Sunday, November 30, 2008

WKAR 870 Press Release

Picking up WKAR's daytime signal was indeed one of the highlights of the KONG18 DX-pedition. Interesting to note then, that the reception caused similar enthusiasm on the studio end of the signal path! Here is a press release from Michigan State University.

Needless to say, we have received both email and letter confirmations.

Friday, November 28, 2008

Recent Verifications

WEBC Duluth MN 560 has been heard a few times here, but without getting any reports from me. Quite good signal on September 27 triggered me to send off an email though, with a swift and friendly response in return.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Friday, November 21, 2008

Recent Verifications

WSOO Sault St. Marie MI 1230 was heard during my lunch break on Nov 21, and with a very good signal. Apparently there was a short spot opening just then.  Unfortunately conditions went back to "normal" a minute before the full hour.

WCTS Maplewood MN 1030 is another KONG18 catch; good signal at the time. I've heard it a couple of times before, but never got a positive ID until now.

Monday, November 17, 2008

Recent Verifications

WMRN Marion OH 1490 is a station I heard several years ago. No luck with any reports until a friendly email arrived on Nov 17.

KARI Blaine WA 550 was quite a surprise catch on Oct 17 since it had apparently not been heard before on this side of the Pole. Their nighttime power or pattern must have improved quite a bit though, since it has been picked up by several DX-ers this autumn.

KGED Fresno CA 1680 is not an uncommon guest here, but I've had bad luck trying to ID it. At 1300 UTC on Nov 15 KGED finally came clear from the Seattle station, and gave an excellent ID. Thanks Pat Martin for a swift response.

"I consider king crab to be one of Nature's most heavenly treats" - those were the words from the v/s on WSYR Syracuse NY 570, heard on Sept 19. I did not expect this one, but they popped up with a fine ID one half-hour. He really knows what he's talking about!

CFCO Chatham ON 630 has been very high on my wish list, and during a few minutes on Sept 19 they and CHLT totally owned 630, dwarfing NRK Vigra.

WMMB Melbourne FL 1240 is only my second in-band Florida station verified in Kongsfjord - curiously enough both heard on 1240. Heard on the excellent east coast night on Sept 19.

WENE Endicott NY 1430 has amazingly enough not been heard by me before, but put up a superb signal on Sept 19.

Radio Club AM, Sydney NSW 1683 was heard with excellent signals at times during KONG18. They peaked with signal levels I haven't heard before from an Australian x-bander. Exact frequency 1683.23.

Sunday, November 09, 2008

KNML Albuquerque NM 610 Verification

Hearing KNML has been rather high on my wish list, and when I finally got to hear them, I was taken aback at the superb signal level. KNML has been heard once before in Kongsfjord, in October 2007, but when I got to the frequency at the time they had already ID'ed and started to fade.

Thursday, November 06, 2008

WKAR East Lansing MI 870 Verification

October 23 was a good evening for US daytime stations, such as WKAR which signed off at 2300 UTC with a brief identification. Not very strong, but for once WWL wasn't there.

Wednesday, November 05, 2008

Kongsfjord Pictures

A grey November morning, around half an hour before sunrise - windy, rainy, cold (+1C) but around this time KNML Albuquerque NM totally owned 610. A first time for me. View towards NW - the 30 degrees beverage antenna supports are visible.

I have uploaded some pictures from the KONG18 DX-pedition to my web album. You can access the album below.

Recent Verifications

I couldn't resist the temptation to send off a few reports, could I. Here are the latest in my inbox:

KPRO Riverside CA 1570 is a new station in our logs, but appeared frequently during the KONG18 DX-pedition.  The station is 30 years old in December.

WLBL Auburndale WI 930 was my second great surprise on 930 in only a few weeks. I received two replies from the station; they also mentioned a recent report from Jan Alvestad (AND3?)