Friday, January 30, 2015
Thursday, January 29, 2015
Conditions on the AM band were good overnight.
Turned the Skywave on briefly before going to bed last night (0300 UTC) and CHOK on 1070 kc had a very strong, solid signal broadcasting the Toronto vs. New Jersey hockey game for the 10 minutes or so I had the radio powered up. It was by far the strongest signal I have heard on 1070 since the Skywave freed that frequency from WTIC on 1080.
Forgot my iPod this morning, so I listened to the radio and discovered that conditions on the AM band were still good during my 35-minute commute to work just before sunrise at 1205 UTC. I did not hear anything new on the stock radio in my 2007 Subaru, but what I did hear was loud and clear ― in particular, WIBX on 950 from Utica, NY, and KDKA on 1020 from Pittsburgh.
Wednesday, January 28, 2015
Monday, January 26, 2015
Nothing new in the log, so, I keep going back to 1070 kc.
Saturday evening, about 2300 UTC, I heard three stations simultaneously on 1070 kc. I identified one as CHOK, but I had no luck identifying the other two. It was very frustrating because one of the two stations was very strong for about 10 minutes (a woman and man were discussing the Boston marathon murder trial).
So with nothing new in the log, I leave you with another item from the WTIC Alumni Site's online museum, a QST cover story about the venerable radio station. By the way, the whole WTIC story from QST is available on the museum's webpage.
Saturday, January 24, 2015
The site includes an online museum, which was the source of the WTIC QSL shown here.
Wednesday, January 21, 2015
I received the following question from a reader, "Do domestic stations issue QSLs anymore? When I was a kid they did."
Yes, they do, but probably at a diminished rate than in the past.
I had about a 50% success rate with AM radio stations way back when. Today, I don't know for sure because I have not sent a reception report in eons, but I expect that the success rate is poorer due to smaller staffs and automated stations.
The reader also asked, "To whom would I address the reception report?"
Address your reception report to the Chief Engineer of the radio station. Station addresses can be found at Radio-Locator.
Like I wrote above, I have not sought a QSL in a long time, but I think it is time to try again and experience QSLing in the 21st Century.
Sunday, January 18, 2015
(Radio used was the new C.Crane's CC Skywave AM-FM-SW-WX-Air portable receiver.)
Friday, January 16, 2015
I recently logged three new stations on a frequency (1070 kc) that was previously unusable due to the proximity of a 50,000 watt station (WTIC), that is, its proximity of operating frequency (1080) and proximity of distance between it and my location (12 miles).
My success on 1070 is due to a new radio: C.Crane's new CC Skywave AM-FM-SW-WX-Air portable receiver that my sister gifted to me on Christmas. I have been so impressed with its capabilities on AM that I have not spent much time on its other bands, but I have noticed that it's sensitivity and selectivity on the FM band is top-notch and probably the best receiver I own in that regard.
Getting back to 1070... during the past week or so, I have concentrated on that frequency trying to catch another new entry for the log (so far I logged CHOK, WINA and WKOK, 488, 384 and 208 miles away, respectively ). I can still hear some WTIC on 1070, but I can null it out by positioning the CC Skywave 90° away from their transmitter site. That position puts WINA in the null (gray on the map) along with WTIC, while CHOK and WKOK fall somewhere in between the null and the sweet spot (green on the map).
By the way, I have the CC Skywave's bandwidth set to 2 kc for AM band DXing, which I find works well for extracting intelligence from weak signals with this radio (bandwidths from 1 to 6 kc in 1 kc steps are selectable).
The last two nights at around 0000 UTC, I heard voices and music occasionally pop up through the noise, but the signal(s) were not strong enough nor long enough to extract any intelligence.
I will keep on trying and keep you posted.
Wednesday, January 14, 2015
I sat in an icebox (also known as my car) for nearly a half-hour during my lunch hour watching snow flurry onto the windshield while tuning the radio searching for a new entry for the log. I settled on 1180 kc listening to what I thought was WHAM out of Rochester, NY.
WHAM is already in the log, but I had given up finding anything new and decided to listen to the oldies. But looking up WHAM in my log, I had it logged as a talk radio station. Either they changed their format or I had something new (WHAM was my only 1180 log entry so far).
I stuck it out and at 1758 UTC, the station identified as Hope Valley, Rhode Island’s WSKP. Transmitting 1800 watts 54 miles to my east, it had a solid S-4 signal.
Monday, January 12, 2015
I have owned the www.horzepa.com domain for years,
but I just reconfigured it for this blog instead of my old WordPress blog. As a result, you can now use horzepa.com, www.horzepa.com or horzepa.blogspot.com to access this blog.
Sunday, January 11, 2015
Nothing new in the log since Monday.
I took some photos of the radio shack after its reorganization over the holidays. The photo below provides a good view of the current layout. The second photo is the same as the first with the addition of the annotations.
During the reorg, I found a sock buried among the wires and cables under the desk. Squeaky, our kleptomaniac cat, is probably responsible for the sock's relocation.
Tuesday, January 6, 2015
As mentioned previously, 1070 was dead to me before using the CC Skywave; none of my other radios could hear anything on 1070 due to the IBOC splatter from WTIC on 1080 blasting 50,000 watts 12 miles to my northeast.
Friday, January 2, 2015
First new logging of the new year occurred at 2200 UTC on January 1, when I heard WHEN on 620 kc transmitting 5 kW from Syracuse, New York, 194 miles to my northwest. "Central New York's Only R&B" had an S-3 signal on my C.Crane CC Skywave receiver and C.Crane CC twin coil ferrite external antenna.