28 February 2014

winter 2013-2014 mediumwave dx

Introduction

During September 2013, I built an iPad app to help me with my occasional mediumwave DX hobby. I used it as I developed it, and accomplished more than ever before as a result. Contributing to the success of this logging project was the use of five listening locations throughout the San Francisco bay area. This gave me access to lower local interference levels, and topography that blocked oppressive AM HD transmissions from KCBS and other broadcasters.

Notable achievements for these logs:
• Highest total number of logs (144) for a given logging period
• First time logging every region 2 mediumwave frequency
• First time logging Oklahoma
• First time logging Chihuahua, Mexico

Unfinished business:
• It would've been nice to achieve 150 logs
• Didn't log Montana, which was the next nearest unlogged state
• Could've done much more with graveyard frequencies

All logs
530: WPUV620 (10 w; San Mateo, CA; 10 mi)
540: KRXA (10 kW day / 500 w night; Carmel Valley, CA; 100 mi)
540: CBK (50 kW; Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada; 1250 mi)
550: KOAC (5 kW; Corvallis, OR; 475 mi)
560: KSFO (5 kW; San Francisco, CA; 0 mi)
570: KVI (5 kW; Seattle, WA; 680 mi)
580: KMJ (50 kW; Fresno, CA; 150 mi)
590: KUGN (5 kW; Eugene, OR; 440 mi)
600: KOGO (5 kW; San Diego, CA; 450 mi)
610: KEAR (5 kW; San Francisco, CA; 0 mi)
620: KPOJ (25 kW day / 10 kW night; Portland, OR; 540 mi)
630: KIDD (1 kW; Monterey, CA; 80 mi)
630: KPLY (5 kW day / 1 kW night; Reno, NV; 190 mi)
640: KFI (50 kW; Los Angeles, CA; 340 mi)
650: KMTI (10 kW day / 900 w night; Manti, UT; 600 mi)
650: KSTE (21.4 kW day / 920 w night; Rancho Cordova, CA; 85 mi)
660: KTNN (50 kW; Window Rock, AZ; 750 mi)
670: KBOI (50 kW; Boise, ID; 520 mi)
680: KNBR (50 kW; San Francisco, CA; 0 mi)
690: CBU (50 kW; Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada; 800 mi)
690: XEWW (77 kW day / 50 kW night; Rosarito, Baja California, Mexico; 790 mi)
700: KMBX (2.5 kW day / 700 w night; Soledad, CA; 105 mi)
710: KFIA (25 kW day / 1 kW night; Carmichael, CA; 85 mi)
710: KIRO (50 kW; Seattle, WA; 680 mi)
720: KDWN (50 kW; Las Vegas, NV; 415 mi)
730: XEEBC (1 kW day / 250 w night; Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico; 520 mi)
740: KCBS (50 kW; San Francisco, CA; 0 mi)
750: KXTG (50 kW day / 20 kW night; Portland, OR; 540 mi)
760: KFMB (5 kW day / 50 kW night; San Diego, CA; 450 mi)
770: KCBC (50 kW day / 4.1 kW night; Riverbank, CA; 80 mi)
770: KKOB (50 kW; Albuquerque, NM; 895 mi)
780: KKOH (50 kW; Reno, NV; 190 mi)
790: KABC (5 kW; Los Angeles, CA; 340 mi)
800: KBRV (10 kW day / 150 w night; Soda Springs, ID; 675 mi)
800: XEROK (150 kW; Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua, Mexico; 1000 mi)
810: KGO (50 kW; San Francisco, CA; 0 mi)
820: KGNW (50 kW day / 5 kW night; Seattle, WA; 680 mi)
820: WBAP (50 kW; Fort Worth, TX; 1450 mi)
830: KNCO (5 kW; Grass Valley, CA; 125 mi)
840: KMPH (5 kW; Modesto, CA; 75 mi)
840: WPEX988 (10 w; Belvedere, CA; 10 mi) ** roadside
850: KOA (50 kW; Denver, CO; 950 mi)
860: KTRB (50 kW; San Francisco, CA; 0 mi)
870: KRLA (50 kW day / 3 kW night; Glendale, CA; 330 mi)
870: WWL (50 kW; New Orleans, LA; 1920 mi)
880: KKMC (10 kW; Gonzales, CA; 100 mi)
890: KDXU (10 kW; St. George, UT; 480 mi)
900: KBIF (1 kW day / 500 w night; Fresno, CA; 150 mi)
910: KKSF (20 kW day / 5 kW night; Oakland, CA; 10 mi)
920: KIHM (4.6 kW day / 850 w night; Reno, NV; 190 mi)
920: KVIN (500 w day / 2.5 kW night; Ceres, CA; 80 mi)
930: KAGI (5 kW day / 123 w night; Grants Pass, OR; 335 mi)
940: KFIG (50 kW; Fresno, CA; 150 mi)
950: KAHI (5 kW; Auburn, CA; 130 mi)
960: KNEW (5 kW; Oakland, CA; 10 mi)
970: KESP (1 kW; Modesto, CA;  75 mi)
980: KFWB (5 kW; Los Angeles, CA; 340 mi)
990: KATD (10 kW day / 5 kW night; Pittsburg, CA; 35 mi)
1000: KOMO (50 kW; Seattle, WA; 680 mi)
1010: KIQI (10 kW day / 500 w night; San Francisco, CA; 0 mi)
1020: KTNQ (50 kW; Los Angeles, CA; 340 mi)
1030: KTWO (50 kW; Casper, WY; 915 mi)
1040: KXPD (2.2 kW day / 200 w night; Tigard, OR; 535 mi)
1050: KNBR/KTCT (50 kW day / 10 kW night; San Mateo, CA; 10 mi)
1060: CKMX (50 kW; Calgary, Alberta, Canada; 1000 mi)
1070: KNX (50 kW; Los Angeles, CA; 340 mi)
1080: KSCO (10 kW day / 5 kW night; Santa Cruz, CA; 55 mi)
1090: XEPRS (50 kW; Rosarito, Baja California, Mexico; 790 mi)
1100: KFAX (50 kW; San Francisco, CA; 0 mi)
1110: KDIS (50 kW day / 20 kW night; Pasadena, CA; 340 mi)
1120: KZSJ (5 kW day / 150 w night; San Martin, CA; 60 mi)
1120: KPNW (50 kW; Eugene, OR; 440 mi)
1130: CKWX (50 kW; Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada; 800 mi)
1130: KRDU (5 kW day / 6.2 kW night; Dinuba, CA; 185 mi)
1140: KHTK (50 kW; Sacramento, CA; 80 mi)
1150: KTLK (50 kW day / 44 kW night; Los Angeles, CA; 340 mi)
1160: KSL (50 kW; Salt Lake City, UT; 600 mi)
1170: KLOK (50 kW day / 5 kW night; San Jose, CA; 40 mi)
1180: KERN (50 kW day / 10 kW night; Wasco, CA; 220 mi)
1190: KDYA (1 kW day / no night; Vallejo, CA; 30 mi)
1190: KEX (50 kW; Portland, OR; 540 mi)
1200: KYAA (25 kW day / 10 kW night; Soquel, CA; 50 mi)
1200: WOAI (50 kW; San Antonio, TX; 1485 mi)
1210: KGYN (10 kW; Guymon, OK; 1150 mi)
1220: KDOW (5 kW day / 145 w night; Palo Alto, CA; 20 mi)
1230: KWG (900 w; Stockton, CA; 65 mi)
1240: KJOP (250 w day / 1 kW night; Lemoore, CA; 170 mi)
1240: KSMX (1 kW; Santa Maria, CA; 225 mi)
1250: KZER (2.5 kW day / 1 kW night; Santa Barbara, CA; 275 mi)
1260: KSFB (5 kW day / 1 kW night; San Francisco, CA; 0 mi)
1270: KBZZ (13 kW day / 5 kW night; Sparks, NV; 195 mi)
1280: KXTK (10 kW day / 2.5 kW night; Arroyo Grande, CA; 205 mi)
1280: KQLL (5 kW day / 28 w night; Henderson, NV; 425 mi)
1290: KAZA (5 kW day / 88 w night; Gilroy, CA; 65 mi)
1290: KPAY (5 kW; Chico, CA; 150 mi)
1300: KAPL (20 kW day / 5 kW night; Phoenix, OR; 315 mi)
1310: KMKY (5 kW; Oakland, CA; 10 mi)
1320: KCTC (5 kW; Sacramento, CA; 80 mi)
1330: KJPR (1 kW; Shasta Lake, CA; 200 mi)
1340: KATA (1 kW; Arcata, CA; 235 mi)
1350: KSRO (5 kW; Santa Rosa, CA; 55 mi)
1360: KFIV (4 kW day / 950 w night; Modesto, CA; 75 mi)
1370: KZSF (5 kW; San Jose, CA; 40 mi)
1380: KTKZ (5 kW; Sacramento, CA; 80 mi)
1390: KLTX (5 kW day / 3.6 kW night; Long Beach, CA; 360 mi)
1400: KVTO (1 kW; Berkeley, CA; 10 mi)
1410: KERI (1 kW; Bakersfield, CA; 250 mi)
1420: KITI (5 kW; Chehalis, WA; 620 mi)
1430: KLO (25 kW day / 5 kW night; Ogden, UT; 605 mi)
1430: KMRB (50 kW day / 9.8 kW night; San Gabriel, CA; 350 mi)
1430: KVVN (1 kW day / 2.5 kW night; Santa Clara, CA; 35 mi)
1430: KYNO (5 kW; Fresno, CA; 150 mi)
1440: KVON (5 kW day / 1 kW night; Napa, CA; 40 mi)
1450: KEST (1 kW; San Francisco, CA; 0 mi)
1460: KION (10 kW; Salinas, CA; 80 mi)
1470: KUTY (5 kW; Palmdale, CA; 325 mi)
1470: XERCN (5 kW; Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico; 475 mi)
1480: KYOS (5 kW; Merced, CA; 110 mi)
1490: KTOB (1 kW; Petaluma, CA; 40 mi)
1500: KSJX (10 kW day / 5 kW night; San Jose, CA; 40 mi)
1510: KSFN (8 kW day / 2.4 kW night; Piedmont, CA; 10 mi)
1520: KOKC (50 kW; Oklahoma City, OK; 1400 mi)
1520: KUNX (10 kW day / 1 kW night; Port Hueneme, CA; 300 mi)
1530: KFBK (50 kW; Sacramento, CA; 80 mi)
1540: KMPC (50 kW day / 37 kW night; Los Angeles, CA; 340 mi)
1550: KZDG (10 kW; San Francisco, CA; 0 mi)
1560: KNZR (25 kW day / 10 kW night; Bakersfield, CA; 250 mi)
1570: KTGE (5 kW day / 500 w night; Salinas, CA; 80 mi)
1580: KGAL (1 kW; Lebanon, OR; 470 mi)
1580: KMIK (50 kW; Tempe, AZ; 660 mi)
1590: KLIV (5 kW; San Jose, CA; 40 mi)
1600: KUBA (5 kW day / 2.5 kW night; Yuba City, CA; 105 mi)
1610: WNMQ214 (10 w; Newark, CA; 7 mi)
1610: WNZV591 (10 w; Berkeley, CA; 10 mi)
1620: KSMH (10 kW day / 1 kW night; Auburn, CA; 130 mi)
1630: XEUT (10 kW day / 1 kW night; Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico; 475 mi)
1640: KDIA (10 kW; Vallejo, CA; 30 mi)
1650: KFOX (10 kW day / 490 w night; Torrance, CA; 350 mi)
1660: KTIQ (10 kW day / 1 kW night; Merced, CA; 110 mi)
1670: KNRO (10 kW day / 1 kW night; Redding, CA; 200 mi)
1680: KGED (10 kW day / 1 kW night; Fresno, CA; 150 mi)
1690: KFSG (10 kW day / 1 kW night; Roseville, CA; 95 mi)
1700: XEPE (10 kW; Tecate, Baja California, Mexico; 480 mi)
1710: KHMB (?)
--- 144

Furthest (600+ miles) (subset of all logs)
540: CBK (50 kW; Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada; 1250 mi)
570: KVI (5 kW; Seattle, WA; 680 mi)
650: KMTI (10 kW day / 900 w night; Manti, UT; 600 mi)
660: KTNN (50 kW; Window Rock, AZ; 750 mi)
690: CBU (50 kW; Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada; 800 mi)
690: XEWW (77 kW day / 50 kW night; Rosarito, Baja California, Mexico; 790 mi)
710: KIRO (50 kW; Seattle, WA; 680 mi)
770: KKOB (50 kW; Albuquerque, NM; 895 mi)
800: KBRV (10 kW day / 150 w night; Soda Springs, ID; 675 mi)
800: XEROK (150 kW; Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua, Mexico; 1000 mi)
820: KGNW (50 kW day / 5 kW night; Seattle, WA; 680 mi)
820: WBAP (50 kW; Fort Worth, TX; 1450 mi)
850: KOA (50 kW; Denver, CO; 950 mi)
870: WWL (50 kW; New Orleans, LA; 1920 mi)
1000: KOMO (50 kW; Seattle, WA; 680 mi)
1030: KTWO (50 kW; Casper, WY; 915 mi)
1060: CKMX (50 kW; Calgary, Alberta, Canada; 1000 mi)
1090: XEPRS (50 kW; Rosarito, Baja California, Mexico; 790 mi)
1130: CKWX (50 kW; Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada; 800 mi)
1160: KSL (50 kW; Salt Lake City, UT; 600 mi)
1200: WOAI (50 kW; San Antonio, TX; 1485 mi)
1210: KGYN (10 kW; Guymon, OK; 1150 mi)
1420: KITI (5 kW; Chehalis, WA; 620 mi)
1430: KLO (25 kW day / 5 kW night; Ogden, UT; 605 mi)
1520: KOKC (50 kW; Oklahoma City, OK; 1400 mi)
1580: KMIK (50 kW; Tempe, AZ; 660 mi)
--- 26

Outside my home country (subset of all logs)
540: CBK (50 kW; Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada; 1250 mi)
690: CBU (50 kW; Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada; 800 mi)
690: XEWW (77 kW day / 50 kW night; Rosarito, Baja California, Mexico; 790 mi)
730: XEEBC (1 kW day / 250 w night; Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico; 520 mi)
800: XEROK (150 kW; Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua, Mexico; 1000 mi)
1060: CKMX (50 kW; Calgary, Alberta, Canada; 1000 mi)
1090: XEPRS (50 kW; Rosarito, Baja California, Mexico; 790 mi)
1130: CKWX (50 kW; Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada; 800 mi)
1470: XERCN (5 kW; Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico; 475 mi)
1630: XEUT (10 kW day / 1 kW night; Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico; 475 mi)
1700: XEPE (10 kW; Tecate, Baja California, Mexico; 480 mi)
--- 11

Alternate ID methods
540: CBK: IDed from the phrase "this is CBC radio one"
690: CBU: IDed from phrase "CBC radio one... 690 am in Vancouver"
710: KIRO: IDed from the phrase "710 ESPN Seattle"
800: XEROK: IDed from audio recording at the top of the hour; listened repeatedly to pick out the callsign
1060: CKMX: IDed from the phrase "Calgary... funny 1060 AM"
1090: XEPRS IDed from the phrase "mighty 1090"
1130: CKWX: IDed from the phrase "news1130.com"
1250: KZER: IDed from the phrase "Radio Lazer" and the Spanish music and announcements
1280: KQLL: IDed from the phrase "the new cool 102" and oldies format
1280: KXTK: IDed from the phrase "ESPN radio 1280 the ticket", and multiple commercials mentioning the city of San Luis Obispo
1570: KTGE: IDed with a recording sent through a lowpass filter, played repeatedly, and posted on soundcloud to request help with confirmation
1610: WNMQ214: IDed based on content referencing Alameda County, and identifying the closest TIS on that frequency for Alameda County. The broadcast loop did not include a callsign.
1700: XEPE: IDed from audio recording and comparing with Spanish alphabet video

States/Provinces logged:
• California
• Oregon
• Washington
• Idaho
• Nevada
• Utah
• Arizona
• Colorado
• Wyoming
• New Mexico
• Texas
• Oklahoma
• British Columbia, Canada
• Saskatchewan, Canada
• Alberta, Canada
• Baja California, Mexico
• Chihuahua, Mexico

Reception details
Eton E5
Kaito AN-200
Locations: Home, Crissy Field, Pacifica, Palo Alto, Half Moon Bay

Quotes
• "The big tomatoes will last until we get a frost."
• "The phone number that will change your life..."
• "Forty, fifty, up to sixty percent off!"
• "It was getting to the point where I didn't want to be around him, and he didn't want to be around me."
• "If you didn't love your kids, you wouldn't be listening right now."
• "He's a drug dealer; he's a gun runner."
• "High-quality olive oil has a green/golden color."
• "Being a ballerina is per se dangerous."
• "As a little bonus, it tastes like candy as it melts in your mouth."
• "Are you a bear? Do you have a beak? Do you have plumage?"
• "When someone asks you what you do for a living, you're never going to tell them."
• "That was easy. We got the dope and the cash."

HD jammers
• 740 KCBS
• 1050 KTCT
• 1310 KMKY

Unique
• 540 CBK: carrying programming from BBC, Radio Australia, Deutsche Welle
• 660 KTNN: Native American language and music
• 690 XEWW: Broadcasts 77 kW during the day
• 760 KFMB: 5 kW day / 50 kW night
• 920 KIHM: night id; broadcasts 850 watts at night
• 1050 KNBR/KTCT: dual callsigns (KNBR is officially on 680)
• 1170 KLOK: world ethnic, Indian
• 1400 KVTO: Asian language programming
• 1450 KEST: Asian language programming
• 1550 KZDG: Indian tabla music
• 1290 KAZA: Vietnamese. At 10am on 2013-09-03, heard two minutes of radio silence, followed by modem connect sounds, then broadcasting continued.
• 1690 KFSG: Russian language.
• Heard "Real Golf Radio" for the first time
• XEPRS interesting history, Wolfman Jack
• Brinkley Act
• 1090: Ad opposed to privatization of Mexican energy services/sources
• Three oldest stations in California: KCBS, KNX, KWG
• 1540 KMPC: Epic top-of-hour ident! Booming voice, "50 thousand watts", music
• 1330: KJPR Jefferson
• 1430 KMRB Chinese
• 1430 KVVN Vietnamese
• 1280: at 7am on 2013-09-12, receiver picked up loud hum only on this frequency. Sounded like someone playing a low synthesizer note.
• 900 KBIF: Asian language
• 930: KAGI Jefferson

Tools
• http://www.geobytes.com/citydistance.htm
• http://topazdesigns.com/ambc/
• http://www.radio-locator.com/
• http://www.fcc.gov/encyclopedia/am-query-broadcast-station-search
• http://www.fcc.gov/encyclopedia/travelers-information-stations-search
• http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_radio_stations_in_California
• http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AM_broadcast_band#Broadcast_frequency_bands
• http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=12RCpaWjWsU (Spanish alphabet pronunciation)
• http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clear-channel_station

01 January 2014

comments and questions, 2014 edition

Does anyone have comments about this blog, or questions about amplitude modulation radio (particularly longwave, mediumwave, and shortwave)?

12 December 2013

california longwave logs october 2013

I visited one of my Northern California outdoor listening locations in October 2013 where the temperature was 45F (7C). With the help of my Eton E5 receiver, I picked up some new longwave beacons. I also logged a few more from the comfort of my home.

290 -.--    -.--    .-.. longdash "YYF" (Penticton, British Columbia, Canada; 825 mi)
326 -..   -.-. longdash "DC" (Princeton, British Columbia, Canada; 815 mi)
332 .-..   -...   .... "LBH" (Blue Lake / Portland, Oregon; 540 mi)
344 -..-   -..- longdash "XX" (Abbotsford, British Columbia, Canada; 785 mi)
350 -.   -.--   longdash "NY" (Enderby, British Columbia, Canada; 920 mi)
359 -...   --- "BO" (Boise, Idaho; 535 mi)
368 ...   -.--   longdash "SX" (Cranbrook, British Columbia, Canada; 900 mi)
368 --..   .--.   longdash" ZP" (Sandspit, British Columbia, Canada; 1175 mi)
385 .--   .-..   longdash "WL" (Williams Lake, British Columbia, Canada; 1015 mi)
397 ...   -... "SB" (San Bernardino, California; 370 mi)
400 --.-   --.-   longdash "QQ" (Comox, British Columbia, Canada; 855 mi)
408 --   .-- "MW" (Moses Lake, Washington; 690 mi)
411 .-.   -.. "RD" (Redmond, Oregon; 475 mi)

Frequencies and locations confirmed with the LW Radio Beacons page. Distances determined with City Distance Calculator.

18 November 2013

upstate ny mediumwave logs, oct 2013

During an October 2013 trip to upstate New York, my Eton E5 was along for the ride. The trip was brief, but it was a great listening location and I had plenty of late-night time to myself. I was close to identifying another handful of stations, but simply ran out of time. I logged exactly 100 mediumwave stations covering 24 US states, Washington DC, and four Canadian provinces.

Confirmed stations:

550: WGR (5 kW; Buffalo, NY; 170 mi)
560: CFOS (7.5 kW day / 1 kW night; Owen Sound, ON, Canada; 250 mi)
570: WSYR (5 kW; Syracuse, NY; 70 mi)
580: CFRA (50 kW day / 10 kW night; Ottawa, ON, Canada; 100 mi)
590: VOCM (20 kW; St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada; 1140 mi)
590: CJCL (50 kW; Toronto, ON, Canada; 180 mi)
600: CKAT (10 kW day / 5 kW night; North Bay, ON, Canada; 235 mi)
610: WIP (5 kW; Philadelphia, PA; 285 mi)
620: WHEN (5 kW day / 1 kW night; Syracuse, NY; 70 mi)
630: WMAL (10 kW day / 5 kW night; Washington DC; 360 mi)
630: WPRO (5 kW; Providence, RI; 270 mi)
640: CFMJ (50 kW; Richmond Hill, ON, Canada; 180 mi)
650: WSM (50 kW; Nashville, TN; 795 mi)
660: WFAN (50 kW; New York, NY; 245 mi)
670: WSCR (50 kW; Chicago, IL; 620 mi)
680: CFTR (50 kW; Toronto, ON, Canada; 180 mi)
690: CKGM (50 kW; Montreal, QC, Canada; 150 mi)
700: WLW (50 kW; Cincinnati, OH; 560 mi)
710: WOR (50 kW; New York, NY; 245 mi)
720: WGN (50 kW; Chicago, IL; 620 mi)
730: CKAC (50 kW; Montreal, QC, Canada; 150 mi)
740: CFZM (50 kW; Toronto, ON, Canada; 180 mi)
750: WSB (50 kW; Atlanta, GA; 840 mi)
760: WJR (50 kW; Detroit, MI; 385 mi)
770: WABC (50 kW; New York, NY; 245 mi)
780: WBBM (50 kW; Chicago, IL; 620 mi)
790: WTNY (1 kW; Watertown, NY; 0 mi)
800: CJBQ (10 kW; Belleville, ON, Canada; 75 mi)
810: WGY (50 kW; Schenectady, NY; 125 mi)
820: CHAM (50 kW day / 10 kW night; Hamilton, ON, Canada; 205 mi)
830: WCCO (50 kW; Minneapolis, MN; 870 mi)
840: WHAS (50 kW; Louisville, KY; 650 mi)
850: WYLF (1 kW day / 45 w night; Penn Yan, NY; 110 mi)
850: WKNR (50 kW day / 4.7 kW night; Cleveland, OH; 345 mi)
870: WHCU (5 kW day / 1 kW night; Ithaca, NY; 115 mi)
870: WWL (50 kW; New Orleans, LA; 1245 mi)
880: WCBS (50 kW; New York, NY; 245 mi)
890: WLS (50 kW; Chicago, IL; 620 mi)
900: WBRV (1 kW day / 52 w night; Boonville, NY; 45 mi)
900: CHML (50 kW; Hamilton, ON, Canada; 205 mi)
910: WSBA (5 kW day / 1 kW night; York, PA; 285 mi)
920: WHJJ (5 kW; Providence, RI; 270 mi)
920: CKNX (10 kW day / 1 kW night; Wingham, ON, Canada; 270 mi)
930: CFBC (50 kW; Saint John, NB, Canada; 490 mi)
930: WBEN (5 kW; Buffalo, NY; 170 mi)
950: WIBX (5 kW; Utica, NY; 70 mi)
960: WEAV (5 kW; Plattsburgh, NY; 125 mi)
970: WNYM (50 kW day / 5 kW night; Hackensack, NJ; 235 mi)
980: CFPL (10 kW day / 5 kW night; London, ON, Canada; 280 mi)
990: WDCX (5 kW day / 2.5 kW night; Rochester, NY; 105 mi)
990: WNTP (50 kW day / 10 kW night; Philadelphia, PA; 285 mi)
1000: WMVP (50 kW; Chicago, IL; 620 mi)
1010: WINS (50 kW; New York, NY; 245 mi)
1020: KDKA (50 kW; Pittsburgh, PA; 325 mi)
1030: WBZ (50 kW; Boston, MA; 265 mi)
1040: WHO (50 kW; Des Moines, IA; 915 mi)
1050: WSEN (2.5 kW day / 19 w night; Baldwinsville, NY; 65 mi)
1060: KYW (50 kW; Philadelphia, PA; 285 mi)
1070: CHOK (10 kW; Sarnia, ON, Canada; 335 mi)
1080: WTIC (50 kW; Hartford, CT; 220 mi)
1090: WBAL (50 kW; Baltimore, MD; 330 mi)
1100: WTAM (50 kW; Cleveland, OH; 345 mi)
1110: WBT (50 kW; Charlotte, NC; 665 mi)
1120: KMOX (50 kW; St. Louis, MO; 835 mi)
1130: WBBR (50 kW; New York, NY; 245 mi)
1140: WRVA (50 kW; Richmond, VA; 455 mi)
1150: CKOC (50 kW; Hamilton, ON, Canada; 205 mi)
1170: WWVA (50 kW; Wheeling, West Virginia; 365 mi)
1180: WHAM (50 kW; Rochester, NY; 105 mi)
1190: WLIB (10 kW day / 30 kW night; New York, NY; 245 mi)
1190: WOWO (50 kW day / 9.8 kW night; Fort Wayne, IN; 515 mi)
1200: WTLA (1 kW; North Syracuse, NY; 65 mi)
1210: WPHT (50 kW; Philadelphia, PA; 285 mi)
1240: WATN (1 kW; Watertown, NY; 0 mi)
1250: CJYE (10 kW day / 5 kW night; Oakville, ON, Canada; 195 mi)
1260: WSKO (5 kW; Syracuse, NY; 70 mi)
1290: WNBF (9.3 kW day / 5 kW night; Binghamton, NY; 130 mi)
1290: WKBK (5 kW; Keene, NH; 190 mi)
1310: CIWW (50 kW; Ottawa, ON, Canada; 100 mi)
1320: WILS (25 kW day / 1.9 kW night; Lansing, MI; 450 mi)
1340: WMSA (910 w; Massena, NY; 80 mi)
1390: WEGP (25 kW day / 10 kW night; Presque Isle, ME; 420 mi)
1390: WCAT (5 kW; Burlington, VT; 130 mi)
1400: WSLB (1 kW; Ogdensburg, NY; 50 mi)
1410: WNER (3.5 kW day / 58 w night; Watertown, NY; 0 mi)
1420: WHK (5 kW; Cleveland, OH; 345 mi)
1420: WLNA (5 kW day / 1 kW night; Peekskill, NY; 210 mi)
1470: WPDM (1 kW day / 44 w night; Potsdam, NY; 60 mi)
1480: WLEA (2.5 kW day / 20 w night; Hornell, NY; 145 mi)
1500: WFED (50 kW; Washington DC; 360 mi)
1520: WWKB (50 kW; Buffalo, NY; 170 mi)
1530: WCKY (50 kW; Cincinnati, OH; 560 mi)
1540: KXEL (50 kW; Waterloo, IA; 835 mi)
1580: CKDO (10 kW; Oshawa, ON, Canada; 150 mi)
1590: WAKR (5 kW; Akron, OH; 350 mi)
1610: CHHA (10 kW day / 1 kW night; Toronto, ON, Canada; 180 mi)
1630: KCJJ (10 kW day / 1 kW night; Iowa City, IA; 810 mi)
1690: CHTO (1 kW; Toronto, ON, Canada; 180 mi)
1690: CJLO (1 kW; Montreal, QC, Canada; 150 mi)
1700: KBGG (10 kW day / 1 kW night; Des Moines, Iowa; 915 mi)


Distant stations (500+ miles): 

• WOWO (Fort Wayne, IN; 515 mi)

• WLW (Cincinnati, OH; 560 mi)
• WBBM, WGN, WLS, WMVP, WSCR (Chicago, IL; 620 mi)
• WHAS (Louisville, KY; 650 mi)
• WBT (Charlotte, NC; 665 mi)
• WSM (Nashville, TN; 795 mi)
• KCJJ (Iowa City, IA; 810 mi)
• KXEL (Waterloo, IA; 835 mi)
• KMOX (St. Louis, MO; 835 mi)
• WSB (Atlanta, GA; 840 mi)
• WCCO (Minneapolis, MN; 870 mi)
• KBGG, WHO (Des Moines, IA; 915 mi)
• VOCM (St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada; 1140 mi)
• WWL (New Orleans, LA; 1245 mi)

States and Provinces:


• New York

• Vermont
• New Hampshire
• Maine
• Pennsylvania
• New Jersey
• Massachusetts
• Connecticut
• Rhode Island
• Michigan
• Ohio
• Minnesota
• Illinois
• Indiana
• Iowa
• Missouri
• Kentucky
• Tennessee
• Maryland
• Washington D.C.
• Virginia
• West Virginia
• North Carolina
• Georgia
• Louisiana
• Ontario, Canada
• Quebec, Canada
• New Brunswick, Canada
• Newfoundland, Canada


Reception coverage


Alternate ID methods (when the callsign was not heard):


• CJCL "sportsnet 590 the fan"

• WIP "CBS sportsradio 610"
• WSCR "Chicago CBS Sportsradio"
• CFTR "680news.com"
• CKAC "radio circulation"
• CHAM "funny 820"
• WBRV "the blizzard"
• WHJJ "news radio 920"
• WEAV "960 the zone"
• WNYM "am 970 the answer"
• CFPL "am980.ca"
• WSKO "score 1260"
• WCAT "Cruisin 93.7" "Burlington"
• WHK "Ohio, am 1420 the answer"
• WWKB "western new york" "espn 1520"

Unique:


VOCM is one of only four Canadian radio stations with a VO callsign prefix.

KDKA is (depending on who you ask) the world's first commercial radio station
WLIB night power is 3x day power

Quotes / songs:

• "Take these broken wings, and learn to fly again..." (host on WSKO)

• "Facebook and twitter are available. We both have smart phones."
• "Nothing's gonna stop us now" - Starship
• "Long run" - Don Henley
• "Everybody wants five inches!" (talking about snow)
• "It's across the continent in Los Angeles." (hockey game)
• "Is diluted bitumen corrosive?"
• "...on the ones, at one, eleven, twenty one, thirty one, forty one, and fifty one minutes past each hour."
• "They're gonna love me, they're gonna hate me, but I'm gonna be me."
• "Eli Manning has thrown 12 interceptions."
• "You now have permission to sing off-key." (WCAT)
• "I was the one in my house who would say, okay everyone, let's go to church!"
• "This is what defense lawyers do in cases like this."
• "They can't get a ten-day forecast right to save their lives."

06 November 2013

chu time station frequencies

Someone recently asked me why CHU, Canada's time station on three shortwave frequencies, isn't broadcasting on 7335 kHz anymore. Here are the CHU frequencies as of November 2013:

• 3330 kHz
• 7850 kHz
• 14670 kHz

I wrote those from memory but confirmed them with the CHU (radio station) Wikipedia page and NRC shortwave station broadcasts (CHU) page.

As to the frequency change from 7335 to 7850 kHz, this was due to a reallocation of the frequencies 7300-7350 kHz in 2007, which led to an increase in broadcasting interference. CHU moved to 7850 sometime in 2009. The two webpages linked above provide a lot more history and technical details for CHU.

Does anyone have, or know of, a recording of CHU on 7335 kHz that includes interference from another broadcaster?

05 November 2013

upstate ny longwave logs, oct 2013

During a trip to Upstate New York in October 2013, I scanned the longwave band on my Eton E5 and discovered a lot of morse code beacons. Single sideband (ssb) helped me get additional logs when the morse was faint, or multiple beacons were on neighboring frequencies.

Here are the 31 beacons I identified:

216 -.-.   .-..   -... "CLB" (Wilmington, NC; 685 mi)
236 ---   .-- longdash "OW" (Ottawa, ON, Canada; 100 mi)
248 ..-   .-.. longdash "UL" (Montreal, QC, Canada; 150 mi)
257 --.   -   -... "GTB" (Fort Drum / Great Bend, NY; 10 mi)
263 -.--   --.   -.-  longdash "YGK" (Kingston, ON, Canada; 35 mi)
272 -.--   --.-  .-  longdash "YQA" (Muskola, ON, Canada; 185 mi)
278 -.   --  longdash "NM" (Matagami, QC, Canada; 450 mi)
289 -.--   .-..  --.- longdash "YLQ" (La Tuque, QC, Canada; 280 mi)
303 -.--   .--.   .--. longdash "YPP" (Parent, QC, Canada; 280 mi)
317 --..  --   -..- longdash "ZMX" (Montreal, QC, Canada; 150 mi)
326 ...-   ...-  longdash "VV" (Wiarton, ON, Canada; 250 mi)
329 -.--   ....   -. longdash "YHN" (Hornepayne, ON, Canada; 550 mi)
332 -.--   ..-.  --  longdash "YFM" (Lagrande 4 Baie-James, QC, Canada; 700 mi)
334 -.--   ...  .... longdash "YSH" (Smiths Falls, ON, Canada; 60 mi)
335 -.--   .-..   -.. longdash "YLD" (Chapleau, ON, Canada; 550 mi)
340 -.--   -.-- longdash "YY" (Mont Joli, QC, Canada; 480 mi)
341 -.--   -.--  ..- longdash "YYU" (Kapuskasing, ON, Canada; 485 mi)
351 -.--   -.-   --.- longdash "YKQ" (Fort Rupert, QC, Canada; 550 mi)
362 ...   -... longdash "SB" (Sudbury, ON, Canada; 300 mi)
366 -.--   --   .--  longdash "YMW" (Maniwaki, QC, Canada; 160 mi)
371 --.   .-- longdash "GW" (Kuujjuarapik, QC, Canada; 780 mi)
373 ..---   --.- longdash "2Q" (Mont Laurier, QC, Canada; 175 mi)
378 .-.  .--- longdash "RJ" (Roberval, QC, Canada; 360 mi)
382 -.--   .--.   .-.. longdash "YPL" (Pickle Lake, ON, Canada; 840 mi)
391 ...--   -... longdash "3B" (Brockville, ON, Canada; 40 mi)
392 --   .-.. longdash "ML" (Charlevoix, QC, Canada; 400 mi)
400 .--.  -   -.. "PTD" (Potsdam, NY; 60 mi)
401 -.--   .--.   --- longdash "YPO" (Peawanuck, ON, Canada; 870 mi)
407 --..   ....   ..-   longdash "ZHU" (Montreal, QC, Canada; 150 mi)
409 -.--   -   .- longdash "YTA" (Pembroke, ON, Canada; 140 mi)
414 ...--   ..- longdash "3U" (Gatineau, ON, Canada; 100 mi)


I relied on the LW Radio Beacons page on dxinfocentre.com to confirm the ids and use the correct frequencies.

04 November 2013

swling post listener submission

Over at The SWLing Post, a blog author recently requested stories about how readers got involved with shortwave radio. I sent in a submission, and it has been published:

Listener post: Eric Weatherall

14 October 2013

on the road

As I mentioned on twitter (@cobaltpet) recently, I started a new set of mediumwave logs for northern hemisphere winter 2013-2014. I logged quite a lot at home already, but I've also been taking short nighttime road trips to identify additional stations. This gets my radio away from indoor and outdoor interference sources, and in a few cases, allows me to use topography to avoid the jamming static from AM HD broadcasts.

During one of the first road trips, I chose to park in a highway turnout along the Pacific Ocean. I had a few problems there:

• Overhead electrical wires
• Ocean noise
• Humidity
• Too close to the highway
• The area had a No Parking sign, and passing police stopped when they saw my parked vehicle

Two different policemen stopped to talk to me on two different nights in this spot. The first policeman was very friendly. He was older, wanted to make sure I didn't need assistance, and reminded me not to trespass by climbing down the unsafe hill. The second policeman was very different. He was younger, and made it clear that I must obey the No Parking sign. Since I didn't want to take chances with encountering an unfriendly policeman, and equally concerned with simply wasting their time, I decided to look elsewhere on Google Maps.

I looked for parking areas where other cars and other people might be around the middle of the night. As it turns out, the new spot I chose has a few bars nearby, so those are somewhat busy at night. Police cars periodically circle through the parking area, but everyone is there legally so there's typically no interaction.

The new area (which I will keep private) works great. It doesn't solve all of the problems with my previous location, but I'm not bothering anyone, and I'm able to get a much lower noise level on my radio than at home. I didn't get a lot of logging done during this first trip to my new outdoor dxing spot, but I logged a Mexican station on my last unlogged frequency with XEEBC on 730 kHz.

My winter 2013-2014 mediumwave logs will be published here sometime in 2014.