mercoledì 10 settembre 2014

Glenn Hauser logs September 8-9, 2014

** AFGHANISTAN [non]. 9695, Sept 9 at 1259 open carrier into ``You are listening to the Voice of America``, then into unID language unpreviewed in English. Aoki shows it`s really the substation Deewa Radio, in Pashto, 13-15, 250 kW, 311 degrees from Udo[r]n Thani, THAILAND; fair with flutter (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** ARGENTINA. 11711-, Sept 9 at 0213, RAE in English is too poor to be really readable, and only a JBA carrier het from 11710, unknown source as nothing is scheduled; Cairo was until 0200, but missing lately, and not checked earlier tonight (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** BRAZIL. 6180, underpowered? See MEXICO [and non]

** CHINA. 18980, Tue Sept 9 at 1352, CNR1 jammer, fair with flutter; yet no others OOB in the 17s, 16s, 14s, 13s, 12s, 10s, so never assume lack of lo signals implies no hi signals; however, CNR1 jammers are at the usual inband spots on 11 and 15 MHz. 18980 is indeed the Tue & Fri frequency at 13-14 for RFA Tibetan via Kuwait, inaudible (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** COLOMBIA [and non]. 6010-, Sept 9 at 0216, off-frequency to lo side compared to 6000, 6020, etc., but no het here as it`s the only station, with music, i.e. The Voice of Thy Conscience. Brazilian DXers lament that R. Inconfidência is off; and I lament that XEOI is off. But it sure would be nice if they were all on, on different frequencies!

5910v also has poor signal in Spanish, no doubt Alcaraván Radio, before NHK via France blasts it away for an A-14 bihour at 0300. In B-14, 5910 to be overcome instead by Romania at 01-03, as most IBC stations simply ignore the small fry, which in turn ignore HFCC; NHK Spanish at 0400-0430 might have been on 5910 via WRMI but as I advised Jeff, decided to go with 5985 instead. I hope Russ ``Martín`` Stendal, who has accused me of being an Atheist, appreciates this; good music from Alcaraván, even if tainted by Galcom fixed-tuned evangelism, deserves protexion; besides, these are the only HJs left on SW! At least HJDH is also off-frequency enough from 5910 to put an annoying het on the competitions, take that! (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA. 6000, Sept 8 at 0619, RHC is open carrier/dead air, while Arnie continues on the other 6 MHz channels; lately sounds like he has been going to the studio rather than phoning it in. But he could be sending audio files from home if enough bandwidth be at disposal.

11760, Sept 9 at 0212, RHC is AWOL from major channel, still on 11670, 11840 et al.

13740, Sept 9 at 0233, now RHC Spanish is on here with VG signal, a frequency which had been missing for weeks; so same transmitter ex-11760 at least tonight?

9785-9835 approx., range of buzz noise coming out of 9810 RHC transmitter, Sept 9 at 0229; intensity and range constantly varying, but worst peaks circa 9800, 9820.

6000, Sept 9 at 0552, RHC English is gone again, as happens unpredictably during this hour, while remaining on the rest of The Cuban Five (Glenn Hauser, oK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** EGYPT [and non]. 9315, Sept 9 at 0227, R. Cairo English instead of dead air last night, this night accomplishing just-barely modulation, distorted at peaks only, on fair signal. Re-bust.

9965, Sept 9 at 0231, R. Cairo Arabic undermodulated with whine but good signal level.

13850, Sept 9 at 0234, R. Cairo Arabic has good signal providing open carrier/dead air; 0542 recheck, still good signal, but now horrible distorted modulation with artifacts at peaks, also providing spurs up to 10 kHz away, bothering NHK French via MADAGASCAR on 13840 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) See also ARGENTINA

** GERMANY. 7320-7325-7330, Sept 9 at 0223, strong DRM noise, not in HFCC, but Aoki: ``7325 Radio Andernach(DRM) 0200-0400 1234567 German(Digital) 100 122 Nauen D 5238N 01254E DRM a14 Aug.`` But even if you can receive DRM, this is encrypted; how rude! (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** GREECE. 9420 & 9935, Sept 9 at 0228, another off-night for ERTOpen (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** INDIA. 13695, Sept 9 at 0233, fair signal but with heavy flutter, S Asian song; it`s AIR Kannada via Bengaluru (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** INDONESIA. 9525.9, Sept 9 at 1303, VOI English achieves fair signal and enough modulation to be semi-readable; greater obstacle is the sound of constant fading. It`s Tuesday, so maybe `Exotic Indonesia` hookup with RRI Banjarmasin? Seems so, as there is W&W chat other than news on the hour; they seem to be discussing winners of their annual quiz contest for trips to Indonesia, two (of five?) shortly coming from Darwin and China. 1308 frequency announcements including MW & FM, 1309 finally mentioning Banjarmasin, and into shared newscast, several voices including the Banj guy we used to hear; 1320 another M voice is more readable than the others, as his accent is less of a problem, with statistics; 1327 concluding This Day In History, initiating `Focus` (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** IRAN. 12025 good // much weaker 9860 fair, Sept 9 at 0207, Spanish from Voz de la República Islámica de Irán, covering a racial equality demonstration with snippets in English; Ferguson? 0209 into ``Entrevistas sobre la actualidad política``. Per HFCC, from 0020, 9860 runs until 0320, but 12025 only until 0220. Possible third channel until 0220, 11760, is not on, as I can surely tell because RHC is not on either; see CUBA

7400, Sept 9 at 0225, very poor signal, presumed scheduled VIRI Uzbek via Kamalabad at 0220-0250; can`t tell if it`s // good signal on 11880, and no signal on 12070 unlike last night (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** MEXICO. 710-, Sept 9 at 0244, big LAH against 710.0 stations, the usual suspect being XEDP, La Ranchera de Ciudad Cuauhtémoc, Chihuahua, which is sometimes on-frequency too; hard to believe it`s only 100 watts at night as per Cantú (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** MEXICO. 720, Sept 9 at 0557, SHVA includes mention of ``Caliente 105``, but I have misspelt it, per Cantú:
720 XEDE La Kaliente + FM 105.7 Saltillo, Coah. 8,000 250
Best with WGN nulled, but sufficient to do a number on the poor Chicagoan even when not nulled; the two are not that far apart oppositely. Hard to believe it`s only 250 watts (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** MEXICO [and non]. 6185, Sept 9 at 0215, XEPPM with fair signal in Spanish, but fast SAH CCI --- i.e. Vatican Radio, which is A-14 scheduled on 6185 at 0200-0230 only, 86 degrees from SMG in ``Hye`` language per HFCC. Where do they come up with these weird abbrs.? Aoki would give the real language, but totally misses this transmission!

EiBi has it at 0210-0230 in ``AR`` to ``Cau``. So it`s Armenian, as in WRTH 2014 when the winter timing was 0310. 6180, RNA Brasil continues to be weakish, no longer an ACI problem for XEPPM --- maybe on lower-powered transmitter formerly on 5990 which is no longer heard there (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** MEXICO. 55.25 MHz, give or take, Channel A2 analog video, snowstorm quickly interrupted by a meteor burst, Sept 8 at 2146 UT: tentatively XEPM, Juárez, as glimpse of bug in UR reminds me of its TU CANAL format I have seen many times by Es, altho I cannot read any details in this split-second; antenna SSW rather than WSW, but appropriate distance circa 600 miles for MS (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** MOLDOVA. 21288-USB, Sept 8 at 2023-2026+, fair signal with flutter, but SSOB is ER4DX making quick contest-like contacts, or is this SOP? Mostly with US stations, utters their calls more often than his own; with accent, at first thought it started with Oscar instead of Echo, but then mentioned Moldovan Republic; calling more QRZ DX and CQ DX, name Vasily; does that mean he`s ethnic Russian or at least Slavic? Tuning down from 21450, I almost concluded 15m was closed, as hardly any activity above 21300, why? page has many photos of his huge antenna farm: ER4DX, Vasiliy A. Romanyuk, Otaci, Moldova. Full name looks Ukrainian (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** NORTH AMERICA. 6770, Sept 9 at 0214, some broadcast on AM, presumably the old-time-radio pirate, very poor. Rare for it to surge to readable level here, but it`s reported much better further east (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 13554-CW, Sept 9 at 0231, AZ hifer beacon is JBA, from Oro Valley AZ. I am ready for some new ones; are any active on this band beyond the five I keep relogging? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 13557-CW, Sept 8 at 2013, MTI hifer beacon is JBA; Stone Mountain GA (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 13564-CW, Sept 8 at 2015, GNK hifer beacon is JBA from Madison WI; plenty of pause between iterations; on Sept 4, Karl Zuk near NYC, who found it after DXLD tip, reported to the op, ``Callsign is slow and laboured with very little break between the ending K and starting G`` so maybe spread out as a result of that comment (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 7455, Sept 8 at 0617, WRMI is back to TruNews, after anomalous Brother Scare earlier at 0245. Also, Sept 9 at 0220 check, TruNews gospel/political huxter now // 5850, contrary to last night when 7455 but not 5850 had switched to Brother Scare. I was wondering whether TruNews was subcontracting BS like Radio Africa does via WRMI (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 5109+CUSB, UT Tue Sept 9 at 0220, WBCQ is off. Good Friends Radio Network is supposedly scheduled here UT Tue-Sat 0200-0500; and other programming from 0200 Sun/Mon. But never on the schedule are old `Allan Weiner Worldwide` repeats which we often hear from 0100, altho unchecked before 0200 tonight (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 7505+, Sept 9 at 0226, WRNO is missing; had been rather reliable lately (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 7555, Sept 9 at 0226, KJES, Vado NM (El Paso TX [non]), is on for a change, robokids prompted to recite ``we are not afraid``. That`s comforting. VG signal.

11715, Sept 9 at 1348, KJES signal is only fair rather than inbooming as often the case, but it`s JBM and useless, also with ACI from 11710 Korea North (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 12105 // 9930, Sept 8 at 2018, WTWW now running BS on both #3 and #2 transmitters and frequencies; no more Bibling Worldwide? Previously put on #3 only when #2 was down. At this same time, 9475 WTWW-1 is significantly weaker than both, per signal bar meter on DX-398, tho it`s still solidly strong to the ear (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 880, Sept 9 at 0242 UT, gospel huxter in English from east/west, just as strong as and mutually separable from KRVN to the north. Surely not KHAC AZ/NM. It`s got to be KLRG, Sheridan AR, which is supposed to be on 220 watts at night instead of 50 kW day. NRC Pattern Book indicates non-direxional both day and night, but FCC AM Query shows licensed to be direxional at night, broad circle tangent peaking at 250 degrees, but also some toward us. It has no PSSA and different day and nite sites, with CP for some changes to only 200 watts at night (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** VATICAN. 15570, Sept 8 at 2020, VR in African English, so heavily-accented it`s hard for me to understand, but perfectly clear to Africans? Ending one program, // much weaker 13765, into ILO news about sub-Saharan Africa (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) 6185: see MEXICO [and non]

UNIDENTIFIED. 5980, Sept 9 at 0218, constant steady strong beeping at the rate of 200 per minute; depending on BFO setting, can be two-tone. No noise with it, but perhaps coming out of Cuban jammer(s) against nothing. Except there is a JBA carrier on 5980, but that could just be from the toner/jammer too.

Anyhow, I must resume checking before and after 0100 for R. Chaski, Perú, as Mark Taylor, Madison WI, NASWA Flashsheet editor, reported hearing it in the morning: `5980 PERU. Radio Chaski – Urubamba, 1057, 9/2/14, in Quechua. YL, OM, YL over music, 1100 theme, ID, distinctive OM singing. Poor`` (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. 5995+, Sept 9 at 0217, I still detect a JBA carrier slightly on the hi side buried by splash from 6000 Cuba. Is it Mali, or what? Seems most likely explanation, leaving carrier on 00-06 during overnight break. Still waiting for any confirmation from further east about the carrier and its offset even during regular hours (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

This report dispatched at 1748 UT September 9