mercoledì 6 luglio 2011

Glenn Hauser logs July 5-6, 2011

** ASIA [non]. July 6 at 0528, W Pacific was favored on 16m, with RFA via NMI good on 17855, less good on // 17615, even worse on // 15615. At 0530 they played a snatch of the ``Palladio Suite`` by Karl Jenkins, made famous by DeBeers diamond commercials (whatever happened to those?). This is a regular theme on RFA programming, at least around this hour as frequently heard in lieu of a Chinese ID (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** AUSTRALIA [non]. 17800, July 6 at 0528 fair signal with pop music until 0530* without any announcements. Must be scheduled RA in Indonesian due west from PALAU at 0500-0530.

17750 with RA direct from Shep was only poor, or was it VOA Madagascar instead of usual SSOB status? At 0528 July 6, W Pacific was favored, see also ASIA [non]. (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CHINA. Firedrake July 6:
15970, very poor at 1129
14980, very poor at 1129
13920, JBA at 1128
12980, very poor at 1126
12500, very poor at 1126
12270, very poor at 1126, but slightly better than the above 12s
11500, fair at 1139
10300, fair-good at 1139

Next quick check before 1300*:
12980, 12600, 12500, 12270; best on 12600, none higher

** CUBA. 12180, July 5 at 1922, 5-digit Spanish YL spy number groups on reduced-carrier USB, but the `modulation` is rough at the attack of each syllable; much weaker than RHC English 11760 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** FRANCE [non]. 13640, July 6 at 1128 about the only signal on 13 MHz band, RFI via GUIANA FRENCH already in music; 1130 ``RFI Musique`` ID and more music --- strike again, displacing Météo Marine? No, 1133, cut to M.M. so is that its regular precise start-time? Gave conditions for 0000 TU today and then for 1200. Mostly geo coordinates, positions of storms or low-pressure areas, giving hektopascal readings for each; 1138 heard Gibraltar and Bermude mentioned, so not only concerning the Caribbean (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** GERMANY [non]. 17610, July 5 at 1907, news about Europe, Germany, fair. Is DW via Sines, PORTUGAL, 250 kW, 140 degrees at 1900-1930 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** GUATEMALA. 4055, July 6 at 1115, R. Verdad, fair signal with Japanese announcement so may have just signed on, then Spanish, or rather vernacular with Spanish in it, then maybe Swedish, mixed with hymnic music on Hammond? organ. 1123 fading down before I could hear the choo-choo on `El Tren del Evangelio`. Enid sunrise today 1120, Chiquimula 1134 so right on the grayline. Not too much T-storm noise this morning (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** MEXICO. 6010, July 6 at 1044 tune-in, first only a het presumably caused by HJDH, but by 1046 XEOI fades in with slogan ``En Radio Mil, vive México``, music. At first bothered by het and by North Korean jamming on both sides, but then overcame them to S9+15 level, song ``Corazón Selvaje``. 1049 DJ exhorts ``levántete`` --- no tnx, I`d rather go back to sleep; another slogan ``llena de energía``, yawn. 1124 recheck, it`s weaker again vs het and jammers. Julián Santiago Díez de Bonilla, DF and a Radio Mil supporter, says they were off the air for a couple weeks, but came back July 1 with a better signal (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** MEXICO. Es TVDX July 5: earlier in the morning I had 3 and 5 from Mexicali, as in previous report.

1600 UT on 3, program promos for Once-TV including something to be at 7:45 pm. This is still peaking from WSW. 1602 animated promo for IRN(?) 75 AÑOS. 1604 letterboxing, with right side of top black strip reading ONCE. Must be XHTJB in Tijuana, only net-11 affiliate anywhere around there, and usually blocked by slightly closer XHBC Mexicali, but for the moment skipping over that. I still can`t figure how they could put another ch 3 that close in Tijuana too. Wonder if it has a null toward XHBC and me, as I never got anything this definite from it last summer.

UT July 6, weak Es in and out from the south from 0200 or so; finally:
0308 on 2, net-2 UR, novela
0312 on 4, algo, 0316 Spanish, 0319 Mexico mentioned
0344 on 4, maybe news, with news streamer across bottom
0349 on 2, news streamer at bottom, but unknown if // 4 not in now

Another huge TV and FM DX opening from Mexico July 6: turned on at 1313 UT, channel 2 starting with XHY Yucatán and XHQRO Quintana Roo, then sweeping across entire country to BCN, past 1700 UT. It will take a while to compile all this, so holding for next report (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** NETHERLANDS [non]. 7360, July 6 at 1059 RN carillon IS which we must savour as long as this doomed station last, good signal, then opening in Dutch announcing 7360 for Japan, 9670 for Philippines, 1100 into Nieuwslijn. 1104 checked 9670 and also audible but poor. Sites: 7360 Tinang, PHILIPPINES on the 21-degree antenna so also USward; 9670 TINIAN, 267 degrees (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** OKLAHOMA. 1670, talking house at 3017 Falcon Crest in NW Enid: July 5 around 1730 UT we visited the place, and the signal was definitely at local range. Rang the doorbell and a lady answered promptly. She was not aware her place is a transmitter site, but realized that she still had the TH transmitter in an unused bedroom (referred to on the spiel as ``for the brother-in-law``. There is no longer a For Sale sign on the curb, let alone anything about 1670; she said they got tired of seeing it altho the house is still on the market. Maybe she`ll contact Winkeljohn about whether to unplug or keep running 1670. Apparently we were the first drop-in as a result of it with no visual stimulus (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U K [non]. 17795, July 5 at 1936, BBC with discussion of cyborgs, poor-fair into fadeouts; yet the only BBC frequency audible on SW tnx to absence of WYFR. This is due south from Skelton at 18-20; probably would be better at 16-18 via Ascension 55 degrees (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 9901 & 10099, the WWV spurs of the past two days are gone, July 6 at 0538 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** VATICAN. 7250, VR again audible and on AM, July 6 at 0536, but very poor; sounded like a bit of German besides the Latin (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. 13590, July 6 at 0532, continuous 1000 Hz tone, as mysteriously heard on many other frequencies past month. Or it could be CVC ZAMBIA prior to their 0600 broadcast; no longer scheduled on another frequency before 0600, but I don`t recall their running long tonetests. Not a het, as the 1 kHz tone produced additional carriers on both 13589, 13591 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. 17880, July 6 at 1256 DRM again, and this time on the DX-398 I make sure this is the center frequency, not 17875 where HFCC has N scheduled for Guiana French. 1309 still going. Is there anything anywhere near either frequency now listed at -- of course not! How about the DRM fora for any logs on 17880? Or course not! How about --- the drmna yg? Nothing about that frequency since Nov 24, 2010, when TDF were testing from GUF to Brasília (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ###