giovedì 23 febbraio 2017

Glenn Hauser logs February 22-23, 2017

** BRAZIL. 6180 & 11780, Feb 22 at 0736, RNB/RNA is still AWOL.

11780, Feb 22 at 2100, JBA carrier, gradually fading in until 2120 I can tell it`s in Brazuguese, so RNA/RNB is reactivated after about a week. Much better by 2159 with ACI from 11775 Anguilla which hasn`t quite signed off yet. After 2200 news in the clear. 

`A Voz do Brasil` government hour should have been running at 21-22 during DST, but Brazil resumed standard time UT-3 except in the West, on Feb 19, so now the `live` time is 22-23 UT again. Nothing audible now on 6180, and at 0030 Feb 23 recheck, nothing but weak CRI to be heard there. 11780 remains on, S9+10/20 at 0710 and no 6180 reactivated yet (Glenn Hauser, OK, WORLD OF RADIO 1686, DX LISTENING DIGEST) 

** BRAZIL. 11924.994, Feb 23 at 0708, Portuguese from R. Bandeirantes, which has tweaked its transmitter much closer to nominal frequency after being up to 200 Hz high a lot of the time; ID in passing at 0710 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CHINA. 5979, Feb 23 at 1357, JBA carrier, so PBS Gannan is still stuck on this strange off-frequency, ex-5970; it`s the CNR-11 service in Tibetan & Chinese, from site Hezuo which is in N Central China, between Baoji and Xining (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CHINA [and non]. 7545, Feb 23 at 1408, music mixed with CNR1 talk jamming // 6125. It`s VOA Cantonese via Tinang, PHILIPPINES at 13-15 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) See also JAPAN

** CUBA. 9330, Wed Feb 22 at 0728, spy numbers alternating with digital blasts, usual very strong signal from a shared RHC transmitter, 100 or 250 kW? Helpful to spies with crummy SW radios. The voice parts are on AM, equally USB and LSB. Not a trace of WBCQ on extended BSchedule, but could well be on and not propagating / totally buried by espionage. (Spies have to be up all night, by definition.) Recheck 24 hours later at 0703 Feb 23, neither station on 9330, i.e.:

Ivo Ivanov explains scheduling change as of Feb 22 for 
``NUMBERS STATIONS Cuban Spy HM01 in 9 MHz, new start and new end of transmissions:
xx55-xx20 broadcasts 25'; xx20-xx25 open carrier/dead air;
xx25-xx50 broadcasts 25'; xx50-xx55 change of frequencies:
0655-0750 9330 secret/hidden tx Su/Mo/We/Fr Spanish AM, strong signal
0755-0850 9065 secret/hidden tx Su/Mo/We/Fr Spanish AM, heavy QRM RTTY
0855-0950 9240 secret/hidden tx Su/Mo/We/Fr Spanish AM, fair to good
0955-1050 9155 secret/hidden tx Su/Mo/We/Fr Spanish AM, weak to fair``

** CUBA [and non]. 7435, Feb 23 at 1406, FE station with Cuban pulse jamming. It`s Commies vs Commies vs Commies! CRI in Russian the victim (but also in Nepali from another site), while R. Martí finished at 1400; its full 7435 sked is 23-01, 02-07, 12-14. Altho Aoki as*erisks ChiCom jamming, it does not flag CubaCom jamming, which certainly applies to all Martí frequencies (except when slow to catch up with a seasonal QSY) (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** INDONESIA. 3325, Feb 23 at 1324, music at S9-S7, presumed RRI Palangkaraya; nothing on 3345-, so Ternate must be off already (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** JAPAN. 3925, Thursday Feb 23 at 1330, R. Nikkei One, opening weekly American English lesson at S9+10/20, // 6055 at S9+10 and weaker 9595 at S7-S5. Text is from recent news stories about Trump & Abe, etc. Each expression by OM is explained by YL in Japanese along the way. Recheck at 1358, half-hour show is closing ``until next week`; the American guy is named Jesse.

3945, Thu Feb 23 at 1329, R. Nikkei Two with conversation in Japanese at S9+10, so I look for its //s on 6115 and 9760, but NO signals there which would certainly be heard if on, as RN1 is propagating on both bands. HFCC shows 6115 stops at 1000 and 9760 at 0800, while the three RN1 frequencies are registered as available, if not used, 24 hours. 

WRTH 2017 has different scheduling for RN2: Sun-Thu 2300-1400, Fri & Sat 2300-0900 (9760 -0800). So 6115 should have been on until 1400 this Thursday. But Aoki shows 6115 only until 1000 weekdays, 0900 weekends. And 9760 only until 0800 daily.

3945 had no het or CCI from Vanuatu, should it have been on this late. When DXing that, it`s important to differentiate it from Nikkei2, if during hours when its //s are active (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** JAPAN. 6190, Feb 23 at 1400, NHK theme and opening Chinese, good with NO jamming; Aoki confirms no *jamming. Why not? Does this mean Japan does not send China any hard news? It`s a badge of honor to be jammed by the ChiCom. We know the two Asian powers are at odds in many ways (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** KOREA NORTH [non]. 5935, Thu Feb 23 at 1355, Sea Breeze in English is still here at S9-S7 from JAPAN. Probably another QSY by next week (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** MADAGASCAR. 17640, Feb 22 at 1845, the reliable good signal from MWV in English prompts me to look for parasitic spurs as have been coming out from the 11610 Chinese broadcast after 21 UT --- but none found on or near plus/minus 258 kHz from 17640.

11945, Feb 22 at 1938, MWV Arabic good but with flutter, and again no spurs located around 258 kHz from this (Glenn Hauser, OK, WORLD OF RADIO 1866, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** OKLAHOMA. 910, Feb 23 at 1307 UT, military medley on piano catches my ear, Anchors Aweigh, Marine Hymn, 1309 into vocal hymn solo and loops E/W, so presumably KVIS Miami, monarchists` ``King`s Vision`` (Glenn Hauser, Enid, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** OKLAHOMA [and non]. RF TV channel 48, February 22 at 1530 UT, yay! Still ONE NTSC analog station operating around here, but visible only with tropo enhancement, which is big per Bill Hepburn`s maps, possibly extending from here to Michigan, but at least with my antenna aimings, have to be satisfied with closer stuff. 

48 is KOCY-LP Oklahoma City, per with 18.1 kW, and a CP for 15 kW from exactly the same site, 35-37-51, 97-29-30, why? Programming is Estrella TV but including large full-screen local IDs, // and almost synchro with the full power KTUZ-RF 29 transmitter but virtually remapped as ``48-1``. Estrella TV is the low-brow SS network with more T&A than the others, and that guy in a clown costume hosting a talkshow. Real ch 48 signal is weak, sometimes with no audio. I tune thru the entire UHF and VHF bands on the analog TV looking for any other NTSC, but none found. Are there any others still operational in the OKC market? Or anywhere in OK? So switch to DTV DX:

At 1530, RF 26 has KTEN Ada in well, as 10-1 KTENNBC, 10-2 KTENCW, and 10-3 KTENABC. Caught a local weather break-in to Today Show.

At 1535, RF 11, KOED Tulsa is in solid with the four OETA channels, while ``our`` // 13 KETA is breaking up as usual. Signal quality meter shows it constantly fluxuating up and down even under dead conditions, no possible CCI.

Zenith STB bandscan around 1535-1540 UT gets all these BAD signals too weak to decode: 8, 12, 14, 19, 21, 22, 28, 31, 36, 38, 42, 44, 47. And these `locals` are not making it either, obviously due to DX QRM: 15, 17 Enid, 23, 27, 46. (As for K17JN-D, the six-channel 3ABN satellator, it`s still very much on, altho makes it DK17JN as if Deleted!)

At 1541, RF 18 bears KFSM-DT 5-1, NBC from Fort Smith AR, along with 5-2 KXNW-DT 34 with a 34 bug in LR, listed as MyNetwork; and 5-3 as AntTV. City-to-city distance for my `greatest` DX now is 333 km = 207 miles.

Also on RF 20, 19-1 KQCW-HD = CW Tulsa

On RF 45, my Sanyo screen remaps to 6-1 without showing or hearing anything, yet labeled as KSN-HD, which is the RF-45 in Wichita, really 3-1! Same on 6-2 and 6-3. Then at 1553, RF 45 = 6-1, KOTV Tulsa is black and silent, ``scrambled program`` --- ha ha, another defect of this TV set; not transmitted scrambled but confused by DX CCI. Its OTA DTV tuner is much less sensitive than the Zenith STB, and does not display any signal meter, nor will it tune up and down thru each channel, only from what has been auto-programmed not during a DX opening.

 Also ``scrambled program`` are 6-2 labeled as KQCW-SD, and 6-3 as NewsOn6. Note that CW is on both RF 20 and RF 45 in Tulsa, why? They will soon have to dispense with everything on 45. At 1647, RF 45 is now remapping to 3-1 ``scrambled program``, i.e. KSNW Wichita which is certainly NOT scrambled. Enough of that, as tropo is burning off this morning.

Next morning, Feb 23, similar situation as we are just beyond the western boundary of a slightly enhanced tropo area. (This is to be a near-record February day with highs in the 80s!)

At 1523 UT I start by checking analog 48, and KOCY-LP OKC with Estrella TV is in much better than 24 hours ago --- BUT the transmitter keeps dumping off the air for about a minute and back on, e.g. approx.: -1527*, *1528-1529*, 1530-1539*, 1540-1541*, *1542-1544*, etc. etc. No such interruptions on DTV simulcast via RF 29, KTUZ as 48-1. Real 48 fades out around 1630.

Bandscan finds these BAD ones around 1530-1533: 28, 31, 34, 35, 36, 45, 47; also 21, 19, 12. All of these could be Okies if not adjacents.

At 1533-1537 UT I survey RF 42, KBZC-LD OKC with its multichannels, before it fades into BAD. All of them show same PSIP ID as KBZC-LD, so one must look for bugs elsewhere to figure out what each of 7 channels carries:
42-1, ? [rabbitears shows American Sports Network]
42-2, Live from Studio 6B [re: Tuff TV]
42-3, game show, unknown [re: BUZZR] [does that lead to KBZC calls?]
42-4, Country LR bug [re: The Country Network]
42-5, QVCover [re: plain QVC]
42-6, QVCPlus
42-7, another shopper with jewelry, LC [re: Shop LC]
This signal is normally invisible here. agrees with the subchannel lineup on this 7.2 kW ERP station, explaining that LC means Liquidation Channel (Glenn Hauser, Enid, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SOLOMON ISLANDS. 5020, Feb 23 at 1343, SIBC music at S9-S7, another extended broadcast (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SOMALILAND [and non]. 7120, Feb 23 at 1401, tune-in to JBA S5 carrier from R. Hargeisa via longpath just in time to hear it cut off at 1401:42*. Then I check for higher 41mb AM carriers. Eritreans are still gone below 7200. 7205, presumed Sudan. 7236.925, presumed Ethiopia (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SOUTH CAROLINA [non]. 11825, Feb 22 at 1427, Brother Scare on WRMI is talking about being on 5765 and 5015, which were canceled almost two months ago, and on 6000 --- apparently a listener report from UK, and he also mentions Bulgaria/Romania in same breath as a relay site. As far as we know it`s only Bulgaria now (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 4517-USB, Thu Feb 23 at 1337, another AF MARS net, NCS adding a check-in to the lineup, but nothing more heard for a three minutes except CODAR; move on (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 5346.5-USB, Feb 23 at 1346, one side of ham QSO about running over cats, musing that might should switch to 80m; finally a call mentioned, tentatively KP5GM, not sure whether the one heard or unheard (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 5394.5-USB, Feb 23 at 1351, MARS net with abbr`d calls 5AP, 5BR, 5PM/T, and finally a full call AAR5ED but unheard (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 10000, 5000, 2500, 15000, Feb 22 at 1450-1453 checks, WWV is not a no-show for scheduled electrical upgrade outage, i.e. I am still hearing it (and on 5000 also WWVH). Perhaps the breaks have been intermittent as I am not listening for this all days Feb 21 & 22. May not be WWV`s fault as the contractor may have rescheduled the whole thing, but WWV should have kept us up to date with the announcements at :04 past every hour (Glenn Hauser, OK, WORLD OF RADIO 1866, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A [and non]. WORLD OF RADIO 1865 monitoring: confirmed, Wednesday February 22 at 1422, the 1415.5 broadcast on WRMI 9955, S7-S4, and // 6855, S5-S4, no jamming on either. Also confirmed Wed Feb 22 from 2200:05 on WBCQ 7490, poor-fair. Financial Survival ended at 2159:40 ``It`s so sad``, but then fill music instead of WBCQ ID. Also confirmed UT Thu Feb 23 at 0030 on WBCQ, 9329.89v-CUSB, fair.

WORLD OF RADIO 1866 confirmed first SW airing Thursday February 23 at 1230 on WRMI, checked at 1256 with 6855 at S9-S7, 9955 at S9+10 to S9 with no jamming. Next:
Thu 2130   WRMI 11580 to NE
Fri 0030   WBCQ 9330v-CUSB to WSW
Fri 2230   WRMI 11580 to NE, 6855 to WNW, 5950 to S
Sat 0030   WBCQ 9330v-CUSB to WSW
Sat 0730   HLR 6190-CUSB to WSW
Sat 1530   HLR 7265-CUSB to WSW
Sat 2030v  WA0RCR 1860-AM ND
Sat 2330   WBCQ 9330v-CUSB to WSW
Sun 0410v  WA0RCR 1860-AM ND
Sun 1130   HLR 9485-CUSB to SW
Mon 0030   WBCQ 9330v-CUSB to WSW
Mon 0400v  WBCQ 5130v Area 51 to WSW
Mon 0430   WRMI 9955 to SSE
Tue 0030   WBCQ 9330v-CUSB to WSW
Tue 0030   WRMI 7730 to WNW
Tue 1200   WRMI 9955 to SSE, 6855 to WNW
Tue 2130   WRMI 15770 to NE, 6855 to WNW
Tue 2300   WRMI 9955 to SSE
Wed 0030   WBCQ 9330v-CUSB to WSW
Wed 1030   WRMI 5850 to NW, 6855 to WNW
Wed 1415.5 WRMI 9955 to SSE, 6855 to WNW
Wed 2200   WBCQ 7490v to WSW
Thu 0030   WBCQ 9330v-CUSB to WSW

** UZBEKISTAN. 5855, Feb 23 at 1354, conversation in unknown language, S7-S9, and by now 5850 WRMIBS about to sign off is weak enough not to ACI it. HFCC and Aoki show this semihour only is BBC Bengali via Tashkent.

7600, Feb 23 at 1408, VP undermodulated talk at S9; Aoki shows BBC Hindi at 1400-1430 via Tashkent (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. Trans-Pacific JBA MW carrier search Feb 23 at 1259-1302 UT, all from NW, i.e. Japan, Korea: 774, 747, 594, 1566. LSR here 1309 UT, to surpass 1300 in one week (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. 9425-LSB, Feb 22 at 0740, very poor 2-way INTRUDERS, maybe in Indonesian or similar (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

This report despatched at 2011 UT February 23