quarta-feira, 8 de abril de 2015

Glenn Hauser logs April 6-7-8 , 2015

** AUSTRALIA. 12075, April 8 at 1327, good signal from RBA ID & IS prélude, 1330 sign-on to South Asia finally announcing correct frequency 12075 instead of 11590 which I had not heard since March 30, tho it may have lasted a day or two longer. So it took about a week for them to catch up to their own QSY: still announcing ``11590`` as of April 6, unchecked April 7 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** BRAZIL. 11710, 11745 & 11815, April 8 at 0544, crackling spurs from 11780.1v RNA/RNB still have not been eliminated (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** CHINA [and non]. 17705, April 8 at 1314, CNR1 jammer echoing and ruining SAUDI ARABIA, but the real target is All India Radio, Chinese service which has just moved here for A-15. Recheck at 1318, BSKSA in the clear as AIR ends at 1315.
18990, April 8 at 1317, very poor signal only here on this band, i.e. the Wed & Sat 13-14 channel for RFA Tibetan via KUWAIT; can`t really tell whether it`s that or a CNR1 jammer.
16100, April 8 at 1319, CNR1 jammer, poor with flutter. No other OOBs found in the 17s, 15s, 14s, 13s or 12s. Yet the East Turkistani non-jammer CRI services in French and English are in very well on 17560, 17630, 17650 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** CUBA. 15370, April 8 at 1313, RHC still absent; barely audible on 15230, better on 17730, 9640, etc. No, website schedule still hasn`t been updated beyond B-14 until March 7. Wake up, Arnie! (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** EGYPT [and non]. 13840-13850-13860, April 8 at 0547, suptorted bigsig from R. Cairo in Arabic toward N America on 13850 again putting out spurs 10 kHz above and below, the 13840 one messing with NHK French via MADAGASCAR during this semihour only (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** FRANCE. 15560, April 8 at 0552, poor signal in Arabish? No, must be Swahili as HFCC shows RFI at 0530-0600, 500 kW, 135 degrees from Issoudun (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** GREECE. 15650, April 8 at 0551, poor signal in Greek // fair 9420, so ERTOpen (or whatever it`s currently calling itself), with MUF holding up late (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** PHILIPPINES. 11990, April 8 at 1405, VOA Korean is overmodulated and distorted from Tinang transmitter, a recurrent problem on this and other/previous frequencies; also splattering plus/minus 10. This is on the 21-degree antenna. Usual strong signal since that azimuth crosses: Pusan (slightly off North Korea), Barrow, Sioux Lookout, Ann Arbor, Myrtle Beach, ergo, also a North American service (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) 
** SPAIN [and non]. 17855, April 7 at 1912, REE reactivated here with SBG in Castilian; first time heard since the early few days of A-15. VG signal on the N American beam, much stronger than // 17715, and also stronger than // 15490 which is second best (and which had been first-best during 17855` absence). Also JBA on // 15450, so congrats, four transmitters running at once. This time, no France adjacent on 17850, or is there a JBA carrier there? HFCC does have RFI registered 19-20 from ISSoudun from 29 March to 29 August only (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** SUDAN [and non]. 13800, April 8 at 0549, R. Dabanga, very good via VATICAN, and NO tone jamming for a change. But // 11650 is only fair and with tone jamming. 
HFCC shows a confusing site swaparound for 13800, content of which must be 0400-0429 R. Tamazuj, 0429-0559 R. Dabanga:
0400-0430, 250 kW, 138 degrees from FRANCE
0430-0530, 250 kW, 335 degrees from MADAGASCAR
0530-0600, 250 kW, 150 degrees from VATICAN
So at 0529 amid the Dabanga broadcast there would be a site change. 
Meanwhile on 11650:
0400-0430, 250 kW, 145 degrees from VATICAN
0430-0600, 250 kW, 146 degrees from VATICAN
What`s the point of a separate listing with a 1-degree azimuth shift? Really a transmitter change? Both are on Antenna type 216. And BTW amid this also on 11650 at 0400-0500 is CRI Vietnamese via Kunming (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. WORLD OF RADIO 1767 monitoring: confirmed Wednesday April 8 on WRMI 9955: gh ID at 1315.1; WOR from 1315.6, good signal but lite pulse jamming: tnx a lot, Arnie! Next:
Wed 2100 WBCQ 7490v
Thu 0330 WRMI 9955 [or 1768 if ready in time]
Thu 1230 WRMI 9955 [ditto]
Thu 2100 WRMI 7570 [ditto; NEW, unconfirmed]
** U S A. Regional tropo enhancement again this morning April 8, Hepburn map much like yesterday, OK into KS. This time on the Zenith STB DTV converter I try a different approach than stepping directly thru all the RF channels. 
Instead I start tuning thru the virtual channels, and if I see any hesitation of the NO SIGNAL response to show up, I know there is really a BAD signal there, and then convert it to what the real RF channel is being tuned. Of course this only works, I think, on channels previously saved, but there are a lot of them by now.
On 5.1 I am getting two BAD signals in addition to local KOCO RF 7: One of them is on RF 18, and the other on RF 41. Checking W9WI.com listings it`s obvious what both of them have to be in this area, even tho they never decode any video; and both are gone by 1430 UT:
RF 41, April 8 at 1418 UT, must be KXAS, 390.1 kW, 5.1, Fort Worth TX
RF 18, April 8 at 1418 UT, must be KFSM, 550 kW, 5.1 in Fort Smith AR 
[and BTW, the refusal of KFOR OKC RF 27 to decode 24 hours earlier was likely caused by CCI from another RF 27, KFTA, 600 kW in Fort Smith]
RF 21, April 8 at 1426 UT, BAD signal displays as 40.1, which means it also has to be Fort Smith AR, 325 kW KHBS.
RF 30, April 8 at 1424 UT, bad signal but labeled 30.1. Listing shows a KCLJ-LP, 15 kW in Joplin/Carthage MO, but I suspect it`s really K30AE in Alva OK, OETA translator, which W9WI.com thinx should be displaying as virtual 13, but IIRC other OETA translators also show real RF channels as virtual.
RF 31, April 8 at 1425 UT, decode as Univisi, i.e. megawatt KDCU-DT licensed to Derby KS (Wichita market). W9WI.com claims virtual channel 46, but I see it says 31.1. W9WI.com also shows this with 46.2 UniMAS. I must look for that as 31.2 next time it tropos in. 
Furthermore, W9WI.com on ch 31 also has a ``USA DTV channel allotment change request`` with everything the same except suffix KDCU-DR. What`s that about? Does that mean applying for a permanent change of channel? If so, which one is not displayed.
(RF 31 is still open in Enid, no KXOK-LD tho its relay on RF 32 continues active as described yesterday.) Meanwhile, the other major VHF and UHF signals from Wichita market are also in, but no deeper into Kansas, some of them decoding as my antenna remains aimed at OKC.)
RF 43, April 8 at 1426 UT, BAD signal, displays with EIGHT total virtual subchannels, 43.1 thru 43.8. That means it has to be KCTU-LD, Wichita KS, only 2.7 kW. I`ve previously got it to decode. See W9WI.com for the eight different programs it allegedly provides (Glenn Hauser, Enid OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
This report dispatched at 1627 UT April 8

15505, April 7 at 1359, open carrier, poor with flutter, 1359:33 BB IS starts; 1359:56 IS stops, but NO mistimesignal, just opening announcement, and into Urdu theme music (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** CUBA. 13605, April 7 at 0546, R. Martí is long gone at this hour, but the DentroCuban Jamming Command angrily keeps attacking its A-15 frequency with pulse jamming, and irregular beeping more audible with BFO, like the clip I previously recorded on 11930. In fact, 11930 is doing the same thing now (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** CUBA. 15370, April 7 at 1326, this RHC frequency is still missing. Old B14 sked is still on website, showing it at 14-16 UT, but from DST March 8, it really shifted to 13-15 UT (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** GERMANY. 17810, April 7 at 1342, poor signal with hymn, language sounds Chinese, only signal in the 17.8s. HFCC shows it`s AWR, 250 kW, 70 degrees via Nauen at 1300-1500 in Chinese (except Sat & Sun 1300-1330 Uyghur). Would any of that merit jamming? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** KOREA NORTH [and non]. 11570, Tuesday April 7 at 1335, fast tone jamming, about 8 pulses per second, offset at 11571, a modulated carrier, against weak station. At first I think KTWR Vietnamese must have shifted down from 11580 to 11570, but it would have closed at 1330 anyway except on a Saturday. For more options, consult Aoki, which has something else on 11570, missing from HFCC:
11570 1300-1500 UZB Radio Free Chosun Kor Tashkent 1-7
** OKLAHOMA. Earthquake report: the DXLD/WOR room shakes for a few seconds, April 7 at 0352:24 UT. USGS info looked up later shows:
M 3.1 5 km SE of Enid, Oklahoma 2015-04-07 03:52:17 UTC 5.0 km
Location 36.357°N, 97.838°W
Once again, note the delay, only 7 seconds, and this one is indeed closer! Meanwhile, the previous one we logged, which felt weaker here, has been slightly downgraded from original mag 4.2:
M 3.9 - 20 km SSE of Medford, Oklahoma 2015-04-06 15:30:23 UTC
Location 36.634°N 97.657°W Depth 5.2 km
(Glenn Hauser, Enid, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** OKLAHOMA [non]. 1520, April 7 at 0556 UT, KOKC is still off, allowing KOLM Rochester MN to dominate over some weaker signals: 0559 UT weather on ``Sports Radio 1520, The Ticket``. Beyond cheatin` KOLM, should be a great opportunity to DX others while lacking usual KOKC dominance, probably not much longer once their new antenna be up. 
Recheck in daytime 1539 UT April 7, KOKC is still off, but there`s always KOKC-via-KEBC on 1560 for those who can get it; weak here, but usually readable on caradio at least (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** OKLAHOMA [and non]. RF 5 thru 51, with only a few exceptions, almost every channel in this range has at least a BAD DTV signal, tnx to heavy regional tropo, April 7 from tune-in 1428 UT. Most of them not enough to decode, but notable is RF 27, where KFOR OKC, normally a bigsig, is NOT decoding, meaning it has too much co-channel interference. My antenna is still stuck toward OKC, remember, so I can`t rotate and chase other direxions. One which does decode is RF35, KMTW DT, i.e. the megawatt in Hutchinson KS, off the back.
On RF 5, brief sign of a BAD signal is intriguing. W9WI.com listings in the area include not a single Kansan, but a single Oklahoman not too far off the antenna heading:
Durant, OK KXDA-LD 100 33-07-57N 096-39-39W LIC 47.1:S:REL
Durant, OK KXDA-LD 3,000 32-54-04N 096-41-15W CP 47.1:S:REL
And of course several in further TX, notably but unlikely:
KCWX Fredericksburg TX, 23.7 kW or ``special-temporary`` with 45 kW 
The Mountainlake tropo map shows huge overlapping red blobs over OK and all adjacent states; the more refined Hepburn map for 1200 UT today shows the major area around Louisiana, but a separate minor area from OK into KS.
In legacy-mode, after being sure my analog TV set is still connected to the same antenna thru amp and splitter, I still step thru all the channels, 2 up to 56 in case there be any NTSC left; discounting cable radiation here and there, not a raster to be seen, except something on ch 52 --- this must not be real either, as W9WI.com shows there is only ONE US station of any kind left on this channel, a TBN analog translator in Pennsylvania. Here, utility occupancy starts at 57, and many more, but not all, upwards thru 83, which my old Zenith 12-incher B&W still tunes. I reset it to channel 2 hoping for some sporadic E analog DX from the few Canadians, Mexicans, Cubans, Americans left (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** SUDAN [and non]. 13800, April 7 at 0547, heavy tone jamming mixing with R. Dabanga, fair signals at about equal levels. // 11650 the same situation, but both at poor levels. 13800 is via MADAGASCAR; 11650 via VATICAN (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** TIBET [non]. 18980, April 7 at 1344, JBA signal here. Try to // it with CNR1 jammer on 15265, but not, tho it could be, merely not synch.
18990, April 7 at 1344, an even weaker JBA broadcast signal, also with some noise.
So what`s the Tuesday registration for RFA Tibetan via Kuwait?
18980 at 13-14, 18990 at 12-13. So both RFA and the jammer should be on 18980 during this hour, but April 5 I did find them uncoördinated. By 1358 today, 18980 is off, 18990 still on (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. WORLD OF RADIO 1767 monitoring: confirmed Tuesday April 7 at 1106 on WRMI 9955, VG signal, atop lite pulse jamming: tnx a lot, Arnie! Next:
Wed 0630 HLR 7265-CUSB Hamburger Lokalradio
Wed 1315 WRMI 9955 
Wed 1430 HLR 7265-CUSB Hamburger Lokalradio
Wed 2100 WBCQ 7490v 
Thu 0330 WRMI 9955 [or 1768 if ready in time]
Thu 1230 WRMI 9955 [ditto]
Thu 2100 WRMI 7570 [ditto; NEW]
** U S A. 720, April 6 at 1901 UT on caradio, here`s WGN radio again at midday, weak but clear and fully readable (as long as I am between powerline and traffic light buzzes), during ``WGN News``. This is really getting weird: as we are more and more into hi solar angles, and this is less than a semihour beyond local mean noon, it seems less and less likely this could be residual skywave breaking thru. WGN is capable of getting here on extended groundwave, but previously not so reliably nor so strongly. Of the big Chicago stations, this is the only one with a really Clear channel. Has something improved the ground conductivity between there and here? With general drought conditions above ground, one would not think so. However, the Extreme Drought is only here in OK, not so much up toward Chicago (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
This report dispatched at 1625 UT April 7
Enviado por: Glenn Hauser: wghauser@yahoo.com

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