mercoledì 3 ottobre 2012

Glenn Hauser logs October 2, 2012

** ALGERIA [non]. 7295, Oct 2 at 0455, TDF Issoudun, FRANCE, fakes me out, and relays RTA/TDA for a second date after first hearing in 6+ months on Oct 1. Good signal with Qur`an and louder than Tunisia 7275 but that`s undermodulated. Cut off air abruptly, Allah`ll get `em for that, at 0458* but back on 7295 at *0459 weaker after antenna change, and still on at 0529 check.

At 0502 also reconfirmed // even weaker 9535. In case this keep up further in October, I repeat the nominal complete registered schedule: all are for the full A-12 datespan except as shown, with two different azimuths alternating. Are any of the others on the air now?

 7295 04-05 162
 7295 05-06 194
 7495 21-23 194
 9375 20-22 162
 9535 05-06 162
 9535 06-07 194 until May 5 and from 2 Sept
11775 19-21 194 [vs DGS/PMS Anguilla]
11985 06-07 194
13820 18-20 162 [vs Cuban jamming and R. Martí]

** BANGLADESH. 15105, Oct 2 at 1251, no BB altho a JBA carrier, nor after 1315.

15505, Oct 2 at 1358 BB is on with IS, poor signal, 1400 timesignal is only 2 sex late, opening Urdu; music audible at 1424 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CANADA. 6175, Oct 2 at 0457, Sackville again has VOV on wrong frequency instead of 9555 with Vietnamese talk; at 0459 I notice that there is also a lite squeal on the signal, sure sign of transmitter aging, but who cares now? It only has to hold up for less than four weeks more. It might be better to stay on 6175 for the rest of the fall.

Error #2: Tune in 6110 for NHK in English at 0500, but no signal. Finally cuts on at *0501:05 when news has just started. Better than nothing, which has also happened, i.e. no modulation (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CHINA. Firedrake, Oct 2 before 1300, most with flutter:
15555, fair at 1252
15900, fair at 1254
15970, fair at 1254
16600, good at 1255
Not a complete scan before 1300

Before 1400:
12230, very poor at 1351
12320, very good at 1351, note contrast with 12230
15265, poor at 1342 in unusual mix with CNR1 jammer, and RTI in Chinese during this hour only
15570, good at 1342
15620, fair at 1342; none in the 14s

After 1400:
15610, good at 1425, jumped to the other side of WEWN
17570, fair at 1427 mixing with V. of Tibet, MADAGASCAR, fast SAH

** CUBA. 17580, Oct 2 at 1256 I find this RHC transmitter is putting out multiple spurs consisting of a whine pitched about F#4 = 370 Hz, always the same on every one; and on the closest one or two, also with RHC Spanish modulation in the center, whine on the sidebands, but with BFO on, just an FMy blob without any specific center carrier.

The first one I measure as closely as possible to 17523.5, i.e. 56.5 kHz displaced, so assume the others are multiples of this, altho each not measured on the analog dial: 17241 (6 times 56.5, etc.), 17297.5, 17354, 17410.5, 17467. And on the hi side: 17636.5, 17693, 17749.5, 17806, 17862.5, 17919 (as calculated, but close to approximate sightings).

But as I am noting 17919, it cuts off the air at 1259:21* --- so has 17580 source gone off as it often does early around 1300? No! Fundamental is still on, undermodulated and only a trace of whine around its edges, and so is the spur field still on but they have all shifted to different frequencies, only approx.: 17945, 17870, 17795, 17723 (QRMing other RHC fundamental 17730!). So these are about 75 kHz apart. At 1303, 17580 has usual CCI from YFR/Wertachtal in Bengali.

However, just after 1300 I am finding spurs around 17636, 17693, so reverted to ~57 kHz spacing. At 1342 I check again and find a whinespur around 17524, then it cuts off and back on. At 1352, none above 18 MHz, but I do find them around 17980, 17920 (with Spanish audible too this far up), 17807, 17750, 17693, 17636, and all the way down to 17241. At 1426 check, 17580 has gone off (maybe around 1400 today) and all the spurs are gone too (Glenn Hauser, RHC`s volunteer anomaly monitor abroad without any thanks whatsoever, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** IRAN. 15300, Oct 2 at 1428, fair and fluttery IRIB piano IS, which is growing on me as a nice peaceful tune, 1430 three rising chimes, Arabish announcement, choral NA, 1431 another announcement in presumed Hindi, all done in time to start Qur`an at 1431.5. This is 118 degrees from Kamalabad, indeed toward India, following Urdu until 1427 which is not toward Pakistan at all, but 178 degrees toward UAE (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** KOREA NORTH. 11710, Oct 2 at 1314, VOK English mixing with own jamming noise supposed to be restricted to hostile frequencies. What they get for not isolating the jamming site from the SWBC site (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** MEXICO. 710, Oct 2 at 1232 UT, still a remnant of Spanish as this is only 4 minutes after sunrise now, altho SRS is mostly gone from the lower third of the band. Presumably XEDP, La Ranchera de Cuauthtémoc, usually last-out (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** MEXICO. 1110, Oct 2 at 0518 UT, weak but steady signal with YL in Spanish, sermon? Mentions amor. Loops W/WSW, but where`s KFAB Omaha? It`s off the air! Not due to propagation as WHO Des Moines is inbooming on 1040. However, heavy IBOC from unnullable KMOX 1120 in opposite direxion requires offtuning to 1112 for best clarity. 0529 another announcer mentions ``católica de Ciudad Juárez, Radio Guadalupana``, i.e. per Cantú:
1110 XEWR Radio Guadalupana Cd. Juárez, Chih. 500 D

Oops! This is midnight, not daytime. Who else thinx it`s a daytimer? WRTH says 1/0.5, so fulltime. IRCA also has 1000 and -500, 24 hours with AC/Oldies format, and misspelt ``Guadeloupana``, a name which certainly implies Catholicism. The minus before the night power indicates ``presumed, suspected or estimated``.

Without KFAB, I null XEWR and most of the KMOXIBOC and hear another very weak signal seemingly in English. Not many on at night; I would prefer KBND in Oregon to WBT in North Carolina. At 1222 check, KFAB is back on when it counts, and with some CCI, probably KVTT (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** MEXICO. 1300, Oct 2 at 1218 UT, C temp forecasts hour by hour and day by day, ``Radio México Noticias con Alejandro Velasco``, phone numbers in Ciudad Juárez and El Paso, Tejas, break for ads, or rather PSAs. Good dominant signal with 38 kW daypower at SRS; LSR here today will be 1228 UT. Cantú:
1300 XEP Radio 13 Cd. Juárez, Chih. 38,000 200

** MEXICO. 6185, Oct 2 at 0458, obscure Beatles tune? At least their style, 0459 undermodulated announcement as XEPPM is about to quit SW for the night without a formal sign-off. Again free of ACI, with Brazil absent from 6180 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** OKLAHOMA. 960, KGWA Enid: Oct 2 at 0500 UT it`s modulating some network news, so my fun is over trying to pull other 960s thru the 5-minute open carrier newshole they had been broadcasting for quite some time. Did my recent reports get back to them? I also checked at 0600 Oct 1 and no silence then. But this could happen again, any time depending on misprogramming of automation (Glenn Hauser, Enid, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** OKLAHOMA. 1000, Oct 2 at 0515 UT, obviously semi-local KTOK OKC, but surprised to hear ``Texas Rangers ESPN Radio Network`` just as a late game vs A`s is ending, QRX for post-game show. Surprised at this as KTOK is normally news/far right talk, but it is indeed on that team`s roster as in the June 30 IRCA DX Monitor. Normally I would rather not log a station at all than have to listen to a stupid ballgame, but this was brief and relatively painless. Spanish in the null, likely usual CiJz (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** PHILIPPINES. 15775, Oct 2 at 1253, IBB Tinang is managing to modulate VOA Korean, unlike 24 hours earlier; language lesson mentioning ``American studies``, ``be close-knit``; fair with flutter (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SPAIN. 9650, Oct 2 at 0454-0455* huge open carrier, even stronger than REE/CR 9630. Surely REE Noblejas, failing to turn off the transmitter right after the UT-Tuesday-only Sephardic show ending at 0445 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 880, Oct 2 at 1229 UT, Navajo talk and hymn mixed with AR & NE at least, but the language certainly stands out. I.e. KHAC Tse Bonito NM/Window Rock AZ. Whenever I hear this I also check 660 for secular neighbor KTNN, but again today its null is operative and effective, unlike KHAC`s (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 920, Oct 2 at 1227 UT, news about a rodeo in Sheridan WY, then about some other sports event involving students in Lamar. So it`s KLMR in the SE corner of CO, which I always look forward to hearing in NW OK on the way to NM, reassuring me I will soon be out of this backward state, at least for a while (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 940, Oct 2 at 0512 UT, what luck, just as I tune across I hear an ID for WMIX, then a slow song. NRC AM Log shows Mount Vernon IL, 1.5 kW at nite, ``The best music and the best news``, i.e. Nostalgia format (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 1110, KFAB off the air! See MEXICO

UNIDENTIFIED. 1030 open carrier: Yup, there it is at 0245 UT Oct 2, same hum as before, and still very close to due N/S from here. I`m sure others can hear it from other angles and get a triangulation fix if there is any doubt it is KCTA, 50 kW non-direxional, strictly daytime only with October sign-off required at 2400* (At 0200, Earl Higgins in St Louis MO was also hearing it, ``destroying usually strong WBZ``) (Glenn Hauser, Enid OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. 1180, Oct 2 at 0501 UT, 1 kHz tone amid the QRM, looping NW/SE, then goes off. On again at 0523 check. Probably one of the multitude of Cuban jammers (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. 1450, Oct 2 at 1240 UT, announcement by/about a public library with 562- phone exchange. Amazing how many PLs have such a phone, but none I can match up in OK or nearby states (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. 1650, Oct 2 at 1213 UT, weak romantic music from W/WSW or so, more tantalizing from possible KSVE El Paso. Then I think I hear ``16-50`` in Spanish (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)