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    MW DX from Enid OK by Glenn Hauser, Jan 11-21, 2012

    All times and dates strictly UT. MW log editors are welcome to excerpt items, reformat and change to favorite timezone if necessary. Rx: mostly DX-398 with internal antenna only; some caradio as specified; above 2 MHz on FRG-7 with 110-foot east-west longwire.

    These logs are excerpts from my daily all-band reports, mainly SWBC, also VHF/UHF, sometimes, utility, ham, which may be found in several archives without much delay, such as
    http://www.hard-core-dx.com/index.php?topic=Hauser

    And compiled weekly along with extensive news from many other individuals and publications in DX LISTENING DIGEST: http://www.worldofradio.com/dxldmid.html

    ** CANADA. 1610, Jan 20 at 0643 UT I`m hearing Spanish, hoping for something Latin American, but loops toward Toronto, and peaks nicely vs KATZ IBOC noise at 0645 with ``CHHA`` singing ID, ``Voces Latinas, ahora con más alcance``, which certainly seems true as this Toronto station is better audible here. Helps to use LSB vs the IBOC which peaks around 1613 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

    ** MEXICO. 830, Jan 11 at 1357 UT, conversation mentions Radio Zócalo, San Antonio, head-coach, overcoming WCCO. Must be 5 kW XEIK, Piedras Negras, Coahuila, where there are close commercial and cultural ties to the nearest big US city. 1358, ID as R. Zócalo on Súper Estelar 107.9, local ads for Piedras Negras, ``ciudad con futuro``. Cantú confirms the Súper Estelar on 107.9 is XHPC in Piedras Negras (Black Rocks).

    860, Jan 11 at 1403 UT, ``primera edición de Noticias 8-60``, mentions Ciudad Juárez. Feared it would just be a generic news program name, not pinnable, but Cantú shows that`s the name of the entire station in CiJz, if reversed: 860, XEZOL, 860 Noticias, Cd. Juárez, Chih., 1,000 500. Just about losing out to K`KOW by now, moo (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

    ** OKLAHOMA. 780, Wed Jan 11 at 1420 UT, KSPI (plus spurs 776 and 784) instead of stupid sports talk is broadcasting Stillwater City Commission/Council meeting, live? At 8:20 am?? Currently discussing regulations about parking at boarding houses, fascinating stuff (not). Refers to visuals, so hopefully also on local cable TV; speakers not identified either by any commentator, but they managed to be on-mike, unlike Enid`s version as cablecast by Pegasys (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

    ** U S A. 760, Jan 13 as I tune across at 1346 UT, full ID for KMTL in Arkansas, ad for Golden Corral in N Little Rock, gospel music. Made fast SAH of 15-20 Hz with nullable preaching KCCV Kansas City area, about 90 degrees away. KMTL COL is Sherwood AR, a NE LR suburb, 10 kW daytimer (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

    ** U S A. 830, Jan 11 at 1427 UT, country gospel music, ID as Family Life Radio, in null of what`s left of WCCO or XEIK. Therefore it`s KFLT Tucson AZ, 50 kW day power already, tho official local sunrise in January is not until 1430 and there is no info about any PSRA (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

    ** U S A. Others have noted IBOC noise missing from WHO and KFAB the last few days, and so do I, Jan 19 at 1340 UT. That opens up some adjacent frequencies for better reception, 1030, 1050, 1100, 1120. But still IBOC from 1170 KFAQ, 1160 KSL, 1120 KMOX, 1080 KRLD, 850 KOA. 1200 WOAI also seemed to be IBOC-free at the moment, where it comes and goes (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

    ** U S A. 1110, Jan 20 at 0649 UT, `Coast to Coast` from KFAB Omaha NE which has resumed putting IBOC noise on adjacent frequencies; however, WHO 1040 still IBOC-free (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

    ** U S A. 1490, UT Sat Jan 21 at 0700 I am all set for the KRSN Los Álamos NM DX test, monitoring both on the FRG-7 with E-W longwire, and on the handheld but AC-powered DX-398 with internal ferrite loop only. I hear it first and best on the DX-398 so stick with that: immediately hear some unreadable Morse code on 1490; 0701 sweep tones; 0701 VVV CQ KRSN in fast Morse; then I shift the DX-398 to 1498-LSB and hear the code better. 0703 again hear the slower code on center frequency, then sweeps. 0704 some other station briefly fades up during network news in English. 0705 code again I think. 0706 sweeps easily heard at 1488- or 1487-LSB settings (less QRM from 1480 than 1500, so stuck with lower side), and VVV KRSN IDs again. 0707 slow code on center. 0708 sweeps heard on center, and finally one more time on 1487-LSB, code IDs with KRSN sent multiple times. Said to be 20 wpm; I couldn`t normally copy `CW` cold that fast, but I knew what letters to
    expect, and clearly made them out. There was more to the message I could not copy, maybe the city. Never could hear any voice from Paul Walker on this test. Certainly proves that the code and sweep technique is a winner for cutting thru hundreds of stations QRMing on graveyard channels! I am 759 km = 471 miles away. Thanks to Mike Westfall for arranging this test on his local station, which recently upgraded its facilities. It is to recur UT Sunday Jan 22 also at 0700-0710 UT (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

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    • #32
      MW DX from Enid OK, January 22-February 12, 2012

      All times and dates strictly UT. MW log editors are welcome to excerpt items, reformat and change to favorite timezone if necessary. Rx: mostly DX-398 with internal antenna only; some caradio as specified; above 2 MHz on FRG-7 with 110-foot east-west longwire.

      These logs are excerpts from my daily all-band reports, mainly SWBC, also VHF/UHF, sometimes, utility, ham, which may be found in several archives without much delay, such as
      http://www.hard-core-dx.com/index.php?topic=Hauser

      And compiled weekly along with extensive news from many other individuals and publications in DX LISTENING DIGEST:
      http://www.worldofradio.com/dxldmid.html

      ** MEXICO. Pre-sunrise MW DX Jan 30; ours is not until 1335 UT:

      620, Jan 30 at 1303 UT, instrumental NA, 1305 another anthem, of the state? vocal by M. 1307 sign-on mentioning 10 kW in Chihuahua, so XEBU in Chihuahua city, a frequent catch claiming double its listed power.

      700, Jan 30 at 1304 UT, soft-spoken YL in Spanish with birthday greetings, introducing mañanitas in three languages, Mayo, Yaqui and Guarijío. (Mayo is invariable, apparently different from Maya; Guarijía is OK when feminine is required.) First one is a guy with guitar, not the usual tune heard in Spanish about Rey David, etc. 1309 segué to another one with different instrumentation. 1310 back to soft-spoken YL DJ with immediate ID as XEETCH, La Voz de los Tres Rios, greeting listeners in Chihuahua as well as Sonora, timecheck at 1311 as 6:10; 1312 quick canned ID by M in another language; 1313 start music program for the three ethnic groups, rustic tunes. Signal is fair but steady with hardly any CCI, more of a problem being ACI, perhaps KGGF 690 splatter. At 1324 runs a couple of federal PSAs, 1326 YL ID again.

      Now there is some CCI growing in English as XEETCH fades, making a SAH of 3 or 4 Hz which I can`t null, likely WLW resurging, which is close to collinear in the opposite direxion. It`s not unusual for eastward US stations to appear *after* the westward Mexicans around sunrise, when you`d think the east would have faded out for the day.

      XEETCH is a 5-kW daytimer in Etchojoa, Sonora, one of the federal government`s indigenous outlets. Here`s all about it :
      http://www.cdi.gob.mx/index.php?opti...=862&Itemid=44
      including illustrations, linx to a map and audio streaming. Etchojoa is on the road between Navojoa and Huatabampo at the southern end of Sonora. Some listings put XEETCH in Navojoa.

      870, Jan 30 at 1318 as soon as I intune, ID for Chihuahua`s XETAR, La Voz de la Sierra Tarahumara, also with YL host, not as good as XEETCH today; XETAR starts at 1300 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

      ** MEXICO. 1300, Feb 3 at 1421 UT, news headlines in Spanish concerning Chihuahua, ``Radio Mexico Noticias``, i.e. XEP, Ciudad Juárez on day power of 50 kW, overcoming Oklahoma half a sesquihour after sunrise around here (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

      ** OKLAHOMA. 910, Jan 26 at 2008 UT on caradio, ``KVIS, your weather authority``, from Miamuh OK, making slight SAH with presumed TX station as usual, no AH, as someone speculated KVIS could have been source of a het (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

      ** U S A. 560, Feb 12 at 0538-0541, did not really expect to hear the WFIL DX test way out here, but checked anyway, and heard only `When Radio Was` episode of Jack Benny, from about the same direxion, presumably my closest 560, KWTO Springfield MO. Tried BFO offset 5 kHz, but no sign of any MCW IDs either (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

      ** U S A. 720, Jan 26 at 2006 UT on caradio, WGN traffic control, weather is steady and R5, scarcely a sesquihour after local mean noon. WGN can make it on groundwave over a megameter away, but I think this was skywave. Checked 670, where WSCR sometimes mixes with KFTT Denver in the daytime, but now covered by splatter from WWLS OK 640 IBOC. No chance for 780 WBBM or 890 WLS either with OK stations upon them (Glenn Hauser, Enid OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

      ** U S A. 1030, Feb 3 at 1426 UT, ``1030 The Light`` non-ID within the ``Gather Round Morning Show with Greg Harris`` presenting gospel music, i.e. per NRC AM Log, the slogan for KCWJ Blue Springs MO (address in Independence, axually Kansas City market) (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

      ** U S A. 1330, Feb 3 at 1415 UT, ``The Wayward Wind`` sung by Patsy Cline as soon outroed, dominating closer groundwave from easily nullable KNSS Wichita denying climate change, making SAH of about 4 Hz. From previous logs, I`m sure it`s KCKM in Monahans TX, which has a CP to raise day power from 5 to 12 kW, and gets out well on skywave, specially around sunrise skip enhancement time. Legal sunrise in February for them is now 1330 UT. Yes, then local ads for convenience store chain, Kent-Kwik? in Monahans and elsewhere in the Permian Basin; lottery numbers: winners in N TX expected to head for OK casinos (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

      UNIDENTIFIED. 1340, Feb 12 at 0649, for the moment atop the graveyard jumble, Dave with financial advice, call-in from Fort Wayne. Peaks ENE/WSW, no telling what but not my daytime dominator OKC (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

      ** U S A. 1490, KRSN Los Álamos NM: QSL card serial #13, for DX test Jan 21 received by p-mail on Jan 28, full details, signed both by Michael Westfall, N6KUY, QSL Coordinator/Volunteer, and David Sutton, COO, Station Owner/Manager. It seems KRSN means ``Kommunity Radio Station Now``. Also enclosed two filing cabinet magnet cards, and business card from Sutton, all of which present a wavy musical staff logo, but only the business card appears to have an axual melody on it, representing their jingle? Accepted report by e-mail, no rp. Tnx again to Michael and David for the test as I previously reported, IDed by MCW tuning offset from 1490. See them at:
      http://www.w4uvh.net/KRSN.jpg
      (Glenn Hauser, Enid OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

      ** U S A. 1540, Feb 12 at 0644 UT, `El Paso` song with Spanish lyrix and norteña riffs, but too much QRM to understand. Then promos and ads in Spanish mentioning ``Southwest Military Drive` so I know it`s San Antonio, a street I traversed often while at Kelly & Lackland AFBs, Von Ormy, even before the ID in English as KEDA. This time did not hear their ``Radio Jalapeño`` slogan (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

      ** U S A. 1860-AM, UT Sunday Jan 22 at 0604, WA0RCR weekly broadcast of amateur news from Wentzville MO, concluding RAIN report obviously outdated as they said to listen for 500 kHz activity on November 3! After ID, onto current ARRL report dated Jan 19 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

      ** U S A. 1860, Sunday Jan 29 0642, WA0RCR is just barely modulated with presumed usual ham radio news broadcast; multiple CW QRM upon the carrier was much louder, due to a contest? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

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      • #33
        MW DX from Enid OK by Glenn Hauser, Feb 13-19, 2012

        All times and dates strictly UT. MW log editors are welcome to excerpt items, reformat and change to favorite timezone if necessary. Rx: mostly DX-398 with internal antenna only; some caradio as specified; above 2 MHz on FRG-7 with 110-foot east-west longwire.

        These logs are excerpts from my daily all-band reports, mainly SWBC, also VHF/UHF, sometimes, utility, ham, which may be found in several archives without much delay, such as
        http://www.hard-core-dx.com/index.php?topic=Hauser

        And compiled weekly along with extensive news from many other individuals and publications in DX LISTENING DIGEST:
        http://www.worldofradio.com/dxldmid.html

        ** CUBA. Several MW frequencies are in well with somewhat auroral conditions, Feb 16 around 0630 UT, such as 590, 670, 710, and on 570 I am hearing the R. Reloj tix and `RR` Morse Code once a minute, but not the continuous newstalk in Spanish which ought to be louder. Do they sometimes take a rest and just run the clock? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

        ** MEXICO. With conditions somewhat auroral, SW degraded, it`s worth checking MW Feb 16 in the nightmiddle altho CBW and WCCO are still in:

        720, Feb 16 at 0625 UT, temp 15 centígrados, ID as ``La Kaliente`` as WGN is easily nulled. IRCA Mexican Log shows this slogan only for XEDE Saltillo, Coahuila. Radio stations always spell it with a K-, hotly defying proper Spanish orthography.

        750, Feb 16 at 0626 UT, strong open carrier with WSB nulled, i.e. southwards, suspiciously Mexican, but which?

        770, Feb 16 at 0627, ID for XERFR, 970, Radio Fórmula, i.e. the key station of the network in the DF, where they are clueless that the local frequency is inapplicable on countless affiliates. This one must be XEACH, Monterrey NL.

        Next session pre-sunrise, Feb 16:

        710, Feb 16 at 1227 song ``Quiero que me llames tú`` (I want you to call me), with tuba band, or she will also accept texts, 1228 ID as ``XEDP, La Ranchera de Cuauhtémoc``, very good and dominant signal one would easily guess is 50 kW instead of listed 7.

        750, Feb 16 at 1232 UT, ID for ``La Huasteca`` with an FM something.5, AM 750, then mentioning Veracruz, Monterrey. But this is XETI, Tempoal, Veracruz, 10000/250 watts per IRCA. Cantú shows FM is 90.5.

        What means this name, anyway? It`s not just about Veracruz as there are a couple other stations using Huasteca, on 710 in Tamaulipas and 770 in SLP. It`s that very region inhabited by the Huastecans around the Gulf of Mexico, perhaps also referring to their musical style.

        900, Feb 16 at 1236 UT, ``88.9 Noticias`` breaking for YL spouting program promo entirely too rapidly for something coming up on Saturday at noon and Sunday at 10 am, then Mexico City traffic (must cover only the very worst accidents in such a megalopolis), `trivia de hoy` segment. Dominant signal, loops SSW, but doubt it`s XEW itself which used to own the frequency. At 1239 I could hear the XEW chimes go by way underneath this mentioning http://www.889noticias.mx
        This certainly originates in Mexico City, on XHM 88.9 by that name, but it`s with Grupo ACIR. Which 900 would be carrying it? Must be OK Noticias, XEOK in Monterrey NL, which Cantú has with that network, altho the 889 website above lacks any affiliate list.

        940, Feb 16 at 1301 UT, partial ID mentions Saltillo, Coahuila, grupo sounds like Geni-Radio. Presumably relay by the only Coahuilan on 940, XEYJ, Melchor Múzquiz per Cantú, Nueva Rosita per IRCA, Sabinas per WRTH! But can`t make a connexion with Saltillo in the listings, whence Cantú shows there is a state government network on a bunch of FM stations, Radio Gente.

        1030, Feb 16 at 1252 UT, world news headlines by YL with a gunshot or explosion effect between each one, outro as Daniela, 1256 Grupo Fórmula ID, federal PSAs on behalf of the Presidencia which accomplishes great things. 1258, Fórmula 970 program promo, so XEYC Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua again, from WSW.

        1040, Feb 16 at 1305 UT, among several Mexican national anthems this one runs the longest, finally sign-on/ID as from Chihuahua, sounded like XEHI, but IRCA says XEHES and so does Cantú:
        1040 XEHES Romántica + FM 95.9 Chihuahua, Chih. 5,000 250
        and into música romántica en inglés.

        1090, Feb 16 at 1245 UT, casual speaker acknowledges his mail from listeners as of Feb 15, mentions UNAM and Universidad Iberoamericana, loops N/S. Suspect it is XEAU Monterrey which runs soundtrack of Milenio TV.

        BTW, Jim Thomas, WTFDA found this article: ``For anyone that uses the Mexico FM TV website,
        http://www.mexicoradiotv.com
        here's an interesting story about Fred Cantú. Fred, of course, is the webmaster and researcher of his website that tracks and organizes everything in Mexico that is AM, FM and TV.``

        http://www.statesman.com/blogs/conte...n_tv_news.html

        It seems Fred, a beloved Austin TX TV anchor (in English), had to work for a while at Home Depot before KEYE rehired him. And every single comment appended is positive, a record? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

        ** OKLAHOMA. 1230, Feb 13 at 2130 UT tuning around caradio, came upon huge variable whine on 1220 and 1240, obviously coming from out-of-whack semi-local WBBZ Ponca City which normally has a clean signal. Could also hear some of it when tuned to 1230 itself. It might have emanated from some horrible traffic light, but remained the same as I traveled on. I stopped on a quiet street and turned off the engine, and it was still there, altho suddenly stopped about a minute later, at 2134 and did not come back, even when I retraced my previous route. I had also quickly tuned thru the entire MW band in case it appear elsewhere, but it did not (Glenn Hauser, Enid, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

        ** OKLAHOMA. 1170, KFAQ Tulsa remains IBOC-free, as Bruce Winkelman first reported a week ago; Feb 13 at 2125 UT, 1160 and 1180 are open for DX tho none is incoming yet. And IBOC has also been off at various nighttime chex (Glenn Hauser, Enid, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

        ** U S A. 1070, Feb 13 at 2135 UT, KLIO Wichita KS is in dead air for a few minutes, but with SAH/hum. No one at the studio is paying attention since they picked up the True Oldies satellite feed. It`s always audibly off-frequency causing a significant SAH with KNX or whatever else may be incoming. Meanwhile, the former KFTI Radio Ranch country format has been put on FM 92.3 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

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        • #34
          MW DX from Enid OK, February 20-March 9, 2012

          All times and dates strictly UT. MW log editors are welcome to excerpt items, reformat and change to favorite timezone if necessary. Rx: mostly DX-398 with internal antenna only; some caradio as specified; above 2 MHz on FRG-7 with 110-foot east-west longwire.

          These logs are excerpts from my daily all-band reports, mainly SWBC, also VHF/UHF, sometimes, utility, ham, which may be found in several archives without much delay, such as
          http://www.hard-core-dx.com/index.php?topic=Hauser

          And compiled weekly along with extensive news from many other individuals and publications in DX LISTENING DIGEST: http://www.worldofradio.com/dxldmid.html

          ** CUBA. 530, Feb 21 at 0243, instead of R. Enciclopedia`s EZL music dominating the channel, it`s mixed with R. Rebelde // 670 et al. ICRT has gone and ruined what was a pleasant `clear channel` service to both sides of the Strait by putting on another transmitter (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

          ** CUBA. 530, 0341 UT March 2, William Tell Overture which I thought a bit too classical for R. Enciclopedia EZL format, but apparently thence with Spanish announcement following amid CubaRM (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

          ** CUBA. 530, March 7 at 0641 UT, zero signal here from R. Enciclopedia or anything else. With auroral conditions, should have been enhanced if anything, and Cuba was quite audible on 670, 710, so CMBQ must have been off the air (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) and see 890

          ** CUBA. 710, March 8 at 0653, R. Rebelde plays a lot of music, but during announcement I can hear an echo, as WRTH 2012 shows there are at least seven CMBA transmitters here ranging from 200 to 1 kW, with four 50`s and a 25 included; the Cubans haven`t mastered how to truly synchronize all this (like from a common satellite feed, duh, even to HQ transmitter in Habana), but who cares since they are really jammers to block ``wacky`` WAQI Miami? The echo even makes the jamming more annoying, and there`s always another frequency if anyone really wants to listen to Rebelde in the clear (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

          ** CUBA. 890, March 9 at 0653 UT, R. Progreso with ID in passing amid music, dominant here in auroral conditions, vs little from WLS even with CMBC nulled. No wonder: WRTH shows 890 is now 200 kW, from Chambas, Ciego de Ávila; one of three MW in Cuba that strong, the others being R. Rebelde on 710 and 1180, each of which also have multiple weaker transmitters on same frequency unlike 890.

          Tuning up to 900, found another Progreso parallel amid QRM. That would be 50 kW in further San Germán, Holguín.

          With all this enhanced reception from Cuba, I check 530 again for R. Enciclopedia. At 0713 I can hear some weak EZL music from the NW/SE, so maybe it is still on at reduced power? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

          ** MEXICO. 760, March 9 at 0654 UT, Catholic stuff in Spanish. No format fit for any known US station, loops NE/SW. There are four Mexicans in that direxion, most of which I have heard before, but none in IRCA or Cantú lists fitting either (however, there is a Radio María, XEYW in Mérida, Yucatán, wrong direxion.) Maybe a nightmiddle departure from whatever usual format. At 0701 orchestral Mex NA playing from same direxion SW, but not necessarily same station, too much QRM at 0702 ID.

          770, March 9 at 0657 UT, Grupo Fórmula, XERFR 970 ID from DF originator. Tuning up to 780, heard the same thing repeated 4 seconds later, also at 0716. 770 is the usual XEACH, Monterrey NL.

          780, March 9 at 0657 and 0716 UT, I am hearing a R. Fórmula network feed with frequent IDs as such, delayed 4 seconds after 770 XEACH. Cantú shows the only one on 780 is:
          780 XEMTS Radio Fórmula + FM 103.9 Tampico, Tamps. 2,300 250
          With auroral conditions, not much problem from WBBM, but mixed with several other signals.

          780, March 9 at 0700, Exa-FM ID, 10,000 watts, from Monclova, Coahuila, i.e. per Cantú:
          780 XEWGR Exa FM + FM 101.1 Monclova, Coah. 10,000 250
          IRCA says the old call was XEMF
          (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) see also UNIDENTIFIED 1470

          ** MEXICO. 1550, Feb 26 at 0858 tune-in, ``La Rancherita`` ID and such music, 0900 fading for TOH ID, but I do hear ``Tamaulipas, México`` mentioned, so it`s surely XENU, Nuevo Laredo, the only Tamaulipan on 1550 with that slogan, listed 250 watts night.

          One of the extra benefits of a DX test is forcing one to log other stations as well, in this case along with KRPI inserting Morse code IDs every pentaminute for a semihour (see USA). If any other programming could be made out, it was ranchera music, but never peaked as much as at the outset, generally just a jumble of signals. Recorded while I slept with longwire antenna unfavorably east-west (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

          ** MEXICO. 1700, Feb 25 at 1258 UT, orchestral Mexican NA is playing, 1259 ESPN promos in English, ``ESPN Radio 1700`` no callsign ID heard, but no doubt XEPE Tecate BCN, for all intents and purposes a San Diego station for Alta California Sur, no doubt the least interesting of all border stations (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

          ** OKLAHOMA. 6520, Feb 28 at 0636, ESPN sports talk // and synchro with local KCRC-1390, but this is not a harmonic. Math works for 4 x 1390 = 5560 plus KGWA-960 = 6520.

          I was also hearing a local mix on 7580 Feb 26 at 2057 which disappeared before I could tell whether it was from KCRC-1390 or KGWA-960, also not a simple harmonic. FYI/FMI only; these may be receiver-produced or more likely re-radiation from some metal struxures in the KGWA-KCRC-WOR HQ area. We also get various weak combinations on 2350, 2780, 2880, 3310, 3740, 4170, 6950, some of which are true harmonix (Glenn Hauser, Enid, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

          ** U S A. Tried for the first few Morse code ID times scheduled UT Feb 27 on DX tests from 580 WHP and 1460 WTKT both in Harrisburg PA, but nothing conclusive:

          0516 UT on 1460, maybe heard a V, and maybe some code at 0615; generally dominated by weak S Asian music (maybe KBRZ Missouri City = Houston TX, the only ETHnic listed in NRC AM Log, but supposed to be only 125 watts at night).

          At 0633 UT on 580, heard 2 or 3 wavering pitches when tuned to 584-LSB on the DX-398, but this may have been coming from some other station`s musical sideband (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) {Later learned that the code segments did NOT appear at the scheduled minutes!}

          ** U S A. 680, Sat Feb 25 at 1301 UT, good signal from KNBR San Francisco with its only significant hour intellexually breaking away from stupid ballgames, `Commonwealth Club`, introducing this week`s speaker, Dr Margaret Hamburg, US FDA Commissioner. I wonder if KNBR retains a modicum of public service donated time or if CC has to purchase it, even at 5 am local? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

          ** U S A. 770, March 8 at 1344 UT, KKOB Albuquerque NM is good and steady, already on non-direxional 50 kW day power, during promo for imminent Rush commentary plus his 3-hour diatribe from 10 am, as if they were proud of him! Yet another anti-government, yea, anti-American station. March official sunrise is 1315 UT, which will soon be called 7:15 am MDT instead of 6:15 am MST. Faded before 1400. Enid sunrise today was 1252 UT (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

          ** U S A. 1160, March 9 at 0705, KSL no longer has to contend with IBOC from 1170 KFAQ Tulsa, which has been HD-less for a month now; yet there is IBOCish noise on 1160 signal as if getting hit from some other adjacent. KSL itself is still IBOC, noise audible around 1150 and 1170 when pointed at SLC; so I wonder if its own IBOC is also QRMing KSL`s center channel.

          0707 UT starting Jim Bohannon Show, but this hour is about sports. JimBo is on few 50 kW stations any more, and even fewer carrying him live at 0307 UT weeknights (0207 from next week with DST), and I wasn`t aware he was on KSL even delayed. Is this a recent change? Whatever became of Jepko? Not that I am often listening that late. KSL`s program schedule does show Bohannon at 12-3 am MT ``weekdays``, but Jimbo`s station finder shows 1:00 am M-F, while in both cases it`s surely local Tue-Sat. BTW, 1160 is now second-fiddle to FM 102.7.

          Looking at KSL`s entire program schedule, I am pleased to see that they don`t carry any of the national farrightwingnut talk hosts. Jimbo is sane, rational and MOR (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

          ** U S A [and non]. 1300, March 8 at 1354 UT, XEP Juárez is still in, but close to a right angle and mutually nullable with equally strong KBRL McCook NE. Several ``Big Talker 1300`` IDs jointly with KICX which is 96.1 FM, evidently sharing the program, which was very strange, mixing music with sports talk, 1400 legal ID and Fox Sports News. In between nulls, the two produced a fast rippling SAH. XEP faded at 1352, resurged at 1358, an hour+ after sunrise here (Glenn Hauser, Enid OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

          ** U S A. 1530, Feb 21 at 0239 UT on caradio, dominant 1530 station has an ad for a urology practice in Little Rock AR, with a 501 phone number. So I`ll look up which station that would be in Arkansas: NRC AM Log show only: KVDW, England AR, D1 2500 watts, no PSSA, CH 270, which is just SE of Little Rock. But sunset was 2315 UT, so that`s way past critical-hours time. Could any other 1530 station, like WCKY have been airing such an ad? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

          I highly doubt WCKY or any other station on 1530 would be airing an ad
          for a Little Rock business. KVDW, Vern 1530's studios are in Jacksonville, AR, a suburb of Little Rock.

          [later:] A friend of mine is in North Little Rock about 14 air miles from KVDW and he says KVDW is coming in louder and clearer then 1090 KAAY. He confirms what is being heard is "VERN 1530" (KVDW is owned by Vernon Wells). Vern 1530 streams online at http://vern1530am.com/ so you can check the stream against what you`re hearing on AM (Paul Walker, 0515 UT Feb 21, IRCA et al., via DXLD)

          Glenn, it IS KVDW, no doubt about it. This station was widely reported by DXers in the Midwest and South on the evening of February 5-6 running day power, hours after it should have gone off for the evening. I logged them at 0347 UT on 2/6 with black gospel music and an ad for a local business that included a phone number in the 501 area code, perhaps the same ad you heard. Looks like we have another cheater to deal with. 73, (Rick Dau, South Omaha, Nebraska, ibid.)

          ** U S A. 1550, recorded the entire 0900-0930 UT Feb 26 DX test from KRPI Ferndale WA. Haven`t had time to listen to the whole thing with clock synchronized, but spot checking circa 0920, definite Morse code ``VVV VVV VVV DE KRPI KRPI KRPI`` copied several times, alternating at least two different pitches, the higher one coming thru much better. Very heavy QRM including Mexican music and multiple SAHs, so doubt anything else would have made it. Thanks for the test! Receiver FRG-7; antenna, usual mostly E-W longwire of about 30 meters (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

          ** U S A. 1550, now I`ve had a chance to listen to my entire recording of the KRPI Ferndale WA DX test, Feb 26 at 0900-0930 UT. This was on the FRG-7 with E-W longwire as I slept, so no manipulation of antenna or side-tuning.

          Dominant signal thruout was XENU with ranchera music, see MEXICO. But every 5 minutes could copy Morse code IDs: VVV VVV VVV DE KRPI KRPI KRPI. Alternated lo and hi pitches. Sometimes I heard it three times, or four, or finally, eight times in a row, tho may have missed some due to fading.

          0905: lo/hi/lo; 0910 lo/hi/lo/hi but weaker; 0915 lo/hi/lo/hi also weak; 0920 lo/hi/lo/hi, better; 0925 best: lo/hi/lo/hi/lo/hi/lo/hi. Sometimes the lo pitch was clearest, sometimes the hi pitch. This may have been affected by the tone setting on my playback thru hifi amp and speakers. BTW, I only read later of the plans to alternate pitches.

          Never could make out any of the Punjabi music others have reported in between, with multiple SAHs from multiple signals, occasional ranchera peaks from XENU. Clip of the final spurt at 0925:
          http://www.w4uvh.net/KRPIdx.rm

          My time synch may have been slightly off but final part in clip seemed to start more like 0926, and lasted 3.5+ minutes; each ID sequence took a bit less than a semiminute.

          There were many reports of this, altho didn`t make it to PA, MA, east TN. KRPI got out better to the east due to direxional pattern, and I was about to claim to be the most southeasterly, but Jim Pogue in Memphis barely heard it too. Distance-between-cities calculator shows 1513 statute miles from Ferndale to Enid; the site-to-site would be slightly different (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

          ** U S A. QSL: 1550, KRPI, Ferndale WA, QSL received in p-mail March 3 promptly within a week after sending SASE as requested for report by e-mail with Morse code audio clip attached for DX test, 26 Feb 0925-0929 UT, v/s David Harris, CE. It was running day power 50 kW, and card info says for that there is a 3-tower direxional array (and 10 kW night with 2 towers), but the card illustrates only a single tower by the transmitter shack, with a snow-covered peak behind it, I guess the nearest, Mt Baker. Ferndale is halfway between Bellingham and the border. Tnx, David, for the test and the QSL.
          Front: http://www.w4uvh.net/KRPI1.jpg
          Back: http://www.w4uvh.net/KRPI2.jpg
          QSL gallery index: http://www.worldofradio.com/QSL.html
          (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

          ** U S A. 1660, Feb 28 at 0648 UT, classical music from KUDL Kansas City KS audible beneath stupid sports talk about the Colts, either Fargo or Waco, both of which are ESPN. The *only* regularly audible classical station on AM in mid-America is doomed, as Feb 27 press reports emerged that Entercom is converting 1660 from ``Radio Bach`` to ``KMBZ Business Channel``, effective March 5, but ``soft launch`` expected sooner. The ex-KXTR classical CD collexion has already been given to Kansas Public Radio (go away, you elitists).

          Sigh, I knew it wouldn`t last. In fact, I am quite surprised classical on 1660 lasted as long as it did. Apparently they are not going to keep it on an FM IBOC channel either, has been HD2 on 96.5. Their website http://www.radiobach.com leads to nothing but a player which is still classical for now (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

          Stories about this (and that Dave Alpert is not also the DXer in LA):
          http://www.radio-info.com/news/kansa...siness-channel
          (via Artie Bigley, OH, DXLD)

          http://www.bottomlinecom.com/radio-b...iness-channel/
          (via Tim Kridel, ABDX, IRCA via DXLD)

          ** U S A. 1700, Feb 25 at 1309 UT, frequency dominated a few minutes earlier by XEPE is now with stand-up comedy in English about male prostitutes, ha ha, no doubt KKLF, The Metroplex TX with its new format since Feb 1 uniquely on this frequency (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

          UNIDENTIFIED. 1190, Feb 25 at 1306 UT, something in Spanish, fragments of ID, ``esuchando la V [? or a rhyming letter], la estación más importante``, lost in too much QRM.

          By Googling on the frequency and the slogan, I was at first pleased to get some hits, on the Koje/komex list, but a single pdf page
          http://www.tapiokalmi.net/dx/koje/10...kW-or-more.pdf
          contains all the frequencies, and the only station shown for that is XEI 1300 Morelia.

          This could easily be a US station, such as the previously heard KNUV in Phoenix, [Feniz?] Arizona; do they call themselves that? Not on their homepage http://www.onda1190am.com/ but maybe would hear it by taking time to listen to their stream, if only the flash player would work (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

          UNIDENTIFIED. 1470, March 9 at 0728 UT, romantic music with ID as La Consentida? Not 100% sure and anyway does not match any known US or Mexican station. Unlike my Mexican logs today on the DX-398 with DF capability, this was on the FRG-7 with fixed E-W longwire (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

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          • #35
            Thanks for the latest update. I didn't have news of the KUDL and KKLF format changes. I last heard KUDL in January, and it was still classical at the time. I did turn on the caradio last night and it was on 1700, and I was wondering why I was hearing comedy. KKLF, last I caught it (I think January, or early Feb), was just // of KLIF 570 Dallas.

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            • #36
              MW DX from Enid OK by Glenn Hauser, March 10, 2012

              All times and dates strictly UT. MW log editors are welcome to excerpt items, reformat and change to favorite timezone if necessary. Rx: mostly DX-398 with internal antenna only; some caradio as specified; above 2 MHz on FRG-7 with 110-foot east-west longwire.

              These logs are excerpts from my daily all-band reports, mainly SWBC, also VHF/UHF, sometimes, utility, ham, which may be found in several archives without much delay, such as
              http://www.hard-core-dx.com/index.php?topic=Hauser

              And compiled weekly along with extensive news from many other individuals and publications in DX LISTENING DIGEST:
              http://www.worldofradio.com/dxldmid.html

              ** CUBA. 530, while up for the Chicago-nontime, checked again for R. Enciclopedia: March 10 at 0827 UT, nothing heard, then 0832 some JBA music, much weaker than 570 Reloj; 0932 some EZL cinemusic, reached fair signal, so apparently it is still there at reduced power.

              670, R. Rebelde, and its presumed relay outside Habana off-frequency 671 making constant het during WSCR downtime; the two null at the same point from here, conveniently. Nothing else but KBOI heard with DX test minutes. At 1002 with WSCR back on, Rebelde network was starting a new broadcast day originating remotely from Manzanillo (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

              ** U S A [and non: MEXICO]. Here`s my log of the tri-station Chicago downtime monitoring March 10, all in UT. Times could be off by less than a minute, going only by the clock on the radio displaying no seconds. All logged on the DX-398 handheld with internal antenna only, inside, on AC power. All of this I write before reading what anyone else has reported.

              670, 720 and 780 are all still going past 0800, but:

              670:
              WSCR is first to go off, by 0804 as I tune back after checking the other frequencies. Missed any courtesy announcement. This leaves the Cubans on 670 and 671 dominating the frequency, which are too close to opposite from Idaho to null for expected KBOI test; but at least the two Cubans do give a sharp null at the same point in case anything else show up. But nothing ever does.

              0807, I hear 4 or 5 sweeps and some Morse code, but uncopied. Must be the KBOI test as scheduled anyway. Better at 0810-0811 unscheduled time, with 4 or 5 sweeps, code vs Cuba.

              0837, I am all set for the only expected repeat of the DX test, and this time there is an obvious power up/non-direxional switch as promised, since the CMs suddenly have a big SAH and confront easily audible ``KBOI BOISE IDAHO`` in code twice, hi pitch, then lo pitch, plus two upward sweeps. A bit of unidentified music, then repeated same ID in hi, lo pitches, and concludes with five sweeps before disappearing by 0839.

              Thanks, Bill Frahm for doing this and Scott Fybush for arranging it! I think I have heard KBOI in the distant past before their direxional pattern change, but ex-KBOI-TV channel 2 much more often. I get this recorded, a bit too loud, but no doubt about the ID following a bit of the music: http://www.w4uvh.net/KBOIdx.rm

              WSCR is the last of the three to come back on air, at 1002 just in time for a testosterone-supplement commercial.

              720:
              WGN goes off at 0806 after referring to their webcast, and Mexican music immediately takes over and dominates the frequency for most of the next two hours. Can`t null it completely, but at minimum signal angle, still can`t hear anything from KOTZ Kotzebue AK, supposed to run DX test at 0900-0930, checking frequently during this semihour. Except: at 0905 maybe some code, but more likely a momentary similar musical beat from the Mexican.

              At first I think the Mexican is KSAH, San Antonio which I have blamed for spoiling WGN reception when I am trying to listen to `Extension 720` (we are close, but usually not close enough to what should be KSAH`s null toward Chicago); however, now it`s really XEDE, and no trace of KSAH. Most of their pieces are only 2 or 3 minutes long, with automated time and temp between each. As soon as music stops, TC by OM, just with the numbers such as at 0813, ``dos, doce``, next music already starts up making it hard to copy the rest of the break, but at 0844 it`s super-hype ``Kaliente`` and then YL with temp ``6 grados centígrados``, hearing that numerous times more such as 0824, 0842, 0912; after 0900 it has plunged to 5 degrees. XEDE runs full canned IDs with SFX near the hour and half hour, such as at 0858 and 0930 mentioning Saltillo, with their full address in Colonia Universitaria.

              At times with XEDE fading a bit I can hear some talk in English in its null: 0819 political call-in; 0938-0946, best at 0942 with a phone number, SAH of 160/minute = 2 and 2/3 Hz, probably KDWN, Las Vegas NV.

              At 0951, WGN is first to resume but open carrier only, making heavy SAH of 200/minute with XEDE = 3 and 1/3 Hz (in Nov 2010 I had counted the KSAH SAH with WGN as 4 Hz); WGN starts modulating at 0959, but nulled, can still hear full ID for ``XEDE-AM, 8 mil watts de potencia ... 720 kHz ... Colonia Universitaria, Saltillo, Coahuila``. 8 kW? IRCA shows 5/0.25 kW; WRTH and Cantú do show 8/0.25. No way it was on nite power.

              780:
              At 0805, WBBM is second to go off, forwarding listeners to their FM 105.9, and promising to come right back on if there is any emergency. 780 is then mostly occupied by techno music, presumably XEWGR, Exa FM in Monclova, Coahuila, as recently logged with WBBM on; this is not as dominant as XEDE is on 720; at 0816, it has some CCI, maybe another Mexican; 0846 there is some JBA talk with XE nulled. 0909, XEWGR goes into a fade and some other YL is talking in Spanish, 0911, music fades back up to mix and overtake. By 0947, WBBM is first to come back with news. (It was the instigator of this outage, and its neighbors had to go off for safety reasons.) (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

              ** U S A. 990, March 10 at 0852 UT, talkhost condemning Santorum for his religion-über-alles views, good dominant signal looping E-W or so (and no CBW N/S, but something Spanish), 0855 fade but caught ID as Phil Hendrie Show, who converses with himself. Affiliate list http://www.philhendrieshow.com/stati...gory/tennessee
              has a fit for KWAM Memphis TN which is supposed to be 450 watts night, 10 kW day. I ruled out a few other possibilities without checking every single state for another 990 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

              ** U S A. 1660, March 10 at 1022, Mexican music making fast SAH with another station talking in English; 1024 super-hype voice actor (SHVA) with ``más música``, 1031 announcement giving an 801-area code phone, and romantic music, clinching this as KXOL Brigham City UT (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

              ** U S A. Here's a spectrogram I made of Glenn Hauser's recording of the KRPI DX test. As you can see, the morse code was alternating between a 1 kHz tone and a 1.5 kHz tone.
              http://mesamike.org/radio/mwdx/pics/...-KRPI_Test.PNG
              (Mike Westfall, Los Alamos, NM, March 9, ABDX via DXLD)

              Comment


              • #37
                MWDX from Enid OK by Glenn Hauser, March 11-18, 2012

                All times and dates strictly UT. MW log editors are welcome to excerpt items, reformat and change to favorite timezone if necessary. Rx: mostly DX-398 with internal antenna only; some caradio as specified; above 2 MHz on FRG-7 with 110-foot east-west longwire.

                These logs are excerpts from my daily all-band reports, mainly SWBC, also VHF/UHF, sometimes, utility, ham, which may be found in several archives without much delay, such as
                http://www.hard-core-dx.com/index.php?topic=Hauser

                And compiled weekly along with extensive news from many other individuals and publications in DX LISTENING DIGEST:
                http://www.worldofradio.com/dxldmid.html

                ** MEXICO [and non]. 580, March 12 at 0601 UT, ``La Rancherita del Aire`` full ID with an FM ending in .7, i.e. XEMU Piedras Negras, Coahuila, strong enough vs WIBW in the opposite direxion.

                720, March 12 at 0235 UT, auroral conditions facilitate XEDE Saltillo, Coahuila to continue dominating frequency vs little if anything from WGN. Usual automated music format with time check, ``La Kaliente`` and temperature at every break.

                780 also had an XE rather than WBBM; at 0240, 890 dominated by ``La Nueva Radio Cristiana``, i.e. cheater KVOZ Laredo. Is this OK with God?

                830, March 12 at 0239 UT, Mexican music, rather than WCCO, too far up into the auroral zone; 0300 ID as Radio Capital, 25 mil watts, i.e. XEITE México DF which is supposed to cut to only 5 mil at night

                1090, March 12 at 0245 UT, M&W in Spanish from SSW, 0247 discussing Real Madrid (do they really care about Spanish soccer in México?), 0259 break as ``Milenio Noticias``, ``Milenio Televisión`` no radio ID, but it`s XEAU Monterrey carrying this TV soundtrack, supposed to be 250 watts night, 5000 day. Heavy IBOC noise from KRLD 1080 avoided by tuning to 1088 (yes, toward KRLD, since the IBOC peaks around 13 kHz above and below the center channel). (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

                ** MEXICO. 750, March 13 at 0600 UT, a Mexican had been audible in WSB null and now IDs as ``La Huasteca``, also mentioning Veracruz, i.e. XETI, Tempoal, listed as 250 watts night, 10 kW day (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

                ** U S A. 1160, March 12 at 0250 UT, KSL is still getting IBOC QRM, but not from KFAQ 1170. The noise peaks E/W as if it were from 1170, but there isn`t any on 1180+, nor is there any strong signal on 1150 E/W which might cause it (KSAL dominates N/S). The noise seems to spread 3 kHz on both sides of 1160 itself. I continue to wonder if KSL`s own IBOC is way out of adjustment. Who cares in SLC, where they can hear it on FM? Barry`s roster of IBOC,
                http://topazdesigns.com/iboc/station-list.html
                shows nothing at all from 1150, and off both 1170s, KFAQ and WWVA (not that we would ever hear WWVA beyond Tulsa) (Glenn Hauser, Enid OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

                ** OKLAHOMA. 1170, March 13 at 2015 UT in the daytime, IBOC noise is back around KFAQ Tulsa after missing for more than a month. Maybe this is what I was really getting at night on KSL 1160 even tho I could not hear any on the other side of 1170 (Glenn Hauser, Enid OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

                ** OKLAHOMA. 1170, March 14 at 1652 UT, I am lucky enough to turn on the car radio checking KFAQ Tulsa for IBOC, finding no such buzz on 1160 or 1180, when at 1653, 1170 cuts off the air for a few sex! Comes back on and now the IBOC is running along with it. Later chex indicate it now comes and goes on KFAQ. It was also on at 1238 March 15 (Glenn Hauser, Enid, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

                ** U S A. Today`s local sunrise in Enid is 1240 UT, and growing more than a minute earlier each day as we head for equinox, but before it`s too late for some sunrise skip, I check high-end MW starting at 1306:

                1470, March 16 at 1306 UT, weather highs in 80s, lows in 60s, on ``14-70, KYYW``, i.e. 5 kW from Abilene TX: had to look it up; 1470 will always be KRBC to me.

                1210, March 16 at 1311 UT, ``Dakota Country weather``, high 80, lo 52 but now it`s 37 at KOKK, 1312 into ``statewide news``. Dominating here from north, and very little signal from westerly KGYN Guymon OK: could they really be on night pattern nulling Philadelphia in the daytime? At night they are usually on day pattern, not nulling. KOKK is 5 kW from Huron SD (Glenn Hauser, Enid OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

                ** U S A. Enid sunrise today 1239 UT, just as I start checking MW:

                660, March 17 at 1238 UT, Dineh talk, quite incomprehensible, nary a cognate or English word intruding that I could detect, but at 1241 back to English with McDonald`s ad, Chrysler-Dodge-Jeep dealer in Flagstaff AZ, KTNN singing ID, into country song in English. Since the sun is just rising here, it`s got to be way before sunrise a megameter to the west, so KTNN is obviously on non-direxional day pattern instead of nulling toward New York; unlike e.g. KKOB 770 in Albuquerque (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

                ** U S A. 660, March 18 at 1240 UT, again today around sunrise here, KTNN Window Rock AZ has good dominant signal, during Farmers Insurance, Western Union ads in English, KTNN jingle. Official sunrise in March not until 1330 UT; until then should be nulling New York altho hardly likely to bother WFAN much east of here in full daytime. I wonder if KTNN is confused by DST for the rest of March, switching off night pattern at 1230 UT (6:30 am MDT) instead of 1330 UT (7:30 am MDT = 6:30 am MST), since the rest of AZ beyond the Res is on MST? Or maybe it`s just staying on day pattern as reported previously (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

                ** U S A. 1350, March 17 at 1258 UT, Fox Sports Radio with a bit of Irish reel music, wonder why? Loops NW/SE on the DX-398 with green display panel. Must be KDZA Pueblo CO, but supposed to be on PSRA power of only 180 watts until 1315 UT in March, instead of full 1300 watt day power. Why isn`t it 5000? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

                ** U S A. 1510, March 18 at 0528 UT, Denver ads, 303 area code dominant from NW, little signal from easterly WLAC, so it`s KCKK Littleton CO, now that anomalous station which *increases* from 10 kW day to 25 kW night, but with tighter direxional pattern at night, deep nulls toward Nashville and Spokane, and very little supposed to come our way either, with major lobes at 30 and 205 degrees:
                http://transition.fcc.gov/ftp/Bureau...677-105685.pdf
                So is the pattern out of whack? (Glenn Hauser, Enid OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

                UNIDENTIFIED. 750, March 18 at 1243-1249 UT just after sunrise here, a very long adstring, all of them national with no local clues, and of course then fading down. Loops E/W vs N/S growing signal from KMMJ Nebraska with preaching in English. A bit late for WSB even to have a remnant; KHWG in Fallon NV has been reported a lot as on day power/pattern at night, so that might be penetrating from the darkside. Other possibility is KBNN, 5 kW in Lebanon MO, but really unseemed from NE/SW. Eastward KRMG 740 Tulsa already on 50 kW day pattern causing lots of splash QRM; helped a little to offtune to 752 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

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                • #38
                  MW DX from Enid OK by Glenn Hauser, March 19-20, 2012

                  All times and dates strictly UT. MW log editors are welcome to excerpt items, reformat and change to favorite timezone if necessary. Rx: mostly DX-398 with internal antenna only; some caradio as specified; above 2 MHz on FRG-7 with 110-foot east-west longwire.

                  These logs are excerpts from my daily all-band reports, mainly SWBC, also VHF/UHF, sometimes, utility, ham, which may be found in several archives without much delay, such as
                  http://www.hard-core-dx.com/index.php?topic=Hauser

                  And compiled weekly along with extensive news from many other individuals and publications in DX LISTENING DIGEST:
                  http://www.worldofradio.com/dxldmid.html

                  ** MEXICO. 710, March 20 at 1226 UT, a fellow speaking Low German, with hymn accompaniment; his accent sounds English rather than Spanish, and he mentions Chihuahua, so here`s another station serving that community. Immediately into Spanish with usual singing ID from XEDP, ``La Ranchera de Cuauhtémoc``, as often heard around sunrise only in Spanish. I wonder if that Plattdeutsch was brief announcement or a full program? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

                  ** OKLAHOMA. 1020, March 19 at 0526 UT, my semi-local KOKP Perry is in open carrier, dead air, still so at 0554, and nulling it, can barely make out two stations, one in English, one in Spanish.

                  780, March 19 at 0556 UT, daytimer KSPI Stillwater is also on with unmodulated carrier, as often but not always the case overnight. I was wondering if it might do so during the March 10 WBBM silent period, but no show then. It`s in the same market as KOKP but different ownership. Also no longer hearing the plus/minus 4 kHz spurs, nor when modulating in the daytime, altho I haven`t yet rechecked it on the caradio where the 6-kHz hets against 770 and 790 were obvious.

                  1520, yet another Okie with dead air, and it`s the biggie, KOKC! What`s going on around here, anyway? Silence March 19 at 1255 UT so I keep listening, and finally cuts modulation on during CBS News at 1302
                  (Glenn Hauser, Enid, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

                  ** U S A. 660, March 19 at 1241 UT, tune-in to Dineh chanting, quickly KTNN Window Rock ID in English along with some other unknown town on the Res in AZ; Mercedes ad, belying impressions that it`s a poverty-stricken area. I need to be listening at 1230 UT whether they pop onto non-direxional day pattern then instead of 1330 when they are supposed to during March. Both all of adjacent NM and the Navajo Res in AZ observe DST, AFAIK, unlike the rest of AZ (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

                  ** U S A. 660, March 20 at 0602 UT after striking out on the Mexican unID sign-off, I can hear Lincoln Financial ad, 0603 KTNN ID and Navajo chanting. Not as strong as around sunrise, but even this much is contrary to nulling output toward New York.

                  So today I retune in at 1228 UT to catch KTNN switching to full day pattern an hour earlier than legal. KSKY Dallas dominates with K-sky IDs, ad for AMAC auto insurance (Association of Mature American Citizens is trying to peel off farrightwingnuts from ``too-liberal`` AARP; good riddance), apparently amid Bill Bennett`s Morning in America show, or just promos? Mentioned that a few times, but never heard him.

                  Anyhow, even with KSKY right-angle nulled, no KTNN at 1230; at 1232 a Spanish station starts to audiblize itself, mentioning some Mexican cities. At 1234 I check the other Navajo station on 880, and it is well audible, see separate log, right back to 660 in time to hear KTNN suddenly appear at 1235 with Navajo chanting and drumming; 1238 ``KTNN AM 660 Window Rock-Gallup`` not a sign-on, but canned ID (they have scads of them, each with a separate second city in rotation), right into national ads in English for Pennzoil, Netflix, then Miss Navajo Nation with ID for this ``Voice of the Navajo Nation, AM 660, KTNN``. Recheck at 1300, KTNN still audible with ID, CNN news. Legal local sunrise for Window Rock AZ in March is 1330 UT until when they should not be skywaving toward us and WFAN, but I enjoy hearing them anyway, full of culture-clashes (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

                  ** U S A. 670, March 20 at 1300, local news from Texarkana AR about debit-card scam to beware of; 1302 Historic Washington`s Jonquil Festival, and other quasi-PSAs involving several area codes, ``Southwest Arkansas` News Leader, KWXI,`` Hot Springs ad, plug for an old-fashioned barber shop in Glenwood. Dominating frequency with only a weak SAH when nulled, but fading already at 1303, a semihour past today`s Enid sunrise 1234 UT.

                  NRC AM Log 2011-2012 shows KWXI is a 5 kW daytimer at Glenwood, pronounced ``quick-see`` which I did not hear, just the individual letters. Glenwood is closer to Hot Springs than Texarkana, on US 70. Station`s official sunrise in March is 1230 UT, in April 1145. ``Kwixy`` used to be a hot name for rock stations, however legally spelt and some calls were quite imaginative (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

                  ** U S A. 770, March 20 at 1323 UT, KKOB Albuquerque NM in well after non-direxional day pattern starts at 1315 (in March, 1230 UT in April), with M&W chat show, the W giving traffic reports every 10 minutes on the 7s; included brief plug for substation KTBL 1050, which is no more really in Los Ranchos than 770 is, both from downtown ABQ studios, only KKOB entitled ``The Talk Monster!!!!!!`` presumably inspired by Rush (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

                  ** U S A. 880, March 20 at 1234, Navajo talking about Jeremiah; 1243 offering a DVD about astronomy, Navajo talk about Ephesians and Hebrews – as if the Dinehs` ancient religion were insufficient! Is KHAC, Western Indian Ministries` missionary station at Tse Bonito NM next to Window Rock AZ, which I was checking to compare to 660 KTNN, q.v., which did not pop in until 1235. I don`t believe this was on night power 430 watts either, rather 10 kW day power which is not legal until 1330 UT in March. KRVN, beware, let alone WCBS! (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

                  ** U S A. 1000, March 20 at 1246, ads for ESPN.com in null of KTOK OKC. It seems that WMVP 50 kW Chicago is the only ESPN on 1000, so presumed that. Not often heard here, with a deep null to the west at night, but less so on day pattern in March from 1200 UT; KTOK signal seems weaker than usual lately. It`s not as strong as another OKC 5 kW, WKY 930, but KTOK site is on the S side while WKY is on the N side closer to us (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

                  ** U S A. 1060, March 19 at 0540 UT while checking for the 1070 DX from WCSZ, noticed Mexican music from the SW, and not // XEPPM 6185, soon IDed as ``10-60 KIJN``, i.e. the 10 kW *daytimer* gospel huxter in Farwell TX on the NM border. The music did not strike me as religious, but the brazen ID mentioned Jesús; I assume the calls in English signify In Jesus` Name. Signal was as good if not better than the 1060 nullee, WLNO New Orleans with Brother Scare, as if we can`t get enough of him already on SW (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

                  ** U S A. Thanks to a last-minute tip from Engineer Al Hajny at WCSZ 1070, Sans Souci SC, via John J. Rieger of dx-midamerica.com via the amfmtvdx at qth.net list (which I also passed on to the DXLD yg), about an engineering test, it was presumably heard here as follows:

                  UT March 19, aimed E/W on the DX-398 to minimize KLIO 1070 KS, and even more so, IBOC from KRLD 1080 TX, I was getting KNX mixing with a SAH of approximately 8 Hz, then:

                  0528, tone test, brief sweeps, more tone
                  0530, lo-pitched tone
                  0533, medium-pitched tone
                  0534, higher-pitched tone but less than 1 kHz
                  0536, higher pitched and now stronger
                  0539, nothing further heard, tho still SAH so carrier may have remained on.

                  No IDs heard, but the tip said, ``Hello John, I will be testing WCSZ 1070 tonight, (Monday morning 3/19) non-DA, at various powers from 25kW-50kW mostly. I don't know if you have a place to post this, but I thought I'd pass this along just in case it's useful to you. Al Hajny``

                  No time was mentioned either, but could have started as early as 0400 UT = midnite EDT. WCSZ is in the Greenville SC market with a Spanish AC format, per NRC AM Log, and night power is normally only 1.5 kW (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

                  ** U S A. 1070, March 20 at 0435 UT after tip on ABDX list from the engineer at WCSZ Sans Souci SC, tone test again heard 23 hours later. He was going to do it again for DXers but only for half an hour or so from 0400. Were there ever any code IDs?

                  Al Hajny of WCSZ said on ABDX, ``This is a "new" MW-50C from KYW. The old transmitter was stripped, along with the ground system and nearly every piece of copper in the place - including 14 gauge copper wires from the light switches up to the fixtures - a few feet in some cases. Underground lines tied to a truck and yanked out. Wiring up to the tower lights and ring transformers gone. The middle tower is the daytime, the end towers for now are just floating so there is
                  probably some directivity towards the NNW and SSE.``

                  Todd Roberts, WD4NGG, said, ``Still hearing the test tone at 12:35 AM EDT. It sounds like a 1 kHz tone but actually it measures 999 Hz = 1 Hz low. Thanks for running the test!`` (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

                  ** U S A. 1480, March 20 at 1252 UT I notice a strong open carrier here, obviously from my nearest station, KQAM Wichita KS, ``The Big Talker``. Cat got your tongue? Left a receiver on 1480 to determine how long dead air would last, requiring all kinds of advertiser refunds if anyone but me notice: talk modulation finally cut on at 1341 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

                  ** U S A. 1510, March 19 at 0548 UT, ads with 303 AC, greeting ``mile-high listeners``, denverdentist.com and then a chiropractor; ``15-10, 93.7, we`re Mile High Sports``, 0549 into sports talk. It`s KCKK, Littleton CO, also heard 24 hours earlier dominating 1510, as in my previous report, concluding that they are *not* nulling toward Nashville or Enid as their night and day patterns would require. NRC AM Log shows 93.7 is a mere translator, K229BS (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

                  ** U S A. 1660, March 20 at 1307 UT, quick echo between two sports-talk stations, no doubt KQWB West Fargo ND, and KRZI Waco TX, both ESPN. This should happen a lot, but I don`t recall noticing it before (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

                  UNIDENTIFIED. 660, March 20 at 0559, choral Mexican NA, and unlike 24 hours earlier I am staying tuned for the ID afterwards, but --- nothing after 0601. Was this station axually signing off? FWIW, the only 660 in IRCA Mexican Log shown closing at 0600 is XEACB, Ciudad Delicias, Chihuahua, and the direxion fits. But remember we are in the two sesquiweeks of confusion between US and Mexican DST start dates, except for border cities, which Delicias is not (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

                  UNIDENTIFIED. 1380, usually I can`t get anything a few miles from local 1390 KCRC splash even when nulled, but March 20 at 1250 ut something in Spanish briefly. Guessing game thru the NRC AM Log 1380 listings starts with KDXE in Arkansas, until I am reminded that KMUS Sperry OK (Tulsa) is allegedly Spanish now too, besides KMWF San Antonio TX market, the only three SS in this region. (Note, I only use ``SS`` when it really means Spanish-speaking, not just Spanish) (Glenn Hauser, Enid OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

                  Comment


                  • #39
                    MWDX from Enid OK by Glenn Hauser, March 21-30, 2012

                    All times and dates strictly UT. MW log editors are welcome to excerpt items, reformat and change to favorite timezone if necessary. Rx: mostly DX-398 with internal antenna only; some caradio as specified; above 2 MHz on FRG-7 with 110-foot east-west longwire.

                    These logs are excerpts from my daily all-band reports, mainly SWBC, also VHF/UHF, sometimes, utility, ham, which may be found in several archives without much delay, such as
                    http://www.hard-core-dx.com/index.php?topic=Hauser

                    And compiled weekly along with extensive news from many other individuals and publications in DX LISTENING DIGEST:
                    http://www.worldofradio.com/dxldmid.html

                    ** CUBA. 1180, March 22 at 2353 UT, Cuban-accented talk, with slight reverb, // 5025 R. Rebelde which has multiple transmitters on 1180 to block R. Martí, which was not at all audible here (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

                    ** MEXICO. 690, March 30 at 1204 UT, time check for 6:04 [CST], 19 grados en Monterrey, live announcer welcoming us to 30 de marzo, i.e. XERG (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

                    ** MEXICO. 710, March 30 at 0535 UT, preacher in Spanish from SW with Cuba nulled, with het which seems to come from this station, then with PSA mentioning Chihuahua, so XEDP Ciudad Cuauhtémoc may have gone off-frequency (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

                    ** MEXICO. 720, March 30 at 1201 UT, choral NA, mixing with presumed KSAH, ID mentions their time & temp format, Coahuila, and ``La Kaliente`` [sic], i.e. XEDE Saltillo (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

                    ** MEXICO. 760, March 30 at 1200 UT, ID with FM station, mentions Sonora in QRM, but there are two in that state, XEEB Ciudad Obregón, and XENY Nogales, the latter heard before (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

                    ** MEXICO. 850, in absence of KOA (off the air or QRP?), March 28 at 0545, talk mentioning Rio Verde, San Luís Potosí, Bancómer ad, federal PSA about calentamiento global (global warming; why don`t we hear any like that from the USG? Mexican stations are required to carry government PSAs, unlike Americans, optional fillers), ``El Planeta Terra``, ``Milenio Televisión presenta`` more talk, i.e. XEM Chihuahua per Cantú, 500 watts at night. IRCA Log 2011 did not have this with Milenio, instead ``Renacimiento 850``, changed affiliation? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

                    ** MEXICO. 880, March 30 at 1210 UT, 6:10 timecheck Tiempo del Centro de México, during break in newscast from Grupo Fórmula, ad for Partido Verde, Fórmula 970 program promo; in KRVN null. The 880 Fórmula affiliate is XEV, Chihuahua2 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

                    ** MEXICO. 940, March 28 at 0542 UT, something in Spanish dominates, with no audible het --- could this mean that XEQ or even XEMMM are back on-frequency? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

                    ** MEXICO. 1000, March 30 at 1215 UT, crime news of northern Chihuahua state and also Durango, dominant here so weakened KTOK OKC can only be heard in its null, i.e. XEFV Ciudad Juárez. I`ve never heard the other Chihuahuan, XEHPC, R. Mil in Hidalgo del Parral (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

                    ** OKLAHOMA. BTW, I never hear southeast OK`s 750 station, 250 W daytimer KSEO in Durant; and wonder if it really be on the air; NRC-AM log shows religious format, CP for 220 watts (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

                    ** OKLAHOMA [and non]. 1000, March 21 at 0549 UT, not hearing KTOK OKC at all, but from SW something in Spanish, probably Juárez, and when rotating to try to get OKC, a different Spanish, probably XEOY DF. Was KTOK really off? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

                    ** OKLAHOMA [and non]. 1000, March 28 at 0540 I am not getting KTOK OKC at all, just something in Spanish from the SW. Next check after sunrise, KTOK is detectable but much weaker than it should be on daytime groundwave.

                    KTOK has been undergoing an antenna reconfiguration (eliminating the tall center tower of the antenna system pursuant to the construction permit BP-20100830ABU). See the third of four entries, the CP, at:

                    http://transition.fcc.gov/fcc-bin/am...2=&EW=W&size=9

                    The reduction from the electrically awkward 148 degrees to 112 degrees will be an operational benefit without any significant effect on coverage. This may result in some off air time while construction is occurring.

                    The reason for use of the original 148 degree tall center tower is not known, but is not an unusual characteristic. Taller center towers in the center of inline arrays with odd numbers of towers were not an uncommon design in the heyday of expansion of AM service post WW-II (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

                    ** OKLAHOMA. Clear Channel has just fired a lot of people, including at KTOK: Dean Of Broadcasters Jerry Bohnen Booted At KTOK:
                    http://mccarvillereport.com/archives/4354
                    This is also being discussed on the Oklahoma forum at radio-info.com Tnx to Artie Bigley for bringing this to my attention. Seems Bohnen is an award-winning and highly respected newsman, but I wouldn`t know, not listening to KTOK with its farrightwingnut national programming (Glenn Hauser, Enid, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

                    ** U S A. KBOI, 670, Boise ID, QSL card p-mailed March 22 received March 26 for e-mail report with code ID audio attachment following the DX test on 50 kW day pattern at 0807, 0837 UT March 10:
                    http://www.w4uvh.net/KBOIQSL.jpg
                    View of transmitter site. v/s Randall Rocks confirms I heard them in Enid OK. Also enclosed more photos of studios, Bill and Randall, transmitter, phasor and 6-tower antenna array in envelope from Citadel Broadcasting Company comprising two AM, four FM stations in Boise starting with KBOI. Thanks Scott Fybush and Bill Frahm for the test, and the QSL. To be added to my gallery at
                    http://www.worldofradio.com/QSL.html
                    (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

                    ** U S A. 750, since hearing an unID March 18 at 1243-1249 UT, I have been checking again but usually nothing audible. However, March 22 at 1256 I am getting something in the null of KMMJ NE, game to identify clips from Star Trek movies, to an 800-510 number. ID at 1300 hourtop had ``NO`` in it, so I conclude it`s KKNO, Gretna LA, 250-watt Christian daytimer, a fit for the slanted USA-IRN news which followed, a.k.a. SRN at 1302 cutaway, and an ad with 402 area code --- oh2, that must have come from KMMJ. BTW, I never hear southeast OK`s 750 station, 250 W daytimer KSEO in Durant (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

                    ** U S A. 770, March 30 at 1200 UT, ``Celebrating 70 years, KKOB --`` and ABC News; 1206 still in with local news about Bernalillo County. Poor signal, presumably the 230-watt Santa Fe fill-in relay as NM is still in the night (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

                    ** U S A. 790, March 28 at 0550 UT, Fox Sports Radio dominating from N/S. Only one around here that fits is KBME Houston, presumed (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

                    ** U S A. 850, March 28 at 0545 UT, no signal from KOA Denver which normally inbooms here at night, instead something in Spanish: see MEXICO. Can KOA be off the air? Further north signals are not aurorally diminished, WCCO 830 plus IBOC sidebands bothering 820 and 840, CBW 990. Next check at 1248 after sunrise, at first suspect KOA is still off, vs weak Spanish, probably KJON TX, but then fades in a bit interviewing a forest-fire victim in Jefferson County. Reduced power at KOA? (Glenn Hauser, Enid OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

                    ** U S A. 1030, March 28 at 1244 UT, ``Thanks for listening to Gather Round Morning Show with Greg Harris on 1030 The Light``, gospel music. That slogan means KCWJ Blue Springs MO per NRC AM Log, rather than my first choice, KCTA 50 kW daytimer from Corpus Christi (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

                    ** U S A. 1070, in a previous report on the Sans Souci DX test, I typoed the calls as WSCZ instead of correct WCSZ. Since it`s in South Carolina, my typo should have been correct (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

                    ** U S A. 1260, March 22 at 1311 UT something in Spanish, 1312 romantic music, maybe from SW/NE, but soon overtaken by KWYR ID from Winner SD. I had been earing this frequency since a DXer inquiry about what`s the dominant Mexican I get on it? None. Unfortunately there are too many SS in mid-America on 1260: KBHC Nashville AR, KDLF in Boone IA, both of which are apparently musical, plus three Texans which are religious or sports (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

                    ** U S A. 1340, March 24 just as I tune across at 0556 UT, ID for ``1340 KGGS`` and country music, dominating the graveyard frequency for a bit. Ever since this brand new station hit the air Nov 9 from Garden City KS, owned by KGYN Guymon OK, I had been wanting to hear it, and figured SR/SS would be best, but now I get it without even trying in the nightmiddle. Daytime groundwave blocked by OKC. See DXLD 11-46
                    http://www.w4uvh.net/dxld1146.txt
                    for all about KGGS (Glenn Hauser, Enid OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

                    ** U S A. 1430, March 22 at 1316 UT Aretha, 1318 show name ``Music in the Morning`` with calls I couldn`t catch starting with K-; inviting people to call in event info to 888-394-1430 for PSAs; Coca Cola jingle; 1322 ``True Oldies``. But True Oldies Channel has nothing on 1430 in affiliate list:
                    http://www.trueoldieschannel.com/Article.asp?id=1517630

                    NRC AM Log, however, shows ``Good Time Oldies``, which I assume is a competing format on both KALV Alva OK (nulls toward Tulsa but barely audible here in daytime), and on KZQZ St Louis MO. But that 888 number leads right to KZQZ. And its website
                    http://www.kzqz1430am.com/
                    confirms: ``Welcome to the all new KZQZ 1430 AM, "Hot Talk and Cool Oldies." So it was Cool, not True that I heard (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

                    ** U S A. 1440, March 21 around 1330 UT, strong dominant signal in Spanish ending one gospel huxter, bilingual prayer, IDs in Spanish and English as Radio Luz, University Park, KTNO, on to another preacher. Not unusual post-sunrise reception from this 50 kW daytime powerhouse (not R. Vida as in NRC AM Log), but this is:

                    On the DX-398 handheld, KTNO is peaking E/W rather than N/S. I keep rotating it and find the null about 90 degrees off. Is it because I have the headphones plugged in? The AC adapter plugged in? Too close to metal objects such as the FRG-7 and other equipment? Or to inside random wire antennas? No, I unplug phones and AC and walk around the house but I am still getting the same skewed DF on this frequency. If I didn`t know better I would think I was getting a station from the east or west.

                    Why and how could this happen? Has the ferrite bar slipped 90 degrees inside the radio? I haven`t dropped it and it doesn`t rattle! And other DFing is correct, such as WKY 930 reliable groundwave from OKC, which is weak enough to produce a sharp null in the right direxion. This anomaly makes other DFing questionable; perhaps it`s frequency-dependent in the 1440 area only.

                    Then I tune up to 1460 at 1333 UT March 21, where I am getting something in English, i.e. skywave an hour after sunrise, and not yet my closest KZUE El Reno OK groundwave which is Spanish. It`s ``Trade Fair`` (Fare?), listener call-ins with stuff to sell, typical small-town show still existing here and there on AM radio. No calls from businesses or professional services will be accepted, and caller #1 is a hangup. This too ``loops`` E/W, but the phone numbers are in AC 817 and 683, i.e. Fort Worth, from KCLE, COL Cleburne TX which are south from here (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

                    ** U S A. 1510, March 21 at 0538 UT, for the third night around this time, KCKK Littleton CO is dominating frequency as ``Mile High Sports``, contrary to its NNE/SSW figure-8 direxional requirement, out of whack (Glenn Hauser, Enid OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

                    ** U S A. 1550, March 30 at 1227 UT, discussing the Duck Pond and Zimmerman Library on the UNM campus, familiar places to me in Albuquerque, so KIVA. I seriously doubt they were on night power of 27 watts instead of day power 10,000, tho March local sunrise is not until 1315 (April: 1230 UT) (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

                    UNIDENTIFIED. 1060, March 30 at 1220 UT, Spanish with funny American accent, pronouncing lots of team names as in English, ID in passing as ESPN Deportes, was NBA report. I don`t find any affiliate listed in the 2011-2012 NRC AM Log, recent change? On net website http://espndeportes.espn.go.com/ I can`t find any affiliate list. The network has a presence in Mexico, too. Certainly not KIJN Farwell TX, which was audible a bit later with Spanish-American religion (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

                    Comment


                    • #40
                      Oldies on 1430 could be KZQZ St. Louis. Have heard them often in the 1430 mashup at this QTH for a couple months.

                      Comment


                      • #41
                        MW DX from Enid OK, March 31-April 20, 2012

                        All times and dates strictly UT. MW log editors are welcome to excerpt items, reformat and change to favorite timezone if necessary. Rx: mostly DX-398 with internal antenna only; some caradio as specified; above 2 MHz on FRG-7 with 110-foot east-west longwire.

                        These logs are excerpts from my daily all-band reports, mainly SWBC, also VHF/UHF, sometimes, utility, ham, which may be found in several archives without much delay, such as
                        http://www.hard-core-dx.com/index.php?topic=Hauser

                        And compiled weekly along with extensive news from many other individuals and publications in DX LISTENING DIGEST: http://www.worldofradio.com/dxldmid.html

                        ** MEXICO. 670, April 4 at 1201, mañanitas, birthday greetings to listeners, R. Ranchito ID, 7:01 TC, jingle, full ID as mil watts from Torreón, Coahuila, i.e. XETOR; IRCA Mexican Log and WRTH show 5000/250 watts, but Cantú has 1000/250. Hard to believe they would assert less power than reality (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

                        ** MEXICO. 750, March 31 at 1215 UT, steady música romántica from WSW/ENE, alone on frequency and no signal from KMMJ Nebraska even when nulled. 1217 ID as ``Stereo Vida, sólo para ella``, and the next song also sung by a YL --- so maybe the format is really only for lesbians? Fading by 1221. Cantú shows the only Stereo Vida on 750 is:
                        750 XECSI Stereo Vida + FM 89.5 Culiacán, Sin. 5,000 250
                        WRTH and IRCA agree, except with day power of 1,000 W (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

                        ** MEXICO. 880, April 4 at 1210, several local news items about Gómez Palacio, such as closing public telephones. G.P. is the Durango city adjacent to Torreón, Coahuila, really the same metro area, so this has to be, per Cantú:
                        880 XETC Kiuu + FM 91.1 Torreón, Coah. 10,000 1,000
                        Kiuu? What a strange name; derivation??
                        While IRCA has it as XETC, slogan: 880 AM, 10,000/100, 24 hours
                        and WRTH has XETC, 880 AM/Estéreo Mayran, 10000/1000 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

                        ** MEXICO. 970, April 4 at 1213 UT, choral NA is playing at odd time, as I try to minimize splatter from local KGWA 960. 1214 a quick sign-on I could not copy, right into music, 1219 segué balada/romántica. IRCA shows schedule times for each station, but nothing starting at 1215 or any other quarter-hour. Maybe the morning person was late (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

                        ** MEXICO. 1060, XEEP`s SW outlet XEPPM on 6185 has been missing lately after 0600 UT; it used to run all-night when there was less interference. Now via Julian Santiago, the new schedule on SW is 14-05 UT, with SW-only programming 14-22, and duplicating 1060 at 22-05. However, what signal we can get on 6185 now in the evening is very undermodulated. This led us to check 1060, April 20:

                        1060 is a rare almost-clear channel in Mexico, only one other station listed by IRCA, XETF, 1 kW in Veracruz, R. Formula, ex-1250, but is XEEP really 100 kW at night? IRCA Log, Cantú and WRTH all show it reduced to 20 kW. We can still hear it sometimes, but with plenty of QRM: April 20 at 0608 had some Spanish, and at 0615 S Asian music, likely XEEP in its eclectic format; mixed with a Brother Scare psychophant from WLNO New Orleans, more or less nullable.

                        Furthermore, only IRCA has that Veracruz station on 1060. WRTH and Cantú still show it on 1250. But Cantú strangely crosses the border to add this one instead:
                        ``1060 KXPL Radio NET 1060 Cd. Juárez, Chih. (El Paso, TX) 10,000 D``
                        It`s the only El Paso station he includes, tho I have not searched the entire list for any other trans-border outlets.

                        BTW, when I went to their website, this popped up:

                        ``Aviso importante

                        En términos de lo dispuesto por el artículo 41 de la Constitución Política de los Estados Unidos Mexicanos, durante el tiempo que comprendan las campañas electorales y hasta la conclusión de la jornada comicial, debe suspenderse la difusión en los medios de comunicación social de toda propaganda gubernamental. Por ello, del 30 de marzo al 1 de julio de 2012, inclusive, se suspenderá el acceso a las secciones de este portal de Internet que contienen difusión de programas, acciones, obras o logros de gobierno.``

                        Saying all government advertising and links on the website to anything about government activities has been suspended during the election campaign, 30 March to 1 July, in accordance with Art. 41 of the constitution. Does this mean all stations have also suspended all government PSAs, which are normally required and ubiquitous, including those lauding the Presidencia in particular? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

                        ** MEXICO. 1190, April 6 at 1209 UT, ``La Norteña 11-90``, so likely a Mexican, as in US terms the slogan would be ``La Sureña`` [hi], bolstered by the Mexican government PSAs which followed. IRCA Mexican Log 2011 shows the one with this name is XEPZ, R. Norteña, Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua, 1000/100 watts and it was well before sunrise, but what do you bet they were on day power? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

                        ** OKLAHOMA. 930, April 5 at 1252 UT, WKY Oklahoma City, ``La Indomable`` is just barely modulated in music; 1256 talk approaches normal level, but is quite distorted, rather like in a permanent selective-fade. Very unusual for this one to display any such technical problems (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

                        ** U S A. It`s a new month so I am exploring what the Navajo stations are doing, after having been on nondirexional day patterns an hour too early in March. KTNN was caught powering up one day at 1235 UT.

                        660, KTNN`s official sunrise in April is 1245 UT, but nothing heard from it April 4 before or after this hour, just K-SKY Dallas with Bill Bennett`s `Morning in America` gushing over guest wacko Ann Coulter. Or should I say wacka? No. Still nothing from AZ after 1300, nor from KHAC 880 across the line in NM. Yet, 770 KKOB Albuquerque had popped right onto day pattern at its proper new time, 1230, and remained audible past 1300 with ABC news.

                        KTNN`s direxional pattern plot at
                        http://transition.fcc.gov/ftp/Bureau...86014-2089.pdf
                        shows the cardioid nulling New York retains an itty bitty lobe eastward at approximately 87 degrees.

                        880, KHAC Tse Bonito NM, had also been heard eastward well before sunrise in March, but April 4 nothing before or after 1300, in KRVN null. (Back at 1233, KLRG AM & FM, Arkansas with local promos amid Imus, including nickname for local host being ``The Arizona Kid``. That could be confusing). Still no KHAC by 1300 which should legally be on day pattern after 1245 UT. Same situation as late as 1315 when I quit, 770 KKOB still audible, no Navajos on 660 or 880, just KSKY on 660 and KRVN on 880. Today`s local sunrise was 1213 UT, currently moving 10 minutes earlier each week (Glenn Hauser, Enid OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

                        ** U S A. 870, April 20 at 0619 UT, WWL with Dave Ramsey has competition from another station playing C&W and making a fast SAH with WWL nulled, maybe 20 Hz. 0622, ID sounded like WHCD 102.5, then quoted Ephesians. No such call on 102.5. Closest call match on 870 in NRC AM Log is WTCG, 5 kW daytimer in Mount Holly NC, religious format.

                        However, it must be WPWT, 870 Colonial Heights TN, which has been widely reported cheating on the IRCA list: April 19: ``9:15 pm EDT, daytimer on with trad country and IDs for 870 and 100.7, mixing with WWL and Cuban ticker. Playlist is on http://topgunradio.com 10,000 watts non-directional (Steve Francis, Alcoa, Tennessee)``

                        ``WPWT and WHGG [1090] are diplexed on the same tower in Gray, TN. They have always had problems with the diplexing system because of the
                        closeness of the frequencies, and the shortness of the tower. Not
                        only is the tower very short for both frequencies, it also uses -
                        get this - a three element ham radio HF beam (looks like a Cushcraft) as a top hat.

                        Both stations are using Harris DX10 transmitters with Kahn Power Side. At least they were a few of years ago when I was working at Bristol Broadcasting (WXBQ/WEAZ/WTZR/WFHG(AM-FM). A close friend of mine was doing some contract work for WPWT/WHGG at the time and had some real horror stories of their site. 73, (Rene' Tetro, WFIL-WNTP, Philadelphia)``

                        So maybe the ID I heard was for their other station WHGG, and/or one of the FMs in the cluster (Glenn Hauser, Enid OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

                        ** U S A. 1070, April 4 at 1220 UT, ``Wichita`s Big Talker, KQAM 1480 also being heard on 1070 this morning``, right-wing discussion of bringing back earmarx; 1228 anti-Obama remarx from same guys heard on 1480. 1240 UT check, oldie music had resumed, which is supposed to be the only format now of 1070 KLIO.

                        On caradio, when trying to hear the same syndicated True Oldies format from 99.7 KZNG ``Mustang``-OKC, the frequency Hiram Champlin hijacked from Alva-Enid, it is usually disrupted by QRM from the new Wichita-market station that OK move possiblized on 99.7, and ironically I have to switch to 1070 to hear the song more clearly and lower-fi. So why this talk intrusion temporarily on 1070? Hope it does not mean TO is on the way out (Glenn Hauser, Enid OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

                        UNIDENTIFIED. 650, April 12 at 2050 UT on caradio, rather quiet conditions and IBOC off from WWLS 640, audiblized a SAH and mix of talk and music here long before sunset: the closest two, possible at the edge of their groundwave reaches, some 500 miles away, are KGAB near Cheyenne WY (8500 watts, which I have heard before in the daytime), and KIKK near Houston TX (but it`s only 250 watts). Wonder if there is a closer stray mixing product or inband TIS in the mix? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

                        UNIDENTIFIED. 910, April 20 at 0617, and still at 0626 UT, open carrier looping east/west. Most likely 1 kW KVIS Miamuh OK, giving us an unintended respite from 24/7 gospel-huxterage. I remember when this was a genuine full-service local station KGLC (Glenn Hauser, Enid OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

                        Comment


                        • #42
                          MW DX from Enid OK, April 21-26, 2012

                          All times and dates strictly UT. MW log editors are welcome to excerpt items, reformat and change to favorite timezone if necessary. Rx: mostly DX-398 with internal antenna only; some caradio as specified; above 2 MHz on FRG-7 with 110-foot east-west longwire.

                          These logs are excerpts from my daily all-band reports, mainly SWBC, also VHF/UHF, sometimes, utility, ham, which may be found in several archives without much delay, such as
                          http://www.hard-core-dx.com/index.php?topic=Hauser

                          And compiled weekly along with extensive news from many other individuals and publications in DX LISTENING DIGEST:
                          http://www.worldofradio.com/dxldmid.html

                          ** MEXICO. 1050, April 26 at 1212, XEG with `El Mañanero` program from Monterrey NL, ``The morning man``, but YL DJ voice is not manly (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

                          ** OKLAHOMA. 1020, April 22 at 1238 UT, dead air/open carrier from nearby KOKP Perry, with Spanish from Nebraska audible underneath, especially with KOKP nulled. Sister station KOKB 1580, Blackwell, also seems deadairish at 1248, with 2 or 3 other stations still skywaving in almost an hour after sunrise. I had also noticed 1020 sometime during the afternoon April 21 on caradio with deadair. At 1532 UT April 22: yes, both 1020 and 1580 are still unmodulated! Maybe they will come to life if there is a stupid ballgame Sunday afternoon? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

                          ** U S A. 1070, April 26 before 1230 UT, KLIO Wichita KS is still duplicating talkshow from KQAM 1480, joint ID in passing, but at 1239 recheck, now back to music, local talkover at 1243 with time & temp, True Oldies 1070 slogan; see also 1660 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

                          ** U S A. 1290, April 26 at 1220 UT, traffic report including street numbers in the 100s, so not a small city, from ``K-car``, get it? KKAR Omaha NE. 5/5 kW station has CP for 50/5, says NRC AM Log (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

                          ** U S A. 1440, April 26 at 1226 UT, Radio Luz program promo in Spanish. Must be KTNO The Metroplex, TX, no longer Radio Vida. Website is under reconstruxion, http://www.ktnoam.com/ There are only three Mexicans on this frequency, none nearby (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

                          ** U S A. 1580, April 26 at 1230 UT in KOKB OK null, ``RCN News``, about Denver, announced as duplicated on 1060 Longmont, so it`s KREL Colorado Springs on the Radio Colorado Network. Just went to 10 kW day power, ex-140 W night, at 1230 in April, 1145 UT in May. KLMO 1060 is the originator (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

                          ** U S A. 1660, April 26 at 1232 UT, True Oldies jingle, ``Baby-Love``. We no longer have to wonder which ESPN station we are hearing or echoing on 1660, just TX, as KQWB West Fargo ND has flipped to this. And came in handy since KLIO 1070 Wichita KS was still duplicating talkshow from KQAM 1480 during previous semihour, altho by 1239 KQWB has faded, and KLIO is back to music (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

                          UNIDENTIFIED. 1320, April 26 at 1224 UT, Spanish from N/S, 7:24 TC, kids` birthdays. Accent maybe border-influenced rather than pure Mexican, so likely XECPN Piedras Negras, Coahuila; the only other possibility around here in NRC AM Log is KRDD Roswell NM. Soon with Chinese CCI, no doubt KXYZ Houston TX, which NRC AM Log says is SS/ETHnic (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

                          Comment


                          • #43
                            MW DX from Enid OK, April 27-May 24, 2012

                            All times and dates strictly UT. MW log editors are welcome to excerpt
                            items, reformat and change to favorite timezone if necessary. Rx:
                            mostly DX-398 with internal antenna only; some caradio as specified;
                            above 2 MHz on FRG-7 with 110-foot east-west longwire.

                            These logs are excerpts from my daily all-band reports, mainly SWBC,
                            also VHF/UHF, sometimes, utility, ham, which may be found in several
                            archives without much delay, such as
                            http://www.hard-core-dx.com/index.php?topic=Hauser

                            And compiled weekly along with extensive news from many other
                            individuals and publications in DX LISTENING DIGEST:
                            http://www.worldofradio.com/dxldmid.html

                            ** MEXICO. 540, May 5 at 1115 UT I awaken briefly and turn on a radio
                            here, to find a quickly echoing signal in Spanish, some kind of
                            dramatic narration with music; furthermore there is a steady SAH of
                            200/minute = 3.33 Hz. I conclude it could only be the hi-power 150 kW
                            XEWA in San Luís Potosí SLP with reverb/echo from the other lo-power 1
                            kW XEWA in Monterrey NL. The echo and the SAH must be very annoying in
                            the equal-signal area somewhere between the two sites, i.e. not far
                            outside Monterrey, and even in direxions other than SLP`s (Glenn
                            Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

                            ** MEXICO. 810, May 14 at 0520 UT, a Radio Mexicana is dominating the
                            frequency, looping southwest. IRCA Mexican Log and WRTH show the only
                            one called this on 810, and the direxion fits too, is XESB, in Santa
                            Bárbara, Chihuahua, ``Radio Mexicana, La S-B``, but it`s a 1 kW
                            daytimer, supposedly signing off at 0100.

                            However, Cantú, http://www.mexicoradiotv.com/frec_am_0800-1090.htm
                            shows it as full-time 1 kW, instead in a nearby town:
                            810 XESB Radio Mexicana, Hidalgo del Parral, Chih. 1,000 1,000
                            All lists also show a similar station name not to confuse with it:
                            810 XEIM Fiesta Mexicana + FM 91.3 Saltillo, Coah. 1,000 500
                            (Glenn Hauser, OK< DX LISTENING DIGEST)

                            ** MEXICO [and non]. 1650 kHz, hot tip from Julián Santiago Díez de
                            Bonilla, and Héctor García Bojorge in the DF of a brand-new Mexico
                            City station on the x-band, heard from 0230 UT April 27, XEAZR, Radio
                            Zer, part of the group of that name, ID as ``"ZER Radio 16-50, XEAZR,
                            una emisora de Grupo Radiofónico ZER". But Roberto Gómez citing
                            apparently official info says the call is XEARZ, and the power is 5 kW
                            day and night. They were playing instrumental music.

                            So I start looking for it at 0523 April 27: I am mainly getting two
                            stations, one with gospel music and one with talk, presumably US, but
                            at 0526 the gospel music station makes a Spanish announcement, 0531
                            with a partial URL including 1650.com. Surely that is KBJD Denver,
                            whose real website is http://www.1650radioluz.com and the other one
                            most likely KCNZ in IA. (BTW, don`t forget the listed but rarely
                            reported SS in El Paso TX on 1650, KSVE [as in ``suave``], 24h
                            romántica in stereo, per NRC AM Log).

                            Anyhow, no XE-whatever audible here yet. Not in WRTH 2012, but Cantú
                            shows this:
                            ``1650 XEARZ (en construcción) México, DF 5,000 ?``[=night power
                            unknown]
                            and in the DF list adds this: ``1650 XEARZ En construcción. 5,000
                            watts. Permisionada (sin fines de lucro) pero parte de Grupo ZER.``
                            i.e. its permit is non-profit, so no ads? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX
                            LISTENING DIGEST)

                            ** OKLAHOMA. 640, May 12 at 1348 UT, ESPN Radio promo after promo,
                            from what used to be WWLS: no IBOC noise on at the moment, whence
                            seems like it is less and less imposed, fortunately. 1400 ID as ``KWPN
                            AM, Moore-Norman, a Cumulus station``. I had been wanting to catch
                            their new ID for the record, as another W-call far west of the
                            Mississippi bites the dust.

                            But this one was not really heritage; it was strangely granted on
                            12/7/81 according to FCC callsign history for facility 22190, when it
                            replaced WNAD, which really was a heritage call at the University of
                            Oklahoma, which got out of the radio business (only to resume it years
                            later with KGOU, class-A FM non-commercial, yet on 106.3, with much
                            inferior coverage, altho has now built up spotty relays at several
                            other locations in the state). We can only assume having that the old
                            W- call made it easier to get a new W-call.

                            I thought 640 was a Clear Channel station operating out of 50 Penn
                            Place in OKC. But application/ownership info shows it was previously
                            owned by Citadel, WAPI in Birmingham AL, and before that by Citadel,
                            KKOH in Reno NV! I assume that`s just for bookkeeping. Now they
                            obviously want to brand it more clearly as an ESPN affiliate.

                            While I was at FCC, took a look at their day and nite patterns: 5 kW
                            day has major lobe to the SW, not much toward Enid tho not a full
                            null. 1 kW nite has null west toward KFI, of course, and a lesser null
                            to the east, protecting what? Memphis, I guess. Major lobes sort of
                            kidney-shaped toward NNE and SSE (Glenn Hauser, Enid, DX LISTENING
                            DIGEST)

                            ** OKLAHOMA. 780, May 22 at 0125 UT, as I am checking out 770 KKOB,
                            notice that KSPI Stillwater is already off the air, unlike yesterday.
                            Official May sunset is 0130 UT (June and July: 0145). Conversely, this
                            daytimer sometimes leaves its carrier on past sunset, or even all-
                            night (Glenn Hauser, Enid, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

                            ** OKLAHOMA. 780, UT May 23 at 0125, KSPI Stillwater is absent again
                            before its mandatory sunset close at 0130. I had not been checking
                            whether it was also missing during the day, but it was on as normal at
                            1245. I suppose daytimers don`t have to occupy all their legal airtime
                            if they don`t want to (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

                            ** OKLAHOMA. 1430, May 22 at 0553, good signal with a caller from
                            Scottsdale on ``Extra Sports 910``. Soon faded to nothing, then back
                            up. I was expecting something more exotic than KTBZ Tulsa, but slogan
                            chex for KGME in Phoenix on 910, and both of them are on the Fox
                            Sports Network. No other likely sportstalkers on 1430 around here
                            (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

                            ** OKLAHOMA. 1580, April 30 at 1830, still at 1955 UT, KOKB Blackwell
                            has once again crashed, carrier still on but no modulation, while
                            sibling 1020, KOKB Perry is funxioning normally with stupid sports
                            talk. 1580 still/again dead air at 1205 UT check May 1, but back on at
                            1728, both modulating musical break at the moment.

                            It`s really incredible that this station group, Triple [sic] Play
                            Sports Radio, lets it happen again and again for hours or days at a
                            time, no one paying attention, and obviously no one at the 1580 plant
                            to do anything about it. O, for the good old days of KLTR 1580, a
                            genuine local station in Blackwell (Glenn Hauser, Enid, DX LISTENING
                            DIGEST)

                            ** U S A. 770, May 21 around 0130 UT, KKOB Albuquerque NM is audible
                            with fair and steady signal. This is just when the annular eclipse is
                            about to occur there, but a local talk show says nothing about it!
                            Sounds live but may not be; hostess breaks for ID and ads. I was
                            listening on the portable as I went out into a field for our best view
                            of the setting sun. Unfortunately there were too many clouds in the
                            way, but I felt a certain qinship to the `Querquians nevertheless. I
                            expect this reception was normal, nothing to do with the eclipse, with
                            K`KOB still on day power and tower (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING
                            DIGEST)

                            ** U S A. 770, KKOB NM, was in with a steady signal at eclipse-time,
                            UT May 21, so I check it again 24 hours later, UT May 22 at 0125-0130+
                            in exactly the same situation, out in the field with the portable DX-
                            398. This time the sky is cloudless and the moonless setting sun is
                            unimpeded, but NO signal from KKOB. There could be other variables,
                            but now I`m thinking maybe the partial eclipse did have something to
                            do with its audibility yesterday, even here far off the track.
                            KKOB official UT sunrise/sunset times:
                            May 1200-0200, June 1145-0215, July 1200-0215
                            (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

                            ** U S A. 770, UT May 23 at 0125, 48 hours after the eclipse, KKOB
                            Albuquerque is again inaudible under the same circumstances when it
                            was audible on May 21 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

                            ** U S A. 1190, May 3 at 1157 UT, sorrowful breakup song suitable for
                            teeny-boppers, from what else, Radio Disney, dominating frequency for
                            a while, then Home Depot ad (whose customers are presumably adult),
                            1158 fading and losing out to a Fox Sports outlet, but enough signal
                            at 1200 to hear a local ID for KPHN Kansas City [MO], meshing with the
                            NE/SW DF on it (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

                            ** U S A. 1190, May 11 at 1200 UT, KFXR Dallas ID, NBC News Radio, but
                            lasted only two minutes with an optional cutaway at one minute! This
                            is the extremely direxional multi-stick array, the original KLIF, and
                            dominating the frequency for a bit here (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX
                            LISTENING DIGEST)

                            ** U S A. 1220, May 1 at 1222 UT, ID for ``Hometown Radio, AM 1220,
                            KOMC, 24 hours a day``. Hmmm, is that a new call for Oklahoma, Midwest
                            City? Makes sense, but no, it`s really Branson MO and soon faded
                            (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

                            ** U S A. 1450, May 1 at 1210 UT, end of news from the Missouri
                            Network, then to local news and ads, but never could copy any clue
                            before it faded from dominance over hundreds of other 1450s; well,
                            maybe dozens audible here. I was hoping the affiliate list at
                            http://www.missourinet.com/radio-stations/
                            updated 2/17/12, would have only one on 1450, but there are two:
                            KIRX in Kirxville, and
                            KOKO in Warrensburg --- Likely the latter which is closer (Glenn
                            Hauser, Enid OK, DX LISTENING DGIEST)

                            ** U S A. 1510-, May 24 at 1146 UT, dominant signal still skywave with
                            local ad for Olathe Kia, and still off-frequency to low side producing
                            audible het (with Denver?), i.e. KCTE, Independence MO, 10 kW daytimer
                            (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

                            ** U S A. 1650, May 3 at 1146 UT, ``16-50 The Fan`` with sports talk,
                            i.e. KCNZ Cedar Falls IA. Already too late to get XEARZ, with my local
                            sunrise now 1136 UT, one minute earlier every morning (Glenn Hauser,
                            Enid OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

                            UNIDENTIFIED. 1140, April 28 at 0553 UT, gospel huxter in Spanish,
                            good signal from N/S, surely XEMR 50/50 kW, Monterrey NL? Others have
                            reported this as ``MR Deportes`` as listed in WRTH, IRCA and Cantú
                            i.e. a sports format, but whenever I hear it, there`s religion. Maybe
                            both, like KFXY 1640 Enid? The station website via
                            http://www.gruporadioalegria.com/ mentions nothing but sports, and no
                            program schedule.

                            Could I really be getting a US station? I always thought it was XEMR.
                            Prime suspect in the NRC AM Log is KHFX, Cleburne TX near The
                            Metroplex, but with a Houston address, 24 hour Spanish religion as
                            ``Radio Ato``, 5000/710 watts. Pattern book shows its main lobe is to
                            the NW, which would audiblize it here, while XEMR`s is a circle
                            tangent to Monterrey, ``everything`` going to its SW (Glenn Hauser,
                            OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

                            UNIDENTIFIED. 1340, May 1 at 1218 UT, Bill Bennett, `Morning in
                            America`, with BB himself delivering commercial for C. Crane radios.
                            This was looping E/W, so doubt it was OKC, but what? Show website
                            makes you search by `your` zip code for affiliates. None in 741 =
                            Tulsa, but 737 Enid leads to 731 = OKC, KEBC.

                            Trouble is, there is no such station any more, having converted to
                            KGHM, ``The Game`` months ago. BB sure is out of touch with his own
                            network, just as he is with political reality in the XXI century
                            (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

                            UNIDENTIFIED. 1420, May 24 at 1144 UT, I am tuning the hi end of MW
                            band while there is still some skywave (today`s Enid sunrise was 1118,
                            and it will be earliest in a biweek at 1113), and hear an ID as
                            ``Classic Country KCKM (or KCKN?)``. KCKM is 1330 in Monahans TX, and
                            related KCKN is 1020 in Roswell NM. NRC-AM log says 1330 sometimes
                            relays 1020, as ``Kickin` Country``, but that slogan is not on the
                            1020 entry.

                            But 1420? Nothing remotely similar among the callsigns listed there,
                            anywhere. DF seemed WSW/ENE, but the DX-398 has misled me before. In
                            the NRC AM Log 2011-2012, there is an intriguing 1420 entry in NM: a
                            CP for Rowe, 2.5/0.103 kW, both non-direxional. Rowe? Never heard of
                            it. Can`t be near Roswell, which has a local 1430. Rand McNally atlas
                            skips it in the index. Info from FCC AM Query shows coördinates, and I
                            quickly find Rowe on the atlas map, just across I-25 from Pecos NM ---
                            between Las Vegas and Santa Fe, so I have driven by it multiple times.

                            Could this CP now be on, at least testing, somehow with programming
                            from KCKN or KCKM? CP holder is Sangre de Cristo Broadcasting (named
                            for a mountain range which can look blood-red at sunset, hardly the
                            only one, not literally for the blood of Christ), which is licensee of
                            540 KNMX Las Vegas, and FCC AM Query shows it also has applications
                            for 1290 and 1370 in `Vegas. Inquired of Jerry Kiefer at KCKN and he
                            replied immediately:

                            ``Hi Glenn, Strange one, I will pass this along to Bob Souza down in
                            Monahans. Like Sgt. Schultz, "We know nothing about nothing". Can't
                            believe a harmonic would do this; like you say, maybe somebody is
                            playing games. At that time we have a decent signal into that area and
                            we are playing music from Roswell. If I hear of anything unusual I'll
                            let you know. We are "classic country" and Monahans IDs as "kickin
                            country". Though mixing of frequencies in Roswell proper (1020 &
                            1230), we do have an image around 1410 but doesn't make it out of
                            town. Know nothing about 1420, I doubt if they will have much signal
                            south of I-40.

                            540 is a case, even though they are DA to the NW with a null to
                            protect 550 in Midland, you can hear a fringe signal on a car radio in
                            Roswell. Lot to be said about good conductivity: 710 out of Amarillo
                            has a whole lot better signal in Roswell than 770 out of ABQ.

                            On a side note, we're started building out 1480 in Dallas; by July I
                            expect you'll have some critical hours RF up your way. She should have
                            close to 300 kW ERP to the NNW. No target date yet but hopefully early
                            July. We caught one stealing new rolls of cooper by way of
                            fingerprints and the cops nabbed him. 21 year old from the area. With
                            the activity in the area, not much action now. Thanks, Jerry`` (Glenn
                            Hauser, Enid OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

                            Comment


                            • #44
                              MW DX from Enid OK by Glenn Hauser, May 24-June 28, 2012

                              All times and dates strictly UT. MW log editors are welcome to excerpt items, reformat and change to favorite timezone if necessary. Rx: mostly DX-398 with internal antenna only; some caradio as specified; above 2 MHz on FRG-7 with 110-foot east-west longwire.

                              These logs are excerpts from my daily all-band reports, mainly SWBC, also VHF/UHF, sometimes, utility, ham, which may be found in several archives without much delay, such as
                              http://www.hard-core-dx.com/index.php?topic=Hauser

                              And compiled weekly along with extensive news from many other individuals and publications in DX LISTENING DIGEST: http://www.worldofradio.com/dxldmid.html

                              ** MEXICO. I asked Julián Santiago Díez de Bonilla, DF, about the new
                              x-bander on 1650 in the DF, is it still operating? Apparently never
                              has made it to the USA. He replied June 4:

                              ``XEARZ 1650 was on the air for three days from May 1 and then went
                              off the air. It has not been possible to obtain any info about this``
                              (gh`s translation for WORLD OF RADIO 1620, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

                              ** OKLAHOMA. 1580, KOKB Blackwell was in dead air or open carrier
                              again for an extended period around 0030 UT June 14, while sister
                              station 1020, KOKP Perry was nominal with sports talk (Glenn Hauser,
                              OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

                              ** U S A. 1420, monitoring again May 26 at 1144, following strange
                              unID May 24 sounding like KCKM/KCKN, again a country music station
                              looping WSW/ENE, but heavy QRM with sunrise skip still vigent. 1200,
                              heard ``Neosho, AM 1420``, not necessarily the same station, but now
                              ergo KBTN Neosho MO, 1000/500 watts, and NRC AM Log shows C&W there
                              too. Neosho is in the SW corner, close enough to have a slight skip
                              advantage (Glenn Hauser, Enid OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) see unID below

                              ** U S A. 1440, May 26 at 0502-0515 UT, tried for the off-season DX
                              test from WFNY in Gloversville NY, which included Morse code, but
                              nothing audible amid the graveyard-like signal pileup. It was
                              confirmed on the air and widely reported further east past 0600 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

                              ** U S A. 1510+, June 18 at 0445 UT, slightly wavering het from off-
                              frequency station with sports talk, phone 1-800-777-2951, looping
                              NE/SW. This points to usual culprit, KCTE Independence MO, which is
                              both a daytimer and a perpetual off-channel broadcaster. That phone
                              number doesn`t google to anything significant, tho (Glenn Hauser, OK,
                              DX LISTENING DIGEST)

                              UNIDENTIFIED. Re: ``1140, April 28 at 0553 UT, gospel huxter in
                              Spanish, good signal from N/S, surely XEMR 50/50 kW, Monterrey NL?
                              Others have reported this as ``MR Deportes`` as listed in WRTH, IRCA
                              and Cantú i.e. a sports format, but whenever I hear it, there`s
                              religion. Maybe both, like KFXY 1640 Enid? The station website via
                              http://www.gruporadioalegria.com/
                              mentions nothing but sports, and no program schedule.

                              Could I really be getting a US station? I always thought it was XEMR.
                              Prime suspect in the NRC AM Log is KHFX, Cleburne TX near The
                              Metroplex, but with a Houston address, 24 hour Spanish religion as
                              ``Radio Ato``, 5000/710 watts. Pattern book shows its main lobe is to
                              the NW, which would audiblize it here, while XEMR`s is a circle
                              tangent to Monterrey, ``everything`` going to its SW (Glenn Hauser,
                              OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)``

                              Glenn, KHFX switched to English talk as "Republic Broadcasting
                              Network" right after the 32nd LOG was printed. Last monitored here
                              with that format in 2/2012 (Wayne Heinen, NRC AM Log editor, May 24,
                              DX LISTENING DIGEST)

                              Hmmmm, so it`s back to XEMR as suspect, and not on its DA night
                              pattern. I should keep trying for an ID. Or maybe daytimer KLTK in
                              Arkansas, which is Spanish I have heard around sunrise (gh, DXLD)

                              UNIDENTIFIED. Re: previous report of ``KCKN Classic Country`` (?)
                              heard on 1420: Could it be CP on 1420 in Rowe NM near Pecos?

                              1420: Very Doubtful on Rowe. No call sign has been issued. All for now
                              73 (Wayne Heinen, CO, May 24, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

                              Glenn: -- "KMOG 1420am [AZ] is Rim Country Radio", per Google; heard
                              L.A. & PHX with that format many times. Your DA is right for this one; but the ID obviously matches 1430 to a T. Could a malevolent elbow-bump have led to some warped combination of the two?? Just pryin' -- 73z -- G H (Greg Hardison, CA, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

                              Greg, Tnx for the idea, but I am pretty certain of the call heard
                              being KCKM or KCKN. I also made sure of the frequency on the DX-398
                              display. Hard to hit that with my elbow, hi. I guess you took KCKM to
                              be on 1430, but it`s on 1330. 73, (Glenn to Greg, ibid.) See USA: 1420

                              UNIDENTIFIED. 1430, June 18 at 0444 UT, ululating Balkan or ME music
                              slightly dominant over the jumble, seems NE/SW. Normal suspect would
                              be KZQZ St Louis, but would not expect such programming from ``Hot
                              Talk/Cool Oldies``, tho it could be a Sunday night breakaway from
                              format; lots of stuff on their website
                              http://kzqz1430am.com/index.php
                              not including a simple program schedule. Insane! (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

                              UNIDENTIFIED. 1540, May 26 at 0516 UT, open carrier over the CCI.
                              Suspect KXEL in IA or one of the Texans (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX
                              LISTENING DIGEST)

                              UNIDENTIFIED. 1550, June 2 at 1115 UT local sunrise, open carrier
                              WSW/ENE --- likely KLFJ Springfield MO, the glorified TIS for Branson
                              (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

                              Comment


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                                MW DX from Enid OK, June 29-August 2, 2012

                                All times and dates strictly UT. MW log editors are welcome to excerpt items, reformat and change to favorite timezone if necessary. Rx: mostly DX-398 with internal antenna only; some caradio as specified; above 2 MHz on FRG-7 with 110-foot east-west longwire.

                                These logs are excerpts from my daily all-band reports, mainly SWBC, also VHF/UHF, sometimes, utility, ham, which may be found in several archives without much delay, such as
                                http://www.hard-core-dx.com/index.php?topic=Hauser

                                And compiled weekly along with extensive news from many other individuals and publications in DX LISTENING DIGEST:
                                http://www.worldofradio.com/dxldmid.html

                                ** CANADA. 1140, July 3 at 0557 UT, as I was trying to sort out the
                                Spanish [see MEXICO], a brief surge brings in an full ID from AM 1140,
                                CHRB, High River, Alberta. Maybe new here, but with 46 kW night power
                                should not be unusual, except: night pattern has zero signal south,
                                all of it in a tangent circle northward per NRC Pattern Book of a few
                                years ago. I don`t think we can believe such patterns from CHRB, nor
                                XEMR all southward. High River is just SSE of Calgary which I assume
                                is the only reason such a small town would merit such a big station
                                (50 kW non-direxional day) (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

                                ** MEXICO. Up early enough July 7 for some sunrise skip again:

                                650, July 7 at 1118, jingle amid music for ``Los Mochis --- 106.5``,
                                i.e. XETNT, a.k.a. Radio 65, a regular here on SRS.

                                660, July 7 at 1120, IFE PSA, ``102.9, la que soprende`` (surprises,
                                not sure of last word). No, it must be this in a Cantú AM/FM match:
                                660 XEEY La Kaliente + FM 102.9 Aguascalientes, Ags. 50,000 10,000

                                770, July 7 at 1122, Los 40 Principales, then song ``El Sinaloense``,
                                naming various towns in tribute to this lovely state. By 1127 ID for
                                an FM station in Los Mochis, so it is:
                                770 XEREV Los 40 Principales + FM 104.3 Los Mochis, Sin. 5,000 100
                                I suspect it was on day power already, 50 times greater than at night

                                950, July 7 at 1105 as I tune by this frequency adjacent to local
                                KGWA, I hear one word, ``Montemorelos``. Is there a 950 there? Yes!
                                950 XERN Radio Naranjera + FM 100.9 Montemorelos, N.L. 5,000 1,000
                                says Cantú. Chance are high, but not 100% that this was it.
                                Fortunately I don`t have to decide whether to count it since I don`t
                                count stations heard (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

                                ** MEXICO. 1570, July 8 at 0505, XERF is playing the Coahuila state
                                anthem, after the midnight NA; it`s triumphal too and resembles the
                                NA. Usual considerable CCI from all the US stations infesting what was
                                once a Mexican clear channel, including one certainly in English at
                                right angle to Del Rio. 0508 XERF gave an ID including an FM frequency
                                now. Cantú does not yet show that, tho he does include FM //s for an
                                ever-increasing number of Mexistations, as transition from AM to FM is
                                being promoted by the SCT. Nor does their own website
                                http://www.lapoderosa.imer.gob.mx/
                                Need to remonitor and clinch the new FM frequency.

                                1570, July 11 at 0508 UT after the NA and the State Anthem, I try
                                again amid the US QRM to catch the new FM frequency XERF is announcing
                                along with 1570. It`s either 103.9 or 106.9 (tres y seis sound a lot
                                alike), due to a fade/distortion as that number was being spoken;
                                power 4,000 watts, but could not copy the callsign either. Nothing
                                about it on the IMER website, so I resort to the webstream
                                http://www.imer.gob.mx/phpwrappers/p...php?emisora=11
                                Around 1445 UT they have programming from the virtual station Radio
                                México Internacional with `Antena Radio` newshour. ID at 1501 says
                                XHRF on 103.9.

                                It seems we are in for a lot more confusion about Mexican callsigns;
                                trying to ID something else, Terry Krueger got this explanation from
                                Fred Cantú of the http://mexicoradiotv.com/coahuila/index.htm listings
                                which still don`t show any FM for XERF, but fortunately when searching
                                the entire site, no other use of XHRF: [as above via Krueger] (Glenn
                                Hauser, WORLD OF RADIO 1625, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

                                ** MEXICO. Some sunrise MW DX July 14:

                                680, July 14 at 1117, ``en L-G, la Grande``, i.e. per Cantú
                                680 XELG La Grande + FM 95.5 León, Gto. 10,000 3,000
                                So the L-G has a double meaning. Also with IFE PSA, same heard on
                                several other stations, congratulating themselves on carrying out the
                                elexion, and with an artificially sped-up disclaimer at the end,
                                something about not representing any particular party.

                                700, July 14 from 1120, a weak Spanish station with no QRM unlike all
                                the other frequencies; 1128, promo for 1,110 Radio Red, i.e. relay of
                                México DF, and by now there is a weak SAH from something else. As this
                                signal is weakening, a mention of Grupo Radio Centro, i.e. per Cantú:
                                700 XEDKR Radio Red AM Guadalajara, Jal. 10,000 150
                                Site axually Tonala, Jalisco. Standard remark about day vs night power

                                770, July 14 at 1126, ``Los 40 Principales`` slogan and ID sounded
                                like Radio Ka (the letter K), with an FM ID I could not copy, but also
                                definite 5:25 timecheck, so the only one fitting is, per Cantú
                                770 XEREV Los 40 Principales + FM 104.3 Los Mochis, Sin. 5,000 100
                                Standard remark about day power vs night power

                                860, July 14 at 1112, ``Radio Frecuencia`` which sounded like a
                                station name rather than a generic mention, into a balada. But
                                nonesuch listed in Cantú, IRCA or WRTH. KKOW Kansas no problem yet.

                                990, July 14 at 1105, XET Monterrey NL, ``La T Grande`` with morning
                                newscast, temp 24 and pleasant, child electrocuted, as he was wet,
                                barefoot and grounded when he potentially touched something.

                                1320, July 14 at 1059, unfamiliar presumably state anthem in progress,
                                1101 segué to familiar choral NA, heavy QRM and lost by the time any
                                ID would follow (Glenn Hauser, Enid OK, DX LISTIENING DIGEST)

                                ** MEXICO. 630, July 19 at 0458, Mexican NA is playing in a version
                                not often heard, band rather than orchestral or choral; 0502 segué to
                                another anthem, of a state? Only lyrix I could copy were ``entre
                                tierra y montaña``, and suspect it`s the usual dominating signal here,
                                XEFB in Monterrey, but I don`t find a match to those words in the
                                Canto a Nuevo León, nor a sportive one for Monterrey itself. Of
                                course, was fading out by 0505 for tentative XEFB ID.

                                630, July 20 at 0504 UT I listen again to the unfamiliar state or city
                                song following the NA, and then definite ID this time for XEFB,
                                Monterrey NL, US stations more or less nullable. Turned back on at
                                1122, now nothing but Spanish talk, probably same, with nothing from
                                Denver or St Louis (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

                                ** MEXICO. Sunrise log July 20, UT: 710, at 1124, very good signal in
                                Low German, preacher about the Bibel with accent sounding more
                                Englisch than Spanisch and as he is upwrapping, self-imposed QRhyMn;
                                1126 gives address of Die Bibel Sag, in Cuauhtémoc, Chihuahua.

                                And immediate segué to jingle, ``con la música que te gusta, XEDP, La
                                Ranchera de Cuauhtémoc``. Not yet! Then starts hard-sell adstring.
                                KGNC might as well not exist.

                                710, July 21 at 1106, XEDP, Ciudad Cuauhtémoc, Chihuahua goes from
                                multi-verse choral NA to ``Soy Soldado``, super-patriotic militaristic
                                pledge of allegiance, spoken by a male rather than sung; 1109 segué to
                                state song with Chihuahua mentioned several times, tenor with choir
                                and band. 1110.5 a male prays briefly to Jesus, then a female sings to
                                be pardoned. Finally sign on with their new(?) FM getting top billing,
                                XHDP 89.7 10 kW, y XEDP 710, 5 kW, La Ranchera, street address,
                                another station of Grupo BM Radio, finally usual jingle ID as XEDP,
                                1113 live DJ mentions 89.7 only, 1120 time as 5:20, 1125 song ``El
                                Borracho`` (The Drunkard). Since I heard a Low German gospel-huxter
                                yesterday at this time, I was trying to catch when that started, but
                                not at all on this Sabbath by 1128.

                                A super signal and very steady, hardly any fades. I would have rated
                                it 50 kW, not just 5; finally started to fade around 1137, a few
                                minutes after LSR here. WRTH and Cantú give it 7 kW, big deal. Cantú
                                also shows 89.7 with the real callsign XHEDP, so some previous holder
                                of XHDP must have objected to such an usurpation. Since many letters
                                of the Spanish alfabet end in the syllable -e, including ache, the
                                intrusive E in the middle of the official callsign can easily be
                                swallowed, unheard. I bet that`s why SCT picked it for this purpose.
                                The jingles produced long ago still just say XEDP (Glenn Hauser, OK,
                                WORLD OF RADIO 1627, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

                                ** MEXICO. 580, July 29 at 0504 UT, probably just after NA, ``La
                                Rancherita del Aire, radio sin fronteras`` singing ID, then temps as
                                32C/90F; makes slow pumping SAH of 160/minute = 2 and two-thirds Hz
                                with WIBW as IDed shortly. It is of course XEMU, Piedras Negras,
                                Coahuila on the border. Did not catch calls, but gave 580 plus an
                                uncopied FM frequency. Cantú shows that is another recent addition,
                                XHEMU 103.7, and AM night power is 2.5 kW (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX
                                LISTENING DIGEST)

                                ** MEXICO. 710, Thursday July 26 at 1125 UT I check XEDP again for Low
                                German as heard last Friday at this time: it`s the same preacher and
                                same program, but presented only in Spanish with a slight accent,
                                pontificating about repenting and accepting JC, closing with address
                                in Colonia Álvaro Obregón, or La Biblia Dice, Apartado 213,
                                Cuauhtémoc, Chihuahua, phone 584-0126; 1126 XEDP ``La Ranchera de
                                Cuauhtémoc`` jingle. By 1137 it was losing out to KCMO rather than
                                KGNC. Sunrise here was 1134. Maybe he`s in Low German on Fridays only
                                (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

                                ** MEXICO. Sunrise MWDX July 28, UT:

                                590, July 28 at 1119, ``Radio Paco`` mentioned amid music, sure sounds
                                like an ID slogan, but no Mexicans listed anywhere by that name. Since
                                I have just been getting XENK Mexico City on 620, a good bet is the
                                590 in the DF, officially XEPH, ``La Sabrosita``, which can be loosely
                                translated as ``mouth-watering``. Trying to avoid being too distracted
                                by the cheesecake infesting the website, at
                                http://www.sabrosita590am.com.mx/v3/...ogramacion.php
                                I find that the Saturday 6-8 am bloque musical is deejayed by one
                                Francisco Suárez, who could easily nickname himself ``Radio Paco``.
                                Q.E.D.

                                620, July 28 at 1111 UT, classic rock in English, ``He Ain`t Heavy;
                                He`s My Brother`` by the Hollies; good signal, would R. Disney in The
                                Metroplex play that? Probably not and the signal is too good for KMKI.
                                1116 ``Lo mejor de los 70``, and Radio 6-20 ID, various federal PSAs,
                                promos, Asociación de Radio del Valle de México clinches it must be
                                XENK in the DF. Is also selling this music? 1118 ``El Catálogo de
                                Oro``, next ``Ophelia`` in English; is it all? ``Internacional`` may
                                be a code-word for that. Per http://www.mexicoradio.tv.com ---

                                ``620 XENK Radio 6.20 Audio Música de catálogo internacional. 50,000
                                watts día, 5,000 watts noche desde San Andrés de la Cañada, [Estado
                                de] México Grupo RASA.`` and the logo claims AM stereo. This signal
                                should have been strong enough to audiblize that but my AM stereo
                                radio is gathering dust. Website is simply the enviable
                                http://www.620.com.mx Gaisma.com shows DF sunrise today as 1212 UT,
                                later than I would have guessed, more than a semihour after Enid`s
                                1135; but being further west and much further south accounts for it
                                (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

                                ** COLOMBIA [non]. 1140, July 5 at 0216 UT on the caradio as we are
                                parked awaiting the Enid fireworx show near Meadowlake Park, I am
                                still trying to ID the Spanish gospel stuff I am hearing here if it`s
                                not XEMR Monterrey, which isn`t supposed to be religious. A clear ID
                                as ``Radio Esperanza 11-40 AM`` goes by, plus praise music in Spanish.
                                Can`t wait to get home and google on that, which leads right to:
                                Cartagena, Colombia. WRTH also lists that slogan for HJKO, 10 kW in
                                Cartagena, and nothing else in Latin America on 1140. See
                                http://www.radioesperanza1140.com/nosotros.html

                                Programación page shows a strange schedule, weekdays 1:30 am to 8:15
                                or 8:30 pm [UT - 5 = 0530-0115/0130], except Fridays all night UT
                                Saturdays, but quite a bit less on weekends; I assume it is
                                incomplete. `Enfoque a la Familia` is at 0530, which should not be too
                                hard to recognize if it`s still vigent. It would be nice to hear a
                                call sign or Cartagena mentioned too (Glenn Hauser, OK, WORLD OF RADIO
                                1624, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

                                ** MEXICO [and non]. 1140, July 3 at 0554 I try again to identify the
                                gospel-huxter in Spanish heard some weeks ago: discussion, ad? for a
                                mariscos restaurán in Monterrey, so that`s certainly XEMR despite
                                pattern maps showing null signal northward. Hardly dominant now and I
                                soon catch a quite unexpected ID from CANADA, q.v. At 0600 noticias
                                with a few-note jingle, but this was more from the SE, suspect CUBA;
                                turning the DX-398 a bit, another Spanish is now religioning, XEMR?
                                (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) See COLOMBIA! And Tim above

                                ** COLOMBIA [non!]. Re my recent report of HJKO, 1140, Cartagena,
                                presumed since ID heard as ``Radio Esperanza`` --- NOT: Visiting Fort
                                Stockton TX on his vacation trip along I-10 from San Diego to New
                                Orleans and back, one of Tim Hall`s numerous logs in ABDX:

                                ``1140, XEMR, NL, Monterrey, 6/17 2040 CDT, "Radio Esperanza". The
                                original "Radio Esperanza" on 1140 is in Colombia, but their Facebook
                                page confirms they are relayed on XEMR-1140. Also mentioned Grupo
                                Radio Alegria.``

                                Yes, here it is:
                                http://www.facebook.com/permalink.ph...00297033427181
                                When I had sought XEMR Monterrey NL on its original website, there was
                                nothing about this. Has it been converted into nothing but a relay of
                                HJKO? How convenient, and confusing, that they are on same frequency
                                (Glenn Hauser, OK, WORLD OF RADIO 1625, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

                                ** MEXICO. 1140, July 31 at 0511, hyper gospel huxter in Spanish, a
                                real Jesus-freak, inviting phone calls with prayer requests, and
                                putting them on the air, with overmod/distortion. Frequently gives
                                numbers ``en cabina`` 83-75-50-51 y 83-75-50-55, one or the other of
                                which is busy; 0514 mentions iglesia in Colonia del Prado.

                                It`s now certain to be XEMR Monterrey, Radio Esperanza, and a *local*
                                program, not relaying frequency- and namesake Cartagena, Colombia
                                station. There are several Colonias del Prado in Mexico, top hit
                                Monterrey, also Monclova, Reynosa, and in Costa Rica, and phone
                                numbers lead directly to XEMR including
                                https://es-es.facebook.com/RadioEsperanza1140
                                http://es-es.facebook.com/pages/Cent...16385445105010

                                Meanwhile XEMR faded down a bit boosting a 72/minute SAH = 1.2 Hz with
                                another Spanish station looping further west, altho that does not seem
                                to fit for the 5 other XEs on 1140 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING
                                DIGEST)

                                ** MEXICO. 1650 Mexico City reactivated --- 1650 kHz México ---
                                Nuevamente se escucha con muy buena presencia aquí en la Ciudad de
                                México a "ZER Radio" en los 1650 kHz misma que, habíamos escuchado a
                                fines de abril y que suspendió su emisión el 1 de mayo. Saludos
                                (Julián Santiago D. de B., 0136 UT July 7, WORLD OF RADIO 1625, DX
                                LISTENING DIGEST)

                                Really XEARZ is being heard again locally in the DF after more than
                                two months off following a brief appearance in early May. Cantú linx
                                to:
                                http://www.facebook.com/GrupoRadiofonicoZer
                                (Glenn Hauser, WORLD OF RADIO 1625, ibid.)

                                ** MEXICO. Hola Julián, ¿Se permanece en el aire esta vez la 1650?
                                (Glenn to Julián Santiago Díez de Bonilla, DF, July 13, via DXLD)

                                Hola Glenn: Desde el día que informé "ZER Radio" ha estado al aire;
                                ocasionalmente solo se escucha portadora para después presentar música
                                instrumental e identificaciones. Saludos y un buen fin de semana,
                                (Julián, July 14, WORLD OF RADIO 1626, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

                                ** OKLAHOMA. 515, August 2 at 0439, `PN` beacon on MCW, weak but clear and steady on my bathroom radio, Panasonic RF569-D, which I inherited from a late aunt, and was apparently made for Sears, a good little radio. Batteries are used only in power failures, so I checked and removed one of the four AAs before it had leaked very much. O yeah, PN is in Ponca City, not too far away. Heard it too on the DX-398 at 0512 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

                                ** OKLAHOMA. 930, July 22 at 1220 UT, WKY, OKC with hard-sell super-
                                hype ``La Indomable`` promos and ads, music; no English. Used to
                                default to that foreign language for a pubaffs show on Sunday mornings
                                only at 1200-1230, but could be just a summer break/vacation. The ads
                                within it had continued to be in Spanish, weird. And I continue to be
                                amused that this oh-so Spanish station banishing its long Okie legacy
                                has calls made up mostly of letters lacking in Spanish. But at least
                                they didn`t abolish the calls; someday it may revert to English (Glenn
                                Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

                                SPANISH UNDERSTOOD

                                Re OKLAHOMA: WKY 930 === BTW, why is ``La Indomable`` feminine?
                                Adjectivally, it could just as easily be El Indomable, and WKY`s
                                super-hype style is anything but feminine. As in many station names or
                                slogans in Spanish, there is a missing `understood` word. In this case
                                it may be ``La [emisora] Indomable`` or [estación], either of which
                                mandates feminine adjective which has become a noun. Similar things
                                happen in South America where a station name comes from a río
                                (masculine), ``La Voz del [algo]``, even tho the name of the river may
                                end in -a. Or it could be a cerro [masculine mountain peak] reference
                                that is omitted. Cf. Grand Tetons [from French] – in Spanish, ``breast`` (seno) is masculine. Go figure (Glenn Hauser, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

                                ** OKLAHOMA. 930, July 31 at 0521 UT, the indominable one
                                [undominantable?], WKY OKC has conceded to the CCI, merely
                                transmitting dead air (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

                                ** U S A. 550, July 20 at 1133 UT, tune-in to water trick magic ad
                                (turn a bottle upside down and it doesn`t spill!), Los Angeles 21
                                address (with a hard-G), same super-hokey announcer resumes narrating
                                Chandu (sp?) The Magician, set in India. 1145 announces there will be
                                a time change for the show Thursday February 3, to the evenings, 8 pm
                                PST, 9 pm MST, ID as the Mutual-Don Lee Broadcasting System. It`s
                                really an ep of `When Radio Was` outroed as from January 27, 1949, to
                                be continued next week. This is no doubt our local KFRM Salina KS, a
                                departure from its farmy format (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING
                                DIGEST)

                                ** U S A. 770, July 22 at 1221, weak but steady signal from ``The Talk
                                Monster, KKOB``, Albuquerque NM, ads, medical infomercial. What
                                happened to `Perspective` from ABC News, which used to air at 6-7 am
                                MT Sundays? Website makes it very hard to find program schedule, not
                                on the main menu but just above it inside an ad block:
                                http://www.770kkob.com/common/more.p...e=schedule&r=1

                                Undated, still shows ABC`s `Perspective`. Does the show still exist?
                                It used to be a must-listen for me when it presented long-form
                                reports, just talking, à la BBC`s `From Our Own Correspondent` which
                                has also been downsized. Then ABC dumbed down `Perspective` with
                                tabloid stuff and worked in retreads of TV features. Yes, it`s still
                                easily accessible with podcast archive and topic list for each at
                                http://abcnewsradioonline.com/perspective/

                                As for KKOB reception, July official sunrise and switch to non-
                                direxional is 1200 UT; August 1230. Winter is on the way! (Glenn
                                Hauser, 100+ degree OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

                                ** U S A. UNIDENTIFIED. 1480, July 7 at 1109 UT and next few minutes,
                                open carrier. The revived 1480 in Dallas, KBXD was supposed to be
                                about ready to go by now, so maybe they are testing; otherwise, KQAM
                                Wichita defaulting to dead air (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

                                1480, re previous report of open carrier after 6 am CDT --- must have
                                been KQAM Wichita, as inquiry to Jerry Kiefer, presumably mostly in
                                Roswell NM, of the same company building KBXD in Dallas, drew this
                                reply July 7:

                                ``Good afternoon Glenn, To your questions, no and yes. Construction is
                                underway, we are finished with adding the sixth tower to the array.
                                Putting in the transmitter and phasor the next couple of weeks and
                                hope to be emitting RF by the first of the month.

                                I expect, barring QRM from 1460 in El Reno, you get a copy in OKC.
                                Probably hear us chewing on Wichita a bit during critical hours, we'll
                                have close to 300 kW towards you. Our plant is on the SE side of
                                Dallas with the major lobe to the NNW.

                                On the calls, we tried to get K-BOX but the FM who has them wouldn't
                                give us permission to use them on AM. The KBXD calls will follow the
                                logo line of "Wonderful K-BOX in Dallas" sometime down the line.
                                Glenn, a question for you, how does 1440 do up your way? Thanks,
                                Jerry``

                                Here in Enid, 500 watt KZUE El Reno on 1460 would be no problem at all
                                for 1480, and doubt it would be in OKC either, tho there is a 1490 in
                                Guthrie. 1440 from The Metroplex does very well here once any skywave
                                kicks in, but not more than a trace on groundwave (Glenn Hauser, OK,
                                DX LISTENING DIGEST)

                                ** U S A. 1590, July 15 at 0504 UT, trying for the WGBW bihour DX test
                                from Wisconsin, I think I hear some Morse code, but very heavy QRM on
                                1590, and from KATZ 1600 IBOC, always a problem on 1590 and moreso
                                1610. Several other chex in next half-sesquihour, such as 0520-0524
                                and finally 0552 were unproductive, with 1590 dominated by a sports-
                                talk station. However, Tom Jasinski, much closer in Joliet IL,
                                reported WGBW to the IRCA list: ``At 0004 CDT WGBW noted with tone,
                                code and EBS alert noise`` (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

                                ** U S A. 1680, July 20 at 1151 UT, ad for a bankruptcy lawyer in West
                                Monroe, then ``the all-new NewsRadio 1680 AM``, rejoin national show
                                `America`s Morning News` about the Aurora theatre massacre --- first I
                                had heard about it. Faded at 1158, but amazingly fade back in for ID
                                at 1159, ``KRJO, Monroe-West Monroe, Monroe`s Information Station``
                                from Louisiana. So no Old School music format any more (Glenn Hauser,
                                OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

                                ** U S A. 1680, July 31 at 0506 UT, opening C2C ``on KMLB 540 and
                                KMLB.com``. So KRJO Monroe LA not only has changed format from
                                distinctive `Old School` music to talk, but also has become just an
                                unacknowledged simulcaster of sister station at other end of dial. I
                                imagine KMLB has local coverage problems at night vs XEWA et al. NRC
                                AM Log shows U4 1000 watts at night, but STA for U1 65 watts, CP for
                                26 watts! Much less competition and certainly 1 kW ND on 1680 (Glenn
                                Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

                                UNIDENTIFIED. 980, August 2 at 0506 UT, W & M rendering ``gracias a dios`` dominating frequency, then a 150/minute = 2.5 Hz SAH with a Coast-to-Coast outlet; Spanish loops close to due south, so I start looking at the Mexican listings: most likely would be XETU in Tampico, but none of the Mexicans have an obvious religion-only format; and this one is in Cantú`s by-frequency list, but no Tamaulipan at all on 980 in his by-state listings! So does that station exist, or not?

                                O well, maybe it`s an American? Yes, here`s the likely one from the NRC-AM Log: SS:REL on KRTX, Rosenburg/Richmond/Pasadena, TX, just call it Houston! (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

                                UNIDENTIFIED. 1350, July 7 at 1202, CBS news, fade-out by 1204. Per
                                NRC AM Log, two likeliest affiliates around here are KMAN Manhattan KS
                                and KRNT Des Moines IA (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

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