giovedì 30 agosto 2012

Glenn Hauser logs August 30, 2012

** ASCENSION. 11253-SSB, Aug 30 at 0530-0534+, roboYL with continuous flight weather in English (of course), peculiar mix of metric and English units as customary in the wacky world of VOLMET. Poor signal as I try to make out locations, but hard to catch. Maybe mentions Gatwick, Manchester, Cardiff, so I figure it`s from the British Isles, but the only 11253 listed here
is ``11.253 VOLMET Cont ... [no callsign known] ASC Royal Air Force (Ascension) 07 58 S 14 24 W`` (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** BANGLADESH. 15505, Aug 30 at 1536, poor signal with S Asian music, presumably Bangladesh Betar during Hindi half-hour at 1515 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CHINA. 11734, Aug 30 at 1259-1300* JBA carrier hetting much bigger 11735 open carrier from Voice of Korea. I decide to keep listening and try to hear it switch to the other side, 11736, as the fundamental CNR1 jammer producing the 8-kHz ``garden fence`` as Wolfgang Büschel calls it, switches from 11710 to 11760. But 1300 starts VOK`s own IS, just too much competition on 11735. The others aren`t quite on yet, but by 1301 I am detecting them on 11744, 11752, 11768, 11776, 11784, and at 1302 when VOK NA finishes, into Chinese ID, I can barely detect 11736 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CHINA. Firedrake August 30, before 1400:
12670, good at 1346, none in the 11s, 10s
13920, poor at 1343 with fax QRM; none in the 14s
15490, very good at 1342, het on lo side
15605, good at 1342 vs WEWN 15606 squishy spur from 15615
17100, fair at 1353 with flutter unlike lower ones; no 18s or 16s

** CUBA [and non]. 15340, August 30 at 1311, the RadioCuba ops are having a hard time getting the RHC transmitter going, supposed to start at 1300. Meanwhile, HCJB AUSTRALIA is unimpeded, in Asian languages; per Aoki on Thursdays it`s Nepali at 1300, Malayalam at 1315. Finally at 1313 RHC comes on atop HCJB making fast rippling SAH, but off at 1315:30, on at 1317, few words of Spanish at 1318:35 before cut off again, 1320 OC again, modulation on and off, etc., etc. (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** MAURITANIA. 7245, Aug 30 at 0525, IGIM is on and chanting, poor signal and undermodulated (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** OKLAHOMA. Area tropo is up from the Woodward area, so I rotate west and check for KOMI, Aug 30 at 1355 UT. It`s in solid with some infomercial on RF34, PSIP as DTV 24-1 KOMI-SD. 1359 America One network ID, no local ID seen other than the PSIP, and 1400 into `Love That Bob` ancient B&W show starring Bob Cummings, womanizer, but good family fun. At 1415 I notice a brief flash across top of screen, ``poor quality signal``, which I assume is from KOMI`s satellite downlink, not my DTV converter. claims its network is Pursuit Channel – well, not now; and that it`s really KOMI-CD with 15 kW ERP. agrees on both. KOMI used to have a website with program schedule, but can`t find it now. TitanTV does list KOMI as with America-1, and `The Bob Cummings Show` at 9 am Thursday. (I think that title was a separate show, before or after `Love That Bob`.) Looking thru the entire KOMI-CD schedule for the next few days, I don`t see any sign of local news or anything locally originated.

At 1402 I check neighboring RF35, and find that KUOK-DT Woodward is still weaker than KOMI, having trouble decoding with Univisión. Must still be 8 kW instead of CP for 1000. They did flash a local ID as virtual 36, for both this and Oklahoma City relay (while in reality, Woodward ``full`` power, is a relay of the ``low`` power in OKC, which is axually primarily on RF 29 as 36-1, while RF 29 also carries KTUZ as 30-1. So which one is the ``second`` channel? Presumably KUOK which was added later, but there`s no way to tell from the display, and you`d never know that KUOK ``36`` is really on the same RF 29 transmitter, because there is no virtual remap to 30-2, so no stepping back and forth between the two competing Spanish networks on the ``same`` channel. Deniability? I assume there is still a LP DTV on RF 36 in OKC with KUOK, tho not detected in some time.

BTW, yesterday`s report of LP TV DX from Wichita was misfiled under OKLAHOMA; should have been merely USA if not OKLAHOMA [non] (Glenn Hauser, Enid, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SOUTH CAROLINA [non]. 9385, Aug 30 at 1537, WWRB`s exclusive Overcomer Ministry frequency still has some other huxter than B.S. himself, who has not been heard lately in random tuning on this or other frequencies. 9980 WWCR is off the air, supposedly with TOM weekdays from 14 to 19. See also comments at USA: WINB (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SUDAN [non]. 15725, August 30 at 0547, Voice of South Sudan Revolutionary Radio, speech in African language, S9+10, better signal than usual lately, as it seemed to have gone into a seasonal propagational decline; often JBA around *0502. Site still uncertain, tho some think it`s Tajikistan (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. WORLD OF RADIO 1632: first airing confirmed on WRMI webcast, UT Thursday August 30 after 0330. Further WRMI times when also on 9955: Sat 0800, 1500, 1730, Sun 0800, 1530, 1730, Mon 0500, 1130.

On WTWW: Thu 2100 on 9479, UT Sun 0400 on 5755
On WWRB: UT Fri 0330v on 5050
On WBCQ: UT Sat 0130v on Area 51 via 5110v-CUSB
On HLR: Sat 0630 on 7265, Tue 0930 on 5980
On WRN via SiriusXM 120: Sat & Sun 1730, Sun 0830

** U S A. 9330-CUSB, Aug 30 at 1256, open reduced carrier/dead air from WBCQ Radio 211 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 13570, Aug 30 at 1303, WINB with YL computer voice introducing Bible quotation, and then Alex Scourby starts, but he is also computerized, and his groove gets stuck, repeating several phrases! 1305 to another OM computer voice talking about violence in Atlanta area. I suppose this is a crude screen reader (as for the blind), since the intonations are all wrong, words patched together, but surprised to hear ancient Scourby recordings processed thus.

WINB online schedule is now effective August 19, and still shows `The Overcomer1 M-F at 1200-1530 (and also 1900-2030), but this is nothing like what`s on 9385 WWRB, some non-BS huxter speaking, which reminds me, we again seem to be in a period when The Last Day Prophet Of God himself is not being heard much on TOM frequencies; is Brother Scare indisposed, dead, on vacation, or overthrown? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 12133.5, 7811.0, 5446.5 USBs, no signals from AFN Saddlebunch Keys at 0544 Aug 30 as I was hoping to hear Jim Hightower commentary. One might conclude they suffered some damage from Isaac, altho some were still audible when Isaac was axually traversing the Keys. Still none of them audible at 1537 check, just CODAR swishing across 12 MHz band (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 1300, Aug 30 at 1240 UT, Home Depot and Cole`s (sp?) ads, but no local references, CDT TC, ID in passing as KICN and KVRL (??); definitely N/S, so not Tulsa, skywave still in 38 minutes after Enid LSR. Searching NRC AM Log and FCC Query, the only fit is KBRL in McCook NE, which is under same ownership, Armada Media, as KICX-FM 96.1 (Glenn Hauser, Enid OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 1450, Aug 30 at 1244 UT, atop the graveyard jumble is ``1450 KOKL`` (?), into music. Must really be KOKO Warrensburg MO, which has an oldies format known as ``Co-Co``, per NRC AM Log 2011 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 1540, Aug 30 at 1245 UT, death notices for various Iowa towns, outro as ``today`s funeral announcements``. So it`s KXEL Waterloo. Not too many 50 kW stations do this, I expect, but KXEL will, since it has sponsorship by a mortuary (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. 11995, Aug 30 at 0536, altho I have not kept logging it every night, the mystery open carrier with some hum continues to be here before and after 0500. S9+12 now with occasional deep fades. Need to check as early as 0400 and as late as 0600 whether anything identifiable or at least clueful come from it.

Yes, I just coined another needed word, so there! Not exactly: googling on the word finds it`s the name of some app, but I swear I never heard of it. My clueful is not a proper name (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)