venerdì 21 agosto 2015

Glenn Hauser logs August 20-21, 2015

** AUSTRALIA. 9580, Aug 21 at 1354, RA is still running `Live and Local` non-classical music show on Fridays, wrapping up with a final tune and before that during talk I can reconfirm hearing no squealing any more (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** BANGLADESH. 15505, Aug 21 I tune in JBA Bangladesh Betar signal just in time to hear mistimesignal ending at 1359:52.5; first time it`s been propagating in a few months; into usual theme music opening Urdu service (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CHINA. CNR1 jammers are showing up again morning of Aug 21 with improved propagation:

12560, Aug 21 at 1348, CNR1 jammer, very good and about 2 seconds behind // 13690, which is good with CCI from victim

15115, Aug 21 at 1349, CNR1 jammer, with CCI, and only an echo apart from 13690

15265, Aug 21 at 1349, CNR1 jammer, very good in the clear

16100, Aug 21 at 1351, CNR1 jammer obviously, VG signal with same flutter as on others, but open carrier/dead air

None in the 17s or 18s, however as MUF is still depressed; 17560 CRI East Turkistan is JBA. Nor any in the 10s or 9s; but in the 11s:

11100, Aug 21 at 1355, CNR1 jammer, poor

11640, Aug 21 at 1356, CNR1 jammer, very poor

11785, Aug 21 at 1356, CNR1 jammer, good // 13690

13855, Aug 21 at 1346, F-G with Chinese opera, not // 13690 and the other CNR1 jammers, since this is really CRI Chinese during this hour only, 500 kW, 308 degrees for Europe via Kashgar, EAST TURKISTAN; and *much* stronger than 13845 WWCR which has no sporadic E enhancement (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA. 15370, Aug 20 at 2350, RHC is S9+5 with open carrier/dead air, during what is supposed to be Portuguese to Rio. RHC`s redesigned website now displays frequency schedule as framed pdf:

** EGYPT. 9965.2, Aug 20 at 2328, R. Cairo is just barely modulated, presumed during English to N America sesquihour, plus whine.

12070.0, Aug 20 at 2344, R. Cairo, fair with ME music, modulation seems OK and not off-frequency. Perhaps they have axually fixed one frequency/transmitter but further chex needed. This Abis is on air 2330-0200 in Arabic, Spanish (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** NICARAGUA. 8989-USB, Aug 20 I start monitoring around 2330 for the ``Pescador Preacher`` often reported by Bob Wilkner in FL. At first nothing audible, but by 2347 a JBA talker, S3 vs noise level, marred by some hash around 8993 possibly from a local device; 2355 recheck a word or two and then stops, nothing more. Seems he`s never on after 0000. If I had heard some music that would make it more certain. No one seems to know the details of this presumably illegal operation, possibly from offshore, marine-oriented tho in an aero band. He apparently refers to Nicaragua and even makes contacts with sailors (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. WORLD OF RADIO 1787 monitoring: confirmed Thursday August 20 at 2100 on WRMI 7570. Next:
2130 UT Friday WRMI 15770
2130.5 UT Friday WRMI 7570
2330 UT Friday WRMI 5850
0630 UT Saturday HLR 7265-CUSB
1430 UT Saturday HLR 7265-CUSB
1930vUT Saturday WA0RCR 1860-AM
0315vUT Sunday WA0RCR 1860-AM
2300 UT Sunday WRMI 11580
0300vUT Monday WBCQ 5110v Area 51
0330 UT Monday WRMI 9955
1100 UT Tuesday WRMI 9955
0630 UT Wednesday HLR 7265-CUSB
1315 UT Wednesday WRMI 9955
1430 UT Wednesday HLR 7265-CUSB
2100 UT Wednesday WBCQ 7490v

** U S A. 5950, Thu Aug 20 at 2340, WRMI with AWR Wavescan, very poor but reading up to S7; then I find much stronger 5850 at S9+35, with same Wavescan, but 30 seconds ahead of 5950. WRMI website does not yet show any program details for `System H` which is AWR programming at 2300-2400 and 1100-1200 daily on 5950, but we know the first semihour of each is the new AWR show produced in Cuba and back to Cuba in Spanish. The 2330-2400 & 1130-1200 have to be filled with something, so why not Wavescan? That`s a potential 14 additional airings each week. It`s already on 5850 at 2330 Wed & Sun.

As for why reception here on 5950 is so poor, Dan Elyea of WRMI replied: ``Glenn, I think Jeff may be in Australia preparing for the upcoming HFCC meetings, so I'll step up to the plate. Your surmise is correct: the antenna used for the Cuba transmissions on 5950 kHz has a high take-off angle of 45 degrees and a horizontal beamwidth of 90 degrees. Azimuth is 181 degrees, so that the footprint just nicely brackets Cuba. The main function in life for that antenna is to service Cuba. 73, (Dan Elyea, WRMI, Aug 19, DX LISTENING DIGEST)``

Thanks, Dan. Wonder if same or equal antenna is used on any of the other frequencies, when to Cuba like 9955 jammed services? Glenn

``Glenn, the antenna on azimuth of 181 degrees is the only one of that type on the site. All the other antennas have a take-of-angle of less than 20 degrees; mostly between 7 and 16 degrees. At the present time (by my understanding), no other frequencies are carried on the 181 degrees antenna. 73, Dan``

On the schedule grid I do see that WRMI-14 is on air three hours a day, also 5850 at 22-23 with FSI Spanish, which may really be Fámily Radio, or some other relay not yet displayed (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 7489.95-AM, Thu Aug 20 at 2330, WBCQ amid an `Allan Weiner Worldwide` playback apparently from last UT Sat 0000, discussing Radio World article about 50 kW class-A stations and whether the AM band should be converted to IBOC-only and/or opened up to low-power AMs (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 9975 et al., Aug 21 at 0004, I`m checking KVOH for the spur problem which erupted last night. Unfortunately still there but closer in. I e-mailed Ray Robinson:

``Hi Ray, I checked between 0004 and 0008 UT, and found the unstable spreading spurs are now centered about 21 kHz above and below, i.e. 9954, and causing more QRM to WRMI than the jamming. And 9996, adjacent QRM to WWV 10000. Also spikes detectable around 10017, 9932 vs Greece and its whine. Especially with WRMI and WWV being hit, you might want to consider closing down until they are gone for sure.``

And later: ``Still wiping out WRMI at 0054. Also audible against WWV. Glenn. Next check at 0147: spurs gone but 9975 itself is crackling and breaking up. Glenn. 0242 sounds more or less normal, undermodulated, no spurs or crackle on main signal. Glenn``

Ray had replied at 0226: ``Thanks, Glenn. Our transmitter engineer has been working on this all evening. The fix he thought he had applied last night was obviously insufficient. However, his first priority
was to eliminate the spurs, which he has now done. Still working on the main signal. Ray`` (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 6220-AM, Aug 20 at *2357:33.5, WWCR/WNQM mix pops on the air at exactly same time as 7520 comes on. 6220 is about S4. Then check 8820 and find an S1 JBA carrier there too. Next time I should log exactly when the latter appear for absolute confirmation of its source too. And so many other WNQM/WWCR mixing spurs to explore! As in previously compiled table (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. Re my previous report: ``1200, Aug 9 at 0600 UT, C&W music, poor, with WOAI nulled as much as possible, making SAH of ~9 Hz. Probably WAMB Nashville TN, which recently flipped from Spanish [. . .] Trouble is, WAMB is a 50 kW ND daytimer, NO night authorization, altho maybe they are compromising by running the 3.8 kW critical-hours authorization, as this doesn`t sound like full-bore 50 kW ND à la WSM. I wonder if the engineer-in-charge of WAMB is anyone we know in Nashville? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)``

George McClintock replies August 19, gist: Gary Brown is the contract CE of WAMB; maybe running about 8 kW, or 3.5 kW critical-hours power. He was surprised that you were hearing it. WAMB is being sold, and the C&W music is temporary.

Doug Smith also sent me a Google Earth view notated: ``In the attachment, note the (very small) cleared area immediately southwest of the intersection of Highway 155 (known locally as Briley Parkway) and Ashland City Highway. That's where the WAMB-1200 towers are`` (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

This report dispatched at 1631 UT August 21