** CHINA. Local line noise level up to S9+20 has been unrelenting, worst between 3 and 9 MHz, so what little DX there might be on the summer tropical bands is blotted; ergo I amuse myself by surveying once again, CNR1 jammers above 9 MHz; never the same assortment from one day to the next, or even one hour to the next, thanks, presumably to the unpredictability of Sound of Hope frequency selexions among its known scores of choices, keeping the Jamming Department at CNR on their toes. August 2 at 1245 I start hearing CNR1 talk in Chinese, u.o.s., at a wide variety of levels:
11430, JBA music? else?
11580, S4-S5 vs CCI target
11640, S4-S6 vs CCI target
11825, S6-S8 vs CCI target
12190, S3; now at 1256 with music from CNR1
13150, JBA carrier
13890, timesignal to 1300*
Then no others found up to 16 MHz (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** NORTHERN MARIANA ISLANDS. 13690.049, August 2 at 1304, sorethumbly off-frequency carrier while surveying CNR1 jammers before the hour, now back to measure it in Chinese talk; from VOA this hour only via SAIPAN, typical inaccuracy (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. 2097.3, August 2 at 0620 UT, CW beacon A every ten seconds, audible despite storm noise level worse than line noise at this frequency; from anywhere *but* Quartzsite AZ. Again audible same August 3 at 0353 check. Have not been able to hear the W weather beacon around 4102+ kHz, however (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. 18120-USB, Aug 2 at 1842, at least one hamsig on this band, tnx to sporadic E, ragchew QSO but can`t hear his contact. Talking about activity in AM on 7293, mainly by old-timers dying off and using antique equipment, including him with a 1953 xtal-controlled unit; finally ID at cambio sounds like W7YM, without fonetix. If so, it`s Henry G. Laughlin in Lewistown MT.
18140-USB, then I hear another, Aug 2 at 1844, saying temp is a hot 33C = 89F despite his 5,200-foot elevation in north central part of state implying it`s AZ where Phœnixians escape their heat. Contact unheard but called Steve, HP9SAM as in Panamá; own call sounds like KW6J/7; if so, he is from Corona del Mar, CA, Brian C. Stapleton.
Then I check DXmap for Es MUF patches, and find a 17 MHz one above Flagstaff, but none midway between us (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A [and non]. WORLD OF RADIO 1993 monitoring: confirmed first SWBC, Friday August 2 at 2200 on WRMI 9955, fair S8-S9.
Also confirmed, UT Sat Aug 3 at 0130 on WRMI 7780, JBA in local HNL,
without which it should have been sufficient. Next:
0629vUT Saturday HLR 6190-CUSB Germany
1000 UT Saturday Unique Radio 3210-USB NSW [Aug 3 & 17; alt. weeks] 1430 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 7780
0230 UT Monday WRMI 7780
0300vUT Monday WBCQ 5130v Area 51 6160v?
0330 UT Monday WRMI 9955
0930 UT Monday Unique Radio 3210-USB NSW
1130 UT Monday Unique Radio 3210-USB NSW
1816 UT Monday IRRS 7290 Romania
0100 UT Tuesday WRMI 7780
0800 UT Tuesday Unique Radio 3210-USB NSW [2 editions] 2100 UT Wednesday WRMI 9955
2100 UT Wednesday WBCQ 7490v
0100 UT Thursday WRMI 7780
[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. 7490.1v, August 3 at 0000, music unseems William Tell Overture as I try to hear Angela And Allan Weiner WorldWide on WBCQ, but buried in local hi line noise level. By 0004 I`m on the webcast, now with W.T.O. but sounds slightly different and runs late until 0005, when it`s The TimTron hosting instead of A&AW. Says now quadricasting on 3265, 5130, 6160 and 7490 (but if I can`t get 7490, forget the rest!). He doesn`t have AW`s proper theme music so he found another W.T.O. performance on YT.
People are wondering about Superstation 9330? It`s not 100% complete yet, even tho it was on the air for a while. Transmitter is water-cooled, but additional air conditioning is needed to be upgraded. Antenna system is not 100% complete either; and not sure how properly it funxion: so shut down until these questions be answered.
Sounds like he opens a beer — no, he says it`s cold H2O as doctor forbids him any alcohol. On the mend from Lyme disease, tapering off meds.
Glad to be on new 49mb frequency, and reminisces how, long ago, he and other hams in Massachusetts wanted to play music so did it there instead of 40m. 0013 music break with a Leon Russell song. 0021 two belches; imitates how SSB sounds off-tuned plus and minus, as he prefers AM mode. Is going to tweak the 6160v transmitter for better power. “Nifty“ 6160 is better than 5130 until band “goes long“ when 5130 still holds up over shorter distances.
0032 another W.T.O. version, jazzed up! Ha. 0038 another song break, “Ring of Fire“ by Social Distortion. [0042 do I feel a quick earthquake tremor in Enid??] Another song until 0047 outroed as “See My Way“. 0049 talking about Tesla coils, belch. 0050 a cough and 7490 webcast stops! Must be delicate connexion there; at first suspected problem at my end. 0053 I think to try the Area 51 webcast and it is still running with TTT playing yet another version of W.T.O, from a video he says is worth seeing. 0056 talking about feeding and adopting a stray chat [sic]; belch, and SFX, woman talking briefly presumably Mrs. Tron. Over without an outro or goodbye at 0100. Said he kept computer off so no e-mail; and no phone calls either.
John Carver also monitored the hour on an axual radio:
“Tonight’s show started a bit late this evening on 7490 with TimTron as the host. He says they are broadcasting on 3265, 5130, 6160 and 7490. He repeats what Allan previously said about the cooling problems with the new transmitter and the continuing antenna work. He also states that his Lyme disease seems to be on the run and he is feeling better and they are cutting his medication back some. Then into some music.
Some talk about 49 meters and why he prefers AM for ham work. He also said that in general 6160 was doing better than 5130 at getting out to people. Evidently he hasn’t listened to it from my QTH. Then more music. Some more talk about 6160. He must really like it. Some talk about Tesla coils and how he modified one to play music. Then he played a recording of two Tesla coils playing the William Tell Overture.
Program was off the air at 0100. Some dead air for a bit on 7490 then into Brother Stair. A minute or two after that music started and we had both music and Brother Stair at the same time. John Mid-North Indiana“.
6160v, Aug 3 at 0131, I manage to detect a JBA carrier from this WBCQ on the air after nothing for several weekdays, vs local HNL (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. 9475, August 2 at 1835, no signal from WTWW-1, nor on night frequency 5830, but could be on below noise level. Let alone 5085 WTWW-2. 31m propagation is OK with audibles: 9395 TOMBS via WRMI; 9265 JBA WINB carrier (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. 1210, August 3 at 0355 UT, heavy SAH typical of KGYN vs WJNL as previously measured, this time about 168/minute, or 2.8 Hz; national commercial, but then “94.5 WJNL“ ID and back to Jim Bohannon show live. So 50 kW daytimer in Kingsley MI, Traverse City market is still cheating as first noted here a sesquimonth ago. 94.5 would be their FM affiliate in Mackinaw City (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
UNIDENTIFIED. Correxion: this should have started with 9320-9340, not 9320-9330; fixed:
9320-9340, August 2 at 0042, wideband weak whine centered about 9330, making me wonder if it`s something leaking out of WBCQ-6 Superstation, which has been off the air for further antenna work. On AWWW last week, AW said it would not resume until late August, but a twit from him August 1 via Artie Bigley said it would be “soon“… (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)1