Hard-Core-DX.com: Glenn Hauser logs March 9-10, 2021

Glenn Hauser logs March 9-10, 2021

Wednesday, March 10 2021

** CANADA. 2749-USB, March 10 at 0253 UT, marine weather in English by
roboyl, S7-S9 still hard copy in noise level but better than usual.
0256 mentions R-C-M-P- and travel advisories; 0257 abrupt switch to
French by a different-sounding roboyl. Per
the most recent start time for 2749 in Met Area IV is 0240 from
VCS-21, Halifax NS, with 1500 watts; not specified as EE/FF unlike
some of the others. Nothing audible now on 2598-USB as the most recent
Newfoundland broadcast starting at 0207 would be over by now (Glenn
Hauser, OK, WOR)

** CUBA [and non]. 13629 & 13771 approx., March 9 at 1538, JBA S1-S4
spurblobs with F# tone from 13700-AM RHC which is weaker than usual
itself, only S7-S8 with SAH from presumed Bulgaria BS. Second-orders
which should land around 13558 & 13842 not audible. Something`s always
wrong at RHC (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR) see also unID CODAR

** CUBA. 5910, March 10 at 0304, dead air from CRI relay but as soon
as I tune in, power ramped up to quieter S9+30. Shux, missing the
ChiCom news, but maybe will eventually start modulating, underly
and/or distortedly (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

** FRANCE. 9880-9885-9890, March 9 at 2345, checking for RFI/TDF DRM
test, the N American SDRs I try are not getting it, but TWR Dominican
Republic does, barely: SNR 11-13 dB, still at 8.08 kbps, S7-S8 and
occasionally decode breaking thru. Altho 2330-2400 a convenient? time
for NAm, this and all the others are axually beamed 105 degrees from
ISSoudun for S Asia; for how much longer? (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

** SPAIN. 9690, March 9 at 2349, another day of REE North American
transmitter missing, no signal to S Miami SDR, but audible on 11940,
12030. March 10 at 0126 direct check, 11940 is OK, but still no 9690,
just splatter from 9700 Cuba. If 9690 still AWOL on Wednesday, maybe
we can hear token English at 2300 on some of the others (Glenn Hauser,

** TIBET [non]. 12125, March 9 at 1555, surprising S7-S9 signal in
unknown language, but RFA Tibetan via TINIAN, NMI, is listed by EiBi,
not Aoki, this hour only; surely jammed but that would be in unheard
Chinese. Off after 1600 clearing frequency for CODAR only.

11550, March 9 at 1556, similar good signal S9-S6 in Korean, still
past 1600, i.e. RFA Korean via SAIPAN, NMI until 1900 (Glenn Hauser,

** U S A. 13565-CW, March 9 at 1537, K6FRC call over and over, JBA,
the 1.8-milliwatt HIFER beacon in Patterson, California; rarely
audible but always around now in the mornings (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

** U S A [and non]. WORLD OF RADIO 2076 monitoring, next:
1030 UT Wednesday WRMI 5850 to NW
2100 UT Wednesday WRMI 7780 to NE
2200 UT Wednesday WBCQ 7490v to WSW
2300 UT Wednesday WRMI 9955 [jammed?] to SSE
0130 UT Thursday WRMI 5010 to S

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** U S A. 12050, March 9 at 1557, WEWN Spanish with ICR/RCC news,
surprisingly strong S9/+10. Must be getting sporadic E boost, but no
MUF blob on DXMAP to account for it (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

** U S A. 5085, March 10 at 0250, WTWW-2 is weakened, only S9/+10 and
fluttery instead of solid, furthermore undermodulated uselessizing it.
Only other TN signal any good is 3215 WWCR, aside from its annoying
squeal; degraded propagation also takes out 5935, 4840 and no doubt
5830 if it be on (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

** U S A. 820 kHz, March 10 at 0142 UT, at least on the E-W longwire,
WBAP The Metroplex has QRM from an understation, ``You are listening
to the Zack --- on CBS Sports Radio``. NRC AM Log shows the only CS on
820 is WWBA Largo FL, U4 50/1 kW. Its night pattern is supposed to be
circular skewed SW into the Gulf; day pattern two tight lobes to north
and SSE; or is it on ND STA? We`ve had WWBA QRMing WBAP before, even
with same programming echoing (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

** U S A. 1030 kHz, March 10 at 0145 UT, Mexmx dominating, Spanish ad
with an 866-tollfree number, more music. First, to rule out KCTA
Corpus Christi semi-Spanish but religious: this one loops E/W, not
N/S, but therefore is still Unitedstatesian. 0149 ID by SHVA =
super-hype voice-actor so beloved of macho stations -- which is a
needed standard abbr. in DXing I have been glad to coin --- mentioning
97.3 FM among others. Mostly dominant but some fades down as KCWJ MO
in English fades up with its frequent IDs such as at 0153, 0216. My
first guess for Spanish E/W is WGSF Memphis TN, U12! 50/1 kW, 24h as
Radio Ambiente per NRC AM Log, but no group and no FM listed; heard
before. And where is our closest 1030, KFAY Farmington AR, English
news/talk U4 6000/1000?

0156, Mexmx is back up, 0200 fade for ToH ID, natch; 0211 non-IDs for
two FMs: 99.1 and 97.3. Ajá, that clinches it thanks to Grp info in
the NRC AM Log for one of the few other SS on 1030: WNOW, Mint Hill
(Charlotte) NC! which is a 9400-watt DAYTIMER, and it`s direxional,
circle tangent west aimed right at us. Its Group at the bottom of page
296 is ``La Zeta`` including a 1060 station and mere translators on
those very two FM frequencies: W247CV on 97.3, and W256BP on 99.1.

I never copied ``La Zeta`` nor any call letters nor any cities, but
this circumstantial info make me totally positive. Per WTFDA FMDB,
99.1 is licensed to Charlotte itself, 97.3 to Monroe NC. Mint Hill is
on the east side of Charlotte just inside the I-485 ring. Monroe is
further out to the SE, halfway to SC. Recheck at 0257-0302 UT, no more
WNOW, just KCWJ including at 0300, ``Real Country 1030-AM, KCWJ, Blue
Springs ---``. So maybe WNOW finally turned off (Glenn Hauser, OK,

** U S A. Re: [WOR] Heterodyne on 1540 --- ``Mystery finally solved!
The station at 1540.195 kHz as monitored from the KiWi SDR in
Woodstock, GA and confirmed at my home location in Buford, GA is in
fact WKVQ in Eatonton, GA. I actually heard a station ID at just past
1900 UT on 9 March with someone in between Gospel songs announcing
"WKVQ ...1540 on your AM dial...Eatonton". WKVQ as monitored on KiWi
SDR in Woodstock, Georgia USA, 1540.195 kHz SDR center, Sync Upper
Sideband mode, waterfall/spectrum capture, and audio of ID at 1900 UT
on 9 March 2021:
- Harry Smith, Buford, GA``

[and non] Here`s something else? on the IRCA iog: ``Rob Keeney 2:31 am
#18357 --- I've got a weak carrier showing on 1540.209 tonight on an
approx bearing of 108° from Harker Heights TX, which is much farther
south than what Fred is talking about. Rob Keeney, Harker Heights TX,
Airspy HF+ Discovery, YouLoop, XHDATA D-808 barefoot``

H.H. is a 26K suburb of Killeen, not even indexed in regular Atlas,
i.e. near Waco and Temple, north of Austin. 108 degrees from there
misses USA entirely, between Florida and Cuba, across Hispaniola, St.
Vincent, skims the NE coast of Brasil. Any 1540s around there? None in
Caribbean but plenty in Brasil, a few in the nordeste. BTW, WRTH 2021
page 554 shows Bahamas 1540 ZNS as in Freeport instead of Nassau. 810
is the one in Freeport, page 93 (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

** VENEZUELA. 6205, March 9 at 1915-1925, weak S4 open carrier into
Bonaire SDR, ROCV testing another frequency; via WOR iog:

``Manuel Méndez, Lugo, Spain. VENEZUELA, 6205, R. O. C. V., El Tigre,
according with a whatsapp from the station, R. O. C. V is testing
right now on 6205 with only carrier, later will test audio, music, 60
watts power. Checking via SDR Kiwi remote receiver in Bonaire, 1535,
09-03, fair carrier, no audio``

Audio-visually, without BFO on Bonaire, nor on waterfall, not
noticeably different from S4 band noise level. But also audible &
visible are local Bonaire S5 noise peaks circa 6215 and 6150, and more
~65 kHz above and below. ROCV too weak to register any frequency

By 0224 UT March 10 check on my own rx, a JBA carrier which I can
measure as 6205.022. What`s next? Likely to confront Europirate and
other QRM here. Meanwhile some other N Americans are hearing it better
(Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

UNIDENTIFIED. 5984.0-CW, March 10 at 0305-0307*, can`t help but notice
some automated Morse code as I bandscan, fortunately before WRMI comes
up on 5985. Includes a lot of numbers but not totally as if spy. Never
copied a DE or an ID. EiBi includes lots of utes, but nothing here nor
on 5985.

Search of the UDXF iog immediately gets two and only two hits on 5984.
Including on 4 July *2013*, Russian Navy on 8345, lots of messages
copied including one calling for a QSX [reply] on 5984. RCV was often
being called, which I logged Feb 24, 2021 near the same hour on
another intruding frequency, 5916.0-CW, Sevastopol`, Crimea. I did not
remember that frequency in time to check it again.

UDXF info came from:
``Tony Roper, Icom IC-R8500, SDR-IQ, Longwire, Garex Active Antenna,
Visit my website for aviation images: http://www.rogdabbit.co.uk
Blog: http://planesandstuff.wordpress.com/
Shack situated: http://goo.gl/maps/3GPhm
Maidens, Scotland`` (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

UNIDENTIFIED. 13832-13900 approx., March 9 at 1542, weak CODAR across
this range where I have not noted it before; as I am looking for
Cublobs; mainly QRMs also weak 13845 WWCR. Or as Harold Frodge, MI,
calls CODAR, with a Feb 16-17 survey at 0444 on the 4 MHz band, 2234
and 1944 on 13 where normally vigent but not including today`s obs:
``Otherness: Int’l Windshield Wiper Synchronization Service
4740-4760 4775-4785 4805-4815 4890-4910 13415-13480 13535-13545``
(Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

This report despatched at 0520 UT March 10