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Glenn Hauser logs November 2, 2012

** ALBANIA. 6100, Nov 2 tuning in early in case R. Tirana is really starting at 0200 as per the new schedule announcements. No, nothing there at 0212, nor at 0225, but at 0227 a very poor carrier is going on and off, and continues to be JBA at 0230. Assuming this is really it, not a good night for propagation from Europe. Not all my local noise sources were off but should have made little difference if they were (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** AUSTRALIA. 5995 AM, Nov 2 at 1128, English with S. Asian accent had me going for a moment until I realized it had to be R. Australia, 10 kW from Brandon, and Oz accent soon followed. BTW, HFCC B-12 shows all RA on 5995 is in AM, no DRM any more. Is this incorrect?

2325, Nov 2 at 1132, JBA carrier detectable here once I offset the BFO on China/PNG 7325 and tune down exactly 5 MHz, presumably VL8T, passing another one on 3325, presumably PNG/Indonesia, but all way too down in the noise level (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** BANGLADESH. 15505, Nov 2 at 1358, hum and BB IS past 1400, timesignal finally ending at 1400:31 and opening Urdu, usual very poor signal. Was not hearing this at all on Nov 1 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** BRAZIL. 6180, Nov 2 at 0208, it`s another night off for the extremely unreliable RNB transmitter, good news for 6175 and 6185 neighbors (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CANADA. 9625, Nov 2 at 0502, yes, CBCNQ via CKCX survives another day into its “revoked“ afterlife, with CBC News, 0505 “O, Canada“ ending at 0506.5, followed by carrier and tone for a while (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CHINA. Firedrake Nov 2, before 1400:
11970, fair at 1342. HFCC B-12 has no victim, but Aoki A-12 had SOH
12370, fair at 1342
12980, fair at 1342
15565, very poor at 1344; none in the 13s, 14s, 16s, 17s

** CUBA [and non]. 5025, Nov 2 at 0045, R. Rebelde again with considerable RTTY QRM. Can someone with RTTY capability ID this?

5040, Nov 2 at 0045, RHC in French, so still on summer scheduling, to become English this hour whenever DST be over (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** ERITREA. 7175, Nov 2 at 0403, poor signal in HOA talk, presumably one of the VOBME services; no QRM or jamming or hamming (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** KOREA SOUTH. 6670, Nov 2 at 1126, weak talk on AM with flutter, no jamming, presumably Korean from MND Radio as per late A-12 Aoki schedule at 1100-1150. A change from the MND sked in DXLD 12-41 early October, which had 6700 at this hour, and 6670 only as an ex-frequency at 07 and 13, and furthermore not to be confused with 6760 which they have also used (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** KOREA SOUTH. 15575, Nov 2 at 1409, JBA carrier with flutter, possibly KBS World Radio in new North American service direct, replacing Sackville 9650. I keep forgetting to check in the 12-13 period for English on 15575, but don`t expect it to be any better, certainly not at a listenable level. Especially since HFCC shows co-channels at both hours: BBC English via Cyprus at 12, BSKSA Pashto via Riyadh at 14. KBSWR would be a lot better off co-opting some of those MND Radio transmitters which make it over here much better below 7 MHz. Better yet, put a relay back on something closer like GUF, WHRI (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** MEXICO [and non]. See VATICAN 6185

** NEWFOUNDLAND. 6160.9, Nov 2 at 1125, still hearing het from CKZN presumably against CKZU, tho today`s sunrise in St. John`s was 1017 UT per (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** NIGERIA [non]. “African nights“ on 19m are scarcer and scarcer as there is more winter darkness this end of path and MUFs are uncoöperative. 15120, Nov 2 at 0509, no signal from VON but there should have been tonight if it were on, since 15580 VOA BOTSWANA was in well, and 15400 BBC SOUTH AFRICA too; while Australia 15515 was JBA, and something very poor on 15480, i.e. AWR Arabic from Meyerton too (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** OKLAHOMA. 780, Nov 2 at 1106 UT, open carrier from the direxion of KSPI Stillwater, vs something in Spanish and WBBM. NRC AM Log 2012 does not mention any PSRA for this daytimer, but HFCC AM Query correspondence file does have one from Feb 28, 2007:
showing that from Sept thru Feb KSPI can operate from 6 am until true sunrise with ONE WATT!!! In March it`s a hefty ten watts, and April-August the full 250. Well, I`m sure this carrier when it`s on is the full 250 by groundwave.

AM Log also says “No PSSA“ but KSPI enjoys that too:
showing ONE or TWO WATTS, in a complicated schedule which in June lasts as late as 10:45 pm local time.

Official SR/SS for KSPI are:
Nov 1300-2315 UT
Dec 1330-2315 UT
Jan 1345-2330 UT
(Glenn Hauser, Enid, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** PAPUA NEW GUINEA [and non]. 7325, Nov 2 at 1131, CRI Japanese via Jinhua has an understation CCI with music. Nothing else known on 7325 at this hour except Wantok Radio Light, 1 kW. Better to hear it before China starts at 1000, or during 1400-1430 break, but probably too late for it here (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SOMALILAND. 7120, Nov 2 at 0327, carrier is on, not earlier tho Edward Kusalik, Alberta, had it the previous Friday Oct 26 opening at 0300. By 0333 R. Hargeisa is Qur`aning, fair signal gradually declining but still audible past 0400 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SPAIN [and non]. 9630, Nov 2 at 0209, oh oh, REE relay is on wrong frequency instead of 9675, and thus along with // but always-ahead Noblejas 9620, resqueezing the post-mortem CBCNQ signal on 9625. But already at 0211 they`ve switched to 9675. Note, Cariari, when DRM noise is finished with 9625-9630-9635 at 0200, you need to change the frequency too in B-12, unlike A-12.

9620, Nov 2 at 0210, REE direct from Spain now has CCI; what could it be? HFCC shows not only Noblejas 00-05, 250 kW at 230 degrees to Latin America, old B-11 info, but also: CNR Beijing at 01-09, 150 kW non-direxional; and also2: NHK Japanese via Wertachtal, 0200-0500, 250 kW, 135 degrees. It`s surely the latter: altho beamed in very different direxions, it`s asking for trouble like this to radiate two European signals simultaneously and simulfrequencily. But I am indebted to them for prompting me to a new coinage. Pace Dan (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** TUNISIA [and non]. 7275, Nov 2 at 0404, IWT has CCI in B-12 making a slow SAH with considerable modulation in an Afrolang. Surely it`s not Nigeria, too early for that, and it is barely modulated. HFCC has the answer:
7275, 0330-0430, VOA Kinyarawanda, 100 kW, 100 degrees from SAO TOME!

The confused Tunisians continue to register their transmissions one hour later than reality, so IBB apparently axually believed Sfax would not start until 0500! They should read DXLD to become well-informed, or at least WRTH: Tunisia has been starting 7275 at 0400 for years (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 7506.4, Nov 2 at 0206, WRNO is back to very poor signal, and just barely modulated; exciter-only again? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 5051, Nov 2 at 0207 checking out WWRB a sesquihour before WORLD OF RADIO time: it`s back to 1 kHz offset, and making a het with some carrier on 5050, why?? Also on // 3195 with preacher screaming about Timothy IV.

5051, recheck at 0326 UT Friday Nov 2, Pastor Larry Cain in Anderson SC as usual, but this frequency keeps cutting off and on: or rather, not completely off but cuts to much weaker, as in exciter-only? // 3195 stays on without problems. After 0330, some of the drops on 5051 are to completely off the air. C-A-I-N doesn`t sign off with “Amen & amen“ until 0331:30 and as Capt. Dave Frantz promised, WORLD OF RADIO 1641 follows immediately, no longer a respectful pause needed, trying to get the playback to work. But 5051 keeps cutting down or off the air so I hope everyone retuned to 3195.

Further WOR 1641 airings:
UT Saturday 0130v on Area 51 via WBCQ 5110v-CUSB
Saturday 0630 & 1630 on Hamburger Lokalradio 7265
Saturday 0800, 1500, 1730, Sunday 0900, 1630, Monday 0600, Tuesday 1200 on WRMI 9955
UT Sunday 0400 on WTWW 5745 [last week did not also air on 5085 UT Sunday in the 0100-0500 period, but who knows this week?]On WRN via SiriusXM 120: Saturday 1730

** U S A. 960, UT Friday Nov 2 at 0500-0505, local KGWA Enid again provides a DX window Fox-hole by suspending modulation. This time dominating in its strong carrier`s null is ABC News, likely KMA in Iowa, breaking for the same credit-card Freedom Debt Relief commercial twice! at 0502 and 0504, the first one preceded by a UNICEF USA PSA. These and what was left of the time for news were fully readable, as would have been any ID if uttered (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 1030, Nov 2 at 1211 UT, preacher in English is dominating frequency from N/S, no doubt daytimer KCTA; it`s Roloff selling some Xmas item with a Corpus Christi address. And no hum, unlike the open carrier they were running late into the night a few weeks ago. Official November sunrise at KCTA is not until 1245. FCC AM Query shows they do have a PSRA:
of 217 watts this month, but a heftier 245 watts most of the year. Well, this is no 217 watts, sounds more like 50,000. Guess what the “limiting stations“ are for this KCTA PSRA: not only WBZ but TGUX, i.e. Guatemala it is supposedly protecting (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** VATICAN [and non]. 9560, Nov 2 at 0039, good signal with VR IS, 0040 “Laudetur Jesus Christus“ and into Hindi. This is yet another instance of radiating plenty signal in wrong direxions, supposedly 250 kW, 93 degrees from SMG, to be followed by other S Asian languages culminating with English at 0140-0200, and if holds up then, could be considered an accidental NAm primetime service, otherwise abandoned. On Mon & Thu only, starts earlier at 0015 with Urdu, 4 degrees further north. Same setup for // 7410 via Tashkent, inaudible here, in which case the Urdu/Hindi beam switch goes 14 degrees further east.

7305, checking for the new VR relay in Spanish via Greenville at 0200-0245: UT Nov 2 at 0205, I hear the outro of VOA news in English! Then dead air until 0207:50 brings up VR in Spanish talking about santos. Previous chex since B-12 began have found no signal or dead air, so this is progress.

7305, Nov 2 at 1130, the other new Greenville relay until 1200, starts aproblematically, “en el aire, el programa hispanoamericano de Radio Vaticana“, very good signal. Or was it “Vaticano“; hard to keep up with which gender they self-reference in different languages.

6185, Nov 2 at 0322, XEPPM doesn`t have to worry about any ACI from 6190 or 6180, with Brasil missing again, but it should be worrying about CCI, as their Mexican music mixes with some other station in unknown language with a SAH. I can`t call this an understation as it is about equal level to the DF signal undermodulated. Of course, it`s Vatican, which has always collided with Radio Educación during certain hours, but consulting HFCC I am pleasantly surprised to see that in B-12, VR is on 6185 in the mornings only for this semi-hour:

6185 0300 0330 29SE SMG 100 86 16 386 1234567 281012 310313 D 6073 Hye        CVA VAT VAT 3802 Armenia

What in the world is the language shown as Hye? The last word in the line above is a big clue: VR`s own B12 spreadsheet shows Armenian and it`s really only 0310-0330, // 7335 and 1260.

BTW, I see that the “Scandinavian“ service at 0600 is now on MW 1260 only, so if there is still a DX program, it`s no longer on SW at all. Is that right, Christer?

6075, Nov 2 at 0325, first guess is Polish from Vatican, being bothered by the blob on 6077, see UNID, but VR`s B-12 spreadsheet shows 6075 not on the air before 0630 with Latin mass. HFCC B-12, however, has 6075 with IBB via SMG at 03-04 in Belarussian, i.e. R. Liberty, and they sure could use some Liberty in Belarus. Have not heard of any jamming of RL/Belarus, tho, and the blob is surely coincidental (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** VIETNAM [non]. 9640, Nov 2 at 0212, VOV Vietnamese to east N America via Woofferton UK has a very poor signal tonight; no comparison to the loud and reliable signal they had via Sackville 6175, and could still have by accessing some other relay site still in the Americas (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. 880, Nov 2 at 1110 UT, YL reciting slowly lots of two-digit numbers in Spanish, also mentioned Mérida twice, so I figure it`s early enough for Yucatán to be propagating in the KRVN null. Trouble is, there are no 880 stations in that state per our three major references, so that`s a dead end. How about Mérida, Venezuela? Not there either, but probably too late anyway. The numbers could be in decreasing order of probability: lottery, phone, or spy. Whatever became of the Lotería Nacional in México? We don`t hear about it much, if at all (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFED. 6077 approx., Nov 2 at 0325, distorted FMy noiseblob around here tonight, instead of 6045 last night, but not as strong now and cannot make out any modulation to try to match with anything. It bothers 6075 which turns out to be R. Liberty in Belarusian via VATICAN, q.v. At 0357 I find a noiseblob of exactly same pitch circa:

5994. Still no intelligible modulation. Both cut off at 0400:03*. Definitely cannot be blamed on other 0400 closings, 6020 China/Albania, or 6115 WYFR. This pair would typically come from a frequency halfway between: 6035, so I was checking that too before 0400. Nothing much there except sidebands from 6030 R. Martí and DCJC. But is something scheduled on 6035? Nothing but Bhutan in HFCC, which I am sure is blameless. Where will this show up before 0400 the next night?

Could be some LA station, as strength is considerable. So another idea: RAE`s 6060 transmitter if active, has been subject of numerous complaints in the Southern Cone for putting spurs all over the 49m band. If carrying the external service like 11711v, French would be ending and off at 0400* Tue-Sat. See also 15487 UNID (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. 7215-7230 or so, Nov 2 at 1123, buzz here like OTH radar, but rather narrow-band for that. No DRM scheduled. Possibly malfunxioning Vietnam transmitter on 7220 or Chinese one on 7225 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. 15487 approx., Nov 2 at 1140, FMy extremely distorted spurblob with humroar, mostly talk but hard to decide the language; it`s really the SSOB except for fluttery Chinese on 15440, i.e. Kunming to the southeast. It`s awful to listen to, but I want to ID it, meanwhile comparing with other signals. Not a match to RHC 15230 or lower channels. VOA Spanish is not yet on, just opening carriers on 15590, 13750 around 1150. 1151 singing. 1154 I am pretty sure it`s Spanish, even with an Argentine accent. Could it be RAE disorder from 15345? Certainly capable of that; see UNID 6077/5994. Nothing audible on 15345. Was alert for RAE IS before hourtop, but none. 1200 automatic timepips and keeps talking. Now REE Costa Rica is up on 15170, so compare that to be sure: no. I`ve got to get some more sleep, but when reawake at 1310 the blob is gone.

If it`s RAE, this may correlate with news from Arnaldo Slaen that as of Nov 1, RAE changed their schedule so that at 10-15, Japanese, Portuguese and Spanish would be on 15345 (ex-11711). Would expect to be transitioning from Portuguese to Spanish at 1200.

If it wasn`t really Spanish, another prime suspect is per HFCC B-12:
15490 at 09-12, BSKSA in Arabic, 500 kW, 310 degrees from Riyadh

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