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Glenn Hauser logs December 28-29, 2017  View Printable Version 
Friday, December 29 2017

Hauser
** CHINA. 7415, Dec 29 at 1528, Firedragon jamming fair to poor, with target inaudible. Aoki/NDXC shows RFA Chinese at 15-19, 250 kW, 303 degrees via Tinian; and this overlaps CRI in Persian from Xi`an starting at 18, tsk2 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** COLOMBIA. 5910.266v, Dec 29 at 0655, AlcaravÃn Radio is on with S9-S5 music (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA. 15508, 15439, 15301, 15232 approx., Dec 29 at 1452, filthy distorted spurblobs out of RHC 15370, and much weaker ones detectable further around 15164, 15095. It`s now a rare morning when this is *not* happening. Something`s always wrong at RHC. However, 15370 in the afternoon is obviously a different transmitter free of such a constellation (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** NORTH AMERICA. 6940-USB, Dec 29 at 0047, unID pirate, S9 rap music, maybe some brief DJ talkovers, but stops at 0050*, no announcement. No reports on HF Underground, but maybe related to these 6940 logs which ended earlier at 2338 Dec 28:
https://www.hfunderground.com/board/index.php/topic,39519.0.html
(Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** OKLAHOMA. Earthquake felt at WOR HQ in Enid, a few seconds of horizontal shaking and creaking, UT Dec 29 at 0445:14. In a few minutes, USGS shows it as:

4.1 20km ENE of Hennessey, Oklahoma 2017-12-29 04:45:00 (UTC) 5.0 km
And an aftershock which we did not feel:
2.5 21km ENE of Hennessey, Oklahoma 2017-12-29 05:21:55 (UTC) 2.0 km

As often happens, revised later, as of 1545 UT and adding another, to:

2.6 21km E of Hennessey, Oklahoma 2017-12-29 06:03:27 (UTC) 4.8 km
2.5 21km ENE of Hennessey, Oklahoma 2017-12-29 05:21:55 (UTC) 2.0 km
3.8 20km ENE of Hennessey, Oklahoma 2017-12-29 04:44:59 (UTC) 5.0 km

First figure is magnitude, last figure is depth. So it took 14-15 seconds to reach here. Epicenter is quite close to the KZLS-1640 transmitter site, but it remained on air, ops normal. EQ no doubt due to fracking/wastewater injexion (Glenn Hauser, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SAUDI ARABIA. 9695, Dec 29 at 1449, awful buzzroar, no program audio from BSKSA`s Pashto bihour, 500 kW, 55 degrees from Riyadh. And also can hear the same pitch spurs circa 15-20 kHz above, in AM not SSB mode, as I first encounter it tuning downward, also on the below side. Why in the world are they broadcasting this way? Must be total incompetence (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SPAIN. 15390, Dec 28 at 2239, REE is still scratchy and distorted on this unstable transmitter to S America, altho Wolfgang BÃschel had just reported:

``11685, Surprise, surprise, all FOUR REE transmitter on air tonight from Noblejas, S=9+10dB at 2119 UT, 12 kHz wideband broad signal,

9690 S=7-8,
15390 14 kHz wideband S=9+15dB,
15500 S=9+10dB, all 10/12/14 kHz wideband broad. A l l transmissions with excellent audio, seemingly the faulty REE unit has been repaired now``

And earlier that day, but unlogged I also found 15390 to be scratchy. Maybe it cuts back to normal for brief periods? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 13565-CW, Dec 29 at 1523, K6FRC, HIFER beacon vs CODAR is a little stronger than yesterday, but where are all the others? Listed as 13565.035, Patterson CA, CM97, 10 wpm CW (h 2017/12) at LWCA:
http://www.lwca.org/sitepage/part15/index.htm

This one has a website, linked from this info at QRZ.com lookup:

``K6FRC USA flag USA
QSL: MAIL TO - K6FRC P.O. BOX 175 VALLEY SPRINGS, CA 95252
Ham Member Lookups: 124190
Operator of-
K6FRC/B 50.080 MHz.
K6FRC/B 28.300 MHz.
K6FRC 13.565 MHz. (Part 15 'HiFer')

Go to www.K6FRC.com for K6FRC beacon locations and other information.
Please mail your reception report or QSL to:

Paul Shinn
P.O. Box 175
Valley Springs, CA 95252

No S.A.S.E. required! It is a pleasure to respond by sending a real QSL card for all mailed QSLs and reception reports. Respect for tradition demands it. If you send your QSL in an envelope, you will receive your confirmation QSL in an envelope. If you send your QSL postcard style, you will receive your confirmation QSL by postcard``

Own website shows 13565 power as *1.8 milliwatts* and see it here:
http://www.k6frc.com/images/HiFerbcn.jpg
Illustration of ``colorful`` QSL card adds that antenna is ``hamstick vertical``:
http://www.k6frc.com/images/QSL.GIF
Also has beacons at different locations on 10 and 6 meters with much more power. Patterson is east of the Bay Area (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A [and non]. WORLD OF RADIO 1910 monitoring: confirmed Thursday December 28 at 2230 on WRMI, 5850, S9+30/10. Not confirmed at 0045 UT Fri Dec 29 the 0030 on WBCQ 9330v-CUSB, no signal detectable (but even 9265 WINB is a JBA carrier; 9395 WRMI S9 still with TOM; 9370 WWRBS missing nor on 3185). Next:
Sat 0030 WBCQ 9330v-CUSB to WSW
Sat 0729 HLR 6190-CUSB to WSW
Sat 1531 HLR 6190-CUSB to WSW [ex-7265]
Sat 2030v WA0RCR 1860-AM ND
Sat 2230 WBCQ 9330v-CUSB to WSW
Sat 2300 WRMI 11580 to NE
Sun 0200 WRMI 11580 to NE
Sun 0410v WA0RCR 1860-AM ND
Sun 1130 HLR 9485-CUSB to WSW [not pre-empted]
Mon 0030 WBCQ 9330v-CUSB to WSW
Mon 0400v WBCQ 5130v Area 51 to WSW
Mon 0430 WRMI 9955 to SSE
Tue 0030 WBCQ 9330v-CUSB to WSW
Tue 0030 WRMI 7730 to WNW
Tue 2030 WRMI 11580 to NE, 9455 to WNW [or #1911?]
Tue 2130 WRMI 9455 to WNW [or #1911?]

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

** U S A. 11580 is to be replaced by 7780 in 2018y, says Jeff White of WRMI in a message to Clients on 11580, early UT Dec 29, 2017:

``Dear Friends and Colleagues: After receiving many suggestions from WRMI listeners and after monitoring our transmissions in many parts of Europe, we have come to the conclusion that our programming on 11580 kHz needs to be on a lower frequency for the rest of the northern hemisphere winter period. WRMI has been transmitting to Europe on 7780 kHz with very good to excellent reports from all over Europe, so we have decided to transfer all programming that is currently on 11580 kHz to 7780 kHz as of 0000 UTC Monday, January 8. 7780 kHz is a frequency that WRMI listeners are accustomed to hearing us on, and it should provide listeners with better reception than 11580 kHz for the rest of the winter period. Next spring or summer we may want to switch back to 11580 kHz, but we can watch propagation conditions and make this determination at a later time.

During the next several days we will be making announcements on 11580 kHz, informing listeners that they can hear all of their favorite programs on 7780 kHz beginning January 8. You may want to make similar announcements within your programs.

I should mention that both 11580 and 7780 kHz also provide excellent coverage of the eastern seaboard of the United States and Canada as the signal makes its way over to the United Kingdom, and then down through Europe and into the Middle East. So we use these frequencies to cover Eastern North America as well (including Bermuda, Greenland and Iceland too). These areas will also see better coverage on 7780 kHz for the rest of the winter period.

If you have any questions about this frequency change, just let me know. We want to provide the best possible coverage for listeners. Thanks for your understanding. Jeff White``

To which I replied:

``Jeff, You have certainly been needing to go down from 11 to 7 MHz by sundown, but 7780 has always been a poor third here to the other 7 MHz frequencies, as would be expected about 90 degrees off azimuth (yet 11580 in daytime fared much better at 20-21, presumably also always 44. This early 7780 will not be an improvement). Thus for coverage of N America beyond the eastern seaboard, I would like to see the 11580 programming put on a 315 degree antenna and/or put on 7570 which was already 315, and now going unused. And does this include the 21-23 UT period M-F, where you currently have Power Hour on 7780, to be replaced or moved? 73, Glenn``

He does not specify the hours, but presumably during what`s left after removal of Brother Scare on XMTR #9, 11580: 2000-0300 (and Sundays only at 1300-1500). Aside from relays of Argentina, Czechia, Slovakia and Ukraine, the only diverse programming spans for this are 20-21, 2300-2330, and 01-02. And a bit more when RAE, RUI take weekends off.

Yes! The skedgrid has finally been updated Dec 28, removing almost all the light-green Overcomer blox, except for the ones we are still hearing, 00-01 on 9395, 02-03 on 9455. And also 12-13 on 9395. Will these also be gone after Dec 31?

When checked circa 17 UT Dec 29, the anonymous animals also watching
http://www.tinyurl.com/WRMIfqs
are Capybara, Gopher, Jackal, Monkey, Manatee.

Other significant updates: Radio Herwa is finally shown at 0700-0730 & 1930-2000 on 11530, XMTR #10 at 160 degrees! (Yet HFCC shows the proper azimuth for Africa, 87); and NO Radio Biafra.

RAE French finally gets an evening airtime as 11580 at 13-14 has been removed: 2330-2400. All the 07-10 UT RAE broadcasts have been removed, including the one we reconfirmed a few days ago at 09-10 in Japanese on 5850. So that means RAE in Japanese and Chinese are totally off SW. BUT, 5850 & 7730 are to be on the air at 07-09 UT Sundays and Mondays only with other programming (such as Broad Spectrum Radio, I assume).

And what about `Radiogram` which had been UT Monday 0600? Richard Langley forwards this Dec 29 notice from Kim Andrew Elliott:

``Jeff White at WRMI has kindly offered us Monday at 0800-0830 UT on 7730 kHz and (for this weekend at least) 5850 kHz.``

Along with all the White space on many transmitters, 7780 is now shown with nothing but 21-22 M-F `Power Hour`, Sat/Sun `Walking in Power`; 22-23 M-F `Power Hour`; and Sunday 16-17 `Yeshua Messiah`. All but the last will presumably be replaced by RAE ex-11580.

The program blox below the frequency blox have not yet been updated. How will this affect WORLD OF RADIO? The Sat 2300 & UT Sun 0200 airings from January 8 (but not yet this weekend, nor next) should be on 7780 instead of 11580; likewise the Tue 2030, which had really been on // 7780 anyway, along with // 9455 (will that continue?). The change to 7780 at 0200 has been much needed, with 11580 starting to fade out after 2330 and probably earlier to the north/east.

In general, it`s too bad that the 7570 transmitter on the 315 antenna right across the USA now lies fallow when it could provide a super signal of WRMI diverse programming now weaker on 9955 et al. (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 17774.989, Dec 29 at 1530, KVOH is S9+20 to S9, but just barely modulated in Spanish; why bother? So I can measure its variations, also noting a slight waver against the BFO which does not occur with other carriers I check (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. 1300, Fri Dec 29 at 1412 UT, old-fashioned gospel huxter wrapping it up with a prayer, and program ID as `Word of Prophecy`, address Jaxonvil FL, which means it is this:
http://www.wordofprophecy.org/
the website with everything but a station/schedule list! Fades out in time for an ID if any before another program at 1415 UT.

Definitely loops east/west. Daytime 1300 inhabitant here is KAKC Tulsa, but it`s sports. What else could this be? Format, language do not fit for the TX or AR, or even CO 1300 stations in the NRC AM Log.

Why not 50 kW WNQM Nashville TN? Unlike its SW WWCR, WNQM does not provide a program schedule, but a list of programs, not including Word of Prophecy:
http://www.1300wnqm.com/pgm-links_wnqm.html
but I still think it`s most likely the source of this (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

This report dispatched at 1754 UT December 29

 

Glenn Hauser logs December 27-28, 2017  View Printable Version 
Thursday, December 28 2017

Hauser
** BRAZIL. 11854.9, Dec 28 at 0650, R. Aparecida is still/again missing, while other 25m ZYs, 11815 and 11934.9 are detectable. Art Delibert in Maryland had noted it was back on in the meantime, UT Dec 27 at 0340 on 11854.89; and Wolfgang BÃschel listening via Florida put it on 11854.848 with a tiny signal Dec 28 at 1110 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA. 6000 & 6165, Dec 28 at 0305, RHC`s only two English frequencies are both S9+20 but just barely modulated, virtually open carriers. Something`s always wrong at RHC (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA. 15507, 15439, 15302, 15233, 15165, 15097 approx., Dec 28 at 1544, filthy dirty spurblobs out of 15370 RHC, the bottom two barely audible, at roughly 68-69 kHz intervals. Something`s always wrong at RHC (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** KOREA SOUTH. 4885, Dec 28 at 1529, VP music at S5 = band noise level, but late for Echo of Hope still to be audible, weaker than 5025 Cuba; 107 minutes after LSR here at 1342 UT, a week before latest of 1344 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** NIGERIA. 7254.921, Dec 28 at 0645, VON is back on tonight, S9+20/30 in Hausa toward North America (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** TINIAN [and non]. 5885, Dec 28 at 1530, S9-S7 talk apparently in Korean altho I don`t catch any key syllables ``imnida``, maybe NK dialect, as there is some lite tone/pulse jamming. Aoki/NDXC shows RFA in Korean at 15-19 via Tinian (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 13565-CW, Dec 28 at 1542, HIFER beacon K6FRC IDs from California are JBA; first one heard on this band for several weeks despite almost daily scans (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A [and non]. WORLD OF RADIO 1910 monitoring: confirmed Wednesday December 27 at 2218 the 2200 on WBCQ, 7489.828v, good S9+10/20. Not confirmed UT Thu Dec 28 at 0030 on WBCQ 9330v-CUSB, but probably inhabiting a JBA carrier. Next:

Thu 2230.5 WRMI 5850 to NW
Fri 0030 WBCQ 9330v-CUSB to WSW
Sat 0030 WBCQ 9330v-CUSB to WSW
Sat 0729 HLR 6190-CUSB to WSW
Sat 1531 HLR 6190-CUSB to WSW [ex-7265]
Sat 2030v WA0RCR 1860-AM ND
Sat 2230 WBCQ 9330v-CUSB to WSW
Sat 2300 WRMI 11580 to NE
Sun 0200 WRMI 11580 to NE
Sun 0410v WA0RCR 1860-AM ND
Sun 1130 HLR 9485-CUSB to WSW [not pre-empted]
Mon 0030 WBCQ 9330v-CUSB to WSW
Mon 0400v WBCQ 5130v Area 51 to WSW
Mon 0430 WRMI 9955 to SSE
Tue 0030 WBCQ 9330v-CUSB to WSW
Tue 0030 WRMI 7730 to WNW
Tue 2030 WRMI 11580 to NE, 9455 to WNW [or #1911?]
Tue 2130 WRMI 9455 to WNW [or #1911?]

Full WOR schedule via all media, and podcast access:
http://www.worldofradio.com/radioskd.html

Including about this at 1648 UT Dec 28:
``Hi Glenn, World of Radio has been restored from tonight anytime between midnight-0600 UT on Laser Soul Hits.
http://lasersoulhits.bravesites.com/listenlive
Business as usual, Happy New Year, Gary Drew, Sent from my iPhone``
(Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 9955, Dec 27 at 2300 past 2344, WRMI playing World Music, including several familiar tunes from many genres, S9+10 and no jamming. What a pleasure, to accompany my dozenap. But regular programming must be missing. Scheduled for Wed at 6-7 pm ET is `EBF Genesis Study`, so quite an improvement (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 9455, Dec 28 at 0251, VP signal from WRMI, but sounds like BS also on VG 3185 WWRB. Yes, with a 9 second delay via WWRB. So WRMI has not deleted ALL TOM hours. This was and is on sked for one hour only, like another 1-hour at 00-01 on 9395, need to check that. Kept as tokens, oversight, or too much trouble to delete and replace or turn off just yet, as these two frequencies are 24h with Oldies or something.

Before 0300, other WRMI frequencies 9955 and 11580 emit otherstuff, while the 5 and all three 7s are off. At 0301, we find this: 9455 Spanish from Taiwan, // JBA 5985; 9395 R. Praga in Spanish despite skedgrid as ``Prague`` implying it`s English. 11580 is still on but JBA carrier; after 0300 had been scheduled as TOM, but now?? By 0340, 9455 is much better in Taiwanese Spanish // 5985. 9395 now with R. Slovakia in English, S9+20 VG, interviewing a Slovak violinist who is promoting classical vs celtic music in Ireland.

At 0647, 5850 and all three sevens are still off, no RAE in Japanese. 11530 also seems off, while 11520 WEWN is audible. The 06-07 hour on 11530 had been TOM fill between Biafra and Herwa (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 5830, Dec 28 at 1530, WTWW-1 still on night frequency instead of 9475 for SFAW, S9+10/20 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 9232.30 & weaker 9507.70 approx., Dec 28 at 1536, filthy distorted spurblobs out of the 9370 BS from WWRB. So now separated by 137.7 kHz close to the 137.85 of yesterday. Exact carrier shifts with modulation (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

This report dispatched at 1815 UT December 28

 

Glenn Hauser logs December 27, 2017  View Printable Version 
Wednesday, December 27 2017

Hauser
** ARGENTINA [non]. 5850, Dec 27 at 0929, unfortunately awake, so I check WRMI and discover that the RAE hour in Japanese is still/again on the air here, but 7730 not on air. This corrects my item near the start of WOR 1910. Based on both being absent at 0945 UT Dec 21, I concluded that these relays were canceled. Not having checked in the 08-09 hour yet for Chinese, that remains in question. Has anyone heard it lately? 7730 continues to be AWOL from 06 for first Japanese airing, and English from 07. Originally, and still displayed on the WRMI skedgrid, only the 07-08 hour in English was on both frequencies, with TOM after 08 on 7730, before 07 on 5850.

We also wonder whether 7730 still be turned on Sundays at 06-07 for Radiogram and Radio Panorama in Russian, and what about UT Mondays? Kim thinx so: http://swradiogram.net/

Light green Overcomer C blox are still all over the WRMI skedgrid as of 1748 Dec 27. Viewing besides Jeff are an anonymous menagerie of Narwhal, Gopher, Ibex, Monkey. The Tiny URL I created
http://www.tinyurl.com/WRMIfqs
might lead to an outdated extremely complex URL googledox spreadsheet?
No, we get exactly same old thing linked from WRMI Programming page:
https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1nEVwCMB9RSKowLzLXamyayVpCzjmPAw_SB1r3YOdzQc/edit#gid=0
Maybe by 2018 Jeff will totally revamp it to match reality? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CONGO [and non]. 6115, Dec 27 at 0639, music from R. Nikkei 2, JAPAN, but BFO affirms there is a second carrier making a slight beat, which per Aoki/NDXC can be nothing else but Brazzaville, altho it`s a bit late for that, after sunrise 0449. Manuel MÃndez in Spain often reports only Congo around 0600, but we should check as early as nominal *0500 for it, lessening CCI from Japan where that`s only 14 local time. New WRTH 2018 shows 05-19 sked, but domestic service is on before 0500 and after 1900, just when English news starts. Everything is irregular and approximate (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA. 6060, Dec 27 at 0636, RHC on best-modulated of the 49m overkill channels, in `DXers Unlimited` with Arnie talking about plans to activate 90mb transmitters in B-18 season. Yeah, sure. Due to mumbling and fades, was not able to copy details, did anyone? I think he gave times and frequencies both for English and Spanish.

6165, Dec 27 at 0935, S9+20 of dead air. Got to be RHC failing to turn off a sesquihour earlier. Something`s always wrong at RHC (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA. 15232, 15301, 15439, 15508, all approx., Dec 27 at 1435, RHC filthy dirty extremely distorted spurblobs out of 15370 Spanish transmitter. Something`s always wrong at RHC.

Weaker ones further out obscured by high local noise level of S8 on this band; from neighborhood Xmas lites? Should not be on in daytime anyway, but maybe dirty transformers keep running. This happens ever year, and can only hope it abate into 2018y (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** GUATEMALA. 4055, Dec 27 at 0941, S8 open carrier, except for some wind-blowing sound, from what? TGAV on late, or early, or all-night? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** MADAGASCAR. 17730, Dec 27 at 1549, JBA carrier. Surely RHC would be stronger by now, and that`s the only thing listed in NDXC/Aoki checked first. But HFCC and EiBi remind us now there is also AWR in Hindi via Madagascar at 1530-1600 (plus English at 1600-1630 allegedly including `Wavescan` on Sundays). 17775 KVOH is also a JBAC at this time (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** NIGERIA. 7255-, Dec 27 at 0627, no signal from VON during the Hausa hour which when on amounts to a North American service (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** OKLAHOMA. 362 kHz, Dec 27 at 0650 UT, quick visit to NDB band finds OWP barely audible, but pretty sure of ID after a dozen iterations - dxinfocentre.com shows it`s at OK`s William Pogue airport, Sand Springs (near Tulsa) (Glenn Hauser, Enid, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SOUTH CAROLINA [non]. 5890, Dec 27 at 0630, ancient BS on WWCR is singing, ``I am whiter than snow`` --- yes, we know! But I wonder what proportion of TOM cult members now are black? In SC of all places (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A [and non]. WORLD OF RADIO 1910 monitoring: confirmed first SW broadcast this week, Wednesday December 27 at 1030 on WRMI 9455 S9 and 5850 S9+20/30. Also confirmed Wed Dec 27 at 1415 on WRMI 9955, good and no jamming. Next:
Wed 2200 WBCQ 7490v to WSW
Thu 0030 WBCQ 9330v-CUSB to WSW
Thu 2230.5 WRMI 5850 to NW
Fri 0030 WBCQ 9330v-CUSB to WSW
Sat 0030 WBCQ 9330v-CUSB to WSW
Sat 0729 HLR 6190-CUSB to WSW
Sat 1531 HLR 6190-CUSB to WSW [ex-7265]
Sat 2030v WA0RCR 1860-AM ND
Sat 2230 WBCQ 9330v-CUSB to WSW
Sat 2300 WRMI 11580 to NE
Sun 0200 WRMI 11580 to NE
Sun 0410v WA0RCR 1860-AM ND
Sun 1130 HLR 9485-CUSB to WSW [not pre-empted]
Mon 0030 WBCQ 9330v-CUSB to WSW
Mon 0400v WBCQ 5130v Area 51 to WSW
Mon 0430 WRMI 9955 to SSE
Tue 0030 WBCQ 9330v-CUSB to WSW
Tue 0030 WRMI 7730 to WNW
Tue 2030 WRMI 11580 to NE, 9455 to WNW [or #1911?]
Tue 2130 WRMI 9455 to WNW [or #1911?]

Full WOR schedule via all media, and podcast access:
http://www.worldofradio.com/radioskd.html

For the very first time, WORLD OF RADIO gets an entry under USA in the new WRTH 2018, which arrived here Dec 23. We figured it was about time, since other ``programs`` like VORW and FTIOM are treated as ``stations``. WOR is appropriately found between WBCQ and WRMI on page 508. Thanks, editor Sean Gilbert and publisher Nicholas Hardyman! We might have had a display ad years ago, but nothing to sell. We give it all away.

WORLD OF RADIO sked updated:
http://www.worldofradio.com/radioskd.html

DX/SWL/MEDIA PROGRAMS updated:
http://www.worldofradio.com/dxpgms.html
(Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 9955, Dec 27 at 0945, WRMI-4 is off, while 5 & 6, 9395 & 9455 Oldies are on. I guess 9955 now runs 11-15 & 22-06, having deleted TOM blox. See also ARGENTINA [non]! (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 5085, Dec 27 at 0940, WTWW-2 still on with C&W Xmasmx, for those who just can`t get enough of it. And it seems Ted never plays anything which could be classified as classical, godforbid.

12105, Dec 27 at 1540, JBA carrier. Nothing but WTWW scheduled now, yet neighbor WWCR on a higher frequency 15825 is strong with a sporadic E boost, so why is WTWW so weak? 9930 is also on with Xmasmx blasting at S9+40 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 11825, Dec 27 at 0946, gospel huxter in English; had been a WRMIBS frequency, but WHRI has it at 0900-1030, 245 degrees toward Pacific. And now it`s not only the SSOB at S9+20, but the OSOB! (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 9232.15v, Dec 27 at 1541, Brother Scare spur out of 9370 WWRB transmitter, and much weaker matching one circa 9507.85; so this time they are about 137.85 kHz away, vs 140.34 some 24 hours ago (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** VATICAN [non]. 6070, Dec 27 at 0638, whew! Vatican Radio is gone again, 24 hours after surprise reactivation for Latin mass, leaving CFRX Toronto in the clear, after ad, back to George Noury and C2CAM --- a program which hardly needs a little SW relay, already on hundreds of MW stations, including many major ones. BTW, we still can hear some old Art Bell shows retreading on Saturday evenings (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** VATICAN. 11615, Dec 27 at 1538, S9+10 in African language, something new. Aoki/NDXC shows only since Dec 18, VR in Amharic at 1530-1600, 250 kW at 115 degrees. Probably the biggest signal from Europe on 25m now: yet another example of superb coverage Santa Maria di Galeria enjoys to direxions far from the intended azimuth, in this case close to opposite (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** VIETNAM [non]. 7315, Dec 27 at 0029, WHRI with usual Voice of Martyrs promo in break mentioning a Vietnamese name, how cheeky. 0030 dead air, but eventually VOV in Spanish starts, so the relay still exists, while 48 hours ago on Xmas eve it was praise music fill in English (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

This report dispatched at 1831 UT December 27

 

Glenn Hauser logs December 25-26-27, 2017  View Printable Version 
Wednesday, December 27 2017

Hauser
** ARGENTINA [non]. 9455, Monday Dec 25 at 2132, `La Rosa de Tokio` media program on WRMI, while on 11580, Dec 25 at same time is DX segment on RAE German with a bit in Spanish; both of which involve Arnaldo Slaen. DX Aktuell must be repeat/delayed from Friday.

5850 & 7730, Dec 26 at 0601 & 0702, WRMI remains off the overnight frequencies which had been relaying RAE, starting in Japanese, then English; too bad, as were always VG if one were awake to hear them. Brother Scare apparently pulled these down with him (Glenn Hauser, OK, WORLD OF RADIO 1910, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** ASCENSION. 5960, Dec 26 at 0647, Dandal Kura for Nigeria without the hum, which was also clear last night, while 6005 BBCWS in English is still humming. Thought maybe a transmitter swap with another frequency, such as 5925 which now has a similar hum with French, but this hour the site is Issoudun RFI per HFCC (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA. 6000, UT Mon Dec 25 at 0612, RHC is suptorted as `DXers Unlimited` is starting; // 6165 is S9 of dead air, easifying audibility of Arabic from Japan via France underneath. Something`s always wrong at RHC.

From least to most modulated, Dec 26 at 0654, RHC English: 6165, 6000, 6100, 6060 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA. 14961, 15029, 15097, 15166, 15233, 15302, 15438, 15507, 15576, Dec 25 at 1359, filthy distorted spurblobs out of 15370 RHC transmitter which as usual sounds fine on the fundamental; these at approx. 68-69 kHz intervals out to 6x below but 3x above. The strongest, closest in, are almost 5 kHz wide. Something`s always wrong at RHC (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** FRANCE. 7295, Dec 25 at 0627, Xmas carol in English with an African beat, S9-S7, announcement in Hausa from RFI and off 0630* (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** GUAM. 11800, Dec 2205, S7-S9 music and talk in Indonesian; 2212 medley morphs into ``White Xmas``. It`s KSDA, and no sign of Romania in Spanish also scheduled here (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** MADAGASCAR [and non]. 11610, Dec 25 at 2135, MWV Chinese with English lesson about snow and birth of Jesus; after some neat Chinese percussion, off at 2158, but wait, there`s still a JBA carrier on 11610: that must be KSDA Guam scheduled to ensue in Vietnamese.

11790, Dec 25 at 2200, MWV now here in Arabic, both VG signals. What a pity Madagascar sites are not used by anystation for secular broadcasts to North America, they work so well from the near-antipodes (Glenn Hauser, ok, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** NIGERIA [non]. 11530, Dec 25 at 1920, WRMI is not yet on, no Radio Biafra any more, but at 1929 in the IS & ID loop before ``top of hour`` programming. 1930 opening R. Herwa International. Is it also on 9580 via FRANCE, like the ex-Biafra hour was? JBA carrier here, but good on UTwente, ID at 1934, while 11530 is inaudible there.

Strangely enough, this Herwa broadcast is as yet unknown to Aoki/NDXC and Observer. HFCC does show 87 degree azimuth for WRMI 11530 at 05-06 and 19-20, which is what it should have been all along toward Africa, altho not confirmed on WRMI`s own skedgrid. EiBi of Dec 23 does have Radio Herwa at 1930-2000 on 11530, following my discovery of it Dec 22.

11530, again Dec 26 at 1925, no signal, but by 1929 the ``ToH` IS & ID loop, and 1930 R. Herwa International starting. This is still not on the WRMI schedules (Glenn Hauser, OK, WORLD OF RADIO 1910, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A [and non]. WORLD OF RADIO 1909 monitoring: confirmed UT Monday December 25 from 0359 on Area 51 webcast, and S7-S8 on WBCQ 5129.83 at 0428 check. Also confirmed UT Mon Dec 25 at 0430 on WRMI 9955, good S9+10. Also confirmed UT Tue Dec 26 at 0030 on WRMI 7730, S9+30/40, and also JBA on WBCQ 9330v-CUSB. Also confirmed Tue Dec 26 at 2030 on WRMI 11580, S9+20, and 9455, S9; 7780 not on. Also confirmed Tue Dec 26 at 2130 on WRMI 9455 (considerable China music jamming, says Wolfgang BÃschel on a remote receiver in Alberta). Also confirmed JBA UT Wed Dec 27 at 0030 on WBCQ 9330v-CUSB.

Because of holiday delays, WOR 1910 not ready until 0152 UT Dec 27. Contents: Antarctica, Argentina non, Australia, China, Ethiopia non, Germany and non, Kurdistan non, Netherlands non, Nigeria non, Sikkim, Solomon Islands, South Carolina and non, USA, Uzbekistan, Vatican; and the propagation outlook

WORLD OF RADIO 1910:
Wed 1030 WRMI 5850 to NW, 9455 to WNW
Wed 1415.5 WRMI 9955 to SSE
Wed 2200 WBCQ 7490v to WSW
Thu 0030 WBCQ 9330v-CUSB to WSW
Thu 2230.5 WRMI 5850 to NW
Fri 0030 WBCQ 9330v-CUSB to WSW
Sat 0030 WBCQ 9330v-CUSB to WSW
Sat 0729 HLR 6190-CUSB to WSW
Sat 1531 HLR 6190-CUSB to WSW [ex-7265]
Sat 2030v WA0RCR 1860-AM ND
Sat 2230 WBCQ 9330v-CUSB to WSW
Sat 2300 WRMI 11580 to NE
Sun 0200 WRMI 11580 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
Tue 0030 WBCQ 9330v-CUSB to WSW
Tue 0030 WRMI 7730 to WNW
Tue 2030 WRMI 11580 to NE, 9455 to WNW, 7780 to NE [or #1911?]
Tue 2130 WRMI 9455 to WNW [or #1911?]

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

** U S A. 7780, Dec 25 at 2132, WRMI is VP but on this frequency which seemed to have been dropped along with Brother Scare; during `The Power Hour` // 9395. Maybe it`s just back for these two hours, 21-23? Not on before 2100 and not on for the morning repeat of TPH, at 1430 check Dec 26. 7780 audible again Dec 26 at 2130, very poor (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 5845, Dec 26 at 0646 JBA talk, seems mixture, i.e. TUN on WWCR 5935 leaping over TOM 5890 another 45 kHz beyond, to match the pervasive one transmitted on the other side, 5980. 5845 audiblized by the disappearance of 5850 WRMI (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 5085, Dec 25 at 1540, WTWW-2 is on much later than usual with Xmasmx, but not on 12105 this time, nor 9930. By 1923, 12105 is audible VP, while 9930 is VG.

9930, Dec 26 at 1457, Xmasmx at S9+40 today instead of 5085 even later yesterday; while 12105 is inaudible, off. Usual ad-hoc operation (Glenn Hauser, OK, WORLD OF RADIO 1910, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 9229.67 approx., Dec 26 at 1502, S3 dirty spur matching modulation of 9370 WWRB, and readable in AM mode, not SSB. Frequency measured in ``resting`` position, since it varies with the modulation. Then found another match on hi side, but much weaker, about 9510.35, i.e. plus and minus about 140.34 kHz.

Have not noticed any such spurs when same transmitter is on 3185 at night, but if at same offset, would be: 3325.34 and 3044.66. Or, if the offset be proportional to the frequency, i.e. roughly one-third as far on the 90m band: plus and minus 47.7 kHz, or 3137.3 and 3232.7 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** VATICAN. 6070, Dec 26 at 0651, startled to hear S9+20/10 bigsig with organ music, Adeste Fideles, Vatican ID, way over poor CFRX which off-frequency minus, causes a fast SAH. VR has suddenly reactivated supposedly abandoned frequency, for Latin mass broadcast at 0630-0715; temporarily? Alan Roe in England was hearing it too and also on 7250. Kai Ludwig suggests it`s a last gasp of the SMG SW site which is due to be dismantled (Glenn Hauser, OK, WORLD OF RADIO 1910, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

This report dispatched at 0451 UT December 27

 

Glenn Hauser logs December 24-25, 2017  View Printable Version 
Monday, December 25 2017

Hauser
** ALASKA. 7560, Dec 24 at 1403, KNLS fair in Chinese, except for an Anglic ``Merry Christmas`` (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** BIAFRA [non]. 11530, Dec 24 at 1903, WRMI not on today for R. Biafra; unchecked whether R. Herwa materialized at 1930 like yesterday (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** ARGENTINA [non]. 11580, Dec 24 at 1425, WRMI with gospel huxter in English. Mon-Sat this is now off at 1400*, no more RAE relay in Spanish, so evidently that was an unpaid bonus broadcast no longer affordable, and RAE was always reluctant even to acknowledge its existence. Make do with 5950 at 22-23 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** BRAZIL. 11854.9, Dec 25 at 0052, R. Aparecida is missing. Normally it`s quite stronger than 25m ZY companions 11815 and 11934.9 which are still JB audible (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA. 15508, 15439, 15300, 15231, 15161, 15092 approx., Dec 24 at 1433, extremely distorted filthy spurblobs out of 15370 RHC transmitter at about 69 kHz intervals, including one almost upon another real RHC frequency, 15230! And woe betide any innocent bystations. `En Contacto` starts about 1435; if Arnie were listening to his own broadcast at local range, he might notice these; why depend on me for technical monitoring?? Something`s always wrong at RHC (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** GERMANY [and non]. None of the Gruss an Bord, NDR Xmas special frequencies after 1900 Dec 24 were more than JBA carriers here. Checking the second set after 2100, at 2134: 5930 poor, 6155 JBAC, 9590 poor, 9650 very poor, 9765 JBA carrier, and 9830 would have been best if it were not buried by the RTTY! At 2135, ``Stille Nacht`` was being performed by choir and organ. Not the only poor frequency choice. Broadcasters simply don`t know or care about the RTTY on 9800, not doing their homework (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** KOREA NORTH. 11572-11573, Dec 24 at 1425, noise/buzz peaking about here, inexplicable other than as jamming vs VOA Korean 11570 via Saipan at 14-15 (also via Philippines 12-14); and the other day there was different jamming noise on the low side of 11570. Nothing at all is on 11575 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** OKLAHOMA. Enid`s two Part 15 FM stations for Xmas sound and light shows are on again this year, visited around 0130 UT Dec 24: 89.5 for Singing Xmas Trees on the oil patch at the NE corner of Oak and Oakwood, including Chipmunx tune (Alvin!!); the residence on Pheasant Run on the west edge of Enid was dark last year, but on again now causing traffic jams on suburban streets, 97.7 also with familiar tunes including Mannheim Steamroller (who appear in persons in Enid almost every year, it seems). Both these are extremely limited range, with the lights carrying further, if unobstructed (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SPAIN. 9690, Dec 24 at 2136, REE with some holiday celebration, songs and chatter, VG here, while 15390 & 15500 are gone, if they were better earlier (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. WORLD OF RADIO 1909 monitoring: At first not confirmed, UT Monday Dec 25 at 0030 on WBCQ 9330v-CUSB: no signal while neighbors are: 9265 WINB S9+20; 9370 WWRB S9+5; 9395 WRMI S9+25; 7490 WBCQ S9+30; but at 0044 recheck, now I am there, JBA S4. Next:
Mon 0400v WBCQ 5130v Area 51 to WSW
Mon 0430 WRMI 9955 to SSE
Tue 0030 WBCQ 9330v-CUSB to WSW
Tue 0030 WRMI 7730 to WNW
Tue 2030 WRMI 11580 to NE, 9455 to WNW [or #1910?]
Tue 2130 WRMI 9455 to WNW [or #1910?]

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

** U S A. 9395, Sunday Dec 24 at 2139, surprised to encounter this WRMI carrying `Voice of the Report of the Week`, as host who never (?) names himself opines that goose meat is too fatty, and plays music request from some Soundcloud listener. The VORW hour shows up more and more, so expenses must not be a problem. WRMI skedgrid at http://tinyurl.com/WRMIfqs
just shows Oldies during this hour. Maybe it`s considered a filler for a frequency-hour occupied weekdays by `The Power Hour` --- but that change still does not show on the sked either. Yet I do spot something new:

9395, after RAE, at 0300-0400: R. Prague, R. Slovakia.

Jeff`s icon is often logged in to this googledocs spreadsheet but that doesn`t mean he is axually actively editing it; *still* has lots of green C blox for disgraced Brother Scare, even totally silenced frequencies 7570, 7780, 11825. Docs also displays animal icons for anonymous viewers, now llama, lemur and camel. Which one am I? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 12105, Dec 24 at 0633, WTWW-3 is on again with Xmasmx at S7âS8, and repeated in less than a minute on very strong 5085 flanked by silent parasites; greeting from a canned ham in Oklahoma.

5085, Dec 24 at 1352, still on at odd hour, Ted with Xmas promo. At 1429, 12105 is off, 5085 still on and 5830 with SFAW still on.

12105, Dec 24 at 2138 is JBA, while 9930 is VG with Xmasmx

12105, Dec 25 at 0051, JBA carrier, while 5085 is blasting Xmasmx (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 3215, Dec 25 at 0047, WWRB is S9+40 of dead air, maybe going to modulate its non-BS huxters? BS channel 3185 is not on, nor is 9370 which had been a few minutes earlier; in process of QSY? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** VATICAN. 11625, Dec 24 at 2018, Bach at S9-S7 from Vatican News (ex-Radio) about to diffuse live Xmas eve mass, but 2021 starts in Italian before switching to scheduled Portuguese on this channel; still going at 2132 check. Other three frequencies on lower bands JBA to JBA carriers, 9700, 7365, 5910 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** VIETNAM [non!]. 7315, Dec 25 at 0039, WHRI is playing praise music in English, NOT VOV in Spanish. Holiday anomaly default, or relay canceled? VOV was 0000-0030 & 0100-0130 English, 0030-0100 & 0130-0200 Spanish (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. 9690, Dec 25 at 0041 past 0100, huge S9+35 open carrier, slight fades, in fact the SSOB, exceeding similar bigsigs from 9395 WRMI S9+30, 9455 S9+25. Seems must be intracontinental, VOA, WRMI or WHRI. At 0050, 9720 RHC is S9+25 but more fading. Surprisingly, CRI Albania 9570 is S9+25/10, while often it`s very weak, so could 9690 be European? Spain maybe left transmitter on after 2300? WRMI has used 9690 in the past too, and now plenty of spare transmitters (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

This report dispatched at 0235 UT December 25

 

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