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    ** U S A. APRS maps show huge tropo blob over the NW half of TX, much
    of OK, and western KS, morning of May 5 but does not dissipate into
    the afternoon as you might expect, so I may have more to report than
    this into my rooftop antenna cut for RF channel 7 up thru UHF,
    permanently aimed SSE toward OKC:

    1731 UT: RF 28 briefly decodes as KFDX-DT 3-1 = Wichita Falls TX; also
    flashing in very briefly: 3-2 KJBO-DT with a court show from MyTV; a
    few minutes later also 3-3 as Laff; 3-4 as ANT with I Dream of Jeannie
    at 1740. about KJBO: yes, it is on 3-2, but also
    originally KJBO-LD on 35-1 & 35-1, unseen.

    BAD signals only into the STB:
    At 1731, 20, 21, 22, 26.
    At 1747, 10, 20, 22.
    At 1855, 10, 11, 21, 22, 26, 34.

    At 1825, RF 20 decodes quickly as KQCW-HD, 19-1: Muskogee OK, CW
    At 1855, RF 31 as 3-1 OETA, i.e. KOET Eufaula, and 20 KQCW again.
    (Glenn Hauser, Enid OK, WOR)

    ** OKLAHOMA. RF 26, May 5 at 1947 UT, BAD signal starts to decode as
    KOTV 6-1 Tulsa, continuing the huge tropo opening as in previous

    UT May 6 at 0249, RF 20 decodes at 42-1 KBZC-LD. That`s a lowpower in
    nearest major market, OKC, but normally invisible here with 7.2 kW
    Also all these mostly infomercial subchannels, but PSIP on every one
    is same KBZC-LD! 42-2, 42-3, 42-4, 42-5, 42-6, 42-7.

    UT May 6 at 0255, RF 36, Univision on 36-1 with PSIP KUOKCD1 -- yes,
    with figure one at the end somehow as I inspect it closely. There are
    NO virtual 36-2 or 36-3, skipping to 36-4 StartTV and 36-5 H&I as in Of course this 7.33 kW ERP channel with Univision is
    superfluous as it`s also on highpower RF 29 from Shawnee along with
    Telemundo and Estrella TV.
    RF 36 is also direxional NNW which must help it a bit thisaway.

    Among many BAD signals May 5 at 1526 UT, I get a decode on RF 20 from
    KQCW 19-1; and on RF 26 from KOTV 6-1 with CBS, Tulsa, in & out (Glenn
    Hauser, Enid, WOR)

    ** U S A. Big tropo TVDX opening continues over central USA, May 5 at
    2350 UT, BAD signals on RF 20, 34, 35. UT Sat May 6 at next check
    0131, BAD:
    10, 11, 14, 20, 21, 22, 28, 30, 34, 35, 36. Some of those no doubt
    Oklahoma, but see OKLAHOMA for identified intrastate DX.

    UT May 6 at 0434 I have Univision on RF 31 but displays virtual 46-1.
    Trouble is, I can`t find any such match in listings altho it`s on 46-1
    in Arizona and Hawaii: I don`t think so. Closest 31 is Wichita market,
    KDCU Derby KS with Univision, but shows its virtual is
    also 31! Allocation map for 31 has no matches in TX or OK. Univision
    website is no help: I can`t even find an affiliate list as they push
    viewing via an APP rather than OTA TV stations!! Nor Wikipedia.
    Finally I check FCC TV Query, and by golly, they do show KDCU RF 31
    with virtual 46. I also inspect the subchannels I get with this and
    they match the rabbitears info for KDCU: Grit, Mystery, Laff, CourtTV.
    Notified webmaster who says I am first to inform him of incorrect
    info. His latest info was virtual 31 for many years. Must have changed
    recently; maybe was originally on RF 46 before repacking. My last
    previous log of KDCU was Sept 5, 2021 on RF 31 and indeed ``31``.

    My STB tuning is further confused by *another* virtual 46 from Norman
    OK`s KOCM which is really on RF 16, gospel huxter starting with
    DayStar. It`s usually a bit too weak here to decode. Somehow KOCM got
    on a prime low cable channel in Enid, 6.

    At 0531 UT, BADs on 8, 9 and 10; then 8 decodes briefly as KPTS,

    Next morning, May 6 from 1525, we still have big tropo blob all the
    way from Monterrey to Des Moines, but I`m not getting any such far DX.
    RF 10, 14, 15, 17, 21, 22, 26, 28, 30, 31, 34, 35, 36, i.e. just about
    every UHF channel not `local` -- and some of those have become BAD due
    to DX QRM: even Enid`s only local K17JN-D; 15 from OKC.

    Later on Saturday after/noon I switch to FM DXing from the caradio, as
    yet not fully researched, so will be in my next report; including some
    ethnic radio from DFW (Glenn Hauser, Enid OK, WOR)

    ** OKLAHOMA. That tropo blob is *still* there over mid-America when I
    next check for TVDX, UT Sun May 7 at 0231: BAD signals on RF 9, 10,
    11, 17, 18, 26: notably, 17 and 18 are bad because of DX against Enid
    and OKC stations. 26 briefly decodes as KOTV 6-1 Tulsa, along with
    KQCW on 6-2, and NewsOn6 on 6-3 - at this time also on KQCW, couldn`t
    tell if identical and synched (Glenn Hauser, Enid, WOR)

  • #2
    ** OKLAHOMA. Still a big tropo blob around here on APRS map, May 8 at

    0412, BAD signals on RF: 8, 10, 11, 15, 21, 22, 26, 30, 31, 34, 36. 15

    degraded to bad means DX QRM to KTBO OKC. Only DX decoding are: RF 20

    KQCW-HD 19-1 Tulsa; RF 28, ION 44-1, i.e. KTPX-TV Okmulgee = Tulsa


    At 0431 May 8: RF 36, TBN HD 17-1, i.e. KDOR Bartlesville = Tulsa

    market; RF 26 KOTV 6-1 Tulsa; RF 20 KQCW Muskogee = Tulsa mkt, 19-1

    still with VG signal; and these BADs: 8, 10, 11, 12, probably also


    Circa 1545 UT May 8, again a tropo blob over eastern OK with Enid on

    the edge; but only DX signal is BAD RF 28, no doubt ION 44-1 again

    (Glenn Hauser, Enid, WOR)


    • #3
      ** OKLAHOMA. RF 17, May 18 at 1520 UT, BAD undecodable signal from
      Enid`s only local TV transmitter, K17JN-D with 3ABN network.
      Presumably caused by DX QRM as there is mild tropo around here per
      APRS map. Bandscan finds only two other BAD signals, on `open`
      channels, RF 31 & 34. Soon K17JN recovers (Glenn Hauser, Enid, WOR)

      ** OKLAHOMA. Mild tropo enhancement around central OK at 0355 UT May
      24 leads to BAD signals on `open` RF channels: 14, 20, 21, 22, 31 --
      and decoding:

      RF 34, as 33-1 PSIP ID only HRTLND ! No call letters. Also:
      33-2, RTV
      33-4, Action
      33-5, Family
      33-6, Revival

      Heartland logo is a red heart with outline of a cowboy hat inside it.
      Where could that be? Usually with a little tropo I get Tulsa on RF34,

      Not very DX, but it`s low power, never before seen from OKC, about 75
      km away, KWRW-LD. This is confusing since OKC already has full-power
      KOCB on RF33, virtual 34. Found this recent press about it:

      ``Oklahoma City is Getting a New Free Over The Air TV Station - By
      Luke Bouma on April 27, 2023 in All News

      Today Digital Networks, LLC announced that it is launching KWRW-LD
      channel 33 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Now locals will be able to
      watch The Heartland Network, Retro TV, The Family Channel, Rev’n, and
      The Action Channel.

      “Our goal was to always have an owned and operated station not just in
      Tulsa, but Oklahoma City as well,” says Joel Wertman, President of
      Digital Networks, LLC and parent company Get After It Media. “We have
      no doubt our viewership in Oklahoma City will be strong, as we know
      viewers will love our variety of networks and programming.”

      Chief Engineer of Digital Networks, LLC Tim Hurley adds, “It’s
      exciting to see all of the planning come to fruition, as well as to
      know there is a lot more on the horizon this year for launches.”

      Here is a quick breakdown of each channel:

      The Heartland Network presents the broadest variety of true country
      music and lifestyle entertainment. From classic country out of the
      vaults of Music Row to the up-and-coming artists of today, The
      Heartland Network truly is The Heart of Country®. Programming includes
      Music City Tonight, CountryLine TV, Bluegrass Ridge, Country Fix,
      classic movies, and original program The Unseen World. The network
      also carries special event coverage through in-house produced series
      More Than the Music and Heartland Backstage.

      Retro TV is the first and one of the longest-running digital broadcast
      networks in the country, highlighting classic series and movies from
      way back when. Programming includes shows such as Doctor Who, Naked
      City, The Saint, Danger Man, One Step Beyond, and The Ray Bradbury
      Theater, as well as 1980’s pop culture hits 21 Jump Street, starring
      Johnny Depp and the critically acclaimed crime drama Wiseguy with Ken
      Wahl and Jonathan Banks. The network’s original program Dracula’s Kung
      Fu Theatre is a favorite among viewers, with two seasons now under the
      show’s belt. Retro TV is also the exclusive home to the iconic and
      groundbreaking daytime soap opera The Doctors which originally ran on
      NBC from 1963 – 1982.

      Rev’n is a car and motor enthusiast’s dream, with shows designed
      around all things that rev. Whether you have a passion for cars,
      trucks, boats, airplanes, or motorcycles, viewers will find the speed
      they need in series like My Classic Car, Sam’s Garage, The Curator’s
      Vault, Motorhead Garage, Legendary Motorcar, and Flying Through Time,
      this network keeps the motor running.

      The Action Channel is for daredevils and adventure seekers alike with
      extreme racing on Boundless, to strength you can’t even fathom on
      Strongman Champions League, head-to-head battles on OVW Wrestling,
      wild and heart-pounding situations on Operation Repo, the ever-popular
      EFC Premium Fights, and more.

      The Family Channel provides programming for everyone in the family.
      Viewers can relax and meal plan with cooking shows like Positively
      Paula with Paula Deen and Bama-Q or pick out their next family
      vacation destination with travel shows like Chasing Down Madison Brown
      and Road Trip Masters. Get DIY-friendly tips from Ready, Set,
      Renovate, or settle down as a family for educational programming like
      Underwater Safari and Pet Friends, and more! ``

      Info from

      33 34 KWRW-LD OKLAHOMA CITY OK On the air DN
      Channel Physical
      Video Audio Call Sign Network/Pgmming
      33-1 34.2 720p DD2.0 HRTLND Heartland
      33-2 34.4 480i DD2.0 RTV Retro TV
      33-3 34.6 480i DD2.0 REVN Rev'n
      33-4 34.8 480i DD2.0 Action Action Channel
      33-5 34.10 480i DD2.0 Family Family Channel
      33-6 34.12 1080i DD2.0 Revival Revival TV
      33-7 34.14 480i DD2.0 JTV Jewelry TV

      406' 15 kW DA (H) Directional Pattern
      (1 kW + 11.76 dB gain = 15 kW ERP)
      32.8 mile contour / 3380.4 sq. mi. area / Est. Pop. 1,200,887
      367' AGL; 1621' AMSL; (1211048)
      1° Elec Beam Tilt; Full Service Filter
      [H-Pat] Propagation Systems PSILP16AW
      NAD83: N 35° 26' 35.2", W 97° 28' 57.2"
      (35.443111, -97.482556)

      Pattern plot shows direxional NW, null SE, favorable for Enid to NNW.
      Site: From SE OKC on SE 22nd St, just E of I35, between Jordan and
      Missouri Aves.

      I did not copy all the listed subchannels before fadeout by 0410 UT.

      Heartland is in many but not all markets: d
      almost all -LD, -CD, or translator-D stations beyond the top 5

      Not to be confused with -- a different thing with only
      two stations in St Joseph MO and Utica NY? HQ in Georgia per a map.
      With a different angular logo (Glenn Hauser, Enid, WOR)​