domenica 27 maggio 2012

Glenn Hauser logs May 25-27, 2012

 ** CHINA [non]. 9690, May 27 at 0420, VG carrier but just barely modulated in Chinese, and // 9790 with epic choral music, sounds like cinematic, normal modulation level but distorted. 0424, Chinese announcement on 9790, dead air on 9690. CRI relay on 9690 is scheduled 02-04 via Noblejas, SPAIN, and 9790 at 03-05 via CUBA, the 04-05 hour axually Cantonese, not Mandarin. For some reason, Spain must not have turned 9690 off on time (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA. 11760, May 26 at 2005, RHC French is very undermodulated. Have to turn the volume way up.
9500, May 27 at 1245, RHC `Cuba Campesina` music show on distorted, unstable spur, weak but stronger than // fundamental 9540, which is always much weaker than // 9550 and 9850. So which transmitter is it coming from? At 1256, 9550 cuts off the air, and 9850 is gone too, with 9540 and 9500 remaining. Had looked for a match on 9600, which would indicate origination from 9550, but none there. A match to 9540, 40 kHz on the upper side on 9580, would have been buried by R. Australia (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) See also CYPRUS: RHC hit by OTH radar; see also CHINA [non] 9790 Cantonese

** CYPRUS. 17818-17843, May 26 at 1910, OTH radar pulses presumed from here with usual 25-kHz spread, happening to be in a clear area below REE/Costa Rica 17850 splash. (As a rule there is much less activity by broadcasters above 17800 than lower in the band.)
17688-17713, May 26 at 2030, same kind of OTH radar pulses now here, missing Spain on 17715, but not RHC 17705 after *2100; tsk2 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** GREECE. 15630, May 26 after 2100, I was dozing to our mostly-music station, Voice of Greece, seemed nothing unusual, but realized at 2140 that they were broadcasting in English, interrupted by voice-overs in Greek. It`s the Eurovision Song Contest, presumably live from Baku, with each country announcing how it would divide up points for its top three choices. English is apparently the lingua franca, not Azeri. Rather meaningless from our viewpoint, went on and on, votes from Bulgaria, Cyprus, Croatia, Slovakia, Estonia, Lapland(?), Iceland, Sweden and still going past 2200 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** NORTH AMERICA. 15070, May 26 at 2010, pirate Undercover Radio is back on a favorite frequency, giving gmail address, music, 2015 ID and address again. 2016 story about having dropped acid only three times in his life, e.g. looking at a monitor, could see every pixel, then every molecule, then the color of every atom. 2025 ID and address again, 2026 off. Was in RC-USB, needed BFO, fair to good peaks. Had to avoid local spur from computer circa 15068.5 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SOUTH CAROLINA [non]. 9385, via WWRB, May 27 at 1258, Brother Scare himself is briefly heard; voice sounds hoarser than usual, may be ailing. And then was that he trying to sing with others? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SPAIN [and non]. 15110, May 25 [correct] circa 2130, REE play-by-play stupid ballgame is again replete with at least ten spurs from Noblejas, at multiples of approx. 14.5 kHz, or a shade more than that but closer to 14.5 than 14.6:
15037.5, 15052, 15066.5, 15081, 15095.5;
15124.5, 15139, 15153.5, 15168, 15182.5
The four closest to huge 15110 signal were the worst by far, loud distorted // modulation, and barely audible out by the fifth order, but still a nuisance to Trenton on 15034-USB. 15139 making a het with 15140, presumed OMAN. If one heard 15124.5 first, one might assume it was the REE CR relay on 15125, but not now, and anyway not unsynchronized. Meanwhile, the CR relay on 17850 was OK, not putting out spurs; do they take turns?
Ernesto Paulero, Argentina on the condig list was listening at exactly the same time to 15110 and says it was ``la final de la Copa del Rey``, but doesn`t mention any spurs.
Then on May 26, 15110 checked again at 1901, shortly after sign-on. VG strength, but modulation badly distorted at peaks. Fortunately not putting out multiple spurs this time, but heavy splash out to 15100-15120. 1911 playing a song in English, and a few seconds later on // 17850 CR, no spurs either (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 15385.0-, May 26 at 1904, KJES is distorted even worse than REE 15110 [see SPAIN]! With hum. A bit of Jewish music illustrating narration by YL about Jerusalem. Is programming being diversified? Compared to WWV and other 15 MHz band signals, this one was only very slightly on the low side, much closer to nominal than usual (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 5085, May 27 at 0058, WTWW-2 is already on with music. Another test was announced a few hours earlier and I spread the word to various DX groups in advance. Ted Randall was again playing classic rock music and asking for reports to his e-mail address. Good signal here at first, and with sun down, soon improving to very good until 0300* (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. WORLD OF RADIO 1618 monitoring: confirmed on WTWW 5755, UT Sunday May 27 after 0400, very good signal. Remaining SW repeats are on WRMI 9955: Sunday 1530, 1730, Monday 0500, 1130. Also on HLR 5980 Germany, Tuesday 0930. On WRN via SiriusXM 120: Sunday 1730 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 9825, UT Sunday May 27 at 0423, lo-quality clip of some pirate from SW, but then at 0425 Chris Lobdell announces he is *starting* Pirating with Cumbre segment, a bit late for that in the semihour. Playback at WHRI must have been out of whack, or threw this in to fill time, as 0428 cut to WHR`s own music fill and shill for unsold airtime to follow (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. 15745-15753 or so, May 27 at 1216, DRM-like roar, but probably a ute as no DRM is scheduled here. Likewise 13830-13835 at 1217. Hard to pin down the center of these blobs but not at least 10 kHz wide like DRM. 13830 could be jammer against RFA Tibetan via Tajikistan; no target known on the other one (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)