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Glenn Hauser logs September +10-11, 2021

** FRANCE [and non]. Correxion: my chex for RFI on 11m band during the 15-16 UT hour in Swahili, 25800, should have been on 25775 as registered in latest HFCC with 500 kW. I was thinking 25800 for 11m but that`s the frequency allegedly in use by World Music Radio, Denmark. It originally planned a frequency right next to RFI, but escaped to 25800. Axually, HFCC Sept 10 shows it could equally land on 25795, 25800 or 25805, 2 kW due south. Anyhow, we know WMR is inaudible into South Africa or Kuwait SDRs on 25800, while RFI has stayed on 21690, presumably alone. But from now on, 25775 is the one to check. Wolfgang Bueschel confirms that 25775 was not to be heard Sept 10.

While we`re at it, anything else in HFCC on 11m? Yes, three, all possibly 24 hours a day but more likely for local groundwave than trans-oceanic:

26000, 50 kW, 306 degrees from Spaceline, Bulgaria to W Europe. They register wooden frequencies all over the bands, just in case.

26010, 100 kW ND from Vatican, placeholder in the !IRDR! Disaster Relief service, which perhaps beyond some tests, AFAIK has never been activated, as if the world is not experiencing plenty of disasters. Looks good on paper, tho.

26040, 1 kW ND from Berlin, Germany, probably experimental; only one specified N = DRM (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

** SPAIN. 17855, Fri Sept 10 at 2200, token English first ID in Spanish as “Radio Exterior de España“, then “English language service“; the other three also on, but all much weaker, 15520, 11940, 11670 direct. First, Justin Coe with a good roundup of news about Spain. He said something musical would follow, but it starts at 2210 without introduction, sounds like modern classical music for wind and piano (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

** TURKEY. 9830, Sept 10 at 2159, VOT is JBA for English to N America direct, totally blocked on USB by RTTY, but escaping that on LSB tuning, it`s still unreadable S5-S7 because it`s just barely modulated. Something`s always erroneous at Emirler (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

** U S A [and non]. WORLD OF RADIO 2103 monitoring: confirmed Friday September 10 from 2030.6 on IRRS Shortwave via Italia AM, 918 kHz, Villa Estense, following ID which cut off previous unID talk program, as usual; VG S9+32 into nearby Noale SDR. Next:

0130 UT Saturday WRMI 9395 to NNW
1801 UT Saturday IRRS 7290-Bulgaria to WNW, 918-Italy
1930vUT Saturday WA0RCR 1860-AM
0030 UT Sunday WRMI 7730 to WNW [new] 0300vUT Sunday WA0RCR 1860-AM [nominal 0315; as late as 0430] 2000 UT Sunday IRRS 918-Italy
2230 UT Sunday WRMI 5950 to NE [new] 2230 UT Sunday WRMI 9955 [jammed?] to SSE
0030 UT Monday WRMI 7730 to WNW; 9395 to NNW, 9455 to WNW [news] 0300vUT Monday WBCQ 6160v Area 51 to WSW
1030 UT Wednesday WRMI 5850 to NW
2100 UT Wednesday WRMI 7780 to NE
2100 UT Wednesday WBCQ 7490v to WSW
0030 UT Thursday WRMI 9395 to NNW, 9455 to WNW [news] 0130 UT Thursday WRMI 5010 to S

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** U S A. (7489.9v), UT Sat Sept 11 at 0000, WBCQ webcast of `AAAWWW` as I quickly confirm via Maryland SSR that all four are on air: 3265, 4790-, 6160-, 7490-, but still no SuperStition on 9330. From the outset it`s clear this is going to be another Biden-bash relating to 9/11 anniversary, Afghanistan, and COVID-19; the latter of which however A&A admit they have got shot.against the “synthetic virus“. Yet Angela goes on her anti-vax rants making Allan sound reasonably moderate. Annoying caller Freddie soon allowed to butt in. 0027 finally date stamp as 10 Sept YOOLF 2021. Then a call from Ryan who asks what med school Allan went to? Did not, but as he frequently asserts is “a man of science“. 0031 says quadri-casting, asks for emails.

[Allan likes to utter “kilocycles“ as if it were the same as “kilohertz“. They are NOT; as a Man of Science, I know that “kilocycles“ by itself is meaningless, unless it is PER A UNIT OF TIME, i.e. kilocycles PER SECOND, which is how Kilohertz is defined, including the “per second“ without having to specify it, otherwise “kHz/sec“ would be accelerating.]

Working on SS now. Got replacement tetrode about a week ago. Crate has 10 steel suspension springs, must be worth 5 grand. Tube sits in red cradle. Going to get some fittings; warm up tube tonight. Filament struxure is fascinating. Takes 19 v at 1000 amps = 19,000 watts. About size of a large tomato can; unknown what kind of alloy, whole can lights up and glows, takes 10-15 minutes to warm that filament up to avoid short-circuit. Tube is water-cooled. 10 psi, 35-40 gallons per minute, circulating thru anode sexion. Controls up to a megawatt of power; losses tho is pretty efficient. At average modulation, draws 950 kW off powerline.

“FCC and other idiots out there will see their day in court.“ Etc., etc. 0054 checking email: Cosmikdebris from beach in DE reception report; tomorrow evening, their `Lumpy Gravy` thousandth episode 8 PM ET on 6160- live from DE. Four minutes ahead of time, someone complains that stream drops out at 53rd minute of each hour — NOT for me tonight! SS hopefully back on air by Monday. 0059 prayer.

John Carver`s version: “Tonight’s show started on time on 4790, 6160 and 7490. Allan and Angela in the studio. Opening talk about 9/11 and the anniversary tomorrow. Phone call at 0009 from Freddie. Quickly turns into some Biden bashing and Covid talk. Results in an argument between Allan and Angela. Another phone call at 0028 asking Allan where he studied for his medical degree. Then some talk about the ongoing work being done to get the superstation going again. Talk about how much power needed to heat the tube and how much water must be pumped to keep it cool. Also a passing reference to a a veiled threat to take the FCC to court over the WHRI sale. Long conversation between Allan and Angela where Allan spends most of his time trying to calm Angela down and rein her in. Reading of emails at 0054. Closing prayer at 0059. Allan also mentioned that the superstation might be up and running again as early as Monday. Program was off the air at 0100. John, Mid-North Indiana“ (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

** U S A. 1130 kHz, Sept 10 at 2158 and still 2214 UT, KLEY Wellington KS in dead air at S7, 250 watt day power; looks like it`s on the way out again. Had been on consistently since discovered Aug 14 in the middle of the night at 0600 UT despite licensed night power of ONE WATT, after having been gone for almost a year, i.e. just in time a week before its license would have expired August 21 without any activity. Now they can take another 11 months off? Why bother. Cynically their return included illegal day power consistently at night, music often audible vs KWKH (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

This report despatched at 0125 UT September 11

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