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Glenn Hauser logs February 22-23, 2021

** CUBA. 13568-trace, 13633, 13766 S7-S9, 13833, Feb 22 at 1524. FMish spurblobs at 66-67 kHz intervals, with F# tone out of 13700-AM music; something`s always wrong at RHC (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

** CUBA. 13680, Feb 22 at 2110, S9+10/20 of dead air instead of European service. Something`s always wrong at RHC (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

** CUBA. 5040, Feb 23 at 0309, is S7-S9 of dead air in Spanish; something`s always wrong at RHC. But 6060 is Spanishing with rather poor signal, while 9535 & 9650 are inaudible with K-index of 4 (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

** CUBA. 5910, Feb 23 at 0316, CRI Plus in suptorted English relay at S9/+30, but almost sufficient with volume up and close attention. Something`s always wrong at RadioCuba (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

** MADAGASCAR. 6179.944, Feb 23 at 0311, S8-S9 of Aleluya hymn, “Radiodifusora Cristiana Mundial presenta —“, i.e. World Christian Broadcasting, not the other TN station, and quite off-frequency. How do you say “worldwide“ in Spanish as opposed to merely “world“? Mundial already implies the greater -wide, and can`t be diminished as an adjective (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

** U S A [and non]. WORLD OF RADIO 2074 monitoring: confirmed Monday February 22 until 1929:40 on IRRS 7290 Bulgaria, tuned in just in time via UTwente SDR having missed the start which should have been close to 1900:40; poor S6-S8 vs usual splash. Then I check the NW Ireland SDR during `Feature Story News` which follows, better at that skip distance S8-S9. Next:

1030 UT Wednesday WRMI 5850 to NW
2100 UT Wednesday WRMI 7780 to NE
2200 UT Wednesday WBCQ 7490v to WSW
2300 UT Wednesday WRMI 9955 [jammed?] to SSE
0130 UT Thursday WRMI 5010 to S

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** U S A. 5800, Feb 22 at 0709, S9+20 of dead air. Got to be the WRMI-10 transmitter still/again on for some reason, amid supposed 0430-2200 (Sat -1400) break. Meanwhile, the next WRMI transmitter, #12, 5850, which is supposed to be on until 1400, is stronger S9+40 with TOMBS, as apropos for 315 vs 160 degraz (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

** U S A. 5890, Feb 23 at 0317, WWCR-4 with non-TOMBS gospel huxter this hour but with buzz/frying sound, producing peaks around 3-4 kHz plus and minus. May originate from programmer, E. C. Fulcher rather than station but which does not filter it out (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

** U S A. 1509.835V, Feb 22 at 2335 UT, following these reports in this week`s mv-eko of the Arctic Radio Club:

“1510 16.2 2300 KCTE Independence MO. Seriously offset this evening at 1509.8395. OJS/L = Odd-Jørgen Sagdahl, Trondheim, remote Loran C (close to Berlevåg [NE tip of Norway] – 1000 meter 305 grader)

Oid/Tent Nordamerika — 1510 17.2 0415 Tent KCTE Independence MO stark med diverse ESPN-promos. 0346 några Missouri-reklamer så tämligen IDad. Speciellt som den ligger väldigt snett precis som tidigare gånger jag hört dem. Drygt 160 Hz lågt! Brummar fint mot jämnstarka CO-stationen som ligger rätt. BOS“

Despite being much closer to KCTE, I check for such a far-off-frequency; on the DX-398 in offset SSB compared to 1500 & 1520, there is a 1510-minus looping about NNE/SSW. On the R75 I refine it to 1509.835 and slightly wavering het against the 1510.00 stations. Rather than measuring it directly which is difficult with all the QRM, I match the het pitch I am hearing in AM mode, with same pitch on 1-Hz-step tuning in LSB mode. Also rocking back and forth, 1509.835 is very close to the center of the signal, give or take a few Hz.

Altho OJS heard it at 23 UT, I`m expecting to get it only until 2400* which is the official FCC sunset time in February (March: 0030*), for this 10 kW direxional *daytimer* with major lobes to NNE & SSW. Signal gradually improves and by 2355 I make out an OSHA PSA and ESPN mention, and if tuned up to 1510.000-LSB, the audio sounds skewed in pitch as it should from a lower frequency centre. No ID at top of hour, however, nor does it go off!

Soon obvious it`s amid play-by-play of silly basketball game. Still there obvious with its het at 0005, 0021. At 0032 I switch to the Kansas City SDR of KD4HSO and hear exactly the same het on a stronger semi-local signal. SAM mode readouts a carrier offset of minus 162v Hz, plus or minus 1 Hz, which is another very neat fit equivalent to 1509.838v. More BKB, still past 0100 with no ID, starting coverage of “second half“. Of course, KCTE has FM translators, so why don`t they turn off the AM as legally required to do? Obviously local sunset is no barrier, as the other log above was at 0415 UT.

Axually, such extrahourity and offfrequenciness are nothing new for KCTE; I probably had it Dec 8, 2018. This was also reported in *2014y* along with corroboration from others:

“1509.8 approx., Feb 26 at 0649 UT, KCTE Independence MO for at least the fourth night is on the air illegally after daytime with sportstalk, and far out of frequency tolerance, big het upon poor WLAC.“

The first report in my archive was on the +plus side from *2011y*, ten years ago: “1510+, KCTE Independence MO is still off-frequency producing audible het against weaker stations, Feb 9 at 1416; ID at 1417. Taped the day before and then checked against a keyboard, close to F# below middle C, i.e. circa 185 Hz above 1510 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)“ Now I wonder if I put it on the wrong side?

Strangely enough, current mwoffsets misses KCTE now and ago with only an interim entry when it must have managed some accuracy as possible: “1510,0002 KCTE (Independence MO)[-1510.0008] 1400-0200 2018-01-22“ (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

This report dispatched at 0440 UT February 23

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