** ARGENTINA [non]. 5800, UT Tue Jan 21 at 0100, RAE Spanish opening via WRMI, but in less than a minute switches to hymns in English which fill the rest of the hour; normally those fill only the final 5 minutes as the RAE hour is that much shorter. I suspect today`s RAE file was corrupted, thus causing the default. I notified WRMI people about this by 0110 but evidently nothing could be done to bring RAE back upon such short notice. It`s critical to be sure a complete file be uploaded to the proper System with the proper exact file name, to succeed onto the air. Last Monday/UT Tuesday RAE Spanish also failed to appear with hymns such as `Onward Christian Soldiers` instead (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)
** CANADA [and non]. 392 kHz, Jan 21 at 0734 UT, ND beacon ML and dash, which is 500 watts from La Malbaie – Charlevoix, Quebec, and not to be confused with the listed 25-watt ML on 392 from Monroe, Louisiana; and mixing with FMZ, which is 25 watts from Fairmont – Beklof, Nebraska. Similar pitches but slightly different periods helping to unravel them. Note that Beklof spelt backwards is Folkeb (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)
** CANADA [and non]. 530-CLSB, Jan 21 at 0726 UT, Asian language with much more modulation on LSB than USB, i.e. CHLO Brampton Ont., 250 watts night, ethnic. AM 530 provides only 4-year-old program sked!: http://am530.ca/AM-530-Program-Schedule-February2016.pdf with generic “South Asian (Punjabi/Hindi)“ overnights.
But LSB! I don`t recall anyone ever noting this anomaly before, as most MW DXers are not alert for it, like on certain stations in AZ/NM/CO we have monitored before. The effect of this, on longwire with no antenna manipulation, is that tuning USB, Cuba is on top; tuning LSB, CHLO is atop. Now if Enciclopedia would suppress its LSB, we`d have a more equitable share (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)
** CANADA. RE: unscheduled weather on 2598-USB before 0700 UT, Rick Wald, Taber, Alberta, Canada, replies Jan 20 on the ptsw iogroup:
“Canada USB Broadcast 2598 is marine weather station. Labrador & Newfoundland just had a Winter Storm of epic/historic proportions; eclipsing every historic record they had. All in the last 96 hours!! Any chance the 2 are related??“ — that may well explain extra broadcasts. I was merely wanting to find out from which of the six possible stations without being able to hear an ID (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)
** CUBA. 15140, Jan 20 at 2033, RHC English distorted with hum, as heard on caradio. Wiggle that patchcord! Something`s always wrong at RHC (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)
** CUBA. 11850, Jan 20 at 2207, RHC Spanish S9+10 but Just Barely Modulated. Something`s always wrong at RHC (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)
** CUBA. 6145, Jan 21 at 0714, this is the only RHC English frequency of The Cuban Five still on the air, and it`s only S7-S8 and JBM. Something`s always wrong at RHC (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)
** CUBA. 5025, Jan 21 at 0715, Radio Rebelde is splattering plus/minus 10 kHz. Something`s always wrong at RadioCuba (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)
** CUBA. 15700, Jan 21 at 1544, China Plus relay is S9/+10 but JBM. Something`s always wrong at RadioCuba (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)
** KOREA SOUTH. 9095, Mon Jan 20 at 2245, JBA carrier vs utehash on the plus side, presumed this week`s jumparound frequency from Echo of Hope, instead of 9100 or 9105; indeed only 9095 is shown in the current Aoki/NDXC listing. Perhaps Ron Howard will soon compile a rundown of the other Monday changes this week; all the lower ones more likely to be heard in our mornings (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)
** NORTHERN MARIANA ISLANDS. 9790.028, Jan 21 at 1550, Chinese at S9-S7, of course, SAIPAN site scheduled this hour only with RFA. No CNR1 jamming audible for a change against perpetually off-frequency site (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)
** U S A [and non]. 379 kHz, Jan 21 at 0737 UT, ND beacon RUE, which is 25 watts from Russellville Arkansas; and mixing with DL, which is 50 watts from Duluth – Pike Lake, Minnesota. Same pitch but different periods. Also at 0739 mixing with BRA, which is 400 watts from Asheville – Broad River, North Carolina.
392 kHz, Jan 21 at 0734 UT, ND beacon ML and dash, which is 500 watts from La Malbaie – Charlevoix, Quebec, and not to be confused with the listed 25-watt ML on 392 from Monroe, Louisiana; and mixing with FMZ, which is 25 watts from Fairmont – Beklof, Nebraska. Similar pitches but slightly different periods helping to unravel them. Note that Beklof spelt backwards is Folkeb.
400 kHz, Jan 21 at 0731 UT, ND beacon AHQ, which is 25 watts from Wahoo, Nebraska.
408 kHz, Jan 21 at 0730 UT, ND beacon JDM, which is 25 watts from Colby – Wheatfield, in the NW corner of Kansas (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)
** U S A [non]. 15580, Jan 20 at 2034, VOA `The African Beat` music VG and pause for some MLK info; on caradio. Unusually strong for BOTSWANA site scheduled this hour aimed 10 degrees; wonder if GB substituting? Still more fading than we get from single-hop Grimesland (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)
** U S A [and non]. WORLD OF RADIO 2017 monitoring: re what happened to at least half of the IRRS airing missing, Mon Jan 20 at 1918 on 7290, Alfredo Cotroneo replies: “Hi Glen[n], There was a tx failure and we had to switch on another tx. 73 Alfredo“
As I said, popped back on air at *1930 as soon as WOR was finished; FSN for a few minutes and at 1935.5 `Shortwave [sic] Report`, which provides non-SW recordings of a few of Dan Roberts` favorite stations, always RHC, usually DW, NHK, etc. Tsk2, in such a rut when he could include far more diversity of sources, especially recording off webcasts instead of direct via SW.
WOR 2017 also confirmed UT Tue Jan 21 at 0100 on WRMI 7780, fair via UTwente -85-100 dBm, while here it`s a JBA carrier. Propagation pitiful tonight with zero WRMI signals on 9955, 9455, 9395; very degraded on the two 7s which are always stronger than 7780 due to azimuths, 7730 and 7570. Next:
0900 UT Wednesday Unique Radio NSW 5045-USB
2100 UT Wednesday WRMI 7780 to NE
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, WOR)
** U S A. 6159.875v, Jan 20 at 2242, WBCQ reactivated with Brother Scare, S7-S9. This transmitter has been languishing for months; AW wanted to sell much time to a single client and apparently now BS has bitten, despite already being on several other US SW frequencies so this one hardly necessary. Is he on the WBCQ schedule? Of course not! Only 6160 listing is the live AAAWWW UT Sat at 0100, even tho 6160v has not been active then either. (It also still shows 9330 with WLC at 2030-0300 only instead of 23 hpd, or rather zero currently with latest failure.) Is 6160 on the BS schedule? Of course not: “Overcomer Ministry Radio Log June 2019“. Still going at 0047 check Jan 21 at poor S6-S7; and at 0713. May well be running 24 hours — plug in, turn him on and forget it. 6159.9v, WBCQ-4, was first noticed by Ivo in Bulgaria, Jan 20 at 0815, but expected to be blocked there by WIS Germany “Shortwave Radio“ on 6160.0 from 0858 (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)
** U S A. 7490.25v, Jan 21 at 0129, `From the Isle of Music` is JBA on WBCQ; propagation even worse than usual tonight. WBCQ ought flexibly to put all its power into 3265v during these dark winter nights at solar minimum, for a much greater propagational advantage (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)
UNIDENTIFIED. 2097.3-CW, Jan 21 at 0153, single-letter beacon A is JBA again altho I could not hear it last night; from somewhere in SW USA (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)
UNIDENTIFIED. 4930-USB, Jan 21 at 0716, JBA 2-way in Spanish with talkovers, cambios. Available now after VOA Botswana at 03-06 (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)
This report dispatched at 1900 UT January 21