sabato 22 settembre 2012

Glenn Hauser logs September 21-22, 2012

** AUSTRALIA. 4835, Sept 22 at 1233, very poor signal with talk, no doubt VL8A holding up this late after WWCR 4840 1200*. Need to try earlier before WWCR latens their QSY time (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** BANGLADESH. No Bangladesh Betar this Saturday, altho 19m was hopping with signals from China:
15105, at 1240 Sept 22, a JBA carrier, maybe something else; nor sometime in the 1315-1345 period

15505, at 1400+ Sept 22, no signal either (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CHINA. Firedrake Sept 22, before 1300:
15795, good at 1254 mixing with CNR1 jamming and somewhere underneath, AIR in Chinese, which lasts until 1315 but at 1311 the FD is gone
15555, very good at 1254; none in the 17s, 16s, 14s
13920, good at 1258
12980, very good at 1259
12670, fair at 1259
12320, very good at 1259

After 1300:
15560, very good at 1309 with het on hi side; ex-15555
15485, good at 1309, with noise which is louder than the FD
 9680, fair at 1314, mixed in with RRI, RTI and CNR1 jamming
 7445, fair at 1318, along with CNR1 jamming and/or RTI Paochung

Before 1400:
15560, good at 1349, het on lo side
14700, very good at 1350
12980, good at 1353; none in the 13s, 11s or 10s
12500, very good at 1352
12320, very good at 1352

** CHINA [and non]. 11970 & 12010, approx., very overmodulated and strong distorted FMy spurs also with hets/tones, Sept 22 at 1241, obviously coming from one of the CNR1 jamming transmitters on 11990. At 1300 the spurs are off, but CNR1 jamming 11990 continues, evidently from a different transmitter; as VOA Chinese has just switched sites from Saipan to Novosibirsk (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CHINA [and non]. 21590, Sept 22 at 1321 something in Chinese with poor signal; it`s // 11990 CNR1 jammer, so this one is jamming BBC Uzbek via Cyprus during this semihour only (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** COLOMBIA. 5910, Sept 22 at 0452, no signal from Alcaraván Radio, the next step following signal but no modulation 24 hours earlier; what next? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA. Several RHC frequencies have severe modulation and spur problems Sept 22. I assume caused by faulty studio-transmitter feed and the transmitters are unable to filter out the spurs, which peak 8-9 kHz away from the fundamentals, but FMy spreading about 5 kHz each. The spurs sound almost like CW, as they make squeaks varying depending on the modulation, and if there are adjacent legitimate signals, beat against them too. What a mess!

From 11860 at 1246: circa 11852 and 11868; undermodulation on 11860
From 11760 at 1247: same kind of spurs circa 11752 and 11768, despite no modulation at all on 11760 itself, where CRI English is clear under the RHC dead air. The one on 11752 is really messing up BBC on 11750, and at 1302 QRMing the other RHC on 11750! Now there are bits of modulation cutting on at peaks on 11760 itself.

From 17580 at 1254: spurs around 17572, 17588; at 1305, 17580 itself is very broken up

From 17730 at 1304: fundamental sounds OK, but spurs circa 17722, 17738

From 15340 at 1308, atop HCJB, fundamental breaking up badly, and spurs 15332, and 15348, the latter bothering Morocco 15349.1

Recheck at 1347 finds the spurs and breakup have ended, with these OK now: 17730, 17580, 15340; 13780 OK at 1351, 11860 & 11760 OK at 1353.

The weak RHC signals from the other site on 15230, 11750, 11690, 9540 were always OK. Except 15230 has some unrelated noise problem (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA. 24895, Sept 22 at 1323, whenever I hear CW on 12m, I figure it`s most likely CO8LY, and I am correct: his CQ marker is running over and over, amounting to a beacon. He must let it go most or all of the time. OSOB, nothing on SSB heard higher up, and only a bit of CW QRhaM nearby at 1340 check. CO8LY is Eduardo Somoano Cremati, in
Santiago de Cuba, 90100, QSL only via his manager in Spain (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** GUIANA FRENCH. 11995, Sept 22 at 0356 the open carrier with hum is back here, poor signal, and not on 9490, where something sounding just like it was heard 23 hours earlier; presumed TDF relay burning megawatts for nothing. Still at 0440, seemed to be a trace of talk modulation too (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** KOREA NORTH [and non]. 6760, Sept 22 at 1228, Korean talk from MND Radio, with rapid-click jamming, not the usual wall of noise, as still heard on several other 6 MHz frequencies (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** KOREA SOUTH [and non]. 9650, KBSWR via CANADA, Sat Sept 22 at 1248, Kevin O`Donovan in Farmington NM with his weekly listening tips, vs that annoying clicking on the program feed, devoted this time to other ways to hear KBS in NAm during the hiatus after Sackville closes and before they get their own new dentro-Korean SW transmitter going ``early next year``, i.e. via WRN on satellite or web, various apps, but he says nothing about SW broadcasts to elsewhere or non-direxional.

Presumably KBSWR will continue with English as in B-11 from Korea South itself: 02-03 9580, 08-09 9570, 13-14 9570, 16-17 9515, 9640; 18-19 7275. The 02 and 13 broadcasts are inconveniently blocked by CRI Habana, but the others might make it at least to W North America in winter (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** KUWAIT. 17550, Sept 21 at 2024, R. Kuwait in Arabic, and 15540 equally good signal in English after very poor yesterday (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** NIGERIA [and non]. 15120, Sept 22 at 0438, open carrier at steady S9+15 from VON. Tonight R. Australia is almost as strong on best 15160, then 15240, then 15515 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** NORTH AMERICA. 6940-AM, Sept 22 at 0450, pirate with Latin American music, 0455 unreadable English announcement; 0456 multiple synthetic voices and IDs for ``Radio True North, free music radio on shortwave``, gmail address. 0512 outro Irish song, and Asturian (?) music. 0514 outro something from Ivory Coast, and listing a bunch of SW frequencies for Africans, including 7125 Guinea, new 7195 Uganda, Sonder Grense 3320. Guinea and Uganda have been off for ages; is this an old program, or a new one with out-of-date info?? Still going at 0532 when I quit (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SOMALILAND. 7120, Sept 22 did not tune in R. Hargeisa until 0355, metering S9+12, but now it`s weaker than the noise level and the CW QRhaM, of which there is likely to be more on the weekends (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SPAIN. 21610, Sept 22 at 1319, REE talk with modulation breakup from Noblejas; also lite echo at times. Could it be long-path on such a hi frequency? At least bi-path (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SUDAN SOUTH [non]. 17745, Sept 22 at 1500, I make a point of monitoring Sudan Radio Service, via Woofferton UK, its final Saturday English broadcast before the SW farewell on Sept 25. Carrier on just before the hour, and opening English; 1502 ``news in detail`` but it`s all about South Sudan, UN activities, 1505 water shortages causing refugees, ICRC projects to mitigate this.

1508 to another announcer about the upcoming special program on Tuesday 25 Sept, last SW broadcast after 9 years since 30 July 2003. 1510 interview about UN`s International Day of Peace which was Sept 21. Poor-fair signal with fading, and accents hard to follow. At least they minimized the self-imposed echo/reverb.

1514 SRS ID and ``ending English for today`` except there was more: Crediting EDC and USAID, it broadcasts in English, simple Arabic, South Sudan languages; last week of SWBC; e-mail, text, Nairobi box.

1516 more English, inviting us to hear the special program Sept 25; SW had been ``the only option`` but not any more, expanding on FM to all of South Sudan, tnx USAID; 1519 music.

WRTH 2012 showed they had only one 2 kW FM in Juba. I gather that SRS has written off the rest of Sudan, focused only on South Sudan, where it`s listed in the national radio sexion; but in the target sexion still under plain old Sudan. The full schedule in the WRTH May update:
is on page 51/52 under SUDAN, not SOUTH SUDAN, altho some of the languages are for SSD and some for SDN. There are many other broadcasts on three other frequencies, and I suppose all of them are terminating. It also shows English at other times on other days on 17745, so maybe today`s was not the penultimate yet, tho Sat 1500 is the time most often reported.

DXLD yg member Tudor Vedeanu, Romania, recorded the end of SW transmissions announcement:
And one by Gilles Letourneau, Montreal, Canada:

** U S A. 10000, Sept 21 at 2018, WWV propagation report (K = 2) had distorted, overmodulated audio, but the following timecheck was OK (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. WORLD OF RADIO 1635 monitoring: confirmed on Area 51 via WBCQ 5110v-CUSB and webcast, UT Saturday Sept 22 at 0130. The last couple of weeks `Allan Weiner WorldWide` has been running right up until 0130 rather than filler material in between, closing with a prayer, asking to be forgiven for bad language, etc.

Next: UT Sunday 0400 on WTWW 5755.
And WRMI: Sunday 0800, 1530, 1730, Monday 0500, 1130
WRN via SiriusXM 120: Sun 0830, 1730
HLR 5980: Tue 0930

** U S A. 12105, Sept 21 at 2022, WTWW-3 is back on, Bible story in French with music. Very good signal as always in daytime. Also on Saturday Sept 22 at 1352 in Russian (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A [and non]. 9330-CUSB, Sept 22 at 1316, poor signal, dead air from WBCQ vs much stronger 9335, V. of Korea English but it has heavy CCI from RFA Burmese via Tinian; and also R. Pyongyang on other side 9325, weaker in Korean (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** VATICAN [non]. 9900, Sept 22 at 1312 open carrier with hum, whine, S9+19; 1313 VR IS starts, undermodulated. Not clear which site(s) I am hearing as Chinese via Irkutsk is to be followed by Vietnamese via Tinang at 1315. VR is notorious for running IS after broadcasts if not before. Also had a 1-kHz het on it, more receiver overload from WTWW 9479 removed by attenuating (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. 1279, Sept 22 at 0459 UT, no 1-kHz-off-frequency carrier audible tonight, nor heard by several others in diverse parts of North America, looking for it following my last report. Also several confirmations that some of the possibilities I mentioned from local daytime range are not off frequency, I will compile later, but meanwhile please keep checking day and night (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)