giovedì 27 luglio 2017

Glenn Hauser logs July 26-27, 2017

** ANGUILLA. 11775, July 26 at 2052, Caribbean Beacon is still off day frequency (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** ARGENTINA [non]. 5850 // weaker 7730, UT Wed July 26 at 0716, I happen to be awake so check briefly the RAE relay in English via WRMI. It`s *not* the same episode I monitored completely 6 hours earlier on 9395 and which was announced as ``Tuesday``. Now there is an interview with a guest from Wales about the milonga. Unless there was a mixup, does this mean that the first airing of each is at 07 and the repeat next UT day at 01? In that case a news update would also be called for (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** BRAZIL [and non]. 11734.94, July 26 at 2053, very poor signal with song, probably hymn from Rádio Transmundial, Santa Maria. WRTH kW column shows it`s nominally the most powerful ZY SW station, at 50 kW --- all others less, 250 kW RNA defunct. With BFO I can tell there is a second even weaker carrier, presumably Zanzibar, closer to 11735.0. At 2059 I am only hearing one JBA carrier, and at 2100 none. So seems both of them sign off about 2100*. Aoki shows RTM until 1859*, and nothing else until North Korea from *0330. RTM would do much better on a free channel if it ran on into the night, duh! This one is never heard in our evenings, when a few other 25m Brazilians make it; let alone overnight (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CYPRUS [non]. 9955, Wed July 26 at 1314, FG Radio via WRMI is closing after some music, as Also run across it Wed at 2104 on 9455 saying they are currently focusing on travel, such as violent crime in the Caribbean (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** EQUATORIAL GUINEA. 6250, slightly on the low side: Tnx for tips from Alan Pennington, BDXC-UK of a test transmission heard at 2305, by a reactivated Radio Malabo, and also found by reactivated Brandon Jordan, west Tennessee, at 2323, I quickly check July 26 at 2351 to find very poor level music on 6250, S8 vs S7 noise level, still going past 2403+. If they stay on all night, should improve considerably. Best time for it used to be around 0500-0600 after their sign-on.

This old Malabo frequency, 6250, was last heard in May 2011 per DSWCI DBS, but that appeared to be a mistake, as at that time Bonaire was producing a leapfrog mixing product of 6080 over 6165 another 85 kHz higher on 6250 during the NHK Spanish relay until 0527*. No more chance of that!

The latest real log of Malabo in DXLD appeared to be from me a bimonth earlier in 2011y as in DXLD 11-12: ``6250, RNGE, March 17 at 0543, Spanish talking about events the last few years in Malabo. Fair with usual ute bursts on low side``.

In the DXLD yg now, Rich Ray near Chicago was still hearing it: ``Very very good signal & audio here at 0107z tune in with music then OM with talk (ID?) at 0110z then back to music. Overall 43434 SINPO and S9. Ten Tec RX340 and Wellbrook A330s at 28'``

And Brandon Jordan: ``Radio Malabo is definitely playing a loop; this is the same song after Mariaroza that I heard earlier. Verified with the next song at 0052, this is a musical loop they are playing for the test. Hopefully they ID after it finishes again around 0128 UT if the loop plays out. 73, Brandon Jordan, KM4PBQ, Fayette County, TN EM55 WinRadio G33DDC G313-e | RFSpace SDR-IQ NetSDR | Elad FDM-S2 | Icom IC-7200, Array Solutions SAL-30 Shared Apex Loop, Wellbrook ALA100HG Loop`` (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** KUWAIT. 15535-15540-15545, July 26 at 2050, DRM noise detectable at S1, peaking circa 15537 and 15543, and no AM carrier in the middle, of course, from R. Kuwait in English, now inaudible to us even if it were stronger (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SPAIN. 17855, July 26 at 2052, still NO signal from REE`s North American frequency, while sufficient propagation is still verified by the S3 signal on 17715 to South America. I wonder if, like certain other stations, they are turning off deliberately to see if anyone cares? 15520 is S1 and 15390 JBA carrier (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A [and non]. WORLD OF RADIO 1888 monitoring: confirmed Wednesday July 26 at 1315.5 after the only time WRMI ever plays the gh WRMI ID, at 1315.0. It`s fair-good at S8-S9, fading to S7. Also confirmed Wednesday July 26 at 2100 on WBCQ 7490.03-AM, S4-S2 but surely better further east, and now only one day old rather than seven. Also confirmed Wed July 26 at 2330 on WBCQ 9330.3v-CUSB, poor, and on 9330.2v by 2355 check. Next:
Thu 2330   WBCQ 9330v-CUSB to WSW
Fri 2330   WBCQ 9330v-CUSB to WSW
Sat 0630   HLR  6190-CUSB to WSW
Sat 1431   HLR  7265-CUSB to WSW
Sat 1930v  WA0RCR 1860-AM ND
Sat 2230   WBCQ 9330v-CUSB to WSW
Sat 2300   WRMI 11580 to NE
Sun 0200   WRMI 11580 to NE
Sun 0315v  WA0RCR 1860-AM ND
Sun 1030   HLR  9485-CUSB to WSW
Sun 2330   WBCQ 9330v-CUSB to WSW
Mon 0300v  WBCQ 5130v Area 51 to WSW
Mon 0330   WRMI 9955 to SSE
Mon 2330   WBCQ 9330v-CUSB to WSW
Tue 0030   WRMI 7730 to WNW

** U S A. 7780, July 26 at 1302, no signal from WRMI for `The Power Hour`, so is it really off? Originally had been closing at 1200* after TOM, earlier than the other 7 MHz channels, then extended to 1500 for TPH. VOA news is running on 9395 > 9455, and 13845 WWCR is not yet // but seemingly with TPH TOH filler segment. 7490 WWCR remains with replacement gospel huxterism. 1305-1308 different adblox on the two stations until they join for TPH at 1308. 

Recheck at 1418, now 7780 is amazingly good at S9+10/20, even better than the two niners. No significant sporadic E this morning, so this makes no sense propagationally, making me again suspect that at some point WRMI is (experimentally?) switching from the NE to a more favorable antenna on 7780, tho still shown as 44 degrees on their grid. Transmitters, 11, 12 and 13, which are normally connected to 315, 315 and 285 azimuth antennas, respectively, on 7570, 5850 and 7730, are all finished with Brother Scare at 1400 so then available for 7780. 285 was used for 7780 previously at other dayparts, and this would also comply with Arizona listener complaint to Jeff on Monday`s show that they need a better signal that way. Since the final hour at 14 UT is only 7 am MST, it matters more than 5-7 am (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 4840, Wed July 26 at 0719, as I am  unfortunately awake, I check for `The Power Hour` as long scheduled on this WWCR at 2-5 am CT weekdays (07-10 UT, not 08-11 UT currently as they claim) --- no, it`s gone, instead playing country/maybe gospel song, probably `Worldwide Country Radio` filler. So is `TPH` now struggling to survive beyond the death of Joyce Riley, having to cut costs? Or is WWCR taking the opportunity to get rid of most of it? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 9930 & 12105, July 26 at 2052, two-thirds of WTWWs are AWOL, while 9475 is on with SFAW (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

This report dispatched at 0210 UT July 27