sabato 22 ottobre 2011

Glenn Hauser logs October 21-22, 2011

** CHINA. Firedrake Oct 22, before 1300:

 7970, fair at 1246
10300, good at 1249
11500, good at 1249
12230, good at 1250
12600, good at 1250
13970, fair at 1252
14700, good at 1252
15970, very good at 1252; none in the 16s, 17, 18s before 1300

Before 1400:
 7970, fair at 1347
10300, good at 1347
11500, very poor at 1346
12230, good at 1346
13850, fair at 1349 with heavy WWCR 13845 ACI
13970, very poor at 1349
14700, very good at 1350
15970, very good at 1354
16100, very good at 1354; none in the 17s 18s

After 1400:
17570, fair at *1405 along with noise jamming, presumably vs. V. of Tibet via Madagascar, jumping here today instead of vacant 17560

15440, good at 1407 with CCI; all gone at 1435 check. Presumably vs V. of Tibet jumparound via Tajikistan. Oct 21 Aoki had that on 15433 until 1402, 15557 from 1401, but usage varies widely from day to day, to keep the jammers on their toes (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** INDONESIA. 9525-, VOI still missing before and after 1300 UT Oct 22, no English to be heard (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** KOREA SOUTH [non]. 9650 via CANADA, Oct 22 at 1253, KBSWR mailbag show mentioned due to contraxual difficulties, they will no longer be relayed at 23-24 on 1440 [LUXEMBOURG] after Oct 31; instead the money saved will be applied to Arabic service. Is the 0600-0630 English via Luxy also offgoing? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** LIBYA. 11600, Oct 22 at *1601 JBA carrier comes on, quite weaker than one on 11605 before 1600 (YFR via UAE); 11600 no better at 1755. Tnx to tip from S. Hasegawa, Japanese DXers have been hearing R. Libie reactivated under new management, since Oct 19 in French at *1601-1809* on 11600. (11600 was previously used at 19-20 for Hausa from V. of Africa.) Dave Kenny in England says 11600 is strong but muffled.

If there are other reactivated services, yet to be located; I did not hear anything on 17725 earlier today when English used to be at 14-16. Other frequencies registered or used previously from Sabrata are: 11650, 11720, 11805, 11995, 12105, 15215, 15660, 17590, 21695. (If you hear Arabic on 12105 after 1300, it`s WTWW!) (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** MAURITANIA. 7245, Oct 22 at 0553, IGIM is on and chanting, while it had not been a few minutes earlier around 0545; much weaker than Vatican 7250 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** MEXICO. Pre-sunrise MWDX Oct 22, UT:

820, Oct 22 at 1215 as I tune in and null WBAP, ID as XEBA, on to romantic music. Cantú and then IRCA say:
820 XEBA La Consentida Guadalajara, Jal. 10,000 1,000
820 XEBA Jal Guadalajara 10000 100 La Consentida 24h NSP VAR TVR U3?

I`ve never been quite sure why radio stations would be named this, as consentida means spoiled or over-indulged per my Random House, while Google can`t do any better than `consented`. Seems like XEBA used to be call of 830 in Mexico City, as in Bellas Artes, but now that is XEITE, R. Capital (Glenn Hauser, Enid OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** OKLAHOMA. 1210, Oct 22 before and after 0600 UT for at least a few minutes, KGYN is unmodulated; asleep at switch or maintenance? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** OMAN. 15140.0, Oct 22 at 1407, R. Sultanate of Oman, very poor S6 to S9+5 peaks, disco music; ID at 1410 sounded like Radio 90.4 --- yes, that is their English FM channel in Muscat/Salalah at 03-18 per WRTH 2011 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A [and non]. Glenn, WBCQ has notified me that the FCC has given them until Monday, October 24, 2011, to vacate their 7.415 MHz frequency. The new frequency will be 7.490 MHz. I expect Al will address this in further detail on his show this evening at 0000 UT on 7.415. Regards, (Larry Will, Area 51, 2036 UT Oct 22, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

Yes, he did. Summary from first third of `Allan Weiner Worldwide`: FCC says it is because the Civil Air Patrol has a new HF fixed communications system on 7416. 7415 was WBCQ`s #1 frequency since it went on the air Sept 8, 1998. A good run, but have always known that operating on an out-of-band frequency is subject to getting bumped to another frequency if the US government requires.

Hopes 7490 will be better anyway, away from China Radio International interference on 7415. It so happens that the WBCQ antenna peaks closer to 7.5 MHz. Will retune over the weekend, maybe not on full power at first from Oct 24. Hunting for a 7490 crystal WBCQ probably has somewhere.

It also so happens that `TimTron Worldwide` celebrates tenth anniversary so may give him as much time as he wants this Saturday on 7415 for the last time. Normal time is 7-9 pm EDT. Much later at 0545 UT Saturday Oct 22, we noticed that 7415 was still on the air with rock music.

gh comments: this is good because of the CRI QRM, which was never enough to get Allan to move of his own free will. B-11 schedules show WWCR on 7490 in the mornings, 12-15 or without DST at 13-16 UT, when WBCQ has never been on the air anyway (but 7415 had been available 24 hours for WBCQ, whatever the collisions). We shall be VERY interested to hear if anyone actually picks up CAP on 7416. Mode could be digital, Allan says.

The Kazakhstan site is B-11 listed on 7490 at 18-22 toward Europe 300 or 200 kW, 301 degrees, the first half for YFR, unknown what for the second half. That`s not too far from Kashgar where the CRI QRM was coming from. And BBC via Thailand at 22-24, 250 kW, 25 degrees. That`s also toward us, and I`m afraid in the winter that will be a QRM problem along the grayline. BBC is already on there in A-11 from Thailand at 22-24, but 45 degrees. Not yet Kazakhstan.

This of course affects WORLD OF RADIO, Thursdays at 2130 UT, and from November 10 at 2230, effective immediately to be on 7490 ex-7415.

More WORLD OF RADIO airings this weekend: UT Sun 0400 on WTWW 5755; Sunday 0800, 1530, 1730 on WRMI 9955; UT Mon 0300v on Area 51 via WBCQ 5110v-CUSB (Glenn Hauser, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 21630, Oct 21 at 1827, huge WHRI signal with gospel huxter in English putting modulation peak spur spikes out as far as 21520 and 21800, worst around 21610(Spain)-21680. Recheck at 1929 they were all off. HFCC has 21630 WHRI registered Mon-Sat 1500-1600, daily 1600-1900, but I don`t think anywhere near that full extent is being used, fortunately (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 13580, Oct 22 at 1251 the huge carrier from WEWN is open, but with fast pulsing noises out on the sidebands. I guess it was a modulation problem on the input affecting the output, as morning mass with organ resumed within the minute and the pulsing went away (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 900, Oct 22 at 1218 UT, ``Country Classics, the Big 900, KFAL`` ID, ``Dang Me``; no XE QRM at the moment. KFAL is in Fulton MO, near Columbia/Jefferson City, 1000/135 watts U1. Just went on day power at official October sunrise 1215; in Nov will be 1245 UT, regardless of DST. One kW is not very `Big` (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** VATICAN [non]. 9900, good signal Oct 22 at 1313-1315, VR IS, and carrier stayed on until 1317* atop a much weaker signal. First it was VR via Novosibirsk, RUSSIA at 1230-1315 in Chinese, which has also been reported on second harmonic 19800, but that`s unlikely here; and the other station must also be VR, in Vietnamese via Tinang, PHILIPPINES, Catholix vs Catholix during the overlap (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. TP carrier search Oct 22 at 1234 UT, on the DX-398, internal antenna only, offset LSB mode stepping 9 kHz downward: 972, 828, 747. Then upward in USB mode from 1235: 747, 774 stronger, 1134, 1575. Today`s LSR was 1245 UT (Glenn Hauser, Enid OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. 15151.5, Oct 22 at 1352, intruder, 2-way Spanish SSB (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)