venerdì 16 dicembre 2011

Glenn Hauser logs December 15-16, 2011

** ANGUILLA [and non]. 6090 missing for at least the third night, Dec 16 at 0615, just weak signals from something, maybe Nigeria; and also have to beware of RHC leapfrog mix of 6010 over 6050 in English. Everyone should be cleaning up with other 6090 stations, such as Ethiopia which I heard the night before. DGS/PMS/TUN remains active on day frequency 11775, and still unsure whether, unpropagable, it is just staying on all night instead of 6090 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CANADA. 9625, Dec 16 at 0620, CBCNQ is still on with tone test after close-down at 0606; haven`t heard this extension for a while (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CHINA. 6060, Dec 16 at 1138, Tagalog talk mentioning Pilipinas, mixing in English terms such as cease-fire, chief of staff armed forces, deliberate offensive, but numbers pronounced in Spanish, fair signal and hoped for something more interesting than China Radio International as then pronounced in English. HFCC shows 500 kW, 165 degrees from Beijing site at 1130-1200. Fortunately, the Cuban relay of Venezuela which used to occupy this frequency-hour is long gone (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CHINA. Fifth day without any Firedrake to be heard, Dec 16 before 1200, and re-searched 10-19 MHz before 1400 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** ECUADOR. 6050, Dec 16 at 1129, you have to get up early to hear HCJB direct any more, on its only frequency, blocked in the evenings by the recalcitrant Arnie Coro`s RHC. HCJB IDs, timechex for 6:30/5:30, auto timesignal, `Al Día` morning news show, no het from Malaysia or anything (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** IRAN. 15735, Friday Dec 16 at 1333, Qur`an really heartfelt by a guy putting more emotion into it than usual, reverb added; 1343 brief YL announcement, more Qur`an; 1352 change to music and soft Arabic discussion; good signal at first, weakening a lot after 1400. HFCC shows it`s IRIB, 500 kW, 289 degrees from Zahedan in Arabic at 0530-1430 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** KOREA SOUTH. 6550, Dec 16 at 0612, YL in presumed Korean, poor signal but stronger than jammed services on 6600 and 6518. At 0613 also on // 6435 a bit stronger but with ute QRM unlike 6550.

Next check at 1133 just in time to hear female choral music and now 6435 is S9+20, considerably stronger than 6550, which goes off first, open carrier past 1134 on 6435. So far have not heard any jamming on these two. It seems we heard this new service on its very first day Dec 8, followed up by the Japanese DXers with this schedule (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

Korean MND Radio [Ministry of National Defense, South to North]
0500-0540 6230 via Chuncheon   Male version
0600-0635 6550, 6435 New from Dec. 8  Female version
0700-0740 6135 via Chuncheon  Male version
1000-1040 6135 via Chuncheon  Male version
1100-1135 6550, 6435 New from Dec. 8  Female version
1200-1240 6230 via Chuncheon  Male version
de Hiroshi (S. Hasegawa, Dec 10, dxldyg via WORLD OF RADIO 1595, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** MAURITANIA. 7245, Dec 16 at 0618, IGIM is on this Friday with chanting (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** MEXICO. Pre-sunrise MW DX Dec 16:

830, Dec 16 at 1200 UT I look for Mexican national anthems where it`s 5 or 6 am, and find one here, choral version. Hard to null WCCO, however, then 6:01 TC, ID(?) as R. Sótano, Piedras Negras, local news. So is XEIK, Coahuila, IRCA 2010-listed as La Norteñita, 5 kW day and maybe as much at night, roughly collinear with Minneapolis.

940, Dec 16 at 1204, Mexican NA in a version I have not heard before, YL very nice alto voice, but faded before any ID heard. Need to pursue this one further.

980, Dec 16 at 1206, choral NA looping WSW, sign-on by YL mentions Cananea, Sonora, then OM continues with ``radio pública``, addresses, Instituto Mexicano de la Radio, then to live announcer with 5+ am timecheck, temperature as -7, which is not that unusual along the northern frontier in winter. Is XEFQ, La Voz de la Ciudad del Cobre, 1/0.5 kW, heard before (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** NIGERIA. 15120, Dec 16 at 0625, VON is the SSOB, virtually the OSOB, peaking S9+15 with hum, English, discussing World Trade Organization. Usually doesn`t make it any more (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** OKLAHOMA. Altho there was more fog last night, a bit of area tropo builds up tonight, UT Dec 16 at 0420 as both KUOK-LP ch 48 with Univisión, and weaker KUOT-CA ch 19 with GCN religious network are analogically NTSC-visible from OKC. Notably the latter is in squeeze-o-vision, as apparently their network feed is 16:9 and they don`t want to letterbox it; makes the preacher wandering around the stage rather narrow, to go right along with his theology.

Checking listings at, I was surprised to find no KWDW on channel 48 any more. The calls have now changed to KUOK-LP, not to be confused with the real full-power (if not really a megawatt yet), plain old KUOK, channel 35 in Woodward (Glenn Hauser, Enid, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SPAIN [and non]. 17850, Dec 15 at 1834 a bit surprised to hear REE in Portuguese. This VG signal is the COSTA RICA relay aimed 340 degrees to NAm. It`s also on // 15125 aimed 110 degrees to SAm. HFCC is useless for details of REE schedule, as it`s over-registered without language details. This version put up by DXers:
and this one which appears to copy it
both show Portuguese M-F at 1830-1900 on *all* REE ``Spanish`` frequencies, which if read literally show Spanish *also* on those frequencies at 1830-1900, in addition to before and after. Portuguese is just an aberration, or subset of Castilian (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. WORLD OF RADIO 1595 monitoring: confirmed on 9479 WTWW, Thursday Dec 15 at 2200. At 2229 I tuned in 7490 to confirm it on WBCQ, but it was just ending! About 30 sex behind WTWW, and 2230 starting Amos `n` Andy, plus continuing with another episode after 2245. For some reason the two were swapped this week. No reply from WBCQ as to whether this is a permanent change. So next Thursday check at 2200 just in case.

Also confirmed after 0430 UT Friday Dec 16 on 3195 and 5050 WWRB.
On 9955 WRMI at 0600 UT Friday: inaudible, with only very lite residual pulse jamming. Next best chance is UT Sunday 0500 on 5755 WTWW (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 6850, Dec 16 at 0616 check, RTI via WYFR is still in wrong language, German instead of Spanish. Now I have an idea why I was previously hearing weak duplicates on 7000 and 6750 --- super-strong 6875 mixing with Wadley-loop even-MHz, FRG-7 birdie at 7000 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 1300, Dec 16 at 1211 UT, `Gospel Hour` from ``Shreveport`s premier station`` , i.e. KSYB. Found website with audio greeting pronouncing Amistad with short A`s as if it were an English word: ``The Gospel Power House --- The Station God Listens To!!!`` Tnx for the promotion. 5000 watts day, 30 watts night, and it`s definitely still night. NRC AM Log 2011-2012 does not show a PSRA, but there is one of 500 watts, which is more like it after 6 am local, per:

** U S A. 1460, Dec 16 at 1213 UT, S Asian songs, segués including one at 1222, no announcements. Hard to get a fix, seems sort of E-W, but the only ETHnic format in NRC AM Log anywhere around here is KBRZ, Houston TX, and their ``International Language Radio`` schedule fits:
with `Sangeet Radio` M-F 6 am to midnight, more variety on weekends (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENINGN DIGEST)

** VATICAN [non]. 9865, Dec 16 at 1145, Spanish from R. Vaticano, er, Vaticana, with homilies or something for Dec 16 date; QRDRM from 9865-9870-9875, i.e. RNZI, now scheduled 0759-1158. VR is 100 kW, 227 degrees from Sackville to E USA, Mexico, CAm and Caribbean, so this DRM is QRMing an analog service in its own target area (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. Trans-Atlantic carrier search on 10-kHz-step caradio UT Dec 16 around 0235 found hets on: 530, 670, 690, 890, 910. The last two look TA for sure, 891 likely Algeria and 909 most likely BBC Radio 5 Live totalling 401 kW, altho I couldn`t tell which side of the NAm frequencies. 531 probably Algeria too unless LYQ is back on 529, but I doubt it. 671 of course Cuba. The 690 het was less than 1 kHz, so some off-frequency American station; ideas? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)