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Glenn Hauser logs August 18-19, 2019  View Printable Version 
Monday, August 19 2019

Hauser
** OKLAHOMA [and non]. On Aug 19 I sent this to the engineer at
TheClassicalStation.org with a copy to Brad Ferguson at KUCO:

``I usually listen for a while after midnight CDT via KUCO.

For the last few nights there has been quite a problem. The
announcements from WCPE are very low audio level, while the music
levels are fine. This is on a mono-only radio.

I have run into this problem before, and this is what I think is
happening. Studio audio there must have been rewired, so that the mike
is picking up in stereo but is out of phase, which means the left and
right try to cancel each other out (but not quite). KUCO`s own
inserted announcements are OK, so the problem is not at KUCO.

Last night I confirmed this on another radio, a DX-398 which can be
force-switched between mono and stereo reception of KUCO 90.1 off the
air direct. Yes, listening in stereo, WCPE announcements sound OK, but
if I make it mono they are suppressed.

If you always listen in stereo you would not know there is a problem,
but I am sure if you listen to your own signal this way you will find
the same thing. And it is even being fed that way to the satellite
uplink.

Another problem. Long before this I was noticing a lot of background
noise whenever the mike was open, like noisy fans or something in the
studio -- hardly what we expect from a major world broadcaster.

Some but not all announcers also need to be trained in technique of
fading mike pot up and down, rather than switching it on at full
bore.

I hope anyway you will get the phasing fixed so we can hear what they
are saying without straining or turning the volume up and down every
time. Of course there is no point in having any stereo involved with
the announcements.

Since this has gone on for at least three nights, I am surprised if no
one else has noticed and told you about it.

I continue to be very appreciative of WCPE`s service, and have urged
other stations in need of classical to look into it.

Best wishes, Glenn Hauser, Enid OK`` (via gh, DXLD)

** U S A [and non]. WORLD OF RADIO 1995 monitoring: Don W8SWL Hosmer
reports Sunday Aug 18 to the WOR iog: ``I tried to ascertain if your
1030 UT program was a go this week. Using an XHData D-808 with an AOR
LA-400 loop antenna on my stateroom balcony, I was able to hear bits
and pieces of Hamburger Lokalradio on 7265 kHz from 1015 onwards.
Unfortunately a severe storm sprung up here in Stavanger, Norway at
1025 and my gear was soaked. I had to drag it inside where it was
useless inside the steel hull of a ship to hear any signals. I'll try
again next Sunday from St Petersburg, Russia, when the Viking Sea
docks there. 73, Don W8SWL``. Not reported by Ivo this week either.

Confirmed JBA in OK, Sunday August 18 at 2130 on WRMI 7780.

Also confirmed UT Monday Aug 19 at 0130 on WRMI 7780, after Rudy ID,
S9-S8 with HNL; not much stronger on the meter, S9-S7 but *much*
louder & clearer on 9395 which suppresses all but a bit of the HNL
which diminishes above 9 MHz anyway.

Also confirmed UT Mon Aug 19 at 0230 on WRMI 7780 with HNL

Not confirmed UT Mon Aug 19 at 0300 on Area 51 webcast, which is down
(while 7490 is running); earlier at 0230 I found WBCQ 5130.34 was JBA;
and after 0300 even with NB & NR engaged could only detect a JBA
carrier and maybe a trace of audio, probably me.

Also confirmed UT Mon Aug 19 at 0330 on WRMI 9955, but JBA at S3-S4,
unlike usually much better lately. Next:

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?]
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:
http://www.worldofradio.com/radioskd.html
(Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 15550-USB, Aug 19 at 1431, gospel huxter, very poor, as WJHR
remains here ex-15555 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. (1560), UT Mon Aug 19 at 0400 I am listening to the KGOW
webcast which autolaunches whether you want it or not, at
http://vietradio.com --- Since KGOW is no longer tightly direxional at
night into the Gulf, I could probably hear it direct, but this hour I
am at the desktop. It`s time to check out the reports of KGOW relaying
Voice of America in Vietnamese, and other languages?

Vietnamese talk continues past hourtop and I do not hear any VOA
opening, but admit to not listening closely and continuously. At 0411
I notice it`s suddenly in English, but alt with Vietnamese during a
language lesson, e.g. at 0416 UT about the expression ``battle of
wills``. At 0422:30 UT, ``This program has come to you from the Voice
of America, Washington``; continues Viet talk presumably local origin.
0428 UT, VOA jingle but does not introduce in English name of next
language; and resumes its Vietnamese (not Chinese, certainly not
Japanese as some have guessed). 0457 again VOA closing announcement in
English, and an adstring including ``Amarillo Home Roofing``, in
Houston, and some other occasional business names in English. Finally
at 0503 UT, legal ID in English, ``Vit Radio on KGOW
Bellaire-Houston``. Yes, they pronounce it Vit rather than Viet: have
we been mispronouncing Vietnam/ all these years??

Earlier I had visited the website, which is partly in English. Also
has incomplete program schedule, of course not including the 11 pm CDT
hour we are concerned with. It implies the same programming is also on
1480 in Dallas; one place showing wrong frequency 1560 for it too.
That would be KNGO.

I do see a couple of other programs of potential interest, since they
are illustrated by a piano quintet (piano plus string quartet), with
the same major title, but a different subtitle on the second:

Mon 3-3:30 pm [2000-2030 UT] (Nhac Thính Phòng [twice] --- which means
CHAMBER MUSIC! [there is also a dot under a of Nhac]; and
Thu 7-8 pm [00-01 UT Fri] Nhac Thính Phòng -- Tình Hát, which means
LOVE SONG. At Google translate, you`d better get the diacriticals
right.

1560, at 0604 UT Aug 19, I check KGOW direct, and can hear its VV
mixing with something in English making a SAH of 160/minute = 2.67 Hz.
Most 1560s are daytimers or well under 100 watts at night with
exception of a few such as KEBC OK with 250 watts; KKAA in SD 10 kW
(Glenn Hauser, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. 11802-USB, Aug 19 at 1240, JBA 2-way INTRUDERS in
colloquial Spanish, some whistling vs nothing on 11800 or 11805 (Glenn
Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. RF 8, 14, 20, 22, 28, 31, Aug 19 after 1439 UT, BAD DTV
signals on the meter, could be Tulsa and/or Wichita markets, equally
likely per Hepburn map showing level-2 fair tropo enhancement between
here and theres (Glenn Hauser, Enid OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

This report dispatched at 1704 UT August 19

 

Glenn Hauser logs August 17-18, 2019  View Printable Version 
Sunday, August 18 2019

Hauser
** CHINA. 12190, Aug 17 at 1323, CNR1 jammer, one of its favorite WOOB
frequencies against unheard Sound of Hope, S6-S8.

13550, Aug 17 at 1324, CNR1 jammer about the same, S6-S8.

13890, Aug 17 at 1328, CNR1 jammer JBA but enough to // 12190.

13920, Aug 17 at 1328, JBA probably also CNR1 jammer.

10920, Aug 17 at 1334, CNR1 jammer, S4-S7, only WOOB one found below
the 12s and 13s.

11785, Aug 17 at 1351, a rare Firedragon music jammer, not // CNR1
mostly talk jammers like 12190, S7-S9; off at 1415 check, but still a
JBA carrier. VOA Philippines in Chinese finishes at 1400, then CRI
Chinese via Kashgar, EAST TURKISTAN takes over and does not get jammed
(Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA. 9570, Aug 17 at 1313, CRI Plus English relay with drama is
S9+10/20 but suptorted modulation. Something`s always wrong at
RadioCuba (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA. 13740, Aug 17 at 1327, this RHC is off, while 13700 remains.
Something`s always wrong at RHC.

15140, Aug 17 at 1330, this RHC is off, while a JBA signal remains on
15230. Something`s always wrong at RHC (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING
DIGEST)

** CUBA. 11850, Aug 18 at 0027, RHC is suptorted here, which makes the
11840 & 11860 spurs even harder to copy; much better modulation on //
11670, 11700, 11760, and 13740. Something`s always wrong at RHC (Glenn
Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** PHILIPPINES [non]. 9700, Aug 18 at 0024, S9-S6 fadey talk with that
upward lilt so typical of Burmese --- or rather Kachin, which must be
closely related, as this is the legacy RVA service at 0000-0027
transmitted via VATICAN since RVA quit its own shortwave; and
displaying SMG`s remarkable [cap]ability to serve audiences in the
~opposite direxion, about the closest we can get --- not very! --- to
a VR broadcast to North America direct. Then a suspiciously
Christian-sounding hymn before off (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING
DIGEST)

** U S A [and non]. WORLD OF RADIO 1995 monitoring: Ivo Ivanov, Sofia,
Bulgaria, reports: ``GERMANY, World of Radio #1995 via Hamburger
Lokalradio on August 17:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_MExXz76Sak&feature=youtu.be

https://swldxbulgaria.blogspot.com/2019/08/world-of-radio1995-via-hamburger.html
0630-0700 6190 GOH 001 kW / 230 deg CeEu English Sat, weak signal``

Alan Gale, Whitworth, ROCHDALE, England, writes at 1451 UT Sat Aug 17:
``Hi Glenn, At last I am hearing World of Radio on 9485 kHz via HLR
here at home again today, though it's very weak and getting splattered
by the Romanian station. I can confirm that it's definitely you
though``

Yes, I have also been hearing me since 1431 via SDR in Finland you
recommended:
http://oh5ae.dyndns.org:8073/
Audible, but still heavy splash from 9490 Romania, while only the
latter can be heard via UTwente SDR.

Also confirmed Sat Aug 17 at 2100 on WRMI 9955, S9-S7, upcut at ``---
1995`` after IS & ID loop which just came on a minute earlier, I
think.

Also confirmed UT Sun Aug 18 at 0130 on WRMI 5850, VG, after ID and a
bit of ``Sandunga`` music fill overlapping.

Also confirmed UT Sun Aug 18 at 0324 underway on WA0RCR, 1860-AM, MO:
I can tell it`s me but too much storm noise S9+20/30 just south of
here in OK to tell where I am in the episode. Next:

1030 UT Sunday HLR 7265-CUSB Germany [? missing last week] 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 [still hiatus?]
1130 UT Monday Unique Radio 3210-USB NSW [still hiatus?]
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?]
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:
http://www.worldofradio.com/radioskd.html
(Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A [and non]. Kai Ludwig, Germany, has this Aug 17 response on
the WOR io group to my latest WBCQ AAAWWW report:

Ampegon --- Interesting developments --- First, it would be remarkable
if Weiner indeed lost the warranty also for the transmitter, because
it is a Continental. So has Ampegon delivered this product from a
competitor instead of own equipment?
https://twitter.com/AllanWBCQ/status/1146408801794514945

Then there is this:
https://ampegon.com/news/?id=106

Looks as if the scope of this deal can roughly be described as the
Turgi core business. This should include the product line of shortwave
transmitters, both the manufacturing of new ones (and now a picture
emerges what's really behind the babble about delayed transmitter
delivery from WMLK owners) and spare parts for all the equipment
installed under Ampegon, Thales, Thomcast, Thomson brands in the past.
And also for M2W mediumwave transmitters, for those who still have to
live with one. (Not to be confused with S7HP, which as a French
product is a completely different story.)

A bit mysterious is the mention also of Berlin in this PR, because it
is apparent that the Ampegon businesses in Germany are not included,
in particular the Ludwigshafen antenna division, formerly part of
Mannheim divisions of BBC, ABB, Thomcast. The same goes for what
remained of former Telefunken Sendertechnik, last known as Transradio,
which went bankrupt just two years ago. So much for the integration
that was planned by Ampegon, with the TRAM transmitters being the only
product they wanted to continue because they had, after withdrawing
the ill-fated M2W, no mediumwave transmitters to offer anymore.

I guess some scratching heads takes place now here and there. Kai
Ludwig`` (via Glenn Hauser, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 9955, Aug 17 at 1315, NO signal from this WRMI, which is
supposed to run on Saturdays not only until 1400 but beyond. 9395 is
still on with TOMBS, 7570 with music.

15770, Aug 17 at 1341, no WRMI signal here either, but possibly it`s
propagation as Cuba is barely audible on 15230 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX
LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 9395, UT Sun Aug 18 at 0100, WRMI with IDs for WTND-LP
Macomb, and ``You`ve got The Edge, WQNA, Springfield``, both in IL, as
Mason Vye in Ontario is opening his hour of nothing but rock music,
presumably obscure Canadian. 0111 testimonial from an Alabama listener
who sounds like he is saying ``Nathan Vay Show``. I see on the doomed
WQNA schedule that `The Mason Vye Show`` is correct when only
scheduled at 1 am [0600 UT] Monday. And on WTND at 7 pm Tuesday [0000
UT Wednesday]. Mason later adds WRMI IDs and is glad to be on SW.
Again this week, 0130-0131 his music rudely interrupted by Radio
Tirana IS and a fragment of their opening theme, before cutting back
to Vye rock. Apparently the automation keeps believing it should start
Albania now like most other nights, then thinx better of it.

As for WQNA being doomed:
https://wqnaradio.org/after-nearly-40-years-wqna-is-nearing-the-end/

And looking at the WTND schedule
http://wtnd.org/schedule/
I see something else familiar: remember Tom & Darryl?

``Friday 8 PM-12 AM [UT Sat 01-05] Tom and Darryl Talk Show -Also on
RFD - Radio Free Dishnuts (Call in at 309-588-4687)
http://dishnuts.net/ --- Tune in to hear Technology talk, music,
discussion and an occasional rant.`` WTND has a listen-live button
which may funxion. Repeats Wed at 16-20 UT on WTND. I am wondering if
WTND got the callsign originally to honor Tom `N` Darryl? (Glenn
Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 5085, Sat Aug 17 circa 2320, I am first hearing signs of a
WTWW-2 signal here; QRX for `Theater Organ in the Ozarx` at 2330 ----
NO, rock music, allegedly on request, keeps playing past 2400, also on
the webcast. Maybe Ted got tired of replaying old episodes? And we
know where his musical priorities really lie. That`s OK; tho I love
theatre organ music especially in stereo, this timing always competed
with two or three other things I want to get --- not including pirates
Saturday nights this week since my high line noise level of S9+10/20
is back below 9 MHz! (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

This report despatched at 0413 UT August 18

 

Glenn Hauser logs August 16-17, 2019  View Printable Version 
Saturday, August 17 2019

Hauser
** CUBA. 15140, Aug 16 at 1557 on caradio, RHC modulation is quite
suptorted! = suppressed and distorted. WTP = wiggle that patchcord.
Something`s always wrong at RHC (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING
DIGEST)

** U S A. WORLD OF RADIO 1995 monitoring: missed confirmed on first SW
airing, Fri Aug 16 at 2200 on WRMI 9955; anyone hear it?

Confirmed UT Sat August 17 at 0130 on WRMI 7780, poor in noise and I
think a brief upcut, unusual on this frequency. Next:
0629vUT Saturday HLR 6190-CUSB Germany to WSW
1000 UT Saturday Unique Radio 3210-USB NSW [Aug 17? alt. weeks]
[has been off for repairs since Aug 4 tfn]
1430 UT Saturday HLR 9485-CUSB Germany ND
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 [? missing last week] 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 [still hiatus?]
1130 UT Monday Unique Radio 3210-USB NSW [still hiatus?]
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?]
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:
http://www.worldofradio.com/radioskd.html
(Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 9330.000, Aug 16 at 2030, S9+10/20 bigsig with C&W music ---
the WBCQ Superstation is back! I was rather expecting this since Allan
Weiner twitted earlier today that his show tonight would be on 9330
plus the other four frequencies. Must be warming up for that. Two or
three tunes without a break, but with considerable selective fading
distortion, and some separate modulation/peak distortion. 2037
mentions ``Classic Country`` and adstring for businesses in Woodstock
(New Brunswick nearby, not NY!), about powerline construxion along
I-95, Fredericton, Houlton, Aroostook Milling Co; 2042 weather in F
and C, ``Kixx FM``, back to music. Kixx FM = WBCQ-FM 94.7, Monticello
ME, 6/6 kW with classic country.

7490.207v, Aug 16 at 2045 I check another BCQ and to my horror
discover my local high line noise is back, but fortunately cutting off
and on, not yet near-continuous, but probably will be again unless we
get some more rain since August 12. While noise is off I can tell 7490
is on and measure it, JBA with talk not //, presumably `Financial
Survival`. Nothing audible on 6160v or 5130v this early before dark.

9330, another country music block ends ends at 2050, more adstring
mentioning Houlton, Highway 2 exit 191, Woodstock. Makes us thankful
that except when test-simulcasting the local FM, WBCQ SW frequencies
are not full of commercials useless to us. Recheck at 2102, now it`s
joined 7490.2 for `Behaviour Night` music, audiblizing this program
for once, altho unfortunately I do not have time to keep listening to
it. 2332 recheck, again with ``Kixx FM`` country music.

9330, at 2359 Aug 16, program switching briefly with what sounds like
``radioserpentine.com`` but must have been the scheduled on 7490
``Radio FKB Sermon Time``! Then 0000 UT Sat Aug 17, cut to ``William
Tell Overture``. Yes, now I can tell it`s // JBA on 7490v, 6160v and
5130v. He soon confirms 9330 is on with the full 500 kW. This week I
won`t have to strain to hear it on 7490. ``Tom is kinda like the CE of
the Super-station``. Kinda?

Anyhow, they`ve got the SS back on air after a month, despite all the
problems with it he was complaining about last week, and more this
week: It runs on Winders 10. Needed to sit down when the first
electric bills arrived, in 5 or 6 figures (meaning: $ 100K, more or
less, a month?). Is replying to usual caller. Confirms 9330 is now on
the same 245 degree azimuth as all the others. During the earlier test
this afternoon, AW was checking various SDRs and found it was getting
in well to Iceland, Europe, South Africa, Vancouver BC, etc.

The rotatable antenna manufacturer, Ampegon, went bankrupt and was
bought by Cesstron (sounds like?). No, it`s Cestron. found it:

http://www.cestron.de/
Communication Engineering Services and Electronics
[now what would that be in German and acronymed?]

News Release, Berlin, 14 August 2019
CESTRON announces acquisition of strategic assets from Ampegon and AM
Broadcast. . .
http://www.cestron.de/News?PHPSESSID=d7f905e03b6f42ec0682119c7364e63b

AW says Cestron has $ 300K worth of spare parts for WBCQ which he hopes
to be able to get. Another problem is that WBCQ has NO documentation
about the antenna. Cestron is rehiring most of the old Ampegon
engineers, and hopes they will come to WBCQ by end of August and get
to work [earlier info was that WBCQ would have to pay for their
airfare and lodging.]

The antenna will cover all bands 5.9 to 28 [sic] MHz, but each
frequency must be pre-programmed into it with proper antenna tuning
unit settings, etc. Need documentation on exactly how to do that
correctly.

It`s all servo-controlled. More AC on the transmitter has been
installed. AW would still prefer plate modulation. Tom replaced power
supply modules. Something about ground-strapping required for
lightning protexion. All this brand-new equipment should have been
under warranty, but that went away with the bankruptcy, which he hears
was not a ``nice`` transition.

Question, what is the reflected power of the 500 kW? No more than 2
kW, and it has to be that low. Is it safe to be near the antenna? Yes,
no problem since you are under the beam which is going out at an
upward tilt of 10-15-20 degrees.

He starts to talk about Woodstock (NY, not NB), at 0021, but of course
interrupted by another caller, gets into political discussion which he
often says he is trying to avoid.

0024, I recheck the other frequencies while the HLNL abates, and find
that they are not synchronized, why not? approx.:
7490+ is 28 seconds ahead of 9330
6160v is 29 seconds ahead of 9330 --- well, maybe in margin of error
5130v is 2 seconds ahead of 9330
3265v is still a JBA carrier, can`t tell

0054, answering another question about music licensing and royalties
like on domestic stations? NO, does not apply to US SW stations which
technically are broadcasting to a foreign audience, like Mexico where
WBCQs are aimed. 0100 canned auto legal ID by self interrupts, but the
live AW is not finished, as just now he starts going thru e-mail.
Larry Will advises of the hum on phone line worst on 9330, and AW says
that is due to processing and superior low-frequency response.

0107 finally to benedixion, and concludes saying that World`s Last
Chance will be on air shortly, 100% programming 9330, while plenty of
time is for sale, cheap on the other ``classic`` frequencies. 0111
canned s/off announcement and 9330 turned off* immediately.

But 6160v and 7490v stay on with music, seemingly //, while 5130v
stays on with something else, talk. By 0130 recheck, 6160v & 7490v are
now BSing, and 5130v something-elseing.

If that was too much for you, here`s John Carver`s summary:

``Tonight's show started on time. This evening I'm listening on 6160
as 7490 had a very poor signal. Moved to 5130 when some hets started
on 6160 and eventually moved to 9330. Allan states that they're on all
five frequencies this evening including full power on the new
transmitter. First phone call at 0007 from Freddie. Next call at 0016
was a prank call. Another phone call at 0022 interrupted a discussion
about Woodstock. Phone call was about Trump.

Back to Woodstock talk after the call. Phone call at 0053 with a
question about whether or not SW stations had to pay royalties on the
music they played. Reading of emails at 0101. Closing prayer at 0107
and program was off the air at 0110. No new information on the
superstation this evening. Just a rehash of old information. John
Mid-North Indiana`` (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. At first: UNIDENTIFIED. 1180, Aug 16 at 0602 UT, Spanish
looping roughly E/W, i.e. between WHAM baseball talk to the ENE and
Rebelde echojammers to the SE. Seems like norteña music at first, but
between tunes several times, about 0608, 0611, 0614, super-hype
voice-actor intones ``99.9``; sometimes there may have been a slogan
just before that, but I just cannot copy it. Only when aimed E/W on
the DX-398 do I get a LAH, and with BFO comparing to 1170 and 1190,
it`s clear that this station is the one slightly off-frequency plus+.
Rearoused at 0637 UT, this time it sounds more like ``99.3``, so can`t
rule that out. And zzz.

This angle pretty well rules out Mexico, but trouble is, no likely US
stations are SS on 1180 per last year`s NRC AM Log. Maybe this year`s,
when it comes, will have the answer. It`s yet another that considers
AM only an expendable appendage of FM, tail wagging dog. IRCA Mexican
Log does not have any 1180 matches to either FM frequency.

Reverse search, looking up in the WTFDA FM Database all the 99.9s in
the USA in Spanish, shows none of them correlated with an ``origin``
on an 1180 station. But along the DF axis, in case there has been a
format flip, we do find a station in Arkansas, KTUV 1440 Little Rock
with 99.9 translators in both Rogers and Little Rock. Yet shown with
non-matching formats and slogans: K260DT Little Rock, regional
Mexican; and K260CS Rogers, Spanish hits, Las Americas Radio 1440. But
the only AR station on 1180 is unrelated, non-SS and over by Memphis
TN, WGUE, CLassic Rock format.

Before checking same for 99.3, I try radio-locator.com, on WGUE, and
by golly, there it is:

``WGUE-AM 1180 kHz
Turrell, Arkansas
"La Jefa"
Station Format: Regional Mexican

Website:
http://www.lajefa993.com/

Station Owner:
Butron Media Corporation
3654 Park Ave.
Memphis, TN 38111
Phone: 901-437-5993
Fax: 901-454-1027

WGUE-AM Technical Details:
Station Status Licensed Class D
Digital Status Analog only
Area of Coverage View Daytime Coverage Map, View Nighttime Coverage
Map, View Critical Hours Coverage Map
Hours of Operation Unlimited
Antenna Mode Directional - 3 Patterns
Daytime Power 5000 Watts
Nighttime Power 26 Watts
Critical Hours Power 3500 Watts
Number of Towers 2
Transmitter Location 35° 08' 31" N, 90° 08' 06" W
License Granted October 20 2017
License Expires June 01 2020
Last FCC Update December 01 2017
WGUE-AM also broadcasts its primary channel from these 2 transmitters
W257CY 99.3 FM Memphis, TN (99 watts)
K268DA 101.5 FM Memphis, TN (250 watts)``

The nighttime coverage map for 1180 shows it almost circular, the 26
watts barely reaching adjacent counties from a + site barely on the AR
side of the River near West Memphis (despite the W-call):
https://radio-locator.com/cgi-bin/pat?call=WGUE&service=AM&h=N
Hey, how does that fare against the 500+kW from Cuba (adding up powers
in WRTH, plus more unknown). Well, at least they make it to Enid!

Then to WTFDA search for all the SS on 99.3 --- no, not there nor
anything else likely. But since we have the call W257CY, going
directly to that, voilà:

``W257CY WGUE-1180 99.3 MEMPHIS TN USA 0.099 0.099 290.0 0.0 35-09-16
89-49-20 REGIONAL MEXICAN LA JEFA 99.3``

It did not show up in the Spanish search since there is no entry in
the field for language. I`m sure this must be it; everything fits
except hearing it if really on legal night power. Note the FM power
is, what else, also ``99` watts.

So as much as we decry AM stations abandoning their identity to a
paltry FM translator, even to the extent of `branding`` only on the FM
frequency --- in this case it leads to an ID, while SHVA shouts of
``11-80`` would not have, since we already know it`s obviously on
1180.

If all this sound vaguely familiar, it`s related to WUMY 830 sale
etc., as explained in DXLD 18-44
http://www.w4uvh.net/dxld1844.txt
(Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

This report despatched at 0434 UT August 17

 

Glenn Hauser logs August 14-15-16, 2019  View Printable Version 
Friday, August 16 2019

Hauser
But mainly Aug 15 with bits before and after

Last time I had lots of logs, but they were not ``lots`` as typoed in
the subject line

** ANGUILLA. 6090, Aug 16 at 0159, CB is on with gospel music break;
fits into the PMS schedule ``Friday Midnight to 4 am Nighttime 6.090
MHz`` (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA. 6000, Aug 16 at 0200, RHC English is S9+10/20 but JBM /
suptorted; // 6165 is undermod but sufficient if you really want to
listen to it. Something`s always wrong at RHC (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX
LISTENING DIGEST)

** NIGERIA. 7254.9, Aug 15 at 0620, no signal from VON in Hausa; it
was there 24 hours earlier, routinely non-logged (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX
LISTENING DIGEST)

** OKLAHOMA. Re my previous report about an electronic billboard
advertising that Rush and Sean were coming to FM in Enid, i.e. CP for
a new KGWA 960 translator on 100.9:

At a stoplight a few days later I watch the billboard longer: loads
of local bizzes flashing but not KGWA by the golight; however, the
billboard itself is owned by its parent, Williams Broadcasting,
following the Clear Channel model! Hmmm, could they add a Part 15
transmitter to the sign? Ooooh (Glenn Hauser, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SPAIN. 12030, Thu Aug 15 at 2155, REE is AWOL from ME frequency
before closing time; Spanish still on 11940 for S America and //
stronger 9690 for N America (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** TURKEY. 9830, Aug 15 at 2200, VOT is on today starting correct
language English with timesignal about 3 seconds slow, but VP signal
vs RTTY which hasn`t stopped quite yet (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING
DIGEST)

** U S A [and non]. WORLD OF RADIO 1994 monitoring: confirmed
Wednesday August 14 at 2100 on WRMI 9955, S9-S6 after IS & ID loop. By
my watch & WWV, started about half a second late, but still upcut
picking me up at ``---with World of Radio 19-94---``. Cannot hear
simulcast on WBCQ 7490 at first, but soon confirmed L&C on webcast;
and finally at 2126, enough signal S3-S5 on 7490+ direct to tell it`s
about 1 second behind 9955, or 4-5 words. Of course, no WBCQ sigs to
be detected circa 9330, 6160 or 5130; some weeks ago this emission was
duplicated on 5130+ but probably anomalous.

Also confirmed UT Thursday August 15 at 0100 on WRMI 7780, poor in
storm noise but still no line noise.

WORLD OF RADIO 1995 contents: Albania [non], Antarctica, Australia,
Bangladesh, Bhutan, Brasil, Bulgaria, Cuba, France, Germany, Hungary,
Iran non, Kashmir non, Korea South, Kuwait, Niger, Nigeria, Sikkim,
Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, USA, Vatican, Zambia; and the propagation
outlook

WOR 1995 audible, downloadable by 2359 UT Thursday August 15, and
ready for first SW broadcasts Friday August 16:

(mp3 stream) http://www.w4uvh.net/wor1995.m3u
(mp3 download) http://www.w4uvh.net/wor1995.mp3
Or via http://www.worldofradio.com/audiomid.html
Also linx to podcast services.

[Sorry, there is some rumble in the last 10 minutes; having some
problems with my recording gear]

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]
[has been off for repairs since Aug 4 tfn]
1430 UT Saturday HLR 9485-CUSB Germany ND
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 [? missing last week] 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 [still hiatus?]
1130 UT Monday Unique Radio 3210-USB NSW [still hiatus?]
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?]
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:
http://www.worldofradio.com/radioskd.html
(Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 7490.180, Aug 16 at 0154 tune-in to S9+10/20 of dead air,
then Brother Scare cuts on WBCQ. Apparently he starts at 0100 on the
five nights a week when nothing else is scheduled, still nothing at:
http://wbcq.com/schedule/index.php?fn=sked&freq=7490
(Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 15550-USB, Aug 14 at 1425, JBA gospel music, 1427 gospel
huxter, piano hymn, alternating talk and hymns past 1435, as WJHR has
jumped again from 15555-USB. IIRC 15550 was its original frequency
when first on the air; has occasionally resumed it for no discernible
reason --- in fact, counterproductive as 15555 has been clear of other
broadcasters during WJHR`s 14-22 span, while 15550 is not. Notably
Radio Dabanga via Vatican at 1529-1557. At 1808 still a trace of it on
15550-USB.

As recently as August 9 I had WJHR on 15555-USB when it was on the air
early at 1357. Also checked August 15 at 1408, JBA on 15550-USB. At
1529 I do hear Dabanga/Vatican JBA carrier but not WJHR here nor on
15555. Aoki/NDXC already shows WJHR on 15550 only, while EiBi and HFCC
show 15555 only (Glenn Hauser, OK, WORLD OF RADIO 1995, DX LISTENING
DIGEST)

** U S A. 5830, Aug 15 at 0627, WTWW-1 is off, and not heard on 9475
either; lower propagation is OK from neighbor 5935 WWCR. Circa 1630
check, 9475 is off, and not heard on 5830 either (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX
LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. Area tropo August 14 at 1430-1500+ UT in the 200 km range
finds best signal on RF 45 which turns out to be KSNW `3` Wichita,
altho Hepburn map implies Tulsa would be more likely, if KOTV still be
on 45 (my screen first defaults to remembered 6-1, then corrects to
3-1). Other Bad signals correlate with Wichita market: 31, 26, 10,
8.

Also an intriguing one on RF 32: in OK and KS a bunch of translators
or LDs, including an imaginary in Enid; only one full power 135 kW,
KRSU Claremore, ex-35. Meanwhile I snap some photos of KSNW:
Now we know why the Today Third Hour is delayed until the fourth hour,
i.e. after 1500 UT: they insert syndicated Live with Kelly and Ryan.
Is it really, or just has to air everywhere at 9 am local?
http://www.w4uvh.net/KSNW1.jpg
Also some breakups for pixyllated DTV art:

http://www.w4uvh.net/KSNW2.jpg
http://www.w4uvh.net/KSNW3.jpg
http://www.w4uvh.net/KSNW4.jpg
http://www.w4uvh.net/KSNW5.jpg
You may also see edges of a window and another screen in background;
tilt. You should have seen the art that got away! (Glenn Hauser, Enid
OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** VATICAN. 17530, Aug 15 at 1334, JBA carrier and then JBA talk is
the OSOB and SSOB, but what? HFCC shows only VOA Somali via SMG;
nothing audible at 1407 during the break until Botswana start English
at 1500, but during which VOA Grimesland might do a weekday carrier
test (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

this report dispatched at 0436 UT August 16

 

Glenn Hauser lots August 11-12-13-14, 2019  View Printable Version 
Wednesday, August 14 2019

Hauser
** ALBANIA. 9570, Aug 13 at 0023, CRI English relay is reactivated at
S9+10, also // 6020, which we ``need`` before Cuban relay start at
0100 on 9580.

Yay, my high local line noise level is off, after a rainy day, washing
off the transformers and insulators? Now I can DX below 9 MHz and hear
more clearly the storm noise levels! (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING
DIGEST)

** BRAZIL. 11855.734v, Aug 13 at 2217, R. Aparecida, S4-S5 in
Brazuguese talk, splitting right here at the moment, edging a bit
further away from 11850.0 RHC (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** BULGARIA. 5900, Aug 14 at 0225, Arabish talk mixed with variety
bits of music including Debussy, S9+20, 0229 I have to check something
else so missed an ID or sign-off. At 0200-0230 per Aoki/NDXC,
Kostinbrod carries the Dardasha 7 program of Bible Voice: not
0300-0330 as in EiBi.

At 0230 I`m back to hear dead air; 0231 fade-up slowly: Brother
HyStairical, so obviously it`s Secretbrod. At this hour he`s also on
(at least) 7490+ WBCQ; 7570 & 7730 WRMI (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX
LISTENING DIGEST)

** CHINA. 9155, Aug 13 at 1255, Chinese dialog at S5-S8, presumed CNR1
jammer; cursory check finds no more WOOB ones higher (Glenn Hauser,
OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) See also ALBANIA

** CUBA. 6100, Aug 13 at 0510, RHC English is S9+20/30 but
undermodulated & distorted; 6165 is S9+10 and very undermodulated but
not distorted; 6000 is S9+10, very undermodulated and suptorted; and
5040 is in Spanish instead of English. Strikeout! S9+10/20 with hum.
5025, Radio Rebelde at 0521 is also somewhat distorted. Something`s
always wrong at RadioCuba (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA. 6000, Aug 13 at 0233, RHC English is S9+10 but just barely
modulated and suptorted; slightly better on the only // 6165 (Glenn
Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** MEXICO. 1300, Aug 13 at 0551, ID right away at tune-in, ``Radio
Mexicana, 1,300 AM`` and shortly an oración. That`s XEP in Juárez..
Sounding much more like 38 kW day power than 200 watts night, per
WRTH, which also calls this ``Fiesta Mexicana`` (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX
LISTENING DIGEST)

** SAUDI ARABIA. 11820.05, Aug 13 at 2220, soporific Qur`aning
lullabyes my nap (a compliment, not a criticism), poor signal
gradually improves by when I rouse at 2245. I also wonder if each
cantor ad-libs the notes, or if certain words and phrases are always
sung the same way? Translations of the Qur`an do exist, so would it be
OK for someone to recite those musically in e.g. English? Something
one never hears (Glenn Hauser, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** TURKEY. 9830, Aug 13 at 2217, NO signal from Voice of Turkey,
English to North America. As Ivo says, Something`s always wrong at
Emirler. Maybe they got it going in time to broadcast the wrong
language, German, after 2300? Did not recheck today. Propagation OK
with Saudi and Spain making it well (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING
DIGEST)

** U S A.. 8137-USB, Aug 13 at 1252, the yacht weather advice guy from
WCY Lakeland FL, weak and also audible on weaker // 12350-USB (Glenn
Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. WORLD OF RADIO 1994 monitoring: not confirmed Sunday August
11 at 2130 on WRMI since 7780 is a JBA carrier vs high noise level,
but confirmed in NB by Richard Langley: ``2130 World of Radio #1994;
again, last sentences cut off by transition music``.

Confirmed UT Monday August 12 at 0130 on WRMI 9395, good S9+10, as
always following outdated ``Son-Power Radio worldband from studios of
WRMI on 5850, 7455! and 9395`` ID at 0129, and a pause. Also on poor
7780.

Also confirmed UT Mon Aug 12 at 0230 on WRMI 7780, audible in HNL.

Also confirmed UT Mon Aug 12 starting late after JL on Area 51 webcast
at 0304:45; at 0328 check via WBCQ 5130.35, S9+10 including HNL. (also
detect a JBA carrier on 6160.75: is that WBCQ, and me?)

Also confirmed UT Mon Aug 12 at 0330 on WRMI 9955, VG S9+20.

Also confirmed UT Tue Aug 13 at 0100 on WRMI 7780, fair S7-S9. Next:
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:
http://www.worldofradio.com/radioskd.html
BTW, since I last checked, WOR has been dropped without the courtesy
of a notice from ACB Radio Mainstream as their programming seems to
have been revamped (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 7570, Aug 13 at 1243, SMTV via WRMI, S9+10/20 Chinese drama,
or is it Cantonese; announcement at 1249 sounds more like Vietnamese
(Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 9475 & 5830, Aug 13 at 2211 check, WTWW-1 is AWOL from both
possible frequencies (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 1160, Aug 13 at 0540 UT, now that my local line noise is
off, I can tell that KSL SLC is still running IBOC noise, peaking
below KSAL around 1147 and above KFAQ about 1173. Nothing further from
KSL about its weakened(?) signal (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING
DIGEST)

** U S A. 1210, Aug 12 at 0625 UT, I`m still trying to reconfirm WJNL,
Kingsley MI, 50 kW daytimer cheater, but still suffering from local
high line noise level, especially when aimed N/S with KGYN to the west
nulled as much as possible -- but I do have a clew, heavy SAH at the
rate of 164/minute or 2.73 Hz, close to the rate < 3 Hz previously
measured between KGYN and WJNL.

1210, Aug 13 at 0529 UT, in the meantime the noise level has cleared
up after some rain --- washing off insulators/contacts on the
powerline? Now with KGYN silly sports talk nulled, I hear another
talkshow in English; presumably Beyond Reality Radio on WJNL. Again
with a SAH of almost 3 Hz, but growing CCI from something in Spanish,
talk and music. Strongly suspect the RGV station which can`t be
avoided as long as I am nulling KGYN; now the SAH is 160/minute = 2.67
Hz, but seems to be between the two stations other than KGYN. At 0543
the SS breaks to plug some ``worship centers`` in Brownsville and
McAllen, so that`s it: KUBR San Juan, U4 10/5 kW, studio address in
McAllen (and sibling to the 890 station KVOZ) (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX
LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 1560, Aug 13 at 0545 UT, Vietnamese talk is VG dominating
the channel, as KGOW Bellaire/Houston TX must still be on STA allowing
bigsig to the north rather than the Gulf of Mexico. Checking this
because the night before, Paul Walker in WY tipped that KGOW was
relaying VOA:

``At 11 pm each night, they carry 1 hour of programming from the Voice
Of America. The first 26 minutes is in Vietnamese followed by some
local spots/announcements then they run a VOA program in Japanese. The
programs always begin and end with an announcement in English saying
"this is the Voice of America" and mentions the language. There are
some VOA references during the broadcast and I've heard English
language VOA jingles in the broadcast. Paul``

Timezone??? Probably his local MDT = UT -6, but this sure is not
Japanese, nor has VOA had a JJ service for decades. A single half hour
at 2130 UT, as I recall, lingered a while before VOA decided there was
no point in talking to a friendly country even if SWLing was a fad. A
check of https://www.voanews.com clicking on ENG to get a language
list, confirms Japanese is still not among them even on the web (Glenn
Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. 1120, August 12 at 0630 UT, nulling KMOX, fast SAH and
another station in English, sounds like local newscast, and fadeout.
Maybe KCRN Limon, Colorado? Which Paul Walker says is running 50 kW at
night; KMOX is quite dominant here. Would not expect the RCatholic
station to be doing regular current-event news of the axual world
(Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. 4775.369, Aug 13 at 0515,, JBA carrier detectable now
that the line noise is off, but storming requires indoor longwire;
switch to external LW, no better except adds CODAR QRM. I would expect
it to be one of the unnecessarily cozy South Americans, Radio Tarma,
Perú, or Rádio Congonhas, Brasil --- but I see both of these reported
separately lately on the minus side circa 4774.9 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX
LISTENING DIGEST)

This report dispatched at 0524 UT August 14

 

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