domenica 29 dicembre 2019

Glenn Hauser logs December 28-29, 2019

** ARGENTINA [non]. 7780, UT Sun Dec 29 at 0101, WRMI opening `La Rosa de Tokio` from Argentina with credit to Dr. Arnaldo Slaen. Usually he`s known without the Dr and I wonder what kind he is, medical? With some notable exceptions, a number of DXers with doctorates do not identify themselves as such in our field (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CANADA. 6070, UT Sun Dec 29 at 0115, CFRX interview Jim ---, NY Times TV critic about ``breaking news`` constantly on cable networx. Later break IDs show as `Viewpoint`. But CFRB 1010 schedule at shows Sat at 8+ pm EST is supposed to be `Ask the Experts` with `Viewpoints` not until midnight = 05 UT Sunday. So much for that. I was recalling CFRX used to have a media program around this time (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA. 5040, Dec 29 at 0132, RHC in Brazuguese with squeal. This semihour is supposed to be in French with squeal. Something`s always wrong at RHC (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA. 6000, Dec 29 at 0132, RHC English is suptorted as often on this transmitter. Still so at 0710 check when not only is it still on, but so are 6100 & 6145 which are merely undermodulated, but no 5040. Something`s always wrong at RHC.

Wolfgang Büschel was also monitoring via remotes even later, surprised that 6100 & 6145 were still on; 0759 both announced the upcoming Sunday-only Esperanto and 0800 started to carry that, but 6100 cut off incomplete at 0809:20* and 6145 at 0817:30*. Io ĉiam estas malĝusta ĉe Radio Habana Kubo (BTW, unlike Wolfie who strips all accents off his posts, whatever the language, I try to maintain them: if your display has lost them, there are circumflexes over c and g in the above)(Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA. 13634 & 13766, weaker 13831 approx., Dec 29 at 1541, FM/AM spurblobs out of 13700-AM, this time about 66 kHz apart. Something`s always wrong at RHC (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) 

** U S A [and non]. WORLD OF RADIO 2014 monitoring: confirmed UT Sunday December 29 at 0450 on WA0RCR, 1860-AM, Missouri, 21 minutes in so started circa 0429; VG S9+20/30; lots of CW below 1860 must be a contest, but not bothering us. Next:

2130 UT Sunday    WRMI 7780 to NE
0130 UT Monday    WRMI 7780 to NE
0230 UT Monday    WRMI 7780 to NE, 9395 to NNW
0400vUT Monday    WBCQ 5130v Area 51 6160v? to WSW
0430 UT Monday    WRMI 9955 to SSE
0900 UT Monday    Unique Radio NSW 5045-USB
0930 UT Monday    Unique Radio NSW 5045-USB [another episode]
1900vUT Monday    IRRS 7290 Romania? to WNW
0100 UT Tuesday   WRMI 7780 to NE
0900 UT Wednesday Unique Radio NSW 5045-USB
2200 UT Wednesday WBCQ 7490v to WSW
0100 UT Thursday  WRMI 7780 to NE

Full schedule including AM, FM, webcasts, satellite, podcasts:

** U S A. 9350, Sat Dec 28 from 2100, `Encore` classical music on WWCR, excellent signal. But around 2136 I am noticing some slight QRM, weak talk modulation; during quiet music passage sounds like a commercial for eggs benedict at Southern Highlands. Could it be intermodulation from another WWCR transmitter or its 50 kW AM at same site, WNQM 1300? Or something local here? With extremely strong SW signals, our local AMs KGWA or KCRC might interact. But is still there with R75 ATT switched on and Preamps switched off. But then I notice that the QRM stops during Brice`s announcements, heard only while music plays. That implies it might be on his original recording, but the American-accented commercial content is hardly likely to be getting into his recording from a nearby transmitter in Scotland. I have not checked whether this also happen on the WWCR webcast. We`ll have another chance to check if it`s there on the WBCQ repeat after 0100 UT Monday on 7490+v, when that signal will surely not be strong enough here to discern it, but try that webcast which we hope by then will no longer be overmodulated.

9350, Sat Dec 28 after 2200, sounds like an unscheduled `Ask WWCR` with the two guys discussing reception results for the VORW Xmas special on various frequencies. But keeps going after 2215 -- they plug for live contacts if being heard after 23 UT Fri Dec 27, so this is a playback of an unscheduled special, also trying to get monetary donations to keep WWCR going. 

This is a relatively recent development which must mean business is bad --- a very commercial station begging for direct listener support. WTWW has started doing this too! Finally break for some country music at 2220; maybe this be considered a WW Country Radio hour? One project WWCR needs $$ for is replacing sound cards --- i.e. the defective squeal on WWCR-1, so they must finally be aware of that. BTW, I was looking at the photo gallery on WWCR website; still linx to ex-staffers such as overthrown Adam Lock and George McClintock, but they lead nowhere (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 5085, UT Sun Dec 29 at 0058, WTWW-2 not on yet; usually already running ham radio stuff. Is on by 0128 recheck, S9+20, just in time for ID and `theater organ music from our brand-new studio in Illinois`, more for Xmas even tho it`s too late now; enjoy the 15 & 30 cycle [Hz] tones with headphones on SW, but I am soon switching to webcast where that`s more likely and in $tereo too. No formal opening to show; Bob Heil never mentions his name or the Ozarx (but I will continue to spell it thus whenever I get a chance). Wraps up at 0200 sharp again without any formal closing or program title. Redesigned WTWW website still claims `Theater Organ from the Ozarks` [sic] is at 8 pm Saturdays on the homepage; 6:30 pm Central Saturdays, on the programming page; wrong, wrong! Now at 0200 UT I note that 5830 WTWW-1 SFAW PPPP is back on the air too (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

This report dispatched at 1959 UT December 29