** ALBANIA. R. Tirana is testing 7470 for three (two?) nights instead of 7425, following my urging, to avoid Greenville intermodulation and adjacent jamming interference. Reports of course wanted.
7425, Oct 31 at 0228, Vatican Radio theme music is clearly audible here as well as on fundamental 7305. This may have been closing, as they were already off at 0239 instead of 0245. It seems this transmission sometimes runs 30, sometimes 45 minutes.
7470, Oct 31 at *0230:04, R. Tirana open carrier on, off, on; 0231 IS once and standard sign-on still mentioning 7425 (tho sounded more like 7426, maybe due to a fade/distortion). Signal on 7470 is S9, but so is the storm noise level; this is not a good night for SW reception in general. But 7470 is now FREE of any man-made interference, and so are adjacent frequencies, nothing on 7465 or 7475, 7480; weak station on 7460, and strong station on 7490.
Comparing to other European signals on 7 MHz band: 7340, RRI Romanian is S9+20, but that is still not strong enough to overcome the noise level. 7395, RRI in French is better at S9+30. These are of course much stronger transmitters and antennas. R. Tirana goes to music at 0240. So of course, I recommend that they stay on 7470.
Alan Roe reports: ``Fair to good reception here (outside the target area) at sign-on 0230 with good signal strength - conditions a little noisy and some deep fading, but otherwise OK with no QRM. It's a stronger signal than I hear at 2100 for the European transmission.
Alan Roe, Teddington, UK.``
Wolfgang Büschel monitored the same with all these details, but doesn`t say anything about interference, so we assume there was none either, which is the reason for the move:
``Dear Drita, here is a report of your Radio Tirana English language transmission to the states in North America, USA, Canada and Mexico / Cuba, on October 31, 2015, at 0227 to 0258 UTC, on a frequency of 7469.981 kHz exact footprint, measured on the remote SDR software defined radio unit at New Jersey unit post on eastern US coastline
next to the Atlantic Ocean.
Signal strength was mostly at S=9+15dB to +20dB signal strength,
latter in signal peaks. Very little audio BUZZ heard accompanied
of 100 / 200 Hz origin main power. Main powerful audio bandwidth was visible at 2.2 kHz wide, the total bandwidth 5.4 kHz of the Shijak signal.
At 0227 UT heard a first attempt to start the transmission, heard a 2 second lasting Radio Tirana pause signal.
At 0229:06 the Shijak transmitter started again, short transmission ended at 0229:52.
At 0230:07 TX Shijak started again, noted Radio Tirana Identification and piano interval heard, followed by Identification read and spoken by the female lady presenter. Followed by male newscast reader of Radio Tirana news from 0230 onwards.
See the attached screenshot of the SDR software screen of 0238,
and listen to the recorded audio file of 0231 to 0237.
At 0256:40 final Radio Tirana interval signal noted again til 0257:49,
when the Shijak transmitter switched OFF. regards de Wolfie in Stuttgart Germany.`` (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** CHINA [non]. 7220, Oct 30 at 0545, CCI between Romanian and something else. It`s the same collision every B-season; doesn`t it bother anyone in Eurasia? RRI at 05-06 is 285 degrees for France; the other is CRI English via Albania, 140 degrees. Despite the widely disparate azimuths, SW beams are not unidirexional, and from sites not that far apart should be hard to avoid each other, at multiple angles (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** CUBA [and non]. 9710, Oct 31 at 0243, RHC in Spanish is weaker than CCI with music, which is: CRI in Spanish via Kasghgar, EAST TURKISTAN at 01-03 (also Portuguese at 00-01) --- same collision as in B-14, which must be even worse in South America; and then there`s Iran in English to N America also on 9710 from 0320. Arnie plans to move 9710 to 6075 on Nov 16, so better enjoy CFRX 6070 while you can. At least he`s not going right on CFRX` frequency like he did before (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** EGYPT. 12070.05, Oct 31 at 0047, R. Cairo, S9 signal but suptorted in presumed Spanish
9965.2, Oct 31 at 0056, R. Cairo, S9+20 but JBM in Arabic
9860, 9720, 9315, NO signals now in Spanish nor later in English
9745.0, Oct 31 at 0243, R. Cairo, Qur`an, VG S9+25 signal but suptorted; starts at 0200
9965.2, Oct 31 at 0245, R. Cairo other Arabic faded to S9+5, JBM music
(Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** IRAN. 7300, Oct 31 at 0233, very poor signal with music, unknown language. HFCC shows its IRIB in Uzbek at 0220-0250, 500 kW, 18 degrees from Sirjan; should be better at 0250-0320 in Armenian after switch to 320 degree azimuth, more USward (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** IRAN. 9895, Oct 31 at 0244, Qur`an fair at S6. HFCC shows it`s IRIB in Arabic, 0230-0530, 500 kW, 289 degrees from Zahedan --- so look out for this frequency to jump up or down a kHz or two like 9420, 9510 did in A-15, if it`s the same transmitter. They had two but only one is accounted for on current schedules from this site (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** PERU [and non]. 5980, Oct 31 at 0040, JBA carrier from R. Chaski; after 0059 joined by the BBC UAE carrier a few Hz away making double-pitch BFO het. Chaski`s portion cuts off about 0109:17*, which is 6 seconds later than yesterday at 0109:11*. Tonight I could not get a sharp timing so it may have been a semisecond earlier or later (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** PHILIPPINES [non]. 15330, Oct 30 at 1446, S Asian language often ending sentences with -heh particles, soon at 1448 ID pronounced in English, Radio Veritas Asia. Good with lite long-path echo. HFCC shows Urdu via SMG VATICAN site at 1430-1457, 250 kW, 89 degrees. The other such relay for B-15 is: 15460 and/or? 15620 at 1500-1553 in Filipino. There are probably also some Vatican relays via Palauig I haven`t found yet (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** ROMANIA. 7395, Oct 31 at 0235, RRI with classical violin music, S9+30, 0238 into Romanian lesson for French; 300 kW, 310 degrees from Galbeni; also on 7340 at 0233 in Romanian at only S9+20, which is 300 kW, 307 degrees from Tsiganeshti, thus should be just as strong. Yet, RRI is as usual the strongest station direct out of Europe. We certainly hope they don`t follow thru with plan to QRT SW in a year or two (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** SOUTH CAROLINA [non]. 9370, Oct 30 at 0543, Brother Scare is very poor but // 3185, as WWRB has left the day-frequency on again tonight (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. 13565, Oct 30 at 1452, K6FRC part 15 HIFER beacon from Patterson CA, audible at same time as 13564, GNK from Madison WI (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. WORLD OF RADIO 1797 monitoring: confirmed Friday Oct 30 at 2130 on WRMI 15770, and at 2130.5 on WRMI 7570; now the latter is stronger here, and the former is fading down by 2145. Also confirmed Friday Oct 30 at 2330 on WRMI 5850, good. Next:
Sat 0730 HLR 7265-CUSB to SW [DST unshift now]
Sat 1530 HLR 7265-CUSB to SW [DST unshift now]
Sat 1930v WA0RCR 1860-AM ND?
Sun 0315v WA0RCR 1860-AM ND?
Sun 2300 WRMI 11580 to NE
Remainder are [DST unshift now]:
Mon 0400v WBCQ 5110v Area 51 to WSW
Mon 0430 WRMI 9955 to SSE
Tue 1200 WRMI 9955 to SSE
Wed 1415.5 WRMI 9955 to SSE
Wed 2200 WBCQ 7490v to WSW
(Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. 7489.9-AM, Oct 31 from 0100 I monitor the second hour (or final half-sesquihour) of WBCQ`s `Allan Weiner Worldwide`; says he prepared for it and succeeded in DXing last Saturday`s UN-Day SAQ test from Sweden on VLF 17.2 kHz. Had to go to a quiet location away from transmitters and powerlines, used an RAK-7 WW II receiver which tunes 14-600 kHz and a 100-meter longwire. So there`s your answer, that the Alexanderson Alternator has been heard in North America.
0111, mentions falling out with James Latham of Radio for Peace International, whom he had met and hosted as they had common interests, but not after WBCQ started broadcasting Hal Turner, in keeping with Free Speech; got a writeup at the SPLC site as a ``station of hate``. Now Turner back on WBCQ is calling our president ``the magic Negro``.
I believe before 0100, AWWW was // but probably not synchronized on 5109.7-CUSB, but recheck at 0122, now it`s something else, discussing video games, World of War, etc. Allan is talking about new programming including this, Fridays at 9 pm ET (henceforth 0200 UT Sats), but I couldn`t catch the name. Larry Will tells me, ``"Grogcast" is the name of the program. Tonight was the second broadcast. I am running them on the 5110 webcast as a favor to WBCQ and the program sponsors, so they can have a webcast parallel to shortwave. Regards, Lw``
`Ramsey`s Roadhouse` may be down to last five programs, but Allan doesn`t think they will quit. [Mon 7-7:30 pm ET = UT Tue 0000-0030 on 7490v]
New on Thursday nights, 5110:
8 pm ET [0100 UT Fridays] `Just Right`
9 pm ET [0200 UT Fridays] `Listening Device` including some music
On 9330: 6 pm ET Sat [2200 UT this week, 2300 UT thence], Radio Northern Ireland; this week however about Scotland. The Mennonite show continues Wed 9 pm ET [now 0200 UT Thu]; and he also mentions `Don`s Electric Dragster` [??] without a time.
0142 is time for benedictive prayer; a bit more conversation with Tom that Nov 5, 1990 was the final final broadcast of Radio Caroline. And Allan cryptically says he`s working on a ``new project this winter, a game-changer for free speech radio worldwide, changing the future of broadcasting, working on it in earnest``. Presumably from the Land of Fla as he doesn`t like temps below 72. 0146 chime and JIP Brother Scare on 7490v (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. 15610, 13830, 12050, 11550, Oct 30 at 1445, WEWN is AWOL from all possible frequencies. Radar maps show no storms in the AL area, so maybe they are mowing around the antenna farm. Propagation OK, as WWCR 15825 is even getting a sporadic-E boost, and Mother`s other SW neighbor, Mocking WJHR 15555-USB is sufficient as usual. Not rechecked until 2038, when 12050 and 15610 are on, but 13830 is off (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. 15680-15690 & circa 15695, Oct 30 at 2040, WWCR scratchy spurs are audible // very strong fundamental 15825 at modulation spikes, plus and minus about 140 kHz. No doubt they are always radiated, but this path is getting a sporadic E boost, as evidenced by 10m ham maps, but not 6m (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. 12105, Oct 31 at 0045, S7 open carrier/dead air from WTWW-3, which Ted is again allowing to burn many kWh for nothing. Still so at 0132, S6; that`s 47 kWh so far if running full power, maybe not, and not allowing for inefficiency (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. 9974.9, Oct 31 at 0054, KVOH is S9+25 but with humbuzz about disciples of Satan, cut at 0055 to TruNews about US in Syria, from Simon Marks, Washington correspondent. A stringer? Name sounds familiar. Yes, with Feature Story News; remember that from Global 24?
http://www.simonmarks.com/ Does he not realize that being picked up by TruNews will damage his journalistic credibility?
9975.11, Oct 31 at 0245, next check of KVOH has shifted/drifted up to here on the other side of 9975, still hummy (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. 1060, Oct 30 at 1255 UT, Mexican music is dominant from the WSW, surely KXPL El Paso as heard also in the evening, without ever admittedly IDing itself (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. 88.9, Santa Cruz CA via webcast, Oct 31 at 0415 UT or so, `KUSP On Site` host Robin Whitehouse says that from next week the program moves to Fridays at 7-9:30 pm PST, i.e. 0300-0530 UT Saturdays and follows another classical music show (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
UNIDENTIFIED. 6145.00-USB, Oct 31 at 0035, more brazen INTRUDERS into the SWBC band, 2-way in Spanish discussing putas. Before 0100 they`ll be driven away by RRI in English (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
This report dispatched at 0510 UT October 31