domenica 23 settembre 2012

Glenn Hauser logs September 22-23, 2012

** BANGLADESH. 15105, Sept 23 at 1252, no signal from Bangladesh Betar this Sunday, despite lots of ChiCom signals on the band; nor around 1335; nor on 15505 from 1359 past 1401. Also absent Saturday, so we wonder if BB just takes the weekends off, or is something else wrong? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CHINA. 4940, Sept 23 at 1214 Chinese talk, very poor in noise but best/only signal from Asia on 60m, i.e. per Aoki, V. of Strait, 50 kW, 140 degrees from Fuzhou, way offbeam USward.

At 1217 on 90m searching for PNG, N Korean carriers, also one on 3280, presumably V. of Pujiang, 15 kW southward from Shanghai (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CHINA [non]. 9890, Sept 23 at 0332, CRI English with echo. This is produced in my FRG-7 receiver only, tnx to overload from super-strong signals on 9690 via Spain and 9790 via Cuba, eliminable by attenuation. FYI: this is not a log of something axually transmitted, so not quoting it would be understandable; yet someone might be misled by an anomaly like this if they hear it (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CHINA. 11975 & 12005, Sept 23 at 1250, filthy FM spurs from CNR1 jammer on 11990 have moved in closer to the fundamental, instead of 11970 & 12010 as 24 hours earlier; now with dramatic yelling program. And once again both gone after 1300 as the offending unit on 11990 has closed, while other CNR1 jamming against VOA remains.

21590, Sept 23 at 1303, equally poor mix of CNR1 jamming and presumed BBC Uzbek via CYPRUS as scheduled this semihour, since the ChiCom interfere in the internal affairs of Uzbekistan, just because Uzbek is a Turkic language understood by some in East Turkistan (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CHINA. Firedrake Sept 23, before 1300:
15555, very good at 1253; none in the 17s, 16s, 14s, 13s, 12s
15795, JBA at 1253, mixing with echo CNR1 jamming vs AIR Mandarin
17705, at 1255 the // AIR Mandarin with no FD, just CNR1 jamming over Indian music

Before 1400:
 7445, JBA at 1338, under CNR1 jamming, RTI
 9680, poor at 1338 in the mix with CNR1 jamming, RTI and RRI // 16100
14960, poor at 1334; none in the 12s or 13s
15495, poor at 1334
15940, poor at 1334
16100, good at 1335
16920, fair at 1335
16980, fair at 1335
18200, poor at 1337 with flutter; none in the 17s

** COLOMBIA. 5910, Sept 23 at 0348 peppy music from reactivated HJDH, missing last night (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CYPRUS. 9898-9923, Sept 23 at 0353, OTH radar pulses, presumed from here, mainly blocking BBC Arabic on 9915, which until 0400 is definitely from Cyprus, then Woofferton UK. Wolfgang Büschel also reported this: ``CYPRUS/TURKEY?? OTHR on S=9+30dB powerhouse at 0420 UT 9896 to 9924 kHz range`` (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** DENMARK. 24940-USB, Sept 23 at 1344, 5Q4B, fonetik call from some exotic spot? Says using 3-element beam for 12 and 17m; apparently a contest is running, with quick exchanges of signal reports; bothered at 1346 by VFO sweeping up and down across. is sluggish today with everyone accessing it, but finally reveals it`s just Denmark. What`s wrong with a plain old OZ call? I would never have guessed 5Q = Denmark: 5Q4B, J. Vibaek, Box 83, Koege DK 4600, Denmark (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** ESTONIA. 28521-USB, Sept 23 at 1355, ES1BA calling CQ, i.e. per --- Vyacheslav (slava) Abramov, 10316 Tallin, Estonia, who must be an ethnic Russian lingerer (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** GUAM. 5765-USB, Sept 23 at 1222, JBA talk, presumably AFN still active, with NPR WESUN. Too weak to get a definite // to KOSU which is IBOC-delayed (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** GUIANA FRENCH. 11995, Sept 23 at 0336 the open carrier with hum, presumed from here, is on again this early, also at 0429 check (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** IRAN. 11920, Sept 23 at 0337, VIRI news theme and then English news by YL, having got the opening Qur`anic exercises out of the way preventing news promptly on the Iranian hour. Somewhat undermodulated and distorted audio, slightly better on synchronized // 13650. Tho from different sites: 11910 Kamalabad 324 degrees, 13650 Sirjan 330 per HFCC. In B-12 they change to Sirjan 11770, Kamalabad 9710, different than last winter. Will those avoid collisions? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** IRELAND [non]. 17685 via UK, and 17540 via SOUTH AFRICA, Sunday Sept 23 at 1459 check, RTE Football Final special is very poor on both; I can only tell that some irrational announcer is excited about a silly ballgame, and surely not worth further pursuit. They will be back one week later for hurling replay, then gone again until next September (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** ISRAEL. 6973, Sept 23 at 0343, trolling the pirate band, first I find music on AM here, soon Hebrew announcement from Galei Zahal; fair signal. I never hear it after 0500, tho sometimes in summer 15850 made it then. Local sunrise there is currently about 0330 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** KOREA NORTH [and non]. 3480, Sept 23 at 1215 Korean singing, good signal with het, so it`s Voice of the People, from South to North, and/or jamming. Then I check:

2850, Sept 23 at 1216, Korean talk, good S9+18 signal, i.e. KCBS P`yongyang, 50 kW ND per Aoki. Then I check:

3250 very poor, maybe Korean talk, and 3320 JBA carrier, at 1217 Sept 23, presumably also from Korea North (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** KURDISTAN [non]. 15510, Sept 23 at 1400 as I was also checking for Bangladesh on 15505, I observe that the VOR IS plays right up to 1400 whence VOA Kurdish smoothly succeeds it, as introduced in English. I.e., Samara, RUSSIA site to Wertachtal, GERMANY (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** LITHUANIA. 9635, Sept 23 at 0539, wild ME? music and Arabish? conversation, strangely stronger than adjacent 9630 REE/Costa Rica, which is much weaker than normal for its 100 kW aimed 340 degrees right at us. I have lucked into one of those odd relays keeping Sitkunai on SW, IBB`s RFE/RL in Tatar-Bashkir, 100 kW, 79 degrees at 0500-0600 per HFCC (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** MEXICO. 540, Sept 23 at 1210 UT, federal PSAs for Derechos Humanos and vacunas (vaccinations), mentions ranchera and 90.5 FM, YL DJ with cabina phone numbers; loops WSW/ENE, i.e. per Cantú:
540 XETX La Ranchera de Paquimé + FM 90.5 Nuevo Casas Grandes, Chih. 1,000 250

** MEXICO. 660, Sept 23 at 1208 UT, ``Radio 660 AM,``, i.e. XEFZ Monterrey NL again, despite Radio 6-60 also being slogan of a Oaxacan; then a familiar Brazilian song (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** MEXICO. 730, Sept 23 at 0508 UT, sports talk in Spanish looping SSW, mentioning el torneo, fútbol mexicano. Instead of usual XEHB heard on this frequency, it`s XEX México DF in its latest format, deportes, as TDW, standing for Televisa Deportes W --- why not TDX? Evidently the prime XEW brand overrides it. Despite all the other Mexicans and Americans allowed on 730 now at night, this one is still allegedly 100 kW non-direxional day and night (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** MOROCCO. 15349.1, Sept 22 at 1950-1952+, IMM transmits dead air like more and more SW stations; what a waste. Wolfgang Büschel notes that another station at the same Nador site, Médi-1 on 9575 has a much weaker signal and transmission problems, plus LW 171 is disrupted as well. There may be maintenance work going on there (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** NIGERIA [non]. 15120, Sept 23 at 0519, no signal, and in fact no signals from anywhere on 19 mb. Usually during this hour there are several from Africa and/or Australia. WWV e-mail at 0300 and 0600 reported K was 0 and flux was 125, no storms past or future, so above-average conditions would be expected. What happened? Seasonal MUF decline, I suppose (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** OKLAHOMA [and non]. 960, Sept 23 at 0501 UT, local KGWA is in dead air again, as usual for the midnight news hole, and I do mean hole. So I null it as best as possible, turn up the volume and try to make out what`s under it. ABC News from something, but KGWA blasts back on with a local commercial at 0505 before the understation can ID. NRC AM Log shows KMA Shenandoah IA fits with ABC, but NRC Pattern Book shows only a minor lobe SSW, mostly NNE at night. Also WERC Birmingham AL is ABC, but most of its signal goes SSW with a null toward us (Glenn Hauser, Enid OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** PAPUA NEW GUINEA. 90m carrier search found 3325 strongest with some undermodulation, Sept 23 at 1219, but could be Indonesia; #2 was 3205, also 3235 and 3315 which all fit for PNG (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** RUSSIA. Once I found 12m open from exotic Denmark, seek out other sigs, Sept 23, and tnx for the certain fonetically-given calls: is stalled, overloaded, so I have to resort to

24935-USB, RA4CC calling CQ at 1347: Alex Kochnev, 410002 SARATOV
European Russia

24972-USB, UA3APM, JBA at 1351: SERGEJ, MOSCOW, UL. B. SPASSKAYA, 10/1-428, European Russia

And even 10 metres:
28482-USB approx., RL3A at 1354 calling CQ DX Stateside: RK3AWL A.R.C
Zelenograd, European Russia (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SAUDI ARABIA. 21505, Sept 23 at 1358, BSKSA good S9+12 with Arabic music. This signal is usually audible, but better than usual now, as we hopefully approach fall enhancement of 13m. This is the only BSKSA signal on 13m I ever hear, not even a trace of the others which used to be prolific on 13m. Current HFCC shows the following registered after 1200 when imminent sunrise here starts to open the band:

21460 13-16
21505 12-15, 295 degrees, OK, but not ideal for NAm like 21640
21530 12-15 (Urdu)
21600 12-14 at 310 degrees
21640 12-15
Are all those really on the air? Where super-strong they also used to provide multiple leapfrog mixing products (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SOMALILAND. 7120, Sept 23 at 0332, no signal from R. Hargeisa, so are they through testing in the mornings for DXers westward? There was some weak SSB ham in Spanish right on frequency. I went on to tune elsewhere, but at 0355 recheck, R. Hargeisa is now on with HOA music, poor signal, still with SSB and CW QRhaM. 0401 announcement and vocal music, better now at S9+15 peak, and hardly any fading. By 0424 it`s degraded to a JBA carrier. Wolfgang Büschel in Germany was also checking this: no signal at 0348, but on at 0353, declining by 0430 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SPAIN [non]. 11880, REE via COSTA RICA, Sunday Sept 23 at 1243, discussion and illustration of Spanish musical styles, so `Amigos de la Onda Corta` DX program is missing again; no convenient Noblejas frequency to check, but // much weaker 11910 via CHINA (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 7506.4, Sept 23 at 0250, WRNO has been reactivated at last following Hurricane Isaac almost a month ago: huge S9+22 signal, but suppressed modulation in sermon(?) about baseball; 0331 check, dead air. Clearly, there have been no improvements to the previous situation, and the frequency remains precisely where it was before, far out of FCC-allowed tolerance beyond 7505.00. It`s safe to report it as that, not 7505, not 7506 and not 7507. Tnx to Tom Nyberg, Sumner, Iowa, first to tip at 0115 on the dxldyg about the comeback (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. WORLD OF RADIO 1635 monitoring: confirmed on 5755, WTWW-1, UT Sunday Sept 23 at 0400 with usual interruption for canned Ted ID at the start. Excellent signal, and from next week to be moved aside, perhaps to 5745. Remaining repeats on WRMI 9955: Monday 0500, 1130 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 5050, Sept 23 at 0350, no signal from WWRB, nominally on until 0400 nightly (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 9330-CUSB, Sept 23 at 0535, WBCQ, tune in to strange tones cutting on and off, ``God has his own string sexion``, citing Psalm 48:7 in relation to pulsars(??); anachronism! Internet buffering interrupts this silly sermon from Radio 211/GFRN every few sex, encouraging me to move on apace (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 9825, Sept 23 at 0425, no signal from WHRI; and come to think of it, not noted earlier in the semihour as I was tuning around. This had been the one reliable SW time for `DXing with Cumbre`; now what? It`s still on the WHR online schedule for 0400 UT Sundays, but evidently converted to an imaginary airing like (almost?) all the rest (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 1020, Sept 23 at 1201 UT, banda music, late ID for ``KMMQ, Omaha-Lincoln, La Nueva``, with the call letters only pronounced in English, altho not required. Making slow SAH with semi-local KOKP Perry OK, nulled. Their official sunrise to 50 kW daypower was 1200, but in October: 1230 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 1180, Sept 23 at 0459 UT, a signal not suffering from KFAQ 1170 IBOC, so was it off or just in a fade? Stayed with it, hoping for WHAM, but after ads for cupcakes and Ronzo(?) restaurants, ``Sports radio in Omaha, 1180, Zone 2, The Deuce, KZOT, Omaha-Council Bluffs``, into a Yahoo Sports Minute. I guess KZOT stands for Zone Two; what does that allude to? Last I noticed, this was KOIL. FCC Call Sign History shows:
KZOT 06/04/2012
KOIL 01/01/2009
KYDZ 04/22/2003
KOIL 08/24/1993
KKAR 01/22/1987
KNPE 08/15/1984 
So where is the KOIL call now? Back to 1290; make up your mind?
KOIL 06/04/2012
KKAR 08/24/1993
DKOIL  08/24/1993

UNIDENTIFIED. 6930-SSB, Sept 23 at 0344, some weak pirate music, ACI from uteblob on low side; still there at 0520 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)