mercoledì 30 agosto 2017

Glenn Hauser logs August 30, 2017

** ARGENTINA [non]. 9455 slightly stronger than // 9955, the latter also vs Cuban pulse jamming, Aug 30 at 1150, WRMI relaying RAE, YL in Brazuguese but with Argentine Spanish accent, quite a combination, talking about Mexican universities and arts, also serenaded by piano music bed (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** AUSTRALIA [and non]. 5045.0, Aug 30 at 1121, JBA carrier from presumed Ozy Radio, much weaker than 5020 Solomons. I fear this is not going to get any better here in deep North America. 1156 recheck, now that other slightly stronger carrier on 5045.8 is on again and hetting. Still weaker than something on 5050, China or India. I was about to ask if anyone else has been hearing the 5045.8, but Ron Howard had already responded to my previous report:

``Hi Glenn, It was back on May 17, that I emailed a DXer in Australia
about the fact I had started hearing a decent signal (open carrier) on about 5045.75. Subsequently I have occasionally heard it again, but never for long periods of time. Realized it was just too strong to be associated with any low powered Australian station(s) and must be a utility, which is what you also must have heard today. Never noted with any modulation. Not sure how much QRM, if any, this will generate for Ozy Radio? Ron, San Francisco`` (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CATALUNYA. 7157-LSB, Aug 30 at 0535, EA3BOX calling CQ DX in English, at least six times with no response. ``Blue Ocean Xray``. He`s Joan Solà Vilaseca, Rambla Vidal 39. 3º B, 17220 Sant Feliu de Guixols, Catalunya, Spain [sic]. This late at night we are more likely to hear Iberia than North America on 40 m.

His page bears the colorful independence flag of red and yellow stripes, single white star in a blue triangle, labeled ``Next DXCC Entity: Catalonia``! preceding the Sept 13 referendum (which could result in another civil war?) plus lots of photos of his antennas, etc., and his bare chest.

Yes, it`s about time we jumped the gun on this radio country, at least, altho without any SW broadcasters since Playa de Pals was destroyed. I suggest that those who ever logged and/or QSLed Radio Liberty from there should augment their totals retroactively. Does the ITU have a new callsign block QRX?

Joan`s lema, still in Castilian: ``Discutir con un imbécil, es como montar en bici estática; Te esfuerzas, sudas, te cansas, te agotas y al final no te lleva a ningun lado......`` (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** ETHIOPIA [non]. 5940-, Aug 30 at 0530 checking for the new Somali region station, but it`s really too late; there is a JBA carrier on the lo side, no doubt BRASIL. This frequency is tough with splash from WWCR 5935 unless it is occasionally prop-dropping out (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** GUATEMALA. 4055, Aug 30 at 1130, R. Verdad is S9+10, about normal strength, but just barely modulated, suppressed and distorted. Dr Madrid had sent out a call yesterday for help, since the transmitter was malfunxioning, after an electrical outage, probably caused by a power surge. He couldn`t get it to modulate at normal power level. He`s asking for reports from DXers. Now it also has some SSB QRM nearby, unusual (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** INDONESIA [and non]. 3325, Aug 30 at 1126 music at S6-S4, only hear one station but BFO suggests two. After my TP JBA MW carrier bandscan, check again at 1146, and nothing here! Both NBC Bougainville and RRI must have gone off early.

There remain carriers on 3320 from Korea North at 1146, 3260 from PNG at 1147. Among others: see UNID 3240

Atsunori Ishida`s site is always very useful for Indonesian activity:
He`s logged Palangkaraya every day in August, but no entry yet for Aug 30. Generally it relays Jakarta news at 1200, local news at 1400, off at 1700, all times variable by a few minutes. BTW, the last date he heard Ternate 3345 was July 8 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** MEXICO. 580, Aug 30 at 1136, XEMU with Spanish M&W discussing petrol price rises expected at HEB, Walmart, affecting Piedras Negras, due to TX refinery floodings (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) 

** MEXICO. 820, Aug 30 at 1200 UT, romantic Spanish song, 1203 segué to a norteña, never mind any TOH IDs; weak and makes slow SAH with equally weak & nullable WBAP. Suspect it is the usual XEABCA, Mexicali BCN (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** OKLAHOMA. 1170 +IBOC noise, Aug 30 at 1207 UT, KFAQ Tulsa local talkhost trying to deny that this is a ``failing state`` despite budget crisis, teachers fleeing to Texas, highest female incarceration rate, worst opioid epidemic, etc., etc. (Glenn Hauser, Enid, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** OKLAHOMA. 1520, Aug 30 at 0555 UT, KOKC OKC with Deborah telling fortunes to random callers; oh, make that ``psychic readings`` on `Beyond Reality Radio`. What nonsense they ply us with, M-F at 05-06 UT per sked, which requires expansions to see it all:

BRR is originally a 2-hour show from 04 UT, infesting a number of major stations:
(Glenn Hauser, Enid OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 2097.3-CW, Aug 30 at 1152 UT, beacon ``A`` in Morse code every dekasecond, quite clearly, from Quartzsite AZ. Nice to hear at least one of these QRP beacons, with nothing audible on the 4 or 13 MHz bands for months (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A [and non]. WORLD OF RADIO 1893 monitoring: confirmed Wednesday August 30 after 1315 on WRMI, 9955, S9 and no jamming at 1322; but lite pulse jamming by 1333; tnx a lot, Arnie! Next:
Wed 2100   WBCQ 7490v-AM to WSW
Wed 2330   WBCQ 9330v-CUSB to WSW
Thu 2330   WBCQ 9330v-CUSB to WSW
Fri 2330   WBCQ 9330v-CUSB to WSW
Sat 0630   HLR  6190-CUSB to WSW
Sat 1431   HLR  7265-CUSB to WSW
Sat 1930v  WA0RCR 1860-AM ND
Sat 2230   WBCQ 9330v-CUSB to WSW
Sat 2300   WRMI 11580 to NE
Sun 0200   WRMI 11580 to NE
Sun 0315v  WA0RCR 1860-AM ND
Sun 1030   HLR  9485-CUSB to WSW
Sun 2330   WBCQ 9330v-CUSB to WSW
Mon 0300v  WBCQ 5130v Area 51 to WSW
Mon 0330   WRMI 9955 to SSE
Mon 2330   WBCQ 9330v-CUSB to WSW
Tue 0030   WRMI 7730 to WNW

Full schedule on all outlets:
Audio on demand and linx to podcasts:

** U S A. 9955, Aug 30 at 1345 right after WOR 1893, WRMI with Jeff introducing an aircheck of his 21525 Radio Africa transmitter, recorded on the balcony of some hotel room, South Africa? Sounds like for his own info, rather than a `Viva Miami` produxion as scheduled now; breakfast calls and I don`t have time to listen further. Unfinished `Wavescans` have occasionally made it on air too (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 3185, Aug 30 at 1149, WWRBS is off already, tho had been on at first scan circa 1125; 9370 has a JBA carrier (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 730, Aug 30 at 1134 UT, 85 degree forecast, KLOE ID in passing, back to `America`s First News`. Not that far away at Goodland, NW Kansas, but rarely heard here; now it`s dominant even over XEHB. Not a daytimer but 1000/20 watts U1, also 20 watts PSRA. Guess what: official FCC sunrise in August is 1200 UT; soon to be 1230 UT in September. Note that Goodland is on Mountain time, like most of the westernmost tier of Kansas counties, which might as find themselves in Colorado (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. Trans-Pacific JBA MW carrier search August 30 at 1139-1145: 
Looping WSW: 612, 657, 702 (yesterday typoed as 701), 738, 756, 1035. 
Looping both WSW and NW, or rather no nulls: 774, Australia and Japan
Looping West: 1098
Looping NW only: 747, 828 

738 is interesting, with Tahiti pest out of the way: there is a 50 kW in NSW. 1098 always assumed V7AB Marshalls; NW the bigsigs from NHK Japan. 1035 would like to be Solomons, more powerful than the single Aussie, but weaker than the Enzedder. Nothing detected above 1098, but the higher end, especially 1200-1500 has heavier QRM from all the domestix. 

I don`t spend a lot of time doing this with only the DX-398 internal antenna, as I know I need more gain to succeed. Maybe if I ever get some signs of TP audio I will be motivated to get out of bed and fire up the NRD-545 & Wellbrook (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) 

UNIDENTIFIED. 3240, Aug 30 at 1154 UT, JBA carrier, maybe second harmonic of some 1620, if not a receiver mixing product. Today I make a complete scan of 2000-3400 hoping for some signs of MW harmonix, but no luck beyond locals such as 3280 KZLS. Come on stations, get with it! Among thousands of MW stations there must be at least a few capable of radiating a bit on multiples. Even 2850 North Korea fundamental is a JBA carrier, unless it`s a 3 x 950 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

This report despatched at 1730 UT August 30