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Glenn Hauser logs March 24-25, 2020

** ALBANIA [non]. 5800 // 9395, UT Wed Mar 25 tune in WRMIs at 0140, nothing but songs in unID language, Tirana as usual? Not for sure until 0159 a few notes of IS before RMI ID and onward. See also USA (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

** ARGENTINA [non]. 9395, UT Wed Mar 25 at 0100, RAE ATTW English relay via WRMI, opening a “new edition via WRMI 9395 at 2 AM [sic]“ — but subject is conductor Daniel Barenboim as one of ten legendary Argentines (well, at least born there), same evergreen edition we heard last week; only wish I had time to listen to it straight thru. RAE has supposedly closed down for COVID-19 (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

** CUBA. 15370, March 24 at 1858, RHC is S9+20/10 of dead air; next check 1952 is musicking. Something`s always wrong at RHC (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

** CUBA. 15140, March 24 at 1900, RHC opening English, first broadcast of day, and as always this transmitter-frequency is awfully distorted. Don`t they notice or care? Something`s always wrong at RHC (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

** CUBA. 11880, Tue Mar 24 at 2330, RHC English with `DXers Unlimited` underway, Arnie talking about QRP antennas; mentions he [CO2-kaka] tried one with 4 watts on 14060-CW and made 3 contacts. His speech is fairly readable today, but MEGO subject matter of no interest here. Wraps up at 2338. 11880 is becoming reliable so I will not remark “SAWA“ this time (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

** CUBA. 11850, March 24 at 2330, RHC is JBM with music // 11760, 11700, and distorted 11670; plus and minus the 11850 JBA spur carriers on 11840 & 11860. Something`s always wrong at RHC. 11950 is also on with separate Mesa Redonda TV soundtrack, S9+20 (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

** TAIWAN [non]. 5800, UT Wed Mar 25 at 0100, RTI relay test via WRMI is *still* running in Spanish, and handily announces the original date in the opening, “miércoles 18 de marzo“, so here`s another auto-repeating a week-old file.

9395 // 7780 // 5010, UT Wed Mar 25 at 0200, RTI Spanish yet again
(Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

** TURKEY. 5960, March 24 at 2347, VOT English to N America was on today! By now in post-IS loop, S9/+10 but noisy. Pause at 2356 restarting loop about to lead-in to German, but shortly cut off* (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

** U S A. 9455, March 24 at 1853, TOMBS on WRMI is S9-S7, NVG but much stronger than JBA carrier 9395. Both are on the same azimuth 355 degrees, same antenna type 805 in HFCC, and same power 100 kW. How can this be? Something`s unequal. Rated powers of SW stations are just that — doesn`t mean they are really running anywhere near that level. Propagation is pitiful today so even the Superstation on 9330 is a JBA carrier, leaving 9455 as the SSOB! Yet at 18z WWV reports K index 0, solar flux 70, no storms past or future (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

** U S A. Pro-forma search of all possible WRMI frequencies, March 24 at 2154, finds no sign of WORLD OF RADIO, despite System B scheduling for Tuesday 2130 but with no frequencies shown. The 21-22 hour for this and many other imaginary programs has been on the grid for many months. WRMIs are either inaudible/off, JBA carriers, or emanating something else (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

** U S A. WRMI survey 0100-0300 UT Wed Mar 25; see also ALBANIA, ARGENTINA, TAIWAN:

5010 // distorted 5850, 0103 BB ID and rockified `Joy to the World`!
7780, La Rosa de Tokio repeat about AWR

5010 // distorted 5850, Mideast music, so World?
7780, JBA, still LRT
9455, Hal Turner
9955, gospel huxter in English

5800, music of some sort
5850, different music, ME/World, distorted
9955, R. Praga, Spanish

5010 & 5800 now off
5850 // 9395, Slovakia in English
7780, Ukraine in English, VG at a NY state SDR
9455, music of some sort VG
9955, no signal, off? ought to be algo with 9395, 9455 arriving.

I`ve notified WRMI about the distortion on 5850 tonight and last night and they were looking into it (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

** U S A. 1539.96 approx., March 25 at 0035 UT, low audible het stix out vs KXEL 1540.00 et al., no doubt KGBC Galveston TX. Splitting with LSB tuning, I think the classic rock I hear is coming from it while KXEL talx (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

UNIDENTIFIED. Trans-Atlantic JBA MW carrier search, March 25 at 0040-0053 UT, right across our LSS at 0047; starting at top end, as I have just got the KGBC het below 1540. 1584, 1575, 1539, 1521, 1511.99, 1503(2), 1485, 1467, 1458, 1431, 1422, 1305(2), 1296, 1215, 1179, 1107(2), 1053, 999, 936, 891, 882, 855(2), 837, 801, 774(3?), 747, 729, 711*, 693, 684+, 621 — but none lower this close to sunset.

Note 1521 where Saudi presumably still closes at 2230? Maybe it`s East Turkistan instead. First one, TA tipping me off was 1512, and I tried to measure it as a possible domestic spur. Lowest off-frequency in mwoffsetts is the megawatt Saudi at Jeddah on .992 or .993.

Big het from 711 is by far the strongest, but not much modulation, at 0051, nor any timesignal audible at 0100. 300 kW from Morocco most likely; also hi powers in Egypt, Iran, and Spain has 25 kW (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

This report dispatched at 0517 UT March 25

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