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Glenn Hauser logs December 31, 2019-January 1, 2020  View Printable Version 
Wednesday, January 01 2020


** BOLIVIA. As for Bolivia, in the UT-4 zone, I`m again hearing that
JBA carrier slightly below 6025 like on Xmas eve, suspected Red Patria
Nueva; can anyone get any audio? Nothing on 5952.4 or 6134.8; 3310
could be on but blocked here by local mix (Glenn Hauser, OK, 0253 UT
Jan 1, WOR iog, HCDX and condiglista yg via DX LISTENING DIGEST) By
0405 I can no longer detect that 6025- JBA carrier, now that it`s
2020; altho splash from 6030 Martí music is heavy (Glenn Hauser, OK,

** BRAZIL. 6180, Jan 1 at 0156, RNA song is atop CRI/Cuba but with
fast SAH. Last year, Brasileiros imagined midnight was at 0200 UT due
to Daylight Shifting Time, but no DST this summer, so not until 0300
UT in the south and east. Still a fast SAH at 0256, and no respite as
at some point La Voz Alegre from Madagascar takes over from Cuba; the
fast SAH remains, so RNA is the one off-frequency slightly plus around
20-25 Hz. I can`t make out any countdown or timesignal at 0300, but
MWV is about equal level to RNA, a huge collision. By 0309, RNA has
gone off leaving LVA to its hymnic harmony in Spanish.

Earlier at 0217, I reminded our groupies:

``NYE in Brasil --- The next SW country to enter 2020:
at 0300 UT on 6180 RNA if it`s still on vs MWV Madagascar in Spanish
at 0300 UT on all the active gospel huxters on 25, 31, 49m
at 0300 UT on 4885 Para, nominally 24h
at 0400 UT on 4885 Acre
at 0400 UT on 4875 Roraima (which is stronger than the 4885s here at

I could tell the following were active: Aparecida 11856v, Missionária
9665v, but not attempting to hear them.

4875.02, Jan 1 at 0357, now I am monitoring R. Roraima where it`s
almost 2020/midnite: at 0400 there is no timesignal or countdown but I
can make out elements of an ID, which must be a sign-off, as into dead
air which continues past 0405. If 0300 be their normal closing as in
WRTH 2020, it was at least extended an hour for the occasion.

4885v, Jan 1 at 0406, there are still two signals on here making their
characteristic double-het with a BFO (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING

** CANADA [non]. 7850-CUSB, Dec 31 at 2359, I am prepared to render
reactivated CHU the honour of informing us of the true UT arrival of
2020y, but it`s too weak --- so a quick change to 5000 WWV just in
time to hear the 0000 timecheck January 1, 2020 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX

** INDIA. 9445, Dec 31 at 2245, AIR GOS sign-on with frequencies, this
one for NE Asia but best here at S5-S7; contact info, 2247 songs

** NORTH AMERICA. 6930-USB, Dec 31 at 2319 tune-in, S9+10 pirate with
talkative DJ about to play ``Whiskey in the Jar``; 2324 outro Peter,
Paul & Mary on Bigg`s(?) Attic on New Year`s Eve; 2327 outro Al Hirt &
Tijuana Brass, mentions ``microphonium`` under the influence of
TimTron whom he sorta resembles, but no belches; 2333 outro another
tune, says will move ``up`` from the 43 mb to the 73 mb by 0000; ID
Zach(?) Radio; going to finish with the Beatles; 2339 another outro
now says it`s tomorrow night when will be on 73m; has to go outside
and adjust stuff first. No electrical problems, but threatens any US
agents trying to breach fortifications will find themselves in an
ant/roach motel. Final ID until off at 2340.4* sounds like ``Vicky`s
Attic Radio``. Well, everyone here calls it Zeke`s Attic Radio:
from 2235 altho most had trouble hearing him after 2300.

But he was reported again after 0120 UT Jan 1 on 4245-USB.
I did not hear any pirates in the 4`s after 2341, but busy with The
Capitol Steps via WVPE after 0000, and NY Philharmonic via PBS after
0100. But at 0152 check, I do have him again on 4245-USB, Zeke
lamenting he got rid of his vinyl 14 years ago; could find some in
thrift stores 5 years ago, but not any more. Everybody`s buying them
up and reselling at a profit on EBay. 0154 plays a song from 1958y.

BTW, any pirates not wanting to be heard in Enid OK should use 4170
which is blocked by KCRC X 3. Or if anyone hear that beyond Garfield
County, I`d like to know (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SPAIN. 9690, Dec 31 at 2243, REE is OFF this frequency, after I
have recommended it for NYE festivities! 12030, the ME channel
second-best here oppositeward, is on with pop song in Castilian; can`t
tell if the other two, 11940 and 11685 be on due to weakness and/or
QRM. So I stick with 12030 for hourtop, yeartop; 2258 they are QRXing
for the campanadas, but fading and I can barely make them out, much
less the thelebrations to follow! (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING

** U S A. 15730, Dec 31 at 1937, VOA French via Grimesland, VG S9+20
with news axuality from Baghdad including explosions (Glenn Hauser,

** U S A. 9955, Dec 31 at 2128, WRMI IS & ID loop, programming to
start ``at the top of the hour`` --- generic leadup now apropos only
in India, Iran, Afghanistan, Myanmar, etc. The 2130 program turns out
to be Blalock the Blaster, who has now acquired an extra semi-hour on
this frequency M-F at 2130-2200 as on the transmission schedule but
not on the program schedule. BLAAAAAAAAHHHHH (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX

** U S A. 5800, Dec 31 at 2239 check, WRMI-10 is on again with SMTV
after AWOL yesterday (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

Now as 0500 & 0600 UT approach, over to our own celebrations. Happy
New Year to all!

This report despatched at 0454 UT January 1, 2020


Glenn Hauser logs December 31, 2019  View Printable Version 
Tuesday, December 31 2019

** BOLIVIA [and non]. 6024.96v, a reminder to check for Radio
Illimani, New Year`s Eve, as it was believed to be the carrier active
Xmas Eve, but which I have neglected to seek interimly. Also anything
else unusual, especially on tropical bands such as temporary
reactivations or late extensions. Webcast ``DXers`` may also be
following the sweep of 2020y across the globe from timezone to
timezone. On SW, we traditionally find Spain a good one to hear
celebrating live before and after 2300 UT, on 9690 et al. (Glenn

** CANADA. 223 kHz, Dec 31 at 0703 UT, ND beacon YYW and dash, 1000
watts from Armstrong, Ontario.

406 kHz, Dec 31 at 0707 UT, ND beacon YLJ and dash, 40 watts from
Meadow Lake, Saskatchewan (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA. 6100, Dec 31 at 0658, RHC English best here, also weaker
6145, but 6100 cuts off at 0700, leaving undermodulated 6145; while
5040 was still on but in Spanish. Something`s always wrong at RHC

** CUBA. 13768 & 13632 approx., Dec 31 at 1532, spurblobs from RHC
13700, with F# tone audible only in FM mode = about 370 Hz.
Something`s always wrong at RHC (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING

** GUAM. 7515, Dec 31 at 1614, songs on VP S5-S7 signal. Aoki/NDXC
shows the only 7515 ever is Living Water Ministry, in Korean,
1515-1615 on Tue/Wed/Thu/Fri via Agaña; same hour other days of week
is some other KTWR in Korean on 7510 instead; why?

BTW there are multiple linx to SW schedule sources including NDXC on
the WOR homepage; look for B19:

** KOREA NORTH [and non]. 7220, Tue Dec 31 at 0650, two stations
mixing, choral music and tonal talk, African? 0654 one is reciting the
VOK schedule in English, or part of it. Per Aoki the other would be DW
in Hausa via SAO TOME. China`s CNR2 via Golmud also listed at this
hour, but never on Wednesday (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** NEW ZEALAND. 13835-13840-13845, UT Dec 31 at 1935, S9+10 DRM noise
way stronger than JBA 13845-AM WWCR. RNZ Pacific scheduled 1851-1958,
its only daily DRM, the preceding ones taking Saturdays off. This
future broadcast from another decade, another year, another day. Too
bad that in such a vacant band two signals must clash so adjacently,
even tho they be for different targets from different hemispheres.
News in Tongan is coming up at 1940, where probably not a single
listener tune it direct, rather from AM/FM relays of this feeder;
altho not shown at this specific time in WRTH 2020, page 390.
Transmission starts with news in Niuean, otherwise various forms of
news in English, which DRM enthusiasts beyond may well audition (Glenn

** NORTH AMERICA. 7470, Dec 31 at 0303, Station YHWH is on again with
Yahweh stuff, going thru its 10 Commandments, S9 peaks (Glenn Hauser,

** U S A. 13565-CW, Dec 31 at 1533, K6FRC HIFER beacon JBA in the
clear, since the Cuban 13700 spurblobs are first-order only to 13632,
not second-order double that which would have landed around 13564;
whew (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

This report despatched at 2038 UT December 31, 2019. HNY!


Glenn Hauser logs December 29-30-31, 2019  View Printable Version 
Tuesday, December 31 2019


** ALGERIA [non]. 7375, Mon Dec 30 at 1925-1949, since I have UTwente
SDR running for WOR 7290 check a few minutes earlier, I set up to
record this frequency and listen later. That`s because a very recent
TDF schedule obtained by Gaétan Teyssonneau for the WOR iogroup,

prompted this reply from me:

``I do look for English language broadcasts; besides NHK at 05 on 7410
there is one other, surprisingly:
TDA 18:00 19:00 47, 46E Arabic ISS 7375 41 7123456
TDA 19:00 20:00 47, 46E English ISS 7375 41 7123456

Algerian relay in English? I don`t think so!

This led me to look for any English from Algeria. The International
network on FM has a few scattered English segments, but mostly in
French and Arabic. Day-by-day schedules, presumably in local UT+1:

Some of the program titles are in English; some ambiguous; and some in
French about English! 20:30-20:41 Sunday, `Magazine Anglais` --- that
would put it in the 19-20 UT hour labeled by TDF as English; maybe
worth checking just in case this get shortwaved. Also on Monday, so
maybe daily tho I have not checked all seven. Glenn``

Further, as Ivo Ivanov points out, that sked is incomplete, lacking
three broadcasters brokered by RMI for Issoudun transmission.

So what do I hear on 7375? Big signal from RRI in Romanian, way atop
Algeria, at first Qur`aning, and then I simply can`t tell whether
buried talk be in English, but I doubt it. Also with some lite RTTY
QRM which if I were at controls might have eliminated.

Quite a collision, likely elsewhere in Eurafrica. RRI is 300 kW, 285
degrees from Galbeni for France at 1800-2100; TDA is 155 degrees out
of France for the Sahel just beyond outback Algeria (Glenn Hauser, OK,

** ARGENTINA [non]. 5800, Dec 30 at 2132 and still 2200+, NO signal
from WRMI-10 which supposedly start at 2100 with SMTV. This bodes ill
for the RAE Spanish relay supposed to be on same at 0100. Still off at
0035 Dec 31, nor on briefly tested previously 9425 nor on 6060 which
now is occupied by RHC NLT 0000. And yes, still nil at 0100. We should
still be able to hear RAE in English at 0200-0230 on 9395, followed by
another ex-SWBC station on its own, Radio Tirana, Albania.

The January issue of El Dial (e) from Spain features a long article by
Martín Butera lamenting the ``decadence`` of RAE, at the mercy of
political winds, unable even under the enlightened new leadership of
Adrian Korol, who has SW credentials, to get a new SW transmitter of
its own. And fears that Korol`s term is about over with the latest
changes in Argentine leadership.

Butera acknowledges the WRMI relays in Spanish and English, both with
outdated info, but seems unaware of all the other languages getting on
SW, and downplays the WRMI relays as dependent on the generosity of
Jeff White. The article is profusely illustrated with photos, of
equipment, not people. I have quoted a fraxion of the text (in
Spanish) in the WOR iogroup (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** ARGENTINA [and non]. Last time I was wondering what kind of doctor
that DXer Arnaldo Slaen be, as titled in `La Rosa de Tokio` publicity.
Horacio Nigro G., Uruguay, promptly replied, he`s a lawyer. That`s
interesting; maybe different in South America, but in the North, altho
many lawyers may have J.D. degrees, they rarely call themselves Drs.,
except maybe in academic settings; thus avoiding the ambiguity of that
honorific (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA. 5040, Sun Dec 29 at 2356, Arnie Coro lickety-split with
propagation comments in Spanish, about to conclude `En Contacto`, must
have started circa 2345; squealy frequency yet the only one audible,
unlike on 9 or 11 MHz bands; 6060 is on by 2357 but open carrier only;
2359 current frequency announcement is woefully incomplete/incorrect
in typical Soviet-style disorder: 11670, 11700, 11950, 9640, 6000 and
FM. Misses the two I am really hearing! And 11950/6000 during this
hour only, as I keep having to point out, are weekdays only and with
separate programming, the `Mesa Redonda` TV audio simulcast. I check
again the 9s and 11s to find JBA carriers at best so maybe they be on
but propped out. Something`s always wrong at RHC (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX

** CUBA. 5040 & 6060 & 6145, UT Mon Dec 30 at 0726 are tonight`s three
English frequencies still on the air for last playback of mailbag;
something`s always wrong at RHC (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING

** CUBA [and non]. 13630 & 13770, Dec 30 at 1530, JBA spurs out of
13700, because the fundamental is only S7-S9, even weaker than 13710v
Sa`udi Qur`aning. Something`s always wrong at RHC (Glenn Hauser, OK,

** CUBA. 15370 good, 15140 JBM, 11880 VG, Dec 30 at 2107, all three
RHCs are in Brazuguese and synchronized; despite as in EiBi, 11880
supposed to be in Arabic, 15140 in Spanish! Something`s always wrong

** EAST TURKISTAN [and non]. 5970, Dec 30 circa 1300, NO signal from
WEWN which is supposed to be on here until 1400; nor was it heard much
earlier in the UT night; instead, two stations in Chinese, i.e. RTI at
12-14 and CNR1 jamming which Aoki/NDXC says comes from Urumqi site
(land of ChiCom brainwashing Uyghurs). This could also be a problem
for PBS Gannan on 5970 in Chinese and Tibetan (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX

** HAWAII. Re my plan to hear a delayed broadcast of The Magic Flute
on the Metropolitan Opera via KHPR-2 webcast from 0100 UT Sunday Dec
29 as scheduled --- I bring it up early at 0048, and it`s already on!
I was going by KHPR skedgrid, which has Met lined up with 3 pm HST.
But there is a blank space above it and maybe the Met was `centered`
an hour later than its real start at 2 pm? = 00 UT instead of 01.
Anyhow, it`s lofi and mono so I would not want to listen to it here
anyway. Well before 0200, KHPR has moved on to other classical music,
so Met may have started even before 0000. I might have had another
chance Sunday afternoon from two Alaskan stations. Maybe try them next
time (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** PERU. 5980, Dec 29 at 2354, I tune in just in time to hear the R.
Chaski carrier under Cuban jamming cut off, at 2354:22*, 18 seconds
earlier that last check Dec 21 until 2354:40*, so averaging 2.25
seconds earlier per noctem, 18 divided by 8. Or long term since first
check in latest cycle, Nov 26 until 2355:27.5*, 65.5 seconds earlier
over 33 days = average 1.985 seconds slippage per (Glenn Hauser, OK,

** ROMANIA. 7345, Dec 30 at 0718, RRI mailbag in German reading
letters at some length; 307 degree beam from Ziganeschti also serves
North America beyond. Spelling it fonetikaly into German raises the
question whether the name be related to Gypsies, or rather Roma. Say,
could that name be linked to Romania? Altho hardly Latinate (Glenn

** TAIWAN. 9530, Dec 30 at 1308 past 1323, open carrier of S9-S6,
stronger than adjacent 9535 Cuba, weaker than 9570 China via Cuba.
Aoki/NDXC shows only Nippon no Kaze, Korean via Paochung, Taiwan site
during this semihour (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 395 kHz, Dec 30 at 1241 UT, ND beacon CA, which is 25 watts
in Newton - Harvs, Kansas; mixing with ULS, also 25 watts, from
Ulysses KS; they are 221 miles apart, maybe enough considering the

420 kHz, Dec 30 at 1244 UT, ND beacon FQ, which is 25 watts in
Fairmont, Minnesota. I was tuned to 418-USB.

BTW, on the LW/MW band, USA NDBs range from 198 to 429 kHz; Canadians
195 to 414; so any heard higher in the 400s would have to be from
further worldparts (Glenn Hauser, Enid OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A [and non]. WORLD OF RADIO 2014 monitoring: confirmed Sunday
Dec 29 at 2130 on WRMI 7780, S8-S9 with a slight het from 7780.5.

Also confirmed UT Monday Dec 30 at 0130 on WRMI 7780 after Bob Zanotti
tries to get his name in edgewise, S6-S9 with some deep fades here,
but good a few minutes later at UTwente SDR.

Also confirmed UT Monday Dec 30 at 0230 on WRMIs, 7780 good and 9395
fair, both checked via UTwente only. Richard Langley, NB says of all
three 7780 airings, ``(no words cut off nor overridden this week)``.

Also confirmed UT Monday Dec 30 at 0230 on WRN webcast, correct
edition 2014 after two weeks of replaying 2011.

Also confirmed UT Monday Dec 30 from 0400 on Area 51 webcast, still
overmodulated; and at 0428 check via WBCQ 5130, S9 but noisy and not
ending until 0430:21 as if it were a sesquimnute longer than
originally; not sure why as internet delay should not be that much. Or
maybe I had paused Winamp at some point? Did not expect pause to
funxion on Winamp like Realplayer used to, but maybe it does.

Also confirmed UT Monday Dec 30 at 0430 on WRMI, JBA on very weak
signal under Cuban pulse jamming; OK on webcast.

Also confirmed Monday Dec 30 at 1901 on IRRS, 7290 via Romania(?) good
into UTwente SDR but considerably weaker than usual; came on just in
time for Aïda, sign-on, a few news headlines, and WOR from the

Also confirmed UT Tuesday Dec 31 at 0100 on WRMI 7780, fair; and via
UTwente SDR, good. Next:

0900 UT Wednesday Unique Radio NSW 5045-USB
2200 UT Wednesday WBCQ 7490v to WSW
0100 UT Thursday WRMI 7780 to NE

Full schedule including AM, FM, webcasts, satellite, podcasts:

** U S A. (7490), Dec 29 at 2330, after `UBMP` on WBCQ webcast (which
memorializes ancient 7415 frequency in its URL), dead air, presumably
for the remaining semihour until `Le Show` like happened last week;
surely there should be fill music at least; or say, I have a handy
avialble program --- but I understand that some new show is planned in
this slot. 7490 itself is too weak to be sure that its air also be
dead (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 5970, Dec 30 circa 1300, no signal from WEWN Spanish; was
also missing much earlier in the UT night. Instead hearing Chinese2
here, see EAST TURKISTAN. WEWN day frequencies 12050 and in English
afternoons 15610 do seem to be on tho poorly audible (Glenn Hauser,

** U S A. 1540, Dec 30 at 2029 UT, Mexmx and ``La Ranchera`` slogan,
at first dominant then fading; no doubt KZMP University Park TX = The
Metroplex, format replacing ESPN Deportes 3+ months ago. 1480
Vietnamese already dominating Wichita too as DFW skywave well in 3
hours before sunset (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

This report dispatched at 0141 UT December 31


Glenn Hauser logs December 28-29, 2019  View Printable Version 
Sunday, December 29 2019

** ARGENTINA [non]. 7780, UT Sun Dec 29 at 0101, WRMI opening `La Rosa
de Tokio` from Argentina with credit to Dr. Arnaldo Slaen. Usually
he`s known without the Dr and I wonder what kind he is, medical? With
some notable exceptions, a number of DXers with doctorates do not
identify themselves as such in our field (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX

** CANADA. 6070, UT Sun Dec 29 at 0115, CFRX interview Jim ---, NY
Times TV critic about ``breaking news`` constantly on cable networx.
Later break IDs show as `Viewpoint`. But CFRB 1010 schedule at
shows Sat at 8+ pm EST is supposed to be `Ask the Experts` with
`Viewpoints` not until midnight = 05 UT Sunday. So much for that. I
was recalling CFRX used to have a media program around this time

** CUBA. 5040, Dec 29 at 0132, RHC in Brazuguese with squeal. This
semihour is supposed to be in French with squeal. Something`s always
wrong at RHC (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA. 6000, Dec 29 at 0132, RHC English is suptorted as often on
this transmitter. Still so at 0710 check when not only is it still on,
but so are 6100 & 6145 which are merely undermodulated, but no 5040.
Something`s always wrong at RHC.

Wolfgang Büschel was also monitoring via remotes even later, surprised
that 6100 & 6145 were still on; 0759 both announced the upcoming
Sunday-only Esperanto and 0800 started to carry that, but 6100 cut off
incomplete at 0809:20* and 6145 at 0817:30*. Io ĉiam estas malĝusta ĉe
Radio Habana Kubo (BTW, unlike Wolfie who strips all accents off his
posts, whatever the language, I try to maintain them: if your display
has lost them, there are circumflexes over c and g in the above)(Glenn

** CUBA. 13634 & 13766, weaker 13831 approx., Dec 29 at 1541, FM/AM
spurblobs out of 13700-AM, this time about 66 kHz apart. Something`s
always wrong at RHC (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A [and non]. WORLD OF RADIO 2014 monitoring: confirmed UT
Sunday December 29 at 0450 on WA0RCR, 1860-AM, Missouri, 21 minutes in
so started circa 0429; VG S9+20/30; lots of CW below 1860 must be a
contest, but not bothering us. Next:

2130 UT Sunday WRMI 7780 to NE
0130 UT Monday WRMI 7780 to NE
0230 UT Monday WRMI 7780 to NE, 9395 to NNW
0400vUT Monday WBCQ 5130v Area 51 6160v? to WSW
0430 UT Monday WRMI 9955 to SSE
0900 UT Monday Unique Radio NSW 5045-USB
0930 UT Monday Unique Radio NSW 5045-USB [another episode]
1900vUT Monday IRRS 7290 Romania? to WNW
0100 UT Tuesday WRMI 7780 to NE
0900 UT Wednesday Unique Radio NSW 5045-USB
2200 UT Wednesday WBCQ 7490v to WSW
0100 UT Thursday WRMI 7780 to NE

Full schedule including AM, FM, webcasts, satellite, podcasts:

** U S A. 9350, Sat Dec 28 from 2100, `Encore` classical music on
WWCR, excellent signal. But around 2136 I am noticing some slight QRM,
weak talk modulation; during quiet music passage sounds like a
commercial for eggs benedict at Southern Highlands. Could it be
intermodulation from another WWCR transmitter or its 50 kW AM at same
site, WNQM 1300? Or something local here? With extremely strong SW
signals, our local AMs KGWA or KCRC might interact. But is still there
with R75 ATT switched on and Preamps switched off. But then I notice
that the QRM stops during Brice`s announcements, heard only while
music plays. That implies it might be on his original recording, but
the American-accented commercial content is hardly likely to be
getting into his recording from a nearby transmitter in Scotland. I
have not checked whether this also happen on the WWCR webcast. We`ll
have another chance to check if it`s there on the WBCQ repeat after
0100 UT Monday on 7490+v, when that signal will surely not be strong
enough here to discern it, but try that webcast which we hope by then
will no longer be overmodulated.

9350, Sat Dec 28 after 2200, sounds like an unscheduled `Ask WWCR`
with the two guys discussing reception results for the VORW Xmas
special on various frequencies. But keeps going after 2215 -- they
plug for live contacts if being heard after 23 UT Fri Dec 27, so this
is a playback of an unscheduled special, also trying to get monetary
donations to keep WWCR going.

This is a relatively recent development which must mean business is
bad --- a very commercial station begging for direct listener support.
WTWW has started doing this too! Finally break for some country music
at 2220; maybe this be considered a WW Country Radio hour? One project
WWCR needs $ $ for is replacing sound cards --- i.e. the defective
squeal on WWCR-1, so they must finally be aware of that. BTW, I was
looking at the photo gallery on WWCR website; still linx to
ex-staffers such as overthrown Adam Lock and George McClintock, but
they lead nowhere (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 5085, UT Sun Dec 29 at 0058, WTWW-2 not on yet; usually
already running ham radio stuff. Is on by 0128 recheck, S9+20, just in
time for ID and `theater organ music from our brand-new studio in
Illinois`, more for Xmas even tho it`s too late now; enjoy the 15 & 30
cycle [Hz] tones with headphones on SW, but I am soon switching to
webcast where that`s more likely and in $ tereo too. No formal opening
to show; Bob Heil never mentions his name or the Ozarx (but I will
continue to spell it thus whenever I get a chance). Wraps up at 0200
sharp again without any formal closing or program title. Redesigned
WTWW website still claims `Theater Organ from the Ozarks` [sic] is at
8 pm Saturdays on the homepage; 6:30 pm Central Saturdays, on the
programming page; wrong, wrong! Now at 0200 UT I note that 5830 WTWW-1
SFAW PPPP is back on the air too (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING

This report dispatched at 1959 UT December 29


Glenn Hauser logs December 28, 2019  View Printable Version 
Saturday, December 28 2019

** ALBANIA. I haven`t monitored intensively, but am wondering if the
CRI Cërrik relay station be off the air completely? Still missing Dec
28 from 6020 & 9570 in our evenings. If still heard on any earlier
scheduled frequencies, can we be sure they be not from some other site
substituting? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CANADA. 340 kHz, Dec 28 at 0515 UT, dash and YY, ND beacon of only
two letters; 500 watts from Mont Joli, Quebec.

258 kHz, Dec 28 at 0753 UT, ND beacon ZSJ; difficult copy vs lightning
crashes from approaching winter storm, at first not sure whether ZIJ.
But this is 1000 watts from Sandy Lake, Ontario. Must have been a dash
too, but unnoted as I was offdozing. DXinfocentre.com shows this the
only NAm beacon on 258 ---- and none at all on 259, a wide-open
frequency (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA. 6000, Dec 28 at 0456, RHC English suptorted; wiggle that
patchcord. Something`s always wrong at RHC (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX

** CUBA. 6060, Dec 28 at 0528, RHC Spanish with a frequency
announcement: something on 25m, 9535, 5040 and FM --- missing the very
frequency I am hearing! What do they know? Something`s always wrong at
RHC. Except for Esperanto, I think the other languages, certainly
English, do not even attempt to announce times or frequencies, so they
cannot be *wrong*! Spanish should consider the same, or better yet,
get everything coördinated and accurately announced. That`ll be the
day (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA. 13839, 13769, 13630, 13561 approx., Dec 28 at 1522, FM/AM
spurblobs from RHC 13700 at roughly 69.5 kHz intervals. Currently
these are erupting just about every morning. Something`s always wrong

** ECUADOR. 6050, Sat Dec 28 at 0450, very poor signal S4-S7, HCJB
must still be on? M&W maybe German, 0453 music. 0500 no timesignal,
but Musikwechsel, now a little better and pretty sure talk is German
intonation, still at 0518 but off by 0530 (when ELWA is supposed to be
starting). From more than a month ago:

``Ecuador - Radio HCJB Quito once again broadcasts a Saturday only
programme for the German speaking DX community. After some changes, it
was heard on 23 November 2019 at 0400-0430 h UTC on 6050 kHz (ex
0300-0330 and 0330-0400 h). The time was confirmed by Horst Rosiak in
Quito. He also decided to drop the second broadcast because after 0430
h reception of the tiny 6050 kHz signal would be overpowered by AWR
French on nearby 6045 kHz. The DX programme is not listed in their
official schedule
https://andenstimme.org/wp-content/uploads/Horario6050.pdf (dated 20
November 2019).
(Dr. Hansjoerg Biener 24 November 2019)``

Aoki/NDXC now shows no German but Spanish and indigenous languages
until 0500; on 6050, nothing else but Tibet from 0400 = midday there;
Malaysia from 0500, also midday and surely inactive. EiBi shows no
German from HCJB either, and not after 0400.

HjB replies: ``Ecuador - I did not check the Saturday only German DX
programme from Radio HCJB Quito, but your observation is probably
correct. From 7 December 2019 the following schedule should have gone
into effect: 0400-0430 and 0500-0530 h UT: 6050 kHz (Pichincha 1 kW)
Saturdays only. Unfortunately, on 7 December 2019, the internet feed
to Mt. Pichincha was down. So, the regular FM service of Radio HCJB
was automatically relayed instead (Dr Hansjoerg Biener 28 December
2019)`` (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** HAWAII [and non]. 90.1, Sat Dec 28 from 1800 UT I miss via KUCO the
first hour+ of this week`w live MetOpera broadcast of Mozart`s ``Magic
Flute``, abridged version under 2 hours, in English suitable for all
ages. All Conterminous US affiliates must(?) broadcast Met live, so
will there be no chance for a playback? Publicradiofan.com shows later
airings in AK & HI tnx to their timezone differences, including KHPR,
Hawaii PR Sat from 2300 UT. Always check each station`s own info for
confirmation; in fact it`s the HPR-2 stream now scheduled at 3 pm
local = 0100 UT Sunday, which is when I plan to pick it up again.

Next week, Sat Jan 4, `Der Rosenkavalier` by R Strauss, a long one
which will have to start an hour early at 1700 UT at least on the live
network (I object to these shifts: let them run late if necessary
rather than start early) (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** MALI. 17880, Dec 28 at 1608, VP S5-S7 in Arabic, which is CRI via
Bamako this hour only, at 20 degree azimuth which couldn`t be worse
for us, aimed at N African coast; yet it`s the OSOB as propagation
favors it; 17775 KVOH provides not even a JBA carrier, unsure if be on
at all for `Wavescan` (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** NORTH AMERICA. 6925-USB, Dec 28 at 0359, S9-S7 hard rock dance beat
pirate music; 0405 segué to slow tune with piano, and more uptempo;
0418 SSTV beepery; 0419 announcement mixing but can`t copy; 0428 more
SSTV; 0430 ``Welcome to the mental health hotline ---``; 0445 SSTV and
more music; 0504 still music; next check 0519 apparently replaced by
something else on different frequency.

These say 6925-USB was Pee Wee; with noisy SSTV images as IDs

** NORTH AMERICA. UNID pirate(s): 6923-AM, Dec 28 at 0519, music, VP
S4-S5, after having heard Pee Wee on 6925-USB for more than an hour,
so apparently replacing it. Not for long; then:

6924.1-USB, Dec 28 at 0522 preaching and music, a third pirate? all
gone by 0530. These two were not reported by anyone on HFU after Pee
Wee sent ``Bye Bye`` around 0508 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING

** NORTH AMERICA. Got a surprise msg from Texas Radio Shortwave:

``Ahoy Matey Glenn - Quartermaster read your comment about QSLs in
Free Radio Weekly #1241 and said if you’d include a bit more detail in
your published reports he’d tell Third Mate to send you a TRSW
verification. Cap’n handpicks images for all our eQSLs and said he’d
select a really nice one for yours. We’re taking the holidays off from
plundering shipping along the lower Texas coast, but we’ll be back
with more broadcasts after January 1. We hope you’ll tune in. Always
be yourself. Unless you can be a pirate. Then always be a pirate. 73
and Arrgghh. Texas Radio Shortwave
Sailing to your ears from the Lone Star State``

** OKLAHOMA. Since I had to be awake before 1330 UT Sat Dec 28, I
continue after 1400 UT with the repeat from UT Thu 0200 of this week`s
`Performance Oklahoma` on KUCO 90.1. It`s a repeat from earlier this
year of an all-female quartet, well worth hearing again here in the NW
OK wasteland without chamber music.

``Chamber Music in Oklahoma --- Skride Piano Quartet

A new classical supergroup comprised of four leading European
soloists, the Skride Piano Quartet features four like-minded musicians
who have individually achieved success at the highest levels. Sisters,
soloists and regular duo partners, Baiba and Lauma Skride sought out
two of their favourite chamber music colleagues in Lise Berthaud and
Harriet Krijgh to create the ensemble which made its first North
American tour this season and represented by MKI Artists. Appearing as
guests of Chamber Music in Oklahoma in the society’s fourth concert of
the season presented on Sunday, March 17th, the quartet offered
highlights of the standard piano quartet repertory with works by
Gustav Mahler, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Johannes Brahms.

Performance Oklahoma is heard each Wednesday evening at 8 pm and
Saturday morning at 8 am on Classical KUCO and Saturday evening at 8
pm on Classical KWTU`` [CST = 0200 & 1400 UT]

O, how I wish I were within easy access of OKC on those Sunday
afternoons at 4, even tho the venue is Christ the King Catholic
Church, whose school in my junior-high era was considered a loathsome
sports rival. Unfortunately, 90.1 drops to dead air at 1448 UT in the
middle of a piece, and stays silent for a long time when I give up;
unknown if also applied to webcast since computer was off again. But I
shall have another chance to pick it up at 0248 UT Sunday via Public
Radio Tulsa`s KWTU stream, right after I hear the start of the Met via

** U S A. 7290-LSB, Sat Dec 28 at 1610, no signals from the 7290
Traffic Net around Texas, which is scheduled from 10 am CT Mon-Sat, as
heard Dec 26 during their other span until 2000. Maybe it opened and
closed already instead of until 1800? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING

** U S A [non]. 9800, Dec 28 at 1857 on caradio, 1 kHz tone test; 1858
Yankee Doodle Dandy/VOA sign-on; but RFE/RL ID! just before 1900
opening ``Welcome to the VOA --- in Korean``. This is one of those
21-degree antennas from Tinang, PHILIPPINES, which carries right on
back into the deep USA (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A [and non]. ``Distracted by WBCQ and other programming, I miss
checking my own trimulcast, 0130 UT Sat on WRMIs 5050, 5810 and 7780.
Did anyone hear them?``

Correxion: how did I get two of the frequencies wrong? More distraxion
[proofread!]. Should have been 5010, 5850. Coincidentally, Ron Howard
remarx concerning Madagascar: ``Was also listening tonight (Dec 28 -
Saturday UT), but at 0150. Noted WRMI (5010.0) with Glenn's World of
Radio program, with very faint African music coming through
underneath. Unable to measure off frequency. Ron, California`` --- so
it seems they are on before 0200 despite WRMI/WOR!

``Also need to confirm whether Sat 1300 on 15770 be canceled, as Ivo
has reported, even if it take waking up early and bringing up

So I do set the alarum for 1320; as usual, 15770 direct to here is a
JBA carrier at best this early; but at UTwente SDR, a VG signal and
WOR *is still* running at this time. Tnx also to Richard Langley and
Ivo Ivanov:

``No, not cancelled. Listening to it now (28 December, 1325 UT) but
full program being recorded via the U. Twente SDR receiver with a good
signal. -- Richard Langley``

``12-14 UT on 15770 this week from December 23 all programs are as
scheduled, instead of Supreme Master TV previous week till December
22. Confirmed RAE, Alameda BF, Your Weekend Show and today World of
Radio & Shortwave Radiogram`` -- Ivo Ivanov.

Probably confirmed Sat Dec 28 at 2054, JBA on WA0RCR, 1860-AM,
Missouri, vs hi local noise level on 160, sounds like me for the 2030v
airing. Next:

0400vUT Sunday WA0RCR 1860-AM [nominal 0415]
2130 UT Sunday WRMI 7780 to NE
0130 UT Monday WRMI 7780 to NE
0230 UT Monday WRMI 7780 to NE, 9395 to NNW
0400vUT Monday WBCQ 5130v Area 51 6160v? to WSW
0430 UT Monday WRMI 9955 to SSE
0900 UT Monday Unique Radio NSW 5045-USB
0930 UT Monday Unique Radio NSW 5045-USB [another episode]
1900vUT Monday IRRS 7290 Romania? to WNW
0100 UT Tuesday WRMI 7780 to NE
0900 UT Wednesday Unique Radio NSW 5045-USB
2200 UT Wednesday WBCQ 7490v to WSW
0100 UT Thursday WRMI 7780 to NE

Full schedule including AM, FM, webcasts, satellite, podcasts:

** U S A. 5970, Dec 28 at 0738, NO signal from WEWN Spanish. Often
weak but totally missing now, while e.g. 5950 WRMI/SMTV at a more
favorable longer skip distance is in well (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX

** U S A. 5830 & 5085, Dec 28 at 0740, both WTWWs are still running,
PPPP/SFAW and rock music resp., as usually the case when I check this
late, but I have no idea when they go off; never on by when I`m up
again, 1400 or 1500. Except on weekends, usually not on before 0200.
Daytime frequency 9475 very seldom on, and even less so, 9930 for #2.
#3 not caught testing(?) 15810 for many months now (Glenn Hauser, OK,

UNIDENTIFIED. 6923-AM & 6924.1-USB: see NORTH AMERICA [pirates]

UNIDENTIFIED. 7475, Dec 28 at 1611, S7-S8 mystery carrier again. Rick
Barton replies to my previous item about it:

``I have been hearing this very often, especially when sweeping the
dial for the YHWH pirate. I am finding it to be an interesting
mystery. I hadn't mentioned it before myself, as I was still wondering
if it was a mixing product from some local source (that has been a
problem here in the past). I had checked the channel just before
seeing your post. At 0615 here on 12/28 UT, I had an over S-9 reading
here with outdoor longwire. I will be eagerly awaiting input from
other listeners. 73 from AZ - rb`` (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING

UNIDENTIFIED. 7665, Dec 28 at 1612, S5-S7 of music, presumably CNR1
jammer again on new frequency. Still has not made it into latest
Aoki/NDXC dated 2300 UT Dec 27 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

this report dispatched at 2118 UT December 28


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