giovedì 18 maggio 2017

Glenn Hauser logs May 16-17-18, 2017

** ANGUILLA. 6090, May 18 at 0554, Caribbean Beacon is off! Has this terrible transmitter finally joined Dead Gene in the grave? NO, 11775 is still on the air at 1223 check, S9+10 radiating constant unusable suptorted modulation. I`ve heard from listeners who have tried to get thru to PMS that she has a problem, without success (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** ARGENTINA [non]. Expanded relays: see USA: WRMI

** KOREA SOUTH [and non]. 6135, May 18 at 1224, noise and rapid tone jamming, trace of program under, from Voice of Freedom. Ivo Ivanov and Ron Howard report that VOF has registered two alternate frequencies, 6020 and 5920, where it has been testing sporadically, but neither heard at this moment (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** KOREA SOUTH. 5995.029, May 18 at 1219, what`s this before RNZI comes up at 1259? Slightly off frequency, poor signal in non-English talk. The answer is already in from Ron Howard:

``new frequencies 5995 (ex 6003) // 6350 (ex 6348), Echo of Hope - VOH, 1000 UTC, May 18. In Korean; fairly clear; usual "V O H" ID; news (item about "Tokyo," etc.). Thanks go to Hiroyuki Komatsubara and Aoki for the alert. My audio at 
(Ron Howard, oceanside at Pacific Grove, CA, Etón E1, antenna: 100'
long wire, dxldyg via DX LISTENING DIGEST)``

Latest Aoki of May 18 already has it on 5995 effective today. They`d better be done in time for NZ --- hardly: previous Aoki showed the 6003 hours as 0555-2400, plus NK jamming during all of it, even starting at 0255. The jamming, mainly, had been a fixture on 6003 for many years. RNZI won`t hesitate to change frequency without notice if necessary, and it probably will be, altho later after 1300 today it is dominant here (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** NEWFOUNDLAND. 6159.960, May 18 at 0548, CKZN almost readable at S8 vs storm crashes, story about Hollywood, which a few minutes later in outro turns out to be within `The World` from WGBH and PRI, which we hear in the afternoons on KOSU. Tnx to CBC for putting this on SW unlike any American station! Now how about raising power to 100 kW?

CKZN is always off-frequency to the lo side, obvious in 1 kHz step tuning with BFO on the R75. I keep seeing reports from others as ``6160.00`` which is NOT correct. Such accuracy should not be claimed unless really measured. No one would object if reported merely as ``6160`` without the decimals. My own measurements may be plus/minus 2 Hz, so ``6159.96`` would bypass even that uncertainty (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** NEW ZEALAND. 7425, May 18 at 1220, RNZI is obliterated by a blob from a local device, as it is self-weakened on NNW antenna during this bihour; checked here after hearing something else on 5995: this entry serving as a cross-reference to KOREA SOUTH (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** PERU. 5980, May 16 at 2330, no signal detectable from R. Chaski. Alfredo Cañote, Lima, says this is the new sign-off time ex-0100v*. A sesquihour earlier in our summer means it will be even more difficult here, to determine whether the same ~6.7 second recession per diem in autocutoff times now applies circa 2330 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** PHILIPPINES [non]. 9900, Thu May 18 at 1233, English ID as ``TWR Philippines``,, S6 signal and hymn. Of course, it`s really KTWR GUAM transmitter. Aoki shows strange schedule as M-F 1219-1240 in English at 285 degrees. (On Sundays only at 1216-1245, Japanese Friendship Radio hour at 345 degrees). Cited website asserts `` With almost 14 years in existence, TWR Philippines has become competent in programming. We boast in this in Christ. . .`` But Program page is only in Tagalog (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A [and non]. WORLD OF RADIO 1877 monitoring: confirmed Tuesday May 16 at 2130 on WRMI 9455 to WNW, much stronger than // 15770 to NE. Also confirmed Tue May 16 at 2330 on WBCQ, 9330.30v-CUSB, fair. Also confirmed Wednesday May 17 at 1315.5 on WRMI, 9955, S9. Also confirmed Wed May 17 at 2100 on WBCQ 7490v-AM, poor in summer noise level but loud & clear on webcast. Also confirmed Wed May 17 at 2330 on WBCQ 9330.02v-CUSB, good.

WORLD OF RADIO 1878 ready for first airings May 18:
Thu 2130   WRMI 11580 to NE [probably final time this week]
Thu 2330   WBCQ 9330v-CUSB to WSE
Fri 2330   WBCQ 9330v-CUSB to WSW
Sat 0630   HLR 6190-CUSB to WSW
Sat 1431   HLR 7265-CUSB to WSW
Sat 1930v  WA0RCR 1860-AM ND
Sat 2230   WBCQ 9330v-CUSB to WSW
Sun 0200   WRMI 11580 to NE [NEW]
Sun 0310v  WA0RCR 1860-AM ND
Sun 1030   HLR 9485-CUSB to WSW
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 [to be canceled]
Tue 1100   WRMI 9955 to SSE, 9455 to WNW [to be canceled]
Tue 1300   WRMI 11580 to NE [NEW; to be canceled]
Tue 2130   WRMI 15770 to NE, 9455 to WNW
Tue 2330   WBCQ 9330v-CUSB to WSW
Wed 1030   WRMI 5850 to NW, 9455 to WNW
Wed 1315.5 WRMI 9955 to SSE
Wed 2100   WBCQ 7490v to WSW
Wed 2330   WBCQ 9330v-CUSB to WSW

** U S A. 7730 // 5850, May 17 at 0602-0632, I listen to the `World Music` on WRMI as I am dozing off, and do hear some of the familiar tunes such as the song in German, and some African music, contrary to my lament that the WM content had changed completely. Also, the WRMI skedgrid now labels 0700-0800 UT Tue/Wed/Thu on both frequencies as `World Music` -- but that will soon change along with much other WRMI programming. Also on 11580 after 1400 UT May 17 I hear some more familiar WM tunes, mixed in with unfamiliar ones including gospel songs. So this hour not shown in the skeds, continues with WM.

No word from WRMI itself yet, but Adrián Korol, Director of RAE Argentina to the World, has notified us that much expanded ``experimental`` relays of all languages via WRMI will start phasing in the week of May 22. Great news for RAE, WRMI and the SWL community; but this amounts to 60 transmitter-hours per week, necessarily knocking off much current WRMI programming, including some WORLD OF RADIO airings. The RAE ATTW sked will be:

11-12  9955 Portuguese
13-14 11580 French
21-22 11580 German
22-23 11580 Italian
22-23  5950 Spanish

00-01  7730 Spanish
01-02  9395 English
06-07  7730 Japanese
07-08  5850 & 7730 English
08-09  5850 Chinese
09-10  5850 Japanese

[some of these may also be on 9455, if the previous // timings stick]

He says however, the French service is currently only half an hour, and plans are to start a new Quechua service to fill the other half. However, 1330 UT on 11580 to Europe would not be appropriate for that; rather, Quechua should be sometime on 9955 toward South America. He also says that the additional broadcasts in English and Spanish will have updated news bulletins.

All this will greatly impact numerous DX and other programs, even relays of other stations, such as Slovakia in English which has been at 2100 on 11580 (and still confirmed on May 17). 

WORLD OF RADIO loses its airings on 7730, Tue at 0030; on 9955, Tue at 1100; on 11580, Tue at 1300 (which just started); on 11580, Thu at 2130, in addition to already lost Fri at 2230. Even these may be in jeopardy, in case higher-priority programming bumped by RAE has to find new times (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 17775v, May 17 at 1900, KVOH is running late, which is not unusual, with hymns in Spanish, Onward Christian Soldiers (hey, LeSEA owns that! hi), and Wonderful Words of Life, which is rudely chopped off the air at 1906*. Before that I note that the carrier again has a pronounced wobble when monitored with BFO. 

The annual NASB meeting is just getting underway, sponsored by KVOH, including visits to the studio and transmitter site:
DXLD/WOR contributors Ben Dawson and John Figliozzi are there, so we hope for reports about it (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 1480, May 18 at 1200 UT, my DX-398 AM sexion is still tuned to 1480 from yesterday morning, so I turn on KBXD again; in Spanish with slogan ``Estás en sintonía de [algo] Esperanza``, then English almost-legal canned ID thrice, ``KBXD 1480 Dallas``. Then ad mentioning ``Radio Setecientos A-M`` for KHSE 700 which is now being duplicated on 1480. Then Esperanza slogan or program name again, later preaching. (Both Wikipedia and Radio-Locator have way outdated info on KHSE as ``FunAsia``). KHSE is attributed to Hammond Broadcasting, but not KBXD, yet John Hammond was the one calling for ``renters`` of 1480 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 1500, May 18 at 1208 UT, KJIM Sherman TX is dominant over KSTP and/or OK`s KPGM, with `Osgood File` after CBS News. Charles` aging voice is evident, but he`s still ``seeing us`` on the radio, no longer on TV`s Sunday Morning, outro referring to his social media activity. 1211 local announcer ID as K-Jim, and also K267CB on 103.1, I wrote and thought he said, but really on 101.3; Then plays NWS robot with some hum, forecasts for several days ahead, mostly showers and T-storms (like Enid, high risk of tornados May 18). ``America`s best music, the memory-maker, AM 1500, K-jim``. Still a small local station with a distinctive format (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. 6833.0, May 18 at 0545, open carrier at S9-S6, pirate or ute? BTW, I have yet to hear anything on 6855, since WRMI was forced to evacuate it for 9455 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. 7712.0+, May 18 at 0542, very poor carrier, slightly on the hi side, maybe JBM, but not enough to tell whether it`s Station YHWH as suspected. Earlier this night he was reported on 7585 again, but off now (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. 9700, May 18 at 1237, something here in Chinese, weak. Nothing listed in latest Aoki of May 18, nor any excuse for ChiCom jamming. Nor EiBi nor HFCC of May 4 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

This report despatched at 1642 UT May 18