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Glenn Hauser logs January 25, 2020  View Printable Version 
Saturday, January 25 2020

Hauser
** CUBA. 13838, 13769, 13631, 13562, 13492 approx., Jan 25 at 1439,
spurblobs out of 13700-AM. No intelligible programodulation except a
trace of music & talk on 13769. If they are going to spray all over
the band, least they could do would be to make them listenable in the
FM mode. Something`s always wrong at RHC (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

** KOREA SOUTH. 1566, Jan 25 at 1348, JBA carrier looping NW, so FEBC
Jeju again seems no longer to be making beamswitch by 1345 from
Japanese to Chinese; is there no longer a language change either?
(Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

** SCOTLAND [non]. 9350, Sat Jan 25 at 2145, usual VG non-squealy
signal from this WWCR during `Encore` classical music hour from Radio
Tumbril. Playlist for 25/1 is already up:
https://www.tumbril.co.uk/playlists
Now must be the Paul Hillier, penultimately. Otherwise occupied now,
I`ll try to catch the full hour repeat UT Monday at 0100-0200 on WBCQ
when surely I will have to hear 7490v via webcast only (Glenn Hauser,
OK, WOR)

** U S A. 7341-USB, Sat Jan 25 at 1517 obviously a Civil Air Patrol
net from the colourful tactical calls, checkins seemingly managed by
YL NCS Starfish 39, but does not always give own call, rather trying
to copy and utter calls of others, often unsuccessful without a relay
even when I can hear them; such as: Tornado 41, Red Cloud 13, Bluebird
29, etc., etc. Up against 7340-AM RHC, but so weak here not a problem,
altho could be further east and/or south. By their prefixes, these
four must respectively emit from Minnesota, Iowa, Nebraska and
Missouri, but individual call identities are surely top-secret. Each
transmission ends with auto-beep, no overing required.

BTW, the paramilitary CAP has been recruiting in the Enid area:

https://www.enidnews.com/news/local_news/civil-air-patrol-seeking-new-members-youth-and-adult-in/article_73a29f81-5fa6-5b14-a375-af16c4a88a08.html

Strangely enough, nothing is said in this long article about playing
radio. I think unlike MARS, you don`t have to be a ham for starters
(Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

** U S A [and non]. WORLD OF RADIO 2018 monitoring: Ivo Ivanov,
Bulgaria reports: ``Fair signal of World of Radio #2018 and Shortwave
Radiogram #136 on January 25: 1300-1330 on 15770 RMI 100 kW / 044 deg
to WeEu English Sat World of Radio#2018 and 1330-1400 on 15770 RMI 100
kW / 044 deg to WeEu English Sat Shortwave Radiogram #136``.

Around 2100 UT I check numerous KiwiSDRs in eastern USA for 1860
WA0RCR with WOR, but not a bit of it, even in Illinois. Last night I
was hearing heavy CW mostly below 1860, so another contest will likely
still be a QRM problem for Next:

0400vUT Sunday WA0RCR 1860-AM [nominal 0415]
2130 UT Sunday WRMI 7780 to NE
0130 UT Monday WRMI 7780 to NE
0230 UT Monday WRMI 7780 to NE, 9395 to NNW
0400vUT Monday WBCQ 5130v Area 51 to WSW
0430 UT Monday WRMI 9955 to SSE
0900 UT Monday Unique Radio NSW 5045-USB
0930 UT Monday Unique Radio NSW 5045-USB [another episode]
1901 UT Monday IRRS 7290 Romania? to WNW
0100 UT Tuesday WRMI 7780 to NE
0900 UT Wednesday Unique Radio NSW 5045-USB
2100 UT Wednesday WRMI 7780 to NE
2200 UT Wednesday WBCQ 7490v to WSW
0100 UT Thursday WRMI 7780 to NE

Full schedule including AM, FM, webcasts, satellite, podcasts:
http://www.worldofradio.com/radioskd.html
(Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

** U S A. John Carver replies to my WBCQ 7490v AAAWWW report Jan 25:

``Glenn, In reference to your comment about the novelty tune before
AAWWW started. That originated with TimTron and is played when there
is a problem with his internet feed connecting. I don't know how it is
triggered as if his feed isn't connecting he can't send anything. At
any rate it is a snippet of some sort of ethnic music folk song done
by a youngish female that Tim has slowed down to sound as it does.
Could be Hungarian or Gypsy or something. At any rate it's quite
familiar to listeners of Area 51.

Several years ago I heard it played one time at normal speed on Area
51 and immediately recognized it. I wrote to Larry Will and asked
about it. He replied with the story behind it and gave me a Wiki link
to the story behind the tune and if I remember correctly it contained
a link to the actual tune at normal speed. When I was finally able to
boot the computer today I did a search through the headers of every
message Larry has sent me since sometime in 2010 and couldn't find it
based upon the subjects listed in the headers. I'm sure it's in there
and someday I will go through and read every damn message but not till
it's warmer in here. If you're really curious I suppose you could ask
Larry Will if he remembers.

Sorry I could only give you a partial answer. I so wanted to send you
the Wiki link so you could read it and possibly listen to the
original. John`` Try searching on keywords like Hungarian, Gypsy,
ethnic (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

** U S A. 5970, Jan 25 at 0644, surprised to hear WEWN in English
instead of Spanish --- not a momentary translation, but discussion of
RCC politix. Earlier at 0224 I had a very weak signal on 5970, but
could not be sure it were WEWN at all. What about 9385 which is
supposed to be the overnight English channel? NO signal at 0645, but
could be on and not propagating.

So is this another mistake, or a major change? WEWN SW is so
insignificant that it`s hard to find anything about it on the EWTN
website. But from our WOR Hitlist we get:

a program sked which will not load:
https://www.ewtn.com/radio/download/Shortwave_Grid.pdf

This one
https://www.ewtn.com/radio/frequency-guide
is all in English including the Cuba/Latin America 12050 and 5970
frequencies, so looking at this you would never know they were ever in
Spanish!

For B-19, until March 29, 2020, it shows 15610 at 1900-2400 and 9385
at 0000-0900 both for W&CAf at 85 degrees and Beijing at 335 degrees:
note, these are not 180 degrees opposite, so one transmitter split
into two antennas, or two transmitters? Does the BJ beam apply only to
9385 hours? That is ambiguous as displayed. Latest HFCC as of Jan 20
shows both 00-09 9385 and 19-24 15610 on African 85-degree azimuth
only; 12050 at 14-24 on 155 degrees, splitting difference between the
claimed 150 and 160 on 5970. It also shows 11520 at 00-09 but we know
that`s imaginary, alternative to 9385 but which was used in A-19. 9470
is also listed at 09-14, only this one really aimed toward China,
prime time there but is it more propagable? and which Ivo has been
observing as AWOL, not appearing on WEWN`s own schedule.

The true azimuth of Beijing from Vandiver is more like 344 degrees!
But 335 does cross eastern China, if the signal last over a very long
and difficult near-polar path, which no one setting up a SW station in
Alabama should have considered viable. In fact, I think reaching Asia
from there was an afterthought, not an original target.

To Cuba/Latin America, 160 degrees at 00-14 on 5970; at 14-24, 150
degrees at 14-24. What`s the point of a 10-degree difference in
azimuth?

150 is aimed to eastern Cuba and across S America exiting near Porto
Alegre, Brasil.

160 is aimed to western Cuba and across the Andes, exiting S America
between Mar del Plata and Bahia Blanca, Argentina.

So has 12050 switched to English too as implied on the sked? It`s JBA
Jan 25 at 1744 check, can`t tell language. Well audible at Bogotá SDR
and yes, still in Spanish with rote rosary. Never mind JC; Do Mary or
God ever tire of hearing that? Why not? Do they monitor RCM in
particular for self-gratification, or avoid it? (Glenn Hauser, OK,
WOR)

** U S A. Jan 25 from 15 to 17 UT, I can`t help but notice that the
big four commercial TV broadcast networx, ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox, as
via their OKC affiliates, are all broadcasting live the Republican
side of the Trump Trial --- which they were NOT doing the previous
days from the Democrats! Leaving that who-cares to PBS and cable
networx. Not in daytime and certainly not in primetime! We shall see
what happen on Monday daytime when acting president Drumpf`s liars get
down to business. Of course, regular network programming on Saturday
mornings is more dispensable, mostly E/I stuff for kids and nature
enthusiasts (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

UNIDENTIFIED. Sigh - another typo correxion to one of the frequencies:
783, of course, not 782; fixed:

Trans-Atlantic JBA MW carrier search, Jan 25 at
0251-0259: 531, 549, 576, 612, 621(2), 639, 693, 711, 774(2), 783,
819, 837(2), 855(2), 882*, 891, 909, 999, 1026, 1053, 1089, 1098,
1107, 1116, 1125, 1215(2), 1305, 1341, 1413(2), 1575. *882 strongest
with some audio, singing, probably BBC Wales. (2) = at least two
carriers beating (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

UNIDENTIFIED. 6990-LSB, Jan 25 at 1437, 2-way net in language,
sometimes melodic, maybe Indonesian, like we used to hear when
11.4-11.5 MHz propagated; this frequency was also occupied at earlier
times by a closer performer with prolonged aaaahhhhhs, guessing
Japanese as last reported a year ago in
http://w4uvh.net/dxld1903.txt
Also heard a bit of that this time (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

This report despatched at 2159 UT January 25

 

Glenn Hauser logs January 24-25, 2020  View Printable Version 
Saturday, January 25 2020

Hauser
** ARGENTINA [non]. 5800, Jan 25 at 0152, surprised to hear English on
WRMI instead of RAE Spanish, which I had not checked earlier to
confirm from 0100; and the English is SMTV! What`s it doing here now?
Supposed to run 2100-0100 only on 5800, skedgrid still showing RAE at
01-02. Perhaps like last week we shall have another chance to hear
actualidaddx.com.ar 48 hours later on UT Monday. SMTV is also on 5950
at 0223 check about animal welfare in Canada, Costa Rica,
alfabetically. 5800 off at 0200, and 9395 then a JBA carrier when RAE
should run in English (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

** CUBA. 4748 & 4782 approx., Jan 25 at 0236, wide spurblobs +/- ~17
kHz out of 4765 Radio Progreso which itself is overmodulated /
distorted at S9+30. In FM mode tuning the spurs, there is a trace of
the music as on 4765. Both spurs are QRMing CODAR! Something`s always
wrong at RadioCuba (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

** IRAN. 6090, Jan 25 at 0123, seems Spanish, ME music, VP, i.e. VIRI
as scheduled 2350-0250; EiBi shows one //, 7230, but only the first
sesquihour to 0120, so too late to check that as confirmation.
Anguilla off tonight, and no sign of Brazuguese, defunct Radio
Bandeirantes. By 0225 recheck, VP but definitely in Spanish. Cuts off
the air at 0250:15.5* as scheduled (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

** OKLAHOMA. 88.1, Jan 24 at 1520 UT, as I am trying to listen to KWOU
from Woodward, instead hear Oasis Network with echo, so not only the
closest, KMSI Moore 0/50 kW vertical only, but also KDMI Coweta-Tulsa,
100/100 kW. The WTFDA FM Database does not show that these two are //
and both relaying KNYD 90.5, altho both with Oasis Network. KMSI alone
is the usual nemesis for KWOU. No significant tropo on the map (Glenn
Hauser, Enid, WOR)

** TURKEY. 5960, UT Sat Jan 25 at 0017, VOT is still on, in German
bonus broadcast; if unlikely to happen two nights in a row, maybe KBC
will be unscathed 24 hours later from Germany (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

** U S A [and non]. WORLD OF RADIO 2018 monitoring: confirmed first
Northern/Western Hemisphere SWBC, Friday January 24 at 2300 on WRMI
9955, vs heavy Cuban jamming: it varies some with WRMI fading up to
better audibility but jamming does not fully abate; by 2326 we are
fairly audible.

Meanwhile this week I quickly check a bunch of KiwiSDRs, to find out
how bad the situation is elsewhere; Chile & Uruguay: JBA without much
jamming; Buenos Aires: fair but noisy; Pardinho/SP Brasil: F-G over
jamming; Bogotá VG with no jamming audible --- should be best on the
azimuth at first hop; Rockport, Maine: VG at WA2ZKD/1, the only N
American one checked, certainly better than here: no signal in South
Africa, Australia or China; Europe unchecked since plenty of other
opportunities there later on 7780 or 15770; or 7290.

WOR 2018 also confirmed UT Saturday January 25 at 0130 via UTwente
SDR: 7780 good; 5850 JBA; 5010 zilch; here: 7780 poor S8-S9; 5850
S9+30; 5010 S8-S9+10 but sounds much weaker than 5850. Next:

1300 UT Saturday WRMI 15770 to NE
2030vUT Saturday WA0RCR 1860-AM
0400vUT Sunday WA0RCR 1860-AM [nominal 0415]
2130 UT Sunday WRMI 7780 to NE
0130 UT Monday WRMI 7780 to NE
0230 UT Monday WRMI 7780 to NE, 9395 to NNW
0400vUT Monday WBCQ 5130v Area 51 to WSW
0430 UT Monday WRMI 9955 to SSE
0900 UT Monday Unique Radio NSW 5045-USB
0930 UT Monday Unique Radio NSW 5045-USB [another episode]
1901 UT Monday IRRS 7290 Romania? to WNW
0100 UT Tuesday WRMI 7780 to NE
0900 UT Wednesday Unique Radio NSW 5045-USB
2100 UT Wednesday WRMI 7780 to NE
2200 UT Wednesday WBCQ 7490v to WSW
0100 UT Thursday WRMI 7780 to NE

Full schedule including AM, FM, webcasts, satellite, podcasts:
http://www.worldofradio.com/radioskd.html
(Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

** U S A. 5850, Jan 25 at 0200 right after WOR, WRMI with VORW, John
Jurasek explaining that he`s recovering from dental work so running
some repeat shows; like I heard one recently, admittedly months old.
See also ARGENTINA [non] (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

** U S A. 7490.2v, UT Sat Jan 25 at 0100, WBCQ ID interrupts FKB
gospel huxter, but instead of WTO, a couple minutes of novelty
nonsense singing; then 0102 WBCQ canned ID again, and WTO theme, but
no A&A again this week, rather TimTron substituting from 0103
confirming off the bat that this is live on Jan 24, YOOL 2020; wish AW
would do that instead of burying the date somewhere in the middle.
Says this is on 7490 (only), using his own microphonium from the
secret squirrel studio in Skow-town; says something flu-like has been
infesting WBCQ staff at Monticello, and he himself feels unwell, hope
not resurgence of Lyme disease; then into death of Bigelow-chat. Over
to John Carver for a fuller report:

``No readable signal tonight on 7490. Program started two minutes late
on 5130 and was hosted by TimTron. Tim said they were only
broadcasting on 7490 but I'm listening on 5130. Said he was asked to
host the show last weekend but wasn't feeling up to it. Is fearful
that his Lyme disease is flaring up. Mourning the death of his
neighbor's cat that he dealt with since at least 2002. He played a
song that his wife, Marcie, wrote about the cat. He did say that the
part on the SS transmitter that broke has been removed and sent to the
manufacturer to be inspected. He also talked about the 7490
transmitter and the problems they've had with it. A problem with the
blower and the blower switch and the blower interlock. I can only copy
7490 here in the afternoons and it's usually gone by 2300 to 2330
hours. Major repairs will have to wait till warm weather and Tim
feeling better. Then into some music.

Some talk about the state of propagation as there was last week.
Consensus was the same as last week, dismal. He did state that 5130
was about the only frequency that worked reasonably well in these
conditions. Then a plea for people to create a show and get on the air
at WBCQ. Then into some more music.

At 0155 the nonstop top of the hour IDs started once again and
continued to the top of the hour. I have mentioned this twice to
people at the station and the last time Allan was on the air doing
this program Pirate Joe mentioned it to him also. John, Mid-North
Indiana``

I do check at 0133 to find 5130 is on with music like 7490+ ATM, but
VP. Cursory confirmation of no sigs from other WBCQs: 9330, 6160v,
3265v (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

** U S A [and non]. 1090, Jan 24 at 0702 UT, ToH dead air from KAAY LR
causes minimal interference to XEAU Monterrey in Spanish, and almost
800 kW from 1089 Talksport UK het.

1090, Jan 25 at 0301.5 UT, ``AM 1090 KAAY`` illegal ID and dead air
until gospel music resume at 0305.0; meanwhile nothing but XEAU and
1089 UK het can be heard. So does KAAY provide a dead air news hole at
top of every hour? And no one cares or notices at 700 Wellington Hills
Road (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

UNIDENTIFIED. Trans-Atlantic JBA MW carrier search, Jan 24 from 0702
after hearing a big het on 1090 KAAY from 1089 UK: 1098, 1107, 1116,
1125, 1215, 1305(2); 1053, 1044, 909, 891, 774(2), 693 -- but none
lower as sunrise is nigh across W Europe and this fadeout will of
course become earlier and earlier (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

UNIDENTIFIED. Trans-Atlantic JBA MW carrier search, Jan 25 at
0251-0259: 531, 549, 576, 612, 621(2), 639, 693, 711, 774(2), 782,
819, 837(2), 855(2), 882*, 891, 909, 999, 1026, 1053, 1089, 1098,
1107, 1116, 1125, 1215(2), 1305, 1341, 1413(2), 1575. *882 strongest
with some audio, singing, probably BBC Wales. (2) = at least two
carriers beating (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

This report dispatched at 0436 UT January 25

 

Glenn Hauser logs January +22-23-24, 2020  View Printable Version 
Friday, January 24 2020

Hauser
** ARGENTINA [non]. 5800, Jan 23 at 0100, RAE AAM, via WRMI runs OK;
0126 rock music but it`s Spanish and still RAE with 0130 multi-lingual
IDs, then conversation with an Argentine who went to Thailand.

Next night, UT Jan 24 I am listening to the second half to assure it
air intact; seems so: 0129 talk about the FSLN; 0130 multi-lingual ID,
then `Géneros y Diversidad` about sexism in sports; 0147 multi-ID
again, chat about 23 de enero being some national day; 0151 headlines
and ``Piano Man`` --- no sign-off heard, but this music may have been
filler from WRMI; another song until 0159 WRMI ID and off at 0200*
sharp.

9395, then should follow RAE ATTW in English, but it`s a JBA carrier
as often the case after dark, altho sometimes recovers later at night
when TOMBS is on. How about putting RAE English on reliably propagable
5800 instead --- plus Tirana at 0230? (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

** BRAZIL [non]. 6090, Jan 23 at 2350, a weak signal here presumed
Iran in Spanish as scheduled; *2356 open carrier from ANGUILLA making
a fast SAH atop the other, and shortly after 0000 Jan 24, join Dead
Gene Scott in progress, without a sign-on, let alone an ID, which
*never* come out of what is listed as The Caribbean Beacon. By then it
sounds like Qur`an and ME music underneath.

I`m checking this because someone has just reported hearing Rádio
Bandeirantes on 6090 last night, ``at 0120 in Portuguese with an
excited male preacher``. That station has been gone from SW for over a
year, thought to be forever. 6090 and its other frequency 9645 were
deleted from WRTH 2019 already and still absent in 2020. Yet it
survives on the Aoki list, which is full of defunct Latin American
stations, leading some to expect still to hear them. And this mis-info
is likely copied into other SW schedule aggregators.

All I ever get on 6090 evenings when Anguilla is absent (most of
them), is Iran in Spanish which is scheduled all the way from 2350 to
0250. Tonight I am hearing two stations, not three, but check on a
non-Anguilla night just to be absolutely sure. If you can`t get an
Iran ID or tell Spanish from Portuguese, maybe catch the odd closing
time of 0250?

It should be noted that last February, a ``Radio Livre Bandeirantes``
was reported from Brasil on 6090, an unrelated low-power pirate. If
still active, hearing it here vs Anguilla and/or Iran is extremely
unlikely (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

** BRAZIL. 9666.553V, Jan 24 at 0043, Voz Missionária is S7-S9 in
Brazuguese preaching as it continues to wander back down toward
nominal 9665, after last caught Jan 19 way up on 9667.478. As I listen
it is slightly unstable (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

** CANADA. 406-MCW kHz, Jan 23 at 0711 UT, dash and YLJ ND beacon,
which is 40 watts from Meadow Lake, Sask., and the only one listed on
this frequency, a clear-channel! (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

** CUBA. Time and date were omitted from this item; added:

13568, 13634, 13767, 13834, 13901, 13967, 14033, 14100-trace,
approx., 1527 UT Jan 19, spurblobs out of RHC 13700, readable both in
FM and AM but not SSB, and with the F# tone in FM, progressively
weaker toward the outskirts where only the tone may giveaway. Now
intruding into 20m hamband where maybe some of them will notice and
complain; to CO2KK? (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

** CUBA. 6099.6 & 6100.4 approx., Jan 23 at 0657, RHC English S9+40 on
mushy 6100 plus squealspurs about 400 Hz above and below. Something`s
always wrong at RHC (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA. 13906, 13838, 13769, 13631, 13562, 13493, 13423, Jan 23 at
1519, FM>AM spurblobs out of RHC 13700, weaker and weaker toward the
outskirts, approx 69 kHz intervals. Something`s always wrong at RHC
(Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

** CUBA. 15140, Jan 23 at 1819, RHC in Portuguese? Distorted and
overmodulated; then announcer in real Spanish. May have been a clip
from a Brazilian trying to speak Spanish = Espanhuguês. Something`s
always wrong at RHC (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

** SOLOMON ISLANDS. 9545, Jan 23 at 0450, JBA carrier, presumed SIBC
since it cut off at 0500:07*; doubt I will ever get more than this
from it (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

** U S A. WORLD OF RADIO 2017 monitoring: confirmed Wednesday January
22 at 2100 on WRMI 7780, VP.

Also confirmed Wed Jan 22 from 2200:17 on WBCQ 7490.28v, fair S9+.

Also confirmed UT Thu Jan 23 at 0100 on WRMI 7780, fair declining to
poor by 0122.

WOR 2018 is available as of 0228 UT Friday January 24
(mp3 stream) http://www.w4uvh.net/wor2018.m3u
(mp3 download) http://www.w4uvh.net/wor2018.mp3

Or via http://www.worldofradio.com/audiomid.html
Also linx to podcast services.

WORLD OF RADIO 2018 contents: Albania, Antarctica, Argentina non,
Armenia, Brasil, Canada, China, Cuba, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea non,
India, Indonesia, Iran non, Korea South, Oman, Perú, Sudan South non,
USA, Uzbekistan; Kiwi SDRs; and the propagation outlook

The shortwave broadcasts should be:

0900 UT Friday Unique Radio NSW 5045-USB
2300 UT Friday WRMI 9955 to SSE
[usually starts with heavy jamming but maybe abates]
0130 UT Saturday WRMI 5850 to NW, 5010 to S, 7780 to NE
1300 UT Saturday WRMI 15770 to NE
2030vUT Saturday WA0RCR 1860-AM
0400vUT Sunday WA0RCR 1860-AM [nominal 0415]
2130 UT Sunday WRMI 7780 to NE
0130 UT Monday WRMI 7780 to NE
0230 UT Monday WRMI 7780 to NE, 9395 to NNW
0400vUT Monday WBCQ 5130v Area 51 to WSW
0430 UT Monday WRMI 9955 to SSE
0900 UT Monday Unique Radio NSW 5045-USB
0930 UT Monday Unique Radio NSW 5045-USB [another episode]
1901 UT Monday IRRS 7290 Romania? to WNW
0100 UT Tuesday WRMI 7780 to NE
0900 UT Wednesday Unique Radio NSW 5045-USB
2100 UT Wednesday WRMI 7780 to NE
2200 UT Wednesday WBCQ 7490v to WSW
0100 UT Thursday WRMI 7780 to NE

Full schedule including AM, FM, webcasts, satellite, podcasts:
http://www.worldofradio.com/radioskd.html
(Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

** U S A. Jan 24 at 0216+ UT, I quickly scan the entire MW band, and
hear not a single station broadcasting live coverage of something
rather important in the US Senate! Not even talk stations whose format
would be disrupted the least, but most of them are secretly if not
overtly controlled by the Far Right, as obvious from their entire
daily schedules. And golly, how are you going to fit in 20+ minutes of
commercials an hour? Somehow, major cable TV networks manage to do it.
But radio listeners should also be able to hear the Trump Trial.

How about FM, public radio? KOSU has been airing from NPR the first
parts in the afternoons, but not in evening prime-time, still owned by
sub-station The Spy with OK/indie music, far too vital to pre-empt. So
The Spy wags the rest of KOSU.

I also know better than even bother to check US SW stations --- No
public service sentiment there! Just leave Brother Scare all over the
dial (Glenn Hauser, Enid OK, WOR)

UNIDENTIFIED. Just noticed a typo 12 days later to this report before
anyone else bring it to my attention. In the frequency list should
read 1017, not 2017 kHz; fixed:

Trans-Atlantic JBA MW carrier search Jan 12 at 0006-0013 UT: 531*
strongest; 558(2), 576, 585, 639, 657, 693(2), 711, 729, 738, 774(2),
801, 819, 837, 855, 882, 891, 909, 936(2), 999, 1008, 1017, 1044,
1089, 1098, 1107(2), 1125(2), 1152, 1179, 1215(2), 1296, 1305(2),
1422, 1485, 1539 kHz (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

This report dispatched at 0417 UT January 24

 

Glenn Hauser logs January +21-22, 2020  View Printable Version 
Wednesday, January 22 2020

Hauser
** ARGENTINA [non]. 5800, Jan 22 at 0100, RAE AAM vamp theme and
opening Spanish, 0102 into news, so this WRMI relay off to a good
start. Not rechecked until 0153 however when fill music, Oldies is
already playing, so unknown how much of the 54? minute program axually
played (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

** CUBA. 15370, Jan 21 at 2035, RHC in Brazuguese, fair S9 but
distorted. This semihour is supposed to be in French with BB not until
2100, so whatlang then? Something`s always wrong at RHC (Glenn Hauser,
OK, WOR)

** CUBA. 13670 & 13811 & 13881 & 13598 approx., Jan 22 at 2314, FM/AM
spurblobs out of RHC tarde transmitter 13740, the closer ones S9+10.
Something`s always wrong at RHC (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

** CUBA. 15140, Jan 22 at 1556, RHC is suptorted; 15230 is weaker but
better modulated. By 1820, 15140 is so suptorted I cannot be sure of
language; only by comparing to 11760 is it Spanish as scheduled.
Something`s always wrong at RHC (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

** KOREA SOUTH [and non]. From a few km away, Richard Allan, IRCA
independently matched my obs of January 20 under UNIDENTIFIED about
1566 being heard beyond 1345 UT:

``Oklahoma TP DX 1/20/2020 Richard Allen Jan 20 #5927 --- Like
yesterday, only HLAZ provided any audible signal again this morning.

828 JOBB? weak het at 1330.
972 HLCA? carrier signal at 1320; still heard at 1358.

1566 HLAZ trace of a signal noted at 1319; barely audible talking at
1320 and 1332; poor signal from 1341 until close of Japanese broadcast
at 1344 (LSR 1339). Surprisingly heard with barely audible signal at
1348 deteriorating to a trace by 1355-1400. Receiver: Skywave with
ALA1530LNP aerial. Richard Allen, near Perry OK USA``

DXers in NW USA/SW Canada also reported that was a banner day for TP
MWDX which they were still getting a bihour later (Glenn Hauser, Enid,
WOR)

** TURKEY. 5960, Jan 21 at 2356:47, VOT IS still playing and now
starts German IDs twice a minute; 0000:02 Jan 22, timesignal ending
two seconds late and into spurious German hour. Something`s always
wrong at Emirler (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

** U S A. 245-MCW kHz, Jan 22 at 0709 UT, ND beacon FS, which is 400
watts from Sioux Falls - Rock, South Dakota. I heard it first, tuned
to 243-USB, where it seems not a single station is listed by
dxinfocentre.com nor at classaxe.com.

329-MCW kHz, Jan 22 at 0717, ND beacon PMV, which is 25 watts from
Plattsmouth, Nebraska (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

** U S A. 6159.875v, Jan 21 at 2312, WBCQ-4 is off again, after
continuous(?) for a couple days with Brother Scare, so was a test?
Never appeared on WBCQ or TOM skeds. But this twit from AW:

``Allan Weiner @AllanWBCQ · Jan 20 Hey. 6160 khz on the air 24/7
testing. Please listen. Reception reports to wbcq@wbcq.com. It’s your
shortwave - do use it folks. Cold at the transmitter. Cold in FLA.
Here doing RF research. Fun. 😎`` (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

** U S A [non]. 9330, Jan 22 at 0658, big carrier S9+20/30 with some
hum, NOT WBCQ coming back, but Cuban spynumbers about to start as
scheduled 4 nights a week at 0700. Yes, WBCQ still AWOL later in the
day by 1845; how much longer? (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

** U S A. 5830, Jan 21 at 2048, WTWW-1 night frequency is on in the
daytime with PPPP. Continued on air whenever checked into evening, and
still at 0648 Jan 22, S9+10 but undermodulated.

5085, Jan 21 at 2048, WTWW-2 night frequency is also on in the
daytime, but open carrier S9+20, even stronger than 5830. Parasitic
spurs are also JBA carriers circa 5072.1 & 5097.9. 5085 still on with
dead air at 2110, 2208, 2354, why such a waste of watts? Probably
started modulation circa 0200 as usual.

At 1845 UT Jan 22, neither is on the air again, yet? (Glenn Hauser,
OK, WOR)

** U S A. 5890, Jan 22 at 0408, WWCR-4 is S9+20 of dead air during the
abbreviated 03-05 UT Tue-Sat block it`s supposed to be on plus
modulating. By 0433 the Worship show can be heard. 0648 still on with
dead air, having failed to turn off the transmitter at 0500 as seems
to happen one or two nights per week (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

** U S A. 1090, Jan 22 at 0703 UT as I tune in, KAAY Little Rock ID
and into its ToH dead air, presumably for another 2 or 3 minutes as
usual. Someone else reported DA atop another hour, 0400 UT. It seems
multi-station owner Cumulus is incapable of running this to minimal
expectations (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

This report dispatched at 1857 UT January 22

 

Glenn Hauser logs January 20-21, 2019  View Printable Version 
Tuesday, January 21 2020

Hauser
** ARGENTINA [non]. 5800, UT Tue Jan 21 at 0100, RAE Spanish opening
via WRMI, but in less than a minute switches to hymns in English which
fill the rest of the hour; normally those fill only the final 5
minutes as the RAE hour is that much shorter. I suspect today`s RAE
file was corrupted, thus causing the default. I notified WRMI people
about this by 0110 but evidently nothing could be done to bring RAE
back upon such short notice. It`s critical to be sure a complete file
be uploaded to the proper System with the proper exact file name, to
succeed onto the air. Last Monday/UT Tuesday RAE Spanish also failed
to appear with hymns such as `Onward Christian Soldiers` instead
(Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

** CANADA [and non]. 392 kHz, Jan 21 at 0734 UT, ND beacon ML and
dash, which is 500 watts from La Malbaie - Charlevoix, Quebec, and not
to be confused with the listed 25-watt ML on 392 from Monroe,
Louisiana; and mixing with FMZ, which is 25 watts from Fairmont -
Beklof, Nebraska. Similar pitches but slightly different periods
helping to unravel them. Note that Beklof spelt backwards is Folkeb
(Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

** CANADA [and non]. 530-CLSB, Jan 21 at 0726 UT, Asian language with
much more modulation on LSB than USB, i.e. CHLO Brampton Ont., 250
watts night, ethnic. AM 530 provides only 4-year-old program sked!:
http://am530.ca/AM-530-Program-Schedule-February2016.pdf
with generic ``South Asian (Punjabi/Hindi)`` overnights.

But LSB! I don`t recall anyone ever noting this anomaly before, as
most MW DXers are not alert for it, like on certain stations in
AZ/NM/CO we have monitored before. The effect of this, on longwire
with no antenna manipulation, is that tuning USB, Cuba is on top;
tuning LSB, CHLO is atop. Now if Enciclopedia would suppress its LSB,
we`d have a more equitable share (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

** CANADA. RE: unscheduled weather on 2598-USB before 0700 UT, Rick
Wald, Taber, Alberta, Canada, replies Jan 20 on the ptsw iogroup:

``Canada USB Broadcast 2598 is marine weather station. Labrador &
Newfoundland just had a Winter Storm of epic/historic proportions;
eclipsing every historic record they had. All in the last 96 hours!!
Any chance the 2 are related??`` -- that may well explain extra
broadcasts. I was merely wanting to find out from which of the six
possible stations without being able to hear an ID (Glenn Hauser, OK,
WOR)

** CUBA. 15140, Jan 20 at 2033, RHC English distorted with hum, as
heard on caradio. Wiggle that patchcord! Something`s always wrong at
RHC (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

** CUBA. 11850, Jan 20 at 2207, RHC Spanish S9+10 but Just Barely
Modulated. Something`s always wrong at RHC (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

** CUBA. 6145, Jan 21 at 0714, this is the only RHC English frequency
of The Cuban Five still on the air, and it`s only S7-S8 and JBM.
Something`s always wrong at RHC (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

** CUBA. 5025, Jan 21 at 0715, Radio Rebelde is splattering plus/minus
10 kHz. Something`s always wrong at RadioCuba (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

** CUBA. 15700, Jan 21 at 1544, China Plus relay is S9/+10 but JBM.
Something`s always wrong at RadioCuba (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

** KOREA SOUTH. 9095, Mon Jan 20 at 2245, JBA carrier vs utehash on
the plus side, presumed this week`s jumparound frequency from Echo of
Hope, instead of 9100 or 9105; indeed only 9095 is shown in the
current Aoki/NDXC listing. Perhaps Ron Howard will soon compile a
rundown of the other Monday changes this week; all the lower ones more
likely to be heard in our mornings (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

** NORTHERN MARIANA ISLANDS. 9790.028, Jan 21 at 1550, Chinese at
S9-S7, of course, SAIPAN site scheduled this hour only with RFA. No
CNR1 jamming audible for a change against perpetually off-frequency
site (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

** U S A [and non]. 379 kHz, Jan 21 at 0737 UT, ND beacon RUE, which
is 25 watts from Russellville Arkansas; and mixing with DL, which is
50 watts from Duluth - Pike Lake, Minnesota. Same pitch but different
periods. Also at 0739 mixing with BRA, which is 400 watts from
Asheville - Broad River, North Carolina.

392 kHz, Jan 21 at 0734 UT, ND beacon ML and dash, which is 500 watts
from La Malbaie - Charlevoix, Quebec, and not to be confused with the
listed 25-watt ML on 392 from Monroe, Louisiana; and mixing with FMZ,
which is 25 watts from Fairmont - Beklof, Nebraska. Similar pitches
but slightly different periods helping to unravel them. Note that
Beklof spelt backwards is Folkeb.

400 kHz, Jan 21 at 0731 UT, ND beacon AHQ, which is 25 watts from
Wahoo, Nebraska.

408 kHz, Jan 21 at 0730 UT, ND beacon JDM, which is 25 watts from
Colby - Wheatfield, in the NW corner of Kansas (Glenn Hauser, OK,
WOR)

** U S A [non]. 15580, Jan 20 at 2034, VOA `The African Beat` music VG
and pause for some MLK info; on caradio. Unusually strong for BOTSWANA
site scheduled this hour aimed 10 degrees; wonder if GB substituting?
Still more fading than we get from single-hop Grimesland (Glenn
Hauser, OK, WOR)

** U S A [and non]. WORLD OF RADIO 2017 monitoring: re what happened
to at least half of the IRRS airing missing, Mon Jan 20 at 1918 on
7290, Alfredo Cotroneo replies: ``Hi Glen[n], There was a tx failure
and we had to switch on another tx. 73 Alfredo``

As I said, popped back on air at *1930 as soon as WOR was finished;
FSN for a few minutes and at 1935.5 `Shortwave [sic] Report`, which
provides non-SW recordings of a few of Dan Roberts` favorite stations,
always RHC, usually DW, NHK, etc. Tsk2, in such a rut when he could
include far more diversity of sources, especially recording off
webcasts instead of direct via SW.

WOR 2017 also confirmed UT Tue Jan 21 at 0100 on WRMI 7780, fair via
UTwente -85-100 dBm, while here it`s a JBA carrier. Propagation
pitiful tonight with zero WRMI signals on 9955, 9455, 9395; very
degraded on the two 7s which are always stronger than 7780 due to
azimuths, 7730 and 7570. Next:

0900 UT Wednesday Unique Radio NSW 5045-USB
2100 UT Wednesday WRMI 7780 to NE
2200 UT Wednesday WBCQ 7490v to WSW
0100 UT Thursday WRMI 7780 to NE

Full schedule including AM, FM, webcasts, satellite, podcasts:
http://www.worldofradio.com/radioskd.html
(Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

** U S A. 6159.875v, Jan 20 at 2242, WBCQ reactivated with Brother
Scare, S7-S9. This transmitter has been languishing for months; AW
wanted to sell much time to a single client and apparently now BS has
bitten, despite already being on several other US SW frequencies so
this one hardly necessary. Is he on the WBCQ schedule? Of course not!
Only 6160 listing is the live AAAWWW UT Sat at 0100, even tho 6160v
has not been active then either. (It also still shows 9330 with WLC at
2030-0300 only instead of 23 hpd, or rather zero currently with latest
failure.) Is 6160 on the BS schedule? Of course not: ``Overcomer
Ministry Radio Log June 2019``. Still going at 0047 check Jan 21 at
poor S6-S7; and at 0713. May well be running 24 hours -- plug in, turn
him on and forget it. 6159.9v, WBCQ-4, was first noticed by Ivo in
Bulgaria, Jan 20 at 0815, but expected to be blocked there by WIS
Germany ``Shortwave Radio`` on 6160.0 from 0858 (Glenn Hauser, OK,
WOR)

** U S A. 7490.25v, Jan 21 at 0129, `From the Isle of Music` is JBA on
WBCQ; propagation even worse than usual tonight. WBCQ ought flexibly
to put all its power into 3265v during these dark winter nights at
solar minimum, for a much greater propagational advantage (Glenn
Hauser, OK, WOR)

UNIDENTIFIED. 2097.3-CW, Jan 21 at 0153, single-letter beacon A is JBA
again altho I could not hear it last night; from somewhere in SW USA
(Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

UNIDENTIFIED. 4930-USB, Jan 21 at 0716, JBA 2-way in Spanish with
talkovers, cambios. Available now after VOA Botswana at 03-06 (Glenn
Hauser, OK, WOR)

This report dispatched at 1900 UT January 21

 

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