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Glenn Hauser logs August 2-3, 2018  View Printable Version 
Friday, August 03 2018

** ALGERIA [non]. Mark Coady has posted a couple of logs to ODXA about Calls to Prayer from Saudi Arabia on 25 m being // to relays of RTA via FRANCE on same band. He thinx it`s a network feed from Islamic HQ. I doubt this, as CTPs should depend on local and constantly shifting times; so try to check with two receivers whether they are really //, and synchronized:

11820+, August 2 at 1929, BSKSA Qur`an and there is also Qur`an on very poor 12060, which is RTA via France, but they are *not* // --- or rather they are definitely not synchronized, but Qur`aning is so repetitive, that I can`t tell if they may match some seconds apart.

11985 is another weak frequency this hour of RTA via France, and 11915 is another frequency of BSKSA. As one would expect, 11820+ // 11915, and 11985 // 12060, but not in cross-station combinations.

However, since this Qur`aning goes on for most of an hour, it`s not specific Calls To Prayer, but extended recitations, so the two stations could be connected. Further chex might elucidate.

It`s really counterproductive to broadcast local CTPs to a worldwide SW audience as that could mislead the faithful into praying at the wrong local times! Some stations may do it anyway since SW is merely plugged into relay domestic services (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** ARGENTINA [non]. See last report, USA: WRMI about RAE in English. On their website with outdated sked info, to read the playback timers, I pretend to download ``today`s broadcast`` podcast in each language (really today? Some are labeled May 2017!), whether languages other than English have also been reduced to half an hour? It`s been inconvenient to monitor them on SW, mostly poor signals or sleep-time. No, only French is less than 30 minutes as always, and English now confirmed totaling only 28:28, but the others are still a few minutes under 60 (Glenn Hauser, OK, UT August 2, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA. 5025, August 2 at 0626, R. Rebelde is dead air except for some whooshing sound. Something`s always wrong at RadioCuba (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA. 13740, August 2 at 1356, RHC is off, unknown whether just quit prior to CRI relay or missed all or part of entire transmission. The separate transmitter for China Plus = CRI English relay does not cut on until *1359:20 and remains dead air until 1401:55 finally fades up CRI modulation, JIP ``news`` in progress. Something`s always wrong at RadioCuba (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA. 7340, August 2 at 1414, RHC is still on but VP at S7/S9+10 vs daytime noise level amid `Sonido Cubano` music show during this hour. Really scheduled until 1500, outlasting Radio Martà on adjacent 7335. RHC is obviously cozying up to RM, in the evenings adjacent the other side on 7330, but why? Casual tuners are liable to run into Cuban-sounding RM by mistake, but maybe Arnie thinx that in addition to his co-channel jammers, the RHC signals will help to QRM RM (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** PERU. 4920.903, August 3 at 0135, JBA carrier vs storm noise, presumed La Voz del Pueblo still active on variable off-frequency. I suppose only pre-sunrise, zzz, and post-summer storm season may I have a chance of hearing it better. Tonight`s blitzortung.org map shows closest lightning area is north-central New Mexico (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SINGAPORE. 11795, August 2 at 1403, S7-S5 in S Asian language. HFCC shows it`s BBC in Hindi this semihour only (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SRI LANKA. 15629.871, August 3 at 0139, very poor fluttery signal with talk. Aoki/NDXC shows 15630 is AWR via Trincomalee at 0100-0200 in Chinese languages. Any signal on 19m after sunset here has a good chance of being the OSOB, and lacking a WTWW, indeed this one is, despite its poverty (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** TAIWAN. 9590, August 2 at 1408, poor S5-S8 in Russian; could be CRI? No, not // 9675. Nothing in HFCC. But in Aoki/NDXC as Radio Taiwan International (MPT) in Russian for this hour only from Tamsui district. Of course, the ChiCom have managed to ban Taiwan from HFCC, even tho the ChiCom don`t bother to register their entire schedule including countless jammers against fellow HFCC participants, using CNR programming or Firedragon (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGESET)

** U S A. 9395, August 3 at 0133, WRMI is S9+10/20, filling with Oldies instead of World Music, the semihour vacated by RAE condensing English to 30 minutes only. I had suggested to Jeff that this slot could be programmed more productively than defaulting to WMX, e.g. inserting WORLD OF RADIO to a much-needed UT Friday or Saturday time. But it`s definitely Oldies now, with BB announcements, Beatles tune later, and // much weaker 5950; as usual 9395 on to Wavescan at 0200, which is now stripped seven days a week at 0200, while 5950 switches to FÃmily Radio. Perhaps Jeff could be persuaded to add WOR sometime on Thu, Fri or Sat, if listeners request it rather than yours truly (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) See also ARGENTINA [non]

** U S A. 7505, August 3 at 0150, no WRNO (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

This report dispatched at 0327 UT August 3


Glenn Hauser logs August 1-2, 2018  View Printable Version 
Thursday, August 02 2018

** AUSTRIA. 7360, August 2 at 0140, S5-S8 in unID language. HFCC shows BBC via Moosbrunn in Prs, presumably meaning Dari (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA. 6100, August 1 at 0556, this RHC English is JBM; 6000 a bit better; 6060 = 6165 best modulation levels. Something`s always wrong at RHC. How these four relate to each other in strength and modulation level is constantly changing (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA. 13700, August 1 at 1316, RHC AWOL; 1317 carrier cuts on and off and on; 1341 recheck now it`s modulating but failing to emit spurs. Something`s always wrong at RHC (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA. 15140, August 1 at 1909, RHC English is poor, much weaker than normal, only S7; QRP? Something`s always wrong at RHC (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** FRANCE. 7220, August 1 at 0547, Dandal Kura via ISSoudun modulation seems OK, unlike previously when it was nothing but humbuzz. However, signal is weak in the noise tonight, so am not sure it be pristine.

9790, August 1 at 0547, RFI via ISSoudun is JBA carrier, so cannot evaluate it; a different night than 7220, with much better propagation, this transmitter was also humbuzzing (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** GREECE. 8424-CW, August 2 at 0102, dash and DE SVO, over and over, i.e. Olympia Radio, Athens, one of the few CW stations left on SW. 2002 Klingenfuss Guide had it on 8423. Primarily a broadcast DXer, I don`t always bandscan utilities, but now with WLO QRT, nary a dit of CW markers are to be heard on the fixed or marine bands, so this one is welcome. Among lots of open space, one still hears mostly modes unreadable to the ear, fax, RTTY and more complex digitals (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) See also USA: AAM 13508

** INDIA. 6140, August 2 at 0045, JBA music and talk, no match for S8 storm noise peaks. Strixe me as a frequency usually unoccupied. Aoki/NDXC shows nothing on 6140 between 2357 and 0830. But EiBi has:

``6140 0025-0430 IND All India Radio GOS UR PAK a`` = Aligarh site
``6140 0000 0430 41N ALG 250 282 0 146 1234567 250318 281018 D 6075 Urd IND AIR AIR 16043``
And VU2JOS, entry in red with a*terisk as a change from B-17:
``6140 * 250 Aligarh Uttar Pradesh N 0025-0430 Urdu (Pakistan) (Ex 6145/9620)`` N is for the zone in India of transmitter location = north (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** IRAN. 7425, August 2 at 0142, almost OC, but JBM with algo. I`m hoping this will turn out to be a Greenville-B mixing product like IBB used to provide, of the pre-Vatican open carrier on 7305 leapfrogging over an adjacent Radio Martà transmitter on 7365 another 60 kHz higher --- but no, no Vatican IS or Spanish is audible by 0148. Instead, HFCC reminds us it is VIRI in Arabic, 500 kW, 289 degrees from Zahedan, all the way from 1730 to 0230. Now if only they can manage to modulate it (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** NORTH AMERICA. 6870-AM, August 2 at 0047, only pirate is here, S9 vs almost as much storm noise level, steel drum music, seguÃs of mostly soft YL vocals, not recognized. Never heard any announcements or IDs during continuous monitoring (with one ear, anyway), past 0111 during yelling, 0118 ME music. Recheck at 0138 it`s off. Several logs here say it was Mix Radio International at 2309-0134*
No one else reported an ID during my listening span, but three guys got IDs at 2318 August 1 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 13508-CW, August 1 at 1913, slow CW in a long message, but finally I can copy ``DE AAM`` and eventually ending with AR merged. Also sent 4 dots and 2 dashes in a row a few times --- what symbol is that??? Like HM or SW without a space between the letters.

CW is so rare on the bands these days that it really stands out in a bandscan. It`s a good strong signal. I keep listening until 1922 but nothing further. I later search the UDXF iog archive for the call and frequency and find one latest thread of Feb 9, 2018:

``I occasionally scan the bands and look for odd signals as I guess most people here do. It has been a habit of mine since my "tour of duty" in The USN from 1979 - 1985. I was involved with elint/sigint. Nothing more to say. I have been looking at the boards and other resources for information on a message I intercepted 02/07/2018 at 11am Pacific/1900z. Frequency 13.508 MHz, CW, signal strength 579. The message was "Calling all stations de AAM Beach Surf Castle Bravo Sierra Sierra BT."

The signal repeated three times when I came across it and no joy since I first heard it. I have been parked on it since then. I find no reference to the frequency nor the call sign although it looks like a tactical call sign. I wonder if it is an Army or Airforce mars net? Any help identifying the sender or theories about the sender are appreciated. Jim Kenny K7LD``


``Jim, AAM is the US Army MARS station at Fort Huachuca, AZ. Its tactical voice call is DESERT EAGLE. 13509.5 USB has been used by Army MARS stations, including AAM. What sort of receiver are you using & how does it set up for receiving CW transmissions? Jack L. Metcalfe - Stanford, KY``

``Hi Jack and thanks very much for the reply. I am using a Perseus sdr with an ALA-1530LNP antenna. The actual frequency was 13.508.1 MHz. When I saw the signal I was in cw, 500 Hz bw. I usually scan the bands of interest (to me) and at 11 AM PST, 11 and 13 MHz are starting to come alive. The signal was fairly strong so I thought it may be in CONUS. I can see data TX occasionally up a couple kc or so; maybe MT63 or M110A. I will look to see what freq next time I see it. I will leave the Mhold on to capture it.

I am also curious as to why AAM started the message "calling all stations" instead of "VVV". Is that normal on MARS CW nets? The message references are very odd! JK``

Some other AAM logs previously reported in UDXF on 14579, 17445. I had heard AAM3 during an interoperability test on 13483.5-USB, Nov 5, 2017 at 1600, as in DXLD 17-45, but that may not be at same location (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. WORLD OF RADIO 1941 monitoring: confirmed Wednesday August 1 at 2100 on WBCQ 7490, JBA to VP but recognizable; NOT simultaneously on WRMI 9955, with a much better signal, but now automation has been reprogrammed to start at confirmed 2100.5 after another WRMI ID. Next:
Fri 2330 WBCQ 9330v to WSW [maybe]
Sat 0631 HLR 6190-CUSB to WSW
Sat 1431 HLR 6190-CUSB to WSW
Sat 1930v WA0RCR 1860-AM ND
Sat 2130 WBCQ 9330v to WSW [maybe, or 2330?]
Sun 0310v WA0RCR 1860-AM ND
Sun 1030 HLR 9485-CUSB to WSW
Sun 2330 WBCQ 9330v to WSW [maybe]
Mon 0130.5 WRMI 5850 to NW, 7780 to NE
Mon 0300v WBCQ 5130v Area 51 to WSW
Mon 0330 WRMI 9955 to SSE
Mon 0400 WRMI webcast only, non-direxional
Mon 2330 WBCQ 9330v to WSW [maybe]
Tue 0030 WRMI 7730 to WNW
Tue 2030 WRMI 7780 to NE, 5950 to WNW [or #1942?]
Tue 2130 WRMI 5950 to WNW [or #1942?]

Full schedule for WOR on all outlets, not just SW; podcast linx:

** U S A. 9395, August 2 at 0150, WRMI with World Music filling the second semihour abandoned by RAE English at 0100.

BTW, Don`t you believe the sked on RAE`s own website:
which still shows a full hour in English, and not // 5950; Japanese and Chinese on the ex-frequency 9455; Portuguese at wrong time 12-13 instead of 11-12, and on 9955 only (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 7505, August 2 at 0120, WRNO hasn`t shown up at nominal *0100, but is on with gospel huxter in English at 0149 check (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 990, August 1 at 2037 UT on caradio about 18 miles N of Enid on US 81/60/64, bandscan is not much different then inside Enid, but I do hear an ID in passing from KRSL Russell KS, also as on 98.1 FM which is a mere translator. 990 is 250 W ND day, at about the edge of its Ogalalla groundwave, 291 km = 181 miles. KTOK 1000 splatter is a little less of a problem here (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

This report dispatched at 0443 UT August 2


Glenn Hauser logs July 29-30-31-August 1  View Printable Version 
Wednesday, August 01 2018

Hi Glenn, My latest Hitlist update.

1) Germany - Shortwave R for Europe: Added links to this station
(currently testing)
2) Korea, South - KBS: Updated links to redesigned webpages
3) Spain - R Mi Amigo: Deleted links to former (now unavailable) website

Next update is planned in late August 2018. Best wishes and 73 (Alan Roe, July 31, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** ALBANIA [non]. 9395, July 31 at 0230 check, WRMI still defaults to World Music fill instead of Radio Tirana relay â starting with the song about how wonderful the Bahamas are (indirectly promoting Jeff`s cruisebiz). It may be a while, or a long while before we hear RT again. It`s not the same problem as 7 months ago, when RT had changed the streaming URL without notice, defeating automation. Kai Ludwig forwards:

``This posting [in German]
says: All streaming from Radio Tirana is down since July 24; at present the foreign service goes out via Eutelsat 16A only. Link to WWDXC page which has recordings of the German broadcasts, recorded off satellite`` (Glenn Hauser, WORLD OF RADIO 1941, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

Yes, this is the reason why also the programs on 6005 / 3985 are not updated. Radio Tirana is informed (Christian Milling, shortwaveservice, ibid.)

At 0230 UT August 1, 9395 again goes to World Music loop, this time starting with ``Up2 and Away``. I also try the live stream link, via new Hitlist:
and indeed it will not play; ``network error`` flashes occasionally. Of course, the WRMI broadcast would have been from a file transfer earlier, 0230 only being a legacy time for the real Radio Tirana ex-SW broadcasts.

Altho WRMI surely gets some input from satellite feeds, it probably would not be worth it to set up grasping Radio Tirana off Eutelsat 16A if that were even possible; temporarily? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** BOLIVIA [non]. 5935, July 29 at *2359, WWCR steel drums signing on for 12 hours. A bit of an impediment to hearing R. Yura, which Claudio Galaz, Chile, has heard reactivated in the morning as ``5936``. Not even a het/carrier here, but our best chance should be in the minutes before WWCR comes on, improving as our sun sets earlier. However, one night recently I found WWCR absent as late as 0150. We need to know the exact true frequency of Radio Yura (Glenn Hauser, OK, WORLD OF RADIO 1941, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** BRAZIL. 11780, July 31 at 0134, RNB is S9+20 greeting listeners in Rio de Janeiro, SÃo Paulo, Belo Horizonte --- so I assume it is RNB programming, not RNA specifically. Some have evaluated this as underpowered, and it may be less than original 250 kW rating, but plenty now, loud & clear (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA. 12000, July 30 at 0004, RHC is only S5-S2, much weaker than // 11840, 11760, 11700, 11670. Normally it`s equivalent. Something`s always wrong at RHC (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA. 6000, July 31 at 0142, RHC English is JBM at S9+10/20, while // 6165 is sufficient. Something`s always wrong at RHC (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA. 13767, July 31 at 1410, Oh2, RHC spurblob is back, out of the 13700-AM transmitter, somewhat readable in FM mode, along with the F# tone above Middle C. So I start looking for others at 67 kHz intervals --- none at 13633 unless maybe a trace, and tuning back to 13767, it`s gone already by 1413. 13700 itself is only S9-S8, maybe not enough to audiblize the full panoply and/or they hurriedly tuned up to suppress them. 13740 now with CRI Plus in English is S9+20/30 but as always undermodulated. Something`s always wrong at RadioCuba (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** FRANCE. 7220, July 30 at 0551, S9 of humbuzz, much like I was hearing 24 hours earlier on 9790 from RFI via Issoudun. In this case it is R. Dandal Kura, for Lake Chad area as scheduled via ISS. Either they have two bad transmitters or they switch one around, which would even out the damage. Should have rechecked how 9790 was doing this time. We should try them both henceforth (Glenn Hauser, OK, WORLD OF RADIO 1941, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** NIGERIA. 7255-, July 30 at 0552, open carrier, so VON must be back after AWOL past two nights --- if they can keep it up past 0600 for Hausa. Not until next night, July 31 at 0559 am I listening later to I hear it modulating with that wonderful percussive prÃlude (Glenn Hauser, OK, WORLD OF RADIO 1941, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** OKLAHOMA. 88.3, July 30 at 1858, 1902, 1915, 1933, 2014, 2042 UT chex, K202BY, the Family Radio translator for Enid, is dead air except for a weak tone. It`s noticed on caradio, since 88.3 is the easily captured frequency used to feed the SW radio into the FM.

Not rechecked until 0158 UT August 1, when it`s *still* dead air but atonal --- furthermore on the DX-398 I can tell that there is no stereo pilot, which means the dead air is not confined to left-channel only, like their modulation had been for weeks and weeks (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SRI LANKA. 11904.9, July 30 at *0031:17.5, SLBC JBA carrier comes on late, too weak to detect a mis-timesignal (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A [and non]. WORLD OF RADIO 1940 monitoring: Ivo IvanÃv, Bulgaria reports: ``GERMANY, Reception of World of Radio via HLR on 9485 CUSB on July 29:
1031-1100 9485 GOH 001 kW / 230 deg CeEu English Sun, weak/fair/good``

Confirmed here, UT Monday July 30 from 0130.5 on WRMI 5850, S9+20/30, and presumably 7780, JBA carrier. Also confirmed UT Monday July 30 from 0302 on Area 51 webcast, and at 0327 JBA in noise level on WBCQ 5130.071 (earlier at 0035, measured about 5129.04). Also confirmed UT Monday July 30 at 0330 on WRMI 9955, S9/S9+10; and confirmed immediate repeat after 0500 on WRMI webcast only.

Also confirmed UT Tuesday July 31 at 0047 check the 0030 on WRMI 7730, good. Presumably Tuesday July 31 at 2030 on WRMI 7780 & 5950, both buried in daytime noise level. Presumably also at 2130 on 5950 ditto.

WORLD OF RADIO 1941 contents: Albania non, Antarctica, Argentina, Australia and non, Bolivia, China, Cuba, Denmark, France, Ireland Northern non, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Nigeria, PerÃ, USA, Western Sahara non, unidentified; and the propagation outlook

WORLD OF RADIO 1941 ready for first airing, Tuesday July 31 at 2330 on WBCQ, 9329.95v, and confirmed S8-S4 (2359 some rock music instead of immediately back to BS). Next:

Wed 1030 WRMI 5950 to WNW
Wed 2100 WRMI 9955 to SSE
Wed 2100 WBCQ 7490v to WSW
Wed 2330 WBCQ 9330v to WSW [maybe]
Thu 2330 WBCQ 9930v to WSW [maybe]
Fri 2330 WBCQ 9330v to WSW [maybe]
Sat 0631 HLR 6190-CUSB to WSW
Sat 1431 HLR 6190-CUSB to WSW
Sat 1930v WA0RCR 1860-AM ND
Sat 2130 WBCQ 9330v to WSW [maybe, or 2330?]
Sun 0310v WA0RCR 1860-AM ND
Sun 1030 HLR 9485-CUSB to WSW
Sun 2330 WBCQ 9330v to WSW [maybe]
Mon 0130.5 WRMI 5850 to NW, 7780 to NE
Mon 0300v WBCQ 5130v Area 51 to WSW
Mon 0330 WRMI 9955 to SSE
Mon 0400 WRMI webcast only, non-direxional
Mon 2330 WBCQ 9330v to WSW [maybe]
Tue 0030 WRMI 7730 to WNW
Tue 2030 WRMI 7780 to NE, 5950 to WNW [or #1942?]
Tue 2130 WRMI 5950 to WNW [or #1942?]

Full schedule for WOR on all outlets, not just SW; podcast linx:

** U S A. 15809.93, July 30 at 0000, WTWW-3 must be the JBA off-frequency signal here on sporadic appearances. Unfortunately, no sporadic E now to boost it to audibility (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A [non]. 7505v, July 31 at 0139 & 0559, WRNO is off tonight. But plenty 40m to hear at 0559, neat Bell Bird IS from NZ opening on 7425, and opening percussion IS on 7254.9+ from Nigeria, q.v. (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

This report dispatched at 0312 UT August 1


Glenn Hauser logs July 28-29, 2018  View Printable Version 
Sunday, July 29 2018

** ALBANIA [non]. 9395, UT Sunday July 29 at 0230, relay of R. Tirana is still AWOL; after WRMI ID, immediately goes to World Music fill, that familiar but unidentified Alpine(?) tune. I have still not received a reply from Christian Milling of shortwaveservice in Germany who 7 months ago fixed the same problem, since Tirana had changed its audio URL without notice (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA. 5990, July 29 at 0107, S9+45 of dead air, obviously CRI relay failing to turn off by 0100; stronger even than neighbor 6000 RHC itself, a mere S9+30/35. Something`s always wrong at RadioCuba. CRI registers 5990 with HFCC as 23-01, 250 kW, 0 degrees = non-direxional? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA. 6100, July 29 at 0557, JBA carrier, presumably RHC really ailing, as nothing else is scheduled here in HFCC --- except imaginary 24-hour broadcasts: 5 kW Irkutsk, Russia; and 10 kW Hwa, KBS Korea South. Contrarily, Aoki/NDXC says it`s KCBS Pyongyang, NORTH Korea; but neither would propagate this early. Other RHC English frequencies with music are normal levels, 6165 and 6000, far better modulated on 6060. Something`s always wrong at RHC (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** FRANCE. 9790, July 29 at 0548, S5-S7 of big hum/buzz, atop trace of talk in unknown language. I bet it`s TDF Issoudun --- yes, HFCC has 500 kW RFI here in French at 04-05 to 140 degrees, 05-06 at 165 degrees, and 06-07 at 200 degrees (BTW, the first hour collides with CRI via Cuba in Cantonese!). How can MBR/TDF allow this totally dysfunxional transmitter to remain in use for months and months? Also affecting various other frequencies and transmissions thruout the day. No one notices and/or cares (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** NIGERIA. 7255-, July 29 at 0610, VON is AWOL again like 24 hours earlier. This also applies to other dayparts, as Richard Langley, NB reported to the WOR iog on July 27:

``Voice of Nigeria had trouble keeping the transmitter on 7255 kHz on the air today in AM mode. But then, at 1853 UT, a strong DRM signal came up on the frequency. Was this VoN or CRI testing? The DRM signal went off at about 1859.5 and immediately a strong carrier could be seen on the frequency and then the CRI IS began in advance of the usual Turkish broadcast in AM mode at 1900. As soon as the DRM signal appeared on 7255 kHz, I checked 15120 kHz and there was no signal there. All of this using the U. Twente SDR receiver``

And on July 13: ``As monitored using the U. Twente SDR receiver,
Voice of Nigeria's English broadcast on 7255 kHz (measured as 7254.931
kHz) beginning at 1800 UT had problems staying on the air. Off between
1807 and 1817 and between 1825 and 1851 UT. There was also co-channel
QRM from (presumably) PBS Xizang until 1805 and it was completely
obliterated once CRI's carrier came on a couple of minutes before 1900
for the broadcast in Turkish. When it was audible, Voice of Nigeria's
signal was only so-so and it was difficult to make out the accented
English at times``

Alan Roe, Teddington UK, reported 25 July: ``V of Nigeria heard back on air on 15120 in DRM mode with their English programme from 1820 tune-in on 25 July. SNR of 18+dB and good lock. They have been missing on this frequency for some time.``

Langley replied to that: ``Presumably parallel to 7255 kHz in AM mode. I have 7255 kHz recorded using the U. Twente SDR receiver with a fair signal but with a lot of QRN initially from, I imagine, local thunderstorms`` (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SOUTH CAROLINA [non]. 9330v WBCQ // 7570 WRMI, July 29 at 0048, Brother HyStairical with same severely degraded audio feed, strange ringing sounds making his horrible voice even more unlistenable.

This correlates with Kenneth Vito Zichi`s comment in the Michigan ARE Tipsheet, for 9330.1-AM, WBCQ, at 0249-0300 23/July: ``This was REALLY poor audio -- it sounded like he was using string and a tin can, or a REALLY poor telephone audio at most. Most of the audio was between 0-1500 Hz. Odd`` (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A [and non]. WORLD OF RADIO 1940 monitoring: confirmed UT Sunday July 29 at 0343 on WA0RCR, 1860-AM, Missouri, about 13 minutes into show so started late circa 0330. Good signal but hard to copy vs heavy storm noise level approaching us from the NW. Next:
Sun 2330 WBCQ 9330v to WSW [maybe]
Mon 0130.5 WRMI 5850 to NW, 7780 to NE
Mon 0300v WBCQ 5130v Area 51 to WSW
Mon 0330 WRMI 9955 to SSE
Mon 0400 WRMI webcast only, non-direxional
Mon 2330 WBCQ 9330v to WSW [maybe]
Tue 0030 WRMI 7730 to WNW
Tue 2030 WRMI 7780 to NE, 5950 to WNW [or #1941?]
Tue 2130 WRMI 5950 to WNW [or #1941?]

Full schedule for WOR on all outlets, not just SW; podcast linx:

** U S A. 11580, July 28 at 2133, WRMI Saturday-only activation with `SW Radiogram` beepery. The current webpage http://swradiogram.net/ for July 27-30 still does not include this airing on its own schedule, nor do I see any mention of anyone having heard/seen it last week, as I first reported. Unfortunately, I missed checking what was on during the first semihour from 2100; another DX program?? Did anyone hear it? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 5130.12, July 29 at 0057, WBCQ is too weak to listen to, other than measure the JBA carrier here, rather than circa 5129.83. Sometimes it`s 5130 plus, but usually 5130 minus. So are there two different transmitters, or one sometimes tuned up, sometimes down? I don`t find it varying in between (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 15809.9, July 29 at 0052, WTWW-3 is S6 and the OSOB with SFAW // 9475 WTWW-1, rather than // 5085 WTWW-2 with music.

5085, UT Sunday July 29 at 0103, WTWW-2 starting `Theatre Organ in the Ozarx`, and not // 15810- this week. Sounds like a repeat with Bob Heil tribute to his mentor Stan Kann --- as correctly spelt now tnx to research by Alan Roe; see https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stan_Kann --- with some of the same comments, but I *think* different music is being played than last week.

5085, UT Sunday July 29 at 0556, VG WTWW-2 still with that odd weekly talkshow, and a trace of a JBA carrier on 15809.9, maybe duplicating it if not SFAW. 0600 music fill; 0605 Dave Fluee says Stan[ton] Friedman is staying for another hour, apparently about UFOs, ``here on Southern Talk in the Midnight``; 0607 really resuming, mentioning three stations: KYIH?, KCAA and WTWW. Own website, really
says new affiliate is KYAH, 540 in Utah. NRC AM Log shows it`s in Delta, 1000 day, 13 watts night, as ``Truth Radio`` and ``Yah Radio`` with addresses in Kanosh 84637, and Portsmouth RI! (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 4840, UT Sunday July 29 after 0100, WWCR is still running `The Talking Machine Show` now judging from lo-fi ancient music recording, after having deleted it from Saturday 1700 on 12160. 3215, another WWCR is also still playing `Martha Garvin`s Musical Memories` at very same time; to compete with The Mighty KBC, 9925, but not a single 43 mb pirate to be heard this Saturday evening (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 9265, July 29 at 1328, WINB on early Sundays, music but carrier is heavily wobbling, obvious with BFO, not so obvious in AM tuning; someone, kick the transmitter? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

This report despatched at 1946 UT July 29


Glenn Hauser logs July 27-28, 2018  View Printable Version 
Saturday, July 28 2018

** CUBA. 15140, July 27 at 1747, once again I check RHC at this hour and find frequency on despite schedule, // 11760 Spanish; something`s always wrong? at RHC. 1754 startled to hear RHC ID in Esperanto --- listening closely, only amid a feature in Spanish about Esperantism. A congreso pending?

15140, July 28 at 1706, once again 15140 is running RHC Spanish, S9-S7 but squealy, unlike // 11760 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA. 13700 & 13740, July 28 at 1347, RHC AWOL from both 22mb frequencies, not due to propagation, since 15230 is audible, the SSOB and almost the OSOB on 19m. Something`s always wrong at RHC (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** GUATEMALA [non]. Okie Catholix are all excited because one of their own, undoubtedly a good man, is on track to sainthood, which ordinary Protestants cannot achieve. I normally would not cover such extraneous activities, but this is relevant because BlessÃd Stanley Rother founded and ran the almost-SW station many of us heard, La Voz de AtitlÃn, 2390 kHz. I also visited the vacated building a few years after it had ceased to exist. Here`s the latest in a long series of items from our local paper; his backstory is told over and over:


OKARCHE, Okla. â Catholics across Oklahoma, Arkansas and Guatemala will celebrate Saturday [July 28] the first feast day for Stanley Rother, a priest from Okarche who was killed in 1981 while serving as a missionary in Guatemala.

Last September, Rother became the first U.S.-born priest and first U.S. martyr to be beatified â a crucial step toward canonization as a saint, and a status in Catholicism honored with a feast day and the title "blessed."

"A feast day is a day designated by the Catholic Church to honor saints and blesseds," according to a press release from the Catholic Archdiocese of Oklahoma City. "The Church assigns one date out of the year for each saint, usually on the date of death. The saints are remembered on their feast days with special mention, prayers and sometimes with special scripture readings."

In honor of Rother's feast day, and his roots in Okarche, the Most Rev. Paul S. Coakley, Archbishop of Oklahoma City, will lead Mass at 5 p.m. Saturday [July 28, 2018] at Holy Trinity Catholic Church, 211 Missouri in Okarche. Members of the Rother family will be in attendance. . . [more]

(via gh, DXLD)

No doubt there will be more coverage of the event. KFOR-TV has already run many stories about him:

The search items are not dated, so which is the latest? This one from July 26, with audio-video:

I seriously doubt that Guatemala`s only SW station today, Radio Verdad, will take any notice of this, since they are evangelical, not Catholic; yet Christian & Abrahamist (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** NIGERIA. 7255-, July 28 at 0610, no signal from VON Hausa. Usually on, but sporadically missing (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** OKLAHOMA. 1000, July 28 at 0300 UT, on road back from OKC visit, at Okarche junxion of US81 and State Hwy 3, surprised to find KTOK OKC very weak, no match for the CCI, but can make out Dodgers baseball, not OKC, but LA, including local LA PSA concerning ``H204LA`` about water supply. Meanwhile, 930 WKY OKC is loud and clear, or rather clear but dead air during ESPND break, soon resuming.

What`s with KTOK? The answer from its night direxional plot:
which is dated 21 Mar 2018 --- as if it changes over time? Hardly, but most FCC AM Query plots display recent dates on them --- With two tight major lobes, one NNW which explains why we hear it well in Enid, and the other to the SE. Numerically for the fourth quadrant, in theoretical, and standard field strengths:

270 12.19 28.34
275 15.26 29.94
280 16.36 30.57
285 4.68 25.76
290 32.95 42.85
295 47.06 55.51
300 29.74 40.19
305 18.08 31.62
310 67.28 75.03
315 63.38 71.19
320 53.51 61.62
325 317.80 334.64
330 711.90 747.92
335 1161.24 1219.56
340 1557.18 1635.24
345 1798.37 1888.46
350 1829.59 1921.24
355 1658.97 1742.10

I would say Okarche is roughly NW = 315 degrees from site in south OKC. KTOK day and night power is the odd figure of 5.8 kW. Poor Okarche, home of proto-Saint Stanley Rother, can`t listen to the mostly far-right talkshows on KTOK. But pity the poorer would-be listeners at 285!

Day pattern is not so squeezed, but still with a notch toward the NW, as if faraway KOMO Seattle still need to be protected.

Here are daytime figures matching minimum signals in degree direxions:
305 529.02 556.05
310 489.69 514.80
315 505.66 531.54

While the maxima are:
135 1308.21 1373.85
345 1314.78 1380.75

BTW, three undefined sexions of bumpy US 81 between Okarche and Enid, much of it finally under repair, according to signage, are named as The President George W Bush Highway; the President George H W Bush Highway; and The President Ronald Reagan Highway (not in order). They are SO honored!!! Now, where, o where, are the Presidents Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton, Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton Highways? Not even a President Donald Drumpf Highway; yet (Glenn Hauser, Enid OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** OKLAHOMA [non]. See GUATEMALA [non]

** U S A. WORLD OF RADIO 1940 monitoring: missed checking Friday July 28 at 2330 on WBCQ 9330v, as I was viewing the excellent docu-movie about Mr Rogers, ``Won`t You Be My Neighbor``, in OKC. Patience; will eventually be on PBS `Independent Lens`.

Ivo Ivanov, Bulgaria, confirms:
GERMANY, Reception of World of Radio via HLR on 6190 CUSB, July 28
0631-0700 6190 GOH 001 kW / 230 deg CeEu English Sat, fair signal

My quick check amid next HLR broadcast, Saturday July 28 at 1444, via UTwente SDR, found nearly 100% readable, bothered only by some lightning crashes. Next:
Sat 2130 WBCQ 9330v to WSW [maybe, or 2330?] [axuallly, never heard
any more at 2130, 2230 or 2330, but this was the original
timing shift for Saturdays only]
Sun 0310v WA0RCR 1860-AM ND
Sun 1030 HLR 9485-CUSB to WSW
Sun 2330 WBCQ 9330v to WSW [maybe]
Mon 0130.5 WRMI 5850 to NW, 7780 to NE
Mon 0300v WBCQ 5130v Area 51 to WSW
Mon 0330 WRMI 9955 to SSE
Mon 0400 WRMI webcast only, non-direxional
Mon 2330 WBCQ 9330v to WSW [maybe]
Tue 0030 WRMI 7730 to WNW
Tue 2030 WRMI 7780 to NE, 5950 to WNW [or #1941?]
Tue 2130 WRMI 5950 to WNW [or #1941?]

Full schedule for WOR on all outlets, not just SW; podcast linx:

** U S A. 9955, UT Saturday July 28 at 0320, WRMI with World Music fill instead of `Moments in Bible Prophecy` as scheduled 0315-0330 UT Tue-Sat. 0329 Spanish ID by Dino; 0330 resumes another preacher in English, `Upward Look` as sked UT Sat only.

9955, July 28 at 1411, WRMI extended broadcast Saturday only with Blalock the Blaster. How can anyone stand to listen to him? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. Tonight`s `AWWW` on WBCQ, UT Saturday July 28 from 0000 --- I don`t hear any of it, since I`m at an event in OKC, but the ever-reliable John Carver files his report, in keeping without our custom altho not a gh log at all:

``Show started on time this evening. Poor signal on seven four ninety so listening to fifty-one thirty this evening. Allan is on a political rant this evening and fifty-one thirty quickly goes to hell and I switch to ninety-three thirty to follow the program.

Sorry but the upper row of number keys have quit working for some reason. Will try to have that fixed before next week.

So far Angela has reverted to her former subdued state. Allan still ranting and throwing around four letter words, all concerning the Trump bashers.

Ninety-three thirty starts having problems by OOsixteen. A very strange radio evening. Allan stated that if he were the president the Corporation For Public Broadcasting would cease to exist. Also attacked the internet, calling it "the tower of Babel".

From ootwenty-seven my copy of the program degrades. Back to fifty-one thirty by oothirty-two trying to hear what's being said.

Phone call from Freddie at oothirty-six breaks up the rant a bit. Freddie said he hesitated to call it a rant and Allan assured him that it was a rant..

Antenna for the FM translator was installed this past week on a four hundred foot tower. Phone call at ooforty-six from a ham wanting to know if the super station and the FM translator were going to interfere with his radio. Allan assured him that all the new equipment WOULD interfere with his radio usage and that hopefully next week he could outline some steps for people to take to lesson the effect of the RFI.

Reading of emails began at oofifty-two. Hard to tell for sure as I could barely copy the program. Someone sent an email accusing Allan of not paying taxes and being a hypocrite. Couldn't copy Allan's response. Then into the Free Radio Weekly. Prayer at oonehundred and off the air at ooneotwo. I think Tom Barna may have said something about the FM translator right before reading of emails commenced but can't say for sure. John, Mid-North Indiana`` (via gh, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 11520, July 28 at 0606, WEWN English is on at S3-S4, after missing last night (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 15809.959, July 28 at 1343, JBA carrier, signature off-frequency must be WTWW-3; on for something special?

Check 5085 WTWW-2 and find it on at odd daytime hour of 1412, Ted says, ``Live in Lebanon from the middle-Tennessee hamfest``, and into ``Sunshine`` tune by Jonathan Edwards (what to do with hamfest??). 5085 is S9 but poor vs local noise level of S9+10!

But 15810- is NOT // 5085, as it fades in a bit to S2-S4, rather SFAW // 5830, WTWW-1 night frequency still on, and not yet 9475. 5830 is S9+10 vs QRN level of only S9, and is the OSOB.

15810-, next check at 1703 July 28, now VG and // 9475 VG SFAW. 9930 is not on, but can detect 5085 still running at midday, VP in noise level (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 12160, Saturday July 28 at 1703, WWCR NOT with `Talking Machine Show` of ancient cylinder recordings mostly music rather than talk, but instead a talking gospel huxter has replaced one of WWCR`s best shows! The July 1 edition of online pdf program schedule for WWCR-3 still claims TMS (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

This report dispatched at 2040 UT July 28


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