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Glenn Hauser logs May 9, 2014

** BANGLADESH. 15505, May 9 at 1359, BB IS is JBA, and just enough to detect the mistimesignal ending at 1359:48. Why do I keep reporting this, and SLBC`s at 0115? Because it`s a travesty to be transmitting inaccurate timesignals. I also occasionally mention stations with accurate timesignals, like Spain and Turkey (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)** CHINA. CNR1 jamming after 1330 May 9; no Firedrake noted:
12910, May 9 at 1331, CNR1 jammer, poor; none in the 13s or 14s
15115, May 9 at 1332, CNR1 jammers echoing, fair-good, plus CCI
15195, May 9 at 1332, CNR1 jammer, no echo, poor-fair
15265, May 9 at 1333, CNR1 jammer, fair, with Taiwan off-fq het
15940, May 9 at 1334, CNR1 jammer, fair
15970, May 9 at 1334, CNR1 jammer, fair
16100, May 9 at 1335, CNR1 jammer, fair; none in the 17s, 18s, 19s
(Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA [and non]. 6165, May 9 at 0520, RHC English is weaker than usual, as also noticed earlier in evening; in fact, not much ACI to CBC 6160! From strongest to weakest now on 49m, the Cuban Four: 6000, 6100, 6060, 6165. 6100 is now the clicky one.

15340, May 9 at 1333 is today`s missing RHC frequency while 15370 is on; impossiblizing any leapfrogs on 15400 or 15310. 15340 still off at 1401 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** IRAN [and non]. 13785, May 9 at 1328, poor signal with chanting & drumming; 1330 Iran`s three rising chimes and news theme. It`s merely the 9-hour Arabic service from VIRI starting at 0520, 500 kW, 178 degrees from Kamalabad toward east Arabia. Only other significant signal on the band is Greenville Martí on 13605 (song in English; what`s with that??), not even WWCR 13845 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** MEXICO [and non]. 850, May 9 at 0548 UT, extolling the benefits of leche materna, and Milenio Radio ID in passing, i.e. XEM Chihuahua2, at times even dominating KOA with a 4 Hz SAH. 1-A KOA`s coverage into neighboring New Mexico must be even more damaged by this, where nulling one or the other is not so easy (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. WORLD OF RADIO 1720 monitoring: as feared, another missed opportunity, as WWRB 5050 remains off the air during the WOR slot, UT Friday May 9 at 0330. Next:

Saturday 0630 & 1430 on HLR 7265-CUSB
Saturday 2330 on WTWW 9930
UT Sunday 0030 on WRMI 9495 (maybe previous edition)
UT Sunday 0401 on WTWW 5830
UT Monday 0300 on Area 51 via WBCQ 5110v-CUSB

While WOR, “a listener-supported public service program about communications around the world, especially the dynamic medium of international shortwave, between the AM and FM bands“ is primarily *on* SW, I wouldn`t blame people for listening online more reliably or even subscribing to podcasts, via

http://www.rmrc.de
(Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)** U S A. 9475, May 9 at 1333, WTWW is off, allowing R. Australia to be audible poorly; WTWW also off 9930 and 12105, and not on 5085 or 5830 either — all off. By 1401, only 9475 is back on. At 1545, 9930 and 12105 are still off. It must be a tough task to figure out how much to charge Brother Scare for the time he is really transmitted on 9930 and 5085 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 910, May 9 at 0559 UT amid the jumble, instead of Miamuh OK, I am hearing a promo/PSA for a university in Roswell (an ENMU campus?), KBIM radio mentioned, then full ID as KBIM 910 and FM xx.7, into ABC News. The original KBIM-FM was 94.9 and it got out well by tropo to the east, but I suppose they were divorced long ago. Now NRC AM Log shows the FM translator of 910 is on 93.7, K229BV, and 910 is only 500 watts at night with pattern a circle tangent south, no good for us; yet KVIS` pattern is a tight figure-8 toward Enid. Something seems amiss here with one or both, or just a propagational fluke (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 1510-, May 9 at 0532, ESPN Radio is dominant, looping NE/SW, and about 5 seconds ahead of ESPN on 1500 KSTP. This is obviously KCTE Independence MO (circa Kansas City), 15 kW *daytimer* cheating yet *again*, *and*, *always* off-frequency far enough to cause an audible heterodyne. Poor WLAC doesn`t have a chance, only as a carrier to het. (And then there was another 1510 daytimer logged a few nights ago around midnite, WQQW circa St Louis, but not tonite). Who cares? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. 13560.5, May 9 at 1229, JBA signal with music, fading in and out, mostly out, announcement then in that exaggerated style of old-time-radio. Brief interruption by a much stronger AM signal slightly off to cause a het, sounds like a CBer remarking about what he`s heard. Fortunately nothing more heard from him. (Worth noting that twice this frequency would be in the CB, 27121.) I keep straining to hear something identifiable; 1237 CODAR starts up, twice per second pulses, weak but plenty QRM in this case; it comes and goes too. 1242 brief fade-up sounds like an OTR drama, M&W dialog also with exaggerated dixion of the era. No laughs audible, so maybe not comedy with studio audience or enhancement. At 1254 with FRG-7 BFO warmed up, I compare the frequency to whatever is on 1560, and get a pitch close to C#5 on my keyboard, i.e. 554 Hz; but earlier stepping 13560-13561 on the YB-400, seemed like the unID was a tad closer to 13560. CODAR
 stronger at 1259, and after no ID, no signal audible at ToH, I give up for now and go to breakfast.

Propagation is so poor on this band, that I doubt it could be from beyond North America. Surely the same pirate I heard previously at a very different time, and for those who missed it, here`s that complete log again from DXLD 14-17:

“UNIDENTIFIED. 13560.7-AM approx., April 18 at 0520 I encounter some
kind of broadcast with unreadable talk, not sure if English, and some
music fading in and out; very poor signal and also vs CODAR. First I
check to be sure it`s not // local KCRC 1390 somehow overloading or
mixing; 0528 a little better with “Columbia Broadcasting System“ ID
for some program “every Sunday night“, so it`s old-time-radio, ad
for something about Adam? 0532 for Adler`s Elevator Shoes, making a
man seem two inches taller, as he has every right to appear! 0533
“The 1920`s Radio Network presents: `The Inner Sanctum“` and into
that classic show. By 0535 it`s a little stronger.

Meanwhile I am figuring out possible fundamentals if this be an
harmonic: Not heard on 6780, 4520 or 3390. No longer heard a bit
before next check 0600. So anyhow, appears to be a pirate, probably in
North America, tho legit signals from Europe to Australia are
propagating on the 22m band. Searching freeradiocafe and hfunderground
gets zero hits on 13560; nor do I find any recent logs on that
frequency in DXLD archives.

Amid the log I did hear an ID for the 1920s Radio Network, and its
program grid #2

http://www.the1920snetwork.com/grid/index.html
does show `Inner Sanctum` M-F at 1-2 am, presumably EDT, as the
service originates with public radio WHRO in Virginia. It`s online and
available for relay anywhere, but I don`t find any real radio
affiliate list as it`s mainly a streaming service. It so happens there
is only one even MW frequency which could produce a harmonic on 13560,
and that is 1130 x 12, extremely unlikely, less likely than a pirate
(Glenn Hauser, OK, WORLD OF RADIO 1718, DX LISTENING DIGEST)“
Since then I have seen zero other logs of any pirate on 13560, so now I search again: zero hits on 13560 or 13.560 at the fiery

http://freeradiocafe.com At http://www.hfunderground.com there are some hits, but all about ditters and beeps. It would be helpful if others would pay attention to 13560 any time of the day or night.The 1920s Radio Network grid #2 shows the M-F 8:30 am (ET) show is `Curtain Time`; grid #1 shows “20s-40s“ all morning, evidently referring to music (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

This report dispatched at 1631 UT May 9

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