mercoledì 29 maggio 2013

Glenn Hauser logs May 27-28, 2013

** AUSTRALIA. 6132 & 6168 approx., very distorted matching spurblobs, can`t tell language, but likely out of RHC 6150 midway between them --- NO, not // 9850, but instead // 9580, so it`s Shepparton which is out of order. RA fundamental 6150 sounds OK, atop QubaRM. In organizational shakeup, longtime RA personnel including Nigel Holmes are leaving as of June 7, so expect a downgrading in technical support (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** BANGLADESH. 15505, May 28 at 1359, BB IS with hum is JBA; should have been sufficient to audiblize off-timesignal, but none detected by 1359:40 when announcement starts and theme music (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CANADA. Large Es opening across Midwest USA on 6m, but only this on TV: May 27 at 2326 UT, weak northerly video in English on ch A2; by 0024 UT May 28, peaking more from the NE, ad grafix in English; probably Ontario (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA. 6060, May 28 at 0518, RHC English is VG here, instead of usual weakest signal aimed up the east coast toward Europe, so I assume it`s instead on a westward antenna. It`s better than HJ-hetted 6010, equivalent to 6165, with 6125 undermodulated as often the case (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA [non]. 7210-LSB, May 28 at 1151-1156+, instantly recognizable voice of Nelson Roig, Pennsylvania, N1NR, with his anti-Castro, counter-revolutionary, anti-communist ranting. Wow, can this guy extemporize for hours and hours any morning, or does he have a script, and thus a pseudo-broadcaster? Occasional QRM from another voice, and carriers on and off, but ineffective. Names like Roig, BTW are of Catalan heritage, pronounced Roch. And another one, related? Pedro, has been involved with R. Martí.

There is also a very weak broadcast carrier on 7210, but not enough to demodulate him here without additional BFO. Per Aoki that could be either of two 20 kW non-direxional transmitters: PBS Yunnan, Kunming, in Kachinic, or VOV1, Daclac in Vietnamese (don`t they bother each other?). (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** MALAYSIA. 9835, May 28 at 1200, RTM good signal with Qur`an aimed at Sarawak; certainly not // 11665 with the other network in pop music. BTW, as Ron Howard pointed out, I recently typoed that as 11655 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** MEXICO. 710, May 28 at 1108 UT, Chihuahua state song is ending; trying to outdo the national anthem for militarism (after all, the tierra of Pancho Villa); 1109 full ID for XEDP and XHDP with MW power as 5 kW, which really gets out (WRTH has odd figure of 7 kW), `La Ranchera de Cuauhtémoc`` sung ID, but first: a bit of choral hymn, and `Die Bibel Sagt` in Low German (sorry, I know how to spell that only in High German, if different); preacher keeps asserting past 1121 this day, but fading after 1115 with CCI coming up from KGNC and/or KCMO. Enid sunrise today 1117, to attain 1113 in a biweek (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** MEXICO. 2910, May 28 at 1055 UT, trace of AM talk vs storm crashes which aren`t too severe a few minutes before sunrise; presumed usual XEVT Villahermosa, Tabasco, 3 x 970 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** NIGERIA [and non]. 15120, May 28 at 0457 carrier but almost dead air from V. of Nigeria; 0500 African news in English about OAU, good signal but distorted modulation; 0509 dumps off the air uncovering weak Chinese, 0510 back on with hum and distortion. Aoki shows the entire 05-07 transmission collides with CRI in Chinese, 500 kW, 322 degrees from Beijing site (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** OKLAHOMA. 1120, May 28 at 0502 UT, Mexican music audible with KMOX nulled, but very poor signal. Presumed daytimer KEOR Catoosa again; also at 1128 caught an announcement mentioning ``palabra de dios``, Victoria, and a 491- phonumber, but now it`s legally daytime (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** OKLAHOMA. 92.1 FM, May 23 at 1524 UT, KAMG-LP Enid continues to transmit dead air all the time, whenever checked, well almost --- there are pops at the rate of 66/minute, but several times per minute there are three quick pops at once. Maybe a neglected receiver is trying to acquire a satellite feed? So much for local radio service.

Our next low-power up the dial, 93.1 K226BR, the one which provided straw-sucking-on-almost-empty-cup sounds, has been off for a few weeks now (Glenn Hauser, Enid, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** PAPUA NEW GUINEA. 3385, May 28 at 1104, the only NBC frequency detectable on 90m, very poor talk a few minutes before sunrise here (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** PERU [and non]. 5980, May 28 at 0100:18*, CRI/Cuban splash from 5990 cuts off late as usual, once CRI has started to open English; so no QRM from that when R. Chaski itself cuts off at 0101:05* which is 6 seconds later than yesterday (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** TATARSTAN [non]. 15110, May 28 at 0455, good signal with flutter, nice presumed Tatar music, 0458 announcement, and a little more music, off by 0500. It`s now been confirmed that the transmitter site for this and the two other Tatarstan Wave broadcasts is still Samara, RUSSIA:

``The engineering department of the Samara transmitting station confirmed today (24 May 2013) to local DXer Alexandr Golovihin of Togliatti, Russia, that the three daily Tatarstan broadcasts still originate in Samara. Further details about the site's future remain confidential, and will be published "in the news" as the time comes.
73, Eike Bierwirth, Leipzig Germany, dxldyg`` (Glenn Hauser, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 2670-USB, May 28 at 1057, ``broadcast notices to mariners``, read without much expression, ``break`` between each short item, mentioning bridge schedule in Louisiana, Galveston, Freeport, lights out, destroyed item, unknown submerged hazard, giving geo coordinates down to several decimal places. Another voice QRM in background from same radio room, still going past 1100. Per
this is NOY, USCG Galveston TX, scheduled at 1050 UT. Probably supposed to finish by 1103, when next 2670 station scheduled is NMK-2 in Atlantic City NJ, tho now unlikely to QRM each other (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A [non]. Prompted by a new update of the MBR schedule dated 24 May,
as tipped by Akbar Indra Gunawan, on HCDX, which shows only one entry for RMI:
11945 1930 2000 46SE 220 500 180 217 1234567 310313 261013 WER 100 RMI
I asked Jeff White:

``IIRC that was once Hamada, so is it on the air again? And what about República, is it off 9490? I haven`t checked for it the last few evenings. June 1 is almost here. May we still anticipate the departure of Brother Scare from 9955, and resumption more or less of the previous program schedule (but back to turning off SW during weekdays?), or what? 73, Glenn`` --- He replies:

``Glenn: Still no word on whether Hamada will return or not. No plans at the moment. República is still on the same schedule. No changes there. Brother Stair's contract ends May 31. We'll probably start making changes next week -- maybe not the same schedule as before, but probably a lot of similarities. Jeff``

So MBR`s own schedule contains imaginary listings (and what others??), while skipping some which do exist (what else?), i.e. R. República at 00-02 on 9490 via FRANCE. I checked this May 28 at 0058, and it was very poor but apparently present beneath wall-of-noise jamming. With better conditions, that can equal or even overcome the jamming (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 690, May 28 at 0458:50 UT, KGGF starts playing taps after quick sign-off announcement, after Jim Bohannon, so should finish close to local midnite.

Regarding last report, the second story linked was a companion piece but not the one about flag-folding, which is really here:

** U S A. 990, May 28 at 0505 UT, dominant signal loops E/W, legal ad, 0506 opening Phil Hendrie show giving east and west coast times, but nothing for the Great Center of America! In the nightmiddle here, 990 is normally a battle between CBW and XET, but not tonight; therefore I assume KWAM Memphis TN is running 50 kW day facilities on east-west pattern, rather than 450 watts nite altho that pattern is favorable too.

Hendrie`s website has 815 pages, but to find ``Aphiliates`` you must go thru the `Live` tab. Listed by state, yes, there`s KWAM at 12-3 am [CDT] (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 1160, May 28 at 1125 UT, Mexican music, vs no KSL, presumed KCTO Cleveland MO (Kansas City) now on 5 kW day power; soon overcome by Disney, ``wake up sleepyheads``, i.e. KRDY San Antonio TX. 1129 Spanish back up, ``Buenos Días, Solanía`` (? sounded like) and fadeout. Website is under construxion, without a program schedule, but very active on FB,

** VATICAN [non]. 7305, May 28 at 1157, Vatican Radio in Spanish via Greenville, somewhat distorted with hum, feed or transmitter fault? `Laudetur Iesus Christus` and into IS at 1158; seemed QRM-free but now I can hear some CCI, presumably CNR1, 100 kW, 37 degrees USward from Shijiazhuang 723 site (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. 1520, May 28 at 0523, KOKC OKC has heavy musical QRM, making fast ripple SAH, unseems Spanish (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. 18965, May 28 at 0104, open carrier with some fading, good signal, as heard at least twice before. With BFO it`s just a pure carrier, not RTTY or some other ute as this is a broadcast band, after all, but whence? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)