domenica 27 giugno 2010

Glenn Hauser logs June 25-27, 2010

** CHINA. Firedrake June 27: from 1320 to 1335, found nowhere 8-18 MHz except: 14700, fair at 1334 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA. 11760, RHC, June 26 at 2040 in English with Valverde reading stamp show script, always with political content. So at least this day, English not replaced by Spanish like happened to French during the following hour yesterday.

13680 missing again, Sunday June 27 at 1340, but hardly necessary since 13780 is inbooming with DX program ``En Contacto``, another episode in the almost-50-year history of RHC, reminiscences of revolutionary jailbirds who listened to it in racist South Africa, Uruguay, and primarily Paraguay; followed usual birthday greetings to listeners and staff at outset 1335.

RHC Esperanto weekly confirmed on 11760 at 1525 Sunday June 27 check: the big 95th world Esperanto congress is imminent in July in Havano, the movement having been coöpted by Commies, the Chi- also SW broadcasting in it (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** GAMBIA [non]. 15225, Save the Gambia Democracy Project, new clandestine brokered by Radio Miami International, Saturdays only at 1815-1830, 125 kW, 221 degrees via Nauen, GERMANY: First few weeks I missed it, at an inconvenient time, but tried June 26 at 1820 and there is a JBA signal in vernacular? Improves by 1825 and now it`s in English! YL discussing ``what we should do``. 1829 bit of music and off at 1830*. Dragan Lekic found out the station is really called Baati Rewmi Radio or "Voice of the Country", while Tony Rogers, BDXC-UK says it`s ``Voice of the Nation``. See showing "Baati Rewmi Radio". But I did not hear any of those IDs. Too bad they don`t archive audio on site, but do explain what they are about; not all the subpage linx work, yet? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** KUWAIT [non]. R. Kuwait`s tests via Skelton UK were to be thru UT Saturday 0400 only, and thus nothing to be heard June 26 at 2254 on 15305 tho direct 17750 was poorly audible; nor June 27 at 0120 on 11720. Nor 0310 on 9855, just weak presumed Botswana. But will they return permanently? Kuwait direct in English on 15540 was also fairly audible until 2100 June 26 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** MEXICO. Some more not fully identified Es TVDX June 26: at 2250 UT some Spanish fades in from SSW on channel 2: 2300 infomercial for MOINSAGE, concerned with aging, with website Signs of activity also on channel 3.

UT June 27 at 0100, a Rambo movie on channel 3 from Net-5 breaks for commercials including Powerade, consumed by FIFA players (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** OKLAHOMA. Continued from previous report: investigating further the new talking house on 1670 in Enid:

It so happened that the Friday June 25 Enid Eagle newspaper had an advertising supplement about open-houses coming Sunday afternoon at 2-4 pm, with a map, many realtors participating, including Greg Winkeljohn. He has only two properties involved in this, which seemed good candidates for the TH transmitter(s).

So I went on a visit without waiting for the OHs. Yes, the first one, at 1107 Quail Ridge
really exhibits the 1670 sign on the curb,
my photos:
and only parked right there is the QRM suppressed enough to copy the spiel clearly, altho the slush is still audible underneath. So that`s coming from a different transmitter.

Then I go to his other Sunday OH property, also in west-central Enid, only a few blox away but with no direct street connexion in another cul-de-sac, 4910 Manchester:

This one does not have a 1670 sign, but just like the previous home, when I park right in from of it, his spiel becomes readable. They all sound alike, but this is really a different one, and guess what! It`s the same one heard last year from yet another house which I tracked down, out in the country NW of Enid, the three-level in Whispering Hills! No exact address mentioned but I did find it at 202 Tanglewood, as in DXLDs 9-057, 9-069, 9-077.

So he has moved that transmitter to 4910 Manchester, altho not publicized, and it`s running with the old recording! Maybe he is planning to replace it with new spiel for the house from which it is really radiating.

One or both transmitters are unstable, making the QRM worse, but Winkeljohn apparently doesn`t understand that he should not run more than one TH transmitter so close together geographically on the same frequency --- a mixed blessing, as it confines the mess but hardly good for business. And part of his spiel promotes the talking-house concept, available to clients at no extra cost! I see nothing about it on the website, tho. Surely the units are frequency-agile and he is hardly held down to 1670 by any licensing.

But that`s not all. As I keep driving, on the east side of these western additions, I seem to be hearing yet another of his spiels slightly dominating the others on 1670. Address mentioned in the QRM sounds like it starts with 13--. Then I check his website which has a handy search funxion, leading to 1317 Cansler:

So the next afternoon I brave 100-degree heat to visit that address, and sure enough, 1317 Cansler is another 1670 TH, with a sign to that effect, and appears to be occupied.
My photo:

This one has somewhat larger range than the others. The first two are less than a quarter mile apart, while Cansler is almost one mile east of Quail Ridge. So parked at Cansler, there is less QRM but still some detectable. However, now I have the DX-398 with me; altho it sounds OK on the caradio, switching on the BFO at 1950 UT June 26, I can tell this one is FMing badly, unstable carrier varying with modulation, so the main source of QRM to the other two, besides each other. I would not be surprised if there are yet more of them on the 1670 Enid air.

At least the first two seem to be part-15 compliant with limited range, unlike when transmitting from Whispering Hills, but people residing near any of them will be out of luck hearing the new Mexican on 1670. Let`s just hope the houses sell before it oncomes. And Greg remembers not only to take down, but turn off the transmitters. They are all a few blox off Chestnut Ave. to the north. I could see no signs of an external antenna at any of them.

More aboutGreg; note correct spelling Winkeljohn, unlike my previous:
He`s a Catholic who has procreated with Renee at least seven times, among other personal facts thought to enhance business. If I were buying or selling a house, of course, the realtor would have to be an Atheist, procreating twice as much as Greg.

Meanwhile, the GCN pirate on 99.9, which I have also tracked down, in another part of Enid, was off the air again the afternoon of June 26, at various chex 1845-2030 UT, inletting traces of the licensed Fort Smith and/or Wichita Falls stations on caradio. Assuming it come back, anyone getting skip from Enid stations on 95.7, 103.1 or 107.1 should also look for GCN 99.9. Note: The Bob on 96.9 is an Enid station in the name of city of license only, really halfway to OKC and primarily for that market. But GCN was still off at 1525 June 27: at least all I could hear on portable were overload/mixes from authentic local stations (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** PORTUGAL. 21655, RDPI with Portuguese rap about the Internet, fair signal and OSOB, June 27 at 1417 // 15560 which is often VG but not now, marred by bubbling spur from cable DTV converters Suddenlink forces us to install (and they`re always `on`), or else (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 17585, VOA Greenville 1400-1430: while on weekdays this block is filled by Music Mix after news on the hour, weekends Africans axually get some food for thought. Saturday June 26 at 1405 it`s ``On the Line``, with Edward Felton and Gordon Chang discussing Chicom censorship of the internet, consensus that they are not going to succeed in the long run; 1427 USG Editorial about Iran, ending just in time for 1430*.

Sunday June 27 at 1414 check, a report on ``Stark Raving Mad``, adventure racing in Muskegon MI; VG signal, backwards Africa azimuth (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. As publicized in advance in the DXLD yg, WBCQ was live with Field Day call-ins June 26 far into UT June 27, keeping 7415 on the air much later than usual: at 0554, Ted Randall and guest were discussing who would get the prizes. Meanwhile 7000-7300 was crammed with CW and SSB from all the Field Dayers making direct contacts, ditto at 1320 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 9955, WRMI, UT Sunday June 27 at 0500 with ``Encontro DX``, the Brasilian DX program, instead of ``La Voz del Consejo`` clandestine as in the latest WRMI program grid I have dated June 8. So have they canceled other broadcasts too? Axually I was listening on webcast with no reception problems.

Instead of speaking radio-Portuguese clearly for non-native speakers, the show is a rapid colloquial dialog between two hosts and various DXCB contributors, so I had trouble understanding everything. Includes Catholic propaganda, since it originally airs on Rádio Aparecida Saturday nights, as mentioned several times. Finally broke for an old 78(?) song recording at the half hour before I QRT. Program lasts a full hour.

9955, WRMI, Sunday June 27 at 1330, WOR theme JBA at new time, with lite bubble jamming, tnx a lot, Arnie! But plenty against lite signal from WRMI, plus and minus ACI from Taiwan and Taiwan (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)