giovedì 27 febbraio 2014

Glenn Hauser logs February 26-27, 2014

** BRAZIL. 5999.59, Feb 27 at 0642, for second nite, weak audible het upon low side of RHC English. Meanwhile, Art Delibert replied, from which I take the exact frequency: ``0120-0130 -- I'm hearing the station on 5999.59. Fairly strong signal that competes well with talk on RHC, but can't compete with the music. Language is definitely Portuguese, seems to be a sports event (Art Delibert, N. Bethesda, MD, JRC NRD 535D, 2/27/14)``. So listed R. Guaíba, Porto Alegre? Maybe not; from DXLD 14-07:

``Tuesday, February 11, 2014 --- New DRM testing in Brazil will begin soon. At this time the "Empresa Brasil de Comunicação - EBC" is testing a 4 kW AM transmitter in 6000 kHz, from Brasília - Distrito Federal. This same transmitter will be used in tests with DRM30 digital radio in Brazil. More details:
Monday to Friday
Transmitter with 4 kW power - LEMSA solid
Time of 9:30h to 15:30h (Brasília - 2h UT) or 1130 to 1730 (UT)
[note: Brazil goes off DST Feb 16! so time will then presumably shift
to 1230-1830 UT --- gh]
Freq: 6.0 MHz
Mode: AM - PDM
Azimuth of 244 degrees from Brasília [WSW!]

Good news, EBC (the Brazilian public broadcaster) detailed their plans
for the SW trial. They'll use a Continental Lensa transmitter at power
levels of 4 kW, 1 kW and 250 W with the antenna at Brasília beamed to
Amazônia (beamed to the north [sic]).

They made reception prediction using VOACAP and the expected coverage
with be the centre and part of the north of Brazil at 4 kW. They'll
start testing the tx in AM mode in a few days at 6000 kHz. Also, as
soon as possible, they'll change the crystal to 5990 kHz (EBC's Radio
Senado frequency) and install the DRM30 exciter. ; ) Best regards,
Rafael Diniz (Via drmna yg via WORLD OF RADIO 1708, DXLD)``

** CUBA. 11750, Feb 27 at  1447, RHC in dead air, unlike // 11760, then occasional bits of JBM on 11750 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** IRAN [non]. 13615, Feb 27 at 1449, enjoyable and distinctive mix of western and Iranian pop music, quickly confirmed with Radio Farda ID, but poor signal here; then found a bit better on // 15410. 13615 is via Lampertheim, GERMANY at 1430-1730; while 15410 is via Woofferton, UK at 1400-1600 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** MEXICO. 1170, Feb 27 at 1323 UT, I`m getting Spanish with KFAQ Tulsa nevertheless nullable, but making a 1.6 Hz SAH with what`s left of it. Greeting celebrants of wedding anniversaries and playing a tune. I thought I heard a place name ``Alton`` mentioned which had me going as a possible US station around St Louis; 1332 ``Que Buena`` ID in passing; but 1335 Mexican federal PSAs, and fuller ``Ke Buena 11-70 AM`` ID, which is the name of XERT, Reynosa, Tamaulipas, 5 kW daytimer, per IRCA. 1358 recheck: still getting some Mexican music with KFAQ nulled. Enid sunrise was 1305 UT, now hastening 10 minutes earlier every week (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** MEXICO. 1320, Feb 27 at 1338 UT, vamp music loop, 1339 two Spanish guys chatting; CST TCs several times at 1345, 1347, 1354; barely make out a Coahuila state PSA at 1352, vamp music loop again at 1353, more chat, so it`s the expected closest one, 10 kW XECPN, Piedras Negras, Coahuila. Very fast SAH thruout, probably caused by my nearest, KCLI Clinton OK, which is obviously perpetually off-frequency during daytime groundwave dominance with its far-right agenda (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** OKLAHOMA. Regarding my ``Sports Animal`` monitoring concerning KSIW 1450 Woodward, along with WWLS-FM 98.1 The Village [OKC], and KWPN 640 Moore (mostly? separate with ESPN net), and my finding nothing about affiliates on the website --- Larry Russell in Michigan, MARE Tipsheeet points out that there is a different `Sports Animal` in eastern OK:

``1550 KYAL Sapulpa OK 2:30am Sports. Heard mention of OSU & website: Website lists 2 FMs at top of page & 2 AMs way down at bottom of page, including AM-1550 Tulsa. [AM doesn't matter anymore.] rare catch. 2/17 (Russell)``.

The other AM on the site is 1490 Muskogee, i.e. KBIX, which Bruce Winkelman, driving near the site, has repeatedly found to be silent, last report from late December. No Babe gallery on the Tulsa version!

Not clear whether these also simulcast local animalistic sports talk out of OKC, but maybe not, considering civic rivalries. Another one is KPGM 1500 Pawhuska/Bartlesville, i.e. closer to Tulsa, but not sure to which group it may affiliate, nor do I care except for the purposes of DX identification (Glenn Hauser, Enid, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** OKLAHOMA. 1640, Feb 27 at 0646 UT, KZLS Enid is in dead air except for periodic blaaaps! as some audio including music is attempting to break thru, probably a lost commercial, as then followed by a trucker ad in normal modulation (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** OKLAHOMA. Update on KXOK-LD, sorry excuse for a TV station in Enid: on RF 31 & 32, it continues to broadcast no Retro TV, but a few old segments from syndicated OK promotional shows, presumably freebies, `Discover Oklahoma`, but more often now, `Outdoor Oklahoma`, from the Department of Wildlife Conservation, i.e. hunting & fishing show as ``conservation`` is only for the purpose of slaughtering poor animals for sport. Human host is a thalidomide? survivor with withered arms and hands, whom we are nevertheless pleased to see in such a visible job with no problems.

This was around 2000 UT check February 26. By 1600 UT Feb 27, back to segments from the other show, `Discover Oklahoma`, featuring peripatetic hostess Jenifer [sic] Reynolds, again about Pryor OK, with long black screens between them, and occasional ID slides for KTEW 18 Ponca, KXOK 31 Enid and K35JY Lamont (but never the RF 32, inter-city point-to-point feeder to Lamont, WQOS5306!). I assume KXOK has a DVD changer set up to play this same filler stuff over and over, rather than funxioning as a real TV station with a network feed.

KXOK`s two subchannels: 31.2 with color bars and silence, but still PSIP ID as M-FOX. 31.3 instead of black and silence, now also has color bars, and Azteca PSIP ID. 31.2 can change aspect ratio, but 31.3 and 31.1 cannot; why? It`s now been weeks since we have been able to watch any real Spanish programming from either network (Glenn Hauser, Enid, DX LISTENIING DIGEST)

** U S A [and non]. WORLD OF RADIO 1710 monitoring: not ready for first broadcast at 0430 UT Thursday, but instead 1330 Thursday Feb 27 on WRMI-10, 9955, confirmed: rather weak signal compared to 9950 Furusato no Kaze from Taiwan, and 9965 R. Australia from Palau. At *1355, WRMI-11 carrier comes on 9955, overriding us on WRMI-10, and at 1356 modulation switches to #11 aimed northwest, so the last three minutes of WOR are suddenly loud & clear, and playing to completion before 1359 `Scoreboard`. Next:

Thu 2201 on WTWW-1 9475
UT Fri 0426v on WWRB-1 3195 [not on the air last week]
Sat 0730 & 1530 on Hamburger Lokalradio 7265-CUSB
UT Sun 0030 on WRMI-14 9495
UT Sun 0030 on WTWW-2 5085 [but not last week]
UT Sun 0501 on WTWW-1 5830
UT Mon 0400v on Area 51 via WBCQ 5110v-CUSB [last week: 0403-]
Tue 1200 on WRMI-10 9955
Wed 0730 & 1530 on Hamburger Lokalradio 7265-CUSB
Wed 1400 on WRMI-11 9955

** U S A. 1510, Feb 27 at 0648 UT, no het upon WLAC, but plenty of CCI, as KCTE MO must have finally decided to quit broadcasting illegally at night, and far out of frequency tolerance. But we`re sure there will be a recurrence (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** VATICAN [and non]. 11625, Feb 27 at 0637, Vatican Radio is propagating again, African service in English, an alternative to the declining Latin mass on 3975, 6075, etc. News by a non-African about Pope Emeritus Benedict`s rejexion of reports that he was forced to resign due to scandals, and about how he wears his vestments differently from his successor. 0639 ID and switch to heavy African accent for Catholic news from there. 11625 is 250 kW, 202 degrees from SMG, nowhere near USward, even backward. By comparison, 11645 Greece is very poor with flutter, having to traverse further north into the auroral zone (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

This report dispatched at 1731 UT February 27