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Sunday, August 23, 2015


After a few fruitless days of scanning the AM band, I finally logged a new one this morning at 0435 UTC  WCAP in Lowell, Massachusetts, transmitting 5 kW, 108 miles to my northeast. Playing 1960's oldies, "the Beatles and before," the station was vying with two other stations, one unidentified, the other identified as "ESPN 980" (probably WTEM in D.C., which I logged previously).

I used my C.Crane CC Skywave receiver with my Terk Advantage antenna to catch this new one.

Tuesday, August 18, 2015


I was on vacation last week and on Friday, I managed to get away from the chaos with a shotgun trip to Sugar Hill, New Hampshire. On the way, we drove through Wells River, Vermont, and passed right by WTWN on Route 302. I added WTWN to my logbook back in February and I thought it would be cool to get a snapshot of the station.

So on the return trip, we slowed down as we passed the station and I snapped a few photos with my iPhone 6. The best of the bunch is above.

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Listening with the Meteors

While sitting in the dark watching the Perseid meteor shower, I bagged two "new" stations with my barefoot C.Crane CC Skywave receiver:

CFZM  This Toronto station is a fire-breather running 50,000 watts on a clear channel (740 kc) 354 miles to my north-northwest. I was surprised that I had not logged this one before and when I checked the log, I discovered I had worked it on 2011 when it was CHWO.

WTEL  Transmitting 5,000 watts on 610 kc from Philadelphia 164 miles to my southwest, like CFZM, I had logged this station before using a different callsign... in 2013 when it was WIP.

I did see two meteors last night, one a whizzer, and then the clouds rolled in and obscured my view.