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Glenn Hauser logs December 14, 2019

** ALBANIA. 6020 & 9570, Dec 14 at 0215, no signals from CRI relays; Ivo Ivanov has noted many earlier transmissions missing, but not all, and was wondering about these after 2200. Apparently down for major maintenance, maybe caused by recent earthquake (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** ALGERIA. 531, my comment that Jil-FM at 600 kW runs 30X the power of 50 kW 750 WSB(AM!!). Ooops, it`s only 12X.

[non] And Greg Hardison replies about that: “Glenn, it’s not just back there. KFBK/1530 [Sacramento] is doing the same thing out here in California, touting “93.1 KFBK”, while the original 50 kW on 1530 continues to plaster the entire West Coast. And yes, it is somewhat irritating. — GREG HARDISON“ (Glenn Hauser, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** BRAZIL [and non]. 6180, Dec 14 at 0213, heavy CCI, almost equal signals from CRI via CUBA in Chinese and RNA in Brazuguese which has suddenly decided to reactivate this transmitter, separate from 11780 which is *still* on in // and in the clear. Apparently oblivious of the clash it will cause (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA. 6000, Dec 14 at 0216, RHC English is suptorted while 6145 is OK. It seems that 6000 normally starts at 0100, 6145 at 0200 or so. Something`s always wrong at RHC (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA. 5025, Dec 14 at 0654, R. Rebelde music is S9+20 but distorted. Something`s always wrong at RadioCuba (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA. 6000, Dec 14 at 0656, RHC English is very undermodulated, worse than 6100 & 6165 which are about the same merely undermodulated. 5040 is off already and so is 6060. Something`s always wrong at RHC (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** KOREA SOUTH [and non]. Survey of North Korean jamming and/or signals from Echo of Hope, etc., on jumparound frequencies, Dec 14 at 1347: 3910, 3935, 3990, 4450, 4557, 4890, 6250/6255, 6355, 6520, 6600, 9105 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** NORTH AMERICA. 11560, Sat Dec 14 at 2106, Station YHWH is JBA, S5-S6 vs noise level of S4-S5. Tnx to tip from Rick Barton, AZ, first heard at 2000. My recheck at 2230, still going improved to S8, but now can tell his modulation is suptorted. So that`s his third frequency so far on the 25mb in latest round of radio-activity, after 11650, 11550 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** OKLAHOMA. My hi local noise level is building up again, maybe blamable on Xmas lighting in the neighborhood, altho unseems from as I approach some with a portable. At 0100 UT Dec 14 as I am trying to hear AAAWWW on 7490+v, the worst peak is 2.5-9.0 MHz, lesser around 12.0-13.8; later abated somewhat but likely to be problematic the rest of the year (Glenn Hauser, Enid, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SAUDI ARABIA. 11820.044V, Dec 14 at 2145, SBC Qur`aning beautiful with a bit of reverb, better than we ever hear it direct. via UTwente, sync reads out frequency as above, constantly varying by a few hundredths of 1 Hz, mostly on the minus side. 2147 switch to plain talk in Arabic but sounds sermonic. 2152 resumes recitations, continuously past 2231 when I check 11820+ here to find a JBA carrier only. Back via UTw, still Qur`aning past 2252 and starting to fade somewhat even there. 2254 back to plain talk. 2300* cut off the air in mid-word.

[non] Until 2200, I am simulwatching on PBS World channel via OETA 13-2, `Same God` about the persecution and dismissal of an Oklahoma professor by Wheaton College, Illinois, favorite alma mater of radio evangelists, for according Moslems equality with Christians: (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A [and non]. WORLD OF RADIO 2012 monitoring: confirmed UT Sat Dec 14 after 0130 on WRMIs: 7780 S9 vs high noise level; 5850 S9+10/20 but HNL still audible; 5010 S9+10 slightly less noise but weaker signal.

Not confirmed Sat Dec 14 at 1326 the secret 1300 on WRMI 15770, only a JBA carrier but probably still WOR; did anyone hear it? By 1329 a trace of music.

Confirmed Sat Dec 14 at 2050 on WA0RCR, 1860-AM, 3 minutes into so nominal 2030 started at 2047. R4 almost completely readable vs local hi noise level; tnx to low winter sun allowing skywave this early. Without the HNL it would have been fine. First timing might mean that repeat be at least 17 minutes late? past 0415. Next:

0400vUT Sunday WA0RCR 1860-AM [nominal 0415] 2130 UT Sunday WRMI 7780 to NE
0130 UT Monday WRMI 7780 to NE
0230 UT Monday WRMI 7780 to NE, 9395 to WNW
0400vUT Monday WBCQ 5130v Area 51 6160v? to WSW
0430 UT Monday WRMI 9955 to SE
1900vUT Monday IRRS 7290 Romania? to WNW
0100 UT Tuesday WRMI 7780 to NE
2200 UT Wednesday WBCQ 7490v to WSW
0100 UT Thursday WRMI 7780 to NE

Unique Radio, NSW website now says will be active Dec 25-26, and maybe elsewhen, with WOR times as: Mon 0900 & 0930 on 5045-USB or 3210-USB? Not clear. Wed and Fri 0900 on 5045-USB.

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

** U S A. John H Carver, Jr. reports UT Dec 14 on WBCQ: “Tonight’s AAWWW — Very poor signal this evening but I can hear the theme song for AAWWW on 5130 at 0102. Can hear no signal on 7490 or the other classic frequencies. Can only copy bits and pieces of readable audio. Transmitter went down a couple of times but came right back up. Signal came up a bit at 0112 but still very noisy. Talk of technology and the evolution of the dumbphone. Lots of talk about the advantages and disadvantages of technology in our lives today. Among them the inability to actually write with a pen and paper.

Allan said the superstation is working just fine with no problems and they’ve added people to the staff up at the station. Still maintains that they will add the higher frequencies come spring. He then reads the entire program schedule for the classic frequencies but I couldn’t copy most of them. Phone call at 0139 that Allan said he had to take and he played some music to fill the broadcast. First time I can remember him doing that.

Started reading some emails at 0141. As happened last week the last six minutes of the program were cut off as nonstop station IDs by Michael Ketter ran till 0200. John, Mid-North Indiana“

Having found SW reception before 0100 awful, and otherwise occupied, I recorded the whole thing from webcast and checked it later. I could then skip thru political rants, but hardly any this week.

Amid compliments to Angela, first long discussion of smartphones and lamenting how the younger generation is so dependent on them that they can`t even read handwriting. Strangely, no phone calls from anyone, not even annoying Freddie — maybe he can`t pick it up this week. At 0125 AW announces that he`s on 7490 & 5130; while 9330 remains with WLC currently on 245 degree beam toward Mexico.

People have been added to the crew at Monticello, such as Tom Rounds, so now there are two Toms, in addition to Barna. They are all mainly keeping the S-S running, leaving the computer to run the Classic frequencies with some spare-time oversight. Plans for it to go up to some higher frequencies in January or February as spring approaches [so has the frequency change difficulty been solved? We never heard them testing on any of them]. The S-S is working fine [? but no signal on 9330 at 1350 check Dec 14!].

Staff plan an Xmas eve party. No time is being leased on S-S now or in forseeable future, all for WlC (and obviously now not even for AAAWWW). 6160 transmitter has been rebuilt and is in good shape; needs large client for it, even wackos [sic; until then, seems not on air at all].

At 0133 he goes thru the program skeds on 7490 and 5130; but not in order and he never mentions WORLD OF RADIO. At 0138 finally timestamps this show as on 13th of December, YOOL 2019. 0139 phone rings for first! time; instead of picking up he switches to music immediately as he “has to take it“, and back a minute later after “taking care of business“. At 0140 I check the SW frequencies again: 7490 is JBA; 5130 very slightly better during that brief music break which first made me think it were another show. Nothing on 6160 or 3265; and 9330 of course with WLC instead.

Then they read something “funny“ about p.c., “It snowed so I made a snowman“. 0145 reads press Artie Bigley sent [also to us] about huge fines FCC has levied against two FM pirates in Boston. Another opportunity for AW to plug WBCQ as a safer outlet for pirates to exercise Free Speech [but how could it effectively serve Haitian communities in Boston??] WBCQ rates have not been raised since it started 20 years ago [not even for inflation?].

0155 caller wants advice on who can repair his HQ-100. Answer: Ted McGill, and AW will send him contact info privately. 0157, asserts that the S-S is getting good signal reports from everywhere, including his own remote SDR chex. 0159 prayer by live Allan is again interrupted before 0200 by ID from canned Allan, and Planet jingle, just in time for Hal Turner show (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 750, Dec 14 at 1331 UT, PSA about in Missouri, fade-out and -in, more PSAs, one about skin cancer; song “Sock it to Me“. So it`s KBNN, Lebanon MO, 5 kW daytimer with 500-watt psra, rather than KMMJ or WNDZ. That website doesn`t work but this is it: (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. 2861.088, Dec 14 at 0237, carrier with maybe trace of modulation. I`ve been hunting for 2-MHz-band MW harmonics but not much lately, not even 2940+ from Colombia.

The 2860 area is next spot to focus on, as reported earlier in 2019: “`COSTA RICA [and non]. 2859.812, March 21 at 1153, JBA carrier, suspected the known active second harmonic of 1430, Radio San Carlos, as IDed recently by Jay Novello, NC, but without a precise measurement. In *2017y* I reported: “COSTA RICA. 2859.82, Jan 18 at 0049, JBA carrier on the signature off-frequency of R. San Carlos, Ciudad Quesada, 2 x 1430v as previously identified“.“`

But this variant is considerably different, way on plus side. Fundamental would be 1430.555. Any clues in MW Offsets, which does not deal with harmonicizing?

Nominal 1430 starts with the CR from almost a decade ago:
1429.91 TIRDVC Radio San Carlos (Ciudad Quesada) 1100-0400 2010-01-16

And skipping down to the most plus:
1430.0119 MEX XEWD Radio X (Ciudad Miguel Alemán) 2016-01-26
1430.018 PRU La Voz de Salvación (Jaén)[-1430.125] 2019-02-10
Neither of which looks likely; or domestic? Anyhow calls for further checking (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. 5006.0, Dec 14 at 0653, JBA carrier. Have also noted it around sunrise. The only known station on 5006 is per Aoki/NDXC: “5006 0000-2400 J HFD Radio Station H3A Tokyo-Chofu 1-7“ EiBi is more explicit: “5006 0000-2400 J JG2XA Propag.Studies FE f“

Seems a bit early, almost 16 local for this low-power thing to be propagating, but maybe. Ron Howard has reported it several times; 200 watts, HFD means high-frequency Doppler; but there was also something else on 5006 in CW (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

Note: everything(?) correct in last report (starting with CANADA 350 kHz), until the very last number: obviously, it was posted at 0032 UT Dec 14, NOT 13.

This report dispatched at 2321 UT December 14

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