Tuesday, November 06, 2018

QSL: KTIC West Point NE 840

We missed the really spectacular daytimer openings at the KONG37 DX-pedition, but we did hear a few stations, daytimers or those who power down at sunset. KTIC was visible on the spectrum for maybe 30 minutes, and with audio some 10 minutes before closing down at 6.45 pm CDT, or 23:45 UTC. You can see the signal on the overnight spectrum below, together with the signals from WHAS and CFCW.

The Director of Engineering at Nebraska Rural Radio Assn. is a very DX-friendly guy, and emailed me a "proper" QSL after a few days. I have previously had confirmations from KRVN Lexington 870, KNEB Scottsbluff 960, and KAMI Cozad 1580.

I have reduced a lot on reception reports - if it is temporarily or not remains to be seen - but I had to get this one. Recently, NRRA has aquired KAWL 1370, so I probably need to get that one as well.


Unknown said...

Hello Bjarne - your DX catches reflect top-notch DXing. I have employed several Beverage antennas over the years, beginning in April 1982 from Point Reyes, California, where I enjoyed spectacular TP DX unlike ever hear since, especially today in the horridly over-crowded North American radio dial (now with IBOC hash and also the newer, terrible-sounding "megaphone modulation mode" - the tinnyy/phasey/reverb-effect on mid-range frequencies on so many "news-talk" stations - that these days has so messed-up AM station audio (read: big degradation!) within the past two years! No doubt you have noticed the audio-degradation from many US stations - in the East and West.

Why this is, I don't know, but it IS very nice to leave the dense-forest of signals in NA for less-dense RF-environs (such as my consulting-trip to Iceland in Dec. 2016!!!) and actually once again hear long-haul MWDX without horrid splatter...

Very good going! Cheers, Stephen P. McGreevy - N6NKS

Bjarne Mjelde said...

Thanks for your comments Stephen. I definitely see you point re. "megaphone modulation" for the local listener. For the DXer though, it makes audio clearer, and the station easier to identify! Check out my remote receiver ArcticSDR if you want a feel on how it is to DX in the Arctic right now. Link on the blog's right panel.