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Glenn Hauser logs July 26-27, 2016

** CUBA. 15370, July 26 at 2250, RHC Spanish is overmodulated & distorted. // 11670 is worst by far, also splattering out some 25-30 kHz both sides. // 11760 is a little better with less splatter. // 13740 is undermodulated, in this case a blessing. // 11840 is about right.

11880, July 26 at 2300, RHC English with OK modulation, “Ed Newman“ opening for the 26 of July, 53rd anniversary of the attack on the Moncada Garrison initiating the Revolution, pointing out that 25 & 27 July are also holidays in Cuba for workers, except the media which keep on going. 2303 into “news“ co-presented by “Rita Moreno“ (no, not *THAT* Rita Moreno; this one also speaks better English than the other YL they use.)

OMG, searching my archive, it`s been *two years* since I last uttered, “PATRIA O SUERTE, ¡PENSAREMOS!“ — a parody of the Cuban Commie Motto, as in DXLD 14-31 for that year`s 26 of July. Before then I had said it at least once a year, sometimes multiply, since 2004y, but missed 2015, sorry!

A Google search takes us further back to: Search Results
DXLD 00-53 April 15, 2000 – Angelfire
DXLD 00-06 Jan 17, 2000 – Angelfire

I renew my challenge for anyone to scrawl it on a wall or public place anywhere inside Cuba, and provide photographic evidence of that. Then my mission shall be fulfilled (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** GREECE. 9420, UT Tuesday July 26 at 2357, ERT with dead air at S8, but nothing on 9935. Must be warming up for VOG broadcast from 0000 July 27 — but some nights it`s still missing. Recheck at 0021, Greek music on 9420 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 5896.50-USB, UT Wed July 27 at 0011, a MARS-like net including one AAT6## callsign mentioned; but then in contact are NCS307 and stronger NCS104, the latter spelt fonetikaly so certain; one asked the other to call for additional check-ins for the Region 6 Shares Net: none heard by him; then it`s NCS308 saying stand by for an NC62(?) broadcast, followed within a minute by digital racket. This may explain why WWCR-4 doesn`t come up any earlier than 0200 on 5890.

Of the 71,750 posts so far on the UDXF yg by 3688 members, the only hits on 5896.5 have something to do with Russia. SHARES, however, is widely reported on other frequencies.

Some searching on SHARES and the callsigns leads to:


“The SHAred RESources (SHARES) High Frequency (HF) Radio program, administered by the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) National Coordinating Center for Communications (NCC), provides an additional means for users with a national security and emergency preparedness mission to communicate when landline and cellular communications are unavailable. SHARES members use existing HF radio resources to coordinate and transmit messages needed to perform critical functions, including those areas related to leadership, safety, maintenance of law and order, finance, and public health.

SHARES HF Interoperability Working Group

The SHAred RESources (SHARES) High Frequency (HF) Radio Program Interoperability Working Group (IWG) provides the national security/emergency preparedness (NS/EP) community a forum for addressing issues affecting HF radio interoperability. The SHARES HF IWG, made up of 143 members representing 110 organizations, conducts HF technical reviews, provides regulatory guidance and direction for administration of the SHARES network, and promotes awareness of new HF radio technologies. The SHARES HF IWG meets on a monthly basis, typically on the last Friday of each month. The SHARES HF IWG also fosters interoperability of NS/EP HF radio systems through examination of regulatory, procedural, and technical issues“ — and much more.

But of course, searching that site gets no hits on the frequency or callsigns I heard either (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. WORLD OF RADIO 1835 monitoring: confirmed Tuesday July 26 at 2130 on WRMI 15770, very poor here but the only one remaining aimed at Europe, and we hope reaching there well. Also confirmed Tuesday July 26 after 2330 on WBCQ 9329.891-CUSB, good with S9 peaks. Next:
Wed 1315.5 WRMI 9955 to SSE
Wed 2100 WBCQ 7490v to WSW
Wed 2330 WBCQ 9330v-CUSB to WSW

** U S A. 7489.97, UT Wed July 27 at 0001, WBCQ surprises with `Dead Frog Radio`, the prisoner host “f*c*i*g glad to be back on the radio“, show with “stupid stuff, very very autistic, fake news, to entertain, amuse and offend“; and says music here is some that he can`t hear any other way in prison. This is the show which had been airing UT Sundays at 0400 on same WBCQ, but which I missed this week. If he`s not putting us on about being in prison, having his own “free speech“ show on shortwave must be a great way to feel a little less confined! After discovering this myself, find a post from Larry Will, WBCQ webmaster to the DXLD yg:

“`WBCQ Schedule Changes — From Robert at master control:
Greetings from Monticello! 2 changes to 7490 schedule

(1) “Deadfrog Radio” on 7490 is *moving* from Saturday midnight (i.e. Sunday morning) to Tuesday 8 pm [EDT] (replacing AWWW rerun)

[Check out this show if you can – He plays very edgy music (like Tenacious D) and has some very creative skits and fake news — Definitely *adult* entertainment, and not for the faint of heart. lw]

(2) “Understand Your Adversary” on 7490 Wednesday 8 pm [EDT] has been *renamed* “Know Your Adversary” — Thanks, Robert`

[UT:] Deadfrog Radio is now Wednesday 0000 on 7490; Know Your Adversary is Thursday 0000 on 7490. Regards, Lw“ (Glenn Hauser, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. WHAT ARE THEY THINKING department: major TV network newscasts, BBC, NBC, CBS, ABC, are originating from the arenas containing Democratic and previously Republican national conventions. For “ambiance“, we have to put up with the super-loud PA and screaming delegates even during news items having nothing to do with American politix. If someone is deliberately mixing the audio at that level, they are incompetent and should be expelled.

If the positioning of the anchors with no barriers between them and the arena means their own mikes can`t help but pick up that much background noise, how RUDE to the TV audience! The should do their anchoring from soundproof studios/booths, anywhere near or far, and could still show the crowd in the background with a minimum of noise. I can hardly make out what Scott Pelley on CBS is saying, but David Muir on ABC is free of the noise when not conversing with someone on the floor (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

This report dispatched at 0227 UT July 27

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