17 December 2006

mediumwave logs, autumn 2006

My first attempt at mediumwave DX was in April 2006, when I logged 89 stations with my Tecsun BCL-2000. I just completed another round, during November and the first half of December 2006. Using three of my radios and more favorable conditions, I logged 126 stations.

My previous list of logged mediumwave stations provided a starter guide. Once I picked up a signal, I stayed with it until I verified the callsign or station slogan, or I found an online audio stream to compare against. After logging a good number of stations, I wrote a station wishlist on an index card to guide me to the more important/likely frequencies. That list included nearby stations and some further-away stations that I expected to get. That helped me identify at least 15 more stations.

Some of the stations that I logged for the first time are located in:
Boise, Idaho
Mesa, Arizona
Phoenix, Arizona
Portland, Oregon
Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada
Reno, Nevada
Seattle, Washington
Spokane, Washington
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Victoria, British Columbia, Canada

Alas, nothing from Alaska, Hawaii, or Texas. First-time logs are listed with (New).

540: CBK (Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada) 50 kW (New)
550: KOAC (Corvallis, OR) 5 kW (New)
560: KSFO (San Francisco, CA) 5 kW
570: KVI (Seattle, WA) 5 kW (New)
580: KMJ (Fresno, CA) 50 kW
590: KUGN (Eugene, OR) 5 kW
600: KOGO (San Diego, CA) 5 kW
610: KEAR (Berkeley, CA) 5 kW
620: KPOJ (Portland, OR) 25 kW day, 10 kW night (New)
630: KIDD (Monterey, CA) 1 kW
630: KPLY (Reno, NV) 5 kW day, 1 kW night (New)
640: KFI (Los Angeles, CA) 50 kW
650: KSTE (Rancho Cordova, CA) 21.4 kW day, 0.92 kW night
660: KTNN (Window Rock, AZ) 50 kW
670: KBOI (Boise, ID) 50 kW (New)
680: KNBR (San Francisco, CA) 50 kW
690: CBU / CBC Radio One (Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada) 50 kW
700: KXLX (Spokane, WA) 10 kW day, 0.6 kW night (New)
710: KFIA (Sacramento, CA) 25 kW day, 1 kW night
710: KIRO (Seattle, WA) 50 kW (New)
720: KDWN (Las Vegas, NV) 50 kW
730: CHMJ (Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada) 50 kW (New)
740: KCBS (San Francisco, CA) 50 kW
750: KHWG (Fallon, NV) 7.5 kW day, 0.25 kW night (New)
750: KOAL (Price, UT) 10 kW day, 6.8 kW night
750: KXL (Portland, OR) 50 kW day, 20 kW night
760: KFMB (San Diego, CA) 5 kW day, 50 kW night
770: KKOB (Albuquerque, NM) 50 kW
770: KCBC (Riverbank, CA) 50 kW day, 1 kW night
780: KKOH (Reno, NV) 50 kW
790: KABC (Los Angeles, CA) 5 kW
790: KFPT (Clovis, CA) 5 kW day, 2.5 kW night (New)
790: KWSW (Eureka, CA) 5 kW day, 0.11 kW night (New)
810: KGO (San Francisco, CA) 50 kW
830: KNCO (Grass Valley, CA) 5 kW
840: KMPH (San Francisco, CA) what a lame signal! - 5 kW (New)
850: KOA (Denver, CO) 50 kW
860: CFPR (Prince Rupert, British Columbia, Canada) 10 kW day, 2.5 kW night (New)
870: KRLA (Glendale, CA) 20 kW day, 3 kW night
870: WWL (New Orleans, LA) 50 kW
880: KKMC (Salinas, CA) 10 kW
890: KDXU (St. George, UT) 10 kW
900: CKMO (Victoria, British Columbia, Canada) 10 kW (New)
900: KBIF (Fresno, CA) 1 kW day, 0.5 kW night (New)
910: KNEW (Oakland, CA) 20 kW day, 5 kW night
920: KIHM (Reno, NV) 4.6 kW day, 0.85 kW night
920: KVIN (Ceres, CA) 0.5 kW day, 2.5 kW night (New)
920: KXLY (Spokane, WA) 20 kW day, 5 kW night (New)
930: KSEI (Pocatello, ID) 5 kW (New)
940: KWRU (Visalia, CA) 50 kW
950: KAHI (Auburn, CA) 5 kW
960: KQKE (Oakland, CA) 5 kW
970: KCMD (Portland, OR) 5 kW (New)
980: CKNW (Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada) 50 kW (New)
980: KFWB (Los Angeles, CA) 5 kW
990: KATD (Pittsburg, CA) 5 kW
1000: KOMO (Seattle, WA) 50 kW
1010: KIQI (San Francisco, CA) 10 kW day, 0.5 kW night
1030: KTWO (Casper, WY) 50 kW
1050: KTCT (San Francisco, CA) 50 kW
1070: KNX (Los Angeles, CA) 50 kW
1080: KFXX (Portland, OR) 50 kW day, 10 kW night (New)
1080: KSCO (Santa Cruz, CA) 10 kW day, 5 kW night
1090: XEPRS (Rosarito, Baja California, Mexico) 50 kW
1100: KFAX (San Francisco, CA) 50 kW
1110: KDIS (Pasadena, CA) 50 kW day, 20 kW night (New)
1120: KPNW (Eugene, OR) 50 kW
1120: KZSJ (San Martin, CA) 5 kW day, 0.15 kW night
1130: CKWX (Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada) 50 kW (New)
1130: KRDU (Dinuba, CA) 5 kW day, 6.2 kW night
1140: KHTK (Sacramento, CA) 50 kW
1150: KTLK (Los Angeles, CA) 50 kW day, 44 kW night
1160: KSL (Salt Lake City, UT) 50 kW
1170: KLOK (San Jose, CA) 50 kW day, 5 kW night
1180: KERI (Bakersfield, CA) 50 kW day, 10 kW night
1190: KEX (Portland, OR) 50 kW
1190: KDYA (Vallejo, CA) 1 kW day only
1200: KYAA Radio Humsafar (Soquel, CA) 25 kW day, 10 kW night
1220: KNTS (Palo Alto, CA) 50 kW
1230: KPRL (Paso Robles, CA) 1 kW (New)
1240: KSUE (Susanville, CA) 1 kW (New)
1260: KOIT (San Francisco, CA) 5 kW day, 1 kW night (same signal is carried on FM 96.5 mhz)
1270: KBZZ (Sparks, NV) 13 kW day, 5 kW night
1280: KXTK (Arroyo Grande, CA) 10 kW day, 2.5 kW night
1290: KAZA (Gilroy, CA) 5 kW day, 0.088 kW night
1300: KCMY (Carson City, NV) 5 kW day, 0.5 kW night (New)
1310: KMKY (Oakland, CA) 5 kW
1320: KCTC (Sacramento, CA) 5 kW (New)
1330: KLBS (Los Banos, CA) 0.42 kW day, 5 kW night (New)
1340: KYNS (San Luis Obispo, CA) 0.79 kW (New)
1350: KSRO (Santa Rosa, CA) 5 kW
1360: KFIV (Modesto, CA) 5 kW
1370: KZSF (San Jose, CA) 5 kW
1380: KTKZ (Sacramento, CA) 5 kW (New)
1390: KLTX (Long Beach, CA) 5 kW day, 3.6 kW night (New)
1400: KVTO (Berkeley, CA) 1 kW
1410: KERN (Bakersfield, CA) 1 kW
1420: KSTN (Stockton, CA) 5 kW day, 1 kW night (New)
1430: KFIG (Fresno, CA) 5 kW
1440: KVON (Napa, CA) 5 kW day, 1 kW night
1440: KINF (Santa Maria, CA) 5 kW day, 1 kW night (New)
1450: KEST (San Francisco, CA) 1 kW
1460: KABL (Salinas, CA) 10 kW (New)
1470: KIID (Sacramento, CA) 5 kW day, 1 kW night (New)
1470: KUTY (Palmdale, CA) 5 kW (New)
1480: KYOS (Merced, CA) 5 kW
1490: KTOB (Petaluma, CA) 1 kW
1500: KSJX (San Jose, CA) 10 kW day, 5 kW night
1510: KFNN (Mesa, AZ) 22 kW day, 0.1 kW night (New)
1510: KGA (Spokane, WA) 50 kW (New)
1510: KPIG (Piedmont, CA) 8 kW day, 0.23 kW night
1520: KVTA (Port Hueneme, CA) 10 kW day, 1 kW night (New)
1530: KFBK (Sacramento, CA) 50 kW
1540: KMPC The Ticket (Los Angeles, CA) 50 kW
1550: KYCY/KYOU radio (San Francisco, CA) 10 kW
1560: KNZR (Bakersfield, CA) 25 kW day, 10 kW night
1580: KMIK (Phoenix, AZ) 50 kW (New)
1590: KLIV (San Jose, CA) 5 kW
1600: KUBA (Yuba City, CA) 5 kW day, 2.5 kW night
1620: KSMH (Sacramento, CA) 10 kW day, 1 kW night (New)
1640: KDIA (Vallejo, CA) 10 kW day, 1 kW night
1650: KFOX (Torrance, CA) 10 kW day, 0.49 kW night (New)
1670: KNRO (Redding, CA) 10 kW day, 1 kW night (New)
1680: KAVT (Fresno, CA) 10 kW day, 1 kW night (New)
1690: KFSG (Roseville, CA) 10 kW day, 1 kW night (New)
1700: XEPE (Tecate, Baja California, Mexico) ?? kW

This time, I only had a few empty frequencies: 530, 800, 820, 1020, 1040, 1060, 1210, 1250, 1570, 1610, 1630, 1660.

There were two stations that I believe I heard, but was unable to confirm:

780: KAZM (Sedona, AZ) 5 kW day, 0.25 kW night
1480: something near Missouri. Before local sunrise on December 16, I heard a commercial for "Max Motors", a car dealer located in Missouri, on 1480 khz. The web address provided in this commercial was max71.com.

I also did not attempt to identify several distant broadcasts that were in Spanish.

Sources:
http://www.coasttocoastam.com/affiliates/aa.html
http://www.ac6v.com/clearam.htm
http://www.fcc.gov/mb/audio/amq.html
http://theradiosource.com/articles-news-ears-across-america.htm
http://www.ontheradio.net/
http://www.radio-locator.com/

[Note: I will add station links at a later time. Time to pack for my trip...]

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