mercoledì 28 ottobre 2015

Glenn Hauser logs October 27-28, 2015

** ALASKA [and non]. 9655, Oct 28 at 1327, CRI English guy with distinctive voice, accent, as scheduled this hour via Kashgar, EAST TURKISTAN, poor; despite KNLS also scheduled in Chinese, maybe lite CCI to CRI? Why in the world would a station broadcasting to China choose to be on the same frequency as CRI?? Someone in frequency planning must not be paying attention. 

I couldn`t remember what the other KNLS frequency was supposed to be this hour, but it`s 9680 also in Chinese, which in the past has been blocked by CNR1 jamming against Taiwan (but RRI domestic relay still gone?) You`d not know about anything concerning Taiwan in HFCC, where the ChiCom ban it. But it does now show NHK Yamata now on 9680 in Japanese 12-17 UT! And the only Indonesian entry is for imaginary two hours of English from Jakarta at 22-24 UT (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** ALBANIA [and non]. 7425, Oct 28 at 0217, the Greenville-B mixture of Vatican and Martí is still audible here; at 0228, R. Tirana has not moved yet to recommended clear 7470, IS, making low audible het against GB, since Shijak is off-frequency, 7424.979, per Wolfgang Büschel the night before, i.e. 21 Hz low (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** AUSTRALIA [and non]. 12065, Oct 28 at 1403, the least of R. Australia`s frequencies here (but the most for listeners in Eurasia), still has CCI as another season is underway, nothing done about it by the clueless ABC management! HFCC shows RA at 09-21, vs. BBC: Singapore 1330-1430 in Bengali, Hindi; 1500-1600 Urdu; 1600-1630 Hindi via UAE; plus 1700-1830 IBRA Arabic via Woofferton (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CHINA [non]. 15700, Oct 28 at 1401, open carrier/dead air from CRI relay, as often the case, from the Cuban sloppyrators. Today the English modulation does not cut on until 1402:34 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** COLOMBIA [and non]. 5910, Oct 28 at 0550, Alcaraván Radio, fair and clear with nice music, no CCI from TWR Polish via Austria, because that has now shifted one hour later to 0642-0700 M-F. But because of Colombia`s failure to protect its sole shortwave station from predators, all it has to cope with now during nightish hours, per HFCC are:
0100-0300, RRI in Romanian
0430-0500, NHK Russian via Lithuania
0645-0700, TWR Polish via Austria M-F
0900-1300, VOR Russian via Vladivostok [ha! As if that still existed]
0930-1000, VOA Radiogram, Sat only [can`t Kim find a clearer spot??]
1130-1200, CRI Filipino via Beijing

** CUBA [and non]. 13605, Oct 28 at 1404, wall-of-noise jamming is still here against nothing since R. Martí moved to 13820, where it`s very strong, but now jamming is also audible underneath Martí (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** ECUADOR [and non]. 6050, Oct 28 at 0415, HCJB is weak as always, but now has QRM from spurious Cuban pulse jamming, as I feared when hearing it after 0500 last night. At 0549 Oct 28, after HCJB is off (but ELWA LIBERIA should be on), the jamming is quite heavy (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** IRAN. 9710 & 7325, Oct 28 at 0415, JBA carriers only with flutter from VIRI `Voice of Justice` service in English to N America, now in B-15 scheduled on new frequencies at 0320-0420; presumably will be better when propagation improve. Like last year, 9710 will be colliding with CUBA until it`s off circa 0400; however, tentative RHC sked via Wolfgang Büschel shows that will change to 6075 but not until November 16 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** KOREA NORTH. Re: ``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``

Jean-Michel Aubier in France points out that Voice of Korea is now on 7580 at 0730-1330 in Japanese (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U K. 17535, Oct 28 at 1355, ``test transmission`` loop medley of wide variety of music styles, including a bit of the ``BaBcoCk theme``, but the name BaBcoCk is never mentioned, just asking for reception reports to --- which are rarely answered. This is the SSOB, or at least equivalent to the only other significants, Saudi Arabia on 17615, 17705. As a matter of fact, HFCC shows nothing but Riyadh on 17535 at 12-14, obviously one of many wooden ones. The test loop is still going to 1412. It could be precursor of a new relay client, but more likely a training exercise at Woofferton as previous unscheduled appearances have been (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. WORLD OF RADIO 1796 monitoring: confirmed Wed Oct 28 at 1315 on WRMI 9955; good, no jamming audible. Next: Wed 2100 on WBCQ 7490v (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 670, Oct 28 at 1253 UT, country music looping WNW/ESE, surely the AR station normally heard at SRS, but it`s supposed to be sports-talk! Soon into news bit, from ``Southwest Arkansas` News Leader, Caddo Country 98.9 FM and 670 AM``, ads for Hot Springs, Hope; 1257 another such ID with Community Calendar, plus ``from the banks of the Caddo River, in Glenwood, Arkansas,``. Never any callsigns given; has been KHGZ, which is no doubt due to change to erase its previous ``Hog Call Sports`` identity. 

Still KHGZ, 5 kW ND daytimer, in FCC AM Query. At first I thought they were saying ``Cattle Country``, having switched mascots as well as formats! Used to be with CBS Sports Radio, but never(?) // WSCR 670 Chicago, which this late is no longer audible. 1310 UT claims ``four in a row without commercials on Caddo Country 98.9 and 670``. 

I think this is quite a recent flip; the Community Calendar on website dates back to March and September, and still has old e-mail address.

The FM is, you guessed it, a mere translator despite top billing, K255BH. On AM, in case they adhere to daytime SR/SS times, for Oct they are: 1215-2345 UT; Nov, 1245-2315 UT (but of course as we go off DST Nov 1, morning opening will *seem* to be half an hour earlier rather than later) (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) 

** U S A. 1100, Oct 28 at 0612 UT, `Red Eye Radio` anti-American political talk, looping NW/SE and surely KNZZ Colorado Springs CO, 50 kW *still* on ND day pattern at night; makes fast SAH with WTAM Cleveland, and KNZZ is dominant. The RER feed is also running many seconds ahead of originator WBAP 820, which must be deliberately delaying it locally (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 1530, Oct 28 at 0603 UT, open carrier/dead air for a minute, 0604 UT ID as WCKY, ESPN 1530, more dead air, then finally fading up ESPN sports talk in progress. What a sad excuse for a once-great 50 kW radio station. I also had 1530 deadair on the caradio circa 0120 UT Oct 27 and hoped it was something more exotic than Cincinnati OH (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. 11880, Oct 28 at 1410, good signal with dead air. Maybe Iran prior to Russian via Sirjan from 1420? But seems closer (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

This report dispatched at 1623 UT October 28