Hard-Core-DX.com: Glenn Hauser logs December 24-25, 2023

Glenn Hauser logs December 24-25, 2023

Tuesday, December 26 2023

** BRAZIL. 4885, Dec 25 at 0615, NO signal from R. Clube do Pará, very
unusual to be absent, must be an Xmas holiday. Nor anysig into Bonaire
SDR at 0655 check. No tropical signals added for the occasion, rather
subtracted (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

** CANADA. 332 MCW kHz, Dec 25 at 0619 UT, dash and QT, JBA NDB at
Thunder Bay, Ont., 1000 watts. If any Canadian can make it thru my
local noise level, this is it. Much closer IC, Wichita KS, still
cannot be detected, but at night it would usually be even weaker than
QT (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

** CUBA. 15140, Dec 25 at 1622, JBA carrier, presumably again RHC
something very wrong on QRP, while 11760 inblasts, but... (Glenn
Hauser, OK, WOR)

** CUBA. 11760, Dec 25 at 1632, RHC is S9/+10 unlike JBAC // 15140,
but modulation at good level is rapidly cutting off and on; wiggle
that patchcord! Totally unlistenable. Something`s always wrong at RHC
(Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

** KIRITIMATI. 846, R. Kiribati, continues to be inaudible and
presumed off, Dec 25, neither direct JBA carrier as was frequent last
winter; nor now 0658 via Oahu SDR. I`ve been checking 846 direct
almost every night around 0430 and/or 0730. Ron Howard and Gary Pence
not hearing it either. A night or two ago Kaneohe SDR was out of
order, but now is getting something on 840 from the upper 48, see USA
(Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

** NORTH AMERICA. Xmaseve pirate activity, three at once:

6961 USB, Dec 24 at 2328, S9, sounds like a ham QSO talking directly
to one person, mentions WA1ZMS, but not sure whose call that be. About
the 486 kHz special experimental broadcast, but then mixes in some
music. Many logs here as Zeeky Radio Shroomus Show:

6935 AM, Dec 24 at 2329, JBA music. These logs ID it as Pirate Radio
Boston, with Charlie Loudenboomer:

6875 USB, S9+10/20 of music, strongest by far. Many logs here as Radio
48 on MRI:
(Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

** NORTH AMERICA. More pirates on Dec 25, as tuned direct:
6880 AM, Dec 25 at 2251, S9+ music. Mix Radio International logs
earlier but none later than 2153:

6950 USB, Dec 25 at 2253, music. Radio Free Whatever per these logs:
(Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

** OKLAHOMA. 960, Dec 25 at 0752 UT, KGWA Enid is OFF; Merry Xmas! 2
or 3 other stations audiblized but can`t catch any ID and/or stay
awake past 0800. Still off at next check 1614, leaving a couple very
weak signals.``KGWA`` is still going on 100.9 FM, but how can that be,
with no AM to ``translate``? AM listeners deprived of their far-right
talkshow lineup.

For almost a year, KGWA has been on U1 250/250 W ND STA instead of U3
1000/1000 watts. This situation has been unnoticeable at local range
of about 3 miles from site. FCC info about KGWA via NRC DX News, by
advanced masthead issue dates:

Feb 7, 2023: applies for STA as one tower needs to be replaced
Feb 21, 2023: STA granted, during tower repairs
Sept 19, 2023: granted STA extension, 6 more months

We recall the protracted period circa 2013-14 when KGWA would provide
a dead-air ``Fox hole`` instead of news at local midnight, allowing DX
in from as far as CFAC Calgary; and another spell Jan 4-7, 2021. See
USA in this report for what else I`m hearing now (Glenn Hauser, Enid,

** SAO TOME E PRINCIPE. 13750, Dec 25 at 1626, S9/+20 open carrier,
the SSOB except for domestix 13820, 13845; 1627 `Yankee Doodle Dandy`
IS and ``Voice of America, Washington DC, signing on``, more YDD; 1629
cut to a bit of African music; 1630 3-note VOA sounder and Swahili
s/on, as sked 1630-1700 daily via Pinheira (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

** SPAIN. 9690, Mon Dec 25 at 2301, token English from SNR, no news,
to be about carols from different regions of Spain and languages;
first, attempt by the French department at their own carol, but the
tune sounds familiar. Good signal direct (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

** TURKEY. 5960.003, Dec 24 at 2344, VOT not off the air, S9+30/40 but
somewhat distorted into UTwente: slightly different offset than usual
.005 so maybe different transmitter. `New Day, New Choices`, something
about mental health; 2347 song; 2353 totally wrong s/off sked 3 hours
off; 2354 IS to 2355*. Something`s always erroneous at Emirler, awry
at Ankara.

5960, Dec 25 at 2300, VOT English s/on sked, S9+20/30 direct but no
time to listen; already off by 2356 UTwente check (Glenn Hauser, OK,

** U S A [and non]. WORLD OF RADIO 2222 monitoring: confirmed Sunday
December 24 at 2100 on IRRS SW via AM Italia, 1323 kHz, S9+10/20 into
nearby SDR, not on 918 or 207; and 1323 also S9 into UTwente across
Europe, no QRM at either.

Also confirmed UT Monday December 25 at 0035, the 0030 on WRMI 7780,
S9/+10 but noisy into Durango2 SDR.

Also confirmed UT Monday December 25 at 0401, just underway from 0400
on Area 51 via WBCQ 6160 -67 Hz = 6159.933 into NH SDR, S5/S7 with
storm noise tho no Blitz closer than the GOM south of NOLA. Next:

0330 UT Tuesday WRMI 7780 to SW
1400 UT Tuesday WRMI 9955 to SSE [also web-, phonecast; jammed?]
0030 UT Wednesday WRMI 9395 to NNW
1200 UT Wednesday Unique R, NSW 5035-USB or 3210-USB
[Unique Radio on Operational Break, this week only but still
1230 UT Wednesday Unique R, NSW 5035-USB or 3210-USB [previous #2221]
1500 UT Wednesday WRMI 9955 [unsked but confirmed last 3 weeks]
2200 UT Wednesday WBCQ 7490v to WSW or 5130v?
0130 UT Thursday WRMI 9395 to NNW
0130 UT Thursday WRMI 5010 to S
0230 UT Thursday WRMI 9395 to NNW

Thanks this week for a generous quarterly check on the Winter
Solstice, from Gerald T. Pollard, Raleigh NC, on a US bank to:
Glenn Hauser, P O Box 1684, Enid OK 73702

As noncommercial services, financial support appreciated, or via
not necessarily in US funds, to woradio at yahoo.com (Glenn Hauser,

** U S A. 7505, Dec 25 at 0609, WRNO, not off the air but VG,
surprisingly with Johnny Cash song ``A Boy Named Sue``, not exactly
religious, but 0610 YL DJ as ``Country Roads on WRNO``, and over to OM
about Satan, whew, back to Topic A (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

** U S A. 15825, Dec 25 at 1625, WWCR-1 the SSOB with sporadic-E
boost, S9/+25 but still rather distorted (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

** U S A. 840, Dec 25 at 0658 UT, checking Kaneohe, Oahu, KiwiSDR for
846 Kiritimati, q.v., instead see a trace on 840 which I know can`t be
Hawaii nor anywhere in Pacificasia. Most likely California, which is
not than unusual to Hawaii on MW with nothing in between, Modesto
about 3960 km = 2460 stmi; Xmasmx pauses at 0700 for KMPH, Modesto ID.
So this is ``international`` DX in reverse (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

** U S A. 960 kHz has been opened up for DX tnx to the silence of
local KGWA: see OKLAHOMA. Nearest other 960s are KMA Shenandoah IA,
533 km=331 stmi; KGKL San Angelo TX, 597 km=371 stmi; KZIM Cape
Girardeau MO, 748 km=465 stmi. Also stn in AR and another in TX.

Dec 25 before 1700 UT, only traces of a couple weaksigs into the R75
and longwire, so I`m into the frigid car which should pull a little
better. ABC news is JBA at 1700, mentions Colo. Sprs. but that would
just be an item in nat`l news. Lite ACI from the 950 & 970 fringe
stations which are stronger. 1704 local weather by YL voice, but
cannot make out any details except current temp 34 degrees. 1705
singing ID? 1706 Chip Davis with `Mannheim Steamroller`s American

Brrr, back inside to check the streams: KGKL San Angelo is indeed
still ESPN, so nix that. At 1719, KMA is in `Mannheim Steamroller`s
American Christmas`, hosted by Chip Davis, MHSR founder: seems also
includes Xmasmx by other performers. KZIM Cape Girardeau MO, remote
other possibility is emitting nothing but clicking on its stream; but
see separate log later.

By 1800 UT Dec 25, KMA stream sure enough, is with ABC news. Plenty of
ads before and after but no local weather follows; 1806, back to
Mannheim Streamroller`s American Christmas, with Chip Davis who claims
it`s heard all over the country via hundreds of stations: on KMA,
presumably a holiday-only diversion from its usual talk format. Anyhow
I`m sure KMA is the one I have been getting direct. This time of year,
some residual midday skywave could be in play; there is some slight
slow fading, but also at that awkward distance where groundwave is
also possible over this good-conductivity path (Glenn Hauser, Enid OK,

** U S A. 960, Dec 25 at 2254 UT, local KGWA still off. Dominant is
KZIM, Cape Girardeau MO, promo for its app, weather. 2256 outro Sean
Hannity name-dropping, KZIM ID, adstring including something in Cape
Girardeau and Marion [IL]; ``RiverRadio`` slogan at least in
commercial connexion, not shown in NRC AM Log; ToH joint ID with KSIM
1400 Sikeston MO. Official FCC sunset for KZIM in Dec is 2245 UT [Jan:
2300], so should already have switched from 5 kW ND to 500 W
direxional. Night pattern is ``butterfly`` with 4 major lobes, one of
them almost thisaway; deep nulls to NW/SE/NE:

2315 recheck, even stronger, seems like same station but no IDs;
national ads, 2318 `Commodity Update`, Menards ad; playing a
``Wednesday`` talkshow about guns. Menards, home improvement store,
chex for Cape G but there are lots elsewhere (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

** VENEZUELA. 4940, Dec 25 at 0616, Station 4940 is on with YL, S9+32
direct; even better at 0655, VG into Bonaire SDR. Gianni Serra, Roma,
refers us to sources placing it at Rincón Hondo, Apure; TDOA DFing
long ago had led to somewhere in Apure state, but unconfirmed. These
show it there apparently without qualification:

``RE: the religious Radio Estación 4940 in Venezuela or Colombia, I
found out these webpages:

< https://fmscan.org/net.php?r=m&m=s&itu=VEN&pxf=Estaci%F3n+4940 >
< https://fmscan.org/transmitter.php?i=31300010 >
< https://radio-america-latina.org/am/fm.php?itu=Venezuela&region=apu
< https://www.mwlist.org/scanner.php?mode=0&area=9&MHz=4#top >

It is reported the site in Rincón Hondo, Apure - Venezuela, with 1 kW
TX power. But I do not know if news on these webpages about this Lat
Am Radio are reliable or not. 73 Gianni Serra`` (Glenn Hauser, OK,

UNIDENTIFIED. Trans-Atlantic JBA carriers, as hets during 10/kHz
bandscan, Dec 25 at 0750: 621 and 711, surely RNE Canarias, and SNRT
Western Sahara under Moroccan royal imperialism yoke (Glenn Hauser,

UNIDENTIFIED. 4800, Dec 25 at 0614, trace of something, music?
Bandscan for signs of any unusual LAm tropband activity for
Xmaseve/day. 0655 check at Bonaire finds nothing. WRTH 2024 shows
nothing but China on 4800, a bit too early to propagate even at
midwinter. Of course, any MW harmonix could land on 4800 from 1600,
1200, 960, 800, 600 - certainly not 5X *my* 960 which is off, see
OKLAHOMA (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

UNIDENTIFIED. 11514.9, Dec 25 at 1631, algo S3. Nothing listed on
11515 in WRTH 2024, Aoki or EiBi; but via WWDXC, BCDX, USAGM RMS
monitoring included it among Dengê Gel and/or Turkjam in mid-Nov. I
haven`t tried to track any of that lately, but this is their favorite
jumparound area (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

This report despatched at 0105 UT December 26