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Glenn Hauser logs February 9, 2019

** BRAZIL. 6010.016, Feb 9 at 0710, JBA carrier, probably R. Inconfidência, despite Aoki/NDXC listing as in a break 06-09 (and also listing imaginary Mexico and probably same Colombia on 6010). See also CUBA! (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CHINA [non]. 6020, Feb 9 at 0025, CRI relay in English via ALBANIA seems to be discussing how to say “Get the show on the road“ in Chinese; an idiom I assume cannot be translated literally.

There is also a LAH – low audible heterodyne on 6020. What could that be? Only otherthing in EiBi is VOV-4 Vietnam. I suppose a trace could be making it along grayline, and being off-frequency certainly fits them. It`s 20 kW ND. DON`T YOU BELIEVE Brasil or Perú on 6020 still in Aoki, both gone for YEARS! If RHC were on 6100 and 6060 at this hour, a leapfrog of those could land on 6020 as I have previously heard after 0500 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CHINA [and non?]. 6080, Feb 9 at 0028, two weak carriers beating from slightly different frequencies, one of them seeming Chinese. Aoki/NDXC claims two within China are simulactive: until 0100, CNR1, 100 kW, 236 degrees via Golmud 916 site; and until 0530, PBS Hulun Buir, 10 kW ND in Mongolian via Hailar. But also one other as 24h, R. Marumby, Curitiba PR, Brasil, which may not be inactive, still in WRTH 2019 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA. Unlike English, RHC Spanish is still making SW frequency announcements at certain hours, which don`t always mesh with reality — but what do those non-SWLs know back in the studio?

11760, Feb 9 at 0000 tune-in, onesuch is in progress; missed the first part that I will try to catch again. `…13740, 11840, 9640, 5040. A partir de las 0000: 13740, 11670, 11840, 11950, 11700, 9640, 6000“ — but NOT the very frequency I am tuned to, 11760! 11670, 11700 and 11840 are all suptorted, plus weak 11830/11850 spurs, never announced.

11950 also on, but *not* // the others because it`s the separate `Mesa Redonda` TV soundtrack hour, // 6000 only — something the announcer does not comprehend by mixing those two in with the others. BTW, this is UT Saturday, altho EiBi and NDXC/Aoki claim 00-01 6000 // 11950 are on air Tue-Fri only. Maybe the UT Sat shows are irregular, or confusion local vs UT days? Another frequency announcement is at 0400, but just caught it ending at 0402 on 6060.

I then resolve two mysteries others have reported!

6010, Feb 9 at 0022, two carriers, so is Colombia really reactivated along with Brasil? I barely make out some Spanish talk so the assumption would be Colombia — but NO, it`s // 5990 CRI relay! Now, I get it: 6010 is a leapfrog mixing product of 5990 over 6000 (Cuba can make broad jumps, but LFMPs are supposedly more apt between nearby frequencies.) This is possible only between 00 and 01 when both are on the air (unless they forget to turn at both of them off).

The other could still be Brasil, as no other broadcaster, major or minor is known active during this hour (DON`T YOU BELIEVE Radio Mil, Mexico, still in Aoki/NDXC, which has been gone for many YEARS). To confuse matters further, RHC has some Brazilian trying to speak Spanish, i.e. Portunhol, I have also heard at other times; maybe an unusual temporary guest.

5990 is S9+20/30, and 6000 is S9+10. Since they leapfrog, the two must be at the same site, despite Aoki showing different coördinates: 5990 CRI as La Habana, and 6000 RHC as Titán-Quivicán. This is because only the CRI relays are in HFCC as registered by the ChiCom, but not specifying which of the three real sites. EiBi also reflects this.

Harold Frodge also reported RHC on an unlisted frequency: “CUBA: 6090 Radio Habana Cuba; 0405, 2/4; W in EE reading list of phone #s & addresses; 0407+ RHC ID. SIO=2+52+; no sign of robustly bountiful Rev. Barbie or dead Dr. Gene (Frodge-MI)“

6090: so I am checking this out too: Feb 9 at 0401, no Anguilla, but fast SAH of about 15 Hz, talk and music mixing. Now I get it! 6090 is another leapfrog mixing product as confirmed by // audio: 5910 CRI relay over 6000 RHC English, another 90 kHz higher. Both must be Titán-Quivicán site here too. Leapfrogs do not make any SAH as the result is a single “transmission“, which however could be off-frequency if either fundamental be; so what else is on 6090 now? Surely R. Amhara, ETHIOPIA. The 6090 Cuban mix could be heard anytime between 03 and 05, the 5910 CRI hours in English, Cantonese. Checked at 0407 for reverse leap on 5820 but nothing audible there.

Let this be a lesson: before leaping to conclusions about something exotic or reactivated, if you hear Spanish or any RHC language on a band where Cuban transmitters also exist, consider a mixing product! Something`s always wrong at RHC — and fun for us (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA. 5040, Feb 9 at 0030, RHC English is open carrier/dead air except for a bit of scratchiness. Wiggle that patchcord! Something`s always wrong at RHC (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA. 9640, Feb 9 at 0725, S9+10/20 of dead air except for some hum; also 9535 dead at S9+10. Obviously RHC transmitters left on far beyond sign-off time. I wonder if they were modulating earlier in English or Spanish. 9535 is always quite weaker than 9640 here. Something`s always wrong at RHC (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA. 15311, 15283, 15255, 14997, 14969 approx., Feb 9 at 1351, JBA 28.6x kHz spurs barely detectable from RHC 15140.

Finally someone else reports these, Harold Frodge, Midland MI: “15111.4, Radio Habana Cuba (presumed); 1545, 2/4; Just hints of music; slightly drifty sig. 1942, still there & still on 15111.4; this time with definite voice. Similar at 15168.8 so probably another 15140 RHC spur combo. “Something’s always wrong in Cuba.” Spurs, tornadoes & meteor strikes. +++ 1933, 2/6; Same spur pair; distorted 15140 in French; spur also on 15025 but not 15255“ (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA. Superfluous jamming discourtesy of the incompetent DentroCuban Jamming Command, where something is always wrong:

5960, Feb 9 at 0713, pulse jamming vs nothing, maybe spur out of 5980s

6125, Feb 9 at 0404, intermittent pulse jamming stray vs Turkey deadair

12035, Feb 9 at 1355, occasional pulse jamming stray QRM to Turkey

11915-11945, Feb 9 at 1420, Heavy jamming against 11930 Martí is splattering out at least plus/minus 15 kHz, more than usual

11845, Feb 9 at 1424, residual pulse jamming still here against long-abandoned Martí frequency; and also vs 11860 which is M-F only unlike all other RM usage; DCJC had been turning off 11860 weekends, maybe forgot today, but by 1757 the only jamming is around 11930 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** EAST TURKISTAN. 3950 & 3990, Feb 9 at 0034, JBA carriers vs QRhaM, presumed PBS Xinjiang — checking for these after hearing the usual grayline quartet of higher carriers all correlating with same Urumqi station, 4500, 4850, 4980, 5060. 3990 & 4980 are in Uighur, part of the ChiCom brainwashing scheme. However, Aoki shows PBS Gannan also running this hour on 3990.

7205, Feb 9 at 0036, is more than a carrier, Asian wailing at S5-S8. This could also be Xinjiang in Uighur, but CRI Mongolian via Beijing site also scheduled (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** IRAN. See MALAYSIA [non]

** MALAYSIA [non]. 9835, Feb 9 at 1351, S8-S4 of Russian with flutter, so definitely VIRIran, not VOM.

Ron Howard replied to my yesterday`s unID: “Hi Glenn, On Feb 8, checking at 1120, 1247 & 1347, noted clear frequencies for both 9835 and 11665; no hint of any station at all. In the past, I would have been hearing decent Malaysian signals on both frequencies (9835 Sarawak FM & 11665 Wai FM). So per my recent monitoring, their schedule has significantly changed during the period I normally listen. Ron, California“

And Mauno Ritola, Finland, replied to that also on the WOR iog: “Hi Ron, I don’t think it is a schedule change, but for some reason they have difficulties in keeping the transmitters on the air. 9835 kHz has been inactive for quite a while. 11665 kHz was in operation on Thursday, but as you say not yesterday and also today off. Mauno“ (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** NIGERIA. 7255-, Feb 9 at 0718, VON S9+20 in African language about Sierra Leone. Re my previous report of it missing, Dan Sheedy, California replies:

Hi Glenn, just saw your 8 Feb 0653 non-log of VoN-7255. Oddly enough, I was checking them out at 0623 8 Feb. & they were doing OK in Hausa, so apparently their “doing OK” didn’t last too long. Have a safe weekend, good listening, & cheers from the beach. Dan“ (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** PALAU. 9965, Feb 9 at 1345, YL in Japanese, undermodulated with some hum, i.e. Furusato no Kaze; just a trace today of +/- 70 kHz spurs on 9895 & 10035 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** TURKEY. 6125, Feb 9 at 0404, 0412 and 0428 chex, S9-S9+10 of dead air vs some occasional pulse jamming strays. Voice of Turkey is failing to modulate English to North America! Something`s always wrong at Emirler but at least it`s not 0.7 kHz off-frequency.

Regarding my previous report of Turkey in German way past 0000 UT Feb 6: “the sloppyrators sometimes don`t get 5960 turned off by 2355 when English finishes, letting it run with the next language on the feed which is not supposed to be on any SW frequency. If such lapses be totally random, sooner or later it will happen on Saturday into UT Sunday and clash with The Mighty KBC“ — Jay Novello, Wake Forest NC, replies Feb 6:

“Glenn, it already has, on several occasions, including this past weekend when they didn’t pull the plug until around 0050. I wrote to Eric van Willegen at The Mighty KBC about it, and he replied:

`Yes, the VOT is not following perfectly the rules. The Germans will contact them again; hopefully it will work this time. Fingers crossed for Saturday. It’s not that easy to find a clear frequency; in the past we had Radio China and Cuba suddenly on top of us. Have a great week and we see you Saturday“`

Which is exactly why, when KBC was looking for a new 49mb frequency, I strongly recommended against this one. There is more to frequency management than looking for openings in HFCC.

12035+, Sat Feb 9 at 1353, VOT English is poor in `Letterbox` until 1401 right into `Turkish Cuisine`, S9-S5, but you would need perfect reception and a recorder to copy the recipe. Occasional stray pulse jamming QRM.

13685.704, Sat Feb 9 at 1424, VP music, gone at 1452 recheck. It`s VOT eastward in Uighur at 1330-1426 per Aoki/NDXC; neither that nor EiBi (nor HFCC of course) reveal it can be off-frequency from 13685. Might not be noticeable on weekdays with WINB non-DRM carriers covering 13685-13690 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 4724-USB // 8992-USB, Feb 9 at 0041, US military crypto alfanumeric fonetik string with usual reverb and clix between characters. EiBi calls these “US Air Force Messages“, on six frequencies all available 24 hours, the others being 6739, 11175, 13200 and 15016. But where are they, really? And are they significant or mere exercise? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A [and non]. WORLD OF RADIO 1968 monitoring: confirmed Saturday February 9 at 1255 the 1230 on WRMI 9955, good S9. Not confirmed the 1531 Saturday via HLR 9485-CUSB, direct nor via UTwente. As Alan Gale suggested, I also checked the Italy SDR during following semihour, but not picked up there either. However, from England, Alan reports this week:

“Hi Glenn, HLR was audible up until 1515 UT on 9485 kHz this afternoon, but abruptly faded out here during Media Network Plus. I switched to the Colle Sofia webSDR in Italy and World of Radio was audible on there at 1530, though suffering a little splatter.

Interestingly though, it then faded in here again at 1550 UT and wasquite strong for the final 10 minutes. That was the first time that I’ve heard it here on that frequency in weeks now, so that’s a good sign that propagation is improving as the days continue to lengthen. I’ve attached a short mp3 of it. 73, Alan.“ Next:

2030vUT Saturday WA0RCR 1860-AM MO non-direxional
2200 UT Saturday WRMI *9955 to SSE
0400vUT Sunday WA0RCR 1860-AM [nominal 0415], ND
0830 UT Sunday WRMI 5850 to NW, 5950 to WNW, 7730 to WNW
1130 UT Sunday HLR 7265-CUSB Germany to WSW
2130 UT Sunday WRMI 7780 to NE
0230 UT Monday WRMI 5950 to WNW, 9395 to NNW
0400vUT Monday WBCQ *5130v Area 51 to WSW
0430 UT Monday WRMI *9955 to SSE
0930 UT Monday Unique 5045-LSB NSW ND
2330 UT Monday WRMI *9955 to SSE
* also webcast; direct linx to these and many others at:

Complete WOR sked, all affiliates, satellite, webcast, AM&FM, podcast:

** U S A. (7490), UT Sat Feb 9 circa 0105 when first checked, WBCQ webcast, Allan Weiner political rant on `Worldwide`; At 0142 talking about installing transmission line for the 500 kW, which is 9 inches in diameter, looks like a pipe, to achieve 20 MW ERP out of the pending #6 transmitter. Fuller report from John Carver:

“Tonight’s show started I know not when. 7490 was nothing but noise as was 9330. Waited a bit to see if something would start. Checked 5130 and the show was in progress. Found them in the middle of political talk when I tuned in about 0105. A canned station ID is broadcast every few minutes. Discussing the State of the Union address at the moment. Harsh politics fade into the background and the talk moves to the regular working man and the problems they have making a living. Price of groceries. Price of non food items. States again to never trust banks and get rid of one’s credit cards. Also touches on health care.

During a break Allan announces that they’re broadcasting on 7490 and 9330. No mention of 5130 and no mention of what happened to the militia program. Allan mentioned that they’ve started work on the new transmitter so Allan and Angela are now in Maine. Mr. Transistor Norm calls at 0135 chiding Allan for not being at the hamfest in FLA today. Allan is excited about how well the transmitter project is coming along. Some talk about fooling with the big transmission line to the transmitter. Allan said that he and Angela would be back in FLA sometime in March for awhile. He also predicted that radio will make a comeback.

A dropped phone call prompts Allan to complain about getting a dozen junk phone calls a day on his cellphone. Reading of emails at 0150 interrupted by a phone call from a gentlemen asking if there was an HD shortwave radio available. Allan explained about DRM. Then into a reading of the Free Radio News. Closing prayer at 0158. Program was off the air at 0200. New program started then on 5130 and was not the militia program. Didn’t catch the name of the new program but it seems to have something to do with professional wrestling. John, Mid-North Indiana“ (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 5970, Feb 9 at 0407, WEWN Spanish is gone again. They must be having horrible problems keeping this thing on the air, and modulated.

12050, Feb 9 at 1354, WEWN is at least on the air but dead air, or JBM? at S6-S2; 1405 fully modulating Spanish (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. 5005 & 5020, Feb 9 at 0715, JBA carriers, likely EQUATORIAL GUINEA about to fade out, and SOLOMON ISLANDS starting to fade in (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

This report dispatched at 1850 UT February 9

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