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Glenn Hauser logs October 10-11, 2015

** CUBA. 11950, Oct 11 at 1338, RHC `En Contacto` DX program as CO2IR is reporting on his group`s DX-pedition to a cayo off Pinar del Río, for ILLW — the International Lighthouse and Lightship Weekend. Despite mosquitos, breaks for electrical storms, erratic propagation, they made over 2000 contacts, also with 17 other ILLW participants. Followed by a now regular Arnaldo Coro segment by phone, this time about how Edwin Armstrong invented the regenerative circuit in 1912, which is still used today, such as in car remote-control locks. In native Spanish, AC speaks extremely rapidly, as he tries to cram as much info as possible into the few minutes available, at times taxing my comprehension. No jamming (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** INDONESIA. 4750-, Oct 11 at 1309, RRI Makassar, W&M chatting in Indonesian, also with LAH from a 4750.0 station, Bangladesh or China. By 1311, however, no LAH heard, as a child`s voice joins them and makes noises with some toy(?) (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** INTERNATIONAL VACUUM. Eike Bierwirth replies: “Gotta see that Mars movie, thanks for the review. NASA is not sure about lightning on Mars, but deems it possible, per:
while the University of Michigan in 2009 reported Martian lightning in
dust storms observed in 2006:
73, Eike“ (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** IRELAND NORTHERN [non]. 9330.2-CUSB, Oct 10 at 2341, I remember to check for the Radio Northern Ireland make-good that Allan Weiner Worldwide said would be on this hour Saturday, due to nil propagation during original Oct 7 airing (which we didn`t find out about anyway until it was over). Fair-good signal now, but nowhere near as strong as 9350 WWCR. Hard rock music is playing; 2345 ID as “RNI, Radio Northern Ireland on 6070 kHz“ [original airing via Germany], tnx to sponsor Stephen Cooper for hosting on – Address for e-QSLs, radionorthernireland @ and also via Facebook.

It`s only 2346 but Brandon seems to be signing off, “looking forward to next week at 2100 on this frequency“. But more hard rock plays rest of hour, starting at 2349 with song about paramilitary, soldiers I couldn`t follow. Same genre as before so I guess this was still coming from RNI, not WBCQ fill. BTW, “RNI“ is already a WBCQ abbr., for Radio New York International (I`ve always wondered what became of the Y). 2359 to familiar 16-note “Lincolnshire Poacher“ IS repeated several times. 0000 Oct 11, “WBCQ, The Planet“ IS and ID a few times, and canned AW sign-off by a “concerned family“ with classical music, then cut off the air (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** NEWFOUNDLAND. Re 2598-USB, CCG site St. Lawrence, Eike Bierwirth replies: “Hi Glenn, if you use Canadian Coast Guard’s website
then you can find not only transmission schedules but also transmitter site coördinates, such as
St. Lawrence
which is in southern Neufundland“ (Glenn Hauser, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** TAJIKISTAN. 4790-, Oct 11 at 1309, very poor signal with talk, presumed BBC Uzbek relay. No ChiCom jamming reported anywhere I`ve seen, so maybe this tactic is working. Over here, CODAR is the enemy (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 1860-AM, Oct 11 a 0353, I don`t get to checking WA0RCR until now, and some ham news show other than WORLD OF RADIO is on, so presumably it had already completed, started no later than 0324. Next:
Sun 2300   WRMI 11580 to NE
Mon 0300v  WBCQ 5110v Area 51 to WSW
Mon 0330   WRMI 9955 to SSE
Tue 1100   WRMI 9955 to SSE
Wed 1315   WRMI 9955 to SSE
Wed 2100   WBCQ 7490v to WSW

** U S A. 12160, Sat Oct 10 shortly after 1900 UT on BST-1 SW caradio, blues music, even from Beale Street, via WWCR-2; periodic announcements by Allan Gray as `The Last Radio Playing`, continues past 1930 for a full hour as I then listen during lunch on my G8, tnx to the usual bigsig from this unit, allegedly azimuthed 85 degrees. Checking the WWCR program sked later, dated Oct 1 (times should shift one UT hour later in Nov after DST), TLRP airings are:
Sat 00  4840 [monthly after first Friday] Sat 05  3215
Sat 06  4840
Sat 19 12160
Mon 20  9350
Tue 23  9350
WWCR deviously sprinkles worthwhile music programming among the muck of gospel huxters, far right wackos, boring logs from DU, thus discouraging people from totally eliminating its frequencies from their memories. So far haven`t detected any politico-religious agenda on this, just a DJ and his music (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. 6131.5 approx., heavy RTTY INTRUDER centered approximately here has been infesting the 49m exclusive SWBC band ever since I first reported it Sept 19. It`s been constant whenever I have checked any evening, and perhaps all-night. I have yet to see *any* other logs of this. Apparently utility DXers don`t bother to check the SWBC bands, and SWBC DXers just avoid the frequency. Many of them have RTTY-decoding capability, so why doesn`t anyone ID it? Or at least try to? I myself do not decode RTTY and have no interest in doing so.

Searching into the UDXF yg, I found only these old oblique refs to anything on 6131, which may well be totally unrelated:

“VOICE: 6516.0 —: unid station, 2004, J3E/USB, Security Havnoy over, poor copy, QSY 6131 (30 Oct 2013)(PPA) (Peter Poelstra, The Netherlands, ALA 1530 loop antenna, Winradio G31DDC)“

“6131.0, dig Link-11 CLEW, 2 channels tfc, UNID NATO MIL Station (on ISB) 0040:57 UT (2013-09-09) (mco1 in Portland, ME USA on StarChat#wunclub) These are the loggings from the NSA logbot on several IRC channels. They are listed by Freq, Mode, Comment, UTC time, nickname, QTH and IRC channel“

If not 6135 and 6125, this of course makes 6130 unusable for broadcasting in the Americas; HFCC B-15 shows no usage of it during our evening except for Tibet. Current Aoki adds Laos, both never going to be heard here when it`s daytime there. Fortunately, CHNX Halifax has been gone for decades.

Still this utility has no business inside the SWBC band, when there is plenty of open space on the fixed and other utility bands. The least we should do is identify where it`s coming from. Attention, SWBC-only editors, who are about to delete this as off-topic, a mere unID utility. It`s relevant (Glenn Hauser, Oct 11, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

This report dispatched at 1632 UT October 11

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