giovedì 21 giugno 2018

Glenn Hauser logs June 21, 2018

** AUSTRALIA. 9610, Thu June 21 at 1306, S8-S5 of South Asian song, talk. I was tuned here earlier circa 1130 confirming Vatican Spanish still via Greenville, violating Separation of Church & State. Now Aoki/NDXC shows it`s RBA at 1300-1315 Tue/Thu/Sat in Tamil. At 1317 it`s weaker and the talk audio sounds strange like off-tuned SSB, but I cannot clarify it by tuning up or down 5 kHz (as it could have been an intruder), but still a carrier remains on 9610.0. At 1315 the language allegedly changes to Telugu on Mon/Tue/Thu/Sat (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** BOTSWANA. 15605, June 21 at 1417, VP S5-S6 talk in unID language. EiBi and NDXC/Aoki show this hour is VOA Kurdish via Selebi-Phikwe, of all places, a.k.a. Moeping Hill. In east-central Botswana near the Zimbabwe border, S-P is the sixth largest city in Botswana, somewhat SSE of Francistown (still named that?) which was once known as a radio site. Moeping Hill is *much* harder to locate, as it may just be a real hill rather than a populated place. All the few Google search hits on ``"moeping hill" botswana`` lead to DX reports about it! including my own, and Bill Whitacre`s 909 kHz logs from Maine (at IBB, he surely knows exactly where it is). I assume the Botswana relay was not originally set up to serve the Mideast, but why not, if there is a convenient antenna, and an hour to spare on some transmitter? HFCC shows it`s 100 kW at 10 degrees. That angle misses Kurdistanish Iraq and Iran, rather thru Israel, Lebanon, Syria into Kurdistanish Turkey. E.g. distance to Diyarbakir is 6.8 megameters or over 4.2 kilomiles, overland (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA. 6099.238, June 21 at 1124, RHC is VG S9+10/20 and good modulation during `Despertar con Cuba` morning news magazine, 1129 ID, // 6000.0. Something`s always wrong at RHC, but hardly ever way off-frequency like this, from 6100. No het audible; only India scheduled now, but Beijing in Russian from 1200, RHC running an hour more when there should have been a big het today rather than a direct same-frequency collision (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA. 13700, June 21 at 1413, NO signal from RHC Spanish as scheduled 1300-1500. Something`s always wrong at RHC: But making up for it:

13740, June 21 at 1413, China Plus relay in English mixing about equally with RHC Spanish which yet again failed to quit at 1400. This time they are about 2 Hz apart instead of one, and take turns dominating, i.e. fading independently, another clue that two geographically distinct transmitter sites are involved. If they continue drifting apart at this rate, in a few centuries they will be far enough apart no longer to collide. Something`s always wrong at RHC (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** NEW ZEALAND. 11724.978, June 21 at 0546, RNZI noticeably off-frequency, and unlike usually, much weaker than adjacent 11730 NHK French via France (which is modulating OK) (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SRI LANKA. Re previous log of unID which turned out to be SLBC, 
``11905, June 19 at 0048, JBA music, YL talk, singing past 0058, but cuts off abruptly at 0059:07*`` I neglected to report that I had measured it slightly off-frequency-minus: 11904.98 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 1110, June 21 at 1136 UT, with KFAB Omaha nulled, I am getting two other stations, one with S Asian songs, surely KVTT Mineral Wells (MetroPlex), and the other financial talk in English. Very few other 1110s around here, so this one fits best per NRC AM Log: KTEK Alvin TX (HoustonPlex), ``Business 1110``, 2.5 kW direxional daytimer, and per NRC Pattern Book conveniently aimed NNW right at us (and KVTT!). FCC map shows a broader but northerly pattern as necessary to cover Houston from Alvin. After KTEK fades down a little and I bring KFAB back, it`s making a 184/minute = 3.07 Hz SAH with KVTT. KTEK`s official June FCC sunrise is 1115 UT. On the longest day of the year I am awake two hours before I would prefer to be; Enid SR is 1114 UT, already creeping later since our earliest at 1113 UT a biweek ago (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 1540.056, June 21 at 1146, tell-tale het upon ESPN Deportes, i.e. KZMP University Park (MetroPlex) TX, the het surely from KGBC Galveston TX, which has been captured off-frequency-plus like this several times before (but sometimes on 1540.0 --- do they have two different transmitters?) Cannot pull any audio from it vs KZMP (and also KXEL), nor get a DF null on the hand-rotatable DX-398, but a DF peak at SSE/NNW which also fits for Galveston. KGBC`s latest format is Tejano, ex-Oldies as of two months ago in NRC DX News (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

This report dispatched at 1729 UT June 21