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Glenn Hauser logs October 24-25, 2013

** BANGLADESH. 15505, Oct 25 at 1357, BB carrier already on with continuous 1-kHz tone until 1359:38.5 finally starts IS, but only time for one play of it, then off-timesignal ending at 1400:17.5, opening Urdu, very poor (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CHINA. Firedrake [non] CNR1 jamming Oct 25 before and after 1330:
9200, happened to tune in at 1313 to open carrier and hear CNR1 modulation start at exactly 1314; no sign of Sound of Hope target.

Then a full search 18-12 MHz:
16360, poor at 1323; none in the 17s
16100, fair at 1323 with flutter
15970, fair at 1324 with flutter
15575, very poor at 1328 instead of KBSWR, het on lo side from VOT
15545, very poor at 1328, het on hi side from V. of Tibet, Tajikistan
13530, very good! at 1332 with flutter; none in the 14s or 12s

Normally I don`t bother to compare frequencies for synchrony but:
13830, poor at 1334, found to be 2 seconds ahead of 13530
11640, good at 1336 in echo jamming, one of which is synch // 13530

** INDONESIA. 9526-, Oct 25 at 1315, VOI news in English about forest fires; fair with flutter. Modulation OK, no IADs, but still calls for a lot of concentration to copy (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** IRAN. 15400 // 15300, Oct 25 at 1326, Qur`an at about equally poor level from VIRI`s Urdu service, both Kamalabad. Beware, in B-13 from Oct 27, HCJB KNX Australia moves the E/SE Asian service from 15490 back to 15400 at 0955-1300; and IRIB will be gone from both 15400 and 15300 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** JAPAN. 5985.0, Oct 25 at *1329 JSR carrier, adding het to the much weaker carrier from MYANMAR [q.v.] around 5985.78; 1330:04 sad piano theme music and Sea Breeze opening in English, as usual on Fridays. But it`s really too poor to follow further (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** KOREA NORTH [non]. 4000, Oct 25 at 1154, no distorted Pyongyang signal here, unlike yesterday; so LSB ham a few kHz below was in the clear for his Bible lesson (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** MEXICO. 800, Oct 25 at 1209 UT, ``CaLibre 800`` is the name of the newscast on Radio Cañón, XEROK, Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua. Opening crime headlines punxuated by dramatic music. Refers to XEROK being on a (once) clear channel, canal libre. Still dominant with virtually zero-beat KQCV OKC nulled, close to 90 degrees away. No scratchy QRM noted from Pato Donaldo, XEDD Montemorelos NL until 1225 check (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** MEXICO. 870, Oct 25 at 1217 UT, XETAR with greeting in Spanish from someone upon the station`s 31st anniversary festival, presumably today in 1982y. During the 1218 minute, two timechex as 6:17. Live YL announcer, like me, has some hum on her mike, goes away with music. Come on: odd-year anniversaries, especially prime numbers, are hardly significant, but in much of LA, every single anniversary is celebrated, rather than multiples of 5s, 10s or 25s. La Voz de la Sierra Tarahumara, Guachochi, Chihuahua (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** MYANMAR. 5985.78, Oct 25 at 1327, very poor carrier, no doubt Yangon, as JSR [see JAPAN] comes on at 1329, making het, on my keyboard it`s closest to G5 which is 784 Hz. Consider the 8-digit approximate (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** OKLAHOMA. 89.3, Oct 24 at 1658 UT, as I am close to Loyal on US 81, check of KIEL confirms it is on the air and still with strange gospel network Radio 740 International; interrupted by cue tones, but nothing happens, while music plays. Closer to 1700 more cue tones, nothing for a few more seconds until local automated ID fires plus automated 12:00 timecheck. By the time I get to Kingfisher, birthplace of Sam Walton as proudly signed on the hwy, the signal is already losing out. Next approach at 0330 UT October 25, after playing some Bach mixed in with more overt contemporary gospel music, I see that the ST icon is missing at near-local range, so in memory of Bruce Elving, it`s definitely transmitting in mono. Dentro-Enid, remains obscured by local 89.1 translator (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** OKLAHOMA. Observations in and around OKC, Oct 24-UT 25:

102.3, and 107.1, no sign of pirate activity as previously. Any news of other pirate FM frequencies now?

92.9, Oct 24 at 2350 UT, 24/7 comedy is here // 1560 KEBC, and good thing it is, since even in NE OKC, 1560 is getting QRM from presumed KGOW, Houston market sportster.

92.9 is licensed to Fred R and Evelyn K Morton, while 1560 is licensed to Tyler Media LLC, a multi-station group. The Mortons also own the 96.5 translator in OKC, no others in OK state. (Mom-and-pop translators for rent, as many of them are, should make an interesting small-business story.)

FCC AM Query shows 92.9 as the only OK outside KBEZ Tulsa, K225BN, 75 watts at 145 m above ground level, but with an application to move to a slightly different site, 200 watts at 280 meters. Topo map indicates somewhere near the I-35/I-240 junxion in south OKC. I hate those FCC topo maps because they do not pinpoint the sites! We can only assume they are somewhere near the center, and sometimes there are ``radio towers`` indicated somewhere on them from decades ago, not necessarily in the middle, which could be something else, not even broadcasters.

The WTFDA FM database for K225BN does not show any info on format or station relayed. Some FCC translator listings show the station being rebroadcast, but not this one. Now we know.

Except: for the APP, FCC does show the primary: KOMA (FM)! Why in the world would full-power 92.5 KOMA need a translator on the second adjacent channel up??? I suspect that is just a place-holder. Possibly they did put KOMA on it previously for the record.

1220, Oct 24 at 2348 UT, KTLV Midwest City is certainly audible in OKC, with gospel huxtering. It`s one of the ``unreported`` AM stations this century according to David Yocis of NRC DX News. I`ve also heard it in Enid, but it`s tough, certainly the least of OKC market AM stations (well, except KREF 1400 Norman due to KCRC 1390 Enid); need a quiet location and to minimize splash from 1230 Ponca. NRC AM Log says slogan is ``Your Key To Living Victoriously`` --- and all this time I thought it just stood for ``TweLVe``.

1640, Oct 24 at 0240 UT on SH 3, NW outskirts of OKC, KZLS, True Oldies, is already getting rather heavy fast-SAH QRM from a talk station, no doubt WTNI Biloxi MS, which is no doubt still on 10 kW day power instead of 1 kW. KZLS should sue them, or at least turn them in to the FCC. Back in Enid, closer to transmitter site Hennessey, WTNI is not so much of a problem (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** OKLAHOMA. 1210, Oct 25 at 1229 UT, hardly anything from KGYN Guymon, then fades in enough to hear a ``US Country`` ID; no change in signal at 1230. You never know whether KGYN will be on ND day or direxional night at any time of the day or night. They have 3 towers in a line aimed right at Philadelphia, right next to the hiway east of Guymon with call letters on the shack. Times in UT to check for real day/night changes:
1245-0015 Oct
1330-2330 Nov
I see in FCC AM Query that KGYN still has a CP to change from 10/10 kW to 50/10/39 kW, using 2 towers day and critical hours, 3 at night. Unfortunately, the pattern plots are missing from the linx (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** ROMANIA. 17860, Oct 25 at 1320, RRI, Chinese talk into music, poor signal but no jamming audible, nor is any known to Aoki; otherwise it would be 17860*. What`s wrong with RRI? Don`t they ever report any news embarrassing to China? Being jammed by the ChiCom is a journalistic badge of honor. This schedule changes Oct 27, not sure to where (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. WORLD OF RADIO 1692 monitoring: confirmed on WTWW-1, 9479, Thursday Oct 24 from 2101:20. Also confirmed on WWRB, 5050, UT Friday Oct 25 from just before 0328, with the previous preacher curtailed. Next: UT Saturday 0200v on Area 51 via WBCQ 5110v-CUSB; Sat 0630 & 1430 on HLR 7265-CUSB (or not?); Sat 1500 on WRMI 9955; Sat 2329v on WTWW-2 9930; UT Sun 0401v on WTWW-1 5830. Yes, I am aware there is some hum on the recording which I did not notice until it was all done; don`t know where it came from but will try to get rid of it next week (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 550, Oct 24 at 2340 UT, `Behind the Mike` show with Graham McNamee in 1940y(?) answering listener questions about radio history, including: the first broadcast from the Metropolitan Opera was in 1910 when Caruso was singing backstage, and picked up by a ship-at-sea. This was a segment during `When Radio Was` on KFRM Salina KS. I believe WRW is at 6-7 pm CT, ending just in time for official October sunset at 0000 UT, when power cuts from 5000 to 110 watts; but in November SS moves way up to 2315 UT = 6:15 pm CDT/5:15 pm CST, meaning no more near-local signal into OKC. So the last half-sesquihour of WRW will still be on day power on Friday Nov 1, but only on night power from Nov 4. Pattern is same day and night, broadly aimed southwest. KFRM justifiably claims much of OK in its prime daytime coverage area. (KSAL 1150 Salina also reaches well into OK days, and with a night lobe toward Enid) (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING GIGEST)

** U S A. 880, Oct 25 at 1220 UT, with KRVN nulled, continuous chanting on almost a single note, ultimately morphing into a familiar Christian hymn tune with Navajo lyrix, as KHAC Tse Bonito NM (suburb of Window Rock AZ) is again audible long before sunrise, non-direxional day and night powers being 10000, and 430 watts (PSRA is also 430 yearound). So is this really only 430 watts? FCC linx no topo map for this one, but longitude of site is 109-01-13 west, so is this really in AZ or NM? Quick Google found entire AZ legal eastern boundary with NM as ``one hundred nine degrees, two minutes, fifty-nine and twenty-five one-hundredths seconds west``. Geez, why didn`t they make it 109-00-00.00 even? Anyhow, that puts KHAC in NM.

Meanwhile at 1222 UT Oct 25, the other and bigger 50 kW Navajo Nation station, 660 KTNN, a few km away, remains unheard around here, so properly direxional away from New York; at this time, only two Mexicans mixing on 660, one talk, one music, along with KSKY and/or KCRO (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 1680, Oct 24 at 2347 UT, classic country signal from KRJO Monroe LA is very poor and with some CCI from presumed Ada MI, while all the other usual X-banders, many further away, such as 1690 Chicago and 1670 Madison, are at usual good levels, thus reaffirming my earlier observations that something`s wrong at KRJO, apparently running even less than 1 kW; in compensation for WTNI 1640 running more? (Glenn Hauser, Oklahoma City OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. TP carrier search Oct 25: after finding 2-7 MHz from Asia propagating poorly today, did not expect any on MW, but there they are: usual JBA carriers at 1203-1205: 693, 747, 774, 972, likely Japan and Korea South. Today`s sunrise here not until 1248.

WWV fembot reported at 1318: 10/24 flux 161(!), Ap 9 (? Not sure due to a fade/distortion and poor enunciation of the fembot who refuses to repeat the numbers even tho there is plenty of time to do so! Back to e-mail from WWV: it was 3); K at 12 was 0. Past 24 hours: R3 blackout; next 24 hours: minor, G1 storm and R1 blackout (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. 7680, Oct 25 at 1242, fair unmodulated carrier is cutting on and off in regular pattern, twice at a time two seconds apart starting every 7.5 seconds or so, i.e. 8 pairs per minute; whence and why? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

This report dispatched at 1749 UT Oct 25