domenica 28 ottobre 2018

Glenn Hauser logs October 28, 2018

** CANADA. 388 kHz, Oct 28 at 0650 UT, beacon MM and dash, which means it`s Canadian. shows 125 watts at Fort McMurray, northern Alberta. 2478 km = 1540 statute miles.

382 kHz, Oct 28 at 0652 UT, beacon YPL, which is a regular here from Pickle Lake, Ontario, 1000 watts (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CANADA. 650, Oct 28 at 1204 UT, outro news from Canadian Press, ``650 CKOM Update``, 1205 weather from minus 5 to plus 19; plug, back to ``Saskatchewan`s biggest conversation`` seems a playback. WSM easily nulled, XETNT not fading up until later, and KGAB no obstacle. 10/10 kW U4 from Saskatoon. Night pattern is supposed to be all-north; day with a minor lobe south. Last logged here Sept 7, 2017 at 0549. At first I thought they were saying CKON, but that might be in Ontario. Branded as ``650 CKOM`` several times but did not hear ``NewsTalk 650`` as in NRC AM Log, altho that is certainly their format and might still be uttered (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CHINA [non]. 15700, Oct 28 at 1409, S9+40, CRI English via CUBA is back on B-frequency, ex-13740 in A-18. So no more overlapping possible with RHC Spanish. At 1402 I had noticed 13740 off, but nothing on 15700 yet which must have come up late. Something`s always wrong at RadioCuba (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA [and non]. 13820, Oct 28 at 1401, R. Martí has cut on new B-18 frequency, ex-13605 which remains heavily jammed, while 13820 is clear for now at S9+30. 13820 was empty as late as 1359. 

Also, HFCC B-18 as of Oct 26 shows once again this B-season, RM is jumping around 7 MHz frequencies, to keep the jammers on their toes; no more 7335, but:
7355 at 10-14, 23-06
7365 at 01-02
7375 at 22-23
7435 at 12-14, 23-01, 02-07

** MEXICO. 630, Oct 28 at 1215, Spanish plugging a program on Alba? 104.5, a Grupo Radio Centro station, 6:15 timecheck, music; loops SSW. Suspected XEFB Monterrey NL. WTFDA FM Database shows slogan ALFA 104.5, CHR format for XHMF-FM in Mty but does not relate it to 630 XEFB, which used to be news/talk. Is it now just an appendage of an FM, like so many US AM stations, or a promo for sibling station? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** NEW ZEALAND [and non]. 7390, Oct 28 at 1346, RNZI on NF for B-18, ex-5980; would be sufficient were it not for high local crackling noise level, which if it upkeep will severely limit my monitoring! It`s S9+20 peaking on the 7 MHz band, less but plenty above and below. At least WWCR has not shown up on 7390, a surprise new frequency it registered for 14-18 at 85 degrees, alternate for WWCR-2? Nor is 7390 on the B-18 schedules at; while 7490 continues with WWCR-2, S9+50 at 1400 check, until 1600 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** TURKEY. 12035, Oct 28 at 1353, Turkish song with good signal, as VOT English to W Europe and N America beyond, has moved one hour later at 1330 ex-1230, and two bands lower, ex-15450, and should propagate better; altho Turkish about to close is also audible on 15350 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) 

** U A E. 11720.115, Oct 28 at 1356, JBA fluttery off-frequency signal, perfectly fitting for DHA site, B-18 scheduled to carry DW in Dari and Pashto at 1330-1430 on ``11720`` (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 193.5 kHz, Oct 28 at 0636 UT, I`m checking ~24 hours later for the beacon ID EN, and do just barely hear it again when tuned to 193 kHz (but a carrier zero-beats on 193.5). Cannot hear anything to match on x2 = 387 kHz altho there are several carriers in the area. (And see CANADA!) The cycle is very long, 26 seconds, not 8+ as shown in classaxe for the Kenosha WI fundamental of which this EN appears to be a subharmonic. The space between the E and the N is also prolonged, altho the axual dits and dahs are not very elongated. It could be that the transmitter is totally out of whack, radiating on half the intended frequency, which is generated but supposed to be suppressed until multiplied (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 9955, Sunday Oct 28 at 1412, WRMI is still on with Blalock the Blaster. Extension past 1400 had been on Saturdays only, but skedgrid now shows Sat & Sun 14-16 from XMTR 5 on 9955, with System D in yellow, unshown content (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A [non]. 15300, Sunday Oct 28 at 1404, something new for B-18, VG S9 signal of rock/Afro pop music, so strong it must be Greenville; rare announcements in French as ``VOA Afrique``, past 1456 but weaker. Instead, HFCC shows at 14-15 Sat & Sun only, this is IBB via SMG VATICAN, 250 kW, 169 degrees in Kinyarwanda! If it`s not GB substituting, yet another example of SMG`s great coverage in the wrong direxions; violating Separation of Church & State. See also VATICAN [non]. BTW, GB is again scheduled at 21-22 on 15580, which should reaudiblize Afropop Worldwide for us on Fridays (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** VATICAN [non]. 9695, Oct 28 at 1224, S9-S7 open carrier; what`s this? 1236 recheck it`s papal stuff in Spanish with Italian accent, obviously VR, the relay via Greenville B violating Separation of Church & State, new time and frequency for B-18, ex 1130-1145 on 9610, but at 1230 now 9610 is occupied by KSDA in Chinese. This timeshift obviously for the convenience of Romans, not Americans, to keep it at the same local clock time in the See, post-DST over there (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. 15440-USB, Oct 28 at 1413, 2-way in Spanish, INTRUDERS. Who cares? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

This report dispatched at 1719 UT October 28