** EQUATORIAL GUINEA [non]. It`s July 13, Tony Alámo`s trial date, and there he is rambling along on WINB, 9265, at 1233, as if nothing special were ongoing. Also at 1310 on WWCR 15825 only fair with squeal. Here`s the latest news:
(Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** MEXICO. My sole funxioning B&W TV set conked out, so I got another one at a thrift store for $5. The first three thrifts I visited didn`t have any B&W and one said they never stocked any because no one would buy them. Maybe there`s a decent (analog) color TV set, but the ones I have for viewing are DX-unfriendly squelching weak and fading signals.
This is a Zenith BT124W, made in Dec 1983 in Taiwan, almost 12 inches diagonally. Has digital channel keypad, no remote, and no fine tuning.
Finally with my $5 set I can hear audio even if the video is barely there. And it still sounds like at least some of the Mexicans are running much more audio power than 1/10 of the video as was typical in the USA.
There have been some more sporadic E openings, but not much luck pinning down any specific station IDs. Soon after installation, July 10 at 2215 UT, briefly got some Spanish on channel 4, but not much the next two days.
July 13 fading in at 1624 UT on channel 3, Smurfs — fits XHGC-5 network so probably XHBQ Zacatecas again, and BTW per TV Guide, Spanish for Smurfs is Pitufos, who get 150 minutes of network airtime.
By 1648 MUF was up to ch 4 with a variety show; at 1720 a game show (maybe same), mentioned Iztapalapa, and also Barranquilla, but I am not guessing I got Colombia. Iztapalapa is a colonia in México DF.
At 1728 on ch 4 I could make out the Azteca 13 bug in the UR as a W&M were in discussion. Too many full-power relays to guess which one.
1744 on ch 3, animation, including a walking (hopping?) shark. Anim points to XHGC-5 network again.
1759 on ch 4, news mentioning Televisa, and Torreón, so tentatively XELN-TV there, listed as on the XHGC-5 network, but a local break?
1825 on ch 3, another fade-in with animation, net-5 bug in the UR
(Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** OKLAHOMA. KOCO-5 OKC is finally history after a month of nightlight, turned off unceremoniously at 0458 UT July 13, so now all lowband VHF channels are wide open for DX; nothing yet made it to channel 5 unimpeded. KOCO is now channel 7 DTV only but pretends to be “Channel 5“.
Meanwhile, KFOR-27 OKC, channel “4“ has finally installed HD studio equipment for the local news and weather, making a big promotional deal of it, tho OETA beat them to it by months. KFOR had their crews working 24 hours after the July 10 Friday 10 pm news to pull out all the SD stuff and put in the HD stuff (Glenn Hauser, Enid OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** TAIWAN. RTI Japanese service, 9735, again producing spurs around 9730 and 9740, July 13 at 1303, but no audio detectable either from the spurs or from CRI 9730, BBC 9740 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A [non]. Checking out a tip from Tarek Zeidan, Denmark of a religious station on new 9935, July 12 around 2200, I found 9935 still going at 2340 check with Family Radio ID in passing, web promo. It must be brand new, not in any listings, nor I think this time, in any update from WYFR via DXLD.
I thought it might be a mis-punch for 9835, the recently new Ascension relay of YFR in English from 2200 (which BTW overrides my previous recommendation for Turkey to shift there from 9830 to escape RTTY, as they were in no hurry to make themselves audible).
So at 2340 I find YFR still going on 9835, Campingdroning easily recognizable despite much weaker signal than 9935, and the audio processing is much punchier on 9935.
Checking whether 9935 is still on after 0000 when the new YFR GUF relay is supposed to start on 9760: at 0020 July 13, 9935 is still going with non-Camping but suitably pessimistic Bible reading, and // synchronized same-sounding 9790 (not 9760 as had been scheduled), so both YFR via Guiana French?
Other YFR service with Camping via Ascension still audible weaker on 9835 // 7335.
Nothing on 15580 or 15315, which had been Bonaire tests of YFR both on the air in the 00-01 hour, which have expired. RNW online frequency schedule update July 12 no longer shows them or any YFR via BON.
Another check around 0115 UT July 13 found 9935 gone, and 9790 now occupied as usual by CRI via Canada. Aoki now shows 9790 but not 9935:
9790 FAMILY RADIO 0000-0100 1234567 English 250 215 Montsinery GUF
9790 FAMILY RADIO 0200-0300 1234567 English 250 215 Montsinery GUF 05300W 0500N WYFR a09 Jun 26- 5 53
Next day July 13 I was standing by on 9790 and 9935 two minutes before 2200: 9790 was still running RRI IS, nothing on 9935. But a few seconds before 2200, 9935 carrier came on and into YFR English relay with no opening. A few minutes later something on 9790 but not //. And again 9835 with other YFR service via Ascension not // either.
By 2342, 9935 YFR had built up to a good signal, and 9790 occupied during this out by TDP DRM via Sackville. At 0007 check July 14, 9790 on again with YFR // 9935, but 9935 noticeably stronger (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
UNIDENTIFIED. A steady open carrier on 1580, July 13 at 1223 UT atop a mix of weaker stations. Must be my semi-local KOKB Blackwell, which is supposed to be 1000 watts daytime, 49 watts at night (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
UNIDENTIFIED. 11776, the weak het against Anguilla continues Monday July 13 at 1306 check, so nothing to do with WHRI which is not using 11785 weekdays at this time (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ###