lunedì 24 luglio 2017

Glenn Hauser logs July 23-24, 2017

** COLOMBIA. 6010.103 varying slightly, July 24 at 0419, weak talk S9 but vs OK storm noise, and music splash from 6000 RHC, M&W alternating. Listening closely, I realize that the W is in English and the M in Spanish, so one is translating the other, presumably a sermon. Guess which is the originator? From La Voz de tu Conciencia. Meanwhile there is nothing circa 5910+ from the other HJDH, Alcaraván Radio, which I have not heard for some time beyond a sometimes JBA carrier (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA. 11670 // more distorted over-modulated 11760, UT Monday July 24 at 0135, RHC opening `En Contacto` DX program. I`m catching its last airing this week, since the weekly automatic promos for it on the noticiasdx yg keep alleging that Manolo de la Rosa is hosting it, but I thought he had retired(?). 

YL opens it without identifying herself, nor the `Profesor` who soon comes on from his home studio, but obviously Coro. He admits that his topic is based on something he already covered in English on DXers Unlimited. He calls her Marta, so indirectly we know them both. Ho hum, first topic of conversation back and forth is the 56th [? Or 58?] anniversary of RHC`s first major transmitter, from Switzerland, which went on air in late 1959 on 11760, a frequency which they have retained ever since. [No, I think that didn`t happen until 1961g, which would make 56 correct!] 

Then she mentions a graphic about solar flux which Claudio Gálaz forwarded from the GRA group. Claudio, who writes in very correct Spanish, never puts an accent on his first A, so I always pronounce him gah-LAHSS --- which is correct? Anyhow, it`s clear that Arnie, who thinks it`s fine that other DX programs should be jammed, is now the main voice of the Spanish as well as English RHC DX programs (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** KOREA NORTH [non]. 5965, July 24 at *1300, very poor signal starts with YL talking and Shiokaze music from JSR JAPAN. Ron Howard says it moved back here from 7215 on July 21, and North Korean jamming started the next day. Presumably English still on Thursdays only, but far too long after sunrise here a sesquihour earlier (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** PRIDNESTROVYE. 9900, July 24 at 0113 algo very poor talk. EiBi shows it must be TWR via ``Moldova``, 0045-0115 M-F in Hindi, to be followed by another 15 minutes in different languages, ``NE`` on Mondays, which probably means Nepali (other weekdays: Dzongka, Hindi, or Tibetan) (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SRI LANKA. 11905, July 24 at 0113:30, JBA carrier is already on from SLBC. I frequently check for this when around a radio at the right time, but it never gets any better than this. I strain to detect a mis-timesignal from 11 to 19 seconds past 0115 as used to be possible, but no luck yet, just too weak (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A [and non]. WORLD OF RADIO 1887 monitoring: GERMANY Reception of HLR relays on 9485-CUSB, July 23: Hamburger Lokalradio
World of Radio#1886 [sic], 1030-1100 on  9485 GOH 001 kW / 230 deg to CeEu English Sun
-- 73! (Ivo Ivanov, Sofia, Bulgaria, dxldyg via DX LISTENING DIGEST)
Well I hope it was really latest 1887 (gh)

WOR 1887 also confirmed by gh, Sunday July 23 at 2330 on WBCQ 9330.3v-CUSB, good! Also confirmed UT Monday July 24 at 0310 on Area 51 webcast about Ian McFarland, which is up to 7 minutes in, so started about 0303; also via WBCQ 5129.83v-AM still going at 0329 about Somalia, very poor in noise level. Also confirmed UT Monday July 24 from 0330 on WRMI 9955, fair. Next:

Mon 2330   WBCQ 9330v-CUSB to WSW
Tue 0030   WRMI 7730 to WNW
Tue 2130   WRMI 9455 to WNW, 15770 to NE
Tue 2330   WBCQ 9330v-CUSB to WSW
Wed 1030   WRMI 5850 to NW, 9455 to WNW
Wed 1315   WRMI 9955 to SSE
Wed 2100   WBCQ 7490v to WSW
Wed 2330   WBCQ 9330v-CUSB to WSW

** U S A. 7490, Monday July 24 at 1306, checking for `The Power Hour` on WWCR --- it`s gone! Replaced by some gospel huxter. This was and is a huge signal here, so TPH now must be sought on inferiors. 

9395 // 9495, July 24 from 1305 adstring, via WRMIs and at 1308 TPH resumes with guest on the line, guess who, Jeff White! Apparently had been on the previous hour too. Now talking about a $3 SW radio in Nigeria for which he paid $10, not negotiating, but cheap! Host is named Daniel (what?). Taking lots of calls for this SW expert. 

First one says he remembers Jeff White ``from the Glenn Hauser days``! Complains that 7780 and 9395 are not well received in Arizona, wants better frequency for there, and possibly nighttime repeat. Jeff says 7730 is beamed that way [285 degrees] but does not commit to it. Dan says they are looking into getting a repeat on WRMI. Caller says can listen to TPH via phone on 605-522-4092. At 1325 Dan says ``WWCR pulled the rug out from us``, meaning the cancellation of 7490. 

WWCR pdf program schedule still dated July 1 and still shows TPH with Joyce Riley (! Will she continue to broadcast from the grave?) on both WWCR-2 7490 and WWCR-3 13845, M-F at 7-10 am Central and still misconverted to 13-16 UT.

So are they still on 13845? Can`t tell, not propagating yet, but indeed on new // 7780 from WRMI, but very poor. 9455, which often gets overlooked, and is still not shown with TPH on the WRMI grid, averages slightly better than 9395, but both are fading down in sunshine. 9455 interrupted at 1330 for canned WRMI ID, and adstring. At 1333, 13845 WWCR has temporarily faded in at S9+10, probably tnx sporadic E. Paranoid caller asks about feds having a black box at SW stations to take over their programming. Jeff says no, SW stations are exempt from EAS. At 1337, 13845 has faded down again. At 1339, Bob Biermann calls in from his north-Georgia pulpit, goes on for some time. At 1345 all frequencies are poor here, and I listen to KOSU/NPR rest of the hour. 

At 1400, 9395 and best 9455 are cribbing VOA News. I should think TPH types would be horrified by government news; will it last? 7780 is a JBA carrier, 13845 inaudible; and 7490 is calling for hymn #824 to be sung. Always a 3-minute adstring at 5 past the hour, 1405-1408 until TPH resumes, Jeff still guest. At 1409 YL gives sked as 7-10 am [CDT] on 7780, 9395; 7-8 am on another(?), 7-10 am on 13845. I`m about to give up at 1411 when all are weak, but at 1412 find 7780 is suddenly in at good level. Did WRMI switch from a NE to NW antenna? Now shows on grid as TPH, 1200-1500*, still #1 at 44 degrees toward Europe. 6m Es map shows I am likely getting more temporary sporadic-E enhancement from FL. Next a caller with bad echo --- turn your radio down! He is not instructed. He recommends pre-selectors and DSP to improve reception. At 1420.5 another 4-minute ad break introduced. 1430.0 again interrupted for WRMI ID and ads. And so it goes (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 9475 & 5830, July 24 at 0121, WTWW-1 is absent from both possible frequencies. All other QRGs empty too: 5085, 9930, 12105.

5830 July 24 at 0416 check, now WTWW-1 is on here, as usual suptorted but S9+30 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 3185, July 24 at 0121, WWRB is dead air instead of Brother Stair --- quite an improvement. Means day frequency 9370 is already off. But WWRB`s only other frequency, 5050 is also off, if it had been on before 0100 this UT Monday? It`s other gospel huxters, UT Sun-Mon-Tue only starting circa 0000 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 1460, July 24 at 0132 UT, YL speaking calmly in Asian language really stands out --- not Mandarin, but seems tonal, maybe Cantonese, Vietnamese, Cambodian or even Myanmarianese? At the moment atop some CCI in Spanish, maybe still KZUE in OK. Loops about 170/350 degrees on the DX-398, so I bet it is something from the multi-ethnic Houston market. Also makes fast SAH circa 10 Hz with algo. At 0140 UT, language disappears, replaced by Home Depot, Lowe`s ads in English, then ``Sunday Night Baseball on ESPN-Radio at Wrigley Field`` (likely KXPN Kearney NE, 5000/56 watts U1).

Later checking NRC AM Log, the obvious answer: KBRZ, Missouri City TX, 5000/125 U1, but applied for 10000/125 U5. FCC AM Query now does not show any such app. However, KBRZ FCC sunset in July is 0130 UT, so they were a bit late dropping power; August: 0100* UT.

Physical address in Houston, ETHnic format, ``International Language Radio``, per NRC. Radio-locator instead calls it ``Sangeet Radio``,
which pretends 95.1 FM is its only frequency, but which is really just a measly translator, K236AR per NRC Log. A.k.a. on website ``No. 1 Desi Hit Music Station``.

Program sked for ``Weekend`` (so Sat & Sun are identical?) shows 6-9 pm [CDT = UT -5] `Zeeshan ON AIR` with the ``RJ``, Zeeshan Ishaq. She(?) is not among the RJs (which means?) in the ``Profiles`` photo gallery. We still don`t know what language this involves, no doubt obvious to the ethnix. ``About Us`` at
still does not enlighten us, but says KBRZ caters to all South Asians. So who is Zeeshan Ishaq? Searching on that seemingly unique name gets lots of hits, at least top-10 at linkedin. Adding KBRZ to search gets to this one:
indicating it`s a guy who plays Bollywood music, far from what I was hearing. Also linx to his FB
where it`s clear he is a Pakistani Moslem, backing Azad Kashmir against Indian occupation. So maybe he had this woman guest talking on his show when I heard it, in Punjabi? Urdu? But those are not tonal,  I think. 

I don`t find any other ETH stations near here that I might have been hearing; altho there are plenty of SS on 1460 around the country, KBRZ is in fact the only ETH of the 69 North American stations on 1460 in the NRC AM Log 2016-2017. It seems I had not logged KBRZ since August and February 2012, also a bit iffy. Missouri City is on the SW corner of Houston beyond Loop 8 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

This report despatched at 1750 UT July 24