19 September 2013

mediumwave logs, sep 2011 - mar 2012

Around autumn 2011, I began another batch of mediumwave DX logs with my Eton E5. I was also hanging out on an irc channel for mediumwave DXers, and I got helpful reception and identification tips from others. Apparently I sat on these logs for quite a long time, so I thought I would finally publish it.

Challenges: AM HD/IBOC, ESPN Radio, Fox. IBOC causes overwhelming static on both adjacent channels, really putting a damper on DXing those frequencies. ESPN Radio and Fox don't like to give out their callsigns. To them, the brand is important and the callsign is not. When sports stations are broadcasting games, they have short breaks during the game for station identification, but these happen at irregular times (not always at :00 or :30).

Identified stations:

530: WPUV620 (San Mateo, CA) -- 10 miles
540: CBK - CBC Radio One (Watrous, Saskatchewan, Canada) -- 50 kW
550: KOAC (Corvallis, OR) -- Oregon Public Broadcasting
560: KSFO (San Francisco, CA)
580: KMJ (Fresno, CA) -- 50 kW
590: KUGN (Eugene, OR)
600: KOGO News Radio 600 (San Diego, CA)
610: KEAR (Berkeley, CA)
620: KPOJ (Portland, OR) -- 25 kW day, 10 kW night
620: KTAR (Phoenix, AZ) -- 5 kW - ESPN Radio
630: KIDD (Monterey, CA) -- ESPN Radio
630: KPLY (Reno, NV) -- Fox Sports
640: KFI (Los Angeles, CA)
650: KSTE (Rancho Cordova, CA)
660: KTNN (Window Rock, AZ) -- 50 kW
660: KWVE (Bakersfield, CA)
670: KBOI (Boise, ID) -- 50 kW
680: KNBR (San Francisco, CA) -- 50 kW
690: CBU - CBC Radio One (Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada)
690: XEWW (Tijuana, BN, Mexico) -- 50 kW night (english ident at top of hour)
710: KFIA (Sacramento, CA)
720: KDWN (Las Vegas, NV) -- 50 kW
740: KCBS (San Francisco, CA) -- 50 kW
760: KFMB (San Diego, CA) -- 50 kW
770: KCBC (Manteca, CA)
770: KKOB News Radio (Albuquerque, NM) -- 50 kW
780: KKOH News Talk (Reno, NV) -- 50 kW
790: KABC (Los Angeles, CA)
790: KFPT (Clovis, CA) -- ESPN Radio
810: KGO (San Francisco, CA) -- 50 kW
830: KNCO News Talk (Grass Valley, CA)
840: KMPH (Modesto, CA) - Bernal Radio
840: WPEX988 roadside transmitter (Belvedere, CA) -- 10w TIS - 8 miles
850: KOA (Denver, CO) -- 50 kW
860: KTRB (San Francisco, CA) - Spanish
870: KRLA (Glendale, CA)
870: WWL (New Orleans, LA) -- 50 kW
880: KKMC (Arroyo Grande, CA)
890: KDXU (St. George, UT)
900: CKMO (Victoria, British Columbia, Canada)
910: KNEW (Oakland, CA)
920: KXLY (Spokane, WA)
920: KVIN (Ceres, CA)
930: KAGI (Grants Pass, OR) -- Jefferson Public Radio; 5 kW day; 0.123 kW night
940: KYNO (Fresno, CA) -- 50 kW
950: KAHI (Auburn, CA)
950: XEKAM (Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico) -- "eckees e kahm"
960: KKGN (Oakland, CA)
980: KFWB (Los Angeles, CA)
990: KATD (Pittsburg, CA) - Spanish
1000: KOMO (Seattle, WA) -- 50 kW
1010: KIQI (San Francisco, CA) - Spanish
1030: KTWO (Casper, WY) -- 50 kW
1050: KTCT (San Mateo, CA)
1070: KNX (Los Angeles, CA) -- 50 kW
1090: XEPRS (Rosarito, BN, Mexico) -- 50 kW
1100: KFAX (San Francisco, CA)
1110: KBND (Bend, OR)
1120: KPNW (Eugene, OR) -- 50 kW
1120: KZSJ (San Martin, CA) - Asian language
1130: KRDU (Dinuba, CA)
1140: KHTK (Sacramento, CA) -- 50 kW
1150: KTLK (Los Angeles, CA)
1160: KSL Newsradio (Salt Lake City, UT) -- 50 kW
1170: KLOK (San Jose, CA) -- Pravasvani
1180: KERN (Bakersfield, CA)
1190: KDYA Gospel Flashback (Vallejo, CA)
1190: KEX (Portland, OR) -- 50 kW day; 5 kW night
1200: KYAA (Soquel, CA) - was humsafar, now oldies
1200: WOAI (San Antonio, TX) -- 50 kW
1220: KDOW (Palo Alto, CA)
1230: KGEO (Bakersfield, CA)
1240: KSMX (Santa Maria, CA)
1260: KSFB (San Francisco, CA)
1270: KBZZ The Buzz (Sparks, NV)
1280: KWSX (Stockton, CA)
1280: KXTK (Arroyo Grande, CA)
1290: KAZA (Gilroy, CA)
1310: KMKY (Oakland, CA)
1320: KCTC (Sacramento, CA) -- ESPN Radio
1330: KJPR (Shasta Lake City, CA) -- 1 kW; Jefferson Public Radio; BBC World Service relay at night
1330: KWKW (Los Angeles, CA)
1350: KSRO (Santa Rosa, CA)
1370: KZSF (San Jose, CA) - Spanish
1380: KTKZ (Sacramento, CA)
1400: KVTO (Berkeley, CA)
1410: KERI (Bakersfield, CA)
1430: KYKN (Keizer, OR)
1440: KVON (Napa, CA)
1450: KEST (San Francisco, CA)
1460: KION (Salinas, CA)
1470: KIID (Sacramento, CA) -- Radio Disney
1470: XERCN (Tijuana, BN, Mexico) -- identified by matching radio reception with online stream
1490: KTOB (Petaluma, CA) -- Spanish; ident was in spanish
1500: KSJX (San Jose, CA) -- Asian language
1510: KSFN (Piedmont, CA) (formerly KPIG)
1520: KVTA (Port Hueneme, CA)
1530: KFBK (Sacramento, CA)
1540: KMPC (Los Angeles, CA)
1550: KZDG (San Francisco, CA) - Radio Zindagi
1560: KNZR The Voice of Bakersfield (Bakersfield, CA)
1580: KBLA (Santa Monica, CA) -- 50 kW
1590: KLIV (San Jose, CA)
1600: KUBA (Yuba City, CA)
1640: KDIA (Vallejo, CA)
1650: KFOX (Torrance, CA) -- 490w at night
1660: KTIQ (Merced, CA) -- 10 kW day, 1 kW night
1670: KNRO (Redding, CA)
1680: KGED (Fresno, CA)
1700: WPTZ516 (Oakland, CA) oakland intl. TIS -- 11 miles
1700: XEPE (Tijuana, BN, Mexico) -- 10 kW

Total: 111


States/provinces logged:

• Arizona
• California
• Colorado
• Idaho
• Louisiana
• Nevada
• New Mexico
• Oregon
• Texas
• Utah
• Washington
• Wyoming
• British Columbia, Canada
• Saskatchewan, Canada
• Baja California, Mexico

Distant receptions (500+ miles):

• Boise, ID (520 miles)
• Portland, OR (540 miles)
• Salt Lake City, UT (600 miles)
• Phoenix, AZ (650 miles)
• Seattle, WA (680 miles)
• Spokane, WA (735 miles)
• Victoria, British Columbia, Canada (750 miles)
• Window Rock, AZ (750 miles)
• Rosarito, Baja California, Mexico (790 miles)
• Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada (800 miles)
• Albuquerque, NM (900 miles)
• Casper, WY (915 miles)
• Denver, CO (950 miles)
• Watrous, Saskatchewan, Canada (1250 miles)
• San Antonio, TX (1500 miles)
• New Orleans, LA (1900 miles)

One of my absolute favorite discoveries during this project was the brilliant hour-long "Quirks and Quarks" show on CBC Radio One. The episode I heard contained several interesting segments on various scientific topics. It was so refreshing after hearing hours upon hours of political, conspiracy, sports, and infomercial broadcasts from the all-too-typical United States stations.

Quotes, excerpts, and oddities:

• "You look pretty!" "Thank you! You look pretty too!" (Two female announcers on 1170 KLOK)
• Invitation to a "peaceful, weekly meeting" at an abortion clinic in Mountain View, CA.
• "If it looks good, worship it!"
• "I became sexually impotent."
• "You know what I'm gonna play right now? You're young enough to know this one."
• "Panzy pundits and politicians!"
• "I have worms on all kinds of flowers."
• "Satan's business is in the realm of the spiritual!"
• KAZA 1290 briefly aired the sound of a phone off the hook.
• "The discarded cello was indeed old."
• "Uhhhh Ohhhhhh Ahhhhhhh Ooooooo Eeeeeeeee!" (Chanting on an Asian language station)
• "What are all those pockets on your jacket, Jay?" "Emergency snack compartments."
• "We are honored to be on this flamethrower of a station!"
• "Everybody kisses his ass. He has the cleanest ass in baseball, this Tony La Russa."
• "There's nothing wrong with the south, but they screwed up Italian food."
• 08 Oct 2011, 11pm PDT; KSTE missing from 650 kHz
• 08 Oct 2011, 11pm PDT; KMKY (1310 kHz) HD seems to be off; country music audible on 1300 kHz

Equipment:

• Eton E5
• Kaito AN-200 passive loop antenna
• Kaito KA1103

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