giovedì 25 dicembre 2014

Glenn Hauser log December 24-25, 2014

** ANTARCTICA [non]. 7995-USB, Dec 24 at 2300 checking for the publicized McMurdo station Xmas caroling: not expecting to hear it since this is near local noon in midsummer! (UT +12 zone officially, like NZ without DST). I do hear, however, occasional weak carriers on and off, which I can only assume are nasty ham spoilers, just in case some signal should get out of Antarctica (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** BRAZIL. 11747, Dec 24 at 0701, distorted crackling spur from 11780.1, RNA/RNB is JBA (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CHINA. 11500 // 11600, Dec 25 at 0156, Chinese vocal music, very weak and //, no doubt CNR1 jammers as per Aoki, 11500 being Sound of Hope, and 11600 being Radio Free Asia relay via SOH, each available very long hours with 0.1 kW transmitters in Taiwan (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** GERMANY [non]. Checking for the Gruss an Bord Xmas eve specials, Dec 24 at 1900 UT, nothing audible on any of the 5 frequencies vs noise level here. Nor the other set at 2116. By 2257, however, most of them have JBA carriers at least, while 9765 has an open carrier, by 2259 just barely modulated, but this is probably CRI Khmer service via Nanning as scheduled from 2300 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** KUWAIT. 21540, Dec 24 at 1352, no signal from R. Kuwait; there should at least be a JBA carrier, since Saudi is there at very poor level on 21505. The day before, Dec 23, Ivo Ivanov had reported 21540 to be open carrier/dead air at 1215-1545, but today, not even that (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** NORTH AMERICA. 6940-USB, Dec 25 at 0145, blues music on big sig, likely Wolverine Radio: yes, ID as such at 0152; off at next check 0207 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** OKLAHOMA. RF 31 and RF 32, Dec 23 at 2132 UT, I notice that both KXOK-LP transmitters are off the air. And must have been for a few days, since I first noticed their cable channel, 15, was displaying ! WEAK SIGNAL. So no more easy access to color bars instead of Azteca and Mundo-Fox, and no more 24/7 infomercials on main channel. Good riddance! This thing had so much potential as Enid`s only local TV station, never fulfilled, altho originally had some local programming (Glenn Hauser, Enid, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** OKLAHOMA. RF 24, KOKH-TV OKC has added a third channel, 25.3 = Weather Nation, along with 25.2 ZUUS country music, and 25.1 FOX 25. This must have happened in the past week, as I happen to step thru the STB channels and suddenly find there is a 25.3 after 25.2. Weather Nation apparently is from elsewhere, carrying national weather maps, etc., but constant Fox 25 bug in LR, crawlers, and apparently total local breakways every 10 minutes on the 6`s (beating The Weather Channel on the 8`s --- sometimes). (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. WORLD OF RADIO 1752 monitoring: confirmed Wednesday Dec 23 at 1415:35 on WRMI 9955, fair signal, no jamming. Also confirmed Wed Dec 23 at 2200 on webcast of WBCQ 7490v; 2201 on webcast of Global 24 9395.

WORLD OF RADIO 1753 monitoring. Ready for first broadcast at 0430 Thu:

Thu 0430 on WRMI 9955
Thu 1330 on WRMI 9955
Thu 2201 on Global 24 via WRMI 9395
Fri 0001 on Global 24 via WRMI 9395 [ex-0030]
Fri 2130 on WRMI 7570 & 15770
Sat 0730 & 1530 on Hamburger Lokalradio 7265-CUSB
Sat 1000 on WRMI 5850
Sun 0231 on KVOH 9975
Sun 2300 on WRMI 11580
Mon 0400 on Area 51 via WBCQ 5110v-CUSB
Mon 2201 on Global 24 via WRMI 9395
Tue 1200 on WRMI 9955
Wed 0401 on Global 24 via WRMI 9395
Wed 1415 on WRMI 9955
Wed 2200 on WBCQ 7490v
Wed 2201 on Global 24 via WRMI 9395

WORLD OF RADIO [non] --- I hesitate to mention this, but Chris Smolinski has posted on HF Underground, December 24, 2014 at 2152 UT: ``World of Radio Parody to air 1200 UT 25 Dec 2014 --- Or so I hear. Not sure what frequency, possibly on or near 6925`` (Glenn Hauser, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 9395, Dec 24 at 1337 check, Global 24 via WRMI is still not carrying `Democracy Now` which it was planning to do M-F during the original live broadcast M-F at 13-14; instead, Deutsche Welle, about markets, blue wine, then something from Paris. At 1400 over to NHK, and 1430 KBS. Next check at 2301, `Democracy Now` is on, a time which does seem to be reliable (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 17775, Dec 24 at 1914, I settle on KVOH for napping music, as it`s one of the best signals, and not too offensive; praise/Xmas music in Spanish which also helps me brush up my SS lyrix. Modulation is good too this time. No announcements until live interruption at 1943, ``¡mucha atención!`` --- [summary translation] coming up at 12 UTC [sic] there will be 5 minutes of silence, then Spanish until 4 or 5 o`clock, and then English all-night. Then talking about some apps available from 25 Dec for listening on internet and cell phones. Also a new transmitter will be inaugurated next year for better coverage.

KVOH normally signs off at 2000 UT, and at next check 2017 it is indeed off. I suppose the announcement was not live, but a replay of an earlier webcast (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 9330-CUSB, Dec 25 at 0152, oldtimeradio comedy show on WBCQ; VG signal here and VP on 5110-CUSB, which seems like the same but not in synch. 7490v is also on but different, talk show with Monsey NY address.

At 0205 I do conclude that 9330 is // but not synch 5110, and now 7490 is almost // 9330 but not synch, during a version of ``Night Before Xmas`` with lots of musical produxion (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 5085, Dec 25 at 0154, WTWW-2 is off, perhaps having exhausted its Xmas tune library many times over. Not paying much attention, but I think 9930 was also off during the Dec 24 daytime (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

This report dispatched at 0415 UT December 25