mercoledì 29 gennaio 2020

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