mercoledì 29 luglio 2015

Glenn Hauser logs July 28-29, 2015

** BOLIVIA. On the NRD-545, which reads out to two decimal places, I am seeing how closely I can measure some frequencies. CW mode is offset, but SSB mode is not. Audibly, I still have to interpolate between similar lo hets it produces on the lo and hi sides of carriers, to get:

6155.13, July 29 at 0136, JBA carrier, presumed R. Fides
6134.88, July 29 at 0137, fair signal with R. Santa Cruz ID as they do frequently. I believe both of these do vary slightly; last digit of my readings should be taken as approximate (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** BRAZIL. 11814, 11746, 11712, approx., July 29 at 0120, big crackling spurs are back and so is producer 11780 RNA/RNB, after a respite, all off the air last night (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CHINA. 11560, July 28 at 1843, Firedragon! At S9 peaks; no others noted in general bandscan. Jamming target is IBB Mandarin via Saipan at 18-19, i.e. RFA per Aoki.

11785, July 29 at 1333, CNR1 jammer, good with a cappella YL singing, very little CCI from target VOA Chinese via Philippines

13920, July 29 at 1337, CNR1 jammer VG // 11785, but mostly talk now

13980, July 29 at 1337, CNR1 jammer, fair

14920, July 29 at 1338, CNR1 jammer, very poor // matching 13920, 1.000 MHz away on the FRG-7

15970, July 29 at 1338, CNR1 jammer, good

16100, July 29 at 1338, CNR1 jammer, good

16250, July 29 at 1339, CNR1 jammer, very good! So HF propagation is picking up; but none in the 10s, 12s, 17s, 18s.

BTW, Ron Howard reports that the JBA carrier I was hearing on 6075 after PNG/Australia quit was also CNR1, but unlisted and nothing to jam there. Mauno Ritola suggests it`s a leapfrog mixing product of 6175 over 6125 another 50 kHz lower. Truly, it`s amazing we don`t get more such mixing products of Chinese transmitters, all over the bands (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA. 9810 & 9830, July 29 at 1330, RHC Spanish transmitter on 9820 is still putting out buzzspurs (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** EGYPT. 12070, July 29 at 0118, R. Cairo, Spanish, good signal, JBM
11935, July 29 at 0118 similar signal to 12070 but suptorted
 9315, July 29 at 0131, R. Cairo, during Qur`an in Spanish service, S9+20 peaks 
 9965, July 29 at 0127, R. Cairo, Arabic at S9+30 but undermodulated, whine (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** GERMANY. 9450, UT Wed July 29 at 0129, exotic flutish music, fair signal, off 0130* without announcement. HFCC shows MBR Nauen, 250 kW, 100 degrees, but what is it, really? Aoki shows:
9450 Athmeeya Yatra R.(GFA) 0115-0130 ...4... Kotwali
That`s Gospel for Asia. EiBi on the language, but no numbers:
KTW Kotwali (dialect of Bhili): India-Gujarat, Maharshtra [bhb]

** MEXICO. See USA: 540

** MEXICO. Fitful Es opening continued from last report, nothing but:
1641 UT July 28 on 2, enough video to make out the Televisa-2 net star bug in lower right corner (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** NIGERIA. 9690-, July 29 at 0557, VON with talking drums prior to Hausa; good signal, with only WRMI 9955 and 9395 better on band. Also // weaker 7255-, fair at 0558. (I am assuming both are slightly on lo side as previously, but not rechecked) (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** OKLAHOMA. 530, July 29 at 0143 UT, instead of NWS KTA HAR or Enciclopedia, I`m getting mix of my two 1 kW locals, KCRC 1390 and KGWA 960, i.e. a leapfrog of 1390 over 960 another 430 kHz lower. Backing off RF gain, this doesn`t go away, so I hope it`s really some external mixing, not produced internally by the NRD-545. I don`t hear this on other receivers, except the caradio with some powerline beveraging near Vance AFB when I was checking for their now defunct TIS on 530. These stations are a few miles apart at separate sites, both strong enough to overload.

Unrelated, but my nearby streetlite ignites with wideband RF noise *0149:45-0149:55 (Glenn Hauser, Enid, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** PHILIPPINES. 12120, July 28 at 1838, gospel-sounding music? very poor signal vs RTTY but which the NRD-545 can notch out almost completely. 1846 YL with numbers in English, phone? Oh yes, uplooked later, its R. Pilipinas during the 1730-1930 Filipino service, but no doubt some English mixed in. Not often heard here, but it`s a bihour when I don`t monitor much. Also listed on // 9925 and 15190, all three 250 kW, 283 degrees via IBB Tinang, targets CIRAF 39 & 40, i.e. ME triangle from Turkey to Yemen to Afghanistan, for all the Filipino/a Gastarbeiter/in over there (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) 

** TURKEY. 15450, July 29 at 1245, VOT English is audible with poor-fair signal while often inaudible. Something about a Turkish event at the Edinburgh (fringe?) Festival; 1247 `Let`s Learn Turkish` about checking into a hotel (hint, hint). 1251 music; recheck 1317 `Question of the Month` seems to be something about which anniversary concerning radio broadcasting, but too poor to copy details; and I know I would be wasting my time looking for it on website, as TRT HQ has usurped the VOT external radio service`s pages! (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. WORLD OF RADIO 1783 monitoring: confirmed at 1315 UT Wednesday July 29 on WRMI 9955; sufficient without jamming. Next:
2100 Wednesday on WBCQ 7490 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 12015, July 29 at 0117, WTWW-3 is off instead of on to 0200 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A [and non]. 9330-CUSB, July 29 at 0557 as Art Bell is about to go to local commercial break, hit by another carrier making low audible het (LAH) since WBCQ is slightly off-frequency. Must be the Cuban numbers transmitter which collides with it on a specific late-night schedule. Maybe WBCQ will care about this now with a regular customer? Bell listeners may imagine it`s deliberate. Lately, WBCQ 9330 has been weak here this late, low MUF over path, still VG on 7490 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 540, July 29 at 0606 UT, roughly E/W, local weather but no identifying details caught until area code 318 number, back to ``Coast to Coast AM on Talk 540``. So it`s KMLB, Monroe LA, listed 4000 watts day, 26 watts night, always non-direxional. Quite rare here, so really 26 watts? 

Shares with XEWA rock music to the south, but aiming E/W, still NO sign of XETX, La Ranchera de Paquimé, per IRCA Mexican Log, 700 watts at night from Nuevo Casas Grandes, Chihuahua near the border, which used to dominate 540. Could someone in the Gadsden Purchase confirm whether XETX is gone for good, to FM only? That would be 90.5 per Cantú who had it as only 250 watts night on 540. WRTH showed 5 kW fulltime, more like the signal I used to get (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

This report dispatched at 1557 UT July 29