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Glenn Hauser logs July 8-9, 2020

** BOLIVIA. 5935, July 8 at 2358, no trace of Radio Yura, and WWCR is not on yet. That idiot***, SHN in Denmark, had reported it active to HCDX from *2240 July 6 via remote in Brasil. Followed by Claudio Galaz in Chile: “5935. R. YURA. July 7. 0030-0054 UT. Woman talks and music. 24232, File: (Claudio Galaz, Receptor: TECSUN PL – 660; Antenna: Long Wire; QTH: Ovalle, Chile)“

It`s a 55 second clip, horrible reception, I can`t understand anything, let alone an ID, sounds distorted, and with buzz noise level.

***I would never be so rude as to call any fellow DXer an idiot, unless he has already called me one — for objecting to Cuban jamming including vs my own program (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

** BRAZIL. 9664.86v, July 8 at 2346, weak signal with Brazilian talk and hymn, “He Will Take Care of Me“, so RVM is active again and on the minus side of nominal 9665 instead of plus or doubleplus (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

** BRAZIL. 11780, July 8 at 2352, RNA is S7/S9+5 but seriously suptorted. // 6180 not distorted and about as strong but noisier (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

** CUBA [non]. Radio Martí is still on the air as usual July 9 at 0008, tho I can`t vouch for program content, 5980, 6030, 7335, 7365 and DRM 7345, all in well at TWR Bonaire and without any jamming audible there. “Informativa“, ha, checking since Kim Elliott posted this: “julio 07, 2020, Nota informativa sobre Radio Martí

La Oficina de Transmisiones a Cuba (OCB) anuncia un cambio temporal en la programación radial a partir de este 7 de julio. Radio Martí inició una programación especial para atender asuntos técnicos en nuestras instalaciones. Seguiremos brindando información a nuestros oyentes a pesar de estas medidas provisionales. Nuestro contenido de noticias y programas se mantendrá a disposición de nuestra audiencia en la isla a través de Televisión Martí, la página web y las redes sociales. Siempre contigo, Radio y Televisión Martí.“

How vague. Richard Langley asks, what about 1180? I don`t know how it normally makes it to Bonaire SDR, but at 0150 check, not // RM on SW, presumably only hearing the Rebelde jammer pileup, so maybe Marathon be off. No, the TWR Key West SDR is hearing them both at 0155 (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

** IRELAND [non]. 7290, July 8 at 1800, another anomaly check of IRRS, ITALY [non] via BULGARIA, via UTwente SDR: Aïda and quick sign-on, right into `Life Matters`, anti-abortion far-Christian show. But the Wednesday schedule on nexus-iba website claims instead `Hope for Today`, so it`s out of date, even more so still showing `War Room Pandemic` at 1700, cancelled a couple months ago (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

** NIGERIA [and non]. 11770, since it appeared earlier July 8 for the 0600 VON broadcast, I wonder if it be on for the scheduled evening transmissions, or instead one of the other channels? At 1907, no reception here. At 1930 I tune UTwente SDR, to find 7255 occupied by Türkish from CRI Kunming site, CHINA; 9690 occupied by SPAIN with no het; but something very weak about 11769.9 vs huge splash from 11775 CRI German via Kashgar, EAST TURKISTAN. Checking Kiwi SDRs, there are only two in the entire continent of Africa, both in RSA, and TWR one tuned has no reception on 11770. However, the closest S American one in Pernambuco does get a weak African signal on 11769.9 (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

** TURKEY. 9830, Wed July 8 at 2200, VOT English to North America is on today, and I`m listening via UTwente SDR where reception is VG after timesignal 2 seconds delayed as heard here, but there is a humwhine, continuous except for one brief break. Alan Roe had reported that the `Letterbox` had finally resumed after a long COVID-19 break, when he heard it on the real 1230 broadcast on 15450, but not the exact time, so I keep listening and note a bunch of different features before it, starting with news on a variety of subjects, and then: 2210 Turkish Press; 2212 Foreign Press; 2214 Turkey leads in aromatic plants; 2217 Today in History; 2219 Ephesus;

2222-2240 Letterbox program, “been a long time“. Usual announcer very informal and seemingly opening letters for the first time, from: Stu Forsyth in NZ; China; Stefan Korona, Sweden; Pakistan; UAE-Sharjah; Moscow; Pakistan; UK; Japan; Brasil; Montgomery/Chicago? USA; Brasil; Malaysia. “Next L`box in a week, goodbye.“ I did not check 9830 for direct reception here until 2246, when I found it poor S6-S9 with music.

As Alan Roe outpoints, “It seems that some normality is returning to the English service of Voice of Turkey. The programme today (Wednesday 8 July) heard at 1230 UT on 15450 kHz included the first edition of the Letterbox Programme for many weeks. The announcer acknowledged that this was the first edition following the impact of the global coronavirus pandemic in Turkey. I had heard Letterbox on Wednesdays back in February, so it looks like this is the confirmed day for the programme. I still need to confirm, however, whether or not Letterbox is repeated in its old slot on Saturdays. Alan Roe, Teddington, UK“ (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

** U S A. Sporadic E MUFs easily exceed 28 MHz around the continent, but not 88 MHz, so I settle again for these 10m hambeacons, July 8 at 2057-2114, 60% relogs, info from WJ5O roster, not exactly measured here but seem correct. For the two new ones, adding info. I often have to listen to many repeats to get a definite ID as they tend to fade out during it; and do not spend even more time to try to copy the whole spiels:

28281, July 8 at 2057, DE W8EH, i.e.: “28.281 W8EH C MIDDLETOWN OHIO # 8W, GP VERTICAL“

28284.8, July 8 at 2058, VVV N9TNY/B, i.e. “28.2848 N9TNY C GENEVA, ILLINOIS # 5W VERTICAL New 21 May 2020“

28298.3, July 8 at 2059, VVV VVV DE WC5W/B, i.e. “28.2983 WC5W C MACY, INDIANA # 5W, VERTICAL NEW 16 June 2020“ “WC5W USA flag USA DWIGHT HAMMOND, MACY, IN 46951“

29254.5, July 8 at 2103, VVV VVV DE K4JEE/B, i.e.: “28.2545 K4JEE C LOUISVILLE, KENTUCKY # 5W, VERTICAL New 6 Nov 11“ I had a hard time copying the EE, two little dits, but this fits.
“K4JEE USA flag USA, RONALD G LARDNER, LOUISVILLE, KY 40216. As of Nov.7th 2011 I put up a 10 meter beacon. Using a ID-O-MATIC at 15 WPM.
The frequency is 28.254.5. Rig is a Radio Shack HTX-100 running 25 watts. Antenna is cushcraft 10 meter vertical at about 35 feet. If you would like a QSL no S.A.S.E. is necessary State side but I do require one out of the U.S.A. Time and date and signal of beacon as well as the frequency. Thank You And 73’s Ron“

28297, July 8 at 2112, dits and DE NS9RC, i.e.:
May 17“ (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

** U S A. WORLD OF RADIO 2041 monitoring: confirmed Wed July 8 from 2100:21 on WBCQ 7490.03, JBA here; at 2125 check, fair at Alexandria SDR, better at Rochester.

Also confirmed UT Thu July 9 at 0100 on WRMI 7780, VG at UTwente SDR where it`s aimed. Hellooo to all our listners at 2, 3 or 4 am in Europe. Next WOR 2042 should be ready by early UT Friday July 10 (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

** U S A. 12050, July 8 at 2355, R Católica Mundial QSY announcement to 5970 and Salve Regina IS chant; 5970 is up with same by 2359. But they could overlap, admittedly two different transmitters. What about:

WEWN English, however, still absent from 15610 in the afternoon, and from 9385 at 0129 July 9 check: just as well, since it`s within one of my local noise blobs. Does anyone know what the problem is or whether they have given up on English after drastically reducing it months ago from the original 24/7? (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

This report despatched at 0216 UT July 9

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