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Glenn Hauser logs September 20, 2012

** CANADA. 6110, Sept 20 at 0523, Sackville has done it again! Dead air instead of NHK English relay. We are beginning to look forward to the switch to Guiana French for B-12 once Sackville is completely kaput. Not that they are perfect either (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) See also KOREA SOUTH [non]

** CANADA [and non]. 11795, Sept 20 at 1358, as I am trying to detect a CNR1 jammer spur one notch above 11784 on 11792, instead I can hardly believe my ears when on 11795 I barely hear the RCI IS and French/English IDs alternating. No way this is coming from Sackville unless it`s a few hundred watts, as the doomed 11655 NHK relay is inbooming (and not with an RCI IS break, so no spur of that).

It so happens that 11795 was, and presumably still is, in use by SAC for the KBS World Radio relay in Spanish to S America at 1100-1200. But I would more likely think this is another feed mixup at a Chinese transmitter (like running the REE IS for years before their own CRI Nepali service). But Aoki, EiBi and HFCC agree that the only use by CRI of 11795 is also at 1100-1157, English southward from Kashgar, EAST TURKISTAN.

At 1359.6, something else adds on to 11795, listed as BBC Hindi via SINGAPORE at 1400-1430. But I am still hearing the RCI IS and IDs mixing in past 1401. So what is going on here?? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CHINA. Firedrake Sept 20, before 1300:
12670, very poor at 1246; none in the 11s
13130, very poor at 1246
14700, poor-fair at 1244
14980, JBA at 1244
15555, poor at 1242
16100, poor at 1241
16920, very poor at 1241
(Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CHINA. 11768, Sept 20 at 1354, weak Chinese but enough modulation to make it // 11785 CNR1 jammer, a reverb apart. The other +/- 8 kHz multiple spurs from the 11760 source jammer covered by RHC are just carriers detectable on 11736, 11744, 11752, 11776, 11784, but those within 2 kHz of a legitimate signal make obvious hets against: 11735, 11750, 11775, 11785 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) See also EAST TURKISTAN; CANADA [non]

** CUBA. 6000, Sept 20 at 0304 I notice that RHC is in Spanish here instead of English which is on 6050, more Spanish on 6060. After checking 11995, see GUIANA FRENCH, I also hear RHC on 12000, and here it is in English! Mixing with something else. Very strange, like the 6000 English transmitter is mistuned to go out on second harmonic instead while another one is on fundamental 6000 in Spanish?? At 0328 recheck, 6000 is back in English // 6050. Leave it to RHC to come up with yet another new anomaly.

17580, Sept 20 at 1239, as often happens here, no signal from RHC, tho 17730 is the SSOB. Then 17580 cuts on at *1240 with // Spanish programming in progress (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** EAST TURKISTAN. 15110, Sept 20 at 1230 as I am straining to hear Bangladesh on 15105, with BFO on detecting only a JBA carrier, suddenly there is a clear 6-pip timesignal (??) ending at the odd time of 1232:03. It must have come from the 15110 transmitter, the pip pitch accounting for audibility 5 kHz away unlike the rest of the weak signal, which is per Aoki and HFCC: CRI in Chinese, 500 kW due west from Urumqi. 15110 is in turn much weaker than CNR1 jamming of VOA on 15115 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** GUIANA FRENCH [and non]. 11995, Sept 20 at 0259 I am checking RTI Spanish relay, which is closing with full Spanish schedule announcement; will they turn off the carrier or not? They do, but before 0300 another weaker one starts up with a SAH and produces a timesignal. That`s listed as BBC Urdu via UAE at 03-04. And wouldn`t you know it, tonight there is no OC with hum later on at 0527 check; meanwhile this time Turkey 11980 is good and not fluttery (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** INDONESIA [and non]. 3325, Sept 20 at 1216, some talk is making it thru the hi line noise level here, sounds Indonesian, so presumed RRI Palangkaraya, but also a slow SAH which could be from PNG. Very weak carriers elsewhere on 90m match PNG channels: 3205, 3235, 3315, none higher that 3325 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** KOREA SOUTH [non]. 9650, Sept 20 at 1225, KBSWR via Sackville, interview in English about higher education in Korea — and again with that recurring annoying clicking sound, which since I only hear it on Sackville`s KBS relays, I tend to blame on KBS` program feed, not RCI (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) see also CANADA

** KURDISTAN [non]. 11510, Sept 20 at 1352, presumed Kurdish music, very poor from Denge Kurdistan, ex-11530. Is the site still really Ukraine? My inquiries to Ludo Maes of broker TDP/Broadcast Belgium, and to Olex Yegorov, ex-RUI, about the status of Ukrainian SW have gone unanswered (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** MAURITANIA. 7245, Sept 20 at 0517, it`s an off-night for IGIM. As Theo Donnelly points out, the domestic service runs 24 hours, so it may just be a matter of who remembers or forgets to turn the SW transmitter on and off (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** MEXICO. 560, Sept 20 at 1135 UT, long singing jingle I wish I could have copied, then says “Lupe 93-3“, salud PSA. So it`s per Cantú:
560 XEXZ Lupe + FM 93.3 Zacatecas, Zacatecas 5,000 1,000
Lupe is short for Guadalupe, patron saint, allegedly a virgin, a bit more formal than “Guada“. Countless Mexican women are named Lupe (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** MEXICO. 640, Sept 20 at 1132 UT, ID mentions 99.3 FM y 640 AM, on to music in English. With the proliferation of FMs duplicating AMs, there could be more than one matchup, but so far in Cantú, only:
640 XEHHI Los 40 Principales + FM 99.3 Hidalgo del Parral, Chihuahua 10,000 1,000 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** MEXICO. 660, Sept 20 at 1128 UT, a guy speaking slowly and deliberately unlike most SS, apparently a local political commentator, mentions that ex-president “Gustavo Díaz Ordaz vino a Nuevo León“, i.e. came to NL, implying that he is located there. Still going past 1131, 1138 as QRM is growing. On that flimsy evidence I make it tentatively per Cantú:
660 XEFZ ABC Radio Monterrey, N.L. 10,000 1,000
(Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** MEXICO. 760, Sept 20 at 1205 UT, choral NA loops E/W, no full ID follows but “continuamos con más música en Radio Geny“, i.e.:
760 XENY Radio Geny Nogales, Sonora 5,000 100
per Cantú. I bet it is on day power at 5 am. Another SS to the N/S nulled (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

See also UNIDENTIFIEDs 800, 830

** MEXICO. 1100, Sept 20 at 1155 UT, YL DJ in Spanish, NE/SW; 1157 fades down just in time for SHVA full ID at 1200 with phone numbers; 1210 I catch YL DJ with a 5:10 timecheck, so it`s in the UT -7 zone. Since the Arizonan is not Spanish, that leaves only this in Cantú:
1100 XENAS Unica + FM 95.5 Navojoa, Sonora 1,000 500
(Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** NIGERIA [and non]. 15120, Sept 20 at 0525, VON fair signal with hum, report on racism in UK football; this was an `African night` on 19m, with 15400 Dabanga/Madagascar fair, and 15580 VOA Botswana good, while R. Australia was very poor on 15515 and inaudible on 15240; yet good on 13630 below the MUF (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** ROMANIA. 11870-11875-11880, Sept 20 at 0529, DRM is unusually pulsing or with a regular fade, and really bothering 11870 WEWN Spanish. It`s RRI Tiganeshti in English at 0530-0600 307 degrees toward UK but also USward. By contrast RNZI DRM 11670-11680 has the usual steady noise sound (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SOMALILAND. 7120, tune-in at 0329 UT Sept 20, R. Hargeisa carrier is on at good S9+15 level, better than last night, BFO not needed, and vocal HOA music starts shortly after 0330. Long cuts with occasional pauses, segués. Since reception declines gradually, we wish they would have said something at first like a sign-on in English greeting new listeners in North America! But it`s all-music except for announcements of about one minute in presumed Somali at 0355, 0405:30 (this one could have been in heavily-accented English), 0415 and I think at 0423 as it is gone by 0426.

Held up pretty well until weakening at 0348; not much QRhaM, but some CW now and then, and SSB almost far enough away on the hi side. Atmospheric noise was the main problem, altho the lightning strike map only showed some small spots around Lake Michigan, off Cape Hatteras, and in the Gulf of Mexico. Since Hargaysa is less than 10 degrees north latitude, there is little variation in local sunrise time, currently 0253 UT (so lasting a sesquihour after that is doing well), and gaining only 20 minutes by Winter Solstice at 0313. And the morning transmission could still be only a test at the behest of DXers, so hasten to hear it (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** TAHITI. 738, Sept 20 at 1120, JBA carrier looping WSW, likely this which others with greater gain are hearing into deep North America. No signals on the NHK splits (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A [non]. 11905, Sept 20 at 0531, poor signal in uncertain language, sounds like “Sede Washington“, stingers, also mentions Istanbul. HFCC shows VOA Kurdish via VATICAN at 05-06 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 9330-CUSB, Sept 20 at 0534, WBCQ with open carrier/dead air instead of Radio 211/Good Friends Radio Network. Next check at 1223 it`s modulating again (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 9479, Sept 20 at 1227, a byproduct of WTWW`s offset frequency is that the superstrong signal overloads receiver, and puts imaging 1-kHz hets on numerous weak signals, especially above 9700 for some reason. Switch on attenuation or detune FRG-7 preselector and they go away. Not to be confused with genuine 1 kHz transmitted spurs on 25m; see CHINA.

George McClintock advises that the US government wants 5755 back, for MARS? So WTWW has to move, planned effective at 0100 UT Sept 26. Probably to 5745 which has been registered by WWRB but not used. I pointed out that in the B-seasons, R. Martí is on 5745 at 11-14 UT, which could be a problem, not only before sunrise, but because the Cuban jammers are notorious for running far beyond the hours when “needed“. So he`s considering other frequencies near 5755. The new one should be in effect by WOR #1636 UT Sunday Sept 30 at 0400 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 5050, Sept 20 at 0300 check, WWRB is off the air. Hope they are back on and modulating 24 hours later for WOR at 0330v UT Friday (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. WORLD OF RADIO 1635: completed in time for first airing on 9955 WRMI, UT Thursday Sept 20 at 0330: totally blocked here by wall of noise jamming; tnx a lot, Arnie! Repeats are: Sat 0800, 1500, 1730, Sun 0800, 1530, 1730, Mon 0500, 1130. Elsewhere:

Thu 2100 on WTWW 9479, your first and best chance
UT Fri 0330v on WWRB 5050 (we hope!)
UT Sat 0130v on Area 51 via WBCQ 5110v-CUSB
UT Sat 0630 on HLR 7265
UT Sun 0400 on WTWW 5755
UT Tue 0930 on HLR 5980
Also WRN via SiriusXM 120, Sat & Sun 1730, Sun 0830
All webcast and via numerous webcast services, complete schedule:
http://www.worldofradio.com/radioskd.html
(Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 880, Sept 20 at 1142, ranchera music making slow SAH with KRVN NE, but generally atop it, and also QRM de KLRG AR. KRVN unavoidable, this loops SSE so if it`s Mexican it has to be from the Yucatán peninsula, unlikely. 1147 OM DJ with catch-phrase “la que llegó para quedarse“ and phone number, for requests? 1150 outro to a “corridito“, ID as Radio Aleluya, plugging church services with schedules, one on Calle Pasadena; several 713-AC phone numbers, mentions TV canal 30.1, catch-slogan again. Somewhat overmodulated and distorted. It`s KJOZ Conroe TX (rimshooting Houston), as in NRC AM Log with Spanish religion, address in Pasadena TX, 10/1 kW but sounds like day power already (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** VATICAN. 17590, Sept 20 at 1239, poor signal in Chinese, but sounds like a dialect other than Putonghua. Yet listed only as Vatican Radio direct at 1225-1315, which is supposedly only in Mandarin. Maybe it`s “church Chinese“ (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. 800, Sept 20 at 1207 UT, unreadable “Donald Duck“ distorted modulation can be heard mixing with KQCV OKC and XEROK CiJz. Best DF I can get on it is SSW/NNE. Presumed Mexican which has been this way for months, altho I can`t even recognize it as Spanish. Based on direxion and proximity, the two most likely culprits are per Cantú:
800 XEZR La Traviesa Zaragoza, Coah.     2,000 2,000
800 XEDD La Tremenda Montemorelos, N.L. 10,000 2,500
As I say every time I hear this, without response, someone in south Texas should be able to pinpoint this mess by groundwave in daytime. Note that there is only one Texan on 800 even in the daytime, KDDD way up in the NW corner at Dumas, which is now Spanish, the Ding-Dong Daddy; how would that translate? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. 830, Sept 20 at 1123 UT I make out one word vs WCCO QRM, “Consentida“. Since that is often a station name or nickname I hope to find a Mexican in the lists, but not in IRCA, Cantú or WRTH. (WCCO has Charles Osgood endorsing stamps.com; come on!) Searching on “la consentida 830“ leads to one old blog post from 2005y referring to that as in Mexico City. Now the M.C. station on 830 is XEITF, Radio Capital. Too flimsy a connexion (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. 6925-USB, Sept 20 at 0519, weak piratical music, C&W sounds like Hank Williams or ilk; very poor (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

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