Also weak and fluttery signal with music during scheduled Japanese hour, Feb 9 at 0147 on approx. 11710.7 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** EQUATORIAL GUINEA [and non]. 15190, have not checked R. Africa lately whether they are still broadcasting convicted and sentenced to 175 years, child-marrying sex-criminal “Tony Alamo“? Yes! Feb 8 at 2201, in the clear after YFR off 15195, there he is, conversing with his YL sidekick, and at 2226 she is reading some verses, prompted and with interjexions by Alamo. Good signal but deep fades.
I also heard him earlier the same day around 1330 on WINB 9265, as he was comparing himself to some other religionists at the margins who have had problems with the law, David Koresh and Warren Jeffs (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** OKLAHOMA [and non]. I have long noticed on the caradio that there is something wrong with KSPI 780 Stillwater, a sports talker; Feb 8 at 2049 UT I was hearing hets of almost the same pitch when stepped 10 kHz to much weaker stations on adjacent frequencies, both of them attempting to play music for our enjoyment:
770, KAAM Garland, The Metroplex, TX, with “The Way You Look Tonite“, nostalgia format, and
790, KXXX Colby KS, with “Rhinestone Cowboy“ in country format; and mixed with news/talk from KFYO Lubbock TX
There is also a higher-pitched whine when tuned to KSPI itself. It`s about 50 miles away, and hard to believe a daytimer with such a big signal here is only 250 watts. They must be modulating it to the hilt. I think it is putting out spurs, but will have to see if I can measure them on some other radio.
BTW, years ago in Enid I had no problem hearing daytime groundwave from KXXX in the NW corner of KS, or KFYO, also over 300 miles away in West Texas, nulling one or the other, but not any more with KSPI on one side and augmented KQCV OKC 800 on the other, now 2.5 kW instead of original 250 watt outlet. Trying to remember its original call from the 1960s when I started, but FCC call sign history can`t either. KQCV also makes it tough to listen to WHB ex-KCMO Kansas City on 810.
1220, Feb 8 at 2052 UT, looking for the Asian station from The Metroplex, but only hearing weak soul/gospel music outlet; a few minutes later, lengthy local commercial by obnoxious pitchman, but could not copy anything pinning it to KTLV Midwest City or OKC, due to splash from 1230 WBBZ Ponca City with music most of the time. Less than an hour later, I was not getting 1220 at all.
FCC shows the 250 watts are direxional with major lobes at 60 and 250 degrees, nulls including 340 degrees, close to Enidward, so it could still be on but with little signal here, while 250 W would be plenty if it were nondirexional. Forget about it at night, 5 watts on same pattern.
NRC AM Log 2009 shows format UC/GOS, which fits, and slogan “Key To Living Victoriously“ — gee, I always thought KTLV was supposed to evoke “Twelve“. And furthermore it`s marked -I for IBOC, if so, certainly undetectable here.
1610, at quiet spots in western Enid one can make out the NWS relay via Great Salt Plains State Park TIS, WQCL720, axually licensed to the town just south, Jet. Quick & Easy leads right to the GE image at http://maps.google.com/maps?ll=36.742500,-98.132222&=0.03805,0.06727&t=k&hl=en
We located the mast in the park area to the left of the road opposite the airstrip, where BTW, our “local“ NEXRAD weather radome is located, identified with Vance AFB, both quite a distance away.
1610 used to alternate NWS Enid 162+ MHz relays with local loop of info about attraxions at the park and other towns such as Cherokee, but lately I have heard nothing but NWS so perhaps the old tape wore out after never having been changed for years, turn-it-on-and-forget-it.
Back to the point, on Feb 8 at 2140 I was unusually getting QRM from another 1610 TIS, believe it`s YL voice, making 1 Hz SAH, most likely from the next closest one, Kansas Turnpike Authority, per MW List Quick & Easy: “WPQG483 Wellington, KS 0.01 nr jct k35 & us 160 hwy“
which provides its own weather and traffic alerts for paying travelers (Glenn Hauser, Enid, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** SPAIN [and non]. Missed it by that much: at 0146 UT Tue Feb 9 I remembered to check for the SAm broadcast of RNE/RE`s Emisión Sefarad, which I hear Monday mornings at 1425 on 15385, not announced 15325.
Hostess says the 0115-0145 broadcast is on 11780, but at 0146 RNA Brasil is inbooming as usual, some flutter, with “goooooooooaaaaaaaaallllllll“ remark. Hard to imagine REE being audible here, let alone there, no stronger than the weak REE signal arriving on 11680 — and the 0115 broadcast is registered B-09 on 11795 which should be clear if axually in use, so let`s hope her announcement in this case is also wrong, but have to wait at least another week to check it out.
Strangely, 11795 is also on the books for the repeat to NAm at 0415 along with 9690 and 9650, but surely only using one of them, 9690 the last we checked, with the others being wooden alternates (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. KVOH, often absent and either not propagating or off the air, but loud S9+20 signal with Spanish religion on 17775, Feb 8 at 2157. When that`s the case, time to look for its parasitic spurs — yes, noisy blob around 17921, weak and could not make out any modulation to //, and an even weaker one at matching 17629, both 146 kHz away from fundamental. One semihour later, 17775 had faded to only S9+7 at peaks, and the spurs went below threshold.
BTW, I keep seeing schedules published for this station showing they are also on 9975 morning and/or evening. KVOH does repeatedly register that with FCC and consequently HFCC, Aoki, and even WRTH show it, but don`t you believe it until someone axually hears KVOH on 9975.
Is anyone paying attention to reality, and our reports about it? Only EiBi has got the message NOT to list KVOH on 9975 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A [and non]. Checking around 0136-0140 during the 01-02 UT Tuesday hour Feb 9 whether VOA is still operational as last week? Yes:
A Fondo: best on 7340, good on 9415, barely audible on 11625. No jamming on those, but heavy jamming on R. Martí 6030, 7365, 9825 which are supposedly carrying same program.
Lavwadlamerik: best on 7465, rather poor on 5960, 5835. No 7590.
And WWCR: active on 9980, 7490, 5070 and presumably 5935.
9810 also with Cuban jamming against R. República, along with some rhythmic tones I don`t hear elsewhere, so wonder if that is from the jamming or a bit of RR programming sounders poking thru the noise.
The Feb 8 issue of DX Mix News, Bulgaria shows this as a VT Communications transmission via Rampisham UK:
2300-0400 on 9810 RMP 500 kW / 285 deg to Cuba Spanish
Even tho VT does not admit it (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. 9955 WRMI tonight: Pretty good signal at 0140 UT Feb 9 with JSWC reporter, at first I thought DXPL, but I guess it`s Wavescan, scheduled 0115-0145, and apparently no jamming. Are you on the NW antenna yet? (Glenn to Jeff White)
Glenn: That’s good to hear. No, we haven’t found the problem yet with the NW antenna, but they’re working on it off and on. Our consulting engineer is coming back from Panama around Feb. 15th, so my guess is they’ll try it again while he’s here.
Yes, Yukiko does the JSWC report on both DXPL and Wavescan. I’m not sure if it’s the exact same material though (Jeff White, WRMI, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ###