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Glenn Hauser logs August 29-30, 2021

** CANADA. 15034-USB, Aug 30 at 1447, no signal from CHR Trenton Military VOLMET; nor on numerous other random daytime chex, tho still active on 6754-USB night channel. Propagation has been pitiful, but now I *am* getting 14670-RCUSB, CHU (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

** CUBA. 13700, Aug 30 at 1445, S6/S9 dead air from RHC; meanwhile, modulating to various degrees on 15230, 15140, 11760, 9710, 9535, and by 1450 also resumed on 13700. Meanwhile, no spurblobs out of that now, nor for quite a while, last caught on July 8 at +/- 62 kHz, etc.; surely they will eventually erupt again. Something`s always wrong at RHC (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

** CZECHIA [non]. 15770, Sunday August 29 at 2135, very nice classical music on harp — could this WRMI be an Encore encore? S9+20 better than usual here off the side. No, it`s R. Prague in French. Seems both the English and French services play classical on Sundays, this one concluding with giveaway `Moldau` at 2157 (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

** ITALY [non]. 7290, Mon Aug 30 at 1745, I`m checking whether IRRS still be on air from 1800, as it was missing on Sat Aug 28 when WOR should have aired. Via UTwente, at first I hear Russian, which is Iran scheduled until 1750. Also the constant RTTY warble on plus side only. 1748 another carrier on? Iran soon disappears but no formal closing heard; uncovers even weaker CNR China. *1755 stronger OC with hum, S9+25 in Synch mode, presumed BULGARIA; a few seconds before 1800, no Aïda theme at all but quick IRRS sign-on with phone number, falsely claiming to be in reduced-carrier USB; and right into a gospel huxter (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

** SPAIN. 11940, Aug 30 at 2157, this REE frequency for S America is still AWOL. The other three continue past 2200 joining for English, VG 17855, 15520, 11670 in decreasing order via Maryland SDR. Justin Coe does news first about Spain`s de-involvement in Afghanistan; to be followed by folk musician Eliseo Parra. The music finally starts at 2215 (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

** TURKEY. 9830, Aug 30 at 2200, VOT English is not off the air today! VG into Maryland SDR. But I`m listening to Spain until its English be over at 2230; more than second half of VOT hours are mostly good Turkish music fill, with interruptions such as the 2-minute multilingual ID reel — which could be a learning experience if they would label each one in English. It`s hard for us to differentiate the various Turkic languages. 2346 already signing off English with convoluted English schedule, then IS keeps on and on until 2256 starts interspersing German IDs. 2259 quick break in transmission probably when the sleepyrator thinx they are turning it off, but right back on, 2300 timesignal and opening spurious German hour, not with news but historical talk about Atatürk, who was too secular for Erdogan; and other features, still on past 2320 with web address, much more music; 2325 another talk, briefly about Olympix, 2327 ID like in English “VOT with you everywhere“, song starts until finally abrupt chopoff at 2329*! Something`s always erroneous at Emirler; extra German probably had more listener in Oklahoma than at 1-1:30 am in Zentral Europa (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

** U S A. 13565-CW, Aug 30 at 1444, K6FRC ID over and over from 1.8 milliwatt HIFER beacon in Patterson CA. Check for it almost every day in bandscan, only heard around this time, and last logged July 30 (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

** U S A [and non]. WORLD OF RADIO 2101 monitoring: confirmed Sunday August 29 at 2000 on IRRS Shortwave via AM Italia, 918 kHz, VG S9+33 into nearby Noale SDR. So this is still funxioning if SW 7290 is not, Saturdays at 1800. See also ITALY [non].

Missed checking Sunday Aug 29 at 2230 on WRMIs 9955 and new 7780: did
anyone hear them?!

Also confirmed UT Monday Aug 30 at 0030 on WRMI 7730, VG S9+20/30.

Also confirmed UT Mon Aug 30 at 0130 on WRN webcast to North America.

Confirmed replaced by something else Mon Aug 30 at 0230 on WRMIs 7780 & 5800.

NOT confirmed on Area 51 via WBCQ 6160-, UT Mon Aug 30 at 0300, as that WBCQ is OFF the air. I believe I had noticed it on air an hour or two before. 4790 is also off now but the other BCQs remain on: 3265, 7490 and 9330. No lightning around Monticello now. WOR is running on Area 51 webcast, checked 0317 at midpoint. And by 0351, 6160 is back on with HRI, and 4790 with BS. At 0412, 6160 is still playing A51 music as on webcast. Would have been nice if WOR could have run then instead. Last week`s WOR on 6160 was also curtailed. Next:

1030 UT Wednesday WRMI 5850 to NW
2100 UT Wednesday WRMI 7780 to NE
2100 UT Wednesday WBCQ 7490v to WSW
0130 UT Thursday WRMI 5010 to S

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Thanks this week to Dan in Cincinnati, who says, “Dear Glenn, I am writing to thank you again for all of the great information that you gather and report weekly“ (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

** U S A. As Hurricane Ida hits New Orleans and knocks out all power, about time to check whether 7505 WRNO can be on the air from *0100; it`s anyway erratic without storms. 0120 next check: WRNO is absent, surprise2 (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

** U S A [and non]. 870, Aug 30 0042-0050+ UT, no signal from WWL New Orleans. CNN has also just reported that the entire city is without power – but you`d think this vital station would have backup generators, contingency plans. A rare chance to DX something else on 870? But 0122 next check: WWL is back on with callers, serenaded by the Cuban whooper. Later ToH legal ID includes a bunch of HD2s on FM stations; wish I could copy all. So AM 870 is RRRR = really rather redundant radio? Still WWL 870 is the place for NOLA news in the aftermath if you can get it (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

** U S A. 1040, another anomaly at 0040-0044+ UT Aug 30, strongest signal on 1040 is dead air, looping from the direxion of WHO Des Moines. 0122 next check: 1040 WHO is remodulating with talk show (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

UNIDENTIFIED. Trans-Atlantic JBA MW carrier search, August 30 at 0531, early enough that not everything has faded out yet: 621, 711, 747(2), 774-, 846=Kiritimati?, 882, 1107, 1125, 1503(2).

1503 is especially intriguing: WRTH shows two low-power RNE5 Spain of 2 and 5 kW; beyond that, 25 kW inactive Egyptian on the dayside; not to mention 1 kWs Bosnia and UK. Maybe not too early for 2.5/5 kW NZers? (2) means at least two carriers beating.

Notable for its absence now and for some months is a carrier on 936 kHz, which would hold up later than most of Europe and was assumed to be the 200 kW in Agadir, Morocco. I last logged it Jan 24 & 27, and Carlos Gonçalves, Portugal reported on May 31, “711 and 936 outlets off the air“. In MW Circle, Aug 30, John Hoad in Canary Islands, says, “more recently Morocco 936 kHz has gone. 73 John, Playa Blanca Lanzarote“. Jorge Garzón Gutiérrez “IberiaDX”, 39698 Santiurde de Toranzo (ESPAÑA – SPAIN), replies, “Hi John, I have 936 al-Amazighia (MRC) last record on May 2021. Did you listen to later than this? Maybe is not active since then? ¡Gracias!“. Furthermore, I am not hearing once-reliable Algerians on 531, 891 (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

UNIDENTIFIED. 6910-USB, Aug 29 at 2330, JBA contact sounds like MARS or some mily/govt net, NCS503 calling NN6GT, not sure of second call`s prefix; partially foneticized. Preceded and followed by much louder beepery, perhaps SSTV (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

This report dispatched at 2346 UT August 30

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