Saturday, January 20, 2018

QSL: WWBC Cocoa FL 1510

"Daytime conditions", i.e. skywave propagation from stations still in North America's sunlit zones, have been fair the past several days. One of the stations heard by many DX-ers in this region is WWBC, and with the Boston station silent it's been even easier to hear. My reception on Jan 12 was 45 minutes before their sunset.

The owner John Harper was known to me before, because another of his stations, then-WMEL 1300 was heard and confirmed a few years ago. Another email overnight confirmed WWBC.

Somewhat confusing perhaps that his network is profiled as "The Talk To Me Station WMEL", because the WMEL call letter no longer exists on MW.

Friday, January 19, 2018

QSL: KUFO Portland OR 970

I heard KUFO almost a year ago but have had little luck with the QSL part. Until today, when one of their engineers sent me a full-data QSL letter in a Word file!

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

QSL: YVQX Radio Nueva Esparta, Porlamar 920

I rarely chase Latin American stations, my total QSL count is embarrasingly low. When tuning around late on the 17 I caught a nice ID from Radio Nueva Esparta, and sent off a Facebook report. I received a friendly response within minutes. We exchanged a few messages after that.

QSL: WCCM Methuen MA 1570

Smøla island is an excellent spot for logging eastern North American stations, and for a few days signals propagated into the EST daytime zones, both in the afternoon and the morning. Excellent signal from WCCM one evening, and a quick response to my report. The new, 700-metre beverage at 290 degrees performs admirably.

Friday, January 12, 2018

The RSP1A - Some Conclusions

After a few weeks of use in Kongsfjord and Smøla island, here are my impressions of this inexpensive, but quite able SDR.

Thursday, January 11, 2018

QSL: JO-- NHK-2 Nagano Relay, Matsumoto 1512

Every now and then, a frequency dominant fades and gives room for less common stations. Like late October when the usual JOZB NHK-2 Matsuyama gave way to the 1-kW relay of NHK-2 Nagano in Matsumoto. A custom-made QSL, obviously printed on an inkjet printer, was received today.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

QSL: CBQT Wrigley NT 1280

"This is CBC Radio One. 98.9 FM in Yellowknife" was the rather unexpected announcement on 1280 kHz one evening in November last year. CBQT Wrigley is one of CBC's low-power repeater stations, and the only one on 1280. An email from CBC North confirmed my reception, thanks to Ole Forr who first spotted it. The distance is 4975 km, so even 40 watts can travel great distances when propagation is right.

Wrigley has around 130 inhabitants, and is the end point of the Mackenzie Highway. There is even an air strip at the east bank of the Mackenzie River. Canada MW verie #220.

Tuesday, January 09, 2018

QSL: JO-- NHK-2 Kagoshima Relay, Naze 1602

This relay of JOHC 1386 was heard with surprising clarity one day in late October, and I received a friendly letter today. Naze is a 1-kW relay, located on the island Amami Oshima, 350 km southwest of Kyushu island. MW verie  #110 from Japan.

Sunday, January 07, 2018

New Radio(s) - Pt. 3: Evaluation

I'm currently spending the weekend at an extremely stormy Smøla island together with OJ Sagdahl, Ole Forr and the host, LA2XPA Rolf Torvik. I have had the chance to compare the receivers mentioned before, and the results were not very surprising. Inexpensive SDRs may in some instances be a good alternative for the dedicated MW DX-er, but if the signal levels are high, the Perseus shows its might. That said, the HF+ did remarkably well. Here's the write-up.

Thursday, January 04, 2018

New Radio(s) - Pt. 2

As mentioned in a previous post I also got hold of the new SDRPlay RSP1A just before Christmas, so two novel SDRs with rather different architecture were purchased the last month. Below are the two together, the HF+ to the right. The RSP1A, no monster size itself, brings perspective to the credit card sized HF+. There are no LEDs on the SDRPlay. The HF+ has a tiny orange LED for power, and a blue LED for running.

What I want to do at Smøla island the coming weekend is the following:
- Test the SDRs against the Perseus as a reference SDR in a period with the highest signal levels.
- Test the SDRs against the Perseus in a period with the lowest signal levels.

Hopefully, I will be able to note any differences with regards to overloading, and the ability to separate weak signals next to very strong ones. I should also be able to note how they resolve very weak signals. The SDRs will be connected to an efficient beverage antenna, and being a MW DX-er, I will focus on MW and possibly a bit on SW. I won't tune above 30 MHz! Promise!