venerdì 5 ottobre 2012

Glenn Hauser logs October 4-5, 2012

** ALBANIA. 9590, Oct 5 at 0523, CRI Arabic relay is still distorted, while // and stronger 9515 is almost undistorted (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** ALGERIA [non]. 7295, Oct 5 at 0524, RTA via FRANCE, Qur`an with flutter. It`s the Q service, but unlike other countries` it`s not just endless recitations thereof. A minute later they are playing a song, as I also check // 9535, but that weaker signal is open carrier, or possibly just barely modulated (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** AUSTRALIA [and non]. 11945, Oct 5 at 1409, R. Australia which is OK here before 1400, now has equal-level CCI from RRI in Arabic, which is 142 degrees from Tiganeshti, i.e. close to off the back to here, 312 degrees. Surprisingly, RA is still audible with no QRM on 5995 as virtually the OSOB (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** BANGLADESH. 15105, Oct 5 at 1253, Bangladesh Betar with South Asian song, poor with flutter, retune just in time to hear hum carrier go off at 1259:17*. Still nothing on 15105 during 1315-1345 Nepali; could closer listeners check if that one is back on 7250 or elsewhere?

15505, Oct 5 at 1358, carrier on with tone and hum, ran a bit past 1400, so no IS or timesignal at all, just opening theme of Urdu service and announcements (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** BRAZIL. 6180, Oct 5 at 0527, RNA is back up to usual VG level unlike when reactivated 24 hours earlier, and furthermore tonight has no ACI with Vietnam back on proper 9555 after 0430; see CANADA. And Mexico is gone by now from 6185 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CANADA. 9555, Oct 5 at 0522, Sackville has decided to put VOV relay on correct frequency tonight instead of frequent 6175; and once again they are presenting a Vietnamese language lesson in English. No longer a solid bigsig on 31m in the nightmiddle, but sufficient. However, printed material would help a lot (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CHAD. 6165, Oct 5 at 0527, fair signal from RNT in French announcing a Boîte Postale in Ndjamena, theirs? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CHINA. Firedrake Oct 5, before 1300:
 9680, fair at 1246 in mix with CNR1 jamming, RTI and presumably RRI
12670, very good at 1249
12870, very good at 1249
12980, very good at 1249
14700, very good at 1251
15550, good at 1253 with flutter; none in the 16s

Circa 1330:
15495, good at 1328 with flutter
15610, good at 1328
17250, fair at 1330

Before 1400:
15570, good at 1357, het on lo side
15620, fair at 1357, ex 15610 above

** CUBA. 17580, Oct 5 at 1255, this RHC transmitter is again putting out spurs over most of the 17 MHz band; the fundamental is not as strong as previously and neither are the spurs, but still plenty of disruption at approx. 56 kHz intervals, worst ones being the closest, 17636 and 17524, and many of them not only with the constant whine pitch, but also with some // Spanish modulation: 17468, 17412, 17356, 17244, 17132. On hi side: 17692, 17748, 17804, 17860, 17916. Today fundamental and spurs still on at 1330, 1355, but not after 1400 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** GERMANY [non]. 21780, Oct 5 at 1258, the original ``Goldfinger`` theme is sung in English, 1300 DW opening Hausa with ID. Before 1300 it was the tail of the French service, Shirley Bassey`s (almost) original version. This relay via RWANDA is often the SSOB on 13m with its equatorial advantage over the other European/ME signals. HFCC shows exactly same parameters for French and Hausa, 250 kW at 295 degrees, yet different CIRAF targets, broader ones for French than Hausa (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** GREECE. 9420, Oct 5 at 0523, very surprised and pleased to hear Greek talk and good signal here tho with flutter, as VOG is no longer silent between 0200 and 1400 --- but it`s all talk, still at 0540 rather than the great music or Orthodoxing we prefer: maybe Sunday. Permanent revival, or a special occasion? Time will tell. Nothing on 7450 or 7475 at this time. 9420 signal comparable to BBC on 9410 tho VOG sounds louder. Turned on the radio again at 1243 still tuned to 9420, and music playing, presumably still VOG.

15650, Oct 5 at 1357, is in sign-on mode, however, with IS, and even an English ID included, ``This is Athens`` before ``Edho Athinai``.

Ivo Ivanov in neighboring Bulgaria also noticed this expansion, confirming as of Oct 5: 02-08 on 9420, 11645, 15630; 12-14 on 9420, 15650; plus Makedonias 12-14 on 9935, but please check at 02-05 tomorrow, he asks (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** GUIANA FRENCH. 11995, Oct 5 at 0520, open carrier with hum persists as TDF forgets to turn off their 500 kW transmitter after Taiwan relay ending at 0300. That`s 1166+ kWh wasted so far tonight (much more considering necessary input vs. inefficiency, if it`s really at full bore), but I have never been up late enough to find when they finally turn it off; it`s never audible after I wake up circa 1130/1230 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** MEXICO. 660, Oct 5 at 1203 UT, ``6:03 aquí en La Lupe 98.9`` more IDs and TCs every minute for 6:04 and 6:05 while it was still 1204, ``aquí en Delicias``, local news, then song ``La Nube Gris``. Name change since last year`s IRCA Log, this year`s WRTH; Cantú shows now:
660 XEACB La Lupe + FM 98.9 Cd. Delicias, Chih. 3,000 1,000

** MEXICO. 720, Oct 5 at 1208 UT, CDT TC, ``Radio Centro 10-30, calidad en su vida`` slogan, i.e. relay of network from DF. It`s not easy to match networks with stations if they are non-owned, and I don`t find any list of affiliates outside Mexico City at --- and IRCA Log does not include `GRC` under any 720 listing but then it still had XEJCC on 1520 as `GRM` = Grupo Radio México, different. Fortunately, in my recent Sept 26 log at the same hour, I had matched Radio Centro with Extremo 720, which Cantú says is:
720 XEJCC Extremo 7-20 Cd. Juárez, Chih. 1,000 1,0000 [sic]
At 1209, IFE and Cámara de Diputados federal PSAs, 1210 song in English, ``I`ll be Watching You`` (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** MEXICO. 830, Oct 5 at 1200 UT, ``iniciamos Radio Zócalo, Saltillo`` news and weather, i.e. as relayed by 5 kW groupie XEIK Piedras Negras, elsewhere in Coahuila (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** MEXICO. 1090, Oct 5 at 1220 UT, Milenio Radio ID, per Cantú:
1090 XEAU Milenio Radio + FM 103.7 Monterrey, N.L. 5,000 500
Also CCI from another in Spanish. Would be nice to get XEPRS from BCN, never heard here with its tight NNW/SSE pattern but apparently it is only in English with sports (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** MOROCCO [and non]. 9579.12v, Oct 5 at 0522, ANO Gabon with that big het from mistuned Médi Un, Nador transmitter, but modulation audible only from ANO with hilife music. However, at 0530 recheck, Morocco is off, and Gabon in the clear with French news. I was also hearing a het on 9580 much earlier in the evening (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** OKLAHOMA [and non]. 960, UT Friday Oct 5 at 0459, KGWA with traditional ID as ``since 1950, KGWA has been reaching five of the greatest [or was it finest] counties in Oklahoma, KGWA, Enid``. Think small! Then dead air from 0500 to 0505, so another try to ID something else with KGWA carrier nulled as best I can (which also increases the hum level for some reason, even with battery power). This time there are maybe three signals mixing, one with music, others with talk. By 0503 the talk solidifies into ABC News with a reverb, again signifying from two different affiliates, most likely KMA IA and WERC AL. Nothing local copied before KGWA blasts back on at 0505 (Glenn Hauser, Enid, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SOUTH CAROLINA [non]. 13570, Oct 5 at 1250 on WINB I notice that Brother Scare (and anyone else speaking on The Overcomer) now has reverb imposed; I always thought he was down in a hole. Then at 1403 check, other unsynchronized outlets which sound just the same so it`s going out that way on satellite feed: 15215 IRRS via ????, 13810 via Nauen, and 9370, where Capt. Dave interrupted for legal WWRB ID at 1404. Also noticed earlier after 0500 via WCKY 1530 Cincinnati, hardly worthy of a distinct log entry (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U K [non]. 6035, Oct 5 at 0529 something African audible too close to the DentroCuban Jamming Command on 6030, but off in less than a minute. HFCC shows BBCWS Hausa, 250 kW, 27 degrees via ASCENSION at 0500-0530 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. WORLD OF RADIO 1637 monitoring: Thursday Oct 4 at 2100 on WTWW 9479: this time, the QSY-to-5745 announcement was interrupted for the canned ID, resumed, and then WOR started intact.

WWRB airing did not make it. I was monitoring webcast only, and no point in checking 5050 later. At 0330 UT Friday Oct 5, I noticed that the SC preacher audio had some weaker programming underneath it. He finished at 0331 and then there was silence or only noise on the feed; 0333 silence. 0334:50 Capt. Frantz must have been at the controls himself, for we heard him apologize for not being able to get WOR on the air; tho it`s been received, he can`t get the computer to play it. Eventually put on `Unshackled` to fill, with some interruptions, for the rest of the semihour.

Next: UT Sat 0130v on Area 51 via WBCQ 5110v-CUSB (Anker Petersen measured Sept 24 on 5109.73)
UT Sun 0400 on WTWW 5745
WRMI 9955: Sat 0800, 1500, 1730, Sun 0800, 1530, 1730, Mon 0500, 1130
Hamburger Lokálradio: Sat 0630 & 1630 on 7265; Tue 0930 on 5980
WRN via SiriusXM 120: Sat & Sun 1730, Sun 0830

** U S A. 650, Oct 5 at 0518 UT in WSM null, instead of an XE I am hearing `Coast to Coast`, so which station is a `B` affiliate in the NRC AM Log? The one I suspected, only KGAB Orchard Valley (Cheyenne) WY, 500 watts at night, 3-tower directional northwest with of course null toward Nashville, and only tiny lobe meward. Must be out of whack. On an optimum winter day and if lacking 640 WWLSIBOC, I have heard KGAB`s 8.5 kW non-direxional daytime at some 500 miles, could even be groundwave (Glenn Hauser, Enid OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 670, Oct 5 at 0544 UT I happen to null WSCR and hear not only Cuba, but an ID for ``KWXI AM & FM``. Oh oh, KWXI is a 5 kW daytime ONLY non-direxional in Glenwood, Arkansas, per FCC and NRC AM Log 2012, not even a PSSA, but their FM is really K255BH on 98.9 which means programming continues 24 hours, but not supposed to be on AM in the nightmiddle! Glenwood is SW of Little Rock beyond Hot Springs more than halfway to OK (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 680, Oct 5 at 0545 UT, `Jim Bohannon Show` which is hard to find anywhere around here during 0207-0459 UT live broadcast. Loops NE and must be only known affil on 680, KFEQ St. Joseph MO which starts at 0500 with first repeat. Guest is talking about Iran. Now it`s easy to pick out interesting and/or unduplicated guests, at and listen to podcast but not so easy to find the time to do so (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 760, Oct 5 at 0549 UT, EAS test is ending, then phone something at 888-964-WABE (or WADE?). Certainly not referring to a callsign on 760. Lookups lead nowhere on either. Then to `Red Eye Radio` coincidentally taking a caller from Ohio listening to WJR, just like I am now in OK. That is not their toll-free number. Not sure if the EAS and RER were from the same station; possible is KCCV Kansas City in the way but with only 200 watts at night (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 1060, Oct 5 at 0559 UT, norteña hymns, interrupted for legal ID in Spanish from KIJN, Farwell, Tejas. Looping west, it dominates 1060 but otherwise makes fast SAH with other carriers. Notorious cheater (sorry, is that offensive?), 10 kW daytimer-only with PSRA of 3 watts, but this is the nightmiddle. Recheck 1218 UT Oct 5, similar signal with norteña hymn including accordion (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. 800, Oct 5 at 1213 UT, ``Donald Duck`` is back with extremely distorted talk vs clear signals from KQCV OKC and XEROK CiJz, which I think must be either XEZR in Coahuila or XEDD in Nuevo León. Is there no member of any of the clubs where I post this or any of the lists in south Texas or even NE Mexico who could nail down the source of this, easily in daytime? I suppose it could also be a spur from some other frequency, but seems right on 800 and no match in the area. I only hear it around sunrise (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. 980, Oct 5 at 0554 UT, a ~5 Hz SAH between open carrier N/S, and Spanish romantic music E/W, direxions approximate. Suspect the former is KRTX Pasadena etc. TX as heard Aug 2 during this hour with Spanish religion, rather than KMBZ, KC/MO. And the SS most likely an XE rather than a K. IRCA Log shows ROM format on 980 only for XEKE in Navojoa, Sonora, 24 hours irregular, 250 watts night, which would be an interesting catch instead of my usual XEFQ Cananea (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. 1030, Oct 5 at 0505, big open carrier with hum is still rampant, dominates the frequency even when nulled, and DF still points to KCTA Corpus Christi, 50 kW daytimer (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)