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Glenn Hauser logs March 18, 2014

** BANGLADESH. 15505, March 18 at 1359, Bangladesh Betar is JBA but with BFO I can make out the timesignal ending 11 seconds early today before 1400 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** KOREA NORTH [non]. 9775, March 18 at *1351 carrier on and soon adding usual musical prélude of romantic music in English, now with only a little hum, so R. Free Chosun is again listenable via RVA Palauig, PHILIPPINES site (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** MEXICO. 540, March 18 at 1201 UT, XE NA, 1202 “Los 40 Principales“ produced ID, so XEWA San Luís Potosí SLP; atop the QRM, but still can`t believe this is anywhere near original power of 150/150 kW any more, as still in Cantú, WRTH, IRCA. IRCA Mexican Log, BTW altho agreeing on the slogan/format, also says it relays XEW 900; I don`t think that`s Top 40, tho also no longer a dominant signal, unbelievable “250/250 kW“. Eastern Mexico beyond the border is still on CST until April 6; thus the NAs at 6 am local = 12 UT (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) See also UNIDENTIFIED: 1700

** MEXICO. 570, March 18 at 1202 UT, XE NA, 1203 ID as XEBJB with address in Monterrey NL (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** MEXICO. 720, March 18 at 1206 UT, full ID for Saltillo, Coahuila station, i.e. XEDE, 8/0.25 kW per Cantú, still mixing with WGN; probably just after XE NA (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** MEXICO. 860, March 18 at 1208 UT, between songs gives quick phone number, “llámenos“; romantic music, 1212 PSA string starting with “un minuto contra el cáncer“ with a website which forwards to sponsored by INCan = Instituto Nacional de Cancerología — then something in Monterrey, federales for some Consejo, and the Senado; jingles I can`t understand but one sounds like “Radio A“. Cantú shows it`s XENL, R. Recuerdo, Monterrey NL, 5/2 kW. Has overcome QRM including nearby KKOW KS (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** PERU [and non]. 5980, March 18 at 0104, usual two carriers slightly apart from BBC UAE, and R. Chaski, the latter cutting off at 0105:41* which is 6 seconds later than yesterday. No further 5980 carrier mix from WWCR, since on Tue-Sat, the 5890 transmitter is on 7520 instead at 00-02 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** TIBET [non]. 15515, March 18 at 1407, Voice of Tibet via MADAGASCAR is already here, just jumped? No jamming, while weak signal presumably CNR1 stays on 15520 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. WORLD OF RADIO 1712 monitoring: awake by 1127 March 18, I hasten to check 9955 — no WORLD OF RADIO as scheduled Tue from 1100; only medium level pulse jamming. The only other WRMI frequency at *11-13 UT is 9690, but it`s missing too. Certainly no propagation problem with neighborly Cuban jamming and RHC inbooming on several 9 and 11 MHz channels. I check again at 1232: now 9955 has an open carrier mixed with pulse jamming; and 9690 also a dead carrier with some hum. By next2 check 1253, 9955 now with scheduled music program above lite jamming; and 9690 with BS.

Next WORLD OF RADIO chances: Wed 1300 on WRMI 9955; Wed 0730 & 1530 on HLR 7265-CUSB; UT Thursday 0330 on WRMI 9955 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 5085, March 18 at 0019, WTWW-2 is still off (nor on day frequency 9930), while WTWW-1 is on 5830, but WTWW-3 is also off 12105. By 1124 UT, 5085 is back on with BS and after 1300 on 9930, so that transmitter appears to be fixed (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 3215, March 18 at 0216, WWRB is on, but with primitive organ music fill (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. “Last Broadcast March 9, 2014“ QSL card received March 17 in P-mail, sent March 12 from Boston, in reply to e-mail report for final DXing/Pirating WITH CUMBRE on WHRI, 0208 UT March 9 on 7315 & 5920. Features images of a pirate kid and a pirate ship, v/s by Chris Lobdell. His signature is atop an old-fashioned embossed seal at the lower edge of the card, which is completely invisible on my 2D scan which has no angle-lighting. Even so, impression not completely legible, and front is viewed on the reverse, showing a star, 1960 year, and MASSACHUSETTS in the middle; partial around the outer edge, NORTHEAST — RING CO. That makes this paper QSL more valuable than a mere e-QSL. Thanks, Chris! Added to my QSL gallery

** U S A. 1650 kHz, March 18 at 1225 UT, always on the lookout for elusive XEARZ, Radio ZER near the DF, I am getting Spanish so listen a while: plug for Iglesia Alfa y Omega en Miami, Florida; loops NW/SE, “16-50 AM“ ID, QRM, then plugs a location on Cherry Street, i.e. Denver CO`s KBJD which is Spanish religion, rather than El Paso`s KSVE with ESPN Deportes (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 1700, March 18 at 1221 UT, surprised to hear Mexican music (norteña) here mixing with sports-format stations. One of the three-in-a-row from the RGV to The Metroplex to Iowa must have flipped, unless it`s a real Mexican. This is hard to DF, but roughly N-S, and certainly not E-W from Tijuana which is sports in English. It is a bit counter-clockwise from the English stations, which implies DFW, i.e. I can null the others a bit that way. I keep checking but never catch an announcement; however at 1245 I hear some notes of the Mexican NA! But mixing with this other music. 1254 it`s about gone with KVNS dominating (see separate logs). I figure it`s got to be KKLF Richardson TX, ex “Funny 1700“ all-comedy. Flip must have happened very recently. Soon confirmed by consulting the Texas board at:

“1700 KKLF Dallas Flips To Tejano
RadioInsight Last Updated on March 14, 2014 at 2:22 pm

[illustrated logo seal says “KICK AM – Tejano and Conjunto“]
[text associated with the image, comes out on copy but not visible on original:] Kick 1700 Tejano Funny KKLF Richardson Dallas Claro Communications Gerald Benavides

Update 3/14/14: Claro Communications has closed on its purchase of 1700 KKLF and has flipped it to Tejano “Kick 1700”.

The “Kick” branding and Tejano format previously were used in the Dallas market by what is now Univisión’s 99.1 KDXX and 107.9 KFZO.

Original Report 11/4/13: The Joule Broadcasting Trust has sold Comedy “Funny 1700” KKLF Richardson/Dallas to Claro Communications for $1.25 Million.

Claro, run by Gerald Benavides, owns Spanish Talk 1500 KBRN and Tejano “Radio Jalapeño” 1540 KEDA/102.3 K272EK in the San Antonio market and Spanish Oldies 1510 KROB/94.3 K232DE and Regional Mexican “106.9 La Ley” KMZZ in the Corpus Christi market.

The Joule Broadcasting Trust (Formerly Volt Radio) was created to divest stations from the Cumulus/Citadel merger. Written By Lance Venta“

Apparently the real callsign, which ought to be a valuable commodity, has not changed to KICK — FCC AM Query shows no station owns it but on -FM there is one on 97.9 in Palmyra MO. And I am fairly sure there is no such word in Spanish (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 1700, March 18 at 1254 UT, I have been monitoring the new Mexican music to be heard here, from flipped KKLF The Metroplex, which has been mixed with sports stations, no doubt KBGG in Iowa, and KVNS in Brownsville TX. By 1255, KVNS is dominating, with traffic report for the Lower Valley, 1256 local news, mentions Fox sports (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) See also MEXICO: 1700

** VIETNAM [and non]. 13735, March 18 at 1411, Vietnamese mentioning phat-thanh and Washington, i.e. R Free Asia as scheduled via SAIPAN at 14-15; also trace of siren jamming, but all overwhelmed by 13740 CRI English via Cuba (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. Trans-Pacific MW JBA carrier search March 18: 774 kHz at 1207, 1215, and 1237 UT; 594 kHz at 1215 UT; both likely Japan; 1053 kHz at 1217 UT, likely Korea; and 1215 kHz at 1218 UT.

1215 is an unusual one for TP: checking WRTH 2013, highest powers are two 50 kW in China and one in Thailand; no hi-power Japanese or Koreans. BTW, the Asia/Pacific frequency list on page 536 lacks the `1224` entry below 1215, starting over with AUS after the last 1215, TWN. So write it in. Enid sunrise today 1238 UT (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. 1700, March 18 at 1245 UT, as I am monitoring KKLF Richardson TX, which has just flipped from 24/7 comedia en inglés to Tejano, I am very surprised to hear some unmistakable notes of the Mexican NA, “Mexicanos al grito de guerra“ mixed with the music from KKLF. No Mexicans are known on 1700 except in BCN, which funxions as a US station with sports in English, and this is not from the west. Quarter-hour is also a very odd time for any Mexican to be national-antheming, unless it`s signing on/off.

Conceivably a US Mexican-format station might play it (inconceivable that any Mexican would ever play the SSB even if it programs in English), but strongly suspect we have a new XE on 1700! KVNS Brownsville is coming in well even later than this, so Mexico westward from that longitude should also be propagable (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

This report despatched at 1651 UT March 18

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