venerdì 6 aprile 2012

Glenn Hauser logs April 6, 2012

** CHINA. Firedrake April 6, before and after 1300:
12600, very poor at 1253
12980, good at 1253
14950, very poor at 1249; none in the 16s, 17s, 14s, 13s, 11s

15450, fair at 1244, about equal level with V. of Turkey, in English! which was starting a ``Balkan`` show, unusable; het on lo side, presumably V. of Tibet causing this collision by using 15447 via Tajikistan, as per Aoki at 1238-1303. The ChiCom jamming could just as well (or even better) have been on 15445.

15485, fair at 1304, moved up from 15450 around 1300, het on hi side, i.e. VOT on 15487 via Tajikistan, at 1300-1312 per Aoki

15900, fair at 1249

Before 1400:

11500, poor at 1340, // 12980, mixing with carrier, hum = VOR Tajikistan, failing to modulate

12980, good at 1338

15495, fair at 1332, het on hi side, i.e. VOT/Tajikistan 15497 at 1327-1338 per Aoki

15900, good at 1333

16920, fair at 1334; unusual spot: only previous report was from Ron Howard, Jan 25, 2012 around 1230

After 1400:
17560, fair with flutter, vs. V. of Tibet via Madagascar

** CHINA. What happened to the way out of band frequencies 7620 and 9170 from China? These were CNR5 and CNR6 respectively, and comparing Aoki B-11 and A-12, the replacements are, still from Beijing 491 site:
7410 at 0900-1705 CNR5 (also 7415 at 2055-2400)
9420 at 0900-1605 CNR6 (also 2155-0100)
[not a log but for future reference]

** CUBA. Always anomalies at RHC: 9810, April 6 at 0515, Spanish is still running and colliding with Vatican Radio`s Scandinavian service, but RHC clear after 0520, and still on at final check 0536. I don`t know whether 9810 stayed on until 0600 as in the schedule, unlike all the other frequencies which are off by 0500, including 5040, 6120. Other nights, 9810 has also been off by 0500. Bands above 10 MHz were dead.

Before 1400 April 6, 17580 and 17730 are both on; 17580 with CCI, so I monitor 17730 for the frequency announcement, at 1401, after the credit list for `Despertar con Cuba` just ended. It`s not always clear which frequency the times mentioned refers to, but I use the */* method to indicate sign on/off times:

17730, 17580 -15*
15230, -15*, *13-15* 15340
13780, *13-15*
11760, 11860, 11690 -15*, *13- 11750 -15*
 9540, -15*, -13* 9550, 9850
 6150, -13*

Contrary to the above, when I check 17580 at 1403, it`s off, uncovering some S Asian talk, i.e. YFR Bengali via Wertachtal 13-15.

Furthermore, 17730 is hit by a SAH at 1400, and weak talk underneath RHC. That`s VOA Tibetan via Lampertheim, GERMANY, also must attract ChiCom jamming. Way to go Arnie! Plenty of open frequencies elsewhere on 16m.

6150 also had heavy QRM from the Taiwan/China radio war. About the worst 49m channel Arnie could have picked to keep (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** INDONESIA. 9526-, April 6 at 1302, VOI English hour this season has lucked into a time when there is no ACI or CCI, but it`s still a loss for lack of modulation. Tho reading S9+22, in program summary, 1302 news, it`s not really readable with the sounds of fading louder than the modulation (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** MEXICO. 1190, April 6 at 1209 UT, ``La Norteña 11-90``, so likely a Mexican, as in US terms the slogan would be ``La Sureña`` [hi], bolstered by the Mexican government PSAs which followed. IRCA Mexican Log 2011 shows the one with this name is XEPZ, R. Norteña, Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua, 1000/100 watts and it was well before sunrise, but what do you bet they were on day power? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** NETHERLANDS [non]. 9650, monitoring the transition around 1300 UT April 6: Until 1259*, KBS via Sackville, marred by clicking noises until cut off. Immediately replaced by flutterier signal with rock music, then R. Nederland ID in Indonesian! A few sex later, still before 1300, Sackville cuts back on with CRI English, and at 1300, RNW switches to Dutch, as scheduled for relay via Tinang, PHILIPPINES, and the usual big collision continues. China`s favorite azimuth via doomed Sackville is 240, while KBS likes 268, also resuming it for the 14-15 in Korean (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** TURKEY [and non]. 15450, April 6 at 1244 I find Firedrake colliding with VOT English to Europe and by extension, N America. That`s because V. of Tibet is on 15447, weak het not a problem itself but attracting this horrible jamming which would have been more effective on 15445, which moved elsewhere after 1300; see CHINA. At 1305, SE Asian language on 15445 is causing ACI to VOT; KSDA in Kachin (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 7302-USB, April 6 at 1354, Air Force MARS net, NCS AFF6AR, calling several stations, many with no reply, asking for ``digital confirmations`` with error rates, of an earlier transmission.

Someone replied with an announcement of a dinner at 7 pm June 8, RSVP, at the Texas Land & Cattle Co. (Googling: ``Texas Land & Cattle Steak House has 31 locations throughout Texas, Colorado, North Carolina, New Mexico, Indiana, Missouri and Arkansas.``)

At 1354, speaking of eating, not to be outdone, AFF6TX announced a lunch 11 am today at Napoli`s Italian Restaurant in South Denton (TX), an ``interoperability`` meeting with other MARS branches.

These stations are, according to:

SMD,AR 5 Mota Lane, Hot Springs Vil, AR 71909

Don Roberson AFA6TH AFF6TX
SMD,TX 1027 Broome Road, Bartonville, TX 76226-8207

The calls I heard are the ``off. calls``; the other ones for each are their ``M calls`` (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. WORLD OF RADIO 1611 monitoring: second SW airing confirmed on WWRB 5050, UT Friday April 6 at 0331. Remaining chances: on Area 51 via WBCQ 5110v-CUSB/LSB, UT Sat 0100v-0135v; on WRMI 9955: Sat 0800, 1500, 1730, Sun 0800, 1530, 1730, Mon 0500, 1130. On WTWW 5755, UT Sun 0400. On WRN via SiriusXM 120: Sat & Sun 1730, Sun 0830 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. 10000, April 6 at 1345, someone is on WWVH`s frequency as she is trying to convey propagation minute, whistling into mike intermittently; some toots sounded like ``-HI`` in Morse. Also suffering from DentroCuban jamming spur sometimes on lo side, sometimes on hi side, pulsing similar to 9955 against WRMI (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)