giovedì 29 maggio 2014

Glenn Hauser logs May 29, 2014

** CUBA [and non]. 5999.6, May 29 at 0638 check, RNBrasília`s extra transmitter is still on here causing lite het to 6000.0, RHC English during ``Wednesday`` mailbag (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** JAPAN. 17585, May 29 at 0643, lively W&M talk in Japanese, poor signal. This is one of the special NHK frequencies put on the air for 24-hour service to Japanese residents in military Thailand, per schedule from S. Hasegawa, this one at 05-08 UT. For those who haven`t seen them in the DXLD yg, full sked is:
0900-1700 11815
1700-1900  7225
1900-2100  9560
2100-0100 13680
0100-0500 17810
0500-0800 17585
0800-0900 13650
Many of these were already in use, but extended to fill in gaps; presumably all direct from Yamata. I suspect these and other expanded broadcasts for Thailand from BBC and VOA will fade away as the Outside gets used to yet another period of military rule. BBC and VOA also have a lot to lose by pushing the issue, both with SW relay bases in Thailand (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** MEXICO. After an hour of fitful hints of video on channel 2, Es opens up at 1548 UT May 29:

1548 on 2, multiple CCI from different offsets to the southwest, but best signal from WSW: studio talk show, with 14 day countdown to Mundial at the bottom. Azteca-7 bug barely visible in upper right. From direxion and network, expected to be XHENT Ensenada BCN; 1555 ad for Vertigo with circle-V commercial logo briefly in upper right instead. Then I make out the slogan along with the Mundial countdown: AZTECARIOCA ---- get it? Tiny white lettering appears quickly in the upper left along the letterbox black strip, missed ID? Maybe not. 1556 Mexico`s equivalent of Amber Alert, missing child notice, but around the DF, I think, not BC. Back to program, title behind the anchor something like ALGUIEN RESPONDE. 1558 finally I can make out the XHENT CANAL 2 / ENSENADA BC two-line ID bug in the UR. This signal is never as strong, snow-free as XHBC:

1557 on 3, XHBC Mexicali has faded in, W&W conversation mentions Mexicali right away; heavy ghosting, but peaks snow-free. This is always stronger than XHENT-2. 1600 in studio dancer-sizing segment, guys leading gals. 1602 full-screen grafik: HOLA MEXICALI.

1559 on 5, Azteca-13 bug in UR, so evidence that XHAQ Mexicali is still on analog 5, the MUF reaching it today; peaks snow-free too. 1603 program bug in LL is VENGA ALEGRIA in circle, non-local out of the DF no doubt, but below that is a PDT clock as 09:03. Take some pix at 1605, linx to be added later if worthy.

With the TV MUF up to 82 MHz, FM should be possible. Finding that the page for BC FM is empty, I look up in Cantú the FM frequencies for Ensenada:
89.1, 92.1, 92.9, 95.5, 97.9, 100.3, 101.1, 103.3, 106.9
and Mexicali:
(88.7 = USA), 89.9, 90.7, 91.5, 92.3, 95.5, 96.9, 98.3, 101.9, 103.3, 104.1, 104.9, 105.5, 105.9, 106.7
Didn`t get Tijuana copied down but notice that some of them duplicate Mexicali! So beware. Anyhow, seems I won`t need them now as the FM DX turns out to be Alta Californian: see U S A. Meanwhile the MUF from XH-land is declining down to channel 2 CCI by 1700 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** OKLAHOMA. RF 51, May 29 at 1433 UT check, NO signal any more from KSBI-TV OKC, so the transition to RF 23 is complete for ``Channel 52``. I believe it was still on both RF channels yesterday when I checked, or certainly ante-yesterday. One is hard-pressed to find *anything* on their website about their true RF channel, now 23; who cares? It does still say at the top, ``Digital Antenna Scan for CH 52``! Internal site search simply on the number 23 gets 3058 hits, presumably totally spurious, but including a lot of videos, perhaps with those numbers embedded anywhere in the URLs (Glenn Hauser, Enid, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. WORLD OF RADIO 1723 monitoring: confirmed first broadcast Thursday May 29 from 1230 on WRMI, 9955. Good signal, no jamming audible for a change; did not catch today when the switch from WRMI-10 to WRMI-11 was made, but it was not at 1258. Next: Thu 2100 on WTWW 9475, WBCQ 7490; UT Fri 0326v on WWRB 5050 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. Following WOR 1723 on WRMI 9955, no `Scoreboard` at all followed at 1259 May 29, just fill music and Zanotti ID. I suspect Bruce Baskin may have given up trying to get any sponsorship for that 1-minute show. Looking thru the program info on the WRMI website,
We find he`s now doing something else:

``Rock Radio Revival, CONTACT: Bruce Baskin,
Sunday nights are now a lot louder on shortwave radio. On May 4, 2014, Radio Miami International debuted a new half-hour classic Christian rock program featuring music ranging from Eighties heavy metal bands to Nineties alternative rockers. "Rock Radio Revival" airs every Sunday at 9:30 PM EDT on WRMI, following the popular "Blues Radio International" show. The host of the new program, Bruce Baskin, has been WRMI's sports director for the past 16 months, producing the WRMI Scoreboard weekdays since January 2013. . .`` Promises not to proselytize.

Indeed the program grid now displayed, dated May 3, 2014, but also mislabeled B-13,
has removed all the `Scoreboard` times, but instead of R.R.R. at 9:30 pm Sundays shows `Word for the World`, and no R.R.R. anywhere else (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 1530, May 29 at 0604 UT, another try for KLBW New Boston TX, cheating daytimer already heard thrice at this hour: instead, like last night, there is oldie music, no ID but 0606 UT segué; 0608 UT DJ mentions The Guess Who, caller on air with him. 0613 UT two Ad Council PSAs, so paid advertising to overlay them is sparse; 0615 UT back to music; 0617 UT, 866- toll free number ``is smokin```, takin` requests, but is it really live in the nightmiddle? Maybe so, altho typically immediate fulfillment of a request means it`s been taped a bit earlier. She gets what she wants, ``We Are the Champions``. 0624 UT next break brings ad for the I-25 Speedway, weather; 0626 UT joint ID first for KWRP 690 Pueblo, and then KCMN 1530 Colorado Springs, which are the two components of the ``I-25 Radio Network`` as heard last night at this time.

Thruout this period, and also last night, nothing more heard from KLBW, so it appears they have handed over cheatin` responsibility on 1530 to KCMN, which is supposed to be 15 watts night instead of 15 kW day. Note: no station would really want to run only 15 watts at night: no doubt this was the figure FCC came up with so KCMN would not have have to install an expensive direxional antenna system in order to run higher power at night. It might also have required a different transmitter site in order to put a usable signal into CS (or along I-25), or that might have been impossible considering the other stations which supposedly have to be protected.

Meanwhile, we are deprived of Brother Scare on WCKY Cincinnati, SOB! Looking at the NRC Pattern Book, however, WCKY`s pattern puts very little signal to the west, just as KFBK Sacramento puts very little signal to the east, and KGBT Harlingen puts very little signal to the north --- the big three 50 kW stations on 1530 (KGBT cut to 10 at night). From the map, there is such a gap in mid-America that it looks as if KCMN should be allowed to run full power at night, perhaps with a few nulls toward the other three. Checking FCC AM Query in case there has been some change? No, but they do have 1 kW for critical hours, and this signal could well be 1 instead of 15 kW; or somewhere in between (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 88.1, May 29 at 1623 UT, after TVDX from Mexicali and Ensenada BC, MUF up into FM, yet not much on TV now; overriding the 88.1 Okies, promos for ``K-jazz``; 1624, ``K-jazz 88.1, member-supported jazz radio``. At first I assume it`s Phœnix, but wait a minute, the real KJZZ is not on 88.1! Do they have a satellite or translator on 88.1? Not per WTFDA FM database and anyhow this one IDs as on 88.1 originally. Further checking finds it must really be KKJZ, 30 kW in Long Beach CA, a.k.a. ``K-jazz``. HAAT is only 137 meters, so must not be on Mt Wilson. City-to-city distance to Long Beach: 1870/1162/1010 km/sm/nm.

90.7, May 29 at 1635 UT, find one other FM Es signal on a relatively clear frequency here: interview with the late Maya Angelou (who came up with a much classier name than her née), but not // with Tavis Smiley doing the same on OETA OKLA. Then to others reminiscing about her. Not recognizing Amy Goodman voice, but very likely `Democracy Now` as now scheduled to repeat on KPFK, Los Ángeles, which is on Mount Wilson, grandfathered 110 kW ERP up 863 meters AAT (this did not keep not one but two BCN stations from usurping the same frequency, unheard now.) Distance: 1846/1147/997. Fade after 2 or 3 minutes.

88.3, May 29 at 1643 UT, woman with community event about a wilderness adventure, see (? no good link). ``To submit your event visit``. Fade out and back in, at first thought another station: 1647 ``Life FM`` after music, two M DJ chat about how no great explorers were women since they always stop and ask for direxions, yuk2. Finally another ``Life FM`` non-ID and PDT timecheck for 10 till 10 at 1650 UT. Meanwhile I had searched on that slogan for 88.3 in the WTFDA db and got only one hit anywhere: KAXL in Greenacres (Bakersfield) CA, 21 kW. Distance km/sm/nm: 1915/1190/1034. Recording clips to be added (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

This report despached at 1844 UT May 29