lunedì 20 gennaio 2020

Glenn Hauser logs January +19-20, 2020

** CANADA. Re my 2598-USB mystery, marine weather from NL area on the air before 0700 UT when none is scheduled, sent my last report to Bill Hepburn of and he replies:

``Warnings are broadcast on receipt. I'm guessing they included amended forecasts at the same time.

The official Canadian information can still be found at

pdf version here ...

I replied: ``Bill, I searched on 2598 in each file, and it is only mentioned once each in the tables of frequencies for something or other, NO details about stations, or times. I already hunted for that at the site referred from sexion 1.1.1 without finding it. Glenn``

``Part 2 is loaded with station information 
as is the .pdf which contains the entire publication. wrh``

``Bill, Tnx, that`s what I was looking for --- I wasn`t getting any hits on ``2598`` because every entry is ``2598J3E``. 39 of them, and not one accounts for any broadcasts just before 0700 UT, my original question. Other than your previous comment apparently meaning they could show up at any time. 73, Glenn`` (Hauser, OK, WOR)

** CUBA. 15140, Jan 20 at 1520, RHC `Sonido Cubano` music is overmodulated and distorted; OK on // 15230 on late, and 13700, with no spurs today either. Something`s always wrong at RHC (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

** NORTHERN MARIANA ISLANDS. 11570.023, Jan 20 at 1452, VOA Korean is S9-S7; figured it would be SAIPAN so far off-frequency, and yes, it is, at 14-15 per Aoki/NDXC. Previous bihour of same, however, 12-14 is via Philippines (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

** U S A [and non]. WORLD OF RADIO 2017 monitoring: confirmed Sunday January 19 at 2130 on WRMI 7780, but JBA.

Also confirmed UT Monday January 20 at 0130 on WRMI 7780, good via UTwente SDR Holland.

Also confirmed UT Monday January 20 at 0230 on WRMI 7780, good via UTwente, and // 9395 poor. Then directly here, 7780 is good and 9395 JBA carrier. Also confirmed #2017 via WRN webcast.

Also confirmed UT Monday January 20 at 0400 on Area 51 webcast; at 0410 JBA on WBCQ 5130.

Also confirmed UT Monday January 20 at 0430 on WRMI webcast, but JBA carrier on 9955.

Also confirmed Monday January 20 from 1901+ on IRRS 7290, Romania? via UTwente SDR -- VG this week at -45 to -55 dBu readings, soon increasing to 65-75. *1857 came on big carrier, 1859.5 JIP Aïda theme, IRRS sign-on, 1900:40 FSN headlines and right into WOR. 

HOWEVER, at 1918 I notice the signal is GONE! Probably some minutes earlier; did not have headphones on but could still hear some audio from them beside me until the noise now. Still OFF until *1930 WOR over and comes right back on with FSN(?) news. Next:

0100 UT Tuesday   WRMI 7780 to NE
0900 UT Wednesday Unique Radio NSW 5045-USB
2100 UT Wednesday WRMI 7780 to NE
2200 UT Wednesday WBCQ 7490v to WSW
0100 UT Thursday  WRMI 7780 to NE

Full schedule including AM, FM, webcasts, satellite, podcasts:
(Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

** U S A. Doug Smith replies on the WTFDA Forum to my observations of flashing PSIP calls on KMPX-30 ``29``, 01-16-2020, 09:15 AM:

``My guess (this is a guess) is KMPX has two "PSIP generators" connected and they're programmed slightly differently -- one with the "HD" and "-2" and one without the HD & dash.

The "PSIP generator" is a computer attached to the "stream multiplexer". The multiplexer interleaves "packets" of PSIP data with packets of audio and video data from the MPEG encoder(s).

PSIP packets are to be transmitted at varying intervals, depending on what type of data is being transmitted (the "Virtual Channel Table", or TVCT, is responsible for the way channel names display. There are roughly a handful of other "tables" that do things internal to your TV).

I'm guessing you're seeing data first from one generator & then from the other. Presumably they have a backup unit & left both running at the same time`` (Glenn Hauser, WOR)

UNIDENTIFIED. Trans-Pacific JBA MW carrier search January 20 from 1343 to 1354, local sunrise being 1341, now 3 minutes earlier than our yearly latest a biweek ago, first on the R75 with E-W longwire so no DFing, starting at top end:

1566, presumed FEBC Jeju Island, Korea South, the strongest up here and I am carefully listening for it to go off between 1344 and 1345 at scheduled beam change from Japanese to Chinese --- almost at 1344.5, but it`s still there! past 1345 and the next 5 minutes, when finally at 1354 I DF it on the handheld DX-398 as definitely from the NW, not WSW. So was it so strong (I almost heard some audio at first) that remained incoming after beamswitch, or did not change it on time today? Just yesterday, my neighbor Richard Allen said it did:

``Oklahoma TP DX 1/19/2020, Richard Allen, Jan 19   #5906  IRCA Except for hearing HLAZ closing down its transmission to Japan, TP DX was non-existent here this morning. 1566, HLAZ barely audible signal at 1337 (LSR 1339); barely audible talking and some music at 1341-1342: poor Japanese language talk before close at 1344. This was the first trace of a TP signal here is nearly a fortnight. Usually audible JOUB was last heard on 1/6. Receiver: Skywave with ALA1530LNP aerial. Richard Allen, near Perry OK USA``

Meanwhile a quick check of some other 9-kHz channels: also carriers on 1593, 1557, 1548, 1143, 1044, 972 but lower ones are just about gone after sunrise here. 

AND at 1349, 1206-, off-frequency-minus. What could that be? MW offsets has a VG choice: 
``1205.96, CHN, Yanbian RGD Korean News General (Yanji/Longjing), 2000-1600, 2016-08-09``

That`s right next to Korea North, and at 200 kW is by far the strongest PRC station, or any east Asian, on 1206. The only other significantly below 1206 is an Indonesian, 1205.4, too far in more ways than one (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

UNIDENTIFIED. 15805, Jan 20 at 1518, buzz centered here covering about 10 kHz, but does not sound like usual DRM. Only thing scheduled here was World Music Radio, Denmark, weekends only (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

This report despatched at 1934 UT January 20