sabato 8 gennaio 2011

Glenn Hauser logs January 7, 2011

** BRAZIL [and non]. 9696-, big het on NHK English direct on 9695.0, Jan 7 at 1214, and with audio but can`t split them apart on the FRG-7. EiBi shows R. Rio Mar, Manaus on 9695.8 at 10-21, which fits nicely, as it was measured there by Manuel Méndez, Spain, Nov 28, 2010 at 1010-1020 including ID, so I presume it; rather than Madagascar, which I vaguely remember was once there (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTIENING DIGEST)

** CANADA. 9865, Jan 7 at 1212, good signal playing Vatican Radio IS, at tail of Spanish relay via Sackville, reconfirmed.

Surprisingly, 9650, Jan 7 at 1215 lacked KBS World Radio in English via Sackville, but by 1216 it started to fade in. It`s 250 kW, 268 degrees, while VR is only 100 kW, 227 degrees (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA. 6010, Jan 7 at 0621 RHC in Spanish instead of usual and scheduled English! Today`s primary SNAFU. Checked the other overkill frequencies: Spanish also on 6120 and 5040; English on 6060, 6150-undermodulated as usual, and 6050-initially with Spanish underneath, but this time may have been crossmodulation caused by overload (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) See also USA: WINB, WRMI

** INDONESIA. 9525-, VOI still on its lower frequency, Jan 7 at 1300 with Japanese ID at end of hour in that language, but then a very long intermittent audio dropout of almost two minutes, missing the opening of English, finally JIP (joined in progress) during news at 1302, and back to fraxional seconds of IADs (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** KOREA NORTH [non]. 5985, Jan 7 at 1421, checking whether Shiokaze via JSR JAPAN has changed frequency yet, at first I thought it had, but weak signal is still there and cannot be sure it is in English as normally on Fridays unlike NYE, but intonation by OM seems to be. Plus weak het on hi side from Myanmar. Conditions from E Asia were subnormal this morning, but as sun rises earlier, the 1400 transmission will become harder and harder to hear here (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** POLAND [non]. 9460, PRES via AUSTRIA in English, Jan 7 at 1313, classical music discussion about a sinfonietta by David ---, apparent modern composer as they played a bit of it. Only fair reception but not yet blown away by WTWW 9479 overload, not yet built up to daytime supersignal level (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** RUSSIA. 9855, VOR English to Alaska, western Canada and western USA, finally audible in CNAm, Jan 7 at 0618, only fair with discussion of New Year celebrations in Moscow; seems undermodulated, and much weaker than 9865 RNW Dutch via Bonaire. 9855 is via Vladivostok, and supposed to be // 9840 via Pet/Kam but inaudible there. Used to be that 9840 would surpass 9855, tho both for exactly same targets. In Haida Gwaii, Walt Salmaniw on Dec 31 at 0501 found the opposite, 9855 VG and 9840 just a weaker open carrier. Such is the redundancy setup of this service, it seems (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 9405, Jan 7 at 0616, surprised to find big signal here, S9+20, must be WINB, which until now in the first week of its existence, has been poor to JBA. Trouble is, there is no program modulation, just open unstable carrier, hum, and crackling. Same at 0628 when I quit. Must have been: unusual propagational opening; or: until now has been way under-powered. We shall continue to check. Is Rod Hembree really paying for 40 hours a week on 9405 (plus more on 13570 in daytime)?

WINB is still using 9265 in the morning, but shorter span than before: on the air in Spanish, presumed WYFR relay, Jan 7 at 1223; and at 1258, doing its offensive frequency change announcement to 13570 as talkover to the National Anthem!! Worse, cut off the end of The Star Spangled Banner at 1259 before it was over. Did not check 13570 immediately, but at 1309 it was very poor, not yet up to daytime propagation level. At this time, only Cuba had good signals on 13 MHz, and just about the only signals on 15 MHz. If 9405 really runs until 1130, as publicized, that leaves only 1130-1300 for 9265 in the mornings (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 4050-, Jan 7 at 0624, very poor but can detect the usual YL DJ from KWMO, Washington MO on 3 x 1350 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 9885, Jan 7 at 1212 big open carrier, obviously IBB Greenville-B preparing for the 1230 VOA Spanish broadcast. Was on for a while but did not monitor whether it stayed on all the way to 1230 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 3160, so far I have not been able to hear the WPJK Orangeburg SC 2 x 1580 harmonic in 2011y. Finally on Jan 7 I am up in time to check for the 1230v sign-on which had been in effect in Nov-Dec 2010, and 1130v during Oct+ DST since first heard Oct 12 as in DXLD 10-41 and most subsequent issues. Monitored Jan 7 from 1228 continuously until 1246, no sign of any carrier, and still not at final check 1305, while 3185 WWRB was still VG. Nor as of Jan 7 have I been able to detect it in evening before nominal 2245* in Jan or even 2215v* as in Dec. So has the harmonic finally been fixed? Is anyone else hearing it now morning or evening? Or midday as Terry Krueger in FL succeeded in doing? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 9955, WORLD OF RADIO 1546 confirmed on WRMI, Friday Jan 7 at 1538, along with pulse jamming but much less than the wall-of-noise on 9965 against never-audible Radio República. Tnx a lot, Arnie! WOR 1546 also confirmed on WWCR 7465, Friday Jan 7 at 2130, VG as always. Next, please check Sat 1700 on 12160. Also on ACB Radio Mainstream webcast during 2-hourly repeats on Fridays, heard at 0600, 2400 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. 3240-3410, Jan 7 at 1306, most of the 90m band is blanketed by a wideband multi-carrier noise source, peaking circa 3319. Had not noticed it before 1300. Can`t be certain whether it is local nor whether it is related to the carrier I have been getting on 3319 at many hours of darkness, for several nights, which puts het on 3320 South Africa in evenings, Korea North in mornings (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. 6064-SSB, intruder Jan 7 at 1227, weak 2-way Spanish vs weak AM carrier on 6065, which would be either KBS or Beijing (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ###