mercoledì 24 agosto 2016

Glenn Hauser logs August 23-24, 2016

** ALBANIA. 9855-, Aug 24 at 0132, no signal from R. Tirana here (nor on 7475, but testing that is on the European service earlier instead). A few minutes later I do detect a JBA carrier on 9855-, so it must be on. K index at 0000 was 5 after G1 storms (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA. 15700, Aug 23 at 1402, CRI relay in English starts off at S9 level but just barely modulated, ho hum (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** MADAGASCAR. 17640, Aug 24 at 1815 check, APR via MWV is on today, good signal but deep fading, story of a snit between Jesus and John who got rebuked (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** MALAYSIA. 6050, Aug 24 at 1250, poor signal, low modulation? At 1305 it`s S5. Presumably Asyik FM, reactivated Aug 22 as reported by Ron Howard, he suggests leading up to Aug 31 independence day. Wolfgang Büschel measured this one 11 Hz high while Tibet was on 6050.000 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** MEXICO. 870, Aug 23 at 1203, XETAR in sign-on procedure with slogan ``Cuatro pueblos unidos en una sola voz, La Voz de la Sierra Tarahumara`` and immediately into one of those languages. Slightly after sunrise here now, we`ll be able to hear more and more of it in weeks to come (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** NIGERIA. 7254.924, Aug 24 at 0554, VON is already on with a song at S9+30, enough to overcome the S9 computer noise I haven`t turned off yet. 0556 goes to dead air, presumably about to start its cacophonous tuning signal prior to Hausa (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** TURKEY. 9770 // 9870, Aug 24 at 0134, VOT Spanish is back on correct frequencies this time, instead of 9830 replacing 9770; but very poor. K index at 0000 was 5 after G1 storms (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A [and non]. 7245-LSB, Wed Aug 24 at 1256, I find an LSB ham net QRMing RNZI which started using this AM frequency at the beginning of this month. NCS making ``last call`` for check-ins, apparently started at 1200. RNZI conveniently goes off at 1258 after QSY announcement to 6170. Most of the signals are weak here from the 9th and 4th call areas, but K9YX has a good signal [Lorenzen, Thomas D, K9YX, Gurnee, IL 60031]; others copied or called include KM4TX and WI4R. Mostly giving local weather conditions, but also praising military service, something-club net, and one mentions ``Tin Can Sailors``. That leads me to search out the net, and the organisation behind it, veterans of destroyer ships starting with WWII (and ever since?)


In April 1992, a member of Tin Can Sailors wrote an article in the TCS newspaper suggesting that it might be an idea to organize amateur radio operators who were Tin Can Sailors. Bill Plage (W4DQT) in Atlanta, GA responded to the call and contacted some known TCS hams and organized a net. The first session was held August 9, 1992 on its current operating frequency of 14.255 MHz. at 2100Z with Bill as its first Net Control Station (NCS).

The net has gained popularity over the years with a current roster of over 400 TCS hams, although the net is not made up of only USN types. We have as members a former USAF pilot who was shot down over Korea and was pulled from the drink by a destroyer (USS STORMES). "It was the most welcome sight I had ever seen coming towards me and I spent 5 of the most wonderful days of my life on that destroyer. The clean dry sheets were great and the chow was even better," he commented. We also have a former Marine, former Army missile control officer, as well as active duty destroyermen and retired Tin Can Sailors.

Net Schedule

The primary net meets every Sunday at 2000Z on 14.255 MHz.

There are also three Wednesday morning nets. On the East Coast it is on 7.2455 MHz immediately following the Navy Club Net at 0900 Eastern, and on the West Coast on 7.258 (+/- as conditions permit) at 0900 Pacific time. There is a CW net on 7.117 MHz at 1000 Eastern Time.

Any inquiries or requests to have a net number assigned can be addressed to me along with a SASE (Business size Number 10 and two units of postage). We would like a little bio info from the applicant such as destroyers served on and when. There are no dues of the radio net but donations are accepted for stamps, paper, etc., to provide the members with a net roster and ships served on list as well as periodic notifications of ships reunions of members on the net.

These requests can be made to Tom Ryan, N6NPG,
300 N. Peg St., Ridgecrest, CA 93555-3615

So it appears I was hearing the transition from the Navy Club Net to the Tin Can Sailors at 1300 UT. These were not on 7245.5-LSB, but exactly on 7245.0, probably encouraged to zero-beat the intrusive AM signal from NZ, which of course has every right to be there as long as the ITU and IARU cannot agree to segregate ham from broadcast bands worldwide (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) 

** U S A. WORLD OF RADIO 1839 monitoring: NOT confirmed Tue Aug 23 at 2130 on WRMI 15770, instead replaced like last week by WRMI`s radiobeeps test for HFCC. We uncovered advance notice of the special broadcast for last week, but not this week. Maybe *next* week we`ll be back on this only WOR/WRMI broadcast toward Europe. Confirmed Tue Aug 23 at 2330 on WBCQ, 9330.076-CUSB. Also confirmed Wed Aug 24 at 1315.5 (after gh WRMI ID and a few notes of intrusive music fill), on WRMI 9955, S9 with no jamming. Next: 
Wed 2100   WBCQ 7490v to WSW
Wed 2330   WBCQ 9330v-CUSB to WSW

** U S A. 12105, Aug 24 at 0135, WTWW-3 is S9+20 of dead air except for some hum. 9475, WTWW-1 with SFAW is S9+40, and so is 5085, WTWW-2 with QSO show repeat. Despite earlier G1 storm and K-index of 5, attenuating Eurosigs, these three are now much stronger than they were 24 hours ago (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 750, Aug 24 at 0558 UT, dominating signal is in Spanish looping E/W, rather than WSB in English. Ads with several 1-800 numbers mentioned, and other clues it`s American, not Mexican, clinched at 0559 UT by Univisión América in ID whose call letters I can`t copy, but it is surely Ua affiliate KAMA El Paso TX. Then WSB starts to fade up. Both day and night patterns of 10/1 kW U4 KAMA are supposed to go ONLY due west, so must be out of whack again. See DXLD 15-49 for more about this and a possible STA for 250 watts and U5 = non-direxional at night; I had not logged since December, but several times earlier last year (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** VATICAN. UNIDENTIFIED. 17505-17510-17515, Aug 23 at 1959, DRM noise at S9+20 but off at 2000*. No doubt same source as heard a few minutes earlier on Aug 13, but what? On a hunch, I e-mail Jeff White with a cc to Fibber:

Jeff, No doubt you are very busy with HFCC, but would appreciate a quick reply to this if you know the answer. Have been hearing DRM on 17510, today until off at 2000 UT. Also heard August 13 at 1933. Pretty strong. Not in HFCC or any other reference I can find, including DRM`s own schedule {very outdated}. Is this by chance some unpublicized test for HFCC, and if so from where, full schedule details, please? Tnx, (Glenn to Jeff White, 2025 UT Aug 23, via DXLD)

Glenn: It's a special test from Vatican Radio for the HFCC Miami Conference. In fact it was publicized in some places, such as
We were just listening to it here at the hotel in Miami with excellent reception on the new Titus II DRM radio and the Newstar DR111 (Jeff White, 2035 UT Aug 23, via DXLD) Viz.:

``National Association of Shortwave Broadcasters
August 17 at 7:32am ·


I would like to inform you about a special broadcast on occasion of the next HFCC International Broadcasting Delivery coordination conference in Miami, 22-26 August 2016.

The broadcast is from Santa Maria di Galeria, Vatican Radio transmitting site, at 19:30 – 20:00 UTC on 17510 kHz, 250 kW digital, AHR 4/4/.5 at 292°, 16QAM-ModeB-Protection level 0.62 – Bit rate 14560 – SDR On. The broadcast is already on air even if officially it would start on 22 August till 25 August 2016; the content currently broadcast is in French and English but during the "official" period it would be an ad-hoc program with announcement and music.

Best regards. Sergio Salvatori, Vatican Radio`` (via DXLD)

I have been posting about it lately on DRMNA.
Regards, (Christopher for DRMNA ``Fibber,`` Rumbaugh, 2048 UT Aug 23, ibid.)

Repeating my Aug 13 report of this as unID:
UNIDENTIFIED. 17505-17510-17515-DRM, Aug 13 at 1933, DRM noise at S5. 
Nothing in any of the schedules to explain this, and no hits ever on 
17510 in the virtually dormant drmna yg or the DRM Software Forum. Nor 
is anything even on the DRM Consortium`s own sked:
when configured to show all entries, and sorted by frequency: but many 
of the entries (e.g. NZ) are obviously outdated. Nor is any other 
broadcast mode scheduled on these frequencies at this hour.

Perhaps some secret test leading up to HFCC B-16 conference in Zika-
threatened Miami, Aug 22-26; details:
and partly restricted to members only:

This report despatched at 1839 UT August 24