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Thursday, November 29, 2018

YTL and HF on LW

Conditions have been very good lately and the longwave band has been wall-to-wall navigational beacons. I have previously logged all but two new ones:

HF on 241 kHz transmitting 100 watts from of Hearst, Ontario, 760 miles to the northwest.

YTL on 328 kHz transmitting 1 kW from of Big Trout Lake, Ontario, 1148 miles to the northwest.

Using my ICOM IC-R8600 receiver and 80-meter inverted Vee antenna.

Friday, November 16, 2018

Good Night

Navigational beacon EMR in Augusta, Georgia
I turned on the radio before midnight and found the longwave band full of navigational beacons. In two hours, I logged 14 new stations, ten in the USA and four in Canada, which is unusual because I typically hear Canadian beacons and occasionally USA beacons.

I also heard a lot of previously logged beacons including CBC in Cayman Brac and FIS in Key West, 1574 and 1287 miles away, respectively.

Here is a list of the new loggings:

232 kHz: GP in Gaspe, Quebec, 645 miles NNE*

248 kHz: FRT in Spartanburg-Fairmont, South Carolina, 675 miles SW

335 kHz: ZKF in Kitchener - Wellington, Ontario, 395 miles NW*

348 kHz: BUP in Pittsfield - Burnham, Maine, 279 miles NE*

351 kHz: MSQ in Brandy Station, Virginia, 337 miles SW

353 kHz: QG in Windsor, Ontario, 512 miles W

361 kHz: HB in Burlington - Alamance, Virginia, 529 miles SW

367 kHz: FVX in Farmville, Virginia, 416 miles SW

383 kHz: 7P in Iroquois Falls, Ontario, 618 miles NNW

385 kHz: EMR in Augusta-Emory, Georgia, 750 miles SSW

400 kHz: CI in Sault Ste. Marie - Kincheloe, Michigan, 660 miles NW

412 kHz: CTZ in Clinton, North Carolina, 545 miles SSW

417 kHz: HQT in Coats - Harnett, North Carolina, 528 miles SSW

417 kHz: SLP in Shelby - First River, North Carolina, 642 miles SW

Receiver used: ICOM IC-R8600
Antennas used: Hy-Gain 18 AVT/WB-A except three asterisked (*) loggings: 80-meter inverted Vee antenna,

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

500 watts to 600,000 watts

Last night, there were lots of transatlantic carriers on the AM/MW band, which resulted in two new loggings.

Before the World Series:

1325Z on 1270 kHz, WQTT in Marysville, OH, USA, transmitting 500 watts, 550 miles to my west, playing oldies music, "True Oldies 96 point 7." Equipment: ICOM IC-R8600 and ICOM AH-7000 discone antenna.

After the World Series:

0519Z on 585 kHz, RNE Radio Nacional, Madrid, Spain, transmitting 600,000 watts, 3508 miles to my east-northeast, talk show with one woman and two or three men. Equipment: ICOM IC-R8600 and 80 m inverted Vee antenna.

Saturday, October 13, 2018

I can hear clearly now, the power's out

Friday evening, I added two new stations to the AM/MW log:

WLUI 670 kHz in Lewistown, Pennsylvania, transmitting 5,400 watts, 251 miles to the west-southwest at 2230 UTC

WTME 780 kHz in Rumford, Maine, transmitting 18 watts, 234 miles to the north-northeast at 2300 UTC

Both stations logged with my ICOM IC-R8600 receiver and (believe it or not) my ICOM AH-7000 discone antenna.

Two new stations in one night was very satisfying, but there was more fun ahead.

As I climbed into bed at 0340 UTC, we lost power (vehicular accident took out a telephone pole). So I climbed out of bed, connected my ELAD FDM-S2 to my laptop and powered up. The ELAD is powered by the laptop's USB, so although the power main is down, I still have a operable high-end receiver and can take advantage of the quiet radio bands free of all the spurious noise generated from all the gadgets in the surrounding area.

I tuned to LW band and it was full of signals and empty of noise. I heard a lot of navigational beacons thatI have not heard since last winter and I logged four new ones:

YZX 266 kHz in Greenwood, Nova Scotia, Canada, transmitting 100 watts, 455 miles to the east-northeast

YWP 355 kHz in Webequie, Ontario, Canada, transmitting 200 watts, 1030 miles to the northwest

YNC 385 kHz in Wemindji, Quebec, Canada, transmitting 25 watts, 832 miles to the north-northwest

YHD 413 kHz in Dryden, Ontario, Canada, transmitting 250 watts, 1100 miles to the west-northwest

All four logged with my ELAD FDM-S2/FDM-SW2 receiver and 80-meter inverted Vee antenna.

Six new stations in one night!

Power (and neighborhood gadget noise) returned after a half-hour just as the battery in my laptop was exhausted. Good timing!

Thursday, October 11, 2018


Entered radio station CBI in the log Thursday evening. The Sydney, Nova Scotia station transmits 10,000 watts on 1140 kHz, 703 miles to the northeast. Equipment used was an ICOM IC-R8600 receiver and a Hy-Gain 18AVT/WB-A vertical antenna.

Bad news is that WTIC AM on 1080 kHz is back to full power and is stronger than ever here 16 miles from its 50,000 watt transmitter. Actually, their signal and IBOC crud seems worse than ever and occupies over 30 kHz of radio spectrum!