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Glenn Hauser logs January 13-14, 2019

** CHINA [non]. 5910, Jan 14 at 0258, CRI *0300 relay in English via CUBA is already on, in Chinese. Second harmonic 11820 is a JBA carrier correlating with RHC 25m fundamentals being weakened. Something`s always wrong at RadioCuba (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA. 5025, Jan 14 at 0252, R. Rebelde is S9+20 but overmodulated/distorted. Something`s always wrong at RadioCuba (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA. 4765, Jan 14 at 0415, R. Progreso is S9+20 but suptorted modulation. Something`s always wrong at RadioCuba (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA [and non]. 6165, Jan 14 at 0601, RHC English has about equal level CCI in Arabic, which is per HFCC: NHK via FRANCE at 0600-0630, 140 degrees to ME. Something`s always wrong at RHC — like not registering in HFCC so lazy frequency managers elsewhere know about it (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA. 15140-, Jan 14 at 1518, RHC Spanish throwing out lots of spurs, circa 15311, 15283, 14997, 14968 — these are the usual two pairs, at plus/minus 171 and 143 kHz. But also: 15197 & 15083 which are plus/minus 57 kHz, and another suspicious blob at 14882, which is 258 kHz away from 15140 — possibly the sum of 143 + 57 + 57? Something`s always wrong at RHC. Think of all the grist Arnie could call upon to liven up DXers Unlimited if he would try to explain these! (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** MADAGASCAR. 6190, Jan 14 at 0255, La Voz Alegre ID at closing, S9+10/S9, 0256 a bit of dead air and off. So MWV is back after their transformer lightning strike. Should resume shortly with a repeat of the Spanish hour on 6180 from 0300 after China/Cuba is off.

13670, Jan 14 at 1800, African Pathways Radio is also back opening hour previewing music from Bela Fleck and Dolly Parton, S9/S9+10 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISENING DIGEST)

** NIGERIA. 7255-, Jan 14 at 0548, carrier not as strong as usual, but bodes well for VON to be back tonight for the 0600 Hausa broadcast (and if we`re lucky their neat percussion IS a few minutes before) (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** OKLAHOMA [and non]. 1640, Jan 14 at 0417, KZLS “Enid“ (-OKC via Hennessey site) in dead air with fast SAH, facilitating copy of ESPN, no doubt WTNI Biloxi MS, the only sports format on 1640, which always QRMs at night and apparently stays on 10 kW daypower ND (Glenn Hauser, Enid, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** OKLAHOMA. Had not been getting any decodable signals off the air from KETA-13, OETA, but resumes Jan 14. Website checked Jan 13 explains:

“ATTENTION OKLAHOMA CITY ANTENNA VIEWERS

OETA will be conducting mandatory maintenance work on our Oklahoma City tower. Because of this, we are required to reduce power significantly between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. beginning 8 a.m., Jan. 10 to 4 p.m., Jan. 11. This will result in a loss of signal to viewers watching OETA via antenna.

Weather permitting, power will be restored Jan. 12 and 13. Work will resume at 8 a.m., Tuesday, Jan. 15 and is scheduled to be completed at 4 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 17. We’d like to thank everyone viewing OETA via antenna for their patience while we make the necessary repairs and upgrades that will ensure your favorite shows continue uninterrupted in the future.“

Also an update on the Foundation situation:

http://www.oeta.tv/blogs/media/faqs-about-oeta-and-the-oeta-foundation/

“FAQs about OETA and the OETA Foundation
Posted by Aaron Morvan on Jan 11, 2019 at 11:06 pm

Q. What’s going on?

A. The Foundation’s Board of Trustees authorized a lawsuit to be filed against OETA. The Foundation has failed to provide proper oversight over their organization and allowed it to ignite this controversy by denying access to parts of the shared facility, changing the locks, hacking into OETA’s system, withholding funds, and ultimately suing us in a blatant power grab.

In response, OETA’s governing Board has terminated OETA’s agreement with the Foundation in order to protect donor funds, information, and OETA’s integrity. OETA employees and governing Board members are focused on continued delivery of quality, life-enriching public media to Oklahomans. We are proud to carry on the six decades of work that have made OETA the most-watched PBS station in America. Programming and operations are ongoing and not presently impacted by OETA’s termination of its agreement with the Foundation.

Q. What happened to the relationship between OETA and its foundation?

A. This is an interesting story.

More than 30 years ago the state legislature passed a law that allowed OETA to set up a charitable foundation to support OETA.

For most of those 30 years the relationship between OETA and the Foundation worked well.

Within the last five years dissention arose between the two and the Foundation began repeatedly attempting to interfere with OETA operations and to unduly influence OETA’s state governing Board. OETA tried to correct the problems through repeated meetings but the problems only grew worse.

The Foundation today refuses to give OETA access to our donor funds and how they have been used. The Foundation has locked OETA employees out of multiple areas within the OETA building. OETA is the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) licensee and responsible for its operations, programming and donor finances. The Foundation is a fundraising auxiliary and should not be attempting to also function as public television station.

Last month the Foundation sued OETA to try and seize even more control. OETA countered the suit in the courts asking the judge to drop the frivolous claims made in the Foundation lawsuit.

As a last resort, the OETA Board, accountable to the State of Oklahoma and charged with ensuring OETA’s viability and compliance with laws and regulations, officially terminated the agreement with the Foundation and began the process of identifying a new charitable organization to responsibly oversee donor funds and to retrieve the donor money already raised, putting it to proper use as required by the FCC and Corporation for Public Broadcasting and, most importantly, as intended by our donors.

Q. Is the money I’ve already given to OETA safe?

A. OETA has advised the Foundation that we consider all funds, assets, property, and information they possess to be held solely and exclusively for the benefit of OETA. The Foundation has affirmed this on multiple occasions. We are confident, once the Foundation’s lawsuit is resolved, those generous gifts will be honored as the donors intended and used to support OETA.

Q. Can I still give money to OETA?

A. OETA has temporarily suspended accepting new donations as we finalize negotiating a relationship with the Friends of OETA, Inc. charitable organization. We are moving as quickly as possible to resume donations and fundraising but we take seriously the charge to shepherd funds given and funds that will be given in a manner that is transparent and ethical.

Q. Is a state agency (OETA) trying to take over the Foundation?

A. No. The Foundation was originally created by a diverse group of philanthropic Oklahomans to serve OETA and unfortunately has since become a rogue organization. They have refused to provide basic information crucial to the operation of OETA. Donor funds, given in good faith, have been misappropriated for unauthorized programming and unsolicited content creation and production. Donors have been lied to about the collection and use of their well-intended donations. OETA, a state agency, is simply choosing to select a new, more responsible charity to cooperate with in order to protect its donors and their funds.

Q. Who is leading OETA and how did they get there?

Dr. Richard Beck, Provost Rogers State University
Terri Cornett, Civic Volunteer
Dr. Cheryl Evans, President Northern Oklahoma College
Mr. James Gallogly, OU President
Mr. Burns Hargis, OSU President
Ms. Joy Hofmeister, Oklahoma Superintendent
Mr. Reese “Cody” Inman, Civic Volunteer
Dr. Glen D. Johnson, Chancellor Oklahoma State Regents
Mr. Garrett King – Board Chair
Ms. Suzanne Lair, Principal Jenks Public Schools
Dr. Larry Rice, President Rogers State University
Mr. Clarke Stroud, Director OU Football Operations

Public media veteran Polly Anderson’s leadership as Executive Director has been an outstanding asset to OETA since her hiring just over one year ago. She continues to have the full support of the OETA Board of Directors.

Q. Has OETA really refused a legislative meeting with the Foundation?

A. OETA has met with state legislative and executive officials regarding our ongoing efforts over a multi-year period, including as recently as Monday, January 7, 2019. At Monday’s meeting, OETA clearly outlined the reasons it believes that, short of decisive action by the few remaining members of the Foundation’s Board of Trustees, termination of the relationship is the only remaining option to protect public television in Oklahoma. Additionally, OETA leaders met repeatedly with the Foundation to resolve these issues outside of the courts. The Foundation staff continued to overstep the authority granted to them by state law and continued to willfully mislead donors, withholding funds and duplicating the functions of the state agency—they even went so far as to defy the direct orders of the Foundation’s governing board, leading to multiple resignations from that body in 2018 of longtime OETA supporters.

Q. Why did OETA evict the Foundation from the building they formally shared?

A. The Foundation has used the OETA facility as a guest of OETA. Recently, the Foundation staff restricted access to OETA personnel within the OETA headquarters, changed the locks on the building, hacked OETA’s state computer network, and recently reported to OETA that they installed an unauthorized video surveillance system. The responsible action on the part of OETA as a state agency to protect state employees and state assets was clear.

The Foundation had become a totally unaccountable organization – operating outside its intended statutory and fiscal boundaries and acting in defiance of its earlier earlier governing board members, leading to the resignation of several longtime Foundation Trustees and OETA supporters. Despite over two years of negotiations and good faith efforts on the part of OETA to bring our Foundation back to its intended role, the Foundation recklessly and maliciously resisted all civil efforts and refused to negotiate multiple proposed reforms. Therefore, it is necessary and prudent to clearly separate our operational functions at this time and to prevent the Foundation from further undermining of the state agency it was established to serve.

Q. Why won’t OETA cash checks amounting to over $1.2 million provided by the Foundation?

A. OETA conducts the stewardship of all funds with the utmost caution and integrity. OETA is working with our federal and state regulators, including the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and the Oklahoma Attorney General’s office, to ensure proper accounting and handling of these funds.

Q. How does OETA fit into PBS/Corporation for Public Broadcasting?

A. OETA is a PBS member station and a CPB grantee. Although the Foundation has repeatedly attempted to misrepresent OETA to our federal regulators and partners, the Foundation has no relationship with PBS or the CPB outside of OETA. OETA has a very positive relationship with both PBS and CPB and has kept both entities advised of the ongoing issues with the Foundation.

Q. Where does OETA go from here?

A. OETA is working through this complex situation in consultation with state legislative and executive officials and our federal regulators. We are committed to the outstanding programming that has made it the most-watched PBS-station in America. We are diligently working to secure all past and present donor funds with a new and responsible charitable foundation that will be governed by an independent board of philanthropic and ethical individuals who can cooperate with OETA’s governing board in a mutually-beneficial relationship.“

I then wrote to OETA:

“I am sure everyone is concentrating on the terrible Foundation situation, and thanks for explaining that on website. I don`t see any names of individuals at the F who must be responsible for this. Is it a few people in a power struggle?

But a couple of things:

How about some explanation of the reason for abruptly disposing of OKLA and replacing it with World?? Interesting stuff, I am not necessarily objecting. Is this in any way related to the Foundation thing?

However some programming seems to have got lost in the shuffle; surely you could still find some places for it on one channel or another:

PBS Newshour SUNDAY
Ray Stevens
Bluegrass Underground
(maybe the last two have run their course; we can`t know)

I am glad to see Amanpour out of 10 pm to a more convenient time, 11 am, as I had requested some time ago. Thanks and good luck!“

Reply:

“We hope that you are enjoying OETA World! Our programming department has been working on this for some time and it debuted this past Monday, January 7th. I believe that they promoted it on the OETA channels for a while beforehand thruout the day before World premiered. Nothing whatsoever tied to the Foundation matters was a part of debuting World, as OETA World can be found in over 150 some odd television markets out of the 160 some odd markets across the country. Our viewers were asking for new programs and this is what OETA World does – it allows us to re-air our local content on Saturday evenings and on Sunday mornings early until noon we re-air our British dramas, including Masterpiece Theater. And beyond that, thru the week there are many new programs to discover plus all of the shows you are familiar with like Frontline, Independent Lens, POV, Nature, NOVA, etc.

Well, with any type of lawsuit or even police investigations – information has to be limited due to the nature of it all until it has concluded. Hopefully what has been provided does help our viewers at this time and when we can update information for them it will be provided I’m sure. In the meantime, enjoy all of the good viewing on OETA and have a great day. Respectfully, Kristi Wren, Receptionist“

Follow up: “We will air BLUEGRASS UNDERGROUND sometime on HD (13-1) but RAY STEVENS doesn’t have a date at this time. As soon as I know even more info I’ll advise or it may even be promoted on air between current programming. Respectfully, Kristi Wren, Receptionist“

I am also having to re-convince OETA that there is a totally separate and new PBS NEWSHOUR WEEKEND edition on Sundays, after Saturdays (Glenn Hauser, Enid, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** ROMANIA. 7215-7220-7225, Jan 14 at 0550, DRM noise, which has to be RRI Galbeni, scheduled 05-06, 285 degrees in Romanian to W Europe, in analog! per HFCC (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. WORLD OF RADIO 1964 monitoring: confirmed Sunday January 13 at 2140 the 2130 on WRMI 7780, fair.

Also confirmed UT Monday January 14 at 0230 on WRMI 5950, S7 to S9+10; and weaker 9395 poor, with high local noise making the R75 NR essential.

Also confirmed UT Monday January 14 from 0401 on Area 51 webcast, but JBA carrier at 0413 on WBCQ 5130.4 (earlier at 0253 during JL at S8-S9, I had measured it on 5130.441).

Also confirmed UT Monday January 14 at 0430 on WRMI 9955, JBA. Next:

2330 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

(It is clear as of Monday morning that WOR 1965 will not be ready until Tuesday at the earliest, probably like last week, not even by the 2030 airing on WRMI 7780; this is only due to my running so far behind in processing info, also causing DXLDs to appear almost a week after closing dates.) (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 5085, Jan 14 at 1432, WTWW-3 is still on with rock music, S9+30, along with weak parasite spurs 5072.1 & 5097.9. Still at 1516. 1557 just as strong; and even 1740 rechex, so evidently running all-day (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. 6990-LSB, Jan 14 at 0552, the aaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhh-guy is back uttering Japanesish syllables with long vocalized pauses, sometimes eeeeeeee depending on the preceding word. I hastily scribble what some of them sound like: kinata, kita, katana, noto, nata, itati, atata, kinata, itawa, ishotu, kata, kunoto, sijimata, hanata, kata, hotokono, pinata, isashana, ishaba, koshodo, ishiba – and then stops abruptly at 0555*. Since he is on LSB, only 10 kHz out of the 40m band, suspect he has some ham radio connexion (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. 11802-USB, Jan 14 at 1552, 2-way in colloquial Spanish, INTRUDERS. I continue to be amazed that no one else ever reports these (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

This report despatched at 1833 UT January 14

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