sabato 10 agosto 2019

Glenn Hauser logs August 8-9-10, 2019

** ANGUILLA [and non]. 11775, Thu Aug 8 at 1351, so-called Caribbean Beacon is on with so-called Pastor Melissa Scott, on so-called University Network. ``Scheduling`` has appeared to be random, scattershot on this and night frequency 6090, but her website does present a schedule, much less than the 24/7 in the good ole DGS era: and this particular log does fit into it; I have added 24-hour UT to her confusing am & pm, for which days of week are also confusing:

``Radio Broadcast Schedule --- Join Pastor Melissa Scott via the Shortwave Broadcast from the Caribbean Beacon.

Caribbean Beacon, Anguilla, BWI --- Coordinated Universal Time
Sunday    4pm to 10pm Daytime       11.775MHz  16-22
Tuesday   1am to 4am Nighttime       6.090MHz  01-04
Wednesday 1am to 5am Nighttime       6.090MHz  01-05
Wednesday 10am to 1pm Daytime       11.775MHz  10-13
Thursday  Noon to 4pm Daytime       11.775MHz  12-16
Friday    Midnight to 4am Nighttime  6.090MHz  00-04
Friday    7am to 10am Nighttime      6.090MHz  07-10
Saturday  5pm to 8pm Daytime        11.775MHz  17-20

WWCR Nashville, TN --- Coordinated Universal Time
Monday thru Saturday 8pm to Midnight Daytime   13.845MHz  20-24
Sunday               6pm to Midnight Daytime   13.845MHz  18-24
Daily                Midnight to 11am Nighttime 5.935MHz  00-11

Pastor Scott's Program Broadcast on Intermountain Public Radio
MOUNTAIN TIME. . . [a bunch of FM stations in Wyoming, Idaho]``

BTW, this is not on the Hitlist, altho several other major American gospel huxters can be reached. While searching for her, I came across this unsolicited testimonial for the Hitlist from Gilles Letourneau: (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CHINA. 10920, Aug 9 at 1348, JBA Chinese, and 10960 JBA carrier; only other CNR1 jammers in survey up to 15 MHz are: 12870, JBA Chinese; 13550, S5-S7 Chinese with heavy flutter (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** KUWAIT. 17550, Aug 9 at 2202, JBA carrier from R. Kuwait N American service in Arabic, in over-optimistic propagation expectation. Several previous chex recently has been inaudible, but when it is, by this hour the OSOB (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENNG DIGEST)

** OKLAHOMA. 88.3 WBFM, Aug 9 at 1730 UT, `Thru the Bible`` is starting, today`s reading from the whole thing being Jeremiah 13-16; starts off about men wearing girdles, then skirts and heels! Hee, hee; non-robotic voice keeps a straight face?? Don`t listen to whole thing but retune at 1746 just as wrapping up this segment with Family Radio ID. So our local satellator K202BY is finally back on the air. I first noticed it yesterday, but then and now could have been the non-translator gospel huxter from Wichita with some tropo, and in fact this one has some fades as I drive around. But now I`ve got the FR ID out of California. (BTW, 92.1 KAMG-LP is still silent.)

[and non] Fortunately my BST-1 caradio RF feeder on 88.3 still overcomes K202BY when I turn it on at 1818 UT --- as the memory scan soon lands on 13670 for another gospel huxter in English (TWBD), this time all the way from Madagascar World Voice. Aside from the programming, I still think it`s neat to hear this, mobile in faraway Enid. Almost exactly 15.8 megameters, or 9.818 kilomiles statute, 8.532 nautical distant. It has to traverse the whole of the African landmass before exiting from Morocco into the Atlantic. Later in the hour has faded down considerably. We may soon know whether in B-19 HFCC, they reascend to the 17 MHz band. The B19 HFCC/ASBU Coordination Conference will be held from 26 to 30 August 2019 in Argentina (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** OKLAHOMA. Electronic billboard on the NE corner of Garriott & Garland in front of the new JiffyTrip about to open in Enid (which replaced a worm-infested pecan grove; sad!), flashes ``Rush will soon be on Enid FM Radio``, and the same for ``Sean``, August 9. I can`t read it all as I am in motion, but this surely refer to the 100.9 CP translator K265FL [Fully Loony] for KGWA which is already airing their rubbish on AM 960. No, 100.9 is not on quite yet. I cannot hardly wait. This will of course also difficultize if not block reception of 100.7 from Ponca City, and 101.1 from Stillwater & Woodward. KGWA`s original FM sibling, 103.1 KOFM, has been spurring or overloading down to this area too (Glenn Hauser, Enid OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** OKLAHOMA. I have been discussing KROU`s new 105.7 transmitter from Spencer/OKC with KGOU+ CE Patrick Roberts, Aug 9:

I`m glad you got a new transmitter for KROU; no doubt it was needed, not that it will do us any good in Enid with that translator on 105.5, not to mention Alva on 105.7.

But KROU ERP remains only 1.6 kW, right? As per FCC. Is that the legal limit for this facility, or how high could you go if cost did not matter?

I just had another look at the panel photo of the new transmitter: TPO 30 watts??? That would be the exciter? What is the full TPO? Must be under 1 kW for an ERP of only 1.6 kW --- so hard to imagine (for me not in the business) how the new transmitter of a few hundred watts cost as much as it did, even at a bargain? 

``Hi Glenn. The unit with 30w on the display is the exciter, on top. The transmitter is 4600w. Our antenna is effectively a 1 bay (level), four-sided panel at 640 ft. 1600 watts effective radiated power. The new transmitter system is capable of 5000 watts. Thanks. Patrick Roberts`` 

Patrick, Thanks for explaining. I did not realize that the ERP could be less than the transmitter power -- negative gain apparently with that kind of antenna. Glenn

``No problem. Karen [Holp, former GM] and I bought the panel to give the most consistent coverage we could, squeezing all we could out of the “new site” when we moved to [KFOR tower, virtual channel] 4 $$$$$. It really did clean it up. We used to have a 3-bay to this baby panel at the [KAUT virtual channel] 43 tower. It was producing a messy signal, side-mounted on that tower. Yeah... 4.6 in and 1.6 out. At our power level erp-wise, strangely, a “1 bay” lit up is the best option. There’s NO nulls under it in the first several miles like the gain antennas produce. No need for null fill because there are no nulls from multiple bays. No tower shadowing because this beast custom-wraps around the massive 4 tower. At 640 ft, there’s not much more terrain shadowing vs. 300 on the 43 tower which had a ton of it. KFOR was going to charge the same anyway. I took the height :) Negative gain systems are an odd thing in a way, but they are a bit of a legal ability to push the envelop as much as we could. It did extend the reach as a byproduct of raising height too. You know how it goes in pub radio. We get one chance to do it right. Thanks! Patrick Roberts`` (Glenn Hauser, Enid, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** OKLAHOMA. RF 36, Aug 9 at 1505 UT, from OKC, KUOK-CD briefly decodes enough to enable the PSIP ID, then breaks up. Presumably the same Univisión programming as on a subchannel of full-power RF 29 KTUZ Shawnee, which displays as 36. Hepburn tropo map shows level-1 minor tropo enhancement between here and OKC. (Enid is almost always on the margins or beyond tropo areas --- but wait for next Tuesday!). lists 7.33 kW, CP for 15. Anything else unusual?

RF 21, KUOT OKC is *much* stronger and in solid with subchannels 1-2-3-4-5, including 3ABN, but KUOT is the PSIP ID on all of them. show it`s 15 kW, really KUOT-CD, without any subchannel info. NOT to be confused, as I almost did with another RF 21 listed for OKC, KTOU, 4 kW with 6 subchannels. There are also Bad signal bars on 20 and 22. In fact shows KTOU-LD is now on 22 virtually and really, not 21. 20 could be KQCW-DT Muskogee, which seems to be the most-often seen from Tulsa market. Ultimately repacked, the only UHF channels unoccupied in OKC Market #50 will be 17, 20, 28, 34 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** TURKEY. 9830, Aug 8 at 2330, oh2, something is on here, poor S6-S8 --- listening closely, jup, it`s in German for another Voice of Turkey overrun instead of turning off NLT 2300 after English (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A [and non]. WORLD OF RADIO 1994 contents: Australia, Canada, Cook Islands, Congo DR, Cuba, Denmark, Germany, International Waters non, Iran non, Ireland/Italy nons, Kashmir, Laos, Latvia, Mexico, Myanmar, Netherlands non, Nicaragua, Nigeria, Oklahoma, Panama non, Romania, Spain, Switzerland, USA; and the propagation outlook

The shortwave broadcasts should be:

2200 UT Friday    WRMI 9955 to SSE
0130 UT Saturday  WRMI 7780 to NE
0629vUT Saturday  HLR 6190-CUSB Germany to WSW
1000 UT Saturday  Unique Radio 3210-USB NSW [Aug 17? alt. weeks] ND
1430 UT Saturday  HLR 9485-CUSB Germany to WSW
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 WSW
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 to WSW, 6160v? to WSW
0330 UT Monday    WRMI 9955 to SSE
0930 UT Monday    Unique Radio 3210-USB NSW [hiatus?] ND
1130 UT Monday    Unique Radio 3210-USB NSW [hiatus?] ND
1816 UT Monday    IRRS 7290 Romania ND
0100 UT Tuesday   WRMI 7780 to NE
0800 UT Tuesday   Unique Radio 3210-USB NSW [2 editions; hiatus?] ND
2100 UT Wednesday WRMI 9955 to SSE
2100 UT Wednesday WBCQ 7490v to WSW
0100 UT Thursday  WRMI 7780 to NE

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

WORLD OF RADIO 1994 monitoring: ready for download early UT Friday August 9; and confirmed first SWBC Fri Aug 9 at 2200 on WRMI 9955, fair S9-S4 with perfect timing starting on the dot with no upcut or overlap; local high line noise level still blasting below 9 MHz, disaudiblizing whatever be on e.g. 7780, but not affecting 9955. Sounds like me under the HNL on 7780 UT Sat Aug 10 at 0130 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 15555-USB, Aug 9 at 1357, gospel huxter is readable in English at S3-S4. WJHR, Milton FL is so rarely audible that it needs to be logged for the record. Is it sporadic on air, or sporadically propagating with its paltry incredible 250 watts, run at 1 kW PEP, per WRTH rather than the legal minimum of 50 kW for FCC-licensed SWBC stations? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. (7490), Aug 10 at 0054, I tune in WBCQ webcast toward the end of `AAAWWW` when he usually gets down to business with info about the Superstation, etc. He`s already talking about it with a caller, so I did not get it all, just: the power supply modules in the modulator keep popping off; it`s a design issue which has been there since installation. When it runs, it runs beautifully. Need spare modules; in fact, NO spare parts have been supplied tho he has been asking for them for months! This manufacturer [Continental] is not like RCA or Gates which used to be eager to help. Nobody cares any more. Also says they have ``lost the prime manufacturer of antenna`` --- what?? Ampegon? I am not sure this be relevant, but searching on Ampegon bankruptcy: Ampegon took over Transradio a couple years ago. Transradio was successor to Telefunken. 

Allan says he is confident things will work out in the end. But could the superstation become a white elephant? Who would be left holding the bag, World`s Last Chance, or WBCQ?

Call from John, the VORW, says he is hearing WBCQ on both 6160 and 9330 now. Just in time for this report, here`s John Carver`s summary:

``Tonight's show started on time on 7490. Allan and Angela in the studio. Allan is feeling used and abused this evening. A rambling dialog trying to illustrate his disgust with things. First phone call at 0015 from Freddie. Mr. Mike calls at 0026 with information of two upcoming hamfests.

Allan says they're still having problems getting the antenna adjusted. Says the company has gone bankrupt and they can't get manuals, blueprints, tech information or spare parts. Said it's difficult to program the antenna for all the frequency changes without a manual. He says that there are also problems with the power modules on the new transmitter and the company is dragging its feet getting back to them with information or new parts. Allan blames the problems on everything on the antenna and transmitter being controlled by computers and not having access to programming info. The German company that bought out part of the antenna company will not honor the warranty on the antenna so the station has to pay for any assistance and at the moment they're not getting any assistance.

Allan says that 7490 is running on very low power, as something in the transmitter melted about 3 this afternoon and he can't tear into it till tomorrow. Phone call at 0045. Caller says he is an engineer and is working on a new shortwave station and has been affected by the recent bankruptcy and was trying to pump Allan for information about it. He stated that the new station was still in the future and he didn't feel comfortable releasing any information about it.

Reading of emails at 0057. Allan also mentioned that they had set another transmitter to broadcast on 9330 and were using it from time to time but no details on when or what. Closing prayer at 0102. Show was off the air at 0108 and 7490 went into Brother Stair in progress. John, Mid-North Indiana`` (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 1160, Aug 9 at 0241 UT, further chex of KSL SLC, which has been unusually weak lately: now it`s sufficient, but a SAH of 156/minute = 2.6 Hz, on the R75; rather different on the DX-398, easily nulling KSL increasing QRM from music, Spanish. At 0317 the QRM is worse, Spanish music overcoming at times. Nothing from UT to compare it with, but 850 KOA Denver is also poor, when it could/should be good. I hear from people at KSL that things seem OK there, running full 50 kW from the Nautel, but they are looking into it (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 1480, Aug 9 at 1306 UT, ``Good Morning Sunshine`` song is finishing, English named in outro, then W&M light-hearted Vietnamese chat, from KNGO Dallas, ex-KBXD, but I`ve yet to hear the new ID since it changed a few months ago. Initially atop KQAM Wichita, but skywave is dying down less than a sesquihour after sunrise, and soon losing to KQAM English talker by groundwave (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. 10365-USB, Aug 8 at 1354, 2-way in colloquial Spanish, very poor (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

This report despatched at 0226 UT August 10