sabato 25 gennaio 2020

Glenn Hauser logs January 25, 2020

** CUBA. 13838, 13769, 13631, 13562, 13492 approx., Jan 25 at 1439, spurblobs out of 13700-AM. No intelligible programodulation except a trace of music & talk on 13769. If they are going to spray all over the band, least they could do would be to make them listenable in the FM mode. Something`s always wrong at RHC (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

** KOREA SOUTH. 1566, Jan 25 at 1348, JBA carrier looping NW, so FEBC Jeju again seems no longer to be making beamswitch by 1345 from Japanese to Chinese; is there no longer a language change either? (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

** SCOTLAND [non]. 9350, Sat Jan 25 at 2145, usual VG non-squealy signal from this WWCR during `Encore` classical music hour from Radio Tumbril. Playlist for 25/1 is already up: Now must be the Paul Hillier, penultimately. Otherwise occupied now, I`ll try to catch the full hour repeat UT Monday at 0100-0200 on WBCQ when surely I will have to hear 7490v via webcast only (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

** U S A. 7341-USB, Sat Jan 25 at 1517 obviously a Civil Air Patrol net from the colourful tactical calls, checkins seemingly managed by YL NCS Starfish 39, but does not always give own call, rather trying to copy and utter calls of others, often unsuccessful without a relay even when I can hear them; such as: Tornado 41, Red Cloud 13, Bluebird 29, etc., etc. Up against 7340-AM RHC, but so weak here not a problem, altho could be further east and/or south. By their prefixes, these four must respectively emit from Minnesota, Iowa, Nebraska and Missouri, but individual call identities are surely top-secret. Each transmission ends with auto-beep, no overing required.

BTW, the paramilitary CAP has been recruiting in the Enid area:

Strangely enough, nothing is said in this long article about playing radio. I think unlike MARS, you don`t have to be a ham for starters (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

** U S A [and non]. WORLD OF RADIO 2018 monitoring: Ivo Ivanov, Bulgaria reports: ``Fair signal of World of Radio #2018 and Shortwave Radiogram #136 on January 25: 1300-1330 on 15770 RMI 100 kW / 044 deg to WeEu English Sat World of Radio#2018 and 1330-1400 on 15770 RMI 100 kW / 044 deg to WeEu English Sat Shortwave Radiogram #136``.

Around 2100 UT I check numerous KiwiSDRs in eastern USA for 1860 WA0RCR with WOR, but not a bit of it, even in Illinois. Last night I was hearing heavy CW mostly below 1860, so another contest will likely still be a QRM problem for Next:

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. John Carver replies to my WBCQ 7490v AAAWWW report Jan 25:

``Glenn, In reference to your comment about the novelty tune before AAWWW started. That originated with TimTron and is played when there is a problem with his internet feed connecting. I don't know how it is triggered as if his feed isn't connecting he can't send anything. At any rate it is a snippet of some sort of ethnic music folk song done by a youngish female that Tim has slowed down to sound as it does. Could be Hungarian or Gypsy or something. At any rate it's quite familiar to listeners of Area 51.

Several years ago I heard it played one time at normal speed on Area 51 and immediately recognized it. I wrote to Larry Will and asked about it. He replied with the story behind it and gave me a Wiki link to the story behind the tune and if I remember correctly it contained a link to the actual tune at normal speed. When I was finally able to boot the computer today I did a search through the headers of every message Larry has sent me since sometime in 2010 and couldn't find it based upon the subjects listed in the headers. I'm sure it's in there and someday I will go through and read every damn message but not till it's warmer in here. If you're really curious I suppose you could ask Larry Will if he remembers.

Sorry I could only give you a partial answer. I so wanted to send you the Wiki link so you could read it and possibly listen to the original. John`` Try searching on keywords like Hungarian, Gypsy, ethnic (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

** U S A. 5970, Jan 25 at 0644, surprised to hear WEWN in English instead of Spanish --- not a momentary translation, but discussion of RCC politix. Earlier at 0224 I had a very weak signal on 5970, but could not be sure it were WEWN at all. What about 9385 which is supposed to be the overnight English channel? NO signal at 0645, but could be on and not propagating.

So is this another mistake, or a major change? WEWN SW is so insignificant that it`s hard to find anything about it on the EWTN website. But from our WOR Hitlist we get:

a program sked which will not load:

This one is all in English including the Cuba/Latin America 12050 and 5970 frequencies, so looking at this you would never know they were ever in Spanish!

For B-19, until March 29, 2020, it shows 15610 at 1900-2400 and 9385 at 0000-0900 both for W&CAf at 85 degrees and Beijing at 335 degrees: note, these are not 180 degrees opposite, so one transmitter split into two antennas, or two transmitters? Does the BJ beam apply only to 9385 hours? That is ambiguous as displayed. Latest HFCC as of Jan 20 shows both 00-09 9385 and 19-24 15610 on African 85-degree azimuth only; 12050 at 14-24 on 155 degrees, splitting difference between the claimed 150 and 160 on 5970. It also shows 11520 at 00-09 but we know that`s imaginary, alternative to 9385 but which was used in A-19. 9470 is also listed at 09-14, only this one really aimed toward China, prime time there but is it more propagable? and which Ivo has been observing as AWOL, not appearing on WEWN`s own schedule. 

The true azimuth of Beijing from Vandiver is more like 344 degrees! But 335 does cross eastern China, if the signal last over a very long and difficult near-polar path, which no one setting up a SW station in Alabama should have considered viable. In fact, I think reaching Asia from there was an afterthought, not an original target.

To Cuba/Latin America, 160 degrees at 00-14 on 5970; at 14-24, 150 degrees at 14-24. What`s the point of a 10-degree difference in azimuth?

150 is aimed to eastern Cuba and across S America exiting near Porto Alegre, Brasil. 

160 is aimed to western Cuba and across the Andes, exiting S America between Mar del Plata and Bahia Blanca, Argentina.

So has 12050 switched to English too as implied on the sked? It`s JBA Jan 25 at 1744 check, can`t tell language. Well audible at Bogotá SDR and yes, still in Spanish with rote rosary. Never mind JC; Do Mary or God ever tire of hearing that? Why not? Do they monitor RCM in particular for self-gratification, or avoid it? (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

** U S A. Jan 25 from 15 to 17 UT, I can`t help but notice that the big four commercial TV broadcast networx, ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox, as via their OKC affiliates, are all broadcasting live the Republican side of the Trump Trial --- which they were NOT doing the previous days from the Democrats! Leaving that who-cares to PBS and cable networx. Not in daytime and certainly not in primetime! We shall see what happen on Monday daytime when acting president Drumpf`s liars get down to business. Of course, regular network programming on Saturday mornings is more dispensable, mostly E/I stuff for kids and nature enthusiasts (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

UNIDENTIFIED. Sigh - another typo correxion to one of the frequencies: 783, of course, not 782; fixed:

Trans-Atlantic JBA MW carrier search, Jan 25 at 0251-0259: 531, 549, 576, 612, 621(2), 639, 693, 711, 774(2), 783, 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)

UNIDENTIFIED. 6990-LSB, Jan 25 at 1437, 2-way net in language, sometimes melodic, maybe Indonesian, like we used to hear when 11.4-11.5 MHz propagated; this frequency was also occupied at earlier times by a closer performer with prolonged aaaahhhhhs, guessing Japanese as last reported a year ago in Also heard a bit of that this time (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

This report despatched at 2159 UT January 25