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Glenn Hauser logs January 28-29, 2016

** AUSTRALIA. 9580, Thu Jan 28 at 1415, RA with discussion of how music helps dementia patients — they may not be able to remember something unless they sing it. Very interesting, on `All in the Mind`, another fine program from ABC via R. Australia (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** BOLIVIA. 6155.11, Jan 29 at 0125, JBA carrier, offset typical of R. Fides, signs of which I have not had for quite some time (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** BOLIVIA [and non]. 6135, Jan 29 at 0126, no signal from R. Santa Cruz on the lo side, with ailing transmitter for a couple weeks, and no signal either from R. Aparecida on the hi side! Which has also had problems and sporadicity. Just vacancies. If on, both ought to be showing, with Chaski and Fides just detected (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA. 11670, Jan 29 at 0020, VG signal from RHC music, then Spanish speech by some over-assertive Commie; instead of English which overtook this frequency 24 hours earlier; recheck at 0056, now it`s very poor, or even off? MUF may have plunged, judging from 9 and 11 MHz band reception thenceforth (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

6000, Jan 29 at 0130, open carrier/dead air instead of RHC English, which is OK on 6165; still dead at 0137 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** EAST TURKISTAN [and non]. 7480, Jan 29 at 0138, very poor S6 with some modulation and whine, i.e. RFA Uyghur via TAJIKISTAN, this hour lonely, listed by Aoki as *jammed (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** GREECE. 9420, Jan 29 at 0102, VOG is on with Greek music, S9+15, and apparently also on 9935 where there`s something much weaker ~S7 and wobbly/hummy (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** OKLAHOMA. 4600, Jan 28 at 1352 UT, JBA talk, which on a hunch I match to local KCRC 1390, ESPN, so it`s some kind of local mix, not a harmonic. Didn`t split the frequency, but probably explains an unID earlier this year:

“UNIDENTIFIED. 4599.99, Jan 9 at 0643 UT, JBA carrier. No broadcasters listed here except R. Perla del Acre, Bolivia, in Aoki, another long-gone legacy entry, but never flagged as such. More likely it`s a MW harmonic from 1150- or 920-“ (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** OMAN. 15140, Jan 28 at 1515, open carrier, fluttering S5-S9, no doubt R. Sultanate of Oman, minus modulation.

(Ivo Ivanov, B`lgariya was also noting OC/dead air from 1420 past 1500. Was it that way all day? Apparently: JRX in Brasil: “OMAN, 15140 1/28 2011-2016 R. Sultanate of Oman, Thumrait, in Arabic. Open carrier, S=3, dead air“)

11650, Jan 28 at 2210-2233+, open carrier/dead air, fading S5 to S9, again presumably RSO unmodulated. (At this time, 11860 has a JBA carrier at S3-S4, if it`s to Yemen presumably from nearby.)

11650, Jan 29 at 0118, JBA carrier at S1, presumably still RSO, unmodulating or not (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** PERU [and non]. 5980, Jan 29 at 0058, one JBA carrier is joined by another a few seconds before 0059, i.e. R. Chaski, Urubamba, and then BBC Hindi via UAE. It`s been over two weeks since I last caught the Chaski cutoff, so I project it to be sometime after 0104.5. Listening very carefully with offset BFO producing a beat between the two at slightly different pitches, I detect the stronger one, Chaski, going off at 0104:42.5* UT Jan 29, which is 102.5 seconds later than 0103:00 on January 13, so averaging 6.4 seconds later per 24 hours, right on track! (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SRI LANKA. 11905, Jan 29 at *0114:11, carrier on from SLBC, JBA at S1, too little to detect exactly when the music starts or timesignal ends (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** TIBET [and non]. 6130.0, Jan 29 at 0127, JBA carrier; only thing listed in Aoki is Lhasa at 290 degrees; it surrounded by a noise field, which I suspect is coming out of the blasting S9+52 WWCR signal on 6115, as there is a similar but weaker blob circa 6100 on the opposite side (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A [and non]. WORLD OF RADIO 1810 monitoring: confirmed Thursday Jan 28 before 2129 on WRMI 7570. Also confirmed from 0200:00 sharp UT Friday Jan 29 on WBCQ 9329.98 or so CUSB, good. NOTE: from next week this airing shifts an hour later to 0300, as a new preacher is being stripped in daily at 0200-0300. Next WORs:
Fri 2130   WRMI 15770 to NE
Fri 2130.5 WRMI  7570 to NW
Sat 0730   HLR 7265-CUSB to SW
Sat 1530   HLR 7265-CUSB to SW
Sat 2030v  WA0RCR 1860-AM ND?
Sun 0410v  WA0RCR 1860-AM ND?
Sun 0900   WRMI 5850 to NW
Mon 0400v  WBCQ 5110v-CUSB Area 51 to WSW
Mon 0430.5 WRMI 9955 to SSE
Tue 1200   WRMI 9955 to SSE
Wed 1415.5 WRMI 9955 to SSE
Wed 2200   WBCQ 7490v to WSW
(Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 5109.7-CUSB, UT Fri Jan 29 at 0100 after The Planet IS & ID, sign-on, into another episode, #12 of `Mennonite Radio`. James Branum mentions that he is “expanding to another frequency starting this week“, but doesn`t say what or when it is! It`s not now on the other WBCQs — 7490 with AWWW repeat, 9330 with Blalock the Blaster. This Ep is about the Sermon on the Mount.

Retune at 0130 for his other show, `Broad Spectrum Radio`, episode 6, a.k.a. “Exploring Aspergia“ #1. About the Aspergian Community including his “own journey, a fairly personal account“. It`s a condition, not a disease, and it isn`t all negative. 0152 about how it was difficult for him to funxion as an attorney. Much more about it here, and audio access:
http://broadspectrumradio.com/2016/01/29/broad-spectrum-radio-sw-service-6-exploring-aspergia-episode-1-january-28-2016/
This will be continuing on the fourth weeks of February and March.

Only here do we find what the second frequency and time are: “and at 7490 khz on Saturday, July 30, 2016 at 4:30 p.m. CST/10:30 p.m. UTC“, certainly meant to say January 30 at 2230 UT. So does Mennonite Radio also precede it at 2200? Probably, but neither yet shows on the WBCQ sked, not starting until 2300 with `Shortwave Saturday Night`. 7490 means he will get simulwebcast there, unlike the 5110 airings (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 3215, Jan 29 at 0106, WWRB`s Dave F-rant-z in a rant again, about getting Obama-care tax-free subsidies, points out that taxation is on income, not total assets. Sounds to me like he`s addressing a domestic, not international audience. Mentions he is in the fourth week of doing this. By 0141 recheck, now a YL story-telling, for children? Or really talking-down (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. During the Trumpless Republican debate, manly on Fox `News` Channel, cable TV, I make a quick scan of the MW band Jan 29 at 0218-0222 UT and find the following big stations also carrying it: 1200 WOAI, 1110 KFAB, 1040 WHO, 1000 KTOK, 850 KOA, 840 WHAS, 740 KRMG. At that point into a commercial break, but I doubt any further down the dial (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** YEMEN [non]. 11860, Jan 28 at 1457, R. Sana`a music continues past 1500, into talk at 1501, no break for call-to-prayer; getting sloppy (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. 1500, Jan 29 at 0143 UT, nulling KSTP to track two anomalies: a whine/ringing sound of varying pitch; and a station playing blues music. They don`t peak or fade at the same time, so not from a single station. Null means I am aiming ESE/WNW for least KSTP, but this is also close to peak for the others.

Forsaking other DX from 0208 UT, I stay on 1500 via the DX-398. At 0211 UT, “weather for the capital/capitol region“, but I`m afraid this was KSTP creeping in during an ESPN break, as St Paul is of course, the capital of MN. Do they use an expression like that? Are there 1500s in any other capitals? Well, yes, like WFED in Washington DC; statewise, Indianapolis, Trenton, Honolulu.

Unless that was one, I do not hear any announcements, let alone IDs from the blues station. At 0224 it fades up when it is more like soul music, 0226 segué, and I refine its peak direxion to ESE/WNW, i.e. it`s least at SSE/NNE, regardless of KSTP. Still going past 0231. I`m back on it just before hourtop at 0256 [oops, I should have been on 1530 for VOA São Tomé]: music continues past 0300, and segué into blues piano and a nice peak at 0302, no ID or announcement. There are too many little 1500s in eastern USA to make any guesses without further info, like a format change. Ditto for the station putting out the ringing sounds.

Both have also been monitored by Tom Jasinski in Joliet IL, and there`s been an IRCA thread discussing the screeching a week ago,
http://www.mail-archive.com/search?l=irca@hard-core-dx.com&q=subject:%22\[IRCA\]+1500khz+someone+with+very+noisy+sidebands%22&o=newest&f=1
some suggesting WPSO in FL; also heard by Tim Tromp in MI, Saul Chernos in Ont, Neil Kazaross in IL/WI, Rob Keeney in SC;

And Mark Durenberger, CPBE said, “There is a chance this is coming from Washington. The Nielsen “People-Meter” code generator has been modified to make it more “hearable” by the People Meters; some stations are pushing their audio processing to make the Nielsen signal even more apparent, in the belief that this will improve their ratings. There is weeping among the industry engineering cadre“.

But Kraig Krist near DC definitely ruled out WFED. Someones must be close enough to both of these to pin them, especially if they do the same in the daytimes (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. 2716.00, Jan 28 at 0602 UT, open AM carrier fading S6-S8, so I think this is a real signal, from what? The NRD-545 generates its own birdies especially in the 2-3+ MHz area, but those are weak of constant strength, slowly varying frequency at odd spots, not right on a kHz, so they`re easy to spot and ignore; warm-up factor?

It also generates a big carrier slightly off 890, which at first I thought was a DX het on the hi side, but lately it`s been on the lo side, and confirmed as a birdie by listening on another nearby receiver, and its vanishing when I turn off the JRC. Every receiver is also a transmitter (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. 4790-USB, Jan 28 at 1346, 2-way talk in tonal non-Chinese language, vs CODAR. Same frequency occupied earlier in hour by BBC Uzbek service, jammed or not (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

This report despatched at 0542 UT January 29

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