martedì 24 dicembre 2013

Glenn Hauser logs December 23-24, 2013

** CUBA. 5990, Dec 23 at 2304, no show from CRI English relay which is supposed to start at 2300.

5040, Dec 24 at 0655, RHC English carrier still has heavy wobble with BFO engaged.

6000, Dec 24 at 0700, RHC English is very distorted here, modulation somewhat suppressed, 0701 reopens the Monday Dec 23 broadcast, until cut off at 0701:10* between ``Ed`` and ``Newman``. 5040 was also on a bit too long, but 6060, 6100 and 6165 were already off (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** EQUATORIAL GUINEA [and non]. 15190, Dec 23 at 2139, R. Africas via WRMI and Bata are still colliding making SAH and CCI (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** GERMANY [non]. 12070, Dec 23 at 2140, DW English, with `Digital Europe`, VG signal but this is the squealing RWANDA transmitter. It`s 295 degrees favorable for us, while at 2147, much weaker poor // 11800 is non-direxional. Wonder if 12070 caught the squeal from 12050 WEWN, contagious? At this hour, EWN signal is clean; q.v. (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) See also ROMANIA [and non]

** GREECE [and non]. 9420, Dec 23 at 2205-, HR with continuous music, no announcements, great to accompany my nap, jazzy/poppy, instrumental until 2243 song in English, fair signal.

7450, Dec 24 at 0704, Greek talk and music, VG signal but undermodulated. Unknown if on 9420 as 31m is almost dead, hardly anything but very poor BS via RAN via WRMI on 9840 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** KOREA NORTH [non]. 9775, Dec 24 at 1351, R. Free Chosun musical prélude is on, same obscure Xmas songs in English as last few days, 1352 by male, later by female. 1400 into theme and opening in Korean. Today`s signal is only fair with some flutter, comparable to 9800 VOA Korean via Philippines, also degraded; they improve somewhat during following hour. Mark Taylor in WI agrees with me that 9775 can`t be from Tajikistan (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** MALAYSIA. 9835, Dec 24 at 1357, 1 kHz tone. Nothing in HFCC, Malaysia being another uncoöperative holdout (tho ABU is based there), but Aoki shows RTM Sarawak FM as 24 hours from the Peninsula (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** MEXICO. 660, Dec 24 at 0712 UT, ``La Kaliente [sic], 102.9, la que komprende`` (if spelt with a c, means ``the one which understands``). That makes it XEEY Aguascalientes2 again, dominating channel with 50 kW transmitter perhaps on reduced night power; main QRM is IBOC noise from WSCR 670 Chicago peaking around 657 but somewhat nullable (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** NIGERIA. 11770-, Dec 23 at 2141, Horn of Africa music, very poor, beneath 11775 Anguilla; then undermodulated talk, language uncertain. Makes JBA het with a 11770 station of G above Middle C = 392 Hz; or was it really G below MidC = 196 Hz? Wolfgang Büschel has been hearing this off-frequency station on 11769.871 or 11769.880, in Arabic at 2030-2130, apparently V. of Nigeria, and missing for both of us from 9690v and 7255v (not Yemen which has been inactive on 11770 for many years).

Thorsten Hallmann unraveled it this way to the DXLD yg: ``Voice of Nigeria 11769.9 (most likely Arabic) 2058-2158, Dec. 21, weak/fair both via own receiver and A.R.I. Verona via globaltuners. Checked this one tonight, thanks to hint by Wolfgang Büschel, confirmed as Voice of Nigeria by interval signal at sign-off. Most likely Arabic, though then with very heavy accent at times.

There used to be VON Hausa (and possibly other West African languages on 9689.9 2000-2127 not long ago, but this transmission now ends earlier. This signal caught at 2050, but off at 2058 recheck. Another regular offset transmission from VON seems to be 7254.9 0728-0758, too weak to identify language though, in this part of the world.
73 Thorsten Hallmann, Münster, Germany``

** OKLAHOMA. 530, Dec 23 around 1830 UT on caradio, notice that ``K530AM``, Vance AFB Enid is back to full (10-watt) power, still with extremely boring same old same old PSAs from Ad Council rotating. The one warning children about internet risks, including ``what if your father should see you topless``, in rather poor taste, keeps appearing every few minutes. At unpredictable times interrupted for fake callsign ID, with background noise on that recording.

This time circa 2000 UT I approach Vance within a mile, driving along Rupe, the first E-W artery to the north of the base. To my surprise, in addition to hi noise level from the hi-voltage powerline along the street, I am hearing CCI from another station on 530, including some music. At one spot they are about equal level so I pull into a driveway. If I listened longer I might be able to unravel an ID from the other, which is also making a fast SAH, as K530AM is off-frequency. Does Vance have another unsynchronized transmitter? Don`t think so.

There is certainly no North American or Cuban broadcaster on 530 which could possibly be skywaving in at this level this early. Maybe it will strengthen as I drive further west and then north, away from Vance? No, it`s eventually lost and I hear only Vance. So I think what must have been happening was the ``powerline Beverage effect``, the HV wires not only putting out noise, but re-radiating some other station`s signal.

0707 UT Dec 24 check at home, K530AM is back to near-inaudibility, QRP to milliwatts (Glenn Hauser, Enid, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** PERU. 5980, Dec 24, good thing I tune in ``early`` before 0101, as R. Chaski carrier cuts off at 0101:30.5*, so they have already reset their autotimer earlier again. Tomorrow should be circa 0101:36 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** ROMANIA [and non]. 9435, Dec 23 at 2151, RRI VG in English after `Pro Memoria` about their anti-Communist revolution, with a Romanian carol, cut off at 2152 for sports segment. This is a half-hour broadcast, so I wonder if they condense the same content on the one-hour broadcasts by chopping them up? I`d rather hear the whole carol.

BTW, HFCC reminds us that on Dec 24 only, MBR via FRANCE will collide with this at 2100-2300 on 9435; that`s the Norddeutscher Rundfunk Xmas eve special to Seemensch, certainly poor frequency choice. // frequencies during the second bihour are: 6040 & 9880 Nauen, 9625 Moosbrunn, 9925 Issoudun (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SAUDI ARABIA. 17705, Dec 24 at 1448, BSKSA in Qur`an, and surprised to find // on all 17615, 17895, 21505, normally with different services; special merger for Xmas eve? David Kernick reports to DXLD yg that Saudi services have been reorganised and renamed. Aoki still shows Radio Riyadh: General first on 21505, 17705; Holy Qur`an on 17895, 17615 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SPAIN. 7265, Dec 23 at 2255, REE sign-off mentioning this and 21540 (but not on the latter at this late hour!), IS and off at 2256*. Had served as BFO for QRhaM.

17595, Dec 24 at 1418, this is the best REE frequency for `Españoles en la Mar`, the 13m channels JBA. On Xmas eve, show departs from usual format for classical music with watery themes; something by Vivaldi, then Ravel (not La Mer, but Gotas de Agua on piano), 1431 Moldova by Smetana, who was deaf like Beethoven when he composed it. A.k.a. in English as The Moldau; translating it to Moldova in Spanish could be confusing; so what do they call the country Moldova, Moldavia? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 9955, Tue Dec 24 at 1330:15, WRMI canned ID starts late instead of before 1330, the antique multi-city target one, so it`s almost 1331 before `Anglo-Parade` starts, the top-10 show of music in English presented in Spanish by Radio Ciudad Global, Colombia. 1357 recheck, SSE transmitter overlain by much stronger open carrier from the next WRMI transmitter to the NW; before 1359 cutting off RCG show for `WRMI Scoreboard` amid which the modulation starts on the NW unit; then Rudy Espinal ID in English and 1400 preacher (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 15610, Dec 23 at 2138, WEWN English carrier is wobbling, and in AM mode the modulation is audibly rumbling, besides the usual spurs. 12050, Dec 23 at 2140, WEWN Spanish is clean on this frequency, using a different transmitter than in the mornings when it squeals; see also GERMANY [non].

12050, Dec 24 at 1409, this one is squealing while // WEWN Spanish on 11550 is not (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 6115, Dec 23 at 2259, WWCR is ending its Spanish hour, but all mixed up with the canned announcements: gringa pronounces start time of 2200 UT as ``dos mil, doscientos`` which is incorrect in any language. Then announces in English that Spanish listeners should tune in tomorrow at 2200. Spanish having ended, then plays another Spanish announcement, cut off to English ID (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 17775, Dec 24 at 1413, no signal at all from KVOH, not on or not propagating? Not rechecked until 1651 when loud if not totally clear (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 680, Dec 24 at 0710 UT, KNBR ID, sports promos, atop CCI with SAHs. Too bad its programming is worthless. Not unusual, as being non-direxional, this has the best coverage of 50 kW San Francisco stations; forget KCBS 740 with its NW/SE pattern and vs KRMG Tulsa. SFO is beyond 1300 miles, pushing the limit for regular AM reception; it`s slightly further than NYC, whose 50 kW stations are hardly ever heard here in deep North America (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 1200, Dec 24 at 1349 UT, Spanish dominating over WOAI, program promos, ID as ``1,200 AM, Univisión América``, i.e. WRTO Chicago IL (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

This report dispatched at 1728 UT December 24