lunedì 30 settembre 2013

Glenn Hauser logs September 28-29, 2013

** AFGHANISTAN [non]. 11895, Sept 29 at 0114, seeking ``Sohl`` music, a bit of it, before Pashto talk mentioning Washington DC; Deewa Radio, good with flutter, USward from SRI LANKA (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** ARGENTINA. 15345.4, Sept 29 at 0057, R. Nacional has varied up to here, good signal with flutter, but just barely modulated. 0124 weaker but mod has improved during song, not silly ballgame. BTW, deep South Americans note their 6060 transmitter has finally been repaired, no more spurs all over 49m.

I often check for LTA 13363.5-LSB which might be more sportive on weekends, but not heard now or recently (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** BANGLADESH. 15105, Sept 29 at 1244, subcontinental vocal music from BB English service, fair with flutter; 1253 food and water advice for those on Hajj to Saudi Arabia; 1257 non-sequitur music astounded, ``Allá en el Rancho Grande``; or is that what Arabia seems like from the viewpoint of cramped, watery Bangladesh?

15505, Sept 29 at 1358, OTOH is JBA and not even worth pursuing for an offtimesignal today (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** BRAZIL. 4875, Sept 29 at 0053, the ZY blob, Rdif. Roraima, is centered here; with BFO I can detect a carrier amid it. BTW, judging from subsequent logs of this station varying at least from 4873 to 4885, it was also this unID a dekaday ago:

``4875v, Sept 19 at 0056 as I am surveying the 60m band with BFO at 5-kHz steps from the DX-398 on the porch, here`s a ``banshee`` carrier which is slowly cycling up and down. Could be utility rather than broadcaster`` (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CHAD. 6165-, Sept 29 at 0056, no signal from RNT tonight, even tho Cuba q.v. is late again coming on (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CHINA. 6240, Sept 29 at 1307, Chinese classical vocal music, rather than Western this Sunday, good signal turns out to be CNR1 jammer as // 6135 and many others; this against unheard 100 kW Sound of Hope, Taiwan during this hour only per Aoki. Did not check for other CNR1 jammers before 1300, but before 1400:

15570, very poor at 1354 with het on lo side; none in the 16s, 17s
14750, fair at 1355 with flutter
13830, poor at 1355
12370, very poor at 1357

** CUBA. 6000, Sept 29 at 0103, RHC English is very undermodulated with hum, whilst the only // at this hour, 6165 is still absent and so is CHAD. In Spanish, 6060 modulation is lower than // 6100, but not by so much. By 0120, 6165 is on. A day never goes by without some discrepancy at RHC; what a mess it is (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** FRANCE [non]. 15410, Sept 29 at 1359, ID for RFI in French, immediately followed at 1400 by CRI opening Chinese. What`s going on here? At first suspected CRI master control mixup like they have done for years with Spain IS before Nepali service; maybe.

But Aoki and HFCC show on 15410, CRI via Kashgar, EAST TURKISTAN at 14-15, and RFI Swahili via Meyerton, RSA at 15-16, so possibility it was the latter setting up for the next broadcast an hour later? However, it sounded like both these were coming from the same transmitter (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** GREECE. 9420, UT Sun Sept 29 at 0116, Avlis transmitter is again relaying ERA3 service with classical music, competing with classical on 9525 & 7335 Romania. This has been quite reliable Saturday nights despite all the disruptions over Greek broadcasting. However, not on usual // 7475. Also reliable is Byzantine Chant, UT Sunday Sept 29 at 0514, good signal on 9420 and in fact the SSOB! Even heard some feminine/boy voices (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** INDIA. 11740 & 11985, AIR Sinhala service presumed, during music has managed to funxion on both frequencies tonight, at least after 0100; 11740 GOA stronger (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** IRAN [and non]. 21650, Sept 29 at 1240 in Chinese, i.e. VIRI, 500 kW, 65 degrees from Kamalabad; poor signal with 21540 Kuwait much stronger.

13880, Sept 29 at 1355, JBA signal thought might be CNR1 jammer, but Aoki shows VIRI, Dari at 0830-1427, 250 kW, 84 degrees from Ahwaz (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** IRAN [non]. 7280, Sept 29 at 0114, ME vocal music with imposed echo/reverb, 0116 suddenly it`s the Beatles! Such a clash has got to be R. Farda with its peculiar music mix apparently appealing to Iranians as arranged by that woman in Washington: yes, per Aoki, 0030-0400, 250 kW, 105 degrees via Nauen, GERMANY (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** MEXICO. 720, Sept 29 at 1208 UT, three federal PSAs (always tagged ``gobierno de la república``), 1210 ID as Extremo 7-20, bit of music, then discussing a vendedor de casimires [= cashmeres, presumably sweaters made of goat wool], secuestro en la Zona Rosa. It`s XEJCC in Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** MEXICO. 820, Sept 29 at 1230 UT, WBAP is weak and am getting Spanish with it nulled again, string of federal PSAs, then ID for ``7-60 AM, ABC``, romantic music. So which station is relaying XEABC in the DF on 820?? Hey, it must be this one with an -A added to that call, per Cantú:
820 XEABCA Radio Frontera Mexicali, B.C. 3,500 500

** MEXICO. 870, Sept 29 at 1206 UT, birds chirping, announcement in Tarahumara mentioning XERTA; then to live YL DJ in Spanish with 6:06 TC, and hum on her mike; Guachochi, Chihuahua, La Voz de la Sierra Tarahumara, an exotic favorite (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** MEXICO [and non]. 1030, Sept 29 at 1224 UT, romantic Mexican music, then ``en todas partes, Contesa`` (I think) also mentioning an FM, and 6:24 TC, back to music with a beat. Roughly WSW, and with it nulled I can hear KTWO WY with local weather. The UT -6 timecheck rules out Tijuana, leaving only these XE possibilities per Cantú:
1030 XEYC Radio Fórmula Cd. Juárez, Chih. 5,000 500
1030 XEMPM Exa + FM 98.9 Los Mochis, Sin. 10,000 1,000
Maybe the word I heard was really Exa instead of Contesa (or Contessa) which leads nowhere on 1030. There is no US station in UT-6 except KTWO in English (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** OKLAHOMA. 930, Sept 29 at 1202 UT, WKY goes seamlessly from Spanish to English for Indomable`s `Sunday Morning Magazine`, pretending to be pubaffs instead of infomercial, in fact an episode I had heard a few weeks ago, with guest from Paragon Fine Homes, about tornado safety. Around 1225 second guest is promoting a kennel (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** OKLAHOMA. 1020, Sept 29 at 1223 UT, KOKP Perry is *still* very out of order; no one at Triple Play Sports notices or cares? Modulation cutting on and off at rate of approx. 130 times per minute; with BFO I can tell this is also affecting the carrier, altho it does not go off completely (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** OKLAHOMA [and non]. Hello Glenn, Is it true that your 1640 agro/farm station is switching to oldies on Monday? Best wishes and 73's (Barry :-) Davies, Carlisle UK, Sept 28, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

Hi Barry, News to me; where did you hear that? Would not be surprised. This afternoon it`s football, Saturday afternoons being prime time for college football, but I think they were doing that anyway (Glenn to Barry via DXLD)
(Barry, DXLD) Viz.:

1640 WKSH WI Sussex Silent pending sale by Disney as of 9-29
1680 KRJO*LA Monroe OLD C&W "Country Legends 1680", dropping OLD R&B 9-27
1640 KOAG*OK Enid 2b OLD "True" starting Mon 9-3o 9-27
(FormatFlips via DXLD)

Trouble with FF is that sources aren`t stated. Also note the 1680 entry which I have already reported, but DXMA misses its interim format for a sesquiyear or so, News/Talk/Business. * means outside the DXMA prime interest area.

As for 1640 Enid, the All-Ag format (originating with 250/7 watt KFLP 900 Floydada TX), will have lasted only half a sesquiyear; and its logo I availablized will become a collectors` item:

Local radio gets zero coverage in the local press. I`ve looked around the Champlin Broadcasting and Chisholm Trail Broadcasting websites and find nothing about it. But have been monitoring 1640 more than usual:

Sat Sept 28 around 1910 and still at 2215 UT, some college football game. UT Sunday Sept 29 at 0040, sales job opening promo from Champlin Broadcasting jointly ``KOAG and KZLS True Oldies``, back to All-Ag news for now. Apparently 1640 will be on the True Oldies satfeed, like KZLS 99.7 Mustang/OKC has been for quite a while now, so does that mean 99.7 will also be flipping to something else, or duplicated? TO is also on KLIO 1070 Wichita audible here. Sunday morning circa 1230 UT it`s still Ag for one more day? I suppose call change will also be made ASAP, as our 1640 X-bander has yet to find an identity that worx. Meanwhile, next January`s ag expo in Enid will again be sponsored by KNID, not KOAG (Glenn Hauser, Enid, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** PERU. 5980, Sept 29 at 0055, R. Chaski carrier detectable in heavy splatter from 5990 CRI/CUBA. Cleared after 0100, and Chaski cutoff comes at 0105:28* which is 11 seconds later than two days ago (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** ROMANIA [and non]. 9525 stronger // slightly weaker 7335, UT Sunday Sept 29 at 0116, RRI`s regular Saturday-night classical concert in Romanian service, competing with ERA3`s classical on 9420, but not with The Mighty KBC`s rock via Germany on 7375.

13820, Sept 29 at 1248, E European folk music, 1250 Romanian announcement, all underneath Greenville open carrier except for brief tone, prior to R. Martí. Keeps the frequency real quiet, and no jamming yet. Is RRI, 1200-1257, 300 kW, 285 degrees from Galbeni, per Aoki (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** RWANDA [non]. 17870, Saturday Sept 28 around 1750 quick check, yes, the weekly monarchist clandestine R. Inyabutatu is still there, fair signal in presumed Kinyarwanda; and still missing from HFCC but Aoki says BULGARIA site (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SRI LANKA. 11905, Sept 29 at 0115:11, 2-pip off-timesignal ends from SLBC opening Hindi service, good with flutter, equivalent signal to neighbor 11895 Deewa Radio, see AFGHANISTAN [non] (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** TURKEY [and non]. 9770, Sept 29 at 0109, VOT Spanish hour is missing! Not propagational, as 9760 OMAN is in well. Following big blob and spurs I heard Sept 26. Other frequency 9870 is also absent, so maybe they are working on the problem. VBS India is alone with music on 9870. But 0121 check, now 9770 & 9870 are both back on and spurless, 9870 ``música popular turca`` mixing with VBS (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 9800-10000, Sept 29 at 0108, modulation spike spurs from 10000 WWV detected down 200 kHz in clear spots! Steve Handler, IL, also says Sept 27: ``Hi Glenn, The modulation spurs for WWV 10 MHz have been going on at least a week. Have heard them in the AM during their weather info broadcasts``. Turn down the modulation a tad! (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. WORLD OF RADIO 1688 monitoring: confirmed on WTWW-2, 9930, at 2329 Sat Sept 28; also on WTWW-1, 5830, from 0401 UT Sunday Sept 29 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 5085, Sept 29 at 0054, WTWW-2 is missing --- because it`s still on day frequency 9930 instead of QSY at 0000, with Ted Randall`s QSO ham discussion. 9930 still extremely strong, 0106 fading a bit, but soon recovering, still VG at 0121; unknown how late still on.

9479, Sept 29 at 1349, WTWW-1 is missing --- because it`s still on nite frequency 5830 instead of QSY at 1300, with SFAW; unknown for how much longer, but by now WTWW-3 is on 12105, and WTWW-2 on 9930 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 960, Sept 29 at 0502 UT during local KGWA Fox-Hole, in its open-carrier null I am mainly hearing blues music, announcement mentions ``Mississippi Delta`` and a celebrity(?) urges ``listen to this station`` which is no doubt WABG Greenwood. Haven`t heard it in quite a while during this window; propagational, or dependent on slipping into day power and pattern? New NRC Pattern Book shows ND day, a minor lobe this way at nite (Glenn Hauser, Enid OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 1680, Sept 29 around 0038 UT, KRJO Monroe LA with a couple IDs as ``Classic Country 16-80``, not ``Country Legends`` as I originally heard. Not sure if they are alternatives, one primary, one secondary, or a permanent change (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** UZBEKISTAN. 9975, Sept 29 at 0107, poor signal in Hindi with flutter, short/longpath echo, i.e. CVC International, 01-04, 100 kW, 186 degrees from Tashkent, per Aoki. Get this while you can, as when KVOH finally starts it will be blocked around here; carried out two tests on 9975. What`s the delay? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** VATICAN. 17530, Sept 29 at 1352, VOA Somali via SMG with usual short/longpath echo, as explained before after exiting Somalia via Indian and Pacific oceans. The short distance from Vatican to Enid is 8812 km, which means the long distance is 40040 minus 8812 = 31228 km, which is 22416 km further, i.e. a delay at the speed of lite, taken at 298500 km/sec, of 0.075 second or approx. 1/13 of one second (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. TP carrier search Sept 29 at 1214-1219 UT, JBAs: 594, loops N/S instead of NW/SE, so either very skewed or something else; correctly NW JBAs on 693, 774, 828, 882, 1053, 1134 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)