mercoledì 30 ottobre 2013

Glenn Hauser logs October 29-30, 2013

** ANTARCTICA [non]. 15476, Oct 29 at 2029, no signal detectable from LRA36, tho others closer report it is still active. Now the adjacent QRM from 15480 in B-13 HFCC is AWR Arabic 250 kW, 350 degrees via MADAGASCAR. That signal is fair with flutter, but JBM talk and music; 2051 ID ``Huna Idha`at ---`` algo when I had not yet looked it up, and off at 2058:10*. AWR is likely to be more of an obstacle here than BBC in Arabic via UAE/Oman was on 15480 during the same span in A-13 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** ARGENTINA [and non]. 11711-, Oct 30 at 0511, poor signal, deep fades, with tangoish song, 0512 Spanish announcement. On signature off-frequency, has to be RAE/Radio Nacional on the air much later than usual in their night-middle, why? Much weaker than neighbor 11780 Brasil. Also het from something on 11710 altho per HFCC B-13 this is a semi-hour break between Romania and Japan usage. In A-13, CRI/Albania was there all-hour. By 0530, not much but the het is left (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** BRAZIL. 11780, Oct 30 at 0514, RNA bigsig but music distorted and with wobbly carrier (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CHINA. Firedrake [non] CNR1 jamming, October 30 before 1300:
12370, poor with flutter at 1257; no full search this hour

CNR1 jamming, October 30 before 1400:
9200, fair at 1338 with flutter
9530, good at 1339 mixing with IBB Chinese via Philippines // 9200

CNR1 jamming, October 30 after 1400:
15520, Oct 30 at 1425, with CCI, // 12045 but not synchronized. This is presumably against V. of Tibet via MADAGASCAR, altho not in HFCC B-13, unfound anywhere at this hour.

In A-13, the 1400-1430 VOT would start on 15525, draw the jammer, then at 1408 jump to 15520, leaving the jammer behind. Now the modulation stops after timesignal at 1430 but carrier stays on a while (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA. 11760, Oct 30 at 0058, RHC VG signal level, but with BFO can tell the carrier is slightly wobbling; at least it is not putting out a panoply of spurs at multiples of 52.5 kHz displacement, as it was 23 hours earlier.

There is also a LAH on 11760, probably R. Cairo, as HFCC B-13 shows ERU is now scheduled at 2330-0200, 250 kW, 286 degrees from Abis at 2330-0200 in Arabic and Spanish --- certainly an awful choice for them, and for RHC, but what else is new?

17580, Oct 30 at 1349, only RHC audio here, no R. Progreso mix; at 1424 the CCI is still from one of IBB`s Afghan services via Biblis, GERMANY (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) See also SPAIN

** EGYPT. 11760: see CUBA

** GREECE. 9420, Oct 30 at 0100, Avlis is still on, VG signal with W&M talk in Greek, music; stronger than // 7475 at 0112 which has some SSB QRM, perhaps from MARS. 9420, again Oct 30 at 0518, W&M with ``Kalimeras``, mentioning Facebook, // 7475 which has lower modulation level (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** GUAM. 5765-USB, Oct 30 at 1304, still no signal from AFN, 41 days after last heard. Now I have a preliminary reply from AFN. It`s off because due to some kind of upgrade: ``the AFRTS's decoder has been turned off at Guam; therefore no signal comes to HFGCS system`` (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** INDONESIA [non]. 9526-, Oct 30 at 1339, no signal from VOI. Per it was also missing Oct 29, no info yet for today. At least there`s nothing on 9525 to block now at this hour. But as usual in B-season, plenty of ACI from the China radio war on 9530, caused by IBB Chinese via PHILIPPINES at 10-15 with CNR1 jamming // 9200 vs Sound of Hope (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** IRAN. 11720, Oct 30 at 1252, IRIB IS, 1253 NA, Qur`an, fair with flutter. It`s the Urdu sesquihour, 500 kW, 118 degrees from Kamalabad (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** JAPAN. 5910, Oct 30 at *1330, Shiokaze signing on in Japanese after open carrier, fair signal. No North Korean jamming audible here (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** KURDISTAN [non]. 11600, Oct 30 at 1343, good signal with flutter during phone-in, the caller harder to hear, presumed Kurdish, as Wolfgang Büschel reports that Denge Mespotamiya has suddenly shifted here from 11510, where nothing is heard any more. I also had something very weak around 0515 on 11600. The new BRB B-13 schedule still had this on 11510 at 04-20, presumably via PRIDNESTROVYE if not partly Bulgaria. I bet one listener complained, ``my radio doesn`t tune down that low``. Unfortunately, per HFCC B-13 Oct 30, several other stations are already on 11600 during that long span including at this hour, IRIB in Japanese, 500 kW, 60 degrees from Kamalabad at 1320-1420! Not a good move for VOM (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** KUWAIT [and non]. 21540, Oct 30 at 1350, no signal here, just Spain which usurped the frequency Oct 27. At first I suspect Kuwait has moved to 21505 to mix with messy Saudi Arabia, but then find strong Qur`an on 21580 at 1401. Since Kuwait has allowed collisions to go on for months before, it`s hard to imagine them responding to this one in only three days, so 21580 could be a fluke now, as it`s on the MOI schedule earlier at 10-12 UT for the Filipino service (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** MEXICO. 820, Oct 30 at 1239 UT, ballad, then 6:39 TC, ``Radio ---algo--- Occidente`` ID as 89.3 FM. No problem from WBAP which was in a fade, then back up but still nullable. That nails it as per Cantú:
820 XEUDO Radio UdeO (Univ de Occidente) + FM 89.3 Los Mochis, Sin. 1,000 250
Except, Sinaloa should now be on MST = UT -7, i.e. 5:39 am, per
Maybe automation had not been reset? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** PAPUA NEW GUINEA. 3905, Oct 30 at 1302, steady weak AM carrier here amid SSB QRhaM, presumably NBC New Ireland still active. By this time, no PNG carriers audible on 90m, probably most of them already off (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** PERU. 5980, Oct 30 at 0053, R. Chaski carrier, until cutoff at 0102:31* which is 11 seconds later than 48 hours ago (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** RUSSIA [and non]. 5885, Oct 30 at 1306, talk in Asian language, poor signal with het. HFCC B-13 shows this is now VOR in English/Hindi/Urdu at 12-17, 100 kW, 137 degrees from Dushanbe, TAJIKISTAN. Modulation sounds as crummy as 11530 did in A-13, likely same transmitter (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SAUDI ARABIA. 21505, Oct 30 at 1355, messy signal from BSKSA with humbuzz, 1356 Saudi ID in Arabic; 1400 6-pip TS, the last prolonged (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SOUTH CAROLINA [non]. 15325, Oct 30 at 1348, Brother Scare, fair with flutter, new frequency, probably from Germany or Bulgaria. Is it on homepage? Of course not! It is however in today`s HFCC B-13, as 12-14, 100 kW, 85 degrees from Nauen, GERMANY (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) See also USA: WBCQ

** SPAIN [and non]. 6125, Oct 30 at 0521, CCI under RHC English is REE Spanish, // 9535. In A-13 Spain went off 6125 by 0500, so no collision. Now it`s registered until 0600. Another item for Arnie to deal with since he refuses to participate in HFCC, and REE could be unaware of what RHC is doing.

21540, Oct 30 at 1350, REE appears to have driven Kuwait off this frequency, but could be just a fluke: see KUWAIT.

21630, Oct 30 at 1421, REE is still colliding with BBC Hausa via ASCENSION (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** TUNISIA [and non]. 7275, Oct 30 at 0519, IWT is back on in Arabic talk, music, after missing yesterday. Much weaker than 7295 Algeria/FRANCE (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A [non]. 12105, Oct 30 at 1427, IBB Burmese with good signal, 100 kW, 310 degrees from SAIPAN, with WTWW not on to block it (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 5110v-CUSB, Oct 30 at 0103, a classic Paul Harvey commentary, ``If I was the Devil``; presumably part of this week`s `Fred Flintstone Music Show`, which has been appearing for weeks during this hour UT Wednesdays. Altho his politix were way out there, I had just been lamenting that there`s no PH to be heard on the caradio at noon any more, not even a PH Junior (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 3195, Oct 30 at 0106, WWRB is back on winter frequency, ex-5050, with spooky `Planet X` show. This will also affect WORLD OF RADIO UT Fridays at 0327v this week --- 0427v from next week. Check both for a while, as previously WWRB would sometimes simulcast, firing up otherwise idle third transmitter.

HFCC B-13 shows 3195 this week with WWRB from 0100, next week from 0200; 3195 this week with WWCR until 0100, next week until 0200.

And 3215: WWRB until 0100 this week, until 0200 next week; WWCR from 0100 this week, from 0200 next week. Why don`t the two just pick one frequency or the other rather than swap around? A mystery, but it keeps loggers on their toes (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 7490, Oct 30 at 0112, WBCQ is off when Brother Scare would ordinarily be heard. For giggles, let`s see what TOM homepage says:
``WBCQ 7590 8Pm-11Pm EST`` --- wrong frequency and wrong timezone. It also puts WRMI on 9990, several obviously wrong timespans, etc. See also SOUTH CAROLINA [non] (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 7285-AM, Oct 30 at 0113, AM contacts involving WA1HLR, the unmistakable but belchless voice of the TimTron, i.e. per ARRL lookup: ``Smith, Timothy M, WA1HLR, 49 Tower Drive, Skowhegan, ME 04976``. Usual bigsig like on 80m-AM; unknown whether operating from home location in mid-Maine or WBCQ site in Monticello, 140 miles away; but with WBCQ missing from 7490, could have been hooked up to its antenna for a little more gain (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 7506.4+, Oct 30 at 0112, WRNO is gone again (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** VATICAN [and non]. 9645, Oct 30 at 0517, Arabic from Vatican Radio, with het on hi side from R. Bandeirantes, Brasil. Off by 0529. Now that VR is back on God`s Time, the Latin+ mass on 9645 has shifted one real hour later to start at 0630 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. TA carrier search Oct 30 at 0048-0053: 549, 693, 774, 783, 792[vs WBBM IBOC], 873, 882, 891, 909, 1152, 1206, 1215, 1377, 1422, 1521, 1557. Mark Connelly pointed out that by accumulated power, my previous log of 774 would most likely be the RNE Spain synchros adding up to some 400 kW (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. TP carrier search Oct 30 at 1234: 747 is JBA, no others found in the area (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. 930, Oct 30 at 1250 UT, country music with WKY OKC tightly nulled. Per NRC AM Log 2013, the *only* two USA/Canadian C&W format stations on 930 are both likely within range from here, KAFF Flagstaff AZ, and KRKY Granby CO (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. 9775, Oct 30 at 1342, open carrier with good signal. What will this be? Finally enlivens at 1400 with a bit of martial music, and assertive announcement by YL in Korean; no jamming audible. Thought it might be one of the clandestines from Japan which are on a new schedule, but not including 9775 per Sei-ichi Hasegawa. Nor is 9775 on Voice of Korea`s new schedule per Arnulf Piontek. Not in HFCC B-13 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. 13680-SSB, Oct 30 at 1346, 2-way Spanish intruder, typical Mexican colloquial intonation (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. 15151-SSB, Oct 30 at 1426, 2-way Spanish intruder on one of their favorite SWBC channels (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. 21500-SSB, Oct 30 at 1421, 2-way Spanish intruder again heard here today (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

This report dispatched at 1718 UT Oct 30