July 2006 ABDX Journal
Vol 1. Issue 3
The July issue brings us to look for our neighbors for DX. We are looking for DX on MW next door, and mid range FM/TV, and HF anywhere in the world.
Here’s the notices:
ABDX announces The It’s Next Door CME. The object of this CME is to receive states, or provinces bordering yours on MW and LW. Provinces or states in other nations count as if they were a state next to yours in your home nation. Say you live in New York and you receive a station in Ontario or Massachusetts, that would count, as would a reception from Texas to Chihuahua or New Mexico.
In addition to Its Next Door, we have The Mid-Range TV and FM DX CME for those who do VHF DXing in the summer. Any reception between 50 and 300 miles can be reported for this one.
For HF DXers, we have the 41/25 mb CME covering from 7.05 to 7.4 and 11.5 to 12.2 MHz.
Always open for the summer is HF and FM/TV for E skip, Trop or Meteor skip you may receive during the CME.
This CME will run from Canada Day, 1 JUL 0001 to 28 JUL 2359 LOCAL TIME wherever in the world you are.
You may use any format to compile your logs that makes sense to you. All ABDX asks is that you send HF logs with UTC time and all other logs in local time.
Only submissions from ABDX members will be accepted unless the editor decides the information is so important that it should be added. This will probably be very rare, Should you receive this and you are not a member, go to this URL and tell us a little about and we will consider you for membership.
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We have loggings from The Night of Nights LF tests and FM, WOW we got FM logs this month. We had a nice turnout on MW and a little on HF.
Next month, a new section of the Journal will be available to the readers called Nothin’ But Net. The segment will cover internet stations. Several of you said you liked the idea so we’ll give it a shot.
The current issue also happens to set a record for size, this is the biggest Journal ever. As always, feel free to pass this issue around to anyone who may be interested. ABDX is always open to giving its journal to everyone.
Lets get to the logs…
Kevin Redding, Phil Rafuse and Mike Richard, the ABDX crew.
The Broadcast Band [MW]
Powell E. Way III – W40PW – West Columbia, SC
Done in the parking lot of the Jack in the Box in
Hendersonville NC. I must have been close to 1450 as
the upper part of the band was desensed badly. There
was a good bit of static from a severe thunderstorm
off to the SE:
Between 6:28 and 6:52 PM EDST
560 WVOC Columbia, SC
620 WRJZ Knoxville, TN
640 WGOC Blountville, TN
660 WLFJ Greenville, SC
750 WSB Atlanta, GA
850 WKVL Knoxville, TN
910 WOLI Spartanburg, SC
950 WORD Spartanburg, SC
990 WNML Knoxville, TN ( with severe desense)
1020 WRIX Homeland Park, SC (which is Honea Path SC
there is no such town as Homeland Park
1160 WJFJ Tryon, NC [I'm including this as it was
originally licensed to Landrum, SC. One step and you
can be in either state]
1330 WYRD Greenville, SC
Rest of the band very weak locals except for
excpetionally nearbys 1450 and 1600.
1230 WAIM SC Anderson - 07/03/06 1700 - TOH ID into ABC News. Decent, steady signal in the evening static. "Newstalk 1230, WAIM, Anderson, South Carolina".
1510 WLAC TN Nashville - 07/03/06 2200 - FOX News. Good signal. "Newsradio 1510, WLAC".
1320 WKRK NC Murphy - 07/04/06 2119 - Country Music promo and Severe Weather information. Weak signal with fades. "1320 AM, WKRK".
850 WKVL TN Knoxville - 07/07/06 1807 - Newscast into talkshow. Good signal with slight static. "WKVL, Knoxville...Horne Radio Network".
DRAKE R8B 135' N/S Wire
1645 – 1720 July 10, 2006
560 WVOC SC Columbia - Local Talk Show about growth in SC
600 WCVP NC Murphy - Country Music
650 WSM TN Nashville - Country Music
660 WLFJ SC Greenville - Religious Material
780 WWOL NC Forest City - Religious Material
840 WCEO SC Columbia - Spanish Music
850 WKVL TN Knoxville - Sean Hannity Show
1000 WWOF SC Walhalla - Oldies
1020 WRIX SC Homeland Park - Gospel Music
1090 WCZZ SC Greenwood - UC Gospel Music
1110 WBT NC Charlotte - Newscast
1150 WSNW SC Seneca - Newscast
1280 WANS SC Anderson - ESPN Radio
1290 WHKY NC Hickory - Local Political Ads
1510 WLAC TN Nashville - Sean Hannity Show
1580 WDAB SC Travelers Rest - Spanish Music
1170 WQVA SC Lexington - 07/11/06 1301 - Spanish Music and TOH ID. Good signal (S8) in the afternoon static. "WQVA...Lexington, South Carolina".
620 WTRP GA La Grange - 07/14/06 1241 - Oldies. Decent, but steady signal (S8) above the afternoon static. "We're AM 620, WTRP".
910 WOLI SC Spartanburg - 07/14/06 1300 - Spanish music and TOH ID. Weak, but steady signal in the afternoon static. "WOLI, Spartanburg".
790 WAXY FL South Miami - 07/15/06 2300 - Sports news and information, and TOH ID. Weak, but steady signal mixed with UC Gospel Music. "Sportstalk 790, WAXY, South Miami".
Sunday, July 23, 2006
Little River Park, Laurens, South Carolina 1630 - 1640
550 WDUN GA Gainesville - 07/23/06 1630 - Travel Today talk show. Decent, steady signal. "WDUN, Newstalk 550". (IEN-GA)
560 WVOC SC Columbia - 07/23/06 1633 - Talk show. Good, steady signal. "WVOC.COM". (IEN-GA)
570 WWNC NC Asheville - 07/23/06 1634 - Glenn Beck show promo and Handel on the Law show. Decent, steady signal. "Newsradio 570, WWNC". (IEN-GA)
580 WGAC GA Augusta - 07/23/06 1636 - Clark Howard show. Decent, steady signal. "Newstalk 580, WGAC. Depend on it". (IEN-GA)
620 WGCV SC Cayce - 07/23/06 1637 - UC Gospel. Decent, steady signal. (IEN-GA)
660 WLFJ SC Greenville - 07/23/06 1638 - Female announcer with a British accent. BBC rebroadcast? GOOD, steady signal. (IEN-GA)
680 WCNN GA North Atlanta - 07/23/06 1640 - Atlanta Braves promo. Decent, steady signal. "Sportsradio 680, The Fan". (IEN-GA)
Heard on a 1985 digital Superadio nekkid:
1440 KUHL Santa Maria, CA 0000 coming out of talk into a ToH ID. Haven’t heard this one in a while.
1020 KCKN Roswell, NM
0015 Gatlin Brothers singing “All the Gold in California.”
1390 KENN Farmington, NM 0021 with talk about UFOs.
1160 KSL SLC, UT 2305 CBS News
1320 KFNZ SLC, UT 2309 woman doing a sports show.
1430 KLO Ogden, UT 0108 Dave Ramsey Show.
560 KLZ Denver, CO 2306 ESPN news.
570 KNRS Salt Lake City, UT 2304 Bush speaking on the news.
630 KHOW Denver, CO 2305 ad for KHOW.com
640 KFI Los Angeles, CA 2306 ad for Malibu alcoholic beverage.
740 KCBS San Francisco, CA 2308 talk about Bush administration illegally spying on people.
1510 KSPA Ontario, CA 2010 playing Son of a Preacher Man.
1460 KZNT Colorado Springs, CO 2018 with an ad stop set.
1140 KNWS Palm Springs, CA 2039 news of interest rates on the economy.
930 KHJ Los Angeles, CA 2042 playing mariachi music.
790 KABC Los Angeles, CA 2043 talk about right wingers.
770 KKOB Albuquerque, NM 2044 Matt Drudge on space tourism.
720 KDWN Las Vegas, NV 2046 on judging barbecue.
Heard with HEAVY
lightning static on a Sony 2010 and Q-Stick +:
1690 KDDZ Arvada, CO 2057 R. Disney
1690 KFSG Roseville, CA 2058 ethnic program, UNID language
1670 KHPY Moreno Valley, CA 2059 playing mariachi
1660 KXOL Brigham City, UT 2200 with Elton John “Don’t Go Breakin My Heart”
1650 KHRO El Paso, TX 2200 ToH ID and Air America News, guess they flipped formats
1640 KBJA Sandy, UT 2201 with non-legal ID Kah Bay Hota Ahh, Ahh Emmay, Sandy – supposed to be in English.
1630 KRND Fox Farm, WY 2206 playing banda
1620 KSMH Auburn, CA 2207 EWTN pgm.
1560 KNZR Bakersfield, CA 2209 Coast to Coast
1530 KFBK Sacramento, CA 2210 talk about organic food
1520 KVTA Port Hueneme, CA 2212 Coast to Coast
1110 KDIS Los Angeles, CA 2236 R. Disney
600 KOGO San Diego, CA
7/11 2311 with ID “KOGO 600”
670 KLTT Commerce City, CO 7/11 2312 REL pgm about needing people in government with integrity, with a finger pointed at the current administration.
680 KNBR San Francisco, CA 7/11 2313 interviewing players from the baseball All-Star game.
700 KALL Salt Lake City, UT 7/11 2215 with sports talk about baseball.
710 KNUS Denver, CO 7/11 2316 talk show about abortion.
750 KOAL Price, UT 7/11 2318 Coast to Coast.
850 KOA Denver, CO 7/11 2324 talk about internet gaming.
890 KDXU St. George, UT 7/11 2326 Coast to Coast.
920 KVEL Vernal, UT 7/21 2230 BoH ID “KVEL, Vernal. News, Talk, Sports.”
950 KKFN Denver, CO 7/21 2232 talk about Bengals problems with crime.
1320 KFNZ Salt Lake, UT 7/21 2241 ad for Fastenall then sports talk.
1380 KTKZ Sacramento, CA 7/21 2243 a VERY long stopset.
1510 KCUV Littleton, CO 7/21 playing “The Wanderer”
1540 KMPC Los Angeles, CA 2300 ToH ID in null of local KASA.
Daytime bandscan - 11:15am - 11:30am - July 3rd, 2006
CHRYSLER AM STEREO / FM STEREO CAR RADIO
540 KNAK UT Delta fair with talk
550 KRAI CO Craig good with country music
570 KNRS UT Salt Lake City good with Rush Limbaugh
590 KID ID Idaho Falls good with Rush Limbaugh
610 KVNU UT Logan very good with Rush Limbaugh
630 KTKK UT Sandy good with talk
650 KMTI UT Manti good with country music
700 KALL UT North Salt Lake very good with sports
730 KSVN UT Ogden very good with SS
750 KOAL UT Price weak with Rush Limbaugh
790 KBRV ID Soda Springs good with country/70s music
820 KUTR UT Taylorsville good with LDS music and IBOC HASHHHHHHHHHHHHH
860 KKAT UT Salt Lake City good with classic country //KKAT-FM 107.5 Orem
910 KWDZ UT Salt Lake City good with Radio Disney
960 KOVO UT Provo weak with sports. //1280 KZNS - Salt Lake City. Applications up the wazoo in the FCC for this station's move from Provo to Bluffdale and power increase to 50kw. From the weak signal I would say they are still at 1kw in Provo.
980 KUPI ID Ammon Very weak with classic country
1010 KPCW UT Tooele very good with NPR news
1060 KDYL UT South Salt Lake very good with MOYL
1080 KSLL UT Price very weak with classic country/oldies
1120 KANN UT Roy good with religious
1160 KSL UT Salt Lake City very good with news/talk and IBOC HASHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH
1280 KZNS UT Salt Lake City very weak with sports talk
1340 KTMP UT Heber City weak with classic country - mixing with KACH Preston, ID
1340 KACH ID Preston weak with light oldies - mixing with KTMP Heber City, UT
1360 KRKK WY Rock Springs good (which is unusual) with oldies
1370 KSOP UT South Salt Lake fair with classic country
1390 KLGN UT Logan fair with adult standards music
1430 KLO UT Ogden weak with talk
1450 KVSI ID Montpelier fair with country music
1510 KLLB UT West Jordan good with black gospel
1550 KRMI UT West Valley City fair with SS
1640 KBJA UT Sandy fair with SS
1660 KXOL UT Brigham City good with oldies
As one might guess, this is a normal AM dial bandscan for me every day. The only two stations I had to leave off were 1240 KEVA and 940 KMER since they are in Wyoming. Otherwise this is my dial every day. A few surprises as KRKK Rock Springs 1360 was coming in better than usual. They are usually weak during the day as I believe they are directional both day AND night and don't send any signal this way. I could be wrong there. Usually get 1340 KACH in Preston, ID , but today KTMP in Heber City was coming in too. 790 KBRV Soda Springs, ID must have been off or at very low power for quite sometime. It's only in the last month or so that they are back and I can hear them pretty good here. Live guy in the morning that does nothing but talk about local stuff - then they just play a mixture of pop hits from the 70s and country hits from yesterday and today all day long. Interesting. Kinda funky, but interesting.
Did a little bandscan from the bedroom on the Sony ICF SW7600GR. Radio was nekkid – time was from about 11:30pm 7/5 to 1:00am 7/6
560 KMON Great Falls, MT with country (weak)
580 KUBC Montrose, CO with classic country (weak)
700 KALL North Salt Lake, UT with sports (poor)
750 KOAL Price, UT with talk (good)
850 KOA Denver, CO with coast to coast (very good)
880 KRVN Lexington, NE with midnight trucking show (fair)
910 KWDZ Salt Lake City, UT with radio Disney (poor)
920 KVEL Vernal, UT with talk (weak)
930 KSEI Pocatello, ID with sports (fair to good)
980 KUPI Ammon, ID with classic country (fair – which is rare especially at night)
980 KSVC Richfield, UT with talk (very weak mixing with KUPI)
1100 KNZZ Grand Jct, CO with coast to coast (very good)
1110 KFAB Omaha, NE with coast to coast (fair)
1120 KANN Roy, UT with religious (good – VERY rare at night here)
1160 KSL Salt Lake City, UT with talk (very good)
1180 KOFI Kalispell, MT with Bruce Williams (good)
1280 KZNS Salt Lake City, UT with sports (weak)
1320 KFNZ Salt Lake City, UT with sports (weak)
1350 KRLC Clarkston, WA / Lewiston, ID
1370 KXTL Butte, MT with oldies (good)
1660 KXOL Brigham City, UT with oldies (weak)
1690 KDDZ Arvada, CO with radio Disney (weak)
Heard on a Chrysler AM Stereo / FM Stereo car radio in a
2002 Dodge Stratus R/T in the Bridger Valley area of Wyoming – about 40 miles
east and northeast of Evanston.
Just before sunset bandscan:
540 KNAK Delta, UT good with religious
550 KRAI Craig, CO good with country
570 KNRS Salt Lake City, UT good with talk
590 KID Idaho Falls, ID good with talk
610 KVNU Logan, UT very good with talk
630 KTKK Sandy, UT fair with talk
650 KMTI Manti, UT good with country
670 KBOI Boise, ID good with talk
700 KALL North Salt Lake, UT very good with sports (noted slogan change from “Hot Ticket 700” to “Kall Sportsradio 700”)
730 KSVN Ogden, UT very good with Spanish
750 KOAL Price, UT good with talk
790 KBRV Soda Springs, ID fair with country
820 KUTR Taylorsville, UT good with LDS music and lots of HASHHHH on both sides
850 KOA Denver, CO very good with talk
860 KKAT Salt Lake City, UT good with classic country // 107.5 KKAT Orem, UT
880 KRVN Lexington, NE good with country
890 KDJQ Meridian, ID fair with oldies
910 KWDZ Salt Lake City, UT fair with radio Disney
Just after sunset bandscan:
920 KVEL Vernal, UT weak with talk
930 KSEI Pocatello, ID good with a baseball game
980 KSVC Richfield, UT weak with talk
1100 KNZZ Grand Jct, CO very good with talk
1110 KFAB Omaha, NE very good with talk
1160 KSL Salt Lake City, UT very good with talk
1180 KOFI Kalispell, MT good with coast to coast
1300 KKML Colorado Springs, CO good with sports (NEW!)
1320 KFNZ Salt Lake City, UT poor with sports
1370 KZTL Butte, MT fair with oldies
1430 KLO Ogden, UT weak with talk
1600 KCKK Lakewood, CO poor with classic country
1620 KOZN Bellevue, NE good with sports
1650 KBJD Denver, CO very good with talk (*stereo*)
1660 KXOL Brigham City, UT weak with oldies
1690 KDDZ Arvada, CO poor with radio Disney
560 KLZ Denver, CO fair with sports
580 KUBC Montrose, CO weak with classic country
The filter caps in the R-390A said, "exercise me please", so I
decided to do a CME. Its hot in this basement - thankfully, its as
dry as Arizona due to the dehumidifier [one of those Atlantic
Canadian essential appliances]. The R-390A is hooked up to the 70
foot wire - its too hot and I'm too lazy to play with the Quantum.
540 CBT Grand Falls NL CBC Radio One
570 CFCB Corner Brook NL C&W / talk
590 VOCM St. John's NL C&W / talk
600 CBNA Saint Anthony NL CBC Radio One
610 CHNC New Carlisle QC Fr. Lang AC
740 CHCM Marystown NL C&W/ talk
750 CBGY Bonivista Bay NL CBC Radio One
780 CFDR HRM NS a.k.a. "KIXX" C&W
800 VOWR St. John's NL quasi-classical, religious, community
810 CJVA Caraquet NB Fr. Lang. AC
900 CKDH Amherst NS AC
920 CJCH HRM NS oldies/nos/talk
930 CJYQ St. John's NL - newfie music [from jigs and reels to rock!]
950 CKNB Campbellton NB AC
960 CHNS HRM NS oldies [soon to be flipped to FM, and its oldies
format canned in favour of yet another "Lite Rock"]
990 CBY Corner Brook NL CBC Radio One
1070 CBA Moncton NB CBC Radio One [with apologies to the "old" CJFX, CBA is truly the voice of Atlantic Canada - with 50 KW omni, day and night, "clear channel"]
1140 CBI 1140 Sydney NS CBC Radio One [dealing with Cape Breton's
rugged terrain in a way FM cannot match]
1230 CFGN Port-aux-basques NL C&W/talk
1240 CKIM Baie Verte NL C&W/talk [I'd rather listen to 1240 KEVA]
1260 CKHJ Fredericton NB C&W ["KHJ"]
1270 CJCB Sydney NS C&W
1320 CKEC New Glasgow NS AC
1350 CKAD Middleton NS C&W
1400 CBG Gander NL CBC Radio One
1420 CKDY Digby NS C&W
1450 CFAB Windsor NS C&W
Note the predominance of C&W stations and CBC. Most of the AC
stations have converted to FM, and the oldies stations tend to be
converting to FM and changing format. Oldies as a format is really
on the way out in Atlantic Canada. Classic Hits - CRTCspeak for new
oldies, is on the way in. Less Beatles, more B-52s. You get the
idea. Lots of 80s and 90s music.
Now that the R-390A has been on a while, its even hotter down here!
New GYer on 1400 on Fri/Sat overnite recording:
1400 KGMY MO Springfield 08JUL06 0500CDT on top at TOH with CLID into ESPN sports programming
Also ID'd on the recording but unneeded on 1400 KGVL-TX, KREF-OK,
KVMP-TX and KLIN-NE
Heard on Kaito 1103 with long wire Warwick R.I.
Both are new catches:
1100 WHLI Hempstead, NY. 8:55 PM sign off gave station ID then played the national anthem 7/9/06
910 WSBA York Penn 9:40 PM ad block newstalk 910 then started talking about Google. 7/9/06
1310 WICH Norwich Conn. 9:35 AM ad for dentist in Waterford call 447-2235 7/10/06
1420 WBSM Fairhaven Mass 9:40 AM ad for Fairhaven lumber 7/10/06
1460 WBET Brockton Mass 9:46 AM talking about world cup soccer 7/10/06
1560 WQEW NY, NY 9:50 Radio Disney playing hip hop song i like to move it move it . 7/10/06
This one had me going in circles. I couldn't find a WLIS assigned to 1150 AM. Research showed they have two stations one is on 1420 which is WLIS the other is WMRD 1150. They were using the WLIS calls.
1150 WMRD Saybrook CT. 7:05 AM gave weather report an news about Iraq bombings. 7/11/06
640 WNNZ Westfield MA 1:08 AM slogan fox zone sports radio 640 then talked about world series 7/12/06
1520 WIZZ Greenfield MA 7:47 PM gave calls then played this diamond ring 7/13/06
1470 WMMV Meriden CT 7:57 PM station promotion mentioning CT gave morning show schedule then ad block first one for home loan. 7/13/06
740 WNYH Huntington NY 8:14 PM gave calls then played Chicago, Chicago a few songs later slogan more memories WNYH Huntington NY. 7/13/06
600 WICC Bridgeport CT 8:31 PM mental health center ad with area code 203 phone number and calls. 7/13/06
1530 WVBF middleborough MA 8:35 AM talking about disabilties and college admission and documentation needed for special needs. 7/15/06
1170 WCTF Vernon CT 6:55 PM talking about mortitory and spiritual values. 7/15/06
1500 WFIF Milford CT 7:24 PM playing honor power and other religious music. at 7:30 PM gave calls. Battle with WTWP Washington DC . 7/15/06
I'm listening to ESPN Radio 13-80 KHEY El Paso, a new one here. Only Texas #7 heard with 5 verified.
16 July 2006 2220 EDT
Believe it or not I have strong het's on 1089 and 1521. Think this is the first time I have ever heard TA's in the summer.
2300 19 July 2006
1600 WTZQ HENDERSONVILLE NC Oldies song from 1958. ID, "WTZQ Hendersonville."
Here's another station that should be running only 12 watts at night.
However, they are putting in a fair signal now mixed with WFIS.
1010 WGUN GA ATLANTA 1450 15/07/06
1030 WEBS GA CALHOUN 1455 15/07/06
1040 WPBS GA CONYERS 0700 16/07/06
1040 WQBB TN POWELL 1457 15/07/06
1050 WWIC AL SCOTTSBORO 1800 15/07/06
1060 WNPC TN NEWPORT 0705 16/07/06
1070 WAPI AL BIRMINGHAM 0100 15/07/06
1070 WFLI TN LOOKOUT MT. 1300 15/07/06
1080 WKJK KY LOUISVILLE 2220 08/07/06
1090 WENR TN ENGLEWOOD 1100 15/07/06
1090 KAAY AR LITTLE ROCK 0230 15/07/06
1100 WWWE GA CARROLLTON 1230 15/07/06
1110 WBT NC CHARLOTTE 2250 08/07/06
1110 WUAT TN PIKEVILLE 1500 15/07/06
1120 KMOX MO ST. LOUIS 2206 08/07/06
1140 WBXR AL HAZEL GREEN 0650 16/07/06
1150 WJRD AL TUSCALOOSA 2100 16/07/06
1150 WGOW TN CHATTANOOGA 1515 5/07/06
1150 WLOC KY MUNFORDVILLE 2235 08/07/06
1160 WJFJ NC TRYON 0100 09/07/06
1170 WACV AL MONTGOMERY 2330 09/07/06
1180 WZQZ GA TRION 1600 15/07/06
1180 WVLZ TN KNOXVILLE 1600 15/07/06
1190 WAFS GA ATLANTA 1615 15/07/06
1190 WSDQ TN DUNLAP 1800 15/07/06
Last week when I was in Artesia, NM and Tombstone, AZ, I logged a NM DoT HAR on 1610. I believe the station is probably located near
Clayton, NM. Can anyone confirm?
Here's what I could copy:
"Thanks for tuning in to the New Mexico Highway Advisory Radio. In
light of the fire burning in Texas and Oklahoma, and the extreme fire
danger in New Mexico... protect our beautiful state... by putting out
cigarettes... If a fire is found, call 911 immediately... May you
arrive at your destination safely. This message is brought to you by
the New Mexico Department of Transportation."
This MIGHT be followed by a number, which MIGHT end in 244 or 344.
There may also have been a mention of highway 64 at some point in the message.
For the past month, WPSE479, the CalTrans HAR on 1610 kHz in Needles, CA, has been mis-IDing as WPSG912. WPSG912 is another station administered by the same office but located in Mountain Pass, CA on I-15. This particular CalTrans district office makes mistakes in call signs or city-of-license fairly often.
The Needles station provides info for I-40 only, and the Mountain Pass
station (which may be off the air at the moment, I'm not sure)
provides info for I-15 only. The current message on the Needles
station is about intermittent lane closures between Ludlow and Essex,
CA, with speed limits reduced from 70 to 45 MPH.
740 KIDR AZ, Phoenix - Running W radio network spanish programming, but maybe not all the time.
KTBA AZ Tuba City - Hasn't moved to 760 yet; currently runningREL //KHAC-880.
Temporarily in possession of a 2002 Saturn, presumably with its stock radio, much better for MW DX than my SW caradio where MW is an
afterthought, I did some bandscanning from about 15 km N of Enid on US 81, UT July 18, 0045-0130. This was well before LSS, with the bright sun still producing 100+ degree temps. Nevertheless, skywave was already booming in on the high end of the band. Besides logs separately reported under OKLAHOMA,here`s what I noted, in UT time order; reference, NRC AM Log 2005-2006:
0043, KXTR, 1660, classical already skipping in from Kansas City.
0056, 1420, with a het, Firestone ad for Hot Springs AR (KBHS listed); are they off frequency or is KTJS Hobart OK, the daytime dominator, or some other station? Did not hear het later in evening or next day
0105, 1600, now dominated by Asian Broadcasting Network, 972-877-1428, DFW, Radio ---- some foreign name, and the promo partly in foreign language. Punjabi, maybe? (KRVA, Cockrell Hill TX)
0109, 1110, with IBOC buzz, and less so on 1130, but this points to KMOX 1120 St. Louis as source, and they are on the lists as such. But see 0131 entry below!
0111, 850, Spanish music. Guess it`s KJON Carollton TX, the former KRPT hijacked from Anadarko OK to The Metroplex; or the twice-as-far but also Spanish KEYH in Houston. Still too early for KOA and its IBOC sidebands, tho under ideal daytime condx KOA barely makes it here
0131, now the IBOC is on 1100 and 1120, which means it`s coming from KFAB 1110 Omaha. So KFAB interferes with KMOX and vice versa (Glenn Hauser, Enid OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
MW bandscanning, continued from U S A [and non]. Another session during full daytime, none of that dratted skywave, I hoped, but started
too soon, first from home with FRG-7, longwire, July 18, UT in time order!
1352, 1660, KXTR Kansas City was still in with classical; 1406 fading out
1406, 1650, KWHN Fort Smith AR with ID, local commercial transmitter site in OK); not heard later on car radio, so may have been last gasp of skywave, or just too much signal from local KFXY-1640.
Saturn caradio, parked at a grocery in eastern Enid; some line noise and strange carriers perhaps from security:
1608, 1700, KKLF Sherman TX is the only x-bander now audible besides local KFXY 1640
1612, 1190, C&W with a fast SAH, presumably KVFV Beloit KS vs KFXR Dallas TX
1613, 1240, fast SAH, rather than audible het as used to be the case, so KFH Wichita KS and KADS Elk City OK are closer to frequency
1:06 AM 1210 WPHT Philadelphia PA Good signal with a work at home ad and a linter ID of "the big Talker 1210" first AM logged at new QTH
The Whole Earth [HF]
Wonder, is Cuba now broadcasting in 40 meter ham band???
I am hearing a station in Spanish, that seems to be IDing as Radio
Democratic Republica Cuba. They are pegging my S meter at 60db over S9. Frequency is 7.110mc
If this is Cuba, they are not doing anything to win friends and influence the world. You would think that with all the frequency space above 7.3 mc they would take advantage of it.
All time is in Zulu. Date is eastern U.S.A.
11.620 All India Radio 2145 to 2210 27 July 2006; 2145 ID and world news. Women with ID at 2200 then into Indian type music. [WM-TN]
I hear this station daily, but today the signal was crappy as all get out.
Weak, lots of QSB.
11.600 Radio Prague 2230 27 July 2006 ID at 2230 then into commentary about the Czech Republic. Nice signal S-9. [WM-TN]
This is Radio Republica, an exile broadcast from Miami, via transmitter in Rampisham UK, which has no business either broadcasting to Western Hemisphere on hamband. RR is also carried on WRMI in Miami itself, and via relay in Germany on other frequencies. There have been many reports of this in DX Listening Digest the past several months. The jamming you hear against all their frequencies, however, certainly comes from Cuba, even on the hamband.
Schedule (not necessarily up to date) and other info here:
23:32 9.875 Radio Vilnius Lithuania f-g news about the income tax there NEW! and it's the first shortwave logged at the new QTH! I am definitely going to send for a QSL (Slate -TN )
00:09 6.145 Radio Japan via Sackville ,Canada good signal w/ news
about Zidane's head butt first time Radio Japan is logged at the new place (slate-TN)
Keith McGinnis - Hingham MA
Equipment for FM: Yamaha T-85 (modified) with an APS9b antenna at 35ft AGL and an FM 6 (replaced a beat up APS9b) phase antenna at 12ft AGL. Bolin Phase Box. Conrad RDS Manager with Esslinger RDS 3.0 Software. Total Recorder.
Here is a list of all new logs from June 9th through July 19th 2006 from here in Hingham MA.
Totals are now over 1350 FM stations logged from either Hingham MA or Winthrop MA (15 miles NE of here). I was able to add a number of logs from last year that I had missed entering into the spreadsheet.
This season started out nicely in May and June for skip but has been
dormant for the most part since the end of June. Trop has been there a few nights recently but nothing to do handstands over.
June 9 eskip
9:03 PM WRXW 93.9 Pearl MS rock Rock 93.9
9:05 PM WZBQ 94.1 Carrollton AL CHR "Today's Hit Music WZBQ" with WHJY phased
9:19 PM WHLH 95.5 Jackson MS gospel "Jackson's clear choice for Gospel Hits"
10:41 PM WPZE 97.5 Fayetteville GA gospel
9:47 PM WNSL 100.3 Laurel MS CHR ID
9:40 PM WMBC 103.1 Columbus MS talk ESPN prgrm
8:52 PM WBFZ 105.3 Selma AL urban Q 105.3 Best Jamz
9:23 PM KXKZ 107.5 Ruston LA country Bank of Ruston Ad & Monroe adverts
June 10 eskip
5:01 PM KDCR 88.5 Sioux Center IA cont xtian RDS
1:27 PM WKNG 89.1 Heflin AL gospel 251 area code mention
4:19 PM WMEQ 92.1 Menomonie WI cl rock Rock 92.1
5:49 PM WOSQ 92.3 Spencer WI sports
5:52 PM KQRS 92.5 Golden Valley MN cl rock KQ92
4:24 PM KSCR 93.5 Benson MN ac Pioneer Land Band Festival ad
6:58 PM KSOU 93.9 Sioux Center IA AC RDS
4:11 PM KLCH 94.9 Lake City MN AC Lake Hits 95
7:24 PM KCZE 95.1 New Hampton IA country The Bull
6:03 PM KRVI 95.1 Barnesville MN soft ac Full legal ID
7:04 PM KGLI 95.5 Sioux City IA AC RDS
6:43 PM KQWB 98.7 Moorehead MN rock RDS
7:17 PM KSMA 98.7 Osage IA CHR Kiss FM Riverland CC
6:23 PM KZPK 98.9 Paynesville MN Country MN ads…."Wild Country 99"
6:26 PM WUSZ 99.9 Virginia MN country Grand Rapids mentions
5:30 PM KTLK 100.3 Minneapolis MN talk Glen Beck mentions
6:29 PM KIKN 100.5 Salem SD Country "Last Stop CD Shop" ad Sioux Falls
5:33 PM KDWB 101.3 Richfield MN CHR RDS
5:26 PM KTWB 101.9 Sioux Falls SD Country ID
6:33 PM KYBB 102.7 Canton SD cl rock Royal River Casino & Hotel and Franklin Motor Co. ads
6:37 PM KBWS 102.9 Sisseton SD Country "Pleasant Country 103"
5:35 PM KRVX 103.1 Wimbledon ND Rock The Raven
2:51 PM WPBZ 103.1 Indiantown FL mod rock The Buzz
6:47 PM KDAM 104.7 Hope ND country "KDAM The Wolf"
11:14 AM WAAZ 104.7 Crestview FL country local ads "PC Dr…683-0879" SW GA ment
6:15 PM KLLT 104.9 Spencer IA soft ac RDS 5A33 with NCAA Baseball
6:50 AM KIWA 105.3 Sheldon IA cw/talk Cubs/Reds bball Cubs station
5:46 PM KEGK 106.9 Wahpeton MN oldies Eagle 106.9
6:55 PM KIHK 106.9 RockValley IA country The Hawk
6:05 PM KARZ 107.5 Marshall MN ID into "Blinded by the light"
2:44 PM WLWI 92.3 Montgomery AL country with WPRO phased
June 18 2006 eskip
12:38 PM WIKX 92.9 Charlotte Harbor FL country // to website playlist with WBOS phased
12:41 PM WMFQ 92.9 Ocala FL oldies "Big 92.9" local ads with WBOS phased
1:11 PM KRVE 96.1 Brusly LA ac The River
11:38 AM WDMG 97.9 Ambrose GA cl hits Crisp County mentions
11:39 AM WDLT 97.9 Chickasaw AL urban Smooth Jazz Sunday
1:28 PM WNUE 98.1 Titusville FL ss
11:06 AM WOOF 99.7 Dothan AL AC RDS
12:18 PM WKUB 105.1 Blackshear GA Country "The Best Country Around WKUB"
12:15 PM WDUV 105.5 New Port Richey FL Coastal Cadillac Ad
12:04 PM WJPT 106.3 Fort Myers FL adult stand Naples mention
2:21 PM WJZZ 107.5 Roswell GA "WJZZ..that was Smokey Robinson"
June 23 eskip
7:49 PM KDNS 94.1 Downs KS Country KD Country
July 13 eskip
7:34 PM WJSP 88.1 Warm Springs GA NPR Talk about decriminalization of drugs
July 14 eskip
9:42 PM WSJT 94.1 Lakeland FL Smooth Jazz McDonalds Ad and Tampa Bay mentions
12:07 PM KGGO 94.9 Des Moines IA cl rock ID & Blues and Boogie
9:25 PM KUUL 101.3 East Moline IL Kool FM Super 60s and 70s
9:05 PM WPOI 101.5 St Petersburg FL 80s Hits Tampa's The Point
8:36 PM WXGL 107.3 St Petersburg FL cl hits // to playlist on website
July 14 trop
5:09 PM KHB38 162.4 Atlantic City NJ NOAA NOAA weather radio for the Atlantic City / Deleware / So Jersey area
July 15 trop
12:15 AM CHNI 89.1 Saint John NB News with ESPN prgmng // to CJNI
8:14 AM WEHM 96.9 Southampton NY Adult Alt with WTKK phased..// to stream also heard ID
11:37 PM CKHZ 103.5 Halifax NS testing Z103 testing…recorded about 30 minutes
July 15 eskip
1:40 PM KWFC 89.1 Springfield MO Gospel ascu.org promo..same as another local dxer was hearing.. he confirmed
9:34 PM KDMG 103.1 Burlington IA Country Big Country 103.1
July 16 eskip
12:35 PM KMGO 98.7 Centerville IA Country "Iowa's Hottest Country 98.7 KMGO"
12:45 PM WSEK 93.9 Burnside KY Country with Weird CC RDS
July 19 trop
9:35 PM WHXR 106.7 North Windham ME cl rock with MJX partially phased a dual ID including 104.7 "The Bone"
10:12 PM WEBB 98.5 Waterville ME country with WBMX phased "B98.5 Central Maine's Country"
Kevin Redding - Gilbert AZ
Hafler 330 and VU75XR Antenna
88.9 KLNE Lexington, NE 0900 with ToH ID and into classical music. Es.
Heard on GE SR 2 Nekkid .
Note to self: Use GOOD fresh alkaline batteries in SR 2 do NOT use Eveready flashlight batteries and wonder why you can't hear nothing.
105.9 WXHQ Newport R.I.* 3:05 PM did not give ID until 3:05 PM gave calls and said it was Newport radio. Format is Jazz I heard no ads and had been listening since 2:50 PM. I am assuming they meant Newport R.I. as they said Newport radio. 7/03/2006
95.1 WXTK Cape Cod MA 11:47 slogan Newsradio 95 followed by ads. 7/3/06
102.9 WPXG Cape Cod MA 11:51 PM slogan Cape Cod’s rock Pixie 103. 7/3/06
94.9 WHOM Mt Washington NH 12:02 AM playing Careless Whisper to a scream after giving calls then faded out. 7/4/06
101.1 WFRQ Cape Cod MA 7:35 PM Slogan Frank FM playing followed by Glory Days Glory Nights 7/3/06
106.1 WCOD Cape Cod MA 7:25 PM slogan or saying worlds best music Cape Cod’s 106 7/3/06
89.9 WERS Boston College Boston MA. 8:20 PM gave calls and phone number to call then resumed playing hip hop. 7/4/06
GE SR 2 NEKKID
92.9 WBOS BOSTON MA
93.3 WSNE TAUTON MA
93.7 WMKK LAWRENCE MA
94.5 WJMN BOSTON MA
94.9 WHOM MT WASHINGTON NH
95.1 WXTK YARMOUTH, MA
95.9 WATD MARSHFIELD, MA
96.3 WRZE NANTUCKET, MA
96.9 WTKK BOSTON, MA
97.7 WILD BROCKTON, MA
98.1 WCTK MYSTIC CONN
98.5 WBMX BOSTON, MA
98.9 WORC WORCESTER, MA
99.1 WPLM PLYMOUTH, MA
99.3 WJZS BLOCK ISLAND R.I.
99.5 WKLB LOWELL, MA
99.9 WQRC BARNSTABLE, MA
100.7 WZLX BOSTON, MA
101.1 WFRQ CAPE COD MA
101.9 WTWV MASHPEE, MA
102.5 WCRB CAMBRIDGE, MA
102.9 WPXG CAPE COD MA
103.3 WODS BOSTON MA
104.1 WBCN BOSTON MA
104.5 WXLO LAWRENCE MA
104.7 WKPE ORLEANS, MA
105.7 WROR BOSTON MA
105.9 WXHQ NEWPORT R.I. LPFM
106.1 WCOD HYANNIS MA
106.7 WMJX BOSTON MA
107.1 WFHN FAIRHAVEN MA
107.3 WAAF WORCESTER MA
107.5 WFCC CHATHAM, MA
107.9 WXKX BOSTON MA
Heard on Kaito 1103 nekkid from Warwick R.I.
97.5 WOKQ NH 11:57 PM gave calls then back to country music. 7/8/06
97.5 WIGY Maine 12:02 AM kept bouncing in and out battling for channel and switching places with WOKQ with ad blocks numerous mentions of Maine locations and Maine sponsors. 7/9/06
104.3 WAXQ NY, NY 12:20 AM we have tickets for Paul Simon and said Q - 104 NY, NY followed by another ad . 7/9/06
105.5 WQGN Groton Conn. 12:25 AM Mohegan Sun ad followed by slogan today’s hit music Q 105 7/9/06
105.9 WBCI Portland Maine 12:28 AM caught ID and said Portland-Augusta Maine. 7/9/06
102.1 WAQY Springfield Mass 12:35 AM ID followed by playing Freebird by Lynyrd Skynyrd . 7/9/06
NOTE: 107.7 UNID 12:30 AM someone playing once twice three times a lady by Commodores over and over.
94.7 WMAS Springfield MA 1:45 AM slogan 94.7 best songs of 70's 80's and 90's gave calls then ad with a 533 number 7/12/06
97.7 WCTY Norwich CT 2:04 AM gave calls started playing country song with words "you don't look a day past 43" . 7/12/06
100.9 WKNL New London CT 2:14 AM playing blue moon slogan cool 101 followed by See you in September 7/12/06
102.1 WAKQ Springfield MA 2:18 AM Ad for lena honda in North Hampton slogan rock 102 7/12/06
106.9 WCCC Hartford CT 7:55 PM DJ made comment we were all high on drugs then promoting High Voltage CD later gave ID . 7/15/06
104.7 WKPE Orleans MA 8:28 PM your locked into another classic rock set on 104.7 the rocket, then played AC DC Highway to Hell 7/15/06
106.1 WCOD Hyannis MA 8:34 PM Playing backtracks USA SNYC program from birds 7/15/06
103.9 WOCN South Yarmouth MA 8:35 PM The workday is always more enjoyable on Ocean 104. 7/15/06
92.1 WLNG Sag Harbor NY 8:48 PM sock hop Saturday Night Bobby Vinton song then played you better shop around, later gave calls. 7/15/06
92.1 WOMR Provincetown MA 9:00 PM dropped in to drop a quick TOH ID and quickly faded out as WLNG came pounding back in. 7/15/06
92.5 WXRV Haverhill MA 9:05 PM slogan The River played an album alt rock song Love Is My Religion. 7/15/06
95.7 WKSS Hartford CT 12:17 AM playing a song that sounds like a new version of the 84 song owners of the lonely hearts. May not be actual title of new song but contains the above. slogan kiss 95.7 . 7/16/06
102.9 WPXC Hyannis MA 5:10 PM pixie 103 Cape Cods rock now playing U-2 In the name of love . 7/16/06
99.9 WQRC Barnstable MA 5:42 PM New prizes lined up listen very week day morning win $25 gift card 7/16/06
100.1 WWFS Southbridge MA 5:54 PM the all new pike 100 FM Worcesters #1 for classic hits 7/16/06
99.3 WJZS Block Island R.I. 5:21 PM song played was willy i do without you gave calls 99.3 WJZS coming up Nat King Cole 7/16/06
98.3 WILI Willimantic CT 11:30 PM gave calls and station slogan "eye 98.3" 7/18/06
I was just listening to a weak but identifiable K258AC...38 watts on 99.5 at about 80 miles out. I thought I was gonna sprain my ears. That's one of a few very rare frequencies to hear anything on in the SF Bay Area. Somebody start praying to the Es gods...my prayers aren't working and I wanna hear something new!
** U S A. I do very little FM DXing, having burned out on that years ago, especially since most of the stations I would not spend a second listening to for their content --- commercials, non-classical music, far-right talk, and religion! And have allowed my DX antenna to deteriorate, tho I still sometimes feel urges to get a new one plus rotor. Then there is all the time I don`t have, to drop everything when DX openings occur, and there have been far too many of them this summer! And the time I am spending right now compiling this report. And then my computer which I imagine needs to be on most of the time, hashes up the FM band. Furthermore my car radio is not good for MW or FM, but passable for SW. So in temporary possession of a 2002 Saturn, while my old Honda`s AC is being fixed (I hope, for the fifth time recently; temps at least 108F today!), I took the opportunity to do a little FM DXing on its stock (presumably) radio while waiting in a parking lot and enjoying its adequate AC, July 18, all times UT in time order!
1618, 88.1, I could hardly believe my ears, at least 7 straight minutes of COMMERCIALS, fully produced with music, for a string of Hampton, VA businesses, each tagged with ```WHOV thanks XXX for support``. But everything else about the one-minute spots was indistinguishable from paid advertising, which of course is exactly what it was, here in the NCE band. First was Queensway Soul Café, downtown Hampton, http://www.queenswaysoulcafe.com
At 1619 mentions Gospel Express Morning Show, then Alpha Center, dance classes. 1620, Mary Helen`s Southern & Creole Cuisine, down-home cooking! 1622, Riverdale(?) Trophies which provided ``platinum support``. 1623, Lady Neptune [sic] Seafood Haven; 1624 yet another commercial, did not catch for what, some fading. 1625 another Gospel Express promo. Those lucky Hamptonians, with a
commercial gospel huxter in their FM band!!! FM Atlas XX says this one is only 2000 watts ERP, horizontal only. TG for polarization randomization by the E-layer, as I was using a vertical whip on the rear fender (or whatever Saturns have).
I would not have time to scan thru the entire band, so went to the high end, downward:
1629, 104.5, Hampton Roads mentioned in interview, Z-104. This is WNVZ, 50 kW.
1630, since SE VA is close to the mid-point of a double-hop path to Bermuda, decided my time would better be spent on Bermudan frequencies. Something was on 94.9 with C&W, perhaps WPTE Virginia Beach but listed as r rather than k; doubt it was Bermuda. Faded out revealing Wichita Falls, i.e. KOLI (calls from FM Atlas XX, as not always heard announced). A good open frequency here with no Okies nor southern Kansans.
1637, tried another Bermuda frequency, 89.1. Some preacher with an Irish accent, again unlikely Bermuda. This frequency has fringe KS and OK stations normally fighting it out here, as the listed Enid translator has been silent for many months. My record of no double-hop FM is unblemished (Glenn Hauser, DX
** OKLAHOMA. After an FM DX opening from Virginia, on Saturn caradio, UT July 18: at 1639, 88.1, a preacher with a 2-word echo. One was probably semi-local KMSI Moore OK. Does Oasis Network have another 88.1, or would it be some other network relayed with same program? Must have been very close to equal strength
for capture effect to fail. O, per http://www.oasisnetwork.org/ it`s just KDIM Coweta/Tulsa also on 88.1. Why do they need that since they have KNYD 90.5 Tulsa? Anyhow, between OKC and Tulsa, and even out here in Enid, lack of synchronization shows the fallacy of their engineering. I suppose one is getting a satellite feed (Glenn Hauser, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
July 26, 2006
92.9 - WEHM - Southampton, NY 118mi
93.3 - WSNE - Taunton, MA 214mi
96.3 WRZE - Nantucket, MA 238mi.
100.9 - WKNL - New London, CT 163mi
7:14 PM 103.7 WPTQ Cave City KY F-G with ad for the Poison concert and another Bowling green local ad Logged on 7-2-06 via groundwave first FM at new QTH (Slate-TN)
15 July 2006 1200 EDT
Have a huge, strong opening on channels 2 to 6. No ID's at this time but several stations in like locals.
15 July 2006 2000 EDT
Have Canadian football on channels 2, 4 and 5. Winnipeg vs. Montreal.
Channel 5 is by far the strongest. Anyone know what stations in Canada are carrying this game?
This makes me look forward to football season here in America.
16 July 2006 1200 EDT
Have Es on channels 2 to 6. (Again) Just Mexico on 2, 4 and 5.
Again, as for the last two months, have a strong floater on 3 over WRCB.
18 July 2006 1300 EDT
Have a tremendous Es opening in North and South Dakota, Nebraska and Iowa. Skip is moving a little northeast to Minnesota.
Channel 2 - KUSN Vermillion, SD
- KGAN Cedar Rapids, IA
Channel 3 - Strong floaters (more than one) over local WRCB.
- KOTA Rapid City, SD
Channel 4 - KPRY Pierre, SD
- KWSE Williston, ND
- KTIV Sioux Falls, SD
- KXJB Valley City, ND
- WCCO Minneapolis, MN
- unID "TV7 and 4" Can not find any station listed on
channel 4 that has it's primary owner on channel 7.
Channel 5 - KFYR Bismarck, ND
- KDLV Mitchell, SD (This is a new one for me. Local noon
news and lots of ads for local business.
Channel 6 - unID's: Had three stations mixing with semi-local WATE.
Kevin Redding - Gilbert AZ
13” Magnavox Color TV, CM3032 amp and VU-75XR antenna
Hey, the MUF is only 2 but WBRZ from Baton Rouge and KPRC from Houston are in.
Powell E. Way – West Columbia, SC
WTOC 11 Savannah GA with local strength at 7:30 AM in
West Columbia, SC. Rod antenna Very old 13 inch RCA
XL-100 with a very weak CRT.
Yesterday I reported WTOC in Savannah. Well, this
morning another Savannah neighbor!
WSAV 3 Savannah, GA NBC excellent. On the DX TV, the
old XL-100 with rod antenna. July 3 at 8 AM!
There also was Es early this afternoon, with KKSN
again dominant. 2 SS stations one running commercials
so I assume it was NOT Cuba. Only voice on those.
CH 3 AND 5 from Phoenix and ch 6 KIVI is having transmitter trouble and is running low power. Maybe something will break though 6m into NM and AZ
Kevin Redding - Gilbert AZ
Clear Channel swaps local programming
Cincinnati Business Courier - 10:19 AM EDT Wednesday
The "Sports Animal" has chased Jerry Springer out of his home at WCKY-AM 1530.
Clear Channel Communications Inc. will move its sports-talk programming, known as "Homer" and the "Sports Animal," from WSAI-AM 1360 to the 1530 dial position. That will give the sports-talk format a 50,000-watt broadcast signal, 10 times more powerful than the current home of Clear Channel sports talkers Tom Gamble, Richard Skinner and Lance McAlister.
Clear Channel's "progressive talk" format, now on WCKY, will move to WSAI, effective July 7. The move means a weaker signal for the liberal talk show hosts that now populate WCKY, including former Cincinnati Mayor Jerry Springer, comedian Al Franken and other national feeds from Air America.
"Homer's always done well, whether it be ratings or revenue," said Clear Channel Program Director Darryl Parks, Clear Channel's local director of AM operations. "We just figured we can maximize it," with the signal boost, he said.
Homer has the broadcast rights for the Cincinnati Bengals and recently became the radio home of University of Kentucky basketball. It also is the local affiliate for Fox Sports Radio.
It is one of eight radio stations operated in Cincinnati by Clear Channel Communications Inc. (NYSE: CCU), a global media and entertainment company based in San Antonio, Texas.
Sports radio station hits airwaves today
By Tim Lemke
THE WASHINGTON TIMES
July 18, 2006
The future of the Washington Redskins on radio begins today.
Red Zebra Broadcasting announced that Triple X ESPN Radio, the new home of the Redskins, will begin operations at 4 p.m. with a show hosted by John Riggins.
The long-awaited station will be available on FM-94.3 (WWXT), FM-92.7 (WWXX) and AM-730 (WXTR), and will be the second all-sports radio station in the D.C. area, along with AM-980 (WTEM).
"Everyone's been working hard over the last month to create a business plan, a vision and an operation and put it into practice," said Bennett Zier, the CEO of Red Zebra Broadcasting, which was created by Redskins owner Dan Snyder. "Now we're ready to broadcast."
Live broadcasts of Redskins games will be the clear focal point of Triple X, but Riggins' show, which will air from 4 to 7 p.m., will be the anchor of the weekday broadcasts.
"I think it's going to be fun," said Riggins, the former Redskins running back who has a reputation for being unpredictable. "It's not like we've been in Carlisle for six weeks and someone laid down a game plan. You don't want to script me too much."
The station will also offer ESPN programs, including "Mike & Mike in the Morning," "The Herd With Colin Cowherd," "The Dan Patrick Show," "GameNight" and "AllNight With Jason Smith."
In addition, long-time Redskins announcer Larry Michael will report live from Redskins Park every weekday between noon at 1 p.m.
The three frequencies, plus the Internet, will give the station good coverage throughout the region. But none are high-powered enough to reach everyone on their own, and Zier admitted the listeners may have to scan the dial at first to acquire the best signal. He said the station is actively looking for even more frequencies.
"We're in the buying business," Zier said. "We are constantly talking to owners who are looking to sell their stations. Every operator looks to improve their signal."
Mini CC Radio
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Now that my wife has surrendered the computer, I can add some more:
Ocean 100.3 CHTN is testing and asking the public to contact them if
they have any reception problems. Transmitter site is Churchill/
[Bonshaw] e.g. the CBC tower. Testing format is just like the
described format for the station - an occassional 60s song, 70s songs
a bit more common, 80s songs, 90s songs and the occassional song from today. Cancon seems pretty high - certainly higher than the required 35%. The old "butter up the CRTC idea".
Meanwhile, programing is business as usual on 720, with 60s and 70s
oldies. At some point the changeover will occur, and the new format
will be on 720 for a little while.
And then it will go dark.
My guess is that 720 will go dark the end of August, first of
And then there will be howls of protest from all the listeners over in
NS. They actually have some ad revenue from there too. Not a lot,
but some. They wouldn't duplicate the AM's coverage even if they were full Class C parametres [100 KW, 600 metres EHAAT] and they won't be anywhere near even full C1 parametres.
So it looks like 3 new stations to be added to the CBC tower - CHTN,
its sister station to be, and CFCY [given that MBS Radio has applied
to amend their FM flip]. By my rough calculations, we're talking
about 1.2 to 1.5 million watts of ERP at the FM and VHF TV frequencies.
Its been my experience that new testing FM signals can have really
mega signals - years ago CKTO had a mega signal while testing and more recently CKHZ had a big testing signal.
At 8:05 a.m. ADT, Ocean 100 [100.3] was officially launched, ending
the "720 CHTN" brand and oldies format. Ocean 100's slogan is "we
play everything". For CRTC purposes, it is a "classic hits"
format. Songs from the 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s and today. Transmitter
site is from the CBC tower at Bonshaw/Churchill. An average
effective radiated power of 33,000 watts - directional, quite a bit
of height above average terrain. Yes, the days of omnidirectional
FM here in the Maritimes are largely gone, although MBS Radio is
trying to get CFCY's FM approval modified to allow for omni
coverage, more power, and more height, even though CFCY FM has yet to take to the air.
The very first song was "Start Me Up" by the Rolling Stones.
The intent is to simulcast Ocean 100 on the 720 KHz AM frequency for
3 months - the maximum simulcast period permitted by the CRTC.
However, don't be surprised if Newcap doesn't pull the plug a little
earlier. Once they are convinced that everyone has switched over,
they will be anxious to power down the 10KW Nautel, save the
electricity, sell the Nautel or move it over to another Newcap
station - perhaps in NL, where AM radio still co-exists with FM and
Newcap owns 80% or so of the stations - take down the towers, and
bring in the realtors to sell some potentially prime building lots.
So, for any DXers trying for one last shot at 720 KHz out of
Charlottetown PE, don't get thrown by the fact that there is no
longer a traditional oldies format, or that the station no longer
IDs with 720 CHTN every few minutes. Please update your log
books/directories etc. The ID you will now be looking for is Ocean
100. There will also be references to Charlottetown, Summerside,
Montague, Stratford etc. as well as PEI, Prince Edward Island,
Northumberland Ferries, Confederation Bridge - all key words/phrases
to listen for to "ID" a PEI station.
I suspect the calls will still be CHTN [nice calls as it is an
abbreviation for Charlottetown] and you may hear this once per hour,
as is the custom, at least in this part of Canada. Not necessarily
at the top of the hour, but often these legal IDs show up near the
top of the hour.
So, where do oldies fans in PEI and Northern Nova Scotia turn for
oldies? Satellite radio. You have to go as far afield as Halifax
NS and Saint John NB to find an oldies station. As for Halifax, 960
CHNS has been approved to go dark, and switch to FM with yet another variation on "Lite Rock". Will CJCH continue to eek out an
existance on 920 with its oldies/NOS hybrid format known
as "Yesterday's Favourites"? Will 930 CFBC Saint John New Brunswick
remain on AM?
Will Lite Rock 900 CKDH stay on AM with its 1KW site on a salt
marsh? Will the remaining AVR stations 1450 CFAB, 1420 CKDY, 1350
CKAD remain on the air, or be replaced with FM sticks?
105.1 and 106.3 are already running IBOC more about to begin and HD-2 streaming too including 105.1 and 106.3 will be adding HD-2
KAKC-1300 "Business Talk" now apparently running IBOC, junk heard this evening 11JUL06 around 1800 CDT on the car radio overwhelming 1290 and 1310. KAKC doesn't appear in the spring Arbitron ratings for Tulsa at all! Maybe IBOC will improve their ratings?? My other new IBOC "friend"- KTBZ-1430 - shows at 1.1 in the spring Arbitron rating.
KLDE-FM (107.5) is now calling itself K Hits with a 60's & 70's mix of
music. The web site http://1075khits.com/ still has KLDE on it's contact page but I wonder if they are doing a call sign change or are they planning one? I emailed the station (about that question) & will inform the group when I have their answer. Hmmm... KHTZ? KHTS maybe?
I have updated my recent TIS report to include information gathered on my second car trip, from San Diego to Corpus Christi and back. The update now covers about 120 TIS/HAR/Part 15 stations from Montana to Texas, some of which can be heard for several hundred miles at night.
You can read the update in Excel or Word:
These URLs are case-sensitive. If you're on dialup, choose the Excel
version, since it is only 47K vs. about 124K for the Word doc.
I recorded about 50 of these stations as I was driving thourgh their
coverage areas (I held a miniature digital recorder up to the car
radio speaker). As soon as I can find the time, I hope to post the
recordings to my web page as well. Most are reasonably good
recordings, given the poor audio quality of most TIS/HAR stations...
I used a Radio Shack DX390 with built-in whip, indoors. I thought cx were not very good. Weak signals and a lot of fading. Most signals were s-2 to s-4, the best were from WLO 8514 and KPH 8642 which I could call a s-7. Listening done between 0245 to 0345 Z.
Copied a traffic list around 0305 (4 or 5 letter calls) and a tribute to silent coastal stations (3 letter calls) around 0340, on KPH.
I heard the following;
4247 KPH s-2
4343 WLO s-3
6411 KLB s-3
6474 KSM s-4
6477 KPH s-4
8514 WLO s-6
8574 NMC s-4
8642 KPH s-7
12808 KPH s-6
12993 KSM s-6
On the utelist, I see some of the 12 and 16 MHz were
hrd in Greece and Australia.
Wednesday is my running club night so I didn't listen all evening. Here is what I heard.
0025Z 8642 KPH in good
0029Z 12917 KLB in fair
0040 6474 KSM in good
0057 6477.5 KPH
After running, pizza etc.
0352 6474 KSM in good
0404 6477.5 KPH
0419 8642 KPH
0430 12808.5 KPH
0437 12993 KSM
0452 4247 KPH
0617 12935 HLG (not part of Night of Nights VII)
0620 12660 WLO