domenica 21 febbraio 2016

Glenn Hauser logs February 20-21, 2016

** BRAZIL. 4885.03 on the NRD-545, Feb 21 at 0439, very pleased to hear S9+15 signal with tropical music, soon break at 0442 for very full ID as Rádio Clube do Pará, not only 4885 onda tropical, but also MW frequency, 690, ZYI532 --- and I think they also gave its wavelength in the 400s, which would be approx. 433 metros; and a few other MW frequencies with calls of sibling stations, members of Rede Brasil Amazônia de Comunicação. For info about that and much more see
But I don`t find a listing of affiliated stations. The carrier is a bit wobbly with BFO, and CODAR can be eliminated by tuning LSB only. Still at 0655 check, when I put it on 4885.020, S9+10 on the R75.

RCP has been on limited schedule lately, but used to be the main 24 hour ZY on 60m. Hope it will stay so again. No comparable signal, and maybe few if any on the air after local midnite; altho I did not search for JBA off-frequency carriers during the early session. 

At 0700 there`s a JBA carrier on 4824.93 with CODAR on both sides; exactly same as I heard Jan 21 at 0632, presumably Rádio Canção
Nova, Cachoeira Paulista SP, at its offset; rather than the other ZY listed as inactive. That`s 4:32/5 am local when many other non-NSP stations could be oncoming (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** COLOMBIA. 5910.06, Feb 21 at 0434, tropical music from Alcaraván Radio is good at S9+15, and nothing audible from NHK Russian via Lithuania (which got a couple minutes on 5985 via WRMI instead; see JAPAN [non]) (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA. 6100, Sunday Feb 21 at 0704, RHC Esperanto correctly airing at S9+20, with all the other 49/60m frequencies now off. Wonder if it`ll show again this week at unscheduled 2130 on 11880? Need also to reconfirm if it`s still at 2230 Sundays on 17730 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** GERMANY [non]. 15215, Sunday Feb 21, 2016y at 1600, yearly broadcast of Radio Öömrang starts up, confirmed by MBR as via Issoudun, FRANCE site. Good signal but not enough to overcome all computer noise which I can`t turn off as I hasten to complete this report. Much like last year, informal conversation, mixing in bits of English with Frisian and (high) German, rather hard to follow, especially with the accent in English, it`s not always clear when languages are switching. But I try to listen. At 1611 refers to an internet radio service always available, but can`t copy URL. By 1648 a number of women are laughing about something; 1656 ID in English with frequency and off circa 1659*. In 2017y, of course, it`ll leap to a Tuesday (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** GREECE. 9935, Feb 20 at 0622, ERT whining at S4-8 level, and nothing on the other frequency, 9420 which is capable of normal modulation (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** JAPAN [non]. 6195, UT Sun Feb 21 at 0427, S9+35 signal from R. Japón via WHRI, with `Espacio Diexista`, which is evidently a subsexion of the mailbag show (not a revival of Radio Nederland`s program), acknowledging a few reception reports, so all may know someones` SINPO readings. Already outro at 0429 in time to recite the full now very limited Spanish transmission schedule, including // 5985 for this 0400 transmission, so I quickly check that as 6195 cuts off:

5985, UT Sun Feb 21 at 0429, R. Japón via WRMI, has been // 6195 via WHRI, but not enough time to check synchrony; seems close. But wait! 5985 then continues with NHK opening in Russian, amid some IADs; by 0432 it`s switched to a gospel huxter in English, which was supposed to start at 0430, i.e. scheduled `Walking in Power`. (NHK Russian at 0430 is supposed to be only on 5910 via Lithuania, but checking that, I hear Alcaraván radio instead; see COLOMBIA)

(As I check WRMI transmission grid at googledocs, Feb 21 at 1550, I see that Jeff White himself is logged into it, with a thumbnail of him as well as two anonymous users, Cheetah and Kangaroo, for group chat. Refreshing, Kangaroo has disappeared.) (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** NEW ZEALAND. 11724.99, UT Sat Feb 20 at 0619, RNZI is back on the AM air, whew, for the multi-hour `Saturday Night` request show, which is one of the best things on SW, S9+20 with timecheck as 20 past 7.

11725.015, UT Sun Feb 21 at 0615, RNZI is on the hi side for a change, VG signal with the `TED Radio Hour` from NPR in the USA! At first there are some intermittent carrier dropoffs. Discussion of need for equal justice, etc. I couldn`t stop listening to this terrific program, rather than some more bandscanning before bedtime. 0654 outro by Guy Raz as ``on Radio N Zed National``, so fixed up just for them. It`s weekly Sundays at 0606 UT. Here the RNZN page about it:

``The TED Radio Hour is a National Public Radio series based on talks from annual gatherings where some of the world's deepest thinkers and innovators are invited to give the 18-minute "talk of their lives." TED stands for Technology, Entertainment, Design.``

It`s scandalous that this and other excellent NPR programs have NO SW OUTLET from our own country, public or private! This episode content does not match the Feb 19 edition at
Nor it seems what`s on the NZ page above, with linx to lots of other topix. As I was saying in my interview with Chrissie on Global Voice Radio, we`re so fortunate to have RNZI relaying RNZN on SW (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** NIGERIA. 7254.94, Feb 21 at 0708 VON in French at S9+10 but undermodulated, so it has stayed on today, unlike Feb 19 when it dumped off at 0659* (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** OKLAHOMA. 1210, Feb 20 at 1750 UT on caradio, very poor signal from KGYN Guymon on groundwave. IIRC it used to be better, so continue to suspect something is amiss, like power lowered from 10 kW, or sticking to night pattern in day, nulling toward Philadelphia and us; it used to be the other way round, ND day pattern at night, when I don`t hear much from it either now (Glenn Hauser, Enid, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** OKLAHOMA. 88.3 FM, Feb 20 at 1750 UT check and for a while now, K202BY Enid is off the air again and has been for a few days, the Family Radio satellator, so might as well feed the BST-1 into the caradio here instead of 88.1 where there are somethings to be heard.

92.1, Feb 20 at 1750 UT check, KAMG-LP Enid has finally fixed its modulation after weeks of unlistenable distortion. Unfortunately, altho it started out at a local ``Amigo`` church, all it transmits is praise music and preaching in Spanish off some satellite, not exactly what LPFM was designed for (Glenn Hauser, Enid, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** OKLAHOMA. The last week or more, I`ve had a hard time getting a fully quiet, let alone stereo signal from our only classical music station, 90.1 KUCO Edmond/OKC, on caradio or portable homeradios. Perhaps this explain it from their homepage which has never called itself a .org,

``A Note from the General Manager --- Dear Friends, Ice and earthquakes. These have been the bane of our existence over the last couple of months. When ice covers the antenna (ice can form at the antenna level, 800 feet above the ground, even when the air remains above freezing at the ground) it becomes necessary to cut transmission power to keep from damaging the transmitter. Last Thanksgiving we had to cut power to 5% and wait for the ice to melt. When the ice did melt, it fell downward as rods and shattered most of the beacons and marker lights on both our campus and Oklahoma City towers. We had both re-lamped. A second round of ice shattered some of the newly replaced lamps on the big tower. Re-lamp again.

Then there were two earthquakes in the course of one week. These quakes cut of[f] power to the UCO campus. We have temporary backup power to the studios, but the outages lasted longer than our power could hold, so we were off-air a couple of early mornings. 

Thank you for your patience during these unexpected and unavoidable situations. Your contributions enable us to keep our physical plant operating in spite of what nature throws at us. Sincerely, Bradford Ferguson, General Manager``

That`s what we find on UT Feb 21, and may have been up for a while but these notes are always undated so hard to know how current they are. Enid is once again in the unfortunate position of being too close to OKC for stations to justify a translator or any kind of relay, yet too far for a city-grade signal; nor do we have any local public radio service (Glenn Hauser, Enid, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** THAILAND. 13745, Feb 20 at 0046, very poor S6 signal with heavy flutter, presumed R. Thailand, North American service in English. It`s never really useable here in deep NAm, but I`m checking since a Pennsylvanian recently reported this on 13750, where I hear nothing. 

Perhaps his bandwidth setting was too wide? Or a one-off experiment from IBB Udorn? It would certainly be a good idea to distance itself from 13740 Cuba! But that would make too much sense. Making even more sense would be for HSK9 to insist on access to IBB Greenville which has plenty of spare transmitter capacity! (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. WORLD OF RADIO 1813 monitoring: confirmed Sat Feb 21 circa 1548 on Hamburger Lokalradio 7265-CUSB via UTwente remote, well atop the CRI CCI, but with occasional deep fades. Also confirmed Saturday Feb 20 at 2330 on WBCQ 9330v-CUSB; weak but no strain to detect it this time (see separate WBCQ logs). 

WOR also confirmed UT Sunday Feb 21 on 1860-AM, WA0RCR, having started about 0423. Steady S9 signal, but modulation level seems a bit low. Nice thing about this MW frequency is that there is NO CCI causing subaudible heterodyne fading, which even KMOX cannot count on. Over by 0453 for ID and into RAIN report. Next:
Mon 0030   WBCQ 9330v-CUSB to WSW
Mon 0400v  WBCQ 5110v-CUSB Area 51 to WSW
Mon 0430.5 WRMI 9955 to SSE  
Tue 0030   WBCQ 9330v-CUSB to WSW
Tue 1200   WRMI 9955 to SSE
Wed 0030   WBCQ 9330v-CUSB to WSW
Wed 1415.5 WRMI 9955 to SSE
Wed 2200   WBCQ 7490v to WSW
Thu 0030   WBCQ 9330v-CUSB to WSW

** U S A. 9330, Feb 21 at 0058 on BST-1 caradio, enough WBCQ to stop the memory scan during IS and ID, so I hope that means power has been upped, but no chance to compare it now to what I get on fixed radios.

3250v, 5109.7, 7489.9, 9330v, UT Sun Feb 21 at 0424 check, all four WBCQ transmitters are off. It may seem late in the Eastern zone, but there ought to be audience for programming in the rest of North America on a Saturday night (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 4840, Feb 20 at 1359, WWCR-3 is still on night frequency an hour after scheduled closing, so tough luck for 4835 Australia. It`s DGS, and nothing on day frequency 13845: still 4840 at 1425, now with PMS, (and not // 7490); and 4840 still audible at 1611! Not checked again until 2109 when 13845 is finally vigent instead. Next morning, Feb 21 at 1400 check, 13845 is already on and 4840 is off.

9980, Feb 20 at 2115, WWCR-4 is finally back on with BS // 9955 WRMI, after missing a few days. 5890 is off again at 0435 check Feb 21 --- but on UT Sundays only it`s not scheduled to start until 0500, which you wouldn`t know by looking only at transmitter schedules instead of program schedules; and indeed is on at 0701 check (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 7504.93, Feb 21 at 0451, WRNO is S9+20 with music, English announcement; haven`t yet caught them in Chinese a couple days per week. It`s not quite justified yet to round this off to 7505.0 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 1380, Feb 21 at 0456 UT, Spanish gospel music is dominant, and on LSB plenty strong not to be splashed by local ESPN 1390 KCRC. Soon Spanish promo for new customers on ``la nueva estación de Radio Aleluya, 1590-AM``, address 1600 Pasadena Blvd, Pasadena TX 77562, phone 713-589-1336 during business hours 8-6 l-v, 9-6 sábado, concluding with ``aún no hemos dicho nada`` (we haven`t said anything yet --- ??). Then ad still in Spanish for church services in English! Jueves a 7:30 at La Iglesia del Pueblo in Pasadena, 713-920-1840. 0500 UT illegal ID ONLY for ``KMIC [letters in English], Houston, 15-90 AM, Radio Aleluya``. Then into ranchera style music but must be religious.

Nothing said on 1380 about 1380! Which is really KRCM, Shenandoah TX, 2800/60 watts U1 and this was no 60 watts! Or application for 22000/43 U5, per NRC AM Log, which already had this as a R. Aleluya as of last August, at same Pasadena address as announced above. Shenandoah is a Houston suburb to the north along I-45 closer to Conroe, not necessarily correlating with transmitter site.

At 0500 UT Feb 21, I check 1590 anyway and don`t hear enough for a // in the mush, but there is a persistent LAH from about 1589.95 --- what`s that? The 1590 5/5 kW night pattern is SE into the Gulf: KMIC calls are a holdover from R. Disney, previous occupant (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

This report despatched at 1802 UT February 21