giovedì 16 gennaio 2014

Glenn Hauser logs January 14-15-16, 2014

** AUSTRALIA. 9580, Wed Jan 15 at 1355, RA is no longer simulcasting a TV newscast during this hour, but instead wrapping up something called ``ABC Open 500 Words``.

ABC Radio National presents a seemingly complete Summer Schedule grid
date by date from Dec 23 to Jan 26, but for 12:00 midnight local time merely says ``Summer Features`` M-F. Nothing anywhere on it about ``Open 500 Words``. Nor anything like that on the A-Z Quick-Find list.
Finally a more general search of the site finds it`s a sub-title:

** BOLIVIA. 4717-, Jan 16 at 0057, very poor signal but presumed R. Yura, starting to propagate again. Around this time, the 60m band is full of carriers matching Asian and Latin American usage (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** BRAZIL. 4985+, Jan 16 at 0054, very poor signal seemingly in Portuguese, slightly on the hi side, and totally clear in the absence of that huge RTTY signal normally blocking all broadcasters here; hope it`s gone for good. So presumed R. Brasil Central. No signal on // 11815 to compare with. Nor any het from 4985.5, Perú`s Radio Voz Cristiana, also uncovered if and when it be on (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** BRAZIL. 5970, Jan 16 at 0101, Brazuguese here no doubt R. Itatiaia, but with very heavy flutter. The equatorial ionosphere is really dynamic tonight (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** BRAZIL. 11765-, Jan 16 at 0107, SRDA Curitiba with Davi Miranda wailing away in portunhol, slightly wavering het against something because ZYE726 is off-frequency to the lo side (is there *any* Brazilian SW station accurate to point 0, let alone point 00?). Nothing else on 11765 in EiBi, Aoki or HFCC to het against, and EiBi shows 11764.8 for SRDA (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** BRAZIL [and non]. 11780.1, UT Tue Jan 14, make a point of checking QRM during RNB`s main collision with another station, Spain`s Sephardic service which stupidly stays on 11780 instead of alternate 11795 or some other clear frequency for its weekly broadcast at 0115-0145: at 0112, there they are with the REE IS making a LAH circa 100 Hz against RNB. This is hardly an improvement over colliding directly (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CANADA. 740, Jan 16 at 0141 UT, commercial mentions, apparently something to do with winter travel rather than a radio station, despite the `calls`. No such website. Expecting to hear CFZM Toronto here mixing with KRMG Tulsa as usual, and so it is, onward to ads for what`s on CBC Television tonite, more Canadian stuff, and ``AM-740`` ID. Still, what`s this KHDH? Maybe a clue or ad on their website, Nothing found for a travel biz to get out of Toronto; maybe I didn`t copy the letters correctly.

Searching on KHDH, I find that there is such a radio station, in Alberta, obviously not a real Canadian callsign:
What nation would that be? A First one, a.k.a. Blackfoot.

Is there a real KHDH in the USA? Unknown to NRC AM Log, WTFDA FM Database, nor to FCC AM or FM Queries (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CHINA. 12045, Jan 14 at 1438, Firedrake good with flutter, vs 12050 WEWN and its lower spur. No other FD, nor CNR1 jamming found in the 12-18 MHz OOB areas. About 24 hours later on Jan 15, no FD music heard on 12045, just Chinese, presumably switched to CNR1 jamming.

9315, Jan 14 at 1444, FD fair-poor mixing with IBB Tibetan via Thailand per HFCC; Aoki now has CNR1/FD jamming listed for this hour on 9315, but nothing about the target. Usually Aoki just puts a * to indicate such jamming, but far too many users ignore it and report logs incorrectly as the target station rather than the jamming!

6145, Jan 14 at 1445, Firedrake here against RTI, but on 6075 no FD heard, just Chinese (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA. 5025, Jan 15 at 0051, R. Rebelde back on the air in the evening as well as 5040 RHC English, so after a few weeks, both these transmitters and antennas are back in use, after obviously sharing one facility causing RR to cede to RHC in the 22-07 UT span. Also at 0627 check, both very good level, except there is some hum and distortion on 5025. Once I have mentioned this on WORLD OF RADIO 1704, shux, it`s gone again 24 hours later at 0057 Jan 16, just a JBA carrier, presumably Quillabamba, Perú.

5010.0, Jan 16 at 0114, weak signal in French --- this could be interesting, possibly Madagascar on all night? Compare to 5910 in case it`s a 2 x IF image from 5910 Romania, but no match there. And with the DX-398 BFO on, it`s still on 5010, not 4 kHz offset so not an image. Listening closer no, it`s Kriyol, with lots of -la`s, which points to the RHC hour on 5040. Could be a leapfrog mixing product over 5025 Rebelde another 15 kHz lower, but that`s off as per log a few minutes ago --- not now! It is indeed back on, so leap away! There could be an equivalent landing on 5055, in that case with Rebelde audio (Glenn Hauser, OK, WORLD OF RADIO 1704, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA. 9570, Jan 15 at 1349, CRI relay has a big buzz atop the program modulation (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA. 11750, add one more RHC frequency to my list of synchronized ones along with 11760 and most of the others, Jan 15 at 1409 check (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA. 13680, Jan 15 at 1951, RHC French, fair signal and very undermodulated (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA [non]. 9490, Jan 15 at 0100, Cuban NA (same as played on RHC), is audible under the DentroCuban Jamming Command`s attempt at a wall of noise, i.e. R. República is still here via FRANCE at 0100-0300. WRMI conveniently leaves a gap in its usage of 9495 during that bihour, presumably ready to shift it to Okeechobee, whenever the TDF contract run out (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** EAST TURKISTAN. 5060, Jan 16 at 0059, Chinese from PBS Xinjiang, Urumqi, better than 4980 in Uighur, the only Asian signals making it on 60 m with some audio; per Aoki exactly same parameters, 100 kW at 230 degrees, but of course Chinese comes first and unequal (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** EGYPT. 12080, Jan 15 at 0046, R. Cairo news theme, fair with flutter, Spanish, distorted but almost readable. This one is 250 kW, 241 degrees from Abis at 0045-0200 for CIRAF 13 & 15, i.e. eastern 2/3 of Brasil, half the Guianas and part of Paraguay, i.e. the only SS portion of the nominal target! (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** EQUATORIAL GUINEA [non]. 15190, Jan 15 at 2122, ``Doctor Jesus, Operate on Me`` gospel tune, hee hee, from R. Africa via WRMI; no second signal. 15190, Jan 15 at 1948 check, still no signal from Bata or Okeechobee, while Africa is propagating with 15120 Nigeria DRM.

Recently I`ve seen at least two logs of 15190 after 2000 as if they were really Equatorial Guinea. Not since December 31; people must not be paying attention to our reports about this (Glenn Hauser, OK, WORLD OF RADIO 1704, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** IRAN. 6155, Jan 16 at 0121, VIRI piano IS, fair with flutter; 0123 brief sign-on announcement and NA, no doubt to be followed by mandatory Qur`an. It`s Kazakh, scheduled via Sirjan. No QRM at all from Bolivia or anything else. Just before this, a signal on 6165 until 0120* was apparently BBC; see OMAN (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** IRAN. 11675 // 11720, Jan 15 at 1406, VIRI talking about Afghanistan, Taliban, and exactly synchronized indicating same transmitter site: yes, both Kamalabad in Urdu, 178 and 118 degrees respectively; 11720 slightly stronger here, but less ACI on 11675 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** OMAN. 6165, Jan 16 at 0115, surprised to hear heavy CCI to RHC English, from something in S Asian language talking about Pakistan, but it cuts off at 0120* --- that timing smax of Iran, but HFCC shows no IRIB, but BBC in Hindi via OMAN at 0100-0130, to be followed by Urdu. The band is open from that area, however; see IRAN anyway (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** PERU. 5980, Jan 14 at 0103, R. Chaski carrier tracked until cutoff at 0103:30.5, which is 12.5 seconds later than last check 48 hours before.

5980, Jan 15 at 0103, R. Chaski goes off circa 0103:36: unclear since strength drops but still hearing a carrier, perhaps a mixing product. Time fits for 5.5 seconds later than last night.

5980, Jan 16 at 0100, R. Chaski carrier with some modulation detectable, very poor, until cutoff at 0103:40*, which is 4 seconds later than last night, considerable variation (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SOUTH CAROLINA [non non]. 9840, Jan 15 at 1953, WHRI with some other gospel huxter, but 2000 after Onward Christian Soldiers, cut to join Brother Scare in progress (the only way to join TOM, since there are no ID breaks provided!). For a while there is a medium SAH, from some other transmitter --- maybe overlap of two Cypress Creeks? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) See also USA: WWRB

** TAIWAN [non]. 9895, Jan 15 at 1954, music on poor signal, sounds somewhat African; the only frequency on 31m I don`t recognize at the moment; 1956 YL announcement in French, web address, au revoir, but can`t catch any details; bit of vocal music at 1958-1959.6*.

HFCC shows this is BaBcoCk, 315 degrees from UAE to Europe, so also aimed USward. That`s a big help, but what station, is it, really? Go to EiBi: R. Taiwan International at 1900-2000.

BTW, Jeff White informs that RTI will be testing via Okeechobee, in Spanish this Saturday and Sunday night, UT Sun & Mon Jan 19-20 at 0300-0400 on 7730. Reports wanted especially from Mexico, Central America and Caribbean; results will determine whether they resume relays they once had by WYFR. I asked Jeff, what about English?: And he says RTI are also considering testing that for North America! (Glenn Hauser, OK, WORLD OF RADIO 1704, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 15570, Jan 15 at 1949, good open carrier, no doubt Greenville B warming up for 2000 transmission when it will jump to proper 15580. Meanwhile, VOA Botswana on 15580 until 2000 gets no QRM (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. WORLD OF RADIO 1703 monitoring: Tue 1200 broadcast on WRMI 9955 is confirmed at 1209, generally atop the pulse jamming; tnx a lot, Arnie! Six hours earlier, no signal audible on 9955.

WORLD OF RADIO 1704 monitoring: this week I finish in time for preferred first airing on WRMI, UT Thursday Jan 16 at 0430 on 9955. It does air, complete, as confirmed on webcast, but the 31m band is dead, with a JBA carrier at best on 9955. I hope it`s doing better southward as targeted. I hardly ever hear from South America, so I was pleased to see a log last week, Jan 9 at 0430 on 9955, by Claudio Galaz in Chile, rating it SINPO 55454!

Further schedule of WORLD OF RADIO 1704 times:
Thursday 1330 on WRMI-10 9955
Thursday 2201 on WTWW-1 9475
UT Friday 0426v on WWRB 3195
Saturday 0730 & 1530 on Hamburger Lokalradio 7265-CUSB
Saturday 2130 on WRMI-14 7730 (as aired past two weeks)
UT Sunday 0030 on WRMI-11 9495 (as aired past two weeks)
UT Sunday 0030 on WTWW-2 5085
UT Sunday 0501 on WTWW-1 5830
UT Monday 0400v on Area 51 via WBCQ 5110v-CUSB
Tuesday 1200 on WRMI-10 9955
Wednesday 0730 & 1530 on Hamburger Lokalradio 7265-CUSB

** U S A [and non]. 9955 & 9840, Jan 14 after 0600 check, WRMI inaudible, maybe just a plunged MUF despite its southerly status. Reaudible after 1200 for WOR on 9955, q.v. Next night Jan 15 at 0631, only pulse jamming audible on 9955, JBA carrier on 9840, maybe BS on WRMI, while 2 MHz down, 7570 BS is at very good level. At this time on 31m, hardly anything but poor signal on 9420, presumably Greece.

9495, UT Wed Jan 15 at 0051, Keith Perron talking about Nauen, closing `Media Network Plus`, a pre-2014 show judging from his comments; 0053 ``73s & 88s to the ladies``, implying some kind of gender selectivity if not bias, music fill; fair-poor on this WRMI transmitter aimed southwards; open carrier until 0100*. Perhaps a new time for that at 0030; worth checking 9495 other days between 00 and 01 for additional airings of other WRMI shows, as WORLD OF RADIO has also been appearing there the past two UT Sundays.

9495, UT Thursday Jan 16 at 0055 check, in Spanish about Venezuela, presumably `Acontecer Venezolano`, quarter-hour show from 0045; only jamming so far is ACI from 9490 ramping up against R. República via France; see CUBA [non].

9690, Jan 15 at 2007, BS via WRMI now running longer hours, so it blox not only AIR GOS at 1330-1500, but now I hear a low audible heterodyne, no doubt the always off-frequency to low side, Voice of Nigeria.

9955, Wed Jan 15 after 1400, this edition of AWR Wavescan has a substitute presenter, Michael Méndez, I think he said, since Jeff White has laryngitis. See also USA: WINB (Glenn Hauser, OK, WORLD OF RADIO 1704, DX LISTENING DIGEST) See also TAIWAN [non]; USA: WORLD OF RADIO

** U S A. 15420.0-CUSB, Jan 15 at 1948, BBCWS Seychelles atop WBCQ, but no audible het for a change, just a subaudible one of a few Hz, as WBCQ has tweaked its frequency, like it did from 7491+ closer to 7490 (a tad below now). I expect 15420 will eventually drift off like it has time and again. Neither station gets it, that they should be at least 5 kHz apart, permanently! (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 5810, Jan 14 at 0106, WEWN briefly in English and Spanish, crackly audio and squealspurs. Spanish scheduled 00-05, this is the same transmitter as used overnight on 7555, morning on 11550, afternoons on 12050, westward (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 13570, Wed Jan 15 at 2010, WINB with AWR Wavescan, interview or presentation from NASB meet by Jerôme --- of TDF about the Issoudun, France site, but between the accent and the hum on the recording, he was hard to follow. After that, routine JSWC logs from early December, so it was an earlier January episode (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 3185, Jan 16 at 0105, TOM is missing from WWRB, no signal; while 3215 is on with organ music; by 0134 recheck, BS is back on 3185, and still Bach on 3215 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

This report dispatched at 0613 UT January 16