** ANTARCTICA [non]. The annual BBCWS winter solstice special for the British Antarctic Survey is coming up next Friday June 21, and we have been expecting a dry-run frequency test sometime during the preceding week. Ivo Ivanov got the details to the WOR iog several hours ahead, to pick the best three out of four:
June 14 at 2130-2145, so I try all four frequencies here at 2135: 7360-Ascension, JBA carrier; 9455-Woofferton, JBA S4-S6 not WRMI; 5990-UAE, JBA carrier; 5875 Woofferton, JJBBA carrier. About as expected here way off the target.
Then at 2139 I check the same via UTwente SDR, and hear an interview about football, maybe regular BBCWS programming at the moment: 7360 good but with pervasive Ascension hum — Kai Ludwig wonders if that would disqualify it? Not at all, one or two ASC transmitters remain in full service this way, hums to Africa often audible. 9455 good with no hum; 5875 very good; 5990 UAE however is VP, JBA back in Europe (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** CHINA. 11500, 11460, 11440, 11120, June 14 at 1253, and 12800 at 1259, all CNR1 jammers JBA as on the Aoki/NDXC jammed Sound of Hope roster (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** CUBA. 5040, June 14 at 0527, RHC in Spanish instead of English as scheduled this hour — maybe deliberately since there is no 49mb Spanish all evening with 6060 transmitter gone for weeks. A breakdown, or inexplicable scheduling change? As for what`s left of English, at 0522: 6165 S9+10 and JBM, 6100 best, 6000 undermodulated. Something`s always wrong at RHC (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** CUBA. 13739.240, June 14 at 1301, RHC self-knocked way off-frequency again today after quite a normal spell on 13740.00, while // 13700 remains .00. Something or other is always wrong at RHC (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** JAPAN [non]. 9860, June 14 at 0505, R. Japan ID amid news in English, good S9+10 to S8, VATICAN relay (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** NORTH AMERICA. 7485, June 14 at 0429, anti-Christ pirate, Station YHWH slid up to here probably to avoid ute QRM on 7480; S9+10 vs considerable fading and noise. Still screeding past 0502, later than usual (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A [and non]. WORLD OF RADIO 1986 monitoring: confirmed first US SWBC, Friday June 14 at 2200 on WRMI 9955, good S9+10/S9 and no jamming. Also confirmed at 0150 the 0130 UT Saturday June 15 on WRMI 7780, fair in storm noise level. Next:
0629 UT Saturday HLR 6190-CUSB Germany
1000 UT Saturday Unique Radio 3210-USB NSW
1130 UT Saturday WRMI 9955
1431 UT Saturday HLR 9485-CUSB Germany
1930vUT Saturday WA0RCR 1860-AM
2100 UT Saturday WRMI 9955
0130 UT Sunday WRMI 5850
0300vUT Sunday WA0RCR 1860-AM [nominal 0315] 1030 UT Sunday HLR 7265-CUSB Germany
2130 UT Sunday WRMI 7780
0130 UT Monday WRMI 9395
0230 UT Monday WRMI 7780
0300vUT Monday WBCQ 5130v Area 51
0330 UT Monday WRMI 9955
0930 UT Monday Unique Radio 3210-USB NSW
1815 UT Monday IRRS 7290 Romania
0100 UT Tuesday WRMI 7780
0800 UT Tuesday Unique Radio 5045-USB NSW [2 editions] 2100 UT Wednesday WRMI 9955
2100 UT Wednesday WBCQ 7490v [and/or 2130] 0100 UT Thursday WRMI 7780
0930 UT Friday Unique Radio 5045-USB NSW
[it appears we will now be running on a Friday-to-Thursday cycle, so freshest new airings are on weekends]
Full schedule including AM, FM, webcasts, satellite, podcasts:
(Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. 9330+, June 14 at 0428, Brother Scare on WBCQ, switched back to the old off-frequency transmitter, after having been on the new exact one when last checked at 0136, which was second night of testing it, but briefer and boringer (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. 7490.1, UT Sat June 15 at 0002, WBCQ with “William Tell Overture“ theme to `Allan and Angela Weiner WorldWide“, S9+10/20 but plenty of storm noise; also on 9330.1 “classic“ transmitter, S9-S7, somewhat less noise but also less signal, so S/N is slightly better on the lower. AW says on all four frequencies tonight, but nothing audible vs noise level on 5130+ or 3265-.
Quickly interrupted by a caller somewhere who I think was saying not heard on 5130. Allan says the new Continental transmitter issue has been fixed. Thalès in France air-shipped a replacement tube ring, which was the part that broke and leaked water. Now it has interlock issues — won`t operate if there is any HV danger, apparently false positives? At this point, 0009 it`s time for me to leave for tonight`s Enid Chautauqua performance by “Che Guevara“ — the actor needs some more Spanish pronunciation instruxion.
Over to John Carver for his full report on tonight`s AAAWWW:
“Tonight’s show started a few seconds early on 7490 after some fill music. Comments over the theme said that they were broadcasting on all frequencies this evening and there were issues with the new transmitter. Allan and Angela in the studio. A phone call immediately from Freddie with questions about the transmitter. Allan said that the transmitter has been repaired after the water leak but antenna work was ongoing.
He said that now there was a problem with the interlock mechanism on the transmitter. Says he would like to have a transmitter that could operate more than twelve hours before shutting down. Says it’s all damn digital crap. Way too many computers involved. He stated that for three million dollars the damn thing should work.
He’s still shooting for a start date of July 1 but says that if antenna work isn’t finished they will only be broadcasting at night so the work on the antenna can continue during the day.
Phone call at 0029 from Canada with questions about receivers and antennas in general. Phone call at 0039 from Ramsey commenting on the signal strength during this past week’s tests. Phone call at 0049 from Bill Smith in prison. Says he’s getting out of prison this next Wednesday. Reading of emails at 0054 along with another phone call from Freddie. Allan asks him to hold on so he can read the emails. Closing prayer at 0100.
Allan mentions that 3265 will only be running Friday, Saturday and Sundays because of operating expense. Program was off the air at 0104. 7490 was off the air at 0111 after some more music. John Mid-North Indiana“ (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
This report despatched at 0436 UT June 15