X-Band

AM X-Band Guide for 2021-22 DX Season compiled by Tony Rogers.

With autumn once again heralding the start of the MW DX season in the northern hemisphere, here is an updated list of radio stations in the Americas currently believed to be using the extended AM band between 1610-1710 kHz. 
Transmitter powers for US stations are generally around 10 kW, with many of the stations listed required to reduce power at night, often to around 1 kW. 
Because this part of the AM band is relatively clear in Europe, apart from occasional pirates, it is possible to hear some of these stations overnight here in the British Isles when conditions are suitable.
This guide was compiled on 1 October 2021. Please send updates to tony@bdxc.org.uk

ITU  Call  Station name/slogan  Location  kW  Format 

1610 
AIA  Caribbean Beacon  The Valley  50  (currently off-air) 
ARG  Radio Luz del Mundo  Rafael Calzada BA  1  Spanish
ARG  Radio Mágica  Laboulaye CB  Spanish
CAN  CHHA  Radio Voces Latinas  Toronto ON  6.25  Multilingual 
CAN  CHRN  Radio Humsafar  Montreal QC  1  South Asian
PRU  OAU6O  Radio El Sol  Arequipa AQ  0.5  Spanish
PRU  Radio San Juan 104.7 FM  Bambamarca CJ  Spanish
PRU  Radio Inka 92.5 FM  Acora  Spanish (still active here?)

1620 
ARG  AM 1620, La Radio  Mar del Plata BA  Spanish
ARG  Radio Sentires  Merlo BA  1  Spanish
ARG  Radio Italia  Villa Martelli BA  1  Spanish
ARG  Radio Mitre  Cañada de Gómez BA  Spanish
ARG  R Universidad de Buenos Aires  Buenos Aires DF  Spanish (still active here?)
CUB  Radio Rebelde  multiple transmitters  Spanish
CUB  Radio Bayamo  Bayamo GR  Spanish
MEX  XECSGU  CREO Radio  Guachochi  Spanish
PRU  Radio Choque Chamaca  Chamaca  Spanish
USA  WNRP  News Radio 92.3 FM, 16-20 AM Gulf Breeze FL  10/1 News/Talk
USA  WTAW  News Talk 16-20  College Station TX  10/1  News/Talk
USA  KSMH  Relevant Radio 16-20 AM  Auburn CA  10/1 Religion/Catholic
USA  KOZN  16-20 The Zone  Bellevue NE  10/1  Sports
USA  KYIZ  The Z Twins  Renton WA  10/1  Urban Contemporary
VIR  WDHP  16-20 The Reef  Frederiksted USVI  10/1 Religion/Talk/Local Music also relay BBC WS 

1630 
USA  KCJJ  The Mighty 16-30 KCJJ  Iowa City IA  10/1  News/Talk/AC
USA  KKGM  Black Information Network  Fort Worth TX  10/1  News/Talk
USA  KVAM  Your Network of Praise  Fox Farm WY  10/1  Religion
MEX  XEUT  Radio UABC  Tijuana BC  10/1  Spanish
SLV  Radio Elohim  San Salvador SS  Spanish/Christian

1640 
ARG  Radio Hosanna  Isidro Casanova BA  1  Spanish
DOM  HIC80  Radio Juventus Don Bosco  Santo Domingo NC  1/0.5 Spanish
USA  WTNI  106.3 Casino Radio  Biloxi MS  10/1  Tourism
USA  WSJP  Relevant Radio Milwaukee  Sussex WI  10/1  Religion/Catholic
USA  KDIA  The Light at the Top of the Dial  Vallejo CA  10/1  Religion
USA  KZLS  AM 16-40 The Eagle  Enid OK  10/1  News/Talk
USA  KDZR  La Patrona 1640  Lake Oswego OR  10/1  Spanish/Regional  Mexican
USA  KBJA  K-Talk 16-40  Sandy UT  10/1  News/Talk

1650 
ARG  Radio Las Estrelles  Longchamps  Spanish
CAN  CINA  Cina Radio  Mississauga ON  5/0.68  South Asian
CAN  CKZW  Radio Shalom  Montréal QC  1  Religion/French/English
MEX  XEAZR  Radio ZER  México DF  5  Spanish
PRU  Radio Santa Rosa  San Ignacio LL  Spanish; unlicensed relay 
USA  WHKT  Praise 104 9  Portsmouth VA  10/1  Religion  /  of 1500
USA  KFSW  98.7 The Cross  Fort Smith AR  10/1  Contemporary Christian {really in Sallisaw, OKLAHOMA! No one else seems to realise or care – gh, OK}
USA  KFOX  Radio Seoul  Torrance CA  10/0.49  Korean
USA  KBJD  Radio Luz  Denver CO  10/1  Spanish/Religion
USA  KCNZ  16-50 The Fan  Cedar Falls IA  10/1  Sports
USA  KSVE  La Suavecita 93.9  El Paso TX  8.5/0.85  Spanish/Regional Mexican

1660 
ARG  Radio Revivir  Gregorio de Laferrére BA  1  Spanish
ARG  LRI232  Radio Ciudad de Nogoyá  Nogoyá ER  5/0.25  Spanish
PTR  WGIT  Faro de Santidad  Canóvanas PR  10/1  Spanish/Religion
USA  WCNZ  Relevant Radio  Marco Island FL  10/1  Religion/Catholic air) {sic; what does that mean? gh}
USA  WTOU  95.5 The Touch  Kalamazoo MI  10/1  Urban Adult Contemporary
USA  WBCN  Fox Sports Charlotte 16-60 AM  Charlotte NC  10/1  Sports
USA  WWRU  AM 16-60 K Radio  Jersey City NJ  10/1  Korean
USA  KBRE  105 7 The Bear  Merced CA  10/1  Album Rock
USA  KWOD  The Bet KC  Kansas City KS  10/1  Sports Gambling
USA  KQWB  Bison 16-60  West Fargo ND  10/1  Sports
USA  KRZI  ESPN Central Texas  Waco TX  10/1  Sports

1670 
CAN  CJEU  Radio Jeunesse  Gatineau QC  1  French/Youth
DOM  HIC81  La Voz del Yuna  Bonao MN  3  Spanish/Cultural
MEX  XEANAH  Radio Anáhuac  Huixquilucan MX  1  Spanish/Student
USA  KHPY  Esne Radio  Moreno Valley CA  10/9  Spanish/Religion
USA  KQMS  News Talk Superstation  Redding CA  1  News/Talk/C2C
USA  WMGE  Black Information Network  Dry Branch GA  10/1  News/Talk
USA  WOZN  96 7 FM, 16-70 AM The Zone  Madison WI  10/1  Sports

1680 
ARG  Universidad Tecnológica  Nacional  1/0.5  Spanish/University
DOM  HIC82  Radio Senda  San Pedro Macorís PM  1  Spanish/Religious
USA  KGED  Bendita Eucaristia Radio  Fresno CA  10/1  Spanish/Religion (inc EWTN)
USA  KNTS  La Patrona 16-80 AM  Seattle WA  10/1  Spanish/Regional Mexican
USA  KRJO  99.7 The Legend  Monroe LA  10/1  Classic Country
USA  WOKB  WOKB 16-80 AM  Winter Garden FL  10/1  Religion/Gospel
USA  WPRR  102.5 The Ride  Ada MI  10/0.68  Urban AC (R&B/Soul)
USA  WTTM  Radio Unika  Lindenwold NJ  10/1  Spanish/Variety

1690 
ARG  Radio Cristo la Solución  San Justo BA  1  Spanish
CAN  CHTO  Toronto’s Multicultural Radio  Toronto ON  6/1  Greek/Multicultural
CAN  CJLO  Concordia University Radio  Montréal QC  1  Student
USA  WMLB  Freedom 16-90  Avondale Estates GA  10/1  Talk
USA  WVON  Black Information Network  Berwyn IL  10/1  News/Talk
USA  WPTX  Songs of Your Life  Lexington Park MD  10/1  Adult  Standards
USA  KFSG  Radio Poder  Roseville CA  10/1  Religion/Multilingual
USA  KDMT  Relevant Radio  Arvada CO  10/1  Religion
VIR  WIGT  WGOD Radio 97.9 FM  Charlotte Amalie USVI  0.92  Religion;  current STA 0.4 kW

1700 
USA  WEUP  Huntsville’s Heritage Station  Huntsville AL  10/1  Religion
USA  WJCC  Radio Mega 1700 AM  Miami Springs FL  10/1  World Ethnic
USA  WRCR  AM 1700 WRCR, Radio Unscripted  Haverstraw NY  10/1  AC/Talk; current STA 2.5/0.25 kW 
USA  KBGG  1700 The Champ  Des Moines IA  10/1  News/Talk/Sports
USA  KKLF  Jalapeño Radio Network  Richardson TX  5/1  Spanish/English/Tejano
USA  KVNS  Fox Sports Radio 1700  Brownsville TX  8.8/0.88  Sports
MEX  XEPE  Heraldo Radio  Tecate BC  10  Spanish/News

1710 
ARG  Radio Selva  Ituzaingó BA  Spanish

BDXC-UK Communication, Oct 2021 via WOR iog (2021-10-09))

Space

Solar Cycle 25 continues to overperform. Sunspot counts for Sept. 2021 were the highest in more than 5 years. And, for the 11th month in a row, the sunspot number has significantly exceeded the official forecast.
https://spaceweather.com/

Mike Terry to WOR iog (2021-10-05)

United States

Radio One Buffalo has relaunched Oldies 1230 WECK Cheektowaga NY and its three translators as “Big WECK“.
The move reformats WECK back to focusing on music from the 1960s and 1970s. Joe Chille, who just “retired” as Brand Manager and morning host at Townsquare Media Soft AC “96.1 The Breeze” WMSX Buffalo, has returned to WECK as afternoon host. Chille was Vice President of Programming and afternoon host at the station from January 2018 to January 2019.
WECK is also heard on 100.1 W261EB Lancaster, 100.5 W263DC Tonawanda, and 102.9 W275BB Cheektowaga.
https://radioinsight.com/headlines/213628/weck-relaunches-as-big-weck/

Lance Venta, RadioInsight (2021-10-04)

Denmark

A handful of DDXLK members (Dansk DX Lytter Klub) have held a four-day long DX Camp on the island of Rømø in southern Denmark.
Many TA and Middle East stations were heard.
The logged stations can be seen in the Loggings-page – among other interesting logs.
Missing your logs here? No problem, feel free to send them to mediumwave.info

Ydun Ritz (2021-10-04)

India

All India Radio‘s special transmission for “Mahalaya 2021” 
Date : 6th October, 2021 (Wednesday)Time : 0350 – 0545 IST, 2220 UTC (5th Oct 2021) to 0015 UTC* (6th Oct, 2021)
* some stations have late sign in & may continue past 0100 UTC
All India Radio, Delhi will broadcast the special dawn programme “Mahishasur Mardini” on the ocassion of Mahalaya in following languages  :
– Hindi/Sanskrit – on its Indraprastha & FM Gold channels. This will be relayed by all FM Gold channels and selected SW & MW stations.
– Bengali/Sanskrit – at same time on AIR Delhi Rajdhani & FM Rainbow channels and selected SW & MW stations.
All India Radio, Kolkata will also originate the special Mahalaya programme in Bengali/Sanskrit at same time which will be relayed by selected SW & MW stations .This programme may also be relayed over concerned DRM channels, YouTube channel AIR Live News 24X7 & DTH.
“Mahishasuramardini” is a special two hour transmission consisting of Sanskrit & Bengali recitation & music orated by Late Shri.Birendra Krishna Bhadra. All India Radio has been broadcasting this program since early 1930’s. The sheer nostalgia is what makes the dawn of Mahalaya special as one of the most looked forward to Radio broadcasts. Countdown of Indian festival of Durga Puja starts from the day of Mahalaya.
Frequencies observed during past years :
SW 4835 – Gangtok – Off air ?
MW
531 – Jodhpur
549 – Ranchi
603 – Ajmer
621 – Patna A
648 – Indore A
657 – Kolkata A
666 – New Delhi B
675 – Chattarpur
684 – Port Blair
711 – Siliguri
729 – Guwahati A
747 – Lucknow A
756 – Jagdalpur
774 – Shimla
792 – Pune (Also try 783 DRM)
801 – Jabalpur
810 – Rajkot A
819 – New Delhi A
828 – Silchar
846 – Ahmedabad A
891 – Rampur
909 – Gorakhpur
918 – Suratgarh
954 – Nazibabad
981 – Raipur
990 – Jammu
1008 – Kolkata B (Pure DRM)
1026 – Allahabad A
1044 – Mumbai A (Pure DRM)
1125 – Tezpur
1179 – Rewa
1242 – Varanasi
1260 – Ambikapur
1296 – Darbhanga
1314 – Bhuj
1386 – Gwalior
1395 – Bikaner
1404 – Gangtok
1458 – Bhagalpur
1530 – Agra
1593 – Bhopal A
Please email your observations & receptions reports to :  spectrum-manager@prasarbharati.gov.in
Or,
Director (Spectrum Management & Synergy)
All India Radio, Room No. 204, Akashvani Bhawan, Parliament Street, New Delhi 110001, India
Related :
Eight Decades Later, the Original Mahalaya Still Unites  
https://thewire.in/society/eight-decades-later-the-original-mahalaya-still-unites-bengalis-in-communion
Come Mahalaya, Birendra Krishna Bhadra’s recitation still default choice for All India Radio
http://www.dnaindia.com/india/report-come-mahalaya-birendra-krishna-bhadra-s-recitation-still-default-choice-for-all-india-radio-2020933

Alokesh Gupta, New Delhi to dxindia iog (2021-10-04)

India

The proposed change of AIR to convert 4 MW stations in Tamilnadu and Puducherry as Relay stations from tomorrow WILL NOT TAKE PLACE. 

Jose Jacob to dxindia iog (2021-10-02)

Italy

Today, at 11.33 UTC in Pesaro (central Italy), I was able to listen to radio A.M. Italia (Villa Estense, PD) on 918 kHz, kW 0,4 to 5 (during the weekend). Pop music and TG news.

Alberto V., Pesaro (2021-10-02)