giovedì 24 dicembre 2015

Glenn Hauser logs December 22-23, 2015

** CANADA [and non]. 6070, Dec 23 at 0339, JBA carrier, surely not CFRX, so is it off? Propagation is somewhat degraded but should be getting more than this. With southern advantage, RHC Spanish is strong on 6060 & 6075; altho unusually weak in English on 6000, 6165. Maybe if CFRX relayed CHHA in Spanish it would be stronger, hi. But northerly MW signals like 830 WCCO also wiped out. By 0639, however, CFRX is there making SAH of ~8 Hz under much stronger Vatican in Church Latin (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** KOREA NORTH. 9912 approx., Dec 23 at 1413, ute noise blob, which is usually here, so maybe not Juche jamming against 9910, KTWR in Korean as I previously suggested (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** KOREA SOUTH. 4885, Dec 22 at 1402, S6 signal in Korean, a bit stronger than 4835 Australia, S5. Ron Howard first heard this Dec 21 as a new frequency for Echo of Hope, the clandestine to N Korea, // 6003 and 6348 which are jammed. Testing new transmitter? And he heard again Dec 22 also // 3985. ``Per Hiroshi and Hiroyuki Komatsubara, observed schedule so far is *1158-1803*``. Dec 23 I check at 1403, now only a JBA carrier like everything else on 60m. 4885 is a good spot for it as no other Asians there (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** OKLAHOMA. 1390, Dec 23 at 0350 UT past 0414 UT, open carrier/dead air from local KCRC Enid; by 0414 UT however a bit of a whine has been added. Still OC/DA at 0527 UT check! Carrier is so strong that I can`t null it and hear anything else, but it does remove splash from adjacents; see U S A 1380. 

Rerecheck at 0647 UT, *still* dead air, and now on the DX-398 nulling as much as possible I can hear some other 1390 station with music, Xmas? The DA also reduces the QRM from KCRC spurs almost on 1360 & 1420. Still DA at 0707 UT, so all-night? No owner or staff of KCRC cares to monitor and/or go in to the studio to restart it, if that can`t even be done remotely (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SOMALILAND [and non]. 7120, Dec 23 at 0330, not yet a signal from R. Hargeisa, altho there is a ham in Spanish on LSB. By 0341 there is a JBA carrier about equal to the S6-7 noise level, and still Spanish on LSB. Can`t make out any program modulation on USB tuning (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. WORLD OF RADIO 1804 monitoring: confirmed Wed Dec 23 from 1415.5 on WRMI 9955, good and no jamming. Next: Wed 2200 on WBCQ 7490v (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 5109.7-CUSB, Dec 22 at 0222, `Amateur Radio Roundtable`, soundtrack of video webcast, sufficiently audible via WBCQ, until 0330 when WBCQ sign-off announcement fires whether the `cast is finished or not and off 0331* (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 830, Dec 23 at 0406 UT, WCCO is JBA on N-S antenna, and not at all on the east-west. MW from most of the US seems normal but Minneapolis is beyond the sub-auroral zone barrier. Instead, better on the E-W antenna is something with Spanish music, more like 830.04; 0408 UT ID as ``La Favorita 830``. 

I am expecting WFNO Norco LA, the usual US station blocking real Latin American DX, and normally QRMing WCCO if you don`t null it: always suspected of day facilities at night, when 750 watts is supposed to head SE into the Gulf, while 5000 watts day has a broad pattern favoring the NNW right toward WCCO! WFNO got to be on this ``clear`` channel by barely exceeding the ``protected`` distance from Mpls.

But WFNO was last known as ``La Fabulosa``, and still listed as such. Possibly I misheard the slogan; need to recheck. I don`t find any Mexicans or beyond called Favorita (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 1310, Dec 23 at 0357 UT, mentions Owensboro as a health care region. Therefore, I assume it is WTTL Madisonville KY again, which is about 35 miles from Owensboro (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 1380, Dec 23 at 0353 UT, ad for Berner(?) Toyota, across from Highland Mall(?), facilitated by the dead air from local 1390 KCRC. Later I search on the Toyota name, and lacking any direct hits on Berner, an engine (was it Yahoo or Google?) helpfully suggests Bruner Toyota in Brownwood TX, or suburb Early. Guess what: there is a station there on 1380, KBWD. But the other clue was probably really ``Highlander``, a Toyota model. KBWD is 1000/500 watts U1, one of my closer 1380s, and I`m quite sure that`s it (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** YEMEN [non]. 11860, Dec 22 at 1425, R. Sana`a is S9+20, usual bigsig, music with heavy beat, drumming; 1430 I cannot hear any IBB Kuwait QRM starting; 1438:04 Maghrib Qur`an starts, which is 17 seconds later than yesterday, following the sunset in Yemen. Now tnx to the built-in pauses I can barely make out R. Ashna underneath. Noel Green in England says the signals are about equal level there. How much longer will IBB allow these to collide? 

11860, Dec 23 at 1425, usual inspirational music and Arabic talk, lower S8 level but still plenty, cut to Maghrib Qur`an at 1437:57.5, which is 7.5 seconds *earlier* than yesterday, so margin of error? Only now in the pauses can I detect R. Ashna, KUWAIT, still colliding underneath. 1441 onward to yelling and screaming, presumably advocating restoration of the ancien régime [oops: my Collins dixionary does not list any ``regime`` in either language!] (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. 783.00, Dec 23 at 0409, JBA carrier on this TA-split frequency, likely MAURITANIA, if they are on all-night, and WRTH 2015 says they are. Checked some other 9-kHz Eurafrican channels in the 600s and 700s, but nothing else (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGESTE)

UNIDENTIFIED. 7270, Dec 22 at 1407, poor signal with talk, maybe Chinese but not sure; not // 7365 or 7385 which are CNR1 (7365 not a jammer, 7385 a jammer), altho possibly could be way out of synch with 7270, which is losing out by 1417. Question is whether this is Voice of China clandestine via Taiwan, or PBS Nei Menggu in Mongolian (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. 10000, no further KWN55 QRM to WWV noted Dec 22 or 23, tho I made only a few sporadic chex. On Dec 23 around 1430, not even WWVH or WWV audible on 10000, but 9980 WWCR BS blasting in and desensitizing receivers. FCC should never have allowed them even that close to WWV, altho beyond the `protected` SF band. WWV back up to VG level at 1511. Meanwhile, replies to my previous reports: (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

Glenn, Thanks for your email, and your report of the interference on WWV, 10 MHz. We've heard from a number of listeners about this interference issue. The FCC has been contacted and they are investigating. Sincerely, (Glenn Nelson, National Institute of Standards and Technology, Radio Stations WWV/WWVB, Dec 21 to gh, via DXLD)

We had some US Military SIGNIT [SIGINT?] recently with both local AWOS & NOAA WX broadcasts on 7714.1 USB. Might be something along that line, with 10 MHz accidentally plugged into a frequency set (Jack L. Metcalfe - Stanford, KY, Software Radio Laboratory QS1R (x2) & RFSpace Cloud-IQ SDRs, Icom IC-R8500, Icom IC-R75 (x2), Icom IC-R5, Uniden BCD996T, BCD996XT, AOR AR8200, 342' Long Wire & 131' Inverted L Sloper HF Antennas, SAMCO SAM-360 Yagi, Kreco D-150AN & GP-151AN VHF/UHF Antennas, Dec 21, UDXF yg via DXLD)

SIGINT involves RECEIVING signals, not transmitting anything; Electronic Warfare involves transmitting and jamming. I am a former Navy CTM (William Knight, dxldyg via DX LISTENING DIGEST)

Jack, heard the same thing yesterday here in NNJ, very strong signal. 
When heard this I went to shut off the VHF rig and did a "Duh??" moment when I saw it was already off. Took a few moments for my feeble brain to comprehend that the signal was on top of WWV. Made me laugh though (Paul, Dec 21, UDXF yg via DXLD)

I heard this last night, and when the NOAA WX station was on WWV's audio it also sounded like a phone ringing. And every time the NOAA audio ended with a beep. I tried hearing where the NOAA station said the tower was located but that part was pretty rough copy; conditions weren't that great last night. Any time I can't hear WWV on 10 MHz with good levels means propagation is pretty poor. When I heard it, I was adjusting the frequency calibration on my SDR dongle using WWV, and thought the dongle or my HF upconverter was screwing up. The audio started right after I had clicked to move the frequency up a bit. Our local weather station is just a few miles away, but it usually uses the female "Misty" voice. – (Tom Sevart N2UHC, St. Paul, KS, Dec 21, UDXF yg via DXLD)

Now 2224z near Chicago, something on USB (only) mixing with WWV on 10 MHz. "Iron Mike" type voice, typical of NWS on VHF but can't quite make it out. Sounds like a looped recording. Will stay tuned (Rich, Near Chicago, Ray, Drake R8 and Wellbrook 1530 at 28', Dec 21, dxldyg via DX LISTENING DIGEST)

I have a possible explanation: About 20 years ago I was involved in a similar situation. One of my customers, Bellcore, set-up a nationwide HF network of 100 and 1000W HF transceivers for disaster recovery. They programmed channels on one or more of their radios to WWV for time/frequency checks. One of the radios had some kind of a power or remote control glitch and went by itself to 10 MHz and became continuously keyed down with an open carrier! 

Since their drills were only once a month or so, this condition went on for days (or weeks?) until someone complained and the FCC tracked it down. Bellcore was contacted and it was promptly turned off. We could never track down exactly why it happened but Bellcore made sure that in the future that WWV was programmed as a receive-only channel!
I can speculate that a similar situation is how the currently offending radio is on 10 MHz but that certainly doesn't explain the NWS audio. However, I suppose there could be an open microphone at the location picking up NWS coming from another radio? I listened to the recordings and it seems there may be some other noise in the background, which could give some credence to this theory.

Certainly today there are hundreds of commercial/gov't HF radios out there that could potentially create this situation. However, most of them are now in the ALE (Automatic Link Establishment) mode constantly sounding their frequencies. The FCC doesn't have the resources they had 20 years ago so it may take them a lot longer to locate the transmitter! (Bob LaRose, San Diego CA, Dec 22, dxldyg via DX LISTENING DIGEST)

Glen[n], Others may have not caught it but there has been a station on 5000 kHz frequency of WWV from time to time for at least the last week. It's weak but it is there. We thought it was an issue with the vintage receiver we were using but checked it on our newer radios and it was there also. In addition yesterday for a time there was also a station with WWV on 15000. It's not WWVH we are hearing, this we hear are people talking and at times music. Regards (Thomas Dorman, Dec 22, dxldyg via DX LISTENING DIGEST) 

Music on standard frequencies could be the Italian faux-time station ``Italcable`` (Glenn Hauser, DX LISTENING DIGEST) 

This report dispatched at 1737 UT December 23