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Monday, March 2, 2015

The Party’s Over!

I had a very productive sunrise drive to work on Friday and logged three new stations with the stock radio in my 2007 Subaru Outback Sport:

- WSJP on 1640 kc transmitting 1 kW from Sussex, Wisconsin, 785 miles to my west-northwest

- WKKX on 1600 kc transmitting 33 watts from Wheeling, West Virginia, 418 miles to my west-southwest

- WHGT on 1590 kc transmitting 58 watts from Maugansville, Maryland, 286 miles to my west-southwest

Sunday evening, I logged a brand new station with the C.Crane CC Skywave:

- WFME on 1560 kc transmitting 50 kW from Queens, NYC, 81 miles to my south-southwest. 

Logging WFME means the party is over! WFME takes over 1560 from the dearly departed WQEW. During the transition from QEW to FME, 1560 was wide open and I logged four new stations that I would unlikely be able to hear when QEW or FME were on the air. It was fun while it lasted!

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Winter E-Skip?

When I am in my Subaru and not chasing AM DX at sunrise, the car radio is usually tuned to WLNG on 92.1 Mc, which is transmitting about 55 miles away in Sag Harbor on Long Island. Although I am on the fringe of WLNG’s coverage area, I enjoy listening to the station because it is old school AM radio and features a DJ, Rusty Potz, who I grew up listening to when I was a teenager. (Hear WLNG for yourself on their website).

And since I am on the fringe, I am very familiar with the ups and downs of WLNG’s signal as I drive around my neck of the woods. And this morning, those ups and downs were not normal; in places where WLNG’s is normally solid, I heard other stations competing with LNG’s signal.

At 1350 UTC, I clearly heard the station identification of WLHR. I had no idea where WLHR was located and when I looked it up, I was surprised to discover that it was located in Lavonia, Georgia, 744 miles to my southwest!

Shortly after the station identification, conditions returned to normal. 

Thursday, February 26, 2015

WCNW

WCNW

Sunrise AM DXing with the stock radio in my Subaru this morning added WCNW into the log at 1155 UTC. The Fairfield, Ohio station was broadcasting the local weather report while transmitting 1 kW on 1560 kc, 635 miles to my WSW.

WSBV signed on at the top of the hour and took over 1560, but I could still hear WCNW under WSBV.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

A Thousand Miles Away (Almost)

KXEL_QSL

I logged three new AM radio stations. Two with the CC Skywave barefoot and one with the stock radio in my 2007 Subaru.

With the CC Skywave, I heard WNBH Monday evening local time, 2320 UTC on 1340 kc transmitting 1 kW from New Bedford, Massachusetts, 105 miles to my East.

Also heard WFTH Monday evening local time, 0000 UTC on 1590 kc transmitting a mere 19 W from Richmond, Virginia, 373 miles to my southwest.

In the Subaru this morning during my commute to work at 1140 UTC (sunrise was at 1133 UTC), I heard KXEL on 1540 kc transmitting 50 kW from Waterloo, Iowa, 4 miles short of a thousand miles to my west. KXEL was loud and clear for about 5 minutes broadcasting the local weather forecast. The KXEL logging is the best AM DX from the Subaru and is in the top 5 for best AM DX overall.

Sunday, February 22, 2015

4 new loggings with the CC Skywave

Source: Wikipedia

Four new loggings with the CC Skywave barefoot on February 21:

0230 UTC - 1560 kc - WFSP - Kingswood, WV - 1 kW - 386 miles WSW - S1 to S3 - 1960 oldies

0329 UTC - 1600 kc - CHHA - Toronto, ON - 6.25 kW - 354 miles NNW - S4 - Spanish language

0359 UTC - 1490 kc - WKVT - Brattleboro, VT - 1 kW - 86 miles N - S1 - station identification, nothing else!

2327 UTC - 1560 kc - WTNS - Coshocton, OH - 1 kW - 473 miles WSW - S0 to S2 - country & western music

The CC Skywave continues to impress me. I am also enjoying the absence of WQEW on 1560 allowing me to log 3 new stations on that frequency.