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Glenn Hauser logs December 17-18, 2017  View Printable Version 
Monday, December 18 2017

Logs
** CUBA. 9720, Dec 17 at 2303, RHC in Spanish // stronger 9640 and weaker 9535, but 9720 is supposed to be in French. Something`s always wrong at RHC (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** IRAN. 6180, Dec 18 at 0108, S9-S7 but undermodulated in Spanish, not Portuguese so it`s IRIB as scheduled and no sign of BrasÃlia (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** NEWFOUNDLAND & LABRADOR. 2598-USB, Dec 18 at 0119, VP S8 vs S6 band noise level, YL with marine weather in English. CG sked
http://www.ccg-gcc.gc.ca/Marine-Communications/RAMN-2017/Part2
shows starting at 0107 is VOK Labrador, apparently controlled from Goose Bay but transmitted from St. Anthony, Newfoundland. Nothing heard on 2749-USB at this time from Nova Scotia area (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** NORTH AMERICA. 6929.99-USB, Dec 18 at 0120, S9 pirate but deep fades, folk song, same guitar chords over and over, but different libretto, sounds sorta like Dylan, including ``What Goes Up ---``. 0124 DJ says he has tears in his eyes over this music; building a studio, improving audio, beamed to western United States; maybe ID in passing during fade sounds like perhaps ``Yaddy-Man``, ``Merry Christmas to you all``. More music, 0127, ``You`re tuned to the Bloody(?) Man``; Or is it Boogy-Man? Says he is old, mad as hell, talks over music, swears against the FCC, ``what the -uc- are they going to do to me?`` 0134 ``music that makes you cry``; swears against classic rock stations, FCC net neutrality ruling, and one more ID in which the second word is definitely ``Man``.

More logs of same here:
https://www.hfunderground.com/board/index.php/topic,39320.0.html
who say the first singer was Tom Petty, but no one says anything about the ``--- Man`` ID (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A [and non]. WORLD OF RADIO 1908 monitoring:
GERMANY, Reception of World of Radio via HLR 9485-CUSB, Dec 17
1131-1200 on 9485 GOH 001 kW / 230 deg to CeEu English Sun, fair
http://swldxbulgaria.blogspot.bg/2017/12/reception-of-world-of-radio-via-hlr_17.html
(Ivo Ivanov, Bulgaria, dxldyg via DX LISTENING DIGEST)

Confirmed UT Monday December 18 at 0046 on WBCQ 9330.033v-CUSB, at midpoint, S8 but deep fades, later S7 and ending at 0058:49. Glad to be able to confirm this on the bigrigs after not much heard the past week; when tried at 0032 on the PL-880 I was hearing something else on 9330, in fact two talk stations mixing, I guess that receiver`s imagination. By 0112, 9330 is still audible with Blalock the blaster. Also confirmed UT Monday Dec 18 from 0402 on Area 51 webcast, and via WBCQ 5129.8, fair at 0423 check. Also confirmed UT Monday December 18 after 0430 on WRMI webcast, and 9955 checked a few minutes earlier was good but with some pulse jamming; tnx a lot, Arnie! Next:
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
Tue 2130 WRMI 9455 to WNW [or #1909?]

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

** U S A. 9955, UT Mon Dec 18 at 0115, WRMI introduces `Moderna` and blogger Yadira starts her commentary in Spanish, main subject being the FCC voting against Net Neutrality. Apparently this will also impact Cuba`s fledgling internet, already tightly government-controlled. Points out that SW is also regulated, requiring a license. VG S9+35 fading to S9, no jamming audible this time, unlike the previous broadcast until 0015 December 17 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 3215, UT Mon Dec 18 at 0101, WWRB is S9+40 with far-right politico-religious talk (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 12105, Dec 17 at 2305, no signal from WTWW Xmasmx, nor 5085, but that is on a couple of hours later (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

This report dispatched at 0518 UT December 18
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shortwave log 18-19 UT on Dec 17  View Printable Version 
Sunday, December 17 2017

Logs

Afternoon log on Dec 17 at 18-19 UT slot,
heard here in Germany, Belgium, and England remote SDR installations:

11760even CUB RHC Bauta, across Atlantic S=8 -71dBm signal, typical
long interval signal at 1806 UT, Spanish scheduled 1630-1900 UT.

7530even UZB BBC London in Korean language, S=9+10db here in Europe
backlobe, 1810 UT. Played old 'war end' recording tapes, ?of US Army?,
interview in English "... are you Free ? ".

7480even MDA R Payam eDoost program in Persian, via Radiotelecentr
(PRTC) transmitter Grigoriopol Maiac in Moldova Pridnestrovie, S=9+15dB
1800-1845 UT, heard at 1813 UT on Dec 17. Wonderful audio quality
on shortwave band.

7245even MDA TWR Horn of Africa sce program to NoEaAfrica,
via Radiotelecentr (PRTC) transmitter Grigoriopol Maiac in Moldova
Pridnestrovie, most likely in Kunama(Suns only) but otherwise in Tigre


language at 1800-1830 (1845) UT on Sunday Dec 17, S=9+25dB or -55dBm
signal powerhouse noted.

7299.989 AFS BBC London in French, via SenTec at Meyerton site,
at 1816 UT, fluttery S=8-9 signal across the whole African continent
into Europe.

7255v CHN/NIG both co-channel programs, CRI Russian from powerhouse
Shijianzhuang site, S=9+10dB more than fair signal sidelobe in central
Europe, but also
7254.922 NIG Voice on Nigeria Abudja in English, female and male anncer
at 1822 UT here in Germany, Belgium, and England remote SDR.

Same time also DRM mode outlet heard in MI-US SDR on east coast NoAmerica
15120drm NIG Voice of Nigeria DRM block of S=9+15dB at 1827 UT on
Dec 17. 10 kHz wideband digital data block visible on screen.

15155even MDG AWR in English, MBR Cologne FMO brokered, organized via
MGLOB Talata Volonondry outlet into North America at 325 degr azimuth.
1830-1900 UT, AWR station ID heard at 18.30:02 UT "This is Adventist
World Radio", S=9+15dB strength in Michigan-US state.

15200even AFS DWL Bonn, Hausa service via SenTec Meyerton AFS relay site
S=9+15dB signal in east coast North America, at 1832 UT on Dec 17.

15390even ESP REE Madrid Spanish live coverage of football league match
via Noblejas-ESP, 1834 UT, some team games played Teneriffa, Valencia,
Real Madrid mentioned. Totally overmodulated distorted audio, TX faulty.
15500 kHz weak and tiny S=7 heard too.
9690 kHz S=9+25dB signal in Europe.

15400even ASC BBC English sports report, Super Bowl news talk/interview
S=9+10dB at 1835 UT.

15555USB mode transmission, out of WJHR Milton FL acc Aoki database list.
At 1837 UT, S=9+15dB in east coast NoAM in MI-US state, religious? talk
on drugs, alcohol, "Word of God" needed, CLEAN AUDIO modulation heard
on software definded radio in usb mode tuning selection.

15610even USA WEWN Alabama - Michigan short distance signal, S=8-9 much
fluttery kind. At 1839 UT on Dec 17.

15709.997 USA Lea Sea BC from Furman SC, TOM BS religious relay trans-
mission, sermon prayer, S=9+10dB in MI-US state, at 1841 UT Dec 17.

17640even MDG MWV New Life Station, Mahajanga, Madagascar, heard
their anncmt like "Africa Pathways Radio, ID, on air at 8 and 6pm..."
1843 UT on Dec 17, ID, into discussion of fish-dinner, or chicken-dinner
S=9+15dB into MI-US state. Nice modulation audio sound, and followed
religious singer group performance.

21610.009 USA WHR Furman SC transmission, sermon probably BS TOM ?,
S=7 fair signal into MI-US state at 1846 UT on Dec 17.

7314.990 UAE RTI Taiwan in French language, S=9+35dB or -42dBm
powerhouse from Babcock Al Dhabbaya FMO outlet, at 1852 UT into Germany.
11 kHz wideband audio, ballgame discussion, talk by female and male,
about championat, spectacle party...

[selected SDR options, span 12.5 kHz RBW 15.3 Hertz]
(wb df5sx, wwdxc BC-DX TopNews Dec 17)

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Glenn Hauser logs December 17, 2017  View Printable Version 
Sunday, December 17 2017

Logs
** ALASKA [and non]. 7355, Dec 17 at 1411, checking the ex-RNZI frequency, some VP talk vs VP Cuban pulse jamming, KNLS as scheduled for English hour? Maybe, but HFCC shows Iran in Kurdish also on 7355, 500 kW, 310 degrees USward from Sirjan at 1400-1500 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA. 11830 & 11850, Sunday Dec 17 at 1440, RHC `En Contacto` is S9 but JBM on parasites, while fundamental 11840 amid is S9+30 but suppressed modulation, altho not distorted. Arnie is talking about WWVB, soon the sporadic E season. Same on // 11760 & 11650 with normal mod, both at S9+20. He writes the whole thing, but during his voice there is hum and reverb; from his hospital bed? 1449 YL co-host who utters words Arnie puts in her mouth, in outro credit line gives her name which is not Marta RÃos (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** ERITREA. 7181.553, Dec 17 at 1412, S6-S9 carrier but no modulation detectable amid hamband, surely VOBME`s off-frequency INTRUDER transmitter by long-path. Nothing audible for the other VOBME circa 7140. See also ETHIOPIA (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** ETHIOPIA. 7236.360V, Dec 17 at 1417, S7-S5 carrier, no doubt R. Ethiopia always way off-frequency, via longpath. See also ERITREA (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** KIRITIMATI. 846, Dec 17 at 0707, JJBA carrier from presumed R. Kiribati; I keep looking for any other reports of this and find one:

``A couple Japanese powerhouse stations in this evening along with a weak Radio Kiribati 846. CHRISTMAS ISLAND, 12/15 poor to weak from 0717 to 0721. Music. Best regards, (Dennis Vroom, Kalama, WA, JRC NRD 545 + Drake R8B, Random wire 380', IRCA via DXLD)`` (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** KOREA SOUTH [and non]. 6045, Dec 17 at 1427, ballad, maybe in English? at S9-S7, 1430 Korean? talk, with lite pulse/tone jamming. Is the current frequency of Voice of Freedom, 10 kW clandestine (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** NEW ZEALAND. 7430, Dec 17 at 1355, RNZI is still here with Maori(?) music, good S9. Nothing on 7390. On Dec 15, Ivo Ivanov reported:

``Upcoming frequency change of Radio New Zealand Pacific, Dec 16
1259-1650 7390 RAN 050 kW / 035 deg Pac English AM mode Dly, ex 7430
1651-1758 7390 RAN 050 kW / 035 deg Pac English AM mode Sat, ex 7430

or alternative frequency of Radio New Zealand Pacific effective Dec 16
1259-1650 7320*RAN 050 kW / 035 deg Pac English AM mode Dly, ex 7430
1651-1758 7320*RAN 050 kW / 035 deg Pac English AM mode Sat, ex 7430
*strong 7320 ERV 300 kW / 280 deg WAs Kurdish BRB Denge Kurdistan!``

Before 1400 Dec 17, 7390 is clear as is 7395, while there is a JBA carrier on 7385. At 1403 now 7395 has some S6 in Japanese, which is CRI via Xi`an. Latest HFCC of Dec 15 shows:
7390 1300 1700 61S,62,63W RAN 50 35 0 148 1234567 161217 250318 D
7390 1300 1700 51,56,64S,65S RAN 50 325 0 148 1234567 161217 250318 D
but it`s now a day later and still on 7430 which is also registered for the rest of B-17. As of 1643 UT Dec 17, RNZI`s own website sked shows 7430, nothing about 7390 or 7320 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** NIGERIA [non]. 11530, Dec 17 at 0708, Radio Herwa International via WRMI, S9-S7 in Hausa? talk, with slight echo, music. This time it`s *much* stronger than the nearby WRMIBS on 11580, JBA only S1-S3, why? The echo via long path?? No, I think the delay is not long enough for that; so backscatter (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** OKLAHOMA [and non]. 6100, Dec 17 at 1421, suspicious low-audible-het with weak audio mixture. Without making a match, strongly suspect it`s WWCR 7490 minus local KCRC 1390v; vs real 6100 stations KCBS P`yongyang and/or CRI English via Urumqi (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. WORLD OF RADIO 1908 monitoring: ham news still going at 0425 UT Sunday December 17 on WA0RCR, 1860-AM, Missouri, but at 0448 check WOR S9+30 at its mid-pause, which means it started about 0434. Next:

[note: 9330 broadcasts inaudible and not confirmed lately, but still on schedule and allegedly on air; if anyone detect them, let us know!]

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
Tue 2130 WRMI 9455 to WNW [or #1909?]

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

** U S A. 9455, Dec 17 at 0713, comparing WRMI Oldies with // 9395, I can tell that the 9455 transmitter is slightly unstable, wobbling while 9395 is not. See also NIGERIA [non] (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 12105, Dec 17 at 1432, poor signal with music, unseems Xmas, until 1437, ``Winter Wonderland``, so no doubt the #3 frequency of WTWW but hardly propagating yet. In the Bible-Worldwide days it was never on air until afternoons.

12105, Dec 17 at 1707, now it`s inbooming, soul version of ``Santa Claus is Comin` to Town`, 1708 Xmas greeting in English by another canned ham in Ohio. What does Ted have against SWLs greeting on a SW broadcast station? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. 6087.4, Dec 17 at 1428, CW including numbers and letters, and off, INTRUDER (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

This report dispatched at 1724 UT December 17
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Glenn Hauser logs December 16-17, 2017  View Printable Version 
Sunday, December 17 2017

Logs
** BRAZIL [and non]. 11760-11780, Dec 16 at 1905, 2157 chex, no signals, proper or otherwise from RNA, unlike yesterday. Later we get a tip from Manuel MÃndez, Spain, that the other RNA frequency, 6180 was heard with ID at 2125. Maybe they only have one transmitter semi-usable. By the time I`m back at the dials, 2342, could be RNA mixing with CRI, but S8 weaker than adjacents 6175 and Mexico 6185. By 0007 Dec 17, only a JBA carrier on 6180. CRI schedule is 2200-2257 Mandarin, 2300-2357 Cantonese, both via Kunming. Then there`s Iran in Spanish on 6180 at 0020-0320 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CHINA [and non]. 11635, Dec 16 at 2355, CNR1 echo jamming against music station, presumably Taiwan in Chinese scheduled 2230-0030; but Aoki shows Voice of Korea also on 11635, 1830-0020, the last hour in Korean (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGETS)

** NETHERLANDS [non]. 5960, Saturday Dec 16 at 2348, Voice of TURKEY signs off English, starts playing IS. Tonight I am monitoring continuously to see what happen when The Mighty KBC start its weekly broadcast at 0000 UT Sunday via GERMANY.

VOT keeps going with IS but no IDs; 2356 a slight glitch in the music, maybe feed input switch, and then repeated more often than once a minute over music, ``Die Stimme der TÃrkei``, so as I have been warning, the sloppyrators at Emirler are overrunning 5960 tonight with German, instead of turning it off after English. Nauen carrier from *2359 comes on atop, producing fast SAH with off-frequency Turkey.

UT Sunday Dec 17 at 0000 timesignal presumably from VOT, as KBC starts modulating. They add up to S9+5, and there is more QRM from the SAH than from Germodulation, but it`s quite annoying if you are trying to listen to KBC, and still going past 0020 when I QRT. TRT may not quit until German be over circa 0050, but surely will be off for the second hour of KBC with Uncle Eric. KBC could have avoided this collision by not risking a TRT frequency when it is supposed to be off. BTW, there is also ACI from Cuban pulse jammer on 5955 against nothing since Radio RepÃblica disappeared years ago (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** NORTH AMERICA. 6940-USB, Dec 16 at 2240 S9-S5 rock music from pirate; 2241 ``thanks to the listeners in C-K`` repeated a few times by that synthyl voice we have been hearing from Clever Name Radio. These logs agree that`s it, altho the first one`s times are one hour ahead:
https://www.hfunderground.com/board/index.php/topic,39286.0.html
(Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** NORTH AMERICA. 6930-USB, Dec 16 at 2341, algo with hard rock, S8 vs band noise level of S6. (6940 CNR is off by now.) More unID logs of it:
https://www.hfunderground.com/board/index.php/topic,39290.0.html
There was also a 6930-LSB a few minutes earlier:
https://www.hfunderground.com/board/index.php/topic,39289.0.html
6930-USB is off by 0008 Dec 17 check, leaving no pirate activity
(Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A [and non]. WORLD OF RADIO 1908 monitoring: Hi Glenn, No luck with HLR again today on 7265 [WORLD OF RADIO, Sat 1531 UT via Germany]. I suspect it's just the time of year, and will improve again in a few weeks once the days start lengthening. Looking at last year's logs, I didn't receive it between the 3rd of December and the 15th of January, so it seems to be following the same pattern. I'll keep checking for it though if I'm in (Alan Gale, England, Dec 16, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

9330v-CUSB, Sat Dec 16 at 2230, NO signal detectable from WBCQ for WOR (Nor is it audible after 2300 when Blalock would be blasting nor at 2338.) Confirmed Sat Dec 16 at 2300 on WRMI 11580, good S9 to S9+20 (but by 2340 has faded down to S2; also back at 2247, 11580 had World Music fill, Greek, rather than RAE Italian on weekdays). As usual, by 0200 UT Sunday Dec 17, 11580 is JBA, but it sounds like me. Now, WA0RCR, 1860-AM, Wentzville MO is already in much better with ham news, prior to its WOR airing circa 0415. Besides that, further nexts:
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
Tue 2130 WRMI 9455 to WNW [or #1909?]

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, Dec 16 at 2118, WRMI `Oldies` service with VOA News relay ending at 2120 (instead of `The Power Hour` on weekdays) (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A [and non]. 9955, UT Sunday Dec 17 at 0009, YL in Spanish is talking about (her?) paintings in the Cuban exile community, vs. jamming of a different type than usual: machine-gun-like bursts interrupted by quick pauses about 25 times per minute. Is it Mirka? No, WRMI sked shows 0000-0015 Sunday is `Moderna` which gets one other airing UT Monday at 0115-0130. It`s hardly clear that she is finished at 0015 when WRMI suddenly switches to gospel huxter in English, `Words of Life Ministry` from Buford GA, as the jamming continues, also with some traditional pulsing.

We`ve noted `Moderna` before, with a blurb on the Programming page,
http://wrmi.net/index.php/programming/
identifying her as Yadira Escobar, but totally confused scheduling info. She promotes reconciliation across the Straits; tough, jam her anyway! (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 12105, Dec 16 at 1905, 2157 chex, no signal on the WTWW-3 frequency, unlike yesterday afternoon (and nightmiddle) when it was Xmasmx. Nor is 9930 on, no `Theater Organ in the Ozarx`, but 9475 with deviant `QSO` show after 1900.

5085, UT Sun Dec 17 at 0204, Xmasmx, ``First Noel``, not organ now either (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

This report dispatched at 0230 UT December 17
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Glenn Hauser logs December 15-16, 2017  View Printable Version 
Saturday, December 16 2017

Logs
** ARMENIA. 9910, Dec 16 at 1432, S Asian song at S8-S5, then talk in unID language. Aoki/NDXC shows TWR India, 300 kW, 100 degrees via Yerevan-Gavar, 1430-1445 Saturday in Haryanvi; weekdays in Hindi; Sundays in Mewadi. EiBi`s readme language list:
``HAR Haryanvi/Bangri/Harayanvi/Hariyanvi: India-Haryana (8m) [bgc]``
(Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** BOTSWANA. 4930, Dec 16 at 0046, JBA carrier, as VOA expansion to 24h service due to Zimbabwe appears still to be vigent; why? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** BRAZIL. 11762 approx., Dec 15 at 2108, no carrier but S9 signal of extremely distorted Brazuguese. So for a change, it`s not RHC as Mark Coady and I first guessed. Nor is it RHC`s style of a single plodding scripted M announcer, rather lively W&M interchanges, and they`re talking about Brasil, not Cuba.

Therefore, it must be the RNA transmitter which is supposed to be on 11780, but totally out of whack --- nothing there as it has been active lately until 2200. The splatter field extends roughly 11740-11785. It is marginally more readable on the R75 in FM mode, and noise blanker also helps slightly. Much greater signal level than the other ZYs on 25m now, 11854.9 and 11934.9. RHC is not on yet, but by 2206 it has replaced RNA on 11760 with normal modulation in Spanish at S9+20. Will this happen again Dec 16? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA. 15232, 15301, 15439, 15508, 15576, 15166, Dec 16 at 1420 and later, approx. spots of filthy spurblobs from 15370 RHC transmitter which sounds OK on fundamental. Yesterday I was hearing these during the following hour; and yesterday during the 1400 hour Wolfgang BÃschel was monitoring RHC via remote SDR in NJ, without reporting any of them, but maybe not looking at the right frequencies. Something`s always wrong at RHC (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** INDONESIA. 9525.932, Dec 16 at 1426, JBA carrier, no doubt VOI currently on its upper-off-frequency (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** KIRITIMATI. 846.00, Dec 16 at 0656, very weak but steady carrier past 0700, not registering on the S-meter amid heavy 840 & 850 signals. Presumed R. Kiribati. I have not been seeing any routine loggings of this lately from the Victorians; so common that of no interest, or sporadically active? Nor from anyone deeper into North America like me (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** NORTH AMERICA. 6960-USB, Dec 16 at 0041, hard rock. Several logs of it as unID:
https://www.hfunderground.com/board/index.php/topic,39273.0.html
including SSTV images such as ``Nobody tells the truth``, and Chris Smolinski assumes it`s Pee Wee (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A [and non]. WORLD OF RADIO 1908 monitoring: not confirmed UT Sat Dec 16 at 0030 on WBCQ 9330v-CUSB, altho a JBA carrier could be it (9265 WINB is VP, 9395 WRMI better, 9370 WWRB best). Not confirmed, Sat Dec 16 at 1531-1600 on Hamburger Lokalradio, 7265-CUSB as scheduled, on the UTwente SDR, only S Asian music and talk from CRI East Turkistan. Next:
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
Tue 2130 WRMI 9455 to WNW [or #1909?]

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

** U S A. 7490.080, Dec 15 at 2114, WBCQ is S7 to S9+10 during `Financial Survival` conspiracy theories. It`s the backup transmitter running 30 kW as we learn later, following a disastrous fire which destroyed the original WBCQ-1 transmitter on Dec 10.

Allan Weiner was going to tell us all about it on his Friday night show, so I made a point of listening to it all on webcast, taking extensive notes, UT Saturday Dec 16 from 0100 on (7490). At 0040 check, 7489.80 itself was found to be a JBA carrier; 5130 not yet on but might have been better.

It`s a monologue by AW, with interjexions from others mostly off-mike in the studio. If this seem somewhat disjointed, I am presenting the info roughly in the order it came over.

Says this broadcast is on 7490 and 5130; with Angela, Scott and Timtron. AW is not feeling well, has had an atrial fibrillation [irregular heart rhythm] attack:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Atrial_fibrillation
which hits him about three times a year.

Disaster hit Sunday December 10, as it was snowing. Fire destroyed the #1 transmitter. There are five other transmitters, including the new #6 which is for 3265. One of the others is apparently a backup.

Last year`s fund drive with a goal of $ 500K raised only 4 or 5K$ , but he`s grateful for that; paid part of the $ 6K cost for shipping the new transmitter from California.

He and the crew had just been rebuilding #1 the past three years. The renovation cost $ 50-80K. And it went back into service about 6 weeks ago, working fine. Originally a Harris MW-50, converted to a SW-50. Has very good efficiency of 90%, but a flaw.

Surrounding the tubes running 22 kv is a fiberglass ducting plenum, dating from the original unit 40 years ago, so deteriorated. It caught fire. Last Sunday signed on at 5 pm as usual for Marion`s Attic; by 6 pm, it was burning as AW walked into the transmitter building; turned off the HV. Fiberglass is made of explosive resins, impossible to put out. Caused extensive devastation, debris all over the building which contains two other transmitters.

Along with the atrial fibrillation, AW is on heart and blood pressure meds. This situation was not good for his conditions.

The #2 transmitter is for 5130; #3 is the backup 30 kW for 7490, which was untouched and soon switched on to resume broadcasting.

Fortunately the building did not burn down, which it could have; it has three-quarter-inch plaster which deflects heat. The wiring, power supply, etc., are OK; just that there is soot over everything which must be cleaned up, as electricity and soot=carbon do not mix!

He has been unable to get insurance for WBCQ, since it`s ``at the end of nowhere`` and as an international broadcast station a ``terrorist target``. Has tried to get insurance for ten years.

[Merriam-Webster Definition of plenum. 1b: an air-filled space in a structure; especially: one that receives air from a blower for distribution (as in a ventilation system)]

Plenum is an air ducting system, from the main blower to cool the two main tubes. He thinks this happened in a flash, as the fibreglass, which has metallic fibers (?) within it, broke down. It had only been on air for an hour when the ducting ignited. The blower kept running, fanning the flames.

He wants to replace this ASAP and needs to raise $ 20K to purchase another used SW transmitter. AW has one in mind, which apparently has already been converted from MW to bona fide SW, but will need further parts and work, and high shipping costs.

Frequent plugs for gofundme or contribute via the WBCQ.com website. Even JL has contributed via gofundme!!

WBCQ is not making a profit; depends on unpaid volunteers. AW says he has not raised rates since starting in *1998! (despite inflation), charging anywhere from $ 10 to $ 60 an hour depending on the amount of time purchased. This is to accommodate free-speech clients who he knows could not afford higher rates.

The 3265 #5 [6?] transmitter has the same plenum problem, so that is being replaced with half-inch teflon. Still waiting for a major client for it. Anyone else running a Harris transmitter with fibreglass plenum should take note and replace it before they have such a fire!

``Get this right, Glenn Hauser --- all the other transmitters are fine``. For this very reason, they are in two other buildings. (?? IF I did not get something right, it`s because no one tells me directly what`s happening.)

A new SW transmitter from Ampegon or CCA would cost $ 300K to $ 500K, out of the question. WBCQ has always relied on used equipment, converted for SW.

The replacement transmitter is of a different shape than the burned one; the building walls will have to be modified so it will fit, but this is doable.

Most work will be volunteer, but will pay a crew to clean up the building. Temp is now 4 degrees, minus wind chill. Not much work can be done until spring, but plans to have the new rig going by mid-summer, better than ever.

This was a chemical problem that no one foresaw. Harris cut corners by using fibreglass. ``Harris built a time-bomb``.

I was wondering if Allan would ever say anything about the 9330 transmitter, and why we can`t hear it. He does say it`s #4 in another building, and unaffected by the fire.

It`s now past 0200 when he starts to reply to e-mail, acknowledge some contributors. His benedixion starts at 0217 as the show is almost over.

Of course, we wish Allan and everyone at WBCQ the best, and good luck in carrying through on getting back to 50 kW on 7490.

John Carver, mid-north Indiana, sends his report on this same broadcast:

``Tonight's show started on time this evening. Listening on 5130 as 7490 was plagued with long, deep fades and coming in with the high point in the swing being S5. 5130 is not great this evening at S5-S7 but the fades don't seem to be as bad here.

Allan opened the show with the news of the 7490 transmitter fire. Angela, Dr. Becker and TimTron were in the studio with him. Allan is not feeling well, suffering effects of stress and the smoke from the fire. At 0108 the noise came up making it hard to copy. Allan said he was having some heart problems from the stress, smoke and not being able to breathe in the transmitter building while putting out the fire. Lots of details about the fire and the clean up.

It sounds like they're still running with one mic in the studio this week. Understandable with all that's been going on since last week's program. No insurance on the station as Allan states that the insurance companies consider the station to be a terrorist target.

Has started a Go Fund Me page to raise money to buy another transmitter. Has another transmitter in mind if they can raise the money. Transmitter would be shipped to a warehouse in Presque Isle and converted there and then moved to the station probably in the spring.

Transmitter for 3265 is being torn down and the fiberglass air ducting is being removed as this is what caused the two previous fires in the 7490 transmitter and the 3265 transmitter has the same fiberglass ducting in it.

Wants to raise at least twenty thousand dollars to defray the costs of another transmitter. New transmitter would cost three hundred thousand dollars.

No damage to the transmitter buildings or any of the wiring or other equipment contained there. Losing large hunks of the conversation in the fades. Signal has dropped to S5 and less now. As usual 5130 transmitter shuts down at 0202 right in the middle of a sentence. I know they're having all sorts of problems at the station but they really should fix that and leave 5130 on till the end of the program. John`` (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 11530, Dec 16 at 0652, WRMI with Brother Scare singing at S9+20, about equal to // 11580; so Radio Herwa International likely to ensue at 0700, and probably R. Biafra presued until 0530. There are extreme variations in reception of these in the nightmiddle, often JBA carriers (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 17775.017, Dec 15 at 1911, KVOH Spanish sermon is S9+20 and somewhat suptorted, but closer to frequency than last few days. Perhaps they saw my measurements of +150 Hz or so. No spur field detectable (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 12105, Dec 15 at 1917, WTWW-3 reactivated after several months! I bandscan past here just about every day and nothing until now. It`s S9+20 with ``Wish Upon a Star``, not exactly Xmasmx, but at 1920, KI4OSH from Fairview TN utters Xmas wishes, then to Armed Forces too; Ted ad for Icom transceivers, 1923 ``All Xmasmx all the time from WTWW``. Modulation is somewhat distorted, a pity for a music service, and carrier wobbles with BFO on. 2107 recheck, still on but faded drastically to S5-S7. More hams are making recorded Xmas greetings.

12105 was originally dedicated to ``Bible Worldwide` in a few strange languages such as Yoruba, but now there is reason to add it to my caradio BSR-1 memories in order to keep track of it. Xmasmx is the stuff Ted has been running on 5085 at night, and one would expect the same on WTWW-2`s day frequency 9930, but not.

The only other user of 12105, per NDXC/Aoki is RFA Burmese via Tinian at 1230-1430. As far as FCC is concerned, WTWW may use 12105 any time between 1400 and 0600 during B-17. See the schedule at
https://transition.fcc.gov/ib/sand/neg/hf_web/B17FCC01.TXT
which among many other versions of B-17 info can be reached via
http://www.worldofradio.com

VP carrier still on 12105 at 0044 and 0053 Dec 16, but can`t hear any music or other modulation. Guess what: next check at 0651, I still get a JBA carrier, exciter? then Xmasmx about Santa Claus blasts on at S9 for a few seconds, and gone again. At 1359 Dec 16, the JBA carrier is presumably Tinian, tho FCC allows for a 30-minute overlap.

When was 12105 last logged from WTWW? April 2017, per the MARE Log Summary issued in late September. Searching my logs, I last had 12105 with dead air on May 13 and 16, no signal on May 20, 2017. IIRC, the Bibling had ceased quite a while before then.

The #3 transmitter is a different model than the others, and we concluded that when it broke, Ted couldn`t fix it. Or course the current 12105 activity could be from #2 transmitter, since it`s not on 5085 or 9930 when we are hearing 12105. 9475 is running as usual with SFAW. Only if we ever hear three WTWW frequencies at once, shall we know that all transmitters are operational (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

This report despatched at 1840 UT December 16
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