sabato 23 dicembre 2017

Glenn Hauser logs December 22-23, 2017

** CUBA. 15140, Dec 22 at 1909, RHC in Arabic, distorted, squealing, and splattering out to 15120/15160. Squeal problem much like that of WEWN. Something`s always wrong at RHC (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** NIGERIA. 15115-15120-15125, Dec 22 at 1908, DRM noise at S8, as VON has been active here lately. Topside confronts splat from 15140 Cuba (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** NIGERIA [non]. 11530, Dec 22 at 1940, WRMI is back on with African music, 1943 ID in Hausa(?) for Radio Herwa International, and schedule announcement. Rest of hour seems to be hilife music alternating with such info rather than any substantial programming. So RHI at last has an evening broadcast, after starting some weeks ago at 0700-0730 only on same WRMI frequency. 

Radio Biafra shows up sporadically on 11530 at 1900, but not today, nothing there at 1900-1902. Since Biafra contracted from an hour to a semihour if it`s on at all, filling the rest of the hour with RHI certainly makes sense, but it could be one or the other, both or neither from one day to the next, either at 05-06 or 19-20. Today 11530 goes off at 2000 unlike yesterday when it carried other WRMI programming instead of 11580. More, See USA WRMI (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SOUTH CAROLINA [and non]. 9980, Dec 22 at 1913, WWCR is still carrying the Overcomer, and so is 9370, WWRB, 4.5 seconds later.

11600, Dec 22 at 1918, poor S8-S6 BS, this one via BULGARIA. Aoki shows 1805-2000, 100 kW, 306 degrees back USward. (BTW 11600 Bulgaria is also carrying a new US-based clandestine for Ethiopia at 15-16, OMN, Oromiya Media Network, as reported by Ron Howard.)

15710, Dec 22 at 1914, no signal from WHRI which had been a big blasting block of BS, per Aoki from 18 to 22.

6040, Dec 22 at 2317 check, this WHRIBS is also off. Probably they have pulled all Overcomer broadcasts. This one only started a few weeks ago, at 22-24 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) See also USA: WBCQ

** SPAIN. 15390, Dec 22 at 1906, REE about Catalunya, S9+10 and distorted, but almost tolerable, in AM mode, not SSB; stronger than S9-S6 // but clear 15500. Program ID at 1942 as `Thinko Continentes`, but what about the other two? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 15740, Dec 22 at 1916, big S9+20/10 open carrier, obviously VOA Greenville warming up for French broadcast on 15730 from 1930, by when 15740 has gone off. That`s to avoid overlapping the previous hour of VOA French already on 15730 via Vatican, violating Separation of Church and State (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENNG DIGEST)

** U S A [and non]. WORLD OF RADIO 1909 monitoring: not confirmed UT Saturday December 23 after 0030 on WBCQ, 9330v-USB: no signal detectable (neighbors: 9265 WINB VP, 9370 WWRB S9+10, 9395 WRMI JBA carrier). Next:

Sat 0729   HLR  6190-CUSB to WSW
Sat 1531   HLR  6190-CUSB to WSW [ex-7265! Hopefully less CCCCI]
Sat 2030v  WA0RCR 1860-AM ND
Sat 2230   WBCQ 9330v-CUSB to WSW
Sat 2300   WRMI 11580 to NE
Sun 0200   WRMI 11580 to NE
Sun 0410v  WA0RCR 1860-AM ND
Sun 1130   HLR  9485-CUSB to WSW [probably preëmpted this week & next]
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 2030   WRMI 11580 to NE, 9455 to WNW [or #1910?]
Tue 2130   WRMI 9455 to WNW [or #1910?]

Full WOR schedule via all media, and podcast access:

** U S A. Tracking WRMI frequencies Friday December 22 after 1900:

11530, 11580 and 9955 are off at 1902. 11825, 7780 always off.
 9395, 9455 and 21525 are on at 1902, the latter JBA as usual

11530, at 1940 recheck is now ON with African music: it`s Radio Herwa International. See NIGERIA [non]

11530 is off again at 2000 unlike yesterday, and 11580 is still off.
9455 at 2000 with gospel huxter, as per schedule, `Walking in Power` from a Miami church; 9395 continues with Oldies this hour

11580 at 2042 recheck is now on with `Wavescan`, routine loggings from some downunderite. Must have come on at *2030, and // 9455. Former third frequency at this time 7780 remains totally off.

9455 at 2100 now airs `Walking in Power` again from an hour earlier, this time substituting for 15770. 11580 with RAE in German. 11530 still off. 9395 with `The Power Hour` but no // 7780 or anything.

9455 at 2130 with `Studio DX` in Italian, also as if on 15770.

11580 at 2212 music in Spanish, but presumably RAE in Italian service.
During this hour 9395 is joined by 9455 for `The Power Hour`.

11580 at 2305 with `Viva Miami` mailbag as sked M/W/F. 9395 // 9455 sound like Biermann with `Your Weekend Show`, but not on sked, just Oldies. 9955 with `Noches con Mirka` Xmas special, not jammed?? It would have started at 2200 for a sesquihour until 2330, pushing back start of PCJ`s `Happy Station` Xmas show until 2330 (scheduled as `Media Network Plus` --- NOT, normally at 23-24 Fridays). 5850 after 2300 with Radio Tirana. 5950 weak Spanish, presumed AWR altho HQ does not acknowledge this service exists. 

UT Sat Dec 23: 7730 is back on at 0017 with normal non-BS programming; and 5850 continues, both off again after 0200.

MUF is plunging, and by 0018, 9395 & 9455 & 9955 & 11580 are JBA carriers. 11530 also supposed to be on now. From 0030, 7730 still VG with `Wavescan`; 5850 VG with Slovakia.

9395 at 0219, JBA carrier, so can`t confirm if it`s still RAE in English, but probably. 5850, 7570, 7730, 7780 all off now, and 11580 inaudible but maybe on another hour like last night.

Jeff, the stuff on 11580 and/or on the 9 MHz channels after 2300 or 0000 should be put on available 7570 which will still propagate in the evenings! (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 5129.76, Dec 23 at 0056, WBCQ is on and fair with The Planet IS & ID loop. Sked still shows `The Smart Money Guy` on 5130 at 0045-0100 UT Saturdays, but it must be gone. I might have been able to follow `Allan Weiner Worldwide` here after 0100, unlike 7490 which was already a JBA carrier by 0038, but instead I listen on webcast as he is sure to talk about the arrest of Brother Scare.

More than the first half is a monolog about that, except for occasional supportive comments from Angela. Says he has been a friend of BS for 25 years. Tells a somewhat different story about what happened Monday morning Dec 18, than we have seen from the local press. At 7 am, more than a hundred police, with armored vehicles and helicopters descended on the compound, pointing guns at them, terrifying 50-60 friendly and peaceful mostly elderly residents, some of whom are using walkers or wheelchairs. 

All just to arrest one 84-year-old-man. Says BS had offered to turn himself in, earlier, to avoid such disruption, but no, they had to use Gestapo tactix. They took away everyone`s computers, laptops, cellphones, and ministry financial records. They want to get it off the air. Says the timing of this raid was because they knew courts and magistrates would be on holiday for two weeks, so no bail hearings possible, causing him to remain in jail. 

Likens this to the Salem witch trials, not only BS but others accused of sex crimes being convicted by public opinion rather than a trial by jury of peers. But he is well-represented by attorneys and hopes for the best. Allan is withholding judgment whether his old friend is guilty of any of the eight charges, but concedes if convicted should pay the penalty.

As a result, Allan says that TOM has canceled all radio broadcasts. The ones on WBCQ 7490 will end Dec 31, except per a promise Allan made to him long ago, will keep him on the air gratis, M-F at 23-24, replaying old broadcasts. The 3-4 hours later in the evening will then be for sale to other programmers.

Rest of hour discusses the WBCQ transmitter fire of Dec 10. $2-3 K has been raised so far, applied to paying three people to clean up the transmitter building, which is just about complete. There were three 50 kW transmitters in that building: #1 for 7490 which burned; #2 for 5130; and #3 the backup which is now on 7490. Says it costs more to operate than #1, but has better modulation (I thought it sounds somewhat lower). #3 used to be on 9330, but had already moved 9330 to #4 in another building. The replacement transmitter he wants weighs 20,000 pounds, which means cost of shipping it alone is a major expense (from California as before?). Has not raised airtime rates since WBCQ started (not even for inflation?), but has had to cancel all discounts.

Throughout his hours, AW frequently refers piously to `Our Lord & Saviour Jesus Christ`, etc. Yet some commenters think he is still Jewish. After only a bit of e-mail, benedixion, finishes at 0207 dead air, 0208 rock music, 0209 jingle IDs about 6 in a row, more DA; 0210 joins BS (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 17775-, by 1904 Dec 22, KVOH signal has built up to S9, but just barely modulated. Can`t they tell this at the station? Why not just turn it off? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 12105, Dec 22 at 1910, Xmasmx from WTWW, ID, and repeated 27 seconds later on 9930; why? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

This report dispatched at 0538 UT December 23