Glenn Hauser logs August 23-24, 2019

Glenn Hauser
 

** CHINA [and non]. CNR1 jammer survey Aug 24 at 1430: JBA maybe
Chinese on 12820, 12880, nothing WOOB higher or lower; two well-known
Sound of Hope jammed channels. Probably would have found several more
had I got around to it an hour earlier.

Sound of Hope is the clandestine radio mouthpiece of the Falun Gong,
which also run The Epoch Times. That made news lately, altho never
mentioning the connexion, since SW is insignificant? Epoch Times also
propagates far-out debunked wacky conspiracy theories. Hey, maybe the
jamming is not such a bad idea, after all? NBC News NOW:

HOW THE EPOCH TIMES BECAME ONE OF TRUMP’S BIGGEST SUPPORTERS

The Epoch Times has been paying for some of the biggest pro-Trump ads
on Facebook. NBC News’ Brandy Zadrozny reports after NBC News
exclusively learned that Epoch is tied to a Chinese spiritual group
whose goal is to take down China’s government. Aug. 20, 2019. . .

https://www.nbcnews.com/now/video/how-the-epoch-times-became-one-of-trump-s-biggest-supporters-66596933716

TRUMP, QANON AND AN IMPENDING JUDGMENT DAY: BEHIND THE FACEBOOK-FUELED
RISE OF THE EPOCH TIMES

Started almost two decades ago with a stated mission to “provide
information to Chinese communities to help immigrants assimilate into
American society,” The Epoch Times now wields one of the biggest
social media followings of any news outlet. . .

https://www.nbcnews.com/tech/tech-news/trump-qanon-impending-judgment-day-behind-facebook-fueled-rise-epoch-n1044121

Is it any wonder why I refuse to participate in disgraced FB? (Glenn
Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** HAWAII [and non]. 10000, Aug 23 at 1150, WWVH only, with same
``MARS interoperability exercise`` announcement as on WWV at :10, but
this by of course a YL voice, ending by referring to a listener survey
at a URL spelt fonetikaly as I previously reported. Have you filled it
out yet? Current announcements were to stop after Aug 24. And yes, the
unwarranted RTTY QRM is still there from 10002+ (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX
LISTENING DIGEST)

** KUWAIT. 17550.0 & 17550.6, Aug 23 at 2013, two JBA carriers. One of
them no doubt the ridiculous Radio Kuwait C&W North American service
in Arabic at 20-24; the other perhaps a local birdie. MOI Kuwait may
well be the one typically way-off-frequency (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX
LISTENING DIGEST)

** MEXICO. 650, Aug 23 at 1200, Radio 65 ID mentioning elevation of
its antenna, presumably referring to FM where that matters. WTFDA FM
Database shows XHTNT-FM on 100.5 from Los Mochis, Sinaloa, 10/10 kW at
a height AAT of 185.76 metres --- which is nothing special, but
admittedly higher than anything else in Los Mochis, and in fact
exactly the same as for 104.3 XHREV-FM; hmm, and exactly same
coördinates, which tell us something. XHTNT used to be on 106.5,
commensurate with its AM slogan which they are still using and
transmitting.

Unfortunately awake this early, I had been tuning SRS Mexicans for a
semihour and hearing most of the usuals below 800 kHz, altho the more
easterly ones were fading out circa 1140. Enid LSR 1156 UT, and XETNT
now about to outfade (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** OKLAHOMA. Another look at that new electronic billboard at the NE
corner of Garriott and Garland in Enid owned by Williams Broadcasting,
the afternoon of Aug 23: amid many local advertisers it flashes that
Rush will be on FM in Enid ``in a matter of days``, same as Sean, but
the latter will also be in $tereo --- hot crap!!

These teasers have not bothered to mention the frequency or station,
but we knew it would be activating the CP for ``fully loony`` K265FL
translator of 960 KGWA on 100.9. In fact, it was within a matter of
*hours*, since next check circa 0000 UT Aug 24 found new local bigsig
with Fox ``news``. Recheck at 1358 UT, 100.9 still on with the
absurdly-accented Sebastian Gorka concluding an hour of his `America
First` show on the Salem Radio Network (featuring witch-hunts). So I`m
listening carefully for the new ID: NO, 1400 UT ToH ID on 100.9 ONLY
for KGWA AM, into Fox ``news``. Off to a great start!

BTW, the power consumption of full-size electronic billboards must be
huge with all those LEDs bright enough in full sunlight.

Far-right extremist talk stations often default to less- or even
non-political talk shows to fill time on weekends; such as here on
Saturday circa 1735 UT it`s about travel. And guess what, *no* stereo
pilot. Do they turn it on only for Sean, or is that fake news? Most
stations would not want to bother with turning stereo on and off.

Back before K265FL activated, Aug 23 at 1839 UT on the caradio I kept
on 100.9 for one last chance to hear anything else there; various
marginal signals fading back and forth, but at 1849 UT, ad for
Keystone Chevy in Sand Springs, ergo KTSO, Sapulpa, both Tulsa
suburbs, 19/19 kW at 114 m HAAT, per WTFDA DB, ``80'S HITS --- TOTALLY
AWESOME 80'S``. There are other lower Okies on 100.9 in Edmond,
Chickashay, Shawnee and Miamuh. There are three in Kansas, a 96.9 watt
LP in Wichita, 35.5 kW in Clay Center, and 100 kW in Lakin (which IIRC
was far enough away from Wichita to have another NTSC channel 3).

It`s a shame that a CP for a new LP in Enid on 100.9 never eventuated;
it would have had some public-service remit with one of its backers
Enid and Garfield County Emergency Management Director, Mike
Honigsberg. So KGWA glommed onto the frequency which will surely
attain inferior coverage to its 1 kW on 960. But we all know AM radio
is *so* passé.

Is the translator on one of their AM towers at the NW corner of Enid?
NO, FCC info shows it at the NE corner of Grand and Randolph in
downtown Enid, certainly better for city-wide coverage. K265FL antenna
is atop the former First National Bank building of seven stories, now
``One Grand Center`` of Wymer-Brownlee, photoed the next day:
http://www.w4uvh.net/K265FL.jpg
as a 2-element thing. This is a block NNW of the white-elephant vacant
and locked-up ten-story Broadway Tower which now accomplishes nothing
except serving as a somewhat higher antenna base for some other
lower-powered FMs, not including ex-104.7 KUAL/KEIF-LP The Rocket,
which got caught with too much antenna height as a result (and too
commercial). From another angle, the much higher antenna mast on BWT
behind it, eclipses the closer and lower K265FL one.

In its heyday, the BW Tower contained the office of my uncle, a lawyer
and later respected judge. A few years ago, somecompany tried to
refurbish offices into hotel suites, apparently busted. Meanwhile, a brand
new downtown hotel is going up less than two blox away (Glenn Hauser,
Enid OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** TURKEY. 9635.021, Aug 23 at 2017, ME music not Qur`an, what?
Carrier wobbles slightly as I off-measure it; cuts off at 2028, what?
Aoki shows VOT in French from 1930. Something`s always wrong at
Emirler. Unusual to hear much of anything from Eurasia at this time on
this band, beyond maybe Greece and Spain. VP signal (Glenn Hauser,
OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 13306-USB, Aug 24 at 1431, ground-to-air contact by New York
Radio good vs JBA signal from aircraft. YL op assigns 11396 as
secondary, then she can barely hear Iberia 0012 flight.

13348-USB, Aug 24 at 1433, another flight contact by OM op with
selcals, also New York? This frequency not listed by EiBi for
anywhere, so I search the UDXF iog: incredibly, no logs since November
2014, by the once-prolific Al Stern at Satellite Beach FL, as New York
LDOC, whatever that mean; reactivated?

Meanwhile, Andy Robins, Kalamazoo, replies to my previous 13306 log:

``Glenn: Selcal codes are assigned to particular aircraft. The same
code can be assigned to different aircraft, although I believe the
ICAO suggests that planes sharing a code not operate in the same area.
For example, an airliner flying routinely in the North Atlantic MWARA
and another with the same selcal in the Indian Ocean aren't likely to
be getting calls intended for the other aircraft. When I was heavily
into HF aeronautical listening in the late 1990's, there were fat
books of selcal codes that DXers used to figure out the "tail number"
(registration) of the aircraft they heard. 73``

Thanks, Andy; I am always glad to get elucidations from others about
my logs! Unfortunately, some editors delete them, feeling they are not
authorized to quote someone I quote (Glenn Hauser, DX LISTENING
DIGEST)

** U S A [and non]. WORLD OF RADIO 1996 monitoring: confirmed first
SWBC, Friday August 23 at 2200 on WRMI 9955, S9-S6 and no upcut.

Also confirmed UT Sat Aug 24 at 0130 on WRMI 7780, S9 vs HLNL.

Wolfgang Bueschel, Germany reports: ``GERMANY, 6189.996-usb mode, Sats
0629-0659 UT, WOR by Glenn Hauser-UK-USA, fluttery, average S=8 or -81
dBm signal strong, at 0656 in southern Germany and remote SDR in
Switzerland. Some summer thunderstorm scratching amongst the recording
happened in Slovenia, all-Balkan, former Yugoslavia, Albania and on
central Italy Appenine mountains``

Ivo Ivanov, Bulgaria, agrees: ``Today same good signal here ---
World of Radio #1996 via Hamburger Lokalradio, August 24

https://swldxbulgaria.blogspot.com/2019/08/world-of-radio1996-via-hamburger.html
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lhZmNjxGDOk&feature=youtu.be
0630-0700 6190 GOH 001 kW / 230 deg to CeEu English Sat, fair/good``

Alan Gale, England, reports: ``Hi Glenn, Was it just me or was the
Romanian signal even wider than usual today? I couldn't hear WoR on
9485 from here or even on the usually reliable Finnish SDRs. Media
Network Plus had been audible at around 1400 UT before fading out at
around 1410, and I could zero beat a carrier on 9485, so you may
have been there but just masked by the heavy splatter. It's a pity the
programme isn't on 30 minutes later as 9490 always goes quiet at 1500.
Alan``

Tnx; I completely missed checking that today. HLR seems oblivious to
interference problems. Next:

1930vUT Saturday WA0RCR 1860-AM ND
2100 UT Saturday WRMI 9955 to SSE
0130 UT Sunday WRMI 5850 to NW
0300vUT Sunday WA0RCR 1860-AM [nominal 0315] ND
1030 UT Sunday HLR 7265-CUSB Germany to SSW
2130 UT Sunday WRMI 7780 to NE
0130 UT Monday WRMI 9395 to NNW, 7780 to NE
0230 UT Monday WRMI 7780 to NE
0300vUT Monday WBCQ 5130v Area 51 6160v? to WSW
0330 UT Monday WRMI 9955 to SSE
1816 UT Monday IRRS 7290 Romania ND
0100 UT Tuesday WRMI 7780 to NE
2100 UT Wednesday WRMI 9955 to SSE
2100 UT Wednesday WBCQ 7490v to WSW
0100 UT Thursday WRMI 7780 to NE

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

** U S A. 9330, unlike last Friday, WBCQ Superstation is not running
in the afternoon altho AW had twitted that he would be on 9330 plus
the other four this evening. On my noisy-by-the-computer/TVs ATS-909,
no sign of a signal even after 0000 UT Aug 24, unlike the SS which had
no problem overcoming. On webcast, AW launches right into political
vehemence, so I`m not listening except for occasional spotchex during
the hour.

However, just before, from 2354 Aug 23, I checked out all the SW
frequencies: 9330 detectable at only S7-S9, off-frequency a dead
giveaway it`s the Classic transmitter not the SS. Measured on about
9330.04V. Much stronger at S9+20 is 7490.17; someone even wondered if
the SS were on there --- but not if it`s inexact. 6159.97, S7-S9 but
ACI from 6165 much stronger RHC even tho it`s undermodulated as usual.
5130.38 is S9+10 but struggles against noise level; 3264.9 a JBA
carrier as usual at best here. Rehear last few minutes as usual
running past 0100 until finishes at 0103:35.

John Carver reports: ``Tonight's show started on time. Listening on
7490 this evening. Tried 9330 and they're not using the new
transmitter but the older transmitter set up for 9330 and could barely
copy it here. Allan bemoaning that the world is full of idiots. Rant
about the perception of climate change. First phone call at 0012 from
Bill Smith who is now out of prison and in a halfway house.

After phone call Allan states that the work on the new transmitter and
antenna is coming along nicely but no dates given for completion. The
discussion on climate change continued after that. Talk of many ways
of creating energy that will be used at a future time. Discussion
became a little more political as Allan expressed his disgust with the
number of people wanting to be supported by the government and not
having to work. Reading of emails at 0051. Program was off the air at
0103. 7490 moved into Brother Stair. John Mid-North Indiana`` (Glenn
Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 9475-, Aug 23 at 2015, WTWW-1 is on! First time caught in a
few days, S9/+10 but very undermodulated. It`s gone again at next
check 2131, nor on night frequency 5830- (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX
LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 1560, Aug 24 at 0556 UT, KGOW Houston Vietnamese nulled as
much as possible, so I again hear English station roughly east/west.
Making SAH of about 144/minute = 2.4 Hz. Local weather by YL but can`t
catch any clues (some weather forecasts assume everybody listening
knows it`s local!); 0558 UT ``Odd Couple`` seems show name, one of
them being Rod Pearson? or something like that. No local ID caught but
``Fox Sports Radio`` and at 0600 UT into scores of stupid ballgames.

Meanwhile I got this suggestion: ``(just a wild guess here) your 1560
beating with KGOW might have been Paducah in rogue-daytime mode.
Again, that's just a wild guess based upon absolutely nothing. And, re
the semi-colon; I completely agree. Always 73z. -- GREG HARDISON``

By Greg, I think he`s got it. WPAD, KY from the east, is indeed a Fox
Sports affil, supposedly U1, 1000/35 watts. One might have guessed my
nearest 1560, KEBC Del City OK, also sports, but listed in last year`s
NRC AM Log as NBC, U2 1000/250. But it`s virtually co-linear with KGOW
and I hear nothing of it when aiming that way, just KGOW (Glenn
Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. 2900, Aug 23 at 0554 UT, JBA carrier. Checking out Kevin
Redding`s Crump TN suggestion on the ABDX yg, Aug 23 at 0210 UT,
``WREL 1450 2nd harmonic --- Turn to 2900 to hear WREL 2nd Harmonic on
2.900 MHz``. We`re supposed to know the locations of every
graveyarder? I find a previous log of its fundamental from *2017*:
``1450 August 11 at 1530, WREL Lexington VA, ID "Sports radio for
Rockbridge County 1450 WREL" (Larry Will-WV)``.

Of the hundreds of stations on 1450, several others could be
harmonicizing; what`s remarkable is that how few US MW stations
axually radiate on doubles and triples beyond local range. Also I am
surprised even to detect some JBA carrier, with summer storm noise
more of an obstacle than my high local line noise at this part of
spectrum, which sometimes is bad as high as 11.8 MHz (Glenn Hauser,
OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. 2940.082, Aug 23 at 0555, JBA carrier vs storm noise,
naturally suspecting HJNT, Radio Huellas (footprint), Cali, the 2 x
1470+ harmonicizer previously identified always off frequency+plus
altho last time April 23, it was on 2940.132; Colombia`s only (almost)
SW station (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

This report despatched at 2028 UT August 24

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