October 2006 ABDX Journal
Vol 2. Issue 1
The October issue brings us looking for catches using homebrewed equipment and using the alphabet for DX. We are always looking for DX on MW next door, and FM/TV, and HF anywhere in the world.
Only submissions from ABDX members will be accepted unless the editor decides the information is so important that it should be added. This will probably be very rare, Should you receive this and you are not a member, go to this URL and tell us a little about you and we will consider you for membership.
This is the site to join ABDX.
The ABDX website URL is:
There are currently 122 members of ABDX. We added five members this month. Conditions are improving and hopefully the MW, LW and SW DXers will soon step up to the plate in a big way.
We do have a new segment added to the Journal. Its called “I Got the Bird” and its for satellite receptions. This has a couple of XM and Sirius sports receptions for openers.
Since we recently got our first LW beacon logs a segment has been opened called “Down in the Basement” for those logs. I hope to see many LW beacon and broadcast logs in this segment.
The HF logs, thanks to all the work by Glenn Hauser and on MW from Willis Monk, this is a monster issue of 70 pages. What a group of DXers who put in many hours at the dials! A turnout like this makes ABDX the great place that it is.
You can get your copy of the journal at www.americanbroadcastdx.com .
Here is the announcement for Octobers CME:
ABDX announces The Brew It Yourself (BIY) CME! The
object of this CME is to roll up your sleeves and put
a little something together to enhance your DX and
then log any stations you can hear! In the early days
of DX, BIY or „home brew‰ was pretty much the only
game in town. The BIY CME is not just for MW either ˆ
BIY works great for FM and SW broadcast DX too! It
might be a simple wire antenna, antenna tuner/crystal
radio, lazy susan for your portable, a homemade loop
antenna, a dipole for FM or SW, an extra clear speaker
to better hear station IDs, a simple noise filter, ˆ
whatever your imagination and your hands can come up
with! We expect a big run on Slinkies, dollar store
speaker wire and PVC pipe, so plan now to avoid
disappointment! This is a great time of year to do
some outside things like antennas before winter sets
in. You also may log any station if you can hear it,
any band, any broadcast signal, tube or modern radio.
We also have a subset of the CME called Alpha-Bet-DX.
Try to get as many letters of the alphabet as you can
with your station loggings. However you can only take
one letter per station. The letter can be anywhere in
the call sign. Doesn’t have to be the 2nd letter of
the call sign or anything complicated like that. It
can include MW, FM and SW broadcast. So basically
you‚d have to log 26 stations to get all 26 letters.
For example, if you log 1070 CBA, that can be your
letter “A”. 820 WBAP can be your letter “B”, etc.
Always open is HF and FM/TV for E skip, Trop or Meteor
skip you may receive during the CME. This time of year
is starting to sizzle up MW reception too, so general
MW loggings are welcome as well.
Also, the Nothin’ But Net segment of the Journal is
open for URLs. Any net station you may hear is open
for the NBN section. Submit them as any other logging.
This CME will run from 1 Oct 0001 to 31Oct 2359 LOCAL
TIME for MW and FM, UTC for SW broadcast - wherever in
the world you are. All logs are accepted whether or not they are part of the specific listed CME topics.
You may use any format to compile your logs that makes
sense to you. All ABDX asks is that you send HF logs
with UTC time and all other logs in local time.
BIY CME logs will be steel gray.
Alphabet logs will be brick red.
Here is the notice for November’s CME:
ABDX is announcing the Nov. CME.
We have Longwave for this month which should please beacon chasers. You can report ANYTHING from 0 to 529 kHz.
There is the 1200 - 1390 kHz MW segment that was requested and will be sure to please AM BCB DXers.
There is an old radio segment, any radio made prior to 1987 and ESPECIALLY tube powered firebreathers. Each log will add a day to your life if you get a tube radio log. An old transistor Zenith Trans-Oceanic will get you a half a day for each log you send in.
As always we are open for the FM and TV logs, HF logs and your favorite internet radio feeds, just send in what it is and the URL for inclusion. Let us know about tests that are upcoming.
This CME starts 1 Nov 0000 and ends 30 Nov 2359. Report LOCAL TIME for LW, MW, FM and TV, UTC for HF broadcast [SW].
You may use any format to compile your logs that make sense to you.
Lets get to the logs…
Kevin Redding, Phil Rafuse and Mike Richard, the ABDX crew.
The Broadcast Band [MW]
Paul LaFrienere – Grand Marais, MN
Many different radios…
At 2033 CDT 01 Oct 06 Mexicans all over the dial here in N.E. MN. Also,
KTNN doing a good job on 660. Earlier this evening KKOW was all alone on
Does anyone know if the Mexican on 1060 plays big band music with EE
singers? SS female announcer.
A good morning for far western DX. All relogs. Nothing new.
660 KTNN AZ Window Rock. 0625 CDT. Rel music and Navajo talk.
Mention of Assembly of God church. Big signal.
690 CBKF1 SK Gravelbourg. 0635 CDT. Mixing with CINF. Both had fair
760 KFMB CA San Diego. 0655 CDT. Local ads. I.D. "KFMB San Diego."
Jim Bohannon show. More I.D.s. No sign of WJR.
880 CHQT AB Edmonton. 0701 CDT. Local news from "630 Ched news."
1190 CFSL SK Weyburn. 0830 CDT. Over WOWO with local news. Fair signal.
Somewhat auroral conditions this SSS 10-16-06. DXing from parking area at
Coast Guard Station North Superior.
690 WIST LA New Orleans. 1906 CDT. Promos for talk programs. I.D.
Talking with Tulane coach. Don't hear this one much any more. They used to
be a semi-regular after CBF signed off at night.
730 KKDA TX Grand Prairie. 1910 CDT. Ad for Greyhound and "Soul 73"
slogans. I.D. KKDA.
770 UNID SS 1850 CDT. With ad for Car Credit City.
770 KAAM TX Garland. 1854 CDT. KAAM call letters mixing with unid SS.
At 2025 CDT 10-16-06. Good signal into N.E. MN 630 WPRO with Hannity. Not
new but rare.
970 WDAY ND Fargo. 0917 CDT. Talk program. Dominant station on 970
nearly every morning.
1080 KNDK ND Langdon. 0920 CDT. Local ads. Into "KNDK weather."
1090 KTGO ND Tioga. 0922 CDT. Country music. Local weather.
1200 KFNW ND West Fargo. 0925 CDT. Contemporary rel music. I.D. "KFNW AM 1200."
1220 KDDR ND Oakes. 0926 CDT. Local football talk on "KDDR-KOVC."
1230 KTRF MN Thief River Falls. 0927 CDT. Ad for "The Hockey Hut" in
1240 KDLR ND Devils Lake. 0909 CDT. Country music. Call letter I.D.
1310 KNOX ND Grand Forks. 0937 CDT. Ad for "Grand Forks Welding &
Machine." Ad for lottery.
1350 KBRX NE O'Neill. 0856 CDT. Making it through the mess pretty good
with ad for jewelry store and local hospital report.
1370 KWTL ND Grand Forks. 0938 CDT. Good with EWTN programming.
1390 KRRZ ND Minot. 0905 CDT. Oldies. Call letter I.D. "Double shot
1400 KQDJ ND Jamestown. 0906 CDT. Talk about high school football. Ad
for meat market in Jamestown.
1450 KZZJ ND Rugby. 0953 CDT. Talking about North Dakota football
playoffs. Local ads.
1520 KMAV ND Mayville. 1000 CDT. TOH I.D. Local weather. Into ESPN.
It's 3:01 p.m. CDT on October 9, and I have just heard KRVA-1600/KHSE-700 ID on 700.
So this one, which had been heard a few weeks ago, testing, parallel KFCD-990 with Spanish religion, has now gone Asian ... but with long English-language commercial break following this station ID.
Keith McGinnis – Hingham, MA
Just logged a new one at 2258 UTC
WLAN 1390 Lancaster PA with "Ain't no Mountain High Enough" into ID and
Alan Furst – Round Rock, TX
Eton E1 and Quantum Loop v. 2.0
There is no sign of KWKH here in Austin this morning. Might be good chance for some to get new stuff on 1130.
Logged KTMR 1KW daytimer from Edna (Victoria)
KWKH usually very strong here.
Check out stations to the west. KNBR 680 is very strong tonight,
maybe the best ever. KNX 1070 in, but gone fast.
Logged KFLT 830 1KW from Tucson, AZ with solid signal.
KVOP 1090 Plainview TX also very strong. Not sure they remembered to
change power at sundown tonight. Good shot at a Texas logging.
Also noticed XEX 730 DF Mexico is unusually strong. Anyone looking
for Mexican loggings should try for that one.
1230 WFOM GA Marietta - 10/09/06 1356 - Bill O' Reilly show. Decent signal
in the afternoon static. "...WFOM, Marietta..." (IEN-GA)
730 WSTT GA Thomasville - 10/10/06 1900 - Sign-off message. Good signal.
"...WSTT is signing off. 730 AM on your radio dial". (IEN-GA)
730 WVFN MI East Lansing - 10/10/06 1905 - Sports news and information. Spot for high school football playoffs. Decent signal in the evening static.
"Sportsradio 730, WVFN". (IEN-GA)
1160 WDJO KY Florence - 10/20/06 2258 - ID on top of the clutter. Decent
signal for the moment it appeared, only to disappear into the mix. "Oldies
1160, WDJO". (IEN-GA)
1200 WAMB TN Nashville - 10/22/06 1900 - TOH ID, local weather and Sing,
Sing, Sing by Benny Goodman. CNN News was on the blink according to the
announcer. Good signal (S9) with a little static and a little fading.
"...Your kind of music. This is AM 1200, WAMB, Nashville". (IEN-GA)
970 WVOP GA Vidalia - 10/27/06 2134 - High School Football (Robert Toombs
Christian Academy Crusaders versus Terrell Academy Eagles). Good signal at
times fading in and out of the mix. "You're listening to Crusaders football
on Oldies 97". (IEN-GA)
Heard on a Sony ICF 2010 and Q-Stick +:
880 KKMC Gonzales, CA 10/10 2343 playing REL music.
1340 KPGE Page, AZ 10/11 2351 playing C&W Shania Twain song.
1340 KCQL Aztec, NM 10/11 2351 running Fox Sports and fighting with KPGE.
1600 KRKE Albuquerque, NM 10/19 2337 with 50s music and slogan "real
1140 CHRB High Bridge, Alberta, Canada 2247 with C&W, slogan "AM 1140"
760 KTKR San Antonio, TX 2258 hockey between the San Antonio Rampage
and the Hamilton Bulldogs. Rampage won. This signal was very large.
Seems like they were using the hockey STA in this case. Very large
I was hunting a classic rock station on 1190 tonight. At the same angle on the Grundig, I caught a ID from XEMBC/Mexicali at 2300 PT
Last night - October 11, 2006 between 10:00 p.m. and 11:00 p.m. ADT, I brought out the trusty 6 foot copper pipe antenna, hooked it up to the binding post [short whip] antenna terminal on my Stromberg-Carlson for Collins R-392 and picked up the following nice catches:
555 ZIZ St. Kitts with usual Carribean pop - very nice and clear!
765 Switzerland - quite clear, playing English language pop/rock
1215 Virgin Radio London England - clear as a bell - playing some
new pop - usually they play older stuff.
1134 Croatia - news etc. quite strong but lots of WBBR splatter
1580 CKDO Oshawa ON - oldies - surprising amount of deep fading
1630 KCJJ Iowa City IA - pop/rock very weak
1680 WTTM New Jersey - usal Spanish language pop
555 and 765 were especially nice catches and certainly not every night occurrences.
Although my pipe antenna is a vertcal, it is not very noisey. Part of this may be that most of it is below ground level. Also, the R-392 seems to be very moise immune.
Keeping the BIY CME theme in mind, I then tried putting my AES antenna tuner kit in series, but it didn't do much of anything to help!
I then tried the same antenna with my Kaito KA1103 - worked pretty well, but the Kaito worked even better with just its built in ferrite bar - those Kaitos are one awfully great radio!
I'm thinking of running the copper pipe through one input on the quatum phaser, and the 70 foot wire through the other.
Sometime I'd like to experiment with an outside copper pipe antenna. I like the idea of 17 feet of 1 inch to 2 inch copper pipe [could be used as well for a 20 metre vertical] sheathed in PVC pipe and phased against the 70 foot wire using the quantum phaser. Sure verticals tend to be noisy, but when phasing, that can be an advantage! Don't think I'll have a chance to do this during the current CME though - too hard to get the pipe home.
I came across this yet again and thought I'd post this link:
While there is a lot of exotic stuff here, there is some simpler stuff
too. Some intriguing ideas for antennas, phasers etc.
This is a really good article - and so easy to understand that I might
try making my own baluns:
Last night after horsing around with the copper pipe antennna for
the BIY CME, I pulled out the Kaito KA1103 nekkid and did the Alpha-
Bet-DX CME - 11:00 to 11:45 p.m. ADT:
A - CBA 1070 Moncton NB
B - WWKB 1520 Buffalo NY
C - CKEC 1320 New Glasgow NS
D - CKDO 1580 Oshawa ON
E - WEEI 850 Boston MA
F - CFDR 780 Halifax/Dartmouth NS
G - CFGO 1200 Ottawa ON
H - CKDH 900 Amherst NS
I - WINS 1010 New York NY
J - CJCH 920 Halifax NS
K - KCJJ 1630 Iowa City IA
L - WBAL 1090 Baltimore MD
M - WMCA 570 New York NY
N - CINW 940 Montreal QC
O - VOWR 800 St. John's NL
P - WPOP 1410 Hartford CT
Q - WQEW 1560 New York NY
R - WRKO 680 Boston MA
S - CHNS 960 Halifax NS
T - CHTN 720 Charlottetown PE
U - CHUM 1050 Toronto ON
V - VOCM 590 St. John's NL
W - WABC 770 New York NY
X - CFSX 870 Stephenville NL
Y - CFCY 630 Charlottetown PE
Z - WBZ 1030 Boston MA
There! I did it! Now, I gotta gear up for the great KEVA DX hunt
later this month - gotta rig up a timer for that one!
What a great DX night here! It started while cuddling baby Timothy
[Timmers] while listing to the R-390A. Imagine - listening to 1630
KCJJ in full 16 KC bandwidth - the sound is awesome! 1KW nights,
2000+ miles away, and I'm listening to this AM Stereo X-bander in
Timmers asleep, I get a strong 1 KHz het on 1520 WWKB. I switch to
2 KC bandwidth, slide up to 1522 and get actual audio - surprisingly
strong - of 1521 Saudi Arabia. Arabic stands out clearly against
the monotonous yack of WWKB.
Then, after Timmers has been placed in his crib, I return to the
well warmed up Collins pulling in a strong Virgin Radio 1215 with a
fairly solid Spanish signal underneath. Likely COPE in Spain. On
goes the Stromberg-Carlson for Collins R-392 to play retired
military radio tag team.
I mark 1215 on the R-392, then seek out 1134 Croatia on the R-390A,
pounding in, playing Croatian pop.
Next, I try the low end on the R-390A, pulling in 567 RTE 1 from
Ireland. A nice, steady solid signal. 530 RVC was its usual semi-
670 Cuba - strong.
675 Arrow Classic rock - quite readable - I like their music.
765 Switzerland - nice signal tonight.
Then I crusied on the R-392 - on 650 I was hearing C&W, no surprise
as the VOCM network station out of Gander NL is on that frequency -
an easy catch. But, I checked out 590 VOCM on the R-390A and it was
the VOCM nighttime talk show. Hmmm, the country sounds too classic,
too "old" for VOCM net - I waited and got the R-390A on 650.
Then I heard the announcer say the magic words "WSM". I have only
picked up WSM once before.
I kept listening - WSM faded slowly, replaced by excited spanish - a
frantic play-by-play of what appeared to be a soccer game. Then,
into a commercial where the word "Columbia" was said with great
pride every 5th or so word.
A very good MW DX night. Neither received home brewed. But both
home repaired/restored. Of course, the antenna was home brewe
Hearing c&w music in KOKC phase null 2255-2310CDT 02OCT06 using the slogan "Classic Hit Country" between songs. Perhaps KRHW-MO? Any other ideas/suggestions? Awaiting my new NRC log to help. Google search turns up nothing for me.
The C&W mx is much stronger this evening in KOKC phase null 2235-2250CDT. No IDs or slogans heard.
I reviewed my recording from last evening and I'm sure I heard "Classic Country KFXZ" at around 2313CDT 02OCT06, Neither KFXZ or KRHW patterns favor Tulsa. To muddy the waters further, all sources I find show KFXZ is gospel mx.
Weak cw "CKDO" ID copied at 2302CDT u/KKKK. My domestic
logging #700 from Tulsa. Thanks to all that arranged the
CKDO cw ID!! [Congrats on #700 ed.]
Heard on Kaito 1103 absolutly naked thru it's speaker from Warwick R.I.
1650 WHKT Portsmouth VA 6:28 PM EDT running radio disney with ad block 10/12/06
Heard on panasonic stereo when doing quick check of band to check conditions :
970 WZAN Portland Maine 9:22 PM gave calls and 970 AM then started talking something about interfaith . 10/18/06
950 WIBX Utica NY 8:56 PM Ad block with home heating for low income starts November 1st. Gave calls WIBX 950 AM
Heard on various radios including Kaito 1103, GE SR 2, Panasonic home stereo, 1990 Dodge car radio at various times thru out the CME and various locations thru out R.I. Prepared and posted 10/14/06 :
A- WABC 770 NY NY
B- WSB 750 ATLANTA GA
C- WCBS 880 NY NY
D- KDKA 1020 PITTSBURGH PENN
E- WEZE 590 BOSTON MA
F- WFAN 660 NY NY
G- WGN 720 CHICAGO ILL
H- WHO 1040 DES MOINES IOWA
I- WICC 600 BRIDGEPORT CT
J- WJR 760 DETROIT MICH
K- WWKB 1520 BUFFALO NY
L- WLIE 540 LONG ISLAND NY
M- WMCA 570 NY, NY
N- WHYN 560 SPRINGFIELD MA
O- WTOP 820 WASHINGTON DC
P- WTWP 1500 WASHINGTON DC
Q- WQEW 1560 NY, NY
R- WSCR 670 CHICAGO ILL
S- WINS 1010 NY, NY
T- WTAG 580 WORCESTER MA
U- WRIU 90.3 KINGSTON R.I.
V- WVNT 620 BURLINGTON VT
W- WNNZ 640 WESTFIELD MA
X- WZLX 100.7 BOSTON MA
Y- WGY 810 SCHENECTADY NY
Z- WBZ 1030 BOSTON MA
Heard a new one tonight.
1490 CA, South Lake Tahoe KOWL 10/10 9:52PM PDT t/in to Laura Ingraham show mixing with Spanish stn, AM 14-90 KOWL ID, weather, SID at TOH and then fade.
1520 WKWH SHELBYVILLE IN 0135 03/10/06 PLAYING TINA TURNER SONG, AND AD FOR A SHELBYVILLE CAR SALES PLACE. [WM-TN]
1520 KRHW MO SIKESTON 0130 03/10/09 PLAYING THE OAK RIDGE BOYS SONG, "YOU ARE MY SUNSHINE." MIXED WITH WKWH. [WM-TN]
1600 WXMY VA SALTVILLE 0730 03/10/06 SONG "BANDY, THE RODEO CLOWN" ID- "THE BEST COUNTRY RIGHT HERE ON WXMY." [WM-TN]
1170 KFAQ OK TULSA 0130 05/10/06 FOX NEWS, FAIR AND BALANCED. AD FOR A TRUCKING COMPANY IN TULSA. ID- "NEWSRADIO 1170, KFAQ" THEN INTO COAST TO COAST AM WITH GEORGE NOORY. [WM-TN]
Wonder if any one else is hearing hets???
I turned all the computers in the house off, as well as the TV, just to
ensure what I was hearings isn't from them. Each of these hets are strong.
But I have no audio, just noise.
Perhaps, someone in the northeast could tell me if they have an audio, and
what they are hearing.
549, 621, 693, 711, 747, 819, 837, 891, 909, 999, 1017, 1053, 1134, 1170,
At 2230 to 2245 on 1134, I have a women speaking in a language that I don't
understand, nor recognize. A very nice strong het, beating against
WBBR-1130. [probably Croatia, ed.]
1400 WBIP MS BOONEVILLE 2250 08/10/06 "..AND THE HITS JUST KEEP COMING ON WBIP.." THEN FADED BACK INTO THE MUD. [WM-TN]
KWKH-1130 is strong here in Tennessee. They haven't switched to the night
pattern in 4 days. I really like KWKH progams, BUT they need to follow the
rules. CHWO is strong here. No sign of KRMG.
What is KTNN-660 playing at this time(0115 EDT). I have a weak station under
WFAN, that sounds country.
1500 WAYS GA MACON 1855 09/10/06 "WAYS, THE OLDIES CHANNEL" (PRONOUNCED AS ONE WORD-WAYS) PLAYING THE BEATLES
AND OTHER ROCK N' ROLL STUFF. "THIS IS THE ONE AND ONLY ALL TRUE OLDIES CHANNEL,W-A-Y-S, MACON" [WM-TN]
Even though Macon is only 200 miles or so south of me, this is a new for me.
Lots of QSB, and sever QRM from the gospel station in Russellville, AL.
830 KOTC MO KENNETT 2010 09/10/06 SIGN OFF RIGHT IN THE MIDDLE OF THE SONG; COUNTRY SONG BY RANDY TRAVIS.[WM-TN]
The frequency was immediately take over by WCCO-830. Can hear WTRU
Kernersville, NC under WCCO. Excellent conditions tonight.
850 WPTB GA STATESBORO 2030 09/10/06 AD FOR SUNNY'S BBQ IN STAESBORO; AD FOR SHAPPNILLS JEEP-DODGE-CRYSLER IN
STATESBORO. MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL ON WESTWOOD ONE. BLASTING IN FROM SOUTH GA. [WM-TN]
540 WWCS PA CANONSBURG 2330 06/10/06
"AM 540 Radio Disney" Strong signal, peaking S-9 at times. [WM-TN]
STRONGEST I EVER HEARD THIS STATION. MUST BE SOME TERRIFIC CONDITIONS!!!
At 2215 EDT, I have a VERY strong station on 1130, they are playing the
loudest black gospel I believe I have ever heard. The ID sounded like
'WEAF', but not sure. On the peaks they blasting away KWKH and WBBR.
All the list I checked show WEAF as sports programming. Can anyone help and
tell me if perhaps this station might have changed formats???
WEAF in Camden, SC. I have never heard them on this late. (If this is in
1360 WMOB AL MOBILE 0240 12/10/06 ID AT 0240 AND GAVE ADDRESS TO SEND DONATIONS TO; SOUTHERN PLAYING GOSPEL MUSIC; LOTS OF QSB. [WM-TN]
1310 WDTW MI DEARBORN 0200 13/10/06 PROGRESSIVE TALK "...WDTW, 1310, DEARBORN-DETROIT" AGAIN AT 0205 I HEARD THE CALL 'WDTW'. LOTS OF QSB. QRM FROM WDOD. [WM-TN]
1230 WODI15/10/06 I have weak CW, to weak to copy and sweep tones at 0001 and again at 0003 EDT. This is with WLBJ-1230 in Dalton, GA just to the south of me.
All call letters are per the second letter of the call. EXCEPT the letter U.
I had to go with the U in the third position.
ABDX ALPHABET SOUP CME
1490 WAZZ NC FAYETTEVILLE 0643 10/10/06
990 CBW MN WINNIPEG 0145 01/10/06
1630 KCJJ IA IOWA CITY 2345 08/10/06
1500 WDPC GA DALLAS 0645 05/10/06
1570 XERF CO CIUDAD ACUNA 0006 05/10/06
1520 KFXZ LA LAFAYETTE 2030 04/10/06
1150 WGOW TN CHATANOOGA 1315 04/10/06
1420 WHK OH CLEVELAND 0200 02/10/06
1360 WIXI AL JASPER 0320 08/10/06
560 WJLS WV BECKLEY 0200 01/10/06
1360 WKAT FL MIAMI 2100 08/10/06
1440 WLWI AL MONTGOMERY 0030 03/10/06
1490 WMOG GA BRUNSWICK 0200 15/10/06
1360 WNJC NJ VINELAND 0100 01/10/06
1230 WODI VA BROOKNEAL 0003 01/10/06
1440 WPRD FL WINTER PARK 0200 03/10/06
1500 WQCR AL ALABASTER 1850 16/10/06
1420 WRCG GA COLUMBUS 2347 03/10/06
1360 WSAI OH CINCINNATI 0300 08/10/06
1490 WTTB FL VERO BEACH 1915 10/10/06
1480 WGUS GA AUGUSTA 2230 02/10/06
1410 KVQ PA PITTSBURG 0158 02/10/06
1130 KWKH LA SHREVEPORT 2130 04/10/06
1390 WXTC SC CHARLESTON 0220 08/10/06
1490 WYYZ GA JASPER 0618 09/10/06
1180 WZQZ GA TRION 0920 07/10/06
640 WCRV TN COLLIERVILLE 1915-1930 16/10/06 "COVERING THE SOUTH WITH BIBLE TEACHING AND GOD'S GRACE, THIS IS WCRV, COLLIERVILLE-MEMPHIS."
1270 KFLC TX FORT WORTH 0000 18/10/06 SAID IN SPANISH, "ESTA ES, KFLC, DALLAS-FT.WORTH." THEN INTO MEXICAN MUSIC. [WM-TN]
1290 KIVY TX CROCKETT 0105 18/10/06 ABC NEWS AT 0001; ID-"UNFORGETABLE CLASSICS ON KIVY, 1290" INTO A SONG BY THE RIGHTEOUS BROTHERS. [WM-TN]
1290 WTKS GA SAVANNAH 0100 18/10/06 END OF C2C REPEAT, THEN INTO FOX NEWS. ID-"NEWS RADIO 1290, WTKS, SAVANNAH." COAST TO COAST AT 0106. [WM-TN]
1290 WHKY NC HICKORY 0116 18/10/06 ID- "WHKY AM 1290, HICKORY" THEN BACK INTO THE MUD.
1310 KMBS LA WEST MONROE 0200 19/10/06 "THIS IS KMBS, WEST MONROE LOUISIANA, THE MUSIC OF YOUR LIFE." THEY WERE
PLAYING SONGS BY DORIS DAY, TONY BENNETT AND NAT KING COLE. AT 0205 A SONGBY HARRY JAMES WAS PLAYED. LOTS OF QRM. [WM-TN]
1160 KSL UT SALT LAKE CITY 2235 20/10/06 ".....HERE ON KSL RADIO......" THEN BEGAN TO FADE. I COULD HEAR A NEWS
STORY ABOUT IRAQ. THE SIGNAL WAS GONE BY 2240. [WM-TN]
1745 EDT 21/10/06 I have a three way mix on 1310. One station is in Korean or Chinese. I know it's one of those oriental languages. One station in Spanish, and WDOD with football.
The oriental stations sounds like a preacher, but don't really know for
sure. I believe the Korean is:
1310 WDCT FAIRFAX VA 5000 500 DA2 ETH KOREAN
Not sure at this time. Any help would be appreciated.
1090 XEFC YU MERIDA 2133 21/10/06 A MAN SPEAKING IN SPANISH SAYING. "EQUIS E EFE CE,MERIDA, LA VOZ DE YUCATAN" PLAYING AN AMERICAN ROCK SONGS IN SPANISH. ON TOP OF WBAL, BALTIMORE. [WM-TN]
1390 WTJS TN JACKSON 0100 22/10/06 END OF COAST TO COAST WITH ART BELL. ID- "THIS IS NEWSRADIO 1390, WTJS, JACKSON" FADED UNDER WJRM. [WM-TN]
1390 WFBL NY SYRACUSE 0105 22/10/06 AT 0105 COMING OUT OF THE NEWS, I THINK WAS FROM FOX NEWS, HEARD THE ID- "NEWS RADIO 1390, WFBL" AND QUICKLY FADED. [WM-TN]
1390 WJRM NC TROY 0110 22/10/06 PLAYING SOUTHERN GOSPEL. HEARD THE CALL LETTERS "WJRM" THEN FADED. [WM-TN]
1690 WVON BERWYN IL 0625 23/10/06 NEWS RADIO 1690. INTERVIEW WITH THE GOVERNORS WIFE, THE FIRST LADY OF ILLINOIS. [WM-TN]
1160 KSL UT SALT LAKE CITY 0020 24/10/06 1160 is blasting into Tennessee. At 0020 had weather report from the channel 5 weather dude; then an interview with a man who's web site is dontvote.com. Mixing with WYLL Chicago. [WM-TN]
1140 WXLZ VA SAINT PAUL 0420 24/10/06 THIS STATION SEEMS TO HAVE BEEN CHEATING. A DAY TIMER STILL ON AT 0400. [OR PERHAPS DOING TRANSMITTER WORK.] RELIGIOUS PROGRAM WITH CHUCK SWINDALL, FULL ID AT 0420. [WM-TN]
1140 CHRB AB HIGH RIVER 0350 24/10/06 COUNTRY MUSIC NON-STOP FROM 0300 TO 0350. THEN A SINGING ID- "CHRB." QRM FROM WXLZ AND WRVA. [WM-TN]
620 KMKI TX PLANO 0005 25/10/06 HAVE RADIO DISNEY COMING INTO SOUTH EASTERN TENNESSEE. ID- "RADIO DISNEY, DALLAS." THEN FADED UNDER THE NOISE ON CHANNEL. [WM-TN]
1450 WGNC NC GASTONIA 1850 27/10/06 NEWS HEADLINES/ WEATHER FOR CHAROLETT, NC. "THIS IS WGNC, YOUR HOME FOR GOOD
TIMES OLDES." [WM-TN]
1450 WGNS TN MURFREESBORO 1848 27/10/06 MIXING WITH WGNC. "YOUR GOOD NEIGHBOR STATION, WGNS" (NOTE THE SIMULARITY OF
THE CALLS) [WM-TN]
790 WNIS VA NORFOLK 0200 28/10/06 COAST TO COAST WITH GEORGE NOORY. BREAK AT TOP OF HOUR, ID- "ON THE HOUR AND ON THE HALF HOUR, NEWS FROM WNIS, NORFOLK." QSBed UNDER RADIO REBELDE. [WM-TN]
1430 KTBZ OK TULSA 0225 28/10/06 "FOX SPORTS RADIO, THE BUZZ" IN A MECHANICAL SOUNDING VOICE. [WM-TN]
1290 KIVY CROCKETT TX 2007 29/10/06 ABC news; ID- "This is Bob Lawrence, thanks for spending part of your Saturday with unforgettable memories, KIVY, 1290" Then into music. [WM-TN]
1400 KENT UT Parowan 10/12 0559 PDT/0859 EDT Faded up for a nice
clear ID "K-E-N-T Parowan" into CNN news. New for station #1326, and
I think a GYDXA record.
1010 XELO CHIH Chihuahua - Noted about 0555 PDT / 0855 EDT / 1255 GMT
//FM with "Radio Lobo 106.?" (apparently 106.1) and local ads for the
city of Chihuahua. Haven't heard them in some time. Conditions
seemed quite good this morning.
Noted while driving home tonight in San Diego:
1700 XEPE-BCN Oceanside Vs. Carlsbad?
1550 KXEX-CA Fresno vs. Memorial? (Panthers/Warriors)
1450 ?? - I can never ID this one. Maybe KTIP-CA?
1380 Probably KLPZ-AZ, usually noted with HSFB.
1370 KWRM-CA Santa Margarita Eagles
1000 KCEO-CA Torrey Pines HS vs. Poway
Stations noted with HSFB tonight (team names not verified yet):
590 KSUB-UT Canyon View (Falcons?) vs. Redmen
660 KTNN-AZ Navajo-accented female announcer, Bulldogs vs. Hornets.
940 UNID weak, probably KNNZ-UT?
1000 KCEO-CA Torrey Pines HS
1120 KPNW-OR caught ID, faded out during what sounded like HS FB.
1230 KBOV-CA "Oldies radio KBOV" - Bishop Broncos
1240 UNID under local KSON-CA.
1330 KGAK-NM HSFB in Navajo
1370 KWRM-CA Mater Dei vs. ?
1410 KERN-CA (weak u/XECF)
1430 KFIG-CA Clovis vs. ?
1450 UNID Still haven't ID'd these guys
1490 UNID u/KMET.
1640 KDIA-CA with local ads
1700 XEPE-BCN blasting in with Cathedral Catholic Dons vs. Mira Mesa Marauders.
I tried to do the alphabet thing tonight, getting 26 stations for each
of the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th letters of the calls. I just missed on the
2nd letter (no J), but got all 26 stations for the 3rd and 4th
KAVT-1680, KBLA-1580, KCTC-1320, KDIA-1640, XEPE-1700, KFOX-1650,
KGST-1600, KHPY-1670, KIRN-670, (no J - couldn't get KJAA or KJOP on
1240, and KJDJ-1030 is no longer possible with XESDD in my backyard),
KKOH-780, KLAA-830, KMPC-1540, KNRO-1670, KOMO-1000, KPNW-1120,
KQLO-920, KRLA-870, KSMH-1620, KTIQ-1660, KUZZ-550, KVTA-1520,
KWKW-1330, KXOL-1660, KYAA-1200, KZZZ-1490.
KGAK-1330, XEBG-1550, XECU-1450, XED-1050, KMET-1490, KSFN-1140,
KOGO-600, KAHZ-1600, KDIA-1640, KSJX-1500, KWKW-1330, KSL-1160,
KSMH-1620, KPNW-1120, KXOL-1660, XEPE-1700, XEQIN-1160, KNRO-1670,
KGST-1600, KVTA-1520, XEUT-1630, KAVT-1680, KDWN-720, KEX-1190,
KDIA-1640, KSUB-590, KMPC-1540, KFXD-630, XEPE-1700, XERF-1570,
XEBG-1550, KSMH-1620, KERI-1180, KZSJ-1120, KFBK-1530, KXOL-1660,
KAZM-780, KERN-1410, KNRO-1670, KGDP-660, KTIQ-1660, KNZR-1560,
KCBS-740, KAVT-1680, XECU-1450, KBOV-1230, KWKW-1330, KFOX-1650,
Nice catch on 760 since KFMB isn't supposed to send much power our
way. I've noted them lately mixing with Mexicans (usually XEES on
West antennas) with WJR phased out. Perhaps KFMB is doing some
antenna work ?
The last two mornings CKWX News 1130 has been reasonably listenable
on good portables barefoot around 0640 CDT. I don't have much signal
here from Milwaukee until they switch to day rig.
I really need more of an effort at SRS DX, but it truly doesn't fit
my life style or normal hours to get up extra early. I think I can
awake about 6:15 and be ready for work and in my field with the BOGs
prior to 7 o'clock ID time. Once news and more ID's, ads, wx etc end
a few minutes later I can disconnect and make my normal train to the
My apologies to anyone trying to get a hold of me via email or online
since I have some computer issues at home due to a flooded basement
from a freaky storm. I think my computer is OK, and may only need a
new keyboard and mouse. Having a basement window come in on my while
at my desk followed by torrents of water is not something I want to
go thru again. Fortunately the window didn't break and landed on my
desk just in front of me.
Some interesting stuff in tonite but nothing new. Decent to Alberta..with
Cool 880 Edmonton (Oldies) about the best ever heard. Rather rare CBX 740 in
there with CWHO phased at times weak and // 1010 and 540. Only bits of BC on
1130 since KWKH is really strong (day pattern ?)
790 KXXX Colby KS(C&W Your brand of country) likely on day power and and
quite strong. KTNN 660 still on day power once again and at times I need to
phase it to hear much from WFAN !! Some BC at times u/WHO 1040 but all in
all things not getting past Alberta and attempts to log Alaska struck out.
No trace of CJDC on 890 and only a rather strong KVOZ u/phase nulled WLS.
Many stations from Manitoba and Sask. in very well.
KNBR 680 good at times, but not so much from KNX 1070 which was only occ in.
Weird to hear some ESPN promos on 700 fading o/u phased WLW. The only ESPN on 700 is sunset skip catch KXLX from WA, but I've never had them on night rig. Later it was KSEV with talk, but they don't carry any ESPN do they ?
Also had some talk coming u/WBBM but just couldn't ID it w/them phase nulled
and then I lost it. I've never had KKOH on night rig w/WBBM on.
This is a more northerly night here rather than a So.Cal/NW Mexican night.
Also had 684 Spain audible on the West BOG's which certainly is rare, but
lots of low band hets...I'll need to get back to the TA BOG's at some point
The action is mostly lower band which has been the norm lately. 684 Spain
audible in the 6 KHz BW earlier on non TA oriented antennas and many
Quite good to prarie Canada. Cool 880 best ever..ie entertainment quality
oldies on peaks but big fades w/Brandon's C&W QRM (WCBS phased). CJDC 890 IDed for the 2nd time and also an ad for an auction. C&W mx u/phased WLS and bothered by KVOZ and traces of other stuff.
There is only 1 C&W stn on 840 at night and it is CKBX with 500 watts from
BC and again I had about 1 minute of C&W song with WHAS phased (this isn't
Nebraska which would blow WHAS away if on at night on these antennas) but
lost it to an unID Mexican when cx shifted. Hopefully I can luck out with an
ad or ID or something more positive than format since I cannot report this
as anything other than unID.
No luck on 910 for AB, and the only thing of use from the C&W hrd was a
Minot ment about 11 PM. No AB in other needed places like 630, 680FF, 930.
Sask FF on 860 decent at times (very rare) with Toronto phased (Sask had a
man, Toronto a gal speaking).
UnID US stn on 860 with a gal talk show host..866 number and USA network
news, as well as USA net sports break. With CJBC phased out this is almost
certainly somewhere west of me, but nothing fits my internet searching.
XEPE often rolling over Iowa's Spanish pest KBGG tonite in what are superb
I was simply stunned to have KFXX 1080 in well 45 minutes prior to
Portland sunset yesterday !! Semi-local WNWI was phased out, and the
minimal QRM was oldies, likely KVNI, rather than KRLD. Over to 1190
and KEX was soon in w/WOWO phased and KEX was also noted, but
weaker, for about an hour and a half after Portland sunset,
presumably on night pattern, which would be a first, unless they
switched very late.
Over to 860 and KPAM was o/u the mess of stns with CJBC phased out
just after 7 PM. KOA's IBOC messes up 840/860 prior to 6 PM MST even
though I'm nearly 900 miles from Denver :( .
New to the air KPMH 840 was noted just after 7 PM local or 29
minutes prior to Modesto SS !! This was o/u phase nulled WHAS on
peaks. A few hours later, I had some Viet in there which surprised
me considering KPMH's nite pattern, but cx to CA/OR were awesome
KDJQ 890, KBOI 670, KKOH 780, and bits of KDWN 720 all noted thru my
phased 50 KW locals prior to their respective sunsets.
KFIA 710 was quite strong with WOR phased out, using LSB to get away
from local WGN. By far the best I've ever had them. No sign of
needed KSPN when I tried a bit earlier.
A bit after SSS ended at 7:30 since all mainland US stns had gone to
night rig, my So Cal upper band fun started. Cash 1700 was atop huge
pest KBGG's Spanish on peaks for a couple of hours and new for me.
Most wanted KNZR 1560 was noted with only little traces of NYC's
Disney pest. Over to 1540 and I managed to dig out 1540 The Ticket
from far u/KXEL's preaching for my third newie in less than an hour
from the So Cal area. Over to 1580 and phased CKDO and bits of SS
religion were in. Ments of Dios..etc etc. I suspect needed KBLA, as
I don't think XEDM (who's sig has deteriorated over the years) has
rlg in the eve's do they ? Anyhow..I still chase KBLA and note that
I logged them as KDAY from about 1980 from college in eastern
upstate NY on my TRF !! Oh to have some channels that clear once
again. KNBR was blasting in and KNX quite nice. KFMB was in there
mixed u/XEES with others with WJR phased. Once again no sign of most
wanted KFWB 980.
830 CA KLAA Orange with fishing report 2050-tune-in to 2100 PDT 10/5.
Excellent signal in null of KNCO Grass Valley and over the buzz. ID
about 2101. I somehow missed the info that they had switched from SS to
EE after the call change.
1580 ON CKDO....Not heard (so far) on dx test. Genuine mix of AZ,CA &
OR stations but no sign of sweep tones or another station in there.
774 JAP JOUR Akita above all the noise with nice signal 10/4 0630 PDT.
1566 SK HLAZ Cheju...barely making it 0645...
A quick scan of the band between 9:15-9:30pm PDT found these FB games in
630-KPLY Reno NV
660-KTNN Window Rock AZ
830-KNCO Grass Valley CA
830-KLAA Orange CA
880-KCMX Phoenix OR
950-KAHI Auburn CA
1150-KAGO Grants Pass OR
1380-KTKZ Sacramento CA
1580-KGAL Lebanon OR
1600-KUBA Yuba City CA
A couple dozen hets up and down the dial. Must have been nice reception
somewhere on the coast without all the bloody noise I get here in the
Checking the dials between 2355-0040 Oct 10-11 found several big
At 0000 the eclectic music atop the frequency ended and a man started
talking in French. This was soon followed by a CBC Saskatchewan ID
followed by CBC News in French. CBKF-2 Gravelbourg SK. In nearly 50
years out here I had never heard this before. Thanks to Mike Hawkins
for tipping me about this one now that KTRB Modesto has left the
Checking 650 a bit later found KSTE Sacramento having huge problems with
both KRTR Honolulu & CKOM in Saskatoon(?)...All three were audible with
decent signals the entire time I listened. CKOM also was a new one
here. They had talk but when first heard at 0010 it was not syndicated
but involved Saskatchewan.
640 had someone behind KFI. Sounded spanish & mucho music but not
border music. Also there was a huge het on 639 but I couldn't bring in
any audio. Beamed toward the South Seas.
880 noted Cool 88 in/out with the many others..so good Canada night.
830 KLAA Orange has been so strong lately they must be running their day
50 kw at night as well. Just beating up on much closer KNCO Grass
Someone is currently carrying a high school football game on 690 mixing
with CBU & XETRA...At times with decent signal...End of 3rd quarter,
score 20-14. Names mentioned were Hillcrest & The Broncos....Suspect
either Prineville or Blackfoot...Anyone out there in the area that can
check this? [after a bit of egg on face, it turns out to be KSLJ Blackfoot, ID ed.]
KXL-750 noted carrying Portland-Seattle NBA preseason game as well.
10/21/06 approximately 0600-0635 PDT....San Francisco CA Drake R8A
Actually not much to talk about....TPs practically non-existent...no
sign of 774 Japan....Did have audio (fair/weak) from HLAZ-1566 S.K. and
decent hets on 639-648 & 828...Weaker hets on half a dozen other
Domestically, KUBC-580 Montrose CO noted under KMJ around 0600 with c&w
music.......Manti UT doing well between 0615-0630 on 650, didn't note
(at least an ID) from KGAB Cheyenne this morning, but they may have been
there. 660 had Calgary behind Window Rock....700 was dominant Salt Lake
City "The Zone"....750 KHWG Fallon NV loud between 6-6:30 so probably
running day power..IDed 'KHWG Fallon NV with a full 10 thousand watts,
The Hawg (+ pig snort)'...Similar to KPIG-1510 here in the Bay Area.
830 Orange seems to have remembered to switch power at sunset the past
week as Grass Valley predominates. 860 mush, with KPAM Portland
in/out...870 had WWL atop with ID shortly after 0600, also noted at
midnight so a regular here lately (right Mike?)...Nothing much above 900
I've been reading some of the strong MW reports recently and wishing I had time to see what was going on. Tonight, for a few minutes, I got to listen in the car while my daughter was in Girl Scouts.
Two things caught my attention... first, I finally heard something on 1710 (strongest when I first listened... about 1855 ET). Could it be the Lubavitcher Pirate? A song was played, followed by lengthy talk (not EE, SS or FF... Hebrew?). Of course, the signal level was low and generally overridden by distant static (there were storms about 200 miles away in Eastern TN), so it's hard to offer specifics on what was heard.
Second, I immediately heard a strong het on 1520 (about 1910, ET). It's not like that's unheard of, but the signal level was hot (more like a solid evening on the East Coast of FL). Listening to WWKB, I caught a few seconds of deep fade from Buffalo with a peak on 1521. I'm pretty sure I heard AA audio for ten or fifteen seconds. That's a first on the car radio.
FWIW, I was surprised to heard non-Disney programming from NYC on 1560. I didn't think Disney stations were allowed to stray (even O&O's).
Reading all the input about good conditions tonight I (laughably)
actually tried a few TA frequencies, 1134-1206 etc...Nothing could make
it thru all my various noises but it WAS different.
Hello gents. Had some fun yesterday on trip up to Kemmerer, WY to do some engineering work. Decided to see how many alpha-bets I could do. I call these the “ABC’s of 189” since both scans were done on U.S. Highway 189 which is the main route to Kemmerer from Interstate 80.
First alpha-bet scan – taken from 5:45pm to 6:15pm – having some nice late-day DX. All letters done, all stations on AM. Chrysler Corp AM Stereo / FM Stereo radio:
550 KRAI Craig, CO Country
1510 KLLB West Jordan, UT black gospel
1010 KCPW Tooele, UT NPR news/talk
1060 KDYL South Salt Lake, UT MOYL
1240 KEVA Evanston, WY Classic country (**am stereo**)
1110 KFAB Omaha, NB news/talk
1390 KLGN Logan, UT adult standards
790 KGHL Billings, MT country
1180 KOFI Kalispell, MT oldies
890 KDJQ Meridian, ID oldies
630 KTKK Sandy, UT talk
750 KOAL Price, UT talk
650 KMTI Manti, UT country
1100 KNZZ Grand Junction, CO news/talk
1370 KSOP South Salt Lake, UT classic country
980 KUPI Ammon, ID classic country
1230 KJQS Murray, UT ESPN
570 KNRS Salt Lake City, UT news/talk
730 KSVN Odgen, UT Spanish
670 KLTT Commerce City, CO religious
610 KVNU Logan, UT news/talk
1330 KOVE Lander, WY country
1290 KOWB Laramie, WY news/talk
1660 KXOL Brigham City, UT Spanish
1410 KWYO Sheridan, WY adult standards
910 KWDZ Salt Lake City, UT radio Disney
Second alpha-bet scan – taken from 10:00pm to 10:45pm.
Complete – all letters done, all stations AM. Chrysler Corp AM Stereo/FM Stereo factory radio.
1510 KGA Spokane, WA news/talk
1530 KFBK Sacramento, CA news/talk
1520 KOKC Oklahoma City, OK news/talk
1690 KDDZ Arvada, CO radio Disney
800 XEROK Ciudad Juarez, CH Mexico Spanish
640 KFI Los Angeles news/talk
650 KGAB Orchard Valley, WY news/talk
1040 WHO Des Monines, IA news/talk
1180 KOFI Kalispell, MT oldies (although running Bruce Williams at time)
580 KMJ Fresno, CA news/talk
1020 KCKN Roswell, NM classic country / Spanish
750 KOAL Price, UT news/talk
940 KMER Kemmerer, WY oldies
660 KTNN Window Rock, AZ country/Navajo
850 KOA Denver, CO news/talk
820 WBAP Fort Worth, TX news/talk (**AM STEREO**)
1170 KFAQ Tulsa, OK news/talk
1140 CHRB High River, Alberta Canada country (mixing with KSFN)
1140 KSFN Las Vegas, NV sports (mixing with CHRB)
1030 KTWO Casper, WY news/talk
580 KUBC Montrose, CO classic country
1680 KAVT Fresno, CA radio Disney
870 WWL New Orleans, LA news/talk
1120 KMOX St. Louis, MO news/talk
1210 KGYN Guymon, OK country
1100 KNZZ Grand Junction, CO news/talk
I think next I’ll go park up high on a hill and do an all-FM alpha-bet scan so I can hear all the Salt Lake City FM’s.
1180 KOFI USA MT Kalispell - 23 Oct 2006 0857 MDT - Noted this morning in the parking lot at work before heading into the office. Local ad for Kalispell Ace Hardware, ID, into news. 50kW/10kW, 940 mi. (DEH-2300) (New - #291, MT #1)
Noted one AM 1500 WLQV Detroit MI, sometimes on top of WTWP 1500 Washington DC and a ballgame from RFK stadium.
Several IDs of AM 1500 WLQV and several commercials and promos of up coming programs heard here in central NY.
BTW, does anyone happen to know who the station on 1500 just happens to play oldies?
I was listening to WFIF out of CT hours before sunset Friday afternoon in eastern and northeastern NY [ The North Country...Plattsburg/Dannemora region ] on my travels to that area, and noted an oldies station that would often mix with WFIF and WTWP. Murphy’s law of course would have it so that whenever there was an ID from the oldies station, its signal would fade. [never fails!]
Also noting two pirates on 1710 with a het. The usual pirate suspected from the NYC region is on and is actually transmitting at 1709.9 kHz. There is another station dead on 1710 but can not make out any programming.
Tonight on 1520, I'm getting a het. Put the receiver into upper sideband mode and tuned in the signal causing the het, which is on 1521. The programming sounds like its Arabic or something, then again I don't speak or understand any other languages but English. The signal is very weak here but audiable at 10pm eastern 10/03/06.
Ok hopefully someone knows who this station is....
I ran across a station in a mix of noise on 1700khz last night that was airing Coast To Coast AM. I thought I heard something to the effect of talk radio 570...so somebody has probably just fired up a new transmitter or changed formats.
I took a peek at C2C AM's website,....no station on 1700 khz listed as an affiliate.
I thought I heard a "K" call sign in the mix....but who knows, the band was very long last night...so maybe we'll have a repeat performance tonight. [probably KKLF ed.]
At 12:40 AM eastern, Saturday morning 10/21/06 hearing a strong het on Radio Disney WQEW New York City. Switching the radio to a narrow filter I'm hearing some foreign language station on 1557khz. Signal fairly strong...running around an 10 over S-9 over compared to WQEW's 20 over S-9 signal.
Plus Saudi Arabia is booming in on 1521 khz
...a weak het on 1500 WTWP....sounds like something on 1503khz but getting too much slop from WTWP to pull out the weak signal
A few local graveyard stations, which normally basically disappear into the noise here at night, are listenable tonight. [ 1230khz Little Falls NY (sports) and 1450 Rome NY (BBN) ]
I tried at 12:27 AM EDT - all I heard was KVOP, Plainview, TX,
with "This is the Voice of the Panhandle, KVOP, Plainview, the
I'm getting WOR in the clear (rare) and WHAM in the forefront and very listenable (exceptionally rare) down here in South Carolina.
My logging from last night was with an antenna I have around the ceiling
of my shack. I use it mainly to phase against, but noise on the low end
of the band was horrible with my Kiwa and Quantum loops. The ceiling
loop was much quieter. It's about 40 feet of wire run around the
ceiling into a run of twinlead soldered to a connector.
590 Unknown call and city Cuba R. Rebelde, // 5025. Fair to very good
at peaks with call-in show. Thanks to #mwdx chatroom. Also heard
Mexican national anthem at 0100 Eastern Oct. 13, 2006
Thanks to Ben Dangerfield's DXTIP last night, I bagged this one at about
2230 local time. It was coming in great, peaking at S9+20 at points.
The parallel on 1521 was hard to dig out from under 1520 Buffalo
however. I know there's a shortwave parallel too, but I didn't check.
10:45 660 WFAN New York, NY "on 660 WFAN" New! (Slate-TN)
11:07 1470 WLQR Toledo, OH
Popped out of mix with Oilers-Redwings NEW! Checked the Redwings radio
list and this was the only 1470 (Slate-TN)
9:09 1540 CHIN Toronto, ON "more ethnic programming and music on CHIN RADIO " new Canadian #2
I was awake early this morning and decided to try for KFI around sunrise this morning. It turned out 640 was a very interesting frequency to park on for a few minutes.
WWLS, Moore, OK, was dominant when I first tuned in at 6:47 am Central. Their slogan is "The Sports Animal" and their morning show is called "The Morning Animal" with a couple of wiseacre male hosts. They were in throughout the morning, usually dominating the channel.
There was also some XE-sounding station underneath WWLS at this time. I'm not sure if it was an XE or a domestic, but I suspect the former. It was running Nortena music (including one song that sounded like a Spanish version of Alvin and the Chipmunks) but I didn't hear anything close to an ID or slogan. But then at 7:00 am Central. . . .
WCRV, Collierville, TN, popped up out of nowhere to dominate the channel; first heard a weather report by man, sponsored by a local insurance agent, and then into gospel music. Apparently 7:00 is when they switch to their 50 KW day power/pattern. At 7:03, the signal started to fade and by 7:05 it was under WWLS---a terrific example of the sunrise terminator in action! And finally. . . . .
KFI, Los Angeles, CA, through WWLS at 7:30 with news, traffic reports ("KFI, the talk station with the most traffic reports") and local reports (child molester in Irvine, etc.). I used the Sony ICF-2010 with its internal loopstick (and headphones!).
This morning was an example of what intrigues me about AM DXing----how changing propagation and power/pattern changes can produce very different reception in a short period of time.
1300 KCMY Carson City, NV 10/25/06 8:05 AM Heard TOH news, with mentions of Nevada, "My Country" slogan and KCMY ID. Fair-good, trading places with semi-local KAZN. Formerly heard as KPTL (I don't count call changes as new). (BL-CA)
1440 KMED Medford, OR 10/24/06 8:10 AM. These guys are a pretty reliable visitor when conditions are decent. They also ID a lot. Fair-Good. Relog (BL-CA)
1490 KOWL South Lake Tahoe, CA 10/24/06 8:00 AM. Heard CNN Radio News, followed by ID. Previous logging was on overnight recordings. Morning post-sunrise conditions are definitely picking up. Fair-Poor. Relog. (BL-CA)
What I did notice between 2020-2035 PDT 10/25 was...
640-someone pushing KFI around. Was spanish..probably Mexico
660-KTNN-AZ booming in with Navajo dance chants. Sounds like they're
going on the warpath..
750-North blanked out..not much here.
830-someone giving KNCO-CA a hard time..probably Orange again.
860-Talk sounded more spanish than french so probably XEMO..Noise was a
880-KCMX-OR atop 2030 for ID.
950-Assumed KAHI with rock music..usually they carry talk. XEKAM
1060-All Calgary, no KRCN-CO here. How come I'm always the last to hear
these good ones?
1070-CFAX really butchering KNX.
1090-KBOZ-MT doing a hatchet job on XEPRS...Both sports.
1130-CKWX-BC audible on any turn of the loop
1140-CHRB-AB blistering KRAK-CA
1180-KOFI-MT with Gordon Lightfoot etal...usually talk
1210-KHAT-WY noted @2020 with weather for Northern Colorado & Easstern
Wyoming. 45 in Cheyenne. KHAT ID into sports....Very rare here.
1220-1700 a lost cause
860 KTRB CA, San Francisco is testing with a very
strong open carrier 1358 PDT / 2058 UTC 10/25.
The Whole Earth [HF]
** BRAZIL. Based on an accurate automatic timesignal at 0515 Oct 6, I might
have guessed I was monitoring Nepal, but it was on 11925 and in Brazilian
Portuguese monolog, so must have been R. Bandeirantes, São Paulo, which is 24 hours. Why would they have a timesignal on the quarter-hour? Do they every 15 minutes?
** CANADA. RCI on wrong frequency again! Oct 6 at 1323 found The Current about women in Israel crossing the wall between secular and orthodox in both
direxions --- on 9490 instead of 9515, // 13655. I wonder if the RCI French
broadcast before 1300 was also on 9490. In the morning, 9490 is scheduled only
for the Radio Sweden relay at 1130-1200, so maybe that was on 9515! I e-mailed
Moncton master control at 1405, kept monitoring, and finally at 1425, 9490 went
off; around 1428:30, one sesquihour into the transmission, 9515 came on with
** MEXICO [and non]. Co-channel QRM to XEXQ, 6045 around 1300 has been traced to an unlisted transmission from V. of RUSSIA, q.v.
** PAKISTAN [non]. Checked for Deewa Radio Oct 6 at 1303; only fair on 11510
via Sri Lanka transpolar, but JBA on 15645 Morocco, which as far as I could
tell, was not in synch, as one would expect from two separate IBB sites. Talk
presumably in Pashto, mentioning Pakistan, and 1306 ID in passing, seemed to be pronounced Dee-WAH RAY-dee-o. At 1339 I thought I heard a bit of English,
perhaps something about to be translated
** PORTUGAL. RDPI putting in best signal by far from Europe on 13m, Oct 6 at
1329 on 21655, better than another of theirs on 21830 aimed elsewhere, just as
they were opening a special transmission mentioning this and numerous other
frequencies, in anticipation of joining Antena-1 at 1345 for live coverage of
Russia vs Portugal first round play-off, I guess referring to futebol. Then
some nice Portuguese music to warm up.
** RUSSIA. Making my usual attempt to hear XEXQ on 6045, Oct 6 at 1259 I
finally got a lead on the perpetual fast SAH co-channel interference.
Unmistakably, ``Great Gate of Kiev``, the V. of Russia IS, and after 1300 it
sure sounded like Chinese language.
** U S A. Regarding my previous observations of various unjammed spurs
involving R. Martí 11930 Greenville. Now that we know that 11720 Hausa at 2030 is really Greenville too, it all falls into place, leapfrogging to produce the
spur on 12140 at 210 kHz separation; just as the 11965 spur results from mix
with Creole on 11895 at 35 kHz separation; and 12015 from two Martí
frequencies, 11845 leapfrogging 11930 at 85 kHz
** ETHIOPIA [non]. Oct 6 at 1926, found lo-fi monolog in uncertain language on
15565. Background noise from time to time as if not recorded in a proper
studio, and sent over phoneline, still going past 1932. 1954 recheck, cutting
to vocal music, also lo-fi; 1956:30 YL mentions democrasi and Ethiopia,
addresses in Amsterdam and Los Angeles 9000-something, website, but fade
between www and .org! A few seconds before 1959 went into theme song or anthem, but cut off abruptly at 1959*.
** GABON. I really must tune the 18-21 MHz range more often, even tho it is
mostly empty. Oct 6 at 1934 I found a rather strong steady signal on 19160,
with only slight fading, peaking at 20 over 9 --- but considerably
undermodulated and with some ``generator hum``. Hilife music, quickly confirmed as Africa Number One by // 9580, where the signal was much inferior. 1946 ANO ID and put phone caller on the air briefly in French, 1948 back to music; 2000 four-pip timesignal, ID, news with stingers every few seconds.
** MOROCCO. RTM, 15345, Oct 6 at 1924 with muezzin, and for once, no het from Argentina, either off or not propagating. 1925 pause for YL announcement, more muezzin, and still singing past 1932; good signal
** U S A. Since I have been unsuccessful in hearing WBCQ on 18910-CLSB for
quite a while, I should note that on Oct 6 at 1930 it was inbooming louder than
WYFR on 18930 or 18980, with monotonous YL preacher
** CANADA. Getting ready to listen to Vinyl Café via RCI, after hearing part of
The House on 9515, I went to 13655, but it was missing at 1357 UT Oct 7.
Quickly scanned the rest of 13 MHz for the transmitter on wrong frequency, but
did not find it, nor on any other band. However, it came back on in time for VC
starting at 1405. Afterwards at 1500 it went off again, but back in time for
Quirks & Quarks at 1505 --- must be having problems
** CHINA. CRI English heard on new unlisted 15595, Oct 7 at 1350 with ID and
``Chinese Idioms`` overriding some other station. That would be DW in Dari via
Wertachtal, per EiBi. Don`t find any listing of CRI on 15595, including July
update of ILG and WRTH A-06 supplement, so must be a recent addition, and just another example of how not to be a good neighbor
** GABON. Looking for the Africa Numéro Un harmonic of 9580 on 19160, it was
indeed audible, Oct 7 as early as 1334 with music, but just barely compared to
the previous afternoon; a little better at 1426 recheck. May well build up
during the day
** U S A. Checking WRMI, 9955, Saturday Oct 7, did not tune in until 1245 and
found the new exile show ``La Nueva Nación`` was just ending, so it`s only a
quarter-hour, not a half-hour as assumed. But there was NO jamming, as
previously this time period had been occupied by English, World of Radio, in
fact. 1246 full WRMI bilingual ID running almost a minute, and as usual pushing
schedule further behind; 1247 filling the gap with unscheduled airing of
Monitor DX, so I went ahead and listened. Mentioned a number of stations and
what they were doing in the 1940s; not sure if this was based on anniversary
dates, or just random info, including South Africa, Yugoslavia, Turkey,
Malaysia, Peru. Then a clip of R. Antarki, Lima, 1110.
Main feature was about Radio Guairá, ZP6, Paraguay, 840 and inactive 5975, with clip of its sign-off. Closing at 1300 credited José Elías Díaz along with
speaker and producer Daniel Camporini in Argentina.
As Jeff promised, WORLD OF RADIO 1331 ran afterwards, axually starting at
1302:20 and ending at --- 1331! Undermodulated by comparison as it seems to be on mp3 file if you can`t adjust the playback volume. This bumped AWR Wavescan which had been at 1300, but then it followed at 1332, so that in turn bumped something else, not sure what. Fortunately Wavescan runs well short of a semihour, because at 1358 recheck, huge open carrier from WEWN was ready on 9955
** FRANCE. V. of Africa relay was finally audible on 21695, Oct 9 at 1412 in
music during English broadcast, and // much stronger 17850, but no trace of an
RFI signal in English on 21620
** IRAN [and non]. Is jamming broadcasts from Israel to Europe and North
America. Oct 9 at 1511, 15760 had a strong het on the high side around 15761,
and also some bubble jamming audible in the background, but the KI Persian
language broadcast was atop. Hmmm, maybe that`s why they jam it, but it`s aimed 318 degrees toward us, not Iran
** MAURITANIA. ORTM finally heard on 4845, Sunday Oct 8 around 0555, and on past 0615 in Arabic. Previous days had been off the air at this time. Why would they have a different sked on Sunday during Ramadan? Christian influence nevertheless?
** MAURITANIA. ORTM, 4845, on again UT Monday Oct 9 at 0455 check, an hour earlier than I checked the night before, Arabic talk, VG signal but static
crashes, and there was a rumble in the modulation seemingly correlating with
audio peaks. Needs some tweaking, and may explain why they were not running 24h for Ramadan earlier. Still going at 0515
** SAUDI ARABIA. Seems BSKSA has at least two transmitters putting out that
awful raspy buzz preventing us from appreciating their recitation of the Holy
Qur`an: Oct 9 at 1518, very strong on 15435 as usual, but same buzz also
audible along with very weak // 21460. That makes us wonder if it originate
before the transmitters, somewhere in the audio feedline. But it doesn`t happen
on their other services around this time
** SRI LANKA. VOA, 12150, Border Crossings show, 1522 Oct 9, with some early white rap music, as the host identified it, and admitted this was pre-recorded for Columbus Day, as he tried to explain that in a politically correct manner. This is Iranawila aimed almost due north toward us, good but with some flutter
** SUDAN [non]. Sudan Radio Service, 17660 via UK, Oct 9 at 1514 with drums and ID in English, 1515 into program about land mines; splatter from 17650 WHRA gospel music
** U S A. Tuned into WBCQ 7415 just a bit too late to confirm that WOR 1331
aired OK as scheduled at 0415 UT Monday Oct 9. At 0444 there was already open carrier, and then off. The webstream also had silence, but left it on and at
0448 heard the previous week`s WOR 1330 start playing. A fine way to fill
webstream time after-hours
** U S A. Derry Brownfield show on both WWCR 12160 and WWRB 12180, Oct 9 at 1527, and absolutely synchronized as they both take the same satellite
downlink. WWRB stronger here, but greater frequency, site or time diversity
would be a more effective tactic than paying double for these identical transmissions only 20 kHz apart
** FINLAND. Surprised to hear Finnish on 9705, Oct 10 at 1345. Hmmm, where
could that be from? Sure `nuff, // 15400, but an echo apart indicating widely
divergent propagation routes. 15400 is aimed at us, but 9705 could be long
path, aimed 130 degrees from Pori
** FRANCE I`ve found RFI`s missing 1400 UT broadcast in English. Not on
21620, but on 6120! Oct 10 at 1407 came across news in English with British
accent, sounds rather like 9740 BBCWS but not //. Then, a quick ID for RFI.
Fair with no QRM; still going altho weakening at 1441 recheck. Something new? I
should have noticed it on previous bandscans if it were there. At this hour it
must be a Far East relay. Then checking the references we find in EiBi, HFCC
and ILG that this hour on 6120 was previously scheduled as RFI in Vietnamese
via Yamata, Japan, 300 kW, 235 degrees, so was this a program feed mistake, or may we depend on it from now on? Nothing heard on 7220, which was also listed for this English transmission as a relay via Chita, Russia. As always, RFI`s
own website is worse than useless http://www.rfi.fr/langues/statiques/rfi_anglais.asp as not updated since 2005
** GABON. ANO harmonic 19160, again audible weakly Oct 10 at 1411 check with music and talk in French; could not have IDed it except by // 17630
** CHINA. On 5420, Oct 11 at 1240 music and talk in uncertain language, and SSB QRM; 1248 sitar-sounding music, and I think I heard a bit of Russian, but this WOOB hour is scheduled as the CNR-8 minority service in Mongolian from Beijing
** CHINA [and non]. Oct 11 at 1302, on 10450 ex-10400, fluttery carrier but no
modulation audible, presumably Sound of Hope. At 1304:30 carrier strengthened
when jamming transmitter came back on, and must be zero-beat. 1305 starting up Firedrake modulation. At 1328 also a weak signal on 14700, presumably Firedrake ex-14600 as Olle Alm reported yesterday. At 1403 checked 10450 again, when the weak carrier with flutter had a bit of audio, and 1405 Firedrake resumed
** CUBA. CRI relay, 13740, open carrier already on at 1354 Oct 11; well, not
exactly open, as accompanied by terrific squeal out to 20 kHz either side
** CZECH REPUBLIC. Interview in English with Rt. Hon. Kim Campbell made me think this was RCI on 15350, tho not // CBC relay on 13655, Oct 11 at 1423, but program ended at 1425 with ID as R. Prague! There is no 1400 English broadcast on their schedule at http://www.radio.cz/en/frequencies#en except the WRMI relay from WRN on 7385, so trying out a new transmission, or relay site?
** FRANCE [non]. After discovering RFI in English at 1400 on 6120 the day
before, I tuned in earlier Oct 11, at 1356: a mix of at least two stations, one
of which was surely Singapore`s Indonesian service. After 4-pip timesignal at
1400, RFI emerged in the clear, again with English, presumably via Japan,
instead of previously scheduled Vietnamese
** GUAM. On 11880, Oct 11 at 1351 a ballad with Karaoke-style echo; at first I
thought it was in Thai, but announcement by YL at 1357:30 seemed to be in
Vietnamese, off at 1359* sharp. EiBi, however, shows this as KSDA in Khmer, on
Wednesdays and Sundays only
** GUATEMALA. TGLT 4780 and TGMI 4800 were audible as late as 1225 Oct 11 with Guatemalan music
** INDIA. Maurits van Driessche had AIR on 15040 at 1530, no language
mentioned, as well as R. Farda. The latter seems unlikely unless a mixing
product, and I have not monitored at that hour, but I also heard AIR on 15040,
Oct 11 at 1313 playing some music with country and then jazzy elements; SSB QRM from 15035 Canadian forces, Trenton with usual weather broadcasts. At 1314:30 an ``All India Radio`` ID, and closing in Burmese; after a pause, from 1315 a YL in another language, Persian? Mentioned Afghanistan, so it is Dari as
scheduled, but not on this frequency. Cut off abruptly at 1318:45; the Dari was
just a runover. 15040 is not in the usual references at all, but AIR is definitely there at least for the Burmese broadcast. Checking Jose Jacob`s A06
schedules at http://www.qsl.net/vu2jos/es/language.htm
** KOREA NORTH. A bit of Korean music, 1233 Oct 11, fair signal, from KCBS on 2850
** KOREA NORTH [non]. Shiokaze, 9485 via Taiwan, Wed Oct 11 at 1307 was in English telling an abduction story, with music; fair
** KURDISTAN [non]. V. of Mesopotamia is starting to be heard well again, 11530 via Moldova with Kurdish talk about democracy, Oct 11 at 1437; also with music earlier in the hour
** LIBYA [and non]. Afternoon visitor check Oct 11 at 1325 found ANO 17630
suffering co-channel QRM with SAH; 17670 had at least two signals with SAH, one of them in Arabic
** MEXICO. XEXQ, 6045, audible as late as 1402 Oct 11, with usual SAH
** PHILIPPINES. VOA, English, 6160, Oct 11 at 1254 finishing report or
commentary by André de Nesnera, with echo. Could well be both long and short
** RUSSIA. Wed Oct 11 at 1256, just after tuning up from RNZI on 7145,
surprised to hear the RNZI bell bird IS on 7165, via a VOR program in Russian,
and then at 1257 a clip of rustic music mentioning Vientiane, Laos. Appears to
be a DX program on Golos Rossii, here on SE Asia service in Russian via
Vladivostok. What is the full schedule for it?
** SOUTH CAROLINA [non]. Brother Scare, on WWRB 9385, Oct 11 at 1306 was over-modulated, distorted, with cross-talk and splattering. Aside from that,
** U S A [non]. Deewa Radio, Oct 11 at 1345 on 11510 Sri Lanka had several
mentions in passing of ``Voice of America``. Better than // 15645 Morocco, the
latter with a het on the low side; 11510 was running 2 seconds behind 15645
** CZECH REPUBLIC [non]. The new R. Prague English transmission 1400 on
15350 is via Sackville. Oct 12 I was monitoring 15350 with V. of Turkey music
until abrupt 1355*. Then at *1400:35 open carrier came on, no clue from where,
but 1401:45 into Claude Jardin/Garden harmonica fill music! Which must be
coming from RCI master control in Montréal! And we actually got to hear a
couple of cuts all the way thru, one with piano accompaniment. But where`s R.
Prague? Joined news in progress at 1403:30, and this time, ran past 1427 with
something about Moravia instead of transmission schedule in Czech, but this too
was cut off abruptly without any good-bye at 1429* VG reception again. Perhaps
on the third day they will get everything coordinated? And DX-Mix News Bulgaria
now confirms it is Sackville, 250 kW, 285 degrees out toward the west
** FRANCE [non]. RFI, 6120 in English presumably via Yamata, Japan,
rereconfirmed Oct 12 at 1401 check, poor signal today vs noise level
** SOUTH CAROLINA [non]. Oct 12 at 1224 on WWRB 9385, distorted Brother Scare was going over his SW schedule, and said that from today there will be another test starting at 2000 UT on 13730 with 250 kW to Europe. I expect this is
another Guiana French relay
** TURKEY. VOT, 15450, Thu Oct 12 with Live From Turkey starting around 1250, first with a pre-arranged call to/from an academic at the Technical University commenting on the French parliament ruling that it is illegal in France to deny the Armenian genocide. This has upset the Turks, who see it as totally
unjustified, and bound to harm relations with France and the rest of Europe.
(And what about freedom of speech, even if wrongheaded, I ask??) It`s
``outrageous`` tho there is a possibility that historians and scholars will be
They gave the phone number two or three times, but quickly, and still not often
enough if they really want to get more calls. I think I copied it correctly:
+90 312 491 2896. Then they call you back at their expense.
After some disco-beat Turkish music fill, at 1309 on comes perennial David
Crystal from Israel, who was required to comment first on this affair. Said
most of what he knows about it comes from listening to VOT, but normally
tolerant Turks may have gone overboard against peaceful Armenians, not just the Armenian `gangs` causing the trouble.
Then at 1311 David managed to talk about what he really wanted to this week,
the Israeli version of ``Wife Swap`` TV show, in one episode of which, a Jew
and a Moslem pulled this off successfully (I assume despite the provocative
title, just as in the US version, there was no sexual hanky-panky involved, or
at least revealed. It`s more like ``Mother Swap``, a family thing).
1319, back to the show hosts who propagated the Turkish line on A.G. --- there
was no such genocide; only a few were killed in the disturbances. Armenians
were merely deported for collaborating with the French and the Russians who had designs on Turkish territory as the Ottoman Empire was crumbling. And how
ironic that at almost the same time, the Nobel Prize for literature has been
awarded to a Turk. Only one iteration of the VOT IS before closedown. Then I tuned down to 15380 for some beautiful qur`aning from BSKSA, and when that went into talk, further down to 15350 for TRT music in Turkish to 1355* And then to Czech/Canada, q.v.
** CANADA. Confirmed that CFVP 6030 Calgary is still on the air, tho you will
never (hardly ever?) hear those call letters. Oct 13 at 1223, just as I tuned
in, ``Classic Country AM 1060`` ID at fade-up vs residual dentroCuban bubble
jamming still running after R. Martí closed, but still a mostly darkness path
from Alberta, and at this time no problem from Asia
** CZECH REPUBLIC [non]. R. Prague via Sackville, 15350, Oct 13 started English on time at 1400, unlike previous days. Oldrich Cip tells me this experimental broadcast started October 9. 1427 cut to transmission sked in Czech
** MEXICO. R. Mil, 6010, G signal much better than usual, at 1222 Oct 13 with
newstalk discussion, commercials and promos. A lite het from something. I
haven`t tried to measure it, but a recent report put XEOI on exactly 6010.0.
XEXQ, 6045, 1225 Oct 13, poor compared to R. Mil, but piercing soprano
certainly audible now and still several minutes later
** VENEZUELA [non]. RNV via Cuba, 11705, Oct 13 at 1253 had a hum and
modulation was low. Wiggle that patch cord! Previously had been loud and clear
** CANADA. Another wrong frequency from Sackville. Sat Oct 14 at 2053-2057 I
found R. Netherlands in English on 17760, instead of scheduled 17660.
Unfortunately, this was right next to RCI/CBC itself on 17765, and there was a
big het between them. I hope the respective transmitters and associated
equipment were not damaged by the unintended proximity. RN via Bonaire was //
on 17735, 15315 and to Africa weaker 17810, but slightly out of synch with
Sackville, just a reverb apart. Close of transmission did not mention any
** CZECH REPUBLIC [non]. I checked out the closing of the 1400 broadcast
Saturday October 14 on 15350 via Sackville; the final item was about Bollywood
in Prague, and then they said goodbye until the weekend. Wait a minute! This is
Saturday. It IS the weekend, already. Could this have been a stale Friday
broadcast? Yes! Checking the audio archive at http://www.radio.cz/en/listen
this was the one labeled Friday October 13 at 1300. So the 1400 programs are
running a day late; why? BTW, two daily English broadcasts, one at 1300 and one at 1600 are in the audio archives, so I assume that means there are two
separate semihours each day with different content. Do they alternate thruout
the SW broadcast day, or what? Why don`t they make this clear? No, the program schedule does not show two sets for each day: http://www.radio.cz/en/programme altho ICE apparently pre-empts other programs on certain Saturday broadcasts, which ones, not shown on this page. Too many shows to fit into one semi-hour? Some of them are monthly or fortnightly, but they don`t say exactly WHICH weeks they are on. Why don`t they make all this clear?
** FRANCE [non]. I keep expecting to hear 6120 at 1400 via Japan back in
Vietnamese as originally scheduled, but so far English has continued, Oct 14 at
1400 with timesignal 5 and a half seconds late (I had just synchronized my
watch with WWV), indicating a rather circuitous program feed routing, ID and
David Page with news. SAH of about 6 Hz from Malaysia(?) carrier continued
** GABON. The harmonic on 19160 is getting to be a regular catch, but it seems
to remarkable that I am going to keep looking for it and reporting it. Keep in
mind that of all the much stronger and closer signals on 31m, only 9580 ANO is
audible on a second harmonic. Oct 14 at 1853, fair signal, and at 2055 with
hilife music, good signal peaking at the usual 15 over S9 on the FRG-7 meter
** NEW ZEALAND. No sign of RNZI analog 7145 around 1352 Oct 14, tho DRM was going on 6090-6100; nor anything on 9870. Later this day at 2049, I could hear nothing but Brother Scare on 13730, so suspect RNZI analog transmitter is still down; but DRM audible on 15715-15725 --- hint: report DRM frequencies as
covering 10 kHz spans, which is the truth. Don`t you believe the upper right
corner of the home page http://www.rnzi.com which says:
``On the Air --- We are currently broadcasting on 13730 AM & DRM 15720 kHz in
the 21 & 19 m band. The programme on-air is Relay of National Radio. The live
audio stream is active``
** POLAND [non]. Re B-06 R. Polonia relay plans --- Look at all those
broadcasts in various languages back to Europe. All they need to do is dedicate
one hour a day via GUF to NAm, half in English, half in Polish. Could be a
playbacks of earlier broadcasts to Europe requiring no additional studio
produxion time or even anyone on duty in the middle of the night in Poland, if
that would be a problem
** U S A [non]. While we know that VOA Hausa at 2030-2100 on 11720 is via
Greenville on weekdays, the same frequency was much too weak on Sat Oct 14,
when French instead is scheduled, closing at 2059. So that`s still Morocco
site. In fact, Zanzibar on 11735 which was also just signing off with its tinny
anthem had a much stronger signal than 11720
** CANADA. The second hour of Sounds Like Canada is well worth hearing today Monday, as on RCI at 1505-1600, 9490 (wrong frequency again instead of 9515), 9625 (CBCNQ), 13655, 17800 and Eastern zone CBCR1 webcasts: first half, interview about the Canadian Telecommunications Hall of Fame; second half about the late Lister Sinclair, of Ideas.
** CANADA. You`re on the wrong frequency again Monday morning, 9490 instead of 9515 for RCI/CBC. Suggest you just leave it there today until 1600 UT sign-off for those who are listening to the tribute to Lister Sinclair (Glenn Hauser,
OK, around 1540 UT to Moncton Master Control, via DXLD) First noted when I
tuned in at 1417. The same thing happened last week, forgetting to change
frequency from the R. Sweden relay earlier in the morning (gh)
** CZECH REPUBLIC [non]. Monday Oct 16 compared the R. Prague transmissions: 15350 via Canada had Mailbox at 1405-1409, music break and 1411 Letter from Prague, which I assume are Sunday features. 7385 via WMRI was not // and presumably the Monday program off the WRN feed. If WRMI can get today`s show to relay, why can`t Sackvillle?
** EGYPT. 15670, Oct 16 at 1438, fair carrier, but weak distorted audio only at
talk modulation peaks. Slightly more modulation making it thru at 1504 recheck.
This is typical of Cairo on several frequencies, and this one is scheduled in
Pashto from Abis at 1430-1600. Can`t imagine anyone willing to listen to this
in Afghanistan, only in Oklahoma as a curiosity
** FRANCE [non]. RFI English still going Oct 16 at 1400 check on 6120 via
Japan; usual weak signal here. After a week, perhaps we can depend on this
continuing and need to note only if it disappear or convert to Vietnamese
** LIBYA [non]. V. of Africa, 17850 via France, Oct 16 at 1435 was mostly open
carrier. When I turned it up and strained, I could detect some very weak
modulation in English. At least there was no hum this time!
** NEW ZEALAND. Once again RNZI analog missing from 7145, Oct 16 at 1402, but DRM still running on 6090-6100. I wonder if they are starting to phase out the
antiquated AM service?
** PHILIPPINES [or non?]. Lively Mandarin service on 7400, Oct 16 at 1415,
which I guessed was CNR-1, but EiBi says: 7400 1400-1630 PHL FEBC Manila M FE i Did not get an ID, so that`s what it must be --- or is China now jamming FEBC too?
** SAUDI ARABIA. The big buzz from BSKSA allowed me to detect their otherwise unintelligible signal on 21505, Oct 16 at 1433 during bandscan
** U S A. More garbage from the IBB Greenville transmitter on 11930 with Martí:
Oct 16 at 1454 I found dirty spur at modulation peaks only, no carrier,
covering roughly 12105 to 12125, i.e. 185 kHz away from 11930, which itself was
buried in heavy jamming, but unlike previous spurs, this one was no fun to
listen to, even for the highly motivated. Then looked for matching spur 185 kHz
below 11930, and sure enough, there it was around 11740-11750, and QRMing VOA Korean on 11740 Philippines. How about at double 185? Yes! Also audible tho very weak around 11550; should have been 11560, so the 185 figure is only an approximation as there was no carrier to pin down. Nothing heard to match that on the high side
** CUBA. RHC French, 11720, clear and fair signal at 2151 Oct 16, // 11760.
This must be a leapfrog produced by the RHC Spanish transmitter on 11800. But
before I had any more time to enjoy it, the 11760 transmitter went haywire,
into loud crackling noise completely overriding French audio on channel, and
intermittently splattering out to plus and minus 50 kHz or so
** CUBA [and non]. Radio Martí on new 9515, Oct 16 at 2203, news to me but not to the DentroCuban Jamming Command which was almost covering it up. // 13820 Delano but 9515 running about 3 words or one second behind 13820, not what you would expect for Greenville. Could it be some new unknown relay site? Need to see how it matches to other // 6030 and 11930 Greenville. 9515 is not shown on the non-updated R. Martí schedule grid at
http://www.martinoticias.com/frequencies.htm but after cutbacks earlier this
year, RM is now again on four SW frequencies at once instead of three. RM
Greenville is scheduled on 9565 until 2200, and when I checked that at 2204,
some leftover jamming was still running there against nothing
** NEW ZEALAND. RNZI analog still missing, nothing heard on 13730 at 2145 Oct 16, whilst 15720 DRM was inescapable. It seems the Brother Scare test via
Guiana French on 13730 is only one hour at 20-21
** TURKEY. VOT IS, 9830, Oct 16 at 2155 leading up to English to North America; but marred by strong het of 1 kHz or less. This carrier on the hi side got
stronger relative to VOT after programming began at 2200, making VOT impossible to listen to, at least without a very good notch filter. No modulation could be heard on the carrier, but I suspect it is the same one with RTTY in the
mornings which ruins Voice of Vietnam on 9830
** U S A. ``KAIJ, Dallas, Texas, USA`` ID at 2159:20 Oct 16 on new 9895,
interrupting Defunct Gene Scott before he finished what he was saying --- wait
a minute, he NEVER finishes what he is saying --- and then into Genesis network
promo. It appears KAIJ has added some new frequencies and programming, filling otherwise unsold hours here and there with DGS who used to be their only
** AUSTRALIA. Oct 17 noticed that RA did not broadcast a Perspective commentary at 1355, which on several previous occasions they have rudely interrupted for unannounced frequency changes. At 1357 on 9580, Roger Broadbent said 6020, 9580, 9560 and 5995 were closing, and 7240, 6080 and 5995 were about to open; then 9580 went off at 1358. Should have also mentioned 9590 which was continuing
** CZECH REPUBLIC [non]. R. Prague experimental relay via Sackville, 15350, Oct 18 at 1400 in English. Not // WRMI relay on 7385, but sounded like same YL
announcer, probably recorded 24 hours apart. BTW, this scheduling won`t work in B-06 as Turkey will be on 15350 until 1500; maybe R. Prague will shift an hour
later. At least, it should if it stay on 15350
** FRANCE [non]. RFI reconfirmed once again Oct 18 in English starting at 1400
on 6120, presumably via Japan. I am still concerned this is a mistake and will
revert to Vietnamese any day, since a supposedly current TDF schedule still
shows it as such
** INDONESIA. On 4790, Qur`an at 1305 Oct 18 but QRM from MARS SSB net on low side, complaining about QRM from ``radio station``. This would be RRI Fak2, Papua.
Since other VOI/RRI non-tropical frequencies were reported back on the air Oct
17, I was hoping 9525 would reappear, too on Oct 18, and indeed it did.
Excellent signal at 1314 with usual mix of Indonesian talk and wide variety of
folk and modern music, but no ``Under the Double Eagle`` bed today. 1335
mentioned Nusantara; 1349 the canned English ID referring to website which is
still inaccessible. 1357 sign-off announcements, 1358 NA already mixing the CRI
Russian warming up with Chinese music, and Suara Indonesia off before 1400
** MYANMAR. Burmese music and announcement, Oct 18 at 1258 on 5986, poor but no signal on 5985 to QRM it; WYFR scheduled to go off 5985 at 1245. Yangon maybe really on 5985.9 as usually reported
** NEW ZEALAND. You never know now from one day to the next whether RNZI will be missing from its analog schedule. Oct 17 at 1353, 7145 was back on the air with report on New Caledonia nickel-mining strife
** U S A. Have made some perfunctory chex of KAIJ`s new frequencies and find
strength quite variable, which is to be expected here in the skip-or-not zone,
less than 400 km from McKinney TX. Oct 17 at 1414 the 9975 signal was very
poor, not DGS. Oct 18 at 1311 it was The Power Hour #2, mixing with a FE
station in language, per EiBi KTWR in Cantonese, and with a fast SAH and KTWR was gaining over KAIJ. Is there anything about KAIJ on The Power Hour website? Of course not! Then before 2200, 9895 was quite weak too
** CZECH REPUBLIC [non]. Tuned in 15350 at 1359 Oct 19, and nothing.
Crash-start at 1400 for R. Prague experimental relay in English via Sackville,
** FRANCE [non]. RFI English at 1400 on 6120 has lasted one more day,
reconfirmed Oct 19, presumably via Japan. And the carrier SAH from Singapore
always lingers until 1401
** INDONESIA. Our celebration Oct 18 of the return after a month of Suara
Indonesia to 9525 was short-lived. Gone again Oct 19, at 1313 and later chex
during that hour
** LIBYA [and non]. Afternoon visitor check Oct 19 at 1329 found on 17690 a
mixture of two stations in Arabic, partly music, SAH and oscillating jamming
** MALI [and non]. Happened upon 5995 at 0601 October 19, just as RTV Mali was IDing in French over a nice interval signal I don`t recall hearing before.
Apparently just at sign-on time. Fair signal and no problem from 6000; Cuba and
WYFR apparently off. However, as I listened further, by 0603 I realized the
noise in the background must be DRM from RTL France, 50 kW, non-direxional, 24 h via Luxembourg on 5985-5995, so here is a case of QRDRM to an innocent analog
** NEW ZEALAND. On Oct 19 at 1351 and also after 1400, RNZI was totally
missing, neither analog on 7145, nor DRM on 6095 audible. Just to be sure
propagation was OK, I checked for RA and there it was on 6020 with IS before
** TURKEY. Live from Turkey, Thu Oct 19 on 15450, good reception, from tune-in at 1255 discussing the upcoming end of Ramadan when they can pig out after
fasting (excuse me, they did not use that expression!). And at 1258 bringing up
perennial caller David Crystal from Israel. He corrected an earlier comment of
his from August about Israel`s bombing of a particular site in Lebanon.
According to him, the targeters made a mistake, and previous reports about what
happened were lies by the Israeli military. Then he was glad that the US
restricts what Israel can get away with, especially Palestinian provocations
which might lead to their genocide. He was trying to get into a third topic
about a ``Mother Swap`` TV show instead of ``Wife Swap`` but they cut him off
at 1308. I must say, the show is handled unprofessionally. There was really no
urgency to cut him off, unless there is an arbitrary 10-minute time limit, so
they could play a bit of music before some more conversation in the studio,
inconsequential except mentioning the new B-06 frequencies for this
transmission which will be one hour later at 1330 on 12035 to Europe (and us,
we hope) and 11735 to Asia. Squoze in a few news headlines, hard to understand the announcer; only one IS iteration and off by 1320
** U S A. KAIJ`s new frequencies, 9975 in the morning and 9895 in the
afternoon, are experimental, and so is the programming carried; don`t expect
any regularity. Perhaps some permanent new frequencies will show up in B-06.
The facility has been neglected and needs a lot of work. The old 100 kW
transmitter may not be up to full power for a couple of weeks, and could be
running as little as 40 or even 20 kW now. The only funxional antenna is the
one aimed NW; the other antennas are unusable and the second transmitter of 50 kW is gone. What they really need is a rebuild from a new site, preferably
closer than Frisco to Dallas where engineering oversight would be available.
13815 is no longer in use and will not be heard again (5 kHz from R. Martí).
Here in the skip-or-not zone, I could not even be sure 9975 was on the air
around 1402 UT Oct 19
** AUSTRALIA. Was not expecting to hear English on 11825, but there it was as I tuned across, Fri Oct 20 at 1334, ``English from Australia Program No. 50``, in
RA`s Standard Chinese service via Darwin
** CHINA. Firedrake with good signal, but fluttery, Oct 20 at 1312 on 10450;
JBA on 14700 at 1335, and not audible on 13970 if there
** FRANCE [non]. One more day the unscheduled English service of RFI survives, Oct 20, presumably via Japan on 6120, starting weakly but clearly at 1400 after 5-second-late 4-pip timesignal
** GUAM. Oct 20 at 1355 on 12105, English lesson on how to spell HEAVEN, which is better than any vacation spot in eastern US or Canada; VIVID, and MINUTE. This educational service brought to us by the KSDA `Mandarin` service
** INDONESIA. Missing Oct 19, but 9525.0 was back Oct 20 with Suara Indonesia, at 1303 with Warta Berita by M, but now there is crosstalk from another program in Indonesian, W speaking clearly audible underneath. It`s always something! 1319 on the top channel, canned English ID and reference to website. Usual wide variety of music, 1358 NA and off
** IRAN. IRIB in Arabic, 15150, Oct 20 at 1337 with Qur`an, coming in well
** ISRAEL. KI, 15760 in Hebrew, Oct 20 at 1340 with big hum, into country song
** LIBYA [and non]. CVC Chile, 17680 had co-channel from Arabic music, Oct 20 at 1344, so Sawt al-Amal and jammers must have been there at the moment
** NETHERLANDS [non]. Dutch on 5910, Oct 20 at 1328 from RNW, mentioning
website, 1330 Nieuws. This is Petropavlovsk-Kamchatskiy per EiBi, but not //
9900 which is Khabarovsk. At least not synchronized, as I did not take time to
figure out the delay between them, and poor reception in these relays for
** NEW ZEALAND. RNZI missing again from analog 7145, Oct 20 at 1331 and later, but DRM buzzing away on 6095. Beginning to wonder if they have changed
frequency from 7145, but DRM obviously has priority now as the DRM transmitter
is also capable of analog
** ROMANIA. RRI, 15105, Oct 20 at 1336 in English mentioning Romania`s friendly people; doesn`t always make it but today good signal marred by flutter and usual muffled modulation, making it a poor alternative to the other English
broadcasts from Europe audible at this hour, e.g. Sweden via Canada 15240
** RUSSIA. Don`t usually hear this aside DGS WWCR 5935, but Oct 20 at 0532
dialog in Russian was making it on 5940: per HFCC that would be Yakutsk, 50 kW, 40 degrees, at 17-13 UT
** SOUTH CAROLINA [non]. WWRB with Brother Scare, 9385, incredibly bad
modulation, distorted and splattering with spikes out to 50 kHz away, Oct 20 at
1324; to boot, crosstalk from The Power Hour as I heard that mentioned
underneath as BS paused for breath
** FRANCE [non]. RFI, 6120 presumably Japan, heard on more day, Oct 21, opening at 1400 after delayed timesignal. This time Singapore turned off its 6120
carrier closer to 1400 than 1401
** GERMANY. I thought DW was running DRM on 6140, but Oct at 21 it was lower, seemingly centred on 6135 so logged as 6130-6140, and the schedule at
shows it at 06-08 now on 6130, (i.e. 6125-6135), 200 kW ND to Eu. And it was
right up against Spain [non] on 6125
** INDONESIA. Suara Indonesia again missing from 9525 at 1332 check Oct 21
** MEXICO [non]. Vatican Radio in Italian, totally blocking Mexico on 6185, and
Vatican was also overmodulated, distorted, at 0602 Oct 21. This is supposedly
aimed 35 degrees from SMG, but a LOT of signal is coming our way toward CNAm, and, Mexico, which does not exist as far as HFCC is concerned, despite having met in Mexico City a few seasons ago! In B-06 Vatican will be blocking R.
Educación between 0330 and 0745; all we can hope for are propagation
disturbances or extremely low MUFs from Europe. Then at 08-11, CVC Chile will
ruin 6185 the rest of the night
** NEW ZEALAND. Again Oct 21 checked around 1337, no signal on the scheduled analog frequency of RNZI, 7145, whilst DRM on 6095 was buzzing away. And again, no admission on the website http://www.rnzi.com that 7145 is not really on the air. Is anyone hearing any of their analog transmissions? Could it be they have turned analog off just to see if anyone notices or complains? My hand is up
** ROMANIA [and non]. Re the Oct 20 report: rechecked Oct 21 at 1350, BBC in
Hausa was the dominant signal on 15105 instead of RRI; nothing but a SAH of
some 11 Hz presumably from RRI underneath. But BBC does not start until 1345. If you go by azimuths and targets, RRI should still be on top, as it is 250 kW at 307 degrees from Tiganeshti, while BBC is 250 kW at 65 degrees from
Ascension. An excellent example of how transequatorial propagation trumps the
other factors. It seems this situation will continue in B-06 as RRI doe not
make a timeshift
** BRAZIL. Recently on the radioescutas list there was another complaint of RNA being on the `same` frequency as R. Guaíba. Perto, but no charuto; Oct 22 at 2202 I measured RNA with its usual excellent signal on about 11783.2, and no
trace of Guaíba here, nominal 11785. A few weeks ago RNA was also varying in
the 11783 area
** CHILE. Here`s another harmonic to look for on the 19 MHz band besides Gabon 19160: CVC on 19270, 2 x 9635. Adan Mur says it was booming into Paraguay; 9635 is currently scheduled 13-22 UT and from B-06 is to expand to 12-24, in Spanish on 30 degree beam
** CUBA [and non]. Oct 22 at 2148 found almost-open carrier on 9515 leading up
to R. Martí opening at hourtop on its new frequency. Almost open, because I
could already hear some weak RM modulation on 9515, // 9565 which was heavily jammed, but no jamming yet on 9515. At 2149 a tone test briefly overrode the weak audio on 9515.
I am hearing those rapid clicks as previously reported on 6081 and elsewhere,
in the vicinity of dentroCuban jamming against R. Martí, so I think they are
spurs from the jamming. Oct 22 at 2151 on 9630 approx., hard to pinpoint with
no carrier, which is 65 kHz above 9565; and also around 11981-11982 at 2204,
which is 51-52 kHz above 11930. There was nothing in particular on 9630 or
11980 which would be a target of deliberate jamming
** EGYPT. R. Cairo and WYFR didn`t learn their lesson last winter; once again
they are destined to collide on 11885 during R. Cairo`s North American service
in English at 2300-2430, as per tentative B-06 schedule in DXLD 6-156. (Cairo
has been in the clear on 11950 during the A-season.) WYFR will be scheduled:
11885 2300-0145 140 13 100 That is, aimed at Brazil, but we know this puts plenty of signal off the back toward us, effectively blocking Cairo in much of NAm. I assume Cairo still isn`t participating in HFCC, allowing everyone else to assume it is not on the frequencies it is on
** GABON. ANO harmonic, 19160 = 2 X 9580, Oct 22 audible when first checked at 1351 with hilife music. Still audible, much later than before when next checked
at 2208 in French talk, deep fades between S7 and about 5 over S9; and still
there at 2224-2240 with hilife music. This is getting close to local midnite in
Gabon. Perhaps some T-E propagation primarily observed on VHF is in play for
part of this path
** INDONESIA. RRI, 9525 was back on, Sunday Oct 22 at 1348 with music and Indo announcements. I was not listening closely after that, but I heard no Suara
Indonesia ID, NA at 1358 as is usual. Instead, mostly music continued and
modulation ended around 1400 but carrier stayed on well past 1400 causing a
rippling SAH against China in Russian. Therefore I suspect some other RRI
service was on the frequency this date
** NETHERLANDS [non]. Oct 22 at 2158 I noticed an open carrier on 11730 but
kept tuning. When I came back shortly after 2200 I heard R. Nederland in
Spanish opening the program Ciencia y Salud. Wait a minute; altho 11730 is an
old RN frequency I remember from my earliest monitoring of Lopik, RN has no
Spanish broadcast scheduled at 2200 on this or any other frequency! And 11730
is not on the current RN schedule at http://www.radionetherlands.nl/features/media/schedule060326.html
nor is it on the B-06 Spanish schedule we already have, in DXLD 6-155. However,RN does plan to use this in B-06, from Bonaire, in Dutch during this same hour to NWAf. I can only assume this was a test in advance of that. RN Spanish programming feed is available 24 hours on satellite, and Ciencia y Salud
appears with many repeats on Sundays, perhaps currently at 2200 but not then in the B-06 program schedule
** U S A. DGS again heard on 9895, Oct 22 a 2152, must be KAIJ testing again,
only fair signal here in the skip-or-not zone. Also hearing DGS // on 10475, at
2153, usual weak signal from unknown source, probably not KAIJ
On 7520, Oct 23 at 1336, heard slowly-enunciated Chinese (standard, I think),
but with buzz-saw jamming. Per EiBi, KTWR is getting the treatment: 7520 1100-1500 GUM KTWR Trans World Radio M FE
** INDIA. AIR opening GOS in English on 9690 at 1330 Oct 23, announcing
numerous frequencies, some to Australia, on other bands such as 16, 19 and 21
meters! They must have played the wrong tape, probably the one for the 1000 UT broadcast, because this one is on only 3 frequencies on 9, 11 and 13 MHz. Weak but clear. An hour later when the mailbag should have been on, at 1430, had become inaudible with adjacent QRM. Meanwhile I checked some other AIR
frequencies just after 1330. Compared to 9690, 9820 was stronger with music,
and 10330 even stronger with talk
** INDONESIA. Suara Indonesia, active on 9525, Oct 23 at 1320 with song, segue to another song at 1327; could not hear anything on 11860 which seems to make it to Europe at this hour; too much Harold Camping adjacent. 9680 at 1329 was going from Qur`an to instrumental music with the usual CCI. Back to 9525: 1350 English ID; 1358 sign-off mixing with CRI music, NA, and VOI carrier on past 1400
** LIBYA [and non]. The Ozma service was out in full force to block Sawt
al-Amal, Oct 23 at 1346: parallel music on 17650, 17660 and 17665, but only
17650 had CCI, SAH with Arabic talk, so that must have been the spot for Sawt
al-Amal at the moment, and Ozma shortly into talk as well with ID by YL at
1347, then a long list of ``kilohertez`` and at 1349 ``megahertez``, presumably
all their network frequencies on AM and FM, but I bet she didn`t mention these
on SW. Rechecked at 1414, all three were gone, and WHRA was on 17650. Also hum of Voice of Africa, Swahili via France was audible on 21695 at 1343, as well as stronger hum on 17610
** NEW ZEALAND. RNZI, analog 7145 audible but rather weak with ham CWQRM, Oct 23 at 1338 with historical reminiscences conversation. I guess this was RNZI Talk, an off-week for alternating Mailbox. 6095 DRM also audible. By 1434, 7145 was JBA. So later I went to http://www.rnzi.com/pages/audio.php and listened to the latest Mailbox audio, which was for Oct 2; wasn`t there a show on Oct 16?
** SAUDI ARABIA. BSKSA weakly audible on 13m, Oct 23 at 1343 in Arabic on
21640, also two different buzzes on 21505 and 21460, the latter with Qur`an
also audible. Then at 1518, absolutely huge buzz overpowering whatever
modulation was on 15435. At 1411, R. Riyadh ID in French audible on 21600
** SPAIN. Nice to hear REE making it well on 13m during Nuestro Sello,
classical music show, Oct 23 at 1342, strongest on 21610, then 21570, then
21540, // 17595, Costa Rica 15170
** U S A. KAIJ, 9975, testing again with non-DGS programming, Oct 23 at 1333
with far-out commercials for such as something called lasemedinc; fair. Could
not hear after 1400 but overwhelming QRM from 9985 WWCR
** CANADA [and non]. I was waiting on 7310, Oct 25 at 1600 for RCI test as
reported the last two days, this time with my main receiver and all the noise
sources off. But nothing. So I tuned up to 7320 and listened to a MARS net on
SSB for a while, checkins from NM and AZ; but back to 7310 at 1604 and RCI was then on, in French, peaking 10 over S9, but undermodulated and no comparison to the // 17765. 7310 was soon losing out to an increasing noise level. At 1557 I had found CHU JBA on 7335. Strange there have not been more reports of Sackville`s monumental entry into the 7 MHz band
** CHINA. Firedrake on 10450, Oct 25 at 1416, good with flutter. This must mean
that Sound of Hope has been keeping to this frequency for quite a while now
** FRANCE [non]. The one day I am not listening at 1400 to rererereconfirm RFI
in English on 6120, something else happens. Oct 25 I did not tune in until
1418, and instead of regular RFI English programming, there was a continuous
variety of pop music, some with English lyrics, interrupted occasionally, such
as at 1426 by a brief YL ID as ``RFI`` pronounced in French. At 1422 I think
IDs were in other languages, and at 1442 ``RFI Music without frontiers``. And
so it went until abruptly off without so much as an au-revoir at 1455* I
suspect this is fill music played from transmitter site when the program feed
is lost, or maybe from studio when there is a strike; seems I have run across
similar behavior before. This is the transmission on the schedules supposedly
in Vietnamese via Japan. Will it be back to English the next day?
** INDONESIA. Today`s problem with RRI/VOI, Oct 25 on 9525: at 1352 found a
mixture of audio from two programs, Suara Indonesia on top, but not far below
another RRI service in Indonesian. The usual VOI sign-off procedure concluded a little early with the NA over at 1357, allowing the other program to be heard
in the clear, but soon mixed with CRI Russian service musical warmup. Instead
of going off, or going to open carrier, Indonesia kept right on programming
past 1400 with a few breakups in audio at first, and mostly atop CRI. At 1402,
they mentioned Jakarta, and satu, which identifies Program One.
Did not try to listen the rest of the hour after 1413, but at 1517, 9525 was
still going with M&W DJs, music, call-ins, in the clear again. At 1528 a YL ID
in English over continuous gamelan orchestral music, ``From Jakarta, you are
listening to the Voice of Indonesia``. This music went on, with the same ID
repeated 24 times (I counted them) thru 1549; sometimes the IDs were 2 minutes
apart, sometimes 2 or 3 in a single minute. At 1540 it seemed there were going
back to the phone-in program, with hello? But that did not last long. The
transmission cut off abruptly at 1551*. It`s so nice to have VOI ID for us in
English, but it would be even nicer that instead of wasting time like this,
they would actually put the one-hour English broadcast on 9525 at a time we can
hear it! Such as 1300 or 1500. At least today I did not hear their ID referring
us to website, which checked at 2005, was still inaccessible,
** JAPAN. ``Sur le Pont d`Avignon``, Oct 25 at 1514 on 6190 made me wonder if I had found another RFI relay, but that was just the music break on R. Japan in
English; 1515 on to Asian Top News. Fair signal, rather late in the morning,
especially since it`s aimed west, 280 degrees from Yamata
** NEW ZEALAND. RNZI was back again on 7145 analog, Oct 25 at 1349 with reports on sports in Fiji, poor signal. From B-06, their overnight analog frequency is to be 5950, which will be even harder to hear here
** OMAN. It`s tough to hear the only English hour from R. Sultanate of Oman
here, but Oct 25 at 1422, 15140 had some fluttery music, presumably this, with
some splatter from overpowering WYFR 15130 in Spanish, 285 degrees
** RUSSIA. The 7200 transmitter in Yakutsk is ailing again; Oct 25 at 0539
Russian choral music with warble, previously thought to be jamming. And guess
what, STILL audible with the warble when rechecked at 1419, when there may have been some other interference.
On 11645 at 1557 Oct 25, a familiar classical piece jazzed up, 1558 Arabic
announcement and VOR IS. Per EiBi this is 15-16 only from St Pete to ME
** SAUDI ARABIA. Remarkably, Oct 25 at 1538, BSKSA on 15435 with Qur`an and --- NO BUZZ!
** CANADA [and non]. It seems we have managed to head off the DentroCuban
Jamming Command and Radio República moving to CHU`s 7335 at 23-04 UT weeknights as planned. T-systems thought they had to leave A-06 frequency 5910 because of Ukraine in B-06; however, RUI will not actually be on 5910 but 5820! RR could just stay on 5910 but may go to 5970 instead
** FRANCE [non]. RFI, 6120, was back to usual English broadcast Oct 26; already at 1359 I could make out English announcement giving their website, and in the clear with opening and news after Singapore closed at 1400. No mention in the first few minutes that a strike had disrupted programming the day before, as
Mike Cooper has found out from AFP
** GERMANY [non]. DW English, 9700 via Rwanda, had lengthy feature on
Greenwich, Oct 26 after 0530, but this frequency cut off abruptly at 0557
before it was finished. T-systems schedules do specify certain frequencies as
closing a few minutes early, but apparently DW ignores this in the studio, and
leave their listeners hanging instead of wrapping up programs early enough to
match actual transmitter usage
** GUAM. Much more music from AFN on USB: Oct 26 at 1250, 5765 was playing C&W. Why are they doing this, when there is so much talk radio that they can only squeeze in fractions of various talk shows under the best of circumstances on the talk stream, which is much better suited to USB on SW?
** INDONESIA. Suara Indonesia, 9525, Oct 26 at 1324 again with crosstalk from
another RRI service, presumably Prosatu as the day before. Around 1340 one of
them was doing Qur`an briefly. Busy with other things after 1400 so did not
check whether the same pattern as the day before repeated
** KOREA NORTH [non]. Shiokaze, 9485 via Taiwan, has not been very audible
lately, but Oct 26 at 1326 made out an ID in Japanese, so apparently the
semihour was not in English this Thursday. Maybe Friday
** MEXICO [and non]. XEXQ, 6045, Oct 26 at 1252, ending William Tell Overture, mixing with SAH, but atop something in Chinese. 1259 recheck, Voice of Russia IS, and 1300 seemingly more in Chinese. This usage of 6045 by VOR is not on any schedule I can find. We can only hope it goes away in B-06 so we can finally hear XEXQ in the clear; but I`m not counting on it
** NEW ZEALAND. RNZI analog audible again on 7145, Oct 26 at 1403 with weather around the country
** TURKEY. VOT, 15450, Thu Oct 26 with Live from Turkey. No phone calls today, unless before I tuned in at 1301. The two hosts conversed, and played a brief interview with the newly-appointed US Special Envoy to Counter the PKK, Joseph somebody. He said no country had supported Turkey more than the US against the PKK, tho the Turks have found that support wanting. 1307 and 1312 played two musical pieces. Never heard a phone number mentioned or invitation for anyone to call.
1317 one of the hosts plugged his Sunday VOT program ``The Language of Music``, which goes into the complexity of Turkish music, and how poetry and literature relate to it, founded on the ``Ottoman language``, very powerful. Then
mentioned that supermodel Naomi Campbell has visited Turkey, and was arrested for some misbehavior, tho she was being paid big money on a modeling assignment (I later heard she had been charged with assault in the UK). 1320 wrapping up and into a few runs of the IS. Usual fair reception with some flutter and hard to catch every word. From next week, will be Thursdays at 1350-1420 instead and on 12035, 11735.
Another Live from Turkey is on the Tuesday 1830 broadcast on 9785, which I did
not try to hear Oct 24, but brought up the webcast. One way to find it is under
VOT at http://www.publicradiofan.com/cgi-bin/statsearch.pl?country=Turkey
** CUBA [and non]. The spurious clicks from DentroCuban Jamming command
transmitters on 11930 were easily audible Oct 27 at 1521 on 11880, bothering
nothing, but the one matching on the high side, 11980, was causing severe
interference to someone in English sounding like Carl Watts, talking about
Japan; yes, V. of Russia is scheduled there. But do the Cubans care about such
collateral damage caused by their battle against freedom of expression? Ask
Arnie. Of course not
** ECUADOR. La Voz de los Andes has now made it through the entire B-06 season announcing an imaginary frequency. Checked once again at 1359 UT Oct 27 on 9745, the ``Albert Einstein`` ID, which came on automatically at 1359:30 requiring the hymn in progress to be faded out, once again claimed that the frequencies in use were 11760 for South America, 9745 for Mexico; while in fact HCJB has never been on 11760 and would find a lot of QRM from Cuba if it were, but instead 11690. In B-06 9745 is replaced by 11960 which will require a new ID recording, but will they bother with updating it for that either, and if so,
will they get it right this time? B-06:
1100 1500 11690 100 150 S. America
1300 1500 11960 100 324 Mexico
** FRANCE [non]. RFI, 6120 via Japan, Oct 27 at 1400 with late timesignal,
opening English with local timecheck as 4 pm, News Hour
** GABON. ANO harmonic, 19160, just barely audible with French talk, Oct 27 at
1509, 2 x 9580. If I had nothing else to do, it would be fun to track this all
day long and see how the signal varies, exactly when it peaks
** GERMANY [and non]. DW in German via Sackville, 15445, Oct 27 at 1515 was under an even bigger open carrier about 6 Hz away. My guess is Greenville,
which is not supposed to come up on this frequency until 1900. VOA often runs
OC tests hours before scheduled broadcasts for reasons unknown, testing or
tune-up. It could hardly be warm-up, this much earlier. Just because a carrier
is unmodulated does not mean it will not cause destructive interference against
legitimate occupants of the frequency, and IBB could do such tests just as well
on a nearby frequency which is really unoccupied
** INDONESIA. The program feed mix infesting VOI/RRI 9525 the past couple days had been fixed on Oct 27; at 1311, one program in the clear with Indonesian talk. Rechecked at 1430, carrier was still on mixing with CRI in Russian. At 1525, still carrier, but a couple of weak audios were also to be heard, not sure from this transmitter or something else
** ISRAEL. Kol Israel in Persian, 15760, Oct 27 at 1511 with hum and whine, and
a slight warble/instability of the carrier. Very good strength, but also
undermodulated. Previously I thought there was Iranian jamming, but this time,
it could just be defective transmission
** KOREA NORTH [non]. Shiokaze, 9485 via Taiwan, Friday Oct 27 at 1327 check was in Korean, not English; poor
** LIBYA [non]. V. of Africa, via France, Oct 27 at 1507 was audible on 21695
in English about African Union, one of their few favorite subjects, and hum, //
17850 also hummy and undermodulated
** LIBYA [and non]. Oct 27 at 1340, 17660 with African music; 17665 with Arabic
music, SAH, presumably against Sawt al-Amal
** NEW ZEALAND. RNZI, analog 7145 with good signal at 1333 Oct 27 playing some Jamaican music
** RUSSIA [and non]. VOR, 15605, Oct 27 at 1513 in Hindi suffering buzz QRM
from KTBN: see U S A. 11980 with QRM from jamspurs: see CUBA
** SAUDI ARABIA. Friday Oct 27 at 1507, BSKSA on 15435 with Qur`an and no buzz for the second day, quite strong. Also audible on 21460 at 1505 but with buzz, not so strong as to totally override the non // Qur`aning. 21460 is the Holy
Qur`an Service, while 15435 is the Call of Islam service
** SOMALIA [non]. R. Waaberi, 17550 via Germany, with ID just before closing
1357 Oct 27, in its weekly semihour on Fridays, suffering from WYFR adjacency
** SPAIN. Enjoyed the final Nuestro Sello from REE, Friday Oct 27 at 1345 on
17595, and 1355 with Triumphal March from Aïda. The B-06 program schedule at http://www.rtve.es/rne/ree/OndaCorta/America.htm does not show any times at all for this title, altho there is something called Nuestra Música. BTW, altho an
html page, the schedule grid looks like fuzzy jpg so I could only search it
with my eyeballs
** U K. BBCWS in English, Oct 27 at 1518 had a big echo on 12095. Per EiBi, at
this hour Woofferton is running two transmitters, one to Eu and another to EEu.
HFCC does not show this until 1600, however, at 78 and 140 degrees. Let`s hope the echo is not due to the two transmitters being unsynchronized, but instead long and short path simultaneously
** U S A. Most of the time, the KTBN transmitter on 15590 is accompanied by a
huge raspy buzz out to at least 15 kHz on each side. This has been going on for
years, and apparently has never drawn an FCC citation. Why should they care?
Paul Crouch and Co. obviously have no respect for other occupants of the
airwaves. Oct 27 at 1513, V. of Russia on 15605 was suffering from this QRM
during their Hindi broadcast, and so was BBC on 15575 in Pashto. Something
might be done if its victims complained, but why should they care either?
** U S A. KAIJ, 9975, with non-DGS programming sometime before 1400 Oct 27. I paid more attention at 1527 when the signal was very strong running hi-pitched
tone tests, 7 kHz or so? KAIJ was even stronger than WWCR 9985, against which the tones could also be heard on the low side. 1532 played KAIJ ID, and 1537 bits of music intermittently, off sometime before 1600. Some sporadic E may have been causing the strong signal here in the skip-or-not zone, tho none is reported at http://dxworld.com/tvfmlog.html and apparently not reaching VHF.
WWCR 15825 also had Es enhancement instead of its usual weak and marginal
signal here one megameter away
** AFGHANISTAN [non]. R. Solh has made its usual B-season switch from 17700 to 15265, good with Afghan music at 1337 Oct 29, and at 1422 talking about football. 15265 is 85 degrees, 500 kW from Rampisham, UK at 12-15 ** ** ALASKA. KNLS`s new frequency, 6915, just barely audible Oct 29 at 1220; at
least the intonation sounded like the KNLS English announcer. Marred by
``running water`` utility QRM bursts. // 6150 was even worse presumably
colliding with Singapore. Maybe 6915 will make it on a better day
** CANADA. The new RCI pdf schedule does not make this clear, but altho Maple Leaf Mailbag now occupies what had been the first hour of CBC`s Sunday Edition, time-shifted now to 1400+ UT on 9515, 13655, 17820, the first hour of Sunday Edition is not lost to SW listeners, instead the final hour; for at 1511 on
9515, 13655 and 17820, Michael Enright was welcoming us to the first hour of
the show, as RCI was taking the Central timezone feed instead of the Eastern.
Maple Leaf Mailbag was already staring at 1404 Oct 29 giving address for the
show. Rechecked at 1429, Bill Westenhaver was on, trying to give the new RCI
frequency schedule with frequent interruptions by the hosts. Bill mentioned
that he is on the French equivalent, Courrier Mondiale, every week.
One could also hear Hour I of The Sunday Edition, starting at 1411 on the CBCNQ service, 9625, usual marginal signal, with a SAH, but no other sound audible
** CANADA. Around 0615 Oct 29, no sign of CHU on 3330 or 7335, but at 1432 both 14670 and 7335 were audible
** CHINA [non]. Collision: CRI starts another B-season on 15230, despite RHC on the same, Commies vs Commies! Oct 29 at 1337, CRI in English via Sackville way over RHC in Spanish; however, at 1408 during CRI`s second hour in English, could not detect any RHC underneath; off by then, earlier than before? New 11885 VG with CRI in English via Sackville, Oct 29 at 1347
** CUBA. Startled, but only briefly, to hear some English on RHC Spanish
frequencies; it was just a feature on H. G. Wells` War of the Worlds, with
clips of vintage broadcast, during Spanish DX program Sundays at 1335-1350; Oct 29 at 1342 on 12000, 11760, 9550, but 11805 was not on until later. At 1427
stamp show was on 11805 and the others. See also VENEZUELA [non].
RHC Sunday-only Esperanto reconfirmed on 11760 at 1506 Oct 29, VG signal for 1500-1530 broadcast on this frequency only
** CUBA [and non]. R. Martí is back on 5745 for B-06, just like it was in B-05,
which was 11-14 via Greenville. But has the frequency grid at
http://www.martinoticias.com/frequencies.htm been updated to show this? Of
course not! 5745 noted at 1223 Oct 29 with preacher, as the US government
(state) promotes a certain church (Catholic, no doubt). Lite jamming as the
DentroCuban Jamming Command already caught up with it, // 5980; 6030 already off at this hour. At 1352 recheck, 5745 was still on, but much weaker.
15330 is another reactivated frequency for R. Martí, and the DCJC had not found
it, or if they had, jamming inaudible against this monster signal, Oct 29 at
1409 with speech about re-dedication of TV Martí and all the wonderful things
it will bring to the oppressed Cuban people. This was // 11930 with the usual
jamming audible underneath. At 1423 the spurious jamming clix were audible on
12030, and at 1428 around 11880.
13820 had been the highest R. Martí frequency during the A-season; Oct 29 at
1428 there was only an open carrier, or two of them with SAH, and jamming, same after 1431. Schedule may have changed, or dropped in favor of 15330?
** CZECH REPUBLIC [and non]. R. Prague`s secret relay via Sackville, not
showing on their B-06 schedule, has changed not only frequency but time. It had
been at 1400 on 15350, but now heard at 1500 on 15160, same good signal as
before. Oct 29 at 1408, nothing on 15160, but at 1504, ending preview of
Insight Central Europe and 1504:30 starting news. ICE is on their Saturday
program schedule, so this transmission is still running programming a day late.
Meanwhile, the new direct frequency to NAm at 1400, 13580, checked at 1405 Oct 29 was very poor, with CODAR QRM and video buzz, a local problem I suffer from the neighbors` TV set. Would 15 MHz be better? Maybe on good days, but cf FINLAND which was on but inaudible.
Also checked WRMI 7385 at 1406, but no longer R. Prague relay in English,
something in Spanish. That relay is now scheduled daily at 1500-1530 on 7385
** ECUADOR. From bad to worse: La Voz de los Andes continues to run the
``Albert Einstein`` ID at 1359:30, unchanged. During the entirety of A-06 one
of the two frequencies given was wrong, ``11760`` instead of 11690, and 9745
correct. Now with B-06, monitored Oct 29 on new 11960 instead of 9745, BOTH
frequencies are wrong. I expect this will continue at least thru March
** FINLAND. 15400, the traditional frequency of YLE Radio, was notable by its
absence on the first day of B-06, checked during the 1200 and 1300 hours, altho
it is still supposedly scheduled at 13-15. Further cutbacks? No, must have been
propagation, lack thereof. Joe Hanlon in NJ was still hearing 15400, as well as
13715 until 14 and it`s still published in their new B-06 program booklet, pdf
** FRANCE [non]. Some lip-kazoo music made me pause on 9865, Oct 29 at 0602, then some talk in French. This is listed as RFI via Ascension at 27 degrees. Split-second drop-outs in audio occurred a few times each minute.
15275 Ascension is the new frequency for English at 12-1230, so checked it Oct
29 at 1225; only RFI Musique to be heard, and seemed to be // 15515 Guiana
French, tho I did not check that with a second receiver. No announcements
heard, so can`t be sure it was supposed to be English, but these two would not
normally be //. Another strike in progress? (After 1600, Joe Hanlon was hearing
normal English programming on 11615, 15160.) At 1336 recheck, 15515 was gone. This had been the morning 1330-1400 French broadcast to the Americas, which also contained a Creole segment on Sundays, to be cancelled as from now. Seems they cancelled the entire broadcast.
Of course I was checking 6120 at 1400, where RFI has been appearing the past
few weeks tho unscheduled, in English instead of Vietnamese via Japan. But now Oct 29 with B-06, that transmission has vanished, and the Singapore carrier
going off at 1401 exposed nothing. I checked 7220, previously scheduled for
this via Chita, Russia, and there was a weak signal from something, but
unseemed English. CRI is now scheduled there. It may be a while before we
discover the replacement for 6120, if any, since RFI refuses to publish an
accurate, up-to-date schedule of its own transmissions
** GERMANY. DRM on 9650-9660, Oct 29 at 1348. Per
this is ``1200-1359 daily 9655 300 degrees, Europe 200 kW, DW D various Wertachtal Germany ``Before 1300 that is likely to mar our reception of BBCWS via Furman on 9660
** GERMANY [non]. Network Europe, Oct 29 at 0606, VG on 7240, but from which of the ten or so coöperating stations credited at the end 0629? DW ID soon followed, 0630 into another language, Hausa scheduled. This is 150 degrees from Sines, Portugal
** GERMANY. English preacher about Jehovah on 11695, Oct 29 at 1425. Not sure which program but listed as Wertachtal aimed eastward
** GREECE. Not much making it thru from Europe on 7 MHz at this time, 0623 Oct 29, but 7475 had a F-P signal with Greek music. Nothing audible on 15630 at
1410 check, but 9420 was fair. That`s because 17525 is now running until 1550
at 105 degrees, then 15630 from 1600 at 285 degrees, while 9420 operates before and after these times at 323 degrees, more favorable for NAm. At 1417, heard 17525 with phone interview, QRM from some spurts of chirps
** INDONESIA. Suara Indonesia, 9525, VG at 1349 Oct 29; no trace of new R.
Polonia relay via Germany. It was just the reverse for Joe Hanlon in NJ. Out
here, we won`t be hearing RP unless VOI disappears, which it is likely to do
periodically. But today VOI ran long, NA not concluding until 1403:45 and
carrier off a few seconds later
** KOREA SOUTH [non]. KBS WR, 6045 via Sackville to Europe, Oct 29 at 0612 had an Argentine talking about Cuba`s R. Taíno. I guess this was Rubén Guillermo Margenet`s DX segment. BTW, this transmission was previously announced as being at ``1500``, which would be Korean time, not UT
** KURDISTAN [non]. V. of Mesopotamia, 11530 via Moldova, underneath WYFR in Portuguese Oct 29 at 1343, but WYFR was about to close and off by 1345, clearing VOM. WYFR scheduled on 11530 now at 05-08 and 12-14, rounded off
** LAOS [non]. Hmong Lao Radio has shifted one UT hour later on WHRI 11785,
Sunday Oct 29 at 1410 during the 1400 hour; 11785 had English preaching before 1400 and after 1500. Presumably the same on Saturdays
** LIBYA [and non]. Hilife music to jam (or distract) from Sawt al-Amal, Oct 29
at 1233 on 17660; still the same at 1417; nothing else against SAA noticeable;
17630 ANO had an even better signal
** NETHERLANDS [non]. RN is back on its `summer` frequencies via Madagascar to South Asia at 14-16, and better audible here than the winter ones. Oct 29 at 1512, fair on 12080, but VP on 15595
** Found a big open carrier on 7145, Oct 29 at 0624, standing out amid more than the usual SSB QRM, caused by ham contesters, off at 0626. Could have been just a ham, but quite a signal. RNZI is now scheduled on 7140-7150 much later, only at 1259-1750 and in DRM, which indeed I heard at 1434.
At 1227 Oct 29, RNZI analog audible on 9890, but suffering from WEWN 9885. Bad choice for us. RNZI DRM only 20 kHz away on 9865-9875.
At 1352, RNZI analog audible on its new overnight frequency 5950. In the clear
but poor signal and weakening as the sun rises higher here
** ROMANIA. RRI, 15105, still in English at 1300, Oct 29 at 1338 with poor
modulation, and some kind of noise marring reception, seemingly out of the same transmitter
** RUSSIA. Looking again for my previous unID on 6005, Oct 29 at 1353, heard
some instrumental religious music, 1357 open carrier, Japanese announcement
mentioning kirohertsu, and at 1358:30, VOR IS! This is Komsomolsk/Amure 250 kW at 215 degrees toward Japan, off the back toward us. I am still wondering what this religious programming they are running is
** SAUDI ARABIA. BSKSA, 15435, Oct 29 at 1503 with Qur`an, long pauses, fairly big hum, but not a buzz; also flutter
** SPAIN [non]. REE in Spanish Oct 29 at 1339 on 15125 // 15170. But 15125 is
far too close to much stronger WYFR in Spanish on 15130. These are both
Cariari, Costa Rica relays, 110 degrees on 15125, and 340 on 15170
** SWEDEN. Network Europe, Sunday Oct 29 at 1344, fair on 11550. This would be R. Sweden aimed east
** TURKEY. Glad to find VOT`s new 12035 in the clear during English at 1330,
checked Oct 29 at 1341; fair signal with fading, not as good as 15450 used to
be, but maybe it will pick up in winter. // 11735 beamed in the other direxion,
checked at 1348, was much weaker, ACI from WYFR 11740 and something co-channel too. Rechecked at 1423, 12035 with VOT IS, separable from clix on the low side, presumably spur from Cuban jammer on 11930
** U S A. WBCQ, 7415 on late(?) UT Sun Oct 29 at 0607 playing ``Old Time Rock `n` Roll`` by Bob Seeger, then two hosts conversing, Tom & Darryl
** U S A. WYFR signals can be so strong here that they overload the FRG-7 and
appear on mixing products which may exist only inside the receiver. Oct 29 at
0600 9645 had WYFR opening in Spanish, which would be leapfrog 9715 over 9680. Also a big het on 9645, source unknown
** U S A [non]. Collision: on 12080 at 0558 Oct 29, VOAnews.com promo, SAH of about 6 Hz with R. Australia. The latter would be 10 kW Brandon which has been on this frequency for a long time. Latest VOA schedule
http://www.voanews.com/english/about/frequenciesAtoZ_e.cfm does NOT show VOA on 12080 at this time, but only in the evening from Botswana.
11655 with VOA in English, News Now, ending Wordmasters feature at 1424 UT
Sunday Oct 29. This 14-15 transmission is via Lampertheim, Germany, 105
degrees, presumably mainly for Talk to/from America on weekdays
11975 with tone test at 1507-1510 Oct 29. I suspect this was Greenville in
preparation for new broadcast in English to Africa at 18-20, and which should
give VG reception here off the back
** U S A [non]. CVC La Voz, Spanish on 17680 via Chile, Oct 29 at 1232 with TC
for 9:32 in Argentina, and in their honor played a traditional tango with
various instrumental variations, not just bandoneón.
** U S A. KAIJ, 9340, not heard before 1400 Oct 29, but VG signal when checked at 1413 with some talk show mentioning The Cajun Contractor for post-Katrina work. Not so strong in the next hour
** U S A. WBCQ, 18910-CLSB, inbooming but distorted Sunday Oct 29 as early as 1415 with music and talk mixing in background as if off-mike. According to
http://www.zappahead.net/wbcq/main.php?fn=sked&freq=18910 this is The Zeph
Report, 14-18, and this frequency is active in the mornings only on Sundays
** VENEZUELA [non]. RNV still going on 11705 during the 1200 hour Oct 29, via
Cuba. I doubt that B-06 will coincide with any changes in this.
Looking for the Sunday-only ``Aló, Presidente``, Oct 29 at 1429, nothing on
11875, but 13750 had it, after splitting away earlier from the main RHC stream.
At 1506, 11875 had come on, echo apart from 13750; and 11670 was also on, an
echo apart from 13750. Music and talk, but no sign of Hugo Chávez Frías himself
** ARGENTINA. LTA, Argentine Army feeder, on 13363.5 SSB, Sunday Oct 29 at 2346 UT with silly ballgame, enthusiastic announcer; could have been same game but different coverage as on R. Nacional, 15345 AM. At 2347 LTA paused for a brief commercial. I don`t really care which station it was relaying at the moment
** CUBA. The incompetent DentroCuban engineers have found yet another way to pollute the SW spectrum. Oct 29 at 2348, innocently trying to scan the 13 MHz
band for anything new in B-06, I found a huge ringing sound extending all the
way from 13615 to 13760 or so and seeming to peak about 13665 at 20 over S9,
but almost as strong for a large swath on either side. It was accompanied by
weaker audio from R. Nacional de Venezuela relay, nominally 13680, so it was
that transmitter which went totally haywire, // 15250 which was OK. This lasted
the rest of the hour, making reception of anything else in some 150 kHz
impossible, except 13650, CRI in Portuguese, also via Cuba, which could still
be heard, but not strong enough to override the noise completely
** CUBA [and non]. At 2344 UT Oct 29, R. Martí had left reactivated 15330, but
still heavy jamming upon it. 13820 was back on with RM at 2350 check, well over
** ECUADOR. HCJB does it again! Another erroneous frequency announcement
recording at 2359:30 Oct 29 on excellent 11700 in Spanish had a brief quote
from Aristotle(?) and then frequencies as 11720 and 21455. HCJB on 11700 is
aimed both 157 and 330 degrees with 50 kW each from Pifo, and those tuning to
11720 would actually hear rival WYFR in Spanish at 140 degrees, and quite a bit
weaker here. 11720 was in fact the HCJB frequency for this 23-01 transmission
in A-06. How long will it take them to fix this? Don`t hold your breath, judging from the 7 months of wrong announcements in the mornings
** EGYPT [and non]. Just as expected, R. Cairo has decided to bury itself under
WYFR again this winter B-06, on 11885 for English to North America on 11885 at
2300-2430. Oct 29 at 2355 I found WYFR in Portuguese, and only a trace at best
of anything at all underneath it. I assume Cairo is there according to tentative B-06 schedule; certainly no longer on 11950. The WYFR transmission is
supposedly aimed at Brazil but at 20 over S9 here in the opposite direxion is a
good demonstration of how easily collateral damage can be caused
** GREECE. No ``It`s All Greek to Me`` music show presented in English, as
previously scheduled, and occasionally actually appearing, UT Monday at 0000.
Brought up webcast at 0007 Oct 30 and heard world news in Greek, 0010 into a
show with a woman speaking expressively, only in Greek, backed up by music
Monitoring from 2145 to 2230, and 2430
** ALBANIA. Drita Cico of R. Tirana would be very interested in reports of
their North American service on the new B-06 schedule.
Albanian 0000-0130 daily on 7425 (barely audible here at 0030 Oct 31.)
English 0245-0300 & 0330-0400 on 6115, 7465 (except UT Mondays).
** CANADA [non]. Looking thru the RCI B-06 technical schedule, I spot something very strange for the 0100-0157 English broadcast:
7 DAYS HBY 5840 350 283 HR 4/4/0.5 39-41
7 DAYS NAU 5970 250 90 HR 4/4/0.5 40,41
A 283 degree beam, N of westward, at this hour of the night, when the targets
are CIRAF zones 39-41, i.e. from Turkey to Bangladesh?? Supposed to be 83
degrees, maybe? I have not searched the schedule thoroughly for any more such
anomalies; can anyone find some?
Also the RCI skeds are effective until March 25. RCI may be in for a rude
awakening when the N American clox are reset an hour later for DST starting
March 11. RCI normally causes its broadcasts to the USA to shift time
accordingly on the DST-start date
** CUBA [non]. Checking R. República Oct 30: at 2214, 6135 via Rampisham was coming in well, and no sign of jamming, which is strange since this is the same frequency as in A-06; 2215 ID and went on to give their schedule on (WRMI) 9955, but not these relays. At 0030 the next frequency via UK was 7205, audible there somewhat atop jamming. Will they also still be on 7110 after 0200? Their website has not been updated, http://www.radiorepublica.org/ since it still
shows the old A-06 frequency 7160 for the M-F 2300-0400 Tu-Sa broadcast via RMI via Germany, which is really on the new frequency we have been discussing, 5970, starting Oct 30. At 0030 heard RR ID clear of any jamming, but much stronger signal from RHC on 5965 was disturbing it. We can hope that in parts (most?) of Cuba, 5965 will be skipping over and not a problem. Jamming was still on ex-5910, against nothing, where RR might as well have stayed, as there was also nothing on 5905 or 5915. Once the jamming starts on 5970 it should be fun for the stations on 5965, 5975
** CUBA [non]. I still haven`t figured out R. Martí`s new frequency schedule,
but some observations Oct 30: At 2152 heavy jamming against nothing on 15330, which must have closed earlier. I believe it runs from 14 to 20 now. Also lite clix around 15480, presumably spurious from there, altho in this case 150 kHz away. Canada blocked mirror 15180. At 2159 jamming on 9565, but no Martí or jamming on 9515 before or after 2200, which had been a new frequency I found a few days ago in A-06; that schedule, not including 9515, still appearing at
** GABON. ANO, 9580, G signal Oct 30 at 2228 in French; noticed it has a lite
``generator whine``, the same as heard on its harmonic 19160, but which was not
making it thru today or recently
** GERMANY. Confirmed Oct 30 that one of DW`s better programs, A World of
Music, is still airing Mondays at 2130-2200, but the Rwanda relay frequency,
also onward toward us, has changed to 11690. The RTTY on the low side is still
there but unlike Jordan, this signal is strong enough to overcome it, at least
by side-tuning on the high side. The other airing, which was at 0530 UT
Tuesdays, has vanished with the second half of that transmission
** HUNGARY. R. Budapest`s little-known early NAm service in Hungarian is now at 22-23 UT on 6140, and that was coming in well at 2213 check Oct 30 next to R. República 6135
** POLAND [and non]. R. Polonia`s new relay via French Guiana back to Europe in Polish at 22-23 collides with BBC via Furman to Caribbean at the same hour on the same frequency, 9660! This BBC transmission was on 13765 during A-06, and it seems the only reason they picked 9660 was that they are also using it from WHRI in the mornings. A better reason was needed. Was there no coordination between these two, or did they figure there would be no problem, since one is to Caribbean and the other to Europe? BBCWS was well atop RP here, but annoying and totally unnecessary QRM underneath. At first I was not sure what it was, nor the language; some nasalisation made it possibly French until it came in a bit more clearly around 2230, when BBC was promoting an upcoming item about the `tiny` Emirate of Dubai (well, it`s about 2428 square miles, not so tiny). The collision situation is bound to be even worse in the Caribbean target area of BBC. And Stephen Luce in Houston tells me they were about equal strength there. In the previous hour, however, 9660 was in the clear for BBC, interrupted at 2159 for a WHR ID
** U S A. Just tuned in to 15580, strong signal with rock music, at 2149 Oct 30
when it cut off abruptly and did not return in the next few minutes. Presumably
VOA Greenville, which is supposed to be the 15580 site during the 21-22 hour
only during the music shows, rather than Botswana or Morocco earlier in the
day. Perhaps they will manage to stay on until 2200 in coming days
** U S A. After running all day on 9450, WEWN at 2155 Oct 30 announced it was
about to shift to 9975. At 2157, I found it up on 9975, but WWCR was still
there too, a big collision of about 10 Hz during Pastor Pete Peters; then WWCR
QSY announcement to 9985 and off at 2158:30 or so
** CANADA. Altho on Monday Oct 30, RCI`s morning broadcast still carried the
doomed CBC programs, The Current and Sounds Like Canada, on Tuesday Oct 31, RCI`s new production, The Link, was actually aired on 9515, 13655 and 17820. Tuned in at 1409 to hear an RCI-produced program with Lynn DesJardins, about a Kurdish-Canadian accused of involvement with the `terrorist` PKK organization. At 1420 another feature about immigrant entrepreneurs. This is clearly The Link part I, intended for domestic consumption. At 1450 there was a This Day in History feature, Jim Craig talking with Marc Montgomery about the Québec separatist referendum, which barely failed in the 1990s. (TDIH on any station is a sure way to fill time without having to come up with original material.)
At 1500 Marc welcomed shortwave listeners to The Link, Part II, as he
mistakenly believes part I is not on SW, according to the original publicity
for the project. Took about two minutes to tease the remainder of the hour, and
RCI-produced news ran from 1502 to 1507. Altho it had some actualities, somehow it doesn`t match the standard we are used to from CBC news. A topic coming up: could there be riots here in Canada like there were in France one year ago (another calendar-driven idea); but then first into global warming discussion.
I suppose CBCNQ 9625 had Sounds Like Canada after 1500, but reception was very poor. Earlier at 1410 they were in Inuktituk as usual, and guess what --- for
the second day in a row, altho I e-mailed Sackville master control yesterday
about it, 15240 again carried CBCNQ instead of R. Sweden in English, when
checked at 1433. I also had checked 15240 in the previous half-hour and then it
was R. Sweden, in Swedish. Something must be misprogrammed in the automation requiring a human override once they get around to it. Meanwhile, R. Sweden`s English SW listeners in central and western NAm are out of luck
** FRANCE [and non]. Oct 31 during the 1400 hour checked the listed frequencies in 6-162, for RFI in English: nothing audible on 7180 or 9580, but neglected to check 15615
** INDONESIA. Suara Indonesia, 9525 again Oct 31 was running big open carrier with hum at 1409 and later during that hour. Why, o why, won`t they just play back the previously aired English hour from 0800 instead of burning 250 kW for nothing, except perhaps keeping the transmitter from mildewing
** ITALY. Rai, audible on 21520 in Italian // 17780 which was much stronger tho
squealy, Oct 31 at 1424 as they were closing the 1400 broadcast to Canada,
announcing these two frequencies, IS and off. Can anyone think of any other
external SW service targeted specifically at Canada rather than North America,
or the USA with Canada ignored or assumed to be included?
** U S A [non]. Like last B-season, VOA Kurdish at 14-15 is audible here on
17750, tho 75 degrees from Morocco; nice for the music segments. Oct 31 at 1427 it was marred by DRM-like QRM, which then morphed into something in analog French on 17755, but that disappeared after 1430. Both Spain and Korea S are scheduled on this frequency, but not in French
** U S A. KAIJ again missing from 9340 during the 1400 hour of Oct 31. This
frequency does not appear in the initial FCC B-06 schedule, tho it still has
13815 which I believe has finally been abandoned due to the proximity of R.
Martí, and the DentroCuban Jamming Command on 13820
11590 Kol Israel Radio Jerusalem 2015 to 2030 03/10/06
news and weather in English till 2025. Then IS signal. At 2030 into
French(?) RST-599 [WM-TN]
Heard on a Eton FR350 nekkid:
The FR350 is a wind up emergency radio. Mine is white and its the
Red Cross version. Surprisingly, it outperforms the RS DX-399...
6010 Sweden 10/6 0230 to 0300 with a very nice signal into AZ for the
whole half hour. I assume this is relayed from Sackville due to
9.820 Radio Havana Cuba Havana, CUB 10/7 0353 talking about Wal-Mart
and how they screw their workers and how they are cutting back on
full time help so they can get out of paying employees benefits. The
news announcer had a very nice voice and excellent English diction.
9790 Radio China Int'l Havana, CUB 10/7 0355 huge signal ID at end of
7540 Radio Catolico Mundial [WEWN] Vandiver, AL 10/7 0359 SS Catholic
7505 KTBN Salt Lake City, UT 10/7 0402 with rel program.
Heard on a DX440 with window frame antenna:
5020 R. Rebelde Havana, Cuba 0000 woman droning on forever in SS then
ID at ToH and back to droning on...
5070 WWCR Nashville, TN 0003 with one of their typical end of the
5745 WWRB Manchester, TN 0007 playing REL organ music.
5810 WEWN Vandiver, AL 0009 Nun talking about caring for aged adults.
5920 Kamchatka Radio Petropavlosk, Russia 0013 man speaking RR and
into RR music.
5960 CRI Sackville, NB 0015 with man in CC program.
5965 R. Havana Cuba Havana, Cuba 0016 in SS and exceptionally strong.
Too bad this one is not EE.
5990 CRI Havana, Cuba 0018 very strong program in SS and into music
6020 CRI Cerrik, Albania 0020 with special EE report. Weak.
6030 R. Marti Marathon, FL 0114 with ID and jammer working underneath.
6055 R. Exterior de Espana Noblejas, Spain 0117 SS talking about the
6065 WYFR Okeechobee, FL 0120 QRMed by everything on earth.
6090 The Caribbean Beacon The Valley, Anguilla 0122 Dr. Gene Scott
who is dead.
6100 Deutsche Welle Sackville, NB 0124 woman in GG.
6165 UNID 0129 unk language maybe Eastern European into short
operatic piece. Maybe Radio Tashkent?
6175 V. of Vietnam 0130 with woman in VV with VV music.
6185 R. Educacion Mexico, DF 0134 with SS news and commentary.
9385 WWRB Manchester, TN 2134 with Bro. R. G. Stair. Weak and a lot
9550 R. Havana Cuba Havana, Cuba 2136 SS preaching communism to Mexico.
9565 R. Marti Marathon, FL 2139 SS weak but no jammer.
11565 WYFR Okeechobee, FL 2145 playing REL MX.
11760 R. Havana Cuba 2148 with FF Program.
11765 WHRI Greenbush, ME 2216 with preaching about Jeremiah.
11780 Radio Nacional do Amazonia 2221 playing PP music.
Heard on a Radio Shack DX399 and a 17' piece of wire found on the
ground at work, attached to the whip antenna:
15555 Voice of Russia Vladivostok 10/13 0200 EE with news of nuclear
non proliferation treaty and into sports. Weak.
17735/15180/13760 Voice of Korea DPR Pyongyang[?] 10/13 0212 all //
in SS probably to C. Am. Very weak.
17845 R. Japan Tokyo - Yamata 10/13 0214 JJ with what sounded like
news and commentary. Weak.
15595 Voice of Russia Petropavlovsk 10/13 0209 EE Talk about the
Republicans having problems in this election and having expectations
of large Democratic Party gains, then into story about N, Korea
nuclear weapons test. Monster signal.
Heard on a Zenith Trans-Oceanic H500 with window frame antenna with
81 VDC in the grids and 9 VDC on the heaters:
11865 Deutsche Welle Kigali, Rwanda 10/13 2141 playing German covers
of American rock hits sung by the American singer who made the EE
version of the hit. Very nice signal.
11855 WYFR Okeechobee, FL 10/13 2145 with SS REL pgm. Weak and fluttery.
11775 The Caribbean Beacon [University Network] The Valley, Anguilla
10/13 2154 with Dr. Gene Scott who is very dead.
11675 BBC Montsinery, French Guiana 10/13 2158 with sports report.
Women presenters speaking about gymnastics.
11670 Radio Nacional [Venezuela] via Havana Cuba 10/13 2202 ID, open
with flutes and drums and went into SS news.
MW is good tonight and the tropical bands seem better. example; Good
signal on Radio Buenas Nuevas 4800. Clear signal on E5 while listening
and walking in neighborhood. No gum chewing though, that would be too
much at once.
The 6925 kHz pirate is active in USB now (8:23 pm Central) with music and the usual low modulation on voice announcements. This should be audible in much of the central and eastern USA.
Don't ask me why I did this this morning, but I just did. I sat down and tuned up from 153 just for the heck of it. I had to look back and forth at a Morse Code sheet so there was some work involved on my part. There were a few that were too fast for me, but I will get them one day. I heard the following...
216 CLB Wilmington, NC Carolina Beach NDB
221 BJT Athens, GA Bulldog NDB
285 JZP Jasper, GA Pickens County NDB
338 GY Greenville, SC Dyana NDB
347 AJR Cornelia, GA Habersham NDB
353 VV Greensboro, GA Junne NDB
392 JNM Monroe, GA Monroe NDB
435 IIY Washington, GA Washington/Wilkes County NDB
365 FKV Gainesville, GA Flowery Branch NDB
370 VOF Covington, GA Alcovy NDB
404 BMW Winder, GA Barrow County NDB
419 TX Lawrenceville, GA Gwnet NDB
92.7 PIRATE Columbia, SC Vols football network. Annnounced last weekend on the network. Even coming in 6 miles away. 720 PM 10/27/06
10/22 FM log Some Es noted today to FM
Es 1708 94.1 WSJT FL Lakeland; "smooth jazz" ID
Es 1759 97.9 WJZT FL Tallahassee; "north Florida's smooth jazz, Tallahassee's 97.9 WJZT"
While TVDXing on channel 9, I noticed WTVC from Chattanooga, TN. They were
carrying the Texas and OU game from God's favorite football stadium, the
As things should in this universe, Texas wins 28 to 10. GO LONGHORNS!!!!!
Kevin Redding - Gilbert AZ
13” Magnavox Color TV and VU75 XR antenna
Channel 28 KCOS is on the air. There is no programming, just a slide with a cactus and the sun KCOS 28 and thats it. The station is east of Mesa at Usery Pass.
Kevin Redding - Gilbert AZ
You can always hear the Gamecocks, easily the best team in South
Carolina, at http://sports.yahoo.com/top/collegebroadcast/teams/sbf
Tennessee Vols football for Big Orange fans:
WDXE-FM from Lawrenceburg, TN http://stream.wdxeradio.com:8000/icy_0.mp3
Love them or hate them, here's where you can hear them.
The Dallas Cowboys games online.
For those with deep pockets who want to hear UGA football:
The network flagship is Atlanta's News/Talk 750 WSB, under the direction of
David Meszaros. The football broadcasts are produced by WSB AM Sports, and
the station's signal reaches more than 35 states and Canada within the North
American continent. Bulldog fans throughout the world can also listen to
each broadcast via the Internet by logging onto http://www.gxtra.com
John Callarman – Krum, TX
KXEB 910 has dropped Air America, replacing it with EWTN. Call remains KXEB "Radio for Your Soul, a service of Guadelupe Radio Network, Catholic Radio for North Texas."
Network show, "Heart, Mind and Strength," calls KXEB "probably the largest Catholic radio station in America," in welcoming it to the network.
CHU, which has been putting in an excellent signal on 14670, and also on 7335,
is making this announcement during the first half of odd-numbered minutes:
``From April 1, 2007, CHU needs to stop operating, change frequency, or
relicence. Contact radio.chu @ nrc.gc.ca or mail CHU Canada, K1A 0R6.``
As heard at 2021 UT October 13. And of course the equivalent in French on
even-numbered minutes. Someone reported recently that 3330 was missing; it
seems all three frequencies are somewhat irregular, but it would be a shame to
lose CHU permanently.
Here`s a CHU page but I don`t see anything about this threat, nor on the
Important Notices link.
Is this not important?
John Wilke – Greenfield, WI
I have found the information on this page very useful in my building of a
The one thing that I found really helpful was learning that the Q of a LC
circuit is greatly affected by the impedance of the circuit. I took 20 minutes to
wind a few toroids to lower the impedance of my tuner and boy, it is ~much~
sharper now, really cutting down on the slop from nearby channels. This should
really help in logging those 9khz splits from Europe and elsewhere. Tonight,
St. Kitts on 555 khz was audible with talk on my Palstar R-30 using just a
crummy wire under flat conditions. I really feel it has really improved my R-30
into a much stronger DX machine.
If you like building your own gear, check it out.
From speaking with a fellow ham radio operator, the CRTC has indicated
that although CHTN-FM was launched on July 5, 2006 it was still in the
testing stage and final approval was not provided by Industry Canada
until August 3, 2006. Accordingly, the simulcast of "Ocean 100" on
720 CHTN will cease on or about November 3, 2006 and CHTN-AM will go
dark - forever.
This allows DXers some extra opportunities to DX 720 CHTN. It also
allows the Fall BBMs to be complete.
It would not surprise me if October 31, 2006 would be the actual last
Shortly after CHTN-AM goes dark, I will be trying for WGN and of
course Greenland as well.
About the New Messages on CHU – October, 2006
The added messages on CHU are:
"On April 1, 2007, CHU needs to stop operating, change frequencies, or re-licence. Contact email@example.com or mail CHU Canada K1A0R6," and
« En avril 2007, CHU doit soit cesser ses opérations, soit changer de fréquence, soit renouveler sa licence. Contactez firstname.lastname@example.org ou écrivez à CHU Canada, Conseil national de recherches, K1A 0R6. »
This outreach is to collect information from users of CHU to help shape recommendations concerning what should be done concerning changes to CHU that will have to be in place by April 2007.
In April 2007 the licence on 7.335 MHz will have to be modified to reflect changes on the status of the band allocation by the International Telecommunications Union. This frequency has been changed from "fixed service" to "broadcast". (The ITU decision does not affect the frequencies 3.33 MHz and 14.67 MHz.) Some alternatives are:
Re-licencing just might be possible, calling the 7.335 MHz a "broadcast". It is also possible to stop using that frequency (the most useful of the three we use). Stopping one signal is the easiest solution but could create problems for some clients who are counting on this particular signal. Change the frequency from 7.335 MHz to a nearby fixed-service frequency. It would need some investment from our part in new hardware and in manpower. It could also create problems for clients, and likely not all radios will be able to tune to the new frequency.
To be seriously considered, any of the above alternatives will need to have a zero-based budgeting justification prepared, comparing it against the least expensive alternative of closing CHU entirely. CHU is entering a phase where major investment in new transmitters will be required if it is to be kept operating. In the absence of input from the CHU user community, concerning the mportance of CHU's contribution in the modern world, this last option is an inescapable
The CHU code is also used as a radio clock, which can be used as a reference clock for an NTP time server. Software drivers have been written that can obtain the date and time from the code and that tune a digitally tuned radio to one of our 3 frequencies, to get the best signal. Users of this service generally don't listen to the audio broadcast. So we cannot gauge the usage by sending this announcement.
Please, if you know of anyone using CHU but not aware of the possible changes to its frequency usage, let them know and ask them to contact us. Also if you have an important use for CHU signals, please tell us how you use our signals.
Be assured that we will try our best to maintain the CHU service as it is, keeping the three frequencies as they are.
Thank you for your support.
Frequency and Time
Institute for National Measurement Standards
National Research Council Canada
M-36, room 1026
1200 Montreal Road
Ottawa, Canada K1A 0R6
Tel: (613) 993-3430
Fax: (613) 952-1394
WQFJ525 site #1 610 kHz seems to have just been activated sometime today.
The transmitter is run by the Los Alamos Emergency Management Agency and
at this time is just relaying the NOAA weather station in Santa Fe, WXJ33 162.55 Mhz Here's a link to a recording http://gentoo.net/mike/radio/mwdx/mp3/WQFJ525.mp3
Dunno about Site #2 in White Rock yet.
Sabres Radio Network Expands Friday, October 20, 2006 08:15 PM - Andy Roth - WGR 550
WGR - Sports Radio 550 is proud to welcome three new stations to the Sabres Radio Network.
WMXO - 101.5 FM Olean
WKSN - 1340 AM Jamestown
WBTA - 1490 AM Batavia
These additions will give Sabres fans a new way to hear Rick Jeanneret and Jim Lorentz from the Southern Tier to Rochester (WROC 950 AM). WBTA will preempt some Sabres games due to previous commitments to high school sports in Batavia.
WGR - Sports Radio 550 is looking for more stations for the network, and is in talks with different groups across the state. If you are a Sabres fan in an area that will not be covered by this expansion, make sure to contact your local radio station.
10.29.2006 Sunday - ISTANBUL 19:11
French Radio Halts Broadcasting in Turkish
By Ali Ihsan Aydin
Saturday, October 28, 2006
Radio France International (RFI) has cut Turkish broadcasts, which have been on the air for 35 years, on grounds of financial difficulties.
The radio station, which broadcasts in 19 languages, cut only its broadcasts in Turkish.
Ugur Hukum, coordinator of Turkish broadcasts at the RFI, called the decision an example of France’s imprudence and added, “This move confirms that France has never viewed Turkey and Turkish as a strategic partner.”
However, Hukum said the decision to halt Turkish broadcasts had nothing to do with the Armenian genocide bill, adding that it had been planned long before the bill was passed.
Dutch and Swedish radios had also cut their Turkish broadcasts.
The radio management announced the end of Turkish broadcasts was a part of financially-triggered reform program, but they decided to continue broadcasting in Lagos, Bulgarian, Albanian, Vietnamese and Serbian.
The broadcasts in Turkish will be replaced with a website to inform the public on Turkey-EU relations.
Hukum said they had suggested to the radio management a project called “Paris’s Europe Agenda.”
The RFI had broadcast Turkish programs once a week since 1971.
RFI Turkish broadcasts were set up to inform Turkish emigrants to France. The radio broadcasts in Parisian neighborhood and is available worldwide on the Internet.
The RFI Turkish broadcasts lost much of their audience when Turkish TV channels started broadcasting in Europe.
from Current via DX Listening Digest 6-158. WTFK? 93.5 ** U S A. THIRSTY FOR RADIO, TEXANS WAIT OUT DROUGHT Water to the desert --- By Mike Janssen Homespun Texan audacity spawned Marfa Public Radio --- and might also deserve some blame for the station's long-delayed launch. KRTS, the first and only public radio station in the sparsely populated Big Bend area, has had a lot going for it --- buzz in the press, an eager and media-starved audience and blessings from the likes of Dan Rather and Willie Nelson. Yet two years after its founders lassoed a frequency, the station is broadcasting only on a web stream and awaits a construction permit from the FCC. Robert Walker, an Austin-based media investor who won the FM channel in a 2004 FCC auction, blames the long wait mainly on the Mexican government, which he says must also approve the station due to its proximity to the border. But station operators tangled themselves in red tape earlier this year when they began transmitting without FCC approval. Such an error can bring a fine or even get a broadcaster barred from the air for life, though Walker, who has tried to smooth over the gaffe with the commission, expects leniency. A break in the logjam couldn't come soon enough for Marfa residents. No public radio station serves the 20,000 square miles of West Texas that juts along the Rio Grande south of New Mexico. The only stations reaching into town are a nearby country-music outlet and occasionally a signal coming across the Mexican border. The town of 2,100, situated among wide grazing lands and scenic mountain ranges, is more than two hours by car from the nearest airport and seven hours from Austin. Yet it has become surprisingly cosmopolitan despite its isolation. Last weekend, its population more than doubled when tourists poured in for the Chinati Foundation's annual Open House, an exhibition of contemporary art founded in the mid-'80s by minimalist artist Donald Judd. The sculptor acquired a large parcel near Marfa in 1979 for permanent exhibition of his works and those of his contemporaries, attracting thousands of pilgrims from the art world. Out-of-towners fell in love with the little town and swelled a new wave of growth for Marfa. "You still see people in boots, Western hats and jeans," says Kay Burnett, a philanthropist and backer of Marfa Public Radio who lives in nearby Alpine. But New York-style bistros, galleries and bookstores now line the town's wide streets, she says. The newcomers could be Marfa Public Radio's ideal audience when it finally signs on. "People out here have waited 30 years or more for something like this to come," Burnett says. "And we're still waiting." A buyer's "sixth sense" When Walker learned that the FCC would auction a frequency in Marfa in the fall of 2004, he felt "almost a sixth sense that there was something special about it," he says. Walker had never visited Marfa but says the town's mystique is known across Texas. It's not just the unusual name, borrowed from a female servant in Dostoevsky's The Brothers Karamazov --- an early settler was reading the book as she arrived in town in the late 1800s. The town also served as the location for Giant, James Dean's last film, and is renowned for the Marfa Lights, an unexplained phenomenon that flickers in the sky to the southeast. Walker's business partners scoffed at his desire for a radio frequency in the middle of nowhere. But the area's remoteness and lack of radio service was part of its charm. Starting a station in Marfa would be another chapter in his diverse career in Texas media, which includes building a Telemundo affiliate in McAllen and starting KGSR-FM in Austin, a commercial station and progenitor of the Triple A format. He now serves on the board of KLRU, Austin's public TV station. "It just became this labor of love," he says. The area's need for a radio station became clear to Walker during his first drive to Marfa, when he was enveloped in a huge snowstorm. A scan of the radio dial turned up no news updates, no weather bulletins. "I didn't know if the roads had closed, if the bridge was out-it was just amazing," he said. "There was no coverage at all." Residents had already sought to bring public radio to the region, anticipating that the commission would eventually open a filing window for noncommercial frequencies. The inclusion of a channel for Marfa in the 2004 auction, however, was a surprise opportunity. Kay Burnett entered the auction, but Walker's Matinee Radio LLC, which he created solely for the purpose, won the channel with a bid of $186,550. She approached Walker a month later and asked him to use the frequency for a public station. Walker had already decided that the area lacked enough consumers and businesses to support a commercial station and agreed to let Marfa Public Radio operate the channel under a local management agreement. His wife, Katy Hackerman, has also become president of Marfa Public Radio. In exchange, Walker gets credit for bringing public radio to a rare unserved region. "It was like bringing water to the desert when they heard there was a possibility of getting public radio out there," Walker says. "You don't see that kind of enthusiasm in our business anymore." Among those who considered bidding for the Marfa channel was Radio Bilingüe, the California-based public radio chain that targets Latino farm workers. In a footnote to the Marfa story, the U.S. Commerce Department announced last month that it had given Radio Bilingüe a planning grant to establish stations in unserved Texas areas. Premature emissions With the FM channel sewed up, Willie Nelson playing a benefit concert and Dan Rather starring at a launch event, Marfa Public Radio's enthusiasm may have boiled over early this year when it began broadcasting a bit on the early side. It transmitted from a temporary tower at 10 percent of its licensed 100,000 watts, according to an article in the local Alpine Avalanche. Radio hobbyists started posting questions on the Web about the mysterious Marfa Public Radio that was broadcasting without FCC permission. Walker ordered the station to shut down as soon as he heard it had started up, he says, and came clean with the FCC. "It was an unfortunate situation, but really more of a miscommunication about what we could and couldn't do," he says. (Tom Michael, g.m. of Marfa Public Radio, declined comment for this article. An FCC official did not return calls.) There is debate over what would-be broadcasters can legally do without construction permits, says John Crigler, a communications attorney with Garvey Schubert Barer in Washington, D.C. Under Crigler's interpretation, a station can begin construction but not transmit a signal. If the licensee begins broadcasting without a CP, the FCC can respond by fining it, impounding equipment and, at worst, permanently barring it from the airwaves. "It's a potentially fatal sin for someone who wants to be a broadcaster," Crigler says. Marfa Public Radio's website, http://marfapublicradio.org makes no mention of the mistake. Instead, the station thanks listeners for their patience "while steel is being purchased and shipped for our new tower." In the meantime, it offers a web stream of locally produced talk, news, music and public affairs. The explanation avoids making "a mountain out of a molehill" over the early spell of over-the-air broadcasting, Walker says. He expects to receive the needed construction permit by the end of the year. The Public Telecommunications Facilities Program announced last year that it would award Marfa Public Radio $476,242 toward building the station, but the station must receive its permit before the grant can go through. In the meantime, the station also received a grant of $45,000 from the Public Radio Exchange to support a showcase of PRX programming. The station will buy NPR shows at a reduced price thanks to a deal with KUT-FM in Austin. (Stewart Vanderwilt, KUT's g.m., sits on the board of Marfa Public Radio.) Even with the grants and discounts, Marfa Public Radio may have to cultivate an enterprising spirit to survive in its small and sparsely populated market. Consultant Tom Livingston, who visited Marfa in 2004 to help gauge potential support for public radio, says the station should cultivate major donors, pursue a sole-service grant from CPB and appeal for support from the Department of Homeland Security or the Federal Emergency Management Agency. It could rely on automation and volunteer programmers to help keep costs low, he says. Walker acknowledges that the station will face challenges but intends to help out with his own financial support, even from Austin, many miles outside its signal area. "We want to see the experiment succeed," he says (Current via Mike Janssen, DXLD) Tnx to Mike for sending his story, which does not appear on the Current website. He had contacted us in researching it, as KRTS was covered in previous DXLDs (gh)
Received this note today from Steven Dow, the owner of KEIN 1310khz in Great
Falls, Montana regarding the upcoming test on November 18-19th. For listeners who will be targeting KEIN 1310khz, this is important stuff.
Again, our thanks to Steve Dow for this test!
Hello Les Rayburn:
I will be participating in the DX test, however, during testing of the audio
chain during the two hour period I will have normal programming (nostalgia
music) alternating with the morse ID's and test tones. KEIN has a 5/8 wave
antenna so the sky wave tends to favor the long path. Best of luck with the
KEVA Test 10/21…
Tim Hall, CA - Possible sweep tones noted here just after the top of the hour? The morse code made it here easily last time, right through local KSON.
Mike Hawkins, CA - Those sweep tones cut through everything! Got sweep tones, off the hooks and morse code within the first three minutes. Can't get voice (yet) but all the rest is coming in well.
Martin Foltz, CA - KEVA 1240 heard on DX test, heard sweep tones, code IDs and a telepnone busy signal. Heard starting 11:06 PM PDT through 11:15 as I write this. Weak signal with two other stations on top of the channel.
Willis Monk TN, - Not sure if I am hearing the KEVA test. At 0205 I heard a high pitch noise, perhaps a sweep tone. At 0225 a short bust of CW.
Bob Carter, NY - I keep hearing what I think is a high pitched tone every so often. It is hard to know if that is part of the test or a result of the jumble of stations on 1240 like an oldies station, a handful of talk stations and some ESPN radio affiliate in the mix or just plainly my ears playing tricks on me.
Bob Foxworth, FL - No sign of the test in Tampa FL. Many 1240 stns hrd.
Freq just a jumble. Listened 0205-0245 edt.
Paul LaFrienere, MN - Listened for the entire two hours. Nothing heard here in N.E. MN.
Kevin Redding, AZ - Heard in Gilbert, AZ on a CCRadio with no problem. Heard very well last time also.
David Hochfelder , NJ - I recorded using Total Recorder, from 2 minutes before top and bottom of the hours till 5 minutes past, and did not hear a peep of Morse code or other sound effects. I figured it would be a long shot from New Jersey...
Thanks to everyone who put the test together though!
Phil Rafuse PEI Canada - No morse, sweep tones, phone off the hook - NADA.
I didn't realize how many NCAA Games are
online, I am currently listening to Nebraska handing it to Iowa
State on Sirius #152. Nebraska 21- Iowa State 7
I have Washington State beating Oregon State 13-6 on XM194. There are
about 4 other games still going on XM.