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Thursday, January 11, 2018

Year in Review

Here is my year in review compared with my all-time stats.

LW new 2017 loggings: 6
LW total all-time loggings: 119

LW best 2017 broadcast station DX: 3919 miles, Radio Algerienne, Tipaza, Algeria
LW best all-time broadcast station DX: 4598 miles, Antena Satelor, Brasov Bod, Romania

LW best 2017 navigational beacon DX: 1183 miles, YPH, Inukjuak, Quebec, Canada
LW best all-time navigational beacon DX: 1647 miles, DDP, San Juan, Puerto Rico

MW new 2017 loggings: 50
MW total all-time loggings: 492

MW best 2017 DX: 5489 miles, ERTU Quran Karem, Santah, Egypt
MW best all-time DX: 5489 miles, ERTU Quran Karem, Santah, Egypt

MW best 2017 domestic DX: 973 miles, WTAD, Quincy, Illinois, USA
MW best all-time domestic DX: 1666 miles, WJCC, Miami Springs, Florida, USA

FM new 2017 loggings: 3
FM total all-time loggings: 113

FM best 2017 DX: 315 miles, WCOT, Jamestown, New York, USA
FM best all-time DX: 744 miles, WLHR, Lavonia, Georgia, USA

The dearth of new FM loggings is not a surprise because I don't spend much time monitoring that band. However, the dearth of new LW loggings was an eye-opener because I spend a lot of time monitoring that band!

Monday, January 1, 2018

LW Opening

Source: Skyvector.com
Sandy Lake Aeronautical Chart (Source: Skyvector.com)

Last night, as I was trying to stay warm in this drafty old house, I read an e-mail on the International Radio Club of America list saying that the long waves were open. So I fired up the ELAD FDM-S2/FDM-SW2, tuned to the LW segment of the radio spectrum and saw more signals on the waterfall display than I have ever seen before.

I managed to log five new navigational beacons all located in the Ontario province of Canada including one in Sandy Lake over 1200 miles away. Here is the complete tally from last night:

đŸ“¶ YKX on 201 kHz transmitting 200 watts from Kirkland Lake, Ontario, 568 miles to the north-northwest

đŸ“¶ YYW on 223 kHz transmitting 100 watts from Armstrong, Ontario, 975 miles to the northwest

đŸ“¶ QN on 233 kHz transmitting 400 watts from Nakina, Ontario, 873 miles to the northwest

đŸ“¶ ZSJ on 258 kHz transmitting 500 watts from Sandy Lake, Ontario, 1231 miles to the northwest

đŸ“¶ YEL on 276 kHz transmitting 250 watts from Elliot Lake, Ontario, 583 miles to the northwest

Antenna used was my 80-meter inverted Vee.

Monday, December 25, 2017

And Good DX'ing!

Hy-Gain 18 AVT/WB-A vertical antenna at WA1LOU
The refurbished Hy-Gain 18 AVT/WB-A vertical antenna at WA1LOU

Friday, December 22, 2017

Two for One in One

Revisiting my December 20 1100Z top-of-the-hour recording turned up three additional new stations for the log including a rare two-for-one logging in one state (two stations on one frequency in the same state).

đŸ“¶ WHBC on 1480 kHz transmitting 5kw from Canton, Ohio, 446 miles to the west-southwest.

đŸ“¶ WDJO also on 1480 kHz transmitting 300 watts from Cincinnati, Ohio, 629 miles to the west-southwest.

đŸ“¶ WAAM on 1600 kHz transmitting 5kW from Ann Arbor, Michigan, 553 miles to the west-northwest.

All were received on my ELAD FDM-S2/FDM-SW2 connected to my 80-meter inverted Vee.

Thursday, December 21, 2017

Geminids and WCY?

📡  Easton, Pennsylvania's Mike Schaffer, KA3JAW, wrote, "Geminids meteor shower (MS) from parent object 3200 Phaethon asteroid peaked on December 13 during the 1530 UTC with a ZHR rate of 97. The prediction was 120.

"The majority of analog FM radio stations received via MS was from south-eastern or south-central Ontario, Canada region. No digital HD Radio in-band on-channel (IBOC) using OFDM modulation was decoded.

"No digital ATSC television stations were detected via MS on any of the three bands."

The the typical distance of the stations was 300 to 600 miles from Mike's location.

đŸ“¶  Meanwhile, I keep monitoring the AM band for new stations. My top-of-the-hour recording at 1100 UTC on December 20 revealed a new logging on the 1400 graveyard channel. The first three letters of the station identification were WCY, but the signal dropped out on the last letter.

Radio-Locator indicated two stations on 1400 with WCY(?) call signs: WCYN in Kentucky and WCYR in Maine. I listened to the recording again and preceding the station identification was a PSA for Maine veterans. So I added WCYR to the log.

Located in Veazie, Maine, WCYR transmits 810 watts, 309 miles to the northeast. Equipment used was my ELAD FDM-2/FDM-SW2 receiver and my 80-meter inverted Vee antenna.