venerdì 31 marzo 2017

Glenn Hauser logs March 28-29-30, 2017

Note: all logs in this report between 2340 UT March 28 and 1330 UT March 29 employed my ``inside longwire`` strung around the ceiling to the R75, because of heavy storms. This virtually got rid of the line noise the regular outside LW has been picking up; I was hoping long-needed 3+ inches of rain would have washed off the lines/insulators, but the noise was still there with the external LW rehookedup, altho maybe somewhat diminished.

** BRAZIL. 6180 & 11780, March 28 at 2347 check, RNA/RNB still missing for the ninth day in a row (Glenn Hauser, OK, WORLD OF RADIO 1871, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA [and non]. 7465, March 29 at 0546, R. Martí is loud & clear, no jamming, while 7435 is jammed against nothing. The DentroCuban Jamming Command still hasn`t figured out the new RM schedule, which is in HFCC for all to see, i.e. 7435 only at 03-05, preceded and succeeded by 7365. 

9805, March 30 at 1142, wall of noise jamming are strongest signal on 31m now, can`t hear R. Martí which is on 9805 at 10-13. Strangely, RHC 31m frequencies, 9850 & 9820 are JBA carriers, as are WRMIs on 9955, 9395. A Greenville frequency not jammed is 9610 for Vatican relay but also JBA carrier. I wonder if the jammers on 9805 are from the eastern end of Cuba which would be propagating better this early (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** NEW ZEALAND. 7425, March 30 at 0717, RNZI is good at S9+10 with PNG news, on its latest new frequency, now scheduled 0659-1258 daily, the last bihour on the NNW antenna worse for us (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** NIGERIA [non]. 5960.03, March 29 at 0540, African language at S9 plus some hum, mentions Nigeria at least twice. I think the hum is really caused by two stations, the other one closer to 5960.00. HFCC shows at 0500-0600 only ASCENSION, with a BaBcoCk transmission in the Kau language, 250 kW at 55 degrees, so what is it, really? Per EiBi`s readme.txt language table, it`s not the Kau Bru language of India, but Kanuri of Nigeria and neighbors. Therefore the station is Dandal Kura Radio International, presumably ex-7415 in B-16. HFCC shows the only other thing on 5960 now is R. Kuwait in Arabic, but we have no confirmation that they have really transformed from wooden to alive. So maybe there is really only Ascension, which does suffer from some hum on certain transmitters (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** OKLAHOMA. Earthquake felt at WOR HQ, chair shaking for a few seconds, and heard house creaking, March 29 at 1538:01 UT. USGS initially reported it as ``4.1, 10km E of Medford, Oklahoma, 2017-03-29 15:37:41 (UTC), 2.9 km [deep]``. According to the Enid Eagle it was later upgraded to 4.4, 32 miles NNE of Enid, 1 mile deep. Note the time delay from the USGS clock, of 20 seconds, which seems to be typical for quakes near but not exactly in Enid. No RF effects were noted, but significant (felt) quakes are recorded along with my radio log reports here. Tnx a lot, you frackers!

Another quake the next morning: ``2.8, 20km W of Perry, Oklahoma, 2017-03-30 14:48:30 (UTC), 5.0 km`` was also uncomfortably close to Enid, but not felt (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** PERU. 5980, March 29 at 0028, JBA carrier from R. Chaski even detectable on my inside-longwire required because of heavy storms, until autocutoff at 0103:57*, which is 12.5 seconds later than two nights ago, March 27 to 0103:44.5*, averaging only 6.25 per (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A [and non]. WORLD OF RADIO 1870 monitoring: confirmed Tuesday March 28 at 2130 on WRMI 15770, good, and 6855, very poor. Also confirmed Tue Mar 28 at 2340 the 2330 broadcast on WBCQ more than 1 kHz off-frequency, 9328.99v-CUSB, fair. Also confirmed Wed March 29 at 1323, the 1315.5 WOR broadcast on WRMI 9955, fair, but no longer with // 6855, which has switched to duplicate Oldies on 9395. Lite jamming is audible on 9955 by WOR finish at 1344; tnx a lot, Arnie! Also confirmed Wed March 29 at 2100 on WBCQ, 7490.05v-AM, S9 vs noise level of S6. Also confirmed Wed Mar 29 at 2330 on WBCQ 9329.1v-CUSB, fair.

WORLD OF RADIO 1871 ready for first airings March 29: CONTENTS: Afghanistan, Albania and non, Algeria, Angola, Argentina, Bougainville, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, China non, Colombia, Congo DR, Cuba non, Czechia non, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan and non, Korea North non, Korea South, Kurdistan non, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Lithuania, Madagascar, Romania, Spain, Turkey, USA, Vatican

Thu 1130   WRMI 9955 to SSE
Thu 2130   WRMI 11580 to NE
Thu 2330   WBCQ 9330v-CUSB to WSW
Fri 2230   WRMI 11580 to NE, 5950 to S
Fri 2330   WBCQ 9330v-CUSB to WSW
Sat 0630   HLR 6190-CUSB to WSW
Sat 1430   HLR 7265-CUSB to WSW
Sat 1930v  WA0RCR 1860-AM ND
Sat 2230   WBCQ 9330v-CUSB to WSW
Sun 0310v  WA0RCR 1860-AM ND
Sun 1030   HLR 9485-CUSB to SW 
Sun 2330   WBCQ 9330v-CUSB to WSW
Mon 0300v  WBCQ 5130v Area 51 to WSW
Mon 0330   WRMI 9955 to SSE
Mon 2330   WBCQ 9330v-CUSB to WSW
Tue 0030   WRMI 7730 to WNW
Tue 1100   WRMI 9955 to SSE
Tue 2130   WRMI 15770 to NE, 6855 to WNW
Tue 2330   WBCQ 9330v-CUSB to WSW
Wed 1030   WRMI 5850 to NW, 6855 to WNW
Wed 1315.5 WRMI 9955 to SSE
Wed 2100   WBCQ 7490v to WSW
Wed 2330   WBCQ 9330v-CUSB to WSW

WOR 1871 monitoring: not confirmed Thu March 30 at 1141 on WRMI 9955 which is a JBA carrier, but presumably with WOR. We still haven`t recovered from latest G1 storms, K index 3 at 1200, altho solar flux for March 29 was higher than predicted, a hefty 83, per WWV.

Also note that as of March 29, Keith Weston says all the podcast versions of WORLD OF RADIO have been restored after a server crash.

** U S A. 6855, March 29 at 0029, this WRMI is now // 9395 with Oldies format, as soon also canned ID. Continues same at 0106 check; 0132 canned ID still mentions 9395 only: Bob Biermann will have to re-do all of those. Still same at 0203. But at 0312, has become // 5985 in Spanish, i.e. Taiwan relay as before. By 0543, 6855 is back to duplicate 9395, a song ``I heard you`re getting married``. At 1323 still music // 9395, so no more alternative for WORLD OF RADIO Wed at 1315.5. We knew 6855 was no longer // 9955 before 1200, but also Thursday March 30 at 1142, ``I`m Sorry`` song and ID for 9395 only, which is a JBA carrier at this hour. Then I look up the WRMI skedgrid, and find that 6855 WRMI-5 has been changed to show Oldies same as WRMI-6 on 9395 during these hours, never duplicating 9955 any more:

0000-0300 (except UT Thu 00-01 V. of the Report of the Week on both)

That leaves these hours when 6855 is still // other frequencies:
0300-0400 RTI Spanish // 5985
0400-0430 NHK Spanish // 5985
1000-1100 various // 5850 including WOR Wednesday 1030
2000-2100 various // 11580
2100-2200 various // 15770 including WOR Tuesday 2130

It also shows one hour of Overcomer now on 9395 at 23-24 (the moanin` & groanin` evening worship service).

The separate program schedule below the transmission schedule still shows 6855 only at 0000-0100 with Xmas Radio on UT Mondays, which recently had been showing up some other days too on 6855. Unclear whether that is still the case (Glenn Hauser, OK, WORLD OF RADIO 1871, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 11580, UT Wed March 29 at 0136, Keith Perron with a PCJ program on WRMI, plugging becoming a patron of patreon, fund raising to digitize recording archive from R. Nederland`s Happy Station, see --- I didn`t hear him spell it so first sought it as patrion, no go. Current goal is only $200: ``When Happy Station reaches a goal of 200$ a month. We will produce special programs for broadcast on shortwave.`` Good signal now at S9+10, fortunately not fading out yet as there is no lower frequency available for this. After some jazz music, 0151 he`s already wrapping up, saying goodbye in Spanish, English, French, German, Japanese (I think all those), but never Chinese. 0155 Happy Station promo, for upcoming 90th anniversary, plug patreon again; there are also some 16mm films needing restoration and digitizing. 0200, over to R. Ukraine International relay on 11580, starting with the latest (?) war casualty statistics caused by Putinic Russian imperialism. 

5850, Wed March 29 at 1003 check, `Wavescan` confirmed on now, presumably to be followed by WORLD OF RADIO at 1030. MUF has fallen so low before sunrise that 7570 WRMIBS is JBA, and can`t confirm 6855 is still // 5850 as scheduled. Back to sleep.

5850 // weakened 7730, UT Thursday March 30 at 0707 I am unfortunately awake so check WRMI and yes, the PCJ show is still airing now instead of Fridays as on skedgrid (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 9955, UT Wed March 29 at 0420, WRMI is playing ``Hey Jude``, but not // 9395 Oldies; O, it`s FG Radio as now scheduled 0415 Wed & Fri, squandering its airtime to play old Beatles tunes rather than any news from Cyprus (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 7490.06v-AM, Tue March 28 before 2400, it`s the `Alan Sane` show on WBCQ; he has an obvious website unlike the next show: recheck at 0038 UT Wed March 29, now `Dead Frog Radio` including plugs for WBCQ fundraising. Faux ads for Lake City, apparently the one in Florida, also mentioning Ocala, phone 731-6875. Is that where DF`s prison is located? 

9338.934V-CUSB, March 30 at 1420, Brother Scare via WBCQ is more than 1 kHz low now, and audibly varying as I try to measure it (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** ZANZIBAR. 11735, March 29 at 2055, ZBC presumed the S4-S7 carrier seems just barely modulated, but can`t make out noise others report it is emanating; can only detect that it cuts off at 2059:40*. I wonder if the morning frequency c. 0300, 6015 is likewise affected? Haven`t heard it well enough to tell, either (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

This report dispatched at 1841 UT March 30