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Glenn Hauser logs September 11, 2018

** CUBA. 6100, Sept 11 at 0608, this RHC English is only S6-S8 and undermodulated, very much inferior to the others, 6165, 6060 and 6000. Something`s always wrong at RHC (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA [and non]. 11860, Sept 11 at 2005, Radio Martí in Spanish and RHC in Brazuguese, about equal levels making slow SAH of less than 1 Hz, taking turns dominating over each other, and not much jamming noise if any. If this is for Europe as scheduled, why are they speaking with a pronounced Brazilian accent? Even the icon on homepage leading to language sexions employs the flag of Portugal, not Brasil.

I have speculated about why this collision was authorized and prolonged now for more than a month. Here`s another: skip distances. Beyond short groundwave range from Bauta or wherever near Habana, most of Cuba will not be getting much from RHC before the first hop comes down toward the east end. So Martí can crash right into the “dead zone“ of RHC without Cubans hearing much of RHC anyway (unlike those of us outside). Whether RHC may be getting side QRM from Greenville in Portugal or Brasil targets is another matter; and the Cuban commies remain faced with the choice of jamming themselves along with Martí or letting it go.

Watch out whether Hurricane Florence affect any upcoming Greenville transmissions! (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** KIRITIMATI. 846, Sept 11 at 0615, JBA carrier from presumed R. Kiribati, getting to be a regular. See also UNID 936 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** MEXICIO. 820, Sept 11 at 1217, canned ID amid romantic music with heavy beat, as “Canal ochocientos veinte, ABC Radio“. It`s been making a SAH with WBAP of slightly under 1 Hz, about 55 fades per minute, first noticed a few minutes earlier but peaking now with WBAP nulled as much as possible.

It`s XEABCA, Mexicali BCN. WRTH 2018 shows 3.5/0.5 kW, named instead Radio Frontera. IRCA Mexican Log of 2015 (will there ever be a new one?) contains both names. Not bad at a kilomile, especially if on night power as it should be, and non-direxional per NRC Pattern Book of 2013 (a new edition of 2018 has just been published!). But not too unusual here on SRS (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** MEXICO. 870, Sept 11 at 1202, XETAR, La Voz de la Sierra Tarahumara, sign-on procedure with many IDs in Spanish and native languages, also singing, mentions of CDI parent agency [concesionario: COMISION NACIONAL PARA EL DESARROLLO DE LOS PUEBLOS INDÍGENAS]. On the DX-398 it`s separable from WWL remnants. I`ve seen its website before, but looking for it in the WRTH 2018, on page 281, 870 XETAR is keyed as station CH18) in Chihuahua state — but the referenced entry on page 284 for CH18) is obviously some other station, in Cuauhtemoc! If XETAR be somewhere else in the CH sexion, I haven`t found it, but I do notice another likely typo: CH12) as ““ (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. WORLD OF RADIO 1947 monitoring: confirmed Tuesday September 11 at 2040, the 2030 on WRMI 7780, tho JBA on the PL-880 portable. Supposedly also on 5950, but inaudible.

Supposedly also on both an hour later at 2130 Tuesday, but straining to hear on the home rig vs. high local noise level, definitely on neither: 7780 with talk in language, maybe German, which would be RAE relay; JBA 5950 also talk but unseems //, maybe Spanish, not WOR.

The WRMI frequency grid shows #1 7780 indeed in RAE German at 21-22 (really M-F only) from System F, while the same hour on #5 5950 as with System D. Consulting the System D program sked below: it still shows two hours of variety programming 20-22 daily on both 5950 and 7780, NOT including any RAE, and, yes, including WOR at both 2030 and 2130 Tue.

The System F program schedule directly contradicts this with RAE German at 21-22 on 7780, as we were hearing. With 14 transmitters (tho not all of them in use) and 12(?) Systems, the operation must be just too complex to manage 100% accurately.

WOR NOT confirmed Tuesday Sept 11 at 2330 on WBCQ 9330.1, just BS, altho new WOR has been available and notified some 23 hours earlier.
1030 UT Wednesday WRMI 5950
2100 UT Wednesday WRMI 9955
2100 UT Wednesday WBCQ 7490v
2330 UT Wednesday WBCQ 9330v [maybe] 2330 UT Thursday WBCQ 9330v [maybe] 2330 UT Friday WBCQ 9330v [maybe] 0629 UT Saturday HLR 6190-CUSB Germany
1230 UT Saturday WINB 9265 via Unique Radio
1431 UT Saturday HLR 6190-CUSB Germany
1930vUT Saturday WA0RCR 1860-AM
2130 UT Saturday WBCQ 9330v [maybe, or 2330?] 0310vUT Sunday WA0RCR 1860-AM
1030 UT Sunday HLR 9485-CUSB Germany
2130 UT Sunday WRMI 7780
2330 UT Sunday WBCQ 9330v [maybe] 0300vUT Monday WBCQ 5130v Area 51
0330 UT Monday WRMI 9955
0400 UT Monday WRMI webcast only
2330 UT Monday WBCQ 9330v [maybe] 0030 UT Tuesday WRMI 7730 [or 1948?] 2030 UT Tuesday WRMI 7780 5950 [or 1948?]

Full schedule including AM, FM, webcasts, satellite:

** U S A. 5830, Sept 11 at 0606, no signal from WTWW-1, no loss with PPPP/SFAW, or is it propagation? No, neighbour 5935 WWCR is inbooming at S9+40/50, so WTWW is OFF (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 3215, Sept 11 at 0611, S9+20 of dead air. Could WWCR-1 be on the way to an overnight comeback? Program sked as of Sept 1 still shows WWCR-1 totally off at 0400-1200 (Monday 0500-), including the 3215 span until 0900. Of course, 3215 is also a WWRB frequency, but never at this hour unless a test (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 880-CUSB, Sept 11 at 1200 UT, partial ID for “Western Indian Network, Tuba City“, I.e. KTBA 760, the sibling station to the one I am really hearing, KHAC, Tse Bonito NM, 10000/430 watts U1, the perpetual day-power cheater.

The Tuba City AZ station I remember when I was in Navajoland several years ago, was midband circa 1050? I guess they moved. Hunting for it in the new NRC AM Log I checked the huge cross-reference by city and found on page 246, Tse Bonito and Tuba City right next to each other in alphabetical order. What are the chances of that?! Log also shows both with the same address in Window Rock AZ. But I do not find a Western Indian Network among Station Groups listed on page 301, nor among the Networks on page 291 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. 936, Sept 11 at 0620, I have been bandscanning up from bottom of MW band, with east-west longwire on the R75 set at 9 kHz steps, but minus 1 kHz from TA/TP channels, to hear any carriers on USB tuning, besides 846 Kiritimati. Before dozing off at midband, I do hit one on 936, in fact stronger than 846 but still JBA with no modulation. It`s right-on frequency, so surely not a local artifact.

Consulting the WRTH TA and TP listings, I conclude it is most likely SNRT, Agadir, Morocco, where sunrise today is right now: 0621 UT. Of course, it`s post-sunrise in the rest of Africa and Europe except maybe Spain with 3 x 20 kW Radio 5. I wonder if the F.Pl of two new 400 kW MW transmitters in Agadir has been consummated? It`s too early for eastern Australia with 10 kW stations, much too early for China with 200 KW, but sun set in Auckland NZ already at 0607 altho station there is only 1 kW. So theoretically, 936 Agadir could be propagating all the way to NZ now — 11989 miles short path to Mangawhai, per crowflies, not onward from here, but along the coasts of Brazil and Argentina, around Cape Horn and the southern Pacific ocean. Has Bryan Clark heard it? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

This report dispatched at 0335 UT September 12

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