Thursday, November 29, 2007

New AM station on the air

Glasgow, Kentucky: 1230kHz:
WWKU has filed for a license-to-cover, implying the station is on the air.
750 watts fulltime, non-directional.

Glasgow isn't all that far away but this is going to be real DX for me with WHOP in even closer Hopkinsville blasting away on the same frequency.

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

AM frequency changes

Montrose, Pennsylvania: 800kHz:
WPEL has moved from 1250kHz.
Daytime power remains 1,000 watts.
Station adds 135 watts night power, non-directional. (was daytime-only on 1250)

Delta Junction, Alaska: 1510kHz:
Application for new station modified to specify 1510kHz instead of 1490.
Tower site also amended to specify 64-05-01N/145-44-00W.
Power remains 1,000 watts non-directional day & night.

New AM stations

Steamboat Springs, Colorado: 1440kHz:
Permit granted for new station.
500 watts daytime
220 watts nighttime, directional

Masonboro, North Carolina: 820kHz:
Permit granted for new station.
50,000 watts daytime, directional
3,300 watts nighttime, directional, different pattern

Masonboro is a Wilmington suburb, in the state's southeastern corner.

Monday, November 26, 2007

New AM station

Dalhart, Texas: 1600KHz:
Permit granted for new station.
3,000 watts daytime
250 watts nighttime, directional

Sunday, November 25, 2007

WIMA Ohio DX test

WIMA 1150 kHz Lima, Ohio DX Test

Date: Saturday morning (late Friday night), Jan. 5, 2008.
Time: 2 - 2:30 a.m. Eastern Time, 0700 - 0730 UTC.
1,000 watts using non-directional antenna pattern.

Programming will consist of special voice announcements by
our own Fred Vobbe of NRC's DX Audio Service, music by the Ohio State
Marching Band, Morse code and 1,000 Hz tones. Reception reports may be sent
to WIMA Radio, Attn: Lima Engineering, 667 West Market St., Lima, OH 45801.
E-mail reception reports may also be submitted to
(city of license)engineering - No eQSL service is being offered for this
test. Recordings on disk in .mp3 or .wav format will be accepted as proof of
reception. More information is available at This great and
historic station has long been DXer friendly, having previously tested in
1992 and 2005. NOTE: All requests for verifications must be accompanied by
return postage in order to receive a reply. Many thanks to WIMA Director of
Engineering Mark Gierhart for agreeing to conduct this test, and to Fred
Vobbe for his help in putting the test program together.

Jim Pogue - KH2AR - comcast ( dot net )

IRCA/NRC Joint BTC Coordinator

(sorry about the despammed email addresses - ds)

Friday, November 23, 2007

Sorry 'bout the inactivity

This blog has been a bit "unbusy" lately.

To some degree this is because there hasn't been much to report.

Call changes

The following AM stations have changed callsigns recently:

Beverly Hills, Cal. 1260 KGIL from KMZT
Coral Gables, Fla. 1080 WMCU from WTPS
Muncie, Ind. 990 WRFM from WLHN
Newport, Tenn. 1060 WGGQ from WNPC
Marion, Va. 1330 WITM from WHGB
Petersburg, Va. 1240 WTPS from WROU
Quantico, Va. 920 WURA (new station)
Auburn, Wash. 1210 KTBK from KWMG
Sunnyside, Wash. 1230 KDYM from KZTS
Union Gap, Wash. 1020 KDYK from KYXE

New AM station

Billings, Montana: 1530kHz:
Permit granted for new station.
50,000 watts daytime
750 watts nighttime
10,000 watts critical hours (two hours beginning at sunrise, and two hours ending at sunset)

Directional nighttime and critical hours. (the NRC would call this "U6")

New AM stations (not)

Roswell, New Mexico: 1600kHz:
Application for new station dismissed.

Midland, Texas: 1550kHz:
Application for new station returned.

Monday, November 05, 2007

Special 50th anniversary CHWO-740 QSL

"Hello all.

CHWO-AM 740 Toronto, which has been family run since 1956, has been sold
(pending CRTC approval) and no doubt some changes will be coming. We have
heard that the general format will not change for now but that's about it.
The new owner may not want to continue having someone issuing QSL cards on
their behalf. I will certainly do my best to convince them in hopes this
will continue.

Last year they celebrated their 50th birthday since the station first
started up on November 17th, 1956 on 1250 kHz and the 6th anniversary since
moving onto 740 kHz back on January 8th, 2001. It has been in the same
family all this time and NEVER changed format.

So............I think its time to celebrate both achievements with a special
QSL card AND certificate that is open to everyone. This card and certificate
will capture both the old and new of CHWO in pictures and information.

But there is a catch. You have to send in two reports.

Here is the criteria:

1/ You must send in two separate, correct reports: November 17th, 2007 and
January 8th, 2008

2/ You must hear the station between 0000 & 2359 (EST) on those dates. (+5
Hours UTC)

3/ The usually information will be required for the report:

(a)Program material (at least 10 minutes of specific program material heard:
e.g., name of announcer, commercials heard, news items, song title and
artist, etc. You can also make a short recording of the station and send it
as an MP3 provided it contains some of the specific program material noted

(b)Signal/sound report (a general overview of how well you heard the signal
at your location and the sound quality of the program.);

(c)Mention of the type of equipment and antenna you were using to hear the
signal is helpful information as well.

4/ You can send the reports in after each date or together after January 8,
but I must have both for the special QSL.

5/ If you plan to go after the special QSL, mark your reports as 'Special
QSL.' A report for November 17th but not followed up by one on January 8th
will receive a regular QSL only (unless you already have received one in the
past.) I will post repeat announcements prior to each date.

Thank you all for your support in this endeavour and the future of QSL from
CHWO, AM 740, Toronto.

Feel free to pass this notice along and good luck to all.

Brian Smith -
AM 740 -
Reception Reports -
Yahoo Group -

Thursday, November 01, 2007

DX Test: Maine (rescheduled)

Monticello, Maine: 780kHz
WCXH DX Test has been rescheduled.

November 24, 2007, 4-5am Saturday morning. (late Friday night; this is 0900-1000 UTC)

5,000 watts non-directional. Programming will include special music and tones, and Morse IDs.

Again, reports (with return postage) to:

Mr. Allan H. Weiner
WCXH Radio
274 Britton Road
Monticello, ME 04760-3110

Thanks again to Mr. Weiner for running this test - and to Jim Pogue for arranging it.

See for more information.