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Friday, November 27, 2020
Thursday, November 26, 2020
The US Coast Guard has invited comments by January 21, 2021, on a proposal to discontinue HF voice watchkeeping. The proposal appeared on November 20 in the Federal Register. The USCG proposes to cease monitoring 4125, 6215, 8291, and 12,290 kHz, in the contiguous US and Hawaii, due to a lack of activity.
“We believe this change would have a low impact on the maritime public, as commercial satellite radios and Digital Selective Calling (DSC) marine-SSB HF radios have become more prevalent onboard vessels,” the Coast Guard said. “However, we would like your comments on how you would be affected if we terminated monitoring HF voice-only distress frequencies within the contiguous US and Hawaii, particularly if you use HF, but do not currently have a commercial satellite radio or an HF DSC-capable radio aboard your vessel.”
The Coast Guard said it would continue to monitor HF DSC distress alerting for all existing regions and voice distress and hailing from Kodiak, Alaska, and Guam. The Maritime Mobile Service Net (MMSN) on 14.300 MHz remains available to less-equipped mariners who need assistance in emergencies.
Sunday, November 22, 2020
1050 kHz 11/18 at 1756 EST: End of "Grace to You" 1/2 hour religious prgm, then Pastor George Cook of New Jerusalem House of Prayer in West Chicago, on various Christian beliefs. This was followed by a low modulation YL talking about powering stn down at sunset. During a very brief quiet period heard a CHUM-AM ID (finally got them after all these years) then heard the start of the Radio Bible Study program. My best guess is WROS-AM The Rose out of Jacksonville, but I can't completely eliminate KJBN-AM Little Rock.
Friday, November 20, 2020
I turned the W6LVP to the WSW-ENE and had a great run of new catches on a Top of the Hour (TOH) IQ run. Twelve new stations for my Brasstown logs and various relogs including 4 oldie but goodies. Also running the Airspy HF+Discovery and snagged some logs using a new prototype Airspy Hi-Z amp for the YouLoop. Doing some testing of it for the SDR buyers guide in the new Teak Publishing Global Radio Guide coming out next month.
560 KWTO MO, Springfield - 11/18 1758 In what appeared to be a local ad block with a YL anncr giving callsign only IDs between local ads then at TOH ID for 93.3 and AM 560 KWTO then f/out to the news (?). First time I have heard this station since our days when we were stationed at NAS Dallas back in early 1980s. (LVH-NC)
570 WIDS KY, Russell Springs - 11/18 1800 Hrd an ID for WIOK-FM then WIDS TOH ID for Russell Springs and Jamestown by OM anncr. Not bad for 500 watts. New #1048 (LVH-NC)
580 WILL IL, Urbana - 11/18 1756 NPR All Things Considered, guest talking about ancestor sharecroppers, then sponsors list, f/fown and mixing with WIBW for dualing TOH IDs. Then back to All Things Considered. New #1049 (LVH-NC)
580 WIBW KS, Topeka - 11/18 1759 Mixing with WILL for dualing TOH IDs. Made audio recording of Will/WIBW. New #1050 (LVH-NC)
590 CJCL ON, Toronto - 11/18 1756 Local ad block for Toronto biz. McDonald's ad mentioned Canadian eggs for their Egg McMuffin, TOH Full ID including slogan, big surprise, never hrd B4. New # 1051 (LVH-NC)
590 WCAB NC, Rutherfordton - 11/18 1800 Could hear WCAB u/CJCL during quiet period w/call sign only ID at 228 watts. (LVH-NC)
600 WREC TN, Memphis - 11/18 Ben Ferguson talk show gave local studio #535-9732 (tie up on Goggle search w/WREC) WREC ID at TOH. Last time heard here in Btown 10/14/1994. (LVH-NC)
640 WOI IA, Ames - 11/18 1800 Station ID right after WBIN Atlanta ID then NPR's All Things Considered. WCRV/WBIN/WOI battling on the frequency. Another station not heard since 1990s in New Orleans. New #1052. (LVH-NC)
690 KGGF KS, Coffeyville - 11/18 1756 Local ad then program promo by host of Openline 0830-1100 on the Mighty 690 KGGF ID, Sean Hannity Show FoxNew promo. Relog from 1/2020. (LVH-NC)
770 KAAM TX, Garland - 11/18 1756 What sounded like a religious program then instrumental music to OM w/K Double A M call sign ID. New #1054. (LVH-NC)
800 WHOS AL, Decatur - 11/18 1759 In the 800 mess TOH ID for WBHP Huntsville, WHOS Decatur, and at least one more stn sig in mud, "an iHeart station" then fade out to mess. New #1055. (LVH-NC)
1500 WLQV MI, Detroit - 11/18 1801 Promo for advertising on the station then full TOH ID for AM/FM stations - Faith Talk Detroit 92.7 & 1500. New #1043 (LVH-NC)
1520 WPAY OH, Rossford - 11/18 1802 CCR music then nice TOH Full ID for AM/FM 92.1 (not 93.1 per NRC Log). I heard that the K-Love classics network closed down on 11/2/2020 but it doesn't appear so based on their online presence. New #1044 (LVH-NC)
1610 CHHA ON, Toronto - 11/18 1801 SS music, slogan ID // Online feed, o/u CHRN. (LVH-NC)
1620 WTAW TX, College Station - 11/18 1758 Ad for a local jeweler then TOH ID // Online feed u/WNRP. First time heard since 2006. (LVH-NC)
1640 WSJP WI, Sussex - 11/18 1759 Religious program, TOH ID (full) including Relevant Radio slogan ID. New #1046 (LVH-NC)
1660 KWOD KS, Kansas City - 11/18 Local ad block including one for Preferred Asphalt and Concrete in Grandview, f/down to other ads callsign only heard then gone. New #1046 (LVH-NC)
1700 KKLF TX, Richardson - 11/18 1802 Mex Tejano music slogan ID just under dominate KBGG. New #1047 (LVH-NC)
Equipment: SDRPlay RSPdx, W6LVP Mag Amp Loop (WSW-ENE), Airspy HF+Discovery, YouLoop with an Airspy Hi-Z amp prototype. (LVH-NC) Larry Van Horn (N5FPW), Brasstown, NC