** ALBANIA. 7475, November 1 at 0022 check, just-barely-audible carrier on the PL-880, presumably R. Tirana Albanian hour to North America, new time and frequency.
7474.96, November 1 at 0224, JBA carrier on the NRD-545, presumably same prior to 0230 English, typically off-frequency-low. Both far too weak to evaluate modulation. We hope propagation improve, but 6 MHz band might be marginally better if a clear spot could be found. (Meanwhile 7410 Romania at 0220 manages S3-S7 in French) (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** ANTARCTICA. 15476, Oct 31 at 1953, no signal from LRA36, but ~4 kHz musical notes from the 15480 station sporadically. Looking for Radio Nacional Arcángel San Gabriel, since Manuel Méndez, Lugo, Spain, tipped the DXLD yg at 1927 of mail from station notifying that they are back on! —
“Just now, 1900 UT, I have received this e-mail from LRA 36 Radio Nacional Arcángel San Gabriel:
Saludos Cordiales: tenemos el agrado de saludarlo e le informarle [sic] que ya comenzamos a transmitir en onda corta en la frecuencia de 15476 khz de lunes a viernes de 15 hs a 18 hs Argentina y 18 a 21 hs UT. Le agradecería un informe de recepción para saber como esta llegando mi señal. Desde ya muchas gracias.
Emisora radial “LRA 36 Arcángel San Gabriel”. Desde el Continente Blanco “ANTARTIDA ARGENTINA” le damos un cordial saludo.
They say LRA 36 has begun transmitting, just now, Monday to Friday between 1800-2100 UT, and they appreciate reception reports. E-mail address: firstname.lastname@example.org Here in Lugo, at 2025 [sic: means 1925 UT], nothing on 15476 but strong interference from station on 15480“
15480 is off by 2003, but still nothing audible here on 15476 then or at 2010; still USB + carrier? Not surprising, considering that its nearest 19m neighbor, RAE Buenos Aires on 15345.24 is nothing but a JBA carrier at 1955.
15476, Nov 1 at 1845-1847, still no signal (and 15480, AWR Arabic via MADAGASCAR at 19-20) is not on yet.
Now if it were on 11 meters, better luck, as 10m was open for contesting hams in Argentina Oct 30 but not Oct 31-Nov 1! Henceforth, week-daily chex are required of 15476. OK area should have an advantage in that the path is mostly overwater, Pacific and Gulf of Mexico, the only land being Tierra del Fuego, Guatemala/Mexico and Texas. Those in eastern N America have to cope with a mostly overland path, the length of South America, even overAndes. Further west, it`s across the length of Mexico. In past, listeners and remotes in Europe, mostly over-Atlantic, had better luck with LRA36 than North Americans (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** EGYPT. What`s become of Radio Cairo??? Nov 1 at 0124, no signal on 9965v; Nov 1 at 0138, no signal on 9315, which in A-16 were both for North America, partly in English, but 9315 ruined by motorboating.
HFCC B-16 shows no more broadcasts to North America at all! So they have given up on us. And only this remains for Latin America:
12005: 2215-0045 Portuguese & Arabic, 0045-0200 Spanish, 241 degrees, 250 kW from Abis.
The only remaining English broadcasts, which need to be confirmed before believed, and the modulation evaluated, are:
1600-1800, 11800, 185 degrees, 150 kW from Abis
1600-1800, 15345, 196 degrees, 150 kW from Abis (surely not both)
1900-2030, 15290, 250 degrees, 100 kW from AbuZaabal
2115-2245, 9800, 325 degrees, 200 kW from Abis to Europe (and ~NAm)
2115-2245, 9900, identical parameters (surely only one or the other)
(Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** KURDISTAN [non]. 9400, Nov 1 at 1357, Chinese is atop Denge Kurdistane now, i.e. FEBC PHILIPPINES, conditions back to “normal“; ripple SAH between them (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** MADAGASCAR. 9600, Nov 1 at 0114, no signal from MWV as now scheduled with NLS English this hour instead of 9665 (and no more at 0000).
11825, Nov 1 at 0401, JBA carrier, maybe MWV as now scheduled for APR English, ex-9480 which used to propagate well on rare occasions it was active. Tho nothing else sked now on 11825, am not convinced it`s MWV as could be overload/mixing product on the PL-880.
17640, Nov 1 at 1844, no signal from MWV, which in B-16 allegedly maintains this English hour (and a new repeat at 20-21) (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** NORTH AMERICA. 6960-AM, Nov 1 at 0116, soul/rock music at S9+5; 0122 live DJ ID as “XFM, to the power of X“, acknowledging a call from Ken in Oklahoma, 22 after 1 UT timecheck, jazz. 0126 another ID, from “somewhere under the stars“, acknowledging call from Minnesota, where it`s “gangbusters in his backyard“. Liners “The music sounds great on SFM“, “Hallowe`en“, address email@example.com and phone via IP 408-800-6925, if it`s working. 0134 spooky tune with laughter. 0138 acknowledges posts on HF Underround, e-mail, including southern Alberta, Chicagoland, says he is doing this during a “college homework-filled night“. Also reports from William Hassig (one of few using his real name), Azimuth Coordinator, Zane, Jim in MN, Ken in OK, Larry in MN with S9+30, James in CO. Some of them with music requests he will try to fulfill as is his obligation.
0148 mentions this is in C-QUAM stereo (I must get around to hooking up stereo speakers to the NRD-545.) I must say the modulation is very good, and so is the DJ. Sounds great on the PL-880 speaker, where reel-out clip-on antenna is sufficient. During this entire period I scan the NRD-545 for other pirates on the 43 mb, but none ever heard; the others must be awed by XFM and not wanting to compete. Many others were reported earlier around 2300 Hallowe`en before I started monitoring. At 0206, outro some Edgar Allan Poems set to music by Allan Parsons Project. Still going when I QRT at 0225, but gone when I resume at 0400 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** SOUTH CAROLINA [and non]. 7315, Nov 1 at 0611, Brother Scare via WHRI has CCI from an understation. HFCC shows the PNW stations in B-16 on 7315 via VATICAN at 0330-0600, i.e. R. Tamazuj and R. Dabanga, while WHRI is registered to start at *0430 Tue-Fri, *0530 Sat & Sun. But PNW should be over by 0600, extended? Only other HFCC item is day frequency 7315 of AIR Shillong, 50 kW at 76 degrees from 0415 to 1045, unlikely here and which WRTH showed not until *0656 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** SPAIN. 9690, Oct 31 at 1959, REE is fair at S7-S9, much less than it would have accomplished if still on the A-season frequency 17855 to North America. At least by this time of day, 9690 is propagating, unlike weekends starting at 1500! Accurate timesignal at 2000 and into news in Castilian (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** TURKEY [and non]. 5960, Oct 31 at *2300.5, VOT cuts on late, joining in progress (JIP) modulation from about 2300.7 in English to North America, very poor with flutter. Depriving us of any interval signal prélude.
6080, Nov 1 at 0401, fast SAH from two weak stations, but VOT-like intonation slighly atop, no doubt new +frequency for other English to North America colliding with VOA São Tomé, which did not stop using it at the end of A-16, and thus should not have been selected by TRT for B-16 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. 5058.5, Nov 1 at 0147 and 0205, WI2XJP LOWFER beacon in WAYLAND MA, better than before with slow CW ID marker. Fortunately, 5050 WWRB is not splashing this far, and also far enough from the 5072/5085/5098 WTWW signals (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. 5330.5-USB, UT Nov 1 at 0150, MARS station AFA6JB is coordinating contacts with hams on one of their “60 meter“ channels. Only here, it seems, can MARS legally operate on exactly same ham frequency rather than “crossband“. There was a big event promoting this yesterday, but they are doing it again tonight, and beyond? AFA6JB mentions Roosevelt something, maybe a clue to his location? Anyhow, somewhere in MARS Region 6.
YL ham Mindy, W7ZAP, from Curry County Oregon, is heard first. Each ham is asked about “conditions“ where they are — normal. Another YL, this time a MARSian, AAR6BB apparently in TX joins in, and helps relay inaudible contacts to AFA6JB. All except `JB speak very pro-forma rather than extemporaneously. They are thanked for “participating in the exercise“. When one contact is over, there is a pileup of more stations calling in on same frequency. It seems HQ wants only one contact from any county. `JB also specifies the time each one is logged in, and his clock is 4 minutes fast! Still going at 0215.
Dan Srebnick originally tipped the DXLDyg about this on Friday Oct 28:
“[dxld] MARS Communication Exercise Broadcast Sunday — There is a MARS communication exercise taking place this weekend. As part of the exercise, a MARS station on the east and west coasts will broadcast a bulletin which will be verified by a QSL. Please see the notice below:
A HIGH POWER 60 METER BROADCAST WILL BE MADE TO THE AMATEUR RADIO COMMUNITY THIS SUNDAY 30 OCT AT 2300 HOURS ON 5330.5 USB (60 M). IT WILL REPEATEDLY RUN A 5 MINUTE BROADCAST FOR AN HOUR ALTERNATING BETWEEN AN EAST COAST AND WEST COAST STATION. THE BROADCAST WILL INSTRUCT AMATEUR RADIO STATIONS TO MAKE CONTACT WITH A MARS STATIONS ON 60 METER CHANNELS (INCLUDING 5330.5 USB) AND REPORT LOCAL CONDITIONS. AMATEUR RADIO OPERATORS WHO RECEIVE THE HIGH POWER 60 METER BROADCAST WILL ALSO RECEIVE A QSL CARD BY ENTERING A RECEPTION REPORT ON THE WWW.USARMYMARS.ORG WEBSITE. Carver W2TFM MARS Region 2 (NY & NJ) Director, AAA2RD“
How high power? Google search on call AFA6JB gets one hit to a blog:
“You can work 2 MARS stations right now on 5.330.50Mhz. Theres AFA6JB and AAR6BB. Go get em!“ but time not shown and the original is too far down the page to reach in this active forum. At the top:
“PINNED POST News Feed Christian Cudnik 4 hrs — Episode 70 of the 100 Watts and a Wire [Podcast] is posted. Please share it with others, and remind them to subscribe. You can also have the show delivered directly to your smart phone or device by using one of the many podcast applications. Enjoy. K0STH 100“ (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. 11720, Oct 31 at 2003, VOA Kriyòl is S5-S9 // 15220 at S6-S8, undermodulated at tune-in, then they turned it up to normal level (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A [non]. 12075, Oct 31 at 2007, pop music at S7, // 15730 GB, so it`s VOA French, 100 kW, 350 degrees from BOTSWANA at 1830-2030. HFCC B-16 shows 12075 is used only by IBB from many diverse sites and hours: also Kuwait, UK, Vatican, Thailand, São Tomé (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. 7305, Nov 1 at 0134, open carrier already on from GB, during the one hour Radio Martí is on jammed 7365, but no leapfrog mixing product detectable on 7425. I suspect sometimes a different transmitter and/or antenna is involved which do not mix. 0145, starts VATICAN relay in Spanish, still extant on 7305, violating Separation of Church & State, and still no 7425. At 0200, RM switches now to 7435, which would put the leapfrog on new 7565, but at 0222 check, no carrier detectable there, in splash of 7570 WRMIBS (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. WORLD OF RADIO 1849 monitoring: confirmed Monday October 31 at 2330 on WBCQ, 9330.027v-CUSB, very poor. Next:
Tue 2130 WRMI 15770 to NE
Tue 2330 WBCQ 9330v-CUSB to WSW
Wed 1315.5 WRMI 9955 to SSE
Wed 2100 WBCQ 7490v to WSW
Wed 2330 WBCQ 9330v-CUSB to WSW
(Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. 9955, Monday Oct 31 at 2257, wall-of-noise jamming vs a DX program in Spanish — 2-month old Brazilian loggings voiced by Manuel Méndez, so it`s Frecuencia al Día, which did nothing to deserve any jamming — Dino Bloise isn`t even Cuban. 2300 jamming intensifies even more as Radio Libertad starts. Note that from Nov 6, all 9955 programming shifts one UT hour later, unlike other WRMI frequencies (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. 11580, Tuesday Nov 1 at 1359.5, UKRAINE relay narration is incomplete, cut off for WRMI ID, 1400 gospel rock/praise music, 1411 Xmasy tune “Do U C what I C?“, but later at 1455 it`s ME World Music toward end of the hour (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. 11520, Oct 31 at 2004, WEWN is again VG here instead of scheduled daytime frequency for English, 15610 — certainly better for us, but for the target? 12050 in Spanish is even better, S9+30, while 13830 (if that`s where the third transmitter is supposed to be now), still AWOL (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. 12105, Oct 31 at 2008, WTWW-3 at S9+30, back on with Bibling Worldwide in Brazuguese. Had not been heard at misc. chex for more than a week. At 0119 Nov 1, 12105 still on at S9 but dead air, typical (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. 5050, UT Tuesday November 1 at 0200, WWRB with anti-Semitic gospel huxter saying “brutes are running around and Judah-izing — why this country is under a dark cloud“. Unpolished, speaks slowly, “have a blessèd week“ until 0203.5* cut carrier immediately without any ID, as WWRB may be too embarrassed to associate with him? This offal will presumably resume UT Sunday circa 0100 for another 3-nite run (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** VIETNAM [non]. 7315, Nov 1 at 0126, Vietnamese song, so VOV is still relayed this semihour in English by WHRI, despite gap in registration. Stops at 0128.5, for WHRI propaganda, Voice of the Martyrs ad, i.e. Christians persecuted; 0130:08 resumes VOV opening Spanish (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
This report dispatched at 1918 UT November 1