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Glenn Hauser logs January 29, 2014

** AMSTERDAM ISLAND. No sign of any activity Jan 29 around 1408 circa 7082 or 14180 or 18130 or 21285, not even from nearby pileups. Presumably the FT5ZM DX-pedition is still in full force, but just not propagating from the other worldside, even within 250 miles from its antipodes (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** BRAZIL. 11780.1+, Jan 29 at 0246 check, RNB/RNA is still way off-frequency. Most of the time there is nothing around to het it so it`s not obvious (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** GREECE. 7475, Jan 29 at 0620, ER is overmodulating now and distorting as Wolfgang Büschel has also been noting lately on this and other channels (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** KOREA NORTH [non]. 9775, Jan 29 at 1353, I am standing by for R. Free Chosun prélude to begin via RVA Palauig, PHILIPPINES, but no signal yet until *1354:10 open carrier and then JIP the YM crooner as always amid “I`m stayin` for the long run“, and next love song in English. 1440 tuneacross, just in time to hear an ICD = intermittent carrier dropout during Korean (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** MEXICO. 6185, Jan 29 at 0627, XEPPM is still (under)modulating YL in Spanish, instead of just open carrier after nominal 0600 closing, and as usual with heavy ACI from 6180 Brasil (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** RUSSIA. 21305-USB, Jan 29 at 1444, while looking around for Amsterdam activity, here is an American accent with an exotic call, I figure in some remote oblast, RX3XX (radio xray three xray xray), working W4KBX, also heard, until 1447, next WD9CCC. Sufficient signal but with flutter even in SSB mode. Then Serge admits he`s merely in Moscow. Well, just to the southwest of Moscow if QRZ.com is correct:
RX3XX
Sergey A. Mezhuev
ul. Kirova 47-57
248001, Kaluga
Russia
where he has a lot more to say about his preferences:
http://www.qrz.com/db/RX3XX
(Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. WORLD OF RADIO 1705 monitoring: missed checking the Tue 1200 airing on WRMI 9955, but 24 hours earlier during `Wavescan` it was in well enough atop jamming. NEW time for WOR is Wednesday 1400 on 9955: at 1358 the open carrier is already on atop the other WRMI transmitter with Japanese fill music after another `Wavescan` airing; 1359 `Scoreboard` starts, but it`s cut off for a gh ID! Which is now on the stronger NW signal, and WOR starts at 1400, plays to completion at 1429. I hope to have 1706 ready for first airing on 9955, UT Thu at 0430 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 9955, Wed Jan 29 at 1430, following WORLD OF RADIO at new time, WRMI repeats last week`s `Viva Miami` which I heard previously on webcast only, Jeff & Thaïs in Spanish with comments and mailbag. They commute frequently between Miami and Okeechobee, about a 3 hour drive, 150 miles. WRMI is now operated out of Okeechobee, except some programs, such as this one, are still recorded in the Miami studio. Very pleased with hundreds of reception reports from around the world since taking over YFR facility at the beginning of December. Two new QSLs for WRMI/Okeechobee are at the printers, with more to come. Visitors to Florida are welcome at the site, but arrange ahead by e-mail (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A [and non]. During President Obama`s State of the Union speech, UT January 29 around 0235, I do a quick tune across the AM, FM and SW bands to find which stations are broadcasting it and which are not; on MW I do not dig deeply as the TV and computer are on, but find:

Confirmed with SOTU: 700 WLW, 740 KRMG, 780 WBBM, 820 WBAP, 830 WCCO, 850 KOA, 890 WLS, 980 KMBZ, 1040 WHO, 1080 KRLD, 1110 KFAB, 1160 KSL, 1170 KFAQ.

Confirmed NOT with SOTU, some with stupid ballgames, some with other equally stupid sports or far-right talk, some (WSM) with music: 650 WSM, 670 WSCR, 690 KGGF, 720 WGN, 760 WJR, 840 WHAS, 1000 KTOK, 1100 WTAM, 1200 WOAI, 1510 WLAC.

Due to the noise level could not tell which on 750 WSB, 870 WWL.

On the OK FM band, as expected, business as usual, except for 91.7 KOSU, the only one possibly carrying SOTU, with NPR — but failing at 0243, in attempt to cut away from The Spy musical programming. Pres. Obama speech is JBM as there is something wrong with the feed — maybe stereo input out of phase, as KOSU broadcasts only in mono!

On shortwave, surprise2, none of the private US stations I can hear are carrying it. VOA is not on in English, of course — but, Radio Martí 7365 is carrying the SOTU with voice-over translation.

9885, Jan 29 at 0632, VOA here is running Pres. Obama during regular English transmission, which is 06-07, 124 degrees via São Tomé. I assume only excerpt, as the speech ran over an hour, unless the transmission was extended (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 1140, 24 hours after yesterday`s unID announcing two frequencies in Spanish, 1140 and 690, I am trying again to get a definite ID. KRMP OKC is no problem, easy to null, altho it owns the channel on daytime groundwave (in English).

At 1337 UT Jan 29, ranchera music and Univisión promo for a newscast at 6:30 (am or pm?), on 1140 y 102.9, La Poderosa, 16 grados, and then “Univisión Kansas City“ mentioned! 1339 UT mentions “Chihuahua, Chihuahua“, apparently ad for a musical group.

Therefore, since the NRC AM Log was compiled in August, this station has flipped: KCXL Liberty MO, “Radio Free Liberty“, U1 4000/6 watts; format was TLK/OLD, and it was // K275BQ on 102.9, which matches. FCC AM Query shows it`s still KCXL, licensed to Alpine Broadcasting Corp.

But from 1344 UT Jan 29, another SS starts to come in on 1140: “La Tremenda“ with grocery prices, for Supermercado Las Américas, which we have previously matched with KLTK Centerton AR. Quick fade/outs/ins, during dynamic sunrise skip. 479 area code phones, matching NW Arkansas, 717-2885 and 759-6090; in between playing música romántica; 1350 ID as “Sensacional, Radio Las Américas, 11-40 AM“ (only); 1353 again by SHVA. 1357 now ID as “en dos frecuencias, 1140 y 1380 de amplitud modulada“, more music. ??

I was quite sure the second frequency announced yesterday was 690; now it`s not, but I am not positive of the second digit. (Note 1380 is second harmonic of 690, probably insignificant). The only AR station on 1380 is KDXE, North Little Rock, already SS, but “La Que Buena“ per NRC AM Log.

Ahá, checking neighboring states, I see that 1380 KMUS Sperry (Tulsa) OK is listed as “Radio Las Américas“, so that probably explains it (but not about 690). So 1380 KMUS is relaying 1140 KLTK with local ads from Arkansas? 1140, anyhow, at 1400 UT gives legal ID as “KLTK, —, Radio Las Américas, 11-40“ (only). By 1403 UT it`s losing out to KSOO, q.v. Hearing KMUS itself is tough here with heavy splatter from local 1390 KCRC (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 1140, Jan 29 at 1403 UT, ABC news begins go overcome the Spanish on 1140, 1404 UT KSOO.com plug and Rotorooter Sioux Falls ad; 1405 UT weather: hi 38, lo 13, snow; now 5 degrees, and lo tonite minus 4 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

This report despatched at 1706 UT January 29

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