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Glenn Hauser logs May 8-9, 2022

** EGYPT. 9439.995, May 9 at 2150, R. Cairo in English, S9+30 into UTwente but with extreme distortion and whine; was JBA checked a few minutes earlier direct (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

** MALDIVES [non]. 11620, May 9 at 1528 via S India SDR, Voice of Martyrs Korea, S9/+20 but noisy, usual YL preaching in Dhivehi, contrary to the only legal religion there, Sunni Islam; does she aspire to martyrdom? Or is she safely in Korea South? 1529.7 switch to bit of music and s/off in English. Carrier seems to overlap a bit but to ear, transition to Vatican Arabic so smooth that one might be fooled into assuming both from same site (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

** OKLAHOMA. 93.9, May 9 at 1704 UT, strong mono signal of dead air encountered in DX bandscan mainly concentrating on 93.7 KNOR TX. Still dead at 1715, 1805 chex, presumably KIMY semi-local. They`ve done this before, nobody paying attention. What will all the Watongans do without their constant diet of gospel huxterism? Or, possibly a nearby neighbor`s RF feeder left on perhaps in a parked car. Certainly not one of mine. *Still* dead air at 2314 recheck.

101.3, May 9 at 1720 UT, two stations mixing, one with an Oklahoma Army National Guard PSA/ad? Wichita normally dominant here, but probably 100 kW KLAW, Lawton; also a 100 kW KMCO Wilburton; an LP in Edmond, translator in Vinita. Some other Okies mixed in with USA, q.v. (Glenn Hauser, Enid, WOR)

** ROMANIA. Stephen Luce replies May 7 on the WOR iog to my report that RRI was missing from 7375 at 0300:

“Glenn, for Romania it would appear that one of the Tsiganeshti transmitters for Radio Romania International has now been off the air for over a year. I have not heard anything for the English broadcasts on 9550 at 0000, or on 7375 at 0300 during the A-22 season, which was the same situation during A-21. Meanwhile both 7420 and 9730 are present for Romanian at 0000. During B-21 RRI had both scheduled frequencies working for English at 0100, but was missing a transmitter for Romanian at the same time.

There does not seen to be any sort of recent explanation for the missing transmitter on the RRI website. Has to be a severe problem to have gone on for so long. I too am getting good reception of RRI English at 0300 on 9850. Three hours earlier, 7375 is fair but improves during the hour as local sunset approaches. Stephen Luce, Houston, Texas“ (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

** TURKEY. 9830.021, May 9 at 2222.5, VOT English, S9+50 with hum into UTwente, starting `Feeling Supreme` — something life segment, about natural solutions for gastric pain. Would any other SW station be so considerate? (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

** UKRAINE [non]. 7730, May 9 at 0500, UR1 via WRMI after quick ID only, immediately into English `Ukraine: Security Issue`, YL reporter who is best-spoken, war news lasting about 6.5 minutes. I think the UU plug for the resistance website played after her, rather than before. Usual VG signal into Maryland SDR (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

** U S A [and non]. WORLD OF RADIO 2137 monitoring: confirmed Sunday May 8 at 2000.7 UT on 1323 kHz, IRRS via AM Italia, Villa Estense, S9 into nearby Noale SDR, but with much higher local noise level than usual. Nothing on 918 or 207 kHz.

Also confirmed Sunday May 8 at 2230 on WRMI 5950, S7/9+15 into Georgia SDR: still showing tho not on the program skedgrid for months.

Also confirmed UT Monday May 9 at 0030 on WRMI 7780, S9 but noisy into Georgia SDR.

Also confirmed UT Monday May 9 from 0304.5, on Area 51 via WBCQ 6160-, into Georgia SDR, S7/S8 with ACI from 6165 Cuba. How much longer are we having to put up with that, two stations from adjacent countries on adjacent frequencies? Previous program of cacophony ran over. At 0315 I`m getting it better direct, S9/+20. Next:

0030 UT Tuesday WRMI 9395 to NNW; 9455 to WNW
2230 UT Tuesday WRMI 9955 to SSE [jammed by Cuba] 1000 UT Wednesday Unique R, Australia 5035-USB or 3210-USB
1030 UT Wednesday WRMI 5850 to NW
2100 UT Wednesday WBCQ 7490v to WSW
0030 UT Thursday WRMI 9395 to NNW; 9455 to WNW
0130 UT Thursday WRMI 5010 to S; 9395 to NNW

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Thanks this week for financial support from Robert W Gruska, Glendale NY, who sent a PMO to Glenn Hauser, P O Box 1684, Enid OK 73702, and says: “World of Radio has been one of the few programs available on radio that I look forward to listening to week after week since first listening to the broadcasts on WRNO back in the 1980s using a portable multi-band radio that included shortwave. Thanks for your efforts!“

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Or via PayPal, not necessarily in US funds, to woradio at yahoo.com (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

** U S A. (7490.1v), Sunday May 8 at 2229, WBCQ webcast of `Uncle Bill`s Melting Pot`, episode ending, and 2230 starting another! Normally it`s one full hour at 22-23. UB has COVID so may be affecting his broadcast scheduling. Yes: at 2259 outro as “next week is St. Patrick`s Day“! Such a combo would make the semi-repeat Monday at 2300-2330 only, less abruptly chopped off — if it still exist, as I previously heard him plug some other show during that slot, tho, of course, not so shown on the never up-to-date WBCQ program skeds. COVID also stymied his planned trip to Cuba this month. GWQ!

Monday May 9 at 2300 also on WBCQ webcast, I catch opening of the secret semi-repeat which still exists, as Bill explains that he is replaying his very first two half-hour episodes from March 2017! Of course shows like this are evergreen (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

** U S A. 4790, UT Monday May 9 from 0212 past 0219, WBCQ Radio Angela with `Concert Hall` in an opera. I am checking again for uteblaap QRM, and there it is, via Maryland SDR: watching the waterfall as well as audibly, they now erupt exactly once a minute at about :00. Again there are three alternating spots, on the minus, even, and plus side of 4790: only one at a time rather than combining, and only the even ones are audible due to receiving bandwidth; and not all of these are very obvious vs the modulation and background noise level. Interleaving, there is another cycle at about :42 seconds past the minutes (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

** U S A. At wakeup 1343 UT May 9, turn on bedside YB-400 normally not used for DXing but for RF feeder reception or localish listening: on 90.1 for KUCO OKC, but instead `Democracy Now` in progress — which means it is not either the usual #2 signal on 90.1, KHCC Hutchinson, Radio Kansas. Maybe KERA Dallas if tropo from there up again? No, D.N. website shows the nearest 90.1 is KKFI Kansas City MO! and the time fits, 8-9 am CT. WTFDA says it`s only 5.31/5.31 kW, only 95 m HAAT, community “Free Range Radio“. Site is on the MO side, not KS per radio-locator map, but which also says it`s 100 KW, 129m! — more likely. FCC says licensed for 100, but CP for 5.31: strange. Tropo maps do show enhanced from here to Kansas City.

BTW, `Democracy Now` is on 1546 `stations` worldwide, but not on a single Oklahoman other than obscure cable channels, natch, since there is no democracy in OK! Plenty of outlets e.g. in neighboring NM, TX.

Next I`m on the DX-398, but still abed not ready for porch or car DXing.

89.5, May 9 at 1357 UT, CSN Radio non-ID. Normally vacant channel here but there are two Okies: KJCC, Carnegie, 23.5/23.5 kW; and translator K208CG in OKC; but there are also two translators in KS: K208FE in Topeka, and K208EK in closer Parsons. They all relay something from Idaho.

91.9, May 9 at 1358 UT, “SonLife Broadcasting Network“, the nearby KBDD Winfield KS, boosted a bit as normally obscured by 91.7 KOSU + HD.

91.7, May 9 at 1358 UT, KOSU is getting CCI which takes some doing; at 1400 sounds like KVOM? And EWTN network. DB gets no hits on 91.7 for EWTN, but ETERNAL as slogan gets one: KSIF, Wellington TX, 2.0/2.0 kW, 124.0 m. Wellington is just next to SW corner of OK between Shamrock and Childress, so is feasible. Looking thru complete USA list of 91.7s, nothing even fuzzily similar to KVOM.

93.5, May 9 at 1359 UT, “Power 93.5“ traffic report concerning I-135 and I-235, i.e. KDGS Andover KS, tornado-hit Wichita suburb, 15/15 kW, 114 m. WTFDA shows only “Power 93“ without the point 5. Also mentioned KNSS, I guess a sibling station on 1330.

94.3, May 9 at 1404 UT, RDS: BOTT / RADIO / NETWORK, i.e. KCVW Kingman KS, 100/100 kW, 253 m = the usual fringe with KLGB gone

87.75, May 9 at 1406, somesignal here with JBA talk; normally no Franken FMs audible, KBSD Ensign/Dodge City KS still on RF channel 6 is non-Analog. Could also be receiver overload? No Frankens on “87.7“ listed within likely range closer than Memphis or Denver. On “87.9“ there is KBFW-LD Arlington TX, 300 watts of Spanish.

Gotta break for breakfast. At 1456 I check for DTVDX. Almost every open channel has a BAD signal on it, and some of the `local` OKC channels such as 33 have also been baddened by DX QRM.

RF 12, May 9 at 1456 UT is the only one decoding, 33-1 KSCW-DT Wichita, but it`s carrying KWCH virtual 12 news before and after 1500, maybe playback from sibling station, getting it back on true channel 12 while KWCH is really on RF 19. BTW, I had a bad signal there too; normally no signal detected, blocked by KAUT OKC in ATSC 3.0, leading the way! RF 12 finally fades to Bad by 1520.

>From 1704 UT May 9, missing any ToH IDs, to the caradio for FM DX:

93.7, May 9 at 1704 UT, Mexican music totally overriding KSPI Stillwater, much like May 7 during the “noon“ hour. “Don Cheto al Aire“, a bit more music, then from 1707, all frenetic chat between Chepo and YL sidekick/s. It`s so colloquial that I can hardly follow it, but general topic seems about relationships. $tereo, and music continues playing JBA in background. References to CDMX and being nervous about Popocatepetl make me wonder if it originate in the Aztec Capital. But at 1727 surgery ad with a 661 AC phone number, which is Bakersfield = Kern and parts of adjacent California counties. 1731, plug Estrella TV on digital platforms — never mind plain old TV, like KMPX Decatur TX, RF 30, “29“; and “La Raza“ liner, so no doubt it is again KNOR Krum TX in The Metroplex, market #5. 1734 my lunch break until 1805 again missing ToH IDs, but still Mexmx on 93.7, weakening. Uplooking later, KNOR is in fact owned by Estrella TV, a third-rate network if that. Found this on website, not accounting for the time I`m hearing Don Cheto:

https://estrellatv.com/donchetoalaire
“Don Cheto Al Aire 5:00am – 11:00am
El programa de radio más exitoso entre la comunidad hispana de Estados Unidos. Distribuido en más de 42 estaciones de radio, por todo el país, Don Cheto, Giselle Bravo, El Chino y Said García nos traen las mejores anécdotas, bromas y noticias que más les interesan a sus oyentes. Sus mañanas serán divertidas con su estilo único y una forma muy diferente de ver la vida. No se lo pierdan de Lunes a Viernes de 5 a 11 de la mañana.“

As for “La Raza“ branding, one cannot imagine a white or black-ethnic station calling itself “The Race“, but it`s perfectly proudly OK for Latin@s?! who of course are not a race at all but ethnicity.

Most FM channels are piles of CCI, but one more of interest, as it tops occasionally:

104.9, May 9 at 1722 UT, South Asian music is outstanding, alternating with other station(s) at 1729; 1730 divorce and dental ads in English “for the South Asian community of north Texas“. Therefore from WTFDA DB:

KZMP-FM 104.9 PILOT POINT TX HD ETHNIC FUNASIA, 35/35 kW, 535 m, Pilot Point, Dallas, Fort Worth WWW.FUNASIA.COM

Guess what: that domain is for sale. Obviously related to 1540 AM KZMP University Park which is now Spanish/ranchera. Pilot Point is a little town about halfway between Denton and Gainesville, well north of The Metroplex (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

** VANUATU. 7260, May 9 at 0556 I`m QRX for R. Vanuatu carrier cutoff, which I time at 0559.1. Retuning ASAP to next frequency, 11835 = 3 X 3945, it`s already on by 0559.3, sounds like starting in English but more likely Bislama (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

UNIDENTIFIED. 12165-12225, May 9 at 0602, approx. range of a noise peak, perhaps one of those “experimental“ arbitrage transmitters (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)

This report despatched at 0010 UT May 10

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