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Glenn Hauser logs October 1-2, 2019

** ARGENTINA [non]. 7780, Oct 1 at 2227 WRMI with music, sounds like Oldies, or rather scheduled APS Radio; and 9395 with different music, gospel? Thus RAE`s German hour, which they are still sending to WRMI, has got lost, supposed to be M-F 22-23 on 9395 per both WRMI and RAE skeds (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CHINA. 9155, Oct 2 at 1256, VP Chinese, and weaker 9180, both CNR1 jammed SOH frequencies. Altho did not do an exhaustive continuous bandscan, no more WOOB noticed in the 11s, 13s but a JBA carrier at 1320 on 14980, which also qualifies (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA. 15370, Oct 1 at 1931, RHC is S8 of dead air, and so is 15140 at S9+20. 15140 is supposed to be amid first airing of English hour while 15370 is supposed to be starting French. Something`s always wrong at RHC (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA. 7380, Oct 1 at 2226, RHC is in choking Arabic instead of scheduled French to Africa! Something`s always wrong at RHC (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA. 6100, Oct 2 at 1248, RHC is on but undermixed with FE, CRI Beijing in Russian and/or KCBS Pyongyang, in any event Commies vs Commies vs Commies! RHC also in clear on stronger 6000 which also produces a good harmonic on 12000, while there is nothing on 12200. Such a signal on 12000 makes me wonder if RHC deliberately allow 6000 to harmonicize, since in past 12000 has been a legit RHC fundamental, but not so scheduled now, any more than the 11980 harmonic of the 5990 CRI relay. Something`s always wrong at RHC (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA. 9620-9670 approx., Oct 2 at 1301, lopsided buzz field out of 9640 RHC which itself is crackly and hummy. Worst peaks about 9627 and 9653. Something`s always wrong at RHC (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA. 13700, Oct 2 at 1303, this RHC has just come on joining 13740 on band which started earlier. 13700 is notably weaker at S9/+10 than 13740 S9+20/30, and also less modulated. And also fails to provide any FM spur constellation. Something`s always wrong at RHC (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA. 15140, Oct 2 at 1308, this RHC is dead air and weaker than modulated stronger S9+20 15230. 1423 recheck 75 minutes later, 15140 *still* dead air and 15230 VG. Is no one paying attention at Titán, site Aoki-listed for both in the morning, whether a transmitter be modulating at all? Something`s always wrong at RHC (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** GUAM. 9455, Oct 2 at 1258 music, 1259 AWR Guam sign-off with details such as 100,000 watts, but never mentions KSDA callsign! Is that a violation? At end of daily Korean hour and off (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** MEXICO. 1000, Oct 2 at 0611 UT Mexican music with slow SAH against KTOK OKC nulled, 0614 “La Rancherita“ ID over music. IRCA log says:

“1000 XEFV Chih Ciudad Juarez 1000 —- La Rancherita Mil AM 24h RAN/NOR MEGA No FM. License expired but AM is still active 7/19“

The SAH is about the same as I get from KKIM Albuquerque but no sign of it now, and there was no sign of XEFV when I last heard KKIM. So I wonder if XEFV be erratic? Altho 24h, IRCA leaves blank its night power (Glenn Hauser, OK, DXLISTENING DIGEST)

** OKLAHOMA. 1020, KOKP: See USA, starting with 1020 KDKA

** OKLAHOMA. 1210, Oct 2 at 1238 UT, KGYN with “The Five States` Big Talker“ slogan. They`ve had a CP longtime for 50/10/CH39 kW instead of U2 10/10, but will it ever eventuate? There was once talk of moving the whole thing to the OKC market, getting rid of 1220 KTLV, but FCC now shows almost exactly the same east-of-Guymon coordinates both for the current LIC and CP; the CP only one second of longitude further east or about 82 feet (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** OKLAHOMA. RF 17, Oct 2 and always, the latest reboot a few weeks ago of K17JN-D Enid has kept it on the air with no further tech problems, except it is permanently IDing falsely: “DTV 41-1 KCYH-LD“! As explained before, that is its parent station in Ardmore, on the other side of OK, whose software must have been imported here, overwriting any reference to its true call K17JN-D which always appeared before on the PSIP. Still 3ABN with a bunch of extra video channels as 41-3 silent: (unsupported audio codec“), 41-5, 41-6, and “audio only“ as 41-7, 41-8 and 41-9.

Are such false IDs a fineable offense? Has anyone seen anything like this anywhere else? If any DXer picked this up she would surely assume it was transmitted from Ardmore, not Enid, depriving this city of its only local TV signal, despite some others licensed here such as RF9, but really in OKC if on the air at all. There were/are others really in Tulsa or even Kansas (Glenn Hauser, Enid, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** OKLAHOMA. RF 28. KFOR-TV OKC has been plugging Nexstar as if it is now part of that. It is; I found this notice at https://www.nexstar.tv/nexstar_tribune_closing_webcast_2019/

“Nexstar Media Group and Tribune Media Closing Webcast September 20, 2019

Nexstar Media Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: NXST) (“Nexstar”) completed its previously announced acquisition of Tribune Media Company (NYSE: TRCO) (“Tribune Media”) in an accretive transaction, creating the nation’s largest local broadcaster. Nexstar is hosting conference call and webcast at 10:00 a.m. ET on Friday, September 20 to review the transaction and host a question and answer session.

To access the conference call, interested parties may dial 334/777-6978 (domestic and international callers). The Conference ID Number is 2037601. Please call five minutes in advance to ensure that you are connected. Questions and answers will be taken only from participants on the conference call.

Participants may also listen to a live webcast of the call (link below). For the webcast, please allow 15 minutes to register, download and install any necessary software. A webcast replay will be available for 90 days following the live event at www.nexstar.tv. Click here for the webcast Nexstar Tribune Closing Investor Presentation“

Isn`t this entirely too much media ownership concentration? I hope Nexstar politix are not as anti-American as Sinclair`s.

“Nexstar owns, operates, programs or provides sales and other services to 197 television stations (including partner stations) in 115 markets or approximately 63% of all U.S. television households including 142 local web sites and 316 local news and weather mobile apps.“

Here`s their station roster and a map including KFOR in OKC as market rank 45 (rabbitears.info has had it at only 50). https://www.nexstar.tv/stations/ How can such smaller cities as Harrisburg PA, Spartanburg SC, outrank OKC??? Hagerstown MD is #6??? One of the largest cities, San Diego CA is #29??

“(1) Market rank refers to ranking the size of the Designated Market Area (“DMA”) in which the station is located in relation to other DMA’s. Source: Investing in Television Market Report 2008 4th Edition, as published by BIA Financial Network, Inc.“

It shows all the subchannels with each station — not quite, not yet CBS` Dabl on KFOR`s #4. At least KFOR is Nexstar`s only property in OK so far, along with sibling RF-19 KAUT “43“. This ensures that RF 25, KWTV “9“ may still continue its self-promotion as OKC`s only locally-owned station (Glenn Hauser, OK, October 1, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SAO TOME E PRINCIPE. 15660, Oct 1 at 1928, HOA music, VP S2-S3, gone at 1930. Aoki/NDXC shows it`s VOA Pinheira at 1900-1930 M-F in Tigrinya. Other VOA usage of 15660: 1800-1900 daily Amharic via Woofferton; 1730-1800 M-F Oromo via STP; 1400-1500 Sat/Sun Kirundi via STP. Propagation is so poor that any extra-continental signal like this on 19m is notable. Except as an unaccented country header, STP should be spelt São Tomé e Príncipe (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SAUDI ARABIA. 9870, Oct 1 at 1938, S5-S7 of dead air. Scheduled 18-23 is SA in Arabic (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** TURKEY. 9830, Oct 1 at 2224, VOT is JBA in absence of RTTY, undermodulated S6-S9 so English to North America is still a loss (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 8992-USB, Oct 2 at 1255, test count and “Andrews, out“. Believe this is same frequency with echoey encrypted broadcasts, also from Andrews AFB, MD? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 15555-USB, Oct 1 at 1929, WJHR gospel huxter is S1, back here after an inexplicable spell on 15550-USB, but mostly inaudible, unpropagable, or off? Now there must be a sporadic E boost over this 1190 km/740 mile path from Milton FL, as 15610 WEWN AL is also way above normal, S9+20, but not 15825 WWCR TN, still JBA. At 1955 I check the Es DX-map, seeing one 25 MHz MUF blob over Atlanta (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 870, Oct 2 at 1230 UT, finally a non-ID from KFJZ Fort Worth: “Radio Libertad 8-70 A-M“ twice, 7:30 TC and into talk about Biblia, Jeová. Radio-locator.com still hasn`t caught up with this instead of business news in English.

Searching on slogan quoted leads to this convoluted listing showing additional slogan “LA QUE LLEGO PARA QUEDARSE“ which means, whew, there will never be any more changes!

https://tunein.com/radio/Radio-Libertad-870-AM-s32636/
Location: Dallas-Fort Worth, TX
Genres: Vietnamese Talk
Description: Estación de radio con formato cristiano
Language: Spanish
Contact: 817-649-1870
Website: http://www.870am.net
[but that website goes nowhere] (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 1020, Oct 2 at 0557 UT, KOKP Perry OK has a slow SAH of 118/minute = almost 2 Hz, and nulling my semi-local 250-watter as much as possible, `Red Eye Radio`, which is on KDKA Pittsburgh, doing better than usual here. Long gone are the nights when KDKA was primary on 1020 from a kilomile away; slightly closer 1100 WTAM Cleveland does much better. CBS cannot be accused of being left-wing or even mainstream as long as it voluntarily airs far-right talkshows like RER.

CBS owns KDKA? Licensee is Entercom. Well, Wikipedia explains: “Entercom Communications Corporation is a publicly traded American broadcasting company and radio network based in Bala Cynwyd, Pennsylvania. Founded in 1968, it is the second largest radio company in the United States, owning 235 radio stations across 48 media markets. In November 2017, Entercom merged with CBS Radio; as a result, CBS’s shareholders held a 72% stake of the company’s stock.“

How long has KOKP existed? License-to-cover granted 1/1/1978, but unlike for some stations, FCC AM Query does not show its initial airdate. Strangely, NRC AM Log lists address for KOKP and sibling 1580 KOKB Blackwell as in Ponca City, which is next to Blackwell; but I thought that Triple Play Sports HQ is in Stillwater with their FM station 105.1; altho they can split as needed for more than one local silly ballgame at once. FCC also shows a P O Box in PC, with KOKP call effective 10/26/98. Previous callsign changes: KVCS 12/15/1995, KASR 03/03/1993, KRAD 09/05/1985 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 1520, Oct 2 at 1243 UT, a quarter-hour after LSR here, KOKC has no SAH and no QRM from Vietnamese, so it seems KYND Cypress TX is OFF again, especially since Viet from 1560 KGOW Bellaire TX, both Houston market, is still audible but soon to fade; last time they were simulaudible and //. 1480, KNGO, The Metroplex, however, is still audible with Vietnamese sounding same as on 1560 altho not matched. KYND official October sunrise is 1230 UT, but until 1430 should be on reduced critical hours power of 18 instead of 25 kW. November: 1245 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. Trans-Pacific JBA MW carrier search, Oct 2 at 1224-1228 around local sunrise 1227: With K-index of 2, nothing looping NW from E Asia, Japan/Korea, but from WSW, Australia/New Zealand, u.o.s.: 1548, 882, 702, 612; 1098-west. Steve McGreevy, California, says “I REALLY enjoy and am fascinated by your TA/TP MW scans/observations from mid-continent — SpM“ (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. 13950, Oct 1 at 1933, very distorted 2-way and off, not even sure if SSB; nothing further in few minutes but to be checked again (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. 14775.6-USB, Oct 2 at 1321, another 2-way in Spanish, less colloquial than 14982 but still some putas referenced (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. 14982-USB, Oct 2 at 1311-1320 tune-out, 2-way in colloquial Spanish. I think I am rather fluent in comprehending proper broadcast Spanish, but colloquial conversations, especially among uneducated speakers, are quite another matter. Usually I have little patience with them as there are never going to be any sort of IDs, but this time I struggle to copy some verbiage, including: “caracol“ snail; “toneladas“ tons, “25 a 26 del norte“ referring to latitude; “tiburón“ shark; “puta“ whore sprinkled here and there as a pause or interjexion rather than the full “puta madre“.

So anyhow this smax of maritime, fishermen or poachers, smugglers? One is quite stronger than the other, and such a high frequency suggests a considerable skip distance apart, like 1000+ miles, OR they are so close that they reach each other by direct radio waves across the ocean waves; yet would be less overhearable on VHF (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. 15758.8-USB, Oct 2 at 1305, VP 2-way in Spanish in an almost vacant expanded broadcast band (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

This report dispatched at 1907 UT October 2

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