giovedì 2 febbraio 2017

Glenn Hauser logs January 31-February 1-2, 2017

** AUSTRALIA [and non]. 17840, Jan 30 at 2223, R. Australia is still on and audible fairly. Also at final check UT Jan 31 at 0034, S7 to S9. I had to miss the last gasp of Waltzing Matilda at 0100****, as my only chance to see ``Arrival`` on an Enid screen was at 0050!

9580, Jan 31 at 1417, in the absence of R. Australia, now unblocked weak reception of DW in Dari/Pashto via UAE at 1330 to 1430, when rechecked it is off. This was not enough to bother RA here, nor:
Shortly I sent this to Jeff White at WRMI:

``Hi Jeff, With the big hole Radio Australia has left on 9580 this morning, I just got a bright idea. Why not have WRMI move onto that frequency with a relay of RA, say 12-15 UT, give or take? You could afford this by replacing 2 or 3 hours a day of World Music on some other transmitter with RA, at no additional cost. You probably would not want to do it, but perhaps a nominal cost would be acceptable. This could be a crowd-funding thing. It`s hard to think of anything which would be more attractive among ex-SW stations to relay. Should be on a 315 antenna of course, which I think you have available at those hours, without researching it. Would ABC endorse this? Probably not, but you would be doing a great public service to North American listeners, great publicity for WRMI. Do it on your initiative and stop it only if ABC insists. {This would also serve a useful purpose in friendly occupance of frequency to keep other stations away, in case RA can ever revive itself.} 73 (Glenn Hauser, Jan 31, WORLD OF RADIO 1863, DX LISTENING DIGEST) See also SIKKIM

** AUSTRALIA. 11980, Jan 31 at 1423, we still have Reach Beyond on SW  from this continent --- somehow, it`s not the same, with a sermon about Thessalonians. This English broadcast is 1400-1430 daily (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CANADA. 800, Feb 2 at 0549 UT, on E-W antenna without even trying I can copy CKLW atop CCI from KQCV OKC, with Bell`s Canada ad, and something in Windsor/Essex (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA. 890, Feb 2 at 0544, romantic song in Spanish on E/W antenna without needing to null WLS, same // two syllables later on weaker 900. This means it has to be R. Progreso, 890 per WRTH being 200 kW from Chambas-Centro 6 in Ciego de Ávila, mid-Cuba; 900 being 50 kW at San Germán, far Holguín. 900 delay must be caused by a satellite hop or two to Holguín beyond Ciego de Ávila. So I also try to detect a // on 880 beneath KRVN/KHAC and whatever: almost positively. That would be 12 kW at nearest Pinar del Rio-San Juan. 

900 is one of Cuba`s most powerful single MW transmitters, the other 200 kW being the main Rebelde on 710 but lots of relays also there to block ``wacky`` WAQI, Miami. 0545 segué to a more upbeat song, and on 890 I can tell the modulation is distorted. Soon WLS fades back up overtaking (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) 

** CUBA. 5025, Feb 1 at 0439, R. Rebelde is still off, while 4765 Progreso and 5040 RHC are on. 5025, Feb 2 at 0526, still off while 5040 is on. 5025, Feb 2 at 1329, Rebelde is on again, even S9+10 but undermodulated. Seems to be a regular pattern now: on in the mornings, off in the evenings, why? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA. 17730, Feb 1 at 1450, RHC modulation is breaking up, and with BFO on, so is the carrier; then clears up somewhat (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** NEW ZEALAND. 11725, Feb 2 at 0535, RNZI is the SSOB at S9+25, way more than 11780 Brasil S6. RNZ CEO has assured Pacificans that its SW service is secure, now that Radio Australia has abandoned them. No better time than now to remind us beyond of RNZI`s schedule:

30 Oct 2016 - 25 Mar 2017  (* =  best in North America)
   UTC       kHz     Target Days
0000-0258  17675 AM  Pacific  Daily
0259-0458  15720 AM  Pacific  Daily
0459-0758 *11725 AM  Pacific  Daily
0759-1058 * 9765 AM  Pacific  Daily
1059-1258  11610 AM  NW Pacific, PNG  Daily
1259-1758 * 7355 AM  Pacific  Sat
1259-1650 * 7355 AM  Pacific  Sun-Fri
1651-1745   7285 DRM Cook Islands, Tonga, Samoa  Sun-Fri
1746-1950  11690 DRM Cook Islands, Samoa, Tonga  Sun-Fri
1759-1958  11725 AM  Pacific  Sat
1951-2050  15720 DRM Pacific  Sun-Fri
1959-2258  15720 AM  Pacific  Sat
2051-2258  15720 AM  Pacific  Daily
2259-0000  17675 AM  Pacific  Daily

11725, again Feb 2 at 0644, RNZI is the SSOB at S9+10. With BFO I notice a slight beat and measure it on R75 at 11725.012. Good music show, outro at 0659 as Klezmer edition on `New Horizons`; had played ``Heart Belongs to Daddy``, jazz by the Auckland Jews Brothers Band.

7355, Feb 2 at 1345, more good music, classic rock, 1400 news, 1405 story reading introed by Ravel`s Bolero (Glenn Hauser, OK, WORLD OF RADIO 1863, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** OKLAHOMA. 9120, Feb 2 at 1303, JBA talk at S2-S3, another Sound of Hope/CNR1 jammer? No, fortunately fades up a bit so I can hear Brother Scare mixing with // 1390 local KCRC equally stupid sports talk. So it`s a mix with 7730 WRMI, 1390 kHz below, which is still on, and there should be another 1390 kHz above 7570 WRMI: and so there is, on 8960: in other words, overload mixing products in the R75, which go away if I switch from normal Preamp 2 to 1 or none (Glenn Hauser, Enid, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** ROMANIA. 11975, Jan 31 at 1423, jazz with announcement in Romanian, from RRI, which is 14-16 from Galbeni to France, and beyond! (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SIKKIM. 4835, Feb 2 at 1328, JBA carrier, presumed AIR Gangtok now that Alice Springs is gone. However, note this from Brian Powell, Sydney, DXLD yg:

``According to news via my local 2m repeater, I heard that Melbourne ham Peter VK3YE reported a pirate taking over 4835 kHz a few hours after VL8A left the frequency. He has posted a YouTube video of the transmissions. Please see the following link for more details. Strong language warning:
Regards, Brian Powell`` (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SLOVAKIA [non]. 6855, Feb 2 at 0531, stilted Spanish from R. Eslovaquia Internacional, which means this WRMI is on System B this hour, and // 9955 where REI is scheduled daily, but inaudible there, only pulse jamming (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** UKRAINE [non]. 11580, Thu Feb 2 at 1333, RUI via WRMI in well, so I listen for a while. News item mentions ``today January 26``, 1335 into `Ukrainian Perspective`, mainly about Russian interference in Crimea, eastern Ukraine. Also at 1342 about January 27 to be Holocaust Remembrance Day. By now I have concluded this is a week-old broadcast! WRMI server has a different file name for RUI each day of the week, and indeed the Thursday file is not replaced until 1735 Feb 2. So if one is late, we get a week-old show rather than a day-old show. I wonder if this be a regular problem for the 1330 broadcast? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U A E. 9580, Feb 1 at 1428, VP talk in presumed Pashto from DW as scheduled preceded by Dari at 1430, 250 kW, 45 degrees from Dhabbaya; 1429 BaBcoCk music IS, 1430 open carrier to 1431.7* (I misremembered this as BBC on WOR 1863). No longer covered by Radio AUSTRALIA, q.v. (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. WORLD OF RADIO 1862 monitoring: confirmed UT Tue Jan 31 after 0030 on WBCQ, 9329.91v-CUSB, fair at S6; also on WRMI 7730, S9+30 but undermodulated. Also confirmed Tue Jan 31 at 2130 on WRMI 15770, fair (while on 11580 is Frecuencia al Día, good). WOR 1862 also confirmed Tue Jan 31 at 2300 on WRMI 9955, when there is always jamming, heavy pulsing; tnx a lot, Arnie! Also confirmed UT Wed Feb 1 after 0030 on WBCQ 9330v-CUSB, fair. Also confirmed Wed Feb 1 after 1415.5 on WRMI 6855, S6, and // 9955, S9+10, good, no jamming. Also confirmed Wed Feb 1 at 2200 on WBCQ 7490, good. Also confirmed UT Thu Feb 2 at 0031 on WBCQ, 9329.8v-CUSB, fair. 

WORLD OF RADIO 1864 monitoring: confirmed first SW airing of 1230 Thursday Feb 2 on WRMI 9955: at 1253, S9+10, good, no jamming, // 6855 S9-S8 but sounds much weaker. By 1259 trace of lite jamming on 9955. Next:

Thu 2130   WRMI 11580 to NE
Fri 0030   WBCQ 9330v-CUSB to WSW
Fri 2230   WRMI 11580 to NE, 6855 to WNW, 5950 to S
Sat 0030   WBCQ 9330v-CUSB to WSW
Sat 0730   HLR 6190-CUSB to SW
Sat 1530   HLR 7265-CUSB to SW
Sat 2030v  WA0RCR 1860-AM ND
Sat 2330   WBCQ 9330v-CUSB to WSW
Sun 0410v  WA0RCR 1860-AM ND
Sun 1130   HLR 9485-CUSB to SW
Mon 0030   WBCQ 9330v-CUSB to WSW
Mon 0400v  WBCQ 5130v Area 51 to WSW
Mon 0430   WRMI 9955 to SSE
Tue 0030   WBCQ 9330v-CUSB to WSW
Tue 0030   WRMI 7730 to WNW
Tue 1200   WRMI 9955 to SSE, 6855 to WNW
Tue 2130   WRMI 15770 to NE
Tue 2300   WRMI 9955 to SSE
Wed 0030   WBCQ 9330v-CUSB to WSW
Wed 1030   WRMI 5850 to NW, 6855 to WNW
Wed 1415.5 WRMI 9955 to SSE, 6855 to WNW
Wed 2200   WBCQ 7490v to WSW
Thu 0030   WBCQ 9330v-CUSB to WSW

** U S A. 11580 // 6855, Mon Jan 30 at 2224, WRMI playing World Music, from Mideast to African; 2230 both into `Christian New Age Radio` with Rev. Frederick (with an E) Moe (not spelt, but presumably). It`s the same episode #2 as heard before. Nice low-key N.A. music plays continuously including underneath Moe when he is speaking, also low-key. He`s trying to be inclusive, building bridges, rather than exclusive. Quite pleasant compared to so many screaming gospel huxters. 

There is still no full sked for this hour on these two frequencies, but it may be the same as virtually inaudible 5950, which has blank spaces for 2230-2300 on Mon & Tue. I can`t find this program anywhere on WRMI`s current schedules, 9955 or otherwise, nor on the initial Programming page. It looks like CNAR expired after two episodes as the latest file on the WRMI server is dated November 2; but still can appear as filler (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 15770, Tue Jan 31 at 2123, WRMI, VP S6 signal with `Wavescan` this week on the history of defunct Radio Australia. There will be many more opportunities to hear it better (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) See also AUSTRALIA, SLOVAKIA, UKRAINE for more items concerning WRMI

** U S A. 7490, Feb 2 at 0100, WBCQ with special booking instead of a default repeat of `Allan Weiner Worldwide`, tnx to Jan 31 notice I received and published on the DXLD yg well in advance:

``Hello Glenn, My former colleague's program The Global Research News Hour produced at CKUW-FM in Winnipeg as a collaboration with will be on WBCQ in a one time set of transmissions:
7490 Khz Wed  Feb 1   8-9  pm Eastern (0100 UT [Thu] Feb 2nd)
5130 Khz Fri  Feb 3   9-10 pm Eastern (0200 UT [Sat] Feb 4th)
My Xmas/New Year's present to him also marks an item off of my bucket list. Hope all is well (or well enough), David Tymoshchuk``

I am in the middle of recording WOR 1863, so can`t listen now but check the opening at 0100 to find it`s about the most censored news of 2016. Catch the second airing if you hear about this in time (Glenn Hauser, WORLD OF RADIO 1863, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 17775, Jan 31 at 2131, KVOH Spanish is *still* on way late after nominal 1900*, good signal, preacher in Spanish, now best on band with no 17840 Australia. I wonder if they do this to compensate for earlier outages? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A [and non]. 840, Feb 1 at 0436 UT, yet another try to ID the Spanish religious station with WHAS nulled. Non-ID immediately upon tune-in as ``--- radio, la mejor alternativa`` and praise music. 0452 UT sermon, 0454 UT Mesa AZ phone number again, (480) 467-4626, then full source ID as ``Voz y Visión Radio, P O Box ---, La Quinta, California, 92248``. And phone there as (760) 889-4791. That chex for Indio, California area, not AC (770) as first thought (in Spanish it`s virtually impossible to tell a setenta from a sesenta without extremely clear reception --- why don`t they do as the French do and make 70 = sesenta y diez??), and a missed call-letter ID ``--FM, Voz y Visión Radio, tu mejor alternativa`` and fade. Just before 0459 UT legal ID but again I can`t copy the call letters, just ``--- AM 840, mejor alternativa``, back to music. Meanwhile at 0500 UT the Cuban NA is audible mixing, from Santa Clara. 

Finally I have enough to go on, to nail down whether this is really KVJY Pharr TX, as seems to be the ``only alternative`` not just the best one. Searching on the slogan I get this webpage which is not very informative,
labeled Indio CA in one spot, Phoenix AZ in another, showing traffic from visitors in Hollywood FL, Bryan TX, Phoenix/Mesa AZ (So do they have stations in these cities too?)

Who cares about websites? All that matters is FB, and linx lead to that:

This page has the (760) phone number and a city map of presumably La Quinta CA:

So are their flagship AM & FM stations in Mesa/Phoenix, or La Quinta/Indio CA? These are way out east near Coachella, Palm Springs, Joshua Tree NM, etc. Looking thru listings for La Quinta and Indio, I don`t see any obvious matches, but maybe this translator per FCC FM Query:

Channel/Class: 300D Frequency: 107.9 MHz

[Nuggets pulled out of FB:]

Organización religiosa en La Quinta (California) 4.8

Voz y Visión 29 de diciembre de 2016 ·
Atención McAllen, Corpus Christi, Webb, Laredo, Harlingen, Brownsville, Kingsville, Texas y todos sus alrededores. Desde hoy 29 de Noviembre pueden sintonizar y disfrutar de una nueva estación de radio: 840 AM Voz y Visión Radio Teléfono en cabina McAllen (956) 616-5573. Y en Reynosa, Tamaulipas (899) 454-2569. Gratis para toda la Republica Mexicana 01-800-681-1746 

[never heard any of those mentioned; this one includes a KVJY coverage map showing all the way up the TX Gulf Coast, clinched!]

Voz y Visión 26 de diciembre de 2016 ·
Atención Odessa, Midland, Texas y pueblos alrededor! Voz y Visión Radio empieza sus transmisiones a partir del día 2 de enero de 2017. Frecuencia 810 AM

[i.e. KXOI Crane TX 1000/500 U3 Odessa was R. Alabanza per NRC AM Log]

Voz y Visión en Albuquerque. 18 de diciembre de 2016 ·
Muy bien día! Voz y Vision está en Albuquerque NM. Estaremos revisando las nuevas instalaciones de nuestro ministerio en esta ciudad. Ya en unos días más podrás sintonizar 1310 AM. Por hoy está en silencio debido a la espera de los últimos documentos de la FCC. Siga orando por nosotros. Seguimos un un recorrido para ver dos frecuencias más en Texas!

[KKNS Corrales NM 5000/500 U2, ABQ, was Radio El Camino -- NRC AM Log]

Voz y Visión 4 de octubre de 2016 ·
Las señal de Arizona 1340 AM y 102.9fm han regresado al aire! Ya puedes aibtonizarlas [sic]

[So must be: 1340 KIKO Apache Junxion 1000/930 U1, address Miami AZ, was WWI OLD with 97.3 KIKO-FM per NRC AM Log. Would you believe the WTFDA DB shows *three* 102.9s IN Phoenix?

K275CL // KIKO-1340 102.9 PHOENIX AZ 0.08   0.0   33-29-33 111-38-23 OLDIES 1340/97.3 OLDIES 
K275CP // KIHP-1310 102.9 PHOENIX AZ 0.085  0.085 33-35-39 112-05-08 IMMACULATE HEART RADIO RELIGIOUS TEACHING 
KDIF-LP   102.9 PHOENIX AZ      0.1 0.0 -22.0 0.0 33-23-19 112-02-42]

So are all these stations now owned by the same entity? FCC AM Query shows all different, so are we talking LMAs here, just buying time?

Henceforth I will move all my cautious UNIDENTIFIED 840 logs of this to accompany this USA log (Glenn Hauser, OK, WORLD OF RADIO 1863, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 1330, Jan 30 at 2011 UT on caradio, KNSS Wichita KS audio is hitting at modulation spikes only, totally unreadable, still so at 2018 UT. No one at station is listening to station to fix it! So how can they expect any audience? If anyone is there, they are probably paying more attention to some FM station in the cluster, notably duplicate KNSS-FM 98.7, no problem on it? Sean Hannity is scheduled now, after Rush. Good riddance! (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** YEMEN [non]. 11860, Feb 2 at 1330, nothing but a JBA carrier, maybe from Republic of Yemen Radio via SAUDI ARABIA(?) (or spur from 11840 CUBA). Hope its absence is only due to poor propagation today. Nothing at 1411 recheck when it`s often inbooming. Its winter-season peak may be receding (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. 2520, Feb 2 at 1313, open carrier at S9 fading to S6, maybe a trace of modulation, presumably from 2 x 1260, WOCO Oconto WI. They really need to boost their harmonic mod to normal (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. 4036-USB, Feb 2 AT 1317, MARS?-like net with abbr`d calls fonetikally, 5MN, poor, and others almost too weak to copy, 5R7, M5A (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. 4070.5, Feb 2 at 1321, CW beacon GT in slow Morse about 18x per minute, JBA, then fadeup to S6-S8. This seems to be the most comprehensive listing, including several in the 4.0+ MHz area but none on this frequency and no GT on any frequency:
So something new? Whence? First one I`ve heard in ages on this band (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. 4739.00, Feb 1 at 0441, open carrier vs CODAR, still at 0457. Maybe an occasionally active RTTY station? 4739.00, Feb 2 at 0527, there it is again, open carrier at S9+25 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) 

UNIDENTIFIED. 9258-9272, Feb 1 at 0444 and still 0457, S9 multi-carrier ringing sound producing a single hi-pitched tone when tuned in AM, centered on the only WINB frequency, 9265, which is normally off the air by now. What in the world? Are they testing something new, or is this something else?

Another check for this 25 hours later, Feb 2 at 0523, not heard.

9265, Thu Feb 2 at 1302, there it is again at totally different daypart, whine at S9+10. If this were Sunday, WINB would be on already. Will be interesting to see whether this ever QRM WINB during its normal schedule. Still going at 1420 past 1442 during which I try to locate the carrier peaks on the hi side at least, approx. 9265.5, 9266.1, 9266.8, 9267.5, 9268.2, 9268.8, 9269.4, 9270.1, 9270.7, 9271.3. Then I pull out the keyboard and find a close match at E above hi C = 659 Hz, within a very few Hz of that. Any ideas what and whence this is? It`s similar to some others I have heard, such as circa 17450 (Glenn Hauser, OK, WORLD OF RADIO 1863, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

This report dispatched at 1842 UT February 2