mercoledì 19 febbraio 2020

Glenn Hauser logs February 17-18, 2020

** ALGERIA [and non]. My cardio tunes only in 10-kHz steps, so no serious TA/TP DXing, but certain frequencies suffer 1-kHz hets, from obvious sources, Feb 18 at 0045 UT: 530, 550, 890: Algeria on 531, 549, 891; and 1000: from 999 likely Spain (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

** CANADA. 388-MCW kHz, Feb 18 at 0730 UT, dash and MM, 500-watt ND Beacon at Fort McMurray, Alberta. It`s a surprisingly large town, so far into the sub-Arctic northeast outback, over 66K population; due to the oil boom, but on the decline since a fire. 2475 km from here = 1538 statute miles (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

** CUBA. 15369.2, Feb 18 at 2307, JBA carrier, day 8 for RHC off-frequency, but bad propagation; MUF must be about 13 MHz, as 13740 is also JBA carrier, yet undermodulated 11850 and distorted 11760 and Portuguese 11700 are at normal biglevels. Something`s always wrong at RHC (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

** NEWFOUNDLAND. 2598-USB, Feb 18 at 0711, Roboyl with marine weather in English, too weak vs noise level, once again before any are scheduled on the CCG site, VCP Placentia via St. Lawrence not until *0737 (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

** OKLAHOMA [and non]. Monday afternoon Feb 17 at 1930-1940 UT, while finding nothing interesting on parked caradio MW bandscan, I decide to check how many stations are overtly anti-American, broadcasting that despicable hate-monger and stupid cigar-smoker Rush Limbaugh; no IDs but I will add obvious connexions: 710-KGNC, 740-KRMG, 820-WBAP, 960-KGWA, 1000-KTOK, 1030-KBUF or KFAY JBA, 1150-KSAL, 1230-WBBZ, 1290-KWFS, 1330-KNSS. Only ten! Could be worse if he were on at night; when C2CAM can be found all over the dial, seldom synchronized, plus SW 6070 CFRX (Glenn Hauser, Enid, WOR)

** PERU. 5980, Feb 18 at 2351, JBA carrier from Radio Chaski vs wall-of-noise Cuban jamming not against any Marti at this hour, until autocutoff at 2352:40*, which is 10.5 seconds earlier than last check 5 days ago, Feb 13 until 2350.5*, i.e. averaging 2.1 seconds earlier each night (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

** TURKEY. 5960, Feb 18 at 2301 and still 2344, no signal from VOT English to us; something`s always erroneous at Emirler (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

** U S A [and non]. 7290-LSB, Feb 18 at 1940, the ``72-90 Traffic Net`` based in TX but also check-ins from OK; vs a constant AM carrier but too weak to copy even on USB-only, presumably IRRS via Saftica, Romania; which via UTwente is inboooming with `Wavescan` Tuesday at 1930, like WOR Mondays at 1901 (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

** U S A. 15770, Feb 17 at 1933, SMTV via WRMI, and SMTV via WRMI echoing one second later, double-audio feed, which has happened before; makes it even more unlistenable than usual --- obviously nohuman at Okeechobee nor SMTV HQ is monitoring the final output product. So why should we?

*Still* echoing a dodekahour later, on 5950, Feb 18 at 0723 but now about 8 seconds delayed --- hard to track with all the self-QRM, at close to same modulation level.
*Still* echoing exactly 24 hours after first noted, Feb 18 at 1934 on 15770, even harder to outfigure until 1943 I upbring a bettersig via UTwente, about 18 seconds apart! Just as they are reciting their extensive schedule mentioning 15770 to Africa(? not Europe?).

How can a worldwide multi-platform broadcast make itself so boring? The basic ethos of animal rights and vegan diets should go over well with the enlightened, but multi-lingual bits on no reliable pattern, often heavily accented when in English, and cultish devotion to their Supreme Master are major turn-offs. I can`t remember anyone ever submitting a monitoring report of SMTV dealing with its content over any significant span.

Kai Ludwig has pointed out this in Wikipedia: ``Apparently "religious broadcasting worldwide" would be a subject worth professional research again, after three decades have passed: Already a number of interesting-looking references in hobby research on this Taiwan-based cult`` 

Believe it or not, SMTV is mentioned only once in passing on that page, as if it`s an insignificant part of her empire. And there are 63 footnote reference linx, many in Chinese, not Vietnamese.

By 2034 Feb 18, I am on the caradio like 25 hours earlier, where I get much better reception of 15770 aimed NE so off the side here to the NW, on the 2-foot antenna, than on home rig with 100-foot longwire. Now Radio Tirana English relay is loud and clear, no echo.

5800, before 2300 Feb 18, during music not obviously doublefeed, but 2300 talk is again echoing about one second later. However, by 2345 during interminable recitation of cable TV or DTV suchannel outlets, state by state, no echo (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

** VANUATU. 5040, Feb 18 at 0728, VP S5-S7 trace of talk, presumed R. Vanuatu now that Cuba is off. Before 0630 it`s on 7260, so far untraced here but bears surveillance (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

This report dispatched at 0032 UT February 19