mercoledì 9 ottobre 2013

Glenn Hauser logs October 8-9, 2013

** BRAZIL [and non]. 4873 approx., Oct 9 at 0055, spurblob now is just below R. Roraima 4875 so we have to tune to the other side of it. Weak, however, unlike 4885 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** BRAZIL. 4885, Oct 9 at 0055, this is the best S American signal on 60m tonight, presumably R. Clube do Pará, hyper-enthusiasm suitable for a silly ballgame, interrupted by very brief commercials. Always CODAR QRM. This is also the only 60m ZY normally heard overnight (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** BRAZIL [non]. 6135-, Oct 9 at 0057, only a single station here, the one on the lo side, no het, so R. Aparecida must be off, leaving R. Santa Cruz, Bolivia; 6180 RNA, much stronger, is still propagating altho heavily fluttered (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CHAD. 6165-, Oct 9 at 0057, RNT fair signal and modulation with hilife music, before RHC is on. You never know from one night to the next whether N`Djamena will be 24 hours (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA. 4765, Oct 9 at 0113, new R. Progreso SW relay has quickly become just another nuisance from Castro & Castro. It`s mostly music, but lo-fi, sounds like ABBA at the moment. Wolfgang Büschel compared it to Rebelde 5025 and RHC 5040 via remote SDR in Miami 48 hours earlier, and concluded that 4765 is only 8-9 kHz wide and with dropouts lasting about 1/10 of a second; 5025 is 18 kHz wide, much better for music; 5040 is 10-13 kHz wide.

Arnie Coro had asked Rich D`Angelo for an mp3 of 4765 off the air so the CE could listen to it; also gave details of the system: it`s a 48-year-old Ukrainian-built Snieg`50, air-cooled 50 kW, plate-modulated ``in pristine condition``! Antenna a Nadenenko-type broadband dipole with ``very nice horizontal and nice vertical radiation patterns``. He also suggests it start earlier at 2300 to include a major newscast.

Terry Krueger in Florida says, ``They should just run this 24/7. Some of the daytime Progreso is boring (radio novelas) but when in music mode, the network is mostly very good`` (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA. 6165, Oct 9 at 0104, RHC English has started, much louder here here than on undermodulated 6000. Spain should appreciate that for its 5995 CR relay which now has the ACI from Habana (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** EQUATORIAL GUINEA [non]. 15190, Oct 8 at 1919, 1926, 1958 and 2119 chex, no R. Africa audible today; before 1930 there was a JBA carrier, presumably R. Pilipinas. At 1919, propagation was OK from 15140 Oman, but zero from 15540 Kuwait (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** INDIA. 11985, Oct 9 at 0053, back to abnormal at All India Radio`s Sinhala service --- Delhi-Khampur has fair strength carrier, but no modulation; very heavy flutter makes ``modulation`` of its own.

11740, however, via GOA, Oct 9 at 0053 has presumed Sinhala talk, and 0103 music; with equally heavy flutter. WWV reported:
``The estimated planetary K-index at 0000 UTC on 09 October was 5.
Space weather for the past 24 hours has been minor.
Geomagnetic storms reaching the G1 level occurred.
Space weather for the next 24 hours is predicted to be moderate.
Geomagnetic storms reaching the G2 level are expected.``

** MEXICO. 6010-, Oct 9 at 0058, discussion in Spanish from station on the lo side, het on the hi side. Seems about the news rather than religious, so suspect it`s really Radio Mil, but I can never catch an ID or 4-note jingle around hourtop to clinch it vs La Voz de tu Conciencia, Colombia. Tonite this has a little more edge over the het source than usual (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** NORTH AMERICA. 6950.7, Oct 9 at 0046 music with heavy het from stronger pirate closer to 6950. John Poet had notified his mailing list at 0018 that The Crystal Ship was being relayed on 6950. Like 24 hours earlier when it was also on this off-frequency.

First I made sure the other 6950 station was not local fifth harmonic of 1390 KCRC; this is on 6950.3 or so, and at 0052 IDs as Radio Jamba International, first by M voice, then W. Still clashing at 0101 and 0118.

During this porch session with DX-398, 0045-0120 Oct 9, I did not hear any other pirates; too bad the active ones were both in AM and not quite the same frequency. But there were several SSB Spanish ``pescadores`` around 6920-LSB, 6925, 6960 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** NORTH AMERICA [non]. 9775, Oct 9 at 0045 nothing but a JBA carrier nor anything plus/minus 5; further chex including 0106 still lack Radio YHWH as heard 24 hours earlier, and the ACI are greatly attenuated by the CME which hit at 2015 Oct 8: 9780 VOA Sri Lanka poor with flutter, and 9770 Turkey very poor. reports: ``CME IMPACT, GEOMAGNETIC STORM: An interplanetary shock wave, possibly the leading edge of a CME, hit Earth's magnetic field on October 8th at approximately 2015 UT (1:15 pm PDT). The impact has sparked a minor (G1-class) geomagnetic storm that could intensify in the hours ahead. High-latitude sky watchers should be alert for auroras`` (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** OKLAHOMA. 1210, Oct 9 at 0122 UT C&W music on good signal again, ``Running Out of Moonlight`` back-announce [not yet!], 0125 KGYN ID. Finally must be back on day pattern 24h instead of night pattern 24h (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** OMAN. 9760, Oct 9 at 0106, RSO with Qur`an, fair with flutter. Exactly 24 hours earlier it was missing, off the air or on wrong frequency (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** PERU. 5980, Oct 9 at 0058, R. Chaski carrier and some modulation; on past 0100 when I heard usual jingle, and with everything else going on, did not get back here until 0105:10 to find it`s already off, rather than a minute later as expected, so the timer re-set must have happened today, but not to before 0100. Tomorrow I should be able to extrapolate the re-start time from the new cutoff (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 3370.5-USB, Oct 9 at 0114, MARS ragchew about building a launch pad, from AFA6JY, net call 6M3; then he calls AFA6JL who sounds like a YL, about the nice fall weather. Don`t find any info on their locations; we need a comprehensive MARS callbook (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 5110-CUSB, UT Wed Oct 9 at 0107, rock music, 0108 outro as Lou Reed whose sexual preferences were not going to be discussed on the `Fred Flintstone Music Show`. I also heard this a month ago on UT Wed Sept 11, so looks like another regular show missing from the online schedule, like `Marion`s Attic` at 01-02 UT Tuesdays. Another such hole in the sked is UT Friday 01-02; need to monitor then (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)