lunedì 11 febbraio 2013

Glenn Hauser logs February 11, 2013

** CUBA [and non]. 6010, Feb 11 at 0619, RHC English is amodulated, just open carrier easily audiblizing het with still mashed COLOMBIA, so Arnie has to make do with only four overkill frequencies instead of five (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** GUAM. 9910, Feb 11 at 1152 & 1208, while looking for Free Sarawak on 9900, a good signal here in Chinese: it`s KTWR, 125 kW (semi-transmitter?), 305 degrees at 1100-1230 per HFCC (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** GUIANA FRENCH [and non]. 11740, Feb 11 at 0529 I tune in just in time to hear NHK English relay end at 0530* with very good signal and definitely turn off the carrier. Yet at 0615 recheck, RRI French again has a fast SAH from another weak carrier. Revised theory: GUF turns off the main carrier, but not the exciter? Or maybe it`s Vatican which is not supposed to be on 11740 until much later.

15190, Feb 11 at 1211, the only other R. Japan English relay left to N America, also via GUF, has only fair signal, but it`s the OSOB this early before sunrise.

I later heard from my contact at TDF that this is the same transmitter which puts out the spurs from 5960, 9490 and 11740, so need to look for those around 15190, but fundamental is far too weak for them to have shown up today, and I am preferably and usually asleep at 1200. They are awaiting a replacement part to fix the spur problem (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** MEXICO. 2910, Feb 11 at 1155 and still 1219 UT, very poor signal but usual Spanish morning news magazine with some music, from XEVT, 3 x 970, Villahermosa, Tabasco, our most persistent and regular MW harmonic, along with KGLD 2660 Texas. Ever-increasing storm noise level disrupts our 2 MHz DXing (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** OKLAHOMA. 530, Feb 11 at 0631 UT I monitor the Vance TIS to hear what they`re doing lately. Has been on air continuously since my original reports in January, and still unnoted by the weekly base newspaper The Scoop. I`ve brought it to the attention of the editor. They`ve added some local content, copied thus until repetition started:

Vance Crimestoppers phone number 580-213-7200
Hours for Commercial Vehicle Search Gate, 0630-1830 weekdays, 0630-1430 Saturdays
Amber alerts, sign up for free! texts
Booster seats for post-baby kids; starts ``They jump out of trees``
Harrison gate is open 24 hours
Hours for Baker(?) gate, not 24h
``You`re listening to K-530-AM, broadcasting from Vance Air Force Base, Enid, Oklahoma`` --- so now they have made up a callsign!
How to get info from FEMA
Crimestoppers, etc. . .

Previous experience indicates the selexion of PSAs and rotation may vary at different dayparts (Glenn Hauser, Enid, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SARAWAK [non]. 9900, Feb 11 at 1152, 1208, 1220, still not a trace of R. Free Sarawak, allegedly moved here at 11-13 UT. Website is updated every day to present the latest podcast, but nothing shown about missing SW transmissions, still headed ``IMPORTANT: Our frequency is changing to 9900 kHz, 7-9pm``. That must mean ``is`` in progress of making change but not yet implemented for some reason. Again plenty of signals from Asia and Pacific on 9 MHz. Wolfgang Büschel and Ivo Ivanov agree 9900 was still not on air today (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 17655, Feb 11 at 1411-1413* very strong open carrier, no tones or ID, but surely Greenville in usual advance check to be sure it will come up when needed at 1700 in VOA Portuguese (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. WORLD OF RADIO 1655 monitoring: confirmed on WRMI 9955, UT Monday Feb 11 at 0530, more or less level with the jamming; tnx a lot, Arnie! After 1200 jamming is heavy and presumably will be also on Tuesday during another WOR playback (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A [and non]. 2660, Feb 11 at 0625 UT, very weak gospel music, no doubt the usual harmonic from 1330, KGLD Tyler TX. Storm noise level below 7 MHz has been high lately, worst on 2 MHz impeding much harmonic chasing.

Still nothing audible any more on 2240 or 2250 at 1216, and at 1218, North Korea was only very poor on 2850 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** VATICAN [and non]. 6075, Feb 11 at *0628:45, VR cuts on air to present tail of secret English broadcast; she says won`t be back tomorrow, but next weekend, so Sat & Sun only at 0600?? On no known frequencies. After ``Laudetur Iesus Christus``, 0629 cut to bells prior to 0630 mass.

I suppose PBXVI resignation news broke after this; could have been a scoop for Vatican Radio, but one of his greatest achievements has been gutting the shortwave service. Instead I first hear about it on BBCWS 21470 Cyprus at 1420, which devotes the rest of the hour to discussing it, disrupted by some transmission breaks around 1431.

Clicking thru the US cable news channels, and major broadcast networks, nary a mention until one of them puts it on a crawler. Clearly minor news over here. What about EWTN? They are playing back a Sunday night talk show, but at 1500 UT go to a Live special, having rounded up several of their own staff to discuss it, and it`s simulcast on WEWN 15610 out of synch with the TV network (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** UZBEKISTAN. 15755, re my unID Feb 10 at 1408: Ivo Ivanov says this is the TWR India service via Tashkent, ex-7505, but stays on 7505 after 1430. Jorge Freitas, Brasil, also monitored it Feb 11 from 1349 until 1430 via the SDR in Twente, Netherlands, and heard a TWR ID at the end:

** VIETNAM [and non]. 9920, Feb 11 at 1208, whoop-whoop siren jamming, no doubt aimed at FEBC, 100 kW due west from Iba per Aoki at 1200-1230 in Rade on Sun-Wed, Jarai on Thu-Sat, and more Vietnam minolity languages we`ve never heard or heard of until 1330 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. 7414, I missed monitoring the distorted Chinese mystery until 1330* today Feb 11, but Jorge Freitas, Brasil did and posted clip at 1328 until it went off:
Still no replies from Asia about this