martedì 21 giugno 2011

Glenn Hauser logs June 20-21, 2011

** ANTARCTICA. 15476, LRA36, no show Monday June 20 at 1234, 1246, 1301 chex. No show either June 21 at 1231, 1245, 1254, 1426 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** ANTARCTICA [non]. A non-prelog, in case anyone has not heard about this yet: the once-a-year BBC special to the British Antarctic Survey is scheduled every winter Solstice, such as June 21 at 2130-2200, frequencies this year being 5950, 7295 and 9850 from UK, 7360 via Ascension. We might have a chance at the two higher frequencies in North America, the further east the better. Probably mainly greetings from family members, music requests (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** AUSTRALIA. 15230, June 20 at 0533, R. Australia VG signal with report about Nauru as processing center (presumably for illegal immigrants trying to get into Australia), mentioned the 1951 convention and the 1967 protocol. 15230?? Normally on 15240. RA does use 15230 from Shepparton at 22-24, so an error, or a change for now? This and // 15160 are normally the SSOB after 0500, sometimes the OSOB.

15240, June 21 at 0535 check, RA back on correct frequency, not 15230, and now along with 15160 they are the SSOB. No sign either day on 15230 of CUBA, q.v. (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** AUSTRALIA. 15400, June 21 at 1252, HCJB talking about TB, 1255 crops, and 1257 outro `Family Care` show, a produxion of HCJB Australia; hymn until 1259:50 quick sign-off until 2200 on 15525, and off. Other HCJB 15340 het vs Morocco 15341 continued (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** AUSTRALIA. 11387-USB, June 21 at 1303 YL Oz accent with weather, soon said ``Australian VOLMET, out``. Per
at top and bottom of hours this is AXQ421 in Brisbane, to be followed by Calcutta at :05 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CHINA. Firedrake June 20:
17170, fair with flutter at 1248
16980, poor with flutter at 1247
16100, poor with flutter at 1248
15900, fair with flutter at 1247
13500, fair-good with flutter at 1253; none in the 14`s
13130, good at 1253
12980, fair at 1254
11500, poor at 1254
10300, poor at 1254

Firedrake June 21, with subnormal conditions:
16100, poor at 1233
15900, very poor at 1230
13920, fair at 1236
13500, poor at 1236
12980, fair at 1236
11500, fair at 1243; poor at 1423 and now no others
 7970, very poor at 1244

** CUBA. 12040, June 21 at 0010, strong open carrier, presumed RHC as scheduled; meanwhile 12020 was modulating Spanish but with crackling. Wait a minute, the RHC online frequency schedule shows 12010, not 12020, for SAm, with 12040 for CAm both at 22-06. WRTH update correctly shows 12020, not 12010.

RHC`s own Spanish schedule also now claims these frequencies are on air until 0600: 15230, 12040, 12010[sic], 6120, 5040; while these close at 0500: 11760, 9770, 6140. But I think they are all closing at 0500, more or less (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** KUWAIT. 17550, R. Kuwait, Arabic to C&W NAm, June 21 at 0005 is still on past nominal 2400*, good in Arabic, some flutter. 0025 still going with dramatic reading(?), 0033 still on with music. On the shortest night of the year, much of the path across northern Atlantic, Europe is nearly illuminated, roughly within one hour of the grayline (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** MEXICO. Sporadic-E analog TV DX June 20: at 2315 UT I find mixtures of signals from the south in Spanish on channels 2, 3, 4, and 5.

2317, ch 4, SSW, clock in UR with 18:17 and figure below it probably C temp. Lofi movie audio.

2317, ch 2, news, or tabloid news, bug in upper right looks like a W? Then it looks like a 4v in a circle with digital clock(?) below it. At 2323 fades in a bit more clearly and now the symbols in a circle are clearly +V with the right part of the V extending outside the circle; correspondent outro as Univisión, and then ``Primer Impacto``, which is the tabloid news show we do get in the US on UNI. 2330 on 2, Televisa logo on promo. 2338 full screen +V also spelt out as MAS VISION, and promo for `Laura` novela on Televisa. Later Googling on MAS VISION leads right to the local Televisa outlet in Guadalajara, XEWO-TV. Is the MAS VISION ident something new? Anyhow, it`s displayed on this page along with most other channel 2 local IDs in Mexico:

2329, ch 3, animated ID, caught part of it, looked like TV TRES (the number as a word, not a digit), probably XHP-TV in Puebla, which is TV3.

2342, ch 4, upper-right bug with time 18:42, and 28 presumably C temp. Seems like a cop drama.

2359, mostly gone except for some signs on channel 2. More than next hour I was distracted with other matters, such as capturing two stray dogs on the property, and gazing at huge updraft just east of here.

UT June 21: 0110, ch 2, net 5 with toons
0134, ch 2, Simpsons
0250, ch 2, novela
signals in and out, mostly out.

0345, ch 2 fades in with ad for something in Coahuila

0345, ch 3 lucha libre show (masked wrestling), commercial break for Fisher-Price, et al. in looong adstring including ``Modelos 2011`` --- new `Cars` movie. 0354 finally! lucha libre resumes.

Next morning, same UT day, first check at 1500 finds something fading in on ch 2, 1507 toons from net-5.

1508, ch 3, a bit of soccer, and I luck into a `super` ID in a black bar across top of screen, to the right: I think it reads XEZ-TV C-3. A minute later there is a quick crawl of several cities and channels where this is relayed, many of them UHF; a few I could make out were Nuevo Laredo, Reynosa, Matamoros. This does not make sense as XEZ is in central Mexico, not along La Frontera, where the only channel 3 is XHPN in Piedras Negras. Unlike the call ID earlier, the stream overlapped the black bar into the body of the picture. The bar itself was part of the regular screen, not the vertical interval, which I have no way of seeing on my current monitor with no vertical hold, even if the signal were tropo-steady enough. Years ago, some Mexican IDs used to appear within the VI blanking; any more?

Following hour miscellaneous signals in and out mostly on 2.

1614 on ch 4, HOY program bug in LR during bridal segment (Glenn Hauser, Enid OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SAUDI ARABIA. 15170, BSKSA Qur`an, June 20 at 0532, good signal with flutter (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SUDAN [and non]. 13620, R. Dabanga via MADAGASCAR, June 20 at 0527 just in time to hear final singing ID mixed with 1000 Hz tone jamming. The tone stayed on until 0530, and the carrier until about 0530.5* (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** TURKEY. 15450, June 20 at 1320, no signal from VOT, which normally has not signed off the 1230 broadcast quite this early. Come to think of it, not noticed during the previous hour either. Propagation was subnormal, but unseemed bad enough to wipe it out completely, e.g. Romania audible on 15195, France on 15300. June 21 at 1231, VOT is there but JBA improving to VP (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 15825, June 21 at 1349, WWCR by sporadic E has become strong enough at S9+20 to audiblize the scratchy spur field matching the music modulation peaks, between 15650 and 15690, strongest around 15670 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. 9063, June 21 at 0539, huge S9+22 open carrier, slight fades. Probably Cuban spy unit, 250 kW? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. 11620, June 21 at 1345, 1000 Hz continuous tone test, as we have heard past weeks on many higher frequencies, but poor here; seemed to go off at 1359, but resumed at 1400, gone at 1422 check. See also 11980 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. 11954.5 approx., intruder, June 21 at 1240, 2-way Spanish SSB, one side much stronger than the other vs het from 11955, which would be CRI Kunming (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. 11980, June 21 at 1402, 1000 Hz continuous tone test, found here after hearing same on 11620, surprising as these used to appear one at a time. Still poor at 1422. S. Hasegawa in Japan, Alan Roe in England and Wolfgang Büschel in Germany were hearing more such tones June 19 in the 1300 hour on 18900, 19000 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ###