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Glenn Hauser logs December 2, 2009

** BRAZIL [and non]. The Dec 2 cut-on time for RNA Brasília, blasting away drumming played by XEPPM MEXICO on 6185 was: *0637 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CHINA. Firedrake Dec 2 at 1351: nil on 8400, poor on 9000, very poor on 10210, just barely audible on 11300 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CHINA [and non]. CNR1 Beijing, 5030, still audible in Chinese as late as 1520 Dec 2 eased by weakening Cuba 5025, and usual fast SAH which I can only assume is Malaysia Sarawak, always underneath. // 4460 CNR1 not audible (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CYPRUS. 12460-12485, OTH radar pulses, presumed from here, Dec 2 at 1410, mixing with CODAR on the hi side (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** INDONESIA [and non]. 9525.9, VOI modulation somewhat better Dec 2 at 1356 in English giving website http://www.voi.co.id  Fairly weak het from Kashgar 9525.0 cut on at 1457, so could still hear VOI at 1501 transitioning from Malay back to English, program summary for today`s date, 1502 news starting with something about villages in Bali, 1503 cut off, clearing CRI English, the weak signal left (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SWEDEN. What luck, heard R. Sweden on both 9360 and weaker 9400, Dec 2 at 1459 with IS, ID and opening Swedish, both from Hörby, 125 and 100 degrees respectively. And — both bothered by splatter from WWRB/Brother Scare on 9385, so neither really listenable. In this area you have to be careful to match the spurs/splash with 9385 or 9370 whence WTJC also makes a mess (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 9265, `Tony Alámo` still on WINB, 9265, Dec 2 at 1353 as he started to sing “Mister DJ“. O, how we shall miss him, but when? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 6224-USB, Dec 2 at 1506, WHW283 calling various vessels(?) by name rather than callsign. Brief check-ins, always responded to with “if you have nothing else, I`ll talk to you in the morning“.

Was not certain of callsign since op slurred it, could have been “three-eighty-three“. He was too close to the mike or something, distorting, but no accent. Most of the captains replying had Spanish accents, and much weaker signals, and `283 greeted them by their mostly Spanish names.

Some calls went to: at 1508, Queen Mary (not, I assume, the original one), 1510 Veracruz, 1511 Santa Mónica. The last one did not reply and shortly afterwards WHW283 quit. In next few minutes did hear a few inter-ship(?) contacts, including funny cartoonish voice, jajajajajá; 1519 some whistling.

Googling on the callsign I got one significant hit, http://www.city-data.com/towers/other-Port-Isabel-Texas.html listing a whole bunch of stations, few of them HF, including this:

“400 Washington St (Lat: 26.087861 Lon: -97.206083), Type: Building, Overall height: 3 m, Call Sign: WHW283, Licensee ID: L00001942

Assigned Frequencies : 4.12640 MHz, 6.22540 MHz, 6.22840 MHz, 156.350 MHz, 156.450 MHz, 156.800 MHz
Grant Date: 01/25/1999, Expiration Date: 03/17/2004, Cancelation Date: 04/23/2004
Registrant: Texas Gulf Trawling Co Inc, Po Drawer Ae, Port Isabel, TX 78578“

The 6.22540 MHz listing apparently relates to a reference frequency 1140 Hz below it which is the way to report SSB logs, 6224.0 kHz and could also be on 6227.0. Oops, grant expired 5.8 years ago! Outdated info on this page? Looks like a daily 9 am CT net (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. 6074, 8GAL V/CQ CW marker not heard Dec 2, checked at 1359-1401, just 6075 Russia and China broadcasts (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ###

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