** ASCENSION. 17780, Sept 19 at 1748, English on very poor signal, not // VOA 17895, but it is // somewhat stronger BBC 17830, not synchronized. HFCC shows that during this hour, both are 250 kW, 65 degrees from Ascension, yet with different CIRAF targets: 17780 to zone 46 = West Africa from Western Sahara to Niger and Nigeria; 17830 to zones 47-SW & 52, i.e. Cameroon, CAR, down to Congos and Angola. Ascension is about the same latitude 8-south as Brazzaville/Kinshasa, so a 65 degree beam is pretty far off for them, let alone Angola. And it`s exactly the same antenna listed too, a 547. Two frequencies with identical parameters 50 kHz apart seems quite a waste. Is there something else to this duplication, which might instead have been alternates? Fortunately, this is Saturday, when KVOH is off 17775 which otherwise would have been an obstacle for 17780 here if not in Africa (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** CUBA. 15730, Saturday Sept 19 at 1422, RHC opening `Cancionero Iberoamericano` mentioning Canarias. You will not find this long-running program anywhere on the totally inadequate and generalized schedule at:
which shows at 1423 Saturday, Boletín and at 1430 Saturday, Sonido Cubano (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** IRAN. 9511.5, JBA carrier, Sept 19 at 0102, and nothing on 9510 --- no doubt that Zahedan transmitter off-frequency again, during VIRI`s overnight Arabic service at 0030-0230, 500 kW, 289 degrees to CIRAF 37-39, i.e. Iberia, across North Africa, including Turkey and all of the Arabian Peninsula. We continue to be amazed that IRIB devotes very long hours to Arabic but not a minute to Persian broadcasts --- a tacit admission that Iranians abroad have no use for the current government broadcaster? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** MEXICO. 550, Sept 19 at 1200, choral NA ending, ID for XEPL, Ciudad Cuauhtémoc, Chihuahua, on 91.3 and 550, 24 hours, ``frecuencia líder``, into Suprema Corte federal PSA (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** MEXICO. 770, Sept 19 at 1215, rock in English, loops NE/SW; 1217 ``Los Cuarenta Principales, 104.3 FM`` ID, ergo per Cantú, XEREV, 5000/100 watts from Los Mochis, Sinaloa, an SRS hotspot for us; see also 1410 log. Literal translation of ``Top 40`` is awfully cumbersome, requiring 8 syllables instead of 3, but the best one can do into Spanish, it seems (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** MEXICO. 1410, Sept 19 at 1206, discussing an Agro-fiesta en Mazatlán, therefore XECF, La Mexicana, Los Mochis, Sinaloa, 10000/500 watts, per Cantú (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** OKLAHOMA [and non]. 91.7, Sept 19 at 1345 UT, NPR `Weekend Edition Saturday` via 100 kW, 309-m HAAT KOSU Stillwater/OKC has CCI from a gospel huxter, even on the YB-400 portable with whip positioned such that it ordinarily provides unbreakable reception of KOSU. By 1359 I am manipulating the PL-880 whip to still get enough of the CCI to ID it, and I do: ``KARG, Poteau-Fort Smith``. It`s only 2.5/2.5 kW at 569/569 m HAAT, an American Family Radio satellator, 330 km = 205 miles, tnx to the tropopshere. I don`t look for other FMs but turn on the DTV and find lots of Bad UHF signals, with these Good enough to show around 1405-1415 UT Sept 19:
21, KHBS, Fort Smith AR, 40-1
22, KOKI, Tulsa OK, 23-1 (with local news after 9 am Saturday, odd)
28, Ion, 44-1, [i.e. megawatt KTPX-TV Okmulgee OK]
20, KQCW, Muskogee OK, 19-1
18, KFSM-DT, Fort Smith AR, 5-1
42, KMYT-TV, Tulsa OK, 41-1
27 has a BAD signal, and then NO signal, i.e. OKC KFOR-TV must be totally torn up by KFTA-TV Fort Smith AR, 600 kW, vs 790 kW KFOR. Even without DX QRM, KFOR`s signal is no longer solid like it used to be, via my main antenna. What has changed? (Glenn Hauser, Enid, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** PERU. 5980, Sept 19 at 0100, JBA carrier from R. Chaski, traces of modulation, autocutoff at 0104:48.5* which is 12.5 seconds later than two nights ago Sept 17, 0104:36* (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. 620, Sept 18 at 1832 UT, at our exact local mean noon, during a storm here, usual poor but steady daytime groundwave signal from KMKI Plano (Dallas) TX, no more Radio Disney. Ad for something in 972 area code, Salem promotion.
Mark Sills in The Metroplex tells me it came back on today about noon CDT there = 17 UT, after a few days off to complete the sale to Salem, and that it`s duplicating one of their FMs, KWRD 100.7 but running about 60 seconds behind it! So now we have an FM adding an AM relay. KWRD-FM is 96/96 kW, 606/606 m HAAT licensed to Highland Village, Christian talk format. KMKI is 5/4 kW U2, and per NRC AM log, both IBOC and AM stereo – will either continue?
FCC`s Consummation filing shows ABC completed sale of KMKI on Sept 15, but the document does not show to whom!
But we know it`s Salem. However, the main listing for KMKI (no call change yet) now shows licensee as one word: INSPIRATION (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
UNIDENTIFIED. 1010, Sept 19 at 1202 UT, open carrier/dead air, looping WSE/ENE. Maybe KXEN St Louis [ex-Festus] MO, religion, or KZTN Amarillo TX, sports. Today`s Enid sunrise: 1217 UT (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
UNIDENTIFIED. 6131 approx., Sept 19 at 0510, some ute is running RTTY right inside the 49m exclusive ISWBC band (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
This report despatched at 2013 UT September 19