giovedì 9 marzo 2017

Glenn Hauser logs March 9, 2017

** AUSTRALIA. 11980, March 9 at 1400, RBA is S9+10 despite aiming 310 degrees toward S Asia, with Irish reel, 1402 traditional Chinese instrumental tune, 1405 finally signing on with a hint of kookaburra from Kununurra, but surely not Jacko, and into proselytizing. 

So the initial 1400-1405 with neat music is the best and only time to listen to RBA. In fact, Aoki shows the English span is 1405-1435, never mind the lead-up. Same every day? Long ago they emitted a different medley (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** BRAZIL. 11855.46V, March 9 at 0510, ghostly R. Aparecida with its varying signal just barely modulated (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CANADA. 3330, 7850 & 14670, March 9 at 0537, CHU inaudible on any of its frequencies, but 0648 recheck, 7850-CUSB back on at S9+10, still no 3330 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CHINA. 4900, March 9 at 1350, Voice of Strait in Chinese music at S5-S8 on newish secondary frequency; same signal level in Chinese talk on 4940 original frequency; an hour after sunrise here, best Asian signals remaining on 60m (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) 

** COLOMBIA. 6010.16v, March 9 at 0519, S9+15 tropical music, from The Voice of Thy Conscience. If it has a religious theme, not obvious. 

5910.21, March 9 at 0519, S9+20 tropical music, very similar to 6010+ but not //, from Alcaraván Radio, sibling HJDH station, as usual stronger and sounding quite louder. This is enough to splash upon 5915, cf ZAMBIA (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) 

** CUBA. 5025, March 9 at 0512, R. Rebelde is S9+30 of dead air, still so at 0522. Meanwhile, 5040 RHC is nominal, but these two are no longer producing even a carrier on the 5010 & 5055 leapfrogs. Therefore, they are no longer from the same transmitter site, back to separate ones, as was the case until the spurs showed up again a few weeks ago. OR: they have managed to suppress the intermodulation, unlikely of any concern whatsoever, when they can`t even keep all their transmitters running and well-modulated where they are supposed to be (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA. 6270, March 9 at 0525, RHC English at S6, leapfrog mixing product of // 6060 over 6165 another 105 kHz higher. Hadn`t heard this for months despite frequent chex, perhaps because the three had not been from same transmitter site. Maybe still not before 0500 when 6060 is allegedly in Spanish, but often off, and sometimes English. The opposite `frog should land on 5955, yet to be heard tho sometimes there is remnant jamming vs long-gone R. República, 5954 Costa Rica (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** ECUADOR. 6050, March 9 at 0523, no signal from HCJB, so their 24-hour testing may be concluded (or during a 5-minute hiatus?). Ultimate operational schedule from new Pichincha transmitter as yet unknown, to be *0830-0500*, as originally, or less, as lately? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** KOREA NORTH [and non]. 5935, Thursday March 9 at 1259, rapid tone pulse jamming already vs S8-S6 open carrier, 1300 Sea Breeze opening in weekly English, with usual piano music and intensely earnest YL, so still not QSYed. As I understand it, only a handful of Japanese were allegedly abducted many years ago by DPRK, their offspring to become sleeper agents (even one is too many) but Japanese reaxion with all these broadcasts many years later seems to be overkill (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** MEXICO. 730, March 9 at 1309, Spanish federal PSA for the Cámara de Diputados, and another one, then full ID for XEHB AM 730, 50,000 watts y XHHB FM 102.1(?), 25,000 ERP ``en efectivo``, with street address in Hidalgo del Parral, Chihuahua, ``sólo éxitos en Fiesta Estéreo``. WRTH 2017 still has the old ``Ke Buena`` slogan and no FM //. Or is it 107.1 as in IRCA Mexican Log 2015?

Yes, WTFDA FM Database, which now includes Mexico, shows 107.1 is really XHEHB-FM in nearby San Francisco del Oro, Chihuahua, Estereo Fiesta, but fails to show // 730 XEHB. The real XHHB FM is 94.7 in Hermosillo; the E`s are inserted to avoid duplication as AM stations are forced to start migrating to FM, but are easily missed in hearing or even speaking.

I started bandscan upward from 540 a few minutes earlier, already after our sunrise at 1251, and this is the first Mexican still audible, despite horrible splash from 740 KRMG on 50 kW day power (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) 

** MEXICO. 870, March 9 at 1313, XETAR hasn`t quite faded out yet, in indigenous language with some Spanish number-words, LV de la Sierra Tarahumara, Guachochi, Chihuahua, as long as WWL is nulled, still strong. Far from the border, this daytimer will keep signing on at 1300 UT until DST overtakes April 2 for *1200, when our sunrise will then be circa 1210 UT, maybe reaudiblizing XETAR for a bit (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) 

** OKLAHOMA. 1000, March 9 at 1320 UT, KTOK OKC, mentions ``the late Mike McCarville``, who had a morning talkshow here. Yes, he just died yesterday. Another conservative I never listened to. Here`s a story:

``McCarville [portrait] --- Condolences to family and friends of longtime OKLAHOMA radio talk show host and political commentator MIKE MCCARVILLE, who died TODAY (3/8) at 76, according to a post at his website.

MCCARVILLE, most recently proprietor of "THE MCCARVILLE REPORT" political blog, was a host and PD at KTOK-A/OKLAHOMA CITY and a commentator for KOSU/STILLWATER and KGWA/ENID; he also filled in on NRANEWS.COM's talk shows online and on SIRIUSXM RADIO.  He was a former reporter for THE OKLAHOMAN and THE TULSA TRIBUNE, among many other papers and publications. and an Assistant News Director for CBS affiliate KWTV/OKLAHOMA CITY.

In the post on THE MCCARVILLE REPORT, Contributing Editor JASON DOYLE ODEN wrote, "It is my unfortunate duty to inform you that our friend MIKE MCCARVILLE is no longer with us on Earth. After struggling with an illness, he has gone to his deserved rest. That familiar laugh and smile are now part of Heaven’s domain. It is the image of that twinkle in MIKE’s eyes and his quick offer of a cup of coffee that haunt me as I write this piece to stay [sic] goodbye to the man who was my boss, my mentor and best of all, my friend."``

Then weather by Emily Sutton, of KFOR-TV. Lots of TV weatherpersons have side deals with various radio stations, extra cash, or it is just part of the TV jobs for promotion? (Glenn Hauser, Enid, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SOUTH AFRICA. 7285, March 9, S9+25 at 0528 tune-in, Radio Sonder Grense once again in English, woman being interviewed by man about gender discrimination (for Int`l Women`s Day?), 0529 interviewer switches to Afrikaans; she is Prof. Amanda something, and they continue alternating; 0530 Afrikaans with ``S-A-U-K`` ID in passing, music.

BTW, SAUK/SABC is a horrible place, as Bill Bingham keeps us updated with press about it, lately referenced in DXLD yg and WOR 1868:

** UKRAINE [non]. 11580, Thursday March 9 at 1352, presumed RUI relay as scheduled via WRMI, in a narrative story with classical music about an artist and a hand model, then about a bird. Turkishish music follows with no program outro or station ID until 1359.5 automation fires Bob Zanotti WRMI ID. If it is RUI, not properly packaged for a 29.5 minute slot. 

I check the WRMI server, and find this is the ``Thursday`` broadcast uploaded March 3, last Friday, only one week out of date. Anyhow every day, all the news seems to be about Russian aggression in eastern Ukraine. `Reading Lounge` is the program which started at 1346:30. However, this file is exactly 30:00 long and the reading is still going when cut off, so the Turkishish music must have been WRMI fill a bit early (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A [and non]. WORLD OF RADIO 1867 monitoring: confirmed first SW broadcast of 1230 UT Thursday March 9 on 9955, checked at 1250 good S9+10 and no jamming, while // 6855 is JBA. 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 WSW
Sat 1530   HLR 7265-CUSB to WSW
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

DST shifts one UT hour earlier start here for some but not all:

Sun 2330   WBCQ 9330v-CUSB to WSW
Mon 0300v  WBCQ 5130v Area 51 to WSW
Mon 0330   WRMI 9955 to SSE
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 9 at 0526, WRMI with Brazilian music during World Music, but rather distorted modulation as this unit continues to have problems (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 7505.0, March 9 at 0536, dead air at S9-S7, suspected WRNO transmitter still on. Unless it`s a ute; no other broadcaster scheduled. Before I can hear it long enough to witness continuous variation, it cuts off. WRNO sked continues to be quite erratic, including just when it`s in Chinese, as noted by Ron Howard. Aoki never got around to changing the nominal span for standard time to 0200-0500, rather than 0100-0400, which will soon be in vigor again (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 910, March 9 at 1316 UT, loops WSW/ENE, listener comments on phone separated by beeps, turns out to be a promo for calling 623-9100, for ``Noalmark Broadcasting Group and 93.7 The Beep``. Opinion format culled from voice mails? Suspect it`s KKBE NM, soon confirmed by PSA for City of Roswell, other ads. (No sign of KVIS OK yet.) 

WTFDA FM Database shows as to be expected, 93.7 is a mere 250 watt translator wagging this 5 kW dog: ``K229BV // KKBE 910 93.7 ROSWELL NM 0.0 0.25 0.0 5.3 33-23-55 104-31-18 `NEWS TALK 910` NEWS/TALK`` No such slogan listed, but ha2, it`s not really ``The Beep`` despite the beeps, but ``The Beat`` according to Wikipedia with ``rhythmic contemporary`` format, whatever that mean. 910 was originally KBIM, which led to KBIM-TV channel 10, and its original full-power KBIM-FM was 97.1 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 1020, March 9 at 1322 UT, with KOKP morning non-sports talkshow nulled, Spanish making slow SAH, and ``ESPN Deportes`` ID in passing, then Omaha traffic report and weather. It`s KMMQ Plattsmouth NE on 50 kW day power, last known as ``La Estación de la Raza`` in NRC AM Log 2016-2017. No sign of the other SS on 1020 now, 50 kW KCKN Roswell NM, despite just hearing 910 KKBE, so presumably that broke down again (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** YEMEN [non]. 11860, March 9 at 1407, Republic of Yemen Radio (via SAUDI ARABIA?), with pop music in Arabic, S9+10, better than usual; last few days was very poor. 1413 into triumphal music and some talk past 1425. (Meanwhile our other source of good ME music in the morning, Denge Kurdistane on 11600 just as good via Pridnestrovye, has only been talk in Kurdish.) 

11860 was first reported Oct 20, 2015, and an extensive roundup of initial info and speculation about source was in
And we still don`t know for sure which transmitter sites are involved, but surely more than one depending on time of day (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** ZAMBIA. 5915, March 9 at 0517, very poor carrier with some modulation, presumably ZNBC1, managing to stay on air an hour past sunrise, and not quite faded out yet. Only other listee at this time is Myanmar, but it`s midday there. Would you believe that even on USB tuning, this is bothered by splash from 5910.2 Colombian music? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

This report despatched at 1806 UT March 9