domingo, 13 de maio de 2012

Glenn Hauser logs May 12-13, 2012

** AUSTRALIA. 19000, May 13 at 0100 I tune in R. Australia amid its neat new frequency span 23-01, but it`s off to change antennas midway. Wait and wait, and finally good carrier comes back on at *0102:54, adding modulation at 0103:13 as news is joined well in progress (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** BRAZIL. 28415-USB, May 13 at 0024, nothing much on 10 meters except a Brazilian accent here and another on 28420-USB. Not regular contacts, no IDs heard, and at 0029, 28415 is playing bits of music on and off, improper behavior for a ham, so apparently a CBer who should be about 1 MHz lower in the freeband. 0030 some chimes and sing-a-long.
27 MHz, however is full of mostly Spanish signals and hets, no doubt from Latin America. Brazilian DXers have been complaining about hearing overpowered American CBers all over 11m, vs their own ``PX`` stations which supposedly maintain only a few legal watts. I suppose PX- is the legal prefix for such stations, part of the ITU allocation for Brazil, unused by real hams? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** BRAZIL. 15191.4, May 13 at 0037, poor signal in Brazilian, up to fair peaks, R. Inconfidência. Frequency measured by the count-the-clix-on-the-DX-398-BFO method [25 per kHz = 40 Hz each], after noting the current offset vs WWVH 15000.000, but I could be one or two off. Coincidentally, Jim Ronda in Tulsa had just logged it a bihour earlier: ``Hi Glenn: I noted this afternoon at 2246 R. Inconfidência on 15191.3 at exceptionally good level. I did zero beat the frequency as 15191.3 with both the R 75 and the NRD 545``. Nor was it ``exceptionally good`` when I heard it. Meanwhile, WYFR stayed far, far away on 15745 until 0045* (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** BRAZIL. 11915, May 13 at 0047, M&W conversation in Brazilian, poor signal from R. Gaúcha, but better than 11925, R. Bandeirantes. HCJB must have just concluded at 0045 its impudent intervention on 11920 also in Portuguese, via Chile (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** CROATIA [non]. 9925, May 13 at 0044, Voice of Croatia is back on summer frequency, good but not as solid as 7375 used to be. I suppose, all things considered over the entire 22-05 UT span to the Americas, 9925 is better for the May-August period. HFCC shows the dates for this are 10 May to 6 September, then back to 7375. Now there are two Wertachtal, GERMANY 100 kW transmitters overlapping between 23 and 03:
22-03 at 255 degrees, 03-05 at 330 degrees
23-01 on 300 degrees, 01-03 at 315 degrees
Summer timings for English quarter hours are 2215 and 0200; Spanish 2230 and 0230; otherwise in Croatian, with lots of unfamiliar pop music. The 100 kW direct non-direxional broadcast takes over at 0500, now on 7410 instead of 7370 in B-season. We might hear it at the start before sunny fadeout, with EiBi showing 5 minutes of English news daily at 0600, too late? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** EGYPT. 13855, May 13 at 0019, poor signal with open carrier --- or rather, just barely modulated. What could it be? Cairo, of course! As scheduled this season in Arabic at 2330-0045, Spanish 0045-0200, 250 kW, 286 degrees from Abis to CIRAF 10 & 11 = Mexico, Central America and Caribbean, per Aoki and HFCC (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** EQUATORIAL GUINEA [and non]. 15190, May 12 at 1909 two stations are here making a SAH of 4 Hz, one of them with music, the other preaching in English --- obviously R. Pilipinas and R. Africa respectively. (R. Inconfidência is probably on too, but not propagating much, and is way off-frequency now as confirmed by log a few hours later.). Recheck at 1929: preacher is on top, but other station is barely audible under, then from 1930 only R. Africa, the sign-off time of R. Pilipinas (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** SERBIA [non]. 9685, UT Sunday May 13 at 0041, IRS is on in Serbian, fair in the noise, but gone at 0100 recheck. It remains undependable, as Aoki shows the 0030-0100 English broadcast on UT Mon-Sat shifts to 0100-0130 on Sunday = Day 1. The WRTH A-12 update seems more correct:
0000-0030 daily NAm 9685bij
0000-0100 m.....s NAm 9685bij
0100-0130 mtwtfs. NAm 9685bij
0030-0100 .twtfs. NAm 9685bij``
** SPAIN [and non]. 15385, May 12 at 1908, neither KJES nor REE was to be heard, unlike yesterday when REE was on 15385 by mistake. Today it is back on correct 15110. But these things tend to happen again and again, so let`s keep checking. The two could collide between 1850 and 1930.
Instead, I am rewarded by another panoply of spurs from the Cariari, COSTA RICA relay centred on extremely strong 17850, May 12 at 1914, at multiples of intervals of somewhere between 13 and 14 kHz above and below: I did not attempt to pin them down to the tenth of a kHz, so approx., and more or less weakening the further away from 17850 with sports:
Below: 17725, 17739, 17753 (vs REE Noblejas 17755!), 17767, 17781, 17795 (obscured by BBC), 17809 (not heard here, why?), 17823, 17836.
Above: 17864, 17878, 17891, 17905, 17919, 17933, 17947, 17960, 17974, 17988, 18002, 18016, 18030. Except for the very outer ones, all of these had some audio easily identifiable as REE. That`s out to nine spurs below, and thirteen above, including the skips. Do I hear 10, or 14? Next time. The one on 17878 could have disrupted the DX Antwerp DRM special at 20-21 centered on 17875 from Guiana French, unchecked since I had already heard two transmissions in the superior AM mode (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. 12028-12072, May 12 at 1928, the extent of the hash surrounding strong WEWN 12050 in Spanish, which on the fundamental is also marred by the usual squealing. The hash gradually diminishes as one tunes away from 12050, but detectable to this extent at this moment. A true airwaves hazard for other stations. The spur field is always there, the range depending on just how strong the signal be. Similar surrounding 11870 later in the evening (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. 21310-USB, May 13 at 0026, ham who says he has a speech impediment, causing his voice to go up and down, so keep your finger on the RF gain, he jokes --- and it certainly does, but no stopping him from hamming without resorting to CW or digital modes. Was afraid I could not copy his call, but I am pretty sure it was KB3RN, as he spoke clearly without fonetix, i.e. per ARRL/FCC lookup:
** U S A. 4045, May 13 at 0057 I am hearing a mix of WWCR signals, one saying changing frequency to 5890, with steel drums, and cuts off at 0058. Therefore, that was WWCR-4 on 9890, and the mix was with WWCR-2 on 5935, which had started an hour earlier. 9980 minus 5935 = 4045! This was on the DX-398 on the porch, and could have been due to receiver overload rather than transmission, and I had no time to check it on another receiver.
I was tuning around here looking for WUG-2B, Army Corps of Engineers in Memphis, for Armed Forces [non] Day cross-band contacts, but unheard on 4030 or any of the other five publicized frequencies. 4055 TGAV was already audible, tho (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. WORLD OF RADIO 1616 monitoring: confirmed on very strong 5755, starting UT Sunday May 13 at 0500 on WTWW (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
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