May 2008 ABDX Journal
Vol 3. Issue 5
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The May CME Announcement
Here we go with May's CME.
AM, FM, TV one station on each frequency or
SW one station on the 120, 90,75, 60, 49, 41, 312,
25, 21, 19, 16, 13
and 11 meter bands.
LW 5 nondirectional beacons or broadcast stations.
Anyone who does all this can go to the gas station
store and pay a dollar for his Powerball ticket or
a years free dues
We will certainly accept logs on any frequency and
satellite logs as
Kevin Redding, Phil Rafuse, Powell Way, Mike Richard, Jay Heyl and Martin Foltz the ABDX crew.
The Broadcast Band
8:21, I heard a song ending followed by female on air personality chattering
away for minute, then a break followed by a male saying, "This hours
weather is a public service of WMLT".
station is 5000 Watts Day non Directional and 500 Watts Night, 2 towers SE
of Macon and Northwest of Vidalia.
beleive they are an affiliate of Sheridan Music Netowrk's "The Light"
format which also used to be on 1570 in Morrow, GA
before 8pm, I heard the close of The Performance Racing Network's 1 hour live
talk show "Fast Talk" with the announcer reading the credits and copy
right information followed by WLXN's Legal ID and a mention of a CNN news update
3:33am, I just heard an ad for "The Tireman" buried in the mud and
then a mention of "NewsTalk 1370 WSPD" after the commercial, going
into a program.
also got a sports station that seems to be dominant on 1370Khz. It will fade
down in the mud but still be barely intelligable... and other times it's about a
6 out of 10 signal wise. I heard several mentions of Colin Cowheard and Espn
radio. I'm presuming this to be Bahakel Communications WDEF-AM 1370 Chattanooga,
not actually heard an *LOCAL* ID from the ESPN Station, but WLOP Jesup, GA's own
website lists them as a FOx Sports Radio Affiliate and wikipedia.org lists WDEF-AM as ESPN Radio.
5KW Day, Non Directional and 5 KW Nights, with a 3 tower North/Southeastern
Pattern. WDEF is 5KW Day Non Directional and 5KW with a 4 tower Southeast
They [WXRA] are BLASTING in to Abbeville and Silverstreet/Newberry, South Carolina. Most definately on their 10KW/3 tower SE facing DAY pattern instead of their 48W/3 tower SE facing night pattern. Slogan is "Groovin 1580, Old School Hits" They play Oldies, Motown and Urban Hits. A phone num,ber announced as a listener line is (859) 280-1580. The signal is SO strong that even if I leave WABV's Gates BC1-H exciter on, I can STILL here them! (Note: WABV is on 1590! Thats how strong they are!)
ID for La Favorita heard on 1460khz. This would be WXEM Buford, GA which is SE
of Gainesville, GA
8:03pm, I heard a weather forecast on 1350Khz from WNNG Warner Robbins, GA fighting
with semi local WLMA 1350.
At 8:34pm, I heard a
promo liner, "Your station for news......(unintelligable garble in the
mud).... Alabama's Big Talker.....1070 W......". This would be WAPI
BirminghamI also heard an ID for WFLI Lookout Mountain/Chattanooga under WAPI.
Powell E. Way III –
Poof and it's gone loggings: 1200
Poof and it's gone loggings
With the new SRF-39 prison radio, on the late
evening dog walk:
1200 WJES SC Saluda music and poooof!!! Gone at
1200 WXIT NC Blowing Rock, running Boortz then sign
off at 8:30 PM then pooooff gone.... revealing:
1200 WAMB TN Standards with promo for
AM translator @8:31 PM
1330 WMLT GA Dublin....
Good in Silverstreet AND Abbeville, SC ... break with weather ..... heard on a
DX-398 2021 05/19/08
Jay Heyl – Orlando, FL
night I quite clearly was getting significant IBOC hash on the
side of 700. WLW-700 in Cincinnati was booming in, so I suspect it
source. WLW is a mere 750 miles away. The IBOC hash totally
690 and seriously degraded reception on 680. I did not
any effects of it on the high side of 700, perhaps because
a 50kW on 710 out of Miami.
out in the yard at 1:00 PM EDT (high noon sun time) 4/30/08 on grundig mini 300
Warwick RI. The ground was nice and soaked from rain the previous day. Note GW
sounded like somebody testing IBOC hash later disappeared
WDZZ pawtucket RI
WMCA NY NY
boson - worcestor
WFAN NY NY very good signal
WOR NY NY good signal
mass very poor signal
mass good signal
unable to hear WABC in spite of other NY blow torches with good signal
local running TRUE OLDIES network nice to hear music on AM !!!!
worestor vry good signal
WCBS NY NY very good signal
Boston fair signal
More WHJJ IBOC
WINS NY NY Very good signal (best ever heard at high noon)
WEPN NY NY Very good signal
WTIC Hartford CT poor signal
WILD boston mass good signal with a little 1110 slop . in spite of slop best
ever heard at noon hour.
WBBR NY NY being bombarded with slop from 1110
more 1110 slop
UNIDED poor signal
UNIDED poor signal
Mass fairly good signal
hope vally RI fair signal
WLIB NY NY good signal
Boston ??? good signal
Woosocket RI weak signal
Boston radio disney very good signal best ever heard
1290 IBOC / W somebody under it. Poor signal in hash .
UNIDED fair signal
Mass semi local
Mass fall river
1480 splatter w/ someon under
presumed CT with religion. weak signa
Presumed worcestor w poor signal
Mass god signal
Mass ???? good signal
Presumed WQEW NY NY poor signal
Mass W 1590 slop
on newly arrived Eton E100 ultralight from warwick R.I..
WTSN Dover NH 8:50 PM EDT ad block mentioning NH phone
followed by calls given and said something close to 1270 AM serving the
seacoast. Strong signal 5/3/08
running fox sports on 1200 AM. started DX session at 4:05 AM Sunday morning.
Station dominated channel most of time between 4:05 AM and 5:00 AM when murphys
law kicked in for a fade out at ID time. During the fade down i heard a very
fuzzy ID that sounded like OI at the end. A google search showed WOAI texas
carried fox sports. i then checked the WOAI website for a program shedule i
could not verie what they ere running. media player would not stream live.
Anybody ??? from warwick RI.
ride a few miles down the road to he beach (monday 5/26 around 10:30 AM till
about noon) hoping to catch some action on FM since it hit
such luck. Did note 550 WDDZ hashing 540 and 560. returned
and veried running IBOC.
MW IBOC status for R.I. area:
WBZ day and night
(PBS) day and night
graveyards were pretty packed with reginl groundwave signals.
NOT broadcast noted the 27 MHZ CB band was hot. seemed to have strong skip from
R.I. to the south carolina area.
new TIS station log. The last new one was 3 years ago.
UCLA Emergency Advisory System, 5/26/08 5:42 AM PDT, in weak with announcements
by a man. At 5:53 XEUT turned on their carrier and I
still hear the TIS underneath. I'm happy with this one but there
lots of noise and my recording is poor. I'll try again tomorrow
Only my 8th TIS since 2003. Anyone know the calls? I searched
site but couldn't find it. I did find info on the station
an address and email for the guy running it.
Here's my results up to this point for
the May CME with a listing of the AM frequencies and a station logged on
each so far. Conditions have been rather dismal with the solar flux in the 60 -
70 range as some frequencies which normally produce more
distant stations often heard here have been silent for the most part here
this month. I'll send in another email with any remaining frequencies that
I hear between now and end of the month
540 khz - CBT - Grand Falls, NL 5/14 3:44 UTC
w/ CBC programming about a scool accident ; good
560 khz - CHVO - Spaniard's Bay,NL 5/12 17:29 UTC
w/Eagles song, "Great Country 103.9 Kicks FM" ;good
570 khz - CFCB - Cornerbrook, NL 5/20 4:15 UTC w/
"We Give you the Music That Keeps You Coming Back CFCB "ID
590 khz - VOCM - St. John's, NL 5/12 17:33 UTC w/
News/Ad for Daniel O'Donnell concert/weather with ID; vgood
620 khz - CKCM - Grand Falls, NL 5/19 3:30
UTC w/ relay of VOCM news ; good
640 khz - CBN - St. John's, NL 5/12 17:36 UTC w/
letter reading; Cue program reminder;CBC Radio 1 ID; vgood
650 khz - CKGA - Gander, NL 5/20 3:26 UTC w/
Country music , relay of VOCM ; fair
710 khz - CKVO - Clarenville, NL 5/19 3:47 UTC w/
Canadian Cancer Society PSA, relay of VOCM ; fair
720 khz - KNR - Simuitaq, Greenland 5/17 3:53
UTC w/ two men in Greenlandic, songs in unique language; good
730 khz - CKAC - Montreal, Quebec 5/17 3:55
UTC w/ french talk about the internet ; good
740 khz - CHCM - Marystown, NL 5/17 3:57 UTC
w/ Keith Whitley song, country music ; good
750 - CBGY - Bonavista, NL 5/14 3:45 UTC w/ CBC
Programming about a school accident ; good
780 khz - CFDR - Dartmouth, Nova Scotia 5/12
1:14 UTC w/ Tom T Hall song, "Great Country,Real Country 780 Kicks"ID
800 khz - VOWR - St. John's, NL 5/18 15:49
UTC w/ light music & religious programming ;reading verses ; very good
880 khz - WCBS - New York, NY 5/19 1:34
UTC w/ Lowes AD, Baseball in progress , fair
920 khz - CJCH - Halifax, Nova Scotia 5/20
5:12 UTC w/ Everly Brothers song , "In Halifax, The Greatest Oldies of All
Time, 920 CJCH " ID , fair
930 khz - CJYQ - St. John's, Newfoundland 5/12
19:53 UTC w/ Piecemakers website ,"You're listening to Radio
Newfoundland", newfoundland music ; vgood
970 khz - WZAN - Portland, Maine 5/19 4:03
UTC w/ Health Insurance AD/ Drug prescription PSA and 970 WZAN ID ; fair
990 khz - CBY - Cornerbrook, NL 5/14 3:44 UTC w/ CBC
programming about a school accident ; good
1010 khz - CFRB - Toronto, Ontario 5/19 4:01 UTC w/
News and CFRB ID's ; good
1030 khz - WBZ -Boston, Mass 5/12 1:24 UTC w/ CG
Wight Management promo, ID ; fair
1050 khz - WEPN - New York, NY 5/20 3:24 UTC w/
Beef PSA, 1050 ESPN New York ID, NBA Game recap ; good
1080 khz - WTIC - Hartford, Conn 5/14 3:50 UTC w/
talk show and ID, mention of WTIC.com ; fair
1100 khz - WTAM - Cleveland, Ohio 5/20
3:20 UTC w/ talk show and ID; fair
1130 khz - WBBR - New York, NY 5/14 3:51 UTC w/
talk about stocks ; good
1140 khz - CBI - Sydney, NS 5/14 3:44 UTC w/ CBC
programming about a school accident ; good
1150 khz - CHGM - Gaspe, Quebec 5/19 1:41 UTC
w/ french talk and country music ; good
1190 khz - WLIB - New York, NY 5/19
3:51 UTC w/ Circle Sisters PSA,Power Tax Relief Ad, 11-90 WLIB ID, good
1210 khz - VOAR -Mt. Pearl, NL 5/12 19:59 UTC w/
"Family Christian Radio VOAR" ID, My Money Life program;
1230 khz - CFLN - Goose Bay , NL 5/20
3:28 UTC w/ country music and relay of VOCM ; fair
1240 khz - CKIM - Baie Verte, NL 5/14 2:35 UTC w/
VOCM Realy, Alabama song,VOCM Network ID ; fair
1260 khz - CKHJ - Fredericton, New Brunswick 5/19
1270 khz - CJCB - Sydney, Nova Scotia 5/14 2:28 UTC
w/ CJCB ID More Great country, ticket giveaway promo,Cape Breton weather ; good
1280 khz - WFAU - Gardner, Maine 5/19 1:39 UTC w/
Sports Talk radio and basketball, feed from WEEI Boston ; fair
1310 khz - WLOB - Portland, Maine 5/14 3:54
UTC w/ E-Harmony AD, medical PSA, WLOB Jingle and ID, talk show ; fair
1320 khz - WDER - Derry, New Hampshire 5/20
4:19 UTC w/ imspirational song, E harmony Ad , Stop smoking promo, ID ;
1350 khz - CKAD - Middleton, Nova Scotia 5/14 0:32
UTC w/ "This is AVR'" ID ; country music, Shania Twain song ; fair
1370 khz - WDEA - Ellsworth, Maine 5/14 2:31 UTC w/
hearing aid promo; program promo "AM-1370 WDEA " ID ; good
1390 khz - WEGP - Presque Isle, Maine 5/20 3:35 UTC
w/ news ,weather and sports;morning talk show promo; good
1400 khz - CBG - Gander, NL 5/14 0:44 UTC w/ CBC
Programming;talk on fuel sources ; good
1410 khz - WPOP - Hartford, Conn 5/24 2:22
UTC w/ sports talk, baseball scores and summaries ; fair
1420 khz - CKDY - Digby, Nova Scotia 5/19
3:59 UTC w/ CKDY ID and country music ; fair with fading
1430 khz - WENE - Endicott, NY 5/19 3:37 UTC
w/ Yankees Radio Network ID,basketball scores,good
1440 khz - WJAE - Portland, Maine 5/19 3:41 UTC w/
Sports report on basketball and hockey, ID , fair
1450 khz - CFAB - Windsor, Nova Scotia 5/19
3:24 UTC w/ weather, "Today's Best country 1450 CFAB" ID, fair
1460 khz - CJOY - Guelph, Ontario 5/9 6:04 UTC
w/" The Royal City's Greatest Hits, CJOY"ID Billy Joe Royal song ;
1470 khz - WLAM - Portland, Maine 5/19 1:30 UTC w/
ESPN Radio Sports ID ; listener phone call from Arizona; good
1480 khz - WSAR - Falls River, Mass 5/19 3:05 UTC
w/weather forecast,mental illness PSA, 1480 WSAR ID , Fox Sport Radio ID , good
1490 khz - WBAE - Portland, Maine 5/19 3:42 UTC
w/"1400 and 1490 The Bay" ID, song by Kingston Trio, fair
1500 khz - WTWP - Washington DC 5/14 2:42 UTC w/
Taxmasters AD ,Fire insurance promo ; "This is Talk Radio WTWP " ID;
1510 khz - WWZN - Boston, Mass 5/19 1:24 UTC w/
American Financial Solutions Ad, Sports talk 15-10 The Zone ID, Genesis Finacial
1520 khz - WWKB - Buffalo, New York 5/19 3:55 UTC
w/ "A New Voice, A New Choice"ID, mention of KB , talk , good
1530 khz - Vatican Radio, Vatican City 5/20
3:18 UTC w/ italian program ; fair
1540 khz - CHIN - Toronto, Ontario 5/19 3:56
UTC w/ ethnic programming in Arabic, fading but fair
1550 khz - CBE - Windsor, Ontario 5/23
3:50 UTC w/ CBC Overnight programming ; fair
1560 khz - WQEW - New York, NY 5/14 3:57 UTC
w/ Radio Disney WQEW ID, Toys R Us promo, mention of radiodisney.com ; fair
1570 khz - WNSH, Beverly, Mass 5/13 3:30 UTC w/ Talk
Show/Vacation promo,USA Radio News *** NEW ONE *** # 1192
1580 khz - CKDO - Oshawa, Ontario 5/14 3:35
UTC w/ Burton Cummings song; "Oldies 107.7 FM 1580 CKDO " ID
1590 khz - WARV - Warwick, Rhode Island 5/19 3:45
UTC w/ Religious programming ; Jews for Jesus ; good
part two with some more logs for the CME in the month of May (AM Band)
improved a bit but not stellar by any means.
- WFAN - New York, NY 5/27 Sports Talk ,ID; fair
- WCRN - Worcester, Mass 5/27 3:15 UTC w/ WCRN ID, NBA Basketball ; fair
- WEEI - Boston, Mass 5/27 3:28 UTC w/ UPS Ad , Boston Celtics game ; fair
khz - WMVP - Chicago, Illinois 5/27 3:35 UTC w/ Mention of ESPN Radio, game
broadcast ; weak
khz - WBT - Charlotte, NC 5/27 3:29 UTC w/ News/ Time Check WBT ID ; weak
khz - WWVA - Wheeling, W Virginia 5/27 3:20 UTC w/ religious program
last half hour or so, I have been enjoying the funky, hip
of 1575 Radio Farda, not by something 'easy' like SW, Internet,
or whatever. Nope. Good old AM broadcast MW from U.A.E.
to Iran. Not a bad signal here in PEI on a Drake R8 and
R-390A tag team fed by the LF Engineering M-601C 2 foot long
antenna remotely located out in the baby barn 22 feet from the
fades, it drops under the R8's noise floor, but even so it is still quite
audible on the R-390A. When it recovers, its strong enough that the R8's synch
detector can make it quite pleasant to listen to.
several IDs of Radio Farda, so I made up an arrow sticker for my MW DX world
I was listening to Radio Sawa 1170 KHz before WWVA took over that frequency.
Made up a second arrow sticker for the map.
are my farthest east IDed MW signals to date. My farthest west MW station for
which I have an ID is KRND Fox Farm WY, aka 'La Grande'.
I hope to get 1566 in India.
on a Drake R8 at 11:45 p.m. ADT May 2, 2008:
WTDY Madison WI with Alan Colmes talk show Confirmed by listening online.
DX News claims that 1670 CJEU Gatineau QC is on the air - radio
I thought I heard them in March, perhaps with irregular testing, but I could
have been mistaken, as the signal was very, very weak. Might have been WVVM, for
anyone know if CJEU is, in fact, on the air? I suspect Barry in Ottawa would
know for sure? I haven't heard anything myself recently that would make me
suspect that they are on the air, just WVVM in GA and now tonight WTDY.
for 1110 WBT, but no luck last night. Some nights they are strong, other nights
they are non-existant.
listen to some coverage on 1060 WBIX and 1130 WBBR, both "skywave
with the usual sidetrip to 1134 Croatia. Actually, I picked up several TAs on
the R-390A last night on the higher frequencies,including recoverable audio on
Saudi 1521, Germany 1422 etc. Nothing from the U.A.E. last night e.g. Radio Saba
and Radio Farda.
possibly the first time in the History of PEI???
reception in HD Radio
WFAN NYC NY in HD
the flashing blue LED on the Radiosophy went steady, there was a
or two delay, suddenly the hockey game went into stereo with
top end. I pressed the "enter" button on the HD-100 and I got
info, WFAN 660 HD, New York, pressed enter again and got a
stayed in HD for about 10 minutes, then dropped out and back to
I must say, it did sound good.
seconds ago, it did a little dance, X1J or something like that
up, and its back in HD.
getting a good signal from what I suspect is WTDY 1670 Madison WI.
have an ID yet, but I do have English language sports talk. I also have pop type
music in the background - likely WVVM.
nice signal on 765 KHz, almost certainly Option Musique from Switzerland, based
on the soft AC type format.
night, I picked up Greenland on 720 later than I would have suspected. Or, at
least I'm pretty sure it was Greenland, based on the language. This time it was
a nice strong signal - that helps!
this heard on a Kenwood R-2000 fed by the LF Engineering M-601C antenna. I
really like the R-2000 - outstanding audio, super easy to use, great
sensitivity. My new favourite bandcruiser.
KHz playing classical music - I suspect Germany
KHz spoken word programming in what sounds to me to be English,
with some music programming. The signal is very weak,
upon occassion enough to hear two or three words clearly.
morning at 10:00 a.m., 92 CJCH Halifax NS's oldies station became 101.3 The
Bounce a youth-oriented Top 40 station to compliment its pop/light rock sister
station, the legendary CIOO on 100.1. CIOO was the station that demonstrated,
back in the 1970s, that it was possible for FM to be profitable in the
Maritimes, in spite of the
preference for AM radio. How times have changed!
be setting the Vibe's car radio to 920 to see if they do the usual 3 month
simulcast on AM. If so, DXers should expect to hear new, youth oriented music on
920, little or no mention of 920, CJCH, and lots of mention of FM, The Bounce,
commercials for the first three weeks.
suppose its possible that that 920 is dark already, or that it will chug with
the oldies for a bit. I can't tell from my office S350.
KHz: XEOF Mexico City, 20KW on my SRF-59. This in the null of our local 100W
Nuevo Laredo also on 1000 KHz!
860 KHz: KKOW Pittsburg, KS, 5KW on my SRF-59. Mixing in and out was KONO San Antonio (900W).
the DX truck hooked up to my west Phased BOG System last night as cx were OK and
rather quiet for this time of year. Waking up presunrise is not part of my daily
activity here, but I awoke with the onset of light and went out to the truck and
was not disappointed. Tuned around a bit and soon ~ 1020utc (sunrise is 1035
here) after messing around 531, I think was not TP and some TIS was somewhat off
freq since didn't seem spot on 531, found bits of a 612 signal, (WTMJ/WMT IBOC
sandwich has meant the end of any chance for this which was near threshold audio
level a year ago) and up to 702 and a nice het ripping up the remains of WLW
which was fading to groudwave. Over to 738 and a decent het there and noting
CHWO fading but 702 was stronger and suffering less from WGN 720 superlocal IBOC
than was weaker 738 !
out WLW's mostly weak groundwave and finally at 1031 I was rather sure there was
threshold audio on 702 with male talk, but too weak to identify even the
language as EE, but distinct from the equal level
trace of WLW back over to 700. Audio stayed at threshold level for about a
minute and once we hit SR, as always, anything DU took a quick dive to at best
weak trivial hets. I tried back to 738, but WRPQ had come on at 1030 providing
enough QRM to block any chance.
while, I am almost certain of threshold audio from ABC 702 Sydney I can't count
it as it just wasn't good enough to meet even my rather lax standards for split
freq DX. This however, is the best I've done from IL for non X band Aussie
not enough oomph on 702 to hear real audio like I did for a few
from Wisconsin last Sept when I could certainly tell an Aussie
gal was interviewing some guy on peaks. That QTH is a DXer's dream, although
here in IL, line noise is now again usually nil, like this morning.
IBOC now clobbers several freq's (not all ment) where I have had TP's carriers
over the years from the midwest. (It off course, is a real issue
TA's as well, especially mid band)
curious about 576. A nice 50 kWer in Sydney, an east coastal city and
in a location to propagate eastward across the Pacific. Noting how
702 gets out, and that I have basically no severe QRM on 570 or 580
why have a never had more than a trace weak het ?
OKLAHOMA. Checking OKC IBOC stations, Sat afternoon May 10: For first time in a
long time, WWLS-640 was lacking IBOC, at 2210 check. No, it was not due to live
silly ballgame coverage, as it was in usual silly sportstalk. At first I wasn`t
sure whether off or masked by T-storm noise level. Unfortunately the latter
prevented any extended groundwave on 630 or 650 from being audible. The other
one, KTOK-1000, which a few days earlier also had IBOC turned off, had it back
on blocking 990 and 1010
OKLAHOMA. Silly me, thinking XERF 1570 might still reach here on
as late as 1252 UT May 20. Nostalgia music in English, ``Let`s
the Whole Thing Off``, linguistic pronunciation debate; 1254
More Icey You, the More I Want Choo``, 1257 DJ announcement in
``Mandy``. 1259 ID as KZLI, Catoosa-Tulsa`` and dominating
** OKLAHOMA. Talking House at 3225 Whippoorwill, in NW Enid, gets out pretty well on 1670 kHz, audible on caradio all along west Randolph as far as Oakwood Mall, range of some 2-3 miles, 1640 UT May 22. Probably the same one I have also heard some miles to the NW of Enid into the country
OKLAHOMA. KOKP, 1020, Perry OK, checked because a tornado was bearing down on
the town, May 24 at 2355 --- heard just the tail end of annoying NWS attention
tones as it went back to stupid sportstalk. At least they presumably got some
government warning on, but not important enough to person the station locally
OKLAHOMA [and non]. The Atwoods parking lot on the west side of Enid is a hot
for MW groundwave, low noise too, so I did a quick bandscan May 28 on the
A few significant observations.
KEBC, OKC normally alone on channel in daytime here in Enid, but could
something underneath sportstalk at 2022 UT. Most likely is KJMU Sand
near Tulsa. Maybe I could have pulled it thru a null if I had a directional
antenna. KJMU was off the air from last Oct to Feb, per reports from Bruce
Winkleman via DXLDs 7-136 and 8-020. I wonder if they did any upgrading in the
meantime. They are of course limited to 1000 watts non-direxional, but the
ground system, etc., could have been improved.
KJMU is the only possibility, assuming there is no skywave. Altho a
`graveyard` channel nationwide, 1340 has a big unoccupied hole
here, as is obvious from the NRC AM Pattern Book --- in KS, only two
along the extreme eastern border with MO. None in the TX panhandle,
you include Lubbock. None in SE Colorado.
should have tried harder in the daytime at quiet rural locations in western OK
and/or with defacto fence beverages, to better my NRC distance record for
Santa Rosa NM, which I think has been silent for a few years now, perhaps
AM Query for facility number 29504, there was an involuntary transfer of
after the original owner J. MICHAEL ESQUIBEL, was DECEASED, to JOSEPH M.
ESQUIBEL, PERSONAL REPRESENTATIVE, presumably his son or heir, which went thru
on Feb 13, 2006. KSSR is still LICENSED: as of 01/01/2008 and License Expires
10/01/2013. And as far as FCC are concerned, on the air, even if it
anyone is travelling along Route 66 (or rather I-40), or US 54/84 in the
Rosa area before I get out there again, please note whether 1340 is on the
KFAQ, Tulsa at 2026 UT was accompanied by IBOC buzz on each side. It is
listed as an HD station by iBiquity, at
anyone else noticed IBOC from KFAQ at night, or day?
KTOK, OKC, an IBOC station, but seems to be more and more sporadic. Not on
time, 2027 UT, allowing Spanish gospel from Texas on 990 to be audible,
Farmersville in The Metroplex, and also C&W music on 1010, KIND
KS. When KTOK IBOC is on, these are totally blown away by the buzz.
WKY, OKC, still IBOC-free, despite reports it would be next.
WWLS, OKC/Moore/Norman, strong IBOC on as usual totally blocking 630 and
and as always, also bothering KSKY 660.
KMKI, Plano TX, Disney for The Metroplex, has IBOC on, as can be heard
610 Kansas City, tho not distinguishable from much stronger WWLS IBOC
finally got my Quantum Loop unpacked and did my first serious MW listening today
from my new QTH of Corpus Christi, TX. I am not directly on the Gulf of Mexico,
but I am less than a mile from the Oso Bay
of Corpus Christi Bay.
from about 1:00-3:00 pm Central, I noted all of the Houston and San Antonio
stations at a good level. One surprise was how ordinary the signal from
WOAI-1200 was; it was only slightly better than KONO-860. The only Austin area
station I could hear was KLBJ-590 with XEFD, Reynosa, Tamaulipas, nulled (XEFD
has a killer signal here).
has a very loud signal here, as does KLVI-560 in Beaumont. In the other
waterpath direction, the furtherest south I heard was XEAR-660 in Tampico,
Tamaulipas. I briefly deluded myself into thinking I was
hearing Veracruz on 720 until I realized I was instead hearing KSAH in
San Antonio! Obviously, the potential for some serious waterpath DX,
specially on the Gulf itself, is high. I wonder what a good portable like
the ICF-2010 and a couple of hundred feet of wire somewhere like Padre Island
the undeveloped stretch free of electrical lines and other interference
restricted my digging-the-weak-signals-out DXing below 800 kHz today, and here
are the highlights of what else I heard from Mexico:
XEWA, San Luis Potosi (or maybe Monterrey?), Nuevo Leon, good level.
XEHP, Ciudad Victoria, Tamaulipas, weak but making it above the noise.
XEFD, Reynosa, Tamp., very strong signal here including some ads mentioning
XETAM, Ciudad Victoria, Tamp., a little strongerthan 580.
XESFT, San Fernando, Tamp., with "La Tree-play Tay" slogan.
XEFE, Nuevo Laredo, Tamp., good level.
XEDD, Monetemorelos, NL, a surprise barely above the noise but definitely them
with their "La Tremenda"slogan.
XERI, Reynosa, Tamp., nice level.
were other signals that seemed to be of Mexican origin, but I didn't catch IDs.
I'm going to put together an AM bandscan over the next couple of weeks. This new QTH seems to have a lot of DXing promise. And I'm sure there are some great tropo paths across the Gulf!
have much luck with my SRF-59, from the top deck of Yankee Stadium just behind
the right-field foul pole - too much noise and hash
all the locals (or maybe that was just John Sterling's call of the
for WBT and couldn't pull it out around WBBR a few miles away on
No hope for WOWO in the forward lobe of WLIB. No hope for WBBMwith WABC next
door; ditto WLS/WABC and WGN/WOR. So that pretty much left hyper-local WINS for
good news: Indians 5, Yanks 3. I'll take that over DX any fine
spring evening. I suspect our esteemed moderator would concur :-)
XEUACH 1610 MEXICO Chapingo, estado de MEXICO,
Mexican mariachi, ranchera and classical Spanish guitar. signal good-very good
at times. M ancr "escucha Radio Chapingo", full ID at 2024.
The Whole Earth
CUBA. RHC was celebrating May Day, as well as its own official 47th
by keeping 9600 on the air past its usual 1300 closing, still going at 1307, and
no 15370 instead. Nor any het from XEYU which must be gone again
ECUADOR. HCJB`s Kulina service to a Brazilian tribe, 11920, April 30 at 2254had
missionary referring to Matéu Capítulo XXIII. Seems to have a preference for
Matthew, and may be working his way thru this book, as last time I ran across
it, April 5 as in DXLD 8-042, the reference was to Matthew XVIII. Checking
Chapter 23, my favorite verses would be 15 and then 33.
the presses! HCJB has finally started announcing its own frequencies
in Spanish. This is after years of announcing the wrong frequencies, and months
of announcing no frequencies. Now, as promised, I must be satisfied. May 1 at
1259:30 on 11960, the automated ID gave website, and frequencies 11690, 21455
and 11960 in that strange order. Also audible on much weaker 11690 mixed with
RTTY. 11960 also had a transmission break of several seconds at 1259. That`s
when they change azimuth from 355 for Cuba, to 330 for Mexico
GERMANY [non]. DW provides one of the best listenable signals in English, other
than US gospel huxters, during the 2100 UT hour, and it isn`t even for us, but
instead via Rwanda to West Africa. Wednesday April 30 after 2130 I was listening
to Arts on the Air, concluding with an interview about conducting with Paavo Järvi
of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. Unfortunately I was tuned to the slightly
stronger frequency 15205, which always cuts off rudely and abruptly at 2157,
forcing me to quickly retune to // 11865 for the last 3 minutes of the program.
as bad about this as Radio Australia at 1357 on 9580. If they can`t keep all
their transmitters on air till the end of the broadcast, the program should have
been produced to end 3 minutes earlier. Or at least a courtesy announcement on
the early-closing frequency advising listeners to retune ASAP --- but they would
still miss something, just as I did. Shortly before 2200, there was a rapid
heavy SAH for a few seconds as the upcoming German transmission via Portugal
overlapped on 11865, starting soon enough this time to hear the full ``Null Uhr``
KOREA NORTH. Unlike April 30, on May 1, VOK was just barely audible on 11710 (if
that`s what it was) and consequently no sign of the spurs on 11644 and 11776,
checked at 1304
SPAIN [non]. May 1 at 1250 on 15170 via Costa Rica, another check of REE`s
supposedly Basque-language news: after the opening ID it was entirely in
Castilian once again, mainly about three bombs ETA allegedly exploded to
celebrate May Day. Catalan also missing at 1255
VENEZUELA [non]. RNVCI via RHC, 11705, May 1 at 1300 was running late, giving
years-out-of-date transmission schedule once again, proving that the announcers
and producers in the Caracas studio pay no attention to their own shortwave
broadcasts. This is not one of RHC`s better transmitters as there is some
distortion, and in the final contact-info, words were cutting out. Ran until
1302* with a Windows logo and off
ZIMBABWE [non]. SW Radio Africa, 12035, April 30 at quick check 1832, woman with
comments on how bad things are there, such as people being whipped with bicycle
chains, murdered. Was that Gerry Jackson herself? Fair reception with fading,
but had not been hearing at all for some time. Perhaps switch from Norway to
Rampisham UK site has inadvertently helped reception here. Turned the radio back
on at 2100, just in time to hear Yankee Doodle Dandy, VOA opening French on
12035 via São Tomé
ANTARCTICA. A very weak carrier detectable on 15476, not 15475, Friday May 2 at
2056, is the first sign of LRA-36 I have had since reactivation earlier this
month. Yet nothing audible on 15345, and I also checked 15825 for WWCR with WOR,
BRAZIL. R. Brasil Central ID heard in passing immediately upon tuning in to
11815, May 3 at 2345, then went on to thank god for something; 25432 at best
ECUADOR. HCJB, 12000, Spotlight program in Specialised English, Sat May 3 at
2347, having just started. Very good signal. This is during the so-called
Spanish service, and for some reason HCJB won`t show it as an English
transmission, lest English speakers actually expect more English broadcasts from
[non]. Hmong Lao Radio, via WHRI 11785, Sat May 3 after 1300, several chex
hoping for rustic instrument folk music, but only heard talk; 1332 finally
music, but it`s Hmong rap! Eeeew, I couldn`t listen to more than 7 minutes of
it. Signal was not the usual blowtorch, poor propagation
** U S
A. On 7570, May 3 at 0630, preacher in English with squealing
WHRI? No, this time it`s WEWN
** U S
A. WBCQ inaudible on 7415, May 3 at 0631 and May 4 at 0455. I suspect the
Brother Scare relay is gone again, but still shows at 0430-0700 UT Sat on
annotated schedule and at similar times other nights, always ending at 0700
** U S
A [and non]. WWRB, 9385 playing music, maybe not from TOM, Sat May 3 until
abruptly off without so much as a good-bye, at 2348* uncovering weak signal from
Albania on 9390, which was much better on // 7425
ARGENTINA. LRA, R. Nacional, 15345.1, UT Monday May 5 at 0138, fair at peaks but
with deep fades, apparently a dramatic dialog about singing tangos. This
frequency is on so late only on weekends, not to be confused with RAE on
weekdays, tho it`s the very same transmitter at General Pacheco
BRAZIL. 9665 with good carrier level, but just barely audible modulation,
language unknown, and buzz on the sidebands if tuned a bit above or below, May 5
at 0105. I have no doubt from previous experience that this is the CRI relay via
Brasília. Is Brasil collecting rent on this total joke? Serves the damned
Chicom jammers right. Per HFCC it`s at 01-02 at 215 degrees, and 03-04 at 250
degrees; however it was still on at 0204 recheck; wonder if it stays on during
the intervening hour, vying with North Korea for the worst signal on 9665
CANADA [and non]. CHU, 7335, May 5 at 0110 with South Asian music underneath
from Vatican at 98 degrees. This collision goes way back, but not strong enough
to prevent using CHU for its intended purpose, which is not extended program
listening. VR is currently scheduled on 7335 at 0010-0200 to India, and again
0230-0520 to Central Europe on a variety of northeastward azimuths. At least
WHRI has stayed off 7335 following all the protests last summer
EGYPT. Tho supposedly scheduled until 0300 on 6290, R. Cairo was missing at 0201
check May 5. I had been hearing its fairly strong, distorted signal in Arabic
during the previous hour. Ed Insinger also heard them go off around 0200 a few
nights ago. This may be why: Egypt went on DST of UT+3 April 25, tho it does not
affect non-Arabic broadcasts; DST lasts until August 29, per timeanddate.com The
question is, whether all of Cairo`s Arabic SW transmissions have shifted one UT
hour earlier, as the domestic programming within them no doubt has
HAWAII [and non]. With only three significant signals audible on 16m, why in the
world would two of them be adjacent? KWHR, which used to prefer the 17500+
range, recently started using 17800, despite R. Australia on 17795, as both were
heard May 5 at 0136. Fortunately, RA has a much stronger // frequency here,
HUNGARY. Latest WRTH update shows only 5 hours of SW broadcasts left from
Budapest, including 0100-0200 on 5965. Kai Ludwig in eastern Germany hears
traces of something under Cuba, and now I can confirm that it is indeed Hungary.
May 5 at 0124 could hear some music and talk under RHC, frequency just about
zero-beat, but too much Cuba to determine language. 0155 recheck had classical
music, 0157 ``Itt Budapest`` ID, 0158 IS, and off at 0159*
the world would Budapest choose a frequency occupied by Cuba, for broadcasts to
North America, token as they may be? This is 306 degrees, to the conterminous
USA, eastern and central Canada, contrary to WRTH Update which says
Europe. Could it be that the Hungarians thought the frequency was available,
since as an outlaw nation, Cuba refuses to participate in HFCC? But the
Hungarians are equally to blame for not knowing better, as Cuba`s occupancy of
5965 is hardly news in the SW monitoring community and all the non-HFCC
ZEALAND. RNZI, 13840 AM, May 5 at 0057 with ABC report from Guam, about US
politix, so not to be confused with R. Australia or the US ABC. DRM buzz also
audible on 15715-15720-15725. Scheduled time for exchange of modes on these two
is 0158-0159, but missed it. At 0210 recheck, 15720 had indeed become AM and
** U S
A. VOA in Spanish, UT Monday May 5 at 0127 closing some unnamed program with
piano music, on 5890 and 6110 both jammed, and on 9885, no jamming audible.
Continued at 0130 with Buenas Noches América, when the jamming disappeared.
That`s because scheduled at 0100-0130, except UT Tue, is Ventana a Cuba, and we
can`t have any windows opening in Cuba to the rest of the world! Hey, how come
gets to speak to US audiences in English with no such blockage, even
us of genocide, terrorism? I would like to see a detailed program grid from VOA
Spanish, but we only get generalities here:
CHINA [and non]. May 7 before 1300 I noticed Firedrake making it thru
around 15450, but did not pin it down; rechecked after 1300 it was gone.
this prompted me to do a full bandscan to find as many FDs as possible, between
1306 and 1320. Here I`ll put them in reverse order, not the order found, nor am
I going to try to research all their targets, but most of them are regulars,
against VOA, RFA, BBC, Taiwan or Sound of Hope:
11900 11785 11665 9845 9780 9680 9605 7445 7310 7105 6110 6095 6085 6030
a total of 15. At 1342 also heard on 15285. At 1433 also on 9930, 9450.
them were alone as far as I could tell, others mixing in various
with stations in Chinese. Checked several Firedrakes on two
and they were always // synchronized
GERMANY [non]. DW Russian via Rampisham UK, 15420, May 7 at 1429, good signal in
CNAm and still no place for WBCQ to be; this hour and more via UAE at 15-17 are
still scheduled by DW to continue, unlike their Arabic after 1700, moving to
15445 from May 10. WBCQ plans to try 15420 again from May 12, but not clear
during what hours
PHILIPPINES. Lao-like language, May 8 at 1308 on 9625 with a low het, no doubt
70 Hz from off-frequency CBC. Close: per listings this is White Hmong fromFEBC,
Manila. More transmissions from here: see TIBET [non]
SOUTH AFRICA. 15325, Wed May 7 at 1341-1341:30* alternating hi and lo tones
every 6 seconds, which is the SENTECH Meyerton test/fill feed, with the
transmitter apparently left on an extra 11 minutes after the conclusion of SSIRI
scheduled at 1300-1330 M/W/F
SPAIN [non]. REE Co-Official Language block was a bit off-timed, May 7, tho I
did not tune in 15170 Costa Rica soon enough to hear how and when it started.
1249-1253 Gallego, 1253-1258 Basque but really in Castilian. There is some
question whether the missing Catalan was supposed to be before these or after
these, and whether the block is really supposed to air at 1240-1255 or
more check of the Co-Official [read: token] Languages segment on REE, Thu May 8
on 15170 via CR. Tuned in at 1241 and found Catalan underway, so did start at
1240; at 1245 to Galician, and 1250 Basque but really in Castilian, 1255 music
fill. So that appears to be the real schedule; now if only they can get the
Basque language itself back into the mix
TIBET [non]. 11605, May 8 at 1258 with synthesized Asian music, 1300 ID in
English as R. Free Asia, and into Tibetan service. Listened until 1303 but no
sign of any jamming! SINPO 35443. Per Aoki this is Tinian at 309 degrees and it
is certainly jammed, just not audible here, as higher-latitude paths were not
propagating so well. BTW, at 1200-1229 it`s the Amdo dialect of Tibetan,
1229-1300 the Khams dialect, and 1300-1400 regular Tibetan. I wonder if the
English IDs go into such details?
station on 9890 with a solo vocalist accompanied by a rustic plucked
May 8 at 1305 per Aoki also turns out to be Khams Tibetan from FEBC Bocaue,
Philippines, 100 kW at 305 degrees, and not jammed.
the jammers had a better chance, but VOA Mandarin via Philippines on 9845 was
still well over Firedrake at 1306; also at 1354 with firstname.lastname@example.org
And VOA English from Philippines, 9760 at 1315 was VG, much better than heard in
a long time
** U S
A. With a little help from the sporadic E layer, Defunct Gene Scott was quite
strong on WWCR 13845, May 7 at 1339, and one could clearly hear in the
background The Power Hour from 7465, mixing at the transmitter site. (Is it
caused by antenna proximity, transmitter proximity, or even in the studio audio
consoles? Or some combination?)
if DGS would pause for breath, one could easily understand the other program.
However, when I went to 7465 itself, I could not hear any other audio mixing. As
for the Es, at that time 15825 was still weak, but by 1430 recheck, it was very
good as the MUF had risen. Still did not find any skip on VHF 54 MHz+ later this
ZAMBIA [and non]. May 8 at 1252, two stations mixing with SAH on 13590, not just
1Africa, CVC. According to EiBi there are two others stations at this time
besides CVC: DW in French to NAf via Portugal, and VOR in Mandarin to FE via
Novosibirsk. The two I was hearing most likely Portugal and Zambia
CUBA. Surprised to find an unID language on 11705 (not 17705), fair to good
signal, May 9 at 1939 --- soon became obvious it`s RHC with mentions of ``Viva
la Revolución``, into a song; and 1942 talk mentioning Cuba and Habana.
stopped abruptly at 1944 and carrier off less than a minute later. Some kind of
test; this is during the 5-hour break when RHC is supposedly not doing any
broadcasting of its own between 1500 and 2000, (Sunday 1530-), just some
it`s something brand-new, must have been Guarani or Quechua, which are not on
the schedule until 2230 and 0000 respectively, on 17705 (not 11705). 11705 is
not on RHC`s current schedule at all tho unlike RNV, we know it is used for the
Venezuela relay at 1200-1300+. We also know it`s useless to Ask Arnie to explain
such things, which at any other station would not be top-secret.
transmission schedule page supposedly expiring in March,
continues to lag behind what we axually hear. 11680, added in late March, shows
at 00-05 only in Spanish, but May 9 at 2137 there it was too in French with VG
at 2130 is listed on 11760 only, where there was no signal. Meanwhile 9505 was
in Creole, 11750, 11800 and 9550 in Spanish
EQUATORIAL GUINEA. R. Africa is back, on 15190.0, after a three-week absence,
last heard April 17. Now heard May 8 at 1958 with ratchety-voiced US preacher
rattling off the usual catch-phrases, no break for ID at 2000 but none needed.
Only fair with deep fades, but most of the signals on 19m were degraded. Joined
at 2000 by Harold Camping YFR via Ascension 15195. Apparently correlates with
the other Bata transmitter 5005 also reported back on the air a few days ago.
was back May 8, R. Africa gone again from 15190 May 9 at 1938, 2128 chex; but
tuning around at the earlier time I did discover something new from CUBA, q.v.,
so thank you, Bata
GUIANA FRENCH. It appears that the ALLISS rotatable antennas at Montsinéry are
very direxional, without much on side- or backlobes, unlike so many other sites.
May 9 until 2130*, 17630 with music concluding RFI Spanish semi-hour to C
America was extremely strong, while right next to it, 17620, French to W Africa
which continued, was barely audible --- despite the fact that 17620 per HFCC is
running 500 kW vs 250 kW on 17630, and the respective azimuths are 75 and 295
MOROCCO. Fair signal S9+18 on 15345.0, but barely perceptible modulation, and
could not be certain of language, mostly talk, May 9 at 2146-2202*. This is
typical sign-off time for Nador site of R. Marocaine, as WRTH calls it, and no
sign of variable Argentina this time
RUSSIA [and non]. Another check of 13590 to see how 1Africa/CVC Zambia is doing
vs the collisions, May 9 at 1310 and immediately heard ``Soviet Hymn``, an odd
time to be playing it, but must be VOR as scheduled 12-14 via Novosibirsk at 110
degrees in Mongolian for Mongolia and China, per Eibi and HFCC. And it was
mixing with a weaker station, producing SAH, no doubt CVC
SPAIN [and non]. REE`s new service to Brasil, May 9 at 2130 on 17595, with
W&W discussing Espanha in Portuguese with Brazilian accent; 2142 Spanish
lesson frequently interrupted by tone cues. 17595 signal was poor, but better
than a weaker co-channel producing a slow SAH, and not // 15110 REE main stream
in Spanish which was as usual extremely strong direct from Spain and expanding
into sidebands making 15105 and 15115 useless. 15110 is 250 kW from Noblejas at
302 degrees. 17595 is 250 kW at 248 degrees, and it collides with WEWN in
English --- I won`t guess at the real power, 85 degrees, at 1900-2200, part of
which collides with Spain. It must be pretty bad in the Caribbean area, and
WEWN`s W Africa target, maybe not so bad in Brasil.
will not find Portuguese on REE`s schedule in the WRTH May Update, and not even
17595 on the air at this time, since it says M-F 10-19, Sat-Sun 12-22, and this
was a Friday, all to America, not specified whether N, C or S, so maybe means
all of them.
however, has the Portuguese hours:
1800-1900 Mo-Fr E Radio Exterior España P SAm
2100-2200 Mo-Fr E Radio Exterior España P SAm
nothing on M-F 1900-2100, so apparently REE just comes back on at 21 for the
repeat hour in Brazilian, reducing the collision with WEWN to one hour on
weekdays. And 17595 is the only frequency opting out for the Brazilian service.
Aoki does not show the Portuguese at all.
apparently official sked, tho posted on an unofficial site, does show the 10
hours of Portuguese per week as in EiBi:
GERMANY [non]. DW Amharic via Rwanda, 15650, which started April 26, fair May 10
at 1406, but with lite echo, possibly dual long/short path; no jamming audible.
Russian on 15620 at 1407 May 10, and unsynchronized on 15420. 15620 is Kigali, a
somewhat roundabout way to get from Germany to Russia; but at least 1 second
quicker than 15420 which is via Ramphisam, UK
KOREA NORTH [and non]. P`yongyang not bad on 9665, May 10 at 1248 with music,
and the ``rushing noise`` accompanying which some think is jamming but I think
is coming out of same defective transmitter.
checked 11710 for imminent VOK NAm service, at 1256 finding low het between
VOK`s open carrier which must be slightly off-frequency, and some Firedrake. But
Commies vs Commies didn`t last; at 1300 the Firedrake went off, leaving VOK in
clear with IS, ID, program summary, news, which by law must always start with
the activities of Kim Jung-Il, preceded by some of his numerous official titles.
have had enough, but was obliged to see if the spurs were making it
Yes! 11644 was barely audible, along with noise, but soon faded, and
audible a het on 11776 against Anguilla, but Firedrake there was more of a
problem. The fundamental wasn`t nearly as strong as the previous log when 11644
was easily audible.
attracted the Firedrakes? Per Aoki: Taiwan on 11710 until 1300; All India Radio
in Tibetan on 11775 until 1330
KOREA SOUTH [non]. KBSWR, 9650 via Sackville, Sat May at 1242 during Worldwide
Friendship show, review of the week`s Korean lessons; SAH and increasing CCI,
from P`yongyang, which coincidentally is in Japanese at this hour, per Aoki:
9650 Voice of Korea 1100-1250 1234567 Japanese 200 109 Kujang KRE 12505E 4005N
really know which came first, but KBS should find a better frequency, as it
doesn`t even make it halfway across North America without colliding with their
archrivals. I have been saying this for a long time, but they ignore my advice.
VOK is aiming at Japan after all, so how could it be a problem in OK??
MAURITANIA. 4845 the only decent non-North-American signal on 60m, May 10 at
0610-0624, monotonous undermodulated chanting as always around this time --- or
rather there are several tones, but not that many. This is ideally soporific for
us, tho it`s wake-up time in West Africa, a bit of a mismatch
MEXICO. XEXQ, 6045, audible May 10 at 1227 with string classical music, poor at
brief peak. Have not seen many reports of this, so just keeping track of when it
can be confirmed as active. Possibly there may be an evening time when it comes
thru better, QRM permitting.
XEXQ to R. Mil, 6010, a bit further from here, but usually with better signal,
tho never outstanding with its low power too --- May 10 at 1230 string of Núcleo
Radio Mil promos, giving phone number (toll-free?) for calls from USA and
Canada, plug for ``Buenos Días, México`` show M-F at 10 am to 1 pm local =
1500-1800 UT, and perpetual slogan ``donde vive la música de México``, finally
back to axual music at 1232
RUSSIA [and non]. RHC usually has 12000 to itself, but May 10 at 1359-1400* was
hearing SAH of about 3 Hz, and VOR IS. Per Aoki this is Chinese via Khabarovsk
at 220 degrees, just ending. Commies vs Post-Commies!
BOLIVIA. R. Santa Cruz, 6134.8, must be the best bet for Bolivia in North
America, at least in our evenings. Once RepÃºblica and jamming are done at
0000, the frequency happens to be open, with nothing even on 6135.0 to het it.
After noticing a pious het from another Bolivian on 5952.4 which had no chance
against WYFR on 5950, I tuned to 6134.8 at 0008 May 11 and there was Andean
music, with brief announcements at 0011 and 0020, ``buena mÃºsica``; seemed to
be interviewing kids at 0025, but mostly music, still at 0035, and at 0055 when
applause was heard, so may have been a live event.
something so exotic it was a good signal, but otherwise it was very tough copy,
partly due to some distortion, but mostly due to heavy T-storm static from
Missouri and Arkansas, if not closer. I later learned tornados hit Picher and
Haywood OK. Never heard an ID, but no doubt this is it, due to frequency offset
and other reports, which have had it closing at 0108. Maybe those were not UT
Sunday, because this time it kept on going at 0113 and 0123 checks, but nothing
heard at 0130, altho the carrier was still detectable, and that went off at
0134* Surprisingly, RHC 6140 was not much of a problem until after 0100 when a
weak station on 6130 also came on, squeezing RSC
CANADA. RNW relay in Dutch via Sackville southwards, 9525, May 10 at 2341 was
very undermodulated with extraneous clix added, unlike // 11970 Bonaire which
was VG and running about a second ahead of 9525, which was still degraded later
in the hour, tho I think I tuned across it earlier in the 2300 hour and it was
COSTA RICA. REE relay still off-frequency on 11814, May 10 at 2217 check, also
hetting weaker signal on 11815. Per
25 m 110Âº * 1600-2300 EspaÃ±ol SÃ¡bado
25 m 110Âº * 1200-2300 EspaÃ±ol Domingo
25 m 110Âº * 1800-2000 EspaÃ±ol Lunes a Viernes
CROATIA [non]. There has been contradictory info about how long the extra V. of
Croatia relay frequency via Germany, 7285, would last. Registrations showed
until May 10, while Brian Alexander heard them early UT May 10 saying it would
last until May 15. However, 9925 was quite good, and 7285 was missing when I
checked later May 10, at 2338 and 2435. So we can only hope 9925 will now hold
up, but I would not count on it with solar flux about as low as it can go
CUBA. RHC anomalies, during monitoring session May 10-11:
2308, 11750 in English ``news``, Ed Newman repeatedly referring to ex-CIA agent
Valerie Flame --- yes, he was saying Flame, not Plame. Reception much better
here than on the scheduled English frequency at this hour, 9550. 11750 went on
for some time, but when I rechecked at 2330 as DXers Unlimited was starting, it
edition of DXUL was identified as ``Mit-Week``, apparently repeat of a few days
ago, ``the only fully integrated radio hobby program``. No, what I heard matches
the script he has just posted for the weekend of May 10-11.
at 2333 was in Portuguese, introducing the program for this date, 10 May.
this now in use at 2300-2400 to SAm, if this is how one is supposed to interpret
the / in this single-line entry:
13760 16 / 22 22 â€“ 22:30 - 23 â€“ 23:30/ 23 â€“ 24 [sic]
17705 at 2335 was in one of the Indian languages, VG signal this time, and
definitely not on 15340 as in WRTH Update, talking about what else, the ``cinco
hÃ©roes`` which is apparently untranslatable into scheduled Guarani. And after
0000, 17705 also in Portuguese.
in Spanish, May 11 at 0047 had audio cutting out every few seconds, unlike //
11760; there was a slight echo between them with 11760 leading
[non]. WRMI, 9955, Sat May 10 at 2343 had an exile show in Spanish, but no
jamming audible; unlike MartÃ 9565 where bÃ©isbol was heavily jammed. Per
WRMI grid, this is Voz de Coordinadora, which is sneakily sandwiched in between
two English programs until 2330 and after 2345
ECUADOR. HCJB Kulina service, 11920, May 10 at 2245 just finishing intro in
Portuguese with ID as A Voz dos Andes. Then preacher started chanting in Kulina,
2248 with address in Curitiba, more singing, cross-fading at 2250 to talk
referring to Matthew XXIV, which was mentioned several times, and then into
Matthew XXV. Made my teeth gnash. I never hear verse numbers given. He was faded
out at 2259:30 for ID and into Portuguese service. I would not be surprised if
he just keeps going on original recording, like the Spanish Bible readings on
WWCR, where the programming cuts off abruptly when the time is up, perhaps by
or automation who do not understand the language and know where to make a clean
MEXICO. XEPPM 6185 mixing with SERBIA: q.v. No sign of XEXQ 6045 in the
0030-0130 period May 11
NETHERLANDS. 9450 at 0037 May 11, VG signal with rock song. What`s this? PWBR
``2008``, which I keep by the radios to consult while the computer is off, no
help. O yes, it`s R. Nederland, Bonaire in Spanish, as group soon shouted ID.
Also // 6165 but about one second behind it in deliberate delay to even out
power consumption. Music is still not banned on the Spanish SW service of RN;
it`s La Fonoteca per
remember when The Concertgebouw Orchestra was on RN shortwave every Sunday, but
you won`t hear classical music concerts on any SW language service of RN now
SERBIA [non]. IRS, still on poorly-chosen 6185 to NAm; UT Sunday May 11 did not
hear it at 0000, and at 0050 was enjoying some marimba music from XEPPM, but at
0058 that was mixing with IRS carrier and IS, 0100 opening English, but
unreadable with audio level about equal to R. EducaciÃ³n, and splatter from
RHC 6180 news sounders. Meanwhile 6190 and 6195 were begging for IRS to occupy
their vacancies, altho 6190 would be better in deference to Prague on 6200. At
0130, Mexico City was again in the clear with piano roll music. This encouraged
me to bring up the XEEP webcast later, including ``Ghost Riders in the Sky`` at
is Soon Enough for Me`` at 0324
THAILAND. Still absolutely no sign of R. Thailand on 12120 at 0050 check May 11,
under all that RTTY. This 0030-0100 was supposed to be English to North America,
as it was in B-season on 12095 --- but now the target is E Africa! And the
following hour in Thai at 0100-0200 on 12120 is now targeted at Middle East ---
but this doesn`t make sense not only because it`s in the middle of the night
there, but also because it`s supposedly still aimed at 6 degrees from Udorn, the
original trans-polar path designed for ENAm, nowhere hear the azimuth for EAf/ME.
Furthermore there is no change in parameters at 0100 tho the target
beginning to wonder if this has morphed into an imaginary service. It might as
well be. How about the WNAm service at 0200-0330 on 15275. Is anyone hearing
that anywhere now? It`s still supposedly at 38 degrees, the azimuth for WNAm,
but the target area is Malaysia and Indonesia except New Guinea, again nowhere
near the appropriate direxion. What`s going on here?
** U S
A. The Crap with AJ has been cut; instead of that in the 0000 UT Sunday May 11
hour on WBCQ 7415, we heard George Zeller in the foreground and Allan Weiner in
the background discussing, what else? Pirate radio, probably something from the
Winterfest, at 0035. Cut the Crap with AJ recently got a scathing review from a
listener in DXLD, but who knows if it is really gone? Still on the online
schedule. 0100 into Marion`s Attic as usual
** U S
A. WEWN, 11520, May 11 at 0048 in English, VG signal here for a change tho aimed
at 40 degrees from Alabama, YL talk, presumably M. Angelica herself on an old
tape --- accompanied by continuous squeal of slightly varying pitch as is the
wont of at least one WEWN transmitter
VATICAN. 9650 with VR IS May 11 at 0039, Latin ID at 0040 and into S Asian
music; only poor, but it seems we can hear VR no matter where it is aimed.
Hetless Vietnamese was also audible on 9600 during the previous hour. 9650 is
ex-5915, presumably to avoid Burmyanmar
AUSTRALIA. May 12 at 1400, found pop instrumental music on 13775, 1402 into
Chinese, no jamming, fair to good signal. First checking PWBR `2008` the only
listee is RFA Palau, jammed in an `other` language, but surely they would have
news on the hour. As usual, only updated online listings would later identify
this properly. Aoki and Eibi say: CVC Darwin at 1000-1500 in Mandarin. And RFA
is not using 13775 at all this season
BRAZIL. In DXLD 8-056, and 8-057 MOLDOVA, I mentioned CRI relay via Brasil on
9665 at 0200, but just noise and distortion. Mauno Ritola asked me to confirm
whether this was really the case, since in Finland all he hears is VOR via
CRI relay on 9665, presumably still Brasil, is definitely there. UT May 13 I did
not get to check at 0100, but at 0240 there was only VOR Moldova // 9480
Germany. And that was very much bothered by much stronger 9660 NHK Bonaire in
9665 at 0259: S9+20 open carrier, 0300 into CRI IS and opening in Spanish, but
very undermodulated. As far as I could tell it was not too
but muffled. There was a fast SAH, maybe about 15 Hz, with presumed Moldova,
which is still supposed to be on with VOR English to NAm after 0300
CHINA. Firedrake check May 12 at 1356: 12050, 12040, 11990, 11805- under RHC,
11785, 11665, 11605, 11590-which went off at 1400. At 1400, 12050 was open
carrier, not sure Firedrake or target, while 12040 was still running FD. At
1411, FD back on 12050, and 12040 FD with a SAH. Also FD VG at 1409 on 15285.
was not an exhaustive search for all audible FD, but at 1413 also found
weaker ones on 11510, 9450, 9605, 9845, 9930; and at 1416 on 14410, as I did
make a point of bandscanning the non-broadcast MHz segments up to 18 MHz. The
last surely against Sound of Hope, fortunately staying above the hamband
COLOMBIA [and non]. 6010, La Voz de tu Conciencia, HJDH ID just as I tuned in,
May 12 at 0643. Lo audible het with XEOI, annoying collision, as both were about
same strength, LVC continuing with some stealth religion talk, while R. Mil was
trying to keep Mexican music alive
CUBA. You can have a bunch of high power transmitters and a big array of
antennas, but still not manage to get the modulation for them reliably from the
studio to the transmitters. Weakest link syndrome.
at 1322, and still at 1335 recheck, found the CRI relay frequency 9570 on the
air with carrier only, no modulation.
1400, 13750 was starting up the Aló Presidente service, but kept dumping off
the air briefly every few seconds during the attempted frequency announcement,
then starting Mundo 7 runup show; I listened no longer
GERMANY [non]. DW Russian via Rampisham, May 12 at 1408 on 15420; no sign of
WBCQ here or on 17495, but latter could easily still be on and not propagating.
** U S
A. See GERMANY [non]. Rechecked at 1720: 15420 now clear, but WBCQ still on
17495 with usual religionist declamations predominating on this transmitter,
reduced carrier and more modulation on the USB than the LSB, but enough on the
LSB to be listenable in that position too, if one ever wanted to. Allan Weiner
indicated to me the WBCQ move back to 15420 has been delayed
AFGHANISTAN [non]. R. Solh, 17700 via Rampisham UK, finally audible here again
May 13 after a long absence due to poor propagation. Only poor to fair signal
with occasional peaks, and lots of fades, from tune-in 1332 with music;
1344-1346 talk, 1346-1349 the sticking CD, so quickly confirming they are STILL
playing exactly the same defective recording as they have done every day since
at least last fall! 1359-1400 a pause in modulation but no carrier break,
1400-1404 talk, but can it be news or just the same old propaganda announcements
also duplicated daily? 1419 into familiar music I have recorded and uploaded
before. Still trace of it at 1600 recheck, but quite poor. Can its reappearance
be accounted for by SWPC numbers? Not really: for May 12, solar flux was 68; at
1200 May 13, K=1; at 1500, K=2. Repeat performance May 14 at 1332+
CHINA. Firedrake check, May 14 at 1314 found lots of the regulars such as 15285,
but also some I had not noticed before, 15330, 15795 and even propagating on
17565, long path? Despite usual poor signals overall on 16m. Aoki has the
answers: 15330 is BBC Uzbek via Cyprus during this semihour only. 15795 is All
India Radio, Chinese via Bangalore at 1145-1315. 17565, however, is unaccounted
for not only in Aoki, but Eibi, HFCC, and WRTH, so bears further investigation.
Firedrake was also audible before 1300 on 14410 vs Sound of Hope
KOREA NORTH. VOK, 11710 in English to NAm, May 14 at 1322 was somewhat distorted
and just strong enough to carry along with it the more distorted spur, which
this time was centered between 11645 and 11646
** U K
[non]. BBC Mundo Radio, via WHRI 9410, Wed May 14 at 1230 with Efemérides, a
neat little show with clips from the BBC archives, this time about the 60th
anniversary of Israel, the Spice Girls, the tragic downfall of Winnie Mandela,
i.a., until 1234 when the classical music fill was introduced as ``Los
Compositores e Intérpretes de Siempre --- Los Clásicos``, then a Puccini aria
for starters from Madame Butterfly, as always, unannounced. Usual excellent
** U S
A. WBCQ, which was still on 17495 May 12, was trying 15420 again May 13, first
detected at 1408 underneath DW Russian via Rampisham, with distinctive
monotonous intonations of New Mexico preacher which occupies great gobs of time
on this transmitter, whatever the frequency. However, could no longer detect it
by 1414, either off or losing the relative strength battle. Meanwhile, many
other 19mb frequencies were open, including 15590, ex-KTBN, which is being
reserved for the perpetually ``mañana`` WRNO reactivation.
15420 at 1559 after DW had finished, and weak WBCQ in the clear. BBC Seychelles
is listed on 15420 still during this hour until 1700 at 280 degrees, but no sign
of it here, which is normal. Probably in Europe it is dominating rather than
WBCQ. Just like on 17495 the day before, flanking reduced carrier was USB
modulation, but also some on LSB, not completely suppressed, in about the same
per HFCC, all WBCQ frequencies are on antenna azimuth of 245 degrees toward
Laredo, make that Nuevo Laredo (not Tijuana as I first said), but not all are 50
kW --- 9330 shows as 100 kW. Like most SW stations, actual transmitter power in
use is probably considerably less than nominal, and actual antenna lobes may
differ considerably. 245 degree azimuth carries on just south of Invercargill,
so the heirs of Arthur Cushen should have a good shot at hearing WBCQ.
the entry on the annotated WBCQ program schedule: ``Program IDs as "The
Lord of the Spirit Radio Broadcast". Female speaker notable for monotone
delivery of scriptural material. Usually six half-hour
in three hours.(6/6/03)
May 29, 2005, 1946: Global Spirit Proclamation, sio 444. Finally got an address
and e-mail contact for this show: HR60, Box 11, Sence Lake, NM 87315, e-mail email@example.com``
little googling quickly shows, it`s FENCE LAKE, a very remote place in Cíbola
county south of Gallup and Zuñi Pueblo, SW of El Morro, NW of Quemado where
state hwy 36 makes a right angle. I believe I have driven thru there at least
once without knowing it was the home of a major evangelical organization!
Furthermore, the annotated ``17495`` sked shows this not starting until 1700, 7
days a week until 2100, and not even on the air before then except on Sundays
from 1300 for The Zeph Report, so that is obviously outdated.
question is now, whether WBCQ will stay on 15420 at 1400 (1300?)-2300 daily,
perhaps later on Wednesdays and Fridays, and live with the QRM until 1600, as
long as the prophet is paying for the extra time --- and how is reception in
Fence Lake, anyway?
again May 14: no trace of WBCQ or anything on 15420 before 1400, when BBC
Russian via Rampisham came on. BBC Seychelles is on there before 1400 but not
audible here. Listening carefully with BFO until 1417, could not detect WBCQ
underneath, nor on 17495. Another check after 1500: still no sign of WBCQ on
either frequency, despite BBC becoming much weaker on 15420 with switch to UAE
SW station to WBCQ, Sackville was as usual inbooming on 15220 before and after
1500 and also on 15240 after 1430.
SW station to WBCQ, WHRA, is scheduled on 15 and 17 MHz as follows, for
comparison: 12-14 15710, 14-16 15195, 16-18 17520, 18-20 17690. Per WHR website,
these all appear to be 7 days a week now. But no sign of 15195 at 1510 check!
see if WBCQ appears on 15420 later in the day, perhaps including WORLD OF RADIO
at 2300 Wednesday
** U S
A. WEWN, 17595, inbooming May 13 at 2108 with two OM discussing their lady, in
English, with litely squealing transmitter. Not a trace of Spain`s Brazilian
service underneath, unlike log a few days ago. WEWN was benefiting from sporadic
E, as 15 and evenmoreso 17 MHz are normally in skipzone here only one megameter
away. Yes, at 2117 Es started to show up on ch 2 TV, more than 3 times WEWN`s
frequency, 55250 kHz.
17775, Los Ángeles, was also in well, May 13 at 2104 giving local P O Box
address and introducing some música al estilo norteño and seemingly secular
CHINA. The morning of May 17, Firedrake musical jamming was all over the place,
so I checked some of them out, here arranged in frequency rather than logging
time order. Victims looked up in Aoki:
the Firedrake jammer against variable V. of Tibet via Uzbekistan was on here
until 1400* and did not return later. The day before yesterday was on 17575, the
day before that on 17565.
FD very good mixing with BBCWS Chinese ID (via Singapore) at 1359. This one
produces an interesting effect by tuning to 15280 or 15290 during the
high-audio-frequency segments, which I have not noticed on other FD outlets.
Sort of like listening to a different version of the music. With BFO on, no
spurious carriers on the sidebands, however.
FD as Sound of Hope jammer at 1411. SOH not audible.
FD audible at 1350, vs inaudible RFA Tibetan via Tajikistan.
first one checked, FD at 1349 // 11990 and all the others. 13365
against one of the inaudible low-power Sound of Hope transmitters.
than turning off at hourtop for monitoring check, 13365 was in open carrier at
1402, resuming music at 1404:30.
FD very good at 1412, but with SAH of about 5 Hz and victim audible under, VOA
Chinese via Philippines.
at 1349, FD vs inaudible VOA Chinese via Novosibirsk.
at 1417, weak FD vs inaudible VOA Chinese via Tinang.
at 1415, FD overriding RHC Spanish, not usually the case. Commies vs Commies!
Vs. inaudible VOA Chinese via Tinian.
at 1413 FD; vs inaudible RTI Chinese.
at 1413 FD mixing with something, i.e. VOA Tibetan via Sri Lanka.
1421, FD, SAH and co-channel audible from victim, VOA Chinese via Tinang
1420, FD mixing with Chinese, BBCWS via Singapore.
1418, FD against a hi-power Taiwan Sound of Hope, with SAH.
are just the tip of the Firedrake iceberg, against many more victims if I had
kept digging or FE propagation were even better.
China expect any respect from the nations whose broadcasts it tries to block,
let alone from the world at large?
COSTA RICA [and non]. TIRWR, 11870, May 16 at 1313, with a wavering het. This
one has been off-frequency before, and now I expect it is this transmitter with
is somewhat unstable compared to another 11870 station, which would be IBB
Tinang, Philippines; after 1330, however, RVA Palauig, Philippines takes over,
and it too could be unstable/off frequency. In any event, unlistenable due to
WYFR 11865 splatter.
again May 17 at 1342, Defunct Gene Scott with same warbling het, but now it`s
against RVA, so the same thing happens against two different 11870 stations,
further confirming the problem is at Cahuita, which is slightly on the low side.
TIRWR has not been heard at all on 9725 mornings or evenings for a good many
CUBA. RHC anomaly report: May 17 at various chex between 1325 and 1414, 11760
was just open unmodulated carrier. 11805 was modulated, but under Firedrake at
1415 --- Commies vs Commies! 12000 also had co-channel QRM, from VOR Chinese via
ECUADOR [and non]. Finally had a chance to check out HCJB`s ham-transmitter on
21455, supposedly USB but recently reported as LSB. May 16 around 1830 a weak
signal, but it was in German and equally LSB/USB --- that`s WYFR to Europe, weak
enough to be HCJB but which uses this frequency 1600-1945, with HCJB before and
after. At 2038 in Spanish, now it`s really HCJB and yes, reduced carrier plus
USB, not LSB, very weak. So there
INDONESIA. VOI has been pretty regular on 9526 lately, best before 1400, but May
17 at 1419 must have been off, as CRI Russian had no het at all to 9525
JAPAN [and non]. NHK Warido R. Japan via Sackville, 11705, May 17 at 1423 during
World Interactive also had a weak pre-echo, indicating another transmitter site
also on 11705. In fact, we found it odd that in A-07, Yamata is also registered
to 11705 at 1315-1430, 235 degrees in various languages, and indeed we heard it
earlier at 1315, but it`s normally inaudible, and I thought it really went off
at 1400, but the current schedule
show 11705 as in English at 1400-1430 to SE Asia, following Indonesian at 1315.
This was an above-average ``FE morning``, cf all the Firedrakes
[non]. Hmong Lao Radio via WHRI, Sat May 17 at 1330, talk and bits of
traditional music, no rap, thank a god. Altho a good signal, this is no longer
the super-signal it used to be from 250 kW Angel 2. It has been demoted to 100
kW Angel 6, as implied but not stated in the WHR online schedules, and confirmed
in registrations as 100 kW now while in B-07 this was 250 kW, still at 315
degrees toward Hminnesota. IBB Udorn at 30 degrees toward us + Firedrake still
MOROCCO [and non]. 15345, May 16 at 2038 had Arabic dominating in poor signal,
but with a very fast SAH estimated around 25-30 Hz. With BFO on, it was obvious
there were two carriers offset, as two hets at once could be heard by sidetuning
slightly, the other being of course Argentina
** U S
A. Looking for WBCQ-4 (should we call it that?), not heard at all May 15, or
morning of May 16 but finally just barely audible at 1705 May 16 on 15420-CUSB,
with New Mexico prophet intoning. Poor at peaks, between fadeouts. Also around
1945 recheck. Hard to believe this is 50 kW, even PEP, aimed toward TX if not
OK. Allan Weiner later confirmed they were off the air May 15, back May 16, and
working on raising the power. May 17 at 1308 could only hear DW Russian via
Rampisham. The hours WBCQ is active on 15420 are quite unclear and variable.
** U S
A. Altho the WHR online schedule for Angel 5 at
it is on 15710 until 1400, then 15195 seven days a week, I have not been hearing
it on weekdays. On Sat May 17 at 1359-1400 they were inbooming at the QSY time.
These are of interest only to compare with the other Maine station on 19m, WBCQ
CHINA. Firedrake musical jamming check Sunday May 18, noting some differences
from the day before:
poor at 1336, so must be the current jumpy frequency of V. of Tibet via
Uzbekistan? Not 17557 as in Aoki, but probably lands there upon occasion. Ends
FD at 1406, no doubt vs V. of Tibet via Madagascar, which I believe does not
jump around or vary. Starts at 1400.
and 13345, FD at 1411, both against low-power Sounds of Hopes. 14410 had quite a
good signal but with flutter. The 13345 transmitter was on 13365 the day before
(Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
JAPAN [and non]. Good signal with music on 13630, May 18 at 1413 initially
seemed Solh-like, but not when the Japanese lyrix came thru. And yes, // but not
synch with NHK 11705 via Canada. 13630 is Skelton at 70 degrees, but I suppose
might be useful in NE America, too close to Sackville for the 1400-1430 English
in Japanese at 1417 had annoying het from REE Costa Rica, still
11814. This is a problem only on Sundays as Cariari does not start `11815` until
1800 on weekdays, 1600 on Saturdays, but 1200 on Sundays
SAUDI ARABIA. 17660, May 18 at 1406 with Qur`an, 1407 talk in French, very poor
signal but better than usual. This is the BSKSA 14-16 French service of R.
Riyadh, aimed due west. At first I was thinking this should be V. of Africa,
Libya, in English, during the same bihour, but that is now on 17725 aimed due
VENEZUELA [non]. Sunday May 18 check of Aló, Presidente service via Cuba: at
1408, 17750 was audible, contrary to usual situation, but much better on //
13750, and also // poor 11875 which had co-channel, which per EiBi and Aoki
could only be Taiwan in Indonesian. 1409 starting Mundo 7 runup program produced
by RHC, with Entre Cubanos to follow later. Also audible at 1416 on 11670, which
made an echo with 13750 due to different transmitter site and/or program feed
CANADA [and non]. CHU missing from 7335, May 19 at 0135 --- not a trace, even
with BFO on, just Vatican with S Asian service; yet CHU was inbooming on 14670
and also audible on 3330, so I conclude 7335 must really have been off the air,
CHINA [and non]. I could hardly believe my ears the morning of May 19 when
between 1415 and 1508 I sought in vain for any Firedrake. Not a trace of China`s
lively jamming music to be heard in any of the usual places. Here`s what I
at 1415 woman talking, seems Chinese. I first figured with FD off, Sound of Hope
was getting thru, but from later reports, the Chicom just switched jamming audio
from FD back to CNR-1 program, which they have used extensively before, due to
the quake mourning period May 19-21. At 1435, 14410 was still weak with talk. By
audible on another OOB SOH frequency 13365 or 13645 like the days before, but
propagation from E Asia (and just about everywhere else beyond N America) was
very poor today, as least above 12 MHz. I was still getting VOA Korean on 11740
well at 1439 via Tinang, but IBB Philippines and NMI relaysalways have a
lower-latitude advantage over China here.
at 1416, normally a big FD signal, just something else, weak. BBC
at 1419, Chinese with co-channel, no music. VOA Tinang the target.
at 1508, SAH between two Chinese, not including Firedrake: RFA Tinian being the
1418, 1440, Chinese with weak co-channel. Now I`m not sure which was on top:
KWHR with SOH, or China jamming. Unfortunately, I did not think to carry out
parallel chex to tell which audio was CNR-1 heard on various frequencies.
1424, Chinese, no FD music. BBC the target.
1423, het with VOI 9526, so I knew China was propagating on this band.
1416, a high-power SOH frequency from Taiwan, no FD music.
posted the no-Firedrake news on the DXLD yg and Andy Sennitt suggested it could
be due to mourning. Sei-ichi Hasegawa, NDXC soon explained that during the 3-day
quake mourning period, Firedrake has been replaced by CNR-1 as jamming source,
out of respect for the dead. I say: How about some respect for the living, too,
and their right to freedom of information?
CHINA [non]. CRI facilitates a very unfavorable comparison between its
and Cuban relay sites, by adjacenting them on 9570 and 9580
for English at 0100. May 19 at 0142 check, modulation was much stronger and
clearer on 9570 than on 9580.
Chicom really paying the Cubcom for such degraded relays, with similar problems
on many other frequencies? Or do the Cubans donate their worst SW facilities out
of general fraternal Commie gratitude? It`s odd that there have never been any
RHC relays via China sites, which surely they could get if they wanted; guess
Cuba isn`t that interested in reaching Asia
CROATIA [non]. VOC, via GERMANY, 9925, May 19 at 0138 with a `hollow` reverb
sound, i.e. very slightly unsynchronized transmitters. Not really
objexionable,but an interesting effect, more apparent on speech than on music.
Between 0100 and 0300 three 100 kW transmitters at two sites are all running at
once, two at Wertachtal aimed 240 and 300 degrees, and another at Nauen,
presumably the dominant one here, aimed 325 degrees. At 22-23 there is only one
Wertachtal on 9925, at 23-01 there are two Wertachtals, and at 03-05 one Nauen.
7285 remains silent, and 3985 direct from Croatia is not making it here
CUBA. Monday morning, May 19, RHC did not sign off around 1500 as it normally
does. Listening to 15370, they were standing by for a live press conference
about US infiltration into counter-revolutionary groups inside the country.
After a few seconds of music fill, cut to the live event at 1502 about
terroristas y mercenarios, // 13680, 12000, 11760. Ever notice how anti-Castro
forces weren`t really labeled ``terrorist`` until after 9/11? To the dentro-Cubans,
terrorist simply means anyone who opposes the unelected Commie
JAPAN. I keep running across additional frequencies for the 1400-1429
English broadcast, tho not really needed with reliable Sackville relay on
11705. May 19 at 1422, there it was on 11985, running slightly ahead of 11705,
and much better today than 13630 Skelton. 11985 is due west from Yamata
** U S
A [and non]. VOA Greenville, 94 degrees toward Africa, but with plenty of
back-radiation to Central N America, excellent on 17895 May 19 at 2031 during
African Beat music show, also interviewing in-studio guest, a Congolese/S
African musician. This frequency is on air 1830-2100, while 15410 on same beam
is at 1730-2000, and suffers from CVC co-channel. 17895 should also be great for
Music Time in Africa, Sat & Sun 2000-2100, but the variety of American music
shows at 21-22 have to make do with 15580 Botswana
BRAZIL. I scan the 60 mb just about every night around 0600, and
heard anything on 4755 until May 20, besides CODAR, of course.
music, and talk definitely in Brazilian Portuguese, so my
thought that PMA might finally have come back was quickly
a bit early for them anyway, 1721 local. It was also very
on the low side, but I would not say as low as 4754.90.
R. Imaculada Conceição as others have been reporting.
all-night now, and I wonder if that is a recent expansion
hours accounting for its new audibility? However, it sounded more
commercial station to me than a religionist. Nothing else from
found on 60m except a trace of 4915; 4790 Perú however was
BRAZIL. As byproduct of looking for International Radio Serbia on
had to deal with the splatter from RHC on 6180, May 21 at
6180 itself had heavy SAH and QRM from Amazonian service, as
This was // clear 11780, but when I rechecked at 0021, 11780
longer to be heard, just bleedover from DentroCuban jamming
Radio Martí on 11775
CANADA. CHU still missing from 7335, May 20 at 1306 but audible on
At 2105, 7335 was back on. Raymond Pelletier of NRC told me
were fixing some tech problems, and that all transmitters would
upgraded this summer
CHINA [and non]. In second day of three-day quake mourning period,
no Firedrake jamming to be heard May 20, but instead CNR-1
feed, in some cases offset with echoes to make it more
At 1306, such jamming on 7445, 6110; on 9930 at 1411, about
mix of CNR1 and Sound of Hope via KWHR; one was dominating on
FRG-7 with longwire, the other on YB-400 with internal random
Same programming but not sure if // on 9450 from Taiwan
[and non]. RHC 13760, May 19 at 1437 had a subaudible
of about 6 Hz. Per EiBi and Aoki, the only possibility is
French to Europe, tho Aoki lacks the 11-15 UT RHC broadcast on
where it has been for some months; and HFCC of course lacks
Korea and Cuba!
JAPAN. NHKWRJ, 11985, fair at 1320 May 20 with Today`s Angle, i.e.
dekaminute into the 1310-1340 transmission. This is due west from
same as the 1400-1430 English broadcast recently reported
KOREA NORTH. KCBS, which has been varying down to 11678-11677, May 20 at 1418
was more like 11679.8, judging from the het Korean talk was making with a 11680
station, and BFO confirmed nothing on the lower
Aoki suggests 11680 should be RFA Vietnamese via Sri
or VOT in Turkish
KOREA NORTH [and non]. 9940, May 20 at 1312 in Korean plus rapid
jammer with pitch varying slightly. This would be North Korea
Radio, daily at 1300-1330 via Taiwan, per Aoki. I notice that
Wilkins in CO reported it exactly one week earlier, but no
of any jamming. Fortunately, DPRK jamming tends to be rather
ZEALAND. RNZI still on 13840 AM, May 21 at 0019 with news
no QRM audible, tho the quake jarred China into occupying
frequency where it causes QRM in the Pacific and surely Asia. We
been wondering if RNZI would move as a result. 15715-15720-15725
also in with strong buzz
NORTHERN MARIANA ISLANDS. Ah, almost a month from Solstice now and we are
getting late-nite HF openings. May 20 at 0609 heard Chinese on 17880, fair with
heavy fading, M&W interview, only station on 16m band, // 15680 but the
latter running about 1 second behind. These are Radio Free Asia, 17880 via
Saipan at 310 degrees, and 15680 via Tinian
degrees. No jamming audible, but Aoki says they are jammed as
would expect. I expect the higher-latitude jamming from China was
propagating as this seemed to be a rather localized opening from
SERBIA [non]. International Radio Serbia is gone again from the
transmitter in Bosnia-Herzegovina. On May 19 and 20,
Büschel and other European monitors were no longer hearing
European service on 6100, just the low-power Stubline unit on
So is 6185 to North America also off?
IRS, checking here UT May 21 at 0003, just XEPPM on 6185 with
music, 0023 Spanish talk. Also with huge splatter from Cuba
Too, see UK for discussion of suggested move to 6190, 6195.
later at 0105 I clicked on their website at
English stream came on right away. Since they don`t have enough
to use a clear SW frequency when it`s working, I`m glad I did
to crystal-clear webcast, embedded autolaunching WM player, so
they prompt a real player download?? Because I had been
about the Eurovision Song Contest, this year from Belgrade.
the features were about that; it started today with
and the finale will be May 24. Nevertheless, IRS seems to
partial to the Serbian entry! Not a good time to lose their main SW
looking for any word about suspending frequencies, of course
and finally found the transmission schedule
is the same one as before including 6100 and 6185. Closing
at 0125 claimed we could hear them at the same time
6100 and 7240 --- but this transmission has never been on
frequencies! Geez. What`s the story on Bijeljina, Dragan Lekic?
THAILAND. R. Thailand World Service, nice chime IS and English ID
11625, May 20 at 1415, mentioning studios in Bangkok, transmitter
Thani, introducing Mandarin, and no jamming! This is the best
heard them in a long time, as the entire English broadcasts just
make it here, whether aimed at NAm or not. 11625 is supposed to
from 54 to 30 degrees at 1315 as languages change from Japanese
Chinese. 30 is better for us
** U K
[non]. BBCWS via Ascension to Africa, 21470, unexpectedly good,
May 20 at 1327, only signal on 13m band, report on how India
on chaos, in Global Business. Maybe was getting help on the
hop from some sporadic E (WWCR 15825 also up), and by 1405 had
to fadey S6-S9.
for SERBIA 6185, May 21 at 0004, also went to the two
I had suggested for them to get away from the QRM, 6190,
6195. 6190 was still vacant, but very weak signal on 6195, which
I could tell was in English. Can`t be anything but BBCWS via
scheduled 22-01, sort of grayline well before sunset here.
would not mind, it could still be used by IRS to NAm, further
from the mess on 6180 and certainly much less of a collision than
the Mex on 6185
** U S
A. WWRB, Morrison/Manchester TN, [NOT: McCaysville GA/Copper Hill TN --- that
was WGTG, gone for years!] 3185 still audible with Brother Scare as late as 1259
UT May 20, just as Dave Frantz broke in
legal ID, then more B.S. So I guess they kept going past 1300,
not keep listening to find out.
has now posted an updated A-08 schedule as of 6 May, with a 2
of a 1 at the end of the URL:
very first entry shows 3185 as 00-13 at 340 degrees. It also still
9385 at 13-23 at 340 degrees, but B.S. was still going there
abrupt cutoff in mid-word at 2355* May 20, so it seems FCC
are regarded as only approximate by some private US SW
After 0000 May 21, we found WWRB with B.S. on 5745, 6890
** U S
A. WRMI, 9955, May 21 at 0015 with religious talk in Spanish,
without jamming, or maybe weak jamming underneath, could
quite decide. Altho I thought it was some private preacher, per
schedule grid this would be R. Vaticano. But it still has not
updated to move the 22-23 shows to 01-03, and add the new UFO
from OKC at 21-24 weekdays
VATICAN. 11740 in Italian at 0612 May 20, so it can`t be ITALY!
extraterratorially speaking. Yes, soon mentioned Vatican, as
at 263 degrees; however, on Sundays only from 0600 it`s
at 55 degrees. This was fair, but much better than Habana on
CAMBODIA [non]. As I was tuning 12130 for Hoa Mai via KWHR [non] --- I also
noticed another broadcast on 12140 at 1246 May 21, in
Searches of the online A-08 skeds Aoki, Eibi and WRTH were fruitless,altho RFA
is on 12140 after 1400 in Vietnamese. Suspecting Radio Free Asia, Ichecked their
own schedule at http://www.rfa.org/english/about/frequencies.html
there it is:
(2 hours daily)
a recent change as of May 18, the 12140 site Tinian. Even better signal May 22
at 1258 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
CHINA [and non]. The 3-day mourning period is over, but still no sign of
Firedrake May 22, checking many of the usual spots; at 1256, found 14410 with
weak talk instead, most likely CNR-1 jamming against Sound of Hope; 9605 at
1315, CNR-1 jamming against BBC, no FD. I am suffering Firedrake Withdrawal ---
the SW bands are not the same without it all over the place
CUBA. 17705, May 21 at 2002 found open carrier instead of Venezuela relay, off
at 2003, back on at 2004:30 but nothing further heard next few minutes. Refund
SPAIN [non]. Quick check of REE Co-Official Languages segment, May 22 at 1250 on
15170 via Costa Rica: opening in Basque, immediately into Castilian news about
Euskadi. O well, surely almost all Basques understand Spanish, so why bother
with their own peculiar language?
TAIWAN. 15465 with strange stuff May 22 at 1252, very emotional drama in
oriental language with heaving sounds, musical accompaniment; 1255 outro and
just music; 1300 5-pip timesignal (all same pitch) and off immediately without
further announcement. Here`s what Aoki lists:
INT. 1200-1300 1234567 Chinese 100 230 Paochung TWN 12018E 2343N CBS2 a08
R.TAIWAN INT. 1300-1400 1234567 Amoy 100 230 Paochung TWN 12018E 2343N CBSD a08
means that it`s jammed until 1300, but not jammed when switching to Amoy at
1300; however, that part was missing, anyway
** U S
A. Open carriers on 17530 and 17565, May 22 at 1352, the latter with a SAH and
over some co-channel station, music. These are Greenville warming up for 1400
broadcasts in English, Spanish respectively, both signing-on at 1359. This is
typical for IBB Greenville, turning on transmitters with open carrier 10-15
minutes before programming. Is this really necessary, Chollie? Seems a waste.
And in this case blox something else. Probably the jumpy V. of Tibet via
Uzbekistan and/or Chicom jamming, landing on 17565 today
** U S
A. KVOH, 17775, not especially strong, Spanish religious talk, May 21 at 2019,
but just strong enough to audiblize its parasitic spurs on 17920-17921 and
weaker around 17630, plus/minus 145+ kHz. They all weakened by 2030
VIETNAM [non]. 12130, May 21 at 1243, sounds like old woman screaming in the
field, not clearly enunciated, but presumably Vietnamese on the Wednesday-only
12-13 Hoa Mai transmission via KWHR Hawaii. 1258 announcement in rational
Vietnamese, 1259 KWHR ID and OCS past 1300
WESTERN SAHARA [non]. RN de la RASD, 6300, May 21 at 0640, strumming and singing
mentioning Sahara; fair with QRM from ute pulsing, and also SAH, presumably RHC
mixing product but RHC audio not a factor at the moment
CHINA [and non]. Still no resumption of Firedrake May 23, e.g. on 11785 checked
at 1257, at least two Chinese language services mixing
CUBA. RHC again running open carrier on 11760, normally one of their best
morning frequencies, May 23 at 1256, 1305 and still at 1357 chex. Why? Loses
feed to transmitter and nobody notices? The other usual frequencies were
[non]. R. República has resumed broadcasts via Germany. Heard May 22 at 0147 on
5955, in Spanish, typical fare and not // jammed UK 6155. No jamming yet on
5955, which is Tue-Sat 01-02, 125 kW from Nauen at 285 degrees since May 16.
also have a new live morning show, Amanecer, M-F at 10-11 on 9490 via Sackville,
250 kW at 227 degrees
GREECE. Greek music fair at 0514 May 23 on 11645. This 05-06 hour from VOG is
supposed to be in Albanian, in the Filia service, but did not stay with it till
MEXICO. Looking for traces of XEXQ, 6045, May 23 at 1249 and traces there were
of classical music on definite weak carrier; at first thought it was Ritual Fire
Dance, but then recognized some notes from Bolero; battling noise level from
NIGERIA. VON, 15120, May 22 at 1847 with news of Nigeria and Africa; fair signal
in the clear, fades, modulation better than usual; continued past 1900 when
overshadowed by Spain 15110
SERBIA [non]. After missing for a few days, International Radio Serbia is back
on air via Bijeljina, B-H. May 22 at 2337, resumption of the usual heavy clash
between it and XEPPM on 6185, with a rippling SAH and the Mexican on top, but
rather sure the other station is Serbian as scheduled, and same situation after
2359 as IRS starts English. Wolfgang Büschel had noted at 2000 the other
Bijeljina frequency, 6100, was back on the air in German
SPAIN. Arabic singing on 12015, May 22 at 1926 slightly over constant RTTY, but
only poor signal and seems undermodulated; automatic timesignal on halfhour 1930
tipped off that it`s REE, yes, as scheduled eastward from Noblejas.
expecting to hear classical music on Friday morning from REE during the 13 UT
hour, since Clásicos Populares is now scheduled Mon-Tue-Wed only and there`s a
talk show on Thursdays, but there was some May 23 at 1308 on 17595 and via Costa
Rica 15170; this show focused on México, 1324 IDed as ``América Mágica`` as
on schedule Fridays 1305-1355, with one repeat UT Mondays at 0005-0055
TURKEY. Qur`an recitation with usual long pauses, good at 0510 May 23 on 11980.
Figured it was some Arab country, like Algeria relay, but looked up and it could
only be VOT Emirler, scheduled in Turkish at 310 degrees toward us. Must default
to Arabic for Qur`an since it`s Friday, but what is this doing on a secular
state broadcaster??? Or do they do this every day? Is there a struggle at TRT
over whether to broadcast Qur`an?
** U S
A. VOA Portuguese to Africa, 9815, May 22 at 1824 concluding Temas e Debates,
singing, and into a VOA Editorial. Service over at 1829 but no sign-off; 1830
into VOA English for one minute by mistake, 1831-1840* open carrier, why? This
is Greenville at 91 degrees. I wonder how well 9 MHz gets to Angola over an
afternoon path in our summer. Why not use something closer? O yeah, 9815 was via
Morocco 12 months ago, no longer an option; several services formerly via
Morocco to Africa are now via Greenville. CIRAF targets for this:
Africa except the northern and southern tiers of countries. 91 from
is centred on Lagos, close to São Tomé, but it misses Guinea Bissau and Angola
which are further south, as well as Maputo, but crosses Moçambique near Nampula,
if it gets that far
** U S
A. WBCQ check May 22 at 1817, during quite poor propagation: 15420 was JBA, I
think, vs GB-15410 splatter; I found out too late on Wednesday that WORLD OF
RADIO has been moved up to 2100 UT Wednesdays on 15420-CUSB. 9330, said to be on
the air this one hour only weekdays, 18-19, definitely on at 1826 but poor with
talk show // 7415. At this hour, 9330 carries better than 7415, which is why the
client wanted it on, no doubt
ARGENTINA [and non]. May 23 at 2001 found a fluxuating subaudible heterodyne,
every few seconds oscillating from 0 to maybe 10 Hz, which means at least one of
the two transmitters here is unstable, and we bet it`s RAE, which at least has
managed to almost match Morocco, a feat in itself. Just traces of French and
Arabic audio, respectively. Earlier this week RAE was as much as 280 Hz low
BIAFRA [non]. V. of Biafra International, via WHRI, 17650, Friday May 23:
excellent local-like signal, with only occasional quick deep fades to remind us
the ionosphere is involved.
speaker is a very persuasive orator, and it was hard to tune away as he detailed
all the charges against the vicious Nigerians. Mostly in English, but at times
alternating with Ibo (or Igbo?), a tonal language.
tune-in, was saying that Nigeria had killed 2,000 innocent people, just because
they did not want to be Nigerians.
ID in English and talk in Ibo, mentioning Fulani, Yoruba and 1976
full English ID mentioning origination in Washington, DC; call-and-response
News Analysis. May 30, 1967 was the birth of Biafra due to genocide and the
brutal prejudice of Nigeria, northern Nigerians in particular; alternating with
Ibo. A million-man-march is called for this May 30 to celebrate theanniversary
(so next week`s program should be even more interesting).
with Washington DC again; Commentary about Nigerian savages, and how Biafra
could eventually emerge stronger and free, like Israel, Ireland, France and
South Africa. ``Biafra has come to stay``, ``Hail Biafra, the land of justice``.
Biafrans all over the world in exile should celebrate independence on May 30,
2008 and display the green, black and red flag with a rising sun in themiddle;
there is a provisional Biafran government in exile.
referred to ``Nigerian Islamo-Fascists``, (has he been inside the Beltway too
long?) and several more comments of a pro-Christian nature. There is a peace
march from somewhere to Enugu, May 22 to 30;
minute or two seemingly naming every town in Biafra.
``God Bless Africa`` anthem on flute, and more music to 2058* without any WHR
to FCC A-08 schedules, this transmission Fridays only at 20-21 on 17650, 250 kW
at 87 degrees, will be switching to 15665 from June 1 to September 7, then back
to 17650 for the rest of the season. Make that June 7 which will be the first
Friday after June 1. Nothing about that heard on this week`s broadcast, nor
found on their website, with lots of other info, topped by the flag as
online schedule shows for Angel 1:
2100 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM Fr VOBI Broadcasts Oguchi Nkwocha 17650 So Oguchi Nkwocha
may or may not be the main orator; searching on this name at the biafraland
website was unproductive
RWANDA. DW Kigali, 15205 in English at 2102 May 23, still with unstable
frequency warbling slightly with BFO on, unnoticeable with BFO off
SPAIN. I checked for XEYU May 23 at 1815 but nothing around 9600. Weak signal on
9600, May 23 at 1936 with song in Spanish repeating the word belísima, or was
it morísima? Or was it Italian? Anyhow, one might think XEYU was back except
this was on 9600.0, not 9599.3v, and a few minutes later an announcement in
French. Faded down and gone by 1950. Looked up later, it`s REE which is in
French M-F 19-20 on 9600 at 110 degrees. Beware, as this broadcast could also
contain some Spanish
** U S
A [and non]. So much for a clear shot at Syria, which never made it here the
last few days, not even a carrier on 9330. WBCQ, which shut down 9330 after
losing Rod Hembree`s business, not only brought it back at 18-19 May 22, but
Brother Scare to the rescue! He`s now on 9330, as heard May 23 at 1953, running
about 3 seconds ahead of WWRB 9385. No Syria het even tho Turkey was in on 9460,
and Greece weaker on 9420. Overcomer Ministry still going at 2105 with a drama,
not B.S. himself at the moment. Then I heard from Allan Weiner that BS has
bought 24/7 hours on 9330 and then 5110: Seven days on 9330 at 1200-0100, on
5110 at 0100-1200.
also says WORLD OF RADIO will not be back on 9330 or 5110 yet, just on 7415 as
before, Thu 2330 and Mon 0415; and 15420, Wed 2100. 15420 was JBA here May 23 at
** U S
A [non]. If you don`t get enough African music from VOA in English, the French
service has a wildly enthusiastic DJ, as noted via Bonaire 17550, Friday May 23
at 2005 giving phone numbers and spelling out e-mail addresses, presumably of
listeners wanting contacts. One sounded like cher-US-star, then some Mozambique
music. VG signal here slightly out of the target area
** U S
A. VOA in French on 9830, May 23 at 2107 news, ID, mixing with constant RTTY. At
2100-2130 M-F this is São Tomé at 335 degrees; strangely enough, it`s half an
hour earlier on Sat & Sun
** U S
A. Pastor Pete Peters, via WWCR 9980, May 23 at 2108 with hum, dead air, someone
who can count to two making mike chex, feedback; 2110 PPP audible but off-mike,
apparently a live outdoor event, inviting children to come forward and be taught
how to sing something for a Sunday performance. 2112 a prayer but barely audible
by non-deities despite huge signal; 2114 could barely hear the call but the
response blasted in, ``Jesus Christ is king``. 2115, PPP is finally on-mike
himself, and immediately offers prayer for the audio crew, ``send us tech-angels
to help``. BTW, Laporte CO is not far from the May 22 tornado outbreaks, but no
mention of that heard
ARGENTINA [and non]. Re previous report: May 23 at 2001 found a fluxuating
subaudible heterodyne, every few seconds oscillating from 0 to maybe 10 Hz,
which means at least one of the two transmitters here is unstable, and we bet
it`s RAE, which at least has managed to almost match Morocco, a feat in itself.
Just traces of French and Arabic audio, respectively. Earlier this week RAE was
as much as 280 Hz low
15345, I hope most realized, as nobody has asked, but I am guilty of omitting it
CHINA. Still no Firedrake almost a week after it went off, presumably for the
3-day quake mourning period. Sunday May 25, FE propagation was good, so found
Chinese talk and programming, presumably CNR-1 jamming instead as follows,
targets derived from Aoki:
at 1253, over All India Radio, in Chinese. Certainly not a friendly
What does China have to fear from India?
at 1255, Chinese recitation and singing. This may have been RTI in Chinese as
also heard recently, but listed as jammed. What I heard did not seem // the
at 1253 // 15795, VOA Chinese via Tinang.
at 1332, CNR1, running a bit ahead of otherwise // 12040. On 14410 it`s against
Sound of Hope via Taiwan.
at 1330, CNR1, VG over VOA Chinese via Tinang.
this was during a local power outage, not related to the tornados elsewhere in
Garfield County yesterday, altho the fact that it took OG&E two sesquihours
to repair it may have been. This reduced the line noise level but did not
eliminate it, as I tuned on battery power
[and non]. RHC, 13760, May 25 at 1332 over co-channel QRM with a SAH, which must
be V. of Korea to Europe: Commies vs Commies. Am I enjoying this too much?
** U S
A. WRMI, 9955, better than usual, F-G at 2113 May 23, no jamming, as Overnight
AM about Mars missions was about to pause for break; guest has website http://www.drsky.com where we see has also
appeared on C2CAM. Do NOT go to doctorsky.com, a ripoff paid link site combining
night sky with weight loss! Jeff White says WRMI still hasn`t finished fixing up
their NAm antenna
** U S
A. WHRI 11785 with Hmong Lao Radio, Sunday May 25 at 1326 was accompanied by
very distorted // spur around 11793, plus some pulsing noises periodically.
There was some QRM to DGS on 11775, but it did not sound the same, and could not
pin it down to 11777
CHINA. CNR-1 jammers, sounds like a drama, May 26 at 1642 on 9905 vs R. Free
Asia in Chinese via Palau; and // on 9930 against Sound of Hope via KWHR
MADAGASCAR. Netherlands national anthem, which RNW apparently plays once an hour
concluding each Dutch transmission, until 1657* May 26 on 15335; this is 335
degrees from Madagascar. Earlier in the hour was also hearing 13740, also Dutch
but at 359 degrees, replacement since May 15 for 13840 tnx to China
TURKEY. After weeks of poor to nil reception on 15450, VOT
surprisingly good May 26 after 1300 concluding Hues & Colours, later
Turkish folk music. Perhaps a fluke opening from the region, with VOR also in on
15550 et al. SWPC 1200 UT mid-latitude K-index of 2, and Solar Flux for the day
before of 68 would hardly account for it
** U S
A. WBCQ, 15420-CUSB, May 26 at 1657 with the Fence Lake Prophet in
characteristic cadence, usually two syllables even pitch, next syllable higher
pitch, i.e. anapestic meter, but not strictly so as the passages read were not
intentionally written in that way, sometimes three plus one, as in Morse U or V.
In any event, this prophet`s brain is wired in a very strange way. Fair signal.
broke for program ID as Words of the Spirit, offering free printed
by that name and Battle Cry Sounding. Gave e-mail address prophet @ [something].com
and P-mail address which I could not copy either. Pause at 1703:30 to 1704 or
so, but no WBCQ ID inserted; is it ever? Some SWBC stations believe FCC hourtop
ID requirements do not apply to them. Later, heard from Allan that he has upped
power on 15420
** U S
A. WHRI, 11785, with spurs worse than the day before, May 26 at 1638, big
distorted blob on 11775 blocking Defunct Gene Scott, Anguilla, and another one
on 11795 with no detectable victim. Christians vs Christians!
ZIMBABWE [non]. SW Radio Africa, 12035 via Rampisham UK, May 26 at 1710
interview with MDC activists who have fled. Seemed not entirely in English, or I
was not locked into the accent yet. Reception improved from fair to good as I
listened for a few minutes
CHINA. When I heard somewhat religious-sounding songs with full orchestra, in
unID language on 12260.0, S9+10 at 2013 May 27, I suspected I had something new
and significant. Could it be a harmonic, 2 x 6130? But nothing audible there so
early in the afternoon. Hmmm, WYFR still carries Taiwan relays and also does its
own Chinese programming, so let`s look around for parallels --- soon found one
on 11740, which I remembered is a WYFR frequency; trouble is they were not in
sync. I finally decided that 12260 was a split second ahead of 11740. Could not
WYFR mixing product, as there is also nothing midway on 12000, so two strixe
against that idea.
fell into place when I fired up the Aoki list: 12260 is a Sound of
frequency, so jammed, of course by CNR-1, no longer Firedrake. 11740 is Radio
Free Asia, in Chinese via Tinian, and WYFR, not in Chinese does not come on
11740 until 2200. So all I was hearing were two Chicom jammers
[and non]. 13760, May 27 at 1404, het of about 200 Hz on the hi side to RHC.
This is where VOK has been colliding for a long time; a few days ago, two were
within a few Hz. But now there is a third player; somehow I got on the mailing
list of CRI`s French service, and this just came in:
de frÃ©quence --- A partir de 22 mai 2008, la frÃ©quence 13670 / 21.95
orientÃ©e vers lâ€™Afrique du nord-ouest, est remplacÃ©e par
13760/21.8. Soyez fidÃ¨le
Per EiBI it was: 13670 1400-1600 CHN China Radio Int. F WAf /ALB So via Albania
--- and THAT may be the SAH I have been hearing on RHC 13760, with Korea an
audible het further off, so it`s a three way now, Commies vs Commies vs Commies!
Way to go!
INDONESIA [and non]. Incredibly, instead of the whining 1-kHz het between 9525
and 9526, May 27 at 1434 check, only heard a lo het of 100 Hz or slightly more,
estimated; Indonesian music, axually sounded more Mideastern, atop the other
station, presumably CRI Russian as scheduled and often heard during this hour.
Yes, VOI was back on 9525 after many months on 9526, but will it stay there? Or
so is my assumption unless a third station has moved in to confuse things, like
TURKEY. Once again May 27, VOT 15450 coming in fairly well, but at 1306-1313 it
dumped off the air repeatedly. I turned on the BFO and it was apparent that when
it came back on each time, the power would build up to normal in 2 or 3 distinct
** U S
A. WINB, 13570, May 27 at 2018 with the anapestic-cadenced New Mexico prophet,
but not // 15420 WBCQ with same programming but at this moment breaking for
contact info. 13570 had the usual unstable warble on transmitter when monitored
with BFO. Per http://www.winb.com/schedule.htm Global
Spirit Proclamation on WINB is M-F at 16-18 and 20-22. Does the speaker ever
give her name?
** U S
A [and non]. WRMI inaudible on 9955 at 1433 May 27, just some residual pulse
Dentro-Cuban jamming. This is when the DX program Frecuencia al DÃa is
scheduled, Tuesdays 1430. Perhaps as the only Spanish program during the entire
week in this semi-hour it attracts undue attention as possibly
counter-revolutionary; tough luck, Dino, who isn`t even Cuban! However, at 2011
recheck, WRMI was in the clear, no jamming, fair signal at S9+18 with
programming in English about Poland; from WRN, Polish Radio as scheduled
** U S
A. KVOH, 17775, May 27 at 2025, overmodulated but muffled and distorted, worse
than usual, Spanish religious talk with piano(?) background. Figured I would
find the 17920/17630 spurs along with it, but not this time
ALGERIA [non]. Surprised to hear same Qur`an on three different 7 MHz
in // --- well, not quite; comparing on different receivers, they
slightly out of synch with each other, May 28 at 0537, 7305 leading 7260,
melodic than your average muezzin, with pauses for plain speech in Arabic;
slightly behind 7260 and 7305 at 0542 when segué to secular music, Arabic
At 0545, 7305 definitely strongest and 7260 weakening. Per new sked from
News, Bulgaria, Issoudun, France relay started May 24 on 7305 during the
hour; per old skeds, 7260 is Skelton and 7150 is Sines, both under auspices
while 7305 is TDF. All these are aimed back at northern Africa
ANGUILLA. Defunct Gene Scott, 11775, absent May 28 at 1326 check. At some
they will probably close down for a while to install the ex-KTBN
but I don`t know if this is it. So will they be running two
at once, or retire the old one?
INDONESIA. VOI definitely back on frequency 9525 after months on 9526
May 28 at 1300 with English announcement that Japanese was ending,
starting. Axually, it`s a shade below 9525 by a few tens of Hz perhaps
SAUDI ARABIA. BSKSA huge buzzy transmitter centered on 11915, no doubt the
unit as before 1800 on 15205, heard May 28 at 2118. It only spread about 5
above and below here, but messes up most of the 25m band in Europe
** U S
A. Glad to confirm that WBCQ, 15420-CUSB, aired new WORLD OF RADIO 1410, when
checked at 2102 UT Wednesday May 28. Quite weak signal compared to
** U S
A. VOA, Greenville, 15390, supposed to carry Creole service to Haiti
at 2100 until 2130, but May 28 at 2104, found open carrier only, a
noise, off and on the air a few times; finally brought up audio at 2106
program in progress, which I had already confirmed was running OK on //
also on // 11895 checked at 2117. The old GB transmitters must be quite
** U S
A. WHRI`s spur from 11785 is getting worse and moving around. May 28 at
found a huge blob centered on 11771, a bit further from fundamental than
Earlier in day, Anguilla was missing from 11775 and may still have been
could not hear any trace of it, no beat with an 11775 carrier. During
the 11771 blob was just about as loud as 11785, but more distorted. Also
spur at 2115 on 11799, this one colliding with RHC on 11800 in Spanish,
had not been able to hear a few minutes earlier. Christians vs Commies!
** U S
A. WTJC, 9370 is another POS transmitter. May 28 at 2122 found an
distorted FMy blob with music spreading 9255 to 9285, centered around
when first checked, a few minutes later more like 9275. WTJC has done this
so I suspected them immediately, but on 9370 itself there was a carrier
barely detectable modulation I could not be certain was //. However, WBOH
was audible, with a familiar hymn tune, and it was definitely // the blob
by 2126 was centered about 9260 spreading plus/minus 30 kHz. So much for
Nil on 9250! However, at 2129 all the 9 MHz stuff vanished as they
off the WTJC transmitter + parasitix. It stayed off most of the half
but at 2200 recheck, 9370 was back on with full modulation, ID and IRN
no spurs, fortunately for WINB which had also just opened on 9265.
Dave Frantz of WWRB once told me that helpful people from FBN in Newport NC
over to run his previous station WGTG in McCaysville GA when he had to be
but they stole the plans for his homemade transmitter so they could build
own, which in a few years signed on as WTJC/WBOH
ANGUILLA. PMS, 11775, missing yesterday was back today May 29 at 1300 check
CHINA. After 10 days, Firedrake music is back as the primary jamming method
Chicom dictatorship, afraid to death of letting the oppressed Chinese
get any information from abroad. May 29 between 1250 and 1306 I was
FD again on many of the usual targets, some with the victim also
but usually not, on a not-very-good FE morning: 7280, 9605, 9680,
11710, 11785, 11805, 11825, 12040.
bandscan at 0116 May 30: the lowest frequency with some FD audible was
weak and fluttery; also at 0119 on 17765; both against VOA Chinese via
CHINA [non]. CRI in English, with two separate programs at 0124 May 30:
show on 9580 via Cuba, // 9790 via Canada with item about Tibetan
and on 9570, 6020 via Albania with SAH and AH, China Drive show from
service, at first a bit of Chinese music, but then American-accented
talking about psychoanalysis, NBA playoffs. Is it still drive-time in
after 9 am? Is this a regular spot for China Drive, 0100 UT via Albania
Cuba or Canada? 9580 modulation had some rumble on it but better than
time I noticed
INDONESIA. While the past two days it was back on 9525, instead of 9526, VOI
detectable on either frequency May 29 at 1306
SERBIA [non]. IRS still on 6185 colliding with and generally underneath
in Serbian at 2335 May 29, and after 0100 May 30 in English, unusable.
on 6190. Dragan Lekic tells DXLD that he has been in contact with
Graovac, technical director of International Radio Serbia, and passed on
suggestion that they move to 6190 --- and this will be done starting May
For the NAm broadcasts between 2330 and 0130, including English at
UT Sundays and 0100=daily. Reports wanted to
** U S
A. World of Radio via WRMI 9955, new time of 0100 UT Fridays, audible
jamming May 30 at 0118 check, but very poor with noise; by 0122 it was
better and readable
** U S
A. WHRI still putting out spurblobs from 11785 transmitter; haven`t they
yet? May 29 at 1953 centered on 11771 and 11799
** U S
A. KVOH, 17920 spur, May 29 at 2117 consisted mainly of a regular beat
washing machine agitator, // 17775 which had the same beat plus norteña
today May 4,2008
Canada International 9800 khz Listened between 1530 UTC and
UTC. This is first time RCI has decoded here. Signal was pretty
with dropouts infrequent.
managed to log at least one station on each of the shortwave bands mentioned for
the CME for May with the exception of two yet to hear something on. Left yet are
11 and 120 meters .
are the logs as follows on the rest so far.
meter band - 3.320 khz - May 9/08 - 23:18 UTC - SABC South
Africa w/ commentary and music in Afrikaans ; SINPO - 44433
meter band - 3.985 khz - May 9/08 - 23:07 UTC - REE Spain w/ woman in spanish
and news ; SINPO - 45444
meter band - 4.745 khz - May 9/08 - 22:59 UTC - R. Mauritaine w/ arabic
commentary , mentions of Mauritaine ,string guitar music, time pips TOH ; SINPO
meter band - 6.065 khz - May 8/08 - 21:22 UTC - R. Sweden w/ news and sports in
English, mention of documentary on Swedish cemetery problems; SINPO 55544
meter band - 7.285 khz - May 8/08 - 21:45 UTC - China Radio Intl via Albania
w/ commentary on Olympic torch relay; SINPO 55544
meter band - 9.700 khz - May 8/08 - 22:05 UTC - R. Bulgaria w/ musical program
featuring Bulgarian musicians at concert and ID in English,;SINPO 5555
meter band - 11.620 khz - May 5/08 - 21:25 UTC - All India Radio w/ Faithfully
Yours, a letter from listeners reading program; SINPO 55555
meter band - 13.620 khz - May 9/08 - 17:47 UTC - Voice of Kuwait w/ song by
woman in arabic, commentary by man and woman; SINPO 55544
meter band - 15.085 khz - May 9/08 - 17:35 UTC - VOIRI Voice of Iran w/ chants
followed by frequencies given in German, mentions of Iran; SINPO 55534
meter band - 17.530 khz - May 9/08 - 14:03 UTC - Voice of America via Kuwait ?
w/ news items on World News Now, report on athletes preparing for Olympics in
Beijing; SINPO 55544
meter band - 18.890 khz - May 9/08 - 17:55 UTC - WYFR, Okeechobee, Florida w/
Family Bilble Reading Fellowship program , Family Radio ID, website and mailing
address given in English; SINPO 55555
meter band - 21.570 khz - May 11/08 - 14:47 UTC - REE Spain w/ commentary on
type of sports game by two men in Spanish; SINPO 44322
mentioned have 2 bands left to complete 11 and 120 meters. Also have
started to log one station on each AM frequency also. Results to post soon.
morning from the North Atlantic
from 11:40 - 12:30 UTC May 17 on the shortwave bands with the following:
- 11.945 khz - 11:40 UTC - R. Australia w/ English program
about "happiness " and meditation SINPO 44434 ;
// 9.580 khz SINPO 35533
- 17.490 khz - 12:17 UTC - China Radio Intl w/ English news including
earthquake report;Chinese media stories SINPO 45533
(presumed CRI ) 11.750 khz - w/ Chinese language lessons (transmission abruptly
cut off at 11.59 with no closing)
- 17.585 khz - 12:22 UTC - R. Japan NHK w/ English talk on sightseeing in Tokyo
SOUTH - 9.650 khz - KBS Radio Korea w/ English news and ID by woman "KBS
World Radio in Seoul, S. Korea" SINPO 55555
- 12.040 khz - weak w/ oriental or chinese music, drumbeats and unknown
language SINPO 25522
Thanks to Paul
Walker, Kevin Redding, Harry Helms, Michael Richard, Don Kaskey and Powell E.
Way III for their submissions and comments for this month’s column. Enjoy.
Sun May 4, 2008 11:39 am (PDT)
In the Internet
Age, AM Radio Needs Fine-Tuning
By Marc Fisher
Washington Post Staff Writer
Sunday, May 4, 2008; M03
The flat voice of a police officer reading off the blotter contrasts starkly with the smooth introduction from the professional announcer who precedes him on the air: "8:09 p.m., report of juveniles setting fire to a pile of papers behind an apartment complex; 3:14 p.m.,
Annapolis police respond to report of an argument. The man violently resisted efforts to place him in the police car."
It's the morning police report coming to you "from Radio Park" on Annapolis's hometown station, WNAV (1430 AM), one of a dwindling number of intensely local voices of the sort that used to dominate the AM dial.
The digital revolution threatens to render irrelevant or unprofitable many of the most prominent old media, whether they be newspapers, books, magazines or television and radio stations. As each of those industries struggles to hold on to audiences or attract young consumers, the medium that has fallen farthest and fastest is probably AM radio.
AM is where radio was born, yet its static-plagued, low-fidelity stations seem to have lost an entire generation of listeners. Paradoxically, however, AM -- from tiny small-town stations specializing in farm reports and high school sports coverage to booming big-city outlets that pioneered the concepts of all-news, sports talk and Top 40 pop hits -- is where much of what's popular on the Internet got its inspiration.
The swap shop call-in shows that once filled the midday airwaves on many local stations are the spiritual godfather of Craigslist and other online classified sites. The sports phone-in shows that have long been an AM staple spawned the fan message boards that have
proven so popular on the Internet. And although the great American tradition of ranting -- passionate political tirades, righteous religious preaching, get-rich-quick financial schemes -- surely dates back to Colonial times, it was first propelled into a mass, coast-to- coast culture on AM radio, and has found a happy new home on the Web.
Only two AM stations show up in Arbitron's latest ratings of the audience for the top 21 radio outlets in the Washington area, illustrating a steady decline that began three decades ago but has accelerated in many cities over the past few years. Washington's longtime top-rated AM station, all-news WTOP, moved over to the FM dial two years ago, giving up AM radio's superior geographic reach to be where the listeners are.
The two AM stations that do show up in the top 21 -- conservative talk WMAL (630) and sports talk WTEM (980) -- have significantly older audiences than the most popular FM stations. (The next three AM stations in the local ratings are all Spanish-language stations, with much smaller audiences.)
But to spend a week listening only to AM radio, as I recently did, is to explore a world not unlike that of the Internet, where what's dominant is not reasoned and careful conversation, but the wild and woolly, voices crying out to be heard in a soundscape of plenty.
"Is masturbation okay?" talk host Marsha Sumner asks her panel on Heaven 1580 (WPGC), a gospel and Christian station. "If God is not getting the glory, something is wrong. Sin is sin, boo."
Another Christian station, WFAX (1220) in Falls Church, features a preacher breathlessly explaining why he's reluctant to pay his taxes. "We Christians are taught to pay our government for good leadership, but the Bible nowhere tells us we should pay our taxes for evil," he says.
A motivational speaker on one of several brokered-time stations -- stations that sell their airtime by the hour to all comers, but mainly to people selling stock schemes, preaching some manner of gospel or hawking conspiracy theories of a certain extravagance -- spends half an hour urging employees to learn the way to their bosses' hearts.
And on three different signals in Virginia, Maryland and the District, syndicated talk host Laura Ingraham asks her guest to please "tell us about the connection between Darwinism and Nazism."
"I'm so glad you asked, Ann," replies guest Ben Stein, an author who has apparently slipped and confused Ingraham with another blond conservative firebrand, Ann Coulter.
Syndicated talk shows make up most of the English-language programming on any scan of the AM dial these days. It's vastly cheaper and easier to carry nationally syndicated shows than to produce original programming.
So big stations carry Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Michael Savage and the sports guys from ESPN and Fox, while scratchier signals beam in second-team conservatives such as Michael Medved, Michael Reagan and Bill Bennett. Over at WWRC (1260), what's left of the attempt to create a liberal alternative to right-wing talk radio struggles on, with Ed Schultz, Bill Press and Thom Hartmann finding a tiny audience for their daily menu of complaint about the rest of the media, plus Bush-bashing of the awkward-presidential-sound-bite school.
And then station managers wonder why listeners have migrated to live, local programming over on the FM dial. The ratings say the audiences for many AM stations number only in the low thousands or perhaps even lower.
Yet from a spot in Northwest Washington, it's possible to hear 35 AM stations by day and dozens more at night, when signals from clear across the country come sailing in.
At least six of those 35 stations broadcast in Spanish, three more in Korean or Chinese, a couple of others occasionally in Amharic or French. These are the proto-Facebook groups of an earlier era, subcultures invisible to much of the population, yet thriving in their own little corners of the culture.
The voices on AM radio are too often canned and delivered by satellite from distant places, saying nothing about life in the Washington area. Once-great local stations such as WAGE in Leesburg and WMAL in Washington now rely largely on talk shows pulled off the satellite.
But whether it's a Spanish station in Manassas offering listeners a chance to vent their views on Prince William County's crackdown on illegal immigrants, or longtime local talk host Bernie McCain talking D.C. politics on WOL (1450), there are still a precious few spots along the dial where the programming sounds like the place from which the station is broadcasting.
A comeback for AM is a long shot, but it is only possible with programs that cannot be heard anywhere else, not even on the Web, with the daily recitation of the police blotter, the triumphs of local high school athletes and the voices of the places where we live.
Wed May 7, 2008
6:47 am (PDT)
BizReport : Research : May 07, 2008
Increase in Internet radio listening among workers
A growing number of workers are listening to radio online at work and abandoning AM/FM receivers, according to a recent study.
by Helen Leggatt
Findings from Arbitron and Edison Media Research’s “Internet & Multimedia” study show the number of people in the U.S. that listen to the radio over the Internet has increased from 12% to 20% from 2007 to 2008.
During the same period the number of employees listening via traditional radio sets dropped from 88% to 80%.
In particular, the study found that education played a big part in whether an employee was likely to listen to radio online. Thirty percent of college graduates listen to online radio most often compared with just 12% of non-college graduates.
"For a growing number of people, obviously especially among those whose work is in front of a computer all day, the Internet is simply a better solution for 'radio' listening than a traditional AM/FM Radio,” said Larry Rosin, president of Edison Media Research.
“Thus radio stations need to think about the quality of their streams, and promote their streams. After all, on the Internet, the competition is not just the other stations in town; instead the possibilities are essentially infinite."
For marketers, knowing that there’s a large audience
listening during work hours should encourage better use of online radio ad
station media, including testing different time slots.
Wed May 7, 2008 7:27
the world, log on! You have nothing to lose but your limited station
Harry Helms W5HLH
Smithville, TX EL19
Wed May 7, 2008 7:32
CCrane has a WiFi radio to help with this....
Nothin' But Net... Classic Hits Power 97.7 KPOW-FM La Monte/Sedalia
Fri May 2, 2008
1:00 pm (PDT)
At 96K Stereo,
this station sounds pretty good! Power 97.7 is a Classic Rock/"Harder"
Rock n Roll leaning Classic hits station.
The webstream is obviously being fed by an FM radio tuned to 97.7 plugged into acomputer. From the hiss and noise in the signal you hear when the audio is low, it sounds like it's a radio outside their primary coverage area.
The website is www.power977.com
They also have "Hometown COuntry 1490" KDRO at www.kdro.com.
It's a Classic COuntry station and they stream as well. But their stream sounds
as if the left channel is ALOT louder then the right channel.
Incidentally, Power 97.7 ID's as KPOW-FM which is because three is another KPOW..... it's KPOW 1260, licensed to *POWELL*, Wyoming
Paul B. Walker, Jr.
Fri May 2, 2008
1:02 pm (PDT)
OK, so I'm a little biased, but the webstream DOES sound
pretty good and I've been connected to it for days on end with no problem.
Paul B. Walker, Jr.
Sat May 3, 2008
2:04 pm (PDT)
Check out at www.kmrcradio.com !! The stream sounds pretty darn good for only 32K/32hz!!
The company that owns KMRC 1430, a 500 Watt Daytimer also owns KAGY 1510 Port Sulphur, a 1KW Daytimer and WABL 1570 Amite a 500 Watt Daytimer.
There's another Swamp Pop station, "The Rajun Cajun", KLRZ 100.3 Larose, LA & KLEB 1600 Golden Meadow, LA. They stream as well at www.klrzfm.com.
Paul B. Walker, Jr.
Wed May 7, 2008
12:38 pm (PDT)
I'm listening to
"Good Times and Great Oldies, 92.5 KVPI-FM" Ville Platte, Louisana.
The music is pretty decent and the stream is decent as well. I've already heard
a few tunes that would set this apart from your regular oldies stations.
They have an AM station that does a partial simulcast in the Early Morning and Afternoon. In the Mid Day and Evenings, KVPI-AM separates and does some separate programming. Both stations air News in French twice a day and KVPI-AM 1050 does 1 1/2 hours of music in French every weekday night and some Classic Country music as well.
KVPI-oldies 92.5 has a very, very laidback, very downhome approach on the air. You'll see what I mean if you listen.
The website is www.oldies925.com
The webstream is www.barnabasroad.com/station=kvpi-fm.html
Paul B. Walker, Jr.
Wed May 7, 2008
1:25 pm (PDT)
Sounds like they
haven't changed much since when I actually lived there. Ville Platte is about 20
miles from Eunice - where I was born. KVPI was basically a local for me. I can
remember being a kid and the AM had a lot of French programming and the FM was
mostly music although it was just kind of a variety or MOR of the time (late 70s
/ early to mid 80s). Last few times I been home I've listened in and it's been
exactly what you described.....oldies on the FM and some simulcasting on the AM
with plenty of separate times too and French programming and the like. Our local
in Eunice - KEUN AM 1490 used to be the same way too. Local programming and
music and news in French and English in the early mornings and on the weekends -
my grandmother used to listen to it. Unfortunately KEUN-AM has become nothing
more than a talk outlet and they still do some specialized stuff on the FM. Good
to see KVPI is still keeping with their tradition and hasn't changed much.
Brings back many memories. I'm pretty sure if I dug deep enough I could find
some 8-track tapes that dad recorded from KVPI-FM 25-30 years ago.
Michael n Wyo
Wed May 7, 2008 2:23
Which brings to mind our old favorite KBON. Sadly (for me
anyway) I find per their web page that they are only available by subscription
of either $6 or $7 a month. Too many free Internet stations to fool with this
anymore. Too bad, I enjoyed their programming a lot.
Posted by: Paul
B. Walker, Jr.
Wed May 7, 2008 3:10
I feel KBON's pain.
Webstreaming isn’t cheap and stations can't always get it sponsored, so it's just expense that they're losing money on. They have to cover their expenses somehow.
Keep in mine, just because you have a Music License from ASCAP, BMI and SESAC for your AM or FM signal DOES NOT mean you have one of your online streaming. In fact, you don't with SESAC.
Sun May 11,
2008 3:38 pm (PDT)
I just HAD to sample Rama Communications latest abomination
after a format and call swap in Orlando.
Que Buena Orlando WLAA moved from 1680 to 1600 with Inspiration Gospel WOKB moving from 1600 to 1680.
Their AM signal is horrible, the hum is HORRENDOUS (even worse then WABV's was) and the processing is squashing the buhjesus outta the sound and signal.
Listen for yourselves,
Paul B. Walker, Jr.
Fri May 16, 2008
12:17 am (PDT)
During the day, you can hear the audio of the radio station
while watching a view of their studio.
At night, you can hear the local police scanner activity with a view into their parking lot
Check it out at:
Paul B. Walker, Jr.
Fri May 16,
2008 5:54 am (PDT)
> At night, you can hear the local police scanner
> activity with a view into
Which (rebroadcasting the police frequencies from a scanner) is illegal.
Posted by: Paul
B. Walker, Jr.
Fri May 16, 2008
11:46 am (PDT)
I didn't know that..... I've seen..er..heard of people streaming scanner audio online before. Look for it. It's all over the Internet, usually being done by hams.
Paul B. Walker, Jr.
Fri May 16, 2008
12:10 pm (PDT)
> I didn't know that..... I've seen..er..heard of people streaming
> scanner audio online before. Look for it.. it's all over the
> internet, usually being done by hams.
Don't feel bad Paul, I had no idea that it was against the law either. I have seen websites all over the place doing the police scanner.
I am curious to see the latest rule on it. Either a lot of people are breaking the law or the law has changed.
Fri May 16, 2008
12:47 pm (PDT)
ANY 2 way is illegal to stream. Actually it is illegal to DIVULGE 2 way comms.
Fri May 16, 2008
12:50 pm (PDT)
--- Kevin Redding wrote:
> Don't feel bad Paul, I had no idea that it was against the law
> either. I have seen websites all over the place doing the police
> I am curious to see the latest rule on it. Either a lot of people are
> breaking the law or the law has changed.
The law was harshened after someone illegally received someone’s analog cell communications and recorded and gave the info to media.
People doing it doesn't make it legal.
And that’s it this month.
94.1 WEMX Kentwood, LA ads, promos, "
Rouge's leader for hip-hop and R&B, MAX 94-1"
103.3 WCDV LA Hammond; "The New Sunny 103.1" "Todays refreshing
100.7 WJLQ FL Pensacola; pop music mix "Q-100" "The Gulf
Coasts best music"
103.1 WMXZ FL Valparaiso "MIX 103-1" "Kidd Kraddick in the
103.7 KHJK TX La Porte; "JACK-FM" slogan, ads, classic rock/hits,
what we want"
104.7 WJIW MS Greenville, womens conference at a local church,
0912 99.5 WRNO-FM LA New Orleans, "Glenn Beck"
103.3 WCDV LA Baton Rouge
103.3" slogan; "Your home for TODAY's refreshing
100.7 WYPY LA Baton Rouge; C&W mx
Country 100.7" slogan
95.7 WKBU LA New orleans;
95.7" slogan; "100% Classic ROCK"
99.9 KTDY LA Lafayette; light rock/mix
106.7 KKND LA New Orleans;
The WOLF" C&W mx
92.1 KROI TX Seabrook-Houston;
92.1" slogan; Christian gospel music
101.9 XHCAM MEXICO Campeche, Campeche; 620
los mejores DJ's". SP rock music
with //AM 1280, mention of 10kW.
100.7 WJLQ FL Pensacola;
slogan; mix 70's, 80's, 90's and today
102.1 KQIS LA Basile-Lafayette;
"The best soft rock all day"
101.5 WYNK LA Baton Rouge; C&W,
94.9 WKSJ AL Mobile; C&W,
102.7 WXBM FL Milton; C&W mx,
94.1 WEMX LA Baton Rouge; "MAX 94-1"
"Baton Rouge's official station for Hip Hop and R&B"
CHRK Sydney NS, calling itself "The Giant" is now on the air:
officially breaks the Sydney area broadcast monopoly held for the
several years by MBS Radio, owner/operators of CHER-FM, CKPE-FM
their morning team are from stations to the immediate west - Rob
was at 101.5 CIGO-FM aka The Hawk while Tashia Lee had been
down afternoon drive at CJFX-F
was a terrific "short tropo" opening this morning from about 6:50 am
to just after 7:00 am Central. I turned on my Yaesu FT-60 to check the
NOAA station on 162.40 and found it, and all other NOAA channels, loaded with
several stations fighting to be heard.
addition to stations in southeast Texas I've heard before, two new ones:
WXK80, Lafeyette, LA, "now your local forecast for Lafeyette and
WWG38, Kosciusko, MS, "now your local forecast from the Jackson NWS
office" surfacing amid the mess; per the Jackson NOAA web site, this is the
only Jackson office station on this frequency.
am, it was as if a switch was flipped in the troposphere and the opening
abruptly closed, leaving only semi-regulars from College Station, Victoria,
etc., QRMing stations in the Austin/San Antonio area.
morning I noticed some "enhancement'....yep ....ran to the TV and turned on
the converter box. Got CBS WTOC from Savannah GA some 200+ miles in HD.
been leaving a TV on ch 2 long hours waiting for some Es to happen, and today
some finally did, but no IDs ---
by WEWN 17595 at 2108 UT May 13; normally barely audible in skip zone but now
inbooming with Es from a megameter away in AL. A few days ago Spain to Brasil
was audible on same frequency during same hour.
2117 something on 2 with logo in lower right and weather map, but too oor to get a clue as to provenance. Signs of skip in and out, and at 2205 a drama/soap opera featuring a very gravid woman. No audio yet so unsure of language then.
Test Proposed for Alaska
company has applied to the FCC for an experimental license to test Digital Radio
Mondiale transmission on several shortwave bands in Alaska, according to a
report from a shortwave blog about DRM.
Aurora Radio Technologies of Delta Junction, Alaska, intends to test statewide
DRM in the 5, 7 and 9 MHz shortwave bands, according to 26MHz.us,
which is written by Bennett Z. Kobb.
application, the company stated that the goal is to assess performance of
digital terrestrial shortwave broadcasting and serve the entire state.
Commission approval is pending, according to the report; for now the FCC
assigned call sign WE2XRH.
general, the population of Alaska is underserved with respect to the ability to
have a high-quality, reliable public radio audio service,” the blog quotes the
company saying. “This is especially true for sparsely populated areas of the
Aurora proposes to perform propagation, signal-to-noise ratio, field strength,
bit rate and audio quality measurements over a two-year period, according to the
report says a unique element of the test is the proposed use of government
surplus over-the-horizon (OTH) radar transmitters made by Continental
following from the latest Radio Journal
AMs light up in the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex. So you
that after literally dozens of FM move-ins and AM upgrades
have pulled signals from as far as 200 miles away into the
Worth market, that perhaps the dial there is now full? Not
fast. M&M Broadcasting has completed upgrades on two of its signals
Fort Worth that has turned them into bigger players within the
market. KJSA, Mineral Wells, TX moves from 250 watts on 1120
kW daytime on 1110, using a new four-tower array northwest of
Worth beaming southeast over the Metroplex. KCLE, Cleburn, TX
powers up from 850 watts to 5-kw by day, serving a big chunk of
Tarrant and Dallas counties. M&M already has a deal in place
the upgraded KJSA to Businessradio Dallas, which has moved its
format there from leased time on KMNY, Hurst, TX (1360).
move will put the format on the same frequency in Dallas that it's
in Houston, where it's on KTEK, Alvin, TX, also at 1110.
checked this and both stations (1110 & 1140) are audible here
Waco. 1110 & 1360 are // but not too good. 1110 has interference,
perhaps from 1110 in the Alvin.
for sale this month
received a Kenwood R-2000 and tried it out briefly during a late
hour. Pleasantly surprised with the sensitivity. Delighted with
quality. Very pleasant to use. I'll write more later, but I
I'm really going to like this receiver.
the wide filter is wide - very wide. Yet, somehow it still
to reject splatter surprisingly well. Right now I'm
to Virgin 1215 and I've never heard them sound so good, and
WPHT is being kept in its place rather well.
is pretty narrow. About a half hour ago I was getting Egypt on
the nicest sounding solid state communications receiver I've
experienced. When tuned to a frequency where several stations
duking it out, it is very easy to pick words out.
the tuning feel - and the different settings for the tuning
D7000Y arrived today, and, with the exception of the battery
[corrosion and missing battery terminals] its in pretty
shape. Will need a detail type cleaning. Works on AC. The eBay
packed it very well.
it through its paces - pretty sensitive on FM, AM and SW good
I'll be able to evaluate it better MW sensitivity wise in the
Also, we are experiencing some wickedly powerful troph
right now on FM.
audio. More selective than my ZTO 1000D.
taken Mr. Bush at his word and have used my economic stimulus check to stimulate
the economy through the purchase of several new radios. Thanks to Mr. Bush, I
now have a Redsun 2100 with the SSB hook-on, a CCrane SWP, yet another Eton
S350DL - this time in red, a Grundig G1100, a totally weird Radio Shack 12-150 (
in spite of reading the dreadful reviews, or maybe partly because of them! ),
another Degen DE1121 ( this time in English ), a Tecsun R-308 AM-FM analog with
a nice, big speaker, and I am still awaiting the arrival of a Grundig G4 and a
G6. I know I could have bought one substantial radio instead of all these odd
and quirky smaller ones, but I have a lot more fun playing with peculiar
inexpensive radios than with, say, my Drake R8 or even my E1. I enjoy the
high-quality radios and the flushing out of weak stations as much as the other
DXers, but I especially like taking a small or underrated radio and pushing it
to its limits to see if I can get it to bring me something unexpected. Besides,
I live two blocks from the beach and if these little radios get sand
all over them, it's no big deal. In the summer, I plan to do most of my
listening at the beach, since that's why I moved here from the mountains of PA!
part of the holiday weekend exploring The Dark Side - my son talked me into
buying a used PSP on eBay, which I immediately filled with videos, music files,
etc. I cannot tell a lie - it was a lot of fun, and I now have a very cool media
center ( I bought several games, but haven't played any of them...) The PSP
has a wi-fi "radio" of sorts. There are about 50 stations sorted by
genre, many of them not of USA origin. They were quite good in their limited
way, and I particularly enjoyed the "talk", jazz, hard rock,
international ( announcer spoke German ) , and classical offerings. Oddly,
Polish, Pakistani and Turkish stations were among the choices. The sound was
very good with headphones, and I had a lot of fun with it. Then, I tore myself
away from the Anti-Radio, and opened my newly-arrived G6 ( it came along with a
G4, which I am saving for tomorrow..) I spent all day yesterday playing with the
G6, and will give my impressions, prefaced with a caveat - I LOVE s mall radios,
so I am predisposed to like this thing. In any case, I am highly pleased with my
G6.. It is tiny, has SSB that works better than on my other portables, has the
air band which I love since I live near several international airports ( NYC
suburb ), the shortwave is complete and provides steady reception, there is LW,
FM includes the Japanese portion from 76.0, and there is a jack for an external
antenna. Other features: attractive and effective orange backlight, 700 memories
( they can't be scanned - it is the same page system as in the G5 / E5 - in
fact, the whole radio is like a mini G5 with added air band.), SSB works on all
the AM broadcast bands, time zone and day of the week can be programmed in, and
the clock switches when another time zone is selected, radio can be reset
without deleting the memories, there is a tuning dial / jog wheel which is very
easy to use and there is no muting, frequencies can be entered directly from the
keypad, batteries ( not included ) can be recharged inside the radio, there are
three alarms and the clock is always visible except when operating in memory
mode. What's not to like? Well, I wish I could scan through my memories like I
can on the new CCRadio SWP, although the SWP mutes so dramatically that I
actually use less time "scanning" my memories by hand on the G6. The
auto-scanning that the G6 does provide - with three different settings - is
worthless, since it only stops on stations that are extremely strong and the air
band ( annoyingly ) does not scan at all. Other reviewers have noted the
surprising selectivity and sensitivity of this radio, and I agree - the radio is
hot, especially on MW and SW.
My verdict : this is an excellent radio, especially when the low price and size are taken into account.
No tests this
one got the bird this month!
Owner: Kevin Redding
Michael J. Richard
Powell E. Way III
Editor: Jay Heyl
Editor: Martin Foltz
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