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Glenn Hauser logs November 15, 2019

** CANADA. 223 kHz, Nov 15 at 0717 UT, dash and YYW, 1000-watt NDB at Armstrong, Ontario, which is 150 miles north of Thunder Bay (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CANADA. 284 kHz, Nov 15 at 0720 UT, dash and strange beacon ID .-.- / … which I would never have IDed as 500-watt QD in The Pas, Manitoba, were it not for this recent thread on the WOR io group; i.e. for those who have not seen it:

“UNIDENTIFIED. Arguably the strangest thing I’ve ever heard in 50 years of LW dial-twisting. Nov 9 at 1057 UT, heard on the Kaneohe (Hawaii) SDR, 284 kHz (via USB mode), using Canadian format (CW ID, followed by solid tone for several seconds, all at 400 Hz). Repeated Code ID was: [ ._._ … ]. Obviously the second character is ‘S’. But just what the hell is [ ._._ ]?? Internet Morse-to-text translator shows it as, ‘AA’. Googling “AA S NDb 284 kHz” goes nowhere. I don’t drink or smoke anything anymore, for a number of years now. Listened for 3 or 4 minutes to verify the CW ID I was hearing; by 1109 UT the signal had faded to where the CW ID was indiscernible. I was hearing a smattering of NDbs from BC at the time, most notably Vancouver and Prince Rupert. Nothing comes close to that CW ID, in any info to which I have access. I am clueless — what say you? — (GREG HARDISON, CA, WORLD OF RADIO 2008, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

If not miskeyed, could be Russian Morse code for the letter “ya“ = backwards R — so try to find a reference for Russian beacons. Of course, … is the letter spelt C equivalent to our S (Glenn Hauser, Nov 9, ibid.)

Glenn: — As always, I appreciate your DX-wisdom! I must admit Russia was one of my first thoughts upon hearing this thing; I guess the “Canadian format” threw me off that track. I was also hearing NDbs and DGPS-markers from the Aleutians at the time, but couldn’t find anything (and they don’t necessarily even exist) from nearby Russia. (On a semi-related note I will always miss the ex-Russki LW broadcasters we used to hear in California!) That’s the cool thing about DXing. One can twist the dials for literally over a half-century, and still be completely mystified by something bouncing off the ionosphere. I definitely must dig further for a good source of Russian LW-info. Are there any DXers working for Trump, hi?? :^)> (– GREG H, ibid.)

This is QD in Manitoba. It has been keying this pattern now since September (Steve. VE7SL, McDonald, ibid.)

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It`s hard to figure how QD could be transformed into YaC. QD is in The Pas (which could be construed as `not this` (gh, ibid.)

Interesting. I did see QD on the beacon list, but didn’t consider it, as the only other signal I was hearing from anywhere near that part of the world was 50 kW CBK/540. Also, I didn’t think anyone would let an NDb get that far out of whack — and for that long a time period. I could imagine that happening in this country, but certainly wouldn’t expect that in Canada! Many thanks anyway for the info (– GREG H, ibid.“ (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA. 13700, Nov 15 at 1414 tune-in to dead air, shortly Spanish modulation cuts on with somebuzz; but no spurs today. Something`s always wrong at RHC. 13700 was not on before 1400 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA. 11760, Nov 15 at 1446, RHC absent uncovering a VP fluttery signal, probably from E Asia; i.e., CNR1 jammer against VOA Tibetan scheduled this hour only via Philippines. Something`s always wrong at RHC (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** IRELAND [non]. 7290, Nov 15 at 1925, 1940, again today like Nov 12 last check, no signal from IRRS hour via Romania into UTwente SDR; or rather a JBA carrier vs huge splash from 7295 China. Nothing else is scheduled and IRRS signal had always been very strong (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** KOREA SOUTH. 4890, Nov 15 at 1355, Korean drama, on today`s frequency of Echo of Hope – VOH, for Korea North; the best Asian signal holding up this late on 60m (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. WORLD OF RADIO 2008 first airings: Friday Nov 15 at 2300 on WRMI 9955; UT Sat Nov 16 at 0130 on WRMI 5010, 5850, 7780. See (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 5085, Nov 15 at 1357, WTWW-2 is on way later than usual, maybe ran all night? “We love our hams, 73 from 5085“ and WTWW singing ID, classic rock. S9+20 and JBA spur carriers circa 5072 and 5098. Still going at 1438 when I also find WTWW-1 active on 5830 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. Trans-Atlantic LWBC carrier search, Nov 15 at 0713: I`ve had little luck with such high-power DX rather than 25-watt NDBs, but at this time I detect JBA carriers on 189, 198, 216 and 252 kHz, which could be Euro broadcasters rather than beacons or something else: i.e. Iceland, UK, France, Ireland (unless RTE off again audiblizing Algeria) (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

This report dispatched at 1944 UT November 15

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