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Glenn Hauser logs February 4-5, 2013

** BOLIVIA. 4717, Feb 5 at 0035, music on poor signal, from R. Yatun Ayllu Yura, Yura, but as usual better than the other Andeans on 60m, and no SSB QRM this time (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CHINA [non]. 5990, Feb 5 at 0031, oh oh, Cuban music here, so has RadioCuba SNAFU`d again and put their own RHC programming on this CRI relay frequency? But not // 6000 talk during `Mesa Redonda` nor mainstream RHC on 6120, 11680. And it *is* // 15120, another CRI Cuban relay in Spanish, and indeed program soon shifts to interview *about* Cuban music. In Spanish, make it `RIC`, Radio Internacional de China. BTW, with the self-destruxion of Radio Canada International, the ChiCom might as well make their station RCI in all languages instead of CRI or RIC (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA. 6125, Feb 5 at 0636, RHC English is missing from this one tonight, and 6060 is quite weak, while 6165, 6010 and 5040 are very good. It would be a rare night without some such anomaly (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** GUIANA FRENCH. 9374 & 9606, Feb 5 at 0102 check, +/- 116 kHz spurblobs from 9490 R. República relay are audible but weaker than usual, as is the fundamental (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** INDONESIA. 9526-, Feb 5 at 1430, VOI poor signal but good modulation, Indonesian talk with occasional jingles, unlike the ones heard in English. Ron Howard observed yesterday that the signal improves markedly at 1400 after English; antenna change? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** MEXICO. 2910, Feb 5 at 1221 UT, XEVM Villahermosa, Tabasco, 3 x 970, with usual morning news magazine of alternating M & W voices, very poor but at least it`s still there unlike 2240, see unID (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** NIGERIA. 15115-15120-15125, Feb 4 at 2055, surprised to hear DRM noise still here as VON had been closing circa 2000; still going at 2111 check but not at next check 2207. A fluke, or deliberate extension? More English, or what? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** OKLAHOMA [and non]. 512 kHz, Feb 5 at 0607 UT I am tuning the radio in the bathroom, a Panasonic RF-569D which is positioned on an east-west wall, such that it favors north-south, to the bottom of the AM dial, where I am hearing two beacons interfering, but somewhat separable despite wide bandwidth: HMY and above it PN. The latter is common here, from nearby Ponca City, but HMY? Reminds me of Hominy, Oklahoma, but http://www.dxinfocentre.com/ndb.htm
shows it:
512 HMY USA OK Lexington – Muldrow N 35 01 44 W 097 13 50 — and
which is SSE of OKC, while unrelated Hominy is NW of Tulsa, an Osage stronghold. Strangely enough, a few minutes later on the DX-398 I found them weaker, but frequencies read as 516 and 513; I thought I had zero-beat the carriers? Says Hepburn`s list:
515 PN  USA OK Ponca City          N 36 49 30 W 097 06 02

Then looked for a few others and found RG on 351 at 0627
350 RG USA OK OKLAHOMA CITY – ROGERS N 35 17 42 W 097 35 19
[i.e. Will Rogers World Airport, SW corner of OKC]

SO on 354, but the O is poorly keyed with the middle dash slightly shorter than the others, so it`s just across the border:
353 SO USA KS Winfield – Strother N 37 05 23 W 097 02 11

And OUN on 369 kHz at 0629:
370 OUN USA OK Norman – Oklahoma University N 35 14 15 W 097 28 52
So some of these I am reading 1 kHz higher than listed, others 1 kHz lower (Glenn Hauser, Enid, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** PERU [and non]. 4835, Feb 5 at 0031, more tries to hear R. Ondas del Sur Oriente, Quillabamba, ex-5120: nothing, not even a carrier, but CODAR swishes; ditto at 0037. Earlier I asked discoverer Pedro F. Arrunátegui in Lima, to reconfirm whether it is still active on 4835; he replied on Feb 4: “En estos momentos están el aire 2255 UT con un 44444+ (los escucho muy bien px religioso). Suerte, Pedro“.  But I am still wondering if maybe they sign off in the meantime? And if anyone else has heard them yet in North America? Before sunrise it might be audible, but only under Ustralia.

As for the only alternative broadcaster on 4835 in our evenings, Sikkim, when I do hear a carrier before WWCR blasts on 4840 at 0059v, Partha Sarathi Goswami, Siliguri, W.B., India says, “Could it be AIR Gangtok? At 0056 UT it normally stays with carrier modulated with no listenable audio, then IS played at 0100; now local sunrise 0050+ UT“ (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** PERU [non]. 5980, Feb 5 at 0037, how is R. Chaski doing tonite vs the competition? Not well at all: hearing Chinese and under it Cuban jamming noise. CNR1 at least can overcome the jamming unlike last nite, so I hear its closing timesignal at 0100, but then not even a JBA carrier from Urubamba as the jam continues. I hope Chaski hasn`t decided to close earlier than 0105v* as I was hearing the previous week. At least I got them while the getting was good (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** RUSSIA. 5930, Feb 5 at 1237, very poor music in huge sideband splash of 5935 WWCR, still R. Rossii, Petropavlovsk/Kamchatsky, as heard well in the clear for a minute after WWCR exited at 1258, with “Mona Lisa“ by Nat King Cole, in English, and also on weaker // 5940 Magadan.

In Feb BDXC-UK Communication, Dave Kenny suggests that the Pet/Kam site may be among the SW sites which have closed, as it`s no longer used by V. of Russia to reach Western North America, or anywhere. But is 5930 R. Rossii really from the same site?
Aoki shows coordinates for 5930: 15824E 5311N RR

And still lists only one other frequency from there, yes same coords:
11830 VOICE OF RUSSIA 2200-2300 1234567 English 250 64 Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsk RUS 15824E 5311N.

HFCC still lists this too plus a few others, but really on the air, or just not removed yet by HFCC or Aoki? VOR`s own schedule at http://english.ruvr.ru/engradio/
does not show 11830 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** TAJIKISTAN. 5885, Feb 5 at 1255, VOR fair signal in English, food talk about “Soviet mustard“ (did I hear that right?), 1301 has switched to Hindi giving website using Roman letters, `Chariots of Fire` theme, which I daresay has nothing to do with Russia, but then the Great Gate of Kiev does not either; this is 100 kW, 137 degrees from Dushanbe-Yangiyul, so grayline a semihour before sunrise here (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) See also UNID 7413

** U S A. 15620-15660, peaking around 15650, Feb 4 at 2058, modulation spike spurs matching WWCR 15825, which previously have correlated with propagation-boosted signal on the fundamental, but not today — it`s not especially strong, which means the spurs are even worse than we had thought; fortunately encountered this just as 15825 was signing off. With the evacuation of the 19m band by other stations, WWCR has become even more of a far-right outlier, doesn`t really need to be at bandedge, but best to stay there lest the spurs too migrate further inband (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 21429-AM, Feb 4 at 2113, a non-SSB ham is quite a rarity on “15“ m, so caught my ear, especially since his speech style is well-modulated like a broadcaster and first thought it could be such a stray. But was addressing another individual, David, W6PSS, whom I could not hear if simplex, about his problems with antennas vs HOAs. Unfonetik ID sounded first like WS4D, then a bit more clearly as WS4B. ARRL lookup shows:
MESSICK, BRADLEY J, WS4B
7114 91ST STREET EAST
PALMETTO, FL 34221
Previous call sign: W4BJM
And there is also a WS4D in Homer, GA, so I hope I heard him right (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 1560, Feb 5 at 1454 UT, sports talk is dominating Disney OKC, a sesquihour after sunrise! KGOW Bellaire (Houston) TX really gets out on 46 kW day power, and even on 15 kW night power to deep South America. Finally before 1500 it`s starting to fade. XERF 1570 has already disappeared (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 1640, Feb 5 at 0709 UT, pleased to find that KOAG is in open carrier/dead air, and on nite power of 1 kW from transmitter east of Hennessey OK, sufficient to make it easy to hear other stations under the carrier even when not fully nulled: mainly mix of Spanish and English. The Spanish is no doubt KBJA Sandy UT, ads including one at 0716 with an appropriate 801 area-code; and the English likely WTNI Biloxi MS, tho there are three others in the US flung further (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 2660+, Feb 5 at 0643 UT, very poor signal with music, 0647 talk, 0650 music seems gospel. The only 2 MHz harmonic audible at the moment, presumed KGLD Tyler TX as previously IDed; however, I continue to keep an ear on this frequency as at one time I was hearing a second carrier. Also at 1257, very poor with YL talk in English, music continued past hourtop 1300, but 1300:25 tentative KGLD legal ID JBA. 1300 is supposedly when in Feb they can bump up to full day power of 1 kW on 1330, but noticed no change on 2660 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. 2240 kHz, Feb 5 at 1213 UT, I again alarm myself with the DX-398 to awaken in time for the harmonic about to sign on, but on the FRG-7 it never shows by 1220, tho there is maybe a JBA carrier 1225-1230. Meanwhile, tnx to Paul S. in CT who suggested some more possible fundamental sources on 1120 with Spanish programming: WUST in Washington DC, but its sunrise is 1230; and WPRX in Bristol CT, but sunrise at 1145. Bingo, one more is Spanish and rising at 1215: WBBF in Buffalo NY, 1 kW daytimer. But we`ll need some confirmation from closer listeners (or a better morning here) to decide that`s really it (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. 7413.0, Feb 5 at 1303, rechecking yesterday`s unID which seemed jammed until 1330* — today no jamming or blobbing, but I notice it`s on exactly 7413, and I`m afraid I may not have measured it yesterday when assumed to be on 7415. In current HFCC and Aoki, there is no transmission on 7410 or 7415 to account for this; CRI is in a one-hour break on 7410. M&W talking with occasional music bits. This is in Chinese as at 1307 caught a partial ID, “guangbo diantai“, missing the important part! Bothered by splatter from Martí/Greenville on 7405; and next signal up is a JBA carrier on 7420. Since it`s on exact 7413, likely intentional rather than a drift. V. of Tibet from Tajikistan is known for such split frequencies, i.e. currently in Aoki, 7538, 7548. Note I was getting VOR from Dushanbe at same hour on 5885 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

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