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Glenn Hauser logs April 27, 2022

** ANTARCTICA. 15475.98 RCUSB, April 27 at 1437-1440, again this Wednesday NO signals from LRA36 into four Brazilian SDRs, but most are getting some fast clicking, OTH radar? (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

** CANADA. 284 MCW kHz, April 27 at 0702 UT, dash and QD, 500 watt NDB at The Pas, Manitoba. I would much rather hear the others on 284, RT at Rankin InleT NU, or YOC at Old Crow YT.

[and non] 332 MCW kHz, April 27 at 0705 UT, dash and QT, 1000 watt NDB at Thunder Bay ON, mixed with weaker but much closer IC Wichita KS (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

** CHINA. 15970, 15920, 15800, April 27 at 0647, Chinese JBA, and 15760 S5/S9: all are CNR1 jammers against Sound of Hope per Aoki.

15785, April 27 at 0648, different Chinese as this is CRI via Xianyang site (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

** CUBA. 6100, April 27 at 0653, RHC in wrong language Spanish but chopped off air at 0654*; leaving only 6165 in English. Something`s always wrong at RHC (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

** NORFOLK ISLAND. Radio DX Test transmission — Conversation UT April 27 with Nick Hacko, VK9DX as I posted exclusively on the WOR iog at 0440:

NH: Hi Glenn – making some progress — the vertical is up and tuned to 5045 kHz and with bit of luck I hope to put at least a carrier around local sunset.

GH: Nick, how much power will you be running? and How active is the other 5045 station lately, at what hours?

NH: I could not detect any signals at my sunset until late for the past week or so. The amp is not complaining at 300 W carrier, but that would be probably max I could run right now.

GH: Last report I find is March 14 when Ron Howard, California was hearing Bay Islands Radio from 1130 UT = not clear whether tune-in time, or not audible until then. I see that your sunset today is 0618 UT, while in Brisbane it is 0720 UT.

So should we tip the group already to be alert tonight? Are you prepared to QSL? Despite NI`s integration into Australia, it`s probably considered a separate radio country by many.

NH: I will start tuning around in 2 hours or so {~0600 UT April 27}. Feel free to give the group heads up, any report received – even just a carrier – would be appreciated. vk9dx@clockmaker.com.au

Yes, I will print a special QSL card for this (and any future) transmission. My only concern right now is to get the signal right, I have no broadcast experience whatsoever. Check my QRZ.com page (VK9DX) for photos of the actual location. https://www.qrz.com/lookup/vk9dx

GH: Great! Nick says there will be a familiar voice on the tests.

GH later: At 0606 UT April 27 I had just tuned the Brisbane SDR to 5045, nothing at first but then a JBA carrier, too weak to lock. Probably Norfolk, as if the Qsld 5045 were on it would surely be stronger there.

At 0611 I move to the Upper Hutt NZ SDR, where I do hear IDs intermittently in AM mode. I record some of them at 0613, and guess what, it`s me! Nick had asked me a few hours before to record IDs for this, and was also going to use the latest WOR as test audio. On next WOR 2136 I shall include recordings as heard off air to remote, and the original studio recording I sent him.

Computer is off and by 0642 I`m checking 5045 direct and do not detect a JBA carrier. But at my final check 0717, there *is* a JBA carrier to Enid.

I wonder if Radio DX has an official callsign? The other three private SW stations in Australia are not shown with any in WRTH, but V- or A- callsigns would be officially expected on licences even if never used on air. I suppose Nick will be testing some more in this timespan as long as Queensland be off.

Previous and further monitoring reports from WOR iog posts:

Walt Salmaniw, BC at 0616: I’m at the dials here in Masset. I don’t know whether it was Norfolk Island or not, but right at 0600 and a few seconds before, I could see an intermittent carrier. On for, perhaps, 10 seconds and then off for a few seconds. Nothing again until carrier on at about 0605:15 with a good loud carrier. Couldn’t make anything out, though. Strength really decreased over the next minute and carrier off again at 0607:10 or so. Carrier on for a second or two only, then off, then back and off again. Quite easy to hear the carrier using CW. Back again 0608:25, relatively strong again. Just seems to be an open carrier. I’d better send something off! There might have been some speech at 0610, but too weak to be sure. Off, now back again at 06:11. Yes, definitely some speech by OM at 0611:40, but off immediately thereafter. “You are listening to…” seems to be repeated a couple times, then carrier off. Repeated each time. Walt

Bruce Churchill, CA at 0620: Norfolk Island is in fact operating from 0606 tune at the KFS SW site in Half Moon Bay CA. “You are listening to Radio DX, transmitting from Norfolk Island on 5,045 kilohertz” [sic] repeated every few seconds, presumably by Nick [sic]. Carrier being turned on and off. SINPO 35333.

Glenn, OK circa 0623: I`m also hearing it via the Upper Hutt NZ SDR. S4/S5 but high noise level about the same. Nothing but IDs repeated several times with long pauses, can`t tell if carrier stays on or not. AM. At 0619 comes in much stronger, noise level down and/or power bumped up. 0620 carrier off apparently as quieting gone, just noise. 0621 back on with ID. Recorded and will provide later. Have not yet tried it direct but doubtful. Glenn

Chris Mackerell, NZ at 0634: Can you hear anything on my Marahau Kiwis? I’m out for dinner but have left my Elad recording. Cheers, Chris

Bruce at 0637+: Should be able to hear from any NZ Kiwi site – the NZRDXL Mangawhai site was quite good at 0605.

First heard at 0605 from the NZRDXL Kiwi site but the signal was good enough that I decided to switch to the KFS SW site near San Francisco at 0606 using their SW TCI 532 antenna (pointed at 240 degrees, I believe).

Music heard at 0641 with Nick [sic] speaking – hard to understand with static level. Nice signal at S2-3, overall SINPO at 2v3/5/3/3/2.

Walt: Bruce, that’s Glenn Hauser’s WOR!

Bruce: Roger that! On again at 0643.

Walt: And guess who came on at 0641? Our very own, Mr Glenn Hauser with WOR. Fantastic! Quite readable signal, and very little noise on my brand new 290 deg DKAZ. Oops, looks like Glenn is off again at 0642:15. Walt in Masset, BC

Now some digital interference on the upper side, but short-lived, so not too problematic. Glenn comes and goes with the transmitter! He’s off right now (0648 UT)

Bruce at 0703: Test may be over. Nothing heard since 0650:45 (last WOR xmsn was 0649:15 to 0650:45). The good news is that Nick can be heard in WCNA and very likely beyond when he becomes operational. If 300 watts is the power, it’s working!

Nick at 0707: [WOR] NF test transmission update: technical issues. As you can clearly see – dealing with teething / technical issues. In a nutshell: fluctuating between two extremes: exciter either not producing enough power to drive the amp properly, or when it does, the amp’s temp protection kicks in and shuts it down. My apology to all who tuned in to give it a go. The good news is that the antenna itself is happy with whatever juice comes in and does good job radiation that RF your way. I will continue to look for a solution, but most likely there will be just more of this intermittent transmission until daytime tomorrow. Hopefully you will be able to catch at least a decent chunk. The plan is to stay up until West Coast sunrise. Thank you again. Nick

Eric Fetters-Walp, Lake Stevens, Washington, USA: Via the SW-aimed antenna on the KPH SDR in California, I caught some of Glenn’s voice fading in starting around 0713. Still audible at 0715 UT. Nothing definitively audible at first on my own radio here in Lake Stevens, Washington, but I did get faint talking, just barely audible, around 0717 UTC when I checked. Thanks for the testing!

Nick at 1008 UT: Norfolk Island RadioDX now off air — At 0915 out of blue, Island Music Radio from Queensland jumped on frequency with that ungodly rock. Last thing we want is an on air shouting match 🙂 so I’ve pulled the plug. The short term goal is to get the transmitter running at a steady pace of 300W, lay more radials at the antenna base and then transmit when channel is clear.

There is one major thing that would work for North American listeners – Norfolk Island is 1500 km east from Australian mainland, meaning not only that my signal will be stronger in NA but also an hour and half advantage propagation wise. If Island Radio intends to transmit 24/7 on 5045 that would be an issue only for European listeners.

Once again, your reports and messages of encouragement are truly appreciated. If you hear rock and profanities on 5045 rest assured that wasn’t Norfolk you’ve tuned in; SO those listening reports should go to IMR. 73 Nick VK9DX RadioDX

Tom Daly: Nick, I just looked at your QRZ page & the pix of Norfolk Is. are beautiful. Looks like the kind of place that when someone visits they may never want to leave. Thanks for posting them. Tom (all via Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

** U K [non]. 15490, April 27 at 0649, BBCWS surprisingly good S9+10/20 in Sports discussing a stupid ballgame as if it really mattered. HFCC and Aoki show site SMG VATICAN, switching to Ascension at 0700 (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

** U S A [and non]. WORLD OF RADIO 2135 monitoring: “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 #2135, confirmed, below with Details:

WBCQ:
6160, static QRN, QRM 6165 kHz, 0300, 0328 (53343), April 25 UT [Mon] WRMI:
9395, QRN, TV noise, Static, 0130, 0144 (45343), 0159, April 23 [Sat] 9455, 0030, 0058 (45433), QRN, closing remarks, 0058,
9395, 0057, TV noise heard, (45433), April 26 UT [Tue] 5850, 1030, 1031 (55444), 1059, April 27 UTC 2022 [Wed] Richard, Good listening, April 27, 2022“ Next:

2100 UT Wednesday WBCQ 7490v to WSW
0030 UT Thursday WRMI 9395 to NNW; 9455 to WNW
0130 UT Thursday WRMI 5010 to S; 9395 to NNW

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Thanks this week for financial support from Joe Caberlin, Ontario, for some US$ to Glenn Hauser, P O Box 1684, Enid OK 73702 USA

One may also contribute via PayPal not necessarily in US$, to: woradio at yahoo.com (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

** U S A. 4790, April 27 at 0359:03, 0402:03, 0405:03, unID uteblaaps of noise, 1 second spaced exactly 3:00 minutes apart, QRMing `After Midnight` segments of Radio Angela on WBCQ as heard via remote in Maryland. Cannot be random; some other nights, exactly 4:00 or 5:00 minutes apart (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

** U S A. 5970, April 27 at 0651, no signal from RCM WEWN Spanish; had been reliable. 9385 & daytime 15610 English have also been absent as Ivo Ivanov points out, leaving nothing but 12050 daytime Spanish (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

** VANUATU. 15780, April 27 at 0645, JBA carrier, presumed 4th harmonic of R. Vanuatu 3945; as usual, best by far on X3 = 11835, S8/S9 in Bislama, frequently with the word “blong“ at 0644, and JBA X2 = 7890 going into music on both at 0645. By 0659 I also have a JBA carrier on fundamental 3945 which I don`t even bother to check earlier (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

This report dispatched at 1855 UT April 27

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