Glenn Hauser logs June 21-22, 2019

Glenn Hauser
 

WORLD OF RADIO HITLIST update by Alan Roe, June 21:
http://www.w4uvh.net/hitlist.htm

DX/SWL/MEDIA PROGRAMS updated June 22:
http://www.worldofradio.com/dxpgms.html

** CHINA. 9180, June 21 at 1330, CNR1 jammer, S3-S5 on Sound of Hope
frequency, // 11785 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA. 15125-15155, June 21 at 1925, RHC 15140 is VG, much stronger
than usual, splattering out plus/minus 15 kHz, on portable with
reelout during power outage in Enid. Something`s always wrong at RHC.
Probably getting sporadic E boost like the USA stations on 19m, q.v.
(Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** KOREA NORTH [non]. 9455, June 21 at 1332, soft YL talk in Japanese,
S5-S8, mentions Shiokaze more than once? 1335 to kid choral song, and
then found same stronger but not synch S6-S9 on 9705. Aoki/NDXC shows
both are Furusato no Kaze at 1330-1400, but from different sites in
Taiwan: Paochung, and Tamsui respectively. Use it or lose it:
Bangladesh had Nepali at 1315-1345 on 9455; now on 4750 per EiBi but
not Aoki (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** OKLAHOMA. 88.3, June 21 at 1555 UT, the dead air carrier from
K202BY, the Family Radio satellator in Enid, is off. It`s been on and
dead for many months. This is quickly noticed, as I use 88.3 for the
BST-1 FM feeder in the car, which in most of Enid easily overrides it.
But in time for the widespread Enid power outage, ironically, this
carrier is back on (Glenn Hauser, Enid, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** OKLAHOMA [and non]. A couple brown-outs and then a blackout
interrupt our lunch at an Enid restaurant, Friday June 21 at 1833 UT.
Fortunately we started just ahead of that but there is a delay
refilling our drinx from the hi-tech dispenser. This turns out to be a
prolonged and widespread but spotty outage.

1390, KCRC is off, while its sibling stations from same studio but
different transmitter sites, lose modulation but carriers stay on:
95.7, 97.7, 106.3, 107.1. Competitors 960, KGWA and 103.1 KOFM luck
out, stay on. All of these have HQ on the north side of Enid a couple
miles apart. 96.9 and 1640, also related to KCRC but with remote
studios and transmitters, are unaffected.

Power is also out when we get home, no AC or anything, and since it`s
the hottest day of the year so far, 99 degrees, we soon head out for
cool places. Public library is still powerfully cooled, so spend about
an hour there, along with the usual homeless crowd. Monitoring some of
the stations for signs of electrical. But they might not reboot
immediately even when restored.

On library computer, checking OG&E System Outage map,
https://www.oge.com/wps/portal/oge/outages/systemwatch/
and astoundingly, shows nothing out in Enid, just Ada. Maybe it`s all
fixed already? But back home, still off. Finally notify OG&E circa
2030 UT, as should have at first rather than assuming they would have
been inundated with calls.

Might as well get some shopping in, if stores are powered. CVS is dark
with a sign on the door. Driving along US 412, clearly the outage is
very scattered. Some electronic signs are still blaring away, while
nearby traffic signals are off (but most still working). We find some
stores further west in Enid that are nominal.

Finally we hear KOFM briefly mention what happened, later found at the
Enid Eagle:

``ENID, Okla. — More than 9,000 OG&E Electric Services customers were
without power for more than four hours Friday afternoon, June 21,
2019, on the hottest day of the year so far, which happened to be the
first day of summer 2019.

A broken cross-arm on a transmission line in the city took down
electricity at about 1:30 p.m. for as many as 9,405 customers before
power began being restored around 5 p.m. for some and by 6 for most,
according to Facebook accounts and OG&E reports.``

Back home again, and running a very small fan with battery power:
94.3, KLGB-LP is also off but some other gospel huxter is there, Bott
Network no longer blotted out. At times seems same if not // 95.1
KQCV. But at 2232 UT, also south central Kansas weather. That would be
100 kW KCVW Kingman KS.

Enid: 99.9, KVBN-LP, same tower as KLGB-LP, is also off, but back at
next check 0509 UT June 22; while 94.3 is on but dead air; no one
around to reboot it? 92.1, KAMG-LP remained on with its constant dead
air.

101.5, the peripatetic KOCD Okeene is on c. 1920 with RDS as KOCD___

Nothing audible on 1390 with KCRC off, but its splatter also off
audiblizes weak signals on adjacents at 2235 UT check: 1380 from
Lawton direxion, and 1400 from Norman direxion, but with that nulled,
SAH and something weaker, probably KWON Bartlesville.

OG&E finally turns back on at 2248 UT, 4.25 hours after it went out.
Whew. Now OG&E website shows 4870 Enid customers powerless (Glenn
Hauser, Enid, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 15825 WWCR VG, 15770 WRMI good, 15610 WEWN very good, enough
to hear its squeal, and 15555-USB WJHR audible, June 21 at 1923, all
getting big boost from sporadic E as checked on portables during Enid
power outage (see OKLAHOMA); but no boost on 21525 WRMI, so MUF into
HF but not VHF. See also CUBA. After the others are off, 15610 still
strong at 2244 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 4426-USB, June 21 at 0516, robotic marine weather for
Atlantic, vs high noise level. Per EiBi it`s NMN, USCG Chesapeake VA,
timeshared with NMC, Point Reyes CA (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING
DIGEST)

** U S A [and non]. WORLD OF RADIO 1987 monitoring: confirmed first
USA SWBC, Friday June 21 at 2200 on WRMI 9955, fair on PL-880 portable
during Enid AC outage.

Also confirmed UT Saturday June 22 at 0130 on WRMI 7780, S9/S9+10 fair
vs summer non-nearby storm noise. Next:
0629 UT Saturday HLR 6190-CUSB Germany
1000 UT Saturday Unique Radio 3210-USB NSW [June 22, July 6]
1130 UT Saturday WRMI 9955
1431 UT Saturday HLR 9485-CUSB Germany
1930vUT Saturday WA0RCR 1860-AM
2030 UT Saturday WRMI 15770 [NEW]
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
0230 UT Monday WRMI 7780
0300vUT Monday WBCQ 5130v Area 51 9330?
0330 UT Monday WRMI 9955
0930 UT Monday Unique Radio 5045-USB NSW
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 [and/or 2130]
0100 UT Thursday WRMI 7780
0930 UT Friday Unique Radio 5045-USB NSW

Also check 9330 WBCQ for unscheduled airings during testing phase.

[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. 9330.00, June 21 at 0512, WBCQ-6, S9+20 with rock music.

9330.00, UT Sat June 22 tune-in WBCQ at 0011 and listen for rest of
hour to `Allan & Angela Weiner Worldwide` or some variant as
discussed. Appears to be a new live show, all about the SuperStation
with a constant stream of callers, and constant hum on the signal
which is apparently coming from the phone line. We glean more
information about all this, summarizing:

Now running full 500 kW, as it will be when launched as the client
insists on not one watt less than 500,000. General testing sked is 4
pm – 7 am (EDT = 20-11 UT), while the antenna crew works on it the
remaining 9 hours in the daytime. Maybe on air less this weekend while
checking out circuit breakers, etc.

Everything has to be ready for the World`s Last Chance ministries
launch, now set for Monday July 8, which will be broadcasting to
Middle East, Europe, USA and Canada [this implies the latest HFCC
registration in Arabic and English only, rather than the imaginary
worldwide multi-language schedule originally publicized].

Despite the super-power, there is very little RF blanking in the local
area, he says. Audio processor is a $14K Omnia 11, for good sound;
lo-fi audio is not good for listenability.

Transmitter is DRM capable but --- Allan is interrupted by caller
Freddy to explain what that is, before AW can finish, and does not get
back to it, but seemed he was about to say they would not be running
DRM?

At 0024, AW finally mentions that this is 21 June, YOOL 2019, so
indeed a new live show. (But not the next time it may go out.)

The Continental transmitter is made in USA, believe it or not, Dallas
TX. They use top-notch components. Very complex water cooling requires
constant attention; shift schedules are being set up. Power bill will
be in the high(?) 5-figures per month.

AW`s note to staff: put VORW on some of the test broadcasts. Also
going to simulcast Amateur Radio Roundtable Tuesday night (with 5130).
Reading e-mail and prayer, running over until finished at 0106, back
to music.

Another AWWW hour plays at 0200, and yet another oldone at 0400. In
between didn`t pay much attention but at 0339 noted that zappahead
Larry Will was in charge, apparently live, soliciting e-mail reports
(Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 5085 & 5830, June 22 at 0435, WTWW is on neither. Bob
Butterfield in Maryland had noticed them missing at 0200, maybe due to
storms in the area (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST

** U S A. RF 31, KDCU-DT Derby KS (Wichita), Univisión affiliate is
the main station decoding with area tropo,
http://www.w4uvh.net/KDCUtropo.jpg
June 21 at 1420+ UT, altho my antenna is aimed almost the opposite
direxion. This leads to some fine scrambled DTV pixel art photos:
Hands up! Something is attacking my face!
http://www.w4uvh.net/KDCU.jpg
Others totally abstract or with vestiges of visages:
http://www.w4uvh.net/HauserDTVPixArt4.jpg
http://www.w4uvh.net/HauserDTVPixArt5.jpg
http://www.w4uvh.net/HauserDTVPixArt6.jpg
http://www.w4uvh.net/HauserDTVPixArt7.jpg

About three hours later, I found this frozen on the screen after the
DX had faded out:
http://www.w4uvh.net/HauserDTVPixArt8.jpg

Another decode, briefly around 1430 UT on RF 22, from KSNC-DT 2-1
Great Bend KS. BAD signals showing but not decoding, all or most
probably Kansas too: RF 30, 21, 14, 10, 9, 8; and at 1440 UT, 45 and
35 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** ZAMBIA. On the WOR io group, Ray Robinson replies to my 13680 log:

``'Load Shedding' power outages in Zambia due to low water levels at
the Kariba Dam hydroelectric facility went into effect on June 1st,
and these forced Voice of Hope - Africa to temporarily suspend our
morning broadcasts. Instead, we are now on the air 1300-1900 UT daily,
with an extra hour from 1200 to 1300 on the weekends. The afternoon
frequencies from 1200/1300-1555 UT are 9680 (omni) and 13680 (315°).
At 1600 daily, we change frequencies for the evenings to 4965 (omni)
and 6065 (315°). Local sunset in Lusaka is currently around 1545 UT.
Full program schedule, as always, is on our website, here:
http://voiceofhope.com/schedule/voh-africa_program_grid.pdf
(Posted on 6/21/2019 at 0555 UT.)
Ray Robinson
Strategic Communications Group
Voice of Hope World Radio Network
www.voiceofhope.com`` (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

This report despatched at 0527 UT June 22

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