martedì 18 ottobre 2011

Glenn Hauser logs October 18, 2011

** ALBANIA. 13625, Oct 18 at 1451, R. Tirana is there but too far below the local noise level. This will soon become one of only two English broadcasts, as R. Tirana can`t wait until Oct 30 seasonal changes to reduce its schedule. Like Harold Camping, Oct 21 is doomsday, with a new schedule for Oct 21-29 only showing English at 1430-1500 on 13625 to NAm, and 2000-2030 on 7465 only for Eu. All others including the four evening broadcasts to NAm, 0030 on 9860, 0145, 0230 and 0330 on 7425 will be gone. So we have only two more nights to hear those.

Therefore, in B-11 the planned 0330 transmission will not happen either. The only English from Oct 30 will be, Mon-Sat:
1530-1600 on 13640 NAm, 2100-2130 on 7530 Eu
The only Albanian left on SW will be daily:
0800-1000 on 7390 Eu, 0000-0100 on 7425 NAm
(one hour earlier Oct 21-29)

** ANTARCTICA. 15476, Oct 18 is a Tuesday, so a chance LRA36 will make an appearance as per previous Tue/Thu operational info. Nothing detectable at 1233, 1247-1253, 1315; but at 1327 a JBA carrier is there, may have just come on. I lose it by 1334. LRA36 seems to remain severely hindered for some reason.

Earlier span was 1230-1500 UT. Maybe it will stay on longer this Thursday, Oct 20 which is its 32nd anniversary! According to an item in the October news bulletin from Marambio, the primary Argentine base in Antarctica, accessible via --- tnx to Bill Westenhaver of RCI for forwarding that. Note the special domain .aq which is reserved for organizations working in Antarctica; but using .aq detracts from Argentine claims of sovereignty over a sector of Antarctica, which surely should also be just a part of .ar (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** BULGARIA. 7300, Oct 18 at 0523, ME/SW Asian music aside much stronger talk from Algeria via FRANCE 7295. Uplooked later, it`s R. Bulgaria in Turkish 0500-0530, 170 kW, 126 degrees from Plovdiv. After 0530 replaced by DRM noise from Galbeni, Romania 7300-7310 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CHINA. Firedrake Oct 18, before 1300:
17545, JBA at 1237 underneath CNR1 and noise jamming against unknown target. I can detect // music to 12230, more so at 1255
15900, good at 1235; none in the 16s, 18s
14950, good at 1240
13130, fair at 1241; none in the 11s, 10s
12230, very good at 1237
 7970, good at 1245; none in the 9s, 8s

Before 1400:
14700, very good at 1348 with flutter; none higher
13130, very good at 1349
10300, very good at 1350
 7970, good at 1351

** CYPRUS. 17818-17843, Oct 18 at 1346, OTH radar pulses presumed from here, mainly damaging 17820 DW in Hausa via Portugal.

24852-24880, Oct 18 at 1354 more OTH radar pulses, damaging nothing and pointedly avoiding the 12m hamband starting at 24890. No more ranges at this time, 22-27 MHz (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** INDONESIA. 9525-, no `Exotic Indonesia` from Banjarmasin this Tuesday, as there is no VOI signal at all, checked at 1249 and again at 1315 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** KOREA NORTH [non]. 5985, Oct 18 at 1402, Shiokaze via JSR Tokyo now audible for the second half of its expanded one-hour broadcast; in Japanese this Tuesday. It`s about time for another frequency jump, maybe back to 6135? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** MALAYSIA [and non]. 5965v, Oct 18 at 1403, het tnx to RTM always off-frequency to the low side, and some talk, maybe Malay if from them rather than the 5965.0 station which is per Aoki CRI Korean via Xi`an (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** MEXICO. Pre-sunrise MW DX Oct 18, UT, with Cantú, IRCA lookups:

730, Oct 18 at 1230 UT, Radio Viva Villa singing ID, into song, dominating frequency for a while:
730 XEHB Radio Viva Villa Hidalgo del Parral, Chih. 50,000 1,000
730 XEHB Chih San Francisco del Oro 1000 300 Radio Viva Vida/Villa? 1300-0100 RAN CORP/RAMA, ex-770 Grupo Radiofónico Zer

Note contradictory info. The IRCA listing from 2010y was when the slogan was unsure. But surely is 50 kW now with big signal. The two towns are near each other at the southern border of Chihuahua state.

770, Oct 18 at 1228 UT, gobierno federal PSA lauding the president`s accomplishments; modulation a bit distorted. 1229 heard Los 40 Principales mentioned, and then a full ID for XEACH, 25000 watts, Monterrey NL. Therefore a mixture of these two:
770 XEACH Radio Fórmula Primer Cadena Monterrey, N.L. 25,000 1,000
770 XEACH NL Monterrey 5000 200 Radio Fórmula 7-70 1200-0600 NWS/TLK ORF/RAMA
770 XEREV Los 40 Principales + FM 104.3 Los Mochis, Sin. 5,000 100
770 XEREV Sin Los Mochis 5000 100 Los 40 Principales 24h MEX PM ex-XEJJR

830, Oct 18 at 1226 UT, Spanish atop WCCO, mentions ``vamos a Ciudad Acuña, y Torreón``, implying it`s the Coahuilan, but not 100%:
830 XEIK La Norteñita Piedras Negras, Coah. 5,000 D
830 XEIK Coah Piedras Negras 5000 -5000 La Norteñita, 8-30 AM 1200-0600 VAR CMR/RCN [nite power -5000 means uncertain; while Cantú has it as daytime only; WRTH 2011 as 5 kW fulltime]

** NETHERLANDS [non]. 9840, Oct 18 at 0518 and later, good strength open carrier only, presumably what is supposed to be RNW via Issoudun, FRANCE during this hour to Baltix. RNW Dutch was audible as usual on 9865 via BONAIRE to NZ [until 0427 only], // weaker 9895 via Wertachtal, GERMANY to SE Europe, and the latter was the only frequency audible at 0531 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SRI LANKA. 12000, Oct 18 at 1241, something in German, which means it`s likely DW, and never from Germany itself. Scheduled at 12-13, 250 kW, 345 degrees via Trincomalee; also CCI underneath, presumably V. of Vietnam in Russian, 100 kW at 27 degrees from Hanoi-Sontay site. Time is running out for the doomed Trincomalee site, due to be closed Oct 29 at end of A-11 season (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 750, Oct 18 at 1207, M&W with news in Ukrainian from NE/SW, political items mentioning parliament, communist. Only possibility is WNDZ Portage IN (Chicago IL market), which has a multi-lingual ethnic format. It seems there is no program schedule, just general info here:
NRC-AM log shows it as a 15-kW daytimer, in $tereo
FCC AM Query shows SR/SS converted to UT:
Oct 1200-2315; Nov 1230-2230; Dec 1315-2215
Own detailed coverage map shows main lobe goes NW from Portage toward the Loop, but it`s quite broad with plenty of signal to the SW too.

** U S A. 1020, Oct 18 at 1215 UT, Spanish is unusually overriding semi-local KOKP Perry OK, so it`s pretty clear with KOKP nulled, and coming from N/S, making SAH of exactly 1.0 Hz. Phone report about drug wars in Mexico, Ciudad Juárez, Cancún, etc. 1219 jingle I couldn`t catch, 1220 Spanish ad for Tax Hotline to help vs IRS (pronounced in English), 800-971-3401 (not certain of that). Boing SFX, restaurant ad ``al sur de Omaha`` clinching it as KMMQ, I recently IDed as the source of Spanish I was getting after 1230, which is supposedly the October sunrise/power-up-from-1400-to-50000-watts time. Except it`s much stronger now that it had been after 1230 (Glenn Hauser, Enid OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 1440, Oct 18 at 1405 UT, weather info for Yuma, but certainly not AZ as it`s NW/SE; then also for Wray, clinching it as nearby KRDZ Wray CO, on day power 5 kW, almost a sesquihour after LSR here.

1010, Oct 18 at 1408 UT, `Funeral Notices` for Fort Morgan, Brush, sponsored by Sterling Monument Co., also in North Platte NE. I.e. KSIR on 25 kW day power now for an hour.

1310, Oct 18 at 1410, ad for snow-blowers, discussing solar industry, NW/SE, likely another NE Coloradan, KFKA Greeley. Also had music on 1190, likely KVCU Boulder (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 9990, WTWW-2: George McClintock advises at 1615 UT Oct 18 that his third transmitter has finally started testing on-air, as needed on this frequency daytime, and will be on 5080 at night (or alternate 5095; both have QRM problems). 9990 running 12 kW, open carrier only. Later will test with // PPP programming as on 9479/5755, and maybe do a live special with Ted Randall playing oldies and taking reception report phone calls as was done with #1. Several small problems with #2 still need to be worked out. I have urged George not to use 9990, due to proximity of WWV 10000 which is likely to suffer, as well as to 9980 WWCR. So far I have not heard 9990 myself (Glenn Hauser, OK, 1630 UT Aug 18, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. 25200-25480, Oct 18 at 1355, CODAR swishpulses, peaking around 25350-23450; source? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)