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Glenn Hauser logs September 21-22, 2013

** AFGHANISTAN [non]. 11895, Sept 22 at 0140 “Sohl music“ like used to be played on Radio Sohl, not surprising, since this is US BBG`s Deewa Radio, Pashto for the Afgo-Paki border area. Good but with heavy flutter, much like 11905 SLBC — not surprising, since this is via SRI LANKA, too, Iranawila at 01-03, per Aoki switching to Kuwait at 03-04. Do site changes on the hour rather than half-hour imply it`s more for Pakistan than Afghanistan? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** ALBANIA [and non]. 9850, Sept 22 at 0125, R. Tirana IS makes 8 bars on the DX-398 meter with external antenna plugged in; not bad but nearby 9860 WHRI is full-scale. Yet RT is not getting QRM now, but less modulation at 0130 sign-on does have some splash; accurate schedule of the remaining two English broadcasts, program summary, 0131 news, 0142 music; now weaker but so is WHRI, slightly (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** BOLIVIA. 4717-, Sept 21 at 0056, Yura is back and/or still on the air later than some nights, very poor with talk; 0103 music; Sept 22 at 0120 still on with music (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISGTENING DIGEST)

** BOLIVIA. 5952+, Sept 21 at 0059, R. Pio Doce is inaudible again, altho by comparison, 6135-, R. Santa Cruz has a sufficient signal.

Next night, Sept 22 at 0102, 5952+ is on but poor vs senseless Cuban jamming on hi side, and 6135- goes off only a few minutes later since it`s UT Sunday (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** BRAZIL. 11915+, Sept 22 at 0117, enthusiastic Braziguese, maybe futebol, surely R. Gaúcha, slightly on the hi side. EiBi says its 10 kW are aimed 310 degrees across Brasil, so also USward. Poor and much weaker than 11905 Sri Lanka, q.v., stronger than 11925, probably Bandeirantes, weaker than Catholicizing 11855, Aparecida which is second only to 11780 RNA, by a long shot (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA [and non]. 6165, Sept 21 at 0059, RHC open carrier is already on with hum. In this case some hum may be caused by CCI from CHAD which is significantly on the low side to produce a LAH, but MUCH weaker than RHC here. I notice that Bill Bingham in RSA hardly hears any QubaRM on 6165 when he gets Chad.

11960, Sept 21 at 1136 & 1238, no sign of RHC on alleged new frequency, unless it`s the JBA carrier despite very strong RHC signals on 11760 and 11860. No further reports of 11960 received from Ivo or Wolfy or anyone. Possibly was a one-shot; there is after all a spare transmitter which was taken off 17730 a few weeks ago, and that might also account for my hearing RHC on 9500 yesterday morning, but not today, assumed to be a spur from 9540. Arnie playing games? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** GERMANY. 7375, UT Sunday Sept 22 at 0107, The Mighty KBC, Netherlands via Nauen is back this week with VG signal, rock music. Kraig Krist explained what happened last week:

“Mighty KBC September 15, 2013 problems — As many probably already know, the Mighty KBC went off the air abruptly at 0010 UT on September 15, 2013, 7375 kHz via Nauen, Germany. According to Eric van Willegen, the reason for the outage was due to thieves stealing cables at Nauen. Transmitters were automatically shut down. The outage also impacted 6095 kHz as the broadcast wasn’t able to begin on time. 73, (Kraig, KG4LAC, Krist, Manassas, Virginia, USA, dxldyg too late for WOR 1687, DX LISTENING DIGEST) Cables are fixed and everything is a “go” for September 22, 2013 0000-0200 UT 7375 kHz via Nauen, Germany (Kraig, KG4LAC, Krist, 1305 UT Sept 20, dxldyg via DX LISTENING DIGEST)“

** GREECE [and non]. 9420 // weaker 7475 and JBA 15650, UT Sunday Sept 22 at 0110, classical music, so Voice of Greece must be carrying the ERA3 network again. More classical music from Romania. q.v. on 9525 at same time (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** GUAM. 5765-USB, Sept 21 around 1150 and 1237, nothing heard from AFN; fear it`s gone again, but no substitute RTTY either (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** INDIA. 11740 // 11985, Sept 21 at 0058, AIR presumed with music in Sinhala service, both working properly for once! Fair with flutter. On a single receiver, can`t tell if synchronized, but switching back and forth, certainly sounds like same music, and not the IS.

Next night Sept 22 I am all set with a second receiver, the DX-375 I normally keep in the car, to compare the two, again sound like same music, but before I can evaluate properly, 11740 cuts off the air abruptly at 0100* and never comes back. (No TADIL-A bonker this time.)

11985 stays on with music, fair with flutter past 0105, and at 0116 check it`s playing a hi-pitched tone. This was supposed to be the Sinhala service at from 0045 to 0115 on both 11740 Goa and 11985 Delhi-Khampur (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** MEXICO [and non]. 780, Sept 21 at 1159 UT, KSPI OK open carrier on early as usual but no programming quite yet; with it nulled, there is romantic music, 1201 ID as “La Poderosa“ on an FM frequency I could not copy twice, and 780 AM; automated timecheck twice as “7 con 1 minuto“ so it`s certainly in the UT-5 zone CDT. The new 2013 NRC AM Log does not show any SS US station on 780.

Last IDed XE on 780 was XEWGR in Monclova, Coahuila, and there are none further west or north, so I don`t see how this could be anything else, but IRCA Log shows it named “Exa“ which is primarily on FM. Maybe “poderosa“ is just an informal slogan, and 10 kW on AM could qualify if that mattered in Mexican terms, but their FM 101.1 is only 2397 watts. No other 780s are named Poderosa in IRCA or Cantú (but both show a second Exa not to be confused with this):
780 XEWGR Exa + FM 101.1 Monclova, Coah. 10,000 250
780 XEZN Exa + FM 104.5 Celaya, Gto. 5,000 1,000
(Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** MEXICO. 870, Sept 21 at 1202 UT, opening in presumed Tarahumara language, several announcers introducing themselves in Spanish; 1205 live timecheck by YL DJ with many IDs in passing as XETAR and also as La Voz de la Sierra Tarahumara, Guachochi, Chihuahua; she sounds a bit sleepy (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** MICRONESIA. 4755.5, Sept 21 at 1118, PMA The Cross very poor with sermon in English; 1157 music, till cutoff at 1158:06.5* about two seconds after the DTMF cue tones erupted (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** OKLAHOMA. 89.3, Sept 21 at 1758 UT, Radio 74 International gospel-huxter network, then local ID for KIEL and contact address P O Box 56, Loyal. Do they keep their Public File in the PO Box? No problem hearing it in Fairview, unlike in Enid vs local 89.1 translator. May have been back on the air for some time after last confirmed absence when I was closer to Loyal (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** OKLAHOMA [non]. 1590, Sept 22 at 1756 UT, I`m in Fairview OK for a beekeeper meeting, so try to hear KWEY Weatherford OK, about 50 miles away instead of 75 in Enid: nope, still nothing but KVGB Great Bend KS on groundwave with ID at 1756 UT after ESPN programming.

Still suspect despite unfavorable direxionality, KWEY is really not on the air. I was not expecting ESPN on KVGB, not among the numerous networks listed for it in the 2013 NRC AM Log, which finally arrived today after the USPS tore up the original envelope. Surely ESPN is nowhere near fulltime on it, maybe more on weekends (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** PERU. 5980, Sept 21 at 0055, R. Chaski carrier at usual very poor but detectable level in noise and splash; cut off at 0104:44.5* which is 10.5 seconds later than 48 hours ago, still averaging 5.25 seconds per day.

5980, Sept 22 at 0057, R. Chaski better than usual and no jamming for a change, so can make out some talk and music; to cutoff at 0104:49.5*, five seconds later than yesterday (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** ROMANIA. 9525, UT Sunday Sept 22 at 0112, RRI with a Beethoven symphony, nice to hear classical music both here and on ERA3 Greece 9420. RRI is strong enough, but fluttery and with selective fading distortion. This is the bihour Romanian broadcast to North America at 0000 via Tiganeshti (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SRI LANKA. 11905, Sept 22 at 0115, subcontinental music, good with heavy flutter, announcement in Hindi includes “Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation“ pronounced in English, 0116 back to song. I have been wanting to hear this but usually end my circa 0100 porch monitoring session before 0115. Aoki shows SLBC scheduled 0115-0330, 125 kW, 345 degrees from Trincomalee, which is favorable for US. 0126 recheck however, it`s gone! Leave a receiver on 11905 and find carrier on and off: *0128-0129*, *0139 on and off and on and off, no modulation applied. Trinco must really be having problems with this transmitter abandoned by Deutsche Welle (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 1670, Sept 21 around 1330 and 2330 UT, I happen to be in the car and note WOZN Madison WI is loud & clear both times with CBS Sports; along with many other X-band and top-end skywave signals. Both in full sunshine at least an hour away from SR/SS here (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. WORLD OF RADIO 1687 monitoring: confirmed promptly at 0200 UT Saturday Sept 21 via Area 51 webcast and presumably also on WBCQ 5110v-CUSB; also VG Saturday Sept 21 at 2330:15 on WTWW-2 9930, taking over from hymns, sounded like Martha Garvin. Next: UT Sunday 0400 on WTWW-1 5830; Tuesday 1100 on WRMI 9955; Wednesday 0630 & 1430 on HLR 7265-CUSB (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A [and non]. 7555, Sept 22 at 0108, KJES is off; it had been pretty reliable for the 0100-0230 broadcast. You know, these out-of-band fixed frequencies authorized for US SWBC stations can be revoked at a moment`s notice if some priority US government/military service complains, or even a foreign utility user complains to the FCC.

Now I am hearing some SSB in the 7552 area, but can`t demodulate it, apparently speech inversion, and the usual noisy ute from France unimpeded on the hi side (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. TA carrier search UT Sept 21 at 0050-0055: JBA on: 774, 783, 882, 909, 945, 1044, 1053, 1107, 1134, 1152, 1206, 1215, 1422, 1494, 1503, 1512. Quite a haul; now if I could only get modulation.

TA carrier search UT Sept 22 at 0128, JBAs: 783, 882; resume at 0134 to find 945, 1125, 1134, 1179=could be Cuba (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. TP carrier search Sept 21 at 1139 UT: 747 and stronger 774, both surely NHK, and 1053, the S Korean jammer (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

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