martedì 27 novembre 2012

Glenn Hauser logs November 25-26, 2012

** BRAZIL. 15325, Nov 25 at 2010, no signal detectable yet from 1 kW R. Gazeta, supposedly active around 1830/1900-2030 only (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CANADA. 680, Nov 26 at 1252 UT, C temp in English, ad for Trane heating & AC mentioning Canada, CST TC; ``traffic & weather on the ones``, a slogan which is confirmed on CJOB`s homepage I knew it must be CJOB Winnipeg, the only one of three Canadians on 680 which fits; in null of KNBR, but with some XE QRM and soon fading (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CHINA. Firedrake Nov 26:
7390, fair at 1348 with SAH mixing Chinese, i.e. VOA Cantonese via Philippines at 13-15
No thoro search for others higher, but none run across

** CHINA [non]. 9905, Nov 26 at 1459, RFA prélude music, 1500 ID in English but no mention of which language follows, i.e. Chinese; CCI from a SAH but no major jamming audible. Aoki shows this starts at 1500 via PALAU, switches to Tinian at 1800-2000 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA. 6125, Nov 26 at 0639, RHC English is dead air, no modulation at all even with volume wide open. // 6165 and 6060 were OK.

Congratulations to Cuba which has come up with yet another anomaly! Never a dull moment:

15340, Nov 26 at 1407, huge signal has to be RHC transmitter as usual, but with rap music in Spanish, slightly undermodulated. Not // 15230 or any of the other frequencies which continue with `Revista Informativa de la Mañana`, 17730, 17580, 13780, 11860, 11760, 11750 at least.

Seems to be album trax with brief pauses, but no DJ announcements. One track introduced by ``Doble-u --- Records presenta``. Occasional lyrix in English as well as Spanish, but rap is hard to understand in any language. Mentions baile (dance) several times past 1432. By 1443 the tunes are somewhat romantic: ``en lo profundo de mi corazón --- te pido perdón``. 1456 I think they say ``W Café``, still going past 1500 and 1526, 1555.

Might have been relaying some otherwise obscure Cuban domestic station or network except for no announcements or IDs. Maybe playing a demo disc. Scenario: RadioCuba operator is listening to this for his own pleasure, and doesn`t realize he is feeding it to one (only one) of the SW transmitters?

BTW, I have also been meaning to mention that since mid-October or so, I no longer hear any trace of HCJB Australia on 15340, with or without RHC; there had been quite a collision, apparently a long-path equinoxial thing. Kununurra is still scheduled at 307 degrees, 1145-1530 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA [and non]. 5025, Nov 26 at 0641, R. Rebelde music is really marred by heavy RTTY QRM which has been going on for a few weeks now, altho not all the time. I ask again, what is the source of this? And when will Cuba do anything about it, like changing frequency? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA [and non]. 9955, Nov 26 at 1501, heavy Cuban jamming, despite WRMI being off the air weekdays after 1500, mixing with something, Aoki-listed as RFA in Tibetan via TINIAN. Commies inadvertently and incompetently assisting Commies to block any contrary thought!

In fact, the latest WRMI program grid shows there is **NOTHING NEEDING JAMMING** except 23-01 UT weekdays (Radio Martí and Radio Libertad), and an occasional short exile program weekend afternoons or evenings (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** EGYPT. 15800, Nov 26 at 1402, music including singing, poor signal and very distorted, same problem with talk at 1435. I bet it`s Cairo. Yes, per Aoki, 13-16 in Arabic, 250 kW, 241 degrees from Abis (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** GREECE. 7475, Nov 26 at 0634, presumed R. Filia, talk not in Greek or German; maybe Albanian as sometimes during this hour; not // 9420 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** GUATEMALA [and non]. 4055, Nov 26 at 0207, R. Verdad ID in Spanish, and in the background I do hear the VFO sweeping back and forth across the frequency, as previously logged after RV signed off. So is this some feeble jamming, and/or a utility? 0643 recheck after TGAV is off, and with BFO still hearing the VFO in the clear (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** GUIANA FRENCH. 17860-17900, Nov 25 at 2020, TDP DRM centered on 17875 is very strong, and noise spreading out to this range, diminishing at edges; and maybe would have extended to 17850 were it not for strong AM from COSTA RICA.

5844, 5926, 5994, 6076, Nov 26 at 0214, distorted spurblobs from 5960 NHK Japanese relay are still here, but seem weaker than usual; progress or just propagation? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** JAPAN [non]. 11850, Nov 25 at 2029, NHK IS, 2030 `Sakura` and signing on one of two daily French broadcasts; this one is 250 kW, 305 degrees from MADAGASCAR so also USward, and reaching even unto Enid with a good signal (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** KOREA NORTH. 2850, Nov 26 at 1333, poor signal in Korean from KCBS; when I QRT before 0700 I left receiver tuned here anticipating this (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** KOREA NORTH [non]. 11585, Nov 26 at 1508, assertive M in Korean, almost could pass for DPRK style, but then to less assertive W after apparent news clip, i.e. R. Free Asia, 15-17, 250 kW, 321 degrees from TINIAN, and no jamming audible. Conveniently led into by another Korean broadcast before 1500 weekdays on same, KTWR (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** MEXICO. 960, UT Mon Nov 26 at 0600 UT, local KGWA goes silent and this time I get another clear ID under the open carrier mentioning ``frontera, Nuevo Laredo, XEK, transmitiendo en la frecuencia de 960 kHz con una potencia de 5 mil watts`` and then the 4 descending XEW chimes, followed by music but fading into the other QRM (Glenn Hauser, Enid OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** MEXICO. 6185, Nov 26 at 0638, open carrier, so XEPPM has failed to turn off the transmitter, but never fails to turn off the modulation shortly after 0600. Was it on all night? At 1341, still open carrier with SAH over weak music, presumably Asian station; weaker but carrier still detectable at 1503 along with the SAH (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** NEW ZEALAND. 5950, Monday Nov 26 at 1338, RNZI `Mailbox` is starting a DX report from Kevin Hand in Dunedin – axually talking about computer programs, antennas more than utility DX logs as he says he has not been very active lately. I have other stuff to monitor, so plan to go back and listen to entire show online --- but the link to what is usually the latest show
axually brings up the previous show starting right off with Bryan Clark`s last DX report for this year. Prop report mentions solar flare Thursday 8 November. Next time: Kevin Hand, so it`s the Nov 12 show.

For the latest show aired today, the other link gets it:

** OMAN. 15560, Nov 26 at 1404, poor signal with rock music, heavy beat, English DJ mentions ``number one``. Is R. Sultanate of Oman, ex-15140 where there is nothing now. (Unfortunately for me, 15560 confronts a cable DTV box blobjammer, at least today). 1433 YL in English, apparently news as usual on semihour. Why would they move? No QRM on 15140 now, but maybe avoiding DRM later from India, jammed RFA Tibetan earlier during the long span Oman had been using 15140.

15560 was already woodenly registered by Oman at 14-16, only in Arabic, 100 kW, 220 degrees from Thumrait; and indeed HFCC has nothing else on it between 06 and 01. Of course, they wouldn`t know about Firedrake on 15560 and offset V. of Tibet which often showed up here. Rodolfo Tizzi, Uruguay was still hearing it fair at 1726 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** ROMANIA. 7310, Nov 26 at 0635, RRI English with sufficient signal plugging their ``Personality of the Year`` promotion, for whom nominations are now being taken by all means including fax, or form on their website which we found here:
Winner to be announced on January 1. They/he/she may be ``based on`` listener input, but with such an open-ended solicitation it`s hard to imagine anyone getting a majority of votes. Of course there could be external campaigns to promote a certain candidate, but without knowing what others are suggesting. The real reason for this is to keep listeners engaged and evoke evidence for the powers that be that RRI has an audience (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SAO TOME. 15620, Nov 25 at 2022, VOA French, fair but QRM from WEWN 15610 squishy spur circa 15619, reduced by tuning USB. HFCC shows 15620 during this semihour only from Pinheira, in addition to 1830-1900 French via Greenville, leaving a gap on 15620 from 19-20, while 15225 Greenville is continuous. Now 15620 is aimed 88 degrees across northern edge of Congo DR, maybe also for Central African Republic (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SOMALILAND. 7120, Nov 26 at 1343 open carrier, S9+10, then some music and undermodulated talk, presumed R. Hargeisa longpath. 1349 better in talk, presumed Somali. After hour break, 1502 very poor carrier with music (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A [non]. 12045, Nov 26 at 1357, mixture of Chinese and English, and this time I can tell it`s VOA as mentioned a few times in apparent English language lesson, and not // 9570 CRI English via Cuba with Chinese lesson dispensable end-of-hour filler. During this hour from 1300, VOA is 325 degrees from SAIPAN, per Aoki and also jammed, probably by CNR1 but that not audible (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 9990, Nov 25 at 2035, WTWW-2 is inbooming with gospel music, IADs, not Brother Scare who will presumably start at 2100. So 12105, WTWW-3 is off (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 7506.4, Nov 26 at 0211, WRNO is still absent (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 7555, Nov 26 at 0218, KJES in Spanish with responsive catechisms, undermodulated but much better than it has been lately on 11715 in the mornings; fair signal with ``running-water`` ute QRM.

11715, Nov 26 at 1439, usual very strong signal, but barely modulated: this time is readable with volume wide open, Bible stuff in English (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 5890, UT Mon Nov 26 at 0212 and still at 0220, dead air/open carrier, no doubt WWCR, tho new program sked dated Nov 19 shows WWCR-4 off the air 2300-0400 on Sat/UT Sun and Sun/UT Mon, continuous on other days (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 7315, UT Monday Nov 26 at 0216, `Pirating with Cumbre`, from WHRI, fair signal and Chris is sounding `hollow` as propagation is declining. Last time I checked a few weeks ago, `DXing with Cumbre` at 0200 Monday was on 5920 only, but something else there now (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 660, Nov 26 at 1303 UT, ``660 AM, The Answer``, weather and traffic for Dallas, anti-Obama promo. Silly slogan for KSKY but certainly sets it apart; COL Balch Springs` claim to fame, tho studio address in Irving, W of Dallas. B.S. is on Loop 635 ESE of Dallas proper, and could be considered a suburb of Mesquite which is a suburb of Dallas, i.e. a subsuburb of Dallas (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 1040, Nov 26 at 1310 UT, in WHO null, ad for Dr. Monica Dobbins, dentist and alleged cousin of the speaker, on Cheyenne Blvd., 719-423-5122; promo Colorado Springs Radio Group. So I am confident this is KCBR Monument CO, which NRC AM Log 2012 says has a nostalgia/talk/religious format.

It`s always non-direxional, with 15 kW day, 2 kW critical hours. Official sunrise in November is not until 1345 UT; December 1415. Also has PSRA of *one watt* starting at 1300 UT in Oct-Jan, doubling to two watts in Feb, quintupling to 10 watts in March, and then 500 watts rest of year when SR is after 6 am local --- April, August, September. Well, this was no puny one watt (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. 950, Nov 26 at 1327, ID in passing sounds like KGON, CCI and ACI from KGWA 960. Nothing like it in the NRC AM Log, nor in a fuzzy/fuzzier search at
Referring to a related FM? Not KGON 92.3 in Portland OR; and there is no KGOM on FM (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. 6029 approx., Nov 26 at 1337, considerable audible het below 6030 CNR1 which is jamming Ming Hui Radio from Taiwan at 13-14, per Aoki. Maybe it`s 100 kW Ming Hui itself. Certainly much further down than Myanmar measured on 6029.991 a few weeks ago by Wolfgang Büschel (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. 9422v, Nov 26 at 1353, ``banshee`` blob of rumbling carrier varying up and down slightly, at first higher than very weak presumed Greece on 9420, then atop it; also has some flutter on it. By 1457 check, it`s around 9410 (Glenn Hauser, OK,m DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. 21724, Nov 25 at 2015, 15251 at 2020, 12136 and 12105 at 2021, irregular beeps, carrier on for about one second, and off for varying periods, same thing as logged on 15251 yesterday. All weak, but steady. I am getting these on the porch with the DX-398. Can it be something local? I walk around outside the house and there is no change in strength, especially when I approach the now ``smart`` water and electric meters, which have UHF transponders in them. Next project: try to determine if the different frequencies are synchronized, and find any more of them. 12105 was in the absence of WTWW (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)