martedì 5 luglio 2011

Glenn Hauser logs July 3-4, 2011

** CANADA. Some sporadic E but in and out with rather weak signals:

July 3 at 1838 UT on analog channel 3, French with FIFA women`s game. Hard to tell, but seemed a bit NNW, so maybe SK or AB rather than CBWFT Winnipeg due N. The DX Sherlock 6m map showed the main Es patch right over OK, which means that was of no use for us.

UT July 4 at 0105 on 2, `Family Guy` from NNE, Global bug LR. Not // Fox OKC KOKH-24, or at least not synchronized, but I think a different episode. 0120 Global promo. This signal is offset plus or minus with narrow 20-kHz beat bars from another. 0143 still on with a Fox toon, same offset. Now it does seem to be same ep as KOKH a few sex apart. Based on direxion, it`s one or both of the two Globals in Ontario. Both CIII2 and CFGC2 are shown as offset plus on the map at
But can`t completely rule out not CKND2 in Manitoba from north, which is offset minus (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CHINA. Firedrake July 4 by semihour segments; just before 1300:
16980, JBA at 1257
15900, poor at 1258
14950, good at 1259
14720, fair at 1258
13970, poor at 1259

15900, poor at 1318
14720, fair-good at 1319
13970, good with flutter at 1319
12980, fair at 1321
12270, good at 1321
11500, fair at 1321; no 10`s

15900, poor at 1340
14720, fair at 1340
13970, good at 1339
13920, poor at 1339
12980, poor at 1338
12270, fair at 1338
11785 unlike yesterday, at 1337 no FD, just CNR1, Chinese CCI with SAH
11500, poor at 1338

14950, poor-fair at 1417
13970, fair at 1417
11500, poor at 1420
10300, very poor at 1420

** CUBA. 17560, Sunday July 3 at 2042 I am surprised to hear RHC with Esperanto in progress, usual VG signal but during this semihour it is supposed to be in Arabic, to Europe --- where else? Talking about Esperanto Congress coming up in São Paulo, Brasil. Next check at 2102, outro French broadcast claiming it was at 2000-2030, and into Spanish with `Memorias Culturales` archival program. 2000-2030 is the scheduled time for French to Americas on 11760, while to Europe on 17560 it is supposed to be 1930-2000. Totally SNAFU!

The RHC website was slow to connect at 1505 UT July 4 as I wanted to see what it says about Esperanto now. Took several attempts, and then was intermittent as I tried to navigate within. Finally got to
which to no surprise unmentions this, just the usual 07, 15 and 2230 broadcasts. And I don`t see anything about the congress, which they really hyped last summer when it was in Havano, Kubo (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CYPRUS [and non]. 17520-17545, July 4 at 1413, OTH radar pulses presumed from here, messing up R. Sawa via KUWAIT, 17530, RSDM. (Right-smack-dab-in-the-middle; next time I say RSDM will not need to explain it; well, close enough, 17532.5 being the true RSDM of this range) (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** IRAN. 17560, July 4 at 1307, very poor signal but several mentions of Indonesia amid `busy` music ground. So I assume it`s in Indonesian, but whence? WRTH A-11 update shows VIRI at 1230-1330 via Sirjan in Indonesian, but HFCC lists this as Kamalabad in `Melau` which apparently means Malay, not a language in the WRTH schedule for Iran (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** KOREA NORTH. 13650, July 4 at 1301, VOK IS and NA, poor, better on 13760, much better on 11710, poor on 11735. Same programming now, but 13650 and 11735 are Chinese service, 13760 and 11710 English, destined to diverge (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** NETHERLANDS [non]. 9650, July 4 at 1326 I am hearing the orange-tinted anthem under CRI English via CANADA, i.e. the RNW relay via Tinang, PHILIPPINES, so I stay tuned to tell if there will be a PS in English. No, that`s still suppressed (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SRI LANKA. 15640, July 4 at 1416, dirty jamming noises, I thought, by Ethiopia against some Amharic service, but no, it`s really DRM of BBC/DW, 90 kW, 5 degrees from Tinco at 14-18. This DRM was quite `rough` as I tuned across. Really hard to tell from jamming, and the Ethiopians are thought to use DRM transmitters from Chinese aid as jammers (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SUDAN [and non]. 13730, July 4 at 0512, the oscillating tone jammer thinx R. Dabanga via UAE is still on this frequency, and maybe it is. As usual, R. Dabanga is audible here only on 13620 via MADAGASCAR, good signal but with continuous tone jammer underneath (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 15420-CUSB, since WBCQ was on an extra hour Saturday with `Radio TimTron Worldwide` until past 2200, I hope to have a chance to hear `Marion`s Attic` 24 hours later, as 7415 is inaudible. Tune-in July 3 at 2101 `Global Spirit Proclamation` is still on but at next check 2104 it`s off; shux (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A [and non]. To commemorate the Fourth of July and American Exceptionalism, NIST has activated two extra WWV frequencies! (Axually, the 10 MHz transmitter is out of whack again producing spurs.) July 4 at 0539 I am hearing WWV on 9901 and 10099 kHz, weakly but clearly, while 10000 itself is S9+20, not unusual, perhaps with some HF sporadic-E help. 

Both still there at 1323; 10099 means the ham on 10101 with automated CQ does not need any other BFO: KI4UUZ, who is per ARRL lookup: GILES, JONATHAN U, KI4UUZ, PO Box: 486, Vonore, TN 378850486. Fortunately, unlike last time, no WWV spurs at plus/minus 50 kHz to QRM other broadcasters and aeros. 9901 did have a het from something on 9900, i.e. Vatican in Vietnamese via Tinang, per HFCC (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** VATICAN. 7245-7250-7255, July 4 at 0545 there is DRM noise! Normally here is analog Vatican Radio with Latin Mass during this semihour, introduced in various other languages. VR does have a DRM transmitter, and SMG must have switched it from AM to DRM, by mistake? Otherwise someone else was totally blocking them. Recheck at 0559, nothing there in DRM or AM. The DRM covered traces of BBC Ascension on 7255, and would have marred Mauritania if it were on 7245 that early. VR uses 7250 intermittently all day long, so wonder if DRM came back later. See also USA [and non], WWV.

17765, July 4 at 1312 VR IS, very poor, 1315 opening Vietnamese. Sometime around 1315 they rotate from 65 to 72 degrees going from Chinese to Viet (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. 9385, July 4 at 0555, soft repetitive music, maybe a loop, transmitter breaks off and on, then stayed off. May have been spur coming from REE Costa Rica 9630, very strong there and then with similar sounds. WYFR used to occupy 9385 at this time before its drastic cutbax (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. 19000, July 4 at 1343 surprised to hear gospel music at slow ballad pace, I think in Spanish, good signal but the FRG-7 produces its own birdies every exact MHz, i.e. causing het and blockage. It went off around 1348 or 1349 and did not return during the following hour. WYFR is the only US station ever to use this band, so I`ve asked them if they were testing (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ###