domenica 25 ottobre 2015

Glenn Hauser logs October 25, 2015 [even more]

** BIAFRA [non]. 15560, Oct 25 at 1813, JBA signal with talk, same as yesterday, so presumably clandestine R. Biafra continues here in B-15 unregistered via France (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA. 11760, Oct 25 at 1839, RHC in Kriyol; at 1932 in English, the 19-20 hour expected to shift to 20-21 from Nov 1. 11760 is the only RHC frequency on air at 1830-1930 breaking siesta-time; and at 1930 no 17730 to Europe either, making me wonder if they have made a B-15 change in this case: unfound anywhere else on 17, 15, 13 or 11 MHz. But at 1943 recheck, 17730 is now on in French, so it was just late (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA [non]. 13820, Oct 25 at 1834, R. Martí with autotune music, only S5 but no jamming, as that`s still on old 13605, at S7 level, hours after the new frequency started. At 1836 announcer refers to ``Radio Regreso, la onda de la alegría``, a dig at Cuba`s own Radio PROgreso. At 1837, the other RM frequency, 11930, is about even with jamming. Maybe OCB should change that too just to confuse the DentroCuban Jamming Command (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CURACAO. 28349.70-USB, Oct 25 at 1817, PJ2T with quick contest contacts. 

PJ2T Curacao flag Curacao
Geoff Howard
#1 Groot Santa Marta

Says with a nice illustrated writeup including a YL in a bikini; what`s her home call? Most of the crew appear to be Americans, except maybe Geoff. The 28 and 21 MHz bands are crammed with contesters, so F2 propagation is coöperating! While they are banned from 24 and 18 MHz; only one phone rag-chewer encountered on 12m, 24950. This shall be the extent of my ham contest logging, for the record. 26-27+ MHz freebanders/CB are also hopping, including Spanish, and I notice that a lot of them are on LSB, e.g. 26555 at 1855 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** INDIA. 11670, Oct 25 at 1841, AIR GOS is S8, surprisingly good with Indian song, then talking in English about cinemusic. Wish I could stop and listen more, but impelled to keep bandscanning for new B-15 finds. This one is 325 degrees for Europe, 500 kW from Bengaluru at 1730-2230, English except the Hindi hour from 1945 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** KURDISTAN [non]. 9400, Oct 25 at 1843, JBA carrier aside 9395 WRMI TruNews; presumably Denge Kurdistane via some site as discussed in previous report (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** NIGERIA. 15115-15125, Oct 25 at 1907, DRM noise spreading exactly 10 kHz from center 15120, V. of Nigeria; off by 1930. Should they employ 9690- on AM between 15 and 23, note collision with SPAIN [q.v.] in the offing (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** OKLAHOMA. 1120, Oct 25 at 1847 UT, KETU/KEOR Catoosa/Sperry/Tulsa is still active, nothing but music in Spanish, still never any announcements heard whatsoever (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SOUTH CAROLINA [non]. 17530, Oct 25 at 1828, Brother Scare on new frequency, S9+35 and with modulation squeals from this ailing WHRI unit, 100 kW at 315 degrees right across North America. It`s registered 16-22 UT now, not necessarily all in use, nor necessarily every hour with BS. A rude surprise for those used to hearing VOA French here in A-15. At 1902 I notice that this 17530 is the OSOB! Other stations will regain interest in 16m after 1930 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SPAIN. Another check of REE`s new frequencies Sunday Oct 25 at 1828 during PTP: 17755, very poor S1; 15500, fair S5; 15390, fair S4; 9690, poor S3. At least the one for NAm, 9690, is starting to propagate 3.5 hours after it began. It`s improving at 1846 and should continue to do so on toward 2300*. However, 9690 by REE risks collision with 9690- from NIGERIA --- one of their three active and longtime frequencies, and you never know at which hours or from which transmitter site it may be activated. Of course, not in HFCC, so how could REE possibly have known about it? 

At 1901, as scheduled, 17755 is off, and its successor 11530 is a JBA carrier while 9690 is up to S7 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 25000, Oct 25 at 1815, WWV tone is JBA, but enough to detect the ToM beep at 1816:00 precisely after pause. At less than 500 miles, only short-skip can propagate it here, so there may be a trace of that, or backscatter, as 10 m F2 is wide open for DX contest (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A [and non]. 17895, our best VOA daytime frequency, is gone for B-15. No more listening to VOA News on the G8 portable during restaurant lunches or on the BST-1 SW caradio. Oct 25 at 1826, no signal there, nor any Greenville English found on 16 or 19m. The only such entry in HFCC is 15580 at 21-22, a mostly-music hour, elsewhen from other sites! As below.

15730, Oct 25 at 1829, very poor open carrier with flutter; 1830 joining French from VOA Washington in progress, only S3. HFCC shows site for this hour is now: VATICAN, violating Separation of Church & State. At 1920 with rock music in English, still heavy flutter.

15740, Oct 25 at 1920, open carrier, certainly Greenville warming up for 1930 French transmission to be on 15730, but avoiding covering up preceding site Vatican which has heavy flutter during American pop music show announced in French; At *1928:20, GB cuts on 15730 briefly making LAH, off again; *1929 GB comes back on to stay, unmodulated atop SMG still speaking for a minute; 1930 modulation switch now very loud from GB only with `Les Info` en VOA-Afrique. HFCC B-15 now shows this convoluted usage of 15730 by IBB = VOA:

1630-1730 GB in Portuguese, Fridays only (call in special?)
1830-1930 SMG in French daily
1930-2030 GB in French daily
2030-2100 Botswana in French, Sundays only
2030-2100 Botswana in Hausa, Saturdays only

17530, the former // to 15730 in French, is gone, overcome by Brother Scare! See SOUTH CAROLINA [non] --- A rude surprise for those expecting VOA, which despite its drawbacks remains an example of American rationality (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) 

15580, Oct 25 at 1829, VOA is very poor, S3, sports scores in English with heavy African accent. By 1903 during VOA news in English, this has improved to fair, S7; 1905 into ``Teaching & Learning English`` hour --- to be composed of `New Dynamic English` and `Funxioning in Business` during first semihour; then `As It Is`, among other segments. HFCC shows 15580 site usage of VOA English in B-15 is now: daily 03-05 via KUWAIT, 05-07 BOTSWANA, 14-20 BOTSWANA (but azimuth change at 16), 20-21 VATICAN, 21-22 GREENVILLE. 

(Between 1907 and 1920 I have switched from the NRD-545 to the FRG-7 during this session.) English, strictly speaking, but awfully beepy, VOA Radiograms are on a new 45 kW GB frequency; from HFCC B-15: 
 5910 0930-1000 Sat
17580 1600-1630 Sat
 5745 0230-0300 Sun
15670 1930-2000 Sun 
15670 noted here Oct 25, carrier on by 1920; undermodulated during 1930 spoken introduxion by Kim who said the new frequencies would be presented, and into MFSK32 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) See also CUBA [non]: Radio Martí

** U S A. 21675, Oct 25 at 1814, R. Africa via WRMI on new frequency today continues with VG signal S9+20, `Christ Gospel Broadcast` from Indiana.

21600, Oct 25 at 1814, WHRI is now as strong as WRMI unlike earlier, in fact stronger at S9+35, with Bishop Shelton`s `Church of the Lord Jesus Christ of Apostolic Faith`, a longtime SW gospel huxter, but one who does not have to be on 24/7; perhaps when he passes? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A [non]. 17800, Oct 25 at 1932, good S9+20 singing and drumming, 1933 African language. HFCC shows it`s AWR Fulfulde via SOUTH AFRICA, with 250 kW at 315 degrees carrying on well beyond West Africa to all the 7DA Fulfulde-speakers in America.

15480, Oct 25 at 1935, S9+15 signal with Arabic music, very heavy flutter, 1940 sure sounds like Christian preaching even tho I don`t understand a word of it. Yes: AWR Arabic via MADAGASCAR, 1900-2000, 250 kW, 350 degrees. Their next broadcast on 15480, French at 2000-2030, moves to Meyerton, South Africa (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 690, Oct 25 at 1850 UT, open carrier/dead air from KGGF Coffeyville KS; finally at 1852 UT comes alive with ad for, 1853 UT more dead air, 1853.6 UT resumes Steelers football at Arrowhead. I was hoping they would stay dead air except for commercials, as has happened before (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

This report dispatched at 2159 UT October 25