** ANTARCTICA. 7995-USB, Dec 23 at 2303-2311, nothing heard from net of bases including McMurdo which were allegedly going to sing carols to each other from this time, per Ed Kusalik; source? Unknown for how long. Could be an interesting frequency to keep monitoring (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** CUBA. 15164, 15233, 15301, 15439, 15508, 15577, Dec 23 at 1454, extremely distorted spurblobs out of S9+30 RHC 15370 where it sounds OK. Also weaker ones audible at the extremes, 15646, 15095, at ~69 kHz intervals. The 15233 one I hear first is QRMing another RHC fundamental, 15230! Something`s always wrong at RHC. But these occur some days, lack other days (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** ETHIOPIA [non]. 11600, Sat Dec 23 at 1539, since I have UTwente running for WOR chex, try this for the new OMN, Oromiya Media Network, via Bulgaria, but nothing heard. Ivo Ivanov says it`s probably M-F only (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** INDONESIA. 3325, Dec 23 at 1412, JBA carrier indicating RRI Palangkaraya, as NBC Bougainville is usually off by this time, a semihour after sunrise here (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** KOREA SOUTH. 4885, Dec 23 at 1415, Korean talk and bits of music, S9 to S9+20, Echo of Hope on the frequency it uses to publicize other broadcasts to North Korea. Never heard it so strong; way above fading 5025 Cuba, and SSOB except for WWV, and about equivalent to 4450 Voice of the People, hit by jamming and CODAR, but no jamming on 4885 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** NIGERIA [non]. 11530, Sat Dec 23 at 1922, WRMI is on, not with R. Biafra, but with familiar steel drum piece in World Music fill, distorted modulation unusual for WRMI, at S9+20. By 1927 playing the canned IS & ID loop, saying programming resumes at the “top of the hour“ — oops, not in this case.
1930 opens Radio Herwa International in its new evening broadcast, VG in Hausa, and the other language; maybe some headlines separated by stingers, but mostly music alternating with schedule and contact info, judging from all the “kHz“ and numbers mentioned, such as at 1952 when again the modulation is distorted, so is it an input or output problem? 11530 off at 2000* sharp after partial BZ ID (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** SOMALILAND. 7120, Dec 23 at 1948, JBA steady carrier among the CW & SSB QRhaM, presumed INTRUDER, R. Hargeisa which is now reported on air until 2000* (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** SOUTH AFRICA. 17800, Dec 23 at 1938, VG S9+10 signal here in some African language, the SSOB and the OSOB! on 16m, a band otherwise seemingly dead. Retune at 2000, sounds like a few words of French before cut off at 2001*. NDXC/Aoki shows it`s AWR in Fulfulde, at 1930-2000, 250 kW, 315 degrees from Meyerton, and overkill right on to Oklahoma`s Fulfulde speakers or DXers (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** SOUTH CAROLINA [non]. 12160 // 9980, Dec 23 at 1934, WWCR still with Overcomer as scheduled Saturdays for both, but someone other than BS speaking; and followed 6 seconds later by 9370 WWRB, all VG.
15710, WHRI continues absent in daytime when had been BSing; 6040 however is back on Dec 23 at 2307 with YL gospel huxter, not TOM, usual het from Brasil.
9370 & 3185, Dec 23 at 2308, neither WWRBS frequency is on but presumably during a delayed switchover, as both have continued active earlier (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. UNIDENTIFIED, 6221-USB, Dec 23 at 1422, coastal station KJM calling M/V Todd(?) – something; they agree to try 8104-USB instead. KJM is stronger there for me, but still no contact between them, nor anything heard back on 6221. No luck here searching for info about KJM. Not even any hits searching UDXF group.io. Maybe it was KJN? Call not given fonetikaly. Where is it? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A [and non]. WORLD OF RADIO 1909 monitoring: Ivo Ivanov, Bulgaria reports: GERMANY, Reception of World of Radio via HLR 6190 CUSB, Dec 23, 0730-0759 on 6190 GOH 001 kW / 230 deg to CeEu Sat, fair
His recordings indicate a subaudible heterodyne from something. The next broadcast has been moved from 7265 to 6190-CUSB as well, as Michael Kittner of HLR told us:
“Aktueller Sendeplan (22.12.2017)
08.00 – 11.00 Uhr CET 6190 kHz (1000 W) (3 h)
11.00 – 13.00 Uhr CET 7265 kHZ ( 250 W) (2 h)
13.00 – 17.00 Uhr CET 6190 kHz (1000 W) (4 h)
11.00 – 14.00 Uhr CET 9485 kHz (1000 W) (3 h)“
However, there will be some holiday special pre-emptions.
Sat Dec 23 I spot-check 6190 via UTwente during the entire 15-16 UT hour, the first half being `Media Network Plus`, but no trace of HLR, just two stations mixing, seemingly the ChiComs in Mongolian and Vietnamese, altho I also thought I heard some Korean. Also rechecking 7265 in case HLR were still there: nothing but CRI to Sri Lanka.
However, Alan Gale in England reports: “Hi Glenn, I’m pleased to say that HLR’s switch from 7265 to 6190 seems to have worked, as World of Radio was coming in well here at 1530 UT today. It wasn’t thundering in, but it was definitely stronger than it was on 7265 when I last heard it there, and it was fully readable all the way through the programme I’m pleased to say. [His recording atop slight QRM]
I was recording KBC on my other receiver when your programme was on, but I found the attached short clip from when I briefly switched over.
I just made a screen shot of the path between here and Göhren, and it is almost directly east from here about 644 miles away. Twente is almost right in between us, so it looks like the signal is going right over it and they are in the ‘dead zone’ at that time. Looks like I’m just in the right place for them at that time of day! 🙂 Alan“
WOR 1909 confirmed, barely, Sat Dec 23 after 2230 on WBCQ 9330.0v-CUSB. At first a JBA carrier, while neighbors 9265, 9350, 9370 and 9395 are all good to very good. Then I start to hear a trace of me, and by 2255 definitely, but still too weak to copy. Fortunately, I already know exactly what I said.. (Also have a high local noise level around S8, Xmas dex?)
Also confirmed Sat Dec 23 after 2300 on WRMI 11580, S9 but deep fades to S3; by 2309 at peaks S9+25 it`s the strongest of all WRMI frequencies, and VG modulation level emphasizing my glitches. Next:
Sun 0200 WRMI 11580 to NE
Sun 0410v WA0RCR 1860-AM ND
Sun 1130 HLR 9485-CUSB to WSW [probably preëmpted this week & next] Mon 0030 WBCQ 9330v-CUSB to WSW
Mon 0400v WBCQ 5130v Area 51 to WSW
Mon 0430 WRMI 9955 to SSE
Tue 0030 WBCQ 9330v-CUSB to WSW
Tue 0030 WRMI 7730 to WNW
Tue 2030 WRMI 11580 to NE, 9455 to WNW [or #1910?] Tue 2130 WRMI 9455 to WNW [or #1910?]
Full WOR schedule via all media, and podcast access:
(Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. 9395 // 9455, Sat Dec 23 at 1452, WRMI with Oldies; 11580 is off instead of RAE Spanish; 9955 with the Japo-Mississippian gospel huxtress.
11580 // 9455, Sat Dec 23 at 2000, YL introducing Jesus music on WRMI.
9395 & 9455, Dec 23 at 2308, WRMI Oldies with floating delayed VOA News relay; announcer has similar voice to Jeff. See also NIGERIA [non] (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. 7490.08, Dec 23 at 2256, WBCQ not on early this Saturday; but S9-S6 at 2258 playing rock music rather than IS & ID loop, past ToH, no ID until 2301.4, then “Valkyries“ theme of `SW Saturday Night`. 5130 not on yet (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. 12105, Dec 23 at 1453, WTWW Xmasmx is already S9+20, still distorted and carrier wobbling slightly.
9942.9, Dec 23 at 1941, S6-S7 carrier matched by another on 9917.1, the plus/minus 12.9 parasites of S9+40 WTWW-2 which I know I will find as I tune down to 9930. No modulation on the spurs, just Xmasmx on 9930, which is also splattering out across them (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
UNIDENTIFIED. 7200-LSB, Dec 23 at 1946 hamwars are still going on here, music jamming, tone/carrier jamming, threats to “break your *u*k*n* neck“, etc. (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
This report despatched at 0107 UT December 24