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Friday, May 26, 2023


Logged two new ones.

WJFP in Chester, Pennsylvania, 177 miles southwest transmitting 1,000 watts on 740 kHz.

WTJZ (photo above) in Norfolk, Virginia, 376 miles south-southwest transmitting 50,000 watts on 1110 kHz. WTJZ was buried in the slop from WPRX 2 miles down the road, but using the IC-R8600’s passband tuning, I managed to hear it in the clean and add a new one in the log.

Both stations were received with the ICOM IC-R8600 receiver; WJFP with the Hy-Gain 18AVT/WB-A vertical antenna and WTJZ with the 120-foot loop underground antenna.


  1. Hello. My name is Frank. The reason I'm writing you is to see if you could help me out with a recommendation. I'm looking for a exterior anolog signal strength meter. The only radio I will use it on is a Icom-R-8500 receiver. It would also be nice if it was backlighted, and was at least 1½ to 2 times the size of the built in meter of the R-8500. It must be brand new. Thank you for your time, and I wish you well. Respectfully yours Frank.
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    1. I never used or owned an analog signal strength meter, so it is difficult to recommend one. I did google "analog signal strength meter” and it returned a good selection of meters… more than one that meets your requirements.