Wednesday, December 27, 2006
The v/s told: "I listened to your MP3, and you are correct -- you were indeed listening to 1490 WWPR - Bradenton,Sarasota, Tampa Bay! You heard our typical stationbreak as announced by "Big Ed" Edwards."
RS, thank you very much for helping me identifying this one!
CKDO Oshawa ON 1580
WCCW Traverse City MI 1310 FFF
WMKT Charlevoix MI 1270 tnx TUA
WMBN Petoskey MI 1340
WWOK Evansville IN 1280
KLER Orofino ID 1300 tnx TUA
KVOX Moorehead MN 1280 tnx TUA
WKAT Miami FL 1360
Colorin ColorRadio, Bogotá 1310
R Coronel Dorrego 1470
R Trenque Lauquen 1280 SFF tnx JMS
R Nacional de Venezuela, Cd. Bolivar 560 FFF
R Clube de Salvador 1290 tnx JMS
R Reloj, Bogotá 1010 tnx JMS
R Superior, San Fernando de Apure 1070 FFF
1480AM-Red92, Dolores 1480
WISO Ponce PR 1260 FFF?
The v/s wrote: "I started hanging around at this radio station when I was in high school and they finally gave me a job, and here we are many years later and my wife and I own KOVE along with our sister FM station KDLY, which signed on in 1975."
Sunday, December 24, 2006
Friday, December 22, 2006
DXing is not the number one item during this time of the year and the conditions have been also worst for some time after the latest spots and coronal holes. Conditions should improve in next week, I think there are some good openings in 25-29 Dec and during the New Year before the next CH-based disturbance in the beginning of 2007.
With this picture (at around the December solstice of the Sun – actually the solstice is at 0022ut Dec 22nd) of the 1 cm snow and Our Friend Sun at Kymi River, East of the King s Village dx-qth I wish all the best for everyone for the Christmas Season & good DXing in 2007!
Monday, December 18, 2006
Thursday, December 14, 2006
Thanks BH for v/s info.
Wednesday, December 13, 2006
Tuesday, December 12, 2006
Monday, December 11, 2006
Friday, December 08, 2006
First of all, it seems we are under the worse geomagnetic situation for more than a year due to the solar storm ... so no "High Latitude" DX now ...
Some DX lately in the beginning of December include an opening towards Colombia on Dec 5 and some SW-stations (Papua, Indonesia 5 Dec afternoon and Brazil 6 Dec. morning)...
A BRIEF TEST OF A LAPTOP "ACER WLMI 8210"
I was happy to have this model for a brief test using my sdr-receivers for a few days.
The model is somewhat pricy 2000 $ model w a HD of 120 GB, 1 G memory,
DVD writer of double layer DVDs (optional Blue Ray of 50 G!)... and all the bells and whistles.
The good news:
It was no problem to hook up both SDR-14 and WinR sdr-rx´s at the same time, but that is possible also with the older models. The battery of this brand new machine was still ok and it has a "power management" system to do some adjustments of cpu etc do extend the battery time. With normal settings it was possible to run 3-4 hours of sdr-listening without any problems. So it was nice to check that there was no interference from the power supply to my other receiver (ICOM9000) which was on the same antenna via an antenna splitter & 10dB amplifier. Even the very lowest siganl levels were heard (down to -120...-130 dBm). As the QTH is rather quiet above 1 MHz (on low MF band there seems to be an ADSL qrn from the telephone lines near by!) it was possible at least with low noise BOG-antennas. The lcd screen is a wide one with high resolution (1680x1200) so you have a lot of space to put all the windows on it. Of course you need to have good eyes to look at the tiny windows! The model has also a sound system with equalizers etc not standardly seen on Windows systems.
The bad news:
All changed when I plugged the power supply to AC! Suddenly you have a noise overall on the medium wave band with increased noise level of 15-20 dB! So using the AC connected all the weak signals were gone! That was the end of the test and it was easy to say this is not the machine for low level signals on MW using SDR-receivers & powered from the AC - using the own battery is ok, of course. I had a reference PC, a table-top older Fujitsu-Siemens model (P4, 1.6Gb/1G + 250 GB internal HD). It does emit some noise at least from the LCD-screen (which you can switch off using the SDR-14´s IF-recording), but not so much - at least with a little bit stronger signals than the usual background noise of -120...-100 dbm depending on antennas, frequencies & weather conditions.
What about DRM-decoding:
Maybe this is not the best place to speak about the "cancer of the airwaves", but of course I made a short test trying to use WinRadio 313e´s own DRM-decoder. The signal was ok (of BBC 1296 for example) with some typical drop-outs however. But the worse situation happened again like with other laptops I have tested: after about an half an hour, the system freezed and I had to reboot the computer. As this seems not to be related to the CPU-power (this model is even more powerfull than the old table-top one - which decodes DRM without any problems for hours) the problem should be somehow related to the laptop-computers. Maybe due to the sound chip? Research of this problem should be continued ...
Thursday, December 07, 2006
KRPL is a part of a group of 6 stations covering different formats from Oldies, Rock, Top-40, News/Talk, Country and Traditional Country. Other AM -stations in this group are KMAX-840 and KCLX-1450. The complete QSL came in 3 hours.
"Station is actually located in Fargo, ND. Fargo, North Dakota and Moorhead Minnesota are the same town just separated by the river which happens to be the state border of North Dakota and Minnesota. "
E-mail QSL came in 12 hours.
Here are the latest 10 QSLs:
WKAQ San Juan PR 580 email-letter 1 month v/s Administradora de ingenieria
WTIC Hartford CT 1080 email with photo follow-up 1 day v/s Chief Engineer
WNIO Youngstown OH 1390 card letter for an email report v/s Chief Engineer, this was a nice surprise as I sent my report only by email but the QSL came by snailmail.
WDRC Hartford CT 1360 card (rp mint stamps were sent) 3 weeks v/s Chief EngineerVSB2 Bible Broadcasting Network, Hamilton 1280 email 2 weeks, Bermuda was country number 190 in my collection
JOFR Fukuoka 1278 card letter schedule 2 weeks
KCJJ Iowa City IA 1630 card 2 weeks (rp mint stamps were sent) v/s General Manager
CHUC Cobourg ON 1450 email 1 week v/s President, Originally CHUC was to shut down on November 11, 2006 but there was interference on their new 107,9 MHz, at the moment CHUC 1450 is relaying 107.9 the Breeze. CHUC will leave AM band as soon as the interference on FM is solved.
CKGM Montréal PQ 990 email 2 days follow-up v/s Chief Engineer, this station was heard during my DX pedition KIVES5 in Kivesvaara, Paltamo in January 2006
CFDR Dartmouth NS 780 email 1 hour v/s General Manager, also known an Kixx Country, the v/s had a Finnish schoolmate called Hannu in Toronto.
More information about my QSLs can be found at: http://www.romppainen.net/TuoreetQSLvastaukset.htm
Friday, December 01, 2006
Thursday, November 30, 2006
The station identified as "Keep it right here on AM 11-50 KSEN". They sent me a kind e-mail in 12 hours:
"Yes, sir, that was KSEN radio you heard, and the signal was much stronger than the recordings we usually receive!
KSEN's signal is 5,000watts at night, with a four-antenna system that beams it most strongly to the north. I receive several letters each winter from DXers in Norway and Sweden, but you are one of the few from Finland.
KSEN is located in Shelby, Montana, which is 35 miles south of the US/Canada border, and about 50 miles east of Glacier National Park, a place you must visit someday.
Thank you for tuning in!
Wednesday, November 29, 2006
Sunday, November 26, 2006
Updated LEM234 log
Please, note that there are now DX-forecast (updated now and then during the season), Indices Data, Solar Data and also Nordic TA QSL-rank (summary) links available in the link -list.
Friday, November 24, 2006
KOLT was audible during LEM234 November 9, 2006. 1320 offered many fine stations during the pedition; WJAS, KOLT, KHRT, KCTC and KOZY+ usual UT, NS and BC. KELO should have been audible with these cx as well...
Thursday, November 23, 2006
After a few weeks of heavy rain almost all of the snow (which reached to a max. 40 cm!) in SE Finland is gone and the BUS is again a BOG, as you can see. But what is a mysterioius ball in the picture? Maybe something telling about the current geomagnetic situation with minor storm?
Anyway a few good days of some dx-stations lately like: DYVS 1233 Philippines, HRVC Honduras 1390, R Recuerdos (presumed) 1420 (slightly above - +16Hz var. - of the usual Marabina, R Adventista/ LV Esperanza Panama 1560 - together w Santa Maria de la Paz Medellin - the usual dominant. The last one was strong enaugh of good copy at my urban QTH Espoo with WinR313e + ALA-100 loop of 3x7m on Nov 21st!
Last night my KAZ-mast at the Kungsböle QTH collapsed after about 2 months of use. There was no problem with the snow and ice but the heavy rain made the telescopic system to collapse as there is not yet tapes in the joints. Now the mast is about half of it´s total length of 10 meters (5 meters) and thus the KAZ is a bit flat one. Have to test how it affects the signals!
Tuesday, November 21, 2006
My first NA station was KJNP North Pole, AK 1170 kHz that I captured in my home QTH in Joloskylä with my old Trio 9R-59DS in 1976 - to be exact November 22, 1976. KJNP verified my report on December 10th in the same year. So it took almost exactly 30 years to gather all those 1000 QSLs from The US, Canada, Bermuda, Greenland and St. Pierre & Miquelon. It has been a long way with many nice memories...
KVKK sent a long, nice e-mail verification with lot of information of the stations they run and the state of Minnesota as well.
KTOE Mankato MN 1420 e-mail which gave me the 1000th station point in the FDXA's rank! f/up
WSPD Toledo OH 1370 verified also by snail mail as they promised in their earlier e-mail reply. Letter, 2 stickers.
Monday, November 20, 2006
Sunday, November 19, 2006
4 minutes of news
30 seconds of weather, which includes "and for full weather details visit
our website at mykccs.com"
20 seconds of instrumental music
10 seconds of our legal id: "You are listening to My Christian Talk KCCS
1220 AM Salem" or a variation of that.
Saturday, November 18, 2006
Thursday, November 16, 2006
Saturday, November 11, 2006
On Monday 6th November we started listening with some British stations, also Irish Radio North 846 was identified with C&W music after 1810 UTC. Lots of Spanish and even Portuguese station were heard during the evening also. The first North American station we picked up was KIXX Country on 780 just before 2100 UTC. The normal dominants like VOWR 800, CJCB 1270 and CKEC 1310 became loud and clear. After 2250 UTC we were able to hear Bible Broadcasting Network from Bermuda on 1280. This was a new country for me. Later in the night WDEA 1370 and WENE 1430 came from the eastcoast USA. Simo S. Soininen took his good old Philips (model 1953) to Muhos. He got some nice signal from stations like KGA “Big Talker” on 1510.
In the next morning around 0600 UTC the MW band was full of Venezuelan stations, the strongest was Radio Nacional Venezuela, Barcelona on 1310. Around 0900 UTC there were westcoast yankees on 1530, 1550 and 1600. On Tuesday 7th November at 1200 UTC we enjoyed listening three japanese stations, JOLF 1242, JOFR 1278 and JOIF 1413. However, the Chinese stations were the strongest Asian stations in Muhos. Around 2230-0000 UTC we got for instance WDRC 1360, WRIG 1390 and CHKT 1430.
On Wednesday 8th November we heard several X-band yankees. The strongest was KCJJ on 1630 around 0040 UTC. The morning was a disapointment as we did not hear any US stations from the westcoast. In the afternoon Chinese stations became loud and clear. Shandong Renmin Guangbo Diantai had the best signal on 1548 kHz with occasional QRM from DW. One mystery station was heard on 1602 with English language lesson. This maybe from China or Japan. The reception was too weak to get more details. After 1230 UTC the band was full of Pakistan and Indian stations. Radio Pakistan was heard on frequencies like 1152 and 1332. They even had the news in English at 1300 UTC. AIR Varanasi played nice sitar music on 1242 although there was some QRM from Voice of Vietnam.
The last 24 hours did not give us good catches. The only US station we heard was 1520 at 0300 UTC. In the morning there were several dominant Venezuelan stations as well as few Puerto Ricon stations like 580 and 1280. Around 0700 UTC our pedition was over. The weather was mild during the four days we spent in Muhos near Oulu. We notices some electrical cuts as the trees were fallen down because of the heavy snow weight. Luckily we were able to return back from Muhos. Tens of new stations were heard. Mostly dominant ones.
LEM234 is over and we are on the road and heading first for Kittilä and then Oulu. We must drive carefully since we almost hit renindeers just a minute ago. We will meet the new crew (TAK, YK) within an half an hour on the road between Lemmenjoki and Kittilä.
The last night (0000-0240 UTC) gave some La Plata and Brazil stations to Jari - TuA slept all night long since the band was empty of NAs. The LEM234 log is updated up to yesterday. However, we have lot of recordings to check and we will update the log from now on frequently.
LEM234 is signing off. We wish all the best and 73's to the new LEM -crew!
Friday, November 10, 2006
We spent the whole Friday listening to recordings, updating the log and checking the antennas. We fixed Australia -antenna that was broken and did some other repairing as can be seen on the enclosed photos.
The new crew (LEM235) is coming tomorrow around noon.
Weather today: clear and temperature -20°
Finally got my new miniwhip antenna. The size is about 4x8 cm(whip) + power feed unit of 5x5cm. The Miniwhip "pa0rdt" arrived and was briefly tested both at my home qth (urban) and at King s Village place (rural). I have not yet any figures of the performance but the conlusions are:
- you have to put it as high as porrible (as you can see, being on the head of the snow man of 1 meter is too low!)
- better to have it at least 10-20 meters from the local-QRN (house) - it performed rather ok at rural qth with low man made noise as far as background noise is concerned
- the signal it delivers is less than other antennas I comprared (ALA100, 150 m longwire, KAZ 10x40 and BOG/BUS 300m)
- signal to noise level is ok with rather low noise level although it is an active antenna
- the signal level drops radically when you transfer the antenna inside of the house; it is not for inside use
Yes; The KAZ (10x40) survived the latest snow storm in Southern Finland. The BOG (beverage on the ground) is now BUS (beverage under snow, see the black wire going into the snow in the pic) after the accumulated snow of about 20 cm. It seems the performance of the BOG/BOS (300 m, NE) is still ok for Far East on MF (MW), but snow and ice (the wire freezed on the surface of the earth) does make something to the performance on the tropical bands (2-5 MHz). It still works and it is QUIET, but also the strength of the sw signals is (propably) less than before, what is noted when trying to hear Aboriginal music from ARDS 5050.
Conditions has been good to East all the October with a lot of Chinese and Japanese - good levels at times - and some Philipinos (like 1269, 1314, 1476.1) and a few new Thai for me (1278, 1224). Although the geomagnetic indices were very good during the last few days, the conditions towards West has been rather poor with some early openings to Canada (like CBG 1440.01 19.30) - but not so good in the mornings. Just now, as predicted the minor storm by the CH has arrived. Let´s see if something happens with the new sunspot ! 73 TK
Thursday, November 09, 2006
Quite good conditions all day long on the upper band until 1430 UTC. Fine MT- and ID opening in the end of this Thursday. Obviously we captured a daytimer station in the late afternoon but however, it needs some further investigations. It will surely take many, many hours to go thru all the recordings we have made…
At the moment the solar wind started to rise and K-index 4 is expected according to the NOAA website. We are waiting for interesting evening opening.
Weather today - cloudy with snow showers and -10 degrees. Because of the cloudy weather we are not going to face possible Northern Lights tonight.
Wednesday, November 08, 2006
Because of the USA Senate Elections results on almost every single US -station and as we both were quite tired we slept three hours in the night. Since some NA was audible at the same time we recorded the files continously. In the morning between 0530-0730UTC we concentrated in the lower MW -band as we noticed quite strong opening between 530-1000 kHz. This was the first time that the lower band offered something more serious to listen to. Almost every frequency gave something - mainly stations from the east coast, QC and ON and a couple of stations from Cuba and Mexico. AK and HI in the afternoon and otherwise more or less diminants all day in the upper band.
We expect still one or two good and interesting nights and days to NA just before the coming CH disturbance will kill the conditions on Friday night. Hopefully we could enjoy conditions concetrating to the certain areas of the US and Canada. So far we have had stations almost from coast to coast the same time.
Weather today - sunny and -25 degrees. Nice moonlight and bright stars in the sky at nightime and no Northern Lights…yet!
Tuesday, November 07, 2006
No snowing today, temperature -10 ° C.
P.S. Naturally we have old trusted Trio with us in Lemmenjoki. However, we have had too busy to install it so far…
Monday, November 06, 2006
Sunday, November 05, 2006
Saturday, November 04, 2006
Friday, November 03, 2006
Tuesday, October 31, 2006
WSPD Toledo OH 1370 e-mail (f/up). According to the v/s my report has been forwarded to the Engineering Department to send a QSL.
KVTK Vermillion SD 1570 e-mail (f/up). Tnx fr v/s TuA!
JOYF Mito 1197 letter and card (f/up).
WRDW Augusta GA 1630 e-mail (fup). After e-mailing a "Thank you" message to the station, the v/s e-mailed back 9 photos of the station. In return, I e-mailed him a few photos from Lemmenjoki and his comments were: "Wow! What a beautiful area! Tnx fr v/s TuA!
CHWO Toronto ON 740 e-mail.
CJWI Montréal QC 1610 e-mail (f/up). My first name seems to sound feminine to the Quebec people, because the verification started with "Bonjour Madame", hi!
73's to all of you fellow-DXers! -jsn-
Monday, October 30, 2006
"Dear Mr. Ahonen,
It is with great pleasure that I confirm for you your reception of WOON, Woonsocket, Rhode Island, U.S.A.
In fact, the voice of the announcer you heard and captured on the .mp3 audio file was my voice. I have been confirming far distant reception reports for WOON for 22 years, but this is the first time I have ever witnessed the reception in such a way. I thank you for that.
To add detail to your unique copy of our transmission at such a distance, WOON operates at only 1,000 watts on 1240 khz and was intended by our government license to serve our small city of 42,000 people only. These factors, when combined with the interference of the many hundreds of other radio stations in the U.S.A. who are licensed for the same frequency and
power output, makes reliable reception of WOON difficult on most nights at a distance of a mere 15 kilometers. Your reception was better than could be expected at most locations in our own country!
DX radio listening is a hobby I, myself, enjoyed when I was young. Unfortunately, the responsibilities of manhood have made it unwise for me to devote the time required to continue.
I am thinking of USA radio stations you may have also received. You have probably heard WEEI (formerly WHDH) at 850 khz. That one should be easy in Finland because they use 50,000 watts and a directional antenna to beam most of the signal out into the Atlantic ocean from a transmitter location approximately 30 kilometers west of Boston, Massachusetts, some 70 kilometers north of our location. I worked at WHDH 20 years ago and I remember them telling of a number of receptions in Scandanavia, but not specifically Finland.
Well, I am off to work for the day. Again, thanks for taking the time to send the audio file, it was truly and first for both me and WOON.
Best Wishes Always,
President and Chief Engineer, WOON, Woonsocket
Friday, October 27, 2006
Stormy weather just now at my dx-QTH with winds up to 20 m/s. A good test gor my KAZ-mast!
Cx varying, a lot of Asian mw-stations noted in the afternoons, some LAs and NAs in the morning. Finally yesterday good audio from ARDS 5049.92 with TC on half hour (UTC-9.5), nice Aboriginal music as well.
Best wishes to all DXers I met at EDXC conference at St Petersburg last weekend. Hope to complie a short report of the most interesting stuff there. Nice to meet old & new friends.
At the picture you can see from left: Hasse Mattisson, Mauno Ritola,Bengt Ericsson,TK. 73 tk
Thursday, October 26, 2006
Wednesday, October 25, 2006
Afton is a small community of approximately 1900 people in a valley known as Star Valley, which has a population of approximately 10,000 people. They live high in the mountains, at approximately 6,200 feet in elevation, thus beautiful summers and cold, snowy winters. They reside about 120 miles south of Yellowstone National Park and 200 miles north of Salt Lake City, Utah.
"We have received quite a number of reception reports from your part of the world, so it must be a hot spot for us. Currently we are diplexing on the same tower as the 1480 signal (which is still operating, but must sign off permanently in November after the five year grace period expires) and we think that this setup may somehow be giving 1630 a high angle of radiation which is creating frequent reception where you are. The tower is not exactly the right length for 1630 since it was constructed originally for 1480. After 1480 signs off the air we may remove the diplexing equipment and adjust the tower height to optimize it for 1630. The company is also considering moving the entire site to the 580 WGAC site and diplexing on that tower, but the frequency separation is so great that it may not be practical."
Tuesday, October 24, 2006
Monday, October 23, 2006
Friday, October 20, 2006
Friday, October 13, 2006
Wednesday, October 11, 2006
Saturday, October 07, 2006
So far a couple of nice TA -stations have been logged - WBCK Battle Creek, MI-930, KVNU Logan, UT-610, WTMJ Milwaukee, WI-620 ect. All those stations had been picked up last week - there is no information available about TA conditions on PAX63 this week.
I will be updating this Blog-site with the latest news from PAX63 next Sunday, Monday and Tuesday. The outlooks are very good, however there is a chance for disturbance from CH 242 -stream on coming Saturday and Sunday.
Friday, October 06, 2006
By the way= King s Village = Kungböle (Swedish name) = Kuninkaankylä (Finnish name). A Village from the late 1700´s. This part of S-Eastern Finland was split into Russia and Sweden in 1743 and a village Pyhtää was split into two countries, thus some villages on the west bank of the Kymi River was named by the Swedes (like "Ruotsinkylä" = "Swedish Village" / Svenskby) ...
Sunday, September 24, 2006
Friday, September 15, 2006
Sunday, September 10, 2006
MW DX.-season has started and first "High Latitude" signals have been received also by me. The station of the (last month) was however heard at my home QTH (Espoo) with modest equipments: CIAO H101 SDR-rx & ALA100 (7x4meters) loop: surprise conditions down to Chile: 1490 Radio Malleco Victoria August 31 0332ut.Just waiting to be able to lay my NE-bog towards Far East in the next few weeks...73 tk