** ALBANIA [non]. 5850, May 3 at 2319 quick check of R. Tirana via WRMI, during music. Back to my WORLD OF RADIO 1876 recording. Hope they had a new program on today unlike the May 1 one repeated on May 2 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** ARGENTINA [non]. 9395, May 4 at 0120, checking RAE ATTW via WRMI, during interview about architecture. Recheck at 0135 to hear the multi-lingual ID, song; 0138 MLID again! and talk about dinosaurs at a provincial park in San Juan; 0148 another MLID, song; 0151 MLID; 0152 headlines: selling Argentine products in China by e-commerce; president to visit on Monday; tax collexions in April up 24% by 786 gigapesos; 0153 the fifth MLID this hour during my sporadic monitoring, and sign-off with SW schedule, P O Box 555, 1000 WAF Buenos Aires address for reports (and Fernando utters ham-like fonetix ``whisky-alfa-foxtrot``). 0156 back to WRMI Oldies music but no ID break. (I wonder how long their playlist is; everything sounds familiar).
Meanwhile, I received a very nice personal reply from RAE`s director Adrián Korol, who remembers me from my Spanish DX reports on Espacio Diexista - Radio Enlace from Radio Nederland. He says I will be receiving the #001 special QSL for inauguration of the WRMI relays. The first broadcast I heard on UT May 2 was a week-old test file they had sent to WRMI, which explains the lack of new news, and the May 1 Madres de Plaza de Mayo demonstration would be covered subsequently. He agrees the dozen multi-lingual IDs were excessive, and they have plenty of other bumpers which could be inserted.
He took over in February when the SW service was already off. The transmitter needs two new tubes, which are expensive and have to be imported. He credits the director of RNA with deciding to support the external service, which had largely been neglected. Good listener response to the WRMI relays has already been coming in.
I`ll be publishing his complete reply in Spanish. It`s great to have someone running an international service who actually has experience as a SW listener and DXer. And of course, Argentina is the ONLY South American country with an external SW service, even in English, with only one other in all of Latin America, Cuba of course (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** CHINA [and non]. 6110.285v, May 4 at 1237, wavering carrier in Chinese vs weaker one on 6110.0, i.e. CNR1 jamming against VOA Chinese via Thailand, making big het too (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** CUBA. 6145, May 4 at 0552, RHC English is S9+10 but just barely modulated, so I check the remainder of The Cuban Five: 6100 S9+10/20 with sufficient mod; 6060 loud and splattering over 6070 CFRX; 6000 S9+10/20 undermodulated; 5040 very good (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** KOREA SOUTH. 15575, May 4 at 1325, KBS World Radio is starting to show up for its summer-season peak, English to North America at S9-S7 with choppy fading, also vs my HNL. Only May-August or so do we have a chance of hearing it as they stay on this unpropagating frequency all winter. Aoki still shows azimuth as 81 degrees from Kimjae, i.e. way south of North America, aimed right at Honolulu and Santiago, which also helps explain why this puts a much better signal into Chile.
Or is it? 13-14 English, 14-15 Korean, and also a 00-03 UT broadcast on 15575 are now in HFCC as 40 degrees to CIRAF 1, 2 and 6, i.e. only Alaska, NW Canada, and western third of conterminous USA. This beam crosses USA from Vancouver to Matamoros, only about 6 degrees away from Enid (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** KURDISTAN [non]. 7350, May 4 at 0412, Denge Kurdistane with talk at S9+10. Ivo says this recently replaced 11600 for the 0230-0500 segment, and is via Issoudun, FRANCE site, not Pridnestrovye nor B`lgariya (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** KUWAIT. 15540, May 3 at 1936 check, R. Kuwait with ME music segment, greatly preferable to the Western rock MOI feels they must also play to be well-rounded, fair at S9 vs my HNL. Still no reports of any other language services reactivated (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** MADAGASCAR [and non]. 11825, May 4 at 0421, MWV African Pathways Radio playing neat reggae music, S7 with deep fades to S3 during English hour; 0424 `This Day in History` feature for 4 May, from Kent State killings of students to International Respect for Chickens Day, but always leading up to an irrelevant Bible verse. 0429 on to a `Creation Moment` about pain management, concluding that medicine doesn`t matter because pain is caused by sin. Enough of that crap. We can only pray that Africans don`t fall for it.
11825, meanwhile, an understation of NHK IS starts at *0425. That`s 300 kW Yamata direct prior to Chinese at 290 degrees from 0430 to 0500 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** MEXICO. 800, May 4 at 0449 UT, XEROK music blasting over KQCV OKC like a cannon. I really think it must have ramped up to full power lately of 50 kW ND, which means it`s probably tearing up KQCV in parts of OKC as well, outside its main lobe, supposedly protecting XEROK. Seems like I have a pipeline from the WSW, with 1020 KCKN also inbooming, but I really think it`s the stations, not propagation (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** NORTH AMERICA. 7615-AM, May 4 at 0410, Station YHWH is on, very poor at S8. Other reports indicate he starts at 0230, but that may vary (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** OKLAHOMA. 1000, May 4 at 0446 UT, KTOK OKC with Dodgers baseball play-by-play, and not the OKC farmteam, because an ad for Southern California Toyotathon is then inserted, in the bottom of the eighth, just before midnight here (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** SRI LANKA. 15255, May 4 at 1324, South Asian song at S9-S7. This is AWR at 1300-1330 in Bengali, then 1330-1400 in Kok Borok, both 125 kW at 25 degrees from Trincomalee. Always fun to get these virtually trans-polar signals better than lower latitude ones. According to EiBi`s language listings, Kok Borok, a.k.a. Tripuri, is spoken by 800 kiloindians (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. 10000, May 4 at 0414, WWV is making this announcement every hour (and perhaps at other times, also on WWVH), not verbatim: NWS Atlantic and Pacific High Seas and Storm Warnings on WWV and WWVH are scheduled to be discontinued on October 1, 2017. Comments or issues about this should be sent not later than May 31 to firstname.lastname@example.org --- Rechecked at 1214 and 1514 May 4, I copied this once as nwws, not nws; not sure what the automaton says (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A [and non]. WORLD OF RADIO 1875 monitoring: awake at 1043 Wednesday May 3, I succeed in confirming that the 1030 WOR airing on WRMI 5850 is also on // 9455. But I miss checking the 1315.5 airing on 9955, surely still running. Also confirmed Wed May 3 at 2100 on WBCQ 7490 webcast; also confirmed Wed May 3 at 2330 on WBCQ 9330.4v-CUSB, good.
WORLD OF RADIO 1876 ready for first airings May 4:
Thu 2130 WRMI 11580 to NE
Thu 2330 WBCQ 9330v-CUSB to WSW
Fri 2230 WRMI 11580 to NE, 5950 to S
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 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
Tue 1100 WRMI 9955 to SSE, 9455 to WNW
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
(Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. 9455, May 4 at 1246, this WRMI is off, since 9395 and 9955 are good at S9+10 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. 690, May 4 at 0556 UT, one minute of Fox News Radio, ``Mighty 690`` KGGF, Coffeyvile KS`` ID (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. 1020, May 4 at 0446 UT, KCKN Roswell NM in Spanish sermon from WWRV 1330 is S9+30, blowing away semi-local KOKP Perry OK.
Jerry Kiefer, FL, who used to be with KCKN, replied to my previous log of April 28: ``Greetings Glenn, Quick comment on KCKN. They might be running non directional at the moment. The night pattern throws 40 watts in your direction and the day pattern less than 500. Either could be screwed up. Not being in the loop anymore that's the only thing I can offer. Take care``
This signal is no 500 or 40 watts. How about 50,000, ND? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. 1480, May 4 at 1208 UT, song in Spanish about María with various rhymes such as fría; after a ``Tally-ho!`` as in Bollywood, 1211 UT English announcement, paraphrased, ``KBXD, 50,000 watts covering North Texas and as far as Oklahoma City to the north, Waco to the south. If you would like to rent this station, please call John Hammond, 972-904-5904``. Same music resumes in a loop, 1216 UT same announcement again.
So Radio Namaste is gone. Wonder why they couldn`t make it? Rather enjoyed their music and Hinglish chat. I question how much of a signal they put into OKC on daytime groundwave when really 50 kW. This daytime coverage map
has OKC just inside its outer ``fringe`` contour, whatever that amount to. Night map of only 1900 watts shows a deep notch toward OKC and five others in a ``flower`` pattern; you couldn`t even hear it in Plano
Radio locator also claims its format is still gospel music! (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. 1530, May 4 at 0600 UT, WCKY in dead air interrupted by bits of Brother Scare who was already on the previous hour; finally 0604 UT cuts back on without breaking up. Meanwhile I could hear an understation in Spanish, probably KGBT among several other possibilities (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. 1590, May 4 at 0558 UT, Bing Crosby song, 0600 UT ``WAIK, Galesburg IL`` ID and back to another oldsong. NRC AM Log 2016-2017 had it as NWS/TLK/SPT, 5000/55 watts U4 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
This report dispatched at 1748 UT May 4