giovedì 8 agosto 2019

Glenn Hauser logs August 6-7-8, 2019


** AUSTRALIA. 9610, August 7 at 1302, South Asian song W&M duet at S3-S5, but I bet it`s a gospel huxter trying to ingratiate itself with victims: Yes, HFCC shows RBA Kununurra, in Tamil this semihour daily, but don`t you believe it`s that simple. EiBi shows 5 different languages, depending. First half on Wednesdays is in MALalayam (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CANADA [and non]. 6070-, Aug 7 at 1954 while my noise level has abated, I again try for the JBA NAFTA midday carriers on 49m, and there they are: CFRX, as well as 5950 WRMI and 6185 XEPPM (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CHINA. CNR1 jammer survey, Aug 7 from 1346: 10160 Chinese JBA; 10960 JBA carrier; 11120 Chinese JBA; no more WOOBs up to 15 MHz on a poor propagation morning (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA. 5025, Aug 7 at 1952 UT, line noise level has abated, and I detect the JBA carrier from Radio Rebelde, but strangely there are also audible pips at the rate of 40 per minute superimposed. An artifact around here, or transmitted that way? Something`s frequently wrong at RadioCuba (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA. 6100, Aug 7 at 0611, RHC English is S9+20 of JB modulation, better than 6000 which is off; while 6165 is S9 and barely audible vs high noise level. Something`s always wrong at RHC (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA. 15230, Aug 7 at 1354, RHC is S9+10 but suptorted, while // 15140 is OK. Something`s always wrong at RHC (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** NIGERIA. 11769.9, Aug 7 at 2008, S6-S7 of undermod talk from Voice of Nigeria, yet one of the better signals now on 25m (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** OKLAHOMA [and non]. Via Benn Kobb and Mike Cooper, we had advance notice of this event:

``U.S. Nationwide Emergency Test Today --- In the United States, the next Nationwide Test of the Emergency Alert System (EAS) is scheduled for today, Aug 7 2019, at 2:20 p.m. ET.

All radio and TV stations must participate. The test will not be transmitted via Wireless Emergency Alerts (mobile phones). Moreover, the test will not be distributed via the Internet so stations will have to get the originating signals directly by radio from assigned sources.

These tests tend to expose audio impairments and transmission glitches, which is why the government keeps scheduling them. Some stations 'forward' (rebroadcast) the tests immediately, some delay it and some don't do anything at all, though required by law. Stations must report their readiness and test results via three FCC forms.

The equipment required to create, obtain and forward EAS alerts is complex and requires periodic, expensive upgrades. Few manufacturers produce these devices. Among non-profit community stations, there is a desire to open-source these products, which would require approval of FCC and FEMA and, apparently, issuance of cryptographic keys to device makers.

This is only a test and no action is required of the radio and TV audience. However, the FCC has stated:

"Members of the public and interested stakeholder organizations that are in a position to observe test results in their communities can provide useful feedback on the nationwide test, including any problems observed or any complications in the delivery of the EAS message during the nationwide test by reporting their observations to the Public Safety Support Center at"``

I set an alarum a few minutes prior to 1820 UT, but I had just started lunch. I do grab the PL-880 for some quick chex, and indeed the EAS tones start at 1820 on KOSU 91.7, then switching to AM, also on KGWA 960, VVKigriega 930, KTOK 1000; and KOKP 1020 --- only the last one has noisy background, but announcement is still readable. And it`s all over by 1822. How can we do any significant evaluation in such a short time, especially while lunching? O, yeah, record the entire AM/FM/TV/cable spectrum and sort it out later. Not me; did anyone, unofficially? (Glenn Hauser, Enid, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** OKLAHOMA. 92.1 WBFM, Aug 6 at 2232 UT while futilooking for a sporadic E opening (later learn that Rob Ross in ON was getting OK), I notice that KAMG-LP Enid is finally off after having run dead air for about 3 months after one day of pretend-programming; what a waste, just to try to block my DX. Well, I hope it`s gone for good (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** PANAMA [non]. 9955, Wed August 7 at 1306, DX program in Spanish via WRMI, and sure sounds like Manolo de la Rosa, who retired from RHC two or three years ago, soon outro as part 3 of a talk about the Titanic, but no name given. Would he be mortified to be broadcast now by the gusana station? The show is `Antena DX`, host Víctor Gutiérrez then listing its sked on WRMI and WBCQ frequencies without saying which stations, and I think omitting the very broadcast I am listening to, if they were cited in time order. On next at 1311 to the AER DX report, featuring African stations in Congo DR and Guinea Ecuatorial, once again including R. CANDIP as if it still exist on 5066, and RNGE Malabo as if it still exist on 6250. He always laboriously spells out P and E-mail addresses of each station, most of which are in English. Also DWD on 5905, 6180. Once again he is not named in the outro, so I won`t either (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. WORLD OF RADIO 1993 monitoring: confirmed Wednesday August 7 at 2100 on WRMI 9955, which was on NLT 2055 with IS & ID loop, but joining WOR a few sex late, ``---with World of Radio 1993---``. Earlier thought WBCQ would also be audible, but now the line noise is blasting again, reducing it to a JBA carrier, but WOR confirmed L&C on the 7490.18v webcast.

Also confirmed UT Thursday August 8 at 0119 check the 0100 on WRMI 7780, fair S9+10 without HNL.

Next WOR 1994 should be finished by the end of UT August 8, ready for webcasting, and from August 9 broadcasting (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 7490.177, Aug 7 at 1955, JBA carrier while my line noise is off, so WBCQ must be on this early already on a Wednesday, prior to `Financial Survival` at 2000. 

Unlike August 5, no sign of an early test from WRNO 7505 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 5830, Aug 7 at 0607, WTWW-1 is S9+10 of dead air; if it were modulating, it would still be under-.

9475, Aug 7 at 2005, no signal from WTWW-1 day frequency either, nor a trace on 5830 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 17775, Aug 6 at 2111, KVOH is still on with S9 music, but with BFO, carrier seems to be cutting off & on very rapidly; on AM it sounds like a crackle. Also sounds different depending on whether R75 AGC is off, slow or fast, latter being default (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)