** ALBANIA. 9850, April 10 at 0127, R. Tirana IS is definitely here where it`s supposed to be for the English service, not 9855 as used for the 23-24 Albanian service. Only fair, 34-47 dbu in storm noise level, which on vacant 9835 reads 28-32 dbu on the PL-880 with short random wire (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** CUBA. 950, April 10 at 0118 UT, as I have just logged XERN in Nuevo León [see MEXICO], I hear the Radio Reloj ``RR`` Morse code sounder, so I know it has to be Cuba, brought in a little better by rotating the DX-398, but still all I can copy are the minutely time tone followed by RR for the next two minutes, and compared to WWV, Reloj is 17 seconds slow!! Good enough for Commie government work? WRTH 2015 shows two CMBDs on 950, each 10 kW: in Camagüey and closer Arroyo Arenas, Habana (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** CUBA. 6155-6175, April 10 at 0131, RHC English 6165 is totally out of whack, just huge crackling noise blob covering out to 20 kHz with no programmatic modulation detectable within it. Fixing that will require a lot more than wiggling a patchcord! English on 6060 is nominal, as is Spanish on 6060 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** KUWAIT. 17550, April 9 at 2056, R. Kuwait with ME music (rather than Qur`an), heavy flutter, but better than it was almost an hour earlier at sign-on. PL-880 on the porch with short random wire shows dbu ranges 26-43. It`s sampling once per second, so occasionally hits a peak or valley, while most readings are closer to the middle of whatever range (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** MEXICO. 950, April 10 at 0117 UT, Mexican-sounding PSA, then ``La Mera Mera`` slogan (plus ``La Ranchera``? Not sure about that part), but I am sure an 8:17 timecheck followed and temp in Montemorelos. So it`s XERN, 5/1 kW in that Nuevo León city per Cantú, which however calls it ``La Jefa``. Even further off is the IRCA Log listing as La Jefa in Monterrey. Where will WRTH find it? Monterrey, but called ``Radio Naranjera`` --- at least that matched the call letters. Could that be what I heard, rhyming with mera? No, ``La Mera Mera`` was pretty clear and a slogan used by several Mexican stations, odd as it sounds.
That ex-name obviously had something to do with oranges, but what, exactly? My Random House LA SS dixionary spells it out: naranjera is orange-seller (if feminine), but what`s that got to do with radio? Naranjal is orange grove; naranjada is orangeade; naranja is orange, the fruit; while naranjo besides meaning orange tree can also informally mean lout or blockhead. I guess the color naranj@ can be either gender, depending.
Montemorelos is about 52 km SE of Monterrey on Carretera 85, so just about a suburb easily linked to the metropolis (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) See also CUBA
** OKLAHOMA. 1520, April 10 at 0057 UT, syndicated paranoid talkshow loops toward OKC, so KOKC already back on the air again? Only fair signal with plenty of QRM, KOLM et al. Yes, 0059 UT ID ``News-Talk 1520, K-OKC, Oklahoma City, 1560 KEBC Del City`` and into (bong) CBS News. So have KOKC finished the reconstruxion already? (Glenn Hauser, Enid, DX LISTENING DIGEST) See also USA: 1560
** OKLAHOMA. 91.7, April 9 around 19 UT I notice that KOSU is open carrier/dead air. Further random chex, at 2049 and past 2100 UT still find the same! I happen to be tuned in again at 2119 UT when the sound comes back at low level, then boosted up to normal level, as local host is lamenting that 91.7 is ``off in Oklahoma City and Ponca City`` due to a technical problem, but their other relays 88.3 in Stillwater and 107.5 around Tulsa are on the air. Unfortunate, since this hinders their current push to wrap up a fundraiser.
Earlier at 2107 I had tried to hear both of them, and maybe there was a trace of low-power 88.3 KOSR modulating; it normally takes some tropo help to get 107.5 into Enid. I wasn`t aware they had a relay in Ponca City, as it never appears in the multi-station IDs that I have heard. WTFDA FM database shows:
``K235CG KOSU 94.9 PONCA CITY OK 0.25 0.25 78.0 0.0 36.4428 97.0338 ADULT ALTERNATIVE`` which means it`s a 250-watt ERP translator in both horizontal and vertical planes, but the vertical antenna height is 0 meters above average terrain while the horizontal is 78 meters up. Huh?? Many other entries have such anomalies.
Evidently this alone relies on a direct pickup of the 91.7 signal. I`ve never heard this 94.9 in Enid, not that far away, altho with a bigger OKC signal adjacent on 94.7. And the ``adult alternative` format is rather incomplete --- that`s the ``crazy`` part at night, while the ``smart`` part in the daytime is still news/talk public radio/NPR, etc.
Are there any other KOSU translators we don`t know about? I try searching the WTFDA list, but keywords public radio are not specific enough, and adult alternative does not apply to all the KOSU frequencies, though they are really 100% identical in content. Then I try the entire Oklahoma list at FCC FM Query, and that leads only to 88.3 Stillwater, 91.7 Stillwater (really OKC), 94.9 Ponca, 107.3 Bixby and 107.5 Ketchum. Furthermore can`t find anything at http://www.kosu.org detailing all their stations, just a general coverage map for the two bigsigs on 91.7 and 107.5 (Glenn Hauser, Enid, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** OKLAHOMA. 94.3, April 9 at 2048 AND 2108 UT, KLGB-LP Enid is dead air again like we caught it a few weeks ago, but it is in stereo! Turning volume all the way up, we can also again hear JBA bleedthru from 99.9 KVBN-LP which is really at the same site on the same tower. Still like that at 0135 UT check April 10 --- no one minding the store (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** PERU. 5980, April 10 at 0054, JBA carrier from R. Chaski, so tune back at 0107 to clock its cutoff, which happens at 0107:53*. One quadrinite ago it was at 0107:27*, averaging 6.5 seconds later per, rather than the once-reliable 5.83 seconds.
Now it`s ahead of our streetlite ignition RF burst at 0111 UT, clear sky at sunset, officially exactly 0100 UT (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. WORLD OF RADIO 1768 monitoring: Thursday April 8 I am tuned to 7570 before 2100 to check out a new time in the online schedule. Carrier is on by 2058, music at 2059, Zanotti ID at 2059.5, and indeed into WOR at 2100. 7570 dbu reading on the PL-880 with short random wire is 29-36, while the noise floor on 7560 is 30-32. Then I check 15770 and find WOR is also on there in //, 34-45 dbu and sufficient. The schedule shows something else on that frequency as they are supposedly being split, but still really duplicating. Perhaps the same will happen this Friday as it did last week at 2130 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. 7490v, UT Friday April 10 at 0040, WBCQ with `The Next Chapter`, host talking about the ``Rukeyser Effect`` on the old `Wall Street Week` program and how it`s just about impossible for ordinary investors to beat the market system today. See the WBCQ sked entry:
which claims it`s on an hour earlier at 23-24 UT Thursdays! And Rabbi Yaakov Spivak during this hour. Don`t know if an anomaly, mistake, or permanent change as unfortunately like many stations, the online sked is not perfectly accurate and up-to-date (yes, this is despite the correct EDT/UT shift of 4 hours difference). For more on `The Next Chapter` including transcripts and audio of all 68+ programs, see http://radioalexandria.net
5110 I also check around 0040 April 10, but can`t detect it. By 0055, there is a weak unreadable AM signal closer to 5109.0, so this WBCQ is apparently on the air. Allan has previously mentioned some Thursday-night programming on 5110, but it`s yet to appear in the Program Guide.
Besides local line noise and other sources, there is heavy storm noise really degrading reception up to at least 13 MHz, the lightning area ranging from NW Louisiana to Chicago (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. 7505.3, April 10 at 0129 check, no sign of WRNO (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. After hearing KOKC reactivated on 1520 but still announcing duplication on KEBC 1560, I also try to match it, but April 10 at 0101 UT, 1560 is already dominated by some skywaving gospel huxter, looping slightly clockwise from N/S --- at first I think of KKAA Aberdeen SD, 10/10 kW U4 Family Radio, but more likely it`s closer and clockwiser Wilkins` KLNG Council Bluffs IA, 10 kW ND daytimer. Into a rendition of ``Deep River``, but gone by 0103 UT. Indeed, KLNG`s official April sunset is 0100 UT (May: 0130 UT) (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
UNIDENTIFIED. 17700.25-LSB, April 9 at 2104, 2-way in colloquial Spanish, I think, but very weak and sporadic, intruding, anyway into the exclusive 16m SWBC band (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
This report despatched at 0428 UT April 10
** ALBANIA. Regarding this log of a few nites ago, I have just noticed that the frequency should have been 9850 at 0130 --- 9855 is the frequency I did write in my original log, but I was probably wrong, altho it is also possible that R. Tirana was wrong as has happened before:
9855 [sic; 9850?], April 3 at 0128, R. Tirana IS, fair with flutter, still no ACI or CCI, just storm noise to combat. All RT broadcasts are 100 kW on 310 degree azimuth from Shijak, i.e.: Bern-Paris-Cork-St. Anthony-Gaspé-Québec-Montréal-Ottawa-Toronto-Cincinnati-Little Rock-San Antonio-Monterrey-Tepic, all within a degree of that. Enid is about 5 degrees off, 315, but at this distance should not make much difference in angle; our path does however go further into the sub-auroral zone over the north Atlantic and sheer distance weakens it compared to northeast America (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** AUSTRALIA. 9580, April 9 at 1305 after the news, I monitor what`s on R. Australia, where programming keeps changing. ABC Jazz mentioned, or is this just a promo? Do they plug into domestic networks at random, or do those vie one against another for additional shortwave coverage? At 1306 this Thursday I am pleased to hear `The Daily Planet` again, a world music show, which will include an Ethiopian pianist. But what happened to `Conversations with Richard Fidler` which had been during this hour lately? 1406 recheck, there it is an hour later than before, and replacing Triple J rock music, which can only be an improvement.
So what does the current online RA program schedule show, once carefully reset for UTC instead of ``London`` time --- who cares what time it is in London where even there they refuse to observe GMT? I could have picked Tongatapu, Midway or many other islands in this drop-down skewed toward Pacificism. No, it isn`t. It`s a very long listing by continent/region, including many very obscure places not including Enid. Under America, only Indiana, Kentucky and South Dakota get separate subentries for places such as Vevay, Monticello and Beulah! The main America sexion has everything else from Adak on down except Argentina has its separate listings including Ushuaia.
Back to the schedule: yes, for this Thursday it does show `Daily Planet` at 13, `Fidler` at 14. What about tomorrow Friday? 13-14 `Keys to Music`, 14-15 `Fidler`. We did hear the classical show `Keys to Music`, last Friday when it did not appear on the schedule. But what became of `Late Night Live`, another excellent interview show, which used to be at 12-13 Mon-Thu? Apparently nowhere on the RA schedule any more, shux. A good thing is getting rid of 3 or 4 weekdaily hours of Triple J `Unearthed`, except for Fridays at 15-18.
BTW, at 1401 April 9 I compare the three frequencies: 9580 and 12085 are synchronized, at 70 and 30 degrees toward North America, but 12065, 355 from Shepparton toward Asia, is an echo apart, so suspect it is arriving by longpath; and also with CCI from Iran (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** BRAZIL. 11815, 11745 and 11710, April 9 at 0644, extremely distorted crackling musical spurs from 11780.1v, RNA/RNB (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** CHINA [non]. 1520, April 9 at 1320 UT, fair and steady signal from CRI English about S. Korean stox, other financial news, ``21 past the hour`` timecheck; not // 9570 via Cuba which is `China Drive`. At 1327 UT, 1520 calls itself `Beijing Hour` with promos past 1330 UT. This is of course, KYND Cypress TX (Houston), 25 kW daytimer, supposedly broad circular lobe tangent eastward, but we are NNW.
This is almost a sesquihour after sunrise here (1207 UT today), but still skywaving in. Facilitated by the absence of KOKC, and no doubt as good in OKC, where this ChiCom usurpation of 1520 must cause a bit of consternation among the uninformed.
Every time I hear this or another CRI relay in the USA, I am ireful, for China does not allow any US station to broadcast inside that country, let alone a US government outlet, and in fact jams them when they try to broadcast into from outside. The ChiCom arrogantly take advantage of our democratic freedom of speech, the FCC not prohibiting anything to do with programming, without any thought of reciprocating; which the US ought to demand.
By 1352 UT recheck, KYND is finally almost faded out, 105 minutes after LSR (Glenn Hauser, Enid OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** CHINA [and non]. 18990, April 9 at 1358 UT, JBA carrier only here in the 18 MHz band. The HFCC registered Thursday 13-14 frequency for RFA Tibetan via KUWAIT is supposed to be 19000, with 18990 on Wed & Sat instead. Could be I am only hearing trace of a ChiCom jammer on wrong frequency, as has happened before contrary to schedules (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** CUBA [and non]. 15370, April 9 at 1249, RHC still AWOL from this frequency, and not on 15730 either. Wolfgang Büschel has received a new A-15 schedule not effective until April 11, claiming that 15730 will then be the frequency at 11-15, or is that a transposition typo?
Why would RHC move? In HFCC, wherein Arnie refuses to participate, for fear of having to deal with ---ugh--- Americans, there is one possible conflict on 15370: 1230-1300 only, Vatican in Russian via IBB Tinang, Philippines (violating Separation of Church and State), but no sign of it here. 15730, however, is registered to Pakistan in Chinese at 12-13, but Ivo Ivanov axually heard that April 8 on alternate 15700 (Glenn Hauser, OK, WORLD OF RADIO 1768, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** GUYANA. 3290-, April 9 at 0642, JBA carrier, slightly on the lo side, signature of V. of Guyana still being on air, impossible copy vs storm and other noise now (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** KOREA NORTH [non]. 6020, April 9 at 1332, very poor signal with YL in English, piano, contact info for Sea Breeze, so still here via JSR Tokyo, and still in English on Thursdays (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** KUWAIT. 17550, April 8 at 2035, I find the best source of soporific SW music for my nap is the Qur`aning from R. Kuwait`s peculiar C&W N American service, which is propagating today; but it would have been better without so much flutter fading. It does help me doze until alarm at 2058 when I have to check WBCQ for WOR. This starts at 2000; I gather that earlier in the day, Iran has been showing up on new 17550: 1420-1650 in Arabic per Ivo Ivanov (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** OKLAHOMA. 1520, April 8 at 2129 UT check, KOKC is still off for reconstruxion. Dennis Gibson posted this to IRCA also on April 8:
``KOKC standby tower status --- On Facebook, Chief Engineer Mike Fields says it should be back on the air "by the weekend". He is working on modifying the antenna tuning unit to match the shorter tower. It will be 190 feet, a little over a quarter wavelength. It doesn't have to be painted or lit as it's less than 200 feet. The power will be 10 kW. Here's the STA:
Sent from my iPhone``
That was quoted already in DXLD 15-13 and in my previous log report.
I say, that since KOKC was taking forever to rebuild its full-power 50 kW DA system, will this expedite that process, or delay it even further? Maybe they are satisfied with 10/10 kW U1, plenty for local coverage, and never mind all the listeners in New Zealand. If KOKC were to permanently reduce to 10/10 kW U1, it would lose peripheral interference protexion.
Of course, it`s still off the morning of April 9, facilitating ChiCom penetration into deep North America; see CHINA [non], KYND log. At 1321 UT, KOKC programming via KEBC is stronger on 1560 than KYND on 1520 (Glenn Hauser, Enid, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** PALAU [and non]. 9950, April 9 at 1257, gospel huxtress in English I haven`t noticed before, stronger than and too close for comfort to 9955 WRMI sounding softer during WORLD OF RADIO 1768. 1259 ID as T8WH Palau and off, ceding 9950 to weaker TAIWAN with a Korean clandestine. Meanwhile, T8WH is also on stronger 9965 before 1300 and afterwards with `Water of Life`, some kind of Christian euphemism (R. Australia having abandoned that relay at that time on that frequency) (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** TIBET [and non]. 15543 & 15568, April 9 at 1315, very poor hets of same pitch with carriers on 15540 and 15565, i.e. surely V. of Tibet via TAJIKISTAN on the split frequencies, and CNR1 jammers on the evens. Today`s Aoki agrees, with VOT on *jammed 15543 at 1305-1337, and on 15568 at 1307-1335 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** TURKEY. 15450, April 9 at 1248, V. of Turkey, unreadable YL in English on poor signal, but at least confirming it`s back on A-season frequency. Once upon a time, this European service would be sufficient in North America; ever again? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. 6823-USB, Thu April 9 at 1354, Texas Army MARS net in informal discussion after training session involving digital modes; abbr`d IDs heard include THN, 6XB, 6YD, and as NCS today, 6IA, all pronounced fonetikaly. Previously logged June 10, 2014 at 0125 as in DXLD 14-24; and before that during the 13+ UT hour, April & Sept 2013 as in 13-17 & 13-36. Strange that one of the abbr`d calls is numberless (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. WORLD OF RADIO 1767 monitoring: confirmed on WBCQ webcast, Wednesday April 8 at 2100; and also very poorly audible by 2128 on 7490v. Presumed another play at 0330 UT Thursday April 9 on WRMI 9955, unchecked as I am still producing 1768.
WORLD OF RADIO 1768 monitoring: confirmed first SW broadcast Thursday April 9 before 1259 on WRMI 9955; sufficient and no jamming, but ACI from louder 9950 gospel huxtress in English, ID as T8WH Palau 1259 before closing. Next for WORLD OF RADIO:
Thu 2100 WRMI 7570 [NEW on schedule; unconfirmed yet]
Fri 2130 WRMI 7570 [and no longer 15770? But both last week]
Sat 1930v WA0RCR 1860-AM
Sat 2130 Global 24 9525 via BULGARIA
[not last week, no longer, or to be rescheduled??]
Sun 0315v WA0RCR 1860-AM [last week started 0337.5]
Sun 2100 WRMI 15770 [NEW on schedule, but not last week]
Sun 2300 WRMI 11580
Mon 0300v WBCQ 5110v Area 51 [SW not on air last week, but on 7490 instead at 0200, also webcast on both; 5110 now back on air]
Tue 1100 WRMI 9955
Wed 0630 HLR 7265-CUSB Hamburger Lokalradio
Wed 1315 WRMI 9955
Wed 1430 HLR 7265-CUSB Hamburger Lokalradio
Wed 2100 WBCQ 7490v
Thu 0330 WRMI 9955 [or 1769 if ready in time]
(Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. 5110-, April 9 at 0640, WBCQ must be back on air, and now with Overcomer at much later hour than previously, test? Not of course, entered unto online schedule. Presumably means Area 51 will be back here on weekends (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
UNIDENTIFIED. 1020+, April 9 at 0647 UT, I`m getting a low audible het slightly on the hi side against nearby KOKP Perry OK; also some unreadable modulation even as to language. Never heard such a het before on it. Very rough DF is NE/SW, but when KOKP to the SE is nulled, I am mainly hearing KDKA as usual.
There are no Mexicans in the north or west of the country, in deference to licensed 50/50 kW U4 KCKN Roswell NM --- could this be it? In reality it has been running greatly reduced power for a long time, and could also have drifted off-frequency. KMMQ, Spanish in Nebraska, has always been with a Hz or two of KOKP. Possibly one of the Illinois 1 kW daytimers. Not much else it could be except for KJJK in MN, 2000/370 watts U2 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
This report dispatched at 1749 UT April 9
Enviado por: Glenn Hauser - firstname.lastname@example.org