** CANADA. 15034-USB, Oct 11 at 2052, CHR Trenton Military, *still* “No report received“ from anywhere. This applies both to latest conditions and terminal forecasts. Signal not always there when I randomcheck so unseems continuous. Like this, it might as well be completely discontinuous (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** CUBA. 15370, Oct 11 at 2051, RHC S4-S5 in Portuguese but just barely modulated. Something`s always wrong at RHC (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A [and non]. 15580, Friday October 11 at 2049, VOA `The Africa Beat` music and DJ, poor-fair S5-S7, but better than usual. BOTSWANA relay is on here until 2200, presumably still with `Music Time in Africa` weekly Fridays during next hour from 2100. In B-seasons only, MTIA has been on Greenville 15580, and in B-19 we regain Grimesland B during the final hour only, but on new 11720. That should be good for us off the back from almost due east azimuth with a smaller skip zone and less challenge to the MUF (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. WORLD OF RADIO 2003 monitoring: confirmed first SWBC, Friday October 11 at 2200 on WRMI 9955, S9 with flutter fading to S6 — propagation disturbance? But the other WRMIs on 9455 and 9395 are strong and steady, no such fluxuation. Maybe something amiss with the 9955 transmitter. By 2321 recheck its carrier beneath the jamming now sounds nominal.
Also confirmed UT Saturday October 12 at 0130 on WRMIs: 5850 to the NW, VG S9+20; checked at 0156, 7780 to the NE is JBA S5-S6 noisy, 5010 to the S is better, S9/S9+10, somewhat undermodulated and also noisy.
0629vUT Saturday HLR 6190-CUSB Germany to WSW
1000 UT Saturday Unique Radio 3210-USB NSW [alt weeks, Oct 12, 26] 1430 UT Saturday HLR 9485-CUSB Germany to WSW
1930vUT Saturday WA0RCR 1860-AM
0300vUT Sunday WA0RCR 1860-AM [nominal 0315] 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
1130 UT Monday Unique Radio 3210-USB NSW
1816 UT Monday IRRS 7290 Romania to WNW
0100 UT Tuesday WRMI 7780 to NE
0800 UT Tuesday Unique Radio 5045-USB NSW
0830 UT Tuesday Unique Radio 3210-USB NSW [another episode] 2100 UT Wednesday WBCQ 7490v to WSW
0100 UT Thursday WRMI 7780 to NE
Full schedule including AM, FM, webcasts, satellite, podcasts:
(Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. (7490), UT Sat Oct 12 at 0000, I`m tuned in to the WBCQ webcast for AAAWWW; bits of other music until 0002 when `William Tell Overture` theme finally plays; sounds lo-fi as if from a remote location. Opening remarx about “all the crap going on“ so I know we are in for a political rant. Mentions that A&A are now in DeLand of FLA, so our suspicion about their absence last week was correct, getting out of ME before it freezes. Quickly interrupted by a call from Hal Turner who already has his own show expanded to 6 hours a week, so more politix are coming.
I don`t pay attention until 0028 when he changes to station info: The SuperStation is fine, operational, except for transmitter tuning problem. Factory tuned it to two frequencies, getting it to run on higher bands is not easy, and the transmitter manufacturer [CONTINENTAL] has not been coöperative; all they care about is money; after spending millions of dollars already, nothing but bills and trouble from them. “So tired of it!“ Needs higher frequencies on 12, 13, 15, 17 MHz to reach North Africa and area. The antenna is perfect but the transmitter — “I don`t want to say it`s a lemon.“ The company has [had?] a great reputation, but now they send outrageous invoices and the wrong people.
AW then calls for any good engineers out there to apply to WBCQ. They are getting harder and harder to find, those who can deal with high-voltage equipment. Engineering is tiring, hard work, with poor pay, but satisfying. All SW stations are having such problems. [Maybe Bob Biermann could help?]. Suggests that TimTron and Tom Barna are of an age to be thinking about retirement.
Then he goes over the 7490 program schedule, day by day, hour by hour (with quite a few omissions). When he gets to Wednesday at 5 pm EASTERN, he takes note of Glenn`s 2,000 World of Radio programs — “that`s something — that`s pretty good. Glenn, although crotchety, we love you“.
Thursday evening, VORW has canceled, so there`s an opening. At 0047 the webcast starts dropping out (silent but still playing); maybe he covers the 5130 schedule next? Running again by 0050 as he goes thru the just published latest issue of Free Radio Weekly, about SW and FM pirates (Bay City MI is in Michigan, BTW, not Minnesota = MN).
Wrapping up at 0057, mentions this show is only on 7490, something else on 5130 (and meshes with my obs earlier of no signals on 9330, 6160 or 3265; why not?). Soon into benedixion, mentioning Brother Stair whom they visited on the way to FLA; and seems he is really trying to wind up by 0100 since Hal Turner now follows.
I say, it may not be convenient, but as long as the 500 kW won`t coöperate and the rotatable antenna is fine, why not connect one of the old transmitters to it; huge gain would make a big difference even with only “50“ kW. Anyhow it seems the S-S will funxion at least on 9330, so why not make the most of that?
Now over to John Carver for his version of: “Tonight’s AAWWW — Show started about a minute late on 7490 this evening. Allan and Angela in the studio in FLA. Opens with a phone call from Hal Turner at 0005 talking about Syria and then lots of political talk. Hal Turner also said something about California trying to do away with ham radio. Another phone call at 0019 which was also political.
Allan said the superstation was fine and the antenna was perfect but there is a problem tuning the transmitter to the higher frequencies that they need to use. Says it’s a design flaw. They’re working with the factory trying to resolve things but he says the factory keeps sending the wrong people to do the work and is charging them outrageous fees to do so. He came very close to calling the transmitter a lemon. Says the world needs more transmitter engineers and asked the listening audience if there were any transmitter engineers listening to the program that would like to come and work in Maine.
Then he went through the program schedule for the station which I couldn’t keep up with and was also marred by a series of internet feed dropouts. One lasting for two minutes. When audio came back Allan was starting to read the Free Radio Weekly and then went into other emails. Closing prayer at 0058 and program was cut off at 0059. John, Mid-North Indiana“ (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
This report dispatched at 0452 UT October 12