venerdì 21 febbraio 2020

Glenn Hauser logs February 20-21, 2020

** CHINA. 7255, Feb 21 at 1337, Russian discussion mentioning some Chinese names. Chances are high that any Russian heard on SW will be from CRI --- certainly not from Russia! --- and indeed this is, an hour via Shijiazhuang site, 500 kW at 37 degrees, thUSward (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

** CUBA. 15369.23, Feb 20 at 2340, JBA carrier as RHC continues way off-frequency for the tenth day; VP propagation now, but earlier in afternoon normally inbooms. Something`s always wrong at RHC (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

** ERITREA. 7140, Feb 21 at 0426, constant JBA carrier, presumed VOBME but nothing on their other frequency 7180 (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

** GERMANY [non]. 15215, Feb 21 at 1608 tune-in to yearly Radio Öömrang broadcast via FRANCE --- discussion mostly in Frisian, some high German, and brief intros in English at 1626 and 1628. Longer outro in English at 1658 with contact info and credits, and to be heard again on 21 Feb 2021; 1659:30 to open carrier and off 1700*. First checked on home receiver, then on remotes in eastern USA, with VG reception. I was distracted during closing but did not hear a mention of the DRM repeat supposedly 48 hours later same frequency and time (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

** OKLAHOMA [and non]. 640, Feb 21 at 1319 UT and still 1330, dead air from KWPN Moore, as happens frequently; vs fast SAH and CCI probably led by KFI, which without KWPN at night would have a clear shot into OK (Glenn Hauser, Enid, WOR)

** SAO TOME. 7255.0, Feb 21 at 0427, uncertain African language S9-S7, 0429 mbira song, 0430 hilife music. This hour is VOA Zimbabwe service a.k.a. Studio 7, mixture of Shona, Ndebele and a little English (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

** TAIWAN [non]. 9490, Feb 21 at 0106, no signal from Issoudun, and maybe no jamming either yet; tho registered to start at 0100 with RMI programming, i.e. Radio República --- but I think that only apply once CubAmerican DST be in effect from March 9.

Checking because RTI has publicized that it will experiment with revived Spanish broadcasts UT Feb 23-26 at 0100-0130 on 9490, site not specified but surely FRANCE. And again at 0300-0330 on 9500, because jamming and R.R. will still be on 9490 at that time. Voluntarily picking a frequency ever subject to Cuban jamming is foolish, as it may well extend beyond the ``necessary`` hours [see TURKEY].

Sure enough at 0157 recheck, jamming is already running on 9490, and the ISS carrier cuts on just in time at *0159:39, but any programming to follow is inaudible under jamming. Propagation from Europe is degraded anyway now, K-index 4 at 0300 (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

** TURKEY. 5960, Feb 20 at 2346, VOT English made it on air today, but now wrapping up with canned totally wrong A-19 English schedule, as I have previously explained in detail; which usually plays at sign-on. Something`s always awkward at Ankara (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

** TURKEY. 6125, Feb 21 at 0400, Cuban noise jamming against Radio Martí is still running altho RM has just closed this frequency as always (and no longer separate TV Martí soundtrack, right?). Cannot detect VOT English to western N America as scheduled, until 0405 starts to become audible under jamming but unusable. No better at 0435, still heavy jamming atop VOT music(?).

This is absolutely self-defeating, of all possible frequencies picking one right next timewise to Cuban jamming; could be on 6120 or 6130 both of which are open tho also adjacent frequency-wise. Plenty of other open spaces on band. I also wonder if 6125 VOT transmission be as erratic as 5960 one five hours earlier (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

** U S A. 7178-LSB, Feb 21 at 1342, net in unknown language, mostly strong signals, repeatedly discussing marijuana; occasional bits of English; one guy with a rather melodic tone and prolonged vowels. One call until 1351 sounds like KH0I#, last letter not clear. KH0`s are in Saipan and Guam per ARRL lookup, but I think these are closer. Still going at 1459 in contact with N4KH, VA6RB, and K0ADI?

VA6RB is Roldan Gloria Bartolome, CALGARY, AB T3M 0S3 Canada

At first I was guessing the language could be Indonesian? Or Tagalog? Now I wonder if Chamorro, or a language around here, Marshallese. Online searches for a net at this time on this frequency are unsuccessful. Anyone know what this is? (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

** U S A [and non]. WORLD OF RADIO 2022 contents: Australia, Brasil, Canada, China and non, Cuba and non, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Korea North & South, Kuwait, Madagascar, Malaysia, North America, Oklahoma, Papua New Guinea, Sarawak non, Taiwan and non, Turkey, UK, USA, Vanuatu; and the propagation outlook

WOR 2022 is available as of 0224 UT Friday February 21
(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]
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. 5890, Feb 21 at 0633, WWCR on again with S9+20 open carrier at a time this frequency is supposed to be off; other three are nominal: 5935 PMS S9+10-20. 4840 Infowars, 3215 TOMBS (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

** U S A. 5085 & much weaker parasitic spurs about 5072 & 5097, Feb 21 at 1327, WTWW-2 is running rock music, so again has it stayed on all night? You never know (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

UNIDENTIFIED. Trans-Atlantic JBA MW carrier search, Feb 21 from 0340: 531, 549, 558(2), 585, 612, 639, 693(2), 711, 747, 774(3? with audio from Spain synchros), 837, 891, 936, 999, 1125, 1152, 1215(2), 1305. Rather surprised to find a ``normal`` situation as K-index at 0300 was 4 (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

UNIDENTIFIED. 2097.3, Feb 21 at 0627 and 1320 chex, single-letter beacon A is on and audible every ten seconds (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

This report dispatched at 1854 UT February 21