Monthly Archives: October 2014

Log: Help with an ident and a “weird” station situation on 1220 kHz

(First, thanks to anyone from the IRCA list for taking a look/listen, and to anyone else who has any ideas.)

I was working 1220 kHz a little after midnight on the 23rd (around 0715 UT) and was able to pick out a call that really sounds like “KXPL”.  However, KXPL is 1060 out of El Paso.  Of course, there are other sound-alikes for “X” and “P”.  On the other hand, I found an unusual situation where station KMVL out of Madisonville, TX has a sister station KM2XVL which the FCC lists as an experimental station owned by the same person with city of license as nearby Huntsville, TX.  Both stations are listed at 1220.  At the KMVL website at, they show a coverage map (the bottom one), for their Adult Standards station.  They list both AM transmitters and and FM translator.  KMVL was the only set of call letters in the FCC database at 1220 that I could find that could match what I recorded, but I just can’t hear “M” as the second letter.  The other possibility I can think of is that they refer to “KM2XVL” as KXVL on the air.  Any insight as to what’s going on would be greatly appreciated. Here is the clip:

I would like to be able to log this as something, but I’m not quite sure what.  Thanks!

Log: AM BCB, October 15th – Cuban stations

I continue to be occupied with AM DXing and related equipment. I still plan to put up a detailed post on tuned loops. My latest “loopzilla” is a 6-foot diagonal wooden loop that is working quite well and I’ve figured out a good way to safely mount it on a tripod. In addition, I played around with sampling rates that I’m using on the RTL-SDR dongle, Ham It Up upconverter combination and that’s helped a lot with “birdie” signals that would sometimes be right next to a wanted AM frequency. Anyway…more on that stuff later, but first a couple of nice catches. Continue reading