lunedì 13 marzo 2017

Glenn Hauser logs March 12-13, 2017

** CANADA. 3330-CUSB, March 13 at 0510, CHU still AWOL – transmitter problem must be more serious than first thought. Still S7 on 7850-CUSB, but later faded to JBA (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** COLOMBIA. 5910, March 13 at 0628, Alcaraván Radio is off, after having been active a lot lately, including vs Romania at 01-03. So I check the other HJDH, and find a poor signal from Voice of Thy Conscience, music on 6010.12V, i.e. varying as I listen with BFO (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA. 15370, March 12 at 2159, RHC in Spanish interview past hourtop 2200+, crossfade to song and pausing for ``5 minutos de noticias`` news but going to resume afterwards. First story gets my attn, which I finally find on the website:

11/03/2017 Tomada de Cubadebate

La Habana, 11 MAR (RHC) Caribe es el nombre del canal informativo que a manera de prueba aparecerá por la señal HD-1 a partir del próximo martes 14, día de la prensa cubana.

El nuevo canal de televisión, en alta definición, transmitirá su programación desde las 8:30 de la mañana a 12 de la noche, hora de Cuba [1230-0400 UT]. La programación será en vivo, excepto algunos espacios que saldrán grabados.

Se prevé que los conductores sean jóvenes, con un buen bagaje informativo que les permita una improvisación coherente y efectiva, que funcione como detonador para que el receptor del mensaje desee saber más y esté pendiente de la reiteración.

Caribe es el sueño amasado por Ovidio Cabrera y otros ejecutivos de la televisión cubana, que trabajaron e incluso estuvieron en la fundación de TeleSur, quienes han elaborado un proyecto bastante abarcador para ese canal informativo, teniendo sólo una parte de la logística tecnológica que se necesita y contando con un grupo de profesionales capacitados. (Agencias de Información) Editado por Arlettys Guevara``

That is rather confusing; WTFK? On some DTV channel or network as an extra program, but they refer to it as HD-1 as if they were talking about FM radio subchannels!

Anyhow, I was checking 15370 whether with DST in vigor, Esperanto would still be appearing Sundays at 2130. Altho I tuned in too late, Spanish underway at 2159 implies not, so when and where now?? No point in trying to find info on far-outdated website. One might try listening to the latest Esp`o show online, opening announcing schedule, but don`t count on that to be accurate either. I do just that, and the 12 March show indeed doesn`t know when and where they really have been on, let alone are on: ``N/C/SAm at 1600 on 11760; SAm 2230 on 17730; NAm 0700 on 6000`` (Sundays only, of course). NONE of those are correct now, altho 6000 may be if they can manage to comply with it.

11880, March 12 at 2333 check, expected DST change of English hour confirmed, amid now, at 2300-2400 instead of 2200-2300 (yes, later, not earlier), and now // 5040 which has moved an hour earlier from 0000-0100. HOWEVER, there is a big problem:

5040, March 12 at 2333, RHC English now an hour earlier, but mixed audio feed at equal level with SPANISH, // 9710 et al.! Other English frequency 11880 is OK, no mix. There have been other reports lately of Spanish/English mixing on a single frequency. It`s always SOMETHING wrong, with RHC!

6100, March 13 at 0514, RHC is in Spanish instead of English! Probably more confusion caused by DST change. Spanish also on 6165 and 6060, talking about Cuba losing to Israel, of all teams, at a baseball championship ``this morning`` in Tokio. That would explain live(?) baseball games at very odd hours heard on Radio Rebelde or RHC.

6000 & 5040, March 13 at 0514 are the only English frequencies while there are supposed to be five at this hour. In DXUL, but Arnie is somewhat distorted on 6000, better on 5040. Recheck at 0626, 6165, 6100 & 6060 are still in Spanish, 6000 is dead air and 5040 is off. Supposedly, regardless of DST shifts, evening English to North America remains yearound at 01-05 on 6000 & 6165, 05-07 on those plus the other three, or maybe only one hour on 5040.

17580, March 13 at 1426, RHC is S9 of dead air, still at 1439; while managing to modulate Spanish music at 1426 are 17730 but only S8-S6, and 17750 at S7-S3 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA [and non]. 7435, March 13 at 0502, dead air from R. Martí, 0503 finally comes to life with ID vs wall-of-noise jamming, but still R5. Not sure if RM will have made any sked changes for DST, or waiting until A-17. Anyhow, 13820 was still running Sunday daytime rather than 13605 as usual in A-seasons, including HFCC A-17, now available (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** MEXICO. 1300, UT Monday March 13 at 0436, Radio Mexicana ID from XEP, and music, evidently not running `La Hora Nacional` now as would be expected Sundays at 10 pm local, since Juárez has certainly copied El Paso by going on MDT of UT -6, unlike further south in México, no DST until April 2 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** NORTH AMERICA. 7615, March 13 at 0505, tune in just in time to hear Station YHWH closing: S9 but rough modulation and some fades preventing full copy. He finishes with ``fooled into believing in the so-called god Jesus``. Then ``Goodbye and I love you, Josiah``, and ``Station YHWH will be back on the air tomorrow night``. Did he give a time and frequency during fade? Also mentions dot-com a few times, but can`t copy it, whether e-mail or website. Did anybody get that? And off at 0507*. Ron Howard has also been hearing this frequency again, and Mark Carlsen, visiting Arizona reported 7620 at 0315 UT March 9 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SOUTH CAROLINA [non]. 7730, March 13 at 0509 via WRMI, Brother Scare almost sounds like someone else. Lo-fi audio but voice processing to change it? Seems like very old recording when he was gasping more and even wilder, but not so hoarse. 0517 back to the future with present voice. Hearing a lot of this sound lately besides this particular log. His editing constantly interrupting himself leaves a lot to be desired (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SWAZILAND. 4775, March 13 at 0451, gospel huxter in English about holy spirit, S9 but vs CODAR, i.e. TWR Manzini, scheduled English 0400-0500 daily // 3200. To find the schedule in WRTH you have to seek it under SOUTH AFRICA (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. WORLD OF RADIO 1868 monitoring: confirmed Sunday March 12 at 2330 on WBCQ 9330.05v-CUSB, fair. Also confirmed UT Monday March 13 from 0302 on Area 51 webcast, and before finished at 0330 check on WBCQ 5129.808-AM, poor. (NOTE: this is on AM, not CUSB as Ivo keeps claiming). Also confirmed UT Monday March 13 at 0330 on WRMI, 9955, S9+10 to 20. Next:
Mon 2330   WBCQ 9330v-CUSB to WSW
Tue 0030   WRMI 7730 to WNW
Tue 1100   WRMI 9955 to SSE, 6855 to WNW
Tue 2130   WRMI 15770 to NE, 6855 to WNW
Tue 2200   WRMI 9955 to SSE
Tue 2330   WBCQ 9330v-CUSB to WSW
Wed 1030   WRMI 5850 to NW, 6855 to WNW
Wed 1315.5 WRMI 9955 to SSE, 6855 to WNW
Wed 2100   WBCQ 7490v to WSW
Wed 2330   WBCQ 9330v-CUSB to WSW

** U S A. 6855, March 13 at 0459, WRMI outroing `Blues Radio International` as still scheduled from 0430 Mondays with no shift, // 5985, and at 0500, 6855 goes into World Music with song about Allah, while 5985 goes off ceding to CRI via Albania (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 1540.11, March 13 at 0434 UT, off-frequency het loops about SSE/NNW, not much signal from KXEL, and with notching on the NRD-545, separable from various signals on 1540.0. Playing classic rock music. I bet it`s KGBC Galveston TX, which for many months in 2015-2016 was off frequency, but no het lately, presumably temporarily fixed until now. At 0434 UT, partial ID as ``##101.5 FM & 1540 AM``, refers to a website ending in Researching later:

WTFDA FM Database confirms the 1540/101.5 translator for KGBC:
``K268DE // KGBC-1540 101.5 GALVESTON TX 0.22 0.22 0.0 0.0 29-18-52 94-48-19 Chinese ETHNIC/ASIAN``

It used to be Chinese with CRI relay // 1520 KYND but that was done long ago. Wikipedia has some info, starting with newer? but still outdated format:

``The current format is a business talk format.[5] [sic] In 2016, after 69 years of broadcasting as "1540 KGBC", Siga changed the station's image to reflect the new 101.5 translator dial position attached to the heritage AM``

Then I search out this website unknown to Wikipedia:
which still exists but refers to --- GC stands for Gulf Coast. 

``Visit our Facebook page 
Check out the Live Surf Cam Courtesy of
K242BG 101.5 fm (Galveston) and KGBC 1540 am (Galveston & Houston), keeping Galveston Island and Galveston County connected with great music and entertainment Owned and operated by SIGA Broadcasting on Galveston Island Texas``

The AM appendage still claims to broadcast on 1540, rather than 1540.11 kHz! Clearly it`s mainly music now, with local talk, and not particularly business. Check out the Local Programs tab (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

This report despatched at 1735 UT March 13