Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Major AM station change

Brookfield, Missouri: 1210KHz:
KFMZ proposes frequency change from 1470.
Power to increase to 5,000 watts daytime/50 watts nighttime,
different patterns day & night.

New AM stations (and not)

Sauk Rapids, Minnesota: 540KHz:
Permit granted for new station.
250 watts both day and night, different patterns (DA-2).

Quantico, Virginia: 920KHz:
Application for new station.
2,000 watts daytime
970 watts nighttime
DA-2 (two different patterns)

Spring Creek, Nevada: 1490KHz:
Application for new station dismissed

Manor, Texas: 1120KHz:
Application for new station dismissed

Monday, July 30, 2007

Major AM station changes

Walbridge, Ohio: 1470KHz:
WLQR has filed to move from Toledo.
Power to 1,000 watts daytime/700 watts nighttime, DA-2 (directional day & night, different patterns)
(Walbridge is a Toledo suburb)

University City, Missouri: 1190KHz:
KRFT has filed to move from Desoto.
Power to 10,000 watts daytime/6,500 watts nighttime, DA-2
Different tower sites day & night:
38-42-25N/90-03-10W daytime
38-26-13N/90-16-45W nighttime
(University City borders on St. Louis)

New AM stations

Billings, Montana: 1530KHz:
Application for new station.
50,000 watts daytime
750 watts nighttime
10,000 watts critical hours
directional nighttime only

Geistown, Pennsylvania: 1350KHz:
Application for new station.
1,500 watts daytime
890 watts nighttime
DA-2 (directional day & night, different patterns)
(Geistown is a Johnstown suburb)

Wink, Texas: 1480KHz:
Application for new station.
1,000 watts daytime
250 watts nighttime
DA-N (directional at night only)
(Wink is near Kermit, west of Odessa, in West Texas)

HUGE FM/TV skip opening

I had my best day since 2002. Anyone else hear any interesting FM (or TV) DX?

FM stations heard between 9:30am and 5pm Central time on Sunday, July 29th:

Fort Myers WAYJ-88.7, WSRX-89.5, WSOR-90.9, WUSV-92.5, WOLZ-95.3, WGUF-98.9, WJBX-99.3,
WWGR-101.9, WXKB-103.9, WJPT-106.3
Keys WGES-90.9, WMKL-91.9, WEOW-92.7, WKEY-93.5, WGMX-94.3, WKEZ-96.9, WAVK-97.7,
WKLG-102.1, WWUS-104.1
Miami WMCU-89.7, WMCU-91.3, WCMQ-92.3, WLVE-93.9, WMGE-94.9, WXDJ-95.7, WPOW-96.5,
WEDR-99.1, WKIS-99.9, WLYF-101.5
Tallahassee WGLF-104.1
Tampa/St. Pete WSMR-89.1, WYUU-92.5, WMTX-100.7
West Palm Beach WAYF-88.1, WRMB-89.3, WQOL-103.7, WEAT-104.3

New Mexico:
Aztec KWYK-94.9

Austin KAMX-94.7
College Station KAMU-90.9
Corpus Christi KBSO-94.7
Houston KACC-89.7
Laredo KBNL-89.9
San Antonio KRPT-92.5
Uvalde KBNU-93.9

Nassau Cool FM-96.1, Joy FM-101.9

Cayman Islands:
R. Cayman-89.9
Rooster 101-101.9
Hot 104-104.1

Bayamo? R. Enciclopedia-95.3
Bolivia R. Enciclopedia-100.5
Habana R. Taino-93.3, R. Musical Nacional - 99.1; R. Reloj-101.5, Habana R.-106.9
(Reloj-101.5 is the same station that plays the time ticks and "RR" Morse IDs on AM.
It was a blast to hear them on FM!)

Cancun XHCAQ-92.3
Cozumel XHRB-89.9
Merida XHMH-95.3, XHMT-98.5, XHMRA-99.3
Monterrey XHFMTU-103.7

Friday, July 27, 2007

AM station major change request

Kanab, Utah: 1560KHz:
WAMI, Opp, Alabama has filed to move to Kanab.
This is not a typo.
This is a move of approximately 2,500km/1,550miles!

A frequency change from 860KHz is also involved.
The new facilities in Kanab will be 250 watts daytime only (the station would lose its 47 watts night power) at 37-01-24N/112-33-24W.

And you thought Missouri to Ohio (KELE) was a long move?(grin)!

AM frequency change in Maine

Monticello, Maine: 780KHz
WCXH has changed frequency from 710KHz.
Daytime power remains 5kw, but station adds 60 watts night power.
Tower site unchanged.
This station's calls have recently changed from WREM.

Wednesday, July 25, 2007

New AM station

Lithonia, Georgia: 1360KHz
Application filed for new station.
2,400 watts daytime
1,300 watts nighttime
DA-2 (different patterns day & night)

Lithonia is an Atlanta suburb, southeast of Stone Mountain.

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

AM call changes

The following AM stations have recently changed callsigns:

LocationFreq.New callsOld calls
Hanceville, Alabama1170WLYGWXRP
Bunnell, Florida1550WNZFWAYI
Cochran, Georgia1440WDCOWDXQ
Morrow, Georgia1570WIGOWSSA
Ammon, Idaho980KSPZKUPI
Brooklyn Park, Minnesota1470KRJJKZTG
Meridian, Mississippi1450WYHLWFFX
Lancaster, New Hampshire1490WKDR(new station)
Mayaguez, Puerto Rico600WYELWAEL
Port Neches, Texas1150KBPOKUHD

Thursday, July 19, 2007

Another military experimental broadcast station

Glenn Hauser's World of Radio is reporting that Oklahoma State University has received two experimental licenses to test broadcast equipment under Navy contract. This is similar to the tone tests widely heard last year. All domestic-band radio operations are under the callsign WE2XFZ at two sites:

Chilocco, Oklahoma 36-56-14N/97-04-17W:

Flying H, New Mexico 33-00-08N/105-02-54W:

All AM transmissions are listed as 30kw ERP, but they claim to have one 10kw transmitter and one 2.5kw transmitter. On FM, transmissions are listed as 5kw ERP with antenna 50m above ground.

Shortwave and TV tests are also mentioned - shortwave frequencies below. TV channels are not mentioned, but they have a 1kw VHF and 100-watt UHF TV transmitter at each site. (and the manufacturer says the TV transmitters can change channels in seconds by means of front-panel thumbwheels.)

Planned shortwave frequencies are:
4015, 4085, 12115, 12185, 22015, 22085, 26115, 26185 kHz
Also 12415 and 12485, but these two have not yet been approved by NTIA.
All frequencies are planned for both the Chilocco and Flying H sites, with the calls WE2XFV and a power of 1kw. Both SSB (both sidebands) and AM transmissions are planned.

DX Listening Digest 7082
DX Listening Digest 7084

Major AM station change dismissed

Pineville, Louisiana: 1490KHz:
KEUN's request to move from Eunice dismissed at the station's request.
Would have changed city of license and moved tower to 31-18-26N/92-25-56W.

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

AM call changes

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

CityFrequencyNew CallsOld Calls
Birmingham, Alabama1260WYDEWLGD
Mobile, Alabama710WNTMWPMIwas WNTM before
Monroeville, Alabama930WEZZWYNI
Juneau, Alaska1330KXLJKTNL
Leone, American Samoa900KKHJnew station
Bishop, California1340KACEKBSP
Dover, Delaware1600WXXYWAMS
Savannah, Georgia1400WSEGWHGM
East St. Louis, Illinois1490WFFXWESL
Shelbyville, Indiana1520WSVXWKWH
Monticello, Maine710WCXHWREM
Birch Tree, Missouir1310KBSPKACE
Reading, Pennsylvania1340WRAWWKAPcalls were in this market before
Monahans, Texas1330KCKMKLBO

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Major AM station change

Plum Springs, Kentucky: 1450KHz:
WCDS requests move from Glasgow.
Tower to 37-00-37N/86-25-26W, a move of roughly 30 miles west into Bowling Green.
Power to remain unchanged at 1kw non-directional fulltime.

Monday, July 16, 2007

Major AM station changes granted

San German, Puerto Rico: 1510KHz:
WBSG granted city-of-license change from Lajas. No technical changes.

College Station, Texas: 1550KHz:
KWBC granted move from Navasota.
Power from 250/26 ND to 1,400 watts daytime, 24 watts night, DA-D (directional daytime only)

New AM station

Big Spring, Texas: 730KHz:
Application filed for new station.
500 watts daytime; 230 watts nighttime; DA-2 (different patterns day & night)

Friday, July 13, 2007

California station to translate IBOC signals?

The Indian Wells Valley TV Booster in Ridgecrest, California had a problem.

Their audience had become accustomed to hearing classical music over a translator of KMZT-105.1, Los Angeles. Then... KMZT decided to change format. They went country. There are already plenty of country stations serving Ridgecrest...

So why not relay KUSC, the Los Angeles station that took over the classical format? Not strong enough... KMZT continued to carry the classical music on their HD2 subchannel, and IWVTV considered translating KMZT's HD2 - but local station KLOA-104.9 made reception of KMZT's HD signal impossible.

How about going the other direction? KCNV-89.7 is a classical station in Las Vegas, maybe they could translate that? Except there's a local station on 89.7 as well. (KGBM) No shot at that.

Except... KCNV is running IBOC. While KGBM clobbers KCNV's analog signal on 89.7, it doesn't clobber their digital signals on 89.5 and 89.9. Voila: reliable reception of KCNV's IBOC classical music.

Until KCNV's studio-transmitter link failed & they had to turn the IBOC off...

So now, they're going for the same program on the HD2 subchannel of KCNV's sister station KNPR.

Talk about dedication!

More on this.

Major AM station changes granted

Ripley, Ohio: 1180KHz:
KELE granted move from Mountain Grove, Missouri.
(a move of 740km/460 miles!)
and from 1360KHz.
Power to remain 1,000 watts daytime - station will lose 60 watts night power.
Non-directional; tower at 38-38-55N/84-00-42W (which is in Kentucky)

Waynesburg, Pennsylvania: 1210KHz:
WANB granted move from 1580KHz.
Power to increase from 720 watts to 5,000, but 710 during critical hours.

New AM station

Maxwell AFB, Alabama: 1030KHz:
Permit granted for new station.
35,000 watts daytime, 3 towers
1,000 watts nighttime, 6 towers
DA-2 (two different patterns)

Another FM translator of an AM station

Sumter, South Carolina: 105.9MHz:
WDXY-1240 has received permission to be relayed on FM translator W290AY-105.9, 250 watts.
Article in the Sumter Item.

Previous item on WGNS-1450 and WRHI-1340's FM translators.

Major AM station change

Catoosa, Oklahoma: 1120KHz:
KEOR granted move from 1110KHz at Atoka.
Power decreases to 2kw, tower moves to 36-18-31N/95-58-25W.

Station moves from south-central Oklahoma to a Tulsa suburb in the northeastern part of the state.

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Federal Register publication delay time

The FCC today released DA 07-3073, a Public Notice setting due dates for comments and reply comments on procedures and rule changes proposed in the 3rd DTV Periodic Review. Comments must be filed within 30 days of publication in the Federal Register, and reply comments 15 days later.

The proceeding was adopted on April 25th. It was published in the Federal Register today.

The IBOC rules were adopted on May 31st, one month and six days after the DTV Periodic Review. Assuming equal delay in publication in the Register, the IBOC rules will appear on August 15th and will go into effect 30 days later, on September 15th; on this date, AM stations will be allowed to operate IBOC at night.

You should not be too certain there will be equal delay in publication though. Stay tuned.

Monday, July 09, 2007

AM - to - FM move in Nova Scotia

Sydney, Nova Scotia: 1140KHz:
CBI has been approved to move to 97.1 FM, with 61.4kw from the existing CBC tower.
The AM station will continue to simulcast the FM (CBC Radio One) for 12 months before going dark.

The decision also suggests the CBC is planning three additional FM relays for the new 97.1 station:

  • Big Harbour, Nova Scotia

  • Englishtown, Nova Scotia (106.1MHz is in the CBC Long Range Radio Plan)

  • Ingonish, Nova Scotia
  • Saturday, July 07, 2007

    New AM stations (not)

    Montreal, Quebec: 650KHz:
    Montreal, Quebec: 1400KHz:
    Montreal, Quebec: 1410KHz:
    Applications for new stations denied.
    650 was for a 5.8kw daytime-only operation which would have been one of only two daytime-only operations in Canada if granted.

    In the same decision, two applications were granted for new FM stations on 106.3 - one of which will have to seek a different frequency. Three more applications for 106.3 were denied.

    Also granted were two new FM stations (101.9 and 103.5) in Sydney, Nova Scotia and one (89.3) in Kentville, N.S.. Two FM applications (93.1 and 100.9) were denied in Sydney.

    Tuesday, July 03, 2007

    DX contest

    Hi friends,

    Between 15 and 31 July the German "Wellenforum" (www.wellenforum.de) holds
    its second Medium Wave Summer Contest. The purpose of the Contest is to
    offer a broad spectrum of MW receptions during Summertime.

    The Contest manager is Friedhelm Wittlieb (wietti).

    Participation and conditions are simple.

    The participation takes place online. All medium wave enthusiasts can

    Every MW log is given a value, each heard station gets one single value.
    There is no minimum required listening time. Fairness is regarded as
    something obvious.

    Every station from the logger's country gets 10 points, every station from
    the logger's continent gets 20 points, and stations from other contintents
    than the logger's get 30 points.

    At the end of the Contest there will be a general overview of the stations
    heard. Every participant will get a participation confirmation

    The logs can be sent via e-mail to contest@wellenforum.de up to 10 August
    2007. Annexes are not required. The mail should be configured as follows:

    Frequency-Date-Time-Station-Language-Programme detail-SIO


    531-15.07-21.00-Radio Musigwälle-Deutsch-Musik-444

    Please make use of the hyphen as this enables us to put the logs later on in
    a table format. The times should be indicated in UTV.

    Enjoy yourself browsing the medium wave band!

    73, Friedehelm

    QTH: Lünen / NRW (near Dortmund)
    Grundig Satellit 700 with regenerative loop antenna
    member of the addx and medium wave circle uk