venerdì 21 settembre 2012

Glenn Hauser logs September 20-21, 2012

** BANGLADESH. 15105, Sept 21 at 1232, very poor signal but talk in English, so BB is on today; improves somewhat by 1241, different announcer, 1245 some S Asian, music, as usual with talk portions, off at 1300* after addressing dear listeners. Nepali missing again at 1315, tho there is a JBA carrier from something around 1330. 15505 Urdu from 1400 is also missing and still nothing at 1412. Conditions were OK and that should have been audible if on (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CANADA. 6110, Sept 21 at 0512, NHK lux out tonight as Sackville is modulating it again in English, unlike last night and several other occasions. Super signal (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CHINA. Firedrake Sept 21, after 1300:
15485, fair with noise at 1308
15495, good at 1326 with het on hi side, ex-15485
15560, good at 1308; none in the 14s, 16s, 17s
none in the 12s, 13s, 14s at 1322
15605, fair at 1322, het on hi side, also CCI from RTTY

After 1400:
15605, fair at 1411 with noise jamming added, and WEWN 15606 spur het
11760, poor at 1414, yes, FD here audible under RHC, seems // 15605. Further proof that there is something needing jamming on 11760, also producing the 8-kHz-spur-multiples above and below again today, not necessarily from same transmitter as FD, but the normal CNR1 jammer could have picked up FD modulation instead today
9680, Sept 21 at 1418, FD also audible here as RRI is in a pause (still nothing on 9526v VOI which has been missing for a biweek)

** COLOMBIA. 5910-, Sept 21 at 0513, HJDH is vying with WWRB and 9490 for first place in the dead-air sweepstakes. At first I wondered if some other carrier was overriding it, but measured slightly on low side of frequency, as customary for Alcaraván Radio. Some audio at first turned out to be overload crossmod from Brother Scare or something, removed by attenuation. Still dead air past 0530+. Other contenders were out of the running tonight: WBCQ 9330 was really modulating, as well as R. Japan 6110 via CANADA, q.v. (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA. 17475, Sept 21 at 1330, RHC IS and ID; not too distorted on AM, but with BFO it`s FMy, no specific carrier. This can`t be a conventional leapfrog mixing product between 17730 and 17580, since both end in -0 and the next lilypad would 150 kHz below at 17430 where there is nothing. Instead it must be a spur of one of the above; besides residing closer, 17580 is much stronger today than 17730, unusual. And then I find further FMy spurs around 17632 and 17528, i.e. 52 kHz above and below 17580, making 17476 double that displacement, 104 kHz down (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CYPRUS. 18290-18315, Sept 21 at 1352, OTH radar pulsing, presumed from here (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) Speaking of Cyprus:

** CYPRUS. 24980-USB, Sept 21 at 1357, British accent discussing DX peditions, Xmas Island, etc., a ragchew with no IDs and other side inaudible. Says he went to Belize last, and next to South Cooks. NE USA stations in 1 and 2 call areas are chomping at the bit to work Norman, and they also propagate here, so call when they get a chance at 1405, and then he makes quick contacts with them, finally foneticizes his call as 5B1AIF. As in

Norman Banks
3 Saliminos Statos Ag Fotios
Paphos 8651
Listing there says it`s a club station, and next he will be going to Aitutaki Island on Dec 10, as E51E (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** INDONESIA. See CHINA: Firedrake

** KOREA SOUTH [non]. 9650, Sept 21 at 1418, KBSWR Korean via CANADA, again suffering from that annoying clicking on the program feed (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** MAURITANIA. 7245, Fribbath Sept 21 at 0511, IGIM is on and chanting, S9+18 but quite undermodulated; is this necessary to prolong what`s left of the tube, or just slipshod operation like the scheduling? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** MEXICO. 570, Sept 21 at 1153 UT, modern brass band music seems unusual; loops SSW mostly over KLIF, 1154 cut to announcer talking about ``día mundial de la paz`` (which is indeed today), and sports, game times for various Mexican teams including Monterrey, also about European fútbol, and ``fútbol americano en nuestro país`` i.e. as played in Mexico (by college teams?). Probably per Cantú: 570 XEBJB Radio 570 Monterrey, N.L. 5,000 500 --- as the second possibility in Torreón is top-40 musical (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** MEXICO. 730, Sept 21 at 1147 UT, automated TC for 5:47, full ID/promo for La Ke Buena, 107.1 FM y 730 AM, Radiorama Parral, with street address, another TC for 5:48, more K.B. promotion by a child`s voice. The former Radio Viva Villa, as now updated in Cantú:
730 XEHB Ke buena + FM 107.1 Hidalgo del Parral, Chih. 50,000 1,000

** MEXICO. 760, Sept 21 at 0558 UT, choral NA loops NE/SW and cannot null out KCCV ID from Kansas City. Based on direxion and likelihood that this would be played at local midnight = UT -6 zone, can only be:
760 XEES Antena + FM 102.5 Chihuahua, Chih. 10,000 1,000
Per Cantú. FYI, I also consult the IRCA Mexican Log and the WRTH 2012 but only Cantú is online, easy to copy and presumably or at least possibly updatable (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** MEXICO. 830, Sept 21 at 1202, mentioning several AM and FM frequencies, including Piedras Negras, 92.9, Monclova, and a call-letter website which I won`t quote as copied since it doesn`t work.
It`s the Coahuila cluster as discussed in a previous log, this one:
830 XEIK La Norteñita Piedras Negras, Coah. 5,000 D

** NIGERIA [and non]. 15120, Sept 21 at 0501, VON is JBA if at all, in another non-African night on 19m; they seem to alternate with Australian nights, which is VG this time on 15515, 15240 and always weaker 15415 toward Asia (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** OKLAHOMA [and non]. Around 1335 UT Sept 21 I found KWOU Woodward in well on 88.1 FM, so know tropo is up around here. Hepburn map shows only marginal improvement in deep purple, but after breakfast I switch to DTV and aim toward the west.

34, KOMI ``24`` Woodward is decoding at 1423 UT with old B&W sitcom including Ozzie Nelson with a gang of guys but no Harriet, David or Ricky, presumably from America 1 network as viewed August 30 in last opening, tho still mislisted as `Pursuit` network at Strangely, on the DTV video there is herringbone all over the picture, which one would think vanished along with the analog era. It was thus in my previous log too tho I didn`t mention it, so always on this signal? Of course, I am running it thru a converter. Could I have some local QRM causing that only on this channel? Nothing else output on analog 3 or 4 into the VCRs and sets has it.

Opening is strong enough for weaker RF 35, KUOK also to decode from Woodward, tho not as reliably, with Univisión.

Then I search for other signals, hoping for some strong enough to decode. Weak `bad` ones on 42 and 47 with antenna also westward. 42 bears three translators in W Oklahoma from OKC stations, in Sayre, Strong City, Weatherford, but could also be spoiler KMYT full power Tulsa off the back.

Also intriguing is a bad signal on RF 9 at 1431 UT; shows there is not a single ch 9 in Oklahoma of any power since KWTV opted for 39. Turned toward Kansas in case it was KOOD, but nothing enhanced from the north. So it was probably KACV Amarillo, peaking only from WSW or so. AMA also has DTV full powers on 7, 10, 15, 19, 36 and 41. Of these, 7 and 15 are blocked by OKC, but I did find some bad signals on 41, and at 1446 on 10. I also tuned thru all the UHF analog channels in case there are still some non-DTV translators out there, but no rasters visible (Glenn Hauser, Enid, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SOMALILAND. 7120, Sept 21 at 0328, S9+12 open carrier is already on from R. Hargeisa. This time no modulation is applied until 0338:52 with Horn of Africa vocal music. Somali announcement at 0344, more music, and another one at 0355 but now there is QRhaM from someone crying ``hola, hola``; music continues past 0400, weakening, as I bail out (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. WORLD OF RADIO 1635 monitoring: confirmed Thursday Sept 20 at 2100 on WTWW 9479: starts a few sex before hour, interrupted for canned ID, and resumes, excellent signal.

5050, WWRB: SC preacher amens slightly after 0330 UT Friday Sept 21, then dead air for the entire half-hour, instead of WOR; carrier with some hum even stayed on past 0406. My computer was off for Somaliland, so did not compare to webcast which may have been carrying WOR normally as has happened before, minus the SW. I have asked Dave Frantz to correct this continuing problem, my only chance to be heard on WWRB.

Next: UT Saturday 0130v on Area 51 via WBCQ 5110v-CUSB
Saturday 0630 on Hamburger Lokalradio 7265
Saturday 0800, 1500, 1730, Sunday 0800, 1530, 1730, Monday 0500, 1130 on WRMI 9955
UT Sunday 0400 on WTWW 5755
Also on WRN via SiriusXM 120, Sat & Sun 1730, Sun 0830

** U S A. 840, Sept 21 at 1204 UT network news I figure is KXNT NV again, but no, it`s ABC, not CBS, about that GMA TV gal who is getting a bone marrow transplant from her sister, 1205 into local news from KTIC in West Point NE. Similar weak and steady signal with frequency to itself (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 1030, Sept 21 at 0533 UT, ``Newstalk 1030, KFAY`` promo Bill Cunningham Sunday nights, i.e. Farmington [sic] AR, 1 kW at night, vs. something with gospel music, probably 500-watt KCWJ up in Blue Springs MO (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 1060, Sept 21 at 1211 UT, jingle and Spanish ID as KIJN, fast SAH with something. This is the 3-watter in Farwell TX, Panhandle on the NM border, but 10 kW day power should not start until 1230 UT official September FCC sunrise (and 1300 in October). FCC AM Query shows it as a strict daytimer, no night authorization at all, but NRC AM Log also shows a 3-watt pre-sunrise authorization. This is too weak for 10 kW and too strong for 3 watts! Pattern is almost non-direxional with a slight bulge to the NW. IJN obviously derives from ``In Jesus` Name``, (amen!) but I am at a loss for what it could mean on this solely-Spanish station. Ideas? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 1350, Sept 21 at 1214 UT, Spanish sports news about Julio César Chávez, a boxer alleged to have smoked marihuana before his latest fight in Nevada, mentions Univisión América in passing. So sports talk in Spanish isn`t necessarily from ESPN Deportes. Instead of a complete affiliate list, the Emisoras drop-down at
leads only to nine major-market stations, including San Antonio 1350.

This is surely KCOR San Antonio, 5/5 kW, a legacy station allowed to keep day power at night as long as it shoots most of its signal into the Gulf, vs non-direxional daytime. Official LSR was 1200 UT, to be 1215 in October. No doubt the call originally alluded to corazón, deep in the heart of Texas.

After battling a sports-talker en inglés at 1217, back up at 1218 with Spanish ad for 99-Cent Stores. I see there are several in San Antonio, undercutting Family Dollar? No, belong to F.D. itself; they know how to market! (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 1530, Sept 21 at 1220 UT, YL with school lunch menus including Phillipsburg, how local! Some SS sports QRM probably Tulsa at right angle; then ads for Norton, i.e. KQNK Norton KS, ``Your hometown station`` per NRC AM Log. It`s in N Central KS, next to NE (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 1660, Sept 21 at 1224 UT, super-hype voice actor (SHVA) exclaiming ``más música``, during which of course, there is less music than if he would just shut up. There he goes again, after the next tune. Also IDs merely as 16-60 AM, which we already know. Loops NW/SE so no doubt KXOL Brigham City UT (for Mitt`s extended Mexican family??). Soon overcome by English ESPN which would be KRZI Waco, with KUDL Kansas City somewhere below them (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. 1279, Sept 21 at 0537 UT, once again for third time a weak off-frequency carrier making a 1-kHz het with 1280 stations. Loops NE/SW. I`ve yet to see any other reports of this. Based solely on approx. direxion, proximity, some possibilities:
WBIG Aurora IL
WGBF Evansville IN
KCOB Newton IA
WWTC Minneapolis MN
KDKD Clinton MO
WONW Defiance OH
KSLI Abilene TX
KMFR Pearsall TX
WGLR Lancaster WI
WNAM Neenah-Menasha WI
CFMB Montreal QC [far, but 50 kW]
XEBQ Chihuahua Chih
If not at night when I hear this, people within daytime range could check these out. Of course it could also be one of those top-secret US government tests. It`s not my semi-local KSOK Ark City KS, confirmed at 1525 UT Sept 21 as on-frequency (Glenn Hauser, Enid OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. 9490, Sept 21 at 0509, open carrier with some hum, still there at 0517, 0530, and with BFO I notice the carrier is slightly unstable. Hum sounds just like the one on 11995 for weeks, which is now missing, presumed GUIANA FRENCH, so QSY from there? But why, o why? Nothing is scheduled on 9490 between 0200 and 1100 in HFCC, except Tibet (active?), and at 0600-0700 Algeria, certainly inactive, yea imaginary (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. 19755-SSB, Sept 21 at 1354, 2-way in Spanish, one station much stronger than others. Nice to hear anything at all in the 19 MHz range, and these are always suspectful as poachers or drug importers, but here, cannot be denounced as intruders (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)