venerdì 19 maggio 2017

Glenn Hauser logs May 18-19, 2017

** BRAZIL. 11934.851, May 19 at 0550, JBA carrier, so Rádio RB2 is back; had been missing for a week or two in random bandscans. Still no 11925.2v Bandeirantes, gone for good? Elsewhere on 25m:

11856.055, May 19 at 0553, JBA carrier from presumed R. Aparecida.

11764.586, May 19 at 0556, SRDA is S7-S3, much stronger than the other two and the only one with audible Brazuguese modulation (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CHINA. 7500, May 19 at 1305, poor signal from algo. Presumably CNR1 jamming vs VOA Chinese via Thailand, this hour only per Aoki, as also logged at 1315 May 5 by Dan Sheedy, CA (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CHINA. 9700, May 19 at 1257, very poor signal in Chinese, as I try to compare with CNR1 jammer on 11785, 9680. 1300 timesignal almost in synch, so apparently CNR1, but why are they here? Nothing listed needing jamming.

Mauno Ritola listened further and despite Beijing timesignal, fouond programming not matching CNR1 on e.g. 9710. Wolfgang Büschel also heard a non-match at 1600, and thought 9700 was // 9820, CNR2 at 1555-1606.

Today`s Aoki has the answer for 9700, CNR 16, which WRTH calls Voice of China Country, shown as on 720 kHz Beijing only. 

 9700 CNR 16 1100-1605 1234567 Chinese 100 163 Beijing 491 3955N 11625E CNR5 a17 May 17
 9700 CNR 16 2055-2400 1234567 Chinese 100 163 Beijing 491 3955N 11625E CNR5 a17=17780

Not clear why this also refers to CNR5, which is Zhonghua News Radio (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA. 6145, May 19 at 0543, RHC English is just barely modulated on S9+10 signal; 6100 is VG at S9+20/30; 6060 is S9 to S9+10, but sounds much weaker during storm noise, somewhat undermodulated; 6000 is S9+20 with sufficient mod (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** EQUATORIAL GUINEA. 5005, May 19 at 0548, very poor signal, S6 between lightning crashes with some music, presumed only known broadcaster on frequency at a prime hour to hear it, RNGE Bata. And I`m even on the `inside longwire` due to storms (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** MEXICO. 90.1, May 19 at 1803 UT as I am checking out KUCO which has been off the air, both it and KHCC are suddenly overridden by Spanish! Ad in pesos, plug for ``Telemundo regresa a Megacable``. Too long for MS, but soon fadeaway by sporadic E. 6m map shows there is an opening across central North America including into Mexico, estimated MUF 91 MHz. Anyhow my first FM Es of the season, brief tho it may be. I hasten to bandscan FM but nothing further heard by Es.

There are far too many 90.1s in Mexico, many of them at good Es range, and Megacable operates all over per this story about it and Telemundo dated May 15, accents into apostrophes sic:

``Acerca de Megacable: Megacable Comunicaciones es una empresa de servicios de cobertura nacional a la vanguardia en el a´mbito de las telecomunicaciones.

Megacable proporciona servicios de Televisio´n por Cable para ma´s de tres millones de suscriptores, ma´s de dos millones de suscriptores de Internet y ma´s de un millo´n de suscriptores de Telefoni´a Digital en ma´s de 350 municipios del pai´s. Adema´s ofrece servicios corporativos, Publicidad y tambie´n produce contenidos como el canal Video Rola, y la red Megacanal, que ofrece programacio´n local en 29 de los principales mercados a nivel nacional.

En Megacable tenemos como misio´n contribuir a una mejor calidad de vida proporcionando.`` [sic, that`s how it terminates] (Glenn Hauser, Enid OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** NEW ZEALAND [and non]. 5995+, May 19 circa 1256, JBA carrier presumably again S Korean clandestine and/or N Korean jamming; at 1310 poor station in English so RNZI still here. I had warned Adrian Sainsbury that ``Korean Radio War Usurps 5995`` with a copy of my previous report (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGESET)

** OKLAHOMA. All four major OKC TV stations went to wall-to-wall storm coverage the afternoon of May 18, pre-empting regular programming and for the most part, commercials. At least three of them also get on various radio stations for those away from their TVs.

KFOR-27 (channel ``4``) promoted radio stations of the iHeart group also relaying KFOR audio: the ones on 102.7, 94.7, 1000, 1340, 101.9, 98.5, 96.1. With logos, and 98.5 is ``El Patrón``, what?? WTFDA FM DB shows it`s really a 130-watt, 204-meter translator, K253BV, // HD2 of KBRU 94.7 (98.5 totally blocked in Enid by local translator). So do they voice over KFOR into Spanish? 

Searched the DB on Patron and found it a rather rare slogan, known on only 5 other US stations, two of which are also Okies: 99.5 in Guymon, 100 kW; and 101.5 in Collinsville, 6.2 kW. Are these related to the OKC one? The others are in CA, IA and GA. Only 3 Mexicans employ that name, and one Guatemalan. 

Getting back to TV, what happens at 2230 UT when it`s time for network news to be demoted off the main channels? KSBI-23 (``52``), the substation of KWTV-39 (``9``), suddenly switches from its regular syndie program Access Hollywood interviewing of all people, Rachel Maddow, to CBS News. KFOR puts NBC news on its substation KAUT-40 (``43``), pre-empting some other disposable rerun. But KOCO-7 (``5``) has only one alternative, its 5.2 normally with MeTV, but --- no ABC news, instead duplicating weather of 5.1! That`s OK; we`ve always found David Muir`s tabloid show a distant third; replete with teasers which turn out to be 10 seconds of nothing when they finally appear. KOCO already puts some of its own alternative programming on 5.2, such as early news at 9 pm to get a jump on 10 pm like ``Fox 25``, and KFOR via ``Freedom 43`` have already been doing. Similar behaviour is likely May 19 and next week during the tornado season (Glenn Hauser, Enid, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** OKLAHOMA [and non]. 90.1, May 19 circa 0530 UT, KUCO is off the air, no WCME classical music overnight. Probably resulting from heavy storm which blew threw earlier in evening with lightning and hail. Still no signal at 1250 UT. At 1440 UT I bring up the webcast, as DJ Kimberly Powell is making an announcement including weather forecasts, but she says nothing about 90.1 being off the air (of course, the two satellites 95.9 KCSC in Woodward and 91.9 KBCW in McAlester are presumably still funxional).

At 1457 UT via the PL-880, I`m straining to hear KUCO on 90.1 in case it`s on the air but QRP. During the next biminute I`m getting lightning scatter of bits of classical music, presumably competitor KHCC in Hutchinson KS, but no words of `Stardate` which always airs M-F at 1458 UT on KUCO. 

KUCO website does not say 90.1 is off, but it`s never good for real-time outages. Here is the GM`s message which has been up for some months:

``Dear Friends, KUCO is proud to enter its 51st year of broadcasting. Our small staff continues to work hard to bring you good programming all year long.

This spring we especially welcome our new listeners in Woodward and northwestern Oklahoma. We completed the Woodward Upgrade Project (funded by the Rapp Foundation) in early December just in time for the holiday programming. Our next project is to replace our main antenna in Oklahoma City which is now 35 years old. A backup antenna was placed in service over a year ago to keep us reliable. Down the road we need to replace our transmitters which are 30 and 20 years old, respectively.

We are also still anxious about future funding from our licensee, UCO, which continues to suffer declining support from the state. Many of you know Higher Ed was cut 16% during the last legislative session. We are told the 2017-2018 year may see some drastic reductions here on campus.

KUCO is responsible for two thirds of its operating budget and our listeners provide nearly half of that amount, mostly raised during our twice-yearly fund drives. It's that time again and we hope you will continue your membership in the Better Music Club.
Sincerely, Bradford Ferguson, General Manager``

90.1, at 1801 UT May 19, another check whether KUCO is back on --- yes, it is, but much weaker than usual, with Beethoven`s Seventh, mixing with other classical from KHCC (and also interrupted by Es: see MEXICO). Beet7 matches website current playlist, except it was supposed to be over at 1802 UT, but does not really end until 1821 UT (Glenn Hauser, Enid, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** OKLAHOMA. 92.1, May 19 at 1808 UT, horribly distorted signal with Spanish gospel rock, from KAMG-LP Enid, back to its old situation after reactivation. What a useless station (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** OKLAHOMA. 91.1, May 18 circa 1900 UT, KKRD Enid is finally back on air after missing a few weeks, Air 1 gospel rock // 90.9 OKC.

105.5, May 18 circa 1900 UT, K288FX, ``North Enid`` translator for 88.9 KYLV K-Love OKC, is also back on the air after similar absence since previous storms. Both may have been on for a day or two before I noticed (Glenn Hauser, Enid, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A [and non]. WORLD OF RADIO 1878 monitoring: confirmed first SW broadcast Thursday May 18 at 2130 on WRMI 11580, fair vs local storm noise (probably the last time at this hour due to pending RAE Argentina relay in German to start next week). Also confirmed Thu May 18 at 2330 on WBCQ 9330.219v-CUSB, fair-poor (by next check at 0123 May 19, with Brother Hystairical, had drifted to 9330.121). Next:
Fri 2330   WBCQ 9330v-CUSB to WSW
Sat 0630   HLR 6190-CUSB to WSW
Sat 1431   HLR 7265-CUSB to WSW
Sat 1930v  WA0RCR 1860-AM ND
Sat 2230   WBCQ 9330v-CUSB to WSW
Sun 0200   WRMI 11580 to NE [NEW]
Sun 0310v  WA0RCR 1860-AM ND
Sun 1030   HLR 9485-CUSB to WSW
Sun 2330   WBCQ 9330v-CUSB to WSW
Mon 0300v  WBCQ 5130v Area 51 to WSW
Mon 0330   WRMI 9955 to SSE
Mon 2330   WBCQ 9330v-CUSB to WSW
Tue 0030   WRMI 7730 to WNW [to be canceled]
Tue 1100   WRMI 9955 to SSE, 9455 to WNW [to be canceled]
Tue 1300   WRMI 11580 to NE [NEW; to be canceled]
Tue 2130   WRMI 15770 to NE, 9455 to WNW
Tue 2330   WBCQ 9330v-CUSB to WSW
Wed 1030   WRMI 5850 to NW, 9455 to WNW
Wed 1315.5 WRMI 9955 to SSE
Wed 2100   WBCQ 7490v to WSW
Wed 2330   WBCQ 9330v-CUSB to WSW

** U S A. 17775, May 19 at 1409, KVOH is propagating at S9+10, but it`s dead air, and not wobbling (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. 7712 & 6833, the open carriers I heard last night now are both running high-speed RTTY, May 19 at 0231, 0234 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

This report dispatched at 1902 UT May 19