domingo, 1 de dezembro de 2013

Glenn Hauser logs November 30 - December 1, 2013

** ARGENTINA. 15345v, Sat Nov 30 at 2223, no signal from R. Nacional (15320 KSDA Guam is in well). Still nothing at 0056 December 1.
Bryan Clark in New Zealand had asked, ``RAE AWOL? No sign of RAE Buenos Aires on 15345v at 2020 UT 29 November or 11711v at 0250 UT 30 November. Nothing at their website to explain their absence. Anyone have any news about this?``
RAE operates only on weekdays, but the same transmitter on weekends is supposed to carry Radio Nacional in the evenings and is normally audible here. What`s wrong? Arnaldo Slaen is checking into it (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** BRAZIL. 11815, Dec 1 at 0107, R. Brasil Central, Goi?nia, fair in full ID with calls and powers for OM 1270, OT 4985, OC 11815. As usual, 4985 is totally blocked here by strong RTTY (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** CUBA. 5025, Nov 30 at 1809, less than a semihour before local mean noon, always at 1832 UT here, there is a JBA carrier on this frequency, likely what`s left of R. Rebelde after near-total but not complete absorption. This time is really closer to when the Sun is highest at the midpoint. When it should be well heard at next check 2241, obviously off the air as 5040 RHC is in well. 5025 back on again at next2 check 0112 Dec 1 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** CUBA. 11840, Dec 1 at 0108, RHC Spanish signal is very strong, but modulation is very suppressed, tsk2 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** FRANCE [and non]. 17850, Nov 30 at 1756-1757* REE has a SAH from co-channel interference, then in the clear. HFCC shows RFI in French also here at 1700-1800, 500 kW, 153 degrees from Issoudun. REE is really from Noblejas, of course, adjacent countries but different targets, despite HFCC B-13 *still* showing it as CRI = Cariari, Costa Rica, which ceased this frequency a year ago and totally ceased a month ago. Now why in the world not spread out to open frequencies in this nearly-vacant band (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** GREECE [and non]. 9420, Dec 1 at 0101, traditional VOG IS including cowbells(?), ID as Ellenike Radiophonia, so it`s survived into another new month. Atop CCI from CRI English via Kashgar (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** MALI. 5995, Nov 30 from before 2230 and at 2241, open carrier/dead air with flutter. I suppose it must be R. Mali, still burning the 50 kW for nothing, 18 hours a day from 0600 when we usually hear it (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** MEXICO. 780, Dec 1 at 0125 UT, Spanish music looping N/S, over WBBM as that can be only heard with this partially nulled. Music stops and starts again; 0128 SHVA ID as ``La Poderosa``, as already linked to XESFT San Fernando, Tamaulipas, despite that slogan lacking in the main references (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** MEXICO. 950, Dec 1 at 0123 UT, song in Spanish, segu? to ranchera, on top for a while. If looping SSW can be relied on, most likely XERN, Radio Naranjera, Monterrey NL (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** MEXICO. 1300, Dec 1 at 0116 UT, romantic music in Spanish from WSW is dominant signal, as if XEP Ju?rez is still on 38 kW day power; 0117 ID as R. Trece seems undermodulated by comparison to the music but signal is also suddenly weaker, as if they just got around to switching to night power 500 watts (per IRCA; WRTH says only 50 kW); into ads under too much QRM now (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** MEXICO. 6185-, Nov 30 at 1810 something is here, just barely modulated, and it`s slightly on the lo side compared to WWV, i.e. good evidence that XEPPM is in fact broadcasting all day, not just evenings. Checked this after getting a carrier on 5025 from presumed Cuba at mid-day. Distance from the DF is 1.9 megameters, slightly closer than Habana, and the next higher band has a propagational advantage. I imagine it`s much better further south in Baja Oclajoma.
6185 checked again at 2215, now fair signal strength but undermodulated as usual, playing jazz; 2237 announcement but can`t be sure it`s Spanish as the ACI from 6180 Brasil is getting more and more severe.
MW 1060 XEEP displays a detailed program schedule, supposedly in advance but as of Saturday night there`s nothing for Nov 30, just Fri Nov 29. So I go back to the previous Saturday Nov 23, and by golly, they did/do have a jazz hour at 16-17 local time:
So I can confidently conclude that XEPPM is active on 6185 during the day, simulcasting MW, while from 0000 UT it`s separate SW programming (but apparently not 24h, as it does go off after 0600, and never heard before/around sunrise) (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** NETHERLANDS [non]. 7375, Dec 1 at 0130, The Mighty KBC, Eric introducing Kim Elliott 35 seconds lake for a minute of radiotones; 0132 happy birthday to Martin Gallas, who was 66 last week, with Beatles` request ``Let It Be``. Usual good signal via Nauen, GERMANY (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** NORTH AMERICA. 6940-AM, Dec 1 at 0057, open carrier from a pirate; 0059 TC for 6 seconds before 0100, ID as ``XFM, The Power of X``, good signal, then music. 0126 still in well; 0132 pro-sounding announcer is apparently wrapping up, with ``Whiter Shade of Pale``, says he hopes the Radio Ronin relay earlier was OK. Other reports of this:
** PERU [and non]. 5980, Dec 1 at 0055, probably Tibetan from VOA SRI LANKA, very poor with heavy flutter, CCI; off by 0059 leaving trace of Chinese jamming, and that`s off in another minute, leaving R. Chaski whose carrier stays on until cut at 0103:44*, which is 11.5 seconds later than 48 hours ago. (Last night I was out watching Enid Light Up the Plains, with fireworx.) (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. WORLD OF RADIO 1697 monitoring: confirmed on WTWW-2, 5085, a few seconds before 0030 UT Sunday Dec 1, now a quite reliable airing; and to repeat at 0501 UT Sunday on WTWW-1, 5830 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. 9955, Sat Nov 30 at 1615 for a few minutes, *maybe* a JBA carrier from WRMI during the alleged final WORLD OF RADIO broadcast at this time, on the final day of the ex-Radio Clar?n Wilkinson transmitter in Hialeah which is going to be scrapped once WRMI takes over Okeechobee. So even I could not get a legitimate special-QSL as offered. And the WRMI webstream is still not working either. I suppose it`s down as part of the re-installation Lakeside.
As I write and dispatch this before 0500 UT Dec 1, WRMI is about to start its new era via Okeechobee. One more hour of WRMI programming until 0600 is due on 9955, switching from Hialeah to Okeechobee at 0500 with what should be a huge leap in signal strength even tho it`s still aimed south-southeast. Will the legal ID now be WRMI already?
Overcomer frequencies on the schedule at 0500: 9355, 7570, 11565, 11730. Many more during the rest of the day and night.
Of more interest will be checking 9955 at 1400, when it switches from 160 to 315 degrees; only the 14-15 UT hour currently scheduled with RMI programming aimed back across North America. The NW beam from Hialeah had not been used for some three years.
Also, what will Radio Africa contain, at 14-20 on 21525, 20-23 on 15190? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. 15655 approx., Nov 30 at 1801, modulation spike spurs around here I can match to modulation peaks on 15825 WWCR, which is quite strong, enough to audiblize these spurs again.
BTW, I notice that some editors refuse to let me use that useful word, which makes perfectly good sense and whose meaning is obvious. Such is the fate of a coiner (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. 5050-AM, Nov 30 at 2242, WWRB is on with Barber`s `Adagio for Strings` punxuating some preaching. Maybe the latest phase of USB-only on 5050 has passed? But at 0050 Dec 1, 5050 is off the air; it all depends.
I think Brother Scare was on 5050 before that; and I happened to check 3185 at 2245 to find BS JBA, as it must have just switched from its day frequency 9370 which I had tuned across a few minutes earlier (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** VIETNAM [non]. 5930, Nov 30 at 2213 music, 2220 Vietnamese announcement, fair; 2228 open carrier to 2229.4*, i.e. VOV, 114 degrees from Woofferton UK at 2130-2230 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX ISTENING DIGEST)
UNIDENTIFIED. 750, Nov 30 at 1816 UT, during my midday bandscan on the DX-398, KMMJ Nebraska in English has a SAH of about 8 Hz, both looping about the same N/S. That`s a hint that KSEO Durant OK could really be on the air; no one has answered my previous request to confirm it closer (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

Thhis report dispatched at 0452 UT December 1

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