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Glenn Hauser logs February 23-24, 2017  View Printable Version 
Friday, February 24 2017

** BRAZIL. 11780, Feb 24 at 0250 check, RNA/RNB is gone again after a brief reactivation Feb 22. 6180 is still gone, never came back, AFAIK. Yet weakling ZYs on 25m are detectable, 11764.6, 11855, 11925, 11934.8 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** BRAZIL. 4894.93, Feb 24 at 0216, S8 music vs CODAR; seems romantic pop, not S Asian, and too late for Kurseong, India. But evening bandscans have not been hitting anything here. Must be irregular Brazilian. Or maybe it signs off early, but now an hour later with the end of DST in Brasil.

Just music, no announcements to 0224. Recheck 0230, now Brazuguese-intonation announcement, more music. 0257 another try can make out talk, but too weak and too much CODAR, which can`t be notched.

Aoki shows R. Barà and R. Novo Tempo, but Barà has been gone for years. An official roster of ZY SW stations from last September includes neither, nothing on 4895, nor Novo Tempo on any frequency. WRTH 2017 shows only Novo Tempo, 5 kW from Campo Grande MS, ZYR200.

The DSWCI Tropical Bands Monitor compiled this January shows R Novo Tempo, the only 4895 Brasilian, was reported running 24h in seven of the twelve months in 2016, including December. Probably referring to this from Dave Valko:

``4894.92 BRAZIL?? R. Novo Tempo?? Found a signal here at 0856.
Nowhere near enough for audio, but did find R. Novo Tempo on the exact
same freq using Artur Nogueiras SDR.hu web rx. Nice ID at 0901. (Valko
24 Dec.)``.

Note the close match to my frequency offset. This station is religious, but maybe low-key, like AlcaravÃn. Without being able to make out the lyrix, could not be sure the ``romantic`` sounding songs were not really about being in love with Jesus. Here`s info about the relatively new station and its target audience, not admitting to being sporadic on onda tropical:

** COLOMBIA [and non]. 5910.25, Feb 24 at 0234, AlcaravÃn Radio, Puerto Lleras has distanced itself further from Romania, but hardly enough. Even with signal level rivaling fading RRI, quite a wavering het. However, I can notch that out and narrow the bandwidth. No ACI problem from 5915 Zambia with its tone at 0240. Still unpleasant for music, especially when RRI is also musical. Recheck at 0300, now HJDH in the clear with RRI finished, and remeasured at 5910.23, as it does drift, S9 with another brief interruption by ``running water`` ute (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** KUWAIT. 7530, Feb 24 at 0245, JBA talk from algo. Aoki shows Deewa Radio in Pashto via IBB at 0100-0400. Until & unless MOI gets the Radio Kuwait SW transmitters refurbished, we`ll have to settle for USG stuff relayed (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** OKLAHOMA. 92.1-FM, Feb 23 at 2048 UT check, KAMG-LP Enid is still dead air. I`ve been checking it maybe once a day at random times since first noted silence on Feb 18. (During tropo openings, something overrides it, probably Woodward or Tulsa.) Owned by Maranatha with Spanish religion satellite relay. 68 watts from site I visited on the NW edge of Enid near Carrier & Oakwood, when it debuted as a real local LPFM station from a church on the east side (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** OKLAHOMA. RF 48, Feb 24 at 0120 UT, I see that KOCY-LP is visible again in analog with Estrella TV, now that it`s after sundown with a little help from the troposphere, after a very warm day before a plunge tonight to near freezing. Then it`s gone again, as the signal is cutting off the air and on, like in the morning, e.g. 0120-0121*, *0122-0123*; then, mostly off. So if we do NOT see it in Enid, it could be because it is really off the air, rather than not propagating. I wonder how long this has been going on? Surely a turn-off for OTA NTSC viewers in OKC area, if any.

RF 42, KBZC-LD, Feb 24 at 0123 UT, another OKC low-power, is also in again, and stronger than this morning, stays locked in for a while with all seven channels. I try Country on 42-4, with headphones, and indeed the music is stereo but with some IADs. This does not seem to correspond to video breakup so suspect it`s transmitted that way. 42-1 is indeed American Sports Network, with BKB; and 42-2 Tuff TV has an icehockey game. Faded below threshold decoding circa 0200 UT (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. WWV outages: it seems there were some on Feb 21 & 22, and more on an additional day beyond what was publicized, but nowhere near 8 hours max. Website has a roster of outages going way back, the latest being:

``WWV and WWVH Broadcast Outages

The tables below show the date and times when NIST Radio Stations WWV and WWVH were off the air. During normal operation the signals are available 24 hours per day, 7 days a week. The tables list all outages since January 1, 2000 that lasted for more than 5 minutes.

WWV Broadcast Outages [MJD = Mean? Julian Day]
Date MJD Began Ended (UTC) Frequency
02-23-2017 57807 1439 1626 2.5, 5, 10, 15, 20, 25 MHz
02-22-2017 57806 1936 2156 2.5, 5, 10, 15, 20, 25 MHz
02-21-2017 57805 1608 1848 2.5, 5, 10, 15, 20, 25 MHz
09-15-2014 [. . .]`` (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. WORLD OF RADIO 1866 monitoring: confirmed Thursday February 23 at 2130 on WRMI 11580, S9. Also confirmed at 0056 UT Fri Feb 24 the 0030 airing on WBCQ 9329.8v-CUSB but JBA. Next:
Fri 2230 WRMI 11580 to NE, 6855 to WNW, 5950 to S
Sat 0030 WBCQ 9330v-CUSB to WSW
Sat 0730 HLR 6190-CUSB to WSW
Sat 1530 HLR 7265-CUSB to WSW
Sat 2030v WA0RCR 1860-AM ND
Sat 2330 WBCQ 9330v-CUSB to WSW
Sun 0410v WA0RCR 1860-AM ND
Sun 1130 HLR 9485-CUSB to SW
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 1200 WRMI 9955 to SSE, 6855 to WNW
Tue 2130 WRMI 15770 to NE, 6855 to WNW
Tue 2300 WRMI 9955 to SSE
Wed 0030 WBCQ 9330v-CUSB to WSW
Wed 1030 WRMI 5850 to NW, 6855 to WNW
Wed 1415.5 WRMI 9955 to SSE, 6855 to WNW
Wed 2200 WBCQ 7490v to WSW
Thu 0030 WBCQ 9330v-CUSB to WSW

** U S A. (7490), UT Fri Feb 24 at 0030, WBCQ webcast with `Furthermore 29-54`, Ramsey show which had been airing as repeat filler a semihour earlier, but here instead of `Broad Spectrum Radio`. No recent info on BSR website about WBCQ scheduling, but James Branum had told me he would no longer be weekly on WBCQ (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. 4070.3, Feb at 0228, CW beacon GT is JBA, and I do mean JBA! Had to listen over a minute to be sure I was copying GT rather than the other one recently heard, ZN. Still no idea whence, so time to guess: how about Grand Teton? Or could refer to golfing while tangoing, or vice versa (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

This report dispatched at 0507 UT February 24


Glenn Hauser logs February 22-23, 2017  View Printable Version 
Thursday, February 23 2017

** BRAZIL. 6180 & 11780, Feb 22 at 0736, RNB/RNA is still AWOL.

11780, Feb 22 at 2100, JBA carrier, gradually fading in until 2120 I can tell it`s in Brazuguese, so RNA/RNB is reactivated after about a week. Much better by 2159 with ACI from 11775 Anguilla which hasn`t quite signed off yet. After 2200 news in the clear.

`A Voz do Brasil` government hour should have been running at 21-22 during DST, but Brazil resumed standard time UT-3 except in the West, on Feb 19, so now the `live` time is 22-23 UT again. Nothing audible now on 6180, and at 0030 Feb 23 recheck, nothing but weak CRI to be heard there. 11780 remains on, S9+10/20 at 0710 and no 6180 reactivated yet (Glenn Hauser, OK, WORLD OF RADIO 1686, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** BRAZIL. 11924.994, Feb 23 at 0708, Portuguese from R. Bandeirantes, which has tweaked its transmitter much closer to nominal frequency after being up to 200 Hz high a lot of the time; ID in passing at 0710 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CHINA. 5979, Feb 23 at 1357, JBA carrier, so PBS Gannan is still stuck on this strange off-frequency, ex-5970; it`s the CNR-11 service in Tibetan & Chinese, from site Hezuo which is in N Central China, between Baoji and Xining (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CHINA [and non]. 7545, Feb 23 at 1408, music mixed with CNR1 talk jamming // 6125. It`s VOA Cantonese via Tinang, PHILIPPINES at 13-15 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) See also JAPAN

** CUBA. 9330, Wed Feb 22 at 0728, spy numbers alternating with digital blasts, usual very strong signal from a shared RHC transmitter, 100 or 250 kW? Helpful to spies with crummy SW radios. The voice parts are on AM, equally USB and LSB. Not a trace of WBCQ on extended BSchedule, but could well be on and not propagating / totally buried by espionage. (Spies have to be up all night, by definition.) Recheck 24 hours later at 0703 Feb 23, neither station on 9330, i.e.:

Ivo Ivanov explains scheduling change as of Feb 22 for
``NUMBERS STATIONS Cuban Spy HM01 in 9 MHz, new start and new end of transmissions:
xx55-xx20 broadcasts 25'; xx20-xx25 open carrier/dead air;
xx25-xx50 broadcasts 25'; xx50-xx55 change of frequencies:
0655-0750 9330 secret/hidden tx Su/Mo/We/Fr Spanish AM, strong signal
0755-0850 9065 secret/hidden tx Su/Mo/We/Fr Spanish AM, heavy QRM RTTY
0855-0950 9240 secret/hidden tx Su/Mo/We/Fr Spanish AM, fair to good
0955-1050 9155 secret/hidden tx Su/Mo/We/Fr Spanish AM, weak to fair``

** CUBA [and non]. 7435, Feb 23 at 1406, FE station with Cuban pulse jamming. It`s Commies vs Commies vs Commies! CRI in Russian the victim (but also in Nepali from another site), while R. Martà finished at 1400; its full 7435 sked is 23-01, 02-07, 12-14. Altho Aoki as*erisks ChiCom jamming, it does not flag CubaCom jamming, which certainly applies to all Martà frequencies (except when slow to catch up with a seasonal QSY) (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** INDONESIA. 3325, Feb 23 at 1324, music at S9-S7, presumed RRI Palangkaraya; nothing on 3345-, so Ternate must be off already (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** JAPAN. 3925, Thursday Feb 23 at 1330, R. Nikkei One, opening weekly American English lesson at S9+10/20, // 6055 at S9+10 and weaker 9595 at S7-S5. Text is from recent news stories about Trump & Abe, etc. Each expression by OM is explained by YL in Japanese along the way. Recheck at 1358, half-hour show is closing ``until next week`; the American guy is named Jesse.

3945, Thu Feb 23 at 1329, R. Nikkei Two with conversation in Japanese at S9+10, so I look for its //s on 6115 and 9760, but NO signals there which would certainly be heard if on, as RN1 is propagating on both bands. HFCC shows 6115 stops at 1000 and 9760 at 0800, while the three RN1 frequencies are registered as available, if not used, 24 hours.

WRTH 2017 has different scheduling for RN2: Sun-Thu 2300-1400, Fri & Sat 2300-0900 (9760 -0800). So 6115 should have been on until 1400 this Thursday. But Aoki shows 6115 only until 1000 weekdays, 0900 weekends. And 9760 only until 0800 daily.

3945 had no het or CCI from Vanuatu, should it have been on this late. When DXing that, it`s important to differentiate it from Nikkei2, if during hours when its //s are active (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** JAPAN. 6190, Feb 23 at 1400, NHK theme and opening Chinese, good with NO jamming; Aoki confirms no *jamming. Why not? Does this mean Japan does not send China any hard news? It`s a badge of honor to be jammed by the ChiCom. We know the two Asian powers are at odds in many ways (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** KOREA NORTH [non]. 5935, Thu Feb 23 at 1355, Sea Breeze in English is still here at S9-S7 from JAPAN. Probably another QSY by next week (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** MADAGASCAR. 17640, Feb 22 at 1845, the reliable good signal from MWV in English prompts me to look for parasitic spurs as have been coming out from the 11610 Chinese broadcast after 21 UT --- but none found on or near plus/minus 258 kHz from 17640.

11945, Feb 22 at 1938, MWV Arabic good but with flutter, and again no spurs located around 258 kHz from this (Glenn Hauser, OK, WORLD OF RADIO 1866, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** OKLAHOMA. 910, Feb 23 at 1307 UT, military medley on piano catches my ear, Anchors Aweigh, Marine Hymn, 1309 into vocal hymn solo and loops E/W, so presumably KVIS Miami, monarchists` ``King`s Vision`` (Glenn Hauser, Enid, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** OKLAHOMA [and non]. RF TV channel 48, February 22 at 1530 UT, yay! Still ONE NTSC analog station operating around here, but visible only with tropo enhancement, which is big per Bill Hepburn`s maps, possibly extending from here to Michigan, but at least with my antenna aimings, have to be satisfied with closer stuff.

48 is KOCY-LP Oklahoma City, per W9WI.com with 18.1 kW, and a CP for 15 kW from exactly the same site, 35-37-51, 97-29-30, why? Programming is Estrella TV but including large full-screen local IDs, // and almost synchro with the full power KTUZ-RF 29 transmitter but virtually remapped as ``48-1``. Estrella TV is the low-brow SS network with more T&A than the others, and that guy in a clown costume hosting a talkshow. Real ch 48 signal is weak, sometimes with no audio. I tune thru the entire UHF and VHF bands on the analog TV looking for any other NTSC, but none found. Are there any others still operational in the OKC market? Or anywhere in OK? So switch to DTV DX:

At 1530, RF 26 has KTEN Ada in well, as 10-1 KTENNBC, 10-2 KTENCW, and 10-3 KTENABC. Caught a local weather break-in to Today Show.

At 1535, RF 11, KOED Tulsa is in solid with the four OETA channels, while ``our`` // 13 KETA is breaking up as usual. Signal quality meter shows it constantly fluxuating up and down even under dead conditions, no possible CCI..

Zenith STB bandscan around 1535-1540 UT gets all these BAD signals too weak to decode: 8, 12, 14, 19, 21, 22, 28, 31, 36, 38, 42, 44, 47. And these `locals` are not making it either, obviously due to DX QRM: 15, 17 Enid, 23, 27, 46. (As for K17JN-D, the six-channel 3ABN satellator, it`s still very much on, altho Rabbitears.info makes it DK17JN as if Deleted!)

At 1541, RF 18 bears KFSM-DT 5-1, NBC from Fort Smith AR, along with 5-2 KXNW-DT 34 with a 34 bug in LR, listed as MyNetwork; and 5-3 as AntTV. City-to-city distance for my `greatest` DX now is 333 km = 207 miles.

Also on RF 20, 19-1 KQCW-HD = CW Tulsa

On RF 45, my Sanyo screen remaps to 6-1 without showing or hearing anything, yet labeled as KSN-HD, which is the RF-45 in Wichita, really 3-1! Same on 6-2 and 6-3. Then at 1553, RF 45 = 6-1, KOTV Tulsa is black and silent, ``scrambled program`` --- ha ha, another defect of this TV set; not transmitted scrambled but confused by DX CCI. Its OTA DTV tuner is much less sensitive than the Zenith STB, and does not display any signal meter, nor will it tune up and down thru each channel, only from what has been auto-programmed not during a DX opening.

Also ``scrambled program`` are 6-2 labeled as KQCW-SD, and 6-3 as NewsOn6. Note that CW is on both RF 20 and RF 45 in Tulsa, why? They will soon have to dispense with everything on 45. At 1647, RF 45 is now remapping to 3-1 ``scrambled program``, i.e. KSNW Wichita which is certainly NOT scrambled. Enough of that, as tropo is burning off this morning.

Next morning, Feb 23, similar situation as we are just beyond the western boundary of a slightly enhanced tropo area. (This is to be a near-record February day with highs in the 80s!)

At 1523 UT I start by checking analog 48, and KOCY-LP OKC with Estrella TV is in much better than 24 hours ago --- BUT the transmitter keeps dumping off the air for about a minute and back on, e.g. approx.: -1527*, *1528-1529*, 1530-1539*, 1540-1541*, *1542-1544*, etc. etc. No such interruptions on DTV simulcast via RF 29, KTUZ as 48-1. Real 48 fades out around 1630.

Bandscan finds these BAD ones around 1530-1533: 28, 31, 34, 35, 36, 45, 47; also 21, 19, 12. All of these could be Okies if not adjacents.

At 1533-1537 UT I survey RF 42, KBZC-LD OKC with its multichannels, before it fades into BAD. All of them show same PSIP ID as KBZC-LD, so one must look for bugs elsewhere to figure out what each of 7 channels carries:
42-1, ? [rabbitears shows American Sports Network]
42-2, Live from Studio 6B [re: Tuff TV]
42-3, game show, unknown [re: BUZZR] [does that lead to KBZC calls?]
42-4, Country LR bug [re: The Country Network]
42-5, QVCover [re: plain QVC]
42-6, QVCPlus
42-7, another shopper with jewelry, LC [re: Shop LC]
This signal is normally invisible here. W9WI.com agrees with the subchannel lineup on this 7.2 kW ERP station, explaining that LC means Liquidation Channel (Glenn Hauser, Enid, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SOLOMON ISLANDS. 5020, Feb 23 at 1343, SIBC music at S9-S7, another extended broadcast (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SOMALILAND [and non]. 7120, Feb 23 at 1401, tune-in to JBA S5 carrier from R. Hargeisa via longpath just in time to hear it cut off at 1401:42*. Then I check for higher 41mb AM carriers. Eritreans are still gone below 7200. 7205, presumed Sudan. 7236.925, presumed Ethiopia (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SOUTH CAROLINA [non]. 11825, Feb 22 at 1427, Brother Scare on WRMI is talking about being on 5765 and 5015, which were canceled almost two months ago, and on 6000 --- apparently a listener report from UK, and he also mentions Bulgaria/Romania in same breath as a relay site. As far as we know it`s only Bulgaria now (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 4517-USB, Thu Feb 23 at 1337, another AF MARS net, NCS adding a check-in to the lineup, but nothing more heard for a three minutes except CODAR; move on (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 5346.5-USB, Feb 23 at 1346, one side of ham QSO about running over cats, musing that might should switch to 80m; finally a call mentioned, tentatively KP5GM, not sure whether the one heard or unheard (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 5394.5-USB, Feb 23 at 1351, MARS net with abbr`d calls 5AP, 5BR, 5PM/T, and finally a full call AAR5ED but unheard (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 10000, 5000, 2500, 15000, Feb 22 at 1450-1453 checks, WWV is not a no-show for scheduled electrical upgrade outage, i.e. I am still hearing it (and on 5000 also WWVH). Perhaps the breaks have been intermittent as I am not listening for this all days Feb 21 & 22. May not be WWV`s fault as the contractor may have rescheduled the whole thing, but WWV should have kept us up to date with the announcements at :04 past every hour (Glenn Hauser, OK, WORLD OF RADIO 1866, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A [and non]. WORLD OF RADIO 1865 monitoring: confirmed, Wednesday February 22 at 1422, the 1415.5 broadcast on WRMI 9955, S7-S4, and // 6855, S5-S4, no jamming on either. Also confirmed Wed Feb 22 from 2200:05 on WBCQ 7490, poor-fair. Financial Survival ended at 2159:40 ``It`s so sad``, but then fill music instead of WBCQ ID. Also confirmed UT Thu Feb 23 at 0030 on WBCQ, 9329.89v-CUSB, fair.

WORLD OF RADIO 1866 confirmed first SW airing Thursday February 23 at 1230 on WRMI, checked at 1256 with 6855 at S9-S7, 9955 at S9+10 to S9 with no jamming. Next:
Thu 2130 WRMI 11580 to NE
Fri 0030 WBCQ 9330v-CUSB to WSW
Fri 2230 WRMI 11580 to NE, 6855 to WNW, 5950 to S
Sat 0030 WBCQ 9330v-CUSB to WSW
Sat 0730 HLR 6190-CUSB to WSW
Sat 1530 HLR 7265-CUSB to WSW
Sat 2030v WA0RCR 1860-AM ND
Sat 2330 WBCQ 9330v-CUSB to WSW
Sun 0410v WA0RCR 1860-AM ND
Sun 1130 HLR 9485-CUSB to SW
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 1200 WRMI 9955 to SSE, 6855 to WNW
Tue 2130 WRMI 15770 to NE, 6855 to WNW
Tue 2300 WRMI 9955 to SSE
Wed 0030 WBCQ 9330v-CUSB to WSW
Wed 1030 WRMI 5850 to NW, 6855 to WNW
Wed 1415.5 WRMI 9955 to SSE, 6855 to WNW
Wed 2200 WBCQ 7490v to WSW
Thu 0030 WBCQ 9330v-CUSB to WSW

** UZBEKISTAN. 5855, Feb 23 at 1354, conversation in unknown language, S7-S9, and by now 5850 WRMIBS about to sign off is weak enough not to ACI it. HFCC and Aoki show this semihour only is BBC Bengali via Tashkent.

7600, Feb 23 at 1408, VP undermodulated talk at S9; Aoki shows BBC Hindi at 1400-1430 via Tashkent (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. Trans-Pacific JBA MW carrier search Feb 23 at 1259-1302 UT, all from NW, i.e. Japan, Korea: 774, 747, 594, 1566. LSR here 1309 UT, to surpass 1300 in one week (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. 9425-LSB, Feb 22 at 0740, very poor 2-way INTRUDERS, maybe in Indonesian or similar (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

This report despatched at 2011 UT February 23


Glenn Hauser logs February 21-22, 2017  View Printable Version 
Wednesday, February 22 2017

** GERMANY [non]. 15215, Tue Feb 21 at 1557, very poor carrier. If this is Radio ÃÃmrang, we are going to have a hard time hearing it --- nothing else is scheduled here. Wham! Huge S9+10 OC cuts on just in time at *1559:54, so maybe I was just hearing the exciter at Issoudun, FRANCE at first. But dead air for more than a minute, causing more apprehension, another transmission failure? No, starts modulating at 1601:15 with sign-on in Frisian/German, website www.###-radio.de and I can`t recognize the full URL. Mentions Jahr 2006, so an old repeat? No, 1603 into English saying these broadcasts began in 2006y, but this is a new edition for a wonderful day in February, 2017. About someone`s 50-th wedding anniversary, and the rest of the hour is a long interview with her, mostly in Frisian, which is a lot more like German than English, with occasional bits of English. Could have used a bit of typical Frisian music interludes. 1615 mentions Radio Caroline.

1620, Big-Ben style home clock chimes stop at 4 bongs; English announcement with frequency 15215, at 17 hours (local) giving Amrum address, and will be repeated at 19h on internet. Someone had worked in New York, and draws a US pension. 1622, ``The Frisian Voice of Amrum, broadcasting for more than ten years``. Etc., etc. 1658 closing says the 2018 Ausgabe will also be on 21 February at 5 pm on 15215, repeat address, 19h Wiederholung. 1659:45 UT stops, open carrier for 20 seconds and off*.

QSLs in previous years have only been proxy via Media Broadcast, never direct. Last year`s sending did not have a transmission failure of an hour of dead air, requiring a make-good. That was in 2015, when they finally got it on March 8.

This was a big steady signal with hardly any fading for the whole hour â a fine example of what DW, RFI or any European broadcaster could accomplish in English every day, if they cared to broadcast 500 kW at 300 degrees toward New York as in HFCC, per Wolfgang BÃschel. It even overcame my computer noise so I could leave it on. I gather that reception was not so good in UK/Europe itself, of course in the skip zone and/or off-beam (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** GUATEMALA. 4055, UT Wed Feb 22 at 0155, Radio Verdad mentions `Mundo Sorprendente`, which is the title of a program with media/DX elements we hadn`t heard or heard about in a few years. Berny Solano in Costa Rica started it in 2013 and invited me to participate. Sked http://radioverdad.org/?q=programaci%C3%B3n
shows nothing of the kind nor some other programs we`ve really heard, so seems to remain far out of date,

RV is about to celebrate its seventeenth anniversary. It has issued a number of anniversary QSLs, and perhaps there will be another this year. I can`t find any on the website, except for the page explaining that it costs them up to $ 10 to QSL along with pennant, sticker, other printed material, and postage. That can be remitted by PayPal. However, the last we heard, postal service was out in Guatemala, and only e-QSLs could be sent.

The 11-page illustrated pdf station history
says ``"Radio Verdad" salià al aire el 25 de febrero, a las 5:20 p. m., y fue inaugurada el 5 de marzo del aÃo 2000``, and I had the pleasure of first publicizing it to the DX world.

This was after a very long process since founder Dr. Ãdgar AmÃlcar Madrid first conceived it in 1967 as a 25-watt SW transmitter to put his new `Volviendo a JesÃs` program on the air. The leadup takes about half the history file. It was written in 2014, the last part emphasizing internet transmissions, but nothing about the strange, never explained worldwide shortwave relay service without transmitters near the same frequency, which I always thought was a scam, and about which we have heard nothing further lately (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** MADAGASCAR. 11351 & 11868, Feb 21 circa 2130, spurblobs from MWV 11610 Chinese are again detectable. Next frequency after 2200 is 11770 in Arabic, so I was going to look for same separations from it, circa 11512 and 12028, but the normally well-audible fundamental is missing, apparently not on today. Another prospect I`ve yet to seek is the 1900 Arabic on 11945 whose parasites might show circa 11687 and 12203. But many transmissions are missing sporadically as we suspect they have only one of their two transmitters funxional even with the spurs (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SOLOMON ISLANDS. 7170-LSB, Feb 21 at 0716, H44MS, Bernard, in Honiara in QSO with Bill who is thrilled, W1ZY. H44 is much weaker but still more readable than SIBC ever is (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 2500 poor, 5000 good, 10000 poor, 15000 very poor, Feb 21 at 1555, WWV is still on the air rather than publicized hiatus for electrical upgrade. Of course, I`ve been careful to be sure I am hearing WWV rather than WWVH, which is underneath on 15000.

Not rechecked until 1948, when on 15000 I am getting WWVH at S7 but no WWV; this close could still be a trace not completely skipping over. On 1000, WWV is S9+20 and no WWVH. 5000 is fair with WWV. Nothing audible on 2500 or 20000.

So what is WWV announcing at 2004? Still the same announcement as for weeks about the Feb 21 and Feb 22 outages, from 1400 for no more than 8 hours each. Should try to hear LOL at 1400-1500 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. WORLD OF RADIO 1865 monitoring: confirmed UT Tuesday February 21 at 0030 on WRMI, 7730, good; also a few seconds later on WBCQ 9329.9v-CUSB. Also confirmed Tue Feb 21 at 2130 on WRMI 15770, good, but NO carrier even detectable on // 6855, off? Still nothing on 6855 at 2159, but it is audible at 2259 ID, 2300 into Radio Adventista Mundial // 5950. WOR 1865 also confirmed Tue Feb 21 at 2300 on WRMI 9955, holding own against wall-of-noise jamming, tnx a lot, Arnie! Which has diminished to nothing by 2328 recheck. Not confirmed UT Wed Feb 22 at 0030 on WBCQ, but something is JBA on 9330, probably WOR. Next:
Wed 1030 WRMI 5850 to NW, 6855 to WNW
Wed 1415.5 WRMI 9955 to SSE, 6855 to WNW
Wed 2200 WBCQ 7490v to WSW
Thu 0030 WBCQ 9330v-CUSB to WSW

** U S A. 11580, Feb 21 at 2000, WRMI starting `Jazz from the Left` as sked for this hour on Tuesdays, but only S9-S6 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 12050, Feb 21 at 2001, WEWN is very suptorted here, which is certainly better than overmodulated/splattering all over the band (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

This report dispatched at 0640 UT February 22


Glenn Hauser logs February 20-21, 2017  View Printable Version 
Tuesday, February 21 2017

Correxions: The WBCQ frequency in both these items was not 9330.92v but 9329.92v-CUSB, fixed:

** SOUTH CAROLINA [non]. 9329.92v-CUSB, Feb 20 at 1525, Brother Scare is VP at S2-S4 via WBCQ, varying audibly with BFO. Contrary to Ivo`s guess that this was not on in our mornings. Supposedly it`s 24 hours, filling all time not already committed to other programming (and subject to preÃmption for special bookings). Much weaker than e.g. 9315 Tinian: see TIBET [non]. (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** TIBET [non]. 9315, Feb 20 at 1525, English clip about high blood pressure, then back to Tibetan, for it`s RFA via TINIAN this hour only (earlier via Tajikistan). Strangely, HFCC as of Feb 16 still does not show any broadcasts on 9315, while Aoki says 9315 for this started November 11! Maybe that`s why no ChiCom jamming is to be heard? Noted as much stronger signal than 9329.92v-CUSB, Brother HyStairical via WBCQ (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** ALASKA. The first HAARP test for 0300-0340 UT Feb 20 was a bust here, as a lightning storm was hitting us, so antennas and computers disconnected. Another one was scheduled 24 hours later, Feb 21, on ``2.8 and 3.3 MHz``. Closest I could come were two S7 carriers drifting slowly downward from 3295 and 2810 as of 0305, reaching 3262 and 2787 by 0340 or so --- but this is not what HAARP was supposed to be doing, a repeating 10-minute program including music; so I conclude these must have been generated within the NRD-545. I often encounter birdies on the lower SW frequencies, but ignore them as soon as I hear the drift. Kept checking closer to 3300 and 2800 but nothing heard during this span. Reports of what others were getting:
More to come UT Feb 22 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DXL ISTENING DIGEST)

** ALGERIA [non]. 9710.00, Feb 20 at 2129, Qur`an at S3-S4. It`s RTA via FRANCE, also during the previous hour (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** GREECE. 9420, Feb 20 at 2127 tuneby, surprised to hear English from VOG, but I know it can`t last. A guy with Scottish(?) accent is talking about the Greek people, interviewed by a woman also in English. I have the impression he may be a second-generation emigrant. 2128 she switches to Greek presumably explaining what they were talking about rather than a verbatim translation. Do not to expect the English segment to recur at this time (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** MADAGASCAR. 11868.40 & 11351.60, Feb 20 at 2120, approx. centers of distorted S2 spurblobs, enough modulation on the upper one to match it to the Chinese from MWV 11610 tuned on aux receiver G8, while 11610 is S9-S7 on the JRC. Plus and minus 258.4 kHz: so what is significance of that figure?? Too bad that their newish Continental would be emitting these parasites. Fortunately, nothing is scheduled on 11865 or 11870 at this time, but 11351 is an aero mobile service channel. Now to look for more at similar displacements from all other MWV frequencies, but for only 57 minutes each (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** NORTH AMERICA. 15529.97, Feb 20 at 2113, an S4 signal where there should not be one, so my ears perk up for another Station YHWH appearance, since I had previously heard him this time of day on the 19mb (15300) --- fades up a bit to S8, and yes, it`s Martin K. Elliott with his usual shtick, ``breaking the spell of Satan --- Christianity, greatest hoax ever``, Still going at 2141 check (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SOMALILAND. 7120-AM, Feb 21 at 0333, Qur`an at S8-S9, better signal and modulation than usual but intermittent co-channel but LSB QRhaM upon Radio Hargeisa (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 7490.131-AM, Mon Feb 20 at 2140, WBCQ with continuous disco/rock music, no announcements until 2159 ID and 2200 into the `Remnant Ministry` pushing Yahwahism, sponsored by gold-pushers Financial Survival, which is the show itself missing from previous hour (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 6855, Feb 21 at 0030, WRMI is dead air again like 24 hours earlier when Xmas Radio was not to be heard. Nor is anything else to be heard now, including previously carried Slovakia in English. BUT --- I can hear light pulse jamming on 6855, first time for that. Did Jeff put some Cuban exile program on 6855 sometime? Not that I am aware of.

Now, 9955 is buried in a wall-of-noise, vs Radio Libertad, unlike 24 hours earlier on Sunday until 0030 with `Trova Libre`. I`ve notified Jeff White about the dead air and the new jamming threat (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 12105, Feb 20 at 2118, WTWW-3 is AWOL, no Bibling now (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

This report dispatched at 0536 UT February 21


DX Listening Digest 17-07; World of Radio 1865  View Printable Version 
Tuesday, February 21 2017

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Colombia, Cuba and non, Germany, Iran and non, Ireland, Madagascar,
Nigeria, North AMerica, PerÃ, Spain, Sudan, UK, USA

SHORTWAVE AIRINGS of WORLD OF RADIO 1865, February 16-23, 2017
Thu 1230 WRMI 9955 6855 [confirmed]
Thu 2130 WRMI 11580 [confirmed]
Fri 0030 WBCQ 9330v-CUSB [confirmed]
Fri 2230 WRMI 5950 6855 11580 [all confirmed]
Sat 0030 WBCQ 9330v-CUSB [confirmed]
Sat 0630 HLR 6190-CUSB Hamburger Lokalradio
Sat 1531 HLR 7265-CUSB Hamburger Lokalradio [not confirmed]
Sat 2030v WA0RCR 1860-AM
Sat 2330 WBCQ 9330v-CUSB
Sun 0410v WA0RCR 1860-AM [confirmed from 0419]
Sun 1130 HLR 9485-CUSB [confirmed in Bulgaria]
Mon 0030 WBCQ 9330v-CUSB [confirmed]
Mon 0400v WBCQ 5130v-AM Area 51 [confirmed]
Mon 0430 WRMI 9955
Tue 0030 WBCQ 9330v-CUSB [confirmed]
Tue 0030 WRMI 7730 [confirmed]
Tue 1200 WRMI 9955 6855
Tue 2130 WRMI 15770 6855
Tue 2300 WRMI 9955
Wed 0030 WBCQ 9330v-CUSB
Wed 1000 WRMI 5850 6855
Wed 1415 WRMI 9955 6855
Wed 2200 WBCQ 7490v
Thu 0030 WBCQ 9330v-CUSB

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