sabato 15 gennaio 2022

Glenn Hauser logs January 14-15, 2022

** BOTSWANA. Re the VOA transmitter site, Jimmy James replied:
``Selebi-Phikve broadcaster : -21.999894215199852, 27.805483703796593 Google Maps``,28.2802995,1049599m/data=!3m1!1e3!4m13!1m6!3m5!1s0x1eb6f3156d8f7221:0x76f7b579ab30b95a!2sDepartment+of+Broadcasting+services!8m2!3d-21.9999409!4d27.8054755!3m5!1s0x1eb6f3156d8f7221:0x76f7b579ab30b95a!8m2!3d-21.9999409!4d27.8054755!15sCh9TZWxlYmkgUGhpa3dlIHJhZGlvIHRyYW5zbWl0dGVykgEQY29ycG9yYXRlX29mZmljZQ!5m1!1e4
(Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

** CANADA. 2749-USB, Jan 14 at 0448 UT, robotic French YL marine weather with outlook for samedi, S6 vs S4 noise level, i.e. VCN Escoumins with 600 watts.

2598-USB, Jan 14 at 0449 UT, sounds like same, now about dimanche. Without two receivers at hand, cannot make them // for sure but seems to be the case per schedules, the latter VBQ-22 as Natashquan (Escoumins) 600 watts, both starting at *0437.

But where are these, what provinces? Escoumins is on north shore of St. Lawrence River, in Québec. So is Natashquan, due north of the east end of Anticosti Island. Les Escoumins is much further upstream, across the `river` west of Rimouski. The St. Lawrence is already too wide to be considered a mere river (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

** CANADA. 28197 CW, Jan 14 at 2121, ham beacon: DE VE7MTY/B after three long dashes and probably gridsquares following. Still no sporadic E to FMBC band but at least 28+ MHz. WJ5O list shows: ``28.197 VE7MTY C PITT MEADOWS, BC # 25W, VERTICAL`` --- A 17K suburb east of Vancouver. See also USA for more (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

** CUBA. 5040 & 6100 & 9700, Jan 14 at 0713-0715, the only three RHC frequencies still on the air are all dead, open carriers, respectively: S9+20/30; S9+10/20 also with a low roar; S9+30. Something`s always wrong at RHC X 3, Think how many undernourished Cubans could have been fed hearty meals for the cost of all this wasted juice - also wasted when modulating propaganda (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

** U S A. No sporadic E DX up into the FM band, but 10m beacons hop: with listings from WJ5O; I defer to those exact frequencies; my approx. are within 0.1 kHz:

28222 CW, Jan 14 at 2123, ham beacon VVV DE W1DLO/B is JBA but finally
copied after multiple passes, alternating fast and slow:
``28.2218 W1DLO ? CALAIS, MAINE # 10W, VERTICAL New 29 September 2011
QRT July 2018 reprt Jan 2021`` -- not QRT now; only non-West Coaster

28277.8 CW, Jan 14 at 2128, VV DE W7UUU/B, with long pauses: ``28.2778 W7UUU C UNIVERSITY PLACE, WA # 3W, VERTICAL new 12 March 2013``

28221.8 CW, Jan 14 at 2123, dash and VVV DE W1DLO/B, alternating fast and show. ``28.2218 W1DLO ? CALAIS, MAINE # 10W, VERTICAL New 29 September 2011 QRT July 2018 reprt Jan 2021``

28230.7 CW, Jan 14 at 2300, 2309, E E E ... CQ CQ CQ DE NG7I/B:
``28.2308 NG7I C RITZVILLE, WASHINGTON # 2W, VERTICAL, New 6 December
2021`` --- mixing with on almost same frequency:

28230.8 CW, Jan 14 at 2309, 2325, VVV VVV VVV QRA W7PFR/B, long pauses good for NG7I, and call only sent once at a time: ``28.2308 W7PFR MINERAL, WASHINGTON 1.5W, VERTICAL New 8 February 13 presumed QRT before Dec 21`` --- not QRT: only one sesquiwatt!

28300 CW, Jan 14 at 2318, K6FRC/B, like the one on 13565, but three varieties are listed here, none an exact match with one /B:
``28.300 K6FRC/B3 TRACY, CALIFORNIA 10W, VERTICAL QRT prior to 2016``
``28.300 K6FRC C TRACY, CALIFORNIA # 100W, "POGO stick" VERTICAL Freq change 8 July 09``
``28.300 K6FRC/B2 TRACY, CALIFORNIA 10W, VERTICAL Backup transmitter for K6FRC/B``

28296 CW, Jan 14 at 2323, E E E E ... VVV DE KA7BGR ``28.296 KA7BGR C CENTRAL POINT, OREGON # 10W, DIPOLE``

28214.3 CW, Jan 14 at 2346, W6REK/B: ``28.2143 W6REK C SAN JOSE, CALIFORNIA # 25W, VERTICAL``

28217.9 CW, Jan 14 at 2348, dash and VVV DE N6SPP/B: ``28.2179 N6SPP C SALINAS, CALIFORNIA # 4W, VERTICAL New 7 February 2018``

Many of them also send something more, probably grid squares which I have not copied. See CANADA for one more. Also lots of domestic USB phone QSOs in the 28.4-28.5 MHz range (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

** U S A [and non]. WORLD OF RADIO 2121 monitoring: confirmed first broadcasts, UT Friday January 14 at 0130 on WRMIs: 5850, VG direct; 7780, S8/S9+15 into UTwente SDR. OK except cuts off my closing again.

Also confirmed UT Fri Jan 14 at 0330 on WRMI 5985, JBA direct, but at 0352 check, S7/S9+10 into Knoxville SDR; some 5980 jamming ACI audible at fades, unless in AM Narrow, or Synch USB mode, which shows +25-28 Hz carrier offset, more than usual for a WRMI. So I compare it to WWV on 5 MHz, which shows +21-22 Hz high! Which WWV certainly is not. Rx calibration is off, so WRMI would really be only +4-6 Hz. Need to do this habitually when possible, citing SDR offsets.

Also confirmed UT Fri Jan 14 at 1530 on WRMI 9955, S9+10/20 direct, no jamming audible. Cut off at 1529 was a strange-sounding drama.

Also confirmed Friday January 14 from 1916 on IRRS via Bulgaria, 7290, after ~minute of dead air, cut on WOR play at end of opening. As usual, previous IRRS programming also cut on late just before 1901 with Feature Story News already in progress; 1908 song fill and more music; 1915 dump to dead air for a minute. Today it`s S9+30 into UTwente, not so much problem from much weaker ChiCom ACI de 7295.

As for 918 kHz, AM Italia via Noale SDR: tuned at 1901 // FSN, and probably was not joined late, S9+10; nothing audible on 207 kHz, and something else on 1323. Also went to music fill at 1908, and dead air at 1915, but unlike 7290, stayed dead with no WOR! Finally 1918, roboYL ID in English as ``AM Italy``, and ``Have a good listening``. And more music past 1926 when I quit monitoring both as I`m due to visit Box 1684.

WOR 2121 confirmed Fri Jan 14 at 2140 tune-in to 918 kHz, S9+11 via Noale with only lite CCI; and this time WOR is underway, presumably from 2130 start, and NOT chopped off air at end but complete to 2159, then a bit of ``Honkey Tonk Blues``, IRRS ID over Inter/Madrid timesignal, and 2200 Feature Story News. Alfredo Cotroneo says this has been supposed to stay on until 2205, and now it finally is on longer than WOR. Next:

0230 UT Saturday WRMI 9395 to NNW
2030vUT Saturday WA0RCR 1860-AM
0030 UT Sunday WRMI 7730 to WNW
0400vUT Sunday WA0RCR 1860-AM [nominal 0415; as late as 0530]
1330 UT Sunday WMRI Europe via Ch 292 Germany 9670
2100 UT Sunday IRRS 918-Italy & 207?
2330 UT Sunday WRMI 5950 to NNW
0030 UT Monday WRMI 7730 to WNW
0130 UT Monday WRMI 9395 to NNW
0400vUT Monday WBCQ 6160v Area 51 to WSW
2330 UT Tuesday WRMI 9955 to SSE [jammed?]
1030 UT Wednesday WRMI 5850 to NW
2200 UT Wednesday WBCQ 7490v to WSW
0130 UT Thursday WRMI 9395 to NNW
0130 UT Thursday WRMI 5010 to S

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** U S A [and non]. 9330, Fri Jan 14 at 0718, WBCQ sounds undermodulated at S9+30; but upon closer inspexion, it`s somewhat blotted by an even stronger open carrier from Cuban spy numbers which is scheduled this hour on alternate weekdays. I can`t think of a pair more deserving to collide with each other than the Flat Earthers and the Cuban Commies (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

** U S A. (7490.1), UT Sat Jan 15 at 0100, WBCQ webcast of `AAAWWW`: it`s all A&A conversing, yelling over each other. Laments it`s cold even at Studio in Deland of Fla, 51 F. Laments USA has never gone metric. Standardization is essential. Disses electric cars, bronx cheer. 0120 implies that Biden is cognitively incompetent, and Harris is ``the greatest whore`` (or was that, horror? enunciate!) 0123 musing on whether our reality could be a computer simulation? 0139 about the Webb telescope, and Allan mixing up his underwear; 0149 finally datestamp as 14th of January, YOOL 2022; invites email. 0151 article about AM radio degraded due to high-frequency suppression, 10 kHz max, even worse on SW, 5 kHz limit due to channel spacing. Blame NRSC for not keeping AM higher quality. 0158 two quick emails; never any phone calls. Ignores Free Radio Weekly even tho new issue out promptly by Larry Will. 0200 prayer. 0201 JIP Hal Turner late as he plugs being on KYAH 540 in Utah. (KYAH approached me last April, but with 13 watts at night?) John Carver`s version:

``Tonight's show started on time on 6160 and 7490. Both signals could be copied but 7490 had the best signal so listening to that this evening. Allan and Angela in the studio. Opening banter between Allan and Angela about how she's dressed for radio. Talk of the weather in Maine and in Fla. Then complains about the US never adopting the metric system and then a small mini rant about what a pain in the ass it's created. Then onto electric cars. Allan wants manufacturers to standardize batteries, connectors, measurements, tools etc. Then onto politics talking about the Supreme Court and vaccine mandates. Allan then asks us to prove to him that we're not living in a computer simulation then expands on this for a bit. Signal on 7490 starts to degrade around 0133 so switch to 6160. Then talk of the new space telescope and a report that says it has unfolded completely with no problems.

Then Allan relays a strange story about finding his underwear was on backwards after a trip to the bathroom and he swears it was not backwards before that. He calls it a Matrix moment. A glitch in the program. At 0152 he reads an article from Radio World about quality of audio in AM radios. A quick reading of some emails at 0158 and he's cutoff at 0200 just as he announces the closing prayer. John, Mid-North Indiana`` (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

** U S A. 5830, Jan 14 at 1522, WTWW-1 night frequency active at this unusual hour with SFA, S9+20. So is WTWW-2 on too? Yes, 5085 with rock S9+30 in broad daylight over a megameter path. B-21 FCC shows 5085 available 24 hours beamed due south; but 5830 only 00-14, at 50 degrees. Between 14 and 02, supposed to be on 9475, if at all. Evidently Ted thinx FCC rules are so flexible. It seems that in practice, #2 can be on without #1 too, but not vice versa. Except maybe when #1 be really on 9475 like Sunday mornings.

FCC also OKs these but hardly ever used:
9930, 14-24 at 180 degrees
9940, 00-24 at 40 degrees
15810, 00-24 at 40 degrees
The top two would be the #3 transmitter (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

This report dispatched at 0232 UT January 15