sabato 18 gennaio 2020

Media & Tech L'Approfondimento - 12/01/2020

Radio Sultanate of Oman again with English px, January 18

1400-1500 on 15140 THU 100 kW / 315 deg to WeEu English
1500-2200 on 15140 THU 100 kW / 315 deg to WeEu Arabic


73! Ivo Ivanov
More information on the shortwave listening hobby,
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QTH-1: Patreshko, Bulgaria
Receiver: Afedri SDR
Software: SDR-Console v2.3(using remote connection)
Antennas: various Inverted V and beverage antennas.

QTH-2: Sofia OK2, Bulgaria
Receiver: Sony ICF-2001D
Antenna: 30 m. long wire

Stations heard in Friol yesterday between 1510 to 1730

ANTARCTICA, 15476, LRA 36, Radio Nacional Arcángel San Gabriel, Base Esperanza, 1530-1610, 17-01, at first very weak, audible on USB, Spanish with Argentinian acent, comments, "Este partido será transmitido por Radio Nacional", male, soccer comments, but at 1555 fair and clear signal, Argentinian soccer news, at 1600 time signals, “Nacional informa”, news, relaying Radio Nacional. Weak to fair signal.  Video of LRA 36 log in Friol:!At0tJSKTrzqVsCjw6Z_EScRkLGrY?e=Xv5dLD

4810, AIR, Bhopal, 1628- , 17-01, Hindi comments and songs. 25322. 
5040, AIR, Jeypore, 1710-1717, 17-01, Hindi songs and comments. 15321. 

MADAGASCAR, 5009.9, Radio Nasionaly Malagasy, Ambohidrano, 1705-1720, 17-01, Vernacular comments. 15321. 

7205, Sudan Radio, Al Aitahab, 1600- 1633- , 17-01, Arabic, comments, East African and other songs. 25432. 
9505, Voice of Africa, Al Aitahab, 1638-1650, 01-17, Frech, news, comments, id. “La Voix de L’Afrique”, “Le Magazine economique”, East African songs. 34433. 

ZAMBIA, 5915, Zambia NBC, Radio 1, Lusaka, 1714-1725, 01-17, Vernacular comments, pop songs in English. 24322. 

Manuel Méndez 
Lugo, Spain 
Logs in Friol 
Tecsun S-8800 and Tecsun PL-880, cable antenna, 8 meters 

Glenn Hauser logs January 17-18, 2020

** ARGENTINA [non]. 5800, UT Sat Jan 18 at 0133, RAE AAM via WRMI is just concluding with a song. Presumably to be repeating 48 hours later after 0100 UT Mon Jan 20 (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

** PERU. 5980, Jan 17 at 2352, JBA carrier from R. Chaski until autocutoff at 2353:42.5*, which is 2 seconds earlier than yesterday, as time marches on. Leonardo Santiago, Venezuela, replies about what the name means:

``Hi Glenn, I hope this e-mail may help you. Just look for the meaning of Chaski in the following message sent to me by R. Mosoj Chaski from Bolivia some months ago:

"Sr. Leonardo es muy grato saber que escucho nuestra sintonia, Mosoj Chaski (esta en el idioma quechua) quiere decir Nuevo Mensajero somos una radio emisora especialmente para nuestra gente quechua. el quinua se produce especialmente en Potosi y Oruro. Dios el creo este mundo y también a la humanidad lo bendiga mucho. Atte Mosoj Chaski."

I didn't translate as I know you also speak Spanish. Best, Leonardo Santiago, Venezuela``

I.e. new messenger, so I assume Chaski alone is messenger. I should have pointed out that we know 5980 apparently is carrying nothing but programming from evangelical network: where Radio Chaski, 5980, is too insignificant even to mention. WRTH shows it: ``LM09) OBZ4H 700 25 kW, San Miguel`` but address in Lima (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

** TURKEY. 5960, Jan 17 at 2354, VOT is still on with IS, but cuts off at 2355:06* --- no luck for bonus German hour; maybe tomorrow when Nauen vies for frequency (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

** U S A. 11720, Fri Jan 17 from 2110, VOA Grimesland with `Music Time in Africa`, VG signal off the back. Hyper Heather Maxwell gives her name every other break. (Fortunately I am far too modest to impose that upon my listeners -- only thrice in 29 minutes, at start, middle and finish.) Dumps off the air abruptly at 2140, but resumes in less than a minute. Wraps up with citation of her program times on VOA, always omitting this very one, by far the best one we can hear. Also as usual, the YDD sign-off at 2200 is cut off before it finish (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

** U S A [and non]. WORLD OF RADIO 2017 monitoring: confirmed NOT filling the blank field on the WRMI skedgrid, Friday January 17 at 2100 on 7780 -- rather something musical. Missed checking Fri 2300 on 9955 --- did anyone hear it, and how bad was the jamming? I remember to check at 2352, when in Spanish but no jamming: go figure.

Confirmed UT Sat Jan 18 at 0130 on WRMI 5850, VG S9+10/20, // 5010 Poor S9 with LAH on the lower side, Madagascar? At 0200* of WRMI, I can still detect that JBA carrier alone. AND WOR from 0130 IS ON 7780 but VP. Last week 7780 carried APS Radio music, so I figured it had replaced WOR, but here we are again, and remain on the skedgrid too. How about next week? Next today:

1300 UT Saturday  WRMI 15770 to NE
2030vUT Saturday  WA0RCR 1860-AM
0400vUT Sunday    WA0RCR 1860-AM [nominal 0415]
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 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
2100 UT Wednesday WRMI 7780 to NE
2200 UT Wednesday WBCQ 7490v to WSW
0100 UT Thursday  WRMI 7780 to NE

Full schedule including AM, FM, webcasts, satellite, podcasts:
(Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

** U S A. 7490.273, Jan 18 at 0050, WBCQ during FKB gospel huxter has drifted up to here, ex-7490.245, VP S4-S6; no signal yet on 5130.

At 0100 some unknown music starts on 7490+, not the AAAWWW theme WTO. Finally just before 0107 cosmikdebris (Larry Will) and Jane start talking, as substitutes in a ``Lumpy Gravy-type show``. Says also on 5130 and 9330 is on but with other programming [not]. Yes, 5130 is now on // and a little better but both VP so I switch to webcast: oh2, 7490 cast has Brother Scare on it! But Area 51 has AAAWWW [non], where I listen:

A lot more back-and-forth banter between them than from A&A where Angela must be prodded to say something. Says A&A had other plans this evening in Florweirda. 0125 he discusses some unusual FM tropo DX in January, getting Norfolk stations where he is NW of DC in MD. 

Over to John H Carver for a fuller report: ``No signal of any kind on 7490. 5130 had Brother Scare till two minutes after the top of the hour and then went into music. At 0107 Larry and Jane Will came up and said they were hosting the show this evening. Some talk of the rapid change in the weather in Maryland. Jane stated that they were going to do a show more like Lumpy Gravy instead of AAWWW. Then into some music. Then some talk about sunspots and general dismal solar conditions. 

5130 started to degrade about 0126. Then some talk about improved MW and FM reception in their area. Around 0133 audio really got garbled at times. Program went into more music at this time. At 0148 Larry went over some of the schedule marred by some hams underneath the signal. Checked above and below the frequency and didn't find another station interfering. At 0150 back to some music. At 0155 the constant top of the hour IDs started up again and went to the top of the hour. John, Mid-North Indiana`` 

As for 9330, which has been off today, a twit from Allan around 20 UT: ``Allan Weiner @AllanWBCQ · 9h Superstation down. Blown screen bypass capacitor. Poor design here. Working on it now. All other BCQ’s fine. Extremely cold at the site. High winds do not help. The joys of winter. Allan&Angela Worldwide tonight at 8pm 7490/5130khz. Who knows what? See the screen short.`` (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

This report dispatched at 0513 UT January 18

Wolfgang Bueschel log

On Jan 18 heard in remote SDR rxs in Massachusetts, Cape Canaveral, Bonaire,
Paraguay, and Sao Paulo Atlantic Ocean coast station.

4954.993 PRU  Likely R Cultural Amauta, Huanta - in DBS_21 mentioned
         "CVC La Voz en radio Huanta 2000”, "Desde la ciudad de Huanta,
         en la Cordillera de los Andes, esta es Radio Cultural Amauta".
         poor S=6 signal string at 00.35 UT on Jan 18.
4747.597 PRU  R Huanta 2000, Huanta, Ayacucho, S=5-6 poor, 00.40 UT.
4775.046 PRU  R Tarma, Tarma, Junín, 'la primerísima' in DBS_21.
         R Tarma ID at 01.15 UT S=7 or -84dBm in remote Bonaire SDR rx.
         At 00.43 UT also co-channel poor signal of likely
4774.859 BRA  R Congonhas, Congonhas, MG, S=5-6, 00.44 UT.
4875.022 BRA  R Dif. Roraima, Boa Vista, RR, in DBS_21, S=9+20 -52dBm
         signal strength in remote Kiwi SDR rx at Bonaire island. 0045 UT
4885.025 BRA  One of the two Brazilians, fq not stable tonight, wandered
         5 Hertz up and down. S=8 at 00.48 UT in SPaulo remote Kiwi set,
         S=7 or -81dBm in remote Bonaire Kiwi_rx.
         Probably ZYG362  R Clube do Para, Belem PR,
         doesn't checked tonight Jan 18 with
         \\ MW local 690 kHz AM, <>
4905.038 BRA  R Relógio Federal, São Gonçalo RJ, S=5 poor, at 00.50 UT
         S=6-7 in Paraguay remote Kiwi set.
         S=9 or -73dBm strong in SP remote Kiwi set.
         S=7 or -84dBm in remote Bonaire island rx set.
4924.980 BRA  R Educação Rural, Tefé, AM, noted at 00.53 UT on Jan 18.
         S=7 or -82dBm in remote Paraguay Kiwi set.
         S=6 or -93dBm fair in remote Bonaire island Kwii set.

[selected SDR options, span 12.5 kHz RBW 15.3 Hertz]
(wb  df5sx, wwdxc BC-DX TopNews Jan 18)

Agenda DX 18/01/2020

ELWA, Liberia (1954)

venerdì 17 gennaio 2020

Encore - Classical Music - New transmission time - Europe - Saturdays

This weekend Encore - Classical Music on Radio Tumbril will be broadcast again at the NEW TIME in Europe of 11:00 UTC on SATURDAY on 6070 kHz.
This is instead of the Sunday broadcast at 15:00 UTC.
There is much less interference from adjacent channels at this time - indeed we have had several reception reports from India.
For now - the 6070 kHz repeat will continue to be on Friday evenings at 19:00 UTC - as usual.

WWCR Nashville will broadcast the Encore on Saturday at 21:00 UTC as usual on 9350 kHz. The propagation is very good over the US and much of Canada and the signal carries to parts of western Europe too.

WBCQ Maine will send out the show on 7490 kHz at 01:00 UTC Monday to the US. (Early evening Sunday local US - obviously.)

NB - trial broadcast of Encore on 7440 kHz Sunday 09:00 UTC Channel 292 - Sunday 19th

Do let us know how well you can pick up Encore at your location by emailing to We try to reply to all emails and will send eQSL cards for full reports - though a brief report is fine.

This week's programme is chock full of interesting and provocative classical music - listen in and see if you agree.
The playlist is on the website and will be updated soon after Saturday's broadcast of the new show by Channel 292 at 11:00 UTC.

Both Channel 292 and WBCQ as well as WWCR can be pulled live off the internet if the reception is poor in your location. Easy to find their sites with a google search.

In the meantime - thank you for spreading the word about Encore - Classical Music on Shortwave. And thank you to everyone for letting us know how well the signal is received where you live.

Brice Avery - Encore - Radio Tumbril.

Regular Broadcast times are:
11:00 - 12:00 UTC Saturday on 6070 kHz and repeated 19:00 - 20:00 UTC Friday on 6070 kHz Channel 292 (Germany).
21:00 - 22:00 UTC Saturday on 9350 kHz WWCR (Nashville).
01:00 - 02:00 UTC Monday on 7490 kHz WBCQ - (Maine).

Glenn Hauser logs January 17, 2020

** CHINA. Re my log on 12035 & 11820, CRI sites, Wolfgang Bueschel replies: ``see screenshots, Baoji Xinjiezhen jamming center is 140 kilometers distance away of Xian / Xianyang sites, are only 11 kilometers away of each other. 73 wolfie`` (Glenn Hauser, WOR)

** CUBA. 15700, Jan 17 at 1605, CRI relay is still on with dead air at S9+10/20, wasting kilowatts and kilopesos which might have helped feed under-nourished cubanos. Something`s always wrong at RadioCuba (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

** CUBA. Re 12200 and 11980, which transmitters produce harmonix, Wolfgang Bueschel replies: ``re 5990 Cuba 11980 kHz hx, they have 5 x 250 kW txs at this Quivican site at their disposal. Not to compare with 6100 kHz outlet, which is another installation at Bauta site, with different antenna design`` (Glenn Hauser, WOR)

** CUBA. 15230, Jan 17 at 1606, RHC Spanish is still on here late at S9 undermodulated; 15140 is S9+20 but overmodulated/distorted. It and 11760 are supposed to run past 1600, and at 1610, 11760 is on but unusually very poor, S8-S9 and suptorted. Something`s always wrong at RHC (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

** U S A. 417-MCW kHz, Jan 17 at 0637 UT, ND beacon IY, which is 25 watts from Charles City, Iowa (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

** U S A. 13565-CW, Jan 17 at 1601, K6FRC HIFER beacon from CA is JBA. Maybe latest in day I have heard it; never in the afternoons or evenings. Confess there have been a few other instances lately of audibility before 1600 I did not log as the programming is rather boring (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

** U S A [and non]. Reminder that new WORLD OF RADIO 2017 first airs from N America, Friday Jan 17 at 2300 on WRMI 9955, no doubt with jamming; and UT Sat Jan 18 at 0130 on WRMIs 5850, 5010, and presumably like last week, no longer on 7780 tho still shown on System D sked (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

** U S A. 15770, Jan 17 at 1605, zero signal from WRMI, off? Made a note to check it via UTwente SDR, but not until 1730 when it is on but JBA over there. Bad propagation today (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

** U S A [and non]. 9455, Jan 17 at 1612, TOMBS from WRMI but undercurrent in Chinese. Am surprised USAGM agreed to share 9455 with WRMI extended to 24 hours; Radio Free Asia is on here from various sites, this hour only on M/W/F via SAIPAN. Also daily 17-19, 20-22, Tibetan 02-03. Or maybe not surprised as writeoff frequency bound to be jammed anyway, so what`s a little more QRM? I am probably hearing CNR1 rather than Agignan Point. Side benefit, QRM to the BS from SC (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR) 

** U S A. 9330, Jan 17 at 1730+, no signal from WLCR via WBCQ, even at UTwente; Ivo Ivanov has reported: ``USA ZERO SIGNAL of WBCQ-6 "World's Last Chance Radio" between 0600 and 1600 UT January 17, pls check all other [times]`` --- So far not a twit from Allan Weiner about this; circa 18 UT, last one was 22 hours ago implying 9330 was on as usual. NWS predicts for Caribou/Monticello area:

``Widespread blowing snow, mainly before 1pm. Sunny and cold, with a high near 1. Wind chill values as low as -21. Northwest wind 15 to 17 mph, with gusts as high as 29 mph`` (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

** U S A. 5085, Jan 17 at 0511, WTWW-2 remarkably weak at S6-S8 with rock music, so weak I cannot even detect the spurs 5072.1 and 5097.9! Other TNs are also weaker than usual, 4840, 5830, 5935. K index at 06 is only 1; SF 72, no storms (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

** U S A. 580, Jan 17 at 1246 UT, WIBW Topeka KS is dominant here, but nulling it I have some Rosary from NW/SE, then gospel tune. Presumed KJMJ Alexandria LA, U2 5/1 kW now with REL format and RMN network per NRC AM Log; i.e. Radio Maria Network, bilingual.

Just before CBS News at 1300 UT on WIBW, I also hear a mention of Grand Junxion, i.e. U2 5/1 kW KUBC Montrose, Colorado (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

** U S A. 1090, Jan 17 at 0704 UT, KAAY in dead air yet again, 0705 starts gospel music. John Wesley Smith, Hallsville MO, replies:

``This is in response to your info about KAAY, Little Rock. This past  Friday evening I heard them after 11:00 PM running TV audio with  weather info. I didn't catch what channel they were simulcasting.  There were tornadoes in the area at the time. Audio was choppy. If it  was an Internet connection to the station, it was poor. If it was a  satellite feed, or if they piped in the station from a TV antenna,  weather may have hindered reception. Obviously, somebody forgot to  switch KAAY back to normal programming for a couple of days, as you  noted. 73, John Wesley Smith`` (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

UNIDENTIFIED. 2182, Jan 17 at 0509 UT, the mystery open carrier is still running, four hours after first noticed (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

UNIDENTIFIED. 13751-USB, Jan 17 at 1602, 2-way in Spanish INTRUDERS, the stronger one with engine noise; in a couple minutes did not hear a single ``puta`` or ``madre``, but conversation seems inconsequential, no mention of pescados or kilos either that I could make out (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

this report despatched at 1813 UT January 17

Radio New Zealand Pacific on new 6115 kHz

Radio New Zealand Pacific has amended their shortwave schedule with a new frequency of 6115 kHz from 10:00UTC daily, ex 9700 kHz.

RNZ Pacific (RNZI) broadcasts at the following frequencies and times to different parts of the Pacific Region.

Expect schedule changes from time to time to take account of propagation to our target audience.

NB: Every month on the first Wednesday is Maintenance day at our transmitter site from 2230 - 0600 UTC. ( Thursdays 1030 - 1800 NZST) During this period there may be interruptions to our programmes.

27 Oct 2019 - 28 Mar 2020
00:00 - 05:58 15720 Pacific Daily
05:59 - 07:58 11725 Pacific Daily
07:59 - 09:58 9765 Pacific Daily
09:59 - 12:58 6115 from 15 Jan Solomon Isl , PNG Daily
12:59 - 19:58 6115 Pacific Sat
12:59 - 16:50 6115 Pacific Sun - Fri
16:51 - 17:50 5975 DRM Tonga Niue Samoa Cook Islands Sun - Fri
17:51 - 18:50 11690 DRM Tonga Niue Samoa Cook Islands Sun - Fri
18:51 - 19:58 13840 DRM Pacific Daily
19:59 - 20:58 11725 Pacific Sun-Fri
20:59 - 22:58 13840 Pacific Daily
22:59 - 23:58 15720 Pacific Daily

RNZI is available on Satellite, courtesy of TVNZ Pacific Service.

The coverage area extends from Singapore, and eastward to the Cook Islands, which includes Fiji, Tonga, Niue and Samoa.

IS19/23 C Slot A
DL 4146.5 V
FEC 3/4
SR 5.6320

Media & Tech - 17/01/2020

The K7RA Solar Update

Cycle 25 sunspots persisted for the first two days (January 9-10) of this reporting week, January 9-15, with daily sunspot numbers of 14 and 11. That brought the weekly average daily sunspot number from 8.4 last week to 3.6. Average daily solar flux edged up from 71.8 to 72.5.

Average daily planetary A index declined from 6.3 to 5.6, and average middle latitude A index went from 5.3 to 3.7.

Predicted solar flux for the next 45 days is 72 and 71 on January 17-18, 70 on January 19 through February 7, 72 on February 8-22, and 70 on February 23 through March 1.

Predicted planetary A index is 5 on January 17-18, 8 on January 19-20, 5 on January 21-31, 8 on February 1-2, 5 on February 3, 10 on February 4-6, 5 on February 7-9, 10 on February 10-11, 5 on February 12-22, 8 on February 23-24, 5 on February 25-27, 8 on February 28-29 and 5 on March 1.

Geomagnetic activity forecast for the period January 17 until February 12, 2020 by F.K. Janda, OK1HH.

Geomagnetic field will be
Quiet on: January 18, 29-30, February 6-9
Quiet to unsettled on: January 19-21, 24-28, February 1, 4-5, 10-11
Quiet to active on: (January 17, 22-23, 31, February 2-3, 12)
No unsettled to active periods predicted.
No active to disturbed periods predicted.

Solar wind will intensify on: January (17, 22-24,) February 2 (-5)

Parenthesis means lower probability of activity enhancement.
The predictability of changes is lower again

N8II wrote, concerning his report in last week's bulletin, "I forgot to mention that the January 9 contact with LA5MIA was on 20-meter SSB vs the Es contacts on 10 meters."

Also, from Jon Jones, N0JK, “Jeff, N8II, mentioned conditions on 160 meters in the Stew Perry contest ‘January 28-29.’ I am sure he meant December 28-29, 2019. ( His 10-meter Es reports correlate with the 6-meter Es occurring. I’m hoping for more winter Es.”

Jon Jones, N0JK noted in an email titled "more corrections": "I made some boo-boos, too. K1SIX is in grid FN43. KN4NN is in grid EM70."

N0JK shared late on January 16: "Six-meter Es seemed to vanish after the strong openings the second week of January. A brief Es opening between Florida and Ohio was noted January 13 around 1800z by KD4ESV in EL87, KW4BY in EL96, and others. AA5B operated MSK144 meteor scatter January 15 from rare grid DM63. The January VHF contest this weekend."

It seems we have crossed a threshold. Though solar activity remains low, recent history shows no Cycle 24 sunspots, only Cycle 25 activity. I remain optimistic. Also, with historically low geomagnetic activity, this is a great time to enjoy 160 meters.

Here is the latest video from WX6SWW:

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An archive of past propagation bulletins is at More good information and tutorials on propagation are at

Monthly propagation charts between four USA regions and twelve overseas locations are at

Instructions for starting or ending email distribution of ARRL bulletins are at

Sunspot numbers for January 9 through 15, 2020 were 14, 11, 0, 0, 0, 0, and 0, with a mean of 3.6. 10.7 cm flux was 74.4, 72.8, 73.5, 71.9, 71.5, 71.9, and 71.2, with a mean of 72.5. Estimated planetary A indices were 12, 7, 6, 4, 3, 3, and 4, with a mean of 5.6. Middle latitude A index was 8, 6, 4, 2, 2, 2, and 2, with a mean of 3.7. (www.arrl)

ZERO SIGNAL of WBCQ-6 "World's Last Chance Radio"

USA   ZERO SIGNAL of WBCQ-6 "World's Last Chance Radio"
between 0600 and 1600UT January 17, pls check all other
0600-0855 on  9330 BCQ 250 kW / 280 deg to WNAm English
0900-0955 on  9330 BCQ 500 kW / 076 deg to PORT Portug.
1000-1055 on  9330 BCQ 500 kW / 076 deg to SPAI Spanish
1100-1255 on  9330 BCQ 500 kW / 180 deg to NSAm Spanish
1300-1355 on  9330 BCQ 250 kW / 220 deg to CeAm Spanish
1400-1555 on  9330 BCQ 250 kW / 300 deg to WCAN English
1600-1755 on  9330 BCQ 500 kW / 057 deg to U.K. English
1800-1855 on  9330 BCQ 500 kW / 054 deg to GERM German
1900-2155 on  9330 BCQ 500 kW / 070 deg to NWAf Arabic
2200-2255 on  9330 BCQ Super Power Staion IS NOT ON AIR
2300-0055 on  9330 BCQ 500 kW / 175 deg to BRAS Portug.
0100-0255 on  9330 BCQ 250 kW / 245 deg to ENAm English
0300-0555 on  9330 BCQ 250 kW / 270 deg to CNAm English


73! Ivo Ivanov
More information on the shortwave listening hobby,
please visit to

QTH-1: Patreshko, Bulgaria
Receiver: Afedri SDR
Software: SDR-Console v2.3(using remote connection)
Antennas: various Inverted V and beverage antennas.

QTH-2: Sofia OK2, Bulgaria
Receiver: Sony ICF-2001D
Antenna: 30 m. long wire

LRA 36 on air now, 1530, heard in Friol

ANTARTIDA, 15476, LRA 36, Radio Nacional Arcángel San Gabriel, Base Esperanza, 1530, 17-01, very weak, audible on USB, Spanish with Argentinian acent, comments, "Este partido será transmitido por Radio Nacional", male, soccer comments.

Video of LRA 36 at 1558:!At0tJSKTrzqVsCjw6Z_EScRkLGrY?e=Xv5dLD

I sent this video to the LRA 36 operator and he tell me he is testing the transmitter today all day. LRA 36 is relaying Radio Nacional now

Manuel Méndez 
Lugo, Spain

Log in Friol
Tecsun S-8800, cable antenna, 8 meters

Propagation News – 19 January 2020

We had another pretty uneventful week with zero sunspots, but no major geomagnetic disturbances. The K-index rose to three on Thursday morning due to the effects of the solar wind, but the ionosphere was otherwise calm geomagnetically.

We said last week that there had been some winter sporadic E, which had livened up 10 metres. We also said there had been no SSB activity of note on the band and was promptly corrected by Tony, M0IQD who sent a copy of his log. This showed that he made more than 15 SSB contacts on 8 January, including Norway, Sweden, Poland, Germany and even VO1FOG in Newfoundland. Keep an eye open around 28.450 to 28.495MHz for SSB openings. He also suggested that the Facebook group 10 Metre UK Net was a useful tool for 10m operators. We’re only too happy to pass that information on.

Next week NOAA predicts the solar flux index will be in the range 70-72, reflecting the current state of the solar cycle. It also predicts quiet geomagnetic conditions all week, so the ionosphere should be settled and showing seasonal norms in terms of propagation.

According to Propquest, daytime critical frequencies as measured by the Chilton digisonde are generally in the range 4.1 to 5.3MHz. This suggests that 80m remains best for inter-G contacts, with 40m being restricted to longer paths such as G to GM. Night-time critical frequencies are generally around 3.1 to 3.6 MHz, so 80m propagation may be marginal over shorter distances, but better over 500km or more.

Daytime F2 layer openings are generally up to 18MHz, with the 20 metre band being more reliable.

Weather charts show that the jet stream will remain strong over the UK and Europe next week, which may be an indicator for winter sporadic E, although the season may be ending—more of this in the VHF section.

VHF and up:
High pressure has started to reassert itself over southern Britain and improved tropo conditions will probably kick in from today into early next week. Paths into the continent and south past Portugal towards the Canaries might be worth a look, in view of recent performances. This positive tropo pattern could hold into midweek, but thereafter the models show a collapse of the high back towards the Azores, allowing room for a colder north-westerly to bring stronger winds and a risk of some wintry weather across eastern areas. But other models confine the cold outbreak to the northern half of the UK only.

There is always scope for some winter sporadic E and the jet stream pattern may favour paths into western Europe and the western Mediterranean, particularly for digital modes like FT8, but it could also be worth checking for CW and SSB on 10m too.

The cold northwesterly with its wintry showers may excite the GHz fraternity towards the latter part of next week as heavy showers move down the North Sea and Irish Sea, bringing some rain scatter propagation. The good thing about winter rain scatter is that the showers are not diurnal like in summer and usually maintain activity throughout the day and night.

Moon declination is negative and reaching a minimum on Thursday. Path losses continue to rise all week, and the very high 144MHz sky noise midweek means it’s a poor week for EME.

There are no major meteor showers this week ,so continue to look for random QSOs in the early morning around dawn. (

Glenn Hauser logs January 15-16-17, 2020

** CHINA. 12035, Jan 17 at 0018 YL in Chinese with musical background, and same thing but far from synchronized on much stronger 11820. Both read about the same on meter, S9 to S9+10 but 11820 sounds much louder. Per Aoki, both are CRI via Xiangyang 59 site. HFCC says both at 500 kW, 200 degrees from Xi`an. All agree that this hour 11820 is in Cantonese, 12035 in (Standard) Chinese (rather than same language not in synch). Xi`an and Xiangyang appear to be the same place as on page 662 of WRTH 2020 (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

** CUBA. 6100, Jan 16 at 0651, RHC English is very strong here tonight, and splatter up to plus/minus 12 kHz. Something`s always wrong at RHC (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

** CUBA. 15700, Jan 16 at 1543, China Plus relay in English is S9+10 but just barely modulated. Something`s always wrong at RadiioCuba (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

** CUBA. 11980, Jan 17 at 0015, CRI in Spanish, S9, i.e. the second harmonic of 5990 which is S9+30. But the two-timer could easily be taken for a fundamental; 5990 is on for two hours, 2300 CRI English too. Neither EiBi nor Aoki, nor HFCC has any entry for this 11980! Should they not show transmissions which really exist?

Wonder if same transmitter as 6100 RHC after 0500 which, MUF permitting, also comes in strong on 12200, unlike other transmitters. Something`s always wrong at RadioCuba (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

** PERU. 5980, Jan 16 at 2352, JBA carrier from R. Chaski vs heavy Cuban jamming against nothing else, until autocutoff at 2353:44.5*. This time I compare it to the first timing I made in the current cycle, which was 2355:29.5* on Nov 26, 51 days ago, so long-term average is 105 seconds divided by 51 days = 2.0588235 seconds earlier per noctem; altho some more recent short-term slippages have come out slightly less than 2 seconds. Fortunately there is never enough signal to hear any gospel programming from Radio Chaski, so this is the only thing of interest about it. 

But for the record, WRTH 2020 shows it`s OBX4M, 5 kW from Urubamba at 1000-1500 & 2200-0100! I imagine its other on/off times are slipping by the same amount, but am not about to arise circa 4 am to find out, which may be wrong anyway, like 0100 UT, which was shifted ~an hour earlier a couple years ago. EiBi seems to present a more accurate schedule; 1100-1630 & 1730-2355. In WRTH it`s CUsco station 72) with this further info: Ca Belen 600, 08031 Urubamba; tel. 99 6783272; and and FM on 94.9 MHz.

Guess what? that website, axually is very colorful and commercial, not religious at all, and hard to find on it, but is a *different* Radio Chaski, this one in Trujillo, La Libertad! 

Not too surprising that a common Quechua name like Chaski could be appropriated by more than one broadcaster. I`m trying to remember what Chaski means; like a message, communication? Google translate is no help, not including Quechua or Kechwa on its roster, so its first guess about chaski is Bulgarian, plural of chaska which can mean: cup, calyx, drink, thalamus, bell, shot, chalice, receptacle, pony, or envelope. But I digress!

One is also hard-pressed to find *any* radio frequency on its website, MF, HF or VHF! They do webcast with some nice Andean music when I bring it up at 0310 UT Jan 17, and suspect it`s a web-``radio`` only. Guess what, music with no announcements until two different super-hype IDs at 0322 and 0326 from ``1540 AM, Radio Mundial, la primera potecia musical del norte``; and at 0329, ``Radio Mundial, éxitos de toda la vida``. More similar IDs follow every few minutes, all hyper-enthusiastic. 

So the station $tereo webcasting as Radio Chaski is really (relaying?) OBU2A, 2 kW on 1540 in Trujillo, which is on the northern coast between Chiclayo and Chimbote. Does *our* 5980 Radio Chaski have any web presence? (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

** SPAIN. 9690, Thu Jan 16 at 2259, REE starting `Amigos de la Onda Corta`, media magazine but hardly a DX program despite the name, revived a few months ago, at the hour reported a week ago by JRX in Brasil; due to press of real world news, I listen only to first pentaminute, when there is only info about domestic media in Spain; is there ever any SW info, let alone real DX news? Recheck of skedgrid at now shows it added to this hour (0000 Friday local time) as well as Thu 18 UT and Saturday 14 UT (when not on SW). It seems the Thursday airings are repeats of Saturday. 23 UT is of course the same time that the token mostly-music English service airs on M/W/F.

Need to find time to listen to a whole show to judge content properly; 309 of them are in archive, including this latest for Jan 11 lasting 55 minutes, subtitled Radio Valdivieso, whatever that be? ``Damos voz a una pequeña emisora de radio, una estación comunitaria ubicada al norte de la provincia de Burgos...`` (Glenn Hauser, OK, WORLD OF RADIO 2017)

** TURKEY. 5960, Jan 15 at 2301, VOT English is back on after a binite AWOL, poor-fair (Glenn Hauser, OK, WORLD OF RADIO 2017)

** U S A. 13089-USB, Jan 16 at 1545, marine weather very distorted as usual from USCG Chesapeake VA, NMN as scheduled 1530-1605. Incredible they never fix this, as anyham would have enough savvy and pride to prevent such a sound from private SSB. This frequency is timeshared with NRV Guam, NMO Hawaii, and NMC Point Reyes CA, skeds as in EiBi. We may hope the others are not out of whack (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

** U S A [and non]. WORLD OF RADIO 2016 monitoring: confirmed final SW repeat, UT Thu Jan 16 at 0100 on WRMI 7780, good via UTwente SDR.

WORLD OF RADIO 2017 contents: Afghanistan, Antarctica, Australia, Brasil, Canada, China and non, Cuba, Germany, Guam, India, Iran, Japan, Korea North & South, Madagascar, Maldive Islands, Mongolia, Netherlands, New Zealand, North America, Oklahoma, Spain, Sudan South non, Turkey and non, USA, Vietnam, Zanzibar; and the propagation outlook

WOR 2017 is available as of 2320 UT Thursday January 16
(mp3 stream)
(mp3 download)

Or via
Also linx to podcast services.

The shortwave broadcasts should be:

0900 UT Friday    Unique Radio NSW 5045-USB
2300 UT Friday    WRMI 9955 to SSE
[usually starts with heavy jamming but maybe abates]
0130 UT Saturday  WRMI 5850 to NW, 5010 to S; 7780 canceled
1300 UT Saturday  WRMI 15770 to NE
2030vUT Saturday  WA0RCR 1860-AM
0400vUT Sunday    WA0RCR 1860-AM [nominal 0415]
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 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
2100 UT Wednesday WRMI 7780 to NE
2200 UT Wednesday WBCQ 7490v to WSW
0100 UT Thursday  WRMI 7780 to NE

Full schedule including AM, FM, webcasts, satellite, podcasts:
(Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

** U S A. 7490.245, Jan 15 at 2258, WBCQ in dead air, no telling for how long after Goddess Irina, but into BS at 2300. Seems quite stable on this off-frequency now (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

** U S A. 5890, Thu Jan 16 at 0648, WWCR on again with S9+10/20 of dead air; why? Misprogrammed automation? This one not supposed to be on air at all at this hour (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

** U S A. 1090, Jan 16 at 0701-0705 UT, another check of KAAY Little Rock AR finds dead air again at top-of-hour, news? hole unfilled, till 0705 gospel music starts up. Should be helpful for local LR DXers (Glenn Hauser, OK, WORLD OF RADIO 2017)

** U S A. Re KMPX 30 ``29`` tropo log from Cedar Hill antenna farm site SW of Dallas, despite city of license Decatur, which is way NW of Fort Worth, Stephen Luce in Houston replies: ``Glenn, the "Estrella Dos" you found on KMPX also runs on co-owned KZJL here in Houston on virtual 61.2. Both stations are owned by LBI Media, operator of the Estrella TV network, so the carriage of Estrella Dos may be limited to network O&O's as far as OTA availability.``

My remark that Estrella Dos was only on KMPX based on search on that `network` turning up nothing but KMPX. Just rechedked directly, that still has only Estrella 61-1 for KZJL, physical 21.1. I guess if the horoscope show be simulcast, local Houston phone numbers replace Metroplexians? It`s not often we are ahead of rabbitears info (Glenn Hauser, WOR)

UNIDENTIFIED. 2182.0-AM, Jan 17 at 0106 past 0121 UT, S9 open carrier with slight fading. This used to be a very important frequency, maritime phone calling and distress, but fell into disuse many years ago, and I`ve rarely heard any activity on it as I bandscan across. I figured it was deliberately not 2180 to avoid MW harmonix from 1090. Despite all his utility info, EiBi shows nothing on 2182 now. UDXF logs indicate most 2182 activity in Europe, but this carrier is obviously quite close (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

This report dispatched at 0428 UT January 17

Agenda DX 17/01/2020

KGLO, USA (1937)

giovedì 16 gennaio 2020

LRA 36 news about the special transmission

Received right now from the station:

"Otra emisión especial de LRA 36 del ciclo de verano “Esperanza Al Mundo”
Hoy, jueves 16,  a las 18:00 hora argentina (21:00 UTC) la emisora LRA 36 Radio Nacional Arcángel San Gabriel de la Base Esperanza, Antártida, pondrá al aire el programa especial “De Polo a Polo: Argentinos en el Polo Norte”. Estará en el estudio de LRA 36 el SM Luis Armando Cataldo, integrante de esa expedición realizada en 2016. 
LRA 36 puede escucharse  en la frecuencia de onda corta de 15476 KHz en AM, y por Internet desde el sitio - Emisoras - Antártida. 
Programa producido y realizado íntegramente en la Base Esperanza, Antártida.
TE: 0810-222-0770, interno 216.

Manuel Méndez 
Lugo, Spain

Media & Tech - 16/01/2020

Frequency changes of Shiokaze Sea Breeze & Radio New Zealand Pacific

JAPAN(non)   Frequency changes of Shiokaze Sea Breeze from January 9:
1300-1400 NF  7310 YAM 300 kW / 280 deg to NEAs, ex 6145 and 2nd freq.
same time NF  7345 YAM 300 kW / 280 deg to NEAs, ex 7245 is as follows
1300-1330 Japanese Mon/Tue/Sat/Sun; Korean Wed/Fri; English Thu
1330-1400 Korean Wed/Fri/Sat/Sun; Japanese Mon/Tue; English Thu
1600-1700 NF  6085 YAM 300 kW / 280 deg to NEAs, ex 5955 and 2nd freq.
same time NF  7325 YAM 300 kW / 280 deg to NEAs, ex 6020 is as follows
1600-1630 Japanese Mon/Tue/Sat/Sun; Korean Wed/Fri; English Thu
1630-1700 Korean Wed/Fri/Sat/Sun; Japanese Mon/Tue; English Thu
Frequency changes of Furusato no Kaze via Shiokaze from December 6:
1405-1435 NF  6085 YAM 300 kW / 280 deg to NEAs Japanese Daily, ex 6070
1405-1435 NF  7260 YAM 300 kW / 280 deg to NEAs Japanese Daily, ex 6095

NEW ZEALAND   Frequency change of Radio New Zealand Pacific from January 15
1059-1258 on  6115 RAN 100 kW / 325 deg to NWPac/PNG/As English, ex 9700


73! Ivo Ivanov
More information on the shortwave listening hobby,
please visit to

QTH-1: Patreshko, Bulgaria
Receiver: Afedri SDR
Software: SDR-Console v2.3(using remote connection)
Antennas: various Inverted V and beverage antennas.

QTH-2: Sofia OK2, Bulgaria
Receiver: Sony ICF-2001D
Antenna: 30 m. long wire

Glenn Hauser logs January 15, 2020

** CANADA. 370-MCW  kHz, Jan 15 at 0725 UT, dash and YBV, ND beacon, 50 watts from Berens River, Manitoba, which is more than halfway up the eastern shore of long Lake Winnipeg (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

** CUBA. 15140, Jan 15 at 1856 tune-in, RHC with weather advisory in Spanish, but modulation fades down to nothing! Resumes, then cut again during ID; 1900 back on as choking Arabic is opening with some more cutouts; wiggle that patchcord. 1929 opening Kriyol. Something`s always wrong at RHC. At least the languages are correct as alleged inn WRTH 2020 (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

** OKLAHOMA. Tropo TV DX opening: see USA with OK logs mixed in

** U S A. Tropo TV DX opening, UT Jan 15 from ~0435 tune-in bandscan, starting with RF30, DTV 29-1, KMPX-HD. The ``HD`` on the PSIP ID is flashing on and off, something I have never seen happen before on anystation. Do most including myself not know that is possible? It`s an Estrella TV affiliate, CoL Decatur TX, i.e. The MetroPleX market. shows no subchannels, but I find a 29-2 labeled KMPX-2, and in this case the ``-2`` is alternately flashing with a `2`` lacking the hyphen or a space. Program here is a live(?) call-in show of horoscope advice, showing the guy doing it and large Ft Worth and Dallas phone numbers. does have this one listed as SD, ``Estrella Dos``, but there are no other such substations accompanying any other Estrella affiliates, such as our KOCY `48`.

Hepburn tropo map predixions show for 0300 & 0600 UT a `strong`` level-5 enhancement blob over most of eastern OK, extending into north TX. As usual, Enid is barely on the edge of lesser rings. I am also getting solid signals from RF 26 KTEN-10 Ada; Tulsa markets: RF 45 KOTV-6 -- yes, still not repacked; RF 28 ``Ion`` 44; RF 20 KQCW-19; RF 11 KOED-11; and strangely on RF 10, PSIP almost invisible, as if not ``enabled`` which says DTV 8-1 ABC --- that has to be KTUL, also with subs: 8-2 Comet, 8-3 Antenna, 8-4 TBD. RF 34, DTV 41-1 KMYT has subs but not explored during brief peak.

Another Metroplex signal decodes at 0507: RF 36, 39-1 KXTX-DT, along with 39-2 Exitos with a cop show originally in English.

And one more from Dallas: RF 14, 13-1 KERA-HD; 13-2 Kids; 13-3 Create, the PBS subs. Interspersed with RF-13 KETA OKC also virtual 13 which has World on 13-2, but Create also on 13-3 and Kids on 13-4.

The opening also extends barely into AR at 0610: RF 21, 40-1 KHBS-DT which is 325 kW ERP in Fort Smith. All this via my partially broken rooftop ch 7-50? antenna pointed roughly SE.

Also a few unID BAD signals, such as something on RF 9.

Next check around 16 UT Jan 15 finds NO TV DX; Hepburn map shows the enhanced area now extends from SW Missouri to SW Texas, but is narrower and the edge is too far away from here (Glenn Hauser, Enid OK, WOR)

** U S A. 426-MCW kHz, Jan 15 at 0719 UT, ND beacon UV, which is 25 watts from Oxford - Tunng, Mississippi. I was tuned to 424-USB.

420-MCW kHz, Jan 15 at 0721 UT, two ND beacons mixing at same pitch; finally unravelling them: PK, Olathe - Herbb, Kansas; and FQ, Fairmont, Minnesota; both 25 watts (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

** U S A WORLD OF RADIO 2016 monitoring: confirmed Wed Jan 15 from 2100 on WRMI 7780; a few bits if music inserted between the Zanotti ID and me, good via UTwente; S7-S9 here. 

Also confirmed Wed Jan 15 from 2200:22.5 on WBCQ 7490.245, S9/+10; (BTW inaudible at UTwente off the back, while 9330 500 kW is only poor-fair off the front. BTW2, 15770 WRMI was also inaudible over there before 2100 when R. Tirana should have been relayed) Next:

0100 UT Thursday  WRMI 7780 to NE
Full schedule including AM, FM, webcasts, satellite, podcasts:
(Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

This report dispatched at 0048 UT January 16

Final report from SAQ / Grimeton Christmas Eve transmission 2019

The conditions was very good with clear dry weather in Grimeton, Sweden. The transmission hall was filled up with record-many visitors who had come to enjoy coffee, cake and Swedish ginger snaps, and to watch the activities with starting and running the old radio transmitter SAQ.

The operators from the Alexander association was a little bit concerned about the start-up, due to the difficulties on the UN-Day on October 24th, however the "old lady" showed her most positive side and we had a flawless startup and transmission. 

Lars Kålland was at the morse key, delivering the Christmas message. This transmission was the grand finale for Lars, who has decided to retire from this duty.

Thank You Lars for all your great work at the Grimeton Radiostation!


We have receved so many fantastic lister reports, most of them via our on-line form, but some by E-mail and by regular mail. Your feedback is very important and we are very grateful for the efforts and energy you are putting in to these reports.

We are also stunned by the high amount. A total of 426 reports has been received, whereof 14 unheard, from 32 countries. We can only say one thing - Thank You!

The transmission was also live streamed on our YouTube Channel, which had well over 500 viewers during the transmission - fantastic! Don't miss to see the lively chat messages during the startup.

Agenda DX 16/01/2020

Radio Grande Lago, Brasile 580 Khz (1982)

mercoledì 15 gennaio 2020

Special LRA 36 program on jan 16

According to information received from LRA 36 Radio Nacional Arcángel San Gabriel staff right now, this station will be on air tomorrow 16th January with a special program about the North Pole. The time will be 19 hours , but they don't specify if it is UTC time or Argentinian time.
In March they will start its regular transmissions of the new season.
Frequency: 15476 kHz. 

Manuel Méndez
Lugo, Spain

Media & Tech - 15/01/2020

New email address for reception reports to LRA 36, Radio Nacional Arcángen San Gabriel

Mail received from LRA 36, Radio Nacional Arcángel San Gabriel, they report the new email for reception reports:

asi tambien les dejo mi contacto de cel para agendarlos en el whatsap, y de esta manera informarles los dias que estaremos al aire. 2976215257...  y tel fijo de la radio es 08102220770 int 216"

Manuel Méndez
Lugo, Spain

Glenn Hauser logs January 14, 2020

** CUBA. 13566, 13634, 13767, 13834, 13900 approx., Jan 14 at 1542, spurblobs at 66-68 kHz intervals from RHC 13700. Something`s always wrong at RHC (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

** CUBA. 15370, Jan 14 at 2042, RHC in Brazuguese is overmodulated / distorted; while 15140 in English is OK. Aoki says 2030 (``3020``) on 15370 is supposed to be in French; EiBi says English! except French on Sundays; WRTH says French, daily, as does RHC`s own B-19 schedule. Something`s always wrong at RHC (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR) 

** CUBA. 11850, Jan 14 at 2338, RHC Spanish is S9+10 but suptorted; also with parasite weak spur carrier on 11840, but not enough audio to match, and probably another on 11860 vs residual jamming. Strange that I have never found an RHC frequency in the morning with plus/minus 10 kHz spurs, tho one would expect same transmitter to be in use other than the tardes. Something`s always wrong at RHC (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

** IRELAND [non]. 7290, Tue Jan 14 at 1925, via UTwente SDR, IRRS with much better signal than yesterday when WOR was JBA, but still not up to par; about the Bushes involved in Iraq wars, clips of them accompanied by banjo music; what program is this? 1934 check, now in `Wavescan` as scheduled. Good but with ACI from 7295 CRI East Turkistan. As it`s closing by 2000, sandwiched between CRIs on both sides (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

** MEXICO [and non]. 710, Jan 14 at 0707, Mexican NA is playing until 0708 when no Spanish talk heard other than Rebelde Cuba peaking from another angle; this being from WSW, which fits for the only NW Mexican outlet, XEDP, Ciudad Cuauhtémoc, Chihua2 at local midnite, often heard here despite listed night power of 100 watts vs day power 7000. IRCA Log also shows it as 24 hours, and mentions it being off-frequency, which was only part-time, and not heard askew here now or recently. Considerable CCI too from English, likely Amarillo and KCMO, and persistent 711 TA carrier het, prime suspect being 300 kW Morocco (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

** PERU. 5980, Jan 14 at 2352, JBA carrier from R. Chaski under Cuban jamming against nothing else; until autocutoff at 2353:49*. Last check was January 11 at 2353:55.5*, 6.5 seconds later, 3 days earlier, averaging <2.2 seconds earlier, per (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

** SUDAN SOUTH [non]. 15400, Tue Jan 14 at 1546, poor signal with flutter, seems like English but very heavy accent I cannot lock onto. It`s Radio Tamazuj, 250 kW, 150 degrees via VATICAN, mainly in Juba Arabic per Observer, but which does have 10 minutes of English on Tuesdays & Thursdays sometime during the 15-16 UT hour, per WRTH 2020 (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

** TURKEY. 5960, Jan 14 at 2332 check, VOT English to N America is AWOL yet again (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

** U S A [and non}. 1090, Jan 14 at 0702 UT, KAAY Little Rock AR in dead air again, until 0705 gospel music starts in nominal format. Meanwhile, I hear the 1 kHz het from 1089 UK Talksport headed by a 400 kW with several synchros almost doubling that (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

UNIDENTIFIED. 5915, Jan 14 at 2333, VP signal, maybe in French? But CRI English via Kashgar to S Asia is registered; other possibilities at this hour per EiBi, Zambia if all-night, and Myanmar, which would not be in French either. Myanmarianese is rather distinctive (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

This report dispatched at 0230 UT January 15

Agenda DX 15/01/2020

Radio Tezulutlan, Guatemala 4835 Khz (1975)
Radio Nacional de Chile, servizio estero 15140 Khz (1974)
RFO, Guyana 5055 Khz (1953)
WAPA, Puerto Rico 680 Khz (1947)
KWJJ, Oregon 1080 Khz (1925)

martedì 14 gennaio 2020

Media & Tech - 14/01/2020

Further changes to some BBC local radio mediumwave services

In my blog posted in the summer of 2017, I explained the BBC’s plans for local radio and the reasons for the closure of some of our medium wave transmitters - which happened in January last year. This was the first stage of putting into action a plan that the BBC originally announced in 2011. Starting in February 2020, and completing in mid-2020, we will be moving on to the next stage of the plan, closing a further 18 medium wave transmitters across England, Scotland and Wales. There is a list of services affected at the end of this blog post.

My earlier blog post explained why we are closing some local medium wave transmitters, but I wanted to recap again here. The majority of radio listening in the UK - including to the BBC - is now digital, and digital listening is continuing to grow. We want to make our services available to you when and how you want them, but it’s also right that the BBC continues to ensure that the ways we distribute our services represent good value for money for you, the licence fee payer.

The BBC is committed to a digital future for radio, and in the past few years we have funded local DAB expansion, made all local radio stations available on digital terrestrial TV (such as Freeview), and we have transformed our online and mobile offering with BBC Sounds.  Together with FM (which has recently been expanded for Radio Wales), these ways of receiving our stations now make up the great majority of listening, and as a result continuing to transmit these services on medium wave would no longer represent good value for money. 

This change was planned as long ago as 2011, but we have taken a measured approach to implementing it to ensure that as many of you as possible have already moved on to other ways of receiving the services before we make this change.  We know that the changes will impact some of you, and that’s why we’re speaking about the plans again now. We want to make sure that people listening to these transmissions will be able to use other methods to hear the same programmes.

All stations which will be affected will continue to be on FM and digital outputs (such as DAB, digital television, or online). For most people, re-tuning their radios or cars to FM or DAB is likely to be the simplest solution.

You can use our Problem Assistant tool to get more information on how to access all BBC services in your area.

The stations which will no longer be transmitted on MW are:

Three Counties Radio (3CR)
Radio Merseyside
Radio Newcastle
Radio Solent (for Dorset)
Radio Solent
Radio Cornwall
Radio York

In addition, the following stations will have reduced MW coverage:

Radio Scotland
Areas in and around both Aberdeen and Kirkcudbright

Radio Wales
Tywyn, Forden and Llandrindod Wells transmitter areas

Radio Cumbria
Areas in and around Whitehaven

Radio Norfolk
Areas in and around Norwich

(Kieran Clifton, Director, BBC Distribution & Business Development via BBC blog)

Unscheduled transmission of Radio Cairo in 31mb 9740 kHz, January 14

EGYPT   Unscheduled transmission of Radio Cairo in 31mb 9740 kHz, January 14
1000-1046 on  9740 ABS 100 kW / 166 deg to CEAf General or HQ Sce & off air!
0400-0600 on  9740 ABS 100 kW / 166 deg to CEAf Swahili as scheduled in B-19
From the beginning of B-19 season from October 27 no signal of Radio Cairo!!


73! Ivo Ivanov
More information on the shortwave listening hobby,
please visit to

QTH-1: Patreshko, Bulgaria
Receiver: Afedri SDR
Software: SDR-Console v2.3(using remote connection)
Antennas: various Inverted V and beverage antennas.

QTH-2: Sofia OK2, Bulgaria
Receiver: Sony ICF-2001D
Antenna: 30 m. long wire

Glenn Hauser logs January 13-14, 2020

** ARGENTINA [non]. 5800, UT Tue Jan 14 at 0138, WRMI playing ``Onward Christian Soldiers`` warmongering hymn as if it were crusading WHRI --- fill music instead of RAE AAM relay in Spanish as scheduled from 0100. A new Monday program must have been produced but fails to make it to air for unknown reason. One thing I know: the file name must be exactly correct and in the proper System for the automation to put it on (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

** MADAGASCAR [non]. In last report I meant to say B-19 rather than A-19, fixed: HFCC B-19 has a wooden registration for EKAla, Sri Lanka at 0100-0430 with 10 kW at 350 degrees across India on 6005 --- but that site is long gone for YEARS! and indeed no longer mentioned in the WRTH 2020 (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

** OKLAHOMA. 88.3, Jan 13 at 2002 UT, K202BY, Family Radio satellator in Enid is still OFF, fortunately not cutting on QRM in the 88.0v area either at the moment, allowing thru traces of KOSR Stillwater.

But a change of source is in the offing, per Doug Smith`s FCC info Jan 3 in the WTFDA Forum:

``OKLA Enid 88.3 K202BY XR 250w-V/80m, 36-23-57/97-52-48 (KJIL-99.1
Copeland, Kans. via satellite)``

KJIL is another gospel huxter closer-in with 25 relayers in OK, KS, CO and even TX --- 22 of them translators, not including this one, per WTFDA FM Database. I wonder if KJIL know that K202BY need heavy repairs or replacement.

FCC FM Query still shows it owned by Family Radio, but also with a recent Consummation Notice about transfer to --someoone--, no mention of KJIL, as of Dec 17, 2019:

BTW, it shows the address for Family Stations not in Sacramento CA, but Shenandoah IA, where they run KYFR 920.

88.3 is easily checked here as it`s the chosen feeder frequency for my SW car radio. At same time there was an open carrier on 87.9 from someone else`s feeder (Glenn Hauser, Enid, WOR)

** TURKEY. 5960, Jan 13 from 2258 to 2328, I leave receiver on in vain hope that VOT English to N America will come on better late than: never. Something`s always wrong at Emirler. This probably means there won`t be any extranebonus German hour either from 2400 (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

** U S A [and non]. WORLD OF RADIO 2016 monitoring: barely confirmed Monday January 13 at 1919 the 1901 on IRRS 7290 via Romania(?) as checked via UTwente SDR --- at first it seemed totally off rather than usual bigsig, but tuning a step down in USB, carrier detected -- then narrowing BW, synch, can barely recognize my intonation, but totally unreadable. What changed, just propagation? Usual huge splash from CRI East Turkistan 7295 unabated.

Also confirmed UT Wed Jan 14 at 0100 on WRMI 7780, JBA. Next:
0900 UT Wednesday Unique Radio NSW 5045-USB
2100 UT Wednesday WRMI 7780 to NE
2200 UT Wednesday WBCQ 7490v to WSW
0100 UT Thursday  WRMI 7780 to NE

Full schedule including AM, FM, webcasts, satellite, podcasts:
(Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

** U S A. 7780, Mon Jan 13 at 2011, Russian VP on WRMI, probably only time for that language, during `Radiopanorama` DX program. VP here but maybe make it to Eurussia, aimed thataway (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

** U S A [and non]. 7490.2v, UT Tue Jan 14 at 0144 check, WBCQ is S6-S8, too poor and not enough to overcome noise level when we would like to hear `From the Isle of Music` --- this is all too typical for WBCQ reception. This time I compare it to other 7 MHz band signals:
7850, CHU S9+10
7780, WRMI S6-S8
7730, WRMIBS S9+10/20
7570, WRMIBS S9+10/20
7365, Marti Grimesland S9+50/60, no jamming audible
7355, Marti Grimesland S9+50, no jamming audible
7340, Romania Romanian S8-S9
7325, Romania English S9/S9+10
7315, WHRI Vietnam S9+10/20
7305, Vatican Grimesland, S9+20
All of these but CHU must be running a lot more power than this WBCQ, and/or better positioned to serve deep North America. WBCQ is even aimed thisaway unlike Grimesland, etc. (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

** U S A. 700, Jan 13 at 2004 UT on caradio, Dallas ad in English. KHSE Wylie TX, one sesquikW day power, barely reaches here on daytime groundwave when local noise quiet enough. NRC AM Log says format is ``Asian`` as Radio Caravan with IBOC. Website shows quite a staff, and Hindi/Bollywood as well as Telugu: $tereo music stream autolaunches without permission, when I check at 0255 UT Jan 14. Soon announcement in English about upcoming events in DFW. Shows include one Pakistani (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR) 

** U S A. 1040, Jan 13 at 2006 UT on caradio, Des Moines weather, timecheck and WHO ID, which makes it here with residual daytime lowsun skywave scarcely a sesquihour after local mean noon (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

** U S A. 1090, UT Mon Jan 13 at 0706 UT, another check of KAAY Little Rock which has been haywire the past two nights at this time. Now, it`s back to ``normal`` with well-modulated country gospel songs. Maybe it had been plugged into totally mistuned satellite TV feeds overnight, nohuman noticing? (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

This report dispatched at 0347 UT January 14

Agenda DX 14/01/2020

Radio Ayariri, Perù 4606 Khz (1963)
KWIL, Oregon 790 Khz (1941)

lunedì 13 gennaio 2020

Voice of Maldives reactivated on 1449 from new island

Dhivehi Raajjeyge Adu (Voice of Maldives) – 1449 kHz

I had noticed that the start of transmissions from the new site of Dhivehi Raajjeyge Adu (Voice of Maldives) would be likely at the end of 2019, so I had monitored their AM 1449 channel quite frequently and finally was successful in hearing the new station on Arctic SDR in the morning of Jan.8th. When listening to my recording @0100z I immediately heard the beautiful National Anthem ”Qaumii Salaam” just after the UK one had followed the ”Shipping Forecast” over BBC Radio 4 from Redmoss! The channel is challenging, giving BBC, two commercial stations from Japan, Iran, and Saudi Arabia. I heard Micronesia once. There are also North American stations on 1450 to reckon with. My email report soon had a reply from the Chief Technical Officer saying:

”It is really unexpected and surprising to know that you received our medium wave radio service on 1449khz. We just started the service as a test transmission after a long break of service roughly for one year. We have changed the transmitting site from the capital city Male’ to a nearby island called Thilafushi. If you could login to google earth and check geo location 4°10’58”N 73°25’45”E you will notice the ground radial of the station. Just to add more to your information; we’re radiating 25Kw on analogue radio service and the transmitter is ready for digital radio on DRM as well. Once we are satisfied with the coverage, we will start the digital radio service.”

I replied with thanks to this very kind man saying: ”I am sure with your splendid work and this strong signal you will get many listeners far and wide! I noticed with great interest your new site with mast and earthing system on Google Maps and found that very impressing, also it is very wise choice of site. Salt water is the absolute top in earthing. Although I am a layman in technical matters I have learnt much through the years from listening since 1964 also from my teacher in radio propagation, the late Knut N. Stokke of Norwegian Telecoms. 

I am myself very engaged in broadcasting, being Chief Editor of the three stations (Bergen Kringkaster, Radio Northern Star and The Ferry) broadcasting from the former NRK site NW Bergen called Bergen Kringkaster. We are following the digital development in Asia, Maldives, India, China, Pakistan (DRM+) also now Russia with great interest and hope it will be possible to implement digital in the form of DRM30 in Europé as well.”

Dhivehiraajjeyge Adu is the premier radio channel of PSM. As a public service broadcaster, the channel’s content is based on educating, informing and entertaining listeners. Established on 29th December 1962, Dhivehiraajjeyge Adu is transmitted on MW 1449 kHz.

1449 31.12 0100 Voice of Maldives, Thilafusi med den maldiviska hymnen. Jag fick kolla Youtube för att  vara säker på saken. Nytt land i lurarna för mig och har kommit igång alldeles nyss. Även hyfsat 4.1. Dock inte dagarna emellan. Tyvärr inget QSL än. Messenger borde väl funka men... JOB/F 

1449 6.1 0100 Voice of Maldives Thilafusi startade sändningen med sin nationalsång. Gick ganska bra och tidvis ostört några minuter. Men BBC, Saudi Arabien och Italien är oftast väldigt starka här. Fick ett par trevliga mail som svar på min rapport där man berättade att man kör med 25 kW men fortfarande brottas med problem med täckningen över öarna. Mauno Ritola meddelar nu ikväll 12.1: Asiawaves informs, Maldives 24h a day and "Relays Radio Eke 103.8 MHz overnight".   TN

1449 Dhivehi Raajjeyge Adu (Voice of Maldives) has begun service 29 Dec. 2019 from its brand new 25 kW Nautel transmitter and the antenna field installed at Thilafushi island, 7 Km from Male, the Maldivian capital city. Heard in Norway 31 December via remote (Reidar Bø in DX-Listener’s' Club fb group 4.1.2020. See also Svenn Martinsen’s QSL in this issue) 


Dhivehi Raajjeyge Adu, Thilafushi 1449 kHz is continuing the test transmissions, running now at full power 25 kW. At the moment, the technicians are trying to identify the glitches, if any and get the antenna alignments right.

Separate teams are moving to Northern and Southern atolls with measuring equipment to evaluate the signal strength.

In case you don’t get replies for your reports, please be patient as most of the staff are out in the field.

Once the brand new Nautel transmitter is officially commissioned, the staff will be able to respond to your reports.
(Sarath Weerakoon via A-DX via Thomas Nilsson, ARC)

(ARC mv-eko 13 January)

Media & Tech - 13/01/2020

Propagation outlook from Boulder

:Product: Weekly Highlights and Forecasts
:Issued: 2020 Jan 13 0408 UTC
# Prepared by the US Dept. of Commerce, NOAA, Space Weather Prediction Center
# Product description and SWPC contact on the Web
#                Weekly Highlights and Forecasts
Highlights of Solar and Geomagnetic Activity
06 - 12 January 2020

Solar activity was very low. Region 2755 (S34, L=355, class/area
Bxo/020 on 03 Jan) decayed to plage on 07 January and was absent of
significant flare activity during the period. New Region 2756 (N22,
L=017, class/area Cro/030 on 09 Jan) produced dual B1 flares at
10/1159 UTC and 10/1445 UTC before decaying to plage on 11 January.
Both regions, one in the northern hemisphere and one in the southern
hemisphere, presented in satellite imagery with reverse polarity
magnetic field structure. No Earth-directed CMEs were observed.

No proton events were observed at geosynchronous orbit.

The greater than 2 MeV electron flux at geosynchronous orbit reached
moderate levels on 09-12 Jan due to coronal hole influence. Normal
levels were observed on 06-08 Jan.

Geomagnetic field activity reached active levels on 06 and 09 Jan,
unsettled levels on 08 and 10 Jan due to influence from negative
polarity CH HSS activity. Quiet conditions prevailed throughout the
remainder of the reporting period.

Forecast of Solar and Geomagnetic Activity
13 January - 08 February 2020

Solar activity is expected to remain at very low levels.

No proton events are expected at geosynchronous orbit.

The greater than 2 MeV electron flux at geosynchronous orbit is
expected to reach moderate levels on 13-22 Jan and 05-08 Feb due to
recurrent CH HSS influence. Normal levels are expected throughout
the remainder of the outlook period.

Geomagnetic field activity is expected to reach active levels on
14-15 Jan and 02-04 Feb, with unsettled conditions on 13, 16 Jan and
01, 05 Feb due to recurrent CH HSS activity. Quiet conditions are
expected throughout the remainder of the period.

:Product: 27-day Space Weather Outlook Table 27DO.txt
:Issued: 2020 Jan 13 0409 UTC
# Prepared by the US Dept. of Commerce, NOAA, Space Weather Prediction Center
# Product description and SWPC contact on the Web
#      27-day Space Weather Outlook Table
#                Issued 2020-01-13
#   UTC      Radio Flux   Planetary   Largest
#  Date       10.7 cm      A Index    Kp Index
2020 Jan 13      71           8          3
2020 Jan 14      70          10          4
2020 Jan 15      70          10          4
2020 Jan 16      70           8          3
2020 Jan 17      70           5          2
2020 Jan 18      70           5          2
2020 Jan 19      70           5          2
2020 Jan 20      70           5          2
2020 Jan 21      70           5          2
2020 Jan 22      70           5          2
2020 Jan 23      70           5          2
2020 Jan 24      71           5          2
2020 Jan 25      72           5          2
2020 Jan 26      72           5          2
2020 Jan 27      72           5          2
2020 Jan 28      72           5          2
2020 Jan 29      72           5          2
2020 Jan 30      72           5          2
2020 Jan 31      72           5          2
2020 Feb 01      72          10          3
2020 Feb 02      72          10          4
2020 Feb 03      72          10          4
2020 Feb 04      72          10          4
2020 Feb 05      72          10          3
2020 Feb 06      71           5          2
2020 Feb 07      70           5          2
2020 Feb 08      70           5          2

QSL Radio Kachelboer

QSL Radio Kachelboer 3905 KHz - con QSL elettronica allegata in 85 giorni. (R. PAVANELLO)

Wolfgang Bueschel: log on Jan 13

more morning SW logs of Jan 13,
taken in remote SDR rx in Switzerland, Austria, Belgium, Greece, Kuwait
and Doha Qatar too.

6005 MDC  Madagascar R Tamazuj  /
6015 DOL  TZA Zanzibar Broadcasting Corporation from Dole Zanzibar
see below.

5910even CUB  CRI Cantonese via China Latin American relay
         at Quivican San Felipe Titan site of RadioCuba. S=9 in CeEUR
         and Liverpool U.K. remote SDR.
         At 04.35 UT Nice QUI audio this morning.
5950even ETH  minus 1 single Hertz though, S=9+10dB in CeEUR, 04.40 UT.
         RDT  Voice of Tigray Revolution from Gedja site.
5959.882 KWT  usual odd fq transmission from R Kuwait Kabd, Arabic
         HQ morning prayer at 04.43 UT, S=9+20dB heard in CeEUR.
5999.995 CUB  RHC odd fq at Quivican San Felipe Titan site of
         RadioCuba, Spanish singer program, 04.45 UT on Jan 13.
         S=9+5dB No_AMerican not as strong usual - this morning.
6015even TZA  Zanzibar Broadcasting Corporation from Dole Zanzibar
         island, 04.46 UT Jan 13; S=8 or -78dBm at fade-out path time
6045.003 D__  AWR French program to all-Africa via MBR Nauen Germany
         relay, S=9+20dB at peak on remote Perseus in Switzerland.
         04.49 UT on Jan 13.
6060even F__  RTA HQ Arabic morning prayer via TDF Issoudun relay site
         but annoying some like bubble feed signal underneath.
         S=9 in short skip zone in CeEUR, 04.50 UT Jan 13.
6090.004 ETH  The Ethiopians are strong performed here in central
         Europe on Jan 13, Radio Amhara Gedja S=9+5dB at 04.51 UT.
6110.002 ETH  R Fana tentat. S=9+10dB too, see 5950 and 6090 kHz too,
         excellent HoA music program heard. 04.52 UT on Jan 13.
6125.006 TUR  TRT Voice of Turkey English px from Emirler, Turkish
         folk music program, S=9+15dB at 04.53 UT.
6135.164 BRA  Probably R Aparecida SP, S=8 strength in ceEUR, 04.54 UT
6185.003 MEX  Very poor under threshold JBA signal S=4 or -103dBm
         here in ceEUR at 04.57 UT, most probably R Educacion from
         Mexico D.F. in Latin North America.
         Bad propagation this morning on North America - Europe path.
7360even F__  MOST PROBABLY  Kurdish Radio Denge Welat 03.30-05.59 UT
         morning sce (ex9525 kHz), nice Near East mx program, 05.05 UT
         via TDF Issoudun(?), S=9+25dB in SDR rx remote Kuwait unit.
7380.002 IRN  'Al-Quds' Palestine Arabic sce from IRIB Zahedan site,
         noted in remote Kuwait Kiwi-SDR_RX at 05.10 UT on Jan 13,
         S=8-9 fluttery in {Kuwait} skip zone.

[selected SDR options, span 12.5 kHz RBW 15.3 Hertz]
(wb  df5sx, wwdxc BC-DX TopNews Jan 13)