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The “Big Q” heard again on 1710 khz

Posted by kilokat7 on January 2, 2011

0700 UTC January 2nd, 2010: The oldies pirate calling itself “The Big Q” made another appearance early this morning on 1710 khz.  The signal here suffered from some fading, but was generally strong and enjoyable to listen to.  A mixture of 60s & 70s music rounded out the playlist with the usual oddball GE Superadio Ebay ads, Dick Orkin’s Chickenman episodes, New Years wishes, vintage Coca-Cola ads, etc.  Another very polished show and a fun throwback to the classic days of AM radio.  Sign off was at 0901 UTC.  Selected audio clips recorded between 0700-0900 UTC:

Now, how about a Big QSL from the Big Q?  Hint Hint… 🙂

3 Responses to “The “Big Q” heard again on 1710 khz”

  1. Eric Koester said

    I heard the Big Q on Jan.2 from Minneapolis, using my 40m dipole. It was WAY weaker than you heard it. It totally faded out around 3am. I saw past posts that a guy in London, Ontario has heard it too. It must be to your E or ENE? I’d be interested to play with The Big Q SDR recording file, if you can post it. During signal fades, I find it fascinating to watch one sideband collapse and the other stay ok. I just bought a LD-1B SDR from Lazy Dog Engineering and I’d like to compare results sometime. Eric

  2. kilokat7 said

    I’ll upload some Perseus WAV files of the Big Q, look for them tomorrow here:

  3. Eric Koester said

    Thanks for posting these! I’ve enjoyed playing with the Perseus playback software and hearing/seeing the AM band as it appears in your area of MI. From what I can tell, the Perseus doesn’t seem to add any internally generated carriers or phantom images of local AM stations to the AM band. Eric

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