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Glenn Hauser logs February 23-24, 2018

** AFGHANISTAN [non]. 13655, Feb 24 at 1530, vamping theme with beeps, apparently implying newsiness, 1531 talk repeatedly mentioning Afghanistan. It`s R. Ashna in Dari, 1500-1630, 300 kW, 75 degrees via Woofferton UK (also 1430-1500 in Pashto). S8-S3 but one of best signals on band other than 13820 Marti & jamming.

It`s the Afghanistan service of VOA from Washington studios, not to be confused with more specialized services for the region, as described by WRTH: R. Mashaal, only in Pashto, for the Pakistan/Afghanistan border area; VOA Deewa Radio, also in Pashto for the Pak/Afgh border area. What`s the difference? Well, R. Mashaal is produced in RFE/RL Prague studios, Deewa in Washington. Do they really have a different editorial stance? Why not merge (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CANADA. 218 kHz, Feb 24 at 0632, beacon RL and dash, from Red Lake, Ontario.
248 kHz, Feb 24 at 0633, beacon WG and dash, from Winnipeg, Manitoba (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CAYMAN ISLANDS. 415 kHz, Feb 24 at 0645 UT, MCW beacon CBC, from Cayman BraC. Dxinfocentre notes in red that it`s now HW, ex: HHW. That means it`s a homing beacon degraded from high power 2000W to medium power of 50 to less than 2000 watts, and still Without voice facilities (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA. 15441, 15510, 15580, 15662, 15738, very approx., Feb 24 at 1516, RHC FMy spurblobs are back; their absence was too good to be true. They spread up to 10 kHz and are constantly fluxuating, so cannot cite specific carrier frequencies, but these are more like ~76 kHz apart. 15580 of course lands right on a VOA frequency, inaudible. By 1521 I find the peaks circa 15447, 15291, 15219, 15145, 15074.

Yesterday Feb 23 after 1900, a quick check did not find any coming out of 15140 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** ETHIOPIA [non]. 11575, Feb 24 at 1606, good signal in African language via UTwente, as I check this following WORLD OF RADIO on 6190. Will it be // 11600? No, 11595! At least I think they are the same, switching back and forth, but cannot hear both at same time to be 100% positive they are // and synchronized. 11595 is stronger and has some hum, unlike 11575.

Starting in December was Oromiya Media Network, Radio OMN, via Secretbrod, BULGARIA on 11600, then 11575, and 11600 disappeared; were listed supposedly Monday-Friday only, while now it is Saturday. Guess what: HFCC and latest NDXC/Aoki dated Feb 23 show nothing anywhen on 11575 or 11595! EiBi, not updated since Feb 11, shows Radio OMN, M-F 16-17 on 11575 & 11600 via Bulgaria. Could be some other Ethiopian clandestine, or OMN expanded beyond weekdays? No, weekends are not really new, as in DXLD 18-05, OMN was reported both on Sat & Sun Jan 27 & 28, when on 11600, 11575. Ivo was quoted as saying that 11600 was 100 kW, and 11575 only 50 kW. No sign of jamming on either while I listened today. It seems not even Ivo has caught up with new 11595.

And it seems the last time anything other than RTTY QRM was reported on 11595, was the FCC notice busting Station YHWH as in DXLD 16-52 at the end of the year 2016! (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SOUTH CAROLINA [non]. 7780, Feb 24 at 0327, no signal from WRMIBS, while 7730 is very strong; unlike Feb 22 at 0353 when I was hearing 7780. WRMI sked grid at still shows 7780 off after the Prague relay until 0300*. What about TOM website? Here`s the current attempt to update it, still “2017“; to be taken only as generalities about this and the other stations:

Radio Schedule

Brother Scare cannot bother to be accurate or truthful about his own schedule or anything else (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 9455, Feb 23 at 1938, VOA News via WRMI Oldies, last two minutes by Ann Ball include four stumbles by her. Still amateurish announcing on what should be America`s showcase of broadcast journalism. An earlier one, I did not log at the time, had her introduce an axuality toward the end which failed to appear, leaving her scrambling to wrap up the `cast. Of course, in that case it may not have been her fault, if someone else was engineering, as one would expect (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A [and non]. WORLD OF RADIO 1918 monitoring: confirmed UT Saturday February 24 at 0030 on WBCQ, 9330.25v-CUSB, fair with deep fades.

Also confirmed Sat Feb 24 at 0730 by Ivo Ivanov, B`lgariya:
“GERMANY, Reception of World of Radio via HLR on 6190 CUSB, Feb 24:
0730-0800 6190 GOH 001 kW / 230 deg CeEu English Sat, good signal“

Also confirmed the next HLR airing. Sat Feb 24 at 1531 on HLR 6190, as I check UTwente at 1545: atop considerable CCI from the ChiComs. Next:

Sat 2030v WA0RCR 1860-AM ND
Sat 2230 WBCQ 9330v-CUSB to WSW
Sat 2300 WRMI 7780 to NE
Sun 0200 WRMI 7780 to NE
Sun 0410v WA0RCR 1860-AM ND
Sun 1130 HLR 9485-CUSB to WSW
Mon 0030 WBCQ 9330v-CUSB to WSW
Mon 0400v WBCQ 5130v Area 51 to WSW
Mon 0430 WRMI 9955 to SSE, 9455 to WNW
Tue 0030 WBCQ 9330v-CUSB to WSW
Tue 0030 WRMI 7730 to WNW
Tue 2030 WRMI 7780 to NE, 9455 to WNW [or #1919?] Tue 2130 WRMI 9455 to WNW [or #1919?]

Full WOR schedule via all media, podcast access:

** U S A. Regarding the squealing spurs out of WEWN, of course I meant they were at 9/18 kHz offset, not MHz; fixed:

15610, Feb 22 at 1910, WEWN is stronger than usual, must be some sporadic-E HF enhancement, MUF at least 16 MHz; WWCR 15825 too is about as strong, and about the same 1-megameter skip distance. Only when WEWN gets this strong, can I easily detect the constant squeal it transmits along with English. This was previously attributable to parasitic spurs at 9/18 kHz, beating against each other; the modulation causes the pitches to vary slightly vs pauses (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. Trans-Atlantic JBA MW carrier search Feb 24 at 0617-0624: 531, 549, 567, 585, 603, 612, 621(2), 666, 693(2), 729, 747, 774(vs IBOC, WBBM?), 783, 801, 837, 846, 882, 936, 954, 999, 1026, 1053, 1098, 1116(2), 1125(2), 1179, 1215(2), 1422(2), 1503, 1512, 1521. Also a stronger carrier on 907.7 which I assume is something internal to do with R75 receiver IF, but I haven`t noticed it before when there was a definite TA on 909. At 0629 also LW 198 (there is an NDB in Dixon NC, DIW on 198, but no such ID to be heard; 216 is normally another one, CLB Carolina Beach, not RMC/France) (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

This report despatched at 1753 UT February 23

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