giovedì 13 ottobre 2011

Glenn Hauser logs October 13, 2011

** ALBANIA. 13625, Oct 13 at 1428, R. Tirana confirmed with IS, very poor signal (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** ANTARCTICA. 15476, it`s Thursday Oct 13, so will LRA36 make another weekly token appearance? Monitored for het/carrier at 1247-1254, but nothing audible; 1312, 1332, 1349 tho I can detect a JBA carrier. I can`t be 100% positive since a weak-multiple-carrier-producing computer has to be on doing a protracted backup; did Ron Howard hear it today? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** BULGARIA. 15700, Oct 13 at 1353 strong, but R. Bulgaria modulation is never optimum like Romania, and now it`s really distorted (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CAMBODIA [non]. 15145, Oct 13 at 1323, good and steady signal in Cambodian; 1327 mentions Washington, shortwave, Kampuchea; 1328 FM frequencies in several cities including Siem Reap, Phnom Penh, Kompong Som, over music bed, cut off at 1330*. Is it VOA or RFA? Never specified which in HFCC, just IBB, but Aoki says RFA, and they agree it`s 250 kW, 73 degrees from Iranawila, SRI LANKA at 1230-1330. No trans-polar flutter here! Site changed recently? Anyway, it seems RFA is welcomed in Cambodia with FM relays. Does that imply that Cambodia is now `free`, ergo RFA no longer needed? Let`s not go there (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CHINA. Firedrake October 13, before 1300:
16980, very good at 1255
16100, fair at 1255
15900, very good at 1255
14700, very good at 1257
13970, very good at 1257; went off at 1300* a second after 7970
13920, very good at 1257
12230, very good at 1258; none in the 11s, 10s, 9s, 8s
 7970, very good at 1259-1300* off without any Chinese syllables today
Before 1400:
14700, very good at 1354; none higher
13970, very good at 1354
13920, fair at 1354
12600, very good at 1355; none in the 11s, 10s, 9s, 8s
 7970, poor at 1358

After 1400:
17570, good with noise at 1409 vs V. of Tibet via Madagascar under

Circa 1430: None found 19-7 MHz between 1429 and 1433

** CYPRUS. 24008-24036, Oct 13 at 1423, same sound on 23658-23683, OTH radar pulses presumed from here (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) see also UNIDENTIFIED CODAR 25+ MHz

** GUAM. 5765-USB, Oct 13 at 1307, AFN poor but confirmable, mentioning several cities, probably those with NBA teams unplaying. Now holds up later, after WTWW quits 5755 circa 1300 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** KUWAIT. 21540, Oct 13 at 1350, R. Kuwait with usual drama in Arabic, way over Spain, and now habitually Kuwait is the SSOB, much stronger than W Europeans, and also stronger than rivals 21505 Saudi, 21780 Rwanda. We can hardly wait till RK try instead 25725 in B-11, if that really happen (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** LITHUANIA [and non]. 24940-USB, Oct 13 at 1316, LY3A contacting TI8II, COSTA RICA, who was calling QRZ Europe. It`s really TI8II`s frequency, so where is LY3A? shows:
Stanislavas Bykovas
Zeimiu Takas 4a - 27
JONAVA, LT-55132

** MAURITANIA. 4845, still can`t confirm IGIM reactivated here as per one report; nothing Oct 13 at 0606 when at least a carrier should have been detectable in WWCR 4840 splash; not on 7245 either (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** MEXICO. Sunrise MWDX Oct 13: started too late with LSR 1237 UT but:

820, Oct 13 at 1236 UT, Spanish discussion of phone plan options, more or less E/W, and hit it during a WBAP fadeout, which soon recovered. At this late hour, the two possibilities are, per IRCA:
820 XEABCA BCN Mexicali 3500 500 ABC Radio, Radio Frontera, Canal 8-20, 24h, BAL/CHR, MVS/OIR --- or:
820 XEUDO Sin Los Mochis 1000 250 Radio Universidad del Occidente, Radio Cultural 1300-0500 CUL/ROM
The same listed in Cantú as:
820 XEABCA Radio Frontera Mexicali, B.C.   3,500 500
820 XEUDO  Radio Cultural Los Mochis, Sin. 1,000 250

1040, Oct 13 at 1234 UT, ``Frecuencia Mega, La Número Uno``, back to music. These slogans are not in current Cantú nor in 2010 IRCA, but from many previous logs I know it is what Cantú has as:
1040 XEGYS La Primera + FM 90.1 Guaymas, Son. 5,000 250
and IRCA has as:
1040 XEGYS Son Guaymas 1000 250, La Primera 10-40 24h, format VAR, Nets RAMA/GR7
WRTH 2011 also shows ``La Primera`` and power as 5/0.25. Of course being cardinally ``Número Uno`` is synonymous with being ordinally ``La Primera`` (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** NIGERIA. 11770, Oct 13 at 1319, noise level seems a bit higher here than on nearby `open` frequencies, so maybe it`s DRM, reported by DRMRX loggers on Oct 11 with visible IDs just as ``VON``, making them wonder at first what that stood for. 11770 is an old longtime but little-used analog frequency for V. of Nigeria. Apparently testing the new DRM-capable transmitter. It would be very interesting to find out whether DRM broadcasts also suffer from the horrible VON studio- or link-caused audio problems.

With BFO I could also detect an analog carrier on 11770, not good for DRM decoding. Aoki shows that would be PBS Xinjiang, Urumqi, East Turkistan. On the contrary, HFCC has VOR via Samara, and also an imaginary registration from Yemen. EiBi agrees on Xinjiang only. None of them have Nigeria on 11770 at any time in any form (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** OKLAHOMA. 92.1, KAMG-LP in Enid, had resumed modulating since my last observation, but once again Oct 11 at 2025 UT check, it`s dead air except for hum; stereo pilot is on, anyway. Open carriers go on for many hours, days; who cares? Still/again DA at 1744 Oct 13. If only they would just turn off the transmitter allowing something else in (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** OKLAHOMA. Tropo is a bit up Oct 13 at 1500 UT, so with antenna peaked on analog 48 KWDW OKC, I check the real DTV channels thru manual tuning on the menu. At RF 32, I am astounded to see RTV with `The Rifleman` // local KXOK-31 ``TV-OK``. The 32 signal is weaker and sometimes drops off. 32 used to be the analog channel of KXOK, but it`s been off for many months. I am getting 32 KXOK on both Zenith converters, the other one on a fixed antenna. Never before have I got a decodable DTV signal on a channel adjacent to the real RF one; this could happen in analog with overload or imaging, but digital?? Could KXOK axually be transmitting DTV on both channels now? Still on both past 1700 UT (Glenn Hauser, Enid, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** PHILIPPINES. 7460, Oct 13 at 1301, harmonious hymns in unknown language, can`t tell if accompaniment is guitar or piano. Has ute QRM, idling fax? Also unstable transmitter with BFO on; this is not Doppler-caused, as other 7 MHz Asian signals are not affected like this. 1304 halting announcement. Recheck at 1359, still unstable, poor with hymnsing, lite SSB QRM too now; 1400 sounds like YL Vietnamese announcement with kHz mentions, ``Jesus Saves`` IS and off at 1401:15*, also with lite SSB QRM.

HFCC shows FEBC Iba site at 13-14, 50 kW, 270 degrees, multilingual; Aoki details seven native languages during this hour depending on day of week and which half, but on Thursdays at 1300-1330 it`s Jeh, 1330-1400 it`s Hre. Hmm, does anyone tally language-logged totals? Sounds like this transmitter needs to be fixed, or replaced by one they have moved in from defunct KFBS Saipan (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SAUDI ARABIA. 17615, Oct 13 at 1317, clean open carrier with flutter, no doubt BSKSA HQS` entry in the dead-air-kilowatt-wasting sweepstakes, while normally // 17625 is modulating but with usual hummy Qur`an. Still same on both at 1353. 1409 recheck, 17625 is off and 17615 is now modulating (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A [and non]. FCC has prevailed upon WTWW to shift from 12100 to 12105, since BBC complained about interference to its long-used 12095. So from 1300 Oct 13, look for WTWW-3 on 12105. This would not seem to be a very good idea, since on Oct 12, I was hearing Firedrake on 12105 at 1352, and 12105 is already occupied for several hours by KSDA in jamming-prone Chinese. 12100 itself had not been used by ANY other station.

However, 12105 is not on the B-11 schedule for AWR/KSDA so that collision and perhaps Firedrake should go away in a few weeks. But IBB Iranawila will be using 12105 some, and still KTWR. Currently, KSDA is on 12105 at 11-15, all in Chinese accounting for the jamming, plus KTWR Chinese before and after those hours.

12105, Oct 13 at 1258, WTWW is already on with usual Arabible. It`s so strong I can`t hear KSDA under, or any Firedrake, nor at further chex such as 1355. Now KSDA might complain of QRM. Instead of BBC audible on 12095, Oct 13 at 1331, it was FEBC with `Jesus Saves` IS. Apparently FEBC and BBC have no problem sharing that very same frequency as registered:

0700-1400 BBC Meyerton 100 kW, 15 degrees
1030-1400 FEBC Bocaue  100 kW, 293, 305, and from 1300, 280 degrees.
Those signals would theoretically collide in the Mideast.

BBCWS all in English stays on 12095 for many more hours from other sites, in fact 23 hours a day, from Thailand, Oman, Singapore, Cyprus, Skelton, Ascension, the only break being 23-24, half of which is also occupied by FEBC. It`s not known at what hours BBC/BaBcoCk alleged a problem with WTWW, which has been on 12100 for months; just now showing up? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 17362-USB, Oct 13 at 1404, high seas marine weather by robotic YL voice, spells out J-O-V-A, slightly unsychronized by a reverb compared to // 17260-USB, which is WLO Mobile AL (and still producing +/- 49 kHz spurs), so 17362 must be sister station/relay KLB in Kent WA? I continue monitoring both to see if they split for separate IDs. No: at 1407 says WLO & KLB are holding traffic, listing HF channel numbers (not ship numbers as I thought yesterday); 1408 still joint ID, ``end of broadcast`` to 1408:40*. The length can vary.

Searching the UDXF yg on 17362, however, I get only five hits over the past five years, from Vambo in Colorado on the starchat NSA logbot, all of them making it WLO and no mention of KLB. Googling found this long frequency list:
showing both are WLO, channels 1607 and 1641 (listening on paired 16378 and 16480), while unheard KLB is on 17311 (listening on paired 16429) --- so just subtract 882 kHz on this band to hear the ships (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. WORLD OF RADIO 1586 monitoring: confirmed on first airing 1500 UT Thursday Oct 13 via WRMI webcast; checked just before 1500, inaudible on 9955. Next WRMI broadcasts: Thu 2100, Fri 0500, 1430, Sat 0800, 1500, 1730, Sun 0800, 1530, 1730.
WTWW: Thu 2100 on 9479, UT Sun 0400 on 5755
WBCQ: Thu 2130 on 7415, UT Mon 0300v on 5110v-CUSB
WWRB: UT Fri 0331v on 5051, and NEW 3195
WRN via SiriusXM 120: Sat & Sun 1730, Sun 0830
Hamburger Lokal Radio, Germany: Tue 0930 on 5980

** VATICAN. 7250, missing again Oct 13 at 0606, no VR (nor Mauritania 7245, making the band unusually vacant). VR SMG is scheduled 0415-0715 (Sunday -0830) plus middays (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. 25200-25320 & 25350-25485, Oct 13 at 1426, CODAR pulsing. Europe/ME/Africa are open on 24+ MHz; is there any way to identify sources of these CODARs, by exact frequency ranges and times? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)