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Glenn Hauser logs December 9-10, 2019

** ALGERIA [and non]. 531, Dec 10 at 0332, Jil-FM quite separable from weak 530 signals, and some talk modulation, presumably “Algerian Arabic“ as in WRTH which also shows F`kirina is location, 600 kW, 24 hours, and BTW this is in AM, not FM! Could this be the grandest AM station in the world which has lost its identity to FM? 30X the power of WSB. Weaker het tho same power on 549 I can`t separate so well from 550s; BTW, nothing much on 576 which was an Algerian sensation a couple weeks ago; is it off again? Usual set of other JBA TA MW carriers at least on bottom half of band, I relent and don`t enumerate this time, but also note some music on 774 at 0334 from the RNE1 Spain synchros (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CHINA. 11150, 10870, 10845 JBA carriers, stronger 10820 in Chinese, Dec 10 at 0022, presumed all CNR1 jammers against SOH. More WOOB ones not found higher or lower (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CHINA. 11885 // 11790, Dec 10 at 0015, CRI English good on both: Xian 500 kW at 200 and 190 degrees respectively.

11820, Dec 10 at 0016, CRI in Cantonese, good at same parameters as 11885.

11770, Dec 10 at 0016, CRI in Vietnamese, resembling 11820 Yue, this one 500 kW, 193 degrees from Beijing site (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA. 5040, Dec 10 at 0028, RHC English is distorted and squealing; and no parallel alternative at this hour. Something`s always wrong at RHC.

BTW, to mark Human Rights Day, Dec 10, RHC English has mailed out a quotation from Fidel Castro Ruz, huge violator of human rights as multi-sesquidecade Commie dictator (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA [and non]. 6000, Dec 10 at 0353, RHC English JBM/suptorted, while only // 6145 is merely undermodulated; also with splash from 6150 Romania in Spanish with full schedule about to sign-off; yet its signal is hardly stronger. Somethings always wrong at RHC.

Aoki shows 6000 is Quivicán site; 6060, 6100 and 6165 [sic: still haven`t QSYed it to 6145!] all Bauta site. So the possible Bauta leapfrog mixing product spots would now be:

From 6060 & 6100: 6020 and 6120
From 6060 & 6145: 5975 and 6230
From 6100 & 6145: 6055 and 6190
But I haven`t heard any of these lately; are they being suppressed/filtered better now, or one of the fundamentals too weak? You might hear Spanish and/or English, depending (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** KOREA SOUTH. 9105, Dec 9 at 2025, JBA carrier from presumed Echo of Hope. Ron Howard agrees and provides all the other landings this week, the lower ones mostly audible in our mornings: “Today (Dec 9): 3985 // 4890 // 6000 // 6255 // 6355 // 9105“ (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** MALI. 13630, Dec 9 at 2021, W&M drama in rather slow English, S9-S7. What`s this? CRI via Bamako as scheduled eastward, but not noticed here lately and suspect it`s sporadically active (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 475.1 kHz, Dec 10 at 0319-0328 UT, very slow CW beacon, JBA but as previously reported it is indeed the one Dave Frantz runs at WWRB, Manchester TN. The message roughly twice a minute is: WWW WA4SZE COM WA4SZE/BEACON K. Not sure what the COM mean amid. And WWW, not VVV?

Here`s an interesting discussion about this from 2+ years ago:

I wonder if this beacon be recently reactivated? Can`t say I pay much attention to “630 meters“, but ran across this on the way to or from the NDB band (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 15730, Dec 9 at 2019, VOA Grimesland in French with big short/long path echo. See my Sept 16 log where I explained how this worx and calculated the delay as one-eighth of a second (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A [and non]. WORLD OF RADIO 2011 monitoring: confirmed Monday December 9 from 1900:36 on IRRS, 7290, as monitored via UTwente SDR; now WOR starts at the beginning, preceded by: 1858 tune-in big OC already on; 1859:27 cut on modulation with Aïda theme joined in progress, very brief IRRS sign-on announcement; 1900:05 FSN news headlines: eruption in NZ, Russia banned for doping, UK supermarket sold in China, taking only 31 seconds before WOR. After a bit of music, 1930 FSN same stories in more detail; 1933 FSN Spotlight about WTO vs Trump; 1935 pause and music; 1951 recheck DJ talking about `Sounds Irish`. Alexander Busneag says all Romanian SW transmitters are back in service, but this still sounds the same bigsig as before.

Also confirmed UT Tue Dec 10 at 0100 on WRMI 7780, VP S9 which = the noise level when tuned to open 7770 etc. But good clear signal at 0107 when checked via UTwente where it`s aimed. Hello to all our 1/2/3 am listeners in Europe. Next:

2200 UT Wednesday WBCQ 7490v to WSW
0100 UT Thursday WRMI 7780 to NE

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

** U S A. 5800, Dec 10 at 0026, no signal from WRMI, which a week ago moved here once RHC reclaimed 6060 where nothing but RHC is audible. By 0157, maybe JBA carrier on 5800, while 5850 and 5950 are nominally very good and poor-fair. Skedgrid now shows XMTR 3 on 5800 at 00-01 SMTV, 01-02 RAE Spanish (but what about weekends?), while at the bottom inserts old 6060 as if still in use for SMTV at 2100-2400 before RHC cuts on.

Say, if this be the new reality and you still want to honor RAE by reviving its legacy frequency 6060, why not move their hour to 2300 UT, which is prime time in Argentina, anyway? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 13845, Dec 9 at 2023, no signal from WWCR-3. Since 15825 is audible poorly and 12160 fairly, I conclude 13845 must be off the air amid its very long 13-01 UT span (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 560 [non]. Replying to my query about Roman-numeral frequency calls other than KLVI Beaumont: Carl Dabelstein: “At one time, the station in Phoenix on 1400 had the call KXIV.“

Rick Dau: “Glenn, at least one other example comes to my mind immediately — WXVI-1600 in Montgomery, Alabama. The “XVI” portion, of course, is the Roman numeral for “16”, an affectionate reference to WXVI’s position on the AM dial. This is a station for which I have a soft spot — it was the very first to which I ever sent a reception report. On February 13, 1988, while I was a student at the University of Iowa (in what would turn out to be my final semester there), I did a report on WXVI, which was airing Alabama State University men’s basketball that evening and identifying as “Sunshine 16”. Being somewhat new to serious DXing (my Iowa City AM logbook was just a month old at that point and NRC member and Iowa City resident Earl Higgins was still helping me get my feet wet), I was rather naive about reporting pertinent (and verifiable) details of their programming. In fact, my letter to them simply stated that I had heard their broadcast of ASU basketball and IDs as “Sunshine 16”, but it included nothing solid, like local ads. As you can imagine, I did not get a QSL for the report, but WXVI was at least kind enough to send me a “Sunshine 16” bumpersticker. Fortunately, my 2nd report mailed, this one for a reception of WOWO-1190 two weeks later, DID include mentions of commercials, and I did get a nice QSL card in early March signed by then-CE Eric Culp for QSL #1. 73, Rick Dau, South Omaha, Nebraska“

Well, well, I also got an earlier QSL when it was WAPX; call changed to WXVI in the mid-1970s (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

This report dispatched at 0628 UT December 10

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