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Glenn Hauser logs August 6-7, 2015

** ARGENTINA. 11710.44, Aug 7 at 0032, carrier here presumed variable RAE vs crackling spur circa 11713 from BRAZIL, q.v. (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** BOLIVIA. 6134.8, Aug 7 at 0048, as soon as I tune in, another frequent ID from “Radio Santa Cruz, La Primera“, fair signal. The NRD-545 easily notches out het from weaker R. Aparecida, Brasil, circa 6135.2. I am really enjoying a notch filter again, since my HQ-160 was “decommissioned“ about 28 years ago (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** BRAZIL. 11806-11820, 11733-11752, August 7 at 0030, approx. range of filthy crackling spurs out of 11780 RNA/RNB, peaking around 11814 ruining RBC, and around 11746. Also weaker one about 11713 vs ARGENTINA, q.v. (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA. 11840, Aug 7 at 0029, open carrier/dead air from RHC.
6165, Aug 7 at 0345, RHC English is off, but still on 6000. See TURKEY (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** EGYPT. 12070, Aug 7 at 0026, R. Cairo at S9, just barely modulated in scheduled Arabic until 0045 (then Spanish). (// 11935 doesn`t come on until 0045).

9965.15, approx., Aug 7 at 0036, R. Cairo S9+20 in Arabic music, undermodulated (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** KURDISTAN [non]. 11600, Aug 7 at 0358, Kurdish music, fair signal, but much better from this site, Issoudun, FRANCE, than any of the others used on 11600 by Denge Kurdistana. Note this is from the “terrorist“ (or at least separatist) PKK faxion, now being attacked by Turkey (but at least it isn`t being jammed; too bad TRT closed the surplus Çakirlar SW site) (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** OKLAHOMA. 1120, Aug 6 at 1832 UT, KETU/KEOR carrier seems to be on from Sperry/Catoosa/Tulsa, via BFO-less caradio, but no mod, until recheck after 1900 UT (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** OKLAHOMA [and non]. 1360.5, Aug 6 at 1828 UT, KCRC ID during Cards BB, also on 1419.5, i.e. plus/minus 29.5 kHz spurs from my strongest local KCRC 1390 Enid, as constantly heard, but frequency/hets vary slightly as does 1390 itself. Not much KTJS Hobart OK or KULY Ulysses KS to het on 1420, but on 1360 with the NRD-545 notch and PBS (passband tuning), I can separate KCRC lower spur from EWTN El Dorado KS on groundwave at hi noon (no longer KAHS but KPHN after call swap) (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** OMAN [and non]. 9740, Aug 7 at 0038, Qur`an at S9+20 but undermodulated, and nothing on 9500 or 15140, so 9740 is the Radio Sultanate of Oman frequency of choice. You never know which of the three they will be on during this bihour, supposed to be 9500. Are their operators simply sloppy or is there some method to this, i.e. to occupy all three against any intruders even tho they have only one transmitter? WRTH 2015 shows 1 x 100 kW at Thumrait, and F.Pl. for another 100 kW at Seeb: whatever became of that?

Also, Ivo Ivanov in Blgaria has just reported Aug 7: “Radio Sultanate of Oman in English, instead of Arabic at 1610 on 15140 and continues at 1630 UT“. Other English hour is supposed to be 14-15 UT only; they could easily put a lot more English on SW with a 24-hour domestic service on 90.4 in Musqat and 91.3 in Thumrait.

Looking at the schedule for RSO in WRTH, I am astounded to see relays by “yfr“ = WRMI, as of early last fall B-14: Wed 1200-1300, Wed & Thu 1730-1800; and Tue/Wed/Thu/Fri at 1830-1900 on 9395. That would have been, of course, via the late lamented Global 24 service, but I don`t think they ever relayed Oman — maybe a misunderstanding, as RSO instead of RSI = Slovakia?? Must have been: G24 program sked dated December 2014 is still up showing Radio Slovakia at those times:
Homepage is also still there:
but nothing heard since March or April. I recently e-mailed Jeff Demers and/or Phil Workman for an update, but no reply. We can only assume it is defunct (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SUDAN. 7205, Aug 7 at 0351, undermodulated Arabic S9+10 with some distortion, presumed Omdurman, marred by someham on SSB doing a test count with this precisely as BFO (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SUDAN [non]. 13800, Aug 7 at 0514, R. Dabanga, music and Arabish, VG signal this time and no jamming from carriers on hi side. Is via MADAGASCAR until 0526-0528 overlap switcheroo to Vatican site, then usually weaker here (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** TURKEY. 6165, Aug 7 at 0345, JBA carrier in the absence of RHC English: I assume it`s VOT`s second frequency for the 0300 English broadcast, for Mideast; so I tune to the first frequency, good signal on 9515 for North America, at 0346 Aug 7 to hear the VOT YL already in sign-off message mentioning 6165, “goodbye“, a few notes of music (not IS?) and cut carrier. I go back to 6165 and find it also gone.

VOT broadcasts used to last 50 or even 55 minutes. Perhaps some bean-counter calculated they will save a few lira by shortening them? This correlates with an August 3 observation from Richard Langley, New Brunswick, to the DXLD yg:

“More Voice of Turkey anomalies. While reviewing a recording made unattended on 20 July 2015 starting just before the beginning of the English transmission at 2200 UT on 9830 kHz (opening announcement still states 9820 kHz although closing announcement gets it right), I noticed that the program proper ended at about 2245 and they then had more than 10 minutes of IS filler. Is this common? The transmission in German follows but just 5 minutes in, the signal cuts out and doesn’t return. Transmitter or operator error?“. Of course, German is not supposed to be on SW then at all (Glenn Hauser, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A [and non]. WORLD OF RADIO 1785 monitoring: confirmed Thursday August 6 after 2100 on WRMI 7570, sufficient; next:
2130 UT Friday WRMI 15770
2130 UT Friday WRMI 7570
2330 UT Friday WRMI 5850 [NEW] 0630 UT Saturday HLR 7265-CUSB
1430 UT Saturday HLR 7265-CUSB
1930vUT Saturday WA0RCR 1860-AM
0315vUT Sunday WA0RCR 1860-AM
2300 UT Sunday WRMI 11580
0300vUT Monday WBCQ 5110v Area 51
0330 UT Monday WRMI 9955
1100 UT Tuesday WRMI 9955
0630 UT Wednesday HLR 7265-CUSB
1315 UT Wednesday WRMI 9955
1430 UT Wednesday HLR 7265-CUSB
2100 UT Wednesday WBCQ 7490v

Note the NEW time for WOR, Friday at 2330 on 5850. Contrary to Ivo who says 355 degrees, based on HFCC? per WRMI website, this is on 315 degree antenna, i.e. due northwest across North America. Altho Okeechobee sunset is currently not until a few minutes after 0000 UT, I could hear 5850 poorly August 5 at 2300 check with preacher (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. Global 24: see OMAN, incidentally

** U S A. 840, August 7 at 0404 UT, ads in Spanish, mentioning “el valle de Tejas y el norte de Tamaulipas“, so not CMHW Cuba this time with WHAS easily nulled during its fade. Therefore, KVJY Pharr TX, 5/1 kW with not much signal to the north (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 1190, Aug 7 circa 0530 UT, KQQZ DeSoto MO is on 10 kW day facility for at least the fourth night in a row, obviously not 22 watts night, or even 650 if the CP has activated, with rude Bob Romanik. The 650 watt night CP pattern is figure-8 NNW/SSE, with a minor lobe to the WSW (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. 6220.0, August 7 at 0042, very weak signal with talk in Spanish mentions “bautismo“, mixed with weaker audio seemingly in English. No broadcaster is intentionally scheduled here in HFCC, Aoki or EiBi, and this certainly smax of a mixing product, but is it transmitted, or produced in the NRD-545? On the PL-880 I can`t find any match to either audio inside the 49m band; how about WEWN? I can`t make it match 5810 or 11520 either. Needs further chex (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. 12055, August 7 at 0027, JBA signal reads S3 which is about the same as the noise level; Aoki shows two possibilities: CNR17 in Kazakh via Lingshi; and FEBC Philippines in Lahu. Speaker sounds rather strident, so more likely the latter Christian (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

This report despatched at 1836 UT August 7

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