Iceland

Winter solstice bandscan 2022.
Last night’s weather was snowy and blowy. Rather than risk the radio, I decided to crawl into bed and look for some comfort under the comforter.

Tonight’s weather was calm with broken clouds. I went outside ca. 2115Z with the Panasonic radio. The LW band was pretty normal except for Allouis being noisy enough to make the crossmodulation inaudible, and Gufuskálar (189 kHz) actually being inaudible.

The MW band… it was weak. I had to turn up the volume on even the British senders. I think I heard a faint peep from Smooth Radio on 1161 kHz. I only made one round across the band due to lack of hot chocolate indoors.

Reynir Heidberg Stefansson (2022-12-22)

Spain

Vigo Bandscan Longwave.
Qth: Donón, Vigo, Galicia
Receiver: Belka
Aerial : 80 m longwire
Date/time: Nov 18 2022 – 1630-1730 UTC 

Fq / (signal level)* / country / station /  site
* from 0 to 90

153 (48-55) Algeria – Radio Algéria Chaine 1
153 (weak under Algeria) Romania – SRR Antena Satellit
162 (53-68) France – Allouis open carrier
171 (42-52) Morocco – Medi 1, Nador
189 (39-45) Iceland – RÚV, Gufuskálar
198 (55-65) UK – BBC Radio 4
207 (37-42) Iceland – RÚV, Eiðar
225 (30-35) Poland – Polskie Radio (and some interference from a utility station)
234 (54-60) Luxembourg – RTL
243 (45-50) Denmark – DR, Kalundborg
252 (65-75) Ireland – RTÉ
252 (weak under Ireland) Algeria – Radio Algérie Int’l.

Signal strength levels generally increased quite remarkably from 1630 until 1730. Local sunset was at 1710 UTC. Some stations were more stable than others. Iceland and Denmark had almost no fading whereas Ireland and the UK had a lot of fading.

Stig Hartvig Nielsen (2022-11-18)

Mongolia

Monitoring of Mongolian Radio 
Place of reception: Ulan-Ude city (Russia) 
Data time: October 10, 2022
Reception time: 22:00 UTC (06:00 local) 
Reception frequencies: 164, 209, 227, 882 kHz 

Conclusion: In the morning hours before dawn, the reception of the Mongolian National Radio (the distance from the transmitters is 500-1000 km) in Ulan-Ude is most favorable at 164 kHz. At this frequency, there is a more confident non-floating signal, although there is an indefinite whistle. A signal with noise of various levels is available at longwave frequencies 209 and 227 kHz. However, there is unstable reception with attenuations at these two frequencies. At the medium-wave frequency of 882 kHz, the weakest quality of the ether. Quiet signal, interference from other stations, noise and interference.
There is a video of the reception here: https://vk.com/radioko?w=wall-161080476_971

Igor Kolke (2022-10-15)

Iceland

Autumn equinox bandscan 2022.
The weather was clear with barely a breeze. There was still visible auroral activity over the mountains just north of town.

The LW band showed little if any changes to the existing signals.

The MW band had stronger signals from Spain at the low end than I had expected. Higher up, Smooth Radio was listenable on 1152 and audible on 1161 kHz. Absolute Radio was fair on 1215 with a weak relay audible on 1242 kHz. The other big Brits were there, just not wall-to-wall. There was a clear signal on 999 kHz, probably Russia.

Reynir Heidberg Stefansson (2022-09-24)

United States

WSON-860 heard with good signals here with mentions of Henderson football.
WHLN-1410 also strong with southeast Kentucky ads.
I think WZYX-1440 was in there also, but not IDed. This is usually one of the stronger high school football stations.

Karl Forth, Chicago to irca iog (2022-09-03)

TP DX in Seattle

This morning’s session was my first attempt at hearing TP’s this season. The results were slightly better than what I would have expected for late August.  Times are 1220-1305z except as noted.

The Koreans on 972 and 1566 were the strongest and most consistent stations of the morning, with really good signals much of the time. They both faded in around 1100z and stayed around until just past
Seattle sunrise (about 1330z).

The high-powered low-band NHK stations were generally underwhelming. JOIB-747 had some good moments.  JOAK-594 JOUB-774 and JOBB-828 made brief appearances but were mostly buried under domestic splatter.

Upper band commercial and NHK stations were heard occasionally. Those heard included JOLF-1242 JOHK-1287 NHK2-1386 and maybe a couple of others. Yanbian was weak-fair with Korean programming on 1205.96.  CRI’s Russian service was good-nil.  It peaked at 1235z with Russian talk.  Some of the music and ID was audible at 1300, but most of it was buried under 1320 splatter.  CRI-963 was briefly heard //1323 around 1245 .

Equipment: Perseus with crossed delta loops aimed at 50 and 320 degrees.  Jaguar software.

Bruce Portzer in Seattle to irca iog (2022-08-26)

Conditions to the North

Good conditions to the north overnight with Greenland 650 and 570 noted along with 1230 CFFB Iqaliut. All at 0300.
The antenna wasn’t pointing that direction either!

Paul Crankshaw, Troon, Scotland to mwcircle iog (2022-08-26)

Alaska AM DX

It’s been underwhelming this week. I had tons of Japanese, and pretty good too during a quick check Weds. Aug 24th, but that’s not really what I’m after. I want the aussies, kiwis and Europeans… most of that comes a bit later in the season.

The “domestic” DX before sunrise hasn’t been that thrilling either.

KMZT and KLTX in LA, KMKY 1310 near San Fran.. KSTN 1420… a few of the big AM’s in western Canada.  KSTN and KMZT are nice and not regulars, but the rest are kinda ho-hum and something I hear often.

I think im the only Dx’er who thumbs his nose at 2000 mile domestic DX lol. Not to be snobby, but it is so so common that even KIHH 1400 eureka, CA while nice.. i don’t spend much time with.

Paul Walker to IRCA iog (2022-08-25)

US Daytimer DX from Europe

It may feel strange that I’m about to suggest looking for North American DX during the Summer heatwaves in NW Europe.
But that’s exactly what I am going to do.
Unsurprisingly most DXers look for US daytimer signals in the winter. But between September and March DX opportunities are set by the position of the terminator between day & night – where there is more darkness at higher latitudes in the Northern hemisphere.
However between April and August the opposite is true – there are fewer hours of darkness at higher latitudes in the Northern hemisphere.
This fundamental difference means that opportunities for trans-atlantic daytimer DX are very different between August & September.

If you are interested in a challenge here are some stations that could be heard in the final week of August. More southerly daytimer stations in the USA have an advantage before the Autumn equinox. Simply put, that is because sunset arrives in Florida earlier than in more northerly latitudes. Another way to express it is to note that Miami has more hours of darkness than Toronto does before the Equinox; after the Equinox the reverse is true.
The following stations might be easier to hear in late August than after the equinox. (The times shown are when the station either reduces power or closes down in August.)

Good luck!

kHzTime utcStation/location (day power)
10602245WCGB Juana Diaz PR (5kW)
16602245WGIT Canovanas PR (10kW)
10402300WNVI Moca PR (9kW)
13202345WATR Waterbury CT (5kW)
13202345WDER Derry NH (10kW)
15702345WUBG Methuen MA (44kW)
7602400WCHP Champlain NY (35kW)
6702400WWFE Miami FL (50kW)
10402400WURN Miami FL (50kW)
10602400WIXC Titusville FL (50kW)
10702400WNCT Greenville NC (50kW)
14702400WWNN Pompano Beach FL (50kW)
15502400WRHC Coral Gables FL (10kW)
15502400WNZF Bunnell FL (5.5kW)
15602400WLZR  Melbourne FL (5kW)
15802400WSRF Ft Lauderdale (10kW)
15902400WPSL Port St Lucie FL (5kW)
13200015WJNJ Jacksonville FL (50kW)
10700015WCSZ Sans Souci SC (50kW)
10400015WYSL Avon NY (20kW)
15300015WYMM Jacksonville FL (50kW)
10400015WPBS Conyers GA (50kW)
11600015WEWC Callahan FL (5kW)
15700015WVOJ Fernandina Beach FL (10kW)

Steve Whitt to mwcircle iog (2022-08-15)

Iceland

Summer solstice bandscan.
I got out just after midnight. By then it had stopped raining and the sky cleared. Barely a breeze, and bright enough to read quite fine print. I was lucky. The clouds began drawing up again soon after I
returned inside.
The LW band… same old, same old. Allouis was quiet enough for me to hear Daventry’s cross modulation.
The MW band was a bit livelier than I had expected. I did have to turn up the volume control on the Panasonic radio, but I did hear the usual Brits, except for Wales on 882 kHz. I also managed to hear Smooth R. on 1152 and 1161 kHz, Gold on 1548 and 1458 kHz, and the Absolute R. relays on 1197 and 1242 kHz; the latter very weakly. I also heard Spanish radio on 855 kHz and a few others whose frequencies I soon forgot.

Reynir Heidberg Stefansson (2022-06-22)