martedì 6 agosto 2019

Glenn Hauser logs August 5-6, 2019

** CHINA. CNR1 jamming survey, August 6 at 1339+: JBA carriers or Chinese talk JBA on 10960, 11100, 11150, 11170, 11440, 11460. None DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** IRELAND [non]. 7290, August 5 at *1814, ITALY [non], IRRS via ROMANIA via UTWente SDR, cuts on blasting signal but with heavy selective fading distortion, during tail end of a promo for  --- what`s that? Unclear if fully broadcast on IRRS, whose program schedule is out of date, extremely generic and not even showing 7290:
IRRS never acknowledges any location but ``Milano``, even in HFCC, but believed to be Saftica, Romania, still in use altho one of the Tsiganeshti transmitters has been missing and Saftica might fill in for it. That website leads to:

``Radio Curious: Long Form Interviews About Life and Ideas -- Welcome to the 28th year of Radio Curious, now proudly part of the Library of Congress, and broadcast weekly on approximately 85 radio stations.

Here you will find over 700 half hour interviews on a curiously wide array of topics concerning life and ideas. These programs are a gift to you from Radio Curious host and producer Barry Vogel. He started Radio Curious in 1991, to expand the work he began in 1974 as an Attorney, Counselor and Mediator in Ukiah, California, the Mendocino County seat, located about 110 miles north of San Francisco, California.

THIS WEEK’S INTERVIEW: My guest in this program is Wesley Swearingen. Agents at the Federal Bureau of Investigation have a history of illegal break-ins to homes and offices and conducting wiretaps without a search warrant. In the years when J. Edgar Hoover was the Director of the F.B.I., these warrantless break-ins came to be known as “black-bag jobs”. This archive edition of Radio Curious is a December 1995 interview with Wesley Swearingen a former F.B.I. agent, who in 1995 wrote “FBI Secrets: An Agent’s Expose.”

All programs are free for anyone to enjoy, download, copy, share or rebroadcast as you wish. . . (via gh, DXLD)

** OKLAHOMA. 740, KRMG Tulsa was off the air for a while; unfortunately I missed it, but here`s why: No video yet on website, but there was on the KFOR noon news August 6. Other OKC and Tulsa TV stations probably covered this (gh)

TOWER --- Angie West [portrait = mugshot]

SAND SPRINGS, Okla. – A woman was arrested in connection to a suspected copper theft at a radio station’s transmitter site in northeast Oklahoma that left one person dead and another in critical condition.

Just before 10 a.m. Sunday, authorities with the Tulsa County Sheriff’s Office were called to the KRMG AM transmitter site in Sand Springs. According to the Tulsa World, an engineer checked on an interrupted signal and found one man dead with wire pliers in his hand and another man severely burned, convulsing on the ground.

KRMG reports the injured man was taken to the hospital in critical condition. Officials have not yet identified the man who died.

The Tulsa World reports 37-year-old Angie West was arrested in connection to the incident. She reportedly told deputies she had taken the men to the area to take copper around midnight. She says she fell asleep in the car and when she woke up, she left. West was arrested and booked into the Tulsa County jail on a complaint of first-degree murder.

CMG Tulsa Market Vice President Cathy Gunther released a statement following the incident.

“Early this morning two individuals broke into the KRMG AM transmitter site. It appears they attempted to access a building through a conduit and were electrocuted. One of the individuals is deceased and one was transported to the hospital. From the tools and materials found at the site, it appears that they were attempting to steal copper. The safety of our community is of utmost importance – please do not enter any transmitter site, for any reason, as the area is extremely dangerous” (via Glenn Hauser, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. WORLD OF RADIO 1993 monitoring: confirmed Monday August 5 from 1816.5 on IRRS, 7290-AM, still active via ROMANIA, presumed Saftica site altho never specified by NEXUS-IBA IRRS IPAR. It had just cut on at *1814 (see IRELAND [non]), 1815 theme ``Triumphal March from Aïda`` by Verdi, until WOR start. Blasting signal via UTwente SDR, but some deep selective fading distortion. This surely puts our best WOR signal across Europe.

Also confirmed UT Tue Aug 6 at 0123 the 0100 on WRMI 7780, poor in HNL. Next:
2100 UT Wednesday WRMI 9955
2100 UT Wednesday WBCQ 7490v
0100 UT Thursday  WRMI 7780

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

** U S A [and non]. Here`s a great example of how regular bandscanning can pay off: Despite my local high line noise level (which OG&E blames on Suddenlink sharing the same poles, waiting for Suddenlink to remedy), Aug 5 at 1906 I`m running thru the 7 MHz band with BFO for any signal traces, even at a daypart when nothing would be expected even without the noise --- and there *is* a JBA carrier on 7505, which has got to be WRNO, far outside its nominal schedule, 01-04 UT sometimes, and even outside its registered availability between 22 and a test? Back on at *1917:55 with open carrier; At 1925:45 the gospel music suddenly surges at S9+10, but that is because my HNL has unexpectedly cut off temporarily. At 1927, 7505 is gone again. Recheck at 2141, S9+10 HNL is back on and no WRNO.

While the HNL is off I quickly scan the 49mb, at 1925 and find JBA carriers just where expected at midday from the NAFTA daytime trio: 6185 XEPPM, 6070- CFRX, and 5950 WRMI! (but no 6160v WBCQ)

Furthermore there is a propagation disturbance in progress, making most of the SW bands almost dead, even above the noise level boundary worse below 9 MHz: only decent signals circa 1924 being 12160 and 13845 WWCRs; with 9475 WTWW very poor. WWV reported at 1800:

``Solar flux 67 and estimated planetary A-index 4. The estimated planetary K-index at 1800 UTC on 05 August was 5. Space weather for the past 24 hours has been minor. Geomagnetic storms reaching the G1 level occurred.``

Quick check next day Aug 6 at 1837 finds the HNL buzzing of S9 to S9+10 on most frequencies below 8.8 MHz, with a few gaps (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)        

** U S A. [Re my 830 log presumed WUMY:]
By Cathalena E. Burch Arizona Daily Star Aug 5, 2019 Updated 1 hr ago 

Tucson radio will welcome a new station today that features some familiar voices.

This morning, 101.7-FM and 830-AM will go live as KDRI The Drive, a Tucson-focused music and entertainment station targeting listeners between the ages of 45 to 64.

Owners Fletcher McCusker, Bobby Rich and Jim Arnold say those are the listeners that have long been neglected not only in Tucson but nationwide by corporate-owned radio that focuses on the 25-to-40 segment.

“We kind of view them as a lost audience,” said longtime Tucson business titan and community activist McCusker, the only one among the trio who doesn’t have an extensive radio or broadcast background. McCusker’s only foray into radio was a short stint at KWFM — he was the underground rock station’s first hire — when he was 19 in the late 1960s.

The trio closed last week on the $650,000 purchase of the radio frequencies that had been home to Christian broadcaster Family Life. The Drive will play a mix of music from the 1960s through the ’80s and beyond that they say will appeal to an audience that identifies as baby boomers, Rich said.

“It’s not classic rock. It’s not golden oldies. But it’s going to be unique, programmed by Bobby Rich,” McCusker said. “His library right now is 3,000 songs, so you could literally go weeks without hearing the same songs.”

When pressed for a clearer definition of the format, Rich would only say that he planned to “present on The Drive something that (listeners) will be comfortable with and familiar with and will give them something that they want, which is information and entertainment.”

On Thursday, Tucson Radio began playing nonstop novelty songs, including “Camp Granada” and “Purple People Eater” under the name “The Worm.” On Monday morning, it switches gears as The Drive with Rich and Hill Bailey, most recently of KHYT 107.5-FM, in the morning driver’s seat. . .
(via Radio World NewsBytes, excerpts of much longer story)

Glenn: That will explain what you heard on 830 kHz, via your E/W wire.

Which I assumed to be WUMY Memphis, ruling out Tucson due to its religious format, but now replaced.

FCC AM Query already has 830 as KDRI, 50/1 kW, Direxional night only, ex-KFLT really since 7/31. It had been KFLT more than 33 years.
Monthly Local Sunset Times:
August      7:15 [0215 UT]
September   6:30 [0130 UT]
Sunrise times MST:
August      5:45 [1245 UT]
September   6:00 [1300 UT]
FCC pattern maps are Not Found! But NRC Pattern Book VIII of 2013 shows it tight toward the SSE, no good here.

I try for KDRI again Aug 6 at 0210 UT before LSS, but hear only a bigsig from a WCCO SBG on 830 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. 880, Aug 6 at 0613 UT, hymns are being heard underneath JimBo from KRVN Nebraska. First thought would be KHAC, Tse Bonito NM, the make-the-Navajos-Christian station next to Window Rock AZ, but the music is on DSB, not USB only as KHAC transmits. Is KLRG Sheridan AR active or not? Was REL, could be on 220 W night power. It was silent as of 5/2018 per NRC AM Log published last August. See another discussion of this situation in DXLD 19-06. At 0630 I hear a jingle reminding me of REE Spain? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

This report dispatched at 1855 UT August 6