giovedì 21 novembre 2013

Glenn Hauser logs November 21, 2013

** CHINA. Firedrake [or non], CNR1 jamming search Nov 21 at 1450-1455 finds none at all 12-18 MHz. With solar flux so high, and K indices so low, why isn`t propagation much better now? It still sux. However:

6145, Nov 21 at 1456, reliable Firedrake is audible here
9790, Nov 21 at 1506, CNR1 jamming instead of FD today, as I warned might happen on WORLD OF RADIO 1696 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** COLOMBIA [and non]. 6010, Nov 21 around 1034, fair signal in the clear, sounds like indigenous language, could be something exotic? 1042 string orchestra with piano, and it`s only La Voz de tu Conciencia with ID at 1043 in Spanish. Probably off-frequency as usual, but no het; Radio Mil would be off the air at this hour, and as mentioned on WORLD OF RADIO 1696, Cassio Secundino Borges Santos Secundino in Goiânia, Goiás reported as of 19 November that R. Inconfidência had been missing from 6010 for more than a biweek, possibly due to storm damage in Belo Horizonte [how about 15190v?]. I also checked 5910v and there was no signal from the other HJDH, altho this area tends to be desensitized by the huge overloading signals from WWCR on 5890 and 5935.

Hunting around for HJDH website to determine what language that could have been, I am misled by a ``Escucha Voz de tu Conciencia`` on Facebook which turns out to be unrelated, about animal rights! The phrase is too generic. It used to be at but that no longer exists. Nor is it on the World of Radio hitlist. WRTH 2013 lists it under DC = Distrito Capital, even tho the transmitter site is at Puerto Lleras. Entonces, Rafael, ¿cuál es el idioma? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** GUATEMALA. 4055, Nov 21 at 1032, Radio Truth with ``Good King Wenceslaus`` Xmas carol in English; modulation sounds a bit rough (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** IRAN [and non]. 17840, Nov 21 at 1414, RRI ROMANIA in Romanian is quite good and no CCI detectable at first, so has IRIB finally moved? No, by 1416 I can barely hear it underneath, as scheduled in Arabic until 1420 from Zahedan where they have only two transmitters (tho 500 kW), unlike Kamalabad with 26! And Sirjan with 10 per WRTH 2013 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** KURDISTAN [non]. 11510, Nov 21 at 1417, I`m all set to enjoy V. of Kurdistan`s mostly-music hour, but --- open carrier/dead air, with flutter from the presumed PRIDNESTROVYE site. By 1421 recheck it`s off the air completely, which is might as well be, lacking any modulation. *1425 back on with music but marred by noise bursts overriding the modulation; 1447 check it`s OK in talk; at 1502 noise bursts again at about equal level to the program modulation (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** MEXICO. 610, Nov 21 at 1100 UT, I`m awake thanks to thunder, and on MW instead of SW tnx to lightning, hearing a familiar Mexican state anthem by soprano, but which one? Loops approx. southward, vs US QRM. This must be 5 am local, rather than usual anthem time of 6 am, so probably is just now signing on; IRCA Mexican Log 2012 shows three stations from *1100: XEBX Coahuila, XEKZ Oaxaca, XEUM Yucatán. Probably XEBX as I am not familiar with the other state songs, if any, and XEBX is usually la primera among the XEs on 610 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** MEXICO. 850, Nov 21 at 1110 UT, classic rock in English with KOA nulled; in fact, need to null this in order to hear KOA, SAH about 8 Hz between them; 1112 between songs, YL says ``la inquietud de la noche``, more songs in English. Searching on that phrase, it appeared in Lope de Vega`s poem ``El Caballero de Olmedo``. Surely XEM in Chihuahua2, Milenio Radio, usual dominant XE here on 850 and with format previously heard (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** NEWFOUNDLAND & LABRADOR [and non]. 6160, Nov 21 at 1036, CBC with weather forecasts for numerous localities, highs mostly below or circa zero, strong winds, snow; I suppose it could be that wintry in interior BC, but finally at 1041 mentions Labrador and timecheck for 19:7, then into NHL scores, so CKZN. Poor signal but atop another making SAH of about 6 Hz, which briefly surges in English, no doubt CKZU. Nothing audible from the Amazon (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** NEW ZEALAND. 9765, Thursday Nov 21 at 1050, good signal from RNZI interviewing street singer/busker in NZ. So RNZI is still failing to emit `Late Edition` news magazine after 11:06 pm local as per own schedule at
but instead plug into RNZ National
which on Thursdays is `The Music Mix`. Tnx to Kent Murphy in WV who discovered and enjoys these music shows between 10 and 11 UT, as in DXLD 13-46 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** PERU. 3330-, Nov 21 at 1030, het on the lo side of CHU, which I never hear in the evenings, presumably Ondas del Huallaga, which has been consistently reported by others, e.g. in DXLD 11-32: `` 3329.550, 06.08 2320, Ondas del Huallaga with music (Thomas Nilsson, Sweden, SW Bulletin)``. More recently it was put on 3329.53v, April 19, 2013, at 0931, by Mike Gilchrist in Iowa. Or 3329.54, April 16, 2013 at 1055 by Pedro F. Arrunágtegui in Lima. Bob Wilkner in FL has reported it numerous times on 3329.5. I need to maintain silence so can`t fire up the keyboard to match the note now. Monitoring at this hour is unusual for me, but possible today thanks to some thunder & lightning; later it`s too close so I have to disconnect the main antenna and go to MW with usual ferrite (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** PHILIPPINES [and non]. 9800, Nov 21 at 1505, big open carrier, 1507 brief tone and then off the air, typical IBB behaviour, presumably test following the VOA Korean broadcast via Tinang ending at 1500. Under the carrier, and then cleared from it is a very weak signal talking; HFCC lists both Kamalabad, Iran in Hindi until 1520, and DW Rwanda in Swahili until 1600 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SOMALILAND. 7120-, Nov 21 at 1458, JBA AM carrier, presumed R. Hargeisa about to resume for its evening service. Today I missed checking the 1400* for one-hour break, and hardly expected to detect it an hour later (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SPAIN [and non]. 21630, Nov 21 at 1416, Day 4 of REE failing to stick to its QSY to 21640, still colliding with BBC Hausa via ASCENSION; and also colliding on 21540 with Kuwait, while only 21610 from Spain is in the clear.

At 1459, the REE IS is running on 21540, while 21610 and 21630 are in music; after timesignal at 1500 they rejoin, and now Kuwait is JBA underneath until 21540 Spain cuts off at 1500:23*, while 21630 is still clear for a while (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A [and non]. 5830, Nov 21 at 1450, WTWW-1 is still on here with SFAW instead of 9475, leaving weak Australia in clear; however WTWW-2 has made the QSY from 5085 to 9930, presumably around 1400 like is supposed to happen with #1. At 1501, still on 5830, not 9475, but by 1541 check, finally running on 9475.

What about WTWW-3 on 12105 which does not QSY? Back at 1405 there was a SAH, apparent not strong open carrier vs IBB Burmese via SAIPAN until 1430; at 1451 definitely an OC from WTWW. Still the case at 1501, 1509; data spurts presumably QRM at 1520 and 1533, and still OC at 1535 last check. (I meant to check 12105 again between 16 and 17 for R. Dialogue, clandestine via Madagascar for Zimbabwe, in case WTWW still not be modulating, but missed it.)(Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 940, Nov 21 at 1116 UT as I tune in, WMIX ID, mention about soybeans at 1118. (Without the www you get a blank page, but not an Unfound.) This is Mount Vernon IL, should still be on night pattern east-west, which altho 1.5 kW instead of 5 kW day power, is more favorable for us than day pattern north-south (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 1200, Thursday Nov 21 at 0623 UT, I continue to seek stations with WOAI nulled as much as possible: YL jazz singer in English with ``Devil and the Deep Blue Sea``, then segués past 0629 sound like same singer. Makes SAH of 248/minute with WOAI = 4.13 Hz. I figure jazz per se would be a hard format to match, but NRC AM Log does have this and nothing else jazzy on 1200 altho WAMB Nashville is allegedly NOStalgic:
``1200 WCHB Taylor (Detroit) MI U4 50000/15000, UC:TLK/JAZ.``
This is sounding familiar; ah yes, my log of almost three months ago:

``1200, UT Sun Sept 1 at 0524, somestation is giving WOAI a
run for its money, and it`s playing jazz! YL scat-singing at the
moment, best with WOAI nulled, making a fast SAH, but its own null
indicates direxion ENE/WSW. Fading down by 0530.

Last year`s NRC AM Log shows one station on 1200 has a subsidiary Jaz
format! WCHB in Taylor MI, 50/15 kW U4, which is mainly news/talk, but
their website confirms ``Smooth
Jazz`` Sat 6 pm to Sun 7 am, and also Sun 6 pm to 12 am [EDT = UT -4]
and the DF fits. Due to the rarity of this format on commercial radio,
I am tempted to claim a definite log rather than tentative. Doesn`t
really matter since I am not counting stations. Night pattern of WCHB
supposedly throws everything somewhat east of due north; day pattern
also but broader (Glenn Hauser, OK, WORLD OF RADIO 1685, DX LISTENING

Since this is not a weekend, rechecking the schedule finds also `Smooth Jazz` from 10 pm Wed to 6 am Thu [EST = 03-11 UT Thu, and probably other weeknights] (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 1220, Nov 21 at 1123 UT, country music segués past 1130; loops ENE/WSW, handily avoiding the off-frequency Texan het. Presumed still WSLM Salem IN as previously heard, running 5 kW day pattern instead of 82 watts night (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. 16988, Nov 21 at 1455 past 1509, slow warbling tones like one of Kim`s VOA Radiograms. Fans of that should try to decode this, via one mode or another (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

This report dispatched at 1817 UT November 21