** ANTARCTICA. 15475.98-RCUSB — regarding the surprise showup of LRA36 on Saturday December 4, Manuel Méndez, who monitors it closely directly into Spain, writes me (in my translation):
I was surprised to find it on the air so late in the season, since I believed they would have finished for this year. In fact, they have not replied via Whatsapp since about September 20 and left a pile of reception reports unanswered, despite having said they would be sending QSLs. So this year`s crew left a lot to be desired in listener contact, nor did they produce a farewell program.
I think that what happened last Saturday was a somewhat bored operator, who decided to turn it on and put out a pre-recorded program. I heard it for only 10 minutes, closing at 1555. We`ll have to be attentive on Wednesday, since I imagine this far into December they will be packing their bags to return to Argentine mainland.
We hope that next year the four women taking over the station will be more dedicated to their work. Cordial greetings, Manuel Mendez“ (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)
** ARGENTINA. 10000, LOL: Horacio Nigro, who tipped us about the expanded eclipse schedule on Dec 4, has this extensive story about the history of LOL and latest developments; in Spanish:
https://lagalenadelsur.wordpress.com/2021/12/04/argentina-lol-observatorio-naval-la-estacion-horaria-y-de-frecuencia-patron-estandar/ (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)
** CUBA. 7340, Dec 6 at 1542, RHC back on 40m in the mornings, S9 but noisy by now, // 15140, 15230, 13700, 11760, but apparently not in the tardes. Another change from the “official“ B21 sked. Something`s always wrong at RHC (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)
** EGYPT [non]. 9900v, Dec 6 at 2158, no signal from R. Cairo into UTwente, but at *2200 a JBA carrier, occasionally locking at .000. Someone reported that`s a CNR1 jammer on early to block Taiwan from *2230. Indeed at 2238 direct I have JBA Chinese. Alan Holder, Isle of Wight says Cairo was on air in English Dec 3-4-5 with great variations in modulation from day to day (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)
** TURKEY. 5960, Mon Dec 6 at 2314, VOT English is S9+30 into UTwente, and VG modulation except for lite humbuzz, and a bit of CCI, Chinese? At this hour after press review, a feature on coping with dandruff! I suspect in my 64 years of SWL, that`s a first. Until 2320 in the `Feeling Supreme` show, or is it `Healing`? After music break, next show at 2325 is `New Day, New Choices` about coffee and whether children should drink it. “Turkish“ coffee originated in Yemen (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)
** U S A [and non]. WORLD OF RADIO 2115 monitoring: after NEXUS/IBA
ID, confirmed Sunday December 5 at 2100 on IRRS via AM Italia, 918
kHz, S9+20, lite CCI into Noale SDR.
Also confirmed Sunday December 5 at 2344 the 2330 on WRMIs: into ATS 909 portable, good on 5950, fair on 9955. Should have checked 4980.
Also confirmed UT Monday December 6 at 0046 the 0030 on WRMI 7730, VG direct.
Also confirmed UT Monday December 6 at 0148 the 0130 on WRMI 9395, poor direct on ATS-909.
Also confirmed UT Monday December 6 at 0240 the 0230 on WRN North America webcast.
Also confirmed UT Monday December 6 at 0400 on Area 51 via WBCQ 6160-, no signal into MO SDR but S4-S5 vs storm crashes into Maryland, -54 Hz offset = 6159.946. Next:
2330 UT Tuesday WRMI 9955 to SSE [jammed?]
1030 UT Wednesday WRMI 5850 to NW
2200 UT Wednesday WBCQ 7490v to WSW
0130 UT Thursday WRMI 9395 to NNW, 5010 to S
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** U S A [non]. 9455, Dec 6 at 1550, JBA carrier, not WRMI-5 which has been missing over a week. At 15-16 it would be CRI Chinese via Kunming; 16-17 & 19-22 jamming RFA Chinese (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)
** U S A. 5950, Mon Dec 6 at 2304, APS Radio ID and jingle, rock music, new show on WRMI M-F at 23-24, in System L sked as 5950 only, but I forgot to check whether // 4980 which in the transmission sked is also shown as Sys L for that hour: and last Friday lacking APS yet, WORLD OF RADIO was on both; and could still be so on Sundays. Nothing about APS Radio yet on WRMI Programming page, and only a brief item on disgraced FB that it was supposed to start Nov 29. A broad search reminds us that APS Radio has been on WRMI before at totally different times starting 2019y. I don`t find any website for itself, nor what APS denote (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)
** U S A [and non]. 9330, UT Monday December 6 at 0703, Cuban spy numbers are blasting in S9+10/20 with mixture of YL speech and uteblaaps, but I can detect the 500? kW WBCQ-6 SuperStition underneath, so certainly not taking turns on 9330. BTW the WLCR language schedule has changed; now it`s English at 06-09 at 225 degrees for east North America, and not far from thisaway but totally blocked by 250? kW from Cuba (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)
** U S A. (7490v), UT Tue Dec 7 at 0030, after semi-repeat of `UBMP`, WBCQ starts `Camp Constitution Radio` with its theme notes, then an ad/PSA? for St. Jude`s with Jen Anniston & Marlo Thomas, before CCR starts — this week`s “sponsor“? (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)
** U S A. 3360, UT Mon Dec 6 after 0200, WWRB quickly reconfirmed on new frequency, but by 0410 no signal to MO SDR. Will be off again until UT Sunday at 0200 (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)
** U S A. 1130, Dec 6 at 1551 UT, KLEY Wellington KS still S9 of dead air all day and all night (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)
** U S A. 1600, Dec 6 at 2015 UT on caradio, Americana from KUSH Cushing OK already has skywave QRM in Vietnamese from KRVA The Metroolex TX. By 2050 KRVA has overcome. Hard to believe its day pattern of E/WSW lobes has a minimum thisaway to the NNW, if not a deep null, but it`s 25 kW to start with (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)
A few weeks around Winter Solstice some skywave can last all day. Need to do a low-noon bandscan from a quiet spot circa local mean noon = 1832 UT (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)
** VATICAN. 11935, Dec 6 at 1548, S1-S3 in unknown language but the strongest extracontinental signal on band. Aoki shows Vatican Radio in Amharic at 1530, switching at 1600-1700 to Madagascar in Swahili/Somali/English, back to CVA 1700-1800 in French, Tigrinya (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)
UNIDENTIFIED. 1470, Dec 6 for several minutes before and after 0700 UT, again I`m seeking the Mexmx, this time not only on the E-W longwire, but on the rotatable DX-398 to try to DF it — but no sign of anything dominant nor any such non-English programming. Either very different propagation conditions, or what I heard was an anomalous transmission. Both the IA and MN SS stations are supposedly direxional northward both day and night, altho with very minor southward lobes at night; and a lot more night power from MN than IA.
Immediately replying to my original report: Wayne Heinen N0POH, Editor, NRC AM Radio Log, Aurora, CO: “Glenn, A very likely source of SS:MEX programming on 1470 is XERCN in Tijuana, a very frequent catch here in Colorado. 73“
I considered that, but it`s not at all frequent here. Non-direxional day and night; per WRTH 2021, “10/5 kW, RCN/Uniradio 14-70, (r. CRI 12h)“ which I guess means relays China Radio International, 12 hours per day? Is that still the case, in English?
The 2021-2022 IRCA Mexican Log does not mention CRI and shows 1470 XERCN format as Talk/Catholic – not music (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)
This report dispatched at 0252 UT December 7