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Glenn Hauser logs February 16, 2022

** ANTARCTICA. 15475.98 RCUSB, Feb 16 at 1520, no signal of LRA36 into two Brazilian SDRs, but JBA this Wednesday into Brasília, and Montevideo, S1-S2 with 1525 ID, 1527 Antárdida themesong, past 1547 but gone before 1603. Sam Sánchez, Oregon had it as early as 1414 via Brasília; and Wolfgang Büschel, Germany, 1500-1520 via Montevideo (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

** CUBA [and non]. 6000, Feb 16 at 0700, S9+20 of dead air from RHC; all other frequencies are off already as I expect this one shortly shall be too. Something`s always wrong? at RHC. 5040 however bears a JBA carrier, presumably VANUATU (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

** ROMANIA. 7220, Feb 16 at 2305, I am plenty busy simulmonitoring English from SPAIN and TURKEY [qq.vv.] at once but make a quick check of RRI: at UTwente, very heavy rapid clicking ranging 7200-7240, OTH radar? centred right on maybe a trace of RRI. But at Maryland SDR, much further beyond W European target, RRI is loud and clear with none of that QRM. Or could be local problem at UTwente? (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

** SPAIN. 9690, Wed Feb 16 at 2307, token REE English is not off the air but VG S9+15/27 into Maryland SDR. After news, feature about a “ghost village“ uncovered in a draining reservoir; 2310 about Gala cinema awards in Valencia, not in Castilian. Shortly retune to TURKEY, q.v. (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

** TURKEY [and non]. 5960, Feb 16 tune-in from Spain at 2316, closing a `Feeling Supreme` feature about some remedy, +018 Hz offset and S9+35 into UTwente but annoying hum. Otherwise sufficient modulation and no squeal. Something`s always erroneous at Emirler. 2318 `Weekly Commentary` penned by someone in a Washington DC branch, but neither intro nor outro can I understand their name or credentials, as voiced by the YL with heavy accent, but it`s about Qatar as a useful non-NATO ally. 2329, `Turkey`s Cultural Treasures,` something dating back thousands of years; but at 2330 it`s my time for `NBC Nightly [sic] News` already before sunset here. Later always enjoyable Turkish music fill, 2353 the usual OM announcer sign-off of the “1230-1330 on 15450 to Europe“ broadcast! Which is doubly erroneous, the A-season scheduling only. Something`s always awry at Ankara. The CCCCCCI has been growing and uncovered at VOT 2354* after only a fragment of one IS iteration (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

** U S A. Re 305 kHz, my Feb 15 log of beacon OI, S. Sioux City NE, Rick Barton replies: “Hey Glenn. My only expertise here is being a DXer and being the son of two general aviation pilots.

Many of the NDBs used to set up approaches to airports use 5 letter names, i.e., “BILOY” that sets up for Billard Airport in Topeka, Kansas. of course, the beacon call is “TO”. This is also true of enroute IFR “intersections”, such as the “PAYSO” intersection, NW of Phoenix, but close to Payson, AZ. Another beacon, that sets up an approach for Charles City (IA) airport, is designated “CHUKK” (get it? Charles, Chuck Hi HI).

Anyway, I learned over time that some of the airnav sites are named for purely local things like nearby golf courses, businesses, rivers and lakes, or even ghost towns. Someone from South Sioux City, Neb. might have your answer.

It may be that the airport where the beacon is located, Martin Field, was named for Tom Martin. Beacons “at the field” are usually named for the airport itself, and may not use the 5 letter rule. But I took a look at the aviation chart and saw right off that the beacon is one of two that set up approaches for Sioux City Gateway Airport’s Runway 13/31. (The other beacon is SU-“SALIX”). It may have been convenient that the nearby town of Salix, IA, has 5 letters! 73 from the Sonoran Desert – rb“ (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

** U S A [and non]. 335 MCW kHz, Feb 16 at 0654 UT, BV, 25-watt ND beacon at BatesVille, Arkansas; mixing with dash and YLD, 1000 watts at Chapleau, Ontario which is normally heard without any BV.

245 MCW kHz, Feb 16 at 0700 UT, FS, 400 watt NDB at Sioux Falls, South Dakota; tuned to 243 USB. A regular not always logged, but note not a trace now nor ever on 243 of RTLuxembourg, which WRTH says is 24h with 750,000 watts day, 375,000 night, direxional 227 degrees toward Paris from Beidweiler site (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

** U S A. WORLD OF RADIO 2125 monitoring: “Last one for awhile, Richard — From: Richard Lemke, St. Albert, Alberta, Canada, the desk of Richard’s listening Post, Radio: JRC NRD-535 HF, Antenna: random long wires in the trees. Dear Glenn: World of Radio #2125, confirmed, below with Details:

5850, 0159, Stormy, voice, February 11 UT [Fri] 9395, QSB fading, noisy, S5 signal, 0241, 0242, 0258, February 12 UT [Sat] 7730, stormy, voice 0041, below S7 signal, February 13 UT [Sun] 5950, jamming, pinball noise, 2358, February 13 UT [Sun] 7730, QSB fading (45333), jamming, water sounds, 0058, Feb 14 UT [Mon] 9395, 0130, 0144, S9 signal, 0159, Feb 15 UT [Tue] 9955, 2340, 2341, S9 signal, 2344, S7 signal, 2359, February 15 UT [Tue] 5850, 1030, 1058, 1059, Feb 16 UT [Wed] (Lemke, Richard -AB)“

Also confirmed Wednesday February 16 from 2200:20, S7-S9 but noisy direct on WBCQ 7490.13. Next:

0130 UT Thursday WRMI 9395 to NNW
0130 UT Thursday WRMI 5010 to S

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** U S A. 1130, Feb 16 at 2203 UT check, KLEY Wellington KS in dead air again over a trace of KWKH. Groundwave weaker than usual at S6/S7. KLEY had been successfully musicking since last report (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

UNIDENTIFIED. Trans-Oceanic JBA MW carrier search, February 16 at 0649+ UT. 846 no audio but much stronger than the only other traces: 684, 774, 1044, 1215, i.e. surely KIRITIMATI vs remnants from Europe: Spain and UK (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

This report dispatched at 0031 UT February 17

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