martedì 14 agosto 2012

Glenn Hauser logs August 12-13, 2012

** BANGLADESH [and non]. 15105, as in previous report from Swopan Chakroborty that it was the Aug 12 test frequency from BB, not so by when I tuned in, BBC Ascension in Hausa at 1424 August 12 --- since Ivo Ivanov, Bulgaria soon reported that BB was on 15505, heard until 1545*. Several tried to hear it after then on 15105, 15505 or 15520 with no results. Was 15105 a typo for 15505?

I also tried all three at 1820, when BB should have been in English, but the only signal was on 15105 in French, i.e. BBC Ascension again.

HOWEVER, it may well have started out on 15105 August 12 since on August 13 it was definitely on 15105! As I learned later, Ron Howard, Partha Sarathi Goswami, Wolfgang Büschel and Mauno Ritola were all hearing it earlier, and at my 1356 tune-in, poor signal with tone test, 1357 the BB IS, 1400 timesignal about 7 sex late, and opening, Urdu, I think, 1402 mentioning ``Yih Bangladesh Betar``, but dumped off the air at 1402:35*.

There remained however a very weak het between a signal on 15105 and an E6 or Eb6 above it, i.e. about 1.3 kHz. Or was it a power and modulation drop at BB and into a tone test? Their experimental phase can be quite confusing.

Since I was really listening on my 88.1 MHz FM feeder from the FRG-7 to the breakfast table DX-390, and wanted to finish my strawberries and home-grown cantaloupe, I did not immediately check the other possible BB frequencies. You`d think they`d at least stay on the same frequency during a single language service.

But at 1424, there it is on 15505 instead, with vocal S Asian music, along with the usual self-imposed noise, altho difficult to distinguish from the propeller-jammer accompanying Firedrake on adjacent 15500. At 1430 modulation quit on 15505, but the noise/roar continued, still past 1445, and Firedrake/noise adjacent was gone by 1434. Recheck at 1638, not heard on 15105, 15505 or 15520=Turkey.

Also, re my Aug 10 log on 15520, `` (Evidently the Ethiopian DRM jamming is only around 1630-1645 per Wolfgang Büschel and Mauno Ritola).`` They say it was the Ethiopian-*like* jamming sound, but really noise coming from the BB transmitter (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) See also UNIDENTIFIED 11995

** CHILE. 17680, Aug 13 at 1334, surprise! CVC La Voz is back in the morning after having slashed its service June 29 to only two hours at 21-23 on this frequency. Usual gospel rock in Spanish, 1337 ID and sermon; still going past 1400; 1409 talking about affiliates but no mention of SW changes. A revival, or a test of this doomed site? Still going at next check 1652, so apparently back to an all-day broadcast on 17680, at least today. No way to find their SW schedule grid from homepage, but fortunately I have it bookmarked:
Does it show 17680 reëxpanded? Of course not!

** CHINA. Firedrake August 13, after 1330:
15495, very good at 1330, het on hi side
15570, good at 1330 with propeller noise too;
none in the 17s, 16s, 14s, 13s, 12s

Before 1400:
15605, fair at 1355, plus noise
15485, good at 1355 plus noise

Before 1430:
15500, fair at 1424 plus noise; off by 1434

After 1430:
15280, poor at 1434 mixing with CNR1 jamming vs VOA Tibetan via Thailand at 14-15; looked for a clear FD to // and found only:
12320, poor at 1439; none in the 17s, 16s, 14s, 13s

** CHINA [and non]. 15250, Monday Aug 13 at 1153, Chinese is splattering upward but not downward, bothering BBC English on 15285 via Singapore. Probably hearing CNR1 jamming instead of VOA Chinese, which per HFCC and Aoki is on this strange schedule in the 11-12 hour on 15250: 110 degrees from Dushanbe, Tajikistan daily except Wednesdays when it is instead 315 degrees from Tinang, Philippines. Maybe that`s maintenance day at DB (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** COLOMBIA. 14950.75, August 13 at 0159 and 0328 chex, nothing detectable from Salem Stereo, unlike a JBA carrier at 1425 Aug 12 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA. 6050, August 13 at 0159 and 0327 chex, RHC English to NAm is missing for the second night, leaving only the insufficient signal on 6000. It`s mysterious how RHC puts such importance on English at 05-07 with four frequencies, when most of NAm is abed, and neglects prime time 01-05 with only two, and now only one.

6050, August 13 at 0526, now RHC is on here with English, probably different transmitter and antenna than previously before 0500, along with the other three redundant frequencies (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** EGYPT. 9315, August 13 at 0159, R. Cairo English to N America is back tonight after absence last night; but now 9305 Arabuzzer is absent, as it has been sporadically. By 0324 recheck, 9305 is back on but not spreading too badly, and at 0328, 9315 is recognizably in English sign-off with program summary for the next day (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** KOREA NORTH [and non]. 6700, Aug 13 at 1140, slow talk in Korean, 1148 slow choral music to 1150, open carrier to 1151*. Ute beeps on hi side but no jamming, so presumably from the North: no, Aoki says it`s Korean MND Radio, i.e. from the South, and the 1100-1150 transmission just started August 6; maybe site is JongAn, 100 kW, non-direxional. Guess the jammers haven`t found it yet. It`s also on this frequency at 0600-0650.

Meanwhile, plenty of noisy NK Juche jamming on 6600, 6518, 6348, 6300 [Aoki lists but without a target], 6230, 6015, 6003.

6400, Aug 13 at 1142 triumphal music, no jamming and this really is a NK broadcast, Pyongyang BS (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** KUWAIT. 13650, August 12 circa 1900, R. Kuwait Arabic to North America has an improved signal now, same kind of music we hear after 2000 switch to 17550.

15540 at 2050 August 12, R. Kuwait western pop music pauses for news brief in English, something which was skipped on a previous Sunday (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** MAURITANIA. 7245, August 13 at 0533, IGIM is chanting. After Ramadan, I expect this will again become sporadic so early (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** MEXICO. 640, August 13 at 1131 UT, ID for ``Radio Uno, Chihuahua``. Nice to hear something else from Chihua@ than XEJUA in Juárez. Cantú:
``640 XEHHI Radio Uno Hidalgo del Parral, Chih. 10,000 1,000``
Today`s Enid sunrise is 1148 UT, getting 5-6 minutes later every week

** MEXICO. 650, August 13 at 1113, XETNT Los Mochis, Sinaloa, with `Buenos Días, Yarderos` show on ``Radio 65, 106.5`` singing ID. I wasn`t sure of that word until I found it on their program schedule
for 4-6 am [MDT] with Alberto Guerrero, ``El Fogatero``. I still don`t know what a yardero and a fogatero are, nor does my dixionary, nor does Google Translate; local slang. Fogatero probably has something to do with fire, arsonist? He sets fire to yards? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** MEXICO. 710, Monday August 13 at 1115 UT, XEDP Ciudad Cuauhtémoc with that preacher in Low German. At tune in the accent is so strange that at first I think he`s switched to some Indian language until I start to recognize a few standard German words and my mind lox into it; over at 1126 with ``XEDP, La Ranchera de Cuauhtémoc`` SID; and at 1130, full ID giving priority to their new FM: XHDP 89.7, then XEDP 710 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** MEXICO. 830, August 13 at 1121 UT, ID as ``100.9, la nueva estrella de Radio Zócalo``, several PSAs and ads, one mentioning Colonia Roma, so along with Zócalo I naturally think it`s the DF station, but then at 1123 mentions Saltillo with 100.9 promo, and 6:24 TC. Consult Cantú:

Nothing on 830 in Saltillo, Coahuila; but there is La Norteñita XEIK in Piedras Negras. And there is a 100.9 in Saltillo listed as XHSA, La Reina.

Grupo Zócalo is not in the DF at all; we find out all about this by googling to this story from last October:

Says they got two new FM frequencies for Piedras Negras, 96.7 and 100.9, XHVM and XHIK, to be on the air in six months, in keeping with the `migration` from AM to FM. So I am getting XEIK, not turned off yet, simulcasting XHIK 100.9. Neither of the new FMs is listed yet in Cantú`s Coahuila page under Piedras Negras: 

** PERU. 4810, August 13 at 1100 JBA music, perhaps R. Logos, Chazuta, or could it be Bhopal? It sure isn`t defunct XERTA. Ute blob on hi side not there at this time. With my noise level, will be lucky ever to get OAW9A any better (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SOUTH CAROLINA [non]. 15215, Aug 13 at 1436, an Overcomer minister other than Brother Scare speaking on poor signal, IRRS via Romarmenia, but no QRM --- has VOA Kurdish already left? Yes, the Aug 12 HFCC file now shows that hour via Wertachtal lasted only from 7 to 11 August, replaced 12 August by 15510 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SPAIN [and non]. 17850, August 12 between 21 and 22 UT as I was dozing, listened to REE via COSTA RICA (also on 15110 direct) with live coverage of Olympic closing ceremonies. Trouble is, the M&W hosts kept chattering Castilian over the music as they felt obliged to describe what was going on in the visual spectrum. Heard mentioned Pink Floyd, Fat Boy Slim, Spice Girls, among many other British performers of yesteryear.

Later caught the NBC playback of the CC from the beginning, noting that after GSTQ and a token few minutes with a cellist and the LSO, it was all rock music, except John Lennon`s original ``Imagine`` surpassing genres. Thumbs up for that, thumbs down for dissing classical music (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 7506.4, August 13 at 0326, WRNO is playing music, but it is very distorted and not fully modulated, followed by some dead air (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 12133.5-USB, at 0544 UT Monday August 13, AFN Saddlebunch Keys FL (NOT Key West where most references move it), Jim Hightower commentary about Ted Cruz beating a slightly less far-right extremist in Texas primary; as scheduled UT M-F at this time (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. Weak mystery carriers still on 25m, Aug 13 at 1339: 11784, 11776, 11766 [not noticed before, nothing to het], 11751.5, 11744, 11736. At 1441 still detected on 11784, 11776, 11751.5, 11744 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. 11995, August 13 at 0528, again tonight open carrier with some hum/whine. I wonder if TDF Issoudun have forgotten that RFI canceled all its English broadcasts in January? 11995 is also one of the many registered wooden frequencies of Bangladesh, but only at 12-20, tho they could really be trying it now (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)