Hard-Core-DX.com: Glenn Hauser logs August 14-15, 2021

Glenn Hauser logs August 14-15, 2021

Sunday, August 15 2021

** AFGHANISTAN [and non]. UT Sat Aug 14 at 2028, Jose Jacob of DX
India asked me, ``Afghanistan not heard on 1107 kHz?`` I reply:

``Hi Jose, You are asking me? I have no reports yet one way or
another. You should be in a better position to hear it, but we can
start checking remotes for this and others? Majors on 1296, 621 kHz of
course. In WRTH I see a few others altho mostly FM: 1305 Kandahar, 945
Sharana [much lower powered] are the only ones I see in a quick scan
of page 66. However, if on the air, it may be hard for us to tell
which side control them. WRTH shows sked of RTA on 400 kW 1107 near
Kabul is 0030-1930 UT. The closest Kiwis are New Delhi and Kuwait. No
signal when I check Delhi now at 2240 UT. Kabul sunrise/sunset times
currently 0044/1411 UT. 73, Glenn`` --- Mauno Ritola, Finland reply at

``All 1296, 1107 and 621 kHz were heard tonight. Please check via
Karelia MW DX after 0030, I'll leave the best antenna for that
direction on: 73, Mauno`` -- I reply:

``Spanish dominates 1107 on Mauno`s, RNE5 synchos plus couple others.
More different Spanish on 1296 and 621. New Delhi has horrible noise
level but Qur`an audible under it at 0031-0034+. 1296 JBA talk; 621
greater noise only. Surely the Taliban will broadcast Qur`an, but
presumably the doomed corrupt government has been doing so too,
violating Separation of Mosque and State``.

As Kabul is in process of falling, remotes checked again from 1455 UT
Aug 15, which is prime evening time in Afgh. Via New Delhi, 1107 is on
at S9+20, but with fadeouts, mostly talk. But a bit of music at 1458,
so must not be Taliban-controlled just yet. 1530 UT = top of hour
20:00 local, finally hear a woman`s voice with music, so must not be
Talibanic yet. Some slight QRM: beware, in the region are also a 50 kW
in Iran, a 20 kW in India, and of course some Chinese.

1296 kHz, the 400 kW USAGM transmitter at same site as 1107 near
Kabul, of Pol-e-Charkhi for R. Azadi and VOA Ashna Radio, is also on
air at 1455 with brief English clips being translated.

Mauno Ritola, Finland, reported at 0858 Aug 15: ``1106.98 kHz started
at some time before 0030 and at 0029 I hear a tentative Anthem on my
recording. 1296 kHz may have started a bit late and 621 kHz starts at
0100, already in daylight. They will be easier to check in the
evening: 1296 -1730*, 1107 -1930* and 621 -1901*``

At 1538 I am not hearing anything on 1107 or 1296 via Mauno`s Karelia
SDR: maybe still too early before full darkness.

The only SW frequency of R. Afghanistan, 6100, has long been inactive,
but worth eventual checking (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

** BRAZIL. 11510-11550 approx., Aug 15 at 0015, extremely distorted
spurblob of music, as I`m all set to pin it on RHC. But then I can
recognize talk in Brazuguese intonation, and in fact the modulation
matches 11780 even with an ID for RNA at 0017 and for many other Rs.
Nacionais, mostly on FM. Centered about 11530, i.e. 250 kHz below the
fundamental. Not the first time 11780 has put out such spurs.
Registers only S2-S4 but sounds much louder. How about plus 250? Yes,
similar but weaker wideband noise centered about 12030. In fact for
some weeks I have been bothered by the upper, but suspected it could
be something local. Now it also matches 11780, which itself is S9/+20
with hum and suptorted (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

** CUBA. 17530, Aug 15 at 0010, RHC S8/S9+25 but suptorted in French,
not // 5040 in Kriyol. Something`s always wrong at RHC (Glenn Hauser,

** CUBA. 13710-13760 very approx., Aug 15 at 0012, splash range of RHC
13740, which itself is S9+35 and overmodulated/distorted. Something`s
always wrong at RHC (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

** CUBA. 11670, Aug 15 at 0014, RHC at S9+5 with humbuzz. Something`s
always wrong at RHC (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

** GERMANY. 9670, Aug 15 at 0002, pop music at S2-S4, presumably
Channel 292 again, testing thisaway? (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

** INDIA. At 0135 UT Sunday Aug 15, NOW, I remind the WOR iog of a
post 3 days ago from DX India:

``15th August 2021 (Sunday) 0135-0240 UTC (0705-0810 hrs IST)
All India Radio will live broadcast the running commentary in English
and Hindi on the Flag Hoisting and Prime Minister's address to the
nation to be held at Red Fort, New Delhi between 0135-0240 UTC
(0705-0810 hrs IST) on 15th August, 2021 on the following SW

13710 Bengaluru 500 kW

9950 New Delhi 100 kW
11560 New Delhi 100 kW``

I`m hearing it well at S9+20/40 on 13710 via a non-India remote, but
with a bit of squeal. The W&M hosts in English also mention a live
video streaming URL once, I could not copy but find this one:

They were gushing about the magnificent ceremony, but even on the
`English` SW channel, the PM`s speech in Hindi from 0200 is *not*
being translated, nor on the TV feed. Audience members are starting to
fidget, as the morning heats up, trying to shade their heads. SW
coverage of the ceremony is supposed to finish at 0240 UT, but Modi
keeps going on and on and on well past 0300. I bet he`s pushing
Hindutva. Here`s just one article about that:

``How Modi Is Using Hinduism to Turn India Into an Autocracy
Modi’s Slide Toward Autocracy --- Using Hindutva ideology, India’s
leader is restyling the country as one with only the trappings of
By Azeem Ibrahim
July 13, 2020, 12:11 PM

When Narendra Modi was elected prime minister in 2014, India reached a
crucial milestone for a postcolonial democracy: Modi became the first
leader since independence to command a lower house parliamentary
majority that did not belong to the Congress party of India’s founders
Mohandas Gandhi and Jawaharlal Nehru. After 65 years, a dynastic
founding party was subsumed by new blood. But in the six years since
Modi won his first election, it has become clear that his style of
leadership poses an existential threat to the world’s largest
democracy. Through his wildly successful promotion of Hindutva
ideology, Modi is poised to remake India into a Russian-style “managed
democracy” — one retaining all the trappings of democracy while
operating as a de facto autocracy...``


13710 cuts off the air at 0319.5* while Modi is still orating, but
back on 3 minutes later. Modi finally finishes at 0331 after a solid
sesquihour! Then he walks thru the rank and file of the outspread
audience, all of whom stay seated and appear to be masked. Even after
finishing speaking, Modi is *never* masked, what a fine example! What
a strong, fearless man! BTW, India, tnx a lot for the Delta Variant!

The TV coverage at least finally seems to finish about 0340 as the SW
SDR has used up the 120 minutes it allowed me with reloads every 30
minutes (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

** KIRITIMATI [and non]. 846 kHz, Aug 15 at 0616, JBA carrier. At this
hour seems can only be R. Kiribati, after sunset there; a sign of fall
conditions oncoming.

Only others on 9-kHz-step bandscan are two JBA carriers SAHing on 837,
however, likely remnants of Canary Islands/Spain (Glenn Hauser, OK,

** OKLAHOMA [and non]. 1210, Aug 15 at 0609 UT, dead air from
strongest signal, presumed KGYN; understation with C2CAM // but a few
seconds behind 1170 KFAQ, presumed WPHT Philadelphia (Glenn Hauser,

** U K. 9575, Aug 15 at 0000, open carrier goes to timesignal, preview
and 0001 BBC WS news with Sue Montgomery. Fair but could be so much
better if beamed our way. A mid-season change, per HFCC started 9
July, 250 kW, 78 degrees from Woofferton for one hour only (Glenn
Hauser, OK, WOR)

** U S A [non]. 17560, Aug 15 at 0007, OSOB is a JBA carrier, could be
East Turkistan, land of imperialist ChiCom genocide? Maybe a jammer,
but HFCC shows USAGM in Chinese Mandarin, this hour only, 250 kW, 349
degrees from Tinang, PHILIPPINES (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

** U S A [and non]. WORLD OF RADIO 2099 monitoring: confirmed on
WA0RCR, 1860 AM, Wentzville MO, at approx. 2013-2042 Sat Aug 14, as I
recorded KB0FX SDR for later checking. Really late today after nominal

Also confirmed UT Sunday 0030 on WRMI 5950, S9+32 into Knoxville SDR;
yes, #2099 as I am uploading new WORs now to System L.

Also confirmed UT Sunday from 0431 on WA0RCR, 1860-AM, MO, via nearby
SDR but with some storm crashes. Much later than nominal 0315, 75
minutes late while only 43 minutes late in the afternoon. Next:

2000 UT Sunday IRRS 918-Italy
2230 UT Sunday WRMI 9955 [jammed?] to SSE
0030 UT Monday WRMI 7730 to WNW
0230 UT Monday WRMI 7780 to NE, 5800 to SSE
0300vUT Monday WBCQ 6160v Area 51 to WSW [ex 2200 Sun]
1030 UT Wednesday WRMI 5850 to NW
2100 UT Wednesday WRMI 7780 to NE
2100 UT Wednesday WBCQ 7490v to WSW
0130 UT Thursday WRMI 5010 to S

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** U S A. 9455, Aug 14 at 2359 check, and also at 1438 Aug 15, this
WRMI-5 is still off (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

** U S A. (5085), UT Sun Aug 15 at 0039, WTWW-2 $ tereo webcast of
`Theater Organ Under The Arch`, playing ``Georgy Girl`` as this week`s
theme is ``things from girls``, including a thorganist who is blind
but that doesn`t stop her from handling all the keyboards, stops and
pedals. Ends at 0057; I missed the first part tracking Afghanistan and
me (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

** U S A. 9475, Aug 15 at 1439, algo JBA, WTWW-1 not on this Sunday,
compared to S9+10 from neighbor 9980 WWCR. Rather National Unity Radio
via TAIWAN for Korea until 1458. But 1545 recheck now WTWW-1 is on
with PPPP; registered so could have started as early as 1400 (Glenn
Hauser, OK, WOR)

** U S A. 1130, Aug 14 at 2351 check, KLEY Wellington KS is still
reactivated, rock music (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

UNIDENTIFIED. 1329.1 kHz approx., JBA carrier/het against 1330s, Aug
15 at 0611. Nothing more than minus 17 Hz in mwoffsets (Glenn Hauser,

UNIDENTIFIED. 15520, Aug 15 at 0008, S1-S4 open carrier; hardly any
19m signals besides Cuba. Nothing listed here; maybe SPAIN forgot to
turn this off at 2200* weekends, 2300* weekdays? No signals on other
REE frequencies now, nor should there be (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

This report dispatched at 1600 UT August 15