Monthly Archives: December 2014

UNID: Possible kilo-mile reception on 1340kHz?

This was with my 6-foot tuned loop, 23-foot tuned vertical, and Quantum Phaser from Prescott AZ. Earlier in the night, I picked up 1240 KODY North Platte NE, a graveyard frequency station 785 miles away. I know what I hear in the following clip from another graveyard frequency, 1340, but would appreciate any second opinions. The dominant station around this time was carrying CBS Sports, and the clips leads off with Amy Lawrence’s distinctive voice, with a female singing voice underneath. These two stations fade out and a male voice fades in for the 11pm MST TOH call:

Thanks!

[Edit: Okay, it looks like this is a re-log of KACH Preston ID. I thought I might be hearing “K-X-E-O”, which would have been a major catch, but seemingly unlikely. Thanks for the help!]

Log: AM BCB, December 18th-21st

[Oops, this should have been titled “December 18th-19th”, the other two days will be posted later]

AM broadcast band DXing with:
Antenna 1: 6-foot diagonal wooden-frame loop (“loop”)
Antenna 2: 23-foot “fishing rod” vertical with MFJ-1020C amplified pre-selector (“vertical”)
Combiner: Quantum Phaser (“phaser”)
Receiver: RTL-SDR dongle, Ham It Up upconverter into laptop

Includes audio of some station identifications, best heard with headphones. All times given in MST and UT; the dates are MST. Continue reading

Log: AM BCB, December 13th-16th: A new era

AM broadcast band DXing with:
Antenna 1: 6-foot diagonal wooden-frame loop (“loop”)
Antenna 2: 23-foot “fishing rod” vertical with MFJ-1020C amplified pre-selector (“vertical”)
Combiner: Quantum Phaser (“phaser”)
Receiver: RTL-SDR dongle, Ham It Up upconverter into laptop

Includes audio of some station identifications, best heard with headphones. All times given in MST and UT; the dates are MST. Continue reading

UNID: Help needed with two unidentified stations

I have two recent recordings of stations from Prescott AZ where I can’t make out the audio well enough to ID anything:

The first was on 1270 kHz, my loop was pointed NW-SE and I was phasing out a station to the NW with a cardioid beam centered SE. This is certainly Mexico and I can pick up a few odds and ends, but not sure if there is a good ident anywhere. Just after 6am MST or 1300UT on the 16th:

The other one was on 1450, with me phasing out my local oldies station, KNOT, 1.8 miles east as well as possible, so this station should be from the west half of the compass. This is a top-of-the-hour call at 5am MST/1200UT on the 18th; I logged KQTE right before this:
I hear something like “…Radio, K-E-V-John”.

Thanks for your help!

Gear: Antenna experimentations

I still owe a long post on the details of building wood-frame tunes loops, but I have to put together all of the various photos, instructions, etc. One of the problems with these loops is that their figure-8 reception pattern means that if there is a strong station 180-degrees from the weaker station you want to hear, you are stuck. However, there are various ways to get a different reception pattern. The down side is that many of those antennas require a lot of real estate and need to be supported in special ways. Continue reading