sabato 24 agosto 2019

Glenn Hauser logs August 23-24, 2019

** CHINA [and non]. CNR1 jammer survey Aug 24 at 1430: JBA maybe Chinese on 12820, 12880, nothing WOOB higher or lower; two well-known Sound of Hope jammed channels. Probably would have found several more had I got around to it an hour earlier.

Sound of Hope is the clandestine radio mouthpiece of the Falun Gong, which also run The Epoch Times. That made news lately, altho never mentioning the connexion, since SW is insignificant? Epoch Times also propagates far-out debunked wacky conspiracy theories. Hey, maybe the jamming is not such a bad idea, after all? NBC News NOW:


The Epoch Times has been paying for some of the biggest pro-Trump ads on Facebook. NBC News’ Brandy Zadrozny reports after NBC News exclusively learned that Epoch is tied to a Chinese spiritual group whose goal is to take down China’s government. Aug. 20, 2019. . .


Started almost two decades ago with a stated mission to “provide information to Chinese communities to help immigrants assimilate into American society,” The Epoch Times now wields one of the biggest social media followings of any news outlet. . .

Is it any wonder why I refuse to participate in disgraced FB? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** HAWAII [and non]. 10000, Aug 23 at 1150, WWVH only, with same ``MARS interoperability exercise`` announcement as on WWV at :10, but this by of course a YL voice, ending by referring to a listener survey at a URL spelt fonetikaly as I previously reported. Have you filled it out yet? Current announcements were to stop after Aug 24. And yes, the unwarranted RTTY QRM is still there from 10002+ (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** KUWAIT. 17550.0 & 17550.6, Aug 23 at 2013, two JBA carriers. One of them no doubt the ridiculous Radio Kuwait C&W North American service in Arabic at 20-24; the other perhaps a local birdie. MOI Kuwait may well be the one typically way-off-frequency (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** MEXICO. 650, Aug 23 at 1200, Radio 65 ID mentioning elevation of its antenna, presumably referring to FM where that matters. WTFDA FM Database shows XHTNT-FM on 100.5 from Los Mochis, Sinaloa, 10/10 kW at a height AAT of 185.76 metres --- which is nothing special, but admittedly higher than anything else in Los Mochis, and in fact exactly the same as for 104.3 XHREV-FM; hmm, and exactly same coördinates, which tell us something. XHTNT used to be on 106.5, commensurate with its AM slogan which they are still using and transmitting.

Unfortunately awake this early, I had been tuning SRS Mexicans for a semihour and hearing most of the usuals below 800 kHz, altho the more easterly ones were fading out circa 1140. Enid LSR 1156 UT, and XETNT now about to outfade (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** OKLAHOMA. Another look at that new electronic billboard at the NE corner of Garriott and Garland in Enid owned by Williams Broadcasting, the afternoon of Aug 23: amid many local advertisers it flashes that Rush will be on FM in Enid ``in a matter of days``, same as Sean, but the latter will also be in $tereo --- hot crap!! 

These teasers have not bothered to mention the frequency or station, but we knew it would be activating the CP for ``fully loony`` K265FL translator of 960 KGWA on 100.9. In fact, it was within a matter of *hours*, since next check circa 0000 UT Aug 24 found new local bigsig with Fox ``news``. Recheck at 1358 UT, 100.9 still on with the absurdly-accented Sebastian Gorka concluding an hour of his `America First` show on the Salem Radio Network (featuring witch-hunts). So I`m listening carefully for the new ID: NO, 1400 UT ToH ID on 100.9 ONLY for KGWA AM, into Fox ``news``. Off to a great start!

BTW, the power consumption of full-size electronic billboards must be huge with all those LEDs bright enough in full sunlight.

Far-right extremist talk stations often default to less- or even non-political talk shows to fill time on weekends; such as here on Saturday circa 1735 UT it`s about travel. And guess what, *no* stereo pilot. Do they turn it on only for Sean, or is that fake news? Most stations would not want to bother with turning stereo on and off.

Back before K265FL activated, Aug 23 at 1839 UT on the caradio I kept on 100.9 for one last chance to hear anything else there; various
marginal signals fading back and forth, but at 1849 UT, ad for Keystone Chevy in Sand Springs, ergo KTSO, Sapulpa, both Tulsa suburbs, 19/19 kW at 114 m HAAT, per WTFDA DB, ``80'S HITS --- TOTALLY AWESOME 80'S``. There are other lower Okies on 100.9 in Edmond, Chickashay, Shawnee and Miamuh. There are three in Kansas, a 96.9 watt LP in Wichita, 35.5 kW in Clay Center, and 100 kW in Lakin (which IIRC was far enough away from Wichita to have another NTSC channel 3).

It`s a shame that a CP for a new LP in Enid on 100.9 never eventuated; it would have had some public-service remit with one of its backers Enid and Garfield County Emergency Management Director, Mike Honigsberg. So KGWA glommed onto the frequency which will surely attain inferior coverage to its 1 kW on 960. But we all know AM radio is *so* passé. 

Is the translator on one of their AM towers at the NW corner of Enid? NO, FCC info shows it at the NE corner of Grand and Randolph in downtown Enid, certainly better for city-wide coverage. K265FL antenna is atop the former First National Bank building of seven stories, now``One Grand Center`` of Wymer-Brownlee, photoed the next day: as a 2-element thing. This is a block NNW of the white-elephant vacant and locked-up ten-story Broadway Tower which now accomplishes nothing except serving as a somewhat higher antenna base for some other lower-powered FMs, not including ex-104.7 KUAL/KEIF-LP The Rocket, which got caught with too much antenna height as a result (and too commercial). From another angle, the much higher antenna mast on BWT behind it, eclipses the closer and lower K265FL one.

In its heyday, the BW Tower contained the office of my uncle, a lawyer and later respected judge. A few years ago, somecompany tried to  refurbish offices into hotel suites, apparently busted. Meanwhile, a brand  new downtown hotel is going up less than two blox away (Glenn Hauser, Enid OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** TURKEY. 9635.021, Aug 23 at 2017, ME music not Qur`an, what? Carrier wobbles slightly as I off-measure it; cuts off at 2028, what? Aoki shows VOT in French from 1930. Something`s always wrong at Emirler. Unusual to hear much of anything from Eurasia at this time on this band, beyond maybe Greece and Spain. VP signal (Glenn Hauser,  OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 13306-USB, Aug 24 at 1431, ground-to-air contact by New York Radio good vs JBA signal from aircraft. YL op assigns 11396 as secondary, then she can barely hear Iberia 0012 flight.

13348-USB, Aug 24 at 1433, another flight contact by OM op with selcals, also New York? This frequency not listed by EiBi for anywhere, so I search the UDXF iog: incredibly, no logs since November 2014, by the once-prolific Al Stern at Satellite Beach FL, as New York LDOC, whatever that mean; reactivated?

Meanwhile, Andy Robins, Kalamazoo, replies to my previous 13306 log:

``Glenn: Selcal codes are assigned to particular aircraft. The same code can be assigned to different aircraft, although I believe the ICAO suggests that planes sharing a code not operate in the same area. For example, an airliner flying routinely in the North Atlantic MWARA and another with the same selcal in the Indian Ocean aren't likely to be getting calls intended for the other aircraft. When I was heavily into HF aeronautical listening in the late 1990's, there were fat books of selcal codes that DXers used to figure out the "tail number" (registration) of the aircraft they heard. 73``

Thanks, Andy; I am always glad to get elucidations from others about my logs! Unfortunately, some editors delete them, feeling they are not authorized to quote someone I quote (Glenn Hauser, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A [and non]. WORLD OF RADIO 1996 monitoring: confirmed first SWBC, Friday August 23 at 2200 on WRMI 9955, S9-S6 and no upcut.

Also confirmed UT Sat Aug 24 at 0130 on WRMI 7780, S9 vs HLNL.

Wolfgang Bueschel, Germany reports: ``GERMANY, 6189.996-usb mode, Sats 0629-0659 UT, WOR by Glenn Hauser-UK-USA, fluttery, average S=8 or -81 dBm signal strong, at 0656 in southern Germany and remote SDR in Switzerland. Some summer thunderstorm scratching amongst the recording happened in Slovenia, all-Balkan, former Yugoslavia, Albania and on central Italy Appenine mountains``

Ivo Ivanov, Bulgaria, agrees: ``Today same good signal here --- 
World of Radio #1996 via Hamburger Lokalradio, August 24
0630-0700 6190 GOH 001 kW / 230 deg to CeEu English Sat, fair/good``

Alan Gale, England, reports: ``Hi Glenn, Was it just me or was the Romanian signal even wider than usual today? I couldn't hear WoR on 9485 from here or even on the usually reliable Finnish SDRs. Media Network Plus had been audible at around 1400 UT before fading out at around 1410, and I could zero beat a carrier on 9485, so you may have been there but just masked by the heavy splatter. It's a pity the programme isn't on 30 minutes later as 9490 always goes quiet at 1500. Alan``

Tnx; I completely missed checking that today. HLR seems oblivious to interference problems. Next:

1930vUT Saturday  WA0RCR 1860-AM ND
2100 UT Saturday  WRMI 9955 to SSE
0130 UT Sunday    WRMI 5850 to NW
0300vUT Sunday    WA0RCR 1860-AM [nominal 0315] ND
1030 UT Sunday    HLR 7265-CUSB Germany to SSW
2130 UT Sunday    WRMI 7780 to NE
0130 UT Monday    WRMI 9395 to NNW, 7780 to NE
0230 UT Monday    WRMI 7780 to NE
0300vUT Monday    WBCQ 5130v Area 51 6160v? to WSW
0330 UT Monday    WRMI 9955 to SSE
1816 UT Monday    IRRS 7290 Romania ND
0100 UT Tuesday   WRMI 7780 to NE
2100 UT Wednesday WRMI 9955 to SSE
2100 UT Wednesday WBCQ 7490v to WSW
0100 UT Thursday  WRMI 7780 to NE

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

** U S A. 9330, unlike last Friday, WBCQ Superstation is not running in the afternoon altho AW had twitted that he would be on 9330 plus the other four this evening. On my noisy-by-the-computer/TVs ATS-909, no sign of a signal even after 0000 UT Aug 24, unlike the SS which had no problem overcoming. On webcast, AW launches right into political vehemence, so I`m not listening except for occasional spotchex during the hour. 

However, just before, from 2354 Aug 23, I checked out all the SW frequencies: 9330 detectable at only S7-S9, off-frequency a dead giveaway it`s the Classic transmitter not the SS. Measured on about 9330.04V. Much stronger at S9+20 is 7490.17; someone even wondered if the SS were on there --- but not if it`s inexact. 6159.97, S7-S9 but ACI from 6165 much stronger RHC even tho it`s undermodulated as usual. 5130.38 is S9+10 but struggles against noise level; 3264.9 a JBA carrier as usual at best here. Rehear last few minutes as usual running past 0100 until finishes at 0103:35.

John Carver reports: ``Tonight's show started on time. Listening on 7490 this evening. Tried 9330 and they're not using the new transmitter but the older transmitter set up for 9330 and could barely copy it here. Allan bemoaning that the world is full of idiots. Rant about the perception of climate change. First phone call at 0012 from Bill Smith who is now out of prison and in a halfway house.

After phone call Allan states that the work on the new transmitter and antenna is coming along nicely but no dates given for completion. The discussion on climate change continued after that. Talk of many ways of creating energy that will be used at a future time. Discussion became a little more political as Allan expressed his disgust with the number of people wanting to be supported by the government and not having to work. Reading of emails at 0051. Program was off the air at 0103. 7490 moved into Brother Stair. John Mid-North Indiana`` (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 9475-, Aug 23 at 2015, WTWW-1 is on! First time caught in a few days, S9/+10 but very undermodulated. It`s gone again at next check 2131, nor on night frequency 5830- (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 1560, Aug 24 at 0556 UT, KGOW Houston Vietnamese nulled as much as possible, so I again hear English station roughly east/west. Making SAH of about 144/minute = 2.4 Hz. Local weather by YL but can`t catch any clues (some weather forecasts assume everybody listening knows it`s local!); 0558 UT ``Odd Couple`` seems show name, one of them being Rod Pearson? or something like that. No local ID caught but ``Fox Sports Radio`` and at 0600 UT into scores of stupid ballgames. 

Meanwhile I got this suggestion: ``(just a wild guess here) your 1560 beating with KGOW might have been Paducah in rogue-daytime mode. Again, that's just a wild guess based upon absolutely nothing. And, re the semi-colon; I completely agree. Always 73z. -- GREG HARDISON``

By Greg, I think he`s got it. WPAD, KY from the east, is indeed a Fox Sports affil, supposedly U1, 1000/35 watts. One might have guessed my nearest 1560, KEBC Del City OK, also sports, but listed in last year`s NRC AM Log as NBC, U2 1000/250. But it`s virtually co-linear with KGOW and I hear nothing of it when aiming that way, just KGOW (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) 

UNIDENTIFIED. 2900, Aug 23 at 0554 UT, JBA carrier. Checking out Kevin Redding`s Crump TN suggestion on the ABDX yg, Aug 23 at 0210 UT, ``WREL 1450 2nd harmonic --- Turn to 2900 to hear WREL 2nd Harmonic on 2.900 MHz``. We`re supposed to know the locations of every graveyarder? I find a previous log of its fundamental from *2017*: ``1450 August 11 at 1530, WREL Lexington VA, ID "Sports radio for Rockbridge County 1450 WREL" (Larry Will-WV)``. 

Of the hundreds of stations on 1450, several others could be harmonicizing; what`s remarkable is that how few US MW stations axually radiate on doubles and triples beyond local range. Also I am surprised even to detect some JBA carrier, with summer storm noise more of an obstacle than my high local line noise at this part of spectrum, which sometimes is bad as high as 11.8 MHz (Glenn Hauser,  OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. 2940.082, Aug 23 at 0555, JBA carrier vs storm noise, naturally suspecting HJNT, Radio Huellas (footprint), Cali, the 2  x 1470+ harmonicizer previously identified always off frequency+plus altho last time April 23, it was on 2940.132; Colombia`s only (almost) SW station (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

This report despatched at 2028 UT August 24