giovedì 20 febbraio 2014

Glenn Hauser logs February 18-20, 2014

** CANADA. 6070, Feb 20 at 0634, can`t make out any signal from CFRX: hope they aren`t gone again. Never has regained usual strength they enjoyed before last crash. Need to keep an ear on 6070, especially just before Cuba blox around 0000 UT (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CHINA. 13920, Feb 19 at 1442, CNR1 with YL in Chinese, good with flutter, // but not synch with 9825. So searched 12-18 MHz for more out-of-band jammers, but found none. Assuming they are still prolific, more should be showing up as spring propagation improves (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA. 5010, Feb 19 at 0629, weak music matching 5040 RHC, so the leapfrog mixing product over 5025 R. Rebelde at same site is in play. Can also hear a very poor signal on 5055, leapfrog across the other way. 5010 also had been heard at 0235 Feb 19, by Stephen Wood in MA, who wondered if it was a new RHC frequency.

Are these coming out with more watts than usual? Wolfgang Büschel checked them out at 0410 Feb 19: ``both S=7 IM [intermodulation] signals noted on remote Perseus posts at FL, MA, and CA, fundamentals music from Rebelde of 5025 kHz and RHC Spanish speech to the crowd on 5040 kHz. Both S=9+25 like -48 dBm. 73 wb``.

The latter S-reading apparently refers to the fundamentals. Spanish on 5010 does not mean it`s Honduras, or something. Of course, 5010 & 5055 will disappear once 5040 or 5025 goes off, whichever is first. 5040 nominally ends at 0700, but once-24 h 5025 is off again at 0631 check Feb 20 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA. 7480 & 6080, Feb 19 at 0634, two perennial spots with at least weak 2-tone pulse jamming against nothing, but enough to mess up any weak DX signals that might be there. These two frequencies have never borne anything Cuba ``needed`` to jam. Maybe spurs out of the walls of noise on 7405, 6030 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** GUAM. 15685, Feb 18 At 2210 very poor signal with fluttery music. Must be KSDA as scheduled 22-23 in Chinese (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** GUAM [and non]. 9975, Feb 18 at 1437, hymn in some language, then Chinese YL announcement repeatedly mentioning TWR and KTWR in web addresses, like Aimed due northwest at 1330-1530, but good here as 9980 WWCR BS is much weakened rather than inblasting; while neighbor 9930 WTWW BS has already built up to good level. By 1507, can`t hear 9975 vs strengthened 9980 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** KURDISTAN [non]. 11510, Feb 20 at 1415-1430, Denge Kurdistan is in better than usual during concert hour, always enjoyable, much better than e.g. 11550 WEWN. Wish I knew for sure whether 11510 is coming short- or long-path from PRIDNESTROVYE. Anyone around here with a rotatable beam? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** MEXICO. 620, Feb 19 at 1357 UT, mentions of Chihuahua, as low-banders are about to fade out, so XEBU. Also not quite gone by now are the usual 650, 710, 720 and 730 Spanish stations, no doubt in Chihuahua, Sinaloa. Enid sunrise was almost half a sesquihour earlier at 1314 UT (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** MEXICO. 1300, Feb 19 at 1403, XEP, Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua, with its 37? kW is still in well more than half a sesquihour after Enid sunrise; IDs as ``Radio México Noticias en 1300`` but also mentioning more than once, ``Reportero 970``, apparently referring to a guest reporter. At first I thought it was 960, but more likely from XEJ 970, which by now I can`t hear; indeed both are in the Grupo Radio México. Multi-station groups from the same studios were common in Mexico long before this was allowed in the USA  (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** OKLAHOMA. KZLS Oklahoma City Completes Talk Shift
February 19, 2014 by Lance Venta

 Update 2/19: KZLS has completed its move completely to Talk today with new "1640 The Eagle" branding in place.

The new lineup for The Eagle features [CST = UT -5]:
 5-7am:   Mancow
 7-10am:  Reid Mullins
10-11am:  The Bright Side with Ben Fuchs
11am-2pm: Ernest Istook [far-right ex-congressman from OK]
 2-5pm:   Todd Schnitt
 5-8pm:   Andy Dean
Overnights: Red Eye Radio [what about 8+ pm??]
(via Artie Bigley, OH, WORLD OF RADIO 1709, DXLD)

! Red Eye had been on 1520 KOKC – so whatever will it do? News on the hour at 2100 UT Feb 19, from something called ``the Blaze radio network --- truth is here`` --- ???? Doing Fox one better?

Dead air after outro at 2104-2105 UT, then ``KZLS, Enid-Oklahoma City, The Eagle``, dead air and then guns & ammo commercial. Next ad for something about babies started late and was cut off by Schnitt show resuming. Enough of that crap.

1640, Feb 20 at 0643 UT check, KZLS now with `Red Eye Radio` for those who can`t get enough far-right hatespeech during the daytime. KZLS has just finished converting from True Oldies to all(?) talk, and we figured RER would have to be moving off 1520 KOKC, but no, it`s still on there too, about 2.5 seconds earlier. Perhaps Champlin for this purpose only is pretending to be an Enid market station and not OKC (Glenn Hauser, OK, WORLD OF RADIO 1709, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 6604-USB, Feb 19 at 0631, New York Radio, for the seventh day, is *still* SNAFU, with Chicago O`Hare, Milwaukee, Minneapolis, Detroit, Boston flight weather all ``missing``. However, by 1434 Feb 20, WSY70, JBA on 6604-USB, is finally back in business with real weather for the usual airports --- after more than a week of ``missings``. Would dearly love to know what caused this and why no one fixed it immediately (Glenn Hauser, OK, WORLD OF RADIO 1709, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. WORLD OF RADIO 1708 monitoring: confirmed final play at 1400 Wednesday Feb 19 on 9955 WRMI, the only one beamed back across North America, following WRMI ID by gh, as usually played just before WOR; has anyone heard me at any other times?

WORLD OF RADIO 1709 monitoring: ready just in time for first airing UT Thursday Feb 20 at 0430, confirmed on WRMI 9955 aimed SSE. Sufficient signal at first, later fading vs the jamming; tnx a lot, Arnie!

Also confirmed second play Thu Feb 20 from 1330 on 9955 to the SSE, until 1357.5 after open carrier override, modulation switch to the NW antenna for the final sesquiminute. Next:

Thursday 2201 on WTWW 9475
UT Friday 0426v on WWRB 3195
Saturday 0730 & 1530 on Hamburger Lokalradio 7265-CUSB
UT Sunday 0030 on WRMI 9495 [tho last week played previous show]
UT Sunday 0030 on WTWW 5085
UT Sunday 0501 on WTWW 5830
UT Monday 0400 on Area 51 via WBCQ 5110v-CUSB
Tuesday 1200 on WRMI 9955
Wednesday 0730 & 1530 on Hamburger Lokalradio 7265-CUSB
Wednesday 1400 on WRMI 9955

** U S A [and non]. 7555, Feb 19 at 0633, WEWN must be off, no signal detectable. And shux, 6075 Vatican mass is weakening as the See sun rises earlier and earlier.

Unusual propagation lately, ``long skip`` attenuating most USA signals, while trans-oceanic ones are better, depending on how far north the path may run:

7490, Feb 19 at 0635, BS on WHRI with heavy flutter; but also on 7390 RFI; while 7345 Romania and 7325 Ascension are not affected.

Next night, Feb 20 at 0629: 7555 WEWN is back, poor with flutter; 7490 WHRI BS also poor with flutter, quite subnormal for them, whilst 7570 WRMI BS remains very good from its southern advantage.

Even lower frequencies are attenuated: 5085, Feb 20 at 0632, WTWW BS is fair with flutter; 5830 WTWW poor; 5890 BS & 5935 DGS WWCR also poor, while other nights they can blast in.

After sunrise Feb 20, the Tennesseans are still way weak on 9 MHz, in fact at 1411, no signal on 9980 from WWCR BS, suspected off; 9930 WTWW BS is however poor-fair and improving; 9475 WTWW SFAW rather than blasting, is about equal to weak R. Australia CCI. On 25m, WEWN is also unusually very weak on 11550 & 12050 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 1250, Feb 19 at 1348 UT, PSAs and ``ESPN San Antonio`` back to `Mike & Mike, Sportscenter`. So it`s KZDC, which NRC AM Log shows also IDing as ``The Zone``, like so many other sports stations, alluding to ``end zone``, or what? Must be on 25 kW day power now, with day pattern aiming northwest, but plenty to the NNE (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** VATICAN. 6075, Feb 20 at 0634, Vatican Radio, Latin+ mass, is very poor; not long ago this was a bigsig, but getting too far east of the terminator, coupled with propagation disturbances. We still have 3975 but that`s even more subject to daytime absorption. Vatican sunrise is now earlier than 0600 UT (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. 1110, Feb 20 at 1401 UT, with KFAB nulled, somestation with ABC news, but can`t hold it long enough for an ID; discounting ethnic KVTT The Metroplex, of the other three 1110s in neighboring states, AR, TX and NM, the one with ABC affiliation, and still propagationally possible is: KYKK Humble City (Hobbs) NM, a 5 kW ND daytimer, and Feb sunrise there is 1330 UT (March 1300 UT), tho with 2.5 kW during Critical Hours, whenever those are. Note further 1300 XEP Juárez is still propagating past 1400 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. 12450, Feb 20 at 1430-1432, again no signal since my unID Feb 17, nor on Feb 18, 19; suspected to be 2 x 6225 Democratic Voice of Burma via Tajikistan. Have any Eurasians checked these out as I requested? It seems that 12450 has never been reported as a Sound of Hope/ChiCom jamming frequency per DXLD archive search (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

This report dispatched at 1659 UT February 20