT hour later since DST has been turned off at The Lord`s Ranch (and everywhere in New Mexico, nay the USA, nay North America). That has always been its pattern, making one UT hour shifts back and forth depending on local DST, but it seems their frequency manager and the FCC are unaware of it!

HFCC B-10 does not show any such, just a single schedule effective 31 Oct to 27 March, and daily rather than sporadically!
 7555 0100 0200 2,3      50 335
 7555 0200 0230 3,4,9    50  20
11715 1300 1400 3,4,9    50  70
11715 1400 1500 2,3      50 350
15385 1800 1900 55,58,59 50 270
15385 1900 2000 11       50 100

Furthermore, it shows the morning broadcast reduced from three to two hours. None of this is correct, for at 1610 recheck Nov 8, 11715 is still on, YL singing Spanish with guitar. The correct times should really be:
 7555 0200-0330
11715 1400-1700
15385 1900-2100
The 70-degree beam is the one right at us, really at 1400-1500, assuming KJES is following its own azimuth plan with the rotatable log-periodic unstuck (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** VENEZUELA [non]. 13680, Nov 7 at 2305 a bit of English at first thought RHC on very good signal, but must be RNV relay; then switched to Spanish but modulation level dropped way down, same thing on // 15250. These transmissions usually don`t make any seasonal changes, but should be reconfirmed just in case, ignoring the years-out-of-date schedule announced on every broadcast (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. 6934.5 approx., Nov 7 at 2337, music on USB, cuts on and off and difficult to center-tune without carrier; a fitful pirate (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ###