mercoledì 20 marzo 2013

Glenn Hauser logs March 19-20, 2013

** AUSTRALIA. 17750, March 20 at 0541, pleased to hear at least a weak signal on 16m at this hour on (almost) the equinox, i.e. R. Australia. Too poor to copy but not // much better RA English frequencies 15515, 15240, 13630 and even 15415 which are // each other. 17750 must be on the Asian stream, i.e. `Bush Telegraph` scheduled, while the others are `Pacific Beat`, about coping with crime in PNG.

HFCC shows 17750 is 2330-0700 on 329 degree beam from Shepparton to CIRAF 44S, 50, 51W, 54E, i.e. Indonesia, Philippines, eastern China.
HFCC shows 15415 is 2200-0700 on 355 degree beam from Shepparton to CIRAF 45, 51, 64, i.e. Papua New Guinea to Japan

** BANGLADESH. 15505, March 20 at 1358, BB is already on with hummy IS, 1400 timesignal about 1 second early, and opening Urdu. Except for Cuba, one of the best signals on 19m now, with north-south terminators, much better than 15610 WEWN or 15825 WWCR (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CHINA. Firedrake, March 20 before 1330:
11500, very poor at 1322; none in the 12s
13530, poor-fair at 1325
13920, poor-fair at 1325; none in the 13s
15515, poor at 1323 with flutter; none in the 16s

** CUBA. 11770-11920, March 20 at 0104, approx. range of big buzz again from the RHC 11840 transmitter in the middle of this. This time, no // weaker audio spurs on 11830 or 11850 are audible, just the noise which as always is strongest in clear areas closest to 11840 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** DIEGO GARCIA. 12759-USB, March 20 at 0115, music audible on very poor signal, i.e. AFN (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** IRAN. 12085, March 20 at 1356, poor signal with Qur`an, soon announcements in unknown language past 1400. Must be from some theocracy. Yes: HFCC shows VIRI Dari service at 12-15, 500 kW, 85 degrees from Kamalabad.

BTW, Syria is still HFCC-registered with 500 kW on 12085 all the way from 1600 to 0040, including English at 20-22; don`t you believe it (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** MEXICO. 540, March 20 at 0510-0520 UT, `Los 40 Principales` slogans and pop music, YL DJ, i.e. current format of XEWA San Luis Potosí, SLP. Lots of QRM but this signal stays marginally atop with receiver aimed N/S; I still can`t believe it`s anywhere near the nominal 150 kW. Slogan is a cumbersome translation of English ``Top 40``, but now widespread in Mexico, one in every market, it seems. In this case, I wonder if frequency 5-40 has anything to do with decision to put it on XEWA (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** NIGERIA [and non]. 15115-15120-15125, March 19 at 1942, VON is on in DRM, most obvious by the QRDRM it puts on 15125-AM, REE via COSTA RICA, rather than on its proper center frequency (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** OKLAHOMA. See my previous reports about KEIF-LP, 104.7 Enid, ``The Rocket`` having its license canceled by FCC. Finally on March 20, the Enid News & Eagle runs a story about it on the front page, based mostly on the FCC notice:

At the KEIF listing via FCC FM Query,
there is another letter of March 18 with further details about the case:

Meanwhile, despite Scott Clark`s threats, by 1435 UT check March 20, The Rocket is OFF THE AIR!

However, easily on caradio, and with careful positioning of indoor whips, we still hear something on 104.7, ``The new Sunny 104.7`` with rock music. This is the station in nearby Ponca City which The Rocket managed to override around Enid with its alleged 82 watts, KQSN with 25 kW. It has a rudimentary website

FCC shows KQSN`s 60 dBu service contour from a site N of Ponca City reaches only halfway to Enid. The same for KEIF barely covered the city of Enid, not including Vance AFB and Woodring Airport on the outskirts; surely an underestimate.

There is one other Okie on 104.7, KSLE Wewoka with 1.7 kW, per FCC FM Query, which has yet to add a D to the KEIF listing (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** PERU. 5980, March 20 at 0100, with Cuba 5990 barely off in time, there is still far too much noise on the band to copy anything but the R. Chaski carrier with BFO, timing its cutoff now at 0101:12* which is 4.5 sex later than last night (these semi-second readings are just an estimate, i.e. somewhere between 1-second steps on my digital watch, as corrected each time compared to WWV). (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** RUSSIA. 5930, March 20 at 1250, folk song in English, announcement in Russia, fair signal from R. Rossii, Pet/Kam. It`s normally // but weaker on Magadan 5940, but there is only a JBA carrier. Does being a bit further north make all the difference? Then check other Magadan channel 7320 and it`s a bit better, // but not synch with 5930. All of the go off at 1300 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** RUSSIA. 6115, March 20 at 1259, VOR IS, then Chinese. Listed 11-14, 250 kW, 152 degrees from Irkutsk. No jamming audible, nor have there been any reports of the ChiCom jamming Russia, why not? For old times` sake.

12075, March 30 at 1331 after `News in Brief`, VOR with `Folk Box`, which I gather is about the Sami in extreme northern European Russia, and their neat music. Fair at best with heavy flutter impeding comprehension. Whenever I hear such a tantalizing signal from VOR, my resentment surges against their abandoning North America.

HFCC shows 12075, 12-15, 500 kW, 155 degrees from Dushanbe, TAJIKISTAN, and in this case is probably not disinformation (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SUDAN [non]. 9940, March 20 at 0552, no signal from Miraya FM via BULGARIA (not imaginary ``Simferopol, Ukraine`` as in HFCC) contrary to previous nights, and since nearby Egypt 9905, Greece 9420, and even Turkey 9700 with a more northerly path to here than Sofia are well audible, it`s hard to believe Spaceline Kostinbrod is even on the air. Meanwhile the Sudanese and we can hear the inbooming R. Dabanga via Vatican on 7315 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** TURKEY [and non]. 17755, March 20 at 1327, VOT IS and English ID, raising hopes that once again the Emirler engineer will forget to change frequency following this German service, and audiblize English on the band it should be using at 1330 --- dashed, as soon cut off the air.

12035, March 20 at 1329, VOT IS is JBA, and there seems to be CCI from something else talking; nothing but timesignal copiable from VOT at 1330.

Yes, HFCC shows the collisions: NHK Bengali via Singapore at 1300-1345 since 15 Jan, and also BBC Bengali via Singapore at 14-15, but only on Sundays and Tuesdays, since 18 November, why? Both these came up after start of B-12 season, ignoring Turkey, presumably no collisions predicted in target areas.

In A-13, as usual VOT goes back to 15450 for English an hour earlier at 1230 on 310 degree beam for Europe, and this will carry on to N America somewhat better than 12035, but they should still be on 16 meters (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A [and non]. 15570, March 19 at 1958, good & steady open carrier, but cuts off around 1959.5. Then on 15580 there is same open carrier mixing with VOA English to Africa; shortly the previous 15580 carrier goes off and modulation starts on the new one.

Here`s what happened: scheduled at 2000 is handover from Botswana to Greenville for one hour only, `African Beat`. GB was warming up 10 kHz away and then jumped to 15580 for a crash-start as BOT dropped-carrier-immediately. Mutual QRM was thus mostly avoided except for a brief overlap. This is not always the case with the far-too-frequent site changes IBB schedules (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 15825, March 19 at 1940, WWCR is JBA, while 15610 WEWN is very good along with its spurs. The two are almost the same one-megameter distance in somewhat different direxions. Suspect WWCR-1 is way under-powered below 100 kW (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 7506.38, March 20 at 0109 is the closest I can measure WRNO this time, during gospel huxter with lite buzz, as it continues to transmit far beyond the legal FCC frequency tolerance from 7505.000 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 12105, March 20 at 1403, despite strong signal from WTWW with dramatized Bible stories in Russian, overridden briefly by ``running water`` utility (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)