** ARGENTINA [non]. 5800, Jan 25 at 0152, surprised to hear English on WRMI instead of RAE Spanish, which I had not checked earlier to confirm from 0100; and the English is SMTV! What`s it doing here now? Supposed to run 2100-0100 only on 5800, skedgrid still showing RAE at 01-02. Perhaps like last week we shall have another chance to hear actualidaddx.com.ar 48 hours later on UT Monday. SMTV is also on 5950 at 0223 check about animal welfare in Canada, Costa Rica, alfabetically. 5800 off at 0200, and 9395 then a JBA carrier when RAE should run in English (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)
** CUBA. 4748 & 4782 approx., Jan 25 at 0236, wide spurblobs +/- ~17 kHz out of 4765 Radio Progreso which itself is overmodulated / distorted at S9+30. In FM mode tuning the spurs, there is a trace of the music as on 4765. Both spurs are QRMing CODAR! Something`s always wrong at RadioCuba (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)
** IRAN. 6090, Jan 25 at 0123, seems Spanish, ME music, VP, i.e. VIRI as scheduled 2350-0250; EiBi shows one //, 7230, but only the first sesquihour to 0120, so too late to check that as confirmation. Anguilla off tonight, and no sign of Brazuguese, defunct Radio Bandeirantes. By 0225 recheck, VP but definitely in Spanish. Cuts off the air at 0250:15.5* as scheduled (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)
** OKLAHOMA. 88.1, Jan 24 at 1520 UT, as I am trying to listen to KWOU from Woodward, instead hear Oasis Network with echo, so not only the closest, KMSI Moore 0/50 kW vertical only, but also KDMI Coweta-Tulsa, 100/100 kW. The WTFDA FM Database does not show that these two are // and both relaying KNYD 90.5, altho both with Oasis Network. KMSI alone is the usual nemesis for KWOU. No significant tropo on the map (Glenn Hauser, Enid, WOR)
** TURKEY. 5960, UT Sat Jan 25 at 0017, VOT is still on, in German bonus broadcast; if unlikely to happen two nights in a row, maybe KBC will be unscathed 24 hours later from Germany (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)
** U S A [and non]. WORLD OF RADIO 2018 monitoring: confirmed first Northern/Western Hemisphere SWBC, Friday January 24 at 2300 on WRMI 9955, vs heavy Cuban jamming: it varies some with WRMI fading up to better audibility but jamming does not fully abate; by 2326 we are fairly audible.
Meanwhile this week I quickly check a bunch of KiwiSDRs, to find out how bad the situation is elsewhere; Chile & Uruguay: JBA without much jamming; Buenos Aires: fair but noisy; Pardinho/SP Brasil: F-G over jamming; Bogotá VG with no jamming audible --- should be best on the azimuth at first hop; Rockport, Maine: VG at WA2ZKD/1, the only N American one checked, certainly better than here: no signal in South Africa, Australia or China; Europe unchecked since plenty of other opportunities there later on 7780 or 15770; or 7290.
WOR 2018 also confirmed UT Saturday January 25 at 0130 via UTwente SDR: 7780 good; 5850 JBA; 5010 zilch; here: 7780 poor S8-S9; 5850 S9+30; 5010 S8-S9+10 but sounds much weaker than 5850. Next:
1300 UT Saturday WRMI 15770 to NE
2030vUT Saturday WA0RCR 1860-AM
0400vUT Sunday WA0RCR 1860-AM [nominal 0415]
2130 UT Sunday WRMI 7780 to NE
0130 UT Monday WRMI 7780 to NE
0230 UT Monday WRMI 7780 to NE, 9395 to NNW
0400vUT Monday WBCQ 5130v Area 51 to WSW
0430 UT Monday WRMI 9955 to SSE
0900 UT Monday Unique Radio NSW 5045-USB
0930 UT Monday Unique Radio NSW 5045-USB [another episode]
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. 5850, Jan 25 at 0200 right after WOR, WRMI with VORW, John Jurasek explaining that he`s recovering from dental work so running some repeat shows; like I heard one recently, admittedly months old. See also ARGENTINA [non] (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)
** U S A. 7490.2v, UT Sat Jan 25 at 0100, WBCQ ID interrupts FKB gospel huxter, but instead of WTO, a couple minutes of novelty nonsense singing; then 0102 WBCQ canned ID again, and WTO theme, but no A&A again this week, rather TimTron substituting from 0103 confirming off the bat that this is live on Jan 24, YOOL 2020; wish AW would do that instead of burying the date somewhere in the middle. Says this is on 7490 (only), using his own microphonium from the secret squirrel studio in Skow-town; says something flu-like has been infesting WBCQ staff at Monticello, and he himself feels unwell, hope not resurgence of Lyme disease; then into death of Bigelow-chat. Over to John Carver for a fuller report:
``No readable signal tonight on 7490. Program started two minutes late on 5130 and was hosted by TimTron. Tim said they were only broadcasting on 7490 but I'm listening on 5130. Said he was asked to host the show last weekend but wasn't feeling up to it. Is fearful that his Lyme disease is flaring up. Mourning the death of his neighbor's cat that he dealt with since at least 2002. He played a song that his wife, Marcie, wrote about the cat. He did say that the part on the SS transmitter that broke has been removed and sent to the manufacturer to be inspected. He also talked about the 7490 transmitter and the problems they've had with it. A problem with the blower and the blower switch and the blower interlock. I can only copy 7490 here in the afternoons and it's usually gone by 2300 to 2330 hours. Major repairs will have to wait till warm weather and Tim feeling better. Then into some music.
Some talk about the state of propagation as there was last week. Consensus was the same as last week, dismal. He did state that 5130 was about the only frequency that worked reasonably well in these conditions. Then a plea for people to create a show and get on the air at WBCQ. Then into some more music.
At 0155 the nonstop top of the hour IDs started once again and continued to the top of the hour. I have mentioned this twice to people at the station and the last time Allan was on the air doing this program Pirate Joe mentioned it to him also. John, Mid-North Indiana``
I do check at 0133 to find 5130 is on with music like 7490+ ATM, but VP. Cursory confirmation of no sigs from other WBCQs: 9330, 6160v, 3265v (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)
** U S A [and non]. 1090, Jan 24 at 0702 UT, ToH dead air from KAAY LR causes minimal interference to XEAU Monterrey in Spanish, and almost 800 kW from 1089 Talksport UK het.
1090, Jan 25 at 0301.5 UT, ``AM 1090 KAAY`` illegal ID and dead air until gospel music resume at 0305.0; meanwhile nothing but XEAU and 1089 UK het can be heard. So does KAAY provide a dead air news hole at top of every hour? And no one cares or notices at 700 Wellington Hills Road (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)
UNIDENTIFIED. Trans-Atlantic JBA MW carrier search, Jan 24 from 0702 after hearing a big het on 1090 KAAY from 1089 UK: 1098, 1107, 1116, 1125, 1215, 1305(2); 1053, 1044, 909, 891, 774(2), 693 -- but none lower as sunrise is nigh across W Europe and this fadeout will of course become earlier and earlier (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)
UNIDENTIFIED. Trans-Atlantic JBA MW carrier search, Jan 25 at 0251-0259: 531, 549, 576, 612, 621(2), 639, 693, 711, 774(2), 782, 819, 837(2), 855(2), 882*, 891, 909, 999, 1026, 1053, 1089, 1098, 1107, 1116, 1125, 1215(2), 1305, 1341, 1413(2), 1575. *882 strongest with some audio, singing, probably BBC Wales. (2) = at least two carriers beating (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)
This report dispatched at 0436 UT January 25