Monday, October 31, 2011

KMHS Coos Bay OR 1420 - a Marshfield High School station

KMSH is one of those stations I have been hunting for many years on 1420 kHz. On ENOX28 it faded in finally with a good signal at times in one afternoon. It was mixed up with KITI and a HI -station but, however, it came thru nicely with weather, ads, IDs and some fine country songs. KMHS is a Marshfield High School station and many students are doing their training as DJs and announcers on the station. This one has been heard in Finland only a couple of times before.
Station manager emailed me back and verified the reception report. He had also listened to the mp3 air check I sent and he had recognized KMHS on mp3 without any problems.
My OR # 68.

Sunday, October 30, 2011

WILO Frankfort IN 1570

WILO on 1570 kHz was one of my new catches on ENOX28. The usual dominants on ENOX28 on 1570 kHz were XERF, KVTK, CKMW and CJLV. This one faded in with a clear announcement by a YL: "America's Best Music on 1570 WILO and 94.1 FM WILO."
WILO's news director verified with a kind email in 2 days. My IN #16.

Friday, October 28, 2011

WCPC Houston MS 940 - "Radio that changes the way you live"

One of the most surprising station I heard "live" on ENOX28 was WCPC from Houston, MS on 940 kHz. This one was audible for almost three hours in the morning and most of this time with at least decent signal - at times the reception was very good. WCPC broadcasted religious programming including live speaks from the studio with complete station announcements. Simultaneously GX-94 was heard weakly under WCPC and a South American station was audible on 940 kHz as well but far off its nominal 940 kHz.
WCPC verified with a kind and quite a long email in 2 days and became my MS #6. TuA

Thursday, October 27, 2011

WBAA West Lafayette IN 920 kHz

Although conditions were not very good on ENOX28 I managed to pick up some interesting new stations for me. One of them was WBAA in West Lafayette, Indiana. It is a Purdue University station and its programming consists of jazz and classical music and Public Radio programs.
General Manager verified my report with a kind email. He told that my report was the third one from Finland during the last four years. He also mentioned: "WBAA will celebrate its 90th anniversary on April 4, 1922. In the early years, even at low power (500 watts...we're 5000 daytime now and 1000 directional (to the north) at night) it wasn't unusual to get reception report from as far as New Zealand, according to information in our archives."

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

ENOX28 - rainy and MS on 940 kHz

Monday offered clearly the best cx on ENOX28 so far. The night was empty but later on cx was widely open coast to coast and all antennas were working hard from early morning to afternoon. I have checked briefly some minutes of Monday morning TOHs on east coast antenna. Many fine signals were noted including WCPT-820 and especially WCPC-940 with a strong, crystal clear signal for long periods.
I have two more nights to go. At the moment (Tuesday morning at 6:24 UTC) almost all TA -signals vanished on MW. Hopefully stations will fade in again later today.

Friday, October 14, 2011

ENOX28 13.10.2011-

ENOX28 is ready to go but the first night did not offer much to report. However, this morning and day brought some decent signals from NA and SA and CA as well.
A brand new KKXA 1520 in Snohomis, WA was booming in before miday local time with country songs and frequent announcements. The station signed on this Tuesday.
More as it happens - stay tuned.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

LEM 294 16-23.10.2010

Hannu Niilekselä (HN)
Jan-Erik Österholm (JEÖ)

After a year of intensive listening to a magnitude of files, our log is ready to be published. Still, not all files with recordings from the Central and Latin American directions have been examined and eventual new findings will be published as and when needed.

As you will note, the loggings only include the dates. Since the introduction of the SDR receivers the nature of this hobby has changed significantly. We both wish to preserve the excitement of FINDING a new station even with these new equipment.

We share all information about conditions during our expedition. But we both have examined our files independently and do not give even to each other the times of our loggings. With this method we found out that our findings were more diversified than what we had expected. This was to a large degree affected also by the fact that we had often been using different antennas in situations of only short “bursts” of interesting signals from a specific direction.

The massive amount of files created in today´s SDR environment requires new approaches to how we deal with our files created –during DX expeditions and with automated recordings. Personally we give very little credit to “DX´ing” where  the finding is with one person and verifications are shared – even less for situations where files are not diligently examined, but kept more so for examination later on, based on what someone else somewhere else has reported having been heard.

For all of us it is a personal choice, how we wish to go about DX´ing, so other DX´ers may disagree with this policy. This is just fine -  it is a free choice for everyone.

For Hannu our chosen policy meant, for example, the “loss” of some 10 stations Jan-Erik picked from Texas and for Jan-Erik a few from Florida and North Carolina, which Hannu found on his files. But we are happy with this, as well as the combined results of our expedition, and enjoying our hobby as much as ever !

Thursday, October 06, 2011

Great Talk - AM 1110 KWDB

KWDB Oak Harbor on 1110 kHz became my #85 verified WA -station. It was hard to pick this one up since KAGV and KAOI usually dominate this frequency in the afternoons. Even KBND can be heard far more often than KWDB. Luckily last November late in one afternoon KWDB faded in with a clear station TOH -ID and Fox news. However, it took several emails before the station manager verified my report and mp3 audio.
Nice to add this one finally to my collection!