mercoledì 27 gennaio 2021

Glenn Hauser logs January 25-26-27, 2021

** BRAZIL. 11905-11910-11915-DRM, Jan 27 at 0110, Nacional FM with mostly music, via TWR Bonaire KiwiSDR, SNR fluxuating 9-10 dB, which is not quite enough to avoid dropouts and skips at 12.46 kbps; 0130-0135 break for interview about music to follow, now worsening circa 9, 0140 classical flute/violin/guitar; $tereo would be nice, but too taxing on DRM bandwith, can`t even maintain solid modul in mono. But the one-line Journaline news headlines rotating come thru unscathed at 2.30 kbps. I was trying to show a few, but altho hilited they will not copy (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

** CHINA. 6900, Jan 25 at 2353, JBA carrier with flutter, presumed CNR1 jammer against a listed Sound of Hope frequency; with 2-way Spanish QRM on LSB only, a major frequency for that (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

** CHINA. 6850, Jan 26 at 2357, JBA S5-S6 talk sounds Chinese, presumed CNR1 jammer against another listed SOH frequency; however there are two signals, at least one of which is slightly on the minus side. Cuts off a few seconds before 2400* like CNR1 but before the timesignal (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

** COLOMBIA [and non]. 600 kHz, Jan 27 at 2359, via TWR Bonaire SDR, checking for the VOA relay via Radio Libertad, HJHJ, Barranquilla, about which little has been seen since first report last September 19, of this way to get into hostile Venezuela without using any SW.

Nothing about this in WRTH 2021 under Colombia, pp 163/165, but VOA Spanish under USA, page 507 shows -- only -- 600-hjh site at 00-02 Sat/Sun, 00-03 M-F. QRM from piano riffs likely Rebelde/Cuba, but dominant is Spanish news, mentions ``Buenos Dias``, so maybe still replaying podcast of morning edition.

No ID for HJHJ at ToH, but 0101 switch to different W&M casters with news about USA and COVID; ID in passing as ``La Voz de América``. A Venezuelan MW transmitter was supposedly pressed into service to jam this, also about which nothing further has been reported, but if VOA/HJHJ get into Bonaire, probably also into Caracas (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

** FRANCE. 5870-5875-5880, Jan 26 circa 2350, DRM noise still here, i.e. the tests of TDF with RFI programming. Then just in on the WOR iog, a reply that Jean-Michel Aubier got from TDF to an inquiry forwarded from Wolfgang Büschel; in translation:

``Hello, Since January 1, we have been carrying out new DRM tests from our Issoudun distribution center. These tests are initiated by TDF as part of our DRMCast project.

DRMCast is a SW receiver that we have developed on our own funds which makes it possible to locally rebroadcast DRM content over wifi. Through this gateway-type interface, any smartphone or tablet-type receiver is thus capable of receiving sound, text and images broadcast in DRM.

The first tests were carried out on the Minitransat in 2019 with a race report for boats crossing the Atlantic. We are not far enough advanced to date to address Vendée Globle type races, but the Maritime world is a track that we are considering for DRMCast.

For the time being, we have four 30-minute broadcasting slots with RFI world programs and some associated data:

13:00-13:30 11735
15:00-15:30 9905
17:30-18:00 9905
23:30-00:00 5875

These slots are likely to change in the days / weeks to come. These are tests to continue our development, we are not communicating at the moment`` (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

** U S A. 11720, Jan 26 at 2112, VOA-One with Afro?rock, split-second dropout of modulation, or is it also a break in carrier? S-meter also seems to dip. I have noticed such often before on this Grimesland transmitter. Switch to off-tuned SSB but no breaks detected in next couple minutes. Needs further checking; watching waterfall should make it more obvious; on air 21-22 UT only (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

** U S A [non]. VOA Spanish MW relay: see COLOMBIA

** U S A. WORLD OF RADIO 2070 monitoring; next:
1030 UT Wednesday WRMI 5850 to NW
2100 UT Wednesday WRMI 7780 to NE
2200 UT Wednesday WBCQ 7490v to WSW
2300 UT Wednesday WRMI 9955 [jammed?] to SSE
0130 UT Thursday WRMI 5010 to S

Full schedule including AM, FM, webcasts, satellite, podcasts:

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One may also contribute by MO or check in US$ on a US bank to Glenn Hauser, P O Box 1684, Enid OK 73702 USA (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

** U S A. 9455, Jan 26 at 2120, this reactivated WRMI is still on and now not // 9395. Still no sign of 9455 on the skedgrid at 0200 Jan 27 (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

** U S A. 9265, Tue Jan 26 at 2121, no signal from WINB, but gospel huxter going by 2208 recheck on the always-wobbly carrier. Usually starts earlier, but depends on airtime sales. New websked dated Jan 24 now shows starting at *2000 M-F, and on Tuesday:
``04:00P / Tue-2100...Bishop S. C. Johnson
06:30P / Tue-2330...The Essentials of Life and Wellness``
End-times of shows (nor of the World) are never specified, but assumed to run until the next one start; however that would make the Bishop show 2.5 hours long; so takes a break? (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

This report despatched at 0208 UT January 27