domenica 24 novembre 2013

Glenn Hauser logs November 23-24, 2013

** AUSTRALIA. 13630, 12080 and 11945, Sunday Nov 24 at 0627, surprised to hear operatic singing, an excerpt, then discussion, instead of stupid ball games on RA, despite `Grandstand` being scheduled all the way from 0200 to 0800. Maybe they couldn`t find a game to cover at the moment? Tsk2 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CHINA [and non]. 6075, Nov 24 at 1418, Firedrake mixing with algo, much weaker than the other FD on 6145. Per Aoki, victim on both is R. Taiwan International (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** GERMANY [non]. 21780, Nov 24 at 1352, very poor signal, i.e. DW Hausa, now from UAE site at 13-14, which explains why it`s no longer the reliable Rwanda signal in A-13, which is however in use for French at 12-13 in B-13 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** ISRAEL. 6885-AM, Nov 24 at 0112, very poor signal, sounds like Sinatra in English, ``Mr. Lonely``. Galei Zahal trying to join the N American pirate scene? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** ITALY [non]. 15190, Sunday Nov 24 at 1459, ``IRRS signing on``, then into Radio Santec, weekly in English via presumed ROMANIA, fair signal from this Cosmic Wave. Not to be confused with R. Africa (glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** MEXICO. 920, Nov 24 at 0704 UT, amid QRM, Mexican NA audible and segué to Chihuahua`s like:
Per Cantú the sole Chihuahuan on 920 among a dozen other XEs is:
920 XEQD Romance + FM 95.7 Chihuahua, Chih. 1,000 250

** NORTH AMERICA. 6925-USB, Nov 24 at 0106 strong signal from pirate in live talk, about checking HF Underground and Free Radio Café for real-time reception reports. Aurora was getting fantastic audio; also quotes Zane, Jerry Rafferty, DX-ears. ID in passing as Red Mercury Labs. This is so strong that to avoid pumping, I have to turn down the RF gain on the DX-398 (with usual random wire of a few meters clipped on), which is an unusual situation on this receiver. In fact I can still hear him fine with the RF gain all the way down (but still the external antenna). Goes on to quote an S7 from New Hampshire; says has been on the air for a couple of years; ``research vessel with the most``, ``USB, the manliest of modes``; live timechex in UT or past-the-hours. Says he has been working 12-14 hours a day for six days, and it is time for a day off. 0110 finally plays some unID music, which he says is a favorite of Spike and other lab rats. Recheck at 0128,
 he`s off but now there is another pirate on 6935-AM (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** NORTH AMERICA. 6935-AM, Nov 24 at 0128 fair-poor signal and fading, open carrier, then 0129 Lawrence Welk parody. Chris Smolinski IDed this as `The Late Movie`, at,13994.0.html
it was unID in the previous thread:,13993.0.html

** OKLAHOMA. 91.7, Nov 23 at 1435 UT, KOSU is in open carrier/dead air when I was trying to hear NPR WESAT. Finally resume modulation in time for `Car Talk` at 1500. That`s OK, as a result I tuned to 90.1 KCSC-FM and enjoyed R. Strauss` tone poem ``Don Quixote`` from the L.A. Philharmonic.

KOSU with more dead air during The Spy at 0601-0612 UT Nov 24, finally resuming starting with a canned ID. What`s going on there? Not only SW stations fail to modulate. Carrier remained on, but lost studio link? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** PERU [non]. 5980, Nov 24 at 0055, dominant signal is apparent Tibetan from VOA SRI LANKA; no tone, no jamming, Cuban or Chinese audible, but maybe a bit of CCI which could be R. Chaski. By 0059 VOA is off leaving a JBA carrier, presumed Chaski --- continues past 0101, but retune at 0104 to catch the precessed cutoff, it`s already gone. So not sure what`s what. Will have to monitor 5980 continuously around 0100 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SAUDI ARABIA. 1521, Nov 24 at 0125 UT, het upon KOKC OKC, no doubt the 2 megawatt transmitter in the NW corner. I wonder how many of KOKC`s Okie listeners know the source of this tone? Checked a few prime lower TA channels, but no others heard, without stepping 9 kHz thru the entire MW band (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SAUDI ARABIA. 21505, Nov 24 before and after 1400, BSKSA is notable by its absence, while nearby 21540 Kuwait is in well as usual. Yet, full Radio Riyadh schedule just issued by Ivo Ivanov shows 21505 in use at 12-15 for General Arabic Service (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SOMALILAND. 7120-AM, Nov 24 at 1348, poor signal but enough for some talk modulation to be audible from R. Hargeisa. I notice the hambands now have pileups of CW signals rather than SSB, evidently some contest in progress, but not around 7120 at the moment (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SPAIN. 17595, Nov 24 at 1446, REE modulation is unusually distorted and breaking up here, yet OK on // 21610, 21640 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SPAIN. 21640, Sunday Nov 24 at 1410, REE is again here escaping collision with 21630 BBC (and after 1500 with WHRI); what do you bet it`s back to colliding 21630 on Monday like last week? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U K [non]. Regarding 21630 with WHRI and something else before 1500 Nov 23: DX Re Mix News schedule of BBC shows on that date the Hausa service was expanded to 1230-1500 on 21630 ASCENSION; 17780 had previously been scheduled for an extended Hausa broadcast on Saturdays at 1430-1700 but was not on (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A [and non]. 3309.5-USB, Nov 24 at 0133, AF MARS net including these calls copied fonetikaly: AFA5ZM, AFF5MN = ``for net control``, AFF7KS, and the net call is NCM4, then into long pause but nothing about securing, maybe too weak stations I can`t hear. There is a lite het from 3310.0, presumably, R. Mosoj Chaski, Bolivia, which is what I seek in the first place.

Here`s the North Central Division of AF MARS schedule:
showing NCM4 net is Saturdays at 1900 CT, but never of course revealing any frequencies. Individual searches on above calls:

AFA5ZM is in Illinois
AFF5MN is the state MARS director for Minnesota
AFF7KS is the state MARS director for Kansas
I think I see a pattern here (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. WORLD OF RADIO 1696 monitoring: confirmed on WTWW-2, 5085, UT Sunday November 24 at 0029:52, excellent signal here, and also Sunday 0501 on WTWW-1, 5830 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A [and non]. 5830 & 9475, Nov 24 at 1344, WTWW-1 is off both frequencies, while the 5830 area is occupied by OTH radar pulsing probably from China; but 9475 is on sometime after 1400 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. More about WRMI Okeechobee: Jeff White says Nov 24: ``Glenn: There have not been any tests from Okeechobee yet, but there may be a few short test transmissions on various transmitters, times and frequencies between November 25 and 30. Jeff``. Also, transmitters 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6 are ready to go but not needed yet as each transmitter is connected only to certain antennas.

See my previous report for full new schedule effective Dec 1. Jeff also says the extra RMI broadcast Sat at 2330-2400 on 11565 will not be for `Wavescan` (which is on 9955 then), but for a new religious program to Brasil (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A [and non]. 9975, Nov 24 at 0119, tone test over CVC Uzbekistan to India, presumably KVOH getting ready for their 0200 broadcast, altho it was not super-strong. 0130 just CVC (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

This report dispatched at 1717 UT November 24