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Glenn Hauser logs September 9-10, 2012

** BANGLADESH. 15105, Sept 10 at 1244 just as I upwake and intune, “end of the news; this is the external service of Bangladesh Betar“, and into music. Best reception so far of the 1230 English, often in- or barely-audible; too bad I missed the first half. Seems like there is still some noise underneath the program audio. By 1250 it`s back to talk about some diplomatic event in Washington DC, and other headlines separated by replays of the same brief stinger music; 1253 introduces music only for “dear listeners“. 1256 another “dear listeners“ announcement, and during pause before music the noise level grows again. Seems like a mis-adjusted Optimod. However, music which had just started cuts off the air at 1257:22*.

15505, Sept 10 at 1359, music other than BB IS is already playing, then opening Urdu; also seems noisy. 1417 check music playing. 1429 recheck music ends and noise level rises during dead air before closing (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** BRAZIL. 15191.5-, Sept 10 at 0455, unmistakable Nat King Cole singing in Spanish, Bésame Mucho? Just heard the last bit of it so not sure which song. Always with a heavy English accent, and wikipedia confirms my suspicion that “ Cole learned songs in languages other than English by rote.“ It seems he recorded three albums in Spanish, and also some in Portuguese; I wonder if R. Inconfidência plays any of the latter? Soon followed 0456 by hyper live Brazilian with no back-announce to the music. Still making het of about 3.5 kHz with NHK 15195 direct, about to close (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CHINA. Firedrake Sept 10, before 1300:
17370, very poor with flutter, also noise jamming at 1258-1300:05*
No time to do full search at this hour

Before 1400:
14700, very good at 1349; none in the 13s, 12s
15490, good at 1346, het on lo side
15605, good at 1345 with noise
15745, very poor at 1345
16920, very good at 1347
17170, very good at 1347; none in the 18s

After 1400:
17570, fair at 1414 vs V. of Tibet via Madagascar, inaudible here nor on alternates 17565, 17560
15495, fair at 1415, het on hi side
(Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) See also EAST TURKISTAN

** CHINA. The 8-kHz-separated very weak spurs from 11760 CNR1 jammer against nothing are still detectable, September 10 at 1318: 11728 hetting another weak signal on 11725; 11736 hetting North Korea 11735; 11744; 11752 hetting Cuba-11750; 11768; 11776 hetting Anguilla 11775; 11784 hetting 11785, exactly same pitch as the previous one; and finally, 11792 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** COLOMBIA. 14950+, Sept 10 at 1303, gospel music to peaks of S9+10, “ahora soy de Cristo“ lyric repeated over and over by YL; segué to “cantaré al mundo entero“; 1309:30 announcement but fades, “un servicio de esta estación“, then citing capítulo 37-38 of algo; “Desde la República de Colombia, transmite Salem Stereo en —“ fades as it sounded like they are about to announce a frequency, in the 80s? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA. 6125, Sept 10 just as I tune by at 0521, RHC English cuts on the air with `DXers Unlimited` in progress, Prof. Arnaldo de Jesús Coro Antich, CO2-caca, talking about antennas; modulation seems to be adjusting at the start to usual lo level. Hardly necessary with 6010, 6050 and 6060 already //.

15330, Sept 10 at 1248, lite pulse jamming audible, a rogue(?) jammer still not turned off despite no usage of 15330 by R. Martí since the end of March. Also hear jamming remnants on other unused VOA Spanish and Martí frequencies, from these incompetents, not all logged (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** EAST TURKISTAN. 13755, Sept 10 at 1313, CRI English with economic news by that British announcer, about 2 sex behind stronger // 13790. 13755 is 174 degrees from Kashgar, while 13790 is 308 degrees from Wulumuchi, also East Turkistan; you`d think these two sites under Han occupation would be synchronized, vis-à-vis ones eastward in China proper (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** INDONESIA. 9526-, Sept 10 at 1321 check, zero signal from VOI. http://rri.jpn.org/ agrees it`s still off (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** IRELAND [non]. Shortly after my previous report was dispatched, WRN revealed unto me the transmitter sites for the RTÉ hurling special Sunday September 9, i.e. UK and SOUTH AFRICA:

West Africa
1300-1700 UTC, SKN, 300 kW, 17685 kHz
East Africa
1300-1600 UTC, MEY, 250 kW, 17540 kHz
1600-1700 UTC, MEY, 100 kW, 11915 kHz
Southern Africa
1300-1700 UTC, MEY, 100 kW, 7505 kHz

The same will be employed for the football final on September 23; furthermore, since hurling ended in a draw, there will be more such broadcasts for the replay of that on September 30 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** KURDISTAN [non]. 11510, Sept 10 at 0451, ME music, presumed Kurdish, fair signal at S9+10. 0500 announcement with sound effects, 0501 ID as “Denge Kurdistana“, 0502 talk mentioning “Roj“ several times, mixed with music. By 0524 recheck had faded to very poor.

This apparently replaces Voice of Mesopotamia on 11530, which has not been audible here for months, so also from a new site? Had been via Ukraine, but HFCC shows 11510 is still 300 kW, 129 degrees from “SMF“ since 1 September, 0300-1900. No signal at all, however at 1319 check, as it also used to be audible around that time, more so in the winter. (However, VOR in hummy Hindi via TAJIKISTAN is audible on 11500.)

Kai Ludwig speculates that the 11510 site now sounds like Grigoriopol, Pridnesntrovye, and that Luch, Ukraine has perhaps closed down completely, making Ukraine another ex-SWBC country, except for the private/pirate? on 11980 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** KUWAIT. 21540, Sept 10 at 1356, R. Kuwait reception is steadily improving; impassioned Arabic drama with SFX, and nothing audible from Spain underneath (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** OKLAHOMA. 1140, Sept 9 at 1947 UT, I noticed that the OKC station now IDs something like “Your favorite Old School and New School station, 92.1 and 1140“.

FM comes first, in the mad rush by AM stations to get on FM somehow, even via a 99-watt translator K221FQ with much inferior coverage to the kilowatt on AM, KRMP. New NRC-AM Log does list both frequencies, but the slogan has now changed from “Heart & Soul“.

Or has it? Website seems current http://www.okcheartandsoul.com/shows.shtml
with “continuous music“ from 2 pm CDT Sundays after six solid hours of gospel huxters, safe to say all of them black. Maybe the OS & NS slogan applies only to this music segment? Was going to listen online while the computer is on, but to do that I must install Silverlight. No, tnx (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** OKLAHOMA [and non]. 106.1, Sept 10 at 1532 UT on caradio, marginal signal ID as “The Twister“, and country music. There are three 106.1s in OK and one not too far in Kansas, but the dominant one is Tulsa (COL Owasso). OKC 101.9 has been “The Twister“ for ages, but found this notice of KTGX format change over two months ago in allaccess.com:

“After stunting with various formats, CLEAR CHANNEL KTGX (GEN X RADIO 106.1)/TULSA is now officially Country as “OKLAHOMA’s Best New Country On 106.1 THE TWISTER.” The station switched officially at noon (CT) TODAY (7/3).

“We are thrilled to bring THE TWISTER brand to TULSA’S airwaves, said Market Manager JON PHILLIPS. “TULSA has a huge appetite for Country music and THE TWISTER will be a leader and aggressive in breaking new Country songs and artists.” You can stream THE TWISTER here.“

Now why would they name not one, but two OK radio stations for a dreaded disaster? O, for the good old days when 106.1 Tulsa was commercial classical KCMA. However FCC FM Query call sign history does not show a KCMA on 106.1 back to 1986y. IIRC it moved to 92.1 which did not last very long either.

BTW, I see that the only KCMA currently on FCC`s FM roster is also classical, a 3-watt! LP in Arizona:
“KCMA-LP 253 L1 FL 98.5 MHz LIC PAYSON AZ US BLL-20050803ABB – 134141 0.003 kW 167.1 m PAYSON CLASSICAL MUSIC ASSOCIATION, INC.“
(Glenn Hauser, Enid, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A [non]. 15580, Sept 9 at 1955, VOA English to Africa has fastish SAH of about 7 Hz, which means a transmitter site switch is imminent, and the next one already has unmodulated carrier on, interfering with the previous one. At least there is no overlap in modulation at 1959 vamping music, 2000 starting Sundays` `Music Time in Africa` and the SAH then stops as the first one goes off. I.e., first Botswana, then Madagascar. The new MTIA hostess ethnomusicologist needs to work on not sounding like she is reading from a script (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. WORLD OF RADIO 1633 monitoring: UT Monday Sept 10 at 0504, WRMI 9955 broadcast has considerable jamming, but I can make out a familiar voice mixed with it. Tnx a lot, Arnie! who jams (or allows to be jammed) the DX program competition (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 530, Sept 9 at 1945 UT, parked outside a fast-food chicken restaurant in mid-Enid, bonus ice cream truncated cones with each order, it must be a low-noise oasis, since I am pleased to hear very weak weather reports for various cities from OKC to Dodge City to Topeka. No doubt it is one of the Kansas Turnpike Authority HARs, or is it a TIS? Probably the nearest, South Haven just across the OK line (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

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