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Glenn Hauser logs November 6, 2012 [more]

** CHINA. 7390, Nov 6 at 1327, Firedrake mixed with presumed CNR1 jamming, weaker than 7385 with CNR1 only. The target on 7390 must be IBB Cantonese via Philippines at 13-15; we thought the ChiCom were not bothering to jam incoming Cantonese. Hit or miss?

11970, Nov 6 at 1338, Firedrake also here, very poor, presumably against 100-watt Sound of Hope nuisance transmitter from Taiwan. No other FD found 12-18 MHz between 1338 and 1345 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA [and non]. 6165, Nov 6 at 0645, RHC is still here with jazz music segment on English service, now 01-07 UT. Arnie`s choice of this frequency rather than originally planned 6140 to be ex-6050 has its consequences, but since when has he been a friend of DXers?

RHC 6165 blox two sought-after African signals, ZNBC Radio 2 in Zambia, which starts about 0250 with Fish Eagle IS, as Andy Robins, MI recently logged — and Chad`s only SW frequency, irregular but coming on sometime between 0430 and 0500 until fadeout. We still might be able to hear these before evening sign-offs, but mornings are best way out here in deep North America.

11845, Nov 6 at 1455, pulse jamming against nothing, as the DentroCuban Jamming Command will not relent, even tho R. Martí is on 11845 only in the A-seasons. Woe betide any legit broadcaster which may think 11845 is available. In fact, HFCC B-12 shows no one trying to use it between 13 and 24 UT, and only China, Pakistan elsewhen (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CYPRUS. 15440-15465, Nov 6 at 1447, OTH radar pulsing presumed from here, and same sound at 15365-15390. Upper one bothers a broadcast on 15455, HFCC listed as YFR via Tashkent. More of the same OTH radar pulsing outside the broadcast bands, 13965-13990 at 1454. Soon this will be the main shortwave station on Cyprus with BBC East Mediterranean Relay closing down (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** EGYPT [and non]. 9905, Nov 6 at 0640, R. Cairo with distorted Arabic music. I see in HFCC that his frequency is scheduled 02-07 only, while 9305 is at 19-07 UT with exactly same parameters, 250 kW, 315 degrees from Abis. In the later time period, 9905 has obviously replaced 9305, but does this mean 9305 is still on the air before 0200? There is nothing else matching on the schedule.

15160, Nov 6 at 1448, 1 kHz tone test, probably R. Cairo preparing for 15-16 Uzbek service, 250 kW, 61 degrees from Abis as in HFCC.

13580, Nov 6 at 1452, mixture of talk and whine, i.e. R. Cairo defective carrier on early for Albanian service at 15-16, 250 kW, 315 degrees also USward from Abis, and VOA Kurdish via Wertachtal at 14-15. The same noxious overlap occurred in previous B-seasons, but IBB doesn`t care (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** GREECE. 15630, Nov 6 at 1347, lento orchestral and choral music, familiar but can`t place it, hauntingly beautiful; from before 1359 until before 1401, Greek announcements, then back to music. 1438 another brief announcement, more lo-key music, not peppy Greek folkmusic as often heard. There`s a general strike in Greece, and we`re lucky VOG is on the air at all, but they have great taste in music fill. 15630 was missing yesterday at this time (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** INDONESIA. 3325, correxion to previous log. The RRI station here is Palangkaraya, not Banjarmasin. For some reason I have trouble keeping these two places straight (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** INDONESIA [and non]. 9526, Nov 6 at 1330, with BFO I can detect that the VOI carrier is on, during presumed English hour of `Exotic Indonesia` co-produxion with RRI Banjarmasin on Tuesdays; but a total loss against the powerful China radio war on 9530, which is 10-14 with IBB Chinese, 250 kW, 349 degrees from Tinang, PHILIPPINES.

VOI might as well turn it off again. They will only succeed with 1) full modulation; 2) full power 250 kW itself; 3) a clear frequency; and of course 4) favorable propagation. After 1400, however, both 9525 and 9530 are clear when VOI may still be on in Indonesian. CRI English via Kashgar on 9525 is now only a problem at 15-16, so if VOI would put English on at 14-15 instead, they would have a fighting chance (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** OKLAHOMA. 1120, Nov 6 at 1312 UT, KEOR is on again with Mexican music vs. SAH and what`s left of KMOX (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SAUDI ARABIA. 15380, Nov 6 at 1344, big frying sound and some Arabic audible, so the Buzzing Service of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is at it again; modulation is // 17615, not 17705, and not Qur`an at the moment. Recheck 1406, 15380 is off. Scheduled as 12-14, 500 kW, 310 degrees from Riyadh in Arabic. Same transmitter elsewhen might be buzzy too: exactly same parameters including antenna type 216 are listed in HFCC for: 06-09 15380, 09-12 11935. What about after 1400? No direct match, but services starting then are Pashto on 9695, 15575; French on 17660, the latter audible here without the buzz (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SPAIN [and non]. 15170, Tue Nov 6 at 1341, REE via CR is NOT in Basque, but in Castilian, introducing some rock music seemingly in English as, “cuando protagonizó una película con Ronald Reagan“. Also on // 17595 direct at 1345. Same old story as was happening in A-12 season, only sporadic Basque appearances at 1230 weekdays. And now 15170 has the usual B-season understation, RRI in Romanian.

New B-12 schedule via
shows only these two frequencies, for North America carrying any Euskera, M-F 1330-1355. I suspect it`s really embedded in all the other Spanish transmissions on the air at this time, just overlooked — when it axually happens, that is.

21610, et al., Nov 6 from 1405, REE`s `Españoles en la Mar` is now starting one hour later than before with Morse code opening (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 580, Nov 6 at 1302 UT, I am again getting a station neatly in the null of WIBW which is NNE, so it`s WNW/ESE. Allied Bank ad in ABC news; then two (ex) governors oppose Amendment 64 which would legalize marijuana in Colorado; 1305 landscaping ad, 1306 WSJ Report. So this is indeed the only Coloradan on 580, KUBC in Montrose. NRC Pattern Book of Nov 1, 2005 shows night pattern goes north, with tiny lobe sort of Enidward, while day pattern is nondirexional.

FCC AM Query agrees on patterns, and shows KUBC`s official November sunrise is not until 1345 UT, and nothing about a PSRA or PSSA. But NRC AM Log says it`s 5/1 kW, with 500 watt PSRA. Today`s Enid sunrise has just reached 1300 UT, so SRS at this hourtop is in play.

BTW, I once seriously considered inhabiting Montrose, as a central location for the terrific natural beauty of western Colorado and eastern Utah, e.g. nearby Black Canyon of the Gunnison (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) 

** U S A. 1480, Nov 6 at 1411 UT, looking for reactivating KBXD Dallas, but instead hear news station from Pueblo, references to PCC, presumably Pueblo Community College. It`s KAVA, now legitimately on day power of 1 kW since 1345 in November; pattern is broad with a null only toward the NW. Licensee is Latino Communications LLC, so was it once in Spanish but gave that up for English? For the moment stronger than nearest 1480, KQAM Wichita, making SAH of about 4 Hz (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** ZAMBIA. 13590, Nov 6 at 0637, “Clap Yo Hands“, good signal with gospel rock, then hyper DJ, texting number, Bible verse set to rap. Typical format of 1Africa, CVC. It`s virtually the OSOB, with only one very weak signal upward on this band. There have been reports that CVC would close down its SW service to Africa completely, but not yet:

“The sad news came from one RADIO AFRICA – CVC INTERNATIONAL: CVC Media is a new season. We stop all our HF broadcasts to promote the new platform. Due to changes in the use of media in Africa, would require more space for the rapidly growing digital broadcasts (Shukhrat Rakhmatullaev, open_dx via midxb Oct 23 via BCDX 27 Oct via DXLD)“

“B-12 of CVC International, 1 Africa via LUS=Lusaka:
English to West Africa and Nigeria
0600-2200 on 13590 LUS 100 kW / 315 deg
(DX Re Mix News, Bulgaria, 01 November via DXLD)“

So 13590 is their only frequency remaining. Much harder to hear here in the daytime: Nov 6 at 1453, very poor carrier vs much stronger RTTY circa 13592 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. 9541 approx., Nov 6 at 1456, weak RHC 9540 has a het on the hi side, not exactly 1 kHz. Might be worth pursuing. HFCC has the only 9540 broadcast at this time as FEBA, 1430-1500 in Hindi, 100 kW, 131 degrees from Tashkent, Uzbekistan. Could also be a spur from something else (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. 15528.5-USB, Nov 6 at 1403, INTRUDER, 2-way in Spanish, het from broadcaster on 15530 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. 17633.5-USB, Nov 6 at 1450, INTRUDER, 2-way in colloquial Spanish, one with some (engine?) noise, het from broadcaster on 17630 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

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