domenica 21 luglio 2019

Glenn Hauser logs July 20-21, 2019

** CANADA. Sporadic-E opening MUFs above 100 MHz to the NE of here bode well for some FM DX at last, July 20 after 19 UT, so I hasten to start monitoring mainly on the DX-398 with PL-880 as backup, manipulating both telescopic antennas only, vs all the QRM from OK and KS, ACI if not CCI on every frequency. All info from the WTFDA FM database except distances city-to-city from

95.1, at 1916, French-Canadian H&F conversation, SRC/CBC style; still at 1929 vs Bott English from OK; another bit peaks at 1942. Very likely is North Bay ON, since later I am getting stations near the same line thru MI and QC, rather than CBF-FM flagship in far Montreal:

CBON-FM-17, 95.1, North Bay ON, 100/100 kW, 145m, news/talk, ``Ici Radio Canada Premiere``, 1884 km/1171 mi. BTW, the Bay it`s on is not Georgian, but further inland from smaller Lake Nipissing. 1884 km = 1171 statute miles.

96.5, at 1944, a bit of YL in French, vs the two Okies. Based on later definite Rouyn-Noranda area log, this fits:

CHOA-FM, 96.5, ROUYN-NORANDA QC CAN, 61.1 kW Horiz only, 204m, French, Hot Ac, ``Wow 96.5``. 2025 km = 1258 mi from Rouyn;  2025 km = 1259 mi from Noranda

104.3, at 1955-1958, French hard sell adstring, Chevy and Ford car dealers, $tereo, mentions Rouyn-Noranda twice; 2000 partial ID during fading claims ``cent mille watts ... Capitale Rock``, 2002 hard rock music. This is it:

CHGO-FM, 104.3, AMOS/VAL D'OR QC CAN, 94/94 kW, 172.6m, French, Active Rock, Capitale Rock/Radio X. 2101 km = 1305 mi from Amos, east of Rouyn-Noranda in SW QC. 

104.3, at 2013, two stations, one of them with rock in English. Could be 96 kW KVGB-FM Great Bend KS, if not one of the Michiganders, 100 KW religious WVCN in Baraga, in the PTA, U.P. near Houghton, rather than 190! kW classic hits WOMC Detroit.

Many more logs, MI & WI from same opening: see U S A. BTW, I am still esperando (waiting/hoping for) any Es opening from Mexico this summer. There have been plenty of sporadic-E openings, but not much above 88 MHz, and if so centered in the wrong spots for me (Glenn Hauser, Enid OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. Sporadic-E opening MUFs above 100 MHz to the NE of here bode well for some FM DX at last, July 20 after 19 UT, so I hasten to start monitoring mainly on the DX-398 with PL-880 as backup, manipulating both telescopic antennas only, vs all the QRM from OK and KS, ACI if not CCI on every frequency. All info from the WTFDA FM database, except distances city-to-city from

After three catches in French from Ontario and Quebec, see CANADA, the rest mostly Michigan:

95.3, at 1917, rock in stereo while I am getting French on 95.1. Certainly not the usual KOKC talk translator in OKC, unlikely 14 kW KMGZ Lawton. There are two Kansans not very close: KINZ, Humboldt in the SE with 24 kW, classic hits; and KWKN, Wakeeney in the NW with 100 kW, unknown format. If Michigan, only two of the ten 95.3 are rock, and only one, also the most powerful, 17 kW, WWSS, Tuscarora Township, ``The Bear``, but between Flint and Detroit outside PTA.

96.5, at 1919, string of national ads, very choppy fading, sure
thought Es, but finally an Okie ad, so only Tulsa or Elk City.

106.7, at 1923, sports talk in English overriding Spanish KTUZ Okarche OK, I guess still QRP from 13/13 kW since tower was felled. This could likely be:

WSRT, 106.7, GAYLORD MI USA, 100/100 kW, 177.0m, ESPN Radio Northern Michigan. //WSRJ 105.5. 1466 km = 911 mi, north-central L.P. 

Less likely a closer spoiler: K294DE, translator of KLKC-1540, PARSONS KS USA, 250 watts with Fox Sports Radio. Parsons in SE KS.

93.5, at 1930, C&W in $, with CCI; ad for Water Circus at Cadillac; YL announcer, ID in passing as WTCM; 1936 ad for ``Northbound --- in The Beautiful Charlevoix``; 1929 partial ID? ##TY?, mentions Traverse City, repeat Cadillac Water Circus ad. Here it is:

WBCM, 93.5, BOYNE CITY MI USA, 14/14 kW, 283m, ``TODAY'S COUNTRY MUSIC`` // WTCM 103.5. Boyne City is at the far end of Lake Charlevoix, inland from Charlevoix on the coast which is N of Traverse City. Cadillac is considerably S of TC, inland. 1458 km = 906 mi

93.5, at 2000 ID ``Mix 93, WKMJ-FM``, i.e.: WKMJ-FM, 93.5, HANCOCK MI USA, 25.0/25.0 kW, 84.0m, HOT AC, ``MIX
93.5``. Hancock is in the U.P. By Houghton next to Lake Superior. 1419 km = 881 mi

88.3, at 2003, temp 70, predicted low in mid-50s! {Cool! at 101-degree Enid now} from ``Smile FM``, briefly overcoming marginal KOSR Stillwater, Wichita; and Enid`s K202BY is still OFF:

``Adult Hits, CONTEMPORARY CHRISTIAN. SMILE FM, MICHIGAN'S POSITIVE HITS`` has FOUR 88.3s in MI, all mono (but I couldn`t tell):

WDTE, GROSSE POINT SHORES MI USA, 0.16 kW H/5.5 kW V, 50.0 m
WSMZ, CRYSTAL VALLEY MI USA, 1.5/1.5 kW, 200.0m
WKPK, MICHIGAMME MI USA, 0.0/15.0 kW, 252m [how is that pronounced?]
WEJC, WHITE STAR MI USA, 0.001/55.0 kW!, 114m

Thru sporadic E, polarization becomes random, so in decreasing power probability: WEJC, WKPK, WDTE, WSMZ. By decreasing proximity to PTA (probable target area): Michigamme near Ishpeming on the U.P.; Crystal Valley near Ludington on the central west coast on Lake MI; White Star unfound in my atlases, but G.C. Puts it somewhere near Midland/Bay City. GPS = Detroit. Michigamme: 1388 km = 863 mi; Crystal Valley 1285 km = 799 mi

[Liz Cameron, somewhere in MI, replies on the WOR iog: [White Star, MI is near Midland. Actually Gladwin County to the north. WEJC is a pest near Tawas and in the Thumb. 73/Liz``]

93.3, at 2005, weather and ``Today`s Country``; must be overcoming OK station. Not in MI, but one from WI is only hit on slogan:

WBSZ, 93.3, ASHLAND WI USA, 71/71 kW, 75.0m, ``TODAY’S COUNTRY Z-93``. Ashland is on the N coast of WI, an inlet from Lake Superior. 1273 km = 791 mi

87.9, since session began have been checking here and 87.75, but nothing until 2018, now $ rock music; no local matches found; 2025 kid voice-over music, ``trust in the lord``. It`s sort of mushy but centred closer to 87.9 than 87.75 or 88.1.

The closest known Franken-FMs on 87.75 are in Chicago and Cleveland. No 87.9s anywhere around there in official WTFDA DB. Could be one of all those pirates Harold Frodge hears around his Midland MI location, recapped by MARE:

``Following is a compilation of logs appearing in the MARE Tip Sheets during July 2018-June 2019. Errors & typos in the Tip Sheets are corrected here where known. Logs listed here are all from listening posts within 250 miles of the Michigan border.

87.9 Bay City MI LP relay; Hits Radio 99-5 ZPL, KMTI? Xmas mx, 77 WABC, Shine FM, Oldies 107.3 WRDJ, Hits FM, Hall-mark Channel, 103-5 KCQ, old WABC spots, 9-70 WFLA spot; 13 Jul, 14,15,16,17,18 Jun, 19 Feb (HF)
“   Birch Run MI, Birch Run HS, Panther Radio; 80s, 90s & today, Panther Radio; 18,23 Jun (HF)
“   Bridgeport MI area LP relay; Shine FM; 00,23 Jun, 14 Jul (HF)
“   Brighton MI LP relay; peaks a few mi. north; 15 Feb (HF)
“   Freeland MI area LP relay; 17,18 Nov (HF)
"   Midland MI, NE Midland LP relay; various relays including 95.1 Shine FM, 107.3 WRDJ, Z-100, The Big JCHW, The Big HW Golden, 100.7 The Path?, 103.5 WKTU; 13,21 Jul, 15 Sep, 16,17 Jan, 19 Dec, 18 Nov (HF)
“   Midland MI, SE Midland LP relay; Surround Sound EZL music; 14,15 Feb, 16,18 Apr, 17 Jan (HF)
“   Shiawassee county MI; 102-5 The Bone, Tampa FL; 15 Sep (HF)``

Opening has died down by 2030 UT and I have other tasks, so I quit, but one sesquihour later, see the Es map still showing 100+ MHz MUFs, so I resume at 2200-2215, but hear no DX; now, however, what I am getting on 87.9 matches to local 91.1, Air One KKRD. Maybe I failed to compare 87.9 to this one earlier. No idea how/why it show up on 87.9; there is no local leapfrog fulcrum on 89.5. Of course, Air One is everywhere out of its 92.7 flagship origination KYRA, Thousand Oaks in California, so 87.9 could still be DX from somewhere (Glenn Hauser, Enid OK, all July 20, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. HAWAII: 10000, July 21 at 0603, WWVH still announcing that they will air info for military exercisers, I think she said at :50 past the hours. At this time, WWV is equally strong with short-skip sporadic E boost (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A [and non]. WORLD OF RADIO 1991 monitoring: confirmed by Ivo Ivanov, Bulgaria: ``GERMANY, Reception of World of Radio via HLR on 6190 CUSB, July 20
0631-0700 6190 GOH 001 kW / 230 deg CeEu English Sat, fair signal``

Noel R. Green also reports: ``Re 0629 UT on 6190 --- this was a really poor signal here in NW England this morning and very difficult to make much of it at all. When I tuned in at around 0640, I could hear a voice that sounded like Glenn's on peaks out of the local noise, but could copy nothing at all of what was being said. Maybe 9485 will be better later?``

Confirmed Saturday July 20 at 2100 on WRMI 9955, S7-S( after IS & ID loop as early as 2058.

Also confirmed UT Sunday July 21 at 0130 on WRMI 5850, good but with some deep fades.

Also confirmed UT Sunday July 21 at 0359 on WA0RCR, 1860-AM, MO, at the item about YHWH best heard via Prescott and Denver remotes, i.e. 16 minutes into, so must have started quite late around 0343. My previous check was at 0339 when ham news by YL was still running. Barely readable vs high summer storm noise level.

Ivo Ivanov, Bulgaria, reports: ``GERMANY, World of Radio #1991 via Hamburger Lokalradio on July 21:
1031-1100 7265 GOH 001 kW / 230 deg CeEu English Sun, fair signal``

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

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** U S A. 5085, Sat July 20 at 2330, WTWW-3 is OFF when `Theater Organ in the Ozarx` is supposed to appear --- but it`s running OK on $tereo webcast I *know* I have heard this ep before, with comments about Johnny Carson, etc., in fact more than once. Are there any new TOITOs?

End at 2402, when I recheck: not only is 5085 absent, but all other possible WTWW frequencies. Rerecheck about an hour later, now at least 5085 is on with hamstuff (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 6115, July 21 at 0000, checking WWCR only whether the third #1 frequency is also squealing like 15825 and 3215? Yes, it is, as g.h. Jack van Impe is starting (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

This report despatched at 1934 UT July 21