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Glenn Hauser logs July 20-21, 2019  View Printable Version 
Sunday, July 21 2019

Hauser
** CANADA. Sporadic-E opening MUFs above 100 MHz to the NE of here
bode well for some FM DX at last, July 20 after 19 UT, so I hasten to
start monitoring mainly on the DX-398 with PL-880 as backup,
manipulating both telescopic antennas only, vs all the QRM from OK and
KS, ACI if not CCI on every frequency. All info from the WTFDA FM
database except distances city-to-city from distancefromto.net

95.1, at 1916, French-Canadian H&F conversation, SRC/CBC style; still
at 1929 vs Bott English from OK; another bit peaks at 1942. Very
likely is North Bay ON, since later I am getting stations near the
same line thru MI and QC, rather than CBF-FM flagship in far
Montreal:

CBON-FM-17, 95.1, North Bay ON, 100/100 kW, 145m, news/talk, ``Ici
Radio Canada Premiere``, 1884 km/1171 mi. BTW, the Bay it`s on is not
Georgian, but further inland from smaller Lake Nipissing. 1884 km =
1171 statute miles.

96.5, at 1944, a bit of YL in French, vs the two Okies. Based on later
definite Rouyn-Noranda area log, this fits:

CHOA-FM, 96.5, ROUYN-NORANDA QC CAN, 61.1 kW Horiz only, 204m, French,
Hot Ac, ``Wow 96.5``. 2025 km = 1258 mi from Rouyn;
2025 km = 1259 mi from Noranda

104.3, at 1955-1958, French hard sell adstring, Chevy and Ford car
dealers, $ tereo, mentions Rouyn-Noranda twice; 2000 partial ID during
fading claims ``cent mille watts ... Capitale Rock``, 2002 hard rock
music. This is it:

CHGO-FM, 104.3, AMOS/VAL D'OR QC CAN, 94/94 kW, 172.6m, French, Active
Rock, Capitale Rock/Radio X. 2101 km = 1305 mi from Amos, east of
Rouyn-Noranda in SW QC.

104.3, at 2013, two stations, one of them with rock in English. Could
be 96 kW KVGB-FM Great Bend KS, if not one of the Michiganders, 100 KW
religious WVCN in Baraga, in the PTA, U.P. near Houghton, rather than
190! kW classic hits WOMC Detroit.

Many more logs, MI & WI from same opening: see U S A. BTW, I am still
esperando (waiting/hoping for) any Es opening from Mexico this summer.
There have been plenty of sporadic-E openings, but not much above 88
MHz, and if so centered in the wrong spots for me (Glenn Hauser, Enid
OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. Sporadic-E opening MUFs above 100 MHz to the NE of here bode
well for some FM DX at last, July 20 after 19 UT, so I hasten to start
monitoring mainly on the DX-398 with PL-880 as backup, manipulating
both telescopic antennas only, vs all the QRM from OK and KS, ACI if
not CCI on every frequency. All info from the WTFDA FM database,
except distances city-to-city from distancefromto.net

After three catches in French from Ontario and Quebec, see CANADA, the
rest mostly Michigan:

95.3, at 1917, rock in stereo while I am getting French on 95.1.
Certainly not the usual KOKC talk translator in OKC, unlikely 14 kW
KMGZ Lawton. There are two Kansans not very close: KINZ, Humboldt in
the SE with 24 kW, classic hits; and KWKN, Wakeeney in the NW with 100
kW, unknown format. If Michigan, only two of the ten 95.3 are rock,
and only one, also the most powerful, 17 kW, WWSS, Tuscarora Township,
``The Bear``, but between Flint and Detroit outside PTA.

96.5, at 1919, string of national ads, very choppy fading, sure
thought Es, but finally an Okie ad, so only Tulsa or Elk City.

106.7, at 1923, sports talk in English overriding Spanish KTUZ Okarche
OK, I guess still QRP from 13/13 kW since tower was felled. This could
likely be:

WSRT, 106.7, GAYLORD MI USA, 100/100 kW, 177.0m, ESPN Radio Northern
Michigan. //WSRJ 105.5. 1466 km = 911 mi, north-central L.P.

Less likely a closer spoiler: K294DE, translator of KLKC-1540, PARSONS
KS USA, 250 watts with Fox Sports Radio. Parsons in SE KS.

93.5, at 1930, C&W in $ , with CCI; ad for Water Circus at Cadillac; YL
announcer, ID in passing as WTCM; 1936 ad for ``Northbound --- in The
Beautiful Charlevoix``; 1929 partial ID? ##TY?, mentions Traverse
City, repeat Cadillac Water Circus ad. Here it is:

WBCM, 93.5, BOYNE CITY MI USA, 14/14 kW, 283m, ``TODAY'S COUNTRY
MUSIC`` // WTCM 103.5. Boyne City is at the far end of Lake
Charlevoix, inland from Charlevoix on the coast which is N of Traverse
City. Cadillac is considerably S of TC, inland. 1458 km = 906 mi

93.5, at 2000 ID ``Mix 93, WKMJ-FM``, i.e.:
WKMJ-FM, 93.5, HANCOCK MI USA, 25.0/25.0 kW, 84.0m, HOT AC, ``MIX
93.5``. Hancock is in the U.P. By Houghton next to Lake Superior. 1419
km = 881 mi

88.3, at 2003, temp 70, predicted low in mid-50s! {Cool! at 101-degree
Enid now} from ``Smile FM``, briefly overcoming marginal KOSR
Stillwater, Wichita; and Enid`s K202BY is still OFF:

``Adult Hits, CONTEMPORARY CHRISTIAN. SMILE FM, MICHIGAN'S POSITIVE
HITS`` has FOUR 88.3s in MI, all mono (but I couldn`t tell):

WDTE, GROSSE POINT SHORES MI USA, 0.16 kW H/5.5 kW V, 50.0 m
WSMZ, CRYSTAL VALLEY MI USA, 1.5/1.5 kW, 200.0m
WKPK, MICHIGAMME MI USA, 0.0/15.0 kW, 252m [how is that pronounced?]
WEJC, WHITE STAR MI USA, 0.001/55.0 kW!, 114m

Thru sporadic E, polarization becomes random, so in decreasing power
probability: WEJC, WKPK, WDTE, WSMZ. By decreasing proximity to PTA
(probable target area): Michigamme near Ishpeming on the U.P.; Crystal
Valley near Ludington on the central west coast on Lake MI; White Star
unfound in my atlases, but G.C. Puts it somewhere near Midland/Bay
City. GPS = Detroit. Michigamme: 1388 km = 863 mi; Crystal Valley 1285
km = 799 mi

[Liz Cameron, somewhere in MI, replies on the WOR iog: [White Star, MI
is near Midland. Actually Gladwin County to the north. WEJC is a pest
near Tawas and in the Thumb. 73/Liz``]

93.3, at 2005, weather and ``Today`s Country``; must be overcoming OK
station. Not in MI, but one from WI is only hit on slogan:

WBSZ, 93.3, ASHLAND WI USA, 71/71 kW, 75.0m, ``TODAY’S COUNTRY Z-93``.
Ashland is on the N coast of WI, an inlet from Lake Superior. 1273 km
= 791 mi

87.9, since session began have been checking here and 87.75, but
nothing until 2018, now $ rock music; no local matches found; 2025 kid
voice-over music, ``trust in the lord``. It`s sort of mushy but
centred closer to 87.9 than 87.75 or 88.1.

The closest known Franken-FMs on 87.75 are in Chicago and Cleveland.
No 87.9s anywhere around there in official WTFDA DB. Could be one of
all those pirates Harold Frodge hears around his Midland MI location,
recapped by MARE:

``Following is a compilation of logs appearing in the MARE Tip
Sheets during July 2018-June 2019. Errors & typos in the
Tip Sheets are corrected here where known. Logs listed here are
all from listening posts within 250 miles of the Michigan border.

87.9 Bay City MI LP relay; Hits Radio 99-5 ZPL, KMTI? Xmas
mx,
77 WABC, Shine FM, Oldies 107.3 WRDJ, Hits FM, Hall-
mark Channel, 103-5 KCQ, old WABC spots, 9-70 WFLA
spot; 13 Jul, 14,15,16,17,18 Jun, 19 Feb (HF)
“ Birch Run MI, Birch Run HS, Panther Radio; 80s, 90s &
today,
Panther Radio; 18,23 Jun (HF)
“ Bridgeport MI area LP relay; Shine FM; 00,23 Jun, 14 Jul (HF)
“ Brighton MI LP relay; peaks a few mi. north; 15 Feb (HF)
“ Freeland MI area LP relay; 17,18 Nov (HF)
" Midland MI, NE Midland LP relay; various relays
including
95.1 Shine FM, 107.3 WRDJ, Z-100, The Big JCHW,
The Big HW Golden, 100.7 The Path?, 103.5 WKTU;
13,21 Jul, 15 Sep, 16,17 Jan, 19 Dec, 18 Nov (HF)
“ Midland MI, SE Midland LP relay; Surround Sound EZL
music;
14,15 Feb, 16,18 Apr, 17 Jan (HF)
“ Shiawassee county MI; 102-5 The Bone, Tampa FL; 15 Sep (HF)``

Opening has died down by 2030 UT and I have other tasks, so I quit,
but one sesquihour later, see the Es map still showing 100+ MHz MUFs,
so I resume at 2200-2215, but hear no DX; now, however, what I am
getting on 87.9 matches to local 91.1, Air One KKRD. Maybe I failed to
compare 87.9 to this one earlier. No idea how/why it show up on 87.9;
there is no local leapfrog fulcrum on 89.5. Of course, Air One is
everywhere out of its 92.7 flagship origination KYRA, Thousand Oaks in
California, so 87.9 could still be DX from somewhere (Glenn Hauser,
Enid OK, all July 20, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. HAWAII: 10000, July 21 at 0603, WWVH still announcing that
they will air info for military exercisers, I think she said at :50
past the hours. At this time, WWV is equally strong with short-skip
sporadic E boost (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A [and non]. WORLD OF RADIO 1991 monitoring: confirmed by Ivo
Ivanov, Bulgaria: ``GERMANY, Reception of World of Radio via HLR on
6190 CUSB, July 20

https://swldxbulgaria.blogspot.com/2019/07/reception-of-world-of-radio-via-hlr-on_20.html
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oYaYMbcLt20&feature=youtu.be
0631-0700 6190 GOH 001 kW / 230 deg CeEu English Sat, fair signal``

Noel R. Green also reports: ``Re 0629 UT on 6190 --- this was a really
poor signal here in NW England this morning and very difficult to make
much of it at all. When I tuned in at around 0640, I could hear a
voice that sounded like Glenn's on peaks out of the local noise, but
could copy nothing at all of what was being said. Maybe 9485 will be
better later?``

Confirmed Saturday July 20 at 2100 on WRMI 9955, S7-S( after IS & ID
loop as early as 2058.

Also confirmed UT Sunday July 21 at 0130 on WRMI 5850, good but with
some deep fades.

Also confirmed UT Sunday July 21 at 0359 on WA0RCR, 1860-AM, MO, at
the item about YHWH best heard via Prescott and Denver remotes, i.e.
16 minutes into, so must have started quite late around 0343. My
previous check was at 0339 when ham news by YL was still running.
Barely readable vs high summer storm noise level.

Ivo Ivanov, Bulgaria, reports: ``GERMANY, World of Radio #1991 via
Hamburger Lokalradio on July 21:

https://swldxbulgaria.blogspot.com/2019/07/world-of-radio1991-via-hamburger.html
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Aiia3yBuhEQ&feature=youtu.be
1031-1100 7265 GOH 001 kW / 230 deg CeEu English Sun, fair signal``

Next:
2130 UT Sunday WRMI 7780
0130 UT Monday WRMI 9395 7780
0230 UT Monday WRMI 7780
0300vUT Monday WBCQ 5130v Area 51
0330 UT Monday WRMI 9955
0930 UT Monday Unique Radio 5045-USB NSW
1130 UT Monday Unique Radio 3210-USB NSW [NEW]
1816 UT Monday IRRS 7290 Romania
0100 UT Tuesday WRMI 7780
0800 UT Tuesday Unique Radio 5045-USB NSW [2 editions]
2100 UT Wednesday WRMI 9955
2100 UT Wednesday WBCQ 7490v
0100 UT Thursday WRMI 7780

(mp3 stream) http://www.w4uvh.net/wor1991.m3u
(mp3 download) http://www.w4uvh.net/wor1991.mp3
Or via http://www.worldofradio.com/audiomid.html
Also linx to podcast services.

[it appears we will now be running on a Friday-to-Thursday
cycle, so freshest new airings are on weekends]

Full schedule including AM, FM, webcasts, satellite, podcasts:
http://www.worldofradio.com/radioskd.html
(Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 5085, Sat July 20 at 2330, WTWW-3 is OFF when `Theater Organ
in the Ozarx` is supposed to appear --- but it`s running OK on $ tereo
webcast
http://wtww.us/pages/listen-live/transmitter-2-html-5.php
I *know* I have heard this ep before, with comments about Johnny
Carson, etc., in fact more than once. Are there any new TOITOs?

End at 2402, when I recheck: not only is 5085 absent, but all other
possible WTWW frequencies. Rerecheck about an hour later, now at least
5085 is on with hamstuff (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 6115, July 21 at 0000, checking WWCR only whether the third
#1 frequency is also squealing like 15825 and 3215? Yes, it is, as
g.h. Jack van Impe is starting (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

This report despatched at 1934 UT July 21

 

Glenn Hauser logs July 19-20, 2019  View Printable Version 
Saturday, July 20 2019

Hauser
** CHINA [non]. 9570, July 20 at 0155, no signal from CRI ALBANIA
relay, while 9580 via CUBA is VG with `China Studio` LL filler.
Supposed to run 00-04, half & half English & Chinese. Bad propagation
from Europe? NO, 9420 GREECE is S9+5, 9495 República via FRANCE is
S9+15 over jamming. But 9690 SPAIN is missing too, q.v. (Glenn Hauser,
OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA. 4765, July 20 at 0152, Radio Progreso is back on after
missing at least one month, music at S9+30/40 but undermodulated
(Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** GERMANY. 7495, July 20 at 0141, very poor broadcast, bit of music,
then someone banging on a can at the rate of 5X per second. Unusual to
hear anything here next to WBCQ which is still on 7490+. HFCC shows
IBB Lampertheim, 100 kW, 80 degrees at 0030-0230 alternating semihours
in Pst and Prs, which mean Pashto and Dari; so what is it, really? Per
EiBi, VOA Ashna Radio, target IRAN! Instead of Afghanistan (Glenn
Hauser, OK DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SPAIN. 11940, UT Sat July 20 at 0158, S8 of crackling instead of
REE, supposed to be on here Tue-Sat for S America until 0200; likewise
9690 for N America. Maybe they just went off early before I intuned.
When they used to sign off at 2300, earworm interval signal would play
for several minutes more (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A [and non]. WORLD OF RADIO 1991 monitoring: confirmed Friday
July 19 at 2200 on WRMI 9955, S6-S9 and not upcut, first SWBC.

Also confirmed UT Saturday July 20 at 0130 on WRMI 7780, S9/+10/20
including storm noise level but mostly readable. Next:

0629vUT Saturday HLR 6190-CUSB Germany
1000 UT Saturday Unique Radio 3210-USB NSW [July 20; alt. weeks]
1130 UT Saturday WRMI 9955
1430 UT Saturday HLR 9485-CUSB Germany
1930vUT Saturday WA0RCR 1860-AM
2100 UT Saturday WRMI 9955
0130 UT Sunday WRMI 5850
0300vUT Sunday WA0RCR 1860-AM [nominal 0315]
1030 UT Sunday HLR 7265-CUSB Germany
2130 UT Sunday WRMI 7780
0130 UT Monday WRMI 9395 7780
0230 UT Monday WRMI 7780
0300vUT Monday WBCQ 5130v Area 51
0330 UT Monday WRMI 9955
0930 UT Monday Unique Radio 5045-USB NSW
1130 UT Monday Unique Radio 3210-USB NSW [NEW]
1816 UT Monday IRRS 7290 Romania
0100 UT Tuesday WRMI 7780
0800 UT Tuesday Unique Radio 5045-USB NSW [2 editions]
2100 UT Wednesday WRMI 9955
2100 UT Wednesday WBCQ 7490v
0100 UT Thursday WRMI 7780

(mp3 stream) http://www.w4uvh.net/wor1991.m3u
(mp3 download) http://www.w4uvh.net/wor1991.mp3
Or via http://www.worldofradio.com/audiomid.html
Also linx to podcast services.

[it appears we will now be running on a Friday-to-Thursday
cycle, so freshest new airings are on weekends]

Full schedule including AM, FM, webcasts, satellite, podcasts:
http://www.worldofradio.com/radioskd.html
(Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 7490.1+v, UT Sat July 20, WBCQ with `Allan Weiner Worldwide`
– I catch a few bits later in the hour, as I am really not interested
in what the same callers every week have to say. AW says they have had
a few computer issues this week; John in Florida`s program [VORW] was
messed up but he will not be charged for it. Have staff shortage, need
more operators, especially for Superstation, which will not be back on
until August. John Carver reports on the whole hour:

``Trying 7490 again this week after noise forced me to 5130 last week.
Program started a few seconds early after some fill music. Allan and
Angela in the studio. Talk of the heat wave, half naked women,
moonbats blaming everyone else for the heatwave. Freddie on the phone
at 0007. Talk of heatwave, proper temperature to set air conditioners
at and the moon landing. Freddie off the phone at 0024 to be
immediately replaced by Dave in Indiana. Continuation of the moon
landing talk.

Superstation is down as they're doing some redesign on the antenna and
preparing the transmitter for the frequency changes coming. WLC
insists on being able to penetrate Arab countries. They are also
tweaking the computer control for the transmitter to allow smoother
transitions when the antenna is turned or frequency changed. Even
though the transmitter itself is water cooled, they've found they have
to add a lot more air conditioning in order to cool the transmitter
cases. Superstation will be back on the air next month. Was also
mention of adding another frequency to the classic WBCQ, 6160. Reading
of emails at 0053. Closing prayer at 0059. Program was off the air at
0104. John, Mid-North Indiana``

What I heard was really on the webcast. After Angela`s ending ID about
0105, immediately over to Brother Scare. but checking 7490.1 itself at
0140, it`s still on with music; 0150 now it`s double audio again,
mixture of a talk program and a music program. One of them with 0200
ToH canned ID, and switch to Brother Scare, only.

6160, new registered WBCQ frequency with nominal 50 kW at same 245
degree azimuth as all the other ``classix``, not in use yet; to
replace 9330 with same old transmitter? Will be cozy with 6165 RHC for
~6 hours a night, often undermodulated, sometimes plenty strong.

5130.4, UT Sat July 20 at 0151, this WBCQ is also still on with some
talk; 0200 opening? a program we had never heard of or about, `One
Hundred watts and a Wire`, with ad/plugs for Icom ham equipment, and
also own website onehundredwattsandawire.com --- no, make it numbers:
http://100wattsandawire.com/
which has been a podcast for four years, but nothing about it being on
WBCQ. ``The intersection of life and amateur radio``; originates in
Florissant MO; about heat wave in Missouri; participating in the 13
Colonies special event recently.

So this and whatever was on 7490 after AWWW should be on the WBCQ
program schedule, right? Wrong. Nothing shown on 7490 after 0100 Sat;
on 5130, ``Sa 0100 0200 UTC Fr 09:00PM 10:00PM EST [sic] Matt Boland
Presents`` instead of 100watts, etc. BTW, `Radio for Peace
International` is now listed on 5130, UT Friday at 0200-0300.

3264.9, July 20 at 0204, JBA carrier from this WBCQ; improving? Was
never listenable even in winter. The only program on sked for it is
AAAWWW, UT Sat 00-01 in the ``trimulcast`` (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX
LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 3215, July 20 at 0205, WWCR-1 gospel huxter with squeal on
#1 transmitter as also heard when strong on 15825. Should also appear
when on 6115 at 22-01 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** VATICAN [non]. 7305, July 20 at 0145, YL ending `Vatican News` in
Spanish with contact info, and immediately restarting `Vatican News`
in Spanish --- are they axually playing the same program twice in a
row to fill the doubled airtime? VG via Grimesland NC relay (Glenn
Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

This report dispatched at 0405 UT July 20

 

Glenn Hauser logs July 18-19, 2019  View Printable Version 
Friday, July 19 2019

Hauser
** CHINA. 12190, July 19 at 1225, strong S9-S7 CNR1 jammer with YL
narration over music, which leads me to a quick bandscan to 1230
between 10.9 and 15 MHz: widely variant signal levels, the ? ones
being JBA carriers: 11825 with mixture; 11785, 11540, 11460, 11440,
11120, 11100, 10960? 12880?, 12950, 13020?, 13070? (Glenn Hauser, OK,
DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. Follow-up to my previous report about Oklahoma`s 1320, KCLI
Clinton, mentioning that 950 KFSA Fort Smith AR was off air following
flooding:

``Formerly silent stations informing the FCC that they are back on the
air: 950 KFSA AR Fort Smith – Silent May 26; on the air June 13.
(AM Switch, NRC DX News July 23, published July 16, via DXLD)``

Never hear KFSA here anyway, direxional awayward; 950 dominated by
KJRG Newton KS when it can slide by local 960 KGWA (Glenn Hauser, Enid
OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A [and non]. WORLD OF RADIO 1991 contents: Australia, Azores,
China, Congo DR, Cuba, Denmark, Europe, India, Japan, Korea North and
non, Korea South, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Madeira, Mali, Malta, México,
North America, Oklahoma and non, Romania, Spain, Sudan South non,
Taiwan and non, Tibet, UK, USA, Vatican non, Vietnam non; and the
propagation outlook.

Completed by 0006 UT Friday July 19 ready for first airings. However,
I later discovered that Unique Radio is no longer active on Fridays:

WORLD OF RADIO on Unique Radio, Gunnedah NSW --- Current schedule on
website shows some changes, notably no broadcasts at all on Fridays,
leaving WOR as follows:

Saturday (alternating, 7/20 & 8/3 ---)
1000 on 3210-USB

Monday
0930 on 5045-USB
1130 on 3210-USB [new]

Tuesday
0800-0900 on 5045 (two episodes)

See https://www.uniqueradio.biz/ for full schedule including
International Radio Report and ARDXC`s World at Your Fingertips.

WOR schedule: The shortwave broadcasts should be:

2200 UT Friday WRMI 9955
0130 UT Saturday WRMI 7780
0629vUT Saturday HLR 6190-CUSB Germany
1000 UT Saturday Unique Radio 3210-USB NSW [July 20; alt. weeks]
1130 UT Saturday WRMI 9955
1430 UT Saturday HLR 9485-CUSB Germany
1930vUT Saturday WA0RCR 1860-AM
2100 UT Saturday WRMI 9955
0130 UT Sunday WRMI 5850
0300vUT Sunday WA0RCR 1860-AM [nominal 0315]
1030 UT Sunday HLR 7265-CUSB Germany
2130 UT Sunday WRMI 7780
0130 UT Monday WRMI 9395 7780
0230 UT Monday WRMI 7780
0300vUT Monday WBCQ 5130v Area 51
0330 UT Monday WRMI 9955
0930 UT Monday Unique Radio 5045-USB NSW
1130 UT Monday Unique Radio 3210-USB NSW [NEW]
1816 UT Monday IRRS 7290 Romania
0100 UT Tuesday WRMI 7780
0800 UT Tuesday Unique Radio 5045-USB NSW [2 editions]
2100 UT Wednesday WRMI 9955
2100 UT Wednesday WBCQ 7490v
0100 UT Thursday WRMI 7780

(mp3 stream) http://www.w4uvh.net/wor1991.m3u
(mp3 download) http://www.w4uvh.net/wor1991.mp3
Or via http://www.worldofradio.com/audiomid.html
Also linx to podcast services.

[it appears we will now be running on a Friday-to-Thursday
cycle, so freshest new airings are on weekends]

Full schedule including AM, FM, webcasts, satellite, podcasts:
http://www.worldofradio.com/radioskd.html
(Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 15810-, July 18 at 1801 (following up previous report),
WTWW-3 is still on but now with double audio! Gospel huxter talking,
maybe not PPPP, and hymn with lyrix at equal level, so not intended as
background, still at 1826. Carrier is wobbling slightly, which is
typical, or I might suspect they are axually running two transmitters
at once on same frequency.

15810+, July 19 at 1544, JBA carrier but this one slightly on the plus
side, and much2 weaker than 15825 WWCR at S9+10/15, so probably
something else, maybe local device, unless maybe WTWW be on exciter
only (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 730, July 19 at 0558 UT, dominant signal is sports talk in
English, string of ESPN promos, including one for ``ESPN
Charlotte``, and at 0600 UT, ``The Game, Charlotte, 730 AM and 97.5
FM``. No call copied but listed as WZGV, CoL Cramerton NC, U1
10000/165/psra 206 and also W248CO, on 97.5. Cramerton is a west=side
suburb on the way to Gastonia. So it`s dominant with only 165 watts?
Right ---

730 is an intriguing DX frequency, with a couple dozen USA stations
but none legally running more than 1000 watts at night, many less than
100 or even less than 10! In fact the only 1 kW is KQPN West Memphis
AR.

Because 730 was a Canadian/Mexican ``clear``. Canada has two 50/50 kW
stations in Montreal and Vancouver, and in between 10/5 kW in
Manitoba. As for XEX Mexico City, it used to be dominant with 100/100
kW, but suspect it has been downgraded. No sign of it now, at least on
my E/W longwire toward NC. Annoying splash from 740 KRMG Tulsa

Also just before ToH, heard mention of an area code 412 phone number,
which is Pittsburgh PA --- unless on a network feed, that could
correspond to 730 WPIT, U1 5000/24/psra 225 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX
LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. KGOU has more about the changes at StarDate:

``Sandy Wood Retires, Billy Henry Becomes Voice of StarDate
By Rebecca Johnson and McDonald Observatory • Jul 16, 2019
https://www.kgou.org/post/sandy-wood-retires-billy-henry-becomes-voice-stardate

StarDate Sandy Wood [portrait]
https://www.kgou.org/sites/kgou/files/styles/x_large/public/201907/Sandy-Wood.jpg

Sandy Wood, the popular and charismatic announcer of the StarDate
radio program, is retiring after 28 years on the air. Her final
episode will air July 16.

Listen 0:35 Sandy Wood: "Keep looking up."
https://cpa.ds.npr.org/kgou/audio/2019/07/Stardate_SandyFarewell_0.mp3

StarDate is the longest running nationally syndicated science program
on American radio. Produced by The University of Texas at Austin’s
McDonald Observatory, the program began in 1978. It brings a daily
two-minute message of astronomy and skywatching to 2.3 million weekly
listeners via more than 300 stations across the country. Wood took
over from original announcer Joel Block after the program’s first
dozen years.

“Since 1991 I’ve been with you every day, telling you about the
wonders of the universe,” she says at the end of the July 16 episode.
“Recent health problems, though, have left me unable to continue, so
this is my final episode. My thanks for all of the support from our
StarDate audience — the best in the universe!”

StarDate producer Damond Benningfield has worked with Wood since her
original audition. “This really breaks my heart,” Benningfield says.
“Not only is she an amazing announcer, she’s one of the kindest and
most thoughtful people I’ve ever known. She’s also a hoot, so our
recording sessions are probably going to be a lot duller without
her.”

Wood’s first broadcast aired September 16, 1991, and she recorded a
total of 10,166 episodes. She also recorded several podcasts for
McDonald Observatory projects, and she narrated videos that play at
the observatory’s Frank N. Bash Visitors Center and other venues at
the Fort Davis campus, as well as on various web sites.

“I very much appreciate Sandy Wood’s dedicated service to McDonald
Observatory. Her enthusiastic and consistent delivery of astronomy
news for StarDate has built a large and committed audience of
astronomy enthusiasts,” said McDonald Director Taft Armandroff. “As I
travel the country and speak with fans of astronomy and The University
of Texas, there are always questions and good wishes for Sandy Wood
and StarDate.”

Wood has been a broadcaster since the 1960s, serving as a radio DJ and
talk-show host, and voicing programs and commercials for local,
regional, and national clients, including NASA.

Billy Henry [portrait]

Voice talent Billy Henry will be taking over for Sandy Wood beginning
July 17, 2019. Billy is no stranger to public radio, serving as the
voice for Brain Stories and going on to record hundreds of voiceovers
for TV, radio and film including Texas Tourism, Schlotzky’s, Southwest
Airlines, NASCAR, Guitar Center, Dell, AMD, Velocity Credit Union, the
IMAX film, Texas: The Big Picture, and many more.

Henry is involved in many creative fields. In addition to doing voice
work, he is a composer, musician, teacher, sound designer, and “maker
of things,” including musical instruments.

He has written hundreds of pieces of music for clients , movie scores,
and music for theater and dance productions and toured the world with
The Court Yard Hounds and the Dixie Chicks. He teaches at Texas State
University in San Marcos and has taught at UT-Austin as well.

“While I might not be able to stick it out for 28 years like Sandy
did, I’m looking forward to telling you about the universe for a long
time to come,” says Henry in an audio introduction recorded for
StarDate’s many affiliate radio stations.

Billy Henry’s warm voice and conversational delivery style will
continue the StarDate tone established by Sandy Wood during her tenure
with the program`` (via KGOU Newsletter July 18 via DXLD)

UNIDENTIFIED. 1670, July 19 at 0621 UT, very poor signal mentions
``1530 AM``. Usual 1670 here of the only four Unitedstatesians is WOZN
Madison WI. I can`t find any group relation to a 1530 station, nor for
the other three 1670s, one of which is Spanish anyway (Glenn Hauser,
OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. 2750, July 19 at 1216 UT, weak carrier fading; not even
2850 North Korea is audible. Not a spot for local mixtures. If a MW
harmonic, it could only be 5 x 550, where KFRM KS dominates daytimes
here (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

This report dispatched at 1716 UT July 19

 

Glenn Hauser logs July 17-18, 2019  View Printable Version 
Thursday, July 18 2019

Hauser
** KIRITIMATI. 846 kHz, July 18 at 0604, JBA carrier, surely from R.
Kiribati. Too late for anything from Eurafrica in the summer, but not
too early for propagation from Xmas Island. Last trace of 846 heard
here (along with several others) was April 29 at 1121-1128.

At 0607, I also have a JBA carrier noticeably off-frequency minus from
774-, but not sure what that could be. Surely not Iran or Indonesia as
in
http://mwlist.org/mwoffset.php?khz=774
(Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** KOREA SOUTH. 15575, July 18 at 1357, KBS World Radio, S7-S9 W&M
English hosts chatting, almost readable, and concluding the hour, 1359
a bit of (what else?) K-pop, 1400 theme and opening in Korean. Best
heard yet, allegedly now pumping 250 kW our way over a path barely
viable at midsummer.

Meanwhile, VOK from the North is better as usual on 25m, 11710 S7-S9
but louder, //? weaker 11735 also finishing English hour with typical
triumphant music (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U K. The BBC Proms season 2019 is about to start with the First
Night on July 19; until Last Night 14 September; on BBC Radio 3
webcasts. All the details here:
https://www.bbc.co.uk/proms
(Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. WORLD OF RADIO 1990 monitoring: confirmed Wednesday July 17
on WRMI 9955, but not until late cut-on, JIP at 2100:50, S5-S7. Such
are the risks of being the very first program on any transmission. At
least most of it, if 9955 stayed on.

Simulcast on WBCQ 7490.1v? Wed July 17 at 2100, JBA carrier, as usual
in deep summer, almost all the signal absorbed on the way. Checked
webcast at 2120 and heard: Equal mixture of me and Brother Scare!
Notified the boardops ASAP, but by 2128 recheck of webcast, now it`s
not funxioning at all. Unknown if same mixture was also outgoing on
7490. Did anyone hear it?

Not confirmed UT Thursday July 18 at 0100, NO signal on 7780 WRMI;
while 7730 & 7570 are nominal with BS, always much stronger than 7780
even when it`s on. Still AWOL at 0128. Strange that with 14
transmitters, WRMI is often missing rather than substituting another
if there`s a problem with one of them. Thus there was something wrong
with the last three scheduled North American broadcasts of 1990, so I
hope most have already heard it anyway. If not:

(mp3 stream) http://www.w4uvh.net/wor1990.m3u
(mp3 download) http://www.w4uvh.net/wor1990.mp3
Next:
0930 UT Friday Unique Radio 5045-USB NSW

WOR 1991 to be produced by late UT July 18, ready for first airings
Friday July 19; starting in NAm at 2200 on WRMI 9955.

Full schedule including AM, FM, webcasts, satellite, podcasts:
http://www.worldofradio.com/radioskd.html
(Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 5130.4, UT Thu July 18 at 0150, this weak WBCQ is on with
talkshow, seems Hal Turner same as much stronger 7490.2, and not synch
on 9455 WRMI. 9330v is still silent. HT live (not recommended) is UT
Thu 0000-0200 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 5890, July 18 at 0546, S9+10/20 of dead air, i.e. WWCR again
for no apparent reason. The other three are nominal: 5935 S9/+10 of
PMS; 4840 S9+20/30 modulating algo; 3215, S9+10/20 of BS (Glenn
Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 15809.963V, July 18 at 1352, S7-S8 of music, obviously
WTWW-3 in a rare appearance on this or any frequency, wobbling
slightly. Last dates I logged it were May 18 and 19 on 15809.918.

Still there at 1429 today while NO other WTWWs are on: 12105, 9930,
9475, 5830 or 5085. Still at 1648 with ``Amazing Grace``. 9475 is
still off. Ivo Ivanov was hearing 15810 as early as 1200 today, and
Wolfgang Bueschel measured it at 1240 on 15809.971 (Glenn Hauser, OK,
DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 1210, July 18 at 0559 UT, WJNL Kingsley MI 50 kW daytimer
continues cheating all night, wrapping up talkshow
something-Reality-Radio --- is it Beyond? Not on their station list
http://beyondrealityradio.com/stations-list/
but time fits as Mon-Thu 12-2 am ET [04-06 UT]. I`m sure this is WJNL
yet again, altho at ID time, KGYN is atop. Now the SAH is 156/minute =
2.6 Hz.

Or is it Public Reality Radio? Originating with WPRR 1680 Ada (Grand
Rapids)?
http://www.publicrealityradio.org/
Nothing there about being on the WJNL group too, but I see some
erstwhile left-wing hosts are to be heard: Stephanie Miller, Thom
Hartmann! (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

This report dispatched at 1701 UT July 18

 

Glenn Hauser logs July 16-17, 2019  View Printable Version 
Wednesday, July 17 2019

Hauser
** CHINA. 13550, July 17 at 1357, Chinese talk and music at S6-S8, no
doubt a CNR1 jammer, to timesignal and off 1400*. I started too late
today for a full bandscan, as many more also close at 1400. Strangely,
13550 is not among the 146 *jammed SOH listings in Aoki/NDXC. But EiBi
has both of them possible until 1430, with SOH on 13550.1. Wolfgang
Bueschel`s exhaustive bandscan as of July 5-12 includes SOH (only):
``13550.053 S=3 0504 UT 2130-1430 SOH Xi Wang Zhi Sheng Chi 1-7``
(Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA. 13739.241, July 17 at 1400, RHC self-knocked way off
frequency again, // 13700.0 which is somewhat weaker and both still on
the air. One of them is usually off by now. EiBi shows 13700 is Bauta,
13740 Bejucal, both until 1400. Something`s always wrong at RHC (Glenn
Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** OKLAHOMA [and non?]. 1600, July 17 at 1321, KUSH Cushing local
talkshow with ripple --- either CCI from an unstable transmitter or
its own? Vietnamese from KRVA The Metroplex seems in background and
would be the obvious spoiler, via high-end residual skywave almost a
bihour after LSR; but never noticed any such problem from them before;
recheck at 1354, now KUSH is clear. Other close 1600s are in AR, MO,
KS and NE (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 17530, July 16 at 1404, S9 open carrier, off and back on
again; obviously VOA Grimesland in routine early check long before
scheduled only English broadcast at 1700-1830; BTW, if they did this
before 1400 anyday, would conflict with VOA Somali via Vatican; or
after 1400 Sat/Sun VOA Kinyarwanda via São Tomé, per HFCC (Glenn
Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) See also VATICAN [non]

** U S A [and non]. WORLD OF RADIO 1990 monitoring: confirmed UT Tue
July 16 at 0100 on WRMI 7780, JBA. Next:
2100 UT Wednesday WRMI 9955
2100 UT Wednesday WBCQ 7490v
0100 UT Thursday WRMI 7780
0930 UT Friday Unique Radio 5045-USB NSW

Full schedule including AM, FM, webcasts, satellite, podcasts:
http://www.worldofradio.com/radioskd.html
(Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 9330.00, July 16 at 0109, WBCQ-6 with WLC Radio is OFF ---
and not heard since as of 1605 UT July 17. Artie Bigley forwards twit
from Allan Weiner July 16: ``Worlds superstation off line TFN while we
tune up to higher frequencies and make improvements to the great
antenna.``. Nor have we noticed any reversions to Brother Scare on the
old 9330.1v transmitter (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 17775, July 16 at 1404, KVOH already S9+10, opening Spanish,
probably with sporadic-E boost (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING
DIGEST)

** U S A. 15825, July 16 at 1404, WWCR S9+20 thanks to sporadic E
boost, so much so that it audiblizes a squeal on the #1 transmitter
(Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 1210, July 17 at 0559 UT, WJNL Kingsley MI among
multi-station ID of the group, so fast I have never been able to copy
details, and 0600 ``news now``; top among CCI with more than one SAH,
but primarily timed at 152/minute = 2.53 Hz. The 50 kW daytimer
continues cheating all night. Now another report of this at the very
same time July 17 from Steve Zimmerman, Milwaukee WI, to the WOR io
group:

``Hi All, Per Glenn Hauser's tip, I am hearing WJNL with city-grade
sigs on peaks, but some deep fades as well. Tune-in at 0550 with a
blizzard of commercials, followed by a show engaging conspiracy
theories, then multiple IDs for MI stations on AM and FM. ToH news at
0600.

In spite of the fact that they run 50 kW ND, they are very difficult
to hear here on daytime groundwave, even though the path is mostly
over Lake Michigan. Ground conductivity in that part of MI is poor at
best, so maybe that has something to do with it. Rx: ICF-5900W and
built-in antenna. 73, Steve Zimmerman, Milwaukee, WI`` (Glenn Hauser,
OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 88.1 WBFM, July 16 at 1342 UT, `Stardate` via KWOU Woodward
concludes with Sandy Wood saying this is her last show! She is
retiring due to health problems. We`ll miss her very much; these
2-minute capsules she always filled with a sense of wonder, whether
elementary astronomy or something intriguingly deeper. She must be
older than she sounds with her lovely voice.

I`ve always felt the Stardate website did not give enough credit to
Sandy; in fact searching on site, this is about all we can find:
https://stardate.org/astro-guide/gallery/celebrating-sandiys

``Celebrating the Sandi/ys Featured on July 4, 2016

Two key players in the StarDate and McDonald Observatory public
outreach programs are celebrating milestones in July. Sandy Wood
(left) is commemorating her 25th anniversary as the voice of StarDate
radio. Her first recording session was on July 23, 1991. And Sandi
Preston is retiring from McDonald Observatory on July 4. She is the
Observatory's assistant director for education and outreach, and
executive producer of StarDate radio.``

We heard her successor July 17 at 1458 on KUCO:

``The New Voice of StarDate
https://stardate.org/content/new-voice-stardate

Billy Henry in the studio while recording his first StarDate episodes.
Billy Henry, a voice talent, musician, composer, and college lecturer
in Austin, will become the third narrator of the StarDate radio
program in its 41-year history. He assumes the title from Sandy Wood,
who retired from the program effective July 16. Henry’s first program
will air the following day.

“I feel extremely privileged to be a part of the StarDate team,” says
Henry. “I’ve been listening for years and now I get to be the voice.
What a great experience.”

“I’ve had the privilege to work with the first two StarDate
announcers, Joel Block and Sandy Wood, and I know that Billy will
maintain the high standards these great talents have established for
the show,” says StarDate producer Damond Benningfield. “Billy and I
have worked together before, so I knew he would be a really good fit
for our style and content. I’m looking forward to many years of
working together.”

Henry is involved in many creative fields. He is a lecturer at Texas
State University in San Marcos, teaching classes in writing music for
TV and film, mixing for TV and film, and an introduction to desktop
production. He has also taught at The University of Texas at Austin,
and done sound design and other creative projects for the theater
department.

Henry has written or mixed hundreds of pieces of music for commercial
clients ranging from Chili’s to AT&T to Southwest Airlines. In 1999,
he wrote the score for the film “American Detective,” and in recent
years he has joined the world tours of The Court Yard Hounds, Shakira,
and the Dixie Chicks.

Henry also describes himself as a “maker of things,” including musical
instruments. He also has a pilot’s license and is working toward his
commercial rating.
Greetings from Billy Henry [41-second clip]``

Around here we get Stardate M-F only at 1342 UT on KGOU and relays; if
we miss that as KWOU 88.1 relay propagation from Woodward is sporadic,
via KUCO 90.1 at 1458 UT; and if we miss that, repeated on KUCO at
2358 UT. I gather there are also editions on Sat & Sun not scheduled
by our stations (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** VATICAN [non]. 7305, July 16 at 0127, Vatican Radio IS, 0130
opening Spanish. In a surprise move, VR relay via IBB Grimesland NC
has re-expanded back to 30 minutes, after many months curtailed to
only 15 starting at 0145 (but carrier usually on at least 10 minutes
earlier), and also adding Portuguese at 0100, which I have just missed
today; per HFCC effective 15 July, both daily 250 kW at 164 degrees
(Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

This report dispatched at 1615 UT July 17

 

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