martedì 4 settembre 2012

Glenn Hauser logs September 3-4, 2012

** CHINA. 8-kHz very weak spurs from CNR1 jammer 11710, Sept 4 at 1256: I can detect carriers on 11694, 11718, 11726, 11734 (KoreaN is off 11735 at the moment, no het nor on any of them).

Just before 1300 I start monitoring 11775 PMS for when 11710 switches to 11760 and a generates a different panoply of parasites: 11776 comes on at *1301:16, and then also audible on 11752, 11784 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CHINA. Firedrake September 4, before 1300:
11970, good at 1255; none in the 10s
12230, good at 1255; none in the 13s
14400, very good at 1252
14870, very good at 1252
14960, very good at 1252
15540, poor at 1249; none in the 16s, 17s, 18s
15940, poor at 1249
15980, very poor at 1249

After 1430:
11990, fair at 1437, mixing with Chinese, i.e. VOA via Novosibirsk, and/or more likely just the additional CNR1 jammer
12320, very poor at 1437; none in the 13s
14700, JBA at 1438; none in the 15s? or 16s

** COSTA RICA. 5995, Sept 4 at 0459, bagpipe music, huh? On a normally vacant frequency till undermodulated Mali show up an hour later. Soon heard 5+1 timesignal 5 seconds late, and into Castilian. Of course, REE Cariari has done it again, stayed on 5995 long past scheduled switch to 5965 at 0400, and // 9630 and 3350 which are on correct frequencies tonight (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** EQUATORIAL GUINEA. 15190, Sept 4 at 2007, gospel huxter`s audio is cutting out badly from R. Africa --- or rather, is only cutting on intermittently at modulation peaks. Signal is stronger than 15195 YFR Ascension, but unlistenable even if one wanted to. Will the Pan American client ever know about this and get a refund or make-good? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** INDONESIA. 9526-, Sept 4 at 1302, VOI is back on today after missing yesterday: S9+20 signal but just barely modulated in English with ID, imaginary frequencies, program summary. I`ll never know whether this Tuesday also brought an `Exotic Indonesia` hookup with RRI Banjarmasin any more. Recheck 1431, still on making its het with CRI Russian 9525.0. Atsunori Ishida agrees that VOI was totally missing on Sept 3, back on Sept 4 from *1050 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** MEXICO. 730, Sept 4 at 0502 UT, ``Ke Buena señal, Radiorama, 107.1 FM y 730 AM, son las once`` dominating frequency, into music; loops SSW.

We have a mystery here: must be something new. Last night at 0503 I also heard ``La Ke Buena``, and assumed it was XEEBC Ensenada BCN, the only listed Ke Buena on 730. But this TC for 11 pm (if correct) means it has to be in one of only four states now on MDT/CST: Nayarit, Sinaloa, BCS, Chihuahua. Unless it`s relaying a network feed with wrong frequency and time (like R. Fórmula 970). But that would come out of the DF where it`s medianoche.

That rules out XEEBC in UT-7; also, their FM is on 97.9. Extensive affiliate list for Radiorama
Shows that and the only 107.1 is in Chilpancingo, Guerrero, but this goes with AM 680. Radiorama group encompasses many slogans, some appearing in many markets, some unique. Is any `Ke Buena` necessarily a Radiorama brand?

Cantú, IRCA and WRTH show the only 730s in the UT-6 states are:
XEHB in Hidalgo del Parral, Chihuahua, a regular here and easily IDed with ``Radio Viva Villa``, 50 kW days and probably at night too. And:
XELBG in Loreto BCS, Radio Gigante, 10 kW daytimer. Nothing on 107.1 in Cantú matches up. Maybe on another night I`ll manage to catch a geographical ID.

Radiorama makes it a Mexican, but beware: SS could also be a US ``Que Buena``, cf. OKLAHOMA 1270. NRC AM Log shows the *only* US SS on 730 is KSVN, Ogden UT, 66 watts at night, ``La Mexicana`` (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** MEXICO. 780, Sept 4 at 0504 UT, state anthem, but which? underneath WBBM opening `When Radio Was` and the open carrier from KSPI Stillwater OK. Assuming played at local midnite, all 8 Mexicans on 780 are in the UT-5 zone (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** MEXICO. 790, Sept 4 at 1216 UT, R. Fórmula ID making SAH with US station, presumably XENT again from La Paz BCS, rather than Guadalajara at this hour. I got a late start on SRS today as the bottom of the band had already outfaded; T-storm crashes occasionally on the lower frequencies too from just across the border in Kansas (Glenn Hauser, Enid OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** MEXICO. 870, Sept 4 at 1217 UT, IFE PSA, XETAR ID barely audible, very poor and about to fade out; Guachochi, Chihuahua (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** OKLAHOMA. 1270, Sept 4 at 1222 UT, underneath KFLC Univisión América news (see USA), I hear that SHVA at 1225 exclaiming ``¡¡¡1270 AM, La Que Buena!!!``, so KRVT Claremore (Tulsa market) is still monickered thus. After skywave dies out in full daytime, KRVT has the groundwave edge here (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** OKLAHOMA. 1400, Sept 4 at 1239 UT, I luck into a ``KTMC, AM 1400`` ID as local KCRC 1390 splash relents for a moment. Not sure I`ve ever logged KTMC before, from McAlester. Most of the time, KCRC obliterates not only adjacents but second-adjacent frequencies (Glenn Hauser, Enid, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 12133.5-USB, Sept 4 at 1433, still no signal from AFN Saddlebunch Keys; nor at night on 7811, 5446.5. Off for a week now following visit from Isaac. I hope it`s not one of those SW stations running on borrowed time, to be forgotten rather than fixed when any problem arise (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 15918 approx., big dirty FMy spur with some hum in ``Be All Right`` reggae tune, strong peaks but deep fades, best slope-tuned on AM, no good at all with BFO, no specific carrier, as I start to tune down the 15 MHz band. Soon find the source: 15730 VOA Greenville, DJed in French by Mathieu LaVoie. Fundamental sounds OK, 188 kHz lower. Possible match on the other side, 15542 but hard to tell with only poor signal from Kuwait 15540; if so, it`s much weaker than 15918. Checked thru the 16s and no further ones up there. At 2010 some Cuban music, who needs RHC? Puts phone callers on air with hyper conversations; more music rudely cut off abruptly at 2030*, both the fundamental and the spur. Program obviously continues online, on satellite, and maybe on other frequencies. 15730 schedule is only 2000-2030, extended weekends to 2100, so watch out for 15918 again.

Meanwhile alter-ego Matthew LaVoie is DJing in English, `The African Beat`, on weaker 15580 at 2045, presumably still MADAGASCAR during this hour only, minus Korean admixture (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 9385, Sept 4 at 1431, Brother Scare is still here on WWRB, but Capt. Dave Frantz has just notified me that they will soon switch to 9370, now vacated (and pioneered) by defunct WTJC, to avoid interference complaint on 9385 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 13570, Sept 4 at 1432-1440+, open carrier/dead air from WINB during Brother Scare time. Does any radio station any more ever have a real human being operator at the controls who is axually listening to own station and will immediately know about and rectify a problem? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 11715.0, Sept 4 at 1435, KJES with adult in English verses, quite undermodulated. I frequently scan the 19m band sometime between 18 and 20 when KJES is scheduled on 15385, but haven`t heard it there for weeks; has anyone? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 910, Sept 4 at 0520 UT, just as I tune in, mentions South Dakota lottery, ID as ``KJJQ, The Ranch, AM 910`` --- i.e., 500 watt station whose COL is Volga, address in Brookings. Any Russian ranch music? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 1030, Sept 4 at 1219 UT, ``1030, The Light``, gospel music, NE/SW, CCI. KCWJ, COL Blue Springs MO, address Independence (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 1270, Sept 4 at 1222 UT, Spanish news from Univisión América; hard to DF but atop other Spanish; surely it`s KFLC Fort Worth, a new format/affiliation with this new radio network. Still in at 1247 UT with Dallas traffic report in Spanish ``para Univisión América``, tho I seriously doubt the entire network is concerned with Metroplex transit; so KFLC gets to use the brand for local origination. New NRC AM Log correctly has it with ``Ua``. See OKLAHOMA for the understation (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 1420, Sept 4 at 1227 UT mentions ``Talk JC``, which NRC AM Log neatly IDs for me as KJCK ``The Talk of JC``, Junxion City KS, 1000/500 watts (Glenn Hauser, Enid OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 1650, Sept 4 at 1234 UT, ``you`re listening to Radio Iowa``, weak and barely caught before local 1640 KFXY resumes gospel music splash. Still no sign of KYHN Fort Smith AR (OK site), which allegedly reactivated on 1650. So it was still KCNZ Cedar Falls. Is ``Radio Iowa`` a state network rather than KCNZ`s own slogan? There is an Iowa Radio Network in the NRC AM Log, but not applied to KCNZ.

Here`s the Radio Iowa affiliate list, not updated for a year:
including KCNZ listed as Waterloo/Cedar Falls; it`s for news.

It seems the Iowa Radio Network is something else, a Clear Channel product originating with WHO, and with fewer affiliates:
Besides WHO, they hardly need any affiliates elsewhere in Iowa

** VIETNAM [non]. 9555, Sept 4 at 0458, VOV via CANADA is back here, Vietnamese talk and music, after regressing to 6175 last night, no doubt by mistake failing to change frequency at 0430. 9555 is usually inbooming, but now it`s very poor with flutter as propagation has not recovered from CME hit. Great for summer, but this transmission may not hold up till Octoberend as the nights get darker and the MUF descends on average (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. 11995, Sept 4 at 0456, no signal from mystery humcarrier, but Turkey 11980 is JBA with degraded propagation, so 11995 could really be on (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)