domenica 9 luglio 2017

Glenn Hauser logs July 8-9, 2017

** ANGUILLA. 6090, July 9 at 0040, incredibly, decent modulation has finally been restored at Caribbean Beacon after several months of extreme distortion, PMS at S9+35, an echo apart from // 5935 WWCR. Downside now is that it splatters more out to 6080-6100! Plus reaudiblizing the boring content of The so-called University Network.

11775, July 9 at 1302 check, corresponding day frequency is also finally back to normal, with DGS (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA. 9530, July 9 at 0029 I happen to reach this frequency in bandscan, where there`s usually a JBA carrier which I have previously matched to 4765 as second harmonic of R. Progreso. Its nominal sign-on is *0030, so I quickly tune second receiver PL-880 to 4764.0 with BFO on, and the NRD-545 to 9529.0 with BFO, listening to both, one into each ear. Will there be a *carrier-on simultaneously? 

Yes!! At *0029:55, S9+20 on the lower, JBA on the upper. But all I hear is dead air with some hum on 4765, maybe a bit of music at 0033. I leave one on while continuing to bandscan, not paying attention again until 0048 when I discover both are off --- gave up, I guess, unable to modulate. Also should look for 3 x 4765 at 14295, but adequate propagation unlikely (not to be confused with Tajikistan x 3). 

Meanwhile, 5025, R. Rebelde was running by 0035, at S9+25 with music undermodulated but sufficient (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENNG DIGEST)

** CUBA. 7340, July 9 at 0055, RHC in S9+10 of dead air. This one supposedly runs from 21 to 04 UT per Aoki.

6145, July 9 at 0109, this RHC English frequency still missing, when it should have started at 0100; leaving only 6000 which is good level now but suptorted (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** NORTH AMERICA. 6950.0-USB, July 9 at 0047, honky tonk piano song at S9, had not been on at first bandscan circa 0030. At 0101.5, Wolverine Radio ID. Too much else going on, like The Giant Jukebox on 9925, Theater Organ of Ozarx on 5085, to stay with this and figure out the theme, so check,35994.0.html
where many logged it all at 0044 until 0140* with ``town`` in tune titles, along with a neat color SSTV image of some town (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** OKLAHOMA. 92.1, July 8 at 1807 UT check, KAMG-LP Enid is still emitting dead air; what a crock! (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. WORLD OF RADIO 1885 monitoring: confirmed Saturday July 8 at 2230 on WBCQ 9330.02v-CUSB (after IS & ID loop from 2227 tune-in, drifting down from 9330.04v; followed at 2300 by an `Allan Weiner Worldwide` playback on 9330.00). Also confirmed Sat July 8 at 2300 on WRMI, 11580, fair. Also confirmed UT Sunday July 9 at 0200 on WRMI, 11580, fair. Also confirmed UT Sunday July 9 at 0335 on WA0RCR, 1860-AM, at the Indonesia item about 9 minutes in, which means it started circa 0326. Next:
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 2130   WRMI 9455 to WNW, 15770 to NE
Tue 2330   WBCQ 9330v-CUSB to WSW
Wed 1030   WRMI 5850 to NW, 9455 to WNW
Wed 1315   WRMI 9955 to SSE
Wed 2100   WBCQ 7490v to WSW
Wed 2330   WBCQ 9330v-CUSB to WSW

** U S A. 5950, July 9 at 0037, WRMI as usual poor here aimed south in Spanish, mentions ``checoeslovaco`` so likely either R. Praga or R. Eslovaquia Internacional. Skedgrid shows it`s the latter, with more 5950 added at 0100-0130, `Creciendo en Gracia`. Full sked of 5950 includes 0000-0030 AWR Cuba; 2300-2400 Fámily Radio; 2200-2300 RAE in Spanish; 1100-1200 AWR Cuba (but second half at 1130 is really full of DX programs alternating: Wavescan, Antena DX, Frecuencia al Día) (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 9475, July 9 at 0031, WTWW-1 is quite weak at S5, and JBM; while all other frequencies, 9930, 5085 and 12105 are off.

At 0100 I find that 5085, WTWW-2 has just come on, with rock music and ham ad, 0102 opening `Theater Organ from the Ozarx`. Strangely: on the PL-880 this has an annoying big hum, but not so much on the NRD-545. The Tecsun is on battery only of course, so I walk around the house and even outside to find no change in hum level, so not picking up some local device. 

I conclude the hum is really being transmitted, but the NRD filters it down and/or has less bass frequency response, especially to headphones or external speaker, than the hi-fi speaker of the PL-880, which in this case is a disadvantage. Hard for me to judge the pitch but maybe 120 Hz = 2 x 60 Hz AC (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 5050, UT Sunday July 9 at 0034, WWRB`s limited transmission is on with usual hateful anti-pope rant; 0120 recheck, it`s already off, circa 0100*? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 4840, UT Sunday July 9 at 0036, WWCR-3 in dead air --- but it`s just a very long pause in the manner of speaking by `Ken in the Bronx`. PDF skedgrid still has wrong time conversion, showing 7 pm Central as = 0100 UT instead of 0000! belying WWCR`s true objective to be a domestic rather than international SW broadcaster (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** VIETNAM [non]. 7315, UT Sunday July 9 at 0050, VOV in Spanish via WRMI, YL announcer with very heavy Vietnamese accent, yet named ``Carmen``, introducing mailbag hosted by OM with no such accent, acknowledging four reports from Juan Franco Crespo, Spain, and the rest mostly Cubans, into basic geography lesson about Vietnam (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. 5965.1 at 0038 July 9, JBA carrier drifting down to 5964.80 by 0039.5, and 5963.8 by 0043; RTM Brasil? Or a birdie. Similar one on 6140.8 also going down at 0043 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. 6900.0-LSB, July 9 at 0045, first hearing a mixture in AM mode, I find two different Spanish QSOs on LSB and USB. One of them suggests a QSY to 15 arriba; USB one whistles and exclaims, ``qué bárbaro`` = how mean (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. 11435-USB, July 9 at 1255, JBA presumed Indonesian QSO pirate breaking into song (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

This report despatched at 1538 UT July 9