June 2011 ABDX CME Journal
Vol 6. Issue 1
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I will start my CME report for June with the following: WBMQ, 630, Savannah, GA, heard at 3:21 A. M. Eastern and verified by a spot for savannahhelpwanted.com. The distance was 100 miles. The radio was a Zenith Royal 2000, and yes, Kevin, it was running on a genuine Zenith wall wart! Since the station was booming in, I hesitate to think it was running on its licensed 47 watts. Of course, 3:21 A. M. could be considered the FCC's designated experimental period.
Heard WPWT, AM 870, Colonial Heights, Tennessee at 1:00 A. M. Eastern, Tuesday, June 7th, confirmed by TOH I.D. Sounded like regular programming to me. Strange because they are licensed for ZERO watts at night. I do believe they were cheating! Radio used: Zenith Royal 74 Deluxe.
I nulled this station to hear WWL, New Orleans. Heard rumbling noise in the broadcast and concluded it was caused by static charges bleeding off the guy insulators and ball gaps on the towers as if a thunderstorm were in progress. One was over New Orleans, confirmed by the Weather Channel on TV.
Heard using a Zenith Royal 74 Deluxe, WHKT, AM 1650, Portsmouth, VA, at midnight, Friday into Saturday, June 11, 2011, T. O. H. ID, then CBS network news. I know that radio is not designed for the expanded band, but it picked the station up with the tuning capacitor bumping the end of travel.
WMFS-680 perhaps on ND day pattern I got 'em on a GE P-780 @2220
Heard on a nekkid Channel Master Super Fringe model 6515:
1100 WTAM Cleveland, OH 6/1 2236 talking about the Indians player Ruben Cabrera hitting three doubles in one game.
1120 KMOX St. Louis, MO 6/1 2238 Giants v. Cardinals tied 5-5 in the 10th.
1040 WHO Des Moines, IA 6/1 2239 nut case guy talking about how we would be better off if the economy collapsed.
780 WBBM Chicago, IL 6/1 2332 news of the Rod Blagoevich court case.
770 WABC NYC, NY 6/1 2351 weak with ad for Lumber Liquidators to get a free catalog.
820 WBAP Ft. Worth, TX 6/1 2354 ad for Just Brakes and into John Bachelor show.
860 CJBC Toronto, ON 6/1 2356 weak with FF man talking.
Heard on a nekkid Royal 755:
560 WHBQ Memphis, TN 6/2 1753 with ad for a fish restaurant, Soul Fish Cafe and into a Home Depot ad.
590 WWLX Lawrenceburg, TN 6/2 1759 playing rock from the 70s, Three Dog Night and into Joe Cocker. WEAK
600 WREC Memphis, TN 6/2 1800 with right wing take on the news from Fox, ID/TFC WEAK
620 WJDX Jackson, TN 6/2 1803 regional Mex station woman singing SS ballad.
640 WCRV Collierville, TN 6/2 1804 REL talk about Plagianism and Rome.
650 WSM Nashville, TN 6/2 1806 playing western swing "Ain't No Train to Memphis Any More".
680 WJCE Memphis, TN 6/2 1811 talk about Dallas v. Miami game 2 in the NBA finals.
740 WIRJ Humboldt, TN 6/2 1814 C&W "Lonely Women Make Good Lovers."
770 WVNN Huntsville, AL 6/2 1815 Mark Levin right wing talk shows.
790 WMC Memphis, TN 6/2 1817 talking about people with their underwear showing and pants dragging on the ground.
830 KOTC Kennett, MO 6/2 1820 playing R&B "She Used To Be My Girl."
850 WLRC Walnut, MS 6/2 1820 playing C&W GOS MX.
910 KLCN Blytheville, AR 6/2 1823 talking football and sports.
930 WWON Waynesboro, TN 6/2 1824 playing The Doors. True Oldies Channel.
940 WCPC Houston, MS 6/2 1826 preacher going to town and really getting after it.
990 KWAM Memphis, TN 6/2 1829 talking about marketing sandwiches from a local eatery.
1310 WDXI Jackson, TN 6/2 1832 with St. Louis Cardinals baseball. Ultra super weak.
1430 WPLN Nashville, TN 6/2 1833 with a news story about China hacking into Google users email.
1510 WLAC Nashville, TN 6/2 1836 Mark Levin right wing talk show.
Heard on a nekkid Zenith Royal 2000:
1660 KUDL Kansas City, Mo 1948 6/2 playing real nice classical music.
1640 WTNI Biloxi, MS 1949 6/2 with promo for ESPN Radio Sports and talk about Dallas v. Miami NBA final game 2.
1620 R. Progresso Havana, HA, 1851 6/2 Cuba playing some very rustic sounding Cuban music.
1260 KSGF Springfield, MO 2230 6/2 with BoH ID and announcement to being // to 104.1 FM. Then Poof!
Heard on a nekkid Zenith Royal 755:
1200 WOAI San Antonio, TX 6/4 0017 with Coast to Coast AM.
1080 KRLD Dallas, TX 6/4 0020 with promo "You can get news any time you want at KRLD.com."
1070 WAPI Birmingham, AL 6/4 making a rare appearance at night with ID and note that its // to 100.7 FM.
Heard on a Zenith Royal 3000 which was in its birthday suit, aka nekkid:
1400 WBIP Booneville, MS 6/4 1407 with classic C&W.
1390 WTJS Jackson, TN 6/4 1408 with computer program about email hacking.
1350 WKCU Corinth, MS 6/4 1410 with modern REL MX.
1290 WBTG Florence, AL 6/4 1412 playing NOS MYL type MX.
1280 WMCP Columbia, TN 6/4 1419 with local ads and into C&W "Columbia's country."
1240 WBCF Florence, AL 6/4 1545 with ad for ALDOT and Flying Carpet during stopset for pet show.
1040 WPBS Conyers, GA 6/4 1940 with KK music, a pop song.
890 WLS Chicago, IL 6/4 2023 talking about legal aspects of the NFL owners lockout of the players.
750 WSB Atlanta, GA 6/4 2030 TFC/NX/WX WSB 750 News, Depend on it.
780 WBBM Chicago, IL 6/4 2031 news of marathon runner dying during during a race because of heat.
Heard on a white 10 transistor Continental model TR-1067 radio which of course was nekkid.
530 R, Encyclopedia Havana, Cuba 2322 6/4 playing wonderful elevator music "I Wish You Love."
670 CMBC Havana, Cuba 2325 6/4 playing some really nice SS music, real easy listening stuff. Good for relaxing and going to sleep.
1360 WMOB Mobile, AL 2340 6/4 giving an id and a bit of a promo then back into the mud.
Heard on a Channel Master model 6515 Super Fringe nekkid:
1310 WKZD Priceville, AL playing 60s music and some pretty good stuff.NEW!
Heard on a Channel Master model 6818 14 transistor AM FM radio nekkid:
88.1 WAZD Savannah, TN 6/5 1331 with AFR no local programming whatsoever.
88.9 W210BE Waynesboro, TN 6/5 1333 playing REL MX.
89.5 WMAB Booneville, MS 6/5 1337 MPB Think Radio with Whaddaya Know? from NPR.
90.5 WSMM Selmer, TN 6/5 1340 K-Love with the show Mercy Me and never any local programs.
91.5 WFHU Henderson, TN 6/5 1341 The Lion playing alternative rock.
91.9 WOWL Burnsville, MS 6/5 1343 playing Peter Frampton.
92.3 WYNU Milan, TN 6/5 1700 with U2 Sunday Bloody Sunday.
93.5 WKWX Savannah, TN 6/5 1705 playing C&W.
95.5 WFMH Hackleburg, AL 6/5 1708 playing C&W.
97.3 WKJQ Parsons, TN 6/5 1710 with C&W what else?
100.7 WYDL Middleton, TN 6/5 1712 playing urban contemporary.
102.5 WPRT Nashville, TN 6/5 1715 ads for Genesis Diamonds.
103.3 WKDF Nashville, TN 6/5 1717 with ad for auto insurer.
104.1 WOGY Jackson, TN 6/5 1720 playing C&W.
104.9 WKZU Iuka, MS 6/5 1722 KUDZU 104 playing the Bellamy Brothers.
105.9 WGKX Memphis, TN 6/5 1723 with Auto Zone ad and Visa Prepaid Card Ad.
106.9 WWYN McKenzie, TN 6/5 1729 playing the theme song from Smokey and the Bandit.
107.7 WHHM Henderson, TN 6/5 1726 STAR 1077 Ryan Secrest and AT40.
Heard on a mighty Admiral Imperial 8 with no assistance:
570 Radio Reloj Havana, Cuba 6/5 2207 with clock ticks SS woman .-. .-. CW ID and time pip at the minute.
600 CMKA Havana, Cuba 6/5 2309 playing a classical piano piece.
630 KJSL St. Louis, MO 6/5 2312 real fluttery REL MX A was 26.
830 WCCO Minneapolis, MN 6/5 2316 informercial about skin products.
840 WHAS Louisville, KY 6/5 2317 running a right wing talk show.
850 KOA Denver, CO 6/5 2320 with a Geico ad, Generation America ad, and a prostate ad during a really long stopset.
870 WWL New Orleans, LA 6/5 2321 with informercial about getting rid of DHT to end your male pattern baldness.
Heard on a nekkid Zenith Royal 705:
1000 WMVP Chicago, IL 6/6 0445 giving baseball scores.
1030 KCTA Corpus Christi, TX 6/6 0450 with the creation story.
1130 KWKH Shreveport, LA 6/6 0456 with way right wing Neil Boortz.
Heard on a Royal 755 nekkid:
540 WKFN Clarksville, TN 6/7 2300 talking about the Dallas victory in the NBA Finals.
Heard on a Zenith Royal 780 with 200 foot wire and Q stick as a preselector.
1290 WBTG Sheffield, AL 1730 with MYL and into NX after ID.
570 WAAX Gadsden, AL 1742 Handel on the Law into a timeshare ad.
Sunday June 12, 2011 - 9:30 p.m. to 10:10 p.m. ADT
Radio: RCA RLG23A 8 transistors, circa 1969
560 WGAN Portland ME
590 VOCM St. John's NL
640 CBN St. John's NL
660 WFAN NYC NY
680 WRKO Boston MA
710 WOR NYC NY
730 CKAC Montreal QC
740 CHCM Marystown NL
760 WJR Detroit MI
770 WABC NYC NY
810 CJVA Caraquet NB
830 WCRN Worcester MA
850 WEEI Boston MA
880 WCBS NYC NY
900 CKDH Amherst NS
930 CFBC Saint John NB
950 CKNB Campbellton NB
990 CBY Cornerbrook NL
1010 WINS NYC NY
1030 WBZ Boston MA
1050 WEPN NYC NY
1080 WTIC Hartford CT
1130 WBBR NYC NY
1140 CBI Sydney NS
1180 WHAM Rochester NY
1210 WPHT Philedelphia PA
1260 CKHJ Fredericton NB
1270 CJCB Sydney NS
1370 WDEA Ellsworth ME
1470 WLAM Lewiston ME
1510 WWZN Boston MA
1520 WWKB Buffalo NY
1560 WQEW NYC NY
1570 CFAV Laval QC
There! My fingers are killing me! This RCA has direct tuning, and its really tough trying to tune the stations in. Makes me appreciate tuning with some vernier or dial cord reduction!!! None of these stations are really DX by my standards.
The RCA RLG23A was my very first radio, given to me by my Mom and Dad for my 6th birthday in July 1969. That particular radio is long gone, but late last year I got an identical one on eBay. The stations picked up are somewhat representative of the kind of "DX" I would have been getting DXing as a kid in bed with that RCA, burning through a set of 4 Burgess C cells that very first night. Big difference - back in the summer of '69 the dial would have been filled with top 40 music rather than talk and the occassional oldies or C&W.
With the BLACK Continental 10 transistor radio I got from Kevin
Location 5 miles from Silverstreet, SC
710 WAQI FL Miami ID mention @ 12:07 AM
1510 WLAC TN Nashville with Coast to Coast AM 1:50 AM
1530 WCKY OH Cincinnati good signal 12:52 AM
1500 WFED DC Washington unusually good signal 12:51 AM
680 WPTF NC Raleigh Sunday Night Hall of Fame 1117PM
700 WLW OH Cincinnati not so great tonight... 1118 PM
750 WSB GA Atlanta very variable with SS over top some 1119 PM
760 WJR MI Detroit actually better than WSB ! 1120 PM
790 WVCD SC Bamberg on 1000 watts and verified on phone with Bob Smoak 11:21 PM
Heard on the Realistic 12-650A and batteries. This radio is unmodified and this is the first time I've listened to AM since buying it a while ago.
1580 KDAY Santa Monica CA 6/3 6:52 PM Spanish Rel, ID at ToH.
1570 KPRO Riverside CA 6/3 6:62 PM Dodgers Pregame Show (KABC), then game
1550 KWRN Apple Valley CA 6/3 7:03 PM Spanish Radio Mexico, dual ID KWRM/KWRN.
1520 KVTA Port Hueneme CA 6/3 7:18 PM Angels Baseball game
1530 KFBK Sacramento CA 6/3 7:21 PM Sean Hannity, News Talk 15-30
1510 KSPA Ontario CA 6/3 7:28 PM Mavericks/Quakes baseball, AM 15-10 The Spa
1490 KMET Banning CA 6/3 7:37 PM Rusty Humphrey, USA Radio News at ToH
1470 XERCN Tijuana BCA 6/3 8:01 PM Spanish, R Hispana 14-70, 10KW, Uniradio
These are the stations that I heard call IDs or a slogan (The Spa). Nothing new or hard to hear. The radio needs better filters and the tuning isn't as smooth as I would like but overall I'm optimistic that it will be a good DX radio.
Heard on the Realistic 12-655, modified with ceramic filters when new. I had to go to the other end of the house with the Plasma TV on.
Heard 6/7 10:00-11:00 PM PDT
1640 WPKA209/WQKD624 Irvine Information and Advisory Radio Station
1630 Classical music with weak Spanish underneath, XEUT and KKWY presumed
1620 English REL, presumed KSMH
1600 Chinese talk, ads, presumed KAHZ Pomona
1600 Spanish over/under Chinese stn, probably South Tuscon stn
1590 English ads and news faded up a couple times, KLIV San Jose?
1590 Spanish station in and out, probably Ventura-Oxnard
1580 Spanish rel presumed KBLA, another station underneath probably KMIK
1570 Spanish music station, XERF?
1560 KNZR Bakersfield CA, Coast to Coast in English!
1550 Spanish station, weak, several to choose from (Fresno, Apple Valley)
1540 Korean, presumed Los Angeles
1530 KFBK Sacramento CA, Coast to Coast in English, "News Talk 15-30 KFBK"
1510 KSPA Ontario CA Quakes Post Game Show "AM 15-10 The Spa" and "KSPA Ontario"
1510 Chinese, weak, KPIG?
1500 Vietnamese, most likely KSJX San Jose
1490 Spanish "La Preciosa" so it's KSPE Santa Barbara
1490 Caught partial ToH ID for Bakersfield station at 11:00 PM
Not much English in there. No IDs until ToH makes it tough. Nothing new.
Realistic 12-675 repackaged 8 transistor radio, with a 200mm ferrite bar antenna, location far West Houston:
I concentrated on the frequencies I knew would be weak, ignoring the plethora of regionals and clears from neighboring Texas cities.
In general, the 12-675 suffers a bit from lack of selectivity, in spite of having four IF stages. I also found it was a bit less sensitive than a famous non-qualifying radio - GE SR(1). Before I could use the 12-675, I had to repair the radio - a new 2SB75 in the second pre-amp got rid of the distortion in the audio. This thing will never sound that good, but is room filling now.
KDFT 540 - a weak Spanish language in Denton, TX, faintly heard.
XEMU 580 - a weak Spanish language, if I spoke Spanish I wound consider it listenable.
XEFD 590 - nulling KSBJ 590 - fairly strong.
600 - nothing heard, except when boosted with a loop. No ID
XEGH 620 - fairly strong, would definitely be listenable. No trace of powerhouse KMKI - their null towards Houston is very effective.
640 - VERY intriguing mix, very faint. At least 3 or 4 stations in there, one is in English, the others Spanish. I can boost it with a loop, but not ID anything even switching to an SR.
830 - something very faint is there in Spanish.
870 - WWL surprisingly strong on this portable, but hard to null out a local 880.
The middle of the dial is a cacophony of locals, low power stations in nearby small towns, regionals, etc. Just about any radio gets the same combination of stuff. Notable frequencies to try:
1030 KCTA - the amount of static will tell you if you have a good radio or not. The 12-675 gets it almost static free.
1080 KRLD - a real selectivity and sensitivity test. The 12-675 flunks.
1490 KHVL - another real challenging selectivity test, there are strong locals on either side. The 12-675 cannot handle it.
Most of the fun stuff --- the X-band didn't reveal much but 1620 and 1660, plus a local community station. Wrong time of year for X-band.
Receiver Radio Shack 12-675 (with a 200 mm ferrite rod, location Cypress, TX.
A couple of cool catches - a community information station for Deer Park and Pasadena on 830, they announced that they also broadcast on 530 in LaMarque - sure enough I tuned down there and heard an almost identical feed.
Finally made it out to the front patio at 1:06am on Sunday morning to hear what I could hear.
1:06am….51 degrees (brrr..chilly….we still haven’t had summer yet)
Heard on a Realistic 12-656 AM only radio, internal ferrite bar:
540 CBK SK Waltrus CBC news, then into informational programming about hockey and stuff. LOUD
600 KSJB ND Jamestown Classic country with an Eddie Rabbit song, then KSJB promo, then into Hank Snow’s “It Don’t Hurt Anymore”
620 KTAR AZ Phoenix ESPN Radio, into break that included promo mentioning “on Sports 620 K-T-A-R” and on to local ad for Gateway Chevrolet
640 KFI CA Los Angeles Coast to Coast AM with (weekender dude…don’t remember his name). LOUD
650 KGAB WY Orchard Valley About 10 seconds BEHIND (are they IBOC too?) KFI with same C2C AM. Mixing with country…KMTI Manti
650 KMTI UT Manti Alan Jackson song, KMTI liner, then into somebody else. Mixing with KGAB
660 KTNN AZ Window Rock KTNN Jingle, then into the Dixie Chicks singing Ready To Run
680 KNBR CA San Francisco Don’t think the Giants were really playing at 1am so must’ve been a rebroadcast of a Giants baseball game. LOUD
790 KGHL MT Billings Midnight Radio Network then into break with BillingsHelpWanted ad and a Montana Wildlife PSA
900 CKBI SK Prince Albert PSA for the RCMP helping fight gangs and numerous other local ads then into country music
950 KRWZ CO Denver hard to hear but could hear oldies and heard an ID for “The Cruise” in between. WEAK 980 KSVC UT Richfield Several local ads mentioning Richfield and Central and Southern Utah
1010 CBR AB Calgary CBC programming. Didn’t get a CBR ID but a pretty safe assumption….GOOD
1020 KCKN NM Roswell No ID here, but usually good to loud signal is them….heard some preacher doing…well….some preaching
1030 KTWO WY Casper caught a local break running with 3 or 4 local ads mentioning Casper. GOOD
1040 WHO IA Des Moines caught end of a promo ….”on NewsRadio 1040, W-H-O”
1060 CKMX AB Calgary station promo “This is Classic Country”..with several song bits then “Classic Country AM 1060” then into Merle Haggard’s “If we’re not back in love by Monday”
1070 KNX CA Los Angeles No mistaking…they mention KNX NewsTime every few minutes. GOOD.
1100 KNZZ CO Grand Jct Midnight Radio Network again.
1130 CKWX BC Vancouver Great signal…many mentions of “News 1130” like KNX does.
1140 KYDZ NV North Las Vegas Radio Disney. Kinda obvious. No other station in the country has Radio Disney on 1140
1:44am. 50 degrees….really getting chilly now.
Heard on the G.E. P780. Internal ferrite bar
1260 KPOW WY Powell Country music with a Keith Urban song playing. Not new but semi-rare here.
1350 KTDD CA San Bernardino Country music with promo in between songs “1350 the Toad!”
930 KAFF AZ - Flagstaff May 8 , 5:10A , country music. fair.
1130 KQNA AZ - Prescott,AZ May 8 , 1:55 P . break from Medved show to local spot for firearms dealer. (Barton-AZ)
1170 MEXICO , Sonora state, Caborca. May 8 , 05:00A . ID by M, very solid clear ID "X-E-I-B" , Radio (sounded like "Vida").
1160 KSL UT - Salt Lake City, May 8, 6:17 , "Utah's morning news...KSL News Time 7:17. (Barton-AZ)
1430 KLO UT-Ogden , May 9, 5:30A , M w/ local news. (Barton-AZ)
1210 unid. MEXICO May 9, 0544, lively vocal music. antenna on N/S alignment, faded at 6:00AM ID, but clearly hrd "XE" . (Barton-AZ)
1070 KNX CA - Los Angeles May 10 , 5:55 A , Quaker State motor oil spot, M anncr "KNX Newstime, five fifty-five". to historic traffic report : there was NO (!) problem on the "405" freeway. (Barton-AZ)
990 XECL MEXICO, B.N. , Mexicali. May 12, 4:51 A . Mexican rockabilly covers to ID by jingle "Rockola - Nueve Noventa" (Rockola 990). (Barton-AZ)
1330 KWKH - CA - Los Angeles May 12, 05:00A. M anncr and mentions of "Paola Espinosa-Sanchez" to TOH ID "K-W-K-H, Los Angeles".
first log for me, and first time i heard my sports idol's name mentioned while DXing. (Barton-AZ) .
1260 KBSZ ARIZONA, Apache Junction May 12 , 9:00A . ID, NBC network news, "Arizona News Radio", to home improvement pgm . Daylog - poor ; not usually hrd in El Mirage with my ferrite bar portables. (Barton-AZ)
780 KAZM ARIZONA Sedona, daylog , May 12 , 12:20 P , AZ Diamondbacks game in progress.VG ! (Barton-AZ)
1170 KFAQ OK - Tulsa May 12, 0800 P . ID by M to ABC network newscast, Weiner finally off as top news item. came up suddenly to overpower unid. Spanish lang station. (Barton-AZ)
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