** CHINA. 13160, June 15 at 1251, Chinese is JBA and // 11825, i.e. CNR1 jammers. Also 14700 JBA at 1253, and 14980 JBA carrier, all of which are against Sound of Hope (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** CUBA. 5040, June 15 at 0546, RHC English service revived here unlike Spanish last night, since music is now // 49m frequencies: 6000 & 6060 remain OFF; 6165 is JBM, leaving only 6100 with good signal and modulation. Its X 2, 12200 is a JBA carrier now. Something`s always wrong at RHC (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** CUBA. 9640, June 15 at 1257, RHC is S9+10 but suptorted. Something`s always wrong at RHC (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** CUBA. 5025V, June 16 at 0558, R. Rebelde carrier is wobbling audibly with BFO; either that or CCI from another signal slightly offset, but I can`t imagine R. Quillabamba could do that or even be on air at this hour. Something`s always wrong at RadioCuba (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** GUATEMALA. 4055, June 15 at 0545, no signal from TGAV, Radio Verdad, normally on air until about 0615*. That`s because the transmitter “collapsed“ per this from Dr. Madrid:
CC of a message to Ralph Wayne Borthwick, VA7GF, the engineer who has repaired Radio Truth transmitter in the past:
“Last night by 8:30 pm (Guatemala time) [0230 UT June 14], Radio Truth’s Short Wave transmitter collapsed. It was not raining, neither any other abnormal situation. I made the diagnose this morning, and am attaching the results. The situation is not on my capacity, and we need you to make the repairs. I still have to find a way to finance your travel and repairs. I hope you are able to find a way to Guatemala. Please unload the attachments with all details and pictures. May God be with you. Yours in Christ. Édgar Amílcar Madrid, Radio Truth, Chiquimula, Guatemala, C. A.“
On June 15, Dr Madrid replied to an inquiry from Manuel Mendez, Spain:
“Yes, Radio Truth is off air from last night. Our transmitter was burned out, and it is not on capacity to fix it. I have to wait until Eng. Ralph Borthwick comes from Canada to fix it. I am trying to put on the air a small anateur radio on on the meanwhile. I plan to attempt that this afternoon. May God be with you, and keep tune.“
4055 again absent June 16 at 0557 check. Manuel forwards a further reply on June 16:
“We may be off air for several weeks. I attempted to put on the air a small transceiver today, but it didn´t work. We have to wait until Ralph Borthwick is able to come to Guatemala.“ (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** KUWAIT. 17550.563, June 15 at 2053, JBA carrier, probably R. Kuwait`s Arabic to us, a widely variable/jumpable transmitter. However, I can`t be 100% sure since computers in the house also transmit such things all over the SW bands (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A [and non]. WORLD OF RADIO 1986 monitoring: confirmed by Ivo Ivanov, Bulgaria: “World of Radio via HLR on 6190 CUSB, June 15
0630-0659 6190 GOH 001 kW / 230 deg CeEu English Sat, weak signal“
Noel R. Green in NW England replies on the WOR io group: “Unlike Ivo’s reception, 6190 was better than usual strength this morning at tune in towards the end of Glenn’s WOR. The signal was reaching a S-9 level on my meter at times, but even so, it was a difficult to copy signal due to the ever present local noise“
Not confirmed the next HLR broadcast, Sat June 16 at 1430 on 9485-CUSB; absolutely no trace audible via UTwente SDR, just huge splash from 9490 Romania.
15770, June 15 at 2056, surprised to hear me in a routine bandscan. Yes, now showing on the WRMI skedgrid is an additional WORLD OF RADIO airing Saturdays at 2030 on 15770. First time on this frequency, I think, aimed NE toward Europe, mostly with SMTV daytime, but additional stuff tacked on before and after. Despite unfavorable azimuth for us to the NW, has been coming in better with sporadic E boosts. Not // 9395, the only other audible WRMI frequency; 7780 JBA carrier.
WORLD OF RADIO 1986 further monitoring: immediately repeated Saturday June 15 at 2100 on WRMI 9955 after IS & ID loop, but upcut JIP in theme music, missing: “This is Glenn Hauser, with WORLD OF RADIO 1986“. Fair-good but can also detect slight pulse jamming already.
Also confirmed, UT Sunday June 16 at 0140, the 0130 on WRMI 5850, very good.
Due to severe storm noise could not confirm at 0330 UT Sunday June 16 on WA0RCR, 1860-AM, but probably my voice amid WOR.
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. 9395, UT Sunday June 16 at 0000, WRMI with new program “Radio for Peace International“, opening with faux timepips, IDs in French, English at least, then into woman lexuring only in French. Checked here tnx to tip from Alan Gale, England earlier June 15 to the WOR io group:
Hi All, I just saw this on the WRMI Facebook page: Alan.
“New program in wrmi from Friday, June 14th
RADIO FOR PEACE INTERNATIONAL is being reactivated, although the new RFPI is not related to the old one in Costa Rica. We will emit in Short Wave on WRMI on frequencies of 15770 kHz on Friday at 2000-2100 UT for the Maghreb, 9395 kHz on Saturday at 2000-2100 hours Eastern Time in North America (0000-0100 UT Sunday), and on 6070 kHz in Europe and on our website http://www.rfpi.eu
You’ll be able to listen to our podcast shows on i-tunes, youtube podcasting platforms and on our facebook page.
The broadcasts will be structured around 45-50 minute conferences on subjects that are related to peace, humanism, human rights, sustainable development …
The goal is not to impose a reality but to provide food for thought so that everyone can walk in respect, listening, sharing in order to build peace together“
Well, if it is unrelated to RFPI CR, this is not a “reactivation“.
We were expecting this to start the week before, Friday June 7 at 2000 on 15770 when the air was dead instead.
Contrary to the above, Ivo Ivanov says these RFPI are monthly:
“2000-2100 15770 YFR 100 kW / 044 deg to WeEu French 2nd Fri
1900-2000 on 6070 ROB 010 kW / non-dir to CeEu French 2nd Sat
0000-0100 on 9395 YFR 100 kW / 355 deg to ENAm French 2nd Sun“
But, but, altho June 14 was the second Friday, June 15 and 16, obviously? are the *third* Saturday and Sunday (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. 9330.00, June 16 at 1654, WBCQ-6 is on again, new transmitter testing, with oldtime hymn, soon into Brother Scare roarer; S9+10 with fading; much stronger than JBA 9265 WINB, 9395 WRMI, but even WBCQ cannot overcome the noise level. Recheck at 1754, off again, neither 9330v transmitter detectable.
Manfred Korn in Stuttgart was also hearing AAAWWW June 16 between 04 and 05 on 9330, which must have been another #6 test (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. 12065-12120 approx., June 16 at 1348, WEWN Spanish with huge loud spurblob audible over this range, best readable in FM mode (much like the old RHC 13/15 MHz spurs which thankfully have not been heard in months). Center is very approx. 12082-12083. There is also a very weak S7-S9 AM signal on source 12050. Can`t even detect VOA Korean on 12080 until 1421 when a carrier is there under this mess. Recheck at 1652: still readable only in Fm mode altho distorted, now seems centered closer to 12078; 1755 recheck, same but weaker.
I notified Glen Tapley about this for the third time. This is very like a previous report to the WOR io group by Jim Barrett:
“USA WEWN 12082 v 12085 11 Jun 2019 1400 UTC to 20:50 UTC — Since the 1400 scheduled sign-on of WEWN Spanish service on 12050, the transmission has actually been centered on (approximately) 12082. The audio is very distorted, and demodulates best in NBFM mode on my KiwiSDR. No question that it is WEWN. In listening I have heard many mentions of “Radio Católica Mundial”, and a dialog about Marian devotions.
In the meantime, 12050 is completely in the clear, and I believe I am hearing Radio Ndarason International from Tchad. Pop music and dialogs in what sounds very much like an African language. Being received well at 2058, though scheduled 2100 sign-off is fast approaching. Jim Barrett, Elmira, NY“.
Meanwhile Jim has filed another report today at 1746 matching my obs, which I forward to Tapley as his fourth notice:
“WEWN 12050, still major problems — Sunday June 16 – WEWN is still suffering major problems with distorted modulation on their 12050 kHz Spanish service beginning at 1400 UT and continuing to the present time (1745).
There is a weak carrier on 12050, with a very small amount of AM modulation, but the bulk of the RF energy is concentrated in a broad, highly distorted sideband centered (at this time) at about 12078, though it drifts up and down somewhat. Even using very broad filters on my RSP1A SDR, I can’t recover any useable audio in any mode – AM, USB/LSB or FM.
I noted the transmitter was off air all day Wednesday and Thursday June 12 and 13, and thought that station engineers might be working on whatever technical problem might be causing this, but when it returned to the air Friday, the same problem noted earlier in the week was still present.
It’s possible that fixing the problem might require parts not currently available, but I’m surprised that they continue running this broadcast despite the obvious malfunction. They are certainly not in compliance with FCC requirements for frequency stability or modulation/spectral purity. This is not RHC. Jim Barrett – Elmira, NY USA“ (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
UNIDENTIFIED. 88.7 WBFM, June 15 circa 1730 UT on caradio, KLVV Ponca City OK has CCI from something, very unusual. Dxmaps.com do not show sporadic E MUF now anywhere near 88 MHz. It`s not KWTU Tulsa, only 5 kW, since the QRM is not classical music. In Kansas there are four 88.7s, all of them very low power and not near. That leaves the most likely possibility per WTFDA FM Database:
KAJT 88.7 ADA OK USA 31.0 31.0 73.0 73.0 34-46-32 96-35-15 RELIGIOUS TEACHING THE SONLIFE RADIO NETWORK (Glenn Hauser, Enid, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
This report dispatched at 1947 UT June 16