Friday, September 28, 2007

New AM stations

Stanfield, Arizona: 1460KHz:
Application filed for new station.
2,000 watts day and night.
Directional all hours, different patterns day & night.
32-56-07N/111-42-19W


Susanville, California: 1490KHz:
Application filed for new station.
1,000 watts daytime
970 watts nighttime
non-directional
40-26-36N/120-38-37W


Vanderwagen, New Mexico: 1490KHz:
Application filed for new station.
250 watts day and night, non-directional.
35-16-09N/108-45-38W

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

New AM station

Heflin, Alabama: 1370KHz:
Application for new station.
250 watts fulltime, directional only at night.
33-38-22N/85-37-01W.

Major AM station change

Aurora, Indiana: 1030KHz:
WGYV has requested a move from 1380KHz in Greenville, Alabama.
250 watts daytime only, directional.
39-02-30N/84-56-28W
Aurora is near Cincinnati, Ohio.

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

DX test: Maine

Here's another one from a tough state!:

WCXH 780 kHz Monticello, ME DX Test

Date: Monday morning (late Sunday night), Oct. 29, 2007.
Time: 4 – 5 a.m. Eastern Time, 0800 – 0900 UTC.
5,000 watts using non-directional antenna pattern.

Programming will consist of special voice announcements, march and other special music, Morse code and sweep tones.

Reception reports may be sent to Mr. Allan H. Weiner. WCXH Radio, 274 Britton Rd., Monticello, ME 04760-3110. No eQSL service is being offered for this test. Recordings on disk in .mp3 or .wav format will be accepted as proof of reception.

NOTE: All requests for verifications must be accompanied by return postage in order to receive a reply.

Our sincere thanks to the legendary Allan Weiner for agreeing to conduct this test.

Jim Pogue – KH2AR{censored from spam crooks} www.dxtests.info
IRCA/NRC Joint BTC Coordinator


Again, thanks to Jim for arranging this, and to Allan for running it!

New AM station

San Luis Obispo, California: 1580KHz:
Permit granted for new station.
1,000 watts daytime
1,300 watts nighttime
Different patterns day & night
35-16-39N/120-39-06W

Friday, September 21, 2007

DX tests: Nevada, New Mexico

KWWN 1100 kHz Las Vegas, NV

Bill Croghan, WBØKSW, Chief Engineer for Lotus Broadcasting of Las Vegas tells us the new KWWN has been on the air now for about three days as of Sept. 21, running unmodulated carrier (except for ID’s) often at less than 1 KW for tuning and testing.

“It has been many short tests mostly at the lower power levels, but we have run the day pattern at the full 20 KW,” he relates. “As you might imagine, a 20 KW two tower day pattern wasn’t to difficult, but the 2 KW night pattern with four towers, on the next property over from two diplexed 1 KW stations located near in frequency, has been a challenge. We expect to start running longer tests, still primarily unmodulated, next week and the week after and hopefully will ask the FCC for Program test authority in the next two weeks. After receiving that, we will probably start sending the Deportes, Hispanic ESPN programming with ID's at the top of the hour for KWWN. It’s a long drawn out process that must proceed at the FCC required rate and through the hoops they mandate. I'll let you know when we start doing more.”

Once they are through the testing phase, Bill has promised a full fledged DX Test over KWWN. If you hear them testing before then, you can send your reception reports to: Lotus Broadcasting, c/o Bill Croghan, 8755 W. Flamingo Rd., Las Vegas, NV 89147.



KCKN 1020 kHz Roswell, NM

Jerry Kiefer has promised us a DX Test (maybe 2) from his station. Right now it looks like early November.
“I’ll have an exact date shortly, sometime the first week or two of November on a Sunday night to get some good winter skywave,” Jerry said in a recent e-mail.

Our thanks go to retired BTC Coordinator Les Rayburn for getting the wheels turning on these two tests. We’ll provide more information when the details are nailed down.

Jim Pogue – KH2AR@{sorry, spammers} www.dxtests.info
IRCA/NRC Joint BTC Coordinator



Thanks again to Jim for arranging these!

KCKN tested in April 2006 and was heard easily here in the Nashville area. Nevada is a tough logging from anywhere in the East; any KWWN test will be much appreciated!

Thursday, September 20, 2007

New AM station

Kenai, Alaska: 980KHz:
Application for new station.
5,000 watts daytime
1,000 watts nighttime
non-directional (there's nobody to interfere with up there!)
60-30-39N/151-16-12W

Presumably a replacement for defunct KZXX. Looks to me like the new applicant is the same firm that owned KZXX.

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

DX test: California

KQMS 1400 kHz Redding, CA DX Test



Date: Sunday morning (late Saturday night), Dec. 16, 2007. Time: Midnight – 1 a.m. Pacific Time, 0800 – 0900 UTC. 1,000 watts using non-directional antenna pattern. Programming will consist of special voice announcements, Morse code and/or 1,000 Hz tones. Reception reports may be sent to Ms. Erin Myers, News Director, KQMS Radio, 3360 Alta Mesa Dr., Redding, CA 96002. No eQSL service is being offered for this test. Recordings on disk in .mp3 or .wav format will be accepted as proof of reception. NOTE: All requests for verifications must be accompanied by return postage in order to receive a reply. Our sincere thanks to Ms. Myers and to Chief Engineer Steven Mena for agreeing to conduct this test.



Jim Pogue – KH2AR@{deleted as spam protection} www.dxtests.info



IRCA/NRC Joint BTC Coordinator

New AM stations

Crescent City, California: 1420KHz:
Application for new station.
1,000 watts daytime
250 watts nighttime
directional nighttime only; 250 watts non-directional during critical hours.
41-44-56N/124-11-51W



Dalhart, Texas: 1600KHz:
Application for new station.
3,000 watts daytime
250 watts nighttime
directional nighttime only.
36-03-31N/102-29-52W

AM call changes

The following AM stations have changed callsigns in the last month:


KLVZ-810 Brighton, Colorado from KLDC
KLDC-1220 Denver, Colorado from KLVZ
WSGC-1400 Elberton, Georgia from WNGA
KILE-1590 Hilo, Hawaii from KIXC (new station, not yet on)
KHNR-690 Honolulu, Hawaii from KHCM
KHCM-880 Honolulu, Hawaii from KHNR
KVXR-1280 Moorhead, Minn. from KVOX
WXYG-540 Sauk Rapids, Minn. calls for new station
KPNP-1600 Watertown, Minn. from KZGX
WCNL-1010 Newport, N.H. from WNTK
KVOX-740 Fargo, North Dakota from KKAG
WWDX-1530 Huntingdon, Tenn. from WDAP
KNVR-1410 San Saba, Texas from KBAL
KLKI-1340 Anacortes, Wash. from KWLE

Monday, September 17, 2007

New AM stations

Carbondale, Colorado: 1240KHz:
Permit granted for new station.
1,000 watts fulltime, non-directional.
39-25-06N/107-10-40W


Escanaba, Michigan: 820KHz:
Permit granted for new station.
2,500 watts daytime
750 watts nighttime
Directional full time, different patterns day & night.
45-42-53N/87-11-55W

Sunday, September 16, 2007

More HD DX





Well, we now have nighttime AM HD.

Nobody has died. There's still AM radio. We've even had reports of excellent trans-Atlantic conditions.

Indeed, some of us have managed to DX a bit of the digital audio. You see the evidence on the right side of this post.

- KMOX-1120 St. Louis managed to provide about ten seconds of digital audio around 8:40 Saturday night.

- WTAM-1100 Cleveland was in HD for about a minute around 9:40. Their analog was not delayed to match the digital - so every time it faded up into digital I heard what the analog said 8 seconds ago. Bizarre.

- WLS-890 Chicago was only in digital for a second or so this evening. The text ID stayed in a lot longer, allowing this photo. (I had to hit the trigger about ten times to get a usable shot - my hand kept moving the camera... Thank goodness for digital cameras!)

Send in your HD screenshots!

Saturday, September 15, 2007

New AM station

Silver City, New Mexico: 1340KHz:
Application filed for new station.
1,000 watts daytime
850 watts nighttime
non-directional
32-46-01N/108-15-28W

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

AM station deleted

Duffield, Virginia: 1120KHz:
WDUF has surrendered its license to the FCC for cancellation.

DX Tests: regular & HD

Two special HD DX tests have been scheduled for the first days of nighttime AM HD Radio:

Phoenix, Arizona: 550KHz:
KFYI will be beginning nighttime HD operation when the FCC authorizes it on Friday.
Correct reception reports to "big hoopla at yahoo - com" for nighttime digital reception between the 14th and 28th will be acknowledged by an email QSL.

Because of the spam scam scum, the email address above has been mangled. Place an underscore (_) between "big" and "hoopla", and replace the o's with 0's. (zeros) I think you know what to put between "hoopla" and "yahoo" and between "yahoo" and "com".

Thanks to Kevin Redding for arranging this!
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New York City: 710KHz:
WOR will also run a "HD DX window", for four days beginning on Friday. Reports of nighttime reception of WOR's digital signal can be emailed to "HD QSL at wor 710 - com" until the 18th. QSLs will go only to listeners outside the NYC Metro area. Please, no audio files. Reports should include brief program details along with times and your location. (and since QSL cards are being offered, you should probably include a mailing address :) )

Again, due to the spam scam scum... take the space out of "hd qsl" and out of "wor 710" and put the appropriate punctuation in.

And thanks to Tom Ray W2TRR for arranging this!

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Also, another regular analog DX test has been scheduled:
Wiggins, Mississippi: 1420KHz:
WIGG will test between 4 and 4:30am CST, 1000-1030UTC, on Sunday, November 4th.
This is time-change day - in other words, we're switching to standard time two hours before this test.
It's also probably better known as late Saturday night.

Reception reports, with return postage, to:
Mr. Paul A. Turner, WB5TJH
WIGG Radio
959 N. Magnolia Drive
Wiggins, MS 39577


CDs with .mp3 or .wav file recordings of the test can be accepted.

(luckily, the spam crooks are too cheap to spam postal addresses...)
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As always, visit DX Tests.info for more details. Good luck!

Friday, September 07, 2007

Major AM station change request (and not)

Wixom, Michigan: 1160KHz:
WCXI requests move from Fenton.
15,000 watts daytime
1,000 watts nighttime
DA-2 (directional day & night, different patterns)
42-32-39N/83-33-36W


University City, Missouri: 1190KHz:
KRFT denied move from DeSoto and night power increase to 6,500 watts.

New AM stations

Masonboro, North Carolina: 820KHz:
Application for new station.
50,000 watts daytime
3,300 watts nighttime
DA-2 (different patterns day & night)
34-16-19N/77-58-28W


Mills, Wyoming: 1560KHz:
10,000 watts daytime
500 watts nighttime
1,000 watts critical hours
DA-N (directional at night only)
42-49-03N/106-19-09W

Wednesday, September 05, 2007

New AM stations (and not)

Geistown, Pennsylvania: 1350KHz:
Permit granted for new station.
1,500 watts daytime
890 watts nighttime
DA-2 (different patterns day & night)
40-19-56N/78-52-40W



La Grande, Oregon: 1030KHz:
Application filed for new station.
1,000 watts daytime
600 watts nighttime
DA-N (directional at night only)
45-21-24N/118-03-50W



Billings, Montana: 1530KHz:
Permit for new station rescinded.

Saturday, September 01, 2007