mercoledì 18 marzo 2020

Glenn Hauser logs March 16-17-18, 2020

** ALBANIA [non]. 5800, March 18 at 0130, WRMI starts Radio Tirana IS, usual canned opening by Klara that ``you can hear us only on internet``, yeah right; then I find also on // 9395 after Argentina, q.v., concluded. Mixup in System feeds? (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

** ANTARCTICA [non]. 15475.97-CUSB, March 17 by 1904, no signal from LRA36; they had told Manuel Méndez, Spain of a special `Corazón Antártico` show at 1900 today. Not only no signal here but via several SDRs checked; not could anyone else hear it. Then Manuel agrees it was a no show but he heard it on webcast (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

** ARGENTINA [non]. 9395, UT Wed March 18 at 0124, RAE English via WRMI, concluding Ten Argentines who became world-famous, with Daniel Barenboim, as the finale of Beethoven`s Ninth is playing, then applause. 0125 into multi-lingual RAE ID reel; S9+20 while some nights it`s JBA. 0130 into Radio Tirana which is also on unscheduled 5800 which before 0130 was testing TAIWAN, q.v; see also ALBANIA [non].

As for RAE in Spanish, skedgrid updated March 8 now shows half an hour of it at 0130 on 9395 --- where we just heard Albania following RAE in English; and a full hour at 0100 on 5800 --- not, either! Where we just heard Taiwan and Albania (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

** CUBA. 15140, March 17 at 1529, RHC S9+20, distorted and hummy as usual. Something`s always wrong at RHC (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

** CUBA. 15370, March 17 at 1936, RHC S9/+10 of dead air except for some hum. Wiggle that patchcord. Something`s always wrong at RHC. Recheck at 2114, now in Spanish, big hum still at S9+35 (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

** CUBA. 11880, March 17 at 2300, RHC starting English // much weaker 5040; as they now seem certain (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

** CUBA. 6145, March 18 at 0024, S9+20 of dead air from RHC -- so are they attempting to start English at 0000? But at 0026, 6000 is JBM in Spanish // much stronger 6060. Something`s always wrong at RHC. At 0129, both 6145 and 6000 feature Arnie Coro and both undermodulated so impossible to make out what he is mumbling (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

** ITALY [non]. 7295, March 17 at 1800 via UTwente SDR, IRRS VG signal but intolerable CCI from Iran which was already here until 1820v. I was going to listen to a bit of `War Room Pandemic` with an abundance of skepticism since Steve Bannon is behind it (his voice?).

Check again concluding at 1850 saying second hour is coming up --- but not here:

7290, March 17 at 1900, abrupt frequency jump amid IRRS ID, to avoid CRI on 7295, and into EGR gospel huxter from a town called Cuba, no more WRP (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

** JAPAN [non]. 7450, March 17 at 0542, poor in high noise level, S6-S7; in French thought I heard a Voix de l`Amérique ID, but scheduled as NHK World Radio Japon, 0530-0600, 500 kW, 190 degrees via Issoudun, FRANCE (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

** MALI. 11640, March 17 at 2117 VP S1-S3 M&W conversation in English. It`s a rare half-hour transmission from CRI at 2100-2130, 100 kW, 111 degrees away from Bamako (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

** MEXICO. 6185.00, March 18 at 0021, XEPPM S9/+10 carrier, maybe JBM, XEPPM back on frequency after stuck on 6185.7v equally useless for several days altho I did not keep logging them (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

** OKLAHOMA [and non]. 341-MCW kHz, March 17 at 1517 UT, no signal from my only local ND beacon, EI at Woodring Airport; it goes and comes. I strain vs high noise level and there seems to be a trace of another, most likely OIN in Oberlin KS; both 25 watts. Had not been hearing EI either for a couple of nights; at best it`s always much weaker than constant day & night 515-MCW kHz, PN in out-of-town Ponca City, despite also nominally 25 watts (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

** OKLAHOMA. 88.3 WBFM, March 16 circa 2230 UT, K202BY Enid is back on after off a few days, with KJIL IDs, its new translator primary, and again blocking not only 88.3 stations but 88.1 KWOU, and my RF feeders (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

** SAO TOME. 13590.059V, March 17 at 1944, very weak talk, S5-S6, language uncertain; carrier is wavering slightly as I measure it. Scheduled is VOA via Pinheira, 19-20 UT in English. Yes, one of the USAGM sites with broken frequency control (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

** TAIWAN [non]. 5800, March 17 at 0121, Chinese lesson for Spanish, practicing tones, so it`s the last of three RTI experiments via WRMI. At 0130, 5800 goes into Radio Tirana // 9395; maybe a System switching anomaly? See ALBANIA [non] (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

** TURKEY. 5960, March 17 at 2300, no signal from VOT English to us, another day AWOL; or late maybe; did not recheck later (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

** U S A. 5896.5-USB, March 18 at 0028, ``Region 6 SHARES net`` headed by NCS 307 and stronger NCS 387; 0031 contact from even stronger AFA6AG [fonetik] vs storm noise crashes. Fortunately no broadcasters on 5890, 5895 or 5900 now. Who and where is AFA6AG? MARS IDs seem well-concealed: no significant hits on web search, but lots of crazy stuff including Latin.

Search of UDXF iog gets a few hits, this being latest:

``5896.5  (USB) SHARES night primary / Coordination Nets FEMA joint amateur/government (digital) 5378.0 (ALE) FEMA 5402.0 (ALE) FEMA 5403.5 (USB) FEMA Regions 1-4, 6; MERS Maynard, Thomasville, Denton 5732.0 (ALE) COTHEN 5821.0 (ALE) FEMA 5896.5 By Utility World (Hugh Stegman) · #88956 · 09/01/19``

My previous log of this: ``5896.5-USB, UT Wednesday April 18, 2018, at 0008, MARS net headed by NCS387 with much weaker contacts AFA6AG and AFA6TG. I wonder if FCC ordered WWCR off 5890 because of this, besides their {temporarily! gh, 2020} banning Brother HyStairical with no replacement; so could it resume that frequency if it wanted to?`` (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 13963.5-USB, March 17 at 1523, intermittent contacts, JBA, involving BX, 1525 stronger 2AO, Tango, whether 030 be copied? Calls fonetik, anyway. Correlates with this recent UDXF iog log:

``13963.5 HIGH CARD TANGO (US ARMY MARS Strategic Net) 1521 UTC ALE to HIGH CARD GULF who passed MIL STD 110A to other stations but had tech problems (31/01/20) (GWR) Gary W Russell, Central, IL`` (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

** U S A. WRMI: see ALBANIA [non], ARGENTINA [non], TAIWAN [non]

** U S A. 9330, March 17 at 1532, WLCR via WBCQ is on today, unlike yesterday morning, gospel huxter in English (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

** U S A. 5130, March 18 at 0035, surprised to find this WBCQ on early with an AAAWWW replay of last week`s show where he reads a piece by an anti-socialist young woman grad student; S9 but storm crashes from S/SW of here hit S9+10. Then I find same on 7490.2, much stronger. At 0126, 5130 with presumed weekly UT Wed W5KUB ham show, discussing launching $200 balloons (vs much stronger ham show on 5085 WTWW -- but W5KUB has the advantage of mainly being a video webcast).

5130 is not sked to be on before 0100 with `Amateur Radio Roundtable`, while 7490 at 00-01 is an Available Time Slot (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

UNIDENTIFIED. 13785, March 17 at 1521-1522* gospel music, abruptly cut off the air. What`s this? Nothing normally here. Saudi is scheduled until 1400 and Oman after 1600, one or both probably imaginary. Possibly WHRI test, which plans to use 13785 in A-20, Sundays only at 20-22 in English (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

This report dispatched at 0443 UT March 18