venerdì 23 ottobre 2015

Glenn Hauser logs October 22-23, 2015

** ALBANIA. 7425, Oct 23 at 0156, weak S5 signal mostly open carrier, but enough very low modulation in Spanish to match it to 7365, i.e. Radio Martí, Greenville NC USA. I`m checking this carefully on behalf of R. Tirana, Albania, which was planning to use 7425 for English to North America at 0230-0300 UT Tue-Sat in B-15, now only a few days away. 

The US 7425 signal is a result of intermodulation between the 7365 Greenville transmitter, and another one there on 7305 which I tuned first at 0154 to find an S9+40 level open carrier prior to Vatican Radio relay at 0200 --- but with a little bit of R. Martí Spanish modulation bleeding onto 7425! There should be a match on 7245.0 where I do also detect a just-barely-audible carrier, but with LSB QRhaM. The formula is 2B - A and 2A - B, or put more simply, leapfrogs 60 kHz above and below the two intentional frequencies 60 kHz apart.

Once Vatican is modulating on 7305, I check 7425 again at 0204 Oct 23: the signal and mixing modulation levels are still very low, but I can make a match with both 7305 Vatican and 7365 Martí.

GB plans to continue on these two frequencies in B-15, 7365 until 0400, and 7305 until 0245, which means the 7425 mix would interfere with half of the R. Tirana broadcast.

Therefore, R. Tirana needs to go to another frequency. 7465 is well-established for them on other transmissions, including in B-15 English at 2100-2130 Mon-Sat to Europe (and North America beyond), and 0000-0100 daily Albanian to North America. During the 0230-0300 period, 7465 is presently clear; however, extremely strong WRMI on 7455 can splash upon it, and some receivers may have trouble separating them. 

Therefore I am recommending Tirana use 7470, which is also clear of any other interference as is adjacent 7475. Greece has not made any HFCC registrations, but if it should show up on 7475 this winter, it should concede or Tirana should go back to 7465. As for interference on the upper side, more weak Cuban pulse jamming is around 7480, above which there is also splatter from 7490v WBCQ; and at 0258 there is weak RTTY on 7477.9 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** BRAZIL. 11856.27 approx., Oct 23 at 0216, R. Aparecida here, after having drifted down closer to 11856.2 last few days instead of 11856.3 where it had been for a while, instead of 11855+ (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** BRAZIL. 9723.87 approx., Oct 23 at 0228, Radio RB2 has been drifting further and further downward from 9725, now below even 9724; not necessarily a bad thing since there is nothing on 9725 to het it, and splash from Romania 9730 is heavy. Apparently Aparecida a parallel on 11856.27 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CANADA. 2749-USB, Oct 23 at 0242 UT, S5 signal with English marine weather by synthetic YL voice. CCG site shows at 0240 it`s VCS Halifax via Sambro site, while one hour earlier it`s via Chebogue. 

(Also tried for the 2582-USB Iqaluit/Resolute 0205 broadcast around 0212, but no dice when it should not have finished yet) (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA. 570, Oct 23 at 0251, R. Reloj timesignal for 10:50 is about 0.5 second slow compared to WWV (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** EGYPT. 9315, Oct 23 at 0221, NO signal at all from R. Cairo in English, where it`s been in A-15 tho hardly modulated. Not heard on 9860 either, both of which are registered alternatives for A-15 and B-15. A third alt for A-15 is 9720, which I did not remember until uplooked later, but noticed nothing on it either when I was bandscanning from 9710 Cuba to 9723.87 Brasil. Propagation MUF is certainly down over this wintering nightpath, yet I can still detect Cairo Arabic on 9965.12 at 0232, poor signal, and just barely modulated with whine (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** GREECE. 9420, Oct 23 at 0222, VOG is on tonite, good at S9+20 with Greek music, whilst whiny 9935v is off tonight (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** IRAN. 9510.0, Oct 23 at 0223, VIRI presumed Arabic on poor S8 signal, but with constant whine, not same pitch, but much like what Greece accomplishes on 9935; wonder if same model transmitter? In B-15 look for this on 6060 instead vs CUBA and also subject to jumping 1-2 kHz above frequency, until 0230 (not -0030 as I said on WOR 1796); and after 0230 on 9895 per sked via Büschel, a special Arabic service:
0230-0530 7370kam  9895zah "Al-Quds TV"

** IRAN. 12025, Oct 23 at 0219 just as I tune in some Spanish on poor signal, it cuts off the air at 0219.3* --- VIRI of course, A-15 scheduled 0020-0220, 500 kW, 304 degrees from Kamalabad. Trouble is, they weren`t quite finished speaking from the studio. B-15 tentative Spanish sked, via Wolfgang Büschel:
SPANISH  0020-0220   7225kam  9445kam
          0220-0320   7225kam
         0520-0620  13865sir 15530kam
          2020-2120   6195kam  7400sir

** PERU. 5980, Oct 23 at 0107, R. Chaski JBA carrier, until autocutoff at 0108:25.5* which is 13 seconds later than 48 hours ago, averaging 6.5 per. Usually I`m running the NRD-545 with ALA-330S, but tonight I am also getting just enough of it on the FRG-7 with 100` E-W longwire (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 7270.0-USB, Oct 23 at 0237, the contrarian USB net on 40m has Gary, west of Denver City, KG0FI, using 60-70 watts to a dipole, good signal in contact with stalwart W9RAN. KM6AB also mentioned. Well, altho not fonetik, I thought KG0FI was correctly copied, but ARRL no hits it; does have only two other hams in Denver City TX itself (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. WORLD OF RADIO 1796 monitoring: confirmed second SW broadcast, Thursday Oct 22 at 2100 on WRMI 7570, sufficient. Also confirmed UT Friday Oct 23 at 0100 on WBCQ 9330v-CUSB, good. Next:
Fri 2130   WRMI 15770 to NE
Fri 2130.5 WRMI 7570 to NW
Fri 2330   WRMI 5850 to NW
Sat 0630   HLR 7265-CUSB to SW
Sat 1430   HLR 7265-CUSB to SW
Sat 1930v  WA0RCR 1860-AM ND?
Sun 0315v  WA0RCR 1860-AM ND?
Sun 2300   WRMI 11580 to NE
Mon 0300v  WBCQ 5110v Area 51 to WSW
Mon 0330   WRMI 9955 to SSE
Tue 1100   WRMI 9955 to SSE
Wed 1315.5 WRMI 9955 to SSE
Wed 2100   WBCQ 7490v to WSW

** U S A. 9974.93 approx., Oct 23 at 0233, KVOH with Pat Conrad promising us some Count Basie, but first, some ``Good News`` --- I wonder, do all the jazz performers featured have to be Christians? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 560, Oct 23 at 0251 UT, Jim Bohannon going into a long commercial break until about 0255 UT, presumably his old station KWTO Springfield MO. After non-matching PSAs/ads, then find // 690 KGGF Coffeyville KS but 6 seconds behind it. Anyhow, two stations around here carrying Jimbo`s first hour live, and probably the other two; altho KWTO is not as solid as you would expect with a night lobe aimed slightly south of here (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 1060, Oct 23 at 0158 UT, I am listening to music in Spanish hoping for a ToH ID from presumed KXPL El Paso TX. (This is following up my Sept 26 log at ``0148 UT, ranchera music, WSW/ENE, 0151 UT segué romantic tune, 0154 UT another segué``). Since then I frequently hear what must be this with nothing but music, now continues past 0201 UT and starting with ranchera, nothing but segués at 0206 UT, 0209 UT, 0217 UT ``My Way`` in instrumental EZL version, 0219 UT, 0224 UT. 

Only QRM was briefly at 0200 UT instead of an ID from this, some English station with ABC News --- a few intriguing possibilities for that (KIJN Farwell TX, remember, is gone from 1060.)

The music loops slightly CCW from east/west, which fits for EP, and there are no other SS US or Mexican stations in those direxions with the possible exception of KRUZ in Arkansas, 500-watt daytimer which is supposedly silent since April and never logged here (despite attempts during a supposed brief activation with its temporary wire antenna earlier this year). 

2015-2016 NRC AM Log shows KXPL as SS:NWS/TLK, ``Radio El Paso-Juárez, con su música`` which would appear to be contradictory.

How about Wikipedia? Surely outdated as ``La Voz 1060``:
which linx to:

``A brand new radio station of it’s [sic] kind in El Paso, La Voz 1060AM initiated on February 1st of  2008. This station is dedicated to provide news and informative content to the Spanish language listener [sic] in our region. Programs range from three (3 [sic]) local newscasts to audience interactive community help shows through; [sic] call _ [sic] response, forums and psychology/medical help.``

As of last February, while it still existed, Cantú site listed it as ``Radio NET 1060`` --- yes, even tho it`s really a US station. NOT in the 2014 IRCA Mexican log --- since it`s really a US station. Incomplete US MW listings in WRTH 2015 give bare-bones info, call, power, address, no slogans or even language. 

Now we`re getting somewhere with as of today:

KXPL-AM 1060 kHz
El Paso, Texas
"Radio Sol Energía Musical"
Station Format: Spanish
Website: none

FCC AM Query doesn`t deal either with any programming info such as slogans or language. But all agree it`s a 10 kW daytimer, and FCC with sunset/sunrise info here converted to UT:
October  0030-1315 UT
November 0000-1330 UT

The DX-398 was running with this while I was bandscanning on the NRD-545, with KXPL all-music-all-the-time jukebox at least until 0230 UT, but around 0240 I realize I am no longer hearing it, so maybe signed off two hours late, but never any announcements heard. 

Looks like it`s following the example of 1120 Catoosa/Sperry/Tulsa OK, KETU, a.k.a. KEOR --- yes, I`m still hearing its Mexican music with nary an announcement. What`s the deal with these, anyway, tax write-offs? Can`t be earning any money with no commercials, and if they are paying for music licensing (what else?), not to mention electrical fluid, they must be operating at a loss.

I still want to hear a KXPL or Radio Sol Energía Musical ID. Is that too much to ask? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. 5831-SSB, approx., Oct 23 at 0042, very weak 2-way, can`t even tell language but Spanish most likely. They will get blown away within a sesquihour once WTWW intrudes on 5830 in this fixed band (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

This report dispatched at 0529 UT October 23