lunedì 23 giugno 2014

Glenn Hauser logs June 22-23, 2014

** BANGLADESH. 15505, June 23 at 1358, JBA tone, 1359 BB IS at imagination level; cannot hear any mistimesignal before 1400 but into talk, presumably opening Urdu. This has just not been propagating for weeks (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** BRAZIL. 11750 & 11810, June 23 at 0518, bit dirty extremely distorted strong spurs again from 11780 RNA which is somewhat distorted, overmodulated itself (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CHINA [and non]. 21690, June 23 at 0504, poor, CCI, i.e. CNR1 jammer and RFA Chinese via TINIAN this hour only (but followed by Tibetan via UAE until 07 per Aoki).

More CNR1 jamming, morning of June 23:

11430, June 23 at 1227, CNR1 jammer, fair // 11785 but echo apart. A long time since I`ve heard any on 11430; none in the 12s, 13s, 14s

16920, June 23 at 1233, CNR1 jammer, very poor to JBA
18980, June 23 at 1235, CNR1 jammer, very poor to JBA
13970, June 23 at 1350, CNR1 jammer, poor-fair
16360, June 23 at 1353, CNR1 jammer, good
16920, June 23 at 1353, CNR1 jammer, good
17170, June 23 at 1355, CNR1 jammer, fair
18930, June 23 at 1355, CNR1 jammer, very poor with SAH from Kuwait

** CUBA. 9790, June 23 at 0511, huge open carrier, as the slopperators at RadioCuba have failed to turn off the CRI relay transmitter at 0500.

6000, June 23 at 0513, Arnie Coro has heavy SAH from an equally strong carrier on slightly different frequency --- and RHC is missing from 6100 --- so the slopperators at RadioCuba have put *two* transmitters (but only one audio heard) on 6000, and *none* on 6100! When DXUL is over at 0524, now 6100 is on but just barely modulated, and only one signal on 6000 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** MEXICO. Monitored channel A2 for analog signs of sporadic E for about two hours June 22 before something faded in, from the south, all times UT:

1655 on 2, algo fades in

1707 on 2, looks like béisbol; at least the player is standing still unlike fútbol

1708 on 2, yes, it`s baseball, and more from the southwest; Pacífico bug in UR, oval with italic 3 in it. Therefore must be XHQ, Guamuchil, Sinaloa, the full-time relayer of XHQ, channel 3 in Culiacán --- and not one of the same group XHI stations which are on channel 2 in the first place, right? per
However, has this in the lo-power section, defaulting to 0 kW. Cantú`s TV section, which I rarely consult, does not even list this station. It seems there are a lot of relays in Mexico which are not in the official database. 1557 km = 957 miles to city of Enid

1719 on 2, now it`s fútbol, presumably Copa Mundial, with Azteca-13 bug in UR, and fades out by 1720

1724 on 2, now fades in Azteca-7 per bug in UR with film drama, from the south; out and in and out. This opening is not so frustrating as the big ones with a bunch of stations at once; now they are taking turns

1739 on 2, fade-in CCI from south

1747 on 2, fade-in Azteca 13; it`s Rusia vs someone in football

1753 on 2, TELEACTIVA bug in UR so XEFB-TV Monterrey; football but slo-mo, cheering, so replays rather than live; MUF not up to color burst so B&W only, and not much sound either

1757 on 2, movie with Televisa 5 bug in LR; looks like Mel Gibson is in it; also no color at first, then comes up. Close to south. Ahá, in addition to the net-5 bug in LR there is another bug in the UL, a 2 in a circle! Some 5 relayer is axually adding a local non-ID. At best fade-ins, as I try to photo, the 2 is inside two semi-circles, the top one blue, the bottom one red. It looks vaguely familiar. Now it`s alternating with another station:

1801 on 2, start a 30-minute program ``4 por 4`` which is about truck sports

1802 on 4, video only, game? show, from Azteca 13; only time I get anything but 2`s today. Soon gone

1804 on 2, program called `El Potro TV``, with f bug = Televisa 4

1808 on 2, big graphic says ``Viva El Brasil``, with even larger XEFE --- so it`s Nuevo Laredo; then net-5 promo; followed by Televisa 2 promo for Canal de las Estrellas. So in México they are fans of Brasil? Maybe México is already out of the Cup. XEFE goes with the circle 2 bug in UL seen earlier, but it is not same as the ``billiard ball`` design on Oglethorpe`s channel 2 page above, but which does agree that XEFE carries some Televisa-5 programming

1815 on 2, the net-5 bug in LR is covered up briefly by something small and animated, including a clock

1827 on 2, ad for an optician at Guerrero y Gutiérrez, following glimpse of US bunting or flag, so maybe this or preceding ad was for something in Laredo TX

1830 on 2, the 4 by 4 show is back mixing

Lunch break, and at next check 1859 algo fades in, but nothing more

Another opening morning of June 23, UT:

1452 on 2, I am aimed NE in keeping with likely PTA per 6m Es maps, but as something fades in, it`s in Spanish with a studio talk, so rotate back to SW. Yet again, 6m maps do not do justice to Mexico. Clock in MDT lower-right, 8:53 at 1453 UT also with rotating temps for Chihuahua places: JUA, CUAU, CHIH, PARR; illegible crawler abottom, peaks to very good level

1453 on 3, algo as MUF climbs; 1454 N bug in LL, NOTIVISA on set, and 7:53 clock = PDT, so it has to be XHBC Mexicali, but soon gone, and never seen again in this opening, everything from further east/south. 1663 km = 1033 miles to Enid city

1455 on 2, ad for some event in the Sun Bowl of El Paso, so as above it`s certainly XEPM-TV, Juárez and not Chihuahua city. Juárez is only 947 km = 588 miles from Enid, or 57% of the distance from Mexicali

1456 on 2, same station XEPM with LAS NOTICIAS across the screen but left and right letters cut off, photoed; so originally HD?

Then the CCI grows on channel 2 as the opening strengthens

1515 on 2, soccer promo, probably Azteca 13; heavy CCI

1526 on 4, Azteca-7 bug UR, soccer interview briefly in English, back to Spanish from southwest. Generally I am refraining from guessing stations from networks, listings, PTAs, but once again has only two 7s-on-4, the more likely one being XHNCI-TV, 19.86 kW from Manzanillo, Colima, rather than XHPSO-TV, 40 kW from Matías de Romero, Oaxaca. I am still wondering if there is really another one further north/west. None shown on the map at
database unknown, and these maps unfortunately cut off north of Oaxaca and the rest of extreme southern Mexico. 2025 km = 1258 miles from Manzanillo to Enid cities, certainly a possible path

1527 on 2, English! feel-good `on the road` feature originally from CBS guy about Alzheimers, outro in Spanish ``qué lindo``, so was probably subtitled. Until then I was wondering if I was getting Canada off the back at same time

1530 on 4, Televisa-2 star bug in LR, plug/ad for FUD; 1531 ad to the tune of Hallelujah Chorus for ``Protección Feminina`` with American football gear (unnecessary?), ha ha. Next ad for Six Flags Mexico, featuring a ``roller-coaster`` ahora abierta, necessarily employing English terminology (has anyone attempted to translate that device?). Where is this? Probably México DF. Is Mexico really a 6-flags place in history like so many American states? I imagine that only 5 or too many 7 would not deter the branding; who cares about historical accuracy?

1538 on 4, Azteca-13 bug UR, cooking show about sushi

1541 on 6, algo video shows briefly

1547 on 2, that hearing aid infomercial again, but mixing with soccer audio; 1557 it`s by AUDIOTECH

1600 on 2 and 4, signals continue with CCI, but nothing identifiable thru hourtop

1614 on 4, A-13 studio/game show

1619 on 4, cooking segment, on tortellinas, no bugs but probably same as above; yes, then into `Corte Informativo`, news headlines about flooding in Coahuila, another disaster in another state, from Azteca Noticias

1622 on 4, Televisa Deportes, en vivo, soccer; also on 5 in and out

1629 on 87.75, trace of Spanish on channel 6 audio

1644 on 88.5, Spanish overcomes OKC station, plug some event on 26 de junio; noticias about municipio de Chihuahua, 1647 outro as RadioRama, M-N Noticias, fade out. WTFDA db, back in business since at least June 22, shows XHDI-FM, 10/10 kW, ``La Nueva`` + AM on 1360; and so does Cantú; but beware searching the WTFDA db as there are misspellings such as here, ``Chichahua`` in the city field. 1156 km = 716 miles

1650 on 87.75, out to the porch for FM DXing on DX-398 waving the whip around: again a bit of Spanish, now fútbol

1652 on 92.9, no further Mexican Es signals tuning above 88.5 found (all frequencies blocked or with ACI), until here: 8 para las 11 TC by YL DJ, in $tereo, and RDS already IDs it as: ESTEREO 92.9 FM XHER and also with TEMP 16C! (It can`t be that cold on a Chihuahuan summer day, and lookup at 1847 UT shows 95F, more like it)

1654 ``Chihuahua vive Seguro`` state government PSA. Air conditioner ad somehow associated with El Mundial, yelling goooooaaaal; ``Estéreo Romance`` singing ID, YL timecheck. WTFDA FMDB shows it`s in Ciudad Cuauhtémoc, Chihuahua, 9.53/9.52 kW H & V, ESTEREO ROMANCE + AM 990. I have logged their AM, XEER 990 several times. Distance 1225 km = 761 miles. Recorded until 1655 fadeout, link forthcoming, and with no more FM in a few minutes, back inside to TVs:

1703 on 2 and 4, heavy CCI, including World Cup coverage

1705 on 5, poor signal but animation from Televisa 5 bug in LR: it`s those evil penguins again. Title is really, based on the movie, ``Los Pingüinos de Madagascar``, scheduled on 5, M-F 11:30 am-12:30 pm CDT

1723 on 5, World Cup live; bug in LR has the generic Televisa horizontally-squashed oval, with VIVO above it, and DEPORTES below it. But it`s not live at the moment with a slo-mo replay

1737 on 2 & 4, heavy CCI; 5 with another caricatura show

1739 on 5 & 4, World Cup audio not synchronized, Chile vs somebody. That reminds me of reports that R. Cooperativa relay on 12365-USB has been reactivated for these momentous events, so I go out and try to hear it at 1741, but not. It may well be on but not propagating at this hour. Better luck if there`s an evening match

1808 on 2, Televisa-5 animation; not much on 3 or 4

1821 on 4, Azteca promo, novela, A-13 bug UR, peaks VG snow-free; in and out and still going past 1843

1843 on 2, mostly CCI, not much on 3 today despite signals on 2 and 4

1913 on 2, weak CCI is all that`s left.

1920 on 2, weak Televisa Deportes fade in with fútbol audio. More to come? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** NEW ZEALAND. 11725-AM, June 23 at 0509, no signal from RNZI nor DRM on 11685-11695. These are supposed to start at 0459. RNZI used to warn of scheduled down time on their website but I can`t find any now; the remote transmitter site is unhumanned, so when something goes wrong it takes a while to send someone out there. Might have been on two wrong frequencies, unsearched for. Something in English on 9700 after 1200, so evidently fixed by then (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U K [non]. 9740, June 23 at 1210, BBCWS via SINGAPORE, interesting interview with a scientist who thinks immortality, or much prolonged lifespans are within reach of some alive today. Not 100% copy on this poor signal intended to prevent North Americans from listening to BBCWS. Then comes the hard part: finding the programme title and link to it on the website. From I first have to pretend I am listening from somewhere in their shortwave coverage. How about Tokyo? No, ``Sorry, we are unable to find any broadcasts to Tokyo, Japan``!!! Yet, once I have given up, a programme schedule for Tokyo shows up for 6195, close enough, with Monday 1205 UT as HARDtalk but no direct link to this episode. I have to search again and finally find it:
``Chief Science Officer, SENS Foundation - Aubrey De Grey
Availability:    7 days left to listen
Duration:        25 minutes
First broadcast: Monday 23 June 2014

Imagine life without ageing. You could live for hundreds of years with the mental and physical attributes of your 25-year-old self. Would you be tempted? Hardtalk speaks to a scientist and futurologist who believes it is a proposition that 21st Century biotechnology will soon be able to deliver. Aubrey de Grey's Californian research foundation is spending millions of dollars in a bid to conquer the ageing process. Is his vision inspiring, daft, or downright dangerous?``

What is SENS? Wiki knows: ``Strategies for Engineered Negligible Senescence``. And ever notice how BBC uses words like ``Californian``, a lot more than Americanians do? How about ``New Yorkian?`` (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 20000, June 23 at 1356, WWV with good signal. At less than 500 miles, it takes a sporadic E opening to audiblize this here. I`ve yet to hear it on 25000, including now --- is that still active? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. WORLD OF RADIO 1726 monitoring: confirmed on Area 51 webcast, UT Monday June 23 from 0301, and also JBA in the storm noise level on WBCQ 5110v-CUSB before 0330. Next:

Tuesday 1100 on WRMI 9955 (still with CCI from France via TAIWAN?)
Wednesday 0630 on Hamburger Lokalradio 7265-CUSB
Wednesday 1315 on WRMI 9955
Wednesday 1430 on Hamburger Lokalradio 7265-CUSB
Wednesday 2100 on WBCQ 7490v

** U S A. 12105, June 22 at 2352 check, WTWW-3 now in tonal African language, presumably Yoruba, where it`s almost 1 am in Nigeria. Now regularly followed by Russian at 00-01 UT, i.e. 3-4 am in Moscow. Such scheduling might seem counterproductive for targets, but convenient for such speakers in North America. FCC A-14 registrations shows this is 40 degrees for CIRAFs 4, 9 and 18, i.e. all of Canada east of Manitoba, and --- Scandinavia (plus Finland, but not Iceland) (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

This report despatched at 1929 UT June 23