venerdì 6 gennaio 2017

Glenn Hauser logs January 5-6, 2017

** CUBA. 12000, Jan 5 at 2236, RHC in Spanish, S5 // 13740 & 9710. Altho has used this frequency in past, not lately, and seems too strong to be harmonic of 6000, where anyway there is only a JBA carrier. Possibly that transmitter tuned up by error onto its second harmonic instead of fundamental. Or another off-schedule experiment?

11880, Jan 5 at 2240, RHC Spanish here instead of English! So // 12000, 11840 & 11760, i.a. (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** KURDISTAN [non]. 11600, Jan 6 at 1500, Denge Kurdistane talk and music briefly with asynchronous double-audio, apparent overlap during site switch, at first S8-S9, then S7-S9 with more fading, but no break in the carrier(s). No dead air this time.

I`m awaiting Ivo Ivanov`s latest take on this. His Dec 30 issue of DX Re Mix News, showed Issoudun at 15-16 as of Dec 22, but also Pridnestsrovye at 13-16 on 11600. Bulgaria site was out of the picture, but he could tell if it came back due to local-range second harmonic on 23200 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SOUTH CAROLINA [non]. 11825, Jan 6 at 1503, no signal, altho TOM per latest WRMI sked is supposed to start at 1300. See also USA: WRMI (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 13565, Jan 6 at 1520, K6FRC Part 15 beacon ID repeating, vs CODAR. Notably this bitsignal from California is better than the JBA carrier from 17775 KVOH (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. WORLD OF RADIO 1859 monitoring: confirmed UT Friday January 6 at 0030 on WBCQ 9329.894v-CUSB, just barely audible, but at least we know it`s on tonight. The frequency is varying slightly as I try to measure it. Maybe reception is better elsewhere: I had a report from a listener in California. Next:
Sat 0030   WBCQ 9330v-CUSB
Sat 0730   HLR 6190-CUSB to SW [off for maintenance this week only]
Sat 1530   HLR 7265-CUSB to SW [off for maintenance this week only] 
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 [off for maintenance this week only]
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
Wed 1030   WRMI 5850 to NW [NEW]
Tue 2130   WRMI 15770 to NE
Tue 2300   WRMI 9955 to SSE
Wed 0030   WBCQ 9330v-CUSB to WSW
Wed 1415.5 WRMI 9955 to SSE
Wed 2200   WBCQ 7490v to WSW
Thu 0030   WBCQ 9330v-CUSB to WSW

Also check WRMI airings, especially 9955, for possible // on 6855.

Also allegedly at random times on WBCQ 5130v-AM during Radio Jennifer service expanded hours, altho not noted lately. Updated full WOR sked:

** U S A. 6855, Jan 5 at 2255, WRMI in Spanish about Cuba, turns out to be // 9955 during R. Libertad prepeat hour; no jamming yet on 6855, but there sure will be once the DentroCuban Jamming Command catches on (or Arnie reads this). At 2302, now it`s `La Rosa de Tokio`, as also scheduled now on 9955 Thursdays, historical media program playing clip of Radio Atlántico del Sur, 9710, British clandestine during the Falklands war, as that is this week`s topic, an episode they keep repeating over and over, altho the anniversary isn`t until our spring/their fall. LRT still refuses to concede the Malvinas to Britain.

Until now, I think, WRMI has not put any Cuban exile programming on any frequency but 9955, thus protecting all the others from jamming. (I had suggested to Jeff at the outset that all jammable programming, only, be put on some new frequency instead of 9955, thus freeing it from overrun jamming.)

Anyhow, 6855, which had been all-BS-all-the-time for 24/7, for 2017y has been converted to a variety of other programming, some of it // 9955, some of it not, but it has the same color coding on the grid as 9955. 9955, however, is shown with TOM during daytime and overnight hours, unlike 6855. 

Supposedly on a 285-degree antenna now, 6855 remains quite weak here, especially in daytime, so hard to tell what`s on it, and no program schedule for it has yet been published! So, much more monitoring of it is required. 285 is the same bearing to the WNW as on 7730, which has a *much* stronger signal.

Note that WORLD OF RADIO and other DX programs on 9955, could well be showing up on // 6855, but can`t be sure unless confirmed by monitoring, or a true-new 6855 program schedule be provided.

6855, at 0229 UT Friday January 6 is playing `Sandunga` as brief fill during a break, not // 9955, and then the latter is running `Blues Radio International` as scheduled UT Fridays 0230, and has quite a good signal until fadedown/out around 0250. 6855 is too weak to tell what else is on it now, but could be R. Prague as on 11580 which is hardly propagating this late.

6855, at 0300 January 6 is starting Radio Taiwán Internacional, Spanish relay, which had been scheduled only on 5985 during this hour, and indeed can be detected //, both JBA. 

6855, Fri Jan 6 at 1452, `Viva Miami` // 9955. It`s the same old episode which has been running for more than a month, the second part interviewing somewoman about promoting El Salvador tourism, the first part having been about the Everglades. At 1505, when 9955 has gone to BS, 6855 is playing some music, unseems familiar `World Music`.

5850 // 7730, Fri Jan 6 at 0658, WRMI with `World Music`, both former TOM frequencies, but I had long noted them // with WM or other programming after 0700. Now the skedgrid finally shows them // at 06-08, but the 06-07 part all blank except for Fri 0600-0630 `Sounding the Alarm`. Following at 07 UT Fri it claims `Media Network Plus` which I should have stayed tuned to confirm, as it had been a no-show the past weeks (but PCJ programming was appearing 24 hours earlier on UT Thursdays 07-08) (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. (7490), UT Fri Jan 6 at 0030, `Broad Spectrum Radio` on WBCQ, reception so poor that I switch to the webcast. This week`s topic per advance publicity: ``Redtown Radio with Brenda Golden --- In this episode, recorded on Nov. 22, 2016, Brenda looks at institutionalized racism, through stereotypes in popular culture, sports, mass communications and other efforts to dehumanize and discriminate against Native Americans.`` Unfortunately, she is cut off just before 0100 for WBCQ ID, and into `Voice of the Report of the Week` as scheduled. On webcast, and no doubt the same happened on 7490. Got to keep your programs to under 29 minutes (or 29:54 if you dare). The automation is merciless (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** VATICAN. 6070, Friday January 6 at 0701, Vatican Radio is on with Gregorian chant, nice, but overrides poor CFRX. VR even better on // 7250, abutting 7255- Nigeria. I guess this is a holy day special from 0630 for Epiphany, if not a tip of the miter to the Orthodoxies, as transmission is normally on Sundays only any more (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. 3245.0-USB, Jan 6 at 0235, MARS-like net discussing frequencies not by kHz but by secret number designators. One definite callsign fonetikaly is OH7, contact is 5R#, third character did not sound like any familiar letter fonetik, altho I was tempted to think it was Juliet to go with Romeo. Nothing further and `out` at 0238.

Is this really MARS or something else? Strange calls do not correlate with ham-like formats MARS used to employ, i.e. never ending in a number! My only other log of this was a sesquimonth ago: 

``UNIDENTIFIED. 3245.0-USB, Nov 19 [2016] at 0107, another AF MARS net in primetime as I heard a weak ``AAF`` call go by. They won`t have to worry about QRM de WBCQ 3250v; I wonder if 3250 was cleared as not anybody`s MARS frequency?`` (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

This report despatched at 1750 UT January 6