terça-feira, 26 de fevereiro de 2013

Glenn Hauser logs February 25-26 , 2013

Note: except for Feb 25 and PERU 5980 logs, all the later Feb 26 entries below are during 10+hour power outage from 0411 to 1419 UT due to blizzard, ice on lines, etc., so noise level is much lower, using FRG-7`s 8 x D cell battery pack or in mostly MW cases, the usual DX-398 on its 4 X AA cells.
The main longwire for the FRG-7 had been replaced a few months ago, so did not break despite icing about an inch in diameter. There were some strange weak birdies on the FRG-7, however, perhaps due to battery getting weak, not having been replenished for years.
Altho we have a good stock of batteries, and no telling how long the outage would last (hopefully less than a few weeks like a few years ago!), figured it was time to dust off the Baygen Freeplay and wind it up. Initially OK, then it makes huge noise louder than any audio it can play: seems like the spring broke. Now what? Good thing we are not depending on it. It does have a jack for DC.
More breakage: the ice load on our main TV antenna broke most of the VHF elements, altho the smaller and much sturdier UHF part seems to be OK; other TV antennas were further damaged. Snow total here was roughly 10 inches, and winds were quite high at times, at one point causing sparx along our powerline altho didn`t go off quite yet.
As soon as we got power back, could see the situation from OKC TV stations reporting from Enid, via the DTV on the broken antenna, while Suddenlink digital cable remained black; their legacy analog cable of lower channels already came back about the same time as internet.
We were lucky to get power back after only 10 hours, as 3 hours after that at 17 UT, OG&E map still showed 20K out in Enid, from a peak of 22K. It was down to only 10K a couple hours later. Some reports said at worst, the entire city of Enid was dark, as well as most of the little towns around it (Glenn Hauser, Enid, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** AUSTRALIA. 11750, Feb 26 at 0726, repeated announcements with continuous music if not an IS, ``This is HCJB Australia; our programs on this frequency will commence shortly``. 0730 HCJB Global sign on in English with UT timecheck, into an hymn. Good signal at a time I am usually asleep (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** BRAZIL. 4755, Feb 26 at 0715, very poor signal with talk in uncertain language; 0744 now it sounds like a Brazilian, i.e. R. Imaculada Conceição, rather than MICRONESIA, q.v. The YB-400 which I conveniently use to detect off-frequencies is not batteried up, as it normally stays in one spot with its wallwart. With that I QRT but if I wake up around 1000 I will go after the South American sign-ons --- No, not back until 1130 when there is still some interesting stuff, e.g. ECUADOR (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** BRAZIL. 11765, Feb 26 at 0647, SRDA Curitiba with amazing signal, best ever, rivalling 11780 RNA. SRDA is only 10 kW; break in Davi Miranda wailing, to announce something about ``terceira emissão, ouvir os milagres de deus``, 3:48 timecheck, back to Davi. Next check 0727 has sunk back to usual much weaker level as has 11925 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** BRAZIL. 11885-11905 approx., extremely distorted FMy Brazilian music, peaking about 11895; not strong, but first time I`ve heard it tnx to lack of local line noise. It`s totally out of order R. Brasil Central, Goiânia, as recently IDed by Jorge Freitas et al. in Brazil and also reported by Carlos Gonçalves, Portugal. Missing from its proper frequency 11815. Music continued past hourtop until 0704 unreadable announcement. Not audible by 0727 when all the 25m Brazilians have weakened (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** BRAZIL [and non]. 11925v, Feb 26 at 0651, good modulation in Brazilian Portuguese discussion, i.e. R. Bandeirantes. No het tho we know it`s off-frequency, until 0659 when there`s now a LAH which would be from Turkey just signed on, after a one-hour break following BBC Seychelles until 0600. By 0727, much weaker like 11765. Meanwhile I checked the other Bandeirantes frequency, 9645.3v, at 0657, but no het on Vatican choral music, so conclude it is off, unlike another bigsig from Brasil on 9665, Voz Missionária.
BTW, Zacharias Liangas points out that Google produces a spurious translation of Bandeirantes as Girl Scouts! See DXLD 13-08 for discussion of what it really means (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** CANADA. 1650, Feb 26 at 0535 UT in the mix of English and two Spanish, I hear a S Asian song in null of Denver, which I think can only be from CINA in Mississauga, Ont., ``Seena Radio`` with 680 watts night (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** CUBA. 12060, Feb 26 at 0654, DCJC pulse jamming fading in and out, i.e. 2 x 6030 against Martí (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** ECUADOR. 4782-, Feb 26 at 1132, I awake too late for most of the S Americans on 60m despite my very rare lack of local line noise due to icy power outage, but still a good signal here with news in Spanish vs CODAR; in fact, it`s the SSOB except Cuba 5025 (skipping WWCR 4840 of course). 1135 timecheck for 6:35, local adstring with lots of addresses mentioned but no city heard, as everyone knows that already; 1137, 6:37 TC, ``decreto del gobierno ecuatoriano`` about something, so it`s surely R. Oriental, Tena, Napo, HCLE7, which I`ve also heard in the early evenings, irregular per WRTH and the frequency varies considerably. Weakening at 1153 and gone by 1159.
Per http://www.gaisma.com/en/location/tena.html today`s sunrise in Tena was 1120 UT, and of course it varies little, only to 1113 one month from now and 1106 three months from now. That should mean it`s slightly to the north side of the Equator while most of Ecuador is south of it. No, Tena is really about 1 degree south, beyond Quito, so is gaisma.com inaccurate or is there something else to explain this disparity? Every log a potential learning experience (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** ECUADOR. 6050, Feb 26 at 1203, HCJB is still in, as expected on a higher band, while HCLE7 on 60m has just faded out (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** GUIANA FRENCH. 11740, Feb 26 at 0646, 0701, 0726 and 0735 checks, poor strength open carrier with hum, which I strongly suspect is at least the exciter at MSY still on the air after the NHK relay at 0500-0530 which was very strong (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** INDONESIA. 3325, Feb 26 at 1336, Indonesian talk with good signal, nice to be without line noise for once. RRI Palangkaraya, comparable to 4750 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** INDONESIA. 4750, Feb 26 at 1131, fair signal in Indonesian, still audible at 1330 with conversation, one side on the phone, so RRI Makassar is back. It had been missing since Feb 20, and Ron Howard reported it still off Feb 24. But Atsunori Ishida says it resumed Feb 25. Nothing audible here from anything else around 4750: Bangladesh, China or China (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** ISRAEL. 6885, Feb 26 at 0415, Hebrew announcement and music, fair, no doubt Galei Zahal on its unique frequency. Lack of AC noise level helps (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** KOREA NORTH [non]. 5910, Feb 26 at 1332, Shiokaze is still here from JAPAN, this Tuesday in Chinese (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** MEXICO. 730, Feb 26 at 0622 UT, Morse code goes by a few times, but I don`t copy it completely in the QRM: not RR as in CUBA. Must be TDW, which XEX DF uses as a non-ID (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** MEXICO. 990, Feb 26 at 1313 UT, Spanish ID as ``La Rocola``, ballad, and 1316 jingle, east-west. That`s XECL Mexicali BCN, per IRCA axually spelt ``Rockola 9-90``, 5/3 kW, a kilomile away (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** MEXICO. 2910, Feb 26 at 1151, harmonic here is often a carrier, but power outage today lowers the noise level enough to make out a few Spanish words, ``pantalones de color naranja`` (meaning prison garb?), i.e. previously identified as 3 x 970, XEVT, Villahermosa, Tabasco (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** MICRONESIA. 4755, Feb 26 at 1130, after 3.75 hours of sound sleep tnx to gas heating during electricty outage, I turn the FRG-7 back on to the frequency last tuned, which was probably BRAZIL, q.v., altho 0745 was not too early for PMA The Cross to propagate too. Now it`s way too late for Brazil, as I do have a weak signal from something; at 1154 it`s a hymn, but at 1158 it`s gone.
This neatly/nearly matches Ron Howard`s info that they now have an automatic system to turn off the SW transmitter, as he heard Feb 24 until 1159* called "DTMF tones" (dual-tone multi-frequency signaling) (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** OKLAHOMA. Shortly after power around Enid goes off, circa 0430 UT Feb 26, checking to see which stations are on or not:
Of the major secular stations:
530, `K530AM` Vance AFB off [don`t they have 10 watts of aux power?]
960, KGWA on
1390, KCRC off
1640, KOAG open carrier [and still thus by sunrise]
95.7, KXLS off
103.1, KOFM OC
107.1, KNID off
Gospel huxters, translators and LPFM:
88.7, 89.1, 89.7, on
91.1, 94.3, 98.5, off
92.1, 93.1, 105.5, probably off, not noticed
104.7, KEIF on
Another check at 0552 UT, tuning the entire FM band, wide vacant spaces, also missing stations from other cities, tho most of the OKC signals still on. May have missed some weaker signals:
ON: 88.5, 89.1, 89.7, 90.1, 91.7, 92.5, 98.9, 100.5, 101.9, 102.7, 103.1, 104.1, 105.1, 106.7, 107.7
OFF: besides the earlier ones: 104.7 KEIF
95.7: meter shows signal, only hearing noise, from KXLS
(Glenn Hauser, Enid, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** OKLAHOMA. 960, Feb 26 at 0600-0605 UT, KGWA produces another Fox-hole of dead air, having managed to keep power at studio and transmitter during power outage affecting ``all`` of Enid according to some reports. Just the usual stuff audible underneath, but no hum this time, which must be significant. Maybe they are on generators instead of usual OG&E power, somehow not hummy.
Frequent chex of KGWA, however, find it only in automated national programming, not a word about the local situation, including not before 7 am, 1300 UT when ``J. Curtis Huckleberry`` usual morning man comes on and fills us in; along with Alan Klepper, his counterpart at KOFM, who has nothing to do since 103.1 is still off the air.
Thus KGWA was our only local source of info about this emergency, altho it took them some 7 hours to get around to it (Glenn Hauser, Enid, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** OKLAHOMA. 1650, Feb 26 at 0540 UT, KYHN is *still* running program promo reel rather than programming, Geraldo Rivera at the moment.
And Feb 26 at 1249 UT, Clark Howard promo (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** PERU. 4789.9, Feb 26 at 0711, Spanish weak signal vs CODAR, no doubt R. Visión (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** PERU. 5980, Feb 26 at 0105 it`s not feasible to monitor from the porch with DX-398 as usual due to blizzard, so I see if I can hear the R. Chaski carrier on the inside rig, FRG-7 with ice-encrusted longwire: yes, vs high noise level, just barely audible carrier which goes off at 0107:03.5*, having surpassed the 0107 mark by another five seconds (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** PRIDNESTROVYE. 7290, Feb 25 at 2131, only fair signal in vocal music, uncertain language, but 2133 French talk, from Radio PMR`s legacy hour on SW (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** SOMALILAND. 7120, Feb 26 at 0459, R. Hargeysa still audible with talk, very poor signal no doubt about to fade (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U K [non]. 11770, Feb 26 at 0732, ending BBC semihour news headlines in English, poor signal but now better than 11765 Brasil. HFCC shows it`s ASCENSION, as 11770 is employed this one hour only by BBC in needlessly fragmented scheduling (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. 13845, Feb 25 at 2125, WWCR squealing along with DGS, sounds just like the squeal surrounding 13830, Feb 25 at 2125, WEWN Spanish. I bet they have the same type transmitters, in need of fresh cards in the modulator, but they can`t figure out they have a problem or how to fix it. Being high-pitched, the squeal is louder if you tune slightly to the side of either frequency.
11870, Feb 26 at 0705, this WEWN Spanish frequency overnight is also squealy; normally it`s too weak and too noisy to detect that (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. 7490, Feb 26 at 0502 tune-in to some guitar music, then a hymnsing starts and WBCQ cuts carrier at 0502:15*. I think 0500 is the nominal sign-off time most nights (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. 4079, Feb 26 at 1141, MCW beacon sends TMP 38 over and over. This is one of those HIFERs, per
``4079.7 TMPnnn SW Arizona The TEMPERATURE BEACON - Temperature in deg. F. - sends 'TMP' then 2 - 3 digit temp. in CW every 10 seconds. 1 watt [3] March 4, 2012``
It may well have been on 4079.7, as did not try to measure it closely, but definiely on lo side of 4080.0.
And here is [3] thread about it being heard, latest almost a year ago:
** U S A. 4045-USB, Feb 26 at 1143, marine weather for Bahamas, Turx & Caicos --- it`s the Bel Ami net as often reported by Bob Wilkner, as in DXLD 13-07, presumably this being the base station in Lakeland FL, WCY as in DXLD 9-050 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. 790, Feb 26 at 1226, KNST is dominant, with promo. Tucson AZ station is 5/0.5 kW, so should be on night power; Feb sunrise is not until 1415; March 1330 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. 1390, Feb 26 at 1243 UT, at least one definite ID while local KCRC is iced off: jingle for KNCK, i.e. Concordia, Kansas, presumably on PSRA of 500 watts instead of 54 watts night (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
UNIDENTIFIED. Checking likely spots for TP carriers around 1306 UT sunrise here Feb 26: at 1310: JBA carriers on 747, 828, probably Japan; at 1311, on 774, probably Japan, 738 probably Tahiti (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
UNIDENTIFIED. 1110, Feb 26 at 0558 UT, soft jazz in null of KFAB making SAH. None of the other nighttime US stations look likely in the NRC AM Log, so switch to the IRCA Mexican log for most likely candidate there, XEWR in Ciudad Juárez, 500 watts at night, but there are several others (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
UNIDENTIFIED. 1390, Feb 26 at 1240 UT with local KCRC Enid off due to power outage, it`s time to DX anything else on 1390 --- but it`s generally frustrating with a graveyard-like pileup of equally weak signals. At this point I do hear a promo mentioning 107.5, seems to be east/west. No sure match in the NRC AM Log; Googling leads to a relationship between WGRB Chicago IL and 107.5, such as in a crossover person: http://www.inspiration1390.com/pages/drea.html
but that`s a bit too tenuous to base an ID on (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
UNIDENTIFIED. 1390, Feb 26 at 1241 UT in the absence of local KCRC Enid, something(s) from Arkansas: ``serving the heart of Arkansas for 100 years``. But neither of the two 1390 AR stations is anywhere near the `heart` i.e. Little Rock --- KFFK Rogers in the NW corner, and KDQN DeQueen in the SW corner. Googling on that phrase is inconclusive, maybe applying to United Way or a children`s hospital, not necessarily as of 2013y.
At 1242 UT, Arkansas Federal Credit Union offers free app; and 433-1010 is the traffic number at The Buzz Radio Network.
OK, that number for traffic center (not clear if it means road reports, or booking commercial time!) traces to http://www.point941.com/contact/default.aspx
so this AM station must be related to that FM station in Little Rock.
This site http://www.buzzradionetwork.com/
merely lists a series of callsigns which don`t go anywhere, ``KAGL | KDRS | KFFA | KGPQ | KNAS | KNWA | KREB | KSAR | KTLO | KTTG | KXJK``
not including KDQN or KFFK, but does include KFFA --- could that be related to KFFK? Not geographically: KFFA is FM 103.1 way over on the Mississippi River in Helena. KNWA is 1600 in Harrison/Bellefonte, not too far from Rogers but not the same market, apparently unrelated.
Another little problem with the 1390 Arkansawyers is that both are Spanish per the NRC AM Log and all this was in English. KDQN-FM is English, AM is Spanish. Can`t find a real website for KFFK.
I give up trying to sort this out and decide which station(s) I really heard. Perhaps someone with an intimate knowledge of Arkansas radio can unravel it, at least confirm which 1390(s) be in Spanish and which in English, or both (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
UNIDENTIFIED. 9410-9445, Feb 25 at 2128-2129, wandering banshee blob is back, slowing moving upward with decreasing and then increasing hets against fixed broadcasters on 9410, 9420, 9435, 9445. This is what was previously associated with the defective All India Radio transmitter on 9470; among the victims is AIR GOS on 9445 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
UNIDENTIFIED. 9578 approx., Feb 26 at 0737, as I am checking out Morocco vs Gabon? See UNIDENTIFIED 9580, I also find a very weak SSB signal on the low side of Médi Un, no doubt an intruder (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
UNIDENTIFIED. 9580, Feb 26 at 0735, something very weak is hetting 9579.1 MOROCCO in French. Can it be GABON, which has been missing the last few days at various chex? Australia doesn`t start until 0800, and Aoki, EiBi show the only other 9580 at this hour is Tibet, in English, in fact --- except this is Tuesday, the one day of the week when this and many other ChiCom SW transmitters take a siesta or maintenance break at 0700-0930! (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
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