** ANTARCTICA [and non]. 15476-, Sept 21 at 1357, JBA carrier direct from LRA36; during their publicized special for arrival of spring (really not until 0750 UT Monday Sept 23 — about as late as it can get on our calendar). Meanwhile, I know to have any chance of hearing more than that, I need a remote receiver. I suspect many of them are maxed out because of this. I finally find one in Brasil (not the main Pardinho one) which connects at 1326, with W&W in Spanish talking about Antártida, but not strong & clear enough to follow much. At 1335 I notice some ACI from 15470 in Chinese, i.e. CNR1 jamming against RFA Tibetan via Tajikistan at 11-14.
I`m back on the SDR at 1408 when reception has improved, just in time to hear a quick greeting by the well-known voice of Jeff White, and some other voices. 1410 music starts and 1415 with lyrix maybe in English. No more talk after that, and this SDR cuts me off at 1428. The special is supposed to be repeated sometime later today.
At 1458 I try on UTwente, finding 15475 occupied by martial Chinese vocal music, 1500 timesignal and CNR ID; and now noise jamming is piled on. Aoki, EiBi, and HFCC do not show anything on 15475 at this time, but the ChiCom must know better; a pox upon them.
Or this jamming is very outdated. Back on June 27-28, Observer, Bulgaria reported about Radio Free Asia:
“1500-1600 NF 11675 SAI 100 kW / 300 deg EaAs Chinese,x 15475 BIB“
(Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** CUBA. 13500, 13565, 13635, 13765, 13830, 13900, 13965, 14030, Sept 21 at 1358, RHC-FM at 65-kHz intervals out of 13700-AM, but only the inner ones have program modulation, extremely distorted, and with a tone sounding lower than the usual F# above C-middle. The outer ones get progressively weaker to only a trace at the margins. Hey, RHC, if you`re going to broadcast in FM, at least make it clean and readable. Something`s always wrong at RHC (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. 15120, Fri Sept 20 at 2154, VOA in Bambara, via Grimesland NC is very poor with carrier breakup/crackle, unlike // VG S9+25 13670. This is M-F only at 2130-2200. Why is Bambara so important to VOA unlike countless other Afrolangs? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A [and non]. WORLD OF RADIO 2000 monitoring: confirmed first SWBC, Fri Sept 20 at 2200 on WRMI 9955, S7 vs local noise level. After “WNYW“ style ID, not upcut; unusually this time I utter my introductory dekaword twice to compensate, but that usually happens to the 2100 broadcasts; hear what happen Saturday. WRMI does not show it on websked, but RFPI knows it is newly scheduled every Wed at 2100 toSouth America; instead of WOR: http://www.rfpi.eu/fr/nous-ecouter
Also confirmed UT Saturday Sept 22 at 0130 on WRMI 5850, S9+20/30 but some fading; 5010 fair; 7780 JBA carrier in HNL.
Also confirmed by Ivo Ivanov, Bulgaria:
“GERMANY World of Radio#2000 via Hamburger Lokalradio, September 21
0630-0700 6190 GOH 001 kW / 230 deg CeEu English Sat, fair signal“
Not confirmed Sat 1430 on HLR 9485-CUSB, as usual inaudible on UTwente SDR, and I can`t get a connexion to the OH5 SDR. Next:
1930vUT Saturday WA0RCR 1860-AM ND
2100 UT Saturday WRMI 9955 to SSE
0300vUT Sunday WA0RCR 1860-AM [nominal 0315] ND
1030 UT Sunday HLR 7265-CUSB Germany to WSW
2130 UT Sunday WRMI 7780 to NE
0130 UT Monday WRMI 9395 to NNW, 7780 to NE
0230 UT Monday WRMI 7780 to NE
0300vUT Monday WBCQ 5130v Area 51 6160v? to WSW
0330 UT Monday WRMI 9955 to SSE
0930 UT Monday Unique Radio 3210-USB NSW ND
1130 UT Monday Unique Radio 3210-USB NSW ND
1816 UT Monday IRRS 7290 Romania to WNW
0100 UT Tuesday WRMI 7780 to NE
0800 UT Tuesday Unique Radio 5045-USB NSW [2 episodes] ND
2100 UT Wednesday WBCQ 7490v to WSW
0100 UT Thursday WRMI 7780 to NE
WOR 2000 available online as of 0020 UT Friday September 20
(mp3 stream) http://www.w4uvh.net/wor2000.m3u
(mp3 download) http://www.w4uvh.net/wor2000.mp3
Or via http://www.worldofradio.com/audiomid.html
Also linx to podcast services.
Full schedule including AM, FM, webcasts, satellite, podcasts:
Thanks to everyone who sent congratulations on reaching WOR 2000!
(Glenn Hauser, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. (7490v), UT Sat Sept 21 at 0000, WBCQ webcast of `AAAWWW`. This week I do not check any of the SW frequencies, but AW says they are all on except #4 on 6160v which “flared out due to condensation“ when he tried to start it.
Says 5130v will start next week a “good oldies program“ three nights a week, Wed-Thu-Fri 7-9 pm [=23-01 into next UT days]; part of the “loss leader“ $10/hour rate for two-hour minimum on that transmitter. No politix this week, and Freddie is soon on the phone with a lot of questions.
Frustratingly, SuperStation is still not operable, he thinx due to a “design issue“. Two Continental engineers are up here today working on it; this 500 kW #6 unit has been under construxion for three years. He then goes into a very technical explanation, part of which I try to follow: a driver issue. Output tube for 500 kW is a tetrode costing $80K, and filament is water-cooled; 1000 amps at 19 volts. It takes 8 minutes to bring it up safely; runs on DC 3 phase. At 14 kv, 41 amps to make 500 kW output. The antenna anyway now works nicely. Then he gets into how bias is part of the electronic problem.
Here`s John Carver`s report on same: “Tonight’s show started on time this evening on 7490. 5130 has the better signal but is cut off promptly at 0100 so the next program can start. Voice over the theme song says that 6160 is down this evening. Allan and Angela in the studio. Opening remarks about families and compromise. Allan says 6160 transmitter is down because of condensation as the building it’s in is neither heated or air conditioned. Says it blew a lot of fuses and such trying to start.
Next Allan states that they’re having problems with the transmitter for the superstation and there’s been a couple engineers from the company there for a week or two trying to work it all out. Problem is with the huge water cooled tube and something about a bias. I’m a spring maker by trade and not an electrician so am not up on all the terminology. Allan believes it is a poor design and states that he and Tim could probably do better but it’s still under warranty so he’s letting the transmitter company handle it. He does say that the antenna is working fine now.
First phone call at 0037 from Freddie. Talk about Allan’s big generators for the superstation, the generators used on the radio ship and then locomotives. Reading of emails at 0055 and I can barely copy the signal now. Lost the signal about 0102 and have no idea when the program actually ended. John, Mid-North Indiana“ (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. 1130, Sept 20 at 1853 UT check, KLEY Wellington KS is OFF again. Still off at 1705 UT check Sept 21. It had been on since August 26 after a long hiatus since at least May 3 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. 1280, Sept 20 at 1853 UT check and Sept 21 at 1705, KSOK Arkansas City KS still sounds much weaker than its usual 1 kW on groundwave (Glenn Hauser, Enid OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. A reply to my query, why isn`t 1590 KMIC flooded?
“Glenn, regarding KMIC: Although the transmitter site is near White Oak Bayou in northwest Houston, that part of the metro area did not get the same heavy rains as the eastern and southern parts. So the water levels were up, but not enough to cause problems for KMIC. Imelda was pretty much a non-event at my northwest Harris County QTH.
KMIC is listed as a U2 in WRTH and Radio-Locator also shows non-directional daytime, so increased night coverage would indicate they are not switching to the directional array.
KMIC is one of several sibling brokered time AM and FM stations in greater Houston metro that runs Spanish language religion, sometimes // depending on program bookings. Stephen Luce, Houston, Texas“
Stephen, glad you too are not flooded! (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. 1680, Sept 21 at 0538 UT check, KRJO Monroe LA is back on with rock music; had been AWOL the night before (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
This report despatched at 1723 UT Sept 21