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Glenn Hauser logs February 24-25, 2018

** INDIA. 7550 // 9445, Feb 24 at 2225, AIR GOS is about over, closing with some music, S9-S7 and S7-S5 respectively. Almost listenable in deep North America beyond European target. Same frequencies resume at 2245-2430, which could be a good early evening time for us, but then they are re-aimed north/eastward via Bengaluru: 7550 from 300 to 90 degrees, 9445 from 325 to 38 degrees (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** NORTH AMERICA. 6950-USB, Feb 25 at 0133, S9+25/30 music, “Only Have Eyes for You“, 0135 Wolverine Radio ID, another Eyes? song; 0143 another ID; 0210 ID with echoes, SSTV beeps. Several views of it, before Drunken DJ Radio took over:
https://www.hfunderground.com/board/index.php/topic,40686.15.html

First pirate I`ve logged since Feb 3: seems to be less activity lately, nothing today at earlier check 2318 Feb 24, but I`m not always searching during prime-pirate-time. The latest issue of FRW, however, has only 7 logs, two of them unID, from two otherguys. How about HF Underground posts? There were about twelve NAm threads on UT Feb 23-24, and five UT Feb 24-25 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** NORTH AMERICA. 6935.34-AM, Feb 24 at 0135, much weaker pirate than Wolverine, S7 at best; piano jazz; 0158 has drifted up to 6935.39, jive, something about heartache. By 0203 on 6935.40, never heard any announcements, not even across hourtop; off at 0209 recheck. These say it was Captain Morgan Shortwave:
https://www.hfunderground.com/board/index.php/topic,40687.0.html
(Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SOMALILAND. 7120, Sat Feb 24 at 1934 tune-in via UTwente, R. Hargeisa in non-English, a minute or two of music and presumed Somali talk resumes. Checking out WRTH listing of news in English at 1930. If so, it must have been very brief; besides tuning in by 1930 sharp, also need to check weekdays Mon-Thu (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 3245-USB, Feb 25 at 0144, AFA5XF leading a MARS net contacting some weaker stations. Searching on that call leads to this on FB: “The 2017 Ohio MARS picnic is scheduled for Saturday, August 19 at the home of AFA5XF at 19608 Thompson Ridge Road, Laurelville. The chow down will start sometime around noon.“

3299-USB, Feb 25 at 0145, another MARS net led by AF04FL, calling other stations; the net callsign is 4TX1; his abbr`d call is just zero-foxtrot-lima. No hits on the full callsign, in a strange format with two numbers amid it, but I heard him say “-zero four-“ several times. License plates? Plenty hits (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A [and non]. WORLD OF RADIO 1918 monitoring: confirmed Saturday February 24 at 2230 on WBCQ, 9330.295v-CUSB; was BS until 2229 cut to ID, promo, and 2230 WOR. Also confirmed immediately following, Sat Feb 24 at 2300 on WRMI, 7780, S9/S9+10, immediately after gospel music, “Great Gettin` Up Morning“, with no ToH ID. Also confirmed UT Sun Feb 25 at 0205 check, the 0200 on WRMI 7780, unexpectedly strong if really on the 44-degree antenna, S9+27. Also confirmed UT Sunday February 25 starting at 0430 on WA0RCR, 1860-AM, Wentzville MO, later than the nominal 0415 and after ARRL finished. Next:
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:
http://www.worldofradio.com/radioskd.html
(Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 9330.324v-CUSB, Feb 24 at 1908, here`s WBCQ with BS, but VP at S2-S3. Maybe he`s also on totally inaudible 5129.83 as claimed (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 7490.04, Feb 24 at 2302 I`m tuning in for `Shortwave Saturday Night`, but must have problems getting connected from Hyde Park. Bits of music, canned IDs, dead air, a few seconds of a newscast about the NRA vs businesses cutting them off, more bits of songs, DA still at 2311 when I give up. 7490 is funxioning OK at next check Feb 25 at 0140, tybro.com offering a spiritual cleansing CD; I guess those are the reactivated Mitch & Kathy.

5129.8 is now active with music at 0139 Feb 25, presumably `Lumpy Gravy` on WBCQ (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 9395, Sat Feb 24 at 1911, WRMI with World Music from Africa, S9-S7, during the hour now occupied weekdays by RAE in German. 9455 also S9-S7 with Oldie, “Natural Woman“. 7780 at 1914 with BS poor at S7, but stronger than 9330 WBCQ, MUCH weaker than 9980 WWCR (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 12160, Sat Feb 24 at 1815, WWCR amid `Talking Machine Show` with ancient recitation, but mostly it`s “Musicking Machine“. One of the few WWCR programs worth hearing, even tho some gospel music is included from the old cylinders and shellax. All the times for it on current schedule:
http://www.wwcr.com/program-guides/WWCR_Program_Guide.pdf

Sat 1800 12160, Sun 0100 7520, Sun 0200 4840, Sat 1100 4840, Mon 0500 4840. Under current low solar conditions, even 12160 midday may not be a solid signal here, too close for the MUF.

A similar show, `Last Radio Playing`: Sat 0000 5935, Sat 0100 4840-monthly after first Friday, Sat 0700 4840, Sat 2000 12160.

Then there`s `Martha Garvin`s Musical Memories`, almost all hymns, but with some distinctive heartfelt performances. UT Sunday Feb 25 at 0208 on 3215, it`s a guy belting out a hymn with piano accompaniment, and then she interviews him, diversifying.

Of course, the times are going to shift one UT hour earlier with the imposition of DST March 11, and in some cases frequency may change. Beware: during the entire 2017 DST season, WWCR pdf skeds failed to show the correct UT-5 difference between UT and CDT but kept showing UT-6! Go with the local time column. Some other mostly secular programs to check the sked for: Golden Age of Radio Theater; Worldwide Country Radio (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 3215, Feb 25 at 0142, Brother Don discussing kelp, on WWRB, audio breaking up a bit on poor quality feed. No need to switch to 3185 at 0200 apparently, as nothing there at 0208 check.

I forgot to check 15240 Saturday afternoon for reactivation of R. Munansi clandestine for Uganda, as Dave notified us would be starting soon on weekends only. Be sure to check WWRB Sunday starting as early as 1600 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 5085, UT Sun Feb 25 at 0207, no signal from WTWW-2, so `Theatre Organ in the Ozarx` misses another airtime (the onetime prepeat at 1900 Saturdays on 9930 is still gone too, as is everything once on 9930 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 1130, Feb 24 at 1831 UT check, KLEY Wellington KS is finally back in whack! No more pulsing and bits of modulation cutting on and off, but continuous normal music modulation, ID as “The Wave“ by some BBQ person; 1835 UT a fuller ID as “The Wave, 100.3 and 1130, your music station from the wheat capital of the world“ (other than Enid). It had been doing that every day checked, from first notice Feb 14, thru Feb 23. Well, not quite correct, since if really on licensed daytime direxional pattern, almost all of the signal would be going northward, but “normal“ situation has long been for it to provide a good groundwave southwestward into Enid (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. 4070-CW, Feb 25 at 0146, beacon ZN is JBA with call over and over. Now sufficient pause that I can tell it`s not NZ.

4102.8-CW, Feb 25 at 0146, the W beacon allegedly transmitting weather info from the California desert with various other dits and dahs. I often hear this, but JBA, can`t copy full output and if I did would not know what it signify, useful I suppose only to the instigator (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. 5800, Feb 24 at 1917, JBA carrier. Since I`m now getting it at midday on 51 meters, must conclude it`s something nearby in the meters-to-kilometer range. Even 6070- CFRX is a JBA carrier now (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. 5835.5-USB, Feb 25 at 0152, lively net in unID tonal language, Chinese dialect? No WTWW on 5830 yet, nor Chilean pirate 5825 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. 6050.5 approx., Feb 25 at 0156, huge filthy spurblob with talkish modulation completely unintelligible in SSB, AM or FM modes; spreads 6046-6055 and can also hear 6050.0 carrier amid, poor HCJB which I do not think is the source of this, but the victim; rather, HJDH, La Voz de tu Conciencia, COLOMBIA, which several times before has been caught doing this above 6040, and the first time heard, I made out a definite ID. Now I detect only one JBA carrier on 6010.0. Please, someone, kick their transmitter (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

This report dispatched at 0601 UT February 25

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