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Glenn Hauser logs March 17-18, 2015

** ANGUILLA. 6090, March 18 at 0534, CBB is gone again! Also gone from day frequency 11775 at 1255 March 18 check (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** BRAZIL [and non]. 11710, March 18 at 0331, crackling spur from 11780.1v RNA, not strong now, and RAE, Argentina, 11711v English hour is anyway inaudible, only making a het with CRI Russian via Urumqi, East Turkistan.

On the PL-880 1-kHz steps, I detect the first-order crackle out to these ranges from each peak: 11734-11751 (QRMing something on 11750 which would be IBB Somali via Sri Lanka); 11808-11821, and the fundamental also splashes out to 11768-11793 or so (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** BRAZIL. 11855, March 18 at 0537, R. Aparecida talk, and a couple words later same on 11935, RB2, fair signals. 11765 SRDA is also on and audible. At the moment, 11745 & 11815 spurs from 11780 are not so bad as they were two hours earlier (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGESTE)

** CUBA. 11840, March 18 at 0336, very good open carrier/dead air, no doubt RHC failing to modulate. (11760 is not on the air now, per Aoki stopping at 0300). 11840 is supposed to stay until 0600 (make that 0500 with DST) (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** FRANCE. 13740, March 17 at 2005, music, very poor vs local noise and hi K-index propagation disturbance; first thought it might be RHC which uses this frequency elsewhen, but not // 11760 French or 17730 talk. At 2010, still very poor in talk, maybe African-accented French, so tentatively RFI which since March 1 has been scheduled here but only until 2000 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** MEXICO [and non]. 570, March 18 at 0550, romantic crooner in Spanish but American-style, 0551 full ID for “XEBJB, Nueva Vida 570 AM“ (no FM mentioned), street address, and into kid choral national anthem way early before local midnight in Monterrey; makes slow SAH of 90/minute = 1.5 Hz with KLIF Dallas. Somewhat enhanced auroral conditions, and of course, our sky is overcast.

Must be change of name and format for XEBJB: `Nueva Vida` implies Christian, and that song may have been praise. WRTH 2015 has XEBJB as `Noti Radio 570` as does IRCA Log 2014 with a // FM on 95.7; Cantú merely as `Radio 570`, all as 5/0.5 kW. This website for the group a.k.a. Grupo Radio Alegría with a bunch of other stations agrees on the Nueva Vida branding now on 570:
“Nueva Vida 570 es una estación cuyo propósito es fomentar valores y principios para la edificación personal familiar y social“ — probably stealth Christian (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** PANAMA [non]. 5985, UT Wed March 18 at 0430, WRMI with Rudy Espinal Spanish ID, then `Antena DX`, program produced in Panamá. Incorrect airtimes for this have been widely circulated, so I am confirming this is correct and trying to get the host to convert local and UT properly. Other WRMI airings are Mon 1230, Wed 1100, UT Fri 0100, all on 9955 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** RUSSIA [non]. `FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE` — From R. Sputnik, still on WRMI 15770, Tue March 17. Just caught the end of it at 2122: Vasily gives WRMI airtimes but misses this one at 2100. Final song is “Radio Silence“ hinting that something will happen in March, and this is an earlier show from Feb? # 200. Episodes are not numbered on their website. 2126 over to WRMI fill music, oud. A later edition in March heard on web was reported to be the finale (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SOMALILAND. 7120, March 18 at 0329, fair open carrier; 0329:50 some just barely-modulation starts, military band with NA, 0331 way undermodulated announcement and Qur`an. R. Hargeisa, of course. I was wondering if it would come thru, with K index of 6, geomag storms reaching G4 level, and radio blackouts reaching R1 level, during last 24 hours, per WWV at 0300 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. WORLD OF RADIO 1764 monitoring: confirmed Wed March 18 at 1315 on WRMI 9955. Next: Wed 2100 on WBCQ 7490 (which checked other days is now virtually inaudible here into daytime absorption). Hope to have new 1765 ready for first airing 0330 UT Thursday on 9955. Note: while stations getting WOR by ftp will have no problem, our site is still down being reconfigured, so there may be a delay there or alternative delivery needed (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 9975, March 18 at 0310, KVOH is on, fair signal with deep fades, during “TruNews, end-time news“ (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 17790, March 18 at 1358, WRMI with strange music/SFX prélude to Radio Africa Network, 1359 signing on as such, 17790 and 15190 [later] “from the WRMI studios in Okeechobee“ — really, no longer out of Cupertino CA? So RAN is back, while yesterday Brother Scare ran on 17790 from before 1400 until 1800 when RAN finally came on, says Ivo Ivanov. Has happened before. Is TOM a default when RAN feed is lost, or is RAN intentionally turning over long hours to Brother Scare? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 11825, March 18 at 0334, mix of two gospel huxters, soon recognized as Brother Scare and Pastor Melissa Scott. This is not WRMI which puts BS on 11825 now only in the daytime, but an overload mixing product in the PL-880 with too much longwire clipped on, i.e. WWCR bigsigs 5890 plus 5935 = 11825! One would suspect WWCR at fault if this were audible on other receivers. Also can hear PMS on 11870 QRMing WEWN, which is 2 x 5935, also presumably caused by receiver. There would also be BS on 11780 = 2 x 5890 were it not totally blocked by Brasil (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 1090, March 18 at 0606 UT, “Mighty 1090 weather“ — showers, and into talk show, neither C2C nor Jimbo nor Red Eye, so what is it, local? Or statal: Probably `Texas Overnight` as on the KVOP Plainview TX schedule. Originates at KRLD, so I should have (next time?) just checked adjacent for a // but probably out of synch. I am more interested in avoiding the IBOC out of 1080 now, best aiming ENE/WSW which also fits nicely for KVOP!

KVOP, 5/0.5 kW U4, is in fact the only 1090 in the NRC AM Log with that slogan (or `Mightly“), tho likely there are more.

Anyhow it`s not WBAL Baltimore which I was hoping for but whose night pattern puts nothing to the west. There is one more “Mighty 1090“, which doesn`t qualify for the NRC AM Log of US & Canada: XEPRS “San Diego“, 50 kW which could certainly reach us like 1070 KNX, except 1090 is extremely direxional at night NNW/SSE. For that matter, KVOP also has a null toward us if on night pattern, and so does the day pattern tho not as tight. Showers are also more likely in the TX panhandle (and here), than in BCN or ACS.

KAAY Little Rock was also “Mighty 1090“, but it`s certainly off the air due to copper theft and may never come back? Likewise KARN 920. On March 17, Fritze Prentice in AR refers us to threads about that:

“Glenn, yes, both stations are off the air. I found out via a FB group, “KAAY-AM, The Mighty 1090”. I checked over the air reception (which isn’t easy here with KAAY’s STA’d nighttime signal) and nothing was heard. I then posted that to another group “I Love AM Radio” and that group has been very active with posts and speculation of the cause which apparently was because of copper theft at both sites. KARN has been off the air since Feb 1, and KAAY since approx. Feb 13. On Sunday morning on lunch break, I confirmed again the absence of KAAY 1090.

FB links are to the KAAY-AM The Mighty 1090 group:

For the I Love AM Radio FB group:

Both are public FB groups. F.H. (Haley) Prentice, Star City AR“

** U S A. 1530, March 18 at 0316 UT, “you are listening to Victory 100.9 FM, keep it locked“, more music, loops E-W and nothing from WCKY, propped out. This is again 2500-watt “daytimer“ KVDW in England AR, IDing only for its FM translator on 100.9, which is K265EO, per NRC AM Log which lists the slogan as “Victory 1530“ (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. 702, March 18 at 1241 UT, TP carrier search finds one here from the west, which would be 2BL Sydney NSW; also one on 684: there are a 10 kW in NSW and a 5 kW in NZ. Nothing on other hi-latitude paths such as 774 Japan. Something on 882 too but I can`t get a bearing on it and possibly of local origin. LSR here was 1238 UT (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. 13620 approx., March 18 at 1302 UT, some very brief 2-way transmissions, one side only heard; steady when on but too quick ever to pin down the frequency exactly. Mentions he is hauling milo, and later at 1311 that he is “going to that elevator across the road“. Enid is known for its grain elevators. Must be local, probably an FRG-7 receiver image from something on VHF. However, the preslector is peaked properly on frequency cited. Might be a repeater, but never any IDs, and slightly weakening so maybe direct from a mobile unit. Seems AM mode (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. 15573-USB, March 18 at 1354, 2-way in Spanish, both with engine noise, one much stronger than the other. Maybe airborne rather than seaborne as avión mentioned; narcos or poachers? Armando mentioned once, maybe a third party. No swearing noted. And no sign of 15575 KBS World Radio nor any Tibet radio war in the area; propagation still degraded (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

This report despatched at 1833 UT March 18

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