sabato 21 marzo 2020

Glenn Hauser logs March 20-21, 2020

** ARGENTINA [non]. 9395, UT Sat March 21 at 0100, RAE in English via WRMI: no news, whole program about a rock group, Almendra, on the exact 50th anniversary of their album. But that was in January 1970, so evidently a 2-month-old program repeated to fill, because:

Ante la grave crisis causada por la pandemia del Covid 19 y que el Gobierno de la Republica Argentina ha decretado una serie de medidas excepcionales para atenuar sus efectos, RAE Argentina al Mundo emitirá la señal de LRA Radio Nacional." undated (via Dr Hansjoerg Biener 20 March 2020)``

My reply: ``So like Spain and probably more to come -- replacing external services with domestic programming. OK if this is really necessary due to workplace environments, etc. Doing away with foreign language services does NOT improve the situation, as their rationale implies, diminishing contact with the rest of the world. Glenn``

The ``Friday`` show should have included their DX Actuality program. Still no sign of RAE Spanish even if a domestic relay: see USA for another full survey of WRMI 0100-0300 (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

** CANADA. 218-MCW kHz, March 20 at 0610, dash and RL, ND beacon of 975 watts at Red Lake, Ontario.

223-MCW kHz, March 20 at 0611, dash and YYW, ND beacon of 1000 watts at Armstrong, Ontario.

245-MCW kHz, March 20 at 0612, dash and YZE, ND beacon of 1000 watts at Gore Bay, Ontario.

None new here but pleased to be able to copy at least these hi-power ones vs all the storm and line noise, worse at the lower end of the LWB band (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

** CUBA. 13620 & 13860, March 20 at 1401, RHC S1 JBA as leapfrog mixing products of 13700 & 13780, another 80 kHz beyond in both direxions; while no plain ole FMish spurblobs at all are emanating out of 13700.

By 1403, 13780 has dropped to dead air at S9+30 while 13700 is still modulating S9+40, reducing what little audio croak out of the `frogs. By 1418, however, 13780 dead air has some just-barely modulation.

BTW, this proves that 13700 & 13780 are now from the same transmitter site. Despite Aoki showing 13700 Bauta, not caught up with new 13780 but had ex-13740 at Bejucal. EiBi doesn`t list either 13740 or 13780, but 13700 as b for Bauta. Something`s always wrong at RHC (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

** OKLAHOMA. RF 25, turns out that KWTV OKC not decoding here was not due to DX interference, but low tower. Reply, interchange with Jack Mills, Director of Engineering, March 19:

``Mr Hauser: Sorry you had reception issues yesterday but two antennas (old KFOR and old KOPX) were being removed from the tower we are located on. I had to put our signal on an auxiliary antenna that is lower on the tower. Attached is a pic of the work being done. We may have some signal issues this month and maybe next month while this work is being completed, but should be back to the main antenna each evening. Jack Mills, Director of Engineering KWTV - KSBI``

Mr Mills, Many thanks for the reply and explanation. Will look forward to everything back to normal. (And I suppose KSBI signal is not going to be improved?) Glenn

``We did lose 1/3 of the transmitter last week. I just now got it back up, it had High Voltage issues. Are you having better luck receiving it?``

I assume you are referring here to KSBI 23? No, it is still at the usual Bad level, insufficient. KWTV 25 however is back in solid; as of noon Friday, and I think also last night (Glenn Hauser, Enid, March 20, via WOR)

** TURKEY. 5960, March 20 at 2259, TRT IS fair-poor but averaging S9, 2300 opening English after timesignal which this time is 3.5 rather than 1.5 seconds late compared to WWV. Something`s always inaccurate at Ankara (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

** U S A [and non]. WORLD OF RADIO 2026 monitoring. Confirmed first north/west hemisphere SW broadcast, Friday March 20 at 2200 on WRMI 9955, fair-good over lite pulse jamming.

Also confirmed UT Sat Mar 21 at 0130 on WRMIs: 5010 poor // 5850 very good // 7780 fair here, good at UTwente. Next:

0900 UT Saturday Unique Radio NSW 5045-USB or 3210
1300 UT Saturday WRMI 15770 to NE
1930vUT Saturday WA0RCR 1860-AM
0300vUT Sunday WA0RCR 1860-AM [nominal 0315]
0900 UT Sunday Unique Radio NSW 5045-USB or 3210
2130 UT Sunday WRMI 7780 to NE
0130 UT Monday WRMI 7780 to NE, 9395 to NNW
0230 UT Monday WRMI 7780 to NE
0300vUT Monday WBCQ 5130v Area 51 to WSW
0330 UT Monday WRMI 9955 to SSE
0900 UT Monday Unique Radio NSW 5045-USB or 3210
1900vUT Monday IRRS 7290 Romania? to WNW
0100 UT Tuesday WRMI 7780 to NE
2100 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. 5130, March 20 at 2351, this WBCQ is already on for music, so should also be on for the next hour of `Allan and Angela, Angela and Allan, Worldwide` as well at 7490.17 now with the FKB gospel huxter phoner.

7490.17, UT Sat March 21 at 0000, WBCQ `A&AA&AWWW` gets off to usual rough start with pause, WTO theme interrupted, but again they`re live from Deland of Fla, ``Studio Numero Nine``, delaying plan to return to Maine and do some transmitter work; only a few minutes into confirming date as 20 March YOOL 2020. Trouble is, they immediately start talking about COVID 19, which I`ve had enough of already all week+ from the major media; and I hardly need to hear his pious take on it being godswill, and faith will get us thru it.

Recheck at 0050, drifted down to 7490.05 as reading 1710 pirate log from new FRW just out; then some e-mails and benedixion. (I believe John Carver has computer problems again so no version from him, at least not yet. If anyone heard any significant WBCQ info about programming, technical, future plans, etc., do tell.) (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

** U S A. Again tonight, UT March 21 at 0100-0300 I survey what`s happening on each WRMI frequency, whatever the skedgrids may imply:

5010 // 5800 // 5850, Alameda robobibling in Spanish
5950, SMTV
7570 // 7730, TOMBS
9395, RAE in English, see ARGENTINA [non]
9455, Hal Turner (I don`t need to hear his take on COVID 19 either)
9955, jamming and gospel huxter in English - Walking in Power sked

5010 // 5850 // 7780, WORLD OF RADIO 2026
5800, Radio Tirana`s secret SW broadcast // 9395
5950, SMTV
7570 // 7730, TOMBS
7780, WORLD OF RADIO 2026 // 5850 // 5010
9395, Radio Tirana`s secret SW broadcast // 5800
9455, Hal Turner
9955, gospel huxter in English - Circuit Rider scheduled

0200: [mostly monitored via Rockport ME SDR, also 0230]
5010 & 5800, OFF, unlike last night
5850, VORW, again about COVID 19, but music later
5950, music, talk in English & Spanish about COVID 19; is this SMTV?
7570 // 7730, TOMBS
7780, Radio Prague in English // 9395
9395, Radio Prague in English // 7780
9455, music, Oldies?
9955, Radio Praga in Spanish

5800, still off, unlike last night with Tirana repeated from 0130
5850, presumed more VORW
5950, same as 0200
7570 // 7730, TOMBS
7780, Ukrainian Radio, English, folk tale continued, UTwente
9395, VORW // 5850 rock music [note: first half on 9395 Prag NOT //]
9455, music, Oldies?
9955, Eslovaquia in Espanish; well audible only at Colombia SDR
(Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

UNIDENTIFIED. 9294-9320 approx., March 20 at 0605, wideband multi-carrier ute whine of some sort, S9, apparently not blocking any broadcasters around here. Heard once before recently; rather like we used to find around 17450 in the daytime. Ideas?

And this from *2017y*, 3+ years ago:

``UNIDENTIFIED. 9258-9272, Feb 1 at 0444 and still 0457, S9 multi-carrier ringing sound producing a single hi-pitched tone when tuned in AM, centered on the only WINB frequency, 9265, which is normally off the air by now. What in the world? Are they testing something new, or is this something else?

Another check for this 25 hours later, Feb 2 at 0523, not heard.

9265, Thu Feb 2 at 1302, there it is again at totally different daypart, whine at S9+10. If this were Sunday, WINB would be on already. Will be interesting to see whether this ever QRM WINB during its normal schedule. Still going at 1420 past 1442 during which I try to locate the carrier peaks on the hi side at least, approx. 9265.5, 9266.1, 9266.8, 9267.5, 9268.2, 9268.8, 9269.4, 9270.1, 9270.7, 9271.3. Then I pull out the keyboard and find a close match at E above hi C = 659 Hz, within a very few Hz of that. Any ideas what and whence this is? It`s similar to some others I have heard, such as circa 17450 (Glenn Hauser, OK, WORLD OF RADIO 1863, DX LISTENING DIGEST)`` (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

This report dispatched at 0457 UT March 21