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Glenn Hauser logs April 1-2,, 2020

Glenn Hauser
 

** ALBANIA [non]. 15770, April 1 circa 2015, WRMI relaying Prague in
Amerenglish somewhat distorted, but too weak to copy by 2040 whether
it`s still Radio Tirana --- which current sked shows is the only
remaining time, 2030 Mon-Thu and Sat, blown away from 0230 or 0130
repeat times. See also USA: WRMI (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

** CHINA [non]. 11880, April 1 at 1445, NO signal from CRI Plus,
English relay via CUBA, which started March 29 at 1400-1600, ex-15700
which has not come back either. Something`s always wrong at RadioCuba.
Nor anything on 9570, the pre-1400 Cuban relay in case forgot to QSY.
But we do hear CRI this hour on 13710 via EAST TURKISTAN: see SAUDI
ARABIA [non] (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

** COSTA RICA. 18127-USB, April 1 at 1437, Javier, TI2##, the OSOB in
contact from CR, call and name fonetik but too much fading to copy.
Maybe only one-letter suffix. Just to show that propagation is barely
open over this path (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA. 711.00 kHz, April 2 at 0025, presumed R. Rebelde
off-frequency hetting legitimate 710.00 kHz stations --- again and
also again the ~200/minute beat or 3.33 Hz from another 711 kHz
transmitter, in Cuba or somewhere. Now 31 minutes before LSS here of
0056 and only legit TA`s making it this early are 891 Algeria and much
weaker 936 presumed Morocco. Since 711 was first widely heard across
North America March 25, it seems everyone else quickly lost interest
in it/them (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

** CUBA. 11880, April 1 at 2326, RHC English is S9+10/20 but now
distorted and hummy, much like 15140 has long been earlier in the day
including 1900 English. Tsk2. Something`s always wrong at RHC (Glenn
Hauser, OK, WOR)

** CUBA. 15730, April 1 at 2329, RHC already opening Brazuguese for
2330, now also distorted much like 11880 English. Something`s always
wrong at RHC (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

** KURDISTAN [non]. 11530, April 1 at 2015, Dengé Welat clandestine
via FRANCE, mostly talk in Kurdish or Turkish; by 2039 clear ID and
mostly music, enjoyable songs as long as I don`t understand the lyrix,
S7-S9 right up to 2100* cutoff (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

** NORTH AMERICA. 5165.04, April 2 at 0014, S7 JBA music, must be a
pirate; low weaker het from closer to 5165.00, maybe birdie. Depend on
hfunderground to clear it up: numerous logs here
https://www.hfunderground.com/board/index.php/topic,64931.0.html
as Radio Illuminati starting at 2133 April 1 until off at 0032 April
2. AFD is reputed to be a prime day for piracy, but only one I hear,
none on 6.9 MHz band (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

** SAUDI ARABIA [non]. 13710, April 1 at 1441, S9-S7 of Amerenglish,
must be CRI on NF for A-20, instead of SBC, which was a regular here
scheduled 15-18 until the end of B-19, and besides, it was always
off-frequency, unlike this, which runs this hour only, 500 kW,
ubiquitous 308-degree azimuth from Kashgar, EAST TURKISTAN, land of
brainwashing Uighurs. In fact with 11880 CUBA relay AWOL, it`s our
best CRI signal now. (Well, I should recheck for Sa`udi after 1457.)

Furthermore, am not hearing anything on 11820+ in our afternoons,
which was another Sa`udi regular at 18-23. As of latest HFCC March 30,
still not a single entry for ARS transmitters, nor even a blank space
in the schedules by Broadcasters or FMOs. Is anyone hearing Sa`udi on
SW, or have any access to a current schedule?

Ordinarily there would not have been many changes from previous
season. Here`s the B-19 schedule:
http://hfcc.org/data/schedbybrc.php?seas=B19&broadc=ARS

Nothing after 2300, but B19 scheduled to start at 0200: 7410; from
0230: 9800; all these from 0300, mostly but not all in Arabic: 9580,
9675, 9835, 11710, 12025, 13650, 13660, 15170, 15220, 17760, 17895,
21665. Is anyone hearing any of these? Nothing at UTwente on 7410 by
0216 April 2. Jeff White says Sa`udis did not attend A-20 HFCC in KL
Malaysia, but have not withdrawn from the organisation (Glenn Hauser,
OK, WOR)

** SWAZILAND. 9585-, April 1 at 1448, noisy open carrier S7-S4,
presumably TWR which is scheduled to start at 1453 with
Malagasy/French service; slightly off-frequency minus. May well be
long-path, aimed ENE (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

** TAIWAN [non]. 7780, April 1 at 2218, R. Taiwan in Spanish with
Chinese lesson, confirmed new WRMI relay toward Europe, but only fair
at UTwente SDR. Should be 2200-2230 only despite self-contradictory
WRMI grid as 2200-2300 on 7780 #1 transmission sked; RTI publicity via
Nino Marabello says they will be half-hours altho original Spanish may
be for an hour. Not officially starting until UT April 6.

5010 // 5800 // 7780, April 2 at 0200, RTI Spanish via three WRMI
frequencies contrary to schedule, repeating the ancient special about
World Radio Day which was Feb 13 (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

** TURKEY. 9830, April 1 at 2200, NO signal from VOT English, despite
this being the *only* transmission correctly announced in their
sign-on! RTTY from NAU Puerto Rico is however running until it stops
at 2210*, still no VOT, all as monitored at UTwente, let alone Enid.
That`s a 25% success rate so far for VOT in A-20. Something`s always
awry at Ankara, erroneous at Emirler.

9830, April 1 at 2347 recheck direct, now it`s on -- Turk music and
soon conveniently ID in German, Die Stimme der Türkei! So they
couldn`t get English going on time, but sometime since 2210 came on
the air including spurious 2300- hour in German, just like they used
to do far too often on 5960 at 0000 failing to turn that off after
English at its later winter hour. At 2352 runs the
multi-multi-language ID filler reel starting with English. But wait:
there`s more.

2353 IS keeps on going, and BTW, it sounds off-key in USB unless more
precisely tuned to 9830.04 or .05. 2356 starts inserting ID amid IS in
yet another language; 2359 I recognize it as Luso-Portuguese! Another
totally off-schedule SW transmission. April 2 at 0000:03, timesignal
ends 3 seconds late compared to WWV, and sign-on in Portuguese takes
2.5 minutes to list all the satellite parameters. Since they can`t get
their SW frequencies right in English, I shudder to think how they may
mangle all that Ku-band info. 0003 finally starts the notícias, still
on at 0011. But we don`t get another full hour; by 0024 recheck it`s
off. I can just imagine the sleepyrator at Emirler finally arousing.
Did management notice? WRTH 2020 shows NO VOT Portuguese at any hour
on SW; a rare treat. I hope some Portu-Brasilians caught it (Glenn
Hauser, OK, WOR)

** U S A [and non?]. 5000.0000, April 2 at 0018, checking WWV for
exact time compared to TURKEY, q.v., also the minute for propagation
info: SF=69, K=3, no disturbances past or future --- but with
extremely fast RTTY QRM on the plus side covering 5000-5004! It`s even
audible by tuning 5000-LSB. What`s that?!?! The little SF band is
sacrosanct (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

** U S A. WORLD OF RADIO 2027 monitoring: confirmed Wednesday April 1
from 2100:25 on WBCQ 7490.1v, VP in S9 local noise level; slightly
better even backward at far UTwente.

Also confirmed final SWBC, UT Thu April 2 at 0100 on WRMI 7780, good
at UTwente.

WOR 2028 should be downloadable by early UT Friday April 3, and first
SWBC at 2200 on WRMI 9955.

Thanks last week for financial support from Gerald T Pollard, Raleigh
NC, a generous seasonal check in US funds on a US bank, to Glenn
Hauser, PO Box 1684, Enid OK 73702

Thanks this week for financial support from Robert Brunner via PayPal
to woradio at yahoo.com --- PP not necessarily in US funds

Full schedule including AM, FM, webcasts, satellite, podcasts:
http://www.worldofradio.com/radioskd.html
(Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

** U S A. Some WRMI observations UT Thursday April 2:
0030:
5950 // 9395, closing `Walking in Power` gospel huxter a bit late,
into music, Oldies
7730, Wavescan, first feature about Paraguay

0100: unchecked, except:
7780, WORLD OF RADIO 2027 confirmed, good at UTwente SDR

0130: via Alexandria SDR:
9395 // 5800, Prague in English; new time replacing Tirana; why?
9455, Hal Turner is back; was replaced by TOMBS last night
5850 // 5010, Oldies
7780, Wavescan on Paraguay

0200:
7780 // 5800 // 5010, RTI in Spanish on extra frequency, q.v.
(Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

** U S A. 15555-USB, April 1 circa 2015, WJHR audible again with what
else; this time also neighbors 15825 WWCR, 15610 WEWN, 13845 WWCR and
perhaps also 15770 WRMI are getting sporadic-E boosts, the latter
relaying Prague in Amerenglish somewhat distorted, but too weak to
copy by 2040 whether it`s still Radio Tirana --- see ALBANIA [non]. DX
MAPS show numerous HF blobs above 16 MHz MUFs mostly over eastern USA
(Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

This report despatched at 0222 UT April 2