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Glenn Hauser logs February 10-11, 2018  View Printable Version 
Sunday, February 11 2018

Hauser
** ALASKA [non]. MADAGASCAR. 9810, Feb 10 at 1956, ``KNLS`` theme music, poor with flutter, i.e. MWV Russian hour concluding, 100 kW at 355 degrees (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CANADA. 223 kHz MCW, Feb 11 at 0709 UT tuned to 224, I get a dash and beacon ID starting with Y-, but too weak to be sure of next two letters. Dxinginfocentre.com shows the only one around here is YKA in Kamloops BC. If it`s 3 letters starting with Y and a dash, chances are it`s Canadian.

245 kHz, Feb 11 at 0712, MCW dash and YZE, which is at Gore Bay, Ontario. Where`s that? On the north shore of Manitoulin Island, between Georgian Bay and Lake Huron. I`m pulling it under a stronger signal from FS, also on 245 but a different pitch; see U S A (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA. 15579, 15510, 15443; 15298, 15229, 15159, 15094, 15023, 14952, 14881, 14810, 14740, 14670! Feb 11 from 1503, RHC-FM spurs out of AM 15370 transmitter, at these very approx. centers, each spreading up to 10 kHz wide. Intermittently, clear FM program audio cuts on the closer ones, otherwise mostly noise --- wiggle that patchcord! Fortunately, the tenth-order 14670 one is very weak and CHU can still be copied. That leads to an average separation of 70 kHz, a bit more than usual (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** ERITREA. 7181.55, Feb 11 at 0515, S7 talk and drumming, as VOBME is still propagating on its signature split frequency; no QRDRM jamming audible, and nothing heard from the other one on 7140.

As in WRTH 2018 page 514, the ``7180asm`` transmitter also carries clandestine for Ethiopia, Ginbot 7 Dimts Radio, at 0300-0330 Tue/Thu/Fri, and 0330-0400 Sunday; 1500-1530 Thu/Fri/Sun and 1530-1600 Tue, all // MW 837/840 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** NIGERIA [non]. 11530, Feb 10 at 1942 check, R. Herwa International 1930-2000 via WRMI is VG on the air this Saturday, unlike last weekend. Also JBA carrier on 9580, presumably other relay via FRANCE (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SAUDI ARABIA. 9675, Feb 10 at 1952, TÃrkish recitation with musical background, good modulation, S9 fading to S6, 2000 ``Burasi ---`` ID. It`s BSKSA at 18-21, 500 kW, 340 degrees from Riyadh also USward, overkill for a nearby target (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SWAZILAND. 6120, Feb 10 at 0509, M&W in English scripted dialog, fair, from TWR scheduled 0501-0700, 50 kW, 233 degrees from Manzini. There is nothing but South Africa in that direxion, included in CIRAF 57 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U K [non]. I am seldom monitoring during the 05 UT hour, but it proves to be a rich one for BBCWS offbeam reception. A bandscan starting at 0504 Feb 11 finds news on all these: 5875 S9+10, 5925 S9+25, 6005 S9+15 with RHC 6000 splatter, 6190 S8; none found on 7, 9 or 11 MHz bands until 0521 even 12095, averaging S5 and the SSOB on an otherwise almost dead band. Despite the over-generous S-meter readings, none of these are armchair as would be the case if BBCWS were still deliberately broadcasting to North America. Sources:
5875, 125 kW, 65 degrees from ASCENSION
5925, 125 kW, 114 degrees from ASCENSION
6005, 250 kW, 27 degrees from ASCENSION
6190, 100 kW, 15 degrees from SOUTH AFRICA
12095, 250 kW, 19 degrees from SOUTH AFRICA
(Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 245 kHz, Feb 11 at 0712, beacon FS, which is Sioux Falls - Rock SD, per dxinfocenter.com; underneath it at a different pitch I pull out YZE in Ontario; see CANADA. Is Rock the name of an airport? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. WORLD OF RADIO 1916 monitoring: Not confirmed, Sat Feb 10 at 2235 & 2257 chex, on WBCQ 9330: no signal. Usually it would be audible at this hour if on the air. This transmitter reported to be down with problems, so there may be no 0030 otherday broadcasts either TFN.

Confirmed, Sat Feb 10 at 2300 on WRMI 7780, fair S9-S6. Also confirmed UT Sun Feb 11 at 0200 on WRMI 7780. Also confirmed on WA0RCR, MO, 1860-AM, S9+10, UT Sun Feb 11 ending at 0449, so started circa 0420.

Next:
Mon 0030 WBCQ 9330v-CUSB to WSW
Mon 0400v WBCQ 5130v Area 51 to WSW
Mon 0430 WRMI 9955 to SSE, 9455 to WNW
Tue 0030 WRMI 7730 to WNW
Tue 0030 WBCQ 9330v-CUSB to WSW
Tue 2030 WRMI 7780 to NE, 9455 to WNW [or #1917?]

Full WOR schedule via all media, podcast access:
http://www.worldofradio.com/radioskd.html
(Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 5130, Feb 10 at 2257, WBCQ audible with BS, presumably having been on air all day. By 0005 UT Sunday Feb 11 check, Timtron is heard, so BS still cedes to Area 51 programming rather than the ``24 hours`` he claims. Recheck at 0458, 5129.85 with a song not BS and unreadable announcement with a crowd, S9+5/15, perhaps `Lost Discs Radio Show` as on 5130 sked, no ID, 0500 cut back to BS in progress. Now he`s praying someone will give him 10 megadollars, not just one, so he can ``finish his work``. Hey, me too! (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 9455, Sat Feb 10 at 1948-1950, VOA news, 1950 ID and 1951 back to Oldies on WRMI. From 2000 it should switch to diverse programming block // 7780 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 7780, Sat Feb 10 at 2258, WRMI ending VOA News relay with Ann Ball, so must be in Oldies service, 2259 ID and a minute of ``It Had to Be You`` before cutting to WORLD OF RADIO at 2300 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 17775, Feb 10 at 1943, YL preaching in English, undermodulated but strong, KVOH reconfirmed with new Saturday-only English broadcast, unlike a week ago when it was JBA (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. Trans-Atlantic JBA MW carriers: not a complete bandscan but checked a few spots and heard carriers or hets, Feb 11 at 0521+ on 621, 0530+ on 1044(2), 1125(2), 1215.

BTW, Absolute Radio, surely source of the 1215 signals, has applied to ``reduce AM coverage by 5%``. Try to figure out what that mean from this 22-page pdf via Hansjoerg Biener:
https://www.ofcom.org.uk/__data/assets/pdf_file/0006/111003/Absolute-Radio-proposals-to-reduce-AM-coverage.pdf
WRTH says they have 14 stations on 1215 totaling 560 kW on this ex-BBC frequency (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

This report despatched at 1723 UT February 11

 

Glenn Hauser logs February 9-10, 2018  View Printable Version 
Saturday, February 10 2018

Hauser
** ANGUILLA. 11775, Feb 10 at 1525, no signal from CB/TUN/DGS/PMS. Have not heard this for a few days now, nor 6090 at night; but you never know if and when it will pop on next (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** BRAZIL. 4774.887, Feb 10 at 0727, poor signal with talk, Spanish from Perà or Brazuguese from Brasil? More like the latter. Music playing in background. Both are very close to 4774.9. WRTH shows R. Congonhas at 0800-0100, but during DST for one more week only in Minas Gerais, it could be starting one UT hour earlier. This is confirmed by Brandon Jordan`s
``LA Bandscan for s/off and s/on times Jan 23 2018 0145-1220 UT:
4774.9 B R. Congonhas, Congonhas-MG *0707
4774.9 PRU R. Tarma, Tarma 0207* *0946``
(Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA. 6100, Feb 10 at 0725, RHC English is OFF this frequency; while 6165 & 6000 are undermodulated, 6060 good but with het (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** JAPAN. 9680, Sat Feb 10 at 1507, nice piano recital of Clair de Lune, then Liebestraum, whence? At first I was thinking Voice of Hope Africa which is on now weekends; after all, they have a jazz show, so why not classical? But no proselytizing interrupts and schedule shows Jack van Impe, certainly not this unless default fill for missing program.

Could be CNR1/jammer? No, that`s echo-talking on 6180 at 1514. I try to // 13680 for Zambia but JBA carrier there. 1523 still piano on 9680 but fading and fluttery; 1529 announcement seems Japanesely intoned. Aoki/NDXC has the answer, at 1455-1700, NHK Japanese due west from Yamata. VOHA could have chosen a clear frequency but instead confronts, China, Taiwan, Japan (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** NIGERIA [non]. 11530, Fri Feb 9 at 1953 check, R. Herwa International via WRMI; and seems // 9580 FRANCE but just too weak on direct reception. Question is whether these will be off Sat & Sun like 11530 was last weekend (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** OKLAHOMA. 530, Feb 10 at 0735, quick check of K530AM, Vance AFB, as I am about to do a TA carrier bandscan, finds it is still running the hurricane-preparedness PSA despite Enid being 500 miles inland (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SOUTH CAROLINA [non]. 5129.82, Feb 10 at 0027, this WBCQ is on with music; by 0032 it`s Brother Scare giving phone numbers to listen in America and Europe and website for online hearage. And then says that his 24-hour SW broadcast has changed to 5130. Recheck 5129.84 at 0733, same announcement, claiming thrice that 5130 is ``24-hours``!

Possibly an exaggeration, as that would mean the end of Area 51, and Larry Will seems confident that will really continue. Maybe the deal is, BS will fill in all other available time on 5130v.

At 0753 Feb 10 a similar announcement except this time instead of SW info he refers to Global Star satellite. Is any of this on the website by now? The homepage now says that *most* SW has been discontinued, while the radio schedule page has nothing about what still exists, and refers only to four other satellites and streaming [and phoning!], and ``will not be broadcasting on AM/FM radio and Shortwave.``

This is a LIE, as Overcomer was never off WWCR or WBCQ; after his Dec 18 arrest, Brother Lester`s WHRI dropped him immediately, followed shortly by Brother Jeff`s WRMI, Spaceline Bulgaria, and eventually in January by Brother Dave`s WWRB. But the cash flow from psychophants eager to forgive his tribulations must be picking up, at least for all that satellite time (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SPAIN. 15390, Feb 9 at 1958, REE is very distorted as usual, weaker but clear on // 15500. Why in the world do they keep running a transmitter so defective? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A [and non]. WORLD OF RADIO 1916 monitoring: not confirmed UT Sat Feb 10 at 0030 on WBCQ 9330: JBA carrier. Brother Scare has switched to 5130 due to problems with the 9330 transmitter, so it may remain iffy whether WOR airs audibly or at all. See SOUTH CAROLINA [non] and USA: WBCQ.

Ivo Ivanov, Bulgaria, reports: GERMANY, Reception of World of Radio via HLR on 6190 CUSB, Feb 10
0730-0800 on 6190 GOH 001 kW / 230 deg to CeEu English Sat, fair/good
http://swldxbulgaria.blogspot.bg/2018/02/reception-of-world-of-radio-via-hlr-on.html

WOR 1916 not confirmed, the Sat 1531 on HLR Germany 6190-USB, not checked on UTwente SDR until 1555 Feb 10, hearing only Vietnamese from CRI Beijing and mixing Mongolian from PBS Xinjiang, Urumqi, not a bit of English from gh or anyone. 1556 CRI theme and off leaving Mongolian alone; *1558 hit by ACI from 6195 BBC chimes, for 1600 Farsi via Oman (and obviously the extension to *1500, same parameters registered in HFCC effective 1 Feb has not really taken place, a slight benefit for HLR would-be listeners). Before 1600, 6190 is back on with Chinese song and 2+1 timesignal. Next:
Sat 2030v WA0RCR 1860-AM ND
Sat 2230 WBCQ 9330v-CUSB to WSW
Sat 2300 WRMI 7780 to NE
Sun 0200 WRMI 7780 to NE
Sun 0410v WA0RCR 1860-AM ND
Sun 1130 HLR 9485-CUSB to WSW
Mon 0030 WBCQ 9330v-CUSB to WSW
Mon 0400v WBCQ 5130v Area 51 to WSW
Mon 0430 WRMI 9955 to SSE, 9455 to WNW
Tue 0030 WRMI 7730 to WNW
Tue 0030 WBCQ 9330v-CUSB to WSW
Tue 2030 WRMI 7780 to NE, 9455 to WNW [or #1917?]

Full WOR schedule via all media, podcast access:
http://www.worldofradio.com/radioskd.html
(Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 9395, Fri Feb 9 at 2112, WRMI is axually broadcasting `The Power Hour`, instead of Oldies music, and continues to do so for rest of this hour at least, at further chex: 2129.5 announcing a 5-minute break for commercials (tnx, I`ll go away during; not that I will really resume listening at 2134.5 except to confirm it still runs), and still2 past 2157 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 5130v, Feb 10 at 1453, maybe a JBA carrier, as WBCQ is allegedly running Brother Scare now 24 hours on this frequency. Of course it will be useless here so far away in the daytime. See also SOUTH CAROLINA [non]. Is he aware or does he ever mention that he is still on WWCR bigsigs, not curtailed at all?

7490 webcast, Feb 10 from 0100, `Allan Weiner Worldwide` says he is not going to be political and proceeds to praise acting president Drumpf ``who is actually doing something``. I cannot listen any further, but John Carver provides his weekly summary of what ensued:

``Show started approximately on time on 5130. Allan and Angela in the studio in FLA. Talk opened with a defense of Trump and confusion about why people dislike Trump so much. Believes that we should cease construction of new roads and simply maintain what we have.

Touched on the loss of Fred Flintstone and Ramsey by the station. Said he'd received several emails asking about them. Said he's not sure what happened unless it was burnout. Said they both got flaky on him and were really upset about transmitter fire as if it was his fault. Said that Fred had gotten just plain nasty to him in emails and posts and that he has been nothing but supportive of Fred and his illness, even giving him free airtime at times. He said that Ramsey also got very upset about being moved to another transmitter after the fire and made a big scene about it. Says he has no idea what the real problem is.

Allan announced that Jeff White of WRMI had donated a fifty thousand watt transmitter to the station. It's sitting on a trailer at Allan's house in FLA and he will be taking it to the station in the spring. Says the transmitter will have to be completely rebuilt so it will still be a while before it is ready to go after he gets it to the station. [Would that be WRMI`s original Wilkinson inherited from Radio ClarÃn, Dominican Republic, the one moved to Okee from Hialeah? ---gh]

Stated that most of the money donated so far had gone for clean up and repairs of transmitter building and paying his electrician, so wants people to continue to donate so they can buy the parts to rebuild the transmitter.

He announced that Brother Stair is moving to 5130 as the transmitter on 9330 went down this morning and needs some major repair. Stated that Brother Stair should have the charges against him dropped after the way the government conducted the raid on the compound, saying that he has suffered enough already. Said this is no way to treat a prophet of God.

Then read an email that was a joke about the tax system in this country. Phone call at 0141 from Mr. Transistor, Norm, interrupting the reading of an article from Kim Andrew Elliot about CRTs and analog TV. Signal dropped to S5 with a fair bit of noise making some parts of the discussion hard to copy. Talk with Norm was mostly about difficulty of receiving a good digital TV signal over the air, especially in rural areas.

Reading of emails began at 0152. One emailer took Allan to task for promoting hate with some of the programs that air on his station and also for his defense of Brother Stair. Allan again explained the free speech policy of the station and assured the writer that he did not agree with everything that everyone said on the broadcasts. He also pointed out that until Brother Stair is convicted by a jury of his peers he is innocent and he is appalled by the rush to judgement that is so popular in this country at the moment. Show was off the air at 0200 and 5130 went into Brother Stair. While I didn't listen to much of it, it did sound like something recent. John, Mid-North Indiana`` (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. Trans-Atlantic? JBA MW carrier search, Feb 10 at 0735-0744 UT, R75 in USB mode 1 kHz below, pre-amps off: 585, 612, 621, 675, 693, 702, 882, 909, 972, 999, 1044, 1062, 1089, 1098, 1215, 1413, 1422, 1503, 1512*, 1584. The sun is upping over Europe, but all these haven`t quite faded out yet. OTOH, by now the sun is just setting upon Wellington, so NZers could propagate, tho most of them are lower-powered (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. 6135, Feb 10 at 1456, quite a carrier amid heavy North Korean noise, but no program modulation at all detectable; carrier continues past 1502+. We were wondering if this could be Madagascar via longpath, in the absence of a Juche jamming target, Voice of Freedom on some other frequency. Nothing else is known on 6135 at this time. Maybe the carrier is part of the jamming in this case?

There are remnant traces now of much weaker LP signals from Ethiopia, Eritrea, Sudan on 7237, 7140, 7181.55, 7205. Madagascar used to turn 6135 off at 1500 sharp (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. 9968.9-USB, Feb 10 at 1506, 2-way in colloquial Spanish, intruders? The first words I recognize being ``c*Ão`` and ``p*ta``. One is tempted to think that most mejicanos are foul-mouthed, if they can`t even clean it up for public transmissions, but bathe in anonymity. QRM from splatter out of the BS Sabbath service clapping on 9980 WWCR (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. 12105, Feb 9 at 1955, JBA carrier as I am checking whether WTWW-3 be on the air again like yesterday. Surely it would be stronger if on, as neighbor 12160 WWCR is S7-S9. Or maybe it`s WTWW exciter only? Per Aoki/NDXC, the only other user of 12105 is RFA Tinian in Burmese at 1230-1430. And it still shows the long-gone language rotation for WTWW when it was `Bible Worldwide`. HFCC and EiBi agree about Tinian, and EiBi has eliminated WTWW (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

This report despatched at 1836 UT February 10

 

Glenn Hauser logs February 8-9, 2018  View Printable Version 
Friday, February 09 2018

Hauser
** ARGENTINA [non]. 9395, Feb 8 at 1945, WRMI with music fill instead of RAE in German, one month after it was supposed to commence. Remonitored across hourtop 2000, no break, no ID but ME world-music plays on. New sked grid updated Feb 7 still claims RAE Deutsch & Italiano to be on 9395 at 19-21 UT (which would have been M-F only) (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CHINA [non]. 7360, Feb 8 at 1956, Chinese instrumental music, not Firedragon, S9-S7 and off at 1957*. Would be more interesting propagation if direct, but listed as concluding a bihour in French, 150 kW aimed 310 degrees also USward via ALBANIA (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA. 15570, 15509, 15440, 15302, 15233, 15163, 15095, 15030, 14952, 14897, 14818, 14744, 14674? Feb 9 at 1457, RHC-FM spurblobs out of 15370-AM transmitter at these very approx. centers up to 10 kHz wide. The closest ones are strongest, and the furthest ones barely detectable by the F# tone if nothing else. At first scan, 15570 is a trace, but at 1507, now it`s strong, plus further-uppers, 15642, 15710, so everything is constantly fluxuating. Also today, there seems to be a general hash level across the entire 19m band, including between the blob peaks. Readable FM audio only on the closer ones, for `Sonido Cubano` music show. By 1600, 15370 and its constellation are off, while 15230 is uncovered still on AM for another minute until 1601* (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** EGYPT. 9570, Feb 8 at 1941, S9-S5 JBM signal, no doubt R. Cairo as scheduled in JBM German (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** NIGERIA [non]. 11530, Feb 8 at 1939, R. Herwa International via WRMI is VG, and this time I try for // 9580 via Issoudun, FRANCE direct --- and I do hear a weak signal sounding the same. Next task: try to measure the asynchrony (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** OKLAHOMA. 530, Feb 8 at 2005-2010+ UT, I monitor our local station which I have not bothered to log for a long time. Incredibly boring program of a few PSAs played over and over, viz.:

1, Lock your doors and windows, trim bushes, get an alarm to discourage burglaries: from ncpc.org and US DOJ = National Crime Prevention Council (if Drumpf hasn`t eliminated it yet)
2, teach children to beware of internet, ncpc.org, USDOJ, Ad Council
3, discouraging sending nude pictures of yourself lest your dad see you topless, www.cybertipline.com, DOJ; really salacious-sounding
4, are you an embarrassment on the dance floor? Then consider adopting a child from foster care, 888-200-4005, HHS and Ad Council [non sequitur]
5, (kid voice), asthma attack prevention, www.noattack.org, 1-866-noattacks, EPA, Ad Council. 1-866-noattac is sufficient!

After 5 minutes they start repeating, as reconfirmed Feb 9 at 1705-1710+. An amateur ID with heavy background noise interrupts one of them but not always at the same spot, ``Enid, Oklahoma, you are listening to K-530-AM, operated by Vance Air Force Base``.

There used to be a bunch of other PSAs, which may or may not appear at different hourparts, such as what to do when a hurricane hits (Enid!?)

You may notice that the subjects of these helpful advisories have nothing to do with the USAF or anything military. K530AM presumably exists to deal with genuine emergencies such as a plane crash or terrorist attack, but I have my doubts. There is also an electronic sign on a street approaching the base advising of its existence. It`s generally audible on caradios around Enid, but unfortunately happens to be 430 kHz away from 960, which is 430 kHz away from 1390, our two local broadcast stations, a mixing product which gets boosted under powerlines even near Vance.

K530AM is obviously a made-up call. I can`t think of any DX loggings of this, presumably circa 10 watts. Richard Allen nearby cannot help but have heard it, but I am unaware if the few other Okie DXers in Tulsa, Shawnee or Hooker have ever reported it. Like any other 10-watt TIS/HAR station it`s barely possible to DX by skywave. A few miles away, it can`t overcome ordinary household noise level, and at night it is easily nullable to get Cuba. I believe I have heard it on the road close to NW OKC.

I am reminded to draw attention to K530AM, since looking at seemingly exhaustive list of TIS/HAR and ordinary broadcasters on 530 at:
http://www.mwlist.org/mwlist_quick_and_easy.php?area=3&kHz=530
we see it does NOT exist! In OK there are only two, in OKC, WNWU499 with no further info. And WPTZ990 on MLK Drive (neither of which I have heard on visits). Listings are in order by callsign, not location, so you have to search on ``OK``.

Yet I am credited as one of the sources, and have reported K530AM a number of times in past. The fact that it is not in an FCC database, as under USG military control, should not make any difference. So please add it to the list!

Northward from here, there is a Kansas Turnpike Authority station near South Haven on 530, which relays Wichita NOAA Weatherradio, and I have also reported, but nothing from Kansas on 530 is listed either. There are a few others further up the Turnpike (Glenn Hauser, Enid OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 13565, Feb 9 at 1513, K6FRC HIFER beacon barely audible with CW IDs over and over. Figured this would be a good time for its 1.8 milliwatts, as KVOH is inbooming on 17775-; both Californian, altho Patterson is 258 miles = 415 km from Simi Valley (or if driving, 298/479) (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. WORLD OF RADIO 1916 monitoring: not confirmed Thu Feb 7 at first check circa 2235 UT, 5850 WRMI not on air! But OK in progress at 2242 check, VG S9+10, and finished at 2259.5 so playback must have started on time at 2230.5 even if transmitter not on yet. (And R. Tirana relay follows, JIP at 2300.5.)

WOR 1916 confirmed, UT Fri Feb 8 at 0030 on WBCQ, 9330.1v-CUSB, fair --- despite having been replaced by Brother Scare 24 hours earlier who I thought said he was now on 9330, 24 hours. Well, back to normal today. So never mind my assumption that our 9330 broadcasts were deleted. All we can do is keep monitoring to hear what may happen next.

BTW, I can`t help but notice that no other DX program host to my knowledge, in English or any other language, keeps reconfirming and reporting on their own broadcasts; why not? I consider this essential to keep up with what`s really happening, as stations make changes without notice, and there can always be technical problems. Next:

Sat 0030 WBCQ 9330v-CUSB to WSW
Sat 0729 HLR 6190-CUSB to WSW
Sat 1531 HLR 6190-CUSB to WSW
Sat 2030v WA0RCR 1860-AM ND
Sat 2230 WBCQ 9330v-CUSB to WSW
Sat 2300 WRMI 7780 to NE
Sun 0200 WRMI 7780 to NE
Sun 0410v WA0RCR 1860-AM ND
Sun 1130 HLR 9485-CUSB to WSW
Mon 0030 WBCQ 9330v-CUSB to WSW
Mon 0400v WBCQ 5130v Area 51 to WSW
Mon 0430 WRMI 9955 to SSE, 9455 to WNW
Tue 0030 WRMI 7730 to WNW
Tue 0030 WBCQ 9330v-CUSB to WSW
Tue 2030 WRMI 7780 to NE, 9455 to WNW [or #1917?]

Full WOR schedule via all media, podcast access:
http://www.worldofradio.com/radioskd.html
(Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A [and non]. 9330.2, Feb 8 at 1939, very poor signal from WBCQ, can`t tell if BS but presumably on extended (test?) schedule.

9330.159v-CUSB, Feb 9 at 0639, gospel huxter going on and on about Noah, not BS, and seemingly not from TOM at all, as BS is running on unparallel 5890 WWCR. By 0658 this UT Friday, Cuban spynumbers are way atop WBCQ on 9330, S9+20.

9330, Feb 9 at 1432, nothing audible (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 7780, Feb 8 at 1945, can`t detect even a carrier from this WRMI, which had been scheduled on air all day with Oldies. Now I suspect it`s off between 15 and 20. Recheck 1958, now 7780 is on // stronger 9455 Oldies, in preparation for the 20-21 UT variety programming hour. 7780 is off again at 1515 Feb 9, while 9395 // 9455 go back to Oldies.

O, the skedgrid at
http://www.tinyurl.com/WRMIfqs
has just been updated as of Feb 7, indeed showing a 7780 break at 15-20 (except Sundays 16-20). What else has changed? It implies 7780 at 13-15 is on air Sundays only with religion, leaving `The Power Hour` repeat weekdays at 13-15 to be on 9395 only. `TPH` live M-F at 21-23 is still supposed to be on 7780 // 9395, but most of the time if you really listen in, it`s not!

9395, Feb 8 at 2115, Biermann ID breaking Oldies for VOA News with Ann Ball. She makes three stumbles in the first minute which also includes an axuality of some newsmaker.

9395 // 9455, at 01-02 is a variety programming block, including a new `Grateful Dead` hour on UT Tuesdays, as opposed to plain old `Oldies` on UT Wednesdays (and `Countdown to Xmas` UT Mondays, `Jazz from the Left` UT Thursdays). BTW, nonexistent 11580 is still shown on the program grid in several blox.

9455, Feb 7 at 1945, Bob Biermann Oldies ID claiming to be on 9455 and 9395! There are so many exceptions to this, that canned IDs saying that need to be carefully managed (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) See also ARGENTINA [non]

** U S A. 9474.974, Feb 8 at 1942, WTWW-1 with SFAW, carrier is steady now without the fast hiccuping heard the past few days. It`s always off-frequency-minus. Still OK Feb 9 at 1451 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 12105, Feb 8 at 1948, surprised to find WTWW-3 on the air, as almost daily bandscans have found it missing since Xmas. Now it`s S9+20 of gospel country music, and as usual, carrier is wobbling slightly and modulation is somewhat distorted. But, I measure it right on 12105.00! (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 17774.990, Feb 9 at 1509, KVOH is S9+30; other days it`s a JBA carrier if any this early. Is this entirely due to propagational variations? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) See also K6FRC

UNIDENTIFIED. Trans-Atlantic JBA MW carrier search continues to be very productive except for being too weak for any audio: Feb 9 at 0659-, USB tuning 1 kHz below, R75 preamps off:

531, 558, 585, 603, 612*, 621, 684, 693*, 738, 774 (vs IBOC noise from what? Not WBBM, something from 760?), 783, 801, 846, 855, 882, 909*, 936, 954, 999, 1008, 1035, 1044, 1053, 1089, 1098, 1125, 1152, 1188, 1197, 1215*, 1224(2), 1296, 1306, 1314(2), 1341, 1413(2), 1485(2), 1503, 1521, 1539, 1575, 1602.

* = stronger ones. (2) means I can hear an unsteady het indicating more than one carrier beating on slightly different frequencies. Additional channels missing could well be due to temporary fades as I go by (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

This report dispatched at 1840 UT February 9

 

Glenn Hauser logs February 7-8, 2018  View Printable Version 
Thursday, February 08 2018

Hauser
** CANADA. Some more LW NDB logs after TA carriers: seems I get more from Canada than the US! in random tuning; IDs per dxinfocentre.com:
284, Feb 8 at 0656, QD and dash: The Pas, Manitoba
317, Feb 8 at 0659, VC and dash: La Ronge, Saskatchewan
351, Feb 8 at 0700, YKQ and dash: QC FORT RUPERT - WASKAGANISH --- where is that? At the SE corner of James Bay not far from Ontario
(Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA. 15085, 15155, 15230, 15300; 15440, 15510, 15555, Feb 8 at 1502, RHC spurblobs out of 15370 are extremely distorted and wider than usual, will not even decode in FM mode tuning. Frequencies very approximate, the outer ones JBA. Something`s always wrong at RHC (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SOUTH CAROLINA [non]. 9330v-CUSB, Feb 7 at 2151, Brother Scare is still here on WBCQ, as heard earlier this morning (but nothing audible from neighbor 9265 WINB). AND he is *still* going UT Feb 8 at 0030 when I check for WORLD OF RADIO. Poorly audible, but I think he says at this opportune moment that he is now on 9330, 24 hours a day! By 1600 UT Feb 8, there is nothing about this on The Overcomer website, still claiming no SWBC at all, tho he never left WBCQ or WWCR; nor anything on the WBCQ website.

9330, Feb 8 at 1456, JBA signal with hardly any carrier; by 1531 there is enough reduced carrier to measure it on 9330.179 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A [and non]. WORLD OF RADIO 1916 monitoring: confirmed Wednesday February 7, S9+10 at 2200 starting on WBCQ 7489.992v --- BUT recheck 2206, it`s dead air! I keep monitoring and no modulation past 2230 so `Goddess Irina` is also affected. There was also a break in transmission of about a sesquiminute until resumed at *2221. (Recheck at 0027 Feb 8, still/again? DA on 7490; must be a serious problem).

9330, UT Thu Feb 8 at 0030, VP signal when WOR is supposed to air, but instead am still hearing reactivated sex molester Brother Scare, who has been on 9330 all day, say that he is now on 9330, 24 hours a day! There is nothing about this on the TOM or WBCQ websites. Awaiting confirmation from Allan. If correct, thus ends a 2-year span of daily WOR broadcasts on 9330 WBCQ, which Allan surprisingly gave us in Feb 2016. Easy come, easy go. I can only hope there is some spare time for us on the other transmitters now. Next:
Thu 2230.5 WRMI 5850 to NW
Sat 0729 HLR 6190-CUSB to WSW
Sat 1531 HLR 6190-CUSB to WSW
Sat 2030v WA0RCR 1860-AM ND
Sat 2300 WRMI 7780 to NE
Sun 0200 WRMI 7780 to NE
Sun 0410v WA0RCR 1860-AM ND
Sun 1130 HLR 9485-CUSB to WSW
Mon 0400v WBCQ 5130v Area 51 to WSW
Mon 0430 WRMI 9955 to SSE, 9455 to WNW
Tue 0030 WRMI 7730 to WNW
Tue 2030 WRMI 7780 to NE, 9455 to WNW [or #1917?]
(Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 7490 & 9330, WBCQ: drastic problems and programming changes: See SOUTH CAROLINA [non]. USA [and non] WORLD OF RADIO monitoring.

7490, Feb 7 at 2205-2230+ and Feb 8 at 0027 recheck, dead air from WBCQ; by 0057 it`s faded to a JBA carrier so can`t be sure if air is still dead or not (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 7780 // 9395, Wed Feb 7 at 2203, WRMI playing Oldies: ``One Night in Bangkok``, 2205, ``I Get Around``, instead of `The Power Hour` (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 9475, Feb 8 at 1456, WTWW-1 is still rapidly cutting off and on, roughly 8 times per second, but I can tell the rate itself is varying slightly. On BFO it seems the carrier is shifting rather than cutting off completely. At this fast clip, it`s hard to tell which. For several days now, and Ted is apparently oblivious to this serious defect (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 1710, Feb 8 at 0611 UT, seems Spanish talk, then soft song; 0651 UT screaming gospel huxter, so RetÃn lo que Tienes, persistent BÃton Rouge pirate (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. Trans-Atlantic JBA MW carrier search. Lots of reports from even the west coast of carriers earlier this evening, UT Feb 8, so I make an effort to do my bandscan an hour earlier than I usually do; on the R75 with E-W longwire.

First in USB mode, 9 kHz steps, 1 kHz below the Eurafrican frequencies to hear the 1 kHz het they produce, Feb 8 at 0552-0600: 531, 558(2), 585, 603, 612, 621*, 639, 666, 684 (vs IBOC), 693(2), 711, 729(2), 747, 774*, 837, 855, 873, 882, 909, 836, 972, 999, 1008, 1017, 1026, 1044*, 1053, 1089, 1098, 1152, 1179, 1197, 1215*, 1296, 1341, 1413, 1521, 1539, 1575, 1584. *the stronger ones but still no audio

Then I do it again in LSB mode, stepping 1 kHz above the carrier frequencies, Feb 8 at 0606-0610: 531, 549, 567, 612, 621, 639, 666, 684, 693, 711, 747, 774, 801, 846?, 855, 882, 936, 954, 1044, 1053, 1089, 1098, 1116, 1125, 1152, 1215, 1305, 1503, 1521, 1575, 1584, 1602.

Looking at others` reports, I think that a lot of these are coming from the UK or Spain, on the frequencies they occupy. I am being especially observant for the known off-frequency stations circa 595, 711, 917, 1053, but no luck yet (except for 711+ Western Sahara recently). (Local spur circa 595 from KZLS-1640 I had such fun tracking down a couple years ago is not heard lately even in daytime, just rechecked Feb 8 at 1659 UT.) (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

This report dispatched at 1706 UT February 8

 

Glenn Hauser logs February 6-7, 2018  View Printable Version 
Wednesday, February 07 2018

Hauser
** ANGUILLA. 11775, Feb 7 at 1937 check, CB is still off (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** ARGENTINA [non]. 9395, Feb 7 at 1929, WRMI still playing World Music fill instead of RAE in German. At 1946 it`s the Cuban Milonga (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA. 6005-6040, Feb 7 at 0651, jammer spike spurs out of 6030 against Radio MartÃ, are spreading further than usual, QRMing i.a. 6005 BBC WS Ascension (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA. 6100, Wed Feb 7 at 0650, RHC English is very poor here, both in signal level and undermodulation; in fact, it`s bothered by splash from 6105 Algeria via France, at 05-07. RHC // 6165 is JBM; // 6000 slightly more modulated; // 6060 as usual far lounder; and // 5040 even better and less harsh than 6060. I had intended to check whether Arnie`s Tuesday/mit-week `DXers Unlimited` was back after suspension for surgery; did anyone notice? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA. 15440 & 15300, 15510 & 15230, 15580 & 15160, 15649 & 15090, 15020, Feb 7 at 1450, RHC-FM spurblobs out of 15370-AM are indeed back today after a day off yesterday. This time spaced at almost 70 kHz intervals, ensuring one will land right on another intentional RHC frequency, 15230. This time I have arranged them (mostly) in pairs, first-, second-, third-, fourth-order. I wonder if it`s simply a matter of how the transmitter is tweaked, perhaps by different operators, one of whom does it correctly occasionally (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CYPRUS [non]. 9455 // 9955, Feb 7 at 1441, WRMI with `FG Radio`, latest episode apparently filling with Brahms symphony. Heard same at another late tune-in, Feb 6 at 1456 until cut to Okeechobee Ocean ID at 1459.5 and 9955 off*. To hear it from the start, let`s round up all the current airtimes for FG Radio: Tue 1445 9955 & 9455, Wed 1430 9955 & 9455, Wed 2100 9455, Thu 0245 9955, Thu 2245 9455 & 9955, Fri 1015 9455, Sat 0445 5985 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** INDIA. 11560, Feb 7 at 1534, AIR news in South Asian English, accent hard for us to understand, interspersed with longish clips in Hindi? apparently Moji; S9-S7 with flutter. Per HFCC it`s 500 kW, 325 degrees from Bengaluru, at 1300-1715. But WRTH 2018 pp. 471-472 says Panaji, GOA, at 1530-1545 English, following 1315-1415 Dari & 1415-1530 Pashto. Jose Jacob`s definitive but azimuthless updated schedule
http://qsl.net/vu2jos/sw/freq.htm
says all of that is via Bengaluru, Karnataka, certainly likely from strength and normal modulation (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** INDIA. 9445, Feb 7 at 1941, AIR GOS, South Asian song, fair with flutter, 1944 English times and frequencies, ``goodbye``, 1945 into Hindi hour, but English to resume at 2045. Nothing audible yet on // 7550 but usually audible later in our afternoons. HFCC shows azimuths are 325 and 300 respectively, both for Europe (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** NIGERIA [non]. 11530, Feb 7 at 1928, WRMI ID/IS loop before programming to start at ``top of hour``. 1931, R. Herwa International is underway mentioning its nemesis, Boko Haram. Usual VG signal even over here. 1939 recheck, dead air! for at least most of a minute I stayed with it.

1958 I`m back on computer just in time to check UTwente SDR for // 9580 via FRANCE: yes, there it is with same language until 2000* without any RMI ID; 11530 over there was maybe a trace (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SAUDI ARABIA. 11820+, Feb 7 at 1936, huge signal in Arabic speech, peaking 60 dbu on the PL-880 with eaves wire on the porch. At first I figure it has to be something new from Greenville, but no, only thing sked her HFCC is BSKSA, 500 kW, 320 degrees USward but intended for Europe, from Riyadh, at 1800-2300.

It`s much stronger than two other Saudi services for/about Yemen, 11745 & 11860, but both of which are better than usual at this hour.

At 2006, I try 11820 on UTwente, and find it Qur`aning, typically off-frequency plus, best circa 11820.3; 2008 Saudi ID (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SOMALILAND. 7120, Feb 7 at 2000, since I have UTwente SDR running on 9580 for Herwa, once it`s off, quick retune to here and hear a few seconds of HOA music, then good carrier with dead air until a few seconds before 2004*. So that was Radio Hargeisa on its extended schedule. Need to check it some time at 1930 whether there`s really news in English as per WRTH (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. Best two next times to hear new WORLD OF RADIO 1916:
Wed 2200 on WBCQ 7490
Thu 2230 on WRMI 5850
(Glenn Hauser, OK, Feb 7, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 9330.108v-CUSB, Feb 7 at 1536, this unscheduled WBCQ is on again, with reactivated Brother Scare post-jailing, but still charged with sexual molestation, etc., running 20 seconds ahead of incomparably stronger 9980 WWCR. Still going at 1926 recheck, poor. Too bad 9330 tests are no longer radiating WBCQ-FM programming, AWWW or WOR repeats (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 9455, Feb 7 at 1929, WRMI with different music, Oldies, than World Music instead of RAE German on 9395; but of 9455, the // 7780 is inaudible, off? Minimum propagation however at midday. At 1940, 9455 starts VOA News relay with Steve Miller. Hope they stayed with it for full 5 minutes, unlike me (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) See also: ARGENTINA [non], NIGERIA [non]

** U S A. 21525, Feb 7 at 1943, R. Africa Network via WRMI is poor-fair with fades, unusually better than the JBA carrier; maybe some sporadic E is trying to build up. YL in political comments about Trump, nuclear war, Iran. Via WRMI grid, we find the link which in turn eventually leads to its program schedule grid
https://www.radiopanam.com/listen/schedule/
which is in PST (UT -8), repeating 4-hourly (and in a month will it then be PDT UT-7?). So what`s on Wednesday at 9:43 am PST? `Power of the Word`. Sked is dated January 2018, but I am wondering if it really match what go out on 21525, rather than a webcast? That has autolaunched from the Listen page, whether I want it or not. There doesn`t seem to be anything African-orientated about the programming, but then, what would you expect from an organization called Pan-American Broadcasting? Oh, under the Impact tab there`s a Radio Africa Network page but which leads to nothing but a <4 minute YT propaganda video. Will WRMI ever be mentioned there? Yes, starting at 2:30 with shots of the antennas and control room (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 9475, Feb 7 at 1442, WTWW-1 with rapid carrier dropouts, this time amounting to 6/second or 360/minute, higher than last count. At 1940 it`s only about 5/second, or 300/minute. Hasn`t Ted noticed? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** VATICAN. 11615, Feb 7 at 1533, good S9-S7 in presumed Amharic, newish service from Vatican News, mentioning Vatican, Catholic, Zuma in news headlines with frequent stinger. Another example of how well SMG can ``serve`` audiences in opposite direxion of intended, 113 degrees (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. Trans-Atlantic JBA MW carrier search turns up lots of them, Feb 7 at 0657-0706: 531, 558, 585, 603, 621, 639, 666, 684, 693, 729(2), 774, 783(2), 801, 855*, 882, 909*, 936, 1017, 1044, 1053, 1089, 1098, 1116, 1125, 1152, 1188, 1197, 1215*, 1296, 1305(2), 1368, 1458, 1485, 1539, 1575(2). *stronger ones but not enough for audio on any of them (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. 1710+, Feb 7 at 0709, two very weak carriers here, one very slightly on hi side, like 1710.002, the other further up, like 1710.025, one with JBA music, from a couple of pirates (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

This report dispatched at 2111 UT February 7

 

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