Glenn Hauser logs November 25, 2020

Glenn Hauser

** BRAZIL [and non]. 11875-11880-11885, Nov 25 at 1949, TWR Bonaire
SDR is getting an S6 steady DRM noise signal here, ~9 dB SNR, but
nothing decoding to the ear. Via Richard Langley, this has just been
reported in the DRMNA iogroup as the new frequency for RNA DRM tests;
and it`s already shown on the SDR menu as available 24 hours. This
should make for an interesting collision with RHC-AM at 2100-2300 in
French, English for Africa. Further monitoring:

2055 & 2058.5, break of a few seconds in DRM noise and back on, more
to come: 2100 no sign of RHC yet, nor by 2108, just DRM. I have other
stuff to do and not rechecked until 2134 --- now RHC is on, in
Brazuguese, no less, along with the RNA DRM, roughly equal levels here
and Bonaire, then RHC mostly atop but with fades; 2139.5 & 2142, more
momentary breaks in DRM, but RHC is also off at 2141-2144. Meanwhile
someone else is trying to hear 11880-DRM via Bonaire from Patos e
Minas, Brazil. And so it goes --- (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

** CHINA. 6020, Nov 25 at 1900, S8 via UTwente SDR, CRI theme, ID in
Chinese and then ``Ju Flet ---`` which nails it as Albanian. Then YL
narration with sound-effects, not just music.

This caused confusion when first reported from Europe, but now we know
from Albanian expert Ullmar Qvick in Sweden, BC-DX:

``CHINA/ALBANIA, RADIO EJANI on 6020 kHz heard at 1900-1957 UT has
caused confusion. This is the CRI service in Albanian using the
superpower tx in Shijiazhuang and carrying the program of the
China-owned FM station Radio Ejani (Radio Come! in Albanian)
broadcasting fram Tirana and Durres on 106.0 MHz since 2013.

Pop music programs with frequent IDs "Radio Ejani" and final CRI
announcement in Albanian from Beijing during the 1-hour transmission.
The tx then carries CRI in Polish at 2000 z (Ullmar Qvick,
Norrköping-SWEDEN, Nov 22)``

Like several other languages, CRI is unable to produce own programs in
Albanian, so this is the roundabout substitute. Kai Ludwig replies:

``In case I keep forgetting to check it: Should be // 7385 kHz. The
inserted CRI ID suggests that this simply replaces their own
Albanian-language radio productions.

Remember that in last year CRI made drastic cuts to its linear radio
programming, reducing many language services to hardly more than music
and already telling listeners in Brazil that the radio service in
Portuguese has ceased.

Radio Ejani just *is* CRI:

No contacts in Albania whatsoever, so apparently the two FM
transmitters just take a feed from Beijing, and this program output is
now also routed to the transmitters in China previously used for
separate Albanian shortwave broadcasts, if they still did them for
some time after 2013 at all. Kai`` (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

** NIGERIA. 7255-, Nov 25 at 0636, VON is back on tonight, S9+10/20
but undermodulated (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

** NORTH AMERICA. Re: 6924.884-AM, Nov 25 at 0223, VP S7-S8 music,
only pirate activity now; 0232 brief announcement, more music, LA?
0253 still going, at 0254 into MCW, but fading and only partially
copiable and perhaps with errors; ``CA - OA - OIAEN - ZAN - ORA -
ABEC``, until 0258*. Thought it might be Nova, which does CW IDs, but
no fit. I was hoping someone on HFU would have IDed this and/or copied
the code (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

Ron Howard replied: ``Glenn, Was also listening to this station.
Please listen to my recording and let me know what you can make out.

Nov 25, on 6924.88 AM, tuned in at 0149 UT to non-stop LA music; 0206,
CW (assume ID?) followed by spoken ID (loop); 0209, test tone,
followed by more of the same type of music. Afraid I have no ability
to deal with CW and very little to deal with Spanish. My audio of one
minute of music, then CW ID, followed by spoken IDs (loop), posted at
Thanks very much for any help! Ron California``

I replied: ``Ron, Great, clear recording. CW is
Then M&W repeat multiple times ``ésta es la zanahoria en escabeche``

Put that phrase in search and it means ``spicy pickled carrots`` --- a
Mexican dish; ah yes, I`ve had those without knowing their name -- but
-- now what? Well, Mexico is really in North America... Glenn``

Ron Howard refers to a belated log of this from Chris Smolinski at,74793.0.html

``I received this station last night, after a somewhat laborious
session of listening to the SDR recordings I came up with this

ZANAHORIA EN ESCABECHE 6924.9 AM 0111 UTC 25 Nov 2020
« on: Today at 15:01 » SDR recording catch

0111 Carrier came on
0117 Music, Jorge Negrete "Ay Jaliso No Te Rajes", SIO 333
0121 Jorge Negrete "Yo Soy Mexicano"
0126 Jorge Negrete "Cocula"
0128 Jorge Negrete "Juan Charrasqueado"
0131 ZANAHORIA EN ESCABECHE repeated several times in CW
0134 SS OM "Esta es la ... " repeated, signal has faded by now, down
to SIO 222 and then most 111 with some occasional peaks.
0138 Music, too weak for Shazam.
0155 Mariachi Pablo Olmedo "Ay Jalisco No Te Rajes"
0206 CW again, weak.
0210 Back to music
0215 "Asunto Pendiente"
0254 CW, weak, sounds like ZANAHORIA EN ESCABECHE
0258 Carrier off

I would greatly appreciate an eQSL if the station operator happens to
see this logging, thank you! « Last Edit: Today at 15:05 by
ChrisSmolinski » Logged Chris Smolinski Westminster, MD``

As for the carrot pirate, no telling which side of border it`s on but
would be neat if it`s really in Mexico (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

** U S A. 420-MCW kHz, Nov 25 at 0650, ND beacon FQ, which is 25 watts
from Fairmont, Minnesota, also with a much weaker understation I can`t
fully copy with storm crashes, but rather sure there is an X in the
call. The only one listed around here is on 419, TX, 50 watts in
Lawrenceville - Gwinnett, Georgia (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

** U S A. WORLD OF RADIO 2061 monitoring; next:
2200 UT Wednesday WBCQ 7490v to WSW
2300 UT Wednesday WRMI 9955 to SSE
0100 UT Thursday WRMI 7780 to NE

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UNIDENTIFIED. 17545.06V, Nov 25 at 1539, JBA talk, off-frequency and
wobbling so it`s hard to measure to 3 decimal places. Only thing known
here is that Eritrean clandestine Bayto Yiakl, but it`s supposedly
Saturdays only at 1530-1600 via France, and this is Wednesday. Maybe
expanded as the conflict along the border with Ethiopia is heating up.
Would not expect ISSoudun to be that far off-frequency, so maybe some
other site like UAE (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

UNIDENTIFIED. 18127-USB, Nov 25 at 1530 and earlier, ragchew sounds
like Plattdeutsch; mentions a VA9- call, not sure if his in Canada or
a contact (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

This report dispatched at 2156 UT November 25