giovedì 18 settembre 2014

Glenn Hauser logs September 18, 2014

** AUSTRIA [and non]. 6155, Sept 18 at 0538, Ö1 is starting to propagate again during its morning classical music segment, the only token SW broadcast left from Wien. But now it has a weak het slightly on the hi side, which fits for the off-frequency R. Fides, Bolivia, perhaps having left its carrier on all-night. Nothing else scheduled (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** BANGLADESH. 15505, Sept 18 at 1359, Bangladesh Betar IS is JBA as this signal improves marginally with approach of Equinox; and for the first time in months, enough for me to track the perpetually fast mistimesignal introducing the Urdu service, 5+1 pips ending at: 1359:27.5. That`s about twice as fast as it typically was in springtime (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** BRAZIL. 6180, Sept 18 at 0537, fair signal, but open carrier/dead air, presumably the ailing RNA transmitter or a substitute, as nothing else scheduled now. Ops normal on 11780 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CHINA [and non]. 6870+, Sept 18 at 1245, JBA signal with talk, possibly Chinese. Ran across this while tuning with BFO between 4870 Indonesia and 9870 India to compare frequency offsets. As usual, Wamena is on the lo side of 4870; while this 6870 is slightly on the hi side compared to presumed on-frequency AIR. Aoki does list 6870 as a 0.1? kW Sound of Hope, Taiwan transmitter carrying R. Free Asia at 22-17 in Mandarin/Cantonese, and of course *jammed, so I was probably hearing yet another CNR1 jammer.

19000, Sept 18 at 1343, CNR1 jammer, good with flutter vs FRG-7 birdie

12500, Sept 18 at 1350, CNR1 jammer, fair // 15115 in the mix; none in the 18s, 17s, 16s, 14s, and only inbanders in 15s, 13s, 11s

12870, Sept 18 at 1351, CNR1 jammer, fair like 12500

11500, Sept 18 at 1352, CNR1 jammer, poor and not synch // 11785, but 2 or 3 seconds behind it

10960, Sept 18 at 1353, CNR1 jammer, fair // 11785

 9200, Sept 18 at 1357, CNR1 jammer, poor, // 11785; none in the 8s

17740, Sept 18 at 1413, CNR1 jammer, fair with flutter, // 11835 & 11615 & 9845, all vs VOA Chinese via Tinang; Aoki still lists 17740 with jamming at 14-15, but no known target

9540, Sept 18 at 1414, CNR1 jammer, out-of-synch with 17740/11835/11615/9845, per Aoki maybe against 100-watt Sound of Hope, but bad news for Turkey in Arabic

9200, Sept 18 at 1357, CNR1 jammer, poor, // 11785; none in the 8s (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA. 6000, Sept 18 at 0520, RHC English is off again. Time for another look at their schedule at:
No, it still claims 6000 at 00-05 for Washington, and 05-07 for San Francisco.

6060, Sept 18 at 0539, I notice that this English frequency is also off; leaving only the still overkill Cuban Three: 5040, 6100, 6165. 6060 is supposedly at 05-07 UT for New York at 1-3 am local (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** INDONESIA. 9526-, Sept 18 at 1301, VOI English news with fair signal and OK modulation! Still fluttery, but the greater obstacle to readability now is the announcer`s accent: it`s always something (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** IRAN. 13590, Sept 18 at 0515, VIRI in Russian, fair with flutter, and undermodulated; 0520 to VIRI IS which keeps playing until 0526:40*. So implies this Kamalabad transmitter is not needed for any other service starting by 0523. I`m checking this because 24- hours earlier, I was getting that music loop on 13590 until 0549 or 0550*. But 13590 remains vacant tonight, still at 0544. So previous SNAFU at K`bad remains my likeliest explanation.

13710, Sept 18 at 0514, VIRI Turkish is poor, and a signal on listed // 11925 is so poor that I can`t be sure it`s the same. These are the only broadcasts supposed to last until 0550. 13710 still but very poor at 0544 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** JAPAN [non]. 11730, Sept 18 at 0529, NHK via FRANCE with off-topic schedule in English, 0530 switching to Sakura and opening in French. Quite good with no ACI from 11725 New Zealand [q.v.] which is AWOL. The Issoudunians are not too careful with their transmitter/program switching, as English is just ending at 0530 on 11970. Need to compare whether they overlap or not, i.e. same transmitter (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** MYANMAR [and non]. 7345, Sept 18 at 1249, poor signal with flutter, songs; 1255 seems dead air as Navy MARS net starts up on exactly same frequency with this as BFO for USB [see USA]; 1300 music has resumed. Presumed Thazin Radio, a rarity here, per Aoki schedule including 1230-1330 daily in minority language Mon, 50 kW, 356 degrees from Naypyidaw. Tnx to Ron Howard tip that CNR1 blockage is missing. Unlike with Latin American info preserved years after stations disappear, Aoki is right up to date on this, showing the CNR1 1100-1805 broadcast via Beijing off as of Sept 14. It was aimed 175 degrees and must have made a mess in Myanmar, but I wouldn`t assume it`s gone for good, so get Thazin now! (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** NEW ZEALAND. 15720, Sept 18 at 0517, open carrier/dead air, but RNZI modulation resumes by 0518, still at 0545 with news about Fiji (which is off the radar of US media). 15720 is supposed to close by 0500, then 11725, which is now vacant; still so after 0529 so no ACI for a change to NHK 11730 English into French.

As long as I can stay awake, I keep one receiver on 11724 BFO to alert me if and when 11725 come on, but still hasn`t at 0602, and now 15720 is off too. So RNZI operations are way off-schedule, maybe another maintenance break/problem, or a schedule revision? No,
still shows AM switch from 15720 to 11725 at 0458-0459. No DRM scheduled to be on around this time, and none heard on 11690. However, Walt Salmaniw in Victoria BC found DRM was on an even more fractured schedule and tells the DXLD yg:

``Just caught the last few seconds of RNZI in DRM on 9630, but they dropped suddenly without announcements at 0600. Found them down on 7330, but despite a really strong S9+10 signal, I'm still not able to decode the signal. I guess my SNR is still not good enough.``

The schedule shows totally different times for DRM on those frequencies: 9630 at 1836-1850 only! for Samoa; and 7330 at 1551-1835 for Cooks, Samoa, Niue, Tonga! (7330 might have been Andernach?)

Altho Sept 18 is the third Thursday of September, this proviso hardly accounts for such anomalies: ``NB: Every month on the first and third Wednesday it is Maintenance day at our transmitter site from 2230 to 0600 UTC. (Thursdays 1030 - 1800 NZST) During this period there may be interruptions to our programmes`` (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** OKLAHOMA. 10.8 MHz, Sept 18 at 1356 UT, weak distorted wideband FM talk // 101.9 KTST OKC, i.e. radiation from IF of unknown neighbor`s FM receiver tuned to their favorite station. Also barely audible weaker on its second harmonic range circa 21.6 MHz (Glenn Hauser, Enid, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** RUSSIA. 24959.5-USB, Sept 18 at 1404, the OSSBOB (only SSB station on band) is RA7T, Valery, with CQ 12, CQ DX, calling QRZ, quickly working US stations and at 1407 a ZS6. shows:

Valery N. Ermakov
Ul. Pamyati 11-24
S. Rodyki, Stavropolsky Kr. 356042

Location is between Krasnodar and Astrakhan, east of Crimea, NE of Sochi. I dared to check 12m after finding some good signals from 13m broadcasters, led by Kuwait 21540, altho nothing much on 15m hamband; and nothing at all on 10m (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 7345-USB, Sept 18 at 1255, ruining my reception of MYANMAR [q.v.], Navy MARS starts up, mainly NNN0PHR, deciding with another station to e-mail a message rather than shortwave it! 1300 formal opening of net with check-ins, him as NCS. Googling quickly identifies NNN0PHR as Joseph W. Pinner in Kingston TN. He`s also involved with AWA and about military surplus, mainly vehicles but also radios (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A [non]. 11995, Sept 18 at 0533, VOA Special English feature about camps in China to treat internet-addicted gaming teens; someone made a documentary called ``Web-Junkie``. This hour is supposed to be VOA Kurdish via VATICAN, but others have previously noted this English instead. Is it erroneous feed or what? Fair signal. Furthermore, HFCC called for this entire 05-06 UT transmission to have been terminated as of 14 September (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. WORLD OF RADIO 1739 monitoring: confirmed second broadcast after 1230 UT Thursday Sept 18 on WRMI 9955: fair & fully readable signal with RFI/TAIWAN CCCCI but worse QRM from Cuban pulse jamming; tnx a lot, Arnie; same continued until end at 1259.

Next broadcasts on WRMI may or may not emit 1739 instead of 1738: Thu 2330 on 11580; Fri 2130 on 7570 & 15770; UT Sun 0100 on 5950. More certain for 1739 are: WWRB 3185, UT Friday 0326v; KVOH 9975, UT Sun 0131; WBCQ 5110v-CUSB, UT Mon 0259v; HLR 7265-CUSB, Sat 0630 & 1430 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 890, Sept 18 at 1219 UT, with KTLR OKC nulled, ``News-talk 890, KDXU`` IDs, MDT chex, local ads, from St. George UT, making slow SAH with KTLR. KDXU 10 kW night pattern is cardioid with null toward Chicago and not much toward us either a bit further south. Day pattern is 10 kW ND, so maybe on it already; otherwise it`s a rarity here. KDXU official September sunrise is not until 1315 UT (Oct: 1345 UT). Nothing in its FCC Correspondence Folder about a PSRA; just a Consummation Notice of Transfer of Control of this and a bunch of other stations headed by KCIN as of June 11, 2014 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** VIETNAM [and non]. 9635.93, Sept 18 at 1305, still getting same-pitch het as 24 hours ago, i.e. Bb5 on the keyboard, from off-frequency VOV beating against CRI on 9635.0. Wolfgang Büschel agrees a couple hours earlier today: ``9635.938 Very odd frequency Voice of Vietnam 1st Vietnamese program, from Son Tay site, S=9+5dB -70dBm, heard on 11-12 UT Sept 18 check of 31 mb, downunder on net SDR unit at Sydney-AUS`` (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

This report dispatched at 1737 UT September 18