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Sunday, February 8, 2015

Success to the North

I added another station while hanging around the graveyard frequencies Thursday evening at 2300 UTC: WSNO on 1450 kc transmitting 1 kW from Barre, Vermont, 179 miles north. Using the CC Skywave receiver barefoot, I heard WSNO's signal at an S-1 level for about two minutes before it disappeared in the cacophony typical on the graveyard frequencies.

Next morning, as I began my morning commute, I caught a rare new one while mobile: WQOM on 1060 kc transmitting 2.5 kW from Natick, Massachusetts, 89 miles east-northeast. It was a very brief reception of a traffic report as I drove out of WQOM's coverage area of the moment. Equipment used was my 2007 Subaru Outback Sport's stock radio and antenna.

Sunday dawn, I heard a lot of interesting stations on my barefoot CC Skywave, but only one new one: the station identification of WTWN on 1100 kc transmitting 5 kW from Wells River, Vermont, 180 miles north-northwest. Interestingly, while on vacation in that area, I have driven by WTWN's studios on Route 302 many times, but this was the first time I actually heard the station on the air.

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