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Glenn Hauser logs October 19-20, 2020

** BRAZIL. 6165-6195, Oct 20 at 0235, RNA is overmodulated, distorted and splattering over 30 kHz range surrounding 6180, especially QRMing 6185- MEXICO which is relatively weak and undermodulated for starters. On a good day, however, 6180 does not QRM it. // 11780 if on is but a JBA carrier now (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

** CUBA. 5025, Oct 20 at 0230, R. Rebelde is S9+20 but music suptorted = suppressed modulation and also distorted. Something`s always wrong at RadioCuba (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

** JAPAN [non]. 6105, Oct 20 at 0252, NHK Warudo Radio Japan with `Clair de Lune` [Koreru de Runo?] on piano, very nice classical music among their diversity in Japanese to America, where I understand English is the primary language which they canceled years ago; VG signal but slightly distorted, via FRANCE, and destined to prolong into B-20 at 0200-0400. 0300 chime timesignal and news (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

** U S A. WORLD OF RADIO 2056 monitoring: confirmed UT Tuesday October 20 at 0100 on WRMI 7780, S9+10 into UTwente but JBA carrier here at 0118 check: so back to normal. Broke down on Oct 17, but Richard Langley found WRMI-1 back on air Oct 19 at 1955.

Also confirmed UT Tue Oct 20 at 0330 on WRMI 5800, S9+15 to Bonaire SDR and also good to here. Next:

2100 UT Wednesday WBCQ 7490v to WSW
2200 UT Wednesday WRMI 9955 [jammed?] to SSE [NEW] 0100 UT Thursday WRMI 7780 to NE

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** U S A. 9385, Oct 20 at 0237, again no signal from WEWN English, while 5970 Spanish is OK. The WRMIs 9395, 9455 and 9955 are very weak now, so maybe propagation, but 9330 WBCQ is blasting in WLCR and splashing considerably around (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

** U S A. 7505, Oct 20 at 0239, WRNO is JBA rather than VG as it can be and has been: so propagation or operation? (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

** U S A [and non]. I`m trying out the temporary until Oct 25 KiwiSDR that Bill Whitacre has set up in Lubec, which is on the coast in the SE corner of Maine, a hot spot for trans-Atlantic MW DX. There is *too much*, audio almost every 9 kHz; where are the JBA carriers I can sweep across in only 5 minutes? Contrary to KiwiSDR boilerplate, this one does not work on Firefox, but does work on IE. I find it already set up at 9 kHz intervals, which can be toggled to 10; but above 1600 it switches to 5-kHz steps, strange. I`m not counting countries from here or anywhere, so some assumptions without consequences follow, but open to revision. LSS at Lubec today: 2135 UT, so the DX should have been in a lot earlier. This is off-and-on for less than a sesquihour, Oct 19 from 2103, in chrono order, reference WRTH listings, u.o.s.:

1521, at 2103 the first thing I check for is the 2-megawatt Riyadh program via Duba, NW corner of SAUDI ARABIA, and there it is in Arabic, S5-S7. Now closes circa 2230, so tough to get into deep North America; when it ran all-night, at least a het against 1520 KOKC was common. But at midwinter I even had it, I think, around local noon, as reported at that time.

1512, at 2118, Arabic from the other SAUDI ARABIA, only one megawatt from Jeddah, Qur`an program via Khumra site, somewhat east of Mecca.

1503, at 2119, Castilian; 2130 characteristic half-hour time signal from SPAIN and RNE ID: Radio 5 has only two outlets, 5 and 2 kW.

1467, at 2131, ME music and Arabic, S9+5, presumably TWR Monaco via megawatt Roumoules, FRANCE, but no language details in WRTH. A 50 kW Sa`udi is also on 1467.

1450, at 2131, as I am tuning past 1449, can`t miss an ID for “CFAB 1450 AM“ which is U1 1/1 kW Windsor, Nova Scotia, in the centre between Dartmouth and Wolfville, CANADA.

1413, at 2132, Castilian: RNE Radio 5, SPAIN, has 3 outlets, 5, 10, 20 kW.

1377, at 2133, intriguing low-audible-het between weak carriers. Major signal should be the megawatt TWR in ARMENIA at .0002. Only likely offals are two 50 kW from IRAN on .914 and .97, mwoffsets

1314, at 2135, Castilian among the CCI: again from SPAIN, three of RNE Radio 5 at 20, 10 and 10 kW.

1305, at 2136, good signal in Castilian: SPAIN, four x RNE Radio 5 of 20, 20, 10 and 25 kW. I often have JBA carrier(s) here direct.

531 // 549, at 2139, pop music, no doubt JIL FM, ALGERIA. 600 kW each, common carriers over here.

1530, at 2157, I`m standing by to hear even a trace of Yankee Doodle,
from the VOA Pinheira, SAO TOME 2200 sign-off, as often recommended by Mark Connelly, but no luck. However, a jumble of weak signals is suddenly eclipsed by one station from *2159, ID as WVBF and on FM 99.7, AC (780) phone fits for Boston-suburban area ring as this is from Middleborough Center, Massachusetts; and into reading anti-Trump editorial from Bloomberg News. The trouble is, 2200 UT is FCC October local sunset for WVBF [November: 2130] when it is supposed to drop from 940 watts ND critical hours to FOUR WATTS NIGHT power. Day power is 5 kW, both direxional broadly toward the northeast, i.e. Lubec. Instead they have powered *up*! Anyhow, seems like an interesting station, per NRC AM Log, “Hometown Talk Radio“, address in Taunton MA.

1530, at 2200, also has a 6-pip timesignal, very unlikely from any North American station; probably one of two 15-kW from ROMANIA, otherwise 3 kW from MADEIRA. In fact at 2219 recheck, Romanian conversation, not Portuguese.

1188, at 2220, strumming at S7, “Payam“ ID in passing, i.e. 300 kW from Tehran, IRAN; and not the only other possibility, 400 kW Hungary

1179, at 2224, Castilian announcement, thought they mentioned “Cadena EFE“, but listed as Cadena SER, two in Iberia, one in Canarias. SER could have been referring to the related? news agency EFE. Also another language mixing, probably ROMANIA, 400 kW.

1458, at 2223, song, maybe ROMANIA, 100 kW strongest on frequency. Both Actualitatsi program but unseem //,

If one had the time, one could employ this device for more challenging DX, even in Lubec terms, let alone deep North America, from further into AfroAsia. OTOH, one could do the same via numerous less temporary SDRs in Eurafrica. OTOOH, Bill will probably activate it again sometimes. Anyhow it`s notable how much MWDX can easily make it into our Atlantic Northeast (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

** VENEZUELA. 6905.80?-RCUSB, Oct 20 at 0328, LV del Tigre relay by ROCV has considerable reduced carrier by offtuning, but hardly any modulation; frequency seems to have varied slightly as I try to pinpoint it. Enough carrier to register at TWR Bonaire KiwiSDR in SAM mode with carrier offset displaying -44v Hz from 6906.00, = 6905.956 (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

This report dispatched at 0432 UT October 20

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