mercoledì 16 gennaio 2013

Glenn Hauser logs January 15-16, 2013

** AUSTRALIA. 12080, Jan 16 at 0624, R. Australia with good signal S9+10 rivalling 11945 S9+12 (but readings not really comparable since they are at opposite ends of the 1-MHz-wide bands on the FRG-7); 12080 is supposedly only 10 kW, 80 degrees from Brandon, but I have my doubts. 11945 is 100 kW, 100 degrees from Shepparton. I also checked the other RA frequencies: 13630, 100 kW, 50 from Shep, was S9+18; 15415, 100 and 355 from Shep, was S9+8. Nothing audible, however, on 15240, which is supposed to be on until 0900, 100 kW, 30 degrees from Shep, all per HFCC B-12. 15240 should surely be audible and much stronger than 15415 if really on the air. So my theory is that the 15240 100 kW Shep transmitter is instead funxioning on 12080, instead of Brandon.

9580, Jan 16 at 1430, R. Australia is again playing `Radio Lab` from WNYC, this episode about gastrointestinal disorders, which was more engrossing than you might think. Cut off air at 1458*. Retune to 11945, quickie outro at 1459 for `The Science Show`, the nominal RN program really being filled by this hour on Wednesdays. 1500 RA News, and this time no CCI audible from ChiCom jamming or R. Free Asia via Tajikistan (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** BRAZIL. 11780, after three evenings of wideband noise across the 25m band originating from a totally dysfunxional RNB transmitter, I tune in again Jan 15 at 2155 to see what happen: it`s back to normal, with good signal but until 2204 suffering from Anguillan ACI. 2159 ends `A Voz do Brasil` which is 2a-6a 19h local, i.e. M-F 21-22 UT during DST.

Still has other problems in programming/modulation if not transmission: a big humwhine for a while, then EBC ID mentioning multi-outlets RNB, RNA, RN FM Brasília, various AM&FM, RN Rio de Janeiro, MEC Rio. 2201 news originating from Brasília, 2204 ID only for RNB there on 980, still claiming 300 kW, which Brazilian DXers dispute. 2205 more about the EBC net, and next program ``No Mundo da Bola``, i.e. devoted to stupid ballgames, primarily (solely?) futebol. 2225 a low audible het for a while, but by 2230 transmission is still OK, and no further reports of it flipping to wideband noise into UT January 16. Recheck at 0623, still going nominally in AM mode.

6180, the // to 11780, checked at 0635 Jan 16, now has a big humbuzz, no other modulation, and same on 11780; both back to music at 0639 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA. 6125, Jan 16 at 0636, RHC English is back to usual undermodulation level, after accomplishing good level last night (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** MEXICO. 620, Jan 16 at 1418 UT, YL in Spanish with Chihuahua weather, in null of Radio Disney Dallas-Fort Worth. The usual XE dominant on 620, XEBU, Chihuahua city (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** MEXICO. 770, Jan 16 at 0658 UT, string of phone numbers in Spanish, ID as XERFR, 970, R. Fórmula. Therefore it is that network`s affiliate in Monterrey NL, XEACH, which IRCA Mexican Log 2012 lists as only 200 watts at night, 5 kW day. WRTH 2013 and current Cantú show 25/1 kW, which I find more credible (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** MEXICO. 860, Jan 16 at 0701 UT, Mexican NA under CBS News from KKOW in KS, not separable as close to opposite direxion, WSW. Very likely from an MST station where it`s midnight, but three are in Cantú:
860 XEZOL 860 Noticias      Cd. Juárez, Chih.  1,000 500
860 XENW  Máxima + FM 103.3 Culiacán, Sin.     1,000 250
860 XEHX  La Mía + FM 101.7 Cd. Obregón, Son.  [no powers given]
IRCA shows XEHX also as 1000/250; WRTH as 5000/250. XEZOL is closest to here and more likely. The NA did not last long, but any following ID could not be heard vs QRM (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** MEXICO. 870, Jan 16 at 1358 UT with remnant WWL nulled, Spanish talk about local indigenous matters, 1402 mentions Tarahumara, 1403 PSA from gobierno del estado de Chihuahua, then federal IFE PSA, and some rustic music, obviously XETAR 10 kW daytimer in Guachochi (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** TUNISIA. 7335, Jan 16 at 0648, no IWT, normally a regular here and good for musical serenade to dreamland. I think it was on earlier in the hour when I tuned across (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGESTE)

** U S A. 5890, Jan 16 at 0643, WWCR with Brother Scare, VG signal level, but big buzz on the sidebands, peaking about 4.4 kHz above and below, presumably an input problem, for everything went silent at 0644, then a WWCR ID, and resumed with no improvement. BS on WWRB 3185 did not have this problem, but it was not //, or at least not synchronized.

15650, Jan 16 at 1508, WWCR modulation spike spurs still peaking around here from the 15825 transmitter (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A [and non]. 730, Jan 16 at 1410 UT, M&W talk in Korean, dominant from N/S, fortunately in null of adjacent KRMG 740 Tulsa, 1413 losing out to Spanish Ke Buena = XEHB Chihuahua, 1414 regaining a bit to mix with it. This is 500-watt KKDA, Grand Prairie TX, which just flipped from ``Soul 73`` format, much to the chagrin of the Black community in The Metroplex.

A call change might be expected, but maybe not, since to the DXer, KK = Korean and DA = directional antenna (at night anyway), and let us hope, never dead air. FCC still has it as KKDA. I wonder how many other full-time Korean-language stations there are in the US? WWRU 1660 in New Jersey of course, and likely some on the west coast. The Metroplex now also has Vietnamese, Chinese, South Asian AM stations, at least, plus lots of Spanish (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 880, Jan 16 at 1358 UT, open carrier from E/W dominant in KRVN null from the north. Obviously it`s KLRG Sheridan AR, surely one of the poorest examples of managing a 50 kW AM station, as frequently happens, still dead air past 1401, instead of `Canada Calling` from the WTAN Florida network as once heard at this time; then begins to fade vs KRVN signal (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 1510, Jan 16 at 1344 UT, ``ESPN 1510``, from Kansas City mentions ``teaming up with WHB``. No longer an audible het, I realize, as probably for some time KCTE, 10 kW daytimer licensed to Independence MO has been back on frequency, confirmed by BFO comparing to adjacent channels (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** VATICAN. 7250, Jan 16 at 0627, VR is on early again as Albanian dekaminute is upwrapping, fair with flutter. I quickly check the other frequencies: 6075 at 0628 switches from IS to music // 7250. At 0629, 3975 carrier on and off and on, then cut on the bells, and now // those on 6075, 7250, as all are about to go into Latin mass. Nothing audible on 9645, either off or not propagating as there was some signal from Turkey on 9700.

15320, Jan 16 at 1509, usual bigsig from R. Veritas Asia relay via Vatican in Filipino with English words interspersed. HFCC shows 250 kW, 130 degrees from a 216 antenna at SMG. If it`s rotatable, I wonder if it`s out of synch, really pointing in the wrong direxion, like my TV antenna was until I realigned it with the rotor control. HFCC reference table shows: 216 AHR(S)4/4/0.5 but does not explain what AHR means (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. 800, Jan 16 at 0659 UT, the extremely distorted signal is here again, looping somewhat west of due south and separable from 800 KQCV OKC to the SSE. Prime suspects remain XEZR in Zaragoza, Coahuila, and XEDD in Montemorelos NL. I wonder if Steve Wiseblood, back in Harlingen TX, can hear this in the daytime and get a fix on it? Or at night (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. 9430, Jan 16 at 1427, banshee blob slowly crossing FEBC, then the same across 9420 Greece, with constantly varying pitch (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)