martedì 23 agosto 2016

Glenn Hauser logs August 21-22-23, 2016

** ALBANIA. 7475, Aug 23 at 0119, no signal from R. Tirana, where Shijak site was planning to test a night or two, to be sure it would work for the B-16 schedule: still on 9855-, with IS already on in humroar at S5 level. Maybe tomorrow, or whenever they get around to it: if 9855 be missing, try 7475. Also checked at 0230, in case they test at that hour, but neither on then. And during other N American broadcast, Albanian hour Aug 22 was still on 9855 at 2334 check. I`m afraid the same humroar will be heard on 7475; besides that, the single 100 kW Shijak transmitter is running no more than 50% power.

Or maybe the 7475 test won`t be during NAm broadcasts at all. Christian Milling of Shortwave Service in Germany says:

``7475 was on the air yesterday during the German programming at 19h30 UTC. The transmission had the same buzz-noise problem as before. As I already wrote to Mr. Mema, Eng. of the transmission centre in Shijak, I suspect the modulator to be the culprit.

"I've made some soundanalysis and came to the conclusion that the humming doensn't come from the AC power supply as it is not sinus-formed or from the Studio. It's more triangular or sawtooth-like. As far as I know you are using the Chinese BBEF transmitters at Shijak. They have a PDM-Modulator. The humming is typical when the modulator or the filter has a defect`` (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** AUSTRALIA. 17839.96, Aug 23 at 0153, RA is good, and off-frequency have noticed before but not bothered to measure. // 15240 is very poor, and // 15415 a JBA carrier, both much less than 15720 NZ as well (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA. 9530, Aug 23 at 0127, R. Progreso is S7 and quite readable here on 2 x 4765 with matching ``Reportero R-P`` programming; best heard yet on 9530, and no jamming either, but need LSB tuning to avoid RHC 9535: such frequency planning, Arnie! Also a good time to look for third harmonic of 4765, and there it is! On 14295 intruding into 20m hamband, at S2-S3 also with // audio. But not audible on 19060 = 4 x 4765. I bet some fraxion of signal is radiating there too, but not enough MUF (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)  

** EAST TURKISTAN. 9470, Aug 23 at 0122, CRI English is S5, stronger than attenuated 9475 WTWW; IDed by // 9570 Albania relay which is slightly ahead of 9470; but 9470 is considerably ahead of 9580 Cuba. 9470 is one of countless 500 kW, 308 degree transmissions from Kashgar for Europeans, who can`t get enough of CRI even at 2, 3 in the morning (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** EGYPT. 9343, Aug 23 at 0120, S5 motorboating pulses, seems same rate tho much weaker than on S9 9315, with no program modulation whatsoever.

12085, Aug 23 at 0149, R. Cairo is already on in Qur`an, S6, some hum but not bad; 9745 is also on with wobbling carrier at S2, no program modulation audible. After 0200 both are scheduled as Abis, 250 kW at 315 degrees, so I figured they were alternates from same transmitter; before 0200, 9745 is on 241 degrees, and I thought went off to 12085 at 0200. But obviously two transmitters are involved now (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** OKLAHOMA. 1640, KZLS heard in Argentina: See USA: WTNI log

** SPAIN. 15500, Sun Aug 21 at 2251, S9+10 open carrier/dead air - surely it`s REE on late past normal 2200*, yet failing to modulate. 17855 is also still on and modulating Olympic coverage, much stronger than // 17715 S9, and >> // 15390 S8. 2259 announcement about closing ceremony, 2301 sign-off saying we should stay tuned for the closing but on internet and TDT (DTV), not SW. Then playing IS on all four frequencies until 2305 open carriers; 2312, 17855 is still dead air along with 15500; 2326 check all are off (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** TURKEY. 9770, Aug 22 at 0132 as I am tuning up the 9 MHz band, NO signal from VOT in Spanish, so I bet it`s on the wrong frequency again, 9830 which was last used in English before 2300. Yes! There it is, 9830, S7-S8 at 0132 in Spanish // S5 9870 undermodulated. 

9836 at 0134 has a noise blob, and another one around 9824, so I suspect those are parasites from 9830, but which sounds OK on fundamental. However, at 0156 after 9830 is off, still a blob on 9836 but not 9824. Another suspect source is 9855- Albania which I think has put out such spurs audible in Europe, but normally too weak to carry them on to here (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** UGANDA [non]. 15240-, Sunday August 21 at 1720 tune-in, no signal from R. Munansi via WWRB. But no signal either from 15825 neighbor WWCR, so could it be bad propagation? Its other 3 frequencies, 13845, 12160, 9980 are at normal loud levels. But 1724 recheck, now WWRB is on 15240- in presumed Luganda at VG level, so a momentary break, or totally late coming on today past 1600 or 1700? That means 15825 WWCR must really be AWOL (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A [non]. 6080, Aug 22 at 0609, VOA news in English, VP S5. HFCC shows SAO TOME at 04-07; we hear it much better at 03-04 via Botswana, but at least there`s no stray Cuban pulse jamming audible now (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A [and non]. WORLD OF RADIO 1839 monitoring: confirmed Sunday August 21 at 2330 on WBCQ, 9330.021-CUSB. Also confirmed UT Monday August 22 at 0030 on WRMI, 7730, VG. Also confirmed UT Monday Aug 22 at 0301 on Area 51 webcast, and on WBCQ 5129.861-AM at 0307 check, S9+10. Also confirmed UT Mon Aug 22 at 0330 on WRMI 9955, S9+20, over pulse jamming; tnx a lot, Arnie! Also confirmed Monday Aug 22 at 2330 on WBCQ, 9330.094-CUSB. Next:
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. 7570, UT Monday August 22 at 0100 on WRMI, no show from part 2 of PCJ Radio International`s `From the Archives of Radio Netherlands` as scheduled now per publicity 2-3 weeks ago. Not on 7780 either, the original frequency mixup; nothing but BS. The two-hour special was also missing from its first scheduled airing, Sunday Aug 21 at 0600 UT, to Europe on 7780 nor on 7570, per Alan Gale, UK, also occupied by non-preëmpted Brother HyStairical. Later, Keith Perron says there was a technical problem and both are rescheduled for exactly one week later, Aug 28-29 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 12105, Aug 23 at 0126, WTWW-3 is S3-S4 of dead air. 9475, Aug 23 at 0122, WTWW-1 with SFAW is VP only S4, as post-sunset propagation is really dropping out, but will stay on day frequency until 0200 QSY to 5830 (maybe). Or are they both running way underpowered? 9475 weaker than S5 9470 CRI; see EAST TURKISTAN (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 9605, Aug 23 at 0200, tnx to tip from Claudio Galaz, Chile, condiglista, who heard WHRI here in English until 0300 Aug 21, I keep listening after the KBS World Radio relay in Spanish, and sure enough, it keeps going on 9605, with Onward Christian Soldiers crusading/warmongering theme, and 0202 ID ``now broadcasting on 7315 kHz``, into USA net news. No, you`re not! If I were the staff announcer at WHR, would be PO`d that someone is making me sound like a fool, way out of touch with reality. O, that is the entire mission of WHR, so never mind. Nothing on 7315. 0208 recheck, a promo in Spanish for some gospel huxter promising milagros, then WHR English ID and praise music. WHR`s own schedule indeed shows Angel 1 on 9605 with KBS daily at 01-02, and on 7315 before and after, the 0200-0300 period being own Harvest Show. (But on (UT?) Sunday only, Angel 2 appears on 7315 at 01-02, instead of 5920 before and after). Anyhow, their automation/scheduling for Angel 1 must be screwed up unless this is a late change not yet entered (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A [and non]. 570, Aug 22 at 0531 UT, WNAX news of South Dakota atop KLIF Dallas, unusual; daytime on ND day pattern, groundwave WNAX Yankton is always there under KLIF; night goes NNE with minor lobe SW. Rock music on the side probably from KWML New Mexico, its new ex-sports format. Also in the mix some RRs from Radio Reloj, CUBA (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 820, Aug 22 at 0603 UT after network news, WBAP with local news from Dave Alpert, as I`m still on 820 after trying to ID the Mexican. Would that be the DXer and former ABC newsman Dave Alpert, last known to be in Studio City, California? Or another one (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) 

** U S A. 1010, Aug 23 at 0206 UT, areacodeless phone 751-9360 by some gospel huxter, loops about NNW/SSE, or best with ESPN from Amarillo WSW nulled, with which it makes a fast SAH. Promo for `Turning Point` on KBBW AM 1010 and ##5.7 FM, with two times, one AM, one PM. NRC AM Log 2015 shows the FM is K289BU 105.7, ``Life Changing Radio``. Then talk radio with a lifestyle coach. KBBW is Waco TX, believe a new one here, which should not be that rare with 10/2.5 kW U4. But let`s look at the NRC Pattern Book: day has major lobe south, minor lobes north. Night has two tight little lobes to WNW and SSE, which makes the minor day lobe better for us. Official FCC sunset in August was 0115 UT (Sept: 0030 UT). Apparently BBW here does not mean what we and Google might think it means (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 1640, Aug 23 at 0158 UT, with local KZLS nulled, I have no problem hearing ESPN promos, and fast SAH from WTNI Biloxi MS with a TOH ID preceded by one for some FM station --- I thought, but none are listed, not even a translator; rather, its simulcasted sibling is WXBD 1490, also in Biloxi, why? Address for both ``The Champ`` is really Gulfport. Anyhow, such reception thru my local reinforces my suspicion that WTNI is running 10 kW day power at night. 

BTW, KZLS made it all the way to Patagonia, per this DX-pedition:
including a 4-second clip of the KZLS ID, with misunderstood calls:
Altho seldom reported down there beyond WTNI, it`s not too surprising as KZLS has a tight beam SSE toward OKC and beyond, even with only 1 kW at night (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) 

** VIETNAM [non]. 12005, Aug 23 at 0149, VOV is still here via UK, not 6175, Vietnamese at S6, so also for English at 0100 & 0230 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) 

UNIDENTIFIED. 774, Aug 22 at 1156 UT, JBA carrier again, seems from Australia rather than Japan. No other splits audible at sunrise (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. 820, Aug 22 from 0533 UT, Spanish music, mostly romantic vocal, with WBAP nulled as much as possible, making slow SAH like last time. Listened past 0600 UT and never caught any announcement, let alone an ID or slogan, but maybe some appeared in fades, from per John Wilkins, XEABCA in Mexicali, ``Canal 820 ABC Radio``. Not hearing much from it after 0600 UT, off then? There`s the music again at 1158 UT but losing to WBAP by 1200 UT (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

This report dispatched at 0539 UT August 23