domenica 25 ottobre 2015

Glenn Hauser logs October 25, 2015 [more]

** ALASKA. 7355, Oct 25 at 1256, some pop music, ilk of KNLS, which is still registered here in B-15 for 12-13 English. Other English is all on 9615 per HFCC: 08-09 & 10-11 & 12-13 & 14-15. I didn`t check for that before 13 or after 14 yet (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CHINA. 9230, Oct 25 at 1346, CNR1 with Chinese classical vocal music, // countless other channels inband 6, 7, 9, 11 MHz, mostly as jammers, but 9230 for sure is a jammer. Fair signal. None however found in the 8s, 10s, 12s. Earlier in the hour these were playing Western classical music as customary on Sunday nights (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA. 15370, Oct 25 at 1311, RHC with `Cartas a la Redacción` but modulation breakup, while // 15730 is OK.

11950, Oct 25 at 1334, RHC `En Contacto` is starting a minute early, as often the case on this and several other frequencies; it`s 2015y program #42 from Estudio 7, and first order of business is birthday greetings as usual, to members of own staff as well as listeners. 

It`s B-15 now, but not at RHC, as frequency manager Arnie waits a week or two for the dust to clear by stations which are not boycotting HFCC for fear of having to deal with Americans. shows Cuba goes off DST November 1 just like the USA, as Cuba is a running dog behind American imperialism. After that we expect all Spanish programming to shift one UT hour later, i.e. Sunday 1435 for this show, as well as 2340, and UT Monday 0235, more or less, on whatever frequencies are then in use (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA [non]. 11930, Oct 25 at 1317, pop music from R. Martí, 1319 mentioning the 2014 MTV Europe awards. NO jamming, and // 7405. As usual, the DentroCuban Jamming Command is caught with its pants down at seasonal change date, when R. Martí schedule changes. Not like it`s secret --- anyone can access HFCC public info. 11930 now starts at 1300 (maybe back to 1400 from next Sunday, tho?). By 1337 I can hear some jamming under 11930.

13820, Oct 25 at 1417, R. Martí is VG on reactivated B-15 frequency, now scheduled 14-20; no jamming, while the wall of noise continues on ex-13605! By now // 11930 also has WONJ. The incompetent DentroCuban Jamming Command again fails to protect poor Cuban compañeros from being exposed to The Truth (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** FRANCE. 9675 NF, Oct 25 at 0617, RFI in English with French accent, talking about Sénégal bus painters, fair with deep fades, weaker than 9690 Nigeria; ex-13725 in the A-season, which was good for us in deep summer but not propagating for many weeks; intended only for Africa, of course, this is the token sole English hour on SW from RFI Issoudun (tho WRMI fills some time with more, undependably) (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** IRAN. 12040, Oct 25 at 1323, NA, i.e. VIRI Japanese service at 1320-1420, 60 degrees from Kamalabad; yes, in Japanese at 1333. Noticed this as checking for Turkey [q.v.] on 12035. This is only fair, but much stronger than Turkey when it finally comes on late at *1335:45, and that is aimed USward at 310 degrees! Something is amiss; both nominally 500 kW (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** KOREA NORTH. 6170, Oct 25 at 1303, typical Juche music and rough distorted modulation, quite like // 9435, so it`s obviously VOK, now that NEW ZEALAND [q.v.] has abandoned 6170 for the summer. 6170 vacant by 1322, pause/break. But Arnulf Piontek`s B-15 VOK schedules show 6170 now in use for KCBS relay at 1230, PBS relay at 1330, but switching from 28 to 325 degree beams, and the // from 9435 to 9425. 6170 is also in use for many more hours, 1030-2130 including European languages (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) 

** KURDISTAN [non]. 11600, Oct 25 before and after 1400, no signal form Denge Kurdistane, which must have moved for B-15, but where? HFCC shows nothing registered on 11600 between 13 and 17. Nor anything down near 11500 where they were previously. 

Looking thru HFCC, most now be back to 9400, registered as KCH [PRIDNESTROVYE = MOLDOVA] something in Kurdish at 12-14 & 14-16 & 16-20; and SOF = Bulgaria also registered at 14-15 & 15-18 in ``English``. These are no doubt placeholders for the real site swapping, which may still include France as has been the case on 11600. Plus lots more 9400 KCH and SOF registrations overlapping until 2200, but the SOFs allegedly in DRM. The KCH ones are from BRB, the SOF ones from SPC. Also: 08-12 via BRB on ERV = Armenia. Wolfgang Büschel says the signal from there at 0900 was not very strong.

Too bad for us, as 9400 is much inferior to the good way-off-target reception we had on 11600 until yesterday. Alokesh Gupta forwards the B-15 Alyx & Yeyi schedule including Denge Kurdistan at 04-22, no sites specified  (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** KURDISTAN [non]. 15600, Oct 25 at 1419, good signal with echo, Farsi? No, it`s IBB in Kurdish, this hour only via Woofferton UK, per HFCC B-15 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** NEW ZEALAND. Looking for RNZI on B-15 schedule: 9700 unheard before or after 1300. Both 9700 and 5950 have been registered starting at 1300, but no sign of them on either; while A-15`s 6170 has been taken over by Voice of Korea! [q.v.] A rude awakening for those expecting to keep hearing RNZI. Kept searching for RNZI during the 13-14 hour but never found on those or any frequencies. Let`s take another look at their online schedule in case it has changed again without notice:
No, still claims to be on 9700 AM from 1300 (and new 13840 until 1258, which is unlikely to propagate here, but 9700 certainly should, like constant Australia on 9580). So totally off the air today, or on some as yet unknown frequency?? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** OKLAHOMA. 1650, Oct 25 at 0559 UT, Sallisaw station still with singing ID as ``KYHN, Fort Smith``. It`s really incredible that so basic a datum as a station`s callsign should be a matter of dispute/misunderstanding/ignorance? between a licensee and the FCC which has changed it to KFSW, presumably on request of the station! Searching on KFSW, I see that a number of streaming aggregators have automatically followed suit, even when displaying programming as from ``KYHN`` (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SAIPAN. 12105, Oct 25 at 1314, Burmese from IBB, good strength but rough modulation, cutting out when not peaking; also CODAR QRM. B-15 schedule is 1230-1430, 100 kW, 310 degrees, i.e. R. Free Asia. Suspect this is the big blob I was hearing on 12105 in late A-15 already when only KSDA was scheduled on 12105, before 1300; Saipan transmitter still not completely back in whack (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SPAIN. Just as I expected, the new frequency for REE to North America, 9690, is useless. Checking all four just after *1500 UT Oct 25: 9690 inaudible; next best is 17755, but poor; then 15390; and best is 15500 but with some echo. The other three are axually aimed at other worldparts, but MUF trumps azimuth, as 9 MHz over a day path from Europe to NAm is ridiculous. Who`s doing their frequency management? 17855 was a bigsig until yesterday, its last day toward us. 

These run 1500-2300 weekends, except 17755 changes to 11530 at 1900. Weekdays at 1900-2300 only, 15500, 15390, 11530, 9690. After 1900, perhaps 9690 reception will start to pick up, but the higher ones despite beamed elsewhere may still trump it. From 15 to 19 weekdays, and 15-23 weekends, it`s nothing but stupid ballgames, so who cares?

BTW, be alert, especially on weekends, for the 2300* sign-off to be extended to 2400*, including Arabic and at 2330 English. This happened at least once in the A-season (one hour earlier) when there was a possibility a partido tonto de pelotas would run overtime but did not, yet the transmitters stayed on (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** TURKEY. 17755, Oct 25 at 1309, Turkish music, good signal in VOT German service, 1310 ``Frage des Monats`` with same theme music for it as in English and presumably all other language services. I was expecting this, on B-15 schedule, now that everything is one hour later. Azimuth to Europe follows thru to North America, and like every winter, we only wish they would stay on it for English now shifted to 1330. But they insist on dropping way down to 12035 for that. 

However, today 17755 keeps running at 1325 with IS and alternating IDs in English - only! 1330 accurate timesignal and sign-on English claiming to be on ``12035``, program summary including `Food of the Court`, `Today in History`, `Question of the Month`; 1331 headlines until cut off abruptly at 1331:40*. 

I`ve been monitoring 12035 on another receiver, and can barely detect VOT cutting that on at *1335:45, i.e. it took them 4 minutes to make the change, which should have been between 1320 and 1325. Now the English frequency is useless here. Besides poor frequency planning, this is typical shoddy operation at Emirler. Why is it so hard to keep to the clock for frequency changes? 

15350, Oct 25 at 1312, TRT toward Europe and N America is fair with Turkish talk, now scheduled 07-14 UT, and we expect to hear some good music on it too (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 17665, Oct 25 at 1420, big open carrier, 1421, 1 kHz tone test, stops, and off the air before 1422. Surely a typical Greenville test to be sure the same transmitter is operable before a scheduled broadcast on 16m later, no doubt different 17655 in Portuguese from 1700 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 11580, Oct 25 at 1338, I catch part of `Wavescan` on WRMI, which is tacked on Sundays only to this transmission, as Jeff is interviewing Doc Burkhart of Son-power Radio about their St. Kitts 820 kHz station, ex-Radio Paradise (tho they had adopted that name on some of the `TruNews` SW broadcasts). Seems the container containing a ready-to-go broadcast studio we heard about before, is currently being stored at the WRMI Okeechobee site before final shipment to the island, where they are ``working hard to get on the air`` with Flowing Stream Ministries, of course including Rick Wiles` so-called TruNews (Glenn Hauser, OK,DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 21675, Oct 25 at 1422, excellent signal with hymn, i.e. WRMI back on 13m, for the Radio Africa Service at 14-22, ex-17790. Yet the only other US station on 13m, WHRI on 21600, is very poor: a matter of skip distance, since WHRI is closer, yet with 250 kW aimed 59 or 85 degrees. 21675 a late change not in HFCC, but no doubt on the 87 degree antenna aimed right at Equatorial Guinea, former site of R. Africa (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 1080, Oct 25 at 0622 UT, KRLD Dallas with Charly Jones on `Texas Overnight` talkshow anticipating that Joe Biden may announce he`s running in the Saturday night Jefferson-Jackson Day yDemocratic dinner --- but, but he already said no Oct 21!! Besides repeating a long-outdated show for cleared channel audience, CBS-owned stations skew far-right in their locally-produced and national talkshows carried, hardly ``mainstream``. This guy is constantly berating Hillary and any other Democrat, I suppose trying to outdo the Red Eyes over at WBAP (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 1100, Oct 25 at 0609 UT, open carrier/dead air from the NW, obviously KNZZ Colorado Springs CO, which lately has been running 50 kW ND day pattern, and in fact it`s hard to null it enough to get WTAM Cleveland. Still same at 0620 UT, maybe all night?? What a sorry excuse for a max power radio station (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 1460, Oct 25 at 1252 UT, ``We`re The Outlaw, playing the best country music,`` loops N/S. It`s KCLE Burleson TX, address in Cleburne (i.e. = The Metroplex), BTW also listed with AM stereo per NRC AM Log, 11000/700 watts U4. Oct FCC sunrise was 1230 UT, but November will be 1300 UT (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. 12418-SSB, Oct 25 at 1351, 2-way in Spanish, discussing puta-madres = sons-of-bitches, or more politely? whoresons (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

This report despatched at 1733 UT October 25