lunedì 27 febbraio 2012

Glenn Hauser logs February 26-27, 2012

** AUSTRALIA. 15525, Feb 26 at 2259, ``HCJB Global Voice`` ID, Melbourne address, poor signal and into another language. Aoki shows this 2200-2430 transmission, 100 kW, 340 degrees from Kununurra, is mainly Chinese [Mandarin] except: 2230-2300 Japanese on UT Fri/Sat; Amoy 0000-0030 UT Mon-Fri (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CHINA. Firedrake Feb 27 before 1400:
13130, poor with heavy flutter at 1354, none lower
13920, equal to 13130 at 1355
15535, very poor at 1357; none in the 12s, 14s, 16s, 17s, 18s

Before 1500:
12980, poor with flutter at 1452; none in the 13s
12670, very poor at 1453
11970, very poor at 1453
11500, very poor at 1458
While FE propagation conditions were very subnormal, Afroeurasians were incoming better than usual (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA. 15370, Feb 26 at 2235 check, RHC is still in Esperanto this semihour on Sundays, with usual propaganda as in all other languages.

11750, Feb 27 at 1457, RHC Spanish achieves the correct frequency for the third day in a row instead of 11705 as on Feb 24 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** GUAM. 15320, UT Sunday Feb 26 at 2238, AWR Wavescan via KSDA in progress with David Ricquish on AEF (US armed forces) ``Mosquito Radio`` station in 1944 NZ, 1ZN, which morphed into different stations to this day; originally aired on RNZI Mailbox, here called ``South Pacific Panorama``; outro by Jeff White.

Who, BTW has been the presenter of WS for a few years now; someone was wondering what happened to Adrian Peterson. He writes the show, Jeff voices part of the script, and puts together the pieces with continuity, for airing on WRMI, AWR. This Sunday 2230 broadcast from KSDA is more reliable here than any of the airings on WRMI 9955 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** INDONESIA [and non]. 9526-, Feb 27 at 1348, VOI is back on the air and back on their 9526- instead of 9525- transmitter, very poor signal, but no doubt about the off-off-frequency carrier. At 1520 it is still on producing the almost-one-kHz het with CRI, both too weak for anything but the tone. Ishida agrees VOI is back on 9526 today from *0953 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** ISRAEL [and non]. 9985, Feb 27 at 1459, fair signal with IBA IS, which means it must be preceding Persian as years ago they cancelled all other SW languages. Needless to say, 9990 WTWW was not on the air! Seems one or another of the WTWW transmitters has been missing sporadically lately (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** KUWAIT. 21540, Feb 27 at 1503, still hearing Arabic here after Spain has closed, usual overrun until cut off abruptly at 1503:18*. With only a month left in the B-11 season, R. Kuwait still hasn`t activated the frequency registered, 21520, preferring instead to collide with Spain for hours and hours (which also prefers to keep the collision going despite scads of open frequencies on 13m band). Kuwait has again registered 21520 for the A-12 season, but I`ll believe it only if I ever hear it (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** MALI. 15505, Feb 26 at 2234, open carrier with flutter, still at 2243 and until 2257:40*. Roughly same level as Australia but modulating on 15515. Never any modulation on 15505, presumed ``Bamako II`` relay of CRI in Mandarin as per Aoki, 100 kW at 85 degrees, 2230-2257; EiBi and HFCC show 2230-2300. This must be the most dysfunxional of all CRI relay sites. And why would there be a single semihour broadcast when all other CRI Mandarin broadcasts are in 1-hour blox? Except: one sesquihour from 2230 on unchecked 11975 as in WRTH 2012 where 15505 is not listed (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** MEXICO. 1550, Feb 26 at 0858 tune-in, ``La Rancherita`` ID and such music, 0900 fading for TOH ID, but I do hear ``Tamaulipas, México`` mentioned, so it`s surely XENU, Nuevo Laredo, the only Tamaulipan on 1550 with that slogan, listed 250 watts night.

One of the extra benefits of a DX test is forcing one to log other stations as well, in this case along with KRPI inserting Morse code IDs every pentaminute for a semihour (see USA). If any other programming could be made out, it was ranchera music, but never peaked as much as at the outset, generally just a jumble of signals. Recorded while I slept with longwire antenna unfavorably east-west (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** NORTH AMERICA. As I was setting up to record the KRPI DX test, I was distracted by WBNY pirate on 6925+ AM, so also recorded Commander Bunny at 0629 Feb 26, about war with Iran, rodent revolution, HD radio a monkey-joke, as in my yesterday`s report:

** SAUDI ARABIA. 11820, Feb 26 at 2049, BSKSA fair signal with Qur`an; still audible but poor at 2245 recheck with even more Qur`an. HFCC shows this lasts from 18 to 23, 500 kW, 320 degrees from Riyadh to W Europe, NW Africa, but also USward. Times in Aoki are more precise, 1755-2255, and adds that it`s Holy Qur`an (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SPAIN. 11940, Sun Feb 26 at 2050, REE silly ballgame coverage in Castilian, much weaker than // 15110, both direct from Noblejas. I was thinking they used 11945, but HFCC shows 11940 at 19-23, 242 degrees; 11945 at 00-02, 230 degrees, both to CIRAF 12-16 = Latin America (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U K [non]. 11810, Feb 26 at 2048, BBC Newshour ID in passing // 15400. 11810 is 250 kW, 65 degrees from ASCENSION at 18-21 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A [and non]. 17715, Feb 27 at 1359, VOA signing on, good signal, much better than usual poor level, 1400 plugging Music Mix to follow, then news. During this hour it`s 100 kW, 126 degrees from SÃO TOMÉ.

15580, Feb 27 at 1410, VOA music mix is poor, and then *1411-1415* covered by big carrier from Greenville, tuning up for much later usage of this frequency, but music still audible underneath. Weaker 15580 is 250 kW, 340 degrees via SOUTH AFRICA (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 15385-, Feb 26 at 2053, KJES VG signal but very undermodulated with hum, Spanish singing and reciting. Can turn volume up to wide open without overload; and also seems to be some even weaker crosstalk on the modulation (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. WORLD OF RADIO 1605 monitoring: Feb 27 at 0616, the new 0600 UT Monday broadcast via WRMI 9955 is audible OK at peaks, but with continuous noise/whine Cuban jamming instead of pulsing, which continues upon Praga after 0630. Tnx a lot, Arnie! (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A [non]. 13655, Feb 27 at 1451, horn and piano music with flutter, sounds religious; 1454 S Asian language, 1458 YFR theme and talk to 1459*. HFCC shows 14-15 Sinhala via Wertachtal, GERMANY, 500 kW, 90 degrees, then 15-16 Kannada via Nauen, 500 kW, 105 degrees but did not observe whether that was equally audible here (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. Tried for the first few Morse code ID times scheduled UT Feb 27 on DX tests from 580 WHP and 1460 WTKT both in Harrisburg PA, but nothing conclusive:

0516 UT on 1460, maybe heard a V, and maybe some code at 0615; generally dominated by weak S Asian music (maybe KBRZ Missouri City = Houston TX, the only ETHnic listed in NRC AM Log, but supposed to be only 125 watts at night).

At 0633 UT on 580, heard 2 or 3 wavering pitches when tuned to 584-LSB on the DX-398, but this may have been coming from some other station`s musical sideband (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 1550, now I`ve had a chance to listen to my entire recording of the KRPI Ferndale WA DX test, Feb 26 at 0900-0930 UT. This was on the FRG-7 with E-W longwire as I slept, so no manipulation of antenna or side-tuning.

Dominant signal thruout was XENU with ranchera music, see MEXICO. But every 5 minutes could copy Morse code IDs: VVV VVV VVV DE KRPI KRPI KRPI. Alternated lo and hi pitches. Sometimes I heard it three times, or four, or finally, eight times in a row, tho may have missed some due to fading.

0905: lo/hi/lo; 0910 lo/hi/lo/hi but weaker; 0915 lo/hi/lo/hi also weak; 0920 lo/hi/lo/hi, better; 0925 best: lo/hi/lo/hi/lo/hi/lo/hi. Sometimes the lo pitch was clearest, sometimes the hi pitch. This may have been affected by the tone setting on my playback thru hifi amp and speakers. BTW, I only read later of the plans to alternate pitches.

Never could make out any of the Punjabi music others have reported in between, with multiple SAHs from multiple signals, occasional ranchera peaks from XENU. Clip of the final spurt at 0925:

My time synch may have been slightly off but final part in clip seemed to start more like 0926, and lasted 3.5+ minutes; each ID sequence took a bit less than a semiminute.

There were many reports of this, altho didn`t make it to PA, MA, east TN. KRPI got out better to the east due to direxional pattern, and I was about to claim to be the most southeasterly, but Jim Pogue in Memphis barely heard it too. Distance-between-cities calculator shows 1513 statute miles from Ferndale to Enid; the site-to-site would be slightly different (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)