venerdì 8 luglio 2016

Glenn Hauser logs July 7-8, 2016

** ALBANIA. 9854.95, July 8 at 0154 check, the R. Tirana 0130 English to North America is *still* a big humroar. There is yet hope: Manfred Reiff, Germany tells us in the DXLD yg on Thursday July 7: `` Good morning, yesterday I made a recording of parts of the German service of Radio Tirana and sent the cut to the head of the German service, Mr. Astrit Ibro. He replied this morning that they have a meeting with the technicians on Friday to solve the problem. 73, Manfred`` (Glenn Hauser, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** BRAZIL. 11780, July 8 at 0216, RNA is S9 and considerably distorted modulation, after quite a spell of decent transmission. I look for spurs around the 25m band, but don`t find any now, so that`s a plus, but they could be less than the considerable band noise level (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** BRAZIL. 11934.58, July 8 at 0212, JBA carrier, no doubt Rádio RB2, as it continues to drift very slowly downward from one night to the next (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA. 6060, 6165, 9535, 9710, 11670, 13740, July 8 after 0204 UT chex, all these RHC frequencies scheduled this hour are OFF again tonight like yesterday and perhaps ante-yesterday. Only ones heard ON are: 5040 Spanish, 6000 English, 11840 & 15230 Spanish. 11840 as usual accompanied by JBA spurs on 11830 & 11850. A major breakdown at the Bejucal and Bauta sites? Or merely a mid-summer maintenance break? Now there`s less overkill by RHC on the bands. Probably there are similar absences in the morning and afternoon blox I have not investigated. Except I was not hearing 6000 in my unusual 1100 UT morning session July 7 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA. 9530, July 8 at 0205, Cuban pulse jamming against nothing, except: a JBA carrier, the second harmonic of 4765 Radio Progreso, as if they are trying to hide it, hi! This sounds like only one jammer, while there are several still attacking 9565, the Martí frequency never on the air at night; and MUCH heavier wall-of-noise on 9490 against Radio República, which really is there from France, but buried (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** EGYPT. 9315 English, 9965 Arabic, 12085 other Arabic, July 8 at 0203, 0208, all three R. Cairo frequencies are open carrier and dead air, instead of horrible noise from one or two of them. 9315 is S8, 12085 is only S3, often much stronger. No precise measurements made except to note that 9965.00 is exceptionally on-frequency (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** OKLAHOMA [and non]. 7275-USB, July 8 at 0221, the contrarian USB, not LSB net on 40m is going again with KJ5GG, which ARRL lookup shows is HENSON, RONALD G, WEATHERFORD, OK 73096. He has to take a break and turns it over to a couple other weakers whose calls also without fonetix I don`t copy correctly enough to find any listed. Does this net have a name and a specific schedule? It does all sound rather informal (Glenn Hauser, Enid, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 7425, July 8 at 0220, S5 mixture of audio from 7305 Vatican Radio music during Spanish service, and 7365 Radio Martí talk, from two adjacent Greenville transmitters, for the record, still producing this leapfrog mixing product (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. WORLD OF RADIO 1833 monitoring: confirmed Thursday July 7 at 2100 on WRMI 13695, very good (stayed tuned for `Blues Radio International` at 2130). Also confirmed Thu July 7 at 2330 on WBCQ 9330v-CUSB, JBA. Next:
Fri 2130   WRMI 15770 to NE
Fri 2130.5 WRMI 13695 to NW
Fri 2330   WBCQ 9330v-CUSB to WSW
Sat 0630   HLR  6190-CUSB to SW 
Sat 1430   HLR  7265-CUSB to SW 
Sat 1930v  WA0RCR 1860-AM ND 
Sat 2230   WBCQ 9330v-CUSB to WSW
Sun 0310v  WA0RCR 1860-AM ND 
Sun 2330   WBCQ 9330v-CUSB to WSW
Mon 0030   WRMI 7730 to WNW
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

** U S A. 7780, July 8 at 0218, as I start my 7 MHz bandscan downward, NO signal from this WRMI #3 BS, so a little less toxic algae from Okeechobee, hi. I check all the others and find WRMI, mostly BS, still transmitting on 5015, 5765, 5850, 5950, 5985, 6855, 7570, 7730, 9395, 9955, 11530, 11580. That accounts for all 13 transmitters, as only one, #7 is not scheduled to be on air at night, just 21675 for Radio Africa in daytime (which is barely audible any more with abysmal solar flux) (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. Hi Glenn, I have been helping Larry Thom, chief engineer of WRNO. Larry has an Elcor transmitter similar to mine. He has been off the air for some time due to transmitter problems as well as health problems. Larry and I have been in touch and working out the problems with the transmitter. We just got WRNO back on the air minutes ago. I set up my test equipment to monitor the signal and have been able to talk Larry in as he adjusted his audio processor. WRNO never sounded better. The frequency is 7505 KC. The Elcor is being driven by a Collins T-368 which is doing a fine job for a 60 year old transmitter.  Check out 7505 KC see what you think (Jon Gorski, KJES, 0024 UT July 7, via DX LISTENING DIGEST)

Jon, received after WOR 1833 was completed. And I don`t hear it at 0113 UT. Will it be back on later tonight? The `new` WRNO certainly never reached its potential with only 3 hours a day, off-frequency and at times awful modulation (Glenn to Jon, 0116 UT July 7 via DXLD)

Glenn, we just got it back tonight. And are still tuning and testing. But it will get better. Larry has been at it all day, so not sure he will be back tonight. His regular transmitter operator is off. When the regular operator returns, he will need to be trained on the T-368 driver. I helped Larry fine tune the audio processor, so some improvement there. Still have a frequency drift problem that he will get solved. Baby steps at first. But it will come together. Larry is lucky to be able to work in the heat of the transmitter shack. He just got out of the hospital after surgery for kidney stones. He says it takes a while to get back to full strength. Also trouble with rain in the T-368. Not a cloud for three states around when he loaded the T-368 transmitter on his pickup truck. But as soon as he started loading, a little black cloud opened up on him and hung around pouring an inch of rain on him and the T-368. Took all day to dry it out and get it operating again. Some days ya just can't get a break. Larry's doing his best; wish him luck (Jon Gorski, KJES, 0150 UT July 7, ibid.)

It's just the daily life of a transmitter engineer slaving over a hot transmitter. Larry Thom, WRNO chief engineer, says he will have to teach his transmitter op. the new stuff. He still has some fine "tweaking to do" but he will get it right (Jon Gorski, KJES, 0350 UT July 7, ibid.)

So the next night from before 0000 UT, I have the R75 with BFO set to 7504-USB. Cuts on at *0100 and I file this to the DXLD yg at 0115:

WRNO is back on the air from *0100 UT July 8, 7505v. Frequency is varying considerably as they are tweaking it, like 7505.130, 7505.390, 7504.990 in the next few minutes. Every time I try to measure it, it`s jumping or VFOing. ID from Fort Worth, Texas studio, gospel music. Jon Gorski is helping them get back on the air and tells me they started testing last night. More details to follow (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

I resume monitoring on the NRD-545 at 0149 UT July 8: 7505.19 is S9+40 with good modulation. Contact info is being given, including --- also they have an app: WRNO. Asking for reports; they want to know who is listening from which countries. `Haven` also mentioned, program name or part of one? By 0158 it`s closer to 7505.25; canned ID at 0200 mentioning from transmitter site in New Orleans, Louisiana; 0201 starting `Marantha Radio` preaching and I tune out until another check at 0239 when it`s about 7505.026.

Following our tip, Wolfgang Büschel replies, ``USA 7505.014 Noted WRNO with station ID at 0251 UT on July 8 on remote SDR unit in Edmonton Alberta. Stable frequency so far, no wandering noted. 2 x 15 kHz broad wide signal, nice audio. Talk by two women, "what you are reading...", Mrs. Rose-Mary co-presenter, talk on Goodness of God. S=9+35dB signal`` (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 12105, July 7 at 2010, WTWW-3 is open carrier/dead air instead of Bibling, and still so at 2128. 9930 is off instead of Dave Ramsey Show. 9475 is abnormally weak with SFAW at S5-S8. Not checked again until 0208 UT July 8, and now 12105 is off; 5830 is on with ponderous Bible story about Moses, and crosstalk slightly lower level; sounds like same speaker with different feed, maybe same story considerably offset. Rather like tape print-thru; remember that, from extra-thin mylar on reels-to-reel? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 1460, July 8 at 0232 UT, Spanish looping NE/SW talk sounds like sports. The only good fit is: KBZO Lubbock TX with ESPN Deportes, 1000/243 watts U1. Atop at first, it soon fades (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. 1521.0, July 8 at 0227 and still at 0236, 1 kHz het is audible on hi side of Herman Cain on KOKC 1520.0 OKC, which I always confidently assume is the 2-megawatter in Duba, SAUDI ARABIA which operates only at the night, and serves as a Trans-Atlantic beacon as far as deep North America; so a new DX season is underway, hi hi (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

This report despatched at 0413 UT July 8