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Glenn Hauser logs September 16-17, 2020

** ANTARCTICA. 15475.98-CUSB, Wed Sept 16 at 1551, no signal from LRA36 to Brasil remote, despite nominal weekly 14-16 UT schedule. Big RAE special in Spanish, German and English is planned for Saturday Sept 19 at 1500-2200, weather permitting (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

** CANADA. 395-MCW kHz, Sept 16 at 0624 UT, NDB dash and YL, which is 1600 watts from Lynn Lake, and which appears to be at the end of the road in NW Manitoba.

401-MCW kHz, Sept 16 at 0621 UT, ND beacon dash and YPO, which is 500 watts from Peawanuck, Ontario. Must be this but had copied as YWO, missing a dit (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

** COLOMBIA? 4940, Sept 16 before 2400 UT, anonymous missionary station is on with good signal into TWR Bonaire SDR, so since no one else is doing it, I try TDoA direxion-finding for the first time. I am not impressed, but maybe I am insufficiently expert in application. To get to it, find TDoA under extensions on the player. Get the map zoomed appropriately. Enter up to six SDRs to employ. Run it as each tries GPS for one minute. Then algorithm gets to work.

First try comes up with -10.50, -134.50, i.e. somewhere in the S Pacific; I think not. It seems I can`t use Bonaire itself since that one of the three SDRs for TDoA is “all busy“ including by me. Another try with Vilhena western Brasil participating, comes up with 12.40, -64.60 which is Caribbean between Grenada and Curacao; Getting warm??

Bogotá SDR is receiving a poor signal on 4940, so now I start from there, and can bring up three closest TWRs, Bonaire, Boa Vista and DR to do the TDoA. At 2350 these come up with 3.80, -65.60, which is Marahuaca National Park, Amazonas, in remote S Central Venezuela! This might be believable, not too far from Boa Vista, Brasil. But almost an hour later at 0045 UT Sept 16, I retry with exactly same parameters still entered, and this time it finds “most likely“ 18.60, -63.80 which is between BVI and Anguilla.

I`m afraid Timed-Delay-of-Arrival is so unreliable, self-contradictory, as to be useless. Anyhow, none of these tries came up with anywhere inside Colombia. For giggles, I finally enter some known frequencies as picked up in Bogotá: 5800 WRMI it places at 9.40, -70.80, in Trujillo, Venezuela! 9955 WRMI at 16.20, -71.00, asea south of DR (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

** CUBA. 15140, Sept 16 at 1428, RHC is S9+10 but extremely suptorted as usual, ruining the music of `Sonido Cubano`; // 15230 is only S5-S6, undermodulated but not distorted; // 13700 is loud and clear, lacking spurs. Something`s always wrong at RHC (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

** OKLAHOMA. RF 7, KOCO-TV “5“, Sept 16 at 2205 UT, surprised to find besides local news on 5-1, its only extra channel, 5-2 is running an acting-president Drumpf, Liar-in-Chief press conference apparently live, instead of MeTV which per onscreen guide is supposed to be in The Flintstones; o, if only! KOCO is Hearst-owned. Have not noticed them putting any other live or Breaking “news“ on 5-2 except for an extra hour-early local news at 9 pm CT, before 5-1 does so at 10 pm (Glenn Hauser, Enid, WOR)

** TURKEY. 9830, Wed Sept 16 at 2215, VOT and NSS RTTY add up to S9/+20, but already in music fill, no Letterbox; 2219 ID and more music. Cannot notch out the RTTY CCI, but I can notch out the VOT carrier itself. Something`s always awry at Ankara, i.e. in frequency management; and programming failures (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

** U S A. 395-MCW kHz, Sept 16 at 1421 UT, ND beacon CA, which is 25 watts from Newton – Harvs KS north of Wichita; still tuned here after YL from Manitoba 8 hours earlier; not then, but now there is very weak CCI, probably from ULS, 395, Ulysses in western KS (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

** U S A. WORLD OF RADIO 2051 monitoring: confirmed, JBA in HNL, Wed Sept 16 at 2127 the 2100 on WBCQ 7490v.

Also confirmed UT Thu Sept 17 at 0100 on WRMI 7780, fair at UTwente.

Next WOR 2052 should be ready by early UT Fri Sept 18 for first broadcast at 0130 on WRMIs 5850 & 5010 (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

UNIDENTIFIED. Trans-Atlantic JBA MW carrier search Sept 16 at 0614 UT: 621, 684, 711, 774(2), 837, 936, 1107, 1413, 1503 kHz (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

This report dispatched at 0151 UT September 17

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