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Glenn Hauser logs December 19, 2015

** BIAFRA [non]. 11600, Sat Dec 19 at 2029, JBA carrier from presumed R. Biafra via BULGARIA. Which is about all I can ever expect to get. At 2000, Richard Langley in NB could not hear it at all even via UTwente SDR, and wondered if it`s Mon-Fri only? But Ivo Ivanov reports hearing a strong signal at local range Dec 19 at 2000.

Richard Langley, NB replied via the DXLD yg: “Ivo: Did you mean 19 December? As I said, I detected nothing via Twente at 2000 UT. But, I periodically checked the frequency from time to time and noted an S9 carrier at 2045. I then stayed on the frequency, and Radio Biafra signed on at about 2050:46. They are on right now with what the speaker said is a live broadcast. Pretty good reception via Twente but some fading at times. Audio disappeared between about 2110 and 2115 but the carrier was still there. Back now. Speaker keeps repeating the SW frequency. Studio –> transmitter problems? — Richard Langley“ [as of 2117] (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** BRAZIL. 28446.9-USB, Dec 19 at 2043, ZZ90IARU, call given fonetikaly, working US station. I`ll bet this has something to do with the ninetieth anniversary of the IARU which was last June, but his page says he will be on the air also in December 2015, i.e.:

90 YEARS OF IARU Op. Mario Libardi – PY2DV
Rua Dr. Costa Leite 1038
Botucatu – São Paulo 18602-110
Brazil (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** EQUATORIAL GUINEA. 5005.00, Dec 19 at 0551, JBA carrier rating S5 but no modulation audible, presumed RNGE (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** NIGERIA. 6090-, Dec 19 at 0552, LAH audible on lo side of ANGUILLA, as I was expecting, since Olle Alm, Sweden, had just notified us that FRCN Kaduna had reactivated:

“6090, Kaduna finally back on the air. Heard 18 Dec at 2130 with Hausa talk and music, gradually taking over from CNR. Same low frequency as before. Ethiopia had a good period here when both Nigeria and China were off. Ethiopia 6090 now signing off at 2100 just like 6110. Kaduna 6090 signed off at 2259. Now it remains to be seen if they are back on a regular basis (Olle Alm, Sweden, 18 Dec, DX LISTENING DIGEST)“

Wolfgang Büschel confirms: “Kaduna Jarji SW on 6090 kHz was not heard anymore, at least since end of August 2015. Heard at 0550 UT on Dec 19 on accurate 6089.859 kHz, S=9 signal, ID Radio Kaduna at 0559 UT followed by some drums. Hit heavily by co-channel CBB Caribbean Beacon (University Network) from Anguilla on 6090.000 kHz. wb“

Now we await another unscheduled outage by Anguilla to hear Kaduna clearly over here (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** GERMANY [and non]. Saturday Dec 19 from 1955 UT, I`m monitoring the Satzentrale stream for WORLD OF RADIO which they have been carrying at nominal 2000 UT. Ham DX program in German continues late, but WOR 1804 starts at 2008. They have some other German DX programs, and non-DX programs, as per full schedule, in UT+1 at
whence one may also link audio (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** PERU. 28400-USB, Dec 19 at 2040, OA5O, special call of Radio Club Peruano, working North American stations, S5. Accent and dixion are so bad that there could have been another letter after the 5. But in, I don`t reach an OA5O, instead OA4O, so maybe that was it. Only a few signals on 10m, all from S America except for a beacon from the US 7-call area (I hope that beaconeers keep these accurate, rather than retaining old calls when moving to other areas) (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 10000, Dec 19 at 2049, WWV has been taken over by the NWS! Something`s haywire. Typical NOAA Weather Radio local info for central Missouri! Doesn`t even pause for WWV time announcement just before 2151:00, but overrides it, generally much louder modulation. Mentions Columbia, Jefferson City, California, Springfield, Joplin; local conditions for Columbia. Back to WWV control starting at 2052. Meanwhile I quickly checked the other WWV frequencies, 2500, 5000, 15000 all of which were much weaker, and did *not* hear this override.

I keep listening to hear any more of this SNAFU. Ops normal including WWV`s regular oceanic weather info at 2108-2111, but then NOAA takes over again until 2112, back again at 2113-2114+ but stops before the pre-2115 WWV announcement. Nothing more till an hour later than my first observation, 2148-2152: altho there are some interruptions in NWS, not coordinated with anything WWV is saying, again overriding the pre-2151 time announcement. This time, includes partial ID as from somewhere in Missouri, 162.425 MHz, operated from NWS St Louis for central Missouri, site on a tower at Jamestown (which is halfway between Columbia and California; NW of Jeff. City). Again, not on the other WWV frequencies, just 10000.

I don`t hear any beat, but possibly this is not the WWV 10000 kHz transmitter, rather from something else. Why isn`t it affecting the other WWV frequencies?? Altho I ran across this myself, there was a previous report of such last week, at a different time in an hour:

“10000, WWV, 1535 and 1538. SINFO=3,3,5,3,3, this one is almost beyond belief, between the WWV minute announcements I heard the NOAA weather forecast for central Missouri including Jefferson City, the Kaito 1103 and its telescoping antenna. Someone please explain this one to me! 12/11 (John Davis, Columbus OH, NASWA Flashsheet via DXLD)“

If WWV is doing this, automation must be accessing a VERY WRONG source, no human noticing! (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. WORLD OF RADIO 1804 monitoring: trying UTwente Sat Dec 19 at 1557 on 7265-CUSB, not hearing much of anything, neither WOR nor CRI.

Near shortest day Dec 19, I am trying to hear me on WA0RCR, 1860-AM, Wentzville MO, at scheduled 2030 UT Saturday: only a JBA carrier is detectable now and just before 2100, not enough to overcome the S6 noise level. However, Harold Frodge could get it last Saturday in Michigan. Better tune in as early as 0400 for the repeat at nominal 0415 UT Sunday, since last week it may have started early to end before 0442. Otherwise:
Sun 0900   WRMI 5850 to NW [NEWish! Please confirm] Mon 0400v  WBCQ 5110v-CUSB Area 51 to WSW
[beware of Johnny Lightning Xmas special, which could run overtime] Mon 0430   WRMI 9955 to SSE
Tue 1200   WRMI 9955 to SSE
Wed 1415.5 WRMI 9955 to SSE
Wed 2200   WBCQ 7490v to WSW

** U S A. 9930, Dec 19 at 2054, WTWW-2 is on again, this time with C&W music at S9+50. Is there a schedule?? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. Re WRMI with IADs before and after 1300 UT Dec 18 on 9955, Jeff White replied: “Glenn: We have had some problems with electricity this morning, with phases cutting out, etc. This could be the problem, but I’m not totally certain. Jeff“ (Glenn Hauser, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 1100, Dec 19 at 0613 UT, `Red Eye Radio` from NW, quite separable from WTAM Cleveland by mutual nulling, so KNZZ Grand Junxion CO is once again on 50 kW ND day power; for a while they had been behaving themselves. In between, the pair produce a fast SAH (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 1510.0, Dec 19 at 1341 UT, discussion of GM corn from NE/SW, 1346 UT several ads with 913 area codes (Kansas City +KS), so even tho it`s not sports talk, it must be KCTE Independence MO, and not off-frequency producing a het, either; mentions `Sportsradio 810`, however, i.e. WHB KC MO, which must be a relative (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

This report dispatched at 2359 UT December 19

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