domenica 23 settembre 2018

Glenn Hauser logs September 22-23, 2018

** CUBA. 6000, Sept 23 at 1320, RHC Spanish is S9/S9+10 but just barely modulated. Something`s always wrong at RHC (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA. 13740, Sept 23 at 1405, RHC Spanish audio underneath CRI English, two transmitters mixing about 1 Hz apart, but RHC finally turned off about 1405:45*. Close enough for government work, only 6 minutes overlapping; remaining CRI relay has a big hum. Something`s always wrong at RHC (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** NORTH AMERICA. 6965-USB, Sept 23 at 0031, old-style love songs at S9 including ``With a Song in My Heart``, 0033 ``I Feel a Song Coming On``, 0039 Wolverine Radio ID. Evidently tonight`s theme is the very word Song in titles. It was not on at first bandscan circa 0020. Many more logs here including playlist; on the air from 0029 to 0133:,46187.0.html

Over time it seems that Wolverine has shown up on just about every 5-kHz increment in the Pirate Band (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** NORTH AMERICA. 11490-AM, Sept 23 at 1810, good thing my routine bandscan slipped below 11500, for there is Josiah the YHWH guy with usual rants, anti-Catholic at the moment; S7 fading to S5 but rather undermodulated. Gone at my next check 1846. Generally very poor propagation on bands above 12 MHz (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 5000, Sept 23 at 1318, WWV with long-outdated propagation info dated Sept 18! Apparently stuck with this ever since, every hour. Art Delibert, Maryland, KB3FJO, posted Sept 22 to HCDX:

``Are they testing us? WWV has been broadcasting an outdated propagation report for several days, giving the solar flux as of September 18 and K Index as of 1200 on September 19. 

THIS MAY BE A TEST TO SEE IF ANYONE IS LISTENING, and if not, they’ll shut it down.

We’ve had similar tests from other SW services prior to shutting down – for example, Radio Australia a couple years ago went off the air briefly, allegedly for xmtr maintenance; the response from listeners wasn’t strong enough, and they used that as evidence to shut down permanently. The NIST website gives an email address of: 
Does anyone have other addresses for them?``

Stephen Michael Kellat, KC8BFI, Ashtabula OH, replied on the WOR iog:

``At that point, tell WWV that you know they're broadcasting wrong data.

Then you tell the NIST Director, Undersecretary of Commerce for Standards and Technology Walter Copan that something is wrong at the station. His top priority is said to be cybersecurity. Don't geek out but explain why this WWV falls under "Critical Infrastructure & Key Resources". He doesn't have a public-facing e-mail.

Lather, Rinse, Repeat with Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross. He's dealing with quite a bit about Census 2020 right now. KISS is operative.

General NIST contact form is here:

General contact page for the Commerce Department is here:

If you think that this is an instance of Fraud, Waste, and/or Abuse by the folks at NIST you probably should contact the departmental Office of Inspector General who can take "Internal Affairs" types of action.  
Their website is here:

And if you feel that WWV/WWVH/WWVB fall into the category of "Critical Infrastructure & Key Resources", apparently Homeland Security has multiple avenues to make suggestions to them such as perhaps having their Office of Emergency Communications take those stations over.  
Check out those possibilities here:
-- Stephen Michael Kellat, KC8BFI``

I`ve been trying to tell whether the same thing be happening on WWVH at :45 past the hours; poor reception so far, but maybe not: at 1345 Sept 23 I think one of the dates mentioned had a ``twenty`` in it.

I confess also to subscribing to WWV prop info by e-mail, which has continued updating. However, sometime last week a bunch of them piled up and then arrived in a spurt rather than 3 hours apart (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

Via Terry Krueger and Mike Cooper, here`s another story about Drumpf`s threatened closure of the WWVs, local angle, but mentioning that the WH petition drive fell far short of the 100K replies required allegedly to get his attention, only 20K signatures:

After nearly 100 years, budget cuts could mean radio silence for stations near Fort Collins
Kevin Duggan | Fort Collins Coloradoan | 15 hours agoRadio station WWV has broadcast time and frequency standards from Fort Collins since 1966. [and before that from Maryland]
Kevin Duggan,

Time might be running out for America’s timekeeper.

Proposed budget cuts could silence radio stations operated by the National Institute of Standards and Technology, or NIST, north of Fort Collins that continuously broadcast the time of day. . .

** U S A. WORLD OF RADIO 1948 monitoring: confirmed UT Sunday Sept 23 at 0329 on WA0RCR, 1860-AM, MO, fair signal, already 26 minutes into show, so started way early this week circa 0303. Next:
2130 UT Sunday    WRMI   7780 to NE
2330 UT Sunday    WBCQ   9330v [maybe] to WSW
0300vUT Monday    WBCQ   5130v Area 51 to WSW
0330 UT Monday    WRMI   9955 to SSE
2330 UT Monday    WBCQ   9330v [maybe] to WSW
0030 UT Tuesday   WRMI   7730 [or 1949?] to WNW
2030 UT Tuesday   WRMI   7780 5950 [or 1949?]

Full schedule including AM, FM, webcasts, satellite:

** U S A. 9395, Sat Sept 22 at 2300, after WRMI ID, `Alameda Bible Fellowship` [California] beginning synthyl Bible readings in English; rechex: 2327 in Spanish; 2341 in French; but at 2346 had reverted to Oldies music. The non-English versions do not sound like synthesized voices.

7730, Sat Sept 22 at 2306, another WRMI with Alameda, now in Japanese, recheck 2320 in Indonesian; 2341-2345+ in Tagalog with some Spanish words such as ``versículo``, right up to 0000 when `Wavescan` starts. So the various languages are not in 15-minute blox as first thought. This stuff is sprouting up at various spots on WRMI, yet nothing whatsoever about it yet on skedgrids, nor on the Programming page. ABF site mentioned on air has more info in various languages: http:/

5950, UT Sunday September 23 at 0024, this WRMI like last week is replaying an old Wavescan, at odd timing, citing Harold Sellers loggings dated June 22, not // at all to the new one on 7730 which started at 0000 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 5044.25 & 5055.75, Sept 23 at 0019, WWRB awful modulation includes spurs cutting on and off at 5.75 kHz above and below center frequency 5050. A bit earlier on caradio tuned to 5040 RHC I was also hearing such adjacent QRM squeaking upon it (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. Trans-Atlantic JBA MW carrier search, Sept 23 at 0610 UT: 855, 882, 936, 999, 1044, 1098, 1107, 1125; at 0618, 612 and 648; at 0638 still 882 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

This report despatched at 1920 UT September 23