domenica 7 ottobre 2012

Glenn Hauser logs October 6-7. 2012

** ALGERIA [non]. 11775, Oct 6 at 2057, Arabic music audible under Anguilla, the long cigar-puffing pauses of DGS being helpful, a benefit he could never have imagined at the time. Is revived RTA transmission via Issoudun, FRANCE at 19-21 to Africa. The collision should be worse in NE America, further off the beam from Anguilla to Los Angeles, so DGS could hear himself. Off after 2100, and RTA supposed to go to 7495 for another hour, but at 2102 the best I can pull is a JBA carrier vs much stronger 7490 WBCQ; forgot that 9375 was scheduled too (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA. 9810, Oct 7 at 0017, RHC Spanish with humbuzz marring Fidel(?) on Los Cinco; 0042 now the buzz is overpowering the audio, still at 0108. Not to be outdone by Cairo, French Guiana (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** EGYPT. As I am checking out various rude noises on the 9 MHz band, see GUIANA FRENCH, I have to include Cairo, Oct 7 at 0003, but that`s too early for anything on 9305 or 9315. At 0014, 9965 stronger than 9374 has quite a humwhine and no intelligible programming. By 0039, 9315 is on with carrier, no modulation, but not 9305, which is supposedly on straight thru from 19 to 07 UT, but have noticed absences before around this time. At 0200, 9305 is finally on in Arabic, somewhat less distorted than usual (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) See also UNIDENTIFIED 9276

** EQUATORIAL GUINEA. 15190, Oct 6 at 1933, fair signal from screaming preacher, R. Africa (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** GREECE. 7475 & 9420, Oct 7 at 0201, V. of Greece is still on with music, instead of previous 0200*, a propitious sign that we can expect 9420 still to be on past 0500 with Greek Orthodox Sunday musical service (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** GUIANA FRENCH [and non]. 9374 approx., Oct 7 at 0003, big FMy humblob, just barely modulated. Rather like Cairo is capable of, but nothing yet from there on 9305 or 9315. At 0027 I find another blob on 9276 but they are not //, and there is nothing equally between them on 9325. See UNIDENTIFIED for more on 9276.

At 0036 Oct 7, yet another spurblob on 9606 with whine at the same pitch as 9374. Now these two do match, as I hear an announcement in Spanish mentioning 5955 kHz, bingo! It`s Radio República, 9490 equally between 9374 and 9606 by 116 kHz. Each blob spreads about 4 kHz, 2 on each side. Come to think of it, the pitch of the humwhine resembles what I have been hearing for weeks on 11995.

9610, Oct 7 at 0103, Vatican Spanish via doomed BONAIRE has started with VG signal, yet bothered by the GUF spur on 9606 which will be there for another hour; and every night? Fundamental 9490 is so far, enough above the wall-of-noise jamming to be mostly readable if one cares to put up with the blather from paranoid dentroCubans (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** JAPAN [non]. 11850, Oct 6 at 2058, novelty song with orchestra, French ID from R. Japon, signing off with schedule as 0530-0600 on 11730 and 13840 (except the frequencies I heard sounded different), and 2030-2100 on 11850; 4+1 timesignal, 2100 open carrier for a while. 13840, not heard lately, and 11850 are via MADAGASCAR, 11730 Issoudun (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** MOROCCO [and non]. 9579.12, Oct 6 at 2104, Médi Un off-frequency transmitter making 880 Hz but slightly wavering het against 9580.0, presumably Gabon at this hour. Oct 7 at 0040, the 880 Hz is on again, altho not heard a few minutes earlier, apparently intermittent transmission. Or is the 9580 station responsible? HFCC shows Vatican registered simultaneously for the entire A-12 season at 0025-0200 both from SMG and UZBEKISTAN, with the latter making a beam change at 0040 from 163 to 131 degrees; which is it? Forget both after 0100, when CRI English via CUBA on 9580 now beats the het, one syllable behind // 9570 via ALBANIA (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** NETHERLANDS [non]. 9400, Oct 7 at 0002, Mighty KBC from Netherlands is making its special broadcast to North America as previously publicized, inconveniently at the same time as WTWW-2 test on 9990, so I am tuning back and forth and also encountering other interesting stuff on 31m. KBC signal peaks at S9+10 but sounds much weaker at first, barely modulated? 0005 a bit better with music, 0006 announcement seems English, very poor, more music; 0009 I recognize ``Surfin` USA``. 0022 announcement, ID, KBC jingle. No better at 0027. At 0107 I give it a generous SINPO of 34433, and wonder what the slight QRM is from? HFCC: R. Liberty in Uighur 100 kW, 79 degrees via LITHUANIA at 0100-0200. Why would KBC pick a frequency for a special already occupied by another European?? I assume reception was better further east, altho not sure we need another station to play classic rock to us on SW. I do recommend that if they want to continue reaching North America,
 they need a better transmitter site and frequency management to avoid any collisions.

During the first hour I compare 9400 to some other stations from Europe, and found 9400 wanting: 9420, Greece is considerably stronger. 9700, Romania in English is very good, and on 11965 good enough; 9685, Serbia is stronger. Altho KBC did not reveal transmitter site, the coverage map indicates from SE Europe, and Wolfgang Büschel is convinced it was Kostinbrod (Sofia), what`s left of SW capability from BULGARIA. Since it did not compare well to neighboring Romania, Greece or Serbia, I have my doubts. Spaceline, the program broker, is involved not only with Bulgaria but also with ARMENIA, which from reception quality would be more like it. The only other convenient Armenian signals to compare were on the next band up, 12060 and 12155 V. of Russia in Spanish, which at 0043 were also poor, much like 9400, but they are also beamed further south. Uplooked later in HFCC, other ERVs I might have checked were 7270 and 12140; but presumably wooden entries as
 neither in Aoki nor EiBi (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SERBIA [non]. 9685, Oct 7 at 0041, IRS in Serbian, as I compared it to KBC on 9400, which was weaker if really from Bulgaria. At 0101, IRS is now in English by that rather boring and accented YL announcer, and this is again contrary to their own schedule as in EiBi, which shows NO English on the NAm frequency UT Sundays, and not even on the air after 0100:
9685 0000-0030       SRB Int. Radio Serbia SR  NAm /BIH
9685 0030-0100 Tu-Sa SRB Int. Radio Serbia E   NAm /BIH
9685 0030-0100 Su-Mo SRB Int. Radio Serbia SR  NAm /BIH
9685 0100-0130 Mo-Sa SRB Int. Radio Serbia SR  NAm /BIH

However, Aoki has it right showing English at 0100 is UT Sundays only:
9685 R.SERBIA INT. 0000-0030 .234567 Serbian 250 310 Bijeljina SRB
9685 R.SERBIA INT. 0000-0100 1...... Serbian 250 310 Bijeljina SRB
9685 R.SERBIA INT. 0030-0100 .234567 English 250 310 Bijeljina SRB
9685 R.SERBIA INT. 0100-0130 1...... English 250 310 Bijeljina SRB
9685 R.SERBIA INT. 0100-0130 .234567 Serbian 250 310 Bijeljina SRB 02008E 4433N IRS a12 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SPAIN. 9535, UT Sunday Oct 7 at 0030, REE is starting `Amigos de la Onda Corta`, so another airing confirmed, but will it still be absent from Sunday 1230? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. All three WEWN transmitters are acting up, perhaps more obvious because of enhanced HF sporadic-E propagation producing very strong signals, Oct 6 at 1939:
12050 Spanish, with hash out to 30 kHz, 12020-12080
13830 Spanish, with squeal on channel, but not spurring outward
15610 English, usual squishy spurblobs peaking at plus and minus 9 and 18 kHz, but also audible in between 15592, 15601, 15619, 15628, and the top one bothering 15630 Voice of Greece (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 9955, Oct 6 at 1943, pleased to find WRMI jamming-free, allowing poor-fair signal to be more or less readable, during report about Maoists in India. WRN North America schedule shows Sat at 1930 is Radio Australia with `Asia Review`. I hope WRMI was just as audible a bihour earlier during WORLD OF RADIO (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 15550-USB, Oct 6 at 2054, Scott Mock`s favorite preacher he pushes thru WJHR. I`ve seen some reports of this as 15550.1, but whenever I hear it including now it`s right on 15550.0 (reference frequency, no carrier), e.g. with BFO matching the JBA carrier from 17550 Kuwait one biMHz higher (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. George McClintock notified me Saturday afternoon that WTWW-2 would be on the air again that evening, from 2300 UT with other programming, and then from 0000 UT Sunday Oct 7 until 0400 or later, Ted Randall with another music and call-in show. He didn`t mention frequencies, so I assumed it would be on usual 9990 until 0100 QSY to 5085, but this did not eventuate.

From 2300, nothing on either frequency; at 0000, still nothing, tho WTWW-1 is still inbooming on 9479. By 0007 check, 9990 has come on with classic rock. At 0018 Ted is inviting requests, plays some ABBA. At 0059 he is introducing a new program `Nightshift` to be previewed tonight, after which he will be back (when?). Turns out to be from Rod Hembree, who lauds SW as superior to unreliable internet, from Quick Study Television = Radio 2:11 = Good Friends Radio-TV Network in Orangeville, Ontario. Just as he is starting, WTWW canned ID fires and talks over him and he then plays some music. I check WBCQ 9330-CUSB, and QSTV/211/GFRN programming there is not //, and the signal much weaker than WTWW on same band (as it always is vs. 9479).

Meanwhile WTWW-2 has stayed on 9990 rather than QSYing to 5085 as expected at 0100, altho WTWW-1 9479 did to 5745. I notice at 0109 that 9990 is starting to fade down, so at least tonight 0100 would have been a good time to change frequency. I needed to turn the computer back on, so tuned a radio nearby to 5085 expecting to hear WTWW come on whenever, but never did, maybe too much local noise. Another check at 0200 found 5085 now on and very good with ID, then ``Classical Gas`` but marred by IADs: problem in the studio-transmitter feed? And so it goes (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** ZANZIBAR [and non]. 11735, Oct 6 at 2056 tune-in to song, cut off at 2056:39*, no doubt ZBC, which others have also reported chopping off the transmission before hourtop. Poor signal, but better than nothing I had been getting all summer; just need to listen a bit earlier. This was much better than the other thing to check Saturdays during this hour, 11870 V. of Biafra London, which was JBA from UK site (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. 9276 approx., Oct 7 at 0027 spurblob with unreadable distorted modulation, while I was figuring out the ones on 9374 and 9606, to which this was not // and not related. No matching spur found, nor a fundamental // on the band. One possibility would be Cairo, missing from 9305, where it resumed by 0200 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. 15061.5-LSB, Oct 6 at 1931, 2-way in Spanish: stronger signal has engine noise, mentions ``el vuelo`` (flight), and one of them mentions ``a ver que pasa`` (see what happens). Since this is an off-route aero band, maybe legit, but sounds suspicious. Why don`t these ever ID, inside or outside the SWBC bands? Also surprised to find him in LSB, vs usually preferred USB which I was trying to tune at first (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. 15456-USB, Oct 6 at 1936, weak Spanish 2-way (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)