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Glenn Hauser logs August 28-29, 2012

** BANGLADESH. 15105, Aug 29 at 1245, BB English service is poorly audible, but only with S Asian songs, still at 1253; 1256 brief announcement, more music; 1259 closing presumably in English with some hum unlike during music, brief tone and off at 1300:45*. Thruout was bothered by splash from CNR1 jammer on 15115, rather than from much weaker first adjacent 15110 signal. By 1335 during presumed Nepali semihour, nothing but a JBA carrier on 15105.

15505, Aug 29 at 1359, much better fair signal with tone still running; 1359:35 finally starts IS but played only twice; 5+1 timesignal ends 25 seconds late after 1400, opening Urdu (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CHINA. 11744, 11752, 11768, 11776, JBA carriers at 1405 Aug 29; 11752 caused het to Cuba 11750, but Anguilla 11775 was off. Wolfgang Büschel assumes the target of the fundamental on 11760 was R. Australia in Mandarin via Taiwan at 1300-1430, which is no longer relayed by Taiwan at all. (However, I didn`t think RA had been a target of ChiCom jamming; maybe only when they used Taiwan, and that could be a reason for quitting it??).

Furthermore, the same kind of “garden fence“ CNR1 jammer-spurs he has also been hearing after 1500 surrounding 15430 center, vs R. Free Asia via Saipan. And yet more: at 09-11 centered on 13610 vs VOA Chinese via Saipan, every 8 kHz from 13586 to 13626. So now we have four instances of this thing from 09 to 17(?) UT, likely a single defective jamming transmitter, which probably does the same thing on yet more frequencies the rest of the 24 hours (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CHINA. Firedrake August 29 before 1300:
12320, very good at 1252
12670, very good at 1253
13850, very good at 1252, over WWCR 13845
13920, poor at 1252 with utility QRM, Australian fax?
14870, very good at 1249
15555, very good at 1249; this one only still on at 1303
16920, fair at 1250
16980, very good at 1250
17450, poor at 1250; none in the 18s

Before 1400:
12670, good at 1339
13530, poor at 1339
15490, good at 1358
15495, fair until 1337*
15605, fair at 1337 with propeller noise, but at 1338 just the noise; 1358 recheck the FD music is back and still on at 1401
15700, good at 1338; very good at 1358; none in the 14s
16100, very good at 1340; none in the 17s
(Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA. RHC anomalies Aug 29: at 0501, 6000 is still on the air in English, much weaker than 6010; 6050 and 6060 are very poor on each side of stronger 6055 Spain, and 6125 is missing (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** EQUATORIAL GUINEA. 15190, Aug 28 at 2003, R. Africa is still on and sounds like Tony Alamumble at a later hour than usual (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** INDONESIA. 9526-, Aug 29 at 1243 check, still no signal from VOI. http://rri.jpn.org agrees as of today with a grid of blank spaces that it`s been totally missing since last heard July 26 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** KOREA SOUTH [non]. 9650, Wed Aug 29 at 1239, KBSWR via CANADA in Korean lesson, CCI from North Korea direct, as often the case, SAH of about 6 Hz. 1242 opening `Sounds of Korea` traditional music show I would like to enjoy but too much QRM. With HFCC B-12 conference underway this week in Paris, it seems KBS still hasn`t decided what to do in the post-Sackville era. Let`s hope they pick a better frequency from a new site, rather than give up or keep 9650 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** KUWAIT. 21540, Aug 29 at 1334, R. Kuwait in Arabic, music, rather reverential, at first with only lite SAH from Spain underneath, by 1357 more of that (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** MEXICO. 870, Aug 29 at 1200 UT the Mexican music I am hearing is coming from KLSQ Nevada as IDed a minute later, see USA. Once upon a time, XETAR in Chihuahua owned this frequency around local sunrise here. That`s presumably what started to make a SAH of about 5 Hz with KLSQ at 1204 with bits of the Mexican NA (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** OKLAHOMA. 1230, Aug 29 at 1213, WBBZ has gone back to the syllable-swallowing announcer with weather summary, after having heard a pro announcer yesterday. Canned ID as “1230 AM stereo, WBBZ, Ponca City“, and on to sports news. 1221 ending that and back to music, “Working at the Carwash Blues“; same announcer becomes a DJ, Mike Beckwith(?) saying he`s substituting for Bill & Andy (Glenn Hauser, Enid, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** OKLAHOMA. Area tropo from Wichita KS at least, less than 200 km, up again the morning of August 29, UT:

28, at 1410 UT, opening first noted by presence of analog signal here, even when antenna not aimed at Wichita, KWKD-LP. Once aimed, enough to lock in with gospel huxter, at first without sound, then strengthening by 1423 with audio; grafix about “demonic spirits“, on `Breakthrough` program from rodparsley.com which will sell you something for $60+; after 1430 on to Benny Hinn.

During this hour I tuned thru all channels from 2 to 69 looking for anything else in analog, but only saw 48 from OKC off the back. Of course, there`s now lots of utility QRM on 52-69, soon to be the fate of even lower ex-UHF TV channels. The rest are DTV, besides the bigsigs from Wichita:

49, at 1422 UT, trying for BOUNCE again from Wichita, and it starts to decode, old drama I don`t recognize, with black and white characters, stays in for several minutes, tho freezing at times; PSIP says KGPT-DT.

43, from previous research, I knew there is another Wichitan here, so parked on it, and initially “bad“ signal broke thru at 1433 with PSIP as 43-1, “THIS” including the quotation marks. However it was not a movie or old rerun, but instead “Know the Cause“ per continuous lower-right bug superimposed on an apple outline: apparently a health infomercial. Also referred to “News and Views“. Still in at 1445 when I took some photos of it. “This“ must be KCTU-LD, Wichita, only 2.7 kW, which per W9WI.com also has three other subchannels I should have tried for: “ThisTV|AMG|Untamed Sports|Fn||“ (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 12050, Aug 29 at 1403, R. Católica Mundial, modulation distorted but carrier stable, while // 11550 was OK. Giving phone numbers including one in Spain (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 790, Aug 29 at 1232 UT, River City Casino ad, “Cardinals Report“ summarizing last nite`s BB game, report on “extreme commuting“, 1234 River View Resort ad. That casino is in St. Louis. There are several resorts by that name, like Maine and Massachusetts, but I`ll go with the one near Eureka Springs AR, so this is KURM in Rogers AR (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 840, Aug 29 at 1159 UT, 24 hours after yesterday`s log, KXNT is in again at weak and steady level with a different ad, ID primarily for KXNT-FM, Newsradio 100.5, then 840, and also mentions HD, but could not catch whether referring to AM or FM. NRC AM Log of last year does list 840 as IBOC; CBS is a diehard supporter of this failed technology.

Note: city of license of KXNT (AM) is North Las Vegas NV, not merely Las Vegas. Could help minimize confusion with original Las Vegas in NM, which has no North. This time held up a bit later after CBS network news on hour; 1208 introducing more news with substitute anchors, all the stories previewed being national, nothing about LV/NV, so is this local origination or does CBS have a continuous national radio newsfeed available to its own stations? KXNT could simulcast KNX Los Angeles; note the similarity in calls. Note also the happy coincidence that the heritage KNX calls came about long before the all-nx format.

870, August 29 at 1200 UT I am hearing Mexican music, no NA, 1201 quick legal ID mentioning Las Vegas. Call letters were pronounced in English but could not copy them. Listed as KLSQ, city of license really Whitney NV. That was easy; heard this last year and it was tough to get a definite ID vs other SS such as from The Metroplex. Supposed to be 5 kW day, 430 watts nite, and it`s certainly night at 5 am local PDT (really 4 am PST). FCC shows non-direxional daytime; nighttime with major lobe to NW, minor lobe at 85 degrees, which means even less than 430 watts OKward if really on nite facilities, which I seriously doubt. This was just after relogging neighbor 840 KXNT North Las Vegas, also suspected out of whack but with much more power to start with. Too late to be hearing WWL`s continuous Isaac coverage; and where`s XETAR? See MEXICO (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 1010, August 29 at 1225 UT, several St. Louis ads with 314-AC phones, call 511 for safe digging, 1230 “KXEN, St. Louis` good news station, joining you in prayer“ (huh??), and into a revival show from Connecticut, live? At least mentioned today`s date.

I was looking for KXEN after reading this in the latest NRC DX News:
“FCC Actions: 1010 KXEN MO St. Louis – Licensed for U4 50000/500, KXEN has a CP for U4 50000/420. This action temporarily moves their transmission to Tower #2 of the WGNU-920 transmitter site located 1.16 km east of the KXEN site with U1 350/125.

The land on which KXEN’s towers are located is being sold and the new
owners have indicated that the land will be used for commercial, rather than as a broadcast tower site. The temporary facilities will be in force until KXEN finds a new tower site and the facility can be built (Bill Hale, NRC DX News Aug 13 via DXLD)“

The KXEN website http://www.kxen1010am.com says nothing about this, still claiming 50 kW daytime coverage, with maps! Can`t find a program schedule to check name of the 7:30 am show. FCC AM Query, besides the originally licensed 50/0.5 kW facilities and a new 50 kW CP, also shows a CP for 420 watts at night, and applications only for 350 watts day, 125 watts night, but apparently the latter are already in use now.

So I was really not expecting to hear KXEN this well, if at all. Poor signal but atop the QRM at the moment. Note: the WGNU site is in Illinois, near Granite City, as are the old and proposed KXEN sites nearby (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 1030, August 29 at 1225 UT, “Newstalk 1030, KFAY“, WSJ report on higher fuel economy standards to be blamed on Obama. KFAY: as in Fayetteville, Arkansas, tho COL is Farmington. Official August LSR is 1130 UT; September, 1200. 10 kW day pattern is close to ND, but with more to the SW and plenty to the west. So it was still propagating almost an hour later, and a semihour after our sunrise (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 1330, August 29 at 1219 UT, “Jail House Rock“ ending, 7:20 TC, ad for Hearing West Texas in Odessa and numerous other towns; KCKM Monahans, a regular on SRS (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

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