Saturday, September 30, 2006

DX Tests link

I've added a link on the right to Brandon Jordan's "DXtests.info" blog.

This blog lists all current NRC/IRCA DX tests.

His site also explains just what a DX test is.

Keep an eye on it!

New station: Bend, Oregon

Permit granted for:
900KHz.
50,000 watts daytime, 2 towers directional
2,000 watts nighttime, 3 towers directional
40-04-50N/121-16-51W

Tuesday, September 26, 2006

New Wyoming station

The FCC has approved a new AM station in Jackson, Wyoming.

The station will operate on 1450KHz with 1,000 watts fulltime, nondirectional. It'll have a single tower at 43-27-45N/110-47-37W.

Permittee is Bott Communications, a religious broadcasting chain.

New HD radios

Sangean has announced a
HD radio tuner and
HD standalone table radio. Radio Magazine reports that suggested retail on the HDT-1 tuner is $299. I would guess the price on the HDR-1 table radio might be slightly higher, probably around $349. How close to MSRP will Universal's price be? Good question.

The Radio Magazine report also mentions a car adaptor (which converts HD radio to analog for reception over the existing car radio) with a MSRP of $199, and another table radio for $249.

NH DX test

A DX test has been announced for the night of November 5th, 2006 over WWNH-1340 Madbury, New Hampshire. The test will run from 10pm until 2am, Eastern Time, and will include frequent IDs, some in Morse Code.

Audio reports (recordings on MP3 file, CD, or cassette) are preferred if possible, and email reports (to les@highnoonfilm.com, with "WWNH DX Test" in the subject) are preferred. USPS mail reports may go to:

High Noon Film
100 Centerview Drive, Suite 111
Birmingham, AL 35216

A self-addressed, stamped envelope is required for a response.

Good luck! (a DX Test from a "graveyard" station in Wyoming was heard on the East Coast last year, so it's worth checking for this one anywhere in North America...)

Monday, September 25, 2006

Major change in Houston area (kinda)

The FCC has approved the application of KHCB-1400 Galveston, Texas to move to League City.

The transmitter is also moving, to 29°25'35.00"N, 95°08'0.00"W, *very* roughly 20 miles west-northwest of their existing site. The station goes from non-directional to "DA1" - directional with same pattern day & night, two towers. (the FCC site claims "DA2" - different day and night patterns - but the parameters of the two operations are identical...)

This is officially a "major change" (I think because of the change in city of license) but in fact it will have little effect on DX.

Thursday, September 21, 2006

Old WOR 710 towers to come down (or not?)

Three old WOR-710 towers were to be destroyed late Wednesday night. They've been superceded by three new towers nearby; the land under the old towers is to be taken over by a golf resort. However...

WINS-1010 reports that local police asked that the demolition be halted, for security reasons. (one rumor on another site suggests they feared passing motorists on the NJ Turnpike would see the towers fall and fear
a terrorist attack was in progress.....)

Thursday, September 14, 2006

Missouri station moves to Illinois

KPCR-1530 Bowling Green, Missouri has moved to Illinois.

The station, now WLIQ, Quincy, has filed for a license-to-cover.

1,400 watts daytime, 290 watts critical hours (2 hours prior to sunset), non-directional.
Single tower at 39-55-51N/91-25-46W.

Reportedly relaying KHMO-1070 Hannibal, Mo.

Monday, September 11, 2006

New AM station in Penna.

1590 in Kearsarge, Pa. granted by FCC.
500 watts day, 900 watts night, DA-2.
Three towers at 42-01-47N/80-07-06W.

Friday, September 08, 2006

More new AM stations

New stations applied for:

1340 in Steamboat Springs, Colorado. 1,000 watts full-time, non-directional, single tower at 29-47-30N/101-30-30W.

1400 in Langtry, Texas. 1,000 watts full-time, non-directional, single tower at 29-47-30N/101-30-30W.

CKDO-1580 DX test

CKDO-1580 Oshawa, Ontario has announced a special "DX Program"

Saul Chernos reports the program will run from 9pm Eastern time, Thursday, October 5th (0100 Oct. 6th UTC) to 2am Eastern time Friday, October 6th. (0600 UTC) This date is precisely coincident with the 60th anniversary of CKDO's 1946 debut.

The broadcast will be with the station's normal 10,000-watt directional signal. CKDO uses the same facilities day and night, there is no more powerful daytime pattern to use for the test. Their pattern favors the east and west - it should be easily heard in New England and the Midwest.

This program is in honor of CKDO's recent frequency change to 1580KHz. CKDO originally signed on on 1240KHz, and operated on 1350 for over 50 years. CBJ (Chicoutimi, Quebec) moved from 1580 to 93.7 FM in 1999, opening 1580 for use elsewhere in Canada; CKDO was the lucky winner(grin).

DXer Wayne Plunkett and CKDO owner Douglas Kirk have arranged this special program. Those hearing it are encouraged to call the station. (a toll-free phone number will be given out on the air) Written reception reports may be sent to:

CKDO
Attn. Special DX Program
1200 Airport Blvd.
Suite 207
Oshawa, Ontario L1J 8P5
CANADA

Thursday, September 07, 2006

More tech changes

New station granted:
1100 in Albert Lea, Minnesota.
850/230 DA-2 from a five-tower array at 43-36-06N/93-22-32W.

Major change:
WKGC-1480 Panama City Beach, Florida.
Granted move to Southport, Florida, 30-17-45N/85-39-42W.
Daytime power to increase from 500 watts to 5,000.
Nighttime power to decrease from 78 watts to 34 watts.

Wednesday, September 06, 2006

New stations & frequency change

Frequency change:
KMER-950 Kemmerer, Wyoming has moved to 940. They've also decreased daytime power from 5,000 watts to 250 and increased nighttime power from 90 watts to 150.

New station granted:
1340 in Huntley, Montana. This is just east of Billings. 250 watts full-time, non-directional with a relatively short (17m/56') tower at 45-54-18N/108-16-17W. Permittee is IHR Educational Broadcasting, a Catholic broadcasting organization.

New station applied for:
1400 in Tonopah, Nevada. 1,000 watts full-time, non-directional with a single 58.8m/193' tower at 38-02-54N/117-14-27W.

Saturday, September 02, 2006

DX Quiz (very retro)

I found a (partial) list of 1926 radio stations in a 1926 copy of QST magazine.

Can you match the station with its frequency (as it was in 1926, not today!) and its city?

The frequencies are pretty hard. Many of the cities are easy, many are hard, many are trick questions.




















































































































































































CFCA

630

Ames, Ia.

CFCN

680

Atlanta

KDKA

690

Atlantic City, N.J.

KFKX

700

Beloit, Wis.

KFWB

720

Boston

KOA

740

Buffalo

KSL

760

Calgary

WAHG

790

Chicago

WBCN

820

Chicago

WBOQ

830

Chicago

WBZ

840

Columbus, O.

WCAL

870

Denver

WCAU

890

East Pittsburgh

WCBD

900

Freeport, N.Y.

WCCO

920

Hartford

WEAO

930

Hastings, Nebr.

WEBH

940

Hollywood

WEBW

950

Jefferson City, Mo.

WFBH

970

Lansing, Mich.

WGBB

1000

Mason, O.

WGES

1000

Newark

WGR

1020

New York

WGY

1040

New York

WHN

1050

Northfield, Minn.

WLBL

1070

Philadelphia

WLIT

1080

Philadelphia

WNAC

1080

Richmond Hill, N.Y.

WOI

1100

Richmond Hill, N.Y.

WOR

1110

Salt Lake City

WOS

1120

Schenectady, N.Y.

WPG

1130

Springfield, Mass.

WREO

1190

St. Paul-Minneapolis

WSAI

1200

Stevens Point, Wis.

WSB

1230

Toronto

WTIC

1270

Zion, Ill.

Friday, September 01, 2006

More Canadian AMs going away...

The following Canadian AM stations have applied to mve to FM:


CJNB-1050 North Battleford, Sask.: to 102.9
CHVO-560 Carbonear, NL: to 103.9
CFWB-1490 Campbell River, B.C.: to 106.1
CHQB-1280 Powell River, B.C.: to 94.1
CBA-1070 Moncton, N.B.: to 106.1


This last one hurts, it's a 50kw non-directional and probably the easiest way to log the Maritimes from outside New England.