Thursday, March 31, 2016
Yesterday morning, I moved the car radio to 690 and listened to a station way down in the mud for about half my commute until CKGM took over the frequency. I never heard a station I.D., but I thought I heard West Virginia mentioned. Looking up West Virginia 690 radio stations, I found only one: WELD, but I had my doubts that it was WELD because it was only transmitting 14 watts at the time.
This morning listening to 690, I heard the station again, but today the signal was much better and I heard the WELD I.D. more than once: 14 watts, 370 miles to the west-southwest on the stock radio and antenna in my 2007 Subaru!
Tuesday, March 29, 2016
Sunrise is getting earlier every day now and nearly coincides with the beginning of my morning commute. So I don't know how much longer I will bother chasing AM DX on the way to work. In fact, I almost did not bother to turn on the AM radio this morning because it was so light out when I hit the road, but I did anyway and nabbed a new one: CFTR "680 News" out of Toronto transmitting 50 kW, 360 miles to the west-northwest.
CFTR was up and down throughout my 30-minute commute, but was definitely there until the top of the hour (
Sunday, March 27, 2016
I never heard an I.D. from the two unidentified stations, but from about 0245 to 0315 UTC, I heard a Morse Code transmission of the letters "RR" once per minute. I had no idea, so I searched the Internet for a clue and the consensus was that it was Radio Rebelde transmitting 1 kW from Sancti Spiritus, Cuba, 1409 miles to the south-southwest. I used my Elecraft KX3 and Terk Advantage antenna for this catch.
That is my third Radio Rebelde logging on three different frequencies, but the first two were traditional voice and music broadcasts; the third was something completely different!
Friday, March 25, 2016
The top of the hour is the most productive time to nab a new one, so I started listening at 2255 UTC last night and heard two or three stations depending on which antenna I used and which way they were swung (for the two that I can swing).
Once I identified CHML, I nulled it out with my two swinging antennas and I could hear a station down in the mud, but in the clear that was either to my northeast (WGHM?) or southwest (?).
There was no station identification at 2300, but I hung in there and was rewarded a minute later with the I.D. of WURD transmitting 1 kW in Philadelphia, 180 miles to the southwest. I was using the Elecraft KX3 radio and Terk Advantage antenna at the time of the I.D.
Wednesday, March 23, 2016
This news appeared yesterday on the ARRL website:
The 2016 Hamvention Special Achievement Award will go to Stan Horzepa, WA1LOU, of Wolcott, Connecticut, for advocating cutting edge technologies now commonly used in Amateur Radio. Horzepa has authored five books and written more than 1200 pieces for ARRL and TAPR, evangelizing the use of home computers, packet radio, APRS, digital signal processing (DSP) and software defined radio (SDR) in Amateur Radio. Licensed in 1969 as WN1LOU, Horzepa has sampled almost every entrée on the ham radio menu and has served in a slew of roles, including ARRL Connecticut Section Manager. Presently, Horzepa is a director and secretary for TAPR and serves as editor of TAPR’s newsletter, PSR. “LOU” has driven the 735 miles to Hamvention most years since 1978, and looks forward to doing so forever. “My fondest memories of ham radio are rubbing elbows and making friends with the makers and shakers of our hobby who show up at Hamvention every year,” Horzepa said.I am very honored to receive the award and look forward to going to Hamvention for the award ceremonies!
Thursday, March 17, 2016
The line of thunderstorms that passed through here around 8 PM last night, passed through NYC a little earlier and made an appearance at the end of WABC TV's 6 PM newscast, as seen here.
Monday, March 7, 2016
Out the door at 1130 UTC this morning, I tuned to 970 on the car radio and immediately logged another new one: WZAN transmitting 5 kW, 190 miles to the northeast in Portland, Maine. I lost WZAN about ten miles into my commute to work. (Sunrise was at 1112 UTC.)
Wednesday, March 2, 2016
Radio-Locator came up empty as far as any US or Canadian stations on 1140 with a classical music format. Maybe it was coming from beyond North America.
Commuting to work this morning, I tuned the car radio to 1140. WRVA was gone and in its place was a new one for the log: WCJW, "CJ Country," transmitting 2300 watts from Warsaw, New York, 280 miles to the north-northwest.
Tuesday, March 1, 2016
Conditions have been very good lately. The Canadians have been loud and clear on my car radio during my morning commute and in the evening, stations from the south and west have been solid on the KX3. But for ten days, I had nothing new to show for it until last night.
ESPN Radio 1270, WDLA, from Walton, New York, dominated 1270 kc at the top of the hour of (2300 UTC) transmitting 89 watts* 120 miles to my west-northwest. Received with the Elecraft KX3 and C.Crane CC twin coil ferrite antenna.
* I go by the book when I list the stations' power. Some will say that WDLA must have been running daytime power in order to be heard by me. Maybe so, but how do I know ― how does anybody know? So I check if my logging occurred before or after sunset/sunrise and list the legal power for that station at that time.