martedì 28 settembre 2010

Glenn Hauser logs September 27-28, 2010

** ALASKA. 7355, an on-day for KNLS, audible Sept 28 at 1252 going from gospel song to Creation Moment; very poor (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** ALBANIA. 13640, Sept 27 at 2016, R. Tirana in English with talk about Albania-Germany culture week coming in late November, and several other topix voiced by Klara, into music fill at 2024; sufficient modulation today but well under 100% (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** ANTARCTICA. 15476, LRA36, Sept 28 at 1335 very weak signal but some music audible, about the same level at 15480 Rampisham which sounded stronger with Belarussian talk from Poland (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CHINA. Firedrake Sept 28:
 8400, poor at 1255 after inaudible several days; still at 1324
 9380, good but with flutter at 1257; gone at 1324
11100, good but with flutter at 1258; gone at 1324
No others found up to 15 MHz by 1300; or up to 18 MHz after 1305

** FRANCE [non]. 13640, here we go again, Montsinéry, GUIANA FRENCH still on the air long past scheduled close at 1230 after RFI Spanish: Sept 28 at 1326, soul music, 1328 RFI Musique ID, more variety of world music. Is this due to another strike back in Paris? No, 15300 direct from FRANCE was not // but with French headlines re hostage in Nigeria, football.

Recheck at 1356, 13640 is still on the air with music, weakening; 1400 4(?)-pip timesignal ending 5 seconds late, mixing with RFI news sounder beeps, and into unscheduled Spanish! 4 pm timecheck in Paris, news starting with landslides in Oaxaca due to Matthew. Maybe lasted until 1430, gone at next check 1435. Did RFI add this transmission in order to get emergency news into Oaxaca? Far-fetched (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** GUATEMALA. 4055, R. Verdad check Sept 28 at 0552, only a weak carrier, not sure from this. Possibly when not modulating, the transmitter radiates a weaker carrier, not completely off (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** INDONESIA. Another Tuesday, so partly listened to another Exotic Indonesia excursion to RRI Banjarmasin for co-produxion with VOI Jakarta, 9526-: Sept 28 at 1308, alternating news segments underway with Banj guy talking about family planning; outros with his name, but as always can`t copy it with any accuracy. Then Jak YL about airport hostage incident, or was it a drill? Her heavily accented English is extremely halting as she tries to read the script. Are these students earning credit for attempting international broadcasting?

Another segment from Banj guy, sounds like he IDs as Frat Rahman Iman, something like that, three names instead of only one. News to-and-fro lasts until 1320, then onto what he introduces as a ``Dignatorial`` but the YL speaker calls a Commentary, about corruption in the Attorney General`s office and the need to bring in his successor from outside rather than inside promotion.

Thruout, the OADs were annoying and getting worse. Enough of that. Recheck at 1344, now there is crackle too, marring a report from Banj on breast-feeding; then the guy talks about various ``culinaries``, describing content of some exotic dishes, but not enough detail to make them recipes, e.g. banana cake, apparently having something to do with a festival.

Besides the dropouts and crackles, he occasionally does voice-overs, but the Indonesian audio mix just amounts to more self-imposed QRM tho it may sound pro and cool in the studio! 1355 he and the Jakman wrap it up barely in time to play a song request from a listener, who has been waiting the entire hour for it (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** IRAN. 11805, Sept 28 at 1303, Qur`an, weak with flutter, mixing with CNR1. Normally all we hear is the ChiCom jamming and sometimes VOA Chinese. The only thing which fits is VIRI Urdu service, 500 kW, 178 degrees from Kamalabad at 1300-1427. Note: Pakistan is not due south from anywhere in Iran. Is it really for Pakis in the UAE? Yes, CIRAF target is 39 = Arabian peninsula, not Pakistan (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** NETHERLANDS [non]. 9650, 1300 CRI English via CANADA, continues to suffer heavy co-channel QRM from R. Netherlands, Dutch via IBB Tinang, PHILIPPINES, which despite being aimed 200 degrees puts a hefty signal into CNAm; I haven`t kept reporting it, as it is the normal situation, pointless, and no one at any of the stations cares enough to avoid it.

Previously, since the Dutch ends at 1327, the last three minutes would switch to RNW English, instead of turning off the transmitter. But Sept 28 at 1328 I am hearing Indonesian instead, presumably another unintentional feed from Hilversum. Audio stops at 1330 and carrier off at 1331* after which CRI is finally in the clear, in time for Media Scan segment in China Drive, minus George Wood. While on, the two were also producing a hefty subaudible heterodyne, indicating near-equivalent signal levels (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** OKLAHOMA [and non]. 1140, KRMP in OKC, Sept 27 at 1927 UT tuneacross, heard them referring to ``The Old School Station``, i.e. a certain genre of R&B, I think, previously heard applied to 1680 Monroe LA, et al. This was amid a black-accented talkshow, by Michael somebody, mentioning that ``Poetry Monday`` was coming up in following hour. Program schedule at
displays: M-F 2 p.m. - 6 p.m. [UT -5] The Micheal [sic] Baisden Show

Logo still shows ``The Touch``, and slogan ``The Best Variety of Hits & Oldies``, even tho it`s mostly talk programming; nothing about Old School. I never heard ``The Touch`` mentioned, but did not listen long.

All day Sunday is devoted to Rev. gospel huxters on this daytimer, with a few elsewhen. I see in the NRC AM Log, KRMP is listed as $ = AM stereo, presumably CQUAM. Must dust off and try that on my only such receiver sometime.

1290, Sept 27 at 1930, testosterone replacement ad with phone in Wichita Falls TX during Sean Hannity show, no doubt something his listeners sorely need; so KWFS, fair signal aside 1280 KSOK music on caradio in a west Enid parking lot hotspot. KWFS also gets into OKC quite well.

KMMM Pratt KS, also on 1290, is twice as close, but unheard since it beams west, per NRC Pattern Book, while KWFS is non-direxional, the only remaining Wichita Falls AM station after both 620 and 990 were hijacked to The Metroplex (Glenn Hauser, Enid, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** OKLAHOMA [and non]. New frequency for the GCN pirate in Enid, 99.7 ex 99.9. I`m sure I heard it only a few days ago on 99.9, but encountered Sept 27 at 1936 UT on 99.7 with usual Alex Jones show, at the moment playing a clip in North Korean.

The pirate operators at Northwest Plumbing & Mechanical, Inc., [plus 5 previous shots] must have found just as I did, that KTCS 99.9 in faraway Fort Smith AR was just too much QRM. AAMOF, KTCS was incoming just fine at the same time despite being mid-afternoon, slogan as ``KT Country``.

Now on 99.7 it blox KZLS Mustang-OKC, the former spot of KXLS/KNID, a legal station in Enid-Alva. Will Chisholm Trail Broadcasting, which still owns KZLS and can no longer hear it back at Enid HQ, set the feds on NWP&M now?

For the benefit of Dr Elving, I did an FM bandscan at 1940-1944 UT Sept 27, paying attention to the stereo pilot icon on the display, which shows up even when signals are too weak to really sound stereo. The only ones failing to do so and therefore transmitting in mono were:

105.1, KOSB Perry-Stillwater, sportstalk, parent station of 1020, 1580. FM Atlas XXI claims it is $tereo, format as o-ldies, but both those have obviously changed, now part of tripleplaysports.

 97.7, ``WECS``, Emmanuel Christian School, Enid, part 15 kidloop

 91.7, KOSU Stillwater, during Here & Now. KOSU is one of few stations which turn off stereo during talk programming, even some NPR shows which do have stereo sounders. It`s back on during music shows.

This is something I did assiduously when operating KOSU, and later, WUOT, but back then the talkshows were really totally mono; and I am glad that the habit has long survived my tenure. That of course, improves effective coverage area when there is really nothing to be gained by reducing it in order to broadcast in stereo.

Woe betide any station doing this vs receivers which automatically mute anything not in stereo, which was an argument for leaving `stereo` on all the time. Is that ever the case any more?

90.3, KHEV Fairview OK, really a satellite of KHYM 103.9 gospel huxter in Kansas. I wonder if it and/or other relays are also mono. FM Atlas XXI shows KHEV as stereo, an unwarranted assumption or was there some such evidence previously?

Back to real stereo stations:

88.7, KLVV Ponca City OK, normally a semi-local here, Sept 27 at 1938 UT had CCI from another gospel huxter, one of them giving a phone number 620-225-1278, which is Dodge City KS, ergo KVDC.

105.9, a station fading in and out, Sept 27 at 1945 UT with rock in stereo, 1950 old disco hit ``My Obsession``; 1953 plug for ``27 News on Laser 105-9 in Northeast Kansas``, i.e. KLZR, Lawrence-Topeka, 200 mile range at midafternoon on caradio with whip at ground level from a west Enid parking lot. Vance pilot training planes frequently overflying helped. Also managed to hold it as I resumed driving.

I don`t get it, why FM stations would call themselves Laser-something, as laser frequencies are nowhere near the FM band; and there are also a lot of them in Mexico, but do they pronounce Laser as in English or Spanish? It is a quintessentially English acronym (Glenn Hauser, Enid OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. Further evidence that there is no need for the US Government to propagate Catholicism to Cuba, to the exclusion of competing faiths, via R. Martí: Sept 28 at 1302 on 11550, I find WEWN starting a show called ``Cuba, tu Esperanza`` with Cuban-accented preacher, and NO JAMMING! Get on the ball, Arnie. He was talking about some religious fiesta on September 8. Unlike yesterday, no squeal on 11550, but instead on // 12050. They must have swapped transmitters (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. 17505-USB, 2-way Spanish, Sept 28 at 1407 with conversation going on quite a while, still at 1414 but not at next check 1435. One station, presumably aboardship, has engine noise in background. It`s even stronger than the other one, presumably on land. As usual, I wish native speakers would monitor these and divine what they are really about, but no one ever does and reports it.

Heard the word `floteo` mentioned several times; not in my dixionary, nor in Google`s altho that does not keep them from mispronouncing it. Presumably has something to do with floating, as in holding up nets? Also mentioned Colima, the city/state on coast of Mexico west of the DF (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ###