venerdì 9 novembre 2012

Glenn Hauser logs November 8-9, 2012

** ASIA [non]. 11605, Nov 9 at 0027, ``you have been listening to Radio Free Asia`` a bit of music, carrier cut but right back on. No I haven`t, I just tuned in! Strangely enough, no IBB transmissions are in latest HFCC B-12 on 11605. That`s because as in Aoki, it`s via detested Taiwan:
11605 2330-0030 TWN R.FREE ASIA Vietnamese Tanshui 1-7
However, at 0030, music continues, along with whoops and Asian language, long-path echo. Nothing scheduled now (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** BOLIVIA. 4716.64 approx., Nov 9 at 0035, very poor signal with LA music, but off-frequency closely matches recent report by Bob Wilkner on 4716.63 of Radio Yatun Ayllu Yura, Yura. Pleased to be getting it at all, with local noise level here on 60m usually intolerable, but it helped to recess to the porch and the DX-398. See also PERU (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** BOLIVIA. 5952.44 approx., Nov 9 at 0043, music with drumming, poor signal, presumed Radio Pio Doce, Siglo Veinte, on its characteristic off-frequency; I`ll concede the last digit to Andy Robins, who also had it a few nights ago at this time on 5952.45 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CANADA. 990, Nov 9 at 0710 UT, CBW with CBC Overnight, correspondent reports on banning porn in Egypt, severe Hurricane Sandy damage to Santiago de Cuba (both stories we have heard little about on mainstream US media). Kept me awake longer than I wished, 0719 Public Radio International ID, music break, 0720 `The World` is the program (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CHINA [and non]. 17495, Nov 9 at 0018, Chinese with good signal, scheduled as CRI at 00-03, 500 kW, 193 degrees from Beijing site.

17645, Nov 9 at 0019, different Chinese than on 17495, and this one has CCI, i.e. CNR1 programming jamming VOA Chinese, 250 kW, 349 degrees from Tinang, PHILIPPINES during this hour only.

15385, Nov 9 at 0020, same mix as on 17645, except stronger here, where PHT even has exactly the same parameters. But deep in the mix I can hear some Firedrake too for good measure.

One would expect normally extreme jamming levels to be stepped up even further during the ChiCommie Party Congress. But no jamming here:

15145, Nov 9 at 0022, reasonable-sounding discussion by American-accented guest about how capitalism plays a part in Chicommunism, i.e. CRI English at 00-02, 500 kW, 215 degrees from Beijing site 

** CUBA [non]. 5025, Nov 9 at 0034, R. Rebelde is off the air again, and replaced by RTTY; almost as if they are coördinating? Rebelde is back on at 0624 check and no RTTY, sounds like Gardel, and outro quotes ``el abismo, nuestro porvenir`` (the abyss, our future), and mentions Tito Gómez, RCA Victor records from the 1940s. Kudos to R. Rebelde for a lot of good music, much more so than RHC.

5040, Nov 9 at 0624, so much for Arnie`s new English hour --- RHC is in Spanish, while the overkill quad on 49m remain in English. Ending ``la estampa de hoy`` segment. Does that mean stud, illustration or press review as my dixionary suggests? RHC is not supposed to be in Spanish on any frequency after 0600, so maybe the latest SNAFU by RadioCuba; back to English? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** GUIANA FRENCH. 9490, Nov 9 at 0015 I am checking the R. República relay much earlier tonight as it was missing last night at 0154 from the 00-02 transmission, but it is also absent now: nothing but wall-of-noise jamming audible, while normally RR/GUF is well atop that, at least during the first part of the broadcast. So, no spurs either! I suspect TDF has taken the transmitter down to fix it, tho one would expect some substitution to keep the RR service airborne (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** MEXICO. 640, Nov 9 at 0705 UT, long choral NA ends, full ID for FM XHHHI on 99.3, XEHHI on 640, Los Cuarenta Principales from Chihuahua, 0706 slightly late TC as ``son las doce``, into top-40 music. Cantú:
640 XEHHI Los 40 Principales + FM 99.3 Hidalgo del Parral, Chih. 10,000 1,000 --- Nice to get this other Chihuahuan, than XEJUA in Juárez we hear around sunrise, but supposedly only a daytimer (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** MEXICO. 660, Nov 9 at 0700 UT, Chihuahua state song, fanfare and maybe jingle ID but could not copy it, then cuts off the air. Cantú shows the only Chihuahuan is:
660 XEACB La Lupe + FM 98.9 Cd. Delicias, Chih. 3,000 1,000
Most unusual to hear an XE axually going off the air at midnite. Left quite a hole on the dial (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** OKLAHOMA [and non]. 960, UT Fri Nov 9 at 0600-0605, KGWA Fox-hole silence audiblizes mainly ABC News, presumably KMA Iowa (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** OKLAHOMA. 1120, Nov 9 at 1302, KEOR on again with open carrier, and little KMOX until it fades back in with slow SAH (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** PERU. 4774.9, Nov 9 at 0037, very poor signal with some Andean music, also weak bonker QRM nearby. No doubt R. Tarma, which Bob Wilkner has measured here, altho Brian Alexander had it on 4774.96 in the morning.

4789.9, Nov 9 at 0039, noisy carrier, perhaps R. Visión (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SRI LANKA. 5860, Nov 9 at 0045, weak vocal music, poor with flutter. HFCC shows it`s IBB Persian, i.e. R. Farda, 250 kW, 316 degrees from Iranawila during this hour, plus another bihour at 01-03 when they change antennas, from 316 degrees at a -24 slew, to 299 degrees at a +24 slew; why? At 0300, Kuwait takes over R. Farda on 5860 for the next 5.5 hours (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** THAILAND. 13745, Nov 9 at 0023, news about the Mideast, Sudan/Israel, good signal but with flutter on R. Thailand`s new B-12 frequency for North America. I should have stayed tuned at 0030 to observe what happen when the beam change from eastern to western North America, i.e. 6 to 30 degrees out of Udorn. Per HFCC this is accomplished by removing the -24 degree slew during the first half, so maybe there is no need to break transmission (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U K [non]. 13725, Nov 9 at 0023, BBC news in English, 250 kW, 25 degrees from Nakhon Sawan during this hour only, comparably good signal to R. Thailand on 13745 from further east (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 9479, Nov 9 at 0015, WTWW-1 with SFAW/PPP is still on the air but blasting daytime signal is now dropping out, post-sunset; and 5745 not yet on. For the past couple weeks, WTWW-1 has been running an announcement that they ``will`` be changing from 9479 to 5745 at 6 p.m. (Central = 0000 UT), but the part of the announcement giving the effective date is covered up by another Ted Randall announcement, the standard hourtop ID. I assumed this would happen on November 4 with the end of DST, and maybe it was supposed to, but not tonight, and it`s still on 9479 at 0033 with growing het. Even at first check there was a definite heterodyne from some station really on 9480. According to HFCC B-12, the only station on 9480 after 0000 is: 2155-0100 CNR Tibetan via Beijing (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. WORLD OF RADIO 1642 monitoring: confirmed on WTWW-1, 9479, Thursday Nov 8 starting just before 2201 UT after local ID and QSY announcement. Shifted time for the Saturday night repeat is 0500+ UT Sunday on 5745. Will WTWW-2 be on 9990/5085 this week?

WOR also confirmed on WWRB, 3195, UT Friday 0431, and 5051 is no longer on the air. Both webcasts carried KJV Bible, no WOR streamed.

Next: Area 51 via WBCQ 5110v-CUSB, UT Saturday at new time of 0230v.

On Hamburger Lokalradio, 7265: Sat 0630 and 1630, unchanged.

On WRMI 9955: Saturday 0900, 1600, 1830; Sunday 0900, 1630; Monday 0530; Tuesday 1200.

On WRN via SiriusXM 120: Saturday 1830.

Plus many more webcasting and FM affiliates, in updated schedule:

** U S A. 1580, Nov 9 at 0723 UT, Radio Disney teeny-bopper music from E/W, obviously KMIK in Tempe, Arizona is again/still out of whack with day facilities at night, 50 kW dominating frequency; // same music on 1690 Denver. Awake too early at 1255, more Disney music, and also with IBOC noise peaking 1567 and 1593, bothering XERF 1570. 1580 has heavier CCI and SAHs than in the nightmiddle, and 1690 to compare is barely audible (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 1680, Nov 9 at 0725 UT, correspondent report about China vs Japan, outro as ``Bloomberg, Tokyo``. It`s KRJO, Monroe LA, now with BBN, // weaker 1660, KUDL Kansas City KS (``KMBZ Business Channel``), as the two often match (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** VATICAN. 7250, Fri Nov 9 at 0615, fair signal in Swedish, a surprise, since B-12 schedule of VR, spreadsheet via Alokesh Gupta at
claims the ``Scandinavian`` service at 0600 UT is on MW 1260 only; relented for SWLs, or in error on 7250? Presumably ends at 0620 when 1260 is committed to Albanian daily.

WRTH 2012 showed the language rotation at 0600 was:
Swedish Wed/Thu/Fri/Sun
Finnish Mon/Sat
Norwegian Tue
Danish never

6075, Fri Nov 9 at 0618, French with heavy African accent, ID in passing as R. Vaticaine. This is another anomaly, as the schedule claims this transmission is on 11625 and 13765 only, both direct, unlike both frequencies earlier, color-coded orange for Madagascar, no doubt a tribute to ex-Netherlands (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LSITENING DIGEST)

** VIETNAM [and non]. 11965, Nov 9 at 0025, intermittent but not regularly spaced tones, mixed with siren, almost sounding like bird calls, but quite repetitive. It`s VietCom jamming against IBB Vietnamese, little of which was audible here, 250 kW, 278 degrees from Tinang, Philippines at 0000-0030 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 1480, Nov 9 at 0028 UT and several chex in next quarter-hour, open carrier, making same SAH as heard before of approx. 12 Hz with KQAM Wichita among all the other signals; presumed KBXD Dallas testing again this way well after sunset. Jerry Kiefer guesses it was at 25 kW and over the weekend will run some audio (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. 1240, Nov 9 at 1259 UT, pizza ad mentioning Harrison County, so that should be a good clue, but then an ID for Sportsradio KFH, 98.7, ESPN, i.e. Wichita KS, ex-1330 swap with KNSS. It sure seemed like the same station, but MW signals, especially graveyards can be extremely volatile, more so around sunrise.

This convenient index of US counties
shows there is no Harrison county in Kansas, just:
Harrison County: IN; IA; KY; MS; MO; OH; TX; WV
I check only the closest for matches: not Missouri, but Harrison County TX is close to Kilgore altho in another county, where 1240 is inhabited by KDOK. Too tenuous.

BTW, KFH runs only 630 watts, presumably because its antenna is too efficient, and on daytime groundwave for a long time, we`ve found it to be weaker than its predecessor (Glenn Hauser, Enid OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)