terça-feira, 9 de outubro de 2012

Glenn Hauser logs October 9, 2012

** COLOMBIA. 14950+, Oct 9 at 0350 check, nothing from Salem Stereo, when only southern signals might be propagating on the hi bands (K index at 03 was 6; G2/R1). Come to think of it, I have not heard them since October 1, so off the air again? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** CYPRUS. 15470, Oct 9 at 1358, B-B-C- chimes, 1359 opening Hindi, very poor, 300 kW, 97 degrees from Cyprus. Settled on this lacking Bangladesh on 15505, which even if on the air would have been shushed by G2 level storms; little of hi latitude making it on 19m (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** GERMANY [non]. 9890, Oct 9 at 1259, DW IS, opening Chinese, good signal, 13 degrees via SINGAPORE also USward. Replying to my previous log wondering how DW manages not to be jammed by the ChiCom, Kai Ludwig within Germany replies in dxldyg and DXLD 12-40 and WOR 1638:
``DW Chinese SW radio will be cancelled --- Deutsche Welle will eliminate its shortwave broadcasts, and thus in all likelihood linear radio programmes altogether, for China. This apparently emerged on Tuesday from some newswire that is not online. But a reaction from the umbrella organization of culture institutions in Germany is:
A B12 draft still shows frequencies for DW Chinese (1300-1330 9610 / Kranji, 1300-1400 11600 / Kranji and 13700 / Dhabbaya). But of course they could still be cancelled if the decision is to be implemented at
short notice.
Glenn Hauser just wondered about DW Chinese not being jammed: In recent years this service was indeed under fire for an allegedly friendly stance towards the Chicoms. This led to the firing of the editor in chief; some individual editors claim that they had to go for this reason as well, and critics believe that the new head of the service has been chosen for her right political position, not her knowledge of China (allegedly she is not even able to communicate in Mandarin).
But I think the explanation for DW being left alone is more simple: I
guess the jamming command considers DW as being of little relevance
(Kai Ludwig, Germany, Oct 3, dxldyg via DX LISTENING DIGEST)``
** GUIANA FRENCH. 11995, Oct 9 at 0444, poor signal with usual hum from the TDF carrier; hardly anything else making it on 25m except Brazil, Cuba and WEWN (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** MEXICO. 620, Oct 9 at 1222 UT, ``La Norteñita``, M&W conversation about this station maintaining identity while others have changed format and frequency; loops NE/SW vs an English ESPN station (surely KTAR Phoenix AZ the only possibility; see USA), while Mickey Metroplex is fully nulled. Also mentions a 5 pm event at Parque Palomar. It`s the usual XE dominating 620 here, XEBU in Chihuahua2. At night it has some competition from XENK in the DF (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** MEXICO. 650, Oct 9 at 0523 UT, `Mundo del Trabajo`, regular program sponsored by labor union (sindicato) is closing, 0524 Radio 65 ID, 11:25 timecheck, on to band music. WSM nulled making fast SAH with XETNT, Los Mochis, Sinaloa, the dominant Mexican here on this frequency (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** MEXICO. 770, Oct 9 at 1229 UT, Sinaloa ad, ``Los 40 Principales`` promo and jingle, FM frequency only heard, but it`s XEREV again from Los Mochis, dominant XE on this frequency, at least after XEACH Monterrey fades out, and no problem from Nuevo México until 1315 in October (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** MEXICO. 1180, Oct 9 at 1203 UT as I tune in, ``Ciudad Delicias, Chihuahua`` probably after NA, and song ``Eres tú, lo que más quiero en la vida``. So it`s XEJK, previously XEDCH. Why in the world would they give up such a perfectly-matched callsign? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** OKLAHOMA [and non]. 960, UT Tuesday Oct 9 at 0500 is another Fox-hole at KGWA, so another attempt to ID something else with its big carrier a few km away nulled as best I can: ABC News is dominant, probably KMA, and a second before KGWA desk-bell ad blasts back on at 0505, the understation gets out ``partly cloudy skies``. If they would only say the city or call-letters first! (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** RUSSIA. 5940, Oct 9 at 1253, R. Rossii via Magadan is barely audible again, // but a couple of seconds ahead of stronger 5930 Pet/Kam, with a song in English (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** SPAIN [non]. 11880, Oct 9 at 1246, REE via CR is again Basque-less, instead a rock song in English, ``Welcome to the Picture Show``, and at 1250 ``En 5 Minutos``, either starting or ending, the evergreen fill-show heard rather often on REE.
Frequent absences of the Basque news supposedly M-F at 1230-1255 make me wonder if there is bad blood between RNE Bilbao and Madrid, and if Madrid censors any shows which are too separatist. The same could apply to the Catalan news, but that only gets 5 minutes at an inconvenient time in the first place (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. 7506.8, Oct 9 at 0350, K-index at 6, extremely disturbed weak fluttery signal with heavy flutter, I can only assume is WRNO, but off-frequency further than usual (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. 9955, Oct 9 at 0352, WRMI with Japanese accent during `Wavescan`, fair signal and no jamming audible, surviving the K-index of 6 blotting out northerly signals. So the Cubans do not necessarily jam everything at 0330, like WORLD OF RADIO on Thursdays.
At 0445 recheck, the wall-of-noise jamming is back upon WRMI, i.e. `Moments in Bible Prophecy` is getting creamed, now on the schedule at 0445-0500 UT Tue-Sat. I hadn`t looked at the WRMI program schedule grid for a while, as you never know when it will be updated: dated 19 September. I see there has been one change in WORLD OF RADIO timings: Tue 1100 replaces Monday 1130.
There are no exile programs any day of the week during the 11-12 UT hour, so there is no excuse whatsoever for any jamming then. I see that the R. Martí relays are now off the WRMI schedule in the mornings. In fact, except for a few scattered exile programs on weekends, the main blox of anti-Castro shows are now only:
2200-2300 M-F `Cuba al Dia` (Radio Martí) and
2300-2400 M-F `Radio Libertad`
Arnie, please turn off your jammers elsewhen and attempt to regain a modicum of goodwill among SWLs (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. 620, Oct 9 at 1222 UT, ESPN station in English is QRMing XEBU (see MEXICO). At this hour, surely nothing but KTAR Phoenix is possible. It`s ND day, but night pattern has a secondary lobe at 28 degrees, null at 83 degrees; Enid is at 72 degrees from KTAR, 1328 km. BTW, KTAR is Mormon-owned (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. 770, Oct 9 at 1328 UT, Albuquerque NM traffic, temperatures, KKOB ID. Official sunrise and switch to non-direxional in October is 1315 UT when I need to hear it pop on (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. 1020, Oct 9 at 0458 UT I find that semi-local KOKP Perry OK is in open carrier/dead air again, so what else can I hear? My recent remark about not hearing KDKA spurs me to try harder, and by golly I do barely hear it as Jim Bohannon is signing off; and yes, KDKA is the only 1020 station on his affiliate roster. CBS News bong comes 24 seconds late after 0500 UT! 0506 meteorologist from ``Newsradio 1020 KDKA``, 0507 mentions sister station KMOX St. Louis.
Meanwhile there is a weaker 1020 signal in Spanish under the KOKP carrier and which I can`t null from KDKA. Can`t really make out the Spanish, but at 0512 the intonation is consistent with a sabelotodo predicador.
Suspect this is a remnant from KCKN Roswell NM, now turned over to Radio Visión Cristiana, and which has a deep null toward KDKA and OK. On a flat US map in the Rand McNally atlas, Roswell, Enid and Pittsburgh are right on the same line. Great Circle Distance Calculator shows azimuth from KCKN to KDKA is 62.92 degrees, while KCKN to Enid is 59.73 degrees, so about 3 degrees off the null.
FCC AM Query shows Roswell call is still KCKN, but I`ll bet RVC will eventually change it to something more apropos and sell off `KCKN` to the highest-bidding country-format station elsewhere. Hmm, KRVC is now available; at least not assigned to any AM station (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. 1030, Oct 9 at 0502 UT, humbuzz is still here from 50 kW KCTA Corpus Christi TX carrier running way overtime past sunset-mandated closedown. You`d think if nothing else, they`d notice at morning sign-on time, that it never got turned off.
Could this possibly be deliberate, like to reduce the seaside humidity? FCC map shows site is 22 km NE of CC across Nueces Bay beyond Portland near Gregory, about 6 km inland. Legal hours in October are 1230-2400 UT. Need to hear what happen at 1230 or if really modulating earlier (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
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