September 2007 ABDX Journal

Vol 2. Issue 10

 

Editors Corner:

 

ABDX membership has grown with several HF DXers joining. ABDX Nation is now 167 with 4 new members. We anxiously look forward to see loggings from our newest members. 

 

ABDX is STILL looking for those who would like to edit a section of the Journal. If you are interested, email listowner@americanbroadcastdx.com . I can only offer those who contribute by editing, free membership and accolades. Of course membership is free for all but the accolades are what makes the pay worth it all. Join Jay Heyl and me in producing the Journal!

 

In Sept on the 14th the first HD night time station operations started. History was made and ABDX members documented the change. DXing will not ever be the same on MW as long as we have IBOC/HD. Read all about it in this months Journal. Who knows how long IBOC will be around, some stations have already turned it off at night. It has been intensely discussed on the mail list.

 

Septembers CME was also about Football DX and DX before and after HD comes on line. Often stations stay on or at higher power to get the high school game broadcast completed and it’s a great way to catch a new station.

 

Jay Heyl has written a piece about the 1181 carrier we were all chasing last month. You can find his article inside. There is some very good information in there about DFing signals

 

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 The September CME Announcement

 

ABDX announces the September CME. The September CME will focus on two fronts. One will be the tradition of September. Football, High School, College and Professional will be starting in full and this is the time to catch the stations running the famed Football STA. [This is not really approved by the FCC but 

is generally done] You can catch football DX on any band and even TV and report.

 

The second front is historic. What we do and say and report here will be recorded somewhere for history. HD Radio is coming to MW 24/7 on Sept. 14. We will be the first to find out if HD hybrid will DX. We would like reports of DX from IBOC stations before and after. Reports from those without HD radios on DX from adjacent channels would be very welcome.

 

A large number of HF DXers have joined recently. We REALLY, REALLY, 

REALLY do LOVE HF logs. Don't be shy, send your logs to the mail list. HF logs from you all will get more people interested in HF radio.

 

WX, FM and TV may be slow but if you can get any DX on WX, FM or TV we are interested in seeing your logs on the mail list.

 

NBN - Nothing But Net logs, let us know what you find, we get some very interesting streams from listeners on ABDX.

 

LF -Send in your beacons. LF loggings will improve as there soon will be much less lightning noise for those on the East Coast. This is the band that you can actually get that 400W station from Tahiti or Iceland from inside the North American Continent. This is what I call the real DX band. LF should be starting to improve very soon. Who will be the first to hear Greenland on LF or MW this year?

 

 

 

The October CME Announcement

 

ABDX announces the October CME. The October CME will focus on two fronts. One will be the tradition of football, High School, College and Professional will be starting in full and this is the time to catch the stations running the famed Football STA. [This is not really approved by the FCC but is generally done] You can catch football DX on any band and even TV and report.

The second front is playoff baseball. The playoffs are here and radio is a medium made for baseball. We will accept logs from the first playoff game to the last game of the Worlds Series. 

And of course, if you can get IBOC to decode, we are always interested in that.  

Harry Helms has requested a CME for logs in the 1711-5200 range. This is the area I would like to see you focus on but will take all HF logs. We REALLY, REALLY, REALLY do LOVE HF logs. Don't be shy, send your logs to the mail list. HF logs from you all will get more people interested in HF radio. HF DXers, let us know what you are hearing. 

WX, FM and TV may be slow but if you can get any DX on WX, FM or TV send it along! October and November are the last two months of hurricane season, you never know what you might hear on the WX band!

NBN - Nothing But Net logs, let us know what you find, we get some very interesting streams from listeners on ABDX. Its a way to hear things that are far out of range of your radio. 

LF -Send in your beacons.  This is the band that you can actually get that 400W station from Tahiti or Iceland from inside the North American Continent. This is what I call the real DX band. LF DXers started to send in logs last month and some of the stuff they heard is phenomenal. 

Satellite reception is always on the menu, let us know what you are hearing or seeing and what you think about those programs. 

What are you hearing?

 

Kevin Redding, Phil Rafuse, Powell Way and Mike Richard, the ABDX crew.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Broadcast Band

 

Bob Foxworth – Tampa, FL

DX398

 

9/3

Some time ago I had thoughts of trying to make the NRC/WTFDA convention in Idaho. Well, Pat said she had another idea, and could I listen? To make a long story shorter it involved my sister coming down to visit, and a "dinner cruise", all to help celebrate a birthday (mine) that was coming up. Well, in Tampa, my idea of a "dinner cruise" is the little boat maybe 75 feet long that goes out down the ship channel, circles in Tampa Bay near Peter O Knight airport, while you all have dinner and comes back maybe 3 hours later.

Pat's idea of a dinner cruise was a 5 day trip on a somewhat larger vessel that would have squashed the starship dinner yacht if a large wave had come up the

ship channel. As it turns out the three of us spent 5 enjoyable days on the big ship, and the yacht trip will have to wait another day. We visited Grand Cayman

and Cozumel. I brought the DX398 and did some radio research, looking at Cuba and of course George Town.

But this is "vacation radio" and far from exhaustive, and probably not much news here.

The vessel is known to true Radio Men in parts of the world everywhere simply as C6FM5, no further detail required. It is only to the illiterate masses of non-

Radio Men that the added description "M/V Inspiration" must be added. On this trip, the name Perspiration might have worked as well. Must say, the wx was outstanding, if quite toasty.

They were having a real sale, the three of us traveled for less than two would normally spend. I don't know if they made a profit but the ship (2480-ish pax) was full.

Our Cuba track southbound passed maybe 15 km west of Cape San Antonio, the tip of Pinar, about 1530 local, second day out. What appeared to be a Cuban navy picket boat, or perhaps a fixed platform, was visible a few km east with binoculars. Treetops and a few coastal buildings were dimly visible, but too far to discern any possible tower structures. The Good News - no one fired on us!

I was somewhat more productive with the radio on the return trip, noon local time on 31 August, at 24 N, 85 W but by then far enough north that Habana proper was being heard. (Unfortunately I lost my notes from the southbound pass,

21d30m N, but I recall 550, 790, 820 being loud while Habana, as measured by 950 level, was weak due to land attenuation).

I noted 550 // 530, the 530 lagged by 1.5 second, equal level. I think there used to be a 650, but here 650 and 660 were vacant. On 710, 2 Sp. signals, equal,  with 5 Hz SAH. Noted 730 fairly strong w/Progreso (maybe Isla Juventud?)

Noted Reloj 790 loud, 2 Hz SAH w/pres. Miami. The 820 was very strong and was // 550. Noted 880 at s-7, 890 at s-2 and 900 unheard. 950 by then was s-9. Heard Guama on 990 very loud, // on 1020 a lot weaker. 1030 and 1050 vacant.

On 1080 was a seeming 1 kc het, similar to the 1180 situation? 1140 fairly loud and // a somewhat weaker 1120, and same 1120 level as 1100. The het on 1180 was between ear- splitting and just piercing. Massive. Audios just a jumble

between Reb and Marti, nothing discernable thru the massive het from 1181. My Rx is too broad IF to be useful for DF'ing here. In addition a pronounced 8 Hz SAH was chopping up 1180.

I can report that, just south of Cabo San Antonio, 21 30N on Tue 28 Aug, Marti was very loud and absolutely alone, around 1500 local, so the cordillera in northern Pinar must be blocking everything from more easterly Habana-ish area.

Perhaps the het was absent that day, I just don't know. I wonder if they get any field reports from Cubans in that area?

I heard a local on 1200, couldn't match to any of the other Red's. I haven't attempted to Id the networks except when absolutely known by me, or by sound (reloj, etc). Also, I did not hear anything Cuban above 1200 so the effort I

saw reported elsewhere, to get Cuban Am'ers over 1200 off the air, must be working. I once thought I had a hot one on 1450 with LAtin mx, turned out to be just Sarasota (at minimal s-1 level // to a s-2 1320)

Aside from the (two?) hets, freq stability of the ones I heard from western Cuba seemed as good as we have in the US.

I have to report that I made no real effort to see what I could identify on FM, mainly due to lack of time, when passing near Cuba, also due to not having brought any logs, and hearing out of area signals that would take too long

to ID. The classical cruise dilemma - how to allocate your limited time resources? Especially when at 15:30 it's classical Piano in the lounge with tea and salmon being served. Have all you want, etc.

Also, no night DX, almost no beacon DX, nothing of note. I did not consciously seek out distant US stations, except to note WWL very well heard while headed N.

I did a fairly involved survey of FM in the Grand Cayman area, when outbound, mid-afternoon. I was able to identify TWELVE!!! FM signals coming from Grand Cayman. Not having a WRTH, I don't know how much of this is known to DXers but I'll write up my notes on them and send separately, perhaps tomorrow. I know that Powell heard one of them, so perhaps someone's unID from the Es season

will match my notes?  Stay tuned.

I did a fairly involved survey of FM in the Grand Cayman area, when outbound, mid-afternoon. I was able to identify TWELVE!!! FM signals coming from Grand Cayman. Not having a WRTH, I don't know how much of this is known to DXers. I know that Powell heard one of them, so perhaps someone's unID from the Es season will match my notes?

I know this is FM, if you feel it is 'Off Topic', just kindly delete your copy. Just trying to reach as many as I can. Maybe one of you had one of these on Es this summer.

I was listening with the DX398 1430-1530 localtime EDT 29 Aug while westbound from George Town, Grand Cayman (on EST time there) after our 1400 departure**. FM signals were held until reaching 19d 26.2m N; 81 deg 55.4m W when the louder ones started dropping out. I was in the cabin on 5th deck (of 12), window facing south. Heading 291 deg, speed 21.4 mi/hr. (note: on the older ships such as the Inspiration, the window glass will pass GPS signals. Newer ships e.g. Triumph, the cabin windows are an absolute block to GPS and you need to be topside. This is probably metallization to block UV light).

**ship always stays on time of the home port, here, EDT, though both visit ports were 1 hour earlier.

I heard the following, all believed from Caymans. Incidentally I heard both "CAY-mun" and "kay-MANN" used in speech.

There is of course no guarantee that these formats apply at any particular time. For instance I heard BBC satellite feed news audio on one of these, in a cab, around noon; I think it was the 104.1 but that's just a guess. And, most everything with music seemed automated, often segued.

 

88.7 Gospel, weak signal, very little talking

89.9 Local telephone talk, local issues, relig. context

94.9 "Spin ninety-four nine", rap music

96.5 "kay-rock ninety six five"; rock mx

97.7 "heaven ninety seven" gospel, relig. news items

 Call 945-2707 to FAX in items, 939-0350 prayer help.

98.9 "The Vibe", "ninety eight nine" Carib, hip-hop, had

 at least one ad in Spanish

99.9 rock.

 RDS: "TODAYS / Z99FM"

101.9 country, CNN news.

 RDS: "ROOSTER / 101 / CAYMAN / COUNTRY "

104.1 rock.

 RDS: "HOT 104 / YOUR / MUSIC" (or) "YOUR / STATION"

      alternating with song title/artist display

105.3 rock, local radio, spoken: "keep it locked on The

 Breeze", "Happy Radio Breeze F-M"

106.1 rock.

 RDS: "KISS FM"  alternating with title/artist display

107.1 rock.

 RDS: "X 107--1" alternating with titles display.

Total of 12 identifiable signals, 5 w/RDS. As for AM (which long ago used to be on 1205 and 1555) - ha, ha. I would have no idea where to look for old AM towers - everything from George Town up the 7-mile beach, up to Hell, turtle farms etc., is pretty well developed, properties are very expensive. SO any old AM sites are likely long razed, or were way out East.

We bought a book on Cayman geology. Much of the area is karstic limestone that shows evidence of multiple long-term inundations long ago, and the area is an elevated risk of earthquakes, due to being on the border between two tectonic

plates, on a fault zone running E-W and on towards Eastern Cuba. (recall the 1694 tsunami at Port Royal, Jamaica)

 

 

9/14

At 0630 local time today, e. g. now, none of my four AM HD locals are running HD. These are 620, 820, 970 and 1250.

 

9/17

This prompted me to check just now (1315 local time) and the 1380 Disney in St Pete is running iBOC, a fact I did not know, so, no idea when it was turned on. I'll have to check after dark to see what their night time situation is. None of the

other Tampa HD's have it on at night, as of last night.

The hash indeed seems to extend farther out as well, but I'd want to have a spectrum analyzer to make an informed judgment on that. Maybe just the lack of semi-loud adjacents up there makes it seem wider...

 

Martin Foltz – Mission Viejo, CA

Receiver, Antenna

 

9/4

1490 KOWL South Lake Tahoe CA received a nice email verie letter from v/s Bill Kingman in 9 1/2 months for a report with a CD. Bill is retired and is occasionally hired to fix things at the station and my letter just got into his hands. He mentions that in the 1960's they were usually the only station on 1490 on Monday mornings and they received letters from all over the world.

 

I'm very happy with this one. I consider it a somewhat rare one down here.

 

9/8

I woke up at 5:50 AM and made it out of bed.

 

Audio on 1566, unneeded South Korea. 

594 JOAK Tokyo 1303 tentative with Japanese talk by a man, faded to noise by 1308. I'll need to look for this again.

 I also heard weak audio on 774 after this.

 

9/18

Here is a quick survey. I did a daytime scan on 9/12 at lunch in my Toyota truck. I did an after sunset scan (7:10 PM PDT) tonight on my HQ-180A.

 

570    KLAC    on daytime, kills both side channels but no daytimers there anyway.  off this evening

600    KOGO    on daytime, weak signal on 610, probably KAVL. They used to be a daytime regular on this evening, 590 is unusable but 610 is OK

710    KSPN    on daytime, both side channels gone but no daytimers there anyway. on this evening, KDWN-720 and KALL-700 in the hiss null but not as strong

740    KBRT    on daytime (daytime only station), wipes out 730 and 750

790    KABC    on daytime, XESPN-800 in hiss and maybe better signal than with analog sideband splash. 780 unusable. on this evening

980    KFWB    on daytime, wipes out 970 (used to hear Palm Springs) and 990 (used to hear Mexicali)  off this evening

1070    KNX    on daytime, wipes out 1080 and 1100 on this evening, 1060 and 1080 had stations in hiss null

1110    KDIS    on daytime, wipes out 1100 and 1120   off this evening

 

I've lost some DX frequencies, especially at sunset and sunrise. I've also lost some stations.

 

9/22

I just tuned in at 10:45 PM PDT and KUZZ is dominant with Country music. There is a station with talk that is barely audible behind them and occasionally fades up. Probably KFYI but not enough for an ID. I'll keep trying. Back in the 1980's KOY was a regular here.

 

9/29

I just ran across the band and only 4 stations running IBOC that are causing adjacent channel interference. 9/29/07, 9:30-9:50 PM PDT.

 

600 KOGO

790 KABC

810 KGO

1070 KNX

 

Not on were: 570 KLAC, 710 KSPN, 980 KFWB, 1110 KDIS.

 

I've lost a some good DX channels and I've missed out on QSLs from a few stations. Hopefully there will be nights when the stations turn their IBOC off and I'll get another shot at them.

 

Eric Berger – Detroit, MI

HD Radio and antenna

 

9/7

While scanning the AM dial for Football DX, I came across something

under always-there-by-night-WBBM; as the signal continued to fade in

and out, I noted it was a Sports station. When they went to a break, I

noted it was Fox Sports.

Who on AM 780 carries Fox Sports? Freshwater updated his lists as of 1

September, but it doesn't have any Fox Sports stations listed. The Fox

Sports Website is less than useless. And WBBM is causing a lot of

headaches trying to pull whatever that is as well.

Signal seems to be coming from the south or south-southwest.

Hot off the logbook, these were heard 7 September 2007 on the GE

Superadio III. All noted after 20:30 EDT.

 

I was a little hesitant about scanning this evening due to a good

thunderstorm passing through about 19:45 EDT. In fact, some lightning

was still visible when I fired up at 20:30! Turned out to be a

somewhat decent session, as you'll soon find out:

 

WGGH-AM 1150 Marion, IL was the first one in here; they were

under very common CKOC, but I was able to make out enough of the game

to make the ID. Game seemed to be Marion vs. Harrisburg. Mostly poor

under CKOC. 

Next I was chasing a game on 1260, which faded to reveal WNDE-1260

Indianapolis, IN. As they went to NASCAR info, I moved on. More on

this channel in a bit. 

Decided to take a spin toward the upper end of the dial, where the

only thing of interest was KRHW-AM 1520 Sikeston, MO. Game was

Sikeston vs. Charleston, one of the teams was the Bulldogs. Very

STRONG signal. 

Next I came across my mysterious Fox Sports station on AM-780, under

pest WBBM. See my earlier post this evening for more on that. 

Finally, after a run down the lower frequencies (And getting a hissy

buzz down there whicch I still haven't pinpointed the cause of just

yet,) I decided to make my way back up the dial. Came to 1260, turned

out there was a game there, so I stopped. 

WDKN-AM 1260 Dickson, TN was fading in and out with Dickson

County Cougars vs. Brentwood. Signal varies from none at all to a

FAIR and somewhat easily copiable signal. Seemed kinda loud for eighteen watts. 

Within an hour, the audible lightning crashes had even disappeared,

so it ended up being a decent night for Football DX.

 

9/9

Thanks to Mike and Kevin for their input; at 0200 EDT (0600Z) I managed

to capture an ID out of my mystery Fox Sports station on 780, and it

turned out to be WPTN Cookeville, TN. Which my resources show is a one

kilowatt daytimer.

NEW catch, and daytimer that was on WAY past LSS. EXTREMELY difficult

catch under WBBM.

 

9/14

Propagation wasn't all that remarkable last night either, Glenn. I

say wait until a night of GOOD propagation before we make our

decisions.

Here WOR was way down in the mess (Usually they're the dominant force

in here,) and WBT was rather difficult as well to pull. WTAM always

was a difficult catch inside, last night being no exception.

 

I DID note a rather weird noise on 1100 toward the south, though --

it sounded like a warbly sound, kind of similar to shaking a large

sheet of plastic (As in a lighting fixture cover.) I also noted a

station under WOR on 710 -- possibly KEEL -- as well as a weak signal

under WKRC-550...suspect KTRS. Also a Classic Country/Nostalgia

station under WBT on 1110, which I couldn't ID.

The only IBOC I noted last night was from KMOX, which made hearing

local WDFN-1130 difficult. No great loss there, as WDFN carries

Sports, but WDFN carries IBOC by day (50 kw.) No idea if they're

going to run it by night -- they run ten kilowatts by night, with

nine towers and 28 augmentations. (By day it's 50 kw with two towers

and four augmentations.)

So as far as I'm concerned, the jury's out for the reason specified.

 

9/17

FRI 14 SEP

19.40 ** WLEC-AM 1450 Sandusky, OH - Faded up with Blue Streaks

Football, lost.

20.35 ** WLOR-AM 1550 Huntsville, AL - Strong signal in CBE null with

Jammin 1550, 'Today's R&B and Old School' into ads.

20.58 ** WGGO-AM 1590 Salamanca, NY - Faded in and out with ESPN

stuff, ID :00. Listed as daytimer; new catch!

21.15 ** WAUK-AM 1510 Waukesha, WI - Poor in WLAC null with Prime

Time Football, MKE area ads.

22.00 ** CMDC-AM 570 Santa Clara, CUBA - Local quality with Reloj!

Never in here that strong! There after WRDT finally shut off IBOC

between 2130 and 2200.

22.03 ** KRLD-AM 1080 Dallas, TX - Poor, noted in passing with ID

after local ad.

21.03 ** WNSS-AM 1260 Syracuse, NY - Poor toward east with Website

promo into ESPN stuff. WXYT IBOC was off.

22.40 ** CJRN-AM 710 Niagara Falls, ONT - Fair on fadeup with local

info, 'Tourist Information Radio, 710, CJRN.' Lost to IBOC hash from

someone.

 

Jerry Lenamon – Waco, TX

Drake R8B and T2FD

 

WJNT, Pearl (Jackson) MS, 1180 @ 2032CDT, with Mark Levin.

500w night power, pattern roughly E/W

KREB, Bentonville, AR, 1190 @ 2040CDT, sports & local spots.

Listed as daytimer but this is at least 30 minutes after

local sunset

KCTO, Cleveland, MO, 1160 @ 2100CDT, with Legal ID into news.

Kansas City rimshot, with N/S pattern

 

KRCN, Longmont, CO, 1060 @ 2110CDT, with auto racing program.

Denver rimshot, ND pattern, 50kw days, 111w nights. I'm

assuming they were still on daytime power.

 

Norbert Ansay – Warwick, RI

GE SR II or Radiosophy HD 101

 

9/2

Both heard between 9:20 and 9:45 on the HD 101 while checking for night IBOC.

910 first was playing debbie boon you light up my life then came a fade down followed by caught part of an ID on a rapid fade up ending in KL then fade down into the noise.  Research shows a station WRKL putting out 800 watts at night (away from me) but format is reported ethic .

1040 a man speaking broken english with a heavy spanish / mexican accent. This came pounding in out of nowhere before dropping back into the noise. No sign of WHO at the time.

 

9/8

Right now as i am typing this WBZ is playing in background with a strong ANALOG signal. it is 8:46 AM and the blue light is flashing like a strobe light. The transmitter can't be more then 40 miles as the crow flies and WBZ has always covered R.I. well. I am only using the cheezy supplied loop but i don't want to stick something on there thats not going to work or worse bow something. This radio has a very hot ANALOG side on MW with just the supplied loop but getting locks on HD signals is another matter. I can lock two locals 630 and 920. 1290 locks but requires a little fiddleing with the loop. WBZ forget it !!!

 

9/11

Last night i was monitoring locals for IBOC at night. Around sunset static came up . was on 1290 at the time. further investigation showed static covering the entire band. This is knocking OUT locals !!!!

This went on all night . it is still going on but not as bad i can hear the locals with static. Just a few minutes ago 630 kicked the HD on and it locked but it keeps loosing the lock. 630 is very local. Whatever is/was causing this QRM (it just let up and now 630 HD lock IS holding at 6:37 AM EDT).

This is strange this QRM started around sunset and disappears about sunrise or a few minutes after the locals go to day rigs.   This QRM made coming nighttime IBOC sound pleasant !!! at 6:41 AM it has completly vanished. 

910 WABI Bangor Maine 10:30 PM EDT with Bangor news and an ad including report anyone doing suspitous activies near public water. Dept of maine public water . later gave Bangor weather followed by some music by Patsy Cline in there later Debbie boone you light up my life about 10:45 PM EDT. 9/11/2007

Note : was hammering in at times . Local 920 WHJJ 1st adjacent is an IBOC station daytime.  

 

 

9/14

About 12:30 AM EDT i awoke to a mother nature call. checked the dials and noted flashing blue light on 710, 1100 and 1210 as well. ALSO on HD 100 (revised 101 version).

local 920 has not yet started nightime IBOC will report on locals after sunset tonight. 910 bangor Maine booming in at time of above check playing music (something like a MOYL format).

at 12:30 AM EDT 9/14 WBAL was booming in with no sign of hash heard on the radiosophy HD 100. Note WBAL was city grade at time.

 

9/15

Wobbler was booming in on 1100 right over WTAM around 8:30PM edt 9/14.

several bluelighters no luck on a HD lock.

660 WFAN- after ball game had very good analog signal that was stable. blue light flashing no lock no PAD.

700- WLW - blue light flasing no PAD no lock. can hear the analog but must be strong or gets buried under 710 hash.

710- WOR - flashing blue light no PAD no lock. Strong analog with a little cuba underneith.  

770- WABC- fair to good analog signal flashing blue no lock no PAD.

880- WCBS - fair analog no PAD no lock.

1030- WBZ no blue light could not detect a HD signal .

1210- philly - nice analog signal strong stable. Giving LOCAL 1220 some nice hash.

There were a few other blue lighters 810 but no luck on any locks or PAD.

Also one more note yesterday 9/14/07 during the DAY WBZ had a brief catch on HD at least enough to pull partial PA D data . it said A & J. Caught a second bit of PAD data said T and something else. Thats the closest so far coming close to a WBZ lock. 

One more note: isn't it a little strange BOTH WFAN and WCBS turned OFF HD during the ball games ????

 

9/15

On HD 100 WOR at one point did obtain PAD data and showed WOR in display.

almost had a lock.

660 WFAN strong analog no lock.

770 WABC strong analog no lock

1210 WPHT stong analog no lock.

all the above had stable skywave signals that were strong an were canadates for a lock. other HD stations flashed the light but had fair analog signals..

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Next it was time to pull out the Kaito 1103 and see how things sound (problem areas) on the ANALOG side of this:

650 WSM getting trashed with hash from 660. Hearing WSM was not pleasant to LISTEN but was DXable. It was helpful to off tune to 651 to lower the hash. FAN hash peaked around 648 or so.

760 WJR getting hashed with 770. this was a little easier to null down the hash as WJR and WABC coming from different directions. at best got WJR up strong over hash with light hash underneith.

700 WLW had a little hash that could be nulled from WOR however 720 was being trashed badly. in spite of this i was still able to pull WGN up thru the wreckage using offset tuning and nulling.

above covers the problem areas so far. in the 880 area no problem there 870 WWL new orleans came up for a fine visit.

The results above may vary on a night by night basis depending on progation an location and equipment used.

I have a few loggings on 1250 i will address in a seperate post.

 

9/16

Heard on Kaito 1103 nekid:

 

1250 WMTR Morristown NJ 9:40 PM EDT gave calls then went on to play Diana Ross and the supremes. 9/15/07

1250 WTMA Charleston SC 10:14 PM EDT come up from under WMTR taking over chanel ownership just long enough to give a gorgous ID (REVERSE MURPHY !!!!!) And then right back into the mush under WMTR.

Take this FWIW :

1134 UNIDed 9:48 PM EDT a male speaking couldn't understand the lanuage but CLEARLY heard him saying something. Boomed in for about a minute then dipped back under 1130 splatter. [Croatia ed.]

WHJJ 920 appears to have begun night time HD operations. IBOC on at 7:57 PM EDT and locked in on HD 100 .

 

9/17

WOR 710 NY NY 8:30 PM EDT one second lock showed WOR on screen. 9/16/07

 

Chris Black – Cape Cod, MA
Grundig Satellite 800

 

9/11

I am still trying to come up with a format for presentation that will be compatible with the various list and individual email systems and look decent. I know that Word works, but I keep my logs in Excel (I also don't like Word) in this format and I don't want to have to jump through any more hoops than I have to when making submissions. My tests show that this displays exactly on various individual emails, so hopefully will look good on the lists as well.

 

Here are some logs from last night at the home QTH with the WinRadio and 35 x 85 flag peaked East.

 

 

9/14

This morning about 9 am I took a run through the band to see what the QRM from IBOC was like, on the simplistic assumption that if I am getting significant QRM in the daytime, I would not be expecting to get weak DX at night if the IBOC were still on. After all, at the end of the day, no matter what is said about contours and other factors, what we are trying to do is hear DX. 

Here is the result of my first unscientific survey. I will do this exercise again at night, but I wanted to get a quick and dirty idea of what the downside is going to be. I may have mistook some other noise for IBOC hash, but it looks to me that the addition of this hash to all the other issues we have to deal with will have a deleterious effect on the MW DXing hobby. 

I went through the band using the antenna and mode I normally use for DXing and I didn't try any phasing. One bright spot was that WBUR 1240 seems to have stopped IBOC, at least for the moment.

 

640        moderate

648        frequency unusable

650        frequency unusable

670        moderate

693        moderate

700        frequency unusable - the worst

702        moderate

720        frequency unusable - the worst

780        moderate

783        moderate

790        frequency unusable

810        frequency unusable

909        frequency unusable

910        frequency unusable

936        moderate

1017      frequency unusable

1020      frequency unusable

1040      frequency unusable

1035      moderate

1044      frequency unusable

1270      moderate

1410      moderate

1413      moderate

1420      moderate

1440      moderate

 

9/17

549  ALGERIA with Arabic chanting 2316 // a very weak 153 - very good 

760  BRAZIL R. Uirapuru with preaching in Portuguese briefly in at 2303 after WVNE and WCHP shut down. Soon taken over by SS. I was able to tame  WABC IBOC enough for this and Switzerland below.

 765  SWITZERLAND at 2326 with man singing ballad in French - good 

891  ALGERIA  2331 with woman in Arabic then man with Arabic chant - poor 

945  FRANCE  France Info 2334 - weak 

1206  FRANCE  France Info 2343 - fair after phasing nasty IBOC hash from WPHT

 

All this IBOC has me so paranoid that I don't know if lack of good DX is due to IBOC or just conditions. Since LW was not good at all at local sunset tonight, which it usually is, I can assume probably conditions. 

While I agree that it's not the end of the world and with a lot of knob twisting, familiar stations can still be heard if they are at decent levels, the overall QRM has increased considerably. Trying to ID a new latin or domestic under marginal conditions is difficult enough as it is and IBOC hash, however much knocked down, may become the deciding factor in an ID. 

I guess saying "it could be worse" may us feel better, but that doesn't change the fact that this is still a scourge to our hobby. Let's hope it dies a quick and horrible death.

 That's my story and I'm sticking to it.

 

Alan Schreier – Austin, TX
Receiver, Antenna

 

9/7

The mystery 1181 station is about as strong into Austin tonight as it has been every time I have thought to check recently. 

An observation from here that may support the frequency agility theory of this station is that it appears to be generated by a not so good synthesizer which is producing a lot of phase noise or similar modulation + and – 10 Hz from the center 1181 signal. 

I would welcome a second opinion on this by anyone with Spectran or similar.  Here, using a resolution bandwidth of 0.34 Hz or 0.67 Hz there is something unusual showing up in the 10 Hz either side of center.  It looks like a bunch of short curved lines on either side.   

 

1110 VENEZUELA YVQT R Carupano, Carupano, SEP 11 0025-00030 - Man and woman in SS, ad strings, several IDs; good under WBT

1305 SPAIN RNE 5 synchros, SEP 10 2340 – Mellow guitar music; fair

1377 FRANCE France Info, Lille, SEP 10 2337 – Woman with news into whisteling song; fair-good

1530 VATICAN Vatican Radio, Santa Maria di Galeria, SEP 10 2330 - Man in Italian (per emwg at 2250); fair then faded

1575UNITED ARAB EMIRATES R Farda, Al Dhabiya, SEP 9 2323 – Arabic pop music into US Rap music; good

1584 CEUTA Radiolé Costa del Estrecho, Ceuta, SEP 9 2322 - latin singing; very weak

Report from the Cape at 2330 UTC:

 

9/18

LW is not in and the whole band seems noisy and propagation is poor at this

QTH. I took a run through with just a vertical to get maximum IBOC, if on.

The only stations that were trashing their adjacents were 1540-WDCD, Albany

/ 1210-WPHT, Philadelphia / 1080-WTIC-CT / 770-WABC-NY / 710-WOR-NY.

WBZ didn't seem to be on and the rest either were off or the hash was weak

enough to blend with the noise.

 

9/19

A quick and dirty synopsis of TA activity from the Cape. I didn't even attempt to DX any even channels. WBZ was obliterating everything from 1015 to 1045 and isn't the best phasing candidate for me. I can usually get around the others, but I just didn't feel up for the fight tonight. Ironically, the TA channels immediately on either side of the IBOC blaster are usually better than you would think, although still require some phasing. It's the domestic channels at the next level out that really spew the hash. For them use the "non-intuitive sideband", the one closest to the IBOC frequency for best results.

 

153   ALGERIA   poor

152   FRANCE    excellent

189   ICELAND   good

198   UK            fair-good

225   POLAND   fair

234   LUXEMBOURG   good

252   ALGERIA   fair

 

SPAIN on 576, 585, 684, 738, 756, 791, 855, 999, 1116, 1107, 1305, 1359  some better than others but an average of "fair"

 

549   ALGERIA   good

702   unID   snippets of Arabic

711   FRANCE   very weak

765   SWITZERLAND   good

882   UK   snippets of EE   very poor

891   ALGERIA   good

895   ST KITTS   good

1089  UK   good

1179   SWEDEN  very good

1206   FRANCE  very good

1215   UK  poor-fair

1377   FRANCE   very good

1521   SAUDI ARABIA  very good

 

I know I am beating a deceased bovine here, but the fact that yes, there are still TAs out there doesn't mean everything is hunky dory. What frustrates me is that I don't know how many TAs (and certainly latins) were missed because of the increased level of QRM. Just because you have knocked down the worst of an adjacent hash and you are getting something underneath doesn't mean it's time for celebration.

 

Brian Leyton – Valley Village, CA

DX398

 

9/19

Well, I guess I'm feeling guilty at hardly ever doing any listening and even

less posting of what I'm hearing, so here's a quick rundown of the situation

at night from here, next-door to the dragon's den.

At the bottom of the dial, there's no IBOC noise until 680.  From there up

to 760, it's wall-to-wall noise from 710-KSPN.  I got a brief respite on

770, and then strong hash on 780 and 800 (from 790-KABC).  980-KFWB had

their IBOC off, but sister station 1070-KNX had theirs on.  1110-KDIS Radio

Dizzy was entertaining all of the kiddies listening to Hamster Dance in

glorious digital stereo.  The rest of us heard the usual hash on 1100 and

1120.

That's all the nighttime IBOC that I could find here.  One thing that's been

a big problem is that if the radio is looped towards the KSPN towers, I will

hear IBOC hash or KSPN programming on many other channels up & down the

dial.  This makes it really tough sometimes to know if I'm hearing IBOC hash

from some other station, or if it's just coming from KSPN.  So there may be

other more distant stations running IBOC, but I can't tell for sure.

One curious thing is that 1020-KTNQ has not had IBOC on in quite a while.

It's sort of ironic when you consider David Gleason's involvement, and his

strong support of IBOC.  I'd love to know what's up there.

 

DanRiordan – Sherwood, OR

Sony 2010

 

9/18

Greetings,  Thanks for the invite for new member introductions.  I have been a DXer off and one for at about 30-years.  I enjoy MW and tropical band DXing the most.  Lately I've been concentrating on trans-Pacific DX from my location near Portland, Oregon.  I have a Sony 2010, Drake R8, Quantum Phaser, Palomar loop, Sony AN-1 active whip and various random wire antennas.  I hope to erect a Ewe in the near future to complement my set-up.  

Regarding recent DX, a couple of days ago I caught Radio Rebelde blasting into Oregon on 710 kHz.  At times the signal was above KIRO in Seattle.  I couldn't believe.  Interesting conditions that night.  Another memorable catch was Radio Rossii on 279 kHz on 9/4. 

I'm enjoying the discussion on the list so far and look forward to participating in the future.

Bill Harms – Elkridge, MD
Receiver, Antenna

 

9/13

I notice a minute amount of IBOC hash on my local WBAL 1090 from WTAM

with 1090 in AM mode, no hash in USB mode, and a small but noticeable

amount in LSB mode. Of course when I null WBAL, the hash is clearly

there. Conclusion, it is still too early, but it looks like IBOC hash

will be a problem in marginal conditions as expected. What do others

hear on 1090 from WTAM? I am not recording this because am sleepy and

just got out of bed for a few minutes. BTW, WGN is trashed here. And my

stronger locals, 600, 630, 980, and 1500 are not running IBOC.

 

9/14

WBZ is taking a hit from WHO.  WBZ's usual pristine signal at night is

being marred by hiss from presumed WHO. Is this the end of the era for distant listeners of WBZ?

 

9/17

For the record, all of the Baltimore-Washington area IBOC stations have

shut off the hiss machine at sunset tonight (17 September).

 

9/18

I did a little dashboard scanning this morning 9/18.

Before sunrise WOR was covered with hiss from WGN. The audio was unlistenable. Right after Sunrise, WDMV 700 suffered from WOR's hiss machine and it was annoying listening to them. I am in their secondary coverage area and I bet they have lost some listeners as a result of WOR's IBOC. Their signal is normally listenable. WWII was completely covered with WOR's hiss.

Last night, 710 was completely covered with hiss from WGN. Before WGN fired up their IBOC it was possible to hear either Cuba or WOR with a decent listenable signal. Now that is impossible. Things will really get bad once WLW fires up their IBOC.

Once WGN faded out this morning, WOR put in a decent enough signal here

to be listenable.

As noted before, WBZ, which was normally listenable in the mornings

before sunrise on the way to work, was wiped out by WHO's IBOC.

 

9/19

This is the last straw. WBAL is getting clobbered by IBOC hiss from WTAM

1100 no matter which way I position my antennas or adjust my phaser.

They are getting clobbered on my portables as well. I am well within

WBAL's NIF contour, so this is not even close to a fringe reception. The

reception of WBAL with the IBOC hiss is at 9/19 at 2300. It should be

noted that turning the radio to get rid of interference is not a possibility because WTAM loops in roughly the same direction as WBAL from here.

 

9/22

Last night, I noticed that at times, WTAM was bothering WBAL again. So I

decided to look at my Drake R8's s-meter. I realize that this is not

very exact, but it gives a rough idea of what is going on. WTIC was not

a factor in this test because their signal was much weaker.

As a base line, I tuned WBAL to the strongest signal strength with was

about s9+35/s9+40 and it was still getting hissed about 1/4 of the time.

I quickly went back and forth between 1090 and 1100 to see what WTAM's

signal strength was relative to WBAL when I heard hiss on 1090. WTAM's

signal varied from about s9 to s9+25/s9+30. As one would expect (perhaps

even axiomatically), when WTAM's signal was above S9+20, the hiss was

easily noticeable on WBAL. When it was less than s9+15, the hiss was not

as noticeable.

For reference, WTIC never made it above s9+10 and as I noted above, did

not appear to be a factor.

Remember I am within WBAL's NIF contour, and should not be hearing IBOC

hiss from WTAM at all.

 

9/23

WBAL is off the air at this moment. 0012 9/23 Eastern. The channel is

awash with IBOC hash and a presumed CKKW underneath. I wonder why they

are off?

 

Paul LaFreniere – Grand Marais, MN

Radiosophy HD100 and 75’ longwire

 

9/16

1130   WISN   WI   Milwaukee.  At 1853 CDT 16 Sept 07.  Decoded as WISN  HD. About 400 miles.

720   WGN    IL   Chicago.  At 2057 CDT 16 Sept 07.  Decoded as WGN.  About

500 miles.

Currently WBBM 780 being ruined by WABC 770 hash.

Earlier  690 CINF being buried by WLW 700 hash.

710 has been a lost cause all evening with hash from 700 WLW and 720 WGN.

I won't be sending letters to any stations to report that their signal has been trashed since I am in no ones service area.  And we have been told previously that anyone outside stations local area does not matter.

 

9/26

Since CKPR has taken their place in the nether regions, 580 has been sort of

like the wild west.

 

580   ID   Nampa.  0632 CDT  26 SEP 07. Fair with local news.  "Southern Idaho's largest radio newsteam--KIDO." MDT time checks.  Slogans often

"580 Newsradio--KIDO."

 

CKPR's demise has left it wide open for KIDO to show up often on SRS.

Others making an appearance at least once: KUBC--CO,  WIBW--KS,  WTCM--MI, WKTY--WI  and CFRA--ON.  All relogs.  Back in the '70s KIDO's predacessor

KFXD was a fairly regular visitor.

 

9/27

At 1914 CDT WISS under WTAM.  WISS has Milwaukee Brewer baseball.  As far as I can tell, WISS is a daytimer.

 

Darwin Long – Simi Valley, CA

HD Car Radio

 

9/21

I have been silent for quite awhile here - very busy, getting married in a

month to a lovely woman, trying to change career paths to get out of the

insurance biz, caring for 18 penguins each week, and catching a bunch of

loons and grebes for banding and biosampling.  Gonna put a 35' top-loaded

vertical up in our lot and get back on LW again - beacon SMV 188kHz coming

soon to a LF radio near you (if you're in the West, that is).

 

Time for me to put in my 2 cents about this iBOC thing- I take a slightly

different slant.

 

I now have an iBOC radio in my car.  I have received digitally-decoded DX as

far as KSL and KNBR, but no real DX in iBOC mode beyond that.  If there's

ANY CARRIER AT ALL present above or below the iBOC station being DXed,

you're left with only a flashing HD indicator and four **** for the call

letters - the station above or below the iBOC station essentially

contaminates one or the other digital sidebands enough to render it

non-decodable.  The flashing HD indicator is essentially the radio going

into C-QuAM mode when a digital signature is detected between the sidebands

to begin frame-grabbing the data.  Some radios also kick into analog stereo

(like the Accurian); others, like my JVC,  receive only monaural analog, or

stereo digital.

 

AM iBOC sounds awesome... but on only a *select few* of those digital

stations.  iBOC AM radio TRULY COULD be great... but it is what the

engineers are doing (or rather, ARE NOT doing correctly) that has already

ruined the fun and enjoyment of tuning into AM iBOC.

 

Where we had been with C-QuAM stereo ten years ago when certain big

broadcast corporations began pressuring CE's to start screwing with the

otherwise good audio quality of most AM stations, is exactly where we are

now with digital iBOC AM stereo.  Put simply, for a vast number of AM

stations, the iBOC digital stream is there, but the lack of STEREO AUDIO

being sent over that digital carrier is pitiful.  iBOC on AM is not only a

waste of bandwidth, but (except for KDIS, KNX and KSPN in LA, and for KNEW

in SFO), it is a technology being grossly WASTED IN PRACTICE - all while

being overrated as the next greatest thing since sliced bread.

 

You've got these broadcasters absolutely hamming it up about iBOC and how

great it is... but can they take 2 lousy minutes of their time to plug both

L and R audio cables in the back of the generator and pay a little attention

to the audio chain that feeds it?  While all the "HD Radio - Discover It"

spots are being rammed down the ears of their audience?  Take KABC 790 for

example - they sounded BEAUTIFUL in C-QuAM stereo, but the minute they went

digital, all went mono, even in digital mode - and it is NOT a STL issue -

their studio is across the parking lot from the transmitter on La Cienega,

and it certainly can't be rewiring their console for mono... who wires a

console anymore? Most are computerized units paired to hard-drives and the

mike bank, and are stereo-ready out-of-the-box.

 

I flatly disagree with people who say, "it's a talk station, so who cares

about stereo".  On any talk station, what do you always end up listening to

for 23 minutes of each and every hour (or more during drive-time)?  Bumper

music, ad-spots with music and sound effects, movie-previews, station

sounders, etc, all of which are RECORDED as stereo files on the station's

hard-drive, and sure the hell ought to be PLAYED BACK that way for the

audience - no excuse!  NPR does... So why not most other commercial talk

stations having the megabucks for the latest and greatest in audio

processing gear?

 

It is FLAT-OUT LAME for a CE TO USE THE STATION'S FORMAT as a deciding basis

for how his/her station's audio chain will be engineered - what the hell

kind of backward engineering is THAT?  "Oh, we're a talk station, so stereo

really doesn't matter because I don't really care to do that for our

listeners that we are pushing those STEREO HD Radio commercials to?  A

station's engineering team ought to wire that station to MAXIMIZE the

CAPABILITY to sound as good as possible, while staying within the station's

FCC broadcast parameters.

 

So to me, 90% of AM iBOC is a waste of bandwidth, primarily because of the

type of audio plugged into the iBOC generator.  I want a listening

EXPERIENCE, not just another AM station hiding behind the mask of HD with

minimalistic ideas of audio presentation.  Otherwise, I AIN'T GONNA LISTEN

BETWEEN THE DAMN STATIONS to your gritty-sounding digital mono audio.  I'll

stick to my iPOD or XM where I CAN get stereo even on talk stations... and

without the out-of-sync analog-digital flipping every time I go under a

bridge, get too far away, get too near powerlines or buildings, receive

skywave cancellation, fart, drive in a thunderstorm, etc.  If stations only

want to air mono content, and don't want to TRULY closely reproduce the

source material, what's the point of investing hundreds of thousands of

dollars for the hardware upgrade and paying yearly for the Ibiquity license?

I can get better audio on a PC and a slow-speed internet connection (stereo

audio without the dropouts).

 

The crystal-clear, stereo iBOC audio of KNX, KDIS, and KSPN will BEAT THE

PANTS off of KABC's grainy-sounding, mono iBOC audio.  My DXing days on MW

are dwindling, and I am going back to LW... before the beacons disappear

during the next few years.  AM broadcasting offers very little for my needs

anymore - all the frills and chills are gone.  And where the digital is

offered, very few bother to think out-of-the-box anymore - it is the same

damn mono arrangement as before, and the same crappy programming.

 

Finally, what's with all of the "on-again, off-again" games iBOC AM stations

are pulling with their digital modes?  Some day-to-day, or even

hour-to-hour, like KGO and KMJ?  Many stations HAD been HD a couple of years

ago, but are no longer, like KCBS, KMXE, and KTNQ.  Others are just adding

it.  Summary:  iBOC-AM is VAPORWARE, just like analog AM stereo used to be.

Here one moment, gone the next.  No consistency or reliability on many

stations.

 

That's my summary of iBOC AM.  If engineering at these stations don't make

the tradeoff of the loss of DXing worth my while by providing decent audio

and programming, forget listening to them.

 

 

Charlie Taylor – Grifton, NC

Receiver, Antenna

 

9/3

1240    WLSC    SC    Loris: Logged @ 1904 on 9/3 while listening for WCNC, Elizabeth City (NC)//WZBO-1260 Edenton (SS) which is there tantilizing me. WLSC: Country-type Southern Gospel music. ID as "12-40, W L S C," with reference to "Loris" about 14 seconds later. Fair, in/out. Came up in time for callsign.

 

9/6

Took a listen on 1240 at 1800. Heard someone cross the hour with what could have been WKDK's format...no news or ID.

Was looking for WCNC, Elizabeth City (NC) which was in there but no ID. Someone else with AP news, maybe WJNC Jacksonville (NC).

1240 quickly goes from WJNC daytimes with only a very weak

WCNC and WPJL beneath into the usual riot inside of 45 minutes.

 

9/9

1240 WCNC NC Elizabeth City (Pasquotank Co.) : Logged at 1801 on 9/9 coming out of Norteña-type oombah music w/ID: "W C N C, Elizabeth City y W Z B O, Edenton, doce-cuarent y doce-sesenta AM...La Gran D." Very surprised and very pleased top log WCNC practically alone, after WLSC, Loris, SC took a sudden dive. Usually-present WJNC, Jacksonville (NC) swamped by WCNC and WLSC.

 

9/10

900    CHML    ON    Hamilton: logged @2050 on 9/10 during break in coverage between Tigers and Bluejays (I believe). String of adverts leading up to positive reference to "CHML, Hamilton." Knew I'd log them sooner of later. Also logged from Indianapolis. 

 1180    ------    FL        Marathon: Another tentative on Radio Martí with post-ID flute theme. Listened several times but could not fish "Radio Martí" through Rebelde and WHAM; however, heard entirety of post-ID, pre-news theme. Drats. From strength of Martí against co-channel RM, I'd say they must have both 50-kW Continental 317-F's up and allowing at least 25 kW to radiate off back of array. The question is, "why?"

 

9/19

1080        WKBY        VA        Chatham: Logged @1700 on 9/19. WNCT-1070 IBOC not operative for some reason, leaving adjacent channels free. WWKD Murfreesboro, NC on dead carrier leaving WKBY beneath. WKBY faded up in time for ID: "Praise the Lord. This is W K B Y in Chatham, Virginia." Never heard before. Rather surprised but pleased nonetheless.

9/20

1180        -----        FL        Marathon: Finally an ID @ 2000 9/19. WHAM in a fade and Martí atop both Rebelde outlets here. Usual flute-like theme music, then  Martí "Political" jingle sung by female voices (which has name José  Martí 's name embedded in it, much to the anger of the Cuban gov't. Numerous mentions of "Martí" throughout. Never logged before in period 1986 - 2001. DA pattern apparently has been adjusted to allow Cuban-American community in Miami/Dade County to hear the station.

 

Glenn Hauser - Enid, OK

Sangean 909

 

9/7

The mystery 1181.0 carrier is now into its fourth week. Perhaps everything

about it that can be said has been said, except that I for one am still hearing

it on almost nightly quick chex, such as 0052 UT Sept 8, and it is still

looping about 125/(305) degrees from here. Can anyone come up with some new

ideas about what or who may be behind it? Still a good idea to keep checking it

regularly, in case some different bearing show up or something else happen to

it, or for that matter, it just disappear.

** OKLAHOMA. Spotted another Talking House sign as we drove around Enid on West Chestnut at the intersexion of Briar Ridge, but WTFK? Had to go a few blox

north to get to the house and another sign with the frequency on it, 1670. But

yet another sign beside it said the house was SOLD. But the 1670 transmitter

was still running as if it were available. Greg Winkeljohn (sp?) was speaking,

for Remax Premier Realators (as he pronounces it, and he am one!); phone (580) 231-0992 given several times during spiel. Refer to Offer #456, or see

http://www.enidhomes.com  Address of this one is 4322 Briar Ridge; it`s 3 BR,

and has other wonderful attributes.

Also used part of his spiel to promote the Talking House angle and offer it to

other sellers; ask him for a free video about it. This one on 1670 has better

range than some of the others monitored recently. Could still be heard back at

the Chestnut intersexion, and even audible on crummy caradio as far east as

Chestnut @ Oakwood. This was in mid-afternoon Sept 7, so no skywave to QRM, but surely could be heard in Bellabarba`s Italy. Is that enough info for a QSL?

 

9/14

UT Sept 14 from 0450 to 0525 I scanned the MW band several times on the DX-398 in the yard. This was after the EDT midnight start, and from 0500 UT after the midnight CDT start.

Time IBOC hiss frequency  presumed source frequency or station

 

0450 1090 WTAM-1100

590 & 610           ? - 600

0500 1110 caught ID from KFAB-1110, ``Now broadcasting in HD``

0501 1120 in KMOX null    KFAB-1110

0502 1030 WHO-1040 1050 under XEG       WHO-1040

0503  830 in WCCO null WHAS-840

0504  630  WWLS-640 650 in WSM null     WWLS-640

0505  590 in CMBF null    ? - 600

0510 1680 peaks NE        ? - 1690   1680 - the strongest of the lot but no significant analog signal to QRM

0511 1500 in KSTP null    WLAC-1510

0515  750 in WSB null     WJR-760?

 

I must say none of this would have been very noticeable if I had not been

looking for it. In most cases I had to null the dominant station in order to

hear the hiss, and it was no problem to hear the dominant stations unless they

were nulled. In most cases I could not get a hiss-match above and below a

certain frequency because the analog signal on one side or the other was too

strong. There could also be some `false-positives` here, noise mistaken for

IBOCh.

 

I looked for IBOCh accompanying KTOK-1000 OKC, but could not detect it on

990-CBW, or ?-1010 even when aimed at OKC; may not have been on. Did not detect it on 1190 or 1210 aside WOAI. Of course, some stations that are going to do it may not have promptly turned it on at local midnight. Things may be worse the following evening and onward.

Around sunset have previously heard KMOX-1120 and KFAB-1110 doing a number on each other but this time could not detect any IBOCh from KMOX.

Also looked for it especially on 690 and 710 from WLW but could not detect it.

WOR-710 is DX out here, so not surprising could not hear it on 700 or 720 from

them.

Did not hear any IBOCh in the 1230-1490 regional/local channels, loaded as they

are with piles and piles of analog signals.

This was still before midnight in MDT and PDT, so if KOA or other big signals

from the west are doing it, too early to tell.

Fortunately I don`t have any 50 kW locals, and my three 1 kW locals on 960,

1390 and 1640 aren`t into IBOCh, AFAIK. At this rate, I would say IBOCh won`t

disrupt normal listening much, but can certainly be a problem versus weak

signal

 

9/16

** OKLAHOMA. While bandscanning for IBOCh, Sept 16 at 0558, I noticed on 1020 kHz ``CBS Radio Networks, channel 45`` loop announcement with tones. Went right thru 0600 with no local ID break, and still going at 0611. From strength and direxion, this was obviously my semi-local KOKP Perry OK, an all-too-common example of AM stations running with no human oversight whatsoever. Automation mistuned to wrong satellite channel. Chances are good, especially late at night, that if you tune thru the entire MW band, you will hear the same loop

running somewhere

** U S A. The MW lists have been full of IBOCh reports, channels now suffering

this self-destructive interference. I have not been tracking it in detail, but

here`s what I found in a MW bandscan Sept 16 around 0600: 1210 & 1190

especially bad (from WOAI); 1130 thru 1100 from KMOX and KFAB; 1050 & 1030 from WHO; 900 & 880 from WLS; 770 & 750 from WJR; 730 & 710 & 690, from WGN & WLW

 

9/21

UNIDENTIFIED. 1670 kHz, Sept 21 at 1325, distorted talk and wavering het

against residual skywave signal from broadcast station. Suspect it`s the

talking house in Enid I recently reported mobile from local range, within a

dekameter of it.

BTW, I am still hearing the low het on 1600.0, at the same time, indicating an

off-frequency broadcast station, yet to be singled out. I would guess it is

around 100 Hz plus or minus, so none of the entries on

http://www.myradiobase.de/mediumwave/mwoffset.txt appear to fit, tho KCKK

Colorado doesn`t have a precise entry yet; propagationally (still audible here

at that hour, and reliably audible at night), it would be a good prospect

 

Kevin Redding – Gilbert, Arizona

Sangean HDR-1 and RS Loop or as listed

 

9/14

Lots of posts out there about IBOC.. I assume that tonight will be 

the night that we will see most of what IBOC is going to do. Lots of 

engineers did not want to come in just to turn on the IBOC generators 

at midnight when they should be sleeping. Tonight might tell a bigger 

story.

Here is what I heard last night...

I heard a considerable amount of hiss in several places over the 

band. It wasn't enough to knock out stations but weak ones are going 

to be much more difficult to get. Nothing decoded but tried to 

several times.

 

640-KFI too big to hear hiss

650-weak to slight hiss o/u KMTI/XETNT

660- Slight hiss during KTNN short fades

670-Slight to moderate hiss under KLTT

690 - Slight hiss fading in and out under XETRA who gave a real nice 

ID while I was listening

700- KALL has a massive signal. If there was hiss, you could never 

hear it

710 - Slight hiss fading in and out under KNUS when they would weaken

720 - Hiss a little more stronger under KDWN and more stable but 

would fade on occasion

750-Hiss under KAMA

770-Too much KKOB for hiss.

970-Moderately strong hash not previously  noted.

1030- Audible hiss o/u KTWO

1050- Hiss under XEG

1110 -Considerable hiss u\o KFAB

1130-Considerable hiss over KWKH

1200-Weak hiss under WOAI

1220-Slight to moderate hiss XEB Mexico City not heard

1500-Strong hiss in and out over KSTP

1520-Hiss at times on KOMA and KOMA is strong here

 

Other notes:

Het is still running on 1181

530 RVC heard instead of Cuba.

HSFB

720 KDWN Las Vegas, NV 9/14 2043 HSVB Green Valley v. Cheyenne.

 

New Log

870 KJMP Pierce, CO 9/14 2200 with ToH ID running ESPN and ID as Ft 

Collins as COL. Sangean HDR-1 and RS Loop.

 

HD

Add KGO to the HD list 9/14. Messing  up 800 and 820 pretty good.

Hash noted on 900 - 920, Have no idea who this is.

This is going to make me the king of NBN logs, satellite listening 

and a HF DXer. The band is blasted with hash here.

 

9/15

Here's your chance to see if you can get KFYI 550 in HD. They are on 

tonight.

I am using the Worcester Space Magnet 2 and its solid lock on KFYI. 

The supplied loop with the radio is not hardly getting the HD. The RS 

Loop is about 90% tonight and the SM2 is real good with it.

 

HSFB and Football DX log:

880 KRVN Lexington, NE 9/15 1915 with Nebraska and USC football.

1130 KWKH Shreveport, LA 9/15 1949 with LSU football being pounded by 

hash.

 

9/16

I guess I am lucky not to be hearing much hash so say some naysayers. 

I am reporting the partial decodes I have tonight. I am using the Sangean HDR-1 and Space Magnet 2 Loop on this night of 9/16.

I do not know who all of the stations are. I can not tell as I did not get PSD on the UNIDs. All I can do is assume. I have no  idea if this is false or true, all I am doing is reporting what I heard and saw on the meter on the screen. Some of these were on a few seconds and some several minutes.

 

This is all new to me so I have NO answers to any possible questions  the readers may have. I hope this at least makes those who think that there is no hash understand that there is something to what we all say.

 

700 UNID 2020 sending digital signal measured at 3.0 dB. Partial 

decode, data only.

720 WGN Chicago, IL 2030 in the clear and sending a 33.0 dB digital 

signal. Partial decode, data only.

750 UNID 2033 sending digital signal measured at 18.0 dB. Partial 

decode, data only.

810 KGO San Francisco, CA 2037 in the clear and sending a 32.5 dB 

digital signal. Partial decode, data only.

970 UNID 2039 sending an 18.0 dB digital signal. "Stereo". Partial 

decode, data only.

1000 UNID 2042 sending digital signal measured at 3.0 dB. Partial 

decode, data only.

1070 KNX Los Angeles, CA 2009 in the clear and sending a 33.0 dB 

digital signal. Partial decode, data only.

1080 UNID 2044 sending digital signal measured at 3.0 dB. Partial 

decode, data only.

1120 KMOX St. Louis, MO 2010 sending digital signal measured at 18.0 

dB. Partial decode, data only.

1160 KSL Salt Lake City, UT 2014 full decode momentarily "KSL AM" 

"Stereo" 33.7 dB.

1200 WOAI San Antonio, TX 2047 32.2 dB "Stereo". Partial decode, data 

only.

1280 UNID 2049 sending digital signal measured at 18.0 dB. Partial 

decode, data only.

1530 KFBK Sacramento, CA 2025 in the clear and sending a 33.7 dB 

digital signal. Partial decode, data only.

1540 UNID 2053 sending digital signal measured at 18.0 dB. Partial 

decode, data only.

My local HDs were off tonight they are on 550, 620, 860, 1580.

 

When I am DXing consider that I hear hash on both sides of all these 

stations. MW DX will be very difficult and it seems at this point 

skywave will be quite unsuccessful for the common DXer.

 

9/19

Three IBOC stations are on the air from Phoenix tonight.

620 KTAR

860 KMVP

1580 KMIK

Conspicuously absent is KFYI.

 

Noted a big powerhouse of a station missing and unlistenable in Arizona. KMVP 860  completely covers up KOA with its IBOC hiss No more Colorado Rockies or Denver Broncos here from KOA.

KOA is listenable at times on the east coast but not in AZ. IBOC made 

KOA, DOA.

 

9/29

Local interference of KDUS 1060 who has antennas 11 miles away in 

Guadalupe, AZ. They have loud hiss underneath from KNX. I will report 

this to KDUS and let them deal with this.

 

Harry Helms – Smithville TX

Sony 2010

 

9/9

I decided to check 1181 this morning even though there was a good bit of daylight here at my first check at 6:31 am Central (1131 UTC). The tone/het was clearly in there against 1180, but began fading almost immediately after I tuned in. It gradually faded and was gone by 6:38 am/1138 UTC.

 

9/15

Heard last night while bandscanning for HD, equipment was ICF-2010 with Kiwa filters and Quantum Loop unless otherwise noted:

 

570 CUBA Radio Reloj with time ticks and "RR" in Morse code through mess on channel 8:52 pm.

610 UNID 1 kHz het on low side, much like our 1181 friend. Ran out to home office/ham shack to fire up R8B and 40 meter dipole to confirm this wasn't a spur

or in-house QRN; this definitely was a legit skywave signal with some fading. Fair to good signal 8:56 pm.

790 CUBA Radio Reloj time ticks and "RR" 9:08 pm.

1020 CUBA Radio Reloj, imperialist Yanqui IBOC digihash unable to stop Fidel's time ticks and "RR" 9:20 pm.

1181 UNID The Het blasting through 9:30 pm at a very strong level; no doubt a power increase to blast through the IBOC digihash.

Propagation here last night definitely favored signals to the south and east.

 

9/15

I did a bandscan last night using my ICF-2010 with Kiwa filters and Quantum loop to see what impact the first HD stations would have on the band. Most of my

listening was in the 8:30-10:00 pm Central period. The results:

 

700 Distinct IBOC digihash above and below the channel, so I suspect WLW as the main culprit----if I could hear their IBOC sidebands in CA, I guess I can

hear them in TX!

840 Definite high side IBOC digihash, suspect WHAS even though they were not audible on 840.

850 Definite high side IBOC digihash.

1020 to 1040  A digital no-man's-land from just below 1020 to above 1040; no more TA or TP DX in that range!

1110 to 1120  Another digital wasteland with plenty of inter-channel digihash.

I went looking for high-end digihash (such as from KFBK-1530) but conditions definitely favored the south and east last night; the band was a Fiesta Mexicana

here.

My conclusions? I have none at this point. Until all the stations that plan to run HD actually switch it on, we can't tell whether this is just another annoyance or a fatal blow to AM band DXing.

 

9/21

560 KLVI, Beaumont, TX, Raiders vs. Buccaneers, 28-0 at halftime 9:08 pm

580 WIBW, Topeka, KS, Hayden vs. Manhattan, ID 9:10 pm

680 KKYX, San Antonio, TX, Lee vs. Madison 9:21 pm

710 KGNC, Amarillo, TX, Amarillo vs. Odessa, Odessa leading 56-7 and it was Amarillo's homecoming 9:31 pm

860 KKOW, Pittsburg, KS, post-game show, Pittsburg won 43-14, "Purple Dragon FB on 8-60 AM" 9:38 pm

870 WWL, New Orleans, LA, post-game interview with Slidell coach, "River Parish Player of the Week" announcement 9:40 pm

930 UNID game way down in the mess, one team seemed to be "Yukon" (or UConn??), gave up 9:48 pm

1010 KBBW, Waco, TX, awful game audio---sounded like a remote broadcast using a cell phone---then studio ID "You're listening to Cougars FB on 10-10 KBBW" 9:53 pm

1250 KZDC, San Antonio, TX Memorial vs, Alamo Heights 10:04 pm

1640 KNID, Enid, OK, HS football scoreboard show, asking listeners "north of the border in Kansas" to call in with scores to 1-888-97-SCORE; sorely tempted

to call in some bogus scores but I refrained.

While listening for HS FB DX last night, I nulled KOA-850 at 9:36 pm and the result was all IBOC digihash on the channel----and it was loud!

While listening to KOKC-1520 at 10:15 pm, there was considerable IBOC digihash mixed in with them, and it couldn't be eliminated no matter how I tried to null it. In fact, the 1500-1530 range is "IBOC alley" and sounds like absolute hell; I could easily see someone not familiar with IBOC thinking something was wrong

with their radio while tuning there.

On the other hand, the 1181 kHz was really strong last night.

 

9/28

Bleahh. . . . . propagation on the upper end of the AM band was crappy last night---lots of up and down signals with a pipeline into Mexico----but here's what

I caught (all times Central):

1660 KRZI, Waco, TX, halftime of Waco High game, Waco leading 9-7 so no doubt much happiness among the listeners 8:36 pm. Lots of kywave/groundwave mixing made this one hard to copy.

1640 KNID, Enid, OK, "game of the week" with muddy audio but 8:42 pm went to string of spots with much better audio, including one for Henniger Allen funeral

home in Enid ("family owned and operated").

1630 KKGM, Fort Worth, TX, with "Dragons" vs. "Chargers" FB, IDed 8:51 pm via a mention of the "player of the game" award courtesy of "Family

Diagnostics" in Irving, TX.

1620 WTAW, College Station, TX, HS FB scoreboard show 8:53 pm, again a lot of skywave/groundwave mixing.

1600 "Bears" vs. "Central" in mess 8:57 pm, but just too much QRM to extract an ID from the bits and pieces that managed to surface.

1540 "Buffalo" game, bits and pieces of audio in the mess on channel, got my hopes up at 9;12 pm when the announcer said, "we'll pause a second for station

identification," which was then followed by "AM 15-40"----and that was it, and right back to the game!! I decided then I was not in favor with the DX gods and gave up for the rest of the evening!

 

BTW, I'll soon be operating in the Texas QSO party; I'll be around 14225-14250 kHz running QRP at 5 watts. If anyone manages to hear me, send me a report and I'll respond with a beautiful Carolina Blue W5HOLH QSL card!

 

Rick Lewis – Seattle, WA

Accurian HD Radio

 

9/15

I did a cursory dial scan last night, and a more detailed one tonight.

Last night's was at around 10 o'clock PDT. I expected to find more than I

did. I didn't listen to KFBK itself, but heard no his around it.

I heard no hash from KEX, but read today that they started it at midnight.

(Guess they hadn't reset the timer from Thursday night.)

The biggest issue Friday night was the hiss that made listening to the

Canadian 800 problematic.

But then there's tonight.

KFI is too weak here to damage anybody, although it could if local KCIS-630

was nulled. (Different story if KFI was full power.)

There was a bit of hiss on 800, but nowhere near what I heard last night.

Strong hiss on the upper side of KPUG-1170, Bellingham, Washington. Some

hiss on KOFI-1180, but little (if any) on 1200 in Vancouver BC, which was

strong enough to wipe it out anyway.

Now to KFBK, where results were markedly different.

1520 in the Portland area was hissy when it was at normal levels, but during

fades it was submerged in a sea of HD noise.

Massive hiss on the upper side of KXPA-1540 in Bellevue, which I don't think

the average listener would tolerate. I presume this was also from KFBK,

since I doubt that 1550 in Vancouver WA runs HD.

And yes, Patrick, KFBK's audio is now one of the worst I've ever heard, and

it used to be great.

Maybe not as bad as WOAI, but close. Forgetting HD for a moment, I don't get

the concept that audio on a lower-fidelity bandshould be further reduced for

_any_ reason. Limited audio has got to have a negative effect,

psycho-acoustically.

 

Bob Carter – Utica, NY

Receiver, Antenna

 

9/13

Taking a quick band scan before heading of to bed and to catch the first of the 24/7 IBOC transmissions....well the buzz is as bad as I thought it would be. WLW is quite difficult to listen to...normally very clear. Most...not all, but seems like most of the NYC AM's have IBOC running tonight...for the exception of WCBS and WINS...tomorrow though might be different. WPHT 1210 has digital crap spewed all the way from 1195khz to 1225khz!

It'll be interesting to see how long other stations that are being interfered with tolerate this...or until AM broadcasters turn it off due to the lack of education about its existence or due to the incompatibility of the IBOC transmission mode on MW.

 

David Slate – Hendersonville, TN

DX398

 

Here;'s is my first log of the new season  

 

9/10/2007 dx-398   

12:29  930  WKCT Show: Rush Limbaugh  

Ads heard : South Centel Bank, Shell, The fameas "Passing Gas" ad  

ID heard:   " your news leader 930 WKCT"  

 

as for my future AM plains i am not going to give up on this band... What freqs i can dx without a HD radio  remains unsure...  but i think i can pull it off   aslo a HD radio is in my plains now  Going to get a bugirat fighered out  and stuff  so i can save up for this radio going to sit down tonight and try to dx everying before IBOC comes come on 24/7

 

9/18

MW  

the band is getting screw up here anjd there  it's a big incovneice due to the IBOC hiss  oon some parts on the band  

 

But it still can be done but a lot hader

12:07 am  1040  WHO Des Moines, Iowa  w/ a Sev t'strom warning  Id "Iowa's largeset news team -1040 WHO"  and itno Michel Regan show 

 

Neil Kazaross – Grafton, WI

Receiver and BOG

 

9/3

I DXed Thursday and Friday nights from my midwestern DX paradise spot in Grafton WI atop a the bluff 150 ft above the Lake Michigan shore. The previous Sunday night had also featured good TA cx and I had clear suspicions of both Portugal and Canaries under phase nulled semi local WGN (91 miles South and 50 kw ND) but wasn't able to be sure on //'s for either.

This time I laid out longer BOG's than the previous hoping for emphesis on the lower end and indeed the two BOG's 490 ft // 670 feet seemed somewhat better for the low end than the previous 335 ft // 485 used. I simply parked in a spot further down my driveway and accepted a bit of a bend. The BOG's start out at about 60 deg and end up aiming close to 70 deg for a slight curved bend and averaging about 65 degrees. As noticed before when aiming ENE I get CFOS much clearer through WIND 560 (SSE) with the longer BOG's. The length

difference of 180 ft was chosen since my experience indicates that this is a good difference for phasing lower band back end QRM while not nulling or even slightly enhancing signals from the desired direction.

The results of my setup and lake coast QTH (a good 100 miles of water in the direction of the lower path western Medit area TA's) would not dissapoint me and note that the bearing from Grafton to Madrid is 61 degrees and to Lisbon 65 degrees. Local sunset is about 7:30 PM (0030) and unlike on the Atlantic coast TA's don't tend to come in well over an hour prior to sunset. Friday night was a bit better than Thurs and by 0023 the big Spaniard on 684 had a rather readable signal and by 0045 the lower half of the dial was full of TA's while the upper half only had a few really strong ones barely audible.

720 had the typical somewhat mellow music (lots of American, but some other stuff) played by Portugal around 0115 and also at times some Spanish talk, but on Thurs I could get any //'s. With the Portugese running only 10 kw and having big slop on 666 and also on 693 Azores (CINF is nasty) it is not easy to get clear copy of a //.

Anyhow I continued to tune around, log TA's and some eastern Canadians and again WTME 780's 310 watt PSSA from Western Maine.

At 0400 8/31 there was a newscast u/phased WGN but I just couldn't pin it down as Portugese and into the typical music it went.

Around 0500 it seemed that Spanish stations really picked up strength. I was certain the news and programing on 720 was // other RNE's and this was mostly atop other stations, including (if I adjusted the phasing a bit, XEDE's Mexican mx u/WGN).

Spain uses several pips on the half hour with the final one longer and at 0530 my dream came true as there they were on 720 // the network and with a RNE ID ! I soon tuned to 747 and noted a couple Canarias ments so they may have been in local pgmg briefly, and things like 837 were cleanly listenable with ease (WHAS 840 nicely nulled by these BOG's).

OK one down one to go on 720, but by 0545 most TA's have faded and a tired KAZ drives his DX car up his driveway and goes to bed.

On 8/31 TA cx seemed even better and it was quite clear to me that the language on 720 u/phased WGN (S9+15 to 20 knocked down to S7-8 (hard to phase groundwave and short skywave) was continental Portugese (sounds a bit different that Brazilian) but I couldn't copy a // 666 or 693 clear enough to be sure. As for the previous night, most every TA channel below 900 produced audio.

As the time neared 0300 9/1 cx picked up even more and the station on 720 atop the WGN/XEDE phase null had a song that featured distinctive piano mx and I managed a 100% positive // to what was on 666 coming through the WSCR (somewhat phased by the null on WGN) and WFAN slop.

Ask me if I miss 720 CHTN's Oldies ? ... well NOT !!

 

 

Again lots of TA's still audible and a new logging for me of Spain on 783 (Mauretania can sometimes be heard here earlier and always seems to be an early arrival het at least). Also bits of SS on 648 // others were noted for a new one. 549 had Algeria // the weakly modulated powerhouse on 891 that was strong enough to make it unpleasent to listen to WLS on the car rx. 612 has Morocco and some AA mx reach audibility from the badly modulated but strong signal on 711. A few days prior when cx were decent to somewhat more northern

Europe there was some French on 711.

More northerly TA paths had a few stations but nothing like the many from the western Medit area. 1089 UK audible occasionally as was 909. 567 Ireland was decent around 0350, but the previous night had SS // the others when Spainaird really faded up. 1134 Croatia sometimes could put fair audio past my big local pest on 1130.

High band was less active although the common big signal from the mega Saudi on 1521 was in, but faded about 0255, and I could get just some audio on 1584 with SER// 1575 and also SS mx from Ceuta. 1602 pushed some SS audio past 1600 QRM where nothing was strong.

I feel that this Lake Michigan QTH provides mabe 10 to 12 dB enhanced of stations towards the east when compared to my home inland QTH in Illinois. I have only DXed in WI for at most 25 sessions and have loads of eastern US and Canada domestics heard that have been unheard inland or maybe only once or twice over the years.

Very happy to finally have some TA's logged on domestic channels from the midwest. My previous have only been two tentatives on 1530 with eastern Euro languages seemingly right for Vatican at the time, but never catching an ID or IS and not being fully readable.

 

Brian Goodrich – Greensboro, NC

Receiver and antenna

 

9/15

I just did my first quick scan under the New World Order.  I double-scanned the low stuff (640 to 890), about five minutes apart.  In some cases, I'm not totally sure whether I was hearing IBOC hash or some similar noise (at night the distinctive sound *sometimes* seems less obvious with other interference mixed in).

 IBOC-like noise:

 

650, 670, 690, 700, 720, 730, 760, 780, 1360

 

I haven't kept up with who's on at night already, but was definitely hearing noise on 650 the second time I went through the lower band.  It had sounded normal the first time.  670 sounded somewhat trashed, but 650 was much more obvious.  Is WFAN using nighttime IBOC?  First time through the lower end, 700 was being *destroyed* and 720 was suffering (WOR IBOC).  That kind of shocked me as WLW is so strong at night here (I often hear them, at least faintly, during mid-days in the winter).  Second time around WLW was strong as ever, but 690 was in full ocean mode and 730 sounded messed up.  Both 760 and 780 were suffering.  Is WABC in OBOC?  The strangest thing is the strong IBOC-like noise on 1360.  1370, WSPD, Toledo is strong here.  Maybe they're using IBOC, but 1380 sounded OK. 

In response to something Scott Fybush asked about, WLAC was very strong, yet 1500 and 1530 were clean and clear... no sign of WLAC IBOC. 

Also, I heard 1000 hertz hets on 620, 890 and 1520 (and maybe a few other frequencies I've forgotten)... also a het on 880.    

 

Scott Fybush – Rochester, NY

Drake R8A or Sangean HDT-1 McKay Dymek antenna, or supplied loop

 

9/13

Here's my very preliminary report for the first night of 24/7 IBOC:

I ran a "baseline" bandscan starting at 11:45 or so - started at 530 and

worked my way up the dial every 10 seconds or so, taking sketchy notes

and rolling audio, just to have some clips of what things sounded like

"before."

About 12:25 AM, I went back to the channels that were noted on the

mailing lists as running IBOC.

 

700 is still loud and clear here with WLW, just as it was before midnight.

720 is taking a beating from WOR - WGN is there, but with a lot of noise

over it that wasn't there before.

1090 has hash audible, but I can null the hash from WTAM and get clean WBAL.

1110 has some noise under WBT, but WBT is still listenable.

1130 still has clean WBBR, maybe even better than it was before midnight.

1150 still has some CKOC, no real sign of WRVA hash.

1200 was a mess anyway.

1220 still has WHK, with some noise beneath.

No obvious signs of hash anywhere else on the dial.

That was analog, on the R8A with the McKay Dymek DA5 antenna.

Now, heading for digital, to the Sangean HDT-1 with the supplied loop:

No sign of any HD signals on 700, 1100, 1140 or 1210 - not even the

callsign data that has come through via skywave on other signals (WBZ)

in the past.

WLW is reasonably clean in analog. WGN is audible, but with noise over it.

1090 and 1110 both clean in analog. 1130 and 1220 listenable as well.

Conclusions?

It's too soon to tell! None of my locals is running IBOC tonight - no

sign of it on WLGZ 990, WHAM 1180 or WHTK 1280. I'd expect WHAM, which

is ND-U, to have it on tomorrow night. I understand WLGZ and WHTK may

both have issues to resolve with their nighttime DAs.

If any of the NYC signals besides WOR have IBOC on now, I can't tell

from here. WSM and WSCR are clean here, ditto WGN/WBBM and WWL/WLS.

 

At least based on what's on RIGHT NOW (which can certainly change in a

day or a week), this barely impinges on any actual DX here. We'll see if

that remains the case as more stations sign on. I'm not looking forward

to my locals turning on 24/7 digital, in any case.

I hadn't heard our friend the Wobbler in a while, but there it is at 1241 AM EDT on 1100, wobblin' all over WTAM. Maybe that's why I can't hear them in digital?

 

9/18

I tried something different tonight - instead of sitting at home, I headed out and tried the dials from two different car radios. (Well, OK, I had to work, covering local primary races for WXXI.)

In any event, I traded the R8A/McKay Dymek DA-5 and the Sangean HDT-1 in

my shack for the factory Delco radio in WXXI's Chevy news van, and later on for the factory radio in my 2003 VW Jetta.

The initial DX "target," since the Red Sox were playing as I was driving around, was WTIC on 1080. In the van, there was a whistly hiss behind WTIC for much of my drive south from downtown Rochester, but not objectionable enough to prevent me from listening to the game. (There was more noise at several LED traffic lights I was stopped at.)

After the game ended (don't wanna talk about it!), I started dialing around, and found a few distinctly ugly parts of the dial. WJR/WABC created an ugly mess that stretches from the top side of the CHWO 740 signal, obscures WSB, makes WJR and WABC both hard to listen to in analog, and put some hiss over WBBM, which was quite strong tonight and mostly overcoming the noise.

WLW/WOR was bad news, too, with lots of noise making CINF essentially unlistenable and "mutual destruction" between WLW and a weak WOR as well. WGN wasn't very good, either, with lots of noise over it. CKAC on 730 was fairly listenable.

Driving home, I spent some time listening to my semi-local WYSL on 1040,

which runs 500 watts from 20 miles south of here, but enjoys - rather, enjoyed - a fairly quiet channel and a good pattern aimed north into Rochester. It was getting smashed up badly by WBZ hash, just as WYSL owner Bob Savage has long feared. KDKA was also getting hashed. And, interestingly, WBZ's analog signal has sounded downright lousy on the nights they've had the HD running. I'm listening to Steve LeVeille's talk show on 'BZ as I type this, back home with the Drake on, and the hash behind it, which I can only assume is WHO's sideband, keeps rising up and at points makes BZ unlistenable.

One more mess as I drove home was 1090, where WBAL was clobbered by the

double-whammy of WTIC below and WTAM above. WBBR on 1130 was also

getting whacked by WRVA noise.

Listening now (12:22 AM) on the Sangean, I'm getting no HD signals to decode except local WHAM. Not even WPHT 1210, which is very strong and stable here, is making the HD indicator flicker.

Disappointing, on many fronts...and one wonders how much worse it might get in, say, mid-December.

 

9/19

On the way back from a meeting east of Rochester tonight, I spent some

time assessing the interference situation and seeing if there was any DX

to be had underneath...and here's what it sounded like around 9 PM,

about 6 miles east of Rochester (Penfield NY) on the 2003 VW Jetta

factory radio:

 

670 WSCR clear, possible WWFE (or Cuba?) in Spanish underneath - no IBOC

from WFAN, thanks to the Mets game

690 CINF hashed into unlistenability

700 WLW clear

710 WOR clear but weak

720 WGN fairly clear, occasional hash as I drove

750 WSB severe hash

760 WJR very loud and clear

770 WABC **almost unlistenable under very heavy hash, presumably WJR's -

this is the worst it's been since night HD started**

800 CKLW clear

810 WGY clear

820 WWLZ/CHAM usual jumble - WGY IBOC off tonight?

890 WLS very clean - no WCBS IBOC during Yankees game

1020 KDKA moderate hash, not unlistenable though

1030 WBZ clean but weak

1040 WYSL under mild, but not unlistenable hash from WBZ - but also some

WHO audio underneath, which is rare here since WYSL went on the air at night

1070 CBA listenable but some mild hash

1080 WTIC clear with Red Sox game (grrr....)

1090 WBAL audible but minor WTIC/WTAM hash

1100 WTAM clear

1110 WBT weak, but probably a result of propagation, not hash

1120 KMOX weak but listenable, no hash

1200 WAGE-VA? - same sports talk as WBAL, surprisingly good over/under

hash from WPHT

1220 WHK weak under WPHT hash

1290 UnID - sports talk about C.C. Sabathia - who? (Not WHIO-OH, which

is doing Michael Savage at 9.) (this is next to super-local WHTK 1280,

which has IBOC by day but not yet at night.)

 

The real surprise tonight was just how bad WABC was under WJR. The

interplay between WABC and WJR has been extremely variable. Back home,

an hour later and about 5 miles west, and on the R8A instead of the car

radio, WABC is back to full quieting and WJR's taking noise.

 

 

 

Jay Heyl – Orlando, FL

Panasonic RF-2200

 

9/17

I've been hearing another almost-1kHz tone on 890kHz. The het seems to

be generated by a steady signal (carrier?) at about 890.98kHz. This

one is definitely NOT exactly on 891kHz.

Is anybody else hearing this? Or do I have a local pest?

 

9/22

I've been in Orlando over a year now and I've never sat down and done a complete day time MW band scan. I figured it was about time. So I started yesterday and spent another hour on it today. Today's session was cut short by approaching storms. (It's starting to look really nasty out.)

I see bandscans from some of you guys where you cover the whole MW band in one sitting. I don't know how you do it. It takes me hours to cover even half the band.

I'm not sure what exactly was up today, but I was getting S5 background noise across the entire band. Usually the background noise here doesn't even register on the S-meter. I didn't notice it yesterday. Hopefully it's just some freak atmospheric thing.

For this report I used my AR7030+ and Quantum QX Pro antenna. All times are UTC. 'p' following call sign means "presumed". LSB/USB indicated after frequency if used to avoid splatter.

 

22 September 2007

2133  610  WINTp  Mention of Ft. Lauderdale

2135  590U        SS Ranchero mx

2135  580  WDBO

2136  570L RR     News in SS

2137  560  WQAM   Baseball. Mets v Marlins.

2146  550U        Two men talking. Not legible.

2149  530L        SS mx. Faint. Heavy QRN.

2149  540  WFLF  

2150  620  WDAE   Sports talk about HSFB. Mention of "Tampa Catholic".

2153  630  WBMQ   Georgia Bulldogs Radio Network. Sports talk.

2155  640  WBLG   Mx. Dionne Warwick. Cyrkle, "Red Rubber Ball". Wildwood/The Villages.

2157  640         SS mx

2203  660  WORL   "News-talk, 6-60"

 

23 September 2007

1632  630  WBMQ   Heavy QRM. (Sounds like IBOC) "Jaguar's Radio Network". ID during promo.

1638  670         SS talk on top of SS mx. Both distant.

1645  680  WRMDp  SS pop mx

1649  690  WOKV   ID during traffic promo.

1654  710  WAQI   SS. Lasik ad. "Radio Mambi la Grande". ID in EE at TOH.

1700  720  WRZN   CNN News. "Sunny 7-20". ID coming out of news.

1706  730  WWTKp  EE talk. Dennis Prager.

1707  740  WQTM   Football. Bucs v Rams.

1711  760  WLCCp  SS ranchero mx

1714  790  WLBEp  Country mx. Two guys talking about mx.

1723  810  WEUS   "I'm Into Something Good"

1727  820U WMGGp  SS talk

1731  840  WPGS   "Just a Jigalo". Verified via internet feed.

1738  850  WRUFp  Sports talk. Football scores.

1740  860  WGULp  Financial talk. "Safe money talk radio"

1744  900  WMOPp  ESPN radio.

 

John Callarman – Krum, TX

Receiver, Antenna

 

9/17

At 10:30 p.m. CDT, I'm getting discernible IBOC hash only on 880, 900 and 1100. This leads me to believe that KMKI-620 and KRLD-1080 haven't turned on night-time IBOC. If WOAI-1200 is running IBOC, signals from 1190 and 1210 are overriding it ... and there is no strong, dominant station on either frequency. 

But my primary hobby thrusts currently are genealogy and writing for the weekly Krum Star, so I'm not as concerned, I guess, as I should be.

 

Phil Rafuse – Stratford, PEI

Drake R8 and LFE M601C or Radiosophy HD100

 

9/2

I hooked my HD100 up to the LF engineering antenna, using a spare

ericson engineering 50 ohm to 500 ohm balun/unun.  The 500 ohm isolated

section goes to the push terminals on the back of the Hd100 and the

coax goes to the 50.  Works very well - the HD100 is pretty hot on AM!

pulls in 1030 WBZ, 850 WEEI and 680 WRKO quite decent here, even at mid

day.  Listening to WBZ right now.

I guess you could say my shack is IBOC ready.

 

9/8

1620 WTAW College Station TX "10,000 watts of news and information,

WTAW".

The HD100 is one hot little MWDX puppy!

 

9/14

No lock, but some blue light flashers: 710 WOR, 1100 WTAM, 1210 WPHT. 

No flashing blue light on WBZ, WFAN, WCBS, WABC etc.  Using the HD100

for this.

Did a quick bandscan with the NC-173 - WOR definately mushing up WLW and WPHT messing 1200 and 1220.  But at this distance, its pretty subtle.  Tried the R-390A - the fuzz was very noticeable on 16 and 8 KC BW, gone on 4 and 2.  Suspect R-390A prices will skyrocket.

Tried the Drake R8 - it fights the fuzz better than the NC-173 but nothing compared to the R-390A.

The happy news for those who don't want to lift 75 lbs - the HD100 ights the fuzz about as well as the R-390A!

 

9/15

Here is a dragon breath DX survey tonight in PEI:

 

660 WFAN NYC NY very strong analogue signal, flashing blue light, almost locked once but hasn't actually done it so far. pretty good neighbour - not trashing 650 or 670.

700 WLW - getting some flashing blue light when its signal fades in.710 WOR NYC NY very strong analogue signal, no lock, lots of flashing blue light.  Hissing up 700 WLW and 720 WGN.  But honestly, I can still hear both of those stations under the WOR hiss. Neither WLW or WGN ever hammers in here.

760 WJR - lots of flashing blue light when they fade in strong.  when they fade out, lots of hiss from...

770 WABC - lots of flashing blue light.  Hisses up WJR nicely when WJR fades. WABC at times trashes 780 CFDR which has a strong signal here day and night.

810 WGY - flashing blue light when they fade up

840 WHAS - flashing blue light when they fade up

890 WAMG - occassional flashing blue light - suspected WLS in background

1080 WTIC - flashing blue light.  Trashes 50KW near local 1070 CBA.  But it seems to be a rough night for CBA at the moment as I just logged 1070 CHOK Sarnia ON with C&W- confirmed by listening on line to compare  First time!  Proof you can still DX through IBOC dragon breath.

1100 WTAM - flashing blue light.  Trashing WBT.

1120 KMOX - flashing blue light.  Nice jazz!

1180 WHAM - flashing blue light and whamming WWVA big time with dragon breath.

1210 WPHT - flashing blue light - not bothering CFGO at all but dragon breath all over 1220.

1500 WTWP - very occasional flashing blue light - suspect a co-channel

1510 WWZN - very occasional flashing blue light - once again, I suspect another station on 1510

Flash update - on 660 WFAN just got their callsign on the display - maybe they will be my first lock???

 

9/19

Here is the PEI IBOC report for tonight - Sept 19/07 at approx

midnight ADT.  Drake R8 with LF Eng M-601C:

 

650 HISS nothing underneath

660 WFAN

670 WSCR with background hiss [rare treat to get WSCR, as normally

its our Cuban friends coming in to PEI]

700 HISS nothing underneath

710 WOR with a powerful 1KHz het

720 WGN with a growl underneath - reminds me of the Montreal versus

Toronto battle for 1610

730 CKAC clear as a bell

750 CBGY fading up and down slowly with hiss noted on fade downs

760 WJR with strong background hiss - at times the hiss wipes out WJR

770 WABC with slight background hiss

780 CFDR rising and falling over hiss

800 VOWR with hiss

810 WGY

820 Unid - the hiss is strong enough I can't for the life of me ID

anything

870 jumble no hiss

880 WCBS - my HD100 suggests they are not running IBOC at the moment

890 jumble with strong het, no hiss

1020 KDKA almost buried in hiss

1030 WBZ slight background hiss

1040 garbled jumble with hiss

1070 CBA with strong hiss

1080 WTIC

1090 WBAL with hiss and het

 Enough for tonight - its too late

 

9/25

1630 KKGM Fort W0rth TX playing gospel music then into a spoken ID

***NEW!***

I was trying for my usual favourite X-Band station, 1630 KCJJ.

Also, 555 ZIZ in St. Kitts is pounding in tonight.

 

9/30

Just tried 1181 KHz on the newly refurbished Drake R8 and the 1KHz het

is there, but yikes, its weak.

 

Bob Wilkner – Pompano Beach, FL

NRD 535 and antenna

 

22 September 2007  Florida DX

Jamaica 0600 to 0620  slow female alto vocal  on the parallel frequencies of

550 RJR Llandilo ,580 RJR Baileys Vale, 700 RJR Hague, 720 RJR Innswood and finally 770 RJR Grove Place which seems the most difficult. First time for the 770 kHz log.

 

US Virgin Islands [DWI] 1620  St. Croix  Frederiksted 0550 to 0600 with long ID as US Virgin Islands...broadcasting in FM simocast. "We are in St. Croix in the Virgin Islands." 

 

Mexico  1000 Radio Mil  0530 to 0540 with constant ID's "..transmite Radio Mil" // 6010  

 

Brent Taylor – Stratford PEI

Sony 7600GR

 

9/16

I did a cursory dial scan last night, and a more detailed one tonight.

Last night's was at around 10 o'clock PDT. I expected to find more than I

did. I didn't listen to KFBK itself, but heard no his around it.

I heard no hash from KEX, but read today that they started it at midnight.

(Guess they hadn't reset the timer from Thursday night.)

 

9/29

Brent Taylor asked me to relay his info and loggings from Miscou. I

guess you could say that this is the work of the MRRL [Maritime Radio

Relay League]:

Antenna is working great @ sunset.  Full ID from Algeria Chaine 1 on

 702, and lots of Spaniards as usual.

Might be a good African night with the K-index so jumpy.

 

The antenna that Brent refers to is a EWE, which I sometimes refer to

as a sheep antenna.  I am looking forward to getting some sheep

antenna experience by helping him put something up at his QTH -

likely a EWE with the null pointed towards the IBOC ladden USA NE.

 

Don Kaskey – San Francisco, CA

Drake R-8 and Kiwa Loop

 

9/16

Just did a band scan 2315-2330 PDT 9/16/07 from San Francisco CA....

Only IBOC/HD stations causing any problems here are my three locals,

810-KGO, 910-KNEW & 1050-KTCT + 1160 KSL.  My 3 locals obliterate

adjacent frequencies entirely but 2nd adjacent are received with no

problem (or hiss).  KSL now might be in for trouble.  Their IBOC is most

definitely interfering with semi-local KLOK's signal.  S.F. is

considered in KLOKs listening area.  KSLs hiss really cuts into KLOKs

signal.  Doesn't bother 1150 as much, altho the hiss is there.

 

Neither KEX-1190 or KFBK-1530 seemed to have their IBOC on at the time I

listened as adjacent frequencies were in very well with no hiss noted.

This was not the case last night.  1080 still has a hiss below

Portland/Santa Cruz but not a bad one.

Could be (and may be) worse.

 

John Sampson – Bozeman, MT

YB-400

 

9/21

We've been visiting in Bozeman, Montana, and have been here since nighttime

IBOC started.  Finally had a chance to try

the radio (YB400) last nite.  Was surprised that only KSL seemed to have

dominent digihash but it was surely dominent!. 

KSL's hash completely obiterated 1150 and 1170 early in the evening.  Given

that, I have to wonder on the digihash's

impact on some of the closer-by stations on 1150 (in particular, Shelby,

Mont.).  Would also be interesting to see if KSL

impacts the LA 1150 station in its fringe.  To paraphrase a song in the

play "Avenue Q":  IBOC Sucks!

 

 

Tim Hall – Chula Vista, CA

Sony 2010

 

9/17

Noted local KOGO-600 running IBOC when I tuned in 20-30 minutes before sunrise this morning.  Not sure if they had it on all night.  Will try to remember to check tonight... 

 

9/20

KFBK-1530 did not seem to be running IBOC tonight.

KMIK-1580 was running IBOC and completely ruining 1570 and 1590 (which their sloppy signal used to do before IBOC, but still...).

KHTK-1140 seemed to be running it the first time I checked, but not later on?

 

Powell E. Way  III –Silverstreet, SC

CCRadio

 

9/7

HSFB

590 WCAB Rutherfordton, NC  

610 WFNZ  Charlotte, NC 

640 WFNC  Fayetteville, NC

1550 WBSC Bennettsville, SC

For sure WFNZ was not on night pattern as the night pattern throws NOTHING my way. At night it doesn't come close to making it to the NC/ SC border. Signal

was very strong.

WFNC was good and strong tonight. They have 1000 watts night non DA. Not necessary to cheat. It may be they were on night power.

WCAB has a couple hundred watts at night. I heard another station also doing FB, but they might actually be on correct power. The low power for them gets out

well at night.

WBSC um well, maybe on DA pattern and night power but the DA has been messed up for some time. It's for saleand fairly cheap. No SS station blasting in made this possible.

 

9/15

Got HD PSD on WTAM only.

WLAC is decoding most of the time. WTWP very strong, but not running HD I think.  WCKY is carrying a football game and is NOT carrying it.

 

Albert Lehr - Livermore, CA

Allied A-2515 receiver, Two 8x35x11 ft. Ewe antennas at 218 and 293 degrees 6 ft. outdoor loop

 

9/12

630 KIDD Monterey, CA is usually around 629.997 kHz.This morning 09/12/07 at 1030 PDT / 1730 UTC, I measured them as 630.00000 kHz.  By 1117/1817 they had returned to 629.99712.  Possibly KIDD was testing an IBOC exciter

without actually using IBOC.

1140 KHTK Sacramento, CA was on 1140.00000 kHz in late August.  I didn't hear them using IBOC, but I hope they tried it and didn't like it.  After about a week they returned to their usual frequency of about 1139.998 kHz. These days, finding a station operating precisely on their assigned frequency can be bad news for DXers.

 

Murray Lycan – 108 Mile Ranch, BC

Kenwood TS950 SDX, 1/4 wave vertical

 

My location called 108 Mile Ranch is about 300 miles northeast of

Vancouver in central B.C. I am on the south Cariboo plateau at an

elevation of 3127 feet. Antennas used are an elevated 1/4 wave 7MHz

vertical (Steppir) with 14 radials and a 283-foot horizontal delta

loop at 80 feet high sloping toward the southeast. The vertical

usually delivers the stronger signal. Radio is a Kenwood TS-950SDX.

This is not a complete bandscan, but all I've had time for right now.

Quite time consuming to do the whole band! I wanted to do a complete

one since there seems to be none from the west coast. I'll keep

working....

The dates and times in this report are ELT (Eastern Local Time) which

means UTC-4. The date format is month/day.

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540    CBK  SK  Regina  9-4 0245.   

550    KARI  WA  Blaine  9-3 2234.   

560    KPQ  WA  Wenatchee  9-3 2236.   

570    CKWL  BC  Williams Lake  9-3 2239.   

570    KVI  WA  Seattle  9-4 2223.   

580    CKUA  AB  Edmonton  9-7 0656.  postiive callsign ID; DJ Bob

talking about moose and wildlife: "On the Road Home"; interesting:

only audible on loop...vertical had KIDO 

580    CKXR  Salmon Arm, B.C  9-4 1901.    

580    KIDO  ID  Nampa  9-7 0641.  KIDO ID; medical show; weather: 85

deg high; currently 61 deg in downtown Boise; VOIP telephone reliable?

by Kim Komando 

580    KMJ  Fresno,  CA  9-3 2306.  Weak but solid confirmation with

call; lots on frequency 

590    KQNT  WA  Spokane  9-4 2234.  Dave Ramsay talk show 

590    KUGN  OR  Eugene  9-3 2250.  Clark Howard talk show; National

Fatherhood initiative ad; Poverty Line ad 

600    CJWW  SK  Saskatoon  9-7 0506.  Weather around Saskatchewan;

CKBD fading over; country music 

600    CKBD  Vancouver, B.C  9-3 2308.   

610    CHNL  BC  Kamloops  9-4 1906.   

620    KPOJ  OR  Portland  9-3 2315.  Talk show (Air America??) 

630    CHED  AB  Edmonton  9-4 0404.  630 CHED news 

640    KFI  CA  Los Angeles  9-3 2320.   

650    CISL  Richmond, B.C  9-3 2324.   

660    CFFR  AB  Calgary  9-3 2326.   

670    KBOI  ID  Boise  9-3 2327.   

680    KNBR  CA  San Francisco  9-3 2327.   

690    CBU  Vancouver, B.C  9-3 2333.   

710    KIRO  WA  Seattle  9-3 2333.    

720    WGN  IL  Chicago  9-4 2257.   

730    CHMJ  Vancouver, B.C  9-3 2334.   

740    CBX  AB  Edmonton  9-4 0251.   

750    KXL  OR  Portland  9-3 2334.   

770    CHQR  AB  Calgary  9-4 2301.  News 

780    KKOH  NV  Reno  9-4 2304.  News; 58 deg; "Top 78 KOH"; Mark

Levin talk show 

780    WBBM  IL  Chicago  9-4 2311.  Newsradio 

790    CFCW  AB  Camrose  9-4 0345.  CFCW ID; C&W music 

790    KGMI  WA  Bellingham  9-4 2322.  Clark Howard show; positive ID

by call 

790    KJRB  WA  Spokane  9-4 2314.  Spokane/Yakima game (baseball?)

800    CHAB  SK  Moose Jaw  9-4 2357.  800 CHAB ID; old pop hits;

Suspicious Minds-Elvis; Greatest hits of all time; Rock Me-Andy Kim 

800    CKOR  Penticton, B.C  9-7 0823.  Safeway ad; heavy

fading....almost gone due to sunrise but no other station audible;

George Michael song "coming up" 

800    KPDQ  OR  Portland  9-4 0001.   

810    KGO  CA  San Franscisco  9-3 2343.   

820    KGNW  WA  Burien-Seattle  9-3 2344.   

840    CKBX  BC  100 Mile House  9-3 2345.    

850    KOA  CO  Denver  9-4 0005.   

860    CFPR  Prince Rupert, B.C  9-4 0349.  CBC Pacific; parallel with

CBU 690 

860    KPAM  OR  Troutdale  9-3 2352.  Neal Boortz talk show 

870    KFLD  WA  Pasco  9-7 0733.  Securing borders against

immigration; man talking; tough copy 

870    WWL  LA  New Orleans  9-4 0352.  Coast to Coast; positive WWL

ID at 0900Z 

880    CHQT  AB  Edmonton  9-4 0254.  Cool 880 ID 

880    KIXI  WA  Mercer Island  9-4 2350.  Big mixup of stations;

definite call ID many times; Tennessee Ernie Ford: 16 Tons 

890    CJDC  Dawson Creek, B.C  9-5 0000.   

900    CKBI  SK  Prince Albert  9-5 0003.  900 CKBI; Somebody Must

Have Done You Wrong; C&W 

900    CKMO  Victoria, B.C  9-3 2354.   

910    CKDQ  AB  Drumheller  9-4 0013.    

920    KXLY  WA  Spokane  9-7 0729.  Les Schwab ad; Valley Honda

Spokane ad; commuter's traffic report; weather: 75 deg high 

940    CJGX  SK  Yorkton  9-5 0014.  Country station; GX 94 

950    KJR  WA  Seattle  9-4 0300.   

960    CFAC  AB  Calgary  9-7 0725.  The Bay ad; Bob Weeks ad: Best in

World of Golf 

970    KBUL  MT  Billings  9-4 0307.  Fox Newsradio; CW song; Coast to

Coast 

970    KTTO  WA  Spokane  9-7 0829.  religious talk show; Walmart ad;

Victims of Abuse ad (National Sheriff's Association); two stations

heavily combining....these details confused?; Word of God; life and

spirituality of Mother Theresa

980    CJME  SK  Regina  9-7 0525.  Charles Adler talk show; used loop

to get signal over CKNW

980    CKNW  BC  New Westminster  9-4 0309.   

990    CBW  MB  Winnipeg  9-4 0017.   

1000   KOMO  WA  Seattle  9-4 0018.   

1010   CBR  AB  Calgary  9-4 0018.   

1020   KCKN  NM  Roswell  9-7 0530.  Positive callsign ID: KCKN,

Roswell, NM; pop music; 

1020   KWIQ  WA  Moses Lake  9-7 0838.  ESPN radio; fishing story

(Fishing Magician); KKRT.com; Barry Chevrolet; ESPN radio 1020 

1030   KTWO  WY  Casper  9-4 0020.   

1040   CKST  Vancouver, B.C  9-4 0022.   

1060   CKMX  AB  Calgary  9-4 0023.   

1070   CFAX  Victoria, B.C  9-4 0025.   

1070   KNX  CA  Los Angeles  9-5 0025.  News; much interference from CFAX

1080   KFXX  OR  Portland  9-4 0447.  Parallel with KKSN 1390kHz 

1080   KVNI  ID  Coeur d?Alene  9-4 0449.  Mighty 1080; oldies format;

continuous music 

1090   XEPRS  BC  Tijuana  9-5 0039.  Sports game (Padres baseball?)

1090   KYCW  WA  Seattle  9-5 0031.  Ad about hypnosis; XEPRS in

background; Randy Rob show ad; Seattle's progressive talk AM 1090 

1100   KFAX  CA  San Francisco  9-7 0814.  1-866-500-7273 (parenting

talk show); Jim Burns: Mentoring Kids (Homeward); religious programming  (

1110   KBND  OR  Bend  9-7 0811.  KBND morning news; Cougars home

game; Day in History (first use of submarine in warfare) 

1120   KPNW  OR  Eugene  9-4 0032.  FOX Newsradio 

1130   CKWX  Vancouver, B.C  9-4 0029.   

1140   CHRB  AB  High River  9-5 0043.  AM 1140; country music 

1160   KSL  UT  Salt Lake City  9-4 0031.   

1170   KPUG  WA  Bellingham  9-4 0038.   

1180   KOFI  MT  Kalispell  9-7 0806.  Diabetes ad; Alley Connection

restaurant in Kalispell ad 

1190   KEX  OR  Portland  9-4 0041.   

1200   CJRJ  BC  Vancouver  9-4 0042.  Punjabi programming 

1210   KWMG  WA  Auburn  9-7 0851.  Spanish language songs; Spanish

language man talking 

1250   KKDZ  WA  Seattle  9-4 0429.  Radio Disney 

1260   CFRN  AB  Edmonton  9-4 0317.  Team 1260 

1270   KTFI  ID  Twin Falls  9-4 0431.  Supertalk KTFI 

1280   KIT  WA  Yakima  9-4 0434.  Newstalk 1280 KIT 

1300   KKOL  WA  Seattle  9-4 1921.   

1320   CHMB  Vancouver, B.C  9-4 0045. 

1330   CJYM  SK  Rosetown  9-4 0436.  CJYM Classic Hits

1340   CINL  BC  Ashcroft  9-4 1922.  Parallel with CHNL @ 610kHz 

1350   KSRO  CA  Santa Rosa  9-7 0757.  Weather; Clark Howard piece

(Sun Rockets, Magic Jack); Pontiac Goodwrench ad; Verizon Wireless ad;

Sole Desire ad (Ug brand); Newstalk 1350 KSRO 

1380   KRKO  WA  Everett  9-4 0322.  ESPN radio 

1390   KKSN  OR  Salem  9-4 0444.  ESPN radio; parallel with KFXX 1080

kHz 

1400   CHNL  BC  Clearwater  9-4 1927.  Parallel with CHNL @ 610kHz 

1410   CFUN  Vancouver, B.C  9-4 0049.   

1420   KITI  WA  Chehalis  9-4 0051.  

1430   KYKN  OR  Keizer  9-7 0549.  Newstalk 1430, KYKN; Town &

Country Lanes bowling ad; Advice Line-1-800-866-8883 

1460   KARR  WA  Kirkland  9-7 0600.  religious music; no positive ID;

Family radio 

1460   KUTI  WA  Yakima  9-7 0559.  Willie Nelson-Always on my Mind;

KUTI ID at top of hour; CBS News; 

1470   CJVB  Vancouver, B.C  9-4 0052.   

1480   KBMS  WA  Vancouver  9-4 0453.  Solid KBMS ID; R&B music 

1510   KGA  WA  Spokane  9-4 0057.   

1520   KGDD  OR  Oregon City  9-4 0059.  Mexican programming 

1530   KFBK  CA  Sacramento  9-4 0326.  Coast to Coast 

1550   KRPI  WA  Ferndale  9-4 1936.  Punjabi 

1560   KZIZ  WA  Sumner  9-4 1950.  NOT positive ID.....some guessing

here based on format. Black popular music. No ID even at 6:00 p.m.

local time.

1590   KLFE  WA  Seattle  9-4 0329.  Dr. Laura 

1600   KVRI  WA  Blaine  9-4 1946.  Ethnic 

1620   KYIZ  WA  Renton  9-4 1949.   

1680   KDOW  WA  Seattle  9-4 0334.  Spanish programming 

1690   KFSG  CA  Roseville  9-4 0336.  Spanish programming 

1700   None  CA  San Diego  9-4 0339.  Lars Larson talk show; San Diego 1700 AM

 

The Whole Earth

 

Jerry Lenamon – Waco, TX

Drake R-8B and Sloper

 

9/17

Pakistan, a country I seldom hear on SW was audible after dark last night, listed in Urdu to SE Asia, on 11580 after 0100z.  With the equinox approaching, the grayline is good for North America to Asia. Urdu, I think, is native to Pakistan and Afghanistan. Perhaps a broadcast to SE Asia is for expats or workers abroad. In any case, NA is off the back of the beam so even less power directed our way.

 

9/22

This morning (22 Sep) I logged three Australian MW stations, one from Hawaii and a presumed MW logging from N Korea. Very little atmospheric  noise this morning in Waco.

Hah, had you there.

Technically 120m is MW, although most of us wouldn't consider them in the same class. But, for those of us out in the middle, it's probably the only way

we'll hear Trans Pacific MW.

ABC NT 2310 Alice Springs at 1145z

ABC NT 2325 Tennant Creek at  1145z

ABC NT 2485 Katherine at 1145z

All three stations carried the same program but Alice and Tennant lagged by (maybe) a quarter second.

Hawaii of course was WWVH on 2500. I wonder how much their coverage area is improved owing to the fact that the WWV carrier suppresses atmospheric

noise leaving WWVH in the clear.

 

North Korea on 2625.2 at 1135z is presumed, all I could really hear was a wobbling carrier. I'll bet the program sounded really bad.

 

Glenn Hauser – Enid, OK

Yaesu FRG 7

 

** CUBA. RHC, 13680, out of whack again Sept 4 at 1320, putting out several

spurs, consisting of whine of medium pitch and slightly varying with modulation

also audible; somewhat distorted on fundamental, and extremely distorted on

spurs, which extended almost 5 kHz plus and minus from: 13771, 13728, 13634,

13589, 13540, which are respectively these offsets: +91, +48, -46, -91, -140

kHz. Pinning them down is difficult, so rounding off the closer ones to 47

would make a nice match, but double of that would be 94, not 91. Plus 140 was

probably there too but, guess what, buried in jamming against R. Martí ---

could this problem be involved with the 13820 jamming transmitter, anyway? I

did not hear the roaring jamming sounds on the RHC spurs, however

** DOMINICAN REPUBLIC. Almost nightly I tune around 49m in the 0500-0600

period, but Sept 6 is the first time I find 6025 active at that hour: after

lite gospel music, 0600 full ID as ``La emisora predilecta de la República

Dominicana, Radio Amanecer Internacional``. Also slogan in Spanish along the

lines of ``we love everyone, even those who don`t share our views``. Fair

signal; before 0600 it was tightly squeezed between CRI 6020 and Martí 6030, so better after CRI off and one could side-tune down a bit

** GUATEMALA. R. Verdad, 4052.5, usually audible here; noted Sept 4 at 0545,

playing choral hymn with considerable distortion

** GUIANA FRENCH. After a 3-week + 2-day-weekend summer vacation, TDF DRM is back, buzz heard again Monday Sept 3 at 1413 on 17870-17875-17880. But it was gone again on Tue Sept 4 at several chex, 1405, 1428, 1630, 1730. If I were a fan of these transmissions I would be getting pretty exasperated. But the more misses, the more chances for analog stations such as Libya to be heard. DRM back on again already at 1358 check Sept 6

** INDONESIA. Tuning 60m a bit earlier than I usually do, around 1230 UT Sept

6, pleased to find several RRI outlets audible. Best without any interference

was 4605; also 4790 with CODAR QRM; 4870 with bonker QRM; 4750 and 4920 both with co-channel broadcast QRM, probably China. Each had different programming, some music, some talk

** U S A [non]. Another semihour we can forget about hearing XEXQ, 6045, even

if it is on: 0500-0530. VOA São Tomé noted signing off after Hausa, Sept 5 at

0530

** VENEZUELA [non]. I noted that it was on the air Saturday Sept 1; however, on

Sunday Sept 2 at 1915, 15290 was missing. Aló, Presidente was still running on

11875, so that would be because of transmitter availability and/or

non-competition with another Venezuelan service. However2, rechecking both

frequencies at 1957, 15290 was on wrapping up RNV CI service, and 11875 was

off, so they made the switch sometime in the interim

** AFGHANISTAN [non]. R. Solh, via UK, had not been audible for a couple of

weeks, but propagation is improving a bit. In fact, Saturday Sept 8 from before

1400 past 1600, 17700 was fairly audible here with almost continuous music, and

also on Sept 9 

** ALASKA. Besides Schickele Mix, another real fun radio show is on the way

out. I think produxion ceased several years ago, and indeed its home station

WVXU no longer exists as an independent entity, but a few stations have still

been running RIDERS RADIO THEATRE, a weekly semihour of humourous skits, faux-radio drama, and cowboy songs that your commercial country station would not be caught dead playing.

See previous item in DXLD 6-011. 21 months later, Publicradiofan.com now has

only three airings, not including the one we just heard UT Sat Sept 8 at

0230-0300 on KCHU 770 Valdez but whose stream is unfortunately only 16 kbps.

WVRU still has RRT on their schedule Sat 1200 UT, followed by the companion

show COW PIE RADIO, neither confirmed as scheduling and webcasting from this station have been unreliable in the past. PRF also has it Sat 1330 on KGLP, but it is not on their grid now, and webcasting is still suspended. Nor does it now

show on the KSUT grid at the same time. Anyhow, we know it is still running on

KCHU (na zdar!) Friday nights. And the Riders are still plenty busy touring;

catch them in person if you can. Also have, of course a blog via

http://www.ridersinthesky.com

** GERMANY [non]. DW via RWANDA, Sept 7 at 2130 on 15205 with usual excellent signal which could be mistaken for a NAm instead of a WAf service, magazine show of several stories, including problems of Turkish Moslems in Germany and Moroccans in Netherlands; Jews in Berlin, the ``most cosmopolitical city``, then chopped off at 2157 sharp before show was over. This is no mistake, but built into the system. The question is, why don`t they match the program lengths to the transmitter availability?

** LAOS [non]. Reconfirmed Hmong Lao Radio running on 11785, Sunday Sept 9

until 1359 WHRI ID, but for some reason retuned at 1404, and heard more Hmong!

Just in time for ID in passing as Hmong World Christian Radio, with St. Paul

address, website. This is still missing from the WHR online schedule, just

showing it as Tue & Thu 12-13 on 12135, which is KWHR. So the additional Hmong presumably runs another hour at least on Sunday mornings until 1500. Unless you understand Hmong, this one is also worth listening to for the exotic music

** MEXICO. XERTA, 4810 missing around 0530 check Sept 9. Thierry Fricot in the DF explains why, forwarding a bulletin from XE1RCS wherein the station says they are off for 30-60 days as they are replacing their antenna. Now, is the

blob of noise on the high side of 4810 gone with it?

** SOUTH AFRICA. Must be Channel Africa, as scheduled in English during this

hour on 17770, but Sept 7 at 1427 found open carrier only, 1428 off, 1429 back

on for a few sex with English talk, off again

** AFGHANISTAN [non]. Sept 13 at 1325 good signal with Qur`an on 15680, then lecture in non-Arabic; 1330 audio cut off in mid-word, but carrier on until

almost 1335. Per Aoki this is R. Free Afghanistan, via Sri Lanka, scheduled in

Pashto until 1330. So the USG is promoting Islam to the exclusion of other

religions? Afghanistan is as we know, destined to become a Korean-Christian

country

** ALBANIA [and non]. R. Tirana, 13750, with usual deep fades into the TVI, but

readable at peaks in between, Sept 13 at 1315. Now has slight QRM from Cuba`s new 13760, but more QRM from something on 13745, which is supposedly Rwanda, active only on Fri and Sat until 1315, but this was Thursday. Tirana did not go off until 1331 after another program had started

** BIAFRA [non]. One biweek later, just in case, checked again the scheduled

other time for V. of Biafra International, Wed 1915-1945 on WHRA 13710 --- no,

from 1925 to 1932, just the usual WHR gospel fill music and ID. Is it still on

the imaginary schedule? Yes, on WHR website, by searching on VOBI in specific

program criteria, there it is, and also still showing wrong frequency for the

non-imaginary Friday broadcast at 20-21 on WHRI, really 15665, not 17650

** CUBA. Ah, another day, another transmission problem. Sept 10 at 1426, I

found the very strong RHC transmitter on 13680 also putting out spurious audio,

but this time without great distortion or additional noises. First noticed on

13760.0, RHC Spanish audio but under-modulated, and other audio underneath, CRI English, same as relay on 13740. Then same found, but much weaker, on 13720.0.

No other such spurs found below 13680 or above 13760. These do not follow the

usual leapfrog pattern, so who knows how they come about. Heard on both the

FRG-7 with external antenna and the YB-400 with internal antenna.

Rechecked at 2125 the situation becomes clearer, as undermodulated RHC Spanish // 9550 is still, or more likely again, on 13760, but only on 13760, no 13680 or any other frequency on the band. So that means 13760 is a new deliberate frequency, and 13720 heard earlier was a leapfrog mixing product over 13740 CRI relay. During the hours RHC is using it, the main other occupant of 13760 is Voice of Korea: Commies vs Commies!

Another check, Sept 11 at 1351: 13760 with RHC as before, and also on weaker

13720, a leapfrog over 13740 CRI relay which is only in open-carrier warmup at

this time, so nothing but RHC audio on 13720. This time with another receiver I

compared audio on 13680, and there was an echo between them, proving that 13760 and 13680 are at two different sites.

Another2 check of RHC`s new 13760, Sept 12 at 1402: it and the mixing product

on 13720 were audible again during frequency announcement, to which 13760 has indeed been added, but 9600 has not been removed, despite our pointing out that it goes off reliably over an hour earlier, at 1300. Also plugged upcoming Mesa Redonda this date at 2230 on 9820 and 6000 about --- guess what? ``Los 5 Héroes``!! Now what would Cuba do if it caught 5 Americans, especially gusanos, spying inside Cuba? Don`t ask! (

** DOMINICAN REPUBLIC. R. Amanecer Internacional was on late again Sept 13, on 6025, noted at 0620 with lite gospel music, 0622 talk in Spanish about sunlight taking 8 minutes to get here, and then incidence of skin cancer: Adventist obsession with health matters

** GERMANY [non]. Noticed DW in // on 17800 and much weaker 17770, Sept 13 at 1335, but a slight reverb between them due to different sites. Per Aoki this is Hausa, via Rwanda and Portugal, respectively:

17770 DEUTSCHE WELLE 1300-1357 1234567 Hausa 500 150 Sines POR 

17800 DEUTSCHE WELLE 1300-1400 1234567 Hausa 250 310 Kigali RRW

** MEXICO. Traces of XEYU again after missing for a week or two, Sept 13 at

1340, very weak carrier and traces of audio on 9599.3

** RUSSIA. VOR`s service to Asia in English is again becoming audible here way

off the back in the 1400 UT hour, best on 15605, and also // 15660. Per HFCC,

both are Moscow site; 15605 is 500 kW at 115 degrees, while 15660 is 250 kW at 100 degrees.

Monday Sept 10 until 1458 we were enjoying a program of old Russian 78 rpm

records (or 80?), but if there was an outro before the QSY announcement, we

didn`t catch it. So what show was it? Going to the website http://www.ruvr.ru

and clicking on English in the drop-down, we then find Guide to Programs

http://ruvr.ru/main.php?lng=eng&e=122&p= -- which gives a list of programs, but no times or frequencies!

Counter-intuitively, you have to go to Frequencies, http://ruvr.ru/main.php?lng=eng&e=152&p= eventually to reach further linx for the programming during each hour to each target area, clicking on Full Schedule (1400 and others no doubt duplicated, also to Eu and ME in this case).

So we get to Asia, Monday, and what do we find? The column of times does not

line up with the column of program titles. As we go down the page, they are

increasingly misaligned. Re-sizing or switching from Firefox to IE does not

help either; thus it must be built into their new php webpage. Geez! Starting

at the bottom and trying to follow which title goes with which semi-hour

segment somewhat higher, we think this must have been: ``Our Homeland``. But is that a musical show? Back to Guide to Programs:

``- Focuses on the old, new and latest history of Russia, its prominent and

ordinary citizens, both children and adults, this country’s political,

scientific and cultural life of the past and present. The program is an

addition to our regular feature THIS IS RUSSIA.``

Nothing musical mentioned there; maybe what we heard was fill afterwards, but

there must have been at least 10 minutes of it. Several music shows are on the

list; maybe it was Folk Box, from the type of music we were hearing, but no

sign of that anywhere nearby on the program schedule.

So VOR has this extensively detailed website, but it fails to convey accurate

info when we need it. And/or, the programmers fail to follow the published

schedule. Furthermore, all the times given are wrong, ignoring news on the hour

and half-hour.

More problems: we see typos in the program schedule, such as ``03.00-30.30``

repeated six times except Sunday when the out time is 04.00. Altho the schedule

is certainly in UT, this is not specified on the individual target area pages,

and the Listen Live spot at the upper right displays times of UT+4 as being

current, so that must be local Moscow time!

** VENEZUELA [non]. Checking RNV Sunday Sept 9 at 1905 via CUBA: unlike last week, RNV CI was underway as usual on 15290. Nothing audible on 17705, which Adán Mur in Paraguay, Conexión Digital, had reported at 1945 in mid-August. I wonder if the time was an hour off, as 17705 is normally used for the 20-21 UT transmission. Also, unlike previous weeks, the separate `Alo, Presidente` service was still running at 1905 on 11670, 11875 and 17750, but not on 13680. Thus I suspect the 13680 transmitter, if it was really on earlier, did not

check, is the one taken out of that for the regular RNV CI service to start at

1900 on 15290. A double-dose of Bolivarianism. Thank you, Habana!

** WESTERN SAHARA [non]. R. Nacional de la RASD, 6300, Sept 13 at 0603 with Qur`an, but sounding quite distinctive from the mainstream Arabic version; 0612 a bit of music, and then a brief lecture; no sign of RHC mixing product tho

6060 and 6180 were both on; perhaps 6060 was too weak to make the leapfrog at the moment. SINPO 35333

** FRANCE [non]. As TDF continues its DRM tests on 17870-17875-17880 via Guiana French, M-F nominally from 1300, but sometimes not on until 1400, if at all, I wonder whether the RFI English broadcast at 1400 is ever put on this

transmitter? Or the one at 1600? I have never seen this reported by the few who

do have DRM receivers. If they did that, it might prompt North Americans to

make a bit more effort to decode it. But that would of course entail RFI

actually admitting that more in NAm understand English than French. They have

at least availablized the 1400 broadcast via the WRN NAm service, which is

entirely in English

** GABON. Afropop music distraxion, 17660, good signal on peaks but somewhat distorted with some deep fades, Sept 14 at 1358. During a brief pause I could hear something else underneath. Could Sawt al-Amal be back? Nothing else listed but NHK Yamata at 305 degrees. No sign of ANU 17630 or 19160

** LAOS [non]. Confirmed another hour of Hmong on WHRI, 11785, Sat Sept 15 at 1400, presumably Hmong World Christian Radio, the ID I heard on Sundays, both Sept 9 and 16

** MEXICO. XEYU, Radio UNAM: Besides the weak carrier I found at 1340 Sept 13, also heard much better at 1341 Sept 14 on 9599.2, Spanish discussion of state, federal and city politix. S9 +18 or SINPO 34443. Still needs more modulation but readable. Then at 0552 Sept 15 on 9599.2, good modulation in classical music, and signal stronger than JOZ3 on 9595

** RUSSIA. SW Asian music, with some buzz on 15510, Sept 14 at 1334. Thought it might be another motorboating transmitter, but with BFO on, the carrier was stable, so the buzz was only on the modulation. This is listed as VOR, Samara site in Pashto/Dari

** AFGHANISTAN [non]. More evidence that R. Solh, 17700 via UK, is playing

exactly the same program every day: Some days before, we had noticed the CD

skipping during music at 1346 UT, and exactly the same thing happened on Sept

19 and Sept 20. Altho we still haven`t found a new time for the old ``Solh

theme``, we enjoy especially the call-and-response tune at 1416 and the one

which follows at 1421, Sept 19 and presumably every day. Reception has

equinoxially improved lately

** ALBANIA. R. Tirana coming in well on 13750, Sept 18 at 1301, but in Albanian

instead of English! 1315 abruptly switched to English with ID, 1317 music.

Drita Çiço explains: ``Glenn, this was because of blocked radio/relay on Dajt

mountain. Sorry``

** AUSTRALIA [and non]. The 10 kW DRM from Brandon, 5990-5995-6000, was enough to QRM RHC on 6000, Sept 20 at 1247

** BULGARIA. R. Bulgaria, 15700, Sept 20 at 1325 was accompanied by ratchy

spurs at roughly 15685 and 15715 during talk modulation peaks; and 15700 itself

had a ringing sound in the background. Recheck at 1344 during music, no spurs

heard, perhaps modulated just enough less to avoid them

** JAPAN [and non]. R. Nikkei, 6055, JOZ2, plays some classical and other good

music, and is well worth listening to, despite being in Japanese --- except Wed

Sept 19 at 1315, there was a discussion with a segment every so often in

English! Perhaps it was just being translated into Japanese, but each segment

was fairly long and not faded under as for voice-over. 1329 sign-off

announcement with frequencies, callsigns, powers, 1330* Also listened Thu Sept

20 to some classical music but it was interrupted at 1244 for Japanese

announcements and ID. The radio was already tuned to 6055, since we had been enjoying the music on La Bañera de Ulises from Spain until 0555

** MEXICO. Keeping track of when XEYU is active: Sept 19 at 1333, Spanish

discussion about Mexican history, poor but readable on 9599.2

** TURKEY. VOT, 15450, Live from Turkey, Thu Sept 20 at 1250-1320, was

propagating much better as we get into equinox. The two hosts were gabbing as

usual, without any phone calls. They mentioned not having heard from former

regulars Christopher Lewis and David Crystal, and also that they were getting

so many calls that the phone lines were jammed and could not put them on the

air. I assume they were joking. Someone allegedly called but did not want to

reveal name or location; maybe on next week

** U S A. WBCQ advises us that from Sept 26, the Wednesday 2200 UT broadcast of WORLD OF RADIO on 7415 will be replaced by Thursday 2330 on 7415. This should improve propagation, being a sesquihour closer to darkness, but at 24+ hours later, will no longer be the first airing anywhere. The Wednesday 2300 on 18910-CLSB remains unchanged. We have been unable to hear any trace of this for months, just not propagating if really on the air

** BIAFRA [non]. V. of Biafra International via WHRI, 15665, Friday Sept 21 at

2041 tune in with speaker denouncing atrocities of Gowan, etc. Signal VG fading

deeply during which the long-path echo could be heard. 2053 played `God Bless

Africa`, 2055 sign-off ID still imagining it is on ``15.67 MHz``, some hilife

music and 2159 WHRI closing. Meanwhile, I was also hearing NIGERIA, q.v. It

seems VOBI has some vague plan to increase from weekly to daily broadcasts, so  should check this on non-Fridays too

** CANADA. CKZU, 6160, Vancouver coming in well at 34443, Sept 22 at 1259 with ID as ``CBC Radio One in British Columbia``, plug local ``North by Northwest`` show following news, 1300 World Report

** ECUADOR. I just happened to be tuning past 11960 at 1314 UT Sept 21, and

heard yet another HCJB automated ID in Spanish STILL announcing both its

frequencies incorrectly. After a brief quotation from Plato (no Christian, he),

claimed to be on 11760 and 9745, and I had also just tuned by its weaker //

which is really 11690. Quite aside from its theology, HCJB`s credibility as a

SW broadcaster has reached rock-bottom

** EGYPT. R. Cairo, English to Europe, 9990, Sept 21 at 2155, woman speaking

but only bits of what she was saying could be heard at modulation peaks, and

then extremely distorted; music mixed in came thru with fewer dropouts, but

overall, a total loss, as it has been for sesquidecades, perhaps Egypt`s

greatest embarrassment (well, after civil rights violations). Moot from *2159

WWCR 9985 opening with steel drums

** HONDURAS. During 90m bandscan Sept 22 around 0545, besides REE Costa Rica on 3350 there was a much weaker Spanish signal on 3340, presumably HRMI active once again

** INDONESIA. 4750, presumed RRI Makassar, with muezzin at the rather late hour of 1338 UT Sept 21; not much else was left on 60m, not even Cuba 5025. High local noise level.

4790, presumed RRI Fak2, Qur`an at 1304 Sept 22; unlike the morning before,

this signal outshone 4750 which also had Qur`an but not //. 4605 weak with

talk, and nothing audible on 4870 or 4920

** NIGERIA. VON, 15120, very strong signal, even much stronger here than VOBI via WHRI 15665, as if in a radio war, Sept 21 at 2045 woman talking in English, but awful muffled modulation, so on that basis alone the choice between them was easy. Off at 2056*

** U S A. Very weak spur on 17919, and one matching on 17621, thus from KVOH 17775, Sept 21 at 2047. I could barely match the audio on modulation peaks.This is about what I would expect as the fundamental was not at super-strong level as it sometimes can be, bringing up the spur levels with it

** UKRAINE. Last spring, RUI announced plans to move the NAm transmitter from 7440 to 5830 on Sept 23, but this did not happen. We still heard it on 7440,

Sept 21 at 2315 check in Ukrainian, so presumably continuing until 0400

including the English hours at 0000 and 0300. This sked appears to be the

updated one: http://www.nrcu.gov.ua/index.php?id=162 showing some of the other planned changes did take place on Sept 20, not Sept 23, and some did not. English to Europe at 21 has moved to 5840, and 5830 is in use at 0000 and 0300, or does that transmitter stay in Ukrainian overnight?

** VENEZUELA [non]. RNV CI via Cuba, missing from 15290, at 1955 UT check Sept  21

** CHINA. Firedrake, against Sound of Hope, Sept 24 at 1308 check was audible

on 10300 and on 18180

** CUBA. Caught part of RHC`s Spanish DX program Sunday Sept 23 at 1343 on

11760, et al. – they were reading Iván López Alegría`s report on the Mexican DX

Encuentro, about their visit to XERTA, but strangely both Malena and Manolo

pronounced it like a word, ``Xerta`` = certa. I rather doubt the station itself

ever does this, but then I`ve hardly ever heard a clear ID

** INDIA. Not much was making it on 16m, Sept 24 at 1308; checking for Solh via

UK on 17700, I instead hear something in Chinese on 17705. Per EiBi this is

AIR: 17705 1145-1315 IND All India Radio M FE b It`s 500 kW, 58 degrees from Bangalore. No jamming audible tho the signal was weak

** ITALY. Rai, about to be snuffed out, conveniently heard here on 17780 to

NAm, Sept 27 at 1358 with chirping IS, 1400 beautiful opening theme and into

Italian program

** JAPAN. R. Nikkei, 6055, Mon Sept 24 at 1300 with apparent English lessons,

mostly in Japanese discussing English expressions. May be the same program I

heard previously with bits of English mixed in

** LAOS [non]. Expecting Hmong World Christian Radio via WHRI, 11785, as has been happening the last few Sundays, and Saturdays, after Hmong Lao Radio ends at 1400, but Sept 23 at 1435 check, this frequency was in WHRI gospel-rock fill music in English, so either HWCR was only a semihour, or it`s off the 1400 timeslot. It`s still missing from the WHR online program schedule

** MALI [and non]. Mauritania is a regular on 4845, especially during Ramadan,

as Sept 25 at 0605 with Qur`an. But this time with a weaker sidekick doing same

thing but not, of course, //, on 4835.6. That would be ORTM Bamako on its never

precise frequency. Since I seldom hear it, suspect it is irregular but more

likely to be active now

** MEXICO. At least on Sundays we can hear classical music rather than

news/talk during the 1300 UT hour from XEYU: Sept 23 at 1335 on 9599+,

Mendelssohn`s ``Midsummer Night`s Dream`` incidental music, imperfect for the

first day of autumn. F-G reception, little QRM.

Also Tue Sept 25 at 1303 with headlines quoted from and attributed to major DF

newspapers, interrupted by drumming, then into Noticias del Día for 25

September, from Radio Unam. Does this mean they are no longer recording it the night before as exposed in some Mexican publication?

** NEW ZEALAND. RNZI 9615 is normally one of the best signals here around 0600, but not a trace of it Sept 26. Either the transmitter was off or there was a

drastic change in propagation. Recheck at 1330, it was in as normal on 6095

** UKRAINE. Just to be sure, checked RUI again UT Sept 25 at 0227 and yes, it

is still on 7440, not audible on 5820 --- or 5830, the European frequency,

which per WWORD quoted in DXLD 7-111 is indeed from a separate satellite feed without the English hours

** U K [non]. French on 6105, Sept 25 at 0615 with African news, new jingle and

soon IDed as BBC Afrique. Had not noticed this one before, perhaps because it`s

only a semihour daily at 0600, via Ascension at 27 degrees

UNIDENTIFIED. 9410, is it DRM or jamming? Some kind of noise, not very strong, at 1327 Sept 26. RNW and DRM DX schedules show nothing on 9410, but HFCC has something new from Kvitsoy, Norway at 0930-1600, 65 kW, 190 degrees since Sept 1. What programming, if really on the air?

** COLOMBIA. Marfil Estéreo, 5910 (just a smidgen on the low side), Sept 28 at

0525 with ID and timecheck for 12:31, then kid singing off-key, with harp

accompaniment. After 0530 marred by splatter from WBOH 5920 as it went from

music to preaching. If M.E. can`t even get timechex right to less than 6

minutes, how can we take their religion seriously?

** GUATEMALA [and non]. R. Verdad, 4052.5, Sept 30 at 0555 already playing

national anthem, horrible version by shrill off-key children`s choir, many

stanzas, off at 0559* without further announcement. This is a beautiful piece

of music I hate to hear ruined. Seek out a professional version of it with a

great tenor or professional choir. One can Google up many versions of it;

Here`s a midi with the lyrix displayed:

http://mi-guatemala.tripod.com/Himno.html

In fact, I love many Latin American national anthems, notably Mexico,

Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Colombia, Venezuela, tho seldom get to hear any of them any more on SW; except Mexico, every midnight local on every MW & SW station

** INDONESIA. Yet another problem at VOI, 9525. Sept 28 at 1315 during Korean hour, bits of audio cut on and off at the rate of about 132 per minute.

Monitored this for two or three minutes and then moved on to Radio Australia

with no such problem. 1351 recheck, VOI was OK in Korean

** JAPAN [non]. NHK Warido via Sackville 11705, is normally QRM-free, but Sept 28 at 1332 I could hear something under it, maybe in Portuguese as I thought I heard Brasil mentioned a couple times. But then checking EiBi, the only

possibility is:

11705 1330-1530 Sa G BBC SWA EAf /AFS

11705 1530-1630 Sa G BBC SWA EAf /SEY

BBC in Swahili via South Africa, on Saturdays only, which would explain why I

haven`t noticed it on other days. From Oct NHK will switch to English at

1400-1430 so that could also be a QRM problem on Saturdays

** JAPAN [non]. NHK Warido, R. Japan, final one-hour broadcast to NAm at 0500 on 6110 via Canada, Sept 30: tune-in at 0545 during World Interactive. Quite a lot of QRM from off-frequency CVC Chile, and seemingly a third station,

probably Colombia Marfil/Conciencia leapfrog, one of them producing a low het

and the other a slightly higher one. Of course, Sackville itself could be

off-frequency as verified on various other transmissions, but did not try to

measure it. The QRM with music was especially annoying as beating against NHK it made the music off-pitch. Unfortunately, NHK is sticking with this

unfortunate situation in the new schedule reduced to 0500-0530 only, still on

6110 via Canada! Don`t they get any reception reports complaining of the QRM??

We have been wondering if World Interactive will survive the October 1 cuts, as

no English transmission will be longer than 30 minutes and some will be only 20

minutes. Apparently it will, because the YL & YL hosts were chatting, asking

for e-mail input, and next week`s program would include the regular World of

Haiku feature

** LAOS [non]. WHRI 11785, Sat Sept 29 around 1330 with that wonderful solo

singing, leaping an octave up and down, from Hmong Lao Radio. Later, into

rustic instrumental music with the barnyard background sounds. After OCS and

ID, at 1400 switched to Hmong World Christian Radio. Presumably for a semi-hour only; I keep missing the 1430 break, but at 1455 recheck WHRI was back to

gospel rock in English fill. Yes, as of Sept 29, WHR online schedule finally

shows HWCR both Sat & Sun 1400-1430 on 11785

** MADEIRA [non]. RDPI, 15560, best signal direct from Europe on 19m, Sunday

Sept 30 at 1354 with Abraço da Madeira show, interrupted briefly for QSY

announcement upcoming at hour top, 12020 to 11905; phone call from Canada, 1400 news break. This is for the diaspora from Madeira, which seems to be more than you would expect from such a small island, scheduled 1211-1400 on Sundays

** NIGERIA. 4770, awfully muffled and distorted talk, 0552 Sept 30; could not

be sure of the language. Are they trying to outdo VON?

** U S A. I have been noting lately zero reception from WBCQ 18910-CLSB,

especially when I check it Wednesdays 2300-2330 when WORLD OF RADIO is

scheduled. However, Friday Sept 28 at 2130 it was coming in well with gospel

rock, so propagation (or operation?) certainly does vary. Per WBCQ website

http://www.zappahead.net/wbcq/main.php?fn=sked&freq=18910 this frequency is

scheduled:

Sun 13-21

M-F 17-23 [Wed -2330 with WOR]

Sat 00-01 [AWWW]

Sat 17-22

Except as indicated, all gospel-huxters. Allan Weiner tells me he would like to

move this to 13 or 15 MHz band but can`t find any available frequency, since

OOB authorizations have been cut back following 9/11. Seems to me some ought to be possible for segments unlike fulltime on 7415

** U S A [and non]. WBOH, 5920, Sept 28 at 0520, usual gospel music, but

noticed there was a SAH varying from 0 to about 4 Hz; could not detect any

other audio, however, but this indicates another carrier was present. Nothing

else scheduled in the usual lists; but during Sept only, Kvitsoy, Norway is

scheduled in DRM at 0600-0700, 65 kW, 190 degrees. Possibly a warmup for that?

Then at 0530 WBOH went to talk from Sheldon Smith, Sword of the Lword, and

started splattering, bothering 5910 Marfil Estéreo which had no problem before

0530

 

Mauno Ritola – Finland

Receiver and antenna

 

7260 Sep 19 2300-        

MNG: Mongolian R 2nd prgr, Ulaanbaatar. As reported already by Nagoya DXers, the 2nd prgr signs on nowadays at 2300. 1st prgr s/on heard as normally at 2200 on 4895, 4830 and LW 164, 209 and 227 kHz.

 

Mike Westfall – Los Alamos, NM

DX440

 

9/28

Got a little trop today on a business trip over to Rock Springs, WY.  I

think one of my pushbuttons happened to be set to 95.7 by a previous owner

or something.  Was punching around FM and when I hit 95.7 there was country

music there.  Got about 2 minutes worth of clean audio including a nice ID

by the jock on the air saying "KEZJ 95.7" several times.  KEZJ is in Twin

Falls, Idaho......roughly a jaunt of about 200 miles.  Never ever picked up

a Twin Falls station here before.

 

Kevin Redding- Gilbert, AZ

DX440 and Eton AN03 Compact Antenna

 

9/15

Heard at work in Tempe, AZ:

11795 UNID playing traditional chinese music. I listened from 1600 to 

1709 UTC and there was never a word spoken, only music the whole 

time. Grundig YB400 and AN-03 antenna.

 

9/17

5950 Radio Taiwan International via Okeechobee, FL 9/10 0710 with WX 

report for Taiwanese cities, ID.

 

9/16

Heard on a Sony ICF2010 and AN-03 antenna:

9925 Voice of Croatia via Germany 9/16 2326 in an Eastern European 

language. Fair.

9975 WEWN Vandiver, AL 9/16 2328 with Catholic programming. Good.

9985 WWCR Nashville, TN 9/16 2329 preaching. Sounds like Pete 

Peeters. Poor to Fair.

7465 WWCR Nashville, TN 9/16 2334 with program talking about Jews. Fair.

11720 Radio Taiwan International Okeechobee, FL 9/16 2337 with tinny 

sounding Chinese modern music. Poor.

11740 WYFR Okeechobee, FL 9/16 2341 with a church service. Poor to fair.

11840 China Radio International ?China? 9/16 2344 giving URL. Very poor.

11920 HCJB Quito, Ecuador 9/16 2351 with SS Rel pgm. Poor.

11970 Radio Netherland Netherland Antilles 9/16 2352. Very good.

 

9/19

Was messing around between bitch sessions about IBOC that made me 

feel a lot better.

I used my Eton AN-03 antenna and remembered an old amplified cheap RS 

antenna I had, a 20-280. I plugged that AN-03 into that RS antenna 

and it works even better than the window frame antenna. This station 

came in very weak but comes in pretty well with this setup into a DX440.

9985 WWCR  Nashville, TN 1741 with the Alex Jones Show. Shift freq to 

9975 at 1800.

 

9/20

Heard on a DX440 with RS20-280 amplifier and Eton AN03 antenna:

3925 Radio Nikkei  Tokyo Nagoya 9/20 1328 with JJ program. Very good 

signal.

3985 Echo of Hope  Seoul, S. Korea 9/20 1335 KK with jammer from hell 

screeching atop. Signal would be pretty good if not for this  miserable jamming.

5850 WEWN Vandiver, AL 9/20 1345 giving 877-573-8725 phone number 

into ad for Ave Maria mutual funds. Local.

5860 Voice of Jinlang [t] Jinlang, China 9/20 1350 playing  neoclassical music and into modern CC music. Very weak.

5890 VOA  Tinian, Marianas Islands Trust 9/20 1355 in JJ with a story  about KDKA. All kinds of jamming with poor signal.

5955 China Radio International   Beijing, China 9/20 1400 "This is  China Radio International, Beijing" into news, Fluttery.

5965 China Radio International   Xian, China 9/20 in CC with good  signal.

5980 BBC   London, UK 9/20 1411 news about the Bank of England and  the current credit crisis. Jammer for Radio Marti underneath. Fair to  good.

5995 Radio Australia  Shepparton, Australia 9/20 1414 with woman  talking about immigration to Australia in the mid 1830s. Very good.

6030 Firedrake jamming SOH [?] underneath 9/20 1417

6175 Central Peoples Station  Beijing, China 9/20 1421 in CC weak but  steady in the clear.

6195 BBC via Singapore 9/20 1425 news about child abuse. Weak but 

stable.

 

9/23

Heard on a DX398, RS 20-280 amplified antenna and Eton AN-03 antenna:

9370 WTJC Newport, NC 9/23 0008 Rel music. Poor.

9505 WYFR Okeechobee, FL 9/23 0012 Rel choral music. Fair.

9515 World Harvest Radio Cypress Creek, SC 9/23 0013 woman with a 

strange accent preaching. Good.

9535 Radio Espana Exterior Noblejas, Spain 9/23 0018 with SS program 

woman announcer. Fair.

9545 Deutsche Welle 9/23 0019 GG program. Fair.

9550 Radio Habana Cuba Havana, Cuba 9/23 0020 playing Cuban tropical 

music. Fair.

9620 Radio Espana Exterior Noblejas, Spain 9/23 0021with SS program 

woman announcer. Poor.

9625 Radio Canada International Sackville, NB 9/23 0024 playing Roy 

Orbison's "Crying." Good.

9640 Deutsche Welle 9/23 1726 GG program. Very good.

9745 China Radio International Netherlands Antilles 9/23 0031 in SS 

talking about electronics and the Chinese economy. Fair.

9845 Radio Netherlands Netherlands Antilles 9/23 0037 asking if 

housing should be a human right. Excellent.

9885 Voice of America [?] Greenville, NC 9/23 0039 talk about the 

embargo, Castro and Iraq. Good.

 

9/30

Heard on a Sony ICF 2010, RS 20-280 amplifier and Eton AN03 antenna 9/30:

 

5755 KAIJ Frisco, TX 0210 with address for Truth House given over and 

over. Fair, steady.

5810 WEWN Vandiver, PA 0211 talk about home schooling. Good.

5850 WHRI Greenbush, ME 0212 playing C&W. Weak but steady.

5890 Radio Thailand Delano, CA? 0220 with lots of talk about the 

Peoples Republic of China. Weak.

5920 WBOH Newport, NC 0221 REL with very muffled modulation. Weak.

5935 WWCR Nashville, TN 0222 southern gospel music. Weak.

5960 Radio Japan Sackville, NB 0225 with woman announcer JJ. Local.Weak.

5965 Radio Havana Cuba Havana, Cuba 0226 SS woman reading news item.

6010 Radio Sweden Sackville, NB 0228 with man speaking SW. Fair.

6055 Radio Exterior Espana Noblejas, Spain 0230 time pips marking BOH 

and SS woman announcer. Good.

6060 Radio Havana Cuba Havana, Cuba 0231 with SS news man and woman 

readers. Fair.

6075 9/30 0232 unid man speaking SS giving an interview. Any ideas?

6090 Caribbean Beacon The Valley, Anguilla 0234 woman preaching on 

The University Network.

6140 Radio Havana Cuba Havana, Cuba 0235 SS woman giving an 

interview. Fair.

6165 Radio Netherlands Flevoland, Holland 0237 with man giving ID and 

woman giving ID in SS. Fair.

6175 Voice of Vietnam Sackville, NB 2038 woman reading news in EE 

talking about problems in Myanmar.

6180 Radio Havana Cuba Havana, Cuba 2041 playing Cuban style tropical 

music then woman and man talking about Havana in SS.

 

Harry Helms –Smithville, TX

Sony ICF 2010

 

9/12

Not the ham variety, but broadcast. I was listening this morning from 6:50-7:15 am Central/1150-1215 UTC and noted the following on an ICF-2010 and its whip

antenna:

3925 JAPAN Radio Nikkei was strong here throughout with Japanese talk by a man; signal peaked very nicely toward the end of the listening period.

3977 INDONESIA Radio Republik Indonesia outlet at Pantianak assumed the one here through some heavy ham QRM; music and language were definitely like the RRI outlets I used to hear all the time when I lived in California. It also had that characteristic muddy "Indo modulation." Despite being listed for 3976, this signal seemed to peak on 3977.

3985 CHINA Central People Broadcasting Station, listed as Geermu, alternating male/female talk in definite Chinese prior to 7:00 am/1200 UTC, possible radio

play? Male talk in Chinese afterwards, no sign of the Korean clandestine.

 

Locations derived from 2007 Passport to World Band Radio, one of four books----along with the Bible, Qu'ran, and Popular Mechanics Illustrated Guide to

Home Improvement---that I consider to be divinely inspired and therefore inerrant.

 

Down in the Basement

(editor – Jay Heyl)

 

This is the third in a series of articles intended to introduce everyone to the world of non-directional beacons (NDBs). So far we’ve covered signal formats, frequencies, offsets, and intervals. This time we’re going to start talking about techniques. This will carry over into future articles because technique is intertwined with the tools at your disposal.

 

Most NDBs in North America broadcast in fairly standard AM mode. The transmitters send out a carrier and a modulated single-tone signal at both an upper and lower offset from the carrier. There are some beacons that only broadcast one of the sidebands, but most send out both upper and lower.

 

Since this is a perfectly acceptable AM signal, it can be received by any AM radio that can tune the required frequency. As was mentioned in the last article, however, using AM mode can lead to a cacophony of signals and a great deal of confusion. It is entirely possible to tune to a single frequency and hear five or more distinct tones. Considering the width of most AM mode filters, you could actually hear ten, fifteen, maybe more.

 

If you’ve concluded that AM mode is not the preferred approach for beacons, you are correct. It can be used, and, if it’s all you have at your disposal, you should not let this deter you from chasing beacons. Just be aware that you are operating with a bit of a handicap and will be unlikely to match the kinds of logs you see from dedicated beacon hunters with specialized equipment. You can overcome this handicap to a great extent by pumping the audio into a computer and using some specialized software. More on this in the future.

 

Next best would be SSB mode. This will at least eliminate half the signals that could be cluttering up your reception. If you are dumping the audio into a computer and using software to graph the signals, SSB may actually be the preferred mode. If you’re using strictly your ears, SSB may still leave you with a lot of other signal clutter. With a typical SSB filter, if you zero beat the carrier of the target beacon you could well be hearing carriers at 1kHz and 2kHz offsets, along with various signals in close proximity to those carriers. Some signals may come in clear, but others may get lost in the mess.

 

When using your ears to listen for signals, CW mode is usually the best way to go. If your radio allows you to adjust the BFO, all the better. In CW mode you will be tuning to the offset of the signal from the nominal frequency. If the beacon is nominally on 361kHz with an offset of 1020Hz, you’ll tune to the neighborhood of 362.020kHz (or 359.980kHz if listening for the LSB portion) and listen for Morse code of the same frequency as the BFO setting.

 

Due to the way human hearing works, there are some benefits to using as low a BFO setting as you are comfortable with. The lower the tone, the easier it will be for your ear to distinguish between two signals that are close together. But you do need to be able to hear the tone, so pick a setting that generates a tone you can easily hear and listen to for long periods without ear fatigue. Find a carrier (use the MW band if you need to) and play with the BFO setting until you’ve found a setting you like. Be sure to use the same audio equipment you intend to use when listening for beacons. There can be huge differences between various speakers and headphones. A BFO setting of 600Hz may sound sharp and shrill though one set of headphones and be perfectly acceptable on another.

 

My first foray into the world of beacons was also my first real experience with CW mode. I had a vague notion of what the BFO control was, but it was mostly a mystery. In case some of you are in the same situation, here are a few words about BFO. A CW mode signal has no associated carrier. The radio must insert its own carrier in order to recover any audio from the received signal. The BFO is the offset from the tuned frequency at which the radio inserts that carrier.

 

In most cases the BFO simply controls the tone of the received signal. There are some subtleties, though, particularly if your radio allows you both positive and negative BFO settings.   If you tune to the frequency of a carrier, changing the BFO setting will change the tone of the het produced by the carrier. If you have another carrier 1kHz higher and the BFO is set to insert the radio’s carrier on the high side of the tuned frequency, changing the BFO setting will cause one het tone to go higher and the other to go lower. If you set the BFO to exactly in the middle between the two carriers, both carriers will produce the same tone. If, however, you set the BFO on the low side of the tuned frequency, both carrier hets will rise and fall together with changes in the BFO.

 

Moving on from BFO, let’s talk filters. You will generally want to use the narrowest RF filter you have at your disposal. I had been using the 2.2kHz filter that came with my radio. Hets would appear on the nominal frequencies of my local beacons, but that was about it. When I added a 300Hz CW filter I started hearing hets on almost every 1kHz nominal frequency. At first I thought something was wrong. Eventually I realized I was hearing carriers from beacons much farther away than I’d ever heard before. Eliminating all the stuff on the fringes allowed the radio to recover far more signal in the region in which I was interested. Of course, the point isn’t to listen to hets, but what applies to signal recovery on hets also applies to the modulated signals that are the real target. So narrow is good when hunting beacons.

 

Narrow, however, can be both a blessing and a curse. Using my 300Hz filter I’m able to recover far more useable signal in that narrow range, but due to the close proximity of modulated beacon signals and carriers of neighboring beacons, I now have lots of signals right next to all those carrier hets I’m also receiving. I’ve solved one problem and created another. I can hear many more beacons, if only I can separate them from the carrier hets.

 

Next time we’ll get into how to deal with this situation when we start talking equipment.

 

The storms are starting to quiet down and loggings are picking up. The season is underway! Come join us here in the basement, hunting for di-dah-dits and other oddities below the broadcast band.

 

On to this month’s loggings…

 

 

Harry Helms – Smithville, TX

Sony ICF-2010/NQAB (Not Quite A Beverage)

 

4 September

 

Yesterday I completed repairs on my NQAB (not quite a beverage) antenna, a 900-foot long wire mounted atop the fence posts on one side of our horse pasture. It runs in a straight line toward the ENE, and is currently not terminated. Because I don't have a few hundred feet of spare coax laying around, I connect it to my receivers through a Par Electronics 9:1 matching transformer at the 700-foot point of its run (this is the closest point to my combination home office/DX
shack, which is in a building separate from my house).

Like all long, long wires, it has some odd directional characteristics, like a pronounced lobe to the southeast. It is also a very quiet antenna, and that's why I decided to give it a try on longwave last evening.

There were a lot of lightining static crashes, and most of what I heard was from TX and adjacent states. But on 391 kHz at 8:19 pm Central I came across a strange one---a beacon identifying as "TDDP" with a good signal.

Hmmm. . . . . . I recalled some beacons in Guatemala (like the one that was on 1613 kHz for years) use four-letter identifiers like broadcast stations, so maybe that's what I had. I checked the Navaids.com web site, but no go. I then went to Martin Francis's excellent "DX Radio Pages" site and searched the "Beacons Heard in North America" database. No go for a TDDP on 391 kHz. . . . . in fact, no listing for a TDDP at all!

Double hmmm. . . . . maybe it was a beacon miskeying? I tried ZDP----no luck.

I decided to try parts of the identifier. No luck with TDD on 391, so I tried DDP on 391. . . . . aha!! There is a DDP in San Juan, PR listed for 391, and the notes for loggings of it said it used a dash before the identifier-----mystery solved!

Last night encapsulates everything that keeps me interested in DXing----the thrill of the chase, and  then putting together the pieces to determine what I was hearing and where it was located. It's something non-DXers can never understand!

 

Chris Black – Cape Cod

WinRadio 313/Icom 756 Pro II

 

19 September

 

A quick and dirty synopsis of TA activity from the Cape. I didn't even attempt to DX any even channels. WBZ was obliterating everything from 1015 to 1045 and isn't the best phasing candidate for me. I can usually get around the others, but I just didn't feel up for the fight tonight. Ironically, the TA channels immediately on either side of the IBOC blaster are usually better than you would think, although still require some phasing. It's the domestic channels at the next level out that really spew the hash. For them use the "non-intuitive sideband", the one closest to the IBOC frequency for best results.

 

153   ALGERIA   poor

152   FRANCE    excellent

189   ICELAND   good

198   UK            fair-good

225   POLAND   fair

234   LUXEMBOURG   good

252   ALGERIA   fair

 

20 September

 

I managed to nab LYQ-529 this morning at 0921 UTC with several nice clear IDs at a minus 1006. I had to phase null RVC Turks and Caicos. I also use the Steve Ratzlaff audio filter and it really makes a difference. By the time I thought to get it on Spectran, it was down in the noise.

 

I got inspired to do some DGPS, which I had not done much of lately. I set up the frequencies as a memory group in the WinRadio and then scanned them while running DSCdecoder. It seemed to work well, although beacon conditions generally were not good last night. This list is only 19 short of my "Master" log.

 

 

ID

kHz

Date

S/P

ITU

Station

Ref ID/bps

Miles

#804

286

9-30/10-1

NJ

USA

Sandy Hook

008/009 200

218

#811

286

9-30/10-1

FL

USA

KeyWest

022/023 100

1357

#942

288

9-30/10-1

NL

CAN

Cape Ray

340/341 200

675

#806

289

9-30/10-1

VA

USA

Driver

012/013 100

472

#809

289

9-30/10-1

FL

USA

Cape Canaveral

018/019 100

1084

#799

290

9-30/10-1

ME

USA

Penobscot

044/045 200

203

#788

291

9-30/10-1

PA

USA

Hawk Run

184/185 100

419

#778

292

9-30/10-1

SC

USA

Kensington

192/193 100

756

#803

293

9-30/10-1

NY

USA

Moriches

006/007 100

147

#771

294

9-30/10-1

NC

USA

New Bern

196/197 100

583

#817

295

9-30/10-1

--

PTR

Isabella

034/035 100

1615

#939

295

9-30/10-1

NB

CAN

Partridge Island

326/327 200

320

#830

296

9-30/10-1

WI

USA

Wisconsin Point

100/101 100

1132

#929

296

9-30/10-1

QC

CAN

St Jean Richelieu

312/313 200

296

#792

297

9-30/10-1

MS

USA

Bobo

136/137 200

1232

#937

298

9-30/10-1

NS

CAN

Hartien Point

330/331 200

394

#946

299

9-30/10-1

NL

CAN

Rigolet

344/345 200

1017

#926

300

9-30/10-1

QC

CAN

Riviere Du Loop

318/319 200

421

#847

301

9-30/10-1

MD

USA

Annapolis

058/059 200

386

#901

302

9-30/10-1

--

PNR

Miraflores

901/ 200

2329

#824

303

9-30/10-1

NC

USA

Greensboro

046/047 100

642

#777

304

9-30/10-1

WI

USA

Mequon

218/219 200

916

#782

305

9-30/10-1

TN

USA

Dandridge

190/191 100

806

#772

306

9-30/10-1

MA

USA

Acushnett

198/199 200

37

#342

308

9-30/10-1

--

AZR

Horta

484/485 200

2188

#870

309

9-30/10-1

DE

USA

Reedy Point

170/171 200

319

#927

309

9-30/10-1

QC

CAN

Lauzon

316/317 200

358

#944

310

9-30/10-1

NL

CAN

Cape Norman

342/343 200

958

#863

311

9-30/10-1

IL

USA

Rock Island

156/157 200

1030

#827

312

9-30/10-1

FL

USA

Tampa

244/245 200

1183

#935

312

9-30/10-1

NS

CAN

Western Head

334/335 200

320

#925

313

9-30/10-1

QC

CAN

Moise

320/321 200

619

#832

314

9-30/10-1

WI

USA

Sturgeon Bay

104/105 100

886

#940

315

9-30/10-1

NL

CAN

Cape Race

338/339 200

909

#800

316

9-30/10-1

ME

USA

Brunswick NAS

042/043 100

152

#858

317

9-30/10-1

TN

USA

Hartsville

144/145 100

927

#823

318

9-30/10-1

TX

USA

Summerfield

052/053 100

1754

#818

319

9-30/10-1

GA

USA

Savannah

036/037 100

915

#936

319

9-30/10-1

NB

CAN

Point Escuminac

332/333 200

456

#839

322

9-30/10-1

NY

USA

Youngstown

118/119 100

461

#950

323

9-30/10-1

--

BER

St David's Head

950 100

715

#844

324

9-30/10-1

NY

USA

Hudson Falls

094/095 200

203

#851

325

9-30/10-1

ND

USA

Medora

176/177 100

1637

 

Various dates

 

ID

kHz

Date

UTC

S/P

ITU

Station

Offset

Miles

QB

230

09/29/07

2207

QC

CAN

Quebec

400 DAID

355

GP

232

09/29/07

2348

QC

CAN

Gaspe

400 DAID

563

UM

233

09/24/07

2336

NL

CAN

Churchill Falls

400 DAID

866

FE

239

09/29/07

2233

QC

CAN

Forestville

405 

488

LE

240

09/29/07

2233

ME

USA

Auburn/Lewie

1026

156

YVB

243

09/29/07

2350

QC

CAN

Bonaventure

400 DAID

496

DG

244

09/29/07

2350

QC

CAN

Chute-des-Passes

400 DAID

569

ZNF

270

09/29/07

2355

NL

CAN

Wabana/St John's

370 DAID

943

EW

274

08/01/07

2349

MA

USA

New Bedford/Nefor

1008

44

BST

278

08/01/07

2351

ME

USA

Belfast

-1065

196

NM

278

09/29/07

2357

QC

CAN

Matagami

396 DAID

664

CQX

279

08/01/07

2352

MA

USA

Chatham/Nauset

1020

9

QX

280

09/29/07

2357

NL

CAN

Gander/International

405 

904

ZMT

284

09/29/07

2247

QC

CAN

Montreal/Dorval/Jarry

410 DAID

318

SMA

323

09/01/07

2308

--

AZR

Santa Maria

-1029

2404

FC

326

09/30/07

0002

NB

CAN

Fredericton

400 DAID

341

POR

327

09/30/07

0003

--

POR

Porto

1020

3117

LC

328

09/01/07

2309

NH

USA

Laconia/Blnap

1024

145

BH

330

09/29/07

2253

ME

USA

Bar Harbor/Surry

1030

217

BE

332

09/01/07

2313

MA

USA

Bedford/Bedds

1030

83

FIS

332

09/25/07

0150

FL

USA

Key West/Fish Hook

1018

1357

YFM

332

09/25/07

0152

QC

CAN

La Grande 4

400 DAID

846

RM

334

09/29/07

2255

ME

USA

Rockland/Knox County Regional

1035

172

YSH

334

09/29/07

2256

ON

CAN

Smiths Falls

397 DAID

368

YLD

335

09/25/07

0154

ON

CAN

Chapleau

400 DAID

773

ZKF

335

09/25/07

0155

ON

CAN

Kitchener/Waterloo Regional/Wellington

379 DAID

530

BV

336

09/25/07

0156

QC

CAN

Quebec/Champlain/Orsainville

404 DAID

361

ZJT

340

09/30/07

0008

NL

CAN

Stephenville/Harmon

379 DAID

745

GF

341

09/01/07

2316

NS

CAN

Greenwood/Waterville/Aylesford (RCAF)

-1040 DAID

354

YYU

341

09/30/07

0008

ON

CAN

Kapuskasing/Kasing

400 DAID

802

LNT

344

09/29/07

2302

ME

USA

Millinocket/Milnot/Medway

1034

284

YGV

344

09/29/07

2012

QC

CAN

Havre-St-Pierre

388 DAID

669

DF

350

09/29/07

2304

NL

CAN

Deer Lake

390 DAID

804

YKQ

351

09/29/07

2305

QC

CAN

Waskaganish

400 DAID

789

LLX

353

09/29/07

2307

VT

USA

Lyndonville

1015

215

AR

356

09/29/07

2310

RI

USA

Providence/Armin

1016

62

AY

356

09/29/07

2313

NL

CAN

St Anthony

400 DAID

944

SUH

356

09/29/07

2310

ME

USA

Owls Head/Sprucehead/Rockland

1020

171

NL

358

09/29/07

2315

NL

CAN

St John's/Signal Hill

391 DAID

950

AS

359

09/29/07

2316

NH

USA

Nashua/Chern/Amherst

1030

107

ASN

360

09/01/07

2323

--

ASC

Ascension Island/Wideawake

-1030

4905

PN

360

09/29/07

2317

QC

CAN

Port Menier/Ile de Anticosti

400 DAID

627

2B

364

09/30/07

0014

NL

CAN

Springdale

-410 DAID

863

ZHZ

364

09/29/07

0015

NS

CAN

Halifax/Split Crow

388 DAID

395

YMW

366

09/29/07

2319

QC

CAN

Maniwaki

400 DAID

424

IMR

368

09/01/07

2326

MA

USA

Marshfield

-1030

38

ZDX

369

09/26/07

2240

--

ATG

St. Johns/V. C. Bird

1010

1762

GR

370

09/30/07

0016

QC

CAN

Grindstone/Îles-de-la-Madeleine

391 DAID

565

GW

371

09/29/07

2320

QC

CAN

Kuujjuarapik/Jarpik/La Baleine

400 DAID

1000

2Q

373

09/29/07

2321

QC

CAN

Mont Laurier

400 DAID

429

YXK

373

09/29/07

2321

QC

CAN

Rimouski

380 DAID

475

RJ

378

09/29/07

2323

QC

CAN

Roberval

391 DAID

484

IVV

379

09/29/07

2323

NH

USA

Lebanon/White River

-1040

174

LQ

382

09/01/07

2330

MA

USA

Boston/Lyndy/Lynnfield

1044

66

F8

384

09/29/07

2326

QC

CAN

Victoriaville

386 DAID

317

NA

385

09/29/07

2327

QC

CAN

Natashquan

400 DAID

711

D8

386

09/29/07

2330

QC

CAN

Dolbeau-St. Félicien

395 DAID

502

GMA

386

09/29/07

2331

NH

USA

Whitefield/Mahn/Dalton

1020

199

JT

390

09/01/07

2332

NL

CAN

Stephenville

385 DAID

730

3B

391

09/29/07

2332

ON

CAN

Brockville

391 DAID

348

DDP

391

09/01/07

2336

--

PTR

San Juan/Dorado/Luis Munoz Marin Intl.

640 DBID[1]

1616

ML

392

09/29/07

2334

QC

CAN

Charlevoix

395 DAID

409

JC

396

09/30/07

0021

NL

CAN

Rigolet

395 DAID

1017

PH

396

09/29/07

2336

QC

CAN

Inukjuak

400 DAID

1209

OW

397

09/01/07

2351

MA

USA

Norwood/Stoge

1023

57

ZST

397

09/30/07

0021

NB

CAN

Alpine/Saint John

410 DAID

323

MQ

402

09/24/07

2306

--

SPM

Miquelon  

400

776

YSL

404

09/29/07

2338

NB

CAN

St. Leonard

395 DAID

397

ISS

407

09/26/07

2306

ME

USA

Wiscasset/N Edgecomb

1020

160

3U

414

09/29/07

2339

QC

CAN

Gatineau

385 DAID

378

BHZ

520

09/24/07

2327

--

BRA

Belo Horizonte

1020

4555

LYQ

529

09/20/07

0921

TN

USA

Morrison/Roseanne

-1006

950


[1]

 9-4-07 2345 no "T" before ID at +1040

 

 

Jay Heyl – Orlando, FL

AR7030+/Quantum QX Pro/Timewave DSP-500zx/Ratzlaff audio filter

 

19 September

 

Those of you with any interest in beacons might want to give a listen

for a new beacon in Tennessee, LYQ-529. It's a tough one, being so

close to Turks & Caicos on 530. I made good use of my new 6.4Hz audio

filter. I'm a lot closer to T&C than most of you and it really blasts

in here on a nightly basis. I also get another SS station on 530

that's about 90 degrees away from T&C, so it's virtually impossible to

get them both nulled. The best I could do was shoot for an average

minimum and wait for both stations to stop playing music for a bit.

I was eventually able to get a clear copy on LYQ.



Glenn made mention of this new beacon a short while back in DXLD. It was still awaiting FCC final approval so had not gone on the air at that time. They've been on the air for at least a few days now.

I was not able to recover the USB signal. The LSB signal is at an offset of 1000Hz, putting it right on 528. Give it a shot. You could be one of the first few to log this new station.

I also picked up ZLS out of the Bahamas right in the same vicinity on the dial.
----------------------------------------------------------------------
YYYYMMDD UTC   kHz   Call  LSB  USB  Cyc. KM    + Location
----------------------------------------------------------------------
20070923 04:27 239   GIW        1020      655   Y CORONACA, SC
20070923 04:45 242   PJN   1030 1050      278     Fort Lauderdale, FL
20070924 02:45 245   JYL        1020      474     Sylvania, GA
20070928 04:05 248   FRT   1035 1032      726     Spartanburg, SC
20070929 01:16 335   LEE   1030 1020 5    60      LEESBURG, FL
20070929 01:37 338   FJ    1050 1040      137     Luuce, FL
20070929 05:04 340   BOG   1025 1025 8.4  2723    Bogota, CLM
20070930 17:15 341   FM    1020 1020      215     CALOO, FL
20070929 05:36 341   CQN   1040 1020      831     Chattanooga, TN
20070929 14:02 344   JA    1067 1006 7.4  233     Jacksonville, FL
20070929 14:14 346   PCM   1050 1020      83      Plant City, FL
20070919 03:59 526   ZLS   1044 990  10.2 816     Stella Maris, BAH
20070919 03:38 529   LYQ   1000                 Y Morrison, TN
----------------------------------------------------------------------

 

Paul La Freniere – Grand Marais, MN

ICOM IC-R75/Timewave DSP-599zx/Ratzlaff Whip

 

Tues  18 Sept 07
kHz    Call     UTC     Offset     Location
221      RP     2353       400      WI    Rice Lake
243  TWM    2318     1035      MN   Two Harbors
254   ENY    2319      1015      WI    Ashland
260   SUW   2322      1020      WI    Superior
275     CM   2315       1020      MI    Hancock
350   BFW   2325       1015     MN   Silver Bay   AWOS
356   RCX    2328      1010      WI    Ladysmith
358   CKC   2332      1025      MN   Grand Marais
375   UBE    2310       1015     WI    Cumberland
375   OGM   2313      1010      MI    Ontonagon
396   LNL    2335       1015     WI    Land O Lakes
407     AQ    2345       1030     WI    Appleton
410     SO    2351      -1055     MI    Marquette

WED  19 Sept 07
251      BR     1905     1030      MN   Brainerd
253      JA     1902    -1035      MN   Hibbing
257   RNH    1914    -1020      WI    New Richmond
257   RRL     1926    -1015      WI    Merrill
263   PBH     1923     1025      WI    Phillips
266     DU     1817     1000      WI    Marshfield
275     CW    1828     1045      WI    Mosinee
282   ROS     1835     1015     MN    Rush City
335   COQ    1848     1035     MN   Cloquet
335   MDZ    1852     1015     WI     Medford
385   SCG     0005     1020     MN   Crane Lake    AWOS
Note:  407 RXW  Watersmeet, MI which is usually heard 24 hrs a day at this
location was noted off both days.

 

The Line of Sight and Beyond

 

Eric Berger – Detroit, MI

Receiver, Antenna

 

9/4

During my scan this evening, I've noted that WWWW-FM 102.9 Ann Arbor,

MI is apparently off the air. So, I decided to do a 360° rotation of

the antenna to see what all came in. I noted the following stations,

both unneeded:

WFUR-FM 102.9 Grand Rapids, MI - Dominant station toward west with

Light Christian AC mx. First logged back in 1994.

WYFM-102.9 Sharon, PA - Heard some ads along with Classic Rock mx, in

heavy QRM from CBEF1F-103.1 Leamington. First heard during Grid Failure

of 2003.

Speaking of CBEF1F, I'm beginning to wonder if that is really one

kilowatt -- they are putting quite a bit of QRM on 102.9, and are more

or less audible in just about every direction on 103.1.

If anyone else from SE Michigan wants to try DXing 102.9, now is the

time.

 

Michael J. Richard – Evanston, WY

Car Radio

 

9/28

Got a little trop today on a business trip over to Rock Springs, WY.  I

think one of my pushbuttons happened to be set to 95.7 by a previous owner

or something.  Was punching around FM and when I hit 95.7 there was country

music there.  Got about 2 minutes worth of clean audio including a nice ID

by the jock on the air saying "KEZJ 95.7" several times.  KEZJ is in Twin

Falls, Idaho......roughly a jaunt of about 200 miles.  Never ever picked up

a Twin Falls station here before.

 

Scott Fybush – Rochester, NY

Receiver, Antenna

 

9/19

105.3 WEBK Killington, full quieting on the HDT-1 with "Dead Air"

grateful dead show, legal ID at 0003, in/out with CISS Ottawa, pest WKPQ

Hornell. VT #2 here. (Thanks to Jim Renfrew for the tip...)

 

Powell E. Way – Silverstreet, SC

Accurian HD Radio

 

9/22

WSRV 97.1 "The River" decoded momentarily. I had hoped for long enough to verifiy the HD2 was WSB 750. WBT-FM 99.3 Chester SC decoded fine

WLNK  107.9 Charlotte, NC decoded fine and there is talk on HD2 AND HD3. The HD3 is WBT. WBT-FM does not cover east into Charlotte well. WBT-FM is for the Gastonia-Shelby WBT null fill in. Normally the other Charlotte stations decode and not

WLNK. NONE of the others in Charlotte decoded.

 

 

You don’t Need a Weatherman…

 

Steve Ponder – Bossier City, LA
ICOM T7A and Rubber Duckie

 

9/17

I had a few minutes to spare while visiting relatives

in Bossier City, LA, so I tuned around the NWS Weather

Radio frequencies on my Icom IC-T7A hand-held dual-band

transceiver

 

Here are the stations that I heard:

Date: Friday, Aug 17, 2007

Receiver: Icom IC-T7A

Time: 9:00 - 9:30 PM CDT

Stations Heard:

 

162.400 MHz WXJ97 LA Shreveport (1 kW)

162.425 MHz KWN32 TX Gilmer (1 kW)

162.450 MHz KWN34 TX Palestine (1 kW)

162.500 MHz WXN87 LA Natchitoches (1 kW)

 

There were faint signals heard on the other frequencies

(162.475, 162.525, and 162.550 MHz), but no clear IDs

were heard.

 

PaulArmani – Denver, CO

Receiver, Antenna

 

9/13/07-9/14/07

 

Here are my Weather Radio logs from my trip to Laramie, WY.

 

KEC-76 DENVER                         GLENDALE, COLORADO

WXM-51 MEAD                           HIGHLAND, COLORADO 

WXM-92 FT.COLLINS                BLACK HOLLOW, COLORADO

WXM-37 CHEYENNE                 POLE MOUNTAIN, WYOMING

WNG-571 CASPER                      GLENDO RESERVOIR, WYOMING  

 

The Visible Universe

 

Powell E. Way III – Silverstreet, SC

Samsung TV with Conical Antenna in the Living Room

 

I'm sure there's FM but here's a few TV openings

 

3 WSAV Savannah GA

11 WTOC  Savannah GA

22 WJCL Savannah GA

 

Strange, no Charleston.

 

Conditions should be decent along the SE until the

front passes by on late Thursday.

 

Scott Fybush – Rochester, NY

Receiver, Antenna

 

9/19

The opening up the St. Lawrence continues - at 1620 EDT I'm seeing

CIII-2 from Bancroft ON and CBOT-4 from Ottawa, as well as some very

enhanced Syracuse signals and WKTV-2 from Utica. Too bad I have to go

out to a meeting in a few minutes...

 

John Cereghin – Smyrna, DE

Receiver, Antenna

 

9/25

There were a lot of good FM openings along the East Coast last night as well.  I picked up several stations along the NC Outer Banks (up to 300-350 miles), but even better, several low-powered FM outlets in southern New Jersey on 88.1 and 89.9, all under 200 watts.  It seemed as though every FM channel had at least 2 or 3 stations mixing in.

 

 

Nothin’ But Net

 

Don Kaskey – San Francisco, CA

 

bluegrasscountry.org

 

above will get you their internet station.  Good station, good jocks,

good music!

 

Kevin Redding – Gilbert, AZ

 

http://radio.macinmind.com/

This is 24/4 Old Time Radio Shows.

 

Extra, Extra!

 

Kevin Redding – Gilbert, AZ

 

First Digital TV Converter Box Wins Government Approval

By Michele Greppi

The National Telecommunications & Information Administration has issued its first approval of a digital-to-analog converter box, the device that will allow analog set owners to continue to watch free over-the-air broadcast TV a fter the national switch to digital-only broadcasting Feb. 17, 2009.

Manufacturer Digital Streams announced Friday that two models of its approved converter box will be available in stores early next year for a suggested retail price of $69.99.

The NTIA, a division of the Commerce Department division, is overseeing a federally funded program that will make available to qualified TV households coupons worth $40 toward the purchase of the converter box. The coupons will be available starting in January.

The Digital Stream boxes measure about 7 by 4 by 1.5 inches.

The company said it plans to unveil a comprehensive retailer/partner and customer-support plan for the converters, including telephone technical support for consumers.(Editor: Horowitz)

 

"You will never be able to hear WGN again...!"

 

On September 14, HD radio on the AM band became available at night. 

HD radio is a digital transmission that is transmitted adjacent to a station's 

Normal frequency. In the case of WGN, the conventional anlalog radio that 

you have always listened to is on 720 Kilohertz. Since the morning of 

September 14, WOR radio, which operates on 710 Kilohertz, has also been transmitting a digital signal on 720 Kilohertz and 700 Kilohertz. The digital transmission on 720 Kilohertz will cover up WGN's analog transmission because you are closer to WOR than to WGN. I don't think you will ever be able to hear WGN again on your radio. We are available 24 hours a day on the internet at:   www.wgnradio.com.

The broadcast industry and the FCC have decided that it is more important to

enhance AM and FM radio listening with digital technology than it  is to maintain skywave service to areas that are far away from a station's core 

listening area. It does not mean that you can never hear WGN Radio again but you would have to listen on the internet from now on. I hope you are able to do that and that you will occasionally listen in to WGN Radio.

James J. Carollo

Director of Engineering

WGN Radio

 

Bargain Barn

 

Phil Bytheway – Seattle, WA

 

IRCA Mexican Log, 12th Edition (Winter 2007)

The IRCA MEXICAN LOG lists all AM stations in Mexico by frequency, including call letters, state, city, day/night power, slogans, schedule in UTC/GMT, formats, networks and notes. The call letter index gives call, frequency, city and state. The city index (listed by state, then city) includes frequency, call and day/night power. The transmitter site index (listed by state, then city) tabulates the latitude and longitude of transmitter sites. This is an indispensable reference for anyone who hears Mexican radio stations. Size is 8 1/2" x 11". Prices: IRCA/NRC members - $9.50 (US/Canada/Mexico/sea mail), $12.00 (rest of the Americas/Europe airmail), $12.50 (Australia/Japan/New Zealand airmail). Non-IRCA/NRC members - add $2.00. Pay electronically with PayPal – add $1 to the above price. Go to www.PayPal.com, then send your funds to phil_tekno@yahoo.com (Phil Bytheway).

 

 

 

Allen Willie – St. Johns, NL

 

2 Receivers For sale 

Yaesu FRG-100 Communications Receiver w/ operating manual

In good condition   Contact  Al vo1001swl@hotmail.com 

Realistic DX-200 Communications Receiver

In good condition    Contact Al vo1001swl@hotmail.com  

Getting a Kenwood R5000 in their place, so i'll no doubt have some good loggings for the group in the days ahead.

 

Show and Tell – New Toys

 

No new toys this month, Christmas is coming!

 

Testing, Testing…

 

Jim Pogue, KH2AR, joint Test Coordinator for the NRC and IRCA, has

announced the season's first two DX Tests:

 

WIRL-1290 Peoria, Illinois:

WIRL will test at 0200-0400 Central time on Sunday morning, October

21st. (this is after midnight Saturday night)

 

Reports may be sent to:

Wayne R. Miller, Chief Engineer

WIRL Radio

331 Fulton, Suite 1200

Peoria, IL 61602

wrm@jmpradio.com

 

The station will accept recordings by email or on disk - .mp3 or .wav

OK, no cassettes please. Include a SASE with your report.

 

--------------

WLPO-1220 La Salle, Illinois:

WLPO will test at 0300-0330 Central time on Saturday morning, October

27th. (this is after midnight Friday night)

 

Reports may be sent to:

Steve Vogler, Chief Engineer

WLPO Radio

1 Broadcast Lane

Oglesby, IL 61348

steve@wlpo.net

 

The station will accept recordings by email or on disk - .mp3 or .wav

OK, no cassettes please. Include a SASE with your report.

 

Strange Brew – Weirdness in the Air

 

Jay Heyl – Orlando, FL

 

1180 vs 1181

We're hearing a 1kHz tone when tuned to 1180kHz because the carrier at 1181kHz is beating against the carrier on 1180. The radio sees a carrier at 1180kHz and a signal at 1181kHz and audibly produces the difference between the two signals.

If you are listening in AM mode, adjusting your radio/antenna to null the signal on 1181kHz will make the tone go away. But, and it's a really big but, adjusting your radio to null the carrier on 1180kHz will also make the tone go away. (If you're recovering some of the actual signal from 1180, that should go away too.) If you want to be 100% certain that you're reporting an accurate direction on the 1181kHz carrier, you need to be aware of this and be sure you aren't actually nulling 1180kHz.

Proper DFing

Many, probably most, of us are using loop antennas. A loop is practically required to do proper direction finding. Loops commonly fall into one of two categories: air core or ferrite core. With the exception of radios like the Eton E1, which uses its whip antenna for MW, all MW antennas built in to radios will be ferrite core loops.

Properly constructed loop antennas have two null regions. Ideally, the nulls will be exactly 180 degrees apart on the loop rotation. Imperfections in loop construction may result in the nulls not being perfectly symmetric. One null may be wider or deeper than the other, and they may not lie on a single line through the loop. You should experiment with your loop to determine its characteristics before doing any serious DFing. Try to DF a couple transmitters at known bearings from your location. Use both nulls of your loop and note any differences between the two nulls. It would be best to do this during the day time so potentially inconsistent skywave reception is of little influence.

On an air core loop the nulls will be perpendicular to the plane of the loop. On a ferrite core loop the nulls are along the line of the ferrite bar.

To accurately DF a signal, the antenna should be rotated until the target signal disappears or is minimized. If the signal is fairly weak, it may disappear over a fairly wide arc of antenna rotation. The direction of the signal should lie in the center of the arc. Note the bearing where the signal disappears. Continue rotating the loop and note the bearing where the signal reappears. The target should lie in the middle of those two points. If the signal is very strong, it may be necessary to reduce the gain on your antenna (if amplified) and/or radio to allow you to identify the direction of minimal signal.

It would be a good idea to practice a bit with a signal on a known bearing. All measuring systems have some level of error inherent in the system. DFing is no different. It is best to know the amount of error inherent in your measurements and report that when you publish bearings. Taking several measurements to targets of known bearing will help develop your skill and determine the level of error in your system.

Radio modes

As was mentioned above, using AM mode to DF a constant signal from one transmitter that is close in frequency to another transmitter presents some problems. Nulling either the target signal or the carrier from the nearby transmitter may cause the tone to disappear. It may be difficult to tell the two situations apart.

In this particular instance, using CW mode would be the best approach. Use a narrow filter, tune to the target frequency, and the carrier from the neighboring transmitter should fall out of the picture entirely. At least it should in this case since it's 1kHz away. It would be a different story if it was closer. Then you DF the CW tone like described above.

Sadly, not all radios have CW mode. SSB would be the next best choice. If the target frequency is higher than the nearby carrier, as it is in the 1180/1181 situation, choose USB. If the target frequency was lower than the nearby carrier you'd want to use LSB. Tune to the target frequency and zero beat the tone. This puts you dead on the target frequency. Slowly tune toward the neighboring carrier until you hear a low tone you can readily identify and that stands out from the rest of the noise. Now you can DF this tone and be sure you're DFing the target.

If all you have is AM mode, well, be aware of the potential problem of DFing the wrong signal and do the best you can. If you get two distinct nulls, describe your situation and report them both.

Magnetic vs True

All this DFing technique is great, but next to useless unless you know the direction your antenna is pointing. Using a compass to find magnetic north and using that as a reference would be the best approach. If you want to go whole hog, you can make up a giant compass rose and put your radio or antenna in the middle of it.

Please don't just assume your street or house is laid out on a true N/S or E/W pattern. Use a compass to verify.

Also, be aware that for most of the world there is a difference between magnetic north and true north. In some cases the difference is quite large. Wikipedia has a nice discussion of this topic. NOAA has a page where you can calculate the exact declination for your location. The FAQ linked from the NOAA pages contains a great deal of information on this topic.

If for some reason you can't convert your bearings to true north, be sure to report them as magnetic rather than true. It is common in navigation to put an 'M' after the bearing to indicate magnetic.

 

I Got The Bird!

 

XM Radio MLB Playoff Schedule

 

10/8/2007

Indians @ Yankees (home feed) 6:00PMET XM 177

Indians @ Yankees (national feed) 6:00PMET XM 189

Red Sox @ Angels (national feed) 9:30PMET XM 188

Red Sox @ Angels (home feed) 9:30PMET XM 176

 

10/10/2007

Yankees @ Indians (national feed) 5:00PMET XM 188

Yankees @ Indians (home feed) 5:00PMET XM 177

Angels @ Red Sox (national feed) 8:30PMET XM 189

Angels @ Red Sox (home feed) 8:30PMET XM 176

 

XM Radio NHL Schedule

Date

Date

Game

Game Time

XM Channel

10/8/2007

Capitals @ Islanders

2:00PMET

XM 204

 

Devils @ Senators

3:00PMET

XM 205

 

Oilers @ Red Wings

7:30PMET

XM 208

10/9/2007

Hurricanes @ Maple Leafs

7:00PMET

XM 207

10/10/2007

Coyotes @ Blue Jackets

7:00PMET

XM 207

 

Rangers @ Islanders

7:00PMET

XM 204

 

Senators @ Thrashers

7:00PMET

XM 205

 

Flames @ Red Wings

7:30PMET

XM 209

 

Canadiens @ Penguins

7:30PMET

XM 206

 

Panthers @ Lightning

7:30PMET

XM 237

 

Oilers @ Wild

8:00PMET

XM 208

 

Kings @ Stars

8:30PMET

XM 236

 

Predators @ Blues

8:30PMET

XM 239

 

Sharks @ Blackhawks

8:30PMET

XM 238

 

Bruins @ Ducks

10:00PMET

XM 205

 

Flyers @ Canucks

10:00PMET

XM 204

10/11/2007

Thrashers @ Sabres

7:00PMET

XM 204

 

Panthers @ Devils

7:30PMET

XM 206

 

Islanders @ Maple Leafs

7:30PMET

XM 207

 

Hurricanes @ Senators

7:30PMET

XM 205

 

Coyotes @ Predators

8:00PMET

XM 208

10/12/2007

Capitals @ Rangers

7:00PMET

XM 204

 

Blackhawks @ Red Wings

7:30PMET

XM 205

 

Flames @ Stars

8:30PMET

XM 209

 

Avalanche @ Blues

8:30PMET

XM 206

 

Canucks @ Oilers

9:00PMET

XM 208

 

Bruins @ Kings

10:30PMET

XM 204

10/13/2007

Devils @ Thrashers

7:00PMET

XM 237

 

Lightning @ Panthers

7:00PMET

XM 238

 

Islanders @ Flyers

7:00PMET

XM 208

 

Capitals @ Sabres

7:00PMET

XM 204

 

Penguins @ Maple Leafs

7:00PMET

XM 207

 

Hurricanes @ Canadiens

7:00PMET

XM 206

 

Senators @ Rangers

7:00PMET

XM 205

 

Flames @ Predators

8:00PMET

XM 209

 

Stars @ Blackhawks

8:30PMET

XM 239

 

Blue Jackets @ Avalanche

9:00PMET

XM 236

 

Wild @ Coyotes

10:00PMET

XM 205

 

Oilers @ Canucks

10:00PMET

XM 204

 

Bruins @ Sharks

10:30PMET

XM 207

10/14/2007

Red Wings @ Kings

8:00PMET

XM 206

 

Wild @ Ducks

8:00PMET

XM 205

10/15/2007

Maple Leafs @ Sabres

7:00PMET

XM 207

 

Red Wings @ Ducks

10:00PMET

XM 205

 

Sharks @ Canucks

10:00PMET

XM 204

10/16/2007

Thrashers @ Flyers

7:00PMET

XM 204

 

Panthers @ Canadiens

7:30PMET

XM 206

 

Flames @ Avalanche

9:00PMET

XM 209

 

Wild @ Kings

10:30PMET

XM 204

10/17/2007

Stars @ Blue Jackets

7:00PMET

XM 204

 

Devils @ Penguins

7:30PMET

XM 205

 

Blues @ Blackhawks

8:30PMET

XM 206

 

Predators @ Ducks

10:00PMET

XM 204

10/18/2007

Rangers @ Thrashers

7:00PMET

XM 208

 

Islanders @ Capitals

7:00PMET

XM 206

 

Lightning @ Bruins

7:00PMET

XM 204

 

Devils @ Flyers

7:00PMET

XM 237

 

Canadiens @ Senators

7:30PMET

XM 205

 

Panthers @ Maple Leafs

7:30PMET

XM 207

 

Kings @ Flames

9:00PMET

XM 209

 

Oilers @ Coyotes

10:00PMET

XM 208

 

Red Wings @ Sharks

10:30PMET

XM 204

10/19/2007

Blue Jackets @ Sabres

7:30PMET

XM 204

 

Hurricanes @ Penguins

7:30PMET

XM 205

 

Avalanche @ Blackhawks

8:30PMET

XM 206

 

Kings @ Canucks

10:00PMET

XM 204

10/20/2007

Blackhawks @ Maple Leafs

7:00PMET

XM 207

 

Sabres @ Canadiens

7:00PMET

XM 206

 

Rangers @ Bruins

7:00PMET

XM 237

 

Devils @ Islanders

7:00PMET

XM 204

 

Panthers @ Senators

7:00PMET

XM 205

 

Hurricanes @ Flyers

7:00PMET

XM 208

 

Penguins @ Capitals

7:00PMET

XM 209

 

Thrashers @ Lightning

7:30PMET

XM 238

 

Ducks @ Stars

8:00PMET

XM 239

 

Wild @ Blues

8:30PMET

XM 236

 

Oilers @ Flames

10:00PMET

XM 209

 

Red Wings @ Coyotes

10:00PMET

XM 204

 

Predators @ Sharks

10:30PMET

XM 206

10/21/2007

Canucks @ Blues

5:00PMET

XM 204

 

Avalanche @ Wild

6:00PMET

XM 206

Date

Game

Game Time

XM Channel

10/22/2007

Avalanche @ Hurricanes

7:00PMET

XM 204

 

Bruins @ Canadiens

7:30PMET

XM 206

 

Sharks @ Flames

9:00PMET

XM 209

10/23/2007

Rangers @ Penguins

7:00PMET

XM 204

 

Thrashers @ Maple Leafs

7:30PMET

XM 207

 

Ducks @ Blues

8:30PMET

XM 206

 

Blue Jackets @ Blackhawks

8:30PMET

XM 205

 

Avalanche @ Oilers

9:00PMET

XM 208

 

Predators @ Kings

10:30PMET

XM 204

10/24/2007

Sabres @ Hurricanes

7:00PMET

XM 205

 

Lightning @ Capitals

7:00PMET

XM 204

 

Canucks @ Red Wings

7:30PMET

XM 204

 

Flyers @ Panthers

7:30PMET

XM 206

 

Wild @ Flames

9:00PMET

XM 209

10/25/2007

Blues @ Blue Jackets

7:00PMET

XM 206

 

Devils @ Rangers

7:00PMET

XM 204

 

Blackhawks @ Bruins

7:00PMET

XM 237

 

Flyers @ Lightning

7:30PMET

XM 205

 

Maple Leafs @ Penguins

7:30PMET

XM 207

 

Thrashers @ Predators

8:00PMET

XM 209

 

Wild @ Oilers

9:00PMET

XM 208

 

Coyotes @ Ducks

10:00PMET

XM 204

 

Stars @ Kings

10:30PMET

XM 206

10/26/2007

Canucks @ Capitals

7:00PMET

XM 204

 

Canadiens @ Hurricanes

7:00PMET

XM 206

 

Sharks @ Red Wings

7:30PMET

XM 207

 

Sabres @ Panthers

7:30PMET

XM 205

 

Avalanche @ Flames

9:00PMET

XM 209

10/27/2007

Sharks @ Blue Jackets

5:00PMET

XM 209

 

Maple Leafs @ Rangers

7:00PMET

XM 207

 

Senators @ Devils

7:00PMET

XM 205

 

Flyers @ Bruins

7:00PMET

XM 204

 

Hurricanes @ Islanders

7:00PMET

XM 208

 

Canadiens @ Penguins

7:30PMET

XM 206

 

Panthers @ Predators

8:00PMET

XM 209

 

Capitals @ Blues

8:30PMET

XM 238

 

Lightning @ Blackhawks

8:30PMET

XM 237

 

Oilers @ Kings

10:00PMET

XM 208

 

Stars @ Coyotes

10:00PMET

XM 205

 

Sabres @ Lightning

10:00PMET

XM 204

10/28/2007

Wild @ Avalanche

8:00PMET

XM 206

 

Oilers @ Ducks

8:00PMET

XM 208

 

Red Wings @ Canucks

10:00PMET

XM 204

Date

Game

Game Time

XM Channel

10/29/2007

Lightning @ Rangers

7:00PMET

XM 204

 

Capitals @ Maple Leafs

7:30PMET

XM 207

 

Sharks @ Stars

8:00PMET

XM 206

10/30/2007

Penguins @ Wild

7:00PMET

XM 204

 

Thrashers @ Canadiens

7:30PMET

XM 206

 

Coyotes @ Blues

8:30PMET

XM 205

 

Red Wings @ Oilers

9:00PMET

XM 208

 

Predators @ Flames

9:00PMET

XM 209

10/31/2007

Lightning @ Devils

7:00PMET

XM 204

 

Hurricanes @ Panthers

7:30PMET

XM 205

 

Blackhawks @ Stars

8:30PMET

XM 206

 

Blue Jackets @ Kings

10:30PMET

XM 207

11/1/2007

Capitals @ Rangers

7:00PMET

XM 207

 

Sabres @ Bruins

7:00PMET

XM 204

 

Lightning @ Islanders

7:00PMET

XM 237

 

Thrashers @ Senators

7:30PMET

XM 205

 

Flyers @ Canadiens

7:30PMET

XM 206

 

Blues @ Wild

8:00PMET

XM 238

 

Red Wings @ Flames

9:00PMET

XM 209

 

Penguins @ Avalanche

9:00PMET

XM 208

 

Blue Jackets @ Ducks

10:00PMET

XM 207

 

Predators @ Canucks

10:00PMET

XM 204

11/2/2007

Flyers @ Capitals

7:00PMET

XM 204

 

Maple Leafs @ Devils

7:00PMET

XM 207

 

Penguins @ Sabres

7:30PMET

XM 206

 

Coyotes @ Stars

8:30PMET

XM 205

 

Predators @ Oilers

9:00PMET

XM 208

 

Kings @ Sharks

10:30PMET

XM 209

11/3/2007

Panthers @ Hurricanes

7:00PMET

XM 208

 

Devils @ Rangers

7:00PMET

XM 207

 

Penguins @ Islanders

7:00PMET

XM 204

 

Maple Leafs @ Canadiens

7:00PMET

XM 206

 

Bruins @ Senators

7:00PMET

XM 205

 

Thrashers @ Lightning

7:30PMET

XM 237

 

Flames @ Wild

8:00PMET

XM 209

 

Blackhawks @ Blues

8:30PMET

XM 238

 

Canucks @ Avalanche

10:00PMET

XM 204

 

Ducks @ Coyotes

10:00PMET

XM 205

 

Sharks @ Kings

10:30PMET

XM 206

11/4/2007

Blues @ Blue Jackets

5:00PMET

XM 207

 

Predators @ Blackhawks

7:00PMET

XM 206

 

Senators @ Bruins

7:00PMET

XM 205

         

 

Sirius NFL Schedule

 

 

October

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Monday, October 8

Away Channel

Home Channel

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

8:00 PM

Dallas Cowboys @ Buffalo Bills

 

124

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

8:30 PM

Dallas Cowboys @ Buffalo Bills

126

123

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sunday, October 14

Away Channel

Home Channel

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1:00 PM

Philadelphia Eagles @ New York Jets

119

130

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1:00 PM

Washington Redskins @ Green Bay Packers

114

140

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1:00 PM

Houston Texans @ Jacksonville Jaguars

121

147

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1:00 PM

Cincinnati Bengals @ Kansas City Chiefs

123

125

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1:00 PM

Tennessee Titans @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers

 

126

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1:00 PM

St. Louis Rams @ Baltimore Ravens

181

122

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1:00 PM

Miami Dolphins @ Cleveland Browns

143

110

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1:00 PM

Minnesota Vikings @ Chicago Bears

107

153

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4:05 PM

Carolina Panthers @ Arizona Cardinals

147

121

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4:15 PM

New England Patriots @ Dallas Cowboys

122

123

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4:15 PM

Oakland Raiders @ San Diego Chargers

126

119

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

8:15 PM

New Orleans Saints @ Seattle Seahawks

122

126

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Monday, October 15

Away Channel

Home Channel

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

8:30 PM

New York Giants @ Atlanta Falcons

126

123

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sunday, October 21

Away Channel

Home Channel

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1:00 PM

New England Patriots @ Miami Dolphins

119

130

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1:00 PM

San Francisco 49ers @ New York Giants

181

122

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1:00 PM

Minnesota Vikings @ Dallas Cowboys

107

121

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1:00 PM

Baltimore Ravens @ Buffalo Bills

143

110

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1:00 PM

Atlanta Falcons @ New Orleans Saints

146

118

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1:00 PM

Tampa Bay Buccaneers @ Detroit Lions

126

114

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1:00 PM

Arizona Cardinals @ Washington Redskins

123

125

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1:00 PM

Tennessee Titans @ Houston Texans

 

152

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4:05 PM

Kansas City Chiefs @ Oakland Raiders

123

181

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4:05 PM

New York Jets @ Cincinnati Bengals

143

119

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4:15 PM

St. Louis Rams @ Seattle Seahawks

126

130

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4:15 PM

Chicago Bears @ Philadelphia Eagles

122

125

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

8:15 PM

Pittsburgh Steelers @ Denver Broncos

122

126

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Monday, October 22

Away Channel

Home Channel