venerdì 26 marzo 2010

Glenn Hauser logs March 25, 2010 [part 2]

** GREECE. 15630, VOG with lovely Greek music and good reception, much better than Kuwait [q.v.] 11990, March 25 at 1937. Not heard after 2000, but then incoming with lesser signal on 9420.

John Babbis points out that this is a national day celebrating the Greek war of independence against the Ottoman Empire, and ERA-5 is simulcasting ERA-2 from 1300 to 0400 UT March 26 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** KUWAIT. After hearing Syrian carrier on 12085, checked 11990: R. Kuwait is not easy listening here during the 18-21 English broadcast, but got some of it March 25: at 1930 from pop song into man introducing English program ``Human Civilization`` mentioning a great Arab scholar, and an introduxion to history.

Then woman speaking clearly with lots of musical produxion; SINPO rating at best 25433. At 1948 past 2000 rock and pop music, some with a gospel-ish tinge. At 2041 more pop music; 2050 final news headlines, 2053 back to more music, 2058:30 signing off until next English broadcast tomorrow morning at 8 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** MOROCCO [and non]. While RTM was inaudible around 1330 March 25 on 15341 or 15345, when I checked at 1940 there was Arabic on 15341, which supposedly switches to 15345 at 1500. Probably more slopperation, not to be relied on, but gets off Argentina`s 15345.2 in use after 1800. Unfortunately, the latter was just barely detectable today (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** NETHERLANDS [non]. After Syria [q.v.] finished with 12085, I noticed a much weaker signal on 12080, March 25 at 1934, very poor with music and talk, language uncertain, ``running water`` ute QRM. Must be R. Netherlands English hour via South Africa, 330 degrees which ought to do better here, but propagation is generally poor today.

Around 2035 found much better reception of RNW via Bonaire on 21525, but both are disappearing after two more days, when the A-10 schedule shows these possibilities at 19-21: 11970 France, 11610 Rwanda, and 7425 Madagascar; also 18-20 via 15535 Germany (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SYRIA. 12085, March 25 at 1928, open carrier with whine, flutter, but unfortunately no modulation until off at 1929:15*. Surely Radio Damascus, which would have outdone Kuwait [q.v.] 11990 if they had tried. A few minutes earlier did not hear anything from Syria either on 9330 when looking for WBCQ (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. WORLD OF RADIO attempted monitoring Thursday March 25: scheduled on WBCQ now only at 1900-1930 Thu/Tue/Wed on 7415; at 1920 just barely audible, 1923 faded up enough to hear a familiar voice mentioning 9960 and 9930 about Radio Bar-Kulan; 9330-CUSB, which sometimes stays on past 1900, was not to be heard. WBCQ`s other transmitter was better audible on 15420-CUSB with Global Spirit Proclamation. I hope those closer to Monticello ME (but not too close) have sufficient reception on 7415 some three hours before sunset and counting.

Next scheduled airing is 2100 on WRMI, 9955: altho the frequency was vacant before then, no WRMI and no jamming either, by 2100 it was fully loaded with jamming. Tnx a lot, my friend in Habana! Better luck we hope at 0030 UT Friday; and after that at 0330 on WWRB 3185 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 13570, WINB, which has no shame, still transmitting convicted child-molesting evangelist ``Tony Alamo`` now serving a 175-year sentence at a Tucson prison, March 25 at 1935; still has worldwide outreach as he is alleging that God is unpleased with ``people walking around naked exposing their filthy flesh`` and will send them straight to hell (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 15550-USB, while I heard WJHR signing on at 1401 March 25, see earlier report, later chex around 1800, 1938 failed to find it (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 9480, WTWW still/again missing around 1920 March 25, but at next tuneby 1945, PPP was back on. Later I was checking out MW reception on the original ultralight, Sony SRF-59 barefoot, and found that the dial is off allowing it to tune way below 530 kHz.

Even below the ``PN`` beacon listed at 515 kHz in Ponca City OK, I was getting Scriptures for America! Guesstimate 510 kHz, but impossible to tell on tiny analog dial. Tuning for this is extremely critical versus the backlash on the thumbwheel, unlike real MW stations, and makes no difference whether I switch to DX or local attenuation.

Must be a receiver-produced image from SW 9480 WTWW or 9980 WWCR which are // and with extremely strong overloading signals here. Will be hard to tell which, unless WTWW cuts off again and I can still hear it. But listened carefully at hourtop 2100 and 510 had a WTWW ID by Ted Randall, still ``performing equipment tests``, while no ID break at all from WWCR, at least not at this exact time (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. MW bandscan on the DX-398 at midafternoon March 25 found weaker signals overall than I get on the caradio, but at least this is direxional. One of interest appeared on 1010, between much stronger KTOK-1000 and KOKP-1020, at 2021 UT, slogan ``Rocket 10-10``, or so I thought, and oldies. Loops ENE/WSW.

I also got out the Sony SRF-59 ultralight to see how it would measure up: 1010 station barely audible, but bothered by the adjacents unlike the DX-398.

At 2030 playing Elvis` ``Now or Never``; mostly music, occasional brief announcements, no hard-sell commercials heard. Missed hourtop ID if any at 2100 but music still going rather than news.

Groundwave, has to be either Independence KS or Amarillo TX, roughly collinear with Enid. Must be recent format change as NRC AM Log 2009-2010 shows gospel for KIND, ``Grace 10-10``, and C&W for KTNZ, ``True Country``. Independence is closer but weaker, and normally it`s a stretch to pull in Amarillo even on 940. NRC pattern book shows 1010 KIND non-direxional and Amarillo with a minor lobe usward.

Steve Sprague in nearby Coffeyville KS has the answer in NRC DX News Vol. 77, #22 posted Feb 27, 2010:
1010 KIND KS Independence, 2/16 Has changed formats from religion to oldies rock and roll. Will ID as "Rocking 1010." (So not ``Rocket``)

Bill Kurtis, TV newsman, commercial pitchman, and documentarian, originally from Independence, is an owner of KIND; glad to see he has divorced himself from dependence on gospel huxters (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ###