mercoledì 12 settembre 2012

Glenn Hauser logs September 11-12, 2012

** ARGENTINA. 15345v, Sept 11 at 2101, ethereal RAE IS is JBA aside much stronger 15349.1 Morocco, q.v. From Sept 30 when Morocco goes off DST, the QRM should last an hour longer (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** BANGLADESH. 15105, Sept 12 before 1300 and at 1315, no trace of Bangladesh Betar`s English and Nepali broadcasts; nor on possible alternate 15505 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CHINA. Firedrake Sept 12, not complete searches, just:
14400, fair at 1242 with flutter
14700, poor at 1242 with flutter
15495, fair at 1319 more noise than music, just started up
15560, good at 1317

** CUBA. 12060, Sept 12 at 1241, lite pulse jamming from second harmonic of DentroCuban Jamming Command on 6030 vs R. Martí (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** EGYPT. 15480, Sept 12 at 0029, fair signal with Arabic music, modulation OK. It`s R. Cairo, 250 kW, 245 degrees from Abu Zaabal at 2330-0045 in Arabic following 2215-2330 in Portuguese to Brasil.

13855, Sept 12 at 0033, 13855 is the OSOB! Must be in a 22 mb scheduling lull. S9+10 but extremely distorted Qur`an(?) with hum. This one is R. Cairo, 250 kW, 286 degrees from Abis in Arabic at 2330-0045, plus Spanish at 0045-0200.

13620, Sept 12 at 0110, a big hum at S9+10, except for some JBM traces at peaks of original audio. This one is R. Cairo, 250 kW, 241 degrees from Abis at 0045-0200 in Spanish, so now there are two signals on the band --- and neither of them any good! (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** FRANCE. 17620, Sept 12 at 1257-1259* French talk, sounds like normal programming from RFI, certainly not music fill; poor signal squeezed between the Saudis on 17615 and 17625. A strike of undetermined length had been planned to start at 2200 UT Sept 11, Mike Cooper had reported on Sept 8, but at 1118 UT Sept 12 he follows up:

``No evidence of a RFI strike heard on air, despite the strike notice. This may be because of a meeting yesterday of labor leaders and RFI management, during which management said it would delay plans to move staff from Paris to the suburbs. Management also said it would make no further plans until a new director is named for the AEF, the parent organization of RFI that also includes TV5 and France 24. Plans to consolidate the RFI and France 24 web sites have been put on hold, as have plans to consolidate the Arabic editorial staff of France 24 (television) and Monte Carlo Doualiya (radio)`` (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** INDONESIA. 9526-, Sept 12 at 1237, another day with no signal from VOI (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** KOREA SOUTH [non]. 9560, Sept 12 at 0201, VG signal from KBS World Radio in Spanish via CANADA as usual; checked following a Bulgarian DXpedition blog showing this as English to North America. I see that Aoki correctly shows this semihour as in Spanish, but incorrectly still shows another semihour of English on same at 0230, which was cancelled months ago. I thought we had clarified this back in July (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** KURDISTAN [non]. 11510, Sept 12 at 0521, Kurdish talk on good signal from Denge Kurdistana, presumably via UKRAINE as registered with HFCC, supposedly all the way from 03 to 19, altho when checked arounod 1300, I hear no trace of it on 11510 or on former 11530 where it was known as Denge Mezopotamiya (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** MEXICO. 680, Sept 12 at 1213 UT, string of ads for agricultores, from Guasave, i.e. per Cantú:
680 XEORO La Mera Jefa + FM 93.7 Guasave, Sin. 1,000 500

** MEXICO. 870, Sept 12 at 1206, after NA promptly at 1200 UT, retune to find XETAR Guachochi, Chihuahua in native language and Spanish, mentions e-mail address xetar @

CDI stands for Comisión Nacional para el Desarrollo de los Pueblos Indígenas; brief mañanitas tune and on to other talk rather than birthday greetings.

Here`s the CDI page about XETAR with photos and live listen link:
CDI explained in English:

** MEXICO. 1040, Sept 12 at 1202 UT choral NA, so I stand by for full ID/sign-on at 1204, but fading and only fragments caught: 5-letter call, ``para todo el estado de Chihuahua``, 5 mil watts, also 95+ FM. Almost matches Cantú listing:
1040 XEHES Romántica + FM 94.1 Chihuahua, Chih. 5,000 250

** MOROCCO. 15349.1, Sept 11 at 2101 after hearing 15345v Argentina, q.v., IMM is still running with YL news in Arabic, but rudely cut her mike at 2103:15 and off the air at 2103:30*. Morocco is still on DST until Sept 30 when it should stay on the air one hour longer. But programming will also be one real hour later, so they can still cut her off at 2203v. This is disrespectful not only to the announcer and the studio, but also to the listeners, reflecting poorly upon the overall operation. The lack of finesse on the part of numerous SW station operators is just astounding (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** OKLAHOMA. 1140, Sept 11 at 2100+ UT, after adstring of some 5 minutes including questionable products, ID as ``All New Heart & Soul Radio, KRMP AM 1140`` and also the 92.1 FM translator call K221FQ. No news on the hour but some talk show ensued. I am still not convinced that they did not sloganize as ``Old School`` when I heard them Sunday afternoon, so will have to try again then during all-music block.
Here`s a thread about their adding the translator and changing the slogan as of June 18:

** PHILIPPINES [and non]. 9920, Sept 12 at 1233, FEBC Bocaue in Vietnamese with usual VietCom whoop-whoop siren jamming, ineffective here vs speaker who was attempting to preach in Vietnamese by rote, one syllable at a time amid heavy American-preacher diphthongized accent, which no doubt severely interfered with comprehension at the other end, messing up the tones (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LSITENING DIGEST)

** SUDAN [non]. 11650, Sept 12 at 0520, R. Dabanga multiple singing IDs as soon as I intune, fair signal, better than previously from VATICAN relay. Meanwhile, the Madagascar relay on 15400 is no longer better (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A [and non]. AFN Saddlebunch Keys FL continues to be missing from all three frequencies, 5446.5, 7811.0 and 12133.5 all USB, on numerous chex at different dayparts, altho I have not kept reporting non-logs of them. Now, it`s over, as Jim, K5JG in Carrollton TX posted to the ptsw yg Sept 10:

``AFN on Shortwave - MIA --- I haven't seen anything posted about the missing AFN shortwave broadcasts from Key West on 7811 and 12133.5 other than a post by Glenn Hauser a week or so ago noting that they were missing. I sent an email to AFN over the weekend and received the following response earlier today:

"Jim, The Key West site has been shut down and has ceased transmitting. Budget and lack of mission were leading causes for the decommissioning. V/R. Senior Chief Harrington, AFN Broadcast Center"

So there it is. Another one bites the dust. However, I did hear AFN on
12759 kHz from Diego Garcia yesterday morning and since Chief Harrington didn't mention anything about Diego Garcia or Guam in his response, I assume they will remain on the air`` (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 15470, Sept 12 at 1318, large steady open carrier at S9+22, no doubt usual tuneup by Greenville for later VOA broadcast (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A [and non]. 9479, Sept 12 at 1236, WTWW-1 with SFAW is already on, unlike yesterday when it was still on night frequency 5755 at this hour.

Could also hear lite 1 kHz het from a 9480 understation, caused by WTWW`s deliberate offset to avoid interfering via a harmonic against a local VHF 2-way frequency. Per HFCC this could be CNR from Beijing site, or VOR from Komsomolsk/Amure. Aoki does not list Russia, so that one is probably wooden, while he shows the Chinese as CNR11, Tibetan service from Baoji-Sifangshan 724 site. No way it`s the 1 kW German which is probably not on the air at the moment anyway (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A [and non]. 15615, Sept 12 at 1317, WEWN has a steady het, and soon morphs into fax transmission, no doubt the Australian weather service; does neither complain about the other? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 840, Sept 12 at 1159 UT, KXNT North Las Vegas NV is again heard with the same commercial from a couple of weeks ago at this time, The Yes Man Can, air-conditioner service; ID for 100.5, 840 and ``HD`` channels, bong and CBS news at 1200. We continue to suspect we are getting more signal than we should be judging from their pattern (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. 730, Sept 12 at 1215 UT for at least a few minutes, big hum only. Suspect it`s XEHB which was presumably the Mexican heard a bit earlier with music (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. 1279, at 0500 UT Sept 12 I am again hearing a carrier here hetting 1280 stations (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. 1650, re previous report whether the Spanish I heard could be ZER Radio in Mexico City, instead of KSVE El Paso TX, Julián Santiago Díez de Bonilla, DF, answers my query Sept 10: ``it has been on the air more regularly 24 hours with instrumental music, IDs, and an occasional commentary. Transmits from Mexico City with 5000 watts``. AFAIK, there have never been any definite reports north of the border of either station (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED, 11995, Sept 12 at 0519, mystery open carrier with hum is back, fair signal (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)