sabato 20 luglio 2013

Glenn Hauser logs July 19-20, 2013

** AUSTRALIA. 9580 & 12065, Saturday July 20 at 1240, RA continues to mess with its programming, obviously not `Saturday Night Country`, but some annoying dance music; 1246 ID as ``Mix Up Exclusives`` from Triple-J, which is another ABC sub-network, until now not worthy of SW relay. 1258 she says ``next up: `Indian Summer`, music for the club scene`` --- Isn`t Indian Summer an American-only concept/phenomenon?

YL DJ has poor dixion and I have to look up the JJJ schedule via
to identify it properly, as for Saturday night local: ``21:00-01:00 [UT + 10] Mix Up Exclusives with Nina Las Vegas --- Keep the party going with Nina and sets from the world's best DJs and producers.`` What do you bet that`s not her real name?

Music kept playing at 1300 until interrupted by RA News which has not yet been deleted, starting with explosion at Beijing airport. 1305 club music cuts back on, so this has replaced `Saturday Night Country`` still shown on the RA program schedule both before and after 1300. However, at 1317 recheck the switch has been made to country; 1326 Roseanne Cash ``Fair & Tender Lady``, 1329 ID as SNC (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** BANGLADESH. 15505, July 20 tune in at 1359.5 just in time to hear Bangladesh Betar off-timesignal a bit earlier than usual, five plus one ending at 1359:35, opening Urdu; very poor (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** BOLIVIA. 4957.9, July 20 at 0108, no carrier at all, while various S American signals, mostly Brazilian, are detectable all over the 60m band. Rdif. Trópico, Trinidad had reactivated here, but seems like it`s gone again (or signing off earlier). Nor have I heard anything the last several evenings. How is it in South America? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** BOLIVIA. 6134.8, July 20 at 0110, South-Asian sounding vocal music but must be usual Radio Santa Cruz, quickly confirmed by ID at 0110.5, then some more conventional Andean music (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** BRAZIL. 15191.2 approx., July 20 at 0104 while waiting for the Chaski cutoff, quick check here to reconfirm R. Inconfidência, poor signal in Portuguese (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CHINA [non]. 9570, Saturday July 20 at 1240, pleased to hear ``Prélude à l`Après-Midi d`un Faune``, from of all things, the CRI Cantonese hour via Habana; and at 1247 more Western classical music, 1248 brief Chinese announcement. Not pleased that as always, the modulation is so muffled, and that there is ACI from Dentro-Cuban pulse jamming on 9565 against nothing (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CHINA. Firedrake July 20, before 1400:
13795, poor at 1355

All the rest are CNR1 jammers instead, during talk:
14980, very good at 1356
15540, very poor at 1357
15560, fair at 1357
15900, very good at 1356; open carrier post-1400 stayed on to 1403:14*
16100, good at 1358
17080, fair at 1358; none in the 18s, 13s or 12s

** IRAN [non]. 9760, July 20 at 0528, collision of about equal fair signals, one talk, one music. At 0530 the musical one goes off after 3-pip timesignal, surely R. Farda via Lampertheim, GERMANY, as scheduled 0230-0530, while the other must be R. Nikkei, Japan, 50/230 degrees until 0800 as per HFCC, or 50 degrees only, USward per Aoki (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** MEXICO. 970, July 20 at 0504 UT, full ID with street address for XEJ, Juárez, ``La Jota Mexicana``. I often notice the NA playing at 0500 next to the Fox-hole I am checking from 960 KGWA and assume it`s XEJ, now confirmed (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** OKLAHOMA. 530, July 20 at 0530 UT, ``K530AM``, Vance AFB has modified its incredibly boring rotation of PSAs slightly: how to prepare for hurricane evacuation! Tho by the time they occasionally get here, there is no threat to shorelines or high winds, just lots of rain. And H1N1, plus the perpetual one about booster seats for children in cars (Glenn Hauser, Enid, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** OKLAHOMA. 1120, July 19 around 1930 UT, KEOR Sperry is on with praise music in Spanish; in fact whenever checked the last couple weeks in daytime, it`s always been on, with music or preaching, so may have finally settled in (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** PERU. 5980, July 20 at 0103-0105:44*, weak R. Chaski tracked until cutoff, 5.5 seconds later than yesterday. Closing in on the usual timer-reset back closer to nominal 0100* (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SAUDI ARABIA. 17895, July 20 at 0516, BSKSA Qur`an, poor signal not often audible in the nightmiddle, // very poor 15170, which are 40 and 355 degrees respectively from Riyadh (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SUDAN [and non]. 15400, July 20 at 0512, 1 kHz tone jammer about equal level to R. Dabanga via MADAGASCAR tonight, both with improved signals. This is now normal and obviously no accident (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 5110-CUSB, July 20 at 0112, no signal from WBCQ! Nor on 7490, 9330-CUSB; wonder what`s wrong? Larry Will of Area 51 replies:

``Thunderstorms in the area are keeping all the WBCQ's off this evening for the time being. 7490's been off since at least 2350 when I first checked. Still off at 0128. I'll continue running the Area 51 webcast on the original schedule, so WOR will be on at 0130.``

I was busy mowing the lawn, but made a point of checking just before 0200: WOR was ending on the webcast, and then found all three SW frequencies back on. Further: see separate log about WOR.

15420-CUSB, July 20 at 1355-1400+, no signal from WBCQ which used to come on Saturdays with interval signal/ID loop prior to Brother Scare, who is still on the schedule. Nor at 1420 check.

I suppose most SW sites may turn off during heavy local storms, or do some think they can withstand them, safely keep transmitting? This could explain sporadically missing broadcasts. I have previously correlated some WEWN absences with radar maps showing storms across Alabama (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. WORLD OF RADIO 1678 monitoring: on July 19, Larry Will told us that the expected new show on 5110v-CUSB, at 01-02, is a no-show, so WOR will continue at 0130v UT Saturdays for the forseeable future.

However, at 0112 we found 5110 off the air as well as the other two WBCQ frequencies (see separate log). They were back on by 0200 so I hoped in time for WOR, but not. Larry Will says:

``Hi Glenn, Here it is at 0155 and the station's just come on with the last four minutes of WOR 1678 from my webcast source. As always, this is a most excellent radio show, and I apologize for the snafus this evening. I will replay WOR at 0230 Sunday (10:30 pm Eastern Saturday) on 5110 so this one can get a complete airing. Regards, Lw``

WOR confirmed on WRMI webcast after 1500 UT Saturday. Elsewhen: Saturday 1730 on WRN via WRMI 9955; Saturday 2329v on WTWW-2 9930; UT Sunday 0400.5 on WTWW-1 5830; Sunday 0730, 1030, 1430, 1830 on HLR 15785-CUSB test; Sunday 2330v on WTWW-2 9930 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. WTWW transmitters 2 & 3 have been missing a lot lately:
July 19 at 2013, neither 9930 nor 12105
July 20 at 1350 and 1420, no 12105 (9930 never on in mornings)

** U S A. 15180, July 19 at 2009, big open carrier with continuous ringing sound, 2010 off and on and then stays off. Surely it`s the 100 kW WHRI transmitter registered at 22-23 UT only, aimed 315 degrees, tuning up (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 11870, July 20 at 0524, WEWN Spanish is stronger than usual, and so is the annoying squeal from this transmitter with spurs plus and minus 9 kHz or so. Meanwhile, English on 11520 is clean (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. 11979, July 20 at 0520, the single-number CW intruder has come up with a new one instead of 7 or 3: 5! Axually 555, as in groups of three ..... between pauses, at the rate of 10 groups per minute, or 30 fives per minute; beating against Turkey 11980; stopped at 0535* (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)