** ALGERIA [non]. 9620, June 28 at 0607, RTA Qur`an is S9 but with rapid beepery, this frequency the lucky one drawing the defective Issoudun, FRANCE transmitter (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)
** CHINA. CNR1 jammer survey, June 28 at 1334-1345, lots of them: 13530; 13160 & 13070 & 12820 all S7-S9; 12190 JBA; 14550 Open carrier, else?; 14850 S7-S9; 14980 S9/+10 and only one with a fast SAH implying other signal SOH being jammed; 15110 strangely a JBA carrier only today, maybe VOA not jammed? 11460, 11440, 11170, 11150 JBA; 11120 S4-S6; 10920 & 10820 (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)
** NETHERLANDS [non]. 9900, UT Sun June 28 at 0005, The Mighty [Farty] KBC found here with S9+20 VG signal presumably still via Nauen, GERMANY, since it`s missing from scheduled 9925! Mistake? No word of any planned QSY nor any need for it. Notified WOR iog immediately and a couple thanked me for the tip. Back on 9925 next week? (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)
** NORTH AMERICA [and non]. Another reply from Texas Radio Shortwave June 26:
“Ahoy Matey Glenn – There weren’t any ships to raid and burn to the waterline last night so Cap’n Ric was catching up with your logs on the W4UVH website. (Actually, Cap’n can’t read so Third Mate Susan was reading the best parts to him, you know, the mentions of TRSW.).
He was as pleased as pirate “punch” (i.e. rum) to see TRSW’s Roy Orbison tribute eQSL on the site. Third Mate Susan downloaded WOR2040 to give Cap’n something to listen to while her voice recovers. Now we know why you sometimes sound hoarse on the programs.
First Mate Mr. Turkey said TRSW may curtail broadcasts to NAm in favor of its monthly programming over Channel 292 in Germany. Or at least until the Fall-Winter holidays. TRSW has a growing listener base in Europe and a relatively fixed group of DX enthusiast listeners in NAm, so the thought is to concentrate on Europe. Right now, based on listeners’ feedback, TRSW programs music about Texas and lesser-known songs by Texas artists.
Second Mate Mr. Bunny sent his regards and seven already-issued TRSW pirate trading cards. The remaining three cards will be released later this year. Enjoy and collect ‘em all. [were attached]
73 and Arrgghh.
P.S. When raiding ships, Crew wears protective masks and practices social distancing.
Always be yourself. Unless you can be a pirate. Then always be a pirate.
Texas Radio Shortwave Sailing to your ears from the Lone Star State“ (via Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)
** TURKEY. 9830, June 27 at 2202 check, VOT is on today but poorly audible (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)
** UKOGBANI. 9410, UT Sun June 28 at 0604, BBCWS news mentions that Andrew Jackson was US president 1855-1859!? Really 1829-1837. Followed at 0606 by one of their COVID-19 programmmes, but ID as BBC OS. What means that? “OS Conversation“: https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/w3ct0vzd Barely sufficient reception, this bihour via USAGM SAO TOME, as BBC continues to ignore North American SWLs (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)
** U S A. Received a detailed reply, if not explicit QSL from anonymous Broadcast Manager at MARS to my June 26-27 monitoring of 11121-USB and 7324-USB fortnightly broadcasts. Here I will just post the “red“ reply portions:
“Glenn: Thank you for your reception report. I am going to insert comments below in red. The red is only for ease of identification and infer no other meaning. Broadcast Manager
Subject: 7324 and 11121 broadcasts monitored in Oklahoma
[11121-USB, Friday June 26 at 2300:]
“This broadcast was from Northern Virginia just southwest of the DC metroplex.“
[7324-USB, UT Sat June 27 at 0100:]
“This broadcast was transmitted from central Kentucky. The DoD and NATO standard for HF broadcasts is Upper Sideband regardless of frequency. USB applies to both voice and digital modes. (The arbitrary convention adopted by amateur radio worldwide of using Lower Sideband below 14 MHz is simply a convention with no reason based on science.)
Regarding the use of 7325 kHz, there was no interference 500 Hz below the center of the channel when we began using the channel. We have requested a small move of that channel based on long-term SDR logging of nearby activity. The change process is not simple. Because it is a DoD frequency it has to be coordinated up thru the Air Force and DoD. When DoD approves they make a request to The National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) in the Department of Commerce for frequency coordination.
Here is a graphic of the complex spectrum management workload at NTIA.
So, as you see, when a country decides to start transmitting on an interfering frequency it is not easily solved overnight.“
“The broadcasts are transmitted by the Air Force MARS Military Support Network which uses the on-air callsign of MARSCOMM. We do not transmit the callsign of the transmitting station in accordance with DoD directives regarding protecting Personally Identifiable Information (PII).“
“At 0100 we had simultaneous broadcasts on 11121 from Nevada and 7324 from South Dakota. Both of those stations are always very strong. From Oklahoma I copied both stations Loud & Clear on two different channels on an ICOM IC-7610.“
“At 0120 there was a single broadcast on 7324 from South Dakota. It too was Loud & Clear at all reporting stations.“
“Thank you for your signal report. We hope to hear from you again in the future. MARSCOMM Broadcast Manager“ (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)
** U S A. 28236.5-CW, June 27 at 2140, 10-meter beacon activity lacking any 3-meter FMDX, long message with ID finally copied as W0KIG/B, and –DO, but had to be this, missed a dit making it -Z instead of -G, from WJ5O roster:
“28.2365 WØKIZ C DENVER, COLORADO # 5W, 1/2 VERTICAL“
i.e. from https://www.qrz.com/lookup/w0kiz
“W0KIZ USA flag USA, ROBERT E GOLD, CASTLE ROCK, CO 80104 USA QSL: CORRECT ZIP CODE 80108 — The second picture is my 10 meter beacon on 28.2365 mhz running about 9 watts with 5 watts to the antenna on my barn. The 5763 final tube is approaching 80,000 hours of continuous operation. Yes, properly designed equipment with the correct voltages running ccs operation can last as long as solid state. This beacon is never disconnected for lightning.“
At this time there was lots of activity on 10m, non-beacon CW at bandbottom, phone USB above 28.3; also lots on 11m CB. WWV in well on 25000, correlating with short-skip beacon also from CO, under 500 miles.
Yet even when this happen, find near/zero activity on 12 or 15 m. I look for any on the latter and do find one:
21363-USB, June 27 at 2200, YL K5RZA, YL participating in Field Day with quick QSOs:
“K5RZA DEBORAH S BOWEN, P O Box 2856, Fredericksburg, TX 78624 USA“
BTW, UT Sun June 28 circa 0600, 40m is crammed with LSB Fieldayers — nighters? (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)
** U S A [and non]. WORLD OF RADIO 2040 monitoring: the Sat June 27 at 1930v UT on WA0RCR, 1860-AM, Wentzville MO, I try to hear circa 1955 via closest remotes to there in IL, IN, IA, but no signal reaching them in summer daytime. May well be on anyway.
Confirmed UT Sun June 28 at 0300 on WRMI 5800, VG via TWR Bonaire SDR
Confirmed UT Sun June 28 starting at 0324 on WA0RCR, 1860-AM, MO, fair-good. Next:
0130 UT Monday WRMI 7780 to NE
0230 UT Monday WRMI 7780 to NE
0300vUT Monday WBCQ 5130v Area 51 or 6160v to WSW
0330 UT Monday WRMI 9955 [jammed?] to SSE
0900 UT Monday Unique Radio NSW 3210-USB
1800vUT Monday IRRS 7290 Bulgaria to WNW, 594-Italy
0100 UT Tuesday WRMI 7780 to NE
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 Gerald T. Pollard, Raleigh NC, who sends a generous quarterly contribution marking Solstices & Equinoxes, by check in US funds on a US bank to Glenn Hauser, P O Box 1684, Enid OK 73702
One may also contribute via PayPal to woradio at yahoo.com PayPal not necessarily in US funds as they will convert. (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)
** U S A. 5085, UT Sun June 28 at 0024-0053, WTWW-2 with Theater Organ [NOT] in the Ozarx, Bob Heil presenting guest performances from elsewhere, as I listen instead to $tereo webcast; time always varies if at all.
(5850), UT Sun June 28 at 0100-0159, `Encore` classical music via WRMI, I can`t get on webcast, but VG SW reception via one of the numerous Rochester NY KiwiSDRs; to repeat 25 hours later on 9455 (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)
UNIDENTIFIED. 28218, June 28 at 1451, two beacons near here, and another, a W1, at 28290, but none so listed, and no time to pursue. a lot later I got WJ5O himself again from AL, so 28289.3 (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)
Many thanks to John Carver, Bringhurst IN, for a generous contribution to P O Box 1684, Enid OK 73702, with this touching hand-printed note sent June 23:
“Glenn, Finally got my plague check and am sharing a portion with you just as you have shared DX tips and your radio knowledge with me and everyone else for all these years ever since I subscribed to the print edition of RIB. As I recall, I answered an ad in the WRTH. I have been proud to contribute a few news items to you and hope to do so again in the future. Have not been able to contact my computer guy as of yet. Really miss the WOR group and the other mailing lists as my only source of information now is the WOR radio program. Feel very isolated and alone here. Been ill a couple of times and am going through a spell of physical problems, and my eyes are getting worse. Hope you`re doing well. Thanks, man. John“
When you can finally read this, John, we all wish you the best! (gh)
This report despatched at 1939 UT June 28