February 2008 ABDX Journal

Vol 3. Issue 2


Editors Corner:


ABDX membership has grown by 5. ABDX Nation is now 184 members. Newbies, let us know what you are hearing and send in your logs. Your logs are what make ABDX a healthy and active list. We thank all of you who have contributed your logs to this months Journal. There were some very nice catches this month.


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February’s CME was graveyard radio logs. People are DXing with little pocket radios and some of the catches are exceptional. February’s CME is for GY DX on 1230, 1240, 1350, 1400, 1450 or 1490.


This month, the big kahuna is Nothing But Net logs from all over the world. The Pacific Islands are well supported in this issue. ABDX sure loves NBN logs from everywhere. Let us know what you listen to on the net.


Check out what Paul LaFrienere is using for a radio and antenna. This set up got some excellent reception on MW. I was amazed.


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The February CME Announcement


You wanted GY month so at ABDX, we aim to please. GY DXers, its your

month. I don't expect much in the way of loggings but I am hoping all of you prove me exactly wrong. If you do it will make me happy.


I hope to see you all DXing and sending in logs for GY month and

prove me wrong.


The March CME Announcement


Its time for the March CME and you can send reports on anything on

any band and it will be published.


That said, since baseball season is starting, any baseball on any

band, LF/AM/FM/TV/HF and satellite.


For HF since BBC cut off shortwave to Europe, any BBC on HF. DX

programs such as World of Radio, DXing With Cumbre and the like.


March is when the beginning of trop ducting fires up and any logs via

Tr above 30 MHz are wanted.


And for those who wanted frequency spreads on MW we'll do 1400-1710.


Maybe a little bit for everyone this month.


Kevin Redding, Phil Rafuse, Powell Way, Mike Richard, Jay Heyl and Martin Foltz the ABDX crew.

The Broadcast Band


Peter Jernakoff –Wilmington, DE

SDR-IQ and antenna or as listed


Two more new ones this time using the somewhat under utilized Drake R8B.

16-Feb-08 // 1700 Local // 550 khz. // WSVA // 5 kw day // Harrisonburg, VA

// Male with ID: "This is News Radio 550, WSVA, Harrisonburg, a

Verstandig(?) broadcasting station. // New. A 195 mile catch.

MP3 clip can be found here:


17-Feb-08 // 0001 Local // 560 khz. // WQAM // 1 kw night // Miami, FL //

Male with ID: "You're listening to Sports Radio 560, WQAM, Miami-Fort

Lauderdale." Into ESPN Radio Sports Center. // New. A 1002 mile catch with

no sign of semi-local WFIL.

MP3 clip can be found here:


One from an early February '08 SDR-IQ capture. Not far, but new.

02-Feb-08 // 1600 local // 1410 khz. // WLSH // 5 kw // Lansford, PA //

Weather report, promo for the Dutch Trader Show, then into "Dick Clark's

Rock, Roll And Remember on AM 1410, WLSH, Lansford." // New. A semi-close

77 mile catch.

MP3 clip available here:



John Cereghin – Smyrna, DE




I have a rather strong Spanish station with Latin-style ballads under WWVA under 1170.  It faded out at TOH at 1900 Eastern (of course!) but is back now, so no TOH ID.  I think Venezuela has been here in the past, so maybe a good Latin night?


WYAL, Scotland Neck NC, 1280, at 1745 Eastern, with urban gospel, local church announcements from eastern North Carolina, ads with 252 area codes, sign-off at 1800 Eastern.  A re-log.

WJST, New Castle PA, 1280, 1735 Eastern, presumed, heard a "Just Oldies 1280" slogan, which they use, but no legal ID, before they faded into the mush.  Would be new station #659 if it were them and my 89th Pennsylvania station.


Commuting DX this morning in the car about 0830 Eastern pulled in an unidentified station on 980, mixing with WTEM in Washington DC with bluegrass music, rather strong at times, but with no announcements or IDs (I had to get out of the car once or twice and the station did go into a few deep fades), logged in the Dover, Delaware area. Possibilities?  I don't have my materials with me at work but Google isn't much help.  It lists WHAW-980 in Weston WV as a possibility, as running some bluegrass but their primary format seems to be mainly classic rock and oldies.  May have to try again tonight and tomorrow.


New log last night- WWOW, 1360 in Conneaut, Ohio at 2300 Eastern on Feb. 22, with EWTN Catholic programming and "Walking on the Water" slogan along with their ID.  Best signal on frequency tonight.  My 20th Ohio station.


New log this morning on the commute to work- WILK, 980, Wilkes-Barre PA, at 0800 Eastern, with local news and sports, many IDs just as "...on WILK" and local ads.  My 90th Pennsylvania station.  Dominated semi-local WTEM in Washington this morning and no trace of my mystery bluegrass station that I've been tracking for the last week


John Callarman – Krum, TX

Receiver, Antenna



Haven't heard call letters yet, but I'm getting a strong signal on 1500 from another San Antonio area station that appears to be on with it's daytime CP. It plays lively music, talks of Christiana and identifies frequenty as "Radio Fabulosa, La Emisora de Los Grandes Eventos." Spots, in Spanish, for musical groups performing in San Antonio, and did hear Boerne, Texas in what appeared to be station ID at 9:27 P.M. CST. Did not hear call letters, though, so I'm not sure if it is still KBRN. KBRN Boerne has been shown as silent, but it's daytime CP is for 1900 watts with a north-northwest/south-southeast kidney bean signal. If it uses this signal after sunset, it's going to make XEDF much more difficult here.


On 1610 noted with continuous tape ... call W[N]G97[5] (or WMG97[5 or 9 or maybe 1], Vehicle No. 1 ... mentions that station is authorized for, among other things, Travelers Information Service, then gives phone number to call to report any interference the station may be causing. The phone number (940) 898-5555 connects to FEMA, presumably at its Denton TX facility, but the gentlemen (two) who handled the call said they were not allowed to give out any information, even to clarify the call letters I could hear on their test tape if I were a little closer. 

I'm not much interested in the TIS signals, but it'll disappoint me if FEMA QRMs XEUACH at night!!! 


Martin Foltz – Mission Viejo, CA



Loggings from yesterday on the HQ-180A. Mostly locals. 

1230    KYPA Los Angeles CA 2/9 1100 PST Korean language, tone at ToH, "KYPA Los Angeles AM 12-30" ID by man in EE, into mx pgm. 

1240    KEZY San Bernardino CA 2/9 1102 PST Spanish language, Radio Nueva Vida slogan, music program. 

1240    KSON San Diego CA 2/9 1110 PST Religious pgm, head an station ad to air programs on the station, 12-40 AM and The Soul of San Diego slogans heard.


1490    KRKC King City CA 2/9 1506 PST country music, nice ID and into more songs.


Eric Berger – Detroit. MI

GE Superadio III



Am hearing WQVA 1170 in Carleton, MI under bleed over from local pest WCHB-

1200, with WWVA nulled. Hearing upbeat SS mx, and just heard

something between records with a man and woman and a sort of "Swoosh"

sound effect, for lack of a better term.


Paul LaFreniere – Grand Marais, MN

As listed – its at the bottom….


Nothing new. All relogs.

1230    WCLO    WI    JANESVILLE-BELOIT.  1051 CST.  1 FEB 08.  I.D. "Newsradio 1230--WCLO  Janesville-Beloit."

1230    WKLK    MN    CLOQUET.  1415 CST.  "The Northland's greatest music is on WKLK."

1240    WMFG    MN    HIBBING.  1410 CST.  1-FEB 08. "Hibbing's 1240--WMFG.  America's best music."

1240    KICD     IA    SPENCER.  0922 CST.  3 FEB 08. "Breaking news from CBS on KICD."

1240    KCCR    SD    PIERRE.  0857 CST.  4 FEB 08. Local ads.  TOH I.D.  CBS News.

1340    WBBL     MI    GRAND RAPIDS.  1123 CST. 1 FEB 08.  ESPN promo "here on 1340--The Ball."

1340    WJOL     IL    JOLIET.  1500 CST.  1 FEB 08. I.D. '1340  WJOL  Joliet."  ABC News.

1340    KRBT     MN    EVELETH.  0730 CST.  2 FEB 08. Local ads.  Into local talk program.

1340    KROC    MN    ROCHESTER.  0720 CST.  4 FEB 08. Local ads & plethora of KROC I.D.s.

1340    KWLM    MN    WILLMAR.  0739 CST 4 FEB 08. Local ads & one KWLM  I.D.

1340    WLDY    WI    LADYSMITH.  0742 CST. 4 FEb 08 Local news.  Local ads. No I.D. but  many mentions of Ladysmith so I figured it wasn't Louisville or Miami.

1340    KDLM    MN    DETROIT LAKES. 1138 CST. 4 FEB 08.  Ad for Republican caucus.  Farm markets. Weather.

1340    KVBR    MN    BRAINERD.  1200 CST.  4 FEB 08. Local ads & "1340--KVBR.  Brainerd's business station."

1400    WATW    WI    ASHLAND.  1030 CST.  1 FEB 08 NOS.  "Memories 1400" slogans.

 1450    WHRY    WI    HURLEY.  1040 CST.  1 FEB 08 OLDIES.  "1450--The Oldies Station."

1450    KBUN     MN    BEMIDJI.  0725 CST.  2 FEB 08. Sports.  Local ads.

1450    WELY    MN    ELY.  0937 CST.  2 FEB 08. Local ads.  "ESPN  1450"  slogans.

1450    KATE     MN    ALBERT LEA.  0750 CST.  3 FEB 08. "KATE weather forecast."

1490    KQDS      MN   DULUTH.   1430 CST.  1 FEB 08. "The True Oldies Channel."  AM 1490 slogans. Weather for the Twin Ports."

1320    WISW    SC    Columbia.  1535 CST.  6 Feb 08. Suddenly appeared with a call letter I.D. "WISW." Then into talk program.  Disappeared as quickly as

 it showed up.  Big mess on 1320 at this time.  NEW.

1240    WHFA    WI    Poynette.  1638 CST.  5 Feb 08. They were in and out most of the day with Relevant Radio.  This one is a pest on overnight recordings.

1240    CJCS       ON    Stratford.  1658 CST. 5 Feb 08. Good with local ads and jingle I.D.  This one has appeared a number of times this winter.

1240    WJON     MN    St. Cloud.  0742 CST. 6 Feb 08. local ads and I.D.  SRS pest.

1340    WLVL     NY     Lockport. 1708 CST. 5 Feb 08. Ads for firms in Niagara county.  Promo for something on "WLVL."    NEW

1400    WCCY     MI     Houghton.  0834 CST. 7 Feb 08. Local ads. I.D. Into NOS music.

1450    WATZ     MI     Alpena.  0740 CST. 7 Feb 08. Local ads. Promo for watz.com

1450    KFIZ       WI    Fond du Lac.  0810 CST. 7 Feb 08. Local weather and sports.  Numerous I.D.s  Promo for kfiz.com

1340    KTOQ    SD    Rapid City   0900 CST.  8 Feb 08. Laura Ingraham.  Then TOH I.D.  "AM 1340 KTOQ Rapid City.  NEW.  Been looking for this one for a

long time.  Trying to finish South Dakota.

1230    WSOO   MI     Sault Ste. Marie.  0748 CST. 8 Feb 08. Weather with

temps in both C & F.  "There's the weather from WSOO."

1230    KDIX     ND    Dickinson.  0836 CST.  8 Feb 08. Local news & ads.

1230    WTKG    MI    Grand Rapids.  1747 CST.  9 Feb 08.  Local ads.  I.D.s  Talk program. This one is a terrible pest--as are most of the Grand Rapids, Mi stations.

1230    WJOB     IN     Hammond.  0850 CST.  11 Feb 08. Local talk and Chicago traffic.

1230    WCLO    WI    Janesville.  0830 CST.  17 Feb 08. BOH  I.D.  "WCLO  Janesville."

1230    WXCO    WI    Wausau.  0800 CST.  19 Feb 08. ESPN.  Local ads.  TOH  I.D.

1230    KGHS     MN    International Falls.  0845 CST. 19 Feb 08.  Oldies.  "KGHS--the station playing the greatest hits."

1240    KDLR    ND    Devils Lake.  0830 CST.  8 Feb 08  Local & North Dakota news.

1340    KPOK    ND    Bowman.  0850 CST.  8 Feb 08. C&W.  "Good Time Radio--KPOK." Calendar of events.

1340    KTOQ    SD     Rapid City.  0900 CST.  8 Feb 08. Laura Ingraham.  TOH  I.D. "AM--KTOQ  Rapid City."  NEW

1400    WKNW   MI    Sault Ste. Marie.  1158 CST.  9 Feb 08. Sporting News Radio.  Local ads TOH  I.D.

1400    UNID  1725 CST.  11 Feb 08.  Ad for "Stanley Tools available at home centers across Canada."  Has the 50 watt relayer at Sioux Lookout gone to FM?  The other possibilities are too fantastic to mention.

1400    KQDJ     ND    Jamestown.  0720 CST.  21 Feb 08. Local sports & ads.

1450    WELY    MN    Ely.  0741 CST.  ESPN.  They have gone over to the Dark Side.  At least part of the time.  Now owned by the Bois Forte Tribal Council.  Up until 2 years ago this one was owned by Boundary Waters Radio.Called themselves "End of the Road Radio" and were 100% local programming.

1490    WODJ     MI     Whitehall.  1540 CST. 12 Feb 08.  "You're listening to 1490  WODJ AM--Whitehall-Muskegon."

Zenith Transoceanic 3000-1 with dial face missing.

Antenna:  wire hooked to finger stop on rotary phone.


Allen Willie – St. Johns, NL

FRG 100  and 100 foot wire/SRF59


A couple of graveyarders to start off the month last night and still using the Sony SRF-M37V then 

Feb 2/08 3:21 UTC 1450 khz  CFAB - Windsor, Nova Scotia w/ weather forecast; CFAB ID and a local ad fair 

Feb 2/08 3:38 UTC  1490 khz WBAE - Portland, Maine w/ Song "Longer " by Dan Fogelberg and ID "1400 & 1490, The Bay, The songs you Remember" fair


Harry Helms – Smithville TX

Eton E5



If one of your dogs awakens you at 6:25 am Central because it has to go outside and pee, at least see what you can hear on the radio. . . .

530 UNID Fading up around 6:57 am----almost sunrise here----with male voice counting from one to fifteen followed by a 1000 Hz tone lasting about 10 seconds, then repeating. Lost shortly after 7:00 am, and not audible here in daytime even on my 900 foot NQAB (not quite a beverage) longwire. Suspect a Texas DoT road construction station, although given Clear Channel's

budget cuts this could be a new format they're trying out. . . .

1630 KRND, Cheyenne, WY suspect this was the one under KKGM with ranchera music in Spanish around 6:50 am; brief (seemingly)  recorded announcements by man in Spanish but no definite ID heard. I'm counting in

because L like to "list-log."


Phil Rafuse – Stratford, PEI

Drake R8 and LFE M601C or Radiosophy HD100


Heard at 10:00 a.m. AST Sunday February 3, 2008 on a Collins/Teledyne

R-390A fed by a LF Engineering M-601C MW active 2 foot antenna linked

by buried Bury-flex coax 22 feet from the house:

1230 CFGN Port-aux Basques NL with the usual C&W/talk CFCB/VOCM

network feed - this is a pretty common and easy catch for me as its

250 watts but only 200 miles away, mostly over salt water.

1240 WSYY Millinocket ME with ESPN sports and local weather 1 KW,

farther than 200 miles and mostly over land.

1340 WNZS Veazie ME with talk - NEW!

1400 CBG Gander NL with usual CBC Radio One network programing - a

wickedly powerful graveyarder with 4KW omni! 400 plus miles, some

over water, some over NL's soil with very poor ground conductivity.

1450 CFAB Windsor with C&W - its only about 80 miles away and thus

the signal is pretty good.

1490 WTVL Waterville ME with an oldies/NOS format - playing America's

Daisy Jane followed by announcer refering to Waterville and Cool AM -


Heard on a Stromberg-Carlson for Collins R-392 fed by a LF Engineering

M-601C antenna February 7, 2008 at 10:08 p.m. AST:

1250 WARE in Ware MA Station ID NEW

The ID just popped out of the soup, and then back into the soup that is

1250 here.

1215 Virgin Radio in England coming in nicer tonight than it has for a

while.  Time to check for more TAs.


This time, I'm using the Collins/Teledyne R-390A with the LF Eng M-

601C, with the R-390A on a hair splitting 4 KC bandwidth:

1134 Croatia - another old friend, but they haven't been coming in like

this for a while

1089 Talksport England - coming in quite nicely once I set the mighty R-

390A to ultra hair splitting 2 KC bandwidth.

765 Switzerland - beautiful clear signal when set to 4 KC bandwidth

864 France - weak signal playing French language pop

585 Spain - weak signal with Spanish language pop

Heard yesterday, February 10, 2008 at 1:00 p.m. AST on a Drake R8

with a LF Engineering M-601C antenna:

790 CFNW Port-aux-choix NL relaying CFCB Corner Brook NL.  CFNW is

1000 watts and according to Where's That Station, is 408 radio [as

the crow flies] miles [657 KM] from Stratford PEI. 

870 CFSX Stephenville NL relaying CFCB.  500 watts and 270 miles.

570 CFCB Corner Brook NL. 1000 watts and  305 miles.

1230 CFGN Port-aux-Basques NL relaying CFCB.  250 watts and 211 miles.

1400 CBG Gander NL with CBC Radio One programming.  4000 watts and

437 miles.

590 CJCW Sussex NB. 1000 watts [day, 250 watts night] and 123 miles.

Getting these stations here by day during spring, summer and fall when ground conductivity is better is not unusual with the right receiver and antenna, specially if it has been raining recently. 

Getting them this clearly, especially in winter when the cold and frost in the ground reduces ground conductivity, is very rare.

I then proceeded to duplicate the above with the R-390A, R-392 and the RX-321.  Same antenna, similar results.


Paul Walker – Abbeville, SC

SRF59 internal antenna / Eton E-10/Car Radio



While talking to Pedantariffic Powell Way on the phone around 10:15pm, I nabbed the station. 

They were doing a few commercials and the last spot before going back into the music was talking about some pastor from some Los Angeles church, "Sunday's at 10am on 1600 WXVI"


Heard with a 3 out of 5 on the signal meter standing in the WABV parking lot......... heard coming out of a song with a "880 KGHT" liner then the satelitte DJ which is presumably a Salme "Solid Gospel" product.

2/22 Around 4:00 to 430pm this afternoon (Friday) I was doing a bit of scanning the radio dial in a Buick Sedan like vehicle while waiting for my neighbor to come out of the grocery store.. 

With WABV 1590 temporarily silent, I heard Spanish on 1590Khz and presume it to be WYSR High Point, NC 

On 1350Khz, I heard a liner, "Your Greatest Hits and Good Time Oldies Station, Z1350" which is WZGM Black Mountain/Asheville, North Carolina. After the liner, they went back into a song. WZGm was fighting it out with DWLMA also on 1350Khz. DWLMA is only 20 miles to my east and they were getting torn up! 

Also hear with a decent & steady but with some static with 840 WCEO in Columbia, SC that's 50KW/3 tower Daytimer. 

Tuning over to 1700 AM, I heard a DJ talking about a song then he said "This is WEUP" and into another song.


Powell E. Way  III –Silverstreet, SC




1170 Lexington SC running well after dark with commercials. You don't have accidents when music and commercials are loaded into the automation.  I heard it all the way to Newberry, but not really well when I got off the interstate.


Bert New – Watkinsville, GA



1250 WAPZ AL Wetumpka - 02/22/08 1900 - Montgomery community program, TOH ID, and sign-off message. Good signal with slight fades.

"...studios of WAPZ.". (IEN-GA)

1080 WTIC CT Hartford - 02/23/08 1900 - Connecticut Lottery ad and TOH ID. Good signal only to fade under WKJK in Louisville, KY. "WTIC,

WTIC-HD Hartford". (IEN-GA)

870 WMTL KY Leitchfield - 02/24/08 1841 - Country music countdown. Decent signal with fades. "AM 870, The Moose". (IEN-GA)


Steve Ponder – Houston, TX

Sangean DT200V


Couldn't get to sleep last night, so I decided to spin the dials - uh, make that punch the buttons (sorry!) and see what I could hear on my Sangean DT-200V.  All times are CST.

1550  KBRNt  TX  BOERNE - 02/03 0036 - Heard an evidently canned ID that said, "Radio Fabulosa, La Emisora de los Grandes Eventos," then into                  music.  At 0040, heard male announcer say  "... tu Musica Favorito ..."  This must be the new KBRN that John Callarman and others have reported hearing.  Never heard definite ID, just the slogan.

1690  KHA926 TX  JOHNSON SPACE CENTER - 02/03 0042 - The new

emergency warning station at the NASA/Johnson Space Center went into full-time operation on Feb. 1st using the standard looped transmission. The ID I heard at 0042 and again at 0045 was "This is KHA926, NASA Information Radio,

broadcasting at 1690 kHz in the AM band."

710 UNID  Heard at 0055 on 02/03, most likely Cuban.  Many mentions of  Cuba" and "Cubano" with electronic sound effects.  Able to null quite well under KGNC Amarillo, TX, and KEEL Shreveport, LA.


After my wife and I got home from church, I decided to take advantage of some free time and lay down.  Seeing my Royal 705 on the nightstand next to my bed, I picked it up and started tuning around.

I never cease to be amazed by this little radio!

I was listening to KNTH-1070, getting more and more bored with their Sunday afternoon vitamin programming, so I tuned up just a little and - WOW! - I heard Russian language programming from the VOA!  This was around 1357 CST.

I quickly jumped up, tried to find my 2008 WRTH, thinking it might be my very first TP reception (how foolish!!), but before I could locate it, I heard the station ID - "KCHN 1050, Brookshire, TX."

I remembered that KCHN has brokered programming, but it's usually either in Chinese or Vietnamese.  I never knew they had Russian from the VOA!

So, if you're REALLY up for a DX challenge, listen to 1050 kHz on Sunday afternoons from 1300-1500 CST for Russian language programming and VOA IDs.  KCHN uses 410 watts!  Their pattern can be seen here:


Tuning around tonight on my Sony SRF-59, I heard a huge signal in Spanish on 720 kHz around 2132 CST.  I oriented the radio for best reception and was treated with an ID, "La Caliente ... 24 horas ... telefono ... La Caliente."

At 2134 CST, I heard an announcement for a school, "... Escuela Publica ...'

I immediately dug out my Mexican DX references and saw that this was none other than XEDE 720, "La Kaliente" (notice the 'K' rather than the usual 'C') from Saltillo, Coahuila.

I Googled it and found that XEDE is part of the Grupo Imagen network (http://www.imagen.com.mx) and that they have a sister FM station in Saltillo, XHRP-FM on 94.7. The webpage listed Jaime Villalobos as the contact person

for both stations (jvd@imagen.com.mx).  One interesting note about the "Cobertura" page - it lists the call letters for the 720 kHz station as "XHEDE-FM" instead of "XEDE." Most likely a typo.

Their signal was only marginal on my Sangean DT-200V. Thanks to a tip from fellow DX'er John Callarman, I was finally able to snag an ID from XEYJ 940 kHz tonight (06 Feb 2008).

One of the amazing things about my reception is that I was using my Radiosophy HD-100 HD Radio on the AM band with the "cheesy" AM antenna attached!  I used my Sony ICD-P320 digital audio recorder, placed in front of the speakers, to record the audio.

Of course, local KPRC-950 (the "Radio Mo-Jo") had their IBOC turned off (thankfully).  Had it been on, all I would have heard from 930 kHz to 970 kHz would have been "hiss."

Here's what I heard at 2305 CST just as XEYJ's signals started to fade beneath those of XEQ, which normally dominates the channel here at night:

"A hora la radio cambio ... Esta es Nueva Cuarenta ... Nueva Cuarenta ... veinte cuatro horas ... Nueva Cuarenta ... X-E-Y-J A-M estero en espanol ... Coahuila ... A-M estero ..."

Around 2247 CST, I had heard a block of commercials separated with "Nueva Cuarenta" slogans.  One was for a Casino (could not make out the location), another was for a children's educational program on a local television network, another was for a local business in Coahuila, along with a telephone number (which was spoken too fast for me to write down, even with tape playback).

Had I been using a better antenna (like my Radio Shack loop antenna), the HD-100 may have produced a much clearer, stronger signal!

So, thanks, John, for the tip.  I just wish I could have copied more of the local data and more of the ID for your log notes!


Before I get to the DX, I just want to say ...

GO ATLANTIS!  WOO-HOO!  Excellent launch this afternoon!  Believe me, we here at the NASA/Johnson Space Center were quite happy that we were able to

get STS-122/ISS Flight 1E into orbit!  It's delivering the Columbus Module to the ISS for the European Space Agency.

Now to the DX ...

1270  KFLC  TX  FORT WORTH - 02/07 1806 CST with "Doce Setente AM, La Voz del Pueblo" ID's and local commercials.  Still on daytime pattern.

I remember this station as KFJZ back in the late 1970's. They were a Top-40 station then.


Some more Mexican DX, this time using my Radio Shack DX-399 (aka Sangean ATS-606AP) and my Radio Shack Loop (15-1583):

970  XERFR  MEXICO  Mexico City, DF - 10 Feb 2146 CST with "Radio Formula" slogan, then ID at 2157 "XERFR AM 970 kilohertz con 50 mil watts de potencia ... La Mejor Estacion de Radio Formula ... Cadena Nacional ..."     followed by a spot for 'Banco Mexico' and another spot      that used the words "Los Tres ..." and "Involvidable" several times.  At 2200 CST, another "Radio Formula ... Cadena Nacional ..." slogan, then into "Noticias"

This is a new station for me!


Rick Barton – Phoenix, Arizona       




thought last evening would be a good night to listen to RHC, after hearing the announcement re: Fidel Castro during privious overnight.  I tuned in RHC on 9820 at 0100-UT, but the broadcast shut off w/o warning at 0134 and never did return to the air to my knowlege. Did a cupola rechecks. 

been trying to get in some DXing at rare moments when i feel good enough to sit up to the radio.  Kevin is probably well aware our area has been hit with a flu epidemic. shelves running out of cough medicine, grocery stores short staffed, etc. my whole group made a hasty retreat from out of town road trip after we all suddenly came down with it.


Richard Berler – Laredo, TX

Sangean PR-D5



In my market (Laredo,TX), there are no stations broadcasting in iboc mode. While in San Antonio today, I discovered how awful it is as far as trying for stations 10 KHz away from the iboc broadcaster. WOW! I could get WWL New Orleans 870 next to KONO 860 San Antonio with my selective SONY ICF-S5W and SONY ICF-E10W's, but the iboc forced me to tune off of frequency, and the interference was nullable on a small sweep of a 360 degree circle. The Sangean PR-D5 and Sangean DT200VX were not listenable with this case due to a mix of lesser selectivity and inability to tune off frequency on these sets. What a dreadful circumstance! That was a quick education on IBOC's impact for me!


Bruce Winkelman – Tulsa, OK

Drake R8, mangled antenna wires


Nice "R. Poderosa" slogan noted 2248CST 02FEB08 here in Tulsa w/KSTP

phased. New one for me. Thanks, John Callerman for the tip!

1340 KJMU Sand Springs, OK noted back on the air 2240CST 13FEB08 with

"Hot 1340" slogan, playing R&B/Urban Contemporary mx

1570 KZLI Catoosa-Tulsa,OK CP for move from Pryor to Catoosa apparently

on with dual city ID "Catoosa-Tulsa", "Tulsa's new 15-70" slogan and

standards vocals (Striesand, Tony Bennett, Rosemary Clooney, Perry Como,

Frank Sinatra etc.)


Alan Furst – Round Rock, TX

Receiver, Antenna



Interesting coverage of the Memphis tornado on 600 WREC and

for Arkansas on 920 KARN Little Rock.

As the night progresses KMOX, WHAS and others could get into

coverage as the storm front moves east.


Radio Reloj on 790.  logging #343. Have heard them on 570, 1020 760, and 950

Also hearing a het on 1521 tonight. Is anyone getting good TA on the east coast tonight?


Does anyone know of a station probably in Mexico playing

classical on 1190? 

There is one US station listed but was after their sign off time and the loop was directed toward Mexico.

New logging from Mexico 1240 XERO Aquascalientes "Radio Recuredo"


Also heard 1070 WDIA Memphis. Not new, but not regular.

KHRO 1650 El Paso Tx Radio Free, playing 50s and 60s oldies. Mixing

with Austin NOAA WX Radio.  523 Miles Log #348.


Kevin Redding- Gilbert, AZ

Eton E1XM or as listed


Heard on an Eton E1 and RS Loop:

1340 KIKO Globe,  AZ 2/3 1029 playing House of the Rising Sun

1230 KOY Phoenix, AZ 1045 playing songs from musicals

1240 KJAA Globe, AZ 1049 REL pgm

1400 KSUN Phoenix, AZ 1051 slogan Radio Fiesta

1450 KWFM Tucson, AZ 1101 Cool oldies, playing Beatles

1450 UNID 1105 Mile High Country [wh0 could this be?]

1490 KFFN Tucson, AZ 1109 talk about Pats cheating

1490 KYCA Prescott, AZ 1111 u/o KFFN w/ politics


580 WIBW Topeka, KS 2234 with ID political show

600 KSJB Jamestown, ND 2305 playing C&W

Heard on a Sangean DT-200V in Chandler, AZ at my sons house.


1240 KALY Albuquerque, NM 2/10 1652 with Backstreet Boys and girl 

announcing Radio Disney.


Heard in a gold 2004 Saturn Ion2:

1350 KCSJ Pueblo, Co 2/16 1930 with ID during a break in a basketball 



Michael J. Richard – Evanston, WY

Car Radio


Daytime GY frequency scan from Evanston, WY – 2/6/08 – 10:15am

Chrysler AM Stereo / FM Stereo car radio 

1230     nothing but splatter – if KEVA was off I’d probably be able to hear KJQS – Murray, UT

1240     KEVA   WY       Evanston           LOCAL              Loud and clean in AM Stereo with classic country music

1340     KACH   ID         Preston             weak                 “timeless classics” satellite format – heard Barry Manilow

1400     nothing – closest 1400 is in Provo, UT – KSRR  but couldn’t hear them

1450     KVSI     ID         Montpelier         good                 standards – (great songs great memories) satellite format

1490     KOGD   UT        Ogden               weak                 standards – same format as KVSI mixing w/KUGR

1490     KUGR   WY       Green River       weak                 full service – heard music mixing w/KOGD


Keith Beesley – Seattle, WA



I live in Seattle, WA, but heard the following while visiting family in Roosevelt, NJ, 40°13′6″N 74°28′15″W, about halfway between NYC and Philly, on Jan. 25-26, 2008:


660, WFAN, NYC

710, WOR, NYC

750, WSB, Atlanta

760, WJR, Detroit

770, WABC, NYC

780, WBBM, Chicago

800,  CKLW, Windsor

870, WWL, NO

880, WCBS, NYC

890, WLS, Chicago

1000, WMVP, Chicago

1010 WINS, NYC

1020, KDKA, Pittsburgh

1030 WBZ, Boston

1040, WHO, Des Moines

1060, KYW, Philadelphia

1080 WTIC, Hartford

1120 KMOX, St. Louis

IBOC noise was not that apparent, except around WOR, (which effectively killed 700 and 720, and even made listening to that station on an analog radio unpleasant), so maybe the tide is turning.

Logged on a Sony M37V unaided. Meant to bring along the '1103 to check on SW, but forgot it; oh well, next time.


Juan Gualda – Ft. Pierce, FL

Sat 800, 40’ antenna


New catch last night. 780 khz Radio Coro from Venezuela 1:02 am Eastern. Multiple IDs, and I heard its // on the net, delayed about 30 seconds. Heard on the 800 with 40 foot longwire N/S.


Donald (OWG) Kaskey – San Francisco, CA

Drake R-8 and Kiwa Loop


Checked 1290 about 4:52 p.m.PST 2/7 in hopes of landing KOUU-Pocatello's

recent upgrade of 50 kw.  Haven't heard this call altho 1 or more of previous calls have been logged back in antiquity somewhere.  Noting the usual SS on KAZA and KPAYs talk show I eventually heard c&w music plowing thru.  At 4:58pm with the c&w atop and ending a song,  instead of an ID I suddenly got a 'poof' and they were outta here.  Bloody engineer couldn't even wait for the TOH ID.  Grrrrr...

Tried 1280 for KPTQ Spokane, which I've heard under KAQQ a few years

back but only Salt Lake City there before 5 pm & Eugene & Yakima dominating for the next 5-7 minutes after TOH.

SS noted beneath the local on 1260 (still haven't logged new calls-can't

remember what they are either).  SS most likely 1550 had nice Adult Stds plowing thru local KYCY there.  Assume Vancouver WA.  KWSU atop 1250......Sports atop 1460 was no doubt KENO. Looked for KOHI up on 1600 but strong KUBA discouraged me.

Back to Master of Orion.

Yes, first new catch (albeit a call change) since 9/10/07....

1290  ID  KOUU  Pocatello with c&w music cutting thru KPAY/KAZA/KUMA

around 1640 PST 2/16/08.  Often atop and at 1653 after finishing a number 'AM Stereo-1290-The Country Cow'.  This ID will have to suffice for awhile as they keep going 'poof' at TOH before legal ID.

So mjr, they certainly appear to still be using AM Stereo.

Tried for KPTQ-Spokane-1280 at 1700 PST but only IDs heard were from

KRVM-Eugene & KDOX-Henderson NV.  About 3 others in there but didn't

make out any IDs.

1380  CA  KOSS  Lancaster...Tune in 1715 PST found KLPZ Parker AZ solid

atop with modern c&w music.  Several stations beneath...1718 found Parker dropping power leaving KTKZ atop looping NE & KOSS atop looping SE....KOSS had about a 5 minute ad break 1720-1725 with many businesses in the Antelope Valley mentioned as well as a couple in Lancaster. 1725-back to syndicated talk show-The Neil Bort Show-...Hoped to get a call letter ID at 1730 break in talk show but (as usual) Lancaster cut power before the ID.  Several stations left in the mud after KOSS cut power but background QRN too much to ID.


Glenn Hauser – Enid, OK




Re: I wonder what kind of an arrangement (if any) KCHN has with the VOA to do

that. As far as I know, the Smith-Mundt Act of 1948, which governs certain ways

the US handles propaganda, is still in effect. One thing that act did was

prohibit the distribution of VOA programs intended for foreign audiences

through US domestic sources. So I doubt very much if the VOA is either buying

time on domestic stations or giving permission to such stations to rebroadcast

VOA programming. 73 Bill Dvorak  Madison  WI (NRC-AM)

Is this legal? (gh, DXLD)

Yes, per Gartner v. USIA (1989). If the station in Texas can get hold of the

content on its own accord, it can rebroadcast it. It would be illegal for VOA

to encourage or facilitate this, though.

See http://www.annenberg.northwestern.edu/pubs/usfa/usfa4.htm

Our local ethnic station, WUST, 1120, also transmits VOA Vietnamese, or at

least they did a few weeks ago when I happened to hear it. 

Immigrant communities appreciate the chance to get news about their home

countries in their mother tongues. Relays of VOA programming on U.S. stations

provide this public service, at no additional cost to the taxpayers. 73 (Kim

(definitely not speaking for VOA or IBB here!),

I meant to do a low-noon MW bandscan close to Solstice, when residual skywave is possible, but did not get around to it until Feb 4, and by then it was

almost too late. But I also wanted to check out what makes it by groundwave on

my new caradio, not confused by skywave. I expeditioned a few miles NW of Enid to a spot near the junxion of State Hwys 45 and 132 SE of Carrier, where there is a brief stretch with no adjacent powerlines. On caradio with whip on fender, no DFing possible.

Main reference is the 2007-2008 NRC AM Log. Here is some of what I noted,

skipping most strong and regular signals, between 1815 and 1905 UT, local mean noon being at 1832:

1700: at 1819 ``La Indomable, mil setecientos, es La Grande``. Spanish

dominating an English station, fading in and out. Unlike most of the logs

below, this is probably skywave, from KBGG Des Moines, listed with ``La

Grande`` but not ``La Indomable`` slogan.

1690: at 1820, sports talk. Does not fit for Colorado with All-Kids, or

Illinois with news/talk, but surely one or the other. Format changed?

1670: at 1820, weak distorted audio. May be Enid talking house.

1660: checked this first at 1815, as KXTR Kansas City is easy to recognize with

classical, and often audible later in the afternoon when skywave has kicked in,

but not now: ESPN station was dominating with ads for a CPA `downtown`, phone 241-9187 and 281-1003, atop KXTR classical with a SAH; 1818 CNN News; 1825 ID as ``1660 ESPN``. Those phones check for a CPA in Fargo ND, so certainly noon skywave from KQWB at well over a megameter.

1650 & 1630 blocked by splatter from local KFXY 1640.

1620: at 1821, sports news, good signal. Presumably KOZN Bellevue NE.

1610: at 1822, NWS relay with noise, cut off amid weather info, back to usual

loop of local area attraxions around Great Salt Plains, TIS. This makes it into

parts of Enid itself if noise is low enough.

1600: at 1823, at least two stations under dominant KUSH Cushing OK.

1570: at 1825, two stations, C&W probably KNDY Marysville KS; EZL probably KZLI Pryor OK, or KTAT Frederick OK.

1540: at 1826, Rush, over another talker. There are two Kansans here, Parsons

being the talker, tho KXEL IA might have been in the mix by skywave.

1500: at 1827, preacher. Must be KPGM Pawhuska OK

1440: at 1828, weak Spanish, presumably KTNO University Park TX (Metroplex), 15 kW, but CP for 50 in daytime; IBOC QRM, probably from Tulsa KTBZ 1430 ``The Buzz``, 25 kW.

1420: at 1828, local political ad for Lone Wolf, ``Country 1420, KTJS``, midday

report, from Hobart OK; IBOC QRM here too on what used to be a clear station on its fringe. (Quite a number of other small-town stations in OK & KS were doing

local noon news hours; good to hear these still exist.)

1370: at 1829, nothing heard; was expecting usual KGNO Dodge City KS.

1360: at 1830, Ave Maria Radio, devotional by a priest. Two possibilities are

listed on this frequency with EWTN! KAHS El Dorado KS, and KDJW Amarillo TX. 1831 into talk show ``The Doctor Is In``, YL with Catholic-oriented advice,

877-573-7825. Continuous hum on audio.

1320: at 1832, Radio Oklahoma, weather, ``Newstalk 1320``, so KCLI Clinton;

back to Rush; over lo rumble, somebody off-frequency.

1260: at 1834, soul-ish music, but must be KWSH Wewoka, C&W listed.


1250: at 1835, Spanish, so KKHK Kansas City KS; [WREN Topeka missed].

1240: at 1835, slow SAH of 1 Hz or less between KADS Elk City OK and KFH

Wichita. For many years, KADS was off-frequency with an audible het.

1210: at 1836, Oklahoma news, from KGYN Guymon. Day pattern is non-direxional so reaches Enid without cheating.

1200: at 1836, trace of a SAH, I suppose between WOAI TX and KFNW ND altho WRTO Chicago or KYOO Bolivar MO might be involved.

1190: at 1836, ``AM 1190 KVSV``, Beloit KS, farm news.

1180: at 1837, Spanish, therefore KYOZ Bellevue NE.

1110: at 1838, KFAB Omaha NE, VG signal with Rush, and IBOC sidebands blocking 1120 and 1100.

1070: at 1838, semi-local KFTI Wichita, Paul Harvey at Page 3, so must have

started around 1830. (I`ve noticed he is no longer between 1800 and 1830 on

KRMG 740 Tulsa, either.)

1060: at 1839, fast SAH. Closest are Springfield MO and Van Buren AR; none of

the three Texans are very close. Would settle for Pierre SD. Needs further

checking, but KFTI 1070 can be a problem.

1040: at 1841, Rush from WHO Des Moines IA.

1030: at 1842, no IBOC heard, missing from WHO? Two stations, news / talk over music, possibly Spanish. KBUF Holcomb KS surely the former, tho KFAY

Farmington/Fayetteville AR possible. Is KWFA Tye TX (Abilene) on yet? Does 50

kW KCTA Corpus Christi have any Spanish? Went back and checked this at 1857: talking over hymn, 1858 tentative ID for KWFA.

1010 & 990: at 1843, blocked by IBOC from KTOK-1000.

970: at 1846, religion, KCFO Tulsa or KHVN Fort Worth; far enough from local

KGWA 960 to pull something past it.

950: at 1846, religion, no doubt KJRG Newton KS, ditto.

940: at 1844, trace of something under WKY-930 splash, probably KIXZ Amarillo

which I have heard before somewhat west of Enid; no Kansans.

880: at 1845, plug for KRVN.com Lexington NE, mixing with a weaker station,

probably KJOJ Conroe TX, (which is Vietnamese, but not enough audio to tell).

850: at 1846, Paul Harvey, so KOA in usual pre-noon timeslot; slow SAH with

talk station, no doubt KJON Carrollton TX, hijacked from Anadarko OK, but at

least that benefits KOA here.

840: at 1846, something there, but an unexpected line noise peak here, surely

KTIC West Point NE, previously heard daytimes when it was something else.

Rechecked at 1905, ad for Nebraska lottery.

830-730: due to noise and running out of time, skipped over, but nothing

unusual expected.

720: at 1847, ad for Grand Central Station episode on The American Experience,

WTTW, so definitely WGN. Of all the Chicago `clears` this is the only one still

with a clear daytime shot to OK at well over a megameter, certainly by

groundwave tnx to our excellent conductivity. Fortunately KSAH Universal City

(San Antonio) TX does not bother in the daytime like it does at night, constant

SAH battling with WGN.

710: at 1847, Rush mixing with another talker. Per NRC AM Log, KGNC Amarillo TX is the one with Rush, not KCMO Kansas City.

700: at 1848, ads in English mixed with Asian language, 214 area code, so KHSE Wylie TX (Metroplex), blocking any hope of WLW daytime.

680: at 1849, rodeo talk about NFR, presumably KFEQ St. Joe MO.

670: at 1850, religion, from KLTT Commerce/Denver CO, another long-haul daytime groundwave which can also be heard within Enid given low-noise location; trace of something else, presumably WSCR Chicago, which as WMAQ used to make it clearly on cold winter days` groundwave.

660: at 1851, KSKY Dallas, talk, with IBOC from WWLS-640 bleeding over here 20 kHz up.

650 & 630: ruined by WWLS IBOC; WSM and KHOW might otherwise make it.

620: at 1852, KMKI Disney Radio, Plano TX, music.

610: at 1852, KCSP Kansas City, sports, marred by IBOC from KMKI.

600: at 1852, two weak stations with SAH, probably WMT Cedar Rapids IA and KTBB Tyler TX. This is a relatively clear frequency for daytime DX.

590: at 1853, KXSP Omaha NE with sports, over something else, probably KLBJ

Austin TX.

570: at 1853, usual mix of KLIF Dallas over WNAX Yankton SD. Unfortunately

almost co-linear and can`t null out one or the other.

560: at 1854, Rush, presumably KWTO Springfield MO, seems with IBOC QRM; is that KLIF 570 now? No IBOC heard on 580, with WIBW strong.

550: at 1854, KFRM Salina KS, very strong as usual, but with something else

underneath; KCRS Midland TX heard previously, but KLLV Breen CO might be

possible now.

540: at 1855, usual mix of KDFT Ferris (Metroplex) TX in Spanish over KWMT Fort Dodge IA in English


The Whole Earth


Rick Barton – Phoenix, Arizona       



6348   CLAND.  Echo  of Hope (P)  1220  Music and talk by YL making it thru

the co-channel DPRK Gov't Censor Station.      (Barton,AZ 2/6) 

7445  TAIWAN  Radio Taiwan Intl.  1145 with Jade Bells and Bamboo Pipes px

and closing out EG bx at TOH. 24443  Dropped off at 1200.(Barton,AZ 2/6) 

6285  NORTH KOREA  Voice of Korea  Long lecture by YL at 1020; music. More

praise of great leader  with audio sounding a little better than usual.  Good- i'll call it 45434. bx was in English. (Barton,AZ  2/6)

 7220   ----?------  R. Svoboda at 34423. 1030 .YL in Slavic lang. Good ID by male at BOH. Sounds like current events pgm to 1100 close. Have heard before - refs

here don't show transmitter location, only a couple of possibles. * *  wish i had the flypaper memory some have.


Harry Helms –Smithville, TX

Sony ICF 2010


6010 MEXICO Radio Mil at a nice level 6:40 am with "Musica de Mexico" program and female announcer, into music like that played in better Mexican restaurant chains like El Torito, Chi-Chi's, etc.


Glenn Hauser – Enid, OK

Yaesu FRG 7


** AUSTRIA. Ö1, 13730, Feb 1 at 1400 going from English to German, just as QRM

from CRI via Cuba`s dirty 13740 transmitter starts modulating. Needlessly

complex English/Deutsch language schedule from Austria at 1305-1400 per EiBi:

13730         1305-1320 Mo    AUT Radio Austria Int.       E   Eu

13730         1305-1320 Tu-Fr AUT Radio Austria Int.       D   Eu

13730         1305-1330 SaSu  AUT Radio Austria Int.       E   Eu

13730         1320-1345 Mo-Fr AUT Radio Austria Int.       D   Eu

13730         1330-1335 SaSu  AUT Radio Austria Int.       D   Eu

13730         1335-1400 SaSu  AUT Radio Austria Int.       E   Eu

13730         1345-1400 Mo    AUT Radio Austria Int.       D   Eu

13730         1345-1400 Tu-Fr AUT Radio Austria Int.       E   Eu

Otherwise at 0500-1830 it`s all in German. Per HFCC, 13730 switches from a 160 degree antenna to 0 degrees (or non-direxional?) at 1200

** BRAZIL. I would have preferred to hear CMBF`s classical music, but 6060 cut

off at 0702 Feb 2, uncovering R. Tupi, Curitiba, with full ID mentioning a

ZY-call on MW, plus SW frequencies 9565, 11765 and 6060

** COSTA RICA. The 40 kW ELCOR transmitter testing at Guápiles, as Raúl

Saavedra has found out, is still being heard on 5954, Feb 1 at 2320 check with

music, but too much Okeechobee 5950

** CUBA. Another try to hear something else after RHC 0700* on 49m: Sat Feb 2

on 6060, heard R. Musical Nacional, CMBF network opening ``Por Primera Vez``

apparently newly acquired classical recordings, giving program address of

Apartado 6659, Zona-6, but transmitter cut off at 0702*, uncovering Brazil,


** GABON. On the lookout for resurgence of the Africa Numéro Un harmonic on

19160 --- Feb 1 at 2023, I could get a weak carrier slightly above on about

19160.3, but no audio. There seemed to be a second carrier slightly above that

--- and nothing much else in this frequency range. Is the fundamental also

off-frequency to the high side? Hilife music on 9580.1 or so, did not seem as

much as needed to match but maybe within the margin of error of my indirect

frequency estimating system with the DX-398. Further chex needed. In case you

think 20+ UT is a bit late for 19 MHz from Gabon, last year during good

openings it was being heard even past 2200, as I suppose the higher frequency

was propagating well enough to escape the tropical night

** NEW ZEALAND. RNZI, 17675 analog, holding its own against unnecessarily close neighbor CVC Chile 17680, Friday Feb 1 until 2055 with ``Spectrum``

interviewing a yacht builder, then into latest advisory about Cycle Gene

battering Futuna with 945 hektopascals of low pressure. See:


Strangely, this does not seem to have been making world news. 2058 Vanuatu

music break, 2100 timesignal, World & Pacific News. I was wanting to confirm

Mailbox at 2035, but this was an off-week for that fortnightly show

** SOUTH CAROLINA [non]. Brother Scare, 13810 via Germany, with big produced opening at 1400 UT Feb 1, music mixed with bits of Alex Scourby`s Bible readings, and R. G.`s dire declarations.

** U S A. Brother Scare still going on WWRB 3185, Feb 1 at 1334 check, not yet

on 9385. FCC B07 and HFCC B07 show WWRB on 3185 only until 1300 UT, then 9385, both 100 kW at 340 degrees. Barring unpublished changes, it would not be the first time a US SW station has overstayed its welcome on a certain frequency.

Oh oh, the WWRB Global 3 schedule at


shows the transition at ``9:00 am`` which would be 1500 UT. Timezone is not

specified on the WWRB schedules! But Manchester is well within the Central zone west of the boundary with Eastern

** U S A. Tuning across WBCQ 7415, Friday Feb 1 after 2000 UT, I was quickly

informed that FDR, Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama were all ``communists`` ---

Enough of that crap. Per sked, it`s Money Talk, ``Started in July 2004, as a

spin off from Financial Survival 2000. Hosted by Jim and Eric Cedarstrom,

a.k.a. Patriot Trading Group.`` Pushing gold is their thing for the gullible.

Checking WORLD OF RADIO 1393 on Area 51 show, Friday Feb 1 at 2348, I found that frequency had varied up to 5111.4-CUSB

** U S A [non]. Seems CVC Chile has got back on frequency 15410.00; Feb 1 at

1407, Radio Farda via Morocco was dominating, but no audible het as in previous few days; maybe a lite SAH, hard to tell with propagation fading too

** ANGUILLA. DGS missing from 6090, Feb 9 at 0707 check, uncovering some

extremely distorted talk, perhaps two stations mixing. Is Nigeria this bad like

it is on some other frequencies? 11775 also missing Feb 9 at 1445, but on when

rechecked at 1500 

** CHAD. Everything back to normal? 4905 heard again Feb 8 at 0630 with usual

music, 0641 announcement; heavy CODAR QRM

** CROATIA [non non]. V. of Croatia, 6165, 0700 Feb 9 with ID, news in English,

34533, some CCI, but frequency is totally blocked by huge widespread signal

from Bonaire until 0657* By 0704 already back to music

** CUBA. The DentroCuban Jamming Command continues to cause immense and totally unnecessary collateral damage to non-exile broadcasters. Feb 9 at 0703, XEPPM6185 was putting in a very good signal with a cantata --- but bubble jamming could be heard on the frequency, also spreading to 6190 (but not heard on 6180 with Brasil, and maybe RHC carrier still on). The only time 6185 `needs` to be jammed is at 0200-0400 with R. República, but at least one jamming transmitter on a given frequency can often be heard ticking away during what should be off-hours. (And I see that the RR and consequent DCJC QSY to 6185 from 6100 still hasn`t made it into EiBi or Aoki, despite first discussed here months ago.) During 0200-0400, of course, 6185 is a total loss for R. Educación and its would-be listeners.

After 0700 Feb 9 I also tuned around 49m looking for other spurious Cuban

jamming and found some, around 6135, which would be another leftover from Radio República at 2200-2400; this bothered NHK on 6145. On the lower side the jamming merged with jamming-like DRM on 6125-6130-6135 from Sines, 40 degrees during this hour.

Also heard some lite jamming around 6085, which might be explained as a mix of

the heavy, and not left-over DCJC against Martí on 5980 and 6030, another 50

kHz higher. 6030 in particular was broad, with spikes extending well past 6025

and 6035

** JORDAN. R. Jordan, 11690, reactivated a few days ago, heard here Feb 8 at

1440 with Arabic pop music, 1446 announcement by YL in French; Jordan strong

enough to make RTTY on lo side evitable simply by tuning slightly to hi side.

1500 timecheck, ID in French by OM. Had a SAH of about 4 Hz, presumably with

HCJB scheduled until 1500, altho no audio heard from it; but SAH still there at

1530; 1537 phone call on the air

** U S A. MW report of the WABV-1590 DX test, WAIK heard instead: see DXLD

8-017; Daytime MW bandscan: see DXLD 8-018; also on MW DX lists (gh)

** VENEZUELA [non]. Sat Feb 9 sat on 11680 from 1500 waiting for RNV CI via

Cuba to appear. Carrier finally on at 1505:40 and program joined in progress at

1506. Unlike previous Saturdays, no English, all in Spanish to 1522 tune-out.

Great way to build an audience! Also, RHC 13680 carrier stayed on until 1510*

** AFGHANISTAN [non]. An mp3 file of R. Solh music, 29 minutes, 6836 kb, 32

kbps, 22 kHz, recorded in late January at 1419-1459 UT on 15265 via UK, with

announcements removed, is now available for all to enjoy at

http://www.w4uvh.net/sohl0801.mp3 If anyone can identify any of the music,

please let us know as it would be nice to obtain CD quality recordings of it.

The second piece is partly in English

** EGYPT. Altho I was hearing R. Cairo via ABZ site on 6290 some minutes before 2400 UT Feb 9 as I tuned by, at 0005 Feb 10 I found a strong carrier, but

extremely weak and distorted modulation on 6225, nothing on 6290. 0000 is when the Arabic service is scheduled to switch 6290 from ABZ to ABS site, the latter with its terrible modulation, as we have noted before, and also with a

considerable overlap between the two sites. This time on 6225, there was some

yelling and applause, but the modulation so weak and distorted I could not even

be sure of language, let alone pull a definite ID, but circumstantially it

appears that Cairo has moved from 6290 to 6225 for the service after 0000,

which remains a total waste. We shall hear subsequently whether this was a

mistake, fluke, or permanent change

** MEXICO. R. Educación, 6185, 0001 Feb 10, sign-on as SW station XEPPM on

6185, with current date and time, power 10 kW, live announcement in Spanish,

and then the same in English --- a good time for monolinguals to DX them tho

they occasionally throw in English IDs elsewhen. It`s a shame they don`t put a

little more effort into some real English programming.

Show following sounded like ``Su casa y otros viajes`` or was it ``carta`` but

neither makes much sense. Program schedule

http://www.radioeducacion.edu.mx/carta_programa.pdf does not match, just

showing ``RFI`` at 6 pm Saturday. Not clear if besides the sign-on, the SW

programming is partially or totally identical now to MW 1060 XEEP, but no sign

of a separate SW sked on the website.

Nor can I any longer find detailed playlists minute by minute they used to have

on website bookmarked at http://www.radioeducacion.edu.mx/HojaProg1.html nor any trace of it on the site map, tho they have added a lot of text material and

the latest fad, podcasts. Maybe playlists are now for Registered Users only?

But no explanation of what benefits RU`s get!

** VENEZUELA [non]. Sunday Feb 10 made my habitual check for ``Aló,

Presidente`` frequencies via Cuba, vs mainstream RHC programming. At 1426 found the A,P lead-in show from RHC, ``Mundo Siete``, week in review, both on 11680 and 11670! 11670 was much weaker than 11680, and the two were out of synch, so from two different transmitter sites. Meanwhile, 11875, which had been one of the A,P Sunday-only channels, was missing, with only a weak WEWN audible. Apparently, RHC finally got our message that the 14-15 hour was colliding with WEWN and moved that transmitter to 11680. However, at 1514 recheck, 11875 was on, after WEWN had left. I wonder if they announce such a frequency change around 1500? A,P also on // 13750 very strong, making a reverb with 11680. Also on 13680, but barely detectable in skirts of CRI via Sackville 13675. At 1456, 17750 was starting to fade in with WYFR dominating, trace of Cuba.

Meanwhile, mainstream RHC was as usual on 11760, 11805 and 12000 around 1430, closing around 1500; I noticed that 11805 was off the air before the others had finished.

I was already hearing the blustery voice of Hugo Chávez Frías at 1435, so

apparently he was rarin` to go. His timezone change may have affected his

habitual startup time, tho it would logically be later in real time, not earlier

Just to follow up, Rick may have been right in his original log of

Guatemala ---- 73, Glenn Hauser

** GUATEMALA. 4799.75, R Buenas Nuevas, 1235, 02/07/08, Spanish. Male

announcer on tune-in with commentary and a couple of near-immediate IDs as "Radio Buenas Nuevas" amid his talk. Slight heterodyne from something on or near 4800 (XERTA??), but too weak to tell what it might have been. Fair/good (Mark Schiefelbein, MO, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

Oh oh; RBN may have figured it should assert its rights to 4800 vs XERTA which moved from 4810 during RBN inactivity. But be very careful, as XERTA in religionist programing could also mention ``buenas nuevas

True, and it does bear further monitoring. I didn't stay with it very long once I noticed the PNGs were coming in, but whoever it was on 4799.75 was not audible in a quick recheck made between 1300-1400 (which would jibe with the listed 1000-1300 for RBN in Aoki). (Mark Schiefelbein, ibid.)

** GUATEMALA. 4799.79, Radio Buenas Nuevas, 0415-0433*, Feb 8, local

religious music. Spanish talk. Closing announcements with ID at 0432. Poor signal in noise, CODAR QRM and slight het from presumed Mexico 4800. Thanks to Mark Schiefelbein for tip

4799.8, R Buenas Nuevas, 1238-1350+, 02/08/08, Spanish. Male announcer

playing music with a couple of "Radio Buenas Nuevas" IDs between songs, then long dialogue by M/F announcers with brief pauses like they were reading off a script. Theme music with longer RBN ID mentioning meter bands, some further talk with low audio, then back to the tunes after 1300, with occasional longer talks to 1350 fadeout. CODAR QRM much worse than yesterday, making speech difficult to follow. Frequency seemed to drift a little. Fair/poor (Mark


Excellent log! Have them at 1250 with *very weak signal*, YL. CODAR major problem but Mexico is off and on schedule on 4800, seems off at the moment. 4799.816 drifting, Radio Buenas Nuevas, thanks! M. Schiefelbein log. Noted from 1230 to 1308, same YL as before, marimbas on the hour, om ID after the hour (Bob Wilkner, FL, Cumbre DX via DXLD

** GUATEMALA [and non]. Radio Buenas Nuevas 4999.9 [sic, means 4799.9]

was off the air 1100 this morning 10 February. Mexico was off 4800, same time (Bob Wilkner, FL, Mosquito Coast DX News 10 February 2008, via Cumbre DX via DXLD)

** EGYPT. Re DXLD 8-019: UT Feb 11 checked again for R. Cairo in 48 mb, which frequency in use? No signal audible on 6225, and only a very weak signal on 6290, presumably Cairo back to where it is scheduled. As for 6225, it is in

EiBi schedule for Cairo at 16-18 in Turkish 18-19 in Russian; but in Aoki at

16-19 Turkish, 19-20 Russian. They do not agree either on the sites. EiBi says

both are via Abis, while Aoki says Turkish is Abis, and Russian Abu Zaabal.

Anyhow, this partially explains how RC could appear on 6225 by mistake at a

later hour. And see DXLD 8-006, where 6225 was reported last November at 1733 in Turkish with ``horrible audio``

** GERMANY [non]. DW Amharic service has been coming in well in the 1400 UT hour, such as Feb 11 at 1450 on 15620 via Rwanda, discussion of Barack Obama, clips in English and German into Amharic voice-over. So this is of some

interest in Ethiopia? No jamming heard on this frequency, but I wonder if that

is the case inside Ethiopia

** KOREA NORTH [non]. 5985 via Yamata, Japan, Feb 11 at 1428, ``Kochirawa

Shiokaze desu`` ID by YL thrice within a sesquiminute in closing over usual

piano music. Lite het no doubt from Myanmar, which is never strong enough to

get here even after Shiokaze is off at 1430

** SAUDI ARABIA. Have been enjoying the music on BSKSA, 15435 just after 1500 UT Feb 11 and 12, a.k.a. Call of Islam, but it starts fading out by 1515 or

1520 as they get back to talk

** U S A. WWRB, 9385, Feb 12 at 1418, with Brother Scare more distorted than

usual and splattering down to 9230 and up to 9465, especially bothering fellow

US stations on 9330, 9355, 9370

** CANADA. Feb 14 at 0615, found harmonica album cuts on 6045; first thought of reactivated XEXQ quickly extinguished as I realized that KBS World Radio in

Spanish to Europe via Sackville is scheduled here --- and that`s the same fill

music CD RCI used to play in snippets when they were still relaying CBC in the

mornings and had to cover local breakaway times after news on the hour. So

KBSWR feed was lost, replaced by this, which ran without announcements until

0629* RCI IS once and off. Checked subsequent KBS relays via Sackville, and

they were back to normal: 1430 in Korean on 9650; 24 hours later at 0625 Feb 15 in Spanish on 6045

** CHAD. RNT, 4905, Feb 14 at 0634 check, singing and talking in Arabic?

Unseemed French; CODAR QRM. Fadeout should be getting a bit earlier as solstice approaches

** COLOMBIA. 5910, Feb 14 at 0639, ``Están escuchando HKI79, Marfil Estéreo,`` lively songs; lite splatter de WBOH 5920. That`s the FM callsign, HJDH being listed in WRTH for both 5910 and 6010

** CUBA. This day`s defects at RHC: Feb 15 at 0634, found 6000, 6060 and 6180 all very undermodulated as Arnie Coro`s ``news`` update in telco-quality audio was ending; briefly higher-fi YL announcer re-introducing him for Breakthru, science capsule which ran only until 0640; was about CFLs imposed by the government on every household for energy conservation and the fact that no incandescent bulbs are made in Cuba; all must be imported. At this time, a

quick echo developed on 6000, but not on the other frequencies, making me

wonder if two transmitters/sites were running simultaneously on 6000, with

their different audio feed delays from the studio. As for the RHC undermod,

that helped reduce adjacent QRM to XEPPM 6185, so I welcomed it

** EQUATORIAL GUINEA. 6250.0, R. Nacional, Malabo, 0602+ Feb 14 heard what sounded like timesignal, but surely not that far off; fair with ute QRM. 0604

R. Malabo ID, frequency 6250, news. 0607 mentioned 6250 again and 20 kW power, something about ``emisiones de prueba`` -- test transmissions; news sounders frequently, timecheck at 7:08, news of EqG, 0611 TC for 7:12 ``hora oficial de la República de Guinea Ecuatorial``

** GERMANY [non]. In case you didn`t get my correxion to previous report, time

on the unjammed DW Amharic 15620 log was 1450, not 1350

** HAWAII [and non]. Monitoring 5000, Feb 15 at 0645 I found that WWVH was on top, then WWV, then barely audible Spanish, no doubt YVTO. Instead of

propagation info at :45 from WWVH, all I heard was 3 seconds of tone and then

only ticks until the next ID cycle before 0646

** INDONESIA. VOI active again, and no doubt temporarily, on 9526, Feb 16 at

1402 with Korean hour running late, brief English announcement that Korean had

ended and Indonesian was starting; that also ran late with music until 1504,

minute of deadair to 1505*. Not back on at 1530 check when they used to start

the gamelan IS and ID 6-minute loop

** TURKEY. Checking the VOT webcast, Tue Feb 12 at 2337 allegedly also on 5960, for possible replay of 2000`s Live from Turkey, not so, but instead Question of the Month, and the announcer axually spelt out rather slowly Yenisehir with a cedilla! Progress

** CANADA [non]. Rod Hembree via WBCQ 9330, as I tuned by, UT Feb 17, 2008 at 0003 with weather warning for southern Ontario, dated Sunday June 3 around 8:30 pm --- very, very useful, now. Checking the perpetual calendar, Sunday June 3 could have been as recently as 2007!

** COLOMBIA. Hadn`t heard much on 6010 lately, but Feb 16 at 0733, YL English ID as ``The Voice of Your Conscience``, then guitar music, dominating

frequency, SAH maybe from XEOI under; but at 0741 HJDH to open carrier

audiblizing weak music station under, presumably Radio Mil

** COSTA RICA. 5954, ELCOR transmitter test, checked Sat Feb 16 at 2315 with

nondescript music amid heavy QRM; recheck at 2335, no carrier detectable

** EGYPT. R. Cairo, 9465 to NAm, at 2320 Feb 16, last part of news by YL. It

was fairly intelligible, but modulation not up to par; went into feature

program at 2325, which was much less intelligible, so moved on

** INDONESIA. Re previous report: ``VOI active again, and no doubt temporarily,

on 9526, Feb 16 at 1402 with Korean hour running late, brief English

announcement that Korean had ended and Indonesian was starting; that also ran

late with music until 1504, minute of deadair to 1505*. Not back on at 1530

check when they used to start the gamelan IS and ID 6-minute loop``

Date was wrong above: Feb 15! Sure `nuff, gone again on Feb 16 around 1440


** NETHERLANDS [non]. 7380, Feb 16 at 2325 Indonesian talk over constant bed of music from the 20s or 30s; thought I briefly heard a hint of the RNW IS, but program continued past 2330, music having changed at 2332 to ``Winter

wonderland``. This is via Madagascar, and I suppose the Indonesians must be

longing for snowy Holland

** U S A. Contrary to a recent report that New York Radio was off the air, I

found it going as usual, ID Feb 17 at 0640 on 6604-USB with aviation weather

for places such as Atlantic, Pittsburgh, St. Louis; and also on // 3485 checked

at 0644

** U S A [non]. CVC A Sua Voz, 15410 via Chile to Brasil, UT Sat Feb 16 at 2340

with truncated classical music pieces, such as Copland`s El Salón México,

introduced by hard-sell announcer. Really a strange program, off-putting to the

classical aficionado who knows how long these pieces are supposed to run;

outroed at 2357 as ``Sem Limites`` for Sexta-feira, then QSY announcement to

11745 and off. This appears on the sked as M-F only, but has been appearing

regularly on Saturdays too: so it`s a replay of the Friday program. BTW,

Limites in Portuguese is stressed on second syllable, unlike Spanish Límites

** AFGHANISTAN [non]. R. Solh, 15265 via UK, 1452 UT Feb 18, exactly same music as always, and rather poor signal today, but with additional problem: Spanish 2-way SSB on 15266.5, probably drug runners or poachers

** ALBANIA. R. Tirana, 13640 to NAm, Tue Feb 19 at 1539 with reports about

independence of Kosovo, US recognition thereof, etc. Good S9+20 signal reaching SINPO 45444 but somewhat overmodulated and distorted; better than being undermodulated. 1549 music break, 1552 mailbag reading several reception reports with their SINPOs; 1558 theme, open carrier, 1558:30 bit of IS, open carrier again until off at 1559*

** CANADA. CRI via Sackville, 15230, Feb 18 at 1453 in English with frequent

audio dropouts, unlistenable. Is anyone paying attention? Why is it so hard to

maintain a clearly modulated feed from Beijing to Sackville?

** CUBA. 15710, Feb 18 at 1450 check, NO jamming at all! Have they finally

turned it off? Why was it ever here?

** INDONESIA. Another morning I wish I had been tuning earlier: Feb 18 at the

late hour of 1415, on 4790 island music, also CODAR and SSB QRM, best Indo

signal on band, then 4605 with different music; 4750 had only a very weak

carrier, maybe not Makassar

** IRAN. 7380, Feb 18 at 1432 Qur`an with long pauses, 1434 into M&W talk in S

Asian language. Qur`an on the half-hour is a clew toward Iran, and indeed when

uplooked later, it`s IRIB Kamalabad in Bengali

** MAURITANIA. ORTM must be back, after missing a few weeks: 4845, Feb 18 at 0633, Arabic talk and characteristic string music; QRM from ute pulsing 40

times a minute, but no CODAR on this frequency. At this hour was somewhat

stronger than Chad 4905 in French. Also Feb 19 at 0719 check, French talk still

audible on 4845

** NIGERIA. Waiting in the car at a grocery parking lot, I tuned around on the

portable DX-375 with its intermittent whip antenna connexion, and found only a

few strong signals on 19m, including, going off the air just a few seconds

after I tuned in, V. of Nigeria, 15120, 2058 UT Feb 18, sign-off in English

with address, adequate modulation. Not the place for WBCQ to be in A-08

** U S A. WWRB, 9385, again splattering Brother Scare down to 9330 at 1435 Feb 18, and also up to 9410 a few minutes later. On 9385 itself, distortion. Why is it so hard to get a clearly modulated signal from Walterboro to Manchester and

beyond? Maybe he should start by speaking in a normal tone of voice. Yeah, sure

** AUSTRALIA [and non]. R. Australia, 7240, 50 degrees from Shepparton to

Pacific, is a good reliable signal here after 1400, and usually hams avoid it,

but Feb 20 at 1519 I was hearing a QSO precisely on frequency, so they could

give their BFOs a rest, but I should think it would have been tough to talk

with RA mixing in. Were they QRMing it deliberately? One of the calls was

N5MUF, using the obvious fonetix, who per ARRL lookup is: BRUMFIELD, THOMAS R, N5MUF (General), Pearl, MS 39208

** CHAD. RNT, 4905, still having problems. Fairly good carrier at 0608 Feb 20,

but talk barely modulated

** CUBA. RHC, the UT day after Fidel finally resigned, Feb 20 at 0610-0625 or

so, checked 6060 and heard nothing at all about that, not even mentioning

Fidel. Did not rate among top three news headlines, starting with something

about US forces in Iraq. Perhaps instruxions on just how to play this somewhat

momentous story were slow to trickle down, so they just said nothing. Wait till

he really dies --- maybe then RHC will pull out all the stops, tho it may take

a while to find out, following their Soviet models. 0611 topic: sister cities

Quito and Cienfuegos

** GUATEMALA. R. Verdad, 4052.4 (or at least a smidgen below 4052.5), Feb 20, 0550 playing Johnny Cash`s Were You There? slow hymn, joined by a soprano harmonizing, June? 0553 dead air; 0554 Lord`s Prayer in English; 0555 sign-off until 5 AM (1100 UT), ``good night from your speaker (preacher?), Edgar

Madrid``, then hymn to waltz beat, 0557:30 YL Spanish sign-off, 0558 National

Anthem by band and choir running several verses to 0602:30 and carrier stayed

on a while longer. Rated S9+12 on my E-W longwire to FRG-7, or SINPO 35333.

Modulation was somewhat muffled, fuzzy thruout. One should really monitor TGAV and report on their real eighth anniversary, Feb 25

** MAURITANIA. ORTM, 4845, which I had heard a couple recent nights, was

missing again Feb 20 at 0607; just the constant utility pulsing on same


** MEXICO. XEYU, Radio Unam, 9599.3, quite good with continuous classical

music, `cello et al., Feb 20 from 2235 until at *2311:30 hit by Vatican Radio

on 9600.0 joining program in progress, then IS at 2314, producing a bad het

making both unlistenable

** POLAND [non]. And I do mean non! Checking 9660, scheduled for PRES 2200-2300 back to Europe via GUIANA FRENCH, 250 kW, 40 degrees, analog, all I heard was an unmodulated carrier at various chex between 2210 and 2235. Something must really be wrong at Montsinéry, as a number of other transmissions were moved away from there, and it seems this one should be, or has been?

** U S A. Robotic female voice on 4396-SSB, Feb 20 at 0605, weather for Gulf of

Alaska. Audio was choppy with clix; also, she ignorantly transformed 4:00 pm

into ``four hundred PM``, at least twice. Can`t they do better than this? I see

numerous logs on this frequency in UDXF forums of WLO Mobile AL, tho more

likely geographically I would expect its robotic sister station KLB in Kent WA.

Their website http://www.shipcom.com/frequencies.html does not match what I

heard. It shows WLO, not KLB on 4396, and at 0600 is supposed to be for the

Caribbean; offshore Alaska supposed to be at 0800, apparently meaning direct

from WLO, with no specific schedule given for KLB which is ``Enhanced Coverage of the Pacific and Alaskan waters`` and might have been relaying if I had checked 4405

** GUIANA FRENCH. Cf previous report under POLAND [non]. PRES via Montsinéry, 9660, achieved some modulation this time when checked Feb 22 around 2230, Polish talk. Signal read S9+20, but still badly undermodulated, no comparison in loudness to other similar signals on band, e.g. Spain direct on 9630, S9+25 loud & clear 

** INDONESIA. RRI, 9680, with gamelan orchestra at 1430 Feb 21, rather like the loop they used to play on VOI 9525 after 1530. But as always on 9680, with

co-channel QRM, in Chinese:

Per EiBi we have a four-way collision here:

9680          2200-1500       INS Radio Rep. Indonesia 4   IN  SEA

9680          1100-1800       TWN Radio Taiwan Int.        M   FE

9680          1100-1500       USA Voice of America         M   FE /PHL

The fourth being mandatory Chicom jamming against RTI and/or VOA!


A somewhat different timespan pixure emerges from Aoki, all 1234567:

9680*CBS TAIWAN       1100-1800 Chinese     100 352 Taipei               

                                            TWN 12124E2509 CBSC b07

9680 RRI Jakarta      2200-1300 Indonesian  250 316 Jakarta-Cimanggis    

                                            INS 10651E0612 RRI

9680*VOICE OF AMERICA 1100-1500 Chinese     250 349 Tinang                

                                            PHL 12037E1521 IBB b07

This showing RRI off at 1300, not the case per my log today. And the * meaning

both CBS and VOA are jammed. This multi-collision is a no-win situation for all

concerned. I bet they haven`t worked it out either at the latest HFCC in


** KOREA NORTH [non]. JSR, best heard in quite a while, Feb 22 at 1425 on 5985, in English with several YL IDs as ``JSR, Shiokaze, Sea Breeze,`` contact info over habitual piano music to 1430* SINPO 34443, only trace of the Myanmar 5986v het

** U S A [and non]. I was pleased to be able to hear intonation resembling my

own on weak but unjammed WRMI 9955 signal, Feb 21 at 2322 check during

scheduled WORLD OF RADIO airing at 2300 Thursdays. Thank you, DCJC, for

relenting at this time. To be sure it wasn`t a propagational anomaly, I found

grind jamming against Martí was still audible on 9565

** U S A. WBCQ, 7415, Friday Feb 22 before 2300 with old 78s on Behaviour

Night, enjoyable music à la Marion`s Attic which he also plugged; after 2300

Bluegrass State of Mind. As always, much better signal here than on 5110,

during Area 51 bihour, which on Fridays seems to have settled at 2300 on

International Radio Report from CKUT, previous Sunday, and at 2330 WORLD OF RADIO. Axually on 5111.2 or so, and IRR did not start until 2303, cut off

before quite finished so WOR did not start any later than 2331

** U S A. 5850, Feb 22 at 2307 heard a program ending at this strange time,

giving 1-800-YESHUA1 phone number address in Lodi (with a long I), New Jersey;

2308 WHR ID. Also caught my attention because the S-meter was fluxuating

slightly with modulation, so reduced carrier? Seems unlikely; maybe just a

selective fading fluke. Later looked up on sked and it`s WHRA with:

2305-2308 UT Mo,Tu,We,Th,Fr Nice Jewish Boy Jonathan Cahn 5.850 MHz

BTW, the World Harvest Radio website http://www.whr.org has a new look, but the basic navigation around the schedules seems to be the same

** CUBA. The DentroCuban Jamming Command continues to pollute the bands with totally unnecessary jamming. Dirty noise pulses at the rate of exactly two per

second have been noted on frequencies which at completely different but limited

hours are used by Radios República and Martí. Perhaps the DCJC in its paranoia thinx that with the self-demotion of Fidel from CEJ to a mere Comrade, and the fueracubans` stepped-up salivation for The End of Communism, such stations are liable to expand their broadcasts on known frequencies. Unlikely, I say, as they are locked into well-established schedules, but if they do, jamming could be quickly expanded to match. Until then, leave the poor frequencies and their other innocent occupants and neighbors alone! Specifically, UT Feb 23, the

2/second noise pulses as monitored [along with the real times that opposition

stations are on]:

At 0712 on 6100, very strong [RR was reported back here in DXLD 8-024 by Ron

Howard in the 0300 UT hour, but Feb 24 at 0225 check I find it still on 6185,

nothing on 6100; they are now switching from 6185 to 6100 at 0300; announcement heard at 0259 Feb 24 on 6185, said at 9 pm (really 10 pm EST!) they were moving from 6185 to 6100, and so they did after a break of 10 or 12 seconds. I guess this means 6185 is in use by RR only at 0200-0300, ruining XEPPM one hour less]

At 0713 on 7365, weaker, unseems exactly synchronized with 6100, but hard to

tell with this kind of programming [0000-0400 RM]

At 0721 on 6155, same but weaker, vs Austria, and bothering CBC on 6160

[0000-0200 RR]

At 0730 on 9825; still/again at 1431 check [0000-0300 RM]

At 1417 on 6030 [2200-1200 RM]

You might think that these noise pulses of two per second are not like the

heavy Cuban jamming normally heard on RM, RR and WRMI frequencies. But the frequency matchups cannot be coincidental. I think this is because we are only hearing a single transmitter rather than the usual multiple overlapping

transmitters to form a `noise wall`

** MAURITANIA. 4845 on the air again Feb 23 at 0709 check in Arabic talk, low

modulation level

** NETHERLANDS [non]. We were wondering whether RN is really running two DRM transmitters at once now from Bonaire, as in the DRM DX schedule, for Sat/Sun 1700-1857 UT: Yes, Sat Feb 23 at 1745 there was 17600-17605-17610 to NAm, and barely audible 17695-17700-17705 to SAm.

At 1850, 15310-15315-15320 to NAm quite strong and 17600-17605-17610 to SAm. First hour in Spanish, second in English. 

BTW, the 17605 at 1700 in Spanish is explicitly for Brasil, a slight mismatch

in target and language. Are there any other Spanish broadcasts to Brasil in

particular? You might say, ``close enough``, but RN does have a Portuguese

sexion which has not been on SW for years and Brazilians should not be expected to settle for Spanish; this would seem to be the time to bring back RN

Portuguese on SW, at least these two hours a week. BTW2, it seems the

manufacturer, source of these two new DRM-capable transmitters is still

confidential; why?

** COSTA RICA. REE relay, Cariari de Pococí, nominal 5965, axually on 5964.0

putting a big het on Vatican Radio 5965.0, with which it normally mixes a few

Hz apart, Feb 24 at 0620. I had first noticed the het a couple nights earlier

but at first assumed one of them was running a tone test instead. So this

collision has gone from bad to worse

** CUBA. More defects Feb 24 at RHC: at 2305 found 17705 in French; at 2323

also in French on 13760, but NOT // --- was one of them Creole? No, listened

carefully: regular French. Then I realized that I was hearing the same

interview, two speakers on both frequencies, but not synchronized. Focusing on

a key word, I found that 13760 was running 28 seconds behind 17705. But what is supposed to be on these frequencies during this semihour? Per confusingly

laid-out currently-dated schedule at


both are supposed to be in Portuguese!

Then at 2329 I am tuned to 5965, and hear RHC ID in Esperanto and 2330 opening program with usual list of times and frequencies for this weekly broadcast: UT Sunday 0700 on 6000, 1500 & 1900 on 11760; 2330 on 6140 & 9600 --- omitting the very frequency I was listening to, 5965, which had a VG signal! It`s supposed to be in Creole. Esperanto also audible on 6140, but barely, in the skirts of the DCJC and R. República on 6135, so a good thing it was also on 5965; and Esperanto heard on 9600, but bad het from XEYU, and did not notice Vatican Vietnamese at this time.

RHC on 6000 had special coverage, presumably replay of the earlier National

Assembly session designating Raúl Castro as leader, but underneath R. Praga via Canadá with weather in Spanish at 2332, a perpetual collision.

The 6000 special, which on a weekday would be Mesa Redonda, was found // 9820 and Rebelde 5025. At 2338 this paused to play the national anthem. A woman had been speaking, and then she introduced another woman, the youngest deputy of all, an 18-year-old who swore in the 500+ delegates, who had racked up a 97% attendance quorum. I wonder how many of them dared to vote against Raúl?


Martin Foltz – Mission Viejo, CA



I rarely hear any pirates here in Southern California but I did hear something on Saturday night. 


6925U, 2/24/08, 0039 t/in to very weak signal, woman talking and then into a jazzy tune. Only in for a couple minutes and then gone, barely above the noise. (Foltz-CA) 

I looked on FRN and there were loggings of WAPR (Automated Pirate Radio) at this time with this programming. Anyone have an email address? I would love to get a QSL for this one. I have a WAV file


Down in the Basement

(Editor – Jay Heyl)


No column this month


The Line of Sight and Beyond


David Slate – Hendersonville, TN

DX-398 with clothes hanger antenna


QTH: Hendersonville/ Gallatin city line Radio- DX 398 with  the good ole close hanger

 Feb 7 2008 

13:23  97.5  WZZP  Hopkensville, KY   gave address of www.z975.com

  and a ad for a busness located on "Church sreet in Dover"   NEW! (Slate-TN 

Feb 8 2008

14:32  101.7  WKOM Columbia, TN   ID "WKOM"  (Slate-TN )  

Feb 11 2008

9:36  103.9 WKZP Mcminville, TN   Mc Minnville  ment and WX report  rain and t'stroms tomorrrew for area    liner "the Bull"  calls have chauged  was  WTRZ  (Slate- TN )  

9:39  101.7 WJLE Smithville, TN   ads for Midwest insercuce of TN , Med Life, and the Get help line.   WX  rain and t'stroms for Mcminville area tomorrew  poss ending in snow showers.  and then id "This is WJLE Smithville"  (Slate-TN)  

Notes- Not bad for Feb  really enjoying the preseason as you will here in TN . 


Paul Walker – Abbeville, SC

Car Radio



With Very local WZLA 92.9 temporarily at 600W ERP instead of 6000W ERP I was able to hear "Oldies KSX".. 92.7 WKSX from Johnston, South Carolina about 45 miles to my Southeast.  WZLA is normally licensed for 6000 Watts with a tower about 2 miles east of town, but they are using a 300W Backup into 4 bays, producing the 600W ERP. Their 3000W Main Transmitter (6KW ERP into 4 bays) is a Bext and has a major software problem. It's sitting on Bext's "bench' now awaiting repair.


Kevin Redding – Gilbert, AZ

Sangean HDR-1 IBOC Anti-DX radio and RS VU75XR antenna



KOOL-FM 94.5 and 94.5-2 now in IBOC and both have oldies.


88.5 KLKA Globe, AZ 2/23 1845 Globe, AZ with K-Love programming. New! 

#465 on FM.


You don’t Need a Weatherman…


Jay Heyl – Orlando, FL

Reecom R-1630


Since the local MW was talking about the outage of WX radio in Melbourne, I checked it out when I got home. I was able to bag a new one with my Reecom R-1630:

02/12/08 1905EST 162.500 KPS505 Sumterville, FL

I almost snagged one that was on the Melbourne frequency, but it faded away before I could get an ID.

I will also reiterate my opinion that CFLs suck when it comes to interfering with radio. My WX radio shares an end table with a lamp that has a 3-way CFL in it. I had a lock on a signal and could hear the weather report just fine, with very little apparent interference. I turned on the lamp to better see what I was doing and the signal just disappeared. There wasn't a hint of it left. I turned the lamp off and the signal popped right back in, perfectly readable again. Admittedly, the antenna was within 18" of the CFL, but that's still quite a bit of noise to make the signal completely disappear like that.

Fooling around with the PSR-500 scanner I logged a new NOAA WX station

tonight. I did get a somewhat better antenna than the stock rubber ducky, but I still don't think it's optimized for the WX freqs. I need to get a regular whip antenna to see what this new radio can really do.

2008-02-19 0145EST 162.450 KHB32 Tampa Bay

Logged another new WX station last night. I think this is my best so far. 85 miles and the station is supposed to be only 300W. I didn't get a full ID, but I heard references to St. Augustine and Flagler and caught the final "22" on the ID. This is the only station in Florida with an ID ending in "22" and it happens to be very near St. Augustine and Flagler.

2008-02-20 0135EST 162.425 WNG522 Palatka, FL

I have to say the more I play around with WX station reception on this PSR-500, the more impressed I am with its sensitivity. I'm still using a rubber ducky antenna from Radio Shack that I know is far from optimized for 162MHz. I've ordered a collapsible whip that I should be able to adjust to a length far better for 162MHz. I'm very interested to see what pops up when I start using that. I also can't help but wonder what I could hear if I got one of these, only tuned for WX instead of trains. But I'm thinking that might be just a bit overboard for WX radio.

Anyway, last night I heard the Fort Pierce NOAA WX station. That's 300W from just about 100 miles away. I didn't hear the call letters, but they did mention transmitting from Fort Pierce.

2008-02-25 0120EST 162.425 WWF69 Fort Pierce, FL



The Visible Universe


No TV DX this month…


Nothin’ But Net

(Editor – Martin Foltz)


This month we have quite a few articles on Internet radio sent in by Kevin along with some comments by others. The article on Whole Wheat Radio is a long one, so be prepared if you want to read it. Thanks to all for the submissions for this month’s column.


Kevin Redding – Gilbert, AZ


RMU launching online radio station

Fri Feb 1, 2008 7:21 am (PST)

RMU launching online radio station
Friday, February 01, 2008
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Robert Morris University will launch RMUradio.com, a student-run online campus radio station, on Monday.
Based at the Moon campus' Academic Media Center, the station -- at www.rmuradio.com -- will feature music, news, sports and specialty programming, including a call-in sports show, Hispanic music, poetry and simulcasts of programming from campus cable station RMU-TV.
Robert Morris seniors Dan Murtha and Ron Hendrickson launched an Internet station in 2006 and approached the university with the idea of starting an official campus station.
During Monday's ribbon-cutting ceremony, the station will broadcast from noon to 2 p.m. It may be several weeks before the full programming schedule begins. Eventually, it will broadcast about 10 hours of programming a day, with students as hosts.

-- Adrian McCoy, Post-Gazette radio writer


KUWY 88.5 FM

Fri Feb 1, 2008 7:22 am (PST)

The Met Opera Radio Broadcasts Begin Saturday on Laramie Classical Station
Jan. 31, 2008 -- The Metropolitan Opera Radio Saturday matinee broadcasts will debut Saturday, Feb. 2, at 11:30 a.m. on Laramie's all-classical KUWY 88.5 FM, with a performance of Richard Wagner's “Die Walkure.”
This is the Met's 77th season of world-class opera heard over the Toll Brothers-Metropolitan Opera International Radio Network, says Roger Adams, Wyoming Public Media program director. He says the opera will be heard at 10:30 a.m. the following Saturday, Feb. 9.
Listeners can visit www.classicallaramie.org for a schedule and other information about the Met broadcasts.
The longest-running classical music series in American broadcast history, with Margaret Juntwait in her fourth season as host, brings the world's greatest singers, conductors and artists to millions of radio listeners throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe.
“We are proud to bring the Met to Laramie,” Adams says. “The Met broadcasts from New York connect with a long-standing audience and new listeners by providing thoughtful intermission features and interviews that capture the excitement of live opera."
KUWY, Classical Laramie 88.5 FM, is a service of Wyoming Public Media from the University of Wyoming, which operates the statewide Wyoming Public Radio (WPR), the Classical Channel HD on KUWR-FM in Laramie and Cheyenne, KUWC-FM in Casper, KUWJ-FM in Jackson, KUWL, Jazz Laramie 90.1 FM as well as associated Web sites, podcasts, and streaming Internet audio.
For more information call Adams, (307) 766-4240.

UL Monroe to be on 99.3 and Internet

Fri Feb 1, 2008 7:25 am (PST)

ULM finds new radio home for 2008 baseball slate News-Star news services
The ULM Athletics Department has announced a new radio partner to broadcast its regular season and postseason baseball games this season: The Peach, 99.3-FM. Veteran play-by-play man Bruce Hanks will call all the action as the Warhawks begin their second season in the highly competitive Sun Belt Conference.
The Peach is set to carry more than 70 percent of the regular season games on the radio while the remaining games will be streamed live over the Internet. All of the Warhawks Sun Belt games, in addition to series with Southern Mississippi, Louisiana Tech, Grambling State, Centenary and Creighton can be heard on 99.3 FM.
"We are excited to begin a partnership with The Peach 99.3 for the 2008 baseball season," ULM athletics director Bobby Staub said. "To have the complete 56 game schedule available either on the radio or on the Internet is a tremendous marketing and recruiting tool for our baseball program."
ULM opens up the season Feb. 22-24 in Thibodaux for a three-game set with Nicholls State. Following a single game at Southern Mississippi on Tues, Feb. 26, the Warhawks open the home schedule the very next night, Wednesday, Feb. 27, against Louisiana Tech.
Season tickets are now available for the 2008 home season, which features 28 games. For more information or to purchase tickets call the ULM ticket office


Radio station is now available on the Internet

Sat Feb 2, 2008 7:42 am (PST)

Radio station is now available on the Internet

ATLANTA, Texas—KPYN Amen-900 radio is now available to listeners anywhere in the world at www.amen900.com
The change is just one of many recently finalized at the Atlanta- based radio station, including an implementation of a new programming schedule.
The schedule, which has kept its most successful program, “The Original Trading Post,” intact, now includes talk show hosts Mike Gallagher, Bill Bennett and Dennis Prager along with complete coverage of local high school sports, Texas A&M Aggie sports and
Dallas Cowboys games. There are also special segments like the Orr Auto Ranch Show, Live with the Atlantian and Food For Thought.
The station has been owned since 2005 by Robert and Meghan DelGiorno, who say its greatest asset is its local appeal.
“Amen-900 tries to cover what the citizens of Cass County want to know about and provide programming that matters to our listeners,” said DelGiorno in a prepared statement. “We want to keep Amen-900 Cass County’s leader for news, sports and weather.”
For more information, call Lisa Thompson, news director, at 903-796-2817.


Re: Radio station is now available on the Internet

Posted by: "Paul B. Walker, Jr."

Sat Feb 2, 2008 12:07 pm (PST)

It used to be a Jimmy Swaggart-Family Worship Center Church radio station, was the sister to deleted KALT-1610 Atlanta, Texas.

Posted by: "Paul B. Walker, Jr."

Sat Feb 2, 2008 12:11 pm (PST)

And for anyone interested.

Here's a "Conga Line" Style ID from The Son Life Radio Network
Apparently when they add a new station, they don't redo the ID.. they just
tack it on at the end... kind of like The La Nueva Cristiana Network run by
Paulino Bernal in South Texas.

Internet changing how you listen to radio

Tue Feb 12, 2008 8:42 am (PST)

Internet changing how you listen to radio

Posted By Saitz, Ray
Updated 4 hours ago

I've always been a big of fan of radio. Many people see radio as merely a jukebox that plays a musical soundtrack interspersed with advertising and chatter. However, many other people prefer a station such as CBC Radio One with a format that highlights a wide range of interests from news to entertainment and provides insightful interviews, documentaries, and fascinating programs. Yet, no matter what type of radio format you prefer, the Internet is changing how everyone will listen to it in the future.
The prime factor determining whether you listen to a particular station has always been how far you are from the transmitter. But with a good Internet connection the limitation of distance ceases to be a factor and you can listen to radio stations from all over the world. Apart from the broadband connection, you'll need a sound card and speakers on your computer, all pretty standard equipment.
The only difficulty may be in finding a radio station. If you know the name of a good one, you can do a Google search for its website. Otherwise, you can browse the selections at a site such as RadioTower (www.radiotower.com), which has a searchable database of more than 4,000 radio stations that broadcast on the Internet.
A major problem with radio is that it's such a transient medium. Many of the great radio programs I hear come and go, preserved only in memory unless I was ready with a tape deck. Luckily, this problem faded when radio converged with the Internet and a phenomenon called podcasting made its appearance.

The term podcasting is an amalgam of Apple's revolutionary portable music player the Ipod and the word broadcasting. In essence, a podcast is an Internet audio broadcast produced in the mp3 format by a major entertainment network, or an individual with a laptop. The audio file can be downloaded and listened to on any device that can play an MP3 file, which could be your computer, any portable music player such as an Ipod, or even a cell phone.
It's also possible to burn it to a CD and play it on any home or car stereo.
Plugging into the podcast phenomenon is not overly difficult and, best of all, it's usually free. The best place to get some first hand experience is at CBC Radio's Podcast site (www.cbc.ca/podcasting). Apart from the huge selection of podcasts, you'll also find the
Getting Started section which will assist you in how to download and play a podcast. If you're wary of downloading anything, left click on the podcast file name and Windows Media player may open and play the file without saving it.
The most advantageous way to take advantage of podcasting is to subscribe to a feed, which means that any new programs will automatically be downloaded to your computer when you turn it on. To do this you will need to download a podcatcher, such as Juice (http://juicereceiver.sourceforge.net) or Doppler (www.dopplerradio.net). Links to get these programs, and instructions for using them, are at the CBC site. You can search for podcasts to which you can subscribe at a directory such as Podcast (www.podcast.net) or Podcast Alley (www.podcastalley.com).
However, you can get everything from an easily searchable list of podcasts, a podcatcher, and a player, all in one application. Itunes (www.apple.com/itunes) is the free software for both Windows and Mac computers that lets people buy music downloads from the Itunes store, but it is also a gateway to thousands of free podcasts, including all of the CBC radio offerings. When you find a podcast you want, a click of the mouse will download and play it and, if you wish, subscribe and set a download schedule. Also, whenever you visit a website with an Itunes subscription button, you only need to click on the button to subscribe to the feed.
Radio will never be the same.
Ray Saitz, a Peterborough resident and teacher, writes a weekly column on the Internet. He can be reached at rayser3@ cogeco.ca.


NBN: Whole Wheat Radio

Thu Feb 14, 2008 9:49 am (PST)


Organic broadcasts

With Whole Wheat Radio, Talkeetna’s Jim Kloss sows the seeds of what might be internet radio’s future
Story and photos by Katie Hecker

Jim Kloss slides out from behind a barricade of soundboards, computers, microphones, and wires. Dodging folding chairs, cast-aside bunny boots and crawling children, he makes his way to a digital camera set up on a tripod to snap a few shots of traveling troubadour Randall Williams.
“This is amazing,” he says, almost to himself, as he rushes past. Once he has his photos and the break between sets is coming to close, he dims the lights again and heads back to his command station. All that illuminates the large room—which smells of fresh baked bread and vanilla—are strings of decorative lights and the occasional candle. A few of the 25 or so audience members are finding their seats again, refilling their glasses with Kloss’s homebrew, red wine, herbal tea, or coffee. In the lit area that passes for a stage, Williams fingerpicks the opening notes of one of his traveling songs. Kloss, back behind the soundboard, sits still for a moment and surveys his little patch of creation.
Kloss is the founder of Whole Wheat Radio, an internet radio station webcasting from just off the Talkeetna spur road. Tonight, the Wheat Palace—the approximately 48- by 36-foot two-story log cabin that both Kloss and Whole Wheat Radio call home—is playing host to the most recent WWR house concert. And Kloss is in charge of, well, everything.
He’s a blur, padding quickly around the log cabin in his stocking feet, bright orange hooded sweatshirt and fleece patchwork hat with his gray hair peeking out at the edges. He runs from camera to soundboard and back again. He takes his headphones on and off, joking with Williams between songs, monitoring the in-house and online sound and typing reports to the audience tuning in at www.wholewheatradio.org.
They’re listening from Pennsylvania and Mississippi, California and Texas. They’re listening from pretty much anywhere, in fact, except Talkeetna.
“I don’t have a firm number,” Kloss says, “but I’m sure it’s 95 percent-plus that are Outside listeners.”
That means about 950 of the station’s approximately 1,000 registered listeners are not from Alaska. The station doesn’t officially broadcast on the AM/FM dial, but a hobby antenna does send the signal to a limited area (we’re talking a few hundred feet). If you’re within that range you can pick up the station on a traditional radio; for those of us outside that small radius, the only way to listen is to tune in online.
In college, Kloss was as interested in video games as he was in going to class. Majoring in geology at Bowling Green State University in the 1970s, he spent the bulk of his spare time and spare cash on pinball.
When one of his professors assigned a project that required a trip to the computer center, Kloss made the trip begrudgingly. He wasn’t, and still claims not to be, a computer guy.
When he arrived at the center, he happened to sit next to someone playing an archaic Star Trek video game. It was the ‘70s, so even the now-laughable graphics of the Mario Brothers were a decade away. At the time, though, Kloss was intrigued and tried the Star Trek game himself.
It was the end of his pinball career.
“Now all my money, instead of going to pinball, would go to beer,” he jokes. “I would get a little tanked up and go into the computer center and play Star Trek.”
Kloss thrives on knowing how things work and soon learned about and accessed the source code for the game; from there, it was a short hop to changing the code in his favor. He would rig the game, then get his friends together to play so that he could summarily demolish them.
“I realized I could program myself to always win,” says Kloss. “That’s why I really started to like computers. I realized I could, you know—” he pauses.

“Control people?” I ask.
“That’s exactly it,” he whispers. “I could control people!”
Kloss picked up a minor in computer science. This unlikely combination is the kind of paradox that defines Kloss: he’s equal parts tree hugger and techie; he speaks of community and sharing with the same passion with which he talks about digital distribution and intellectual property.
After college, Kloss took a job with Texaco working in the oil fields near Midland, Texas. It wasn’t long before his interest in technology trumped the geologist in him; he moved in from the oil fields to a desk with a computer. He eventually left Texaco, who wanted him to have a full-fledged computer science degree before he could advance
professionally. From there, he returned to his home state of Ohio to work for Wendy’s IT department, which “didn’t mind at all” that he only had a minor in the subject.
15 years later, the neglected geologist came back to haunt him.
“I realized that if I wasn’t careful, I would end up doing that the rest of my life, and never doing the outdoors stuff, the stuff that I really love,” says Kloss.
Following in the footsteps—literally—of generations of wanderers-looking-for-meaning, Kloss quit his corporate job in 1991 and went to hike the Appalachian Trail from Georgia to Maine.
He met Esther Golton on that trek, and the pair began a classic trail romance. After the hike was over they settled in a backwoods cabin in Maine, paying for the archetypal “simple life” with two or three months of work helping friends with various computer issues. In 2001, when logging encroached on their cabin, Golton and Kloss followed another dream and headed north and west to Alaska.
Not knowing where they would settle once they arrived, the couple found their new home by accident.
“There was a girl doing community service on the Parks Highway,” Kloss says. “We asked her where a good place to find a cabin would be, and she told us to go to Talkeetna.”
As luck would have it, a man was trying to find someone to look after his cabin, 20 miles north of Talkeetna. Two years later, Golton, a musician, wanted to be closer to town in order to be able to play for audiences more regularly. Once they arrived in Talkeetna proper, Kloss realized he would need something to keep him busy.
“I’m not a builder, I’m not a carpenter. I don’t have any of those kinds of skills. I do computer stuff, and I didn’t have anything to do here. So [Whole Wheat Radio] was something for me to do.”
Kloss had discovered his love for the microphone as a volunteer at Talkeetna’s local public station, KTNA, and dreamed of creating a show called the Whole Wheat Radio Variety Hour.
“I’m actually quite a shy person,” Kloss insists, “but that’s why I like the microphone. I can talk all I want.”
The problem was that there were things at KTNA that he wasn’t allowed to say. That, coupled with the fact that he wasn’t getting enough of a computer fix, pushed him to start a station of his own. He realized that there was something to digital distribution of radio; as he puts it, “Airwaves are going to go away. People are going to get their radio from digital transmission.”
So he and Golton started Radio Free Talkeetna, an online station that played mainstream music that Kloss and Golton liked: The Who, The Beatles, “stuff like that.”

When he discovered that he was required to pay royalties to play these songs, Kloss was disappointed.
“I thought, ‘Gee, I just want to play music. I don’t want to have to pay, I don’t want to set up a business; I just want this whole thing to be fun.’”
Rather than throw in the towel, he and Golton decided to turn to independent music recordings from musicians who have “retained the rights to distribute their music, royalty-free,” he explains.
Golton thought that this moment of redefinition was a good opportunity to remove their association with Talkeetna, at least in name.
“The town didn’t know or much care that this little internet station existed in its midst,” says Kloss. With that, Radio Free Talkeetna was reborn as Whole Wheat Radio.
Next they made an appeal to Amy Ray of the Indigo Girls. Kloss described the project to her, and she responded by sending what would become the bulk of the station’s library for a while: a box full of albums from her record label, Daemon Records.
“That started things rolling,” says Kloss. “More people started tuning in, more artists found out about it and started sending us their own CDs.”
Now, Kloss estimates that he receives 15-20 albums a week from artists around the world.
Randall Williams is one such artist. He discovered Whole Wheat Radio “by accident, when I googled myself,” he tells me. Williams was born in Louisiana, raised in Columbus, Ohio, spent 10 years living in Africa, Asia, and Europe. Now, he says, the closest thing he has to home is his van. Williams’s promoter had sent his CD to the Whole Wheat Radio, and he had become a favorite among listeners.
“I was amazed,” he says. “I had over a thousand listens and all these fans. I looked at the site and my head started spinning with all the possibilities.”
Williams believes that Whole Wheat Radio is tapping into the new direction of business growth: associations, “click-throughs” as he calls them; it’s Amazon.com, for example, suggesting that if you liked The DaVinci Code, you’ll probably like City of the Sun. Whole Wheat Radio lets you know that if you like Emily Kurn, you should check out Marian Call. It’s a similar arrangement, but one that’s developed and maintained by the listeners themselves rather than by a for-profit company.
Although Kloss might cringe at the comparison, the easiest way to understand the current incarnation of Whole Wheat Radio is to think of it as the musical offspring of Wikipedia and Facebook. Users sign up, log on, and create a profile if they’re so inclined. From there they can chat with other users, post artist biographies, rate and “tag” songs—that is, mark them as acoustic, rock, flute music, upbeat, etc.; anything to help other Wheatheads discover new music. It’s like Last FM, but specializing in non-commercial, ad-free programming.
Kloss designed, built, maintained and aired the original Whole Wheat Radio website with Golton out of their 24- by 28-foot cabin in East Talkeetna—The Wheat Hole, they called it. It was a consuming task, and Kloss’s autonomy and complete control of the site were robbing him of free time.
“I had written custom software and I was the only one who could come in and really do anything on the website,” Kloss tells me. “Well, that was great, except that my entire life was sitting behind the computer.”
Early in 2006, Kloss realized he had to find a different system for maintaining the website—particularly because he and Golton were on the brink of moving themselves and Whole Wheat Radio to the Wheat Palace. He wanted the new building to be a public space, and realized that he would have to hand over some control of the website in order for that to happen; he appealed to his listeners to shoulder some of the responsibility.
“I just woudn’t have the time to, you know, make coffee and talk to people, sweep the floors, all that kind of stuff,” Kloss said. “I just cannot sit there and do all this techie stuff all day long, so the wiki was a godsend for me”
Some users of Whole Wheat Radio’s first format didn’t feel the same way. When he made the switch, Kloss initially lost listeners. They found the new site confusing and cumbersome.
But with the increasing ubiquity of Wikipedia, more and more people who discovered Whole Wheat Radio recognized, and were familiar with, the structure. Kloss says that he has more than made up for the initial loss in listenership.
“We just moved to a much bigger server, so now we could probably have 150, 200 [listeners],” says Kloss. “Before, if we had fifty people chatting at one time the server would really start to bog down.”
Now that a larger audience is participating in Whole Wheat Radio, Kloss’s duties have shifted from building the site to simply maintaining it. In the morning he starts the fire, feeds the dog, and then logs on to check what Wheatheads were up to last night. He fixes links, categorizes artists, and is generally “making sure the site isn’t falling apart,” as he explains it.
Beyond that, Kloss increasingly depends on Whole Wheat Radio listeners to keep things operational. And by and large they are stepping up to the plate. They’ve helped him navigate the wiki software, setting up a more organized homepage. They built artist
pages and song descriptions. If vandalism occurs, it’s corrected almost immediately. The vast majority of the listener contributions to the site are legitimate and well intentioned.
But that doesn’t mean that Kloss is ready to entirely relinquish his post at the helm. Recently, he’s had to deal with a spate of quarrels in the site’s chat rooms, and that worries him.
“I’m not willing to give up total control, or give up control at this point, until I am certain that the people I’m giving up control to have the same vision and mission that I’ve got.”
On a bright, cold Saturday afternoon in January, Kloss is stationed in front of his computer when a friend and I arrive at the Wheat Palace.
“Hey! That must be Katie!” Kloss bellows from around the corner.
He offers us coffee, Costco pretzels, peanut M&Ms and asks if we’d like to heat water for tea. As the afternoon wears on, he offers us a beer and suggests a few good places to grab dinner.
When I ask him about where Whole Wheat Radio is going, he focuses on what’s happening in the station’s physical space. He gets excited about teaching computer classes to some of the less-than-tech-savvy residents of Talkeetna. He talks enthusiastically about artists performing house concerts, upcoming wine tastings, and hosting a caucus site for the February 5 presidential primaries. He imagines a café, maybe a wine bar.
In other words, he talks about a lot of plans that have nothing to do with the website. While implementing the wiki format may have forced him to sacrifice some control over Whole Wheat Radio, he seems to have found a new energy in the vibrant community that’s growing around him; he likes computers, he likes music, and he likes his friends-and he’s managed to create an organization that brings all three together in his living room.

Talkeetna resident Kris Perry exemplifies the Whole Wheat Radio that Kloss envisions. Perry says was listening to the Randall Williams concert in his kitchen when he thought “you know, I should head down the road and check it out.”
It’s that exact combination of virtual and real worlds that Kloss gets excited about—and, he reminds me, at the heart of it is the music. It’s what keeps him interested and invested.
“If this was just MySpace or Facebook, I wouldn’t have any reason to get up in the morning. I’d go to San Francisco and make money—make a lot of money, thank you very much—for my programming skills.”
For now, he’ll stay in Talkeetna. He’ll try to balance his time between visiting with neighbors who stop by to use the internet and have a cup of coffee, and the Wheatheads from across the web who are chatting online. He’ll continue to navigate between the spaces he’s created.

Wave of jazz rolls into N. Y.

Sun Feb 17, 2008 9:28 am (PST)

Wave of jazz rolls into N.Y.
Saturday, February 16th 2008, 4:00 AM

With WQCD (101.9 FM) now playing rock music, smooth jazz station KTWV (94.7 FM) in Los Angeles is reaching out to New Yorkers who would still like some Grover Washington in their lives. The Wave has been running spots on CBS stations here inviting New Yorkers to check out www.947thewave.com . "We feel the appetite for
smooth jazz is still very strong in Gotham City," says KTWV veep Dan Weiner. At 101.9 FM, there is still smooth jazz on the HD2 channel, which listeners can pick up with an HD radio. Weiner hopes to get fans who listen online and would like their smooth jazz from a station that's been doing it for two decades - almost exactly as long as WQCD did.
AROUND THE DIAL: Christine Lavin guest-hosts "Sunday Breakfast" Sunday, 8-11, on WFUV (90.7 FM), joined by Phoebe Kreutz ("Avenue Q"). ... Daulton Anderson features "gospel music of the civil rights movement" during his 10 a.m.-3 p.m. show on WLIB (1190 AM). ... Norm N. Nite is the "radio great" Sunday night, 7-10, on WCBS-FM
(101.1). ... Dan Romanello's "Group Harmony Review" at midnight tonight on WFUV will feature roots vocal groups of the '40s-'50s. ... John Lithgow reads poetry tomorrow at 4 p.m. on WNYC (820 AM). ... Oscar Brand plays campaign songs by people who didn't win, tonight at 10 on WNYC. ... WAXQ (104.3 FM) and Snapple are promoting blood
donations. Check www.pleasegiveblood.org.


Hawaiian Music thats NBN!

Tue Feb 19, 2008 7:53 pm (PST)

For some real mellow traditional Hawaiian Music from KKNE 940 go to http://am940hawaii.com/ and check it out.

It makes me think of the years I lived on Oahu.

NBN from American Samoa

Wed Feb 20, 2008 11:13 am (PST)


Re: NBN from American Samoa

Posted by: "Phil Rafuse"

Wed Feb 20, 2008 11:24 am (PST)

Yes 93 KKHJ. The KHJ Boss magic lives on.
Robert W. Morgan and The Real Don Steele would be proud.
Tina Delgado is ALIVE

Re: NBN from American Samoa

Posted by: "Paul B. Walker, Jr."

Wed Feb 20, 2008 1:43 pm (PST)

Larry Fuss has an EMPIRE out in American Samoa.

He's got, as you know, KKHJ-FM 93.1 Pago Pago (Pronounced Pango Pango)
He's rebuilding WVUV-AM and moving it from 648 to 720Khz
He's going to be building a new AM, KKHJ-900
He's reportedly buying a full powered FM Construction Permit
He's got an LPTV station on Channel 30
He's got two cable tv channels, one is music videos and one is local
he's opening a BBQ Restaurant in Pago pago.
Oh and here's something you might like:
It's a Dual Station Legal ID that Larry sent me sometime ago. Can you spot the second ID?


NBN KGUM from Guam

Wed Feb 20, 2008 11:40 am (PST)

NBN from where "Anericas Day Begins!" Hafa Adai!

NBN: US Mariana Islands Trust

Wed Feb 20, 2008 11:48 am (PST)

KWAW 100.3 Saipan

Re: NBN: US Mariana Islands Trust

Posted by: "longwave@comcast.net"

Wed Feb 20, 2008 12:21 pm (PST)

United States Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.... a trust no more........I know I'm just being a PIA.
But I'm streaming it as I type it...Thanks for the cool links Kevin
Keith McGinnis

NBN: USVI streaming audio

Wed Feb 20, 2008 12:12 pm (PST)

WDHP Christiansted, USVI with Island music
Caribbean gospel music WEVI-FM St. Thomas:
WIUJ St. Thomas,.
WJKC Christiansted
WMNG Christiansted classic rock
WVIQ Christiansted Adult Contemporary
WSTX Christiansted
Get your Caribbean Islands fix!

At CBC Radio 3, podcasts reach global domination

Thu Feb 21, 2008 9:29 am (PST)

February 21, 2008

At CBC Radio 3, podcasts reach global domination
By Blaine Kyllo

On a wall in the Vancouver offices of CBC Radio 3 hangs a map of the world with pushpins sticking out of it. Each pin represents a person who has written to Grant Lawrence, host of The CBC Radio 3 Podcast. When the Georgia Straight interviewed Lawrence earlier this month, he proudly pointed out pins marking faraway places such as Iceland, Germany, India, and Easter Island.
One listener, Lawrence reflected while sitting on a couch in the Radio 3 lounge area, had downloaded the podcast to her iPod in an Internet café in Mongolia, and then listened to the show hundreds of feet underground while working in a uranium mine. When she’s on hiatus, she lives a few blocks from Lawrence in the West End. Canadians can be found everywhere in the world, and for many of them The CBC Radio 3 Podcast is a lifeline to their home country and its unique musical culture.
The term podcast comes from combining iPod (the Apple computer term that itself comes from “portable on demand”) and broadcast, and refers to the content and distribution. A podcast is a program— usually audio, but increasingly video—that can be automatically syndicated to an audience. The first podcasts appeared in 2004, but the format’s surge in popularity in 2005 led the editors of the New Oxford American Dictionary to declare podcast the word of the year that year.
The CBC Radio 3 Podcast was a first for the public broadcaster. Steve Pratt, director of radio digital programming and CBC Radio 3, thought there was a good fit between the New Music Canada Web site (radio3.cbc.ca/nmc/), which is produced by Radio 3, and the newfangled distribution method. “We wanted more people to hear the music,” Pratt told the Straight in a downtown coffee shop. The artists who were streaming music on New Music Canada owned the rights to their material, so Pratt and his team developed a waiver that asked for permission to podcast that same music.
“Steve Pratt is always thinking way ahead of the game,” Lawrence said. When Pratt suggested that he host a podcast, Lawrence’s response was, “What the hell is that?”
“When I first got here,” Lawrence reminisced, “you edited interviews on reel-to-reel tape and cut it with a razor blade and taped the tape together.” Despite his reluctance, Lawrence started hosting the new program. After a couple of weeks of shows had been produced and made available through a few podcast directories, iTunes came calling.
Lawrence’s show was one of the only music podcasts that had legal rights to the music being played, Pratt explained, and the Apple initiative was doing everything it could to promote sales of the now-ubiquitous iPod. iTunes promoted the CBC Radio 3 Podcast by putting it on iTunes Stores’ front pages in territories around the world, and the downloads went from 400 to 20,000 overnight.
“The thing that blew us away,” Pratt admitted, “is that it’s all over the world. We realized half our downloads were coming from outside Canada. There are fans of indie music around the world who just like that music, and we’ve got a great reputation around the world for a killer music scene.”
“For whatever reason, it’s clicked with people,” Lawrence said. “Radio is a fairly intimate genre, and the podcast is even more intimate because generally people listen on their headphones, so it’s straight into their head.”
His podcast was the only CBC offering for about 18 months, but as the show’s popularity continued to grow, more Radio 3 podcasts were introduced: Sessions is an in-studio series with Canadian bands hosted by Tariq Hussain; New Music Canada Track of the Day is, well, a track of the day; and The R3-30, a weekly chart show hosted by Craig Norris and producer Pedro Mendes, has picked up steam in the past year. Each week, Pratt said, between 100,000 and 120,000 Radio 3 podcasts are downloaded.
In the past year, there has been an explosion of CBC podcasts, from both radio and television. Most, like Definitely Not the Opera, Quirks and Quarks, the Hour, and the National, simply strip out elements that the CBC doesn’t have permission to podcast, and
repurpose their broadcasts in podcast form. The CBC Radio 3 podcasts are different because they are produced specifically for that purpose.
“We are a world leader in podcasting,” said Pratt, who in addition to being the head of Radio 3 is also responsible for all CBC Radio podcasts. “There are about 50 podcasts that you can get from CBC, and they are all doing really well. There’s a growing audience every week that chooses to get their CBC programming that way. We feel like we’re doing a pretty good job.”
Although CBC programming decisions don’t rest on how “podcastable” a potential show is, Pratt said that from day one of program development, “We talk about the different platforms that a show can live on, and we talk about music rights, we talk about the way the show can be produced so that we can put it out as a podcast as well as a regular program.”
New CBC Radio shows like Search Engine and Spark typify this kind of thinking. These shows, Pratt said, were created with multiple platforms in mind: Web site, podcast, and radio show. “We’re trying to take advantage of the fact that they are shows, but they live in a lot of different places,” he said. Other shows, such as Between the Covers, only exist as podcasts.
The problem, Pratt said, is that government funding for CBC Radio doesn’t cover new-media initiatives. Ironically, the dramatic success of the podcasts has threatened their very existence, because the CBC found that it couldn’t afford to continue making them. This Catch-22 wasn’t about to stop Pratt, though. “For us, we feel like this is the future,” he explained. “This is how a whole new group of people are connecting and having their primary connection to the CBC. We need to be here.”
Surveys indicated that not only did audiences value the podcasts, they wanted more of them. However, they didn’t want to pay for the podcasts. They were fine, though, with the idea of sponsorship, so Pratt came up with a plan to fund the podcasts in this way.
Listeners, he explained, have given feedback that they appreciate that the sponsor is helping the CBC to produce podcasts.
But you won’t hear sponsorship messages on the Radio 3 podcasts because there’s no system of paying royalties to artists. Pratt said that until the CBC can find a way to compensate artists, Radio 3 won’t be making money off the music podcasts. But his team is working at devising a way for the artists to benefit even more from exposure on the Radio 3 podcasts. “One of the things we’ve heard from the audience is that they want to buy the music easily,” said Pratt, “because there’s not a lot of places to buy this music, especially when you get outside Canada.”
Despite not being compensated for their songs being podcasted, the Radio 3 shows have become an essential channel of exposure for Canadian musicians. “Every artist,” said Lawrence, “from Feist on down to AIDS Wolf, has seen the benefit of what the podcast can do for them.” The waiver, though, gave some artists pause. Lawrence admitted that it probably seemed like Radio 3 was asking for a lot, wanting to play the songs for free. “What helped,” Lawrence said, “was when the Arcade Fire said, ‘Yeah, you can. We see the benefit of that.’ As soon as we started playing bands like the Arcade Fire and the Weakerthans and the New Pornographers, it opened the floodgates.”
As a founding member of Vancouver band the Smugglers, Lawrence is no stranger to the Canadian independent music scene. He believes that because more people can hear Canadian-made music, the size of the audience for that music has grown.
“There are a lot of very successful independent Canadian bands,” he said, and the difference between now and when he was playing with the Smugglers is access to the music: “MySpace, podcasts, YouTube. Campus radio was limited, because if you drove as far as North Van you’d lose the signal. In this new age, a podcast you can take anywhere in the world. The Arcade Fire had tracks on MySpace about three months
before their album came out. There’s just more accessibility, and people share it.”
The numbers support Lawrence’s claim. Certification of gold records in Canada is performed by the Canadian Recording Industry Association. Selling 50,000 units of a CD in Canada nets a gold award; a platinum comes with 100,000 units sold. In the last seven
years, there hasn’t been a significant increase in the number of gold or platinum albums by Canadian artists, but what has changed is the range of artists achieving gold status. In 2001, for example, Nickelback, Diana Krall, Our Lady Peace, and Sum 41 went gold. In
2007, gold albums went to the likes of Patrick Watson, Bedouin Soundclash, Feist, and the Arcade Fire.
The difference between CDs and digital albums is also interesting. According to Nielsen SoundScan figures for Canada, the top-selling CD in 2007 was Josh Groban’s Noël, while the top-selling digital album was Feist’s The Reminder. The Arcade Fire’s Neon Bible was number four on the digital-album list. There is an obvious difference between what people are buying in bricks-and-mortar stores and what they’re purchasing on-line.
Lawrence said the biggest impact his podcast has had is that he no longer has to explain what Radio 3 is. “The podcast was our first real bona fide success that crossed over into mainstream,” he said. “We’d been waiting a long time for something to click.” According to Pratt, what helped was thinking of Radio 3 as a content group, rather than a division defined by any particular platform. “We’ve really focused on being experts in new Canadian music, and we want to be where it matters to our audience.” On the Web, on satellite radio, or on podcast, Radio 3 is there.
Despite his early reticence, Lawrence has become a believer in podcasts: “I really treasure the show. We have a fantastic audience.” He talks about the audience’s passion for the music and the show, their patriotism for Canada, the fact that podcast listeners are
people who seek out new things and are on the go. He thinks the podcasts tap into a collective consciousness. That his podcast has clicked with people, to the point where there have been close to 10 million downloads, continues to surprise him.
“We had one girl walk across Spain while listening to the podcast,” Lawrence said. “They all send us pictures too, so we have all these pictures of all these people doing these amazing things all over the world, and we’re the soundtrack to their life.”


Public radio station changes signal

Sat Feb 23, 2008 9:35 am (PST)

Public radio station changes signal

By Jon Ruhlen - The Hutchinson News - jruhlen@hutchnews.com

DODGE CITY - On Tuesday, radio listeners in Dodge City attempting to find National Public Radio had to move a little farther down the dial than they used to.
High Plains Public Radio stopped broadcasting on its Dodge City translator frequency, 92.9 FM. That frequency is now broadcasting a Spanish-language station.
However, HPPR's signal in Garden City can still be picked up in Dodge City on 91.1 FM. The station upgraded its transmitter and raised its antenna from 700 feet to 1,000 feet last year, said HPPR executive director Richard Hicks.
The signal isn't quite as strong as the 92.9 translator signal was. It can be picked up clearly on car radios and newer stereos, but people indoors or with smaller radios might have difficulties with the signal.
"Service is available; it's just not as convenient as it was," Hicks said.
HPPR has broadcast throughout western Kansas and into the Oklahoma and Texas panhandles for years through a network of transmitters and translators. But translators - lower-powered retransmitting devices - are not protected frequencies under Federal Communications Commission rules.
Therefore, when a Kentucky-based company, Radioactive, bought rights to the 92.9 frequency in Cimarron, HPPR had to quit using that frequency.
Station officials had hopes for a bid to purchase a new frequency in the Dodge City area when the FCC opened a filing window for noncommercial stations last fall. Although the HPPR bid was initially approved, it had to be abandoned when 92.9 moved the station from Cimarron to a stronger tower near Dodge City. The move meant there would be possible interference between the two signals.
Another issue is the fact that there's just not much room left on the dial.
"The noncommercial spectrum includes not just NPR stations, but all not-for-profit broadcasters, which includes all the religious stations. The spectrum is quite crowded in Dodge City," Hicks said.
He said the network has little choice but to wait for another filing window to open at some point in the future.
"When another filing window opens is really anybody's guess," Hicks said. "It won't be real soon."
HPPR also broadcasts via the Internet at www.hppr.org.



Paul Walker – Abbeville, SC

Radio Poderosa 1500AM KBRN. Live Studio Camera/Audio Feed!

Sat Feb 2, 2008 8:32 pm (PST)

For anyone who was following the conversation between me and John and got
a little confused. here's the address:
There's a live video camera in the studio which brings up a combined video/audio stream.

And that’s it this month.


73’s, Martin


Extra, Extra!


Kevin Redding – Gilbert, AZ


Shortwave Radio. The long and the short of it.

By Ken Denmead February 06, 2008 | 10:37:00 AmCategories: Radio And Kids  


A cross-post from reader Matt Comstock's blog:

My son is working on his Radio merit badge. I’ve had a shortwave radio for years, but I’ve never figured out when to listen and where on the dial to look for stations. This gave me a reason.

This has been a lot of fun.

I’ve listened to Radio Havana Cuba - they were talking about the School of the Americas, aka the School of the Assassins (see http://www.soaw.org/)

I learned that China has been having some trouble with snow on China Radio International.

I listened to a discussion of aboriginal displacement on the Australian Broadcasting Corporation that sounded a lot like our own country’s history and Native Americans.

I listened to a couple of folks talk of the strange things they’d eaten, riffing on the upcoming Year of the Rat on Radio Taiwan International, “Rat’s not that bad.” They also noted in response to a listener’s letter, that the reason they were off-the-air the other night was due to radio-jamming by mainland China!

I heard a really really really bad cover of Radar Love on Radio Nacional de España.

Here’s a couple of really good site for finding out what’s on:



Here’s a really detailed discussion of radio propagation and the ionosphere: Introduction to HF Radio Propagation

A good book for schedules is Passport to World Band Radio.

When you think about the radio vs. the web, it’s hard to imagine that shortwave could last. In fact many countries no longer aim their broadcasts toward the US (BBC , Deutsche Welle) and I wonder if that’s not part of it: online radio and podcasts are much cheaper than a huge antenna.

But no one can tell what you’re listening to on the radio. And you can’t get web access everywhere yet.

Combine HF with the web and Open Spectrum gets interesting? Or becomes amateur radio?

I am having a blast! My son? Not so much. What are some good ways to pique a kid’s interest in Shortwave - or should listening to static be its own reward. That is, if he’s not interested so far, will he ever be?

Interestingly, he’s way more interested in Amateur radio and actually talking to people than in simply listening. I guess this is similar to our differences in playing computer games - I like playing against bots, he likes playing with foul-mouthed wackos online.





RADIO SILENCE: Kingston, Ont., is the latest city to lose its AM radio stations, but it likely won't be the last. Tired of stagnant revenue and tiny profits, broadcasters are jumping to the FM dial every chance they get



February 6, 2008

Almost 30 years of Ray Bergstrom's life have been spent as a disc jockey on AM radio. But the most agonizing music selection he ever made came last month when he chose Roy Orbison's It's Over to be the final song played on Kingston's 960 AM.

Oldies 960 was abandoning AM for the smoother-sounding - and far more profitable - FM dial. The station, owned by Corus Entertainment Inc., would r emake itself as Lite 104.3 FM, and in January the AM station signed off for good, sinking into a static abyss.

It is a growing reality in the radio industry these days as broadcasters seek regulatory permission to flip AM stations to FM, where profits and audiences are bigger and the signal is more reliable in urban centres.

The industry has seen the trend coming for a long time, but Kingston is ahead of the curve. When Oldies 960 jumped, so did the other two AM stations in town. For the first time since the dawn of radio there, AM is off the air.

"For people like me who grew up in the sixties and fell in love with AM radio, it's the death of something near and dear," Mr. Bergstrom said as he programmed adult contemporary tracks for Lite 104.3's afternoon show.

Bittersweet in so many ways for the industry, since most broadcasters see little future in AM outside of the largest urban centres where news, talk and sports stations find success, but music formats struggle to make a profit.

Most of Canada's biggest radio broadcasters have either been approved to flip at least a few of their AM stations in certain markets, or are awaiting clearance to do so. Some other small Canadian cities, such as Thunder Bay, have also seen t he AM dial fall silent.

Figures kept by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission indicate there were 178 commercial AM stations at the start of 2007. This is outside of the CBC, which is a public broadcaster. However, at least a dozen stations a year have been seeking to flip.

Were it not for limited space on the FM dial in major markets, coupled with restrictions on how many FM stations a company can own in any one market, AM stations in Canada would be dwindling even faster, several broadcasters say.

In addition to Corus, Rogers Communications Inc., CTVglobemedia Inc., Pattison Broadcasting Group Ltd. and the CBC are all looking to switch wherever there's an unclaimed frequency.

"This is going on in markets everywhere, and it's safe to say that everyone with AM operations that hasn't found a profitable niche is looking seriously at doing something about their AM stations," said Duff Roman, acting head of radio for CTVglobemedia, which acquired CHUM Ltd.'s radio network last year.

At stake is the profitability - if not the viability - of a station. The average AM station makes $118,000 a year, while the average FM station pulls in $659,000. Not surprisingly, the number of AM stations has been steadily eroding. The 178 AM stations represents a 40-per-cent drop from the 287 that existed a decade earlier.

Meanwhile, FM stations have more than doubled to 419 from 192 in 1996, owing to a mix of stations moving over from AM and a willingness by the CRTC to grant licences for new FM stations.

A move by the CBC to shift several of its AM stations to FM, or at least operate them simultaneously on both dials, has sped up the trend, some executives say, since the CBC takes big audiences with it when it moves to FM.

"The fact is, about 80 per cent of all people under age 54 do not listen to AM," said John Hayes, president of Corus Radio. "The CBC has been very effective in moving their services to FM because they know that's where the audience is. So we've been all over the commission to allow us to flip AM to FM where we can."

The CBC, which is applying to exchange its Vancouver AM station for three FM signals that will cover the same area of southwestern B.C., says the move is more about signal disruption than audiences.

"AM still has tremendous advantages over FM on the distance it's able to cover," said Ted Kennedy, chief of staff for CBC English Radio. "But the issue we're having, and it's an issue facing everybody, is that with modern construction techniques in major urban centres, AM doesn't penetrate the buildings as well."

But the biggest hurdle in big cities is scarcity of available signals on the FM dial. In downtown Vancouver, there is only one spot remaining on FM and rival broadcasters would also love to have it.

"FM is a much more valued signal," said Rael Merson, president of broadcasting for Rogers, which has converted stations in Victoria and Winnipeg. "When the product you are selling is music, the quality of the audio is of paramount importance."

Ownership rules limiting broadcasters to a pair of English and French FM stations in any given market also stand in the way of such aspirations. Coru s applied last year to simultaneously broadcast one of its AM formats in Winnipeg on FM to get a better signal in the city. It was turned down by the CRTC because the move would have given the company three FM stations there.

Such ownership and frequency restrictions may be the only thing keeping AM music stations from being relegated to the history books.

"Let's face it, there's a lot of people including my kids who have grown up never having listened to AM radio, except when I forced them to listen to me," Mr. Bergstrom says.

Though he did contemplate other tracks for that final song - including Steam's 1969 chart topper Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye, Mr. Bergstrom figured Mr. Orbison put it best when he crooned: "There's someone new. We're through, we're through."


By the numbers

AM STATIONS (2006): 178

Revenue: $320-million

Pretax profit: $21-million

Average profit per station: $118,000


Revenue: $1.09-billion

Pretax profit:


Average profit per station: $659, 000




Bargain Barn


Kevin Redding – Gilbert, AZ


I am thinning out the herd. If you need pictures, I can send them. If 

the radios don't sell here, off to eBay they go....


DX402 with manual $50 plus shipping 150 -30000 kHz plus FM and stereo 

out the headphones. Has SSB.

DX390 150-30000 kHz plus stereo out the headphones and FM. Has SSB 

and a plus of FM SCA for those who might want to listen to the  reading service for the blind. Modified by Bruce Elving. $50 plus shipping.

GE Superadio III AM/FM good AM DXer. Unmodified so it has the dial 

calibration off like all of them. $32. shipped.

GE P721 beige AM leather box radio fairly big and in nice shape. Not 

for DX. Just looks cool. $25 shipped.

Bendix Navigator 420 DF radio LW/MW and HF to 4.5 MHz, leather case 

and original headphone. $25 shipped. May have manual for this somewhere.

RCA Victor 6-BX-63 5 tube portable radio, green. Working, has crack 

in dial lens. $20 shipped. AM and the other band is off.

GE 4576D[?] dark brown solid state clock radio. Has analog Telechron 

clock. AM radio only. $10 plus shipping.

Westinghouse 827T4 AM tube table radio made in Canada. Nutmeg orange 

and white. $12 plus shipping.

GE P736A four tube portable AM radio. $23 plus shipping.

Sony SRF-42 AM Stereo Walkman. Working, just add AA batteries and 

headphones. $25 plus $5 shipping.

Optimus 16-184 hand held AM/FM/LCD TV $25 plus $5 shipping. Has box 

and manual.

May have more for sale later. Reply to amfmdx@qwest.net.


Show and Tell – New Toys


Dr. Tom Gruis – Des Moines, IA

Sangean HDT-1X HD Tuner


Good afternoon!


A week or so ago I received a Sangean HDT-1X. Initially it is quite impressive.


Today was the first chance I had during this busy for me season of annual lodge reports.


I have a splitter from the roof TV antenna, which is not the greatest. I received 30 FM stations using the scan function.


The 5 HD stations are:


                         93.3     KIOA                their main channel

                        100.3    KDRB               main and second program

                        102.5    KSJZ                main channel

                        106.3    KPTL                main and second program – HD-2 is “Smooth Jazz” and I have had it on most of the day – nice break from classical

                        107.5    KKDM               main and second channel


It seems that the audio quality on the HD stations is excellent.


Lacking a good AM antenna, only 1040 (50 KW) – WHO and KXNO 1460 (5 KW) seem to have HD. In experimenting a bit with 1460 the static, noise, QRM just disappears as advertised.


The following stations have RDS:


90.1          WOI-FM

92.5          KJJY

97.3          KHJH

98.3          KWPV

103.3      KAZR

104.1      KLTI


I called and visited with a LIVE PERSON at Sangean; very pleasant. I made a suggestion that component units have both the RCA plugs and also should add the mini plug for convenience with that being used a great deal


By the way, the public radio stations in Iowa went to a new arrangement, at this point I refuse to call it a system, that is awful! The station I listen to more than any other is WOI-FM. They were as professional as anybody could be. Again last night, as has been happening since the inception of the new arrangement, went silent for a good 10 minutes around 6:30 P.M. I finally called and a nice person answered and when I asked if they were aware that ‘FM had been silent for 10 minutes the response was: “Oh! I just noticed that!” When a 100 KW station sits silent for 10 minutes…. But – somebody at the state level thought that they could save some money even thought they have successful fund raisers (I am a member). I had about 40 years in BC including the coming of FM (Previous post) and some experience with automation. One can only hope they get the bugs worked out - PDQ!


Thanks to all for making this a very interesting list.


Testing, Testing…


WABV 1590 Abbeville, SC Test


Glenn Hauser – Enid, OK

** U S A. Tnx to Paul B. Walker, Jr., for putting on an impromptu DX test from

WABV 1590 in South Carolina. Since he said it would run until 0630 UT Feb 8, it

was more convenient for me to start listening after 0600 than 0500. I made the

great sacrifice of hearing ESPN Radio with stupid sports talk for 15+ minutes,

and trying to detect some signs of the DX test underneath, but never any sign

of it, so I wonder if WABV really ran until 0630?

At least I was rewarded by a new (?) log of a station I would otherwise avoid,

WAIK 1590 in Galesburg IL, which did give a full ID at 0622, along with Sunny

97.7, WMOI [COL: Monmouth], after which I upgave. Whoopee! Per NRC AM Log, WAIK runs only 55  watts at night, and it was dominating the frequency! Could it be they forgot to switch from 5000 watts day power? The least they could have done for WABV test. NRC Antenna Pattern Book shows them with an almost circular pattern to the south of city only


Eric Berger – Detroit, MI

WABV Test: I listened from about 0500-0630 UTC, and aside from WAIK as well as a station playing some unid mx, I didn't get anything that even sounded

like a DX Test in here.


WKDK 1240 Newberry, SC Test


Bob Smoak – Bamberg, SC


Willis played the radio to me and I could hear sweep tone. Bob Smoak just called. Someone post for me computer not in control room – Powell Way


Bill Comstock – Hardinsburg, IN

I got sweep tones at 12:23 from someone on 1240. I am in Southern

Indiana 40 miles northwest of Louisville, KY.


Kevin Redding – Gilbert, AZ

WKDK test not heard 2,250 miles away in Gilbert, AZ via radio but perfect copy via NBN.


WBIX 1060 Test


Scott Fybush – Rochester, NY

Heard here in Rochester with ease - started listening about 0020, at which point WBIX was apparently in regular programming from the CRN network (which is co-owned with the station). Code ID at 0030.

Signal was clearly audible, but neck-and-neck with KYW throughout.

I was hoping for more Todd Rundgren, though (for those not aware, he's the favorite artist - and then some - of WBIX's CE Grady Moates!


Barry Davies – Carlisle, UK

Heard here in Carlisle, North West UK. Morse and voice ID noted at 0515utc. Problem here was splash from Italy on 1062.


Paul Walker – Abbeville, SC

I tried for it, but couldn't hear it here in Abbeville. 

I did catch The Mighty 1090 WHGG Kingsport, TN on the air.. AGAIN.. later then it should be.

 Did Anyone record the test at all and get pretty good reception? My voice was used during the test and I'd just be curious to how it all sounds on the air



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