domenica 21 giugno 2015

Glenn Hauser logs June 21, 2015

** BRAZIL. 11780.0, June 21 at 0525, open carrier/dead air from RNA/RNB, and it`s back on frequency! After months plus 0.1 to 0.2 kHz. Still a super-strong signal. Furthermore, no modulation means no crackling spurs around 11710, 11745, 11815 or 11850! 11855+ R. Aparecida is in the clear (and still slightly on the hi side tho someone recently put it on the lo side). Looks like EBC are finally working on this awful dirty transmitter. Still dead air at 0535, 0603 checks (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CHINA. 17400, June 21 at 1306-1307* sudden cutoff, CNR1 jammer, only OOB found in a partial scan of the 16s and 17s. Not in Aoki!

17705, June 21 at 1305, CNR1 jammer, good signal mixing with Saudi and/or AIR Chinese (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CHINA [non]. 1520, June 21 at 1209 UT, rock music making slow SAH with KOKC OKC during local talk show, which we know has to be CRI via KYND Cypress TX on 25 kW daytimer power (or only 18 kW Critical Hours, I suppose). Pattern is tangent eastward, to protect the other 1520 Texan at Stockdale (where KQQB has applied to dekuple power to 25 kW itself), but no such protexion for Juan, KFXZ, Lafayette LA; and there ought to be a notch toward OKC too. Soon announcement in English accent recognizable as CRI. It`s starting to fade down almost an hour after sunrise here, 1114 UT (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** EGYPT [and non]. 13850, June 21 at 0521, R. Cairo, in Arabic, extremely distorted, also modulation spikes out to 13840 and 13860. Nothing on 13840 until 0530 with Japan via Madagascar, but it is QRMing something musical on 13860, i.e. R. Farda via Lampertheim, GERMANY at 0230-0930 per Aoki (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** GREECE. 9420, Sunday June 21 at 0528, very poor signal sounds like Greek Orthodox chanting, as of yore on the old ERT which we had missed for a biyear now? But ERT is back. Also an even weaker signal on 9935 may be the same, also reactivated. Ivo Ivanov says both are operating at 17-08 UT.

Elsewhen, beware that Iran has expanded hours on 9420 for Ramadan; Aoki shows 1430-2430; what I could barely hear did not sound Qur`anic. The shortest night of the year is the worst time to hear either of them on 9 MHz at 0530! (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** MEXICO. Looks like June 21 will be another frustrating sporadic E day, of almost continuous weak analog CCI past 1535 UT but hard to ID anything. 6m Es maps would lead you to believe all the axion is over most of the USA only.

1400 UT turn-on to find CCI on channel 2, some Spanish audio.

1400 on 4, algo also here and at 1432 it manages some Spanish audio, wacky voices probably for animation

1535 on 4, still CCI much like 2.

1539 on 4, it`s Bob el Esponja with Televisa net-5 bug in LR

1541 on 5, MUF is building, now CCI here; to be continued?

** NIGERIA. 9690-, June 21 at *0605, tune-in to weak carrier, then full strength cuts on from VON with Hausa in progress. As always, more like 9689.9. Then check // 7255-, which is closer to on-frequency, and hear something very strange. There are *two* VON Hausas here, far enough apart to produce a noticeable echo. Either one site is getting a double audio feed, or two separate transmitters are carrying the same feed, Ikorodu and Abuja. I can`t hear any subaudible heterodyne, so if the latter, the two are precisely synchronized in frequency if not in modulation. Alan Roe and Thorsten Hallmann have reported that the +05-07 UT English AM on 15120 is no longer on the air, and I haven`t heard it for some weeks either; so that frees up a transmitter during this timeslot, i.e. three altogether to funxion on two other frequencies (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** OKLAHOMA. Beloved sportscaster at KFOR-TV has been killed in a scooter/car crash at an intersexion we have often traversed safely. I always tuned away after the weather since I have no interest in the subject matter, but Bob Barry Jr came across as a great guy and could not be faulted for his enthusiasm about his chosen field. KFOR-TV (and competitors) are replete with tributes; start here:
(Glenn Hauser, Enid, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SOUTH AFRICA. 7285, June 21 at 0607, Radio Sonder Grense with classical music, brief Afrikaans announcement and more of same. Has a sacred sound as apropos for Sunday morning. Fair signal holding up this late; Pretoria sunrise was 0453 UT, just a minute less than its latest in a biweek, so signal gets a wintry head-start (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

This report despatched at 1545 UT June 21