sabato 30 novembre 2019

Glenn Hauser logs November 29-30, 2019

** AFGHANISTAN [non]. 15640, in last report that`s Radio Azadi, not typo Axadi (gh)

** CUBA. 9620-9660, Nov 29 at 2222, RHC Spanish 9640 with buzz noise extending out to this range; worst peaks below plus/minus 13 kHz. Something`s always wrong at RHC (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** INDIA. 9445, Nov 29 at 2220, English interview with Indian accents, AIR as scheduled, partially readable at S5-S9; also DRM noise 7545-7550-7555 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** KOREA SOUTH. 9095, Nov 29 at 2217 weak talk presumed Korean from Echo of Hope on this week`s jumparound frequency. Fortunately, since right above it 9095 past 9100 is some kind of noise, perhaps jamming if not DRM (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** OKLAHOMA. RF 33, Nov 29 at 2203 UT, exploring the OKC DTV subchannels, I find that KOCB now runs Dabl on 34-4! Despite the fact that RF 27 KFOR has already been carrying DABL on 4-4 from its outset in September. Yes, now on two non-co-owned stations in the same city, but one with PSIP all-CAPS, the other not. At this time both with Martha Stewart show --- can never get enough of her! How can this happen? Net`s own website still shows KFOR only! (And the search by zip code funxion goes nowhere for 73101 or 73701; have to keep loading more till we get to Oklahoma.) A quick look thru the list does not find another city with two affiliates other than primary and translator. does show Dabl correctly on both in OKC. IMHO, Dabling on just one is a waste of spectrum (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTTENING DIGEST)

** PERU. 5980, Nov 29 at 2353, R. Chaski carrier quite audible vs Cuban wall-of-noise jamming against nothing else; and for the fourth night in a row its autotimer cutoff has slipped another 2 seconds earlier to: 2355:21* (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SAUDI ARABIA. 1521, Nov 29 at 2210, already hearing a +1 kHz het upon 1520 KOKC; in fact two hets of different pitches, the other one perhaps KRHW in MO as previously discussed. From 2229 I am listening intently, isolating the 1521.0 carrier by tuning to 1520.8-USB. It goes off sometime between 2231 and 2232, but can`t tell exactly when as KOKC is splashing some music that minute; must be an ad during talk format. Bruce Conti, NH, in NRC IDXD had timed the cutoff exactly twice, which is what I am trying to match: 

``1521 SAUDI ARABIA SBC R.Riyadh, Duba  OCT 12 2215 - Good; talk and music parallel 9555 and 9870 kHz. 1521 off at 2231:40 UTC after solemn talk with soft orchestra music.  OCT 19 2230 - Good; off at 2231:40. [Conti-NH]`` (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 11720, November 29 at 2150, I finally remember to tune in VOA`s `Music Time in Africa` before it`s over, its only chance via Grimesland NC during B-seasons Fridays at 2100-2200 now here instead of 15580, and a VG signal almost directly off the back. The last dekaminute at least: an archive segment of polyphony from the Pygmies of Central African Republic. Hyper Heather Maxwell refers us to the website for thousands of archived songs:\mtia-archive --- she says, yes, ``backslash`` instead of forwardslash, altho it makes no difference and calling it ``slant`` as I do is far less menacing and more euphonious. In fact that url autoconverts to: with a forwardslash. Her closing announcement still fails to mention this very time among the several for her program. Yankee-Doodle-Dandy sign-off is cut off before it can finish (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A [and non]. WORLD OF RADIO 2010 monitoring: confirmed first SWBC, Friday November 29 at 2300 UT on WRMI 9955: exactly like the previous weeks since standard time replaced 2200 UT, initially JBA beneath heavy wall-of-noise Cuban jamming even tho there is no exile programming now, let alone anything in Spanish. BUT noise steadily abates as WRMI strength seems to simulgrow audiblizing me by the middle of the intro, clear enough by 2303, and totally clear of jamming in only a few more minutes. By 2326 it`s good S9+10, and I notice concluding several seconds before 2329 implying that playout started before 2300:00 when I could not hear whether anything was upcut.

Also confirmed UT Sat Nov 30 at 0147, the 0130 on three WRMI frequencies, 5850 VG >> 5010 fair >> 7780 VP. At this time I daresay that I have better coverage than AW does on WBCQ: see separate report; as I tuned over here to check me during his show. Note: it was not my idea for us to be on simultaneously. Next:

1300 UT Saturday  WRMI 15770 to NE
2030vUT Saturday  WA0RCR 1860-AM
0400vUT Sunday    WA0RCR 1860-AM [nominal 0415]
2130 UT Sunday    WRMI 7780 to NE
0130 UT Monday    WRMI 7780 to NE
0230 UT Monday    WRMI 7780 to NE, 9395 to NNW
0400vUT Monday    WBCQ 5130v Area 51 6160v? to WSW
0430 UT Monday    WRMI 9955 to SSE
1900vUT Monday    IRRS 7290 Romania? to WNW
0100 UT Tuesday   WRMI 7780 to NE
2200 UT Wednesday WBCQ 7490v to WSW
0100 UT Thursday  WRMI 7780 to NE

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

** U S A. 9330, 7490+, 5130-, Nov 30 at 0030, WBCQ is VP on all three, and no signals on 6160+ or 3265-, so I don`t even try to hear `AAAWWW` on SW, rather webcast. At 0100 transition to Studio 9 in DeLand of FLA, there is again several seconds of noise/feedback? before WTO theme start. First half hour is almost continuous monolog; first about sharing one good mic from the 1930s instead of the no-good wireless mics last time; then about chemtrails/contrails --- unlike Angela, it seems Allan is not convinced by the conspiracy theories about them. 

(Altho I do not allege serious health effects or government malfeasance, I am concerned about all the jet exhaust over Enid from Vance leading to a buildup of greasy dust even inside; and TG if two of them had to crash recently, they were near the base runway instead of within the city of Enid! -- gh)

Then AW rants about bikers refusing to muffle their noise, as some kind of macho nonsense --- something else I can agree with him upon! Not until about 0130 does he morph into insulting 535 members of Congress and ``moonbats`` when I tune away; as many listeners could then productively hear relatively apolitical WOR on WRMI, WRMI or WRMI, q.v.

Checking WBCQ SW again at 0140, I find that 7490 has improved to P-F; 9330 is *not* carrying AAAWWW as expected but WLC gospel huxtering in English; 5130 is now arriving even better than 7490 so I monitor there for a while; not until 0141 does he timestamp this show as live, 29 November, YOOL 2019. He does not know if he`s on any frequency besides 7490 (what became of the othershow for weeks this hour on 5130?) 

He says a bit about the S-S: now full 23 hpd sked (well, not this morning, when off for a few hours), with break at 22-23 UT for maintenance at discretion of operators. Will stick to 9330 only this winter, go up to some higher frequencies with spring. Lauds his big crew in Monticello by name, but still looking for more operators and engineers knowledgeable about high-power/voltage, and is now hiring, starting with job interviews, why in the world would they want to live  at the end of the world in winter? Says the output tube costs $210,000 and takes 15 minutes for the filament to warm up. 

No time is available on the S-S, WLC exclusive, but plenty time on the other ``classic`` transmitters. 6160 reconditioned, would like to rent it to some network for 4-8 hpd at a much reduced bulk rate. S-S at 500 kW output consumes like a million watts for a huge power bill more than a classic would in 10 years (? not sure of that as 5130 is fading). 0153 he`s reading some Free Radio Weekly pirate logs, just received from cosmikdebris? At 0156 I switch back to webcast: talking about tango music this Sunday on program #776 --- was that e-mail from from `Marion`s Attic`? At 0200 sharp, canned AW ID cuts off live AW still talking, making way for Hal Turner. Don`t know what ensued exactly on the SW frequencies. 

Here`s John Carver`s quite similar report:

Tonight's show started just a bit late. Could only find a signal on 5130 and wasn't sure if I was hearing a new show or not as the date wasn't announced till nearly half way through the program. Program opened with lots of moaning about microphones and how they were down to just one mic in the Florida studio. Then Allan recounted a tale of two wireless mics he bought from Ebay for forty some dollars apiece and stated that they worked like forty dollar mics and had been trashed. Then some talk from Angela about a conversation she had with her father yesterday about chemtrails. Prompting Allan to read an article from Wikipedia on the subject. Allan says they're harmless, Angela said they're harmful. Then they were talking about motorcycles without mufflers which started Allan talking about trying to run an antique automobile without a muffler and how upset people would be if they weren't muffled.

After a couple other topics, Allan announced that WLC had taken over the superstation and their programming was now running twenty-three hours a day. He stated that for most of the winter they would remain on 9330 and try the other frequencies when it was closer to spring. He again issued a plea for anyone with engineering experience that wanted a job to contact him as they could use them for the superstation. He also announced that they were broadcasting the program on 7490 and that he didn't believe they were on any other frequency. I had no signal on 7490, 6160 or 3265 and the only signal I could find was 5130. 9330 has WLC.

In station news he said there was lots of free time available on 7490. Said they had lots of requests to lease time on 9330 but he would lease no time on that frequency. He talked briefly about the work done on the 6160 transmitter earlier this year and said he wanted a network to take over that transmitter. Said that there was still lower prices on 5130 and didn't mention 3265 at all. He also stated that the superstation used as much power in a day as a normal home would use in ten years or longer.

Started reading last week's Free Radio Weekly at 0154 and then went into regular emails. Program was cut off in mid-sentence at 0200 and 5130 immediately went into a rerun of an earlier AAWWW. John, Mid-North Indiana`` (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

This report dispatched at 0442 UT November 30