lunedì 30 ottobre 2017

Glenn Hauser logs October 29-30, 2017

** BOLIVIA [and non]. 5935, Oct 29 at 2327, usual JBA carrier from possible R. Yura if not Lhasa, and no WWCR to block it: they are probably waiting another week for DST to go off here before re-jiggering their schedule. At 2358, JBA 13845 is announcing QSY to 5935, and WWCR does blast on there just before *2359 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CHINA. 9415, Oct 29 at 2331, Vietnamese talk, after bit of `Love Me Tender` tune, VG S9+25 to S9. Hard to believe this bigsig is, as in HFCC: CRI, 2300-2400, 500 kW, 193 degrees from Beijing site. Off at 0004 Oct 30 recheck. I was on the way to check 9420, finding neither Egypt nor Greece (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CHINA [and non]. 9535, Oct 29 at 2335, Chinese atop music from RHC // 11760, Commies vs Commies! Now 2300-2400 is listed as CRI English, 100 kW, 122 degrees from Kunming to CIRAF 50, which means Philippines and China`s own South China Sea (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA. 11670, Oct 29 at 2353, RHC music is overmodulated and distorted, while 11760 is OK; 13740 also somewhat distorted. See also CHINA [and non] 9535 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** GERMANY. 15780-15785-15790, Oct 29 at 1814, DRM noise, presumed Romania or some major station, but the only thing B-17 HFCC listed on 15785 is 100-watt non-direxional BIX FNA in ERL, i.e. as in NDXC/Aoki A-17, bit eXpress, Erlangen, 24 hours. I never expected to hear it and for once wish I had DRM reception. Is it really 24 hours? I give up trying to find it in WRTH --- no major heading under Germany in International Section. It could be buried somewhere in the 14 pages of state-by-state FM National listings. And EiBi, based in Germany, does not even list it at all! See also SOUTH CAROLINA (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** PERU [and non]. Good news and bad news. 5980 is now occupied by RRI, and it`s DRM spreading out plus/minus 7 kHz, not just 5! It`s not registered with HFCC as `N` = numérique. And on RRI`s own schedule as in DXLD 17-42, not specified as DRM either; and it`s for W Europe, not N America, altho we are right beyond there. So maybe DRM today by mistake.

But that`s good for my Chaski-checking. Despite the noise at S6 level, with BFO I can still detect an AM carrier amid it! If RRI were also in AM, it would not be easy to distinguish them. This carrier cuts off at 2333:44*, so it IS still little Radio Chaski, 7 seconds later than last night (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** ROMANIA. 5973-5980-5987, Oct 29 at 2326, DRM noise, from RRI on new frequency for B-17, listed as NOT DRM, 2300-2400, 300 kW, 285 degrees from Galbeni for W Europe in English, and exceeding the claimed sharp 10-kHz bandwidth for DRM. Looks bad for Chaski-checking, but axually it`s good! See PERU.

5980, Oct 30 at 0003, RRI is now in AM in Spanish hour, ending news already and into Ritmos music show. Almost same parameters as previous hour, except 5 degrees less at 280, yet no change in slewing, and now for CIRAF 12NE = Venezuela in particular (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SOUTH CAROLINA. While checking EiBi unsuccessfully for bit eXpress on 15785, I notice another entry on same frequency, M-F at 1000-1100, ``Molester Stair`` from USA site-n which must mean WWCR Nashville, except I thought they were on 15795 early before switching to 15825. Then it`s clear that EiBi has changed all 55 Brother Stair listings to Molester Stair. Now, now (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SPAIN. 15500 > 9690 > 17755, Sun Oct 29 at 1812, REE NAm frequency 9690 has improved, but still not quite equal to the first one aimed exactly in the opposite direxion toward Mideast. Fourth frequency is still 15390, now redirected to be the one for S America, but unheard. Silly ballgame in progress (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** THAILAND. 13745, Oct 30 at 0000, R. Thailand from the PR Department is opening English to North America, poor S6-S7 and ACI from very strong Cuba which is still on 13740. Totally unnecessary for these to be adjacent with plenty of open frequencies. Found expected B-season change from 15590 without even looking it up (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** TURKEY. 5960, Oct 29 at 2347, VOT sign-off with English schedule, last frequency mentioned being 6165 which was an A-17, not B-17 frequency! So out of date info. But now the ``recorded at 23 and 04`` advisory has become correct. Anyway, Emirler has made the B-17 frequency and time change, ex 22 on 9830, now 2300 on 5960 to North America --- and guess what, again forgets to turn off the transmitter so next language on web/satellite feed, German, is heard on 5960 at 0002 October 30. Oh2, if they overrun on UT Sunday, that will collide with The Mighty KBC --- another reason to have avoided that new frequency (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 15051-USB & 13270-USB, Oct 29 at 1819, no signals from New York Radio VOLMET, but at 1820 Gander can be heard weakly on both. For some time I had missed hearing NYR`s night frequency 3485, but now find it`s totally off, as Mike Cooper has reported:

``After several weeks where all reporting stations were "missing," now New York VOLMET seems to have been off the air for the past week. I've found no NOTAM (Notice to Airmen) indicating that it is out of service or decommissioned. Perhaps this is the latest instance of a station being taken off the air to see if anyone notices (Mike Cooper, GA, Oct 29, DXLD)``

NYR is supposed to occupy the first 20 minutes of each semihour, then over to Gander for 10 minutes. Another check at 2340 UT Oct 29: no signals on USBs 3485, 6604, 10051, 13270 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) 

** U S A [and non]. WORLD OF RADIO 1901 monitoring: Dave Kenny, UK, reports: 

``Hi Glenn, World of Radio via Hamburger Lokalradio on 9485 cusb confirmed at 1130-1200 UT today (Sunday 29 October). WoR followed on from Media Network Plus which is now at 1100-1130 Sundays on 9485 via HLR. Both heard with a good signal here as usual - this frequency propagates well to the UK, although it doesn't often get reported.
73s Dave Kenny, listening in Caversham, Berkshire. with and AOR 7030 + 25m long wire``

Also confirmed Sunday Oct 29 at 2330 on WBCQ 9330.16v-CUSB, S6-S4. 

I check WRN English to North America audio feed at 0140 UT Monday Oct 30 for WOR at 0130 and hear not English, but Slovak! From who else.;stream.nsv
Schedule shows:
They have already shifted programming one UT hour later, with WOR at 0230 even tho we are still stuck on DST. Next:

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
Tue 2030   WRMI 11580 to NE, 9455 to WNW

** U S A. 15685-15735, Oct 29 at 1814, WHRI has made its usual B-season switch from 15760 to 15710 for Molester Stair, but it`s splattering over a 50-kHz range! Worse while MS is playing cruddy answering machine audio from some psychophant. At least this gets him away from 15770 if and when WRMI be able to resume there (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 9475 & 5830, Oct 29 at 2332, WTWW-1 is still missing from both possible frequencies, and nothing from -2 or -3 either (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 5050, Oct 29 at 2350, WWRB carrier is on at S9+40 but modulation is only dirty hum/buzz. Still registered here for B-17, but expected to go back to 3215/3195 split with WWCR, maybe in a week after DST (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 12050, Oct 29 at 2355, WEWN Spanish is dead air, or just barely modulated? Or from an understation? Nothing else in HFCC at this hour. Has it been dead air, all day, like at last check 1434? Would not surprise me. At 2359, 12050 is off, and 5810 is on with Salve Regina lead-in but undermodulated, S9+25; wiggle that patchcord? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

This report despatched at 0219 UT October 30