mercoledì 16 novembre 2011

Glenn Hauser logs November 16, 2011

** ALBANIA. 7425, UT Nov 16 at 0057, tuned in to check how bad the QRM from China was to R. Tirana in Albanian, but no signal from either, nor on 7420, the replacement frequency I recommend. Maybe just signed off, tho recently R. Tirana had been lasting a minute or two past 0100.

7420, tuned in at 0227 UT Nov 16, and find R. Tirana already on the air with music, then *closing* an English transmission, ``Goodbye from Albania,`` theme music, 0228 IS, 0230 theme and re-opening English. Reception is not very clear, but I think Klara gives the wrong times and frequencies! I had been wanting to check this out for some time since I heard what I thought was a wrong time or frequency.

Then I try to hear the 11/15 podcast via
but it`s just half an hour of silence, or rather hiss. So are the previous two or three files checked!

So in case the `live` webcast is still carrying English at 0330 UT even tho not on SW, I bring up
at 0328 which plays immediately with IS, 0330+ sign-on is clearly copied. Klara Ruci says ``From 30 October 2011 to 24 March 2012, English to the UK at 22 to 2230 according to local time, on the frequency 7,530 kHz; to North America, 0330-0400 on 13,640``

That is, local time in Tirana. What happened to UT? WHICH local time should have been specified clearly, but instead times should always be in UT and specified as such. The correct times are 2100-2130 and 0230-0300 UT, and of course the frequency for the latter is 7420, not 13640. Furthermore these are still six days a week, i.e. Monday-Saturday for the first and UT Tuesday-Sunday for the second. This announcement needs to be corrected immediately.

At 0348, mailbag first acknowledged a report from China on 13640, but it must have been many months old, since R. Tirana moved to 13735 early in the A-11 season. Soon there was another report, from North America on November 1, also claiming to have been heard on 13640. Or were these phony reports based on outdated schedules? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CHINA. Firedrake Nov 16, before 0300:
13800, poor at 0237
15900, fair at 0238
16700, poor at 0239
17100, fair at 0240 mixing with ute

Before 0700:
15900, poor at 0648

Before 1500:
 9200, good at 1437; none in the 10s, 11s, 12s, 13s
14700, poor at 1446; none in the 15s, 16s, 17s, 18s

** CUBA. I haven`t listened to `DXers Unlimited` for weeks, but by sheer chance I was tuning across 6010 at 0630 UT Wednesday Nov 16 as it was just starting. Perhaps Arnie will have something to say about the new frequency/schedule of RHC itself? Only obliquely in Item 3 at 0635: denouncing some ``self-proclaimed guru in the middle of the USA`` who is making a major blunder by criticizing frequency conflicts, example being a broadcast to Argentina which may put some back radiation into the USA, but that`s OK, since there`s no problem in the target area.

This must be the 15230 case, where Arnie has kept RHC colliding with China via Canada at 13-15, year after year. Sure, it may be fine for Cuba in Argentina, but how about for your ChiCom comrades? I just rechecked 15230 Nov 16 at 1450, and oui, mes amis, there is Spanish QRM underneath CRI English for which we ARE the target.

This is an excellent example of the me-first philosophy of frequency management, rather than kind coöperation with other stations, for the benefit of the listeners, which is supposedly the ultimate objective of SW broadcasting. They do not both *have to be* on 15230 at the same time. There are other open frequencies on 19m one or the other could use during this bihour.

Of the numerous mistakes at all levels of RHC, from transmitter operation to studio announcements, to frequency management, this was the only example Arnie came up with, and it is easily refutable.

Another point he made was that monitoring only from the middle of the USA is not sufficient to determine conflicts. I make no apologies for this --- I am perfectly aware of how relative signal levels will vary in different places, but I am where I am and am not going to take the time and trouble to consult remote receivers all over the globe, tho others are more than welcome to do so and report their results. What Arnie apparently is not aware of is that his signals from Cuba have *lots* of back- and side-lobe radiation so frequency choices need to be made very carefully to avoid unintended(?) consequences.

I am not going to let any station off the hook when their frequency management leads to unnecessary conflicts!

On quite another level, I am certainly not defending the ChiCom who are just as guilty as Cuba of jamming and frequency mismanagement. In fact, it`s just peachy that the 15230 situation is: Commies vs Commies! Let them interfere with each other all they want!

Obviously I can only assume he was attacking yours truly, as he has in the past when I criticised his frequency management, but he never mentioned my name. I defy anyone to ever find any instance where in print or on the air I have ``proclaimed`` myself a ``guru`` --- that distinxion is reserved for Arnie`s periodic denunciations, but thank you very much. Someone else may have proclaimed me a guru too; I can`t prevent that, but am far too modest to say it myself.

I hope I have fairly paraphrased what Arnie said; the last script on his blogspot is for Oct. 28, while the other source on the RHC site itself stops at Sept. 18.
DXUL has been trimmed to only ten minutes; the produced open & close continue to feature his voice in studio quality, while the body of the show sounds phoned-in, lo fi audio, which Arnie has previously claimed is not phoned-in, but deliberately degraded that way in the studio for better intelligibility of his particular voice. Huh? The `mit-week edition` had previously been appearing later in the hour, starting about :38 --- is the :30 start a definite change now?

Still trying to hear a new frequency announcement on RHC, at last there is one, Nov 16 at 1502 as I listen to 15380 --- except it`s the same *old* one from A-11, now outdated, still listing five frequencies no longer in use, and not mentioning any new one, including the very one I am monitoring, in characteristic Soviet out-of-order style:

``15120, 15360, 15230; from *13 on 13680, 13780; from *11 on 11690, 11760, 11830, 12040; from *13 on 11730`` plus ``audio real`` --- not Really, it`s Windows Media! Q.E.D. (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** EAST TURKISTAN. 15135, Nov 16 at 0604, CRI in stilted Spanish, flutter, not normally heard, but is 294 degrees to Spain from Kashgar at 06-08 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** INDIA. 15075, Nov 16 at 0241, nice S Asian vocal music, with flutter, 0247 talk. Nothing in HFCC B-11 on this frequency, which means it`s probably India whose registrations are totally missing. Still nothing about India here:

Aoki to the rescue: ``15075 ALL INDIA RADIO 0215-0300 1234567 Kannada 500 240 Bangaluru IND 07713E 1314N AIR b11`` and continues in other languages until 0530 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** INDONESIA. 9525-, Nov 16 at 1434, VOI sufficient signal and modulation during Indonesian hour, same music bits as heard during English; some hum, but no IADs noticed (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** IRAN. 13710, Nov 16 at 0612, Spanish station kept talking about Irán, and not // 15135 so not East Turkistan; yes, it is VIRI as scheduled 0530-0630, 500 kW, 289 degrees from Kamalabad to Eurafrica (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** NIGERIA [and non]. 15120, Nov 16 at 0603, hummy VON mixing about equally with China, and there are a lot of other E Asian as well as African signals on 19m band, unusual. By 0650, VON was atop (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** RUSSIA. 7260, Nov 16 at 1423, pleased to hear VOR in the morning here, unusual and not intended for us; some SSB QRhaM on the sides, but unlike some other 41m frequencies, no ham zero-beat to it. Commentary on International Tolerance Day, 1425 outro `Outlook` show, VOR promo for its 38 languages, etc.; 1426, `Russian Travelog` about guns fired each noon from the Fortress of St. Pete and St. Paul in ex-Leningrad; sufficient signal, but some hum. HFCC shows 11-16, 500 kW, 235 degrees from Vladivostok toward SE Asia, lacking languages. Aoki shows only 11-15, in English except for a Vietnamese hour at 12-13 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SAUDI ARABIA. 15380, good Nov 16 at 0606 with Qur`an in reverby venue --- or artificially applied? HFCC shows 500 kW, 310 degrees from Riyadh to CIRAF 39N = Turkey, also USward.

21505, Nov 16 at 1455, BSKSA in Arabic is audible any morning, but this is the first time I have noticed crackly noise atop the modulation which underneath is unimpaired, just like we heard recently on 15435 after 1500. Bet it`s the very same defective transmitter! 21505 cuts off abruptly amid talk at 1457*, so I retune to 15435 and wait for it to appear there. Sometimes the QSY is earlier, overlapping with RVA via VATICAN until 1457* [see UNIDENTIFIED 15434]. On 15435, I wait, and wait. Finally at 1508 a very weak carrier appears, exciter? And several sex later, big carrier pops on, at first only with the crackling, then BSKSA Arabic modulation applied in progress underneath (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SOUTH AFRICA. 15255, Nov 16 at 0605, fair signal from Channel Africa, with news in English. Usually inaudible even when Nigeria is in on 15120 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** TAIWAN [non]. 6875, Nov 16 at 0627, standard remarx about RTI via WYFR being in German instead of scheduled Spanish (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U K [non]. 15400, Nov 16 at 0606, BBCWS in English very good and much stronger than // 15420, which is to be expected for 15400, 330 degrees from Meyerton like Radio RSA was, vs 15420 registered as 270 from Seychelles AND 177 from Cyprus --- are they really running both or is it either-or? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A [and non]. 7811-USB, Nov 16 at 0621, yay, as hoped, AFN is back to news/talk stream instead of techno music for several days, in a string of features lasting 1 or 2 minutes each. First it`s on Penn State sex; PTSD PSA; 0622 Osgood File on Ponzi schemes; 0624 Sound Bites (sp?), plugging a Thanksgiving show on History Channel; 0625 Today 11/16 in Rock History; 0626 Outdoor World from BassProShop, something fishy here, tips instead on deer hunting, but first a promo for Bob & Tom Show on AFN`s Legacy channel.

At next check 1442, poorly audible on 7811, better on // 12133.5-USB during YL talk show, but heavy QRM from AM broadcaster on 12130.0, i.e. IBB Vietnamese via SRI LANKA (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A [non]. 17650, Nov 16 at 1453 VOA sufficient with news instead of Music Mix! Bookmark this one; it`s 100 kW, 88 degrees from SÃO TOMÉ at 14-15.

Plus, conveniently next down on 17640 is BBCWS in English news too, if you prefer; that`s 250 kW, 114 degrees from ASCENSION at 13-17, with lots more on 17640 before and after: 05-08 Cyprus, 07-13 Seychelles, 17-19 Meyerton (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 9990, Nov 15 at 2350, WTWW-2 was on with PPP audio testing about the spurs which occurred on the Nov 12-13 special. I could still hear them around 10003, 10016 and barely on 10029 but they seem to have been attenuated somewhat as tweaking is underway (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** ZAMBIA. 17695, Nov 16 at 0608, Jesus rock from the OSOB, i.e. CVC 1Africa. Was expecting something on 16m after all the African propagation on 19m (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. 671: Haven`t looked for TAs tonight, UT Wednesday Nov 16 around 0100 but the 671 carrier is in again. Best I can tell is that it`s from due NW/SE, which cuts across western Cuba and northeastern Colombia, give or take. {Signal is quite steady, so I doubt it`s from any further than Cuba, if not domestic.}

Sorry if I haven`t seen everyone`s reply yet, but from last night have not received any other bearings or audio reports. How about those of you in the east of NAm getting a bearing on it for some triangulation, and those in FL trying to get some audio whether it is a R. Reloj outlet or not? 73, (Glenn Hauser, Enid OK, several MW lists and dxldyg via DX LISTENING DIGEST) These are the only new replies I`ve found:

Glenn, 125 miles east of Memphis, the directional is towards Cuba on the 671 (Kevin Redding, Crump, TN, 0129 UT Nov 16, ABDX via DXLD)

I've heard it here in Missouri as well -- quite a loud 1-kHz het but as Glenn said, no discernible audio here (Randy Stewart, Springfield MO, 0153 UT Nov 16, NRC-AM via DXLD)

I haven't had the opportunity to do any serious work on it yet, but I really didn't notice it on the crappy car radio daytime yesterday, in fact very weak around 2330 GMT yesterday on the NRD-535, but stronger as the eve progressed. And it was there pre-sunrise today, so obviously Latin American. No audio, or at least none coming through. Just seemingly a carrier.

Coincidental that this appeared about the same time the big Rebelde from western Cuba appeared on 530 (co-channeling their own Enciclopedia)? Rebelde has been reported on 530 by others, but that or those have been determined to be from the eastern side of the island and never heard at my location (Terry L Krueger, Clearwater, Florida, USA, 27.55.83 N, 82.46.08 W, 1326 UT Nov 16, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. 7335, Nov 16 at 0652 way under big signal from TUNISIA, I am hearing tone test, 1 kHz, and then stepping down to lower pitches, repeating. This is like what we were hearing last summer on higher frequencies, many in the clear, source never identified. I can`t rule out that it might have been a mixture in the Tunisian audio itself, tho unlikely. HFCC still has RTT schedules one hour too late, as given to them by the confused Tunisians, 0700-0910 on 7335, while we and Aoki know it starts at 0600, or really a few minutes earlier (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. 14934, Nov 16 at 0650, the same 6-note `interval signal` repeated over and over in AM mode, a utility? Eurafrica was propagating, e.g. RWM on 14996 with hardly anything from WWV/H on 15000.

Searching for 14934 in the 37523 posts so far on the UDXF yg gets one hit in
which includes 14934 in a long list of STANAG-4285 frequencies:

On Aug 1, 2010, at 7:27 PM, Lasse wrote:
``Hi all, I have been mapping a few STANAG-4285 frequencies (thanks Ary for id'ing the mode) the week. I have used a FRG-7 which means that the frequencies are a bit uncertain. I have not had the time to check all frequencies with my DX-394, and many of those found are difficult to hear on that receiver due to the higher noise floor. I don't have the new Klingenfuss freq. list yet, so most of these are probably already known. Nevermind, I'll post them here anyway. . .``

UNIDENTIFIED. 15434, Nov 16 at 1447 there is a weak het against 15435, RVA Urdu via VATICAN. Likely V. of Tibet via Tajikistan on jumpy frequency, which on Oct 31 Aoki showed on 15433 at 1312/1402. Probably jammed, but none of that audible. 15434 was a carrier, not a 1 kHz tone on 15435 since there was no match on 15436 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)