Hard-Core-DX.com: Glenn Hauser logs December 2-3, 2017

Glenn Hauser logs December 2-3, 2017

Sunday, December 03 2017


** ALGERIA [non]. 5940, Dec 2 at 2155, ME singing, S7-S5. It`s RTA via FRANCE now here at 20-22 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** BIAFRA [non]. 11530, Dec 2 at 1900 and later, no signal today from WRMI for R. Biafra. Dec 3 at 0557, WRMI fill music at S9-S6, song in unknown language, but tuned in too late to tell if there was any R. Biafra earlier in this hour. 0600 to Brother Scare, 0635 Planet X stuff, and 0710 recheck sounds like Hausa, really Radio Herwa International (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA. 5025, Dec 3 at 0652, R. Rebelde is S9+20 but suptorted. Wiggle that patchcord. 5040 RHC is OK in English (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA [and non]. 7355 // 7365, Dec 3 at 0137, R. Martà is over jamming on both, S9+45 but slightly stronger on 7355. At wideband AMS tuning the two signals blend together with no echo (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** ECUADOR [and non]. 6050, Dec 3 at 0126, HCJB usual weak signal, but now amid what sounds like DRM noise from 6045 to 6055! Nothing else scheduled now, but Kuwait at 16-21 on 6050 supposedly in AM. Suspect they could be playing around with DRM here as they do on other frequencies, perhaps by mistake at this hour. Will it recur? Also suspected possibly spurs out of the dirty 6060 RHC transmitter, but doubt that. Still past 0200, when BTW I was listening for an automatic timesignal from HCJB, but none heard. Not doing that any more? Another unlikely possibility: the noise coming out of defective HCJB transmitter itself, but seems too strong for that. DRMish noise still audible around 6050 at 0645 Dec 3, when ELWA would be the victim. Now I wonder if it`s something local (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** NETHERLANDS [non]. 5960, UT Sunday Dec 3 at 0125, The Mighty KBC via GERMANY is good with rock music at S9-S6; 0131 check the Radiogram beeps; 0150 medley ending with `White Xmas`, plug T-shirts; 0152 Kraig W Krist`s ``Forgotten song`` this week is ``Out of the Question`` from March 1973 by Gilbert O`Sullivan (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** NEW ZEALAND. 11725, Dec 3 at 0636, no signal from RNZP, but too late to search for other frequencies. Propagation is otherwise normal from Hemisphere South with weak Brazilians (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** ROMANIA [and non]. 7375, Dec 2 at 2149, RRI in English, but *2150 covered by open carrier from Greenville prior to R. Marti at 2200. A courteous station would have avoided colliding with RRI just for a warmup. At least RRI is // on clear 7310 at S9-S7 for E North America, while 7375 is for Europe (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** TURKEY. 11815, Dec 3 at 1415, VOT with rabble-rousing speech in Turkish, by the president/dictator? No sign of NHK or even a SAH. Meanwhile, VOT English with song on 12035.04 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 7296-USB, Dec 2 at 0214, the contrarian net of hams on USB instead of LSB on 40m. Main one heard is K9WT discussing propagation, equipment work. Also with KJ5GT. ARRL/FCC lookup shows K9WT is VENDELY, JOHN A, Malabar, FL 32950-3603 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. WORLD OF RADIO 1906 monitoring: confirmed Saturday December 2 at 2230 on WBCQ, 9330.02, fair-good, and again audible not only on USB but also somewhat quieter on LSB, with carrier still reduced. Missed checking again the 2300 Sat on WRMI 11580. Next repeat, UT Sunday Dec 3 at 0200 on 11580 is very poorly audible at S3-S2.

Also confirmed UT Sunday Dec 3 at 0428 on WA0RCR, 1860-AM, Wentzville MO, about 9 minutes into show, so started circa 0419. Also very heavy CW QRM during what must be a 160m contest, from at least two stations near 1860. WA0RCR always stands out in what is normally CW portion of the band. But without a contest, CW senders keep their distance.

At earlier check 0201, `Newsline` on 1860-AM had lots of CW QRM, including very rapid CQs from an N4, obviously not hand-keyed, so why bother? Everything from 1800 to 1872 is crammed, erupting with CW; the first phone LSB signal at 1877.5. And from 1880 to 2000 hardly any phone activity: I guess normal phone ops are doing the CW contest instead.

Ivo Ivanov, Bulgaria, reports:
``GERMANY, Reception of World of Radio on 9485-CUSB via HLR, Dec 3:
http://swldxbulgaria.blogspot.bg/2017/12/reception-of-world-of-radio-on-9485cusb.html
1131-1200 9485 GOH 001 kW / 230 deg to CeEu English Sun, very weak
0731-0800 6190 GOH 001 kW / 230 deg to CeEu Sat Dec 2 - NO SIGNAL!``

Alan Gale, England, reports: ``Hi Glenn, No sign of HLR here on Saturday [1531 UT on 7265-USB], just the more distant station. It seemed to be the case with all of the German stations at that time though, as I wasn't hearing Channel 292 either, which is most unusual. Probably a very long skip or something similar to blame as the solar activity was showing normal at that time. Alan``

Next:
Mon 0030 WBCQ 9330v-CUSB to WSW
Mon 0400v WBCQ 5130v Area 51 to WSW
Mon 0430 WRMI 9955 to SSE
Tue 0030 WBCQ 9330v-CUSB to WSW
Tue 0030 WRMI 7730 to WNW
Tue 2030 WRMI 11580 to NE, 9455 to WNW, 7780 to NE [or #1907?]

Full WOR schedule via all media, and podcast access:
http://www.worldofradio.com/radioskd.html
(Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 7489.95, Sat Dec 2 at 2158, WBCQ `The Planet` IS & ID loop, so again about to sign on an hour earlier than usual. 2200 to `Tom Call Theater` repeating exactly same episode from a week ago, ``Dead Horse Beach`` (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 9955, Sat Dec 2 at 2205, incredibly boring and amateurish political rant, on `Dub Politico`. The guy coughs on the air, fumbles with script? reads it with stumbles, pauses, as if he couldn`t care less to convey his message. Something about violent anti-government/union demonstrations in France years ago. WRMI sked shows this as 2200-2230, so really half an hour of Dub now? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 9395, Sunday Dec 3 at 1410, WRMI with Oldies music, while 9455 & 7780 are in `Wavescan`. Previously, so was 9395 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 9370, Dec 2 at 2202, open carrier dead air from WWRB instead of Brother Scare. Also Dec 3 at 0638, JBA carrier on 9370, nothing on 3185. Also at 1410, S9+10 of dead air on 9370. Now I wonder if the other transmitter ever showed up around 00-01 Dec 3 on 3215?? WWRB may not have a ``dead man`s switch`` (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

Since at least Thursday evening, WWRB has been stuck on 9370 all night and all day with no modulation, still so at 1616 UT today Sunday December 3.

This is unusual even for WWRB, so I am getting concerned that something may have happened to Dave Frantz.

Someone should check at the station or try to contact him. WRTH info:

6755 Shady Grove Road, Morrison TN 37355 (transmitter and studio)
Phone 931-728-6087
dfrantz@wwrb.org
http://www.wwrb.org
(Glenn Hauser, 1622 UT Dec 3, dxldyg via DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 11520, Dec 3 at 0148, WEWN English is finally back after missing several days, now S9+10 to S8, strong enough to hear the squeals this transmitter suffers from, pitch varying with the modulation which is a talk show about women, `Encounter Radio``. Still detectable at 0635, but very poor. Gone again, no 12065 at 1409 unless it`s the JBA carrier; no 15610 either (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 4840, UT Sunday Dec 3 at 0210, WWCR with `Talking Machine Show`, mostly music, but now a comedy routine from a Chautauqua in 1919y, poor quality and hard to follow: comedian supplies his own laughs. Competes with `Theater Organ in the Ozarx` on 5085 WTWW (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

This report dispatched at 1734 UT December 3

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