lunedì 26 luglio 2010

Glenn Hauser logs July 24-26, 2010

** CHILE. Mark Coady in Ontario had heard CVC on 9445 July 24 at 1910-1932, so I checked for it July 25 around 1815, nothing; and around 2015 when I could barely hear it on its correct frequency 9635, // much stronger 17680 in Spanish from Miami, and still nothing on 9445. A fluke mistake, or test? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CHINA. Firedrake, July 25:
14700, fair at 1307. Not heard anywhere else

** CUBA. 11760, RHC managed to get English on the air this Sunday afternoon, including DXers Unlimited, when checked at 2022 July 25. Spanish on 15370 and 15380 were very strong but no spurs audible (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** KOREA SOUTH [non]. 15360, just as I tuned in good signal, July 24 at 1859 a few words of Russian, some rock music and off 1900*. I could not have dreamt what it was until uplooked: KBSWR via Rampisham UK, 500 kW, 62 degrees at 18-19 for EuRussia (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** OKLAHOMA. 1580, KOKB Blackwell, was (over)modulating Saturday July 24 when first checked around 1400 UT, so no chance for undercarrier DX this week. However, it might have been possible Sunday morning, but did not notice until 2025 July 25 that it was back to open carrier (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** OKLAHOMA. Intrastate TVDX --- at 0230 UT July 25 on ch 19 analog, GCN from OKC, KUOT-CA, tropo-enhanced strong enough to see the GCN all-caps italic bug in UR, but also one in the UL, plus some tiny lettering below it I still can`t read. A strange duct, as nothing on 17, 21 or even 36 low-powers at this time. More below.

After 0300, 36 was making it again, but also getting some analog on 35, from slightly further east, // KSBI-51. Therefore it can only be K35CU in Ada OK, new for me, listed by as 43 kW ERP in analog, and with a CP for LD with 15 kW from same site. How much longer can they put off digitizing translators?

So far I have had no luck getting Ada`s KTEN, not that far away, since it is DTV only on RF 26, so I check that, and now it`s in solid, during local late news.

OETA recently ran a documentary on the history of KTEN; its original building in Ada has been abandoned, and now it originates from Baja Oclajoma, with Ada just the COL. I discovered it is running three DTV channels, as labeled:

10-2, KTEN-CW

For many years, since there were only two stations in this pocket sub-market between OKC and DFW, KTEN had dual affiliation with ABC and NBC, which caused all kinds of problems in picking which network shows to put into primetime. I think some of the dregs got delayed until after midnight. Then the other station, KXII 12 Ardmore OK, adopted some of the NBC shows along with its CBS affiliation. No more: KTEN can run both NBC and ABC fulltime.

At this time, however, the local news was // on both 10-1 and 10-3, but as I switched back and forth, the commercials were different! Cute solo anchorette, presumably a Texan, not an Okie. Later featured an interview with Ann Curry in NY about a segment involving KTEN coming up tomorrow evening on Dateline NBC. Missed it, but apparently this episode: ``America Now: Friends & Neighbors Airdate: 7/25/2010
The recession's impact on some of the country's poorest people; how Americans are taking action to improve their financial situations.``
26 faded below threshold not long after 0330 UT during SNL on NBC.

FCC TV Query and show KTEN 26 as 1000 kW, 426 meters, but only as a digital television CP; surely it no longer just a CP a year+ after the final analog turnoff. also shows virtual channels as NBC|CW|WX||| but is really ABC instead of WX on -3.

Site is considerably S of Ada, NE of Tishomingo, and W of Atoka, which gets more of its signal into Texas where desired.

Since this was in, also looked for KXII on RF 20, but not making it. It site is further south still, SSW of Tishomingo, between Ardmore and Durant OK just north of Lake Texoma, but it no longer counts as an OK station at all, rather Sherman TX. And lower powered, 425 kW, 503.5 meters. Yet its 41 dBu contour makes it to the north edge of The Metroplex, where surely no one watches it even if they could.

Locally, KXOK-32 and DTV 31 when I can get it, has been RTV, after the outages of last week. For a while the afternoon of Sunday July 25, it was back to ``No Signal`` on the screen. RTV audio is always low with a hum.

At times on 32, I have spotted a joint ID slide with KTEW 18 Ponca City, which I believe is jointly owned. Not to be confused with channel 2 in Tulsa which held those calls for a while, Casper preventing KTWO from being available. But why would a channel 18 in Ponca want them?

19, KUOT-CA, tropo enhancement with storms in the area, July 26 at 0050 has GCN in UR, but no bug in UL, which was probably program-specific previously. But now it`s a preacher in Indonesian! plus open captions in English. Closing with website

Vertical sync is jittery; not sure if their problem or mine, but I don`t see it on other analog channels. Settled down with slightly strengthening signal, a music video filler involving applying too much makeup to two young women, and then removing it.

I was on the lookout for a real local ID, and one came at 0059 in the form of a quick white-on-black-background streamer across the top of the screen, ``KUOT-CA CHANNEL 19 OKLAHOMA CITY``. And then from GCN, Christian Music Videos, but at 0101 switch to character generator:

        DUE TO

Before 0103 UT, cut back to CMV, briefly with menu screen I think showing Galaxy 32 (Glenn Hauser, Enid, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. WWCR with Brother Scare, Saturday July 24 at 1903 on 12160 and 13845. Both very strong; while 12160 had clear audio, 13845 had crosstalk underneath from the same audio as something else on 15825. BS was playing a noisy clip of Keith Olbermann discussing the drawbax of dispersants, but when that finished I could confirm the crosstalk source. This completely unmatches the WWCR July pdf program schedule which shows World Wide Country Radio during this hour on 12160, and The University Network on 13845.

WORLD OF RADIO reconfirmed at 2330 Sunday July 25 on 9980 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** VENEZUELA [non]. After a revival last week, ``Aló, Presidente`` gone again, Sunday July 25 at 1815 check, nothing via Cuba on 12010 (except splash from Greenville 12015), nor on 13750, and on 17750 only WYFR (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ###