** ALBANIA. 9855, May 29 at 0123, 0130, 0134 chex, NO signal from R. Tirana, unlike last night when they tried several times to keep the transmitter on air and modulate it. UT Monday is silent, so not until UT Tuesday will we know whether it`s fixed --- unless we check other daily scheduled broadcasts from same single transmitter, such as 23-24 UT Albanian on 9855 too (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** BRAZIL [non]. 11764.7, May 28 at 0535 check and May 29 at 0105, no signals from SRDA Curitiba. It`s been off for some weeks, but since I never wanted to log it when it was on, didn`t note immediately when it vanished from its way-off frequency. Last log I find of it was April 7 by Carlos Gonçalves, Portugal (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** JAPAN [non]. 13840, May 28 at 0535, NHK World Radio Japon in French is S9 here via MADAGASCAR, and running about 7 syllables behind // 11730 which is slightly stronger on the meter, S9+10; it`s via FRANCE (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** NORTH AMERICA. 6940-USB, May 29 at 0122, hard rock, S7 vs noise peaks to S9; 0130 ID as Radio Free, Whatever. *Many* more logs:
(Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** NORTH AMERICA. 6924.4-USB, May 29 at 0134, hard rock at about S9, hard to tune but sounds ``best`` this far below 6925.0, cuts off at 0137*. A few other unID logs of it:
(Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** PERU. 5980, May 29 at 0048, JBA carrier from R. Chaski, and I monitor continuously from 0056, to find it does cut off earlier than expected, 8.5 seconds before 0100! = 0059:51.5*. So the ~6 second/24 hour slippage should proceed from there for a while.
[non] BTW, as I am setting up for this by tuning USB below 5980.00 in 0.1 kHz steps on the NRD-545, to get the best pitch to hear it cut off, I find myself playing ``Taps`` in honor of Memorial Day. It seems the four notes making up Taps are 100 Hz apart, and it sounds right in tune, as I step up and down between 5979.8 and 5979.5. Of course this can be done by stepping against any carrier, preferably JBA or unmodulated (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** SRI LANKA. 11905, May 29 at *0114:13.5, carrier on from SLBC, and prélude starts 0114:46.5, but can`t hear any mis-timesignal a semi-minute later; skipped, or just too weak? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** SUDAN [non]. 13800, May 28 until 0527*, R. Dabanga with good signal via MADAGASCAR until it cuts off, leaving a trace of Nauen, GERMANY, whence the final semihour now emanates per HFCC; why change? May well be the same MAD transmitter which then takes up Japan on 13840, q.v. (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** UGANDA [non]. Clandestine via WWRB identified: See U S A: WWRB
** U S A. WORLD OF RADIO 1827 monitoring: confirmed Sat May 28 after 2230 on WBCQ, 9329.9-CUSB, fair. Also confirmed UT Sun May 29 starting at 0323 on WA0RCR, 1860-AM, Wentzville MO, poor in noise level. Next:
Sun 0830 Unique Radio 3210 NSW low-power
Sun 2330 WBCQ 9330v-CUSB to WSW
Mon 0030 WRMI 7730 to WNW [apparently canceled; not last week]
Mon 0300v WBCQ 5130v Area 51 to WSW
Mon 0330 WRMI 9955 to SSE
Mon 2330 WBCQ 9330v-CUSB to WSW
Tue 1100 WRMI 9955 to SSE
Tue 2130 WRMI 15770 to NE
Tue 2330 WBCQ 9330v-CUSB to WSW
Wed 1315.5 WRMI 9955 to SSE
Wed 2100 WBCQ 7490v to WSW
Wed 2330 WBCQ 9330v-CUSB to WSW
(Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. 15240, Sat May 28 at 1522, start checking for the weekend-only African service of WWRB which could start as early as 1500, but not really yet. Next check at 1612 it`s on with African music, good signal and a song mentioning Uganda, but no announcements, no monolog from Dave, just segués to more songs at 1616, 1627, 1632.5.
I try again at 1656, only to hear the music cutting off and on at the rate of about twice per second, bad feed. 1658.5 stops to dead air; 1659.2 different music and WWRB YL canned ID; 1700:18 intro music to mystery Ugandan clandestine, like heard last week, and 1701 national(?) anthem, Uganda song. 1705.6 starts talking about Uganda in probable Luganda language, never any English.
At the outset, 1612, I compared 15240 to neighbor 15825 WWCR, and found the latter much weaker, in fact JBA! Still so at 1700, while WWCR 13845 was fair, and 12160 very good. Last check at 1817, WWRB has weakened and WWCR has strengthened, more or less even now. Perhaps due to the vagaries of a wandering sporadic E patch, and there had been some typically deep fades.
As for its success, I asked Bill Bingham in South Africa if he could hear it, and checking during the hour after 1800 today, not at all, not even a carrier. WWRB frequency slightly on lo side but I don`t get around to measuring it; After last Saturday`s broadcast Wolfgang Büschel commented:
``WWRB on exact 15239.976 kHz at 18-19 UT on May 21. Facts: WWRB Morrison TN, Tennessee USA, distance TN to Uganda 12,700 kilometers,
very long distance for 100 kW power, but no curtain antennas of 20dB gain registered yet, only log-periodic antenna there
805 LPH 18/36.5/32.2/16.7/1.4/13.2/200
and rhombic long-range antenna of
902 RH 155/68/40
and bad adjacent channel selection, covered by 500 kW powerhouse from TDF Issoudun to similar target ERI/ETH Horn of Africa.``
Still no word from Dave about the identity of his Ugandan program despite repeated requests; nor anything on the WWRB website about it, tho the frequency has been corrected from 9370 to 15240. Should be another airing on Sunday.
So I do some more searching, starting with the tentative name I copied before, Monasi --- and fortunately, Google asks, ``did you mean Radio Munansi``? I sure did! Here`s its website:
From recent news items, it`s obviously anti-Museveni, and anti-Hima and Tutsi clan. Contact address: 7035 Laurel Cyn Blvd # 15333,
North Hollywood, CA 91615 [Cyn = Canyon].
Don`t see anything about SW broadcasts, but they do have podcasts. Here`s About-Us:
``Radio Munansi is a community radio station that seek to stimulate, educate and entertain our audience, to reflect the diversity of the local and world community, and to provide a channel for individuals, groups, issues and music that have been overlooked, suppressed or under-represented by the current Ugandan government.
Radio Munansi advocates for peace, social and environmental justice through independent media and programming neglected by the mainstream. We embrace diversity, tolerance of others` opinions and freedom of expression. Radio Munansi celebrates and promotes the creative, cultural and political vitality of the local community.``
I sent them this on their contact webform:
``I have been hearing your broadcasts via WWRB in Tennessee, two weeks ago on 9370, last week and this week (Sat/Sun) on 15240 kHz shortwave. I`m in Oklahoma where the signal is good enough, but I wonder if you have had any response from Uganda yet? I don`t understand your language, of course, but enjoy the music, and am interested in your mission. Do you ever broadcast any segments in English? If so I haven`t caught them.
World of Radio
P O Box 1684
Enid OK 73702 USA``
Munansi? Sounds familiar. Yes, it was part of Radio Lead Africa programming, as in DXLD 16-12:
``UGANDA [non]. Here's a stream of Radio Lead Africa:
A reason for not hearing IDs might be that they broadcast material of other stations. Titles of the musical pieces/programmes are displayed next to the stream, at the moment: "Dr Kiyingi's Q&A on Radio Munansi, October 20th 2015 - YouTube". No English heard here. 73 (thorsten hallmann, March 17, dxldyg via DX LISTENING DIGEST)
Thank you Thorsten for the update! A reminder that Friday (UT), from about 0255 to 0359, Radio Lead Africa will again be on 5910. The good news is that I have noted this week that Colombia (5910+) now routinely signs off just before 0300, so RLAM should have QRM-free reception. BTW - Radio Munansi's contact info is North Hollywood, CA (Ron Howard, California, dxldyg via WORLD OF RADIO 1818, DXLD)``
We think that R. Lead Africa is no longer on the air, itself, but the South African site would certainly serve Uganda better than Morrison!
5050, UT Sunday May 29 at 0040, WWRB is on, nominally only weekend evenings now, lo-fi gospel huxter audio breaking up, on S9+25 signal; 0127 gospel huxter outro as
in Covington, Georgia, phone 770-784-0703, ``till next week at same time --- shalom!``. But then at 0130 another --- or same Yahwah show re-starts, evidently by mistake, as cut at 0131.5 to WWRB YL canned ID, and 0132 ``Wonderful Words of Life`` theme for Word of Life broadcast as heard one week ago.
Yes, it`s YAHWAH, not YAHWEH! -- take that, you EJOMites at WMLK! Above website confirmed, with nothing about WWRB or any SW broadcasts; seems they have 40 videos available which say it all.
Speaking of WMLK, Richard Langley, NB reported on May 26 in reply to my previous non-log of them on 9275: ``The last posting on their Facebook page, dated 3 May, says: "During the high stress testing some of the components failed! This type of testing will determine the strength, the veracity of all components being tested." I guess they are now waiting for parts`` (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. 15720, Sat May 28, since I`m checking up on 15240 WWRB, I also keep trying 15720 for WHRI, which has registered this frequency for three days only, May 27-28-29, 14-20 UT, 250 kW at 315 degrees. This obviously coincides with the Indy 500 carace on Sunday, but nothing heard today at 1522, 1612, 1700, 1817. Others did report some carace on Friday. WHRI, HQ in South Bend, always broadcasts these things, and we did catch something earlier this month. As if they had anything to do with gospel-huxtering. How many racers, assistants, or spectators in the stands will be killed or maimed this year? What a stupid ``sport``, accomplishing nothing except endangerment by going round and round in ovals, and not really getting anywhere ASAP.
7385, May 29 at 0029 as I tune across WHRI during a break, they ask for 1 IRC in order to send out a program schedule. IRCs are being phased out, don`t they know? Lotsa luck in redeeming any they get (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. 11580, May 29 at 0103, tuning across WRMI, I double take as it sounds like Dead Gene Scott, but whew, not // 6090 where PMS is pontificating. WRMI sked shows Harvest Time at 0100-0115 UT Sundays (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** VIRGIN ISLANDS BRITISH. 14193-USB, May 29 at 0112, contester calling QRZ without bothering to mention his own call! But making many contacts with US stations. I tuned here after hearing a pileup on 14198-USB, where they don`t give his call either, just their own! Eventually the DX station does give call VP2VAZ, and says listening 5-up. Immediately, W4GBB calls him on 14193 and does so repeatedly, despite some other hams saying ``5 up``. An AC9 doesn`t get the message either. 0120, a fuller ID as VP2VAZ, on Tortula, BVI, and also gives QSL manager which I don`t copy. Has a German accent, and even makes some contacts in German. QRZ.com shows he is Reiner [sic] Lies, and QSL:
which leads to a ham of the same spelling, in 38239 Salzgitter, Germany, who has also operated all over the Caribbean (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** ZAMBIA. 9680, May 28 at 1400, very poor S2 signal with some music, audible once the CNR1 jammers go off after their 1400* timesignals, i.e. the only thing left, Voice of Hope - Africa, on its weekend-only 12-17 UT schedule, presumably long-path to here. Bill Bingham, South Africa confirms it`s successful today, and well heard there with no CCCCCCI even before 1400 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
UNIDENTIFIED. 17470-AM, May 28 at 1253, JBA carrier, and still at 1417. Meanwhile, very little has been audible within the 16m band, i.e. at 1253, just some 17580 Cuba, but not 17730, and WRMI JBA carrier on 17790. No stations listed on out-of-band 17470 in HFCC, Aoki, or EiBi, but likely a CNR1 jammer against another new frequency of Sound of Hope (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
This report despatched at 0447 UT May 29