sabato 24 ottobre 2015

Glenn Hauser logs October 23-24, 2015

** ALBANIA. See USA for R. Tirana frequency advice

** BIAFRA [non]. 15560, Oct 23 at 1825, very poor S4 signal with talk in English(?), i.e. clandestine R. Biafra via FRANCE. One more try to hear it here, but never any better than this for the 18-20 UT broadcast. Those who can hear it and make out the accent, may find it more interesting now, since this news came Oct 21 via José Miguel Romero2:

Radio Biafra Director Yet To Be Released, IPOB Directorate of State Hold Emergency Meeting | Masterweb Reports

Mr. Nnamdi Kanu, Director of clandestine Radio Biafra and leader of Radio Biafra faction of Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB)  is yet to be released from Nigeria Department of State Services (DSS) detention because he has not met the conditions of the court bail granted him...

Evidently his detention has not stopped the SW broadcasts, which are mentioned in the full story. If you don`t hear any modulation at 1800, be patient; it may take 15-20 minutes for them to get going according to various reports, and they may even run that much more after 2000.

No problem from WJHR which has moved USB up to 15555. Since R. Biafra was never registered in HFCC A-15, nor in B-15, we don`t know whether they will stay on 15560 after October 24 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** EGYPT. 13848.98, Oct 24 at 0243, R. Cairo Arabic, with sufficient Qur`an, slightly on lo side; while the other secular Arabic service is on 9965.10, suptorted and whining. S6 and S7 respectively, while 13848.98 has more fading. Zilch on the three possible 0200-0330 English to North America frequencies, 9315, 9720 and 9860 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** EQUATORIAL GUINEA [non]. See USA: WRMI, QSY imminent

** FRANCE. 17849.84, Oct 23 at 1832, very poor signal in French, must be RFI, unusually this far off-frequency for Issoudun, and helps very little to avoid very strong 17855.0 SPAIN [q.v.] (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** IRAN [non]. 7460, Oct 24 at 0238, M&W in Farsi, S7, i.e. Radio Payem e-Doost, the Baha`i program (clandestine?) for Iran, where they are persecuted despite the faith originating there, scheduled via PRIDNESTROVYE at 0230-0315. Making it tonight, but ordinarily overshadowed by 7455 WRMI ``TruNews`` --- One reason I advise R. Tirana in B-15 to use 7470 instead of 7465 instead of 7425, as the North American service may be heard mornings in S Asia off the back if frequency is clear (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) 

** JAPAN. 774, Oct 24 at 1216 UT, JBA carrier from NW, so NHK pre-sunrise here. Haven`t seen any such logs from my neighbor Richard Allen near Perry OK this fall, but have seen one log from him in Garden City KS; moved? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** MEXICO. 1030, Oct 24 at 0213, Spanish talk, federal and state PSAs, 0215 ID as Radio Fórmula, i.e. XEYC Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) See also UNID 1240

** OKLAHOMA. 1650, Oct 24 at 0159 UT I find the Sallisaw station with silly ballgame, evidently hi-school football involving Springdale (a NW Arkansas town) and Morristown?/North Side? The play by play announcer has a perfect opportunity to insert a legal ID circa 0200 UT but still has not by 0202 UT. I want to know whether KFSW is still calling itself KYHN! 

CCI from a station promoting Oklahoma (presumably college) SBGs on Fox Sports 1 --- that`s got to be KCNZ Cedar Falls IA, the only Fox Sports Radio affiliate on 1650, and also a regular here (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SPAIN. 17715, Oct 23 at 1828 check, REE is still here instead of 17710 where it jumped for a while. From Oct 25, will they move to 11940 immediately, despite 17715 still being duplicatively registered? Ditto 17855 and 9690 for North America. Apparently so, as José Bueno sent us these linx on Oct 20:

Cambio de hora y frecuencias de REE:
Esquema de programación de REE:
Saludos, José Bueno

Here`s what the linx lead to::

``Cambio de hora, cambio de frecuencias Desde el domingo 25 de octubre
02.10.2015 | actualización 16h14

Radio Exterior de España emite su programación desde las 19 hasta las 23 horas, Tiempo Universal Coordinado, de lunes a viernes. Las frecuencias de emisión y las zonas de cobertura son las siguientes:
- África y Atlántico sur, 11530 
- América del sur, 15390 
- América del norte, 9690 
- Oriente Medio e Índico, 15500 

Y los sábados y domingos:
- África y Atlántico sur, 17755 (de 15 a 19 horas), y 11530 (de 19 a 23 horas).
- América del sur, 15390 (de 15 a 23 horas).
- América del norte, 9690 (de 15 a 23 horas).
- Oriente Medio e Índico, 15500 (de 15 a 23 horas).

We have grave doubts that 9690 will work for us across a mostly-day path. 17855 continues to inboom. As for program sked grid, it covers 24 hours, but the portion during SW times is nothing but Tablero Deportivo, for 8 hours on Sat & Sun, and the M-F programs are only these:
19-20 UT 24 Horas Radio Nacional
20-21 UT Radiogaceta de los Deportes
21-22 UT Españoles en la Mar
22-23 UT Cinco Continentes

There is also color-coding which is not explained on the same page! Everything in blue except: red for Cinco Continentes, white for EELM. Presumably referring to different domestic networx origination.

FWIW, times shown for foreign languages, in UT, M-F/Tue-Sat only, are, each with a 1 and a 2, so are they two different programs? Not on radio, but satellite and/or webcast:
Arabic     2300-2330 & 0130-0200
English    2330-2400 & 0200-0230
French     0000-0030 & 0230-0300
Russian    0030-0100 & 0300-0330
Portuguese 0100-0130 & 0330-0400

** SUDAN. 7205, Sat Oct 24 at 0251, open carrier at S9+20, Omdurman presumably about to modulate at variable start time (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 13564, Oct 24 at 1420, GNK CW IDs over and over, even nudging the S-meter on the FRG-7, part 15 hifer beacon from Madison WI (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A [and non]. 7425, Oct 24 at 0154, R. Martí is S6 on a secret frequency, not jammed, since it`s just intermodulation caused by the 7305 Greenville transmitter already on with open carrier prior to 0200 Vatican Radio relay, which is S9 but also with R. Martí audio audible bleeding into it from 7365 transmitter. I can also detect a just barely audible carrier on 7245, with SSB QRhaM, i.e. the reverse intermodulation, all of them spaced 60 kHz apart. 

Vatican continues until 0245, so this 7425 spur is just waiting to QRM R. Tirana, if it should go on that frequency at 0230-0300 Tue-Sun in B-15. Once again I recommend Tirana use 7470 instead, altho during this semihour 7465, 7470, 7475, and 7480 are all clear. 7470 would be best, to be as far away as possible from US bigsigs on 7455 and 7490.

Another reason not to use 7465 either is a BaBcoCk transmission at 0230-0315 via PRIDNESTROVYE I hear at 0238, W&M in Farsi, S7. It`s the Baha`i program Radio Payem e-Doost, and scheduled for the same in B-15. Not much of those 500 kW get over here, and it`s easily obscured by 7455 WRMI, but if anyone is trying to listen to R. Tirana in Europe or Asia off the back at that hour, there will be a problem (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)  

** U S A. 17790, Oct 23 at 1829, I happen to tune across WRMI as Radio Africa Network is announcing that from Sunday Oct 25 they are moving to 21675! This is not in HFCC info for WRMI at all, so I ask Jeff White about this and for heads-up about any other WRMI B-15 changes.

``Glenn: 21675 will be from 1000 to 2300 UT. The present transmissions on 17790 and 15190 will be eliminated. Yes, 9955 will make the time shift as usual on November 1. No other major changes. 5950 transmission at 2200-0000 will change to 2300-0100 UT as of November 1. Jeff`` (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 17775.3, Oct 23 at 1829 check, KVOH music is still off-frequency (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. WORLD OF RADIO 1796 monitoring: 15770, WRMI is playing fill music Chariots of Fire and other favorites from 2120, but WOR confirmed fine at 2130 Friday October 23, or rather starting about 5 seconds early. The intentionally offset on 30-second delay 7570 playback, however, has problems. Tuned in early during `Wavescan` circa 2120 and found heavy intermittent buzz disrupting the frequency --- must be coming out of WRMI transmitter itself as no such noise elsewhere on 7 MHz, e.g. 7490v WBCQ with `Behaviour Night` early music recordings. It lets up around 2128, and WOR starts about 2130.6 but the noise soon resumes making this program unlistenable too. I e-mail WRMI about it circa 2145, and when I check again at 2148, the buzz is gone. Having started slightly late by about 5 seconds, however, the closing of WOR is overridden by a few seconds of fill music at 2159:30. It seems their automation has been slightly out of alignment for a week or more.
 Next WOR airing at 2330 Friday October 23 on 5850 is OK. And then:
Sat 0630   HLR 7265-CUSB to SW
Sat 1430   HLR 7265-CUSB to SW
Sat 1930v  WA0RCR 1860-AM ND?
Sun 0315v  WA0RCR 1860-AM ND?
Sun 2300   WRMI 11580 to NE
Mon 0300v  WBCQ 5110v Area 51 to WSW
Mon 0330   WRMI 9955 to SSE
Tue 1100   WRMI 9955 to SSE
Wed 1315.5 WRMI 9955 to SSE
Wed 2100   WBCQ 7490v to WSW

** U S A. 7490-, Oct 24 at 0142 I tune in `Allan Weiner Worldwide` a bit late, just as he finishes mentioning times for WORLD OF RADIO; any changes? This was in reply to an e-mail. Then on to his benedictive prayer, plus a few more minutes about free speech radio; 0151 finishes and 7490 cuts to Brother HySTAIRical. I then check 5109.7-CUSB and find something completely different is, and presumably has been, playing, talking about video games? Nothing about that on the WBCQ or Area 51 schedules (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 7504.765, Oct 24 at 0156, WRNO with gospel-rap, distorted and somewhat suppressed modulation on S9+40 signal (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 5980, Oct 24 at 0231, two talk stations mixing weakly at S6 on the NRD-545; comparing on the PL-880, I can barely make // to PMS/DGS on 5935 and BS on 5890, i.e. the two adjacent WWCR transmitters making a leapfrog mixing product another 45 kHz higher (fortunately, 5890 is not on before 0200, so no problem for my Chaski-checking at 0100+). There should be a reverse leapfrog 45 kHz on the other side at 5845, so I seek that, and at 0236 do detect a JBA carrier in the sideband splash of 5850 WRMI. No intentional broadcasts are scheduled now on 5845 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) 

** U S A. 760, Oct 24 at 1214 UT, KMTL, Sherwood AR, daytimer is signing on with 10 kW. 1215 is correct LSR for October; November will be 1245 UT (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 970, Oct 24 at 1221 UT, report about women`s hockey in North Dakota, then ``First News from 970, WDAY`` Fargo even tho it`s Saturday (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 990, Oct 24 at 0217 UT, HS FB coverage I am getting on the E/W antenna, but only CBW on the N/S antenna. Nevertheless, since the teams are Lewisville (Farmers) vs Plano East Panthers, it must be The Metroplex 990 station, KFCD Farmersville, close to south of here, address in Dallas, despite listing in NRC AM Log as SS:REL:ETH, 7000/920 watts. It`s brokered, so apparently that allows for SBGs in English; tilting DX-398 so both CBW and KFCD are heard, they make a fast SAH of at least 10 Hz. Checking webcast at 1617 UT, it`s Spanish religion on ``99-90`` (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 1060, Oct 24 at 0223 UT, ranchera and other tunes from east/west, no doubt the same station I have been tracking, surely KXPL El Paso TX, as once again no announcements whatsoever, pauses between tunes, at 0224 UT, 0227:30 UT, 0230 UT, 0234 UT. After that seems to gradually fade out (or turn down the power?) rather than sharp sign-off, but no longer being heard by 0240 UT. A DXer in El Paso could tell us what`s really happening with this as well as XEROK 800 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 1100, Oct 24 at 0211 UT, horrible collision of two different talk stations at about equal level, i.e. KNZZ Grand Junxion CO still on ND day pattern, vs WTAM Cleveland. KAZ hear Chicago was also getting KNZZ later.

1100, also Oct 24 at 1225 UT, ``Big Billy Kinder Outdoors`` (BBKO) discussing avoiding jellyfish, deer hunting. Originates at WBAP:
as scheduled Sat 6-8 am MT on KNZZ

** U S A. 1130, Oct 24 at 0209 UT, ranchera music from east/west, vs sports in English from KWKH; presumed WLBA Gainesville GA still cheating (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. I listen to webcast at least once a week from KUSP, 88.9, Santa Cruz CA, ``Central Coast Public Radio``. Seems to be broad format, but I`m interested in the mostly locally recorded classical music concerts `On Site`, UT Saturdays 03-05 (soon 04-06?), which in season includes the Carmel Bach Festival and the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music. Jazz follows afterwards, and on Oct 24 I hear that announcer say there will be a ``format change November 1``. I know the station has been in trouble financially. Seems they have decided to specialize more in music and leave the NPR news/talk to KAZU, rather than overlapping. Well, I hope they keep `On Site`! More about this:

Assessment --- Report and Change Recommendation
Public Radio Station: KUSP 
Licensee:  Pataphysical Broadcasting Foundation, Inc.
Submitted to the KUSP Board as Confidential and Final September 25, 2015
This Edited Report to the KUSP Community is not Confidential 
Prepared by: Marc Hand, Chief Executive Officer
Dennis Hamilton, Managing Director
Evran Kavlak, Director of Consulting and Research [33 pages]:


UNIDENTIFIED. 750, Oct 24 at 0220 UT, partido tonto de pelotas, mentions Toluca and Veracruz. Could be XETI Tempoal, Veracruz. Also another station with Spanish music vs WSB, probably KAMA El Paso (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. 1240, Oct 24 at 0203 UT, surprised to find some Spanish talk slightly above the graveyard pileup. I get it on the E-W ALA-330S antenna, but not on the N-S NVLW, which means it is approx. but not necessarily exactly from the east/west. Some ads; 0206 UT I seem to miss a full ID which mentions a frequency ending in punto cinco, i.e. an FM simulcast, ``una estación (tropical?)`` or something similar, ``todo lo que gusta``, 0207 UT seems to go into music as it is fading into the din. 

Now begins the search for possibilities, top states to check in the NRC AM Log 2015-2016 for SS being: AR, CO, IL, KS, KY, LA, MO, NM, OK, TN, TX. Here are the only 1240 SS stations in all those states:

IL: WSBC Chicago (+ETH, not all Spanish, but from the NE)
TN: WNVL Nashville (only one due east)
TX: KTAM Bryan (only 380 watts; but from the SSE)
TX: KSOX Raymondville (only 850 watts, but from due south, in the RGV)

Some have an FM but none listed in .5. By proximity I would have picked Dalhart or Albuquerque, but AFAIK neither is in Spanish. Of course one of the listed English stations in all those states could have flipped format since August. Ideas?

WNVL website says nothing about any FM, which surely they would plug if they had any. Unless it`s outdated; I see a 2014 date on it. WNVL is a sibling to 880 Ranchera, the one which has been relayed on 6220 & 8820 SW tnx to WWCR and WNQM.

Due to the DF, I have discounted from the outset that it could be a Mexican, but check IRCA Log anyway and find that of the 13 stations on 1240, three of them do have FMs in .5 --- and not all of them are 1 kW or less like in the US. Only 1/1 kW XEWG in Ciudad Juárez would be close enough to westward, but no FM known. Cantú also had the three others with .5 FM of the 12 he listed. CiJz is common here on many other frequencies including 1300, so maybe that`s it (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

This report despatched at 1728 UT October 24