venerdì 29 novembre 2013

Glenn Hauser logs November 29, 2013

** AUSTRALIA. 2325, Nov 29 at 1256, a JBA carrier is all that VL8T can manage, but more than usual. A high line noise level especially on the lower frequencies is quite a problem here (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA. 6100, Nov 29 at *0500, RHC English is now here ex-6125, // 6165, 6060, 6000, and 5040 (the last one squealing like a WEWN). This shows Arnie can make a quick frequency change when it`s in RHC interest, as Wolfgang Büschel just told him he should get off 6125 due to Spain until 0600; unlike the months and years it took for RHC to vacate 6050 for HCJB and 6010 for Mexico & Colombia. It`s not the same 6070 transmitter in Spanish, since that continues past 0500. This also means there can no longer be a leapfrog mixing product on 6205 (6125 over 6165), but instead on 6230 (6100 over 6165), not yet detected.

BTW, ``Ed Newman`` opening the English hour couldn`t resist a dig at the yanquis about genocide against native Americans, while wishing us a Happy Thanksgiving. Of course, native Cubans were wiped out by the Spanish invaders, but let`s not get into that (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** KOREA NORTH [non]. 9775+, Nov 29 at 1340, carrier already on prior to 1400 Radio Free Chosun bihour. I notice that it`s slightly on the hi side, which makes it less likely now to be from an IBB site, rather than Tajikistan or Uzbekistan. Does anyone know for sure? And did they try Palau, Saipan, Tinian, Tinang or Taiwan, as it seemed earlier this month? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** KOREA NORTH [and non?]. 6250, Nov 29 at 1423, Korean talk here with constant ute QRM, rather than jamming. Aoki shows both N and S Korea here: Echo of Hope from Hwaseong in the south at 0555-2400 effective Nov 26; and 125-minute broadcasts from Echo of Unification, Pyongyang, starting at 0400, 1200 and 2200, which thus should now be off. Both 100 kW, non-direxional.

If something be heard on 6250 during a time Equatorial Guinea could also be propagating, beware, as RNGE Malabo has been missing for years (tho the 5005 and 15190 Bata transmitters were recently refurbished); we used to get that around 0500/0600 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** NEW ZEALAND. 6170, Nov 29 at *1259, RNZI Bellbird IS. For the fifth Friday in a row, RNZI reverts to A-13 frequency for the 1300 transmission, staying on B-13 frequency 5950 other days of the week. Still audible on 6170 at 1420. I wonder when Ivo will issue a schedule reflecting this reality which RNZI itself is obviously unaware of. May I point out that astute SW stations should keep an eye on my monitoring reports, as it`s not my job to notify them directly of any abnormalities (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** OKLAHOMA. 530, Nov 29 at 1314 UT, ``K-530-AM``, Vance AFB, is missing. It had been quite reliable for many months, tho with rather boring and repetitive programming consisting of PSAs looping, mostly about safety. There is still a carrier, but seems weaker than usual. Same at 1925 recheck. Maybe no one is around on the holiday to restart it if something crashed. Let`s just hope a hurricane doesn`t hit us in the meantime (Glenn Hauser, Enid, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** OKLAHOMA. Channel A48, Nov 29 at 1449 UT, barely detectable signs of NTSC video with antenna aimed at OKC, so maybe KOCY-LP with Estrella TV still exists as an analog station tho have not been able to see it surely for months. Trees bare of leaves could be expediting the weak signal now, even with no tropo (Glenn Hauser, Enid, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** TUNISIA. 7275, Nov 29 at 0600, IWT is still running until cut off its one-hour broadcast in Arabic at 0601:26* (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. WORLD OF RADIO 1697 monitoring: confirmed on WWRB 3195-AM, UT Friday Nov 29 at 0430; started after a respectful 15-second pause, once the previous preacher had stopped abruptly. I know // 5050-USB was on before 0430, but not after. Meanwhile there were a couple carriers from something around 5051. 3195-AM cuts off the air immediately WOR finishes at 0459*. Next:

UT Sat 0300v on Area 51 via WBCQ 5110v-CUSB
Sat 0730 & 1530 on Hamburger Lokalradio 7265-CUSB
Sat 1600 on WRMI 9955 (for the last time)
UT Sun 0030v on WTWW-2 5085
UT Sun 0501 on WTWW-1 5830

** U S A. Typo in previous report: the lower spur from WEWN 15610 is on 15602, not 15609 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** VIETNAM [non]. 15310, Nov 29 at 1404, surprisingly VG signal in Vietnamese, mentions Washington, 1408 the letters R-F-A pronounced in French(?), apparent web info. Aoki shows it`s R. Free Asia, 250 kW, 267 degrees from TINIAN during this hour. Fading down by 1414 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. TP carrier search Nov 29 at 1314-1319 UT: 594, 612, 693, 774, 828, 1422. Strongest were 693 and 774; maybe with more gain could have pulled some NHK audio. Sunrise here today 1323 (Glenn Hauser, Enid OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

This report dispatched at 2002 UT November 29