domenica 29 dicembre 2013

Glenn Hauser logs December 27-28, 2013

** CHINA. 9455 & 9355, Dec 27 at 1947, Firedrake fair on both, and reliably so, jamming RFA Chinese via Saipan on both for several hours (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA. 11750 y 15230, Dec 28 at 1249 are both open carrier/dead air from RHC, and 15230 is yet the OSOB almost an hour before sunrise here. 11750 would be warming up for at 1300 start, but 15230 is supposed to modulating from *1200.

9850 is still on at 1402, not its scheduled successor per Aoki also on the 160-degree antenna, 15340. Another one is tardy, 13780. By 1444 check, 13780 is going, but 15340 is only open carrier/dead air. By 1522 both are modulating, congratulations.

13740, Dec 28 at 1405, CRI English relay back on proper frequency today after error on 13650 yesterday (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** GREECE. 9420, Dec 27 at 1947, Greek music, F-G as Avlis has been more active on its prime frequency lately.

9420, Dec 28 at 0110, Greek discussion atop CRI; not // 7450 at 0112, undermodulated Greek music.

Wonder what will happen if anything when 2014y arrive? These SW transmissions have held up remarkably long after the worker/management dispute started last summer (Glenn hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** INDIA. 11670, Dec 27 at 1944, just as I tune in, YL in English is saying goodbye, then dead air. Looks like the AIR GOS at 1745-1945 would have been listenable here, beamed 325 degrees with 500 kW from Bengaluru. Hindi to follow for an hour, then back to English at 2045 but at 280 degrees per Aoki; which also shows both English segments *jammed by the ChiCom (presumably with white noise), but not the Hindi interval. Trouble is, too many Chinese understand English now! (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** KOREA NORTH [non]. 9775, Dec 28 at 1352, musical prélude again to R. Free Chosun; today it`s rather choppy with degraded propagation, fair with flutter. 1401 underway in Korean but with ``Jingle Bells Rock`` playing underneath. Is this a serious clandestine?? They do play a lot of music later in the bihour (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** MEXICO. 570, Dec 28 at 1258 UT, song in Spanish with low audible het, dead giveaway it`s Monterrey NL, 1300 confirmed by full ID with call letters XEBJB, street address, into news headlines. WRTH 2014 says slogan is Radio 570 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** MEXICO. 700, Dec 28 at 1304 UT, weather, then live DJ greeting listeners and families in various colonias around Parral, and Hidalgo, dominating frequency, ranchera song ``Ay, mamá`` by YL with quite a set of pipes; then ``buenos días en XEGD, La Poderosa``, 1308 ID for 700, 90.3 and web from Hidalgo del Parral, Chihuahua. WRTH 2014 shows 5000/250 watts with that slogan, while IRCA 2012 had it as Ke Buena, 1000/200 watts. And Cantú today shows 5000/1000, also La Poderosa (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DGIEST)

** MEXICO. 6185, Dec 27 at 1950, JBA carrier in full daytime, presumed another bit of XEPPM evidence. Even at night, modulation is quite low so not very useful. BTW, they have a DX/media program on SW only, most UT Thursdays at 0030-0100, `Sintonía Libre` with plenty of musical relief, better heard from the archive (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** NETHERLANDS [non]. 7375, Dec 28 at 0113, VG signal from special UT Saturday airing of The Mighty KBC via GERMANY, singing ID, ad in Dutch for Blaupunkt AM/FM/SW radio; Eric in English asks for e-mail, 0114 ``Oasis``. 0125 ``We Will Rock You`` (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** PERU. 5980, Dec 28 at 0054, JBA carrier from R. Chaski (or Chaski R. as WRTH 2014 puts it, 5 kW), until cutoff at 0101:52.5* which is 22 seconds later than last check 4 days ago = 5.5 later on the average per day (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** PHILIPPINES [non]. 15320, Dec 28 at 1522, Tagalog talk with loud music mix at equal level, seems unrelated, and apparent double input to transmitter and/or studio error; 1525 music stops and only talk heard, defaulting to English to say ``Brothers and Sisters of St. Paul``. It`s R. Veritas Asia, relay via VATICAN, 107 degrees back to Middle East Gastarbeiter, but as usual from SMG site, plenty of signal bleeding off in other direxions. Aoki and EiBi correctly show time for this as 1500-1553, while HFCC registration is for 1630-1700 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SOUTH CAROLINA [non]. 9370, Dec 27 at 1948, WWRB is *still* (again?) open carrier/dead air like it was at previous check 1519, or rather just barely modulated with Brother Scare; now there is maybe a trace of modulation.

BTW, Jeff White has advised Juan Franco Crespo in Spain that the 20-22 UT broadcast to Europe has replaced 15440 with 7730, all in English for the moment (i.e. B.S.). Just checked the WRMI graphic frequency schedule at 1740 Dec 28: still showing 15440. That`s quite a drop, almost exactly by 50% (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. WORLD OF RADIO 1701 monitoring: no longer at 0300 UT Saturday on Area 51 via WBCQ 5110v-CUSB, so not even checked Dec 28. Now confirmed is the replacement time for that, UT Mondays 0400v. Meanwhile: UT Sunday 0029v on WTWW-2 5085 (we hope, as not on the air last week, and played previous program the week before); and UT Sunday 0501v on WTWW-1 5830 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 7490, Dec 28 at 0100, WBCQ with `Allan Weiner Worldwide` not only here but // 9330-CUSB and 5110v-CUSB, but *not* synchronized, as apparently each transmitter has a different feed routing (partly via internet, Area 51 HQ in Maryland?). 7490 is JBA apparently still QRP, so 9330 is best; Allan`s opening sermon until 0116 when he gets Mal on the phone (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 9955, UT Sat Dec 28 at 0117, WRMI in its fill-music loop, German song, then polka at 0118. Had been a preacher until 0115; according to just updated program schedule grid dated Dec 28, the 0115 UT Saturday program was supposed to be `Christ Gospel Broadcast`. Totally free of jamming at the moment; not due to propagation since 9490 Radio República (still via France, how much longer?) is buried under wall-of-noise (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 850, UT Sat Dec 28 at 0637, surprised to hear a female hosting `Coast to Coast AM`, most unusual, via KOA (and countless other non-synchronized frequencies); admonishes callers not to use 4-letter words as her guest is discussing swearing, both casual and causal. Casual swearing serves no purpose other than to show the person is too lazy to think of and utter the proper word, and doesn`t care how it damage her reputation. Causal swearing is exclamatory and forgivable especially if from injury. Before next break, hostess IDs as Dr. Kathryn (?) Alpert (?)(Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. 910, Dec 28 at 0645 UT, singing ID sounds like ``WHMO`` but no match in the NRC AM Log or FCC AM Query. Closest fonetikaly is WAKO in Lawrenceville IL, U3, 500/50 watts with an AC/OLD format (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. 5910, Sat Dec 28 at 0619, off-frequency HJDH has a LAH, at a time when nothing else is scheduled on 5910. Would not even be TWR warming up from Austria since its 0644-0659 broadcast in Polish is M-F only. Does not work out to be an RHC mixing product either (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. 7560, Dec 28 at 1356, 1 kHz tone, fair with flutter; stops at 1359, transmission break, then resumes until at least 1420. By 1406 there is some weak talk CCI underneath. EiBi, Aoki, and HFCC all agree what`s supposed to be here 7 days a week: BBCWS at 1330-1430, going from Bengali to Hindi at 1400 and switching sites from Thailand to Uzbekistan. So both sites lost common satellite feed? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

This report despatched at 1745 UT December 28