Glenn Hauser logs December 28-29, 2020

Glenn Hauser

** CUBA [and non]. 13571 approx., Dec 28 at 1535, spurblob of jazz
from RHC 13700-AM, and then find more at 64-65 kHz intervals, better
in FM than AM, and unreadable in SSB: 13636 S9 with F# tone; 13765 S9;
13830 vs victim in AM, i.e. VATICAN in Amharic; 13895; 13960 trace;
13505. Something`s always wrong at RHC (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

** NEWFOUNDLAND & LABRADOR [and non]. 2598-USB, Dec 29 at 0143 UT,
roboyl with marine weather in English, VP vs high LLNL, but there is
some `reverb` as from two not exactly synchronized transmitters. Only
one scheduled at this time, from 0137, is VOK from somewhere in
Labrador, per:

2598 is supposed to be time-shared with 5 or 6 other stations in NL
and Québec, not simulcast. However, EiBi does show two simul sites for
this 0137-0200 broadcast, cw and hd, which translate to
cw - Cartwright NL 53N42'30" - 57W01'17"
hd - Hopedale NL 55N27'24" - 60W12'30"
Both of which are on Labrador mainland, not island rock. Same roboyl
voice on 2749-USB but not checked whether // which is sometimes
deliberate as I recently logged from Québec (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

** OKLAHOMA [and non]. Thread resulting from my Dec 27 log of KTOK:

``BTW, have not heard IBOC noise from KTOK for ages, tho still flagged
as -I in 2020-2021 NRC AM Log. IBOC ``reported off Dec 2009`` here:
(Glenn Hauser, Enid, WOR)``

``Glenn et al., The listing of IBOC, as I have stated many times
before, does NOT pretend to track who turned this feature on or off.
It is a listing of those who are authorized to use the digital mode.
73, Wayne Heinen, Editor, NRC AM Radio Log, Aurora, CO``

``Wayne, Sorry, I did not realize that. In that case it would be
helpful to have a separate symbol denoting stations which are axually
in `HD` now. And full- or part-time, day and/or night?

I was under the impression that, unlike pure HD, anystation could run
hybrid HD ad lib without specific permission. Has FCC ever denied it?
They certainly don`t care about adjacent QRM!

Is there any way to check this thru AM Query? I don`t see anything
about HD for KTOK, one way or another; nor for KFAQ which we know is
running it. Could be deeply buried. 73, Glenn``

``Glenn, There is a link on the amq page that takes you to this list…
I usually check it against the database each year prior to publication
however this year, due to my shoulder replacement, I didn’t get all
the usual proofs done. You’ll find both KTOK and KFAQ on the list
73 Wayne Heinen``

``Wayne, Tnx but that link gets: `Station Search Error --- You must
specify search criteria values. Go back to the previous web page and
try again.`

But, but, I am not coming from a previous web page. O, here it is:

which leads to: To obtain a list of stations authorized for "hybrid"
operation (analog + digital signals), select one of the following
links: [ AM |

which leads to:

which then leads to:

i.e. the exact same URL Wayne gave but it won`t work directly, of 241
stations, alfabetical order by callsign, who cares about frequency or
location? which leads to KTOK info:
`Digital status: hybrid` -- and that`s all --- Glenn``

``Scott Fybush Dec 27 #15519 --- It's a notification, not a
permission. shows whether a station (AM or FM) has
notified digital operation; the flaw, as we see, is there's no process
for indicating cessation of digital operation.``

``As I'm sure you know, the FCC's Prime Directive is "please don't
bother us with details" and, really, licensees aren't required to run
HD in either MA3 or MA1 so why should they care? Same for C-QUAM (for
the 8 stations that still use it! :-D)

I think the listings in the NRC AMRL are fine. The editor (a recently
elected ARRL Life Member!) might consider fleshing out the -I and -$
code definitions to prevent this sort of complaint in future (not that
you can eliminate 100% of complaints ...) -- Peter Laws | N5UWY |
plaws plaws net | Travel by Train!``

``[nrc-am] IBOC Listing in NRC AM Radio Log JZinOK 2:41am #15530
In the case of KTOK, digital notification was made in 2006, but we
haven't used it in many years. It's rather worthless to us now, as
KTOK is carried on KXXY-FM HD2. KWPN 640 Moore OK also has given
notification, but dropped the HD a long time ago. Several FM's here
have given digital notification, but do not use it. All of the iHeart
FM's in OKC use HD. John Zondlo, Yukon, OK`` (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

** U S A [and non]. WORLD OF RADIO 2066 monitoring: confirmed Monday
December 28 from 1900:49 on IRRS 7290 Bulgaria as heard via UTwente
including any internet delay. Open carrier is on by 1855; 1859:51
cut-on IRRS sign-on; 1900:20 Feature Story News headlines, then WOR.
Only my final word cut off at 1929, ``disclaimer``. As always,
extremely annoying splash from both sides cannot be escaped by LSB,
USB, AM Synch or narrow bandwidth: Vietnam 7280 is worse than East
Turkistan 7295 despite second- vs first-adjacency. Recheck at 1949,
has faded? to JBA carrier on 7290. Next:

0100 UT Tuesday WRMI 7780 [canceled; confirmed]
0230 UT Tuesday WRMI 9955 [canceled; reconfirmed]
0330 UT Tuesday WRMI 5800 [pre-empted for FSR this week; confirmed]

2200 UT Wednesday WBCQ 7490v to WSW
2300 UT Wednesday WRMI 9955 [jammed?] to SSE
0130 UT Thursday WRMI 7780 to NE [pre-empted] [ex-0100]

Full schedule including AM, FM, webcasts, satellite, podcasts:
WOR is always a SW program first, but as stations make it harder to
hear, I can`t blame people for accessing a reliable alternative.

Our non-commercial broadcasts and website depend on voluntary support:
thanks this week to Gerald T. Pollard, Raleigh NC, who sent a generous
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** U S A. 4980, Dec 29 at 0234, WRMI-5 is poorly audible by Bonaire
KiwiSDR, S6-S7 in English, bits of Xmasmx and SMTV talk including ID
at 0244. Must use AM-Narrow to avoid 4985 RTTY. This is on skedgrid as
SMTV for many hours including this one, on 285 antenna but no
comparison to the bigsig we get on 7730 same azimuth. 4980 is the
frequency supposed to be home for 5950 programming bumped off there by
elimination of 9455, but supposedly long-delayed until it is up to
full power, maybe exciter only so far. If that`s the azimuth, 4980
ought to be stronger closer to its aim, at the TWR RGV SDR of
Brownsville TX --- but it is not, only JBA! Something is strange about
all this (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

UNIDENTIFIED. Trans-Atlantic JBA MW carrier search, Dec 28 at
0135-0142 UT, contrary to usual method, I`m tuning in 9-kHz steps
downward from 1 kHz above the channels, so anycarrier making a 1 kHz
het can be recognized: 1503, 1422, 1296, 1215, 1107, 1089, 1053, 936,
909, 891*, 882(2), 837(2), 774(2), 747, 711, 639, 621. *strongest. (2)
= at least two carriers beating.

There would have been more below 700 kHz, but currently the local line
noise level is much higher in the 700-300 kHz range, as well as many
SW ranges. Earlier in the afternoon, driving around the neighborhood
tuned to open 1040 kHz where traces of WHO might have been otherwise,
the LLNL did not correlate with any lingering Xmas lighting, but
continued buzzing over a much wider area; and it`s just as bad daytime
as nighttime. Tnx a lot, OG&E (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

UNIDENTIFIED. 7530, Dec 28 at 2207, S9/+10 open carrier where normally
nothing; only Aoki shows nearby possibility maybe on early:
``7530 2230-2300 TWN Suab Xaa Moo Zoo(Vo.Hope) Hmo Tamsui Dist 1-7``
It`s also shown same in WRTH 2020 as religious based in Thornton,
Colorado, under USA, not target/clandestine. Website leads to:
where there is no info about any current broadcasts, at least not in
English, and the `listen` link leads to a page to *buy* songs.

SXMZ no longer appears in the WRTH 2021, my copy just arrived, at
least not under USA, in the religious broadcaster cross-ref, in the SW
frequency list, nor under Target: Laos or Vietnam. On Nov 5, 2020, Ivo
Ivanov included it in a multi-site roster of ``Winter B-20
frequencies, unregistered in HFCC Database (updated)`` but I find no
recent logs of it. Back on April 25, 2020, Ivo had it in a list of
``missing clandestine {sic} transmissions``, some of which were
subsequently reported. None of this researched until later, so I did
not recheck after 2230 for any showup; QRX another day. Of course in a
shared fixed band, carrier could be a ute (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

UNIDENTIFIED. 13555-CW, Dec 28 at 1520, JBA traces of CW, maybe
finally something besides 13565 K6FRC on the HIFER band, not now.
shows ``13554.98~ WV Richwood WV EW98rf CW (h 2020/12)``
but there are 14 more between 13555 and 13556. This was really too
weak to attempt an accurate measurement. I did get WV last Feb 27 at
1455 and March 4 at 1516. Richwood is in the Allegheny Mountains east
of Charleston (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

This report dispatched at 0437 UT December 29