martedì 27 ottobre 2015

Glenn Hauser logs October 27, 2015

** ALASKA. 9615, Oct 27 at 1254, KNLS ID in pop music fill, today much stronger than // 7355. On a hunch, I compare them on two receivers and find they are *not* synchronized, but in music hard to time the separation; both stop about the same time at 1259. Oct 27 at 1405, 9615 is only a JBA carrier during another scheduled English hour (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** ALBANIA. 7425, Oct 27 at 0254 check, R. Tirana is still here with music at end of English broadcast, despite recommendation to avoid the Greenville interference and go to wide-open 7470. Experience shows that it takes a while for any change to work its way thru the burocracy (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** ECUADOR [non]. 6050, Oct 27 at 0527, Cuban pulse jamming on new frequency, presumably spurious out of one of the 6030 pileup. Before 0500* this will harm poor HCJB; we shall see if it continue (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** INDIA. 7555, Oct 27 at 1252, poor signal with flutter, at first thought open carrier, then make out a bit of music. HFCC shows AIR, 100 kW, 65 degrees from Delhi at 1200-1740. 

Jose Jacob, who no doubt will be coming out with his own comprehensive AIR schedules, refers us to the official ones:
showing 7555 at 1215-1330 is in Tibetan, 1330-1430 Nepali. Both KJES and WEWN are gone from 7555 now (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) 

** MEXICO. 6185, Oct 27 at 0530, XEPPM, R. Educación, is still on with torch song in English, reminding us that most of México ended DST on Oct 25, so its standard sign-off will now be 0600* UT. Only border cities stick with DST another week, due to overwhelming economic influence from their US counterparts. Thus the ``boundaries`` are at some unspecified point outside the city limits, which ought to cause confusion within the border states, but who cares about that? This might also open up some one-week windows for unusual MW reception. says the only states which have not been observing DST are Sonora and Quintana Roo (which is now on `Eastern` time for the convenience of US tourists) (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** NEW ZEALAND. 11725, Oct 27 at 0537, JBA signal, I guess RNZI contrary to usual bigsig, due to propagation, or still not back up to full service? Had been on curtailed sked for repairs.

9700 & 13840, Oct 27 at 1255, no signals from RNZI, nor on 6170, 5950. But by 1300, 9700 has come on with lots of news from many Pacific islands, Vanuatu, Solomons, etc. Signal is only fair, much inferior to Australia 9580, making us suspect that 9700 is on NNW instead of NNE antenna as nominal after 1300. (Or, Ivo Ivanov recently posted that everything was non-direxional; unconfirmed.) After accurate 1400 timesignal, 3 am world news starting with Saudi airstrikes on Yemen.

I asked Adrian again at 1652 UT: ``Adrian, Glad to hear 9700 again today after 1300; however, the signal did not seem to be up to the expected level, so I wonder if:
really on NNW instead of NNE antenna?
non-directional (temporarily?) as someone else reported
and/or, reduced power?

11725 was also very weak at 0537, but not clear if due to propagation or other problems at RAN. BTW, we sure miss the Mailbox. Hope you and Myra are doing OK. 73, Glenn``

And he replies already at 1737 UT Oct 27: ``Hello Glenn, I have just checked the transmission log. After we moved  from 13840/325  the antenna did  change to 9700/00. As far as I can tell there was no problem  around 11725  0500-0800 UT. Thank you for asking, yes Myra and I are very well despite advancing years! Adrian``

Note the ``9700/00`` --- I guess that confirms it`s non-direxional, altho registered as 35 degrees, as are most of the transmissions thruout the 24 hours, except for 11-13 on 13840 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** ROMANIA. 13580, Oct 27 at 1255, good signal from RRI English just as it is signing off, goodbye! For one week, the broadcast shifted from 1100 UT in A-15 to 1200 UT in B-15 is at 7 am CDT when we are more likely to be awake; then back to 6 am CST. Two of the four frequencies aimed at Europe (and US), two toward Asia. Via BC-DX the tentative RRI English sked for B-15 with sites Galbeni, Tsiganeshti:

ENGLISH   0100-0156  6145G  7325G
          0400-0456  6020G  7340G 11790T 13730T
          0630-0656  7345T  9600G-DRM 17780G 21580T
           1200-1256 13580T 15150G 15460T 17765G
          1800-1856  6090T  7350T-DRM
          2130-2156  6030G-DRM  6170T  7310T  7375G
           2300-2356  6015G  7220G  7395T  9620T

But this service is not officially for North America --- remember when a few overseas SW stations would intentionally broadcast for us in our mornings? Not any more! Any we can hear are incidental, even Australia (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** TURKEY. 17755, good Oct 27 at 1323, VOT German is wrapping up and cutting off before a single IS can play, presumably hastening down to 12035 for English next, which we know will be extremely inferior.

11985, Oct 27 at 1348, Turkish music, very poor, but better than 12035. This is Urdu at 13-14 only, even tho it`s 92 degrees from Emirler while 12035 is 310 degrees USward! Something is amiss. The entirely Emirler, totally Turkish service on 15350 is inaudible, not propagating today tho supposedly on until 1358 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 11570, Oct 27 at 1350, English lessons for Koreans, about the expression ``stick it``, so VOA is now here, fair signal, no longer on 7460, 9490 or 11990; OK except for some ute beeps intermittently on low side. After 1400 I also find it on 9800, much stronger than 11570, and 11570 is running about 4 seconds behind. So what is the full VOA Korean schedule now? They also play lots of popular and standard American music.

From HFCC, here`s the complete B-15 IBB Korean schedule, which does not distinguish between VOA and RFA, but per WRTH, at 15-19 & 21-22 it`s been RFA, elsewhen VOA:
12-13  9490 PHT
12-14 11570 PHT
12-15  7235 TIN
13-15  9800 PHT
14-15 11570 TIN
15-17  7210 TIN
15-17  9985 SAI
15-19  5855 TIN
17-19  9985 IRA
19-21  5875 PHT
19-21  9700 UDO
19-21  9800 TIN
21-22  9860 TIN
21-22  9985 TIN
PHT = Tinang 1, Philippines (why 1? there is no 2) – this site is best for us on 21 degree azimuth carrying on to N America
TIN = Tinian island, Northern Marianas
SAI = Saipan island, Northern Marianas
IRA = Iranawila, Sri Lanka
UDO = Udorn, Thailand

** U S A. 770, Oct 27 at 1314 UT, I`m waiting for KKOB Albuquerque NM to pop onto ND 50 kW day pattern, and today it does, at *1314:27 right in the middle of a news report from KOB-TV about resigned Secretary of State Dianna Durán`s plea deal so she will keep her pension, as her many years of service to the citizens had nothing to do with her embezzlement/gambling scandal. More about that:
Dianna Duran takes plea deal in fraud case, pleads guilty to 6 counts

I`ve been trying in Oct to catch KKOB at official FCC 1315 UT sunrise, but no luck until today. From November, it will shift to 1345 UT, so we will likely lose signal again. Axual ABQ sunrise today was 1323 UT, and that`s about when KKOB starts to fade (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 21675, Oct 27 at 1344, WRMI with BS via Radio Africa Network; this time, 21610 WHRI with gospel music is much stronger. It`s at least propagationally interesting to have two US stations on 13m, altho neither with any secular programming.

RAN has been sending out program schedules to QSLers on mailing list, including Edward Kusalík, Alberta, and Antonello Napolitano, Italy, and Alan Roe, England. I had long ago given up hunting for one on their own website. Now looking thru the grid, I see not a single secular program, altho previously they had been caught with some old-time-radio shows, no doubt just fillers. 

Altho 21675 is certainly all on same 87 degree beam toward Equatorial Guinea, the 10-23 UT span is broken up into three different ``stations``: 
Radio Africa #2: Daily 14-16
Radio Africa: M-F 16-21 [but within it: Overcomer, daily from 10]
Radio East Africa: Sat & Sun 16-21, daily 21-23

Altho in grid format with five columns, the program entries are NOT in time order, which makes it very cumbersome and confusing to refer to. This impossiblizes spotting gaps, if any; deliberately? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** VATICAN [non]. 9610, Oct 27 at 1254, VR in Spanish, good signal from Greenville relay, violating Separation of Church & State; as usual shifted one UT hour later for B-15, ex-1130-1200 in A-15 (while the evening relay on 7305 stays at 0200-0245; why one and not the other? Latin America doesn`t observe DST anyway except for Cuba which doesn`t quit until Nov 1, like US (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. 1660, Oct 25 at 0204 UT, Mexican music is dominant, on the E-W antenna. Usually we get a mix of Kansas City, West Fargo and Waco, more or less N/S, all with silly sports in English. NRC AM Log also lists three SS 1660s in the conterminous USA: California, Florida, but strongly suspect this is KXOL Brigham City UT, or rather DKXOL, which the FCC thinx has been Deleted:
`` Deleted facility record. Deleted facilities cannot be reactivated.  Interested parties must file an application for construction permit during the approprate [sic] AM application filing window. Licensee: INCA COMMUNICATIONS, INC.`` --- oh, yeah? BUT has been widely reported continuing to operate [date correct; log overlooked from previous report] (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. 7580, Oct 27 at 1252, band music at fair signal, something new. HFCC B-15 on 7580 only has two IBB services in Tibetan but at much different hours, 00-01 & 16-17. Maybe Aoki will have it once B-15 info is available (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

This report dispatched at 1814 UT October 27