martedì 30 settembre 2014

Glenn Hauser logs September 29-30, 2014

** ANGUILLA [and non]. 6090, Sept 30 at 0535, PMS modulation has some distortion at peaks, not the case with otherwise // 5935 WWCR. Why should we refer to this station as ``Caribbean Beacon`` when it never IDs as such, much less broadcasts anything about the Caribbean, just Dead Gene Scott or his widow and heir to the business? Also a low audible heterodyne, which could be Kaduna, Nigeria, reported as 6089.85 or 6089.86 lately (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** AUSTRALIA. Despite this earlier log of mine: ``15300, Sept 19 at 0532, RA `Pacific Beat` announcement that Australia Network TV will cease Sept 28, but from Sept 29, ABC will provide some kind of limited TV service. We`ll see if that still occupy `The World` 12-13 UT slot Tue-Fri on 9580, 12065 et al.``

Here it is Sept 30 at 1245 on 9580, 12065, et al., and it`s still obviously audio track of a TV newscast, from oblique references to visuals, and annoying audio background which video casts like to include, when pure radio produxion would not.

Item in progress is interviewing Uighurs in East Turkistan, rather incomprehensible without visible subtitles; seems ABC reporters in ``China`` are defying Commie authorities in covering unrest there and in Hong Kong, (and may be slapped with travel restrixions if not expulsion?). 1257 still outro as `The World` and nothing to indicate it would not be continuing. R. Australia/ABC must be as confused as we are about what`s happening to them, and when.

After 1306, `The Daily Planet` is still on with world music, nice cora from Mali, alternating with Mongolian (but we are assured by ``Lucky Oceans``, no throat-singing this time). (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** BRAZIL. 6180, Sept 30 at 0104, still no signal from RNA, nor even EAST TURKISTAN, tho local device and storm noise level is high (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CHINA. 18980, Sept 30 at 1319, CNR1 jammer, very poor with flutter, on the Tue/Fri 13-14 UT frequency of RFA Tibetan via Kuwait. No CNR1 jammers heard lower (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA. 6165, Sept 30 at 0105, RHC in correct language! English tonight unlike Spanish all night before last = anteayer.

6000, Sept 30 at 0536, RHC English is absent, again taking a one?-hour break as often but not always from this channel. Still on the other overkill Cuban Four, including 5040 which again has a slight wobble on the carrier (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA [non]. 7210-LSB, Sept 30 at 0109, N1NR, Nelson Roig safely in Pennsylvania with anti-Castro rant, sounding like a broadcast, as if he is reading a script --- but he`s been doing this for 40? years so hardly needs one. Only interruptions for 2-way comments confirm it`s not SWBC. Maybe also heckler (dentro-Cuban?) with childish voice, all Spanish (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** EGYPT. 9315, Sept 30 at 0111, R. Cairo ``Spanish``, open carrier/dead air

9965, Sept 30 at 0114, R. Cairo, Arabic, fair and not distorted but with perpetual whine

11710, Sept 30 at 0116, R. Cairo, ``Spanish``, open carrier/dead air, fair with flutter. Not sure if there is a trace of a het from Argentina on 11711-. If on, should be more of a signal, with Brazil sufficient on other 25mb channels. Is anyone hearing RAE elsewhen or on 15345v?

12070, Sept 30 at 0120, R. Cairo, ``Spanish``, humwhine with maybe a trace of modulation at peaks

13850, Sept 30 at 0543, R. Cairo Arabic, with ME music, poor signal with distortion (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** GREECE. 9420, Sept 30 at 0112, ERTOpen good signal with Greek music, also on 9935 at 0114 check (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** GUATEMALA. 4055, Tuesday Sept 30 at 0537, R. Verdad is missing! Has been quite reliable for months, until 0609*v (except UT Mondays off earlier). Hope not another serious transmitter breakdown (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** INTERNATIONAL VACUUM [and non]. The evening of Sept 29 (UT Sept 30), viewers of cable channels in Enid via Suddenlink (to which our city fathers in their wisdom granted a cable monopoly) were seeing constant crawlers on Viacom channels, that ``Tonight Suddenlink will drop this channel and 23 more. Call Suddenlink immediately at 877-794-2724 or visit for more info.``

Viacom makes a pretty good case against Suddenlink, which they say is highly profitable, but refuses even to negotiate; and one sports channel costs them as much as the 24 Viacom channels, even under the great new deal Viacom is offering.

Apparently these notices were imposed by Viacom, so I wonder if they have a way of limiting them to Suddenlink systems, or they also are visible via all other cable monopolies?

Yet local midnight (0500 UT) comes and goes and nothing happens, as the warnings continue. Now ``tonight`` means 24 hours later? That would make sense, as Sept 30 is the end of month and end of quarter, not Sept 29.

As far as I am concerned, 23 Viacom channels are expendable, the exception being Comedy Central. I happen to know that in Canada, `The Daily Show` and `The Colbert Report` (altho in in the middle of the night) air on free-to-air TV, the CTV Network --- lucky for borderites where the signals can bleed over without blockage --- so are they also available streaming or ondemand online? Yes! for 7 days, TDS is, if not TCR:
So I try it, but as I also feared, it`s blocked, available only dentro-Canada. If worst comes to worst, must look into the proxy server option. (Of course the huge majority of Canadians even get their FTA broadcast TV via cable, tho they don`t have to.) (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** IRAN. 13630, Sept 29 at 1420, IRIB IS until 1421* while IRIB IS is also on 13800 which continues with poor signal. 13630 is tail of Japanese hour of VIRI, 500 kW, 60 degrees from Sirjan; while 13800 is head of Russian hour, 500 kW, 322 degrees also from Sirjan and USward (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** IRAN [non]. 15680, Sept 29 at 1412, pop music, poor signal, announcement in Farsi? Bet it`s Radio Farda, and so it is per Aoki: 1230-1430, 100 kW, 108 degrees from Lampertheim, GERMANY (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** MALI. 5995, Sept 30 at 0545, open carrier with fair signal, no doubt ORTM prior to *0600. Some hope for copy of the always undermodulated signal, but by 0609 recheck, CUBA is back on 6000, blowing it away (and perhaps also fading down) (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** OKLAHOMA. 1430 & 1450, Sept 29 at 1927 UT, exactly same classic rock tunes synchronized on these two weak frequencies, daytime groundwave on caradio from a quiet location in central Enid, Golden Chick parking lot. Each frequency has two OK stations at our periphery: 1430 with KALV Alva and KTBZ Tulsa; 1450 with KSIW Woodward and KGFF Shawnee. By format, we know which pair these have to be: KTBZ and KSIW are sportstalk, so not them. While comparing synchrony also with the G8 portable held out the window, I am getting a 4 Hz SAH on 1430.

(The G8 is normally my companion at restaurant lunches, but Golden Chick is a Faraday Cage so I have to sit outside just to pick up KOSU 91.7; fortunately, plenty of shade and a nice day except for traffic noise, sirens, and occasional fumes) (Glenn Hauser, Enid, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** OKLAHOMA. RF 31 & RF 32, Sept 29 at 1510 UT, ``TV-OK``, KXOK-LD Enid, has crashed, now nothing but black and silence on its main channel and its intercity relay channel. It could go on like this for days, weeks, or even months with nobody noticing or caring. Anyhow it`s an improvement over the few boring infomercials they were playing over and over and over, no real programming, altho Zap2It and TV Guide still think it`s with RetroTV, abandoned long ago. Meanwhile, 31-2 continues with color bars, PSIP labeled M-FOX, and 31-3 with same labeled Azteca, which has also been the case for many months. Recheck 24 hours later, Sept 30 at 1450 past 1640 UT: still the same (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** OMAN. 9500, Sept 30 at 0112, RSO, Qur`an, poor-fair with flutter, so on correct frequency tonight (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SPAIN. 11795, UT Tue Sept 30 at 0117, REE theme music (not the IS per se), guitar music, Sefarad service opening in judeo-español with three times and frequencies, this one correct, very good. Then talk about ``aña nueva – Rosh Hashana``, 0125 about shofar; 0127 brief cantor; 0130 accurate autotimesig. If REE is self-destructing Oct 1, it would be the very last SW broadcast of this weekly service; no one seems quite sure yet, but maybe not until Oct 15, in which case there will be a couple more (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SRI LANKA. 11905, Sept 30 at *0114:10, carrier on from SLBC, poor with flutter; 0114:45.5 prélude music starts; -0115:17.0 mistimesignal ends and sign-on (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. WORLD OF RADIO 1740 monitoring: confirmed on Area 51 webcast, and presumably WBCQ 5110v-CUSB, UT Monday Sept 29 from 0301.5. Next:
Tuesday 1100 on WRMI, 9955
Wednesday 0630 & 1430 on Hamburger Lokalradio, 7265-CUSB
Wednesday 1315 on WRMI, 9955
Wednesday 2100 on WBCQ, 7490v
Friday 2130 on WRMI, 7570 & 15770 (presumably instead of 1741)

** U S A. 13554-CW, Sept 30 at 0121, AZ is the only Hifer beacon audible now; repeats nothing but ID 16 times per minute. Is de Oro Valley AZ, and last logged on Sept 9 at 0231. Some QRM from 13558-LSB 2-way speech, Spanish? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 13564-CW, Sept 29 at 1419, GNK is the only Hifer beacon audible in the Part 15 band, and vs CODAR swishes. It`s the one in Madison WI (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 620, Sept 30 at 0549 UT, teeny-bopper music, as R. Disney, KMIK Plano/The Metroplex TX continues on the air beyond what had been forecast of closedown by all but one R. Disney AM stations. It`s now been widely reported that they will stay on until each one has been sold off. Hey, 620 should go back to Wichita Falls, as if anyone wanted it (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 880, Sept 30 at 0558 UT, SRN News dominating frequency from E/W, no doubt KHAC NM, which has been cheating with day facilities at night for some time now, soon confirmed by the local weather minute I was expecting at 0559 UT, and legal ID as from ``Tse Bonito-Window Rock-Gallup`` before 0600 UT back to Christian music (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 890, Sept 29 at 1219 UT, with KTLR OKC nulled, no problem hearing ``Sportstalk 106.1`` cross-promo, and shortly KDXU ID in passing, from St George UT, again suspected on ND 10 kW day pattern instead of direxional away from WLS at night (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 1360, Sept 29 at 1925 UT, KAHS El Dorado KS, weak groundwave signal of EWTN station also has a low audible heterodyne when monitoring caradio from a quiet location in central Enid (parking lot of Golden Chick). Possibly a local device, but the band seems clean otherwise, so may one of two Texans is off-frequency: KDJW Amarillo or 50 kW KMNY Hurst TX (Metroplex), both of which have extremely unfavorable daytime patterns toward us. KDJW is another EWTN and KMNY is Spanish, but I can`t tell (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 1530, Sept 30 at 0129 UT, C&W music, VG & dominant looping NW/SE. No doubt cheater KCMN Colorado Springs, as quickly confirmed by mention of ``Front Range`` and ``I-25 Radio Network``. NO WCKY to be heard; yet propagation is fine from further 1100 WTAM Cleveland (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** VIETNAM [non]. 12005, Sept 30 at 0119, VOV English via Woofferton UK, again with VG signal, unlike one binite ago (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. Trans-Atlantic carrier search, Sept 29 at 0517-0520: JBA carriers on 549, 621, 684, 711, 747, 774, 882 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. 740, Sept 30 at 0141 UT, with KRMG Tulsa nulled, I hear some Spanish, and a LAH rumble from an off-frequency station, not necessarily from the same one. Tnx to KTRH Houston, not much of a factor here, most of the 740 Mexicans are in the periphery, except for XEQN Torreón, Coahuila (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. 1090, Sept 30 at 0133 UT, Spanish talk with caller, IBOC QRM from KRLD, 1093, reduced by tuning to 1088; get a pretty good DF on it as about the same direxion as KRLD, and also with KAAY nulled. 0134 mentions ``Palacio de Bellas Artes`` along with music with a beat. I am hoping that will lead to Cuba or México but it leads to both. Best DF fit would be XEFC Mérida, Yucatán. The only Cuban listed, 1 kW in Las Tunas, seems unlikely (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. 1190, Sept 30 at 0132 UT, amid heavy QRM, something in Spanish which loops roughly NE/SW. Not aware of any SS US stations nearby, so could be Monterrey or Juárez, supposedly 100 watts at night, or XEWK Guadalajara, 10 kW (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

This report dispatched at 1700 UT September 30