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Glenn Hauser logs September 7-8-9, 2017

** CAMBODIA [non]. 9700, Sept 8 at 1303, JBA carrier unlike yesterday, when Ron Howard and Wolfgang Büschel quickly identified this as indeed a new frequency for Radio Free Asia in Cambodian, here via Tinian, while now inaudible original // 12140 is Saipan. Nor heard at 1308 on another recent addition, 9615 Tinang, Philippines. Severe geomag storm but only temporary. Beefing up SW service at 1230-1330, since Cambodia is turning off FM relays (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CHINA [non]. 9570, Sept 8 at 1306 already, CRI English relay via CUBA during a drama, no news already; strange programming (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA. 6145, Sept 8 at 0612, RHC English is almost open carrier/dead air, but can barely detect some suptorted modulation; 6100 and 6000 are OK; 6060 somewhat distorted as usual. Something`s always wrong at RHC.

Sept 9 at 0535, all RHC English on 49 m are undermodulated, but audible; 6145 at S9 to S7; 6100 & 6060 S9; 6000 S9+20/10; while the last of The Cuban Five, 5040 is fully modulated during news about Irma.

11760, Sept 9 at 1228, RHC Spanish with a report from Las Tunas about hurricane Irma: trees downed, major hotel out of contact, 500,000 without power in an apagón; but local radio remains on 24h, also accessible by some app. 1230 news theme and more about Irma, including 250 kph winds, Malecón in Habana flooding.

But enough of that in two minutes: time for more railing about the bloqueo. So far, all the other weaker RHC frequencies on 6 and 9 MHz seem nominal, as well as heavy jamming on 9805 of Radio Martí, who just might be trying to be helpful about the hurricane (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA. 5025, Sept 8 at 0534, R. Rebelde is S9+10 but just barely modulated; much better on 1620 kHz with normal modulation at 0559 check! At 1153, 5025 is still JBM — even during a weather emergency, can`t manage to modulate this. Of course, the island is crammed with MW relays, many of them just to block gusanos (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** EGYPT. 9799.59, Sept 8 at 2221, JBM S7, presumably R. Cairo English until 2245, only significant signal on band from outside North America during geomag storm. 250 kW at 325 degrees USward still making it (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** NIGERIA. 7255-, Sept 8 at 0611, no signal from VON, not on 9690-, which occasionally replaces it. Ordinarily I would confidently assume it`s off the air, but even over this low latitude path during a major geomagnetic storm, it simply may not propagate at all (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** OKLAHOMA. EARTHQUAKE felt in Enid: my chair and computer desk shake for a few seconds and the house creaks, Sept 8 at 0226:40 UT. USGS reports:

3.9 magnitude, 15 km SSE of Medford, Oklahoma, 2017-09-08 02:26:23 (UTC), 5.0 km deep — so it took about 17 seconds to get here. This was less than a sesquihour before the big one off Mexico, 8.1; coincidence? (Glenn Hauser, Enid, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** OKLAHOMA. 90.1, Sat Sept 9 at 1310 UT, KUCO`s `Performance Oklahoma` is back after summer break, Kimberly Powell introducing concert recorded Sunday Feb 12 at 2 pm at St Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in OKC, of Brandenburg Concerto #3, by the newly formed Oklahoma Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra
And later, Vivaldi`s The Seasons. The OVCO is based at Oklahoma City University, “a standing conductor-less string orchestra“. First concert of this season will be Sept 17. Thanks to immigrant musicians interviewed, reminds us that OK is not a total cultural desert.

Two-hour PerfOkla airs first UT Thursdays at 0100, repeated Saturdays 1300 UT on KUCO; and also UT Sundays 0100 on KWTU Tulsa, all available by webcasts; rarely some are ondemand temporarily. Here I have to hope for some morning tropo boost to get quiet stereo, and suppress KHCC Radio Kansas CCI fighting to capture 90.1 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 5000, Sept 8 at 1318, WWV is audible here with propagation, but poorly. 10000 not making it, and in fact there are hardly any Asia/Pacific signals on 49, 41, 31 or 25m. An hour later at 1418 on 5000 I copy the info: Solar Flux for 7 Sept = 129, planetary A index 38; K index at 12 UT Sept 8 = 5. Past 24h: G4, R3 blackout, S2; next 24: G3, S2 . . . She`s cut off before finished at 1418:45 as too much info to fit into the 45-second slot! Here`s the e-mail version:

“:Product: Geophysical Alert Message wwv.txt
:Issued: 2017 Sep 08 1200 UTC
# Prepared by the US Dept. of Commerce, NOAA, Space Weather Prediction Center
# Geophysical Alert Message
Solar-terrestrial indices for 07 September follow.
Solar flux 129 and estimated planetary A-index 38.
The estimated planetary K-index at 1200 UTC on 08 September was 5.

Space weather for the past 24 hours has been severe.
Geomagnetic storms reaching the G4 level occurred.
Solar radiation storms reaching the S2 level occurred.
Radio blackouts reaching the R3 level occurred.

Space weather for the next 24 hours is predicted to be strong.
Geomagnetic storms reaching the G3 level are expected.
Solar radiation storms reaching the S2 level are expected.
Radio blackouts reaching the R2 level are expected.“

10000, Sept 8 at 2016, WWV announces every hour during this minute that since 2150z 6 September, the 25 MHz antenna is now a vertical configuration and will remain so till further notice (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A [and non]. WORLD OF RADIO 1894 monitoring: confirmed Thursday September 7 at 2330 on WBCQ 9330.0v-CUSB, fair. Also confirmed Friday September 8 at 2330 on WBCQ 9330.0v-CUSB, poor. Not confirmed the Sat Sept 9 1431 on HLR 7265-CUSB; via UTwente, nothin` but noise. Next:
Sat 1930v WA0RCR 1860-AM ND
Sat 2230 WBCQ 9330v-CUSB to WSW
Sat 2300 WRMI 11580 to NE
Sun 0200 WRMI 11580 to NE
Sun 0315v WA0RCR 1860-AM ND
Sun 1030 HLR 9485-CUSB to WSW
Sun 2330 WBCQ 9330v-CUSB to WSW
Mon 0300v WBCQ 5130v Area 51 to WSW
Mon 0330 WRMI 9955 to SSE
Mon 2330 WBCQ 9330v-CUSB to WSW
Tue 0030 WRMI 7730 to WNW

** U S A. 5850, Sept 8 at 0538, WRMIBS is only S7 to S5, attenuated by geomagnetic storm from usual inboom. Usually very strong all night 7730 and 7570 are JBA carriers. Remember that WRMI expects to lose power when Irma is closest, but may remain on 9455 only. Lake Okeechobee was predicted to flood/overflow, but that affects the south end and WRMI is on the north side (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 3185 WWRB & 3215 WWCR, Sept 8 at 0549 still have good signals while the higher ones, even 4840 WWCR are hit by near-blackout, poor S5 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 620, Sat Sept 9 at 1209 UT, stupid football talk, about 7 seconds ahead of 640 KWPN OK; surely ESPN via KTAR Phœnix AZ, as also loops WSW and usually heard, despite own schedule at

Arizona Sports 987

to which 620 AM is a mere unmentionable appendage, claiming programming from 12 to 7 am MST Saturdays is merely generic `Arizona Sports` rather than ESPN national network (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. 1480-, Sept 9 at 0602 UT, something is off-frequency to low side, low het vs KBXD TX Spanish gospel huxter, this one with music in English; loops roughly WNW/ESE, implying WBBP Memphis TN, 5000/41 U1 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. Trans-Pacific JBA MW carrier search September 9 at 1155-1207: 1548, 828, 882, 1512 from WSW. 1098 from west. At 1204 also surprised by a carrier on 1449 from WSW, or rather less than 1449 so probably a US 1450 off-frequency or a local device. Nothing more than 5 kW on 1449 from Australia/NZ (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

This report dispatched at 1647 UT September 9

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