domenica 23 ottobre 2011

Glenn Hauser logs October 22-23, 2011

** ALBANIA. Contrary to info from R. Tirana itself that a new curtailed schedule would go into effect Oct 21, we are still hearing some of the transmissions supposedly canceled: Oct 22 at 2155, 9860 is still on with music in Albanian service; and again at 0020 Oct 23 music, fair signal // 7425 which has more distortion; 0027:30 segué to NA, 0028:45 starts IS, sounds like a wow/snag on the tape; 0030 sign-on in English as I am still listening to 7425 which is overrunning until off at 0031*.

Back to 9860 for continuation of sign-on English transmission schedule, same old recording still claiming all broadcasts and the wrong frequency, 13640 instead of 13735, for 1845 and 2000. BTW, at 0030, 7425 was stronger than neighbor WBCQ on 7415 [also see USA]. Next check at 0354, 7425 still on with music toward end of the 0330 English broadcast. Perhaps they didn`t get word yet at Shijak of the reduced schedule. No English anyway on Sundays/UT Mondays, so next times to check for real curtailment are 1845, 2000 Monday on 13735.

It`s really a shame that all the English broadcasts to North America in the evening are supposedly being canceled, leaving us with only 1430 on 13625 (B-11 1530 on 13640), when reception is greatly inferior to 7425 in the 00-04 period. If there can be only a single semihour of English to North America, it should be at 0330 instead of 1530/1430. I suspect they really want to abolish the night shift at the site/studio (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CAMBODIA [non]. 9960, Oct 23 at 1256, music, presumably Cambodian in tuneby. This frequency via PALAU had been in use Wed/Thu/Fri only for Khmer Post Radio, Sat only for KPPM Radio. But now this version:
shows The Khmer Post Radio, 7 days a week at 12-13. Is this current, updated? One is never quite sure with TDP whose pages are never dated (other than as A-11). Is KPPM Radio really gone? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CHINA. Firedrake Oct 23, before 1300:
 7970, no signal at 1256
10300, good at 1257
12230, good at 1257
12600, very good at 1257
13680, fair at 1259 [RHC not yet on]
13920, fair at 1259
14700, fair at 1259
None others up to 17000 by 1300

Before 1330:
15545, noise louder than FD jamming at 1331; also intermittent fast pulses 15500-15600 which may not be related
15900, very good at 1327
16100, very good at 1329; none in the 17s, 18s
14970 and 14700 without FD allowed Sound of Hope thru: see TAIWAN

Before 1400:
10300, fair at 1348
12600, very good at 1345
13850, good at 1344, with ACI from stronger 13845 WWCR
13920, good at 1344, same level as 13850

Before 1430:
17560, fair at 1426, where V. of Tibet via Madagascar must be today, nothing on 17570 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA. 13880, Oct 23 at 1318, the RHC leapfrog is still here but JBA // 13780 and 13680 with music and talk (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** GUAM. 5765-USB, Oct 23 at 1255, AFN is audible with talk, after several days not being heard (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** INDONESIA. 9525-, Oct 23 at 1311 and later, again no show from VOI English hour (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** KOREA. 6730, Oct 23 at 1303, surprised to encounter big S9+22 AM signal here where normally there is nothing; heard snippet of music, then YL in severe Korean declaiming presumed number groups, three of them, pause, then two more. Some of the numbers are one syllable, others two syllables each. Next check at 1314, it`s gone.

6730 is not in Aoki. Not sure if it`s from North or South, likely former. No jamming heard. Usual jamming was on 6600 and 6518 against V. of the People, which could also be heard; and on 6348 against Echo of Hope. Yes, this was on 6730, not typo for 6230 where there is more jamming.

Here is one source for Korean numbers one to ten: I was hearing Korean, rather than `Sino-Korean`

 1 = ha-na    / (HAH-nah)
 2 = dul      / (dhool)
 3 = set      / (seht)
 4 = net      / (neht)
 5 = da-sut   / (DA-suht)
 6 = yuh-seot / (YUH-soht)
 7 = il-gop   / (EEL-gohp)
 8 = yuh-deol / (YUH-dohl)
 9 = ah-hop   / (AH-hop)
10 = yeol     / (yul)

For spy number purposes we need zero rather than ten (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** MEXICO. Sunrise MW DX Oct 23, UT:

770, Oct 23 at 1244 UT, promos for Grupo Fórmula, and ``Fórmula Noticias cada mañana``, but not today, then playing some romantic music. Per Cantú, only Fórmula on 770 is:
770 XEACH Radio Fórmula Primer Cadena Monterrey, N.L. 25,000 1,000
And IRCA 2010 also has only it:
770 XEACH NL Monterrey 5000 200 Radio Fórmula 7-70 1200-0600 NWS/TLK ORF1/RAMA

** MOROCCO. 15345, Oct 22 at 2111, IMM in Arabic, well atop het from presumed Argentina on slightly different frequency; 2132 playing bouncy song with lyrix ``Allahu Akbar`` over and over. Does this mean that god is insecure? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** OKLAHOMA. 780, 776 and 784, Sunday Oct 23 at 1243 UT, no signals from KSPI, allowing weak WBBM to be heard without SAH, and later NHK on 774. At 1255 Stillwater cut on amid sports talk (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SPAIN [non]. 11880, REE via COSTA RICA, Sunday Oct 23 at 1346, ``Help`` by Beatles, into multilingual program ID including English `The Asian Hour`, on to financial news in Castilian about China, over music bed similar to VTC loop (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** TAIWAN. 14970, Oct 23 at 1320 surprised to find W&M conversing in Chinese past 1327, no Firedrake for a change, so presumed Sound of Hope unimpeded; no ID heard. A couple times a very big carrier swept across 14970, suspected FD about to pounce, but did not. At 1328 also on 14700 without FD, both too weak to tell if parallel. Recheck at 1342, both gone, and still no FD. Firedrake however already was running at 1327 on 15900, 1329 on 16100, 1331 on 15545; see CHINA (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** TAJIKISTAN. 11500, Oct 23 at 1257 and 1316, open carrier plus hum, no Firedrake audible which is often on this frequency. The OC presumably comes from the scheduled 500 kW, 155 degree Dushanbe relay of Voice of Russia to S Asia at 12-15 in English/Hindi/English, which on rare occasions produces some modulation (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** TURKEY. 15450, Oct 23 at 1259 tuned across VOT in Firedrake search, noted better signal than usual; it was not until 1330 that I heard news of a 7.2 earthquake somewhere in Turkey, so Emiler site must have survived. Will VOT bring us breaking news of this later today? Try 1630 on 15520, 1830 on 9785, 2030 on 7205, 2200 on 9830, 0300 on 9515, 6165.

15520 doesn`t make it here, but VOT-East webcast at 1635 does have news of Red Crescent relief vs quake around Van (VOT-World webcast is in Spanish). Up to thousand dead estimated by Kandilli observatory. Rescue efforts. 15 countries have offered aid. 1644, `From Our Own Correspondents Overseas`, new show? Starting with Sydney, then London. Anchored by Sheref who is still/again with VOT.

Wolfgang Büschel, WWDXC, provides the B-11 schedule including English:
 5960 2300-2400 EMR 500 310 ENGLISH NoAM/NoWeEUR
 6050 1930-2030 EMR 250 290 ENGLISH EUR/NoAM
 7240 0400-0500 EMR 500 138 ENGLISH AS
 9610 2130-2230 EMR 500 105 ENGLISH AS/AUS
 9655 0400-0500 EMR 500 335 ENGLISH AMs/EUR
11735 1730-1830?EMR 500 105 ENGLISH NE/AS (ex 1330-1430 [sic])
[this broadcast has been at 1630 on 15520, tho the 1230 announcers keep announcing it as ``1330``. 1730 would be expected unDST shift]
12035 1330-1430 EMR 500 290 ENGLISH EUR/NoAM

** U K [non?]. 17795, Sunday Oct 23 at 1333, VTC/BaBcoCk music loop, also with some noise. Nothing scheduled, but maybe another training test from Rampisham? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 9330-CUSB, Oct 23 at 1313, ID for Radio 2-11, offering QSL for SW or internet reports, Orangeville, Ont. address. Claims ``50,000 watts of Amplitude Modulation on WBCQ 9330``. Rod Hembree has made a very strange choice of frequency to promote as ``AM``, since 9330 really has reduced carrier, plus upper sideband, not LSB, and how you calculate the real power is open to question when SSB is involved, but probably less than 50 kW. However, it`s always the strongest of the four WBCQ frequencies here, unfortunately for those of us who would like good reception of the secular programming on 7415 (now 7490) (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 7415, WBCQ on the air UT Sunday Oct 23 at 0030 with music, presumably `Radio Timtron Worldwide` special tenth anniversary show as Allan Weiner had mentioned 24 hours earlier on AWWW. Didn`t have time to listen further until 0354 UT recheck of Albania [q.v.] on 7425, and 7415 was also still running then, for the last time. From now on, let`s all listen to the Civil Air Patrol on 7416!

You won`t find 7415 mentioned at all for Saturday/UT Sunday on the WBCQ sked,
since as AW reminded us, that`s a day off for several months since all three paying clients cancelled.

Or rather, 7490. This sked has unusually already been updated to show the new frequency, which apparently starts Sunday Oct 23 instead of Monday Oct 24. We also received notice from Marion Webster that her show `Marion`s Attic` would be on 7490 already Oct 23, Sunday at 2100-2200 UT. Hmm, I also see WORLD OF RADIO on 7490 not only Thu 2130 but also Wed 2130, a time which was cancelled a few months ago; is it really back on Wed? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. WORLD OF RADIO 1587 monitoring: confirmed UT Sunday Oct 23 at 0400 on 5755 WTWW. Further airings on 9955 WRMI: Sunday 1530, 1730; Monday 1130, 1530, 2130; Tuesday & Wednesday 1530; on 5110v-CUSB WBCQ Area 51: UT Monday 0300v. On WRN via SiriusXM 120: Sunday 1730. Full schedule including many more webcasting affiliates:

** U S A. 21670, Sunday Oct 23 at 1423, S9+22 gospel huxter in English from WHRI. Like 21630 logged later on Oct 22, this frequency also splatters with modulation spur spikes audible as far away as 21590-21830. HFCC shows 21670 at 14-15 Sat & Sun only, but does not include the true splatter bandwidth (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 1590, trying for the WGBW Denmark WI DX test, Oct 23 at 0543 UT, not heard amid graveyard-like jumble of signals. One surfaced however, sounding like ``Country 15-90, KDKO``. That call is certainly wrong, but in the NRC AM Log 2011-2012, the only 1590 with that slogan is KTCH in Wayne, Nebraska, supposedly running 47 watts at night instead of 2.5 kW day.

Looking at WGBW`s day pattern
assuming that`s the correct one, since FCC has it as a CP, not LIC, it`s not surprising we weren`t getting them, 10 kW but with nulls all the way from 170 to 280 degrees (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED [and non]. Trans-Pacific carrier search Oct 23 at 1248-1250 UT: 774, 828, 1044, 1053, 1098, 1566. And 774 was strong enough for some audio, talking but unsure of language (not always Japanese from NHK). It helped that KSPI OK 780 with 776 spur was missing for a few more minutes (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)