domenica 13 luglio 2014

Glenn Hauser logs July 12-13, 2014

** ALBANIA. See IRAN [and non]. 9845, July 13 at 0135 check, R. Tirana in the clear with fair signal vs summer noise level (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** BOLIVIA. 6024.9, July 13 at 0102, carrier here, presumably again Red Patria Nueva, typically low. Lots of splatter from both sides, 6020-China/Albania and 6030 DCJC/Martí (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA [and non]. 6060, July 13 at 0103, RHC has LAH from Brasil, and SAH from Iran, where the Azeri Ramadan service until July 29ish is now running straight thru from 1920 to 0320 (but Aoki shows a site change at 0120 from Sirjan at 329 degrees to Kamalabad ND which should theoretically weaken the signal over here). Anyhow, tnx to CFRX` lethargy in getting itself repaired, RHC is QRM-free only 10 kHz up on 6070, so who needs 6060? Answer: those hunting the leapfrog over 6165 on 6270 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CYPRUS. 9637-9664, July 13 at 0110 and still at 0137, strong OTH radar maybe from here, lo-pitched but hi pulse rate. Brazilian on 9665- barely escapes the edge of it. BTW, the big buzz in my own neighborhood has mostly abated, at least for now (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** GREECE. 9935, July 13 at 0105, open carrier/dead air, good signal, and still the same at rechex 0127, 0137. So Avlis has this transmitter on, but 9420 is off allowing weak IranQuran thru and nothing audible on 15630 or 15650 either (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** IRAN. 9845, July 13 at 0106, oh-oh, something new is here, fair signal with Qur`an alternating with non-musical talk. Not // 9420, or Oman 9500 or Cairo 9965 (which is JBM with whine). I bet it`s another augmented Iranian for Ramadan, and if this keep up could clash with Albania`s only English to North America on same at 0130. Yes: 0120 Iran`s IS plays but cuts off at 0121:34* before Tirana starts (tho it has been known to come on earlier than 0120), so neatly coördinated. It`s the Turkish service at 0020-0120 only, 500 kW, 310 degrees from Sirjan, also USward, during Ramadan only. Are pious Turx really up so early at 3:20-4:20 am local, well before sunrise, listening to Iran? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) See also CUBA [and non] 6060

** NORTH AMERICA. 6925-USB, July 13 at 0101, weak pirate music in noise level, announcement in ``Whatever`` intonation; 0125 definite Radio Free Whatever ID (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** OKLAHOMA. OETA must be reeling from another budget cut thanks to the Republican-controlled OK government, hostile to spending on anything ``public``. Despite OETA`s director instituting a puff program interviewing legislators two by two. OETA flagship news program, the `Oklahoma News Report`, effective July 11, has been cut back to only half an hour per week. For the past year it had been one hour per week, also a drastic cut from the former 5 x 30 minutes per week. Anchor Dick Prior tries to put a positive spin on it, saying the half-hour weekly format ``for a while``, will enable OETA to put more resources into online news for ``deeper news impact and greater reach``. Similarly, on the website: ``Beginning Friday, July 11 at 7pm, ONR will air as a 30-minute program that will also be available online. Managing Editor Dick Pryor and his team are developing a newscast strategy that will be designed to provide broadcast viewers and digital users
 meaningful Oklahoma content, value-added resources and an enhanced educational experience.`` ONR does get repeated several times on OETA-1 and OETA-2 (OKLA): UT Sat 0000, 2300; Sun 1530-OKLA; Sun 1900, Mon 1800-OKLA, Tue 1900-OKLA, Wed 2000-OKLA.

This first edition of the new series boldly led with a feature about Oklahoma Atheists and how surprisingly active the group is, 3000+ members, fifth most active in the world by some measure; yet many people had their faces blotted out for fear of reprisals by the Good Christians making up 92% of the state. Their logo is A-OK! The July 11 show is not yet on the video page nor the OA part yet as a clip:
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Lots of funny stuff on the FB (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** PERU. 5980, July 13 at 0102, R. Chaski carrier until cutoff at 0116:55.5*, which is six seconds later than yesterday. Maurits Van Driessche, Belgium, was listening at the same time, and lucky him, had ``religious program by male, nice audio and signal`` with ``sign-off at 0115``. Does he mean they announced they were closing down? I don`t think so, and I`m certain they didn`t cut carrier until almost two minutes later in keeping with normal precession, timer slippage (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SPAIN. 9570, Sat July 12 at 2040, open carrier, stronger than the Cuban radio war on adjacent 9565. What could it be? Maybe another Cuban transmitter testing or forgotten, used elsewhen for CRI relays? Checking HFCC, if any European is propagating this well on a hot summer afternoon, it`s REE which is registered 1900-2300, 250 kW, 170 degrees from Noblejas, including an English hour, sometime in there. But EiBi and Aoki show no English, instead Arabic to Africa during this hour on weekends.

Probably just another SNAFU, as Ivo Ivanov caught REE in English the day before during the 19-20 hour not only on scheduled 11615 and 9665 but also on 17850, normally fully Castilian. On July 12 I did not get 17850 checked so early, and anyhow, that English hour is M-F only. But

17850, Sat July 12 at 2046, once again REE is running `Amigos de la Onda Corta` at this unscheduled hour, // weaker 17715. Compere Antonio Buitrago is talking about radio in WW II Germany, with clips of period band music. I also heard an earlier AdlOC exactly two weeks before as in my June 21 log report, and my assumption then still holds: it`s filler because there are no local fútbol games to compete with El Mundial which REE is not carrying; so I bet it`s back to fútbol on `Tablero Deportivo` instead of Onda Corta, next Saturday (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SRI LANKA. 11905, July 13 at 0114, SLBC carrier is on; musical prélude starts at 0114:47, and 2+1 timesignal ends at 0115:18, right on mis-schedule; poor signal (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 15825, Sat July 12 at 2105, WWCR-1 is airing `Musical Memories with Martha Garvin`, OL banging away at her piano and belting out seldom-heard hymns; and she keeps diddling on the keys even during breaks between tunes. Alan Roe finds her ``creepy``; not sure I would go that far. She`s obviously totally bought into the religion Paul created some 1900 years ago, convinced that God is anthropomorphic and obviously a Christian. I do enjoy some of this music as a cultural artifact. Initially VG signal is due to sporadic E boost, MUF at least up to 16 MHz, and/or shortening the skip zone over the 1-megameter distance from Nashville. But at 2112 the 15825 signal starts going into deep fades down to nothing, and by 2124 stays gone. There are several other airtimes of her show on WWCR and the ilk.

4840, July 13 at 0118, I also run across WWCR`s less contentious, more secular, old-record musical program, strangely titled `The Talking Machine Show`, apparently starting at 0100 UT Sundays. No fade-out problems here (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 15770, Saturday July 12 at 2103, it seems WRMI has some otherpreacher than BS on now, apparently a quarter-hourer, as recheck at 2121, now it`s Jeff in `Viva Miami`, or is it `Viva Okichobi`? about how they get T-storms just about every afternoon June-November, with lightning strikes damaging equipment (and no doubt resulting in lost airitme). Then good news from Dave Zantow about plasma TVs being phased out of produxion, ``fading to black by 2016``, likely to lessen QRM to SW. Shux, I never got one. Then preview of the EDXC Conference Sept 19-22 on the French Riviera (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) See also WORLD OF RADIO monitoring ---

** U S A. WORLD OF RADIO 1729 monitoring: tuned in WRMI 9495, UT Sunday July 13 at 0056 to determine which edition is playing --- and no signal. Wonder if transmission permanently deleted, or an anomaly, maybe lightning as Jeff was just talking about on `VO`. He explains:

``Glenn: We had two different problems with transmitter #9 today, so 9495 and 15770 were both off for certain periods of time. It's fixed now. Brother Stair ends at 2100 and we have End Times Coming at 2100-2115 weekends, followed by other 15-minute programs. European News Network [from Cyprus] will be on 15770 at 2100-2115 Wednesday starting this coming week. But the whole two hours [23-01 UT] on 9495 are kind of up in the air at the moment as far as how long that will go on, so I can't promise anything long-term right now. Jeff``

Standing by for first airing of WOR 1729 on KVOH 9975: tune-in at 0058 UT Sunday July 13 to find it already on the air, Pat Conrad outroing Benny Goodman, in `Saturday Night Jazz Session`, and at 0100 referring to upcoming end of show and sign-off at ``top of the hour``, so certainly pre-recorded and started at an odd time, finally ending at 0123; then some other music fill from 0125; 0130 Ray Robinson with KVOH ID, officially opening the Saturday evening service half an hour earlier than before, with new program, WORLD OF RADIO, which starts at 0131:10. That`s just about in time for the 1-minute Radiogram at 0130 from Kim to finish on The Mighty KBC, 9925.

9975.00 is right-on frequency but reception not strong enough here to overcome summer storm noise level; as usual, modulation a bit muffled with some hum from the old RCA transmitter. They hope to be getting a better one soon, and at least in winter go down to the 49m band at night. Thanks again to Ray Robinson for this new WOR broadcast! (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 5085, July 13 at 0058, Ted Randall`s QSO show thinks he is live on WTWW 12105, where there is really dramatic Russian bibling for another minute or two. It`s yet another playback from the Dayton Hamvention in May, the same stuff over and over, or does he have multiple episodes? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

This report dispatched at 0429 UT July 13