venerdì 19 luglio 2019

Glenn Hauser logs July 18-19, 2019

** CHINA. 12190, July 19 at 1225, strong S9-S7 CNR1 jammer with YL narration over music, which leads me to a quick bandscan to 1230 between 10.9 and 15 MHz: widely variant signal levels, the ? ones being JBA carriers: 11825 with mixture; 11785, 11540, 11460, 11440, 11120, 11100, 10960? 12880?, 12950, 13020?, 13070? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. Follow-up to my previous report about Oklahoma`s 1320, KCLI Clinton, mentioning that 950 KFSA Fort Smith AR was off air following flooding:

``Formerly silent stations informing the FCC that they are back on the air: 950 KFSA AR Fort Smith – Silent May 26; on the air June 13. (AM Switch, NRC DX News July 23, published July 16, via DXLD)``

Never hear KFSA here anyway, direxional awayward; 950 dominated by KJRG Newton KS when it can slide by local 960 KGWA (Glenn Hauser, Enid OK,  DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A [and non]. WORLD OF RADIO 1991 contents: Australia, Azores, China, Congo DR, Cuba, Denmark, Europe, India, Japan, Korea North and non, Korea South, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Madeira, Mali, Malta, México, North America, Oklahoma and non, Romania, Spain, Sudan South non, Taiwan and non, Tibet, UK, USA, Vatican non, Vietnam non; and the propagation outlook.

Completed by 0006 UT Friday July 19 ready for first airings. However,  I later discovered that Unique Radio is no longer active on Fridays:

WORLD OF RADIO on Unique Radio, Gunnedah NSW --- Current schedule on website shows some changes, notably no broadcasts at all on Fridays, leaving WOR as follows:

Saturday (alternating, 7/20 & 8/3 ---)
1000 on 3210-USB

0930 on 5045-USB
1130 on 3210-USB [new]

0800-0900 on 5045 (two episodes)

See for full schedule including International Radio Report and ARDXC`s World at Your Fingertips.

WOR schedule: The shortwave broadcasts should be:

2200 UT Friday    WRMI 9955
0130 UT Saturday  WRMI 7780
0629vUT Saturday  HLR 6190-CUSB Germany
1000 UT Saturday  Unique Radio 3210-USB NSW [July 20; alt. weeks]
1130 UT Saturday  WRMI 9955
1430 UT Saturday  HLR 9485-CUSB Germany
1930vUT Saturday  WA0RCR 1860-AM
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 7780
0230 UT Monday    WRMI 7780
0300vUT Monday    WBCQ 5130v Area 51
0330 UT Monday    WRMI 9955
0930 UT Monday    Unique Radio 5045-USB NSW
1130 UT Monday    Unique Radio 3210-USB NSW [NEW]
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
0100 UT Thursday  WRMI 7780

(mp3 stream)
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Also linx to podcast services.

[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. 15810-, July 18 at 1801 (following up previous report), WTWW-3 is still on but now with double audio! Gospel huxter talking, maybe not PPPP, and hymn with lyrix at equal level, so not intended as background, still at 1826. Carrier is wobbling slightly, which is typical, or I might suspect they are axually running two transmitters at once on same frequency. 

15810+, July 19 at 1544, JBA carrier but this one slightly on the plus side, and much2 weaker than 15825 WWCR at S9+10/15, so probably something else, maybe local device, unless maybe WTWW be on exciter only (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 730, July 19 at 0558 UT, dominant signal is sports talk in English, string of ESPN promos, including one for ``ESPN Charlotte``,   and at 0600 UT, ``The Game, Charlotte, 730 AM and 97.5 FM``. No call copied but listed as WZGV, CoL Cramerton NC, U1 10000/165/psra 206 and also W248CO, on 97.5. Cramerton is a west=side suburb on the way to Gastonia. So it`s dominant with only 165 watts? Right ---

730 is an intriguing DX frequency, with a couple dozen USA stations but none legally running more than 1000 watts at night, many less than 100 or even less than 10! In fact the only 1 kW is KQPN West Memphis AR. 

Because 730 was a Canadian/Mexican ``clear``. Canada has two 50/50 kW stations in Montreal and Vancouver, and in between 10/5 kW in Manitoba. As for XEX Mexico City, it used to be dominant with 100/100 kW, but suspect it has been downgraded. No sign of it now, at least on my E/W longwire toward NC. Annoying splash from 740 KRMG Tulsa

Also just before ToH, heard mention of an area code 412 phone number, which is Pittsburgh PA --- unless on a network feed, that could correspond to 730 WPIT, U1 5000/24/psra 225 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. KGOU has more about the changes at StarDate:

``Sandy Wood Retires, Billy Henry Becomes Voice of StarDate
By Rebecca Johnson and McDonald Observatory • Jul 16, 2019

StarDate Sandy Wood [portrait]

Sandy Wood, the popular and charismatic announcer of the StarDate radio program, is retiring after 28 years on the air. Her final episode will air July 16.

Listen 0:35 Sandy Wood: "Keep looking up."

StarDate is the longest running nationally syndicated science program on American radio. Produced by The University of Texas at Austin’s McDonald Observatory, the program began in 1978. It brings a daily two-minute message of astronomy and skywatching to 2.3 million weekly listeners via more than 300 stations across the country. Wood took over from original announcer Joel Block after the program’s first dozen years.

“Since 1991 I’ve been with you every day, telling you about the wonders of the universe,” she says at the end of the July 16 episode. “Recent health problems, though, have left me unable to continue, so this is my final episode. My thanks for all of the support from our StarDate audience — the best in the universe!”

StarDate producer Damond Benningfield has worked with Wood since her original audition. “This really breaks my heart,” Benningfield says. “Not only is she an amazing announcer, she’s one of the kindest and most thoughtful people I’ve ever known. She’s also a hoot, so our recording sessions are probably going to be a lot duller without her.”

Wood’s first broadcast aired September 16, 1991, and she recorded a total of 10,166 episodes. She also recorded several podcasts for McDonald Observatory projects, and she narrated videos that play at the observatory’s Frank N. Bash Visitors Center and other venues at the Fort Davis campus, as well as on various web sites.

“I very much appreciate Sandy Wood’s dedicated service to McDonald Observatory. Her enthusiastic and consistent delivery of astronomy news for StarDate has built a large and committed audience of astronomy enthusiasts,” said McDonald Director Taft Armandroff. “As I travel the country and speak with fans of astronomy and The University of Texas, there are always questions and good wishes for Sandy Wood and StarDate.”

Wood has been a broadcaster since the 1960s, serving as a radio DJ and talk-show host, and voicing programs and commercials for local, regional, and national clients, including NASA.

Billy Henry [portrait]

Voice talent Billy Henry will be taking over for Sandy Wood beginning July 17, 2019. Billy is no stranger to public radio, serving as the voice for Brain Stories and going on to record hundreds of voiceovers for TV, radio and film including Texas Tourism, Schlotzky’s, Southwest Airlines, NASCAR, Guitar Center, Dell, AMD, Velocity Credit Union, the IMAX film, Texas: The Big Picture, and many more.

Henry is involved in many creative fields. In addition to doing voice work, he is a composer, musician, teacher, sound designer, and “maker of things,” including musical instruments.

He has written hundreds of pieces of music for clients , movie scores, and music for theater and dance productions and toured the world with The Court Yard Hounds and the Dixie Chicks. He teaches at Texas State University in San Marcos and has taught at UT-Austin as well.

“While I might not be able to stick it out for 28 years like Sandy did, I’m looking forward to telling you about the universe for a long time to come,” says Henry in an audio introduction recorded for StarDate’s many affiliate radio stations.

Billy Henry’s warm voice and conversational delivery style will continue the StarDate tone established by Sandy Wood during her tenure with the program`` (via KGOU Newsletter July 18 via DXLD)

UNIDENTIFIED. 1670, July 19 at 0621 UT, very poor signal mentions ``1530 AM``. Usual 1670 here of the only four Unitedstatesians is WOZN Madison WI. I can`t find any group relation to a 1530 station, nor for the other three 1670s, one of which is Spanish anyway (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. 2750, July 19 at 1216 UT, weak carrier fading; not even 2850 North Korea is audible. Not a spot for local mixtures. If a MW harmonic, it could only be 5 x 550, where KFRM KS dominates daytimes here (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

This report dispatched at 1716 UT July 19