August 2008 ABDX Journal
Vol 3. Issue 8
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TV and FM DX has been pretty good. Soon AM, LF and HF DX will be in full
swing as you read this in September. This is the time for the High School
Football STA! Stations will stretch the limits of the rules to get that HSFB in
and that gives you a big chance to hear new stations.
On the Shortwave front, we have WRNO
returning to the air and CFRX back on. This is great news as so many stations
have turned off the transmitters in favor of the internet.
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Capital CME Logs
Eton E-1 on the
whip while lying in bed wondering if I will ever get another job....
Toronto, ON 8/8/08 0445 with Italian programming, weak under/over several
stations in a jumble. Thanks to all who helped figure out who this was.
Heard on an XM
Roady 2 radio and standard 3" square satellite antenna:
Ch 130 POTUS
Washington D. C. 8/12 0700 with Scott Walterman and Morning Briefing.
Heard on a
Kenwood R-1000 and 39.37" telescopic whip:
Nashville, TN 8/12 1130 with WSM ad an into OLD C&W song, Abilene.
Heard on a
Kenwood R-1000 and 200 foot long wire.
Enciclopedia Havana, Cuba 8/12 2130 playing classical/ beautiful music. bad 1
kHz het from some TIS.
Atlanta, GA 8/12 2136 with Michael Savage.
850 KOA Denver,
CO 8/12 2137 Dbacks v. Rockies just starting.
Nashville, TN 8/12 1841 with childrens gospel show. Radio play...
Boston, MA 8/12 2139 giving phone in number 617-254-1030.
1040 WHO Des
Moines, IA 8/12 2139 Michael Medved.
Monterrey, NL 8/12 2140 SS ads for a clothing store in Monterrey.
Richmond, VA 8/12 2142 with show and ads for Michael Savage.
1160 KSL Salt
Lake City, UT 8/12 2148 with a familiar announcer Scott Seeger. O/U Chicago1200
WAMB Nashville, TN 8/12 1902 with NOS, Peggy Lee, Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald,
Really nice stuff. Primo. Classy. // 98.3 FM.
Nashville, TN 8/12 1936 with gospel music.
Nashville, TN 8/12 1955 with some right wing scare tactics talk about America
getting blown up in a nuclear holocaust to frighten people into voting for
Ottawa, ON 8/12 0105 French and English time given.
Heard on a
Kenwood R-1000 and 200' wire 8/14:
Nashville, TN 1803 REL MX
WMDB Nashville, TN 1813 doing black gospel.
Heard on a Eton
E-1 XM on the whip:
Aguascalientes, Aguascalientes, MX 8/15 2300 with ToH ID and "La Consentida,
no, no, no, no, no!"
1520 KOKC Oklahoma City, OK 8/12 1952
Jerry Doyle Show. then shortly after POOF!
Right now, I'm
listening on the Sangean PR-D5, nulling 1010 WINS to
listen to CFRB.
Needless to say, I'm riveted. Most
Here is an
easier way for many of you to listen:
Heard on August
15, 2008 from 9:05 p.m. to 10:20 p.m. ADT
580 CFRA Ottawa
ON - then pattern change and power drop and poof, in
590 VOCM St.
640 CBN St.
680 WRKO Boston
Providence RI - "True Oldies Channel" then into NY Yankees baseball
800 CHRC Quebec
850 WEEI Boston
1030 WBZ Boston
Toronto ON [in the background of WEVD]
Ottawa ON "The Team 1200"
Thanks to Kevin for the additional wonderful ideas
added to my earlier suggestion for Capital Cities radio logs for the CME.
So far the logs here as follows:
999 khz - COPE, Madrid Spain 23:30 UTC 8/4/08 w/
spanish commentary and musical fanfare w/ ID COPE ; good
1008 khz - R. Punto, Las Palmas Canary Islands
23:56 UTC 8/4/08 w/ spanish commentary, ID and music ; fair
1548 khz - R. Sawa , Kuwait City Kuwait 1:11 UTC
8/5/08 w/ arabic commentary and pop music, ID
1540 khz - WDCD, Albany New York 2:02 UTC
8/5/08 w/ man giving addresses of various weekend services in New York state,
1458 khz - Sunrise Radio , London England
2:05 UTC 8/5/08 w/ architects ad, TV 1 promo, ID ; good
1260 khz - CKHJ ,Fredericton, New Brunswick 2:10
UTC 8/5/08 w/ "Todays Hits , Yesterdays Classics" KHJ " ID,
country music ; fair
1500 khz - WWWT Washington DC 1:53 UTC 8/5/08 w/
National's Baseball promo, I -Hop Ad, baseball game play by play ;
981 khz - RTA 1 - Algiers, Algeria 2:09 UTC 8/5/08
w/ arabic chants, drum music and commentary; fair
Heard on the SRF-M37V Ultralight barefoot
1030 khz - 7:37 UTC 8/6/8 WBZ, Boston,
Mass w/ Kerry Law AD, Steve Robelli Talk Show, 10-30 WBZ ID , time check ; good
1530 khz - 7:44 UTC 8/6/08 XEUR, Mexico City MX w/
mexican music and vocals, spanish announcer and Radio Fiesta ID ; good
1359 khz - RNE1 Madrid, Spain 8/11/08 23:10
UTC w/ spanish music , songs and commentary"Radio Nacional Espana' ID ;
864 khz - France Bleu Paris 812/08 2:20 UTC w/
french song then into english version of "City Of New Orleans"
1540 khz - CHIN Toronto, Ontario 8/12/08 2:10 UTC
w/ ethnic programming , Indian language; mixing with WDCD ; good
1080 khz - WTIC Hartford, Connecticut 8/12/08
2:15 UTC w/ Boston Red Sox BB, ads, ID ; good
6.145 khz - China Radio International
,Beijing 8/12/08 23:01 UTC w/ news stories on Olympic Games ; good
1050 khz - CHUM Toronto, Ontario
3:56 UTC 8/14/08 w/ oldies by Joni Mitchell and Roy Orbison ; fair
1200 khz - CFGO Ottawa, Ontario
6:40 UTC 8/14/08 w/ basketball talk, "1200 The
Team" ID ;fair
1290 khz - WRNI Providence, Rhode Island
6:43 UTC 8/14/08 w/ Report on Beijing Olympics ; fair
1040 khz - WHO Des Moines, Iowa 8:04 UTC
8/27/08 w/ Newsradio 10-40 WHO ID, news by man ; good
850 khz - WEEI Boston, Mass 7:38 UTC
8/27/08 w/ sports talk,Fox Sports Radio ID , call in on phone line ; fair
1290 khz - CFRW Winnipeg, Manitoba 6:45
UTC w/ oldies by Bill Ainsbury and Little Richard, CFRW ID; fair
860 khz - CJBC Toronto, Ontario 4:26
UTC 8/27/08 w/ french commentary and news by woman; fair
1530 khz - Vatican Radio, Vatican City
4:00 UTC 8/27/08 w/ Russian language program, then into ID and Interval
Signal ; fair
1010 khz - CFRB Toronto, Ontario 2:31 UTC
8/27/08 w/ Scarborough Electric AD, 1010 CFRB ID; fair
A few quickies
on the way home tonight. CX seem to
suck right now. Well, it IS summer.
While I could grab a few Canadians, KFI was barely audible....THAT is
amazingly unusual here. Seemed to be some SS in its place. Nothing capital-wise from 540 to 840. Was hoping for Denver at 560, Salt Lake at 570, Phoenix at
620, Denver at 630, Boise at 670.....all of
absent, although I've gotten all of them at night before.
Now then - on
to the loggings:
8/5/08 In like
they are every night. Nice and loud
Salt Lake City 2342
audible in the mush. Recognized the
Radio Disney music
Des Moines 2343
signal. Typical resident here at
Salt Lake City 2345
8/5/08 Fair to
good. Always in - night or day.
tomorrow hopefully. Going on a
service call to the east and probably not returning til later afternoon / early
evening. Should allow for some day
scanning too. Probably will just be
another Salt Lake City station or 2. I'm
not within daytime range of any other state capital.
I feel I will be a purist on this CME as I've always been a radio purist
about stations serving their COLs so I will only be logging stations actually
licensed to the capital cities and not rimshotters/surrounding/metro stations.
Hey does 660
KTNN count? Is Window Rock the
capitol of the Navajo nation? Heh....I HAD to try. :-)
Sacramento, CA 8/7/08 8:45-9:00 PM PDT Dan Patrick show, ESPN 13-20 slogan, ID
730 KBSU Boise
ID, 9:46-10:02 PM PDT 9/9/08 in with light jazz tunes, fading in and out with
XEEBC but mostly on top. Nice ID by woman at 9:59 and back to jazz. Somewhat
rare here. I have a tight loop on 730 due to KCBS-740 IBOC.
On a side note,
I copied a radio FAX from NMG New Orleans and it had the hurricane sitting right
in the gulf. Hope for the best for everyone in Texas and Louisiana.
tropo, KFMY 97.7 "The Eagle," Olympia, Wa, heard at 2 pm PDT in
Issaquah, WA, with "classic hits" format including "Goodbye
Stranger" by Supertramp and "Pinball Wizard" by the Who and
"97.7, the Eagle" ID. Enjoyed for about 20 minutes before it faded
I've decided to
count loggings from Olympia, my own state capital, on FM but not AM.
1260 CKHJ, Fredericton NB, country,
"KHJ, Today's Country"
1340 WMDR Augusta ME, heard whgile passing
through, IDing as "The Worship Radio Network" with Christian
contemporary programming. Didn't hear any "Zap 1340" IDs.
CHNS, Halifax NS, 89.9, classic hits, "Hal
CJNI, Halifax NS, 95.7, "News 95.7".
CHNI, CKNI and CJNI run a lot of the same talk programming in parallel.
CKUL, Halifax NS, 96.5 classic hits
CIOO, Halifax NS, 100.1 "C-100",
I decided to
use the August CME to see how many stations I could log from the capital----México,
Distrito Federal----of la Republica de Baja Tejas. All loggings are from last
night, August 9, and times are Central:
730 XEX Tune-in
to call-in show 10:38 pm with male host. Show seemed to be health-related;
female caller said she was having trouble sleeping and host asked if she was
drinking "suficiente agua"! At 10:40, into apparently taped segment
about workers developing cancer because of their jobs. I had trouble following
the discussion as many of the words were beyond my limited Spanish vocabulary,
but several mentions of "trabajadores," "condiciones peligrosas,"
and "cáncer" were strong indicators of the subject matter. Very good
860 XEUM, Radio
UNAM, assumed one here with non-stop classical music most of the evening. Very
strong at 10:20 pm check, completely over unID English sports talk station and
no trace of KONO in San Antonio. Too bad SW parallel is inactive to allow
checking, but who else could it be?
900 XEW, Strong
of ads at 9:56 pm tune-in, including Radio Shack ("¡los precios mas bajos!"),
followed by two men with sports talk, frequent mentions of "futbol de liga
mexicana," show seemed to be sponsored
by Coca-Cola judging by frequent mentions. Usual killer signal.
"en Radio Mil, la musica de Mexico" at 9:45 pm and into vocal music.
Good strength and parallel to 6010 SW; latter was only poor to fair with deep
and rapid fades.
"Radiocentro," in with usual talk programming and muy, muy
serious-sounding male host 10:14 pm. Signal not as strong as most other nights
here, for some reason.
"desde la capital de nuestro país, una noche de música romántica"
and into schmaltzy male vocal that transported me from Corpus Christi into the
dining area of an El Torito restaurant on Highway 46 in New Jersey. Very good
signals around 10"25 pm.
There are a few other Mexico City
stations that should be possible from here, and the August CME gives me a good
reason to try to dig them out.
CME logs last
night (August 19) of stations in Monterrey, capital of the estado of Nueva León
(all times Central):
"Bay hota bay, toda la musica mexicana" slogan and romantic male
ballads 9:40 pm through nulled KLIF and Cuba's Radio Reloj and its
"RR" Morse identifier.
"Radio Seis Sesenta" with full ID-----call letters, power, etc.----at
10:00 pm, followed by string of ads (Unica, Banco de Mexico, etc.), then "Notiradio"
slogan and banda music, very good level.
"La mas información y noticias de Moneterrey" 10:20 pm followed by
male talk mentioning "educación" several times, 10:22 into talk by
female, very messy channel and only fair signal.
1050 XEG, usual
super-loud signals 9:38 pm with ranchera music.
tune-in 10:27 pm to beisbol game featuring "Los Diablos Rojos," 10:30
ID as "emmay erray" and into Coca-Cola ad.
1190 XECT is
usually dominant here at night with their "Contacto" slogan every
minute or so, but last night there was a beisbol game on 1190 at various checks
with no team names, city references, or any other ID clues, Based on strength
and bearing, I think it was likely XECT. At 10:45 pm, however, I heard
Andean-like flute music under the baseball game to 10:50, when it went directly
into full instrumental version of "Pomp and
Circumstance"! It faded by 11:00 pm----and no break or ID on the
beisbol game-----so I called it an evening. Whatever that second station was,
something tells me it was a goodie!
"La Nueva," loud atop nulled WLAC 10:36 pm into accordion-based banda
music with male vocalist.
I also tried
for XEMN-600, XEACH-770, XEMON-1370, and XETKR-1480 but couldn't definitely
identify them as one of the Spanish signals on those channels.
Was awake a little after 5:00 am
Central this morning and tuned across 540. XEWA was dominant as usual, but I did
note a station under with accordion-based norteña vocals. I managed to null
XEWA enough to hear recorded, high-pitched female announcements between songs
along with sounds effects that resembled computer-generated rooster crows. At
5:20 am, the signal faded up enough to catch "eschucha la norteñita, equis
ay achay essay" by the same high-pitched female. This was XEHS in Las
Mochis, Sinaloa, and I assume this is the station with norteña sometimes
audible under XEWA that I've been chasing for a while.
I was listening
for stations in Cuba and New Orleans last night to see how they were reacting to
Hurricane Gustav. I listened from 0300-0400 UTC/10:00 to 11:00 pm Central time.
outlet on 530 [Havana – ed.] was apparently the source of a strong carrier on
that frequency but there was no audio during the time I listened. I assume the
studio-to-transmitter link was interrupted but the transmitter remained on the
Radio Reloj on
570, Radio Progreso on 640, and Radio Rebelde on 5025 were in well and still
operational with some of their normal programming. But they were frequently
interrupted by a "programa especial." I heard one on Rebelde-5025
around 0315/10:15 pm that warned of flooding in Pinar del Rio province and that
assistance was on its way. On Progreso at 640, the music was suddenly
interrupted at 0345/10:45 pm for an announcement by a man, which seemed to be
over a telephone line, telling residents of Pinar del Rio, San Cristobal, etc.,
to await relief by military forces and to obey their directions. The
announcement lasted until 0347/10:47 pm. Reloj-570 continued with their time
checks and "RR" ID in Morse on the minute but appeared to be
discussing hurricane-related issues in between.
WWL-870 is a
daytime regular here due to the seapath across the Gulf of Mexico and is
actually more difficult to hear at night due to skywave fading and QRM (for
example, a Radio Reloj outlet was clearly audible under them last night). They
were giving evacuation instructions and speaking with mayors of nearby cities
(they were interviewing the mayor of Kenner during the time I listened). WWL's
signal is, as usual, strong here today so I should be able to monitor the
station as long as it is on the air.
the projected intensification of Gustav has not happened so far this morning and
it looks as if there is a good chance it will be only a category 2 storm by
landfall. While a serious situation, it is short of the catastrophe that a
category 4 hurricane would produce.
760 XEES MEXICO
Chihuahua, CHIH.; 2100 "Antena Siete-Sesenta" slogan, full
“con 10 mil watts de
Here are a few
quick logs done just before 4 am in Ottawa Ontario on acc radio plus.
Basseterre, St. Kitts and Nevis (very weak but identifiable)
900 XEW Mexico
City, MX. Very dominant
Winnipeg, MB Moderate under CKGM
Toronto ON. Dominant.
CJLO went on
the air around 11 am Tuesday Aug 26th. I
was able to pull it in here in Ottawa with a variable signal.
The conditions for AM were odd all day, with many stations fading in and
out that are usually steady. CJLO's
signal was fairly decent. Nighttime
was interesting, as they'd either be very strong as a local or they'd disappear
under CHLO Toronto. For now they're
playing big band and easy listening music with an ID between each song.
One ID in French then the next in English. The Big Band/easy listening music is for the engineer to fine
tune the transmitter, in a few days they'll be broadcasting a loop of the kind
of music they'll normally be playing (alternative rock, punk, metal and some
other genres) so they can due
a little extra
fine tuning. I think I may be the
first to log them outside of Montreal, as I logged them before 1 pm.
1500 KSTP MN St. Paul. 2000 CDT. TOH I.D.
along US 90 from Pascagoula, MS, to Pass Christian, MS, this past Saturday
morning (Aug 9th), I was bored with the same old FM radio programming, so I
rental car's radio to the AM band to listen to one of my favorite AM stations,
WWL 870 out of New Orleans.
familiar with the radio's controls, I accidentally hit the "Seek"
button instead of the
button. The radio stopped on 530
kHz with a HUGE signal from Radio Enciclopedia out of Havana!!
I found a sandy
spot along the side of the road, pulled off, and listened in amazement.
It was, in fact, Radio Enciclopedia.
This was around 10:30 AM CDT!!
I was able to
listen to them all the way from Biloxi
Christian. I turned off of US 90 at
Menge Road and lost them as I drove inland toward Interstate 10.
underestimate the power of AM propagation over salt water!
I spent a little while before turning out the light
last night spinning around the dial listening for more capital cities. I was
able to snag WLAC-1510 out of Nashville. (More formal log to follow.) Of perhaps
more significant note, though of no surprise, I'm sure, to many of you, I was
getting very significant IBOC interference on either side of WLAC. I'm 600 miles
from Nashville. The IBOC hash was so prominent I was very tempted to get up and
turn on the Sony HD Radio to see if I could get a lock.
On a different but related
note, I have to say that the more I use my Sony ICF-S5W, the more impressed I
am. I've become more accustomed to the tuning and the dial inaccuracy so it's no
longer difficult to have a good idea of where I'm tuned based on the tuning dial
reading. The filter seems to be extremely sharp and to be sized almost
perfectly. One station is there plain as day, you move the tuning dial and that
station disappears and is replaced by the next. No gap in the middle, very
little fading from one to the other. And I get rather little bleed-over, though
this may be more due to having rather few local stations that put out much power
at night. All in all, an excellent purchase.
Nashville, TN 9:45 PM
TN 9:45 PM
Columbia, SC 9:46 PM
WPTF Raleigh, NC
WSB Atlanta, GA
CJBC Toronto, ON 10:23 PM
WFNI Indianapolis, IN
Washington, DC 10:30 PM
Columbia, SC 9:00 AM
Columbia, SC 9:00 AM
Columbia, SC 9:01 AM
Columbia, SC 9:02 AM
Columbia, SC 9:03 AM
Avondale Estates/Atlanta, GA 9:05 AM
The Broadcast Band
1550 WNZF FL Bunnell - 08/20/08 2259 - Tropical Storm Fay updates and information. Decent signal fading in and out of a mix of stations. "When severe weather threatens Flagler County, count on WNZF...".
A new station
in the AM log!
Whitney, NV 8/7/08 9:37-10:00 PM PDT Spanish music and 8-70 AM slogan. Faded
down right before ToH but caught an ID. At times in good, but deep fades with
Tecate BCA La Super Estacion 8/13/08 6:02 AM PDT, tuned in to
the XE NA, nice
ID "XEKT Trece Noventa La Super Estacion", announced 5
lost to local KLTX Long Beach, also in Spanish.
night tonight for MW TAs from Europe and the Middle East. I started at 1521 KHz with Saudi Arabia coming in very
clearly. While I don't understand
the language, several words like Israelis [pronouced by the announcer as
Is-ra-a-lee] lept out.
with classical music, 1215 Virgin Radio and 1134 Croatia were good as per usual.
was having a tough time of it though - often they are strong - perhaps I caught
them on an extended fade out.
with religious classical music, 693 BBC, 765 Switzerland with pop, and 864 with
recitations of the Koran from Egypt.
every 9 KHz notch on the dial had at least a het, and in most cases some
indication of audio.
my two Ginsu Knife DX machines - Collins/Teledyne R-390A and Icom/Roberto Nardo
R-71A. Time: 9:30 to 10:00 p.m.
ADT. Antenna: LF Engineering
Fair bit of
lightning crashes and the usual IBOC dragon-hiss to contend with.
Heard on an
Icom R71A fed by a LFE M-601C antenna:
11:45 p.m. ADT
August 6, 2008
621 KHz RNE 1
Canary Islands New
here tonight is actually quite unremarkable.
But, I was horsing around with the R71A on its narrow bandwidth.
It does an awesome job on 9 KHz frequencies with the following technique
- tune 1 KHz away from the 9 KHz spacing desired frequency in the direction away
from the 10 KHz pest. Example - to tune 1089 Talksport in the UK and
and hets from WBAL 1090, tune to 1088. The same technique also works well on the
R-390A, especially when set to 2 KC bandwidth.
MW DX seemed
pretty good last night - although the TAs were not coming in when I checked -
which was pretty late - maybe after 11:30 p.m. ADT.
Heard on a
nekkid Sangean PR-D5 at 12:05 a.m. August 21, 2008:
1120 KHz WBNW
Concord MA with station ID
Not bad for 1KW
continues to impress on MW.
Not sure why,
but the TAs are really hopping in here tonight.
saturated from it raining almost every day in August.
the R-390A on
the bench this afternoon to get its balanced antenna
properly and now its back in the shack hauling in TAs on
2 KC bandwidth.
A quick sampling as of 8:20 p.m. ADT:
RadioUno Italy, fighting with COPE out of Madrid.
Just checked -
and Greenland on 720 KHz is coming in rather well at this very moment.
Notes from my
trip to Santa Fe NM and back to Enid for a week in August, Nissan Sentra 2004
caradio, a lot better than my previous ones. FCC AM and FM queries have been
checked in most cases; also referenced NRC AM Log 2007, now one year old, and
possibly some calls or other info outdated now. Latest FM Atlas sometimes
consulted, now 3 years old. All dates and times strictly UT! Rearranged by
frequency order, altho continuity would be better in chrono order ---
640, 2308 Aug
19, WWLS Moore OK was still audible into NE NM around Clayton, with call-in,
probably sports talk, what else? Their IBOC was a nuisance further east but
maybe not this far.
760, 2134 Aug
19, ID as ``Colorado`s Progressive Radio``, Randi Rhodes show but with constant
picket-fence breaks in modulation! Is no one paying attention? That`s 50 kW KKZN
Thornton, in NRC AM Log 2007 as ``Boulder`s Progressive Radio``; maybe they use
both. Nice to be getting toward the end of OK where we can axually hear
something other than the far right on commercial AM radio! Signal does not
compare to 50 kW KOA (W of Guymon OK on US 412)
790, 2123 Aug
26, Roger Miller singing ``K.C. Star``, mixing with talk station at 152/minute
SAH = 2.53 Hz. Music from K-XXX, Colby KS, talk from KFYO Lubbock TX (West of
Boise City OK on US 412)
860, 2127 Aug
26, no doubt KPAN Hereford TX was the station bothered by IBOC from KOA-850
Denver, in the daytime (W of Boise City OK on US 412)
1040, 2130 Aug
26, medical talk or infomercial, 1-800-395-1904, Dr Pinkus` Ultimate Health
Care, then closing show ``Discoveries in Health`` with Chris McKay, from the
KCBR Info Center, 2132 ``Healthline Live``. This is Monument CO (Colorado
Springs), another strangely powered 15 kW station. But to me, KCBR will always
be ``the Voice of America station in Delano, California, signing off``
Guymon OK, we drive right past E of town on US 412, with its three towers in a
straight line aimed at Philadelphia, but might as well be one for often running
ND at night. At 2057 Aug 19 near the site, I was getting IBOC-like noise on
1140, and a match on 1280, but the latter obscured by Liberal KS on 1270. So
KGYN puts out spurs plus and minus 70 kHz. For a few miles along US 412, KGYN
also desensitizes the entire MW band on caradio with its 10 kW. It will be a
relief if they ever manage to move this to OKC, but a loss of local radio for
the Panhandle. A pickup was parked next to the shack with call letters on it. On
the way back we passed it again and took a photo of the three towers and the
1340, 2300+ Aug
19, at Clayton NM, we started looking for KSSR Santa Rosa NM, whose activity has
been in question. It is not currently on NRC`s silent stations list, and FCC
shows it still licensed. We were hearing at least two 1340 stations, one of
which was KVOT Taos NM, another progressive station, now with Rachel Maddow show
on Air America, the other ``Sports Radio 1340`` making a rumbling het, and
fading up at 2305 as skywave may have been starting to kick in, west Texas
forecast, 1-866-290-6868 ad about credit. KKAM Lubbock is the one that fits.
Further into NM
on US 412 kept looking for signs of KSSR, but KVOT improved as we got closer to
it; at 2332 PSA for Albuquerque Museum i.a., mentioning Taos, more Maddow. (BTW,
Rachel is getting her own show on MSNBC following Countdown at 0100 UT starting
September 9. Can`t say we are surprised, as her star has been rising as a
frequent contributor and sub-host on Countdown, but what becomes of Dan Abrams,
Verdict? It`s already gone for elexion special Aug 30. And will she keep doing
her Air America show despite the pay differential?)
It turned out
we did not make it to my old hometown of Santa Rosa on this trip, but the
closest point was on I-25 near Las Vegas, US 84 exit at 1950 Aug 25, and there
was still no KSSR to be heard, so I am confident it was off. Nor could I hear
Santa Rosa on 95.9, but did not expect to from there as it has always been QRP
along I-40, audible only within a few miles of the town. At 1934 Aug 25, 1340
bore ``Northern New Mexico`s progressive talk, KVOT, the Voice of Taos``. This
frequency was reactivated in Taos a few years ago after several years of silence
since KKIT closed (named for Kit Carson). See DXLD 5-177 for our previous report
about Santa Rosa and much more, under USA.
OKC, 2315 Aug 19, sports talk, uncertain if remnants of groundwave, or skywave
had started. WWLS 640 also heard a few minutes earlier (W of Clayton NM on US
1530, 2317 Aug
19, ``Legends 15-30, KCMN`` Colorado Springs. Live DJ with ``Forgotten 45s``
oldies such as Aznavour on ``your drive home`` (? I am nowhere near home and
getting further away by the minute), long pauses between cuts. NRC AM Log 2007
shows this one with odd power of 15 kW. Another good station for oldies, tho
probably syndicated, is 93.9 Ratón, KRTN (west of Clayton NM on US 412)
1550, 1951 Aug
19, norteña music featuring accordion, atop another station. 1957 announcement
talking over music sounded like ``Está escuchando --- sucia`` or that`s what it
sounded like, sucia meaning feminine dirty! No ID at TOH, no announcements at
all until 2014 as I suspect the DJ had stepped out for a smoke break, then ``La
Potencia, 15-50, KDCC``, i.e. Dodge City KS, and the other one with a SAH of
about 6 Hz would be Canyon TX` listed KZRK. Both are only 1 kW.
1570, back in
Enid around 2000 Aug 28, found new talking house at 1330 West Elm, low het but
not sure if off-frequency or on their loop. Woman extolling house virtues, and
like others we have heard here, also extolling the talking-house concept. Range
2 or 4 blox only, and by downtown Enid fortunately inaudible, so we can hear
weakly standards from KZLI Catoosa. But the next-door neighbors are doubtless
deprived of XERF at night until it`s sold.
1590, 1950 Aug
19, a slow SAH of about 0.5 Hz between KWEY Weatherford OK, and KVGB Great Bend
KS, the latter atop with ID as ``AM 15-90, KVGB, The Talk of the Town`` (W of
Woodward OK on US 412)
1610, 2300 Aug
19 at Clayton NM, no sign of any TIS on this, 530 or any other MW frequency. I
believe there had been some speculation that one was active here.
1660, 0038 UT
Wed Aug 27, baseball game, and Royals mentioned, heard from near Woodward OK.
Dominant signal and I figured it had to be KXTR Kansas City departing from its
classical format, but not so sure after further research. Royals website says
610 is the flagship, except on Sundays 980, but I believe all these are commonly
owned, so 1660 sometimes carries BB instead? KXTR website has no info about its
own programming after the morning hours, but nothing about baseball. If not
KXTR, must be KRZI Waco or maybe KQWB Fargo, both sports format.
KMOX 8/19 1055-1115
Heard with KANN Roy,UT nulled out using Panasonic RF-2200. First time
heard at my Arizona QTH....usually nulls of KANN only reveal the
"mumble-rumble", but KMOX emerged from the rumble with TOH network nx,
local wx "KMOX weather center", traffic reports , clear IDs.
KDZA Pueblo, Colorado. 8/21
0958. Oldie rock and roll stuff, some retro country. Emerged from rumble just
long enough for ID via jingle "Rock-n-Roll, KDZA", then back down to
where oldies music was just above the rumble. Heard on barefoot portable on my
1410 XECF Los Mochis, Sinaloa . (MEX). 11:04.Trying to ID English sta with repeat of Sean Hannity when wioped out by banda music. ID by M at 1104 and again by jingle with female vox at 1107 "La Mexicana", more music after. (8/22 Barton-AZ)
Heard on a GE
Huntingdon, TN 8/1 1106 ad mentioning Carroll County, playing C&W
Heard on a Eton
E-10 nekkid in the only mostly interference free room in the house. Its painted
lavender with a white ceiling and white wainscoating.
Lexington, AL 8/4 2148 with tropical and then ranchera SS Mex music.
660 WFAN NYC,
NY 8/4 2217 with baseball in a massive mess. I heard it pop up with baseball,
presumably the Mets and then ID and poofness, it was vaporized.
Hickory, NC 8/4 2240 with ESPN and ad for BCBS of NC. Been chasing this guy for
a while before figuring it out.
Heard on a
Kenwood R-1000 and 200' wire laid right on the ground:
Coffeyville, KS 8/12 2134 with Royals baseball.
Cincinnati, OH 8/12 1955 FSR talking about giving kids stupid names and giving
slogan "Homer, The Sports Animal."
Oklahoma City, OK 8/12 1952 Jerry Doyle Show. then shortly after POOF!
Millington, TN 8/12 1944 with Religion.
Manchester, TN 8/12 1940 Playing oldies from about 1965
Wetumpka, AL 8/12 1930 with GOS MX and WX then dropped to 80W and you could
Memphis, TN 8/12 1925 Ray Charles singing "I Can't Stop Loving You."
Moulton, AL 8/12 1904 GOS MX W/ ID as WEUP. Must be // WEUP.
Donelson, TN 8/12 1903 into REL pgm.
1140 WBXR Hazel
Green, AL 8/12 1900 ID then "Turning Point".
Gallatin, TN 8/12 1900 SS woman singing baladas.
Birmingham, AL 8/12 1850 "The Big Talker 1070”
Tupelo, MS 8/12 ad for home.servicemagic.com
Columbus, MS 8/12 1846 with a black woman singing.
Memphis 8/12 1845 playing banda.
Paris, TN 8/12 1844 splashed by WORM who probably xmits with much more than
250W, carrying Cardinals Baseball.
Fayette, AL 8/12 1842 WX, ID, then C&W.
Nashville, TN 8/12 1841 kids gospel radio play.
McMinnville, TN 8/12 1839 Dave Ramsey's money show.
Franklin, TN 8/12 1837 C&W then ID.
Houston, MS 8/12 1835 with a black preacher gettin' after it big time.
Blytheville, AR 8/12 1826 with Arkansas Radio Network, into a stopset.
Gadsden, AL 1729 sports talk about Auburn U.
Lawrenceburg, TN 1730 playing "Long Cool Woman."
Humboldt, TN 1738 just classic C&W, no ads no announcers.
Athens, AL 1803 with local news.
Murfreesboro, TN 1808 with a real no jokin narcocorrido.
Wilson, AR 1812 playing C&W
Lebanon, TN 1821 SS and banda.
Russellville, AL 1824 "Small town radio is alive and well on WGOL."
970 WXOK Spring
City, TN 1827 college sports talk weak and alone. TN #100.
Griffin, GA 1840 Atlanta Braves baseball.
Heard on a Eton
E1XM and RS Loop:
Cincinnati, OH 8/20 0545 with TFC and WX after sports talk.
Dallas, TN 8/20 0547 KLIF promos and TFC.
Heard on a
Kenwood R-1000 and 200' wire laid right on the ground:
Coffeyville, KS 8/12 2134 with Royals baseball.
Cincinnati, OH 8/12 1955 FSR talking about giving kids stupid names and
"Homer, The Sports Animal."
Millington, TN 8/12 1944 with Religion.
Manchester, TN 8/12 1940 Playing oldies from about 1965
Wetumpka, AL 8/12 1930 with GOS MX and WX then dropped to 80W and you
Memphis, TN 8/12 1925 Ray Charles singing "I Can't Stop Loving You."
Moulton, AL 8/12 1904 GOS MX W/ ID as WEUP. Must be // WEUP.
Donelson, TN 8/12 1903 into REL pgm.
1140 WBXR Hazel
Green, AL 8/12 1900 ID then "Turning Point".
Gallatin, TN 8/12 1900 SS woman singing baladas.
Birmingham, AL 8/12 1850 "The Big Talker 1070"
Tupelo, MS 8/12 ad for home.servicemagic.com
Columbus, MS 8/12 1846 with a black woman singing.
Memphis 8/12 1845 playing banda.
Paris, TN 8/12 1844 splashed by WORM who probably xmits with much more
carrying Cardinals Baseball.
Fayette, AL 8/12 1842 WX, ID, then C&W.
McMinnville, TN 8/12 1839 Dave Ramsey's money show.
Franklin, TN 8/12 1837 C&W then ID.
Houston, MS 8/12 1835 with a black preacher gettin' after it big time.
Blytheville, AR 8/12 1826 with Arkansas Radio Network, into a stopset.
Just got back from a week in Greenwood,Nova Scotia
with the Grundig YB-550 in tow. Some notes and observations:
740 CHCM, Marystown NF, my only Newfoundland
station heard on this trip, on August 5, with "VOCM-590" IDs and
900 CKDH, Amherst NS, AC, "Your
Community, Your Radio Station"
930 CFBC, Saint John NB, Good Time Oldies,
1350 CKAD, Middleton NS, "AVR"
(Annapolis Valley Radio), country
1420 CKDY, Digby NS, AVR (Annapolis Valley
1450 CFAB, Windsor NS, country, just IDed as
"CFAB". I see some reports that it is part of the AVR network
but they never IDed as AVR. I didn't check to see if they were in // to
1350, 1420 or 97.7.
590 CJCN, Sussex NB, same slogan as CKDH
above, "Your Community, Your Radio Station", AC
990 CBAO, St Stephen NB, CBC-1 programming,
40 watts. I always check for this one when I cross the border at Calais
ME/St Stephen NB. I didn't heard a similar low-powered CBC station on 600
at McAdam NB.
I have WNZF-Bunnell FL on 1550 at 2130 EDT with weather reports for Flagler Country, "I'm Jerry Turner with WNZF" doing live remotes from a gas station, county closings from Tropical Storm Fay. Good sig on the DT-200VX. I can't hear it on the FRG-7 with my longwires yet the Ultralight DT-200VX barefoot caught it. WNZF is supposed to be on day power tonight (8.7 kw) with emergency info.
880 XEPNK MEXICO Los Mochis, SIN; 2101 full ID
“Canal 88” “con 10 mil watts de potencia”
Nice quiet conditions for an august evening. Relatively
low noise, and little distant thunderstorm QRN. Nice. Seems almost like
1610 evenings here is ONLY:
XEUACH 1610 "Radio Universidad Autónoma de Chapingo, ``R.
Chapingo``, variety programs, rock and classical music until S-off
0200* UTC, quite strong 0100-0200 UTC until s/off
For the past
several nights, I have been able to hear XEMF "780 Radio Nostalgia"
under WBBM with a good, clear signal. Early
this morning (Saturday 23 Aug 2008 at 0330 AM CDT/0430 AM EDT) I heard a slogan
that sounded something like "La frecuencia del amor" and then a good
ID, "XEMF 780 Radio Nostalgia en Monclova, Coahuila."
BTW, I've been
using my "yellow-jersey" Sangean DT-400W and a pair of Koss
I'm loving the
DT-400W more and more each time I use it!
conditions on the MW band last night from Prince Edward Island. The usual
powerhouses (Virgin 1215, France
1206) were below ordinary, while the strongest signal on the band was on 1062
KHz. I'm presuming it was Denmark, and have placed a clip of the catch in the
I was just
casually tuning looking for something domestic to listen to before falling
asleep. There were the usual hets on 1090, 910, etc., but 1060 was just
screaming with a 2 KHz het. I quickly went into ECSS mode and heard a strange
repetitive interval signal. By the time I got the recorder going only the tail
end of the last note is audible. Then there's an ID of what is almost certainly
Danish, a couple of pips, and what sounds like news at 0345Z.
nothing exciting from Spain or the UK. (Talksport 1089 was in as usual, but far
below its customary strength). Croatia 1134 was almost to normal strength, but
1062 was markedly louder than anything else. Using Icom R75 fed by a 9x62x9 EWE
local sunrise, WOAI in San Antonio, Texas was in very nicely also. Flux was 68,
and K-index was 0 rising to 2.
I'll be doing
more listening in the coming weeks in preparation for the first Priest Pond
DXpedition to the northeast coast of Prince Edward Island, Oct 7-10 2008.
I finished the
new 935 ft western BOG that I can now have thanx to neighbors allowing me to use
their back woods, and phased it vs the 600 footer also west. I wasn't terribly
impressed with the results noting really strong and nasty signals from the east
tonite, requiring delicate phasing to catch things like KNZZ 1100 and KOFI 1180
but anyhow at 2210 CDT I phased down the mx WPRR 1680 was playing and their was
an SS ad ending mention ...Hispana de
then it faded but soon came back with Mariners BB coverage in Spanish ! By 2220
this was really quite good and the clearly the best I'd ever heard this station.
They dropped lots at 2230 power switch but still were audible and rather decent
copy again at 2240. No sign of NJ which is often phased out when MI WPRR is
phased and no sign of Fresno which is sometimes heard (although high band cx
didn't seem to be going to CA.. no trace of KFBK etc)
Only other thing in the high band from WA was the Punjabi station KRPI on 1550 in the mix with Indian mx into talk in Indian lang at 2227. It's been 3 seasons since I caught that one. (I didn't bother to try for KGA 1510) No trace on needed Seattle on 1590 and on 1620 Omaha was simply to strong to let the unneeded WA station thru.
The Whole Earth
RA closed 9580 two minutes earlier than usual at 1355 August 1, cutting off
``All in the Mind`` show in progress, about genetic bases for homosexuality.
Continued on weaker 9590. RA fails to coördinate its programming with its
** CHINA [and
non]. BBCWS, in English, 9740 via Singapore at 1238 [not 238 as in DXLD 8-087]
July 31 with co-channel QRM at about equal level in Chinese. Aoki reminds us
that PBS Sichuan 1 began using this frequency May 15 after the quake, 24 hours a
day. Are they still, or is this something else now?
** COLOMBIA. At
0045 July 31 on 5910 I heard only Marfil Estéreo with music and ID as soon as I
tuned in, no sign of R. República as someone had reported. May have had some
residual DentroCuban jamming; also utility tones intermittently as well as
``running water``. RR did use this frequency via Germany some months ago
** CUBA [non].
At 2359 July 30 I reconfirmed that R. República was making a quick switch from
9515 to 9640, taking only a few seconds, but uncoördinated, interrupting
programming in progress; both over jamming
[non]. R. Prague relay in English via WRMI, 9955, audible over/under lite
jamming at 0607 July 31
VOI presumed the het source just off 11785 way under Firedrake and VOA Chinese
via Thailand, July 31 around 1315, and nothing audible on 9526. VOI sure knows
how to ruin its chances of being heard anywhere. Same situation August 1
** NEW ZEALAND. RNZI on the wrong frequency again: August 1 at 1330, no trace of 6170, tho RA 6020 was in very well, and even CKZU 6160 was audible. So checked 9655, supposed to close at 1300, and there were indeed two signals instead of one, no doubt RNZI prolonged, mixing with RNW via Tinang, SAH of about 6 Hz as usually heard before 1300 when IBB is already warming up 9655 and colliding with RNZI. 1357 check, still two signals on 9655, but RNW soon off. Always with heavy sidesplash from Sackville 9650. That took a brief break at 1359, allowing NZ-ish music alone to be heard on 9655, 1400 timesignal and news in English, could not catch ID but NZ accent and surely RNZI continued on wrong frequency
** U S A. WRNO
back on the air testing with variety of music, on 7505, from tune-in 2132 UT
August 1 during ``Crazy`` by Patsy Cline. VG S9+22 signal. Modulation quality
generally good but with some clicks and pops, occasionally cutting to low-level.
2150 started Beatles` ``Come Together`` but cut off after opening. 2152 Celtic
song. Pauses of one or two minutes between music cuts. 2200 the first ID I have
heard, nor have I seen any reported before this, apparently by engineer at
transmitter site rather than from studio, clicking on mike and with some
``This is WRNO,
transmitting on 7 dot 505 megacycles``.
17 kb clip of
this only at http://www.w4uvh.net/wrnoid1.rm
Back to more music cuts, ``Solitary Man``, sounds like Roy Orbison, piano solos, Bertie Wooster theme, 2218 big band, New Orleans swing music, pause at 2239, a bit of feedback as mike apparently turned on again. Then just before 2241 another ID, same text as above, but sounds like another live announcement, another long pause, 2243 music resumed, etc.
After that I
left a radio on but was not paying very close attention. Open carrier ran from
2250 to 2300, no ID, 2301 Celtic fiddle music, more open carrier. 2312 Bertie
Wooster theme again, carrier off at 2320:40*. Back on shortly, open carrier off
and on. 2359 another ID this time mentioning New Orleans, Louisiana, United
States of America, various music, off again at 0020* August 2; mostly off until
0100, full ID and piano rendition of What a Friend We Have in Jesus, 0114 some
preaching. After 0145 some classical music; 0158 ``Summertime``, then more
Now seems to be
in regular programming? 0211 speaker mentioned owner Robert Mawire in connexion
with The End Times --- here we go again! and plugging a book or DVD of his, Fort
Worth address; more music, still going at 0230, YL ID with frequency,
``transmitter site in New Orleans, Louisiana``. Music audio was dropping out,
during Mendelssohn`s Midsummer Night`s Dream, so still needs some work. If they
get their act together and play full pieces of classical music without
interruption for proselytizing I will be very pleasantly surprised
[non]. R. Solh, 17700 via Rampisham UK, was fairly audible August 2 at 1335 so
made the difficult choice of listening to it instead of the much more pervasive,
but also just as repetitive, Firedrake on 17200 et al. Yes, same music as always
including skipping CD at 1346-1349
Firedrake with big S9+15 signal on new 17200, August 2 at 1317, stronger than
any 16mb station which could only reach S9+10 at this hour. Including another
Firedrake on 17705 at 1315, much weaker, presumably against India, past 1315
scheduled closing, and finally off 17705 when rechecked 1332. I also scanned
entire 18, 16, 14, 13 and 12 MHz out-of-band MHz ranges looking for more
Firedrake, and found only 14420 at 1319, much weaker than 17200; both presumably
provoked by Sound of Hope.
FD was also on
17560 at 1325, and on 17550 at 1422, the latter with some victim audible
underneath and a SAH. Per Aoki, 17560 would be against V. of Tibet via Tashkent,
and 17550 vs. VOT via Madagascar.
Took some time
to enjoy the Firedrake performance with such excellent reception on 17200, never
forgetting that it`s employed by the Chicom as if they were spoiled children,
screaming so they can`t hear what their parents are trying to say to them.
disparity in signal between 17200 and the other 17 MHz Firedrakes makes one
wonder about how the transmitter sites, powers and azimuths actually differ.
Would the SARFT please register details about these transmissions, purely to aid
17200 went to
open carrier between 1400:20 and Firedrake resumption at 1404:40; but at 1409
recheck 17200 was gone
** JAPAN [non].
At last, NHKWNRJ via Sackville, 6120, free of Singapore QRM! In the clear,
Saturday August 2 at 1220, monthly haiku feature with Shokan, subjects
fireflies, water lilies, cicadas. Name of British-accented Japanese hostess
mentioned in passing sounded like Kimie Oshima.
Yes, she is
pictured on the WI page http://www.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/english/radio/wi/index.html
as doing the Just for Laughs segment, and Shokan is just above her, altho
unnamed, and I still haven`t caught his full name. Why are the RJ presenters so
reticent in identifying themselves?
earlier for the final repeat two hours later, 11705 also via Sackville but with
traces of pre-echo from Yamata direct on same frequency. World of Haiku started
to open brought usual Libya, Portugal, Spain, Ascension frequencies, but also
some very weak talk on 21560 at 1309 August 2, music at 1313. Any help in PWBR
`2008`? Of course not! Aoki shows this could only be Japan in Swahili via
France, so close to off the back here
** LIBYA. V. of
Africa, 21695, poorly audible in Swahili, August 2 at 1306; and around 1420 in
music, presumably now during English broadcast. The 130 degree azimuth on this,
per Aoki, is close to directly off the back from us, 310 degrees, and so
somewhat favorable for North America. Spain, Portugal and Ascension also audible
on 13m. Solar flux may have leaped up a notch or two, but as of August 1 was
still 66, per SWPC, while K-index Aug 2 at 12 was 0, at 15 was 2
RSI missing from 6080, 6120 and 6150 when checked around 1230 August 2, as
promised. According to monitoring by Alan Davies in Indonesia and this story
kimandrewelliott.com, it`s not just RSI which has vanished (website also deleted
much too hastily), but all SW relays of domestic services from the Kranji site.
If this was the
intention all along, how come it was only the RSI external service that was
publicized starting two months ago to be closed as of August 1? The domestic
service SW relays already considered inconsequential? We would have settled for
those remnants. See JAPAN, TAIWAN for what else is being heard on above
** SPAIN. REE,
17595, started interesting discussion about Maya-Quiché language and music of
Guatemala, Sat Aug 2 at 1405, but couldn`t stay with it. Per sked in UT +2 at
show is Página
Abierta, Sat 1405-1430, and repeated Sun 0405 and also airs Wed 0630, not sure
which comes first
Singapore may be gone from 6150, but I am still hearing something, August 2 at
1230 song, 1232 lively M&W announcements, sounds like Chinese. Aoki shows:
INT. 0900-1400 1234567 Chinese 100 310 Kouhu TWN 12010E2335N CBSC a08 Which
means it is also jammed, altho I was not hearing any Firedrake. Has this been
there all along, colliding with RSI? Could have been hearing CNR1 jamming
** U S A. Ran
across Pirating with Cumbre on WHRA 15710, Sat Aug 2 at 1250, with R. Azteca
clips from Kulpsville, full of censor-beeps --- apparently you can`t say ``ass``
on WHR unless Biblequoting --- but Marie ended DXing with Cumbre already at
1255, into WHR promos, so did it start earlier than 1230? VG signal, but on
S-meter could see some flutter, not audibly. This airing is an apparent recent
addition. Same show #593 repeated at 1431 on 11785 WHRI, after music ceased late
with excessively echoey Hmong announcement.
BTW, Marie says
she lost her job and previous e-mail at Syracuse University last year; yet her
p-mail address is now via WCNY, sister station of WAER where she worked. I see
that the nice portrait of her has disappeared from the WAER website staff page
Firedrake check the morning of August 3: at 1244, poor on 15795, 15465 and
15255, frequencies where I don`t usually hear it.
Per Aoki, the
India Radio, Bangalore, in Chinese
Taiwan International, in Chinese
Tinang in Chinese
Checked the far
out-of-band ranges, and at 1253 found FD only on 14420, as also Aug 2. Good
signal stronger than the 15 MHz ones above. Aoki now has 14420 as SOH, jammed.
FD also on
13750, good signal at 1254, open carrier pause 1300-1305:30 when resumed. This
is not in Aoki, nor a likely target, but probably a new frequency for SOH. IIRC,
Sound of Hope used this channel long ago. If this goes past 1400, will clash
At 1328, FD
poor on 17565, probably today`s V. of Tibet, Uzbekistan variable frequency. And
17705 also poor, vs AIR Bangalore Chinese, which ends at 1315 per schedule, but
FD runs until 1330. No sign of FD on or around 17200 as on Aug 2
** LAOS [non].
Hmong Lao Radio, via WHRI 11785, Sunday August 3 at 1302 check, suffering from a
lot of QRM: Indonesian het, Firedrake and VOA
** SPAIN [non].
15170, REE relay, Aug 3 at 1247 with folk music, big signal but modulation
really deficient: low level, and to hear the higher audio frequencies in the
music, crowd whistles, you had to tune to one sideband or the other (no, not
using narrow receiver filter), and that added distortion. Then drumming,
surprisingly speaker in English saying ``let`s dance!``, and a reel
** U S A [non].
On 9865, August 3 at 1231, word-by-word, less than dictation speed rendering in
English of story about Pharaoh and Moses. Must be WYFR programming, but whence?
Pet-Kam, DV Russia
[non]. HCJB missing from 9740 for German to Europe at 0630-0730, as checked
August 4 at 0635. Still on the schedules, as is German DRM at 2000-2200 on
15355-15360-15365 whose noise I was still hearing August 3.
Here`s the page
which has not been updated, still showing 0900 MESZ on 9740, and DRM at 1400
MESZ on 15350, which was replaced already in April by 2200 MESZ on 15360! http://deutsch.hcjb.org/content/view/3/5/
outdated is the Plattdeutsch page http://plattdeutsch.hcjb.org/content/view/86/6/
really believe they have a bigger audience in Germany for DRM than for analog?
Tough luck for
the German DX program. Peter Kruse reminds us it`s this: http://www.rmrc.de/content/C060_RMRCDXSendung/RMRC_Sendung.html
which is also
outdated showing winter times and ex-frequencies but Iris Rauscher from HCJB is
to visit Frankfurt August 8, perhaps with bad news.
Is HCJB`s Hi
& Lo German to Mexico still on the air, 0230-0330 on 9780?
** GABON. AN1,
17630, Aug 4 at 1353 good with music in French, 1359 ``vous écoutez Africa Numéro
Un Radio,` 4-pip timesignal and into long talk segment, presumably news. Time to
start looking for // 19160 again, 2 x 9580, but nothing heard there at this time
Astounded to find VOI the dominant signal on 11785, instead of just a het, Aug 4
during the English broadcast, ex-9526. But it was still a bad clash with VOI on
11784.9 or so, next being VOA Chinese, and Firedrake underneath. If this had
been a Sat or Sun, Hmong via WHRI would have surpassed them all. At 1310 VOI
ending news with address, 1315 with website http://www.voi.co.id
and This Day in History, brief bits about a shogun flag on Aug 4, 1854, and
about the 1960 birth of future Spain PM Zapatero. 1318 P O Box address, e-mail
english @ voi.co.id and then a talk about the Indonesian International Defense
Institute. The QRM was just too much to keep listening, but if this had been on
a clear 25m frequency, reception would have been very good. Nearby open ones are
11770, 11790, or with Habana adjacent, 11765 and 11795. But VOI will never move
within a band, just jump unpredictably back to 9526 or 15150
Expect lots of your favorite programs to be blown away for Olympic coverage; REE
has already done that with Clásicos Populares, which had been Mon/Tue/Wed
1305-1400, but Aug 4 at 1323 on 17595, 15170, instead heard nothing but talk
well past 1330 about the `pix, including that 25K Spaniards would be going to
Beijing, and that massive screens in Madrid would show the opening ceremonies to
ethnic Chinese in Madrid, no soundtrack in Castilian
13635, Turkish music just at tune in 1255 August 3. There was some co-channel
interference, which continued after TRT went off off at 1257. This is TRT
Emirler, scheduled 0700-1300 with 500 kW at 310 degrees toward us since July 17,
and CVC Darwin in English to S Asia until 1800. Why Turkey would have moved onto
CVC frequency is not clear. Also checked 13685 for the VOT English broadcast
aimed eastward, but nothing heard there, tho 15450 toward us has been audible
** U S A [non].
15790, fair Aug 4 at 1320 with `Voice of America, Washington`` ID inserted into
another language after Bollywood music, then talk about Obama. This is Radio Aap
ki Dunya, the Urdu service, now 332 degrees from Sri Lanka and favorable for us,
instead of 70 degrees from Kuwait as it was until June 1
[and non]. No sign of DGS, 11775, Aug 6 at 1221 or 1323, just Firedrake. From
past experience, we must not jump to any conclusions that Caribbean Beacon has
broken down permanently, it is getting so irregular. Believe it was on 6090 as
usual the night before, and it could have been on 6090 now tho inaudible
17830 with some non-jammed Chinese, Aug 6 at 0530; listed as CVC Darwin
** CHINA [and
non]. VOA Korean service, 11740 via Philippines, usually good here for the
American song segment, but as that ended 1318 August 5, it was suffering
co-channel in Chinese. Are the Chicom helping out the Chocom with defacto
jamming? This is apparently CNR2, scheduled 11-16 on 11740 via Lingshi site, 100
kW at 286 degrees, which BTW per EiBi is shown as in English during this hour
** CHINA [and
non]. Late-night opening on 16m, August 6 at 0528 brought RFA Tinian in Chinese
on 17880 // 17615, slightly unsynchronized with an reverb between them, mixing
Only far out of
band Firedrake found between 8 and 18 MHz after sunrise Aug 6 was 10250, both at
1212 and 1323 recheck, presumably against Sound of Hope. One can only conclude
that all the SOH operations OOB with tiny Taiwan ham transmitters serve only to
tie up some jammers
** CUBA. R.
Rebelde, normally a loud and clear signal on 5025 belying its alleged NVIS
antenna, Aug 5 at 0549 and for at least several minutes thereafter, was nothing
but a big hum, with traces of modulation. Wiggle that patchcord!
** GABON. ANO,
17630, once again Aug 5 had built up to a good signal by 1400, but unlike the
day before, continued with music past 1400, finally talk in French at 1404. So
much for news on the hour
[and non]. VOI again dominating 11785, but not enough to avoid QRM, especially
since it`s responsible for making a het from 11784.9 or so: Aug 6 at 1216 in
Indonesian hour when the problem was mainly Firedrake on 11785.0, talking about
Mahendra and korrupsi. At 1217 Suara Indonesia ID and YL with This Day in
History feature on Aug 6 being Independence Day for Jamaica, and then something
about Nueva Granada, = Colombia/Venezuela/Ecuador, mentioning Bogotá, Santa Fé,
and Simón Bolívar. A brief side-tune to RHC in Spanish on 11760 found them
also saluting Jamaica! Recheck at 1306 when 11784.9 was in English news, still
dominant but with that awful self-inflicted het while nearby frequencies such as
11770, 11790, 11795 were vacant. 1307:30 commentary on eradicating corruption,
1311 This Day in History about --- you guessed it, Jamaican independence, where
Liz is still Queen
** IRAN. 15530
with Qur`an, Aug 6 at 0533, then into Spanish about the ``amigos de Alá``, fair
with flutter. Then gave complete schedule of Spanish broadcasts including this
one for NAf/SEu, also on 17785 where there was a barely audible signal; mailing
address, firstname.lastname@example.org 15530
is 289 degrees from Kamalabad. There were lots of other signals on 15 and 17
MHz, not so many on 11, 12 and 13
NHKWNRJ in English on 9625, August 6 at 1207 making 5 Hz SAH atop poor CBCNQ, //
9695, 165 and 240 degrees respectively from Yamata
R. Mauritanie is sporadic, and could not hear it around 0600 August 6 on 4845.
Then Chris Greenway reports that a coup is in progress, so worth looking for
this or daytime frequency 7245. Coincidentally, the July/August issue of Saudi
Aramco World has an excellent illustrated and audible article about the history
of the station; see DXLD 8-089
9690, Aug 4 at 2202, good signal with tonal language, and nothing on 7255, so I
suspect it was VON on 9690 by mistake, especially since it cut off abruptly at
2206. Earlier around 2040 I tuned past 15120 which I assumed was VON. WRTH May
update had them on 15120 in English until 21, then 7255 in French 21-22, 7255 in
RRI`s new 300 kW Continental transmitter at Galbeni was doing well on 15220, Aug
6 at 1226 in English to Europe but also toward us farther on. Nice clear
modulation for a change, about a museum in Bucharest. 1230-1233 brief Romanian
lesson about vacationing on the Black Sea coast. 1233 pick of the week(?). 1239
Romanian musician playing Beethoven on piano. Seems their broadcast is made up
of a string of mini-features. Problem was some RTTY on the hi side about 15223,
which has no business inside the 19m SWBC band, but evitable by tuning to the lo
side. 15220 at 12-13 was previously registered as Tiganeshti site at 307
degrees. Signal comparable to Turkey 15450, Bulgaria 15700
Tuned across 5945 at 1159 August 6 just as Bible Voice was IDing in English,
with addresses, and now with its own website, http://www.biblevoice.org
and 1200 into Mandarin. Per Aoki, on Wednesdays this is amid a Chinese block
from 1130 to 1215, via Khabarovsk, 100 kW, 218 degrees. It was squeezed by
Magadan in Russian on 5940, Okeechobee in English on 5950.
On 5970, Aug 6
at 1157, SAH against very undermodulated Costa Rica, and typical intermittent
Russian tune-up tones, 1201 recheck YL in Korean and Family Radio theme. This is
YFR via Komsomol`sk/Amure, 250 kW at 213 degrees
ARABIA. BSKSA, 15380, qontinuous Qur`an, Aug 6 from 1245 to 1300, then
timesignal about one second fast, news in Arabic. Is Rihyadh, 310 degrees,
intended to go no further than Turkey at 12-14, but reliably onward toward NAm
DRM on 17835-17840-17845, Aug 6 at 0530. This is BBC, testing? 35 kW, 25 degrees
** U S A. WRNO,
7505, continues sporadic or on limited schedule; UT Aug 5 at 0100 check, not on
the air, but it was running with music at 0325 recheck. Also Aug 6 at 0229 ID,
0230 peacher. If anyone finds a definite program or transmission schedule, let
[non]. DW, 6075 at 0118 August 7 was overridden by two US stations in English,
which I soon determined were WWCR as on 7465, and local KCRC 1390 sportstalk in
Enid producing a 10 Hz SAH. 7465 minus 1390 = 6075. This was a local overload
problem since I had clipped on a longwire to the DX-398 whip, and it disappeared
as I turned down the RF gain, but that was too low for much of a signal from DW.
I mention this only because others might encounter similar anomalies, not
because anyone else would be able to hear it
Magyar Radio confirmed on new 5940 to NAm, August 7 at 0113 in Hungarian during
1-hour broadcast, with QRM from WWCR/DGS 5935, but at least no longer co-channel
collision with Cuba on 5965, which had been going on for months. Cuba in Spanish
still there // 6140 at 0123 check
** IRAN. V. of
Justice [sic], Aug 7 at 0131 on 9495 giving schedule on SW and satellite, also
mentioning 7235 so I checked that: a bit stronger there but with lite ham QRM on
the sides. 0132 into Qur`an, as always, before getting on with the business of
I listened to R. Mauritanie`s webcast off and on Aug 6 via http://wm-live.abacast.com/radio_mauritania-wm-32?.wma
Heard segments in vernacular, French and Arabic at unpredictable
intervals, as well as characteristic music. The French seemed to be repeating an
announcement about the coup, mentioning Muhammed Abdul Aziz. Stuttering feed
perhaps caused by overloaded circuits, 16 kHz/16 kbps says the Winamp. At 0104
UT Aug 7 I looked for 4845 but heard nothing but the ute QRM. Even before the
coup it was quite irregular. Webcast still funxioning at 0420
** ROMANIA. I
checked out a number of RRI transmissions August 6 into UT August 7, now that
new 300 kW Continental transmitters are operating from Galbeni. Reference to the
schedule compiled by Wolfgang Büschel. During some of the broadcasts two good
frequencies were audible, so apparently both new transmitters are funxional,
altho the previously cited apology on their website still appears.
at 2242, poor on 9790, too close for comfort to Sackville DRM 9795-9800-9805.
Others inaudible: 11940, 9645, 7185 --- the latter was reported yesterday with
the new transmitter, good in Europe but too early to make it here in summer.
9745; 9655, 11880, 11935 – I missed this one
at 0017, 11790 was G to VG with wonderful folk music, ID. No CCI or ACI. A
winner. Not audible on 9775.
at 0018, 9525 G, M&W talking in Romanian. No 11960.
at 0105, 9525 still good, RRI ID, nothing heard on 11960.
at 0106, 6130 VG with news about Romania. No ACI or CCI. Something too weak to
ID on 9575 squeezed between two different programs in English of CRI and CRI.
at 0235, G on 5975; something else on 9645; not heard on 9520 or 11945.
at 0330, VG on 6150, eclipsing BBC Ascension 6145, but some side QRM from it so
helps to tune slightly to hi side. Doesn`t sound like RRI --- because it`s
Network Europe, as announced in mid-program after a segment on human rights. To
be positive it was really RRI, I caught the closing at 0355 mentioning
broadcasts to North America an SE Asia, IS and off.
I can`t find
any program schedule on the website http://www.rri.ro and the
page ``what`s on this week`` is blank. Furthermore, winter timings one hour off
are still shown for the English broadcasts on the right margin! For that matter,
there`s no frequency schedule either, truncated as it may be during the
transition period, not even a link to one on the English page. There is a link
to one on the French page but it`s blank. Nor anything about Network Europe on
the English page, tho there is a link to Euranet on the Spanish page. Their
website needs a lot of rectification! Nothing heard on 9645, 9735 or 11895
** RUSSIA. VOR,
15425 via Pet-Kam, August 7 at 0111 was quoting the station`s head about Olympic
coverage, in English, Russian and Chinese via their portal. Good signal
** U S A. WRNO,
7505, August 7 at 0125 check, Mawire preaching. Good audio, but who wants to
listen to yet another egocentric preacher who imagines he`s in touch with God?
** U S A. WWCR,
7465, had talk show a few minutes earlier, but Aug 7 at 0126 for at least a
minute or two was broadcasting a telephone busy signal at the rate of
approximately two per second. Huge signal also contributed to receiver overload
mix on 6075; see GERMANY [non]
** U S A.
Brother Scare may have pulled out of 5110 and 9330, but he`s still at odd times
on WBCQ 7415, e.g. UT Thursday Aug 7 as I tuned by at 0127
[and non]. R. Australia was the only major SW broadcaster audible here with live
coverage in English of the Olympic opening ceremonies Aug 8, best on 6020 and
9580, but the latter cut off abruptly at 1358, as nothing will get in the way of
scheduled frequency changes. It was rather banal, however, with basic
geographical facts about each country, and rather lacking in visual elements.
They did at least pre-empt regular programming, so we wonder if RA will have
more live stuff from Beijing. BBC had a bit of the ceremonies after 1305 during
Olympic Sportsworld, via 11750. VOA, CRI and RNZI were all in normal
programming, which for CRI means a lot about the Olympix, but not live coverage.
Do we get to
see it live in the USA? Of course not! NBC-TV holds it until 2330 UT prime-time.
Since it`s a produced playback, maybe their commercial interruptions will not
blot out certain nations marching in as the recording could simply be paused
** CHAD. Good
to hear RNT, 4905, as late as 0529 with latening sunrises, call and response
music Aug 8, 0530 into French announcements about chef d`état, président de la
république, who I suspect was the next speaker. No coup there today, I assume
** CHINA. It`s
08-08-08 --- do the Chinese really believe that numerological nonsense about
lucky numbers?? And still plenty unlucky for victims of Chicom jamming, Olympix
or not, with Firedrake found at 1305 on 9300; at 1333 also on 7310, 7445, 9605,
9680, 9780, 9845, and at 1338 on 17565 --- and this was not an exhaustive search
by any means
** CUBA. RHC,
6000, Aug 8 at 0522 in English had extremely low modulation with hum. Had to
turn the volume all the way up to hear it. At least WYFR is no longer colliding
on 6000 this season
Aug 7 at 1300, 11784.9 VOI was beneath 1) VOA, and 2) Firedrake, but at 1331
check VOI was somewhat intelligible. About the same on Aug 8
No sign of 4845, Aug 8 at 0530, as I was getting Chad well on 4905. Still off
after coup, I guess, altho some skeds show 4845 not supposed to be on the air
until 0630, a bit late for me
XEXQ, 6045, presumed, with vocal classical music, Aug 8 at 1327, deep fades
ranging from S5 to S9+5 on the generous FRG-7 meter. Wish I had tried a
sesquihour earlier. Julián Santiago Díez de Bonilla heard from the station
this week that they have improved their antenna location
Altho RRI was well heard Aug 6 at 1230 with the new transmitter on 15220, it`s
still subject to poor propagation, which was the case Aug 7 at 1255 check, just
monitored the Spanish broadcast I missed the night before:
Aug 7 at 2342
check: 9655 was slightly stronger than // 9745, nothing on the others ---
originally 9655 was Galbeni at 280 degrees, 9745 Tiganeshti at 247 degrees, so
if the azimuths hold true, that would explain the difference now
RA seems to be our source for Olympic coverage on SW. Aug 9 at 1258 on 6020,
there was swimming commentary, identified at 1302 as women`s 4 x 100m freestyle
--- yes, this pre-empted news on the hour, but at 1302:30 there was one minute
of news headlines. This was on the ABC Local Radio network, which RA already
relayed at certain times. What`s ``Local`` about goings-on in Beijing? Said
there would be one more hour of the day`s Olympic events. What about megadollar
exclusive rights purchased in various countries? Tnx to SW and RA we don`t have
to depend on NBC Universal inside the USA, tho of course RA/ABCLR skews towards
events of interest to Strines. Is this reflected in the RA program schedule?
Of course not!
Shows Saturday Night Country
** EGYPT. R.
Cairo, 11550, still in the clear, Aug 8 at 2115 with time-signal 26 seconds
slow, so why bother? Do not rely on this for navigation! Opening English with
usual undermodulation. 2130 news theme, but just not enough there to get
anything out of it. Little did I know that WEWN`s silent period for maintenance
was about to end; see U S A
XEXQ, R. Universidad de San Luís Potosí, 6045, very weak Aug 9 at 1258 check
but heard occasional Spanish words such as ``cincuenta y ocho minutos``
timecheck. This time QRM from a second very weak carrier, causing a low rumble,
both before and after 1300. Like on Aug 8, XEXQ was slightly on the low side of
6045; previous reports have put it on 6044.94 which seems about right, i.e. 60
[non]. RNW heard with English at a new time 0300+ UT August 9 on 7245, this
week`s Global Perspective program about illegal immigration from Ghana to
Europe. This may be a temporary test, but why, via Madagascar? It is not on the
RNW transmission schedule at http://www.radionetherlands.nl/features/media/080330-rnw-summer-schedule
** U S A.
WEWN`s downtime for maintenance lasted less than two weeks. See DXLD 8-086, had
been off since July 28. It was still off Aug 8 at 2115 leaving Cairo in the
clear on 11550 [see EGYPT], but UT Aug 9 at 0546, 5810 was back with unctuous
Luz de la Luna show; however, badly marred by Cuban spy numbers transmitter on
5800 with wide-spreading whine, as reported previously!
reactivated on 7425 with music at 1253 Aug 9. And on 17510 at 1328 Aug 9, ``de
ahí a tu madre``, natch with Ave Maria theme, // 7425 but stronger on 17510,
which still with lite continuous squeal of its own. So that wasn`t fixed during
the downtime. But not all may be lost yet --- I`ve yet to hear WEWN on all three
transmitters at once. Aug 9 at 1551 check, Spanish on 17510 // 11550, but
nothing on English 15855
[and non]. It`s back to business as usual, RAE colliding with Morocco and
off-frequency causing a het. Sat Aug 9 at 2027, Arab music was the modulation I
was getting from 15345 Morocco, and the het was on the low side, approximately
RA, 11660, which is favorable for us, 70 degrees from Shepparton at 20-22 UT,
heard Aug 9 at 2035 with promos for Olympic coverage, said something about not
heard in Asia due to contraxual obligations, except for short bulletins --- but
would have a fuller Olympic report at 1:30 pm Suva time on the Pacific service.
That`s 0130 UT, long after this frequency closes
** EGYPT. Altho
it was QRM-free Aug 8, sure enough, on August 9, R. Cairo`s European service on
11550 is colliding once again with the reactivated WEWN [see USA]. At least
Cairo has normalized its frequency very close to WEWN so there is no longer an
audible heterodyne, and barely a subaudible one. But the two signals are roughly
equal level here, first checked at 2033 with WEWN in Spanish and Cairo in
French. Cairo`s deficient modulation levels make it the loser, however. Retuned
at 2114 and found them still about even as Arab music concluded, timesignal 26.5
seconds late compared to WWV, and opening in English, under kidchoir from WEWN.
K index at 21 UT was way up to 4, per WWV at 2118
KWHR, Aug 9 at 1321 as I tuned across 12130 had a screaming pro-Jesus,
anti-Buddhist preacher in English. What`s wrong with Buddhism? Buddhists don`t
reject Jesus, do they? Clearly this block is no longer something so relatively
innocuous as LeSEA music fill shown on the Angel 3 schedule Saturday at http://www.whr.org/customcf/dsp_schedule_read.cfm?Search=Angel3
VON, 15120, Aug 9 at 2030, not bad signal or modulation in English news; recheck
at 2050 and barely found a carrier
CAROLINA [non]. Brother Scare encountered on 13570, which is WINB, Aug 9 at
2032, running 13 seconds ahead of WWRB 9385. The ``graphical`` schedule, via http://www.overcomerministry.org/content/view/347/107/
is, as always,
full of misinformation, e.g. still showing WBCQ 5110 and 9330 in use, which were
axually dropped at Julyend; and ``WINB`` at 5-6 pm = 21-22 UT on 11520! Which as
we reported weeks ago was really DTK/MB Germany relay. I think it has been
canceled too; WINB has never used this frequency. However it does show WINB on
13570 at 2-3 pm (EDT), but not when I heard him there, two hours later. O, the
companion ``printable`` schedule, which never matches the other one, specifies
this is until 5 pm (2100 UT) on Saturdays, so that covers it. God may be
perfect, but not His Last Day Prophet
** SPAIN. REE,
as usual good signal and modulation direct from Noblejas on 17595, Sat Aug 9 at
2018 with some Vivaldi in a classical music hour, way over co-channel
reactivated WEWN; certainly not the scheduled program, Tablero Deportivo, all
the way from 16 to 22 UT on Saturdays. I assume Olympic rights are lacking so
had to fill on SW with something else, an unexpected benefit
** U S A.
Surprised to hear VOA concluding Music Time in Africa, Sat Aug 9 at 2059 on
11720. The sign-off announcement referred listeners to an American Cultural
Center or ``US Information Service in your country`` --- do those still exist?
And there was no Yankee Doodle or any other music; carrier stayed on until
I had assumed
this transmission was in French Sat & Sun, coördinated with Hausa M-F on
same channel, but French at 2030 Sat/Sun is on 5 other frequencies, not this
one, per VOA by-language schedule which under English to Africa does show 11720
at 2030-2100 Sat/Sun. So it pix up the last half of MTIA, which is better than
nothing. On Hausa weekdays the site is Greenville, with the expected strong
signal, but this was pretty good too and I doubt it was São Tomé
** U S A. Altho
earlier on Aug 9, only two WEWN transmitters were back on, at 1758 check I found
the English frequency 15855 also on the air. And at 2115, 11550 was back on
clashing with Cairo
** U S A.
Almost daily sporadic E openings at least to 60 MHz are holding up well into
August. At 1701 UT Aug 9, during NBC Olympic coverage which did not break for a
proper ID at hourtop, I was fortunately looking directly at the lower left
corner of the TV screen tuned to 61260 kHz, video of channel 3, 60-66 MHz and
saw a split-second supered ID for WSAV-TV, which is exactly what I expected it
to be, a common catch here from Savannah, in the Georgia safe from Russian
invasions. Their DTV is on channel 39 and will stay there post-transition, as we
bid goodbye to a prime TVDX skipper, one sesquimegameter away, seen countless
times since 1961
** BRAZIL [and
non]. Following reports of RNA varying from 6180, some saying 6185, others 6190,
yet others 6188: When I checked Aug 10 at 2342 I measured it on 6188.12, using
the 40-Hz-per-click method on the DX-398 compared to WWV, Portuguese obscuring a
weak signal on 6185, Mexico? Also hetting and stronger than Serbia [non] on
6190. IRS had moved from 6185 to 6190 a few months ago to escape QRM, and now
this! Maybe a further move to 6195 will be necessary. However, at 0105 recheck
Aug 11, 6188+ was gone and 6190 English in the clear
** CHINA [non].
CRI via Sackville, 15260, Aug 10 at 1219 news in English had Chinese announcer
referring to Haiti as a South American country. So geographical ignorance is not
confined to the West
** CUBA. RHC,
11760, opening Sunday-only Esperanto, Aug 10 at 1501 giving full schedule for
that language, including a new frequency for the 2330 Sunday broadcast to
Central America. But I missed it. So checked at 2330 and found it on 5965, not
6140 as on the RHC website, nor on 9600 to SAm --- not found on any second 49,
31, 25 or 21 m frequency. 9600 just bore Vatican direct in Vietnamese. 5965 (and
9600) were already on the revised RHC sked in DXLD 8-084 of July 23. BTW,
Esperanto also heard at 1937 when I turned the radio back on still tuned to
11760, as scheduled Sundays at 1930. Looking for info on the Esperanto pages of
the RHC website is frustrating, as you are directed right off to stuff about the
Cinco Héroes and other lame, overworked talking points. Esperanto is getting coöpted
by default by the Commies, China being the other major SW broadcaster, much more
so in fact, in that language five hours daily
[non]. No sign of RNW`s unscheduled English broadcast on 7245, 24 hours later,
August 10 at 0300 or 0350 check. Propagation NVG but should be adequate. Anyone
else hear it? Seems a little early in the morning for RN to be contemplating a
new English broadcast to Africa, altho it`s 6-7 am EAT. Keep an ear on 7245 for
a possible new relay client, clandestine or religious
** SPAIN. Not
only Saturday afternoons, but Sundays, REE has replaced stupid ballgames with
great music, this time folk, as noted Aug 10 at 1939-2000. Said it came from a
world music festival in Barcelona last year, usual VG reception direct on 15110,
while 17595 collided with WEWN
[non]. Bill Schiller with closing item on R. Sweden via Canada, 15240, Aug 10 at
1455, prompted by China`s celebration of 08-08-08 etc., explained that Stockholm
is referred to derisively in the rest of the country as ``08`` since that`s its
telephone area code; also some musical excerpts, never enough time to play even
a pop music piece all the way thru
** U S A. WBOH,
5920, normally 24 hours, missing at 0614 check Aug 10, but sister station WTJC
9370 was on and audible. 5920 was back at 0113 check Aug 11, and stronger than
** U S A.
WCBD-TV, channel 2, 55260 kHz, Charleston SC, ID break in NBC Olympic coverage,
Aug 10 at 1702 UT with news plug, http://www.counton2.com
which merely forwards to their pop-up-infested homepage http://www.wcbd.com Another sporadic E regular here since the 1960s, originally
WUSN-TV, for quite a while during the WCBD years with ABC affiliation instead of
NBC, and which will be gone for good when it stays on DTV channel 50. Remapping
to 2 is just pretending and of no use to the sporadic E layer
SAHARA [non]. LV de la RASD, 6300, best heard in a long time, Aug 10 at 0619,
easy listening with music sort of fusing western and local styles, and no sign
of RHC mixing product, not even a SAH, tho its sources, 6060 and 6180 were on as
usual. 0620 wakeup YL announcer with salaam-aleikums, etc., then OM talked a
while, and 0625 back to more local music. Also looked for 6250 Equatorial
Guinea, but no sign of it
** CUBA. RHC
has shown up on two new frequencies in the 19 m band. As usual, only time will
tell whether these are deliberate changes, tests, or some kind of mistake. Will
Arnie explain it all on this week`s DXers Unlimited? Or course not! So my
observations Aug 11:
On a bandscan
around 1350 I noticed RHC missing from 9550, tho CRI relay was on with usual
crummy modulation on 9570, and after 1400 same on 13740.
At 1409, next
to the usual strong RHC Spanish on 15370, found a much weaker signal on 15360,
and producing a het with something else, which per online skeds could only be
TWR Swaziland in Urdu, but only until 1415. Could not determine which one was
off-frequency. At first might think 15360 was a spur from 15370, and Voces de la
Revolución audio was synchronized, but nothing on 15380 to match.
rest of 19m, found another new RHC frequency with same programming, 15120. This
channel has been used for a long time by Habana but only for CRI relay in
Spanish at 00-01. 15120 was a much stronger signal than 15360.
I then checked
for all the scheduled RHC frequencies: 13760 weak and echoing with the others;
13680 VG; 12000; 11805 missing; 11760; 6000 inaudible and probably off as usual
after 1400; 5025 Rebelde was JBA not //. So the transmitters missing from 9550
and 11805 account for the new frequencies 15120 and 15360.
Need to catch
frequency announcement at 1402 to hear what channels they now claim to be using,
but I bet they don`t know about the new ones in the studio. Monitored sign-off
at 1455 and as usual they only mentioned the frequencies to be used when they
come back at 8 pm hora de verano de Cuba, = 0000 UT: 13760, 11760, 11680, 9550,
9600, 5965, 6000, 6060, 6140, 6180. Like R. Moscow, RHC sees no point in listing
the frequencies in order
GUINEA. RNGE, 6250, quite weak, but made out some Spanish, Aug 11 at 0606, much
inferior signal to Sahara 6300
VOI, 11784.9, making usual slightly varying het against 11785.0 stations, Aug 11
at 1355 with music, then closing English. VOI was somewhat stronger than the
others so had the advantage. Recheck at 1453, no het and no QRM from 11785.0
stations, more music but surely VOI due to off-frequency. Indonesian (?)
announcements and off abruptly at 1500:38*. Eibi says 14-15 in Indonesian, Aoki
and WRTH July update say Malay[sian]. VOA Chinese via Thailand concludes at
1400, so VOI`s 1400 UT hour should be clear, unlike when it was on 9526, with
CRI Russian on 9525. Except on weekends when WHRI is on 11785
** JAPAN [and
non]. RJNHKWN, 11705, Aug 11 at 1420 with what might have been an interesting
feature about Japanese in Brasil who grow lacquer trees (er, whatever kind of
wood they use for that --- never could catch the name), but marred by pre-echo
direct from Yamata whenever the Sackville relay faded a bit, and it got worse as
the semi-hour progressed. A triumph of reality over theory that the two could
not possibly interfere with each other. If they insist on running two sites on
one frequency, they should at least introduce a delay into the Yamata feed to
match the satellite-delay feed to Sackville. As usual, closing announcement cut
off at 1429 sharp for a minute of RCI IS and IDs, while Yamata could be heard
underneath completing the sign-off until 1430*
[non]. RNV, 11680 via Cuba, Mon Aug 11 at 1501 tune-in with English
announcement, listing names of staff, and topix to be covered. Announcer`s own
name sounded like María Eugenia Acer. RNV`s English is so stilted as to be
laughable, obviously much-too-literally translated from Spanish. OK, we`re going
to listen anyway. And then what? 1503 switches to Spanish for report on latest
antix of Hugo Chávez, l’état, c`est lui. A sure way to lose the monolingual
audience, who are given no idea of when English will resume, and why should they
keep listening to incomprehensible Spanish in the meantime? VG signal, anyway
** CHAD. 4905
still audible as late as 0550 Aug 12, presumed this
** CUBA [and
non]. VOA finally has won the battle for 6180 at 0500-0700. The English to
Africa service has been there from Greenville since Morocco was closed at
Marchend, colliding with the last two hours of RHC English.
RHC finally got
the message we have been sending for months that something has to be done about
this, combined with our recent observation that there is a large vacant area in
the 49m band, at least after 0530, between 6090 and 6165.
Aug 12 at 0539
I found RHC English on new 6140, loud and totally in the clear, as is VOA now on
6180. Presumably runs until 0700*, to be determined when 6140 now starts in
English, but probably at 0500, since that has already been in use for Spanish
until 0500. Also to be determined whether English stays on 6180 in the 0100-0500
period when its major competitor has been Brazil, but that recently shifted to
6188v, perhaps unintentionally, and not for the entire period every night
anyway. Could be that English and Spanish have swapped 6180 and 6140 at
The move from
6180 to 6140 also moves the leapfrog mixing product off Sahara`s frequency 6300,
another benefit! That`s now on 6220, where it was barely audible at 0540.
Another Cuban transmitter was jamming nothing on 6100 at the same hour.
RHC is suddenly
in a frequency-change mode. As reported Aug 11, there are two new morning
frequencies on 19m. Checked again Aug 12 at 1240, the old frequencies 9550 and
11805 were again missing, but at this early hour, 15120 and 15360 were just
barely audible. This probably means they start at the beginning of the
transmission 1100, when 19m propagation is even more problematical. Tuned in
15370 at 1359 for the frequency announcement, earlier than usual 1402, and it
was the same old one taking no notice of these changes, and as always in
Moscow-frequency-order, in translation:
from 9AM 13680, 11760, 11805, 12000, 9550, 9600, 6000, 6180 and from 9AM also
15370``. What they always fail to make clear is that 6000 and 9600 close at 9 AM
= 1300 UT. At this time, 1500, 15120 and 15360 had built up to listenable levels
altho still much weaker than 15370, which is aimed this way. 15120 had a hum on
it too. It will likely be a long time before these changes are updated on the
announcements and website.
As for the het
on 15360 at 1400-1415, Wolfgang Büschel confirms that TWR Swaziland is likely
to be off-frequency
GUINEA. RNGE, 6250, hilife music Aug 12 at 0601 and a few minutes more, 0605
talk, so I assume their clock is still running slow unless news is not supposed
to appear at hourtop
[and non]. Looking for VOI around 11785, Aug 12 at 1413, very poor signal in
talk and a weak het, so it`s still not in the clear during this hour. I thought
I heard some Portuguese in the mix, and the other station is R. Guaíba, Brasil,
which has been reported slightly lower than 11784.84. This time they were about
0.2 kHz apart. Meanwhile, Brasília was quite audible on 11780. The adjacency of
these two stations is a matter of consternation for Brazilian DXers
** MEXICO. 4800
with open carrier at 0546 Aug 12 and several minutes thereafter, presumed XERTA
4770 with some music at 0545 Aug 12, with heavy QRM from CODAR and ute beeps
from the hi side, presumed FRCN Kaduna currently active
** ROMANIA. RRI
English to NAm at 0000 peepless here at 0030 UT Aug 12 check on 11790; maybe
still not regular transmission from new 300 kW Galbeni Continental transmitter.
A few nights earlier we had pronounced it a winner. It could also be subject to
SAHARA [non]. RN RASD, 6300, now clear of spur from CUBA [q.v.], but not on the
air yet at 0601 Aug 12 when Equatorial Guinea was audible on 6250. Recheck at
0609, 6300 now on with Qur`an
[non]. R. Solh, 17700, via Rampisham UK, making it here weakly Aug 13 at 1459;
familiar piece of music still being interrupted for a few seconds at hourtop,
and then starting another piece
** CUBA. O o,
here I go, about to be accused again of bashing RHC, but there would be less to
bash if it would at least get its own act together: Aug 13 at 2028 I was
listening to 11750 concluding the Portuguese service clearly announcing the
frequency as 17750 in the 16m band! I believe I have noted the same repeatedly
tell the announcer what frequencies they are on! In this case, it even shows
correctly on website at
Tho that page
has yet to make the 6180/6140 correxion, nor the 9550-11805/15120-15360
correxion which happened this week.
At 2029, 11750
into Arabic, // weaker 11805. Meanwhile, 11760 did not switch from French to
English until 2030, and // 9505 was missing --- but then, the 2030-2130 English
has always been entirely missing from the station`s own schedule above!
GUINEA. Aug 13 at 1505 found an open carrier on 15190, by 1515 peaking at S9+8
and then I could detect some undermodulation vs high local noise level. From
intonation could well be American preacher in English, i.e. R. Africa. This was
last reported by several lucky listeners on July 4, so maybe making another
appearance, even if for only one day or one week. Others may have better luck
later today in identifying it for sure. Nothing else is on the schedules here,
which is rather remarkable, as other stations could easily move onto this
frequency which is open most of the time, and R. Africa doesn`t even bother to
register it with HFCC. I did not recheck until 2008 UT, and nothing on 15190
then. Nor have I seen any replies to my quickly-posted original report
[non]. On 15690, Aug 13 at 1501, news in Russian about Georgia, etc. Could be
VOA --- oops, no it couldn`t since VOA management just cancelled all the Russian
broadcasts! After all, America has nothing to say to Russia these days! It`s
really Deutsche Welle via Rampisham. Hmmm, Radio Rossii is also coincidentally
scheduled on same frequency at same time, but no sign of co-channel QRM
VOI, 11784.9, het audible against Firedrake Wed Aug 13 at 1359; Firedrake went
off a few seconds past 1400, leaving weak VOI in the clear, mentioning Malaysia,
so I suppose the language during this hour is really Malay instead of
Indonesian. If they are going to stay on 11784.9 instead of 9526, now it`s time
to lobby for putting English at 1400 instead of 1300, equally hoping that
propagation will improve during the same hour
Firedrake colliding with WINB, 13570, Aug 14 at 1328, and about equal level with
Harold Camping YFR relay. Don`t recall FD on this frequency before. May be
another hit-and-run by Sound of Hope, and could be gone tomorrow. 1403 recheck,
and 11990 are normally a pair with 12040 stronger, but Aug 14 at 1325 check,
11990 was much stronger. Again suggests that different sites are in use, and
changing comparative strength due to propagation variations, tho it could also
be transmitted azimuths or powers for some reasons known only to SARFT. Per
Aoki, victim on 11990 is VOA via Novosibirsk, and 12040 VOA Tinang
** CUBA. Tuned
in 6180 at 0458 UT Aug 14: no RHC audible, probably closed a few minutes earlier
but VOA Greenville open carrier, and 0459 VOA sign-on and English. VOA typically
runs warmup carrier as much as 15 minutes before modulating, so that probably
still overlaps RHC.
correxion to my previous report: RHC stays on 6000 until 1400, not 1300, as
noted at 1322 Aug 14. Monitored 1400 frequency announcement again Aug 14 on
15370, and it was exactly the same as always, still mentioning defunct 9550 and
11805, and not mentioning new 15120, 15360.
variations and occasional slips, I am almost positive this announcement is read
live from script every day, so updating it should be easy, no excuse that they
have to get around to making a new recording for automation to play, as in the
case of HCJB wrong announcements lasting for months, years.
the lines of Arnie Coro`s attack on me as ``credibility down the drain`` by a
crude misrepresentation of what I had really said, which anyone can re-read, I
think this is the cause of his ire:
RHC does not
want to lose face by admitting that they made a big mistake in colliding with
VOA for two hours a night during four+ months. They do not even want to mention
VOA in any way. Which, I remind you, Cuba deliberately jams with noise, bubbles,
during VOA Spanish broadcasts, which are separate from R. Martí. No Cuban
broadcasts, of course, get any deliberate jamming by the U S A.
were aware of the collision from the outset, and there is no excuse for not
being aware of it, as I for one pointed it out as soon as it started, it may
well be that they were playing a game of ``chicken`` with VOA, hoping VOA would
give in first and move elsewhere. Chicken is a game played in many other cases
with many other stations when there is a collision caused by mistakes in
frequency planning, or lack of coördination.
However, as I
pointed out early on, since the VOA target is West Africa on an eastward beam
from Greenville, and RHC`s target is Central USA on a NW beam from Habana, in
all probability VOA was suffering much less QRM (if any) in its target than RHC
was in its own target (Greenville off the back at this distance is still very
potent, while RHC was aimed nowhere near West Africa), and VOA couldn`t care
less whether they are heard well inside the USA --- indeed, per Smith &
Mundt, would prefer not to be!
So when they
finally decided to move, RHC crafted this cover story --- changing antenna
patterns, and propagation being the reason. It just so happens that Spanish ends
at 0500 and English ends at 0700, so by swapping 6140 and 6180, the latter
frequency just happens to go off the air now two hours earlier and doesn`t
collide with the unmentionable VOA!
quick observations of what was really going on ruined the cover story, so Arnie
makes accusations against me again to try to draw attention away from the real
The funny thing
is, I am quite happy about the change, since that leaves both VOA and RHC in the
clear on separate frequencies, as they should always be
GUINEA. RNGE, 6250, Aug 14 at 0546 DJ mentioned R. Malabo as he talked over
lively song. Also checked 15190 24 hours later than previous report, 1510 UT Aug
14, and no sign of anything
** SWEDEN. I
may complain about the lack of music on R. Sweden, but I must say for a daily
half-hour show, they really do a fine job of putting together an entertaining
and informative magazine of news and features in English. The announcers have a
tongue-in-cheek sense of humor, which ensures a friendly image for Sweden.
Lately I have found it convenient to listen to the 1430 UT relay via Sackville
15240, reliably good reception too. It would be more convenient in the Central
timezone if it were an hour earlier. The 1230 broadcast on 15240 direct is
usually audible but understandably not as well as Sackville two hours later.
Since all the other Nordic countries have abandoned English broadcasts, and even
shortwave altogether, one wishes that R. Sweden covered the other countries too,
but with only half an hour a day, one cannot blame them for concentrating on
I frequently look for LRA36 at various weekdays times between 19 and 21 on
15476, but no luck lately, with poor propagation and/or too much local noise.
But Aug 15 at 1817 I was definitely getting a carrier on 15476, evidenced by the
het it was making with Gabon, also very weak, on 15475. Checked again at 1947
but nothing. Maurits Van Driessche in Belgium tells me he was getting RNASG
during that hour on 15476.03, peaking at 1917, but weakening by 1940
[and non]. When I was not getting Antarctica, I was getting a variable het on
15345 from RAE, at 1948 Aug 15, which must have been about 15344.8 vs Morocco,
which provided the only modulation audible, Arabic music on 15345.0. Usually the
het is fairly constant, maybe varying slightly but this time it was alternating
irregularly between two different pitches, revealing a further instability in
the transmitter. Or maybe Morocco was the unstable one, but I doubt it
[non]. WHRI, 15280, loud and clear Friday Aug 15 at 1958 with sign-on, and 1959
starting V. of Biafra International early with its own opening including
anthems, several IDs mentioning 19 meter band only, not the frequency. Listened
to a few minutes of the usual orator, against the ``Satanic Nigerian
government``, and something about the Sokoto Caliphate
Looked for Firedrake again on 13570, Aug 15 at 1257, but no sign of it under
WINB, despite having been there Aug 14 at 1328. Sound of Hope probably had moved
** CUBA. Just
for giggles, I checked RHC`s Portuguese service on 11750, closing announcement
at 2028 again Aug 15 to see if they know what frequency they are on yet? Of
course not! Still claims ``faixa de 16 metros, 17750 kHz``
** IRAN. Weak
and fadey signal in German, Aug 15 at 1815 on 15085. I would hazard a guess this
is VIRI, Kamalabad, which is the only station in the world on this frequency and
is scheduled in German at 1730-1830
** U S A. We
are grateful for so much sporadic E this summer, still going into mid-August,
even if it doesn`t reach TV channel 2, for it makes WWCR 15825 a big solid
signal much of the time, only one megameter away here, vs a just-barely-audible
signal if we were depending only on the MUF-starved F2 layer --- including
during the Friday WORLD OF RADIO broadcast, which August 15 I noticed was
starting at 2029 instead of 2030. This should allow it to finish before the
frequency change announcement to 7465 has to start
** U S A. My
logbook would not be complete without at least one entry per month of the awful
spurs from KVOH. Made it for August, as last heard July 2, but much stronger
this time. August 15 at 1953, very distorted FMy music on about 17922, matching
relatively clear 17775. The spur was only slightly weaker than the fundamental,
at peaks S9+15 vs S9+18. On the spur I could see the S-meter fluxuating slightly
with modulation variations. Then looked for the match on the low side, and there
it was around 17628, with same distortion, but as usual significantly weaker
than the other one, plus/minus 148 kHz
** U S A [non].
Looking for VOA Korean service, 11740, via Tinang, Philippines, Aug 15 at 1300,
instead heard Sakura, NHK timesignal and opening Chinese. Some co-channel turned
out to be VOA, way underneath, with American song segment at 1315 identifiable
only by // 5890. This is quite unusual, as VOA is normally very dominant on
11740, 250 kW at 21 degrees, vs NHK via Singapore, 250 kW at 1 degree. The
target zones are officially separate, but looks like another bad collision in
East Asia until 1330.
Later on VOA
English, 9760 via Philippines, I heard a promo mentioning that Issues in the
News is now heard on both Saturdays at 0230 and 0530 and Sundays at 0130 and
0430. The website which also has it OD, http://www.voanews.com/english/NewsAnalysis/issuesinthenews.cfm
adds Sunday 1230. I wonder what program has been cancelled that it is filling in
At 1352 Aug 15
on 15790, was hearing a woman speaking English, with a very heavy South Asian
accent --- not it`s not --- yes it is --- she seemed to be going in and out of
English and Urdu, for this is VOA`s Radio Aap ki Dunyaa via Sri Lanka, and soon
mentioned Voice of America
** ALBANIA [and
non]. R. Tirana, 13640 to NAm, again audible Aug 16 at 1454, S9+12 level but
distorted, needs better modulation, theme music. 1458 cuts to other music with
more flutter --- oops, the latter must be CRI via Kashi, as scheduled in English
to Europe, as was still going at 1500 opening in Chinese
** CHINA [and
non]. With Singapore gone from 6150, Firedrake at 1210 Aug 19 vs Taiwan in
Chinese; also FD On 6110 under Chinese, that being VOA Tinian, and per Aoki
listings also jamming their own PBS Xizang. And more Firedrake on 6085 intended
against Taiwan but over WYFR in Spanish here
** CUBA [and
non]. RHC has another QRM problem: on 11760, Aug 19 at 0533, Arnie Coro`s
``news`` was mixing with something else, slow SAH. Normally RHC is in the clear,
tho signal level varies widely from night to night on this band. Per Aoki it
could be CNR1; or NHK in Russian. Likely the latter, as NHK Russian was one of
the few other signals on the band on 11715, and that one is reliably and
remarkably good here as it is aimed toward DVR and thence NAm, unlike 11760.
Next time I must try to // them.
fading in at 1148 Tue Aug 19 during Wavescan, no jamming. But at 1153 the pulse
jamming started, prior to 2-hour Radio Cuba Libre transmission daily at 12-14
** EGYPT. This
was going to be classified as UNIDENTIFIED: Aug 18 at 0028 past 0103 I found an
open carrier on 9280. Taiwan uses this in the mornings, but now? Surely not
Asia. Considerable fading but equivalent to other signals on the 31m band which
did have modulation. Something new testing? No! Did not remember until I looked
it up that this is R. Cairo in Arabic to North America --- minus the Arabic, no
trace of any modulation at all, which is considerably worse than the low
modulation they usually run, or even adequate modulation in Arabic compared to
lesser languages. O well, firing up the transmitter and burning the kW is half
Aug 19 was a bad Indo morning, as could not hear any of the 60m outlets around
1130-1200+, and at 1200, VOI 11784.9 was only a het against equally weak signals
** KOREA NORTH
[and non]. 3912, noise jammer over talk at 1128 Aug 19, i.e. the Chocom blocking
V. of the People, out of the South
XEXQ, 6045, Aug 19 at 1207 barely audible with Pomp & Circumstance, soon
into Spanish announcement. Have heard Elgar`s P&C 5 before around this time
and suspect it`s their sign-on, or else they are really fond of this piece. Soon
faded under noise level
** RUSSIA [and
non] On 7175, Aug 19 at 1226, jazz into Japanese past 1230. This is V. of
Russia, via Pet-Kam at 12-14. We have a convenient choice of this or 7190 with
CRI in Japanese at 10-16, but the latter better here as it`s also aimed US-ward
** U K [non].
BBCWS, 11860 via GUIANA FRENCH, Aug 19 at 1156 with totally inappropriate ID
loop in English, about ``no service on this channel, but 24h English and Arabic
on one of this satellite`s nearby channels`` (paraphrased) and referring to
bbcworldservice.com But, but,
this is shortwave, not satellite! At 1200 cut to BBC Mundo Radio in Spanish, and
thence heavy ACI from CRI 11855 via Sackville. Meanwhile, 9410 at 1159 was doing
the WHRI sign-on, and from 1200 //
** U S A [and
non]. WYFR, Harold Camping Open Forum in English, Aug 19 at 1143 on 9550 // 9625
and 9755, interrupted by QSY announcement mentioning continuing frequencies
including 7780, which is out of date, that having changed to 7730, also
confirmed at this hour. After 1145, 9755 and 9550 were gone but 9625 continued,
inaudiblizing CBC NQ. WYFR on 9550 at 1100-1145 this season may be another
reason RHC abandoned that frequency for the 19m band, tho I am sure they would
never admit that, either.
5970, Aug 19 at
1212 had a SAH and a hymn mixing with REE Costa Rica. That`s Family Radio in
Korean via Komsomol`sk/Amure, per Aoki
[non]. RNV via CUBA, 6060, Aug 19 at 1137 as I tuned across had the English YL
with always too-literal translation of Spanish script, this about Cinemateca
Nacional, with long list of movie titles in Spanish + translations, film
Firedrake on 9300, Aug 27 at 1329 during brief ramshorn-like respite from
crashing and banging, // 11990 et al. Aoki as of same date shows:
Zhi Sheng SOH 0000-2400 Chinese 1 ND ? TWN 11955E 2610N
Which means it
is jamming Sound of Hope, presumably 24 hours from 1 kW transmitter somewhere in
Taiwan. Well, they seem to have the coordinates if not the name of the SOH site
** CUBA. RHC`s
big signal to NAm on 15370, missing Aug 27 at 1318 check, barely audible on new
// 15360 to SAm, and well audible on new // 15120
GUINEA. R. Africa, 15190, again active Aug 27 at 2035 check with US gospel
huxter; fair signal but this is the worst semihour to try to hear it due to VOA
Greenville Hausa splash from 15185
** JAPAN [and
non]. The self-interference of NHKWNRJ on 11705 may be annoying in Oklahoma, but
as you would expect is much worse further west, for the 1400-1430 English
broadcast. From Santa Fe, Aug 21 at 1355 I found the station in Indonesian on
11705, which is direct, changing to English for Asia at 1400, and then the echo
from Sackville started a few seconds later, with Yamata stronger. I will compile
a separate report of my MW and FM observations on the road in OK and NM
XEXQ, 6045, Aug 27 at 1258 with full ID including 25 kW on 1190, but could not
copy further details due to lo het with something else. At 1300-1303 faded up
with several PSAs including a potosino one, 1303 back to classical music.
As for the
co-channel, Aoki and Eibi show V. of Russia via Vladivostok starting in Chinese
** SPAIN [and
non]. REE has resumed classical music during the 1300 UT hour now that the
Olympix are over, as noted Aug 27 at 1317 with piano on 15170 via Costa Rica,
17595 direct. Previous schedule for this was Mon/Tue/Wed only
** TURKEY. VOT,
15450, Aug 27 at 1320 with Turkish singer in a minor key (anything major would
be unexpected), F-G with little else from ME arriving on band, 1323 sign-off and
IS for 2 or 3 minutes before carrier off
** U S A. WBCQ
15420 started the new WORLD OF RADIO 1423 at 2100 UT Wednesday Aug 27, fed by
phone, and I was monitoring it off the air when the signal vanished at 2104 and
never came back by 2130. I then called the operator back and he said he had just
then turned off the transmitter after the show was completed. A mystery.
tells me that the UT Mon 0415 broadcast of WOR on 7415 has been cancelled,
apparently as broadcast time is being trimmed to save electricity costs.
However, the revived Area 51 show on 5110, daily 2300-0100 is to add at least
one airing of WOR, time to be determined. Previously it was on the Friday
evening broadcasts. The other WOR time on WBCQ is to be continued, Thu 2330 on
Out-of-band Firedrake check Aug 28 found it still/again appearing on Sound of
Hope channels, 14410 at 1341, and 9300 at 1343, along with many other regulars
against RFA, VOA, Taiwan
** CUBA. Aug 28
at 0551 check, nothing but heavy jamming audible on 9955, during the scheduled
0530 UT Thu broadcast of WORLD OF RADIO on WRMI. What an advantage Our Friend in
Habana, Arnie has in being able to jam the competition or anyone who dares to
disagree with him!
7405 jamming against R. Martí, Aug 28 at 1312 was extending from 7395 to 7415.
Remarkably, for being only 10 kHz away, WBCQ 7415 normally has no problem from
the DentroCuban Jamming Command, but it would have if it were on at this hour,
as it is permitted to be and occasionally has been with Brother Scare.
RHC check Aug
28: at 0549, noticed that both 6000 and 6140 in English were undermodulated and
with hum; apparently a studio or feed link problem. Wiggle that patchcord!
Roughly the same situation on 6000 at 1303, when they were promoting the
evening`s Mesa Redonda at 2230 on 6000 and 9820, the subject of which would be
the Democratic National Convention. What do the Cuban Commies know about
democracy, and how can they cover it with a straight face? Might be an
interesting take on the event.
strange on 19m, with several good signals from Ascension to Turkey but RHC just
barely audible on 15370 at 1339 Aug 28, much weaker than // 13680. WYFR 15130
was also weak. But 15370 slowly built up and by 1352 was of fair strength;
however, transmitter cut off the air several times uncovering a weaker
co-channel. 13680 was also intermittent, and weak 13760 I noticed was echoing
with the other channels when they were on.
I was making a
point of checking the 1400v frequency announcement again some weeks after the
new channels 15360 and 15120 replaced 9550 and 11805. This time it was read live
by the staccato M announcer, and was exactly the same as previously quoted,
still giving the old and not new frequencies, and failing to make clear that
6000 goes off at 1400.
matters as frequencies axually in use take a long time to filter down from the
engineering department to the announcing department. Of course, if the
announcers had any initiative, they would find out for themselves the correct
info, or axually turn on a radio and monitor their own station!
Have not heard VOI`s English hour at 1300 for some weeks, but must still be on
11784.9v as evidenced by barely audible het against VOA Chinese, which was atop
Firedrake at 1340 UT check August 28
** U S A.
Someone reported recently that WTJC had shifted from 9370 to 9365. Possibly, but
still on 9370 when I checked Aug 28 at 1344 with Bible reading by Alex Scourby.
BTW, I believe
I referred to their slogan some time ago as ``Waiting Till Jesus Comes`` but it
is really ``Working Till Jesus Comes`` as confirmed on their page
which also has
some new(?) info about when WTJC and WBOH are not in English; I have added UT
stands for "Working Till Jesus Comes." Currently, WTJC is operating 24
hours daily on 9370 kHz. WTJC broadcasts in English except for the following:
programming is aired from 4:30 - 5:00 AM [0830-0900 UT], and Arabic programs can
be heard from 11:00 - 11:30 PM local Eastern time [0300-0330 UT].
around the clock on 5920 kHz in English except for two hours of Spanish music
and messages which can be heard from 6:05 - 7:00 AM [1005-1100 UT] and 8:00 -
9:00 PM local Eastern time [0000-0100 UT].``
O my, the above
does not match the full program schedules at http://www.fbnradio.com/about_us.htm
which still show Russian M-F at 0635-0640 as we really ran across some weeks
ago; Spanish at 1005 appears Sunday only and for 15 minutes, not 55; 0030 for 15
minutes too, only on UT Mondays. No Arabic. What are we to believe?
Today`s discrepancy report on RHC --- I should be on their payroll for the
services I render.
Aug 30 at 1340,
13680 had usual big carrier, but hum and undermodulated. Wiggle that patchcord!
Much weaker on 13760 but with normal modulation, so better to listen there,
Agenda 21 program. At 1405, 13680 still the same and I was listening to 15120
when they were plugging the day`s Mesa Redonda show at 2230, or rather 6:30
Cuban time as they always give it only, on 6000 and 9820, which would be about
preparations for dealing with H. Gustav.
Then 15120 cut
off abruptly at 1409, back on by 1412. It doesn`t take a hurricane for RHC to be
interrupted by power failures, which like everything else can be blamed on the
``genocidal`` US blockade of Cuba.
If Gustav does
cross near Habana, it will be interesting to note if any of the usual jamming is
knocked off. But the DentroCuban Jamming Command has priority over RHC for
whatever power is available
15510, Aug 30 at 1347 with pop songs by male singer in Russian, but 1350
announcement in a SW Asian language, 1358 VOR theme music. Per Aoki, at 12-14
this is Pashto/Dari, 250 kW, 140 degrees from Samara, so off-the-back here = 320
** SRI LANKA.
IBB Iranawila, inbooming to OK on the other worldside; only wish SLBC could do
as well. Like most relay hosts, they failed to demand access for their own
broadcasts as a condition of IBB coming in --- or even to other sites in the
I refer to
15690 with R. Farda, 315 degrees toward Iran, Aug 30 at 1345 with a couple of
IDs during music. 15790 with Aap ki Dunya, 332 degrees from SL for Pakistan,
also very good at same time
** U S A [non].
It may be impossible to find any info on the VOA website about temporary
programming and frequency changes, but at least they make announcements about
it. Aug 29 at 0628 on 6180 Greenville, after the DemoCon was over, VOA African
service plugged its live coverage next week of the RepubCon, which would be at
0100-0300 on 15580 and 6080, Sept 1-4 --- in UT, that apparently means it starts
on Sunday evening before the con, or did VOA lapse into local days mixed with
Universal time? Also mentioned a special evening transmission on same two
frequencies, but I was not ready to copy and missed the details. Anyhow, 6080
was previously reported on the air before its usual *0300 when it is São Tomé.
As for 15580, seems unlikely that would be usable from an African site that
early in the morning, so maybe from another site to the east in Asia
** U S A.
Listened to the WRNO 7505 sign-on at 0100 UT Aug 29, and immediately into news
read by local announcer. Top story was about Christian schools vs Sharia law in
Nigeria; also items re Thailand, South Ossetia, UK terrorist threats, Obama
about to accept. Lasted only 3 minutes, the news update by ``John ----``, ``as
reported by the BBC``. Hard to believe a real BBC newscast would have led with
the Nigeria story, so WRNO apparently picks items from BBC news and slants them
for their own ideology. A much greater public service would be to relay real
BBCWS news on SW in NAm.
followed as apparently live DJ starting at 0103, asking for requests by e-mail
to email@example.com and starting with
``Carry On, My Wayward Son`` -- gospel rock, requested by a previous 1980s WRNO
listener in Minnesota
** CUBA [and
non]. Sat Aug 30 at 2013 checked 9955 to reconfirm new WORLD OF RADIO time on
WRMI. Weak signal, but after a while I could recognize my own voice if not what
I was saying. Still being jammed with pulses also weak at this absorptive hour,
but enough to ruin reception. Thanks a lot, Arnie! Your show on RHC an hour
later won`t be jammed, courtesy of the US government. Yes, at 2111 check on
11760, DXers Unlimited in the clear. How unfair. Try WOR again Sunday at 2030.
various chex as Hurricane Gustav was crossing western Cuba. At 2111 the secret
2030-2130 English broadcast existed on 11760, but no sign of // 9505.
Neighboring Spanish service on 11750 was talking about Gustav. I wonder if RHC
was simulcasting R. Rebelde for the occasion. Busy at the Ringwood OK watermelon
festival during Mesa Redonda at 2230, so next checked UT August 31 at 0132:
11760 was normal, but // 11680 was just open carrier. Its modulation was back
when rechecked at 0141. 9580 CRI relay normal with poor modulation. 9600 RHC
Spanish mentioning Manolo de la Rosa, and special programming on the air at the
moment. 9550 in French.
At 0143, found
Arnie`s DXUL, unjammed yet again, big signal on 6140 but undermodulated with
hum. No signal on 6180 at 0143 which is supposedly RHC Spanish to CAm now, but
that leaves XEPPM 6185 in the clear with Huasteca music, as well as Vietnam via
Canada on 6175. Terry Krueger in FL enjoys the same anomaly, but I`m not so sure
Gustav is responsible since all the other RHC frequencies are funxional. Absence
of 6180 reinforced by the detexion nevertheless of the very weak leapfrog mixing
product of 6060 RHC Spanish over 6140 on 6220, // 9600 at 0151. At 0213 compared
the modulation of English on 6140 and 6000, and found 6000 even lower. Wiggle
jammed frequencies, R. República, 6100 at 0207 in non-Cuban music show was VG
with selective fades, no jamming audible but probably there and overridden here.
At 0212, 6030 R. Martí béisbol over audible jamming, likewise 7365 at 0217. At
0245 on 9955, jamming over detectable WRMI, which per their August 1 schedule is
supposed to be relaying R. Praga --- how sad; Cuba and Czechoslovakia used to be
such good friends
** EGYPT [and
non] Wonder if R. Cairo is still on 11550 for European service including English
2115-2245? Aug 30 at 2148 could not detect it mixing with WEWN Spanish, which
was not very strong. Other signals from Eurafrica were coming in well, English
from Czechia with language lesson at 2145 on 11600, Equatorial Guinea [q.v.] on
6290, good signal and decent modulation during Qur`an, Aug 31 at 0151; kept
going past hourtop 0200, into Arabic announcement at 0204 which was very
undermodulated by comparison, but not the horrible distortion which used to
appear here. Recheck 0217, again in OK Qur`an. This transmission had been
closing at 0200 UT due to DST in Egypt of UT +3 since April 25, but per
timeanddate.com, that ended August 29, so now Egypt is back on UT +2, and the
domestic relay transmissions on SW which had shifted one UT hour earlier should
be back to their normal times, including 6290 Arabic to NAm closing at 0300.
However, Ramadan is about to start and may throw another monkeywrench into the
scheduling. But timeanddate.com thinx it won`t begin in USA until Sept. 2: http://www.timeanddate.com/holidays/muslim/ramadan-begins
GUINEA [and non]. R. Africa again active Friday Aug 29 at 2031 check on 15190,
American-accented gospel huxter overshadowed by VOA Hausa 15185. Meanwhile,
presumably due to lack of any E-layer propagation, no signal at all from WWCR
15825 while WOR was on.
Sat Aug 30 I
found R. Africa, 15190, at 2155 airing a Saskatchewan preacher I had heard
before, closing Gospel Tidings with address, somewhat undermodulated and with
worse distortion when YL started singing hymn at 2157; deep fades, and some QRM
from YFR via Ascension playing music on 15195.
At 2200 hymn
ended and another program started immediately with no ID break, #640 by Pastor
somebody. Now 15195 was off but WYFR itself had started up on 15190, theme
audible way below R. Africa. At 2214 recheck, R. Africa still going with good
signal, and no YFR cochannel audible, while its 15130 in the clear was also
quite weak; meanwhile, REE 15110 Spain direct was at its usual VG strength. So
the skip on this band is much longer than the 2 megameters to Florida
[non]. Bad collision on 6075, Aug 31 at 0232 with RCI in Spanish about, what
else, immigration from Chile to Winnipeg, and refugees in Victoria, within
Reflejo Boreal program, atop DW in German which is on both Sines, Portugal, and
Rampisham UK at 0200-0400 despite RCI Sackville at 0205-0305. DW aimed NE and
SE, so cannot be a problem in CNAm, right? Well, DW succeeds in making itself
unlistenable in NAm, just as it wishes, while no one in USA or Canada wants to
listen to R. Canada Internal in Spanish either, making this a good share
CAROLINA [non]. The Overcomer Ministry, 11520 presumably via Germany, Aug 31 at
2147 playing C&W tune, and not // WWRB 9385 which had Brother Scare talking,
so initially not certain 11520 was same program, but previously determined it
was some 2 minutes out of synch. By 2148 BS had started talking on 11520 too.
See also USA: WWRB
** TURKEY. I
listened to almost the entire VOT Saturday Aug 30 broadcast, on webcast UT
Sunday Aug 31 from 0305 to 0355+, when it is also via Canada 7325, and the
fortnightly DX corner never appeared. They did have a talk for a special event
Aug 30, the 86th (?) anniversary of some attack, which may have replaced it, or
is it out of synch again, and DX Corner will be on next week and fortnightly
thereafter? My DX/SWL/Media programs listing at http://www.worldoradio.com/dxpgms.html
will have to be annotated
** U S A. WRNO
missing from 7505, Aug 31 at 0218 during their only scheduled 0100-0400
broadcast. Perhaps they have battened down the hatches in New Orleans or even
dismantled the antenna in preparation for Hurricane Gustav?
** U S A. Not
everything on WWRB 3185 is Brother Scare; UT Sunday Aug 31 at 0223 the Bluegrass
Gospel Hour was in progress, country-boy accented preacher giving address
repeatedly of P O Box 3451, Hueytown /spelt/, AL 25023. Audio a bit muffled. Is
this Mike Gibson, shown on the Global 1 schedule at http://www.wwrb.org/schedule/global_1/combined.pdf
for 10-11 pm, timezone unspecified, on Saturdays? Meanwhile, BS was on two other
WWRB frequencies, 5745 and 6890. He does not start on 3185 until midnight in
some timezone or other and then runs 9 hours straight. Personally, I need much
more than 9 hours straight to satisfy my craving for the revelations of the Last
Day Prophet of God
** U S A. 11740
had open carrier long before 2200 Sat Aug 30; at 2205 check WYFR was in English,
an introductory philately discussion about topicals with a sub-official of http://www.stamps.org --- the American
Philatelic Society. Host pronounces philately with a long A. I only listened for
a few minutes, but during that time it seemed secular, no religious undertones!
Turned out to be part 1 of a show called For the Record, from Family Radio; and
part 2 from 2214 would be about Alzheimer`s Disease. I assume the stamp segment
was just a fluke and not a regular repeatable feature. VG signal
** CUBA. Sunday
Aug 31 at 1402 on 11760 caught a bit of RHC news in Spanish, mentioning that
Gustav had been clocked at sustained winds of 240 kph as it crossed western
Cuba, with gusts to 340 = 211 mph, which seems a bit too hi from other reports,
but still plenty.
Here we go with
today`s discrepancies: At 1407 on 21 mb, RHC 13760 had better signal strength
than usual, but barely modulated! 13740 with CRI was at normal modulation level
for it, which means inferior but adequate.
Presidente service, separate from mainstream RHC 11760, at 1404 Sunday Aug 31,
was underway on 11875, but running a show about the history of RHC which is
hardly a Venezuelan topic. At 1407, 13680 was strong but undermodulated with
hum. Wiggle that patchcord! Not on usual 13750.
At 1413 found
another scheduled A,P channel, 17750, inbooming S9+20 contrary to usual JBA:
likely some sporadic E had kicked in. Not only that, but accompanied by ratchety
noises at modulation peaks on center channel and splattering plus and minus 20
kHz, with worst peaks at +/- 10 kHz while playing a bit of ``Guantanamera``;
1431 recheck, 17750 had weakened somewhat and the splatter consequently lessened
** CUBA [non].
No doubt the fueracubanos at R. Martí just want to help dentracubano family
members, but jamming is unrelenting, on 11930 Aug 31 someone was phoning into
newscast about H. Gustav destruxion; 13820 was stronger and well atop jamming
here, always Greenville NC site
Altho XEPPM was in the clear on 6185, around 0145 Aug 31 tnx to absence of Cuba
6180, and Brasil for that matter, when I rechecked at 0618 I could not hear R.
Educación, only a very weak carrier, Vatican? on frequency, but was also
heavily splashed by VOA Greenville 6180. I am afraid that XEPPM is indeed no
longer running all-night, as Harry Helms pointed out, apparently closing at 0500
UT, local midnight
** SPAIN. REE,
17595, Sunday Aug 31 at 1412 was playing an Egyptian male singer from years of
yore. Nice, but does not match either program shown for domingos 1600 HOE+ at
Deportivo and Corresponsales del Sur, so have they revamped their program
schedule again without publishing an update?
SAHARA [non]. LV de la RASD, 6300 via Algeria, Aug 31 at 0612 with seemingly
reverent recitations from Qur`an, but quite different from what we hear on other
Islamic world stations in regular Qur`Arabic. Isn`t this rigidly supposed never
to be in vernacular dialects? Or is this some other religious service not
strictly Q. recitation, and thus allowed? Quite mesmerizing, and heard any day
from opening around 0600. But at 0614 switch to YL announcement, then music
involving voices, drums and wind instruments. Fair with persistent ute pulsing
JORDAN R. Jordan
1130 pop female vocal,
female announcer in accented English. very strong at first but quickly faded
down under RTTY ute sta. Hadn't heard in a while. (8/21
Tuned across 6185 this morning, August 21, at 1002 UTC and found a weak, fady
signal with a repeating loop announcement by man in Spanish over a jazzy musical
background. Announcement seemed to be "Radio Libertad/Comunidad/Verdad
[couldn't identify it positively] presenta un programa político libre"
[unsure about last word]. Announcement repeated about every 30 seconds; low
modulation, noisy conditions, and much slop from Cuba on 6180 so I'm not 100%
certain of the announcement wording. I was using my image-prone Eton E5
receiver, so this might be a spurious signal although checks 2xIF revealed
nothing. Signal faded as I listened and was barely in there when I had to
discontinue listening at 1023 UTC because my wife had a 7:00 am dental
appointment today. Thinking this might be Mexico's XEPPM, I checked the Radio
Educación web site but they list their SW schedule (as of June 2008) as being
only from 2300-0500 UTC. Checked recent DXLD
editions at Glenn's web site and I'm still stumped----help!!
VOA Presumed 17765 kc 0145-0202 UTC SIO 444. No TOH ID. Some
talk by man in
Mandarin, lot's of martial type music with drumming. LP/SP
Sri Lanka- SLBC
Colombo 15745 kc 0245-0305 UTC SIO 333. ID at TOH into news.
program by man in English. LP/SP propagation echo.
RNZI Rangitaiki 15720 kc 0306-0330 UTC SIO 555 (S9+20) News
Dateline Pacific program, weather forecast by lady announcer.
Delhi Presumed 11620 kc 0145-0200UTC SIO 333. No TOH ID No
Indian sounding music and chants by female.
Bangalore Presumed 11985 kc 0215-0230 UTC SIO 555 (S9+20). No
Indian sounding music and chants alternating between male and
Unfamiliar language to me, Kannada? LP/SP propagation echo.
Sri Lanka- VOA
12150 kc 1500-1515 UTC SIO 333. ID at TOH "This Is The Voice
America" into news in English.
VOK 11710 kc 1513-1525 UTC SIO 444. ID "This Is R. Korea" at
1520 UTC. News
feature program by man and woman in English. Many mentions of
and Kim Il Sung. Almost thought that I was listening to a
Kuwait 11990 kc Kabd 2053-2115 UTC SIO 555 (S9+30) TOH ID "This
Kuwait" then into brief news in English, then 70's rock n roll music.
Sri Lanka- SLBC
Presumed Colombo 11905 kc 0205-0230 UTC SIO 333. traditional
interspersed with talk by lady in UNID language.
Of Hope Presumed 9930.0 kc 1609-1630 UTC SIO 343 Man and woman
Mandarin in between musical selections.
Lisbon 21655.0 kc 1805-1830 UTC SIO 444 Feature program in
man and woman alternating. ID by man "R. Nacional Portugal"
at 1813 &
1828 UTC. 1814 UTC music programming with woman announcer. LP
bearing 236 deg. 33387 km per VOAProp.
Buenos Aires 15345.0 kc 2057-2115 UTC SIO 444 IS to 2100 UTC
then ID by man
in Spanish "R.Argentina al Exterior". 2101 UTC Man and woman
German language programming including broadcast schedule then
Australia Shepparton 13630.0 kc 2131-2201 UTC SIO 333 //12080
& 15515 kc
2131 UTC In English weather report for east Asia and South
Pacific by man
and woman. 2134 UTC song Eleanor Rigby not by The Beatles.
2136 UTC News
feature program with man and woman announcer. 2200 UTC ID
R. Australia" then into news.
KFBS FEBC Presumed 12090.0 kc 2205-2215 UTC SIO 333. Music and
programming by man in Vietnamese.
Trans World Radio Presumed 12130.0 kc 2216-2230 UTC SIO 333 Talk
man in Cantonese. LP/SP echo.
Panaji Presumed 11740 kc 0110-0115 UTC SIO 444. Brief talk by man
then Indian music. Abrupt sign off without ID at 0115 UTC with
VOK 11735.0 kc 0116-0131UTC SIO 333. ID "This Is The Voice Of
0130 UTC. News feature program by man, mention of the Olympics in
in English. Mentions of Kim Il Sung.
Delhi Presumed 11715 kc 0131-0145 UTC SIO 444. Talk by man and
Nepali. Indian music and chants by male.
Sri Lanka- SLBC
9770.0 kc 0225-0247 UTC SIO 444. Talk by man in English then
in to American
pop music. 0230 UTC ID 'This Is The Sri Lanka Broadcasting
by woman, then into news with man and woman. Signal fadeout at
Signal was undermodulated.
Panaji Presumed 11740 kc 0110-0115 UTC SIO 444. No SO ID. Brief
talk by man in
Sinhalese then Indian music. Abrupt sign off at 0115 UTC with
a shrill tone.
VOK 11735.0 kc 0116- 0131 UTC SIO 333. ID "This is Radio Korea"
at 0130 UTC. In
English News feature program by man, mention of the Olympics
China. Mentions of Kim Il Sung (talk about a cult personality).
Delhi Presumed 11715 kc 0131-0155 UTC SIO 444. In Nepali Talk by
man and woman.
Indian music and chants by male.
Sri Lanka- SLBC
9770.0 kc 0225-0247 UTC SIO 444. In English Talk by man then
in to American
pop music. 0230 UTC ID "This Is The Sri Lanka Broadcasting
by woman, then into news with a man and woman. Signal fadeout
at 0247 UTC due
to D layer ionization. Signal was under modulated.
Ukraine International 7440.0 kc SIO 555 (S9+40). In English
In English Talk by woman about cultural program. Mentions of
Caanes film festivals, film making, then into discussion about
of Kiev (go figure). 0330 UTC ID by woman "This Is Radio
USA- WRNO New
Orleans 7505.0 kc SIO 555. In English 0331-0355 UTC. 0331 UTC
ID by Mrs.
Maywire "This is WRNO Worldwide". Variety of Christian rap songs
and one not so
Christian rap song (spelled out the F word). Then into 70's
and 80's pop
songs including Stevie Wonder. Transmitted audio still a bit
pinched for an
AM broadcast station. I looked back in my old paper SWL log
which began in
1965 and ended in 2005. I first logged WRNO on 08/23/1983 at
0431 UTC, on
6185 kc, on a Sony ICF-6500W, SIO 555, antenna was a folded
dipole cut for
I found MW band conditions pretty blah last night - so much so I fired up
the R-390A and listened to the following [I can't recall the frequencies but
they were all in the 31M band [9500 to 9900 KHz]:
Voice of Russia
- with lots of propoganda RE war with Georgia. Back in the days of the USSR,
Radio Moscow seemed like a credible news source by contrast.
At least Radio Moscow tried to be somewhat diplomatic with its
International - Olympic coverage - complete with temperatures and weather in
brief for a batch of Olympic venues. I
got the distinct impression that I was hearing an audio feed for TV!
Netherlands - Dutch male host and Canadian female co-host discussing the
Olympics and the story of an American athlete of Dutch born parents...
A bunch of other signals too, all
This morning I
tuned to 5000 kHz to set my watch and I heard a new time station.
Lintong, China 6Aug08 1228UTC tune in, I heard time pips that were not WWVH/WWV.
At 1229 BPM in Morse code was heard several times and I also heard a weak voice
announcement by a woman. Faded after 1230. I have an MP3 file so I'm sending off
John Hunter – Rossville, GA
Toyota Sienna stock radio
everyone, In between doctors visits today (08-14) I tuned the
Toyota Siennas radio to 530 and was surprised to hear Morse code
followed by this ID "Roseanne airport Manchester TN USA" at 1816 ET
Driving around the signal faded down to nothing and then started
coming back when we backtracked. That could of just been coincidental
though as this area has really variable reception or maybe a part 15
relaying that airports ground beacon for some odd reason. Does anyone
know if there is a legit beacon on 530?
is the NDB I reported which is morse code LYQ. Its not a part
15 but a real beacon. The shortwave broadcaster WWRB administers that
station at Roseanne Airport.
is officially on 529kHz. It was first reported about a year ago.
There are several reports of it in the RNA beacon database, but I
can't find it listed in any of my normal air navigation sites. RNA
reports it as 100W, which is pretty powerful for a beacon in the US.
Most are only 25W. At 100W it should get out pretty good.
guess what threw me was that it was so strong at times plus I've
never heard it in the van before. It's a re-log of course since I
first logged it in 2007. I don't have a voice ID listed though for
this one in the log. Thanks for the help to those who responded.
Kevin Redding – Adamsville, TN
Zenith Royal 790 Navigator/Kenwood R-1000/DX-440
R-1000 and 200 foot wire laid right on the ground all times
local from 1630 -1715:
255 FYE Somerville, TN
257 JHG Hohenwald, TN
269 LRT Lawrenceburg, TN
278 FD Poplar Bluff, MO
386 SZY Selmer, TN
394 MK Jackson, TN
402 BAV Bolivar, TN
529 LYQ Morristown, TN
on a Zenith Royal 790 Navigator then checked with a Sony
ICF-2010 and Q-Stick:
334 UU Corinth, MS 8/15 1420 Roscoe Turner Airport
Heard on a DX-440 and Q-Stick Pro:
217 HZD Huntingdon, TN 1900 8/17
Another small column this month with some information on WKDK sports and also the Hurricane Net. Thanks to Kevin, Bob, Bruce and Powell.
Kevin Redding – Cosmic Crump, TN, Center of the Known Universe
SoCal Streaming HSFB from last year
Thu Aug 21, 2008 5:45 pm (PDT)
I assume they will stream this years football when HSFB starts.
The Real USC on WKDK.COM Go COCKS Go!!!
Wed Aug 27, 2008 8:02 pm (PDT)
Hello, Loyal Listeners!
The week all you sports fans have been waiting for is here - it's football week on WKDK.
This Thursday (August 28) -
USC vs. NC State - airtime 5pm, kickoff 8pm
This Friday (August 29) -
NHS vs. Clinton - airtime with the Sam Baird pre-game 7:05, kickoff 7:30pm
High School Scoreboard Show with scores and interviews from around the state - 10pm
This Saturday (August 30) -
High School Scoreboard Recap Show with scores from across the state - 6:36am,10:05am
Coaches Corner with area high school coaches - airtime 10:15
Newberry College vs. Valdosta State - airtime NC Tailgate Show noon (look for an updated Pick'ums tally on www.wkdk.com each week), Zak Willis pre-game 1pm, kickoff 1:30pm;
Clemson vs. Alabama from Atlanta - will join the pre-game show in progress following the Newberry game, kickoff 8pm
SportsTalk from Cola - weekdays 6:05 - 8pm unless preempted
Steve Spurrier Call-in Show - Thursdays at 7pm unless preempted
Local Sports Reports - weekdays 7:15am, 8:15am, 11:15am, 4:15pm, 5:15pm
The Coach Zak Willis Show on Wednesdays at 6:05pm; LIVE from Ronnie's Buffet & Grill, join them on location and win prizes
We are going to attempt to keep the calendar updated on www.wkdk.com with sports events. Everything is subject to change so keep checking especially for select USC and Clemson games, which depend on the times they announce for the games.
***Please note - www.wkdk.com streaming will be down during Carolina and Clemson games since each school is their own sole provider of webstreaming. Streaming will, of course, be available for NHS and NC games at www.wkdk.com.
Thanks for listening to AM 1240, Newberry's voice for over 60 years!
Re: The Real USC on WKDK.COM Go COCKS Go!!!
Thu Aug 28, 2008 5:20 pm (PDT)
Kevin's gonna git 'cha! Can't stream South Carolina football on WKDK. I will have streaming up as soon as I get ready to leave.
For you streaming fans -
Mon Aug 25, 2008 9:53 am (PDT)
I found a new portal: http://www.radiotime.com
It gets me to streams I want much faster and easier than what I was using before (radio-locator).
Bob Carter – Utica, NY
-VOIP WX...Hurricane Net Activation Notice: Hurricane
Tue Aug 26, 2008 2:09 am (PDT)
Speaking of streaming......
***HURRICANE STORM GUSTAV FORMS IN THE CARRIBEAN – WX TALK NET TO ACTIVATE AT 10AM EDT, 1500 UTC ON TUESDAY***
***AFFECTED LAND AREAS INCLUDE CUBA, HAITI, AND DOMINICAN REPUBLIC***
***HURRICANE WATCHES AND WARNINGS ISSUED ***
For those outside of the effected area, hams and the general public who wish to monitor the net......
Your mode of listening/connecting choices is the following:
The *KC4QLP-C* Echolink conference server, node 290251 will be available for "listen only", as well as eQSO - node KC4QLP-R,[ listen only ] and web stream
http://kc4qlp.dyndns.org:8082 is available for monitoring purposes.
Bob Carter - KC4QLP
And that’s another month on the Net.
CVCR, 101.1, Aylesford NS. I don't see this
station on a lot of Nova Scotia lists. It's run by Aylesford Baptist
Church, on route 1 in Aylesford and IDs as "The Valley's Good News
Station" or :Valley Christian Radio". Runs Christian
Contemporary Music. I was just told by Bill Hepburn that the calls are
VF8023 and CVCR are not the official calls.
CIJK, Kentville NS, 89.3, classic hits,
CHNS, Halifax NS, 89.9, classic hits, "Hal
CHSJ, Saint John NB, 94.1 "Country
CHNI, Saint John NB, 88.9 "News 88.9"
CKNI, Moncton NB, 91.9 "News 91.9"
CKBW-2, Shelburne NS, 93.1 rock/ac, heard in
CJLS, yarmouth NS. "Tri County
Radio", AC. Heard them on 93.5 (New Tusket), 94.7 (Yarmouth), 95.5
(Yarmouth) and 96.3 (Barrington)
CJXL, 96.9, Moncton NB, country, "XL-96"
CKEN, Kentville NS, 97.7, country, "AVR"
(Annapolis Valley Radio). I think they are in // to AVR's various MW
frequencies of 1420 and 1350.
CJYC, Saint John NB, 98.9 "Big John FM',
CIOK, Saint John NB, 100.5, :K-100", lite rock
CJMO, Moncton NB, 103.1, I think they
were using "C-103" slogan
CIFA, Yarmouth NS, 104.1, French, with delightful
polka music on a Saturday afternoon.
CFRQ, Dartmouth NS, 104.3, rock, "Q-104"
UNID, 107.5, "Frank FM", heard in
Yarmouth harbor, assuming it was WFNK in Portland ME
CIRU St Stephen NB, 96.5. Usually has
border crossing info but nothing heard on August 8, just dead air
CIRM Moncton NB, 101.9, Moncton Tourist
Information Radio, news/feature/weather loop, info for Confederation Bridge.
There are signs along the Trans-Canada highway advertising the station.
CFNS, Amherst NS, 90.1, Central Nova Scotia Tourist
Information Radio, same as CIRM above.
Heard in the
2006 Saturn Vue with the whip.
Paducah, KY 1443 with a number of Paducah area ads. Tr 150 mi.
Artesia, MS 9/19 0950 "99.9 The Fox"
Birmingham, AL 9/19 0958 with ToH ID
Heard in the
gold Saturn 2004 Ion beatin it with a whip:
106.5 KTMO New
Madrid, MO 8/27 1348 in a mix and up it came 106.5 KTMO. This one's new.
Heard in a 2006
Malibu in nearby Morris Chapel, TN:
Tuscaloosa, AL 0950 with ads for Tuscaloosa Tractor Co. and ID.
Heard in the
Saturn 2004 Ion beatin it with a whip:
Tuscaloosa, AL 8/27 1147 playing R&B and ID.
One is tempted
to see how high a sporadic E opening into the FM band goes, but this time I`m
glad I checked out channel 6 audio on the low side. These days I`m more into
quality than quantity of FM DX, so this will not be condensed into a one-line
August 2 at
1749 UT, after confirming skip was coming from Los Ángeles area, with KPFK-FM
RDS ID on 90.7 Mt Wilson, I found not one but two Spanish-speaking stations on
87.75, and both with (FM) stereo pilot cutting on periodically at fadeups.
One was talk,
one music, at the moment singing about ``Sangre de Jesús``. After checking
other frequencies inside the FM band, I came back at 1756 to find one of them
with an abogado ad, 1758 a 1-800 number for Nationwide Options Systems, real
English, commercial for the 18th National Catholic Family Conference, sponsored
by the Diocese of San Diego, register online at http://www.nationalcatholicfamilyconference.org
1759, ID fading
in and out from one of them ``Cielo[?] 87.7 FM, la estación . . . Los Ángeles.``
Then legal ID in Spanish by woman, ``KSFV-LP, Canal 6, San Fernando Valley``,
and slogan as ``Guadalupe Radio``, opening live(?) program with YL host ``Mundo
Mujer`` mentioning that they are heard as far as San Bernardino, Riverside [but
not Enid??], obviously Catholic program, ``Guadalupe Radio`` mentioned once or
twice more. But there was still co-channel from the other station. Quit at 1804;
time for lunch.
So KSFV is
another of those lowpower TV stations funxioning as a radio station in a major
market where real FM channels are filled up. Here`s the FCC info about it:
they are licensed on channel 26, but only have a CP for channel 6 with 499 watts
ERP video, so what`s the audio ERP?? --- nevertheless obviously on the air on 6.
I first diligently tuned to 87.75 on the DX-398, but eventually decided the
signal was closer to center if I really tuned to 87.70, which is NOT a legal
frequency for channel 6 audio (nor is FM stereo as opposed to TV stereo, but
other stations like this ignore the distinxion too and get away with it). And it
was farther from center if I stepped to 87.80.
brief wikipedia entry re: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/KSFV-LP
But what was
the second Spanish FM/TV station on 87.70? Surely not XETV-6, the real TV
station in Tijuana/San Diego which I assume is not yet really in Spanish, or is
it? Anyhow it would not be running FM stereo.
I was surprised
to find no listing for KSFV-LP channel 6, at http://www.w9wi.com/tvdb/channels/6.htm
in the analog
low-power and translator section or anywhere else. The separate FM database only
goes down to 87.9.
KSFV is Venture Technologies Group, and they may well have some other channel 6
LPTVs in California masquerading as FM stations (or vice versa). Redding and
Chico are way off in northern California, but a third one is in Banning, which
is on I-10 east of Riverside, so this could be the one alluded to above, KRPE-LP
with 999 watts video:
two Spanish radio stations I was hearing on 87.7 were definitely not in
parallel. Perhaps those in SoCal more familiar with the situation can elucidate.
Venture also has applications for channel 6 LD (digital lowpower TV) in Los Ángeles
itself, and Glen Arbor CA, wherever that is, not appearing in the indices in AAA
or Rand McNally atlases.
Other FM DX in
August 2 at
1734 UT tune-in, 97.5, ``Cruisin` 97.5`` slogan, then mentioned Santa Bárbara
in English; must be KRUZ, but I find no mention of Cruising or Cruisin on their
co-channel not only from semi-local KPAK Alva OK, which I nulled as best I could
with the swervable whip, but from something in Spanish, which was dominating by
1739 with romantic music in stereo; 1742 promotion for something in Los Ángeles,
1-800-833-1236 for something to do with credit; Ralph`s [?] Alimentos Frescos
with prices in centavos por libra, so not Mexico; 1745 about cupones at
McGuire`s, mentioned ola de calor (heatwave). Must be KLYY, La Cumbia Caliente,
Riverside per 3-year-old FM Atlas XX.
90.7 with big
steady signal, discussion in English, stereo pilot on, no RDS decode until 1748
when it displayed KPFK-FM, i.e. Los Ángeles.
96.5 at 1755, stereo, ad in Spanish for El Chaparral disco, mentioned Tecate, ads in pesos. But there are no Baja California 96.5 stations in Cantú`s list nor in the Mexico FM Directory 2005, the closest being XHITA in Sonoita, Sonora. There is KYXY in San Diego, which I don`t think is in Spanish, so this may be a new one in Tecate or further afield if I misheard Tecate. Any ideas?
The KZLS 107.1 North Enid CP is now on the air // 99.7 KNID. 107.1 was
originally for Alva, but COL has been changed to North Enid, and transmitter
site to the existing tower just N of Carrier on OK Hwy 132, where KNID 96.9 was
located before being moved halfway to Oklahoma City near Crescent, LMA`d, sold
and transformed into KQOB, Bob-FM. A few weeks ago, we had noticed driving by,
that the Carrier tower again had FM elements on it after being denuded for a
The plan of
Champlin Broadcasting is to have 107.1 programming replace 99.7 KNID, which is
being moved from its present site near Helena halfway between Enid and COL Alva,
far to the south to rimshot Oklahoma City, like 96.9 before it, this time from
COL Mustang. I expect that the 99.7 for OKC will ultimately be sold off at a
tidy profit, and that 107.1 will wind up with the KNID calls, unless further
jumbling in the Enid market ensues.
is underway. For now the informal ID goes ``99.7 KNID and 107-1 FM``. Legal ID
at hourtop 0000 UT August 3: ``Today`s best country, 99-7, KNID, Alva-Enid, and
107-1 KZLS, North Enid.``
99.7 is running
static RDS as `KNID-FM` while 107.1 has no RDS. But yes, Brucey, 107.1 like 99.7
is in stereo. This was noticed as I was trying to DX FM August 2 during a big
sporadic E opening from both coasts, and finding fewer and fewer open spots on
Seeing that DX
was still in on lowband TV, and lots of FM Es reports on the WTFDA list, I
resumed monitoring five hours later at 2316 UT August 2, again from the porch
away from household digital hash, temp 101 but with partial shade, less than at
noon. 87.75 was several (TV) stations deep, as were many FM frequencies, so the
challenge was to find a few with a dominant DX station.
On 105.1, at
2316 UT, North Carolina`s Spas, 1-888-SPASALE, ID as ``105.1, Z-105`` or so I
thought, but this must be G-105, WDCG Raleigh-Durham, etc. as at http://www.g105.com/main.html
I was able to
uncover bits of classical music on 89.7, at 2319 by carefully nulling local
KJTH. This was very likely WCPE also in Raleigh NC, which is also relayed
overnight by several stations including KCSC 90.1 in OK. Prairie Home Companion
was poking thru various other DX spots in the non-comm dial.
On 93.9 at 2322
UT, ``The new 93-9, Kiss-FM``; YL promo saying it`s ``mostly upbeat --- listen
for an hour and see how you feel``. Sorry, it won`t likely stay in that long
even if I wanted to park on the frequency. Geez, yet another ``Kiss``, how
unimaginative, and except for one station somewhere, cannot possibly be a legal
call. What do you know, that also Googles to Raleigh-Durham, with a website
looking suspiciously like 105.1, but where will we find the legal calls? Not on
the homepage http://www.939kissfm.com/main.html
but on the station info page, admits it`s really WKSL-FM.
Then at 2331,
on 96.5, RDS as ``CLASSIC / HITS / 96.5 FM`` often sticking on one of those
fields due to fading, rather than switching or scrolling. 2333 audibly said ``18
classic hits in a row, 96-5, The Drive``, and RDS with song info, Miller B &
Rock`n Me. Googling the RDS slogan points to 96.5 to Milwaukee, or Asheville NC,
WOXL. But what about ``The Drive``? Googling that points to WFLB Fayetteville
At 2336 UT on
97.3, had ``Coast 97 point 3`` audible ID, 2337 ad for James Sprunt Community
College, Wilmington NC address. Then unexpected off-hour ID as ``WMNX,
Wilmington . . . a Cumulus station . . . a better job is just a click away``
from their website, which is http://www.coast973.com/
88.1 and 88.9,
2106 Aug 19 in Guymon OK, is occupied by a KHYM gospel-huxter network
translator, and High Plains Public Radio translator is still on 88.9 with 250
watts. When KHYM gets its non-translator going on 88.9, HPPR will switch to 88.1
with 1 kW, but not yet.
At 2106 Aug 19,
we could not help but notice that during NPR ATC, the 88.9 translator was
running 7.5 seconds ahead of KTOT 89.5; why? Probably one with a deliberate
delay to match `HD`, and the other not. FCC shows licensee of some HPPR relays
as Kanza Society, Inc., others as Top O` Texas Educational Broadcasting
88.1: KGOU at
OU in Norman has been planning a full-power relay at Woodward. I thought they
had a CP, but FCC now shows an modified application 7/31/08 for 88.1, only 23.4
kW non-direxional. Still not on the air, and when it is, 88.3 may have to go:
88.3, 1930 Aug
19, Mission Network News, referring to Beaver OK, KHYM ID. Nearest station is
K202DC, Shattuck, 230 watts, Great Plains Christian Radio, same owner as KHYM
which is 103.9 Copeland KS, hub of a regional gospel-huxter network. I had
previously assumed this was in Woodward. (W of Woodward OK on US 412)
88.3, BTW, I
didn`t hear it, but I see in FCC FM Query that KTOT/HPPR now has a licensed
translator in Elk City OK:
K202AG 202 D FX
88.3 MHz LIC ELK CITY OK US BLFT-20060711ACQ - 72169 0.038 kW 0. m
I only wish
they would put one in Enid where we have NO local public radio, despite much
larger population than many little towns with such translators.
Spearman TX, the full-power HPPR relay which reaches as far east as Woodward,
and well past Guymon to the west. In many spots it was a toss-up whether it or a
closer translator would provide best reception, or for that matter 91.1 Garden
City, KANZ, the home station. In the fringe area of KTOT Spearman TX around
Woodward OK, bothered by same NPR programming with an echo from a second 89.5
station, probably remnants of KHCD Salina KS. In Enid we have the same problem
on 89.1 between KMUW Wichita KS and KYCU Clinton OK.
89.5, 2344 Aug
19, NPR ATC mixing with Radio Reader. Should be KENW Portales NM direct, and
KTOT HPPR Spearman TX, no longer very close, but RR matches latter schedule at
6:30 pm. KTSC Pueblo CO ruled out as a student station (US 412 in NM, mile 45)
90.1, 2308 Aug
19 in Clayton NM I was hearing a KJIL translator – another gospel-huxter
network originating in Kansas, but this must have been the one in nearby Felt
OK, K211CM. They have a CP for another one on 90.1, the other side of Boise City
at Keyes OK, K214CH.
90.1, 2142 Aug
25, religious station but audio cuts out irregularly about 10x per minute. Is no
one paying attention? Heard from Philmont Scout Ranch, S of Cimarrón NM. First
thought was KRDR Red River NM, not too far away crowflyingly but range very
limited by mountain blockage, and not supposed to be gospel-huxtering.
Apparently instead is AFA translator in Ratón NM, K211CE, 250 watts, minus 74m
antenna. A Google search on mentioned `New Tribes Mission` 90.1 hit an Oct 2001
newsletter of Answers Update, showing its program Answers with Ken Ham carried
on a translator on 90.1 in Ratón. Thought I heard a callsign like KFRG or
something phonetically similar. KFRG is a CBS station on 95.1 in San Bernardino
CA, so does not compute.
90.3, 2204 Aug
19, HPPR // 89.5 KTOT and synchro with it. K212EN, Elkhart KS, another border
town, 250 watts with a CP for 205 (W of Guymon on US 412)
90.5, HPPR has
a CP for a translator in Hooker OK, halfway between Guymon OK and Liberal KS on
US 54, 30 kW, 123 meters. That should fill some gaps and make nearby translators
unnecessary, including Guymon?
months, KSFR Santa Fe NM, public radio, had been simulcasting on this its
original frequency and 101.1 COL White Rock as KSFQ, acquired from a failing
commercial broadcaster. Now KSFR is on 101.1 only, and 90.7 has a gospel huxter.
Per FCC, 90.7 now has the KSFQ calls with 3 kW in Santa Fe, and same operator,
so-called Educational Media Foundation also runs KQRI on 90.7 in Belén on the
other side of Albuquerque. Inside the city of Santa Fe itself, 90.7 remains a
better signal than 101.1, q.v.
91.1, KEDP, Las
Vegas NM. On many previous visits, the station has been missing, perhaps silent
summers, but this time it was heard around 1500 UT Aug 21. New Mexico Highlands
University also has applications in for stations in other towns, some of which
are MX. KEDP has never amounted to much as a little student station, but perhaps
NMHU has plans for some more significant broadcasting services. FCC FM Query
kW ERP HAAT m
88.7 Milan 16.5
845 [near Grants]
89.3 Newcomb 0.65
698 [S of Shiprock on US `666`]
89.5 Española 5
89.9 Ratón 0.38
90.3 Romeroville 50
-41 [near Las Vegas]
91.3 Clayton 4.5
91.3 Clovis 6
Clayton NM I was hearing a religious station on 91.3. Per FCC FM query, it`s
currently a translator of La Promesa Foundation, K217CM with 140 watts at 74m,
but there are three MX apps for non-translators on the frequency, one by the
same foundation, one by the notorious gospel-huxter network, AFA, and the other
by NM Highlands University (HQ: Las Vegas; see above). Naturally, I am rooting
for the latter.
2200 Aug 19, rock music, presumed the real KPSU at Panhandle State University,
Goodwell OK, active (W of Guymon on US 412 closest to Goodwell)
91.9, HPPR has
a CP in Guymon for 200 watts, in addition to 88.1. Surely this one would be
ruled out due to 91.7 Goodwell?
Guymon OK, billboard in town shows second frequency 100.5: that`s K263AQ Liberal
KS, 250 watts, and not audible in Guymon itself.
Clayton NM, and for just a few miles around, one can hear the KENW translator on
93.5, K228DP, listed as 170 watts, but only 78 meters AAT, minuscule coverage
compared to // 106.1 atop Sierra Grande, with lower power, and I would have
thought the 93.5 range does not even justify the listed power and height.
93-5``, classic hits, 2340 Aug 19, at mile 50 of US 412 in NM, W of Clayton, way
beyond the range of the Clayton 93.5 KENW translator. The only ``Sunny 93-5``
anywhere in the west I can find is KSNN in St George, SW corner of Utah, but
that`s way too far for groundwave across the Rockies, and too close for Es. Is
there anything nearer?
95.7, 1959 Aug
25, at Las Vegas NM, was hearing LPFM station there, KLYN-LP, seems with
rightwing talk mentioning http://www.myspace.com/KLYN957
which also calls it:
The Voice of
Las Vegas, and "Las Vegas' newest Christian radio station with Flare!"
--- Male 100 years old, LAS VEGAS, New Mexico, United States. We are on the air
24 hours! Coming Soon: Friday and Saturday Night "Cruise Show" Las
Vegas’ most diverse Radio Station, Playing: Christian Worship, Contemporary,
HipHop, R&B, Rap, lots of Spanish, Rock, Alternative Rock, Ska, and
Reggeaton [sic]! FCC shows: 0.003 kW 169.8 m THE ROCK CHRISTIAN OUTREACH, i.e. 3
watts. Solid signal in town.
White Rock-Santa Fe, ex-90.7. The move is now complete, and coverage S and W of
Santa Fe is supposedly improved greatly, but it certainly is not any better to
the N and E on I-25. Furthermore, in Santa Fe itself, trying to listen on a
walkman, I found 101.1 breaking up and getting QRM from something else. I listen
to it a lot more in Enid by webcast where the RF change makes no difference. See
105.7, 1938 Aug
19, classical mixing with talk, and // 89.5. This is the High Plains Public
Radio outlet in Amarillo, KJJP, another of those fire-sale ex-commercial FMs
snapped up by PR. 43 kW with a 1 kW backup, says FCC. Interesting that in OK and
nearby TX we now have two public radios on 105.7, the other being KROU
Spencer/OKC, relaying KGOU Norman, which have been relegated to the commercial
band from their outset, since OU foolishly sold off its heritage WNAD 640. (W of
Woodward on US 412)
little translator of KENW Portales with a great site atop Sierra Grande near Des
Moines NM (COL), K291AD, only 116 watts, but huge coverage from 611 meters above
average terrain and 2670 m above mean sea level. We first hear it east of Boise
City OK, where it is very much needed as we are losing access to HPPR via the
various translators and relays in KS, OK and TX. Unfortunately, KENW still runs
this `beautiful music` format until 4 pm weekdays, so none of the NPR newstalk
shows, just news on the hour, and 2-minute features every quarter hour, such as
Earth & Sky, etc., etc. Later from the rim of Capulín Volcano we had a
clear shot for some photos at max zoom of the K291AD and other towers atop
Sierra Grande across the valley. AFAIK none of the others are for broadcast
FCC TV Query
does have an application for a channel 6 digital on Sierra Grande, http://www.fcc.gov/fcc-bin/tvq?list=0&facid=137605
KENW has an
application for 3 kW on 88.5 from slightly different coördinates on Sierra
Grande, I suppose eventually to replace 106.1. There is also a CP for an 82 kW
commercial station, KHOD on 105.3, from exactly the same coordinates as 88.5.
Did not know about 105.3 while in the area so did not check whether it is
already on the air.
Cimarrón County, OK, and just over the border in Union County NM on US 412, was
hearing rapid clix on certain MW frequencies, obscuring weak broadcast stations,
such as 1390, 1380, 1370, 1360, 1350, 1330 and various spots as low as 1070.
These were no doubt harmonix of the Boise City OK LORAN-C station. Fortunately
there were some open spots such as 1500 and especially 1340 where I wanted to
hear KSSR Santa Rosa NM if it was on, q.v. above.
LORAN-C at Boise City, except WTFK??? at
satellite photo of it. The proudly displayed coordinates are 36-30-20.783 N,
103-53-59.487 W which puts it just NW of the very small town of Felt OK, rather
than Boise City. The clix were no longer heard by the time we got to Clayton NM.
A strange pole
with antennas on it, not too high, and not of the usual cellphone appearance, on
the N side of US 412, just W of mile 31 in NM between Clayton and Springer.
Something to check closer next time.
Near the wind
farm west of Woodward, I noticed annoying whines on certain FM ranges extending
1 or 2 channels above and below: 91.3, 95.5, 99.4, 103.6, 107.3. The windmills
are some distance from the road, so suspected this was coincidental,
car-generated, and uncovered due to absence of local broadcast signals in this
area. Whine still heard on 95.5 in Clayton NM area
Just logged a
new one CIJK K-Rock 89.3 New Minas NS The Valley's Classic Rock
95.1 in nicely at 8:40 PM EDT.....HI PHIL!!!
At 7:45 EDT
heard a rapid fire female DJ in French spout on an address
out exactly where as signal was scratchy and IBOC
into Free Ride by the Edgar Winter Group now a song in
Antennas pointed NE toward Atlantic Canada.
Clear video and
audio noted on Ch. 15, KCKA Centralia/Chehalis WA on 8/7/08 at 11 am PDT with
children's programming. The adjacent cities of Centralia and Chehalis (really,
small towns) are located about 90 miles/145 kilometers south of Seattle. KCKA
functions as a translator
(if that's the
correct term) of KBTC 28 in Tacoma.
Seen on a
Toshiba analogue TV/VCR/DVD combo with rabbit ears.
First time I've
seen tropo in the UHF band. I have yet to see or hear anything resembling E skip
on the West Coast, but I'm still hoping!
advising us of what happened to his 1103 brings up a good point - what do you do
if a radio falls into water? Rain?
Flooding? Hurricanes? Etc.
into AC - concentrate on protecting yourself and other people, pets etc. not the
radio. Cut the power - the main
breaker/switch for your home is the safest bet. Trying to pull the plug could be bad news until the circuit
is off, truly off. When possible,
plan ahead and use GFCI outlets in water prone areas - bathrooms, kitchens,
leaky basements/garages etc.
on batteries - no AC plugged in. Or,
an AC radio that is no longer plugged in. Fish it out of the water.
Turn it off if it is on. Open
the battery hatch, dig out the batteries. Leave
the hatch off. Get out a
screwdriver and carefully remove the back.
Position it so any water inside runs out.
Now, while the
water is dripping from your radio - ask yourself what kind of water?
Seawater? Swimming pool?
Clean tap water? Rain?
Soapy/dirty dishwater? Bathtub
with soap/bubblebath? If it is
nothing more than clean tapwater that is not "hard" water, or rain,
likely all you
will need to do is dry it out. More
on that later. If it is water with
salt, lots of chorline, soap, dirt etc. I
recommend going right now and getting some distilled [yes, distilled,
bottled] water from a grocery store or drugstore.
The kind of stuff you would put in a steam iron or a kid's vapourizer if
you are picky about hard water.
If the water is
gunky stuff - say seawater, and you can't get distilled water quickly enough,
use tapwater if its clean stuff that isn't too hard. In this case a prompt response is more important
than trying to
comb stores for the perfect water.
Got your 4
litre or 1 gallon jug of distilled water? Good.
Now, pour it inside the opened up radio - to rinse salts, soaps, dirt
etc. off the PC board. try to avoid
the speaker cone if you can, if not, make it quick and avoid immersing or
soaking the chassis. Remember, you
are rinse the chassis, not soaking it! Some
folks might put the distilled water in a very clean spray bottle, or squeezy
bottle for applying the distilled water. Spraying
first with a mild soap [say
dishwashing liquid] and water solution, followed by a rinse, may be necessary in
some cases. Rinse, rinse and rinse.
Drying - you
want to dry it quickly, but avoid too much heat that will wreck solid state
components. Warm, not hot.
My preference is to stick it in front of a dehumidifier - and if need be,
also train a fan on it. Others will
suggest letting it bask in the sun. Be
careful it doesn't get too hot.
Some people use
alcohol for rinsing, really pure stuff. 70%
rubbing alcohol is not as good as a higher percentage.
Google the subject.
The object of
the game is to flush out dirt, salts etc. and then dry it asap so PC boards,
components etc. don't get corroded too badly.
Avoid high pressure.
chime in on this topic with your experiences, tips etc. as this is a pretty
important topic for us radio guys and gals.
express to the park with it upon arrival and picked up 4 AA batteries and threw
them in. I also had the E-100 (its little brother) with me. Enhancement was
rather amenic yesterday 8/4/08 at the park. just a couple of the stronger cape
staitons in and out on the little E-100.
Next i pulled
out the big brother E-10.
on the FM side
it pulled in 107.7 WWRX CT and few other CT relogs that could not be heard on
the eton E-100 W/O good enhancement. Next
i hit the AM side. Time was around 1 PM EDT (high noon sun time) . 570 WMCA
could be heard the little eton e-100 can't do it
during the day.
560 springfield could be heard with a poor signal under 550 IBOC hash.. AM band
noise floor is very low and pleasent to use unlike its little brother which has
a high noise floor on MW.
this AM around 5 AM did an quick AM band scan . Ajacent channels to strong
locals no problem. cuba under 770 WABC. 620 and 640 both in with local 630 in
middle. no problem. Now the block BUSTERS !!!! or should i say IBLOC busters
!!!!! both 1020 WKDA and
(presumed) LISTENABLE with
excellant NULLING of IBOC HASH. next i spun over to 1290 a local IBOC hash
thrower (24 hours). both 1280 AND 1300 heard clearly after nulling 1290 STRONG
IBOC hash !!!!!!! this radio is EXCELLENT for
MW in an IBOC era !!!!!
will be using
this a lot for MW band DX this
have not tried the SW at this time.
omplaint is its TOO BIG to fit in my belt bag for transport on pedal bike to the
park so unforunatly will have to
keep its little brother on duty for that purpose.
seeing this, but I was listening to my local KQUE-1230 yesterday.
They used to ID as "Radio Ranchito" but now ID as "El
Norte." Turns out they, along with KJOJ-880 in Conroe, TX, simulcast
with KNTE-FM (ex-KIOX) in El Campo, TX, as "El Norte."
All 3 stations
are owned by Lieberman Broadcasting. They have full TOH ID's in English
The "El Norte" website is http://www.elnorte969.com/ Don't know when the change occurred.
I have an ICOM
R-75, purchased new from Universal Radio in December 2005, that I would like to
sell. The unit has been at my workplace and used only a very few hours.
Like new condition with original box and manual. Price $400 prepaid to USA addresses via UPS. JLenamon@clearwire.net
PR-D5 arrived Friday and I put it through its paces on Friday and until about
9:30 pm last evening.
Quick and dirty
review: very good on AM, very bad on FM, died unexpectedly last night, being
returned for refund instead of exchange.
details. . . . .
The PR-D5 is a
very simple receiver. There is no tone control, just one bandwidth, and no
external antenna connections. A tuning knob and rotary volume controls are all
you get to diddle. The left side has an earphone jack, an AUX input for your
iPod or other MP3 player, and an input jack for the supplied wall wart power
supply. The front panel has five preset buttons, a power/sleep button, an
AM/FM/aux selector and a tuning step selector, an alarm set button, and a
display setting control. Tuning is tone in discrete 10 kHz steps on AM, although
you can also select the 9 kHz spacing used in Europe and Asia.
impression of the PR-D5 was not favorable. It felt light and flimsy-----in
contrast to the physical heft of something like the C Crane radio----and the
rear battery compartment door was loose and rattled when closed. However, the
six C cells fit securely inside the compartment and it was a simple matter to
set the correct time.
The PR-D5 does
have a very good AM section. The radio is highly
sensitive----more sensitive than my ICF-2010, for example----and has a
very low internal noise floor. I noted no spurious responses or images, nor was
there any digital oscillator "whine." The single bandwith was fully
adequate for 10 kHz spacing; 1020/1040 and 1580/1600 kHz were free of splash and
other interference from my two local pests on 1030 and 1590. It performed
impressively during my two nights of testing. It inhaled XEUACH, Radio Chapingo,
on 1610 kHz both nights until its sign off around 9:15 pm Central. I was awake
yesterday morning during the 4:30-5:30 am Central period, and found a weak
signal with talk and music on 1610 in a non-English language. I suspect this was
the Montreal station. I also caught a very good signal from XEPE-1700, "San
Diego's talk station seventeen hundred," at that time. The PR-D5's internal
loopstick antenna has a very tight and sharp null which
me to easily reject both KKLF and KVNS on the same frequency. Performance on
other AM frequencies was equally impressive. If your main DX interest involves
AM stations on 10 kHz channels, I think you'll probably be very happy with this
However. . . .
. . . . . . . I
compared the PR-D5 side-by-side with my Eton E5 on AM, and there was no instance
in which the PR-D5 was clearly superior to the E5. If it was audible on the
PR-D5, it was also audible on the E5. The PR-D5's loopstick's pattern is
narrower and more clearly defined than the E5's, but the E5 has an external
antenna jack (I've used it with a Quantum Loop) and it also has two selectivity
bandwidths. It also tunes in 1 kHz increments. As a result of these factors, if
I had to choose between them as an AM DX receiver, I'd give the E5 a slight edge
over the PR-D5. I want to reiterate the PR-D5 is still a fine AM DX radio,
One of the
things that originally attracted me to the PR-D5 was its RDS capability on FM.
That's one reason it pains me to say the FM performance of the PR-D5 isn't worth
a damn. It flat out sucks.
The PR-D5 is
very sensitive on FM. For example, KBNL-89.9 in Laredo was in here with a full
quieting signal and RDS display. But that sensitivity is wasted because of its
miserable selectivity. Signals from my locals were consistently heard over 300
kHz above and below the operating frequencies of my local stations!
One of my
favorite FM frequencies in 101.1 MHz; it is home to San Antonio's KONO (oldies),
Dallas's WRR (classical), and Houston's KLOL (Hispanic). I often check this
frequency for tropo, as the distinct formats of those three let me quickly see
if the band is open in those directions. Checking 101.1 on the PR-D5 both
nights, all I could hear was slop from my local KNCN-101.3. Yet when I checked
101.1 on my E5, I clearly heard KONO on Friday night and a mix of KONO and KLOL
last night. Yes, there was some slop on 101.1 with the E5, but I also had 100%
copy of the frequency. Even 101.00 had QRM from KNCN on the PR-D5.
continued throughout the FM band; the selectivity is just far too wide for DX
use. . . . . . or for listening to anything but your strongest locals, for that
matter. It's worth remembering Corpus Christi is not exactly a metropolitan
area; I hate to think of how the PR-D5 would perform somewhere like the New York
or Los Angeles regions!
About 9:30 last
night, I switched from AM to FM and the PR-D5 locked up on me. The frequency
display froze at 87.5 and the tuning and volume controls became inoperative; I
couldn't even switch the radio off. I removed the batteries for several minutes
to allow the unit to reset, yet it remained "frozen" on 87.5 when I
replaced the batteries. Even leaving the batteries out overnight didn't cure the
problem. Today I received a return authorization from my vendor (buy.com) and am
returning the PR-D5 to them for a refund.
The abysmal FM
performance is my biggest reason for giving up on the PR-D5. A secondary reason
is that its AM performance is essentially equivalent to my E5 and thus brings
nothing new to my DXing "tool kit."
If your primary interest is in AM DXing
and you don't already have a good AM DXing portable, the PR-D5 may be just what
you're looking for. But if you also require acceptable performance on FM, or
already own a portable with good AM DXing capability, then you'll probably be
disappointed in the PR-D5.
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