venerdì 28 agosto 2015

Glenn Hauser logs August 27-28, 2015

** BIAFRA [non]. 15560, Aug 27 at 1943, JBA carrier with Doppler flutter during very disturbed propagation conditions, but it must be the new SW service of R. Biafra, clandestine, the one which had been on FM only but really bothering the powers that be in Nigeria. I wonder how much of it, if any, is in English. Tnx to José Miguel Romero for the story:

``BreakingNews 27/8/15 - Clandestine Radio Biafra Now Broadcasting Across Most Africa | Masterweb Reports

Radio Biafra has launched a satellite television dubbed Biafra Television and a shortwave (SW) radio that will cover most Africa and beyond. According to the clandestine station, the frequency of the broadcast is 15560 kHz in the 19 meter band and hours of broadcast for the time being, 7.00 – 9.00 am and 7.00 – 9.00 pm Nigerian time. The station still broadcasts on FM, satellite and Internet, even though Nigeria National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) claim they have blocked them on FM and satellite, and would also do the same on Internet. 

Briefing Journalists last month after a meeting between officials of Ministry of Information and President Buhari, Dr. Shade Yemi-Esan,  Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Information said: "Right now the signals from radio Biafra have been jammed successfully by NBC. The commission is also working with security agencies to get those that are behind that radio because it is an illegal radio. It is not licensed by anybody to be on the airwaves in Nigeria."
Nnamdi Kanu, Radio Biafra Director in a statement posted on their website, described their shortwave radio as "Nuclear War Head". It is unbelievable that Radio Biafra that is supposed to have had its wings clipped by NBC is now not only broadcasting in the South East and Niger Delta but now sending its air waves across Nigeria and Africa. Has NBC lost the air wave war with Radio Biafra? The answer will be known with what happens in the next few day[s]``

The story is illustrated with a young opposite-gender couple embracing, but not clear who they are. The local times given in UT +1 correspond to UT: 06-08 and 18-20. It`s likely that the site is Issoudun, FRANCE, which is on 15560 to Africa immediately prior to both broadcasts (but Deutsche Welle relays had then been scheduled, presumably, as backup/alternatives, surely out of the way for this).

We may hope for better reception to come; WWV reported at 1800 Aug 27:

``Solar-terrestrial indices for 26 August follow.
Solar flux 126 and estimated planetary A-index 30.
The estimated planetary K-index at 1800 UTC on 27 August was 5.
Space weather for the past 24 hours has been moderate.
Geomagnetic storms reaching the G2 level occurred.
Radio blackouts reaching the R1 level occurred.
Space weather for the next 24 hours is predicted to be minor.
Geomagnetic storms reaching the G1 level are expected.
Radio blackouts reaching the R1 level are likely.``

** CUBA. 17730, Aug 27 at 2003 on caradio, RHC Portuguese but with suptorted modulation. Can be their best afternoon frequency.

11840, Aug 28 at 0012, RHC is open carrier/dead air, while 11760 is modulating plentifully, running S9+30 and splashing up to 15 kHz out, kind of mixing with the RNB spur around 11745. 11670 is also on, not quite as strong (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** NEW ZEALAND. 9885-9890-9895, Aug 27 at 1255, DRM noise, no doubt RNZI in temporary test display for the benefit of attendees at HFCC B-15 in Brisbane, Australia, on this frequency at 0759-1258 for one more day (and a break after 1300) (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** OKLAHOMA. (1650), Aug 28 at 1700 UT, KYHN webcast is in Herman Cain show, but no break at hourtop --- he`s in a 20-minute quick-response segment; another far right wacko is on an hour later, with no break either, so I conclude the webcast, if really from KYHN, whose ID I was wanting to reconfirm instead of ``WFSM``, is way off-time as surely these shows accede to hourtop news hole breaks in real time (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. WORLD OF RADIO 1788 monitoring: confirmed second SW broadcast, Thursday Aug 27 at 2100 on WRMI 7570, sufficient. 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. 8820, Aug 27 at 2355 I start monitoring on the NRD-545 for the 7520+1300 WWCR+WNQM mixing product to pop on at the same time as 7520 on the PL-880. This happens at *2358:28 but nothing detectable on 8820. Propagation is very degraded and the noise level is high. I was able to hear 8820 carrier before but want to match its cut-on to 7520.

6220, I retune to and find a better than before signal from the 7520 minus 1300 mixing product, registering S8+, music in Spanish past hourtop to 0001 Aug 28 brief unreadable announcement, more music. As previously discovered, this is WMDB 880, ``La Ranchera``, Nashville, buying night-time on WNQM 1300. At first there was audio mix as before from some poor 2-way USB sailor. I couldn`t hear much from WWCR on 6220, till just a bit of steel drumming up to 0000 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) 

** U S A. 11870, Aug 28 at 0014, WEWN is quite weak with Doppler flutter on the carrier due to propagation disturbance (see BIAFRA), as are some but not all other degraded US signals. No such problem affects the lower WRMI frequencies, altho bands above 12 MHz are nearly dead (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

This report dispatched at 0309 UT August 28