sabato 5 gennaio 2013

Glenn Hauser logs January 3-4, 2013

** AUSTRALIA. 5995, Jan 4 at 1453, Elgar`s ``Enigma Variations``, great classical music playing on RA, unusual for them, but most welcome! Until: faded out incomplete at 1459 for RA promo and then news, also on // 11945, while 9580 was already off at 1458, even more rudely. I suppose RA considered it merely fill music for some program missing on summer hiatus. The program scheduled at this time was:
`Friday Late`, interview program, which this certainly was not, from RN at 1400[sic]-1500[sic] UT to the Pacific. Archive indicates it`s been off since Dec 15 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** BOLIVIA. 6134.8, Jan 4 at 0950 I am unavoidably awake, so check 60 and 49m for the morning LA window. Noise level is such that the only signal making it is this, lively song in Spanish, no het, mentions ``Los Coyotes del Norte``, a musical group, or anti-American remark? Next tune is Andean, and then another segué. No doubt R. Santa Cruz, which is one station we don`t have to lose sleep to hear in the evenings (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** BRAZIL. 9695.3, Jan 4 at 1011, ``Aleluya`` song but a new tune to me, Brazilian Portuguese preaching, het, poor signal, no doubt R. Rio Mar, ZYE245, Manaus, 7.5 kW, which per WRTH signs on at 1000 and off at 2100, accounting for nothing from it in the evenings; why? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA. Having just entered 9810 and 6120 in updated DX/SWL/Media Programs listing, as possible frequencies for RHC English during the 0500 hour, since several times has been so instead of scheduled Spanish, I check 9810 at 0545 Jan 4, just in time to hear undermodulation from that annoying-voiced YL in English switch to OM in Spanish. I`m sure she keeps RHC`s ratings down even further beyond the unwanted propaganda and monomania about Los Cinco (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA. 5025, Jan 4 at 1022, R. Rebelde `Haciendo Radio` morning show with report from a Venezuelan official about Chávez` condition, pulmonary problems, and warning against evil foreign powers pushing destablization of the Bolivarian Revolution (what would Simón say?) because of uncertainty about the health of El Hugazo. Strangely, no audio breakup or RTTY QRM at the moment (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** DJIBOUTI. 4780, Jan 4 at 0339, fair signal with Horn of Africa music, occasionally overridden by ``running-water`` ute bursts. RTD with 50 kW per WRTH. Otherwise, about the same signal as 4930 VOA Botswana with 100 kW. This exotic spot is a relatively easy catch on 60m, always neat to hear. Not in HFCC, of course, and I wonder if that`s why Voice of Russia chose 4780 too in their evenings. They should have known it was there by 1) keeping up with DX bulletins; or 2) turning on a radio (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** KOREA NORTH. 6170, Jan 4 at 1048, operatic quality baritone with song about My Fatherland, and good signal; O yeah, it`s a recent new frequency from V. of Korear, as 1050 into talk about relations between Korea and Japan.

RNZI better watch out, if they expect to go back to 6170 in the A-13 season, as VOK is likely to stay and of course is not registered in HFCC. For now, RNZI is on 9765 during this hour; see NEW ZEALAND. Aoki shows VOK usage of 6170 is 1000-2050 since November 22 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** NEW ZEALAND. 9765, Jan 4 at 1015, ``live`` rock concert with VG signal, from what? An unfamiliar usually sound-asleep daypart for me, but quickly found in the BDXC-UK Broadcasts in English B-12 booklet as RNZI. See also KOREA NORTH (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** OKLAHOMA. 1580, Jan 4 at 1531, KOKB Blackwell in open carrier/dead air, while sibling station 1020 KOKP Perry is nominal with sports talk. The network connexions among these and studio in Stillwater are incredibly unreliable (Glenn Hauser, Enid, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** OKLAHOMA. KOSU has a new segment, `This Week in Oklahoma Politics`, heard promoed on a Friday morning as airing Fridays at 4:44 pm during NPR ATC (2244 UT) --- this is the time when Frosty Troy of the Oklahoma Observer used to hold forth until abruptly canceled last June. His counterpoise was Republican Neva Hill, who was scheduled exactly 24 hours earlier, on Thursdays.

Now she is back but Frosty is not, on the new show, instead another non?-Republican, also audible online:

``This Week in Oklahoma Politics --- Filed by Michael Cross in Feature, Local News, News, Politics. January 4, 2013

Click here to download audio

Back from the Christmas break, ACLU Oklahoma Executive Director Ryan Kiesel and Republican Political Consultant Neva Hill sit down with KOSU Capitol Bureau Chief Michael Cross to discuss the last minute deal in Congress to avoid going over the so-called fiscal cliff. The talk then turns to the upcoming legislative session and the extra money for Governor Fallin to appropriate in her executive budget.``

But don`t click on anything else on that page or it will interrupt the playback, a major drawback of flash. Another drawback is that you can`t see how long it is going to be until it`s over: 9:00 minutes. Promo said something about parts 1 & 2, so presumably split into 2 x 4:30 minute pieces to fit into the ATC hole, the other one maybe on Thursdays? As a mere module, TWIOP does not appear on KOSU`s overall program schedule, and there may be another airing in the mornings. Nor do they explicitly say that it`s always Ryan & Neva now, but presumably (Glenn Hauser, Enid, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SOMALILAND. 7120, Jan 4 at 1500, R. Hargaysa very poor signal but audible, presumably just signed back on, via longpath, under heavy CW QRhaM, clueless about what he is covering up, tho certainly entitled to. 1501 answered by a much weaker CW, at same relatively slow speed, audiblizing Hargeisa a bit more (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 7305, Jan 4 at 1052, large open carrier and fitful tones on and off, atop Chinese CCI, no doubt Greenville B tuning up prior to the 1130 Vatican relay, and likely to go off again shortly before it`s closer to Pope-time, as IBB violates separation of church & state (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. WORLD OF RADIO 1650 monitoring: confirmed first SW broadcast Thursday January 3 at 2200 on WTWW-1 9479. This time it and the canned ID started about the same time at hourtop, the ID overriding WOR audio until it was finished. I am so far resisting the temptation to re-open WOR *after* the theme with my name and program number. Repeat is UT Sunday 0500 on 5830.

Also confirmed on WWRB, both 3195 and better 5050 on the air this week, UT Friday January 4 from 0432 or so; after dead air, WOR opening at 0431 was heard only in a few bursts, bad connexion, but patchcord wiggled and picked up at 0432 during first item about Angola. May have started over? As ended at 0502 when 5050 abruptly cut off the air as soon as I said ``next week``.

Instead of Pastor Larry ``Amen & Amen`` Cain from Anderson, South Carolina before WOR, from tune-in at 0419 until 0430, a nice primitive organ concert was playing apparent hymns altho I did not recognize them. Is Cain gone for good, or music filling for him in another playback problem?

Further WOR chances: UT Sat 0230v on Area 51 via WBCQ 5110v-CUSB; on WRMI 9955: Sat 0900, 1600, 1830; Sun 0900, 1630; Mon 0530; Tue 1200; and probably Thu 0430 unless a new one is already ready. On HLR Germany 7265: Sat 0630 & 1630. On WRN via SiriusXM 120: Sat 1830

Complete WORLD OF RADIO schedule has been updated:

And so has DX/SWL/MEDIA PROGRAMS, January 4:

** U S A. 7506.4, Jan 4 at 0332, WRNO with Deutsche Welle news in English, emphasis on Germany, good modulation and no het leading a lot of listeners to believe that it`s really on announced ``7505``. 0334 cut to ``send money to WRNO`` promo, 0335 Pastor J P Jones, so tune out ASAP. Next check 0402, DW news again, ending with reference to their website! 0404 gospel huxter expecting the Last Days to be in 2026y; 0406 rock music. Apparently WRNO is using DW for newscasts only rather than full programs? I expect it`s free, and wonder if DW even knows about it, such involvement with a commercial/sectarian outlet (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 1530, Jan 4 at 1005 UT, ``1530 The Light, and`` then religious song. Guess what, this is a daytimer per NRC AM Log, 2.5 kW in New Boston TX, which is in the far NE corner just outside Texarkana. And it`s more than 3 hours before January FCC sunrise at 1315 UT! It does have a PSRA of 6 watts in January, but that doesn`t start until 6 am = 1200 UT! Also in the FCC Correspondence File is a $1500 forfeiture by the previous licensee for failing to renew on time. Now how about a fine for running daytime at night? 

Checking their website, it forwards to and is rather spartan with an emphasis on southern gospel music. Do they account for operating illegally at night? Well, their on-air staff
gallery includes Ed Evans at 12-5 am, but they could always claim that was just for webcast, accidentally on the real air; and nothing about an FM translator (Glenn Hauser, OK, FRG-7, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 1670, Jan 4 at 1003 UT, ``All new CBS Sports Radio Network``, and its Twitter handle; NFL talkshow phone-inner, to 855-212-4-CBS. As widely reported, this is the new format of WOZN, Madison WI, after stunting with rock music, and before that Xmas music, ex-WTDY news/talk. Didn`t we have too many sports networks already? I expect with the CBS brand, they have already lined up a formidable network of other stations (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. 2729, Jan 4 at 0959 UT, open carrier I hope will turn into a third harmonic of 910 about to sign on, until I measure it off the side from 2730; and OC continues past 1000. Some utility on AM? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. 2910, Jan 4 at 1053 UT, S9+12 open carrier ought to prove fruitful as the presumed third harmonic of 970 I have been hearing is about to sign on. Short version of Mexican NA plays at 1059, removing any doubt about the country, and explaining why they don`t play it again at 1200. But just not enough audio vs the noise level; seems this XE is undermodulating on its harmonic if not on its fundamental.

I listen for about 10 minutes, but can just barely tell a broadcaster is there with some talk and some music; also some additional noise sources cut on and off. For the first time I roll tape on this so I can go back to sleep and maybe pull some details out on playback. Don`t dare leave BFO on due to possible drift, but that means I can instead employ the FRG-7 noise limiter which helps very little. We have a new neighbor who has been refurbishing a vacant house, now with the power on, cable connected, and more RFI surely to follow.

I`ve been listening to the C-90 as I write this report, and it`s not a good morning for XEVT(?). Very slight improvement in S/N around 1200 but really not a single word copiable. Surges a bit more around 1215, maybe with approach of local sunrise? LSR is 1244 UT today in Villahermosa, Tabasco, exactly one hour earlier than Enid. Still in when the tape ends circa 1235. There has been absolutely nothing useful on it, so I can record over it another time.

Someone should be able to get a definite ID at the 1100 sign-on if not later, when they are much more concerned about telling us the time rather than the ID, altho there are plenty of other ways to find out the time. Still not hearing it around my 0600 UT chex, so probably signs off earlier, nor earlier in evenings when my local noise level is probably even higher (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)