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Glenn Hauser logs January 22-24, 2013

** CUBA. 13780, Jan 23 at 1525, RHC is off, but I believe was on an hour or two earlier tuneby.

15230 & 15370, Jan 23 at 2346, RHC in Portuguese on both but not //. Then I find that 15230 is running 22 seconds behind 15370: separate playouts. Same also happens with French at 2100 on 11760 and 11880 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** GABON [and non]. 9580, Jan 24 at 0621, no het! Only a JBM but S9+17 signal on 9580, presumed ANO with MOROCCO missing from 9579.1. May have been a second carrier SAHing 9580 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** INDIA. 9470v: following my numerous logs for several months of the ``wandering banshee blob`` down past 9400, Jose Jacob in India reports to dx_india yg that the AIR National Channel transmitter in Delhi has returned to its proper frequency following his visit to HQ:

``The AIR National Channel on 9470 was noted on exact frequency and proper modulation last night (22 Jan 2013), after many months. They were noted drifting on various nearby frequencies with distortion for some months now. The same was intimated to the concerned officials in person during my visit to the AIR HQ, New Delhi last weekend. Now look out for any changes to AIR Leh 4660 which has been parked here for some months now, instead of using original frequency of 4760.``

I wasn`t certain whether this was the source of my blob, so asked him:

``Jose, So was this the source of the `wandering banshee blob` I logged numerous times below 9470, sometimes even below 9400? True, I have not heard it lately, but not always was it audible when propagation from S Asia was favorable. Glenn Hauser, Oklahoma``

``Dear Glenn, Yes, this indeed was the faulty transmitter wandering on 9 MHz frequencies! Yours sincerely, Jose Jacob, VU2JOS, National Institute of Amateur Radio, Hyderabad, India``

However, some checks Jan 23 by others found only a carrier on 9470 (Glenn Hauser, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** MEXICO. 800, Jan 24 at 1307 UT, ``XEROK, la estación más potente del norte de México, 50 mil watts``, then hyped news ID numerous times as ``Calibre 800`` --- must be contraxion for canal libre, outro? Then a prayer rendering gracias to some señor, choral music bit; 1311 over to live announcer, YL emitting her own ``cucú`` laughing, silly chatter with others; she has poor dixion, also mentions sibling station XEWG 1240, so simulcast? XEROK is really peaking now, way over KQCV OKC still on night facilities; other guy promotes that later this morning he is going to give away tickets to an Indios game on Sunday; 6:14 TC, talk about the `clima`, current temp 6C. Now the distorted modulation station is starting to QRM, presumably XEDD or XEZR, still not positively IDed. As for the power, we know XEROK was once 150 kW, and IRCA Mexican Log still shows that day and night, while Cantú and WRTH 2013 both show 50 kW now (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING

** MEXICO. 830, Jan 24 at 1317 UT, Spanish news from between SW and SSW, vs WWCO opposite, jarring mispronunciation of François Hollande as ``frankois``, each letter pronounced, 7:18 TC, 1321 ID as Radio Zócalo, ad mentions Colonia Lomas del Norte, then Piedras Negras, FM frequency jingle ending in .9, i.e. 100.9 as XHIK is listed, on to music. As previously researched, this is XEIK in Piedras Negras, Coahuila, R. Zócalo being the group or news name connected with Saltillo, while all references continue to name this 830 outlet La Norteñita (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** MEXICO. 900, Jan 24 at 0643 UT, program promos for W Radio, atop CCI with SAH, 0645 traditional XEW descending chimes.

900, Jan 24 at 0655 UT, now however, preacher with howling audience including kidsounds, which as before I hope is elsewhence than XEW: it is, 0659 concluding with assertion that música rock es satánica, ID as Radio Así (sounds like, meaning thus, or that`s the way it is; or could it be Asís as in San Francisco de?) and refers to `La Biblia Dice` as program name, lunes a jueves 11 pm a 1 am, which has just been reached in CST. 0700 ``Radio Así en 900 de amplitud modulada``, website ending in .mx; 0701 mentions Monterrey, but more `La Biblia Dice`, 0702 mentions Nuevo León and 900 AM again.

Anyhow, this must be what is listed as XEOK, La OK Noticias, 10/0.25 kW in Monterrey per IRCA Mexican Log 2012; WRTH same except has Radio Tráfico as additional slogan. Cantú as OK Noticias only and nite power as 2.5 kW, which is more like it. 900 in Monty was once a co-channel XEW relay as XEWM, long gone. Monty and DF are close to same direxion from here, Monty somewhat further west.

O, here`s what it really is, as linked from Cantú`s NL listings: Radio ACIR, not Así. That`s the name of a national group but this particular website is for the Monterrey XEOK station; beware, en vivo audio autolaunches!
Program schedule is not helpful with large blox including these merely labeled ``Pro. Nacional o Independiente`` (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** MEXICO. 1090, Jan 23 at 0636 UT, ``en tu radio, Milenio 103.7 FM`` and back to rock music in English. I think not, but something on 1090 AM, i.e. XEAU in Monterrey NL, listed 250 or 500 watts at night, but not so unusual here, and in fact often dominant. Now it`s a bit easier as KAAY Little Rock is reported off the air, maybe forever.

1090, Jan 24 at 0600 UT, Mexican NA no doubt XEAU too, and 0640 with music in English. Also at 1251 ID as Milenio Radio, 6:51 TC, SAH from something (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** MEXICO. 1100, Jan 23 at 1252 UT, frenetic banda music looping NE/SW, quick announcement unreadable by SHVA, then a slow song. 1253 plays fanfares several times, 1254 YL introduces newscast with phone number, www. site mentioning Zacatecas. Possibly separate stations, as rechecking the bearing now it`s closer to N/S appropriate for Zac, i.e. per Cantú:
1100 XETGO Radio Cañón + FM 90.1 Tlaltenango, Zac. 5,000 400
And IRCA agrees; WRTH shows power as 5/0.5 kW. 1257 fading, as KFAB 1110 splatter overtakes (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) 

** MEXICO. 2910, Jan 24 at 1223 UT, very poor in Spanish, S9+10 with fading but not enough vs noise level, so XEVT Villahermosa, Tabasco, as previously identified, is still third-harmonicizing from 970. Surprisingly, by now I have yet to see anyone else reporting it (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** MEXICO. Some more winter sporadic-E analog TV DX, UT Jan 23:
0303, after monitoring for hours, with antenna south, some weak video fades in on ch A2
0308, now audio adds, in Spanish. So that rules out Canada; will there be any analog Canadians left to DX this summer?
0330+, weak CCI on A2 lasts a bit longer (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** OKLAHOMA. 530, Jan 24 at 1900+ UT, I finally get in contact with someone at Vance AFB involved with the new TIS station. They are surprised to hear from me and wonder why I want all this info. Mr. Paul Schillo, civilian, say it`s a TIS with 10 watts, range maybe 5-10 miles. Purpose? ``put on the air at the request of the base for additional communications capability for base leadership`` also to communicate with truckers making deliveries, and people off-base. Assured me it was properly authorized, not clear by whom. Did not want to tell me whether its antenna is the usual short vertical TIS stations use. I asked about hearing something other than those Ad Council PSAs and the need for IDs, and he said they had just starting inserting IDs around the hour and half hour, and would comply with FCC regs. Altho as military I doubt the FCC has any authority over it. Amid new FEMA PSAs, at 1928 UT, by seemingly synthetic voice unlike the other announcements,
 gist: ``You are listening to 530 AM from Vance Air Force Base, Enid, Oklahoma`` (Glenn Hauser, Enid, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** OKLAHOMA. 1120, Jan 23 at 1406 UT, KEOR is there but very weak with Mexican music, making 192/min SAH with KMOX, = 3.2 Hz, so I bet it`s the KEOR transmitter which is slightly varying.

Not hearing it in the 06-07 UT hour Jan 24, altho there is a weak SAH on KMOX at times, maybe this with open carrier only. At 1338, now Mexican music is back, with SAH counted of 172/minute = 2.87 Hz (Glenn Hauser, Enid, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** PERU [non]. 5980, Jan 24 at 1237, wall-of-noise jamming, of course, from the DentroCuban Jamming Command vs R. Martí, which runs from before 0700 until 1300 at least. Pedro F. Arrunátegui in Lima has just revealed there is a new station in Cusco on 5980, Radio Chaski, which he heard well Jan 16 at 1234-1340; they told him they are testing with a schedule of 10-15 & 22-03 UT, so obviously our only chance to hear it is in the evenings. HFCC shows the competition then: 23-24 BBC English via Oman; 00-01 IBB Tibetan via Sri Lanka; 0130-0200 BBC Urdu via Oman. Only other South American to look out for on 5980 is R. Guarujá, Florianópolis SC, Brasil, which as of November was not confirmed to be active (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** RUSSIA. 5930, Jan 24 at 1235, R. Rossii, Pet/Kam is finishing ``Istanbul (not Constantinople)``, a great novelty song I always enjoy and have yet to ever hear on V. of Turkey (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SOMALILAND. 7120, Jan 24 at 0334, R. Hargeysa is still here, only poor signal as Qur`an finishes, into presumed Somali talk (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SOUTH AFRICA. 9885, Jan 23 at 0613 check, VOA English very poor signal, but modulation sounds OK unlike 24 hours earlier, Nigeria-like (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SPAIN. 15110, Jan 22 at 1934, no signal from REE. Just making sure it`s still gone, as they had mis-announced it earlier today (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 9479 & 9905, Jan 22 at 1934 check, both WTWW frequencies are absent (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 9955 [non], Jan 24 at 0500 as I am listening to WRMI webcast following final playback of WORLD OF RADIO, surprised to hear Vatican Radio opening --- in Arabic! I asked Jeff White if this is correct, and he says, ``Yes. It's experimental, and will probably be just temporary.`` I see that he has put up a new program grid dated Jan 22,
one click away from here:
including Radio Vaticano (not -a), (language not specified), Tue-Sat 0500-0545, so is it all in Arabic? So much for Israel/WRN at 0530. He later replies it will be ``back to normal`` tonight, whatever that mean.

Scanning the new schedule, we see that there are no more R. Martí relays, with the only major block of exile programming remaining being R. Libertad, UT Tue-Sat at 00-01. Former Martí time 23-24 UT M-F is filled by WRN, except Thu `La Rosa de Tokio` media program.

Something new is ``WRMI Scoreboard`` for one minute, M-F: 1059, 1259, 1459 UT (the last webcast only). There are no changes to WORLD OF RADIO times, but beyond that have not analyzed it thoroly (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A [and non]. WORLD OF RADIO 1653: just missed completing it in time for UT Thursday 0430 Jan 24 on WRMI, so first SW airing will be Thu 2200 on WTWW 9479. Then: UT Fri 0430v on WWRB 3195 (and we hope 5050); UT Sat 0230v on Area 51 via WBCQ 5110v-CUSB; Sat 0630 & 1630 on HLR 7265-CUSB; on WRMI 9955: Sat 0900, 1600, 1830, Sun 0900, 1630, Mon 0530, Tue 1200. Also WRN via SiriusXM 120, Sat 1830 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 930, Jan 24 at 1328 UT, `Morning in America`, i.e. the far right wacko Bill Bennett show. His website is no help in locating affiliates: you have to enter a zip code and then keep getting blank pages, even by putting in 78216, the studio address for suspect KLUP in San Antonio. Broader Google search on program name and 930 does bring up KLUP among others, so retry MIA site search on default San Antonio zip 78201, and that finally produces listing for KLUP, as heard several times before in WKY null (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 1010, Jan 24 at 1259, as I intune just before 1300 UT, legal ID in English as ``KXXT, Tolleson-Phoenix``. See previous discussion of their ``15000/250`` watt powers, and this is still more than an hour before sunrise (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 1110, Jan 23 at 0638 UT, KFAB Omaha is splattering, first noticed the noise listening to KMOX 1120 and then WTAM 1100. Sounds normal on 1110 itself. The splat would be something normally expected close to Omaha with superstrong signal, so something may be out of whack, or the `wide` bandwidth setting of my DX-398 is slipping. At least KFAB dropped IBOC some time ago (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. 747, Jan 24 at 1325 UT, JBA TP carrier detected here on a quick check, soon gone, no time for a complete MW 9 kHz scan; typically NHK Japan (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. 2660, Jan 24 at 1225 UT, another go at the presumed second harmonic of something on 1330: JBA carrier. I proceeded to DX SW and MW and did not get back to 2660 until 1347, and now it`s best yet: definite gospel music in English, 1350 announcement, more music, 1356 announcement, but fading into noise level and gave up for today at 1402. Enid sunrise was 1338 UT.

Looking thru the NRC AM Log for GOS or REL formats not too far away: best bet is KGLD Tyler TX, 1000/77/psra 500 watts non-direxional, with address in faraway Baytown. Perhaps someone near Tyler could check this out. Seems a bit late for WVHI in Evansville IN or WLOL in Minneapolis. All the others of those formats are way too far in distant states (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)