sabato 21 febbraio 2015

Glenn Hauser logs February 20-21, 2015

** CANADA [and non]. 800, Feb 21 at 0139 UT, with KQCV OKC mostly nulled, station in English with Leamington ad, i.e. CKLW in nearby Windsor, Ont., soon IDing as ``AM 800, CKLW, Bell Media``, temp as -12 C expecting to ascend to -8 (tomorrow`s hi?). Then news of a missing man. Now, nothing from usual occupant of KQCV null, XEROK with 3x(?) the power and almost twice as close, as sometimes happens; are they off or QRP or what? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CHINA. 11720, Feb 21 at 1459, Firedragon jammusic mixing with algo, poor and continues past 1500 hourtop. Vs. IBB Tibetan via Kuwait this 15-16 hour only. Much weaker than VOK IS on 11710 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIEST)

** EGYPT. 12035, Feb 21 at 0117, R. Cairo, fair with flutter, dead air in ``Spanish`` service; didn`t get around to checking the other frequencies tonight (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** GERMANY. The annual special broadcast of Radio Öömrang is presumably imminent at 1600-1659 UT Sat Feb 21 on 15215 via Nauen (or Issoudun?). AFAIK there has been no specific confirmation of this year`s broadcast, but since 2009y at least, it has always been on this date at this time, and 15215 has been the frequency the past few years. If you don`t hear it there, try elsewhere on the 19m band. HFCC has a registration, probably wooden, for 500 kW 315 degree Arabic at 1630-1700 from UAE on 15215. While it`s mostly in Frisian (the point of the event), there have been brief bits in English, and also in high German.

For a compilation of last year`s reports about it see under GERMANY:
Also February issues of previous years.

This also has something to do with an annual event on Amrum island, involving fire. Search on Amrum for further info, alternate spelling of the double-umlaut name (Glenn Hauser, OK, 1535 UT Feb 21, dxldyg via DX LISTENING DIGEST)

So among many others I am standing by on 15215 from 1559 Feb 21: with BFO I can detect a very weak carrier on at *1559:20, and a very big carrier on from *1600:00 --- but never any modulation! As I leave a receiver on it for the entire hour until 1700:05*. So, it`s a bust! Site Issoudun or Nauen forgot to bring up an audio source? What will they do now? Feb 21 is the significant celebration date, so rescheduling it for another date less than 365 away would hardly suffice. Shame. Meanwhile, Roger found this previous item about plans for this year`s broadcast; the instigator looking for more people to help with it:
What he really needed was competent operation thruout the chain, eliminating some weakest link (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** GUYANA. 3290-, Feb 21 at 0706, JBA carrier from V. of Guyana is detectable again unlike last night (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** KUWAIT. 21540, Feb 21 at 1457, R. Kuwait back on the air today, fair signal with ME Music (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** OKLAHOMA. 1360- & 1420+, Feb 21 at 0130 UT, spurs from strongest local 1390 KCRC are still barely detectable making low audible hets against proper stations, and DFing toward KCRC site (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** PERU [and non]. 5980, Feb 21 at 0102, JBA carrier(s), with wobble on BFO, hard to tell if two carriers or just propagation, but listening very intently, at 0102:59.5* signal weakens a bit as one of them apparently goes off, i.e. R. Chaski, leaving BBCWS via UAE as usual. Last check of this was 8 days earlier, Feb 13 when the same happened at 0102:10*, i.e. 49.5 seconds earlier. Divided by 8, that gives average of 6.2 seconds later per 24 hours, very close and certainly within margin of error to the 5.83 seconds previously computed for R. Chaski`s sliding autotimer (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SAINT LUCIA. I am acting, again this year, as the PR Director and QSL Manager for the second annual St. Lucia Independence Special Event put on by the J6 Portable Group.

We will be using the call:  J64SLI / 36

We will commence operations on UT 21 Feb and cease operation on UT 23 Feb, 2015 (although we may be testing a few hours before beginning the actual event...)

Our QTH will be on the beach in St. Lucia, using numerous Buddipole arrays and various home-brew dipoles. The plan as present is to have at least four operating positions active at all times; but we will see how that goes.

We will be using various modes including CW, SSB, PSK-31 and RTTY and will operate as many bands as possible, depending as one would expect on solar conditions. Our St. Lucia Independence Spl Event is to be a solely QRP (5 Watts or less) event and will be operated using only solar power! 

We will respond to both Amateur contacts and SWL reports. The requirements for direct confirmation are as follows:

USA: SASE needs to be included.

Europe (or elsewhere): An SAE and 2 US Dollars or 2 Euros are required or confirmation will be via the Bureau. Just a note here: we prefer no IRC's as they are difficult to get the Post Office to allow us to use them.

Address info is on a number of DX sites, like ARRL DX News etc. But, also on my QRZ page and search for WB5Q. It is at the top of my page. As far as frequencies, we will use any allowable band that is open, so a search of the DX Clusters would find us quickly, I am sure. [such as --- just search on J6]

We look forward to many more contacts this year. I sincerely appreciate your help in getting the word out about our Special Event. 73 de (WB5Q / John Carson, Norman, OK, Feb 14, WORLD OF RADIO 1761, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

21259.9-USB, Feb 21 at 1831, I am hearing J64SLI surprisingly well, considering it`s 5 watts or less; unfortunately operating simplex so caller pileups are on the same frequency. Always uses official ICAO fonetix for call, and do not hear a /36 as some are reporting; that may be informally added occasionally. In next few minutes copy contacts with AC7CZ, N8BI, W7BC, KO6E. I would give J64SLI a 5 & 6 on the PL-880 with random wire under the porch eaves (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SRI LANKA. 11905, Feb 21 at 0114, usual big open carrier from SLBC, music prélude from 0114:46.5, and timesignal ending at 0115:11.5 with only 3 pips, the first ones missing (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. WORLD OF RADIO 1761 monitoring: confirmed Friday February 20 at 2130.5 on WRMI 7570 & 15770, both sufficient. Next:
Sun 0231 on KVOH 9975
Sun 2300 on WRMI 11580
Mon 0400v on Area 51 via WBCQ 5110v
Mon 2201 on Global 24 via WRMI 9395
Tue 1200 on WRMI 9955
Wed 0401 on Global 24 via WRMI 9395
Wed 0730 & 1530 on Hamburger Lokalradio 7265-CUSB
Wed 1415 on WRMI 9955
Wed 2200 on WBCQ 7490v
Wed 2201 on Global 24 via WRMI 9395

Furthermore! WORLD OF RADIO has been added to the schedule of WA0RCR, 1860 kHz in Wentzville MO, the Gateway 160 Meter Radio Newsletter. Thanks to Vern Jackson for accepting WOR, and to John Carson, WB5Q for suggesting this. Vern says: 

``Hi Glenn, The afternoon airing will begin somewhere around 2:30 PM Central [2030 UT]; depending on the lengths of many other segments; all of which vary from week to week. It will start at 2:37 PM on Sat. Feb. 21. WOR will air on 1860 again evening around 22:15 CST (0415 UT Sundays) after ARRL Audio News, which follows The Houston AMSAT Net. This will give wide area night coverage. 73, Vern Jackson``

Tnx, Vern! More info at
WA0RCR puts a reliable AM signal into Enid Saturday nights/UT Sundays (Glenn Hauser, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 7490-, Feb 21 at 0105, WBCQ seems stable slightly on the lo side now that they are using the ex-9330 transmitter, as `Allan Weiner Worldwide` is underway. It`s the only frequency this week, nothing heard on 5110, 9330 or 15420; yet, Allan claims at 0118 that he`s on 7490, and 5110 plus webcast on and studio video via Also refers us to a countdown clock at the WBCQ website to the scheduled vote on Net Neutrality, his major topic tonight, in favor of, of course. Not until 0200 do a couple of callers inform him that 5110 is not really on the air as expected from Monticello. He`s still in the land of Fla (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 12105, Feb 21 at 0116 check, WTWW-3 is off, and so is WTWW-2, nothing on 9930 or 5085; just WTWW-1 on 9475 with the whites-only, males-only, dead-only, Scriptures for America.

9475, Feb 21 at 1504-1507, we are blessed with a few minutes of dead air before resuming harangues (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 880-CUSB, Feb 21 at 0137 UT, KHAC, (Tse Bonito NM but address in Window Rock AZ), ``the Voice of Hope`` program promo for something at 5-9 pm M-F, i.e. this very show; constantly cheating with 10 kW ND day instead of 430 watts night, per NRC AM Log which also shows a different slogan, now abandoned? ``Voice of Encouragement``. Also lists schedule as 08-24 EST, tho I also hear it as late as 02 EST; and all-night? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 990, Feb 21 at 0135, talk show with prompt ID as ``AM 990, KWAM`` Memphis TN, phone 800-801-8999 and apparently another similar number depending on whether you agree with Giuliani or not about Obama being anti-American. What a crock! Holding its own for a while vs XET and CBW; night pattern is WNW/ESE with 450 watts, while day pattern is tight E-W with 10 kW (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 1530, Feb 21 at 0652 UT, romantic music in Spanish, 0655 UT Univisión América ID, Spanish PSAs including donate-your-car to a charity for the blind with an 800-number; 0657 UT another one promoting sex education for 14-19 year-olds, website sounded like but that goes nowhere; credit Texas Health Department about good diets; 0659 UT, 911 promo for lifesaving, YMCA, all in Spanish; before 0700 UT, only ID heard is for Univisión América, and into music. 

Thruout, WCKY without Brother Scare has been hard to null, but this one is from the N/S and has to be KGBT Harlingen, RGV, TX. Its 10 kW night pattern shows essentially zero signal to the north:
While day pattern is 50 kW ND; hmmm, could it be? BTW, there is another SS Texan between us, circa Austin, per NRC AM Log, KZNX, Radio Mujer, 10000/220 watts U7 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 1530, Feb 21 at 0701 UT, after logging KGBT from the south, I rotate the DX-398 to E/W, finding not WCKY, but church service announcements mentioning Little Rock, so it`s KVDW, England AR, 2.5 kW daytimer cheating again.

I was hoping to hear 1530 Colorado Springs CO, which per AM Switch, NRC DX News post-dated Feb 23, changed call Feb 5 from KCMN to KKHI, now Oldies 1530, and no longer on the I-25 Radio Network; but Wayne Heinen noted it was off the air as of Feb 13. Too, cheating would help get it here as before, 15 kW day power instead of 15 watts night. KKHI, alluding to hi-fidelity? was once the call of San Francisco`s premier classical music station on 1550, until June 20, 1994 when it became KPIX; thence KYCY, KFRC, and currently KZDG (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 1725-CW, Feb 21 at 0618 UT, I am trying for a licensed 70-watt beacon in Massachusetts that Warren, K2ORS is reported to be running tonight. After off-tuning 11725 RNZI with BFO, down 10 MHz to 1725 to see if I can hear it on the FRG-7 with E-W longwire. Yes! A little better by 0630 UT, but barely in the noise level, such that I can copy only an occasional character, rarely two or more in a row. At one point, 0643 UT, I think I copy three letters in a row, so could that get me a QSL? We are asked not to publish them. May not be using the K2ORS ID here. The earlier notification about this I redistributed to the DXLD yg follows (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

Special licensed experimental CW beacon on 1725 kHz Friday night

I'll paste in the message that was sent to NDBLIST. This weekend is the monthly "coordinated listening event" that ndblist runs one weekend each month. Experimental beacons around 475 and other places are encouraged to be on the air. Warren K2ORS in MA put his on the air, on 1725 kHz. It's good copy here in NE Oregon around 0330 UT. There are fades but on peaks the whole message has been copied several times now. If you copy it please do not post it publicly, in order that others can have a legitimate chance to copy it, if a verification is desired. The CW is very slow and you could write down the dots and dashes and decipher them later, if needed. Note he gives an email address for verification requests. Steve NE Oregon (La Grande)

"Hi All, I am running an experimental beacon on 1725 kHz CW (under an FCC Experimental license), about 70W into an inverted-L. Likely tonight only as we are expecting ice storm over the weekend. Will QSL verifiable reports, send report to 73 Warren K2ORS" (Steve Ratzlaff, IRCA via DXLD)

UNIDENTIFIED. 1320, Feb 21 at 0131 UT, Spanish talk looping SSE/NNW, mentions Sonora, then fades vs all the CCI. Suspect KXYZ Houston, which is controlled by the ChiCom front running CRI English on 1520 and 1540 most of the time, while 1320 is supposed to be in Chinese; yet, NRC AM Log shows it as Ethnic/brokered/SS at least part of the time. Could a Houstonian confirm whether KXYZ is in Spanish evenings, or ever? Other possibility would be XECPN, Piedras Negras if my DF was off a bit (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

This report dispatched at 1918 UT February 21