Monday, June 30, 2014

June 2014 Verifications

JOCG NHK-1 Asahikawa 621

JOCG NHK-1 Asahikawa, Enbetsu relay 792

JOCG NHK-1 Asahikawa, Wakkanai relay 927

JOCG NHK-1 Asahikawa, Rumoi relay 1161

Thursday, May 01, 2014

April 2014 Verifications

KSYC Yreka CA 1490
WQLE259 TIS Prudhoe Bay AK 1610 (10 watts)
KVOC Casper WY 1230
KMIK Tempe AZ 1580
WMFJ Daytona Beach FL 1450 (North America # 1000)
KWLC Decorah IA 1240
XECO Cd. Mexico, DF 1380
XEKH Queretaro, QE 1020
KMAJ Topeka KS 1440
WPGG Atlantic City NJ 1450

HJAH Emisora Atlantico, Barranquilla 1070

Several: Thanks OJS and ABU

Monday, March 31, 2014

March 2014 Verifications

WGL Fort Wayne IN 1250
WMAN Mansfield OH 1400
WMAX Bay City MI 1440
KPRL Paso Robles CA 1230
KBCV Hollister MO 1570
KLNG Cedar Rapids IA 1560
WATW Ashland WI 1400
KRPL Moscow ID 1400, # 800 from USA
KGRZ Missoula MT 1450
WHIR Danville KY 1230
XEAP Cd. Obregón, SON 1290, thanks Henrik Klemetz
YVRM BBN Radio, Caracas 1260, thanks Gert Nilsson
WDER Derry NH 1320
KIKC Forsyth MT 1250
WAKI Mcminnville KY 1230
CJRS Montreal QC 1650
KQTY Borger TX 1490
KCKM Monahans TX 1330 (DX test)
KLXX Bismarck-Mandan ND 1270
WPHY Clayton NC 1590
WDXY Sumter SC 1230
WNWI Oak Lawn IL 1080
KREL Norman OK 1400
KATH Frisco TX 910
KOBB Bozeman MT 1230
KGND Vinita OK 1470
KYAL Sapulpa OK 1550

Several: Thanks OJS and ABU

Saturday, March 22, 2014

DX Test: KCKM Monahans TX 1330 Heard

Bob Souza, GM and owner of KCKM did a DX test today from 05:01 to 05:31 UTC. KCKM's 12 kW, non-directional daytime facility was used. Conditions weren't very good (as is usually the case when DX tests are on the air), but 1330 had fair signal levels from WLOL and CJYM at the time so I was optimistic.

I had reason to, as I heard sweep tones at 05:05, and the signal improved over the next half hour until the test stopped at 05:35 (probably a few minutes late). Especially nice signals at 05:25 with sweep tones and morse code ID.

Monahans is located in the south-western part of Texas, not far from Mexico and New Mexico. The distance from the transmitter site to the Kongsfjord antenna site is 8044 km or 4998 miles.

Thanks to Bob Souza for doing the test, and to Paul B. Walker for preparing it!

Friday, February 28, 2014

February 2014 Verifications

WLNO New Orleans LA 1060
YVNE Radio Uno, Caracas 1340
KDUN Reedsport OR 1030
WQEW New York City NY 1560
WEPN New York City NY 1050 (both NY: Thanks OJS)
WCCY Houghton MI 1400
CKHJ Frederickton NB 1260
CBKF2 Gravelbourg SK 690
CJWI Montreal QC 1410
KGOW Bellaire TX 1560 (thanks Arild S)
KBBS Buffalo WY 1450, see QSL here, and this news story

Saturday, February 22, 2014

KILI1 Master Log & RF Recordings Ready For Download

The RF recordings are available from this location. Download the files you want to check (mouse right-click, then "save as...". Do not left-click to open the file. It will likely start to play back in your favourite playback software, and that won't work.

The first files were two-minute recordings. We later increased to four minutes, partly because the PC clock was 30 seconds wrong (the typical TOH will appear around 30 seconds later), and partly because many stations do not ID at the exact hour.

The Master Log is a Google spreadsheet. Anyone with the link is given access to edit the log, and we encourage everyone to edit this specific log so everyone interested can see what's been found. We haven't done much work trying to identify all stations, so there should be lots of challenges even if many stations are already identified.

Five locations were used for the RF recordings:
1. Arusha (more specifically Moivaro Lodge, in the eastern outskirts of the city). Altitude 1400 masl.
2. Shira 1 camp, altitude 3505 masl.
3. Shira 2 camp, altitude 3950 masl.
4. Buffalo camp, altitude 4150 masl
5. Third Cave camp, altitude 3950 masl

Unfortunately we were unable to set up the equipment for Zanzibar recordings. Any problems regarding the RF files or Master Log, please email me or use the Comments section.
Me in the tent, checking a recording made with the SDR-IQ on OJ's Sony Vaio

Monday, February 17, 2014

The KILI1 Team is Back!

Well, we have been for a while actually...

We did collect SDR recordings from most of the camps we were in, and with some interesting results. Unfortunately, we were unable to do recordings from Zanzibar. We are presently reviewing the recordings for a master log to be published shortly. Following this, all SDR recordings will be made publicly available, and there will be lots of stuff waiting to be ID'ed by trained ears. We did in fact log four continents (from what we know now) with our short (25 meter) dipole and SDR-IQ.

Interestingly enough, FM reception on Kilimanjaro was excellent. Any time we did an FM scan on the Tecsun PL-380, 35 to 40 signals were found, most of them from Kenya. In contrast, in Zanzibar we only found four FM stations.

Below is Kilimanjaro as it appears from 4650 masl. A mighty mountain...

Thursday, January 30, 2014

January 2014 Verifications

WIBX Utica NY 950
WYTS Columbus OH 1230
XEUR Radio Fiesta, Cd. Mexico 1530, live greeting here
KAPL Phoenix OR 1300, Oregon verification no 60.
KIHR Hood River OR 1340
KSUE Susanville CA 1240

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Coming Soon: Probably The World's Highest DX-Pedition, KILI1

From February 2, OJ Sagdahl and I will be trekking the slopes of Kilimanjaro. We will bring along a couple of ultra-light laptops/tablets, a longwire and an SDR-IQ for dark hours amusement. After the climb we'll spend a couple of days on the north coast of Zanzibar, hoping to hear some Aussies and Indonesians on MW.

This could be a good opportunity to check out the status of East African MW stations too. Please use the Comments section below, or email us direct, about stations of particular interest. We will do our best to compile a KILI1 log within reasonable time.

Who will do KILI2?

Monday, December 30, 2013

December 2013 Verifications

KPTO Pocatello ID 1440 (thanks OJS)
KQJZ Evergreen MT 1340
KKTS Evansville WY 1580 (thanks OJS)
WXCO Wausau WI 1230 (thanks ABU)
WXNT Indianapolis IN 1430 QSL in pdf format here
WINC Winchester VA 1400
WMAC Macon GA 940
KATE Albert Lea MN 1450
KTJS Hobart OK 1420 "I will mention your DX report on our local news"
WGCL Bloomington IN 1370
KJJQ Volga SD 910
WKAL Rome NY 1450 (DX- test)