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Glenn Hauser logs May 19-20, 2020

** ALGERIA [non]. 7295, May 20 at 0548, S9+10/20, RTA in unQur`an Arabic, and *no* self-QRM beepery via FRANCE; whenever logging this, please note whether there is or is not that anomaly.

Another anomaly noted by Ivo Ivanov, Bulgaria: “FRANCE NO SIGNAL of Telediffusion d’Algerie via TDF Issoudun, May 20. 0400-0459 on 6050 ISS 500 kW / 162 deg to CEAf open carrier plus tx TWEET — 73! Ivo Ivanov“ (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR) What means TWEET in this context?

** CHINA. CNR1 jamming survey May 19 at 1354-1400*:
13070, S9/+10
13030, S9/+10 but sounds slightly weaker
12880, S5-S9
12870, S7-S9
12820, S7-S9
12500, S7-S9
12190, JBA
then by 1358 I tune upward from where I had started downward:
13160, VP; and further downward:
10820, VP
10870, stronger than 10820
By now it`s 1400 as I tune above 11000 to hear nothing, and rechecking the above frequencies, they are *all* off (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

** CUBA. 15370, May 19 at 2005, RHC S9, but JBM in Brazuguese; more mod on distorted 15140 in French. Something`s always wrong at RHC (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

** CUBA. 15730, May 19 at 2236, S8-S9, RHC is JBM and suptorted — so bad that I can`t be 100% sure whether it`s Kriyol or Brazuguese. Something`s always wrong at RHC (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

** CUBA. 13820, May 20 at 1404, noise jamming still here despite this being a B-season-only RM frequency, on 13605 instead during A-seasons. Something`s always incompetent at the DentroCuban Jamming Command (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

** CUBA. 13740, May 20 at 1404, S9+20/30 of dead air from RHC, after presumed nominal finish circa 1400, while weaker S9+10/20 13700 is still musically modulating; but without any spurblobs. I do have JBA carriers on 13660 and even weaker 13780 as probably leapfrog mixing products, except by 1414, 13740 is off and 13660 is still there, which now could be only BBC Somali via UAE even tho it`s not significantly off-frequency. Something`s always wrong at RHC (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

** ITALY [and non]. 7290, May 20 at 1759, I`m checking IRRS via secret unknown site, via UTwente Holland SDR, whether today there be any breakups in modulation feed like there were on Monday during WORLD OF RADIO. “Aïda“ theme is already playing, VG signal and not too much ACI either, 1800 IRRS sign-on from “Milano“ without any frequency or mode details, right into `Feature Story News`, not just headlines but 5 minutes` worth leading with Pompeo vs China; 1805 into `News in Brief from the United Nations`, which also seems current; 1809 to music, folk/rock ballad in English followed by a song in Chinese(?). 1819 starts `Astronomy Cast`, W&M informally chatting, first 4 minutes about how they are coping with COVID-19, then not about astronomy but satellite repair in orbit and other space travel, not the same thing. So far so good, no interruptions, until 1845 dumps off to dead air except for the ute-warble background and ACI splat presumably from 7280 VOV German as there is nothing on first-adjacents 7285 or 7295. I let it run whether it will ever resume by 1900*? Yes, but not until 1857 when rock music fill is playing, 1859 standard sign off with another opera tune, chopped off at 1900* before it finish.

594 kHz, May 20 at 1837, meanwhile, I check for the publicized IRRS MW frequency during this hour only, and indeed there it is with same unsynchronized show plus some humbuzz via KiwiSDR near Venezia. 594 is 1 kW Challenger Radio from Villa Estense, which is only 60 km = 37 miles away on opposite sides of Padova.

Meanwhile, `Astronomy Cast` is news to us since NEXUS/IBA schedule

https://www.nexus.org/member-services/radio-and-tv/schedules/wednesday-program-schedule/ for Wednesday merely shows in MESZ of UT+2:

“20:00 Streaming + 7290+594 kHz English EGR Hope For Today
20:15 Streaming + 7290+594 kHz English News and features from our studio“

So there was no Hope for Today, and generic info for 1815z could include what we heard, but is it on every week? Here it is: http://www.astronomycast.com/about-us/ It looks like this be episode #567 from a month(?) ago: http://www.astronomycast.com/2020/04/ep-567-when-satellites-need-a-house-call/ but the podcast with video starts as if already in progress, not where I heard it start on IRRS; it`s 61 minutes long originally (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

** SPAIN. 11940, May 19 at 2230, S9/+10, now this is the dead-air frequency of REE instead of 9690 which is VG; fair 12030 also modulating as is very poor 11670. 0015 May 20 recheck, 11940 still dead air. More than a sesquihour of wasted watts this time. Something`s always nonsensical at Noblejas (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

** TAIWAN. Re: “According to the announcement from RTI, the inaugural ceremony of the 15th President will be held in Taiwan on May 20. At 0200 UT President Ts’ai Ing Wan will make her 2nd inaugural speech. Broadcasting Corporation of China (BCC) will make special live broadcast of her speech to mainland China and South East Asia, on 1557, 9660, 11880, 12020, 15245, 15310, 15460 kHz. Takahito Akabayashi, Tokyo, Japan“, 0023 UT May 20, WOR iog.

Just after 0200 May 20, woman speaking Chinese to applause, all SW frequencies audible via Jakarta KiwiSDR, 15310 best. No sign of QRM/jamming on any of them! Shenzhen SDR offline… Only traces of some of them audible via Bengaluru. Still going loud & clear past 0218 as I stay on 15310 (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR) However:

“Using the U. Twente SDR receiver, could detect woman in Chinese on 12020 and 15460 kHz. 12020 was the better of the two and then at about 0209, the noise jamming started on 12020 swamping the signal. Noise jamming could be detected on some other frequencies, too, but not on 15460, which was still in the clear and audible but fairly weak at 0216. Still recording. After about 0230, there seemed to be two Chinese stations on 15460. Taiwan had a frequency of 15459.994 kHz while alone on the frequency with the second one (CNR jamming?) a bit stronger at 15459.999 kHz. — Richard Langley“ NB, WOR iog.

** TURKEY [and non]. 9830, May 19 at 2226, VOT English is on with music, but buried under heavy high-speed RTTY from cochannel NSS. ANF feature on R75 helps a lot; Recheck 2255, IS is playing, 2256 restart with German IDs interspersed twice minutely; 2300 German sign-on vs RTTY *still* going rather than sometimes finished by 2200. Not rechecked until 2323 by when phantom German from VOT is off. This collision has been going on A-seasons for years. It`s incredible that VOT doesn`t know or doesn`t care to change to any of numerous open frequencies on the band. Don`t they ever get reception reports from listeners complaining? Is there no internal communication between Letterbox and TRT Engineering? Don`t they read my monitoring? Ha!

Likewise NSS: it should not still be utilitizing [coinage, not a mistake] a broadcast band, but is the QRM from TRT insignificant, its RTTY so robust that AM CCI does not matter? Or is it just robotic with nomilitary really trying to receive it? (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

** U S A. WORLD OF RADIO 2034 monitoring, next:
2100 UT Wednesday WBCQ 7490v to WSW
0100 UT Thursday WRMI 7780 to NE

Full schedule including AM, FM, webcasts, satellite, podcasts: http://www.worldofradio.com/radioskd.html

Thanks this week for financial support from Chris Campbell, Columbus OH, who sent a contribution via PayPal to woradio at yahoo.com with this comment: “For your long and excellent dedication to a hobby that has expanded my knowledge for a lifetime“

PsyPal not necessarily US funds as they will convert. One may also contribute by MO or check in US funds on a US bank to: Glenn Hauser, P O Box 1684, Enid OK 73702.

Next WOR 2035 should be ready by early UT Friday May 22 (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

** U S A. 9395, May 19 at 1857, WRMI-6 is missing from 24-hour schedule; obviously because 9455 is still on as usual. 9395 still off at 2228 check; and at 0011 May 20 — this time I confirm that all other active WRMI transmitters are on as usual, at widely divergent modulation levels and strengths to this angle. Except 5800 S9+10/20 of dead air instead of SMTV. Finally at 0224 May 20 check, 9395 is back on with music, Oldies? No, Taiwan in Spanish scheduled (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

** U S A. 5130, UT Wed May 20 at 0101, no signal from this WBCQ where W5KUB`s Amateur Radio Roundtable is supposed to run; but it`s on poorly in noise at 0108 check.

6159.967V, UT Wed May 20 at 0101, this WBCQ is back on for Hal Turner, with het from Iramadan closer to 6160.00; also // 7490.1 and WRMI on 9455 for his hatetalk (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

** U S A. 5085, UT Wed May 20 at 0107, WTWW-2 with rock music instead of competing QSO ham show (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

** U S A. 17775-, May 19 at 1957, still no signal from KVOH, which Ray Robinson hoped would be back on air by this Tuesday. The March 8 program grid if still correct shows M-F Spanish closing times as 1905* on Monday, 2100* on Tuesday & Thursday, 1900* on Wednesday and Friday; English on Saturday until 2000*.

Wed May 20 at 1400 nominal Spanish s/on, no 17775 signal. 1659, maybe trace of JJBBA carrier here despite some HF Es between us, but absolutely no signal at Miami SDR. 1757 no signal here nor there (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

This report dispatched at 1931 UT May 20

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