Thursday, December 27, 2007

JPR Muhos loggings autumn 2007

You will find loggings from here (rtf 90kt)

Friday, December 21, 2007

King´s Village - Waiting for Santa - Happy Winter Solstice!



The photo above shows a sunrise South of King´s Village by the sea (the Gulf of Finland, Abborrfors) at 21 Dec 07.30 UTC, just about one day before the winter solstice.

Tomorrow Dec 22nd at about 6.08 Universal Time, the sun will reach its lowest declination of the year: minus 23.5 degrees. Astronomers call this the "winter solstice"--the first day of northern winter and the longest night of the year.

As this moment approaches I am glad to wish You All a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

73 s TK

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

LEM247 loggings (MKA)

Finally after 8 weeks I am ready to present my own NA-log. We had two fine days 8th and 11th and three good ones, 10th, 12th and finally 13th of October. Every day something, 9th we had some East Coast.

It was interesting to track for example 660 KTNN Window Rock AZ from SDR-files on 8th of October. First hint was Midnight Trucking Network program at 07.00 UTC, part of the id, Window Rock mention at 06.00 UTC, finally navajo-music 0434 UTC and perfect id after nice country mx 0451 UTC. From records you are able to see where I parked SDR. Because of minimun time, lower freq were very interesting, also 1220-1410 khz is offering four GY-and many fine regional-freqs. I still have a couple of nice UNID´s, spanish yankee on 1290 and Radio America on 920 without names.

Finnish colleaques have checked all the +stations, ANA and JMS were helping me to solve 970 WKHM Jackson MI. TNX! We had not the perfect timing, two days before and four days later lasting expedition would give us the whole World. Now we got the half, Japanese loggins are following after some weeks and that list will be very long. LEM246 and 248 had good luck to Pacific, we had also something from there but they will remain in their shadow.

Telefunken was again the ultimate receiver, the same signal purity in SDR will be very much welcome. 730 KSBU was able to get easily by Telefunken, same for 940 WINZ, SDR was offering the same signal, but not readable. The best choice for ultimate results will be high quality DSP-receiver to parked on every GY and two-three SDR´s elsewhere.

LEM247 log

MKA

Monday, December 10, 2007

ENOX6 - 5-9.12 (JPR, JVA, TK)

Sunday 9.12

Weak early night however many stations was audible at 2030-2130utc. WLQV at 2100utc. Stations in upper band in the night. In the morning different conditions than never before in this pedition. First stations from MB, MN, ND and some MEX, then 1.5 hours without electricity. After this sleeping break first time also stations from west coast. KZIZ-1560 seems be usual nowadays and KVAN-1560 is SS.

ENOX6 is now signing off. We are now in Kittilä and TK will jump into Helsinki night train in Rovaniemi. JPR and JVA will continue to Oulu. Monday is unfortunately again working day. 73's to all: JPR, JVA, TK

Saturday 8.12

Minimium time - minimium conditions. Very weak NA cx continued. Nothing special late in the evening and night however the common stations was audible whole night and morning with weak signals - NF, East Coast and Great Lakes dominants cx. WEGP-1390 is now some kind of super power,Nothing in day.

No recordings to check and empty log book! So we have checked old recordings. For example JPR picked up from Muhos recordings WVAM-1430.

Temperature +1 degrees, more snow during last two nights. Maybe that's why we have also huge electronical disturbances and it was almost impossible to try to listen in daylight time. However In FM two Norway stations audible, but no RDS. Waiting better cx for last day. JPR, JVA, TK

Friday 7.12

Weak conditions to NA continued. Weak signals and nothing special early in the night, some LA and NF in the night. We have no LA-antennas, but for example 1240 Radio Maria and some Columbian in lower band was audible almost whole night. So sleeping most of early morning hours.

But then suddenly conditions came better after 07 utc. East coast, Cuba and Columbia: R Reloj, Cali 1110. Later common Mexicos. However soon after 0945utc rather weak cx again - only mostly Oregon dominant stations - KYKN-1430 very common nowadays. Also KLKI-1340, KZZR-1230, KWYZ-1230. So weak cx that no stations from our log book!!

Some stations takes time. JVA picked KDHL-920 (maybe this is also unid Radio America on this frequency) first time in ENOX2 - now several times - and now at last CKDY-1420 in ENOX6. It takes over 20 years to pick up these common stations.

TK tested a 8 cm long PA0RDT active stick antenna monted on a fishing rod of 6 m. Although KOMO was loud and clear on a West coast beverage there was only a small carrier on whip. So not a best antenna for NA stations.Good weather, not too much snow to go out and check antennas in forest.

Temperature just now 0 degrees Celsius. However waiting for better NA cx. JPR, JVA, TK.

Thursday 6.12.2007

We arrived to ENOX late yesterday evening. Some stations in night, less stations in the morning and only few in day. Weak conditions - however there was almost on every frequency stations - but usually the dominants. Some stations from log book: WAUK-1510, KGOW-1560, WLRT-1490, KQDJ-1400, KCCR-1240. JPR, JVA, TK

LEM252 - 30.11-8.12 (HAS, HN)


Friday 7.12

Difficult and unstable conditions continue. LA-CA with some NA at night, a bit better with NA in the morning, but almost dead in the afternoon until 14 UTC, then some west coast. Hard to belive that this should have been the best week of the month during solar minimum ! WNIK-1230, BER 1160&1450 with huge signals at night, KVNU-610, CKBX-840, KVOZ-890, KEJO-1240. LEM252 will go silent on saturday mornin at 07 UTC.

Thursday 6.12

First NA at 2100 (WAAM-1600), but no real evening cx. Great Lakes with some MEX in the morning. Some GY during the day, but with very weak and unstable. No "real solar minimumcx" yet. KDAL-610, WDSM-710, KFNW-1200, KIUL-1240, KSEK-1340, KBMW-1450, XEROK-800, XECF-1410.

Wednesday 5.12

No evening cx, only a few NA at night, strong ON in the morning, lazy but interesting cx to MT and ID in the afternoon, no AB or WA-BC at all. 540-CBEF, 580-CKWW, 580-WTCM, 610-KDAL, 630-CFCO, CBA-1070 at 1305 UTC, KATQ-1070, KNFL-1470. ENOX 4: 870-WINU

Tuesday 4.12

Common stns in the evening, CA and SA during the night, good ON-QC in the morning, but no cx in the afternoon. WMIA-1070, CHLN-550, CFCO&CHLT-630.

Monday 3.12

LEM252 (HAS,HN) 30.11-3.12: We arrived on Friday evening, but very slow with conditions until this morning. CA at night, midwest in the morning, MT-ID in the afternoon. 730- Trinidad, 1310-Martinique, WKTY-580,1210-KOKK, 1400-KQDJ, 960-KFLN, 860-KPAM.

ENOX5 - 3-5.12 (TUA)

Wednesday 5.12

ENOX5 is signing off. Right now the lower band is full of SA and CA -stations with the usual QC-, NF- and NY -stations from Canada and the US. The upper band is much more weaker with only the common powerhouses audible. ENOX6 crew will come today late in the evening and they will stay until Sunday. I wish you 73's and a great stay here in Enontekiö! TuA

Tuesday 4.12

Quite lousy day with a few interesting stations in the morning. Only the most usual stations were audible in the afternoon. Today's highlight for me was WFDF Flint, MI offering strong signal and R. Disney programmming with a perfect "91 - WFDF" ID. Never heard the station before. WGR-550, WTVN-610, WMT-600 and WTNY-790 are also worth to mention.Hopefully the last night and Wednesday morning will offer more interesting stations. TuA

Monday 3.12

Arrived in Enontekiö about 12.00 UTC. Lots of snow and temperatue about -5 C. Stations from WY, N. and S. Dakota, MT, and Prairie faded in quite strongly in tne afternoon on the whole AM band. Mostly the dominants at least on the fqs I have checked from the files so far. However, some nice ones were heard as well; KGYN-1210, KGMI-790, and CBQI-920. TuA

Tuesday, December 04, 2007

KGRV Winston OR 700 - verification

This religious format Oregon station was captured on ENOX2 in October. It faded in briefly on the top of the hour with a clear station announcement. KGRV was badly mixed up with KXLX, KBYR and KALL but luckily the signal came thru. Nice to have this one in the collection.
A short but a very kind e-mail verification with Christmas Greetings came in two weeks.
Tnx fr v/s -info ABU.

Monday, December 03, 2007

King´s Village DXing Oct-November


DX-ing in the King´s Village (which will be part of Loviisa town in 2009, by the way!)

Not very much to report from my King´s Village QTH on Oct - Nov although quite a few good DX-days noted also here. Still using primary my BOG @40 degr (300 meters on the ground), my lw of TA-dxing seems to be still a bit noisy.

Most of new stations logged here are from the East. Noted a few Philippine stations like 1062 and 1548 Super Radio (seems to ID only DZ-double B), the last finally with IDs several times in Oct-Nov. Some japs was noted as well, several commons with great signal.

SDR-receiver as "visual DXing" & frequency measuring unit:

As many of us using SDRs know, these machines are good to measure rather easily frequencies of stations. I made a mini DXpedition to my Haapavesi QTH and recorded on one morning channels 1190 - 1380 on Nov. 4th.
As CX favoured North - Central and part of South America, I was able to get at least one station on ecah channel. One new TA-station for me was logged also: WIVV 1370, which seems to be on split 1369.983. This has been rather difficult to get earlier.
Also made some measurements. At the picture you can see one example how stations come and go: on 1310.00 first Ottawa (Oldies 13-10) at 05.00, later on mix with Bogota (Manantial) on 1310.011 (with good ids and px announcements at around 0535), and the normal dominant best later on: RNV 1310.014. Also there was tentatively Maria Panama near the nominal as well.
All these DX was made with a SDR-IQ, Acer laptop (using only own batteries to avoid noise from the transformer). The antenna was a beverage of 410 meters at 290 degrees (with coax lead of 350 mtrs). By the way, as the antennas has been in rain for about two months with transformers, I noted very much attenuation somewhere - and found that the transformer at the end of the long coax led (350 meters) was wet - and the results was extra attenuation of at least 20-30 dB! ALthough the transformer is housed in a small pastic box this has not been enaugh as the rain has been severe for several weeks! So extra housing should be used indeed.
73 TK

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

KOLM Rochester MN 1520 - verification

KOLM was heard briefly but with very clear and loud signal once during ENOX2. This ESPN affiliate had CNN news on the hour and before the news a complete ID with "Sports Radio 15-20, The Ticket" slogan. The operations manager verified the reception with a short e-mail mentioning that they have had very cold weather in Minnesota lately.
Tnx fr v/s info JPR.

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

KVNI Coeur d' Alene ID 1080 - verification and... a phone call!

This nice Idaho -station faded in on 1080 kHz during ENOX2 in October. KVNI had plenty of company on 1080 kHz in this same morning, October 16, 2007. In addition to KVNI also KKFX, KUDO and KRLD were all audible more or less at the time. But what was the most amazing -KNDK Langdon, ND announced it's legal ID on the top of the hour as well!
KVNI's morning dj verified my report with three e-mails. They also gave me call this evening and talked to me during the live morning show on KVNI. Naturally this time of year we talked about Santa Claus, Christmas and reindeers...

CFCO Chatham ON 630 -verification

CFCO has been on my most wanted list for a couple of years. It finally came thru with a decent signal on ENOX3 on November 6, 2007. It was quite badly mixed up with NRK but however just on the top of the hour CFCO faded in nicely with a perfect ID. The CFCO morning man verified the report and the audio with a kind e-mail in 24 hours. My ON -station # 55 and my second new Canadian on 630 kHz for this season. CKOV Kelowna BC was audible on ENOX2 earlier in October and it verified my report at the time. At the moment CKOV has obviously already signed off on AM.

Monday, November 26, 2007

KXLX Airway Heights WA 700 - verification

KXLX faded in several times on Nov. 7, 2007 in the morning. It had the clearest signal around 10 UTC promoting KXLY's "Vancouver Football" coverage and ESPN programming. 700 kHz has been very interesting frequency this season offering me KXLX, KGRV and KALL. Of course KBYR and WLW have been the dominating stations as usual.
KXLX verified my report quickly with e-mail. Thanks for the v/s -info JMS.

Friday, November 23, 2007

KMVI Wailuku HI 550 - verification

Heard this station on ENOX2 in October and sent a reception report back in October. It was a nice surprise to get an e-mail last night from Hawaii including a complete verification.
KMVI came in quite loud but it had severe QRM from Anchorage ESPN.
This was my second HI verie this week but however, there are still a couple of stations left to be heard from HI on AM -band to me.

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

KQNG Lihue HI 570 - verification

KQNG was hear on October 15, 2007 during ENOX2. At the time we had very good conditions towards Hawaii and Alaska. Many fine stations from those areas especially on the lower AM band were audible then. This was the first time I heard KQNG and the reception was surprisingly good.
KQNG's chief engineer verified my report with a kind e-mail and he also attached a picture of Oahu along with the e-mail. My HI -station #25.

WTCH Shawano WI 960 - verification


Just a 5 minutes ago I received a short e-mail verification from WTCH General Manager. He had listened to the audio and could easily recognize WTCH on the mp3. I picked up WTCH on ENOX2 when the station had a loud signal for a couple of minutes during the weather forecast after TOH news. Otherwise WTCH plays Classic Country.

KXLO Lewistown MT 1230 - verification


KXLO was captured for the first time ever in Finland during ENOX3. The station faded in just on the top of the hour with a clear ID following with the ABC news. KDIX was audible at the same time playing oldies and mixing up with KXLO. Luckily KXLO was the strongest one just on the hour. My report was verified with a long e-mail in 5 hours and v/s mentioned:

"I think the furthest I've heard a station that I wan't supposed to, was around 1500 miles. I remember hearing the 'mighty 690' 690am overnight when I was in Bozeman on the freeway, but that was not with a SW radio, just my car's am receiver. Actually, many people up here in mountain country can't reliably receive stations, so the use the XM or Sirius sattelite stations. So it's nice to hear that you found us bouncing so far!"

He also attached the actual cut that was played at midnight local time when I picked up KXLO.

WILS Lansing MI 1320 - verification

WILS morning man verified my report and audio clip with three e-mails. He even discuessed the "distant reception in Finland" in his morning show yesterday with his co-host. Afterwards he sent me the audio of this show - it was really interesting to hear my own reception report being read during the WILS morning show.
WILS is going to go from 5 kW to 25kW soon. They are planning to give me a call in the live show right at the very moment they will flip the switch and go to 25kW.

KSRA Salmon ID 960 -verification

KSRA was heard briefly with ID and news on the top of the hour on ENOX2 in October. 960 kHz has been quite generous frequency this season giving me totally three new stations so far. Two of them (KLTF and KSRA) have already verified and I'm still looking forward to receive verification from "Moose Country" WTCH Shawano, WI.
Tnx fr KSRA v/s info BH!

Recent verifications

Here's a list of some of my most recent AM verifications:

WTMJ Milwaukee WI 620 letter t-shirt
KGVO Missoula MT 1290 e-mail
CKKY Wainwright AB 830 e-mail, logo
KOLM Rochester MN 1520 e-mail tnx for v/s JPR!
XEPE Tecate BCN 1700 e-mail tnx for v/s JPR!
KIT Yakima WA 1280 e-mail
KLTX Long Beach CA 1390 e-mail
KKLF Richardson TX 1700 e-mail tnx for v/s TUA!

73's -jsn-

Saturday, November 17, 2007

KUGN Eugene OR 590 - verification

I captured KUGN on Oct. 16, 2007 during ENOX2. The station suffered quite badly KHAR -QRM but luckily I heard a couple of ads and promos as well as the fine ID around the top of the hour.
General Sales Manager verified my report with a fine station logo attached on the message. This was my OR # 53.

ABU, thanks a lot for your v/s -info!

WCCW Traverse City MI 1310 - verification

This one seems to be a very DX-friendly station. I have got two e-mails and along the second e-mail there was a fine verification letter attached in the message.
I picked up WCCW during ENOX2 and my report was verified by the operations manager who himself was reading the announcement on my mp3 -clip I sent to the station.
WCCW is an ESPN affiliate but it tends to announce the local identifications quite often.

Friday, November 16, 2007

KDZR Lake Oswego OR 1640 - verification

I have sent reception reports to KDZR every now and then during the last few years but for some reason I havn't got any reply from the station until now. KDZR verified my reception in old fashioned way - in other words the station manager sent me a verification letter in snail mail. This was my first snail mail QSL for a very long time and so it was a very nice surprise indeed!

LEM251: 10-17.11 (TAK, YK)


Friday 16.11

LEM251 (TAK , YK ) final report 16.11.07: Lousy night, morning and day. Towards NA mainly dominants all over the continent. In the afternoon some Philippine stations. LEM251 will return from the bushes tomorrow. Bye to all .

Wednesday 14.11

LEM251 (TAK,YK ) report 14.11.07 : Poor night and morning to NA . In the day some West Coast, mainly power houses. In the morning interesting BR/IB-cx up to 9 UTC. Asia nearly dead. Interference from electric fence very annoying! Apparently the coronal hole has started its effect .

Tuesday 13.11

LEM251 (TAK,YK) report 13.11.07 : Conditions detoriated in the night notably. However, some NA almost all day; mainly dominants with some GY openings. Interesting opening towards Britain and Spain in the morning. Asia poor, except China strong (of course ) . At 21 UTC some weak NL etc coming in.

Monday 12.11

LEM251 (TAK,YK ) rpt 12.11.07 : Good cx to NA all night and day. No trace of OC, only one HI . Japs poor. Had to get some sleep; now at 20 UTC NL's are pouring in. See, how long this lasts. Only two PNG´s found active (3335 and 3905 plus carrier on 3220 ) .

Sunday 11.11

LEM 251 (TAK,YK ) is up at Lemmenjoki. Good cx to NA, but lots of dominants. Also some Japs,eg NHK1 local ID of JOLG 1368 at 10 UTC. First NA now audible at 19 UT , cx probably lasts again until15 UTC. SDR-IQ found very useful despite opposite opinions! Tnx to JMS for borrowing an NRD

Thursday, November 15, 2007

ENOX4: 7-14.11 (HN)


Thursday 15.11

ENOX4/14.11: In spite of the CH-effects, some stations came in around 21 UTC, WLIB-1190 again excellent at 22 UTC. WAUK-1510 until 23 UTC, when conditiond died out. In the morning and daytime only KBRW-680.

Drove 130 km down to Ylläs. Around 2230 UTC stations suddenly rose, WOOD-1300 with a HUGE signal. On 1510 WAUK again until 23 UTC, at 2303 KMSD and at 2315 the Colorado station announcing "Mile high sports"//1570. Nothing in the morning of 15.11. HN

Tuesday 13.11

ENOX4/13.11: CH-effect arrived and cx got weak. Short openings in the evening with NY strong for 10 min at 22 UTC. Around 00 UTC some WI. Short opening towards AR and PAR around 06 UTC. NA almost dead all day, but suddenly clear common signals from WA 14-1430 UTC. WLIB-1190, WBKV 1470, PAR 920&1020. HN

Monday 12.11

ENOX4/12.11: Significant improvement with NA from yesterday, but still a bit unstable. 1320-CKEC with good audio already 1835 UTC. Huge NL-NS signals at 2000, opening slightly more south with 1200-WKOX and 1520-WIZZ. Midwest cx at night, dying out around 2330. Argentina at 0200 on 1030. Midwest all day, little CO, ID and WA/BC until 1415. 550-WSAU, 600-WMT, 1060-KRCN, 1240-KWIK, 1590-KTCH (stn # 44 hrd in Finland on this fq !). HN

Sunday 11.11

ENOX4/11.11 Yesterday's X-ray flux apparently "ate up" the top of the conditions. Stations already 20.15 UTC, all night and all day, until 13 UTC, but mostly interfered signals from the prairies and Seattle region only. KCCR-1240, KWYR-1260, WAUK-1510 and again KGOW-1560. HN

Saturday 10.11

ENOX4/10.11. Early opening at around 2030 UTC, improving until 0000 but mainly dominant east coast-midwest stations only. Weak between 0000-0600, then better again until 1000, but without direction. WCRN-830, CHML-900, CFFX+KLTF-960, WNED-970, KVKK-1070. From recordings WAUK-1510, KGOW Houston TX-1560. HN

Friday 9.11

ENOX4 9.11. Promising improvement from yesterday, beginning before 21UTC, but only dominants from NL to AK and down to Venezuela. Lots of recordings with little hope for something new. WFDF 910, WLNO 1060, WJMC 1240, KZIZ 1560. HN

KLTF Little Falls MN 960 - verification

CFAC and CFFX are the most common stations nowadays on 960 kHz and usually it's hard to capture another stations from this channel. That's why it was nice to have KMA a couple of times on 960 kHz with a huge signal during ENOX2 and ENOX3. However, the most pleasant surprise was KLTF with a clear TOH ID on the top of the hour on ENOX3 on November 7, 2007. The General Manager of the Little Falls Radio Corporation verified the reception last night and he was curious to know what is our local time zone compared with their local time in Minnesota. Nice e-mail verification arrived in 6 hours.

KWLM Willmar MN 1340 - verification

KWLM's News Director verified the reception with long and kind e-mail last night. What I heard from KWLM during ENOX2 was a legal ID and ABC News on the top of the hour. News Director recognized his station easily and remember getting a reception report from Finland last time 5 or 6 years ago. He asked if I might be interesting in wearing KWLM's T-shirt...

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

KJAM Madison SD 1390 -verification

A nice e-mail verified my report and audio file of KJAM's reception during ENOX3. The business Manager of this quite a rare station sent the verification in an hour today. KJAM used the slogan "Dakota's Best" and it was heard briefly during a clear slogan, ID and a piece of music. Now both SD and ND is captured and verified on 1390 kHz...

KBSU Boise ID 730 -verification

This was a nice surprise during ENOX3 on November 7. KBSU was audible about 1½hours under Vancouver's traffic station on 730 kHz with jazz -programming. KBSU is owned and operated by The Boise State University and it was heard in Lemmenjoki by MKA for the first time this fall and now on ENOX3 for the second time ever in Finland.
The chief engineer verified my report in 2 hours.

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

KBPS Portland OR 1450 - verification

KBPS was one of those several new OR -stations for me on ENOX2 in Enontekiö. KBPS is located in Benson High School in Portland and the high school students run this station as a part of their studies and for example during the summertime, KBPS hires students to run the radio station.
This time KBPS was audible for a short moment on the top of the hour with a clear ID. A kind e-mail verified my reception report in 2 hours.

KLFF Richardson TX 1700 -verification

KLFF is not the easiest one to capture on 1700 kHz. Actually I heard KLFF for the first time this fall on ENOX2. The station was simulcasting KLIF-570 and it used slogan "Stimulating talk 5-70 KLIF". The KLIF PD verified with nice e-mail in 6 hours.

Saturday, November 10, 2007

LEM250: 3-10.11 (JMS, LN)


Saturday 10.11

LEM250, 10.11.: Many NA stations already at 22 UTC and an hour later the AM band was in total chaos. Excellent, but IMPO (impossible-to-get-new-ones) conditions continue this morning. When you have 5-35 NA stations from each frequency, this is really hard work ;) We wish all the very best to the next LEM crew, as well HN in Enontekiö. Enjoy! - Lauri Niemi (LN) and Jim Solatie (JMS)

Friday 9.11

LEM 250, 9.11.: DXing became wonderful again. WLQV 1500 and WWKB 1520 had good signals already at 2000 UTC!!! Two hours later the upper band was full of stations, but despite huge expectations and hard work, nothing new was heard. At 2300 UTC WLNO 1060 was like a local station, becoming the highlight of the night. NA faded away at 0030, but were replaced an hour later by Caribbean and Orinoco stations. Sunrise was very strong towards NA, also some Florida (eg. 940) were present. - Jim Solatie

Thursday 8.11

LEM250, 8.11.: Empty feeling. The national shooting tradegy touches us all. Conditions are very poor.

Wednesday 7.11

LEM250, 7.11.: Very strong NA all night and all day long. Too wide conditions, since all states and provinces are represented, i.e. stations from New Foundland to Mexico to Alaska.

Outside it looks like a winter wonderland with 10 cm of new snow, trees are beautifully covered with it and the sun is shining. Temperature is -10 Celsius. Now it is time to take a break and visit Inari primary school and give a lesson on creativity. - Jim

Tuesday 6.11

LEM 250, 6.11.: Quite good NA conditions continue, but not too exciting stations. I talked earlier today with Tuomo, who had similar feelings in Enontekiö. Mid October was much better. But let's be patient, the conditions should improve all the time. Some Brazilian stations from Sunday: Radio Cidade Esperanca 1310, Radio Regional Cicero Dantas 1320 and - with huge signal - Radio Difusoras Cajazeiras 1070. From NA today eg. CIOR 1400 and KZIZ 1560. Best 73, Jim Solatie

Monday 5.11

LEM 250, Monday 5.11.: Quite good conditions. Brazil very strong at night, then NA all day long and now in the afternoon Pilipinos and Chinese. Majuro 1098 and Kwajalein 1224 with power earlier today, but nothing else from the Pacific. Some identified stations: XEES 760, Globo 1160 and KJUG 1270.

K index is still 2, so the show has not reached its peak yet. My mobile can not receive any text messages at the moment, so I apologize the delay in replying. Kuivajärvi-lake has frozen and is currently covered with 5 cm of ice. Soon it would be in excellent condition for skating. JMS

Sunday 4.11

LEM250 (3.-10.11.), LN (Lauri Niemi) & JMS (Jim Solatie): A few centimeters of snow, -17 degrees Celsius and beautiful sunshine, a perfect way to start my 3rd expedition this fall. Strong NA all morning long, but loads of dominants. Just a few stations of interest (new ones): XEMF 780 and KMZK 1240. JMS

Thursday, November 08, 2007

ENOX3: 6-8.11 (TUA)

Wednesday 7.11

Fine day with many interesting stations on the lower band. West coast stations didn't dominate all day this time. Instead of strong WA- and OR -stations some nice surprises were heard from MT and ID. From today's logbook: KBSU-730, KXLX-700, KERR-750 and KJJR-880. Today's low temperature -21C and sunshine all day long. TuA will drive home on Thursday and HN continues on ENOX3 from now on.
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I was on the road all day long on Tuesday and I didn'n done any live DXing. However, after quick check to the recorded files in the evening clearly indicated nice cx with strong and clear signals all day. Hopefully recordings fill offer at least some new ones for me...

Right now (5:25 UTC) the band is full of NAs with decent signals. Talking about QSLs. I just got a very friendly verification from WCCW-1310 to my mailbox. The station was picked up here in Enontekiö a couple of weeks ago. Next blog report will be in the evening. ENOX3/TuA

Tuesday 6.11

Arrived in Enontekiö late in the evening. About from 21 UTC first NF -stations faded in. Later on the usual US east coast dominants as well as Brazilians. Stay tune for more news from ENOX3 during the next few days. TuA

Saturday, November 03, 2007

LEM249: 27.10-3.11 (ANA, TRE)

This is the second and final report from LEM249. The delay in preparing this report was caused by the hectic listening during the final stages of our trip, and partly also by the shock of returning back to work (from which we have not yet entirely recovered).

The last 2 ½ days of LEM249 gave us pretty nice conditions towards NA. Also La Plata was strong during the night and the early morning hours. Even though stations from western U.S. dominated (the east coast was almost totally absent), the main problem with NA was the fact that the conditions lacked any clear direction. The dominants were so strong that picking up new ones was really tough work.

Although we used only conventional receivers (4 x NRD 535, 1 x NRD 545, 1 x NRD 525 – we prefer doing things the old-fashioned way!), we have loads of recordings to check during the coming months.

As far as cooking is concerned, we made history. We are convinced that the LEM-site has never seen better cooking. Even the quality of wines was unheard-of for these latitudes.

Finally some catches worth mentioning: KJAM 1390, KHOW 630, CKOV 630, WKOX 1200, XEES 760, KTSM 690, WKTY 580, KKKK 1580.

ANA

KMAS Shelton WA 1030 - verification


Another pleasant surprise this evening came from Shelton, WA.

The KMAS's General Manager verified my report and wrote:

"Coincidentally, I just heard from a fellow who heard KMAS in Arctic Norway on the same day you received our signal!!
I appreciate your communication, and will put you in our "Long Distance Listeners" Club" on our website: http://www.kmas.com/

GM also attached a nice logo with his e-mail QSL.

KTMT Ashland OR 580 - verification

This Spanish speaking Oregon station called itself "Radio Lazer" and had a decent signal on October 16 during ENOX2. It was a pleasure to pick up many quite rare stations on the lower AM band this time. Many of them had clear and loud signals and that's why it is nice to send reception reports as well as audio files to the stations.
KTMT's PD verified my report last night with an e-mail QSL. Tnx fr v/s info HAT!

Wednesday, October 31, 2007

KVOK Kodiak AK 560 - verification

It was amazing to pick up finally KVOK Kodiak AK on 560 kHz just two weeks ago during ENOX2! Like KVAK and KRSA also KVOK has been on my list of most wanted stations for years. KVOK used the slogans "Your Homeport Radio Station" and Kodiak's Pure Country, AM 5-60 KVOK".
Tonight KVOK's morning DJ verified my report with a kind e-mail. My AK #40.

LEM249: 27.10-3.11 (ANA, TRE)


Wednesday 31.10

LEM249 TRE & ANA (October 27 - November 3): the conditions appear to be improving after our rather modest start. This morning very mixed conditions providing us with strong signals from La Plata to the Caribbean. Our best catches so far: XEO 970, KJUG 1270, CBC Barbados 900 and Trinidad BC 730.

Saturday, October 27, 2007

AND1: 19-27.10 (JA, OF, TBV, GF)


Saturday 27.10

AND1 report Oct.27: Good conditions to Brasil from 23 to Θ2 UTC, then to La Plata and Brasil Θ5 to Θ6:3Θ. Radio Nihuil 68Θ kHz had a strong signal. Poor NA conditions with only some stations from AB and CA reachìng fair to good levels.

Friday 26.10

AND1 report Oct.26: The first Brazilians were heard at 2Θ:1Θ UTC. Then things changed quickly. 156Θ Radio Disney was noted at 2Θ:2Θ and at 21:Θ5 we were listening to 129Θ CFRW. Occasionally very good signals were heard from SK, MB and AB for the remainder of the evening and the night.

Thursday 25.10

AND1 report Oct.25: Interesting NA conditions early in the night. The most noteworthy stations were 141Θ WNER, 147Θ WNYY and 157Θ WFLR. Fairly poor and widespread conditions at LSR.

Wednesday 24.10

AND1 report for Oct.24: The first stations from Brasil were audible at 2Θ:2Θ UTC. Signals slowly became stronger and by Θ2 UTC we were thinking we had mistakenly stated good conditions to South America over the last several days.
Surprisingly condìtions improved further. From Θ4 to after 1Θ UTC we had a huge opening to North America with fabulous signals from QC in the north to FL in the south and MI in the west.
Can things get better before the next coronal hole stream strikes?

Tuesday 23.10

AND1 report Oct.23: Unstable conditions all night and morning. Many nice signals from Brazil starting as early as 2Θ:4Θ UTC. Within 1 hour stations from ME, MA, NY, QC and ON began to dominate TA fqs. Later on it was back to Brasil. From Θ4:3Θ UTC we had 2 hours of strong signals on almost all TA fqs from Puerto Rico, Venezuela, Colombia and Brasil. Examples: 74Θ WIAC, 76Θ WORA.

Monday 22.10

AND1 report for Oct.22: Nice opening to ID and OR just after midnight. 13ΘΘ KAPL strong peaks before their LSS. Good conditions to OR, WA, BC and AB continued throughout the night and the morning. 55Θ KOAC was heard for hours.

Sunday 21.10

AND1 report Oct.21: Superb La Plata conditions from 22:5Θ UTC until Θ5. Brazilians on nearly all TA fqs during the last hour before LSR. Some excellent signals from the Caribbean: 54Θ Grenada and 64Θ Guadeloupe. A fairly good opening to the Great Lakes and further west lasted about 1 hour from ΘΘ:3Θ UTC

Saturday 20.10

2Θ.1Θ. report from AND1 (69NΘ2 15E31): Poor night with some ON stns noted around Θ1 UT, then MB and SK. After Θ5 UT some nice signals from south Brasil, Uruguay and Argentina below 1ΘΘΘ kHz. 55Θ Colonia, 59Θ Continental, 6ΘΘ Gaucha and 62Θ Jovem Pan had the best signals. JA, OF, TBV and GF
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AND1 location: 69N02 15E31. This is on the island Andoya in the north of Norway

Friday, October 26, 2007

KKFX Portland OR 1080 -verification

I captured "1080 The Fan" during ENOX2. At the time of the reception the KKFX's signal was very strong indeed although KUDO tried to take over the frequency at the same time. Program Director verified my report just an hour ago with a short but friendly e-mail.
ENOX2 offered many new OR -stations for me with exceptionally clear and strong signals.

KWAD Wadena MN 920 -verification

I heard KWAD Wadena, MN 920 for the first time during ENOX2 some days ago. The station had a clear TOH -ID :"“Minnesota’s best! 92 KWAD Wadena and 14-30 KNSP Staples” but faded away soon after that. PD verified my report and mentioned :
"Our area has a very large population of Finnish descendants. As a matter of fact the area from Sebeka, MN to Menahga, MN to New York Mills, MN is known locally as the finnish triangle, wonderful people with "sisu." We also boradcast a weekly religious program in the finnish language. Again, very nice to hear from you."
KWAD seems to be very DX-friendly station so don't hesitate to write to them in case you hear KWAD!

Thursday, October 25, 2007

KIXZ Amarillo TX 940 - verification


KIXZ was a very pleasant surprise on 940 kHz during ENOX2. It used a slogan "Newsradio 9-40" and had a fine "KIXZ Amarillo - Fox Newsradio 9-40" identification on the top of the hour. PD confirmed the reception by an e-mail message with a fine station logo.
Great to hear a new Texas station on a regional channel!

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

CHNL Kamloops BC 610 - verification


CHNL is my second new verified station from British Columbia, Canada during ENOX2. It bounced to Enontekiö very strongly on October 16, 2007. 610 kHz was crowded with NA -stations at the time but the "NL" radio managed to dominate this frequency just when it had a nice ID and many spots in a row.

CHNL program director kindly verified my report and mentioned: "We don't get too may QSL requests anymore but it still amazes us that you are able to get us when we have local people 50km away who are having a hard time getting a clear signal at night."

This was my BC -station #37.

WKTY La Crosse WI 580 -verification

WKTY 580 kHz was heard quite often during ENOX2. It run Sporting News Radio programming and had a pretty loud and clear signal at times. After CKY signed off permanently on 580 kHz this freqyency has become a very good spot on AM -band with many different stations depending on the conditions.
WKTY program director verified my report this evening with a kind e-mail.

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

CKOV Kelowna BC 630 - verification

This one was a real gem since it is not been herad in Finland before. October 16th was a very good day for the BC- and US west coast stations and CKOV faded in pretty strongly on 630 kHz with CHED and a bunch of other stations.
CKOV program director verified my report and wrote:
"We have just flipped from AM to FM and we will soon be losing our AM dial position of 630. The new FM position on the dial is 103.1. "
So be carefull and pick up CKOV before it's too late!

KVAK Valdez AK 1230 -verification

KVAK became my first verificatin from ENOX2 -pedition. It had a huge signal when I captured it on October 16, 2006 at 13:30 UTC. Moreover KVAK was badly off it's nominal frequency as the real frequency was 1229.918 kHz.
It was nice to get a long hunted station right in the beginning of the season. KVAK verified in 12 hours with e-mail QSL.

Saturday, October 20, 2007

ENOX2: 10-20.10 (JVA,TUA)


TUA whole time, JVA 12-16.10

Friday 19.10

Last night began promising with some NF- and the US east coast stations audible already 20:30 UTC. Night continued with many common stations but nothing very special. However, I got loud and clear IDs from some decent stations including WKBK-1290 and WYOS 1360. Because of quite bad CH -disturbance cxs were quite poor in the morning and during the whole day.
The good news for today is KACH 1340 and KBLE 1050 which I found while checking the ENOX2 -files. This is my last report from ENOX2. I will conclude this pedition tomorrow morning. I wish all the best to PAX-, LEM- and KONG -crews. TuA

Thursday 18.10

Conditions got worse last night and that's why there is not much to report on that side. Instead of live listening I have checked a little bit the recordings of the previous days. I have found a couple of interesting stations; WILS 1320, KTSM 690, KFXX 1080, KWLM 1340 and KWVR 1340 are worth to mention. I guess that it takes now some days before the good NA conditions come back. However, I hope that some new stations will be fading in tomorrow and Saturday after all. TuA

Wednesday 17.10

Firstly, GONGRATULATIONS to the KONG17 crew for the outstanding loggings from New Zealand and Australia. Great! It has been raining all day here in Enontekiö and almost all the snow has faded away. it's foggy and wet outsaid.The night was quiet without many NAs on the band. However, the morning and afternoon were better and I managed to pick up some nice west coast stations like KLKI 1340, KPOW 1260 and KSRA 960. Hopefully next 24 hours will offer more... TuA

Tuesday 16.10

Very good, very good indeed! Nice west coast and Alaska conditions almost all day. The first stations from NF faded in about 21 UTC and after that there were stations with good signals all night and all day long until 15 UTC today. As Jari mentioned before we had lot of work with our rxs last night but luckily it all ended up OK.
We have checked some of our files but only on the TOH. Some of the most interesting stations from today's logbook: CKOV 630, CHNL 610, KTMT 580, KKXN 840, KVNU 610, KRTA 610, KFLD 870, KHHO 850 and finally after about 20 years of trying ....KVAK 1230 with super signal late in the afternoon! TuA
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Just arrived from Enontekiö to Oulu. TUA is still in Enontekiö, where is snow however it rains whole time from Kolari to Oulu. However DX-conditions was still good. Again stations from 21utc and in the morning stations on almost every MW frequency. But we had some problems with SDR radio so we can't concentrate to listening from 21utc to 23utc - or have you ever read in DX-pedition manual of FTDI chip programme and programmed EEPROM?At first our PC didn't identify our IQ-radio. We think that it is broken, but Pieter told that there can be problems with EEPROM. So we loaded from net MProg programme and programmed EEPROM with file that Pieter send to us. Thanks to Pieter - fortunately we had internet connection and now IQ is OK.There was also crackle from usb-ports when we had two SDR-radios on same PC. This is big problem and I have no answer how to avoid it. Perhaps it would better to use desktop PC:s.The terrain around the QTH is not 100% ideal, but there our antennas are!! JVA

Monday 15.10

NA from 21 UTC to 15:50 UTC. In the night mostly from ON, ME, NY and OH. US west cost faded in about 10 UTC. Finally AK and HI very strongly.
From today's log: WKTY 580, CKAT-600, KMVI-550, KHPY-1670, KRJO-1680, KINY-800, KORL 1180, KRSA 580, KVOK 560. JVA TuA

Sunday 14.10

Sunday wasn't as good as we expected in the morning. In spite of the fact that many NF -stations were audible as early as 2100 UTC the night was a disappointment. In the morning stations faded out around 7 UTC but just before that many stations from MN, SD and ND came in strongly. Later at 9utc there was a short peak to the US west coast and finally starting at 1400 UTC very strong AK- and HI -opening.
From the logbook: KYKN 1430, KLAM 1450, KHBC 1060, KSHO 920, KMAS 1030, KSDN 930, KJJD 1170, WJOY 1230, KBKW 1450.
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It was snowing in Enontekiö last night and temperature right now (05:40 UTC) is a couple of degres below zero . Quite nice cxs from Venezuela to west coast beginning from about 02 UTC. Plenty to listen to all the time and we guess we'll have busy day ahead... JVA TuA

Saturday 13.10

Nice weather with sunshine all day and so we had today some outdoor activities around the QTH. Cx were not very interesting - many stations but mostly the common ones.

Some stations from our logbook; KALL 700, KEYZ 660, KXNT 840, CHTM 610, KTCT-1050 and CJRS 1650. JVA TuA

Friday 12.10

Pretty good day with mainly west coast stations. Nothing very special but however some new ones for me - KUGN 590, KFMB 760 and WCCW 1310. JVA came in the evening with his impressive SDR equipment! JVA, TuA

Thursday 11.10

Arrived in Enontekiö on Wednesday evening to continue testing the PUDXK's new MW -QTH in the Arctic. Nice cx all day with many hours interesting recordings on the files. Cx were mostly towards Rockies and the west coast. Since our antenna array consists only two beverages towards NA you could not expect many rare catches from today's cx. As almost all files are unchecked at the moment I won't write any loggings this time. However I got a clear and loud ID from KOAC-550 in the morning! Quite promising day... PUDXKcrew/TuA

Saturday, October 13, 2007

LEM247: 6 - 13.10 (JHY, MKA)


Saturday 13.10

LEM 247 is over and the crew is happy. Yesterday Tahiti, Tonga, Marshall Islands, both stations and 684 Fiji. Tahiti from 0653 UTC. Later japanese from south. This morning La Plata and Great Lakes. The bad news are US digital AM stations interference, many freq blocked and also that NHK2 is signing on later, 2100 UTC. Some stations. 549 JOAP, 792 JOAP via Naze, 1125 JOLC, 1152 JORB, 801 KTWR, 900 CHML, 960 CFFX, 980 CKRU, CFPL and 1290 R Murialdo

Thursday 11.10

Every day better and better. Few of the best. 585 JOPG, 1161 JOIK via Rumoi, Imakene, 1060 KHBC Hilo, 660 KEYZ, 980 KRZZ, 560 XEXZ, 640 XEJUA, 1070 XEE, 1540 LT35 R Mon, 1560 LT11 R. Gral Fransisco Ramirez. Last night 705 LNR Luang Prabang and today FE russians on 1224 and 1476. Also Tonga the first time. Tomorrow will be the best day!

Wednesday 10.10

Nice, nice, nice. Some new japanese 531 JOQG, 846 JOPG, 963 JOTG, 1359 JOJB via Wajima, 1584 JOQC etc, regional programme. And 1503 2 BS, 1620 4KZ. From South East Asia 580 RN Laos, 1475 RM Kota Kinabalu. Many graveyards, but also 1540 KMPC. Tomorrow more. Best catches ( private opinion). 684 Iwate Hoso, 855 RRI Medan, 1062 DZEC, V7AD Majuro 1098, 700 KALL, 930 KOGA, 1310 WCCW, 680 LV6 R Nihul. And the best conditions are still coming....

Tuesday 9.10

Since saturday 6th of October every day good conditions. And what's best to the different directions. La Plata, Cuba, Rocky Mountains, New England, Hawaiji and Japan. Also some Aussies. No FFF's, but some japanese stations hunted for 15 years. List of the best tomorrow.

Monday, October 08, 2007

King´s Village DX in September

Hi all;

Some DX in September:

Not very much of DXing to report during September. Still waiting to put my Far East BOG onto the ground. However I tested it a few days in Sept. with good Far East conditions (14-17): mainly Chinese, but some other interesting DX-catches also. I noted Mainichi Hoso JOFR 1278 with sign off for a Silent Period on Sunday night 18 utc - at the same time the programme was heard // on 1197 - that channel is pretty hard to get in Southern Finland. The station has call-ID just at 18.00 utc with all relay stations mentioned (JOFE & JOFO). A new station for me. Also some other interesting channels of Japanese (like 1233, 1368 NHK, 1422 were heard.
As far as TA´s is concerned, quite a few NA & LA-signals were noted during September. Only one more intresting for me was a Columbian HJJH Radio Ciudad Milagro Armenía on 1460 kHz. Usually it is Nuevo Continente here dominating, but on Sept 30 that was not the case. Call-ID at s/off 0403 utc, this one seems to be a bit lower than N.C. (on 1459.992). Thanks for checking my recording JEÖ & JPR!

New model of KWZ this / next year ?

I made a trip to Germany in September and I visited the factory of Kneisner&Doering briefly at Braunschweig. It was a nice discussion with Mr. Kneisner who unveiled a bit of the new model of KWZ-receiver: indeed we can wait for a true 32-bit DSP rx with some interesting features like even better dynamics than the old one + spectrum display etc. So I am really looking forward in seeing a real DX-receiver after many years of decline of producing of the good receivers for DXers also. At the picture you can see a part of the new set - the test of the control software was going on. We talked also about their model of SDR-receiver which we hope to test by the PUDXK-team later on. The SDR is based on SDR-1000 model using the same software.

Let´s start the DXing of the October's good DX-condtions (on Oct 8 - 16). 73´s TK




Saturday, October 06, 2007

LEM246: 28.9–6.10.2007 (HS, JMS)

Saturday 6.10

LEM246, 6.10.: Time to return home! Two weeks of intensive dxing has been hard work. Last evening loads of Chinese and 4QN 630 booming. Brazilians all night long, starting already at 2020 UTC with Radio Sao Francisco 1240. Then at 04 UTC NA West Coast, eg. KBAR 1230. Thanks for reading this blog. We wish all the best for the next expeditions and would like to close with some Finnish lyrics (säv. Hector): Maanantaina kinkkejä - tiistaina kinkkejä - keskiviikkona torstaina kinkkejä - perjantaina kinkkejä - lauantaina kinkkejä - sunnuntaina sikana kinkkejä. Zai jian! Håkan Sundman (HS) and Jim Solatie (JMS)


Friday 5.10

LEM246, 5.10.: Last evening we had a very sharp peak to Sydney: 2RN Sydney 576, 2PB Sydney 630, 2BL Sydney 702, 2NC Newcastle 1233, 2SM Sydney 1269 and 2BS Bathurst 1503. Also some interesting x-banders. After spending over 60 days in Lemmenjoki in September (our total days between the years 2000-2007) we feel it was not luck, we deserved it ;) Trans-Atlantic dx remains poor. The only highlight from that part has been Radio Sao Francisco 1240, with a huge signal around midnights. HS & JMS

Thursday 4.10

LEM 246, 4.10.: Very good Asian conditions continue. Also some Aussies, but no identifications - on run at least. Micronesia 4755 was a lovely surprise, thanks Mauno for the hint. Trans-Atlantic dx is very poor.HS & JMS

Wednesday 3.10

LEM 246, 3.10.: Moderate Asian conditions last evening. No Aussies, not even the x-banders. But Okinawa was strong instead, eg. Radio Okinawa 864 was like a local station. The night was very poor, and the morning was even poorer. Just some most common North Americans and Brazilians. HS & JMS

Tuesday 2.10

LEM 246, 2.10.: Finally last evening, after 11 days, it was time for some Aussies. X-banders were strong (4DB 1611, 4KZ 1620, 2ME 1638, Club AM 1683), but also some normal band stations were heard, the best being 2BS Gold, Bathurst on 1503. Early night (21-22) was crazy with Brazilians. Then back to a mediocre early morning with a short peak at 0430 to La Plata. HS & JMS

Monday 1.10

LEM246, Monday 1.10.: Last evening many interesting Chinese stations: Zhengzhou Xinwen Guangbo 549, Jiangsu Gushi Guangbo 585, Shandong Guangbo Di Liu Pingdao 621 etc. The night and the morning were very poor. Some Brazilians around 22 and 03 UTC, but just for some 20 minutes. Actually it was the worst sunrise opening during LEM245 and 246. The weather is unusually warm. Yesterday we had +29.3, even though the thermometer was in direct sunlight. Well, beutiful and warm anyway.HS & JMS

Sunday 30.9

LEM 246, Sunday 30.9.: No North Americans last night, but instead a strong (but short) Orinoco & Chile opening at sunrise. Last evening was quite poor with Asian stations, the only region conditions favoured was Yunnan province in China. Some identified stations from the Mexican & NA conditions on the 29th: XEREV 770, KUTR 820, KMRI 1550. Many other Mexicans with unidentified frequency slogans only. HS & JMS

Saturday 29.9

LEM246, 29.9.: A new start after five hard working days in Helsinki. Now together with HS. Last night a strong Mexico opening around 0230-0330 UTC. Also some NA, like KENT Parowan, UT 1400 and KULY Ulysses, KS 1420. At 04 all stations were gone. The minor storm is really providing interesting listening. HS and JMS (Håkan Sundman and Jim Solatie)

Saturday, September 22, 2007

LEM245: 15-23.9.2007 (JMS)

Sunday 23.9.

This was the last night of LEM245. It's time to get back to work. Conditions were mediocre this morning. It was the weakest morning of this expedition, but still there were quite a few stations from La Plata and Brazil around 04 utc. One of the highlights from the previous night was HIKA Radio Impacto, Santo Domingo on 1440 kHz, which even dominated periodically the semilocal powerhouses in St. Peterburg and Luxembourg

Saturday 22.9.

Last evening a short but sharp opening to Korea. Stations like HLKH 747, HLKA 756 and HLKH 792 with local identifications. The night was filled with basic NA, CA and SA, one should have stayed in bed instead. Again the morning was excellent. Perhaps the strongest SA signals I have ever experienced. The best peak was at 04 UTC with Paraguay, Chile, Venezuela, Ecuador, Peru and Puerto Rico. Many stations on every frequency between 550 and 1600 kHz.

Friday 21.9.

The disturbance (coronal hole) arrived yesterday. Evening's Asia changed completely. Only stations from Western China and India, but nothing new worth mentioning. The night was boring with weak NA and SA. Sunrise was nice and strong again, but only for some 30 minutes between 0330 and 0400 UTC. R. Colonia 550 was like a local station. Many stations on the lower AM-band from Northern Argentina and Paraguay, too.

Thursday 20.9.

Mr. Alvestad is right, conditions are really excellent. Two weeks without sunspots and it clearly can be heard on the AM-band. Last evening about 80 most common Chinese mediumwave stations for the fifth evening in a row. I know them by heart now. At 01 UTC stations from La Plata, especially Uruguay was strong. At 02 UTC stations from Mexico, all the common DF-stations but also something more interesting like XEJPV 1560. Then at 03 UTC mostly North Americans and at 04 UTC Venezuela became unusually strong. What a wonderful present for the 40th birthday.

Wednesday 19.9

Last evening some Thai stations (eg. RT Surin closing with local id at 17 UTC). At 2100 hours the ten most common Pilipinos again with strong signals (594 666 738 1026 1161 1233 1269 1323 1476 1530). Nighttime with some common NA signals. Sunrise was super again with very strong NA between 03-04 UTC: 550 KFYR, 570 WNAX, 580 XEMU, 600 KSJB, 660 KEYZ, 690 KTSM etc. But where are the new stations? Only one new for me this night: WILS 1320 with excellent signal at 03 hours.

Tuesday 18.9.

Pilipinos strong at midnight, stations mainly from Manila and Iloilo. TA-signals weak at night, but quite good sunrise again with strong La Plata and Brazil between 03-04 UTC. Not much luck with station identifications though. Now at 15.00 UTC Asians starting to boom in again. Unfortunately 'paimenpoika'-interference is back.

Monday 17.9.

Very strong morning opening between 02-04 UTC, but too wide conditions. Stations from 550 Colonia to 1630 Texas. 630 was like a graveyard with RNV, WUNO and Rivadavia pushing Norway away. Feels like a solar minimum. The new 319 antenna works extremely well! Also, no trace of IBOC interference at all. Now at 1430 UTC Japanese and Chinese stations start to fade in.


Sunday 16.9.

Asia conditions on Saturday and Sunday around 17-18 UTC with mostly Chinese stations. No Aussies yet, except few weak x-banders. The night was mediocre with South American stations like R Mar del Plata 670, R Nihuil 680 etc. Also some North Americans, but only the common dominants. Summary: quite good so far, but not yet spectacular. AM-band is finally free from man made interference, the awful 'paimenpoika' is gone. Hopefully it will remain so.

Friday, September 21, 2007

The nighttime IBOC began in the US

As we all know many AM -stations in the US switched into the IBOC overnight operation on "Black Friday" September 14, 2007. Since then many local AM listeners in the US have found AM band to be noisier and DXers over there have noticed the digital "hiss" sound especially around the powerfull stations all around the AM band and all around the Nation. The IBOC signal covers 15 kHz to the both sides of the station's nominal frequency. I do hope that the situation here in Scandinavia does not change as dramatically as a DXer in Kingsport, TN wrote:
"I gave a listen to AM early this morning for the first time since IBOC came on. It was about 1am local time.... . .boy was I disappointed... . .*sniff* . .I felt a sinking feeling in my stomach. I COULD NOT BELIEVE all the hiss. I listened for a few min's and went to bed. I hope..HOPE that maybe my neighbor had something on like a light w/dimmer switch. I'm glad I have BUNCHES of cassette tapes of AM radio the way it used to sound so I can "re-live the good-ol days".
The next weeks will tell us what are the US IBOC nighttime effects on NA-DXing here in the Scandinavia. Hopefully not too bad...

Friday, September 14, 2007

PUDXK is testing a new DX-pedition site for NA-listening

The PUDXK crew is testing a new DX-pedition site for Trans Atlantic (mainly NA) -MW -listening in Finnish Lapland. The site is located near the centre of Enontekiö. In many ways the site seems to be pretty good for DXing but there are certain problems concerning antennas in some essential directions especially to South America, Oceania and Asia. The terrain around the QTH is not 100% ideal (no high trees and many reindeers) to build long beverage antennas and this makes things little complicated. We tested the site with two antennas directed to the US east coast and Midwest for the first time in the end of August and we noticed the local noise level to be pretty low. However, as usual the wintertime will tell more about the noise level around the QTH in general.

The PUDXK crew will continue testing this location to find out if this site could be a usable NA-listening QTH. If so we are going to use this site mainly for short term (2-4 days) listening sessions around the predicted peak NA -conditions monthly.

Here are the first loggings of this site (ENOX1) – LA stations with NA-antennas!!

Monday, September 10, 2007

Northern Dimension DXers Camp 31 August - 2 Sept 07

The tradional Camp of PUDXK was held at Haapavesi on August 31... Sept. 2nd. This was the n:o 4 meeting and every year in August we have had terrible bad reception conditions during our meeting. So more time has been devoted to good meals etc. This year was not that bad, although the solar wind schock arrived a bit earlier than expected and there was too short time for conditions to reapper. Some Latins and Caribbeans were noted at first night but nothing very interesting (unless someone discover more stations from the sdr- or MD-recordings). We were 4 dxers (JSN, MKA, MR & TK).

This year we had some new tests:
- K9AY erected a bit more far away from the house - using special "tools" like some parts from a washing machine at the glassfiber mast & tradional wood poles (hay poles) at the corners (for drying hay sometimes in 1950´s)



- An unattended sdr-qth in the middle of forests (3 km to the electricity) using a SDR-IQ + 300 meters wire - it was a bit too southwards in order to get very much La Plata and later Orinoco signals although the beginning was promising when we started the meachine at 22.34 UTC. However the HP laptop survived about 4 1/2 hours capturing signals using the so called "travel battery" of the computer... when you use this kind of system it is best to remember to have all the softaware with you as now we had to drive again to the forests (50 kilometres more driving at night) to bring the Spectravue software ...


- a beverage of 410 meters (at 290 degr.) with 350 m coax feed was again a good antenna for TA-reception

The receivers used were "normal pudxk-equipments" sdr-14, 2 sdr-iqs, WinR 313e, NRD 515, AOR7030 and EKD 515 - but to be honest the most used equipments were the sdr-14/ iqs (+ EKD for JSNs "real listening pleasure").

About the delicious wines and meals more at the DX-Culinarism Blog.

73 tk


Back at my King´s Village QTH this week I tested briefly my East BOG of about 300 mtrs at 40 degr. (can not lay it down for longer period yet until my neighbour has finished all the agri jobs before winter!). Indeed a low noise and beautifull signals from Asia ...

Monday, August 27, 2007

QSL 2007, SOME FROM THE END OF 2006

Colorin ColorRadio, Bogotá 1310
R Coronel Dorrego 1470
R Trenque Lauquen 1280
R Nacional de Venezuela, Cd. Bolivar 560
R Clube de Salvador 1290
R Reloj, Bogotá 1010
R Superior, San Fernando de Apure 1070 FFF
1480 AM-Red92, Dolores 1480
R Santa Clara, Floriano PI 1580
R Mensagem, Jacareí SP 1470
R ABC, Santo André SP 1570
R Chaco Boreal, Asunción 1330
R El Sol, Buenos Aires 1450
R Calidad, Cali 1230
R Brasil Tropical, Curitiba PR 1320
R Brasil Sul, Londrina PR 1290 FFF
R Colonia, Colonia del Sacramento 550
Ondas del Libertad, San Félix 1190
R Armonia, Talcahuano 1460
R Sur, Puerto Ordaz 700
R Sintonia, Ituporanga SC 1310 FFF
R Capital, Cascavel PR 1340 FFF
R Chapecó SC 1330 FFF
Concepto AM, Buenos Aires 1050
R Sarmiento, San Juan 1120
R Rural, San Francisco 1440
R Splendid, BA 990
Emisoras ABC, Barranquilla 1250
R Continental, Rio de Janeiro 1520
R Peperí, Sao Miguel de Oeste SC 1370
R Jetro, Lanús BA 1680
R Cidade, Goiás GO 1470
R Catatumbo, Ocana 1150 FFF
R Buenas Nuevas, Merlo BA 1380 FFF
R Capinzal SC 1540 FFF
R Reloj, Medellin 830
R Globo, Brasilia DF 1160 FFF
R Malleco, Victoria 1490 FFF
R Hosanna, Isidro Casanova 1640
R Progresso, Sao Leopoldo 1530 FFF
R Cumbre AM, Neuquén 1400
R Anaco 660 FFF
R Super Ondas, Maracaibo 1120
YVTZ Charallave 1360 FFF
R Centro, Cardona 1540 FFF
R Cultura, Paulo Afonso BA 1360 FFF
R Metropolitana, Ciudadela BA 1520 FFF
R Parinacota, Putre 6010
R Sociedade Rondonia, Bueno Pimento RO 1480
R Calendario, Maracaibo 1020
R Cultura de Campos, Campos de Goitacazes RJ 4955
R Farol, Touros RN 1390
R Globo, Governador Valadares MG 930 FFF
R Atalaia, Maringá PR 1310
R Novos Tempos, Ceará Mirim RN 1580
R Jacuipe, Riachao de Jacuípe BA 1500
R Bela Vista, Pocoes BA 1520
R Tupi AM, Sao Paulo SP 1150
R Baiana, Jequié BA 1460 FFF
R Brasilia, Brasilia DF 1210
CBN Paranagua 1570
R Educadora, Ribeira de Pombal BA 1560
R Nacional de Venezuela, Paranagua 1330
R Regional, San Jenaro de Norte SF 1550

R Angulo, Holguin 740
XEPE Tecate BC 1700
WISO Ponce PR 1260
XECF Los Mochis SN 1410
XETB Torreón CO 1350
XEAF Apaseo El Grande 1580
XEFR R Felicidad, México DF 1180
XEL La 1260, México DF 1260
XEAJ Saltillo CO 1330
XERO R Recuerdo, Aguascalientes AG 1240 FFF
XEBI R BI, Aguascalientes AG 790
XEMA Fresnillo ZC 690
XED Mexicali BC 1050
XEHI Cd. Miguel Aléman TM 1470 FFF
XEH Monterrey NL 1420
R Adventista, Panama 1560
XEVK Torreón CO 1010
XEYC Cd. Juarez CO 1030 FFF
XEVB Monterrey NL 1310 FFF
R Ciudad de la Habana, Santa Catalina 820 FFF
XEITE México DF 830 FFF?
XEAI Mexico DF 1470
R Cadena Habana, La Habana 1100
XECB R Ranchito, San Luis de Colorado SN 1460
XEQK La Hora Exacta, Mexico DF 1350
XEDTL R Ciudadana, Mexico DF 660

KAPL Phoenix OR 1300
CKDO Oshawa ON 1580
WCCW Traverse City MI 1310
WMKT Charlevoix MI 1270
WMBN Petoskey MI 1340
WWOK Evansville IN 1280
CKNS Espanola ON 930
KLER Orofino ID 1300
KVOX Moorehead MN 1280
WKAT Miami FL 1360
KZXR Prosser WA 1310
KXGM Portland OR 1150
WPDR Portage WI 1350 FFF
KHNC Johnstown CO 1360
WNYY Ithaca NY 1470
KBRF Fergus Falls MN 1250
KUTR Taylosrsville UT 820
KXEO Mexico MO 1340
KCKX Stayton OR 1460
KLAA Orange CA 830
KVOK Kodiak AK 560
WNJC Washington Township PA 1360
KGOS Torrington WY 1490
KOVE Lander WY 1330
WSBT South Bend IN 960
Radio Marti, Marathon FL 1180
KELK Elko NV 1240
WKMI Kalamazoo MI 1360
KJOX Yakima WA 1390
KORT Grangeville ID 1230
WKRC Roaring Spring PA 1370
WLLM Lincoln IL 1370 FFF
KOZN Bellevue NE 1620
KOKK Huron SD 1210
WMYC Springfield IL 970 FFF
KVOL Lafayette LA 1330 FFF
WGAD Gadsden AL 1350 FFF
WNTF Bithlo FL 1580 FFF
WLAA Winter Garden FL 1680
WHUC Hudson NY 1230
WTAD Quincy IL 930
CKCV Quebec PQ 1280
KLGA Algona IA 1600
KMBZ Kansas City KS 980
WKTY La Crosse WI 580 FFF
KCOR San Antonio TX 1350
KLNT Laredo TX 1490
KCSJ Pueblo CO 590
KXMR Bismarck ND 710
KRCN Longmont CO 1060
KGFW Kuerney NE 1340
WKRC Cincinnati OH 550
WMNI Columbus OH 920
KLYQ Hamilton MT 1240
KRFO Owatonna MN 1390
WRDW Augusta GA 1630
WVVM Warner Robins GA 1670
KLIF Richardson TX 1700
KFNY Enid OK 1640
KKTL Casper WY 1400
KGVW Belgrade MT 640 FFF
WLIB New York NY 1190
WBCK Battle Creek MI 930
CHHA Toronto PQ 1610
KMYC Marysville CA 1410
KXNT Las Vegas NV 840
KOLM Rochester MN 1520
KWHN Ft. Smith AR 1650

MUHOS LOGGINGS, SPRING 2007

I was not so active in Muhos in springtime 2007 due to expedition to Lemmenjoki in January.
However, here are some loggings.

590 11.3. 0433 Radio Continente, Caracas. JPR
650 9.3. 0210 Radio Uno, Asunción. Kiva ylläri. ”Radio Uno 650…”. Tässä kuului myös ”IURD”-ohjelmaa lähettänyt brassari. JPR
650 9.3. 0000 SODRE Montevideo. Tämä on aseman klassinen kanava. JPR
740 7.4. 0300 UNID argentiinalainen releoi Radio Diezin uutisia. JPR
770 9.3. 0040 Radio oriental, Montevideo. Tämä takavuosine vakiokuuluja tulee nykyään esiin harvakseltaan. JPR
780 9.3. 0532 Radio Tres, Trelew. JPR
890 10.3. 0204 Em Santiago del Estero idaili ”LV11”. JPR
970 10.3. 0245 La 970, Asunción. ”La 9-70 en el centro del dial, el corazón de la radio”. JPR
950,04 10.3. 0439 Radio Popular, Caracas. JPR
1160 8.3. 0600 Radio Globo, Brasilia DF on uusi asema. Kuului jo tammikuussa Lemmenjoella. JPR
1190 7.3. 2350 Radio Juazeiro BA. Paikallista urheiluohjelmaa uskomattomalla voimalla. Idaili ”R-J”. Kuulintämän viimeksi Isossakyrössä n. 1976. JPR
1210 3.3. 0506 Radio Brasilia DF. LBV-ohjelmaa non-stoppina. JPR
1240 7.1. 0250 Radio Lider, Arequipa, ”La combinación perfecta”. Kun tulee, niin tulee kunnolla. Perulaisia myös 1320, 1360, 1560.1. JPR
1240 7.1. 0230 Radio Maria, Chilca. Kaksi peruslaista yhtä aikaa samalla taajuudella ei ole ihan joka päiväistä. JPR
1250 3.3. 0140 R Tricolor, Guayaquil. Tältä ei ole vielä kukaan saanut vastausta. JPR
1270 7.1. 0202 Radio Festival, Vina del Mar. On tavallisimpia chileläisiä nykyään.
Kuului useamman kerran viime kaudella. JPR
1320 3.3. 0115 Radio Peru, Juliaca viljeli upeita idejä. JPR
1330 7.1. 0245 Radio Nacional de Venezuela, La Paragua on aktivoinut tässä vanhan taajuuden. Lähetin lienee uusi, kun kuuluu herkästi. JPR
1330 7.1. 0130 Radio Metropolitana, Santiago. Tulkoon lokattua, kun on vaihtanut slogania "Escuchas un nuevo sonido 104.9 FM y 1330 AM". JPR
1370 7.3. 2322 Radio Vanguarda, Caridade CE. Lähetti ohjelmaa futisturnauksesta ja idasi monesti ”Vanguarda AM 1370”. Kuultu kerran Lemmenjoella. JPR
1380 7.3. 2333 Radio Globo, Presidente Prudente SP. Oli takavuosina niemllä Radio Diario. JPR
1450 7.1. 0023 Radio Ciudad de Flandes. Kuului yhdessä Radio Marian kanssa. Toinen kerta Muhoksella, vastauksia odotellaan. JPR
1530 24.2. 0648 R Deporte, Pelileo. Ex. R Dorado. Kuului toistamiseen Muhoksella, musta ecuadorilaiseen tyyliin. JPR
1540 9.3. 0045 Radio Mon, Pergamino. Kuului talven aikana useamman kerran. JPR
1610 3.3. 0000 Radio Guaviyu, Gregorio de Laferrere. On ex-bandin voimakkain argentiinalaispiraatti. Idasi mm. ”Estas escuchando Radio Guaviyu .. . 1590 AM Radio Guaviyu”. JPR
1620 3.3 0000 Vida AM, Monte Grande lähettää ”Iglesia Paz y Esperanza” –nimisen kirkon ohjelmia. Promoili mm. ”Mensanejo de la Verdad” –ohjelmaa. JPR

CA

950 11.3 0436 CM… Radio Reloj. JPR
960 11.3. 0439 CM… Radio Reloj. JPR
1030 2.12. 0657 +XEYC Cd. Juárez CH. ”Radio Formula” idejä mitättömillä jenkkikeleillä. JPR

Sunday, August 26, 2007

Starting the DX-season 25.8

I spent one night in JPR QTH in Muhos (24-25.8). Checking radios, testing loggings lists and also testing more SDR-14 and SDR-IQ in same computer.


Conditions was fair. First from 2130utc some Brazils (1410 R Santa Cruz), Uruguay (1130 Nacional, 1600 R Mil) and common Argentina stations. At 2315 some NA-stations (CKEC 1320, NF 590, 620, 650, 710 - New York 1130, 1560 - CKOC 1150 and many others), but at 0059 NA stations faded out totally!!

Then fair La Plata conditions between 02-03utc. From Uruguay 550 Colonia, 610 Rural, 770 Oriental. From Argentina 590 Contintental, 970 LV2, 1010 Rio Cuarto (new transmitter?), 1020 Universidad Nacional, 1510 Belgrano, 1620 Vida and Italia. From Paraguay 730 Cardinal, 780 Primero de Marzo. From Brazil 860 CBN, 1550 Gurauja Paulista, 1560 Educadora, 1570 Emissora ABC and from Chile RBN 1000 and 1060 Santa Maria.

More after listening the tapes.... among others interesting SS station on 800 kHz (=LV23 Radio Rio Atuel, General Alvear). JVA




Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Some antenna tests during the summer (ALA100) at the King´s Village QTH


I made some tests using the ALA100 during July. The first attempt was to make a
round loop of spiral wounding using the ALA100, the circumference was about 6 meters and the antenna was rotatable using some rods (supports of a tent) and a fishing rod, The antenna was mounted at about 5 meters. In the picture it is waiting to be erected up.
However it seemed that either the small diameter or sprial wounding made this set up not as good as a bigger normal square loop. It had approx. 10 dB lower gain than the sprial one.
I changed eventually the type to a square "<> - shape" loop of large aperture (ALA100) using about 24 meters of wire. The antenna was also constructed using one center mast (of 10 meter fishing rod) with the highest point at about 8 meters (<> - shape).
It seems this is a very low noise antenna indeed at least at rural QTH with noise floor at SDR-IQ (0 dB preamp.) at about -125 dB. The antenna is at least as good as my longwire of 150 meters but with lower noise level (approx 5 dB) , so the better S/N. However, it seems to be more effective to high angle signals - so the BOG or a good beverage could be better - that will be tested later on this Autumn.
73 TK
...

Short Wave Check with a SDR-IQ & Art of SDR-reception


During a Latin Check on Tropical Band 60 meters on 4725...4915 I found several stations from Bolivia, Brazil and Guatemala on July 24.
While studying the signal of Radio Universitaria (Bolivia) on 4732 I found this interesting picture using the SDR-IQs combo display. It shows nicely the terrible RTTY QRM on both sides of the station - the RTTY tx has short breaks after about 1 minute transmission as you can see. You can see also the close down of the Bolivian as well. The staion is usually covered byt the RTTY-QRM and can be heard only about 15 seconds between the pulses, however sometimes there are longer breaks. It seems the station has disappeared in the beginning of August.
73 TK

Monday, August 06, 2007

WMOG Brunswick GA 1490 - verification




I heard WMOG during PAX63 last October and it became my 6th verified station from GA. Oct. 10th was a great morning for many US east coast stations including WMOG-1490, WWPR-1490, WDSK-1410, WFOY-1240, WHUC-1230, WIRY-1340 ect.
WMOG played NOS music and gave a perfect TOH -ID following with the ABC news. The General Manager of the Qantum Communications verified my report and mp3 with a short but a complete e-mail just two hours ago.

Thursday, August 02, 2007

KWEI Weiser ID 1260 -verification

Just a couple of hours ago I found in my mailbox the first QSL for some months - KWEI Weiser, ID 1260. Not a bad start for this new MW -season!
KWEI has been heard every now and then during the last few years on the various peditions in Scandinavia but getting a verification has been hard. I heard KWEI during LEM234 last November with a pretty good signal on the top of the hour with SS. The Team faded in and out in the same time but luckily KWEI faded in strongly just on TOH. A short but a kind e-mail verification came in 4 hours.

Monday, July 30, 2007

Radio Osijek 1557 - verification

I picked up this station 6th of December 1996 in Kivesvaara (Paltamo, Kainuu) and sent reception report. Now over 10 years later I received registered letter from Osijek with verification text!


Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Happy Solstice on June 21 1806 UT!


So here we are just looking for another MW-dx-season even up here in the North (or at least waiting for the beginning in about two months...)

The photo above was taken just about 24 hours before (20 June at 1805 UT) the "Holy Moment" on June 21.

From the Spaceweather.com:
On June 21st at precisely 18:06 UT, Earth's north pole will be tipped to the max (23.5o) toward the Sun. Astronomers call this moment "a solstice." It marks the beginning of summer in the northern hemisphere, and winter in the southern hemisphere. The seasons are changing--Happy Solstice!

I wish You all the best during these midsummer days which are in Scandinavia often the n:o one Carneval time (crazy people going to Sauna - heat usually around +100 centigrades - then to swim even into lakes with cold water - and being outside at night with mosquitos)...
73 TK

Friday, June 01, 2007

Measuring RF-noise by SDR-RX (sdr-14)



Summer is time to check the antennas etc up here in the North when sun shines and low-band dxing at least to East & West is not possible. Two years ago I discoved the rise of noise below 1 MHz on most antennas at my rural-QTH like KAZ and long wires. A bit better with the BOG directed away from the cottage. Soon I noted that the house 500 meters away had started using the ADSL and the connection is via a old-type cable going only a few meters from my cottage´s roof! I used my miniwhip mounted on the fishing rod at about 8 m height (look at the picture) and measured a very big rise of QRM at around 700 kHz. The reception is almost impossible between 200 and 700 kHz. Above 1 MHz the situation is better and above 1200 kHz almost OK with "bottom level" around -130 ... - 110 dB (SDR-14 scale) depending on the antenna. But below 700 kHz the level rises up to - 45 dB when measured only 2 meters from the wire and yeat at about -60 dB at about 30 meters from the wire! The miniwhip itself is quite good for measurements as it really picks up noise easily (though it is a quite active antenna but really needs to be placed away from RF-noise).
Maybe I have to consult the local telephone company ?
73 TK

Thursday, May 24, 2007

KDRS Paragould AR 1490 - verification

KDRS became my 6th AR -station and it was my second graveyard station from the state of Arkansas. Previously I have KAAY Little Rock-1090, KFPW Ft. Smith-1230, KRLW Walnut Ridge-1320, KFDF Van Buren-1580 and KWHN Ft. Smith-1650 verified.
KDRS identified "Sporting News Radio 14-90 KDRS" and the signal was clear and pretty strong as well. The station manager sent a short e-mail with a complete verification. I heard KDRS during PAX63 last October.

Friday, May 18, 2007

KWNC Quincy WA 1370 - verification

This one has been seldom heard around here but I was lucky to pick it up last autumn during PAX63. KWNC plays Country music and it identified as follows "This is 13-70 KWNC - this is Real Country Station."
V/s wrote:
"Yes, that was KWNC AM 1370 that you heard. KWNC is a small, automated station that we (KPQ) own. It's signal is located in Quincy, a small, but growing, town in Central Washington State."
Nice to capture a rare WA -station on 1370 where KAST and KXTL are usually dominating on the conditions towards The Western US.

KKGM Fort Worth TX 1630 - verification

This station had a clear and loud signal on October 8, 2006 in the morning during the PAX63 last autumn. I noticed the station when I went thru an uncheked PAX63 -recording file some time ago. KKGM's PD verified my report and mp3 with a short but a very kind e-mail a couple of days ago. The station has Christian format but plays Country music every now and then as well. Tnx fr v/s -info PÄ!

Tuesday, May 08, 2007

KYAL Sapulpa OK 1550 -verification

I was listening to the previously unchecked PAX63 -files last Sunday and I came across an interesting sport station fading in and out on 1550 kHz with CBE and an unidentified Mexican station around 7:40 UTC on October 8, 2006. Three stations were badly mixed up with each other but at 7:40 UTC the sport station faded strongly in with a promos giving a fine "KYAL" ID. Since KYAL mainly simulcasts WWLS-640 I heard a several WWLS -mentions as well. With a help of JEÖ's v/s info I got a kind and long verification e-mail yesterday. In addition to a complete verification the v/s told me an interesting piece of history of the town of Sapulpa.

"This is to confirm your reception of KYAL October 8,2006 at 2:40CDT. At that time.... KYAL was transmitting at a power of 40 watts into a directional array of 3- 75degree towers. The main lobe is actually to the South-East direction of the US.

Here is a short history of the town of Sapulpa:
Sapulpa is the county seat for Creek County and is located in northeast Oklahoma's Green Country. It occupies an area over which six nations have flown their flags - Spain, France, England, Mexico, the Choctaw Indian Nation, and the United States. The character of Sapulpa was shaped by three historic factors - Indians, railroads and oil.

Chief Sapulpa, the area's first permanent settler, was a full-blood lower Creek Indian of the Kasihta Tribe in Osocheetown, Alabama. He arrived in Indian Territory about 1850 and established a trading post near the confluence of Polecat and Rock creeks (about one mile southeast of present day downtown Sapulpa). When the Atlantic and Pacific railroad line extended to the area in 1886, it was called "Sapulpa Station" in honor of Chief Sapulpa who had befriended the railway workers.

The treaty of 1866 between the Creek Nation and the United States provided for the establishment of post offices in the territory. In 1889 a post office named Sapulpa was opened and the town was incorporated in 1898. In 1905 the discovery of Glenn Pool oilfield, six miles southeast of Sapulpa,fostered the greatest period of growth.

The oil boom, the Frisco railroad, and the addition of two brick and four glass plants all combined to transform Sapulpa from a sleepy little village in Indian Territory to a bustling community of 20,000 by the mid-1920s. Most of the buildings in downtown Sapulpa were erected during this boom period. The work ethic passed down from those economic pioneers has created a skilled and dedicated work force. Today, industry is diversified with over 120 manufacturers employing approximately 5,000 workers. Today, Sapulpa has a healthy population for a small mid-western city. There is a strong middle class population known for its sense of community pride and diversified workforce.

The character of Sapulpa was shaped by three historic factors - Indians, railroads and oil.

Thank You for your DX report.

KQDJ Jamestown ND 1400 - verification

I captured this one during LEM234 on November 8, 2006 at 7:59 UTC. KQDJ carried ESPN sport coverage and announced "Sports Radio AM 1400 KQDJ Jamestown" on the top of the hour. The station faded in and out at the same time with KCOW Alliance NE. KQDJ verified today with a brief e-mail. Bjarne, thanks again for the v/s info!

Thursday, May 03, 2007

KXMR Bismarck ND 710 - verification

I finally managed to capture KXMR 710 kHz during PAX69 in January this year after many years' trying. Thanks to JPR 's v/s information I got a kind e-mail verification from KXMR last night. "...It sounds like you and Jari have a good time with your hobby." said the v/s in his message and he is surely 100% right!
KXMR became my 18th verified station from ND.

Saturday, April 21, 2007

CKCV Quebec QC 1280 - verification

CKCV on 1280 kHz was a very common catch back in 1970's and 1980's in Finland and Scandinavia. I picked it up many occasions in my home QTH in Joloskylä and during the Lemmenjoki DX-peditions at the time. CKCV signed off permanently in 1991 like many other QC -stations on AM at that time. For some reason I never managed to get any kind of verification from CKCV until... yesterday!! Luckily I had many fine audio clips of CKCV reception and thanks to JPR's v/s information I got a fine e-mail verification from a retired station manager last night. Tnx JPR!

Tuesday, April 10, 2007

The last FE conditions for the Season ?




The conditions have been rather variable during the last few weeks. Indeed, some good TA-reception was noted in March, particularly around the Equinox date and after that a few quite good Far East reception especially to the Philippines. Mayby the last "better" Philipinos for me (1422 new for me) were on 1422.142 (note the big split) DYZD signing off between 1500-1515 several days on March 26-30 and more usual DZME 1530 with ID on March 26 (also briedly heard later). DZME was noted just a little higher than the Romanian stations on 1530 (DZME seems to be rather stable on 1530.012 while Romanians are around .000 and .006). These conditions are best just about an hour before local sunset time, but you have to be carefull as the best reception last sometimes only 15-20 minutes on these European channels. A SDR-receiver is very good also looking for the splits as was the case of 1422.14 station. As you can see 1422.14 is even stronger than Europeans on 1422.0 at the time of a screen shot.

73 TK

Towards to the End of MW-DX-Season 2006-7


Well, at least at my QTH it is time to collect my FE BOG out from the field. You can even see a tiny wire right at the picture - taken at sunrise time - going to about 40 degr. (look at the left bottom of the picture). Last year there was snow until 20 April, but the climate change is here ?

Wednesday, April 04, 2007

JVA in Muhos: JVA/M 21-23.3.2007

I spent two nights in JPR QTH in Muhos. In first night conditions was weak, but the second night was fair to good.

21-22.3: Venezuela from 2250utc to 00utc. Some stations from Argentina 01utc. More stations after 03utc from CA and LA to 0459utc.
22-23.3: Some Brazils 2120utc. Venezuela, Puerto Rico and Caribbean from 2315-02utc. In the morning only some stations from Argentina.

Some loggings - 21-22.3
930 - 0300- CHL: CB93 Radio Nuevo Mundo, Santiago [930.046]
1500 - 0433- PRU: OBX4I R Santa Rosa, Lima [1499.870]
1490 - 0436- VEN: YVXD Dinámica, Caracas [1490.015]

Some loggings - 22-23.3
1330 - 2124- B: R Terra AM, Sao Paulo
830 - 2304- B: CBN Londrina, PR
890 - 2312- B: ZYH703 Radio Planalto, Brasilia
895 - 2320- SCN: Voice of Nevis, Charlestown
1080 - 2359- VEN: R Barcelona
1190 - 2359- CLM: HJCT LV de la Costa, Barranquilla [1190.362]
620 - 0001- ATG: ABS St. John's
1300 - 0002- ATN: PJD-2 The Voice of St. Maarten, Philipsburg
555 - 0010- SCN: ZIZ Radio Basseterre
840 - 0015- HTI: R. 4VEH, Cap-Haitien
1030 - 0042- HTI: Radio Guinen, Port-au-Prince
1020 - 0051- B: R Folha AM, Boa Vista
930 - 0159- PTR: WYAC Cadena R Puerto Rico, Cabo Rojo
1290 - 0404- ARG: LRJ212 Radio Muraldo, Villa Nueva de G

You will find loggings from Online log (Finland) and from link http://baanaweb.fi/mnbvc432/Muhos_03_2007.rtf and http://baanaweb.fi/mnbvc432/jvaindex.htm Totally 17 new stations for me.

Now stations from 201 different country identified and over 1000 identified Trans Atlantic MW stations (736 NA, 89 CA, 187 SA). JVA

Tuesday, April 03, 2007

Recent verifications

Greetings from Vaasa, Finland to all of you fellow-DXers!

JOAD Okinawa via Hirara 1602 e-mail and picture of their station building after f/up. I heard this one during LEM208 when we had a couple of nice openings towards Southern Japan. V/s Mr. Masahiro Aoyama, Associate Director. MW-JO #63.

WRIG Schofield WI 1390 e-mail after f/up. Finally got this one! V/s Ken Clark PD.

KHDN Hardin MT 1230 nice e-mail from Rich Solberg. Heard this one during LEM241 when they were broadcasting their local weather forecast. Mr. Solberg told me that the announcer on my clip was a one time only weekend announcer Ron Adams.

KSJB Jamestown ND 600 e-mail from Patrik Pfeiffer VP/GM.

KIML Gillette WY 1270 e-mail from John English and afterwards a card from their CE.

KGFW Kearney NE 1340 e-mail after f/up. Picked this one up during LEM208 when they had a local break before joining in to the C2C.

KLAY Lakewood WA 1180 nice e-mail verification from PD Mr. Bond (not James ;-) ).

WSTX Christiansted 970. Finally got this one verified. Nice e-mail from the new owner, Mr. Rames. New country for me.

WDAY Fargo MT 970 e-mail after f/up. Heard this one during LEM225 when they had a booming signal. V/s Mr. Thompson CE.

KGLO Mason City IA 1300 e-mail. Finally got this one! I've sent several reports to them over the past years. Now Mr. Solko CE kindly closed this case.

That's all for now folks! 73's -jsn-

Monday, April 02, 2007

KVNU Logan UT 610 - verification

During PAX63 on October 9, 2006 at 5.06 UTC KVNU was all alone on 610 kHz. The signal was not "first rate" but the station gave a clear identification just before it joined to C2C Talk Show. The station confirmed the reception tonight with a short e-mail message.

Saturday, March 31, 2007

WCNS Latrobe PA 1480 - verification

WCNS played nice oldie tunes when I picked it up during PAX63 last autumn on October 10. At the same time many fine US east coast -stations were audible, WDSK-1410, WCED-1420 and WWPR-1490 for instance. WCNS identified with a jingle: "The Greatest Hits of All Time - 1480 WCNS." WCNS Program Director verified with a short e-mail in 12 hours.

WLAA Winter Garden FL 1680 - verification

La Que Buena WLAA is a quite common guest in Scandinavia all MW -season long. Getting a verification has been a bit harder job but every now and then the station verifies. This time I received a kind e-mail and a fine mp3 -studio audio including the station ID and some promotional announcements. WLAA is located in the city of Ocoee, one of the surrounding cities west of Orlando FL.

Saturday, March 24, 2007

WDSK Cleveland MS 1410 -verification

Capturing WDSK from Cleveland, Mississippi on 1410 kHz was one of the highligts on PAX63 for me. As the matter of fact this station is my second catch from Mississippi and my first Mississippi -station from the traditional US regional cahnnels. October 10, 2006 was a great day for DXing with many fine stations from the US east coast and the southern states.
WDSK verified by a short but a polite e-mail after I found a correct e-mail address to the station.

"I have listened to the audios and you are correct it is the WDSK 1410am station you heard. It is amazing what radio waves can do... I thank you for letting me know about this. Feel free to email me if you ever have any questions and I will try to answer them as best I can."

KTSN Elko NV 1340 - verification

I heard this station's ID in January 2005 during PAX48. KTSN faded in for a moment with a clear identification but the audio was mixed up with other stations (mainly with CFYK) and KTSN faded away soon . However, the announcement was so loud and clear that the General Manager recognized her station easily from the audio clip I sent her some days ago. Thanks to BH again for the v/s information.

Thursday, March 22, 2007

More sdr-IQ tests


Tests at sunrise
I did some more tests with sdr-iq vs sdr-14 vs Icom-9000. One thing was a simultaneous listening "by ear" when some NA stations were disapperaing about an hour after the local sunrise on March 22. As you can see on the picture the stations (CKEC on its split 1320.008 and other) are very weak at about -100 dBm (SpectraVue s scale). That means you can hear some muisc or talks but can not understand speaking. I compared the three receivers using same antennas, either a KAZ (at 340 degr.), 10x40 meters or a longwire of 150 meters (at 340 degrees). A preamp. of 10 dB was used and there was no problem now when the RF levels were low (I tried both sdrs at 0 dB RF or -10 dB RF gain). My Icom9000 is not the best receiver as far as sensitivity is concerned, but it is "good enaugh" on SSB (under 1 uV, on AM about 1 uV). I found that the reception on MW was rather equal, but the SDRs were at least as good as the Icom. There was no need for notch & PBT however. On SW I tried to listen to barely audible Peruvian on 4790.1 where I "think" the sdr-14 had best signal after Icom and sdr-iq. Alltogether the differences were marginal.

Speaking of Dymanics
You have to note however, that the low dynamic values of SDRs could be a problem at night and amplified antennas. It seems that the Noise Floor is really higher at night and I think it is because you get so muach RF from powerfull European station. Another interesting factor is, that the noise floor seems to be higher when listening to the RF-recording afterwords, - it should be ok when you are processiong the file afterword, but you have take into consideration when comparing the pictures taken from the real listening situation or afterwords.

The results
The conclusion is as earlier reported by several dxers: sdr-receivers are best at low-noise environment (for hard-core-dx) and low noise antennas. However looking at the IQ, you have to take into account the price of the rx (around 400 euros, maybe 1/4 of the "normal" analog rx) - the ability to see the Spectrum and measure the frequency to at least to a Hz. And, finally - to record a segment of the band for later analysis or using the machine to transfer the listening moment to a more suitable time and date!

Conditions at the Equinox-date
Overall conditions have been rather good this weak with a lot of NA, CA and South American signals noted. However, I have had no time to do serious DXing so far and it seems we are going into a at least minor storming towards the next Sunday. Hopefully something can be heard before that.
Some stations like PJD-2 Neth.Antilles 1300, R Viva Cali 1290.27 (split!) etc was heard on Equinox date. I think at least for Scandinavian hard-dx-hunters we are approaching the times of Andean DX later this season.
Hope to get something from Far East or Australia (Well, the X-band has been poor this Spring) before I have to go the the field to pick up my FE Bog - the snow is disappearing just now!

New Laptop tests going on
Finally got a new Laptop to check. It is also an ACER model (WLMI 6463) and it seems to have a PSU which does generate noise. But a new machine can be run with the battery for at least 2 hours, so it should do the work, but not unattended. Hope to get a second battery as well or a better battery. With it´s 2 GB of memory I hope to run simultaneously two or more sdrs also...

73 TK