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
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)
918 KHz 4VL Charleville, QLD, Australia (2 kW) at 596 miles / 960 km into Sydney, NSW, makes for enjoyable listening during the evenings. I’ll take Fleetwood Mac, CCR, The Eagles, The Who, Elo, Sweet, and other bands in preference to any Australian radio talkback, and sport.
4VL is sufficiently low powered that it can occasionally fully fade out enabling 918 KHz RNZ talk. Usually a stronger than usual 918 KHz RNZ signal will extend to other enhanced NZ signals like Auckland, and Wellington.
When Asia propagation path is enhanced, 918 KHz RNK Kampuchea is distinctly heard with metallic banging pots and pans type traditional music. They seem to mainly play music which will cut through the noise floor even more effectively than the ABC Majestic Fanfare theme.
I’ve never tried to associate solar indices with enhanced MW propagation. Just turn on the PR-D3 after around 11 PM, and check key Asian channels like 684, 783, 909, 918, 1386, and 1575 KHz. During recent months with the rain deluge, electrical thunderstorm static (either nearby, or ionospherically propagated), can render a listen session unusable.
Todd to ICDX-AM iog (2022-04-29)
Spring bandscan 2022.
I forgot to do the scan last night so went outside around 2130Z.
Tonight’s weather was overcast but calm and dry.
I did not notice any significant changes to the LW band.
On the MW band, the Brits came in quite clear. R. Kossuth was good on 540 kHz. Absolute Radio relays on 1197, 1233 and 1242 kHz were more or less audible. There were stations on, I believe, both 1548 and 1550 kHz. I hazard that one was Gold Radio, but the rest I can not put a finger on.
Reynir Heidberg Stefansson (2022-03-22)
Checked 549, 657, 873 and 1404 kHz tonight via WebSDRs in Finland and Romania.
All on air with 549 kHz very strong and 1404 weak. All with same program.
Ydun Ritz (2022-03-05)
Active stations on mediumwave in and around Managua, Nicaragua, as monitored mid-February 2022:
540 kHz – Radio Corporación – 1000-0505 UTC
580 kHz – Radio 580 – 1100-0005 UTC
600 kHz – La Nueva Radio Ya – 24h
620 kHz – Radio Nicaragua – 1100-0200 UTC
660 kHz – Radio Máxima/Stereo Caliente 89.3FM – 1200-1600 UTC *
720 kHz – Radio Católica – 1100-0400 UTC
740 kHz – Radio Sandino (La Sandino) – 24h
800 kHz – Radio 800 – 1100-0200 UTC
1120 kHz – Radio CEPAD – 1100-2300 UTC
1440 kHz – Radio Maranathá – 24h
* Radio Máxima is usually signing on around 0630-0645, and s/off times are highly irregular; the transmitter is sometimes kept on long after 1000 UTC.
Some of the other stations also have somewhat irregular s/on and s/off times.
Four of the ten MW stations in Managua are AM only.
Another MW station from Nicaragua confirmed active is Radio Centro from Juigalpa on 870 kHz. At times suffering from interference from Radio 870 UCR, Costa Rica.
Ydun Ritz (2022-02-21)
While the number of MW stations in Canada is declining, still there are really many stations audible. Many all talk/news/sports stations and many multicultural/ethnic stations.
This is a list of MW stations in the Toronto/Mississanga area heard with perfect or very good quality reception on February 2nd 2022:
530. CHLO – multicultural
550. WGR – sports radio
590. CJCL – sports radio “SN 590 The Fan”
610. CKTB – news talk
640. CFMJ – “Toronto’s News Toronto’s Today’s” & “Global News Radio”
680. CFTR – “City News 6-80”
740. CFZM – “Zoomer Radio”
770. WTOR – Indian
820. CHAM – “Funny 8-20”
860. CKBC – Radio Canada Premiere
900. CHML – “Hamilton’s News Talk”
930. WBEN – News talk
960. CKNT – “Sauga 9-60”
970. WDCZ – religion
1010. CFRB – “News talk 10-10”
1050. CHUM – “TSN 10-50”
1150. CKOC – Bloomberg
1220. CFAJ. – “Test broadcast”; oldies
1250. CJYE – “Joy Radio”, religion
1320. CJMR – multicultural
1350. CIRF – multicultural
1430 CHKT – “Fairchild Radio, Toronto” in Chinese
1540 CHIN – Chinese
1610. CHHA – “Radio Voces Latinas” in Spanish
1650. CINA – “Cina Radio”, multicultural
1690 CHTO – “AM 1690 Toronto”
Ydun Ritz (2022-02-03)
Good reception of IRRS – Milano Italy on 918 Khz on the different KIWI-SDR receivers here in my region, as well on my portable Sangean, outside the noise levels indoors etc., in my garden.
Friday, July the 9 th, I heard the two interesting DX programs: Wavescan from AWR and Glenn Hausers – World Of Radio, between 22.00 -23.00 local time, 20.00 – 21.00 UTC. So just good old hobby radiolistening in one hour.
WOR scheduled via IRRS Friday 20.30 UTC., Saterday 18.01 UTC. // 7290 Kostinbrod (Sofia) Bulgaria.
Program also downloadable via www.worldofradio.com
Wavescan is also podcasting via the different internet platforms, even via my platform on which my Sangean WiFi radio is running.
Jumping on that time of the day, in the after dark hours, just 9 Kc up, 927 Khz. WMR from Denmark audible quit good as well.
Willem Prins HOL (2021-07-12)
Summer solstice bandscan 2021.
Rain tonight so I had to shield the radio with a plastic bag. Found a dry period around 0030Z.
Not much to say about the LW band except that Allouis put in a better signal here than did Droitwich.
The MW band was more open than I thought it would be. In addition to the usual Brits, I heard a few Spanish stations, plus an Absolute Radio relay on 1242 kHz.
I could only make one quick run through either band since it began raining again shortly after I stepped outside.
Reynir Heidberg Stefansson (2021-06-22)
Spring equinox bandscan.
I went outside with the Panny tranny around 2050Z. The weather was calm and dry under a cirrus-covered sky, a half moon semi-visible.
The LW band felt a bit weak. Allouis has been stronger, and Ireland was… audible. Just.
The MW band was very weak here. I had to turn up the volume pretty high for even the normally loud British stations. Everything else was totally inaudible.
Reynir Heidberg Stefansson (2021-03-20)
The last two nights have been improved for Asian MW.
In particular, 909 KHz China, and 1386 KHz NHK Japan. This is a welcome improvement over the poor summer months that was plagued by electrical storm static.
The Gary DeBock design 40 inch square PVC loop excels at bringing up 1386 Japan out of the noise. There is a notable contrast between the Indian Bollywood songs aired on 1386 KHz Auckland, NZ, and no-nonsense NHK Japanese female announcers.
The locally generated QRM on 909 KHz has fortunately gone.
The best compromise here for MW DX on 9 KHz channels is the indoor 40″ PVC loop inductively coupled to a Sangean PR-D3. The PR-D3 is identical to the Crane CC 2E, except the switchable narrow bandwidth feature.
The usual nightly routine is to watch TV (usually in my case, 1950s and 1960s U.S. TV series and films), then try MW DX starting no earlier than 2330 local time. It is a challenge staying awake till 0030. Anything later, e.g. 0130 LT, usually guarantees a hangover the next day. But that is one of the challenges with Asian MW, because the optimal reception window is between circa 2330 to 0200 local Sydney time.
One recent discovery is that my 26 inch (nominal) diameter hula-hoop loop dimensions is actually 21″ height, 23″ width. Karl at PK loops tried to make the tank coil diameter dimension larger, but it would not tune up to 1710 KHz. Hence the version I have is the largest available that tunes 520 to 1710.
Regards, Todd, Sydney, AU to ICDX-AM groups.io (2021-03-01)