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Glenn Hauser logs October 29-30, 2015

** ALBANIA [and non]. 7425, Oct 30 at 0230, R. Tirana with heavy subaudible heterodyne and co-channel interference from IBB Greenville 7305/7365 intermodulation, while 7470 remains wide open. It seems the official who must OK our suggestion is away, so waiting on that to make the change (Glenn Hauser, OK, DXL ISTENING DIGEST)

** ARGENTINA. 15345.23, Oct 29 at 2340, RAE in Spanish is good at S9+15 and as always way off-frequency; circa 0045 Oct 30 in Japanese moved to around 11710.6 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** BRAZIL [and non]. 11934.94, Oct 29 at 2343, Portuguese prayer, very poor S4 from Rádio RB2 presumably relaying Aparecida.

11925.0, Oct 29 at 2342 looking for possible reactivation of R. Bandeirantes, but only hear weak Chinese, on-frequency and with bleed from 11930 Cuban jamming. 0042 Oct 30 recheck, just a JBA on-frequency signal and no more jambleed (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** BRAZIL. 15190.1, Oct 29 at 2338, R. Inconfidência, as usual off-frequency plus, very poor S3 with music, now liberated by absence of WRMI; too bad its signal is so weak (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CANADA. 800, Oct 30 at 0034 UT, ad for Kehlwindows.com, weather in Celsius, but also 45F now, i.e. CKLW Windsor Ont. Vs KQCV OKC. Sometimes CKLW is there, sometimes not at all. It does have two different day & nite minor lobes to the southwest (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** COLOMBIA. 6010.3, Oct 29 at 2359, music marred by stuttering continuously, rather like fingers drumming on a lower lip. Not // 15190.1 Inconfidência, so presumably LV de tu Conciencia. Then Oct 30 at 0002, I find the same sound on the other HJDH, 5910.1, Alcaraván Radio, plus “running-H2O“ ute QRM at times. Maybe it`s a defective studio-transmitter link (FM, or internet?) from Bogotá to Puerto Lleras. They are both around S6 to S7. 0053 UT recheck, 5910.1 is still wobbly, and 6010.3 seems deadair (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** EGYPT. 12070.0, Oct 30 at 0040, R. Cairo is S8, suptorted, in Arabic? Only other frequencies found are:

9964.55, R. Cairo, Oct 30 at 0054, Arabic music, S9 but undermodulated; by 0231 this is fair signal but dead air

9745, Oct 30 at 0231, Qur`an on very good signal and sufficient modulation, double-sideband plus carrier

9860 & 9315, not even carriers before or after 0200, where English has been registered. Third possibility, 9720 is a JBA carrier at 0235, likely something else.

It seems the English SW service to N America has been dropped, not heard for a few weeks now. It is however, available on the web, as first reported UT Oct 29 by Bruce F in New York to the DXLD yg:

“Radio Cairo’s 0200 UT English Program On-Line — I have heard this English language program transmission with good quality sound at the following link, despite the fact that it is labeled (in Arabic) as the Farsi Service:
http://www.egradio.eg/radio.php?PubPnt=Faressy&ChnName=10

The link works for the 0200-0330 UT broadcast in English. I’ve noted it before 0200 in Spanish. I’m nearly certain it’s a live feed, but haven’t found it on my radio to compare the two. The frequency may have changed with the new broadcasting season – it was on 9315 kHz.

Right now – Friday Oct 30, 2015 at 0208 UT, the English service from Cairo is online at their “Swahili” link:
http://www.egradio.eg/radio.php?PubPnt=ElSawaheely&ChnName=9

So it’s not always on the same link. Last night it was at the “Farsi” link. Bruce“ (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** NICARAGUA. 8989-USB, Oct 29 at 2336, very poor S4 signal with preaching in Spanish, mentioning “el Señor“ every few seconds, i.e. the so-called “pescador predicador“ allegedly circa Nicaragua (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** NORTH AMERICA. 6960-USB, Oct 30 at 0004, S9 pirate with heavy strumming, then vocal; 0010 it`s S9+10 as Dick Weed has a sidekick describing an app they have to use after propagation fades out. Next tune to be “Remove the Head“, by Bile (??), on Radio Free What-Ever. Still going at 0039, discussing selling T-shirts online, only one so far despite several refreshes; 0055 next check is off. Many more logs of this:
http://www.hfunderground.com/board/index.php/topic,24155.0.html
including Dick Weed himself: “Find us continuing the show on http://www.mixlr.com! look for “djdickweed” and you got RFW streaming to you!“ (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** NORTH AMERICA. 6950.70-AM, Oct 30 at 0006, “Bicycle Built for Two“, and big band music of that era; 0013 “Germany Calling, Reichsender, in 31 meter band, Germanycalling@gmail.com“. Time warp as except for the e-mail address sounds like it`s from four-score years ago. Not as strong as RFW on 6960; 0018 repeat same canned ID, I think, which also mentions Hamburg, Bremen and maybe a D- callsign; “Deutschland Über Alles“, as NA, but the lyrix sounded different, maybe a further verse, ending at 0020:40* and off the air. Many other logs of this:
http://www.hfunderground.com/board/index.php/topic,24157.0.html
Wish I had tuned in earlier. Hallowe`en weekend should be a pirate festival (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** PERU. 5980, Oct 30 at 0058, one carrier here, S6, 0059 joined by a second one on slightly different frequency, best detected with offset BFO making a double-pitch het. The first one is Chaski, and the second is the spoiler BBC Hindi via UAE. One of them, Chaski, autocutsoff at 0109:11*, restoring a single-pitch het, UAE. Altho I logged a similar situation on Oct 25, the last precise timing was 7 nights ago, in A-15 on Oct 23 until 0108:25.5*, or 45.5 seconds earlier: average slippage thus being 6.5 seconds per, close to “on schedule“ (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SAUDI ARABIA. 1521.0, Oct 30 at 0028 UT, tell-tale het from 2000 kW BSKSA Duba upon 1520.0 KOKC OKC (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SPAIN. 9690, Oct 29 at 1853, S8 open carrier, REE about to broadcast to North America; 1903 sufficient with `24 Horas`. A higher band would be better, and before 1900 on weekends from 1500, a higher band is necessary (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** TURKEY. 5960, Oct 29 at 2330, V. of Turkey back on winter frequency and time, amid English to North America, reads ~S9 but noisy. 2344 already signing off with full English schedule in jumbled order, music and IS; still playing at 2358 recheck but off by 2359, avoiding putting German on this air as sometimes reported.

Meanwhile, my nearest streetlite ignites with a wideband RF noise burst at *2347; it`s cloudy so with a clear sky at sunset, it would be a bit later triggering the photocell (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. WORLD OF RADIO 1797 monitoring: confirmed second SW broadcast, Thursday Oct 29 at 2100 on WRMI 7570, now quite good, aimed toward us and not absorbed so much as in summer. (Meanwhile, 7490 WBCQ had something else.) Also confirmed UT Friday Oct 30 at 0100 on WBCQ 9330.1-CUSB, S9+25 (from next week: 0200). Next this week:
Fri 2130   WRMI 15770 to NE
Fri 2130.5 WRMI 7570 to NW
Fri 2330   WRMI 5850 to NW
Sat 0730   HLR 7265-CUSB to SW [DST unshift now] Sat 1530   HLR 7265-CUSB to SW [DST unshift now] Sat 1930v  WA0RCR 1860-AM ND?
Sun 0315v  WA0RCR 1860-AM ND?
Sun 2300   WRMI 11580 to NE

Remainder are [DST unshift now]:
Mon 0400v  WBCQ 5110v Area 51 to WSW
Mon 0430   WRMI 9955 to SSE
Tue 1200   WRMI 9955 to SSE
Wed 1415.5 WRMI 9955 to SSE
Wed 2200   WBCQ 7490v to WSW
(Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 5950, Thu Oct 29 at 2331 on WRMI, AWR Wavescan is starting, first item read by Ray Robinson about Réunion`s QSLing history, formerly on SW. Broad tuning has bad het from 5952.5 BOLIVIA, but LSB eliminates it. Then find same program on much stronger 5850 WRMI, very good signal, not synchronized, but ahead of 5950 by about a semi-minute. 5950 is the hi-angle, short-range antenna for Cuba, and that transmission is to shift one UT hour later on Nov 1; while 5850 is 315 degrees right at us to the NW (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 17775+, Oct 29 at 1425, KVOH is very slightly on the hi side compared to 11775 Anguilla on the FRG-7, much closer than the +.3 recently measured on the NRD-545. By 1852 UT Oct 29 on the NRD, however, I put it slightly on the lo side, 17774.98 or so (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 7504.7, Oct 30 at 0106, WRNO is on with usual preacher, some distortion and hum, strong signal. Last time I tuned, Oct 25 at 0147, it was AWOL, but not rechecked in the meantime (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 790, Oct 30 at 0036 UT, ad for Hollywood-something, so could it be KABC already? No! Back to Springdale Junior High Football, i.e., usual nearby KURM Rogers AR. This is a Thursday night (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. Re UNIDENTIFIED. 870, Oct 29 at 1157 UT, guy speaking English with Britishish accent, loops roughly east-west — certainly not WWL, XETAR or KFJZ, but what? Could be a preacher. Nothing listed seems to fit. Fades before 1200 UT (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

Hi Glenn, I wonder if your 870 unidentified could be WKAR from East Lansing Michigan? It is NPR from Michigan State University and carries many BBC programs. I believe it is 10 kW daytime only (Steve Frock, KB8QHE, Springfield, Ohio, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

Steve, I bet you`re right. I was not looking far enough beyond adjacent and second-adjacent states. Their schedule shows BBC Outlook until 1200 UT, and local sunrise was 1208 UT today; FCC sunrise for October was 1145 UT (Nov: 1230 UT; Dec: 1300 UT). Daytime pattern heads NNW, but rather broad without a deep null toward here. And I was also getting WNWI 1080 Chicago area a few minutes later. Tnx, (Glenn Hauser, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 1060, Oct 30 at 0032 UT, mixing with the Mexican music presumably KXPL El Paso, is a station in English with a bunch of ads mentioning Arizona, including Albertson`s. Therefore it is KDUS, Tempe, 5000/500 watts U2, address in Guadalupe; a new one for me (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 1560, Oct 30 at 0025 UT, fantasy sports discussion from Yahoo SR is blasting in S9+20 from the SSE/NNW, obviously KGOW Bellaire/Houston TX, still on day pattern to the NNE, and maybe day power of 46 instead of 15 kW night into the Gulf SSE — which makes it a frequent DX catch in S America. 0026 UT ads for TIAA-CREF and Arizona State University (a legit school, trying for national online business, to outdo “University of Phœnix“) (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. 1660, Oct 30 at 0023 UT, ranchera music on east-west antenna briefly and then lost. I suppose it`s DKXOL Brigham City UT, as sunset there is about 5 minutes later. Since they are illegal, do the power down from 10 to 1 kW anyway? Maybe that would lower the fine.

BTW, FCC is considering in an NPRM following thru on the original X-band rationale, i.e. turning off the <1600 kHz parent station; now which one was that? KXOL is not on the list since it is already “deleted“ (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. 6060, Oct 29 at 2355, noise blob amid which a carrier is detectable; this is not like Cuban jamming, more like DRM but narrow-band, only 2-3 kHz each side. Could be the defective Zahedan, Iran transmitter in Arabic until 0230, ex-9421v (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

This report dispatched at 0423 UT October 30

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