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Glenn Hauser logs August 17-18, 2019  View Printable Version 
Sunday, August 18 2019

Logs


FYI


A bit mysterious is the mention also of Berlin in this PR, because it
is apparent that the Ampegon businesses in Germany are not included,


https://ampegon.com/download/pr_sale_assets_of_ampegon_ag_-_immediate_release.pdf

https://ampegon.com/news/?id=110

Together, Ampegon and Ocem are strengthening their world leadership in power
electronics for science and broadcast systems. Their business is
complementary in terms of technology, existing know-how and an extensive
list of worldwide market references.

Energy Technology Srl, part of Arete & Cocchi Technology group of companies,
based in Bologna, Italy, announces that it has reached agreement with the
shareholders of Ampegon AG for the acquisition of its strategic assets


in Switzerland and Germany

through an asset deal transaction.


Ampegon and Ocem are developing and manufacturing a wide range of high
energy power supplies, of both high voltage and high current types, RF
amplifiers using electron tube and solid-state topologies, and shortwave
radio transmitters for analogue and digital broadcasting. The companies
develop both OEM components and integrated systems to meet the needs of
emerging technologies and industries, especially in the fields of fusion
energy, particle accelerators, high-field electromagnets, medical physics,
and industrial RF.


17.07.2019 PRESSEMITTEILUNG:

Acquisition of Strategic Assets of Ampegon AG by Energy Technology Srl

Turgi - Switzerland, and Bologna - Italy, July 11th, 2019

Energy Technology Srl, part of Arete & Cocchi Technology group of companies,
based in Bologna, Italy, announces that it has reached agreement with the
shareholders of Ampegon AG for the acquisition of its strategic assets in

Switzerland and Germany

through an asset deal transaction.

Through its new, wholly-owned subsidiary Ampegon Power Electronics AG, based
in Baden, Energy Technology commenced business activities on July 8th, 2019.

Together, Ampegon and Ocem are strengthening their world leadership in power
electronics for science and broadcast systems. Their business is
complementary in terms of technology, existing know-how and an extensive
list of worldwide market references.

Energy Technology Srl, Teil der Arete & Cocchi Technology-Unternehmensgruppe
mit Sitz in Bologna (Italien), gibt bekannt, eine Einigung erzielt zu haben
mit den Aktionaeren der Ampegon AG fuer den Erwerb ihrer strategischen
Vermoegenswerte in

der Schweiz und
in Deutschland

im Rahmen einer Asset-Deal-Transaktion.


----- Original Message -----
From: "Glenn Hauser via Hard-Core-DX" Sent: Sunday, August 18, 2019 6:13 AM


Subject: [HCDX] Glenn Hauser logs August 17-18, 2019


Ampegon --- Interesting developments --- First, it would be remarkable
if Weiner indeed lost the warranty also for the transmitter, because
it is a Continental. So has Ampegon delivered this product from a
competitor instead of own equipment?
https://twitter.com/AllanWBCQ/status/1146408801794514945

Then there is this:
https://ampegon.com/news/?id=106


- - -


A bit mysterious is the mention also of Berlin in this PR, because it
is apparent that the Ampegon businesses in Germany are not included,
in particular the Ludwigshafen antenna division, formerly part of
Mannheim divisions of BBC, ABB, Thomcast. The same goes for what
remained of former Telefunken Sendertechnik, last known as Transradio,
which went bankrupt just two years ago. So much for the integration
that was planned by Ampegon, with the TRAM transmitters being the only
product they wanted to continue because they had, after withdrawing
the ill-fated M2W, no mediumwave transmitters to offer anymore.

I guess some scratching heads takes place now here and there. Kai
Ludwig`` (via Glenn Hauser, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
This report despatched at 0413 UT August 18
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Glenn Hauser logs August 17-18, 2019  View Printable Version 
Sunday, August 18 2019

Logs
** CHINA. 12190, Aug 17 at 1323, CNR1 jammer, one of its favorite WOOB
frequencies against unheard Sound of Hope, S6-S8.

13550, Aug 17 at 1324, CNR1 jammer about the same, S6-S8.

13890, Aug 17 at 1328, CNR1 jammer JBA but enough to // 12190.

13920, Aug 17 at 1328, JBA probably also CNR1 jammer.

10920, Aug 17 at 1334, CNR1 jammer, S4-S7, only WOOB one found below
the 12s and 13s.

11785, Aug 17 at 1351, a rare Firedragon music jammer, not // CNR1
mostly talk jammers like 12190, S7-S9; off at 1415 check, but still a
JBA carrier. VOA Philippines in Chinese finishes at 1400, then CRI
Chinese via Kashgar, EAST TURKISTAN takes over and does not get jammed
(Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA. 9570, Aug 17 at 1313, CRI Plus English relay with drama is
S9+10/20 but suptorted modulation. Something`s always wrong at
RadioCuba (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA. 13740, Aug 17 at 1327, this RHC is off, while 13700 remains.
Something`s always wrong at RHC.

15140, Aug 17 at 1330, this RHC is off, while a JBA signal remains on
15230. Something`s always wrong at RHC (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING
DIGEST)

** CUBA. 11850, Aug 18 at 0027, RHC is suptorted here, which makes the
11840 & 11860 spurs even harder to copy; much better modulation on //
11670, 11700, 11760, and 13740. Something`s always wrong at RHC (Glenn
Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** PHILIPPINES [non]. 9700, Aug 18 at 0024, S9-S6 fadey talk with that
upward lilt so typical of Burmese --- or rather Kachin, which must be
closely related, as this is the legacy RVA service at 0000-0027
transmitted via VATICAN since RVA quit its own shortwave; and
displaying SMG`s remarkable [cap]ability to serve audiences in the
~opposite direxion, about the closest we can get --- not very! --- to
a VR broadcast to North America direct. Then a suspiciously
Christian-sounding hymn before off (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING
DIGEST)

** U S A [and non]. WORLD OF RADIO 1995 monitoring: Ivo Ivanov, Sofia,
Bulgaria, reports: ``GERMANY, World of Radio #1995 via Hamburger
Lokalradio on August 17:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_MExXz76Sak&feature=youtu.be

https://swldxbulgaria.blogspot.com/2019/08/world-of-radio1995-via-hamburger.html
0630-0700 6190 GOH 001 kW / 230 deg CeEu English Sat, weak signal``

Alan Gale, Whitworth, ROCHDALE, England, writes at 1451 UT Sat Aug 17:
``Hi Glenn, At last I am hearing World of Radio on 9485 kHz via HLR
here at home again today, though it's very weak and getting splattered
by the Romanian station. I can confirm that it's definitely you
though``

Yes, I have also been hearing me since 1431 via SDR in Finland you
recommended:
http://oh5ae.dyndns.org:8073/
Audible, but still heavy splash from 9490 Romania, while only the
latter can be heard via UTwente SDR.

Also confirmed Sat Aug 17 at 2100 on WRMI 9955, S9-S7, upcut at ``---
1995`` after IS & ID loop which just came on a minute earlier, I
think.

Also confirmed UT Sun Aug 18 at 0130 on WRMI 5850, VG, after ID and a
bit of ``Sandunga`` music fill overlapping.

Also confirmed UT Sun Aug 18 at 0324 underway on WA0RCR, 1860-AM, MO:
I can tell it`s me but too much storm noise S9+20/30 just south of
here in OK to tell where I am in the episode. Next:

1030 UT Sunday HLR 7265-CUSB Germany [? missing last week] to WSW
2130 UT Sunday WRMI 7780 to NE
0130 UT Monday WRMI 9395 to NNW, 7780 to NE
0230 UT Monday WRMI 7780 to NE
0300vUT Monday WBCQ 5130v Area 51 6160v? to WSW
0330 UT Monday WRMI 9955 to SSE
0930 UT Monday Unique Radio 3210-USB NSW [still hiatus?]
1130 UT Monday Unique Radio 3210-USB NSW [still hiatus?]
1816 UT Monday IRRS 7290 Romania ND
0100 UT Tuesday WRMI 7780 to NE
0800 UT Tuesday Unique Radio 3210-USB NSW [2 editions; hiatus?]
2100 UT Wednesday WRMI 9955 to SSE
2100 UT Wednesday WBCQ 7490v to WSW
0100 UT Thursday WRMI 7780 to NE

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

** U S A [and non]. Kai Ludwig, Germany, has this Aug 17 response on
the WOR io group to my latest WBCQ AAAWWW report:

Ampegon --- Interesting developments --- First, it would be remarkable
if Weiner indeed lost the warranty also for the transmitter, because
it is a Continental. So has Ampegon delivered this product from a
competitor instead of own equipment?
https://twitter.com/AllanWBCQ/status/1146408801794514945

Then there is this:
https://ampegon.com/news/?id=106

Looks as if the scope of this deal can roughly be described as the
Turgi core business. This should include the product line of shortwave
transmitters, both the manufacturing of new ones (and now a picture
emerges what's really behind the babble about delayed transmitter
delivery from WMLK owners) and spare parts for all the equipment
installed under Ampegon, Thales, Thomcast, Thomson brands in the past.
And also for M2W mediumwave transmitters, for those who still have to
live with one. (Not to be confused with S7HP, which as a French
product is a completely different story.)

A bit mysterious is the mention also of Berlin in this PR, because it
is apparent that the Ampegon businesses in Germany are not included,
in particular the Ludwigshafen antenna division, formerly part of
Mannheim divisions of BBC, ABB, Thomcast. The same goes for what
remained of former Telefunken Sendertechnik, last known as Transradio,
which went bankrupt just two years ago. So much for the integration
that was planned by Ampegon, with the TRAM transmitters being the only
product they wanted to continue because they had, after withdrawing
the ill-fated M2W, no mediumwave transmitters to offer anymore.

I guess some scratching heads takes place now here and there. Kai
Ludwig`` (via Glenn Hauser, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 9955, Aug 17 at 1315, NO signal from this WRMI, which is
supposed to run on Saturdays not only until 1400 but beyond. 9395 is
still on with TOMBS, 7570 with music.

15770, Aug 17 at 1341, no WRMI signal here either, but possibly it`s
propagation as Cuba is barely audible on 15230 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX
LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 9395, UT Sun Aug 18 at 0100, WRMI with IDs for WTND-LP
Macomb, and ``You`ve got The Edge, WQNA, Springfield``, both in IL, as
Mason Vye in Ontario is opening his hour of nothing but rock music,
presumably obscure Canadian. 0111 testimonial from an Alabama listener
who sounds like he is saying ``Nathan Vay Show``. I see on the doomed
WQNA schedule that `The Mason Vye Show`` is correct when only
scheduled at 1 am [0600 UT] Monday. And on WTND at 7 pm Tuesday [0000
UT Wednesday]. Mason later adds WRMI IDs and is glad to be on SW.
Again this week, 0130-0131 his music rudely interrupted by Radio
Tirana IS and a fragment of their opening theme, before cutting back
to Vye rock. Apparently the automation keeps believing it should start
Albania now like most other nights, then thinx better of it.

As for WQNA being doomed:
https://wqnaradio.org/after-nearly-40-years-wqna-is-nearing-the-end/

And looking at the WTND schedule
http://wtnd.org/schedule/
I see something else familiar: remember Tom & Darryl?

``Friday 8 PM-12 AM [UT Sat 01-05] Tom and Darryl Talk Show -Also on
RFD - Radio Free Dishnuts (Call in at 309-588-4687)
http://dishnuts.net/ --- Tune in to hear Technology talk, music,
discussion and an occasional rant.`` WTND has a listen-live button
which may funxion. Repeats Wed at 16-20 UT on WTND. I am wondering if
WTND got the callsign originally to honor Tom `N` Darryl? (Glenn
Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 5085, Sat Aug 17 circa 2320, I am first hearing signs of a
WTWW-2 signal here; QRX for `Theater Organ in the Ozarx` at 2330 ----
NO, rock music, allegedly on request, keeps playing past 2400, also on
the webcast. Maybe Ted got tired of replaying old episodes? And we
know where his musical priorities really lie. That`s OK; tho I love
theatre organ music especially in stereo, this timing always competed
with two or three other things I want to get --- not including pirates
Saturday nights this week since my high line noise level of S9+10/20
is back below 9 MHz! (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

This report despatched at 0413 UT August 18
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Glenn Hauser logs August 17-18, 2019  View Printable Version 
Sunday, August 18 2019

Logs
** CHINA. 12190, Aug 17 at 1323, CNR1 jammer, one of its favorite WOOB
frequencies against unheard Sound of Hope, S6-S8.

13550, Aug 17 at 1324, CNR1 jammer about the same, S6-S8.

13890, Aug 17 at 1328, CNR1 jammer JBA but enough to // 12190.

13920, Aug 17 at 1328, JBA probably also CNR1 jammer.

10920, Aug 17 at 1334, CNR1 jammer, S4-S7, only WOOB one found below
the 12s and 13s.

11785, Aug 17 at 1351, a rare Firedragon music jammer, not // CNR1
mostly talk jammers like 12190, S7-S9; off at 1415 check, but still a
JBA carrier. VOA Philippines in Chinese finishes at 1400, then CRI
Chinese via Kashgar, EAST TURKISTAN takes over and does not get jammed
(Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA. 9570, Aug 17 at 1313, CRI Plus English relay with drama is
S9+10/20 but suptorted modulation. Something`s always wrong at
RadioCuba (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA. 13740, Aug 17 at 1327, this RHC is off, while 13700 remains.
Something`s always wrong at RHC.

15140, Aug 17 at 1330, this RHC is off, while a JBA signal remains on
15230. Something`s always wrong at RHC (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING
DIGEST)

** CUBA. 11850, Aug 18 at 0027, RHC is suptorted here, which makes the
11840 & 11860 spurs even harder to copy; much better modulation on //
11670, 11700, 11760, and 13740. Something`s always wrong at RHC (Glenn
Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** PHILIPPINES [non]. 9700, Aug 18 at 0024, S9-S6 fadey talk with that
upward lilt so typical of Burmese --- or rather Kachin, which must be
closely related, as this is the legacy RVA service at 0000-0027
transmitted via VATICAN since RVA quit its own shortwave; and
displaying SMG`s remarkable [cap]ability to serve audiences in the
~opposite direxion, about the closest we can get --- not very! --- to
a VR broadcast to North America direct. Then a suspiciously
Christian-sounding hymn before off (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING
DIGEST)

** U S A [and non]. WORLD OF RADIO 1995 monitoring: Ivo Ivanov, Sofia,
Bulgaria, reports: ``GERMANY, World of Radio #1995 via Hamburger
Lokalradio on August 17:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_MExXz76Sak&feature=youtu.be

https://swldxbulgaria.blogspot.com/2019/08/world-of-radio1995-via-hamburger.html
0630-0700 6190 GOH 001 kW / 230 deg CeEu English Sat, weak signal``

Alan Gale, Whitworth, ROCHDALE, England, writes at 1451 UT Sat Aug 17:
``Hi Glenn, At last I am hearing World of Radio on 9485 kHz via HLR
here at home again today, though it's very weak and getting splattered
by the Romanian station. I can confirm that it's definitely you
though``

Yes, I have also been hearing me since 1431 via SDR in Finland you
recommended:
http://oh5ae.dyndns.org:8073/
Audible, but still heavy splash from 9490 Romania, while only the
latter can be heard via UTwente SDR.

Also confirmed Sat Aug 17 at 2100 on WRMI 9955, S9-S7, upcut at ``---
1995`` after IS & ID loop which just came on a minute earlier, I
think.

Also confirmed UT Sun Aug 18 at 0130 on WRMI 5850, VG, after ID and a
bit of ``Sandunga`` music fill overlapping.

Also confirmed UT Sun Aug 18 at 0324 underway on WA0RCR, 1860-AM, MO:
I can tell it`s me but too much storm noise S9+20/30 just south of
here in OK to tell where I am in the episode. Next:

1030 UT Sunday HLR 7265-CUSB Germany [? missing last week] to WSW
2130 UT Sunday WRMI 7780 to NE
0130 UT Monday WRMI 9395 to NNW, 7780 to NE
0230 UT Monday WRMI 7780 to NE
0300vUT Monday WBCQ 5130v Area 51 6160v? to WSW
0330 UT Monday WRMI 9955 to SSE
0930 UT Monday Unique Radio 3210-USB NSW [still hiatus?]
1130 UT Monday Unique Radio 3210-USB NSW [still hiatus?]
1816 UT Monday IRRS 7290 Romania ND
0100 UT Tuesday WRMI 7780 to NE
0800 UT Tuesday Unique Radio 3210-USB NSW [2 editions; hiatus?]
2100 UT Wednesday WRMI 9955 to SSE
2100 UT Wednesday WBCQ 7490v to WSW
0100 UT Thursday WRMI 7780 to NE

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

** U S A [and non]. Kai Ludwig, Germany, has this Aug 17 response on
the WOR io group to my latest WBCQ AAAWWW report:

Ampegon --- Interesting developments --- First, it would be remarkable
if Weiner indeed lost the warranty also for the transmitter, because
it is a Continental. So has Ampegon delivered this product from a
competitor instead of own equipment?
https://twitter.com/AllanWBCQ/status/1146408801794514945

Then there is this:
https://ampegon.com/news/?id=106

Looks as if the scope of this deal can roughly be described as the
Turgi core business. This should include the product line of shortwave
transmitters, both the manufacturing of new ones (and now a picture
emerges what's really behind the babble about delayed transmitter
delivery from WMLK owners) and spare parts for all the equipment
installed under Ampegon, Thales, Thomcast, Thomson brands in the past.
And also for M2W mediumwave transmitters, for those who still have to
live with one. (Not to be confused with S7HP, which as a French
product is a completely different story.)

A bit mysterious is the mention also of Berlin in this PR, because it
is apparent that the Ampegon businesses in Germany are not included,
in particular the Ludwigshafen antenna division, formerly part of
Mannheim divisions of BBC, ABB, Thomcast. The same goes for what
remained of former Telefunken Sendertechnik, last known as Transradio,
which went bankrupt just two years ago. So much for the integration
that was planned by Ampegon, with the TRAM transmitters being the only
product they wanted to continue because they had, after withdrawing
the ill-fated M2W, no mediumwave transmitters to offer anymore.

I guess some scratching heads takes place now here and there. Kai
Ludwig`` (via Glenn Hauser, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 9955, Aug 17 at 1315, NO signal from this WRMI, which is
supposed to run on Saturdays not only until 1400 but beyond. 9395 is
still on with TOMBS, 7570 with music.

15770, Aug 17 at 1341, no WRMI signal here either, but possibly it`s
propagation as Cuba is barely audible on 15230 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX
LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 9395, UT Sun Aug 18 at 0100, WRMI with IDs for WTND-LP
Macomb, and ``You`ve got The Edge, WQNA, Springfield``, both in IL, as
Mason Vye in Ontario is opening his hour of nothing but rock music,
presumably obscure Canadian. 0111 testimonial from an Alabama listener
who sounds like he is saying ``Nathan Vay Show``. I see on the doomed
WQNA schedule that `The Mason Vye Show`` is correct when only
scheduled at 1 am [0600 UT] Monday. And on WTND at 7 pm Tuesday [0000
UT Wednesday]. Mason later adds WRMI IDs and is glad to be on SW.
Again this week, 0130-0131 his music rudely interrupted by Radio
Tirana IS and a fragment of their opening theme, before cutting back
to Vye rock. Apparently the automation keeps believing it should start
Albania now like most other nights, then thinx better of it.

As for WQNA being doomed:
https://wqnaradio.org/after-nearly-40-years-wqna-is-nearing-the-end/

And looking at the WTND schedule
http://wtnd.org/schedule/
I see something else familiar: remember Tom & Darryl?

``Friday 8 PM-12 AM [UT Sat 01-05] Tom and Darryl Talk Show -Also on
RFD - Radio Free Dishnuts (Call in at 309-588-4687)
http://dishnuts.net/ --- Tune in to hear Technology talk, music,
discussion and an occasional rant.`` WTND has a listen-live button
which may funxion. Repeats Wed at 16-20 UT on WTND. I am wondering if
WTND got the callsign originally to honor Tom `N` Darryl? (Glenn
Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 5085, Sat Aug 17 circa 2320, I am first hearing signs of a
WTWW-2 signal here; QRX for `Theater Organ in the Ozarx` at 2330 ----
NO, rock music, allegedly on request, keeps playing past 2400, also on
the webcast. Maybe Ted got tired of replaying old episodes? And we
know where his musical priorities really lie. That`s OK; tho I love
theatre organ music especially in stereo, this timing always competed
with two or three other things I want to get --- not including pirates
Saturday nights this week since my high line noise level of S9+10/20
is back below 9 MHz! (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

This report despatched at 0413 UT August 18
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JRX Logs August 17, 2019  View Printable Version 
Saturday, August 17 2019

Logs
JRX Logs_ August 17, 2019
Receiver (s)_ Tecsun S-2000
Antenna (s)_ Longwire

BRAZIL
** 1570. Aug 17, 2019. 2037-2115, Radio Sertão Central, Senador Pompeu-CE, in Portuguese. A musical program with popular songs, called "bregas", presented by female announcer; Woman talking with listeners by phone; More songs. 2102 Callsign ZYH621, ID and next a christian prayer. 2106 Starts a musical program "Recordando o Passado". Good reception, 45444.

CHINA
** 9720. Aug 17, 2019. 1931-1940, China National Radio 1, xx-CHN. Jammer/Firedrake with good signal and fair modulation, 45533.
** 9745. Aug 17, 2019. 1956-2023, China Radio International, Urumqi-CHN, in Esperanto. Female voice and a song "Maria"; 2004 More songs; 2013 A chinese class by woman and man announcers; ID. Good reception, 45544. 
** 11750. Aug 17, 2019. 1915-1927, China Radio International, Jinhua-CHN, in Portuguese. Man announcer presents a musical program with chinese songs; ID. Very good reception, 55544.

KOREA NORTH
** 12015. Aug 17, 2019. 2024-2035, Voice of Korea, Kujang-KRE, in German. Man and woman talk; 2027 A song by female singer; 2032 Other song. Fair to poor reception with fades, 35533 to 35422.

NIGERIA
** 11770. Aug 17, 2019. 1940-1950, Voice of Nigeria, Abuja-Lugbe-NIG, in Fulfulde. Man talks during all log. Fair signal, fades and spur interference by CRI on 11775, 34422.

ROMANIA
** 11850. Aug 17, 2019. 1950-1956, Radio Romania International, Tiganesti-ROU, in Spanish. man and woman announcers present a romanian class; 1955 RRI sked in spanish by woman and man voices; 1956 IS. Very good reception, 55544.

JRX_Jose Ronaldo Xavier
SWARL Callsign PR7036SWL
Cabedelo, Brazil (UTC-3)

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Glenn Hauser logs August 16-17, 2019  View Printable Version 
Saturday, August 17 2019

Logs
** CUBA. 15140, Aug 16 at 1557 on caradio, RHC modulation is quite
suptorted! = suppressed and distorted. WTP = wiggle that patchcord.
Something`s always wrong at RHC (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING
DIGEST)

** U S A. WORLD OF RADIO 1995 monitoring: missed confirmed on first SW
airing, Fri Aug 16 at 2200 on WRMI 9955; anyone hear it?

Confirmed UT Sat August 17 at 0130 on WRMI 7780, poor in noise and I
think a brief upcut, unusual on this frequency. Next:
0629vUT Saturday HLR 6190-CUSB Germany to WSW
1000 UT Saturday Unique Radio 3210-USB NSW [Aug 17? alt. weeks]
[has been off for repairs since Aug 4 tfn]
1430 UT Saturday HLR 9485-CUSB Germany ND
1930vUT Saturday WA0RCR 1860-AM ND
2100 UT Saturday WRMI 9955 to SSE
0130 UT Sunday WRMI 5850 to NW
0300vUT Sunday WA0RCR 1860-AM [nominal 0315] ND
1030 UT Sunday HLR 7265-CUSB Germany [? missing last week] to WSW
2130 UT Sunday WRMI 7780 to NE
0130 UT Monday WRMI 9395 to NNW, 7780 to NE
0230 UT Monday WRMI 7780 to NE
0300vUT Monday WBCQ 5130v Area 51 6160v? to WSW
0330 UT Monday WRMI 9955 to SSE
0930 UT Monday Unique Radio 3210-USB NSW [still hiatus?]
1130 UT Monday Unique Radio 3210-USB NSW [still hiatus?]
1816 UT Monday IRRS 7290 Romania ND
0100 UT Tuesday WRMI 7780 to NE
0800 UT Tuesday Unique Radio 3210-USB NSW [2 editions; hiatus?]
2100 UT Wednesday WRMI 9955 to SSE
2100 UT Wednesday WBCQ 7490v to WSW
0100 UT Thursday WRMI 7780 to NE

Full schedule including AM, FM, webcasts, satellite, podcasts:
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(Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 9330.000, Aug 16 at 2030, S9+10/20 bigsig with C&W music ---
the WBCQ Superstation is back! I was rather expecting this since Allan
Weiner twitted earlier today that his show tonight would be on 9330
plus the other four frequencies. Must be warming up for that. Two or
three tunes without a break, but with considerable selective fading
distortion, and some separate modulation/peak distortion. 2037
mentions ``Classic Country`` and adstring for businesses in Woodstock
(New Brunswick nearby, not NY!), about powerline construxion along
I-95, Fredericton, Houlton, Aroostook Milling Co; 2042 weather in F
and C, ``Kixx FM``, back to music. Kixx FM = WBCQ-FM 94.7, Monticello
ME, 6/6 kW with classic country.

7490.207v, Aug 16 at 2045 I check another BCQ and to my horror
discover my local high line noise is back, but fortunately cutting off
and on, not yet near-continuous, but probably will be again unless we
get some more rain since August 12. While noise is off I can tell 7490
is on and measure it, JBA with talk not //, presumably `Financial
Survival`. Nothing audible on 6160v or 5130v this early before dark.

9330, another country music block ends ends at 2050, more adstring
mentioning Houlton, Highway 2 exit 191, Woodstock. Makes us thankful
that except when test-simulcasting the local FM, WBCQ SW frequencies
are not full of commercials useless to us. Recheck at 2102, now it`s
joined 7490.2 for `Behaviour Night` music, audiblizing this program
for once, altho unfortunately I do not have time to keep listening to
it. 2332 recheck, again with ``Kixx FM`` country music.

9330, at 2359 Aug 16, program switching briefly with what sounds like
``radioserpentine.com`` but must have been the scheduled on 7490
``Radio FKB Sermon Time``! Then 0000 UT Sat Aug 17, cut to ``William
Tell Overture``. Yes, now I can tell it`s // JBA on 7490v, 6160v and
5130v. He soon confirms 9330 is on with the full 500 kW. This week I
won`t have to strain to hear it on 7490. ``Tom is kinda like the CE of
the Super-station``. Kinda?

Anyhow, they`ve got the SS back on air after a month, despite all the
problems with it he was complaining about last week, and more this
week: It runs on Winders 10. Needed to sit down when the first
electric bills arrived, in 5 or 6 figures (meaning: $ 100K, more or
less, a month?). Is replying to usual caller. Confirms 9330 is now on
the same 245 degree azimuth as all the others. During the earlier test
this afternoon, AW was checking various SDRs and found it was getting
in well to Iceland, Europe, South Africa, Vancouver BC, etc.

The rotatable antenna manufacturer, Ampegon, went bankrupt and was
bought by Cesstron (sounds like?). No, it`s Cestron. found it:

http://www.cestron.de/
Communication Engineering Services and Electronics
[now what would that be in German and acronymed?]

News Release, Berlin, 14 August 2019
CESTRON announces acquisition of strategic assets from Ampegon and AM
Broadcast. . .
http://www.cestron.de/News?PHPSESSID=d7f905e03b6f42ec0682119c7364e63b

AW says Cestron has $ 300K worth of spare parts for WBCQ which he hopes
to be able to get. Another problem is that WBCQ has NO documentation
about the antenna. Cestron is rehiring most of the old Ampegon
engineers, and hopes they will come to WBCQ by end of August and get
to work [earlier info was that WBCQ would have to pay for their
airfare and lodging.]

The antenna will cover all bands 5.9 to 28 [sic] MHz, but each
frequency must be pre-programmed into it with proper antenna tuning
unit settings, etc. Need documentation on exactly how to do that
correctly.

It`s all servo-controlled. More AC on the transmitter has been
installed. AW would still prefer plate modulation. Tom replaced power
supply modules. Something about ground-strapping required for
lightning protexion. All this brand-new equipment should have been
under warranty, but that went away with the bankruptcy, which he hears
was not a ``nice`` transition.

Question, what is the reflected power of the 500 kW? No more than 2
kW, and it has to be that low. Is it safe to be near the antenna? Yes,
no problem since you are under the beam which is going out at an
upward tilt of 10-15-20 degrees.

He starts to talk about Woodstock (NY, not NB), at 0021, but of course
interrupted by another caller, gets into political discussion which he
often says he is trying to avoid.

0024, I recheck the other frequencies while the HLNL abates, and find
that they are not synchronized, why not? approx.:
7490+ is 28 seconds ahead of 9330
6160v is 29 seconds ahead of 9330 --- well, maybe in margin of error
5130v is 2 seconds ahead of 9330
3265v is still a JBA carrier, can`t tell

0054, answering another question about music licensing and royalties
like on domestic stations? NO, does not apply to US SW stations which
technically are broadcasting to a foreign audience, like Mexico where
WBCQs are aimed. 0100 canned auto legal ID by self interrupts, but the
live AW is not finished, as just now he starts going thru e-mail.
Larry Will advises of the hum on phone line worst on 9330, and AW says
that is due to processing and superior low-frequency response.

0107 finally to benedixion, and concludes saying that World`s Last
Chance will be on air shortly, 100% programming 9330, while plenty of
time is for sale, cheap on the other ``classic`` frequencies. 0111
canned s/off announcement and 9330 turned off* immediately.

But 6160v and 7490v stay on with music, seemingly //, while 5130v
stays on with something else, talk. By 0130 recheck, 6160v & 7490v are
now BSing, and 5130v something-elseing.

If that was too much for you, here`s John Carver`s summary:

``Tonight's show started on time. This evening I'm listening on 6160
as 7490 had a very poor signal. Moved to 5130 when some hets started
on 6160 and eventually moved to 9330. Allan states that they're on all
five frequencies this evening including full power on the new
transmitter. First phone call at 0007 from Freddie. Next call at 0016
was a prank call. Another phone call at 0022 interrupted a discussion
about Woodstock. Phone call was about Trump.

Back to Woodstock talk after the call. Phone call at 0053 with a
question about whether or not SW stations had to pay royalties on the
music they played. Reading of emails at 0101. Closing prayer at 0107
and program was off the air at 0110. No new information on the
superstation this evening. Just a rehash of old information. John
Mid-North Indiana`` (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. At first: UNIDENTIFIED. 1180, Aug 16 at 0602 UT, Spanish
looping roughly E/W, i.e. between WHAM baseball talk to the ENE and
Rebelde echojammers to the SE. Seems like norteña music at first, but
between tunes several times, about 0608, 0611, 0614, super-hype
voice-actor intones ``99.9``; sometimes there may have been a slogan
just before that, but I just cannot copy it. Only when aimed E/W on
the DX-398 do I get a LAH, and with BFO comparing to 1170 and 1190,
it`s clear that this station is the one slightly off-frequency plus+.
Rearoused at 0637 UT, this time it sounds more like ``99.3``, so can`t
rule that out. And zzz.

This angle pretty well rules out Mexico, but trouble is, no likely US
stations are SS on 1180 per last year`s NRC AM Log. Maybe this year`s,
when it comes, will have the answer. It`s yet another that considers
AM only an expendable appendage of FM, tail wagging dog. IRCA Mexican
Log does not have any 1180 matches to either FM frequency.

Reverse search, looking up in the WTFDA FM Database all the 99.9s in
the USA in Spanish, shows none of them correlated with an ``origin``
on an 1180 station. But along the DF axis, in case there has been a
format flip, we do find a station in Arkansas, KTUV 1440 Little Rock
with 99.9 translators in both Rogers and Little Rock. Yet shown with
non-matching formats and slogans: K260DT Little Rock, regional
Mexican; and K260CS Rogers, Spanish hits, Las Americas Radio 1440. But
the only AR station on 1180 is unrelated, non-SS and over by Memphis
TN, WGUE, CLassic Rock format.

Before checking same for 99.3, I try radio-locator.com, on WGUE, and
by golly, there it is:

``WGUE-AM 1180 kHz
Turrell, Arkansas
"La Jefa"
Station Format: Regional Mexican

Website:
http://www.lajefa993.com/

Station Owner:
Butron Media Corporation
3654 Park Ave.
Memphis, TN 38111
Phone: 901-437-5993
Fax: 901-454-1027

WGUE-AM Technical Details:
Station Status Licensed Class D
Digital Status Analog only
Area of Coverage View Daytime Coverage Map, View Nighttime Coverage
Map, View Critical Hours Coverage Map
Hours of Operation Unlimited
Antenna Mode Directional - 3 Patterns
Daytime Power 5000 Watts
Nighttime Power 26 Watts
Critical Hours Power 3500 Watts
Number of Towers 2
Transmitter Location 35° 08' 31" N, 90° 08' 06" W
License Granted October 20 2017
License Expires June 01 2020
Last FCC Update December 01 2017
WGUE-AM also broadcasts its primary channel from these 2 transmitters
W257CY 99.3 FM Memphis, TN (99 watts)
K268DA 101.5 FM Memphis, TN (250 watts)``

The nighttime coverage map for 1180 shows it almost circular, the 26
watts barely reaching adjacent counties from a + site barely on the AR
side of the River near West Memphis (despite the W-call):
https://radio-locator.com/cgi-bin/pat?call=WGUE&service=AM&h=N
Hey, how does that fare against the 500+kW from Cuba (adding up powers
in WRTH, plus more unknown). Well, at least they make it to Enid!

Then to WTFDA search for all the SS on 99.3 --- no, not there nor
anything else likely. But since we have the call W257CY, going
directly to that, voilà:

``W257CY WGUE-1180 99.3 MEMPHIS TN USA 0.099 0.099 290.0 0.0 35-09-16
89-49-20 REGIONAL MEXICAN LA JEFA 99.3``

It did not show up in the Spanish search since there is no entry in
the field for language. I`m sure this must be it; everything fits
except hearing it if really on legal night power. Note the FM power
is, what else, also ``99` watts.

So as much as we decry AM stations abandoning their identity to a
paltry FM translator, even to the extent of `branding`` only on the FM
frequency --- in this case it leads to an ID, while SHVA shouts of
``11-80`` would not have, since we already know it`s obviously on
1180.

If all this sound vaguely familiar, it`s related to WUMY 830 sale
etc., as explained in DXLD 18-44
http://www.w4uvh.net/dxld1844.txt
(Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

This report despatched at 0434 UT August 17
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