mercoledì 19 ottobre 2011

Glenn Hauser logs October 19, 2011

** CHINA. 5860-5920, Oct 19 at 1250, OTH radar pulses, presumed from here, main victim being BBCWS English on 5875. Then found same-sounding and similar bandwidth OTHR on: 6765-6845, 6455-6510 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CHINA. Firedrake Oct 19, before 1300:
 7970, poor with heavy flutter at 1255
10300, good at 1256
11555, good at 1257; unusual spot. Aoki shows Sound of Hope [unheard] on 11555 at 1230-1300 only, 100 kW, 95 degrees from Dushanbe-Yangiyul, Tajikistan, but ranging 11505-15585 [sic, presumably meaning -11585]
12230, very good at 1257
13920, very good at 1257
14700, good at 1258
15970, very good at 1258; no 16s, 17s or 18s until 1300

After 1300:
18200, very good at 1327; none in the 15s, 16s, 17s, 19s
14700, very good at 1321
13920, very good at 1321
12600, good carrier at 1329, but very undermodulated; flutter, ute QRM
10300, good at 1333
 7970, poor at 1342

** CUBA. 6150, Oct 19 at 0528 check, RHC is back, after missing 24h earlier; as usual, very undermodulated and squealy. They have no shame.

14810, Oct 19 at 1321, lite pulse jamming, i.e. 2 x 7405 against R. Martí. Yes, RHC was strong on its 13 and 15 MHz frequencies too. It seems this 14810 harmonic has never been reported before by me or anyone in DXLD, past decade at least (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** INDONESIA [and non]. 9525, Oct 19 at 1335, VOI is back on after missing 24 hours earlier on Tuesday; poor signal, mostly music and undermodulated, but announcement sounded English. Covered up from *1357 by CRI musical prélude to Russian service DVR- and US-ward, producing fast SAH with still off-frequency VOI, but it could be worse (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** JAPAN [non]. 5975, Oct 19 at 0529 after R. Japan in English, VTC/BaBcoCk `cello music loop fill, until 0530 a few sex of open carrier and off. I happened to have another receiver on 6175 hearing same music at end of VOV via Sackville, and the carriers were cut at the same instant, making me wonder if really from same site; but 5975 is 500 kW, 140 degrees via Rampisham UK. HFCC A-11 has duplicate registrations for this, agreeing on everything except the CIRAF targets. NHK claims 27 and 28W; Babcock claims 27S, 28W and 37N

** NETHERLANDS [non]. 9840, Oct 19 at 0525, no signal from RNW via France, despite schedule; and 24h earlier it was an open carrier only. Still heard on 9865 VG via BONAIRE, and 9895 weaker via GERMANY, so Euro propagation is funxional. Starting to delete services early before end of A-11? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** NIGERIA. 15120, Oct 19 at 0534, VON is SSOB with good signal, remote report in English without too much hum. IIRC, 24 hours earlier there was no signal, resulting in no log (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED [and non]. 15645, Oct 19 at 1303, 5-digit spy numbers in English, by masculine voice, unseems mechanical/robotic but never varying intonations. Each group repeated once. I copied part of the sequence at 1305, here given only once: ``60019 73446 69963 32497 35072 73276 94974 01993 80418 67775 58401 (or 98401? Only one which sounded different on repeat) 34244 19510 . . .`` Stopped at 1312 after saying ``903 51, 903 51, 00000``. Carrier with some hum stayed on until 1315:15*.

During all this there was an understation, music and talk in Korean, with a lot of flutter unlike the numbers station. HFCC has nothing at all on 15645, but Aoki shows: ``15645 Radio Free North Korea 1200-1400 1234567 Korean 100 70 Dushanbe-Yangiyul TJK 06848E 3829N FNK a11`` And it continued in the clear with its flutter after 1315. There was no audible het between the two, but the flutter prevented detecting a subaudible het, if any.

As for the numbers station, searching the latest 81-page pdf September 2011 Enigma newsletter,
there are no hits on 15645 or 15.645. No hits either on some of the number groups I copied. How about the UDXF yg? No hits on frequency as kHz or MHz either, among the 36,820 posts so far. Has 15645 been reported before in DXLD? Only concerning the NK clandestine, and Ethiopian jamming bleed from 15640. So we safely assume it is a new frequency for this number station. Perhaps ENIGMA could enlighten us at least about the source based on the format, but I have not had time to research that; has anyone? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. 17725, Oct 19 at 1325-1328*, S9+12 open carrier with lite whine, some flutter. I have been earing this channel every morning in case the Libyan newbies decide to resume a post-Voice of Africa from the Great Jamahiriyah shortwave service. Doubt this was Sabrata, tho, stronger than it used to attain. Maybe an IBB Greenville warmup test, or some other station coveting the channel (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** WORLD. Doomsday Redux: Prophet Says World Will End Friday
by Barbara Bradley Hagerty
Listen to the Story Morning Edition [4 min 22 sec] October 18, 2011

Mark your calendars: The world is ending on Oct. 21. This announcement comes from Harold Camping, the doomsday prophet who said Judgment Day would come on May 21, 2011. On that day, a rolling earthquake was supposed to devastate the world. True believers would join Jesus in heaven. Unbelievers would be tormented for the next five months. . .
(via, Glenn Hauser, DXLD) ###