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Glenn Hauser logs November 23, 2013 [more]

** CHINA. 9680, Nov 23 at 1508, CNR1 is VG here and alone, no sign of RTI which it is supposed to jam until 1700; and no sign of RRI, which must have signed off at 1500. While CNR1 // 9790 is a reverb apart and with CCI from VOA Chinese via SAIPAN during this hour only (and again not employing Firedrake today; nor was any CNR1 or FD jamming found 12-18 MHz before 1500) (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA. 13740, Nov 23 at 1426, humbuzz on the CRI English relay transmitter exceeds the crackly modulation; still breaking up at 1504 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** MYANMAR [non]. 6165, Nov 23 at 1025, soft SE Asian(?) songs, poor with flutter, hoping for Myanmar, but 1030 announcement in a Chinese language, heard “bodiantai“ at least.

Per Aoki, Myanmar`s Rakhine Broadcasting Station is on 6165 via Naypyidaw at 0930-1430 in Burmese, 1430-1500 in English — but so is CNR6 in Hakka at 0900-1100, 100 kW, 163 degrees from Beijing 491 site, and then Chinese = Mandarin at 1100-1605.

(The same Naypyidaw 50 kW transmitter at 356 degrees carries Thazin Radio at 2330-0130; CNR6 and VOV4 also spoil most of that, plus RHC after 0100) (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SOLOMON ISLANDS [and non]. 6080, Nov 23 at 1100, RA in English has some CCI; could it be SIBC? No, soon hear CRI theme music; Russian service scheduled from Beijing site. There is however, a JBA carrier at 1101 on 5020, no doubt SIBC (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SOUTH CAROLINA [non]. 5085, Nov 23 at 0621, tune across WTWW to find Brother Scare repeating his recorded announcement about big changes December 1 with addition of Okeechobee. I keep running across this again, so he must be airing it at least twice an hour: 3185, Nov 23 at 1021 on WWRB; trouble is, I keep missing the start of it.

A little more gleaned on 5890, Nov 23 at 1039 via WWCR: Starting Dec 1, 26 SW transmitters including in the US, will be fed by a satellite uplink from Jerusalem. Will be on WRMI 24 hours a day, cost $40,000 *per month* to begin with, etc., etc.

But how does Walterboro get to Jerusalem? Another satellite hop, presumably. That`s slightly devious, but no doubt of supreme significance to wacky religionists!

So 48 frequency-hours a day, and the average month has 30.4375 days = 1461 frequency-hours per month, or dividing that into 40,000 = only $27.38 per frequency-hour, quite a discount from the nominal $1 a minute rate that (the old) WRMI publicizes on its website. We`ve heard that BS usually gets big discounts from SW stations due to the huge gobs of time he buys.

One more time for same announcement heard: at 1424 on 9930 WTWW.

Here are the 48 daily Overcomer hours on WRMI Okeechobee effective December 1, as planned Nov 23, with transmitter number and azimuth:
 7570 02-06  8-315
 9355 04-08  7-087
 9495 11-13 14-181
 9690 11-15 13-285
 9690 22-02  1-222
 9955 06-11 10-160
 9955 15-22 11-315
11565 00-06 12-140
11730 22-06 13-285
13695 00-02  9-151
15440 20-22  9-044
(Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) See also USA: WRMI

** SPAIN. 21640, Nov 23 at 1428, REE is back on new frequency ex-21630 since it`s Saturday again, like last weekend, having reverted to collisions on 21630 Monday thru Friday. Leaving BBC Hausa alone via Ascension about to close on 21630. But something strange there later: see USA: WHRI.

21610, at 1500, REE is *not* // 21640, something news-related rather than silly ballgame `Tablero Deportivo` on 21640, which is // 17595 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SRI LANKA. Correxion: original item typoed “2“ seconds late instead of 12:

11905, Nov 23 at 0115, fair with flutter, music to timesignal ending 12 seconds late, opening Hindi service with ID pronounced in English as Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation, more south Asian songs. Much better than AIR on 11985/11730 had been, to Sri Lanka (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** THAILAND. 5875, Nov 23 at 1103, fair signal in Vietnamese, BBC? No, BBC does not start from Nahkon Sawan until 1200 in English. At 11-12 it`s HSK9, R. Thailand, Udorn, quarter-hour each in Vietnamese, Khmer, Lao, Myanmarianese, per HFCC (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U K [and non]. 7305, Nov 23 at 0628, BBC French is stronger here than on // 7325 an echo apart. Both go off at 0629** but 7325 comes back stronger in a few seconds for Hausa. HFCC shows:
7305 0600-0629 Ascension  250 kW  27 degrees
7325 0600-0629 Woofferton 250 kW 170 degrees
7325 0629-0700 Ascension  250 kW  55 degrees

** U K [non]. 9810, Nov 23 at 1510, poor signal, talk with crowd noises mentioning Afghanistan in presumed Pashto, as BBC is scheduled at 15-16, 250 kW, 315 degrees via SINGAPORE (but the Dari hour preceding is 250 kW, 35 degrees from Oman), per Aoki. HFCC agrees except for 320 instead of 315 degrees (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. Nov 23 at 0621, the Tennessee signals on 5830, 5890 and 5935 are quite weak & hollow, while the ones on 4840 and 5085 are still inbooming, so “the skip is long“, while further signals on 6 MHz band from Europe are in better. By 1039 next check, WTWW and WWCR 50m-band signals are back up to usual blasting levels (Glenn hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 15825, Nov 23 at 1540, WWCR with medley of old march tunes on 78s, i.e. `The Talking Machine Show` with Phil Patton. Now on the November schedule:
Sat 1100 4840, Sat 1530 15825, Sun 0000 5070, Mon 0500 4840

** U S A. WRMI Okeechobee, effective Dec. 1, from graphic schedule grid as of Nov 23, via Jeff White, with transmitter numbers, azimuths:

RMI itself:
11-14 9955 10-160
14-15 9955 11-315
22-06 9955 10-160
2330-2400 Sat 11565 12-140 [presumably additional for Wavescan]

Family Radio (Spanish):
23-24 13695  9-151
23-24  9495 14-181

Radio Africa:
14-20 21525  7-087
20-23 15190  7-087

Overcomer Ministry: see SOUTH CAROLINA [non]

Note: transmitters 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6 are not on the schedule yet.

The new 9955 program schedule effective Dec 1 is now available:

** U S A [and non]. 21630, Sat Nov 23 at 1458, English religion is already on, 1459 WHRI ID. Not supposed to start until 1500 on Saturdays & Sundays. AND: there is some CCI briefly, seems also English (not Spanish with Spain on 21640 today). Possibly BBC which should have stopped at 1430 after Hausa via Ascension. But WHRI is alone after 1500 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 1050, Nov 23 at 1126 UT, English talk station in XEG null, dog food supplement ad with “KTBL“ call-only ID inserted over it. Tnx, very much. And back into Red Eye Radio, as confirmed on its affiliate list, the Los Ranchos (de Albuquerque) NM station with 1 kW at night. Pattern is circle tangent to northeast, enough for us almost to the east (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 1200, Nov 23 at 0634 UT, jazz singer in null of WOAI, making SAH of 272/minute = 4.53 Hz. This is getting to be routine: unique overnight format of WCHB Taylor (Detroit) MI, 15 kW night power, but something is amiss: night pattern is supposed to throw everything tightly to the north, and day pattern too except broader. Maybe they are non-direxional for some reason. However, I must admit I have yet to get a definite ID, as they tend to segué the songs.

FCC AM Query shows WCHB uses four towers for day pattern and ten! towers at night.
Wow, something could easily go wrong with phasing all those. Here`s the night pattern plot showing peak only 5 degrees east of due north:
There`s nothing in the Correspondence folder about any current STA

** U S A. 1230, Nov 23 at 1130 UT, promo for sports advertising on KHAS, 402-area code, briefly surges atop the graveyard pileup, i.e. Hastings NE. City-to-city distance is 291 statute miles = 469 km from Enid. There are no Kansans at all on 1230 between here and south-central Nebraska, and WBBZ Ponca City is far enough out of the way.

Unlikely to be a record distance, and it isn`t, per:
KHAS NE Hastings Frank Merrill Milan, MI 771

BTW, is it fair to denigrate these six channels as “graveyards“? How did that get started? They are anything but deathly, instead teeming with life, more than any other MW channels.

A semi-century ago I got KHAS-TV channel 5 in Enid on heavy tropo, enough to override OKC in the opposite direxion (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. 1430, Nov 23 at 1133 UT, amid the QRM I am getting something in Spanish, peaking roughly NNE/SSW. Of the several SS on 1430 in the 2013 NRC AM Log, none around here, not even in TX, unless it`s KSHJ Houston (SSE), affiliated with GRN = Guadalupe Radio Network, but not flagged as SS. Wikipedia et al., imply that it`s only in English altho they have three other Texas stations in Spanish, including the one we often get, 850 KJON The Metroplex. So maybe I`m really hearing a Mexican? Six possibilities but not enough to go on.

Note that I am no longer getting as a dominant signal on 1430, KZQZ St Louis, Good Time Oldies, which must have been running 50 kW day pattern toward us for several nights, and was also widely reported in North America, and even Europe, while it did (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

This report dispatched at 1918 UT November 23

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