mercoledì 21 dicembre 2011

Glenn Hauser logs December 20-21, 2011

** ALBANIA. 7420, Dec 21 at 0227, R. Tirana is on the air tonight, good signal with IS before 0230 English. Earlier at 0050, Albanian hour was still on 7425, not too much QRM from China at the moment, but would be QRM-free on 7420 too (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** BELARUS. 7255, Dec 21 at 0609, Slavic sorta-Russian talk, poor signal with bits of music, stingers. First thought maybe Golos Rossii, similar sounding to 7320 Pet/Kam, but after 0610 definitely not //, 7320 with talk and 7255 with music. Might have been a local-programming split on one of them from R.R., but no. Second choice must be Belarus` as I know 7255 is one of their frequencies, but seldom heard here. Yes, HFCC shows 05-08, 250 kW, 75 degrees from Minsk to CIRAF 29 and 30 which means the eastern half of Belarus, most of Ukraine, western subarctic Russia as far east as meridian 90. Aoki shows Belaruskaye Radio 1 from Minsk-Kalodzicy except time as 04-07, no doubt confusion on timezone changes or not. Anyhow, this overlaps at least one hour with BBCWS English via ASCENSION which dominates 7255 at 03-06. HFCC also shows VOR Vladivostok 50 degrees at 04-06, but probably wooden, not in Aoki or EiBi (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CHINA. Firedrake Dec 21, before 1430:
11500, good at 1416 // 11980; none in the 7s, 8s, 9s, or 10s
11980, good at 1416 where first located. RFA is on 11980 only at 03-07, but Aoki shows 11980 is also another 100-watt Sound of Hope nuisance frequency available 20-17 UT
12230, good at 1420. No others up to 19 MHz

** CUBA [and non]. 15300-15350, Dec 21 at 1424, bleedspurs from the DentroCuban Jamming Command centered on 15330 against R. Martí are extending this far out, also jamming from RFI to Morocco intermittently.

9955, the DCJC would not let R. Eslovaquia Internacional be relayed unimpeded on WRMI, Dec 21 at 1448, still with pulse jamming altho REI could be understood. The Cubans are so jealous of numerous countries which long ago threw off the yoke of communist dictatorship (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** FRANCE. 13725, Dec 21 at 1429, surprised to hear NHK signing off English with full list of frequencies for next English broadcast rather than this one for reference 23.5 hours later. Must have just come on, 1430 switch to NHK opening Persian, ``Inja Tokyo`` as scheduled to be relayed. I had heard NHK English earlier on 21560 via France, maybe same transmitter, altho on different antenna type and azimuth, as the slopperators at Issoudun did not suppress the audio closing of one service on another frequency before opening of the correct one (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** MAURITANIA. 7245, Dec 21 at 0553, IGIM is already on earlier than usual in chanting (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** OKLAHOMA. I have continued to notice that KUOK, Univisión keeps up a good signal on `36` even when there is no tropo enhancement and its analog low power on ch 48 in OKC is barely visible. Something strange is going on here. Finally, Dec 21 after 1543 UT, once I have tuned to ``36-1``` on the DTV converter, I change to manual tuning, and guess what, it displays I am axually watching KUOK on RF 29! That`s the high-power transmitter which carries bitter rival competing network Telemundo on KTUZ. In OKC the same company, Tyler Media has both affiliations.

I had wondered months ago why they Tyler didn`t just put UNI on a subchannel of their big ch 29 transmitter instead of messing with several low-power transmitters, and now they have, except they are hiding it. If I go directly to 29, all I get is KTUZ as 30-1, and no subchannels by stepping up. If I go to 36-1, I get KUOK, but now I know it has really remapped to RF 29. I HATE this remapping crap --- primary tuning should always be real RF channels, and then they can label them as something else, rather than vice versa!

More anomalies: the KUOK signal has aspect ratio changeability, while the KTUZ signal never has. Altho they must be both coming out of the same RF 29 DTV transmitter, KUOK still seems weaker, sometimes on the verge and breaking up, while KTUZ never does. As pointed out in my last report, KUOK does have a LP DTV license on RF 36, which may also be on the air but not really propagating this far (Glenn Hauser, Enid, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A [and non]. 7490, Dec 20 at 2305 check, WBCQ with M-F paid programming `Money Talks` with heavy interference from BBCWS Thailand as usual, clashing 22-24 UT (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 15825, Dec 21 at 1423, WWCR remembered to change to this frequency today, VG signal, and nothing on 7465 where it was on all morning yesterday (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)