sabato 22 giugno 2019

Glenn Hauser logs June 21-22, 2019

WORLD OF RADIO HITLIST update by Alan Roe, June 21:

DX/SWL/MEDIA PROGRAMS updated June 22:

** CHINA. 9180, June 21 at 1330, CNR1 jammer, S3-S5 on Sound of Hope frequency, // 11785 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA. 15125-15155, June 21 at 1925, RHC 15140 is VG, much stronger than usual, splattering out plus/minus 15 kHz, on portable with reelout during power outage in Enid. Something`s always wrong at RHC. Probably getting sporadic E boost like the USA stations on 19m, q.v. (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** KOREA NORTH [non]. 9455, June 21 at 1332, soft YL talk in Japanese, S5-S8, mentions Shiokaze more than once? 1335 to kid choral song, and then found same stronger but not synch S6-S9 on 9705. Aoki/NDXC shows both are Furusato no Kaze at 1330-1400, but from different sites in Taiwan: Paochung, and Tamsui respectively. Use it or lose it: Bangladesh had Nepali at 1315-1345 on 9455; now on 4750 per EiBi but not Aoki (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** OKLAHOMA. 88.3, June 21 at 1555 UT, the dead air carrier from K202BY, the Family Radio satellator in Enid, is off. It`s been on and dead for many months. This is quickly noticed, as I use 88.3 for the BST-1 FM feeder in the car, which in most of Enid easily overrides it. But in time for the widespread Enid power outage, ironically, this carrier is back on (Glenn Hauser, Enid, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** OKLAHOMA [and non]. A couple brown-outs and then a blackout interrupt our lunch at an Enid restaurant, Friday June 21 at 1833 UT. Fortunately we started just ahead of that but there is a delay refilling our drinx from the hi-tech dispenser. This turns out to be a prolonged and widespread but spotty outage. 

1390, KCRC is off, while its sibling stations from same studio but different transmitter sites, lose modulation but carriers stay on: 95.7, 97.7, 106.3, 107.1. Competitors 960, KGWA and 103.1 KOFM luck out, stay on. All of these have HQ on the north side of Enid a couple miles apart. 96.9 and 1640, also related to KCRC but with remote studios and transmitters, are unaffected.

Power is also out when we get home, no AC or anything, and since it`s the hottest day of the year so far, 99 degrees, we soon head out for cool places. Public library is still powerfully cooled, so spend about an hour there, along with the usual homeless crowd. Monitoring some of the stations for signs of electrical. But they might not reboot immediately even when restored. 

On library computer, checking OG&E System Outage map, and astoundingly, shows nothing out in Enid, just Ada. Maybe it`s all fixed already? But back home, still off. Finally notify OG&E circa 2030 UT, as should have at first rather than assuming they would have been inundated with calls.

Might as well get some shopping in, if stores are powered. CVS is darkwith a sign on the door. Driving along US 412, clearly the outage isvery scattered. Some electronic signs are still blaring away, whilenearby traffic signals are off (but most still working). We find somestores further west in Enid that are nominal.

Finally we hear KOFM briefly mention what happened, later found at the Enid Eagle:

``ENID, Okla. — More than 9,000 OG&E Electric Services customers were without power for more than four hours Friday afternoon, June 21, 2019, on the hottest day of the year so far, which happened to be thefirst day of summer 2019.

A broken cross-arm on a transmission line in the city took down electricity at about 1:30 p.m. for as many as 9,405 customers before power began being restored around 5 p.m. for some and by 6 for most, according to Facebook accounts and OG&E reports.``

Back home again, and running a very small fan with battery power:  94.3, KLGB-LP is also off but some other gospel huxter is there, Bott Network no longer blotted out. At times seems same if not // 95.1 KQCV. But at 2232 UT, also south central Kansas weather. That would be 100 kW KCVW Kingman KS. 

Enid: 99.9, KVBN-LP, same tower as KLGB-LP, is also off, but back at next check 0509 UT June 22; while 94.3 is on but dead air; no one around to reboot it? 92.1, KAMG-LP remained on with its constant dead air.

101.5, the peripatetic KOCD Okeene is on c. 1920 with RDS as KOCD___

Nothing audible on 1390 with KCRC off, but its splatter also off audiblizes weak signals on adjacents at 2235 UT check: 1380 from Lawton direxion, and 1400 from Norman direxion, but with that nulled, SAH and something weaker, probably KWON Bartlesville.

OG&E finally turns back on at 2248 UT, 4.25 hours after it went out. Whew. Now OG&E website shows 4870 Enid customers powerless (Glenn Hauser, Enid, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 15825 WWCR VG, 15770 WRMI good, 15610 WEWN very good, enough to hear its squeal, and 15555-USB WJHR audible, June 21 at 1923, all getting big boost from sporadic E as checked on portables during Enid power outage (see OKLAHOMA); but no boost on 21525 WRMI, so MUF into HF but not VHF. See also CUBA. After the others are off, 15610 still strong at 2244 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 4426-USB, June 21 at 0516, robotic marine weather for Atlantic, vs high noise level. Per EiBi it`s NMN, USCG Chesapeake VA, timeshared with NMC, Point Reyes CA (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A [and non]. WORLD OF RADIO 1987 monitoring: confirmed first USA SWBC, Friday June 21 at 2200 on WRMI 9955, fair on PL-880 portable during Enid AC outage.

Also confirmed UT Saturday June 22 at 0130 on WRMI 7780, S9/S9+10 fair vs summer non-nearby storm noise. Next:
0629 UT Saturday  HLR 6190-CUSB Germany
1000 UT Saturday  Unique Radio 3210-USB NSW [June 22, July 6]
1130 UT Saturday  WRMI 9955
1431 UT Saturday  HLR 9485-CUSB Germany
1930vUT Saturday  WA0RCR 1860-AM
2030 UT Saturday  WRMI 15770 [NEW]
2100 UT Saturday  WRMI 9955
0130 UT Sunday    WRMI 5850
0300vUT Sunday    WA0RCR 1860-AM [nominal 0315]
1030 UT Sunday    HLR 7265-CUSB Germany
2130 UT Sunday    WRMI 7780
0130 UT Monday    WRMI 9395
0230 UT Monday    WRMI 7780
0300vUT Monday    WBCQ 5130v Area 51 9330?
0330 UT Monday    WRMI 9955
0930 UT Monday    Unique Radio 5045-USB NSW
1816 UT Monday    IRRS 7290 Romania
0100 UT Tuesday   WRMI 7780
0800 UT Tuesday   Unique Radio 5045-USB NSW [2 editions]
2100 UT Wednesday WRMI 9955
2100 UT Wednesday WBCQ 7490v [and/or 2130]
0100 UT Thursday  WRMI 7780
0930 UT Friday    Unique Radio 5045-USB NSW

Also check 9330 WBCQ for unscheduled airings during testing phase.

[it appears we will now be running on a Friday-to-Thursday cycle, so freshest new airings are on weekends]

Full schedule including AM, FM, webcasts, satellite, podcasts:

** U S A. 9330.00, June 21 at 0512, WBCQ-6, S9+20 with rock music.

9330.00, UT Sat June 22 tune-in WBCQ at 0011 and listen for rest of hour to `Allan & Angela Weiner Worldwide` or some variant as discussed. Appears to be a new live show, all about the SuperStation with a constant stream of callers, and constant hum on the signal which is apparently coming from the phone line. We glean more information about all this, summarizing:

Now running full 500 kW, as it will be when launched as the client insists on not one watt less than 500,000. General testing sked is 4 pm – 7 am (EDT = 20-11 UT), while the antenna crew works on it the remaining 9 hours in the daytime. Maybe on air less this weekend while checking out circuit breakers, etc. 

Everything has to be ready for the World`s Last Chance ministries launch, now set for Monday July 8, which will be broadcasting to Middle East, Europe, USA and Canada [this implies the latest HFCC registration in Arabic and English only, rather than the imaginary worldwide multi-language schedule originally publicized].

Despite the super-power, there is very little RF blanking in the local area, he says. Audio processor is a $14K Omnia 11, for good sound; lo-fi audio is not good for listenability.

Transmitter is DRM capable but --- Allan is interrupted by caller Freddy to explain what that is, before AW can finish, and does not get back to it, but seemed he was about to say they would not be running DRM?

At 0024, AW finally mentions that this is 21 June, YOOL 2019, so indeed a new live show. (But not the next time it may go out.)

The Continental transmitter is made in USA, believe it or not, Dallas TX. They use top-notch components. Very complex water cooling requires constant attention; shift schedules are being set up. Power bill will be in the high(?) 5-figures per month.

AW`s note to staff: put VORW on some of the test broadcasts. Also going to simulcast Amateur Radio Roundtable Tuesday night (with 5130). Reading e-mail and prayer, running over until finished at 0106, back to music.

Another AWWW hour plays at 0200, and yet another oldone at 0400. In between didn`t pay much attention but at 0339 noted that zappahead Larry Will was in charge, apparently live, soliciting e-mail reports (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 5085 & 5830, June 22 at 0435, WTWW is on neither. Bob Butterfield in Maryland had noticed them missing at 0200, maybe due to storms in the area (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST

** U S A. RF 31, KDCU-DT Derby KS (Wichita), Univisión affiliate is the main station decoding with area tropo,
June 21 at 1420+ UT, altho my antenna is aimed almost the opposite direxion. This leads to some fine scrambled DTV pixel art photos:
Hands up! Something is attacking my face!
Others totally abstract or with vestiges of visages:

About three hours later, I found this frozen on the screen after the DX had faded out:

Another decode, briefly around 1430 UT on RF 22, from KSNC-DT 2-1 Great Bend KS. BAD signals showing but not decoding, all or most probably Kansas too: RF 30, 21, 14, 10, 9, 8; and at 1440 UT, 45 and 35 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** ZAMBIA. On the WOR io group, Ray Robinson replies to my 13680 log:

``'Load Shedding' power outages in Zambia due to low water levels at the Kariba Dam hydroelectric facility went into effect on June 1st, and these forced Voice of Hope - Africa to temporarily suspend our morning broadcasts. Instead, we are now on the air 1300-1900 UT daily, with an extra hour from 1200 to 1300 on the weekends. The afternoon frequencies from 1200/1300-1555 UT are 9680 (omni) and 13680 (315°). At 1600 daily, we change frequencies for the evenings to 4965 (omni) and 6065 (315°). Local sunset in Lusaka is currently around 1545 UT. Full program schedule, as always, is on our website, here: (Posted on 6/21/2019 at 0555 UT.)
Ray Robinson
Strategic Communications Group
Voice of Hope World Radio Network`` (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

This report despatched at 0527 UT June 22