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Glenn Hauser logs May 15, 2016

** CUBA. 6000, May 15 at 1207 check, RHC in music // other Spanish frequencies such as 9710, confirming that the WRTH A-16 Update listing of 6000 as English 11-13 UT, is erroneous: never any English in the mornings except on rare occasions by mistake (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** OKLAHOMA. 640, Sunday May 15 at 1204 UT, I`m checking KWPN Moore whether they are still playing the same pubaffs show in English as on WKY 930, but never synchronized? NO, because KWPN is totally off the air (and no KFI audible either, too late already). KWPN still silent at 1310 UT check, but on by 1335 UT back to stupid sports talk (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** OKLAHOMA. 1430, May 15 at 1133 UT, telling us to search iheartradio.com for The Herd (I assume, rather than The Heard). Good, that will lead me to an ID? Hardly, The Herd is a sportstalk show on Fox SR, “The Herd with Colin Cowherd — Thought-provoking sports talk and guests“. Where they will be glad to stream it for you without bothering to access any local affiliate; who needs them?

I guess it`s nothing but KTBZ Tulsa, so I check their website, http://buzztulsa.iheart.com/ and find no such thing as a program schedule. But it`s not a total loss since KTBZ site has a BABES link, and we don`t mean infants, but rather > Thong of the Day (only 236 photos so far), somehow correlating a healthy male libido with sports mania (but don`t rule out the Lesbians) (Glenn Hauser, Enid, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** OKLAHOMA. 88.3, May 14 I belatedly note that the Family Radio translator in Enid, K202BY, has been back on the air for maybe a week, after having been off again for a few months. It was on Feb 20 that I last  noted it had been off for a few days. Protracted absences are SOP for this thing, obviously a very low priority to reset, and that`s just fine with me, clearing a good DX frequency.

Confirmed at 1359 UT May 15 with ID for KEBR-FM 88.1, Sacramento CA (only), part of FR`s wide network of satellators. Now it`s rather weak, and wasn`t sure at first whether it was just the gospel-huxter in Wichita. In fact, reception is spotty just walking around the house with the PL-880 portable. Radio-locator coverage map shows the “local“ contour only halfway into Enid from that tower site to the WNW, about 3 miles north of US 412 on State 132, and maybe 9 miles from me. It should be doing better than that with 250 watts, so only exciter, maybe?

A couple hours earlier I had compared it to the Christian music on 1560, presumed FR`s KKAA in SD, but no match (Glenn Hauser, Enid, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SOMALILAND. 7120, May 15 at 1337, JBA carrier, presumed as usual to be long-path from Radio Hargeisa during its English segment (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 9955, May 15 at 0549, WRMI with World Music, but this is a segment I haven`t heard before — violinish instrument playing really off-key, or so it sounds to us; mixed with pulse jamming from Cuba at the rate of 3 beats per second which sometimes matches the music, mostly not. 0555 on to something more melodious. S9+20 tonight, rather than JBA some other nights at this hour (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 9980, May 15 at 1343, WWCR emanating S9+20 open carrier/dead air except for some hum, and still so at 1356. It`s intentional in this case as WWCR-4 is “signed off“ of 9980 Sat & Sun 12-14 UT (and also “off“ 5890 at 11-12 amid BS blather), but why leave the carrier on? Think of all the Nashvilleans in poverty who could have been served a nutritious meal for the cost of 100 kW of electrical waste all this time (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 1480, May 15 at 1145 UT, another check on the status of KBXD Dallas: sun already up and KQAM The Big Talker, Wichita KS, during `Jill On Money` has CCI 3 Hz away from classic country; 1152 EAS ratchy-tones from one or the other, but no EAS message — oh, oh, is someone using those as SFX again? That can get them into big trouble. 1157 starts playing `Wichita Lineman`, so is that KQAM? Of course not, it`s KBXD playing exactly the same tune as when I last logged them, at 1200 UT May 8! So is their playlist repeating the same stuff every week, every day, or every hour?? (Then the SAH was 4 Hz). 1200 UT usual canned legal ID for “KBXD 1480 Dallas“, but not followed this time by a “Wonderful K-Box in Dallas“ jingle, right into next song, “It`s So Easy to Fall in Love“, so make that classic rock at the moment.

I was especially checking this, since on Friday May 13, Mark Sills in The Metroplex phoned to tell me that KBXD was off the air (and the 890 station was open carrier/dead air all day — KTXV Mabank, 20,000 watts of nothing) (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** VANUATU [and non]. 7260-, May 15 at 1205, two weak carriers beating, one on the lo side, surely R. Vanuatu as previously measured, now vs. Xinjiang PBS, Urumqi, which has expanded its summer schedule to block Vanuatu much later than before (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

This report dispatched at 1623 UT May 15

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