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Glenn Hauser logs December 1-2, 2016

** ASCENSION. 5975, Dec 2 at 0637, tonal African language at S7, i.e. BBC Hausa during this semihour daily (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CHINA. 6100, Dec 2 at 0021, something in Portuguese, poor tho reading S9+10, not noticed before. HFCC shows it`s CRI, 500 kW, 318 degrees from Beijing site to CIRAF 12-14, i.e. a long way to S America, aiming northwestward but not for Portugal (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA. 11810 & 11820 & 11830 & 11840 & 11850 & 11860 & 11870, Dec 2 at 1345, RHC on multiple frequencies tnx to spurs out of the 11840 fundamental, which is S9+40 this morning. Previously detectable reliably only on 11830 & 11850, and once before on 11860 which I then thought was only receiver overload, but now obviously really transmitted. 11860 doesn`t yet have much QRM from Yemen [non]. 

The first-order spurs on 11850 and 11830 are S9+10, hefty signals themselves. Searching for others, they get progressively weaker but exist as confirmed by // on another receiver to 11840. Since 11860 is there, how about minus 20 on 11820? Yes, and still remains even with R75 preamp off. Let`s go for another 10 kHz out: Yes! 11870 and 11810 are JBA at 1347. All of them are gone at 1407 check as 11840 has closed (and by now Yemen is up to S8 on 11860). Another accomplishment of RadioCuba (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) see also UNID 5030

** GUATEMALA. 4055, Dec 2 at 0706, open carrier at S6, presumably Radio Truth which would have signed off an hour earlier (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** NETHERLANDS [non]. 11580, Thu Dec 1 at 2029 on WRMI, PCJ Radio International ID and 2030 into `Media Network` [not Plus, minus?]. Initial topix include Astra 1-C launched from Kourou, Guiana French; Tristan da Cunha ceased SW last week. AFAN Antarctica reactivated? No, not likely as no longer needed on SW, but an Italian private station has been on 6012 testing. FEN Japan ceased SW 3910 & 6155 on May 5, 1988; but 11750 & 15260 lasted until May 31. What about NSB? Not expected to continue on SW much longer. Show plays as if current, but this is really very old news. Finally at 2035 a reference implying that the current year is 1993 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** NEWFOUNDLAND. 6159.962, Dec 2 at 0451, still only one poor CBC signal here, so is it still CKZN with no CKZU? Yes, 0500 CBC news is fading in and out, but 0504 into Monocle 24 from London, within the CBC Overnight sked, which would not have started yet in BC (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) 

** NORTH AMERICA. 7405, UT Fri Dec 2 at 0447, deliberate search for [Station YHWH] tuning upward from 7300 finds him here tonight, S8 signal talking about Yahweh. Axually about 5 Hz low on 7404.995, but his frequency accuracy is better than a lot of non-pirates.

I told Chris Smolinski about this, and he replies, ``Thanks Glenn, I see a carrier on my SDR recordings from 0319 until 0530 UTC. No obvious audio, but I will listen some more`` (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SAUDI ARABIA. 9675, Dec 1 at 2041, YL talking in language? Fair-poor. It`s BSKSA in Turkish at 18-21, 340 degrees from Riyadh, and carrying on to here (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) 

** TURKEY. 5960, Dec 2 at 0023, VOT is overrunning again, still on air to North America in German instead of quitting English circa 2350; S9+15, also with lite het on low side from Urumqi (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A [and non]. WORLD OF RADIO 1854 monitoring: confirmed Thursday December 1 at 2130 on WRMI 13695, excellent. Not confirmed, UT Fri Dec 2 at 0029-0031+ on WBCQ 9330v-CUSB where there is not even a reduced carrier audible (while 9265 WINB rates S4), so off or just not propagating? Next:
Sat 0030   WBCQ 9330v-CUSB to WSW
Sat 0730   HLR 6190-CUSB to SW 
Sat 1530   HLR 7265-CUSB to SW
Sat 2030v  WA0RCR 1860-AM ND 
Sat 2330   WBCQ 9330v-CUSB to WSW
Sun 0410v  WA0RCR 1860-AM ND 
Mon 0030   WBCQ 9330v-CUSB to WSW
Mon 0400v  WBCQ 5130v Area 51 to WSW
Mon 0430   WRMI 9955 to SSE  
Tue 0030   WBCQ 9330v-CUSB to WSW
Tue 0030   WRMI 7730 to WNW
Tue 1200   WRMI 9955 to SSE
Tue 2130   WRMI 15770 to NE
Wed 0030   WBCQ 9330v-CUSB to WSW
Wed 2200   WBCQ 7490v to WSW
Thu 0030   WBCQ 9330v-CUSB to WSW

** U S A. 7490, UT Fri Dec 2 at 0010, what`s filling the gap on WBCQ this week? Anti-government discussion of how Aroostook County, Maine (inhabited by WBCQ) is being deliberately depopulated in order to preserve its natural resources. Not sure which program this is.

Aroostook, the largest county by land area east of the Rockies, is already so sparse that some maps, such as the Rand McNally Atlas, make northern Maine a small inset to the rest of the state on a larger scale (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A [and non]. 11990-12110, Dec 2 at 1409, range of humbuzz splatter out of dirty 12050 WEWN Spanish transmitter which is S9+30 on fundamental and degraded itself. The humbuzz is worse the closer to 12050, severely QRMing Turkey 12035, Australia 12065 and even 12085 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 640, Dec 2 at 1337 UT, KWPN Moore OK sportstalk is absent, but I am getting a good E/W signal with talk about a green spot in the Libyan desert, turns out to be gospel huxter. Could it be KFI? Program sked at shows `Coast to Coast AM` starting at 10 pm PT [0600 UT] on Thursday, and nothing else until 6 am Friday [1400 UT]. More like WCRV Collierville (Memphis) TN per REL format, 50 kW daypower starting at 1300 UT in Dec, (night power only 480 watts) (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 690, Dec 2 at 1340 UT, KGGF Coffeyville KS in local news, YL mentions ``98.9 Double Q FM``. That would be sibling station KQQF, obviously a qutely kindred call, but is it now duplicative? WTFDA FM Database does not show // 690 and names it ``Star 98.9`` with HOT AC format. And it`s the only FM station in Coffeyville proper, not even a translator of KGGF or anything (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 750, Dec 2 at 1341 UT, Ukrainian talk from NE, 1342 UT sounds like an ID, which would be WNDZ Portage IN (Chicago market and address), 15 kW daytimer, direxional pattern tangent westward, plenty toward here. Ukrainian really stix out on the domestic AM dial (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** VATICAN. 9660, Dec 1 at 2045, French discussion of SE Nigeria, i.e. Biafra? It`s Vatican Radio from SMG. Routine log, but rumors keep flying that VR may be abolished at least from SW (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** YEMEN [non]. 11860, Dec 2 at 1500-1505 approx., dead air from Republic of Yemen Radio, preceded and followed by music. Good signal now, but before 1400, 11860 was dominated by the CUBA spur, q.v. By 1408 Y, via SAUDI ARABIA? had faded up to S8 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. Trans-Pacific JBA MW carrier search December 2, UT, all looping NW, not WSW, except for 1098 from west:

 747 at 1314, 1325, *1329
 774 at 1314, *1329
 828 at 1326
 972 at 1319, 1327
1053 at 1320, 1327
1098 at 1320, 1328 [Mauno Ritola hears from V7AB Marshall Islands that they are currently on 13 kW, to be restored to 25]
1197 at 1321
1566 at 1323

All on the DX-398 with internal ferrite antenna only, except *R75 with E-W longwire (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. 5030, Dec 2 at 0641, the JBA carrier again. Sure would like to think it`s Ouagadougou reactivated; others please check also in evenings. But since some Cuban transmitters (see 11840!) put spurs out at 10 kHz intervals, could this be from RHC 5040 which is S9+20, also mixing its splash with Rebelde from 5025? No, 5030 is still there at 0705 after 5040 is off.

BTW, correct spelling of the long-gone Peruvian on 5030 location: Huamachuco, not Huamachucho (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. 5579.0-USB, Dec 2 at 0028, only 2-way in Spanish, as I am checking for 5580 R. San José, Bolivia (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. 7200-LSB, Dec 1 at 2053, lots of AROs talking over each other, not QSOs, no IDs, and mixed with someone playing music, then siren sound, a free-for all on the favorite 41m frequency of naughty hams. What is ARRL`s position on this? If it were interested in enforcement, the FCC could have a field day with this (pardon the expression) (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

This report despatched at 1738 UT December 2