mercoledì 28 agosto 2019

Glenn Hauser logs August 26-27-28, 2019

** CUBA. 13700, Aug 27 at 1346, RHC is S9+10 but just barely modulated, while 13740 is nominal, S9 to S9+10. Something`s always wrong at RHC (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** OKLAHOMA [and non]. Fulfilling dire warnings all day, a major storm hit the OKC area (but not Enid!), the evening of Aug 26, early UT August 27, resulting in the major TV stations blowing away their entire primetime schedules for wall-to-wall coverage. Mike Morgan on KFOR even called it an ``inland hurricane`` since winds were up to 80 mph. Caused a lot of damage, with hail, flooding, many power lines down; up to 85 kilocustomers blacked out at peak per OG&E Systemwatch.

Not until 0542 UT do I start checking whether any radio stations are affected, and some are, even in the Enid area:

1520, Aug 27 at 0542 UT, KOKC is dead air, still so at 0554; I can`t hear its FM translator on 95.3 either, whether off or dead air as it`s marginal anyway.

1640, Aug 27 at 0545 UT, KZLS ``Enid`` (Hennessey) is dead air, maybe because it`s programmed out of OKC. Still at 0554;

however at 0552 I nulled its carrier as much as possible to hear another station with music. Normally it`s WTNI Biloxi MS, reported in MW Circle as ex-sports:

``** U S A. 1640 WTNI [Biloxi MS] --- Yesterday I moved my antenna from its summer position (about 270 degrees) to the winter one (about 300).  LA has been a dead loss from here this year although to be fair I have been away a great deal.

I was rewarded with good reception today after months of very little  (conditions I think rather than the antenna move working a miracle). It's probably been reported elsewhere but I noted that 1640 WTNI seems to have abandoned sport. ID noted as "This is Classic Country 103.5 The Possum". Also 1680 KRJO noted with "99.7 My FM" [Monroe LA] (Paul Crankshaw, Aug 21, MWCircle yg via DXLD)

Thanks, Paul. WTNI used to simulcast 1490 WANG sport "The Champ". The change of 1490 WANG to "103.5 The Possum" and country format was reported in March in MWN. However at that time 1640 WTNI retained the sport format. Neither NRC nor IRCA have subsequently reported that 1640 WTNI has now rejoined 1490, ditching the sport format for country. Wikipedia says that this change occurred in June 2019, but I can't find independent confirmation.

KRJO's slogan "99.7 My FM" appears also not to have been reported by NRC or IRCA. The format change to Adult Contemporary was noted in March 2019, although the format, slogan and repeater 99.7FM addition all date from 2016 according to RadioInsight
73 (/Andrew Brade, ibid.)

Hello Andrew and Paul, 1680 KRJO noted by my addition to last year`s NRC log and in 2019/20 log. 1640 WTNI still shown as ESPN in 2019/20 NRC Log and now amended. Best wishes & 73s (Barry :-) Carlisle UK. Lat. 55.0119N, Lon. 2.9668W, Davies, ibid.)``

1000, Aug 27 at 0550, KTOK OKC is still on but audio breaks up; by 0616 dead air.

Other OKC AM signals seem nominal at 0550+, 930, 800 and 640.

Then I check FM from 0554 Aug 27:
88.3, K202BY Enid is dead air instead of Family Radio. It doesn`t take a storm for this one to fail, again & again. Still dead all day
105.5, K288FX North Enid is dead air at 0602 instead of relay KYLV 88.9; resumed by 0500 UT Aug 28, gospel rock and K-Love 88.9 OKC ID

In OKC area, major FMs are still on, EXCEPT
93.3, KJKE Newcastle, not heard at first, but then at 0554 weakly; QRP? from 100 kW? Or possibly storm interfered with propagation
98.1, WWLS-FM The Village is definitely off at 0555, still off at 1313, and 1600 UT; still off or QRP? at 0500 Aug 28
98.9, KYIS OKC, definitely off at 0555, still off at 1313 but on by 1600
100.5, KATT-FM, definitely off at 0555, still off at 1600; but 1619 on caradio, OKC area ads, so suspect it`s also QRP
100.5, KTFR, Chelsea OK, 25/25 kW, 92m, is presumably the Spanish I hear briefly overcoming weakened KATT, Aug 27 at 1615 UT on caradio; Chelsea is in NE corner of OK on Hwy 66 between Claremore and Vinita
103.5, KVSP Anadarko, 100/100 kW, 600m rimshotter into OKC market, is dead air at 1613 UT, but rock at 1622.

I had not checked OKC DTV stations during the storm, but  bandscan Aug 27 at 1817 and 1930 UT finds RF 15 and 16 missing! I.e. TBN 14 and Daystar 46, nothing but gospel huxters. Both KOPX and KOCM-DT are back at next check 0450 UT Aug 28, but KOCM signal is Bad, mostly not decoding (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** OKLAHOMA. 100.9, Aug 27 at 0558 UT I notice that the new K265FL Enid translator of KGWA 960 is displaying on RDS as KGWA-FM! Is there no rule against imaginary callsigns on RDS?  And still no stereo pilot, altho I have not checked during the detestable Sean Hannity, whenever he`s on (Glenn Hauser, Enid, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 1580, Aug 27 at 0546 UT, emergency sounder and warning from NWS Tulsa about storms in NW Arkansas, also loops E/W and not // 1020 KOKP; so this must be KHGG Vam Burem AR again, rather than KOKB Blackwell OK (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A [and non]. WORLD OF RADIO 1996 monitoring: turned on UTWente SDR and tuned in 7290, Monday August 26 at 1814 to hear me already halfway thru WOR at the YHWH item! But 1815 cut to Aïda theme, 1816.5 re-start WOR 1996. Usual very strong and loud signal, modulation just below the distortion threshold, from IRRS via ROMANIA, but with some deep selective fading distortion. This can be considerably reduced by LSB or USB tuning, or even better, synch.

Also confirmed UT Tue Aug 27 at 0127 the 0100 on WRMI 7780, poor in
HLNL. Next:

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. 15550-USB, Aug 26 at 2112, WJHR gospel-huxter still reactive; tho very poor level, would you believe he`s stronger with 1 kW PEP than biggies 15825 WWCR; and 15610 WEWN inaudible (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 1130, Aug 26 at 1915 UT on caradio I notice that KLEY, 250 watts in Wellington KS, is back on the air, the first time noticed since at least May 3. I haven`t checked for it every day but I`m sure it hasn`t been for more than a week. 1929 ID as ``The Wave 100.3`` as they have kept the ``translator`` of a silent AM station on the air as I confirmed that at local range July 10. I`ll bet 1130 is gone again before long, but it`s still JBA Aug 27 at 1943 UT vs HLNL (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 92.9 WBFM, Aug 26 at 1959 UT, Spanish music, unusual to hear on this channel; 2002 ID as ``La Mexicana`` on 92.9 and 101.5, with calls which are: 92.9 KMML Cimarrón KS, 32/32 kW, 186.0 m. 101.5 KSMM its Liberal KS relay, 100 kW. Cimarrón is between Dodge and Garden Cities on US 50/400, 274 km = 170 miles from here. I have heard KSMM before when it was substituting for another Spanish absent, KOCD Okeene OK nearby --- not still silent as still shown in WTFDA DB. There is still a bit of tropo boost in the afternoon (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. Aug 26 at 1500 UT, Hepburn map predicted level 4 high tropo enhancement around here, more than maps have shown in a long time, but very little DTV DX to be seen; just Bad signals on RF 20 and 34, probably Tulsans. 24 hours later as much or more allegedly into Kansas but I don`t have a chance to bandscan (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. 9538.3-USB, Aug 27 at 1940, 2-way INTRUDER in Spanish JBA very intermittent, ``cambio`` = over, literally ``change``, copied at least (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

This report dispatched at 0518 UT Aug 28