giovedì 3 gennaio 2013

Glenn Hauser logs January 2-3, 2013

** AUSTRALIA. 6007 & 6033, approx., distorted FMy spurblobs matching modulation on the RA Shepparton 6020 transmitter halfway between, Jan 2 at 1320. I was expecting this since the same transmitter is on 5995 after 1400 and sporadically spurblobbing 13 kHz above and below it. Jan 3 at 1348 check: no blobs around 6020 today. Not to be confused with the Cuban or N Korean jamming noises in this area, which are quite different (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** BOLIVIA. 6134.815 approx., Jan 3 at 0610, BBC French via Ascension has het on low side, slightly wavering around F#3 below middle C4, i.e. 185 Hz. This smax of the het R. Santa Cruz causes earlier in the evenings, against the now defunct V. of Russia Spanish service via St. Petersburg, on 6135.0 at 00-03. Ron Howard heard RSC New Year`s Eve way later than usual sign off as late as 0417 Jan 1 on 6134.76, and I suspect they again have left the transmitter on, but even later. BBC French is quite a bit stronger, mostly talk, and all I can make out is some music on the het frequency, but BBC off at 0629. There is still a het against something much weaker on 6135.0. At 0630 the announcement sounds Spanish; slop de much stronger Cuba 6125; then some tropical music, lyrix maybe in Spanish. 0640 the music stops, but still het so the carrier isn`t off yet; presumed (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CHINA. Firedrake Jan 2: 11970, poor at 1329, presumably as usual against unheard Sound of Hope 100-watt nuisance transmitter from Taiwan, which in Vietnam would get you thrown in jail (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CROATIA [non]. 7375, Jan 2 around 0210, V. of Croatia relay via Nauen, GERMANY, is still on, despite ``Jan 1`` termination of SW; but around 0050 UT Jan 3 it`s gone, forever. Walter Brodowsky of M&B replied Jan 2 to an inquiry from Rich D`Angelo, NASWA: ``The transmission is cancelled since today. It was our initiative to leave it on the tx due to the fact that we had not received a clear statement how to proceed`` (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA [non]. 11760, Jan 2 at 1330, RHC is missing, allowing CRI English to be heard instead, with flutter; Commies not vs Commies for a change (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** GREECE. 7475, Jan 2 at 0628, music is not // VOG 9420, so the R. Filia service must be running today with mostly music fill during the Albanian segment (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** GUAM. 5765-USB, Jan 3 at 1346, AFN is on today after missing another day, but very poor vs. OTH radar pulses (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** OKLAHOMA. 1640. Jan 3 at 0506 UT, Enid`s X-bander had a new call and a new brand, ID as KOAG, ``All Ag, All Day``, ``keeping farmers and ranchers informed``. 0515 ADM ad, also ``The Farm Station``; segments on sunflowers, sorghum, reference to
This is something syndicated by Paramount Broadcasting Corporation. No affiliate list as such on the website, but the Listen Live page says: ``Listen to All Ag, All Day! live across the Texas/Oklahoma Panhandles at 800AM (KDDD) Dumas-Amarillo; and across the Texas South Plains at 900AM (KFLP) Floydada-Lubbock.`` So it looks like KOAG is only the third station, they have not got around to adding on.

Further listening finds KOAG with IRN-USA news on the hour and half-hour (the latter with sports segment). At 1432 the news feed was suffering from IADs, digifarts and some hum. Legal ID still includes Enid-Oklahoma City. Plenty of market reports too.

This replaces KFXY, which lastly had a southern gospel music format, always subject to pre-emption for stupid ballgames, as I expect KOAG will be too. All this talk should mean less ACI for DX on 1630 and 1650. Maybe I`ll finally hear XEARZ.

Tnx to David Yocis of NRC who spotted the call change at FCC before I did on the local radio. Note that unlike most X-banders, this one is direxional with a figure-8 loop from east of Hennessey, between OKC and Enid so it favors both cities, but nulls toward the ENE and WSW, making it difficult in those direxions. Now they might wish to be non-direxional, better to cover ``all-ag`` areas in western Oklahoma rather than urbanity. And why not? It was a choice; they were not required to be direxional to protect anything, in fact making it worse for WTNI in Mississippi at night (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SPAIN [non]. 11815, Jan 2 at 1330, REE with usual poor signal via COSTA RICA since it is aimed to SAm with NAm abandoned, mentioning that `La Hora de Asia` will resume on 7 January (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. WORLD OF RADIO 1650: ready in time for first airing on WTWW-1, 9479, Thursday January 3 at 2200; next: 0430v UT Friday on WWRB 3195 (and maybe 5050? Not last week); 0230v UT Saturday on Area 51 via WBCQ 5110v-CUSB; 0500 UT Sunday on WTWW-1 5830.

On HLR 7265: Sat 0630 & 1630
On WRMI 9955: Sat 0900, 1600, 1830; Sun 0900, 1630; Mon 0530; Tue 1200
On WRN via SiriusXM 120: Sat 1830

** U S A. 9330-CUSB, Jan 2 at 1326, open carrier/dead air from WBCQ during Good Friends Radio Network (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. 9465/9435, Jan 3 at 1400 the banshee spurblob is wobbling around 9465 at first, then down to 9435 and wavering back upwards again (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)