martedì 25 dicembre 2018

Glenn Hauser logs December 23-24-25, 2018

** AUSTRALIA. 5055, Mon Dec 24, I happen to awaken at 0926 so check the private Ozzies: JBA carrier here from presumed 4KZ; no signal on 5045 from Unique Radio which should be playing WOR at 0930 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CANADA. 284 kHz, Dec 25 at 0622, beacon QD and dash, 500 watts from The Pas, Manitoba; YYW, 223, Armstrong, Ontario also relogged (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA. 15140 & 13700, Dec 25 at 1411, no spurfield detected from either today; something`s not wrong at RHC (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** GERMANY [and non]. 11650, Dec 24 at 1903, it`s time for the annual `Gruss an Bord` special from Norddeutscher Rundfunk, sparkin` around the world via SW, but of the listed frequencies, this is the only one detectable, with a JBA carrier. 9800 is totally blocked by VOA Korean via Philippines. At 1917 I check them via UTwente SDR: 9740 fair with French song `La Vie en Rose`` sung in German; //9800 is VG, slightly distorted tho, and no CCI from PHT. // 11650 is also good. 

Unfortunately some other frequencies I reposted to the WOR iog and checked were wrong, even tho quoted from a post claiming they were ``this year`s``. The correct lineup with sites, from BDXC-UK:
1900-2100 6030-gav 6080-nau 9570-mos 9740-nau 9800-iss 11650-iss
2100-2300 6145-nau 6155-gav 9590-iss 9650-mos 9720-nau  9830-iss
gav = Armenia, nau = Germany, mos = Austria, iss = France

Quick check here after 2100: 9650 probably Guinea, 9720 totally blocked by Cuba (but off at 2115, NDR still not heard); nothing on 9590; 9830 under RTTY but `Stille Nacht` recognized. Their frequency planning could have been better (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** HAWAII [and non]. 5000, Dec 25 at 1418, both WWV and WWVH audible despite government shutdown, and the propagation info from WWV: K=0 at 12, no storms past or future. 9 MHz and other bands have quite fluttery signals so I expect some disturbance is rampant. By 1500 the K is up to 1. Someone had reported WWVH lacking the prop info at its scheduled time :45 past the hour.

Steven Michael Kellat, ``alpacaherder``, a federal employee in Ohio, warned the WOR iog: ``When I looked at NIST's shutdown plan, there aren't too many people designated excepted [not subject to furlough] at the Boulder office. The equipment is on auto-pilot and there won't be anybody immediately nearby if something breaks. If anybody notices something wrong like the transmitter going off the air please notify Megacenter at 1-877-4FPS-411 and they'll hopefully relay something to the right people`` (Glenn Hauser, OK, WORLD OF RADIO 1962, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** IRAN. 9835, Dec 25 at 1404, YL in Russian, mentioning Iran, S9 with flutter. VIRI at 1320-1420, 500 kW, 336 degrees from Sirjan so also USward. No sign of KBS in English as also listed.

So much for any possibility of Malaysia. WRTH 2019 page 276 still lists the Sarawak-FM service via Kajang, W Malaysia, 100 kW at 22-16; while Aoki/NDXC and EiBi claim it`s 24 hours. The last definite log of this I`ve found was on Sept 2 by Ron Howard as in DXLD 18-36 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** OKLAHOMA. 90.1 WBFM, Dec 25 at 0520-0600+ UT, dead air from KUCO-FM, as the classical feed from WCPE must have failed, and no one around to fix it; may have started much earlier and lasted much later. This happens rather too often (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** ROMANIA [and non]. 9810, Dec 25 at 1407, RRI Galbeni in Romanian, S9+10 with flutter, one of better signals on band, but with some CCI. Per HFCC that would be CNR via Nanning, i.e. CNR1 per Aoki and EiBi (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** THAILAND. 9940, Dec 25 at 1407, R. Thailand news in English about air pollution, S9-S6 with flutter, better than usual (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 485.9 kHz, Dec 25 at 0124, JBA carrier, maybe a special Xmas experimental transmission. There are other stronger carriers nearby, perhaps birdies or local devices. Shortly before 1700 UT Dec 24, I reposted this to the WOR iog, from the MARE Tipsheet:

``Paul Dobosz: Upcoming LW Opportunities from today’s ARRL Letter;

Fessenden Commemorative Transmission Set for Christmas Eve

As he's done in years past, Brian Justin, WA1ZMS, of Forest, Virginia, will commemorate what may have been the first radio broadcast to include speech and music by experimenter Reginald Fessenden on Christmas Eve 1906. Justin will fire up his vintage-style transmitter operating on 486 kHz under Experimental license WI2XLQ to mark the 112th anniversary of Fessenden's accomplishment. Justin will begin his transmission on December 24 at 1700 UTC and continue until December 26 at 1659 UTC.

Historic accounts say Fessenden played the violin -- or a recording of violin music -- and read a brief Bible verse, astounding radio experimenters and shipboard operators who heard the broadcast. For his transmitter in 1906, Fessenden used an ac alternator modulated by placing carbon microphones in series with the antenna feed line. Justin's homebuilt station is slightly more modern, based on a 1921 vacuum-tube master oscillator power amplifier (MOPA) design, using a UV-202 tube. The transmitter employs Heising AM modulation, developed by Raymond Heising during World War I.

Send listener reports directly to Brian Justin, WA1ZMS.
(MARE Tipsheet 21 Dec via DXLD)``

Others were hearing traces of it further east or with remote receivers; likely rather low-powered. Chris Smolinski in Maryland was not too far away, and refined the frequency to 485.9. So if you are reading this before 1659 UT Dec 26, still have a change to hear it (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A [and non]. WORLD OF RADIO 1961 monitoring: confirmed by Ivo Ivanov, Bulgaria: ``Reception of World of Radio via HLR on Dec 23
1131-1200 7265 GOH 001 kW / 230 deg to CeEu English Sun, weak/fair``

Also confirmed here Sunday December 23 at 2149 the 2130 on WRMI 7780, very poor. Also confirmed UT Monday December 24 after 0230 on WRMI 5950, good S9+10 but 9395 JBA. Area 51 webcast not funxioning at 0400 UT Monday Dec 24 (tho WBCQ 7490 webcast OK), but WOR confirmed on WBCQ 5130.399, S9+10 at 0413. Confirmed at 0457 Dec 24 the 0430 on WRMI 9955, VG S9+10 and no jamming.

WORLD OF RADIO 1962 contents: Brasil, Cuba, Denmark, Eritrea non, France and non, Germany, Iran, Korea South, Madagascar, México, Oklahoma, Poland non, São Tomé, Sa`udi Arabia, South Africa, South Carolina non, Turkey, UAE, USA; and the propagation outlook

WOR 1962 ready just in time for first airings UT Tuesday December 25: confirmed at 0030 on WRMI 7730, VG. Not confirmed at 0200 Tue Dec 25 on WRMI 9955 because it`s a JBA carrier [yet Cuba is still inbooming on 9640, 9535]; but not on webcast either, replaced by Spanish DX program `Antena DX` as also shown now on the skedgrid --- but WOR has been moved ahead to a new time I did not know about in time to mention on 1962: Monday 2330 on 9955 & 5950. This means I will have to finish produxion an hour earlier if I am to get the newshow on that broadcast. Richard Lemke, Alberta confirms hearing the 2330 on 9955 last repeat of WOR 1961. Skedgrid also shows another surprise WOR addition: Sat 1230 on 9955; that`s during the hour occupied on weekdays by Argentina in Portuguese. Next:

2030 UT Tuesday   WRMI    7780 to NE
0930 UT Wednesday Unique  5045-LSB low-power NSW Australia
1030 UT Wednesday WRMI    5950 to WNW
2200 UT Wednesday WRMI    9955 to SSE
2200 UT Wednesday WBCQ    7490v to WSW
0930 UT Friday    Unique  5045-LSB low-power NSW Australia
0729 UT Saturday  HLR     6190-CUSB Germany to WSW
0930 UT Saturday  Unique  5045-LSB low-power NSW Australia [hiatus]
1200 UT Saturday  Unique *9265 via WINB to WSW
1230 UT Saturday  WRMI    9955 to SSE [NEW]
1531 UT Saturday  HLR     9485-CUSB Germany to WSW [not last week]
1700 UT Saturday  WRN    *5950 via WRMI to WNW [unconfirmed]
2030vUT Saturday  WA0RCR  1860-AM non-direxional
0400vUT Sunday    WA0RCR  1860-AM [nominal 0415], ND
0830 UT Sunday    WRMI    5850 to NW, 5950 to WNW, 7730 to WNW 
1130 UT Sunday    HLR     7265-CUSB Germany to WSW
2130 UT Sunday    WRMI    7780 to NE
0230 UT Monday    WRMI    5950 to WNW, 9395 to NNW
0400vUT Monday    WBCQ   *5130v Area 51 to WSW
0430 UT Monday    WRMI   *9955 to SSE
0930 UT Monday    Unique  5045-LSB low-power NSW Australia
* also webcast; direct linx to these and many others at:

Complete updated WOR sked, all affiliates, satellite, webcast, AM&FM:

** U S A. WRMI webcast labeled ``no name`` at  carries 9955 programming whenever that transmitter is on the air, but you never know what will be, elsewhen. I had it running to check WOR before 0500 UT Monday Dec 24, and after that last week, it was Supreme Master TV, also has been whatever is on WRN such as Israel. But this week, at 0513 it`s `Viva Miami` Jeff & Thaïs in Spanish about their visit to Jordan for an HFCC conference, which was quite a while ago. 
Not restricted on the HFCC website:
but has not been updated since B16.

0515 starts another VM Spanish episode about Lisboa, tnx to a new direct 7-hour flight from Miami; but a minute later at 0516 that is cut off to yet another episode, about visiting Praga, also quite a while ago. 0528 *another* VM episode, this one a mailbag in English; and at 0542 `Wavescan` #512 for the week of 12/16 starts playing.

Marathons of these two WRMI produxions, temporarily? keep showing up not only on webcasts: 5950, Dec 25 at 0629, instead of RFI in English, now with the VM Spanish episode about Jordania again. 

Checking the webcast during 9955 pause, Dec 25 at 1630, a VM in Spanish citing results of a mini-survey months ago by the DX Clube sem Fronteiras of the most popular presenters and shows, the emphasis on Portuguese and Spanish. Shortly the Jordan VM yet again; 1651 Praga; then on to the same VM in English with mailbag, recorded just after Thanksgiving (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 4980, Dec 25 at 0012, open carrier from new WRMI frequency; if I were picking one, it would not be 5 kHz away from constant RTTY racket on 4985 (but better than head-on RTTY 7455 which WRMI inherited from WYFR). Requires narrow bandwidth and/or LSB tuning. 0105 recheck, now modulating a Jesus sermon in English; 0125 Ernesto y Francisco in Spanish; 0130 romantic music in Spanish; 0159 JBA carrier so WRMI must be off uncovering Urumqi. I later notice that the programs I heard match those scheduled on 9955 for UT Tuesday: 0100 Bible Comm, 0115 F&E Spanish, 0130 Trova Libre. 

Presumably the new frequency is still testing with available programing. It had been reported first by Art Delibert, Maryland after 21 UT Dec 24 with `Global Master TV` which has already running from that hour on 9455, and then heard by several others while I was busy with WOR 1962 produxion, but I included news about this before finishing. As of 17 UT Dec 25, 4980 is still *not* on the WRMI transmission grid. Ivo Ivanov said WRMI had just registered it Dec 24 on a 21-09 UT span at 160 degrees. So it remains to be heard how much of the span will be used and with what programming (Glenn Hauser, OK, WORLD OF RADIO 1962, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 9395, Dec 25 at 0629, this WRMI is S9+10 with hymn, Bob Biermann ID and another hymn `Kyrie Eleison`, so is this YWS, Oldies, or something special for Xmas? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 5890, Dec 25 at 0449, WWCR-4 is on with S9+30 of dead air except for some hum. The *only* time 5890 remains is UT Tue-Sat 03-05, `Worship with Kelly Lawson` at 04-05; tough luck, Kelly (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. Trans-Atlantic JBA MW carrier search, Dec 25 from 0604: 531, 549, 558, 612, 621, 648, 666, 693*, 711, 774, 837, 846, 882, 909, 1017, 1044, 1089, 1107, 1215, 1413, 1512. *=strongest but still can`t pull audio. I was encouraged to do this upon hearing a het upon 1090 without really trying (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

This report dispatched at 2010 UT December 25