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Glenn Hauser logs March 14-15, 2020  View Printable Version 
Sunday, March 15 2020

Hauser
** CANADA. 258-MCW kHz, March 15 at 0552, dash and ZSJ, which is a

1000-watt ND Beacon from Sandy Lake, Ontario, the only one on 258 per
dxinfocentre.com -- first time heard since Dec 28.

340-MCW kHz, March 15 at 0558, dash and YY, 500-watt NDB at Mont-Joli,
QC. See also UNIDENTIFIED 278 (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

** CUBA. 13780, March 14 at 1343, RHC again here ex-13740 and // much
stronger 13700. By 1417, 13780 is still on with noisy dead air.

13756.580, March 14 at 1419, RHC spur VP. Not like the loud FM/AM
spurblobs sporadically out of 13700, rather clearly audible in AM mode
and precisely measurable with BFO; also is 56.58 kHz displaced, rather
than 66-70 kHz. I look for a match on the minus side and find a JBA
carrier on 13644.53, but calculated spot would be 13643.42 so maybe
that`s just a birdie. Something`s always wrong at RHC (Glenn Hauser,
OK, WOR)

** CUBA. 15370, March 14 at 2015, RHC S9+20 in distorted Brazuguese,
while 15140 is in French. Both these had been scheduled at 2100-2130,
so bumped one real hour earlier. Something`s always wrong at RHC
(Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

** CUBA. 17480, March 14 at 2247, 5-digit spy numbers alternating with
digibeepery, S1-S4 and nothing higher on the 17 or 18 MHz bands (Glenn
Hauser, OK, WOR)

** CUBA. 6000, March 15 at 0543, RHC English JBM with crackle; 6060 VG
S9+10/20; 6100 S9+10 undermodulated; 6145 VP S7-S9; 5040 S9+10/20 and
distorted. Something`s always wrong at RHC(Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

** GUAM. 12035, March 15 at 1456 VP music; thought it might be another
Turkey overrun past 1430, but KSDA is scheduled 1430-1500 in
Myanmarianese; VOT sandwiched between this and Kununurra in Hindi
before 1330. Much weaker than really TRT 11815v still on in Turkish
(Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

** GUATEMALA. This isn`t a log but wrapping up(?) discussion of postal
service here, following my log of 4055, Radio Truth announcing a
postal address, P O Box 5, Chiquimula. From Chuck Gessner, W3ON to the
WOR iogroup:

``Hi All, I sent an email to Dr. Madrid, the General Manager and
Director of Radio Verdad Guatemala yesterday, regarding postal mail to
and from Guatemala.

His comments were very interesting. Here is some of what he wrote.

`Here's how Postal Mail is in Guatemala: Private mail ceased
permanently, as they never got an agreement with the government.
The government is now operating to some extent the old official Post
Offices. The problem is that it is not operating fully. They are
operating on a partial way. We are not allowed to send any mail out,
but we may receive mail from other countries (very scarcely). I have
received several mail from the US and from Mexico, but not many. Mail
from other countries take much time to arrive, although they may
eventually get to us.

I have been checking for your registered mail you sent in January, but
is has not arrived yet. I was informed that we may send postal mail
within Guatemala already, but not to other countries. They have
announced several times that postal mail will start functioning
normally, but it hasn't happened yet.

Dr. Édgar Amílcar Madrid
General Manager and Director
Radio Truth
Chiquimula, Guatemala, C. A.`
------------------------------------

Glen[n], et al., In my perspective the best way to reach Radio Verdad
is via the 'radioverdad5@yahoo.com' email service. I do know that when
I asked for a QSL card for some monitoring a few months ago, he
responded via email, with email attachments. I had tried to send Radio
Verdad a donation via PayPal. But it was suspended at the time. I
don't know if that situation has been sorted out. I have also sent a
donation via U.S. Registered Mail in late January. As of this date in
mid March, Radio Verdad has not received it.

So, to say that regular postal mail is somewhat elusive, is not to
exaggerate. In my correspondence a while ago, I was going to try to
send a donation via some of those overseas banking systems, as it
appears that Radio Verdad can get monies that way. But my local bank
balked when I requested that. I suppose that one could send Radio
Verdad an email, and ask for guidance. To me, its such a shame that
the Guatemalan government doesn't have this straightened out as this
is a long time problem. I have read where one can use services such as
FedEx to send stuff to Guatemala. I have not tried that.

Anyway, that's what I know. I sure hope that gets straightened out.
Radio Verdad Guatemala does IMHO, very good work in its coverage area.
All you have to do is look at the Radio Verdad Guatemala YouTube
channel to see some of its activities. I believe there may be a link
to it on the Radio Verdad web page. 73 de Chuck W3ON`` (Glenn Hauser,
OK, WOR)

** INDONESIA. 7165-LSB, March 14 at 1409, YD3BIH ham in contact and
foneticizing his call, so I can look it up for sure at QRZ.com:
``YD2BIH flag Indonesia AGUNG DWI SETYAWAN, KENDAL 51355, Indonesia``
Kendal is in Central Java. I was looking for special VI3RA in this
area of the 40m band, no luck (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

** KUWAIT. 17550.550, March 14 at 2012, JBA carrier as I am trying to
hear the alleged 20-24 UT RK broadcast to C&W NAm in Arabic, contrary
to Propagation 101.

Last Sept 17 at 2121, I had an unID JBA carrier on 17550.6. While it
was propagating last summer, heard in August and June on 17550, not
offset; in May it had been offset-minus. However, Radio Kuwait often
aired off-frequencies by 0.6 or 0.7 kHz (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

** OKLAHOMA. 88.3 WBFM, March 14 at 1721 UT, NO signal from K202BY,
even as we drive close by the site on a jaunt into the country west of
Enid. This was the original Family Radio satellator which crashed or
messed up the band for many months, then sold to translate 99.1 KJIL
Copeland KS, and came back on air Feb 1 with much improved signal --
new transmitter? in fact causing new ACI to 88.1 KWOU Woodward, and I
had to move my RF feeder frequencies somewhere else. May have been off
for a day or two but until now had seemed funxional with no problems.
Still off March 15 circa 1630 check.

BTW, via KWOU I heard GM Dick Pryor claim that thru its relays, KGOU
reaches 46 (of 77) OK counties. I wonder if he includes Garfield here
where the signal is so marginal. Absence of K202BY helps, especially
on the west side of Enid and/or with some tropo (Glenn Hauser, OK,
WOR)

** SCOTLAND [non]. 5850 // 5010, UT Sun Mar 15 at 0100, `Encore`
classical music from Radio Tumbril via WRMI succeeds this week, not
only on publicized 5850 but also on companion 5010; thisaway 5010 is
much weaker; at Bogotá KiwiSDR, 5010 is better but not very strong.

Next airing is to be the final one on WBCQ, UT Mon Mar 16 at 0000 on
7490.2v; and then at 0200 on WRMI 9455. Unfortunately this week`s
playlist is not up yet, rather last week`s for 07/3, at:
https://www.tumbril.co.uk/playlists
(Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

** SLOVENIA. 14275-USB, March 14 at 1427, CQ Contest over and over
from S57DX; see https://www.qrz.com/lookup/s57dx
``S57DXflag Slovenia, SLAVKO CELARC, OB IGRISCU 8, 1360 VRHNIKA,
Slovenia`` (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

** TURKEY. 12035, Sat Mar 14 at 1356-1403+, VOT English S8-S3 with
Turkish songs, a time when I was expecting to hear `Letterbox`.

5960, Sat Mar 14 at 2317, no signal from VOT English to us, another
no-show; so the Mighty farty KBC should have no worries this week from
5960 after 0000. Something`s always erroneous at Emirler (Glenn
Hauser, OK, WOR) See also GUAM

** U S A [and non]. WORLD OF RADIO 2025 monitoring: 15770, Sat Mar 14
at 1340 I awaken to a JBA carrier from WRMI, so was probably also on
at 1300 for WOR. Yes, Ivo Ivanov reports from Bulgaria with clips of
the first and last parts; but did it join 3 minutes late after BS?:

Weak/fair signal of World of Radio #2025 and Shortwave Radiogram #143,
March 14


https://swldxbulgaria.blogspot.com/2020/03/world-of-radio2025-and-shortwave.html

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7uUhYmGpgt0
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k2OEkzsEfy0

``1200-1303 on 15770 RMI 100 kW / 044 deg to WeEu English Brother
HySTAIRical TOM and
1303-1330 on 15770 RMI 100 kW / 044 deg to WeEu English Sat World of
Radio#2025 and
1330-1400 on 15770 RMI 100 kW / 044 deg to WeEu English Sat Shortwave
Radiogram#143``

Also confirmed UT Sunday March 15 starting at 0330 on WA0RCR, 1860-AM,
Wentzville MO, sufficient at Peoria IL KiwiSDR, VG direct to here
S9+20/30 but with storm crashes from NE Texas. Next:

2130 UT Sunday WRMI 7780 to NE
0130 UT Monday WRMI 7780 to NE, 9395 to NNW
0230 UT Monday WRMI 7780 to NE
0300vUT Monday WBCQ 5130v Area 51 to WSW
0330 UT Monday WRMI 9955 to SSE
0900 UT Monday Unique Radio NSW 5045-USB or 3210
1901 UT Monday IRRS 7290 Romania? to WNW
0100 UT Tuesday WRMI 7780 to NE
2100 UT Wednesday WBCQ 7490v to WSW
0100 UT Thursday WRMI 7780 to NE

Full schedule including AM, FM, webcasts, satellite, podcasts:
http://www.worldofradio.com/radioskd.html
(Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

** U S A. 5085, March 15 at 0546 tune-in, just in time to hear some
dead air and turn off the air. WTWW-2 closings are extremely variable.
Earlier I found 5830 WTWW-1 on air weakly but it too off now (Glenn
Hauser, OK, WOR)

UNIDENTIFIED. 278-MCW kHz, March 15 at 0554 UT, beacon ND with long
dash, implying Canadian; no such listing at DXinfocentre.com and
classaxe.com --- miskeyed? Difficult copy amid lightning crashes from
NE Texas (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

UNIDENTIFIED. 7473-7497 approx., March 15 at 0537, OTH radar pulsing
over almost 25-kHz range, Russian? Would bother 7490v WBCQ if on
earlier (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

This report despatched at 1953 UT March 15

 

Glenn Hauser logs March 13-14, 2020  View Printable Version 
Saturday, March 14 2020

Hauser
** GUATEMALA [and non]. 4055, continuing postal discussion:

Vince Ferme, Ottawa ON, replies: ``I remember when this was announced.
It likely went to the UPU as well. In this case, any competent postal
service would not accept this piece of mail.

Now, check the following links, nothing newer, so the current
situation is anybody's guess:

https://www.canadapost.ca/web/en/blogs/announcements/details.page?article=2017/10/05/guatemala&cattype=announcements&cat=updates

https://www.canadapost.ca/web/en/blogs/announcements/details.page?article=2018/11/06/mail_and_parcel_serv&cattype=announcements&cat=updates

Service on paper does not mean service in reality. The mailbags may
all be ending in a paper recycling facility in Guatemala City.
Regards, Vince, Ottawa, ON``

And from Leonardo Santiago, Mérida, Venezuela:

Hi Glenn, in a previous contact with Dr. Madrid at the end of 2019, he
told me the same thing; they cannot send out any postal correspondence
due to the lack of postal services in Guatemala since about a couple
of years (as far as I can remember). In fact, he sent me a scanned QSL
card instead of a printed one along various e-souvenirs for an
e-report on Radio Truth.

You also asked if there was another country in the world with a
similar situation, and I wanted to add my country. Venezuela is facing
a similar problem with the national public postal service known as
IPOSTEL, standing for Instituto Postal Telegráfico.

It happens that they are unable to send letters and packages out, but
they are handing out what enters to the country only. According to
them, it is due to the lack of transport, car parts and lack of
gasoline (this is what they have told me in my recent visits to the
local post office).

Notwithstanding, although dxer Jorge Medina in Punto Fijo, Falcon,
told me that he was receiving some QSLs in November last year, I sadly
say that I personally haven't received anything yet, although many
QSLs and packages were announced to me via e-mail even since June the
2019.

So, just in case somebody is reporting a radio station from Venezuela
attempting a QSL verification, my recommendation is to add his e-mail
address or WhatsApp contact for a more probable answer, although many
stations can be contacted via FB or e-mail. 73s, Leonardo Santiago,
Mérida, Venezuela``

Also, some extraneous punxuation dysfunxionalized URLs in Ron Howard`s
previous report; fixed:

https://www.lonelyplanet.com/guatemala/post

US Postal Service website currently shows service to Guatemala.
https://postcalc.usps.com/

Online I noted: "Effective April 6, 2019, the U.S. Postal Service™
restored mail service to Guatemala."
http://accessworldwide.net/2019/04/25/mail-services-to-guatemala-resumes/

Please do not attach any punxuation, like () or periods, to URLs
(Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

** U S A [and non]. WORLD OF RADIO 2025 monitoring: confirmed 0130 UT
Saturday March 14 on WRMIs: 5010 fair as I am listening to Bogotá
remote; 7780 sufficiently fair via UTwente SDR; Direct: 5850 VG S9+20,
7780 JBA, 5010 VP S9 in noise. Next:

0900 UT Saturday Unique Radio NSW 5045-USB or 3210
1300 UT Saturday WRMI 15770 to NE
1930vUT Saturday WA0RCR 1860-AM
0300vUT Sunday WA0RCR 1860-AM [nominal 0315]
0900 UT Sunday Unique Radio NSW 5045-USB or 3210
2130 UT Sunday WRMI 7780 to NE
0130 UT Monday WRMI 7780 to NE, 9395 to NNW
0230 UT Monday WRMI 7780 to NE
0300vUT Monday WBCQ 5130v Area 51 to WSW
0330 UT Monday WRMI 9955 to SSE
0900 UT Monday Unique Radio NSW 5045-USB or 3210
1901 UT Monday IRRS 7290 Romania? to WNW
0100 UT Tuesday WRMI 7780 to NE
2100 UT Wednesday WBCQ 7490v to WSW
0100 UT Thursday WRMI 7780 to NE

Full schedule including AM, FM, webcasts, satellite, podcasts:
http://www.worldofradio.com/radioskd.html
(Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

** U S A. 7490.20V down to 7490.19V to 7490.18V during the hour, 2358
UT Friday March 13 to 0100 UT Saturday March 14, WBCQ at first closing
by the FKB gospel-huxter referring us to his further broadcasts,
Saturday 9-9:30 pm on WINB 9625 [sic], and 8-9 pm [zone?] on WWRB
3215. This is the guy who phones in his show in real time.

5130 never comes on tonight, but I am listening to 7490V direct on SW,
not webcast. At 0000 except for a few beeps, dead air until 0102:35
join in progress the end of ``William Tell Overture`` theme with time
for only one final interjexion, ``pot roast``, on `Allan and Angela
Weiner Worldwide`. He starts wondering how long they`ve been ``off the
air``. Referring to preceding gap, or ``has it been 3 months since the
last live show?`` Says interrupted hiatus because of ``craziness``,
i.e. run on toilet paper, on and on about that.

It`s God`s will to unfurl these particles visible only through an
electron microscope. ``God help us if we had any other president.``
He`s already been taking calls including annoying Freddie. ``It`s hot
in Florida; Angela likes to go around half-nekkid all the time.``
Finally at 0030 confirms it`s the 13th of March, YOOL 2020. Reads an
opinion piece by an anti-socialist college student who thinks the
Mainstream Media are brainwashing younger generation, until 0043. 0058
benedixion thanking God for something, again cut off incomplete at
0059:45, no Amen, by automation switch to canned ID and into Hal
Turner show right on time 0100. [see also WRMI: 5800]

Here`s John Carver`s version: ``Tonight's AAWWW --- show started a bit
over two minutes late this evening on 7490. There was no signal on
5130. Allan and Angela in the studio in Fla. Says they decided to do a
show because of all the craziness in the world. Opens with talk of the
Corona Virus and the shortage of toilet paper. Phone call at 0006 from
the April Time Lady which generates more toilet paper talk. Phone call
at 0011 from Freddie and more toilet paper talk.

Then a serious talk about the virus and other Corona types. Stressed
that the manufacture of medicines should be brought back to the US
instead of overseas. Long reading of an inspirational paper forwarded
to the station.

We are reassured several times that WBCQ will continue on for us no
matter what happens. Several spot checks during the first forty-five
minutes of the program never found a signal on 5130. Allan did say
that in the near future 6160 and 3265 would be returning to the air
with programming. Reading of emails at 0055. Closing prayer at 0058.
Program was off the air at 0100 in the middle of the closing prayer.
Other than the mention of 6160 and 3265 there was no station info this
evening. John, Mid-North Indiana`` (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

** U S A. 5800, UT Sat Mar 14 at 0100, this WRMI is starting `Hal
Turner` show // much stronger 9455, and also // WBCQ 7490v, but thus
abolishing RAE relay in Spanish. No, it was not shifted to the
previous hour as SMTV was still on 5800 past 0000. Is it somewhere
else on schedule now? The transmission grid still shows RAE [Spanish]
at 0100 on 5800 from System H; but the H grid only shows Alameda and
Wavescan. It does show RAE Spanish at 22-23 M-F on System D 5010: I
have assumed this was long outdated info but have not deconfirmed it
lately. Note that in previous report, Taiwan is scheduled to
experiment with Spanish on WRMI 5800, at 0100-0130 UT March 16-17-18.

9395, UT Sat Mar 14 at 0110, I`m trying to tell whether Argentina in
English is now here one hour earlier, but direct and via numerous
remotes tried, just too weak to be sure. And why is this so much
weaker than Turner on 9455 if both are on same azimuth 355; not same
powers? (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

This report dispatched at 0355 UT March 14

 

Glenn Hauser logs March 13, 2020  View Printable Version 
Saturday, March 14 2020

Hauser

** COLOMBIA. 6010, March 13 after 2200 & 2300 check, no signal from
HJDH to Bogotá KiwiSDR. Not heard since test? UT March 10 (Glenn
Hauser, OK, WOR)

** CUBA. 11880, still off the air March 13 at 2120 & 2155, but *2200
RHC on weakly direct in French. Via Bogotá KiwiSDR, in Portuguese
before 2300, 2300 switch to English, first item about someone killed
near the RHC studios. Sufficient but not super reception, while //
5040 is not making it there at all. Somethng`s always wrong at RHC
(Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

** GUATEMALA. Re TGAV announcing a postal address on 4055: So I wonder
what happen if a North American send p-mail to P O Box 5. Is it
intercepted and returned before it go there? Or just vanish, along
with any r.p. enclosed. Someone must have tried it, perhaps unaware of
the ban.

Is there any other country in the world which has dispensed with
postal service??

Harold Sellers, Vernon BC, Canada replies: ``I was in Guatemala in
January. The people there told me that there has been no postal
service for a number of years. If important documents have to come in
or go out of the country, private courier companies must be used.``

And Ron Howard, Asilomar State Beach, CA replies on the WOR iog:

Hi Glenn, Curious situation with Guatemala mail. Found this online:

"The privatised Guatemalan postal service is currently suspended, due
to a years-long contract dispute with the government. For the time
being, the only option for sending or receiving mail / packages is
through an international courier. FedEx, UPS and DHL all operate in
Guatemala."
https://www.lonelyplanet.com/guatemala/post.

US Postal Service website currently shows service to Guatemala.
https://postcalc.usps.com/

Online I noted: "Effective April 6, 2019, the U.S. Postal Service™
restored mail service to Guatemala."

http://accessworldwide.net/2019/04/25/mail-services-to-guatemala-resumes/.

Ron, California`` (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

** JAPAN. 774, March 13 at 1157 I`m awake so hasten to check out some
TP carriers -- NHK has some audio here, heralded by the ToH TS chime
prolonged at 1200. See UNIDENTIFIED for what else (Glenn Hauser, OK,
WOR)

** MEXICO. 650, March 13 at 1229 some Mexican music mostly atop WSM,
1230 into choral NA, 1232 Radio 65 jingle and opening `Buenos Dias,
Yarderos`, signature wake-up show. Not a bigsig, but glad still to
hear XETNT Los Mochis, Sinaloa, which really gets out; no other XEs
heard now in the 540-730 range. LSR here: 1244 (Glenn Hauser, OK,
WOR)

** TAIWAN [non]. 7430, March 13 after 0100, no signal from the
publicized RTI Spanish test via unknown site. Via Nino Marabello, a
third series of tests has been scheduled, all these frequencies
obviously WRMI, so should be fulfilled:

``Estimado oyente, Las anteriores pruebas de frecuencia por la onda
corta de la sección española de Radio Taiwán Internacional no fueron
exitosas, por lo que realizaremos nuevas pruebas por 3 días, entre
lunes 16 y miércoles 18 de marzo de 2020.
Destinos: Sudamérica 16 al 18 de marzo 01:00-01:30 UTC 5800 kHz;
Centroamérica y Cuba 16 al 18 de marzo 02:00-02:30 UTC 5010 kHz;
España 16 al 18 de marzo 22:00-22:30 7780 kHz.``

5800 at 0100?? Won`t that pre-empt Argentina in Spanish, or has that
been moved? (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

** U S A [and non]. WORLD OF RADIO 2025 monitoring: confirmed Friday
March 13 at new time of 2200 UT, first American SWBC, fair-good S9/+10
on WRMI 9955 -- just a trace of pulse jamming at first, not later.
About the same quality via Bogotá KiwiSDR. Next:

0130 UT Saturday WRMI 5850 to NW, 5010 to S, 7780 to NE
0900 UT Saturday Unique Radio NSW 5045-USB or 3210
1300 UT Saturday WRMI 15770 to NE
1930vUT Saturday WA0RCR 1860-AM
0300vUT Sunday WA0RCR 1860-AM [nominal 0315]
0900 UT Sunday Unique Radio NSW 5045-USB or 3210
2130 UT Sunday WRMI 7780 to NE
0130 UT Monday WRMI 7780 to NE, 9395 to NNW
0230 UT Monday WRMI 7780 to NE
0300vUT Monday WBCQ 5130v Area 51 to WSW
0330 UT Monday WRMI 9955 to SSE
0900 UT Monday Unique Radio NSW 5045-USB or 3210
1901 UT Monday IRRS 7290 Romania? to WNW
0100 UT Tuesday WRMI 7780 to NE
2100 UT Wednesday WBCQ 7490v to WSW
0100 UT Thursday WRMI 7780 to NE

Full schedule including AM, FM, webcasts, satellite, podcasts:
http://www.worldofradio.com/radioskd.html
(Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

** U S A. 9330, March 13 at 1825, WLCR via WBCQ is off, still off
1905, but on with Arabic at 2006. Why the lapses? (Glenn Hauser, OK,
WOR)

UNIDENTIFIED. Trans-Pacific JBA MW carrier search, March 13 from 1200
after hearing the NHK chime timesignal at 1200 on 774; on the DX-398
with DF where obvious: 702, 693-NW, 666, 594-NW, 567 kHz.

702, at 1209 a slow SAH, one from WSW; also until 1215: 747-NW, 792,
828, 882-WSW, 972, 1035, 1125-WSW, 1297(2), 1512 kHz.

Then I switch to the R75 with E-W longwire, so no DFing, 1219-1229 UT:
657(2), 828, 1035, 1242, 1422, 1521; 558, 567, 594, 693, 729, 747(2),
711. Enid LSR: 1244 (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

This report dispatched at 2321 UT March 13

 

Glenn Hauser logs March 12-13, 2020  View Printable Version 
Friday, March 13 2020

Hauser
** CANADA. 2598-USB, March 12 at 0616, YL in French marine weather,
poor, at a time when nothing is supposed to be active among the NL
stations.

2749-USB, March 12 at 0616, another collision between Canadian coast
guard stations, and again at a time unscheduled for any of them in the
Nova Scotia-Quebec area. Better signals than 2598. Same RoboYL voice,
at first one in English, the other in French, 0619 both in French.
Almost every sentence ends before a pause with `vendredi soir`` =
Friday evening. Isn`t anyone paying attention at CCG? Are no mariners
complaining to them about this? By 0621, just one is on, and at 0627
in English (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

** COLOMBIA. 6010, March 13 after 0000 UT and recheck 0320, still no
signal again from Alcaraván Radio, or the Voice of Thy Conscience
(Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

** CUBA. 6000, March 12 at 0014, RHC is S9+20 but JBM and suptorted in
English, also some Spanish crosstalk; then English mod faded up a bit,
and it`s // clear undermodulated English on 6145, S9+20. Last night
RHC seemed to be starting the two English frequencies around 0100 but
tonight evidently they are trying for 0000. Something`s always wrong
at RHC (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

** CUBA. 6010v, March 12 at 0020, trying for COLOMBIA, I have a JBA
signal which is wobbling, perhaps caused by Doppler flutter, or two
stations slightly apart beating, one of them unstable. A slight peak
sounds like Chinese; or is it Spanish? Not Portuguese. Nothing else is
scheduled at this time but BRAZIL. Then I remember a previous finding:
another Cuban leapfrog mixing product of 5990 over 6000 another 10 kHz
beyond. At 0035 on second radio I can CONFIRM // audio 6010 and 5990,
so that`s exactly what it is now. The fulcrum RHC frequency 6000 has
to be on air at same time, and so it is tonight with undermodulated
English. Something`s always wrong at RHC (Glenn Hauser, OK, WORLD OF
RADIO 2025)

** CUBA. 13780, March 12 at 1352, RHC here ex-13740; change or
mistake? Have used 13780 before; no obvious reason to move back and
forth. By 1437, 13780 is off. Still on 13700, spurless. Something`s
always wrong at RHC (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

** CUBA. 11880, March 12 at 2255, RHC in Brazuguese, and 2300 into
English. Finally four days after the imposition of yanqui-inspired
DST, RHC have found this transmission, moved one UT hour *later*
instead of logical earlier, ex-2200. Now probably at 2200 is French
ex-2100. 11880 was back on air yesterday but in Spanish before and
after 2300. Something`s always wrong at RHC (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

** EAST TURKISTAN. 13570, March 12 at 1353, poor signal in French; CRI
via Kashi/Kashgar at 1200-1357. Not usually audible here on the edge
of the ISM band (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

** GUATEMALA. 4055, March 12 at 0604, Radio Truth signing off in
English requesting reports to PO Box 5, Chiquimula, address! Then same
in German. Yet Dr Madrid has said over and over that there is no
postal service in Guatemala, e-mail only, certainly for outgoing
eQSLs. Is there postal or isn`t there? (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

** PERU. 5980, March 12 at 2351, another Chaski-check finds JBA
carrier autocutoff at 2351:53.5*, which is 18 seconds earlier than
last check 9 days ago, March 3 at 2352:11.5*, i.e. right on the mark
of 2.0 seconds each. Not much jamming with which to contend this time
(Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

** U S A [and non]. WORLD OF RADIO 2025 contents: Antarctica,
Australia, Bolivia, Canada, Colombia, Cuba, Ethiopia non, Guinea,
Ireland, Italy non, Korea South, México, Monaco non, North America,
Oman, Perú, Romania, Scotland non, Taiwan non, Turkey, USA, Vanuatu;
DRM; propagation outlook

WOR 2025 is available as of 0057 UT Friday March 13
(mp3 stream) http://www.w4uvh.net/wor2025.m3u
(mp3 download) http://www.w4uvh.net/wor2025.mp3

Or via http://www.worldofradio.com/audiomid.html
Also linx to podcast services.

The shortwave broadcasts should be:

0900 UT Friday Unique Radio NSW 5045-USB or 3210
2200 UT Friday WRMI 9955 to SSE
[usually starts with heavy jamming but maybe abates]
0130 UT Saturday WRMI 5850 to NW, 5010 to S, 7780 to NE
0900 UT Saturday Unique Radio NSW 5045-USB or 3210
1300 UT Saturday WRMI 15770 to NE
1930vUT Saturday WA0RCR 1860-AM
0300vUT Sunday WA0RCR 1860-AM [nominal 0315]
0900 UT Sunday Unique Radio NSW 5045-USB or 3210
2130 UT Sunday WRMI 7780 to NE
0130 UT Monday WRMI 7780 to NE, 9395 to NNW
0230 UT Monday WRMI 7780 to NE
0300vUT Monday WBCQ 5130v Area 51 to WSW
0330 UT Monday WRMI 9955 to SSE
0900 UT Monday Unique Radio NSW 5045-USB or 3210
1901 UT Monday IRRS 7290 Romania? to WNW
0100 UT Tuesday WRMI 7780 to NE
2100 UT Wednesday WBCQ 7490v to WSW
0100 UT Thursday WRMI 7780 to NE

Full schedule including AM, FM, webcasts, satellite, podcasts:
http://www.worldofradio.com/radioskd.html
(Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

** U S A. 5935, March 12 at 0602, S9+40 of dead air from WWCR,
certainly longer than necessary for a cigar puff, but DGS has resumed
by 0622. Meanwhile, 5890 was off, 4840 & 3215 nominal with TOMBS
(Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

** U S A. 15610, March 12 at 1858, weak open carrier and not sure of
any modulation after 1900, but WEWN is back on proper day channel
instead of night channel 9385, where heard yesterday after 1900 but
not now (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

UNIDENTIFIED. 15215, March 12 at 1356, S4-S5 open carrier with
flutter, soon off at 1357*. No clues in the schedules (Glenn Hauser,
OK, WOR)

This report dispatched at 0331 UT March 13

 

Glenn Hauser logs March 10-11, 2020  View Printable Version 
Thursday, March 12 2020

Hauser
** ALGERIA. 891, March 11 at 0057, music barely separable from 890
WLS, i.e. Alger network 1. From a few minutes earlier there were JBA
carriers on almost all the available lower 9-kHz channels (Glenn
Hauser, OK, WOR)

** CHINA [and non]. 9455, March 11 at 2012, only Firedragon via
UTwente SDR, while here direct it`s only music from WRMI. Radio Free
Asia was on 9455 first, sucking in ChiCom jamming, before WRMI
expanded to 24 hours; 16-22 in Chinese via various sites, this hour
via Saipan; also Tibetan at 02-03 (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

** COLOMBIA [non]. 6010, 24 hours later March 10-11, no signal from
Alcaraván Radio, at several chex. So last night may have been a trial
run, but certainly successful. What`s next? Here`s what I did find:

6010, March 10 at 2333, JBA carrier, wobbly or Brasil? Nothing on
5910.

6010 & 5910, March 11 at 0046, no signals on Colombia KiwiSDR. 6010 at
0049 on Brasil SDR, trace of something; Inconfidência? Should have
been more than that if on.

6010, March 11 at 0240, almost 24 hours since HJDH first reported,
nothing; 0337 a JBA carrier from algo.

Note, per Aoki/NDXC, 6010 has BBC Persian at 0230-0430, first hour via
Bulgaria, second via Uzbekistan; and don`t you imagine Bahrain really
active in English after 0300.

6010, another check via Colombia SDR, March 11 at 2254: nothing (Glenn
Hauser, OK, WOR)

** CUBA. 15730, March 10 at 2330, RHC opening Brazuguese, S9+20 and
distorted. Aoki shows this was supposed to be in French except on
Sundays Esperanto; but Portuguese at 0030, so also shifted one hour
earlier no doubt to the consternation of their huge audience in
Brasil. Something`s always wrong at RHC.

Meanwhile at 2330 March 11, there is still no signal on 11880 when
English might have appeared, nor on 9720. Something`s always wrong at
RHC (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

** CUBA [and non]. 6000, March 11 at 0105, JBA ME music --- Turkey in
Turkish at 01-03 --- and no RHC, but it cuts on at *0106 and gradually
starts barely modulating // better 6145. So is 0100 the nominal start
for evening English block, not before? Something`s always wrong at RHC
(Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

** CUBA. 6060, March 11 at 0542, this is the best of The Cuban Five,
all of which are still on in English (but 6060 sometimes Spanish),
S9+20/30 and fine modulation. 6100 is S9+30, less modulation but
sufficient; much louder than 6145 yet reading S9+10/20; and 5040 is
S9+20/30 loud enough, but always with that annoying squeal.
Something`s always wrong at RHC (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

** CUBA. 11880, March 11 at 2115, still no signal from this RHC, but
recheck 2204 now it`s on but in Spanish, still at 2248. Original sked
before DST was 2100 French, 2130 Portuguese, 2200 English. So far this
week, 11880 had not be heard at all, nor any replacement
time/frequency for English. Something`s always wrong at RHC.

11880, March 11 at 2300, when English might have appeared, still in
Spanish with full frequency announcement --- of course NOT including
the very one I am tuned to! What do they know? She says from now 2300
on: 13740, 11760, 11850, 9535; now going off/(or out of Spanish):
15370, 9640, 5040. Starting at 2400 UTC [sic]: 11670, 11700, 11950,
9640, 6000. I`m suspecting the announcement has not been DST updated.

In fact, some of those are already on! 11670 JBM < 11700 < 11760 >
11850 < 11880, by relative audibility. And VG 11950 has just opted
away for Mesa Redonda TV soundtrack, presumably // 6000. At 2311,
weaker 9535 & 9640 are both on in Spanish, but 13740 is NOT on -- most
of the time it`s AWOL, sporadically active. What do they know?
Something`s always wrong at RHC :::: (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

** ITALY [non]. 7295, Tue March 10 at *1857 via UTwente SDR, CRI via
EAST TURKISTAN cuts on causing CCI to IRRS which is still here; CRI in
disposable end-of-hour language-lesson filler for Chinese to English.
1900 IRRS jumps immediately to 7290, but a few seconds after European
Gospel Radio has already started on 7295.

7295, March 11 at 1900, same thing happens after a SAH of 3.2 Hz until
jump to 7290 slightly after FSN already started, this time a few
minutes, not just headlines, then into UN programming (Glenn Hauser,
OK, WOR) See also USA [and non]. WORLD OF RADIO monitoring

** KUWAIT. 17550, March 11 at 2010, at UTwente SDR, no signal from R.
Kuwait, first hour of Arabic to C&W North America, allegedly running
all year but propagating this far only in summer. Can anyone, anywhere
hear it between 20-24 UT = middle of night in Kuwait? (Glenn Hauser,
OK, WOR)

** MEXICO. 6185.683v, March 10 at 2335 open carrier, no modulation
audible from Radio Educación.

6185.7 approx., March 11 at 0545, S8-S9 of dead air from XEPPM, or
JBM? Nominal s/off remains 0600 until their DST from April 5 when it
will be 0500v*, not that it make any difference unless repaired (Glenn
Hauser, OK, WOR)

** ROMANIA. 5910, March 11 at 0059 classical piano music, RRI ID
opening Romanian and // 7340, weaker and vs VOA/OCB DRM on upper edge
from 7345. At 0101, RRI English news also underway on 6130 // 7325, so
all four transmitters are back in service, at the moment (Glenn
Hauser, OK, WOR)

** TURKEY. 5960, March 10 at 2334, no signal from VOT English, but a
JBA carrier offset minus, no doubt the usual EAST TURKISTAN (Glenn
Hauser, OK, WOR) See also CUBA about 6000

** U S A. 263 kHz, March 11 at 0552 UT, ND beacon CVM, which is 25
watts from CiVic Memorial, Alton, Illinois (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

** U S A. 15740, March 11 at 1915, VOA Grimesland already on S9+20/10
of warmup carrier. What a waste: they could be modulating it with
something useful like news in English or jazz. Prior to jump to 15730
at 1930 for rest of French hour, which has already been on 15730 via
Botswana; recheck at 2018, 15730 S9+20 with rap in English. During
French service. VOA`s programming priorities are terribly warped
(Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

** U S A. WORLD OF RADIO 2024 monitoring: WOR is not intended to be
partially excerpted, but it`s just too tempting as filler for some
stations: ``Hi Glenn, Just to let you know that the first 7-8 minutes
of WOR 2024 was heard Wed 11 March starting at 1950 UT on 7290 kHz via
IRRS Shortwave. Abrupt cut-off at 1958 with IRRS sign-off
announcement. Best wishes, Alan Roe, Teddington, UK``. They`ve done it
before during the 19-20 hour on different days, unpredictably.

Confirmed Wednesday March 11 from 2100:26 on WBCQ 7490.197v, i.e. 6
seconds later and one real hour earlier than before, S6-S7 about equal
to band noise level, and this more-and-more daytime signal will only
be useful at closer optimum skip distances.

But there`s always simulcast Wed 2100 on WRMI JBA 7780: not any more!
Without notice, jazz music playing instead, and a variety of other
oldie genres, Slavic rock, something the DJ slowed down so it sounded
better to him. Turns out to be TIAMS, announced as first additional
broadcast at this hour. I had to listen via Rockport ME KiwiSDR to
find out; VP via UTwente (and also an hour earlier, 15770 not making
it there either during R. Prague and Tirana relays which I could hear
poorly despite not beamed across North America). Next and last 2024:
0100 UT Thursday WRMI 7780 to NE

Full schedule including AM, FM, webcasts, satellite, podcasts:
http://www.worldofradio.com/radioskd.html
(Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

** U S A. 9385, March 11 at 1920, surprised to find WEWN here, English
discussions of nuns in Africa from Birmingham. Supposed to be on day
frequency 15610 after 1900, but nothing there. 9385 supposed to be
night channel, 00-09 UT only. Certainly much better here than 15610
which is normally JBA except with HF sporadic E enhancement at only 1
megameter distance. But is this a mistake, experiment or permanent
change? Own sked still claims 15610:
https://www.ewtn.com/radio/frequency-guide
(Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

This report dispatched at 2341 UT March 11

 

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