giovedì 19 agosto 2010

Glenn Hauser logs August 17-19, 2010

** ANTARCTICA [and non]. 15476, LRA36, very poor but detectable signal, Aug 18 at 1312 with YL in Spanish; 1345 some music. Likewise Aug 19 at 1327 music, het from 15480; 1421 music again, and now weaker than 15480, White Russian from Poland via Woofferton UK (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CANADA. 9625, the defective transmitter dedicated to Sackville`s lowest priority, CBCNQ, Aug 19 at 0503 in CBC news, distorted on fundamental and putting out worse spurs circa 9600 and 9650. Fortunately sign-off was imminent, but did not check for prolonged transmission with tones as often happens (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CHINA. Firedrake August 18:
 8400, JBA at 1252
14700, fair at 1334 with flutter. No others found up to 18 MHz.

Firedrake August 19: none at all found, 1330-1339 from 18 down to 8 MHz; however, CNR1 jammers were quite strong on 15 and 11 MHz (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA. 9525, Aug 19 at 0455-0500 RHC only running its IS, but why if this frequency is about to close down, anyway; or is it? 0501 into programming starting with music. Only poor signal; probably just overrunning.

Maybe that`s why 6010 was missing when I checked 49m at 0510, while the other English frequencies were up: 5970 good, 6060 poor, 6150 open carrier, then modulation cutting on and off. But at 0511, 6010 carrier started cutting on and off; finally at 0512, seemed to stay on plus modulation. Spanish on 6120, 5040 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** ECUADOR. 3810-LSB, HD2IOA, accurate time signals announced every 10 seconds, Aug 19 at 0514. Weak, but evading QRhaM at the moment (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** INDONESIA. 9526-, VOI, Aug 18 at 1322 ``Indonesian Wonder`` segment about ``burning the barge(?)``, i.e. paper replicas, some festival in Riau, which is a province in central Sumatera; 1326 ``Let`s Speak Bahasa Indonesia``, hard to follow as usual (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** LIBYA. V. of Africa still active on the original A10 and B09 frequency, 17725, poor with YL in English at 1418 Aug 19; // 21695 not propagating, nor anything else on 13m.

BTW: when solar flux had a hard time exceeding 70 earlier this year, we dreamt of it exceeding 80 and the improved reception that would ensue. Now it does, but reception is as poor as ever if not worse overall (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** OKLAHOMA. 1050 on caradio with a low het rumble, surely between the two OK stations, as much closer than any others on daytime groundwave; someone is significantly off-frequency. Dominant station had soul music, Aug 17 at 2013 UT. Trouble is, new NRC AM Log 2010-2011, just received Aug 18, shows both are UC:AC (Urban contemporary/American contemporary) music formats: KKRX Lawton, U3 250 watts, and KGTO Tulsa U1 1000 watts. Of course, with a direxional receiver each could be nulled, but not on the caradio whip. More likely Tulsa, a bit closer and stronger, non direxional, while Lawton is direxional to the SW.

1240, previously noted with KFH Wichita KS and KADS Elk City OK both on ESPN and echoing, but Aug 17 at 2015 UT on caradio, KADS is way over KFH, and giving the WWLS phone number: ``Sports Animal`` network originator relayed by a few other OK stations, but surely none abroad; on website I see nothing about affiliates; even searching on keywords KADS and Elk goes nowhere (Glenn Hauser, Enid OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** OKLAHOMA. KWTV, CBS affiliate in OKC, is about to make up its mind about whether to keep channel 9 or 39; it`s been running both for many months. Formerly, PSIP ID was 9-1 for RF9 and 9-2 for RF39, but first noted August 17, that has changed:

RF9:  now displays as DTV 9-3 OldKWTV
RF39: now displays as DTV 9-1 News9

But on my previously configured DTV converter, which had both saved, if I directly enter 9-1 I get News9 but I am really tuned to RF39.

If I directly enter 9-2 I get News9 and I am also really tuned to RF39.

If I directly enter 9-3 I get OldKWTV and am really tuned to RF9.
Previously there was no 9-3 option. Why set it up that way? There are not really three separate channels/programs.

As I found out when researching the KOSU CP to move to the KWTV tower, their ch 39 antenna is on the top, and the ch 9 is further down, another clue that they are going for UHF as a keeper. All these different ``9``s have always had identical programming; never any secondary channels.

There is no obvious link to DTV or reception problems on the website, so I had to search, leading to this:

``Please Rescan by Aug. 30
Posted:  Jul 29, 2010 2:47 PM AST [sic]
Updated: Aug 03, 2010 3:15 PM AST [sic]

Since the DTV switch, some TVs have had problems with our signal. We apologize. We value all of our viewers and have been working hard to make sure everyone can get the best signal possible... and now we need your help.

If you are watching NEWS 9 on a TV using an antenna or a converter box, it's very important that you rescan your channel line-up one more time before August 30th or you'll lose CBS and NEWS 9.

RESCAN: Step - by - Step

1. Disconnect the antenna from the television/converter box
2. Rescan channels (with no antenna attached, you will likely get no channels)
3. Turn off the television/converter box and unplug from power source
4. After 5 minutes, plug the television/converter box back in and reconnect the antenna
5. Rescan for channels
6. And you are DONE!

If you run into any problems, we are here to help.
Send us an e-mail: Give us a call: 405-841-9199``

They still are not saying exactly what they are really doing! But obviously they are turning off one of their transmitters August 30. In the comments appended, a rather rude ``Echo Charlie`` explains to a confused viewer, who can blame her? that RF 9 will be turned off, keeping RF 39 (Glenn Hauser, Enid, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** TURKEY. 15450, checking VOT Aug 19, another Thursday whether ``Live from Turkey`` still exists, but tuned in too late, 1320, just as starting filler Question of the Month? But cut off the air for a minute so it was missed. Perhaps the transmitter operator, like the audience, is sick of hearing the same thing on every English broadcast for three weeks? By the time resumed, moved on to news headlines, hard to copy due to YL announcer speed/accent, and only fair reception, fading; IS once and off. Two hours later I check the website for this broadcast on demand,
but not only is today`s not available yet, neither is yesterday`s, the latest linked being Aug 17. So maybe Thursday`s will be there by Saturday? Ho, hum (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. First airing of WORLD OF RADIO 1526 confirmed on WBCQ, Wednesday Aug 18 at 1900; by webcast, as in- to just-barely audible here on 7415 at that hour across mostly absorbed full day summer path. Just how far does 7415 reach with a usable signal at that hour?

Next few scheduled airings: Thu 1500 WRMI 9955, Thu 1900 WBCQ 7415,
Thu 2100 WRMI 9955, Fri 0330 WWRB 3185, Fri 1430 WRMI 9955, Fri 2030 WWCR1 15825. Full schedule at

** U S A. 95.3, weak signal on caradio Aug 17 at 2018 UT, ad for a car dealer mentioning both Poteau OK and Fort Smith AR. Must be KERX Paris AR, 50 kW ERP, transmitter site halfway to Fort Smith, east of it. 228 miles, not bad on a bright summer afternoon (Glenn Hauser, Enid OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. 560, Aug 17 at 2010 UT, very weak with some T-storm QRN, clip of ``Heartbreak Hotel``, and unID host/DJ inviting calls. Also with SAH from a second station. KWTO Springfield MO is closest, talk format, and just barely makes it here on groundwave. KWTO schedule at
shows Tuesdays 3:00PM - 4:00PM Chestnut Chiropractic (1st, 3rd), and this was the third, so do they go off the air on 2nd, 4th and 5th?

The other suspects are KFDM Beaumont TX, WHBQ Memphis TN and KLZ Denver CO. NRC AM Log 2010-2011 shows all of them are some variety of talk. Looking at the NRC Pattern Book, all about the same distance from here, under 500 miles, but only KFDM is non-direxional day, and has the ground conductivity advantage over Memphis; while KLZ has quite a null usward. On caradio at a western Enid store parking lot, a fairly hot spot, tho now some frequencies marred by tones, expanded store security systems? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. 15570/15572, het Aug 19 at 1422 between two weak signals. Aoki shows: ``15572*VOICE OF TIBET  1407-1430 1234567 Tibetan 100 131 Dushanbe-Yangiyul TJK 06848E 3829N VOTi a10``; only audio I hear is on 15570, seems like Chinese, so likely CNR1 jamming VOT. Originally in A10, DW in Amharic via Sri Lanka was on 15570 during this hour, but apparently no longer (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ###