mercoledì 26 settembre 2012

Glenn Hauser logs September 24-25, 2012

** BANGLADESH. 15105, Sept 25 at 1259, BB is back after missing since Sept 21, tune in very poor signal just in time to hear sign-off in English, brief tone test, and off at 1300. At 1316, 15105 is back on with presumed Nepali, S Asian music, slightly better at poor level now. At 1328 music with heavy flutter; 1344 announcement, tone test, open carrier until 1346.6*

15505, Sept 25 at 1358 still not on, but retune after 1359 just in time to hear tail notes of IS, and timesignal happens(?) to be accurate to within a second of 1400:00. Transmitter cuts off and back on the air during opening theme music for Urdu service (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CHINA. Firedrake, Sept 25 before 1300; started much too late, only finding before then:
15900, very good with flutter at 1258
15940, very good with flutter at 1258

After 1300:
 7445, fair at 1320 somewhat weaker than the Chinese from RTI, CNR1
 9680, deep mix with CNR1, RTI, with RRI atop at 1319 (9526 still off)
15485, fair at 1304 with flutter, het on hi side
15495, fair at 1324, het on hi side, ex-15485
15555, good at 1304 with flutter
15610, poor at 1325 vs WEWN 15615; no 16s, 17s, 18s, 14s, 13s, 12s
17705, fair at 1308 in mix with CNR1 jammer and AIR Chinese

** GREECE [and non]. 15630, Monday Sept 24 at 2023-2130+, V. of Greece is playing popular classical music instead of Greek music; is this a regular program or a substitute? Unfortunately, WEWN 15610 is extremely strong, boosting its constant squishy spurs not only at plus/minus 9 kHz, but the second order out at plus/minus 18 kHz, i.e. 15592, and 15628 QRMing Greece, which must be side-tuned upwards to minimize this. (Once again, WWCR 15825 at about the same distance was not extremely strong, in fact, poor with no enhancement --- much underpowered below 100 kW?) At 2115 ERT was playing The Blue Danube, followed by other Strauss waltzes such as The Emperor; mostly unannounced except for a brief break at 2130 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** IRAN. 15400, Sept 25 at 1304 Qur`an, fair with flutter, and not // BSKSA 17615/17625. Because it`s VIRI, Urdu service at 1300-1427, 500 kW, 118 degrees from Kamalabad (plus another hour in Bengali at 178 degrees, i.e. not toward Bengal at all but UAE).

21670, Sept 25 at 1310, very poor signal from algo, music and talk. Per Aoki must be VIRI Malaysian service, 500 kW, 115 degrees from Sirjan.

13730, Sept 25 at 1328 VIRI IS, fair with flutter. This seems unusual; 1330 opening in Chinese ID, NA, but cut off abruptly at 1330.5*. That`s because the slipshod Kamalabad operator failed to turn off the Pashto broadcast of the previous hour on this frequency. Trouble is, there is no Chinese scheduled at 1330, just Japanese from Kamalabad on 15555, which I did not check, not having the full schedule at hand (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** MAURITANIA. 7245, Sept 25 at 0553, IGIM at S9+20 with chanting, but quite undermodulated (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** MEXICO. 750, Sept 25 at 0559 UT, Mexican NA, 0601 on to a state anthem, 0603 no ID but a patriotic Mexican PSA, then 0604 ID as Éxtasis Digital, 89.5 FM y 750 AM; loops NE/SW. So of two E.D.`s on 750, it`s not XEKOK in Acapulco whose FM is on 107.5, but per Cantú:
750 XECSI Éxtasis Digital + FM 89.5 Culiacán, Sin. 5,000 250

** MEXICO. 780, Sept 25 at 0504 UT a state anthem is playing, SAH with WBBM mostly nulled; seems to be N-S but too much QRM; 0505 timecheck as 12:05 and full ID, but all I could copy for sure was power of 10,000 vatios. In Cantú that fits for:
780 XEWGR Exa FM + FM 101.1 Monclova, Coah. 10,000 250
As who wants to admit their puny night power even at midnight? And the only other 10 kW on his list is a daytimer in Oaxaca, much further and less likely (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** MEXICO. 860, Sept 25 at 0600, NA is playing. Based solely on the likely presumption that it`s local midnight, i.e. UT-6 zone, of the 14 or 15 stations on 860 in Cantú it`s one or the other of these two:
860 XEZOL 860 Noticias      Cd. Juárez, Chih.  1,000 500
860 XENW  Máxima + FM 103.3 Culiacán, Sin.     1,000 250

** MOROCCO [and non]. 15349.1, Sept 24 at 2025, no signal from IMM, leaving JBA fluttery carrier from Argentina 15345v in the clear. The Nador, Morocco site has been having problems. Not heard either on 9575 in the 05-06 period Sept 25, tho Gabon was good on 9580. Once again at 1300 Sept 25, no signal on 15349.1, allowing usual hetter Gospel For Asia 15350 to be unimpeded, due east from Wertachtal: daily at 1300-1315 it`s in Nepali, while all other quarter-hour blocks at 1230-1500 are only certain days of week in an extremely complex schedule; see Aoki (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** NETHERLANDS [non]. QSLs: received Sept 24 for belated E-mail report I sent in August, for RNW`s final English SW broadcasts June 29. I heard three transmissions, Bonaire 6165, Vatican 15495 and 17605, so got three identical cards with full details on back, all signed by Jaime Báguena of the Spanish department since there was no one left in the English department to process the QSL requests. It`s the ``Goodbye . . .and thanks!`` card in black & white showing rings around raindrops, as the much larger rings around SW sites were about to be silenced. Jaime also included a non-QSL postcard showing the gate and towers at Bonaire on its tenth anniversary 1969-1979. The priority envelope had no postmark date, just imprint from TNT Post in the Pays-Bas. Soon will be displayed my scan of the obverse via my gallery:

** NIGERIA. 15120, Sept 25 at 0502, VON with news, hum. Fair signal but faded way down by 0530 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** NORTH AMERICA. 6945-AM, Sept 25 at 0557 music at S9+12; 0603 YL ID as Radio True North (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** OKLAHOMA. 1020, Sept 25 at 1246 UT, semi-local KOKP Perry is off. Too bad I wasn`t up earlier for some real DX on this frequency. Back on at 1730 check (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** OKLAHOMA. 1150, Sept 25 at 1253 with KSAL Salina KS nulled, temps around Oklahoma and then forecast for McAlester. It`s KNED, 1 kW nondirexional daytime, but never heard here with KSAL owning frequency. A bit of skywave left is bringing it in (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SOMALILAND. 7120, Sept 25 at 0338 check, R. Hargeisa with only poor signal in noise on quick check (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SUDAN [non]. 17745, Sept 25 I am monitoring the publicized final SW broadcast of Sudan Radio Service. Carrier from Woofferton UK on a few sex before 1500, sign-on announcement by echoey YL seems already in progress. Nothing in English except for the occasional word or term lacking in Arabish or native languages: ``Sudan Radio Service``, ``shortwave``, ``EDC, USAID``. Usual mix of Arabish talk and music segments as I kept listening hoping for English. 1534 off-key children`s choir; 1601 theme and address, credits, but not fully in English. Reception is declining from initial fair signal. I believe they finally went into English at 1630 when it was poor and I had other things to do, but noted final QRT at 1659:30*. After all this trouble to hear their final English, I may have to resort to:

The audio ``archive``
which consists only of the previous day`s English and Arabic news, as of Sept 25 at 1730 still availablizing only Sept 24, so the final (SW) Sept 25 broadcast should be there for only 24 hours once it is up. Website still does not claim anything but one FM frequency, 98.6 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** TUNISIA [and non]. 7275, Sept 25 at 0553, IWT is missing; normally much louder than Mauritania 7245, but there is a weaker S9+10 signal on 7275, presumably uncovered NIGERIA, un- or just-barely modulated (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 7506.4, Sept 25 at 0338 check, WRNO has VG signal strength but very distorted, and modulation level suppressed. I can`t think of a better time to do this than during the rap music they were playing; except their modulation is never normal. At this time, I can`t imagine anyone voluntarily listening to such a mess, even if they love rap and Jesus. Any rational station would not continue to transmit under such circumstances (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** UZBEKISTAN [non]. 21590, Sept 25 at 1310, CNR1 jammer in Chinese talk, atop also audible BBC Uzbek via CYPRUS (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. TA carrier search Sept 25 at 0539, stepping up on the DX-398 at 9 kHz intervals, USB mode slightly detuned to detect same carrier pitches: 549, 558, 693, 936, 1116, 1125, 1197, 1206, 1215. Strongest one was 1206, but when I got back to it, not enough for audio. Then tuning up in LSB mode at 0544: only one audible is 1053. No doubt much better earlier before Euro sunrising (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. While the last three times I heard it, I was sure it was a carrier on 1279 kHz only, tonight I am just as sure that it`s also on 1281, i.e. instead of an off-frequency station, someone on-frequency with a 1 kHz tone, 0520+ UT Tuesday Sept 25. (So unlikely to be findable in the daytime, but tnx to those who checked). It`s still looping NE/SW of here, pretty weak. It has not been there every night. Hope someone can locate it. 73, (Glenn Hauser, Enid OK, on several DX lists, especially MW, and DX LISTENING DIGEST) No replies seen yet