** ALBANIA [non]. 5850, Jan 14 at 2302, R. Tirana via WRMI, news in English, OM caster has a distinctive sing-song tonality. 2309 on to mailbag with YL host, first from Richard Novak who reported this transmission in September; then someone else from October, 5850 at 2300-2329 specifically mentioned. Also plans for Xmas programming, so this may be a very old playback; I had not noticed any news items which could be outdated or not. Explaining how Albanians are not so much into celebrating Xmas like western Europeans, after years of Commie suppression — and Orthodoxy, Islam? 2316 on to a song.
The thing is, I was not aware of this broadcast, and neither is the WRMI skedgrid for System H which is blank 7 days a week during this slot! Yet apparently listeners have been running across it for months. 5850 is not in WRTH 2021 either, but other WRMI relays including 2230 on 7780 most days of the week, which I have been hearing. At 2300 too much else is going on, such as Spain and Turkey in English, and for me, BBC World News America on PBS/OETA.
This was like-a-local on the caradio since it`s aimed right at us; we were on the way back from an out-of-town appointment to get our Moderna vaccination #1. BTW within a few blox of the US 81 joint antenna site inside Enid of LPFMs on 94.3 and 99.9, we got heavy FM QRM to 5850 — just overload, or does their separation of 5.6 MHz have something to do with that? (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)
** CANADA. 376-MCW kHz, Jan 14 at 0725 UT, ND beacon dash and YAG, 40 watts from Fort Frances, Ontario. Last logged Nov 17, 2020 (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR) See USA for 3 more logs this session
** FRANCE [and non]. 5875-DRM, Jan 14 at 2330, I`m too busy to check another night for RFI test, but meanwhile ideas about it have come in to the WOR iog.
Alan Gale points out that a round-the-world yacht race is underway, and since TDF has previously broadcast SW specials for such races, this could be related, pure speculation.
This from Michel Fremy: “Radio France International in DRM. TDF performs irregular DRM broadcast tests during the month of January: from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on 7405 kHz; from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. on 9900 Khz; from 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. on 15285 kHz; from 3:05 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. on 9905 kHz and from 11 p.m. to midnight on 5875 kHz. These are data broadcasts mainly for tests of the DRMCAST system for ships.
The programs are broadcast by the Issoudun transmitter center (hours in UTC). These emissions were not recorded in the HFCC Winter database. Regular Radio France International [DRM] broadcasts continue 24 hours a day on 3965 kHz from Issoudun with 10 kW and an omnidirectional antenna.
Those times convert to 24h UT: 13-17 7405, 12-15 9900, 1430-1530 15285, 1505-1530 9905, 23-24 5875 — but as I have noted, the last one starts later, maybe 2330.
As for my remarx about DRM schedules on KiwiSDR players, Chris Mackerell, NZ replies:
Hi Glenn, “They” in this case is myself as the maintainer of the database that serves the schedules such as https://www.drmrx.org/drm-broadcasts-bargraph-display/ and that feed into the KiwiSDR network.
“They” get their information from reports on various mailing lists, in forums such as drmrx.org and “DRM Heard” KiwiSDR forum, and HFCC, plus my own monitoring. I have them in the database as TDF since that is what shows in the ID tag.
These TDF DRMcast tests have been heard on & off for several months and I assume they are just transmitter tests, as with the sporadic appearances by CNR on various odd frequencies, but I’ve had no response from TDF or RFI. 73 Chris“ Mackerell (Glenn Hauser, WORLD OF RADIO 2069)
** U S A. 257-MCW kHz, Jan 14 at 0712 UT, ND beacon JYR, which is 25 watts from eclipse-land, York, Nebraska. Last logged Nov 29, 2020.
269-MCW kHz, Jan 14 at 0714 UT, ND beacon BEX, which is 25 watts from Bloomfield, Iowa; I was tuned to 267-USB. Last logged a bimonth ago, Nov 12; all these not often heard.
426-MCW kHz, Jan 14 at 0732 UT, ND beacon IZS, 25 watts from Montezuma, Georgia. Last logged October 27 (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)
** U S A [and non]. WORLD OF RADIO 2068 monitoring: confirmed UT Thursday January 14 at 0130 on WRMI 5010 – only, no //s, S9/+10 VG to Bonaire SDR.
WORLD OF RADIO 2069 contents: Algeria non, Canada, China, Colombia,
Cyprus, Czechia non, Ethiopia non, France, Germany, India, Japan,
Korea South & North, Madagascar, Malaysia, Netherlands non, New
Zealand, Perú, Romania, Sudan, Taiwan non, Turkey, USA, Vanuatu,
Vatican, Venezuela; dating and DXing; and the propagation outlook
[egret a few upcuts of myvoice happening when in too big a hurry]
WOR 2069 is available as of 0054 UT Friday January 15, 2021
(mp3 stream) http://www.w4uvh.net/wor2069.m3u
(mp3 download) http://www.w4uvh.net/wor2069.mp3
Or via http://www.worldofradio.com/audiomid.html
Also linx to podcast services.
The shortwave broadcasts should be:
0130 UT Friday WRMI 5850 to NW, 7780 to NE
1300 UT Saturday WRMI 15770 to NE
2030vUT Saturday WA0RCR 1860-AM
2230 UT Saturday WRMI 9955 [jammed?] to SSE [new] 2300 UT Saturday WRMI 7780 to NE
0400vUT Sunday WA0RCR 1860-AM [nominal 0415; as late as 0500] 2300vUT Sunday WBCQ 6160v Area 51 to WSW
0030 UT Monday WRMI 7730 to WNW
0230 UT Monday WRMI 7780 to NE, 5800 to SSE
1900vUT Monday IRRS 7290 Bulgaria to WNW, 594-Italy
0330 UT Tuesday WRMI 5800 [to resume?] 2100 UT Wednesday WRMI 7780 to NE
2200 UT Wednesday WBCQ 7490v to WSW
2300 UT Wednesday WRMI 9955 [jammed?] to SSE
0130 UT Thursday WRMI 5010 to S
Full schedule including AM, FM, webcasts, satellite, podcasts: http://www.worldofradio.com/radioskd.html
Our non-commercial broadcasts and website depend on voluntary support: thanks this week to Brandon Jordan, TN, for a contribution via PayPal to woradio at yahoo.com and commenting: “Heya Glenn. Thanks for all you do for us SWDX’ers“
One may also contribute by MO or check in US$ on a US bank to Glenn Hauser, P O Box 1684, Enid OK 73702 USA.
First airing of WOR 2069 confirmed UT Friday January 15 at 0130 on WRMIs: 5850 VG S9+40 steady to Missouri SDR; and 7780, fair S7-S9 to UTwente SDR, Holland (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)
** VANUATU. 11835 & 7890, Jan 14 at 0733, JBA carriers from presumed R. Vanuatu, third and second harmonix of 3945, which has just been reactivated per Manuel Méndez; Ron Howard says they switched from 7260 to 3945 at 0600; no harmonix heard from the former, but why not? Maybe too high at night, 14520, but check it (Glenn Hauser, OK, WORLD OF RADIO 2069)
This report dispatched at 0553 UT January 15