lunedì 28 dicembre 2015

Glenn Hauser logs December 27-28, 2015

** AUSTRALIA. 12065 & 12085, Dec 28 at 1413, R. Australias are at equal levels, instead of normally 12065 much weaker than 12085, due to differing azimuths. Something has changed (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CHINA [non]. See USA: 1520 KYND

** CUBA. 1620, Dec 28 at 0317, as I tune in, ``Parada de Éxitos, Rebelde``, and // 5025, so not relaying the FM network instead this time. WRTH 2016 has three Rebeldes on 1620, two of which are in Ciudad de la Habana province, 5 kW in Guanabacoa, and unknown power in El Sapo, surely one of those rather than the third, 1 kW in far-off Guantánamo. One other Cuban 1620 is R. Bayamo, Granma (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** EGYPT. 9860, Dec 28 before 0330, no sign of R. Cairo, English to western N America, as alleged in WRTH 2016 for 0200 UT. 

I also listened to more of the `livestream` version of Cairo in English, recorded Dec 25-26, and found that the YL announcer with a very heavy accent after news headlines closed the 2300 UT broadcast at about 2425 announcing the frequency as 9965, and that news times are ``1:15 and 2:25 Cairo local time`` = 2315 and 0025 UT; ``Merry Christmas and Happy New Year``. Just music played to fill out the sesquihour before switching to Arabic. May we assume there is no livestream version of any 0200 UT broadcast, which may no longer exist at all? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** INDIA [and non]. 9870, Dec 28 at 1415, AIR Vividh Bharati via Bengaluru with familiar march theme, for news break? Heavy CCI from CRI English via Xian (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** MEXICO. 1030, Dec 28 at 0635 and at many other times, dominant signal is Spanish talk, which no doubt is XEYC, R. Fórmula, in Juárez, Chihuahua, 1/1 kW, rather than 50/5 kW XEQR, R. Centro in the DF, almost twice the distance whence signals are remarkably rare (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENINNG DIGEST)

** OKLAHOMA [and non]. 800, Dec 28 at 1340 UT, KQCV OKC is OFF! As of 1625 UT check, OG&E System Watch has more than 57K outages across central OK; more than 8000 in OKC proper, many more in suburbs, including almost 4000 in Mustang, close to the KQCV site (and 1254 in Enid, but so far only a few power glitches here). 800 still off 5 hours later.

Even when KQCV is actively gospel-huxtering English in the evenings, gospel-huxtering in Spanish can be heard along with it, no doubt the super-powering TWR 800 BONAIRE. 

XEROK 800 is still negligible but supposedly on the air at very low power. The new 2015 IRCA Mexican Log still has it as 50/50 kW, no mention of any degradation; likewise the new 2016 WRTH: despite numerous non-logs from myself and others the last several months (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** OKLAHOMA [and non]. 1640, Dec 28 at 0316 UT, KZLS Enid-OKC is open carrier/dead air yet again; some weak talk underneath and at 0357 UT, probably WTNI Biloxi MS. KZLS still dead air at 0630 UT and still at 1350 UT. We have an ice storm around here with considerable power outages, but the site east of Hennessey obviously has power; just can`t get any programming, a very frequent situation when there is nothing untoward to explain it (Glenn Hauser, Enid OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** OKLAHOMA [and non]. ANOTHER ice storm has hit us. In Enid, anyway, it`s not as bad as the Thanksgiving one. Icy limbs but all the leaves are gone now, and the weakest were already broken. But there are still a lot of power lines down elsewhere so time for another FM bandscan on the PL-880 to see what`s abnormal (in addition to 800 KQCV OKC missing, separate log). Dec 28 at 1352+ UT:

 88.3, K202BY Enid, Family Radio, OFF since last storm, never back
 88.5, KZTH Piedmont, continuous hi pitched tone, and barely audible lo pitched tone at same time! Yet parent station 89.7 KJTH is OK
 89.1, K206CA Enid, Oasis, had been on, but now OFF
 89.3, KIEL Loyal, seems also off, tho not always audible
 90.3, KHEV Fairview probably off, tho not always audible
 90.5, KGVV Goltry OFF
 93.7, KSPI Stillwater seems off; no, at 1434 UT on but weak
 95.7, KXLS Lahoma/Enid, OFF
 96.9, KQOB Enid/Crescent/OKC, OFF

[this allows another ``Bob``, on 97.1 to be audible: at 1420 UT, after Wichita weather, ``97-1 Bob FM, where Bob plays everything`` such as country-rock to follow: KIBB 18.5/18.5 kW Haven KS --- NW of Wichita, toward Hutchinson, not to be confused with South Haven on OK border]

 99.7, KNAH Mustang, OFF
104.1, KMGL OKC is on, and finally no more Xmas music
105.1, KOSB Perry, OFF
105.5, K288FX, North Enid, on but only NOISE, evidently open feed from primary, which is KYLV 88.9, but I thought it was OK. Back to normal later
105.7, KRDR Alva OFF, so KROU Spencer is again audible carefully
107.1, KNID North Enid OFF

Later check starting at 1740 UT for anything different:
 88.5, KZTH is OFF, no more intoning
 88.9, KYLV is apparently on but weak (see 105.5 above)
After 1811 UT, on more selective caradio, 
 90.9, KOKF Edmond, Air One is OFF; normally merges with same on 91.1 KKRD Enid, still on
 97.5, KPAK Alva, is OFF
106.7, KTUZ Okarche is OFF; Spanish, had been on earlier today

 800, KQCV OKC is still off 
1280, KSOK Arkansas City KS, just across the border, is the only other notable absence on midday groundwave 
1640, KZLS Enid-Hennessey-OKC is dead air again

On cable TV, KOCM, Suddenlink 6 and 106 is missing – just black, no error message. Antenna is still getting a signal on RF 46, tho bad --- this one is always marginal (Glenn Hauser, Enid, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. WORLD OF RADIO 1805 monitoring: confirmed UT Monday Dec 28 starting at 0402 on Area 51 via WBCQ 5109.7-CUSB; Jean Shepherd ran a bit over with his hilarious stream-of-consciousness. 1805 also confirmed at 0430 on WRMI webcast of 9955, unchecked on SW. Next:
Tue 1200   WRMI 9955 to SSE
Wed 1415.5 WRMI 9955 to SSE
Wed 2200   WBCQ 7490v to WSW

** U S A. 3195, Dec 28 circa 0310, WWRB is still on here, with the Tullahoma TN preacher, but at 0352 recheck it`s off (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 1130, Dec 28 at 0323 UT, open carrier/dead air from NE/SW, surely my semi-local KLEY Wellington KS, supposed to be 250 watts daytime and PSRA, ONE WATT at night. Ditto at 0634 UT, but by 1343 UT it`s recovered (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 1520, Dec 28 at 1346 UT, KOKC OKC talk with severe interference, often atop it, and almost zero-beat, from C&W music: must be KYND Cypress TX, and 1349 UT conveniently breaks for ID in American English, ``1520 KYND``. 

This is one of the stations which had been relaying China Radio International, but no more, as discussed on WOR and DXLD (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) Viz.:

It appears that G&E Studio, which was affiliated with China Radio International, might have lost funding from its arrangement with CRI and has discontinued its leased broadcasts on stations in the U.S., including KYND 1520 and KGBC 1540 here in the Houston area. Much discussion of this on the Houston board.

KGBC is now running Hum Tum Radio, a South Asian targeted format produced in Houston (and also heard on 106.1 FM here) while KYND is running music fill while it searches for another programmer to lease time on the station.

This new development might have something to do with the Chinese government's reevaluation of its international media efforts as mentioned by Keith Perron on this forum a few months back.

The G&E Studio website is still there: 

Glenn, you have frequently reported hearing KYND during critical hours (daytime only station) so look for something different underneath KOKC (Stephen Luce, Houston, Texas, Dec 22, dxldyg via WORLD OF RADIO 1805, DXLD)

This CRI relay deal thru a ChiCom front organization in the US got a lot of negative publicity a few months ago, after the FCC had turned a blind eye to it. So now the question is whether CRI has also disappeared from several other cities, e.g. 1120 in Washington DC, 1540 in Philadelphia, etc. Even 1540, Toronto?

As for KYND, its pattern is supposed to be a circle tangent eastward, groundwave to interfere with the Lafayette LA station, not KOKC, which remains self-degraded at only 10 instead of 50 kW, since a tornado broke one of its towers last May; well, how long to replace it if they are ever going to? 

Here`s a LOT more about the CRI situation from Radio Discussions Houston board. 
b-turner is obviously someone in charge of KYND: (Glenn Hauser, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

Our programmer cancelled their programming. While we could have gone live at the studio, we wanted a more 21st century option. And certainly getting stuck in the mud at the tower site was a given but maybe not after a couple of dry days. We needed a couple of days and a piece of equipment to pull that off, so in lieu of airing silence or being stuck in the studio the whole time, we shut down until we got our ducks in a row. In fact, I met with our engineer yesterday (both of us visiting family and it just happened to be the same city, minutes away from each other), and I was able to pass of what he needed from me. I see the piece we needed came in and we're up. 

From my understanding G&E Studios created most of the programming heard on the English version with a few from China Radio. When China decided to stop things, G&E had to cancel us and I understand all of the English language stations they were on throughout North America. Like usual, no matter the terms of a contract, when cancellation comes, it is always without warning, unexpected and not a win-win for any involved parties. In fact your client might not know until the final moment as well. That is simply the nature of the business.

Finding a new qualified programmer sometimes feels like trying to win the lottery. You don't know them, how to find them and they don't know you, but whn everything aligns, somehow you connect. Meanwhile you are painfully aware of the revenue loss (b-turner, Dec 21, Houston via DXLD)

Yep, everything is changing. And I can see why. Cost for one thing, younger audience more adept to listening via network services rather than over the air, also. Portable devices these days aren't a traditional radio of course, they almost all have internet connectivity now. I wonder if the openings on SW will attract some new blood? I don't see the bands going to complete waste, nor do I ever see them being what they once were, just impossible with today's world, and I don't see the ham bands getting extended either, just not that crowded.

So is this re-evaluation of China's radio efforts due to the same thing that's going on everywhere, or does this have something to do with the news stories recently about Chinese Radio and their government propaganda machine? Bill have you heard anything about why the cancel of the programming? (Chris, KF5JMD, Dec 22, ibid.)

Allow me to try to explain a bit about the CRI deal: G&E Studios is an American company that had a client, China Radio International. G&E leased stations and placed programming on them. Some programming came from CRI but much originated from American hosts (using Los Angeles Air Talent) who did shows on subjects like technology, sports, financial and other subjects. G&E was hired to do this by CRI.

After 5 years, the funding for this was stopped resulting in G&E no longer having a client and a bunch of stations they leased mow needing programming and a new paying client. I suppose the Chinese 'reevaluated' and dropped the ax. It is my understanding the English language version was stopped everywhere in every city G&E leased a station to carry the programming. This would not be a just Houston thing. I really enjoyed having G&E as a client, really nice people, understanding and very reasonable in their dealings, a truly rare find (b-turner, Dec 22, ibid.) 

Possibly anything to do with this, I wonder? BTW: As I said before I liked the programming.

11/3/2015 by Associated Press

Federal regulators are investigating a U.S. radio broadcasting company that is reportedly majority-owned by a unit of a Chinese government broadcaster.

A spokesman for the Federal Communications Commission confirmed Tuesday that the agency will open a probe into G&E Studio Inc., a Los Angeles-based company reportedly owned by James Su, a naturalized U.S. citizen originally from Shanghai.

The company leases stations and air time, and broadcasts in more than 10 cities across the U.S., including Philadelphia, Washington, D.C. and San Francisco.`` 

This site`s story about it makes it out to be a "Covert" Radio Network, LOL.


Report revealed some radio broadcasts are being backed by the Chinese --- G&E Studio Inc is 60% owned by state run Chinese Radio International --- The firm is owned by James Su, a naturalized US citizen born in Shanghai --- He owns or leases virtually all the air time on at least a dozen US stations`` 

I spent a lot (100's) of hours listening to 1520AM KYND while I worked at my shop, and can say that yes, some of the programming from G&E/CRI was obviously hand picked by the Chinese Government, along with the fact that a lot of the big news stories involving China mysteriously were just left out of the programming entirely. But still it was a good listen, and informative (KF5JMD, ibid.) 

Interesting posts. "G&E Studio Inc is 60% owned by state run Chinese Radio International"; "The company leases stations and air time". G&E does not own stations from what I know (and I sure don't know it all). The Daily Mail article clearly says that: G&E does not own any U.S. stations, but it leases. 

So, let's clarify: you rent a space to open, say a hair styling salon on the corner of a busy intersection. You pay the rent and attend to your customers at that location. My question, does the salon operator own the building? Next question: Is the salon owner leasing the space from the building owner? If you rent/lease a home, do you own it?

I think it might be fair to say 60% of their revenue came from the client China Radio International. What I find interesting is how a naturalized citizen can be foreign ownership. Sure, they could be a 'front' but a citizen is not [sic] a citizen. 

For the record, I have never seen, spoken to or dealt with Mr. Su. If he was leasing the station I manage, I think I'd know it or I'd have some contact at some point over half a decade. I have known of the people I dealt with prior to them coming to us about the lease. In fact they had been involved in radio in Houston.

Covert is really a funny way to describe things since most of the programming came from independent air talent in the Los Angeles area who were hired to do shows on topics like finance, sports, entertainment and such. 

They would have been very covert if they were still on by making fun of the Miss Universe blunder and how Mr. Harvey's post misspelled Philippines and Colombia. Scary covert stuff indeed. My point is most all programming I heard was the same sort of stuff you'd hear elsewhere on the radio dial.

It is true the English language programming, while mostly originated in Los Angeles, was paid for through CRI who hired G&E Studios to originate programming and broadcast a couple of shows off of CRI's English Service. Even the news originated from Los Angeles air talent, was simply rip and read, with local weather and traffic added. 

This would be akin to the BBC hiring an American company to place BBC programming on stations in the USA and authorizing that company to originate programming of interest to the American public. The BBC is known as a state broadcaster (b-turner, ibid.) 

Yep, that's me jocking from my cheap studio at the house. That's what I get for being an old top 40 jock back in the day when you only spoke over the music and shut up before the lyrics began. We were having some problems today and the engineer will be out there in the morning to see why what couldn't go wrong did. 

I mean we are talking something like turning on the radio, then you walk away from it 5 minutes and for some reason without human intervention, it turns itself off. All you can do is scratch your head, turn it back on and watch it for a while to see if it does the same thing. Then again, if you watch it, it never messes up. It waits until you are not watching it. Or at least that's my experience with equipment that is to do what it is supposed to do (b-turner, Dec 22, ibid.)

** YEMEN [non]. 11860, Dec 28 at 1439, R. Sana`a with rousing music, S9+10 but IADs; 1441 dramatic music and narration, interrupted at 1441:22.5 for Maghrib Call to Prayer, still marred by intermittent audio dropouts. This is only 5.5 seconds later than yesterday, so they are again failing to keep up with the sunset shifting later at a faster rate. This time I don`t notice any R. Ashna underneath in the Qur`anic pauses, so has IBB finally moved Kuwait away? Inconclusive about that so far.

As for where this Sana`a is really transmitted from, I have previously suggested that 11860 could be from more than one transmitter site. Three reasons for this:

1, Altho it is reported to be on air 24 hours, only one segment circa 1330-1530 UT provides any significant signal here, and then it is remarkably good. I haven`t heard any abrupt signal changes, however.

2, Bill Bingham in South Africa has been monitoring, and reports this: 

``It seems that 11860 supplies a useful signal into South Africa for just a few minutes after our local sunrise (around 0314 as I reported on Dec 25), and again at around our local sunset and later. Tonight (Dec 28) it was audible when I tuned in at 1620, with an S4 signal, improving slightly to S4-S5 by 1700. Our local sunset tonight was at 1702. As of 1730 there had been no further improvement, and reception suddenly got worse when considerable co-channel QRM began at 1730 through to about 1755, possibly AWR to North Africa. Just before the QRM ended, a considerable SAH started at 1754, as though another transmitter had started up on the same frequency. When the SAH stopped at about 1758, signal was suddenly up to S7 peaking at S9 and perfectly readable``

3, And earlier there was this from Paraíba: ``Clandestine: 11860, 12/23 1841-1855 Radio Sana´a, Jeddah [sic], in Arabic. Traditional Arabic song; OM talks; fair signal and poor modulation, 35332 (DXer José Ronaldo Xavier (JRX), Cabedelo - Brazil, Degen DE1103 / Tecsun S-2000, Hard-Core-DX mailing list via DXLD)``

The modulation is *never* ``poor`` when heard here in the 1330-1530 period --- so different site at 1841-1855??? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. 6870.0-AM, Dec 28 at 0308, very poor S7 signal with talk, 0349 a JBA carrier, presumably a pirate. HF Underground has no logs of this, and the frequency only had two other unIDs this year in Sept and earlier in Dec (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. 21585, Dec 28 at 1506, JBA carrier. Nothing at all is listed on 21585 in latest HFCC or EiBi or Aoki. In the mostly vacant 13m band, any carrier stands out with BFO. At this time, 21690 RFI Swahili via Issoudun is S7, while 21675 WRMI is only JBA (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. RF 2, Dec 27 at 1743 UT, weak NTSC video fades in, then a bit of audio to go with it. 1746 definitely Spanish audio, seems novela. Tiny text bug in lower right, unfamiliar and unreadable. In and out for a few minutes, nothing further. 6m map shows the only sporadic E is across northeast US, MUF 67 MHz. 

My antenna remains permanently aimed about 170 degrees to favor Mexico and Oklahoma City. I habitually assume something like this is Mexico, but that`s becoming less so and with their apagón analógico Dec 31, the band will be more open for more exotic Latin American analog TV DX which still exists (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

This report dispatched at 2024 UT December 28