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Glenn Hauser logs April 22-23, 2013

** BANGLADESH. 15505, April 23 at *1356:19, BB carrier on and quickly adding hum and tone; 1357:12 switch to IS which we get to hear longer than usual today for 2+ minutes; mis-timesignal ends at 1359:47.5, opening Urdu. Poor with heavy flutter (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CHINA [and non]. 11990, April 23 at 1257 like yesterday, Russian tune-up tones, prior to VOA Chinese via Novosibirsk, along with fast SAH, no doubt from ChiCom jammer about to pounce but no modulation yet. 1300, 5+1 timesignal and add CCCCCCI [Chinese Communist Chinese language co-channel interference] (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CHINA [and non]. 12000, April 23 at 1257, mix of Chinese and a song; the Chinese is CNR1 since it`s // 11825 jammer in the mix. As noted yesterday, V. of Vietnam is also here alternating Chinese and Russian until 1330, and it seemed strange that CNR1 jamming was running against VOV in either language. At 1300, CNR1 programming is atop 12000 with some hum. At 1418 recheck, 12000 poor in Chinese not // 11990 CNR1 jammer. At 1422, noted the CNR1 jammers on 15525 and 15570 were not // 12000 or maybe way out of synch with it.

Sei-ichi Hasegawa has reported to the DXLD yg: “CNR started a NationUrgent Radio with an earthquake of Lushan, Ya-an, Sichuan. National Urgent Radio-Lushan Emergency Radio, 24 hours on 9800, 12000 kHz and FM 92.7 MHz. Ya-an CNR1 24 hours on 639 kHz and FM 99.1 MHz. This broadcast is co-production of CNR, Sichuan TV & Radio, Ya-an PBS and Lushan TV & Radio“

I was also checking 9800 a few minutes before 1300, but could not pull anything between WHRI 9795 bigsig, and Cuban jamming on 9805. WHRI off after 1300, and at 1303 all I can get on 9800 is a poor carrier with no modulation audible; still some jamming on 9805, and 9795 now bears a much weaker signal in Japanese, i.e. Radio Thailand.

These have already been added to Aoki as of April 23, with my comments: What is the ID of NUR in Chinese? Or is it just CNR1 as implied by new Aoki entries:
 9800 CNR 1 National emergency broad 0000-2400 1234567 Chinese 100 217
12000 CNR 1 National emergency broad 0000-2400 1234567 Chinese 100 217
[both:] Shijiazhuang 723 CHN 11428E 3804N CNR1 a13 Apr. 22-

And that answers my next question about transmitter site. But why? CNR1 is already ubiquitous, to say the least, all over China and most of the world. There is no point in adding these unless there is special programming on them. Maybe part of the time it`s Lushan Emergency Radio (and how is that ID in Chinese?), or the other co-producers, filling the rest with CNR1?

Wolfgang Büschel explains: “From Shijiazhuang towards Lushan, Ya-an, Sichuan, distance is 1370 kilometers at 230 degree angle. Azimuth from Shijiazhuang is real 217 degrees. Propagation distance would fit with good volume in 31 and 25 mb“ (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CHINA. Firedrake, April 23 circa 1330, except there is no Firedrake jamming heard on its traditional mostly OOB frequencies but instead still CNR1 modulation:

13920, very good at 1328; none in the 12s
14700, poor at 1330 with flutter
14980, very good at 1330
15195, fair at 1335: vs RFA Tibetan via Tajikistan at 11-14
15610, poor at 1333 under WEWN, plus propeller noise
15800, good at 1332
16100, very good at 1335, reverb apart from 14980
16160, fair at 1335, no reverb vs 14980
16920, good at 1337, reverb apart from 14980
17250, JBA at 1338; none in the 18s, 10s
17450, fair at 1337

After 1400, not a complete search, more CNR1 jamming:
15525, fair at 1422
15570, good at 1422 with flutter

** CUBA. 11860, April 23 at 1301, RHC Spanish is just barely modulated, while 11760 is at normal level, but with squeal. 1417 recheck, now 11860 is OK. Never a new day without some new anomaly (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** DIEGO GARCIA. 12759-USB, April 23 at 0058, JBA music no doubt from AFN (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** INDIA [non]. 15390, April 23 at 1344, gospel harmony in unknown language, 1345 announcement and more; fair signal but declining. Aoki shows it`s Athmeeya Yatra Radio (Gospel for Asia), 250 kW, 85 degrees from Nauen, GERMANY, with huge selexion of obscure minority languages whose speakers are targeted for Christianization, i.e. Tuesdays 1330-1345 Nockte, 1345-1400 Kokborok. From EiBi`s exhaustive readme list of langs:
NOC   Nocte / Nockte (India – Assam, Arunachal Pr.: 35,000)
KBO   Kok Borok/Tripuri: India (0.7m)
Are these unchurched heathens snowed by anyone bothering to broadcast to them? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** MEXICO. 560, April 23 at 0554 UT after music, ID as “La Tremenda“, dominant unless nulled when US stations can be heard, i.e. XESRD, Santiago Papasquiaro, Durango, 10/1 kW per Cantú.

I was wondering about the derivation of this strange name; no info on that in Wikipedia, but I do learn it is a town about the same size as Enid but four times as high; many emigrants from there are in Chicago. In the news lately for kidnapping. Googling, I don`t find the name Papasquiaro applying to anyplace or anyone else (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** MEXICO [and non]. 580, April 23 at 0549 UT, promo for “Noticias Rancherita del Aire“, singing ID for same, live DJ with timecheck and 26 degrees; often dominant over opposite WIBW Topeka KS with which it makes a 2 Hz SAH, i.e. XEMU, Piedras Negras, Coahuila, 5/2.5 kW (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** MEXICO. 660, April 23 at 0500 UT the Mexican NA is playing, followed by dead air, open carrier with background hum surging to foreground. So we know the big hum being heard here is from a United States of Mexican rather than United States of American. Next will have to tune in a few minutes earlier to determine which one. Apparently they leave on not only the carrier after sign-off, but also the Optimod which stupidly brings up the hum on the circuit. Tonight it`s worse than usual, with slow pulsing too. 0548 recheck I think it is off, but fades back in along with another Spanish station still modulating.

My hunch is that the hummer is XEFZ in Monterrey NL, which is usually the dominant Mexican on this frequency; but based solely on the schedule hours in the 2012 IRCA Mexican Log, which cannot remain totally accurate after publication: it`s 24 hours as are XEEY Aguascalientes and XEAR Tampico, while these close at 0600: XEACB Ciudad Delicias (which I have also heard before), XEWX Durango; while the others sign off at some other time. However altho presented in UT, those schedule times probably apply to winter non-DST rather than now (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** OKLAHOMA. 1610, April 22 at 1921 UT at a quiet location with caradio inside Enid, I can still hear a weak hum, no doubt from WQCL720 at Great Salt Plains State Park, contrary to yesterday`s assumption that they had finally turned it off. What a waste (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** PAPUA NEW GUINEA. 7325, April 23 at 1249, not even a carrier from Wantok Radio Light. While it may be too much to expect something from its 1 kW every day even with no CCCCI, I still wonder if it`s off the air today (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** PERU. 5980, April 22 at 0057, R. Chaski carrier as usual detectable weakly in the noise level, including storms in the next county to the north, Grant. At 0100 can tell it`s Spanish; 0101 music while 5990-CRI Cuba English splash is still overrunning; 0101:45 the sounder we have heard so many times, then Spanish talk somewhat muffled; 0102:50 fanfare and presumed devotional capsule — but I missed the turnoff, tuning around elsewhere, got back too late at 0104:40 when it was already off, which should have occurred at approximately 0104:10. Our streetlite fires on at 0107, earlier than it would have if the sunset were clear instead of clouded (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 9330-CUSB, April 22 at 1902 check, WBCQ is now on after absence earlier in the day, who else but Rod Hembree promoting, who else, but Jesus Christ; 15420-CUSB also on and stronger with the androgynous anapaestic preachperson from Fence Lake NM (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 690, April 23 tune-in just before 0500, KGGF Coffeyville KS is playing taps, and then dead air, open carrier, making slow SAH with news understation presumably KTSM. So this indicates KGGF is deliberately signing off at local midnite, but not turning off the carrier. Since they are licensed for fulltime, why not burn up 5 kWh for 5 hours or however long it takes before resuming programming? But what a waste: they could be modulating at no extra cost with *something*. Next I will have to tune in a few minutes earlier than that for what they say at closing (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** UZBEKISTAN [non]. 17510, April 23 at 1309 W&M in Turkic language, fair signal, gone at 1337 recheck. Aoki shows it`s BBC Uzbek via OMAN. Normally jammed by the ChiCom but apparently not propagating today (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** VATICAN [non]. 7305, April 23 at 0150, the Greenville carrier is on prior to Vatican Radio relay; 0209 check in Spanish, only fair signal; 0232 check in French! Spanish supposedly is half a sesquihour until 0245. Ed Insinger in NJ had noted this previously and contacted VR about the anomaly. Reply explaining how a substitute satellite stream has to be picked up for this was in DXLD 13-16. Sergio Salvatore of VR frequency management also said after 0230 it could be in English, Armenian or Russian which we have not heard yet. It seems what they need to do is run the Spanish service intact at original timing of 0145-0230 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

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