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March 2008 ABDX Journal

Vol 3. Issue 3


Editors Corner:


ABDX membership is now 184 members, unchanged from last month. Let us know what you are hearing and send in your logs. Your logs are what make ABDX a healthy and active list. We thank all of you who have contributed your logs to this months Journal. There were some very nice catches this month.


Spring is here. It’s the time for DXers to be thinking about TV and FM DX. It’s the time for tropo reception in much of the country. Its also the last year for analog DX. See what you can get in this final year. Some of you have picked up a new DTV tuner box courtesy of the $40 coupons sent by the government. This is your chance to see how great DTV is and how nice it looks when received via trop ducting.


We enjoy seeing our members who have made it to the “Hall of Fame” for those of us with faces for radio! If you are a member and want to be in the Rogues Gallery, send your pix to webmaster@americanbroadcastdx.com.


Only submissions from ABDX members will be accepted unless the editor decides the information is so important that it should be added. This will probably be very rare, Should you receive this and you are not a member, go to this URL and tell us a little about yourself and we will consider you for membership.


This is the site to join ABDX.

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/ABDX/


To join ABDX by mail here’s where to send the mail:

ABDX-subscribe@yahoogroups.com


The ABDX website URL is:

www.americanbroadcastdx.com or www.abdx.org


The ABDX CME Journal is available to all at no cost. Please pass it around to your DXing friends and also post it on other lists as well. We want as many as possible to see the Journal so we can grow the DX hobby. Please do your part to keep our hobby viable.


You can get your copy of the journal at www.abdx.org


The March CME Announcement


Its time for the March CME and you can send reports on anything on

any band and it will be published.


That said, since baseball season is starting, any baseball on any

band, LF/AM/FM/TV/HF and satellite.


For HF since BBC cut off shortwave to Europe, any BBC on HF. DX

programs such as World of Radio, DXing With Cumbre and the like.


March is when the beginning of trop ducting fires up and any logs via

Tr above 30 MHz are wanted.


And for those who wanted frequency spreads on MW we'll do 1400-1710.


Maybe a little bit for everyone this month.


The April CME Announcement


Some of you remember Morris Sorensen who was from Winnipeg and on

this list. He passed away in April a few years back and we remember

him with the April CME in his name.


This month is all Canadian all the time. AM, FM, TV, longwave,

shortwave, Nothin but Net, its all good. NBN and shortwave from

Canada should be exceptionally easy with Vancouver and all the stuff

from Sackville coming to North America from RCI and everyone else on

shortwave.


So bring out the Tim Hortons, the back bacon, the maple syrup and the

like and sing the Maple Leaf Rag or Oh, Canada and do a little DXing

north of the border.


Here's to you Morris, wherever you are!


Kevin Redding, Phil Rafuse, Powell Way, Mike Richard, Jay Heyl and Martin Foltz the ABDX crew.


The Broadcast Band


Larry Wild – Aberdeen, SD

Receiver and antenna


1090. Last night (3/26) about 1130pm CDT I heard a Spanish Language station under/over KAAY. Any idea what it might be? They may have given an ID, but unfortunately, I don’t understand Spanish. It was a combination of Spanish Music and talk. 

1060. WLNO New Orleans, LA. Weak, a little above the noise.

Most of my listening/DXing is between 11:30 and midnight, CDT. I heard a

couple of new stations on 560 Saturday night.

560 WIND Chicago, IL 5k 29-Mar@11:30pCDT ID.

"News Talk 560"

560 KLZ Denver, CO 5k 30-Mar@12:01amCDT IDs as

"560, The Light" Christian music, Heard no call letters on air. Used Google to

determine the call.

Tuesday through Saturday morning (12:05am) I listen to "When Radio Was"

on WBBM, 780.


Keith McGinnis – Hingham, MA

Drake R-8 K9AY


3/16/08

0135 UTC WFUN 970khz Ashtabula OH ESPN sports with lots of local ads and slogans

0145 UTC WILK 980khz Wilkes-Barre PA faded up nicely over WCAP with an ID and mentions of being an Entercom Station

2125 UTC WEOK 1390 Poughkeepsie NY With Radio Disney

3/21

Well the Wellbrook ALA 1530 Outdoor Broadband loop arrived yesterday.

Got it up today on a rotor about 7 ft AGL. Phased it against the K9AY

and was just rewarded with a new log.

VOCM 590 St. Johns Newfoundland with country music (with local WEZE 95%

phased).


John Cereghin – Smyrna, DE

Car Radio


Caught WWOL-780, Forest City NC at 1915-1930 Eastern on March 20.  Lots of church announcements (mainly from Baptist Churches), a few Southern Gospel type songs, ID (with very rough copy) and sign-off at 1930 Eastern.  Another one for the DX Dashboard Society.

I would have reported this a day or two ago, but I just got back from Bangor, Maine, and I'm still catching up on my paperwork!

3/23

WXXY-AM-1600 in Dover, Delaware (one of my locals) seems to have changed their format from urban gospel to contemporary Christian music.  WXXY and it's other incarnations on 1600 have been basically urban gospel for about the last 10 years but they seem to have shifted to a CCM format.  A quick listen today showed more local Dover announcements, as they may not be just relaying programming from the 88.7 Mhz main station in Port Republic NJ (WXXY-FM).  Since I don't listen to WXXY all that much, I'm not sure when the change took place but my log from late last year of WXXY-FM had them as an urban gospel station, which WXXY-AM was simulcasting, so this shift in programming is rather recent, I think. 


Jay Heyl – Orlando, FL

SRF-59


2008-03-22 2100EDT 1640 WTNI Biloxi MS Mississippi Seawolves vs Texas during break.

Picked this up on the SRF-59 when I had a few minutes and just started tuning around. They're supposed to be only 1000W at night. I suppose it might get this far over water, but I'm also thinking they may have stayed on daytime power for the hockey game. It was a pretty good signal.

2008-03-23 0318EDT 1660 WCNZ Marco Island, FL     Relevant Radio

2008-03-23 0319EDT 1650 WHKT Portsmouth, VA      Radio Disney

I also heard the Midnight Trucking Network on what I think was 1620 (could have been 1610 or 1630). Thing is, the ID at BOH was for WBAP. Is there a station in that range that simulcasts WBAP on Saturday nights? I've checked online for what I think are the likely candidates and they all claim to be airing something else in that time period.


Bob Smoak – Bamberg, SC

Receiver/Antenna


3/7

It appears that WQIZ hasn't tonight, and I suspect for the past several nights has not signed off at sundown which is 6:30 P. M. Eastern at my location about 30 miles west.  I'm not sticking around for a positive ID, but it sure sounds like their Catholic programming.  The station operates daytime at 810 kHz with 5,000 watts.


Martin Foltz – Mission Viejo, CA

HQ-180A


1680  KGED Fresno, CA 3/10/08 10:25 PM PDT, I was out of town and I missed the earlier emails about the format change on KAVT. Tonight I ran across them with the Legends 16-80 slogan and America's Best Music. Then ToH ID at 11 PM was for KGED Fresno. Call change.


Paul LaFreniere – Grand Marais, MN

As listed – its at the bottom….


1250 WKBL TN Covington. 0745 CDT. Country music. "US 51 Country

WKBL" slogan--I.D. NEW

1560 KGOW TX Bellaire. 0835 CDT. Numerous "1560--The Game"

slogans. Then local ads. NEW.


Allen Willie – St. Johns, NL

FRG 100 and 100 foot wire/SRF59


March 3/08

 4:27 UTC 1548 khz - VORussia via Moldova w/ Voice of Russia  World Service 30 Year Jubilee Promo in English; good

4:39 UTC 1530 khz - Vatican Radio w/ familiar interval signal after Spanish broadcast ; fair

5:05 UTC 1580 khz - CKDO Oshawa, Ontario w/ ID mentions of 107.7 FM  then into song by the Crystals

5:07 UTC 1431 khz - Radio Sawa , Djibouti  w/ arabic chants ; ID , mixing with R. Ulster ; fair

March 12/08

9:26 UTC - 1370 khz - Unidentified  mixing with WDEA in Maine  mention of Sweet Hour of Prayer Promo and what sounded like WDIP  for an id ; fair ... not sure about his one , any ideas ? Its the only other station i've ever  logged here on 1370 with WDEA being  strongest most mights. 

9:37 UTC - 1380 khz - Unidentified with Chinese by woman then into Chinese song ; fair ,  presumed this is WKDM New York, NY as per other DX  reports listed on the net.

March17/08

5:57 UTC 1320 khz WJAS Pittsburgh, PA w/ song by Kenny Rogers  then ID "1320 WJAS , Wherever you go and on the Net" by man then into Anne Murray song - You Needed Me ; fair

Mar 22/08 

2:25 UTC 1530 khz  - Vatican Radio w/ spanish program then Interval Signal  followed by ID in french and news by woman in french , gd 

2:31 UTC  1570 khz  - CFAV, Laval Quebec with song "Somewhere Between" by french lady , fair

Mar 20/08 

2:12 UTC - 930 khz - CFBC -St. John, New Brunswick w/ "93 Good Time Oldies Plays The Hits"  then Beatles song ; fair  ( 930 CJYQ St. John's local off air most of the evening and  next morning 

2:24 UTC - 1089 khz - SportTalk Radio England w/ commentary and talk , ID ; good 

2:55 UTC  - 936 khz R. Bremen Germany w/ soul type song in English , **New One ** 

23:36 UTC - 1161 khz  presumed VOIRI, Iran w persian chants and Rolling Stones song in lite music format ; strong 

Mar 22/08 

1:53 UTC - 567 khz RTE1 Tullamore , Ireland w/ musical selections and ID ; good 

2:14 UTC - 1215 khz  Virgin Radio , England w/ man talking about Eastenders  and Ice falling ; good thru slop from 1210 local 

2:41 UTC -  760 khz WJR Detroit, Michigan w/ Dr. Laura show ; good

March 24/ 08 - 1320 khz  - CJMR Mississauga, Ontario w/ ethnic programming and ID "Youre listening to 1320 CJMR  The Voice of the City "


Phil Rafuse – Stratford, PEI

Drake R8 and LFE M601C or As Listed


3/4

Right now I'm listening to 1100 WTAM in Cleveland OH with the results coming in. receiver is a very quacky sounding, but hot as a firecracker Heathkit Mohican fed by, you guessed it, the LF Engineering M-601C.

While the little green quacker heathkit is blatting away, I'm going back to Scott's post to see what else I can catch - the only station I can get from Texas is 1700 KVNS - can't imagine they'll stop rolling oldies, so my focus will be on Vermont and Rhode Island.

3/7

864 France coming in here tonight - its been quite a while since I last caught them. Quite listenable on the R-390A and R8 - haven't fired up any of the other rigs.Only other Euros I've noted tonight are the mostly usual nightly visitors here - Virgin 1215 and Croatia 1134.

3/10

The TAs [Trans-Atlantic] stations are really hopping here tonight -

bellweather Croatia 1134 pounding in, almost giving 1130 WBBR a run for

its money!

567, 585, 594, 603, 612, 765, 1107, 1116, 1125, 1134, 1206, 1215, 1422

hopping, amoung others.

I tuned in 1320 CKEC on its last, or second last night - signal strength is down and its being buffeted by the ether.

I'm wondering if they are shifting the pattern to help DXers - remember how the last few days were supposed to be extra good for DXers.

If you don't have a local or near local tearing up 1320 or 1310 or 1330, give 1320 a listen tonight. Listen for the ID East Coast FM 94.1. You will not hear 1320 being IDed, and only occassionally will CKEC be mentioned. But East Coast FM will be IDed a lot.

3/12

Driving home last night, I happened to think to check 1320 on the car radio and CKEC was dark.

Based on the number of commercials they have, I think they are very happy to be on FM!

With CKEC-AM now dark, its possible to truly DX 1310, 1320 and 1330. CKEC had a very nicely processed high end, with lots of sizzle, to make their AC/ Hot AC format sound good. But it made it tough to DX 1310 and 1330 and, well, 1320 was impossible.

I picked up a bunch of stuff last night on these frequencies. Too much to make a mental note of all, so I concentrated on 1330. I heard three stations:

1. English language religious programming - this was the strongest - I heard this last night and then again early this morning - e.g. at dawn. Gone by the time I was driving to work.

2. Spanish language music - this was the weakest last night, but the strongest later this morning driving to work.

3. Rock/AC station - playing REM, Tears for Fears, some true rock, with a prefernce for 80s music. I would describe it as either a classic hits [new oldies!] format, or a rock/hot ac mix - this was the "middle" signal strength station last night and early this morning - gone by the time I was driving to work.

Never heard any IDs.

Any theories as to what I may have heard?

Thanks in advance gang!

3/20

Tune in 1560 if you are within ears of 1560 WQEW and you will hear:

Not the het,

Not the tone,

BUT 1560 THE DRONE

3/21

Last night continuing into just after local sunrise, 1560 THE DRONE replaced the usual awe inspiring programming of WQEW Radio Disney. I would have thought it was Brent tuning up his 50 KW transmitter in his basement based on signal strength [he probably thought it was me up to similar mischief!] but the drone was blasting and fading - so I expect it was some major gremlims at WQEW. Tonight WQEW is back to regular programming.

Also, last night I logged 990 WLGZ Rochester NY with their nostalgia/oldies format. No small feat given the dominance of 990 CBY Corner Brook NL and 990 CKGM Team 990 in Montreal QC.

I've also been reading the three NRC antenna reference manuals. Some good reading - especially Volume 3 discussing broadband loops, active verticals, baluns/broadband rf transformers etc.

Right now I'm listening to pop/rock on 1670 KHz. In between songs, French is spoken. Very weak. Receiver is a 1955/1963 Collins/Teledyne R-390A fed by a LF Engineering M-601C active whip located 22 feet outside and away from the VY2PR Radio Room.

I strongly suspect it is the new kid's station in Gatineau QC. I saw one reference online [wikipedia] to callsign CJEU. I did find a website and looked at pictures of their tiny 1KW Nautel transmitter, the 85 foot tower and the site.

http://tinyurl.com/2bftmx

March 23, 2008 8:40 p.m. ADT Receiver: Kaito KA2100 nekkid:

960 KHz WHYL Carlisle PA playing oldies/nostalgia *NEW*

3/27

I'm stepping up my own personal war on RFI. Not only do I have the Tripp Lite ultra isobar in the shack, but I now also have an Isoblock in the shack and another Isoblock in the adjacent electronic mini-shop. A new Belkin powerbar [on sale at the Sourcer by Circus City] for the family computer. And, 10 [yes 10] more Isoblocks on the way at a price, shipping included, of $7 a piece. The idea is that anything, I mean anything, that generates hash in our house will be

filtered at the wall socket - the microwave, the outlet my wife plugs her cellphone charger into, the fax machine [already filtered, but its the biggest hash maker in the house], etc.

So far, the war is helping. The 720 to 740 floating, evolving, morhing buzz seems better outshouted by WGN, CKAC and CHCM. I think I have mostly wrestled the 960 buzz to the ground, the reward being clearer reception of Cuban time pips. An hour ago I had the nekkid as a jaybird Kaito KA2100 on my lap in the shack and caught the following:

1170 Radio Sawa Al-Dhabbiya in the UAE

Sure, they run 800 KW, but the UAE is a pretyy good haul from PEI. They were nice and clear, playing kind of hip Arabic type music, then IDed as Radio Sawa, before going into the news or other such spoken word programming. I then grabbed my 2008 WRTH and checked my scribbled notes on a sticky [post-it].

Checking the band with the Radiosophy HD-100, I see WQEW is now flashing a blue light and emitting Dragon Breath hiss - yet, no lock of course. Sure I can get their analogue signal on a 1 tube regenerative radio with 10 feet of wire for an antenna, but get a digital lock on the HD-100 coupled to a fancy antenna, no...


Paul Walker – Abbeville, SC

SRF59 internal antenna / Eton E-10/Car Radio


About 3:25 this morning, I was spinning the dial on my Sony SRF-59 Walkman.. 

The dial was a big pile of mud tonight, meaning there were stations on top of stations.

 I was looking for a "placeholder" station to figure out where exactly on the dial I had everything at. While waiting for something to pop up, I heard an add with a 716 area code and base upon where the dial was, I'd say I logged WWKB-AM 1520 

Now, I also have an UN'id station and I can't quite figure this one out... 

This UN'idwas one of the many stations in the mud on 1520kHz... 

It was definately playing oldies (60s, 70's type stuff) and it was satelitte delivered programming from ABC's Oldies Radio Network in Dallas. I recognized a jingle between a song as simple "Oldies Radio" and then coming out of a song, I recognized the jocks voice but don't remember his name.

 I didn't make out the entire call sign, but I was pretty sure I heard the last two letters as "N" and "S" or something that sounded like them. I don't think it was WNWS Brownsville, TN as they are Daytime only and spanish. 

I'm tempted to say is KDJS 1590 Wimar, MN (1KW Day-2 towers/89W Night-2 towers) as it seems like the station does run a salitte format.. but it's a bit far fetched for me to believe at this point. 

Any insight? Thoughts?

3/22

I didn't know what frequency I was on at first, but I Heard a spot for "
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