martedì 21 giugno 2016

Glenn Hauser logs June 18-19-20, 2016

** ARGENTINA. 15343.94, UT Monday June 20 at 0118, R. Nacional is still on here, only S3-S4 but good modulation level in Spanish. So much for expanding external RAE to daily (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** AUSTRALIA. 17840, 15240 and 15415, June 20 at 0121, NO signals from the three R. Australia frequencies. The first two are normally fair to good, and should at least be detectable if really on the air, especially since only neighbor 15720 RNZI [q.v.] is good, S7-S9 at 0123. What`s happened to Shepparton this time? All three still missing at 0159. Recheck at 0558, now all three are back on, 15240 & 17840 at S9+10, 15415 at S6. Were any other outages noted this weekend, on the `night` frequencies 9580, 12065, 12085? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** BRAZIL. 11764.651, June 18 at 0551, SRDA Curitiba is finally reactivated! It`s been absent for several weeks, and I have always been alert for this tell-tale split frequency carrier on almost nightly bandscans. Weak screaming gospel huxter in Brazuguese via the R-75 has got to be this. 

Then a quick check of all the other off-frequency ZYs finds these on and propagating, without measuring their offness: 11935v, 11925v, 11855v, 9820v, 9725v, 9665v, 9645v; and maybe 9565, which has a big problem with the Cuban jammers which won`t turn off long after Radio Martí is finished with this frequency.

11764.63, June 20 at 0135, SRDA`s JBA carrier here on the NRD-545 buried in heavy splash from 11760 RHC. Just before that from 0131 I checked out other ZYs, starting with 11934.9, Rádio RB2, which was missing, yet other 25ms detectable: 11925.2 S1, 11854.9 JBA carrier, 11815.0 VP S2 music, presumed R. Brasil Central now active but as usual inaudible on // 4985 if on under all the RTTY; 11780.0 is S9+20 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA. 11760, Sunday June 19 at 1645 on BST-1 caradio, memory search stops on some African hilife music? What`s this? Before I can get a frequency readout in Morse code, RHC ID in Spanish, on the *only* frequency they keep running at midday.

11670, UT Monday June 20 at 0137, RHC `En Contacto` DX program with usual opener list of birthday greetings, especially for Fathers` Day, which this is in Cuba, always third Sunday in June (! Just like USA --- who is copying whom? As for Mothers` Day, not all Latin countries match USA dates). Then monthly DX report from Spain. 11670 is as usual overmodulated/distorted but this time splattering out only plus/minus 30 or so, impacting the 11650 unID, q.v. Also // 11760 with better modulation (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** EGYPT. 9964.86, June 20 at 0144, R. Cairo is S9+25 but just barely modulated in Arabic, with whine, and frequency seems to be wobbling just a bit.

9315.0, June 20 at 0156, R. Cairo open carrier/dead air except for some hum but no noise, maybe JBM prior to 0200 alleged English (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** GUYANA. 3290, June 20 at 0215, not even a carrier from VOG, which is usually all I can get; could be off? Noisy summer, but 3320 South Africa is still making it at S6 = QRN level (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** IRELAND NORTHERN [non]. 9955, UT Monday June 20 at 0145, WRMI is S9+20 with digital beeping, so I figure it`s another broadcast of DigiDX, but no --- goes right into rock music, which continues until 0157 ID with address as; then playing classic Radio Moscow IS and opening broadcast with news headlines, repeated; 0159 RNI ID and its Lincolnshire Poacher IS (also poached) until 0159:30 cut to canned WRMI ID, 0200 to Radio Praga. Radio Northern Ireland is in fact on the 9955 sked as UT Mondays 0130-0200 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** MADAGASCAR [and non]. 9665, June 20 at 0153, no trace of MWV, just the Brazilian on 9664.94 with Portuguese gospel huxter. So another missing transmission, or just not propagating? I check the next one:

6190, June 20  at 0203, S7 MWV is here in scheduled Spanish --- but dumps off the air at 0204*. So still having transmitter problems (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** NEWFOUNDLAND. 6159.95, UT Monday June 20 at 0204, one of the CBCs with weather for various regions --- at first I thought those sounded like BC but must have been Labrador, too early for CKZU and there is only one signal now. Weather right after news on the hour is typically the best/only time for local breaks from CBC. 0205 starting a show about Glenn Gould playing Bach (what else?). Checking the CBC Radio One sked, it must have been `Backstage with Ben Heppner` scheduled for Sundays 11 [sic] pm Atlantic time; and CKZN runs on AT rather than one semihour ahead as in Newfoundland. CBC website does not want to load info on this episode but searching indicates Heppner has featured Gould in the past and this is probably a summer repeat. Low modulation of RHC English on 6165 helps a lot (also 6000); thank you, Arnie!  Recheck at 0610 UT, now there are two signals a few Hz apart, indicating CKZU is also propagating, but I`m only hearing one with any audio. BTW, Alan Roe could add a lot of CBC shows to his Music on Shortwave schedules, if he wanted to bother with these low-power outlets, mostly scheduled four hours apart, which can achieve a North American if not European audience (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** NEW ZEALAND. 15719.97, June 20 at 0123, RNZI at S7-S9 interviewing an ex-rugby coach for NZ but with an American(?) accent, about missing a Hong Kong game or something. I`m checking this for propagation since Australia is AWOL, must be off the air, and take the opportunity to measure RNZI, which I have noticed is always somewhat off-frequency.

6170, June 20 at 1300, RNZI is S9+10, presumably having just switched to this from 9700, unlike June 17 when both were running in AM before and after 1300 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** NIGERIA. 7254.950, June 18 at 0558, VON drumming IS, S9+10, 0600 sign-on in Hausa (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** NORTH AMERICA. UNIDENTIFIED. 3278.50-AM, June 20 at 0216, my 90m bandscan with NRD-545 uncovers something very strange: very poor S6 signal is equal to or less than the storm noise level, and I can only copy a few words here and there. Sounds like a lecture about WW II, in matter-of-fact tone, rather than an archived news report. Reminds me of the historic ``Nixon`` pirate (first VP inauguration was in 1953, not 1952y), but not in a repeating loop. 0220 mentions Congress of United States, declaration of war with Japan. Maybe slightly more readable in LSB mode. Assume a pirate. (Nothing on 3250 from WBCQ presumably still pending repairs.) Still going at 0256 when I`m on the R75 with much different antenna, but about the same reception. Posted ASAP after 0300 to the DXLD yg, but no replies of anyone else hearing it. Nor any reports of it or anything on 3278 ever in HFUnderground or Freeradiocafé (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)  

** OKLAHOMA. 90.7, June 18 at 1600 UT, ``The Voice of Northern Oklahoma College, KAYE, Tonkawa, The Source``. Can`t get it in Enid, so whenever I pass by Tonkawa I check for it. It`s 1.2 kW at only 20 meters HAAT. Never hear it airing anything but rock, presumably a student plaything, nothing like a real public radio station; and so anyway it is on during summer session. WTFDA DB agrees on The Source slogan (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** OKLAHOMA. 107.5, June 19 at 1844 UT, near Tonkawa OK, where KOSN Ketchum-Tulsa is still barely audible on caradio, I compare it to KOSU 91.7 Stillwater direct on the PL-880, and find that KOSN is running about 5 seconds *ahead* of base station. That`s because KOSU analog is deliberately delayed to match its IBOC HD1 channel which no one listens to but which makes noisy blobs at each side. And per IDs, KOSN does not have any ``HD``. I`m also still getting the newish translator on 94.9 in Ponca City, 250-watt K235CG and find it exactly synchronized with 91.7, so is it taking an off-air analog feed? It is never mentioned in hourly canned IDs, but occasional promos about it. 

BTW, I see the WTFDA DB for KOSU 91.7 still does not mention it is ``Crazy-Smart Radio`` with nighttime split personality as ``The Spy`` -- indie-Okie music, forget about that square NPR stuff still inhabiting the daytime, thankfully. They don`t even break for NPR or BBC news on the hour overnight (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** RUSSIA. 9996-CW, June 20 at 0142, second pips at S2, prolonged one at 0143:00, and during following minute some of them are doubled. Of course, it`s RWM Moskva (Taldom site). I always wonder about the details of its schedule which are not in WRTH, but maybe in the website linked:

Fortunately they provide a speedier English version, 
but it`s all about the multiple funxions of the agency. Guess what, if you search that site on RWM you get zero hits! The Official RF Time link has no details either: (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** TURKEY. 9830.0, June 20 at 0148, nice music at S9, what`s this? Normally nothing here. O! It`s // weaker S5 9870, so once again La Voz de Turquía dozing operator at Emirler has failed to change frequency on this transmitter from the 22-23 UT one for English to North America; now supposed to be on 9770 where there is nothing now (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** UGANDA [non]. 15240, Sunday June 19 at 1625, WWRB is already Ugandan. The weekends-only ``African`` service had been starting circa 1600 UT but with other programming. Now it sounds just like Radio Munansi, which had been on at 17-19 UT, so expanded to three hours? On the road in OK, I check each hour, and find same-sounding Luganda? talk is still going at 1700, 1825, 1859, until usual canned sign-off by YL at 1900 until 1901* (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. WORLD OF RADIO 1830 monitoring: confirmed Saturday June 18 at 2230 on WBCQ 9330-CUSB. Also confirmed UT Sunday June 19 at 0335 on WA0RCR, 1860-AM, Wentzville MO, as I am talking about the Tajikistan harmonix, which means it started at about 0312. Reception is as to be expected easier in Bartlesville than Enid, no problem with PL-880 and built-in telescopic. Also confirmed Sunday June 19 at 2330 on WBCQ, 9329.970-CUSB on the R-75. Also confirmed UT Monday June 20 after 0030 on WRMI 7730, S9+30. Also confirmed UT Monday June 20 from 0302:33.5 on Area 51 via WBCQ 5129.922, S7. Also confirmed UT Monday June 20 at 0330 on WRMI 9955, good. Next:
Mon 2330   WBCQ 9330v-CUSB to WSW
Tue 1100   WRMI 9955 to SSE
Tue 2130   WRMI 15770 to NE
Tue 2330   WBCQ 9330v-CUSB to WSW
Wed 1315.5 WRMI 9955 to SSE
Wed 2100   WBCQ 7490v to WSW
Wed 2330   WBCQ 9330v-CUSB to WSW

** U S A. 5129.9, UT Monday June 20 at 0212, JBA carrier if any, as WBCQ is apparently off. It was OK earlier but not logged as JL was doing one of his fake interviews with a gun nut(?) --- playing a statement by the victim and interjecting his own contrary comments, which are not replied to explicitly. Anyhow signal absence bodes ill for WORLD OF RADIO coming up in less than an hour. But at 0228 JL is back on at S7. At 0258 WBCQ is still OK on 5129.922 with Area 51, JL running a bit over until WOR starts at 0302:33.5. I hope it stayed on for at least 29 minutes (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 5050, UT Monday June 20 at 0126, WWRB is on at S9+35 with gospel huxter in English; still at 0213 with gospel huxtress in English. This frequency is now active only on UT Sun & Mon. See also UGANDA [non] (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 12105, June 20 at 0129-0131+, WTWW-3 is open carrier, dead air, except for some kind of background noise, S9+32 signal wasted. Still so at 0150; lite noise bursts at 0200 with no more modulation than that and off at 0200:55*; while WTWW-1 is OK on 9475 at 0150, and on 5830 after 0200; and WTWW-2 off (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 880, June 19 at 0436 UT, Spanish sermon backed by ranchera music, loops N/S on the PL-880, and fades from dominant to out; 0504 UT apparent live YL DJ praiser, ID in passing as R. Aleluya on 88.1, but on 880 this is really KJOZ Conroe TX. So it`s non-commercial? WTFDA FM DB shows 88.1 would be KQUE-FM in Bay City TX (Houston market) only 3.6 kW at 437m HAAT, must be on some TV tower. But co-channel on same frequency is its own KFTG in Pasadena with 700 watts, and two translators of that! Aleluya`s only full-power 100 kW signal is 89.7 KTYR Trinity TX; among a bunch of other FM and AM outlets. BTW, KQUE used to be call of a major English commercial FM in Houston (not AlbuQUErQUE). 

880 is one signal making it into my hotel room in Bartlesville OK (for one day of the OK Mozart Festival), where conditions are noticeably different than Enid, with KRVN NE normally dominant (or KHAC at right angle). KJOZ is 10/1 kW U4. NRC AM Pattern Book shows decimated night signal favors the west, and day pattern the north, so guess what? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) 

UNIDENTIFIED. 11650, June 20 at 0139, talk at S5, seems Arabic, leading to Radio Sultanate of Oman which has been here in the past --- but not one of their frequencies registered at all for A-16. What is listed is: CRI in Chinese via Urumqi, but this is not Chinese. Gone at 0158 recheck. I know I was getting RSO earlier, June 19 circa 1700 on 15140, as BST-1 caradio memory stopped on its Arabic before RHC`s hours. Now 11650 suffers from the filthy 11670 RHC transmitter splattering; LSB tuning helps a little bit (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

This report dispatched at 2216 UT June 20