sabato 2 febbraio 2019

Glenn Hauser logs February 1, 2019

** CUBA. 6100, Feb 1 at 0658, no signal from RHC English, while 6000, 6060 and 6165 are still on --- but by 0659 all of them have cut modulation, open carriers only. Unknown if 6100 merely closed a minute earlier or not at all since 0500. Fifth of The Cuban Five, 5040 at 0701 goes from dead air to opening Spanish! As I recheck the three 6 MHz channels, still dead air. Presumably 5040 will also cut off shortly. Meanwhile, 5025 Rebelde is distorted. Something`s always wrong at RHC and RadioCuba (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** EAST TURKISTAN. 9710, Feb 1 at 0251, pop/romantic music, language uncertain, S9-S5 and fluttery, no announcements until abruptly off at 0300* amid music. Only scheduled per HFCC is CRI Spanish via Kashgar, 0100-0300, 500 kW at 294 degrees. But defaulted into fill music? Signal stands out since hardly anything else is propagating on band from overseas (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** HAWAII [and non]. 5000, Feb 1 at 0703, WWVH poorly audible under WWV with hear-us-by-telephone announcement; at 0704 WWV runs its 1-kHz tone. Not heard by me, but WOR iog contributors report:

``As monitored here in NB on 15 MHz today (31 January), WWV ended the National Weather Service Atlantic and Pacific marine high-seas and storm warnings after 1900 UTC. Before that time, announcements about the ending of the warnings were transmitted during minutes 4 and 7 after the hour with the Atlantic information in minutes 8 and 9 and the Pacific information in minute 10. So, the last storm warnings were during the 1800 UTC hour. After 1900, the announcements in minutes 4 and 7 were discontinued and the storm warnings in minutes 8, 9, and 10 were replaced with an announcement about the ending of the warnings. Presumably, there was a similar transition on WWVH -- Richard Langley``

And from Bob Biermann of Your Weekend Show: ``Like it or not, as time moves forward, (Western) government agencies will pull further away from any type of HF communications service, with the exception of HF for military backup. Personally, in the grand scheme of things, it may prove to be a bit short sighted. I understand the benefits of today's IP and satellite based systems, but I also see the robustness of an HF backup`` (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** NIGERIA [non]. 7255-, Feb 1 at 0653, VON is off again and not heard on 9690- either --- but that could be on and not propagating. Reception on 31m is strange right now, with 9395 WRMI a JBA carrier, while 9330.165 WBCQ TOMBS is S9-S8 and managing to modulate without breakup. Usually at this time of night, it`s the reverse with WRMI`s southern advantage (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** OKLAHOMA. 1157 & 1183 peaks, Feb 1 at 0347 UT, IBOC noise from 1170 KFAQ Tulsa is certainly on now, tho not heard earlier in the daytime. Forget about clearhearing KSL 1160 unless USB-tuned and KFAQ be nulled as much as possible. 

I seldom listen deliberately to KFAQ but per NRC AM Log it has no FM! How can a mere 50/50 kW MW station get by without at least a 250-watt translator now? like rival talker KRMG is now a bigger FM station with an AM 740 legacy appendage (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** OKLAHOMA. 1650, Feb 1 at 0311 UT, making a concerted effort to hear KFSW Sallisaw: now there is some gospel music and ID mentioning ``98-7``, which fits for ``Life 98.7``, K254AM, which I suspect is really across the frontier in Fort Smith AR. 1650 sig is poor, not comparable to other X-banders, and heavy SAH of 152/minute = 2.53 Hz, probably with KCNZ IA, but plenty of CCI also from CO & TX. This is on the E-W longwire which favors KFSW, and no problem at night from local adjacent 1640. Since I don`t hear KFSW at all in daytime or twilight, strongly suspect they are running only 1 kW day and night rather than 10 kW day --- and this AM station still exists only to feed the much more important mere FM translator in the city of license (Glenn Hauser, Enid, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 5950 // much stronger 9395, Feb 1 at 0303, Radio Prague in English via WRMI. Current skedgrid shows these two matching at 01-04, including 0200 Argentina, 0230 Tirana, 0300 Prague, 0330 Slovakia, all in English, but not all daily (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 880-USB + carrier, Feb 1 at 0333 UT I am trying to hear KHAC Tse Bonito NM; having realized I have not been running across it lately as it was easy during a long span of 10 kW ND day power at night rather than 430 watts ND. 

On the R75 with E-W longwire, 880 is still dominated by DSB KRVN from the north, altho it has an ad mentioning MST --- but about a third of Nebraska is on MST, one boundary on I-80 being about halfway between North Platte and Ogallala, certainly in KRVN`s coverage area from Lexington further east. 

I try again at 0635 UT Feb 1, this time on the DX-398 which is what it takes to null KRVN as much possible and hear another station on USB but no LSB, which must be KHAC, praise music in English, not Navajo. It`s VP with a 7 Hz SAH. KLRG AR I think has been reactivated and could also be in mix with religion, but it`s DSB. 

At 0650 amid praise music, ID sounds like ``right here on KJCC and KWIN 104.9``. But I know they must really be saying KHAC and KWIM! Because there is a KWIM 104.9 in adjacent Window Rock AZ --- not KWIN, but meaning Western Indian Ministries, i.e. attempting to deprive Dineh of original religion and turn them into Protestants, a kind of cultural genocide; as per WTFDA FM Database:


But the DB makes no connexion with KHAC 880, despite a blank field for // source of programming! Likewise, the NRC AM Log entry for 880 KHAC makes no mention of any FM (nor the very significant fact that 880 suppresses LSB). 

Is the FM really in AZ or NM? Strange as it may seem, the AZ/NM straight N-S borderline is not exactly at the 109-00-00 W meridian, but a mile or two west of there per Rand McNally atlas. Was this the result of a surveying error back in the day when the territory was being divided in twain? Likewise Utah/Colorado above the Four Corners.

To hear KHAC while legally on 10 kW ND daypower, note that February official SR/SS times are 1400/0100 UT; best chances for getting out just after 1400 or before 0100 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

This report dispatched at 1941 UT February 1