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Glenn Hauser logs August 13-14, 2012

** ARGENTINA. 11710.9, Aug 14 at 0121-0123+, RAE must be another station competing in the dead-air sweepstakes; characteristic off-frequency gives it away, instead of Japanese during this hour (when it has little chance of reaching Japan anyway) (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** BANGLADESH. Swopan Chakroborty in West Bengal, who seems to be in contact with Bangladesh Betar, reported early UT Aug 14 that the new schedule would now be:
1230-1300 15105 English
1400-1430 15505 Urdu
1515-1545 15505 Hindi
1745-1900  7105 English
1915-2000  7105 Bengali
His blog also says, “They have some problem in audio input to the Thomson make transmitter“ so it is not a Chinese one.

I was looking forward to hearing English at 1230 on 15105. But at 1239, only a JBA carrier, aside much stronger CRI on 15110. Nothing on 15505 or 15520.

Seems BB still is not matching reality with schedules. At 1359 I am hearing their IS on 15105, not 15505, very poor, and 1400 timesignal about 5 seconds late. What about Nepali and Arabic, no longer trying those languages? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CHILE. 17680, Aug 13 at 1900, revived all-day transmission of CVC La Voz is still going with gospel-rock music.

17680, Aug 14 at 1308, there it is again, inbooming in the morning, and this time an announcement in Spanish explaining why: this is their farewell week for shortwave! After 14 years, then will find satellite feeds to 400+ affiliates sufficient, plus online: “esta semana, despedida de nuestro servicio de onda corta desde Chile después de 14 años“. Having shed their other relay clients, apparently the Calera de Tango site will be closed down already after this week.

BTW, Horacio Nigro`s blog put up an excellent report on CdT, with photos from a recent visit by Chilean DXer Luis Valderas:http://lagalenadelsur.wordpress.com/2012/08/05/chile-visita-al-centro-emisor-de-calera-de-tango-cvc-la-voz/
(Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CHINA. Firedrake Aug 14 after 1300:
15550, poor at 1303 with noise added. No others heard, nor would expect to at hourtop and not checked further later today
(Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** COLOMBIA. 14950.8, Aug 14 at 0036, JBA carrier here from presumed Salem Stereo reactivation; also at 0120. I don`t have time to monitor continuously for possible fade-ins, now that we know what this is already (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA. 6050, August 14 at 0120, after at least two nights missing (transmitter problem?), RHC English is back in force, much stronger than only // 6000 which is also undermodulated, likely same transmitter as on 6125 after 0500. Take that, HCJB!

9810, Aug 14 at 0518, undermodulated and audio breakups, RHC in English! Not only is this transmitter on late past nominal 0500* but in wrong language instead of Spanish usually heard. All four 6 MHz English frequencies are also on at 0520; 9810 is an echo apart from 6010, 6050.

Jamming against nothing department: lite residual pulse jamming long before/after any possible targets are on:
 9490, Aug 14 at 0516, long after R. República finishes at 0200
11775, Aug 14 at 0514 vs Arabic, = CRI via Albania, commies vs commies
12000, Aug 14 at 0514, long after VOA Spanish is gone

9511, Aug 14 at 1314, RHC distorted FMy spurblob is back, now centered around here, presumably emanating from 9540 transmitter where it sounds OK altho as always weak and undermodulated. 9550 is off by now (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** INDIA. As alerted by Ron Howard and Jose Jacob, UT August 14 from 1330, AIR would carry the eve-of-Independence Day address by India`s new president, on 9425, 9470 and 9870, first Hindi, then English. I have had near-zero signals from all these for months, and as expected that is still the case today; only 9870 had a JBA carrier at 1347.

The special was also to be on numerous 60m transmitters, which would have even less chance of propagating this far into the dayside. BTW, once all these transmitters are converted to DRM, as AIR is deadset on doing, they will have even less chance of being audible. I do miss VBS music on 9870, which maybe will come back in the fall/winter before it goes DRM? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** INDONESIA. 9526-, Aug 14 at 1315, for the record, VOI is still absent, no trace of a signal. Atsunori Ishida, http://rri.jpn.org agrees, with no logs of it since July 26 at 1500+. Can we assume another SW station is gone for good? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** MAURITANIA. 7245, Aug 14 at 0525, IGIM is on with traditional soporific wake-up chanting (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** MEXICO. 6185, Aug 14 at 0519, open carrier aside stronger but fluttery 6180 Brasil — no doubt XEPPM has not turned off transmitter yet after 0500 sign-off (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** OKLAHOMA. 31, KXOK-LD Enid is off the air Aug 14 after 0000 UT; first noticed by black screen on Suddenlink cable channel 15, which normally picks it up thru the ether from two blox away. What about their duplicate on RF 32? By rotating antenna I finally get a signal barely decoding sporadically when aimed about 120 degrees away, probably a confusing sidelobe.

Instead of the RTV programming on the zap2it schedule, I can briefly recognize `Discover Oklahoma` the travelog/infomercial with its latest sponsor, AAA. At 0030 signal semi-lox long enough to recognize a joint ID with KTEW Ponca City, of the TV-OK network, and then probably `Outdoor Oklahoma`, hunting & fishing syndicated show, a good pair with D.O., instead of `Starsky & Hutch`. However, after 0100 it`s back to some old rerun with the RTV bug in lower-right. RF 31 and cable 15 are still off the air next morning past 1430 UT. But at 1530, RF 32 is decoding better, but not perfectly, and Suddenlink 15 is still black.

W9WI.com won`t list KXOK on ch 32, since it`s not licensed as a broadcaster but as an intercity relay or something, even tho it is running on regular ATSC standards and visible if you tune to that channel. Remaps to 31-1 just like tuning to 31 itself. Suddenlink is obviously not prepared to access 32 as a backup when 31 goes off. Normally 32 is obviously weaker than 31. We explained all this in a previous report. BTW, W9WI.com still has KXOK with A1 minor network, instead of Retro TV which has been on a few years now.

Whenever I pass thru the ground floor of the Broadway Tower in downtown Enid, including just last week in the afternoon, I notice that the TV-OK office is still there but it too is dark. (The ch 32 and 31 transmitters are atop this building). BTW, the local newspaper has never listed programming from Enid`s only TV station (or is it just a satellite of Ponca City?). (Glenn Hauser, Enid, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SAUDI ARABIA. This is not a log, unfortunately. Checking an unID on 17610 in HFCC as of Aug 12, I notice this presumably wooden entry:
“17610 1000 1300 48,47 JED 250 230 0 216 1234567 250312 281012 D ENGLISH ARS ARS ARS 11139“

Check it out: I.e. another frequency for BSKSA`s only English broadcast, besides 15250, which I meant to mention in previous report, was blocked by that ChiCom jamming at 1153 against VOA (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U K. 13710, Aug 13 at 2053, surprised to find BBCWS here, interview about Ayn Rand; very poor with fair peaks, deep fading. HFCC shows it`s a new transmission since 4 August, 20-21, 250 kW, 165 degrees from Woofferton — yet another fragment of BBCWS, the only hour ever used on this frequency (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 17530, Aug 14 at 1307, strong and steady OC, marred by a couple of uteblats, and then off; no doubt Greenville tuning up for VOA broadcast much later in the day.

BTW, BBGWatch blog reports that VOA English is being cut back to only 1.5 hours a day of original programming, the rest repeats even including news, hours out of date! (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A [non]. 17610, fair Aug 13 at 2020, preaching in French about dieu, Jesus. HFCC shows AWR, due south from Wertachtal, GERMANY (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. Most of the mystery off-frequency carriers are still here August 14 at 1319: 11736.0, 11744, 11751.5, 11776.0, 11784.0. For example, the last two make exactly the same 1 kHz het pitch against 11775 and 11785 stations (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. 11995, Aug 14 at 0515, the open carrier with some hum, is already on this early. Suspect TDF Issoudun has automated a transmitter to turn on during this hour, without any programming into or out of it (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. 15515-SSB, approx., Aug 14 at 1348, intruders, 2-way in Spanish, mentioned iglesia, Colombia, Costa Rica. Could be closer to 15514; too weak to hear on my direct-readout receivers, just the FRG-7 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

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