My subscription to Life expired, but I still have a subscription to Mad.

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Year in Review

Here is my year in review compared with my all-time stats.

LW new 2017 loggings: 6
LW total all-time loggings: 119

LW best 2017 broadcast station DX: 3919 miles, Radio Algerienne, Tipaza, Algeria
LW best all-time broadcast station DX: 4598 miles, Antena Satelor, Brasov Bod, Romania

LW best 2017 navigational beacon DX: 1183 miles, YPH, Inukjuak, Quebec, Canada
LW best all-time navigational beacon DX: 1647 miles, DDP, San Juan, Puerto Rico

MW new 2017 loggings: 50
MW total all-time loggings: 492

MW best 2017 DX: 5489 miles, ERTU Quran Karem, Santah, Egypt
MW best all-time DX: 5489 miles, ERTU Quran Karem, Santah, Egypt

MW best 2017 domestic DX: 973 miles, WTAD, Quincy, Illinois, USA
MW best all-time domestic DX: 1666 miles, WJCC, Miami Springs, Florida, USA

FM new 2017 loggings: 3
FM total all-time loggings: 113

FM best 2017 DX: 315 miles, WCOT, Jamestown, New York, USA
FM best all-time DX: 744 miles, WLHR, Lavonia, Georgia, USA

The dearth of new FM loggings is not a surprise because I don't spend much time monitoring that band. However, the dearth of new LW loggings was an eye-opener because I spend a lot of time monitoring that band!

Monday, January 1, 2018

LW Opening

Source: Skyvector.com
Sandy Lake Aeronautical Chart (Source: Skyvector.com)

Last night, as I was trying to stay warm in this drafty old house, I read an e-mail on the International Radio Club of America list saying that the long waves were open. So I fired up the ELAD FDM-S2/FDM-SW2, tuned to the LW segment of the radio spectrum and saw more signals on the waterfall display than I have ever seen before.

I managed to log five new navigational beacons all located in the Ontario province of Canada including one in Sandy Lake over 1200 miles away. Here is the complete tally from last night:

đŸ“¶ YKX on 201 kHz transmitting 200 watts from Kirkland Lake, Ontario, 568 miles to the north-northwest

đŸ“¶ YYW on 223 kHz transmitting 100 watts from Armstrong, Ontario, 975 miles to the northwest

đŸ“¶ QN on 233 kHz transmitting 400 watts from Nakina, Ontario, 873 miles to the northwest

đŸ“¶ ZSJ on 258 kHz transmitting 500 watts from Sandy Lake, Ontario, 1231 miles to the northwest

đŸ“¶ YEL on 276 kHz transmitting 250 watts from Elliot Lake, Ontario, 583 miles to the northwest

Antenna used was my 80-meter inverted Vee.