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Glenn Hauser logs November 18-19, 2015

** ASCENSION. 6005, Nov 19 at 0538 check, BBCWS in English again with that hum on the carrier. Suspect it`s always there as heard Nov 11 at 0519. Which frequencies does same unit employ at other dayparts?

I also noted in earlier report that 6005 and two other Ascension frequencies were not synchronized, to which Chris Greenway of BBCM replies:

“Hi Glenn, Ref. your note in the latest DXLD about the transmitters at Ascension not having their audio in sync. This is deliberate! It’s to smooth out power consumption – i.e. avoiding a surge when there’s an audio peak. The technique caused a problem a while back when a DXLDer spotted that two ASC transmitters on the same frequency (but different beams) had audio out of sync. I pointed this out to the relevant colleagues and it was fixed. Obviously, the technique should only be used when the transmitters in question are on different frequencies. The technique was introduced when Ascension went over to wind-generated electricity“ (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CHINA. 9605, Nov 19 at 1438, VG signal in Chinese, i.e., CNR1 jammer against IBB via Philippines this hour only; // 9530 for same reason (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA. 5025, Nov 19 at 0420, R. Rebelde modulation is cutting out and carrier unstable (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA. 11880, Nov 18 at 2055, as semi-napping, I land on a quiet OC, until 2058 when RHC English suddenly cuts on. The sloppyrators at RadioCuba have turned the feed on early, supposed to be on 11670 only, before this starts French at 2100, and whose own 11880 English will not restart for another hour (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** GOA. 11560, Nov 19 at 1430, SW Asian talk, poor with hum and squeals. Wolfgang Büschel says the AIR Panaji, Pashto/Dari service at 1300-1530 and 0200-0345 has moved here from 11740. Goa transmitter often has defects; the squeal might have been spur from 11550 WEWN, but heard nothing like it on the lower side with BFO (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** KOREA NORTH [non]. 7400, Nov 19 at 1305, Shiokaze, Yamata, Japan, with typical sounders and comments in presumed Thursday English; no CCI from China as Ron Howard points out that CRI has left this hour, but plenty of ACI here from 7405 Radio Martí, making listening to Sea Breeze difficult (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** MEXICO. 900, Nov 19 at 0707 UT, noise de open FM STL from the SW, presumably the usual XEDT Cuauhtémoc, Chihuahua, but stops at 0708* uncovering a weaker station in Spanish CCW, probably XEOK NL (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** OKLAHOMA. 930, Nov 19, various checks between 0525 UT and 0705 UT fail to detect any signal from WKY OKC. Did their tower fall down, or what? No new news about it at nor any outage mentioned at own  Perhaps close-in, no one notices. This allowed me to DX several other 930s which normal big night signal from WKY blox, filed under U S A and UNIDENTIFIED.

Before our sunrise at 1313 UT Nov 19, at 1250 UT, I`m checking 930 again, and at 1251 UT do detect an “Indomable“ ID, but it is *very* weak – surely less than 100 watts, and/or maybe a longwire substitute? Also ID at 1320 UT but still unable to overcome skywave CCI; at 1315 there was C&W music from NW, probably Colorado. I had also detected WKY at midday yesterday, so maybe it was still on 24 hours tho not recoverable at night. However, next check Nov 19 at 1917 UT, WKY 930 is back to normal, stronger than 890 KTLR and 1000 KTOK, so my fun is probably over. See also UNIDENTIFIED 930, another Spanish station (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SOUTH CAROLINA [non]. 5050, Nov 19 at 0421, WWRB is on here with Brother Scare instead of 3185 which is off; next check at 0515, switch has been made from 5050 to 3185. So now at 0500? Don`t depend on it.

5109.7-CUSB, Nov 19 at 0422, Brother Scare is on this WBCQ, but not // 5050 WWRB, while something else is on 7490. Indeed, TOM is scheduled on the 58-meter band outlet only on UT Thursdays at 02-04, but now he`s running past then. This was to compensate for BS being bumped off 7490 for Hal Turner Wednesday nights, UT Thu 02-04, and `Financial Survival` repeat runs every night 04-05 UT Tue-Sat on 7490 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** TAIWAN [non]. 5985, Nov 19 at 0423, Chinese instead of NHK in Spanish, fair signal from WRMI. Must be a mixup. RTI Spanish relay was supposed to have changed from 7730 to 5985 as of November 17, but at same time as before = 03-04:

“Nuevo esquema de R. Taiwán Internacional
Publicado el 15 noviembre 2015 17:54 por EA4-0003
Con la incorporación de la nueva frecuencia para Centroamérica de 5985 kHz, el esquema de emisiones en español será así a partir del martes 17 de noviembre de 2015: 0200–0300 11920 kHz S-AME, 0300–0400 5985 kHz C-AME (Antônio Avelino, Brasil) … Sigue leyendo
(Pedro Sedano, AER, Nov 15, noticiasdx yg via DXLD)“

All I heard briefly was in Chinese but maybe it was the Spanish service an hour later with a Chinese segment? Anyhow, that leaves 7730 now scheduled zero hours per week. The original 5985 service had been at 04-05 only, first half hour Radio Japón, second half hour variety of DX and other programs (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 6080, Nov 19 at 0654, VOA discussing some female country artists topping charts, good signal but then fades a bit; vs Cuban pulse jamming stray. Suspect it`s still Greenville substituting for São Tomé (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. WORLD OF RADIO 1800 monitoring: confirmed first SW broadcast Thursday November 19 at 1230 on WRMI 9955, good with no jamming. Also confirmed Thu Nov 19 at 2100 on WRMI 7570, good too. Next:
Fri 0200   WBCQ 9330v-CUSB to WSW
Fri 2130   WRMI 15770 to NE
Fri 2130.5 WRMI 7570 to NW
Sat 0730   HLR 7265-CUSB to SW
Sat 1530   HLR 7265-CUSB to SW
Sat 2030v  WA0RCR 1860-AM ND?
Sun 0415v  WA0RCR 1860-AM ND?
Mon 0400v  WBCQ 5110v-CUSB Area 51 to WSW
Mon 0430   WRMI 9955 to SSE
Tue 1200   WRMI 9955 to SSE
Wed 1415.5 WRMI 9955 to SSE
Wed 2200   WBCQ 7490v to WSW

** U S A. 9955, Thu Nov 19 at 1225, tuning in WRMI early before WORLD OF RADIO, the Spanish DX program `Frecuencia al Día` has José Miguel Romero2 voicing his Valencia-DX report as the final item (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 750, Nov 19 at 1258 UT, “Univisión América 750 AM, una estación euforia[?]“, i.e. KAMA El Paso TX. Also in nightmiddle sometimes QRMs WSB when it should not, but situation not as bad as it was earlier this year (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 770, Nov 19 at 1352 UT now on 50 kW ND day pattern, KKOB says it`s 32 degrees in Albuquerque and plugs “talk partner 1050 KTBL“ which is a mere 1/1 kW, sufficient for overflow (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 780-USB plus carrier, Nov 19 at 0712 UT, “780 AM, Fountain, Colorado, home of the legends“, and yes, nothing on the LSB but WBBM; so why don`t they ID as “780 USB —“? NRC AM Log shows address of KCEG is in Denver, while Fountain is beyond Colorado Springs.

Replying to my earlier query about other SSB stations is Dave Valko: “Doing another review and found that 880 WPIP [1800 W D1, Winston-Salem NC] is AM with LSB ONLY (no USB component), just like 870 WPWT [10000 W D1, Colonial Heights TN]. Interesting“ (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 870, Nov 19 at 1323 UT, “Univisión América 870 AM, una estación euforia[?]“, same slogan as heard earlier on 750 KAMA. Some other word than euforia, but what? Maybe not: Random House Spanish Dixionary translation is not “euphoria“ but: “resistance to disease; buoyancy; well-being“, certainly positive attributes, and a bit more specific than “más buena“!

Anyhow, the only 870 Ua station is: KLSQ Whitney (Las Vegas) NV, 5000/430 watts U2. Night pattern goes northwest only, so surely on day pattern and probably power, well before sunrise which in Nov is officially 1415 UT (Dec & Jan: 1445 UT). I was checking whether XETAR Chihuahua would still be audible this late, as during standard time it doesn`t open until 1300 UT (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 930, Nov 19 at 0525 UT, `Jim Bohannon` live feed // 690 KGGF, best on N/S antenna, in the (almost?) absence of WKY OKC. In fact I`m getting a reverb, so two JimBo stations. This single page
now displays all affiliates at once, facilitating searching by frequency rather than having to click on each state. Besides too-far outlets in MD and OH, we find these on 930, with local times here converted to UT:

WTAD Quincy IL 04-07
WKCT Bowling Green KY 03-06
KSDN Aberdeen SD 03-06
KROE Sheridan WY 04-06

Very likely I am getting WTAD and KSDN, also logged on 930 before and soon KSDN again for sure (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 930, Nov 19 at 0705 UT, break after some network news with ad for Aberdeen Civic Arena, weather, and “Newstalk 930, KSDN, Aberdeen“ South Dakota. This would also be one of the stations with Bohannon over an hour ago. If WKY OKC were on at normal power, I would not be able to hear this from the opposite direxion. Once again I suspect another station is out of whack: KSDN 1 kW night pattern is supposed to throw northeast, and we are south. 5 kW day pattern has major lobe NW, minor lobe SE (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 930, Nov 19 at 0526 UT, classic rock roughly east-west, vs JimBo on the N/S antenna. 0557 UT a John Denver song; 0600 UT ID for WGAD Rainbow City, and 103.9 FM W2####. That`s on the newly acquired ICR-75 with ALA-330 antenna. This is facilitated by the lack of any audible signal from WKY OKC, but which may be on but at very puny power; see OKLAHOMA.

An hour later I`ve switched to the DX-398 with internal ferrite only: 0658 UT Nov 19, country song runs over 0700 UT; finally 0702 UT, clear ID for “WGAD, Rainbow City-Gadsden and W280ER, 103.9“ and jingle as “The greatest hits of all time, WGAD“, then disco tune. Imagine that: top billing to the AM, not FM translator. FCC shows W280ER is licensed to Anniston, but with a CP for Gadsden — another one of those move-in deals for AMs desperate to get on FM. Before and after, the translator is separately owned/licenceed.

Per NRC Pattern Book, 500-watt night pattern is supposed to go south with essentially no signal to the west! 5 kW day is non-direxional.

NRC AM Log doesn`t mention Gadsden AL, just CoL Rainbow City, with address in Oxford, format AC. Station obviously identifies with larger city Gadsden of which Rainbow City is a suburb, on I-59 in northeast AL, while Oxford is quite some distance to the south on I-20, near Anniston. WGAD is probably also one of my unIDs from yesterday, rather than KCCC NM (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 1580, Nov 19 at 1347 UT, nulling KOKB OK, I get something from the NW/SE, mentioning “northeast Colorado/southwest Nebraska“, so that`s KAMI Cozad NE, 1 kW ND; making 3.5 Hz SAH (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. 930, Nov 19 at 1252 UT, just after confirming that WKY OKC is on the air but at severely reduced power, I`m briefly hearing another weak SS station, counterclockwise from WKY, “los éxitos de hoy, Qué Suave“ (or Ke Suabe?) – trouble is I`m not certain of the last word, and don`t find any listings for such a slogan or anything similar in western US or Mexico.

If Mexican, the only likely 930s this late are XESHT in Saltillo, Coahuila, but it`s supposed to be “La Poderosa“ or “La Más Buena“; or XEQS in Fresnillo, Zacatecas, which is “Romántica“. Could it be KCCC Carlsbad NM in a recent flip? Well, there is a `Que Suave` in Carlsbad, but it`s a hair/nail salon. Searching on that slogan mainly hits on KSWV 810 Santa Fe. How about KAPR Douglas AZ, listed as SS? Could be, except it`s allegedly // KVOI 1030 which is NewsTalk in English (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

This report dispatched at 2257 UT November 19

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