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Glenn Hauser logs December 21-23, 2012

** BRAZIL. 4815, Dec 23 at 0011, Brazilian Portuguese sounds like preaching, so R. Dif. Londrina, ZYG640.

Speaking of callsigns, I see that the WRTH 2013 perpetuates the error in the callsign for 15190v R. Inconfidência as ZYE622 instead of ZYE522 to match their 6010 frequency which is ZYE521. Aoki agrees that 15190 is ZYE522 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** BULGARIA. 9450, Dec 23 at 0019, The Mighty KBC with another UT Sunday broadcast, fair signal and somewhat distorted modulation during “Jukebox with Eric van Willigen“. Not as strong as last week and progressively weakening. By 0153 it`s very poor. Kim`s digital tests ought to be in the first half hour rather than the last one, and this week he says it cut off the air before the final one (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CHINA. 4800, Dec 23 at 0009, poor signal definitely in Chinese, so CNR1 Geermu grayline over the pole. Not much from Latin America on 60m at this time, but also Chinese? on 4920, PBS Xizang but listed by Aoki as in Tibetan. And algo on 4820, probably also Xizang in Chinese. All three frequencies also bear All India Radio stations, but supposedly not opening until 0015, 0020 or 0025. The two greatest Asian nations cannot get their acts together, or rather apart, so they don`t interfere with each other! For starters, it would be a simple matter for one to use frequencies in -0, the other in -5, but that would make too much sense.

Adjacent Colombia and Venezuela used to split up the 60m band this way when each had lots of stations, Venezuela in -0 and Colombia in -5. Even today, it`s no accident that every single Brazilian 60m station ends in -5, plus or minus some variants, leaving the -0s to the rest of South America, but Bolivia and Peru are all over the place (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA. 5025, Dec 23 at 0013, R. Rebelde audio in Spanish is breaking up constantly. Feeder problem or transmitter problem? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** GERMANY. 9480, Dec 23 at 0200 and 0237, no signal from European Music Radio DX test, scheduled 0200-0300 this UT Sunday, nor was I expecting to hear this 1 kW if really on, since KBC Bulgaria 9450 with 100 kW was hardly audible before 0200. EMR would do well to emulate Europirates broadcasting to North America in our mornings/their afternoons over full day path on 15, 17 or 21 MHz (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** OKLAHOMA. 89.5, Dec 23 around 0030 UT, the Singing Xmas Trees are at it again with a few secular Xmas songs same as last year from the oil well lot at West Oak & Oakwood in Enid. The well pumps away quietly to the side.

99.9, Dec 23 around 0115 UT, the home on Pheasant Run on the west side of Enid is again running Xmas music and light show; maybe some different tunes, including soul renditions, but did not stay for the whole 35-minute cycle. As before, range of this transmitter is less than 89.5, but plenty if you are parked across the street to watch it (Glenn Hauser, Enid, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SAUDI ARABIA. 1521, Dec 23 at 0102 and 0143 chex, 1 kHz het upon KOKC OKC 1520, no doubt the 2-megawatt behemoth in Duba, the sure pilot to trans-Atlantic MW openings. There could be some others on more split frequencies, but the het makes it easy to recognize on the 10-kHz-step caradio while out on an Xmas-lite-and-sound expedition; see OKLAHOMA (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 9665-9725, Dec 21 at 2105, very bad spurs from WTWW-2, 9905 with Brother Scare. Maybe peaks 9705, but blocking anything else over this range. Extremely distorted on modulation peaks. Upper spurs not as strong, audible from 10100 to 10125. These are roughly plus and minus 205 kHz from 9905 fundamental.

Also Dec 22 at 2023 check, spurs from 9905 now ranging 9660-9735, and 10105-10115, as QSO Show is being simulcast with 9479 WTWW-1. Mark Sills, W5JXY in Dallas, was also hearing the FMy spurs around 9705, so I checked them out.

More problems on WTWW-2, 5085, UT Dec 23 at 0013, Ted is about to play a clip for a caller when dumps off the air. From his remote studio with no air monitor, he may not be aware of this. Cuts back on at 0017, but meanwhile I had something UNIDENTIFIED, q.v.

Next check 0153, 5085 has double audio, both the QSO Show with Ted and a preacher about repentance, roughly equal levels, and not // 5830 WTWW-1. At 0158 now we are getting the QSO Show only but with a weaker echo four or five words behind. At 0237, only one QSO Show discussing EME and the 2.5 second delay. Hmm, was that moonbounce I was getting earlier? Hi. At 0305 check it`s on to preacher and pseudo-scientist Rod Hembree.

Let us hope there are no problems disrupting the last best chance to hear WORLD OF RADIO 1648 on SW this weekend, UT Sunday 0500 on WTWW-1 5830, since the first airing Thursday at 2200 on 9479 suffered a transmission outage (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. 5085.8, approx., Dec 23 at 0014-0017, while WTWW has dumped off the air from 5085, I hear a very weak broadcast signal slightly off that frequency. Possibly in Spanish; I scramble to measure it using the DX-398 on the porch, but WTWW is back on before I can be certain or pull any other program details. Far too weak to produce even a het once WTWW is back on. No known broadcasters besides WTWW around this frequency, and not a likely image or harmonic either. Better luck next time WTWW is missing around this time (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

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