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Glenn Hauser logs May 2, 2014

** CHINA. Firedrake and CNR1 jammer check morning of May 2:
13795, May 2 at 1357, CNR1 jamming mixed with target
13830, May 2 at 1357, CNR1 and Firedrake jammers during drumming, poor
15195, May 2 at 1354, Firedrake and CNR1 jammers mixing, fair
15115, May 2 at 1354, CNR1 jammer mixed with target, no FD
15265, May 2 at 1354, CNR1 jammer, plus usual het from off-frequency
15550, May 2 at 1355, CNR1 jammer, very poor, VOT het on lo side

17510, May 2 at 1357-1359:57*, Firedrake-only jammer, good! Aoki does not explain why this is on now, but 17510 is a jamtarget at 1300-1330 for BBC Uzbek via Oman; AIR English at 10-11; and RFA Tibetan at 01-02 & 06-07. Was BBC Uzbek extended? None in the 12s, 14s, 16s, 18s (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** MEXICO. 960, May 2 at 0501 UT during another KGWA Enid Fox-hole of dead air, with its hummy carrier nulled as much as possible, again the Mexican NA is what`s audible, 0502 ID as “XEK, la Estación Grande de Nuevo Laredo, desde 1937, 5 mil watts de potencia“ and into other music. No XEW chimes heard this time (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** MEXICO. 1060, May 2 at 0503 UT, XEEP México DF manages to dominate despite night power reduced from 100 kW to 20, and helped by banning of other XEs from this frequency, a `clear channel` down there if not north of the border — as they are mentioning XEPPM, 6185 onda corta, which tho unchecked, should be closing down about now after separate programming during the evening (Glenn Hauer, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** MEXICO. Monitoring channel A2 NTSC with antenna south starting around 1415 UT May 2: At 1457 brief fade-in of video, no bugs visible; then a bit of audio trying but can`t tell if Spanish.

1521 UT May 2, channel 2 fades in with animated Galavision logo. Per
http://www.w9wi.com/web/tv-channels/2.html
the *only* channel 2 station of any power on Televisa 9 network is:
“Hermosillo, SO XHHMA-TV 30,000 Z H 29-04-29N 110-57-35W XLIC S:Televisa 9“ tho I fear it is not so positive, as other Televisas, especially “local“ ones may promo net 9 or even carry some of its programming part-time. Further snatches of ch 2 video were visible occasionally past 1530; 1606 two weak signals CCI; 1609 after ads back to `Matutino Express` which is a Foro TV = Televisa 4 network show, with the Facebook-like f bug in the lower right; but W9WI.com shows not a single net-4 on 2! Hoping for a stronger sporadic E opening, and it`s starting to build as I wrap this report (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** OKLAHOMA. Enid`s cable-access channel, Pegasys, which had been an independent organization, was de-funded and taken over by the City of Enid earlier this year, to considerable controversy locally. Last year it had to move out of its facility as the building was to be demolished to make way for a new downtown hotel; it moved across the street to the “Non-Profit-Center“, really installed in a hallway which was never intended to be a TV studio. Now, it`s moving again several blocks away to what had been the City`s visitor center on the main drag, Owen K. Garriott. Three cable channels are involved, 11, 12 and 19. Eleven has been the main one, with Twelve for overflow, miscellany, and 19 for continuous graphic PSAs. Now this week, all three are simulcasting with “Enid Community Bulletin Board“ originally on 19 only, with a notice it`s because of the relocation on April 29, but still no resumption of regular programming as of May 2. Now it`s the Enid
 Television Network [sic], forwarded from http://www.pegasys.org (Glenn Hauser, Enid, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** OKLAHOMA. “TV-OK“, Enid`s only local on-air TV station, now enters its third(?) month of broadcasting nothing but extremely repetitious `Discover Oklahoma` shows, and occasionally a related one, `Outdoor Oklahoma`. There are long pauses of black where commercials are presumably expected to be inserted. And at odd hours, ID slide for KXOK-LD, as well as KTEW-LD, channel 18 in Ponca City, and K35JY, the translator in Lamont.

These are on the RF 31 transmitter in downtown Enid, and duplicated on the inter-city relay RF32 transmitter from same site, with weaker signal here, as 31-1. 31-2 still is labeled M-FOX, but only color bars and silence. 31-3 is still active showing a good signal bar, but totally black and silent; formerly with Azteca.

One day I was surprised to find in my Box 1684, a DVD from Discover Oklahoma addressed to TV-OK, which is Box 1683! Before remailing it, I wrote on the envelope, “when are you going to broadcast something besides this, resume Retro TV“?? I bet they wonder how in the world that got on their mail, if they ever got it. Anyhow, KXOK is still on autoplay of the same DVDs over and over. And how does your restaurant or other business get publicity on `Discover Oklahoma`, by merit or by paying for it? A very gray area (Glenn Hauser, Enid, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** PAPUA NEW GUINEA. 3905, May 2 at 1155, AM carrier stronger and steadier than Japan 3925, but no modulation; 1200 trace of talk modulation; continuous QRhaM from 3903-LSB. 3205, May 2 at 1158, weaker carrier than 3905; anyhow, these two correspond to the (only?) two most recently active PNG stations as reported by Ron Howard; 3205 being Vanimo, 3905 Kavieng (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** VATICAN. 7250, May 2 at 0527, Vatican Radio is already on with tail of Albanian service which is not supposed to be on SW; 0528 harp music; 0529 cut to bells prior to scheduled 0530 English broadcast (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. 11222, May 2 at 0516, regular series of pulses, slow enough to count, as the number of pulses between pauses is continuously changing. Not pure carrier CW, but “fuzzy“ with some modulation so you don`t really need BFO to hear it, but it helps. Pinpointing frequency also difficult, somewhere around 11221-11222.

Is this some different kind of “numbers“ station? Instead of real Morse numbers or `cut numbers` with letters substituting, just count the number of pulses each time. But unbroken series of pulses go beyond just 10, as many as 25 during the few minutes I copied them all; representing alfabetic letters, then? But most of the pulse groups are in the low-single-digits, which doesn`t make sense for that. Here`s what I copied from 0516 to 0520 or so:

2 – 7 – 4 – 2 – 2 – 1 – 1 – 10 – 2 – 5 – 2 – 6 – 2 – 5 – 8 – 4 – 1 – 7 – 2 – 7 – 6 – 16 – 8 – 1 – 3 – 5 – 12 – 3 – 4 – 9 – 6 – 1 – 1 – 2 – 17 – 1 – 4 – 6 – 2 – 10 – 1 – 4 – 1 – 16 – 16 – 16 – 5 – 13 – 3 – 7 – 1 – 14 – 4 – 6 – 7 – 1 – 3 – 2 – 4 – 1 – 6 – 3 – 1 – 1 – 10 – 5 – 1 – 10 – 11 – 2 – 5 – 2 – 3 – 25 – 8 – 5 – 2 – 5 – 4 – 6 – 8 – 13 – 1 – 1 – 7 – 10 – 1 – 4 – 6 – 4 – 1 – 4 – 2 – 1 – 1 – 2 – 3 – 3 – 6 – 11 – 2 – 1 – 3 – 2 – 2 – 1 – 7 – 13 – 3 – 18 – 6

Can anyone decode that? I did not pay attention to where some longer pauses were, perhaps separating these into groups. Steady strength and probably not too far away, altho the 11 MHz SWBC band was open from Europe, Africa, South America, New Zealand. Also British VOLMET on 11253-USB. Recheck at 1210 UT May 2, it`s still there with the same thing, also at 1314, 1353.

Then searching on 11222 in the UDXF yg, we find 23 messages so far about this since May 1, heard from Europe to eastern North America to New Zealand, subject “Pulsing “frog” signal 11222Khz LSB“, including:

Synesthetix posted: “A weird one. Some kind of radar? Audio, 6 minutes:
http://www.sendspace.com/file/coqfrw
Zoom H4N, recording ICF-2010 tuned to 11222KHz LSB“

Nils Schiffhauer, DK8OK: “should be 11.220 USB, TE-204/USC-11 modem of US Air Force; measured baud rate of 150 Baud, four channels (Signals Analyser). See also: http://bit.ly/R6fSRh 73 Nils, DK8OK“

Mike Chace-Ortiz: “It sounds like a broken USAF TE204 4FSK modem. Rarely heard these days“

Paul V. Zecchino, Manasota Key, Florida: “Sounds even better on 11,220 USB, often used as secondary to 11175. Perhaps the airman forgot to break down the data link after phone patch was complete? Very strong at FL Gulf Coast QTH, within 150 miles of Cape Canaveral/Patrick AFB, etc.“

Brodyflavin: “I haven’t tracked this much today, but for those of you who have what are the max number of buzzes heard in a series? It would be stupid to do it this way, but im wondering if a number of buzzes corresponds to a certain letter or number? We’ll never know for sure, I know…“

Nils, DK8OK: “found also this info:
http://signals.radioscanner.ru/base/signal82/
showing this signal in full swing and not seemingly distorted as now on 11.220 kHz“

Tony, Maidens, Scotland: “I reviewed this very book in March in my blog and did put a link to it on here, obviously it was missed by some of you – much like Nils email ages ago describing exactly what the signal was!! The link to the review is:
http://planesandstuff.wordpress.com/
Tony“ (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

This report dispatched at 1615 UT May 2

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