martedì 11 ottobre 2011

Glenn Hauser logs October 10-11, 2011

** ALBANIA [and non]. Is one R. Tirana transmitter/antenna down again? Monday Oct 10 at 2020, no signal on 13735. Altho 13640, the old frequency still being announced, bears India in French. And Romania in well starting 13800 at 2027 after QSY from 11970 until 2026:30*. Not much audible on 22m from the E Hemisphere except 13660 Arabic, which is BBC via Austria.

Also at 0033 Oct 11, no signal on 9860 for R. Tirana in English. Instead, 7425 is on with poor/fair signal. It`s supposed to go off at 0030 after Albanian // 9860. So 7425 now substitutes for 9860? 7425 was on again as scheduled for the 0230 English. At 1431, 13625 audible, but poor signal with flutter altho modulation good this time (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** ANTARCTICA. 15476, Tuesday Oct 11, no show from LRA36 at chex: 1243-1248 (as the Mexican national anthem was still flowing thru my brain after an hour of MW DXing); nor at 1315, 1323, 1358. Maybe Thursday (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** ASCENSION. 21795-21800-21805, Oct 11 at 1249 DRM noise, fair signal and not sure if would decode here, again at 1402. DRM Consortium press release (via Alokesh Gupta) tipped us on this ``First DRM Transmission for Southern Africa``, French at 12-13, English at 14-15, from a two-day conference by EBU at Brussels. Content was to be discussion of DRM from the conference, broadcast only on Oct 11. I believe Ascension has had DRM capability for a long time, but has not been using it. Nothing from ASC is on schedule here:

** CHINA. Firedrake Oct 11, before 1300, all with heavy flutter:
16980, very good [strong] at 1253; none in the 18s, 17s, 15s
14970, very good at 1255
13920, very good at 1255
13130, very good at 1256
12230, very good at 1256
11500, very good at 1257
10300, fair at 1258
 7970, very good at 1259. I stuck here again today, and at 1300:07-1300:20* approx., cut from Firedrake to Chinese talk before cutoff

Before 1330:
15285, very good at 1320, vs VOT het on 15288

Before 1400:
18180, poor with flutter at 1357; no 17170
16100, very good at 1357; none in the 15s
14970, very good at 1358
13920, very good at 1358
13130, very good at 1358; none in the 12s, 11s, 10s, 7s

After 1400:
17570, good at 1408, vs what? Maybe V. of Tibet via Madagascar jumped from 17560, nothing heard there
15560, good at 1410 with additional noise jamming; presumably vs V. of Tibet via Tajikistan 15557 as in Aoki

** CROATIA. 24945-USB, Oct 11 at 1350, today`s token 12m DX log is 9A2YM calling CQ 12 for a several minutes before he gets a reply from W9UAL who has moved to Florida. 9A2YM never gives his location, but name is spelt Steve. Alternates fonetix Alfa and Mike with America and Mexico, but Y always stays Yankee; shouldn`t that be Yemen? lookup shows he misspelt his own name:

** EAST TURKISTAN. Altho the higher bands were just about dead before sunrise here, then they opened up including lots of very fluttery Chinese signals, besides Firedrake, which I associate with likely Kashgar site, like listed CRI on 17490, 17690, etc., such as: 17545 // 17705 at 1252 Oct 11, triumphal orchestral music, probably still a centennial ceremony on CNR1, 1252 Chinese announcements. Aoki says 17545 is CNR1 jamming at 1200-1300 only, but unknown against what, while 17705 is blocking AIR Mandarin service, of course.

15330 at 1321, also CNR1 jamming, // weaker 21590, both vs BBC Uzbek semihour, via Oman and Cyprus respectively per HFCC and Aoki (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** ETHIOPIA [non]. 15370, another check Oct 11 at 1700 for ESAT Radio clandestine, again too weak to copy but now there is some noise/hash on the low side, jamming started? Or maybe local. Nothing on website yet about additional frequencies. This page has audio of the last three broadcasts:

** INDONESIA. 9525-, Oct 11 at 1305, VOI is in slow special Chinese talk by YL, not English `Exotic Indonesia` with RRI Banjarmasin this Tuesday. Poor signal and didn`t check it later in the hour, but once again VOI is way off schedule (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** MEXICO. Pre/sunrise MW DX Oct 11 UT; this time instead of Cantú I am referencing the excellent 2010 IRCA Mexican Log, whose only drawback is that it`s on paper and can`t be copied and pasted. Info on ordering this and other IRCA publications:

560, Oct 11 at 1204 UT ``en Monclova se oye ... XE-- presenta noticias``. IRCA: XEGIK, Monclova, Coahuila, 5000/500, La Acerera, 24h, format VAR, net RASA, transmitter at Ciudad Frontera, Coah. (despite the name it is not on the border but just west of Monclova)

620, Oct 11 at 1205 UT, orchestral NA, 1207 ID as ``XEBU, La Norteñita, 10 mil watts, para todo el estado``. IRCA adds: Chihuahua, Chihuahua, 5000/1000, 1200-0500, VAR, MEGA, v/s Reyna Salmón de Boone
Cantú and WRTH also list as 5 kW, so exaggerating or really upped? It`s strong enough at peaks to believe 10 kW

720, Oct 11 at 1203 UT, XEDE with promo including phone number. IRCA: Saltillo, Coahuila, 5000/250, La Kaliente, 24h, TRO/NWS format, net OIR, // XHEBC [FM]

760, Oct 11 at 1209 UT, choral NA from WSW, 1210 Antena 7-60, 6:10 TC, not a full ID, into music. IRCA: XEES, Chihuahua2, 1000/500, 1300-0500 [sic], CLA [sic] format, MEGA net. CLA means classical music, but not so now nor ever heard from this one here.

800, Oct 11 at 1201 UT, XEZR IDs, including vocal jingle, QRM from the unID distortion-station. IRCA: XEZR is 2000/250, Zaragoza, Coahuila, La Traviesa de Coahuila, 1200-0400, CIMA net, Radiofónica del Norte.

810, Oct 11 at 1212 UT, Radio Rey, Noti-Rey, Reynosa mentioned, 7:12 TC, 22 grados, also Fahrenheit conversion. IRCA adds: XERI, Tamaulipas, 1000/100, 24h, BAL/NWS, SOMER, stereo

1180, Oct 11 at 1221 UT, romantic music from WSW vs IBOC KFAQ 1170 OK; 1224 segué from OM to YL song. Based on format and previous log, very likely as per IRCA: XEDCH, Ciudad Delicias, Chih., 5000/250, Romántica 1180-AM, 1300-0700 [sic], ROM format. [Skeds, like 760, may be one hour off due to DST]

1300, Oct 11 at 1236 UT, 6:36 TC, ``Radio México Noticias``, current delays in international bridge crossings including the one at Zaragoza near Juárez. Not any more news now! Into ``The Power of Love`` by Huey Lewis & The News. With 50 kW, this one is capable of punching thru QRM such as Tulsa a bit past sunrise. IRCA: XEP, Ciudad Juárez, Chih., 50000/500, Radio Trece, Radio Centro, 24h, VAR, GRM/RAMA, notes: Woody Woodpecker theme (which I have yet to hear on it). (Glenn Hauser, Enid OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** NETHERLANDS [non]. 6125, Oct 11 at 0538, Cuban music, soon IDed as RNW, in English! Continued with Cuban jazz, mostly piano and percussion, 0549 outro as the Ramón Valle Trio, and continued with Lecuona`s ``Siboney`` in quite a different version. Seems Valle is a Dutch Cuban (this autolaunches music, beware):
Then I dozed but I think it ran past 0600 until 0602*. Quite an improvement over the awful DentroCuban signal on 6150 from RHC.

At 0540, 6125 was not // 9895 RNW in Dutch with poor signal. 6125 is 250 kW, 114 degrees via VATICAN at 0500-0557 daily, supposedly also in Dutch. SMG CVA brought up wrong feed channel? Nice to hear RNW in English again during this hour when it once broadcast to W North America via Bonaire until they abandoned us (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** OMAN. 15140.0, Oct 10 at 2018, poor signal with music, presumed R. Sultanate of Oman. Was checking this since Terry Krueger in FL had found it off-frequency to 15142.52, all day Oct 8 1425-2201*. Not any more. He also had their other frequency 520 Hz high on 15355.52 at 0240-0309+ with a ``big, almost local signal``, in English after 0300, but I could not hear that Oct 11. At 1413 Oct 11, it`s also on 15140.0, very poor M&W talking, can`t be sure if English instead of Arabic, mixing music (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** RUSSIA. 9996, Oct 11 at 0524, binary bits in RWM Moscow time service. Not now on 9995, as reported by Harold Frodge, MI, Oct 6 at 2150 during ``rapid pippage``. Can also be heard beating against 10000 WWV/H, altho signal centered on 9996 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** RUSSIA. 15812, Oct 11 at 1324 I am looking for WWCR 15810v spur, but instead I hear hand-keyed CW here, rather slow but not slow enough for me! I do copy DE RIT at one point, and some strange characters which must be Cyrillic. Stopped at 1327 after A R, not runtogether AR. This time consulting the UDXF yg archive pays off with this ID:
15812.0 RIT Russian Navy HQ Severomorsk, per a log from Wolfgang in Munich this August. It`s near Murmansk (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SAUDI ARABIA. 11820 // 11915, Oct 10 at 2024, poor signals with Qur`an, i.e. HQS from BSKSA Riyadh, 500 kW at 320, 295 degrees respectively per HFCC, both at 1800-2300. Aoki shows more likely spans as 1755-2255 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** TURKEY. 15450, Oct 11 at 1322, VOT closing English with headline, unengaged brain still! announcing wrong time and frequency, 1330-1430 on 15520, 15450, only one play of IS and off at 1322:50*. But if you`ve heard one, you`ve heard them all as there are no more variations on the tune (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 15640-15870 approx., Oct 10 at 2009, splatter from WWCR 15825 extends this far, worst around 15670-15700, confirmed by comparing modulation peaks to 15825 on another receiver. But this time, the +/- 15.6 kHz spurs are missing. Think I`d rather have them; it`s always something. Wonder if WWCR had swapped transmitters for the #1 service, as the one normally used for #4 is available after 2000 when 9980 is off.

At 1324 Oct 11, 15825 was pretty strong, but no splatter or spurs audible; instead heard RIT on 15812, see RUSSIA. But by 1349 the 15825 signal had built up enough to audiblize the 15810v/15840v spurs (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. 17211-USB approx., Oct 11 at 1406-1407* YL robot with marine weather in English, but frequency and thus pitch of voice fluxuates with modulation! Another out-of-whack maritime transmitter; is anyone paying attention? Could not catch closing ID as it was too far off-pitch at the moment. Can`t find anything listed or reported recently 17210-17212, except for a 1987 log of 17211 as KFO San Francisco in SITOR. Maybe it`s also off-frequency from further away (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)