venerdì 18 dicembre 2015

Glenn Hauser logs December 17-18, 2015

** BIAFRA [non]. 11600, Dec 17 at 2031 check, zero signal from R. Biafra via BULGARIA: is it still on at 2000-2200 daily? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** BRAZIL. 11780.1, Dec 17 at 2045, RNA is already on in Brazuguese, only about S6 this early. Yesterday did not cut on until *2100 for `A Voz do Brasil` (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CHINA. 7260, Dec 18 at 1253, very poor signal with singing, presumably PBS Nei Menggu as listed; Asian conditions are horrible this morning 2-10 MHz, and non-sequitur temp here is 22F (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** IRAN. 12040, Dec 18 at 1320, only S3 but clear, lovely IS from VIRI, belying a country where they throw Americans in jail without cause, 1324 sign-on in Japanese, 60 degrees from Kamalabad (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) 

** MEXICO. 900, Dec 18 at 1305, ``Siempre 88.9`` newscast about the ``apagón analógico``, i.e. DTV conversion, starting with a jingle about it, and mentioning the cutoff as of Dec 31, which is really no longer to be enforced; trying to find a DTV set at two publicized locations without success, out of stock. 

Anyhow, this is presumably XEOK in Monterrey NL, as in DXLD 13-38 we researched that the national newscast originating at 88.9 in México DF, an Acir group station, would lead only to XEOK as an affiliate on 900 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** NEW ZEALAND. 6224-USB, Dec 18 at 1247, VP signal, only S5 vs S4 noise level with weather by OM voice, sounds DU accent but can`t tell whether Ozy or Kiwi; mostly about wind direxions and knot speeds. EiBi shows it`s ZLM, Taupo Maritime Radio, at 1233-1253. Many transmissions thruout the day, but not every hour, start at 3 minutes past the hour and half-hour, and end 20 minutes later. Taupo is in the middle of North Island, at the NE corner of lake of same name, as far from a coast as you can get, but at a good skip distance, and not far from RNZI`s Rangitaiki site, I think (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** OKLAHOMA. Quick check on caradio of the signals previously impaired by the late-November ice-storm, Dec 17 at 2147 UT:
 88.3, K202BY, Family Radio, Enid is still off
 94.3, KLGB-LP, Enid is finally back to full power all over Enid, not just audible within one block of site; gospel music seems harder-rock now than it used to be, still sponsored by Enid Coldwell Banker Realty
 98.1, WWLS-FM, The Village, finally back to full power, sports talk
 99.7, KNAH, Mustang, is back on and/or full power, fighting over channel with country music vs Kansas Spanish
100.5, KATT OKC; 101.9, KTST OKC; 102.7, KJYO OKC --- all sound like full power now (Glenn Hauser, Enid, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U K. 3948-3962, Dec 18 at 0620, DRM noise at S9 level spans this range on R75 1-kHz steps, and no ham dares to approach it, as if this part of 75m in North America were off-limits. It`s BBC in English, 3955, 100 kW, 114 degrees from Woofferton during 0559-0700 UT only per HFCC (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A [and non]. WORLD OF RADIO 1804 monitoring: confirmed Thu Dec 17 at 2100, good on WRMI 7570; missed monitoring the next, UT Fri 0200 on WBCQ 9330v-CUSB; did anyone hear it? Next:
Fri 2130   WRMI 15770 to NE
Fri 2130.6 WRMI 7570 to NW
Sat 0730   HLR 7265-CUSB to SW
Sat 1530   HLR 7265-CUSB to SW
Sat 2030v  WA0RCR 1860-AM ND? [how far from St Louis is it audible in daytime? Harold Frodge was hearing it in Michigan last week]
Sun 0415v  WA0RCR 1860-AM ND? [may have started earlier last week]
Sun 0900   WRMI 5850 to NW [NEW!]
Mon 0400v  WBCQ 5110v-CUSB Area 51 to WSW [beware of JL Xmas special]
Mon 0430   WRMI 9955 to SSE  
Tue 1200   WRMI 9955 to SSE
Wed 1415.5 WRMI 9955 to SSE
Wed 2200   WBCQ 7490v to WSW

** U S A. 5109.7-CUSB, Dec 18 around 0145, `Mennonite Radio` on WBCQ is only a poor signal, winter propagation just not helpful. This is at 01-02 UT Fridays, following from same source `Broad Spectrum Radio` at 00-01 for at least the rest of December, i.e. Xmas- and NY-eves. I had to miss BSR as out to a band concert here. Content of that not clear, but supposedly secular; a media program? I hope James availablizes it too as a podcast (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 9930, Dec 17 at 2040, surprised to find the day frequency of WTWW-2 on the air; haven`t heard it for ages, and it`s 55 over S9! Religious discussion mixed with financial advice, thus totally untrustworthy. website remains extremely vague about their true programming schedule. It`s a bit stronger than their other blowtorch, WTWW-1 on 9475, and WTWW-3 is in third place at only S9+25. Also, looking at the NRD-545 S-meter on 9930 I can see it dip 5 or 10 dB during pauses, which implies the carrier is slightly reduced (or is it an artifact of overloading the receiver?) (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. Message sent to WRMI Dec 18: ``Terry & Jeff, 9955 had some problems this morning, modulation cutting out for split seconds, 2 or 3 times per second, and carrier also dropping but not going off completely. First noticed 1257 at end of Wavescan, and still so at 1318 in Prague. By 1441 in F&E it was OK. Just letting you know in case this is intermittent and you did not deliberately fix it in the meantime. May need to check it out during daytime downtime. 73, Glenn`` 

Also noted on 9955: at 1329 Dec 18, outdated promo by Bruce Baskin for fragmentary sports coverage ``this fall`` including World Series, to be heard at ``9 am eastern``, really 1359 UT (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 700, Dec 17 at 2031 UT, very poor signal from KHSE, music stops and I strain to detect the language: at 2034 UT, YL mentioning phone numbers definitely in Spanish. KHSE had been reported with a format change from Spanish:Religion to ETHnic --- that can and does still include Spanish, but not all the time?? Licensed to Wylie TX, and this daytime coverage map
shows site ENE of Dallas, with one of three major lobes toward us, but fringe contour not extending much beyond OKC. It`s 1500/920 watts. Apparently no website to check for true program schedule (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 1380, Dec 18 at 0614 UT, national adstring, including promo, manages to squeeze by local 1390 KCRC, maybe peaking ENE/WSW. By 0641 UT, sports talk mixed with Star-Wars talk, not // ESPN. Most likely closest are KXFN St Louis, but AFAIK that is not an iHeart, while KHEY El Paso TX is, and is also with Fox Sports Radio, 5000/500 watts U1, so tentatively that (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 1600, Dec 18 at 1315 UT, instead of KUSH OK, I am hearing unfamiliar choral national anthem, from north/south, no doubt the Republic of Vietnam`s in tribute from KRVA The Metroplex TX, followed by Vietnamese announcement and program. Shouldn`t that be KRVN? Tsk2, that call is already taken on 880 in NE (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 1650, Dec 18 at 1313 UT, promo, from WSW/ENE, mentions ``paso a paso``, but this does not refer to El Paso TX, whence KSVE is certainly the source of this. Still not hearing KFSW Sallisaw OK, which should be the dominant signal at least after 1315 UT sunrise (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) 

** YEMEN [non]. 11860, Dec 18 around 1330, R. Sana`a is fairly good, but not up to peak strength until closer to 1400; at 1431 breaks from music for extended sermon, maybe for the Fribbath, almost the Sabbath, must be back-timed to end at 1436:18 when cut to Qur`anic Call to Prayer, at Yemen sundown, for three minutes, back to counter-revolutionary music from 1439:15 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

This report despatched at 1813 UT December 18