** ANTARCTICA. 15475.98-CUSB, Sat July 25 at 1636 tune-in via Brasil SDR, another LRA36 special is already early on the air again, asserting “este es el ritmo de mi tierra“, but I seriously doubt it be genuine traditional Antarctican music. Manuel Méndez, Spain was hearing it already at 1624. Music with occasional IDs, such as 1650 plugging the regular Wednesday broadcast.
1700 officially starting the special, ID in Spanish, says English will be included. 1703 mentions using rhombic antenna but nothing about its heading, surely not due south. 1708 music; 1710 chat with Adrián Korol, head of RAE in Bs. As. BUT 1715 dumps off the air. I keep listening hopefully to the noise. 1738 back on discussing pandemia problems; 1743 ID as special RAE produxion for LRA36, and playing old “cortina“ = theme for DX program. 1749 I think they say this is running only 1 kW, and e-mail address. 1750 “llegando al final“ of the RAE/RNASG special between Korol and Fernando Farías, host of both the Spanish and English RAE Argentina To The World programs, and English to follow; music. 1756 plug again `Corazón Antártico` Wednesday show; more music past 1804 and no English yet. 1806 another C.A. plug, more songs.
1822, English segment finally starts, by Fernando Farías intro as on 15476-USB, excited to be doing this 30-minute special on RAE sister station LRA36; 1826 e-mail address; plus Arnaldo Slaen`s classic DX segment, formerly done by Gabriel Iván Barrera; song about Juana Jujuy who in the war for independence was promoted to general, which serves as background music to the DX segment, 1834 outro as sung by the late Mercedes Sosa. 1835 that RAE broadcasts in 8 languages, on website, YouTube (but no mention now of WRMI); QSLRAE@gmailcom but not for this. Rating S4-S5 on the KiwiSDR but quite readable. All the language announcers are not in the studio, an historic building locked down, but working from home. Email for this: firstname.lastname@example.org — glad he spelt trana to be sure.
Since Antarctica is free of coronavirus, School #38 for Esperanza kids is still open, the only Argentine one. 1845 plays Waldo de los Rios song for DXers; it was RAE ATTW opening theme for many years. 1849 program is available on Radio Nacional website. 8-language service is only weekly due to CV and aired M-F. 1850 coming to the end of this special. Now mentions RAE being on Miami Radio International, 5800 (but will this Antarctic show air there too?). 1852, thanks to everybody at Esperanza Base; 1854, “all the best, ciao“. And more and more songs past 1942, few announcements but something unreadable at 1908 (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)
** CHINA. CNR1 jammer survey July 25 from 1322; many JBA but a few sufficiently audible: none higher than: 13530; 13020; 12870 S5-S8 choppy; 12820; 12795 best S7-S9 also choppy; 12550 S3-S5; 12500 JBAC but with 2-way SSB QRM offset; 12190; 11460; 11440; 11150; 11120; 11100; 11070; 10960; 10920; 10870; none in the lower 9s (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)
** KOREA SOUTH. 9100, this week`s jumparound frequency, July 25 at 1342, Echo of Hope, S5-S7 in OM Amerenglish news about conflict along the Turko-Syria border involving the PKK; alternating with YL in Korean; presumably olds as language lesson (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)
** TURKEY. 9830, July 24 at 2157, VOT already in programming, not just IS & ID prélude, English about Turkey, maybe opening schedule. VP signal seems slightly offset+plus; as always I have to cope with a local birdie, but at least no NSS RTTY QRM today. By 2200 is off? Or break or weakening. No, by 2207 I`m on UTwente instead with a good signal, AM synch readout as 9830.021v, and annoying squeal in the modulation which seems always to infect it now. This early it`s not the news but some historical feature, 2208 outro as `This Day in History`, and on to next unID feature. So it seems they are running several minutes fast/early; clock-on-the-wall needs resetting? 2230 and 2251 chex, still squealing with music; I thought they might be signing off early too, but now back in synch, 2255 YL sign off falsely claiming this has been the 1230 broadcast on 15450, 2256 IS and one German ID, but cut off at 2257:20* before spurious German hour can commence today. Something`s always erroneous at Emirler, awry at Ankara (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)
** U S A. 28289.3-CW, July 25 at 1504, only beacon making it, barely, is WJ5O/B, i.e. proprietor of the beacon reference himself: “28.2893 WJ5O C TROY ALABAMA # 2W VERTICAL New Frequency 25 Jan 14“ DXMaps.com, run by a ham in Spain, shows some North American sporadic E MUFs occasionally spiking above 88 MHz, typically not worth attempting FMDXing here (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)
** U S A [and non]. WORLD OF RADIO 2044 monitoring: confirmed first WRMI broadcast, Friday July 24 at 2200 on WRMI, 9955, poor S6-S8 here but no jamming; only fair at TWR Bonaire SDR.
Also confirmed UT Sat July 25 at 0130 on WRMIs trimulcast: after 0129 double ID on 7780, VP and equally VP on 5010, but VG S9+20/30 on 5850 aimed thisaway; Remotes checked circa 0135: 5010 VG at Bonaire; 7780 unusually VP at UTwente but VG at Maine.
Also confirmed Sat July 25 at 1305 the 1300 on WRMI 15770, JBA here to the NW like 7780 at night, but presumably much better to the NE.
Has anyone found any of our 2044 podcasts cutting off after 20 minutes? We`ve had a complaint that this one does, also confirmed by my non-Canadian check:
Our podcast manager, Keith Weston has just replied:
“Glenn, Thanks for being in touch. I’ve fixed the file so that it should play back appropriate. It may take iTunes/Apple a day or so to become aware of the change. And, yes, it’s listed at Apple Podcast, and it`s replicated at dozens if not thousands of services that use Apple or Google as templates for their own feeds. It’s in the wild, as they say. Best, – Keith Weston https://keithweston.com“ Next:
1930vUT Saturday WA0RCR 1860-AM
0300vUT Sunday WA0RCR 1860-AM [nominal 0315; as late as 0400] 0300 UT Sunday WRMI 5800 to SSE
0700 UT Sunday Unique Radio NSW 3210-USB
0030 UT Monday WRMI 7730 to WNW
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 to SSE [jammed?] 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
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** U S A. Area 51 and WBCQ 7490 webcasts, UT Sat July 25 at 0001 both playing William Tell Overture theme to AAAWWW. Angela is tropically dressed tonight, but they are back in Maine where air conditioning is not really necessary, since the AC in the studio broke years ago; they do have a fan? to cool the equipment. Angela does not like AC anyway as unhealthy.
Allan soon answers my question about why WBCQ-6 is missing from 9330 so much: has been off 6-7 hours in the daytime while riggers and crew have been working to replace supports for transmission lines; in winter winds they had been too loose allowing the lines to short out. Checking Rochester remote, 6160 & 5130 also on now but not synchronized. 0058 recheck, in benedixion, and 7490 on to Hal Turner precisely joined at 0100.
It seemed other frequencies were not on earlier during 23 UT hour, but checked direct at 0101, 6160- and 7490+ about equally good levels with HT while 5130 is in sign-off classical music I am trying to remember what it be. However, at 0104, 5130 joins HT, also // 9455 WRMI. But 0134 recheck, 5130 is off.
9330, July 25 at 1341 is off again, but had been on at night (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)
** U S A. 17775-, Sat July 25 after 1500, JBA carrier? from KVOH here; 1541 checking TWR remotes in Bonaire and noisy DR, definitely JBA carriers, so seems that `Wavescan` at 1500 was going nowhere, even if were modulating unlike yesterday (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)
** U S A. 1090, July 26 at 0600 UT, KAAY Little Rock ID as a Cumulus station but again no dead air, just filling with a PSA string; nulling it hears somethings but can`t tell if XEAU, and nothing in Chinese, but heads up on the WOR iog:
“Glenn, for your monitoring of activity on 1090: If you hear Chinese programming, it would be coming from KULF in Bellville, Texas, targeting the Houston market. Although a daytimer, it has been recently noted operating at night, though I haven’t checked the past few days. Directional pattern towards the Gulf, but some RF may escape elsewhere. The Chinese programming has been said to originate with some CRI related entity, but I have been unable to verify this. Stephen Luce, Houston, Texas“ (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)
UNIDENTIFIED. Correct date for the JBA TP MW carrier search at 1122-1130 was July 24, not 23 (gh)
UNIDENTIFIED. 12543-USB, July 25 at 1328, 2-way in Spanish, OM mentions puta and much weaker answeress sounds feminine (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)
This report dispatched at 1942 UT July 25