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Glenn Hauser logs March 2-3, 2018  View Printable Version 
Saturday, March 03 2018

Logs
** BRAZIL. 9629.932, March 2 at 0629, Portuguese ads at S5-S7, mentions Aparecida. Now a comparable if not better signal to the other ZYs on 31m. Believe this one had been absent a while (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** BRAZIL. 11780, March 2 at 1453, RNA is on with poor signal in Brazuguese, unknown the morning span but certainly not for long. It`s off rest of the day almost until 2100, but by 2058 it`s on again with music, off again after 2300 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA. 15440, 15301, 15232, March 2 at 1457, RHC-FM spurs out of 15370-AM are still here but weaker and less profuse. 15301 is not solid copy in FM mode, and 15232 is enough to QRM 15230-AM RHC. Something`s always wrong at RHC (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA. 9640, March 2 at 2301 I happen to pass RHC as frequencies are being Spanished, and I double-take when announcer says ``130,740 kHz`` instead of 13740 --- a typo he apparently did not recognize or was forced to read verbatim. Something`s always wrong at RHC (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA. 5025, March 3 at 0424, R. Rebelde is S9+20 of dead air with considerable hum. Likewise 5040, March 3 at 0425, RHC is S9 of dead air with hum, plus crackle characteristic of this transmitter. So I check the uppers: 6000 is OK modulation with hum; 6165 is S9+10 of dead air; 9640 is OK with S9+10 of music, // weaker 9535; 6060 was off when first checked but at 0427 it`s on, S9+20 of dead air, het music from Brasil. Something`s always wrong at RHC/RadioCuba. But 4765 Progreso was OK.

9790, March 3 at 0428, CRI Cantonese via Cuba is S9+40 peaking to +50, a supersignal seldom achieved by a non-local station here; and with squeal on the undermodulation (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** ETHIOPIA [non]. 11575 & 11595, March 2 at 1602 & 1656 chex via UTwente, still no signal from Radio OMN which was via Bulgaria (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** MADAGASCAR. 6135, March 2 at 1502 again a poor carrier suspected RNM, long path but this time stays on past 1510+ when I quit (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** NIGERIA [non]. 7415, March 2 at 0636, HoAish music, S6-S8, with Ascension-like hum, but NDXC/Aoki shows:

7415 Dandal Kura International 0600-0700 1234567 Kanuri 500 167 Issoudun F 4657N 00159E AID b17 MBR Feb.28

And Ivo had reported that 7415 ISS replaced 5960 ASC during the 06-07 hour for DK, while the 05-06 hour stayed on 5960 but moved from ASC to ISS. I heard no ID, so can`t be sure it`s not Radio Ndarason International, as explained by David Smith, but if both stations are continuing more or less at same hours, they need to be on different frequencies. 5960, March 3 at 0515, I have a weak signal in African language, unknown for sure which station or site.

Here`s how the latest HFCC as of March 2 displays these two, i.e. showing 5960 from ISS at 05-06 lasted only 4 days until 1 March:

5960 0500 0600 46SE ASC 250 65 0 547 1234567 281117 250318 6660 Kau G BAB BAB 16688
5960 0500 0600 46,47 ISS 500 167 0 216 1234567 260218 010318 8500 Mul F MBR MBR 17407 Z.Niger
5960 0600 0700 46SE ASC 250 65 0 547 1234567 281117 250318 6660 Kau G BAB BAB 16689

7415 0600 0700 46,47 ISS 250 167 0 216 1234567 260218 240318 Mul
F MBR MBR 17351 A.Niger
(Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SPAIN. 15390, March 2 at 2055, REE`s distorted transmitter is still off, while 15500 remains fairly audible (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. WORLD OF RADIO 1919 monitoring: confirmed UT Saturday March 3 after 0030 on WBCQ, 9330.25v-CUSB, JBA. Next:
Sat 0729 HLR 6190-CUSB to WSW
Sat 1531 HLR 6190-CUSB to WSW
Sat 2030v WA0RCR 1860-AM ND
Sat 2230 WBCQ 9330v-CUSB to WSW
Sat 2300 WRMI 7780 to NE
Sun 0200 WRMI 7780 to NE
Sun 0410v WA0RCR 1860-AM ND
Sun 1130 HLR 9485-CUSB to WSW
Mon 0030 WBCQ 9330v-CUSB to WSW
Mon 0400v WBCQ 5130v Area 51 to WSW
Mon 0430 WRMI 9955 to SSE, 9455 to WNW
Tue 0030 WBCQ 9330v-CUSB to WSW
Tue 0030 WRMI 7730 to WNW
Tue 2030 WRMI 7780 to NE, 9455 to WNW [or #1920?]
Tue 2130 WRMI 9455 to WNW [or #1920?]

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

** U S A. 7780, Friday March 2 at 1448, WRMI here is open carrier/dead air past 1501+; per skedgrid, except on Sundays, WRMI-1 on 7780 is not supposed to start until 1700 with TOM. 9395 with Oldies; 9455 with ThaÃs in Spanish // 9955 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. (7490), UT Sat March 3 at 0100 on WBCQ webcast, will `Allan Weiner Worldwide` originate from the SWL Fest? NO, but first two minutes of The Planet IS & IDs, before 0102 William Tell Overture starts, and from 0106 belcher Timtron is substituting, rambling on nothing about Fest, but recheck at 0148, says he has heard from cosmikdebris (Larry Will) at fest, that the power has failed at the con hotel! But there was some generator or battery power. Maybe not for long? There`s a huge winter storm in the Northeast. Co-organizer Richard Cuff later mailed that no broadcasts from the Fest are planned this year (except on the official sked, of course, Pancho Villa circa 0500 UT Sunday, WTFK?).

Earlier March 2, Larry Will had sent this press release, which I headlined to the WOR iog, WBCQ UP TO 500 KW BY FALL 2018

``WBCQ The Planet Announces New Showcase Radio Facility

Plymouth Meeting, PA: WBCQ The Planet announced today that it is building one of the most powerful and versatile radio stations in the world. WBCQâs new shortwave radio station, now under construction in Monticello, Maine, features a new 500-kilowatt transmitter from Continental Electronics and a state-of-the-art antenna system from Ampegon Antenna of Switzerland.

The new station, funded by private investors, will be able to direct a powerful shortwave signal to any country on Earth. Our new facility is planned to be a showcase for the radio world and is dedicated to our free speech mission.

The new station is planned to commence operations in fall 2018.

About WBCQ The Planet: WBCQ is an international shortwave broadcast station located in Monticello, Maine, USA. We broadcast on 7.490 MHz, 9.330 MHz, 5.130 MHz, and 3.265 MHz. Weâve been bringing access to the airwaves for people like you since 1998.

WBCQ The Planet
274 Britton Road
Monticello, Maine 04760 USA 1 207-538-9180
www.wbcq.com
wbcq@wbcq.com``

Ampegon PR had let the cat out of the bag several weeks earlier about the antenna sale, showing something big was in the offing. And Allan had been teasing us about it. This raises some interesting questions:

Who will be able to afford time on a 500 kW transmitter? Maybe major players, such as Brother Stair if he still exist, but hardly independent producers, exercising their free speech. Allan has frequently complained about the electricity rates already going up.

With private investors funding this, raising small bits of money from listeners to repair/replace other transmitters may be discouraged. This is a major departure from WBCQ`s previous do-it-yourself-with-used-transmitters ethic.

It did not take very long for the Christian Scientists to discover that Maine is not the best place to place a 500 kW SW transmitter. How about South Carolina, or Florida, out of the subauroral zone, for offsetting geographical/propagational advantage at, say, half the power? But brute force should generally mean quite an improvement in reception once in service.

John H Carver, Jr., mid-north Indiana, reports on the rest of AWWW tonight:

``Listening on 5130 as it has the better copy this evening. Program didn't start until a little over two minutes past the top of the hour with TimTron as host this evening. Tim announced that Allan was away this evening and that's all that was said on that subject. Allan announced a few weeks ago that he and Angela would not be going to the SWL Fest this year because of a conflicting engagement.

Already 5130 is getting hard to copy. Tuned back to 7490 and couldn't hear a thing. Monologue about tubes, tubed radios and the use of old, used, tubed broadcast transmitters used by hams, such as an old Gates BC something. Couldn't copy the number. Continued talk about rebuilding one of these transmitters for ham use. Signal is so poor by 0120 that I'm lucky to hear every fourth or fifth word.

A comment was made that it took four years to rebuild the original 7415 transmitter after the first fire and that it ran for six weeks before it caught on fire again.

Some music at 0132. About 0142 the signal came up to 10 over and the noise dropped away but all Tim was doing by then was playing music.

Some talk about the SWL Winterfest and a report from Larry Will that the power was out at the Fest because of the East coast storms and they were running out of batteries.

Tim played some recordings of hams from around 1970 which seemed to have some significance for him and stated that at some future time he would gather all those recordings together and explore them on his show.

Then he played some very easy listening music under the sounds of spring while he chatted about the station and how there was room for new programmers. He talked about the station's free speech policy and stated that many times he heard things on the station that pissed him off but he kept his head down and just did his programs because it was a free speech station. Show ended with another piece of music, Pink Floyd, I believe, and was off the air at 0200. Brother Stair came up immediately after. John, Mid-North Indiana`` (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

This report dispatched at 0610 UT March 3
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Glenn Hauser logs March 1-2, 2018  View Printable Version 
Friday, March 02 2018

Logs
** BRAZIL. 11780, March 1 before 2100, RNA again not on air yet, but must have started circa *2100, tuned at 2110 during a semihour of happy sertaneja(?) tunes, brief talks about Amapà and live UT-3 timechex; not until 2130 does the serious all-talk `Reporte da AmazÃnia` begin, ``uma produÃÃo da Rede de RÃdios PÃblicas da AmazÃnia``, starting with news about Parà (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CANADA. 245 kHz, March 1 at 0707 UT, MCW ND beacon YZE and dash, from Gore Bay, Ont., barely readable in a band getting noisier (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CANADA. 2749-USB, March 2 at 0105, synthyl in French with forecasts for vendredi. This schedule
http://www.ccg-gcc.gc.ca/Marine-Communications/RAMN-2017/Part2
shows the last station starting before 0105 would be from 0040, VCO Sydney NS, via Port Caledonia site; but as English only. I continue to wonder how accurate that info may be (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA. 15576, 15507, 15438, 15303, 15236, (15165 missing?), 15095, 15026, 14958, 14890, March 1 at 1443, RHC-FM spurblobs out of 15370-AM at 67-68 kHz intervals, the outer ones JBA but at least with the dead giveaway F# tone. Closer ones with quite readable modulation in FM reception mode. Something`s always wrong at RHC (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA. 11650, March 1 at 1529, RHC is still going with music // stronger 11760, despite official own B-17 schedule claiming 11650 closes at 1500. Something`s always wrong at RHC (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** ETHIOPIA [non]. 11575 & 11595, March 1 at 1630, checked UTwente for Radio OMN via BULGARIA, as I had first heard both Feb 24, 11595 being ex-11600. But now, Nothing! on either frequency, nor any in between. Propagation? No, India [q.v.] good in Russian on 11560, Vatican good in English on 11625 via Madagascar.

SECRETLAND Reception of IRRS Radio OMN via SPL Secretbrod Feb 25:
1600-1700 11595 SCB 050 kW / 195 deg EaAf Oromo, ex 11600, good signal
1600-1656 11575 SCB 100 kW / 195 deg EaAf Oromo, good with 1 sec delay
http://swldxbulgaria.blogspot.bg/2018/02/reception-of-irrs-radio-omn-via-spl.html

Oromiya Media Network had been at 1600-1700 via Secretbrod as in Ivo`s latest DX ReMix News review; but if both via Kostinbrod, why would they be one second apart?? Anyhow, what`s become of OMN now? Please check (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** INDIA. 11560, March 1 at 1639-1640, AIR Russian talk stops for about a minute as they seem to be fumbling in the studio before resuming. Recent new frequency via Bengaluru, good reception via UTwente SDR, as I was checking for OMN nearby (Glenn Hauser, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** NIGERIA. 7254.921, March 1 at 2051, S8-S5 African talk with some reverb, VON of course, which I normally hear only in the +06-08 UT period. WRTH shows Hausa only at 20-21, missing the 06-07 transmission (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SOMALILAND. 7120, March 1 at 1925, via UTwente I`m tuned in early to catch any English newscast from R. Hargeisa, as listed in WRTH: only Somali phone interview and more talk past 1935, music from around 1940.

BTW, in all my monitoring of this thus, never hear any QRhaM, SSB, CW or anymode. Seems the Eurafricans give it wide berth, while they would be perfectly entitled to QRM this INTRUDER (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SPAIN. 15390, March 1 at 2037, the defective REE transmitter is off, for repairs? Will it be ef-fective when resumed? I doubt it. 15500 is still propagating almost as well as 9690, with silly ballgame (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SRI LANKA. 11905, March 2 at *0114:16, SLBC carrier cuts on, as I have been standing by for a minute; musical prÃlude from 0114:49, and a two-pip mis-timesignal ends at 0115:05.5, right into presumed Hindi talk sign-on.

It seems almost 6 months have passed since my last catch and clockage of this trans-polar weaquency, only one second difference: ``11905, Sept 12 at 0114, SLBC S1 carrier, but I can make out the final resounding pip of the mis-timesignal at 0115:06.5``. Earlier last year and the year before, they were typically 18 seconds late (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A [and non]. WORLD OF RADIO 1919 monitoring: confirmed at 2249, the Thursday March 1 2230.5 on WRMI 5850, good. If this stay at same time and frequency into summer, will get progressively more absorbed. Also confirmed UT Friday March 2 at 0030 on WBCQ 9330.24v-CUSB, S6-S3, by 0049 peaking at S9. Next:
Sat 0030 WBCQ 9330v-CUSB to WSW
Sat 0729 HLR 6190-CUSB to WSW
Sat 1531 HLR 6190-CUSB to WSW
Sat 2030v WA0RCR 1860-AM ND
Sat 2230 WBCQ 9330v-CUSB to WSW
Sat 2300 WRMI 7780 to NE
Sun 0200 WRMI 7780 to NE
Sun 0410v WA0RCR 1860-AM ND
Sun 1130 HLR 9485-CUSB to WSW
Mon 0030 WBCQ 9330v-CUSB to WSW
Mon 0400v WBCQ 5130v Area 51 to WSW
Mon 0430 WRMI 9955 to SSE, 9455 to WNW
Tue 0030 WBCQ 9330v-CUSB to WSW
Tue 0030 WRMI 7730 to WNW
Tue 2030 WRMI 7780 to NE, 9455 to WNW [or #1920?]
Tue 2130 WRMI 9455 to WNW [or #1920?]

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

** U S A. 4041-USB, UT Fri March 2, at 0102, MARS net as NCS AFA7PQ is taking check-ins from AFA7HZ, AFA7HE, AAR7AJ, etc. I had just logged `PQ, Frank Miller in Nebraska, last night at 0035 on 4020-USB. And I last logged a 4041 net on the same DOW and time, April 21, 2017 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 9395, March 1 at 2052, RAE multi-lingual ID, presumably ending the Italian hour from Argentina; by 2057, WRMI World Music fill of the peppy steel-drum piece is playing; 2100 back to Oldies, but after first tune pausing for VOA News relay at 2103-2108, a different YL than usual, not stumbling unless I missed one in a fade, self-outroduced as Ruth Compton(?) (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 7490.06, UT Fri March 2 at 0122, this ``available time slot`` on WBCQ is filled by an `AWWW` playback, as Allan is telling a story about ``*u*k*d-*p 807`` tubes he was trying to be rid of, to the guffaws of his studio audience (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 12050 & 5970, March 1 at 1527, WEWN Spanish is AWOL both from day and night frequencies (and should be on day by now). But 15610 English is on and poor as usual. Recheck March 1 at 2042, now 12050 is on, as immediately identified by the monomaniacal catchphrase of Radio CatÃlica Mundial, ``por su dolorosa pasiÃn`` which during certain hours is regurgitated several times per minute. 12050 is rather weak and could easily not be competitive for SSOB honors.

BTW, Ivo keeps pointing out that one of the WEWN registered B-17 English frequencies, 9470 at 09-12 has never shown up, leaving a gap in that language between 11520 and 15610. It was supposed to reach SE Asia transpolarly at 355 degrees. Perhaps they prudently concluded it wasn`t going to make it from Alabama. Maybe better chance in summery A-season, 09-13 at 335 degrees (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. Trans-Atlantic JBA MW carriers: not a thorough search, but March 2 at 0113 I check below 800, and find +1 kHz hets next to 530, and at 0120 next to 620. 531 is assumed to be Algeria, usually accompanied by 549, but not now, while 621 is assumed to be Canary Islands (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. 1190, March 2 at 0110 UT, Spanish conversation atop the CCI, seems to be religious and/or about health. Tough to DF, but maybe ENE/WSW. NRC AM Log shows the only Unitedstatesian SS that fits would be KNUV Tolleson AZ, with Grupo FÃrmula, 5000/250 watts U4. But I wonder if KDMR Kansas City MO, 5000/500 U2, EWTN affiliate, might have some Spanish as well as English, or have flipped languages. Its group, CRN, appears to be English only. If Mexican, could be XEPZ Ciudad JuÃrez, 1000/100 watts. Its latest slogan is Radio Centro, per WRTH 2018 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. 5800, March 1 at 0036, JBA carrier S5-S3, during brief fade-up enough for ECSS lock, seems to be a trace of modulation. Could it be an Euro-pirate? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. 6220, March 1 at 0040, JBA carrier, and with ECSS sounds just barely modulated: a favorite Euro-pirate frequency. Or maybe a 49mb mixing product (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. 11590-11610, March 1 at *1658-1715* strong wideband rapid pulsing buzzroar at a steady rate, noticed on UTwente SDR, as I had been seeking any sign of Oromiya Media Network via Bulgaria (see ETHIOPIA [non]); OTH radar? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENINGDIGEST)

This report despatched at 0355 UT March 2, 2018
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Glenn Hauser logs February 28-March 1, 2018  View Printable Version 
Thursday, March 01 2018

Logs
** ASCENSION. 11810, Feb 28 at 2104, BBCWS News is hard to copy on poor signal, but when anchor Neil Nunes speaks, his booming voice helps. 2106 programme seems to be about the Universe, and would be nice to be able to hear clearly. HFCC shows that BBC was to expand the daily 18-21 UT relay, 125 kW at 65 degrees, to another hour until 22 M-F only, since Feb 18, and double the power the extra hour to 250 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** BRAZIL. 11780, Feb 28 before 2100 I notice no signal from RNA, (nor Anguilla 11775), i.e. hardly anything on 25m below BBC 11810 except ZANZIBAR, q.v. But at 2106, now it is on, fair with some sort of news, and then some happy sertaneja(?) music, during the Report from Amazonia hour. So perhaps in the early evening they only run it at 21-23 for that and then `A Voz do Brasil` (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CHAD [non]. On the WOR iogroup, Kai Ludwig, Germany, replies to the info from David Smith about Radio Ndarason Internantional quoted in my last report:

`` <<Looks like a major snafu rather than anything sinister.>>

A really big one. What must have happened: Someone booked transmissions for the new Chad branch, now operating as Radio Ndarason International, believing that its programming supersedes that of the Nigerian branch, still operating as Dandal Kura Radio.

But not so. And the mistake has not been immediately noted because two different providers, Media Broadcast and Babcock International, have been engaged.

I assume someone else already contacted Mr. PÃtz of Media Broadcast? In case the transmission of Maiduguri programming is now supposed to continue (the target audiences appear to be different ones, so this would make sense) the obvious solution would be to move the Issoudun transmissions of Chad programming off 5960 and 12050 kHz ASAP.

What still must be added is that stunts like "Radio Biafra, broadcasting from London" unavoidably lead to the assumption that even more sinister actions, like fooling transmission providers, must be expected. Kai Ludwig`` (Glenn Hauser, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

What will I do next? This item was somehow headed USA, fixed:

** CUBA. 5040, Feb 28 at 0038, RHC English with crackle on the modulation // weaker 9720 but no crackle there. Something`s always wrong at RHC. 0039-0050, `DXers Unlimited` runs almost 11 minutes this UT Wednesday, and could easily occupy 15 if Arnie would slow down and speak at a normal pace. Topix include: ham DXpedition to St. Brandon Island, 3B7A in April; another Bouvet DXpedition planned for next(?) southern summer, call 3Y0I, see http://www.bouvetoya.org (it opens with an ink spot in the corner, maybe a map? And thence you can sign up for their newsletter; understanding Polish may be helpful). Then about hamsats such as Oscar 7; low solar activity allowed Arnie to log on 6115 at 0600 UT, French from DR Congo, Brazzaville. Lucky him to get that rather than Nikkei, Japan; and it`s the *other* Congo, NOT the DR, a mistake Dave Valko also just made in his more credible log. One lonely sunspot lately, but more expected. Try 60 mb between local SS and SR, especially for the 3 Cuban frequencies; solar flux was below 70 for 8 days (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA. 5040, March 1 at 0037, RHC with a `World of Stamps` essay question, which as always prompts political endorsement of The Revolution. This frequency still has crackle on the modulation like exactly 24 hours ago. Something`s always wrong at RHC (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA [and non]. 11980, Feb 28 at 2055, Cuban-style lite pulse jamming atop a JBA carrier, which would be AWR in French via AUSTRIA. Jamming here is not unusual, and presumably a stray spur out of the pileup on 11930 vs Radio Martà (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SRI LANKA. 11905, March 1 at 0116, JBA carrier, i.e. SLBC opening its Hindi service, starting to propagate as we approach equinox. Must tune in slightly earlier in case there be enough signal to audiblize and chronicle the mis-timesignal circa 0115 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 4020-USB, March 1 at 0035, MARSians in contact, AFA7PQ and AFA7LH. I previously logged AFA7PQ, July 17, 2014 at 1307 on 7305-USB and traced the call to Frank Miller, with North Central in Nebraska:
http://www.afmars.org/PictureGallery/AFA7PQ.htm
Unfortunately that link is now 404.

I had also logged AFA7LH once before: December 20, 2016 at 1406 on 7457-USB, but ``Believe it or not, the only Google hit on call AFA4LH MARS is in the March 1993 issue of PopComm`` (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A [and non]. WORLD OF RADIO 1919 monitoring: confirmed just in time at 2228 UT Feb 28, the Wed 2200 on WBCQ 7490v, fair. Also confirmed UT Thu March 1 at 0030 on WBCQ 9330.23v-CUSB, S8-S4, fair-poor. 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
Sat 2030v WA0RCR 1860-AM ND
Sat 2230 WBCQ 9330v-CUSB to WSW
Sat 2300 WRMI 7780 to NE
Sun 0200 WRMI 7780 to NE
Sun 0410v WA0RCR 1860-AM ND
Sun 1130 HLR 9485-CUSB to WSW
Mon 0030 WBCQ 9330v-CUSB to WSW
Mon 0400v WBCQ 5130v Area 51 to WSW
Mon 0430 WRMI 9955 to SSE, 9455 to WNW
Tue 0030 WBCQ 9330v-CUSB to WSW
Tue 0030 WRMI 7730 to WNW
Tue 2030 WRMI 7780 to NE, 9455 to WNW [or #1920?]
Tue 2130 WRMI 9455 to WNW [or #1920?]

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

** U S A. 9955, Feb 28 at 1914, surprised to find this WRMI on the air, instead of lengthy midday 15-22 UT hiatus since BS crashed. It`s World Music, a German song not // 9395 or 9455, while 7780 is still BS. Onward to Paraguayan harp playing hymn tune, and at 1920 an Arabic song. 9955 cuts off abruptly at 1921:50* so it must have been a test; of what, for what?

9955 was also surprisingly strong, S9+10/20, while 9395 & 9455 were only S7-S5. Normally those two are stronger, as to be expected from their 355 and 285 degree azimuths, and we are about halfway between them, vs 160 degrees on 9955. Therefore the logical conclusion is that at this time, 9955 must have been on a different antenna, such as a 315, which is aimed directly at us, like 5850, ex-7570 which blasted in (at night). I compare the three 9 MHz channels again at 0121 UT March 1: NOW, 9955 is a JBA carrier, 9455 is S5-S7, and 9395 is S6-S8 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 5129.80, March 1 at 0034, WBCQ is S9+20 to S9 of dead air! Instead of Brother Scare. Still DA at 0054; recheck at 0112, BS modulation has resumed (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 5935, March 1 at 0114, another station vying for the dead-air award, WWCR. Still DA past 0157, but 0200 comes to life with ``Wipeout`` introducing `Classic Redneck Radio` which is really some twisted kind of evangelism. Au contraire, current WWCR schedule shows 5935 is supposed to carry nothing but Dr Gene Scott, 7 nights a week between 01 and 13 UT --- and // 6090 Anguilla is off, sob. `The Classic Redneck Show` is supposed to be on 3215, UT Tue-Sat at 02-03. Not knowing that yet, I did not check for it there (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** ZANZIBAR [and non]. 11735, Feb 28 at 2055, nice typical Ungujan music from ZBC in its last few minutes until cutoff at 2100* sharp without any announcement, how rude. Only a poor signal, but hard to believe, with exception of the Cuban radio war on 11930, it`s the 25m SSOB! Neither Anguilla nor Brasil is transmitting on 11775, 11780. 11810 BBC Ascension is no stronger, q.v.

Well, at least below 12000. WEWN should have been on 12050. And I guess WWCR was still on 12160 until 2100, but it`s really WOOB and I didn`t tune up that far; once DST start March 11, it`s to close earlier at 2000 (HFCC has the wrong date, Monday March 12) (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. 6900.0-LSB, March 1 at 0050, some instrumental music catches my ear; unfamiliar, so hard to tune accurately, but finally some 2-way in Spanish mixes in on this exact frequency, as some SFX also play by alguien. The communicators agree at 0053 to QSY ``5 arriba``, and there they are on 6905-LSB without the musiQRM. Unfortunately, did not turn out to be a pirate broadcaster per se, as no North Americans were active up to 7000.

Not even did I hear presumed Radio El Mundo, Argentina, on 6935 at 0104, as Daniel Wyllyans, Brasil reported to HCDX at 0144 UT March 1, but dating it Feb 28, incorrect? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

This report dispatched at 0428 UT March 1
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JRX Logs: Fevereiro 28, 2018.  View Printable Version 
Wednesday, February 28 2018

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JRX Logs: Fevereiro 28, 2018.Â
Receptor: Sony 7600GR.
Data e hora no Tempo Universal (UTC).

BRASIL (B).
** 4775. Fev 28, 2018. 0120-0140, Radio Congonhas, Congonhas-MG. Transmitindo o jogo da "Libertadores": Locutores falam e comentam a partida entre Racing da Argentina 2 x 1 Cruzeiro, intervalo do primeiro tempo; ID e muitos anÃncios comerciais; 0133 InÃcio do segundo tempo e o jogo prossegue. Emissora com sinal e modulaÃÃo satisfatÃrios, com alguns fades (esvaecimentos), 35433.Nota: Foi uma satisfaÃÃo para mim voltar a orvir a Congonhas, depois de muito tempo!

BRASIL (B) e nÃo.
** 5940. Fev 28, 2018. 0201-0210, Radio Voz MissionÃria, CamboriÃ-SC, em PortuguÃs. Pastor faz uma pregaÃÃo religiosa. RVM com sinal e modulaÃÃo satisfatÃrios e sofre uma interferÃncia espÃria da WWCR, em InglÃs, pelos 5935kHz, neste horÃrio, 34433.

CHINA (CHN).
** 9480. Fev 28, 2018. 0037-0047, Radio Nacional da China 11, Baoji-Sifangshan-CHN, em Tibetano. Locutora apresenta um programa musical: falas e trechos de canÃÃes, uma delas com coral de vozes de crianÃas. CNR11 com pobre difusÃo esta noite, 35322.
** 11820. Fev 28, 2018. 0047-0057, Radio Internacional da China, Xian-CHN, em CantonÃs. Falas de locutora; 0053 Uma canÃÃo chinesa romÃntica. CRI com pobre difusÃo, 25422.

ESTADOS UNIDOS DA AMÃRICA (USA).
** 5085. Fev 28, 2018. 0144-0155, WTWW, Lebanon-TN, em InglÃs. Pastor faz uma pregaÃÃo religiosa; 0150 Uma canÃÃo; ID e mais uma canÃÃo. Emissora apresenta difusÃo satisfatÃria nesta transmissÃo, 35433.
** 7490. Fev 28, 2018. 0059-0105, WBCQ-The Planet, Monticello-ME, em InglÃs. Uma mÃsica; 0100 Locutor fala, ID; 0103 Outra mÃsica. Emissora com sinal pobre e modulaÃÃo quase inaudÃvel, 25421.
** 7520. Fev 28, 2018. 0112-0120, WWCR, Nashville-TN, em InglÃs. Pastor faz sua pregaÃÃo religiosa com bastante entusiasmo e manifestaÃÃes da assistÃncia. Emissora com sinal e modulaÃÃo bons esta noite, 45444.

DXer: Josà Ronaldo Xavier
Local da escuta: Cabedelo-PB, Brasil (UTC-3)
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Glenn Hauser logs February 28, 2018  View Printable Version 
Wednesday, February 28 2018

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** CHAD [non]. 5960, Feb 28 at 0658, one African language, rather than BaBcoCk interval signal as heard 24 hours ago here; a few words of talk before cut off at 0659:30* like yesterday. Again nothing heard on 7315. Earlier I had inquired directly of David Smith:

``Mr Smith, We in the shortwave community are trying to figure out what is going on, with Radio Ndarason International seemingly replacing Radio Dandal Kura.

On the new webpage of Ndarason you are listed as the CEO of it. The phone number starting 235 implies it is based in Chad.

The same web design of Dandal Kura has another person as CEO, and the phone starts with 234, as in Nigeria. It seems DK is still producing programming, at least on the web.

Some of our monitors have heard two stations conflicting on 12050 kHz at 1800 UT, presumably these two. Also on 5960 from 0500 UT it is not clear which one is being aired, or both, from France, or Ascension? Of course, we cannot understand the language(s), only try to catch an ID mention.

Is Radio Ndarason for real, and are you running it? Or is it fake by the Nigerians? Was there a scism with Dandal Kura so both stations are laying claim to the schedule and frequencies? What does the name Ndarason mean?

We would very much appreciate your answering these questions and explaining what is really happening.

Thanks,

Glenn Hauser,
Oklahoma,
WORLD OF RADIO``

and he replied at 0816 UT Feb 28:

``Hi Glenn, Sorry for the delay in replying, I am travelling constantly in areas where connections are dodgy at best.

Radio Ndarason is Dandal Kura Chad in the process of going through a change - that is, a separation from its Maiduguri sister station. The frequencies used for Dandal Kura are paid for by Okapi Consulting, with a goal of covering the Lake Chad region in the interests of stability and peace. There is no Nigerian government involvement in this decision. Okapi Consulting is registered in Chad as a local NGO, under head office in Johannesburg, and in partnership with the Lake Chad Basin Commission, based here in NâDjamena.

We are equally confused about the frequencies being used apparently to relay Maiduguri programme. Okapi has had a contractual engagement with Babcock for these frequencies since the 4th quarter of 2017.

In unrelated news - many years ago I used to work at RCI with Ian McFarland and hear your reports regularly on SWL Digest. I also worked with Jonathan Marks at the RNW.

Kind regards, David

David Smith
Director/Directeur Okapi Consulting (Johannesburg)
Directeur Projet/Project Director Radio Ndarason Internationale (Lac Tchad)
http://www.okapi.cc
RSA +27 72 378 8235
Tchad +235 65 07 86 48
NigÃria +234 814 767 4829
Skype canibale2``
(Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** COLOMBIA. 5910.266v, Feb 28 at 0703, S7-S4 music from AlcaravÃn Radio, which has been quite regular lately, varying slightly around this area (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA. 15160, 15300, 15440, 15510, 15580 approx., Feb 28 at 1458, distorted FMy spurblobs out of 15370-AM RHC. They are not as strong as usual, and not as many as usual, but at least the F# tone can be detected out to the further ones in FM mode. Notably, the one on 15230 is overcome by the other real RHC-AM transmitter, usually vice-versa. Something`s always wrong at RHC (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA. 17580, Feb 28 at 1516, RHC is on at S9+10 with `Sonido Cubano` music, and 17730 is also on but a JBA carrier.

11950, Feb 28 at 1520, RHC is also on here, VG S9+10/20, same as // 11760, altho 11950 sounds stronger. 11950 to New York is supposed to cease at 1500 per official B-17 schedule. It also shows:

``17580 Khz/16 m 21:00 - 15:00`` to Buenos Aires â obviously major error as 16m is not running all night! Anyhow it is also on later than scheduled. Something`s always wrong at RHC (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** MADAGASCAR. 6135, Feb 28 at 1414, S5-S8 carrier, maybe trace of just-barely modulation, and no noise jamming for a change from North Korea (maybe on, but E Asian signals are generally weak on band now). Recheck at 1452, still there but weaker at S3-S6. I keep listening to detect the cutoff which finally comes at 1506.0* sharp. The suspicion is that this is RNM, by longpath. Surely this could be confirmed by monitoring in Africa. WRTH 2018 shows site Ambohidrano on 6135 at 0500-1500, 30 kW, flanked by 5010v with 10 kW at 03-05 & 15-19 (which implies a single transmitter, but different powers?), and ``All transmitters operate irregularly``. It`s quite stronger than long-path Somaliland q.v. had been, signing-off 7120 a few minutes earlier (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** NIGERIA [non]. See CHAD [non]

** OKLAHOMA [and non]. A level-2 tropo triangle was forecast by William Hepburn for 15 UT Feb 28, OKC-Tulsa-Wichita, and this is exactly what I find in DTV channel scan, besides NTSC snowy KOCY-LP 48 OKC. Most signals are Bad, but decoding at least briefly are:

RF 36, KRSU-TV Claremore OK, something educational as 35.1, and also has a 35.2. On-screen program info for 35.2 says ``Wunderkind Little Amadeus`` but it looks like a cheesy SF movie, and to follow at 11:00 CST would be Dr. Who. This is contradicted by the program sked for Feb at
https://rsu.tv/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/2018-February-35_2.pdf
Which implies that 35.2 is only on air in mornings from 10 am past 2 pm when the final program starts??? And today at 10-12 it shows ``Dr Who: the Tom Baker Movies``

A more interactive program guide at
https://rsu.tv/guide/
shows 35.2 is not limited to 10-2+, but claims what I saw after 10 am ends at 10 am:

``Wunderkind Little Amadeus --- Mixed Up Violins #106
Wednesday, February 28, 09:30 am on 35.2 --- Duration: 0:28:36

Description: A bishop asks the Mozart family, now on a concert tour, to take a valuable violin to Munich as a present for the prince-elector. As always, Devilius wants to get the Mozarts into trouble, so he replaces the valuable violin with a worthless old fiddle. He hopes to make it look like the Mozarts sold the valuable violin in order to make money. Then, Devilius will simply hand over the real violin and receive generous praise. In the end, Amadeus' musical genius takes center stage and thwarts Devilius' plans. The Music: "Violin Concerto in G" K. 216; "Divertimento in F" K. 138; "Violin Concerto in B" K. 207; et al. Additional Content: Monti explains violins' place among the string instruments or "strings." Then, he demonstrates the different sizes of a viola, a violin, a cello and a contrabass (double bass) and viewers hear the sounds they make.

[CC] View Additional Airings - Broadcast In: English
Website: http://www.little-amadeus.com/``

KRSU anyhow soon fades below decode level, but before that I also briefly see a PSIP ID for KUOK on RF 36, which is the -CD low power UnivisiÃn in OKC, hardly needed since it has high power as a virtual ``36`` subchannel of 29 KTUZ. KRSU will be moving to RF 32, despite 36 remaining the highest UHF channel surviving repack.

RF 19, Feb 28 about 1615 UT, the only Wichitan decoding is KWCH-DT 12-1, but also some Bad signals, e.g. RF 31.

RF 17, Enid`s only local TV station, K17JN-D of 3ABN with six subchannels, is Bad, not decoding, no doubt due to tropo CCI from the megawatt in Bartlesville, TBN`s KDOR-TV, with a CP to move to 36, which should not be necessary, but no doubt accommodates some other station(s) repacking. The only OK explanation I can find at W9WI.com is that in Tulsa, KUTU-CD, which has Univision from KTUZ, will be moving from 25 to 17, but remain low-powered. There are already low-power stations on 25 in Nowata and Muskogee. KOTV will be moving from 45 to 26, in case that impact 25 (Glenn Hauser, Enid, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SOMALILAND [and non]. 7120, Feb 28 at 1358, undermodulated music at S4-S6, from R. Hargeisa. I stay with it to catch the one-hour hiatus, starting at 1402:14*. Long path; also a trace of 7140 Eritrea, and more than a trace of its other, 7181.6~ not measured. All INTRUDERS. See also MADAGASCAR (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A [non]. 9580, Feb 28 at 1411, fair S2-S7 signal in Khmer, i.e. VOA at 1330-1430, 250 kW, 270 degrees via Tinang, PHILIPPINES since Dec 15 per Aoki --- the prime frequency abandoned by Radio Australia.

BTW, WRMI is no longer registering 9580 at the hours RA had used it, 09-21 UT, as WRMI never really activated it, but in A18 it is reserving 9580 at 00-01 UT only, 160 degrees in Spanish toward Cuba, just before CRI via Habana continuing 9580 at 01-03 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

This report despatched at 1803 UT February 28
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