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Glenn Hauser logs November 30-December 1, 2018

** AUSTRALIA [and non]. Hi Tim, A few days ago we had third-hand info that Unique Radio was testing on 5045. Nothing since, don`t know if anyone over here heard it. Would you please tip the WOR iog the next time you are doing this (or is it running all the time now?) 73, (Glenn to Tim Gaynor, via DXLD)

Hi Glenn, this was to assertain what sort of signal was being heard (Quality, equipment etc), moreso in my local receiving area.

The signal strength was respectable with around 125W into an inverted V antenna and could be heard in many other areas including NSW, Victoria, South Australia, Tasmania and fortuitous reception noted in New Zealand.

The problem noted was considerable sidesplash from Taiwan on 5050 KHz after 10PM local (1100 UT). One sideband of DSB was enabled for transmission at a bandwidth of 2.8 Khz which worked better overall.

There is a website available for more information (Brand new), being:

http://www.uniqueradio.biz

To be honest, I’m wondering if anyone is too interested in what I’m doing locally as I get more interest internationally in both shortwave and Unique radio at Podomatic site.

Thanks for your interest however, always appreciated. Anyway I will keep on keeping on and the website explains it in detail, Best regards

(Tim Gaynor
Unique Radio
Gunnedah NSW
Australia, Dec 1, DX LISTENING DIGEST) Viz.:

Welcome to Northwest NSW Broadcaster Unique Radio.

We are also in partnership with Hobart Radio International who provide programming and logistic site help to Unique Radio. You can find Hobart radio International at: http://www.hriradio.org

We broadcast on the Australian HF domestic frequency of 5045 KHz on Fridays at 0800 hrs UT (19:00 EADT) and on alternate Saturdays & Sundays from 0730 hrs UT (18:30 EADT) (Till December 29th 2018) using around 120 Watts into our inverted ‘V’ antenna to serve Gunnedah and approx a 500 or 600 KM radius. Anything past this distance would be regarded as fortuitous reception.

We also broadcast on 9265 KHz from WINB Red lion Pennsylvania to North America and The Pacific, Saturdays from 1000 hrs UT (9 PM EADT in Australia) and this will be in effect till December 29th 2018.

After December 29th 2018, schedules will change and will recommence week starting 14th January 2019.

Programming from Unique Radio and partner producers can be viewed by pressing the ‘click here for podcast’ button below.
http://www.uniqueradio.podomatic.com/

Thanks also to Sheldon Harvey, David Asselin and Gilles Letourneau for providing International Radio Report from CKUT 90.3 Montreal Canada.

Thanks also to Glenn Hauser for his help with disseminating news to the shortwave community and providing ‘World of Radio’ each week.

Thanks to Bob Wise from Hobart Radio international for his help with different things at Unique Radio and providing programming each week.

Aussie Tim (via DXLD)

And Tim added this later:

Glenn, I’ve decided to keep the current relay going on 9265 via WINB.When I get back around January 14th (After some time off) I will cement a permanent sched down for 5045 and be on air on weeknights too, my time. So will program WOR into these slots too.

Best regards
Tim Gaynor
Unique Radio
Gunnedah NSW
Australia (via Glenn Hauser, Dec 1, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** BULGARIA. 9400, Sat Dec 1 at 1421, beepery from SW Radiogram, S2-S4 but separable from much stronger S9+10 9395 TOMBS WRMI. Read all about it, et al., tnx to roger in the WOR iog:
http://www.rhci-online.net/radiogram/SW_Radiogram_2018-12-01.htm
(Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA. 6000, Dec 1 at 0700, only this RHC English keeps running, jazz, 0702 restarting hour noting that “this is World AIDS Day, December 1“ — what? Already a Saturday edition? Would expect them to keep repeating the Fri Nov 30 show one more time; or do they record weekends further in advance, despite “latest news“. It`s also “Dia del Locutor“ in Cuba, honoring announcers.

The other frequencies: 5040, tuned first, just stopped modulating at 0700; 6060 & 6165 dead air, 6100 off (and not on earlier either??); at 0705, open carriers remain on 6165 and stronger 6060, but at 0708, 6060 is off (and nothing on 9535 like last night). Something`s always wrong at RHC (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA. 13834, Dec 1 at 1402, FM blob, approximately here, as then I find RHC spurcrap all over the band, much of it weak and diffuse rather than with relatively sharp peaks: 13751-13771, 13625-13648, 13564, 13500; coming out of the 13700-AM transmitter. Something`s always wrong at RHC (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA [and non]. 9535, Dec 1 at 1503, RHC with heavy fluttery CCI, much weaker than // 9640. Both are now scheduled 12-16. The CCI must be CRI in Nepali via Xi`an — Commies vs Commies! (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** ETHIOPIA. 6090.148, Dec 1 at 0417, JBA talk, 0423 bit of HoA? music, S7 vs heavy storm noise from east of here. Anguilla off, of course. Surely Amhara State Radio via A.A., on from 0300, not Nigeria, and Iran finishes at 0320; but I can`t find any recent logs of Amhara off-frequency, just “6090“. Another remote possibility, Bandeirantes, Brasil reactivated, as was certainly capable of skewed frequency. But this would be after local midnite, and their two other SW frequencies are long gone (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENINIG DIGEST)

** LIBERIA [and non]. 6050, Dec 1 at 0710, JBA carrier, I hope is ELWA, which I never get with any modulation. Also on 6050 now is Tibet, but way too early for them in early afternoon. This gives me an idea to try for heard-all-continents right now on this band:

6155 Austria is good; 6045 KBS via UK (Europe)
6055 & 6115, Nikkei, Japan (Asia)
5940-, Brasil off-frequency (South America)
5830, 5935 USA, 6070 Canada (North America)
No Oceania broadcasters exist, but see NEW ZEALAND
(Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** NEW ZEALAND. 6224-USB, Dec 1 at 0706, very poor marine weather in English, e.g. Barometer 1004, etc. Announcer is indefatigable, being synthetic. It`s ZLM, Taupo Maritime Radio, with many transmissions per EiBi, this one being 0703-0735 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** OKLAHOMA. 90.1, Sat Dec 1 at 1800, KUCO introduces the first Met Opera live broadcast of the season, but then, it`s a bust — dead air until 1826!! Is local host Lane Whitesell http://www.kucofm.com/about/staff/m.staff/130/view/18 not really there to do anything about it or at least make a courtesy announcement/apology?

Initial opera is Arrigo Boito: Mefistofele. I keep listening to the dead air both on 90.1 and webcast arriving about a minute later: suddenly comes to life at 1826/1827 UT for the last few minutes of the prologue, then 1831/1832 UT, Met hosts introduce Act I. It`s in mono on the web, and altho the stereo pilot is still on causing a noisy signal here in the hinterlands, the music also sounds mono on 90.1. Apparently they had to arrange a backup feed (Glenn Hauser, Enid, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** OKLAHOMA. RF 39, Nov 30 circa 1530 UT, KWTV has finally turned off its upper channel, leaving us with new RF 25 only. (Heavy fog over Enid now and all day, but little help for TVDX: only some Bad signals on 45, 26, 11, 10, likely Tulsa/Wichita.) Meanwhile, I had sent an inquiry Nov 29 to the rescanoklahoma contact e-mail:

“Reception degraded on channel 25

I do not need any help rescanning. I do find it remarkable that you never explain what is really going on, moving your real RF channel from 39 to 25. Not to mention *why* you have to do it (repacking).

Ever since the tests started on 25, I have been apprehensive about losing KWTV as a reliable signal.

25 has always been weaker than 39, often on the verge or not decoding at all. I was hoping this was temporary and when the final change was made, the strength of 25 would be boosted to what 39 once was.

The signal meter on my set-top-box still shows 9-3 & 9-4 on 39 almost completely `good`, while 9-1 & 9-2 on 25 are barely `good`.

I have two rooftop antennas which until now had absolutely reliable reception of KWTV-39. Now, not so much. Are you still going to improve back to the previous level? Has there been an ERP and/or HAAT reduction?

BTW, the same thing happened with KSBI moving down to 23 — definitely weakened and sometimes breaking up. I tried to ask you about this with email via the news department since your website showed *no* way to contact engineering directly.

Please reply and explain. Regards, Glenn Hauser, Enid“

And came this helpful reply Nov 30:

“Glenn: Hope I can help with information that can assist you. The FCC held an auction for the phone carriers for 600 MHZ frequencies (5G). They sold off CH’s 38 to 51 and moved us down to CH 25. Currently KWTV CH 25 and KSBI CH 23 share an antenna which is lower on the tower than the old CH 39. Combining the two channels, ERP power level is reduced for KSBI and the height is reduced for KWTV but the ERP power level is higher than what the new channel 25 antenna will end up being. Now as of last night that CH 39 is off, we are efforting to replace that antenna on top of the tower with a new antenna. We should have a new top antenna for KWTV installed around early next year.

KWTV CH 39 ERP is 1 MW. Now off.
KWTV CH 25 ERP for the side mounted antenna is 819 KW.
KWTV CH 25 top antenna will be 749 KW.
KSBI CH 23 once KWTV antenna is back on top, 1 MW. Currently operating at around 1/2 power.

We added elliptical polarization (EP) to the KSBI/KWTV side mounted antenna and the new CH 25 antenna will also have EP. This will help with future hand held devices.

Just so you know, KAUT is also changing channels tomorrow (Dec 1). They will be on CH 19. It’s doubtful you will be able to see them for a few weeks. They are installing a temporary antenna and parts are coming in their new installation.

Hope that helps explain what we are working on. Jack Mills, Director of Engineering KWTV-KSBI“

But KAUT is still on RF 40 as of December 1 at 1700 UT = 11 am CST, when I see a slide amid programming proclaiming that they *are* shifting to RF 19 as of 10 am Dec 1! Please rescan.

1800 UT recheck, now RF 40 is off but no signal here on RF 19 either. And still not at 1916 UT. No hurry as I see on cable it`s infomercials. I then find this on their website:

https://kfor.com/2018/11/30/have-an-antenna-remember-to-rescan-on-saturday-morning-to-get-kaut/

“Have an antenna? Remember to re-scan on Saturday morning to get KAUT
Posted 12:00 pm, November 30, 2018, by KFOR-TV and K. Querry, Updated at 12:25PM, November 30, 2018

OKLAHOMA CITY – Some loyal KAUT viewers will need to take a few steps in order to make sure they can keep watching their favorite programming.

On Saturday morning at 10 a.m., anyone who watches KAUT with an antenna will only be able to continue watching if they re-scan their television set.

In order to re-scan your TV, there are just a few quick steps you need to take:

Grab the remote.
Push the “Input” or “Menu” button.
Scroll through the options. You’ll want to select either
“Channel,” “Setup” or “TV” based on your television set.
Select “Scan” or “Auto-Scan.”
Hit “Start.”

Here are step-by-step graphics to help in the process if you have an LG TV. Photo Gallery View Gallery (5 images)

Here are step-by-step graphics to help if you have a Samsung TV.Photo Gallery View Gallery (3 images)

Here are step-by-step instructions for Vizio TVs. Photo Gallery View Gallery (5 images)

If you are still having trouble, we can help! Call us at (405) 516-4299 or email us at rescan@kfor.com.

If you receive KAUT through a cable or satellite provider, you don’t have to do anything“ (Glenn Hauser, Enid, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** TURKEY. 12035.699, Dec 1 at 1408, VOT with Turkish song in English hour, S9-S6 with flutter;

11815.005, Dec 1 at 1410, VOT Turkish service with much louder music, S8/S9+10, 1414 into studio talk. Frequency is slightly unsteady making measurement to the Hz a problem (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A [and non]. WORLD OF RADIO 1958 monitoring: Ivo Ivanov, Bulgaria reports:
“GERMANY, Reception of World of Radio via HLR on 6190 CUSB, Dec. 1
https://swldxbulgaria.blogspot.com/2018/12/reception-of-world-of-radio-via-hlr-on.html
0731-0800 on 6190 GOH 001 kW / 230 deg to CeEu English Sat, fair/good
Wrong frequency announcement: HLR on 7265 kHz, instead of 6190 kHz!“

Again I have to sleep thru the scheduled 1200 Sat Dec 1 WOR via Unique Radio via WINB 9265 — see AUSTRALIA [and non], and USA WINB non-log.

WOR 1958 confirmed Saturday December 1 at 1531 UT on Hamburger Lokalradio, 9485-CUSB via UTwente SDR: I can barely recognize the WOR theme, but completely unusable, and no better before 1600.

I keep missing the allelged Sat 1700 on WRN via WRMI 5950: virtually inaudible at that hour but maybe in deadwinter December I can pull enough signal to confirm it or not. Next:
2030vUT Saturday WA0RCR 1860-AM non-direxional
0400vUT Sunday WA0RCR 1860-AM [nominal 0415], ND
0830 UT Sunday WRMI 5850 to NW, 5950 to WNW, 7730 to WNW [NEW] 1130 UT Sunday HLR 7265-CUSB Germany to WSW
2130 UT Sunday WRMI 7780 to NE
0230 UT Monday WRMI 5950 to WNW, 9395 to NNW
0400vUT Monday WBCQ *5130v Area 51 to WSW
0430 UT Monday WRMI *9955 to SSE
* also webcast; direct linx to these and many others at:

Complete updated WOR sked, all affiliates, satellite, webcast, AM&FM:
http://www.worldofradio.com/radioskd.html
(Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 9330v & 7490v & 5130v, UT Sat Dec 1 at 0053, NO signals from WBCQ, all off or lousy propagation? I`m on internal random wire due to heavy electrical storm, but still should hear something. Storm past, at 0155 I check 7490 webcast to hear AWWW reading some FRW items, call to prayer and soon 0200 into sign-off classical theme. What did John Carver hear?

“Show started about a minute late I think. 7490 was very poor. 5130 is apparently running a different program with a theme song about the tree of liberty and the sons of liberty with a two second insertion of the William Tell overture. No signal at all on 9330. Back to 7490 and couldn’t copy a word for all the noise. Reminds me of the old days on 7415 before the simulcasting when I couldn’t hear AWWW from late November till March or April. Giving up trying to copy this evening.John Mid-North Indiana“ and sent this already at 0113 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 9265, Sat Dec 1 at 1423, NO signal from WINB. Previously it switched to own programming when Unique Radio stopped at 1330, but now sked dated Nov 11 implies a 2-hour break after UR (really WOR) between 1230 and *1430 Apostolic Witness (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 9980, Nov 30 at 2118, WWCR-4 is on, bigsig with discussion of NAFTA on `Financial Survival`, which is also on 7490v WBCQ.

#4 transmitter is barely in use anymore: business must be quite bad.
*Available* in B-18 24 hours:
Transmitter #4 – 100 KW – 90 Degrees
12:00 AM-07:00 AM 0600-1300 5.890 MHz
07:00 AM-06:00 PM 1300-0000 9.980 MHz
06:00 PM-08:00 PM 0000-0200 7.520 MHz
08:00 PM-09:00 PM 0200-0300 6.115 MHz
09:00 PM-12:00 AM 0300-0600 5.890 MHz

But program grid still dated Nov 4, shows ONLY this, mostly blank space! M-F 21-23 on 9980, Tue-Sat 02-03 on 6115, 03-05 on 5890. NO usage of 7520 at all, and *nothing* whatsoever on weekends. Totalling only 25 hours a week, less than 15% of capacity. Looks like #2 and #3 are still 24/7, and #1 still off 3215 and 15795 overnight (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 1540.00, Dec 1 at 0501 UT, continuous TexMexmx is dominant, even on E-W longwire, finally 0510 UT in English, “We`ve got you covered, KGBC, 15-40 AM“. And there is no het! Not off-frequency+plus tonight. No assumption that KGBC is permanently fixed, as it`s jumped back and forth before.

All three TX 1540s are now latino, as both KGBC and KEDA Jalapeño San Antonio are `Tejano` format per NRC AM Log, and KZMP Metroplex [q.v.] is ESPN-D. (The next morning I discover that my 100-ft longwire had been broken in the middle by a treelimbfall near the farend, now patched back together) (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 1540.00, Dec 1 at 1354 UT, YL in Spanish about financial advice but also proffering bendiciones, conversation with OM, soon closing “Puntos de –algo–“ show with Dallas mention and 214 AC phone, so it`s KZMP University Park, breaking away from ESPN-Deportes format. Now on 32 kW day power legally since 1330 UT but day pattern is tight E-W, so we should not be getting much of it here (and night pattern is tight east-only) (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

This report despatched at 1933 UT December 1

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