mercoledì 28 agosto 2013

Glenn Hauser logs August 27, 2013

** CHINA. 9410, August 27 at 1215, big noise blob has resumed from Beijing 491 site supposed to be CNR5 service. I am suspecting CNR5 is sacrificed on occasions when evil Fu Hsing BS from Taiwan is detected active on 9410, 11-13 UT, i.e. converting this transmitter to jamming mode. Unlike the Cubans, the ChiCom are surely not so technically incompetent as to let this happen for any other reason. OTOH, the blobnoise is still on at 1343 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CHINA. Firedrake [and non], CNR1 jammer bandscan search Aug 27 from 1337 finds none at all in the 12s, 13s, 14s, 15s, 16s, 17s. Except maybe inband bits in the lo part of 15 MHz (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA. 11840, August 27 at 0106, RHC Spanish with very lo modulation, no comparison to normal // 11760; // 15230 is also undermodulated and weaker.

6150, August 27 at 1210, RHC is back here on original frequency colliding with stronger R. Australia, despite apparently erroneous excursion to 6125 yesterday, shux. Re-opens 6125 for CNR1, whoopee (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** GUAM. 9720, August 27 at 1345, assertive Russian speaker about Christianity with sidekick, fair signal, 1346 into wistful song by YL. It`s KSDA, AWR, 100 kW, 345 degrees from Agat during this semihour only (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** GUAM. 13362-USB, August 27 at 1331, good signal from AFN with news, in fact much better than ever heard on nominal night frequency 5765-USB. NBC Today Show? Not today, maybe before 13; YL anchor eventually IDs as HLN, and is indeed a couple words ahead of CNN Headline News channel as received on cable 63 in Enid. Still in at 1350 with promo break for Navy-Cool (?) career program (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** IRAN. 13880, August 27 at 1336, very poor signal with broadcast-intoned talk on AM. Aoki shows VIRI, 0840-1427 in Dari, 250 kW, 84 degrees from Ahwaz. This is as high as you can go on 21m before hitting the SOH/Firedrake/CNR1 band (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** KOREA SOUTH. 5150, August 27 at 1209, very poor signal in Korean, i.e. MND Radio, clandestine for North but no noise jamming audible; couldn`t remember the paired channel, but Aoki shows it`s 6360 during this hour. Originally this new service would jumble its schedule frequently, but apparently not lately. Aoki says 100 kW ND from JongAn site (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** KOREA SOUTH. 15575, August 27 at 1338, JBA carrier from presumed KBS World Radio North American service in English. After a few summer months of usually adequate reception, I fear we are already entering the darkening months not supporting such a night-path MUF, as KBS doggedly stix to this yearound, and won`t consider a relay unlike Spanish at 0100 on 9605 via WHRI, which has a strong reliable signal here altho intended for Latin America. O well, at least we are still on KBS radar unlike RTI`s. Maybe there will still be some sufficient reception days (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** MEXICO. 650, August 27 at 0614 UT, Radio 65 and 12:14 TC in Spanish, back to music, axually atop WSM without nulling the latter. I.e. XETNT, Los Mochis, Sinaloa, a regular here but WSM normally dominant (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** PERU. 5980, August 27 at 0101, R. Chaski carrier on the FRG-7 is JBA until cutoff 0102:29.5*, which is 15 seconds later than last check 72 hours earlier, averaging 5 seconds later per night (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SARAWAK [non]. 15420, August 27 at 1216, still no signal from R. Free Sarawak via Taiwan (or Palau?); in fact 19m is almost dead except for a bit o` Cuba and China. We were certainly fortunate to hear RFS on its first day back on the air when it ran until 1321 instead of 1230 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SERBIA [non]. 9685, August 27 at 0101, still no signal from International Radio Serbia, and still no moaning & groaning that I have noticed about another station abandoning SW to North America; no reply and no explanation from IRS, and Europeans are still hearing it on some services to there via other frequencies, altho seemingly sporadically (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SPAIN. 11795, August 27 at 0105, VG open carrier, no doubt REE already on prior to 0115 Sephardic service, UT Tuesdays only for S America on a clear frequency instead of seasonal collision with Brasil 11780 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SPAIN [non]. 11910, August 27 at 1239, REE via CHINA is fair with flutter featuring songs in Asturian language; mentioned ``El Tambor Amarillo`` a couple times, showname? // 11815 via CR had the usual Japanese music CCI (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U K [non]. 5840, Aug 27 at 1208, surprised to find weak but mostly readable signal in English about Turkey, BBCWS? Yes, same on Singapore 6195 at 1211. First checking HFCC, it`s on 5845, not 5840, and not starting until 1400, so no fit there. Then I consult Aoki:

``5840*BBC 1200-1400 ..3..6. English 250 25 Nakhon Sawan THA 1503N 10004E BBC a13 Jun. 28``

This is day 3 = Tuesday. So it`s one of those jumparound transmitters, supposedly to confuse ChiCom jamming (none heard; are they still attacking English broadcasts from BBC et al.?), and nothing on 5875 where BBC used to be and per Aoki still is, same parameters on days 1 and 4 only, since end of June. And 5820 on days 2 and 7, leaving day 5 unaccounted for, at least in this band area (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 2000-USB, August 27 at 0541, New York Radio, WSY70 is JBA with VOLMET; at first tune I thought it was off, but once I had zeroed in on exact 5000.00 WWV and tuned down exactly 3 MHz, could detect it (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 5110v-CUSB, UT Tuesday August 27 at 0054, WBCQ is already on, sounds like the guy on the phone `Allan Weiner Worldwide` is always talking to, so presumably an unscheduled playback of AWWW, from 0000? Prior to the 0100 `Heart & Soul` show. Nothing on the Area 51 schedule now except on weekends, (and skipping H&S hour UT Sats which is not from A51 but from WBCQ itself); and nothing shown on the WBCQ 5110 web schedule either before 0100 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A [and non]. 5085, August 27 at 0055, I notice this frequency is off from WTWW-2, instead of normal start at 0000. That`s because the transmitter has stayed on day frequency 9930! as discovered at 0104, still inbooming with Brother Scare. And on, and on, this date, still 9930 at 0207, 0522, final 0629 chex, so presumably all-night. This works OK propagationally so far, but what about collisions?

Latest FCC schedule now dated 30 July at
shows 9930 for WTWW only at 12-24 UT, while available (but surely not all used) to ``KHBN`` Palau 24 hours.

HFCC shows no other conflicts, except one I had not noticed before:
9930 2315-2400 Sundays only, IBB Kuwait, 250 kW, 80 degrees in ``Bod``, i.e. a Tibetan dialect --- the same time WORLD OF RADIO used to be on WTWW.

If WTWW stay on 9930 instead of 5085 after 0000, that won`t be an adjacent problem for The Mighty KBC, 9925 via Germany, Sundays at 00-02, since from September it`s moving down to 7375 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A [non]. 7225, August 27 at 0543, TWR IS, good signal elbowing aside 7230 Channel Africa, which until then was fairly readable in English. This is the quarter-hour Polish service allegedly also on 5910, but I don`t hear the IS there (unless it just ended), only a trace of something under HJDH and causing a rippling fast SAH.

My previous log of this Aug 19, pointing out that 7225 is not aimed at Poland from Austria, but further west at 300 degrees, unlike 5910 at 30 degrees also from Austria, led to a discussion by Kai Ludwig and Wolfgang Büschel, as in DXLD 13-33:

WB: ``Glenn, this TWR Polish 300 degrees outlet is mainly meant to hundred thousands of Polish Nationals speaking people, at present living, and foreign working, studying in all EU, central / western Europe. Despite 300 degrees mainlobe, there is also a minor sidelobe signal of Moosbrunn all over Scandinavia and Eastern Europe too.``

KL: ``I strongly suspect that the azimuth for the 7225 signal is a typo and deleting the second naught will give the actual bearing. The antenna type (4/3 dipole wall) clearly indicates the big rotatable antenna, its low-band side in particular, and no hindrances seem to prevent pointing this antenna at 30 degrees, as listed for the log.-periodic in use on 5910.

It so happened that this morning the time was suitable for me to check it out: 7225 had lots of fading here, obviously being close to the MUF, but was otherwise hardly weaker than 5910 (and unsurprisingly in perfect synch with it). I think this 7225 is meant for the eastern parts of Poland, in accordance with the given target CIRAF 28. Anything else would be hunting for the niche of a niche within a niche.

I noted that these transmissions still start with the old Monte Carlo IS which hardly makes sense in any regard now. Is it is in use on any other distribution platform than shortwave at all? I don't think so.

But still a bit stronger than 5910 was at the same time 6155, with almost local-like reception. When leaving the radio on in the background only the very hard dynamic compression still made the path obvious from which Österreich 1 was coming in. It also confirmed once more a previous experience that dynamic compression disfigures baroque music very quickly. But still I think I'll more often tune into 6155 as morning companion when the time fits, already out of a consideration that at least one person should listen to this alibi transmission.``

But since 7225 comes in so much better here than 5910, I strongly suspect 7225 is really aimed USward. If not, it still has a lot more gain than the LP on 5910. Both M-F with 100 kW. Why is this under USA [non] instead of AUSTRIA? AFAIK, TWR HQ is still in Cary, North Carolina, altho the only ``US`` transmitter they use is KTWR Guam (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 5371.5-SSB, August 27 at 0535, one of the few discrete ``60 [sic; really 55.57] meter`` ham frequencies authorized in certain countries, ragchew about equipment, QRP rigs, etc., quick ID as KJ5JK? Or -JT? With a much weaker WA0. 0628 now it`s KB5BK? Probably same station who won`t employ fonetix, still chewing about straight keys, etc., with a stronger contact (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 529, Aug 27 at 0549 there`s a het upon 530 Cuba and 530 Vance AFB TIS, which I haven`t heard in ages. Must be 529 ``LYQ`` reactivated, as just tipped by Bruce Conti, Nashua NH log on the mwdx yg:

``529, *WQHL966 TN Morrison* - 8/25 0300 EDT [0700 UT] - Loud het against 530 R. Enciclopedia; repeating LYQ in Morse code. Listed in FCC database as an aviation radio navigation station at Roseanne Airport. New log``

I replied: ``Not new here, but haven`t heard a het of it in months, and presumed was inactive. This is run by Dave Frantz at his WWRB SWBC site (3185, 3215, 5050, 9370), and I think he only turns it on occasionally when needed as navigational backup. 73 Glenn Hauser, OK``

I hear it first on the SRF-59, just the A2 het, can`t make out any ID, but as I rotate the barefoot ultralight, the pitch of the het changes very slightly: because K530AM Vance is a bit higher in frequency than Cuba with which it normally makes a significant SAH. Then I switch to the DX-398 in LSB mode and can barely make out ``LYQ`` IDs. May soon be gone again for months. BTW, K530AM is still warning us about hurricanes hitting here (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 770, August 27 at 0557 UT, ``770 KKOB`` ID, promo Mark Levin show; is clear and dominant E/W signal vs rock music N/S, probably XE if not Metroplex. Usual quandary about whether this is bleed from the main 50 kW KKOB transmitter in Albuquerque`s North Valley which is supposed to protect WABC, maybe out of whack, but not strong enough to be on day pattern; or the co-channel nite-only 230-watt non-direxional fill-in relay in Santa Fe (Glenn Hauser, OK, SRF-59, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** UZBEKISTAN. 12160, August 27 at 1328, heavy flutter, very poor signal in S Asian song, announcement, continuing past 1330. Aoki shows it`s TWR ``India`` via Tashkent, on Tuesdays going from Dogri to Hindi. BTW, this service lasts until 1615 weekdays, 1545 weekends in various languages, thus colliding with WWCR after 1500 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** VATICAN. 17530, August 27 at 1340 the SSOB is VOA Somali, and almost the OSOB with a trace of 17580 Cuba, and nothing tooday from the often well-heard CRI East Turkistan trio 17560, 17640, 17650. Makes for less religion, anyway from SMG site, altho violating Separation of Church and State to do so (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** VATICAN [and non]. 7250, August 27 at 0527, presumed Albanian from VR, transmitter on the air early again, promoting this tongue from MW-only status on 1260; 0528 song, 0529 bells; poor signal.

5980, then found VR here too at 0530 ending bells and into ``Laudetur Iesus Christus``, mass show introduced in German, Spanish, French, Polish(?), 0531 into Latin. Better signal than 7250, but // 9645 is best despite het on hi side from R. Bandeirantes, Brasil.

At times 5980 also has CCI from WWCR mixing product, extremely strong 5890 leaping over 5935 another 45 kHz higher, and making a SAH of 3 or 4 Hz.

HFCC shows 5980 VR at 0530-0615, 100 kW, 330 degrees from SMG in Lat for the entire A-13 season, but I have not been hearing it all summer until now; was it really off, or is the sun just starting to rise late enough? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)