venerdì 27 marzo 2015

Glenn Hauser logs March 23-26, 2015

** ANGUILLA. 6090, March 24 at 0557, CBB is still on, after first noted at 0132.
11775, March 24 at 1407, CBB also on now but with CCI, India
 6090, March 25 at 0204 is off again
11775, March 26 at 1351, PMS is on again

** AUSTRALIA [and non]. 12085, March 25 at 1403, RA with news about cannabis, Yemen, Amanda Knox, quite stronger than // 12065 with CCI from BBC Singapore; 1405 joining Triple J starting with someone visiting Texas for a year, including SXSW. I assume this is the last newscast we will be getting for a few hours as RA stays with JJJ.

RA also plans to maintain these two frequencies in A-15 at 09-21, but BBC will be gone; instead, Iran will collide with both: 12085 at 1420-1520 in Russian; 12065 at 1150-1450 in Dari.

HFCC A-15 does show a few changes or alternatives:

New 6080 at 09-21, 5 degree azimuth to CIRAF 51 only – i.e. New Guineas --- will this be a regular service from a reactivated fourth transmitter, or just for contingency??

355 degree azimuth: 
12065 at 09-21, 15415 at 21-09

 30 degree azimuth:
New 6150 AND/OR 12085 at 09-21, 15240 at 21-09

 70 degree azimuth [extending right across North America]:
9580 at 09-21; New 13630 AND/OR 17840 at 21-09

** BANGLADESH. 15505, March 24 at 1359:20, mistimesignal ends from JBA BB.

15505, March 25 ending at 1359:56, mistimesignal after IS is still fast but much later than usual (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** BRAZIL. Re my March 24 log of Bolivia on 6134.84 with het from Brasil on 6135.22, approxes., I was surprised to see later a log from Bob Wilkner, FL of something else!

``6135.2 Brasil Radio Alvorada, Parintins 0930 to 0940 instrumental music and om chat in Portuguese this // 4965 on 15 March (Wilkner)``

Radio Alvorada is not the station on 6135, but R. Aparecida. If it was // 4965, it must have been only a relay of Aparecida, or both stations relaying something else, since Alvorada is also obviously Roman Catholic per its homepage, but going on to the programação page link:
we find it only says LOREN IPSUM, but with a link at the left to a full page of Latin nonsense, no doubt in tribute to the RCC:
Tnx, Bob, for eventually leading us to this amusement (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA. 6000, March 24 at 0553, RHC English with a fast SAH and slightly offset double audio, ergo two transmitters at once; historical nostalgic M&W discussion about how RHC relayed Voice of Vietnam during The War, not directly but by reading scripts off teleprinter; also mentioned Radio Free Dixie [which IIRC was on 690]; how RHC itself was on a hi power MW transmitter, 1040 to the distress of WHO (I don`t remember that, but Radio Moscow). Ah, the good ole days! Shortly the second 6000 transmitter goes off; maybe just a brief overlap.

11760, March 25 at 0202, open carrier/dead air from RHC, whilst nominal on 11670 and much stronger // 11840 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** MEXICO. UNIDENTIFIED. 1040, March 26 at 1319, very poor signal, YL in Spanish with temps and predicted highs for several cities including Hidalgo del Parral, then listing today`s (Catholic) saints. No 1040 in Parral, but one in Chihuahua city, XEHES, Estéreo Sensación which I have IDed recently, maybe this (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** OKLAHOMA. Earthquake report: March 23 at 2330:09 UT, my chair and computer screen shake. USGS soon reports this:

4.0, 22 km SSE of Medford, OK, 2015-03-23 23:29:54 UTC 1.4 km deep

That`s about 20 miles NE of Enid. We get dozens of frackin` quakes in the 3`s every week! Usually unfelt, but when they hit 4.0 magnitude, they get our attention. Note the 15-second delay in timing from the epicenter (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** OKLAHOMA. March 25, tornado season is underway! Big 3 network affiliates in OKC blow away network news at 2230 UT for continuing wall-to-wall coverage of approaching storm. Who cares what`s happening in the rest of the world? No access to NBC or ABC news, but KWTV RF 39 implements its new backup plan to put CBS on the other full-power station it acquired last year, KSBI ``52.1`` RF 23, rather than on ``9.2`` which continues replaying old newscast from noon! Yet as late as last Sunday, the second half of Face the Nation, which KWTV refuses to carry on its main channel, was still on 9.2. KFOR could put NBC on 4.2 instead of ANT-TV or on its substation, KAUT RF 40, ``43``, but won`t. KOCO`s only alternative would be 5.2 but that would pre-empt MeTV.

KFOR, KOCO and KWTV main channels all pre-empt the entire primetime network schedules until 0300 UT March 26; meanwhile tornados did hit Moore (and Sand Springs near Tulsa). I assume CBS primetime continued on KSBI instead of whatever it usually runs, but never got around to checking it: rather hectic keeping an eye on three screens while I am recording WORLD OF RADIO (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** OKLAHOMA. KFOR TV [RF 27] is reporting at 0037 UT March 26 that a tornado just hit Moore OK, and knocked down two of the three KOKC-1520 towers. They were probably using only one of them on 12 kW ND STA. Always QRM at night, but checked at 0040 UT, 1520 does seem to be off the air. Other AMs in the Moore area, KWPN 640 and KTOK 1000 are still on.

Enid is well out of the storm area tonight, but the cold (straight) winds are really howling.

Follow-up with video on KFOR at 0045 UT: two towers on ground and the third is broken, the top part hanging down by the bottom part. F2 rated tornado, estimates Mike Morgan, 200 yards wide. 

At 0118 UT, KFOR reports that ``KOMA`` (old habits die hard) is switching to 103.1 and 1560 AM. meaning I assume KOKC programming taking over KEBC 1560, and 103.1 is already the KOKC FM translator. (Glenn Hauser, Enid, from three ASAP posts to MW DX and general DX groups, as well as dxldyg, via WORLD OF RADIO 1766, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** OKLAHOMA [and non]. Next morning, March 26, awake almost an hour after sunrise, I check for what`s happening on 1520 and 1560:

1520, KOKC is definitely off; might have heard CRI via 25 kW KYND Cypress (Houston) TX a bit earlier without KOKC in the way. By 1338 UT a weak signal is audible, M&W in English, probably that.

1560: at 1323 UT March 26, mix of two stations, but sports talk is much stronger: no doubt 46 kW KGOW Bellaire (Houston) TX. The understation is KEBC Del City (OKC), which was also sports talk on a different network, but now coöpted for KOKC programming. OKC and Houston are virtually the same azimuth from here, so cannot separate them by nulling. 

By 1326 UT, KEBC is gaining a little, so I can make out the ``apology`` replayed from the SAE guy, with clips from News 9 (KWTV-39). At 1343 UT, KGOW is atop again, more than an hour after sunrise here. 1352 UT still CCI; 1357 UT the SAE story yet again; 1359 hear an ID only for ``1520 KOKC``, CBS bong and news, but could not make out the full ID. An hour later at 1459 UT, KGOW is finally all gone, as I copy ``News-talk 1520, K-OKC, Oklahoma City, 1560 KEBC, Del City``, 10 o`clock``. So they are legal with the IDs.

KEBC is 1000/250 watts U4, was on NBC Sports network, certainly dispensable under the circumstances; unknown what`s on its FM translator as in NRC AM Log, K225BN, 92.9, maybe still sportstalk, ``The Franchise 2``? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SAUDI ARABIA. 21505, March 25 at 1359, BSKSA with very poor signal, and aside from Ascension just about to start a semihour on 21630, the OSOB, with Kuwait still kaput from 21540. (On March 20, I think, Ivo Ivanov had found 21580 instead of 21505 with ``awful FM modulation``) (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. WORLD OF RADIO 1765 monitoring: confirmed on WBCQ 7490v webcast, Wednesday March 25 at 2100. Also presumed 1765 at 0330 UT Thu March 26 on WRMI 9955, as 1766 was not yet ready.

WORLD OF RADIO 1766 monitoring: first SW airing should have been Thursday March 26 at 1230 on WRMI 9955, but I slept past 1300. Next:

Fri 2130  WRMI   15770 & 7570
Sat 0730  HLR     7265-CUSB Hamburger Lokalradio
Sat 1000  WRMI    5850 
Sat 1530  HLR     7265-CUSB Hamburger Lokalradio
Sat 1930v WA0RCR  1860-AM
Sat 2100  Global 24 9525 via BULGARIA 
          [last week confirmed in Europe, Japan] NEW; to continue??
Sun 0315v WA0RCR  1860-AM
Sun 2300  WRMI   11580
Mon 0300v WBCQ    5110v Area 51 [last week at 0344!]
Tue 1100  WRMI    9955 
Wed 0630  HLR     7265-CUSB Hamburger Lokalradio [time shift for DST]
Wed 1315  WRMI    9955 
Wed 1430  HLR     7265-CUSB Hamburger Lokalradio [time shift for DST]
Wed 2100  WBCQ    7490v 
Thu 0330  WRMI    9955 [or 1767 if ready in time]

** U S A. 5085, March 25 at 0205, WTWW-2 is on with rock music. This is UT Wednesday; you never know when Ted will fire it up, having driven off a big customer, Brother Scare: I don`t think it was on this UT Sunday or Monday at random chex (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 3185, March 25 at 0207, WWRB is open carrier/dead air while 5050 is BS (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 17775, March 26 at 1353, very weak music, presumably KVOH doing a prélude as not officially opening until 1400; by 1410 it`s the usual bigsig (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 1140, March 24 at 1257 UT, Spanish from E/W, 1303 UT ID as ``Radio Las Américas, 11-40``; 1306 UT news about plane crash in Alps, 1308 UT back to romantic music. This is the radio station named for a grocery store, KLTK, Centerton (Rogers) AR, 5 kW ND daytimer (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 1190, March 25 at 0610 UT, slightly atop heavy QRM and peaking roughly E-W, ``Killer Kountry 11-90``; call which followed sounded like KKGD, but obviously that slogan was really KQQZ, De Soto (St Louis) MO, 10000/22 watts, transmitter probably in IL. What, 22 watts at night? No way (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. 1500, March 24 at 1242 UT, weak monolog in Spanish loops about N/S, and a LAH. In the NRC AM Log, two of the four Texans are SS: KBRN Boerne (Corpus), news/talk; and KMXO Merkel (between Abilene & Sweetwater), religion: both 250 watt daytimers. There are also three Mexicans, closest being XEJQ, la Explosiva, Parras de la Fuente, Coahuila, 400 watt daytimer, but very likely it`s one of the tejanas. Aha: official FCC sunrise in March for KBRN is not until 1245 UT, ditto KMXO, so that`s no help in separating them (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

This report dispatched at 1730 UT March 26