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Wednesday, February 4, 2015

2 for 1 on 1340


I have been listening to the graveyard frequencies the last few days trying to pull something intelligible out of the nightly stew in 1230, 1240, 1340, 1400, 1450 and 1490 kc. Actually, I skip 1240 because there is a local station there broadcasting right wing malarky 24/7 (no intelligence to be found there), so I stick to the other five graveyard frequencies.

About three minutes before midnight UTC, a station came up out of the muck on 1340 with a weather forecast for the "Champlain Valley," which means the station was in upstate New York or Vermont. As the top of the hour approached, the station started fading into the muck and then a station id from another station (WMDR) popped up followed by the station id of the fading Champlain Valley station, WIRY.

Wow! Two new ones for the price of one.

WIRY is in Plattsburg, New York, transmitting 940 watts 212 miles to my north.

WMDR is in Augusta, Maines, transmitting 1000 watts 246 miles to my northeast.

The CC Skywave barefoot was the receiver.

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