Glenn Hauser logs August 3, 2020
** CHINA. CNR1 jammer survey, Aug 3 at 1408: no WOOBs in the 13s, 12s,
but JBA carriers on 11100, 10920. No doubt would have been many more
before 1400* (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)
** CUBA. 13740, Aug 3 at 2043, S9+10 of dead air from RHC; warmup?
well before scheduled *2100; no spurs.
15370, Aug 3 at 2046, S9 of suptorted Arabic, which even when
well-modulated sounds like choking. No spurblobs noted now.
Something`s always wrong at RHC (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)
** IRELAND [non]. ITALY [non]. 7290, Mon Aug 3 at 1855 retune UTwente
for IRRS presumed Bulgaria as `The Shortwave Report` is concluding
with mandatory segment from Dan`s favorite station RHC, as he mislists
its frequencies ``from 6 pm [PDT] to midnight`` to include 6060 and
6165, both of which are long gone. The last item always gets cut off,
since IRRS inserts `Feature Story News` of about 5 minutes at 1830;
this week something from NHK Japan, chopped just before 1859 for IRRS
sign-off, which continues to give address as that 5-digit P O Box in
Milano, totally contradicting info that it is no longer in use! Such
as this note with eQSL received by Konstantin Bersankov, St. Pete in
the latest Rus-DX:
``Please also notice that we have discontinued our PO BOX or any
regular mail address for listeners' correspondence, and we are unable
to reply to QSL request by regular mail.
You may also find useful information on the following websites:
Let me know if we can further assist you. Hope this helps. Best
where it is assumed a QSL for 7290 at 1800-1900 June 20 [Saturday] was
for Romania; Altho nothing from IRRS specifies this as Romania --- now
believed to be Bulgaria. Furthermore, KB quotes this from their
website explaining why transmitter sites are kept secret, the only
non-Soviet broadcaster to do so:
``Since IRRS & NEXUS-IBA started relaying programs on shortwave in
1989, several organizations and individuals appeared on the market as
"competitors", offering similar services, sometimes in a fraudulent
and very un-professional way. We came across people charging for fake
(not existing) transmissions, and producing fake listeners' letters,
as well as broadcasts that are cheap, but so poor in quality that
cannot not be heard on the intended target, and those who commission
them have no means to check them.
In order to protect our interests and those of our members against
such competitors, our policy had to be changed in recent years not to
disclose information about our transmitter sites and our agreements
with our service providers and governments. Since we aim to to provide
top quality broadcasting services at the lowest possible cost to our
members, our transmitting sites may change as several technical and
contractual conditions change.
There is a simple way to explain this: when you buy anything at your
local shop, did you tried asking where exactly do they buy items that
they sell to you? I am sure no shop-keeper, service provider or
reseller will provide you information of their own sources for the
Sometimes multiple transmitters are involved in order to provide
better coverage and/or redundancy. Nevertheless these sites will
remain confidential and are not disclosed to the general public. There
has been lots of speculations during the years (right and wrong) when
different "experts" tried to locate every and each
of our transmitter sites, and then published misleading information on
the internet and on other publications.
Only the power, time, program type, language and especially the target
area is clearly published in our schedules. We believe that this is
the information that our listeners need to know in order to tune into
our members' broadcasts.
Our programs are all originating from our Network Control Centre (NCC)
in Milan, Italy, where we operate all of our broadcasting services.``
This rationale makes no sense to me; the response to competitors
putting out fake info is to be completely transparent with real info.
If it change from time to time, fine, just acknowledge it. And then
there`s IRRS as HQ in IRELAND per WRTH (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)
** U S A. 10-m beacons with some sporadic E struggling to MUF:
28298.8-CW, Aug 3 at 1424, long pause and long message starting with
dits, VVV DE K4JDR/B and ending with SK run together which is hard to
render typographically. I copied as K4JGR, but must be per WJ5O:
``28.2988 K4JDR C RALEIGH, NC # 10W, VERTICAL QRT Dec 2010 reactivated
Feb 15 Jan 2018 reported(SWL)`` --- QRZ.com:
``K4JDR USA flag USA, RONNIE J CASEY, RALEIGH, NC 27603-7336``
28255-CW, Aug 3 at 1428 and again at 1447, KB4UPI/B:
``28.255 KB4UPI C GADADEN [sic], ALABAMA # 3 W, DIPOLE NEW 2 Dec 07
relocated (agn)1 April 14`` --- GADSDEN is on I-59 NE of Birmingham
about 1/3 on way to Chattanooga. Lots of illustrated info plus
``I am located on Camden Cove Island in Etowah county AL. See our
28.255 Mhz Beacon, up since 1987. KB4UPI 10 Meter Beacon 28.255
Our 10 meter beacon runs 5 watts into a 10 meter vertical antenna on
the top of my boathouse. The beacon was first placed on the air in
October of 1987 on 28.224, and the first report came from Don, WB4YRJ,
who is now a SK. The frequency was chosen because it was the only
place I could make the converted CB transmit at due to the crystals I
had on hand. Later I changed it to 28.267 for much the same reason. It
was later changed to 28.255 at the request of the HF beacon
coordinator Bill, WJ50. Contact Bill before you start any intended
beacon operation. See the WJ5O Beacon List.
The beacon has received reports from all over the world over the
years. The most distant report was in March of 1990 and came from SWL,
Brian Webb, ZL2262 in New Zealand. That is 4998 (MPW) miles per watt.
See his report below.
I QSL 100 per cent worldwide to ham operators and SWL's. No SASE is
required. Send your QSL and I'll send mine. Copy the short message if
you wish. All I need for a QSL is the frequency, time, date, and
signal report. Email reception reports are always welcome and
appreciated. To send me a simple report via email you may send it to
MickUpi*Gmail.com. The at sign is replaced to prevent email
The picture above is the present setup in the attic of my boathouse at
my QTH on Camden Cove Island in AL. I am located in Gadsden Alabama on
the banks of the Coosa River and Neely Henry lake. I have had several
transmitters over the years. The present one is a RS HTX-100. It runs
on low power at 5 watts. This radio should never be run at high power
(25 watts) in beacon operation. It will burn out and require service.
It should also have a fan. See the fan below.
Radio --- Close up view of the RS HTX-100 radio running 5 watts. These
radios are still readily available on eBay for around $80 to $100.
Look closely at the knob on the top right. Above it is printed, "pull
for low power". I placed a 3/16" thick rubber washer behind the knob.
Without the washer it is easy to accidently bump the knob and put the
radio on high power.
Keyer --- Close up of the MFJ-447 memory keyer. It has keyed the
transmitter for many years. The keying transistor was burned out
during a lightning strike a few years ago, but it is easily replaced.
Meter --- This is a cheap and simple SWR/Power meter I bought at a
hamfest for $3. I use it to look at the meter when take a look in the
attic of the boathouse and see if the radio is transmitting. All it
takes is a quick glance.
Fan --- Not a good picture, but this is an AC fan blowing on the fins
on the back of the radio. It is vitally important to to protect your
transmitter. AC fans seem to be far more reliable than a DC fan. This
one is setting on some foam rubber pads to dampen the vibration and
make it less noisy. Even running at 5 watts the HTX-100 will get too
hot without the fan.
This is a Motorola model TPN1154A 16 amp power supply that runs the
radio and the keyer. These commercial power supplies are usually
overlooked at hamfests because people don't know what they are, and
it's not surprising because the units have no ratings on them showing
what the voltage or maximum amperage is. Depending on the model they
can be rated at 5 to 25 amps. You can buy them at hamfests for 10 to
15 dollars. The digital meter on the top right was added. It bounces
from 13.7 to 13.8 as the transmitter turns on and off. Curiously
Motorola made them and set them up to operate at 14.9 volts. A small
resistor can easily be added to the regulator board to bring the
voltage down to 13.8 volts. Many thanks to Kevin Custer, W3KKG and
others for providing info on these power supplies. To see more info on
the power supplies Click Here
This peice of coax is which a squirrel chewed the coax shield away
where I once had the equipment outdoors at another QTH. If outside I
have learned it is best to leave the coax hanging freely instead of
attaching it to trees. I can only wonder why squirrels do this.``
28289.3-CW, Aug 3 at 1447, AL DE WJ5O/B himself:
``28.2893 WJ5O C TROY ALABAMA # 2W VERTICAL New Frequency 25 Jan 14``
Almost always, including today, when such beacons are making it QRP,
tuning higher up to 28500 finds *no* phone hams, who could run up to
a kilowatt, contacting; where are they? (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)
** U S A [and non]. WORLD OF RADIO 2045 monitoring: confirmed UT
Monday August 3 at 0030 on WRMI 7730, VG here +30 degrees off beam,
some deep fades.
Also confirmed UT Mon Aug 3 at 0130 & 0230 on WRMI 7780, VP for a
change at UTwente, but VG as far as Maine SDR; also WRN webcast at
Also confirmed UT Mon Aug 3 from 0303 on Area 51 webcast after Free
Radio Skybird runs a bit over, closing with an address in New
Hampshire. WBCQ sked shows it 0230-0300 and ``Free Radio Skybird,
Hermans Radio & Record Room, and other shows air Sunday evenings on
5130 every other week.`` WOR good into Rochester SDR; at 0322 check
direct on 5130, S9+10 but noisy.
Larry Will tells us: ``[WOR] Glenn Hauser interview on Radio NewYork
Hour 2 of this RNI show hosted by Dan Lewis features an interview with
Glenn Hauser. This media comes from the WBCQ archives. L.``
Tnx, Larry, that brings back some memories. Starts :17 minutes into
and lasts until :41, direct link:
if the URL with spaces in it survive replaced here by all those %20;
otherwise it`s the fourth item on the download options, VBR MP3, and
the second sub-item.
BTW, whatever became of Dan Lewis? His blog
stopped after Tuesday, April 17, 2018 --- some interesting reading
there such as about ``Randi Steele``.
WOR 2045 also confirmed UT Mon Aug 3 at 0330 on WRMI 9955; as usual on
this airing, R. Prague fill music runs right up to 0330 with no ID
break; that makes up for some double-IDs at other times. Here it`s
S8-S9 but fading vs pulse jamming. A few minutes earlier at 0324
check, 9955 was S9/+10 well above lite PJ.
BTW, WRMI escaped any hurricane outage, far enough inland from the
path to get no more than 20 mph gusts per NWS Okeechobee city info.
WOR 2045 also confirmed Monday August 3 at 1805 tune-in via UTwente,
well underway and no dropouts on IRRS 7290 via Bulgaria; just the
usual rough modulation, warble from 7291 and plus/minus 10 splash.
0100 UT Tuesday WRMI 7780 to NE
2100 UT Wednesday WBCQ 7490v to WSW
0100 UT Thursday WRMI 7780 to NE
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** U S A. 13845, Aug 3 at 1908, zero signal from this WWCR while all
the others are inbooming, including higher 15825 at S9+20 tnx to Es,
so not a MUF issue; 12160 S9+30; 9980 S9+20; 2042 recheck, 13845 back
on with PMS at S9+10 (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)
UNIDENTIFIED. 12844.75-USB, Aug 3 at 1407, 2-way in Spanish mentioning
barco, numbers perhaps referring to cargo, unprofessional whistling
into mike (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)
This report dispatched at 2321 UT August 3