** ANTARCTICA. 15476-, Sat Oct 26 at 1503, checking for LRA36 via UTwente, instead nothing but some un-DRM-like noise blob; Manuel Méndez had been hearing it very weakly directly in Spain an hour earlier, altho it was not heard on Friday. My further chex of UTwente past 1700 find no noise and no signal either (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** KURDISTAN [non]. 11520, Oct 26 at 1315 via UTwente checking for Dengê Welat, bigsig here presumed this; while a weak something on 11510, Turkish jammer not yet glommed? Also 11540 something in Chinese. Direct at 1348 I hear only a JBA carrier on 11510.
11510, Oct 26 at 1435 back to UTwente, VG referring to Agence France Presse, so probably D.W. A bit of music under, maybe same station or the jammer? But tuning around, nothing on others except 11500 has some VG Chinese.
11500 is in Aoki/NDXC at this time as CNR1 jamming/Sound of Hope, and 11540 jammed at 1200-1400 vs RFA Tibetan via Kuwait (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** MEXICO. 1090, Oct 26 at 0605 UT, Spanish from south easy with KAAY from the east nulled and initially dead-air. It`s an infomercial not for mattresses but now for ``Vitac-30`` [?], an antiseptic, referring to phone number to call ``en pantalla``, i.e. on the screen, another *television* infomercial. The number probably depends on which station is airing it in order to track response sources, but it`s rather hard to ``see`` on the radio! Maybe they later inserted it verbally. That name is incorrect; searching, there is a Vita-C vitamin supplement. Anyhow, still presumed XEAU, Monterrey NL (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** OKLAHOMA. 1580, Oct 26 at 1752 UT, KOKB Blackwell is completely OFF again, yet again (Glenn Hauser, Enid, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** OKLAHOMA. 91.7, Oct 25 at 2128 UT, KOSU during NPR `All Things Considered`, RDS is displaying the current ATC topic, ``TREE OF LIFE SYNAGOGUE ANNIV. CHANG ON KOSU`` in rotating 8-character fields. Chang being one of the ATC co-anchors.
I have only two radios with RDS displays, the identical DX-398 and ATS-909, but I don`t pay much attention to them except during sporadic E DX openings when the RDS could provide vital ID info or clues, especially from Mexico --- but often won`t display due to weak/fading/choppy signals, even if enabled by the station.
Some stations have long used RDS to show current song title/performer info, but first time I have noted news content as on NPR/KOSU. Is this something new to KOSU and/or NPR? Is it showing up elsewhere??
At 2130 it changes to generic ``ALL THINGS CONSIDERED ON KOSU``.
Some stations only display their static ID or slogan, such as 94.7 in OKC, BUZZ; 96.9, KQOB. 96.1 KXXY displays song info. Some other stations have RDS enabled per icon, but displaying nothing. One of these slow days I`1l have to survey the entire FM dial around here for what`s showing on RDS (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** SPAIN. Tnx to Mauricio Molano for the answer about the REE 12030 target area ``Gran Sol``, found on Spanish Wikipedia:
>Where is Gran Sol?...
``Gran Sol es un caladero situado en el Atlántico Norte, entre los paralelos 48 y 60, al oeste de las islas británicas. Destaca por la riqueza pesquera, especialmente por la existencia de merluza, una especie de gran rendimiento económico. Desde antiguo el caladero de Gran Sol ha sido explotado por los pescadores españoles y portugueses, que navegan desde la costa cantábrica y atlántica a faenar en sus aguas. Este mar destaca también por la ferocidad de sus temporales. El nombre de Gran Sol proviene del francés Grande Sole (gran lenguado). No se debe confundir con el Box Irlandés (Irish Box, en inglés), caladero éste que está fuera del Gran Sol y que designa un área de pesca reservada acotada entre paralelos y meridianos (box) alrededor de la isla de Irlanda``
73! Mauricio Molano, Salamanca, ESPAÑA - SPAIN
Then I hunt for that in English wikipedia, but all it can find is a hotel/skyscraper by that name in Alicante! So Google translates:
``Gran Sol is a fishing ground located in the North Atlantic, between parallels 48 and 60, west of the British Isles. It stands out for the fishing wealth, especially for the existence of hake, a kind of great economic performance. Since ancient times the Gran Sol fishing ground has been exploited by Spanish and Portuguese fishermen, who sail from the Cantabrian and Atlantic coast to fish in its waters. This sea also stands out for the ferocity of its storms. The name of Gran Sol comes from the French Grande Sole (great sole). Not to be confused with the Irish Box (in English), this fishing ground that is outside the Gran Sol and that designates a reserved fishing area bounded between parallels and meridians (box) around the island of Ireland``
Note: sol does not refer to the Sun at all, but to lenguado, i.e. the fish, sole! (Glenn Hauser, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. WORLD OF RADIO 2005 monitoring: confirmed first SWBC, Friday Oct 25 at 2200 on WRMI 9955, S9ish from S7 to S9+10.
Also confirmed UT Saturday Oct 26 at 0130 on WRMI: 5850 S9+20 after some overlapping unneeded fill music for a second or two after the canned ID; S9-S8 on 7780, also S9-S8 on 5010 but noisier.
Altho 4980 and 5010 continue registered available, it`s not clear whether the new 6060 WRMI in B-19 will affect what`s on 5010.
Brand new WOR time on WRMI, Sat 1300 on 15770, monitored last week by Ivo Ivanov, but still a blank space on the System D skedgrid: JBA carrier here, but Oct 26 confirmed good signal via UTWente SDR.
Not confirmed Saturday October 26 at 1431-1500 on 9485-CUSB, Hamburger Lokalradio; via UTwente SDR, no signal except huge splash from 9490 Romania.
From next week, WOR should shift to 1531, presumably still on 9485 rather than 7265 or 6190, but not confirmed. At 1530 per HFCC the ACI should be lessened: 9480 CNR Beijing in Tibetan; 9490 CRI Kashgar southward in Tamil. Next:
1930vUT Saturday WA0RCR 1860-AM
0300vUT Sunday WA0RCR 1860-AM [nominal 0315]
1130 UT Sunday HLR 7265-CUSB Germany [ex-1030] 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 6160v? to WSW
0330 UT Monday WRMI 9955 to SSE
0930 UT Monday Unique Radio 3210-USB NSW
1130 UT Monday Unique Radio 3210-USB NSW
1816 UT Monday IRRS 7290 Romania to WNW
0100 UT Tuesday WRMI 7780 to NE
0800 UT Tuesday Unique Radio 5045-USB NSW
0830 UT Tuesday Unique Radio 3210-USB NSW [another episode]
2100 UT Wednesday WBCQ 7490v to WSW
0100 UT Thursday WRMI 7780 to NE
Full schedule including AM, FM, webcasts, satellite, podcasts:
(Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. (7490), UT Sat Oct 26 at 0000 I`m listening only to the WBCQ webcast; 7490 reception may be degraded by today`s propagation disturbance after a G2 storm and K-index of 3. FKB gospel huxter ends at 2400, hangs up, clunk, but after some DA we hear his last minute repeated! Apparently, WBCQ output had switched to Deland of FLA studio which got a delayed internet feed.
Then 0001, WTO theme of `AAAWWW` starts and off we go. Annoying Freddy calls in almost immediately, and AW always gives him priority allowing him to interrupt whatever he is saying. Asks about other frequencies, and AW says on 7490 only, since he doesn`t want to bother the guys back in Monticello with the complexities of multi-casting, running other transmitters. 6160 it seems is completely silent, since he says no time has been sold on it at all.
Super-station 500 kW: thinx they will be testing to China this [next?] week to see how well it funxion over the pole. AW hates the ChiCom government, yet says CRI would be welcome to relay via WBCQ, altho they hardly need it. S-S status: ``locked and waiting`` for some parts and info about how to QSY to higher bands; other than that, both transmitter and antenna are working well; soon should be on full-time with Worlds Last Chance Radio;
0043 again laments shortage of shortwave engineers. Has finally caught up with QSLing, hundreds of them now on the way (meaning P-mailed?). Still going at 0100 but cut off for Hal Turner.
Good I got this much, since John Carver reports, first at 0016:
``Very poor, noisy signal on 7490 again this week. Can find no other BCQ frequency on the air, not even 5130. As soon as weather permits will go outside and check out antenna. Not having problems picking up other stations. I did check later in the hour and 5130 was finally running that music program that's been running for a few weeks there.
I'm really sorry I'm not getting anything. Was checking cables, antenna tuner and pre-selector this evening. They all check out and I was getting other stations this evening so am assuming that my antenna is alright but will check it with my eyes once it stops raining. John, Mid-North Indiana``
I told him the problem may have been the propagation disturbance --- the northerly WBCQ site is at a disadvantage when that happen (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. 12050, Oct 25 at 2057, WEWN is still JBM in Spanish, S6-S7, as I first noted at 1422; is no one paying attention at Vandiver? Than why should we? Or anylistener (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
UNIDENTIFIED. Altho Hepburn maps show no tropo at all around here, Oct 26 at 1442 UT I bandscan anyway and find Bad signals on RF 35 and 22. W9WI.com shows a bunch of LPs or translators in mostly remote areas of KS and OK; the only full powers being in KS: 35 KMTW Hutchinson, and 22 KSNC Great Bend. Tropo areas are to be closer the next morning.
BTW, of my two TV antennas, as of Oct 25, one of them no longer picks up some of the OKC stations; something must be broken pending my roofish inspexion (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
This report dispatched at 1835 UT October 26