venerdì 30 agosto 2013

Glenn Hauser logs August 29-30, 2013

** ANGUILLA. 6090, Aug 30 at 0509, DGS service during music break is *still* buried underneath continuous self-imposed noise, 24 hours after first noticed, and also that way earlier Aug 29 on day frequency 11775. Finally at 1306 Aug 30, 11775 is back in whack but with rippling SAH, CCI against PMS from the CNR1 jammer vs AIR in Tibetan via Goa, shortly even worse by comparison (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** AUSTRALIA. 9580, 12065, 9475, and with CubaRM, 6150, R. Australia, Friday August 30 at 1250 interview with an INTEL guy who is into steampunk, on `Future Tense` --- what? 1230 Friday is supposed to be `Innovations`, as confirmed on current RA program schedule, with F.T. on Tuesdays at 1230.

But it seems there has been no Innovation since July 12, so apparently FT is a suitable replacement/substitute. In fact, even stranger, this episode is the one not supposed to start until September 1 via Radio National, so RA listeners got it in advance:
There are audio linx already which I haven`t tried, but no transcript yet (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** BANGLADESH. 15505, Aug 30 at 1357, BB very poor with tone, 1359 IS, timesignal ending at 1359:57, opening Urdu (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** BRAZIL. 11780, Aug 30 at 0057, RNA is back in whack, regular AM instead of extremely distorted and wideband FM, 24 hours earlier. Jorge Freitas, Bahia, says it was OK by 1805 UT Aug 29, and the problem happened after a several-hour blackout in much of Brasil, once the power came back on. Still OK at 0513 Aug 30 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CANADA. 690, Aug 30 at 0539 UT, Québecois interview stands out in the mix of other signals with KGGF KS open carrier. First thought is CBF Montréal, but that`s long gone, its replacement anglais. Loops NNW anyway, so this has to be CBKF-1, Gravelbourg, Saskatchewan, the CBC = SRC Première Chaîne outlet which NRC Pattern Book 2005 shows with a minor nite lobe in this direxion, otherwise mostly northward. A predominantly French town? Supposed to serve also Swift Current, Moose Jaw, even Regina? Hearing any French on 690 is certainly a rarity here (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CHINA. Quick check of 12-18 MHz, Aug 30 at 1358-1359, finds no Firedrake [non] CNR1 jamming or Firedrake (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA. 11680, Aug 30 at 0058, RHC is absent from this scheduled frequency instead of Spanish or wrong-language French as previously.

5040, Aug 30 at 0508, `Cuba Campesina` type story-telling song from RHC; can this be the English hour as scheduled? No! English talk on the other frequencies, 6060, 6125, 6165, so this must be the Spanish service which is supposed to stop at 0500 on all frequencies.

Meanwhile 6000 English is absent, but there at 0526; seems it often comes up late; now at 0526, 6165 is undermodulated with some hum, and also CCI underneath making rippling fast SAH, so would that be Chad? Remember it`s allegedly a 250 kW transmitter.

The entire Cuban national territory is in a wacky off-timezone, as Aug 30 at almost 1332 UT I heard RHC TC on 15340 as ``las 9:30 en todo el territorio nacional``. They should listen to Reloj Nacional which is no more than a few seconds off. So 15340 is back on today to collide with HCJB Australia. But 13780 is absent at 1358 check (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** PERU. 5980, August 30 at 0059, JBA carrier from R. Chaski on FRG-7, seemed to go off about 0102:49.5* but there remained another carrier until 0103:19.5*, both approximate due to fading. Projected Chaski-cutoff should have been about 0102:45*, 10.5 seconds beyond last check 48 hours earlier (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** RUSSIA. 13m has good signal from 21540 Kuwait, so ``15m`` should be open for hams around there; but all I hear are a Russian and a Ukrainian, q.v., working mostly US stations in the northeast, frequencies approx. due to weak signals:

21225-USB, Aug 30 at 1347, RN3GL, Mike, about 400 km south of Moscow, working stations in New England, New Jersey. So he`s not too far away from UR4MKY. shows:

Mikhail V. Yuyukin
Lipetsk, ul. Katukova 30-12

** TUNISIA. 7275, August 30 at 0546, notice that IWT is gone before usual closing just before 0600; I had been dozing to its music around 0535 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** UKRAINE. 13m has good signal from 21540 Kuwait, so ``15m`` should be open for hams around there; but all I hear are a Ukrainian and a Russian, q.v., working mostly US stations in the northeast, frequencies approx. due to weak signals:

21255-USB, Aug 30 at 1339, UR4MKY calling CQ; says he is in the eastern part, and fonetik calls easy to copy. shows:

Taras Kudimov
P.O. Box 207021
94207, Alchevsk

That`s in the easternmost province of Ukraine, Lugans`k. Profile and photos show he`s 21 years old (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. WORLD OF RADIO 1684 monitoring: confirmed on WTWW-1, 9479, Thursday August 29 after 2100 (by tape while we were out to see `The Butler` movie).

Confirmed on WWRB 5050`s webcast, UT Friday August 30 from 0329. At 0328 I started to hear some false-starts, cue-ups? underneath the preacher, whom Dave then cut off to announce that WOR is coming up, and WWRB has made a number of changes/improvements, notably in internet service. Site is out in the middle of nowhere, so needs own microwave link to get it from Charter Cable headend some 20 miles away, but that was hit by lightning and had to relocate it, now working well. Next WOR airings:

UT Sat 0200v on Area 51 via WBCQ 5110v-CUSB
Sat 0630 & 1430 on Hamburger Lokalradio, 7265-CUSB 1 kW
Sat 1500 on WRMI 9955
UT Sun 0401 on WTWW-1 5830
Maybe 2329v Sat or Sun on WTWW-2, 9930; or 0000v UT Sun or Mon on WTWW-2, 5085 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 7555, 11520, 11870, Aug 30 at 0512, all WEWN frequencies are missing; 12050, 11550, 15610, Aug 30 at 1305, 1357, all WEWN frequencies are still missing. NWS shows there have been *no* storms around Birmingham, just fair skies, so some other reason; mowing around the antennas? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. Re my EWTN unID on 690: icurapossumhunter2 in SC, a.k.a. KJ4HYD, just posted this to the ABDX yg:

Traveler`s Guide to American Catholic Radio, 15 August 2013, from Catholic Radio Update, a 2-page pdf. It *does* list one 690 EWTN (default network u.o.s.), and there it is:

New Orleans WQNO 690 & 104.9

So EWTN website`s own info is out of date showing two other AM stations there, and confirming my suspicion based on direxion and propagation that it was the 690 in New Orleans, which had been WIST, with Yahoo Sports Radio, as in last year`s NRC AM Log as of August.

Then checking FCC AM Query, 690 in NO is indeed now WQNO, owned by Catholic Community Radio, and calls changed from WIST on 12/19/2012. It`s now 10/5 kW with different direxionality day and night, but they have a CP for 9.1/0.016 kW, which hardly seems an improvement; also a slight change of coordinates along exactly the same longitude but 9 seconds further south in latitude, essentially on the same property (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) Some quick replies:

WQNO 690 is going non directional; dropping 3 out of their 4 towers. I think their array was damaged by Katrina back when they were a talk station (Paul B Walker, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

And the 5 kW night power would explain why they were totally dominating Birmingham at night (with Montréal nulled) when I was in Iowa City back on August 13-14. According to, WQNO, ex-WIST, ex-WTIX, should be throwing practically all of its night signal out into the Gulf. 73, (Rick Dau, South Omaha, Nebraska, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 4316-USB, Aug 30 at 0518, YL with marine weather, VG signal strength but horrible modulation: background noise and distortion at modulation peaks. It`s been this way for months if not years; no amateur would allow her rig to be so out of whack, but this is professional? The comprehensive schedule of marine weather broadcasts at
shows at this time it is:

``0515 New Orleans, LA (NMG) (NMG-2) U.S. Coast Guard 4316, 8502, 12788 kHz UNITED STATES - Atlantic and Gulf Local Notice to Mariners and weather``

She sounds like a real human, rather than a robot, while a roboYL is giving non-// but similar marine weather on weaker 4369-USB at 0520, citing lots of coördinates in the Atlantic, and with good modulation. BUT that frequency (nor 4368, 4370) is not listed at any time in HFUG list! Searching UDXF yg logs, we find 4369 as a WLO Mobile AL frequency but not reported since last year (Glenn Hauseer, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 17095-CW, Aug 30 at 1334, CQ DE WHL marker once, then ute bursts, 1337 another ID. A couple logs in UDXF this year from Vincent Lecler, France show this as St. Augustine Radio (Florida) on 17095.1; but what is its purpose? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. 960, Aug 30 at 0501-0505 UT during Fox-hole of local KGWA running open carrier only, this time on the SRF-59 I am able to hear *without* nulling KGWA, a station with sports news and scores in English; bearing on it is NNW/SSE. Unknown which network but all-American so can`t be CFAC Calgary which I have DXed before in this window thru KGWA.

Now the guessing begins. Based on last year`s NRC AM Log with format info, most likely is KOVO Provo UT with FSR, and which the old Pattern Book shows with a minor lobe this way. But it`s more NW than NNW. Another one I have yet to ID is KROF in Abbeville LA (Lafayette market), listed as talk format if not sports, 95 watts non-direxional. KNEB Scottsbluff NE direxion also fits with 350 watts, but supposedly C&W format. I can hardly wait to recheck these formats in the new NRC AM Log.

BTW, I have a QSL card from KOVO endorsed ``third harmonic 2880 2/12/1969 at 6:50-7:38 pm MST``, from Glenn K. Shaw, CE. I think that was when I was in Denver. I subsequently reached a policy decision *not* to try to QSL harmonix, since that would encourage them to be suppressed, and indeed never heard that one since. 2880 in Enid is occupied by KGWA`s harmonic (Glenn Hauser, Enid OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)