Thursday, May 29, 2008

Recent Verifications

KEDO Longview WA 1400 surfaced a couple of times during KONG17, and two recordings, from Oct 16 and Oct 22, were sent to the station. Prompt email reponse on May 29.
Longview/Kelso is a community of approximately 50,000 people located about 45 miles north of Portland, Oregon.  It sits along the banks of the mighty Columbia River.  The main industry is lumber and fishing.
KSHO Lebanon OR 920 was finally heard on Oct 16, 2007 after years of trying. Friendly email from the General Manager came on May 27. My 750th North American (USA, Canada) AM station.

Newstalk ZB Hawke's Bay, NZ 1278 put up a good signal on Oct 16 with local commercials from Napier. Email response on May 26. My 20th Kiwi verie on MW.

Newstalk ZB Hamilton, NZ 1296 was heard several times last October. Email response on May 22.

WBSM Bedford MA 1420 was heard back in 2006 while visiting Rolf Torvik's excellent QTH at Kalvøya. Email confirmation received on May 21.

CHKT Toronto ON 1430
is one of the dominant stations on 1430, but difficult to obtain a verie from. Friendly email on May 21 remedied that situation. My 40th Ontario verie.

KBRF Fergus Falls MN 1250 hasn't been easy to get through CHSM/WSSP/KKDZ/KWSU, but finally I did hear C&W music on the frequency followed by a weather report which ended with a KBRF ID - all this on Oct 17. A friendly email on May 19 confirmed my reception.

WKCU Corinth MS 1350 is my first in-band Mississippi station. Quite surprisingly they faded up to quite good signal levels on the top of the hour at 0500 on Oct 17, 2007. Brief but detailed email response on May 19 confirmed my reception.

Saturday, May 17, 2008

Recent Verifications

KVTA Port Hueneme CA 1520 made a surprise visit on Oct 22, 2007, as late as 1100 UTC (on day power?) with a very good signal on the hour. After I found the SDR-IQ recording ID, KVTA's CE was quick to respond to my reception report, just as he did when I heard KKZZ Ventura CA 1590 some years ago. California verie no 40.

KPRZ San Marcos CA 1210 was more difficult than expected to log this season. On Feb 27 I finally managed to pull 1210 free from 1215, and a weak but clear full-hour ID was noted. Email response on May 15. KPRZ, together with the four stations below, was heard on an SDR-IQ.

KSBN Spokane WA 1230 was briefly heard on Oct 15, 2007. Email from the Station Manager on May 12 confirmed my reception. 1230 was the first frequency on the air in Spokane, as long ago as 1921.

KLYQ Hamilton MT 1240 was a first log for me on Oct 22, 2007, briefly fading up as they ended a newscast. Email verie received on May 12. My 100th verified "graveyard" channel station.

KNBR San Francisco CA 680 has been a most wanted station for me. Actually I heard KNBR briefly once during my first season as a MW DX-er, in 1974, but never since. KBRW Barrow is extremely dominant but one morning in early October they were surprisingly weak, allowing KNBR to surface to good signal levels around the top of the hour. Email on May 5 finally brought KNBR home.

CINL Ashcroft BC 1340 was a great surprise on Dec 17, 2007; a good signal for a few minutes. I still haven't managed to hear its "mother" station CHNL 610 which should be a lot easier. Friendly email with a Word attachment from the CE came on May 5. At the same time I heard CIOR Princeton BC 1400, another rare one, so BC was getting out well that day. My 30th British Columbia verie.