Hard-Core-DX.com: Glenn Hauser logs February 17, 2021

Glenn Hauser logs February 17, 2021

Wednesday, February 17 2021

** CANADA [and non]. Lots of NDBs, among many others skipped past this
time, Feb 17 between 0737 and 0757 UT, not in order logged but
rearranged by frequency; see also USA for some more at same session:

218-MCW, Feb 17 at 0757 UT, dash and RL, 980-watt NDB at Red Lake,

257-MCW, Feb 17 at 0755 UT, dash and XE, 100-watt NDB at Saskatoon,
Saskatchewan; mixing with JYR, 25 watts in York, Nebraska

269-MCW, Feb 17 at 0753 UT, dash and UDE, 50-watt NDB at Delta,

274-MCW, Feb 17 at 0751 UT, dash and YPM, 25-watt NDB at Pikangikum,
Ontario, ``back on``. 1741 km = 1082 stmi, or 43.28 miles per watt

287-MCW, Feb 17 at 0749 UT, dash and ZWG, 50-watt NDB at Winnipeg /
Stoney, Manitoba. Much rarer than plain old WG on 248 with 20x power

328-MCW, Feb 17 at 0745 UT, dash and YTL, 1000-watt NDB from Big Trout
Lake, Ontario.

344-MCW, Feb 17 at 0740, dash and YC, 100-watt NDB from Calgary,
Alberta, ``to be decommissioned 2021-02-25`` per dxinfocentre.com;
mixing with TKH, see USA.

376-MCW, Feb 17 at 0737 UT, dash and YAG is JBA, 40 watt NDB from Fort
Frances, Ont. 1407 km = 874 stmi or 21.85 miles per watt (Glenn
Hauser, OK, WOR)

** CUBA. 4747 & 4783 approx., Feb 17 at 0241, ratchety spurblobs out
of 4765 R. Progreso, extremely distorted // music, matching plus/minus
18 kHz. Something`s always wrong at RadioCuba (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

** CUBA. 6180, Feb 17 at 0245, CRI relay is S9+20/30, but extremely
sup-torted, unreadable. Can`t tell if Brasil is underneath.

5910, Feb 17 at 0322, next CRI relay frequency is the same, implying
same defective transmitter, S9+30/40.

11820, Feb 17 at 0322, second harmonic of 5910 is detectable, S7-S8
but there is so little modulation it seems dead; vs HNL of S6-S7.

Comparing to the RHC Spanish frequencies in next few minutes:
11850, S9+20, suptorted but readable
11670, S9+10/20, slightly distorted
9650, S9+10, less modulation than 11670
9535, S8-S9
6060, S9+30/40, // 5040
5040, S9+20/30
And in English: 9700, S9/+10, // 6000
Something`s always wrong at RHC (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

** CUBA. 13560, JBA S4-S5 blob vs pt 15 pulser; 13631, 13769, 13840
JBA, spurs out of 13700-AM RHC at approx. 69-70 kHz intervals, Feb 17
at 1540. Something`s always wrong at RHC (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

** OKLAHOMA. At 1653 UT Feb 17 I write to Brad Ferguson, KUCO GM:

``Subject: WCPE all the time --- Hi Brad, Missing KUCO own programming
for third? day now. Wonder if again loss of STL? Staff can`t make it
to studio? Hope everyone`s OK, and can be back to normal soon.
Regards, Glenn Hauser, Enid`` -- He replies:

``Nobody in the studio, Glenn. I hope by Friday there will be enough
clearing of the roads to get in. Also, glad you’re hearing us at all
since we are at 5 kW ERP and have been for more than a week.
Certainly glad we have CPE to fall back on! Brad``

Rated power is 100 kW, which even so is not enough to assure
overcoming KHCC in Kansas; but no signal from there lately, no
subfreezing tropo even if at nominal (Glenn Hauser, Enid, WOR)

** U S A. 365-MCW kHz, Feb 17 at 0739 UT, NDB HQG which is 25 watts
from HuGoton, SW corner of Kansas; I was tuned to 362-USB. Rarely
heard tho not that far, 324 km = 201 stmi, or 8.04 miles per watt

344-MCW kHz, Feb 17 at 0740 UT, ND beacon TKH, which is 25 watts from
Tallulah, Louisiana; also heard tuned to 342-USB. Mixing with YC but
not for much longer: see CANADA

329-MCW kHz, Feb 17 0743 UT, NDB PMV, 25 watts at Plattsmouth,
Nebraska, where the Platte River tributaries into the Missouri near
Offutt AFB south of Omaha. See also CANADA [and non] for many more at
same session (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

** U S A. 15810, Feb 17 at 1544, JBA carrier where normally is
nothing, equal to the 15825 WWCR JBA carrier; therefore, assume WTWW-3
has been rarely activated.

At 1548 I find WTWW-2 night frequency 5085 definitely on air with rock
music, DJ ID, S9+10 and distorted, but WTWW-1 is not on 5830. So is
15810 // 5085? At first seems so with similar music, but 1552, 5085 is
announcing, 15810 is not.

I soon switch to remotes which should get 15810 better at greater than
1-megameter skip distance, but nothing at first to Maine or Holland.
No sporadic-E over N America today.

At 1622 here, 15810 still JBA carrier; but at 1637, UTwente pulls JBA
jazz at 15810.001 and 1638 definite ID at S6-S8, ad something about
health; is 5085 off now? At 1644 Ted is explaining that 15810 is on at
full power and something about a 5085 problem? At 1655 I try KiwiSDR
in Maine, getting 15810 at only S3-S4, better to UTwente at S7 to S8.
Maine gets JBA carrier S3 on 5085. At 1700 an anti-commercial by Ted
about eight wifi ``radios`` they have which will soon be dead. ``Never
buy a Grace(???) product for the rest of your life!`` Not sure of the
brand, but some other one has been widely publicized about to crash
with no further software updates. Which one is that?

I leave 15810 UTwente on in the background but soon after 1700 it`s
nothing but noise --- off or fadeout? At 1644 UT I had notified the
WOR iog about 15810, but no other reports of it received in the next
sesquihour (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

** VENEZUELA. 6200, circa 0100 UT Feb 17, routine check for ROCV via
Bonaire SDR finds no signal. At 0618 Feb 17, Manuel Méndez, Lugo,
Spain, reports to the WOR iog:

``VENEZUELA, 6200, 50 watts, Radio Onda Corta Venezuela, ROCV, El
Tigre. Actually out of the air as reported in the whattsapp group
"Banda Corta Venezuela" Gregorio Kina, technical engineer of the
station, due transmitter fault. Gregorio hopes to repair it next
week`` (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

This report dispatched at 1918 UT February 17