lunedì 17 dicembre 2012

Glenn Hauser logs December 16-17, 2012

** CUBA. 9504 approx., Dec 17 at 1354, approx. center of spurblob from weak 9540 RHC transmitter again; could not find one to match at +36 kHz, i.e. 9576 between very strong CRI/Cuba relay 9570, and RA 9580 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** INDIA. 9425, Dec 17 at 1353, AIR ``banshee blob`` wanders across here from 9435 a minute earlier (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** JAPAN [non]. 11880, Dec 16 at 2128, NHK IS, I think I can barely still detect under RHC French, as both are about to start Portuguese at 2130. I keep expecting NHK to move its GUIANA FRENCH relay frequency, as Arnie`s incompetent frequency management choices have proven to be non-negotiable in several other instances. But it takes an agonizingly long time for some victims to react (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** KURDISTAN [non]. 11510, Dec 17 at 1415-1450+, Denge Kurdistan via presumed PRIDNESTROVYE, nice continuous concert of mostly vocal Kurdish music. Latest HFCC still claims this is 300 kW, 129 degrees from SMF = Simferopol, Ukraine, from BRB (ex-TDP), but NOT to be construed only as ``Belgian Radio`` as per a log in NZ DX Times on 7390. For 11510, Aoki goes with 100 kW, 100 degrees from Kishinev-Grigoriopol, MDA (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** MEXICO. 730, Dec 17 at 0631 UT, ``La Ke Buena`` with full FM & AM IDs on the half-hour, mentions 25 kW, Hidalgo del Parral, Chihuahua, time as 11:31, back to lively music. Not sure if the 25 kW referred to FM 107.1 or AM. But Cantú shows XHEHB on 107.1 with 25 kW; and on AM:
730 XEHB Ke buena + FM 107.1 Hidalgo del Parral, Chih. 50,000 1,000
and with their dominant signal, we strongly suspect a lot more than 1 kW at night. Yet new IRCA Mexican log shows only 1000/300 watts and schedule at 13-01 UT only, from former location San Francisco del Oro. What about WRTH 2013? 50/1 kW, H del P. Cantú shows zero radio stations in SF del Oro now (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** MEXICO. 1040, Dec 17 at 0602 UT, ``Chihuahua, Chihuahua`` mentioned in WHO null, so safe to assume it`s the usual per Cantú:
1040 XEHES Romántica + FM 94.1 Chihuahua, Chih. 5,000 250

The new IRCA Mexican Log 2012 has arrived, so I will be comparing Cantú and WRTH info with it. For XEHES, IRCA shows: 5000 250 Radiorama Siglo 21, 24h irreg, ROM format, CIMA net, // 94.1 FM (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** MEXICO. Channel A2, NTSC, Dec 17 at 0155 UT, Spanish signal fades in from south after observing 6-meter sporadic-E openings on map across east-central USA with MUF estimated of 74 MHz. Large net-7 bug in upper right, perhaps the easiest Mexican one to identify, just the number 7 with high contrast; and heavy ghosting at times makes it look like 77, i.e. two distinct propagation paths arriving out of phase. 0207 ads, 0208 IFE PSA; 0214 another fade-up in a suspense/horror film, still with 7 bug UR, and finally one more glimpse at 0230. There are five full-power Azteca 7s on channel 2, three of them generally southward, but the prime suspect is always XHTAU in Tampico (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** NORTH AMERICA. 6939.7-AM, Dec 16 at 2238 a pirate signal is here, 2240 ID as Radio Casablanca, e-mail; playing old WWII tunes at the same time as `Marion`s Attic` on WBCQ 7490, but no BBCCCI here. Bits sound like old-time radio, then song about the Maginot Line; 2245 ``Animal Crackers`` by Shirley Temple; 2248 ``Three Little Fishies``; 2250 flash from United Press: Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor; 2251 another Radio Casablanca ID, FDR`s ``day which will live in infamy`` address to Congress; 2259 ID and ``Praise the Lord and Pass the Ammunition``; 2304 ``Remember Pearl Harbor``; 2307 ID email as and 2313 ``Bugle Boy``; 2316 ID & e-mail; 2318 ``I`ll Be Seeing You``; 2328 ID and e-mail again, dramatic bit; 2345 still on but at next check 2355 it`s off. Nothing about Casablanca or Morocco heard other than the name. Sufficient signal of S9+12, and making C# above middle C het with 6940 reference = 278 Hz, so about 6939.72 (Glenn

** ROMANIA [and non]. 9810, Dec 17 at 1355, RRI closing German hour with IDs, IS, but heavy CCCCCCI, as CNR Chinese, 150 kW, 155 degrees from Nanning site is also here per HFCC; any problem in Europe? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTEING DIGEST)

** SOUTH AFRICA. 15480, Dec 16 until 2101* BaBcoCk music loop; more slipshod operation by SENTECH, as this had been the two-hour Arabic broadcast of AWR via Meyerton, 250 kW, 19 degrees, but per HFCC you would not know that BaBcoCk is involved (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 7490, Dec 16 at 2106, no signal from WBCQ, nor at 2127; 9330 is on as usual, but 15420 is a JBA carrier, maybe just WBCQ in a pause leaving its reduced carrier, as it`s OK in CUSB at 2127. Checking sked later, only on Sundays does 7490 start at 2200 instead of 2100. At 2233 recheck, it`s on with `Marion`s Attic` and heavy QRM from BBC as usual, also producing SAH.

9330, Dec 17 at 1352 check, WBCQ in dead-air again instead of GFRN (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 1060, Dec 17 at 1235 UT, KIJN Farwell TX on NM border, gospel huxter in Spanish with shall we say, Chicano accent, mentions ``en el nombre de Jesús``, which is what the call letters mean in English, and introducing ``Noticiero Semanal desde Jerusalén`` in good Spanish; so KIJN does have ``news`` after all, as long as it is from the future. Usual more than sufficient signal before local sunrise, and making fast-ripple SAH with whatever else on 1060 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. 970, Dec 17 at 0606 UT, local ad with phone 493-4050, no area code; Google points to LFM car repair in Louisville KY, so WGTK is a good bet there. Whatever became of WAVE, an ideal radio-station call with their sine-wave logo? Ha, FCC shows that call ended on Nov 1, 1981, and there were two others before WGTK since August 9, 2000 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. 6904.5-SSB, Dec 16 at 2237 sounds like a MARS net, or the like (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. 6955.3-AM, Dec 16 at 2239, a much weaker pirate is here at same time as R. Casablanca on 6939.7; see NORTH AMERICA. Only thing copied here was at 2246 ``My Favorite Things`` maybe Sinatra; off by 2259 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)