sabato 12 maggio 2018

Glenn Hauser logs May 12, 2018

** COLOMBIA. 5910.278v, May 12 at 0549, poor carrier, no doubt Alcaraván Radio reactivated after some time, but no modulation or maybe a trace of it (Glenn Hauser, oK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA. 11670, May 12 at 0210, S9+10/20 of dead air, no doubt RHC, much stronger than modulated frequency 11700, somewhat stronger than 12000, about equal to 11840. Something`s always wrong at RHC (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** ERITREA. 7180.020, May 12 at 0253, JBA carrier with 1 kHz tone making more carrier peaks ~1000 Hz above and below, no doubt VOBME prior to programming.

7140.022, May 12 at 0253, even weaker JBA carrier here with no tone, from the other VOBME (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** NORTH AMERICA. 7470, May 12 at 0250, Station YHWH is S9 to +10 but undermodulated (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** UGANDA [non]. 15239.9, Sat May 12 at 1423, no signal from R. Munansi via WWRB here, nor via UTwente at 1445, 1510 chex. Must be off, especially since neighbor 15825 WWCR is S9+10/20 with sporadic E boost. Nothing from WWRB at further chex here 1701, 1742.

Dave Frantz had informed us that four of his five SW transmitters have been demolished, and was about to demolish or take down all but one antenna, in downsizing of WWRB to make room for more aeronautical activities on the site (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. Armed Forces Day [non], crossband with hams, monitoring May 12, instead of real AFD May 19 due to Hamvention conflict. 

18211-USB, May 12 at 1705, ``Desert Eagle``, Eric, contacting a K8. Eric makes continuing clix whenever his mike is keyed; QSX 18135, later with WI0Z, 5x5 at Fort Huachuca, AZ. D.E.`s strength varies a lot; at only 789 miles, typical of sporadic E. Then he makes a periodic announcement with more detail: ``All stations, Armed Forces Day crossband test, Desert Eagle, listening on 18135.0 U-S-B, over.`` But no real callsign; is he not supposed to employ tactical calls for this? 1709 with KC5LDO, still no callsign of his own. (I don`t even try to hear the corresponding hams inside their bands.)

18211-USB, recheck May 12 at 1737, now Fort Huachuca is IDing properly as AAZ (always fonetik), says to QSX on 18140-USB. Trouble is, another station is also on 18211-USB making separate contacts: apparently they do not hear each other, too close, but I cannot separate them:

18211-USB, May 12 at 1737, NIIW, Rick in San Diego, QSX 18156; with K7NN, while mixing AAZ is in contact with AA4CW. NIIW is really: USS MIDWAY CV-41.

18293-USB, May 12 at 1711 JBA AFD contacts, one handle maybe Mike, also at 1717 with an ``All stations ---`` call, but just too weak. Only stations listed on 18293 are WUG-2, Army Corps of Engineers in Tennessee; and NEPM / USS IOWA BB 61 LOS ANGELES CA.

No luck now hearing anything above or below the 20m band on numerous listed frequencies; nor just below 21 MHz, nor 22, 24 MHz. The East Asians won`t have a chance of propagating higher frequencies until sunrise over there (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 24940-USB, May 12 at 1727, Es audiblizes one side of a ham ragchew about equipment, but in no hurry to ID even when over. 

28405-USB, May 12 at 1732, 10 meters is somewhat open, sounds like W5TCX with a K8.

CB is even more open: 27025.70, May 12 at 1729, wacko CBer mentions Carolina; and 27224.80, May 12 at 1730 another one sounding just like him with extremely hostile accent mentions downtown New Orleens.

25000, May 12 at 1727, WWV at S6, certainly short skip to here at 486 miles; problem being on the JRC overcoming its own even-MHz birdie, making a slight het, and we know which one is off-frequency (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A [and non]. WORLD OF RADIO 1929 monitoring: confirmed Friday May 11 at 2330 on WBCQ, 9330.109v-AM, good with no BS CCI today! Yes, full AM, and no reduxion in carrier detectable; different transmitter? 

Also confirmed by Ivo Ivanov, Bulgaria:
GERMANY, Reception of World of Radio via HLR on 6190 CUSB, May 12:
0630-0700 6190 GOH 001 kW / 230 deg to CeEu English Sat, weak signal

Alan Roe, Teddington UK, reports: ``GERMANY. Glenn - I know that you like to keep track of airing of WoR. Was hearing WoR on Hamburger Lokalradio, 6190 kHz from 1430 on Sat 12 May. Fair reception initially, until signal level dropped to almost inaudible at around 1440 UT``

I confirmed, Saturday May 12 at 1435 on HLR 6190-CUSB, via UTwente SDR, no QRM, poor but mostly readable, but gone at 1439 recheck nor heard any more by 1453. What happened, propagation disturbance or transmitter failure?

``I thought more likely due to propagation. There was (possibly) faint traces of audio. Also there was virtually no audio, just traces, from  the other low power German txs: R Marabu on 6150, R Mi Amigo on 6085 and Channel 292 on 6070 at that time. Alan [Roe]``

Just the opposite is reported by Alan Gale, elsewhere in England!

``Hi Glenn, Strange conditions on 6190 again today. Radio Tropical was audible from around 1330 UT though not very strong, but the signal dropped down again during Media Network at around 1410 UT. Nothing much was heard then until 1442 when World of Radio suddenly faded in
and was very strong (apart from a few dips) right up until sign off at 1500.. The attached mp3 file will give you some idea of just how much it came up, probably to the strongest level I've heard it in quite some time. Now we just need it to start doing this before 1430 and not after! :-) 73 for now, Alan [Gale]``

Alan Gale follows up: ``Hi Alan [Roe], Interesting, I couldn't hear it from 1430 to 1442, but then it came right up in strength till the sign off at 1500, so it looks like the skip went a bit longer and favoured this more northerly location after that time. I had been hearing it earlier when Radio Tropical and Media Network were on, but it then faded down at 1410 until it's return at 1442 UT. Alan [Gale]``

This may have been due to the wanderings of an HF sporadic E patch; we are having such openings over USA today (gh)

Sat 1930v  WA0RCR 1860-AM ND
Sat 2130   WBCQ 9330v to WSW [maybe][or 2330?]
Sat 2300   WRMI 7780 to NE
Sun 0200   WRMI 7780 to NE
Sun 0310v  WA0RCR 1860-AM ND
Sun 1030   HLR 9485-CUSB to WSW
Sun 1900   WRMI 9395 to NNW
Sun 2330   WBCQ 9330v to WSW [maybe]
Mon 0130.5 WRMI 5850 to NW, 7780 to NE
Mon 0300v  WBCQ 5130v Area 51 to WSW
Mon 0330   WRMI 9955 to SSE
Mon 0400   WRMI webcast only
Mon 2330   WBCQ 9330v to WSW [maybe]
Tue 0030   WRMI 7730 to WNW
Tue 2030   WRMI 7780 to NE, 9455 to WNW [or #1930?]
Tue 2130   WRMI 7780 to NE, 9455 to WNW [or #1930?]

Full schedule for WOR on all outlets, not just SW; podcast linx:

** U S A. 9330.1-AM, UT Sat May 12 at 0000, ``William Tell Overture`` so WBCQ`s `Allan Weiner Worldwide` is on this frequency for a change, also on 7490+, but some talk not music on 5129.8, JBA, presumably still TOMBS. 

Allan says he is glad to be back, and introduces his now/new wife Angela. Also in studio is Tom Barna. Had been cutting himself off at 0100 sharp, but runs over this time and now at 0105 I can tell he is also on 5129.8. On 9330 at 0108 he concludes ``here on 7490`` and says he is starting Blalock playback, but instead for a few seconds hear BS, then Blalock, also on 7490, and 5130 back to BS. John Carver, IN, fills us in on the rest of the show:

``Listening on 7490 this evening as 5130 is carrying both AWWW and Brother Scare at the same time. Theme song began on time this evening. Allan, Angela and Tom in studio one in Maine. Early on, Allan states that he and Angela met at a car show in New Brunswick.

First phone call at 0006 informs them that AWWW is on top of Brother Scare on 5130 and Allan quickly takes care of the problem. At this time he also stated that tonight's AWWW was also being broadcast on 9330.

Another phone call at 0011 with wedding good wishes. Caller also said he was working on putting together an oldies show that he wanted to put on the air. While talking with the caller, Allan also mentioned that there was to be a format change on his MW station. Talk all day and something else at night [WXME 780 5000/60 watts U1, was C&W/TLK - Fox, per NRC AM Log ---- gh]. I got a phone call right then and wasn't able to follow the show for a few minutes.

Allan talked some about the new super station, but is still not naming the group behind it. Said that Dr. Becker was working on a webpage with photos of the new construction. Then he brought up Brother Scare again and stated that he lost a client last week because he was carrying Brother Stair. He also mentioned that he and Angela had stopped to visit with Brother Scare on their way to Maine. Went back over why he was still carrying the program on his station.

Jumping around some, he stated that the powerlines for the new super station were being run the seven miles between the power substation and the radio compound. Noted that a two megawatt generator was being built for the new station should they lose electric power for any reason and that the generator and the new transmitter building would be fully grounded and shielded so as to be EMP-proof. Said that the station would be able to broadcast no matter what happened and if necessary, in case of serious trouble, the government would be welcome to use the facility.

There was a brief talk about the new pirate radio legislation moving through congress. Stated he would talk more in detail of that next week. Tom mentioned that the FCC is asking them to register all their big satellite dishes at four hundred and some dollars apiece and to be prepared for other fees to be levied on the dishes. Allan speculated that the FCC is trying to free up more bandwidth for the five-G phones and stated that he would not pay four hundred dollars per dish.

Reading of emails began at 0058 with most of them being congratulation on the wedding. Show was off the air at 0107. John Mid-North Indiana``

** U S A. 3215, May 12 at 0553, WWCR is still off, and 5890 is also off, leaving only 5935 and 4840.

15825, May 12 at 1423, WWCR-1 is S9+10/20, plenty to tell that modulation is distorted; now getting sporadic E boost; 6 m maps showing MUFs up to 60 MHz over much of eastern USA, but not enough for much TV or any FM DX. 15825 still distorted, S6-S8 at 1701: seems #1 transmitter is ailing, which may be why they are just leaving it off overnight (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 9265V, May 12 at 1723, WINB with a horriwobble, obvious with BFO, not so much in AM mode (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. 13993-USB, May 12 at 0203, tactical military net with calls sounding like ``High Card - Whisky`` - Romeo, and - Sierra. 

Various crossband Armed Forces Day contacts with hams will be enabled later this non-AF Day, on several frequencies above and below the 20m hamband (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. 15520, May 12 at 0207, dead air of S9-S7, as previously heard at other times, but now it`s the OSOB, and certainly not from Spain at this hour, rather North America or westward. (NZ is QRT from 15720 so can`t compare there.) Does fade, so propagating, not local. After 1400 May 12, only weak signal from Spain (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

This report dispatched at 1905 UT May 12