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Glenn Hauser logs December 8-9, 2017   
Saturday, December 09 2017

** ANGUILLA. 11775, Dec 9 at 1511, no signal from CB. Without continuous longer monitoring, we`ll not know whether it cut on and off briefly & unpredictably (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** BIAFRA [non]. 11530, Dec 8 during the 19-20 hour, no signal from WRMI with R. Biafra. From now on I`ll not bother to reconfirm absence, unless/until it reappear (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** BRAZIL. 4985, Dec 9 at 0056, music in clear, no RTTY, no doubt R. Brasil Central, so I quickly compare to 11815 which is weaker. By the time I get back to 4985, S9+25 of RTTY has blasted on, totally blocking RBC (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** BRAZIL. 11780, Dec 8 at 2157, RNA is good in Brazuguese, 2159 outro for `Voz do Brasil` show, starts another announcement, no ID, and cut off the air at 2200* as I expected (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** COLOMBIA [and non]. 5910+, Dec 9 at 0107, het between Romania and AlcaravÃn, about equal levels, which means RRI is relatively weak for 300 kW aimed at us from Tsiganeshti (just watch, some editors will respell it to Tiganesti without the essential diacriticals, for which I am compensating by fonetik rendering, as if I had made a mistake) (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENINING DIGEST)

** CUBA. 11760, Dec 8 at 2200, RHC frequency announcement in typical Soviet-style reverse disorder: 15370, 13740, 11760, 9535, 9640, 5040; and FM 102.5 Habana, 103.1 Artemisa etc., 91.7 Isla Juventud, 89.1 Cienfuegos, all 24 horas.

This contradicts info from RadioCuba reported by Jim Thomas, of WTFDA FM Database, and in DXLD 17-48: ``Relays for Radio Habana Cuba - 102.5 moved to 97.1 CMBN-1 Sierra Caballos IJ, 300 watts 33 meters``. Early on, there was confusion whether this was 97.1 or 91.7, but 102.5 is/was the frequency for Habana (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** JAPAN [non]. 5960, Dec 9 at 0333, wild wailing and drumming, what`s it? O, Japanese talk follows, from NHK, 0300-0500 to Mexico/Central America/Caribbean, 500 kW, 290 degrees from Issoudun, FRANCE. This bihour presents some interesting music, close enough to North America (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** NEW ZEALAND. 7430, Dec 9 at 1349, RNZI reactivated with music, good if tuned in LSB to avoid Cuban radio war on 7435. Was missing yesterday. Adrian Sainsbury replied to my inquiry: ``No we have not moved. Tx had a fault so no broadcast. Sent from my iPhone`` (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** NORTH AMERICA. 6935-USB, Dec 9 at 0048, very poor, but instantly recognizable the patrician tones of FDR, Pearl Harbor speech. Again at 0114 check when he is mentioning island after island the Japanese have attacked. HFU has a couple of reports during this span, but many more during the original WFDR rebroadcast the night before = Dec 7 local:

** SAUDI ARABIA. 11745, Dec 9 at 1510, chanting and drumming from military station Al Azm Radio; about one S-unit better, S9-S6, than Yemeni service on 11860, S8-S5 with talk. Original sked of 07-17 UT had expanded by Dec 4 as Ivo Ivanov reported:

``Al-Azm Radio on 11745 before 0700 & after 1700, Dec 4
0613&0653 11745 JED or RIY tx ??? kW N/ME Arabic, extended from ??
0700-1700 11745 JED or RIY tx ??? kW N/ME Arabic as scheduled B-17
from 1700 11745 JED or RIY tx ??? kW N/ME Arabic, extended till ??``

** U S A [and non]. WORLD OF RADIO 1907 monitoring: not confirmed UT Saturday December 9 at 0046 the 0030 broadcast on WBCQ 9330v-CUSB: NO signal audible; neighbors: 9265 WINB VP S4 vs S3 band noise level; 9370 WWRBS S9+20; 9395 WRMIBS S9-S7. Ivo Ivanov, Bulgaria confirms the next airing:
``GERMANY, Reception of World of Radio via HLR 6190-CUSB, Dec 9
0731-0800 on 6190 GOH 001 kW / 230 deg to CeEu English Sat, weak``

Not confirmed the next HLR broadcast, Sat Dec 9 1531 on 7265-CUSB. Via UTwente SDR, I can hear nothing but CRI with S Asian music and talk from EAST TURKISTAN site (also had it direct with JBA carrier at 1515). Nor anything audible during 1557-1600 UT CRI pause before blasts back on in Russian. Next:
Sat 2030v WA0RCR 1860-AM ND
Sat 2230 WBCQ 9330v-CUSB to WSW
Sat 2300 WRMI 11580 to NE
Sun 0200 WRMI 11580 to NE
Sun 0410v WA0RCR 1860-AM ND
Sun 1130 HLR 9485-CUSB to WSW
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 #1908?]

Full WOR schedule via all media, and podcast access:

** U S A. 7490-, Dec 9 at 0032, WBCQ rock music, presumably Fred Flintstone still on air, but poor S7-S5, boding ill for AWWW reception to follow. 5129.8 WBCQ is on with carrier of S8-S9 at 0054. 0100 `William Tell Overture` opening AWWW on both and this time they are synchronized. Reception slightly better on the lower one. Starts out with ``nothing`s working`` --- and next 10 minutes we overhear him and colleagues trying to get something to work, meanwhile swearing a lot (Allan seems confident WBCQ is not going to get into trouble for naughty language). By 0110 mentions it`s ``on-the-air-repair``, problem a Gates microphone preamp from the `50s. Enough for me, but over to John Carver, mid-north Indiana, despite his internet problems, yeoman reporting what he could hear:

``Show started on time this evening. 7490 is unlistenable so listening to 5130. Chaos ruled the early part of the show as a microphone mixer/amplifier had a bad tube. Only one microphone usable and a lot of talk for minutes and minutes off mic as they attempted to repair the other unit. Only one working mic. Lots and lots of four letter words off mic and Allan was heard to say that he had had it with tubes. Allan and Angela are back in Maine and were in studio number one with Dr. Becker and only one working mic. Allan stated that the backup transmitter for 5130 that he wanted to run this evening blew up today. The AM transmitter on their MW station was also down and Allan repaired that also. There was also a problem with the computer control for the transmitters leaving the filament charge on around the clock which he says will cost a bunch of money to pay for. Allan said again that he's had it with tubes, old transmitters and the FCC. After a phone call things settled down and he went into a little rant about abolishing the IRS and again advocating a tax revolt in this country. Several phone calls in a row after this and lost the signal on 5130 at 0202`` (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 9475, Dec 9 at 1645 check, still no signal from WTWW-1. Has not been heard on this or night frequency 5830 at random chex for a few days now, tho I have hardly patrolled all possible frequencies 24/7.

It shall be interesting to observe whether WTWW-2 appear on 5072/5085/5098 by 0200 UT Sunday Dec 10 for `Theater Organ in the Ozarx`. 5085 had begun playing Xmasmx every evening, but haven`t noticed that lately either (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. 6945-LSB, Dec 9 at 0117, 2-way in language I cannot recognize. Wonder if ``pesky`` mariners far from homeland (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

This report dispatched at 1737 UT December 9


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