martedì 11 settembre 2012

Glenn Hauser logs September 11, 2012

** AUSTRIA. 6155, Sept 11 at 0546, classical music from Ö1 during its brief 0500-0615 morning-only broadcast which still exists. During the past month I have noted a gradual improvement in reception as to be expected with later and later sunrises over Wien, but it`s still only poor. Same 300 kW Moosbrunn facility carries AWR before 0500 in French, but that`s 220 degrees while ORF is 0/nondirexional per HFCC (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** BANGLADESH. 15105, awake in time at 1228 Sept 11, I hope to hear  full English broadcast from BB. Open carrier never starts IS and cuts off at 1230*, nothing more, shux. Altho there was a JBA carrier from something at 1233. (AIR DRM noise audible at 1255 on 15045-15055).

15105, at 1331, now there is S Asian singing in presumed Nepali service, fluxuating S9 to S9+8. Conditions have improved greatly in past hour and/or azimuth makes difference, but I suspect it was really off the air during English.

15505, Sept 11 at 1402 check, S Asian songs averaging S9+13, no doubt the BB Urdu service.

Note to editors: I know it`s confusing, but please try not to mix up these two frequencies. This is the nominal pattern, 15105 at 1230 and 1315, 15505 after 1400, but even BB can mix them up, and if so will be reported as such, provided I don`t typo, and if I do it will be corrected ASAP (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CHINA. Firedrake, September 11 before 0500:
17170, poor-to fair at 0441; none lower or higher

Before 1300, a dizaine, one breaking the 18 MHz barrier:
18200, very poor at 1259-1300:07*
17170, JBA at 1240, very poor at 1257
17100, poor at 1257
16920, very good at 1241, 1257
16100, very poor at 1257
15900, very good at 1256
15555, very good at 1241 with flutter; good at 1257 and still at 1302
14960, VP to JBA at 1255 (good SOH keeps avoiding Colombia on 14950)
14700, good at 1255
12980, JBA at 1254; none in the 13s

Before 1400:
15900, very good at 1342; none in the 16s, 17s
15605, good at 1342 plus propeller noise
15490, good at 1342, het on lo side
14960, JBA at 1345
14700, very good at 1345
13920, very poor at 1345
13850, very good at 1345, in contrast
13530, very good at 1346
12670, good at 1347

** CROATIA [non]. 7375, Sept 11 at 0447, Croatian (not ``Croation`` as I sometimes see it misspelt) pop music, fluttery via Germany. For the record, back on S-12 frequency ex-9925 since Sept 7, HRT among a few broadcasters to observe an S-subseason, but it does make sense propagationally. Latest HFCC shows the overlapping 100 kW Wertachtal transmissions are:

22-03 255 degrees to C & S America, Caribbean
23-01 300 degrees to USA & E Canada & Mexico
01-03 315 degrees to USA & Canada & Mexico
03-05 330 degrees to Western USA & Canada & Mexico

So between 23 and 03 there are two transmitters which must be synchronized, including during the 0200 English (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA. 15340, Sept 11 at 1341, RHC is cutting on and off the air numerous times, vs HCJB Australia (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** INDONESIA. 9526-, Sept 11 at 1252 and 1350, no signal from VOI (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** KOREA SOUTH [non]. 9650, Sept 11 at 1249, KBS World Radio playing a bit of ``Palladio`` music like RFA does in Chinese, amid a talk about Tae Kwan Do; SAH from presumed N. Korea but its modulation is over.

We`d better enjoy KBS while we can in North America, as Sackville will be gone by the end of A-12, and I have not been able to find out about any replacements. In B-12 KBS does plan to continue relays via UK, France, UAE, and a new one via French Guiana for Spanish at 03-04 on 15400, to NW S America, but nothing toward North America in English.

So I asked Kevin O`Donovan, who provides the ``Listening Tips`` each Saturday from Farmington NM if he had any info? He replied Sept. 8:

``Glenn, It was mentioned on the show a couple of months ago that when Sackville closes they will use their own transmitters in Korea to broadcast to North America. I sent an email to the producer for an update. If they still plan on using their own transmitter in Korea I hope it's in the morning. A couple of decades ago their broadcast at 1215-1315 on 9750 came in clear. However their evening broadcast on 15575 was not dependable (which caused them to end that and use Sackville during the evenings). I'll let you know what I hear from them`` (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** KURDISTAN [non]. 11510, Sept 11 at 0423, Kurdish singing, poor signal, almost all music until 0500 from V. of Kurdistan, still registered as UKRAINE site. No reply from Ludo Maes to my inquiry about whether there has been a site change and the current correct schedule, ex-11530. However, Bill Bingham in South Africa was still hearing presumed Denge Mezopotamya on 11530, Sept 10 at 1756-1900* (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** MAURITANIA. 7245, Sept 11 at 0447, IGIM is on and chanting, poor signal. Decided to be on the air tonight; you never know (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** OKLAHOMA [and non]. 960, Sept 11 at 0504 UT, dead air from local KGWA, so I null the carrier and start to hear an understation, but KG resumes at 0505. Come to think of it, they often default to dead air around local midnight so this is more of a note to self to try again (Glenn Hauser, Enid, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SPAIN. 9650, UT Tue Sept 11 at 0444, REE Emisión Sefarad closing with schedule, claiming this weekly 0415 broadcast is on 9690! And that the 0115 UT Tue to S America is on 11780. 7-note IS other than the usual 10-note REE one, aired once before closing. Was extremely strong signal, first noted somewhere around 9460 in a receiver-overload mixture with VOV Sackville 9555, removed by attenuation (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 9479, Sept 11 at 1253, WTWW-1 is missing, still on 5755. During summer the switch was occurring at 1200, but now apparently back to 1300 unless this be an anomaly (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENIG DIGEST)

** U S A. 770, Sept 11 at 0507 UT, `Red Eye Radio` is starting, weak signal from E/W, so my first suspect is KKOB NM. Yes, it`s the only affiliate on 770 per

But now the usual dilemma: here near the null of Albuquerque toward WABC, is it a remnant of the main 50 kW signal from the North Valley or the 230-watt non-direxional night-only fill-in co-channel booster with no separate callsign in Santa Fe? I`ll take the latter. This was about 13 seconds behind another RER on 760, i.e. WJR (also on KFMB San Diego, but not until 0700 UT; never heard here. See also 820 log.)

BTW, the station list above has very handy linx to the full program schedules of each station (if they have one!), showing RER is also on KKOB`s substation KTBL 1050 in Albuquerque, why? Well, it starts at 11 pm local there, while KKOB doesn`t start until midnight weekdays, according to the schedule dated August 13, 2012, O yeah? This is Tuesday and it *is* on 770 already at 11+ pm MDT. Or does this mean it`s really some other 770 station not yet on their roster? KTBL stands for Talk-Business-Life featuring such wackos as Glenn Beck and Mike Huckabee elsewhen (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 780, Sept 11 at 0514 UT, music under WBBM OTR; nulling WBBM, it`s ``16 Tons``, but not quite the bass resonance of the original Tennessee Ernie Ford; 0517 ID as ``Songs you remember, KCEG 780``, into brief banjo tune. It`s the new Pueblo CO station as widely reported, but my first official log of it. NRC AM Log shows 720 watts at night, 24 hours ``The Ranch`` with C&W, so that format has already changed. Night pattern at
shows major lobe to NNW, minor to SSE, and nulls of course toward Chicago and Reno. Not much toward OK either. Luckily, KSPI Stillwater OK daytimer was not burning its open carrier all night this time (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 820, Sept 11 at 0519, I notice another station with WBAP nulled, and it`s also on `Red Eye Radio`! but about 5 sex behind WBAP. NRC AM Log lists one other ``RER`` affiliate on 820, WWBA Largo FL which is 1 kW at night. Program website
confirms it`s the only other 820 affiliate. I was afraid I would have to click on every 820 state on the map to be sure, but pick a state such as Florida and the whole list appears, then easily searched. RER is the recently renamed trucker show, ex-`Midnight Radio Network`, and it originates at WBAP (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. [Re previous report:] ``1010, Sept 5 at 1215 UT, station break between gospel huxters, `We are 10-10 AM, KXEN, good news for Saint Louis`. Sufficient signal I find hard to believe is the alleged temporary 350 watt transmitter at WGNU in Illinois. Makes 6 bars on the DX-398 signal meter; what about 50 kW KMOX at same time? Also 6 bars! But must have been in a fade, since the latter soon increases to 8 bars. But then a portion of its power is wasted on the IBOC sidebands. I wonder how the groundwave strength of KXEN seems in the St Louis area now. Could be the temporary antenna setup favors skywave (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)``

Glenn, After hearing this on last week`s WOR program, I then asked KXEN about this. This is what they said; you may repeat this according
to the GM!!

``Hi Artie - "KXEN is still broadcasting at 50 kW. The STA may never occur and will be temporary if does happen." "Thanks for the email."
Dirk L. Hallemeier, Manager
5615 Pershing Ave., Ste. 12
St. Louis, MO  63112
314-454-0400 | F 314-448-4999`` (10 Sep via Artie Bigley, DXLD)

The original source for this item via DXLD 12-35 apparently concluded that the FCC info was true; it seems that Special Temporary Authorizations are *very* circumstantial. We`ve run into other STAs which are on the FCC records ``just in case``, e.g. KOSU`s antenna site change to KWTV, which never had to happen (Glenn Hauser, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 1440, Sept 11 at 0457 UT, local ads mentioning Quincy for termite & pest control, Habitat for Humanity. Since they didn`t pronounce it Quinzy, I assume it is Illinois, not something around Boston such as WVEI Worcester MA; i.e. WGEM, which is also about three times as close. I see this once great station is now just an ESPN clone dedicated to the total waste of human attention and resources known as stupid ballgames (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. 860, Sept 11 at 0521 UT, tonetest of less than 1 kHz; from strength and direxion it`s most likely my nearest, KKOW Pittsburg KS; why? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. 1279.0, Sept 11 at 0458 UT, 1 kHz het against 1280 signals; not a tone as nothing on 1281. Typical Cuban behavior, except this loops NE-SW. Ideas? Of course, it`s not a TA channel either which would be 1278 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. 1610, Sept 11 at 0529 UT, I am pulling some Spanish thru the IBOC noise from 1600, by sidetuning to 1608. Could it be CHHA Toronto, R. Voces Latinas, which I have heard before? Then I hear ``malecón`` mentioned, an Habanan landmark, but not only there, so is it really a Cuban? Not // Rebelde 5025, FWIW. Can`t be sure of its own direxion since hearing it is more dependent on minimizing the IBOC. At first, I get a null on that at NE/SW, so must be coming from KEPN Colorado; a few minutes later, I get a null on the IBOC noise at NW/SE, so now it must be coming from KATZ Missouri. No wonder 1610 is such a mess here with two 1600 IBOC stations at right angles! Then the Spanish has faded away. This side of S America, the other possible 1610 SS is XEUACH, but it signs off much earlier, right? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) 

UNIDENTIFIED. 1650, Sept 11 at 0536 UT, I am getting Spanish preacher about Apocalipsis in null of KCNZ Iowa (STILL no sign of KYHN OK as allegedly reactivated), no doubt KBJD Denver, Radio Luz. When I turn back toward KCNZ I also hear a different Spanish station underneath with music.

Is XEARZ/XEAZR (opinions differ) in Mexico City on the air now? It had been making only sporadic appearances earlier this year.

Or am I finally hearing 850-watt KSVE El Paso TX? That fits for the format and nulling as I don`t hear it at all when KBJD is clear in KCNZ null. A search of IRCA DX Monitors back to 2004y shows NO logs of KSVE whatsoever tho it appeared several times on lists of ballgame affiliates. Is it really on the air?? Someone closer, please check.

However, FCC AM Query shows the KSVE call on 1650 only started on
09/23/2008; it was KHRO from 02/25/2005 and KBIV from 09/04/1998. The KSVE facility may have been on some other frequency before 9/23/08 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. 11995, Sept 11 at 0423, 0438 and later, no signal from the usual mystery carrier with hum. Meanwhile, Turkey 11980 was well audible (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)