martedì 18 settembre 2012

Glenn Hauser logs September 16-17, 2012

** BANGLADESH. 15105, Sept 17 at 1238, S9+12 peaks, BB news just ending with item about the ISS; hum grows during pause, a bit of music; 1239 News Commentary: altho I could understand an occasional word, I have no idea what it was about. 1243 more hum growing during pause, intro a song. 1248 summary of prime minister`s activities, with bits of music interspersed; 1252 switch to another announcer introducing another song; signal is weakening slightly as splatter increases from CNR1 jammer 15115 against VOA. 1259 ``please write to us --- Director, External Service, ---, off at 1259:45*. Note: if you can`t tighten up your produxion to avoid all those long pauses, you need to readjust or turn off the Optimod so it doesn`t keep pushing up the hums!

At 1318 has not resumed on 15105 for Nepali. Or: southward signal in preceding English is better for here via long path, than northward for Nepali? 1344 still no signal on 15105, but:

15505, Sept 17 at 1344, BB carrier is already on with roar and then continuous tone test at approx. C#6 = 1109 Hz. Hint: listeners would rather hear the nice IS than the tone. Not until 1359:22 does TT stop and IS start, but only time to play it once, timesignal only 12 sex fast today ending at 1359:48, opening Urdu. Better signal here than 15105 had been (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** BRAZIL. 9645.4, Sept 17 at 0444, lacking Vatican, I struggle to detect R. Bandeirantes on its off-frequency, and succeed. It`s very weak, but frequency fits and there are traces of talk, presumed Portuguese (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CHINA. Firedrake, Sept 17 before 1300:
14960, good at 1237 with flutter; none in the 13s of 12s; VG at 1256
15555, fair at 1254 with het on lo side; still on at 1303
16100, very poor at 1253
16900, fair at 1253
16980, fair at 1253
17250, fair at 1255
17370, poor at 1255; none in the 18s

After 1300:
7445, poor at 1313, Firedrake audible in the mix with Chinese talk, jamming vs R. Taiwan International, and if it is really there too amid all this mess, the CNR8 domestic service in Mongolian, per Aoki

15485, fair at 1313
15495, poor at 1319, ex-15485
15560, fair at 1313, ex-15555 above
15565, poor at 1319, het on hi side, ex-15560

Before 1400:
9680, poor at 1351, another mixed-up mess vs RTI, CNR1 jamming and RRI
13530, fair at 1354; none in the 12s
14800, good at 1354; none in the 16s
15605, poor at 1343, plus propeller noise; het on lo side

** CHINA. 9855, Sept 17 at 1352, Firedrake-like music, but not really, 1355 Chinese announcement, other music to abrupt 1357* --- it`s plain old CRI Chinese service, 215 degrees from Beijing site (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CHINA. 11752, Sept 17 at 1306, het JB audible against Cuba 11750, and not audible at other 8-kHz leaps from source 11760 jammer, i.e. 11776 and 11784 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** COLOMBIA. 14950+, Sept 17 at 1237, catch Salem Stereo on a fadeup with music, soon fadeout; again at 1315 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA [and non]. 13880, Sept 16 at 1939, lite pulse jamming at the rate of 120/minute = 2 per second, typical Cuban style, but what`s it doing here? Closest wall-of-noise jamming is on 13820 against R. Martí so maybe spur/stray from one of the multitude of transmitters there. Nothing to match on 13760 = 60 kHz lower.

7365, Sept 17 at 0451, more Cuban pulse jamming QRMing something in French, i.e. BBC Ascension at 0430-0500, 250 kW, 85 degrees. Jamming is not ``needed`` here after Martí finishes at 0300. This overrun will also mar BBC English at 06-07 from Ascension; and alternating with WHRI if really on the air at 05-06, 07-10. Do the outlaws in Cuba care if they cause collateral damage? Of course not!

9955, Sept 17 at 0515, DentroCuban Jamming Command pulsing is atop WRMI, i.e. me with WORLD OF RADIO 1634. Tnx a lot, Arnie!

11680, Sept 17 at 1231, RHC is on here by mistake instead of 11860! Lysdexic operator punched up wrong frequency, or wrong button if they are all stored for immediate retrieval. Much stronger than // 11690, and also on 11760. North Korea music barely audible under 11680, Commies vs Commies! By 1305 it`s corrected to 11860.

15340, Sept 17 at 1346, RHC on since 1300 with super signal obliterating HCJB Australia today, but modulation is quite suppressed. Wiggle that patchcord (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** EGYPT. 17625, Sept 16 at 1943, poor signal but modulation OK with Arabish music; contrary to no modulation 24 hours earlier, from R. Cairo`s Fulfulde service. Doubt they saw my report yesterday and fixed everything for good (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)


** GUIANA FRENCH. 11995, Sept 17 at 0437, open carrier with hum, presumed Montsinéry, like for the RTI relay at 02-03. The hum seems to be made up of two pitches, G and D straddling middle C, i.e. 196 and 294 Hz. Or an octave lower? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** INDIA. 15795, Sept 17 at 1320, open carrier with flutter, gone at next check 1342. Probably Bengaluru was slow to turn off the transmitter after Chinese finished at 1315; the jammers are more efficient in turning off immediately, confident that AIR will modulate no more (but if they had, might have got a few syllables into China edgewise) (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** LIBYA. 11600, Sept 16 at 1935, JBA carrier with flutter, presumed reactivated Tripoli. Checked after receiving a couple of clips from Ernesto Paulero demonstrating a good signal into Argentina during the previous hour. I`ve never had decent reception of this one here. Is it just propagation, or is it also direxional southwest instead of northwest? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** MAURITANIA [and non]. 7245, Sept 17 at 0453, IGIM is on and chanting this Monday, but quite undermodulated, and much weaker than adjacent 7240 DW Kigali English at 295 degrees USward, which will be over in a few minutes (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** MEXICO. 6185, Sept 17 at 0500, XEPPM music is still playing until cut off abruptly at 0502:40* while carrier stays on a while longer. I soon tune to XEEP on MW 1060:

1060, Sept 17 at 0504 UT, world news in Spanish, looping N/S with dominant signal, including clips of PBXVI in French from Lebanon at 0507; and later somebody in English soon voice-overed; 0513 Radio Francia Internacional ID in passing. At least on weekdays, R. Educación has long relayed news from RFI at local midnight = 0500 UT, when it used to be simulcast on SW. (Likely recorded several hours earlier as RFI is not known to have any Spanish broadcast itself at 0500) (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** MEXICO. 620, Sept 17 at 1142 UT, promo news hour at 5 pm, promo ``Conozca Tlaxcala``, which means this is from anywhere else, mentions Cadena RASA; 1145 back to ``Catálogo de la música que llegó para quedarse`` (music which is here to stay). All this fits only for XENK, Radio 6-20 in México DF as in which includes a coverage map barely reaching Tulancingo. Cantú says site is really San Andrés de la Cañada, Estado de México (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** MEXICO. 660, Sept 17 at 1141 UT, mentions of ``radio pública``, Ciudad de México, Radio Ciudadana, IMER, full ID for XEDTL, 50 kW. Tho at night, i.e. now, it`s supposed to be only 1 kW (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** MEXICO. 720, Sept 17 at 1157 UT, 6:57 TC by YL DJ, ``La Kaliente``, soon covered by stronger open carrier, see next log. The first one is of course, XEDE in Saltillo, Coahuila, which doesn`t know how to spell ``hot``, supposedly only 250 watts at night, 8 kW days per Cantú, and the main source of QRM to WGN (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** MEXICO. 720, Sept 17 at *1157 UT, open carrier comes on atop XEDE; 1200:25 XE NA starts, but fading out by 1202 sign-on. It does loop much further west than XEDE; into discussion of riesgos, temor (risks and fear). It must be one of these two per Cantú:
720 XEJCC Extremo 7-20 Cd. Juárez, Chih. 1,000 1,0000 [sic, as India?]
720 XEVU  Éxtasis Digital + FM 97.1 Mazatlán, Sin. 1,000 500

XEVU would not be a talk format overall, and XEJCC is a confusing case. Altho Cantú has it on 720 now, IRCA list last year still had it on 1520, but ``moved to 720?``, and the format then was ranchera; XEJCC pertains to Grupo Radio México, and its station list at
still shows: ``XEJCC-AM 1520 Khz. LA 15 20 ROCK VARIADO``
Wikipedia says: ``Ahora es Adquirida por Grupo Radio México con la frecuencia 720 AM con el nombre Extremo 7-20 y con el formato de Música Pop en Inglés y Español.``

I had a similar tentative log of XEJCC 720 on Sept 21 of last year. See also USA: KSAH 720 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** MEXICO. 1040, Sept 17 at 1223 UT: music, poor signal, ``90.1, la número uno``. Cantú shows:
1040 XEGYS La Primera + FM 90.1 Guaymas, Sonora 5,000 250

** NIGERIA. 15120, Sept 17 at 0433, VON tonetest is already on, fair signal, and checked frequency this time: no, not on 15121, where it strayed for a day or two (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SOMALILAND. 7120, Sept 17 at 1348, still no signal detectable from R. Hargeisa/Hargaysa, and Myanmar 7110 has faded to JBA. Those would arrive by quite different paths, of course.

I should clarify that the LP route from Hargeisa to Enid as delineated previously across the Indian and south Pacific oceans goes nowhere near Japan, so even if it is audible there as early as 1300, that does not mean it could be in N America. Japan gets it by overland Asian short route NE from Somaliland, with enough and growing darkness on the path by 1300, not so heading SE across the Equator. We should not expect it until 1400, and not likely reaching here until winter if it`s still on same schedule (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SPAIN [non]. 11880, Sept 17 at 1232, REE COSTA RICA relay still in Castilian with fútbol news, 1233 ending with protracted sounder, 1234 into Basque (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** THAILAND. 9795, Sept 17 at 1352, hi-pitched SE Asian singing, fair signal, announcement in Thai. In fact, it is R. Thailand at 13-14 in Japanese, Chinese and Thai (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. Re: ``1010, Sept 14 at 1220-1232+ UT, impassioned monolog by preacher in Spanish. Loops due east/west which rules out Mexico unless it`s XEDX Ensenada, but not with that format: it`s a W network station, featuring at 4-7 am a clown called Brozo, hee hee.

So the only US station fitting for Spanish religion is per NRC AM Log 2012-2013y: KXXT Tolleson AZ, 15000/250 watts, Phoenix market. From the dominant signal over KXEN et al., I would guess it`s on daytime power despite being 5:20 am MST; standard remark about Arizonan anomalies. Can`t find a program schedule on their website, but separate views of the facilities and the personnel along with sister station KXEG at (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)``

1010, KXXT, Tolleson AZ - 1100 UT 9/9 - With local religious programming and interview, Phoenix area churches mentioned with addresses, spots for "" which directs to KXXT's website. Promo for new show "Arizona At Work" with a couple of nice call letter IDs. Very good signal for about 10 minutes (Tim Tromp, Muskegon MI, MARE Tipsheet via DXLD)

In view of this I must reconsider my KXXT presumed log above. It was based on three strong circumstances: direxion, day pattern which is a tangent circle to the east, and listing in NRC AM Log 2012 as REL/SS:REL. Looking at the website again, it`s all in English and there is no indication that it broadcasts at all in Spanish. But in a place like Phoenix, it`s still possible that it has some Spanish, altho mainly English, and I assume that is what NRC`s ``REL/SS:REL`` means, rather than just ``SS:REL`` which would be fulltime Spanish religion or ``REL`` which would be fulltime English religion. I brought up their webcast Sunday afternoon and it was in English then.

Anyhow, another look thru the NRC AM Log for possibilities, Spanish and/or religion westward from here:

KIQI San Francisco CA is SS:NWS/TLK, but in the middle of the night, they could stick in a preacher. Fortunately has a program schedule:
So what would be on around 5:30 am PDT Friday?
``05:00 am –  06:00 am Mi Familia en Cristo (Tuesday & Thursday)``
Close, but nothing listed for M/W/F. So they turn off the transmitter? Ha! KIQI does have quite a bit of Spanish religion scattered thruout the week`s schedule. But pattern book shows almost all of the signal going out into the Pacific, day and night, nulling toward Salt Lake [and Toronto?]. Unlikely at over two megameters.

KTNZ Amarillo TX is Tejano, which means music style, and not specified as announced in Spanish; another possibility, altho its 500 watt night power and proximity are in favor of it, if they would run a preacher in Spanish. Another annoying station without a website, or at least not making a top Google hit, instead hits on numerous directories or streaming sites which are notoriously outdated. Wikipedia has it as country, nothing about it being in Spanish, and no link to an own website either. Night pattern has null toward Toronto, so much attenuated usward. Unlikely, altho I am sure I have heard it before at least on day pattern, only 400 km away.

KLAT Houston TX: TLK/Univisión América network --- Spanish but supposedly not religion; and my DF would have to be way off. Again no local website so no program schedule, other than link to Ua. Unlikely.

KIHU Tooele UT: Immaculate Heart Radio, also EWTN network, supposedly English and we know EWTN has separate Spanish programming available. But mixed in? KIHU does have a program schedule and it`s all in English (or Celtic?) including at the time I heard Spanish.
Very unlikely.

So all this still leaves KXXT as the most likely, but it would be better to get some local reference or ID. Did not show up again around same time Sept 17 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 720, Sept 17 at 1142, ``Deportes 7-20 AM`` slogan, CCI from Mexican music. I was hoping that name would be listed but it`s no Mexican in WRTH, IRCA or Cantú, so unless new, it may be just a program reference rather than station`s entire name?

No, it`s surely KSAH Universal City (San Antonio) TX, as that`s its latest format per Wikipedia: ``KSAH broadcasts a Spanish-language sports talk format including ESPN Deportes programming to the greater San Antonio metropolitan area. In 2010, it started simulcasting a Regional Mexican music format on KSAH-FM (104.1 FM). In June 2012, the music format moved exclusively to 104.1 FM and the AM station now broadcasts sports talk`` (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) See also MEXICO 720 logs