venerdì 31 gennaio 2020

The K7RA Solar Update

This week we finally saw the return of sunspots, over seven of the last eight days, January 24-30. Average daily sunspot numbers rose from zero to 11.1, while average daily solar flux jumped from 71.2 to 72.9.

Geomagnetic indicators remained very quiet, signaling continued great conditions on 160 and 80 meters.

Predicted solar flux over the next month and a half is 74 on January 31 through February 2, 70 on February 3-6, 71 on February 7-13, 72 on February 14-20, 73 on February 21-22, 74 on February 23-29, 72 on March 1-3, 71 on March 4-11, and 72 on March 12-15.

Predicted planetary A index is 8 on January 31, 5 on February 1-4, 10 on February 5-6, 5 on February 7-24, 10 on February 25-26, 5 on February 27-29, 8 on March 1-3, and 5 on March 4-15.

On January 27, 2020 the total sunspot area was 100 millionth of the visible solar disc. The total sunspot area hasn’t been larger or even near that size since May 18, 2019 when the area was 140 millionth.

Geomagnetic activity forecast for the period January 31 to February 26, 2020 from F.K. Janda, OK1HH and the Czech Propagation Interest group. OK1HH has been making these reports for 42 years, since January 1978.

Geomagnetic field will be:
quiet on: February 8-9, 15-16, 20-23
quiet to unsettled on: February 3, 10-11, 14, 18-19, 24
quiet to active on: (January 31, February 1-2, 6-7, 13, 26)
unsettled to active on: (February 4-5, 12, 17, 25)
active to disturbed: no predicted disturbances.

Solar wind will intensify on: January 31, February 1 (-3,) 6-7, 12-15, (16,) 18-20, (21-22,) 26.

Parenthesis means lower probability of activity enhancement.
The predictability of changes is lower again.

Thanks to all who sent in this, a link to the highest resolution images of the Sun ever recorded:

David Moore sent this link: "A 'great' space weather super-storm large enough to cause significant disruption to our electronic and networked systems occurred on average once in every 25 years according to a new study."

Rich Zwirko, K1HTV, wrote: "This winter season has been very good one for morning DXing here in Virginia on 160 meters. In the past 2 weeks, I have worked 12 different stations in Japan on FT8 on the Topband. Running only 75 W, 8 of the 12 contacts with Japan were made after my local sunrise, some as late as 30 minutes past sunrise. Some Japanese stations were decoded more than 40 minutes after the Sun had risen. Many days with the K index at 0 or 1 is making for a very stable path through the magnetic north polar region to the Orient.

“Activity on the higher bands have been made more interesting with a number of maritime mobile stations now working the FT8 mode. Stations traveling through many of the world's water grids and signing /MM at the end of their calls include DD6AJ, HA3FOK, R0LER, UR7FM, UT1FG, UW5EJX and YU2AX.

"Even with the Solar Flux Index in the low 70's, the 15-meter band has been open daily for FT8 contacts with stations in South America and a few in western Africa. The 17-meter band has been open daily to Europe, Africa, South Americas and there have also been a few openings to Australia and New Zealand stations.

"I'm looking forward to the summer months, hoping for a good 6-meter DX season."

Solar orbiter launches next week:

On January 24, Jon Pollock, K0ZN, in De Soto, Kansas wrote: "Friday night, January 17, there was some extraordinary propagation on 80-meter (CW) about 0530 UTC. Europeans were very strong here in the Midwest, well over S-9 in some cases. I had just finished working an Italian station and the next station that called him, which had about an S-6 signal was in New Zealand. I listened to the entire exchange between the Italian station and the New Zealander. I have never heard anything like that before on 80 meters. Basically, 80 meters was open with good signals over the entire dark side of the planet. My antenna is an 80-meter dipole at 35 feet. This is my solar minimum and I’m accustomed to 80 and 160 meters being better at these times. Clearly, the longer skip zone when the band goes ‘long’ late at night, reduces the received noise levels."

On January 26 Jon also wrote: "I got into ham radio in 1959. I like the low bands and I see it as a great equalizer. I can't put up a big antenna on the upper bands, but many of the Big Guns can't put up a big antenna on 80 and 160, so the playing field gets leveled. I have (in terms of distance) worked some really good DX on 80 and 160 this winter with simple wire antennas. One must change bands with the sunspot cycles if you want to have fun!"

N8II wrote on January 24 from West Virginia: "In the CW OPS mini contest at 1900Z Saturday, the skip zones were very long on 40 and 20, but 15 was wide open to southern California. Fifteen meters has been pretty quiet; I heard FR4QT (peaking S7) on Reunion Island chatting with a Caribbean station (unreadable) at 1500Z on Wednesday, January 22. I did get an answer from a French station who was weak on another day at around 1445Z on 15 meters.

"Low band conditions have declined in the past 10 days, but at 0330Z 160 was in good shape to LY4A in Lithuania with a S9 signal. I also logged 4Z5IW in Israel through a North American pileup (he was S4-7).

Here is latest space weather report from Dr. Tamitha Skov, WX6SWW, from several days ago:

Recently I (K7RA) decided to try FT8 with the very crude and limited wire antenna I mentioned in ARLP051 at the recent end of last year. This is a wire of no particular length (perhaps 30 to 40 feet total) that winds around through laurel bushes in my back yard, about 4 feet above the ground, fastened to the branches with tie-wraps and fed with an antenna tuner.

I knew FT8 was a powerful weak signal mode, but I was astonished at the results on 80, 30 and 20 meters. Running low power, I was being heard all over the world. Checking I was surprised to see my signal reported from central Russia on 30 meters, as well as by various Japan, New Zealand and Brazilian stations, and of course coverage all over North America. Even though I had very few 2-way contacts (which are minimal anyway in FT8), just seeing where my pipsqueak signal was propagating was quite a revelation.

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Sunspot numbers for January 23 through 29, 2020 were 0, 12, 14, 18, 12, 11, and 11, with a mean of 11.1. 10.7 cm flux was 70.8, 71, 72.7, 74.7, 72.9, 74.2, and 74.3, with a mean of 72.9. Estimated planetary A indices were 5, 3, 3, 4, 3, 5, and 9, with a mean of 4.6. Middle latitude A index was 3, 1, 3, 2, 2, 4, and 6, with a mean of 3. (

Glenn Hauser logs January 31, 2020

** CANADA. 223-MCW kHz, Jan 31 at 0712 UT, ND beacon YYW, which is 1000 watts from Armstrong, Ontario (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

** CUBA. Correxion, first frequency should be 11880, of course, not 11860: fixed:

11880, Jan 30 at 2238, RHC English is S9+40 with VG modulation; but 11850, RHC Spanish is S9+20 and just barely modulated; along with its -10 kHz spur on 11840 rating S9-S8 but with no modulation audible; its mate on +10, 11860 is JBA QRMing the jamming which is still running against OCB. Something`s always wrong at RHC (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

** CUBA. 13637, 13569, 13764, 13829 approx., Jan 31 at 1521, FM/AM spurblobs out of RHC 13700-AM, also with F# tone reconfirmed on my keyboard above C-middle, about 370 Hz. These would be fascinating topix for Arnie to explain, but never will admit there is anything wrong at RHC; or if he did would blame it all on the blockade (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

** CUBA. 15140, Jan 31 at 1555, RHC is S9+20 overmodulated and distorted as has been for several days now, at least consistent; while // 15230 is weaker S9+10 undermodulated and not distorted. Something`s always wrong at RHC (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

** CUBA. 15700, Jan 31 at 1553, CRI English relay is undermodulated today but no squealyspurs +/- 4 kHz in the sidebands as there were yesterday. Something`s always wrong at RadioCuba (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

** MALI [and non]. 13685, Jan 31 at 1519, CRI English with `World Today`, poor but // 15700 via CUBA; need LSB to evade WINB hybriDRM 13685-13690-13695, yet intermittent carrier 13684.8 QRM, maybe out of WINB transmitter (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

** U S A. Reminder, first WRMI airings of WORLD OF RADIO 2019 are: Fri Jan 31 at 2300 on 9955; UT Sat Feb 1 at 0130 on 5010, 5850, 7780; Sat 1300 on 15770 (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

** U S A. 750, Jan 31 at 1455 UT, talk show mixing with gospel music from KMMJ Grand Island NE. KMMJ signal is steady from groundwave, weakly audible all day in KRMG splash; the other from NE/SW fades up and down slowly, skywave. At 1459 only ID semi-caught mentions 104.3 FM, which corresponds to KMMJ`s tail-wagging-dog translator; and then 1500 USA Radio News, which does not fit for KMMJ with SRN news per NRC AM Log, but rather KBNN Lebanon MO. USARN dumps to commercials after only 1 minute at 1501. 

KBNN seems unreasonably close geographically to 10+kW direxional daytimer+ KMMJ, but KBNN is a 5 kW ND daytimer which does not make it here in full insolation. They are 608 km apart; from Enid, KMMJ is 505 km over superior ground conductivity; KBNN is 484 km.

BTW, NRC Log shows belabored slogan for KMMJ, ``Keeping your Mind on the Message of Jesus``, surely a back-formation as original station was not a gospel huxter. Easily found on the first FCC history cards from 1925-1926 was the original licensee, M. M. Johnson Co. (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

UNIDENTIFIED. 4980, Jan 31 at 0639, JBA carrier, suspect WRMI low-power unit, not on schedule any more. Certainly not East Turkistan propagating from local midday, and no other broadcasters known on 4980. Most of the time at other chex, no such carrier heard. Of course, could be utilitarian (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

UNIDENTIFIED. 13752.2-USB, Jan 31 at 1518, 2-way in Spanish INTRUDERS (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

This report dispatched at 1913 UT January 31

Media & Tech - 31/01/2020

Shortwave reception from Sofia January 29-31

Shortwave reception from Sofia January 29-31. Videos can be found on

CHINA   CNR-1 Jamming vs Sound of Hope Xi Wang Zhi Sheng, January 29
till 1200 on 11580 unknown kW / unknown to EaAs Chinese, fair signal

GERMANY(non)   Radio Waves International RWI via Channel 292, January 31
0800-2000 on  6070 ROB 010 kW / non-dir to CeEu Eng/Fre Wed, fair signal

GERMANY(non)   Reception of Radio DX Freunde via Channel 292, January 31
1000-1400 on  6070 ROB 010 kW / non-dir to CeEu German Fri, fair signal.

GREECE   Good signal of Voice of Greece in 31mb, January 29
0751&0755 on  9420 AVL 150 kW / 323 deg to WeEu Greek*tx#3.
*Arabic/Serbian news and transmitter switches off at 0801UT

GREECE   Good signal of Voice of Greece in 31mb, January 31
0751-0800 on  9420 AVL 150 kW / 323 deg to WeEu Greek*tx#3.
*Arabic/Serbian news and transmitter switches off at 0808UT

MADAGASCAR(non)   Reception of Radio Tamazuj via Talata Volonondry on January 31
1459-1557 on 11705 MDC 250 kW / 340 deg to EaAf Juba Arabic, fair/good including
1545-1556 on 11705 MDC 250 kW / 340 deg to EaAf English Tue/Fri, fair/good & QRM
at same time 11700 SCB 050 kW / 030 deg to EaEu English Brother HySTAIRical/TOM/

NEW ZEALAND   More changes of Radio New Zealand Pacific in AM mode, January 30
0759-0958 on  9765 RAN 050 kW / 035 deg to All Pacific English, ex till 1058UT
0959-1258 on  6115 RAN 100 kW / 325 deg to NWPa/PNG/As English, ex from 1059UT

NUMBERS STATION   Reception of Cuban Spy HM01 in 31mb on 9330 & 9065 kHz, January 31:
0800-0807 on  9330 BEJ 050 kW / unknown to Eu/Am Spanish Su/Mo/We/Fr, instead of 9065
from 0808 on  9065 BEJ 050 kW / unknown to Eu/Am Spanish Su/Mo/We/Fr as scheduled B19
At same time  9330 BCQ 250 kW / 280 deg to WNAm English WBCQ-6 WLCRadio - NO SIGNAL!!

NUMBERS STATION   Reception of S06s Russian Lady 50mb & 48mb, January 31:
0900-0904 on  5765 unknown secret tx site to Eu Russian CUSB, fair signal
0909-0913 on  6315 unknown secret tx site to Eu Russian CUSB, good signal

NUMBERS STATION   E11 Oblique in 60mb & E07a English Man in 42mb January 31:
1530-1533 on  5082 unknown secret tx site to Eu English USB mode E11, good &
1610-1613 on  7632 unknown secret tx site to Eu English USB mode E07a, weak.

SECRETLAND(non)   Radio Dabanga in 25mb via SPL Secretbrod on January 29
1529-1627 on 11640 SCB 100 kW / 195 deg to EaAf Darfur Arabic, very good

UNIDENTIFIED Station with Music vs HCJB Germany in 49mb on January 29:
0825-0827 on  5920 unknown kW / unknown to WeEu Music UNIDENTIFIED stn
from 0827 on  5920 WNM 1.5 kW / 145 deg to SEEu German HCJB GER, weak.
Probably test 5920 HRI 250 kW / 047 deg to WeEu WHRI Angel 2-very good

UNKNOWN TX SITE   BBC Somali service on 2 unregistered frequencies on January 29
1433-1451 on  6260 unknown tx / unknown to ???? Somali, weak/fair to good signal
1448-1451 on 11570 unknown tx / unknown to ???? Somali, very good, probably SCB?
// frequency 17745 SCB 050 kW / 195 deg to EaAf Somali, good via SPL Secretland.


73! Ivo Ivanov
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QTH-1: Patreshko, Bulgaria
Receiver: Afedri SDR
Software: SDR-Console v2.3(using remote connection)
Antennas: various Inverted V and beverage antennas.

QTH-2: Sofia OK2, Bulgaria
Receiver: Sony ICF-2001D
Antenna: 30 m. long wire

Propagation News – 2 February 2020

We had a new sunspot group last week, but don’t get too excited—region 2757 was from the old Cycle 24. We know this because it was close to the Sun’s equator and had the older magnetic configuration. As you read or hear this, the spot will be rotating out of view, off of the Sun’s eastern limb. A new plage region belonging to upcoming Cycle 25 also appeared high in latitude on the south-west limb, but didn’t amount to anything.

The Kp index peaked at three last week, possibly due to a minor geomagnetic storm triggered by a coronal mass ejection from sunspot group 2757. But otherwise, with the solar flux at 74 it was business as usual!

There was DX to be had. Andy, M0NKR reports working 7Z Saudi Arabia, 9W West Malaysia, HS0 Thailand and 4S7 Sri Lanka on 40 metres. He also reports working 8P Barbados, SO Western Sahara and FJ Saint Barthelemy on 17 metres.

SO1WS at the Sahrawi Amateur Radio Club has been very active on 17m, so keep an eye on the cluster for their current operating frequency.

Next week NOAA predicts that the solar flux index will be around 74, declining to 71 as sunspot 2757 disappears from the Earth-facing solar surface.

Geomagnetic conditions will be mainly settled with a maximum Kp index of three.

Expect to see openings up to the 18MHz band, with the 14MHz band being more reliable. The 21MHz band and higher are still not really playing ball, other than for FT8 contacts with Germany being spotted on 10 metres on Thursday.

VHF and up:
The coming week’s weather has a continuing unsettled flavour, especially in the north, but with a hint of a brief ridge of high pressure passing across southern areas around mid-week. This means that it’s mostly GHz bands rain scatter on offer this weekend and into the beginning of next week, but again this appears to be mostly for northern parts of the country.

As the high builds later on Tuesday and through Wednesday we could see some tropo conditions extending to the south into the continent and across Biscay towards Spain, perhaps. This is a relatively brief period of high pressure and may not have enough time to build a strong inversion with moisture trapped beneath the inversion as required for a good lift.

The upper air charts for the coming week provide a significant chance of a strong jet stream in the upper atmosphere over or near the UK. This is the sort of pattern that can produce sporadic E in the summer season and may just tip the balance in winter if it goes in our favour. Take a look for digital mode activity on 10m for a “heads up.”

With Moon declination still rising, reaching maximum on Thursday, it’s a good week for EME. With just over a week to perigee, path losses are falling. 144MHz sky noise is highest on Wednesday, falling to its lowest on Saturday.

There’s a small meteor shower in progress, the Alpha-Centaurids, reaching its peak on Saturday. Due to the southern declination of its radiant, the best time is before dawn when the radiant lies highest above the horizon. (

Encore - Classical Music on shortwave - weekend times and frequencies

This weekend Encore - Classical Music on Radio Tumbril will be broadcast again at the NEW TIME in Europe of 11:00 UTC on SATURDAY on 6070 kHz by Channel 292.
There is much less interference from adjacent channels at this time.
There are two repeats - 19:00 UTC Friday on 6070 kHz and 09:00 UTC on Sunday on 7440 kHz by Channel 292.
WWCR Nashville will broadcast the Encore on Saturday at 21:00 UTC as usual on 9350 kHz. The propagation is very good over the US and much of Canada and the signal carries to parts of western Europe too.
WBCQ Maine will send out the show on 7490 kHz at 01:00 UTC Monday to the US. (Early evening Sunday local US - obviously.)
Do let us know how well you can pick up Encore at your location by emailing to We try to reply to all emails and will send eQSL cards for full reports - though a brief report is fine.
This week's programme will start with the Act 3 Prelude to Wagner's Parsifal, then another - very different overture - William Tell by Rossini. Some of a flute Sonata by Paul Hindemith next, then Chopin, a double bass concerto and some music from Greece.
Monteverdi's vespers, a Schubert piano work, and late Beethoven Quartet finish the programme.
The playlist is on the website and will be updated soon after Saturday's broadcast of the new show by Channel 292 at 11:00 UTC - but probably not until Sunday evening.
Both Channel 292 and WBCQ as well as WWCR can be pulled live off the internet if the reception is poor in your location. Easy to find their sites with a google search.
In the meantime - thank you for spreading the word about Encore - Classical Music on Shortwave. And thank you to everyone for letting us know how well the signal is received where you live.
Brice Avery - Encore - Radio Tumbril -
Regular Broadcast times are:
11:00 - 12:00 UTC Saturday on 6070 kHz and repeated 19:00 - 20:00 UTC Friday on 6070 kHz Channel 292 (Germany) and 09:00 UTC Sunday on 7440 kHz.
21:00 - 22:00 UTC Saturday on 9350 kHz WWCR (Nashville).

01:00 - 02:00 UTC Monday on 7490 kHz WBCQ - (Maine).

Glenn Hauser logs January 30-31, 2020

** BRAZIL. 3365, Jan 31 at 0029, no JBA carrier here from R. Cultura de Araraquara, unlike 24 hours ago, so maybe gone for good; but did not try remotes again (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

** BRAZIL. 9630.345v, Jan 30 at 2251, R. Aparecida is on now with split frequency which I have not been hearing late at night, like 9666v Voz Missionaria; now Aparecida is also // on 11856.303v amid the Cuban mess. Might audiblize their Saturday DX program, but what`s the time, 2100? (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

** CANADA. 395-MCW kHz, Jan 30 at 0726 UT, dash and YL, 1600 watt NDB at Lynn Lake, Manitoba, which is more than a megameter NNW of Winnipeg, even beyond Flin Flon, not far from the SK border; or 2286 km from me (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

** CUBA. 6060, Jan 30 at 0654, this is the only VG signal and modulation of The Cuban Five in English; 6145 is fair; 6100 JBM; 6000 suptorted; 5040 strong but squealy overmodulated. Something`s always wrong at RHC ::: (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

** CUBA. 13740, Jan 30 at 1551, RHC still on a couple hours late with dead air at S9+10/20; forgot to turn it off? While 13700 is normally modulating with no spurs today; something`s always wrong at RHC (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

** CUBA. 15696 & 15704 approx., Jan 30 at 1553, squealyspurs in the sidebands of CRI Plus relay, which sounds OK on 15700 itself. Something`s always wrong at RadioCuba (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

** CUBA. 11860, Jan 30 at 2238, RHC English is S9+40 with VG modulation; but 11850, RHC Spanish is S9+20 and just barely modulated; along with its -10 kHz spur on 11840 rating S9-S8 but with no modulation audible; its mate on +10, 11860 is JBA QRMing the jamming which is still running against OCB. Something`s always wrong at RHC (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

** JAPAN. 9890, Jan 30 at 2249, NHK Japanese is VG S9+10/20, still amazingly strong for a broadcast listed for the opposite direxion to SE Asia; as I continue to suspect it`s erroneously azimuthed thisaway from Yamata. This time a long-path echo is also barely audible during brief fades (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

** NORTH AMERICA. 4117-USB, Jan 30 at 0026, pirate music found here after nothing on the 6.9 MHz band; S9+10 but generally too poor to enjoy the music or copy exactly what the DJ says, but I can recognize some of it; now it`s ``My Old Friend Martin`` (Luther King). 0029 ``Linden Tree``; i.e. string of folk songs; 0034 DJ mentions folk music, downtown Los Angeles, wish this could be in stereo; long pause at 0035, Santana; 0049 says station is a work in progress; banjo song; 0058 blues, 0102 another. 0105 says listened to his own audio and it sounds wonderful; hasn`t bought a CD in 20 years; brief noise bursts; 0111 talks over music, blues; 0117 still going with YL song, ``Let`s Call the Whole Thing Off``; 0122 more folk music; 0125 song with guitar and fiddle; 0128 YL group song or overdubbing; 0132 ``Universal Soldier``; 0134 DJ says he hasn`t heard that in decades, and should play another from same CD. Next recheck at 0153, it`s off. Never heard any ID and wonder if he ever gave one. Now to check HFU:,62764.0.html Many logs there say it was Zeke`s Attic, with much more complete playlists; and Harold Frodge say he pronounces it Zee-kee. Please QSL? (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

** PHILIPPINES. 9450, Jan 30 at 2259, ``Jesus Saves`` IS from FEBC Bocaue, 2300 sounds Thai-like, music with flute and drum. It`s Iu Mien at 2300-2330, which is spoken by 400K each in S China and Vietnam, per EiBi; for whom original religions are not good enough. Some splash from 9455 WRMI (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

** SAUDI ARABIA. 11820.045, Jan 30 at 2240, SBC Qur`an is S9-S7, always off+frequency; a sign of spring as this has not really been propagating in the depth of winter (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

** SPAIN. 9690, Thu Jan 30 at 2300, REE with `Amigos de la Onda Corta`, first discussion of TVE in Catalunya, and a museum preserving RNE artifacts; S9+20/30 (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

** TURKEY. 5960, Jan 30 at 2301, quick check confirms VOT English on the air today, with disclaimer not to expect any Breaking News on this or the 0400 broadcast, recorded earlier; relatively poor signal compared to Spain on 9690 (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

** U S A. 426-MCW kHz, Jan 30 at 0720 UT, very strange beacon ID because two are overlapping at same pitch: I do copy SU and then a Z. But in between unclear what. Must be two I have logged before individually, but even after a few minutes now they have not diverged, like periods synchronized rather than taking turns. Apparently the two 25-watters, IZS in Montezuma, Georgia, and UV in Oxford, Mississippi (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

** U S A [and non]. WORLD OF RADIO 2019 contents: Albania non, Argentina non, Bolivia, Bougainville, Brasil, Canada, Cuba, Germany, Indonesia, Korea South & North, Mali, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Papua New Guinea, Russia and non, Spain, Turkey, UK, USA; dangers of 5G; propagation outlook

WOR 2019 is available as of 2325 UT Thursday January 30
(mp3 stream)
(mp3 download)

Or via
Also linx to podcast services.

The shortwave broadcasts should be:

0900 UT Friday    Unique Radio NSW 5045-USB
2300 UT Friday    WRMI 9955
[usually starts with heavy jamming but maybe abates;
try a remote KiwiSDR in Colombia]
0130 UT Saturday  WRMI 5850, 5010, 7780
1300 UT Saturday  WRMI 15770
2030vUT Saturday  WA0RCR 1860-AM
0400vUT Sunday    WA0RCR 1860-AM [nominal 0415]
2130 UT Sunday    WRMI 7780
0130 UT Monday    WRMI 7780
0230 UT Monday    WRMI 7780 9395
0400vUT Monday    WBCQ 5130v Area 51
0430 UT Monday    WRMI 9955
0900 UT Monday    Unique Radio NSW 5045-USB
0930 UT Monday    Unique Radio NSW 5045-USB [another episode]
1900vUT Monday    IRRS 7290 Romania?
0100 UT Tuesday   WRMI 7780
0900 UT Wednesday Unique Radio NSW 5045-USB
2100 UT Wednesday WRMI 7780
2200 UT Wednesday WBCQ 7490v
0100 UT Thursday  WRMI 7780

Full schedule including AM, FM, webcasts, satellite, podcasts:
(Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

** U S A. 13685-13690-13695, Jan 30 at 1550, WINB-DRM noise is S9+10; that is noise on the top half, beepery on the bottom half, never explained. Summary for `Wavescan` Dec 29 says they have 3 x 15 kW DRM transmitters; strange, as never heard on more than one at a time, and sounds more like the registered 50 kW than 15; likewise 7310-7315-7320 late in the night. Or maybe 15+15+15 kW at a time? (Glenn Hauser, WORLD OF RADIO 2019)

** U S A. 690, Jan 31 at 0113-0130+ UT as I am bandscanning MW for any sign of live coverage of acting president Drumpf Impeachment Trial --- zilch --- I can`t help but notice KGGF Coffeyville KS in dead air. Clearly this, the normally dominant signal here day and night, tho the OC facilitates several other signals, notably Spanish presumably XEN rather than Cuba. By 0151 check, KGGF has revived with condescending financial advice to a very indebted ex-medical student in danger of burning out: work very long hours for a few years (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

** U S A. 1090, Jan 30 at 0701 UT, yet another check of what`s happening at Cumulus` KAAY Little Rock AR: PSA and illegal ID ``AM 1090 KAAY``, 0701.6 into mandatory dead air circa ToH; 0705 revives, JIP tail end of SRN news, 0705.5 gospel music (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

UNIDENTIFIED. 8992-USB, Jan 30 at 2256, US military alfanumeric crypto message but with heavy RTTY QRM, one carrier zeroing at 8993.6. Both stop about the same time, 2258, making me think that is not coincidental; same transmitter? I was looking for 8989 el pescador predicador nicaragüense, no show (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

UNIDENTIFIED. 12469.50-USB, Jan 30 at 2229, contact between two YLs, unusual in Spanish, conveying traffic, reading out some document with ``dos puntos`` = colon, maybe URLs, but also mentions ``grados`` = degrees so maybe about weather or navigation. Much spelling out fonetikally, employing the English A-B-Cs --- ``November`` etc., but otherwise in perfect non-colloquial Spanish. And not a word about putas! (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

UNIDENTIFIED. 15111.11-USB, Jan 30 at 2157, 2-way in colloquial Spanish, INTRUDERS; 2158 one of them whistles, and with engine noise in background (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

UNIDENTIFIED. 15803-USB, Jan 30 at 2213-2223, 2-way in colloquial Spanish, discussing putas, etc.; not INTRUDERS into the 19m SWBC band if you buy that it ends at 15800 (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR) 

This report dispatched at 0511 UT January 31

Agenda DX 31/01/2020

Akaki Radio Station, Addis Abeba, Etiopia (1935)
CKLG, British Col., Canada 730 Khz (1955)
Radio Diario de Manha, Florianopolis, Brasile 740 Khz (1955)
Radio Nacional del Perù 6095 Khz (1937)
Radio Sargento Cabral, Argentina (1953)

giovedì 30 gennaio 2020

Media & Tech - 30/01/2020

VORW schedule

I've received an e-QSL this morning from Voice of the Report of the Week, and this is their current schedule:

Thursday 2000 UTC - 7780 kHz - To Eastern North America
Thursday 2100 UTC - 7780 kHz - To North America and Europe
Thursday 2300 UTC - 9955 kHz - To South America
Friday 0100 UTC -  9395 kHz, 7780 kHz - To North America and Europe
Friday 0200 UTC - 5850 kHz - To North America
Friday 2200 UTC - 9955 kHz - To South America
Saturday 0200 UTC - 5850 kHz - To North America
Saturday 0800 UTC - 1300 kHz - To Nashville, Tennessee
Saturday 2300 UTC - 6115 kHz, 9395 kHz To Europe and North America
Sunday 0200 UTC - 5850 kHz To North America
Sunday 2200 UTC - 7780 kHz To Europe
Monday 0200 UTC - 5850 kHz To North America

David J Morris
Lytchett Matravers

(via WOR io group)

Agenda DX 30/01/2020

Radio Marumby, Brasile 9665 Khz (1955)

Glenn Hauser logs January 29-30, 2020

** BRAZIL. 3365, Jan 30 circa 0020, JBA carrier direct from R. Cultura de Araraquara, but from 0030 VG local-like signal via Pardinho SDR also in SP state, with hyper-enthusiastic coverage of silly ballgame, or perhaps preliminaries; suspected to be its final day on air if not tomorrow. Many others are monitoring this, but the occasion is not enough to keep me listening to such nonsense. I have yet to hear any ID even in passing, but no doubt this is it, based on info in my previous report. How about something *cultural*? Website as in WRTH is only one static page, no info on program schedule, but does refer (not link) to its disgraced FB, which is very active and nothing about programming found there either, but nothing to indicate anything cultural (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

** CUBA [and non]. 530, Jan 29 at 0720, Spanish talk // 5025, so Radio Rebelde which could be either far Guantánamo 1 kW, or closer Isla Juventud of unknown power; mixing with EZL music from Radio Enciclopedia, near Habana which is normally the only Cuban heard; and at times with third station no doubt CHLO Ontario (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

** KOREA SOUTH. 1566, Jan 29 at 1335, TP carrier from NW, strongest vs the low-banders which are just about gone by now; LSR 1335 UT. I keep on it and at 1344:32 the carrier drops off, but then I hear it again more weakly. That would be the FEBC Jeju Island antenna change from Japanese to Chinese. Before the switch, 1566 had some long slow fades, maybe SAH of less than 1 Hz from another station rather than propagational? But there are nothing else but six China stations of 10 or 1 kW listed. I assume it`s not considered worth jamming (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

** TURKEY. 5960, Jan 29 at 2357, VOT IS has stayed on after English and now the German IDs start, presumably prior to axual German bonus broadcast but unrechecked until 0050 Jan 30 when it`s off (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

** U S A. 426-MCW kHz, Jan 29 at 0725 UT, ND beacon IZS, which is 25 watts from Montezuma, Georgia; mixing with something else at first hard to unravel. The only others are in AL and MS. Where`s that? Twin city with Oglethorpe, SW of Macon -- I was not aware of them during my brief stint at Warner Robins AFB.

428-MCW kHz, Jan 29 at 0724 UT, ND beacon POH, which is 25 watts from Pocahontas, Iowa; the only 428 at and the highest in the 400s from conterminous US, exceeded only in CONUS by an Alaskan on 429. Where`s that? NW of Fort Dodge (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

** U S A. WORLD OF RADIO 2018 monitoring: confirmed Wednesday January 29 at 2100 on WRMI 7780, poor.

Also confirmed Wed Jan 29 at 2200:23 on WBCQ 7490.26, fair S9/+10.

Also confirmed UT Thu Jan 30 at 0100 on WRMI 7780, JBA.

Next WOR #2019 should be ready by early UT January 31 (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

** U S A. 15770, Jan 29 at 1900, this reactivated WRMI is only JBA via UTwente SDR; direct here around 2020, much better with Radio Prague relay in English (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

** U S A. 1090, Jan 29 at 0703:20, KAAY, Little Rock AR ID and then dead air; 0705.0 JIP tail end of SRN news, and then 0705:30 into gospel music. Something`s always wrong at ToH (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

This report dispatched at 0257 UT January 30

Radio Cultura de Araraquara 3365 kHz

BRAZIL  3365.049 kHz  KiwiSDR by PY2BS and PY2PE Atlantic Ocean island, near Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, at 23.14 UT on Jan 29, S=9+35dB or -45dBm signal, armchair strong reception, 16 kHz wideband signal visible on Kiwi SDR.

Also noted in three US remote Perseus units, at AL, FL and MA states, at 23.35 UT.
Wolfgang Bueschel
73 wb  df5sx

mercoledì 29 gennaio 2020

Media & Tech - 29/01/2020

BBC News to close 450 posts as part of £80m savings drive

Around 450 jobs will be cut from BBC News under plans to complete its £80m savings target by 2022.
Outlets to be hit by job closures include BBC Two's Newsnight, BBC Radio 5 Live and the World Update programme on the World Service.
BBC News boss Fran Unsworth said there had to be a move away from traditional broadcasting and towards digital.
But broadcasting union Bectu said the changes mean staff will be "under even more pressure to deliver".
The job cuts announced on Wednesday include the previously announced closure of BBC Two's Victoria Derbyshire programme.
BBC News currently employs around 6,000 people, including 1,700 outside the UK. Its budget after the changes will be around £480m per year.
Unsworth, who is director of BBC News, said: "The BBC has to face up to the changing way audiences are using us.
"We need to reshape BBC News for the next decade in a way which saves substantial amounts of money. We are spending too much of our resources on traditional linear broadcasting and not enough on digital."

What will be cut?

The corporation announced in 2016 that it needed to save £800m, with around £80m of that figure coming from News.
Just over £40m - around half - of the savings required in BBC News have already been found over the past four years.
The remaining savings will be found in large part by restructuring the newsroom to adopt a "story-led" model, which will see planned stories each rolled out across a greater number of programmes and outlets.
The BBC said this would avoid the duplication that occurs from several programmes putting resources into the same news stories.
However, the changes mean there will be a reduction in the overall number of stories covered, and Newsnight will produce fewer films.
The corporation said further information about which specific jobs are to go will be announced early in the summer.
Unsworth also said there would be a review of the number of presenters BBC News has and how they work.
While Victoria Derbyshire and World Update will be closed, Unsworth said there are unlikely to be any further closures of entire programmes or services.
The savings are expected to result in post closures across BBC News as the planning and commissioning of stories is centralised.
The BBC News website will be largely, although not entirely, protected, as the corporation prepares to invest further in digital, including the launch of a new version of the BBC News app.
The 450 job cuts include around 50 post closures at the World Service that were announced at the end of 2019.
The BBC announced in 2016 it needed to save £800m by 2020; BBC News was to provide £80m of those savings, and it is only half way.
The BBC is struggling to connect with many British people - especially those from poorer socio-economic backgrounds, and - even more so - those under 35.
The licence fee, which accounts for around 75% of the BBC's revenue, is under unprecedented political and structural pressure.
These three facts have driven the changes announced today.
The first made pain inevitable; the second has determined the nature of the cuts announced; the third means the audience the BBC has in mind when making these changes isn't just licence fee payers - it's the inhabitants of 10 Downing Street.
Writing on Twitter after the latest announcement, Victoria Derbyshire took issue with the reasons behind the decision to close her programme.
"We were NEVER asked to grow the linear TV audience. Ever," she tweeted in response to a journalist who suggested the viewing figures for her programme were low.
"We were asked to grow our digital audience - we did," she said.
Michelle Stanistreet, general secretary of the National Union of Journalists, responded to the announcement by saying: "These damaging cuts are part of an existential threat to the BBC, and a direct consequence of the last disastrous, secret licence fee deal the BBC agreed with the government."
Bectu national secretary Noel McClean said: "The unprecedented constraints faced by the BBC will leave our members under even more pressure to deliver the output and service that has made this essential public service the envy of the international broadcasting community and risks its future viability."
Damian Collins MP, who is standing for re-election as chair of the House of Commons culture select committee, said there would be "concerns" about the plans.
"They should explain how it'll impact the BBC's ability to reach people," he wrote on Twitter.
TalkRadio host Julia Hartley Brewer and former Newsnight economics editor Paul Mason were among those offering their views on the plans on Twitter.
Meanwhile, the BBC has suspended the closure of its Red Button text service after protests, a day before it was due to have started being phased out.
On Monday, a petition calling for it to be saved, organised by the National Federation of the Blind of the UK (NFBUK), was handed in to the BBC and Downing Street.

Wolfgang Bueschel oibservations

6035even CHINA  nothing at 11.47 UT from Thimphu Bhutan on that channel. Nothing heard in Bangalore and Delhi India remote SDR rxs sites.

But powerhouse S=9+25dB or -55dBm Chinese program signal noted at Hanoi VTN and Jakarte INS remote SDR rxs from Kunming CHN even in ! 11-12 ! UT hour (fault item in HFCC / Aoki database, requested 1200-1700 UT only there.) And in between real Mandarin Chinese announcement, Hanoi Vietnam signal is like armchair power.

Though S=9+10dB in remote Hiroshima Japan SDR unit too.

PNG ?   3325even kHz, likely NBC Bougainville at 11.35 UT on Jan 29 S=5 fair signal in Japan.

OTHR broadband powerhouse signal on 4940 - 5065 kHz all over Japan monitoring.

AUSTRALIA?   Noted string signal midst on radar on 5055.005 kHz so - I guess - Radio 4KZ is on air at 11.42 UT on Jan 29.

73 wolfie  df5sx
wwdxc germany

Glenn Hauser logs January 27-28-29, 2020

** ALBANIA [non]. 15770, Jan 28 at 2046, Radio Tirana relay by WRMI is back here after change to 11580 yesterday only; S7-S8, ID and `Cultural Activities`. Altho aimed at Europe, not me, 15770 was not making it to UTwente a few minutes earlier, while 11580, 4+ MHz lower, into the night, might have. The 0230 UT Jan 29 repeat JBA on 9395 here but good via the KF2DA KiwiSDR in NY; see ARGENTINA (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

** ANTARCTICA. 15476-, Jan 28 at 2050, JBA carrier slightly below 15476, typical of LRA36, so is it on without notice? But when I bring up Pardinho, Brasil, SDR a few minutes later, no show. Harold Frodge replies, ``Weak carrier only on the North Coast at 2101.`` --- does that mean his home location of Midland, Michigan? (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

** ARGENTINA [non]. 9395, Jan 29 at 0215, RAE ATTW relay in English via WRMI is as most of the time JBA, unusable, the winter night MUF just too low, while it would be fine if on 5800 right after Spanish. So I try some SDRs which might be getting it. No good in Pardinho, Brasil, nor Bogota, Colombia. I thought it might make the latter off the back of the 355 degree azimuth; then I try some eastern North America Kiwis; still no good until I get far enough away to upstate New York, that of KF2DA, and not too far off the boresight. Program is about Daniel Barenboim who is appearing in Bs. As. Wrapping up but not quite finished at 0230 when chopped off for switch to Radio Tirana IS (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

** BRAZIL. 3365, Jan 28 at 2355, JBA carrier, R. Cultura de Araraquara SP, which has been reported active lately. Then I see this on the WOR iog from Dan Robinson: 

``Being heard NOW 2330 via several Northeast U.S. SDRs, and  at S.B. Campo Brazil where the level is huge, as it is via Pardinho``

Too hard direct, too easy via Pardinho, hi. Listened for part of semihour 0000+ without hearing an ID, news/talk, music, but off by 0032 UT. 

Time is running out to DX this rarely active station: Karel Honzík, Czechia had reported it as unID January 26/27, 2345-0005. I listened to his clip and intonation certainly sounded Brazilian. Rudolf Grimm, Brasil, replied on HCDX:

``Hi Karel, Radio Cultura 3365 kHz uses the 90 m signals on this time each year, when the city's soccer team (FC Ferroviaria) plays the annual state soccer championship. A strong signal was heard here in São Bernardo (close to São Paulo) yesterday. The 90 m signal is kept in the air only during the football match. The signal is then deactivated. Also, the announcer informed on the air that Radio Cultura de Araraquara at 790 kHz will be migrating to FM on January 30 (in a few days!). It is understood that the 90 meter signal will probably also be able to close permanently on the same day. 73, Rudolf Grimm, São Bernardo SP``

Then, Alan Pennington, UK, told the WOR iog: ``But AFE have another match (at home) tomorrow, Wednesday 29th January (versus Sao Paulo), kick-off at 2130 local time (2330 UTC)  So will 3365 kHz be on air for that match also? But maybe on 90 metre for the last time? 73, Alan Pennington, Caversham, UK``

That would be 0030 UT Thursday in the UT-3 local timezone in SP (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

** CUBA. 15140, Jan 28 at 1554, RHC is undermodulated/distorted as it has been lately here, whilst weaker // 15230 modulation is OK. Something`s always wrong at RHC (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

** CUBA. 11880 // 15370 // 15140, Jan 28 at 2113, in decreasing order of signal quality, RHC in Brazuguese on all, rather than three different languages, Something`s always wrong at RHC (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

** CUBA. 11850, Jan 28 at 2352, RHC is S9+30 but suptorted, just barely modulated. Wiggle that patchcord; something`s always wrong at RHC. 11950 has total dead air of S9+20, but it`s just warming up for the 0000 `Mesa Redonda` (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

** OKLAHOMA. 27184.9-AM, Jan 28 at 2117, S9+10 of open carrier as some local yocal is blocking this prime CB frequency; I had noticed same yesterday on caradio, so deliberately checked it today (Glenn Hauser, Enid, WOR)

** OKLAHOMA. From 1800 UT Tue Jan 28, the Impeachment Trial of acting president Drumpf resumes in the US Senate; today three OKC network affiliates plug into it, KFOR NBC, KOCO ABC and KOKH Fox --- but KWTV resumes local noon news --- and winter weather, rather than CBS. Not sure if this was CBS` decision or not, but the Republicans stopped today after only a couple hours, so everything except cable TV back to normal (Glenn Hauser, Enid, WOR)

** TURKEY. 5960, Jan 28 at 2344, VOT absent again from English to us, which should not have concluded quite yet (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

** U S A. 7190-LSB, Jan 28 at 0708, W6WWV on the Triple-H Net, asking for check-ins; not many despite nationwide propagation, and turns it over to other NCSs. Many calls heard, but they never explain what it`s all about, in the middle of the night, so why should anyone want to check in, stateside or abroad? Mentions WAS, maybe a clue. I search out its website, which tells all about it: Yes, it issues WAS certificates; but don`t other clubs too?

The member roster has 975 entries, including more and more Silent Keys, whose numbers have not been reassigned, but whose names and calls have been deleted, non memoriam! In chrono order, fewer and fewer new ones are added in last few years, two in `19, one in `18, three in `17, six in `16... 

Guess what: the only call I noted, W6WWV, is not on the roster. ARRL lookup: BATTERMAN, DENNIS E, W6WWV, Dundee, OR 97115. Is he honouring timesignals? Maybe he`s still working on WAS. And where does the HHH name come from? Not explained but looking thru the roster I find at least one -HHH, so is that the cause or effect? ``741. KA9HHH E Bob Schiff IL Chicago 08/18/00`` (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

** U S A. 11720, Tue Jan 28 at 2103, VG signal S8+20/30 from VOA Grimesland NC, during news, but dumps off air briefly at 2104, and again longer, not back on until 2106 when rock music already playing; 2110 only program name is ``VOA One, with DJ Larry London``, outro of Beyoncé and free-plugging her clotheslines.

Yesterday Monday Jan 27 I also checked during the one hour that VOA ``Greenville`` puts such a super signal back into deep North America, when the show was `Soul Lounge`. So now I want to look up the subtitles at least of this VOA hour each day of week. Tnx to the WOR Hitlist, we go right to: date by date, but fails to show anything at 2100+ UT after News on the hour! Not `Soul Lounge` on Monday, not `Music Time in Africa` on Friday, both of which we know exist by our own ears. 

No Soul Lounge to be found here either: but searching on name, get some archived, ``latest episodes`` of 2016-2015-2014 as part of `Music Alley with Shawna Renee`. Bottom line is that VOA scheduling is a mess; they don`t even know what they are airing. BTW, today was not the first time the 11720 transmitter crapped out (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

** U S A. 15770, Jan 28 at 1551, WRMI is back on here with SMTV, VP signal, so 11580 yesterday was a one-day test, or error? No info on website about that. At 2025 I check UTwente, finding that 15770 is not making it there at all; 7780 is sufficient, and 11580 might be if it were on. See also ALBANIA [non]; ARGENTINA [non] (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

This report dispatched at 0606 UT January 29

FTIOM & Extended UBMP, February 2-8 / FTIOM & UBMP extendido, del 2 al 8 de Febrero

From the Isle of Music, February 2-8:
This week our guest is Dayramir González, who led the opening Gala concert at Jazz Plaza in Havana this year. We talk to him before the rehearsal for that concert, and
we will listen to some of his wonderful recordings.
The broadcasts take place:
1. For Eastern Europe but audible well beyond the target area in most of the Eastern Hemisphere (including parts of East Asia and Oceania) with 100Kw, Sunday 1500-1600 UTC on SpaceLine, 9400 KHz, from Sofia, Bulgaria (1800-1900 MSK)
If you don’t have a shortwave radio or are out of range, you can listen live to an uplink from a listening radio in the Netherlands during the broadcast at
2. For the Americas and parts of Europe, Tuesday 0100-0200 UTC (New UTC) on WBCQ, 7490 KHz from Monticello, ME, USA (Monday 8-9PM EST in the US).
If you don’t have a shortwave or are out of range, you can listen to a live stream from the WBCQ website here (choose 7490):
3 & 4. For Europe and sometimes beyond, Tuesday 1900-2000 UTC and Saturday 1200-1300 UTC on Channel 292, 6070 KHz from Rohrbach, Germany.
If you don’t have a shortwave radio or are out of range, you can listen live to an uplink from a listening radio in Europe.
Visit our Facebook page at

Uncle Bill’s Melting Pot, February 2 and 4:
Episode 150 features Greek Jazz-Rock and Folk Fusion inspired by a tip from our friend in Greece Kostas Polyzonis.
On WBCQ only, there is a second half-hour featuring the very first episode of our show in 2017.
The transmissions take place:
1.Sundays 2300-0000 UTC (6:00PM -7:00PM Eastern US) on WBCQ The Planet 7490 KHz from the US to the Americas and parts of Europe
If you don’t have a shortwave or are out of range, you can listen to a live stream from the WBCQ website here (choose 7490)
2. Tuesdays 2000-2030 UTC on Channel 292, 6070 KHz from Rohrbach, Germany for Europe.
If you don’t have a shortwave radio or are out of range, you can listen live to an uplink from different web SDRs in Europe.
Visit our Facebook Page at

William "Bill" Tilford, Owner/Producer
Tilford Productions, LLC


From the Isle of Music, del 2 al 8 de Febrero: 

Esta semana nuestro invitado es Dayramir González, quien dirigió el concierto de gala de apertura en Jazz Plaza en La Habana este año. Hablamos con él antes del ensayo para ese concierto, y
Escucharemos algunas de sus maravillosas grabaciones.
Las emisiónes tienen lugar:
1. Para Europa oriental pero audible más allá de la zona objetiva en todas las direcciones con 100Kw, domingo 1500-1600 TUC en SpaceLine, 9400 KHz, desde Kostinbrod, Bulgaria (1800-1900 MSK)
Si no tiene una radio que recibe onda corta o está fuera del alcance, puede escuchar en vivo un enlace de una radio que escucha en Holanda durante la transmisión en
2. Para las Américas y partes de Europa, martes 0100-0200 TUC (Nuevo TUC) en WBCQ, 7490 KHz desde Monticello, ME, EE.UU. (lunes 8-9PM EST en los EE.UU.)
Si no tiene una radio que recibe onda corta o está fuera de rango, puede escuchar una transmisión en vivo desde el sitio web de WBCQ aquí (elija 7490)
3 y 4. Para Europa y a veces más allá, martes 1900-2000 TUC y sábado 1200-1300 TUC en Channel 292, 6070 KHz desde Rohrbach, Alemania.
Si no tiene una radio que recibe onda corta o está fuera del alcance, puede escuchar en vivo un enlace de radios que escuchan en varios websdrs en Europa.
Visite nuestro página de Facebook en

Uncle Bill's Melting Pot, el 2 y el 4 de Febrero:
El episodio 150 ofrece jazz-rock y folclor-fusion de Grecia inspirado en un consejo de nuestro amigo en Grecia Kostas Polyzonis. 
Solo en WBCQ, hay una segunda media hora que ofrece nuestro primer episodio del programa en 2017.   
Las emisiones tienen lugar: 
1. Domingo 2300-0000 UTC (6:00 PM -7:00PM EST) WBCQ The Planet 7490 KHz de EE. UU. a las Américas y partes de Europa
Si no tiene una radio que recibe onda corta o está fuera de rango, puede escuchar una transmisión en vivo desde el sitio web de WBCQ aquí (elija 7490)
2. Martes 2000-2030 UTC en el Canal 292, 6070 KHz desde Rohrbach, Alemania para Europa.
Si no tiene una radio que recibe onda corta o está fuera del alcance, puede escuchar en vivo un enlace de una radio de varios websdrs en Europa. 
Visite nuestra página de Facebook en

Agenda DX 29/01/2020

ZK2ZN, Niue Island 594 Khz (1973)
Radio Federacion Shuar, Ecuador 4960 Khz (1968)
Swazi Commercial Radio 9705 Khz, Swaziland (1972)

martedì 28 gennaio 2020

PHL FEBC Vietnamese mountain folk languages sce from Iba bcast center site. And jamming from Vietnam against.

Today checked again the TWN  SOH fq list, and came across of

9919.977 PHL  FEBC Vietnamese mountian folk languages sce
         from Iba bcast center site.
         Depending of the day of the week scheduled some
         Vietnamese domestic languages
         like Rade, Jarai, Hre, Bahnar and Koho. Scheduled 12.00-13.30 UT.
         S=9 sidelobe signal in remote SDR rx at Hiroshima and Tokyo Japan.
         At 12.12 UT on Jan 28.
         11 kHz wide  - and

9919.063 fundamental fq on lower sideband.
         VTN  Jamming with sirene howling buoy audio sound from
         Vietnam at lower sideband noise signal level,
         visible are 8 x 100 Hertz distance away spur peak strings
         visible on either sideband.

[selected SDR options, span 12.5 kHz RBW 15.3 Hertz]
(wb  df5sx, wwdxc BC-DX TopNews Jan 28)

Media & Tech - 28/01/2020

Shortwave reception from Sofia January 27-28

Shortwave reception from Sofia January 27-28. Videos can be found on

NUMBERS STATION   Reception of S06s Russian Lady 41mb on January 28
0730-0736 on  7410 unknown secret tx site to Eu Russian CUSB, fair:

UTILITY   UVB 76 The Buzzer was heard on 2nd hx 9250 USB, January 27
1350&1500 on  4625 USB weak/fair and 2nd harmonic 9250 USB fair/good

UTILITY   UNID Military transmission & LZW Varna Radio on January 28
0700-0703 on  5778 USB mode Bulgarian UNID Military, fair signal and
0704&0707 on  3740 USB mode English/Bulgarian LZW Varna Radio, good.

USA   WRMI-9 on 11580, instead of 15770, January 27. Not shown on their website
1200-1300 on 11580*RMI 100 kW / 044 deg to WeEu English Daily Brother Stair TOM
1300-1330 on 11580*RMI 100 kW / 044 deg to WeEu French  Mon-Wed RAE Argentina
1330-1400 on 11580 RMI 100 kW / 044 deg to WeEu English Mon/Wed/Fri Alameda BF
1400-2000 on 11580 RMI 100 kW / 044 deg to WeEu English Daily Supreme Master TV
*1245-1315UT 11580 TRM 200 kW / 285 deg to SoAs various FEBA, NOT HEARD TODAY!!
plus also on 11580 MLI 001 kW / non-dir to EaAs Chinese SOH/CNR-1 various times

USA   Good signal of WHRI Angel 1 in 25mb on January 28
0859-1000 on 11825 HRI 250 kW / 245 deg to AUS  English
From January 23 no signal of EWTN / WEWN-1 on 9385 kHz:
0000-0900 on  9385 EWN 250 kW / 085 deg to WeAf English

USA   WRMI-9 is again on scheduled 15770 January 28, instead of 11580 January 27
1200-1300 on 15770 RMI 100 kW / 044 deg to WeEu English Daily Brother Stair TOM
1300-1330 on 15770 RMI 100 kW / 044 deg to WeEu French  Mon-Wed RAE Argentina
1330-1400 on 15770 RMI 100 kW / 044 deg to WeEu English Tue AWR's Wavescan
1400-2000 on 15770 RMI 100 kW / 044 deg to WeEu English Daily Supreme Master TV


73! Ivo Ivanov
More information on the shortwave listening hobby,
please visit to

QTH-1: Patreshko, Bulgaria
Receiver: Afedri SDR
Software: SDR-Console v2.3(using remote connection)
Antennas: various Inverted V and beverage antennas.

QTH-2: Sofia OK2, Bulgaria
Receiver: Sony ICF-2001D
Antenna: 30 m. long wire

Unscheduled broadcast of Radio Habana Cuba in 31mb January 28

CUBA   Unscheduled broadcast of Radio Habana Cuba in 31mb January 28
1000-1200 on  9535 BEJ 100 kW / 230 deg to CeAm Spanish, unscheduled
1200-1600 on  9535 BEJ 100 kW / 230 deg to CeAm Spanish as scheduled
2200-0600 on  9535 BEJ 100 kW / 230 deg to CeAm Spanish as scheduled

And off air at 1011UT


73! Ivo Ivanov
More information on the shortwave listening hobby,
please visit to

QTH-1: Patreshko, Bulgaria
Receiver: Afedri SDR
Software: SDR-Console v2.3(using remote connection)
Antennas: various Inverted V and beverage antennas.

QTH-2: Sofia OK2, Bulgaria
Receiver: Sony ICF-2001D
Antenna: 30 m. long wire

Wolfgang Bueschel observations

CUBA  5990even  CRI Latin America relay site at RadioCuba Quivican
San Felipe TITAN 250 kW site, at 00.30 UT on Jan 28.

Powerhouses heard in Massachusetts eastern US coast.

5990even CRI Spanish program, S=9+35dB 18 kHz wideband nice modulation,
but suffered underneath by over-spill splash of RHC Spanish signal of
odd 5999.995 kHz also at S=9+35dB level in MA. 9 kHz wideband audio,
but in distortion audio peaks up to 30 kHz WIDEBAND signal
propagate made it into northern US states.

15120 kHz CRI Spanish heard on remote Kiwi set at SDR rx at PU2GUN Vilhena
Brazil. Also from RadioCuba Quivican San Felipe TITAN 250 kW site,
S=9+10dB at -66dBm strength. Endless talk at 00.52 UT.
TX Sign-off midst in sentence at 00.55 UT.

6180 kHz CRI via RadioCuba Quivican San Felipe TITAN 250 kW site
from 01.00 UT, but on 6180.019 odd fq heard in central Brazil PU2GUN Vilhena,
and at Kiwi set Bonaire, in Chicago US too - bad mix of Brasilia and Quivican site signals,

In Sao Paulo and and central Brazil
RN da Amazonia Brasilia DF instead, powerhouse S=9+30dB or -43dBm signal.

6180even CRI English via RadioCuba Quivican San Felipe TITAN 250 kW site
13 kHz wideband, in peaks up to 20 kHz wideband audio in
remote SDR rx at Massachusetts eastern US coast line unit.

odd 5999.995 kHz only empty CRI
- likely RHC English px at Washington northern US states meant -
carrier noted at S=9+35 level at 01.07 UT on Jan 28.

15730 kHz RHC Bejucal 50 kW likely Creole sce towards Antilles SoAM,
noted at poor S=4 level in Sao Paulo remote Kiwi unit, at 01.12 UT.

11700 kHz RHC via RadioCuba Quivican San Felipe TITAN 250 kW site,
noted in Sao Paulo remote Kiwi unit at S=9+25 or like -72dBm but much
fluttery signal at 01.16 UT.
S=8 only in TWR Bonaire Kiwi set, due of short skip distance Cuba-Bonaire

\\ 11670 kHz RHC also Spanish sce from RadioCuba Bauta site,
S=8-9 or -81dBm in SP Brazil.
But S=9 signal in distorted audio quality at Bonaire remote Kiwi net
unit at 01.32 UT.

\\ not on air, 11850 kHz nothing heard in SoAM Brazil
nor at Bonaire Kiwi set in 01-02 UT time range.

\\ 6060 kHz RHC Bauta Spanish nice signal in Idaho USA at KA7U ham stn
of remote Kiwi set.
S=9+10 or -68dBm signal, nice audio signal at 01.27 UT on Jan 28.

4765even R Progreso from Bejucal site, S=9+10dB in peaks visible on Perseus
screen at Massachusetts north eastern US coast state. Nice Latin American
culture songs hear at 01.46 UT on Jan 28.

5924.999 kHz R Rebelde nice Latin mx program from Bauta site at 01.51 UT
also S=9+10dB in MA state unit.

[selected SDR options, span 12.5 kHz RBW 15.3 Hertz]
(wb  df5sx, wwdxc BC-DX TopNews Jan 28)

this UT nighttime a rich cornucopia / an abundance of nice Latin American usic culture, wb.

Glenn Hauser logs January 27-28, 2020

** ALBANIA [non]. 11580, Jan 27 at 2049 check, Radio Tirana relay by WRMI is indeed here from 2030 M-F, ex-15770, and should be generally better received even if off the side from Okee (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

** CANADA. 6754-USB, Jan 27 at 2327 check, still no signal from CHR, Trenton Military VOLMET (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

** CUBA [and non]. 13650, Jan 27 at 2330, Chinese music is distorted, as relay of CRI keeps on going here, even tho for months the Portuguese hour has been nothing but fill music; checked here after first hearing same music on 6100 direct from Beijing; 13650 atop CCI from NHK which would be in Vietnamese at this hourpart. Something`s always wrong at RadioCuba (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

** OKLAHOMA. RF 19, Jan 27 at 2200 UT, I check all the channels from KAUT on my alternate TV still receiving thru an STB: 43-1 KAUT-DT; 43-2 CourtTV; 43-3 Cozi; 43-4 MYSTERY. My main TV set with its built-in tuner demands rescanning rather than individual channel adding or deleting, which I am loath to do since with my antenna at any given time I cannot be sure all the ``local`` signals will be strong enough to register; so was not aware of 43-4. Then I check and find they`ve got it wrong! As 43-3 CourtTV Mystery; 43-4 COZI TV. What`s that channel about? Mostly sitcom reruns, certainly nothing new; and I see it`s part of NBC Universal. KAUT in turn is a sub of KFOR-TV, the NBC affiliate; coincidence? (Glenn Hauser, Enid, WOR)

** PERU. 5980, Jan 27 at 2351, JBA carrier from R. Chaski under Cuban jamming, until autocutoff at 2353:23.0*. Has it been a dekaday already since my last timing? Jan 17 until 2353:42.5*, so that makes it easy to compute the slippage, 1.95 seconds earlier per noctem, right on the mark, their clock is so accurate (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

** TURKEY. 5960, Jan 27 at 2328, another night off for VOT, as the Ankarans have labored for nothing to North America since something`s almost always wrong at Emirler. There is a JBA carrier slightly off-frequency, i.e. PBS Xinjiang, EAST TURKISTAN (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

** U S A [and non]. WORLD OF RADIO 2018 monitoring: confirmed Monday January 27 from 1901.2 on IRRS via Saftica, Romania(?), VG via UTwente SDR. Came on at *1856.5 carrier, 50-60 dBm; 1859.4 JIP Aida theme, 1900.5 IRRS sign-on and a few FSN headlines before WOR. Apparently stayed on for the hour, as toward the end, Dan Roberts` SW Report quoted and then played recording of anti-American commie propaganda from RHC, but cut off incomplete for IRRS sign-off by 2000.

WOR 2018 also confirmed UT Tue Jan 28 at 0100 on WRMI 7780, JBA here but good via UTwente SDR in Holland. Next:

0900 UT Wednesday Unique Radio NSW 5045-USB
2100 UT Wednesday WRMI 7780 to NE
2200 UT Wednesday WBCQ 7490v to WSW
0100 UT Thursday  WRMI 7780 to NE

Full schedule including AM, FM, webcasts, satellite, podcasts:
(Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

** U S A [non]. 4980, Jan 27 at 2329, JBA carrier, probably usual Xinjiang PBS, East Turkistan and not WRMI which seemed to be back here last night (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR) See also ALBANIA [non]

** U S A. 7490.2, Jan 27 at 2334 JBA carrier. WBCQ should not be *that* weak, but the offfrequenciness points their way and nothing else at all is scheduled now on 7490.0.

Consulting HFCC B-19 about 7490: WWCR has registered it at 09-12 in addition to the non-wooden time it`s really in use 13-16 (12-15 when DST start); WHRI has also registered 7490 at 0430-0600, but AFAIK has never used it. WBCQ has it available at 1900-0400 only despite coming up with Brother Scare at 1700 daily (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

** U S A. Unlike for the Democrats last week, the Big 4 broadcast TV networks, ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox, checked at 1900 UT Jan 27, as seen via their OKC affiliates, are all carrying live from the US Senate, lawiars in Republican defense of acting president Drumpf. So now we know where their biases lie, no such thing as Fairness. In addition to same on PBS and usual cable networks MSNBC, CNN, CSPAN2 which have carried everything from both sides; and this time Fox News too; but not NewsMax which is about Impeachment, concern over Bolton, not live coverage. I have never seen any of this on Spanish networks at random chex, Univision, Unimas, Telemundo, Gala, for whom evidently this is inconsequential, something for Anglos only?

Unknown when, but the OKC stations dump out of it in time for their evening news blox, and do NOT resume as Prime Time begins at 0100 UT, the commercial networks all staying in regular programming. So much for P.T. advantage in persuading the Public.

At 0108 UT Jan 28, I do another MW bandscan to find any Dershowitz like on cable TV, altho can`t be synchronized. Nothing except: as I tune in to 820, WBAP is just turning him on within some talkshow, but gone by 0117 recheck for a commercial. And one other: 1290 from SSW/NNE, presumably my closest, KWFS Wichita Falls TX, but it`s not heard either by 0117. Business as usual, almost (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

UNIDENTIFIED. 639, 891, 909 kHz, Jan 28 at 0107, not a full Trans-Atlantic JBA MW carrier search, rather my 10-kHz domestic scan looking for Impeachment coverage, finds obvious 1 kHz hets against these channels, no doubt 891 Algeria, 909 UK, but what would 639 be? Too many choices per WRTH: 500 kW from Cyprus, probably not on; 780 from Czechia, 430 from Spain; 400 from Iran, 100 from Oman, and some medium-power Africans (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

This report dispatched at 0553 UT January 28

Radio Verdad Guatemala

GUATEMALA   4054.991 heard on remote SDR rx unit at Cape Canaveral Florida eastern US state coast.

TGAV R Verdad Chiquimula_GTM  at S=8 or -76dBm Spanish language BIBLIA talk, at 0012 UT on Jan 28.
[selected SDR options, span 12.5 kHz RBW 15.3 Hertz]
(wb  df5sx, wwdxc BC-DX TopNews Jan 28)

Agenda DX 28/01/2020

KGVO, Montana 1290 Khz (1931)
WIPR, Puerto Rico 940 Khz

lunedì 27 gennaio 2020

Glenn Hauser logs January 26-27, 2020

** BRAZIL. 6180, Jan 26 at 2242, S9+10/15 of open carrier, probably RNA which is fully modulating on 11780. CRI/Cuba relay does not start colliding until 0100; only other 6180 at this hour in Aoki is CRI Kunming (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

** CANADA. 218-MCW kHz, Jan 27 at 0728 UT, dash and RL, 975-watt ND beacon at Red Lake, Ontario. Odd power, can`t make it to 1000?

245-MCW kHz, Jan 27 at 0730 UT, dash and YZE, 1000-watt NDB at Gore Bay, Ontario.

274-MCW kHz, Jan 27 at 0740 UT, dash and YPM, 25-watt NDB at Pikangikum, Ontario, per one of those to be decommissioned 2020-03-26. New one here, with only a bimonth to spare! Where and what is Pikangikum? Ojibwe; all about it here:

``Pikangikum First Nation is located on Pikangikum Lake, approximately 100 km northwest of Red Lake, Ontario. It is approximately 15 minutes by plane from Red Lake to Pikangikum.

Pikangikum is one of the largest First Nation communities in Northern Ontario with the highest on-reserve population in Northern Ontario, approximately 2,300. An estimated 75% of the population is under twenty-five years of age...``

And here:

It`s near the NW corner of Ontario, across from Berens River, Manitoba whence I heard another NDB lately. BTW, in CST/CDT timezone, far enough west for that even in ON, i.e. beyond Meridian 90.

The beacon band is really hot tonight, something virtually every kHz, or even two at a time. See also USA (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

** CANADA. 6977-USB, Sun Jan 26 at 2215, CFARS net (like MARS), NCS ``CW509`` in Winnipeg taking check-ins by segments in the 600s, then 700s, such as CW602, CW716. Gives them signal reports as received in Wpg. Sure sounds like they are saying ``CW###`` but must really be CIW### with the ``I`` swallowed, as in my Nov 27 log on 6961-USB at 2232. Where are these stations; a roster available? (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

** CANADA. 15034-USB, Jan 27 at 1505, no signal from CHR, Trenton Military, even tho 14670-CHU is in well. I`ve just realised that CHR has not been encountered lately in random bandscanning. I leave a radio on 15034 and still nothing heard by 1542. Nor at 1838 check. I`ve not been clear about an hourly pattern for CHR, but it has not been continuous. EiBi shows 1010-2400 with no breaks. No more ``no report received`` to be heard? Nor have I heard it on 6754-USB upon occasional nighttime tunebys. Further chex needed. So totally off, temporarily, or forever? That would save a lot of commuting expense for the announcer it shares with Gander! Hi (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

** CUBA. 11860 & 11930, Jan 26 at 2220, pulse jamming against nothing by this hour, but intermittently overlain atop the leisurely pulses are some very fast pulses, approx. 10 per second, I had not noticed before on these. Did not check whether they were synchronized (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

** CUBA. 15140, Jan 27 at 1839, RHC Spanish is overmodulated / distorted; something`s always wrong at RHC (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

** IRELAND. 13264-USB, Jan 27 at 1508, VOLMET YL voice JBA, S1-S2; strange mixture of English and metric measures; 1810 ``Shannon VOLMET`` ID and forecast for Dublin. EiBi shows this at 1200-1800 only altho not shared with any other station (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

** SCOTLAND [non]. 7490.055v, UT Mon Jan 27 at 0110, `Encore` classical music via WBCQ in well enough to hear on SW, but unfortunately simulscheduled with new episodes of `Dr Who` on BBC America; not to mention `The Simpsons` on Fox if they ever get back with newies; and tonight the Grammy Awards which interest me zero even tho they probably include token mentions of classical.

BTW, some weeks ago I was complaining that WBCQ webcasts were overmodulated/distorted. I finally noticed that the preamp slider on my Winamp equalizer was set full bore +12; I normally don`t fiddle with EQ and unknown how it got that way, but that was the problem, even tho WBCQ sounded worse than some others played (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

** SPAIN. 9281.6v, Jan 26 at 2224 extremely distorted squealyspur of broadcaster, so on second radio I look for // from the nearby/stronger signals on band: Not // 9350, 9395, 9455, 9565 -- but finally at 2236 I get a match of modulation peaks and pauses with 9690 REE!, 408.4 kHz away, after listening to the mess for some 4 minutes. Equally above that would be around 10099, possibly a JBA signal there (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

** U S A. 269-MCW kHz, Jan 27 at 0732 UT, ND beacon BEX, which is 25 watts from Bloomfield, Iowa; I was tuned to 267-USB. Where is that? Just south of Ottumwa, in the SE.

281-MCW kHz, Jan 27 at 0741 UT, ND beacon DMO, 25 watts at Sedalia,

420-MCW kHz, Jan 27 at 0742, ND beacon PK, 25 watts from Olathe - Herbb, Kansas (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR) See also CANADA

** U S A. WORLD OF RADIO 2018 monitoring: confirmed Sunday January 26 at 2130 on WRMI 7780, very poor here on portable PL-880.

Also confirmed UT Mon Jan 27 at 0130 on WRMI 7780, VG via UTwente SDR.

Also confirmed UT Mon Jan 27 at 0230 here on WRMI 9395, JBA S2-S3, much better on 7780 S9-S8. Also #2018 confirmed on WRN NAm webcast.

Also confirmed UT Mon Jan 27 at 0400 on Area 51 webcast, while via WBCQ 5130 at 0425 check it`s poor S7-S9+10 peaks.

Also confirmed UT Mon Jan 27 at 0430 on WRMI 9955, JBA carrier under pulse jamming; but good with no jamming audible at Bogotá KiwiSDR. Next:

[7290 reception varies hugely at UTwente: sometimes VG, sometimes JBA if at all, such as when checked Jan 26; fingers crossed for today:]

1901 UT Monday    IRRS 7290 Romania? to WNW
0100 UT Tuesday   WRMI 7780 to NE
0900 UT Wednesday Unique Radio NSW 5045-USB
2100 UT Wednesday WRMI 7780 to NE
2200 UT Wednesday WBCQ 7490v to WSW
0100 UT Thursday  WRMI 7780 to NE

Full schedule including AM, FM, webcasts, satellite, podcasts:
(Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

** U S A. 4980, Jan 27 at 0718, JBA music, maybe WRMI test? Normally would be nothing here since WRMI dropped frequency several weeks ago and then was only on until 0200. This is more like 5800 used to be with far less than full power. Richard Langley, NB, had just reported on 4980, Jan 27 at 0315: ``Checking a few frequencies when terminating recording on 7780 kHz, I noticed religious music and English talk on 4980 kHz. WRMI back on this frequency?``

11580, Jan 27 at 1512, WRMI reactivated here with SMTV about vegan diets, S9+10, and nothing on 15770, presumably replacing that --- a very good idea propagation-wise as 15770 is usually JBA here altho off the side of the 44 degree Euward beam, so is 11580 too? At 1840, still no 15770, but 11580 is only S8 and just barely modulated.

Ivo Ivanov already assumes 11580 be a 100% replacement for 15770, WRMI-9 at 1200-2300. (I noted 15770 was still on yesterday after 2200.) I.e. including the secret WORLD OF RADIO airing Saturday at 1300. Altho ``updated Jan 26``, the WRMI skedgrid as of 17 UT Jan 27 still shows nothing about 4980 or 11580! Nor is there anything recent from WRMI on disgraced FB.

SMTV plugged their website for more info, so is 11580 given now at Of course not, still 15770 and other WRMI frequencies with no specific time schedules! (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

** U S A [and non]. 1090, Jan 27 at 0700 UT, after legal ID, KAAY
Little Rock AR right into a string of PSAs all the way until 0703.5
another ID and only one sesquiminute of ToH dead air until gospel
music fires at 0705. Meanwhile could only make out XEAU TV infomercial
in Spanish, and the 1089 UK het (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

UNIDENTIFIED. 13927-USB, Jan 26 at 2209, US military contacts on what used to be an active trans-con MARS? frequency. Tactical or abbr`d call 7KO? mentioned. A flight requests ``weather update for our destination, KSWF - Stewart``. Had to spell KSWF several times fonetikaly. Contact JBA. Another ID of one station or another sounds like ``McCall 70`` -- or McCaw?

``Stewart International Airport, officially New York Stewart International Airport, is a public/military airport in Orange County, New York, United States. It is in the southern Hudson Valley, west of Newburgh, and southwest of Poughkeepsie, approximately 60 miles north of Manhattan, New York City. Wikipedia``

BTW, these airport designators starting with K are not the same as FCC callsigns for broadcasters, nor coordinated with them. NRC AM Log shows KSWF is not assigned to any station; but WTFDA FMdb shows KSWF on 100.5 in Aurora, Missouri, unrelated (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR) 

UNIDENTIFIED. 13970.9-USB, Jan 26 at 2208, 2-way in Spanish like the in-band intruders (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

This report despatched at 1852 UT January 27