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Glenn Hauser logs September 1-2, 2019

** BAHAMAS [non]. 1540, Sept 2 at 0520 UT, try to hear ZNS which is reported still on air from Nassau, outside the hurricane, and which should be on emergency non-direxional antenna making it more audible in USA — but no trace of it vs two Spanish stations, likely Texans, and English, KXEL IA, etc. The only other Bahamian MW is 810 ZNS-3 in Freeport, now listed as gospel format so not normally relaying Nassau; rather dedicated to praying away Dorian? cursory check there not expecting to hear it even if not yet blown off (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA. 11760, Sept 1 at 2134, RHC is dead air; 11850 just barely modulated, 9640 undermodulated. Something`s always wrong at RHC (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA. 9640, Sunday September 1 at 2253, RHC `En Contacto`, Arnie with ham news, citing a postal address in Matanzas — pen pal? 2253 Marta introduces a fibre-optic connexion — big deal! — to Arnie for propagation info, but he`s soon mumbling something about Zacatecas, QSL on-the-air? 2257 outro (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA. 6100, UT Monday September 2 at 0510, RHC English starting `DXers Unlimited`, initially about Dorian which is totally missing Cuba, but Arnie recalls previous storms and ham activity. This frequency barely strong enough vs HLNL, not 6165 or 6000; normally strongest would be 5040 but it seems still to be in wrong language, Spanish. DXUL upwraps already at 0518. Something`s always wrong at RHC (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** INTERNATIONAL WATERS [and non]. Further chex for the Hurricane Watch Net finally get something, Sept 2 at 2137: 14325-USB, reading a notice in Spanish with rainfall predixions in pulgadas, VP fading out and in.

7268-LSB, also VP, in English at 2138 Sept 2 reading a warning. Constant monitoring might turn up real-time reports from places being hit?

Dino Bloise, FL, reported early UT Sept 2: “Confirmed. The Net is Active on 7268 LSB, 0015 UT operated by AC0ML“ (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** OKLAHOMA. 1490, Sept 1 at 1434 UT check, KMFS Guthrie is *still* open carrier/dead air. Ditto at 2248 UT Sept 1 and 1753 UT Sept 2 (Glenn Hauser, Enid, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** OKLAHOMA. RF 17 DTV, Sept 2 at 1400 UT, after a week of total breakup, trying to cram multiple satellite channels, K17JN-D Enid has been fixed but still anomalous. Now both the STBox and the Sanyo DTV get the same subchannels, no longer the extra ones up to -202.

This is obviously still our local K17JN-D satellator from same site just west of Enid, N of Chestnut Ave, W of Boomer and E of St Hwy 152.

But now it`s identifying as KCYH-LD!!! and remapping to ch 41!!! That`s really the Clarion Broadcasting Group parent station in Ardmore at the other side of Oklahoma. FCC TV Query shows it on RF 34, but a CP for 41, and yes, that CP is still at G.C. for Ardmore, not Enid; and FCC still lists K17JN-D with its near-Enid G.C.

When tuned directly to 41-2 and 41-4, the STB shows no signal on RF 34, but that may be saved from some DX long ago.

Here`s the lineup now, not breaking up at all:

41-1, KCYH-LD, 3ABN bug LR
41-2, [blank] 41-3, AmFacts, AFTV bug LR with Unsupported Audio Codec on the Sanyo
41-4, [blank] 41-5, Hope201, Hope Channel bug UR
41-6, LLBN-EN, HisWord bug LR
41-7, 3ABN-RD, Audio only
41-8, 3ABN-RL, Audio only, Spanish
41-9, Radio74, Audio only, English
And nothing further (Glenn Hauser, Enid, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** ROMANIA. 6040, Sept 2 at 0043, JBA carrier presumed RRI English to N America, but not detected on // 7375. My high local noise level combines with degraded propagation, but Ivo has also been reporting some of their transmitters off the air the past few days.

RRI also plans to close down shortwave!!! Here`s translation of the union`s objexion, from the press agency, originally via Roberto Scaglione,

“Press release – MediaSind 2019-08-26 14:40:17



The Romanian Syndicate of Journalists MediaSind, through the Radio Romania Branch, expresses its concern at the intention of the SRR president-general director, Georgică Severin, to suspend the shortwave broadcast of the Radio Romania International station.

Due to the superficiality with which the responsible factors of the institution treated the problem of the allocated budget, the Romanian Broadcasting Society lost, at the last rectification, 10 million lei, an amount without which the good functioning of the company cannot be ensured.

In order to cover this consistent deficit, according to some public statements of the President – General Manager, the expenses with the shortwave transmitters owned by Radiocom, which broadcasts Radio Romania International (RRI) programs in 13 languages, would be cut. dialects.

The ‘solution’ to closing the shortwave emission, even if it is the most handy, having immediate effect, is a totally wrong one. Indeed, as hypocritically motivated by the Georgica Severin decision, these transmitters are not useful in the country, with the expansion of the FM network.

The gravity of the decision of the Radio management is, however, a huge one, undermining even the national interest, with which even Georgică Severin has no right to play. Let us not forget that Romania has the second diaspora in the world, as a percentage of the population, after Syria. From the recent estimates of the Ministry for Romanians Everywhere, around the country live about 9.7 million countrymen whom we have to treat as Romanians with full rights, who have the right to information, including by Radio Romania International.

The head of the SRR, Georgică Severin, had to make energetic and repeated requests from the Government in order to obtain sufficient funds for the good functioning of the institution, including for the antennas, taking into account the future presidential elections of 2019 and parliamentary from 2020. Why Is the main means of transmitting messages to Romanians abroad exactly during this pre-election period being abolished? Should we consider this gesture merely as a sign of disrespecting the diaspora?

On the other hand, it should be noted that RRI issues programs for the
Aromanian communities in the world, as well as for foreigners, in general, interested in Romania and the geographical area in which we are, RRI being thus an efficient polyglot software soft diplomacy tool. .

Let us not forget then that the shortwave broadcast has a strategic character, because, in case of necessity, of disasters, of calamities, but also of suspension, by hostile decisions of Romania, of the Internet, the Romanian state can communicate with the Romanians from abroad and with the world at large. As it is known, the Internet is extremely vulnerable to political decisions. Also, in the case of catastrophic floods, earthquakes, conflicts, short waves remain the only reliable way to communicate with the world.

Therefore, the idea of ​​stopping the shortwave broadcast, coupled with another simplistic idea that RRI will successfully broadcast on the Internet, can produce serious effects, jeopardizing Romania’s national security.

Exiting the Internet only means, in fact, closing the RRI station, which is in contravention of Law 41. According to art. 1 of the law, SRR makes programs for abroad, not online content; broadcast means radio broadcast, not online!

The exit of the RRI from the shortwave frequencies (this is a heritage of about 7,000 frequencies that are traded biannually by international broadcasters) will result in the loss of frequencies in favor of other countries. At the same time, Radiocom stations in Ţigăneşti, Săftica and Galbeni, where the 5 stations used for RRI are located, will be closed and Radiocom employees will be relocated or even fired. And as according to a harmful Romanian tradition, any provisional decision becomes final, it is hard to believe that it will return to the previous situation, to the issuance on short waves, even if the Government would allocate the necessary funds.

Closing the shortwave transmitters, without offering other means of transmission in exchange, would practically equate to the disappearance of the station; radio means broadcast on radio waves, analog or digital; a station on the Internet is no longer radio, it’s just a multimedia product.

The next logical step, after a possible shutdown of the shortwave emission at RRI, will be the personnel restructuring. See the unhappy experience with Radio3Net station, which is only online and experimentally on DAB, in Bucharest, which has under-sized staff, even under the conditions of online production.

We consider that giving up the short wave, in whole or in part, is not a decision that falls within the competence of a president-general director because it concerns Romania’s strategic interests. In this situation, the CSAT opinion should be requested and, in the Parliament, the Law on the organization and functioning of the SRR should be changed. Or, Georgică Severin is far from having the agreement of these institutions.

The role of RRI has been and is very important: promoting the country abroad and spreading Romania’s opinions worldwide. By giving up any transmitter, whether from long, short or medium waves, the main object of activity of the SRR is affected, which is the realization and dissemination of programs (according to art. 15 of law 41).

Taking into account the serious situation that could arise as a result of the decision of the head of SRR, MediaSind Radio Romania requests the Parliament of Romania to intervene in an emergency regime to stop the destruction of the Radio Romania International station.

Communication Department MediaSind Bucharest, August 26, 2019“

RRI has NOT been totally closed down yet, as some posts imply!

“6040 in French on-air now; 7420 in Romanian on-air now. Logs at 0102-0128 UT Sep 2, 2019. Greetings, José Ronaldo Xavier, Cabedelo-PB, Brazil“

Here`s the full A-19 schedule of RRI, to keep checking out:

However, Ivo Ivanov: “Frequency change of RRInter from August 20:
1100-1156 NF 11990 TIG 300 kW / 307 deg to WeEu English, ex 15130
11990 is unregistered in HFCC Database, but mentioned on RRI site
11990 is inactive at present, but here my two videos on August 27
1000-1056 on 9790 GAL 300 kW / 285 deg to WeEu French – inactive“

If Romanian SW sites be totally closed, IRRS will also be out of luck for relays such as 7290 for WORLD OF RADIO Mondays at 1816.5; maybe they will switch to Secretbrod, Bulgaria? (Glenn Hauser, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A [and non]. WORLD OF RADIO 1997 monitoring: confirmed Sunday Sept 1 at 2155 the 2130 on WRMI 7780, fair, only by checking UTwente SDR toward which it`s aimed; at 2130 only a JBA carrier here, not enough to audiblize even with noise reduxion.

Also confirmed UT Monday September 2 at 0130 on WRMI 9395, S7-S9; and JBA in HLNL on 7780. (Neither of these audible at UTWente SDR, 0150)

Also confirmed UT Monday September 2 at 0230 on WRMI 7780, S9+10 vs HNLN, after “Everglades“ ID.

Also confirmed UT Monday September 2 from 0320 until 0329.5 concluding Area 51 webcast which must have started almost on-time 0300; as for WBCQ 5130.4, JBA carrier at earlier 0249 check in HLNL, nor could detect any signal on 6160v. BTW, 5130.4 not making it to UTwente SDR.

Also confirmed UT Monday September 2 at 0330 on WRMI webcast, interrupting canned ID so WOR Opening is not upcut. Earlier at 0313 check, 9955 was VP S3-S4.

Tim Gaynor posted a late decision to keep Unique Radio on 5045-USB instead of 3210 on his first day back on air, including WOR at 0930 & 1130 Monday September 2. Next:

Confirmed Monday September 2 at 1816.5 on IRRS 7290 via ROMANIA, VG after 1813 open carrier, 1814 JIP fragment report about testing patients for some illness, 1815 cut to Aïda, 1816.5, WOR 1997 starts [doomed? See ROMANIA]

0100 UT Tuesday WRMI 7780 to NE
0800 UT Tuesday Unique Radio NSW 5045- or 3210-USB ND [2 episodes] 2100 UT Wednesday WRMI 9955 to SSE
2100 UT Wednesday WBCQ 7490v to WSW
0100 UT Thursday WRMI 7780 to NE

Full WOR schedule including AM, FM, webcasts, satellite, podcasts:

** U S A. 1090, Sept 2 at 0248 UT, dead-air, loops E-W, no doubt KAAY Little Rock again; understation something in Spanish, most likely KMXA Aurora CO, ESPN-D, 50000/500 watts (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 1130, Sept 1 at 2248 UT, and Sept 2 at 1754 UT chex, music from KLEY Wellington KS, still not off the air again (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

This report dispatched at 1821 UT September 2

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