martedì 31 dicembre 2013

Glenn Hauser logs December 29-30, 2013

** CHINA. 9410-9460 approx., Dec 30 at 1510, filthy FM distorted blob of talk modulation, centered about 9438 and bothering 9430 FEBC Chinese most. I can make its modulation peaks // to CNR1 jammer on 9680 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA. 5040, Dec 30 at 0640, this RHC transmitter is getting worse and worse, during English hour making an annoying audible rumble in the AM mode, and severe wobbling with BFO applied; about to explode? // 6100 very undermodulated, and the other overkills 6000, 6060, 6165 nominal (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** EQUATORIAL GUINEA [and non]. 15190, Dec 29 at 2102 check, R. Africa Network via WRMI with ID as usual two minutes late, and lite SAH from the other R. Africa still autocolliding from Bata (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** GERMANY [non]. 15700, Dec 30 at 1520, good signal in Swahili, which is remarkable since Deutsche Welle is allegedly aimed due south from RWANDA, which is not toward Swahili-land any more than we are (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** KOREA NORTH [non]. 9775, Dec 30 at 1356, R. Free Chosun is still playing Xmas music prélude in English, the same song now about ``Christmas joy``. Signal comparable to 9800 VOA Korean via Philippines (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SOUTH CAROLINA [non]. 9955, Dec 30 at 0645, 31m is dead as I tune up the band, until crossing VG signals on 9840 and lesser 9955, with, what else, Brother Scare, via WRMI. 9955 also has pulse jamming on it. These would be OSOB if it were not for a VP signal from 9665v Brasil, so only attain SSOB status. Nothing else! (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) See also U K [non]

** U K [non]. 15420, Dec 30 at 1519, nothing but Brother Scare audible via WBCQ in recently expanded schedule of 1400-1800 UT daily (plus Global Spirit Proclamation also expanded to 1800-2200 UT daily). This collision has never concerned BBCWS, which is also on 15420, due west from doomed Seychelles site at 1500-2000 daily. But at the moment, no trace of BBC heard, not even a het against WBCQ off-frequency (altho Rwanda is propagating very well on 15700). Maybe BBC is moving off? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U K. If you can hear BBCWS at 1732 UT Dec 30, and it`s a stream carrying `World Business Report`, this edition is supposed to include an interview with me about the future of shortwave. It had been delayed from Dec 26 and could be postponed again for more urgent coverage; preview of Dec 30 show mentions only the Eurozone outlook for 2014.

Airtimes are 1732, 1932, and 2232 GMT. Not certain if same to all targets. To try to hear it on air, we extract the frequencies from the BDXC-UK Broadcasts in English booklet for B-13:

1732: 1323-Cyprus, 1413-Oman, 3255 & 6190 South Africa, 6195 & 9505 Oman, 12095 & 15420 Seychelles, 5845 Thailand DRM, 15400 & 17780 & 17830 Ascension.

1932: 1413 Oman, 3255 & 6190 South Africa, 12095 & 15420 Seychelles, 9915 Woofferton, 11810 & 15400 Ascension

2232: never mind, NO BBCWS SW or MW frequencies on the air at 22-24!

Once confirmed, we`ll find a link to hear it ondemand via:

** U S A. WORLD OF RADIO 1701 monitoring: the new time on Area 51 via WBCQ, 5110v-CUSB, UT Monday 0400 Dec 30, did not eventuate; instead both on SW and webcast there was dead air, broken every 2.5 minutes by the same fraxured clip of Jean Shepherd every time, something about ``dynamic sports programming``. This was still going on at 0438. Larry Will explains that it was due to a rare internet failure. Next: Tuesday 1200 on WRMI 9955 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 7555, Dec 30 at 0643, WEWN Spanish with big squeal, which I normally don`t hear much on this frequency. May depend on how strong the fundamental is, and vs the French ute noise on the hi side. // 11870 earlier in the evening before it drops out, has had the squeal, so suspect the transmitters have been swapped (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 1120, Dec 30 at 0655 UT, ranchera music mixing with KMOX. At first I am not hearing it when I null KMOX toward the SE for KEOR Catoosa/Sperry/Tulsa the daytimer which has been caught running all-night, and would be praise music. By 0700 this is audible with KMOX nulled for ID mentioning Austin, Bustos? Media, ``líder de radio en español``, right back to romantic music in Spanish. So this is the new station KTXW, city of license Manor TX, which we already reported in DXLD 13-23 last June and followed up in 13-28:

``Now we must beware of another new Spanish station on 1120, KTXW in
Manor (Austin) TX which has just started testing, ``nostalgic wall-to-
wall Spanish language ballads format`` as `Exitos 11-20`` with
5000/155 watts. Tnx to Artie Bigley for tip of this thread at
KTXW is about 90 degrees away from KEOR from my angle, so besides
format difference, not easily confundible here (Glenn Hauser, OK,

Nevertheless, the 2013 NRC AM Log as of August still showed it ``not on air`` with 5600/155 watts. The latest NRC Pattern Book as of July 15 does not show it at all.

FCC AM Query agrees day power is 5600 not 5000 W, and night pattern at
shows a deep null toward KMOX, and also toward us, mainly NW/SE but no null toward the SW. Day pattern at
shows major lobe to NW, minor to SE, but plenty toward Enid.

Normally, KMOX has no such interference here at night, from KTXW which now makes a SAH of 40/minute = 2/3 Hz, a lot closer than KEOR is to KMOX (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 1220, Dec 30 at 0704 UT, WSLM ID in passing atop the jumble, and with off-frequency het from TX nulled. 82-watt classic-country station in Salem IN continues to dominate the frequency, surely running day facility of 5 kW. Day & nite figure-8 pattern is slightly clockwise from east-west (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. 9665, Dec 30 at 1357, 1 kHz continuous tone runs past 1400 for some minutes, but off at 1417 check. Aoki shows the only things scheduled are: CRI in Russian via Xian until 1357, Sinhala via Jinhua 831 from 1400; and KCBS Pyongyang at 2000-1800. No sign of any of those besides the tone which nevertheless may have been coming from one of them (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

This report dispatched at 1700 UT December 30