Sunday, December 30, 2007

DX Test: Ontario

Saul Chernos has announced a DX Test at CFFX-960 Kingston, Ontario for the early morning of January 15th:

I haven't been able to reach Jim Pogue of the BCB DX test committee - his
voicemail box is full and he hasn't answered my e-mails. He's normally very
responsive and great to deal with, so he may be away for the holidays. In
the meantime, I have news about a DX test I would normally have asked him to
announce, but time is getting very tight, so I have decided to issue the
test notification directly. Please feel free to forward this far and wide,
and to print in any paper, audio or electronic DX bulletins. - Saul Chernos

DX TEST -- 960 CFFX ON Kingston

TIME: Early morning of Tuesday January 15 (Monday night).

MODE OF OPERATION: CFFX will test using its 10,000-watt daytime directional

PROGRAMMING: Regular adult contemporary programming. Special test material
will consists of three hourly voice announcements followed by special test
material lasting several minutes. These will air roughly at the top of the
hour, at approximately 0000, 0100 and 0200 EST, give or take a few minutes
depending on the program log.

CONTEXT: CFFX is completing its move to 104.3 on the FM band this morning,
and 960 is scheduled to sign off for goood at 0600 EST. As part of the
transition, the AM has simulcast the FM for the past three months. This test
marks the final phase of the transition, and the test content will also air
on 104.3. This is your last chance to log CFFX on 960, so if it takes two
alarm clocks to wake you, well, you've been warned!

We will issue QSLs, but I am not yet 100 percent sure who will handle the
reports. Either the station, or me, or both of us. Regardless, we will
definitely want audio recordings if at all possible, and we want reports
sent via e-mail if at all possible. Snail-mail reports only when accompanied
by SASE will be acknowledged. The QSL will be the same, regardless. We'll
update the QSL situation soon.

Saul Chernos

The NRC AM mailing list

Thursday, December 27, 2007

Major AM station changes granted (and not)

Turrell, Arkansas: 1180kHz:
WPLX granted move from 1170kHz at Germantown, Tennessee.
Power to 5,000 watts daytime, 26 watts nighttime, 3,500 watts critical hours, directional with three different patterns.
Towers to 35-08-31N/90-08-06W.
Turrell and Germantown are both Memphis suburbs.

Knightstown, Indiana: 1170kHz:
WRFM denied move from 990kHz at Muncie & move to 39-45-01N/85-33-19W. Application to move to 1030kHz at Princeton appears to still be active.

Jenison, Michigan: 1020kHz:
WCGO granted move from 1600kHz at Chicago Heights, Illinois;
Power to 10,000 watts daytime-only, directional;
Tower to 42-52-04N/85-27-05W.
Jenison is near Grand Rapids.

Bala Cynwyd, Pennsylvania: 1540kHz:
WNWR granted city-of-license change from Philadelphia. No technical changes involved.

Saturday, December 22, 2007

New AM station

Lithonia, Georgia: 1360kHz:
Permit granted for new station.
2,400 watts daytime
1,300 watts nighttime
Directional fulltime, two different patterns.

Thursday, December 13, 2007

New AM station

Casper, Wyoming: 1600kHz:
Permit granted for new station.
5,000 watts daytime
1,500 watts nighttime, directional

Northernmost radio station is no more

What was likely the northernmost broadcast station in the world has shut down its transmitter.

CHAR, 105.9 FM in Alert, Nunavut, Canada has asked the Canadian government to cancel their license, and the government has done so. The official in charge told the government the station has been off the air since February 2006. A web search suggests CHAR has become a cable-only operation. The authorized location of their tower was at 82-27-12N.

I believe the northernmost radio station is now either Qaanaq Radiunga (93.5 FM) or KNR (95.0 FM) (link is in Greenlandic) at Qaanaq, Greenland. Qaanaq lies at 76-31-50N, well north of Canada's northernmost surviving station, CBIL 105.1 at Resolute, Nunavut.

(About KNR, in English)

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Amendments to applications for new AM stations

Boise, Idaho: 1430kHz:
Application for new station amended.
Frequency changed from 1400kHz to 1430;
Daytime power increased from 1,000 watts to 50,000.
(nighttime power remains 1,000 watts)
Applicant proposes directional antenna day & night, two different patterns. (original application was for non-directional operation)
Proposed site moves to 43-32-44N/116-20-41W.

Monday, December 10, 2007

DX Test: Arizona

(this is this coming weekend!)

KEVT 1210 kHz Sahuarita (Tucson), Arizona DX Test


Date: Monday morning (late Sunday night), Dec. 17, 2007. Time: Midnight -
3:00 a.m. Mountain Standard Time, 0700 - 1000 UTC. 10,000 watts using
non-directional antenna pattern. Station will be running regular
Spanish-language programming with frequent use of their "La Raza" slogan,
and English IDs at top of the hour. The Broadcast Test Committee will be
handling all reception reports and verifications for this test. Both eQSL
service and traditional paper QSLs will be offered. Recordings on disk in
.mp3 or .wav format, audio files via e-mail or cassette recordings will be
accepted as proof of reception. Send reception reports and recordings to:
IRCA/NRC Joint BTC, Attn: KEVT DX Test, P.O. Box 3777, Memphis, TN
38173-0777 USA. E-mail reports and audio files may be sent to: NOTE: All requests for paper verifications must be
accompanied by return postage in order to receive a reply. Our sincere
thanks to Chief Engineer Frank Luna for agreeing to conduct this test, to
Paul Lotsof for arranging it and to Patrick Martin for his assistance.

Jim Pogue - { email address censored for spam protection - ds }

IRCA/NRC Joint BTC Coordinator

Amendments to applications for new AM stations

Marathon, Texas: 1470kHz:
Application for new station modified from 1490kHz to 1470kHz.
Requested daytime power to increase from 250 watts to 10,000.
Nighttime to remain 250 watts but to go directional.
New transmitter site specified 30-13-09N/103-14-02W.

Saturday, December 01, 2007