sabato 17 novembre 2012

Glenn Hauser logs November 16-17, 2012

** CHINA [non]. 13740, Sat Nov 17 at +1445-1454 well-done biography of Johnny Cash, with too-brief music clips, outro as the third of four parts by Johnny Hutong on Easy-FM, to be concluded tomorrow on CRI (via Cuba here). It is hard to imagine how this has anything to do with China (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA. 13780, Nov 17 at 1500 RHC open carrier tho I know it was modulating earlier, and off at 1501*. I retune to 15340 in time to hear canned frequency announcement at 1504 still claiming that 13780 is on until 1600; typical (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** GERMANY [non]. 12070, Nov 17 at 1539, hilife music, good signal and talk in Swahili; 1555 closing with something like ``Swingin` Safari``, mentions of kHz, Eutelsat. It`s DW via Kigali, RWANDA, and off about 1557. Back on a couple minutes later with much weaker JBA signal at less favorable beam toward Ethiopia in Amharic (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** GUIANA FRENCH. 9469, 9475, 9482, 9498, 9505, 9512, Nov 17 at 0055, approx. peaks of multiple distorted spurs out of the 9490 TDF transmitter carrying Radio República at 00-02, and this time, // modulation is audible on them along with the squealing. Hard to pinpoint their centres without clear carriers, but looks like multiples of somewhere between 7 and 8 kHz. Please, fix this!

5844, 5994, etc., etc., Nov 17 at 0230, approx. peaks of multiple distorted spurs out of the 5960 TDF transmitter carrying NHK in Japanese at 02-04. Altho it could be the same transmitter as earlier spurring from 9490, suspect it is not, as the spur separations are different (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** KOREA SOUTH. 5150 and 6300, Nov 17 at 1235-1236, very poor broadcast signals, the latter with ute QRM, but matching the latest MND Radio schedule, clandestine to North Korea. Per Hiroshi via S. Hasegawa, the same pair are also used for the first broadcast of the day at 0400. Not a good east-Asian morning (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** KUWAIT. 15540, Nov 16 at 1803 check, nothing audible from R. Kuwait`s two-sesquihour English service, nor has it been for weeks. MOI is woefully ignorant of basic SW propagation, staying on this too-high frequency every winter season. I doubt it is even making it to Europe on the way to North America, with the MUF usually falling below that frequency as it is starting 3-4 hours after sunset at the origination, maybe 2-3 hours after sunset at the critical first reflexion point. It might still appear on an exceptional occasion. Dave Valko in Pennsylvania reported it Nov 13 at 1937, ``not very strong``. As for the Arabic service to W NAm which is still scheduled 2000-2400 on 17550, and was quite good in the summer --- forget it (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** NEWFOUNDLAND. 6160.8, Nov 17 at 0635, het is back and so is CKZN after missing about a week, not having normalized the frequency; but now it`s too squeezed between RHC 6165 bigsig and ORF 6155 suffsig (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** OKLAHOMA. 1120, Nov 17 at 1319, KEOR is on with Mexican music. Seems to be starting at 1300 UT most days, which is official sunrise in November, and maybe on until 2315 sunset (in December, 1330-2315) (Glenn Hauser, Enid, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** OKLAHOMA. 1640, Nov 17 at 0559 UT, local KFXY Enid in dead air, before firing ID and 0600 SRN ``News``. Doubt the deadness lasted long, but worth further checking; this time, no time to pull WTNI or any other understation.

960, Nov 17 at 0600-0605 UT, KGWA Enid with another Fox-hole, occupied by mixture of ABC News and Mexican music, i.e. likely KMA and XEK. I am no longer necessarily reporting these every night unless there is something definite or new, but I always try to check (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SPAIN. 21610, Nov 17 at 1507, REE with interview in English about a boy called Barnaby, with constant voice over in Spanish. By concentrating one could ignore one language or the other and follow what was being said or translated.

Except for very heavy echo on 21610, long path? Seems unlikely on 13m at this hour, but major lobe is heading 110 degrees from Noblejas, so maybe enough to push it thru the darkside with a cooperative springtime MUF on the underside. No echo at all on // 17595 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SUDAN [non]. 13800, Nov 17 at 1458 good open carrier, so what`s coming up? 1459 cut on Radio Tamázuj in Arabish, mentions Qur`an but no recitations, several IDs in passing, mostly talk onward. This is 250 kW, 325 degrees from MADAGASCAR also USward, at 1500-1630, in HFCC as on behalf of PNW [Press Now, formerly? associated with R. Netherlands], so presumably the final hour changes to Radio Dabanga as elsewhen and elsewhere (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** THAILAND. 9720, Nov 17 at 1242, fair signal with flutter, commercial for Chevron in Thailand, ``working together``, and other ads including Global Air(?), before resuming Radio Thailand news, presumably live (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 12150, Sat Nov 17 at 1329, good signal with classic jazz, jingle ID for ``Russ Davis Jazz America``. Says he has new address, jazzamerica @ and since ``shortwave is not the best`` (like CODAR QRM!) all shows are now available on demand from VOA site, and also from his own which forwards to --- as in MOdern JAzz. I guess like Willis Conover, he is an Independent Contractor with a lot going on besides the VOA gig one hour a week times two on Sat & Sun 13-14 UT. 12150 is 30 degrees, USward from Udorn, THAILAND. Then he continued with a dedication to a listener in China (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. WORLD OF RADIO 1643 monitoring: confirmed on Area 51 via WBCQ 5110v-CUSB, starting at 0231 UT Saturday Nov 17, good signal.

Next: On WRMI, 9955, Saturday 1830, Sunday 0900, 1630, Monday 0530, Tuesday 1200.

On WTWW-1, 5745, UT Sunday 0500 (WTWW was still on 5745 last night, but is going to change sometime, maybe to 5855 or vicinity). On WTWW-2, 5085, last week started at 0547 UT Sunday, and may or may not appear sometime this week.

On WRN via SiriusXM 120: Saturday 1830 UT --- now the only time on WRN to North America (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 11715, Nov 17 at 1439, KJES has a bigsig, but just barely modulated --- volume up full and still can`t hear what they are saying, but obviously catechism responses (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 12105, Nov 17 at 1328, WTWW-3 is on with usual Saturday-morning-only Russian service, seems not strictly Bible readings, with music; elsewhen it`s been quite sporadic. I guess the Russians are axually paying for their time (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 1030, Nov 17 at 1228 UT, YL named Alicia in pretty good Spanish but gringa accent, some stresses on wrong syllables, closing a gospel huxter show with address in San Antonio. 1229 no ID and 1230 into another g.h., this one all-English, `Thru the Bible` with the very late J. Vernon McGee. Dominant VG signal from N/S, no doubt KCTA Corpus Christi TX, and certainly not the 217 watts its PSRA allows in November from 1200 to official sunrise at 1245 --- but the full 50 kW ND (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 1480, Nov 17 at 1252 UT, Brother Scare occupying more time on new KBXD Dallas than expected; guess he`s a convenient filler. Jerry Kiefer replies, ``Good morning Glenn, Yes, you quickly figured it out. Stair is filler at the moment until we get all the clocks into the Scott automation. (Hopefully) should be complete this week.`` After 1300 it was on to gospel music checked at 1316 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 1600, Nov 17 at 1309 UT sounds like a national anthem, just ending, presumably South Vietnam`s, then Vietnamese announcement mentioning Dallas AM and Houston AM,
Het from the off-frequency Kansas is bothering; at 1313 mentions ``phát-thanh`` i.e. radio station; then to some more triumphal choral music.

That website worx, but labeled instead Radio Saigon Dallas, shows 1600, tho the listen-live link says 890, which we know was recently acquired by China Radio International instead.

Lots of Vietnamese including fora, but linx to an ``about`` page in English with photos of the staff, one of whom has red hair but all of whom have Vietnamese names:

BTW, our closest 1600, KUSH in Cushing OK has an application to raise day power from 1 to 5 kW (Glenn Hauser, Enid OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. 930, Nov 17 at 1259 UT again getting another station with Spanish music when WKY OKC groundwave is precisely nulled. Maybe this time an ID?? Grrr, at 1300 only a non-ID, but clearly: ``Radio Cumbre 9-30`` by SHVA (super-hype voice actor), right back to another upbeat song in Spanish.

Cannot find anything by Googling or in all the references for USA or Mexico. Suspect KCCC Carlsbad NM in a recent flip from oldies, so I ask Jerry Kiefer, ex-Roswell. No, he says: ``KCCC is still oldies, but for sale. With the fulltime FM in Carlsbad Spanish and 740 Spanish part of the day, not much market. Sorry I can't be of much help.`` Ideas, anyone? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)