venerdì 5 agosto 2011

Glenn Hauser logs August 4, 2011

** BELGIUM [non]. 17750-17755-17760, August 4 at 2026, DRM noise is rampant, TDP Radio via GUIANA FRENCH, while it was missing earlier in the same hour on August 3 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CANADA [and non]. Following sporadic E opening from Denver to the NW on 11m, see USA, I turn on TV and see the MUF is up to channel 4 from further in the same direxion, August 4, UT:

2037 on 3, `Doctor Phil` --- signal is so steady and weak that at first I fear it`s cable or VCR radiation. It`s // KOCO-7 OKC, but not synchro and without the big KOCO-5 bug in the LR. Fades are gradually down and up, unlike the rapid fading and heavy CCI earlier in the summer season. Mostly no audio with inadequate MUF above video carrier, but surges at 2035 during local break to hear a promo for a ceremony to honor ``fallen heroes in Saskatoon``. At 2038 back to Dr Phil, but KOCO has cut away for ``Sky 5 Live`` above a wildfire near OKC.

Anyhow this 3 is surely CFQC-TV-1 in Stranraer, full-power relay of CFQC channel 8 in Saskatoon, as received a number of times in past years. At 2108 it`s Oprah on 3, and still // but not synchro with KOCO-7, interviewing supermodels. (If I were one, I would be embarrassed to be called that; no chance, tho; and by ``embarrassed`` I do not mean pregnant.)

Plugging in a Saskatoon postal code to zap2it, S7M 5V7 found for a radio station in the WRTH, another of its multitude of uses, gets the schedules for CFQC et al., confirming Phil and Oprah at 2 and 3 pm CST.

2039 on 2, cooking show. Maybe segment in same show as next on 4?

2045 on 4, talk show about sex when audio briefly infades, think I see a CBC pizza on the set wall. Sex one of the topics listed for today`s `Steven and Chris` show on CBC at 2-3 pm CST. However, ``about`` was pronounced à l`américaine, not canadienne, so is this an import? Never heard of it in the US.

Probably CBKT-1, 100 kW in Moose Jaw (né CHAB-TV), but there is also a 17 kW CBC relay in Greenwater Lake, CBKST-11. At 2100 now a cooking show and I can see a CBC bug in LR. Steady signal, but mostly not reaching audio. Fits nicely with scheduled `Best Recipes Ever` on CBK stations; too bad this was gone by 2138 when ``22 minutes`` airs, the news parody show. 2107 saw some rabbit ears, probably a DTV-conversion warning PSA.

2209 on 2, Rogers Cup promo from CBC. If we are still in Saskatchewan, there are two medium-power CBC relays; perhaps more likely CKSA-TV on the border with Alberta at Lloydminster, which despite being private is a CBC affiliate, and overpowered at 116 kW. No, CKSA is offset zero while I was seeing offset plus or minus, and both the SK stations are +. So per it is either:

Cypress Hills SK CBCP-TV-2 6.750 274.60 +dH 49-39-25.00N 109-30-48.00W R-OP CBKT (9 CBC) via CBCP-1 (7)
Spiritwood SK    CBKST-13 21.100 163.60 +dH 53-12- 5.00N 107-30-53.00W R-OP CBKST (11 CBC) via CBKST-9 (5)

2227 on 5, MUF briefly shoots up to video here sufficient to spot CBC bug in LR. As usual, too many options, four in SK and two in AB.

2257 on 2, mostly gone with occasional signs of signals. During most of this period same antenna was also feeding DTV converter on channel 2, but as usual, no sign of anything from the USA (Glenn Hauser, Enid OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 15385, August 4 at 1914, KJES NM with ``Santa María`` praise music, by pros instead of kids, VG S9+20 with Es help. Modulation a bit rough and then fade music to tell a Jesus story in Spanish (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 15825, August 4 at 1915, WWCR is extremely strong with sporadic-E enhancement, S9+22 estimated on FRG-7 meter, which is about the most any non-local signal can register --- and the squeal is again being heard, not too bad but certainly audible under kid with poor dixion singing an old song reminding us of a ``Little Orphan Annie`` poem, ``[something] will get you if you don`t watch out``, ``control that lower lip``, evidently a morality lesson. July program schedule still posted shows at 1915-1930 M-F, `Daily Story Time`.

Also splattering plus/minus 45 kHz, and the spurs just below 15810 and just above 15840 are clearly audible with // modulation. Of course, all these get worse, the stronger the fundamental signal, but previous strong signals did not audiblize the squeal. Instead of fixing WWCR-1, they might have swapped another transmitter, now back to the original. The -1, -2, -3, -4 designations don`t necessarily apply to specific transmitters, but instead program/frequency/antenna/transmission services which really could be routed thru any of the transmitters (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 20000 had WWV short-skipping in by sporadic-E, so a good time to tune up to 31 MHz. Nothing much on 15 or 12 m hambands, a bit on 10m including on 28430-USB a W-zero working W3s, and:

On 25950 at 1923 August 4 I come to an NBFM signal copiable by slope detexion with adstring, fading up from nothing to S9+5 peaks. I bet it`s the KOA remote unit in Denver, commonly heard further away at moe favorable skip distances than mine, less than 500 miles. Includes ``your Bronco station,``, ``Colorado, the hail capital`` from a roofer, and several others.

I bet it`s during Rush Limbaugh: yes, back he came at 1926, so I quickly tune on to avoid puking. I should have logged all the advertisers in order to boycott them the next time I am in CO. Quick check again at 1941, but signal is gone by now. I can`t find any previous log by me of this, certainly not in the last biyear. Wasted a lot of time searching DX and official sources for the proper callsign of this unit without any luck. Probably is three letters plus three numbers. The ham at KOA who QSLed some others did not even mention what it really is.

Next check at 2127, it`s back in ad break of some other far-right show by now. Meanwhile I was getting Saskatchewan on TV; see CANADA (Glenn Hauser, Enid OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 12050, Aug 4 at 1945, tune across WEWN in Spanish to hear ``por su dolorosa pasión`` repeated over and over by unxuous announcer, alternating with caller repeating over and over ``ten misercordia de nosotros del mundo entero``. After more than a minute announcer finally put an end to this nonsense with ``Amen.``

Tuning across WEWN 7555/11870 in the nightmiddle, chances are at least 50-50 that you will hear the very same phrases, in the `Paz a la luz de la luna en vivo desde Miami` program UT Tue-Sat at 04-06. There are at least three different Spanish schedules, but this one appears only on the SW one at
While another live call-in program M-F at 19-20 is ``Jesús en ti confío EN VIVO``, apparently from the same source, same host (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. WORLD OF RADIO 1576 monitoring: confirmed on WTWW 9479, Thursday August 4 at 2100, VG signal. Confirmed on WRMI webcast after 1500 and 2100 Aug 4; inaudible on 9955 at 2127 check tho no jamming. WBCQ 7415 not audible either, but confirmed on webcast after 2130. Next chance: UT Friday 0330v on WWRB 5051. Also on ACB Radio Mainstream webcasts 2-hourly from 0100 UT Friday (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ###