mercoledì 31 ottobre 2018

Glenn Hauser logs October 30-31, 2018

** EAST TURKISTAN. 11880, Oct 31 at 1402, CRI news in English, S9-S6 with heavy flutter, about 1 second ahead of 15700 Habana relay. This is one of the ubiquitous 500 kW, 308 degree transmissions aimed at Europe from Kashi-Saibagh 2022 site as Aoki/NDXC denotes it, i.e. from a.k.a. China`s Xinjiang province, where a million Uighurs are being imprisoned and brainwashed. Here just one of many reports about that:

** ERITREA. 7140.020, Oct 31 at 0334, JBA carrier, presumed VOBME as others have reported, still Intruding, while the other VOBME is not being heard on 7180v (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** KUWAIT. 13645-13650-13655, Oct 31 at 1353, S9 DRM noise, still at 1438. I can only assume another SNAFU at R. Kuwait which is not supposed to be here until 1700-2000 in Arabic DRM, according to HFCC and Aoki/NDXC. In fact, at 1300-1400 the other Kuwaiti site is scheduled on 13650-AM, IBB in Tibetan! That would be the JBA carrier I can barely hear amid on 13650.

Furthermore, I hear narrowband DRM noise about 13690-13695. This could be a spur from the 13650 transmitter. After all, everything else can go wrong, so why not DRM spurs just like we can get AM spurs?? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** OKLAHOMA. KWTV must be getting close to repack QSY from RF 39 to RF 25. At 0350 UT Oct 31, glimpsed a promo for

Altho obviously sponsored by KWTV-9, site provides only generic info about the need to rescan, no explanation of what is really going on! It`s not that simple. Depending on tropo conditions when you do it, you could gain unexpected channels, or lose old channels due to CCI! What you need is a TV/STB that lets you manually add and delete channels --- one of my TVs does not, requires autoscanning only, to my chagrin.

25 is always on but too weak to decode whether it`s still color bars or KWTV programming already. IIRC, not allowed to // program both at once. They better get up to full power on 25 before abandoning 39, lest they lose a lot of viewers in the fringe area! (Glenn Hauser, Enid, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SOMALILAND [non]. 7120-LSB, Oct 31 at 0334, unID SS ham benefits from R. Hargeisa still silenced; couldn`t they just go to a proper SWBC frequency? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SPAIN. 9690, Tue Oct 30 at 2313, REE S9+10 with rock music, 2315 Castilian announcement --- NOT in English like début yesterday at 2300. 2330 timesignal and into French, YL and music; by 2352 fading down with flutter, S9 to S5. At 0000 UT Wed Oct 31 I can barely tell it has switched to Portuguese. By 0333 I can`t hear anything on 9690, so can`t confirm whether it`s really on until 0400 including an English repeat at 0300. REE needs a better understanding of basic propagation, like using a lower band to us on winter nights!

Turns out that unlike other languages, English is scheduled on M/W/F only. Dave Kenny, BDXC-UK, also heard the first one saying that it repeats at 0300 following UT days (altho 2300 UT is already the next day locally in Spain with its wacky advanced timezoning). Dave:

``This is confirmed by the online programme schedule which also give the times of some of the other languages 
(NB this schedule is in Spanish time - subtract one hour for UTC)

The repeat English broadcast at 0300 needs confirming as according to REE’s earlier frequency announcement shortwave broadcasts stop at 0300, although HFCC shows 9690 continuing until 0400.

The English programme can be downloaded at
This confusingly states "English Language Broadcast Martes, jueves y sábado da las 23.00 horas UTC y las 03.00 horas UTC"``

Note that the full schedule does not give any program titles for English; despite my monitoring confirmation of Russian at 1800 UT, it claims Portuguese instead of Russian at 19h HOE; and Sefardi is weekly, only Sundays at 2230 UT.

The English archive briefly gives the topic of each one; note that all are a bit over 30 minutes long, a few much over, like 34, 37, 41. This may be inconvenient to fit into SW slots (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** TURKEY. 11815.707, Oct 31 at 1359, VG S9+10 signal from TRT Turkish which just moved from 15350, way atop NHK JAPAN on 11815.0 producing only a weak het. Yesterday TRT was within a few Hz of 11815.00. Note that today`s offset is exactly the same as I measured yesterday at same time on English, 12035.707! Today the latter is back close to 12035.00. Do they have one transmitter which is always way off, and swap it around, or what? A time signal at 1400 is about a semi-second early compared to WWV (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. WORLD OF RADIO 1954 monitoring: confirmed Tuesday October 30 after 2030 on WRMI 7780, very poor/JBA in daytime noise level off side of the beam. How is it in Europe? Also confirmed Wednesday October 31 at 1050, the 1030 on WRMI 5950, fairly sufficient. Next:

2100 UT Wednesday WRMI    9955 to SSE
2100 UT Wednesday WBCQ    7490v to WSW
0729 UT Saturday  HLR     6190-CUSB Germany to WSW
1231 UT Saturday  Unique  9265V via WINB to WSW
1531 UT Saturday  HLR     9485-CUSB Germany to WSW 
1700 UT Saturday  WRN     5950 via WRMI to WNW
1930vUT Saturday  WA0RCR  1860-AM non-direxional
0300vUT Sunday    WA0RCR  1860-AM non-direxional [nominal 0315-]
1130 UT Sunday    HLR     7265-CUSB Germany to WSW
2130 UT Sunday    WRMI    7780 to NE
2230 UT Sunday    WRMI    9955 to SSE
0230 UT Monday    WRN     5950 via WRMI to WNW [? not last week]
0400vUT Monday    Area 51 5130v via WBCQ to WSW
0430 UT Monday    WRMI    9955 to SSE

** U S A. 15665-15670-15675, Oct 31 at 1354 & 1435 chex, no sign of DRM today as scheduled from WINB; making up for that with extra DRM on 13650 is KUWAIT, q.v. (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

This report dispatched at 1707 UT October 31