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1530 Voice of America, Sao Tome Heard in Michigan Tonight

Posted by kilokat7 on January 15, 2016

Decent TA conditions discovered tonight at the upper end of the band from the Middle East, and then I caught this! My first Trans-Atlantic reception on a domestic channel, this is the VOA from Sao Tome. They sign on at 0300 UTC with their signature Yankee Doodle Dandy interval signal which is clearly heard in this clip along with voice IDs.  Heard with the D-KAZ antenna pointed North to null WCKY as much as possible:

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600 kHz WBOB Jacksonville, FL. DX Test

Posted by kilokat7 on January 10, 2016

Judging from all the traffic on the various DX lists, I’d call the WBOB DX test a big success.  Here’s how the test sounded from my place in Michigan (loud and clear!):

Thanks to everyone involved with arranging this test, it’s a new station logged here!

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December 2015 BCB Logs

Posted by kilokat7 on January 6, 2016

These are all new logs except the Honduras log as noted. Times / dates UTC. All heard from Western Michigan on the South D-KAZ during the auroral conditions we had here around Christmas. Sure, it sucks for HF but it also turns the BCB band upside with stuff from the deep south that usually isn’t heard here!

 
540 Radio Rebelde, Cuba – 0504 UTC 12/24/2015 – Presumed with the Cuban National Anthem beginning at 05:04:32 and exactly in sync with // 600 & 710, very weak.

 
550 ABC Radio, Tegucigalpa Honduras – 0500 UTC 12/24/2015 – With Spanish talk and numerous “A-B-C Radio” musical jingles, dominant at times during elevated au cx, relog.

 
560 WNSR Brentwood, TN. – 1159 UTC 12/21/2015 – With jingle TOH ID, W240CA fast CW ID, and mentions of FM 95.9, Brentwood & Nashville and into CBS Sports Radio programming, under WIND.

 
600 HJHJ Barranquilla, Colombia – 0426 UTC 12/24/2015 – Armchair quality signal with lively Latin music and “Radio Libertad” slogans.

 
740 Radio Angulo, Cuba – 0500 UTC 12/23/2015 – Presumed with Cuban National Anthem, poor and mixing with KTRH.

 
740 YNRS Radio Sandino Managua, Nicaragua – 0426 UTC 12/24/2015 – With Spanish music and slogans “La Sandino” by YL parallel to http://www.lasandino.com.ni/

 

880 WPEK Fairview, NC. – 1202 UTC 12/21/2015 – Sign-on at 1200 UTC with ABC News then ID at 1202 UTC with “Asheville’s Progressive Talk”, slogan “880 The Revolution” and then into locally read news and local ads, mostly alone.

 

890 WYAM Hartselle, AL. – 1206 UTC 12/21/2015 – Over/under WLS with Spanish music and ads for local businesses including a pawn shop in Decatur, AL., calls given at 1206 UTC.

 

910 WEPG South Pittsburg, TN. – 0210 UTC 12/22/2015 – With new c/w music and slogan “The River, playing the hottest country hits”, poor to fair only lasted briefly.

 

910 WTMZ Dorchester Terrace, SC. – 0416 UTC 12/23/2015 – Presumed with ESPN programming IDing as “ESPN 98.9 & 910”, good briefly.

 

970 XERFR México D.F. – 0259 UTC 12/25/2015 – Dominant during au cx with several “Fórmula” slogans given and official calls given at 0259 UTC.

 

990 WEEB Southern Pines, NC. – 1159 UTC 12/21/2015 – Poor with slogan & TOH ID “Talkradio 990, W-E-E-B Southern Pines, WEEB990.com” and into FOX News Radio.

 

1010 XEHL Guadalajara, Mexico – 0258 UTC 12/25/2015 – With Christmas greetings, numerous “W Radio” slogans, mention of Mexico with “TDW” CW non-IDs mixed in as well, good signal.

 

1050 WFAM Augusta, GA. – 1158 UTC 12/21/2015 – Good signal with call letter ID and into local weather with “It’s time to wake up Augusta, it’s seven o-clock in the morning and you’re listening to W-F-A-M Augusta”.

 

1080 XETUL Tultitlán de Mariano Escobedo, Mexico – 0258 UTC 12/25/2015 – Fair signal with “Radio Mexiquense” slogan and calls given in SS at 0258 UTC.

 

1130 WEDI Eaton, OH. – 1202 UTC 12/21/2015 – Poor with ID // to 1500 WBZI and into FOX News Radio.

 

1130 WCLW Eden, NC. – 0300 UTC 12/23/2015 – Decent signal over KWKH with young southern accented YL giving calls, city and state and into local weather.

 

1140 Radio Surco, Cuba – 0105 UTC 12/21/2015 – Cuban mentions with clear “Radio Surco” IDs, good signal.

 

1240 WBEJ Elizabethton, TN. – 0305 UTC 12/23/2015 – Poking up over the GY noise with clear W-B-E-J weather forecast read by local southern accented YL announcer, good briefly until lost again after forecast was given.

 

1280 WCPM Cumberland, KY. – 0305 UTC 12/23/2015 – With “The best country, Real Country, W-C-P-M AM, 12-80” and into bluegrass tune.

 

1290 WNBN Meridian, MS. – 0303 UTC 12/25/2015 – With ads & phone numbers for local Meridian businesses given by robot sounding YL, dominant signal at time of reception.

 

1380 WMTA Central City, KY. – 0100 UTC 12/21/2015 – With ID for parallel

 

1180 WGAB and mention of 24 hour Christian programming, with very rapid fading during au cx.

 

1460 WEEN Lafayette, TN. – 0259 UTC 12/23/2015 – With slogan popping up through the noise: “Solid Gospel 14-60” and soon gone again.

 

1540 WBRY Woodbury, TN. – 0300 UTC 12/23/2015 – Faint calls during KXEL brief moment of dead air during TOH.

 

1570 WTAY Robinson, IL. – 2243 UTC 12/21/2015 – Off-frequency at 1569.96 with call letter ID and mention of FM 100.3 given at TOH, poor copy.

 

1590 WCSL Cherryville, NC. – 0300 UTC 12/23/2015 – ID heard under a few seconds of WCGO dead air during TOH.

 

MW Harmonics:

3420 kHz (1710×2) “W807 Geo Research Rock Radio” Chicago, IL. – 2346 UTC 12/1/2015 – With ads for local businesses and other familiar content including the operator’s distinct voice heard with ID. Peaked only briefly from carrier to carrier + distorted audio and hasn’t been heard before or since.

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Faint “DU” signals on the BCB band during sunrise

Posted by kilokat7 on September 3, 2015

Since catching my first trans-pacific BCB signal a few years ago, and this reception of 4QD earlier this year, I get a little obsessed with the effort each year during this time.  If I’m not DXing live during sunrise, then I usually have the Perseus recording segments of the AM band with the hope of catching these elusive DX signals.  Such is the case here, taken from a spectrum recording I made on the morning of September 2nd, 2015.  Below are screenshots showing weak AM carriers between 1602-1701 kHz captured on this recording from my listening location in Michigan.  These high band “DU” signals are always best on my reversible double kaz delta loop antenna, switched such that it favors reception from the North while blocking signals from the South.  These signals are not present on my South-West phased BOG array and aren’t present when I reverse the D-KAZ.  From what I gather, these Australian stations at the upper end of the dial are fairly low powered, just shy of 500w according to the stats on mwlist.org.  The spikes on the spectrum display represent the weak signals presumably coming from these low powered stations.  It’s interesting to measure the frequency offset of these stations and compare with those documented on the MWOffset list.

1602 kHz DU HETS 02SE15

1611 kHz DU HETS 02SE15

1629 kHz DU HETS 02SE15

1638 kHz DU HETS 02SE15

1656 kHz DU HETS 02SE15

1665 kHz DU HETS 02SE15

1674 kHz DU HETS 02SE15

1683 kHz DU HETS 02SE15

1701 kHz DU HETS 02SE15

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ACE Type V finished photo

Posted by kilokat7 on September 5, 2014

Realizing that I never posted a photo of the finished ACE V 1-tube regen, here it is, all cleaned-up and ready to use:

ACE Type V

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New Perseus SDR WAV file: The Disco Palace DRM Transmission

Posted by kilokat7 on June 27, 2014

Two Perseus WAV recordings have been uploaded containing a relatively good reception of The Disco Palace as captured here in 2011.  Use your favorite SDR client and DRM decoder to enjoy the music:

Tromp_Michigan_2040_UTC_26NO11_17755_kHz_DRM_The_Disco_Palace.rar

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WJDI 15KW Christmas Eve 1996 off-air recordings

Posted by kilokat7 on March 25, 2014

A big thanks to “Doug” for writing in and sharing his memories of 1620 WJDI and sharing his off-air recordings of WJDI’s big Christmas Eve broadcast of 1996.  Doug recorded two hours of the show in amazing clarity from his home in Shandaken, NY.   Doug’s recordings capture the moments right up to the point when the pole transformer blew.  The third recording ends with the sound of dead air after the incident.  Please see the 1620 WJDI story to read more about this.

Doug recalls the following:

“The day I helped Dave and Jim with the cage antenna erection will never be forgotten.
Dave used spade lug crimps on each side of the disks on every wire……..lots of painstaking work.
The antenna was so heavy we had to use 2 ATVs’ to pull it up. ”

My thanks go out to Doug for the WJDI memories and cassette recordings that he digitized so they could be shared here:
WJDI CHRISTMAS EVE 1996 01.mp3
WJDI CHRISTMAS EVE 1996 02.mp3
WJDI CHRISTMAS EVE 1996 03.mp3

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The 1923 Crosley ACE Model V antique radio

Posted by kilokat7 on March 9, 2014

This ACE Model V has been sitting on the bookshelf for at least 20 years, neglected and worn.  This weekend I brought it back to life.  I have a few 1920’s battery sets in the radio collection but have never fired any of them up. I got the urge today. This early Crosley seemed like the easiest to get running. Wrong! After a struggle removing the chassis from the case to repair the open filament rheostat, I got it repaired for a test run tonight. Amazingly this thing fired right up and I’m “DXing” with it right now! I’m using a UV200 bright emitter and a pair of 9 volt batteries for B+.  I had an old pair of Brandes high impedance headphones that are probably as old as this radio that I put to use too.  It all resulted in several hours of entertainment.  Regen sets are just cool, especially one tubers from the 1920’s!  These stations were heard clearly tonight on the little ACE:

WTAM Cleveland

KMOX St. Louis

WRVA Richmond, VA.

WPHT Philadelphia

WXYT Detroit

CKDO Oshawa, ON.

WAKR Akron

CHHA Toronto

Now I just need to clean all the contacts and give the whole thing a good cleaning and get it back together and see what other stations it will pull in.

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ACE Model V one tube regen

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The front panel screws were stripped so their heads were ground off and drilled out so the chassis could be pulled from the case. Finally, it’s out. Now to tackle that rheostat…

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The filament rheostat was open and had to be removed for repair. Luckily the rheostat winding can be removed separately from the knob and shaft assembly by removing two contact screws.

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Here’s the removed winding. There are actually two coils here that meet in the center via a twisted connection.  It was at this spot where the circuit was “open”.  Removing the twisted connection, cleaning the wire, and re-twisting the wires restored continuity from one end to the other.

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Here’s the rheostat with the wire coil removed.

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Back together again but still out of the case. I need to find a suitable tube now. A UV200 bright emitter should work nicely and only require a pair of 9 volt batteries to supply the B+

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Rheostat works, we have adjustable filament voltage!

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Don’t you just love that glow?

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The 1620 WJDI Story

Posted by kilokat7 on February 4, 2014

I connected with Dave Schneider a year ago after posting some old WJDI audio clips on my blog.  After exchanging some emails, we thought it would be nice to properly document the history of WJDI with facts provided by the person behind the operation, Dave Schneider.  This story documents Dave’s interest in DXing at an early age and how this interest evolved into the first WJDI in 1970 using only 7-1/2 watts.  WJDI would later be recognized as running one of the most powerful hand-crafted pirate transmitters on the AM dial on 1620 kHz during the late 1980s through the mid 1990s.  If anyone has any memories of hearing WJDI then I would encourage you to leave a comment at the bottom of the page this story appears on so Dave will see it:

https://midx.wordpress.com/wjdi/

Enjoy!

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1720 heats up!

Posted by kilokat7 on December 23, 2013

Pirate activity has continued to be slow at the top of the AM dial for most of this DX season, especially with the void left by the absence of The Big Q on 1710.  Some new life has been discovered on 1720 kHz though, perhaps the new MW pirate “clear channel”.  There have been a number of shortwave pirate radio shows being relayed on 1720 kHz during the last few weeks including Radio Free Whatever, Pirate Radio Boston and Partial India Radio.  DXers from Montana to Florida and the Midwest have reported hearing these broadcasts.  I’ve caught a few of these shows in West Michigan, including Pirate Radio Boston’s 21st anniversary show on 1720 kHz and Radio Free Whatever.  Here’s a two hour off-air recording of last night’s 1720 kHz MW pirate fest:

1720 kHz RFW-PRB Relay 23DE13 0229-0425 UTC.mp3

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