martedì 27 dicembre 2016

Glenn Hauser logs December 25-26-27, 2016

** ARMENIA. 12020, Dec 26 after 0100, no signal from SM Radio International, special to S America. The final repeat, 7305 at 0300 to North America, finds no signal at 0311, and a JBA carrier at 0342. Sorry, but Armenia is just not a suitable site for reaching North America under the circumstances (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** BRAZIL. 11925.0, Dec 26 at 2226, enthusiastic Brazuguese talk, maybe a game, VP weak S3, so R. Bandeirantes has normalized its frequency which has been on 11925.2 for months. Next up the dial, Rádio RB2, is still split on 11934.68, S2. 11925.0 again after 0230 check Dec 27 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA [and non]. 530, Dec 27 at 0320, surprised to hear Spanish talk about béisbol, R. Rebelde // 1180 and a bit of an echo against // 5025. Atop music from presumed R. Enciclopedia, which is normally dominant, listed 10 kW from nearest Villa María, Ciudad de la Habana. WRTH 2017 shows two Rebeldes on 530: unknown power in Caribe, Isla de Juventud, and 1 kW in far Guantánamo. 

Rebelde is also atop my local Vance AFB TIS with fake call K530AM, announced at irregular intervals, among still running continuous PSA loops, including what to do when a hurricane is approaching. Oklahoma?

At same time on E-W antenna, 590 is dominated by music, presumably 25 kW Radio Musical Nacional, La Julia, Mayabeque (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) 

** EGYPT. 9900.32, Dec 26 at 2217, weak off-frequency carrier with whine, but no modulation audible. Surely it`s R. Cairo, 2115-2245 English to Europe as scheduled on 9900 per WRTH 2017; alternate frequency is 9800, nothing heard. But also seems to be an even weaker carrier on 9900 even (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** ETHIOPIA. 7236.448, Dec 26 at 1438, JBA carrier, off and back on, presumably R. Ethiopia by long path. Nothing from Eritrea (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** EUROPE. 7700 & 9300, Dec 26 at 2216, no signals from Free Radio Service Holland, which was going to do a broadcast until 2230, not especially for North America. I read too late that they switched to 9335 to avoid some QRM, but doubt it would have been audible either. They had also mixed up the date previously as Dec 25 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** GERMANY. 6080, Dec 26 at 0002, two very poor signals mixing, making a fast SAH, as I am checking for the Radio Mi Amigo 2-hour special to North America via Nauen. The other one is presumably R. Marumby, Brasil which I expected to be a problem, but even lacking it, there would not be enough signal from Nauen. Sorry, doldrums of solar cycle plus low winter MUFs call for a closer single-hop site, like WRMI. But thanks for trying to keep SW serving North America (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** MADAGASCAR [non]. 5008v, Dec 27 at 0242, no sign of RNM, nor on the hi side of 5010. ANGOLA also absent on lo side of 4950. Both off or just awful propagation from Africa? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** NIGERIA. 7254.925, Dec 26 at 0655, VON playing `Wish You a Merry Xmas` song at end of Hausa hour, drumming, 0700 into French; S9+10 but muffled modulation (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** NORTH AMERICA. 5792.01, Dec 27 at 0331, [Station YHWH] with usual assertive pro-Yahweh programming, poor. Does anyone have a handy link to FCC notice of previous bust and disposition of case, fine? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 3878.92-AM, Dec 27 at 0247, WA1HLR, Timtron commenting on how poor propagation is now even on 75m; his contact is not on same frequency but 3880.21-AM. Shame on me for listening to hAMs with BFO on (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. WORLD OF RADIO 1857 monitoring: confirmed UT Monday December 26 after 0400 on Area 51 via WBCQ 5130v-AM, very poor but identifiable; also confirmed UT Mon Dec 26 after 0430 on WRMI 9955, this time S9+10 with no jamming. Also confirmed UT Tue Dec 27 at 0030 on WBCQ 9330v-CUSB, fair. Also confirmed UT Tue Dec 27 at 0030 on WRMI 7730, good. Next:
Tue 1200   WRMI 9955 to SSE
Tue 2130   WRMI 15770 to NE
Tue 2300   WRMI 9955 to SSE
Wed 0030   WBCQ 9330v-CUSB to WSW
Wed 2200   WBCQ 7490v to WSW
Thu 0030   WBCQ 9330v-CUSB to WSW

** U S A. 7302-USB, Dec 26 at 1437, AF MARS net, several radio chex with abbr`d call as ``SLA``, fonetikaly, eventually becoming evident that full call is AFS6LA. Strange skipping the number, but if you`re informally shortening, I guess you can do it however you like. NCS is AFA6EA with a VG signal (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 7490, Sunday December 25 at *2155, WBCQ IS & ID runup to sign-on, and 2200 `Marion`s Attic` as per schedule. Was checking around 2130 for `French Dog Radio` as heard exactly one week before by Mark Coady, Ont., presumed from WBCQ but he got no ID, so possibly a pirate/imposter. BTW, I am now wondering if it was really `Dead Frog Radio`, a known WBCQ show elsewhen, from the alleged prisoner.

5129.83-AM, UT Tue Dec 27 at 0240, JBA signal with talk, presumably WBCQ on signature off-frequency, rather than a pirate/imposter, despite nothing being scheduled here in a big gap between 0500 UT Monday and 0130 UT Thursday (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 7780, Dec 26 at 2230, WRMI has finally reactivated this frequency, S7-S9 with nothing but BS, much weaker than 7730, 7570 as 7780 is on the 44 degree antenna toward Europe like its counterpart 15770 which has not been missing in the daytime but off the air now. Had not been heard at all since Nov 21, nor on 15560 = 2 x 7780 which happened Nov 13. 7780 still audible but VP at 0030 & 0236 Dec 27 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 9350, Sunday Dec 25 at 2135, WWCR gospel huxter with awful buzz on the modulation, worse on the sidebands. Scheduled Sundays at 21-22 is TruthHouse Ministries (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 9930, Dec 26 at 2105, 2128, WTWW-2 yet again diffusing nothing but strong dead air except for some hum, instead of Dave Ramsey; off at 2216 check. No more Xmasmx either, nor on 5085 around 0230 check (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 880, Dec 27 at 0313 UT, Spanish giving an AC 713 phone (Houston TX), ``Aleluya Bróádcasting Nétwork``. On E-W antenna, no KRVN to speak of, but bigsig from KHAC AZ on 880-USB, none of that on LSB, only this, which has to be KJOZ Conroe TX, 10/1 kW U4, which has undergone a big change since the 2016-2017 NRC AM Log August deadline which had it as UC:NWS/TLK/SPT - YSR (in English). It also has an application for 5/l.2 kW U4 and change CoL to Baytown. Radio-Locator does have it as Radio Aleluya but still old facilities. This group has more and more AM & FM stations around Houston (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) 

UNIDENTIFIED. 15080, Dec 26 at 1448, S3-S6 AM carrier. Only All India Radio, Sound of Hope and an occasional pirate (no more Iran) dare to broadcast within the off-route aero band, but none listed on 15080. Soon carrier is replaced by OTH radar pulsing from 15068 to 15090 or so. Suspect the carrier was tuneup for the OTH radar; is that typical behavior from Russia or elsewhere? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

This report dispatched at 0554 UT December 27