** CANADA. The decrepit Sackville transmitter reserved for its lowest-priority service, CBC Northern Quebec 9625, went way out of whack again Dec 21 when heard just before sign-off. At 0555 Sunday Dec 21, found extremely overmodulated and distorted signal covering approximately 9635-9650, nothing on 9625. Sounded like a CBC music/DJ program, perhaps Saturday Night Blues, tho I thought that was supposed to end an hour earlier, as on the ET Zone feed until local midnight.
Could only make out occasional words using slope detexion, but the transmission was not frequency-stable, and had to keep tuning back and forth hoping for the best. Also collided with WYFR mixing product on 9645, 9715 leapfrog over 9680. My suspicions were confirmed at 0600 with CBC news re bad weather, which was more readable. Gone a few minutes later after normal sign-off time.
Not the first time it has happened to this transmitter, which in the best of circumstances is somewhat distorted and under-modulated. I was going to notify Sackville the next morning, but at 1409 recheck, it was back in whack on 9625, with fast BBC SAH, closing news, 1410:30 CBCNQ 9625 ID, 1411 opening Sunday Edition (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. Another unexpected appearance of QSO with Ted Randall on WRMI, for UT Sunday Dec 21 at 0608 his voice was advertising a TW antenna on 9955; no jamming audible (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A [non]. As I tuned to 7165, Dec 21 at 1404, heard strong and well-modulated ID as “Sound of the New Life“ and immediately into Messiah music. Since KNLS Alaska is the New Life Station, not making it on 6150, I was wondering if they have arranged another FE Russian relay, but instead this is WYFR via Pet/Kam, 200 kW at 253 degrees. Gotta keep our “New Lives“ separate; one should trademark it. Looked for Okeechobee // on 11 MHz but none found; finally at 1422 there was a match on 13695 which was a good two sesquiseconds ahead of 7165. The music had continued without interruption which is something KNLS could never have managed for 18 minutes. An SSB ham was riding along on 7165 with Pet/Kam as BFO, apparently oblivious of the musically modulated QRM (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ###