** CUBA. 13700, Sat Dec 21 at 1614, RHC still on here past usual closing, but no spurs; then found also on 15230, 15140, 11760, 9535, 7340; seems to be a speech from an echoey venue, so maybe a special event. Something`s always wrong(?) at RHC (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** PERU. 5980, Dec 20 at 2350, stronger carrier than usual from R. Chaski under wall-of-noise Cuban jamming against nothing else. From 2353 I am watching my watch to time the exact second of autocutoff now expected before 2355 — but it keeps on going!!
I`ve had enough by 0007 Dec 21, but recheck at 0020 and stillstill on; there had been numerous deep choppy fades, false-stops. Could it be something else? Possibly, but not two carriers, so I suspect Chaski is just staying on later for the holidays, rather than having reset the timer closer to nominal 2400*. Note: “closer“ may be pronounced either way (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. 13565-CW, Dec 21 at 1612, K6FRC HIFER beacon is JBA, somewhat later than usual here, but never in the afternoon or evening (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A [and non]. WORLD OF RADIO 2013 monitoring: confirmed first N American SWBC, Friday December 20 starting at 2300:37.5 on WRMI 9955, initially below the Cuban jamming; for some reason starting late, after full WNYW-style ID, but apparently not upcut; ends almost exactly 29 minutes later at 2324:37 by when signal is good and unjammed. In fact, clear by 2306 and generally good for the rest altho some deep fades after 2310.
Missed checking next airings UT Sat Dec 21 at 0130 on WRMIs 5010, 5850, 7780, as I was engrossed in Paul Winter Consort Solstice Live concert streamed. Also missed checking Sat 1300 on WRMI 15770, sleeptime as usual. Did anyone hear them? Next:
2030vUT Saturday WA0RCR 1860-AM
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 NNW
0400vUT Monday WBCQ 5130v Area 51 6160v?
0430 UT Monday WRMI 9955 to SSE
0900 UT Monday Unique Radio NSW 5045-USB
0930 UT Monday Unique Radio NSW 3210-USB [another episode] 1900vUT Monday IRRS 7290 Romania? to WNW
0100 UT Tuesday WRMI 7780 to NE
0900 UT Wednesday Unique Radio NSW 5045-USB
2200 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. 9955, Dec 20 at 1910, this WRMI is still on with music, unusually filling the 15-22 UT break; but Dec 21 at 1618 check it`s off again. WRMI skedgrid http://www.tinyurl.com/WRMIfqs now shows 9955 & 5800 have swapped transmitters, #3 on 9955, #10 on 5800, both still 160-degree antennas, with 9955 still limited to 1100-1600 & 2130-0500 max. Also: 15770 no longer running pointlessly all-night with TOMBS, off the air from 23 until 12.
7780, Dec 21 at 1620, WRMI is VP in German with mandatory music bed, i.e. RAE relay even tho it`s Saturday. At 1717 I get around to checking it on UTwente, to find zero signal, so surely neither an hour earlier despite aimage at Germany across the dayside.
5800, Dec 20 at 2235, WRMI still resumed here with SMTV, good, presumably for entire 21-02 UT span including RAE after 01; after experiment on 9425. Latest info from Ivo Ivanov implies 9425 be still in use (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. Due to the live webcast of the Paul Winter Consort Solstice concert, I miss checking AAAWWW on WBCQ this week, UT Sat Dec 21 starting at 0000, but our reliable monitor John H Carver, Jr reports:
“Tonight’s show started a few seconds late on 5130. 7490 is there this evening but terribly noisy. Opening talk of Christmas and the weather. Allan read the Wikipedia definition of Christmas and the talk, while turning a bit political, continued for over forty minutes until a phone call from Pirate Joe at 0143.
Reading of emails at 0152. The automation problem noted the last three weeks has still not been corrected so at 0154 the program was interrupted by nonstop station IDs till the top of the hour. 5130 continued on at 0200 with a poetry show. John, Mid-North Indiana“
Wonder if he previewed any special holiday programming, which is often the only way to know about it? Maybe this AAAWWW will repeat UT Sun 0100 on 7490v as often happens into this `available time slot` (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. I was planning on hearing this year`s broadcast of Paul Winter Consort Solstice from the Cathedral of St John the [allegedly] Divine in NYC, as scheduled from 0300 UT Sat Dec 21 on WUOT webcast, or 0400 on KGOU webcast; but earlier in evening sought out website: https://solsticeconcert.com/wintersolstice/#venue to find that a *live* stereo audio+video stream was now available on Youtube linked from that site, starting at 0030 UT. I missed only the first six minutes and stayed with it until the end 3 hours later, including a 15-20 minute intermission after 0200. First time I have been able to see as well as hear it. This was the 40th annual performance, axually thrice on Thu/Fri/Sat evenings in NYC, so the next and last one UT Sunday from 0030 should also be audiovisible, axually closer to the real Solstice, which will be at 0419 UT Dec 22.
The radio broadcasts are *not* the current year`s performance! They are condensed to only two hours, with commentary added. It would have had to be a very quick job to produce the Thursday night performance for broadcast thus the next night. So instead they play one from last year? NO, one of the stations labeled it as the 38th annual performance, without admitting that would have been from two years ago, but hearing it, was announced as the 37th — from three years ago! ALL of them are certainly worth hearing even more than once, and of course evergreens such as “Icarus“ are always played within.
This live event also caused me to miss monitoring both AAAWWW on WBCQ at 0100, and WOR on WRMIs at 0130, qq.vv. (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
This report dispatched at 1836 UT December 21