sabato 12 gennaio 2013

Glenn Hauser logs January 11, 2013

** BANGLADESH [and non]. 4750, Jan 11 at 1333, pileup of two or three Asians, where they can`t figure out that shifting to different frequencies would help them all to be heard. If it`s this bad on the opposite worldside, it must be awful in Asia. Atop signal has M&W talking, not Chinese, and unseems Indonesian either, so that leaves Bangla, as Bangladesh Betar HS has been reported reactivated recently by Ron Howard, et al. Monitored across hourtop 1400 with song, no timesignal or ID, sounds like maybe a kidshow; still in at 1420 with song, less QRM. By now could be RRI Makassar dominating (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CHINA. 4940, Jan 11 at 1404, Chinese is the SSOB except for WWV, no doubt V. of Strait, Fuzhou; could easily have copied it but for language barrier. No sign of AIR Guwahati co-channel, unlike clashes on 4820, 4920; see INDIA (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA [and non]. 13780, Jan 11 at 1502, RHC is missing from one of its best morning frequencies; don`t know how long it had been off, but then tuned to 11860 at 1503 just in time to hear frequency announcement claiming 13780 is on until 1600! 11860 has CCI and SAH from Iran in Russian as usual. Then at 1504:30 YL mis-announces the time as ``exactamente las 10, 1 minuto``, into ``news``. Typical (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** EGYPT [and non]. 13580, Jan 11 at 1457, horrible mess between VOA Kurdish and wavering tone, also LAH between carriers. VOA off at 1458:45* but the tone continues until 1500:42, then 1501 R. Cairo opening scheduled Albanian, with distortion, reverb. There was no carrier break and I am quite sure the clash was merely due to R. Cairo warming up, not intentional jamming as Steve Handler was theorizing in the NASWA Flashsheet. And if it were jamming, it would surely be starting when Kurdish does at 1400. This has been going on for many months, as I have reported it a few times before. IBB should wake up and get another frequency to avoid this. Site is Wertachtal. Also CODAR in the mix (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** GREECE. 7475, Fri Jan 11 at 0606 check, ERT Greek music is // 9420 instead of splitting for R. Filia in Albanian; this happens erratically, why? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** GUAM. 5765-USB, Jan 11 at 1406, AFN is back again after missing a few days, news from the NBC `Today` show about shooting in California, tornados and floods in Louisiana; 1409 military PSAs cover up the original TV commercials; more at 1414: military deployment news from the Southern Command.

Hearing TV show soundtrax only is somewhat frustrating when they are obviously referring to visuals, such as weather maps. Whatever became of DVS? Descriptive Video Service. In the final years of analog TV there was a bit of this on some PBS shows, using SAP = subcarriers, which should still be possible somewhere in the DTV bandwidths. Not something you can do on the fly, like captioning, but audio descriptions for the blind of what is on the screen, carefully inserted during pauses. Probably too expensive for too few benefitters.

Also checked 4319-USB for AFN Diego Garcia, but only ute QRM. I never have any luck with the BIOT outlet, a.k.a Chagos, a.k.a. Diogo Garcia to the true Portuguee (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** INDIA [and non]. 4820, Jan 11 at 1336, fast SAH, top station talking in accented English, about football? 1338 commercial with kid voices, or childish adults, unseems English. Must anyway be AIR Kolkata, over PBS Xizang.

4870, Jan 11 at 1339, weak talk and LAH, bonker on the side. Probably AIR Nepali service from Delhi/Khampur, and would like to think the het is from off-frequency 300-watt Indonesian, RRI Wamena.

4920, Jan 11 at 1340, S Asian music and talk, CCI, presumably also AIR Chennai, atop another PBS Xizang (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** MEXICO. 640, Jan 11 at 0701 UT, Mexican NA very long multi-verse choral version, finally ends at 0706, full ID with powers, street address, phones, etc., for ``Los 40 Principales``, Hidalgo del Parral, Chihuahua, AM & FM, XEHHI on 640, and XHHHI on 99.3; 0707 timecheck as ``son las 12`` -- not exactly! Then rock song en inglés. It`s not hard to get past KWPN 640 OK, which BTW is still running IBOC, but only sporadically in the daytime (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** MEXICO. 660, Jan 11 at 0639 UT, romantic music in Spanish, ``La mejor estación, La Lupe, 98.9`` dominating frequency at the moment, i.e. XEACB, Ciudad Delicias, Chihuahua, 5/1 kW per IRCA Mexican log but not off the air after 0600 as listed there.

Name is presumably in tribute to La Virgen de GuadaLupe. I used to live in Guadalupe county, New Mexico, too young to be conscious of virgins per se, but no doubt associated with some in grade school (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** OKLAHOMA. 1020, Jan 11 at 0620 UT and rechex later in the hour, KOKP Perry in open carrier/dead air; makes 3.6 Hz SAH with something else, probably KDKA Pittsburgh. Ho hum, happens frequently (Glenn Hauser, Enid, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** OKLAHOMA. 960, Jan 11 at 0600-0605 UT, KGWA Enid also with Fox-hole of dead air again; only ABC news detected, presumably KMA Shenandoah IA (Glenn Hauser, Enid, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** POLAND. 24946-USB, Jan 11 at 1431, SQ2RCM, Andy, calling CQ DX after working a few W`s. Mixes different fonetik alfabets, as ``sierra queen two radio charlie mike``. IDs:
SQ2RCM, Andy Repalski, Guzlin 51, PL 87-880 Brzesc Kujawski, Poland
Checked 12m since 13m broadcast band was above par, but nothing on 10m (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SPAIN. 17715, Jan 11 at 1506, French! Instead of Spanish from REE. Yes, they`ve done it again, relaying CRI instead of own programming, during news about the Kurdish Workers Party, 1509 reference to, IDs as Radio Chine Internationale; 1513 western operatic music. Checked 21610 and 15385 for // but REE is properly in own Spanish on those. Still CRI music separately on 17715 at 1530.

See my previous log on 17595, Dec 29 at 1428-1503 of REE also relaying CRI in French by mistake, as in DXLD 13-01 under SPAIN. Isn`t anyone paying attention at Madrid master control, or Noblejas site to what`s really going on the air? Of course not!

Hmm, REE owes CRI a lot of make-up airtime for CRI`s daily 2-minute relay of REE IS at 1358-1400 before own Nepali service on two frequencies, for years and years (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** TAIWAN [non]. 15180, Friday Jan 11 at 1436, virtuoso violin solo, i.e. a cadenza in a major violin concerto, as then orchestra rejoins; 1336 Russian announcement, and more classical music from RTI via FRANCE; presumably Taiwanese performers, and hope this is a regular program. 1455 closing announcement and off at 1457* (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. WORLD OF RADIO 1651 monitoring: second broadcast confirmed on WWRB, UT Friday Jan 11 starting about 0428 --- I was monitoring the webcast at first, from 0426 when instead of Pastor Larry ``Amen & Amen`` Cain from Anderson SC, `Unshackled` was closing from the Pacific [sic] Garden Mission in Chicago --- this is another filler, instead of last week`s primitive organ music which I would prefer to hear. The never-dated program grid from Global 1 (5050) at
shows `Faith Holiness`, Thursdays at 11-11:30 pm; not sure if that was the official name of Cain`s show, which may have run out of money to buy this `expensive` airtime.

Unfortunately, after a quick Dave ID, there was dead air again, interrupted by fitful bits of me opening WOR; wiggle that patchcord! Only sometime during the first item about Argentina does the modulation catch on and stay on --- I hope for the rest of the semihour; rechecked 0458 too late as the early start meant it was over already. During the interim also confirmed that this week was on both 3195 and 5050, but unusually, 5050 considerably weaker than 3195.

Two of my otherwise good outlets for WOR on SW keep messing up the opening. I am tempted to start inserting meaningless dispensable blather for the first biminute, rather than getting right down to business, but every minute counts, and I have only 29 of them, never enough to cover all the news I would like to.

Next: UT Saturday 0230v on Area 51 via WBCQ 5110v-CUSB [Anker Petersen measured on 5109.74 Dec 29]; Saturday 0630 & 1030 on Hamburger Lokalradio 7265-USB (or is it CUSB too?); Saturday 0900, 1600 & 1830 on WRMI 9955; Saturday 1830 on WRN via SiriusXM 120; UT Sunday 0500 on WTWW-1 5830; Sunday 0900, 1630, Monday 0530, Tuesday 1200 on WRMI 9955 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** VATICAN. 7250, Friday Jan 11 at 0610, very poor signal here, presumed Vatican Radio on early again in Swedish or maybe Finnish; 0619 confirmed as VR with IS, before another off-schedule transmission in Albanian. Yesterday SMG did not turn on this frequency until 0628 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. 999, Jan 11 at 0655, 1 kHz het upon KKIM & KTOK, presumably trans-Atlantic, but scanning the band for other carriers was unproductive at this late hour. Nothing over 50 kW on 999 from W Europe, COPE Madrid (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. 6128-SSB, approx., Jan 11 at 0710 very weak two-way in Spanish, INTRUDER, audiblized once Cuba is off 6125 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. 9440-9460, Jan 11 at 1345, the banshee blob is varying/jumping around this range, with its constant rumble, and making hets of constantly changing pitches as it crosses other stations. Could be an ionosonde gone wild (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)