giovedì 8 dicembre 2016

Glenn Hauser logs December 6-7-8, 2016

** ANGOLA. 4949.73, Dec 8 at 0520, RNA with Portuguese talk and music at S7 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** AUSTRALIA. 9580, Dec 8 at 1300, the Oklahoma Service (70 degrees from Shepparton) of Radio Australia, with ABC News, leading with dispute between South Australia and federal government over energy policy. 1306 right into YL interviewing some English ballet dancer named Kevin, but no last name, and no program title opening! At ``1300`` [sic] Thursdays is supposed to be `Conversations with Richard Fidler` but Ann Jones is subbing, guest Kevin O`Hare per

12085, Dec 8 at 1400, RA with splatter from 12050 WEWN S9+40, 1405 `All in the Mind` interview about ECPR – emotional heart resuscitation, a guy who fought his own psychosis:
But there is no entry on the RA schedule for ``1400`` London Time Thursday.

In case you still haven`t heard, Radio Australia announced Dec 6 that ABC would CLOSE DOWN SHORTWAVE as of January 31, 2017 (and also the NT Shower Service). We`ve feared this terrible news after severe downsizing a few years ago, and abrupt test outages earlier this year. This has led to a huge amount of discussion, in the DXLD yg and other fora, even IRCA (mediumwave), rounded up for the next DXLD 16-49. Via Mike Cooper, Here`s one place for the official announcement about getting rid of ``outdated technology``:

``The move is in line with the national broadcaster's commitment to dispense with outdated technology and to expand its digital content offerings including DAB+ digital radio, online and mobile services, together with FM services for international audiences`` (Glenn Hauser, OK, WORLD OF RADIO 1855, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** BRAZIL. 5035.013, Dec 7 at 0648, music and talk in Brazuguese, S9, so R. Aparecida, better on LSB to avoid 5040 Cuba, and // JBA 9630+. Better than on VP 6135.2, and 11855- (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** BRAZIL. 5964.96, Dec 8 at 0524, music at S8, presumed R. Transmundial, as always reported off to the low side.

6059.76, Dec 8 at 0527 RHC is missing, uncovering S7 signal from algo, still in clear at 0551, presumed SRDA Curitiba. Brazilians must be off-frequency, nothing else likely (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) 

** CUBA. 6060, Dec 8 at 0527, RHC English is AWOL, uncovering presumed Brasil, q.v. Still on 6165, 6100, 6000 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** ERITREA. 7146v, 7175/7180/7185, Dec 6 at 0412, no VOBMEs audible, not even carriers, whilst 7205 Sudan and 7120 Somaliland are audible. Sure wish we had a definite schedule for VOBME, but apparently irregular, and wonder if they will vanish again from 40 meters? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** INDONESIA. 9526.049, Dec 8 at 1246, JBA carrier from VOI, reactivated Dec 5 after several days off, slightly new frequency, ex 9525.9v, so is this a different transmitter? Certainly no better than the old one as far as being too weak, and undermodulated? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) 

** KOREA NORTH. 6003, Dec 8 at 0712, noise jamming already audible, covering Echo of Hope; 6015, Dec 8 at 0712, same noise jamming level here vs KBS-1. These are also a bane much later around sunrise here (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** MADAGASCAR. 17640, Dec 7 at 1856, tune in just in time for a few notes of music before open carrier and off 1856.6*, i.e. MWV English APR from 1800 is active today. Also on with S9+10 choral music at 2043 check, the other English broadcast from 2000. You never know from one day to the next whether these will appear. Dec 8: made it again, S9+20 at 1853 on 17640 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** NORTH AMERICA. 4875.0, Dec 7 at 0221, VP signal from [Station YHWH], weaker than het from Brasil 4875.1; tnx tip from Bob LaRose in CA. At least AF MARS is not using 4875-USB at the moment. Joshua`s frequency selexions on 60m are not so good. He`s also tried 4960 and 4920 lately. 

4865.0, Dec 8 at 0402, [Station YHWH] is JBA here now, tnx tips from Tim Tromp and Andy Robins in MI in the previous hour. And also heard by Ron Howard in CA who says he was still on at 0410 but unreadable (Glenn Hauser, OK, WORLD OF RADIO 1855, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** OKLAHOMA. 1210, Dec 8 at 0546 UT, KGYN Guymon with C&W tune, tear-in-beer, NOT Xmasmx, despite appearing on a list of stations going all-Xmas, originating in NRC DX News and quoted by Steve Whitt, UK in the MWCircle yg. Of course, *some* Xmasmx could be playing but not all-out. And also KGYN is obviously still violating its requirement to protect Philadelphia at night. Recheck at 1321 UT, ``Today`s Country 1210 KGYN`` ID, after 9-degree-F temp check [official low was 2; now 20 in Enid] (Glenn Hauser, Enid, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** OMAN [and non]. 15140, Dec 8 at 1516, S9+10 open carrier, really too strong for RSO, but makes a slight SAH with JBA talk underneath, which is presumably RSO in Arabic. Nothing else scheduled now; possibly CUBA which does not start programming on 15140 until 1800, or an IBB GB test, or who knows? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SOLOMON ISLANDS. 5020, Dec 7 at 0645, JBA carrier, presumed SIBC already propagating (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** TURKEY [and non]. 12035.039, Dec 8 at 1338, S9, VOT press review about oil prices, in the clear, since 12050 WEWN splatterer is OFF! 1342 on to `Turkey`s Cultural Centers` about Lake Van in eastern Turkey. It may be scenic, but the largest lake in the country per is brackish and no good for drinking or irrigation. By 1359, WEWN is on at S9+40, splattering upon Turkish music (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A [non]. 7460, Dec 6 at 0411, S9+10 in unrecognized language, but scheduled is VOA in Kinyarwanda via BOTSWANA. I was bandscanning for YHWH but ran across this (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. WORLD OF RADIO 1854 monitoring: confirmed UT Tuesday December 6 at 0030 on WBCQ, 9330.107v-CUSB, poor; also confirmed on WRMI, 7730, good. Also confirmed Tue Dec 6 at 2130 on WRMI, 15770, good. Richard Lemke in Alberta caught WOR at a new time on WRMI, 9955, Tue Dec 6 at 2300. It`s now been added to their and our schedules. Also confirmed UT Wed Dec 7 after 0030 on WBCQ, 9330.084v-CUSB, JBA. Also confirmed Wed Dec 7 at 1438, the 1415.5 on WRMI 9955, S9 with no jamming, but ACI from stronger S9+20 9960, which is Furusato no Kaze via Palau from 1430. Also confirmed Wed Dec 7 at 2200 on WBCQ, 7490.04. Also confirmed UT Thu Dec 8 at 0030 on WBCQ, 9330.070v-CUSB, poor.

WORLD OF RADIO 1855 monitoring: confirmed first SW airing Thursday December 8 at 1230 on WRMI, 9955, S9 atop pulse jamming, but ACI from 9950, which I figured would also be Furusato no Kaze, but that doesn`t start until 1300 via Taiwan. Now at 1215-1315 on 9950 it`s AIR 500 kW, 60 degrees from Bengaluru in Burmese. By 1257, WORMI has improved to S9+20, further atop continuing Cuban pulse jamming; Tnx a lot, Arnie! Next:
Thu 2130   WRMI 13695 to NW
Fri 0030   WBCQ 9330v-CUSB to WSW
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 
Sun 1130   HLR 9485-CUSB to SW [experimental]
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
Tue 2300   WRMI 9955 to SSE [NEW]
Wed 0030   WBCQ 9330v-CUSB to WSW
Wed 2200   WBCQ 7490v to WSW
Thu 0030   WBCQ 9330v-CUSB to WSW

Full schedule on all media:

** U S A. 5850 // 7730, Tue Dec 6 at 0721, `World Music` on WRMI. Full hour is now scheduled as such on 7730, Tue/Wed/Thu only, but several times we`ve heard `Viva Miami` at 0700-0715 including on a Friday. But now also shows `Media Network Plus` Fri 0700-0800 on 7730, new time. In no case, except Sundays, is 5850 shown as simulcasting 7730.

7780, BTW continues to AWOL at frequent nighttime chex, such as Dec 8 at 0533. It`s still on the WRMI skedgrid for 22-12 UT, nothing but BS, and same 44-degree XMTR #3 at 12-22 UT on 15770, which IS still active, also nothing but BS except 21-22 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 17775; re my continuing obs that Mondays at 1500, Frecuencia al Dia has appearing instead of Antena DX as on the KVOH schedule, still dated August, Ray Robinson replies:

``Hi, Glenn. Antena DX used to be produced by Víctor Gutiérrez in Panamá. However, it went on summer break in July, and never came back in August. The last I heard from Víctor, he said his mixing console was damaged and he had no money to repair or replace it. So, for the last few months, KVOH has been carrying Frecuencia al Día on both Fridays and Mondays. If Antena DX ever returns, we will be happy to carry it again``

Well, `Antena DX` is still on the WRMI schedule several times, so are they replaying last show from June, or really something else? 

Mon 1130 5950
Mon 1230 9955
Tue 0030 5950
Wed 0430 5985
Wed 1200 9955
Thu 1130 5950
Fri 0030 5950

Axually WRMI has an `Antena DX` audiofile dated Dec 4. Also on the TGAV and WBCQ SW schedules. This page explains the situation, that old shows are being reissued until he can produce new ones again:

** U S A. 5830, Dec 6 at 0722, WTWW-1 SFAW modulation is breaking up; wiggle that patchcord! (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A [and non]. 12050, Dec 8 at 1338-1342, WEWN`s dirty Spanish transmitter is off, uncovering a JBA carrier, presumably RFA Tibetan via KUWAIT, scheduled this hour only (and/or ChiCom jamming). This is great for 12035 Voice of Turkey, and 12085 Radio Australia [qq.vv.], but by 1359, WEWN is back on, causing its usual damage from S9+40 fundamental (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 9275.039, Dec 8 at 1854, S9+10 carrier is on! Must be reactivated WMLK, but JBM, not even enough to recognize the intonations of DEJOM, but who else could it be? Have been tuning for it almost daily around this hour.

Time for another check of their FB and website for an update. BTW, I see their address in Bethel PA is 190 Frantz Road, presumably not in honor of Dave at WWRB.

``WMLK Radio December 5 at 8:47am ·

I have been holding back in updating those who are interested and concerned with the outreach and status of WMLK Radio. The Engineer returned today 12/05/16. He was on an overseas mission and returned stateside on 11/14/16. He was scheduled to return on 11/20/16 to begin upgrading and repair of the TX. However, he was in a very terrible accident on the Friday (11/18/16) before his scheduled return. Stopped at a red light he was hit from behind by a car at a very high rate of speed. He was pushed into the car ahead of him, thus totaling his car. By the grace of Almighty Yahweh he was unhurt but his car/conveyance was completely destroyed. The Doctors wanted to keep him close and under observation for a week plus to see if there would be any residual effects from the accident!

He was cleared to return but he had to be flown up here instead of his usual car trip. First no car, second to avoid fatigue until completely rested from the accident, so the best choice that satisfies the doctors and family was to fly him here! He is working as this update is being written! Praise Almighty Yahweh for His mercy and loving kindness! Thank you for your patience!``

``WMLK radio update and progress report 
[undated, and apparently predates the above info]

Due to unforeseen circumstances, we have been having trouble getting the radio station online. Many hidden problems have been revealed during the past two visits of our start-up engineer. It appeared that something is continually shorting out the TX and causing it to trip the overload protection. These overloads disengage the set when high voltage is applied, if there is a fault in the system. We discovered that many components inside the set were shorting the set to ground. These components were discovered by using sophisticated equipment and a closer observation. The set contains a Crowbar protection system and it is extremely sensitive to any kind of ground faults. This system protects the tubes from being damaged should a problem arise in the electrical system. The components that were shorting the set to ground, included air ducks [sic], the glass cooling tube used in the vapor cooling system, and assorted devices that are not non-conductive in electrical properties. Carbon traces were observed on these components.

DSC00363.JPG Pic. 1. This is a non-conductive PVC unit. This where the air cooling duct plugs in. Notice the arcing traces.

DSC00359.JPG Pic. 2. This is the Pyrex steam riser tube, notice the damage and tracing on it. This glass steam riser was completely repaired, and one-half of the Pyrex was replaced in the repair process.

DSC00357.JPG Pic. 3. This is the four inch air duct that supplies air for cooling the capacitors and assorted parts. Notice the tracing on the end and the physical damage from arc tracing. This is the PVC unit in the first picture before removal from air duct. This air duct, along with others, were replaced.

Pic. 4. These are the components that were sent in for repair. Three Circuit Boards and the Sine Wave Generator (large unit next to CBs).

The last two visits yielded these problems, and since then they have been corrected. We have also added a water filtering purification system to make sure the water that is going into cooling the tubes is the highest quality possible. We have one more process to add to this system to ensure this rigorous standard. We have overhauled many of the circuit cards by either rebuilding them or replacing them since we began repair and reconstruction of this set. We reconfigured and rewired many of the problems that we found. Several cards were sent to be repaired by a professional organization. 

Because of problems with our engineer’s health, he was ordered to take a three month leave of absence which will be monitored by a physician. Two years ago, during first week of November, he suffered a seizure which also involved a blood clot in the brain that gave him a mild stroke. He was put on a six-month medical leave of absence from his work place so he could recuperate from this incident. He has been working for WMLK during his employment with Voice of America whenever time permitted him to come to WMLK. He retired this year from his employment and comes to WMLK when he can arrange it in his schedule. Recently, his doctor put him on another three month leave of absence to make adjustments in his medications and give him the rest that he needs to recuperate his health even further.

Our Start-Up Engineer has commissioned (put into service) five of these type units. He is dedicated to putting this station on the air. He will advise me during him absence via telephone and messenger service. We are dedicated to placing this station on the air.

In 1981 we started obtaining information to begin broadcasting the AOY [Assemblies of Yahweh] message to the entire earth in a broader range. It was decided that shortwave radio would and could fulfill Matthew 24:14 and Revelation 14:6. We began this project at the end of 1981 and the station was placed on the air in the spring of 1985. It took hard work and good support from the brethren and co-workers of the AOY to make this project a reality. The current set, as it stands, has been completed and is ready to be energized. When the repaired parts (Yahweh Willing) are fixed and returned this should become a reality. Remember all things are done according to His will and time frame. We must be patient! Thank you for your prayers and support, financially and through your verbal and written encouragements! Yahweh bless all of you! Deacon Mac``

Names of the persons referred to are not to be found, except Deacon Mac is evidently in the Contact page: Station Manager/OE Gary A. McAvin.

It`s rather ironic that another Yahweh fan, ``Joshua`` all by himself in a desert, manages to get on the air while WMLK cannot. I would dearly love to witness a head-to-head debate between him and DEJOM, but hardly feasible (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 1160, Dec 8 at 1317 UT, KSL, SLC UT with ABC News headlines, ID, traffic report. I always associated KSL with CBS, but CBS Radio (news) network seems about to self-destruct. NRC AM Log shows nets as both CBS and ABC in that order, plus others (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. Trans-Pacific JBA MW carrier search, Dec 7, UT:
At 1300, 774-NW, 747-NW, 612-WSW
At 1302, 702-WSW (2 carriers beating, as often the case: one is likely 2BL ABC Sydney; second most likely is 10 kW Magic in Auckland)
At 1303, 792-WSW, 828-NW
At 1306, 1098-W
At 1308, 1566-NW

UNIDENTIFIED. Trans-Pacific JBA MW carrier search, Dec 8, UT:
At 1243 and 1313, nothing on 774 or 702, so no further lowband chex.
At 1324, 1566-NW is JJBA (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. 5010.0, Dec 7 at 0644, S9 open carrier continues to be heard; also Dec 8 at 0521, S9+15 on one receiver, at 0708, S8 on another. Perhaps a ute, such as an idle RTTY transmitter? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. 7597.4, Dec 8 at 0532, S9+30 open carrier, equal to my previous log Nov 14 at 0042; utility accomplishing nothing other than occupying frequency? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. 15534-USB, Dec 8 at 1513, INTRUDERS, 2-way in Spanish? They do say ``cambio`` but nothing else understood: either extremely colloquial or really some other dialect (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

This report dispatched at 1955 UT December 8