mercoledì 26 febbraio 2014

Glenn Hauser logs February 25-26, 2014

** BRAZIL. 9665.6 approx., Feb 26 at 0122, sound like a national anthem, but unfamiliar, with full orchestra, good signal. I was speculating on North Korea until 0124 Brazilian announcement. So R. Voz Missionária has varied back up to the hi side of nominal frequency; nothing around to het it (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) See also UNIDENTIFIED 5999.65

** BRAZIL [and non]. 6134.8, Feb 26 at 0057, big collision tonight, not only R. Santa Cruz, BOLIVIA, but another equal-strength signal almost on same frequency, close enough to cause a rumbling low audible heterodyne past 0111. Strongly suspect it`s the widely-varying R. Aparecida, which had been as high as 6137+, but now attempting to confront RSC head-on? Or just here by chance? With main receiver DX-398 on 6134.8, second receiver G8 tuned to 11855 which is audible at 0101, and by 0113 can barely make it // during talk from Aparecida, while RSC is in music (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA. 15230, Feb 26 at 0627, very poor signal with music. Suspect it`s RHC, failing to turn off this transmitter at 0500. There`s no other Spanish frequency to compare it with, all the others on 5, 6 MHz in English service music and not //. But at 0630 I detect a few words of Spanish, so that`s it.

6060, among the RHC English frequencies at 0641 Feb 26 is very undermodulated, and 5040 is somewhat undermodulated (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** KUWAIT. 15540, Feb 25 at 2055, JBA carrier, no doubt R. Kuwait`s English broadcast at 18-21, which little by little, should become more and more audible with springtime oncoming (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** NORTH AMERICA. 6935-USB, Feb 26 at 0104, very dense music, so very hard to pinpoint frequency until there was some voice. Off at 0120 recheck. Many logs here agree it was XLR8 until 0111*:,15543.0.html

** OKLAHOMA. On an unID, the question arose whether KSIW 1450 Woodward OK might have flipped away from sports. Not when I check it on caradio; at 90 miles away I can barely hear it on groundwave, but Feb 25 at 1917 UT, sports talk and WWLS ID in passing. It`s getting a boost from defacto powerline beverage radiation I happen to be stopped under; otherwise it`s about as weak as co-channel KGFF Shawnee OK at the same distance, which is playing Elvis and gives its own ID at 1924 UT. The two make a SAH of 220/minute = three and two-thirds Hz. Possibly there is an even weaker third station in the mix, the under-powered KWHW Altus OK. On a portable second radio I am also comparing 1450 to WWLS 98.1 and to KWPN 640, all of which mostly ID as ``WWLS, The Sports Animal``. 1450 definitely not // 640, 98.1 definitely not // 640, but maybe 1450 // 98.1 but far out of synch.

Then I check the website --- nothing there about the several stations around OK relaying it. No hits with direct internal searches on KSIW, or separately on 1450.

There is, however, a link to Babe of the Day, like WCKY and several other sports radio stations, WWLS feeling the responsibility to proffer soft porn to its ``animals``, adding a much-needed visual aspect: here, bare butts are OK but not breasts.

You may wonder how an FM station in OK, 425 miles from the nearest bend of the Mississippi near Greenville, could have a W- call? 640 was originally a grandfathered legacy call WNAD, at the University of Oklahoma in Norman, which stupidly sold off its educational AM station to commercial interests. It became WWLS on Dec 7, 1981. At some point, the city of license shifted north a notch to Moore. I don`t know the real story, but it would seem the new owners convinced the FCC that in view of its history, this station deserved to retain a W-call. That lasted until April 4, 2012, when it changed to KWPN. Meanwhile, the same owners had acquired the 98.1 FM facility and made it WWLS-FM on Oct 23, 2006. It took another 5.5 years for the AM side to be demoted to KWPN (not KEPN as I misrecalled in my original report: I never can remember the calls since it still non-IDs as ``WWLS``, and I avoid listening to stupid sportstalk as much as possible). Also, 640 remains
 infested with IBOC, but only during daytime, and sometimes turned off unpredictably.

Meanwhile, it would take several years for OU to get back into the public radio field, and by then, no full-power FM channels were available (or affordable), so KGOU became a class-A on 106.3, and had to add another one on 105.7, KROU in Spencer, just the other side of OKC, in order to cover the city adequately. Despite its low power, 105.7 would make it to Enid if it were not for a local translator on 105.5 which KGOU has refused to challenge; meanwhile, further-flung towns like Woodward get their own OU relay station, KWOU 88.1, 23.5 kW ERP, which needs some tropo enhancement to make it to Enid vs another station in Moore, 50 kW KMSI, Oasis Network (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** OKLAHOMA. 1650, Feb 26 at 0647 during `Red Eye Radio`, KYHN Sallisaw is running 25 seconds behind same on 1640 KZLS, which in turn is about 5 hateful words behind 1520 KOKC (Glenn Hauser, Enid, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** PERU [and non]. 5980, Feb 26 at 0052, R. Chaski, Urubamba, Cusco, is unusually strong enough to provide some Spanish modulation, vs. T-storm crashes in the distance, and abetted by the absence of modulation from bigsig 5990 CRI via CUBA, still the case past 0101. 5980 still on at 0103 when I think I detect a light SAH from a second station, but the stronger Chaski signal quits at 0103:47*, 5 seconds later than yesterday, leaving the weaker one, which is whence?? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. WORLD OF RADIO 1709 monitoring: confirmed after 1400 UT Wednesday Feb 26 on WRMI-11, 9955, VG signal to the northwest.

Hope to have WOR 1710 ready for first airing:
UT Thursday 0430 on WRMI-10, 9955 to the south-southeast. Then:
Thu 1330 on WRMI-10 9955
Thu 2201 on WTWW-1 9475
UT Fri 0426v on WWRB-1 3195
Sat 0730 & 1530 on HLR 7265-CUSB
UT Sun 0030 on WTWW-2 5085 [but not last week]
UT Sun 0030 on WRMI-14 9495 [could be previous show]
UT Sun 0501 on WTWW-1 5830
UT Mon 0400v on Area 51 via WBCQ-4 5110v-CUSB
Tue 1200 on WRMI-10 9955
Wed 0730 0& 1530 on HLR 7265-CUSB
Wed 1400 on WRMI-11 9955

** U S A. 15610, 12050, 13830, Feb 25 at 2054, WEWN is still totally off all frequencies. By next check 0632 Feb 26, all three are back on: 11520 English, 11870 & 7555 Spanish, with the usual squeals (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 1509.8 approx., Feb 26 at 0649 UT, KCTE Independence MO for at least the fourth night is on the air illegally after daytime with sportstalk, and far out of frequency tolerance, big het upon poor WLAC.

Did not hear any ID at 0700 UT; omitted? It`s one thing for the automation failing to turn off transmitter at sunset (tho humans in charge should have noticed immediately); quite another for program feed still to be going into it and out of it when supposed to be off the air completely (and there is no known FM simulcast), making this less likely to be unintentional (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. 5999.65, approx., Feb 26 at 0115, het upon the lo side of RHC English 6000.0, and still there at 0637 during DXers Unlimited. Something new I would have noticed before. Best bet is R. Guaíba, Brasil, which may not have been active, or off-frequency? until now. Please confirm its exact frequency in South America (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. 15255, Feb 25 at 2125-2126* open carrier with flutter, whence? Uplooked later in HFCC, the only thing around is VOA Bambara via ASCENSION from 2130 weekdays --- so maybe it was testing and came back on in time (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

This report despatched at 1722 UT February 26