venerdì 26 ottobre 2018

Glenn Hauser logs October 25-26, 2018

** CHINA [and non]. 15565, Oct 25 at 0008, CNR1 jammer(s) with flutter, mixing with one or two other signals: VOA Chinese via THAILAND scheduled this hour only.

15320, Oct 25 at 0009, CNR1 Chinese // 15565, S9-S7 with flutter and clearly one signal. VOA Chinese via Philippines scheduled, unheard.

17560, Oct 25 at 0010, CNR1 Chinese // 15320. Also jamming unheard VOA Chinese via Tinang this hour only (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA. 5040, Oct 26 at 0035, RHC is S9+10, but suptorted, just barely modulated so I can`t be positive of language, but French is scheduled. Something`s always wrong at RHC (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** MEXICO. 820, Oct 25 at 1255, 7 minutes after LSR, the lower XE frequencies have already outfaded, but this is still in with romantic music vs WBAP nulled, presumed XEABCA Mexicali, but fades/loses out to WBAP before any ToH ID (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** NIGERIA [non]. 11580, Oct 25 at 2013 check, Radio Nigeria, Kaduna, via WRMI is OFF. Is it all over already? Check the original spans, 05-09, 11-15, 20-23 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** NORTH AMERICA [non]. 7470 or 7465, Oct 25 at 0229 and 0349, no sign of Station YHWH. Despite frequent chex around these times and frequencies. last time heard was Sept 28 at 0253, and I have seen no reports since. Latest one in HFU was Sept 22 shortly after QSY from 7470 to 7465. Nor have I heard Josiah on 11490 in the daytime again after catching him there once.

7465, Oct 26 at 0004, earlier than YHWH would be on, I do have a JBA 
carrier, which would be BBC Singapore in Myanmarianese until 0030). 
Latest Oct 26 at 0300 Aoki/NDXC adds:
0045-0130 TWR India via Uzbekistan, and even includes YHWH:
 7465 0000-0700 USA YHWH Eng 1-7
and picked up my single log expanded to a possible daily 6-hour span:
11490 1800-2400 USA YHWH Eng 1-7  
as if were a legit station, but NO ordinary North American pirates below 7000 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** NORTHERN MARIANA ISLANDS. Following press reports that Cat 5 Super Typhoon Yutu caused extreme damage to Tinian and Saipan, I expect that the IBB relay stations are victims. Early UT Oct 26, before and after 0100, I check the HFCC A-18 listed Tinian frequencies: 15690, 15700, 17830, 15580, 17685, and hear nothing. Of course this could just be due to propagation, altho ChiCom jammers on 15 and 17 MHz bands had been audible before 0000.

I then make an inquiry to the manager of the Marianas stations:

``What is the status of the Kamosa stations? Presumably off air due to no power, or generator backup? Damage heavy? Transmissions switched to other sites? Details? Hope staff are OK.`` 

Reply from William Martin, manager:

``Glenn, Both stations were completely wiped out. Antennas mangled, roofs partially torn off, fence lines flattened. Both sites will be off air a minimum 6 months, possibly up to a year.

I am working with the Philippines government to provide a temporary RFA broadcast authority. I’ve recruited embassy assistance to help push, but we may not hear anything until next week. A huge mess in the CNMI. Will`` 

He then forwards some of the first photos from Tinian, labeled microwave shelters:

Note: previously I have generally filed in DXLD as SAIPAN and TINIAN separately rather than as Northern Mariana Islands

** PERU. 5980, Oct 25 at 2357, JBA carrier, or maybe two slightly beating, presumed R. Chaski. I strain to hear when it autocutoff, which is not until 0001* Oct 26, but it`s so weak I can`t pin it down to the split second. This is the one I used to pursue when its cutoff was slipping about 6.5 seconds later per noctem, but I don`t think it does that any longer. In season now, maybe I will get it another time to compare (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SOMALILAND. 7120, Oct 25 at 0349, still AWOL is Radio Hargeisa (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U K [non]. 9615, Oct 25 at 1549, S9-S7 YL keeps saying ``inmida``, therefore is Korean`s keyword. Soon switch to British for English les about how to use ``ever`` and ``never``. Yes, it`s BBCWS`s newish North Korean service, per HFCC A-18, 250 kW, 21 degrees via IBB Tinang, PHILIPPINES, and thus also USward, at 1530-1830 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 7490.160v, UT Thu Oct 25 at 0021, surprised to hear a bit of Russian talk here on WBCQ, soon switch to Spanish --- it must be the DX program `Antena DX` with a clip, which the online sked still continues to claim is at 0030 instead of 0000; among many other errors/outdates (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 5950, UT Thu Oct 25 at 0026, I happen to tune in to this WRMI exactly 24 hours after last time when I was getting the Radio Martí ``relay`` --- and guess, what, I am hearing exactly the same programming replayed, music about ``béisbol en Cuba al final del siglo XIX``. And once again it`s not // the live RM on 6030, 7335, 7365. WRMI is merely replaying pre-provided RM program files; why? 

This preëmpts the WRN English to North America relay both UT Wed & Thu, but UT Fri Oct 26 at 0015 check, the scheduled R. Prague relay has resumed, interview about Czech affairs; S9 to S9+10 but undermodulated. Presumably the already relays of Prague and Bratislava continue elsewhen as not part of the new overall WRN stream on 5950. However, original info from Jeff was that RM via WRMI was temporary, maybe ending after the National Sequence which is not included, anyway (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 830, Oct 25 at 1256 UT, Spanish gospel huxter about to fade out next to Mexicali on 820; loops east/west which pretty much rules out west, and Mexico, rather pointing to WUMY Memphis TN. 

I recall reading somewhere recently that it changed owner and format, but NRC AM Log 2018-2019, closing date early August, still has it with classic hits as Guess FM, 3 kW daytimer //93.3 translator, with street address across the state line in Southaven MS. Searching e-dxn website, I don`t find any update about this, but a wider websearch upturns these:

``Guess-FM Memphis Sold To Local Spanish Operator
By Lance Venta Last updated Jun 18, 2018

Guess FM 1180 WGUE Memphis --- After selling 830 WUMY/105.5 W288BJ Memphis TN to GMF-Christian Media for $706,823 in May, Memphis First Ventures sells the remainder of Classic Hits “Guess-FM” to Butron Media Corporation.``
GMF Christian Media Presents
Buenas Nuevas Memphis - 105.5 FM/830 AM
Coming to the Airwaves 10.1.18

Buenas Nuevas Memphis

Also leads to:

``Buenas Nuevas Memphis is GMF's Christian Media's first Spanish speaking FM [sic] radio station. Reaching Hispanics in Memphis and beyond with the Good News of Jesus!``

I`ve always wondered why cristianos translate ``good news`` as ``buenas nuevas`` --- no one speaking proper Spanish would ever render ``news`` as ``nuevas`` instead of ``noticias`` or ``noticiero`` or ``noticiario``. And can there be a singular ``nueva`` in the gospel-huxter context? Maybe they are semi-literate.

830 also has CP for 8000/2 watts, both from same site in west-central Memphis TN, could be in use now. FCC shows call has not been changed from WUMY; who cares, since they have their new slogan branding.

An FCC NPRM, In the Matter of Revitalization of the AM Radio Service))) MB Docket No. 13-249, SECOND FURTHER NOTICE OF PROPOSED RULEMAKINGAdopted: October 5, 2018, mentions:

``Other stations must reduce power to the point that it is tantamount to no nighttime service at all. An example is station WUMY, Memphis,Tennessee, at 830 kHz, which broadcasts with 8 kilowatts nominal power during the day but only 2 watts at night, because it must protect WCCO, Minneapolis, Minnesota, almost 700 miles away.``

WUMY originated as KBOA in Kennett, MO bootheel, which QSLed me long ago as a playing card!

BTW, this gospel Spanish is not to be confused with a secular SS also on 830, WFNO Norco LA, which also really gets out vs WCCO (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** VATICAN. 15595, Oct 25 at 1544, Arabic at S9-S7. It`s merely VR, 100 kW, 107 degrees from SMG (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. Trans-Pacific JBA MW carrier search, Oct 25 at 1240-1254 UT, spanning LSR of 1248, lots of activity into the altazimuth wrist-mounted DX-398 with internal antenna only: 558, 576-WSW, 594-NW, 603-NW, 612-WSW, 657-NW(2), 693*-NW, 702(2), 711-NW, 729-NW, 747-NW, 756-NW, 774-NW, 792-NW, 828-NW, 837-NW, 864-NW(2), 973-NW, 882(2), 909-NW, 936, 972*-NW with some talk audible = Korea South; 1035-NW, 1044-NW, 1089-NW, 1098-W, 1134-NW, 1242-NW, 1296-NW, 1323, 1422-NW, 1503, 1548, 1566-NW. Some were too weak to DF, and/or equal signals from DU and FE. *stronger ones; (2) at least two carriers beating (Glenn Hauser, Enid OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. Trans-Atlantic JBA MW carrier search, Oct 26 at 0023-0030 into the R75 via 100-foot E-W longwire: 531, 558(2), 576, 585*, 621, 648, 693(2), 711, 747, 774, 819, 837, 846(2), 855*, 864(2), 873, 882*, 909*, 963, 981, 1026, 1035, 1044, 1053, 1089*, 1098, 1107(2), 1152, 1161, 1179, 1215*, 1224, 1413, 1458, 1503, 1539, 1575(2). *stronger ones; (2) at least two carriers beating (Glenn Hauser, Enid OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

This report dispatched at 0447 UT October 26