** ALGERIA. 891, Dec 23 at 0700, weak talk presumed RTA Arabic separable from WLS (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** ANTARCTICA. No Carols across Antarctica, 7995-USB after 2300 UT Dec 23. Zero results trying numerous SDRs in NZ, Australia, elsewhere. VE6JY did have some 2-way on 7993-USB, Spanish? O, not on my own receiver either for the first few minutes. This was publicized as from McMurdo, but intended for intracontinental contacts only, difficult beyond at mid-day near summer solstice, and so it was (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** CANADA. 300 kHz, Dec 23 at 0709 UT, dash and YIV, 500-watt ND beacon from Island Lake, Manitoba; I was tuned to 301-USB (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** CANADA. Re CHU announcement style, Richard Langley replies Dec 22:
``Glenn: I've heard both the full and abbreviation forms of UTC in both English and French but I'm not sure what the schedule is for these alternating forms. Today, when starting the recording for WRMI on 7780 kHz, I recorded CHU for a few minutes as I usually do. But I started early: a few minutes before 2000 UTC. Before the hour, the English announcements used "Coordinated Universal Time" and the French ones "UTC." After the hour, the English ones were still "Coordinated Universal Time" but the French ones were "Temps Universel Coordonée." I'll contact the NRC officer to see if he can shed some light on what is used when. As for the period of silence, for 9 seconds, after the hour, this is normal:
-- Richard Langley`` (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** CUBA. 13768 & 13632, Dec 23 at 1538, AM/FM spurblobs at S9-S8 out of RHC 13700; also weaker second-orders at double the 68 kHz displacement, 13837 & 13564 approx. During `Sonido Cubano` music show which does not deserve such maltreatment. Something`s always wrong at RHC (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) see also UNIDENTIFIED
** EAST TURKISTAN [non]. Lest you think Aoki and I are alone in recognizing this as a ``country``, the Dec 23 episode of 1A from WAMU and NPR is all about how the ChiCom are brainwashing the Uyghurs, as heard on KGOU Dec 23 at 1606 UT; 34-minute podcast: 'For Their Own Good': The Detention Of Muslim Ethnic Groups In China
NPR is so smart that it shows KOSU as my NPR station, despite the fact that this program is NOT on KOSU, but KGOU (Glenn Hauser, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** NORTH AMERICA. 6949.9-USB, Dec 22 at 2159, checking for publicized Texas Shortwave pirate broadcast from 2200 around 6950, there it is already on at S9 with `Feliz Navidad` song soon morphing into inglés; then a solo in English with guitar; 2203 OM ID as ``Xmas radio special on Texas Radio Shortwave, in the state of Texas``; offering QSL for reports to firstname.lastname@example.org --- 2207 some fading, 2212 similar ID by YL voice and fade some more, at first wondering if off (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** OKLAHOMA. 88.1, Dec 23 at 1442 UT, KWOU Woodward in at no strain tnx to fog, for StarDate, and Oklahoma news from KGOU cutting away from NPR Morning Edition.
Another KGOU relay, KQOU 89.1 in Clinton with 40 kW is overcoming or at least mixing with local Enid 89.1 translator K206CA of KNYD 90.5 Oasis Network. Harbingers of TV DX too. FCC FM Query for KQOU erroneously still claims ``This facility relays KCCU FM (Facility ID 8484),`` i.e. Lawton which disposed of it years ago.
RF 20, Dec 23 from 1558 UT, UHF bandscan with nothing much of interest except this: enough signal to be Good and decode, except it`s black and silent. There is an easily-tropoed full-power KQCW in Muskogee, hard to believe so defective. Also several translators around OK, but strongly suspect this is the fake Enid station (its Community of License), KBZC-LD, which per FCC TV Query has a LIC on RF 42, an APP and a CP both on ch 20, all at the same coordinates which are *really* in the NE OKC antenna farm, ``NAD83: N 35° 35' 52.1", W 97° 29' 23.2" (35.597806, -97.489778)`` and with 7.2 kW could not possibly serve Enid 100 km away under normal conditions --- also lacking any 7-channel programming of shopping and other nonsense, not serving OKC either. Steady signal but gradually fades out. LIC to DTV America which was hoping to make a buck with stations like this all over. Wasn`t this the one supposed to repack to channel 9? Now TV Query and W9WI.com show no Okies of any sort on 9. I used to see traces of KBZC on RF 42 and even decoding, but not for some weeks. At first I also had KTEN-26 Ada, KTPX-28 Okmulgee, and unID on RF 11 (Glenn Hauser, Enid, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** OKLAHOMA. Part 15 Xmas music and light shows in Enid surveyed 0015-0215 UT Dec 24. Two annual ones visited first:
Singing Xmas Trees, in the oil well lot at the NE corner of Oak and Oakwood: usual stuff but some variations in music loop repeating every few minutes: and still on 89.5; relatively clear, too far from KWGS Tulsa, but adjacent bigsig on 89.7.
Pheasant Run, on the western edge of Enid off Garland: residence with elaborate sound & light show on NF this year 102.5; previously 99.7 and 97.7 IIRC, no longer viable. Mostly well synched but one slow tune, Silent Night, still has rapidly flashing lights to accompany, a real clash. Some real station takes over 102.5 a couple blox away. Fog-induced tropo has been up today with unusually mild temps.
Lakeside addition in NW Enid right across Purdue from the KGWA towers, i.e. SE corner with Oakwood: for the first time this year, a small show on 87.9 in a crowded street so difficult to park and see and hear it at the same time. CCI from something else on 87.9 --- stronger signal but undermodulated, and we never did locate it.
Across Willow there is another well-lit neighborhood with Xmasmx heard on 87.9, but no sign about it and no visual match; this one has greater range. While it`s hard to find a really clear frequency on the FM band, better frequency coordination is needed. Enidbuzz.com allegedly has a list of these things, but have not found it (Glenn Hauser, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** TURKEY. 5980, Dec 23 at 2032, surprise S9-S6 with deep fades, W&M dramatic dialog in Turkish; 2036 mood music and on to another program. This early, only other significant signals on 49 m are 6070 CFRX and 5950 WRMI. Yet this is surely VOT as scheduled in Turkish, 17-22, 500 kW at 310 degrees for W Europe, but USward beyond. Something`s not wrong at Emirler! Nor is there much of anything from Eurasia on the 40m band (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. 8152-USB, Dec 23 at 2212, a maritime net from North Carolina is just closing, called ``Doo Dah``! NCS credits Ursa Minor and KPK, IDs self as KNC [fonetikaly], and says immediately following is the Do-Little Net which is unstruxured, i.e. open for conversations, first somebody describing spotting a waterspout. Recheck at 2242, about QSY to ch 72 VHF; 2259 however still activity on 8152-USB. Later just in time, I search out more info on this at: https://www.ssca.org/content.aspx?page_id=22&club_id=710182&module_id=283983
``Trans-Atlantic Radio Net
SSCA's Trans-Atlantic Cruisers' Net (SSCA TACN) is in operation during the traditional Trans-Atlantic crossing seasons of mid-April thru early July and mid-October thru Christmas.
The primary participants are:
Glenn Tuttle, Coastal Station KPK, Punta Gorda, FL
Chris Parker, Coastal Station WCY, Lakeland, FL
Jim West, Coastal Station KJM, Ellijay, GA
Dick Giddings, Coastal Station, KNC, Dover, NC ****
The morning SSCA HF Radio Service Net will remain with a start time of 1215 hrs UTC year round on frequency 8104. Please adjust your local time accordingly.
The afternoon net will start at 1700 hrs Eastern Time on frequency 8152 and is called the Doo Dah/SSCA Trans-Atlantic Cruisers' Net. Then when the Doo Dah Net/SSCA TACN concludes (usually 10-15 minutes) all net controllers and relay stations will switch to frequency 12350 to pick up the vessels farther out at sea. . .`` (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A [and non]. WORLD OF RADIO 2013 monitoring: confirmed Sunday December 22 at 2130 on WRMI 7780, poor.
Also confirmed UT Monday December 23 at 0130 on WRMI 7780, good via UTwente SDR.
Also confirmed UT Monday December 23 at 0230 on WRMI 7780, good via UTwente and also 9395, poor over there.
UT Monday 0230 is also a time for WOR on World Radio Network, satellite and internet, so I check the latter webcast, to hear: WOR 2011 from two weeks ago! Not even WOR 2012 from one week ago. Yet I had uploaded both 2012 & 2013 successfully by the usual deadline on Fridays and both were acknowledged. Last week I was concerned because 2011 still played instead of 2012, which had disappeared from the server where I put it. Now both 2013 and 2012 are missing. WRN apologizes and says they will look into preventing this again.
WOR 2013 confirmed from 0359 UT Mon Dec 23 on Area 51 webcast, but extremely overmodulated/distorted, same as main WBCQ webcast. I notified Larry Will but he said they sounded fine to him. Yet on my Winamp player the two WBCQs are peaking into the red, while on same player e.g. WRMI is at normal level. Anyhow, WBCQ 5130 checked at 0427 finds OK modulation at fair S8-S9. However, my last several words after ``World of Radio ---`` were cut off so HRI could start even tho running a minute early.
Also confirmed UT Mon Dec 23 after 0430 on WRMI webcast, while 9955
Due to sleep or holiday activities I miss checking next WOR airings: Mon 0900 & 0930 on Unique Radio 5045-USB; IRRS Mon 1901 on 7290; and WRMI UT Tue 0100 on 7780 --- out on Xmas audiovisual tour, but caradio cannot stop scan on 7780 memory, presumably just too weak. Did anyone hear any of these? Next:
0900 UT Wednesday Unique Radio NSW 5045-USB
2200 UT Wednesday WBCQ 7490v to WSW
0100 UT Thursday WRMI 7780 to NE
Full schedule including AM, FM, webcasts, satellite, podcasts:
(Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. (7490), UT Mon Dec 23 at 0115, trying to hear `Encore` classical music via WBCQ webcast since 7490 is poor, and I didn`t have a chance to listen to the whole hour Sat at 2100 on WWCR 9350 --- but the WBCQ webcast is overmodulated/distorting into the red on the Winamp meter, so also unlistenable, shux.
But Brice Avery tells me, ``Hi Glenn, 9350 kHz at 2100 WWCR is going well. Reception reports from Spain, France, Italy and Germany as well as Canada and all over the US from Maine to California. Often high quality audio too. Happy Christmas to you, Brice.`` (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. ``Glenn, further following up on 1110 kHz: At a check around 1340 UT December 23 I heard KVTT mixing with KTEK here in Houston, so a confirmation that KVTT is on the air. Not hearing the usual reverb in their audio, however. Houston sunrise 1314, so still plenty of skywave on the AM band at that hour. Stephen Luce, Houston, Texas`` (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
UNIDENTIFIED. 6030, Dec 23 at 2208, S9+10 of open carrier with hum, probably USAGM Grimesland NC with test/check for Radio Martí which this season is not starting until 0000; and no jamming yet either. It sure isn`t CFVP. Harold Sellers nearby is still unhearing it (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
UNIDENTIFIED. 11499-12034, Dec 23 at 1542, spurblobs similar to RHC on 13 MHz band, but no trace of programmodulation, at intervals of 48-49 kHz, but cannot match these to RHC or any source on the 11 MHz band. Possibly of local origin, but cannot match them to household devices either, computers or TVs; fortunately, they are not constant (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
This report dispatched at 0604 UT December 24