venerdì 7 ottobre 2016

Glenn Hauser logs October 6-7, 2016

** ARGENTINA. 15345+v, Oct 6 at 1840, JBA carrier from RAE Argentina to the World. Richard Langley confirms that the English hour did relaunch on this broadcast.

11710.59, UT Friday Oct 7 at 0320, the other English hour from RAE ATTW indeed with some talk instead of music, but too weak, S2-S4 with flutter. 0353 recheck, maybe it was really English despite saying ``hasta mañana`` and into interval routine of IS and IDs multilingual, W&M alternately. 

What I assume is the new IS consists of four notes: lo-mid-lo-hi. We`ll have to hear it properly only on a webcast. Could copy one ``Argentina to the World``. 0400 timesignal accurate to a semisecond compared to WWV a minute later. And then supposed to continue one more hour in Spanish instead of Chinese.

Brazilians are in a much better position to hear this. On the radioescutas list, Luiz Chaine Neto in Limeira SP opines (my translation) the morning of October 5: ``They changed name, but their shortwaves continue worse than ever. On 19m instead of 15345, Radio Nacional or RAE is heard on 15525 or 15530 with very distorted audio, well-saturated. They changed their name, but if they want to continue with SW, the station has to scrap the old transmitters and get new ones`` (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** AUSTRALIA. Correxion: I meant to say shifted one UT hour earlier, not later; fixed:

9580, Thu Oct 6 at 1134, RA is indeed amid `The World`, ABC TV newsmagazine, interviewing Dan, some American pundit about Syria, US politix, etc. Shifted from one UT hour earlier due to irrelevant DST in NSW (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA. 9535, Oct 7 at 0344, S9 open carrier/dead air from RHC, while 9710 is OK at S9+30 with music. Cannot hear any spur carriers now on 9465 or 9605 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA. 9790, Oct 7 at 0339, CRI English relay is S9+55 but very undermodulated. This is one of those transmitters (like some WWCR, WTWW), which are accompanied by sharp spur/carrier peaks surrounding them, but coming and going, varying with modulation. As I tune across this wideband signal, I note these things on approximate frequencies, most of them with vestiges of program modulation on them, but so close they are hetting each other as well: 

9781.55, 9781.74, 9781.95, 9782.18, 9782.37, 9784.43, 9784.89, 9785.33, 9786.05, 9786.43, 9786.61, 9787.00v, 9787.07 --- but not much on the plus side of 9790 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGST)

** ERITREA [and non]. 7174.89, Oct 7 at 0335, carrier detectable amid DRM noise, so VOBME must be off-frequency from 7175.0. Despite both het and Ethiopian jamming, someham on 7175.0-LSB is attempting a QSO by calling CQ 40!

7136-7156, Oct 7 at 0337, DRM jamming at S9 against the other VOBME, carrier JBA on 7146.55 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGST)

** ITALY. 7192-LSB, Oct 7 at 0333, I2VRN, Robert in Cremona sounds like a DX-pedition as co-channel pileups are calling him; works YV and numerous US stations, still going at 0404 with AC9NE. Mostly in English with quite an accent, also Italian mixed with Spanish. Recheck at 0513, I2VRN is still there with QSO in Italian (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** MADAGASCAR. 17640, Oct 6 at 1840 check, still AWOL is MWV. Is anyone hearing any of their scheduled broadcasts? If not, why not? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** MEXICO. 1570, Oct 7 at 1325 UT, Spanish should be KTUZ in Tulza, by now almost an hour after sunrise, but no, it`s still XERF, ``la forma más clara de entender las noticias`` slogan for `Antena Radio, Primera Edición`, the IMER flagship nationwide newscast (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** OKLAHOMA. 930, Oct 7 at 1248 UT, WKY OKC with regular hiccuping, about 48 times per minute. Affects whatever Spanish is being modulated, so rather than audio dropouts, the transmitter itself is doing this, and with BFO it does seem to be ICDs --- intermittent carrier dropouts. WKY is in a sorry state (Glenn Hauser, Enid, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** OKLAHOMA. 1330 & 1450, Oct 7 at 1307, weak hets slightly off-frequencies and varying slightly against legit 1330.0 and 1450.0 stations; obviously the second-order spurs out of local 1390 KCRC, toward which they loop, plus and minus ~60 kHz, beyond the much stronger first-order ones which also carry KCRC modulation circa 1360 and 1420, only ~30 kHz away (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 7268-LSB, Oct 7 at 0330, this is supposed to be the night frequency of WX4NHC for hurricane emergency info, but I hear very little activity. Maybe I`m not staying on it long enough. Still nothing going there at 0402 recheck (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. WORLD OF RADIO 1846 monitoring: confirmed Thursday October 6 at new time of 2130.0 on WRMI 13695, VG. Ex-2100 to accommodate now daily relay of R. Slovakia International at 2100. To accommodate `Blues Radio International`, which used to follow WOR Thursdays at 2130, it`s been shifted 24 hours later to Friday, thus deleting the next WOR airing. 1846 also confirmed Thu Oct 6 at 2330 on WBCQ 9330.058-CUSB, good. Next remaining WORs:
Fri 2330   WBCQ 9330v-CUSB to WSW
Sat 0630   HLR  6190-CUSB to SW 
Sat 0800   Unique Radio NSW 3210 ND [ex-0700]
Sat 1300   Unique Radio NSW 3210 ND [ex-1400]
Sat 1430   HLR  7265-CUSB to SW [unheard last two weeks]
Sat 1930v  WA0RCR 1860-AM ND 
Sat 2230   WBCQ 9330v-CUSB to WSW
Sun 0310v  WA0RCR 1860-AM ND 
Sun 0830   Unique Radio NSW 3210 ND
Sun 2330   WBCQ 9330v-CUSB to WSW
Mon 0030   WRMI 7730 to WNW
Mon 0300v  WBCQ 5130v Area 51 to WSW
Mon 0330   WRMI 9955 to SSE  
Mon 2330   WBCQ 9330v-CUSB to WSW
Tue 1100   WRMI 9955 to SSE
Tue 2130   WRMI 15770 to NE
Tue 2330   WBCQ 9330v-CUSB to WSW
Wed 1315.5 WRMI 9955 to SSE
Wed 2100   WBCQ 7490v to WSW
Wed 2330   WBCQ 9330v-CUSB to WSW

** U S A. Numerous WRMI observations:

9955, Oct 6 at 1845, Brother Scare on this WRMI frequency unusually with some hum, as far as I can tell transmitted that way, while all other WRMI frequencies audible 11-18 MHz are OK.

11580, Oct 6 at 2015, WRMI with big band music; 2030 announcement I can`t make out due to ignition noise level into the BSR-1 caradio vs this weak signal; music after 2030 is more like Dixieland. Anyhow, this does not sound like `Media Network Plus`, which is what shows now as an additional airing on the skedgrid for Thursday 20-21 on 11580. Nor does it sound like usual World Music filler. 

11530, Oct 7 at 0320 no signal from WRMI, a missing frequency, since when on, it is always stronger than // BS 11580, which is still JBA.

9955, Oct 7 at 0320, hurricane warning audio from the National Hurricane Center, then Jeff White anchoring with more hurricane info, live? Certainly a departure from normal programming for this special event. But the stats he cites mainly about Bahamas are from 1800 UTC, more than 9 hours ago, so maybe not live. Signal quite good, but now fading down for 0329 canned ID, and back to normal programming of preacher at 0330, and another at 0400. 

Conveniently scheduled for UT Friday 0315 on 9955 is `Viva Miami`. It might pay to check further `VM` blox for more Matthew coverage. You`ll find all 18 of them per week in the new update of DX/SWL/Media programs:
along with all two dozen weekly airings of `Wavescan` on WRMI alone.

Meanwhile circa 0325 Oct 7, I have checked all the other WRMI frequencies I can remember: confirmed BS u.o.s. on: 9395 (TN), 7730, 7570, 6855, 5985 (Spanish), 5950 (+ Ethiopia?), 5850, 5765, 5015. So AWOL is: 7780. Recheck at 0511, 7780 is still off.

9955, Oct 7 at 1330, WRMI is OFF --- quickly check all other frequencies 5-21 MHz, and they are also off, except a JBA signal on 6855 with Brother HyStairical --- which is obviously top priority at RMI, even above 9955 to keep on air. It appears that Hurricane Matthew did not get too close to Okeechobee, so hope the antennas didn`t get wind damage, but as I suspected, depending on commercial power again takes down WRMI. We await Brother Scare`s take on God`s watery and windy wrath wiping out Walterboro?

This scenario is confirmed via Richard Langley, From the WRMI Facebook page: "As of 0630 UTC Friday, our electricity is out at the WRMI transmitter site in Okeechobee. We are operating on emergency generator power, which powers our lights, air conditioning and computers. However, all transmitters are off the air except 6855 kHz, which remains on the air on extremely low power. Winds are extremely strong here, and we do not have an estimate of when electricity will be restored. The center of Hurricane Matthew is northeast of us now."

Another check of WRMI frequencies at 1422 Oct 7 still finds them all off except 6855, but there are JBA carriers from somethings on 11825 and 15440-music. I.e.: 11825 RVA Philippines in Bengali; 15440 AWR Austria in Urdu.

1645 recheck Oct 7: all are back on from 21675 to 6855, except 17790; and 5015 if on I can`t hear in the daytime. That lowest one would be best to pre-empt for close-in emergency broadcasts (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 5085, UT Fri Oct 7 at 0325, WTWW-2 is on with music, ``Alfie``, at S9+50, and with BFO I can tell the carrier is somewhat unstable; accompanied by JBA carrier spurs on 5072.1 and 5097.9 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 1180, Oct 7 at 1259 UT, RCatholic-style chanting, something new, loops SW/NE, 1300 UT ID as KLPF, 1180 AM, missed city, but it`s Midland TX. Then unaccented English talk as Guadalupe Radio Network, and program `GRN Live` from the North Texas studio. Says network is growing by leaps and bounds. Guess what? Midland is not in north Texas. Also with SAH of 148/minute = 2.47 Hz, probably against Omaha. KLPF is 25000/215 watts U1 with a PSRA of 500. NRC AM Log shows it not yet on air as of August, rather a CP to change from 1150 which was merely 1000/148/500 U1, so QSY has now been accomplished. It remains non-direxional day and night. October sunrise is 1245 UT, so on full day power when I heard it. FCC adds, KLPF operates as a noncommercial educational station (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 1480, Oct 7 at 1308 UT, KBXD is still a FARCE. No sign of latest occupant now, Radio Salam Namaste, but instead: dead air interrupted periodically by the old canned ``KBXD, 1480, Dallas`` illegal IDs by slightly-Spanish accent, some of them with a music-beat bed, and a single PSA in English from Texas Department of Transportation to ``drive smart`` (not smartly --- who needs adverbs anymore?), observing braking distances to avoid crashing sound-effects. This ``programming`` repeats couple of minutes irregularly, and sometimes the ID overrides the tail of the PSA, still audible at 1400 UT. Is this default computer programming gone wild?

Makes 3 Hz SAH, presumably with KQAM Wichita, which can`t compete with this 50 kW even after sunrise. But thanks to the dead air intervals quieting, I detect some other intriguing 1480 signals: around 1310 UT, something briefly in Spanish, likely KAVA Pueblo CO if not KCZZ Mission KS. And some rock music from WSW/ENE? which I figured could be Hobbs NM --- except that 1480 no longer exists. Maybe it`s remnant of KTHS in AR (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) 

UNIDENTIFIED. 7585.20-USB, Oct 7 at 0509, colloquial Spanish 2-way, one with noise in background, perhaps aboard a craft? Mentions Florida governor, hurricane, amid whistling (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

This report despatched at 1710 UT October 7