mercoledì 15 dicembre 2010

Glenn Hauser logs December 15, 2010

** COSTA RICA. 5965, Dec 15 at 0630, automatic half-hour REE timesignal mixing with unpaused Spanish discussion, about one second late, due to satellite feed delay, etc. Standard remark about the necessity for TS to be accurate, otherwise deleted. BTW, unusually at this time, was not hearing any CCI from VATICAN, scheduled 0400-0805, normally a big bother (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** GERMANY [non]. 9560, Dec 15 at 1602, news in English by YL with British accent, so is it BBC? But R. Australia is on 9560 earlier. But not // 9710 OM news, certainly RA, which has just opened this frequency toward Alaska. Really 9560 now is scheduled as DW in English via Trincomalee, 250 kW, 345 degrees so also USward (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** NIGERIA [and non]. 7275, Dec 15 at 0626 Tunisian music seems atop a much weaker signal; we`ll soon see as RTT stops modulating at 0626:50 and turns off the carrier at 0626:58*; yes, uncovering something very weak with undermodulated talk, presumably R. Nigeria, Abuja. Tunisia continued on // 7335 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** NIGERIA [non]. 17485, Dec 15 at 1415, Hamada Radio International, fair with IDs in passing mixed with music; program seems heavily produced. One of these M/W/Fs, I will catch them at *1400 via Wertachtal, GERMANY (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** PERU. 18058-, Dec 15 at 1558, very weak carrier, trace of modulation, so the R. Victoria third harmonic from 6019.3+ is still there, not logged here in some weeks. Ham ``17m`` enthusiasts with beams should be able to pull it in better, but they wouldn`t be interested as long as it stays below 18068 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** PHILIPPINES. 9310, poor Dec 15 at 1559, Yankee Doodle sign-on music concluding, so one might reasonably expect VOA to follow, but 1600 ID as Radio Svoboda. Scheduled as IBB Tinang with R. Liberty Tatar-Bashkir service, 250 kW, 332 degrees. Axually it sounded more like Radio Svobodna, perhaps a variant ID for those non-Russian tongues (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** PHILIPPINES [non]. 15435, Dec 15 at 1430, unlike yesterday, Vatican gets the audio from Quezon City on air timely, with opening fanfare, 1431 sign-on in Urdu including mention of Radio Veritas Asia, MHz, Pakistan (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 13570, WINB, Dec 15 at 1551, Radio 2-11 program ID as I tune in, so now we know one time it is on, missing from the previous publicity about it. Carrier is more unstable than usual, really warbling with BFO on, and sounds unsteady even on AM. This is running 13 seconds ahead of WBCQ 9330-CUSB. Seems Rod Hembree has a preference for transmitters which are not normal full AM.

Believe it or not, the WINB program schedule has finally been updated ``effective Dec 5, prepared Dec 7``, both by-time and by-title versions, in EST, so for a while it may be more or less correct. Only start-times are shown, so we can only assume each show lasts until the following entry starts. Below we have converted all times and days to UT, and added a few other programs of interest. No mention of Radio 2-11 there, but instead the parent ministry, GFR, which may contain other subprograms as well:

Good Friends Radio: Sun 1600-1730, M-F 1500-1900
Musical Memories: Sun 2200-2230, Tue 1130-1200
The Overcomer: M-F 1300-1500, 2200-2400; Sat 1430-2130
Global Spirit Proclamation: M-F 1900-2200
Family Radio - Spanish: daily 1200-1300, 0000-0100 [WYFR; no English]

As we figured out previously, frequency usage is 9265, except: 13570, Sun-Fri 1500-2200.

Altho registered as starting at 1100, the schedule shows *1130 except Saturdays *1145; also 9265 registered during standard time period until 0400. Final program of day of unknown length starts at 0300 except UT Tue 0230. The UT Monday 0300 program, Radio Bible Study, lasts only a semihour at its other airing Saturday 1400 (Glenn Hauser, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. Re my previous report, about where the three FM relays of KSKY 660 Dallas are located,
has info about this, altho not all frequencies match. Do such STAs have own callsigns, however unemployed? Tnx to Doug Smith, Trip Ericson and Scott Fybush for explaining this (Glenn Hauser, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

Found 'em.

I never would have suspected the filing of FM translators under an AM
license like that, but there you go (Trip Ericson, ibid.)

You have to click on the pdf linx at the very bottom of each file in order to get the real info on channels, powers, locations, etc. (gh, DXLD)

Because (as Trip noted) these are licensed as STA [special temporary authority] under the AM station's license, they do not have their own separate facility ID numbers or callsigns. To the extent they have callsigns at all, the callsign is simply "KSKY."

As Doug will testify, it's getting more complicated to uniquely match a callsign with a transmission facility these days. The KSKY STA-FM relays aren't the only such example. DTV stations with digital replacement translators don't get separate calls for those, either - so "WTAE-TV" is the call for both the main Pittsburgh ABC transmitter on channel 51 south of town and the low-power fill-in translator (on channel 22) from the WQED tower in the city's Oakland neighborhood. Doug has been using the last few characters of the replacement translator's CP application to identify it, so the WTAE 22 signal is "WTAE-1223AKV" or somesuch in his listings. That probably makes as much sense as anything else. s (Scott Fybush, NY, ibid.) ###